New York Daily Sun - The Trusted New York Daily Broadsheet » Culture http://www.newyorkdailysun.com New York’s Daily Newspaper Reporting News, Sport, Politics, Finance, Fashion, Features and Scandal. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Journalism Internship Costa Rica http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/journalism-internship-costa-rica/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/journalism-internship-costa-rica/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:32:11 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4977 When I was searching for an internship – be it in college or after I graduated I wanted an experience where I would be gaining knowledge as well as having a good time.  Life is too short to be all work and no play.

So many of us are trying to find our path in life and pursuing one’s own dreams instead of those of others.  This November it is time to step outside the box in a unique journalism internship program based on the beaches of the land of “Pura Vida”, Costa Rica.

Imagine this: the chance to spend six weeks in sunny (most of the time!) Costa Rica – sounds a bit too good to be true, right? You will spend six weeks with the Costa Rican Times’ knowledgeable experts who will teach you all you could ever want to know about article writing, radio podcasting and video broadcasting. The program combines all three major areas of journalism to give interns an insight into the career path they want to follow.

They will be based in a comfortable, open-plan house just outside of Jacó, on the Pacific side of the country. While here, they’ll have personal instruction with the staff associated with the Costa Rican Times online newspaper who will be dedicating their time to teaching you the ins and outs of modern journalism. Reporting styles are moving on and it’s important to keep up with all of these changes. You’ll learn how to edit and piece together your own work to a professional standard.

Interns will have classes Monday through Friday concerning all aspects of journalism with experts that will demand a quick grasp of the knowledge presented. Daily articles will be assigned and published in the online news source. Classes will all be taught in English, so no need to panic if your Spanish isn’t quite up to scratch! That said, the interns will receive weekly Spanish classes, so by the end of it you should feel more comfortable chatting to the locals.

But this will not be all work all the time, it is important for the interns to be able to experience the country. If the pursuit of knowledge is not enough then maybe you can be tempted with a sunset catamaran tour, a canopy tour of the stunning Monteverde rainforest, the opportunity to tour world-renown Manuel Antonio National park; plus you will learn the basics of free diving and how to surf! All of this is included in the program cost, thanks to our sponsors.

The wildlife and geography of Costa Rica is pretty spectacular – don’t be surprised to see an iguana climbing trees outside your window! On top of being packed full of useful career-style information, we want you to make the most of being here and of what Costa Rica has to offer.

What would you rather be doing Thanksgiving weekend; the same old family trip or venturing through the rain forests of Costa Rica?

For more information on the Costa Rican Times journalism internship program, go to their website or email dan@costaricantimes.com

Below is a full list of all of our sponsors and the weekend activities for the interns that will make your time here in Costa Rica one you will always remember.

Tamarindo Weekend Adventure (Transport To and From Included) – Nov 14th to 16th

  1. Blue Dolphin Sailing, Tamarindo – Sunset Catamaran Tour – http://www.bluedolphinsailing.com/
  2. Free Dive Costa Rica – Free Dive Experience & Yoga Class – http://www.freedivecostarica.com/
  3. Accommodations – Hotel Zullymar – 2 nights – http://zullymar.com/

Monteverde Weekend Adventure (Transport To and From Included) – Nov 21st to 23rd

  1. The Original Canopy Tour – Canopy Tour – http://www.theoriginalcanopy.com/
  2. Monteverde Butterfly Gardens – http://www.monteverdebutterflygarden.com/
  3. Accommodations – La Colina Lodge – 2 nights – http://www.lacolinalodge.com/

Jacó Weekend Adventure – Nov 29th – 30th

  1. Surf Lessons – Board Rental and Instructor Included
  2. Jungle Booze Cruise – Adventure Tours Costa Rica – http://www.adventuretourscostarica.com/tours/rainforest_tours/jungle_booze_cruise/

Manuel Antonio Weekend Adventure (Transport To and From Included)- Dec 6th – 7th

  1. Mangrove Boat Tour – Quepoa Tours – https://www.facebook.com/quepoatours
  2. Manuel Antonio National Park with Guide – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Antonio_National_Park
  3. Accommodations – Costa Verde- 1 night – https://www.costaverde.com/
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BBC Needs Overhaul http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/bbc-needs-overhaul/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/bbc-needs-overhaul/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:45:10 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4694 Background:

BBC reputation low after Savile, Newsnight trust issues and cock-ups like overpayment of Entwistle. Whole organization in need of a reshape; in terms of brand, structure, funding and content.

Negatives:

TV Newsreaders and reporters moving their arms around. Ridiculous. Over-PC. Huw Edwards the only exception. Forces me onto C4 news / ITV / Sky. Dire.

 World News. When I am abroad as a Brit I look at the TV world news channels available and BBC World News is dominated by washed-up newsreaders (not dissimilar to United/American long haul flights for hostesses – old and haggard because they get more miles done in one go, while the young pretty hostesses do the short haul). Is this the image of Britain we want? Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera etc employ lookers.

 Nepotism. Nothing puts off a license payer more than seeing Dan Snow or Zoe Ball. So many sons and daughters get right of passage in the BBC. Completely wrong.

 Newsnight. Its budget is far too small. Speaking from experience, Richard Watson (Newsnight’s terrorism investigator) relies on an unpaid researcher who sticks her neck out and is in danger because of lack of funds, equipment etc Newsnight needs a revamp and it needs teeth. C4 Dispatches way ahead in so many ways.

 Comedy – really dire period in British comedy. More Have I got news for you and less canned laughter series, which really are not funny at all.

 Content. Producing chef programmes and nonsense like Springwatch on the main TV channels – which are mere time-fillers – shows a complete lack of imagination. Yes, the dramas are good but why not bring up audience numbers by pinching the quality Golden Era US TV programmes – CSI and NCIS – off Channel 5. Get in more sport – cricket, football etc. Rather than wasting cash on copying X Factor with the Voice, buy in popular content and admit the BBC cannot produce excellent content as fillers and is putting its audience off.

 The license fee. I don’t believe that a single, unemployed mum with three kids who lives in a block of flats in Glasgow should have to pay for a TV License but it is her right to watch the telly. The BBC hemorrhages cash on taxis, expenses, too many staff, lawyers, admin, buildings etc BBC TV needs huge cuts – it is no longer competing except in a few areas.

 Having said that, the BBC must make a watershed choice before selling BBC products (like the language courses, DVDs, books etc) – become self-funding or rely on the license fee. If, as it should do, it chooses the former then fine it should make many millions through sales of its branded products. If not then I think it should allow private companies to flourish without their state-supported market advantages.

 East Enders. You could see the mood of the nation improving during the Olympics. Why? We kept watching winners. If you force the nation to watch a depressed bunch of depressing, forlorn characters in a soap like East Enders you end up with a depressed bunch of depressing, whining human beings. Get rid of it. Replace it with a short UK Neighbours at a hundredth of the budget and stick the saved cash into proper drama, educational programmes and investigative programmes.

 The BBC in general doesn’t know how to deal with extremists or how to classify certain groups. For example, Griffin of the BNP got onto Question Time. I dislike both parties vehemently yet the BBC calls the EDL fascists and racists when the BNP are fascists and racists and the EDL is anti Islamist not fascist or racist at all. The PC interviewers often get caught out with their lack of knowledge of extremism. All extremists are as barking as each other but the BBC needs to show that – maybe by showing the similarities between the EDL, BNP, Islamofascists, extremist Jews, extremist Hindus, Trots etc – rather than seeming to be biased (basically because the BBC is mal-informed). Such an important area for the BBC to get right now before the extremism problem snowballs.

 Soft interviews on Radio 4. Humphrys has softened, as have the new intake of interviewers. I watch Sky breakfast news before listening to Radio 4 in the morning and – shocking though it may sound – that is the only place (apart from Eddie Mayer at 5 on Radio 4 and Paxman on Newsnight) where you see Ministers and others deservedly grilled and held to account. Disappointing.

 Radio 5 Live. Dreadful. An irritant. LBC far better – there at least questions are asked. 5 Live is a never-ending loop of PC mush (until the excellent football coverage comes on). Annoying having football match commentaries interrupted by horse races and Scottish goals (I mean, who cares? I could score a goal in a Scottish football match – they are rubbish).

 BBC’s lack of care for army deaths. Watch Mary Nightingale on the ITV news…she’s in tears when our lads come home from Afghanistan in coffins. ITV has won over news viewers from the BBC because of this. These lads are heroes. The BBC should be supporting them far more openly.

 The red Labour backgrounds for BBC News. BBC should reflect the nation not Islington. It should be decent, centrist politically – neither right or left wing. That doesn’t mean the Clarksons or Tony Robinsons don’t have a place; of course they do. But the PC and left wing bias is killing the BBC.

 Programmes like Watchdog are a bit of a joke now. Consumers need protecting without being bored to death.

 Management. Maybe the new boss will sort things out. Old ones seem to be a waste of space.

 Children in Need. Money going to some dodgy places. Lack of accountability.

 UK schools should be using BBC material in class daily. Kids know how to use computers, tablets, phones etc and can learn using the BBC’s creativity. Part of the Education budget should go to the BBC for this purpose.

 BBC Parliament and the Welsh & Scottish language channels are an utter waste of money.

 Lack of coverage of PMQ and other major and relevant political debates. Leads to apolitical nation.

 Business Correspondents lightweight although Peston and Flanders are OK.

 Defence correspondent (Wyatt?) – can’t help but think of her low voice and manly appearance instead of focusing on what she is saying.

Positives:

 The BBC website. Brilliant. However it should look to quoting more online sources rather than getting stuck with the old bricks and mortar news agencies and papers. BBC iPlayer is excellent however it’s annoying when you’re abroad. Maybe there could be a paid subscription service for Brits abroad whereby they can listen to the footie on the radio / watch what they want on iPlayer by typing in their license number / paying for content. Large US expat audience would tap in just as they listen to Capital FM a lot digitally.

 Newsnight. The excellent core is still there. This needs more investment.

 World Service. Worth a state subsidy.

 Sports Coverage. Excellent. Shame the BBC bids for so little of it. Ashes should be on the BBC. So should British Lions matches and the League Cup.

 Radio 4. (Almost all content excellent especially comedy).

 Radio 5 Sports

 BBC4 educational programmes.

 Good coverage of WW1 and WW2, Holocaust etc. (Should be linked to importance of voting; recognition of freedoms in Britain).

 Dramas (most of them). Profit-making series which the BBC should make more cash out of.

 Admitting the paedophile problem.

 Admitting management problems.

 Self-investigation.

 Having multi-cultural newsreaders has made the UK more tolerant in general – a good thing IMO.

 Kids TV programmes in general (CBBC). One of the presenters has one arm – my kids noticed, and now are totally aware that some people are disabled and some are not. Nice touch.

 Coverage of programmes regarding animal responsibility.

 Coverage of programmes related to dodgy builders – once the blight of Britain.

 Regular coverage of Royal occasions.

 Breaking News coverage. Lee Rigby, Royal Baby etc …excellent. I must admit – for all its failings – breaking news is valid news on the BBC news channel whereas on Sky etc breaking news can mean any damn thing.

 Nature programmes (apart from Springwatch). Brilliant. Attract whole families to watch together. Really positive – especially the computer-generated dinosaur stuff. Amazing.

 Test Match Special. A gem.

 Stephen Nolan. Late night Radio 5. Excellent (only decent thing on Radio 5 apart from the sport).

 Eggheads, Pointless and quiz content – good.

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Tributes For Lou Reed http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/tributes-for-lou-reed/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/tributes-for-lou-reed/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:57:54 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4457 Rock legend David Bowie has led the tributes to US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, who died on Sunday aged 71.

Bowie’s Facebook page said of his “old friend”, considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock: “He was a master.”

Reed’s second solo album Transformer, featuring Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, was co-produced by Bowie.

Reed’s literary agent said he died of a “liver-related ailment”.

The last tweet posted on his official Twitter account, hours before the news of his death, simply stated: “The Door”. The tweet links through to a photograph of a door, with a poster of Reed on it and the words “Papa Loves Baby” scrawled underneath.

Reed’s former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale wrote on his website: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy.’”

Other stars paying tribute included The Who, who tweeted: “RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.” Iggy Pop said it was “devastating news”.

An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed had a liver transplant this May after suffering liver failure.

“I am a triumph of modern medicine,” Reed posted on his website on 1 June.

But Reed’s literary agent Andrew Wylie said the musician, who died at his home in Long Island, New York, on Sunday morning, had not been well “for a few months”.

British music journalist Charles Shaar Murray told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme that Reed “completely changed the cultural landscape we inhabit”.

He said that although Velvet Underground were “spectacularly unsuccessful”, The Beatles and Bowie were “huge fans” of Reed, and that he “exercised huge influence on glam rock and punk and everything that grew out of those phenomena”.

Mr Murray added that Reed “did not suffer fools… or journalists gladly”, adding that “he was not considered a likeable man, except by his closest friends”.

He used the “deliberate withholding of charm as a weapon” and “performed to a smallish but loyal audience sufficient in number to sustain a comfortable lifestyle”.

Many musicians paid homage to the influence Reed had on their own careers.

Nikki Sixx of heavy metal band Motley Crue tweeted: “RIP Lou Reed. Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life. You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today.”

US singer Cyndi Lauper added that she was grateful for “his music and the influence he had on my music”.

Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, said: “My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Jane’s Addiction cover of ‘Rock n Roll’. He was a singular, unique talent. RIP Lou and thanks.”

Reed’s individuality was also hailed by Paul Stanley of Kiss, who called him “a musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules”.

Lizo Mzimba looks back at the life of Lou Reed

The Velvet Underground became renowned for their fusion of art and music and for collaborating with Andy Warhol.

However, the band never achieved commercial success during their 1960s existence, but their influence on music in later decades was widely recognised.

The glam, punk and alternative rock movements of the 1970s, 80s and 90s were all indebted to Reed, whose songs were covered by the likes of REM, Bowie, Nirvana, Patti Smith and countless others.

Music producer Brian Eno once summed up their influence by saying: “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.”

The group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

US actress Mia Farrow, whose career also began in the 1960s, simply said: “Deepest Gratitude Lou Reed. Peace. ”

British author Salman Rushdie expressed his loss by tweeting: “My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad. But hey, Lou, you’ll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.”

US actress Whoopi Goldberg, paid tribute, saying: “The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson. Lou was 1 of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede…”.

US actor Samuel L Jackson added: “R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!”

British comic and actor Ricky Gervais described Reed as was “one of the greatest artists of our time”, while presenter and broadcaster Jonathan Ross said of the musician: “A great talent, a nice man, a sad day.”

After quitting The Velvet Underground in 1970, Reed released his self-titled debut in 1972, but it wasn’t until the Bowie-produced LP Transformer later that year that he achieved chart success.

Perfect Day enjoyed a revival in 1996 when it was featured in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, and again a year later when it was re-recorded by a celebrity cast for a BBC charity single.

Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds, who sang on the single, told the BBC Reed was able to convey life in New York.

Backing singer Casey Synge describes working with Reed on Walk on the Wild Side

“His lyrics are poetry, really. And he seemed to deal with things that no other writer seemed to really deal with in songs. The Velvet Underground would probably be dealing with drugs, sexuality, everything.”

As a solo artist, he released 20 studio albums. His last, Hudson River Wind Meditations, was released in 2007.

Reed is survived by his second wife, the musician and performing artist Laurie Anderson.

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Lone Ranger: Massive Flop http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/lone-ranger-massive-flop/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/lone-ranger-massive-flop/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:47:43 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4245 Walt Disney has warned that its Lone Ranger summer blockbuster will lose it between $160m-$190m (£104m-£124m) after heavy spending on promotion failed to bring returns.

The news came with the entertainment giant’s third quarter results.

They showed earnings almost unchanged but revenue up 4%, thanks to its theme parks and cable networks, such as ESPN.

Disney said it earned $1.85bn in the quarter to the end of June, up from $1.83bn last year.

Revenue at its theme parks and resorts grew by 7% to $3.7bn while cable network revenue was up by 8%. The losses from the Lone Ranger film, which stars Johnny Depp, will show up in the next quarterly figures.

The film opened in early July and made $29m in US and Canadian ticket sales over its first weekend, a figure considered weak in the industry for a major release.

The company said Iron Man 3, which was released in late spring, had fared worse than The Avengers which was out a year earlier, but that its Pixar movie Monsters University was doing better than its children’s film Brave did a year ago.

Disney chairman and chief executive Bob Iger said he was happy with the results, adding: “We are confident that our strategy of creating high-quality branded content positions us well for the future.”

He said he appreciated the risks associated with high-cost films, but that he still thought they were worth the risk.

“One way to rise above the din and the competition is with a big film, not just big budget, but big story, big cast, big marketing behind it,” he said.

 

 

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Stretchy Metal To Revolusionise Mankind? http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/stretchy-metal-to-revolusionise-mankind/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/stretchy-metal-to-revolusionise-mankind/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:19:38 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4039 A science team at North Carolina State University has made a breakthrough in technology, which could allow for the creation of elasticated electronics and jewelery.

Written by Chris White

The research team led by Dr. Michael Dickey, has created a unique stretchable alloy from the blending of the two metals known as ‘indium’ and ‘gallium’, which form a liquid state when exposed to room temperature, but which also form a skin when exposed to the air.

The liquid is created by stacking droplets of the material on top of one-another using a syringe, which then retain their individual shapes without forming a single merged droplet. Unlike mercury it is harmless to humans.

Dr. Dickey believes that the technique will allow scientists and technicians to form the liquid metal into twistable shapes that can withstand pressure bending without sustaining significant damage.

The material could be very useful in the creation of electronic components that could endure severe stresses.

Speaking of the new invention Dr. Dickey said: “The metal forms a very thin layer of oxide and because of it, you can actually shape it into interesting shapes that would not be possible with normal liquids like water. It’s an additive manufacturing technique, so you’re basically directly printing the material in 3D space. It’s an additive manufacturing technique, so you’re basically directly printing the material in 3D space.

The resulting structures are soft, and if you embed them in, say, rubber, for example, you can create structures that are deformable and stretchable.”

Reacting to the news of the newly discovered material and the research involved in creating it, Professor of Electrical Engineering Jason Heikenfeld of the University of Cincinnati said: “Folks have tried to work with liquid metal for some time – some of us when we were younger would break up a thermometer and you’d see liquid metal – mercury – go all over the place.

It was evidence that although these materials have a significant upside, in terms of what you can do with them, they are extremely challenging to work with.

Professor Heikenfeld went on: “Flexible electronics are starting to emerge, with companies such as Samsung, LG and Nokia experimenting with bendy displays for phones and televisions. – But this technology was not stretchable – something you could achieve when you involved liquid metals

Stretchable is a whole other game because you’re now talking about wearable and conformable.”

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Branagh Stars in MacBeth http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/branagh-stars-in-macbeth/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/branagh-stars-in-macbeth/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:17:35 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=4012 British actor Sir Kenneth Branagh is to star in his first on stage Shakespeare role for 11 years, to the widespread acclaim of critics and fans alike. The famous actor will perform the play in a 281 capacity deconsecrated church in Manchester on Saturday July 20th, as part of the Manchester International Festival.

Written by Chris White

Upon being informed of the spectacular comeback, one of the more harsher Guardian critics Michael Billington commented: “The highest compliment I can pay him is that at times he evoked golden memories of Olivier in the role.”

The new production starts with a bloody battle scene, drenched in rain, where armour-clad medieval knights clash with sparks flying as their blades touch.

The ‘stage’, which essentially consists of a trough fitted longwise down the nave of the church is filled with mud, with audience members seated either side on benches.

Needless to say ticket holders are being warned by the play’s directors not to don their “best, light coloured or dry-clean onlies” for the occasion, lest they be spattered with prop mud.

Writing in The Guardian, theatre critic Michael Billington said: “We seem to be in the thick of the rain-soaked, mud-spattered opening battles. This is an exciting production that shows why Branagh is such a fine Shakespearean actor.

He can do the soaring vocal cries but he is also sensitive to the minutiae of language. Branagh will convey the desolation and despair of a man who has sold his soul only to be confronted by the hollowness of tyrannical power.”

Writing in The Telegraph another theatre critic Dominic Cavendish referred to the upcoming play as: “A thrilling, cinematically fluid account of Macbeth that doesn’t hold back in plunging us into the harrowing grime of battle. As the earthy playing-area turns into a bog, as drums beat and swords clash, something stirs in the memory. Oh yes, Shakespeare can be really exciting, can’t he?

Sir Kenneth shows us the vestigial civilisation beneath the martial exterior, this is a Macbeth, though, that won’t just go down as a highlight of the Manchester International Festival but as one of the Scottish Play’s great revivals. It’s a phoenix-like feather in the cap of Sir Ken, too, comeback Shakespearean king.”

Tickets for the play have sold our however, the performance will be televised live to hundreds of theatres around the World as part of the National Theatre’s NT Live broadcasts policy.

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Floating Theatre Opens http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/floating-theatre-opens/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/floating-theatre-opens/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:03:38 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=3978 A 60 foot long, wide-beamed cinema canal boat, known as the London Floating Cinema, will return to The Thames towards the end of this month, screening a double-bill  which will consist of a horror show special, followed by a new film produced by Culture Show star Michael Smith.

Written by Chris White

This will be followed by a weekend of horror films, curated by film director Steven Sheil, a fancy dress screening of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and an outdoor ‘Horror Weekender’, featuring Jack Arnold’s classic chiller ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’.
The launch is scheduled to take place at the Open East Festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will mark the beginning of a whole series of riverbank events which will run until September 30th.

The riverine events will include a floating tour of London’s historic cemeteries conducted by experts from the London Museum of Archaeology, a microbiological tour of East London’s waterways conducted by Professor Malcolm Burrows of Cambridge University, canal tours, talks and workshops.

The London Floating Cinema was successfully launched in 2011, attracting 5,000 visitors and an online audience of 80,000 patrons.

In a statement the London Floating Theatre said:

“We wanted this year’s programme to say that it’s London’s ordinary people that make its culture so extraordinary and to spotlight some of those people and what they do in life, as well as to make sure they are at the heart of the programme as an active audience. The Extra-Ordinary theme offers a celebration of the overlooked and ‘ordinary’ in life, and brings to the fore the brilliance to be found on our doorstep.”

The cinema canal barge is currently still under construction by boat-building specialists at Turks Boatyard in Chatham.

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John Constable Gets A Blue Plaque http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/john-constable-gets-a-blue-plaque/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/john-constable-gets-a-blue-plaque/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:40:46 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=3955 Last Friday the great-great-grandson of the famous artist John Constable, Richard Constable unveiled a blue plaque to his illustrious ancestor in Sillwood Road Brighton, at 1pm, at the artist’s former home.

Written by Chris White

In attendance was the City’s woman mayor Councillor Denise Cobb and a part of special guests.

The plaque for John Constable was created following a nomination by the house’s current resident, Pater Harrap who is himself a professional artist. The house was known as “Mrs. Sober’s Gardens”, during the 4 years which John Constable is known to have lived there, between 1824 and 1828.

The location of the address remained a mystery until art historians made the connection between John Constable’s famous correspondence address and the actual deeds to the property.

Although the facade of the house has been altered somewhat since the early 19th Century, the interior layout of the structure remains more-or-less unchanged since Constable would have lived there with his wife Maria, who suffered from tuberculosis. It was said that Constable brought Maria to Brighton in order to ease her symptoms.

The period which Constable spent in the house where some of the most productive of his art career, producing such masterpieces as ‘The Cornfield’ and ‘The Hay Wain’, all of which were received with much acclaim in Paris’ galleries.

Harrap, is planning to curate an exhibition of John Constable’s ideas and works at the Brighton Museum between April and October 2017.

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Culture Stabbed Self in Chest http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/culture-stabbed-self-in-chest/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/culture-stabbed-self-in-chest/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:20:10 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=3853 An inquest jury held in Woking, has determined that the now deceased 48-year-old reggae star David Emmanuel (stage name ‘Smiley Culture’), took his own life by stabbing himself in the chest as the police executed a raid on his home on Hillbury Road in Warlingham, Surrey during March 2011.

Written by Chris White

Following the inquest presiding Coroner Richards Travers announced he would be recommending changes to the way in which suspects during police raids are apprehended and held.

Emmanuel rose to fame during the 1980’s with a series of reggae rap songs, which soon became widespread listening within Britain’s Black Community.

The jury foreman returning the majority verdict read out: “David Victor Emmanuel took his own life.”

Adding that “although the tragic events were unforeseeable, giving one officer the responsibility of supervising Mr Emmanuel and, at the same time the premises search book, was a contributory factor in his death”.

Responding to the verdict in a statement Scotland Yard said: “The inquest heard how a seemingly calm situation unexpectedly escalated into an incident which was to have the most tragic of consequences.

As the jury have stated, this escalation was unforeseeable. The response of the officers involved was immediate, with an ambulance called while emergency first aid was administered in a concerted attempt to save Mr Emmanuel’s life. We recognise that the jury have made comment on the fact that a single officer was supervising Mr. Emmanuel whilst also completing the search record, and we will fully consider any recommendations made by the coroner in this regard.”

Although IPCC (‘Independent Police Complaints Commission’) recommended no disciplinary action the IPCC’s Commissioner Mike Franklin stated: “The ongoing dynamic assessments made by officers on the 15 March 2011 were left wanting.

Four experienced officers felt it appropriate to detain a suspect in the kitchen, potentially the most dangerous room in the house, and afforded him a level of freedom not normally associated with an operation of this kind.

The IPCC has made a series of recommendations to the Metropolitan Police following this investigation, presenting them with areas that should be reviewed and changed in light of the findings. I hope that this inquest has provided Mr Emmanuel’s family with some of the answers they and the community have so patiently waited for.”

After the verdict was read out Emmanuel’s cousin, Merlin Emmanuel said on behalf of the Emmanuel Family: “We have lost an integral part of our family. He had a lot of hope and he had a lot to live for. Why he should have wanted to end his life in that way I do not know, but I do not think he should have been in a position to do that.”

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GTA 5 To Be Released on 2 Discs http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/gta-5-to-be-released-on-2-discs/ http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/gta-5-to-be-released-on-2-discs/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:57:21 +0000 admin http://www.newyorkdailysun.com/?p=3834 In an unprecedented move Rockstar Games has announced that the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto V will be released on two discs, but insists that players will not be required to swap disks whilst playing.

Written by Chris White

According to the game developers GTA 5 the non-playable disk will consist of a 8GB install which might require owners without sufficient storage to use either a portable hard drive or USB stick in order to install all the game data.

Responding to questions raised by prospective players on a Q&A board, Rockstar developers announced: “If using a USB flash drive it must be at least USB 2.0 with a minimum 15mb/s read speed and formatted for Xbox 360 use. A new USB flash drive is recommended to ensure optimum performance. Once installed, the game will be played entirely from the second disc.”

The PlayStation 3 version however, will be released on a single Blu-Ray disc.

Grand Theft Auto V will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17th. The multiplayer version of the game will be available for online access.

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