How can opera get out of its hole?

One involves the import of packages from countries such as Moldova, which maintain a national operatic establishment prepared to tour outwith EU legislation and union restrictions, performing six times a week on fees viable only because of rates of exchange favourable to the British impresarios. Opera Holland Park perform Verdi's Luisa Miller, starring Anne Sophie Duprels (Photo: ALASTAIR MUIR) Such companies have a real following and bring live large-scale opera at moderate prices to towns that Read more [...]

Koala Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ by Australia’s Queensland

Sydney:  Australia's Queensland state will list the koala as a "vulnerable species" throughout the northeastern region, saying urban expansion, car accidents and dog attacks were threatening the much-loved furry animal. "Everybody loves the koala and we must do everything in our power to protect the koala now and into the future," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today of the tree-dwelling marsupial.Koalas are already listed as vulnerable in south-east Queensland, Read more [...]

Koalas to be listed as vulnerable species across Queensland

Updated May 31, 2015 14:14:11 Australia's iconic marsupial mascot the koala will soon be listed as a "vulnerable species" across all of Queensland in a move that will bring renewed focus to their plight.The State Government has accepted a recommendation by the Species Technical Committee, an independent panel of scientists, to lift the conservation status of the koala.It will mean greater scrutiny for potential impacts on koala populations Read more [...]

Frankenstein’s bolthole: Peaceful riverside retreat where author Mary Shelley …

Albion House in Marlow is where Mary Shelley completed 'Frankenstein'Mary married Percy in 1816 and secured a 21-year lease on the houseBut they only stayed there for one year as they were fond of travellingShelley Lodge, Grade II listed house, is for sale with Savills for £995,000 By Brian Claridge For The Mail On Sunday Published: 21:09 GMT, 30 May 2015 | Updated: 22:32 GMT, 30 May 2015 Read more [...]

Blatter raises prospect of “personal visits” to FIFA sponsors in bruising …

Sepp Blatter today raised the prospect of personal visits to placate sponsors by top FIFA officials, as he endured the latest of many grillings by European media on the first day of his fifth term as FIFA President. Asked how worried he was about sponsors - six of whom contributed $708.5 million (£478 million/€650 million) to FIFA over the 2011-14 World Cup cycle - deserting football, Blatter gave an Read more [...]

Rival port seeks a slice of Southampton’s lucrative American trade

LIVERPOOL is fighting to steal Southampton's title as the country's premier cruise port - urging cruise bosses to move routes to the Mersey. The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said he has spoken with Cunard about relocating their links to New York after almost 100 years of the ships travelling between Southampton and the United States. It is the latest development in the ‘cruise wars’ between the two ports. As previously reported Liverpool Council announced plans Read more [...]

Travel: in Bamberg the beer is marvellous and the Renaissance buildings beautiful

Bamberg City Hall, Germany Germans can be too polite for their own good. I was taking a stroll along the idyllic Regnitz River that meanders through the beautiful medieval town of Bamberg in northern Bavaria. It was one of those magical April mornings; dappled sunlight was sparkling on the water and the air was full of twittering birdsong. I should have been full of the joys of spring but was feeling strangely nervous. The Read more [...]

Anthony Jennings: More of town’s listed buildings

Bourne Preservation Society UGC My last three columns were about the listed buildings in West Street, South Street and North Street. This month I need to tackle Abbey Road, the fourth main street, and also to cover the rest of central Bourne. In the case of Abbey Road I can’t focus on listed buildings as before, because it has only one that merits that status. Even so, the road is not without some interest. Starting Read more [...]

Listed building in Fishergate Hill flats plan

Looking down Fishergate Hill Pic: Tony Worrall A listed town house in Fishergate Hill is to be converted into flats. Former offices at Number 10 have seen plans tabled to become four flats within the conservation area. Plans from NW Lettings, based in West Cliff, would not affect the exterior of the building. In their planning statement they write: “The principle of the proposal is to retain the historic character of the existing building, whilst making the necessary internal alterations Read more [...]

English manor listed for $12 million, roof not included

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