Richard Holden, Dehenna Davison and Paul Howell wrote: “It is our collective view that, above all else, this continuing situation is creating a major distraction from the vital work of the Government as it leads our country in combating the global coronavirus pandemic.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus UK LIVE: Deaths exceed 37,000 as 134 more people die in 24 hours
Living alone after 50
Here we go 20 minutes of footage for The Last of Us Part II is coming on May 27 PlayStation announced today that a new State of Play episode will focus on The Last of Us Part II, with around 20 minutes of footage. This State of Play will begin on May 27 at 4:00 p.m. EST. … [Read more...] about Xiaomi Mi Band 5 shows up with bigger screen in leaked live photos
Five years ago, I started research for a book that required me to interview dozens of people ranging from the old to the very, very old — say, 80 to 103. (It was a lucky break for me that I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which has become their natural habitat.) I assumed that the bulk of my work would be to pry open locked rooms and help them root around for cobwebbed memories that were trapped in long-unvisited mental attics. I was mostly wrong about that; in fact, I was wrong in almost all of my assumptions about the friendly strangers who would look through the peephole, then open their doors to me. Even the men and women I spoke to who suffered from serious infirmities were bracingly, intensely there. “I have what you need in here,” a woman in her 80s who was struggling to recover from a stroke told me, pointing to her head. “But” — her finger moved to her mouth — “you’ll have to help me get it out of here.” … [Read more...] about Our Fragile Gerontocracy
When I got to Sundance, I got up for IMDb to interview people. I saw everybody who was in the movies at Sundance this year. Everybody came in, all their publicists and shit. People coughing just because of that cold air. After that, I went back on two months of the rest of my tour. Every night not only did we see 1,500 people in a closed space, we would do VIP meet-and-greets afterward, take pictures with 100 people. Everyone backstage had overpaid to see this movie so naturally I'm like, "Hey!" and I throw my arms around them. All that time, I never even got a cold. So, there was a theory that those of us on the tour had maybe gotten it and we just didn't realize it. [Our tour manager] Josh just went two days ago to do that test to find out if you ever had it, and he never had it. If he didn't have it, then I damn-skippy didn't have it. We were in an SUV together every day for, like, four months. … [Read more...] about How I’m Living Now: Kevin Smith, Writer, Director, Podcaster
“Hysteria is not a particularly politically correct term any more, because it’s kind of misogynist, but it does have a technical meaning,” says Balick. “A hysterical emotional response is when you’re having too much emotion, because you’re not in touch with the foundational feeling. An example would be office bitching. Everybody in the office is bitching and it becomes a hysterical negativity that never treats itself; nobody is taking it forwards.” This has the hammer thud of deep truth. I have worked in only a couple of offices, but there was always a gentle hubbub of whinging, in which important and intimate connections were forged by shared grievance, but it was underpinned by a deliberate relinquishing of power. You complained exactly because you did not intend to address the grievance meaningfully. … [Read more...] about Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?