We always allow plenty of time for travel, but there was an accident and roadworks so we ended up running late. When we finally got there, we had only 10 minutes to get changed, put on our makeup and set up our equipment for our fire show, a process that usually takes about an hour. Normally, we set up our own fire equipment, but other performers were helping because we had such little time. We set up our safety equipment – wet blankets and fire extinguishers. • As told to Katie AntoniouDo you have an experience to share?
October 20, 2017 12:56 UTC
Tax receipts make up the vast majority of government income, while spending on welfare and services make up most of its outgoings. Income tax, national insurance and value added tax (VAT) are the biggest sources of income. UK budget deficit narrows as shoppers boost VAT receipts Read moreThe Office for National Statistics said the public spending deficit stood at £5.9bn in September, lower than a forecast of £6.5bn in a Reuters poll of economists. ONS figures show a rise in VAT income was also largely behind improvements in August and July. Tombs said the deficit is on course to be £10bn lower by next March than the latest forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility.
October 20, 2017 12:33 UTC
Met police confirm allegation of rape under investigation after Natasha Prince claimed magician assaulted her when she was 21The American magician David Blaine has been accused of raping a model in a London house more than a decade ago. The star’s lawyer said he “vehemently denies” the allegation made by former fashion model Natasha Prince. In an interview with the US website the Daily Beast, the model claims Blaine raped her at a private home in Chelsea, west London, in the summer of 2004, months after her 21st birthday. She told the website she met Blaine at a party in London in the summer of 2004, and that she visited his house the following night. “My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004,” Singer said.
October 20, 2017 12:33 UTC
Scottish actor went into anaphylactic shock after using the traditional remedy after a 12-hour day of performing stuntsGerard Butler has told how he went into anaphylactic shock after being injected with the venom of 23 bee stings. Butler told the ITV chat show Lorraine: “I had heard of this guy injecting bee venom, because apparently it has many anti-inflammatory compounds. Butler, 47, known for films including 300, is not the first celebrity to dabble with bee venom as a medical remedy. Gwyneth Paltrow, who has moved from acting into the health sphere with her wellness venture Goop, has said she experimented with bee stings to help with inflammation and scarring. Other conditions helped by bee stings according to advocates of the treatment include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, skin lesions, and chronic hives.
October 20, 2017 12:26 UTC
The month's best music: Post Malone, Björk, Lorenzo Senni and more Read moreThe white rapper narrative within hip-hop is a clunky one at best, leaving room for ambiguity with someone like Post Malone. Dubbed “the most streamed artist in the world”, the Texas-raised Malone is currently at No 1 in both the US and the UK with Rockstar. So how problematic is Post Malone? “He’s really no different than white rappers – or white musicians in general – who have preceded him,” says writer and pop culture expert Sowmya Krishnamurthy. Perhaps Post Malone is simply doing what many white artists have done for years: taking on the attributes of black music with none of the burden.
October 20, 2017 12:22 UTC
SRFive of the best ... pop and rock gigsFacebook Twitter Pinterest Back in black: Metallica. Various venues, Brecon, 26 to 30 OctoberACFive of the best … exhibitionsFacebook Twitter Pinterest Paul Cézanne, Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair (1888-90). Serpentine Sackler Gallery, W2, to 19 NovemberJJFive of the best … theatre showsFacebook Twitter Pinterest In the pink? Norwich Arts Centre, 25 to 28 OctoberLGThree of the best ... dance showsFacebook Twitter Pinterest To a simple Rock‘n’Roll...song. Diaghilev’s seminal cubist ballet gets a new staging, with the action divided across multiple platforms of the Millennium Theatre.
October 20, 2017 12:00 UTC
The thought of going through life having only been with one man, who now didn’t want sex, was infuriating. Four years after making my first appointment, we meet once or twice a year and have sex in an hours-long, languid sensual encounter. During one of our many conversations about the lack of sex, my husband said I should probably have an affair, but shouldn’t tell him about it. I wait to see how things develop and, in the meantime, look forward to appointments with my masseur. • Each week, a reader tells us about their sex life.
October 20, 2017 12:00 UTC
“Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ not good, we must keep America safe!” wrote the US president. The ONS said police had recorded 5.2m offences in the year to June, including gun crime, knife crime, robberies, sexual offences, stalking and harassment, burglary and car crime. There were double-digit increases in certain types of violent crime, such as gun crime, knife crime and sexual offences. Hate crime is up and it is fuelled by the kind of populist xenophobia you peddle. Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) Hate crime in UK up 29% - sadly encouraged by ignorant tweets like this.
October 20, 2017 11:18 UTC
The Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that Theresa May had told EU leaders that there would be no physical border in Ireland paul faith/Getty ImagesBritain will not accept a hard border on the island of Ireland, the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has said, in comments that mark an apparent thawing of relations on the issue. The taoiseach said that he had been heartened by Theresa May’s strengthened opposition to a hard border and said she had made Britain’s “positive” position clear in her address to European leaders last night. “She specifically referenced the unique situation for both Ireland and Northern Ireland, which I think was very positive,” he said. “She strengthened her language in relation to the border. She said the UK would not accept a physical border on the island of Ireland — again very positive language.”James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland secretary, made a similar pledge…
Philip Hammond will be cheered by the unexpectedly positive public borrowing figures as he prepares for his autumn statement next month Stefan Rousseau / WPA Pool / Getty ImagesBritain has achieved the smallest budget deficit in September for ten years, according to official figures that will provide a boost for Philip Hammond before his autumn statement next month. Public sector net borrowing, excluding banks, fell by £700 million in September compared to the same month last year to reach £5.9 billion, the Office for National Statistics said. The figure was significantly smaller than the £6.5 billion that economists had been expecting. The figures for September mark the third straight month in which the public finances have performed much better than analysts expected, even as the prospect of Britain’s departure from the European Union has weighed on the overall economy. The deficit for August was also revised down by about £1 billion to £4.716…
All was calm in Liverpool this morning but the country is braced for heavy rain and winds this weekend Peter Byrne/PABritain is facing a “weather bomb” this weekend as Storm Brian lashes the country with heavy rain and 70mph winds that could fell trees and damage homes. People have been urged not to risk their lives by posing for “storm selfies” by the sea. Motorists have been warned to expect falling branches and to take extra care around cyclists. They have also been warned to avoid parking under trees or telephone wires. When the air pressure falls rapidly in the centre of an area of low pressure it sucks…
Rio Tinto, operator of the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine in the Gobi desert, was among the biggest risers this morning Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty ImagesWill it be another record closing high for the FTSE 100? The blue-chip index hit a new high of 7,556.24 on October 12 and has been testing that level since. It opened again in positive territory this morning after yesterday’s fall spurred by a series of disappointing trading statements, and was up 18 points at 7,540.94 by mid-morning. The main factors were a strengthening in the price of copper and a weaker pound on continuing mixed messages on progress towards Brexit. The copper price sent the miners higher, Rio Tinto up 28½p at £36.29 and the Chilean miner Antofagasta leading the big board, ahead 26½p at £10.14.
'A huge deal' for China as the era of Xi Jinping Thought begins Read more“I’m Wang Yong from the Tonghua Iron and Steel factory,” proclaimed the delegate from the north-eastern province of Jilin. Facebook Twitter Pinterest People dressed in Red Army uniforms perform in Yiyang, central Jiangxi province. “He saved socialism.”To the outsider there was an almost comic feel to this explosion of sycophancy, even if some of the praise for the thoughts of Xi Jinping seemed to be heartfelt. Facebook Twitter Pinterest A Chinese minority delegate wearing a traditional costume attends the open-delegation Communist party discussions in at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Xi Jinping (centre) prepares to deliver a marathon three and a half hour speech at the CPC congress.
October 20, 2017 09:21 UTC
German chancellor upbeat on progress of divorce talks but cautions that next stage of negotiations will be ‘a bit more difficult’The next phase of Brexit negotiations on trade will “undeniably” be more complicated than the divorce talks, Angela Merkel has said as the European Union prepares to discuss its future with the UK. The EU would find it a bit more difficult to formulate a mandate to guide those talks, she said. The difficulty for the bloc is how to protect the integrity of its single market, while avoiding damage to its economic interests. Senior officials say the British government has not recognised that leaving the web of EU rules and courts to “take back control”, will mean British firms have less access to the EU single market. On Thursday night, the prime minister made her five-minute Brexit pitch to EU leaders over coffee, after a dinner dedicated to foreign policy issues, including Iran, North Korea and Turkey.
October 20, 2017 08:16 UTC