Kate Bush suffers backlash after backing Theresa May

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Kate Bush: Before the Dawn Album cover. Source: Amazon.co.uk

In an interview with Canadian current affairs publication, Maclean’s Magazine, the iconic British singer-songwriter, Kate Bush, expressed her admiration for the UK Prime Minister. In the process, Bush has angered much of her fan-base.

When asked in the interview whether “the fear [of women in power] is stronger than ever” in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the US Presidential election, Bush spoke approvingly of UK leader Theresa May.

She said:

“We have a female prime minister here in the UK. I actually really like her and think she’s wonderful. I think it’s the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time. She’s a very intelligent woman but I don’t see much to fear. I will say it is great to have a woman in charge of the country. She’s very sensible and I think that’s a good thing at this point in time.”

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Film review: Allied

 

Picture credit: IMDb

Picture credit: IMDb

The stars of Allied, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, are preposterously beautiful people. It’s not fair, to be honest.

Place these two actors in any scene, and their presence can be somewhat show-stealing.

Not so in director Robert Zemeckis’ Allied, a film that from the start has a decidedly old-fashioned feel – in the best possible way. Both Pitt and Cotillard are classic movie stars, of a kind that is too rare these days. The movie itself has a somewhat timeless aura to it, often feeling as though Allied could have been filmed at any time over the past 60 years, apart from the odd modern flourish that Zemeckis brings to the screen. [Read more…]

UPDATE: 75 reported dead after Colombian plane crash, including members of Brazilian football team

UPDATE 14:08- Reports claim another survivor of Colombian plane crash has died in hospital. The Brazilian Government have announced three days of national mourning.

A plane carrying 81 passengers, including members of the Brazilian Chapecoense football team, crashed in the early hours of this morning.

The crash occurred at 03:15 GMT, following an electrical fault reported by the pilot.

Police have confirmed that 1 of the six initial survivors has died in hospital. Survivors of the crash are reported to include footballers and a journalist.

The Chapecoense Football team were due to play the Medellín team Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday 30th November. The match has now been postponed indefinitely.

Brazilian President, Michel Temer, offered his condolences on Twitter:

“The government will do everything possible to alleviate the pain of friends and family of sport and national journalism”

Temer said that all means were being put forward to “help families and give every assistance possible. Aeronautics and Itamaraty (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are already in effect.”

In a statement The Brazilian Football Federation said:

“Our solidarity and prayers are with the passengers and crew.”

Donald Trump blasts Scottish wind farms, claims they “sully” the county’s beauty

By Eoghan Scott

Donald Trump has claimed Scottish wind farms “sully” the country’s natural beauty, according to a BBC report on the President elect’s recent meeting with Nigel Farage.

According to Leave campaigner Andy Wigmore, who was also present at the meeting, Trump was said to be offended by the wind farms. “He has got a bugbear – he doesn’t like wind farms at all. He says ‘when I look out of my window and I see these windmills, it offends me. You’ve got to do something about these windmills. Let’s put them offshore, why spoil the beautiful countryside?'”

This news comes almost a year after it was reported that Donald Trump had lost a legal battle against 11 wind turbines close to Aberdeen, close to the businessman cum President-elect’s golf development off the Aberdeenshire coast. He argued at the time that the windmills would spoil the view.

Speaking to the BBC, WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “One would have thought Mr Trump would have far more important issues to be dealing with.

“The reality is that offshore wind turbines are already making a significant contribution to the UK’s power supply. And, given that Scotland is home to a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource, we should be aiming to make the most of this clean power source.”

ScottishPower Renewables could not be reached for comment.

Teenagers drinking “a bathtub full of sugary drinks” each year

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11 to 18 year olds are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub full of sugary drinks every year, according to figures compiled from the latest Government National Diet and Nutrition Survey, it’s been reported.

This is the equivalent of just under 234 cans of soft drink per year, twice the amount of children aged between 4 and 10.

It’s also been said that teenagers are eating and drinking at least three times the recommended limit, and sugary drinks account for most of this added sugar.

Cancer Research UK is calling on the Scottish government to do more to tackle the country’s wider obesity epidemic, suggesting that a proposed sugar levy does not go far enough. [Read more…]

Primal Scream live review – Usher Hall 22/11/2016

by Eoghan Scott

Photo credit: Phil Guest

Photo credit: Phil Guest

 

In a month that has brought about the election of Apprentice-star Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, and a year that has seen the UK vote to leave the EU, sometimes you just need the comfort of knowing that some things never change.

That’s not to say Bobby Gillespie and Co. have ever been content just to keep things the way they are. Over the course of 11 albums and almost three decades, the Glaswegian band has been defined by a willingness to reach out and experiment with new and exciting sounds. Even so, it’s just nice to think that Primal Scream will always be Primal Scream, regardless of what new or exciting sounds they choose to explore.

Monday night in Usher Hall saw the legendary Scottish band amongst a home crowd, so anticipation was high. [Read more…]

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