Renata Brito and Iain Sullivan and Joseph Wilson Associated Press Published 12:33 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 Valencia, Spain – An aid group’s ship and two Italian military vessels docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea only to become pawns in a European political fight. The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo was the first of the boats in the convoy bearing 630 migrants to touch land, pulling in just before 7 a.m. The 274 rescued people on board disembarked after medical staff made a preliminary inspection. The rescue ship Aquarius came in four hours later carrying another 106 migrants. Aid workers awaiting their arrival clapped and cheered as the first passengers walked down the gangway. An Italian navy ship, the Orione, came in shortly after 1 p.m with the remaining 250. The Aquarius, operated by the aid groups SOS Mediterranee Sea and Doctors Without Borders, was stuck … [Read more...] about Spain welcomes migrants spurned by Italy and Malta
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IN Britain, we love to hate it, but when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest it seems the rest of the world can't get enough. Even our friends in Australia, an eye-watering 12,000 miles away, will jet over to Europe to take part in the all-singing all-dancing extravaganza in Portugal later this month. Why is Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018? No, you're not going mad - Australia definitely isn't in Europe. However, since 2015, singers from the other side of the world have been taking part in Eurovision. Australia was invited to take part in a gesture of good will for the show's 60th anniversary, which had a 'Building Bridges' theme. Soloist Guy Sebastian was welcomed with open arms, mainly because it was meant to be a one-off. However, when former Australian X Factor contestant Dami Im took part in 2016, a few eyebrows were raised. It appears our Aussie friends came up with yet another excuse to take part - and it all comes down to TV rights. As former Bake Off … [Read more...] about Why is Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and how does the annual competition work?
Frances Mayes’ new novel, “Women In Sunlight” celebrates adventure, friendship, food and, as in several of her books, Italy. She is the author of the delightful memoir and New York Times bestseller “Under The Tuscan Sun.” Mayes will be at Warwick’s Monday evening to talk about her latest book. A reservation is needed for a luncheon on Tuesday. Contact Warwick’s for more information.Q: What’s intriguing about ex-patriots living far from home?A: People living abroad are usually both self-reliant and willing to take a risk. Away from the home turf, you’re much more on your own. Also, I’ve found that these seekers are usually curious people, open to learning a new way of living. My four women characters are all these things, and they are definitely in transition, as ex-pats often are. They’re looking for more, for life to continue to open rather than closing in. Will they — or anyone — find what they’re … [Read more...] about In new novel, Frances Mayes puts ‘Women in Sunlight’
In 1967, shortly after completing his controversial film Weekend, French luminary Jean-Luc Godard shifted gears. Along with the maverick film critic and journalist Jean-Pierre Gorin, Godard outlined a manifesto for a new kind of cinema, one that would reflect the political upheaval of the time while investigating the relationships between image and sound, spectator and subject, cinema and society. The result of this ambitious project was five films: A Film Like Any Other; British Sounds, aka See You at Mao; Wind from the East; Struggle in Italy; and Vladimir and Rosa. Five revolutionary works that each provide a fascinating and crucial insight into Godard’s radicalisation. Now, these long-unavailable films are being released together for the first time. Included in this deluxe, special edition Blu-ray boxset is a 60-page book containing English translations of writing by and conversations between Godard and Gorin. Here is an exclusive extract to whet your … [Read more...] about Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s forgotten cine revolution
It’s taken Rupert Everett nearly a decade to bring The Happy Prince to the screen. In addition to starring as Oscar Wilde in the story of the writer’s final years, Everett wrote and, in his directorial debut, helmed the $13 million drama, which picks up where most Wilde biopics end: with the literary legend’s conviction to two years of hard labor for “sodomy and gross indecency,” followed by his self-imposed exile in bitter poverty to Italy and France. Everett — who has starred in adaptations of Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (1999) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) and whose most recent feature role was in 2016’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — has said his own homosexuality limited his opportunities in Hollywood, though he now demurs on the subject. He spoke to THR about the “romantic and tragic” appeal of Wilde’s tale, his own struggle to tell it and why he sees the writer as a … [Read more...] about Rupert Everett on His “Warts-and-All” Oscar Wilde Biopic