While the world applauds the child protesters taking to the streets, fewer eyes are on their mums and grandmothers, whose activism is altogether quieter. In August 2014, gangs of older women in yellow tabards and headscarves started to become a common sight on Preston New Road in Lancashire. They call themselves the “Nanas”, though not all are grandmas. They took the name as a nod to trust, family and tea, leaning into stereotypes of northern matriarchy. Their first project was to capture a field under planning application by Cuadrilla, a UK fossil fuels company seeking exploratory drilling rights for shale gas. They hopped over the fence, set up tents and claimed squatters’ rights, staying for three weeks. By the time they left, the Nanas had earned the support of 14,000 local residents and appointments at Manchester’s High Court, and their action, along with that of other campaigners, led to Lancashire County Council rejecting Cuadrilla’s fracking … [Read more...] about Don’t frack with us: meet the victorious activist ‘Nanas’ of Lancashire
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Hannah Brown displayed sizzling chemistry with her partner Alan Bersten on Monday's episode of Dancing With The Stars. The 24-year-old reality star though once again sidestepped rumors they were a couple. One of the first duos to dance on the ABC show's Movie Night, they were chosen to perform a rumba to Wilson Phillips' Hold On from the movie Bridesmaids. Romantic rumba: Hannah Brown displayed sizzling chemistry with her partner Alan Bersten during their romantic rumba on Monday's episode of Dancing With The Stars It was a perfect choice for the former Bachelorette, who was soon to be maid of honor at her best friend Olivia's wedding, and hosting her bachelorette party that weekend. She and Alan, 25, gave Olivia a preview of their dance at the studio and Hannah looked adoringly at her partner when she said: 'The rumba is the dance of love and lust.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Cheryl Burke and her football vet partner Ray Lewis, 44, are... Dancing With The Stars: … [Read more...] about Dancing With The Stars: Hannah Brown sizzles with Alan Bersten during Bridesmaids romantic rumba
37. 11’09”01 September 11 (segment “United Kingdom”) (2002) Ken Loach’s contribution to this short-film package of film-makers’ responses to 9/11 is a perfectly serviceable account of a different September 11: an activist’s letter to America about the coup against President Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973. At the time it seemed jarring, and in retrospect very much not what was needed; but it’s not the worst of the bunch – González Iñárritu gets nul points for incorporating footage of people jumping from the collapsing World Trade Center in a sound/image collage. 36. The End of Arthur’s Marriage (1965) A somewhat supercilious satire on the property-owning middle classes that Loach later admitted he was the wrong director for: a little bit Fassbinder, a little bit Gurney Slade. It played into Loach’s favourite theme – the little man against the system – but the director’s instincts are … [Read more...] about Ken Loach – all his films ranked!
Five of the best … films The Laundromat (15) (Steven Soderbergh, 2019, US) 95 mins This is Soderbergh’s takedown of the Panama Papers scandal, showing how offshore money movers Mossack Fonseca (played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, explaining themselves directly to camera) enabled the ripping off of an entire generation. The main vessel is Meryl Streep’s widow as she chases her late husband’s insurance payout, from one shell company to another. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (PG) (Joachim Rønning, 2019, US) 119 mins Angelina Jolie is back in her role of the horned witch with a grudge against mere humanity. This sequel sees Aurora planning a wedding with Phillip, during which his nasty mum Ingrith is plotting to kill the fairy world. Maleficent ultimately swoops to the rescue – but not without some Disney life lessons. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (U) (Will Becher, Richard Phelan, 2019, UK/Fr/US) 87 mins The week’s other big … [Read more...] about What to see this week in the UK
Since BirdLife Australia launched the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2014, the number of participants has risen from 9,000 to over 70,000. Unsurprisingly, the amount of birds that have been counted in our cities and towns has also risen – from 850,000 to more than 2.75 million birds last year. Yet when it comes to the top 10 most commonly seen birds, the song remains the same, with the same species entrenched firmly at the top every year. It’s the birding equivalent of tuning into Countdown in the 70s to find Abba’s Fernando top of the charts for the 27th week in a row. Birds are not only the soundtrack to our daily lives, they are an expression of the landscape – the continent’s original songlines. When you change the habitat of the country, you alter the soundscape too. If we had run the Aussie Bird Count back in the 70s when Abba were inescapable in the music charts, the top 10 list would have looked quite different because the urban centres where the … [Read more...] about Australia’s birds: pretty and sweet or just a pack of bastards?