There’s one unarguable thing to be said about the imbroglio that engulfed the Barbican this week over the staging and then cancellation of Brett Bailey’s anti-racism installation Exhibit B: what a fine mess. The rest is less defined. As with so much involving artistic expression, on stage or on canvas, there is what seems readily apparent on the surface, and that which lies beneath. Bailey’s installation, using black actors to depict the horrors of slavery and charting how the poisonous residue blights the present day, was displayed to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival, but the Barbican’s attempt to stage it in south London was snuffed out at birth after 200 protesters held a noisy demonstration on the opening night. Almost immediately the five-night run was cancelled. Bailey is a phenomenon. Fearless and provocative. There is no doubt that in matters of race and culture, and of the noxious history that fuses the two, his view … [Read more...] about The Exhibit B slavery show has value – but who was it aimed at?
Forecasters are predicting ice, rain and snow across several states stretching from the Midwest to the Northeastern United States as a storm moves across the country which is scheduled to last until Tuesday night. Snow is likely in parts of the Mississippi Valley eastward into the Ohio Valley and parts of the mid-Atlantic states while in the south of the country, rain and thunderstorms are expected. The National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories from the southern Rockies into the Central Plains, mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and parts of the Northeast making for difficult and dangerous travel conditions. A winter storm will bring rain, snow and ice from Midwest to the Northeast The snow will then spread east as the several southern states will be hit with heavy rain (above) The storm system will move across the central and eastern U.S. until Tuesday Pedestrians walk across an intersection as … [Read more...] about The nightmare before Christmas! Snow and ice to spread from the Midwest to Northeast in winter storm snarling travel plans days before big holiday getaway
TVNZ/POOL The road north of Franz Josef on the West Coast was expected to be closed until at least Christmas after heavy rain caused slips and flood damage. A West Coast tourism operator has joked the mayor should officially reopen a highway reopening much earlier than first thought. State Highway 6 between Harihari and Whataroa has been closed since early December due to a slip on Mt Hercules after wild weather hit the region. Westland mayor Bruce Smith thought it could take six weeks to fix, keeping the road shut until at least mid January and hindering access to the popular Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Glacier Country Tourism Group chairman Ashley Cassin earlier said Smith's comments were "more damaging that what mother nature herself has dealt us". READ MORE:Road to Franz Josef partially open but more work to clear West Coast slipsTourism business angered by comments about lengthy road closureMassive slip blocking West Coast … [Read more...] about West Coast highway closed by storm could be fixed by Friday
The Bank of England is seriously considering raising rates for the first time in 10 years against a backdrop of lacklustre economic growth, as a Guardian analysis shows the Brexit vote sapping business confidence and hitting household income. As Mark Carney, the Bank’s governor, prepares to hike the cost of borrowing for the first time since 2007 from as soon as next week, key barometers of economic strength are faltering. Nevertheless, City analysts expect Carney and his panel of rate setters on the monetary policy committee to vote for a rate hike on 2 November. Threadneedle Street is thought to have backed itself into a corner – with financial markets reckoning there is an 80% chance of a hike – after the MPC said at its last meeting in September it could move to increase rates within the “coming months”. Stepping back from the brink may now cause the pound to fall and would undermine the central bank’s credibility, having been called an … [Read more...] about The Brexit economy: the storm clouds are gathering
A dad-of-one died a day after his birthday after suffering a seizure in the back of his girlfriend's car when he took the drug 'monkey dust'. Jake Hague, 27, started 'fitting' on the back seat of his girlfriend's car shortly after he took the powerful drug. An inquest at North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court heard how his girlfriend Louise Tivenan drove him to her house before calling an ambulance. His mother, Joanne Shaw, told the hearing at that she believed Jake may have survived if an ambulance had been called sooner, reports Stoke-on-TrentLive . Jake, of Meir, Staffordshire, met up with his girlfriend the day after his birthday last year. In a statement, Miss Tivenan - who had been seeing Jake for three weeks - said they had called at a friend's house prior to Jake having a seizure. She said: “I picked him up at around 7.30pm, where he got in the back of the car and told me he wanted to go to a friend's to try something. “I knew it was some kind of drug and he … [Read more...] about Dad, 27, who ‘thought he was invincible’ died after using ‘monkey dust’ in car
A village is on evacuation alert and passengers have been rescued from a train as Storm Callum hits Wales.Residents of 29 homes on Canal Side in Aberdulais, near Neath, have been advised to leave their homes because of high river levels.The Met Office issued an amber warning for heavy rain on Friday and Saturday for south Wales, while the whole country has a warning for wind.Thousands of homes have been without power, roads shut and trains cancelled.Fire crews were called to a train stuck in floodwater at Penrhiwceiber, near Mountain Ash, and up to 30 passengers evacuated from the Valley Lines train. Sandbags used stop Gwydir Castle floods Disruption to travel and power supplies Flood defences fail and homes without power Trains between Cardiff and Aberdare are cancelled as a result as commuters face transport chaos on the Friday night journey home.Trains between Swansea and Carmarthen stopped running at 19:00 on Friday evening due to anticipated coastal flooding.The M48 Severn … [Read more...] about Storm Callum: Village’s evacuation warning and people rescued from train