Sky Presenters – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:20:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.observingthesky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/observing-the-sky-icon-150x150.png Sky Presenters – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ 32 32 Does Sue Barker Present? BBC Wimbledon TV coverage pundits and commentators https://www.observingthesky.org/does-sue-barker-present-bbc-wimbledon-tv-coverage-pundits-and-commentators/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:47:50 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/does-sue-barker-present-bbc-wimbledon-tv-coverage-pundits-and-commentators/

Wimbledon 2022 is underway with Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu looking to claim glory on grass this summer.

And while the stars on the pitch grab the headlines, fans will also know BBC Sport presenters, pundits and commentators to guide them through the Championships at the All England Club.

This will notably be the last Grand Slam for Sue Barker, who will retire after this year’s tournament in SW19.

Barker was the face of BBC coverage for 30 years and will be at the helm of daily coverage for a fortnight before the 66-year-old returns to the top of her game. Barker will no doubt receive adulation and praise for his incredible spell covering Wimbledon, with the BBC likely to offer a glimpse of his successor in the coming days.

Here is the BBC team through the Championships:

Sue Barker

A former professional tennis player as a teenager who reached world No. 3 in singles, Barker won the French Open in 1976. Barker then joined the BBC in 1993, with Wimbledon among her regular events covered for four decades.

Isa Guha

Former England international cricketer Guha is a new member of the BBC presenting team.

She will present coverage of each day starting at 11 a.m. with Barker taking over in the early afternoon until the end of the game.

Guha is best known for presenting cricket on BBC’s Test Match Special as well as Sky Sports.

John McEnroe

The legendary McEnroe is back, with the American, who won seven Grand Slams in singles and eight Grand Slams in doubles, a regular alongside Barker over the years.

Martina Navratilova

Navratilova is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, winning 18 Grand Slam titles, including nine titles at Wimbledon from 1979 to 1990.

Billie Jean King

The former world number one, who won 39 Grand Slam titles during a distinguished career, including 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles and 11 in mixed doubles. King will provide expert commentary for the BBC.

Pat Cash

The former Wimbledon champion, winner in 1987, is known for being the first player to take to the stands to celebrate, which is now an oft-repeated tradition.

Tracy Austin

Austin, who has won three Grand Slam titles and made two Wimbledon semi-finals, will offer commentary and analysis.

Tim Henman

A legendary figure in modern British tennis, the former British number played in four Wimbledon semi-finals.

Johanna Konta

A highly successful figure in modern British tennis, Konta enjoyed a fine run to the semi-finals in 2017 and retired last year.

Caroline Wozniacki

Former world No1 Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title in 2018 at the Australian Open, with her best finish at Wimbledon in the fourth round on six occasions.

Annabel Croft

One of the most famous faces in British tennis, Croft provides analysis for the BBC and Amazon Prime Video. A peak of world No24 in 1985, she retired at 21.

Commentators and analysts

Chris Bradnam, James Burridge, Andrew Castle, Matt Chilton, Kim Clijsters, Andrew Cotter, Kat Downes, Jo Durie, Colin Fleming, Peter Fleming, Paul Hand, John Inverdale, Abigail Johnson, David Law, Nick Lester, John Lloyd, Miles MacLagan, Ronald McIntosh, Alison Mitchell, Nick Mullins, Pete Odgers, Arvind Parmar , Louise Pleming, Simon Reed, Sam Smith, Liz Smylie, Mel South and Andy Stevenson.

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The only lesson I’ve learned from life https://www.observingthesky.org/the-only-lesson-ive-learned-from-life/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 21:01:26 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/the-only-lesson-ive-learned-from-life/

The only lesson I’ve learned from life: Kirsty Gallacher, 46, says every challenge is a new beginning

  • Kirsty Gallacher says she’s always been athletic and competing was second nature
  • She was a presenter on Sky Sports for 20 years and now works on GB News
  • She says you have to know how to handle the things that don’t go your way

Kirsty Gallacher, 46, is the eldest child of top golfer and former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher. A presenter for 20 years on Sky Sports, she now co-presents The Great British Breakfast on GB News. Divorced from rugby player Paul Sampson, she lives with their two sons in Berkshire.

I grew up with a father who was a winner. I have always been athletic and competition was second nature to me. But in those days, winning was more important. Much of my strength and courage comes from sports.

As I got older I realized the importance of losing and the lessons you can learn from it too. It’s something I’ve tried to impose on my children: I don’t want them always to win. You have to know how to manage the fact that things do not always go as planned.

Kirsty Gallacher, 46, said when she was younger she tried too hard to be a perfectionist like her father

As a youngster, I tried too hard to be a perfectionist – like my father. I became almost obsessively compulsive about any sporting activity at school, for example, and it can be destructive.

In 2015, I was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, for example, and people thought I would force myself to win because I’m so competitive. But, as I pointed out to anyone who would listen, dance is a special discipline. Of course, I wanted to do my best, but my overriding attitude was that it was a fun thing to do.

I loved being Brendan Cole’s partner. We were eliminated in the sixth week. I had a good time, so I didn’t mind: it was entertainment, not a competitive sport.

I am an ambassador for the Women’s Euro 2022, which begins in early July. They are highly motivated young players at a pivotal time for women’s sport in general and football in particular.

They don’t need advice from me. But if I had to give it to them, I think I’d share one of my favorite mantras: don’t be afraid of failure.

Like I tell my kids, as long as they try their best, that’s all you can ask for. Also, win or lose, it’s important to never forget that every challenge is a new beginning.

  • The Women’s Euro 2022 starts on July 6. For tickets go to uefa.com/womenseuro/ticketing/

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Gordon Ramsay, Fred Siriex and Gino D’Acampo’s Road Trip is back – with a big change https://www.observingthesky.org/gordon-ramsay-fred-siriex-and-gino-dacampos-road-trip-is-back-with-a-big-change/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 20:02:34 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/gordon-ramsay-fred-siriex-and-gino-dacampos-road-trip-is-back-with-a-big-change/

TELLY chef Gordon Ramsay has been a busy boy, with filming of the second series of BBC1’s Future Food Stars starting this month and work underway on the ITV version of his US show, Next Level Chief.

But I can reveal that he hasn’t neglected his old pals Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix, as he will be joining them on more of their hilarious road trips next year.

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Gordon Ramsay, right, will film a new series of ITV’s Road Trip1 credit

It will come as a relief to fans who were floored by a social media joke post earlier this year when villainous Gino claimed Gordon was too busy to continue their escapades on the ITV show.

A TV insider said: “He’s kind of a victim of his own success right now, and he’s got so much going on that it’s hard to fit it all in.

“He already has some kind of logistical conundrum to coordinate his diary with busy Fred and Gino, and that’s before they try to set up a series of filming locations – which haven’t yet been decided.

“But they are determined to get back on the road as soon as possible and deliver the new show as planned.”

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The Road Trips have enjoyed some success since their launch five years ago with a Christmas special. It was followed by three series, in 2018, 2020 and 2021.

Last year’s series, in which the trio explored all things Greek, was set to continue in Egypt, but was cut short by Covid restrictions.

However, we won’t be without Gordon for long, as Future Food Stars and Next Level Chef will likely be on TV early next year.

I’m sure the much in demand Fred and Gino won’t be twiddling their thumbs until then.

Kova girl Nadiya

STRICTLY’s Nadiya Bychkova wrapped up the BBC1 show’s national live tour earlier this month.

But judging by this photo, nothing can take her away from the glitz and glamor of the ballroom.

Nadiya Bychkova completed the national live tour of the BBC1 show earlier this month

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Nadiya Bychkova completed the national live tour of the BBC1 show earlier this month

Nadiya’s new boyfriend – fellow pro Kai Widdrington – was quick to show his appreciation for her look and covered the cute post with a flame and heart emoji on Instagram.

And who can really blame him?

Star trio in Ripper ITV epic

IT already boasts a stellar cast, but now Yorkshire Ripper drama The Longest Shadow has signed another trio of big names.

I can reveal that the sleuths for ITV’s upcoming thriller will include Line of Duty star Lee Ingleby, funny detective Toby Jones and former Wild at Heart actor Stephen Tompkinson.

Stephen Tompkinson will star in The Longest Shadow

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Stephen Tompkinson will star in The Longest ShadowCredit: Getty

The news comes after I revealed the show’s lineup will also include Katherine Kelly, Daniel Mays and David Morrissey.

The drama, currently filming in Leeds, aims to explore the wider effects of the Ripper’s reign of terror, which claimed hundreds of victims directly and indirectly.

That’s why The Longest Shadow has such a huge cast, and I’m sure they’ll be joined by other household names later on.

Larkin is fine – Jo

LIKE Ma Larkin on ITV’s The Larkins, she’s not afraid of a bit of rumpy pumpy with her sassy husband, Pop.

And unlike many other actors, Joanna Scanlan isn’t shy about getting naked if the role demands it.

Joanna Scanlan said:

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Joanna Scanlan said: “As an actor I have to use everything I have – and one of them is my naked form”Credit: Getty

She told the latest Out To Lunch podcast: “As an actor, I have to use everything I’ve got – and one of them is my naked form . . . if and when it’s usefully deployed.

“I don’t want people looking at me and saying, ‘oh, he’s just a fat old cow!’ I don’t really want that. I’m willing to do that in certain situations.

“But I probably mean on some level ‘Fuck you! to anyone judging others on their appearance.

Probably better, Joanna isn’t applying for Love Island then.

love my face

CHANNEL 4 is preparing a four-part show called Love My Face, which will be led by disability activist Jono Lancaster.

It will follow people with a range of visible facial differences as they seek support, guidance and explore transformative treatments to help them come to terms with or resolve their differences.

New way to watch Cartman

TELLY fans are already spoiled for choice, with more programs and channels to watch than ever.

But that hasn’t stopped a new platform called Paramount+, which is launching today.

Paramount+ launches today and will show episodes of South Park

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Paramount+ launches today and will show episodes of South ParkCredit: Alamy

The offerings will range from the Star Trek franchise and the antics of Cartman and his pals in South Park to a prequel based on the British film Sexy Beast.

Content Director Ben Frow said: “The demand for content right now is absolutely huge. Content has never been so king. We have our founder to thank for that phrase, and I truly believe it all comes down to content.

And there’s more good news for Sky Cinema customers: Paramount+ will be available at no extra cost.

Graham: James has a good job

GRAHAM NORTON may be one of Britain’s busiest TV presenters, but he believes James Corden’s stint in the US is a bigger one.

The chat show legend has been linked to James’ work on The Late Late Show, which he will leave next year.

But Graham said: “I love going to America. But working there, especially a job like that, is a job. I don’t do work. I have a good time, I do a show once a week.

“While it’s like joining the priesthood to do this show five nights a week. It’s a good transplant.

“I don’t know how James has done this for as long as he has. Kudos to him!”

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC America and is a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Don’t Explain the Joke”

TASKMASTER star and former Great British Sewing Bee host Joe Lycett has revealed how he was questioned by police after a punter objected to a joke he told on his stand-up show .

He had to explain the background of the gag on the manhood of a donkey.

The cops decided to do nothing.

It’s game over for Diamond

GamesMaster’s ORIGINAL presenter Dominik Diamond has revealed he was snubbed about the show rebooting – after talking to Channel 4 about its return.

The Nineties video game series was revived in 2021 with episodes debuting on E4’s YouTube channel and later on E4.

Dominik Diamond revealed he was snubbed from GamesMaster reboot

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Dominik Diamond revealed he was snubbed from GamesMaster reboot

Recently, Sir Trevor McDonald took over from Sir Patrick Moore as the titular GamesMaster.

When asked about the reboot, Dominik said, “I’m not saying there weren’t conversations between me and the producers, but obviously those conversations weren’t fruitful, shall we say.”

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Dominik didn’t watch a particular episode of the reboot because he didn’t want to say anything negative about it – as he’s friends with new host Robert Florence.

He said: “I love him very much and I go back a long way with him.”

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Are you interested in science communication? The AAS Media Fellowship may be for you! https://www.observingthesky.org/are-you-interested-in-science-communication-the-aas-media-fellowship-may-be-for-you/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 17:14:09 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/are-you-interested-in-science-communication-the-aas-media-fellowship-may-be-for-you/

After doing undergraduate astronomy research, I was sure my future career would involve exploring the mysteries of the universe. As I progressed through graduate school, however, that end goal seemed to change, and I realized that my new dream was to teach people about the universe through science communication rather than exploring it myself. -same.

I have always loved the night sky and got my start in observational astronomy (i.e. stargazing in my backyard), so when I was offered the chance to working at the WVU Planetarium as a teaching assistant, I jumped at the chance. I spent 2 years creating short presentations on Messier objects, giving tours of the night sky to elementary school students, and introducing the people of Morgantown to the wonders of the universe that have captivated me for years. While working at the planetarium, I also joined the Astrobites team. Applying for Astrobites was a last minute decision I made on a whim, but looking back, it was the best decision I made in college. This opportunity allowed me to combine my love of writing, which I have had since I was little, with my scientific training, and to bring science that was often obscured by dense equations and graphs to a level that the general public could understand. Astrobites is sponsored by AAS, so I was able to cover a few meetings (which meant live tweeting and blogging sessions) and it was a really good experience. After finishing my 2 year tenure writing for Astrobites, I branched out and started communicating science in other ways (see the Pulsars and Profiteroles project and #PulsarFriday). When the opportunity to work for AAS as a Media Fellow and continue writing science while learning about the world of academic press and publishing presented itself, I was so excited to apply!

Organize a press conferencereference to AAS 240! Image credit: © CorporateEventImages/Todd Buchanan 2022


Preparation of your application

The AAS Media Fellowship was established in 2017 to provide training and experience for a graduate student in astronomical sciences interested in science communication. It is a paid scholarship and it represents approximately 8 hours of work per week. Applications are open now and close on July 6, 2022.

There are three rounds in the application process for the AAS Media Fellowship. The first is to send your CV and cover letter. To prepare them, I went to the Career Center at my university and they helped me polish my resume and personalize my cover letter to highlight why my strengths and experiences made me a good fit for the position. Additionally, the application requires you to ask your advisor to send an email to AAS stating that they agree with your application, as the scholarship is a work commitment in addition to your graduate studies. My advisor is very supportive of my science communication background, so she was more than happy to send the email. If you make it to the second round, you will be asked to write two messages in the style of AAS Nova. One article will focus on an article chosen for you, and the other will ask you to choose an article from a short list of articles from AAS journals. The first will challenge you to write about an article that may be outside your area of ​​research, and the second will test your ability to find newsworthy articles. I used my experience writing for Astrobites and article summaries to help me write the application articles, but AAS Nova’s style is slightly different, so be sure to check it out look at these first. The final round is an interview, which will help the selection committee determine if you are right for the job.

The process takes some time, but I learned a lot from it. I have just completed the application process for science writing/scientific communication jobs and can say that the process is very similar to applying for the AAS Media scholarship. Even if you go through the application process and are ultimately not selected, applying is a huge learning experience and great practice for the job market.

What I learned from the scholarship experience

The fellowship has three main components: managing press releases, writing Nova articles, and attending AAS meetings. Press releases from universities, observatories, government agencies, etc. are displayed on the AAS Press Twitter account and astronomy in the news. Usually the press team takes shifts throughout the week and during your shifts you just need to be “on call” and issue press releases when they arrive. It’s super easy and just google articles to find their source (we try to post directly from universities or telescopes if we can).

Writing for AAS Nova is a lot like writing for Astrobites in that you have to summarize scientific papers. It took me a little while to get used to the style, which is more concise and on a slightly higher level than Astrobites but still very similar. The articles on which we write come only from AAS journals (the Astrophysical Journal, the Astrophysical Journal, the Letters, the Astrophysical Journal, the Supplements, the Astronomical Journal, the Planetary Science Journal and the Research Notes of the ‘AAS) so it’s a bit more limited (unlike Astrobites where you can write on any article) and are recommended by editors for Nova highlights. Although you can opt out of the list and choose a recent article from any AAS journal, we try to stick to the recommendations of the editors. Sticking to the recommendations given to us meant that I had to learn subjects that I didn’t know, which was challenging but really enjoyable. The AAS Nova editor (Kerry Hensley) and AAS publicist (Susanna Kohler) are incredibly helpful with the posts.

The final major component of the scholarship is to help organize press conferences at AAS meetings. One of the AAS meetings I attended was virtual, but the other was in person over the summer. This was the first in-person meeting since January 2020 and was hybrid, so things were a little messy with the virtual presenters, but overall helping out at press conferences is a great and really fun experience. As the media officer you are also part of the AAS staff so you have the chance to meet them at the meeting and help with things which made the meeting really enjoyable because you felt like part of a huge team.

This scholarship is specifically for a graduate student, so you are expected to be busy, and there are no huge constraints on exactly when you need to work. Press releases should be released as soon as possible, but if you have meetings and such, it’s not a big deal if they go out within hours of being released. Some days I write about Nova during the day, and sometimes I work on it in the evening outside of normal working hours. The only “scheduled” work time I have is Zoom meetings; Kerry, Susanna and I go online about once a week, and communications team meetings happen about every two weeks. The fellowship can be tailored to what interests you, so I have chosen to attend release team meetings, which take one hour ~ every two weeks. This part is however completely optional. During AAS meetings it’s a lot of time away from work but generally I don’t find the workload to be something I can’t handle it’s just a matter of trying to find that that works best in a particular week.

AAS press team with the AAS newspaper in the background
The AAS press team during AAS 240. Left to right: Haley Wahl (AAS Media Fellow), Briley Lewis (AAS 240 Astrobites Media Intern), Kerry Hensley (AAS Assistant Press Officer), Susanna Kohler (AAS Press Officer ). Image credit: Briley Lewis

This scholarship has helped me confirm that science communication is the path I want to pursue after graduate school. Working with the AAS staff has been such a rewarding experience, and I have been able to connect with people outside of science writing in areas such as astronomical data publishing and management. I was able to learn about the day-to-day tasks of science writers, see what goes into writing social media posts for AAS meetings, and watch what goes into creating the program for a AAS press conference; it really broadened my view of astronomy jobs outside of academia. I accepted the scholarship in my last year of graduate school so I was job hunting and wrote my thesis in the process and things got a little scary but the team was really understanding and it was great to have another support system during the crazy weather.

Applications for the AAS Media Fellowship close on July 6. For more information on the application process, see the AAS Nova Fellowship posting as well as the AAS Jobs Registry posting.

Edited by: Kerry Hensley

Featured image credit: SAA

About Haley Wahl

I am a PhD student at West Virginia University and my main area of ​​research is pulsars. I am currently working with the NANOGrav collaboration (a collaboration that is part of a worldwide effort to detect gravitational waves with pulsars) on pulsar polarization calibration and synchronization. I am also very passionate about science communication and often share my science via Twitter and my blog, The Pulsars and Profiteroles Project, which combines my love of scicomm with my love of baking! Outside of science, I enjoy doing puzzles, cooking and watching movies.

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ou may have already seen this time-loop thriller… CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s television https://www.observingthesky.org/ou-may-have-already-seen-this-time-loop-thriller-christopher-stevens-reviews-last-nights-television/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:47:42 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/ou-may-have-already-seen-this-time-loop-thriller-christopher-stevens-reviews-last-nights-television/

The Lazarus Project

Evaluation:

Derry Red: Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

Evaluation:

Time does not repeat itself. Deja vu is not real. It’s like that, because of all the time-loop drama on TV this year.

The Lazarus Project (Sky Max) takes the concept that was so movingly explored in BBC2’s Life After Life and turns it into a hackneyed sci-fi thriller.

There’s a romantic subplot too, though it’s not half as clever as The Time Traveler’s Wife on Sky Atlantic…and less sharp and shocking than Russian Doll on Netflix.

Like a substandard episode of Doctor Who, half the series consists of characters staring urgently at computer screens or standing next to unspecified bits of futuristic machinery, frantically explaining the plot to each other. .

Like a substandard episode of Doctor Who, half the series consists of characters staring urgently at computer screens or standing next to unspecified bits of futuristic machinery, frantically explaining the plot to each other. .

The Lazarus Project (Sky Max) takes the concept that was so movingly explored in BBC2’s Life After Life and turns it into a hackneyed sci-fi thriller.

Paapa Essiedu plays George, a software whiz who is dismayed to realize he is reliving the last months of his life. A sarcastic special agent named Archie (Anjli Mohindra) stops him in the street and explains what is happening to him: “Don’t take this the wrong way, she says, but you’re a mutant.

Showing George around his HQ, Archie educates him. “We are a top-secret, multinational organization dedicated to preventing and reversing mass extinction events through diplomatic, scientific or militaristic means,” she says, speaking at a speed usually reserved for the terms and conditions of advertisements on credit cards.

Archie’s boss, Wes (Caroline Quentin), explains more succinctly that his agents have saved the world about 20 times since nuclear holocaust was first prevented in 1963. They have a machine that resets time, sending the planet back to the Previous July 1, to help humanity avoid mistakes. Wes speaks entirely in clichés. . . but then, if you had lived 20 times, everything would seem cliché to you.

Like a substandard episode of Doctor Who, half the series consists of characters staring urgently at computer screens or standing next to unspecified bits of futuristic machinery, frantically explaining the plot to each other. .

Paapa Essiedu plays George, a software whiz who is dismayed to realize he is reliving the last months of his life

The twists are so glaring and unsurprising that The Lazarus Project is almost like watching a rehearsal – the worst kind of time travel. It built on an action sequence, with a chase between an RV and a motorcycle that was so silly it became entertaining.

George discovered he was a sniper with a gun by leaning out of a high-speed vehicle. Maybe in a past life he played a cop in a 1970s American comedy like The Dukes Of Hazzard. Yee-haw, get those good old boys, George!

As the world ended and Wes pressed the restart button again, we saw the face of a rogue Lazarus agent with a genocidal grudge. He looked a lot like Tom Burke, from BBC1’s The Musketeers and Strike. This makes the second episode worth watching.

Actress Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, who plays Michelle in Derry Girls on C4, traveled back in time on The Real Derry (C4) to explore how the Troubles divided the city and how it is healing. She started with a catchy phrase: “This town is so good they named it twice.” Catholics call it Derry, Protestants call it Londonderry.

Actress Jamie-Lee O¿Donnell, who plays Michelle in Derry Girls on C4, traveled back in time on The Real Derry (C4) to explore how the Troubles divided the city,

Actress Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, who plays Michelle in Derry Girls on C4, traveled back in time on The Real Derry (C4) to explore how the Troubles divided the city,

Then she went for a pint with her Derry Girls co-star Saoirse-Monica Jackson, and the hour was bristling with banter. But it takes a nimble presenter to navigate through such sensitive terrain, and O’Donnell turned out to be flat-footed.

Attempting to cross the sectarian divide, she blundered into a Protestant bagpipe rehearsal. “I thought I was going to walk in and catch flames,” she joked, before asking a rude question about the Bloody Sunday anniversary that engulfed the room in shuddering silence.

“This city is still held hostage by its complicated history,” she concluded. It was a clumsy and insane observation, made worse by the fact that the Derry Girls so neatly mirrored The Troubles without ever making politics the focus.

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Ukraine War: Soldiers at Severodonetsk factory ordered to surrender as President Zelenskyy says military casualties are ‘painful’ | world news https://www.observingthesky.org/ukraine-war-soldiers-at-severodonetsk-factory-ordered-to-surrender-as-president-zelenskyy-says-military-casualties-are-painful-world-news/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 02:22:02 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/ukraine-war-soldiers-at-severodonetsk-factory-ordered-to-surrender-as-president-zelenskyy-says-military-casualties-are-painful-world-news/

Russia demanded that Ukrainian forces entrenched in a chemical plant in Severodonetsk lay down their arms and surrender this morning.

It comes as Moscow’s forces close in on taking control of the strategically important city – one of the last in the Donbass region that they have yet to take.

Ukraine says more than 500 civilians and an unknown number of soldiers are trapped inside Azot, a chemical plant where they took shelter from a Russian bombardment that left much of the city in ruins .

Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, told the Interfax news agency that Ukrainian troops should “stop their senseless resistance and lay down their arms” from 6 a.m. UK time. United.

He promised civilians could escape through a humanitarian corridor – although his words came a day after it was reported that two of the three bridges outside the city were destroyed, the third being old and dangerous.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Azot civilians “can no longer bear it in the shelters, their psychological state is at an end”.

The situation is reminiscent of the Battle of Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol, where hundreds of fighters and civilians took shelter until their surrender in May. Ukrainian soldiers in this case remain in the custody of the Russians.

Mr Haidai said the Russians control around 80% of Severodonetsk and he told The Associated Press that the mass evacuation of civilians was now “simply not possible”.

About 12,000 people remain in Severodonetsk, compared to 100,000 before the war.

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Ukrainian War: Questions Answered

Key developments:
• A senior US defense official told Foreign Policy magazine that Russia’s options are limited as Vladimir Putin refuses to officially declare war on Ukraine. The Russian president still describes the invasion as a ‘special military operation’, which means he cannot draw troops from the general population
• Farmers in Odessa have started their grain harvest, but Russia’s invasion will lead to a global shortage of wheat for at least three seasons, Ukraine’s agriculture minister said.
• Nightly shelling was reported in the Kharkiv region and the British Ministry of Defense said Russian forces appeared to have made small gains there for the first time in many weeks.

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“We are dealing with an absolute evil”

Losses in parts of Ukraine are ‘painful’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Tuesday evening that the losses in Severodonetsk and Kharkiv, in the northeast of the country, had been “painful”.

“But we have to hold on – that’s our state,” he added.

Ukraine said between 100 and 200 of its soldiers were losing their lives every day, leaving hundreds injured. Russia did not provide figures, but its losses are also believed to be high.

The other main town of Luhansk which is still under Ukrainian control is Severodonetsk’s twin town, Lysychansk – but the loss of bridges means access between the two is difficult and fighters risk being surrounded by the Russians.

Ukraine continues to plead with Western powers for more weapons to help defend its remaining territory in Donbass, a region that includes Luhansk and Donetsk.

Russia claims to have destroyed a number of arms shipments from the United States and Europe in recent weeks.

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Russia bans senior British journalists

Also on Tuesday, Russia released a list of 29 British media and defense figures it has banned from the country.

The Foreign Office said the list was a response to the “deliberate dissemination of false and one-sided information” about the war by British media.

It includes Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and political presenter Sophy Ridge, as well as correspondents from the BBC, Times and Guardian.

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Sky Sports’ Joe Thomlinson reveals why he isn’t convinced by Darwin Nunez https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-sports-joe-thomlinson-reveals-why-he-isnt-convinced-by-darwin-nunez/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 17:41:07 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-sports-joe-thomlinson-reveals-why-he-isnt-convinced-by-darwin-nunez/

Despite interest from several top European clubs, including Liverpool’s north-west rivals Manchester United, the Reds have managed to secure the services of Nunez, who is due to undergo his medical in Madrid today.

The Uruguayan agreed personal terms with the Merseysiders last week which meant only the fee needed to be negotiated for the deal to go through. Over the past few days, Liverpool and Benfica have been able to complete a deal worth £65m, with a range of potential additions that could take the deal up to £85m.

When the signing is made official, he will become Liverpool’s most expensive addition despite being just 22 and enjoying just one breakout season. Although this 2021/22 campaign has been electric, such a small sample could make this deal a risk.

Speaking on Youtube channel Football Daily, Thomlinson admitted his reservations about the transfer.

“They were obviously very interested in (Aurlien) Tchouameni, weren’t they,” he said. “It almost feels like the money from Tchouameni that they couldn’t spend on him has gone to Darwin Nunez now, which is weird because then you’re not signing the midfielder you were looking at. origin to take and you sign an attacker.

“I’m also very mixed on that, I said last week I wasn’t convinced Liverpool needed a physical No.9.”

Despite Nunez’s physical profile contrasting with their current set of forwards, standing 6’2 tall, he possesses similar tactical versatility to that of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, often operating from the left for Benfica as well as through the middle.

The starlet burst onto the scene in the 2021/22 campaign, scoring 34 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for Benfica, including six in the Champions League.

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Sky News’ Jacquie Beltrao responds as troll says her face looks like ‘a dog chewing on a wasp’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz and television https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-news-jacquie-beltrao-responds-as-troll-says-her-face-looks-like-a-dog-chewing-on-a-wasp-celebrity-news-showbiz-and-television/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 21:39:01 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-news-jacquie-beltrao-responds-as-troll-says-her-face-looks-like-a-dog-chewing-on-a-wasp-celebrity-news-showbiz-and-television/

Jacquie Beltrao, 57, hit back after a Twitter troll criticized her appearance on Saturday night. The presenter was clearly taken aback when a user, named John, wrote in a now-deleted tweet: “I have to turn off Sky News when Jacquie is on.

Following the exchange, dozens of Jacquie’s fans rushed to the comments to defend her.

Chris clapped: “Classic answer Jacquie!”

Marie repeated: “What cruelty! Sorry, you have to read stuff like that.

“Like my mom says, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. We all love you in our house.

“People are entitled to their opinion. What matters is that I’m fit, healthy and fit for duty and I’m thankful for that even though the alarm says 3.45 (and my bottom teeth are crooked)!!
“See you tomorrow morning, hopefully. »

It comes after Jacquie was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2020, having first beaten the disease in 2014.

In a tweet shared in February, Jacquie explained that she was “living on a tightrope” but received good test results.

In messages written on scraps of paper, Jacquie said: “This #breakingnews is the only news I wanted this weekend.

“I live on a tightrope – scan to scan – living life in 3 month increments.

“Thank you to everyone here for your support and positivity – it makes a difference.

“The scans have arrived and…I have NOTHING!” Yippee! »

The scan showed her cancer was gone, but she added that she knew that didn’t mean she was completely cured.

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Simon Dobbin: Five men arrested on suspicion of murdering football fan who died five years after 2015 attack | UK News https://www.observingthesky.org/simon-dobbin-five-men-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murdering-football-fan-who-died-five-years-after-2015-attack-uk-news/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 08:37:30 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/simon-dobbin-five-men-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murdering-football-fan-who-died-five-years-after-2015-attack-uk-news/

Five men suspected of murdering football fan Simon Dobbin, who died five years after he was assaulted on his way home from a game, have been arrested.

Cambridge United fan Mr Dobbin suffered permanent brain damage after being attacked after his side drew 0-0 with Southend United on March 21, 2015.

He was unable to walk or speak and required round-the-clock care after the attack, at Station Approach, Southend, Essex.

Mr Dobbin died aged 48 on October 21, 2020 at his home in Mildenhall, Suffolk.

Medical tests have shown a direct link between Mr Dobbin’s death and the injuries he sustained, Essex Police said.

The five suspects, ages 27, 30, 34, 39 and 45, were arrested Friday morning at addresses in the south of the county.

They are all being held and will be questioned on suspicion of murder.

Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Major Crimes Branch, who is leading the investigation, said: “Inquiries into Simon’s death have shown a direct causal link to the injuries he suffered. he suffered in Southend the day he was attacked in March 2015.

“Following these discoveries, we have started to treat Simon’s death as a homicide and a new investigation has been opened.

“As part of this investigation, we arrested five people suspected of murder this morning.

“We are also speaking to a number of people who we consider to be witnesses in order to collect their testimonies.

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Mr Dobbin suffered permanent brain damage after being attacked in 2015.

Cambridge United FC paid tribute to Mr Dobbin following news of his death – tweeting how the club were thinking of his wife, Nicole, daughter, Emily, and family and close friends.

Ms Dobbin described her husband as her ‘gentle giant’ who ‘fought so hard to be with his family’.

“Unfortunately his heart wasn’t strong enough, but he is now at peace and will forever be in my heart.”

Mr Dobbin appeared on an episode of the DIY SOS show in January 2019, when presenter Nick Knowles paid tribute to his family who “set aside everything to take care of him”.

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Blackpool film crews shoot a new series of Sky’s Landscape Artist of the Year https://www.observingthesky.org/blackpool-film-crews-shoot-a-new-series-of-skys-landscape-artist-of-the-year/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 12:13:22 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/blackpool-film-crews-shoot-a-new-series-of-skys-landscape-artist-of-the-year/

Cameras roll on the seafront near North Pier today (Wednesday June 8) as candidates prepare to put paint to paper in a new round of Landscape Artist of the Year from Sky Arts.

The production and film crews have been busy staging the Prom in front of the Hotel Metropole where they set up camp on Monday June 6.

Eight modules have been set up facing the Irish Sea, where artists will have four hours to paint a stunning landscape to impress the show’s panel of expert judges.

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Film crews appeared on Blackpool promenade opposite the Metropole Hotel. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

The Blackpool episode will feature in the first run of series 8, which is due to air on Sky Arts later this year.

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Eight contestants will be judged on their painting of Blackpool and six of them will earn a place in the semi-finals.

The bottom three will then advance to the final round where the winner will receive a £10,000 commission for a top UK institution and £500 worth of art materials.

Film crews appeared on Blackpool promenade opposite the Metropole Hotel. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

In previous years the show has been presented by comedian Stephen Mangan and journalist and TV presenter Joan Bakewell, who also present Sky’s sister competition, Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.

They are often seen mingling with artists as they discuss their work and the pair are expected to appear in Blackpool during filming this week.

Sky was approached for comment.

Film crews appeared on Blackpool promenade opposite the Metropole Hotel. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard
Film crews appeared on Blackpool promenade opposite the Metropole Hotel. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard
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