Golden Age of Steam

first_imgBy Jack Marley-PayneiLiKETRAiNS are an interesting prospect: dressed in British Rail uniforms, bearded and surly, they play epic songs about obscure historical events (viz the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Percival). Thankfully, in person they are friendly and unpretentious- pretension being a quality they are keen to deny their music possesses. ‘The stories just seem to come to us,’ singer Guy Bannister explained. ‘Sometimes we hear about something that sticks in our mind – we don’t go out searching.’  This is well illustrated by the inspiration for their new single ‘The Deception.’ After a drunken night in Paris, trumpeter Ashley found a message saved on his phone instructing him to research Donald Crowhurst. The band discovered he had entered a race to sail around the globe and claimed to have achieved a record time. In truth, he had just been messing about in the Atlantic.Though the choice of topics seems impersonal, the band undeniably have a passion for the music. As each song reaches its inevitable climax, all members thrash their instruments with all their might. They explained that their aim is to ‘bring history to life.’ ‘The subject can be so dry in textbooks. Putting it in a song can help people empathise with the characters.’ This, however, can be hard to do when the lyrics are often little more than a few clichés said over and over – ‘I needed you like I needed a hole in the head.’The music itself is out of step with current fashion. Their songs often last well over five minutes and have long slow builds, a sharp contrast to the up tempo, dance friendly indie that dominates at the moment.  ‘We thought all that was going to end with Arcade Fire,’ Guy confessed. He believed Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party were good at what they did, but that the trend had run its course. Arcade Fire seemed to promise a return to more serious music with greater dynamic variation. As we all know this was not to be: superficiality has just kept rising since then. World conquering or not, they are keen to keep going. With a cult following, known as railcard holders, their tour is going well and they seem in good spirits (and clean to boot). Guy is already talking of a new album: ‘We definitely want it to be different but we’ve no idea how.’ This is an admirable sentiment since there is a distinct lack of variety on their most recent release. The aspirations of their music are promising and it certainly can be rousing. Its lack of invention and catchy melodies, though, mean it is unlikely iLiKETRAiNS will be starting a revolution any time soon.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua responds to Deontay Wilder’s outburst to Tyson Fury | Boxing News

first_img Wilder’s reign was conclusively ended by Fury Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn sarcastically reacted: “I thought AJ ducked you?”Now Joshua has exclusively told Sky Sports News about Wilder’s words: “It makes the ultimate sense.- Advertisement – Anthony Joshua has reacted to Deontay Wilder’s statement Deontay Wilder broke his silence towards Tyson Fury Deontay Wilder broke his silence towards Tyson Fury

Mali attack kills 24 soldiers

first_imgSuspected militants killed 24 soldiers in an attack, the army said, while another 29 were injured during a joint operation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region. REUTERS According to the United Nations, over1,500 civilians were killed in Mali and Burkina Faso since January, withmillions more in need of humanitarian assistance.(BBC) The incident came weeks after 54troops were killed in another attack – one of the deadliest in the past decade. The army added 17 “terrorists” werekilled and 100 suspects were being held in Tiloa, Niger.center_img Details of Monday’s attack wereunclear and authorities have not identified what group the assailants belongedto. MALI – Suspected militants killed 24 soldiersin an attack here, the army said, while another 29 were injured during a jointoperation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region.last_img read more

Record Entries for GCU Relays 2019

first_imgA record number of entries have been recorded for this years edition of the Government College Ughelli (GCU) Relays 2019.At the last count a total number of 55 schools have confirmed their participation for the event scheduled for November 16th at the GCU modern Tartan Tracks.New participants include St. Gregory’s College Lagos, Government College Sagbama and Yewa College Ilaro amongst others. Indeed, the GCU Relays Digital page on Facebook has witnessed increased activities in recent days with the total reach now at over 7,000 followers given the awareness potentials for the games. Also, about 1,371 persons are actively interacting/chatting on the page daily.The GCU relays is an initiative of the GCUOBA Worldwide led by its President Arc. Ovo Charles Majoroh, and one of the cardinal objectives of the GCU relays is the revival and enhancement of healthy sports rivalry among secondary schools in Nigeria.Also, to progressively build and cement healthy interaction between secondary schools and students from different states of the federation, for the unity and progress of Nigeria.Last year’s edition received about six schools from outside Delta state, including Igbobi College, Lagos, Edo college, Benin, Government Secondary School, Afikpoamongst others.Tartan Tracks builders and donors, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SDPC) have kept faith with the maintenance of the facility on an annualbasis.Notable track and Field greats who are Ex-Olympians, such as Brown Ebewele and Henry Amike have confirmed their presence and endorsement of the GCU relays, on November 16th 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bonsignore: Friedman, Zaidi deserve some of the blame for Dodgers playoff woes

first_imgAnd that is on first-year President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi, who inherited a very good, albeit subtly flawed roster last winter and proceeded to do the opposite of what they were hired to do.They made it worse, which seems ludicrous in retrospect, considering the resources the new Dodgers brain trust had to work with.But that’s exactly what happened. And a repeat this winter is something even the deep-pocket Dodgers can’t afford.• PHOTOS: Mets eliminate Dodgers in Game 5Friedman and Zaidi were advertised as young savants, able to focus and view the construction of a baseball roster in ways their old-school counterparts aren’t able. Maybe that’s true. And they still have time to prove it.But if they can look deeper and further than everyone else, how can they make such blatantly bad decisions? Did they simply out-think themselves by giving big money to Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, two oft-injured pitchers pretty much everyone else in baseball said would fall apart or not rise to the occasion?McCarthy did what everyone predicted upon getting $48 million over four years from the Dodgers. He broke down shortly into the season and was never a factor.Anderson was decent, not great, in the regular season. But he faltered under the bright lights of the playoffs.Everyone saw that coming.Except the men the Dodgers pay a lot of money to run their baseball operations department.• McIINTYRE: Nothing lovable about these DodgersFriedman and Zaidi traded away continually improving second baseman Dee Gordon in pursuit of better middle infield defense. The focus was on run prevention, and I’m not too grouchy to dismiss that aspect of baseball as unimportant. But while my untrained baseball eye may not appreciate some of the subtle intricacies of the sport, my old-school vision couldn’t help notice how Gordon went on to bat .333 with a .359 on-base percentage while racking up 205 hits and 58 stolen bases batting leadoff for the Miami Marlins.Gordon could have been a difference-maker against the Mets at the top of the order, creating havoc on the basepaths. Power bats Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez were traded or allowed to leave as free agents, and while the Dodgers went on to lead the National League in home runs, the batting order looked a lot less intimidating without Kemp and Ramirez in it. That was painfully obvious in the postseason, when the Dodgers couldn’t come up with the one big hit necessary to break open Game 5, despite repeated chances to do so.The problem wasn’t getting rid of Kemp and Ramirez, it was not bringing in power bats to replace them. As for the bullpen issues over the last few years under former general manager Ned Colletti, Friedman and Zaidi did little to fix it.No wonder, then, the Dodgers were dismissed from the postseason in the first round for the second straight year and ahead of the World Series for the third consecutive season. The good news for Friedman and Zaidi is they have the trust of Dodgers ownership, which invested quite a bit of money in the two highly regarded executives.The challenge is, they need to tweak their strategy as they approach a pivotal winter in which they must decide whether Don Mattingly is the right manager moving forward, dip into the bank account even more to hang on to ace pitcher Zack Greinke and make the necessary changes to truly position the Dodgers as World Series contenders.Time is of the essence.The young, talented Mets and Chicago Cubs are actually year ahead of schedule, and neither is going anywhere, considering all their dynamic talent.The Washington Nationals will bounce back. The St. Louis Cardinals are going nowhere. And in the west, the San Francisco Giants are too smart to stay down for long.The Dodgers need to act fast to prevent falling off pace. Clayton Kershaw and Greinke — provided he returns — are the ideal starting point atop the pitching rotation. They were almost enough to push the Dodgers past the Mets.But almost enough isn’t enough.Not when the payroll is more than $300 million and the men in charge are baseball intellects who can see far beyond what their counterparts are capable.It will be difficult, to be sure.How much are they willing to pay the 31-year-old Greinke, who will opt out of the last three years, $77 million he’s owed in pursuit of a much bigger deal? And how do you balance that with the obvious need to improve the rest of the rotation and bullpen so the Dodgers aren’t left vulnerable — again — in the playoffs.What do you do with Yasiel Puig, who has digressed into an enigma?Or his high-priced outfield colleagues Andre Either and Carl Crawford — both 33 years old — who are owed a combined $79 million over the next two years? Either is essentially a platoon player, and Crawford played in just 69 games this season. That is a lot of money for part-time players. But their paychecks — and age/status — makes them almost impossible to move.Friedman and his staff have their work cut out for them, to be sure. But that’s why they make the big bucks.Their bosses can afford a lot of things. Just not another winter like the last one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In the abstract, the Dodgers just concluded a successful season.They won 92 games, secured their third straight division title and went the distance with the New York Mets in the National League Division Series.The vast majority of teams in Major League Baseball would take that season in a heartbeat, if given the choice at the open of spring training.Given the reality of their hefty payroll and expectations, the Dodgers’ season was an unmitigated disaster.last_img read more