Big Six mounts offensive against Labour – just don’t mention Libor!

Day Two of the Big Six‘s powerful lobbying offensive against Labour started in stealth mode this morning with The Telegraph implanting the suggestion that government policies, put in place by Ed Miliband when he was Energy Secretary, are responsible for rising energy prices, with the headline: Energy bill breakdown: the government gets more in tax than … Continue reading Big Six mounts offensive against Labour – just don’t mention Libor!

Energy bills – what happened to the missing 23 percent?

Today’s announcement that Labour will freeze household energy bills if they win the next election has the energy companies up in arms. So how is television news reporting it? Are they presenting the facts accurately and impartially, as broadcasting regulations demand? Or are they presenting them in a way that makes one side appear more … Continue reading Energy bills – what happened to the missing 23 percent?

Labour promises price freeze, energy companies threaten power cuts!

Just minutes after Labour promises to freeze energy bills the energy companies strike back with threats of power cuts and even bigger bills! Labour says the energy giants have overcharged customers £3.9bn since 2010. “The system is broken and we’re going to fix it,” Ed Miliband told the Labour Party conference in Brighton just before … Continue reading Labour promises price freeze, energy companies threaten power cuts!

Perversions made possible by the machine age

Have just been rereading George Orwell’s essay, Benefit of Clergy, a critique of Salvador Dali’s autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dali.           “As a record of fantasy, of the perversion of instinct that has been made possible by the machine age, it has great value.” That set me thinking. What kind of perversion is … Continue reading Perversions made possible by the machine age

loveVintageDiamonds

We’ve just launched a brand-new shopping website, loveVintageDiamonds.com, an online-only Antique and Vintage Diamond Jewellery store. loveVintageDiamonds.com specializes in only the very best original Antique and Vintage Jewellery, sourced from an extensive network of international contacts built-up over thirty five years in the retail jewellery trade. Like all our online shopping sites, loveVintageDiamonds.com is built … Continue reading loveVintageDiamonds

Oh how times have changed!

And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident collapses it all at once, and you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in … Continue reading Oh how times have changed!

What does the Challenger disaster tell us about the meaning of “evidence”?

We’ve just been watching the excellent new BBC/Open University movie, The Challenger, starring William Hurt, telling the story of how Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman uncovered the truth behind the 1986 space shuttle disaster. As a former physicist with a passion for science stretching back as far as I can remember, I’m getting increasingly concerned … Continue reading What does the Challenger disaster tell us about the meaning of “evidence”?

Phoenix Dance Theatre – Particle Velocity

The Observer
Review

Phoenix dance theatre is on a high. With new purpose-built premises in Leeds, and a charismatic director in Sharon Watson, the 10-strong ensemble is ready to take on the world. On Tuesday night, with a cold wind slicing off the sea, a small but enthusiastic crowd bundled into the Connaught theatre to catch Phoenix’s latest programme, Particle Velocity. Richard Alston’s All Alight was created for the company earlier this year, and its lyricism and quiet good manners make it a perfect opener. Set to Ravel’s Sonata

Reflections on the dance phenomenon at Harehills Middle School

Nadine Senior
dance UK

Nadine Senior, Founder of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, reflects on the incredible success of her work as a dance teacher at Harehills Middle School in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1970, I was appointed Head of Physical Education in an all-girls high school in Leeds. Many of the girls in this inner city, multi-cultural school had behavioural problems and one of them eventually burnt the school to the ground