Look Back in Anger

first_imgBy Max Seddon Once upon a time, this was a very important play. Not anymore. Gone are the days when the mere presence of an ironing board onstage was enough to shock audiences into walking out, and gone with it is John Osborne’s reputation as a dramatist. This is generally ascribed to how much the play has “dated”, which misses the point and lets Osborne off the hook. His characters are either caricatured to the point of complete absurdity, or, when he aims for complexity, so shoddily drawn that they are plausible as woodcuts.Jimmy Porter, Osborne’s angry young anti-hero, is a garrulous Frankenstein’s monster of incongruous component parts, gleefully vicious one moment, heartbroken the next, always crushed by an oppressive social order and suddenly, almost inexplicably redeemed at the end. In bringing him to life Tom Palmer has a Sisyphean task and, to his immense credit, he does so more or less intact. Porter’s vituperative speeches are far and away the best moments of the play, and Palmer succeeds in capturing both the soaring range and bitter depths his prosodical sweet-seller goes through. What he cannot do is convince us that the moods between them are natural, nor why his futile animosity has such a mesmerizing hold over the rest of the characters. This is not really his fault, as most of the other characters are about as complicated as puppies. Jimmy’s wife, Alison (Beth Williams), goes beyond sadomasochism in lithely, lifelessly sopping up Porter’s abuse. Williams has many strengths as an actress, but this role plays to none of them. She is too quiet, almost never looks anyone in the eye or shows any emotion, and as the torment gets worse and worse, keeps running back to Jimmy out of blinkered, flaccid stupidity. Nick Budd, their clemently “decent” friend Cliff, does everything the script requires of him: that is to say, almost nothing. Peter Clapp, playing Alison’s ex-Army father, is the least convincing of the lot. True, his character is the most caricatured, but he is ineffectual, moving around like a camped-up public school boy covered in wet paint.Alice Glover has a more complicated role to get her teeth into, but is still as much of an upper-class straw target as Alison. While she does at least get to display a range of emotions, and for sheer accuracy’s sake gives perhaps the best performance, it is impossible to give any coherence to her simultaneous concern for her friend and apparent glee she takes in counterweighing Jimmy’s petulant nihilism. And yet we are meant to believe that she can still be drawn in by his charm, and then up and leave him on the drop of the hat out of a sudden resurgence of compassion for Alison. Who the hell acts like this, and why? Since Osborne never gives us a convincing answer, the play is so incredulous as to verge on the surreal. The diminishing perspective in the raked staging hints at this, but cannot really succeed because Osborne’s attempt at vraisemblance is an obvious failure. Perhaps Barclay could have improved on this by forgoing this half-on half-off realism, portraying it as the misogynistic fantasies of the 1950s Underground Man. As it is, he’s shown the script too much respect. Over three hours the didactic bombast loses its effect, the lyricism becomes repetitive, and you can see why nobody seems to be listening to Jimmy ranting half the time.Has the play dated? Of course. It’s fifty years old. That’s no excuse. Since Barclay doesn’t attempt to go beyond the script, it weighs down the whole production. Palmer and Glover are as good actors as you’ll see in Oxford, and Williams and Budd are no small talents; but their abilities only magnify the play’s flaws. They deserve better, and so do you.last_img read more

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Gov. Cuomo: New protocol exempts some travelers to NYS from mandatory 14 day quarantine

first_imgTravelers must also get tested on day 4 of their arrival in NYS. If they test negative for the coronavirus, they will not have to continue to quarantine for 14 days as was expected. According to Governor Cuomo, travelers to New York who were in another state for more than 24 hours must be tested 3 days before landing in the state and must quarantine for at least 3 days upon their arrival. Officials say local health departments will validate the tests and will issue isolation orders if necessary. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today new guidelines that will allow some out of state travelers to test out of the mandatory 14 day quarantine when traveling to New York State. All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler information form upon arrival to NYS to allow the state to continue contact tracing efforts. The new protocol will take effect Wednesday, November 4th. Travelers in another state for less than 24 hours will need to fill out a traveler information form upon entry to NYS and take a COVID test 4 days after their arrival. Travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours do not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and will not need to quarantine upon arrival. Governor Cuomo says travelers to New York from bordering states are exempt from the advisory, as well as essential workers. last_img read more

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Guardiola adamant City are England’s ‘team of the decade’ despite slump

first_imgPep Guardiola thinks high in decade rankingsManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City are English football’s team of the decade, despite his side heading into 2020 some 14 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.Statistics appear to prove him right given City have won 13 domestic trophies since 2010, with only Chelsea (nine) within touching distance of that mark.City have clearly benefitted from the financial clout they have enjoyed since being taken over by Abu Dhabi ownership in August 2008.City manager Guardiola reached the peak of his powers when he oversaw an unprecedented treble in the 2018/19 season that saw the club win all three major English trophies — Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup — in the one campaign as well as the Community Shield.Even though their league form has been a disappointment in the first half of the current season, Guardiola is in no doubt City are “the” team of the decade in England.“I think this in the last decade was the best team in terms of points, in terms of goals, in terms of everything, titles even. So congratulate Manchester City for that,” he said.“When we analyse every single day here, what happened day-by-day gives us perspective in what happened in the last 10 seasons, especially when people from Abu Dhabi took over the club and bought good players, interesting managers.”– ‘Huge elephants’ –The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, who joined City in 2016, added: “I think we did it incredibly well.“People say ‘how was 2019?’ Now people are saying it is a disaster. We won four titles in 2019, so it was an incredible year for us, we enjoyed it a lot.“In some games in this last part of the year we have struggled a bit but it was an incredible year for us. Congratulations for all the people working here.“They were fighting with huge elephants here in England, big, big clubs with the biggest history. For the past decade we were part of them. That is amazing.” Despite their current ‘troubles’, City could still win any, or all, of the three cup competitions in which they are involved and Guardiola expects the club to remain a major player in the English game in the decade ahead.“The big clubs here in England are always looking forward, we are going to try and analyse not just in terms of the squad but as a club how we can do better,” he added.“Hopefully in the next decade this club can be here for more time.”In the short term, Guardiola has long since conceded the race for this season’s Premier League title to Liverpool and admitted they had to “pray” if they were to win a third successive domestic championship.But the Catalan manager, who again ruled out being active in the January transfer window, believes his current squad could still have competed for the title had injuries and, he hinted, VAR not sidelined their bid.“Work harder, play better, and pray,” said Guardiola when asked how City can close the gap to Liverpool.“Liverpool have been incredible, European champions and they have dropped just two points (so far this season), we have to congratulate them.“But there are things we cannot control, we cannot control what a fantastic team like Liverpool have done so far and there are other issues you cannot control. When everyone is fit we can do it.“You (the media) know what they are. You know that.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Amelia claims the first Gold Rose win

first_img The Roehampton Gold Cup was won by Ladies European Tour player Sophie Walker of Lincolnshire.  The in-form Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) won the Hampshire Rose by four shots from fellow international Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), equalling the course record with her opening 67 and adding a second round 71 for an eight-under total.  Girl international Amelia Williamson is the first winner of a new women’s trophy given by England Golf ambassador and Olympic champion Justin Rose.  The Norfolk 16-year-old claimed the Gold Rose bowl by a single stroke with the best combined total from the Roehampton Gold Cup and the Hampshire Rose. “The overall win was my target and it was nice after all the second places I had last season,” said Williamson from Royal Cromer. They included being runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophies, the English U16 girls’ championship and the North of England U16s.  Williamson, a member of the England Golf girls’ squad, was the leading amateur and overall runner-up at Roehampton and then tied seventh at North Hants to get her season off to a winning start. The Gold Rose is part of a series of five newly-paired tournaments in England which qualify for world ranking points and increase competitive opportunities for women players. The first combined event was the Comboy Leveret, bringing together the Comboy Scratch Trophy at Delamare Forest and The Leveret at Formby Ladies. Another England girl international, Lily May Humphreys (Stoke-by-Nayland), was the overall winner, finishing runner-up in both events. The individual winners were respectively Gemma Clews and Curtis Cup player Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall). She was three-over par for the 72 holes and one clear of Katherine O’Connor of Wales. Another England Golf girls’ squad player, Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted), was third.  Justin Rose’s support has been welcomed by Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, who said: “The combination of these events provides a fantastic platform for the players and we are delighted that Justin Rose has recognised the importance of helping the women’s amateur game at the highest level with his kind donation.” It’s the first time the prestigious scratch events have been paired, creating a 72-hole tournament which attracts world ranking points. 10 Apr 2017 Amelia claims the first Gold Rose win The other three events are:  Critchley Astor – the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, Surrey, on May 23; and the Astor Salver at The Berkshire on June 7. Frilford Jackson – Frilford Heath Scratch, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire on June 2; and Bridget Jackson Bowl, Handsworth, Warwickshire on July 4. Birkdale Putter – Pleasington Putter, Pleasington, Lancashire on July 12; and Royal Birkdale Scratch, Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, on August 25.last_img read more

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Wolfpack roars back to capture Soccer Quest Christmas Tourney

first_imgIt wasn’t much of a start, but it’s all how you finish in any sport.Team Wolfpack reeled off four straight wins — including a 7-4 triumph in the final over The Steelers — to capture the Christmas Classic Indoor Tournament recently at the Soccer Quest Facility.Titouan Chopin, Luke Mori and Jules Chopin all scored in the final to spark Team Wolfpack to the victory.The victors once again struggled at the start of the final, falling behind 3-1 to The Steelers.But goalkeeper Ryan Lewis held Wolfpack in the game with a few key saves before the offence finally go into gear.Sarah Fuhr also scored for Team Wolfpack.Team Wolfpack finished the round robin on tops after winning three of four games.last_img

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3 More Trends in Idea Management

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Trends Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts klint finleycenter_img Six months ago we did an overview of trends in the idea management market. At the time, most of the action was going on in the internal idea/innovation management area. This time around, the new trends are emerging around externally focused idea management solutions.Each of the three trends we identified six months ago now has a corollary trend.Internal Innovation Management Solutions Turning OutwardsSix months ago we looked at how UserVoice, originally intended to solicit ideas and feedback from customers, was being used internally at some organizations to manage ideas from employees. Deloitte even offers a service based around the product.Now, companies like BrightIdea and Spigit, which have historically been focused on internal innovation, are now offering services that reach outward to customers instead of just employees.It seems that the internal and externally facing enterprise idea management spaces are now converging. This could have something to do with the growing interest in social CRM and social business. The concept of “customer collaboration” is hot again, so social software vendors are providing services that can help make connections and bring in ideas from outside the firewall.Facebook as an Idea Management PlatformIn our previous idea management trends article, we highlighted Microsoft SharePoint as the hot platform for internally facing idea management vendors. But for externally facing idea management vendors, Facebook is the clear platform of choice. It’s an obvious choice: if you want your customers to provide ideas, you go where your customers are. Increasingly, that means going to Facebook.BrightIdea and Spigit both released Facebook applications recently, following vendors like Jenni and IdeaScale which have been offering Facebook applications for quite sometime.We looked at idea managment applications for Facebook here.Vendors are Adding More Features to ProductsIn September, we looked at how social software vendors like Jive, MangoSpring and NewsGator were adding idea management features to their social suite offerings. What we’re seeing now is that best-of-breed idea managment vendors are adding more structure to their products to provide differentiation both from each other and from the suite vendors.In the past six months, BrightIdea and Spigit both launched new products: BrightIdea InnovationSuite and SpigitFusion. Both are focused on the process of transforming an idea into a real project. Also of note, Kindling added a recommendation engine to its product shortly after our last trends round-up, UserVoice recently added a help desk to its offerings, and relative newcomer UserEcho offers Q&A, “Thanks” and bug reporting in addition to ideas.This expansion of features lead to a conversation about product scope and feature creep. As vendors flesh out products and markets converge, how much is too much? Should microblogging, Q&A and idea management also converge? IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Predicting The Future Head Coaches Of College Football’s Best Programs

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We’ve transitioned from the college football offseason into the college football preseason. Soon, the actual season will be here. That’ll go quickly and, before you know it, it’ll be the offseason again.  Nick SabanHow much longer will Saban be at Alabama? Who will replace him?And what comes in the offseason?Coaching moves. Some will be fired, some will be hired. Some will leave their current job for better ones. Nothing lasts forever in college football, so even if you think your current program is set for the foreseeable future, there’s probably a decent chance that you’re wrong. Even the best in the sport have to deal with coaching moves once a decade or so. Who do you think is the next head coach of your college football program?We’ve made our guesses here, predicting the future head coaches of college football’s top programs. Start With Nebraska ??? >>> Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16last_img read more

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He had a good heart says Brydon Whitstones family after man killed

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsBrydon Whitstone’s family is speaking out after the 22-year-old man was shot and killed by the RCMP Sunday in North Battleford, Sask.Whitstone was a “good uncle, brother, father, and Mosom,” niece Brandy Whitstone-Waskewitch told APTN News.RCMP said in a media release after the shooting they had pursued a vehicle following reports of being chased and shot at. The police chase ended shortly after the suspect rammed a cruiser and officers opened fire.Regina Police have been called in to look at several questions, including how the RCMP handled the encounter and how many shots were fired.A woman who was in the vehicle and an RCMP officer also suffered minor injuries.Whitstone was from Onion Lake Cree Nation about 200 km northwest of Battleford.Whitstone leaves behind a son and daughter.Whitstone-Waskewitch said he will be missed.“He had a good heart, he was always with his friends or with his kids or family.”Brydon Whitstone’s sister Tammy Whitstone said he was always there for people.“He was loving, caring, funny,” she said. “If anyone was in trouble or had trouble he was there to talk to.“ He will always be in our hearts, loved and never forgotten,” Whitstone said in an interview via social media.A review of the fatal shooting will be overseen by the provincial Justice Ministry.Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says he’s been getting calls and messages questioning the details around the 22-year-old man’s death.Cameron said the shooting furthers the mistrust First Nations people have toward the justice system, and he adds there is also a lack of trust in the independent investigation that has been called.He said the FSIN has long wanted to see First Nations represented at such investigations.“The majority of people that are incarcerated are First Nations people. Wouldn’t it make sense to have one of our own First Nations legal experts involved in all these processes?” he asked.Cameron suggested involving First Nations people would be a step toward rebuilding trust in the justice system.Contact Dennis here: [email protected]last_img read more

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CEOS for Royal Bank Enbridge call for better balance in energy policies

first_imgTORONTO, ONT – The CEOs of Canada’s largest bank and its largest pipeline company say the country needs an energy strategy that will better balance environmental and Indigenous goals with the need to develop its abundant oil and gas resources.But Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay and Al Monaco, CEO of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., had little in the way of specific advice for government during a Canadian Club event in Toronto.Over a 45-minute discussion, the two agreed the world has a growing thirst for Canada’s energy production and the sector contributes mightily to the country’s gross domestic product. But they also noted it’s suffering from what they say is an undeserved negative environmental image and that international investors have lost interest in funding Canadian projects.Monaco says Canada has among the best resources, capital markets, regulatory systems and technologies in the world but it needs an energy strategy to “put the pieces together.”He says the government shouldn’t mix social policy issues with its project regulatory reviews, a point made by critics of Ottawa’s proposed Bill C-69 to replace the National Energy Board, although he didn’t mention the bill specifically.“We need to a have a strong energy policy in this country. We need to have a strong climate policy and we need to have Indigenous reconciliation. Those need to be at the policy or umbrella level,” Monaco said.“Once those are set and we know the rules as investors, then we can say, ‘All right, I got the game plan, now here’s how I can build a project within that context.”’last_img read more

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Series win will boost Australia for World Cup Katich

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Simon Katich believes that winning the just concluded One-Day International (ODI) series in India will give the Australian players a lot of confidence going into the World Cup later this year. India surrendered a 2-0 lead in the recently concluded 5-match series as the Australians made a superb recovery by winning three consecutive matches to claim the series. “It is a very god result, given how tough a summer it has been. You know, losing to India in Australia for the very first time..it was tough for the Australians to take. They deserve all the credit in coming to India and winning,” Katich told reporters here on Thursday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”Australia have not been playing great ODI cricket for the past 12 months, so I think what they showed here in India is a lot of spirit and determination,” he added. There were several players in the Australian team who produced outstanding performances, most notably opener Usman Khawaja, who was the highest scorer of the series with two centuries and an equal number of half-centuries. Spinner Adam Zampa and lower-order batsman Ashton Turner also put in notable performances. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenWith the 50-over World Cup coming up in a couple of months, Katich asserted that the Australians will have plenty of options whey they get down to the task of selecting the squad for the marquee tournament. “A few new faces propped up and grabbed their chance. There was Usman Khawaja at the top of the order, he was outstanding. Aston Turner down the order was excellent at the back end of the innings. So it has given the Australian selectors some interesting decisions to make ahead of the World Cup squad selection,” he said. Steve Smith and David Warner will also make a comeback after serving a year-long ban for ball tampering, which Katich feels, will add much needed experience to the Australian squad. “Having the class of Smith and Warner coming back into the mix, gives us a lot more confidence with our squad moving forward for the World Cup. So great result for Australia, and I hope that it continues throughout the English summer,” the former Australia star said.last_img read more

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