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Misery, not hedonism, appears to be driving increased drug use among Gen Xers and Boomers – Illicit Trade

Over the past few years, numerous surveys have revealed that Millennials and members of Generation Z are less keen on the consumption of illegal drugs and alcohol than their immediate forebears. In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions most recent Youth Risk Behaviour Survey showed that alcohol, drug and cigarette consumption have been falling consistently among American teens for at least the past decade. The study also showed that young people in the US are having less sex. Until recently, similar trends were being observed in the UK, where alcohol and drug consumption among young people have also been following a general downward trend for several years now.

Yet despite this, the number of drug-related deaths in both countries is on the rise. Back in August, data from the UKs Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that drug poisoning deaths rose by 16% in 2018. Last August,the CDC saidthat drug overdoses were estimated to have killed just over 72,280 people in the US in 2017, which represented an increase of some 10% on the previous year. All of this suggests that members of Generation X and Boomers are accounting for a growing proportion of both nations problem drug use and drug-related overdose deaths; a trend that appears to be being borne out both statistically and anecdotally.

Back in 2017, the UKs ONS revealed that people aged between 40 to 49 had the highest rate of drug misuse deaths across England and Wales for the first time ever in 2016. This led to people of that age group being dubbed the Trainspotting generation after the Irvine Welsh novel that was popular during their youth. According to ONS researchers, the emerging trend of older people suffering a higher a number of drug overdose deaths was down to the fact that many addicts in the 40 to 49 age group were beginning to lose lengthy battles with substance abuse habits that might have been begun decades ago due to poor physical and mental health.

In a more recent assessment released this August, the ONS said that people born in the 1960s and 1970s [were] dying from suicide or drug poisoning in greater numbers than any other generation. The ONS said that while the reasons for rising drug and suicide deaths in this age group were complex, a high number of those who lost their lives lived in some of the most deprived parts of England.

While it might be easy to conflate drug problems among Boomers and Generation Xers with the hedonistic times in which they came of age, other studies have also suggested that this might be too simplistic a view. In a paper published in April, researchers at Vanderbilt University in the US state of Tennessee noted that high levels of depression, suicidal ideation, drug use and alcohol abuse identified among middle-aged white Boomers was beginning to impact the youngest members of Generation X. Lauren Gaydosh, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health and Society and Public Policy Studies at Vanderbilt, forecast that midlife mortality may begin to increase across a range of demographic groups, adding: Public health efforts to reduce these indicators of despair should not be targeted toward just rural whites, for example, because were finding that these patterns are generalised across the population.

Earlier this month, new figures published by the UKs National Health Service (NHS) revealed that the number of English pensioners aged over 90 being admitted to hospital after suffering from psychological and behavioural disorders following cocaine use had risen ten-fold over the past decade. This came almost a year after similar data revealed that the number of over-45s in the UK seeking medical attention after suffering serious mental health problems as a result of drug use had risen by 85% over the previous decade. Speaking with the Guardian at the time, Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor of Addiction at the University of York, said: [Older people] are more likely to have had longer drug-using careers, so they will need longer in specialist drug treatment. However, unfortunately treatment services are being directed to offer abstinence-based services rather than maintaining this group on substitute drugs like methadone.

Both ONS studies and the Vanderbilt paper suggest that rising problem drug use and overdose deaths among older people in both the UK and the US have little to do with them being children of the second summer of love or having grown up believing heroin chic was the epitome of cool. Instead, evidence indicates that the growing number of people experiencing problems with drugs in later life appear to be among the most vulnerable in society, suggesting that labelling them with nicknames such as the Trainspotting generation might at the very least be treating the problems they face with undue flippancy.

While it may be the case that some Boomer or Gen X drug users might have been living with a habit for decades, it would seem that many are pushed to use illicit substances as a result of the undesirable life situations in which they have found themselves, and not as part of ill-advised efforts to relive the hedonism of their youth.

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Your Weekly Horoscopes Are Here! November 15th – November 22nd – InStyle

If you celebrate your birthday this week:

Your Year Ahead

Fate is fickle, my friend. She can give with one hand and then take just that much more with the other. But heres a year when Lady Luck lays down some new ground rules. Theres still hard work ahead but for good rewards. If wondering where to focus your attentions, love seems the obvious answer. Socially, youre vivacious. Youre also finally blessed with finances and fun. Dont question where the extra cash comes from. Its how you spend it that counts. Retraining would also be of benefit. Expand your skills, and you could even be courting fame - or at the very least, a skyrocketing lifestyle.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Best Day: Saturday 16th

This week tests your sense of stability. Financial uncertainty features, so avoid get-rich-quick schemes. The same goes for former lovers who might stray back within reach. It would be wise to remember why you broke up in the first place. If youre trying to lose weight, boredom is your worst enemy - so avoid snack attacks by keeping on the go.

Taurus (April 21 - May 20)

Best Day: Sunday 17th

If I say theres change on the way, promise not to run? While things may be flowing a tad too swiftly for your liking, youll soon get the hang of it. Perhaps youre being asked to retrain, or take an unexpected detour? Whatever happens, know that the heavens are steering you in the right direction. Follow your dreams, Taurus. The time is right.

Gemini (May 21 - June 21)

Best Day: Wednesday 20th

Like it or not, sometimes the best things happen when theyre least expected. Sure, there may be issues to deal with, but youre likely to find that each one is relatively minor. Be patient, too, in matters of the heart; theres no hurry for a decision. A change of living arrangements could also either frustrate, or delight you.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22)

Best Day: Friday 15th

Recently, work has seemed like a war zone and youre tired of petty politics. Whats more, youre angry. This week, however, encourages restraint. That doesnt mean allowing others to take you for granted - just dont let them to hijack your hard work by losing your temper. Stay calm, and youll be the one reaping the rewards.

Leo (July 23 - August 23)

Best Day: Thursday 21st

Time for some lateral thought, Leo. Instead of hurriedly grappling for difficult or, perhaps, unattainable aims - stop rushing and take the time to look at things from a different viewpoint. Theres still much to learn, and living by a new set of rules or being open to new experiences could be just what you need.

Virgo (August 24 - September 22)

Best Day: Friday 15th

Theres tension in the air, which you cant help but sense. While your level head usually keeps you out of trouble, less sensible minds seem determined to stay on a collision course. Dont buy into trouble just because others are deliberately egging you on. Youre stronger than that. And others know it.

Libra (September 23 - October 23)

Best Day: Monday 18th

Some of that old magics back, Libra. If dreams can come true, theyll do so now. And dont expect it to be a solo journey. Youre ready and able to contact every friend youve ever made on this beautiful planet. This is what happens when youre left unsupervised - pleasure takes priority. Simply, enjoy.

Scorpio (October 24 - November 22)

Best Day: Tuesday 19th

This week has an important feel about it, where most Scorpios get to move in a new direction. Others may want to intrude on your plans, but if a situation is no longer working for you - dont ignore this chance to discard overly-heavy burdens. By lightening the load, life becomes easier. Love wins a generous time slot too.

Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21)

Best Day: Sunday 17th

Sweep the more boring issues of life to the side for the time being. Youre overcome by a spirit of adventure. But if youre considering romantic escapades, you could be a tad disappointed. Your best ventures this week come via travel or study. So spread your wings, and fly off in a new direction.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 20)

Best Day: Friday 15th

Capricorns work hard, but maybe its time to pass the baton to someone else for a while. This is a week for catching up on things that arent all that important and for paying attention to more pleasurable desires. Basically, a slow moving Mercury suggests a touch of hedonism, if thats what it takes to balance you out.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 18)

Best Day: Thursday 21st

It is said that in life, timing is everything. Just the right words at the right time can heal, open doors - even open hearts. Being in the right place, at the right time is often how we are blessed with incredible opportunities in our lives. And when time is on our side, we can be powerful. So, go ahead Aquarius - be powerful.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Best Day: Saturday 16th

Traditional interpretations say that yours is the sign of the mystic. Pisceans absorb energies that less intuitive signs miss, though this can make you particularly vulnerable to stress. Not this week. For now, the cosmos keeps you constantly on the move, and trailblazing along that road to success. Even so, youre also granted chances to play.

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Dialogue with Tom Wright about History and Eschatology Part Two – Patheos

BEN: One of the real strengths of this book is that you are able to chronicle the intellectual history from ancient Epicureanism to the present and show how the dominant world view today is not much different from ancient Epicureanism in the way it brackets out God and the supernatural from history and natural causation. Since most of our audience will associate Epicureanism with hedonism, the pleasures of the palate and the flesh, explain what you mean by Epicureanism, and how it still informs modern presuppositions about the nature of the world.

TOM: Ancient Epicureanism was indeed known by its opponents at least! as hedonism. This, however, was at least in part a slur, since the serious Epicureans (represented by Lucretius) knew that over-indulgence in fleshly pleasures was counter-productive. They recommended a cooler, more detached pursuit of pleasure. But Epicureanism was far more than a charter for pleasure, whether licentious or restrained. It was a worldview, competing with Stoicism and the various forms of Platonism as it still does. Stoicism saw the gods and the world as bundled up together in various kinds of pantheistic mix; Epicureanism saw the gods as completely detached from our world (though made ultimately of the same stuff), so that the gods dont interfere in our world and nothing we can do will affect them. Since there is no divine action in the world, the world makes itself through the random movement of atoms, which sometimes swerve and, bumping into one another, produce different forms of life. This is the direct ancestor of modern evolutionism (not the biological theory of evolution, but the worldview which preceded it by a century or more on the a priori assumption that, with God or the gods absent from the world, the world must proceed under its own steam). Epicureanism is therefore at the root a theory about how the world works; a theory which allows for the existence of the gods but which insists that they are not involved in our world, nor we in theirs.

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Rocket ships, sex cults, and South African connections – Peter Mark Kendall tells us all about his thrilling role in the true-life TV show that’s…

Cape Town - Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction, and in the case of Strange Angel the truth couldn't get any stranger.

Based on the true-life story of Jack Parsons, played by Jack Reynor, the gripping show explores how Parsons would build rocket ships by day and perform magic sex rituals by night in 1940s Los Angeles.

According to Vice, Parsons was a literal rocket scientist who invented the first castable solid-state rocket fuel in 1942. But he has mostly been written out of history due to his involvement in the occult movement, Thelema, which is a complicated set of magical, mystical, and religious beliefs formed by Aleister Crowley.

Ati reports that Crowley was popularly known as "the wickedest man in the world" and encouraged his followers to "Do What Thou Wilt". This meant mostly fulfilling individual desires, particularly sexual ones. Parsons reportedly used his rocketry business to buy a mansion in Pasadena which became a den of hedonism that allowed him to explore sexual adventures.

In Strange Angel rocket science and sex come together in the most explosive manner.

'CAPE TOWN IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I'VE EVER BEEN TO'

It's a Friday night in the office and I'm waiting on the line to speak to Peter Mark Kendall, who plays the role of Richard Onsted in the mystery drama. Onsted, a much more conservative and careful character, is the perfect sidekick to madman Parsons in the TV show which is currently available for streaming on Showmax in South Africa.

Peter - known for his role in shows like The Americans, Girls, and Chicago Med - is no stranger to South Africa at all. In fact, his whole family have their roots firmly planted in Mzansi's soil. "My family is from South Africa," he confirms over the phone from New York City where it's early morning. He adds: "They came to the United States in '85. I'm the youngest of four kids and I was the only one born in the States."

The 33-year-old star recently visited SA's shores with his family: "It was a wonderful trip we had this past summer and it was actually my first time to South Africa. Most of our family are still over there so we went to my cousin's wedding and I got to go with my mom, and my dad, and my wife. It was kind of their first trip back in a significant way since they left in '85 so it was really a wonderful and meaningful trip for my family."

I ask if he'd be keen on filming in South Africa, to which Peter immediately responds: "OMG, you know when we were in Cape Town and I could see some of the productions happening. I was just like gosh that's such ait's the most beautiful place I've ever been to and I'd love nothing more than to work there, so if you could do anything to make that happen that would be great," he jokes before adding: "I think it's the most special place I've ever been to so I'm dying to go back."

'LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD READ IN A NOVEL'

We then turn the conversation back to the show and his character. "When I first got the script, I didnt really realise that this was based on a true story. It was only after I had considered doing it that I found out it was very much based on the true story of Jack Parsons and the people that was kind of orbiting him in at that time in Los Angeles and it just seemed kind of stranger than fiction.

He adds: "It was like something you would read about in a novel. So, the thing about my character particularly was that I was struck and drawn to his brilliance in maths, and science, and aeronomics and all of that but then his inability to connect with people in the day-to-day real-life. It's a great kind of exercise as an actor to be so adept at one thing and then struggle in something that we all do every day."

Playing a rocket scientist is no easy feat and Peter had to rely heavily on his theatrical background and studies. According to IMDb, Peter attended McDaniel College, where he received a BA in Theatre and Jazz Studies. He then received his MFA in Acting from the Brown University/Trinity Rep Program.

"I think as actors we do our best, especially when we're working on characters who have a very extensive knowledge of one thing or one niche area, to understand the subject but when it's literally rocket science that can be quite daunting. Especially if you're trying to sound and portray it so comfortably and authentic.

"Sometimes you feel like a fraud because you have to say all these jargon mathematical and scientific language. The tough part for me was trying to make it seem like I know what I'm talking about. I did as much research as I can to have some kind of idea of what's going on to help the story go forward.

"Really, it's just repetition and getting your mouth around those words and those terms just well enough that you can say it with confidence. If you believe what youre saying, then hopefully the audience would believe in what you're saying."

'LIKE A SNOWBALL GAINING SPEED AND GOING OUT OF CONTROL'

Strange Angel takes its time to unfold and goes from slow-paced to thrilling as the series picks up speed. Peter agrees, saying: "The first season is kind of a slow burn. It unfolds at a slower pace and sets up the exposition and who these people are and then there's a great tone shift from season 1 to season 2 where it feels kind of like a snowball gaining speed and going out of control.

"I think of that as great storytelling. I really appreciate shows that take their time and are a bit ambiguous in their storytelling and kind of makes you lean in. When the audience kind of has to do a little work too and try to figure out what's going on."

He adds: "It has a kind of film noir feel to it and there's like a danger in that there's so much at cost for all of these people not just in the personal world but in the natural kind of zoomed out world too.

"What these people are doing is going to affect the entire world and that's really significant."

Strange Angel is undoubtedly worth the watch if you're looking for something with a lot more meat around the bones. Stream it now on Showmax!

(Photos: Frank W. Ockenfels/CBS/Showmax)

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Toro Y Moi reinforces his own creative progression at the House of Blues – Vanyaland

Watching singer, songwriter, and producer Chaz Bundick better known as Toro y Moi gracefully mature as both a performer and frontman has been utterly gratifying. His debut album, 2010s Causers of This, introduced us to a not only crooner who executed lyrics with a crushed velvet delivery, but also someone who retreated into their craft.

Subsequent records like Anything In Return, What For? and Boo Boo slowly broke the mold and served as bold markers of his evolution. His discography overflows with experiments; Toros brand of electro-pop psychedelia fuses effortlessly into his appreciation of funk and disco. His show this past Wednesday (November 6) at Bostons House of Blues reinforced his creative progression.

His most recent projects, last months Soul Trash and Januarys Outer Peace, find Toro at the intersection of hypnotic R&B seduction and electronic desolation. His ability to play up both simultaneously has become his specialty, and Wednesday night revealed that he earnestly embraces this juxtaposition. He was still the hyper-focused musician determined to get every detail correct, but he also showed off his more playful and fun side with confidence.

The steely burn and severity of New House was complimented by the hedonism of Ordinary Pleasure. The urgent pleading of Girl Like You was cheerfully balanced with the precocious Freelance. The smooth sensuality of Monte Carlo was followed up by the infectious and pulsating Rose Quartz. His catalogue is multifaceted and vast and it also stays true to the complex nature of art-making.

As Toro stood as the epicenter of the rollercoaster ride, he demonstrated a controlled calm that comes with years of perfectionism. His output has been admirably consistent for the last few years, and with each and every project, its as if he dives into a new and more authentic version of himself. Whatever Toro y Moi does next is bound to be unpredictable but innovative and the world cant wait for it.

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Why Eden Sank to Grief | Cole S. Aronson – First Things

A biweekly column about Jewish things.

The first sin is the most interpreted event in history. Why did they eatand what should we learn? The wily serpent elicits from Eve the Lords injunction against eating from the tree of knowledge, and then:

St. Thomas writes at S.T.II-2-163: The first inordinateness of the human appetite resulted from his coveting inordinately some spiritual good. . . . Now he would not have coveted it inordinately, by desiring it according to his measure as established by the Divine rule. Hence it follows thatman'sfirstsinconsisted in his coveting somespiritualgoodabove his measure: and this pertains topride. Im afraid that St. Thomas has not helped us much in understanding the first sin, as all sins of commission traduce Gods prescribed measure. Surely knowledge is a spiritual good, and surely man desired it inordinately. But substitute anything for knowledge and you can still explain the sin in question. St. Thomas has defined sin, but said little about its first particular instance.

Rashi, the medieval Ashkenazi exegete, writes that Eve was seduced by the serpent into wanting to be a god (St. Thomas, in fairness, also writes that man wanted to be like God, but only in the sense, true of all sinners, that by his own natural power he might decide what was good.) The serpents offer is that the fruit of the tree of knowledge will admit Eve into the heavenly ranks. Eves goal, according to Rashi, was a kind of theological revisionism.

The medieval Jewish commentators, broadly speaking, do not think that Edenic man wanted to join the angels. Nachmanidess reading is typical: Eve sensed the pleasure to be derived from eating. This, I think, is the straightforward reading of the text. Eve does not want to join God. She has appetites that God enjoins her from satisfying, but the Bibles description of her mind indicates she wants less and not more to do with divinity. Eve was a voluptuary, maybe, but not a devil.

Lets follow Nachmanides and investigate Eves hedonism. The Bible relates Eves thoughts moving from lower to higher pleasures. First: The fruit can sate Eves hunger. By muting the distinguishing feature of the tree of knowledge, Eve evinces her animal nature. Shell consume this fruit as she would any other fruit.

Eves second thought is that the tree is beautiful. Her gluttony is now refined by aesthetic sensibility. Eating will satisfy her, but the tree pleases Eve already. The first two moments of Eve's deliberation have nothing to do with the knowledge of good and evil, or for that matter with the prospect of divinity. Her mind is far from the serpents enticement and therefore from overt hostility toward God.

Eves final thought is that the tree is delightful for wisdom. Some commentators have assimilated this last moment into the Hedonism Thesis. Its true that the Hebrew adjective nechmad, which Ive rendered as delightful, adverts the reader to the trees effect on Eve, rather than the trees intrinsic qualities. But the adjective modifies the tree, not Eve. Furthermore: I have followed many translations in rendering above the Hebrew lhaskil as for wisdom. But that is not exact. Lhaskil is not a noun, but a causal verb. Sacrificing flow for precision, we should say that the tree was delightful to bestow wisdom. The least forced reading is that the tree, as sources of knowledge go, is a delightfully fruitful one. The emphasis is on the quality of the trove, not the sensations of the discoverer.

Eves sin is to ignore God in favor of a lesser source of meaning. Subtler than an outright rebel,Eve considers herself neutral with respect to Gods injunction. She wants to replace God not with herself, but with wisdom. I suggest that Eve was the first philosopher, but not just any sort of philosopher. She does not wonder after the stars. She wants to know what truly matters.

I do not think the Bible is suggesting an opposition between wisdom and obedience, or, if you like, between Athens and Jerusalem. There is almost nothing the Bible praises more highly and frequently than knowledge of the sort Eve is after. And indeed, God justifies expelling Adam and Eve on the view that they are now like us, knowing good and bad, earthly only because mortal. But the true servant of God consecrates to his creator not only the things human beings find most instinctively pleasurablefood, sexbut also the elevated things. Knowledge of the good ranks among the highest of these things, because God is defined by perfect wisdom and perfect goodness. If God wanted to know the extent of his finest creatures devotion, he devised the perfect test: to see whether man would forego the highest activity of the Divine image in favor of concord with the Divine will.

The teaching of the Garden of Eden is that the twin imperatives of religious love, to imitate God and to obey God, are really not twins at all; rather, the latter rules over the former. There is a radical irreconcilability between God and man. Your ways are not my ways, says Isaiah in the name of the Lord. Which means that whoever loves God from other than a fearful distance does not truly love him.

Cole S. Aronson studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion in the Judean hills.

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Review: Friendly Fires at O2 Institute, Birmingham – a carnival of colour as band enter new dimension – Birmingham Live

Winter? What winter? On a cold, bleak Birmingham Friday evening, the O2 Institute in Digbeth is in no mood to think about the dank weather and impending gloom of a General Election as Friendly Fires roll into the Second City with their infectious brand of indie-dance.

It has been some eight years since the outfit were here in Brum, but their lengthy hiatus hasn't in any way negatively impacted their popularity. The band's recent third record - Inflorescent - may only be two months old, but it is celebrated in style tonight, with bombastic lighting, infectious energy and a unrelenting vibrancy impossible to escape from minute one.

The band may have been gone a while, but they don't show any rustiness. Lead singer Ed Macfarlane is all gyrating dance moves, 1980s-inspired movements and a pulsating, romping bullishness which makes your child's hyperactivity after a packet of Tangfastics look positively docile.

The crowd, as ever here are the O2 Institute, are brilliant - paying avid attention to every beat, snare and strum as Friendly Fires career through a breezy, colourful supernova of a 16-song strong setlist.

Macfarlane is impossible to keep your eyes off. The frontman - a last of a dying breed - doesn't so much capture your attention as demands it, like a burning campfire in the middle of a pitch black country field. He's also massively in favour of the crowd's restlessness, telling his Brummie faithful: "The vibe is brilliant tonight, thats what we love!"

With elation in the air, the 16-song setlist never threatens to be dull, with the effervescent Can't Wait Forever seeping expertly into Heaven Let Me In, before Running Away and Skeleton Boy offer a dose of the band's self-titled debut album and critically-acclaimed sophomore record Pala.

Hawaiian Air is simply breathtaking, all thumping crescendo, carnivalesque decadence and an addictive hedonism which leaves you increasingly thankful the band have decided to return with aplomb in 2019.

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There is no letting up from fifth gear for Friendly Fires tonight, with the samba-inspired Jump In The Pool greeted like an old friend you haven't seen for a couple of Christmases, and synth-heavy Run the Wild Flowers, a sensational later track which showcases soaring vocals and tight musicianship.

The back catalogue of Friendly Fires is clearly indebted to disco, samba and club dancing, and it is these themes which melt together so exquisitely to create a cacophony of glittering divertissement on a night where Birmingham is in desperate need of covering its dampness in glitter.

Friendly Fires provide an arresting, joyous experience which will leave you utterly, completely beguiled - and as the crowd-pleasing Paris gives way to a two-song encore of Lovesick and Kiss of Live - it's impossible to shake the feeling you've just experienced a band bursting into a new dimension.

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Meow Meow lays the shtick on thick, but the songs are worth it – Sydney Morning Herald

The fallen diva makes quite an entrance, stumbling through the aisles burdened with a heavy gold lam womb, desperately seeking a venue and finding no room at the inn.

Her parodic stab at the nativity achieves supreme silliness: no messiah pops out, just inflatable animals to crowd around a Pret A Manger sign.

It is worth the price of admission just to hear her sing.

Everything goes wrong, but the show must go on. When her illustrious special guests all cancel, Meow Meow grabs some pesky orphans carolling outside (Annie Jones, Dusty Bursill, Charlotte Barnard, Riya Mandrawa) to fill in, only to have them upstage her.

The singer is backed by a versatile three-piece band.Credit:Pia Johnson

Yuletide cliches lurk offstage: flurries of fake snow, a nightmare visitation from Santa Claus, the sound of children. In the spotlight, Meow Meows seat-of-the-pants shtick devolves, as disaster continues to strike, into pill-popping hedonism and an encounter with a doppelganger (Michaela Burger) that works in a Scrooge-like revelation.

Finally, a poignant reveal dismantles artifice, reminds us of the reverent joy in traditional Christmas carols, and touches the soul with a rendition of Patty Griffins Kite Song, sung with a fragile optimism that lingers in the air as you depart.

Meow Meows voice has always possessed a commanding quality.Credit:Pia Johnson

You might wish there were more songs, though, and less shtick. The comedy eventually scrabbles its way towards the sublime but can sometimes feel like filler, while Meow Meows dark and honeyed voice has always possessed a commanding quality capable of instantly bewitching an auditorium. As chanteuse, she performs in at least four languages, backed (and sometimes comically rivalled) by a versatile three-piece band. It is worth the price of admission just to hear her sing.

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Review: Botticelli in the Fire, at Hampstead Theatre – Islington Tribune newspaper website

Dickie Beau in Botticelli in the Fire. Photo: Manuel Harlan

MANY historians would say that this play is not an entirely accurate retelling of Botticellis life, but it is intriguing and impassioned nonetheless.

The play commences with Sandro Botticelli (Dickie Beau) breaking the fourth wall, drunkenly talking directly to the audience about what to expect from the play this is not just a play, its an extravaganza, he says.

From the opening scene, it is apparent that Botticelli in the Fire is an intimate play (and in more ways than one).

Written by Jordan Tannahill in 2016, his intentions to make history accessible to a modern audience is clear. However, the parallels created in the Renaissance period and the contemporary society is a marriage that is difficult to comprehend, fluctuating between Botticelli sporting Stan Smiths and texting on an iPhone, to people dying from the plague and burning at the stake.

There are many movement and musical sequences that, at times, seamlessly propel the narrative forward. Movement director Polly Bennetts work is something to be admired, particularly during a mimed game of squash.

This is a play that deals with politics and pleasure, and how the treatment and policing of hedonism has failed to develop throughout history; however, in an attempt to merge history with contemporary culture, the audience is left with an awkward and perplexing fusion of two societies.

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Indulging In Luxury Hedonism On The White Island, At BLESS Hotel Ibiza – – The Luxury Editor

The white island is no stranger to decadence. Yet now sophisticated pleasure-seekers visiting Ibiza have a new kind of luxury hedonism, thanks to the unique hospitality style of the recently opened BLESS Hotel Ibiza, writes Andrew Forbes.

BLESS Hotel Ibiza brings together curated elements for a hedonistic white island experience. Think spectacular infinite pools; a breath-taking beach-club style roof-top bar; destination gourmet dining; cool DJ sets, theatrical performers and live entertainment; a full-service spa; and indulgent guest rooms and suites that invite stylish selfies and envy-inducing instagrams.

I was wowed by BLESS Ibiza

Im just back from an early autumn break in Ibiza and Ive been totally wowed by BLESS Ibiza. As Northern Europe braces for cold fronts, the sun continues to shine in the Mediterranean it was the most spectacular few days of sun, great food, stylish accommodation and superb hospitality.

The second property of BLESS Collection Hotels, BLESS Hotel Ibiza brings a hip Mediterranean sparkle to this new upscale lifestyle brand, following the opening earlier this year of the flagship BLESS Hotel Madrid Hotel (you can read about my delicious experience at BLESS Hotel Madrid here).

The property opened for the 2019 season and has been totally remodelled when it was acquired by BLESS Collection Hotels. The style is contemporary, with plenty of bold, original and architectural features and elegant details. The design makes the most of the hotels size, with striking double height spaces which add a real scale to the black and white interiors, with accents of pale pink, turquoise and yellow.

Outside the terraces, water gardens and swimming pools really have the wow factor with infinite pools that drawing the eye to the Mediterranean and the horizon. There is also a stylish area furnished with large daybeds, where you can walk on fine sand and relax in the shade of palms. A path leads to the public sandy cove.

The Ibiza hotel is a resort style property, found on the relaxed beach of Cala Nova. The place felt to me to be designed as the ultimate hotel for Ibiza pleasure-seekers who also want style, refinement and just the right balance between that holiday good-time feeling and pampering tranquillity. It wasnt formal yet it wasnt loud party style either the sophisticated balance was ideal.

The Balearics, the jewels of the Mediterranean, are a pine-covered archipelago east of Spains Valencian coast. Each island has its distinct identity and style; from the sleepy rural charm of Menorca; the mature refinement of Mallorca; and the laid-back, barefoot luxury of Ibiza & Formentera.

laid-back, barefoot luxury

Ibiza, a hippy hangout since the 60s, has evolved into a sophisticated destination that combines a world-class music scene, with a bohemian beach culture as well as rural tranquillity.

The islands club scene is renowned, yet Ibiza also has a chilled, laid back feel too. Most of the island is covered in pine forest, with a coast of small coves and bays.

BLESS Hotel Ibiza celebrates this unique island vibe with Palladium Hotels award-winning hospitality. The team was impressive knowledgeable, attentive, friendly and also they were truly passionate about the BLESS Hotel. Chatting with team members in reception, at the bar and in the restaurants, the young professionals would convey their enthusiasm for the property, its new concepts and plans for the 2020 season.

Check-in was faultless. We were given valet-parking, a welcome glass of champagne; then accompanied to the room nd shown the feature and amenites. Later, as we settled in, we received a follow-up phone call to room to check that everything was perfect.

The Guest Experience Team are found in the lobby; a motivated group dedicated to making sure guests make the most of the facilities. Our signature dining was arranged by the team; as well as access to the spa; and invitations to events on the property such as the Opera in the Spa event. The team can also arrange the signature BLESS services such as having a personalised bathology experience.

We stayed in a Deluxe Seaview the terrace was really spacious and certainly had the promised sea views! The room was well-designed with a walk-in dressing room, a superb bar and refreshment area; and a smart galley style bathroom that had all the expected luxury amenities, including luxury shaving kit, hairdryer, straighteners and upscale grooming products. Thought has certainly been put into the space.

The suites are spectacular, so if you really want to push the boat out and be truly hedonistic then there are some tempting sea view suites.

Dining was a real highlight of the stay. Superb gastronomy and professional mixologist at the bar is one of the pillars of the BLESS guest experience. Good food starts from the moment you start your day.

Breakfast

Breakfast is a genuine 5-star experience. Even with high occupancy during our stay out a la carte dishes were prepared and served in a very timely manner and the quality was there. I really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict. Hot plates to order include Full English Breakfast; Spanish classics like churros with hot chocolate, or tomato toast; to international favourites like avocado toast with poached egg; and vegan and vegetarian fruit and vegetable bowls.

Ruinart French Champagne added sparkle to the morning

The buffet is very generous with superb cheeses, cold cuts, and fresh fruit. Everything was beautifully presented. Ruinart French Champagne added a lovely touch, as did the sweet treats including macaroons.

The unique BLESS style is evident everywhere including with the live performers greeting guests.

We also opted for the luxury of in-room dining and had breakfast in bed enjoying the seaviews recommended!

There is a comprehensive room service menu; a pool bar; and also the impressive EPIC Infinite Lounge. This is the rooftop bar, dining, pool and sun bed area its a beach club in the sky, with spectacular views. The place is so well designed and truly makes the most of the hotels location.

There are also two signature destination restaurants.

This Atlantic Restaurant brings the kitchen of Mediterranean and Atlantic Andalucia to Ibiza, with a thoroughly modern, creative approach.

This is a stylish, light-filled, contemporary restaurant that uses Josper ovens to really enhance the flavour of fish and seafood. Its one of the restaurants that visitors from across Ibiza come to BLESS to dine, as well as welcoming guests.

Kick the night off with sharing plates of tasty fried seafood, or octopus from the grill. Starters also include salads like the classic Malagueo cod and orange salad; red prawn tartar; or gazpacho. Main dishes are stand out, including world-class tuna caught off the coast of Andalucia and superbly prepared meats.

The memorable highlight was our spectacular dinner at Etxeko Ibiza. BLESS Hotel Ibiza has quite the coup this signature destination restaurant by 10 Michelin star chef Martn Berasategui! Chef Paco Budia has recreated Berasateguis greatest hits in this extraordinary tasting menu that takes you through Berasateguis stellar career.

Highlights included:

Ensalada Lasarte a remarkable salad that dates back to the beginning of his Michelin star career in 2001.

Merluza a la brasa perfectly prepared hake.

An unforgettable deconstructed carbonara.

The palate-cleansing Esencia fra de albahaca con sorbete de lima- basil and lime sorbet.

The fab chocolate pudding Un dulce paisaje otoal

The restaurant is superb stylish; with dark wood, subtle lighting a highlight in brushed gold, creating a sensual space. Amongst the tables, in the heart of the restaurant is a Mediterranean fig tree!

Service was top-notch, with a good balance between attentiveness and privacy and friendly too.

In addition to the Rossano Ferretti salon, theres a fabulous spa. It is unusual is that its s flooded with natural light, from double height floor to ceiling windows. Its a really attractive space and as well as having treatment rooms and a circuit, there is an also a peaceful private sunbathing and relaxing area.

BLESS Hotel Ibiza is about 30 minutes drive from the airport and sits right on the shore, with access to a small sandy cove, nearby beach restaurants and also a small community of shops restaurants and other services such as car rental etc.

We have included BLESS Hotel in our guide to the best luxury hotels in Ibiza

BLESS HOTEL IBIZAAddress. Cala Nova, 07849 ES CANAR, IBIZAEmail: reservations@blesscollectionhotels.comTel: +34 971 33 03 00Web: http://www.blesscollectionhotels.com/es/ibiza/bless-hotel-ibiza

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Embrace Your Van Winkle Hedonism With This Custom Barrel Stave Humidor – The Whiskey Wash

You, by some minor miracle, have your full collection of Van Winkle whiskeys for this year. You also have your Van Winkle cigars to go with them. For the latter, perhaps you need another Van Winkle lifestyle product to keep them in until you are ready for your hedonistic Van Winkle evening? If so Pappy & Company, a whiskey lifestyle company started some years back by those bearing the Van Winkle name, has you covered with a new humidor made in part fromPappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel staves.

The new Custom Pappy & Company Handmade Humidor, according to those behind it, was the result of a collaboration between the Van Winkle family members and Heritage Handcrafted, an outfit known for their custom whiskey barrel items. The two first collaborated back in 2014 on a custom Van Winkle barrel wood box holding a decanter and whiskey glasses. This humidor is said to be the second custom piece done between them.

What you have here is a humidor with an outer shell made from Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel staves. The boxs top showsthe inside char of the bourbon barrels while the sides display the exterior staves. Inside this box, which is cedar lined, isa hygrometer and built in Boveda 2-Way humidifying system to store and age your cigars for extended shelf life and improved flavor.

The humidor, which includes a removable tray, is designed to hold 150 cigars and weighs a somewhat hefty 8 pounds. It prices around $595 and is said to take four weeks to make from the time you order it. It was not immediately clear if this would be an ongoing item or if it was limited in quantity.

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A family vacation with something for everyone – The Boston Globe

Im not doing this again. Find another cook. So the search began for an alternative family vacation. Dude ranches. Cruises. Safaris. We couldnt reach a consensus.

Why dont you look into Club Med? a friend suggested.

Are you kidding? Take our tender kids to gawk at topless girls and eager guys sucking on straws stuck into coconuts? I dont think so.

To confirm our pilgrim conclusion we Googled their site in Cancun. Seems times have changed. Hedonism out. Families in. (OK, so theres a bit of hedonism.)

We have three kids, and they have six, from 6 to 23. Where can we find a place that caters to our myriad diversions? Where the daily buffets lay out a dozen desserts. Where you can have a mid-morning mojito. Where you can go back to summer camp.

The answer: a pre-paid all inclusive package where your only burden is to wear a bracelet which gives you the run of the place plus, unlocks your room.

A 15-minute drive from the Cancun airport, the massive doors open to an ocean estate perfectly laid out for every family configuration. Each room opens onto water; many of the rooms surround a private lagoon. All are spacious and meticulously kept by a bevy of housekeepers.

The first, second, and third reason for these reunions is to give our disparate family a weeks time to stretch out and catch up. Short of weddings and graduations, were tethered by jobs and school to our separate corners. Lying under palapas, cocktails by the pool, but mostly sobre mesa across the table we can reconnect and deepen our family ties.

We established our breakfast table just off the not-for-weightwatchers buffet. Beyond fresh squeezed juices and the length of fresh, local fruit, we each wandered off to have at the fantasies that well never see at home. For one grandchild is was Nutella crepes. Another favorite was chilaquiles (tortillas swimming in a rich salsa and covered with cheese). Then theres pastries with a side of waffle. Smoked salmon and bagels. Omelettes to order. And for the late-nighters theres cactus detox juice.

A favorite game was to try and guess a familys nationality before they spoke. We were stumped by a family from Lithuania. Or lean over the rail and count needlefish, barracuda, and the odd tarpon. (And theres the regular appearance of harmless caimans.) One morning, my son said it all: What would I do if I didnt have to do anything?

The Hacienda buffet is changed for lunch and, again, for dinner. Stations include a carving medium-rare roast beef and juicy chicken and duck, a taco and fajita bar, pastas, cold seafood, and an array of ice creams. (The Club has two underwhelming white tablecloth restaurants and a wine bar.)

Beckon a waiter and order a beer, wine, mixed drinks and, of course, a Shirley Temple. (Actually, beckon a waiter and you can have an umbrella drink right after you roll out of bed.) It doesnt take more than a few hours after arrival to adapt to the notion that everything everything is included in the package. No credit cards, no room numbers, no signatures.

The service and warmth went beyond that of many grand hotels. From beach sweepers to chambermaids to bartenders to trapeze instructors came hellos and smiles from dawn till the last dance of the night. Your wish is my command seemed virtually a mantra.

The day opened with a seemingly endless choice of activities waterskiing on the lagoon, archery (archery?), trapeze, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis even salsa dancing. Thats just a random batch. Staying fit? Theres water aerobics in one of two enormous pools, power walking, all the way up to mega Zumba.

My son and I went fly fishing for snook and tarpon. The boys played one of two nearby golf courses, which they rated beautifully maintained and not outrageously expensive by resort standards. The rest went parasailing and a day later swam with dolphins. (How many photos can you take of grandkids kissing these creatures or posing with toucans perched on their heads?)

My take-away scene was watching my 6-year-old granddaughter climb a 25-foot narrow ladder to a trapeze platform, being tied to a safety line, grabbing the bar, and sailing out over the catch net, pumping her legs for height.

For us real potatoes, theres the beach of fine, white sand lined with palm-roofed palapas giving shade. Uniformed waiters weave around the lounges carrying chilled tropical drinks. Waves curl and splash under gliding frigate birds. The Caribbean tableau.

Nights brought professional shows including a Mariachi band, a circus trapeze act, Mexican folk dancing, synchronized swimming (goofy).

Sitting over cocktails on our final evening as the sun set red, we talked about our next biannual gathering. A few tepid alternatives were raised. They flopped. So Cancun 2021 it is.

Clinking of margarita glasses.

John Sherman can be reached at johnlewissherman@gmail.com.

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An Aegean cruise aboard Azamara Pursuit proves there are few better places to sail – Stuff.co.nz

It starts with a faint tremor that I feel in the soles of my feet. Engines rumble and the horizon shifts subtly on its axis. I rush to the ship's railings and see ropes cast off and the gap to the quay widening. This is the most exhilarating moment in cruising, which I never want to miss. The inconveniences of travel have been navigated and stowed away with my suitcase. Everything is easy from now on, and adventure awaits over the watery horizon.

Sailing out of Athens is particularly thrilling. Over thousands of years others, from Odysseus to Herodotus, have enjoyed this same moment, though perhaps minus the cocktail. Athens rises from the Attic Plain in the orange haze of the late-afternoon sun. The Acropolis is a stubby outcrop crowned by temple columns that are the exclamation marks of a culture that has influenced the world.

Azamara Pursuit picks its elegant way between container ships into the inky-blue Aegean Sea. The ship is taking me on a 10-night Greece Intensive cruise that finishes in Venice and visits Kotor in Montenegro, but which concentrates on the Greek islands.

There are few better places to sail. The Aegean has been crosshatched by the wakes of ancient Greeks and Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, crusaders and invading sun seekers. It has history and hedonism. It stirs the intellect, yet tempts with salty swims and chatter-filled cafes.

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Tourists and tourist boats in the famous Navagio Bay on Greece's Zakynthos island.

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Each island has its distinct character, but all are close enough that passengers are off the ship all day and transported by night. Next morning, our first port of call is Spetses, which is almost ignored by international tourists. Wealthy Athenians come here to escape to bougainvillea-draped villas on pine-scented hillsides. The pines have supplied ships' masts since ancient times. In the harbour boatyard, workers are still making wooden fishing boats with traditional tools. Wrinkled men sit in the sun playing backgammon. The port town is stately with neoclassical buildings. Cars are banned and horse carriages clip clop along the waterfront.

Spetses has no particular sights, but everything that makes Greece magical. A rugged landscape of rocks, hills and scented forest, a tumble of whitewashed houses, shadowy chapels hung with icons and scented with candle wax and polish. Blinding light and blue sky, the blue domes of churches, the silvery shiver of olive trees, the happy splatter of red and orange beach parasols. This is a delicious nothing-to-do cruise day. I meander along the waterfront, hike up to a ruin, devour the first of many baklavas accompanied by thimblefuls of thick Greek coffee.

Next day is quite another experience. The whole world has discovered Mykonos: sun-pink Germans, posturing Chinese photo models, raucous Englishmen, jet-setting party people. Parts of Mykonos town's narrow streets are log-jammed with tourists, their cubic whitewashed architecture hidden under a veneer of hanging T-shirts and postcard racks. Still, it's hard not to be seduced by the whitewashed charm, and a short wander up the hill takes me to silent streets and a dilapidated windmill from which to admire a calendar-worthy island view.

That afternoon I take an Azamara excursion to Delos. This little island on which the Cyclades archipelago centres was considered the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and in ancient Greek times was the location of a prominent sacred and commercial town. Its ruins are scattered with mosaics, headless statues and toppled pillars. Marble lions have stood here since the second century BC, and are a brooding presence in a rocky, sun-beaten landscape.

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It's hard not to be seduced by the whitewashed charm of Mykonos.

I squint towards Mykonos, modern-day temple to tourism, and wonder what will remain in another millennium. Greece does this to travellers. It makes you philosophise and contemplate the vagaries of history, even while it distracts you with all the shameless pleasures of 21st-century tourism: beach clubs and coffeehouses, Insta-views and sunsets, warm waters and inflatable flamingo floats.

As we sail onwards, I find Azamara Pursuit caters to the split personality, too. It offers thoughtful seminars and enrichment lectures, and a ship's library of Georgian-style elegance and considerable literary heft. It's an elegant ship of understated appeal almost as minimalist as the Aegean landscapes, yet is never short of indulgences. I like the pool-side hot tubs, the White Night evening barbecue on deck, the properly made coffee from Mosaic Caf and the foie gras with fig jam from Aqualina restaurant.

As we sail onwards, each island is unexpectedly different. At Rhodes, we sail in under crusader battlements to spend the day exploring one of Europe's best-preserved medieval fortified cities. In Crete, there are wild landscapes and village life, and the crumbling ruins of Ottoman castles. By day seven we've arrived in the Ionian Sea to anchor off Zakynthos, where limestone cliffs plunge into peacock seas and a shore excursion takes me into a rural world of folk tales and saintly miracles.

Azamara Pursuit is ideal for these petite ports. The ship carries 702 passengers and, though it has space and a full range of amenities, is compact enough to visit smaller destinations. It's an attractive ship but caters to those who like to be off it and exploring for most of the day, and sometimes into the evening, too. Azamara Club Cruises is destination-focused, lingering in ports and providing an impressive range of shore excursions. A choice of 10 in Rhodes, nine in Zakynthos and nine in Mykonos, ranging from mosaic-making to a monastery visit, a four-wheel-drive adventure to a culinary walk.

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Azamara Pursuit is an elegant ship of understated appeal.

I like the structure of the shore excursions, and the time they leave for exploration on my own. In Corfu, a morning visit to Achilleion Palace still leaves the entire afternoon free for Corfu old town, the jumbled alleys of which are edged with a fine, arcaded Esplanade and parks, all overlooked by a whopping Venetian-era fortress. This is a lovely place of statues, pastel-painted houses and bakeries hot with the smell of nut biscuits dipped in honey. Tourists surge, but in the Church of St Spyridon local widows in black queue beneath a flamboyantly painted ceiling to kiss the patron saint's silver coffin.

We sail away between the Corfiot and Albanian coastlines. The pie-crust roofs and fortifications of Corfu are left in our wake. Albanian towns are an enigma to starboard, glowing like the promised land in the last of the Mediterranean sun. That could be a place to visit one day, I think as I pace the decks. A good cruise leaves you wanting more, as the travel muse sings across the silvery sea.

FIVE SIGHTS BEYOND THE PORTSKNOSSOS PALACE

From Cretan port Agios Nikolaos, a shore excursion takes you to these 1250BC Minoan ruins, one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. The nearby Museum of Heraklion's artefacts highlight the sophistication of this ancient civilisation. Seeheraklion.gr

REMOTE ZAKYNTHOS

To prove there are still untouched spots in Greece, a 4WD tour winds into the rugged Vrachionas Mountains and onwards to remote inland villages Anafonitria and Volimes. There's also a stop above Shipwreck Beach, one of Greece's most stunningly blue coves. Seevisitgreece.gr

LINDOS

AnAzamara excursion across Rhodes island goes to the lace-making town of Lindos, whose cubic houses are scattered like white dice below an acropolis of ancient remains and Venetian fortifications. The combination of temple ruins and landscape is sublime. Seerodosisland.gr

ELIA BEACH

For your hedonistic moment, head to one of Mykonos' most magnificent beaches, lapped by emerald-tinted waters and embraced by craggy cliffs. Rent a sun lounge and thatched parasol and enjoy a day of sun-soaking and swimming among Europe's buffed and beautiful. Seemykonos.gr

ACHILLEION PALACE

This odd but attractive neoclassical mansion in Corfu was built in 1890 for melancholy Empress Elizabeth (Sissi) of Austria and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The curator takes you around the interior and statue-studded gardens with their sweeping terrace views over Corfu. Seeachillion-corfu.gr

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CRUISE

Azamara offers three Greece Intensive Voyage itineraries in 2020 that sail between Athens and Venice (or the reverse). They all differ slightly from each other and the one described here. Prices from US$2667 a person, twin share. azamara.com

Brian Johnston travelled as a guest of Azamara.

A return trip for one passenger in economy class flying from Auckland to Athenswould generate 3.2 tonnes CO2. To offset your carbon emissions head toairnewzealand.co.nz/sustainability-customer-carbon-offset.

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Tony Chambers on the designs that can help solve a climate crisis – Evening Standard

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Many of the best ideas arise from a hearty debate across the kitchen table, and thats exactly where design community members devised their latest concept for Non-Pavilion,a showcase installation at last months London Design Festival.

Non-Pavilion stands out because it barely exists. It comprises four aluminium corner poles resembling Swiss baugespanne, structures erected to define what the profile of new buildings will be in order to illustrate their impact. It is essentially an empty space created within the poles, which serves as a platform for a series of explorative augmented reality films highlighting the need to challenge growth-driven economics.

Endless economic growth is proving environmentally unsustainable. With the global population hurtling towards 11 billion by the end of the century, the consumerist culture we are accustomed to cannot continue.

The London-based collective behind Non-Pavilion is a group of architects, designers and curators: Studio MiCat, There Project and Proud Studio, all of which are in agreement that as creators of new and desirable things, the design community is complicit in the current crisis.

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The series of AR films asks pertinent questions: can design facilitate a change in mindset away from consumerism? Can design help advance a sustainable, prosperous and fulfilling existence? How can designers and architects use their skills to provide vision and inspiration for this progressive and much-needed movement?

I was pleased to learn that there are plans for the work to have a life now that the festival has closed. The idea now is to take Non-Pavilion to other design events and each time approach a community of designers and architects to create new, thought-provoking experiences that represent the fundamental questions were asking, says Michael Garnett of Studio Micat.

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Weve done a lot of work that is political so it felt perfect for us to get involved, says Lucienne Roberts of graphic design studio, LucienneRoberts+. I know from a graphic design perspective, most people go into the profession wanting to make the world a better place.

Garnett concurs: Ultimately we want to rally the whole worldwide design community to design ourselves out of a crisis. The global economic model can be unpicked, challenged, rethought and redesigned. This is of course what economists do, but we need creative minds to help think around these problems, too. (non-pavilion.org)

Memory Palace

Es Devlins 18 metre-wide immersive sculpture Memory Palace, at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery in Ealing, maps historical moments that shifted human perspective, from African caves where the earliest human drawings were found to the conception of the world wide web in Switzerland. It includes mirrored planes that help create a greater impact by multiplying the works dimensions. Devlin also provides a Memory Library, a personal collection of books that informed the decisions to put the exhibition together. It is the second exhibit at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery after its three-year refurbishment.

Until 12 Jan (pitzhanger.org.uk)

Achille Salvagni

Since founding Achille Salvagni Architetti, Rome-born architect and designer Salvagni has become world-renowned for his elegant interiors and luxurious yacht designs. His new self-titled book, Achille Salvagni, is his first-ever monograph celebrating his modernist style. Arranged thematically, emphasising harmony, colour and craftsmanship, Salvagnis book highlights his limited-edition works and contemporary taste for sophistication. (achillesalvagni.com)

The Stratford

The Stratford, a recent project by Harry Handelsmans Manhattan Loft Corporation, is part of the ongoing redevelopment of Stratford since the 2012 Olympics. Designed by SOM the architect behind the Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center The Stratfords double cantilevered and distinctive profile has been described as architectural hedonism. This new social and cultural hub boasts 145 hotel rooms and 248 apartments, along with three bars and two restaurants designed by Space Copenhagen. The headliner restaurant, Allegra, opened last month and is fronted by the much-lauded former head chef of Chiltern Firehouse, Patrick Powell.

Echo ear buds

Amazon enters the wearables market, having recently unveiled a range of new devices at its Seattle HQ. Its wireless earbuds, called Echo Buds, have customisable ear tips to provide a universal fit. With noise-cancelling technology from Bose the earbuds, which adjust to three sizes, allow for immersive sound as well as hands-free assistance provided by Alexa. 119.99 (amazon.co.uk)

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TT Sriram, the frontman of Skrat, talks about his life between business sales and tonal scales – Indulgexpress

It isnt hard to imagine the lead guitarist of a rock band lugging around a bag filled with deodorants and condoms. However, if youre picturing an artiste carrying all this backstage, followed by an entourage of groupies, dont bother. You wont find any tales of green-room hedonism here. This rockstar embarked on a door-to-door journey in the crowded markets of Mumbai and Madurai, trying to make the perfect sales pitch!

Thats a succinct summation of TT Srirams journey so far. A life that oscillates between being the frontman for one of Chennais most respected indie bands to being a salesman for a 91-year-old conglomerate company.

Despite hailing from an illustrious family that helms the multi-faceted TTK Group, Sriram earned his stripes the hard way. Be it onstage: where his band Skrat spent their formative years being trounced by scenesters. Or in the business realm: where at the outset, he might have been considered by many as the boss son.

Over a decade later, perspectives have changed. Respect earned. His outfits musical endeavours, which include four full-length albums, have led to sold-out shows around the country and earned the trio (featuring Jhanu Chanthar and Tapass Naresh) widespread critical acclaim. But, what of the entrepreneurial side of things?

Learning to hustleThe corporate world and the rock n roll domain have very little in common. In fact, as far as I am concerned, they stay independent of each other, says the engineering graduate with a degree in biotechnology from SRM University.

I am not an academically inclined individual, so I never took the Ivy League B-School route. Which is why after college, my father, TT Raghunathan, insisted that I gain work experience. Initially, I worked with Kemppi, a Finnish welding product company, who were launching in the city. Following this, a stint at Brew Magazines sales department. Only then was I allowed to step foot into the company. And of course, I started at the bottom as a sales representative, he adds.

Did his familys legacy in the field help him gain a better understanding of the craft? Maybe, because when he was a kid, Srirams grandfather would always explain how working in sales is the most fun job in the world. In spite of this, the Tin Can Man singer admits he was scared.

I was in my 20s. Surrounded by people whod been working in the department for more years than Id been alive. Getting fired or quitting wasnt even an option! I slogged on the road from 10 am to 4 pm in cities like Chennai, Madurai, and Mumbai. Selling everything from deodorants to condomsgoing to 42 shops a day and handling distributors. After an intense and challenging four-year period, they finally took off the training wheels, and I started progressing, explains the 31-year-old, who is currently a senior manager in sales at TTK Healthcares food division.

Worldbuilding skillsSince his bandmates, Jhanu (bass) and Tapass (drums) are full-time musicians who are on tour at least 200 days a year, one begins to wonder if Sriram ever feels like a kid in a corporate classroom looking outside the window and seeing all his friends going out to play.

Not at all. Both of them are talented and hardworking artistes. Whereas, I currently sell chips for a living! Why would I complain? Sure, it comes with its own set of challenges, crippling self-doubt, and high-pressure situations. All of which Ive handled in Skrat. I would even go as far as saying, music is the harder job. Touring is no walk in the park. The cyclical airport-hotel room-performance venue experience they both endure is not an enviable one. Whereas, all I have to do is come home every day from work at 5 pm, enter the shed/jam space beside my residence and flip a switch in my mind to tap into my musical side, shares the lyricist behind albums like Bison, The Queen, Bring Out The Big Guns and Design.

The aforementioned shedseen on their 17-minute, five-song YouTube showcaseis where Sriram does most of his songwriting, in lyric books. His approach is so organic and analogue that there is no home studio setup.

The musician, who also handles guitars for city-based Tails on Fire and features on composer Dhruv Kumars EP, Pieces That Do Not Fit, explains, As Skrat, we dont sing about political issues or provide social commentary. We are empathetic towards such topics, but also very aware of how preachy such bands become over time. People still connect to our tunes because we provide context. I create characters in my lyrics and then imply these issues in the third person. Listen closely, and youll realise that tunes like Samurai Bada** are about bullying.

Zero prestige issuesSrirams interests in fantasy and speculative fiction, in general, is apparent as 13 years of songwriting has evolved into a universe of Skrat characters and interconnected albums. Honestly, I feel people connect harder and heavier to a person that is not of this reality. This is why adults cry in theatres when superheroes die on-screen, he adds.

However, this Chettinad Vidyashram alumnus also admits to writing over 40 songs, some of which have never seen the light of day. Primarily because they are deeply personal tunes like Ghost Town and do not fit the bands lexicon.

Regardless of what he writes, Sriram always shares his tunes with his father. Dad is a proper audiophile. Besides his go-to country, jazz and swingpop records, hes always listening to new music. So, it comes as no surprise that hes my biggest critic. I remember sharing The Queen, one of our heavier albums with him, and he joked that I should provide a Saridon pill, free with every copy! However, he taught me an important lesson very early on in my career: If you sound like someone else, theres no point in doing it. Yes, there are only nine notes on a tone scale, but what mattersis what you do with it, shares the artiste, who is currently working on a graphic novel interpretation of theSkrat tune, Gunslinger.

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Bonding over BHPMotorcycles are a massive obsession for both father and son. Photographs of his fathers 1969 Triumph Bonneville 650 and cafe racer toy collectables are easy to spot in the shed. The apple, as they say, doesnt fall far from the tree. Back in 2014, Sriram and his crew embarked on a 3,600 km road trip, spanning seven cities.

The idea was to ride and perform at eight venues, counting stopovers at RiderMania and NH7 Weekender. Our adventures through lesser-known routes that touched upon Kalasa and Kudremukh, etc, have been captured in a tour video called The Loverider Experience, explains the motorhead, who rode a Royal Enfield Classic 500 Desert Storm edition during that ride.

Another instance of the family connecting over bikes would be their involvement with the California Superbike Schoolone of the worlds premier riding schools. My uncle TT Varadarajan and his son, Siddharth, bring the brand down to Indiaevery year. It is by far the most comprehensive school for the motorcycle enthusiast, and I love helping them out, he claims.

***************Indie issuesWe live in an age where cringe pop musicians earn over `3 lakh per gig.So, whats wrong with the live musiccircuit today? In the quest for instantvalidation, new bands are losing their identity. The essence of songwritingis deadits all about viral value, he elaborates, adding, Yet, there are a few original bands in the city. My favourites are La Brise, Amrit Rao & the Madrascals, Spotlight,and Nobody.

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The 25 best albums of July to September 2019 – FACT

Every three months, FACT rounds up the best music that has passed through our inboxes and over our desks. With September over and the third quarter of 2019 closed out, weve examined the fringes to bring you the most exciting releases from the wider electronic music landscape and elsewhere.

Our Third Quarter Report is always about re-examining summers delights and this year, in particular, we are seeing artists pushing their own boundaries. Lisbon producer Violet flipped her youthful love of Bon Jovi kitsch into her most innovative release to date while Pittsburghs W00dy crafted freaked-out gabber and footwork to keep you warm just before the months start getting cold. We saw the softer side of Jenny Hval which for the Paradise Rot author means slightly less witchy than usual and a celebration of FACTs favorite R&B vocalists Jazmine Sullivan and Alexandria on Kindnesss triumphant Something Like a War. Chromatics returned, right after it became fall, with their first full-length in seven years, an album worthy of forgetting about the whole Dear Tommy debacle and a reminder that good things come to those who wait.

BarkerUtility(Ostgut Ton)

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The title of Sam Barkers debut album, Utility, suggests a far more functional experience than it delivers. As with last years standout EP Debiasing, the Berghain resident and Leisure System co-founder ditches the kick drum and explores how far he can bend the idea of techno is before it breaks, crafting an album more in tune with the music of kosmische pioneers Manuel Gttsching and Klaus Schulze than his Ostgut Ton labelmates. Utilitys simple, devastating chord progressions paint a vivid picture of the utopian power of dance music while sandblasting your brain with serotonin. The techno trends and fads of the late 2010s will come and go but Utility already feels like a timeless classic. SW

ChromaticsFade to Grey(Italians Do It Better)

Spotify / Apple Music

Closer to Grey opens with a cover of Simon & Garfunkels The Sound of Silence. Whether or not its a gesture toward the unpredictable lore of the never-released Dear Tommy, it is the perfect preamble to the album that unfolds: Hello darkness, my old friend is a deft encapsulation of what we love about Chromatics. From their signature breathy 60s girl-group mutations on Youre No Good and a crunchy cover of The Jesus & Mary Chains On the Wall to light-touch tinkering with trip-hop on Light As a Feather and Touch Red, Closer to Grey evokes Chromatics time-tested ability to evoke a feeling that theres something else lurking beneath the shadows. And for that, we can forgive dear Johnny for the wait. CL

Charli XCXCharli(Atlantic)

Spotify / Apple Music

Charli XCXs third studio album is best summed up by a lyric from opener Next Level Charli: Bump bump, in the rave / Go forever and ever. The British singer has long been ahead of the curve when it comes to fusing electronic and pop music, and Charli achieves this in a way thats sonically intriguing yet still accessible and full of unabashed bops. She delivers strobey, synth-heavy collabs (whats a rave without friends?), as well as the quieter moments between nights out: breakfasts in bed and breakups; poignancy and paranoia. But then the bass hits and the beat goes on, forever and ever. KR

E-SaggilaMy World My Way(Northern Electronics)

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On My World My Way, E-Saggila gives herself a formally unbound space to indulge, from the epic RPG-esque orchestration of Stars Dying in Succession to the trap-inflected beats of Alia which skitter around shrieking vocals from Club Chai-affiliate Thoom. The through-line that deftly makes sense of all this is E-Saggilas mighty, enveloping production style. It unfurls in each track like the whole horizon and deserves to be listened to as loud as possible. NP

Gabber Modus OperandiHOXXXYA(SVBKVLT)

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Please, lets make 2020 the year that the term rave no longer stands as a lazy signifier for weak pills, anodyne acid house and parties on the M25. When we think of raving, lets instead look to acts like Gabber Modus Operandi, the Indonesian duo whose new album, HOXXXYA, is a contender for the most exciting half hour of dance music to be released this year. By rewriting traditional forms of Indonesian music such as gamelan and dangdut with a demonic medley of black metal, trance and happy hardcore, Kasimyn and Ican Harem have forged a collection of rave tunes with one foot in the distant past and the other in the far-flung future. HBJ

Jenny HvalThe Practice of Love(Sacred Bones)

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If 2017s Blood Bitch, FACTs no. 1 album of that year, cast Norwegian experimental multi-instrumentalist Jenny Hval a witch, a vampire, an otherworldly succubus, The Practice of Love is the flip side of the same coin. It sounds like a love paean from another dimension but healing this time instead of destructive. While it retains the somewhat jarring, disjointed compositions that have put Hval at the forefront of avant-garde music, it is by far her most accessible record, taking its cue from, among other electronic sub-genres, 90s trance on the title track, Hval, Vivan Wang (formerly of the Observatory) and Australian singer-songwriter Laura Jane create a spoken word exploration of the meaning of love over ethereal synth waves. Its an emotional core that anchors the album and opens up Hvals sound to a brand new world of possibilities. CC

KindnessSomething Like a War(Female Energy)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Ever since Adam Bainbridge began recording as Kindness back in 2009, the off kilter pop-R&B project always seemed like an essential part of a greater whole and in the interim, Kindness has become almost as popular for their music as for their writing, remixing, production and radio work. This is one of the reasons why Something Like a War feels like an event, a cohesive universe of disco, R&B, club and radio pop that holds on to the homegrown essence that has always set them apart for their peers. There are tinges of Arthur Russells cool baritone and woozy strings, but updated for the 21st century. And when star featured vocalist Robyn appears on the mid-tempo The Warning, Kindness is able to effortlessly mold and guide her towards the sound he nailed on this production work on last years Honey. Within their somewhat-chaotic self-made world, Kindness has perfectly engineered their ideal environment, something between soft introspection and extroverted excess. CC

KleinLifetimeijn inc.

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Klein continuously pushes her music forward. For her second album Lifetime which the south London adventurer likens to giving someone your diary she has constructed a hypnotic personal collage that explores spirituality and makes clever use of samples and field recordings, from haunted gospel choirs and a Bible debate to dialogue from race film pioneer Spencer Williams. Still leaning on an abstract sensibility, and yet presented in sharper focus than the grainy noise of her previous releases, Klein puts her memories and ideas through a mangle of complex sound design, inviting us into her world for a compelling timeless classic thats hard to put down. ACW

LeoncePenetration TestingMorph Tracks

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Atlantas Leonce is hardly a newcomer. The young producer and DJ has been hard at work in his city and around the USA for years, building a community and crafting a unique sound thats rooted in the hybrid club styles found scattered throughout the US South. Penetration Testing is exactly the fusion that house and techno needs, skating the line between the basement party and the sex dungeon and pulling influence from Baltimore club, R&B and gqom. Its also the debut release from Morph Tracks Leonce and Jsports new label that aims to prioritize queer black and brown artists and disrupts a pallid scene with a smirk and a middle finger to the dance music establishment. JT

Loraine JamesFor You & I(Hyperdub)

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For You And I is a phenomenal first LP from a bold new voice. Its both an exploration of the difficulties faced being in queer relationship in London and a snapshot of the citys changing musical landscape in 2019; jazz, UK drill and grime are all touch points, spliced together with abstract electronic textures to create a collage of sound and interior narrative that make you feel as if youre walking the streets of north London in Loraine Jamess shoes. There are parallels with both fellow Hyperdub artist Burials musical night bus journeys and Actresss introspective techno, though James carves out a unique sound that vividly reflects her own reality and the contemporary city around it. SW

MahaliaLove and Compromise(Atlantic)

Spotify / Apple Music

On her second studio album, Mahalia expands her guitar-strumming folk into slow-burn neo-soul, her angelic voice and Leicester accent draping over radio-ready production like warm satin. Her reverence for 90s R&B shines through on breakup burner What You Did, which flips the same soul sample as Camron and Juelz Santanas Oh Boy and trots out tour mate Ella Mai for an Aaliyah-inspired video. LC

MaralMahur Club(Astral Plane Recordings)

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A good mixtape is a thing of great beauty, and LAs Maral nudges into exquisite territory on her debut release Mahur Club. Dense and brittle the point of collapse, the tape barges through genres like a Katamari ball, absorbing elements from rap, reggaeton, dub, psychedelia and US club music and filtering everything through a Persian cultural lens. If that sounds hard to imagine, its on purpose: Marals music is delightfully idiosyncratic and the mixtape plays like a warped stream of consciousness or a hyperactive sketchbook of microscopic sound collages. JT

Maxo KreamBrandon Banks(RCA)

Spotify / Apple Music

On his major label debut, Houston rapper Maxo Kream is all substance. His lyrics are dense, his subject matter is heavy. Hes too unpretentious (and hilarious) to pose as a conscious rapper and his life is too real to become a punchline or a meme. But his true-to-life tales of those trapped by mass imprisonment, gang violence and drug addiction prove hes one of hip-hops most brilliant modern storytellers. We hope his talent wont go unrecognized till its too late. LC

MoMa ReadyThe NYC Dance Project(self-released)

Bandcamp

In his own words, MoMa Readys The NYC Dance Project is simply a collection of wild edits and some big tunes to party to until the end of time, dropped onto Bandcamp on a whim one night in July. However, overlooking this digital-only collection of tracks from 2016-2019 would mean missing out on one of the years most thrilling house albums from one of NYCs most exciting new artists. Its a mix of nostalgic and the new: right at home with the rough and ready four-to-the-floor club tracks that have emerged from NYC over the past decade, made with samples that are a tribute to black dance music of the past. SW

Not Waving & Dark MarkDownwelling(Ecstatic)

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Downwelling can be defined as the process of accumulation and sinking of higher density material beneath lower density material. This is a fitting metaphor for one of the most unexpected and devastating collaborations of the year, one that sees Mark Lanegans weighty growl slowly sinking to the bottom of Not Wavings gauzy ocean of sound. The ghost of the late Scott Walker haunts the albums nine tracks as Dark Mark ornaments his sonic descent with esoteric lyricism and a weary delivery, yet the narrative he weaves is one of quiet faith, juxtaposing human fallibility with our resistant capacity to connect with one another. HBJ

Octo OctaResonant Body(T4T LUV NRG)

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Maya Bouldry-Morrisons first album after transitioning, Where Are We Going?, was cerebral, with a tinkling celestial sparseness and an uncertainty that reflected the title. Two years later, her debut release on T4T LUV NRG (the label she runs with DJ, producer and romantic partner Eris Drew) is a euphoric celebration of the body: the ecstatic joy of the dancefloor, and the psychic and physical bonds created through connection and love.

With meditative cover art by her wife Brooke and song titles like Ecstatic Beat, the project is deeply personal, a cohesive message transmitted through rave-ready breakbeats and house vocal samples. LC

Oli XLRogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer(BLOOM)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

The main element that separates Oli XL from his glitchy neo-IDM peers is that he appears to be genuinely having fun with his material. The obsessively chopped samples and intricate sound design might nod to the hydraulic foley grime of Bloom, but Oli XL juxtaposes this with the plasticky, deadpan humor of PC Music and the carnivalesque quality of Basement Jaxx, who he cites as a primary influence. Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer never takes itself too seriously, dropping in cheeky samples or dialog snippets to break up the pulses, bleeps and cracks. When the chorus from Becks Loser appears on Clumsy, sung and pitched up to sound like a surreal kids TV character and piped through a sparse backdrop of electronic wiggles and a broken 2-step rhythm, its hard not to giggle. JT

PeladaMovimiento Para Cambio(PAN)

Bandcamp / Spotify

Its impossible to cleave dance music from its political roots. Even those who claim the genre is simply an excuse for hedonism dont seem to grasp that hedonism itself is politicized. Montreal-based duo Pelada dont even try to deny their musics revolutionary power. Movimiento Para Cambio fuses Tobias Rochmanns brittle IDM-adjacent house and club forms with Chris Vargas brutal polemic and manages to sound dangerous and new, whether you understand the Spanish lyrics or not. As screamed words and phrases bounce in-between bass womps and familiar house staples (the legendary Korg M1 is pastiched on stand-out banger Habla Tu Verdad), its hard not to feel stirred by Peladas passion, power and dedication. They are speaking their truth, but its up to us to listen. JT

RabitSTAR BELLYself-released

Bandcamp

Rabits rapidly growing series of screw tapes sound so personal that the experience of listening to them seems akin to inviting the producer over to your house, getting incredibly stoned and watching him gleefully flick through your record collection before he blends all of your favorite southern rap into all of your favorite pop songs. As the audio from a 1998 interview with DJ Screw melts into the etherized opening strums of Mazzy Stars Fade Into You, its as though you can hear all of Rabits formative influences and teen angst coalescing into a complete, slo-mo vision, a fantasy mixtape warped with low-bitrate distortion. HBJ

rRoxymoreFace To Phase(Dont Be Afraid)

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On her first full-length, rRoxymore flexes her experimental muscle for a rhythmic hall of mirrors strewn with broken beats and dreamy pads. Beginning on a beatless note with the rich ambient dreamscape of Home is Where the Music Is, Face to Phase soon dives off the bass end with the low-key banger Passages, casting a spell of noirish magic that enchants a record which flits effortlessly between club and cushion. The French-born, Berlin-based innovator represents the adventurous side of house and techno, and this daring dossier of sound is the perfect expression of her paradigm-shifting artistry. ACW

RUI HOIn Pursuit of the Sun (Objects Ltd)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

When a genre becomes oversaturated or stagnant, the best artists are always able to reach inside their own stories and reinvigorate and reinvent their scenes. Berlin-based Chinese DJ/producer RUI HO has done just that, taking the upbeat techno and club house that thrives in Germanys capital and injecting it with a healthy dose of traditional Chinese melodies and rhythms. The result is a track like opener Wings of Light, that pairs an old school Baltimore shuffle with a crystalline, hypnotic synth that perfectly mimics a guqin, a stringed Chinese instrument. This melding of cultures permeates the entire record, making In Pursuit of the Sun seem both futuristic, nostalgic and decidedly now. CC

VioletBed of Roses(Dark Entries)

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For her debut album, Ins Coutinho, aka Lisbon-based multitasker Violet, took a step back from the breakbeat-infused euphoria of her previous club-minded releases. Built from schlocky synthscapes and silvery drum machine jams, Bed of Roses toys with everything from 80s electro-funk and synth-pop to ambient, techno and reggaeton. Written over the course of seven years, the title nods to the Bon Jovi song she loved as a child and the album is a self-described healing device for Coutinho as she recalls her teenage self. Bed of Roses isnt necessarily what youd expect to hear from the producer who brought Togetherness to the dancefloor but thats what makes it so good. ACW

W00dyMy Diary(self-released)

Bandcamp

W00dy makes club music for weirdos and My Diary offers wickedly quick and glitchy bangers that seem to forcefully tug against the leashes of their bpms. Its music made for ravers that want to thrash, noise kids that crave the rave and all post-genre absurdists desiring something fanatically different than your EDM standards. W00dys sound could be understood as some acid-drum n bass-gabber-footwork hybrid or just gorgeous sonic gibberish, beyond clear comprehension, immersed in its own heavily-hyphenated mishmash. A totally overstated delight. NP

xinMELTS INTO LOVE(Subtext)

Bandcamp

Over the last 30 years, tropes from what is often casually called bass music a diverse range of sub-heavy dance music rooted in Jamaican soundsystem culture and UK hardcore have become completely absorbed into the wider dance lexicon. In 2019 its almost hard to go to a club and not hear musical elements linked to this lineage: sirens, hoover bass, chopped amen breaks the list is long. So its to xins credit that they have been able to assemble an album that expertly references hardcore, dubstep and D&B without resorting to any obvious tropes. MELTS INTO LOVE is a deliriously psychedelic record and slithers in and out of the brain with the visceral body horror of a David Cronenberg movie. When hardcore or D&B is referenced, its corrupted, distorted and melted into this heaving, viscous slop. At once terrifying and welcoming, its the soundtrack to a new era of cyberpunk anxiety. JT

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Room author Emma Donoghue’s new novel dives deep into love and loss, and what it means to be a family – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Writers Festival

An Evening with Emma Donoghue

When: Oct. 22, 8 p.m.

Where: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St.

Tickets and info:writersfest.bc.ca

The award-winning author/screenwriter/playwright Emma Donoghue is a mindful traveller, but not in the meditative, pay attention to the moment, without judgment kind of way.

No, Donoghues mindfulness has a distinct purpose. Its there to register and record everyday experiences as potential fodder for future stories.

Take, for example, Donoghues latest novel Akin. The book is set mostly in Nice, France, and it tells the story of an almost 80-year-old professor who has, through sad circumstances, been entrusted with the care of his 11-year-old great-nephew. The street-smart kid lands on the mans doorstep on the eve of his trip to Nice to revisit his childhood home and to get to the bottom of a family mystery dating to the Second World War.

The author of the huge literary hit Room (shortlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize) and screenwriter of the movie of the same name (Donoghue was nominated for an adapted-screenplay Academy Award) spent considerable time in Nice over the last decade before writing this book.

Im always taking notes. It can give an extra thrill even to a weekend trip, said Donoghue, from her home in London, Ont. It was really that in Nice. When I was mugged by a seagull, for instance, I remember thinking Ill use this. Im losing my lunch, but I will put this in the book.

And she did.

Donoghue adds that this location in particular wasnt just a place to collect stories, but it also became the backdrop for all the stories, making it the first location to actually inspire a whole Donoghue novel.

Its a funny mixture. It is an international touristy city, but it is also very French as well, said Donoghue about the south-of-France locale. Its very modern. Its all about pleasure and hedonism and so on, but also it has so many traces of World War II in particular. So it really intrigued me and I thought I could write a novel about quite dark things but set in this very sunny, touristy setting, which makes it a much more interesting mixture. It was the first time Ive ever written a book because of living somewhere.

A native of Dublin who has called Canada home since the late-1990s, Donoghue will be talking about the Nice novel and other topics when she is here Oct. 22 for An Evening with Emma Donoghue, one of the marquee events at this years Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct. 21-27).

One of those other topics will undoubtedly be Room.

In Room, the story is told from the perspective of a young boy who is being held captive in a small room with his mother. Its the pairs relationship that anchors the story. Akin while it has no criminal and disturbing plot lines and is expansive in terms of geography and time does see Donoghue delivering another adult/kid relationship that at times can also seem confining.

Yes, I do like it when people are in some sense trapped together. Its like Sartres line that hell is other people. I enjoy that, said Donoghue.

Donoghues life is busy. She has many projects on the go, including a novel and a film version of her novel The Wonder. And adapting Charlotte Bronts last novel Villette into a TV series. She is also raising 15- and 11-year-old kids, so she says its not uncommon to see her typing away on her laptop while she sits in the dentists waiting room or in a parked car.

Adding to that packed schedule is the promotion of a book.

Its a bit of an effort to go on the road, but on the other hand you have fun times especially if you can run into friends or relatives as you go along, said Donoghue. You certainly eat better. I frequently think, Oh, I wouldnt be having charred octopus if I was home with the kids.

Promoting a book in Canada Donoghue says tends be a different, more-engaging experience than touring south of the border. Here theres a sense of community that Donoghue, a natural and interesting talker, likes a lot.

In the States it is just two weeks of events my publisher has set up for me. Its not particularly linking up with other authors, said Donoghue. In Canada, it is the festival circuit and it is so much more sociable. Also, the Canadian literary scene I find really democratic and not really a star system. Everyone pals along in the green room.

While Akin is her latest work, Donoghue knows that no matter its success, or the success of other future projects, Room will always be a part of the conversation.

I never expect to have another Room. I think I was very lucky on hitting on an idea that was so capturing and I certainly dont expect that to happen every time. It was such a fluke. It sold so many millions of copies, said Donoghue. I just feel like I want to keep writing the books that obsess me and get them published. Luckily, because of Room, they tend to reach more readers than they used to, so thats a permanent plus, really.

Adding to the life of Room is an upcoming theatrical adaptation. The play, penned by Donoghue, is set to premiere next spring in London, Ont., before moving to Toronto. Donoghue, who already has a large handful of plays under her belt, said it was nice to return to this form for Room, and that adapting it to the stage was easier than writing the movie.

What do I do? So I got about a dozen books on film writing from Chriss (her partner Prof. Chris Roulston) university library and I remember feeling like a total loser. When youre checking them out youre kind of embarrassed that the librarians see you. Then you know you get to the Oscars, said Donoghue, with a chuckle.

While Donoghue was having a bit of a laugh with the Oscar comment, she actually is very serious about that accomplishment and thinks her path is one other female writers should consider tracing.

Whenever I meet young women I try to push them to be more ambitious, because we have been indoctrinated not to be. All of us have been raised to be helpful and, you know, move to the back, really. Filmwriting in particular, you know, 87 per cent of films are still written by men, so I think when a woman has a novel that is a big hit, I really think she is duly bound to try and write the film herself, said Donoghue. Its not impossible.

Often when beloved books are adapted into movies people worry if the film will be as good. Fans of a novel suggest you should read the book before seeing the movie and when asked about that Donoghue agrees.

I quite agree if you are going to experience both do read the book first because it is really hard for us to picture anything differently once weve seen the movie. You cant get those faces out of your head, so just for that technical reason, said Donoghue. And you shouldnt read the book right before the film because then you come out and (you send a) crotchety email to the author going, Why did they cut that character? You need to enjoy each on their own merits. I think the absolutely ideal experience would be to read the book and then two years later you know luckily it does take a few years to make a movie go see the movie then.

Donoghue is currently in discussions about adapting Akin for film.

As a star novelist, Donoghues work is always open for scrutiny. One particular reviewer, though, really stands out. A few years ago Stephen King, yes that Stephen King, reviewed Donoghues The Wonder in the New York Times.

Yeah, Stephen King, oh that was great because I felt it gave people a totally false sense that I write his kind of books, said Donoghue again with another laugh. Im sure The Wonder got a lot more readers, because people said, Oh, this is a Stephen King recommendation. He is a really good reviewer. It was so exciting.

Donoghue may have more of an understanding of literary criticism than most as her father, Denis Donoghue, is a renowned literary critic.

He is still writing away at 90, said Donoghue about her dad. Hes working on a book about Henry James. He makes me feel that I am not very prolific by comparison, that I should really get out of bed earlier.

What about giving him her work to read?

Ahhh, yes, its a bit nerve-wracking, but of course he doesnt treat me like a critic, added Donoghue. He treats me like a loving dad.

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Take a look around the brand new hotels Thomas Cook customers will never get to stay in – MyLondon

Last week saw thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad when tour operator Thomas Cook went into liquidation.

A huge repatriation programme is still ongoing to bring people home but it's not just the company's customers who have been hit.

Thomas Cook owned a worldwide collection of hotel brands and resorts including Sentido, Sunwing, Sunprime and Smartline.

The latest hotel brand to open under the same umbrella was Cook's Club, a design-led but affordable hotel group aimed at the millennial generation, reports the MEN.

Recognising a change in appetites among young people, Thomas Cook retired its Club 18-30 brand late last year and switched the focus from hedonism to health.

Gone are fishbowl cocktails and all-night parties, replaced with vegetable smoothies and properly crafted drinks.

Hotel spaces are designed to be as beautiful, and as Instagram-friendly, as possible, down to the unicorn inflatables scattered across the surface of the swimming pools.

It was a huge overhaul and, on the surface of things, seemed to be successful.

The first to open in June 2018 was Cooks Club Hersonissos, on the Greek island of Crete, with seven new hotels opening under the brand in little more than a year.

Cook's Clubs can be found in Gambia, Turkey, Mallorca, Bulgaria, Greece and Egypt.

The latest was Cook's Club El Gouna, located on the water's edge of a luxurious man-made lagoon just north of Hurghada.

This hotel, on Egypt's Red Sea coast, only opened its doors in August, and only had its launch party two weeks ago - the Thomas Cook yellow heart above the door got to oversee that, but won't see the hotel filled with guests.

On a very recent trip to the hotel, I found an understated decor of brushed concrete, Bedouin-style floor cushions, palm trees and wooden decks.

The muted grey and brown colours chosen for the hotel contrasted sharply against the piercing blue of the swimming pool, and the murky blue-green of the lagoon beyond.

Grey sunbeds around the water's edge were as comfortable as real beds, with matching bean bag chairs scattered beneath the shade of umbrellas.

A variety of food stations, from wood-fired pizzas to fresh grilled meats to salads and burgers, were built into the 'Cantina' to feed guests on either a bed and breakfast or half-board basis.

Even the fitness facilities were gorgeous, dumbbells and benches carved from polished wood and presented beneath a bamboo canopy.

It's a real looker of a hotel, and as someone sitting nicely within the target demographic of 20 to 35 years old, the appeal was obvious.

With virtually round-the-clock DJs stationed at the poolside, it was common on my trip to see the young and beautiful people of Egypt (as well as holidaymakers mostly from Germany) draped over fruit-shaped inflatables sipping on Aperol spritzes.

A huge sign at the poolside had light-hearted messages such as: "Keep your fluids - in certain circumstances, the exchange of body fluids may be a good idea but... spit, snot and pee do not belong in the pool!"

El Gouna itself is a network of 36 twisting and interconnected islands, all made by hand only three decades ago by construction company Orascom.

The desert was carved away to entice the ocean in, and now the resort boasts three huge marinas, two golf courses, 11 spas and around 2600 hotel rooms - all under a blanket of year-round sunshine.

Tuk tuks crawl over the resort like colourful bugs, whisking visitors around for a mere 15 Egyptian pounds (around 1 sterling) per person per trip.

Popular restaurants include Morgan's Beach Restaurant, where all-you-can-eat seafood buffets showcase some of the best seafood in the region, and Captain's Inn Steak House, where dishes are presented sizzling.

Day trips to the uninhabited island of Mahmya, where pristine coral reefs are surrounded by dusty mountains, are plentiful and worthwhile.

Boats frequently make trips to 'Dolphin House' too, a patch of the Red Sea where dolphins swim alongside snorkellers and effortlessly overtake luxury yachts.

All of these trips and more were arranged easily and quickly in typical package holiday style by a Thomas Cook rep, popping up at the hotel in his sunny yellow uniform and speaking proudly of the 178-year-old company he worked for.

Due to open in El Gouna this November was Casa Cook, another Thomas Cook-owned hotel brand with a similar design aesthetic but an even more luxurious travel experience.

Though both properties in El Gouna will remain operational, bumpered from the liquidation by Orsascom, it's not certain who will save the other properties around the globe.

Cook's Club El Gouna and Casa Cook El Gouna will be renamed and franchised out to an alternative, yet-to-be-confirmed tour operator.

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Hear Pitbull, Blake Shelton Cut Loose in New Collaboration Get Ready – Rolling Stone

Country singer and Voice coach Blake Shelton joins rapper Pitbull on Get Ready, a party-friendly track from the Florida-based artists newly released album Libertad 548.

Built on top of a stomping, four-on-the-floor beat and a hard-rock guitar riff, Get Ready features Shelton singing a hook nicked from Ram Jams update of the traditional song Black Betty. Whoa-oh, get ready/Bam-ba-lam, he sings. Get ready to ride. Mr. Worldwide, meanwhile, marinates in nonstop-party hedonism during his verses: Wildin out, fill my cup to the tip/Ridin out to Atlantic City, he intones at one point.

Libertad 548 was released on Friday and its title honors Pitbulls father, who was involved in the 1980 Mariel Boatlift that transported many Cuban refugees to the U.S. mainland. Other collaborators on the album include Daddy Yankee, Lil Jon, Becky G and Ne-Yo. Get Ready isnt Pitbulls first collision with country music, either he appeared on Keith Urbans Sun Dont Let Me Down from 2016s Ripcord, as well as with Kesha on the hit single Timber, which blended elements of country and dance music.

Shelton just kicked off his 17th season of The Voice and is now the NBC shows longest-tenured coach. On December 13th, hell release Fully Loaded: Gods Country, a collection of recent hits and new tracks. His latest single is Hell Right, a collaboration with Trace Adkins.

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Singapore Grand Prix: Humidity meets hedonism during Asia’s most punishing race – CNN International

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