The Sound of Music at Curve Theatre, Leicester review
Directed by Paul Kerryson, the production, at times, has all the spontaneity of a punctilious cuckoo clock, but it scales its musical peaks all the same. He cuts a rather middle-aged, comfortable figure for the feisty Maria and seems better suited ...
December 5, 2014
5 cuckoos fitted with GPS migration trackers arrive in Africa for their holidays
Five cuckoos who headed south for the winter have reached Africa, scientists who fitted them with GPS devices in tiny backpacks have said. British conservationists decided to track their movements to find out more about the birds' lifestyles following ...
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How to create a celebrity style nursery for your new arrival
posts and crowned with a decorative wreath, birds, and leaves, £5,560, from Punkin Patch. Just as grand, The Little Duchess Upholstered four-poster cot, starts from £12,000 plus VAT, from House Couturier. Make a fairytale come true with designer and ...
February 7, 2012
It doesn’t matter how often you see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Austrian musical, it always seems to work its Alpine magic. Here we go again, with the von Trapps once more proving a force of nature: this time in Leicester, for Christmas. Directed by Paul Kerryson, the production, at times, has all the spontaneity of a punctilious cuckoo clock, but it scales its musical peaks all the same. The Abbey, the slopes of the Alps, the inside and outside of the von Trapp mansion, together with half a dozen pine trees go up and down, in and out, like a remorseless fairground organ. Well, in Laura Pitt-Pulford they have a redoubtable postulant nun, more like a young Maggie Smith than Julie Andrews, struggling tunefully with her conscience over whether to follow the inscrutable von Trapp. He cuts a rather middle-aged, comfortable figure for the feisty Maria and seems better suited to Emma Clifford as his fiancee — so charming that even the children seem to like her. And as for those children, they are once more the heart and soul of this most tireless of musicals.
Five cuckoos who headed south for the winter have reached Africa, scientists who fitted them with GPS devices in tiny backpacks have said. British conservationists decided to track their movements to find out more about the birds' lifestyles following concerns about their dwindling numbers. After leaving East Anglia in June, the birds - Clement, Kasper, Martin, Chris and Lyster - have reached the continent more than 2,800miles away. Four of the birds are now south of the Sahara - after managing to cross the world's largest desert - and the remaining bird which left the UK on the night of the 22/23 July is making his way to sub-Saharan Africa. Cuckoo numbers have plummeted by two-thirds in the last 25 years, leaving as few as 7,000 breeding pairs migrating here from Africa each spring. And scientists are struggling to explain a catastrophic decline in the number of birds whose annual visits are part of our folklore.
Every baby is a star in its proud parents' eyes, but celebrities certainly like to give theirs the red-carpet treatment from the moment they're born. When it comes to creating a nursery, nothing but the best will do and no luxurious detail is overlooked, whether it's furniture embellished with glittering crystals, elaborate fantasy murals, or exquisite hand-built furniture. Singer Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z reportedly spent around £1 million kitting out three nurseries in their various homes for daughter Blue Ivy Carter, born last month. As well as a miniature pink bath, studded with 45,000 Swarovski crystals, and a matching high chair (£10,000), they're also said to have a solid gold rocking horse as one of their daughter's first toys. “It's certainly not unusual for those with wealth and status to opt for the wow factor,” says Lizzie Mackey, senior designer at nursery boutique Dragons of Walton Street, which boasts many celebrity clients. “One of my favourite nurseries had a cot upholstered to resemble a fluffy cloud, with drapes hung with crystal droplets to replicate rain drops, and we created a mural to resemble a glowing pink sunrise and sky. It cost around £90,000. ”. The company furnished a nursery for singer Lily Allen, whose daughter, Ethel Mary, was born in November.