I also wonder if you have spoken to your European counterparts about protecting the arts from economic ruin. I am well aware that you are part of a Brexit-driven government that relies on the myth of British exceptionalism. But it is surely worth noting that the German government has pledged €1bn to support the arts in crisis and that the French have, among other measures, created a fund of €7bn for small businesses, including those that have had to cancel shows and film shoots. By comparison our £160m Arts Council emergency package looks like very small beer. … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
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British photographer Lee Mumford used his drone to snap this stunning image of a train trundling through Sri Lanka's epic landscape. He said: 'I wanted to visit the beautiful country of Sri Lanka to see the iconic blue trains trundling through the lush countryside. I booked my accommodation, which had the perfect location to photograph them. It was then just a matter of juggling the time, the low light of sunrise and finding the optimal moment to launch the drone'. Photograph: @leemumford8/Agora Photography … [Read more...] about World’s most beautiful scenes in Agora’s Travel photo contest
The Portland Police Department said in a statement that firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and there were no structural damages. Domingo Lopez was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduct in the second degree. … [Read more...] about Portland cops: Man started small brush fire with Molotov cocktail
The ECB is on the verge of completing a full men's programme of international matches in a condensed season with all those games having taken place behind closed doors in biosecure bubbles at the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford. The England women's team will play West Indies in a five T20I series starting on September 21 in Derby without crowds. The recently completed CPL was also played behind closed doors in Trinidad. … [Read more...] about Spectators set for return to Australian cricket – with minimal cheering
Geographically, this map could be of anywhere as it is a map of the culture war that rages mainly online, but the US has a particularly well defined and extreme version. Stylistically, I was thinking of cold war propaganda maps showing the “communist threat” in the 1950s. The Big Brother-like figure at the top is Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook; I chose him because he is the best-known face of social media power. … [Read more...] about Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings