★★★★☆There is a line in the first half about the nature of stride piano. There are a couple of lines in the second half about selling your songs to Tin Pan Alley. And that, more or less, is that for the chat in this musical revue made up of the songs written or performed by Fats Waller in New York between the wars. Such storytelling as there is you have to piece together from tunes whose outwardly blithe celebration of their Harlem renaissance nightworld of fun and romance, drink and drugs is made piquant near the end by a song, Black and Blue, that tells us through its goosebump-inducing five-part vocal harmonies that “my only sin is my skin”. That’s arguably the highlight of the…
April 25, 2019 16:07 UTC
At around 5pm on Saturday, the Jacksonville Jaguars will make their fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. One projection had them going for a quarterback as back-up to Nick Foles; another had them strengthening at tight end. But just as interesting as who they pick will be where they announce it — for the fourth year in a row the franchise will use London as the “home” base from which they reveal a later-round draft selection. “We see London as our second home so we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to announce a pick from here,” Hussain Naqi, the team’s senior vice-president, international development, explained. Every NFL team can announce picks from their home market from the fourth round on.
April 25, 2019 16:07 UTC
That includes just one strike this season, which proved to be the winner as Manchester United beat Newcastle 3-2 in October. While his future looks to be away from Old Trafford, Inter have informed United that they maybe prepared to take Alexis Sanchez off their hands according to The Independent. The report claims that the Italian giants are only willing to pursue a deal should Sanchez reduce his wage demands. Now 30-years-old, there has been claims that the sheer number of matches Sanchez has played during his career is beginning to take its toll on his body. Man Utd flop Alexis Sanchez came on as a sub in the Man City defeat
April 25, 2019 13:33 UTC
Earlier this month, Lukaku’s representative Federico Pastorello revealed the Manchester United hitman’s fondness of the Italian league. When he was a child he followed a lot the Italian league," Pastorello told Sky Sports. And Lukaku himself has now revealed his desire to one day play in Serie A. "Playing in Serie A is a dream, it would be really a dream,” the Belgium international told Sky Italia's Lords of Football. Man Utd star Romelu Lukaku's interest in playing in Italy was first revealed by one of his repsMan Utd ace Romelu Lukaku has struggled as of late
April 25, 2019 12:15 UTC
Thetimes.co.uk hosts the digital edition of The Times, Britain’s oldest national daily newspaper, and its sister title The Sunday Times. The Times was founded in 1785 by the editor and publisher John Walter I, “to record the principal occurrences of the times” for the service of the public. It was called the Daily Universal Register for the first three years, until it rebranded as The Times in 1788 – the first newspaper in the world to use the Times name. In his first edition, John Walter I explained that “like a well-covered table, it should contain something suited to every palate” including politics, foreign affairs, matters of trade, legal trials, advertisements and “amusements”. In its tone and political neutrality, Walter reserved the right of the…
April 25, 2019 11:10 UTC
It is often said that the players know best — that there is no greater accolade than being recognised by your fellow professionals — so perhaps Paul Pogba is feeling a particular sense of vindication this morning. He has been castigated for much of this season by fans and by former players as well as by José Mourinho, the manager who departed Manchester United halfway through the campaign, but he was the only player outside of Manchester City and Liverpool who made the PFA’s Premier League team of the season, which was announced this morning. Opinions, eh? Pogba would not get close to my team of the season. In fact, he would be a good bet for the captaincy if I was drawing up a…
April 25, 2019 11:07 UTC
It was only weeks ago that Kim Jong-un and President Trump held their fateful second summit in Vietnam, preceded by the American leader’s declarations about how the pair fell in love during the exchange of “beautiful letters”. The romance swiftly broke up when Mr Trump walked out, calling off the talks after his North Korean counterpart refused to commit to giving up nuclear weapons before sanctions were lifted. Now Mr Kim is wooing another suitor, President Putin, unsettling the United States and demonstrating that he has other friends to turn if that relationship comes to an end. For Mr Putin there are pressing reasons to engage Mr Kim: Moscow does not want an unstable, nuclear-armed pariah state on its border. But the optics of the…
The failure of the merger of Britain’s second and third biggest supermarkets ramps up the pressure on Mike Coupe, the boss of Sainsbury’s. Just over a year ago, when Asda and Sainsbury’s disclosed their audacious attempt to reshape the UK’s food retailing landscape, Mr Coupe, 58, was caught on camera before a television interview singing We’re in the Money, a song from the musical 42nd Street. Now Sainsbury’s investors are most certainly out of the money. Shares in the FTSE 100 grocer fell by 10.4p, or 4.6 per cent, to 216.2p today on the news that the Competition and Markets Authority had blocked the tie-up. The fall wipes about £230 million off the value of Sainsbury’s and takes the stock to its lowest level since…
Oleksandr Zinchenko occasionally gets mistaken for Kevin De Bruyne by fans seeking selfies and autographs such is the slight physical similarity. But such is the rising appreciation of Zinchenko’s contribution to Manchester City’s fortunes that the Ukrainian’s signature and photo are increasingly, and rightly, prized. City were indebted to many performers for their pivotal 2-0 Premier League win over Manchester United last night: Bernardo Silva’s goal and movement; David Silva’s return to complete sharpness; Ilkay Gundogan’s control in the second half; Ederson’s assurance with one key interception on Marcus Rashford; Sergio Agüero’s selflessness; Leroy Sané’s goalscoring impact from the bench; and the running and decision-making of Raheem Sterling. Zinchenko, a central midfielder by trade, has filled in ably at left back EPA/NIGEL RODDISZinchenko is not among the stellar names of Pep Guardiola’s squad, and did not receive many mentions…
Play Video 0:32 CCTV footage of suspected Sri Lanka bombers released – videoA group of around 500 Muslims are being sheltered in one city, which the Guardian is not naming. “Then in Sri Lanka, people attack us because they say we are Muslims.”The Ahmadi themselves have fled decades of persecution in Pakistan and elsewhere. Some 1,600 refugees and asylum seekers are registered with UNHCR in Sri Lanka, he said. The man whose face could be seen has been identified as Mohamed Zahran, also known as Zahran Hashim, a preacher from the east of Sri Lanka known for his militant views and who officials believe was the attack’s mastermind. One of the bombers was identified as Abdul Latheef Mohamed Jameel, who studied in the UK and Australia before returning to settle in Sri Lanka.
April 25, 2019 10:54 UTC
Bolstered by his legacy as Barack Obama’s vice-president, Biden was expected to be an early frontrunner in a diverse Democratic field that features several heavyweight contenders but no clear favourite. Donald Trump posted a threatening greeting to Biden on Twitter, saying: “Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. If successful, Biden, 76, would become the oldest person to be elected president in US history. If successful, Biden would become the oldest person to be elected president in US history. But bolstered by his legacy as Barack Obama’s vice-president, Biden is expected to be the early frontrunner.
April 25, 2019 10:08 UTC
Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘A callback to her Nashville roots would be an on-trend reset ... Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone: Even when she moved to the bright synthpop of 1989 or the dark Reputation, Swift never totally abandoned her country roots. Anna Leszkiewicz, New Statesman: In 2016, Taylor Swift’s reputation was a problem. Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘The fact that her press strategy is impossible to call is weirdly exciting’ ... Facebook Twitter Pinterest The pastel Poirot.
April 25, 2019 09:20 UTC
The unfinished manuscript of The Clockwork Condition was written by Burgess in 1972 and 1973, after Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of A Clockwork Orange was accused of inspiring copycat crimes, prompting the director to withdraw it from circulation. The manuscript of The Clockwork Condition, which Burgess describes as a “major philosophical statement on the contemporary human condition”, had been left by the author in his home in Bracciano in the 1970s. “Eventually Burgess came to realise that the proposed non-fiction book was beyond his capabilities, as he was a novelist and not a philosopher. It was then suggested that he should publish a diary under the title The Year of the Clockwork Orange, but this project was also abandoned,” said Biswell. “Instead he wrote a short autobiographical novel, which also features clockwork in the title – The Clockwork Testament.
April 25, 2019 09:14 UTC
Whether it is a social movement or a secret society, humans love to be part of something bigger than ourselves. That night we hand-lettered our posters (“This pussy grabs back!”) and stitched up the final seams of our pink knitted hats. Why is it that when we gain admittance to one group, we seem intent on closing its doors to others? Facebook Twitter Pinterest A still from the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, about the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers at Rajneeshpuram in Oregon. Churches need bloody inquisitions, militias need wars, football fans need an opposition and high-school cliques need others to trash-talk.
April 25, 2019 09:02 UTC
Good morning. .” hummed Mike Coupe, chief executive of J Sainsbury, a year ago as he waited to appear on ITV news seemingly unaware that the cameras were rolling (you can relive the toe-curling moment courtesy of YouTube). Having unveiled an audacious £12 billion plan to merge with its rival Asda, shares in Sainsbury had risen by nearly 17 per cent that day to trade at over 300p for the first time in four years. A year later the shares have given up all those gains (and plenty more) as the deal has unravelled and closed at 226p last night. As widely expected the Competition and Markets Authority has formally blocked the deal this morning…
April 25, 2019 08:03 UTC