Circa’s Peepshow is a coup for Castlemaine State Festival


Circa’s Peepshow.Credit:Carl Dziunka

Peepshow ★★★★

Created by Yaron Lifschitz with Libby McDonnell & The Circa Ensemble
Castlemaine Goods Shed, March 23-24

Circa is one of the great success stories in Australia’s performing arts scene, rising from a boutique operation in Brisbane to a world-renowned leader in contemporary circus. Some measure of its international appeal can be seen in the fact that audiences in London and Berlin have enjoyed Peepshow before any Australian capital city.

It’s a bit of a coup for Castlemaine, then, that this dazzling and playful work has been programmed to headline its biennial arts festival.

Circa’s Peepshow.Credit:Carl Dziunka

Peepshow represents a change in direction from some of the company’s more elevated pieces. This one takes inspiration from clubland and cabaret, all-night raves and lusty jazz, from the louche underworld of the red-light district rather than the high culture of string quartets and symphony orchestras.

That isn’t to say the show is sleazy or meretricious. It isn’t in the least, and anyone who has seen the Circa ensemble in action knows how eloquently it allows the body to speak through an expansive, elegant performance language that swings and tumbles and vaults itself along porous borders of allied art forms such as dance and physical theatre.

One could probably add an edge of burlesque to the mix, for what Peepshow offers is an alluring, sensually charged exploration of the erotics of circus arts – one that exalts the body and the imagination of it through physical mastery, strength and grace, but also through a reinvention, refinement and elaboration of core disciplines.

It’s a show that does for circus what the Kama Sutra did for sex, and even jaded veterans will be aroused and invigorated by the ingenuity on display.

a show that does for circus what the Kama Sutra did for sex

For occasional circusgoers, though, the adventurous theatricality of the ensemble acrobatics will be an utterly astonishing experience. Expect the human body contorted in preternatural ways, the tallest three-high human pyramid ever mustered, static trapeze danced almost into aerial ballet, and an uncanny acro-balance sequence that uses human scalp as a high-wire.

Circa’s Peepshow.Credit:Diana Domonkos.

Perhaps the second act would be better witnessed in a large established theatre venue. It features an extended sequence to a throbbing electronic soundtrack, relies on complex backlighting and haze effects, and rides the line between pleasure and pain much harder than the elating aerialism and virtuosic group work of the first half. At the Castlemaine Goods Shed, some of the immersive impact got lost.

But that’s just one more reason why audiences in our urban centres should be salivating at the prospect of an Australian tour.

The author travelled to Castlemaine as a guest of the festival. 

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Gambia has become a sex paradise for British grans that makes Magaluf look tame

A HORNY granny grinds against her Gambian toyboy at the bar, her Zimmer frame screeching back and forth with every thrust.

Nearby, a silver-haired siren snogs her gym-honed lover while he squeezes her saggy bottom.

Outside, a pensioner is devouring her younger catch, the pair kiss each other greedily before she drags him back to her hotel.

Welcome to The GRANbia, the West Africa sex paradise for retired Brits who make youngsters partying in Magaluf look tame.

Bake Off judge Prue Leith wrote recently that the country is a “real-life Tinder dream for geriatrics”, after being shocked by the number of “elderly white European women happily strolling along hand in hand with beautiful young Gambian men” during a holiday with her husband.

And within hours of landing in sun-kissed Kotu, The Sun can report she wasn’t exaggerating.

There’s so much candy in here it’s hard to control yourself . . . even at my age.

“What happens in Gambia, stays in Gambia,” Barbara, an eightysomething woman from Manchester says with a wink, as her wedding band glints in the beach bar’s lights. “There’s so much candy in here it’s hard to control yourself . . . even at my age.”

Chuckling, she points into the distance and says: “They’re my sisters — looks like they’ve got lucky.”

A grey fug of smoke from cigarettes and weed wafts to the top of a palm tree with her two OAP siblings below. The pair are pushed up against the bar, giggling like naughty teenagers as their toyboys tickle and tease them.

Everywhere I look, Western women are flaunting their younger lovers like must-have accessories as reggae blasts out.

There are plenty of horror stories about Gambian “bumsters” — a term used to describe unemployed Gambian men who target Western women they see as a meal ticket to the UK.

But now there are increasing numbers of British grannies who turn the scam on its head — indulging in the charms of the Gambian men but keeping their wallets tightly closed.

Savvy Jackie Simpson, 62, a kitchen porter from Cleethorpes, Lincs, tells how she’s had 15 Gambian lovers in seven years but hasn’t given them a penny.

“You’ve got to be careful,” she warns. “They’re good looking but you can’t trust them. They believe ‘old is gold’. To me it’s just a bit of fun, I don’t see them as real relationships.

English guys are a bit vulgar, but the Gambian men I’ve met have been romantic.

"I come out twice a year with my girlfriends. English guys are a bit vulgar, but the Gambian men I’ve met have been romantic.”

Jackie tells how she is on a girls’ holiday with her sister Julie Ramsey, 60, a housekeeper, and three other British pals. "We love reggae music,” she continues, giggling. “We’ve been partying most nights until 5am!”

Julie adds: “I’ve been seeing a 36-year-old Gambian for about three years. But it’s not a proper relationship. He’s not coming to England and we are not getting married. I tell him I’ve got no savings.”

For women of a certain age, who may feel they have become invisible to men back home in Britain, Gambia really can seem like the “Tinder dream” Prue describes.

Indeed, as a European tourist, it is impossible to walk on the beach without being proposed to, plied with compliments or offered “the real Gambia experience” — which means sex. While it is a fun ego boost for many, there is still a darker side to The Smiling Coast.

Last year, Gambian lawyer Lamin Ceesay, from Solie Law Chambers, was contacted by hundreds of devastated Brits seeking advice after their age-gap relationships went pear-shaped and they were left in financial ruin.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, from his office in the capital, Banjul, he said: “The bumsters are everywhere and are causing a lot of disruption to our tourism industry. Their goal from these relationships is to get to England.

"If they find out that is not possible then their next goal is to try to get something out of her — like a car, a house or a monthly allowance.

In the woman’s absence they will go back to the beach every day and look for somebody new who can get them to the UK.

“But in the woman’s absence they will go back to the beach every day and look for somebody new who can get them to the UK. This is why we have so many divorces, because once a boy finds somebody who can get them a visa they will seek a divorce.”

Not every scammed tourist is once bitten, twice shy. Many of the lawyer’s clients have continued to date — and marry — younger Gambian men despite their negative experiences.

“It’s not uncommon,” he reveals. “I have one older British client who has been scorned a number of times by younger lovers but admits she can’t stay away from them.”

For some women, there is clearly an addictive buzz to dating the young Gambians — despite some obvious warning signs. Back in the club, a bumster I spotted at the beach earlier with an old lady has made a beeline for me.

“Where’s your girlfriend?” I ask him, as he begins to rattle off cheesy compliments about my smile. “I saw you massaging sun tan lotion on to her earlier on the beach.” He laughs and shakes his head.

“She’s not my girlfriend,” he lies. “I was just helping her. It’s nice to be nice.” Before I can answer, the old lady hobbles over on walking sticks and ushers him away. His 21-year-old friend — another bumster — explains why they target old women.

“There’s no opportunities here,” he says. “As the eldest sons we are expected to look after our families and most of us make less than £50 a month.

“We are so desperate for a better life that many of my friends have died trying to get to Europe. Two were blown up in Libya and five more were on a boat that sunk crossing the Mediterranean to Italy. They were all 25 or younger.

“We’re not exploiting the women, it’s transactional. They are getting treated like a Queen and having good sex and we get money to survive and hopefully a visa. What’s wrong with that?”

As I look around the room and see grannies beaming from ear to ear at their toyboys, for a small moment I think he’s got a point.

But then I think of the elderly British victims — left alone and broke — and think there must be to another way to end their plight.

Love cost me 200k

LOVED-UP Margaret Sarr, 71, squandered £200,000 of her life- savings on a Gambian toyboy.

The great gran, from Crawley, West Sussex, met “handsome” Samba Sarr, now 48, while on holiday with her British husband in 2002.

She started visiting the horse riding instructor twice a year and her 38-year-old marriage broke down in 2004.

The following year she wed Samba in a “lavish” £2,000 ceremony and in 2006 he moved to the UK.

Retired Margaret returned to work as an NHS hospital admin worker to support her new layabout husband ­– who denied cheating on her with a woman his own age.

In 2010 she received pictures of him with two kids he had fathered with his lover, but he denied they were his.

His lies unravelled in 2012 after Margaret helped him secure British citizenship.

Now they have divorced and she is locked in a legal battle over ownership of a compound in Gambia she invested £90,000 in – but put in his name.

Margaret said: “I was gullible. Other women need to be careful.”

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What is a strategic timeout in IPL, how many do teams have, and are they only used in Indian Premier League?

The IPL is back in big-hitting action as some of the world's biggest cricket stars flock to India.

Chennai Super Kings were 2018 champions but the likes of Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to provide stiff competition this year.

But the unique strategic timeout is a rule that may have cricket fans outside of India a little perplexed.

What is a strategic timeout?

A strategic timeout is similar in concept to timeouts in basketball.

That is to say, they are called by IPL teams mid-game in order to reformulate strategy.

Strategic timeouts were initially launched in 2009 and lasted seven and a half minutes, but the long break proved unpopular and they were shortened to two and a half minutes a year later.

Even with the shorter breaks, many fans complain that strategic timeouts kill momentum by disrupting the flow of the game.

But franchise owners have stated that strategic timeouts are crucial to maintain commercial revenue streams in the league.

How many strategic timeouts do IPL teams get?

Both teams get one strategic timeout in each innings.

The bowling team must use their strategic timeout between overs six and eight while the batting team have to use theirs between overs 11 and 16.

Do other cricket formats and competitions have strategic timeouts?

No. Strategic timeouts are exclusive to the IPL at the moment.

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Jason Wu Launched A Plus Size Spring Line With Eloquii & You’ll Want Absolutely Everything

With every high-end designer who takes the plunge in designing for more sizes, inclusive fashion is getting better and way more fashionable. Jason Wu’s collaboration with ELOQUII just dropped just in time for spring (offers sizes 14-28), and “fatshionistas” can live their best life in style for the warmer months ahead.

Perfectly in tune with the first day of spring, the collection debuted on March 20. After collaborating with ELOQUII in a line of holiday looks in Nov. 2018, Jason Wu is back designing a 26-piece collection for the fit-focused plus size brand. This spring capsule is designed with fresh and airy prints on architectural silhouettes, making it wearable anywhere from an outdoor brunch to a rooftop soiree.

There are plenty of dresses in this collection to hold fans over for this spring and the next, but ELOQUII fans will also find blazers, pantsuits, skirts, and cute statement tops.

The spring collection ranges in price from $59.95 to $149.95, making it a bit of an investment. Fans can get their hands on it now as it’s available to purchase online and in ELOQUII stores. This capsule can also be bought through StitchFix, Rent the Runway, Gwynnie Bee, and

Plus size spring fashion is looking fiercer with every new Jason Wu x ELOQUII launch, so here are the best picks in the collection.

Sleeveless Trench Dress

Jason Wu/ELOQUII Sleeveless Trench Dress



Starting with the sick trench dress mentioned in the title, this bold piece for spring is described as a melding of tailored menswear with satin fabric. The sleeveless dress is a classic wrap style with silky satin lapels and comes with a matching fabric belt to cinch the waist.

Halter Maxi Dress

Jason Wu/ELOQUII Halter Maxi Dress



Whether or not a fashion lover embraces their inner Amazonian, this halter maxi dress will do it for them. The dress’ bold floral print is a head-turner, and its flowing floor length skirt will make any wearer do a little twirl.

Puff Sleeve Blouse

Jason Wu/ELOQUII One Shoulder Puff Sleeve Blouse



The one-shoulder puff sleeve makes this an ideal statement piece in a fashion lover’s closet. The blouse uses stretch-knit fabric and features an invisible back zipper according to the site description. Shimmy off a bare shoulder and rock this sweet, but edgy look all spring.

Pinstripe Culotte Trouser

Jason Wu/ELOQUII Pinstripe Culotte Trouser



As a modern take on pinstripe suits, Wu and ELOQUII offer customers this culotte trouser. The pants come in navy and its length stops right above ankle and will set you back $89.95.

Lace Dress

Jason Wu/ELOQUII Flutter Sleeve Lace Dress



A little lace is warranted for the spring season, but this lace dress sits on the dark side of the color spectrum. This little black dress has big impact with its flutter sleeves and skater skirt. Plus, it only comes in the shade "Totally Black".

Sweetheart Neckline Sheath Dress

Jason Wu/ELOQUII Short Sleeve Sweetheart Neckline Sheath Dress



For plus size dress wearers who prefer color to spice up their life, fans can purchase this Short Sleeve Sweetheart Neckline Sheath Dress. Using colorblocking in mint, green, and navy colors, it’s appropriate from work desk til dawn.

Belted Blazer

Jason Wu/ELOQUII Belted Blazer



This belted blazer is flexible enough to be appropriate for work or an after party. The jungle green piece can be left open, buttoned up, or cinched with a belt, leaving it to the wearer to choose how to sport a different shape every time.

Draped Puff Sleeve Blouse

Jason Wu/ELOQUII Draped Puff Sleeve Blouse



The ruched puff sleeves alone could persuade fans to buy while the floral print seals the deal. This pullover top clasps in the back, leaving a little skin to peep through the opening and retails for 59.99.

This season is looking brighter and edgier for plus size babes. With any luck, this collection will literally put a spring in every curvy fashionista’s step.

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Refs wearing a mic could be the future for Premier League football

BY now, you will have probably seen the video clip of Jarred Gillett refereeing his final A-League game.

The Aussie, who will take charge of Championship matches next season, agreed to wear a microphone as part of an experiment.

What is clear, in just four minutes of footage, is that allowing referees to explain decisions in real time is the future of football.

He was emboldened by the technology — with the communication between his assistants and VAR officials enhancing the experience.

Gillett commanded total respect from the players of Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar.

It was part trial, part vanity project for the departing ref. Importantly, it showed what can be done when people are trusted to use technology to benefit the sport and the viewers.

Gillett applied the rules clearly and decisively, also striking a balance between good-natured humour with the players and taking charge of the game.


He took time to briefly explain his decisions to players on the run, giving them a concise message to explain the critical calls.

At times it was a little bit too matey, all a bit familiar out there, but some Aussie vernacular can be excused after taking charge of 159 A-League games.

When the scoreboard flashed up a stat to say he had just given his 4,600th foul, Gillett jokingly asked: “Do I raise the bat there?”

It was certainly a decent innings.

English football, always so slow to react to innovation, should be looking very carefully at this stuff.

One of the problems in the short term is that you know someone like celebrity ref Mike Dean would be dying to get his hands on a piece of kit like this.

And could you really put up with tubby Jon Moss wheezing his way through 90 minutes of a Prem fixture, explaining decisions in your living room?

No, maybe not. Perhaps the women’s game — flush with £10million from the Barclays sponsorship deal — should take the lead with this cutting-edge technology.

They could leave men’s football in the dark ages, with fans tuning in to hear real-time conversations and explanations of decisions.

This is already well-established in NFL, with the "Mic’d Up" players feature bringing a unique take on the sport.

There is nothing to be afraid of.

Football has moved on since Harrow schoolmaster David Elleray secretly wore a microphone for a Division One clash between Millwall and Arsenal in 1989.

Former Gunners winger Perry Groves described captain Tony Adams as a “Tasmanian Devil crossed with Orville the Duck” when he went berserk over his ‘goal’ being disallowed.

Adams, along with the rest of Arsenal’s players, had forgotten he was being recorded when he called Elleray “a f***ing cheat”.

The game is played in a more sanitised environment now. The Gillett test shows footballers can act maturely and sensibly, respecting the referee’s decisions.

Given the conservative nature of English football, it will come as little surprise to discover there is no appetite at the FA or the Premier League to implement such an innovation.

Considering they cannot even get VAR right, it will take some time before they are convinced of the merits of refs wearing mics.

Instead, the A-League are ahead of the game.

Gillett will soon be in England, starting off in the Championship, while he studies research into children with cerebral palsy at Liverpool John Moores University.

Of course, Gillett — named A-League referee of the year five times — is well respected Down Under.

At the final whistle in his viral clip, one of the Aussie commentators confidently predicts he will soon be taking charge of top-flight English games.

And when that happens, the Premier League should let him wear his headset.


IN 15 years of the FA’s men’s senior player of the year award, only one black footballer has ever won it.

It was Ashley Cole in 2010 — the only BAME footballer to be named the best England player.

It is a remarkable statistic, given the diverse make-up of the England team down the years.

Since the first award in 2003, when David Beckham won it, Cole remains the only non-white footballer to win it.

Given the stature of players like Sol Campbell, Ledley King, Rio Ferdinand, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, it does seem odd they have never come close to being honoured.

Instead the award, which is voted for by England fans, is an almost exclusive preserve of elite white England footballers.

The 2017 and 2018 award was won by Harry Kane, and few would argue after he captained his country to a World Cup semi-final.

On reflection, perhaps Ferdinand, who claimed Sterling would not be in with a shout of major honours because of his skin colour, actually had a point.


INTERNATIONAL weeks are naturally dominated by players who are available for their country.

As England prepare for tonight’s game against the Czechs, spare a thought for Danny Welbeck as he continues his rehab after a season-ending ankle injury.

Welbeck was always a committed international, always happy to be in the England squad even when he started to slip down the pecking order.

The Arsenal forward, 28, who damaged his ankle in a Europa League tie with Sporting in November, is at the club’s Dubai training camp.

Despite his limited contribution at the World Cup, he was a big part of Gareth Southgate’s squad.

When he returns to full fitness next season, Welbeck deserves a run of good luck.


LES REED has been remarkably quiet since replacing Dan Ashworth as FA technical director.

Reed talked himself into the role when he was fired by Southampton at a time they were hurtling out of the Premier League.

Given the FA’s refreshingly open and transparent approach, it does seem odd Reed has been seen but not heard.

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Cardiff chairman called cops after being 'threatened' by Emiliano Sala's agent Willie McKay

CARDIFF chief executive Ken Choo told police he was threatened by agent Willie McKay in a face-to-face meeting.

Choo, involved in talks to sign Emiliano Sala from Nantes, was so shaken by the alleged incident he reported it to cops.

McKay, who brokered a deal worth £20million on behalf of the French club, allegedly made menacing  calls to Cardiff officials since the tragedy, something he denies.

And SunSport can reveal Choo was so concerned for his personal safety that he called the police following his unexpected meeting with McKay.

Met Police chiefs confirmed that McKay is under investigation for an alleged public order offence in London.

Welsh cops said yesterday that the incident had been “transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service”.

A Met Police statement confirmed: “No arrests have been made at this time.”

Argentine Sala, along with pilot David Ibbotson, died when the Piper Malibu aircraft they were in came down in the English Channel on January 21.

SunSport reported how the man who brokered Sala’s murky £15million transfer from Nantes called it on with Cardiff City by challenging them to a public meeting back in February.

McKay’s family were on 10 per cent of the Sala transfer fee, artificially inflated after Willie told journalists there was interest from Everton and West Ham.

He got it pumped up to £15m, plus nearly £5m in bonuses if Sala scored the goals to keep Cardiff in the Premier League.

So the McKays stood to make £2m in commission.

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You can now buy a salted caramel Baileys Easter Egg

BAILEYS fans are in luck, because you can now get an Easter egg tasting of the Irish cream liqueur and salted caramel.

The booze manufacturer is bringing back the popular Easter treat from last year, and it'll set you back £10.

The hollow Easter egg weighs 275g and it's made of milk chocolate with crunchy salted caramel pieces running through it.

Even better, the pack also comes with six chocolates, which are filled with a salted caramel centre, covered in dark chocolate and decorated with a gold shimmer.

Baileys is also bringing back its 285g chocolate Easter eggs tasting of coffee, which are decorated with bronze shimmered chocolate coffee beans and comes with six creamy coffee truffles.

Shoppers can already pick up the salted caramel eggs from Morrisons, Nisa, Tesco and Debenhams, while the coffee eggs are available in Nisa and Debenhams.

The treats are the cheapest in Morrisons and Tesco where they're selling for £10, and they're available both online and in stores.

They'll set you back between £10-£12 in Nisa and £12 in Debenhams stores.

Coffee fans will be happy to hear that the coffee treat is slightly healthier by containing 545 calories per 100g, while the salted caramel egg contains 552 calories.

The truffles in both packs contain 494 calories per 100g.

If you're not a fan of Baileys but you're looking for an alcoholic twist to your Easter treat this year, Lidl is selling a chocolate egg tasting of gin and prosecco.

Easter falls late this year, but why does the date change each year?

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Yesterday, a Marks & Spencer Easter egg went viral as stunned customers claimed the bunny chocolate resembled a rude pose.

Baileys has branched out into the dessert and food aisles in recent years – here are all the supermarket treats with the popular liqueur.

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The ‘Us’ Soundtrack Puts A Creepy Twist On Hip-Hop & Soul Classics

Horror fans know that lullabies, nursery rhymes, and children’s songs can easily be turned on their heads and into suitably eerie tracks. There’s The Evil Dead ‘s rendition of "Ring Around the Rosie," Nightmare on Elm Street‘s version of "One Two, Buckle My Shoe," Jack Nicholson’s recitation of "The Three Little Pigs" in The Shining, and even the comedic (albeit politically significant) "Run Rabbit Run" in Get Out. But for filmmaker Jordan Peele’s latest psychological thriller Us and its soundtrack, composer Michael Abels made some feel-good hip-hop, soul, and R&B hits into twisted tunes.

The Us soundtrack consists of a total of 35 tracks, and features not only Abels’ musical score for the film, but also songs from three major artists of color: Janelle Monaé, Maya Rudolph’s mother and legendary singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton, and hip-hop duo Luniz. The track that you’ve definitely heard in the Us teasers and trailers is Luniz’s massive 1995 hit "I Got 5 On It," featuring Michael Marshall. Naturally, Abels had to turn the song into the seriously sick "Tethered Remix" to fit the movie’s mood — slow and sinister. After you see Us, you’ll probably never hear the original song the same way again.

It was Peele who chose the Luniz song for the movie. "I’m making a movie in Northern California, that’s a bay area hip-hop classic and I wanted to explore this very relatable journey of being a parent [and] maybe some of the songs you listened to back in the day aren’t appropriate for your kids," the filmmaker told Entertainment Weekly. "So that was one level, and another part was, I love songs that have a great feeling but also have a haunting element to them and I feel like the beat in that song has this inherent cryptic energy, almost reminiscent of the Nightmare on Elm Street soundtrack. So those were the ideas that that song hit the bullseye on for me, and also, it’s just a dope track.”

The other non-score songs on the Us complilation include "I Like That" from Janelle Monaé’s Dirty Computer and the psychedelic, soulful melody of Minnie Riperton’s "Les Fleur." As seen on the full track list, neither of the two songs have been remixed by Abels, so it will be interesting to see how they play into the movie. While you can stream the soundtrack on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music, those two tracks and the original "I Got 5 On It" are only on the physical album.

Most of the album consists of Abels’s creepy score. In one track, the composer riffs on R&B group Club Nouveau’s “Why You Treat Me So Bad?,” which is sampled on the original "I Got 5 On It." On the Us album, the track is called "Pas de Deux," and is the second song on the record. It slows down the familiar beat, adds the ever-essential violins, and more suspenseful sounds for a truly horrific effect.

But the composer came into the gig aware that horror fans are tuned into how music can tease a big moment. "There are times you want to foreshadow what’s coming and other times you want to deliberately not foreshadow what’s coming,” Abels told Entertainment Weekly about his decisions with the score. “Some scares are the type of dread where you know it’s coming, and others aren’t. So we do spend a lot of time talking about what kind of scare something’s going to be, whether it’s a jump-at-you, or a slow burn.”

There are also compositions like "Immolation" and "Human" that also feature vocalists singing at the forefront, and rising above the melodies. Abels also told EW, "Jordan specifically, when we first spoke about the film, talked about how important he wanted the voices to be in the soundtrack."

Whether or not horror movies are your cup of tea, you can still listen to these tracks just to hear Abels’ brilliant work. Although, after watching the movie, it’s understandable if you’d prefer not to relive the spine-chilling scenes — at least when you’re alone.

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Woman calls Asian woman a 'foreign b******' for sitting in her seat in vile train rant

A WOMAN has been filmed directing a racist rant at an Asian woman on a train in front of passengers on their way home from an anti-racism march.

In the footage the Asian woman can be heard saying “you were not polite” as the pair argue over a seat which prompts the woman mocks her accent.

“I was polite then you were foreign bastard, Get out of my way!,” she can be heard saying.

As other passengers confront the woman over her behaviour she insists “I’m not racist at all!” adding “why does she think she can sit in my seat?”.

Those on board said they intervened after the woman aggressively complained that someone had sat in her seat, Metro reported.

The woman in the footage reportedly called the Asian woman a “foreign b*****8” repeatedly and told her “f*** off”.

The incident reportedly place on the 8.25pm train from London Euston to Birmingham New Street on Saturday and many on board were returning from a UN Anti-Racism Day rally in the capital.

Witnesses said the Asian passenger eventually gave up her seat but the confrontation continued.

“I was utterly disgusted by the behaviour of this racist train passenger, and the racially abusive things she said to other passengers,” said the person who filmed the incident.

“As some form of bizarre defence, she even claimed she was ‘foreign’ herself, which her friend later confirmed as untrue.

“Regardless, her behaviour was abhorrent and her views wholly inappropriate, more so as it was international anti-racism day, and only a day after a racist terrorist massacre in New Zealand where similar views led to the murder of 50 innocent Muslims.”

Passengers who saw the incident claim the white woman said: “If she gets off at Coventry, I’ll kill her.”

She and other people travelling with her reportedly eventually got off the train at Coventry station.

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Could this scheme be a game-changing direction in sustainable fashion?

As Australians become more aware of and vocal about the impact of discarded textiles on the environment, it is hoped a new scheme will "disrupt" the cycle of clothing waste.

The recently-created Australian Circular Textile Association will launch a national "clothing take-back scheme" to try to boost the sustainability of fashion.

Australian Circular Textile Association, founder, Camille Reed.

The association's founder, Camille Reed, a textile fashion designer-turned entrepreneur, says Australians are the second largest consumer of textiles, per capita, in the world.

We buy approximately 27 kilograms of new clothing and textiles a year each, generating an "unmanageable" excess of waste product.

Under the take-back scheme, consumers will be able to drop off old garments at participating stores or charity collection points; the clothing will be dispatched to a "recycle, reprocess and redistribution" process, in which recyclable materials will be extracted.

The scheme which will commence in September with a pilot program is one of the first of its kind in the world to be implemented nationally. Conversations around its logistics will take place in this week in Melbourne, at the second Australian Circular Fashion Conference.

Charities spend around $13 million a year disposing of 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations, much of it going to waste.

Reed's "take back" program has been welcomed by sustainability groups such as the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO), whose CEO, Omer Soker, says we are at a "tipping point" in terms of managing textile waste.

“Charities are very appreciative of all donations that are coming and they still want them for the money to go back into social welfare programs and the environment. But the amount of the clothing that goes to textile waste that is going into landfill is just unmanageable. It is really a shame,” he said.

According to Soker, charities alone spend around $13 million a year disposing of 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations, much of it going to waste.

Camille Reed said working with a sustainability team at her previous workplace, Forever New, helped her to understand the "grand scale" of textile waste in Australia.

She describes the Australian fashion industry as being at a pivotal “adapt or die” moment in terms of sustainability and says it needs to change its attitude to waste as it did to its attitude to exploited human labor.

“Both are part of a holistic cycle, those two issues have to marry up. The way ethics made a disruption to fashion and the industry had to step up to the mark, the environment is now that catalyst for disruption. We are at a point of inquisition, inquiry and transparency [for sustainability]."

Reed stresses that for initiatives such as the take-back scheme to be successful, consumers and brands will need to take responsibility for their habitual practices.

“It's a two sided game, no one side has more responsbility than the other. The customer has to be a little more aware and asking better questions of themselves as well as the industry … We should be past the blame and shame game," she said, and it was time producers and buyers examined their behaviour.

Omer Soker said he hoped both suppliers and buyers would opt for higher quality products that lasted longer, rather than continuing to consumed "faster landfill fashion".

“These products are built to obsolescence. So I would always advocate for quality garments even if it means that are somewhat more expensive because the value remains in the garment by giving it a second life or to the proposed take-back scheme,” Soker said.

Reed hopes increased focus on the toll of waste fashion on the environment will prompt consumers to turn more towards more durable items. Her advice to environmentally conscious followers of fashion is: “Buy something high quality and favour that piece.”

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