Debate: The Arts

London’s Arts programme, can it charge affordable rates and survive cultural boundaries?

One of the most cultural sectors of the British establishment is the Arts. Mostly around London as most known with Museums, galleries and theatre, London is jam packed with them.

The Arts often rely’s on funding from the government and has since suffered cuts since 2010 as with many other services and evil welfare cuts from the Conservative government. Using the excuse of underperformance by the Arts to cut the program substantially from funding, many have seen sales and cultural interest dip.

So can people come to a show and be cultured whilst feeling justified in their payments?

Most who would like to go but are struggling with daily life are classed as not interested nor cultured. Branding with assumption, the poor are sacrificed to miss out instead. Shut out from this thought, the class divide has risen. Poor communities have seen that the shut out means by assumption, that the Arts is for those who are snobbish and can afford such extravagance, or as they call them, the rich.

But if the Arts charged affordable rates, for the exhibitions or plays etc that are worth the cost, people will pay. They might pay 5 – 7 pounds for certain gallery exhibitions for example and maybe stretch to 10. Anything about would be unsubstantial and deter them from it.

Can you expect a ‘poor’ community to go and see a stone found in the soil from so many years ago for say fifty pounds? Can you ask them to part with huge amounts or at least to them? Something that Arts directors may think is affordable for them with the ‘I would go to it’ mindset won’t be so inviting for others. Those also assumitively classed as uncultured as above, would, by that thought then, not come. The more distant they grow the more uncomfortable they become. Everyone of us tends to, at least a majority, backtrack to what we know as comfortable in order to feel secure. We can make sense of what we know, but not the unknown. After this spreads to a town of most people not visiting any form of the Arts or Culture prompts them to join the community they know. With the ‘No one from round ‘ere likes that stuff’ chitter chatter, a town then becomes isolated. In that town will sit many cultured individuals that may want to experience forms of culture deemed only accessible, also by location, to classy or upper toffs. So then, if it makes everything affordable, at the cost of what the showcase is worth with sustainable pricing, the Arts would have more depth to grow and even possibly produce a more cultural scenario that can pull even communities back together. Or even network two completely different ones with rewarding life experiences.

London Comic Con 2014’s cool pics

Okay, so it’s a tad late, but a marvel of pics are in. In May 2014 the UK hosted a Comic Con event in London from MCM. The event earned over an extraordinary 100,000 visitors at the Excel centre.

The UK, which are highly behind on Comic Con’s and assume all geek lovers fantasies are not worthy or important are likely to think again. Though they may now try to commercialise it reading this, fans have been clear. Leave them alone and keep your noses out.

The event hosted between Friday 23 to Sunday 25 May 2014 surpassed the precious years 88,000 mark with 101,600.
So if you’re going as a meet up group coordinating outfits, a lone ranger or simply throwing on a frock, get down to the Excel if this is your sort of thing. Everyone of all sizes, countries and hero lovers are welcomed.

Whether its comic heroes and villains, video game stars or classic fairytale fol, there is a place for any and very star.

MCM’s new Excel event is on 24-26 October 2014. If anyone can sew us a suit, we might pop down. 🙂 (Anything Final Fantasy would work.)

Also, check out this great site by Ri Ri Chan. – How to survive your first Cosplay event

Here are some of the great snaps from revellers of the event. (If anyone objects to images used, please contact us to have them removed.) We simply thought they were cool!

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Amazing suits from Super Couple!

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Perfect make up and clobber.

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Athletic Spidey.

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Great Cos with Tifa Lockheart and some red dudes, 🙂

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Yunie and a homemade staff looking smooth.

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Nil Points? The Eurovision Song Contest 2014

It’s May and the up and coming extravaganza that is the Eurovision song contest is fastly approaching. Previous years have seen the United Kingdom suffer at the hands of a controlling Europe in the very contest. A Europe that has neglected one of the big 5 and a heavy country who supports the European spectrum fruitfully when in need. Often treated badly and used as a measure of discontent through the political field of the song contest itself, are Europe actually casting away one of its biggest achievements and success stories to the strength of the contest?

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We are all fully aware the contest is anything but based on musical talent. The UK does vote on its song entries alone. The national parade to protect neighbouring borders is actually damaging trade, economic or stable relations with other countries.

In the case of the United Kingdom, many countries have often politically tried to damage the UK reputation through Eurovision. The now laughable contest is something that has lost all respect by everyone in it and has no actual basis for developing healthy relations to other countries as intended. The UK are often on Nil Points or barely make it past 100 points to double figures. This political statement that Europe never tire of, is actually becoming quite tedious and predictable now. At least you could do it in a more cleverly planned construction to seem less rigged.

2013 winner for Denmark, Emillie de Forest.

2013 winner for Denmark, Emmelie de Forest.

Regardless of this, Europe have often forgotten that it is the UK who have helped support nations in need. Greece, Ireland and others have needed financial support at the highest of level to which the UK has been one of the strongest donators. With the two latter, the UK has given huge bailouts in the banking crisis of the EU monetary fund. Yet, there have never been any, let alone 8, 10 or 12 points returned. If Europe continues to forget this, it should remember, any of their countries can crash at any time. The UK will always be one of the first to help bail you out. Don’t forget or take this for granted, because this is one of many reasons forcing the UK to begin politically abandoning the EU.

With an EU referendum approaching the UK and a chance to leave Europe looking debatably positive in certain areas, Europe could lose one of its biggest contributors. Losing the UK’s financial backing despite upset towards the nation would not be healthy.

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We also donate tons of international aid, food, and support to ‘developing countries’ to tide them over. It is about time to forget neglecting your sources of income, support and propped up stability or else you will soon wallow in your debts. This isn’t being nasty, let us clarify. This is common sense and you have to work with wealthy nations to support you even if you dislike them. The job of a politician is to diplomatically interact with other nations and show signs of grace, good nature or gratitude to keep two disagreeing areas of the world in tact. No. We do not endorse the UK Conservatives often classed as the “Nasty Party” for further clarification. Though the contest is political in voting, we are not their political support system.

Let us not forget the UK has won the contest a number of times. With five wins, just like Sweden, in different decades, it would be a very supportive sign of gratitude to re-establish voting communications. You cannot simply erase history of the contest even if you desire it so. The UK is also one of the big 4 now 5 as high contributors to the EBU with France, Germany, Spain and the 2011 return of Italy.

Yes, the UK have, on occasion put in a couple of horrible entries and deserved low points. We accept that. But doing so constantly is not beneficial. Plus most of the countries that have won were just as bad sometimes, along with high scorers that could not be understood through shrieking and the like.

1997 UK winners, Katrina and the Waves.

1997 UK winners, Katrina and the Waves.

Don’t judge us on David Cameron and his nasty values. The UK itself is a supportive nation with aid, finance, donations and with asylum and immigration.

This year needs to show a turn around in the way Europe ‘play’s ball’ with its processes.

The UK has been deserving enough of a win, possibly even two. Maybe Europe can show their charismatic and caring nature for the ‘love of Eurovision’ ideology and gracefully reward so. With strong enough entries to gain a conceivable win, Europe can follow suit and look less abusive.

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Maybe a 2016 or 2017 win would be a measure to stop the ill feeling and bring nations further together. Or 2018 if we, hopefully, and I believe most likely, to remain in the EU. Signs of good faith can only help support this and in the run up to the show voting, the numbers and significance should increase to show positive change.

Over the years, the UK has helped support many in a number of ways. France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, Hungary, Malta, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bosnia, Macedonia, Ireland, San Marino, Greece, Switzerland, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria and even Russia. That’s a big bag of votes already. And don’t be giving us the pathetic and measly 1, 2 or 3 votes, either. We’re talking in the 4s up to 7s at least.

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The most points the UK has given as its top 5 is to Ireland with a record 240. Second is Sweden, third Germany, fourth Switzerland and fifth Denmark. So a contribution returned over consistent years from all is also welcomed.

Cyprus, Poland, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Monaco and Portugal have also benefited from points or tourist support. We have been strong supporters of a lot of countries on paper, so the votes reflecting good communications would re-establish that faith. We would appreciate such kind gestures.

Austria, Belgium and France have given the most as have Ireland and Switzerland, but lately those numbers have decreased in value so please re-distribute higher up the scale, if you don’t mind.

Lithuania’s Donny Montell was also another favourite we liked highly.

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Turkey was one of the countries who left due reasons which included the big four/five. It is upsetting that this happened, as we in Britain have strong connections with Turkey, residents, tourism in both countries and always give high points to them. If they do return it would be a good way to re-establish communication. As for the big five, they have earned their place regardless of the voting and we cannot be upset with them for this. This also stabilises connections with all of Europe, even those not involved in the five.

Despite the conflict from Russia and Ukraine, points from both would be respected. From Russia’s perspective, we have praised Putin and the Federation quite some time ago over its handling of World Affairs including Edward Snowden with a positive and honest stance of reporting. We would welcome your support at Eurovision. Thank You.

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Borgen star, Nikolaj Koppel (centre) will help the hosting festivities in Copenhagen. A good choice.

Let’s not allow political interference to completely mar the show or the contest. Let’s remember to try and have fun for everyone, as much as possible and recognise the connection it brings for Europe as first established upon its beginning. We don’t have to fully like every countries policies or ways of living, but at least we can show a bond of unity at the contest and gracefully smile and nod and accept everyone for their participation in a charismatic way. If this fails, then no-one will ever get ‘their way’ at Eurovision, which is also not what the contest was about. It is impossible to win numerous times with a level of countries involved being so immense. Only one can win.

We cannot fully change the political involvement of voting, but we can put aside ideals and contain communications on a stable level which is what the Eurovision Contest has become in the understanding of other countries. Keeping relations smooth, there is high chance it will turn around a country or countries opinion on a world wide level as well. That can only ever be a good win to take away from Eurovision itself.

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St. George’s Day and it’s Great Britons

 

St.George’s Day and it’s Great Britons

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Today is St. George’s Day in England. The patron saint of Great Britain. In Britain we have national holidays called bank holidays. These are days off of work to celebrate our national heritage. A few years ago, however, the Conservative government decided that workers were getting “too many” bank holidays and they needed to cut some. In the end they decided to cut one. St. George’s Day. The celebration of England was decided not to be celebrated. Yet every other holiday was kept in tact. Yet the government are trying to bribe workers to vote for them at the next 2015 general election to retain power. They have circled around workers to support their sadistic welfare reforms which penalise the poor trying to receive help through a measly portion of state benefits.

Workers also claim benefits which the government allows without any repercussions. In 2015, the Tory government plan to obliterate the benefit state for under 25 year old’s completely by not allowing them any benefit claims, which is said to eventually be rolled out to stop everyone receiving all benefits entirely.

They also plan to privatise the NHS Health service, which means if you have no money on demand being rushed to hospital or insurance, you are likely to die.

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After this, the Conservatives, who are keeping it secret like the did before they got elected in 2010 under false pretenses, plan to stop pensioners and worker benefits. After they use them to get elected and “on their side” will then turn on them over the next five years.

So in honour of a Great Britain let us celebrate a few great Britons without any government interference or abuse. To which all these Great Brits would be thoroughly ashamed of, for ruining British identity and national heritage.

St. George was a brave Roman soldier who fought against torture of upper class abusers. He was most famous in folklore tales for slaying a Dragon as his defining moment as England’s patron saint.

Countries also celebrating St George’s Day include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, England, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia. Cities include Genoa in Italy, Beirut in Lebanon, Qormi and Victoria in Malta, Moscow in Russia, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and many others. It is also celebrated in the old Crown of Aragon in Spain — Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, and Majorca.

Don’t forget us in Eurovision to all mentioned above. 🙂 More on that coming over next week or so.

William Shakespeare

Celebrating his 450th birthday, England’s greatest ever playwright is the staple of British culture.

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Sir Isaac Newton

Scientist famed for theory of Gravity.

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Diana, Princess of Wales

People’s Princess shrouded in controversial death/assassination. (Allegedly.) Famous for caring nature and work with world AIDS charity

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Charles Darwin

Theorist within species and of Evolution theory.

Charles Dickens

Greatest author of literature.

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John Lennon

Peace advocate and monumental musician.

Horatio Nelson

Unconventional tactician of naval fleets, achieving sterling results.

Captain James Cook

Famous voyager in Royal Navy.

Sir Francis Drake

Sailor and tidal navigator of marinal world.

Winston Churchill

Free speech supporter and top Conservative politician.

Henry VIII

Leading British monarch.

Elizabeth I

Virgin Queen and surprise daughter of success to Henry VIII, earning Golden Age reign. Most desirable Queen.

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Star Wars Episode VII. Gosling and Efron in it?

It’s the ultimate fan boy franchise. To bag a role in Star Wars is the ultimate win for fan theory and as an actor.

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Then it should please fans to know that Superstuds Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling have auditioned for the seventh Star Wars film, set to be filmed in London next year.

Gosling would look very good as a Sith lord after recent work in Only God Forgives highlighted a somber and captivating presence on screen.

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Matt Damon has also been highly rumoured to join the cast, but is high speculation and rumour at this point looking unlikely.

J.J. Abrams of Star Trek and Lost will be directing the film from scriptwriter Michael Arndt.

All three original cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) are said to be returning. Episode VI ended as Luke and Leia discovered they are twins that were separated at birth to protect them from the empire. Billy Dee Williams who plays Captain Lando and Anthony Daniels (C3PO) are likely to reappear also. Ewan McGregor may retake the role of Obi Wan Kenobi, as a force ghost.

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Seven’s story may feature Han and Leia’s teen daughter in a hearty role.

Disney bought the rights to the film from legendary creator George Lucas.

The release is planned for December 2015.

Lucas is said to have pre planned years ago to extend the franchise to episode IX.

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All in all, Lucas has a grand plan spread out since his early years. He has direction and remains creative consultant, a wise move for Disney to maintain. Lucas has known how to make the franchise connect with fans and small tweaks with certain characters and a strong story with fan action and hot new actors in supporting roles will drive the movies forward favourably.

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Ben Affleck named Batman

Ben Affleck has won the role of Batman!

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Zack Snyder’s latest epic Batman Vs Superman will see the two superheros collide. However Affleck, 41, who most recently won awards for self directed Argo, is a little too merose and timid for the role.

Snyder added “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” Snyder wrote. “He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

We certainly think someone had a gander at our shortlist in a previous post on the Bat-potentials. 🙂

We’ve nothing against Benji, but he wasn’t right for this role and Synder has made a gloryfied mistake to gain Hollywood headlines and the movie is going to peak lower than what it could have achieved in fan support.

Ben also comes with stigma from playing a hero previously typecast as Daredevil, which was a sensational flop in cinemas.

Some people do not fit the role and Ben is past the Bat suit unfortunately and was given the role for some media attention only which now questions the legitimacy of the superhero characters themselves when more sequels need to be made.

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