11. Shop for bargains at El Rastro and the street marketsIf your budget break to Madrid brings you here on a Sunday, then the local flea market at El Rastro is the place to discover some bargain souvenirs. Forget the high end stores around Sol and hunt out clothing, unique jewellery and antiques to fill your luggage with here. Even if you’re not in town on a Sunday, there are plenty of other markets which pop up on various days throughout Madrid. The second hand book stalls located near the Retiro are ideal for book worms looking for that perfect holiday read. Need a budget hotel? Find accommodation deals here9. Grab a bargain breakfast from Mercado de la ReinaThis trendy restaurant on Gran Via is highly rated for its creative cuisine. If you feel like splashing out then head to the mercado for truffled prawn carpaccio and grilled octopus starting from €13. But if you’re watching your euro then check out their breakfast menu. With drinks combos such as hot chocolate and churros, or fresh coffee and Spanish omelette coming in at around €3, it’s the perfect fuel for a day of sightseeing and won’t blow your city break budget. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Feast for cheap at 100 MontaditosThis cheap and cheerful chain restaurant can be found dotted around Madrid and is a perfect way to feast on a budget. Whether you’re after a quick snack or want a whole table of tapas, this could be your answer. As the name suggests, they serve up to a hundred different sandwiches and snacks at only €1 a pop. With a beer at the same price and a glass of vino at €1.50, you certainly won’t feel guilty or be pushing the purse strings when you order seconds (or thirds…) Need more city break inspiration? Try some of these…A locals guide to MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Weekend city breaks for less than £20Celebrate making it through the week by escaping on a last minute flight out of here! Go on, you deserve it!Top 10 alternative winter city breaksWondering where to go for a winter city break? Well we’ve got a few alternative suggestions for you, with cheap flights and plenty to keep you busy. Avoid your typical weekend away and see what you think of these city break ideas.THE cheapest European cities for budget holidaysEurope has plenty of affordable cities for you to explore on a budget – plus flights are usually quite cheap. But which city has cheap hotels and doesn’t charge a fortune for dinner or a night out? We’ve calculated cost of accommodation plus a few extras and here are the cheapest holiday destinations across Europe.*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only, for flights in February, and are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 2. Enjoy discount drinks at San Anton rooftop barRooftop bars in Madrid are usually known for expensive cocktails and over-priced snacks. Not at San Anton’s. Ok, so it’s views might not be the best, but this classy joint more than makes up for it with bargain drinks prices. Located atop of a market with the same name, this quaint rooftop terrace is a short walk from Cheuca station. Serving up glasses of wine from only €2.75, it makes for an ideal place to settle into a comfy sofa and enjoy a nightcap on a warm or even wintery evening. 8. Relax in Atocha Station gardensPublic transport in much of the world can be a nightmare: Madrid however offers a great value and well connected Metro and Train system. Not content with simply moving you about the city, Atocha station is also home to an impressive and free indoor tropical garden. The large roof houses 4000 square metres of plants and even boasts ponds full of turtles. It certainly beats reading a paper whilst waiting for your next train. 7. Take advantage of free museumsWhether you love contemporary art, grand classics or exploring palaces, Madrid has got you covered. Tickets to individual exhibitions can cost a pretty penny, but many of the city’s best museums and galleries offer free admission to holders of an EU passport at certain times of the week. The impressive Palacio Real opens its doors for nada between 6-8pm and the famous modern art gallery, The Reina Sofia, offers their bargain entry on Sunday mornings, as well as some weekday evenings. Check with individual museums for particular free to visit hours. 1. Rent a bike and explore the city on two wheelsThe BiciMAD bicycle hire scheme is a great way to explore Madrid on a budget. These electric and environmentally friendly bikes can be picked up from stands all around the city. You’ll have to leave a refundable card deposit the first time you register, but at only €2* an hour they make for a fun way to zip around some of Madrid’s finest attractions, including Plaza Mayor, The Royal Palace and the nature filled ride along Madrid Rio whilst enjoying that free Spanish sunshine. 4. Tour the Templo de DebodThis odd attraction and its fascinating story is one of the best free things to see Madrid, especially at sunset. The ancient Egyptian temple was donated as a thank you gift by the Egyptian government to Spain for their help saving temples from ruin following the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Flown from Egypt, the Temple of Debod was lovingly reconstructed in Madrid’s Park del Oeste in 1960, where you’ll find it today and can visit for free. Accompanied by a daily interactive exhibition, audiovisual information and facts are projected onto a nearby wall which makes it a great attraction for both kids and adults. 6. Get your fill of free tapasLooking for cheap eats? You’ll find most bars in Madrid will offer you some kind of small tapas every time you order a drink – usually your typical bars snacks, but some will stretch to a slice of tortilla or even a small bowl of paella. But if you really want to fill your boots for free then head to El Tigre on Calle de las Infantas. Just a few minutes walk from Gran Via, down an unassuming side street, this bar may look like a hole in the wall but step inside and you will see why it’s packed very night with locals and city breakers. This small bar, with cheerful service and lively atmosphere, dishes out heaving mounds of free tapas to accompany your tipple of choice. With a range of snacks and hearty pans of paella on the menu, for the price of few cervezas you’ll likely leave with no need for a formal dinner. Get here early if you want to bag a seat though, it fills up quickly. Ready to go? Find heap flights to Madrid5. Explore El Retiro ParkIn Madrid you are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks, but by far the most famous and central is El Retiro. With over 300 acres of well-groomed gardens and walking paths, it’s a great budget way to spend an afternoon in Madrid. With regular, free exhibitions housed in the Palacio de Cristal and rowing boats to hire on the park’s lake from €5.80, this city oasis will keep you entertained for hours. 3. Admire the skyline at Azotea rooftopFor some of the most breathtaking open air views of the city you will have to drop a few euros. The central Azotea rooftop offers a fixed price entrance of €4 to access its 360 panoramic views of the city. Although the restaurant and bar are pricey, the entrance fee means you don’t have to buy an expensive cocktail to snap the perfect aerial Instagram. For only €1 more you can get a combined ticket giving you access to the five floors of exhibitions below, including work by Picasso. RelatedTapas and teatro: 10 great things to do in MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…Bank holiday bargain breaks: 6 flights for less than £110Make the most of May’s bank holiday and jet off to one of these chic European cities.10 New Year’s Eve parties in Europe for under £250No sleep ‘til 2015! Spend 24hrs celebrating 2015 and spend less than £250 in these European cities.
• British Airways • Qantas • Cathay Pacific (on some routes) How can I save money on a round the worldticket? What is a round the world (RTW) ticket? A round the world ticket lets you create a custom round trip, so you can join the dots on your dream destinations. Most tickets last for one year. They’re possible thanks to airline alliances, which are essentially networks of different carriers. Your RTW ticket acts like a pass so you can book flights with any of the airlines in that alliance. Totally up to you, although travelling west can help with that pesky jet lag each time you fly. Air Europa Air France Aeroflot Russain Airlines Aeromexico Aerolineas Alitalia China Airlines China Eastern Airlines China Southern Airlines CSA Czech Airlines Delta Garuda Indonesian Airways Kenya Airways Korean Air KLM Middle East Airlines Saudi Arabian Airlines Shanghai Airlines Tarom Vietnam Airlines XiamenAir American Airlines Finnair LATAM Qatar Airways SriLankan Airlines British Airways Iberia Malaysia Airlines Royal Jordanian Cathay Pacific Qantas S7 Airlines Let’s face it, travelling is fun. So fun in fact, that you may well decide to extend your trip. Most tickets give you the option to buy extra miles – with a Great Escapade ticket you can add up to 33,000 miles. Global Explorer Mileage: 29,000 milesStops: 6 stops max (must include Australia or New Zealand)Airlines you can fly with: Yes. In some places, you have to provide proof of your departure date (and ticket) to get a visa. Your travel agent or the Foreign Office can tell you which countries need this. Star Alliance Air Adria Aegean Air Canada Air China Air India Air New Zealand ANA Asiana Airlines Austrian Airlines Avianca Brussels airlines Copa Airlines Croatia Airlines EgyptAir Ethiopian Eva Air LOT Polish Airlines Lufthansa Scandinavian Airlines Shenzhen Airlines Singapore Airlines South African Airways Swiss TAP Portugal Thai Airways International Turkish Airlines United Airlines World Journey What’s better, a round the world ticket or booking multi-city flights myself? Mileage: 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 milesStops: Minimum 2, maximum 15Airlines you can fly with: Unlike other airline bookings that change over time, prices for a round the world ticket tend to remain steady. Most alliances have an online booking tool, so you’ll get an upfront quote for the whole itinerary. Play around with dates and destinations and see how it affects the price. Generally, leaving between April and mid June is the cheapest time. If you’re thinking of booking each leg separately, our handy tool can work out the best time to book. Mileage: 26,000, 29,000, 33,000 or 38,000 milesStops: Max 15Airlines you can fly with: Your trip is less than a year You’re not bothered about flying with budget airlines (like Ryanair or AirAsia) You have a set travel plan You’re buying tickets on behalf of a group or family You’re part of a frequent flier programme and collect miles and perks Mileage: 25,000 or 29,000 milesStops: Up to 7 stopoversAirlines you can fly with: American Airlines British Airways Emirates LAN Qantas World Discovery/Plus Turning your layovers into stopovers will also give you more bang for your buck. With some tickets, they’ll count as stops anyway, so make the most of them by extending your stay for a while. Popular stopover destinations include Dubai, Singapore, Amsterdam, New York, LA, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Fiji. Bear in mind that other people might have the same idea. Most European travellers head to Asia first, for example. Going against the grain, including flying to places off-season or in shoulder seasons, could cost less and earn you an adventure off the beaten path. Mileage: 29,000 milesStops: UnlimitedAirlines you can fly with: Great Escapade Stops vs mileage: Some alliances will give you a maximum number of stops, while others only care about mileage.Travel direction: The majority of tickets expect you to travel continuously in the same direction and will only let you cross the Atlantic and the Pacific once. Some even require it: with a World Journey ticket, you have to do one transatlantic and one transpacific flight. Other tickets are slightly more flexible and let you double-back over continents (but not oceans). The lowest fare usually equals the fewest miles, so try to avoid backtracking unless you really have to.Travel restrictions: This varies per ticket, so get checking that small print. Some tickets insist on a ‘minimum stay’. For example, with Global Explorer, you can only return to your point of origin after 10 days.Changing flights: Plans change, especially when you’re booking travel so far ahead. Most RTW tickets are flexible and will let you change the time of travel for free, but they will charge for changing a destination – usually around $125. RelatedSix steps to supercharge your frequent flyer balanceIf you feel like you aren’t making the most out of all those air-miles then check out these tips to supercharge your frequent flyer balance.How to book a round the world trip in a lunch hourThink it’s complicated planning a multi-continent journey? Not the case. With oneworld’s round the world trip planner, it’s fast, simple. And cheap, too.High Mileage – Low Cost? Round-the-world with (mostly) budget airlinesI wrote a piece about this last year in happier financial times, but since then various airlines have gone bust It really depends what you’re after. A Great Escapade ticket gives you unlimited stops, while the oneworld Explorer is great because there’s no maximum mileage, and it doesn’t dock overland ‘surface’ travel from your mileage like other tickets. If you’re planning on mixing up flights with travel via trains or car – the oneworld Explorer could be the best option. It mainly depends on where you want to go though. The best ticket for you is the one that flies to all the places on your travel bucket list. There are three major alliances that offer round the world tickets. They are: OneWorld (Global Explorer and oneworld Explorer), Star Alliance and Skyteam (World Journey). We’ve outlined the different options below, as well as a couple of smaller alliances you might find useful. Go for a round the world ticket if: Can I buy extra miles? Book your ticket at least four to six months in advance for the best price. Tickets also vary in price depending on your start city, so you could save by starting somewhere other than your home airport. For example, it might be cheaper to start your trip in Madrid rather than London. You’d still need to get to and from the cheaper city, but if you can do that on a budget airline, the potential savings could more than cover that cost. World Walkabout So, what’s the difference between the tickets? Aer Lingus American Airlines Alaska Airlines Bangkok Airways British Airways Cathay Pacific Fiji Airways Finnair Iberia Jetstar Jetstar Asia Jetstar Japan Jetstar Pacific LATAM Malaysia Airlines Meridana and WestJet Qatar Airways Qantas Royal Jordanian SriLankan Airlines S7 Airlines Look into multi-city flights if: ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Mileage: No maximum mileageStops: 16 flight segments, and 5, 6 or 7 stopsAirlines you can fly with: Visainformation correct as of 12 July 2019, obtained from www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Please always check thelatest guidance at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice before booking a trip. Mileage: 26,000, 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 milesStops: 16 flight segmentsAirlines you can fly with: Oneworld Explorer Your trip is longer than a year You don’t have a set plan yet You want to fly using budget airlines where possible You’re not part of a frequent flier programme You’re doing a lot of overland travel You want to be more flexible Ready to go? Find your perfect flights for you’re next round the world adventure, right here When is the cheapest time to travel? A round the world ticket will save you roughly a third on the full-cost price of all your flights, however it’s worth checking both options. If there are legs you could do with budget airlines, you could save more money that way. It’s a better idea to plan your direction based on the weather conditions at each of your destinations. You probably don’t want to hit India in the middle of the Monsoon. Equally, if you’re planning a seasonal highlight, like experiencing cherry blossoms in Japan (April) or whale watching in South Africa (June to November), you’ll need to be there for specific times of the year, so this will influence your choice. Who offers round the world tickets? • Air New Zealand • Singapore Airlines • Virgin Atlantic Do I need an onward ticket before landing in some countries? What’s the best direction to travel aroundthe world? What’s the best round the world ticket?
East Meadow, NY, June – In July and August, to coincide with the Summer Olympics, Lufthansa will offer its First and Business Class passengers culinary creations from the host country China. For two months, Star Chef Ray Lim from Beijing will indulge passengers on long-haul flights from Germany with his specialties. Dishes on the First Class menu include grilled scallops in a caper and raisin sauce served with spinach and couscous or breast of turkey au jus stuffed with rocket, accompanied by stir-fried vegetables and jasmine rice. In Business Class, passengers will be offered a selection of mouth-watering dishes such as chicken breast with mange tout and long-grain rice or prawns on chili sauce with bok choi and rice with scrambled egg.Ray Lim was born in the Philippines to Chinese parents. For more than ten years he has been head chef at The Courtyard, Beijing’s gourmet temple, where evening after evening he enthralls his guests with his imaginative cuisine. Originally, however, the Filipino master chef started out in a very different direction. He studied dentistry at the University Of Manila for five years before deciding to hang up his dentist’s drill and dedicate himself to cooking. He learned his craft from scratch, then spent the next few years serving an apprenticeship and working as a qualified chef in such top-ranking establishments as Bouley, one of the most sought-after restaurants in New York as well as at the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing.Lufthansa Star Chef program Since January 2000, Lufthansa has taken its First and Business Class passengers to new culinary heights. Imaginative menus, created by top chefs from all over the world, make a Lufthansa flight a truly heavenly experience. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) and Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged as Lufthansa “Star Chefs”. In addition, since the beginning of 2005, internationally renowned chefs have created special menus on selected long-haul routes from Germany to reflect the culinary tastes and traditions of the respective destination.
FILE – In this June 21, 2013, file photo, Jonas Kaufmann, right, in the role of Manrico and Elena Manistina as Azucena sing during a dress rehearsal for the opera “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi in the Bavarian State Opera House in Munich, southern Germany. The world’s most sought-after tenor is back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jonas Kaufmann, the world’s most sought-after tenor, hopes his cancellations are in the past.Back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children, the 48-year-old German with the clarion voice and heartthrob looks is giving recitals in California and New York this week and returns in April for performances in Boston and New York.“I’m very happy and thankful that I have so enthusiastic fans that they would love to see me every day perform,” he explained during an interview this week.He missed the Teatro Comunale of Bologna’s 2011 tour of Japan because of surgery to remove a lymph node from his chest, and a burst blood vessel on his vocal chords sidelined him from September 2016 until the following January.Kaufmann withdrew from two performances of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera in 2014-15 and an entire run of a new staging of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” there the following season because of illness.Then he missed this season’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” saying he needed to skip the rehearsal period and early performances to spend time at his home outside Munich with his 19-year-old daughter and younger teenage sons. The Met decided to replace him for the whole run, though he is scheduled to return next season for Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West).”He now limits travel to three consecutive weeks.“Even though my kids are getting bigger and bigger all the time, they still need me,” he said. “There are lots of things, school and private life, that they need to discuss or want to discuss with their father. So, you see, that’s the thing. And I could have said I need a sabbatical or whatever, that’s not the case. I just need to reschedule my daily life so that it somehow works for everyone, including the opera.”With a burnished tone in the most demanding repertoire, Kaufmann received raves for his debuts in the title roles of Wagner’s “Parsifal” at the Met in 2013 and in Verdi’s “Otello” at London’s Royal Opera last summer.This season, colds caused him to cancel appearances in Bucharest, Romania; Moscow; and Rome.“If I would come back too early, I would probably ultimately ruin my instrument,” he said. “I think it’s best also for my fans if I protect my instrument in a way that I know exactly when to stop singing and to wait until it’s good enough and safe enough to start again.”After studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, he spent 1994-96 at the State Theatre in Saarbruecken, and debuts followed at the Salzburg Festival and La Scala (1999), The Royal Opera and Paris Opera (2004), and the Met and Vienna State Opera (2006).He will be at Carnegie Hall on Saturday to repeat the Schubert program he sang in Santa Monica and will make his first public try at Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in an uncut second act concert version at Boston and New York in April. His first staged performance is not for 3 1/2 years.Up ahead are more stagings of “Otello” and the French version of Verdi’s “Don Carlos.” He will sing an unusual tenor version of Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” in London this May — usually performed by a soprano — and plans to learn Wagner’s Tannhaeuser” and Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City).”The work comes even as he tries to maintain a private life. He separated from his wife, mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig, four years ago and is partnered with opera director Christiane Lutz.“There was a generation of singers that dedicated their lives, at least it seemed that would be the case, to the art and they couldn’t do anything but — they would never go to do sports, they would never go outside if the temperatures are too low,” he said. “They would forget what life is about, and if you don’t know that, you have nothing to tell on stage.” Opera star Jonas Kaufmann returns to the spotlight by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 12:10 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police say a zebra was killed when a number of the animals broke out of the grounds of an Arizona festival and were wandering on a nearby road.The accident on Wednesday morning occurred near the grounds of the Chandler Ostrich Festival in a suburb of Phoenix.Chandler police Sgt. Daniel Mejia says the SUV driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.The Ostrich Festival, which will be held this weekend, attracts hundreds of thousands of people. Activities include ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities and a parade. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2018 9:53 am PDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Police: Runaway zebra killed by car in Phoenix suburb
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2018 2:33 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Trump, others give thumbs-down to dinner’s roast WASHINGTON – The Latest on the controversy over the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (all times local):4:20 p.m.The reviews are in: President Donald Trump is giving a thumbs-down to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.Present and past members of his administration say they were offended. The head of the association says she regrets that the routine may end up defining an evening designed to rally around journalism.Comedian Michelle Wolf is known as a contributor on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” But some of her jokes drew gasps and groans. A series of barbs about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as Sanders sat just feet away, seemed to spark the most outrage.Trump regularly lobs sharp attacks at the news media. He declined to attend the dinner for the second consecutive year.___1:30 a.m.If President Donald Trump isn’t comfortable being the target of jokes, comedian Michelle Wolf gave him and others plenty of reasons to squirm.“It’s 2018 and I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up,” Wolf cracked Saturday night, “unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000.”No, Trump’s personal attorney wasn’t there. And, for the second year, Trump himself skipped the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association, preferring to criticize journalists and others during a campaign-style rally near Detroit.Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN.
‘The Favourite’ named best UK film at British Academy Awards LONDON — Tragicomic royal drama “The Favourite” took best British film and a clutch of other trophies Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars but where the audience is studded with British royals as well as the A-list stars who are royalty in Hollywood.Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama had a total of 12 nominations going into the night. Star Olivia Colman has already won a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in “The Favourite” and was favoured to take the best-actress prize in London.The 18th-century queen’s distant relative, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge — wearing a white, off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress — joined Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Timothee Chalamet and other film stars for the black-tie ceremony at Royal Albert Hall.“Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley was the gently risque host.“The Favourite” lived up to its title, snapping up the outstanding British film award and prizes for its opulent production design, its larger-than-life hair and makeup and the supporting actress performance of Rachel Weisz.Weisz, who plays the queen’s confidante and rival Sarah Churchill, said she “had the greatest luck in that I played opposite two of the most glorious women” — Colman and Emma Stone.Production design winners Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton dedicated their award to “every woman and working mother who keeps it together and makes it happen.” ”The Favourite” also took the trophy for best original screenplay.“Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power,” said Deborah Davis, who won the award alongside co-writer Tony McNamara.Other winners included Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for best adapted screenplay, the Bradley Cooper-directed “A Star is Born” for music and Alfonso Cuaron’s lush black-and-white “Roma” for cinematography.Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor as a concert pianist touring the 1960s Deep South in “Green Book.”The awards, known as BAFTAs , will be scoured for clues to who might triumph at Hollywood’s Academy Awards on Feb. 24, in what’s shaping up as an unpredictable awards season.Colman is up against Glenn Close, who took Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for “The Wife.” The other best-actress nominees are Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born,” Viola Davis for “Widows” and Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”“I feel like I’m in a fever dream,” said McCarthy of recognition for the offbeat film, based on the story of a real literary forger.Her “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” co-star Richard E. Grant has secured both BAFTA and Oscar nominations for his performance as an affable rogue.“I’ve been working for 40 years, I’ve never won anything,” said Grant, who called this awards season “the ride of my lifetime.”Best-actor contenders are Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and Steve Coogan for “Stan and Ollie.”Best-picture nominees are “The Favourite,” Roma,” ”A Star is Born” and two very different movies about racism in America: “Green Book” and “BlacKkKlansman.”British academy voters have all but ignored superhero blockbuster “Black Panther,” which is up for best picture at the Oscars and took top prize at the SAG awards last month. It had a single BAFTA nomination, for visual effects, although one of its stars, Letitia Wright, was named Rising Star, the only category decided through a public vote.The red carpet glamour unfolded against a backdrop of soul-searching and scandal about abuses in the entertainment industry.Last week, the British academy suspended director Bryan Singer’s nomination as part of the team behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” after four men accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were minors.BAFTA said the alleged abuse was “completely unacceptable” and incompatible with its values. Singer, who was fired while “Bohemian Rhapsody” was in mid-production in 2017, denies the allegations. The film itself is still nominated.At last year’s BAFTAs ceremony, many women wore black as a symbol of opposition to harassment, abuse and inequality in the wake of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.A British wing of the “Times’s Up” campaign founded last year is vowing to keep the campaign going and to double the number of women in film, on and off screen.The number of female nominees is up this year, but there has been criticism of the academy’s failure to nominate any female filmmakers in the best-director category. Only one woman has ever won the directing prize, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010.BAFTA chairwoman Pippa Harris said only 10 per cent of films entered for this year’s awards were directed by women.“It needs to be 50 per cent,” said Harris, who called the gender imbalance an industry-wide problem.“There has been a traditional problem with getting females to be noticed in terms of their TV work and then get picked up to make feature films,” she said. “Men seem to find that transition much easier.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessJill Lawless, The Associated Press by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 1:04 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actress Timothee Chalamet poses for photographers upon arrival at the Finch Chanel Pre BAFTAs Dinner in London, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
“Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh” (I.B. Tauris), by Alan StrachanPlaying two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film — Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind” and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” — has guaranteed actress Vivien Leigh a place in popular culture. Yet her stage work, often overlooked by her film fans, may have been the true showcase of her talent.Alan Strachan, a director and a chronicler of the British theatre, gives Leigh’s full career a stirring reassessment in an immensely readable biography, “Dark Star.” He argues convincingly that there was far more to Leigh than her mesmerizing beauty, which could blind critics to the power behind her performances.Strachan also pierces the darkness that never left Leigh: mental illness. Bipolar disorder, called manic depression in her day, explains in part her failings as a wife and mother. It certainly seems to have fueled her drinking, extramarital affairs and occasionally odd behaviour, allowing comparisons to the faded, shattered Blanche — the performance that put an Oscar next to the one for Scarlett O’Hara.The surprise of “Dark Star” is that Leigh’s life doesn’t appear as sunken by sadness as it’s been described elsewhere. While not downplaying the manic episodes that damaged her career — Elizabeth Taylor took over the film “Elephant Walk” following a Leigh breakdown — Strachan describes the good times, too. By his account she was a loving companion, a loyal friend and a generous, amiable colleague. His evidence comes from Leigh’s diaries and letters and those of relatives, friends and colleagues.The actress who played two iconic Southerners was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, British India, in 1913, and was raised in Calcutta. Her mother was also India-born and perhaps in a mixed-race family. Her father, born in Scotland while his Yorkshire family was visiting, had moved to India and become wealthy as an exchange broker. An amateur actor, he shared his pastime with his daughter and theatre became her passion.The Hartleys sent 6-year-old Vivian to England for a Catholic education. Her convent education continued in her teens with schools in France, Italy and Germany. She was attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London when she met a handsome lawyer, Leigh Holman, whom she married in 1932. Soon a mother, she went on to seek work on the stage and in film under the name Vivien Leigh.Upending her personal and professional life was Laurence Olivier, a charismatic actor who, like Leigh, was married with a child. Their wildly passionate love affair, begun in 1936 as they made the film “Fire Over England,” led to divorces and marriage in 1940.They co-starred in two other films, “21 Days Together” (1940) and “That Hamilton Woman” (1941), but the Oliviers would become the first couple of the British stage, appearing in classical productions together — “Romeo and Juliet” and “The School for Scandal” were but two — and separately. He directed her in the London productions of “The Skin of Our Teeth” in 1945 and “Streetcar” in 1949, both personal triumphs for Leigh.Selfishness, a trait that brought them together despite obligations, probably doomed their relationship. The passion cooled, at least for Olivier, as Leigh’s illness became more pronounced and led to hospitalizations and shock therapy. (Olivier may also have grown professionally jealous of his wife.) He engaged in affairs with relish, and she abandoned her marital vows, too, flaunting an affair with a young Peter Finch.Nevertheless, the Oliviers continued to play their public roles until he decided young Joan Plowright would make a better partner for the long haul. Divorced in 1960, Leigh continued acting and even found a companion. Her life ended abruptly at 53 when tuberculosis led to a fatal hemorrhage in 1967.Was Leigh herself more like the vivacious and beautiful Scarlett O’Hara or the fading, delusional Blanche DuBois? Strachan doesn’t bother with such pointless musings, instead focusing on the evolution of a unique artist who overcame personal struggles to master her craft and bring joy to her audience.___Douglass K. Daniel is the author of “Anne Bancroft: A Life” (University Press of Kentucky).Douglass K. Daniel, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Douglass K. Daniel, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2019 5:30 am PDT Review: Book casts welcome light on actress Vivien Leigh
January 7, 2008 It’s raining hard and has been raining all night. The sky is grey and leaden and we continue our report from 1/4/08 about last summers cob construction in the gardens with fond memories of summer heat. Part of the walls have been covered with cob plaster. [Photo: Melissa Soluski & text: Maggie Lamb, sa] Workshop participants from Italy and India apply the plaster with their hands to the entire structure, inside and out! [Photo: Melissa Soluski & text: Maggie Lamb] Morning light shines through the recycled bottle design on the northeast wall and through the air vents below the nesting boxes. Report continues on 1/9/08. [Photo: Melissa Soluski & text: Maggie Lamb]