A once secret society opened its doors to the public in Bristol last weekend. Freemason Hall which sits at the bottom of Park Street in Clifton, is home to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bristol. It is the central hub for the practice of freemasonry across the region, which is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organisations in the world. Freemasonry still contains ceremonies and rituals that remain largely secret today, but in recent years the order has become more open and transparent in its practises, and the event in Bristol is part of that. The open day itself saw a steady stream of Bristol public coming into visit the grand building, where a series of tours and talks took place. This isn’t the first time Freemason's Hall has done this, they started to have open days back in 2006, but this is the first of its kind for three years. It is part of its drive to modernise its membership and become more outward facing. The Freemason’s Hall is the only one of its kind in … [Read more...] about What really goes on in a Freemason’s Hall?
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Stephen Daisley 22 June 2019 11:39 PM 22 June 2019 11:39 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp A revolution stopped in its tracks is an uncanny sight. After impatiently pursuing reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), the Scottish Government has suddenly hit the brakes. Shirley-Anne Somerville, SNP social security minister, announced the halt in a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday. Although Nicola Sturgeon, at her minister’s side for support, remains committed to ditching medical diagnosis in favour of self-identification, she has made substantial concessions to feminist dissenters. The proposed three-month wait for a gender recognition certificate will be extended by a ‘mandatory three-month reflection period’. The 16-week public consultation held in 2018 will be superseded by a ‘full consultation on the precise details‘ of draft legislation, ‘including a comprehensive updated … [Read more...] about Holyrood’s trans rights pause is a good thing
The original queen of pop talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis about inspiration, aging, motherhood and why she refuses to cede controlThe night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves.“It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive.Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of “Medellín,” the on-trend, Latin-inflected … [Read more...] about What next for Madonna?
World By Reality Check team BBC News 11 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48530498 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsReality Check Women's football is fast growing in popularity, with the global viewing audience … [Read more...] about Women’s World Cup: What is the pay gap?
BRUSSELS – Following the resignation of Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev last March, the Central Asian republic will hold early elections on 9 June, to remove any ambiguity about the course of the country – including international commitments – through the legitimacy and strength that the open vote confers. What is more, Kazakhstan finds itself in the midst of a sustained diplomatic outreach, under its strategy of equidistant multilateralism, to balance out oft-conflicting big-power interests in the region. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko was in Brussels on 28 May to attend the sixth High-level Political and Security Dialogue between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia, which comes at a pivotal moment for EU-Central Asia relations, following the adoption by the European Commission on 15 May of a Joint Communication on “The EU and Central Asia: New Opportunities for a … [Read more...] about Kazakhs say it is time for closer ties with EU