RBS 6 Nations: Howley steers an upturn in Welsh fortunes

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Happy days: Rob Howley is finally adjusting to the void left by Warren Gatland, who is on a Lions sabbaticalBy Joe BarnesIT’S FAIR to say Rob Howley has been subjected to a testing introduction to life as an international head coach but chatting to him at The Vale, ahead of tomorrow’s game at Murrayfield, he cuts a far more relaxed figure than he has of late. For while Howley has attracted opprobrium as Wales lurched to five consecutive defeats on his watch, he deserves credit for reviving his side’s fortunes and putting them in contention for the Six Nations championship.Quick to smile, it’s clear Howley is finally enjoying his time in charge but he’s not afraid to admit that he and Warren Gatland faced teething troubles as they worked out a coaching transition as Gatland departed for full-time Lions’ sabbatical.“Taking the Argentina and Samoa games and then handing over to Warren for the Australia and New Zealand games was a difficult in terms of being a part-time coach. You know, managing the communications through that intense autumn period was difficult time for both of us.Testing times: Howley deep in thoughtOf course that chastening Autumn came off the back of a winless summer Series against Australia. “When you revisit the Wallabies and the 3-0 Series loss, that still hurts, yet if you look closer at the way we lost them and the nature of the defeat, they were very small margins but with huge consequences. On our return, we thought if we’d shown more composure in small areas we could have easily won that test series 2-1.”In this Six Nations, the portents did not bode well as it took Howley and Wales 43 minutes to kick into action, as they ‘won’ the second-half 19-7. However, this was after a torrid first half which had seen them commit a multitude of unforced errors to go in at the break 23-3 down. Howley concurs. “You cannot afford to give any international side the opportunities that we gave Ireland. The second half was a totally different story and to be honest we should have still won that game, we go back to those small margins that left us going into the French game with our backs against the wall.”The former Wales and Lions scrum-half refuses to take personal plaudits on his contribution to his team’s revival, instead preaching consistency and the need to give opportunities to those who have earned the right to wear the Welsh shirt.“Coming into the Six Nations, this team hasn’t changed dramatically over the last 12 months. We had injuries in the second row but players have come through, in particular Andrew Coombs, who has been outstanding. We’ve always believed in giving opportunity to players who have put their hands up with the Regions.” CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 02: Wales player Andrew Coombs (l) wins a lineout ball during the RBS Six Nations game between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Sterling effort: Andrew Coombs has impressedWith the clock on the Scotland game ticking, Howley is happy to see his side’s confidence returning, intimating to a return of attacking intent that has absent of late.“We’ve gone away in the last couple of weeks and played a game plan to suit the conditions. Winning has changed our mindset and bred a new self-belief and confidence. Of course we want to play with the ball in hand but it has to be in the right areas and conditions.”Howley’s dreams of front-foot, attackig rugby may be put on hold for a while as he plans to nullify Scotland’s ‘in form’ back three of Sean Maitland, Tim Visser and Stuart Hogg.“Quality players want time on the ball. We can’t afford to give Stuart [Hogg] any time. Our kicking game has to be accurate  and put them under pressure, whether it’s from possession or kicking to the corners. We need a good kick chase because if you can beat the first or second defender at this level, it creates opportunities.”One points Howley has stressed to his squad is the importance of focusing on Scotland and not allowing thoughts to run ahead to the England game in eight days time. “Whatever happens against England will happen. The media and the supporters in Wales have always got one eye on the England game but we’re not looking beyond Scotland, for now.”last_img read more

House at Bogwest / Steve Larkin Architects

first_imgArchitects: Steve Larkin Architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily “COPY” House at Bogwest / Steve Larkin Architects Save this picture!© Alice Clancy+ 14 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/255945/house-at-bogwest-steve-larkin-architects Clipboard Houses Ireland Area:  200 m² Photographscenter_img Photographs:  Alice ClancyText description provided by the architects. This project is a new house on the site of a ruined farmyard enclave with existing stonewalls which were in poor condition. These walls were refurbished and extended to make a new walled garden and also to ground the house into a site that has a long history of inhabitation.Save this picture!© Alice ClancyThe new house is positioned carefully negotiating levels, threshold, privacy and orientation. Entry and the private accommodation is arranged at ground floor level to establish intimate relationships to the gardens and terraces. The open first floor, with terrace, is supported above the datum of garden walls and enjoys its elevated position with views of the wider landscape. Save this picture!© Alice ClancyThis response is developed in section. The roof is split in four parts, two of which rise to an oculus and modulate the major internal spaces. Zenithal light illuminates the first floor and ground floor levels with openings through stairs and voids. Openings in the facade control light throughout the day and allow balance of privacy.Save this picture!© Alice ClancyTechniques of lining and poche hide the services and storage. Deep window frames support glazing at the outer section of the wall to make intimate spaces and allow unimpeded views over landscape and gardens. Opening lights are protected in the wall depth and establish depth of shadow externally. Furniture and lighting are made to relate to the internal spatial conditions.Save this picture!© Alice ClancyThis house also explores a contemporary response to a contextual tradition of object in the landscape evident in farmhouses and classic middle size houses in the area.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessRaimund Abraham’s Final Work / Photographer Thomas MayerArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share Projects House at Bogwest / Steve Larkin ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse at Bogwest / Steve Larkin Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/255945/house-at-bogwest-steve-larkin-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Ireland CopyAbout this officeSteve Larkin ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesIrelandPublished on July 23, 2012Cite: “House at Bogwest / Steve Larkin Architects” 23 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY”last_img read more

UK Fundraising News appears in HTML for first time

first_img Tagged with: Digital  37 total views,  1 views today  38 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK Fundraising News appears in HTML for first time UK Fundraising’s free fortnightly e-mail newsletter has been published in HTML format for the first time this week.UK Fundraising has chosen Charity Technology Trust’s “CTT Mail” to power its fortnightly free e-mail newsletter to 6,000 fundraisers. The newsletter has been published in plain text format since February 2000, and claims the largest and most current e-mail subscriber list of fundraisers and related staff in the UK. It provides a simple summary of all the latest news, resources, job vacancies and other additions to the UK Fundraising site.CTT Mail is the latest technology service from Charity Technology Trust, a charity dedicated to increasing efficiency via the use of new technology. CTT Mail is a sophisticated e-mailer tool used by major for-profit companies which is now available for charities to use at very low cost.CTT Mail is managed through a new trading company, CTT Communications (CTTC), and has already been used by 10 charities, including Red Cross, Samaritans, Diabetes UK, National Trust, Timebank, Royal British Legion, PDSA, and RNID.CTT Mail aims to encourage charities of all sizes to use e-mail marketing by offering a fixed price for set-up and e-mail campaigns. CTT Mail will also offer a complete managed service. CTTC believes that charities can quickly reduce their costs of sending e-mail with CTT Mail to 0.5p per outbound message.Howard Lake, founder of UK Fundraising said:“UK Fundraising has been using e-mail to help fundraisers share expertise since 1996. We’re keenly aware of the need to offer fundraisers relevant information in an easy to use format, ensuring that our relationship with them meets their needs. We selected CTT Mail for its advanced subscriber management facilities and its excellent reporting facilities, which will enable us to understand far better the types of news item and other resource that our subscribers are interested in.”CTTC’s launch of CTT Mail started with the delivery of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal e-mail campaign, which was distributed to over 50,000 people on Remembrance Day. This was the first time that the Legion had extensively used an email campaign on Remembrance Day itself and produced an estimated 2,000 additional individual supporter actions on the day itself and thereafter.Peter Sweatman, CEO and Founder of Charity Technology Trust, said: Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 January 2003 | News “We believe that the right e-mail strategy and send capability is fundamental to the successful management of donor relationships in this day and age. CTTC provides an easy to use and quick way to service online supporter relationships and our tool has the capacity to grow with the charity as it requires more advanced features such as automated e-mail collection, online subscription management, database population via the Web, tailored communications and e-mail questionnaires.”last_img read more

Royal Mail to add sensory impact to direct mail

first_img Howard Lake | 9 November 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Royal Mail is partnering with sense branding specialists BRAND Sense to enhance direct mail by adding elements that appeal to all five senses – smell, taste, touch, sight and sound. Its new service, ‘Sensory Mail’, will help brand managers “engage customers by leveraging two or more of the senses through direct mail.”BRAND Sense is training over 300 Royal Mail sales staff to help sell the benefits of adding impact to mailings by using additional sensory elements.Simon Harrop, Chief Executive Officer at BRAND Sense, said that the new service will engage customers “through their emotions”. He added: “Direct mail is a fantastic way to personally target consumers with surpreme accuracy and efficiency. With ‘sensational mail’ consumers will not only be able to feel, but also smell and taste, the difference.”Given the emotional content of so much fundraising direct mail, it is likely that charities will be among the first to test out the new service.www.royalmail.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Royal Mail to add sensory impact to direct mail  52 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving Royal Maillast_img read more

Rep. Chu Addresses National Monument Designation for San Gabriel Mountains at Community Meeting

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government Rep. Chu Addresses National Monument Designation for San Gabriel Mountains at Community Meeting Published on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 1:41 pm Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Yesterday, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) spoke at a U.S. Forest Service Town Hall in Baldwin Park in support of President Obama designating the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument. Rep. Chu joined Representatives from the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, LA County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis, and a panel of local leaders and environmental experts for the meeting, which was attended by hundreds of interested local residents.“Our forests, mountains, and rivers are a treasure for the L.A. area, attracting millions of visitors a year. But without funding for rangers, garbage collection, necessary signage, and new trails, many of our underserved areas are unable to take advantage of the mountains while others are finding it covered with trash and graffiti,” said Rep. Chu. “With over 3 million visitors a year, the San Gabriel Mountains are in urgent need of critical resources. This is of particular concern as we rely on this water supply. That is why I was proud to receive support from local water utilities for the bill I introduced in June to create a National Recreation Area and I have asked the Administration to use the NRA language I crafted in collaboration with the water agencies and other stakeholders as a foundation for a national monument.”The panel discussion was facilitated by Oscar Gonzales, California State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency. In addition to Hilda Solis, panelists included Janice Rutherford, San Bernardino County Supervisor; Denis Bertone, Councilman from the City of San Dimas; Daniel Rossman, San Gabriel Mountains Forever; George Sanchez-Tello, Wilderness Society/San Gabriel Mountains Forever; Dr. Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis, Pomona College; Dr. Hugh Safford, Regional Ecologist, Forest Service; Malcolm Cade, Urban Conservation Corp; and Victor Diaz, REI – Friends of the Angeles Vice Chairman.“This is an important conversation,” continued Chu. “It is vital that we continue to hear from and work with local stakeholders and residents to preserve property and water rights. To that end, I was pleased that we also received support from Cal Fire on behalf of Governor Brown, Senator Barbara Boxer, Rep. Grace Napolitano and Rep. Adam Schiff.” Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Community Newslast_img read more

Stocks open modestly higher; Google’s parent company jumps

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Previous articleRoyal Oils and Gold Series Launch “Crowns of Heritage” Campaign to Help Black Families Connect with their African RootsNext articleActivists wary of broader law enforcement after Capitol riot Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Local NewsBusinessUS NewsWorld News Facebook A woman talks on phone past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Asian shares opened mostly higher on Wednesday although markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong were lower.center_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Stocks open modestly higher; Google’s parent company jumps TAGS  Twitterlast_img read more

Mc Hugh promises to raise Donegal referendum concerns in Dail

first_img Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – November 11, 2012 Mc Hugh promises to raise Donegal referendum concerns in Dail Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Donegal North East Deputy Joe Mc Hugh says future legislation must factor in the concerns expressed by the high ‘No’ vote in the county, and he’ll be ensuring that the concerns of the people are recognised.He said while there are a number of possible explanations for the Donegal, he detected a very real fear of what he called “overzealous intervention”…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/joe1.mp3[/podcast] Facebook WhatsApp Newscenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Twitter Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleBoth Donegal constituencies reject Children ReferendumNext articleICSA claims 2% of the national sheep stock has been stolen News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

Serial rapist Nathan Loebe convicted in Pima County, Arizona, after testing of rape kit backlog

first_imgABC News(TUSCON) — A Tucson man was convicted of raping seven women over a 12-year period after police received a grant to test rape kits and changed a “mindset” over which kits get tested.“The old view was if you have a situation where the victim reported it was without consent but the defendant or suspect reported that it was with consent and there was nothing to corroborate either way, there was the idea that maybe it wasn’t worth testing the sexual assault kit because it doesn’t show consent versus lack of consent,” Nicol Green, deputy attorney for Pima County, told ABC News.Green, along with deputy attorney Tracy Miller, prosecuted the case against Nathan Loebe, who was found guilty on 12 counts of sexual assault, five counts of kidnapping, three counts of stalking and one count of attempted sexual assault, according to the Associated Press, for cases that occurred between 2003 and 2015.“Victims reported that they met a man in a bar or through an online dating site. He provided false names and lied about who he was,” Pima County Attorney’s Office wrote on Facebook. “Most of the victims reported that they had drinks with the man, and then they either lost consciousness or became incapacitated. The man then sexually assaulted them.”Loebe had previously been a suspect in sexual assault cases, according to the Arizona Daily Star, but claimed sexual activity had occurred with consent.It wasn’t until law enforcement started following the “forklift approach” of testing every rape kit regardless of investigation details that they were able to build a case against Loebe.“Quite frankly it was a mindset in law enforcement and prosecution in terms of the decision to test a particular sexual assault case looking at that case specifically rather than the big picture,” Green said. “As is often the case in law enforcement, as time goes on, ideas and priorities shift, and the recognition that this is a way to identify serial rapists kind of took hold.”Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall began prioritizing the testing of rape kits in 2014, Green said, and the attorney’s office worked with Tucson Police to get ahead of a growing backlog.In 2015, the Tucson Police Department received a $1 million grant from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in New York, which funded a project to support the testing of rape kit backlogs from settlements with international banks that violated U.S. sanctions.That grant funded the testing of about 1,450 cases, according to Green, as well as a dedicated detective at Tucson Police and a victim advocate who worked out of the attorney’s office. Additional state funding is accounting for remaining kits’ testing — approximately 500 — so essentially all kits from the backlog are either already tested or in the process of being tested.Rape kits collect evidence from a victim’s body and clothing after an assault, including potential DNA evidence. When DNA evidence is found, it is entered into the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, to see if there is a match to a person with a past offense and to identify serial offenders.Of those 1,450 kits funded by the grant, 839 DNA profiles have been entered into CODIS, Green said, and there have been 364 hits to people who have been convicted or arrested for certain felonies.“It’s grueling,” Dallas Wilson, the detective who has been working on these cases at Tucson Police, told ABC News. “We have approximately 400 cases that need to be re-investigated that go back from 1988 to 2016.”There is no statute of limitations for sexual assault in Arizona, and Wilson says these cases are “completely different than any other investigation” as law enforcement is reopening investigations from the start, which is “like opening up a wound all over again” for many victims.Loebe’s DNA was in the system from prior convictions, and “his DNA profile came up within the first month of [grant] testing on more than one kit,” Green said.Tuscon police started searching for him in January 2017, and Loebe was arrested in Kentucky in connection with an alleged sexual assault a month later. As part of his assaults, Loebe allegedly impersonated former child star Brian Bonsall from the ’80s sitcom “Family Ties,” Bardstown Police said at the time.Loebe, who was also wanted in Colorado, Massachusetts and Ohio, was extradited to Tucson, Tucson News Now reported in August 2017, adding that the Kentucky charges were dropped.Nine women testified against Loebe in trial, said Green, who praised “their strength and bravery” and added that “they got justice that was long, long overdue, and as a prosecutor, that feels really, really good.”Five years after starting work on Pima County’s rape kit backlog, Green said it’s “fabulous” to see a result like this.“It’s a good feeling,” Wilson said. “We still have a lot more work to do, though.”Loebe is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on April 22.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Measuring the body composition of Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella): validation of hydrogen isotope dilution

first_imgWe examined the accuracy of hydrogen isotope dilution (tritium and deuterium) as a means of determining total body water (TBW), and hence body composition, by comparison with whole-carcass chemical analysis in five adult female and four pup Antarctic fur seals. On average, tritium isotope (HTO) dilution overestimated TBW by 1.92% ± 1.00% (n = 9). Deuterium isotope (D₂O) dilution also overestimated TBW (1.71% ± 1.74%, n = 5), but this trend was not significant. The following equations were developed for predicting TBW from hydrogen isotope dilution estimates: TBW (kg) = 0.11 + 0.97 · HTO space (kg) (r² = 0.999, n = 9, P < 0.0001) and TBW (kg) = 2.10 + 0.89 · D₂O space (kg) (r² = 0.980, n = 5, P < 0.001). Whole-carcass chemical analysis showed adult females were composed of 14.5% ± 1.0% total body lipid (TBL), whereas pups were composed of only 9.4% ± 1.0% lipid. Adult females had lower TBW contents (60.1% ± 0.7%) than pups (67.6% ± 1.2%) and, consequently, higher energy contents (adults, 10.59 ± 0.30 MJ · kg⁻¹; pups, 8.24 ± 0.41 MJ · kg⁻¹). Pups had higher ratios of TBW to lean body mass (LBM) (0.747 ± 0.009) than adults (0.707 ± 0.004), which indicates they had not yet reached chemical maturity. The following best-fit predictive equations based on TBW and body mass (BM) were developed for TBL, total body protein (TBP), total body ash (TBA), and total body gross energy (TBGE): TBL (kg) = 0.875 · BM (kg) - 1.187 · TBW (kg) - 0.633 (adults); TBL (%) = 66562 - 0.845 · TBW (%) (pups); TBP (kg) = 0.058 · BM (kg) + 0.209 · TBW (kg) + 0.996 (adults); TBP (kg) = 0.267 · BM (kg) - 0.130 · STBW (kg) + 0.087 (pups); TBA (kg) = 0.071 · TBW (kg) - 0.088 (adults and pups); TBGE (MJ · kg⁻¹) = 34.1 - 0.391 · TBW (%) (adults); TBGE (MJ · kg⁻¹) = 31. 7 - 0.347 · TBW (%) (pups). With the use of these predictive equations, hydrogen isotope dilution is an accurate means of determining body composition in live Antarctic fur seals. Differences in these relationships between adults and pups, and in comparison to those in phocids, emphasize the need for the use of equations derived from appropriate data sets when predicting body composition in pinnipeds.last_img read more

Chatting Up… Peter Bradshaw

first_imgName one film everyone should see. The Addiction, by Abel Ferrara. This is a seriously weird, creepy and brilliant movie about vampires starring Christopher Walken. Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why? I have actually been stuck in a lift (on my own), and the security guards who jemmied the doors open and dragged me out were surprised by my glacial calm, a state I arrived at by meditating on the ‘lift scenes’ from The Shining and Damien Omen 2. Anyway, I should like to be stuck in a lift with Sophia Loren, the most beautiful person in cinema history, just so I had an excuse to gaze at her face, close-up, for a long period of time. In your opinion, what are the three qualities every great film should possess? It should be sublimely beautiful, like Visconti’s The Leopard, or sublimely funny like Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels, or sublimely exciting, like Scorsese’s Raging Bull. What is your idea of a perfect evening? Not necessarily a film. The most perfect evening I had recently was being on the winning team in a pub quiz in a London club. Pub quizzes are sporting contests for the nerd generation. You are the film police for one day, what do you ban? The Piano by Jane Campion. This annoying, wittering, shallow, overrated middlebrow film is so much more insidious than honest rubbish like Sex Lives Of The Potato Men. Which authors and literary characters have acted as the inspiration for your novels? I love VS Naipaul’s A House For Mr Biswas, Dickens’ Bleak House, BS Johnson’s House Mother Normal, the Letters and Memoirs of Kingsley Amis (his account of meeting Roald Dahl is still one of the funniest things in the language), Money by Martin Amis, What A Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe, Girlfriend In A Comaby Douglas Coupland. Do you have any rituals before you begin writing? I’m sorry to say that I like to drink an entire two-litre bottle of Diet Coke while I’m writing for that evil Aspartame rush. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? “Never drink gin after dinner” is the weirdest advice I’ve been given. The most sound advice I’ve been given is: “Be persistent. Persistence is the key to success.” Your new book Dr Sweet… is a dark comedy – what is your favourite comedy film or tv series? My favourite comedy film is the Ealing classic Kind Hearts And Coronets, which I love more than I can say. Favourite TV comedy: Seinfeld (which stayed brilliant long after Friends curdled), The Larry Sanders Show. From Britain: Baddiel and Skinner’s Fantasy Football League, Rising Damp, The Office and Phoenix Nights. What do you never leave the house without? An uneasy sense that I have left the gas on. Finally, any tips for the top for film over the coming months? I recommend Uzak by the Turkish director Nuri Ceylan, a very beautiful and sad movie about male loneliness, out 28 May. There is also a bizarre documentary coming out soon called Supersize Me about someone who tried to live entirely on food from McDonald’s, with horrific results. Dr Sweet And His Daughter is out now. Picador £7.99. Peter Bradshaw will be appearing at Borders on 27th May, 7pm. ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more