Nashville Live In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall – Review

I went to see this show last Sunday. My wife and daughter wanted to go and I thought I’d tag along. The music in the show (which I don’t watch very often) is always of a high quality so it wasn’t much of a sacrifice!
As it happens, it turned out to be a fantastic concert; the band were phenomenal, but the surprise, perhaps unfairly, was just how good these ‘TV’ stars were live. I mean really, properly good.
I’d go and see these guys again in a heartbeat. Brilliant.

Building Our Own Nashville

Often you may find yourselves skeptical that television actors can sing live as well as they do in the TV show they are on. Questions of whether they are auto tuned or have other studio help to make them sound as good as they do on the show. In the past, shows such as Glee have proven that real singers with amazing voices play those television roles by taking the show on tour to perform the songs featured on the show. Nashville is no different, these actors are not just real, talented musicians but also very gifted songwriters and performers.

Having done live music television shows alongside the earlier seasons, Nashville has also, like Glee, taken their actors on tour to showcase their musical ability in a live setting.

Last year was the first tour for Nashville in the UK. We were treated with Charles Esten (Deacon), Sam Palladio (…

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Lib Dem Role in Coalition, MythBuster

I was a fan of the coalition, and felt that on balance the LibDems managed to rein in the more outrageous Tory tendencies.
The LibDems were treated poorly in the aftermath of the coalition, but thats just politics I guess, although this article gives me truth to their real effect in government.
I would have liked to have seen another coalition following the last election – I think the LibDems would have prevented the current sorry state of affairs…

TalkPolitics

By Campaign Agent Eric Kostadinov

The Lib Dems get a very bad reputation for their role in the coalition government, and the public made their feelings clear in 2015, reducing their share of the vote to a tiny 8%. But did the Lib Dem performance in government really warrant such a poor electoral outcome?

The Lib Dems made no major influence in government

Although Nick Clegg and co. were unable to do everything they would’ve liked in government, including abolishing tuition fees, they did manage to implement a sizeable chunk of their manifesto, without getting the accolades. The coalition policy to increase the threshold at which people start to pay income tax was a Lib Dem commitment and a cornerstone of their 2010 manifesto. The policy has been a major help for many low income earners. This, along with introducing the Pupil Premium, a policy aimed at granting extra funding…

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Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

I always knew that social media and the simple use of store cards could be problematic in some way, but mainly personally, or with a bit of targeted marketing for new products or services.

This article however, blows that right out of the water. We are indeed being monitored, tracked and targeted by organisations, particularly political ones, to get what they want. Trump, Brexit and others to follow – they will all use this and politics will be simply about who clicks ‘like’ on Facebook and what they post. Not much really about actual issues that need fixing, just who ever has the deepest pockets and wants ‘the power’.

Ordinary people don’t really have any response to this, other than to stop using social media and store cards and smart phones all together! Thats a big step!

Watch out of Cambridge Analytica – and not in a good way.

aNtiDoTe Zine

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Why low paid self-employment is everyone’s problem

We live in strange and unsettling times. I found this post to be both insightful and depressing. I sincerely hope things improve as I suspect that at least one of my daughters is likely to be self employed once uni is done with!
Thanks to Rick for another excellent article!

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

More evidence of the collapse in self-employment incomes was published last week. The Resolution Foundation’s Earnings Outlook showed that the median weekly income of the self-employed is, in real terms, less than it was 20 years ago.

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The gap between employee and self-employment earnings widened after the recession as the proportion of the workforce in self-employment rose to a record high.

On the same day, the Social Market Foundation also produced a report on low paid self-employment. They calculated that just under half the self-employed are being paid below the National Living Wage and that this rises to well above 50 percent in some sectors.

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Furthermore, even before the introduction of the minimum wage, the self-employed were already more likely to be low paid than their employee counterparts in the same industry.

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The discrepancy is only likely to get wider. The SMF report showed how difficult the self-employed find it to increase their…

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Looking behind the Brexit anger

Very interesting analysis about the anger surrounding the Brexit vote..lots of food for thought here.

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

Was the referendum result the revenge of the ‘left-behind’ voters? Not the most recently left-behind, says the Resolution Foundation’s Torsten Bell. Those areas that have experienced the sharpest fall in income since EU enlargement might have been expected to vote most strongly for Brexit but, as Torsten shows, “there is no relationship between how an area’s prosperity changed in recent years and how they voted.”

There is, though, a clear relationship between those areas with low earnings and high proportions of votes for Brexit.

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You get a similar picture if you look at the 2002 earnings figures, says Torsten, which suggests you have to look back further to understand what is going on. As Will Davies of Goldsmiths puts it, the geography reflects the crisis of the 1970s and 80s not the 2010s:

It is easy to focus on the recent history of Tory-led austerity when analysing this, as if anger towards…

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Why I’m voting to remain in the EU — Never Cruel Nor Cowardly

I’ve been absent from these pages for too long. I need to get some blogging mojo back, but of late the EU Referendum has been driving me nuts and whilst I’d like to get on with blogging again, there is only one subject in my head! It’s driving me (and my wife) up the wall!

I’ve read a lot of stuff on the subject, and managed to find some good independent sites to check facts against. I also came across this article, which I found to be an interesting analysis, and whilst I don’t agree with everything he says, it makes, for me,  a very compelling argument to remain in the EU. It might also have driven me towards the Liberal Democrats…#unexpected!

I am going to explain in this post why I think a vote to remain in the European Union is the only responsible choice. I’m not going to link to sources as it would take far too long, and anyway I want it to be clear that this is my own view, based on everything […]

via Why I’m voting to remain in the EU — Never Cruel Nor Cowardly

Meet Strati, the World’s First 3D-Printed Car

This is at least in keeping with the name of my blog! A glimpse of the future I reckon. I think there’ll be a time when cars and, well most things, will be ‘printable’! Amazing really!!

TIME

Local Motors, a tech company based in Phoenix, Ariz., may have given us our first glimpse of the future of automobile manufacturing.

This week at the Detroit auto show, the company 3D-printed a car called the Strati. The two-seater is made of plastic components and can go up to 25 miles per hour.

The car — which Local plans to sell later this year — takes about 44 hours to print, and is then outfitted with an electric car battery, motor and suspension from French automaker Renault, according to the Associated Press. Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers told the AP the Strati is the first of three vehicles he plans to sell. The Strati will cost between $18,000 and $30,000, he added.

Local Motors plans to create a microfactory at the National Harbor, a shopping and entertainment area in Maryland. The microfactory — a center where cars are designed, manufactured…

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The Interview Expands Video-on-Demand Access

LOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures Entertainment says it is expanding the digital availability of “The Interview” to top cable, satellite and telecom services, beginning Wednesday and increasing through the weekend. Starting Thursday, the movie will also be available on PlayStation Network. In a statement, Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton thanked the new partners […]

http://time.com/3651356/the-interview-streaming-on-demand/

I was in New York City about 3 weeks ago and everywhere I went, on buses, on the subway there were posters for this film.
Had it not been for North Korea, I would not have been in the slightest bit interested in seeing it, but now? You bet!
I wonder when we can expect to see it in the UK?

Gilmore Girls Actor Edward Herrmann Dies at 71

The Emmy-winning actor played Richard Gilmore on the show

http://time.com/3651350/edward-herrmann-dead-gilmore-girls/

Being something of a closet fan of The Gilmore Girls, I was very sorry to read of the passing of Edward Herrman. My wife and I were only talking about him the other day when he appeared as a lawyer in The Good Wife (we’re catching up a few years late via Netflix!).
He was one of those actors who popped up from time to time and was always watchable. RIP Richard Gilmore!