PUBLISHED: 09:18 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:25 28 October 2015 Arthouse in Crouch End Archant Louie Freeman-Bassett explains why Everyman and Picturehouse should be collaborating, not competing, to keep the torch lit for film in the capital. It’s a good time to be a film fan in north London. Earlier this year cinema chain Everyman added their own brand of luxury to the local cinema scene with the purchase of Odeon cinemas in Barnet and Muswell Hill. Picturehouse also added to their collection with a new cinema in Crouch End, to go with their plush new flagship Picturehouse Central. Everyman has inherited two architectural beauties with both buildings being Grade II listed for their ‘30s modernist design. Muswell Hill had come to look and feel particularly shabby under Odeon’s ownership and will no doubt undergo a revival in the capable hands of Everyman with their eye for bold and brilliant interiors. Picturehouse meanwhile open the doors in late November to … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for the cinemas of north London?
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Pink has now released the music video for her single Beautiful Trauma.The singer has a history of releasing popular videos, and with her latest she's managed to pull in some Hollywood talent as well as a few raunchy moments.For her Beautiful Trauma music video the 38-year-old pop star enlisted the help of A-List actor Channing Tatum.He plays the pop star's husband in the video, which is a pastiche of life in the 60s.It also features actress Nikki Tuazon, who is best known for her roles in Memoirs Of A Geisha and Gigli.The video borrows a lot from the format of American TV shows back in the 1960s, with Pink and Channing clothed in styles of the time.There are several standout moments in the music video, the first being Pink's Mrs character smiling as she pours prescription pills down her throat to cope with the bleak monotony of life.Later on her character stumbles across Mr in the closet dressing up in her clothes. This signals the re-awakening of something in their relationship and … [Read more...] about What are Pink’s Beautiful Trauma lyrics, is Channing Tatum in the video and what does the song mean?
TODAY marks the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes, which was officially declared a new town on January 23, 1967.Built to help cater for housing shortages in London, the town has become famous for its 126 roundabouts and its concrete cows – but what are they?The Concrete Cows is an iconic art sculpture in Milton Keynes that was created in 1978 by Canadian artist Liz Leyh.The animals consist of three black and white cows and three calves, which are approximately half life sized.Their bodies were made from scrap and their skin was formed from fibre glass reinforced concrete that was gifted to the artist by a local builder.The cows were created as a leaving present from the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, which was in charge of constructing the new town from the mid-1960s.Some later commentators have interpreted it as a piece of conceptual art, with the animals designed to poke fun at the notion of the new town held by commuters who were used to concrete … [Read more...] about Why does Milton Keynes have concrete cows and where are they now? Here’s all you need to know
DABBING has become a global craze over the past year with celebrities, politicians and even royals performing the dance move in public.If you've never heard of it or simply aren't quite sure what all the fuss is about, then read on...The dabbing craze sees people point one arm upwards towards the sky while also bowing their head into their other arm. Yes, that's it.The trend is thought to have been initially started in Atlanta by rappers from the group Migos and a few other artists that collaborate on their tracks, including Jose Guapo, Skippa Da Flippa, and PeeWee Longway.Just like the Nae Nae, artists popularised the dance move by featuring it in their music videos and mixtapes and it was soon picked up by the American football player Cam Newton.The Carolina Panthers quarterback has now become an ambassador for the dab and helped it become a household trend.And over the past year dabbing has taken over social media, with almost everyone giving it a go at any occasion, … [Read more...] about What is dabbing? Meaning, origin and videos of celebrities performing the dance move
Residents of Achin district, where the US dropped the "Massive Ordinance Air Blast" or MOAB - touted as the "mother of all bombs" - described the explosion as the biggest they had ever seen. And the Afghans have definitively seen a lot of colossal bombings in the past few decades, particularly during the US invasion of their country in 2001 and after the consequent fall of the Taliban's Islamist regime. Defense experts say the MOAB is a successor to the BLU-82 "Daisy Cutter," used during the Vietnam War and the start of the post 9/11 Afghanistan conflict. "What it (MOAB) does is basically suck out all of the oxygen and lights the air on fire," said Bill Roggio of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, to an American journal. "It's a way to get into areas where conventional bombs can't reach." But President Donald Trump's administration's decision to drop such a huge bomb in the war-ravaged Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province raises a number of questions. First of … [Read more...] about ‘Mother of all bombs’ – what has it achieved?
DW: It's been called the "most severe cyber spying attack" in the history of the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament. Trojan viruses are still causing damage in the parliamentary computer network, known as Parlakom. What exactly happened there? Sandro Gaycken: No doubt an intelligence agency has struck and gained access to parliament's internal systems. This was accomplished either with the help of a collaborator, someone on the inside, or via the Internet, by means of an infected document in an email . From there, the virus was able to spread by gaining access to different computers. And the last step was to create an external channel, from which it's now possible to "suck out" information. Will members of parliament have to accept the fact that their private emails have been compromised? Members of parliament should expect that everything's gone: all communication, all connections, contacts and organizational structures. This applies to all the documents they've … [Read more...] about ‘Perfect IT security does not exist’
Look around the web and you'll see all sorts of references to bioelectronic medicine being "a new area" of research. We've done it too… although in somewhat more poetic form. And, indeed, bioelectronic medicine is "embryonic." But it's not that new. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been working on bioelectronic medicine since 2012. It has invested about 45 million euros ($50 million), with research collaboration around the world. In 2013, it announced a million-dollar prize to encourage research into bioelectronic medicine, or "electroceuticals." GSK has now formed a joint venture with Verily Life Sciences, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, worth 640 million euros ($715 million) over seven years. The new company is called Galvani Bioelectronics. What exactly is bioelectronic medicine? Bioelectronic medicine uses miniaturized, implantable devices to alter and control electrical signals in the human body. These could be electrical signals that flow to your lungs to … [Read more...] about Seven facts on the GSK-Google bioelectronic medicines deal and what it may mean for you
No experiments please. Especially not in times of crisis. If many people think this way and act accordingly when they're standing in the election booth – then that's how victory can become a triumph. The CDU and Angela Merkel received close to an additional eight percent of votes, the FDP was ‘atomized', and the Left and Green parties both lost ground. That's the summary of Angela Merkel's political 'coup' from Sunday's election. Let's also not forget that – almost in passing – she widened the gap between her CDU and Social Democrats (SPD) by an additional five percentage points. What does she have that her political opponents lack? When a term in office becomes an era In Germany, Konrad Adenauer (CDU) was the only chancellor to ever achieve an absolute majority. That was back in 1957. Merkel's CDU came very close to that result on Sunday. But Merkel is probably glad to have missed it, because a narrow majority would have had paradoxical implicatons. In the … [Read more...] about Opinion: Merkel’s victory means political realignment in Germany
On Saturday, February 4, the UN Security Council lifted sanctions against former premier Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, including a freeze that had been put on his assets, a comprehensive travel ban, and an arms embargo. Hekmatyar, the leader of the Islamist organization Hezb-i-Islami, had occasionally collaborated with al Qaeda and the Taliban after the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, despite disagreements among the various groups. The decision to remove Hekmatyar from the sanctions list followed a peace agreement with the Afghan government signed in September 2016 which included a formal request by the government to remove the names of Hezb-i-Islami leaders from the list. Hekmatyar's chief negotiator, Amin Karim, told the Associated Press news agency that the warlord would return to the Afghan capital, Kabul, in "a matter of weeks, not months." He is believed to be currently hiding in the eastern Kunar province, where he enjoys popular support. "More fighting will result in more … [Read more...] about What does the return of warlord Hekmatyar mean for Afghanistan?
Afghanistan's election commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the country's president shortly after the former finance minister and his electoral rival, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah struck a power-sharing deal ending a months-long dispute over electoral fraud. The agreement foresees the establishment of a national unity government where Abdullah is set to fill the newly created position of chief executive officer, a post akin to prime minister. The political crisis over fraud claims dashed the hopes of many for a smooth democratic transition in the conflict-ridden country. The final election results were not released on Sunday, September 21, amid concerns it would raise tensions. But there were no mass celebrations on the streets of Kabul either. The power-sharing agreement comes at a critical time for the South Asian nation as foreign troops prepare to leave in the coming months and government forces face an increasingly resilient insurgency. Andrew Wilder, Afghanistan … [Read more...] about What will determine the success of the Afghan unity government?