Tories’ uni lives captured by Channel 4

first_imgA drama about David Cameron and Boris Johnson’s time at Oxford University has been commissioned by Channel 4.The programme will focus on the pair’s controversial membership of the notorious Bullingdon Club in the late 1980s. The Club is famous for its excessive drinking sessions where members often trash venues and then offer large sums of money to pay for the damage.“Everyone has seen the famous Bullingdon Club picture, but this film goes behind the scenes to find out what Oxford was really like for David Cameron and Boris Johnson,” said director John Dower.“We have talked to those who knew them at the time to document the roots of the two men at the forefront of the current recovery of the Tory party.”The film is to be broadcast on More4 in autumn. The timing of the broadcast, in the run-up to an election, has attracted criticism from Tory MPs who are concerned it may influence voters. Philip Davies, a member of the House of Commons Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, said the timing of the programme left Channel 4 open to “accusations they are pursuing an agenda”. Cameron will be played by Cambridge graduate Jonny Sweet, a relatively unknown comedy actor who has appeared in cult comedy “The Inbetweeners” and who took his one man show “Mostly About Arthur” to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. The part of Boris Johnson is to be played by Christian Brassington, who previously played an undergraduate Tony Blair in the 2006 television drama “Tony Blair: Rock Star”.last_img read more

Mountain Mama: How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

first_imgDear Mountain Mama:I’m writing to you about fear. A week before kayaking I make plans and am excited. Then the doubts set in. My mind thinks of all the holes, undercuts, and hazards on a river and magnifies them. I visualize my head thrashing around, banging against rocks and my roll failing.All of a sudden the stack of laundry becomes pressing, and I think about how much I need to get some cardio in or go for a ride. “You’re too tired to kayak well.” My stomach churns on the way to the river, and I silently rehearse excuses for running shuttle instead of paddling.I fought fear. I ignored it. Nothing worked, so eventually I stopped paddling. But I missed the intoxication of nailing a perfect line and chatting with other paddlers in eddies.So I’ve started kayaking again. All that nervous chatter has resumed. How can I make all that noise stop?Yours, Anxious PaddlerDear Anxious Paddler:I had the privilege to attend Elizabeth Gilbert’s reading of her book Eat, Pray, Love and she spoke about her acceptance of fear.She compared the start of every new creative endeavor to a road trip and recognized that fear comes along. But she lay downs the law. “Oh I know, fear, you won’t shut your mouth. Talk all you want, but you’re not going to have a say in anything. You’re not going to touch the radio dial. You’re not even going to pick any of the snacks.”Fear comes along on my paddling trips too. And fear is like my toddler — the more I try to ignore it, the louder and more insistent fear becomes.So I decided to test out Elizabeth Gilbert’s tactic of acknowledging fear and creating healthy boundaries about the role it was going to play when I went to this year’s Boater Chic Fest.I’d been telling myself paddling and working and parenting were too much to balance. I’d stepped back my paddling, and like you, I missed getting out on the river. I signed up for the Cheoah clinic despite fear and his cousin, doubt, whispering in both ears. That night I had difficulty sleeping, imagining the water cascading over Bear Creek Falls.The next day I met dozens of friendly women, and we spent the ride to the put-in telling stories and laughing. Several paddlers volunteered to lead less experienced paddlers down. They clapped and whistled for us when we styled a boof. Their smiling faces greeted us at the end of every rapid.The biggest lesson I learned at this year’s festival had nothing to do with paddle strokes or boat handling. On the way to the put-in we talked about books we read and yoga studios, rivers we wanted to paddle and the brownie cookies we’d brought to snack on at the take-out. As we paddled we pointed out turtles, butterflies, herons, dragonflies, and, snakes. On the drive back to camp, we looked up their animal meanings and joked about which animal we most closely resembled.Between swapping stories and laughing with new friends, I was reminded that if fear is going to be a passenger on my paddling road trips, that I should make an extra effort to invite some other more positive voices too. And this year’s Boater Chic Fest introduced me to lots of great women who love to boat. There are few weekends where I return home and immediately mark off my calendar for the event the following year. Boater Chic Fest is one of them!Fear is always going to be part of your boating equation. Anxious Paddler, lessen fear’s input by surrounding yourself with fun paddling partners and find some other subjects to chat about on the way to the river.Paddle On!Mountain Mamakayaking-group-womenlast_img read more

Ghana FA to determine future of GHPL by May 5

first_imgThe Ghana FA has been given a May 5 deadline by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide whether or not the Ghana Premier League will continue or it will be annulled in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.The directive was carried in a letter written by CAF to all its member associations on Tuesday and it stated that replies needed to be given by May 5 to give CAF enough time to plan for football later this calendar year.Portions of the letter said:”We would appreciate receiving a reply by the 5th of May, 2020, in order to enable us to design a plan for the organization of our interclub competitions be it through competition or annulment.”CAF is closely monitoring the situation with the stakeholders to know when our interclub competition would resume which would help to determine to what extent we can be flexible with the teams engagement for next season.”Once we determine the date we are able to resume footballing activities, we would advise you when the leagues must be completed and concessions that would be made with regards to names submission, player registration and date next season will commence.”The Ghanaian league has been on suspension since March 15 and several other leagues on the continent have also been frozen due to the pandemic.On the continental level, the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup have also been put on hold.last_img read more