The postwar atmosphere of old Clydeside is the setting for David Mackenzie's forthcoming movie adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's cult novel, Young Adam, first published in Paris in 1954. The film stars Ewan McGregor as shiftless antihero Joe, a young drifter working as a bargehand on the Forth and Clyde for sturdy, earthy Les and his resentful wife Ella. A metaphor of existential drift in a repressive, puritanical society, the barge carries them and their cargo from Glasgow to Edinburgh while Joe works silently and glowers dangerously, an alien in the bloodstream of a colour-desaturated 1950s Scotland. The plot of Young Adam turns upon the body of a dead girl dredged from the canal that Joe knows more about than he lets on. Driving the narrative, there is sex, and lots of it: mute, animalistic couplings between Ella and Joe, between Joe and Cathy, the dead girl, between Joe and Ella's newly widowed sister. The carnality is as relentless as the drumming of rain on the barge roof, the … [Read more...] about Mean streets
02:52 Bus companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic are planning to stage rallies across Germany on Wednesday to demand support from the government. A total of 800 vehicles are expected to converge on the capital, Berlin, with three convoys of 300 coaches to roll through the central government district at around midday. Similar actions are expected in the cities of Düsseldorf, Kiel, Mainz, Wiesbaden and Stuttgart. Passenger numbers on transport services have dropped dramatically since coronavirus restrictions were implemented in mid-March, bringing some businesses close to collapse. The Federal Association of German Bus Operators called for state subsidies and for the resumption of bus travel nationwide. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus latest: Angela Merkel says Germany has ‘gained better control’ over virus
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Since the film premiere, though, there has been growing public pressure — as well as pressure from within the Church. The Episcopate recently announced that Bishop Janiak will not be making any major public appearances from now on. At the ordination of new priests at the Kalisz Cathedral last Saturday (23.05.20), he was replaced by another bishop — who, media reports claim, also covered up abuse for years. This bishop told the newly ordained priests that the sins of the clergy caused him pain — but that in certain situations the appropriate response was to remain silent. Journalists who wanted to report on the event were not allowed inside the church. … [Read more...] about Poland shocked by documentary exposing church pedophilia
BERLIN: The square in front of the Reichstag building which houses the German parliament has been largely empty, seen here on Sunday - although there have been protests against the lockdown, seen in the corner of this photo … [Read more...] about A great time to be on holiday – if only you could go! Europe’s tourist hotspots – usually heaving with visitors – are still free from crowds as they begin to reopen their doors