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CITY VIEWS: WHAT WILL ONE NEW CHANGE MEAN FOR THE CITY?

first_img whatsapp Tags: NULL KCS-content Thursday 28 October 2010 8:05 pm CITY VIEWS: WHAT WILL ONE NEW CHANGE MEAN FOR THE CITY? whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Share MARK WEBSTER | BT“It means I won’t have to spend my weekends shopping, as I can do it all in my lunch break. It’s interesting to see such a large project in these economic times, but from the crowds today it seems like it will be used.”JANDRE ELS | REDSTONE“It’s quite a nice building. I work nearby and I will probably be shopping here quite often. I think more City workers rather than tourists will come here, as it’s not quite on the tourist trail. It’s a bit far from the West End.”ABHIJEET KELKAR | TECH MAHINDRA“It’s good for central London generally. Hopefully it can drag in the customers in the run-up to Christmas. However, I think they will have to advertise more to get shoppers from further afield to travel here.” Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Val Demings holds first town hall meeting

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Congresswomen Val Demings leads panel discussion on healthcareBy Frank TorresCongresswoman Val Demings was in Dr. Phillips on Sunday afternoon to host a town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and to look at the possibilities 10th District constituents might face after the Republican majority begins their overhaul of the controversial legislation in the coming months. The event produced more questions than answers of what healthcare could look like after a replacement is put in place.The event featured a panel discussion led by Demings that included representatives from three major health care organizations in the region, including Michael Griffin from Adventist Health Systems which includes Florida Hospital, Jason Altmire from Florida Blue and Anne Packham from the Primary Care Access Network.Each of them reflected on the history of the ACA in the state in recent years with Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature kicking back funds to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, which they say are raising premiums to cover the cost of the uninsured who show up for treatment at their emergency rooms.They also reported on what they were hearing from policyholders since President Donald Trump and the GOP majority began exploring alternatives to put in place last month.“People are scared that after the last election of losing coverage.” said Packham, about consumers who showed up during the most recent enrollment period.A Q&A session took place after the opening discussion with attendees being allowed to voice their concerns and ask the panel questions. Most of the interactions were friendly with the only complaints coming from constituents that already believed the cost of care was too high.Many of them asked what replacements could be put in place.“I have told my colleagues across the aisle that if they have a better plan to show us the plan.” said Demings “It is about access to health care and we have not seen a plan yet.”Use this link to read more… Please enter your comment! From what I am reading it is not so much Trump that is wanting to get rid of the ACA now, it is the two “cheese heads” from Wisconsin that want to ax the ACA and without a replacement program (Paul Ryan and Scott Walker)! Please enter your name here TAGSAffordable Care ActObamacareRepresentative Val Demings Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleSurvival training coming to Apopka Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom February 27, 2017 at 8:51 pm Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 center_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Viral e-mail campaign boosts traffic to The Breast Cancer Site

first_img Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Howard Lake | 8 November 2004 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Hitwise UK reports that a viral e-mail campaign has resulted in a dramatic increase in traffic during October 2004 for the Breast Cancer Site, one of the click to give versions of the Hunger Site.The site almost doubled its market share in Hitwise’s Health & Medical – Organisations category to 6% between 30 September and 7 October 2004. It jumped 1,496 positions out of all sites tracked by Hitwise during October; from 2,225 for the week ending 25 September, to 729 for the week ending 23 October 2004.It remained well over the 5% mark during the remainder of the month, peaking at 11.4% on 21 October. Hitwise UK say that the site currently claims more than 8% market share. Advertisement Viral e-mail campaign boosts traffic to The Breast Cancer Site AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Barnardos in Ireland sees income drop 12 per cent

first_imgBarnardos in Ireland sees income drop 12 per cent Tagged with: Ireland Research / statistics  30 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Fundraising income for Barnardos in Ireland fell from €8.5 million in 2009 to €7.5 million in 2010, according to the charity’s latest annual report.The annual report also showed how difficult trading has been for Barnardos with their shops operation losing nearly €50,000 on sales of €1.052 million. Total income fell from €26 million to €24 million. Barnardos received 63% of its income from the government in 2010.Barnardos said its cash income in 2010 was €5.3 million which suggests that the balance of income, just over €2 million, was in-kind support.Donations represented 22% of total income in 2010, shops 4.4% and trusts 9%. Barnardos continues to receive significant funding from the One Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies.The cost of generating income fell from €3.5 million to €3.2 million between 2009 and 2010.Barnardos says that its fundraising target for this year is €7 million.www.barnardos.ie Howard Lake | 20 May 2012 | Newslast_img read more

Supreme Court Extends Stay Of Delhi HC Order Which Denied Extension Of Interim Bail To Undertrials

first_imgNews UpdatesSupreme Court Extends Stay Of Delhi HC Order Which Denied Extension Of Interim Bail To Undertrials LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 Dec 2020 7:56 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has extended the stay of the order of the Delhi High Court denying further extension of interim bails granted to undertrials, till the next the date of hearing.A bench comprising of Justice L. Nageswara Rao, Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Ajay Rastogi posted the case for hearing on 21st January 2021.On October 20, 2020, the Delhi High Court had observed that there shall be…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has extended the stay of the order of the Delhi High Court denying further extension of interim bails granted to undertrials, till the next the date of hearing.A bench comprising of Justice L. Nageswara Rao, Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Ajay Rastogi posted the case for hearing on 21st January 2021.On October 20, 2020, the Delhi High Court had observed that there shall be no extension of interim bails granted to undertrials involved in heinous crimes. It had directed that, for 2318 undertrials involved in heinous crimes, who were granted interim bail by the District Courts, there shall be no further extension of interim bails under the orders of this Court. (Schedule for surrender in phased manner has been prescribed). 356 prisoners granted interim bail by the High Court, were directed to surrender before the concerned jail superintendent(s) on 13th November, 2020.A special leave petition was filed against this by the National Forum On Prison Reform. On October 29th, the Apex Court Court had ordered that the above directions, contained at point no. (i), (ii) and (iv) of para 7 of the High court order shall be stayed until the next date of hearing.Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves and Advocates Ajay Verma, Ritu Kumar, Harini Raghupathy, Ankita Wilson and Satya Mitra appeared for the Petitioner Forum while AoR Chirag M. Shroff (for Respondents)Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute attempts to correct gender inequality among conductors

first_imgiStock/18percentgrey(DALLAS) — In the 2019-2020 season, between Los Angeles Opera, The Dallas Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, there are 53 conductor engagements. Of those 53 conductor appearances, five will be women.“Historically speaking, it’s a man on the podium leading an orchestra,” said Lisa Bury, Dallas Opera’s chief advancement and strategy officer. “There have been women, and very successful women, but the vast majority have been male, and in an era, i.e. the 21st century, it’s time as an industry to collectively improve the ratio and work together to achieve gender parity at the podium.”That’s why Dallas Opera founded the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, a two-week residency for about a half dozen conductors and, now, administrators, which culminates in a concert attended by members of the public as well as officials, agents and managers.This year, the conductor fellows are Jane Kim, Marta Kluczyńska, Tiffany Chang, Tamara Dworetz, Molly Turner and Madeline Tsai. The participating administrators are Suzanne Vinnik, Kristen Bigham and Beverly Love. The showcase concert is on Saturday night.The residency started five years ago and provides intensive training for experienced conductors who apply and are selected as well as contacts to key people in the opera industry. Even so, it took some time to gain interest for applications at first.“The first year we had to really, really advertise a lot and find advocates because the general consensus in the field was that there were no women conductors,” said David Lomeli, a Mexican tenor who is now the director of artistic administration at Dallas.When they did find strong candidates, Lomeli said, many women were unsure whether they should apply, telling him they didn’t know if they were ready. So Lomeli set about personally calling and recruiting women — “very similar to the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ scene,” he added — to apply.One of them was Lidiya Yankovskaya, who’d spent almost a decade working with smaller budget organizations.She ultimately decided to apply in 2014.“I felt that I had the experience,” she said, “but didn’t have the connections or the know-how to navigate the industry.”The Hart Institute, which now gets around 100 applications a year, provides a series of master classes for artistic training, “but that is only a portion of the training they receive,” Ian Derrer, Dallas Opera’s general director and CEO, told ABC News.The fellows also receive training in the business of conducting, including “how’s your networking, how’s your social media presence, how’s your career strategy,” according to Lomeli. They provide that, he said, “because we want them to be employed.” To that end, they also produce videos of the showcase that the women can use in future applications.The training also does not end after those two weeks. The institute maintains an alumni network and counsels them “on fees, which agent they should go with, should they take this booking over another booking, when should they plan a pregnancy, and we can work with managers on scheduling,” and so on, Lomeli added.But Dallas is also “always looking at ways to integrate alumni,” Derrer said. And that’s how French-American conductor Elizabeth Askren comes in. She was a fellow at the Hart Institute in 2016 and invited back this year to serve as faculty.“There’s such a follow-up and a dedication to the fellows that I think is really stellar and unique,” she said, noting that she was also invited to come back to Dallas Opera as an assistant conductor for a mainstage production of “La boheme” and as a guest conductor for a family concert.This year, she told ABC News, she’s excited to give skill-oriented pointers, especially to younger colleagues who haven’t had much experience in opera, which is common for women.“Because I’ve been through what they’re going through and I’ve sat in their seat,” she added, “I can also understand what they might be going through psychologically.”Since the Hart Institute’s founding five years ago, Derrer said, the percentage of women conducting at top-tier U.S. opera companies has risen to about 14% from 4%.“I think mostly it’s prejudice,” Lomeli said about opera’s general lack of gender equity in musical leadership. “The amount of mediocre men that are out there trying out, figuring it out and getting podium time — and sometimes very important podium time — just so they learn, is accepted. But it’s not accepted if a woman is not Jackie Robinson right away at the first at-bat.”The people ABC News spoke with all pointed to the predominately male makeup of opera companies’ administrative leadership, boards of directors and major donors.“The people who are making decisions in organizations are male, and there’s male leadership on the podium — you know, change takes time,” Bury said.And then there are financial questions. Operas are expensive and companies have said they’re lacking in funding, especially with lower ticket sales as younger generations fail to tune in.“No opera house can afford to have a production that’s a flop,” Yankovskaya said. “That means that everybody is always being as safe and as careful as possible in ensuring that those productions are as great as possible. Well, when we’re being careful and safe, we tend to also go with what we know.”Yankovskaya said this also contributes to the dearth of nonwhite conductors. But “once you have one, it helps others,” she said, noting Gustavo Dudamel is helping open the door for Hispanic conductors and Marin Alsop for women.Perhaps younger generations would tune in if opera started reflecting the more gender-equal realities of the 21st century. Bury said the Dallas public has been eager to donate to help the Hart Institute carry on its work, and Lomeli pointed to the attention — from both the public and other institutions — the company gets because of the program.“Unfortunately or fortunately, [other opera companies] haven’t seen that our model can be extremely successful,” he said. “We get constantly publicized by mainstream media because we’re different, we’re special, and we’re relevant today in a world where the forces of evil and good — as I say — are battling really badly. We want to play for ‘The Avengers.’”The situation for female conductors “is changing, slowly but surely,” Askren said. Derrer said Dallas and the Hart Institute have become a resource for other companies looking to hire women.Still, the excuse perpetuates that there just aren’t women conducting.“If somebody says that they can’t find [women conductors], that makes me wonder where it is that they’ve looked,” Bury said. “There are women conductors at every music conservatory across this country.”“I would say, ‘Call The Dallas Opera and they’ll be happy to show you to scores of very talented and capable conductors who will be happy to do the project they’re looking for.’ I think that’s absolutely hogwash,” Askren said.By increasing female leadership at the podium, Derrer said, more people will see women as leaders in the music industry and beyond, and “that fact alone is a major thing.” Those women can then move upwards, become leaders within companies, and bring even more change.But more than that, by bringing more women to podiums, audiences get to not miss out on quality musical interpretation.“I have seen magical nights in the concerts of the Hart when you see women leading 80 people in the orchestra and the singers and just making our audience wild, and it was not because they were women. It was because they were incredible, capable leaders and musicians,” Lomeli said.“In Mexico, where I grew up, women didn’t have even the chance to say what they wanted to say artistically, ever,” he said. “So it’s a very dear cause for me to maybe pay back a little bit to my abuela what she couldn’t do when she wanted to be a musician. Maybe now, we are preventing that and maybe helping another person and making their dreams come true.”As for Yankovskaya, since attending Hart five years ago, she’s become the music director of the Chicago Opera Theater.“Unfortunately,” she said, “I’m currently the only female music director of any multi-million dollar company in this country. Hopefully that will change, very soon.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK must listen to HR to end productivity shame

first_imgUK must listen to HR to end productivity shameOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A joint report by the CBI and TUC published last week says productivity ofthe UK’s companies is lagging behind other European countries. The UKProductivity Challenge shows that France and Germany are 20 per cent moreproductive. This is a dreadful indictment of UK plc. Our workforce is poorly trained and managed compared with that of ourcompetitors. UK firms have worse people management practices, and fail toimplement team working or involve staff. The UK invests too little in technologyand innovation. Many workers lack even basic literacy or numeracy skills. Ourschools are failing, managers are failing and successive governments arefailing. The study calls for an independent audit of working practices to provideevidence of links between best practice and productivity. But recent researchlinks strong HR practices to high company performance. How many more times mustthe case be made before firms take it seriously? The Government clearly has a huge role to play, for example, in offering taxincentives for companies to invest in training and technology, especially inthe SME sector. John Philpott, the CIPD’s chief economist, supports government proposals fora joint CBI and TUC working party. This is not a bad idea, but it’s a bit likerounding up the usual suspects. As Philpott points out, the solution to our low productivity is to spreadpeople management practices that encourage staff commitment. No prizes for guessing who is best qualified to do that: any solution to theproductivity problem must involve the HR profession and its leadership. By Noel O’Reilly Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Purplebricks – Berenberg slashes target price by over 80%

first_imgCould this be a Friday nightmare for Purplebricks? Berenberg has today taken a huge swipe at the business, saying that, “With slowing growth and accelerating cash burn we believe the group risks being forced to raise additional equity (at a significant discount to last summer’s 360p raise) or reduce marketing spend and abandon the Australian and US operations.”Berenberg cut its price target from 470p to 80p and downgraded the stock from a buy to sell rating. It said slowing growth in Purplebricks’ core UK market and mounting losses in the US and Australia had revealed the limitations of its upfront fee model.Following the news, Purplebricks’ shares dropped by over 10 per cent to 122.6p this morning, rising slightly to 128 at midday.Some reports say that the lack of confidence in Purplebricks is largely due the fact that it has recently lost two key executives.Berenberg said that estate agents have endured a challenging past few years – something that traditional estate agencies would agree with.“The changing affordability dynamics in the UK housing market have resulted in a contracting fee pool as the secondary market has stagnated,” the broker said.“Alongside general market weakness, the emergence of the online/hybrid model has placed additional pressure on fees. We do not anticipate a material reversal of these fortunes in the short term, and forecast the transactional fee pool to continue to decline by 1% per annum.”Purplebricks Purplebricks downgraded Purplebricks target price Berenberg April 5, 2019Grant LeonardWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks – Berenberg slashes target price by over 80% previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks – Berenberg slashes target price by over 80%Analyst suggests Purplebricks may need to take drastic action amid slowing growth and accelerating cash-burn.Sheila Manchester5th April 201903,169 Viewslast_img read more

Assistant Professor

first_imgClinician InvestigatorDivision of Adolescent MedicineThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department ofPediatrics seeks a Clinician Investigator to join the faculty inthe Division of Adolescent Medicine at the rank of Instructor,Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor. The position willinvolve providing direct patient care during four half-day sessionsin the Johns Hopkins Chronic Fatigue Clinic each week. For thefirst three years, the remaining 60% of time will be protected foracademic work (research, administrative, and educationalactivities). Academic support includes access to a wide range ofcareer development programs and services, including 20 hours ofepidemiological and biostatistics research consultation serviceseach year. The candidate must be BC/BE in Pediatrics orMedicine-Pediatrics, and interested in working with adolescents andyoung adults with chronic health impairments that include myalgicencephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), orthostaticintolerance, and joint hypermobility spectrum disorders, includingEhlers-Danlos syndrome. The successful candidate will work with awell-established clinician investigator in the care of thisunder-served population of patients. This is an opportunity to joina nationally recognized group in a dynamic academicenvironment.Required to have M.D. and specialty training in Pediatrics orMedicine/Pediatrics. Fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine,clinical research training, and prior experience working with thispatient population are preferred.In order to be considered the following materials are required tobe submitted online via interfolio by clicking the “apply now”button: The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Cover letterCVLetter of reference (2)last_img read more

Old Stagers: The Kiss

first_imgAn ex-girlfriend, after the odd tête-à-tête, revealed to me that the first man she had ever kissed was now acting in the play in which we were both performing. My co- star. Not best pleased, I watched the two cavorting on stage (and increasingly enjoying themselves, I thought) and eventually asked my director to cut the scene from the script. ‘It’s not really necessary,’ I claimed, ‘it’s making obvious what should be felt as a undertone. And, well, they look really awkward.’ The last part wasn’t true. Worried though I was, our relationship lasted past the final curtain, since she could separate her acting from her life rather better than I gave her credit for. But the first part may have held some water. The Stage Kiss is usually the most sexually explicit action to take place on stage. Equus aside, most productions don’t go in for full-on nudity or sex; it gives the game away, reveals something that should be intimate, private. In Edward II, which was recently performed in Oxford, Gaveston’s affair with Edward is referred to obliquely using the snide comments of peers and the tearful lamentations of Isabella. At first the audience take these treacheries and tears with a pinch of salt – a king and his male courtier having an affair? Surely not! But add a kiss, and any ambiguities are lost. These people are clearly shagging. And this is about as explicit as we’re going to see. The kiss then does what any action in a play does; it reveals, makes explicit, adds to our understanding of the characters, and their relationships. But very directly. The onstage kiss is overt, removing any subtlety. When we see two characters brushing lips, we rarely imagine anything beyond the obvious. The passion can be varied, the location, even the length – but just as in real life the kiss is, to an observer, an entirely one- dimensional act. It’s a kind of shorthand for: ‘Yes, they like each other.’ This can be potent. A character coming upon two other characters kissing can be led down all sorts of erroneous paths by the cackling spectre of misinterpretation. But more often the Stage Kiss is little more than soft porn to spice up the action. Directors use the kiss as something shocking and visually explicit to rouse the audience’s interest. To see a play where the writer, or director, feels he can do without a kiss is rare; it can be conducive to a fuller and more complex picture. Without the obvious, our various interpretations of the subtle can blossom. What’s more, I won’t have to worry any more about of my girlfriends and their onstage romances.By Timothy Sherwinlast_img read more

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