Joseph O’Connor’s sprightly profile of Dún Laoghaire (Review, 22 June) mentions that Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Bram Stoker had all once walked the town’s East Pier.
Another celebrated writer, Henry James, stayed at the Royal Marine Hotel in July and August 1891, overlooking the seafront in what was then Kingstown, wrote two short stories (The Chaperon and The Private Life) during his visit, and no doubt strolled the pier.Continue reading...
- Billionaires call for tax on extreme wealth to combat inequality
- ‘America has a moral responsibility to tax our wealth more’
More than a dozen prominent US billionaires are calling for a new government tax on extreme wealth to help combat income inequality, provide funding for climate change initiatives and range of public health issues.Continue reading...
Paul Crossley will serve at least 12 years after judge dismisses schizophrenia as ‘excuse’
A man with paranoid schizophrenia who pushed a 91-year-old on to London Underground tracks has been jailed for life by a judge who described him as “a grave and enduring risk to the public”.
Paul Crossley shoved Sir Robert Malpas on to the rails at Marble Arch station on 27 April last year, minutes after attempting to do the same to another man at Tottenham Court Road.Continue reading...
After the far-right president tweeted a video of their transgressive street performance, the two artists fled São Paulo – but now they’re pushing back
‘Queer people have been afraid since the president was elected,” says Paulx Castello. “He has been demonising us from the start – but this was different. Here we were personally under attack.” The artist, who has a mohican, is now instantly recognisable to most Brazilians. In March, he featured in a sexually explicit video that was tweeted by Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s far-right president. The 40-second clip, filmed at a gay street party during the São Paulo carnival, showed Castello standing on a taxi shelter, exposing his backside and being urinated on.
“I don’t feel comfortable showing it,” Bolsonaro told his 3.5 million followers, “but we have to expose the truth so the population are aware of their priorities. This is what Brazilian carnival street parties have turned into.” The next day, the far-right leader stayed on the offensive, tweeting: “What is a golden shower?”Continue reading...
Both pilots ejected after collision, which took place over Lake Drewitz
German police have found a body near a crash site in the north-east of the country after two Eurofighter Typhoon jets operated by the military collided during a training exercise.
Both pilots ejected after the collision, which took place at about 2pm on Monday over Lake Drewitz in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, about 175km (109 miles) north-west of Berlin.Continue reading...
Curiosity’s record-breaking measurement fuels speculation it is from microbial Martians
Nasa’s Curiosity rover has detected its largest belch of methane on Mars so far, fuelling speculation that the robot may have trundled through a cloud of waste gas released by microbial Martians buried deep under the surface.
Mission scientists announced on Monday that Curiosity had measured a record-breaking 21 parts per billion (ppb) of methane in the air in Gale crater, the rover’s landing site and area of exploration. The level is substantially more than the 5.8ppb it sensed on 16 June 2013.Continue reading...
Sajeel Shahid owned Ilford gym and school where ringleader Khuram Butt worked
A man described as having a “strong historical extremist pedigree” has said he had limited contact with the ringleader of the London Bridge terror attackers, despite owning both the gym and school where he worked and hundreds of text messages between the pair’s phones.
Sajeel Shahid, who has repeatedly refused to be questioned by police about the attacks, set up Ummah Fitness Centre (UFC) and Ad-Deen primary school, both in Ilford, east London.
Khuram Butt, who with Rachid Redouane and Youseff Zaghba, killed eight people on the night of 3 June 2017, worked at both locations. Redouane also worked at the gym and Zaghba worked at the school.