Maybe they just don’t care. Margery followed the pull of the lever ahead and leaped for it. “Aaaccchhh—” Margery spat. A gust of wind had pinned her gauzy, gorgeous garment to the mouth of the corridor as she stepped outside the Blocks. Above her, people seated on a restaurant terrace tittered at her. Their own flimsy, all-encompassing clothes flickered in the breeze like flames. Theirs had acquired the tears and jags that were considered attractive; hers were just snagged. She groped gingerly around the rough metal and wiring that snaked across the doorway, over every claustrophobic, cobbled-together part of the Blocks. How can this stuff be so fragile and still get stuck so tight? The lunch crowd was definitely amused by her situation. She heard eyes click as pictures were saved. They couldn’t wait. Clearly, she had to give the stuff a good yank. Who knows how much of herself would be aired out for the world to see? That would be that for work today. … [Read more...] about A mysterious lever can reset the world. Do you pull it?
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Peter Ormerod interviews Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey about life as Ziggy's drummer and doing justice to Bowie's legacy It's Friday January 8, 2016. Woody Woodmansey is in New York and it's David Bowie's birthday. Woody is drumming with Holy Holy, the band he's formed with Bowie's long-time producer Tony Visconti. During the show, Visconti calls Bowie. The crowd sing him Happy Birthday; Bowie thanks them and asks for their verdict on Blackstar, the album he's released that day. Their response is rapturous. Bowie wishes the band good luck and says he'll catch them later on the tour. Within two days, Bowie has died. "That was pretty surreal," says Woody now. "And we had to decide how we'd continue - out of respect, do we pull off the road? But Tony had said 'look, he worked right to the end - he didn't give up'. And I said it was the same even on the early Ziggy tours - he wasn't always eating properly, and he'd get flu, and we'd go 'we can't play tonight - you can hardly talk', and he'd … [Read more...] about The last Spider from Mars: Woody Woodmansey on life and work with Bowie ahead of Leamington gig
Head to the Christmas markets Trier Weihnachtsmarkt. Photo: DPA Bundle up and get thee to your nearest public square or Platz because chances are, it has been transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, smelling of candied nuts and mulled wine. Nothing raises seasonal spirits like a German Christmas market, many which are open until late on December 24th. Open those doors Just like in America and the UK, advent calendars are hugely popular in Germany. Chocolate is likely to remain the most popular choice for years to come but nowadays you can get everything from cosmetics to gin advent calendars. Check out our alternative advent calendars gallery for ideas. Write to the Weihnachtsmann or the Christkind Christkind post office Engelskirchen. Photo: DPA While St. Nicholas is still a beloved figure in Germany, das Christkind, meaning Jesus child, was set up as the main gift bringing figure of the festive season by Martin Luther in the 16th century, in … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about preparing for Christmas like a German
1. A month of festivities We've all got that one friend who wants to put on the Christmas music and dig out their reindeer jumper in September, and if you are that friend, you'll feel right at home in Italy where the festive season stretches out for almost a full month. Italians get into the Christmas spirit on December 8th when they celebrate the Immaculate Conception. A fun fact to bring out at holiday parties is that this festival actually marks the conception of Mary rather than that of Jesus , as God intervened to absolve Mary of original sin while she was still in the womb. December 8th is when many Italian homes and towns first put out their decorations, while a cannon is fired from Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo to mark the start of the celebrations, and the season continues until Epiphany on January 6th, when the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem, something which is reenacted by horsemen in Rome's Piazza Navona. Decorations in Milan. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP Advent is also a … [Read more...] about Six quirky traditions that make an Italian Christmas
Associated Press Published 7:13 PM EST Nov 30, 2018 This is the time of year when we dust off the holiday albums and CDs to play favorites that range from Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” Being added to playlists this year will be music from a crop of new holiday albums from a variety of artists — even a beloved, legendary actor. Here are reviews of a few of those albums by Associated Press critics: Diana Ross, ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ Are you in the mood for jolly, singalong Christmas music? Diana Ross has you covered. Looking for something more serene, with religious tones? Diana Ross has you covered. Or are you looking for inspirational music that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the holidays? Again, Diana Ross has you covered. Her … [Read more...] about Get in a festive mood with new Christmas music