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Lika Tsomaia
Tbilisi · 1 year ago

"The bones of beasts and the bones of kings

Become dust in the wake of the hymn

Mighty kingdoms rise, but they all will fall

No more than a breath on the wind"

Lika Tsomaia
Tbilisi · 1 year ago
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The Week UK
London · 4 days ago
Instant Opinion: the year is 2022 - so ‘what does life look like’?
Credits Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 10 July Reaction The Week Staff Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:08pm The Week’s daily round-up highlights the five best opinion pieces from across the British and international media, with excerpts from each. 1. David Leonhardt in The New York Times on the post-coronavirus future It’s 2022. What Does Life Look Like? “It’s 2022, and the coronavirus has at long last been defeated. After a miserable year-and-a-half, alternating between lockdowns and new outbreaks, life can finally begin returning to normal. But it will not be the old normal. It will be a new world, with a reshaped economy, much as war and depression reordered life for previous generations. Thousands of stores and companies that were vulnerable before the virus arrived have disappeared. Dozens of colleges are shutting down, in the first wave of closures in the history of American higher education. People have also changed long-held patterns of behavior: Outdoor socializing is in, business trips are out. And American politics — while still divided in many of the same ways it was before the virus — has entered a new era. All of this, obviously, is conjecture. The future is unknowable. But the pandemic increasingly looks like one of the defining events of our time.” 2. Billy Bragg, musician and activist, in The Guardian on how speech is only free when everyone has a voice ‘Cancel culture’ doesn’t stifle debate, but it does challenge the old order See related Cartoon characters could be banned from junk food London Underground to consider ban on junk food adverts Children's online junk food ads banned by watchdog “The ability of middle-aged gatekeepers to control the agenda has been usurped by a new generation of activists who can spread information through their own networks, allowing them to challenge narratives promoted by the status quo. The great progressive movements of the 21st century have sprung from these networks: Black Lives Matter; #MeToo; Extinction Rebellion. While they may seem disparate in their aims, what they have in common is a demand for accountability. Although free speech remains the fundamental bedrock of a free society, for everyone to enjoy the benefits of freedom, liberty needs to be tempered by two further dimensions: equality and accountability. Without equality, those in power will use their freedom of expression to abuse and marginalise others. Without accountability, liberty can mutate into the most dangerous of all freedoms – impunity.” 3. Iain Martin in The Times on Rishi’s rapid rise Sunak’s road to No 10 gets bumpy from here “It is already possible to see how at some future critical moment in this pandemic, or when there is an electoral reverse or constitutional crisis, Mr Johnson could become the latest victim of Conservative Party ruthlessness. There are pitfalls for the chancellor, though. Mr Johnson is dangerously competitive. Soon, it will also be possible for opponents to label the chancellor Mr Unemployment. Often the Tory frontrunner doesn’t win and for all the spin that everything is lovely between Nos 10 and 11 right now, it won’t always be. A small but vicious band of Johnson ultra-loyalists will defend their man and their power. All that fun is to come. But it is worth pausing for a moment to admire the manner in which someone who just a year ago was serving as parliamentary under-secretary of state for local government rose to become the likely next prime minister.” 4. John T Bennett in The Independent on a president losing grip at the worst possible time I’ve documented Trump every day of his presidency — and now he’s in free-fall “The more Trump follows his instincts, the further he seems to fall. He has stumbled before during his term. But after watching every day of his presidency since he was sworn in on that grey day in January 2017, this correspondent sees a president in free-fall. He has no message for voters on why they should hand him a second term. His potential legal problems mounted Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled his office does not grant him automatic immunity from a Manhattan district attorney’s subpoena seeking his tax and financial records. His poll numbers are dismal. The virus is spreading again like wildfire. On issues from wearing masks to guard against Covid-carrying droplets ejected from our fellow humans to flying the Confederate flag to whether coronavirus is even that serious to the real state of the virus-hobbled economy, Trump’s know-it-all approach to life leaves him more and more isolated.” 5. Fraser Nelson in The Daily Telegraph on an obscured truth about Britain’s care chaos The real story behind Britain’s Covid care home crisis isn’t what you think “Care homes argue, still, that their business model depends on being able to pay people less than supermarkets do. Their complaint about Brexit, even now, is that it makes it harder for them to import cheap labour and keep wages down. Their bigger concern should be what the Covid crisis has shown about their ability to protect those in their care. Deciding what to do about care homes is, we’re told, high up on Boris Johnson’s list – but the more important point is what lessons can be learned now. If there is to be a second wave of Covid, it’s pretty clear what ought to happen: care home workers should be isolated and put up in a hotel if needs be. And – needless to say – forbidden from working from multiple homes. It will cost, but looking after the elderly can’t be done on the cheap. The last few months have proved, yet again, the real price of low-cost care.” UK News US Media Science & Health Politics Society Coronavirus Covid-19 Free speech Rishi Sunak Boris Johnson 10 Downing Street Donald Trump 2020 US election care homes#world_news
The Week UK
London · 1 day ago
Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 14 Jul 2020
Second wave ‘could kill up to 120,000 Britons’ Britain must start “intense preparations” for a second wave of coronavirus that has the potential to kill as many as 120,000 people, according to health chiefs at the Academy of Medical Sciences. The experts warned that a resurgence of cases this winter could overwhelm the NHS. “The risk of this happening could be reduced if we take action immediately,” said Stephen Holgate, professor of immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton. Military chiefs to send aircraft carrier to Far East Military chiefs will base one of Britain’s new aircraft carriers in the Far East as tensions rise with China. HMS Queen Elizabeth will set sail on its maiden grand voyage as the centrepiece of a carrier strike group early next year, according to The Times. The £3.1bn vessel is expected to conduct military exercises with allies including the US and Japan. Masks to become mandatory in shops from 24 July Masks will become mandatory in shops from 24 July, with a fine of up to £100 for those who refuse to comply. The announcement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock comes amid confusion about the government’s position, with Michael Gove suggesting on Sunday that people should just use their “common sense”. Labour said ministers’ response had been “slow and muddled”. Border checks after Brexit to cost companies £13 billion Post-Brexit border checks will cost businesses £13bn, reports The Times. The government has confirmed that companies trading between the UK and the EU would have to fill in approximately 400 extra customs declarations a year, meaning an estimated 215m will have to be completed by businesses trading with the EU. The cost of completing a customs declaration ranges between £15 and £56. California locks down again as Covid-19 cases spike California has re-imposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces as coronavirus infections rise in America’s most populous state. Authorities have ordered an immediate pause on all indoor activities at restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, zoos and museums. In some counties, churches, gyms and hairdressers will also close. California has more than 330,000 coronavirus cases, with more than 7,000 deaths. Victims’ commissioner says rape has been effectively decriminalised The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales says rape has effectively been decriminalised due to a collapse in prosecutions that has allowed many offenders to escape justice. Dame Vera Baird QC says there has been a “catastrophic” decline in rape prosecutions, with no measures put in place to reverse it. She said: “In effect, what we are witnessing is the decriminalisation of rape.” FBI says Ghislaine Maxwell wrapped phone in tin foil Ghislaine Maxwell is “extremely skilled at living in hiding” and could “flee abroad and live comfortably for the rest of her life” if granted bail by the courts, according to prosecutors in the US. FBI officers discovered that the British socialite and friend of Jeffrey Epstein had wrapped her mobile phone in tin foil in a “seemingly misguided effort to evade detection” before her arrest. The Queen was not told of dismissal of Australian PM The Queen was not informed in advance about the 1975 dismissal of Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, newly released letters have revealed. In an event widely considered the most controversial in Australian political history, Whitlam’s government was removed by the Queen’s representative at the time, governor-general John Kerr. However, correspondence from the period shows Kerr wrote it was “better for Her Majesty not to know”. White House bites back at Dr Anthony Fauci The White House is targeting US infectious disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci, says the BBC. As Donald Trump’s administration becomes increasingly critical of Dr Fauci, it has shared an official list of allegedly erroneous comments. Meawhile, the US continues to see surges in coronavirus - there are more than 3.3 million cases confirmed and more than 135,000 deaths nationwide. Naya Rivera used her last strength to save her son A body discovered yesterday morning at Lake Piru has been identified as the former Glee actress Naya Rivera, says the Ventura county sheriff. Rivera used the last of her strength to save her four-year-old son before she died, he revealed. “She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” said the sheriff.
The Week UK
London · 15 hours ago
Reaction: global population to ‘start shrinking in 44 years’ as fertility rates crash
Description Ageing societies will ‘create enormous social change’, according to researchers Credits Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Alt Text busy street Ageing societies will ‘create enormous social change’, according to researchers In Depth Joe Evans Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:32am Countries worldwide are heading for a steep decline in birth rates that will have a “jaw-dropping” impact on societies, researchers are warning. Almost every nation across the globe is expected to see their populations shrink by the end of the century as fewer children are born, with 23 countries on track to be home to just half as many people. The birth rates crash will see the global population peak in 2064 at around 9.7 billion before beginning to shrink, according to scientists “who predict that Nigeria will eventually be home to more people than China”, the Daily Mail reports. By 2100, the global population is expected to have fallen by 900 million to a total of 8.8 billion. See related Why global fertility is in decline Why childbirth is at an all-time low in England and Wales The researchers, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics, say that populations can only grow or remain stable if women have an average of 2.1 children each. In 1950, women were having an average of 4.7 children in their lifetime, but that fertility rate was down to 2.4 by 2017. And according to the new analysis, outlined in a paper in The Lancet, the global average will be below 1.7 by th end of the century. Study co-author Christopher Murray, a leading researcher in global health and public health, told the BBC that “most of the world is transitioning into natural population decline”. “I think it’s incredibly hard to think this through and recognise how big a thing this is. It’s extraordinary, we’ll have to reorganise societies,” he added. As the London Evening Standard notes, experts say that the falling birth rate is not directly linked to a lack of fertility, but instead reflects “continued trends in female education and improved access to contraception” that are “speeding up the decline in fertility and slowing population growth”. The new study predicts that the number of under-fives will fall from 681 million in 2017 to 401 million in 2100, while the number of over 80-year-olds will soar from 141 million in 2017 to 866 million in 2100. This shift in demographics will “create enormous social change” and bring major new challenges, says Murray. As the BBC asks, “who pays tax in a massively aged world? Who pays for healthcare for the elderly? Who looks after the elderly? Will people still be able to retire from work?” Which countries will be most impacted? The researchers say that many countries already have lower birth rates than are necessary to sustain population sizes, including most of Europe, Russia, Canada and the US, Brazil, China and Australia. Some countries, including Japan, Spain and Thailand, are expected to see “their communities shrink by a staggering 50% or more” as a result of the rapid decline in birth rates, says the Daily Mail. Japan’s population is predicted to fall from a peak of 128 million in 2017 to 60 million by the end of the century. Meanwhile, the number of Italy - where birth rates are at their lowest point since 1861, according to The Times - is expected to drop from 61 million to 31 million over the same period. As populations decline at varying rates across the globe, India is expected to overtake China to become the world’s most populated country by 2100, with 1.09 billion people. Nigeria will be in second place, with 791 million, followed by China (732m), the US (336m), Pakistan (248m) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (246m). The scientists predict that the population of the UK, which currently stands 66 million, will peak at 75 million in 2063 before dropping to 71.5 million by the turn of the century. UK News World News Science & Health fertility Childbirth#society
Keso Bigvava
Tbilisi · 3 months ago
A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know about your future
The acclaimed Italian novelist Francesca Melandri, who has been under lockdown in Rome for almost three weeks due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has written a letter to fellow Europeans “from your future”, laying out the range of emotions people are likely to go through over the coming weeks. I am writing to you from Italy, which means I am writing from your future. We are now where you will be in a few days. The epidemic’s charts show us all entwined in a parallel dance. We are but a few steps ahead of you in the path of time, just like Wuhan was a few weeks ahead of us. We watch you as you behave just as we did. You hold the same arguments we did until a short time ago, between those who still say “it’s only a flu, why all the fuss?” and those who have already understood. Coronavirus: the week explained - sign up for our email newsletter Read more As we watch you from here, from your future, we know that many of you, as you were told to lock yourselves up into your homes, quoted Orwell, some even Hobbes. But soon you’ll be too busy for that. First of all, you’ll eat. Not just because it will be one of the few last things that you can still do. You’ll find dozens of social networking groups with tutorials on how to spend your free time in fruitful ways. You will join them all, then ignore them completely after a few days. You’ll pull apocalyptic literature out of your bookshelves, but will soon find you don’t really feel like reading any of it. You’ll eat again. You will not sleep well. You will ask yourselves what is happening to democracy. You’ll have an unstoppable online social life – on Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom… Advertisement You will miss your adult children like you never have before; the realisation that you have no idea when you will ever see them again will hit you like a punch in the chest. Old resentments and falling-outs will seem irrelevant. You will call people you had sworn never to talk to ever again, so as to ask them: “How are you doing?” Many women will be beaten in their homes. You will wonder what is happening to all those who can’t stay home because they don’t have one. You will feel vulnerable when going out shopping in the deserted streets, especially if you are a woman. You will ask yourselves if this is how societies collapse. Does it really happen so fast? You’ll block out these thoughts and when you get back home you’ll eat again. You will put on weight. You’ll look for online fitness training. You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh a lot. You’ll flaunt a gallows humour you never had before. Even people who’ve always taken everything dead seriously will contemplate the absurdity of life, of the universe and of it all. You will make appointments in the supermarket queues with your friends and lovers, so as to briefly see them in person, all the while abiding by the social distancing rules. You will count all the things you do not need. The true nature of the people around you will be revealed with total clarity. You will have confirmations and surprises. Literati who had been omnipresent in the news will disappear, their opinions suddenly irrelevant; some will take refuge in rationalisations which will be so totally lacking in empathy that people will stop listening to them. People whom you had overlooked, instead, will turn out to be reassuring, generous, reliable, pragmatic and clairvoyant. Those who invite you to see all this mess as an opportunity for planetary renewal will help you to put things in a larger perspective. You will also find them terribly annoying: nice, the planet is breathing better because of the halved CO2 emissions, but how will you pay your bills next month? You will not understand if witnessing the birth of a new world is more a grandiose or a miserable affair. You will play music from your windows and lawns. When you saw us singing opera from our balconies, you thought “ah, those Italians”. But we know you will sing uplifting songs to each other too. And when you blast I Will Survive from your windows, we’ll watch you and nod just like the people of Wuhan, who sung from their windows in February, nodded while watching us.#Many of you will fall asleep vowing that the very first thing you’ll do as soon as lockdown is over is file for divorce. Many children will be conceived. Your children will be schooled online. They’ll be horrible nuisances; they’ll give you joy. Elderly people will disobey you like rowdy teenagers: you’ll have to fight with them in order to forbid them from going out, to get infected and die. You will try not to think about the lonely deaths inside the ICU. You’ll want to cover with rose petals all medical workers’ steps. You will be told that society is united in a communal effort, that you are all in the same boat. It will be true. This experience will change for good how you perceive yourself as an individual part of a larger whole.#italyItaly
Giorgi Gvajaia
Tbilisi · 1 year ago
Sorry tourists, Amsterdam doesn't want you anymore❌👇🏻 (CNN) — Famous for its tolerance as much as its narrow houses and broad canals, Amsterdam is undergoing a radical change of attitude when it comes to the millions of tourists that flock to see it each year. Tolerance, it seems, has reached its limits in the Dutch capital, which is now actively urging visitors to head elsewhere as frustrated locals complain of feeling besieged by visitors using the city's bicycle-thronged streets as a travel playground. "The pressure is very high," says Ellen van Loon, a partner at Dutch architectural firm OMA who is involved in adapting the city for the future. "We don't want to turn into a Venice. The problem we are currently facing is that Amsterdam is so loved by tourists, we just have so many coming to the city." While Van Loon acknowledges the positive aspects of tourism, which earns the Dutch economy around 82 billion euros ($91.5 billion) a year, like many locals she's worried that soaring visitor numbers are destroying the soul of this vibrant cosmopolitan city. Like Venice and other destinations across Europe, Amsterdam has become a byword for overtourism -- a phenomenon closely linked to the rise in cheaper air travel that has seen visitors flood certain places, often spoiling the very spot they came to enjoy. While some cities are still formulating ways to cope, Amsterdam -- where a decade-long surge in visitor numbers is forecast to continue, rising from 18 million in 2018 to 42 million in 2030, or more than 50 times the current population -- has simply decided it's had enough. CNN Travel's Richard Quest meets Reinier Sijpkens on board his musical boat. Netherlands tourist officials recently took the bold decision to stop advertising the country as a tourist destination. Their "Perspective 2030″ report, published earlier this year, stated that the focus will now be on "destination management" rather than "destination promotion." The document also outlines the country's future strategy, acknowledging that Amsterdam's livability will be severely impacted by "visitor overload" if action isn't taken. Solutions listed include working to dissuade groups of "nuisance" visitors by either limiting or completely shutting down "accommodation and entertainment products" aimed at them, as well as spreading visitors to other parts of the Netherlands. Some of these measures have already come into play. Last year, the famous "I amsterdam" sign was removed from outside the Rijksmuseum, the city's main art gallery, at the request of the city of Amsterdam, as it was "drawing too big of a crowd to an already limited space. Measures have also been taken to discourage travelers from visiting some of Amsterdam's seedier tourist hotspots. Earlier this year, the city government announced it will end tours of the Red Light District in central Amsterdam, citing concerns that sex workers are being treated as a tourist attraction. One of Amsterdam's most famous residents, Anne died in a concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15. "We pride ourselves on being a city which is tolerant. A city where people can be themselves, which is true," says museum director Ronald Leopold, one of the guardians of Anne's diary and legacy. "But we also have these dark pages, and these are probably the darkest." According to Leopald, around half of the 1.3 million people who visit the Anne Frank House each year are under the age of 30. "I think it's increasingly important to learn about what happened here during World War II and the Holocaust," he adds. Like many other locals, architect Van Loon fears that Amsterdam, which came in 23rd place on Euromonitor International's report on the Top 100 City Destinations in 2018, is dangerously close to losing its unique allure forever. "The reason tourists come here is because there's something in the character of Amsterdam they love," she explains. "But at a certain point, when the amount of tourists is increasing and increasing, they actually kill what they loved in the first place."
The Week UK
London · 4 days ago
Junk food discount deals to be axed as Boris Johnson begins war on obesity
Credits Scott Barbour/Getty Images Alt Text The rise in fast food outlets has been partly blamed for Britain's obesity epidemic Government accused of mixed messages as PM plans supermarket crackdown while chancellor pushes ‘Eat Out’ scheme One-Minute Read James Ashford Friday, July 10, 2020 - 3:52pm Boris Johnson is preparing to kick off the government’s new anti-obesity drive with a ban on supermarket promotions of unhealthy food. The prime minister had previously declared himself “very libertarian” on food choices, but now says that the global outbreak of coronavirus - which has been shown to hit obese people harder - has convinced him to take action on unhealthy eating, reports The Times. See related Cartoon characters could be banned from junk food London Underground to consider ban on junk food adverts Children's online junk food ads banned by watchdog Shortly before becoming Tory leader last July, Johnson said he would end the “continuing creep of the nanny state” if he got into Downing Street, starting with a review of taxes on sugary, salty and fatty foods, as The Telegraph reported at the time. But under the new plans, expected to be unveiled within weeks, shops may be barred from offering “buy one, get one free” deals on unhealthy food. The measures are also likely to include banning sweets and chocolates from being promoted at supermarket entrances and the ends of aisles. And “restaurant and takeaway menus could be forced to include a calorie count for each meal”, reports the Daily Mirror. News of the proposals comes just days after Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the government’s new “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme, which is intended to boost the UK’s hospitality industry by encouraging more people to dine at restaurants, cafes and pubs. Obesity campaigners told Daily Mail that it “defies belief” that ministers are considering to adopt the “sensible” plans to help millions lose weight just a day after announcing the “stupid” move to offer cut-price meals. Experts claim that the government has given a “green light for junk food” with the “Eat Out” scheme, which offers 50% discounts on meals at restaurants and fast-food chains including Burger King. Science & Health Politics Junk Food Boris Johnson sugar tax#uk_news
Mariam Sharvashidze
Tbilisi · 1 month ago
10 ფაქტი რომელიც ყველა ქალმა უნდა იცოდეს
1. ნაკეცები ყველას აქვს, როცა იხრებიან. 2. როცა ვიღაც გეუბნება, რომ ლამაზი ხარ, დაუჯერე, ისინი არ გატყუებენ. 3. ხანდახან ყველას გვაქვს დილაობით პირში ისეთი სუნი, ვირს რომ მოკლავდა. 4. თითო ქალზე, ვინც სტრიებზე სწუხს მოდის თითო ქალი, ვინც ამ სტრიებს ნატრობს. 5. აუცილებლად უნდა იყოთ მეტად თავდაჯერებული. საკუთარი თავის დანახვა რომ შეგეძლოთ როგორ გხედავენ ამ დროს სხვები, მალევე მიხვდებოდით რატომაც. 6. ნუ მოძებნი კაცს რომ ,,შეგინახოს” ,,გიშველოს” საკუთარი თავი თვითონ უზრუნველყავი ყველაფრით! 7. არაუშავს, თუ საკუთარი სხეულის ყველა ნაწილი არ გეყვარება..... მაგრამ უნდა გიყვარდეს! 8. ყველას გვაყავს ერთი ისეთი მეგობარი, რომელიც, თითქოს და თავს უყრის ყველაფერს ერთად. აი ის ქალი, მოჩვენებითი იდეალური ცხოვრებით. ხოდა, შეიძლება ეგ ქალი შენ იყო ვიღაც სხვისთვის. 9. შენ უნდა იყო პრიორიტეტი! არც მოსაზრება, არც საშუალება და მითუმეტეს არც დარეზერვებული გეგმა! 10. შენ ხარ ქალი! ჯერ მარტო ეს გხდის "damn" :D შესანიშნავს! 💕 10 Facts Every Woman Should Know: 1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over. 2. When someone tells you that you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying. 3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat. 4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them. 5. You should definitely have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way others see you, you would. 6. Don't look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself. 7. It's okay to not love every part of your body....but you should. 8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else. 9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan. 10. You're a woman. That alone makes you pretty damn remarkable. 💕#ფაქტები #grlpwr Tbilisi
Mziko Mziko
Tavros · 3 months ago
That sense we know each other from another world I will call it the other ..the original Earth That sense we are there man and woman in unity we live that It's that sense he can not harm me He is a soul with wounds I love and care all of them I call it the program I understand his feeling Not be understood Not seen for what he is His feeling I know ...I am more than it looks like on the outside Thats why my proud It's my insecurity Coz I know deep inside I am not this body This character and all with that I know I will do anything To discover all of that What me hold back No it's not true The beast is back It's only my experience I am going true See you soon my love We talk later No Time exists it's all now As we are connected My song is you As you know my song My heart belongs to you Anne Rebel Deborah..........its not to understand ...so pls don't ...it's only to feel or not #goodplaces
Artists Voyage
Tbilisi · 2 months ago
10 inspiring quotes from "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Here's our compilation of the best quotes from "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, complete with valuable life lessons for all. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom." "What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them...Happiness doesn't lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.” “All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them." “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” “It's the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important...People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed. You're responsible for your rose.” “But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.” “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” “All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”#littleprince #quotes #AntoinedeSaintExupéry #art Tbilisi
The Guardian UK
London · 17 hours ago
I'm one of the freelancers who makes British theatre happen. Who will secure our future? | Fiona Laird
Saving buildings and administrative jobs is pointless without protecting artistsMuch to the surprise of many in theatre, the government recently announced a generous arts “bailout” package of £1.57bn. But the government still risks finishing the job that coronavirus started – providing nothing more to the theatre industry than dust sheets and packing crates. Whether the money will help save the theatre industry all depends on how it is spent.Depending on your outlook, for years arts funding has been either unevenly distributed, a total waste of money, horribly confusing or disastrously below what is required. Theatres subsidised by the Arts Council (as opposed to commercial or independent theatres) are vital places: they use much of their subsidy to keep ticket prices affordable and to produce exciting new work, including plays such as War Horse, that would otherwise be too risky. In order to satisfy Art Council conditions for their funding, which stipulate that certain roles are created in an organisation, many subsidised theatres also employ large numbers of administrative staff. Continue reading...#arts_policy#coronavirus_outbreak #theatre#uk_news#politics#stage