Then building stopped until the private finance initiative (PFI) arrived under the Labour government. In 2004 Leeds embraced PFI to build the Bexley cancer wing at Jimmy's. The £220m building was finished on time and on budget last year. In line with the modern mantra of patient choice, the opinions of patients were widely canvassed. They wanted parking, privacy, dignity, space and somewhere that would not be sad. The Bexley is graceful, light, spacious and filled with art. Three benches carved from whole tree trunks look so much like exhibits that many patients look at them rather than sit on them. … [Read more...] about How Jimmy’s made the journey from workhouse to 21st century hospital
Vulture 100 best books 21st century
1. Young Adult (2011) This wasn’t Theron’s Oscar-prestige movie, but it is her best: the most subtle, evolved, persuasively horrible and funniest performance she has ever given, in a black comedy written by Cody and directed by Reitman. She plays the unspeakable Mavis Gary, a jaded former prom queen for whom high school was clearly the most important time of her life, and who now writes generic young-adult fiction, eavesdropping on teen conversations in malls to put into her books, and compulsively rewriting her own tales of teen triumph. She is a functioning alcoholic and depressive, heading for some kind of breakdown, which arrives when she chances upon a round-robin email from her old boyfriend, who attaches a picture of his heartrendingly lovely new baby. … [Read more...] about Charlize Theron’s 20 best film roles – ranked!
Lorraine Heggessey, chair of The Grierson Trust, said: “Watching this year’s entries is a fabulous reminder of how the documentary is alive and kicking in this digital age – there are funny, uplifting and moving films alongside those that pack a punch and expose the darker underbelly of our society. … [Read more...] about Educating Yorkshire wins best documentary series at Grierson Awards
Adrian Mitchell first read his excoriating To Whom It May Concern (Tell Me Lies About Vietnam) at an anti-Vietnam protest in Trafalgar Square in 1964, and kept changing the final verse as the years passed and events demanded. He referred to this version as "the 21st century remix"; it will appear as the title poem in his new collection, Tell Me Lies, to be published by Bloodaxe Books in June 2009 (watch a video of Mitchell reading this version). Reprinted by kind permission of Bloodaxe Books and United Agents. … [Read more...] about Tell Me Lies About Vietnam by Adrian Mitchell
Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices— and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands. … [Read more...] about Obama addresses George Floyd protests with plan for ‘change’ despite criticism he did little to stem racism as president