That last joke is rounded off with a pre-recorded sting: the words “moustache-to-paedophile ratio” trilled operatically. The trick, repeated throughout the hour, is satisfyingly daft in itself while revealing the show to be a tighter construction than Simmons otherwise lets on. … [Read more...] about Sam Simmons review – sublime oddity from aggressively silly standup
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Johnson urges UK to 'move on' from Cummings row Timeline: Did Dominic Cummings break the rules? Police issue 14,000 fines for lockdown breaches He has been backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has said it is time to "move on" from the row and focus on the public's "needs, rather than on a political ding-dong about what one adviser may or may not have done". … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Durham police lockdown travel fines revealed
38 Blondie – Heart of Glass (1979) There are plenty of arguments for Heart of Glass not really qualifying as the only UK No 1 punk single. While Blondie came from the genre’s first wave in New York, their 1979 hit mainlined European electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and Heart of Glass in its brilliant, cycling riff, while Debbie Harry’s rhapsodic vocals owed more to Donna Summer (whose I Feel Love the group had been covering), with a twist of downtown irony. It pissed off the punk purists back home – which is, incidentally, pretty much the most punk thing you could do by 1979. LS … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest UK No 1s: 100-8
Queensland – You can only go to the gym for personal training; they are still closed to groups. But, under the current laws, up to 10 people can gather outside, meaning that groups of 10 or less can play outdoor non-contact sport together. Outdoor group training and boot camps are also allowed. Parks, playgrounds, skateparks and pools have reopened to gatherings of up to 10 people at a time. You can now take day-trips for recreational purposes, within certain distances (see ‘How far can I travel’ above) and national parks have reopened, so weekend hikes are a live option. From 12 June, up to 20 people will be allowed to gather inside and outside. Gyms, health clubs, yoga studios and community sports clubs will be allowed to reopen to up to 20 people at a time. The state government plans to increase this number to 100 people from 10 July. … [Read more...] about Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules and restrictions explained: how far can I travel, and can I have people over?
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Elon Musk's SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. With American shuttles no longer in use, the US has had to rely on Russia for rides to the station … [Read more...] about Let the countdown begin! NASA and SpaceX begin final pre-flight checks on Falcon 9 rocket ahead of first manned launch from American soil in nine years as weather forecast is ‘60% favorable’ for launch