Plymouth Mega Ride http://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 10:34:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/favicon.jpg Plymouth Mega Ride http://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/ 32 32 ‘Dune’ and ‘The Matrix’ show how science fiction lost its way https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/dune-and-the-matrix-show-how-science-fiction-lost-its-way/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 10:04:39 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/dune-and-the-matrix-show-how-science-fiction-lost-its-way/

When politics or the economy don’t give much reason to celebrate, Americans turn to the screen. The 1930s demanded effervescent spectacles that kept us laughing through the Depression. The 1970s yielded a new kind of thriller that mirrored the paranoia of the post-Vietnam era. Recent decades have seen an explosion of science fiction and fantasy. With the audiences for adult drama shrinking, superheroes, spaceships, and monsters rule.

That shift helps explain the buzz about two releases this fall. Dune is the first installment of a third attempt at Frank Herbert’s classic novel, which has already been filmed once as a feature and once as a TV miniseries. The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth installment in a franchise that helped kick off the trend. 

There’s a problem, though: Both films look terrible. It’s not entirely fair to judge by previews, but the directors’ other work suggests they’ll be technically accomplished, crushingly loud, deeply serious, and utterly boring. 

The material isn’t the issue. Often derided as kids’ stuff, imaginative genres help us think through situations and aesthetics that would otherwise seem ludicrous. Like musicals, another genre that’s enjoyed a recent renaissance, science fiction is not bound by the laws of physics or logic. That’s a realm worth exploring, rather than dismissing. 

Instead, the problem lies in the transformation of science fiction and its cousins into the kind of seamless confection they were once pitted against. Once the genre where anything could happen, science fiction now tends to the high budget, high technique, and infinitesimally low risk. The result has all the defects of the genre, including flat characterization and absurd dialogue, with few of the rewards.    

In the 1960s, critic Manny Farber described the tension through a contrast between “white elephant” and “termite” art. The “white elephant” represents coherence. Every image, sound, and performance is supposed to fit, producing a work comparable to the 19th century masterpieces of European painting and literature. It’s easy to find these qualities in middlebrow prestige dramas. But Farber also found them in the period’s fashionable auteurs, such as Francois Truffaut, whose superficially unconventional style concealed a mania for order.

Termite art evades this sort of control. Whether because it’s produced cheaply, the actors are cashing in, or the challenges exceed the director’s technical abilities, “”Termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art,” Farber explained, “goes always forward eating its own boundaries, and, like as not, leaves nothing in its path other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.” As the name suggests, termite art is always at risk of collapse under its own weight.

Farber’s defense of the chaotic, incompetent, and offbeat was part of the then-controversial appreciation for B-movies and genres film that he shared with critics like Pauline Kael. But it also explains the way economic and technological change have sucked the life out of genres where termites once flourished.

Take the new Dune. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who’s led a string of acclaimed SF and fantasy production, it’s something of a do-over from David Lynch’s 1984 version. While the producers expected a rival to Star Wars, Lynch turned in an epic of weirdness that combined elements of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed production a decade early with Lynch’s own distinctive vision. Released in an expurgated version the director disavowed, the film was both an economic and critical disaster.

Longer cuts released later fix some of the problems in exposition and structure. Even without these changes, though, Lynch’s Dune is an unintentional masterpiece of termite art. Much of the cast seems not to understand the meaning of their lines — or even what movie they’re in. That’s perfect, though, for a film that’s partly about the boundary between reality and dreams — a boundary blurred by the characters copious consumption of hallucinogenic “spice.” Like other Lynch films, Dune works better as an experience than a story.

Lynch also created an aesthetic that increases the audience’s discomfort (in a good way). The sets, costumes, and makeup effects for mutated characters were unusual in their ability to convince the audience that action occurs in a world not our own. That includes departures from the source material, which angered some fans. In Lynch’s versions, the evil Harkonnen clan appears to subsist on bloodlike purple juice that flows through the veins of their minions. It’s not in the source material, among other departures that angered fans. Who cares — it’s delightfully bizarre. 

At least in trailers, the new Dune promises none of these qualities. Monumental, gritty, and obsessively faithful to Herbert’s byzantine plot, it’s the coherent synthesis of form and matter Lynch couldn’t deliver. For just that reason, though, it has little to offer anyone who’s not already attached to the premise. Early reviews express disappointment in this “lifeless spice opera” on a “comically massive scale.”  

The Matrix, on the other hand, has always been white elephant art. The 1999 original was applauded for a premise borrowed from dorm room philosophy and a slick look influenced by video games and Hong Kong action films. Those very qualities, though, left it airless, as every scene and shot was stylized into something approaching abstraction. 

Lynch’s Dune can be compared to termites trying to chew their way out of the imposing but flimsy structures that contain them. Watching The Matrix is like being drawn into a sensory deprivation chamber. That is not inconsistent with the gnostic conceit that drives the plot, but create an exhausting yet paradoxically forgettable experience. The most memorable element is Hugo Weaving’s termite performance as Agent Smith, one of the only hints of humor in the otherwise dreary enterprse. 

Directors are not entirely to blame for burgeoning white elephant tendencies, which are exacerbated by expectation of endless sequels and spinoffs. In addition to huge budgets that make it harder to justify creative experiments, technological improvements offer a level of aesthetic control that evaded past filmmakers. The defects of write elephant art, Farber argues, are attempts to “1) frame the action with an overall pattern, 2) install every event, character, situation in a frieze of continuities, and 3) treat every inch of the screen … as a potential area for prizewinning creativity.” In addition to the economic incentives to build a franchise, green screens, digital footage, and postproduction manipulation make these sins hard to resist. 

But awesome shots, A-list casts, and cohesive artistic vision come at the expense of discomfiting qualities that once lent science fiction unlikely power. In Lipstick Traces, a volume best described as a spiritual history of punk rock, critic Greil Marcus mines pop culture ephemera for hints of the disorder and violence lurking beneath the surface of modern life. Among other examples, he unearths Quatermass and the Pit (released in the U.S. as Five Million Years to Earth), a 1967 British movie that has something to do with Martians who colonized Earth in the distant past. He describes watching with genuine horror as the plot culminates in sheer, uncontrollable anarchy that evades both the narrative and technical limits of the low-budget production.

Moments like this, where the stuffing of the film bursts out of own constraints, revealing more than its creators ever intended, are rare in today’s technically accomplished, deeply serious, and utterly boring spectacles. The termites survive in duds, bombs, and forgotten one-offs like Dark City (1998), which combines elements that prefigure The Matrix with themes from Five Million Years to Earth. The great exception is the unexpectedly superb Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), which managed to preserve the gonzo energy of its predecessor from the white elephant temptations of modern budget and technology. Let’s hope the forthcoming prequel doesn’t ruin that too. 

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Lovejoy Library gets a makeover, more open space | New https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/lovejoy-library-gets-a-makeover-more-open-space-new/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:30:00 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/lovejoy-library-gets-a-makeover-more-open-space-new/

Students may have seen changes happening in the Lovejoy Library. Empty shelves might seem a bit unusual for a bookcase, but for Lovejoy, that means big updates.

Shelly McDavid, Regional Coordinator for Access and Library Spaces and STEM Librarian, led the project.

“We deselect materials from the collection that have never circulated or have not circulated for six years. We’re essentially shrinking the collection to free up space, ”McDavid said.

McDavid said she hopes that by freeing up space on the second floor, she can create spaces that will benefit students. All remaining books on the second floor will be moved to the third floor, where brand new shelves will soon be installed. She also said the project hit cruising speed this summer and continues to be one of the library’s main goals.

“We have everyone in the library working on the deselection project, even if it’s only an hour a week, just because everyone is on deck right now,” McDavid said. “The whole library is in some ways getting a makeover.”

By removing the fireplaces, McDavid said she hopes to flood the second floor with natural light and beautiful views. She said that since Lovejoy is centrally located near the MUC, it should look like the Student Library, a nice functional hub on campus. She hopes to integrate other student services across campus, such as a small satellite office for the Student Success Center or a Writing Center kiosk, making the library a community space.

Isabel Lamonte, a junior computer engineering major from Belleville, Ill., Said her role was to deselect books and she was sad to see some books go missing. She was hired last summer to help with projects, but often helps out at reception or wherever needed now that the school year has started.

“We’re also going to change our shelves and make them nicer and cleaner, and possibly add more discussion or collaboration areas for groups and students. So I think it will bring a lot more good to the place, ”Lamonte said. “It’s nice to see my tuition going to better things, so I can be proud of what the campus has. “

Junior geography major Kyra Dietz, of Troy, Missouri, also worked at the library and said she enjoys her job and is excited to see what the new changes will bring to the library.

“I took out some 1950s books that were barely touched and put them in a box and stamped the box with ‘Lovejoy withdrawal’,” Dietz said. “I I always feel so bad about the volume of my tape when I’m

work on the boxes because the library is supposed to be silent. But I love it here, I’m already like, ‘Sign me up for the next semester.’ ”

Librarians and hardworking students have said they hope that by the next fall semester, the project will be completed.

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Verstappen receives three grid-place penalty for Hamilton crash RaceFans https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/verstappen-receives-three-grid-place-penalty-for-hamilton-crash-racefans/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 16:45:03 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/verstappen-receives-three-grid-place-penalty-for-hamilton-crash-racefans/

Max Verstappen was assessed a three grid-place penalty for the next race for causing a collision with Lewis Hamilton.

The Red Bull driver will serve the sentence at the Russian Grand Prix.

Stewards ruled that Verstappen was “primarily to blame” for the collision.

“Car 44 [Hamilton] came out of the stands, ”they noted. “Car 33 [Verstappen] was in the main straight. At the 50m sign before the first turn, car 44 was significantly ahead of car 33. Car 33 braked late and started to move alongside car 44, although at no time in the sequence was car 33 only moves just behind the front wheel of car 44.

“During the hearing, the driver of car 33 claimed that the cause of the incident was that the driver of car 44 opened the steering after the first turn and ‘squeezed’ it to the top. from the second corner. The driver of car 44 claimed that the driver of car 33 attempted to overtake very late and should have abandoned the turn either by backing up earlier or by turning left behind the curb.

“The marshals observed in CCTV footage that the driver of car 44 was driving an avoidance line, although his position caused car 33 to pull onto the sidewalk. But in addition, the stewards observed that car 33 was not at all beside car 44 until significantly into the entry into the first corner. In the opinion of the stewards, this maneuver was attempted too late for the driver of car 33 to have “the right to the race hall”.

“While car 44 could have pulled away from the curb to avoid the incident, the stewards determined its position to be reasonable and therefore concluded that the driver of car 33 was primarily responsible for the incident.

“Coming to the penalty, the stewards emphasize that they only considered the incident itself and not its consequences.”

Verstappen also received two penalty points on his license, which are his first two for the current 12-month period.

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Moffett Library’s 9/11 exhibit informs students 20 years after tragedy – The Wichitan https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/moffett-librarys-9-11-exhibit-informs-students-20-years-after-tragedy-the-wichitan/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 05:00:50 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/moffett-librarys-9-11-exhibit-informs-students-20-years-after-tragedy-the-wichitan/

In remembrance of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center two decades ago, the Moffett Library hosts a visual display of posters and memorabilia on the second floor titled “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World”.

“The New York City 9/11 Museum provided the 14 posters, but the American Library Association is promoting the 20e anniversary series to better educate students in schools and libraries about 9/11, ”said Alissa Russell, Special Collections Librarian. “Everything in the wardrobe is from our special collections and the posters are theirs – the 9/11 museum.”

The museum aims to educate and expand knowledge of the legacy of 9/11 to a younger generation. The exhibition presents the history of September 11 and its origins. Students can view archival photographs of the wreckage of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The posters contain an image of a wristwatch worn by a passenger that was recovered from the crash site of Flight 93. The date of the watch still reads 11. The museum centers the images to learn more about the September 11 beyond what young students have learned in school.

“It was definitely at school the first time I heard of 9/11. It didn’t affect me much as we continue to hear about it every year. Growing up I learned more and more, like when you are younger you don’t understand death and man-made disasters, ”said Kaitlyn Postell, freshman biology student.

The poster exhibition depicts the lasting consequences of terrorism; how lives have been changed. The posters also inspire students to think critically about the attacks from a different perspective and help students discover the historical changes it has had on our country.

“It’s a big birthday. As the title suggests, it changed the world. And the younger students don’t seem to remember it, so they don’t realize how much the world has changed overnight, ”said Russell.

The world changed that day. This exhibit attempts to answer the question: how can younger students remember when they were too small or unborn to understand what happened that day? This exhibit also sheds light on why a line was drawn and why our US intelligence services changed, before September 11 and after September 11. A new generation can explore the story that started the “war on terror”.

“I have always been a lover of history. My parents, because my mother is in the military, we have always lived all over the world. I remember Pearl Harbor. I always had this image in mind, the videos, but it was military. This [9/11] being civilians, it was shocking, ”Russell said.

The 9/11 Memories in the Moffett Library Special Collections display case consist of the September 12, 2001 issue of the Wall Street Journal front page and a commemorative page from the 2002 Wai-Kun yearbook Also included in the cabinet is a popular magazine spread over a photo of smoke billowing from the South Tower. The articles tell stories through different media, but let us find out what it has been like over the years.

“When I see photos, it’s like the Holocaust to me; it’s very sad. I hear people telling their stories when they were there, it’s very heartbreaking, even though it was so long ago, ”Postell said.

Inside the cabinet are a variety of items available in the library, including DVDs. The popular book, “Falling Towers” ​​by Jewel Parker Rhodes, is a well-known young adult novel that is making headlines across the country because of the method used to describe terrorist attacks to a younger generation. There is also a librarian’s list of recommended movies to stream on 9/11. The list includes “Worth” and “World Trade Center” both on Netflix. Other streaming movies recommended by Russell are “The Report” on Amazon Prime and “The Looming Tower” on Hulu. The memorial exhibit was put together with a special touch by Russell and can be viewed by everyone on campus.

“I have two family members who were in the military and my brother has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq twice, so this 9/11 memorial is a bit personal to me,” Russell said. “I feel like it was yesterday and I feel like it’s been 20 years sometimes. “

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Kentucky Department of Education Offers $ 100 Incentives for Vaccines to All Public School Employees https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/kentucky-department-of-education-offers-100-incentives-for-vaccines-to-all-public-school-employees/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 04:37:29 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/kentucky-department-of-education-offers-100-incentives-for-vaccines-to-all-public-school-employees/

By Tom Latek
Kentucky today

Lawmakers passed a bill banning a statewide mask mandate in schools in favor of leaving decisions to local districts in the special session that ended Thursday, but it did not addressed compulsory vaccination.

However, several members of the General Assembly have discussed the fact that companies and other entities are implementing vaccination incentives, and that is what officials in public schools are doing.

A $ 100 incentive to get vaccinated is available to full-time and part-time employees of the public school district. (photo KDE)

The Kentucky Department of Education announced that it plans to use up to $ 8.8 million in elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds to reimburse districts that have rewarded and recognized the time , the energy and effort staff took to get the vaccine.

All full-time and part-time public school district employees are eligible for a one-time vaccination incentive payment of $ 100 after being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes employees who have already been vaccinated, as well as those who will be fully vaccinated by December 1, 2021. There will be sufficient funds to reimburse districts for approximately 88,000 local school district staff.

“Getting people vaccinated is one of the main ways out of this pandemic and back into our classrooms as usual,” Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass said. “We hope this will encourage people to get vaccinated in order to protect their students, their colleagues and themselves. “

Districts must first pay employees in order to receive reimbursement from KDE. In addition, the department strongly urges local districts to consider providing additional funds corresponding to the amount provided by KDE, but financial matching is not required for districts to participate in the incentive program.

Currently, vaccine appointments are available in many locations across the state. To find a vaccination site near you, visit www.vaccines.gov. You can also text your zip code to 438829 to receive a text message with three vaccine locations near you.

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9/11 commemorative events held in Las Olas and FLL Airport – NBC 6 South Florida https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/9-11-commemorative-events-held-in-las-olas-and-fll-airport-nbc-6-south-florida/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 03:21:30 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/9-11-commemorative-events-held-in-las-olas-and-fll-airport-nbc-6-south-florida/

Events took place in South Florida on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The Veteran’s Trust and the Human Baton hosted “Tribute To America’s Heroes,” a free spectator event at Las Olas Oceanside Park and another at a 20th Anniversary event at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

“I am a detective in Fort Lauderdale, but I am wearing my NYPD shield today to honor first responders,” said Fort Lauderdale Detective Carlo Fargnoli.

September 11 has a very distinct memory for Fargnoli, who was an NYPD detective in 2001.

“I looked to my left and I could see smoke coming out of the towers,” Fargnoli said.

He found himself on Ground Zero that fateful day. The sights and sounds are still alive 20 years later.

“Smoke, steam, toxic fumes rising from the ground as we examined everything,” he said.

Fargnoli addressed the crowd ahead of the event at Las Olas.

“I would like the sacrifice of first responders, firefighters, battalion workers, medics to be never, ever forgotten,” Fargnoli said.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a remembrance ceremony was held in honor of the victims and first responders.

For FLL CEO and Aviation Director Mark Gale, the message is simple “never forget”.

“I hope as time goes by the memories don’t fade and we remember all the loved ones who perished that day,” Gale said.

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“A Jumbled Mess of Conflicting Genres” https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/a-jumbled-mess-of-conflicting-genres/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 15:54:03 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/a-jumbled-mess-of-conflicting-genres/

As a storyteller, it’s tempting to throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. Oftentimes, the combination of items is enough to make the spectacle worth watching. Even in situations where items slide down to the floor, seeing someone make a big attempt at all is enough to spark attention. And fittingly enough, director Edwin made that big attempt with his film Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash. Plenty of films have had a sincere romance at their center, and others have had elaborate martial arts. But almost none of them have tried this hard to combine the two styles. Whether the results are worthwhile, that’s another question…

At the heart of the story is Ajo Kawir (Marthino Lio), a man who has a constant urge to fight. Whether for money or just for fun, Ajo is there to stand his ground and come on top. Unsurprisingly, there is a reason for his unwavering anger: he has a serious case of erectile dysfunction. Along the way, he meets a bodyguard named Iteung (Ladya Cheryl) and soon gets into a brutal fight with her. But even with Iteung tiring him out, Ajo cannot help but spark a romantic relationship. For the first time in ages, he wants to do more than try to be the last man standing. Still, there lies an uncertain future, and that causes the lives of both Ajo and Iteung to change.

If Vengeance succeeds at anything, it’s in the ability to hook its audience early. First of all, Edwin makes his love for Hong Kong cinema clear in the combat scenes. The choreography borders on being balletic, and the camera only moves to emphasize the movement of the actors. Under no circumstances do the filmmakers render the pivotal fight between Ajo and Iteung into a total blur. In addition, it benefits a lot from its early 1990s setting. From minute one, the movie revels in its lo-fi, grainy aesthetic thanks to its use of 16mm film. And as for the music, it utilizes an electronic score that’s simple and moody at the same time.

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I wish that the filmmakers found a way to maintain that initial momentum, though. Because past the opening act, Vengeance begins to completely fall apart at the seams. While the action element never quite goes away, it starts to shift into a dark, seedy tone that fits poorly with everything preceding it. In regards to the romance, it thankfully sustains itself for a while. After all, the middle act centers around a love triangle of sorts. Still, the transition between genres is not gradual, and it only gets worse the longer it goes on. Given that its 114-minute runtime is by no means speedy, it’s clear we are in for a tedious grind.

Edwin and Eka Kurniawan’s screenplay also has a huge issue with introducing too many details as it progresses. Based on how I described the plot, it seems like Ajo and Iteung become a couple that muscles through tough events together. And yet, there is a long stretch where the two don’t interact with each other much at all. One can argue that this section intends to expand on Ajo’s struggle with his own masculinity. However, this supposed exploration provides nothing that was not already obvious in the opening. And just to make things messier, a large portion of the final act centers around a character that may or may not be a ghost.

Like most movies that are jumbled messes, it’s hard to blame any of it on the performers. Ajo calls for someone who can seamlessly move between expressing toughness and vulnerability, and Lio fits that bill admirably. Every time he takes part in a fight, he puts a ton of anger at the forefront. And for the times he tells Iteung about his impotence, his soft, boyish looks take center stage. Interestingly enough, one can say a similar thing about Cheryl. On top of being a love interest, she also has to be a nimble, unassuming fighter. And in that regard, she arguably makes a bigger impression.

I admire the filmmakers for doing their own spin on genre conventions. Furthermore, it functions as a solid proof-of-concept for Edwin as a director of Hong Kong-inspired action movies. Still, I like to think that capitalizing on potential is one of the best things a project can accomplish. And in the case of Vengeance, that is not something that seems to be under consideration. Let us hope that Edwin takes a more careful approach to craft a story in the future. – Mark Tan

Rating: 5/10

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash‘s release date has yet to be announced.



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Letters to the Editor – Dallas development, Preston Roya Library, Texas abortion law https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/letters-to-the-editor-dallas-development-preston-roya-library-texas-abortion-law/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 06:03:34 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/letters-to-the-editor-dallas-development-preston-roya-library-texas-abortion-law/

It’s in my garden

Yes, in my garden!

Another day, another opportunity for Dallas City Council to hear from its constituents. For the past 10 years, prime real estate on the corner of Forest and Nuestra has sat vacant, literally, in my backyard. Our incredible neighborhood, which runs the length of Nuestra de LBJ to Forest Lane, is one of the most culturally, ethnically and financially diverse neighborhoods in the city of Dallas, and is almost unanimously aligned in this which concerns this property.

The message to the city was undeniably and consistently “put something in our backyard!” Planned to be a library, we patiently waited for years as the money for the project slowly disappeared. Finally, former council member Jennifer Gates convened the neighborhood to ask for our opinion. In a clear voice, the neighbors responded if we cannot have our library then please sell the property with the current zoning, or to a group motivated to work with the community. Sadly, this was the last time the city seemed to listen, and now seems determined to gift this increasingly valuable property to an unapproved and unproven developer who has shown little interest in compromise.

Meanwhile, more versatile developers have lined up to work with the neighborhood and develop it with our community. It is not the voice of a loud minority against change and growth, but that of a loud majority that the city seems determined not to hear. An overwhelming 95% of the owners in the notification area for this development project have asked the city to consider more diverse options.. Our neighborhood strongly supports the growth of the city of Dallas, additional housing and development. We are asking that the elected municipal government work with the community rather than take the money and walk away.

Neil Fisher, Dallas

No to 26 apartments on 8 lots

It’s good to have an opinion, better to have the facts.

At issue, land on Forest Lane between the Dallas North toll motorway and Preston Road. Originally, the city bought the land to make it the site of a new library. The neighborhood was favorable, but the city changed its mind and left the neighborhood with a vacant lot. The city then put the land up for auction and it was bought by a developer. With it came a demand for rezoning that exceeds the basic requirements for rezoning standards and procedures in Dallas.

The current proposal that takes what is currently eight lots and turns them into 26 was rejected by the city’s zoning and planning staff as it was incompatible with the surrounding area. It is surrounded by properties that comply with the zoning in force. If the current proposal is adopted, the proposed rezoning:

–Deviating from the current R-16 zoning

–Beyond protective alliances

–Go beyond the expertise and concerns of urban planning staff

– Against ForwardDallas Global Plan

– Does not meet the minimum requirements for the proposed zoning classification

– Ignore a positive and realistic alternative

– Ignore the will of the voters.

The owners are overwhelmingly in favor of developing this property and funding the renovation of the Royal Library in Preston. Residents have also made several attempts to work with the proposed developer on alternative plans more consistent with current zoning and deed restrictions. To that end, more than 250 homeowners attended a town hall with board member Gay Willis to discuss concerns about the proposal. We’re used to working with developers to find the perfect fit for our neighborhoods, which in turn benefits the whole city. It is unfortunate that just before the council vote, we were seeing negative propaganda designed to influence those who are unaware of the facts.

Jennifer Burk, Melshire Estates, Dallas

Support rezoning and the library

In a bond election in 2006, the citizens of Dallas approved funds for a new library building for the Preston Royal branch. The library serves a large community and is very overcrowded and outdated. Today, Dallas City Council will vote on the rezoning of a property on Forest Lane to allow sale to a developer who wants to build high-end homes, not apartments. The proceeds from the sale will allow us to expand / update our library 15 years after the citizens have spoken. Please support this rezoning and this sale. The city must also put this empty land back on the tax rolls.

Ann Drees, Dallas / Preston Hollow

Caring for children

It is the height of hypocrisy for people to pretend to care and make laws to protect the health of an embryo, but not a real living and breathing child. And especially not a child who seeks refuge in our country. Or a child who is hungry and depends on food stamps to survive. Or a child who is sick and whose parents do not have insurance or the money to pay for medical care. Or a child who somehow doesn’t deserve to be protected from deadly viruses or mass shootings by citizens with arsenals of weapons and ammunition. Or a child with gender identity disorder who is on the verge of suicide.

I don’t believe for a minute that a person who does nothing at all for the latter cares an iota of an embryo the size of a grain of rice that could miscarry without the woman even knowing it.

Rachel Deering, Dallas

Texans deserve better

Does our governor take out his brain every time he opens his mouth and bounce it like a star athlete trying to score the winning goal? It certainly sounds like it with the most ridiculous and insane comments that he often makes as there will be no more rapists in Texas. He’s proven he’s never going to score the game-winning goal that puts Texas and Texans first. Texas surely deserves something, anything, better.

Linda Grigsby, Farmers Directorate

Report Viagra purchases

I have an idea. Why not make it a federal crime to buy Viagra in Texas and anyone can apply it by attacking the person at an anonymous 800 reporting line. Punishable by 16 years of house arrest until. they make abortion legal again.

Wendy Oberbreckling, Del Rey Oaks, CA

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The Tragedy of American Rural Schools https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/the-tragedy-of-american-rural-schools/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 05:39:43 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/the-tragedy-of-american-rural-schools/

By 12:30 p.m. the high school water fountains were brown and all bathrooms in the college had also stopped working, so Henderson decided to close both schools for the day. A bell rang and Ellington stepped into the damp hallways. Water splashed over his persimmons, and other boys screamed and made their way to the front of the school. When Ellington found out, he looked for his bus, but didn’t see it.

Finally, after the teens walked around the parking lot for half an hour, the manager came yelling. The district did not have enough buses to free both middle school and high school students, he explained. “Get back to your Block A class now,” the principal shouted. “Get around. Let’s go.”

Ellington walked inside, but when he reached his classroom, no other students were there.

All spring, Ellington sent SMS complaints to Henderson. His algebra class didn’t have textbooks, so he spent half the time copying equations onto loose sheets of paper. The instructor tried to enrich his classes with online homework from Khan Academy, a non-profit organization that offers free video tutorials, but Ellington did not have a computer or internet access at home. , and he didn’t know how to teach the lesson on his phone, so he didn’t finish it. When the teacher berated him, Ellington felt so embarrassed that he argued with her until she sent him to the principal’s office.

A few nights before spring break, Henderson saw Ellington at a panel discussion and got to see how overwhelmed the teenager felt. He didn’t have a science lab. He couldn’t do his homework. Even part of the school day was a waste. “I just want to get out of Holmes County,” Ellington told him.

Henderson didn’t know how long it would take him to help Ellington. He might not find a drama teacher until the end of the semester, and the district likely wouldn’t build a new school until Ellington graduates, but Henderson promised the second half of the spring semester would be better.

Two weeks later, the coronavirus reached Mississippi.

Henderson knew that Internet access was spotty in Holmes, but he had no idea how bad it was: when interviewing families in the district, he found that more than 75% of his students had no way to connect to the internet. Many teachers either.

Like all impoverished school districts, Holmes receives federal money through a program called Title I. In a normal year, Holmes officials spend an additional $ 1,000 per student on tutors and teachers. teacher assistants, but after schools were closed by the pandemic, Henderson reallocated some of those dollars to buy Chromebooks. By the end of March, he had distributed 1,300 tablets. It also turned six school buses into traveling hot spots, but the infrastructure has not reached all families. The neighborhood had 3,000 students. Some families said they had multiple kids competing to use a Chromebook, and each school bus hot spot only broadcast 100 feet, leaving much of the county without access.

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Norwich rappers on the rise of the genre in the fine city https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/norwich-rappers-on-the-rise-of-the-genre-in-the-fine-city/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 05:30:00 +0000 https://www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk/norwich-rappers-on-the-rise-of-the-genre-in-the-fine-city/

While popular hip-hop artists may be most associated with big American cities, the genre is beginning to take a life of its own here in Norwich. 

A genre developed in the United States in the 1970s, hip-hop rose to global prominence through artists such as Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Tupac.

And now Norwich is beginning to attract new artists with venues such as The Brickmakers, Waterfront and Norwich Arts Centre among the places to host the sounds of hip-hop.

Dan Watson, who goes by the name of Wattz, has been involved in the hip-hop scene since 2008 in the city. 



Dan Watson, who goes by the name of Wattz, during studio recording

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The Norwich born and bred rapper, who works as a taxi driver during the day, has recently released a new album ‘Family Ties’ dedicated to his grandparents. 


Norwich rapper Dan Watson who is also known as Wattz,. Picture: Danielle Booden


Norwich rapper Dan Watson who is also known as Wattz

– Credit: Danielle Booden

Regarding the growth of hip-hop in Norwich, he said: “We are a small city only two-and-a-half-hours from London but these days it’s easy to get music out on social media. 

“I have seen hip-hop go up and down but it is definitely growing and progressing. It is getting taken to the next level now.” 


Studio engineer Justin Brand with Wattz at NRSix Studios 


Studio engineer Justin Brand with Wattz at NRSix Studios

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Both Wattz and fellow Norwich rapper Rutendo Matsika, known as COLL, have noticed a range of people enjoying hip-hop regardless of age, gender or class. 

COLL said: “The younger audience will share about it more [online] but at live shows the crowds are really diverse.” 

He added: “I think the scene needs more of a boost compared to other bigger cities.


Rutendo Matsika, known as COLL in Norwich


Rutendo Matsika, known as COLL in Norwich

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“I always feel like we are playing catch-up. It is, however, heading in the right direction and I think more people are taking notice and taking action towards improving it.

“I think hip-hop is actually a part of our culture. If people look at the young generation especially, it has had a huge influence on fashion and social media trends.

“More people need to respect the genre and realise how it’s grown and how diverse it is now.” 

The Norwich rapper will be releasing his third mixtape ‘Blue Magic 3’ on Friday, October 1 which features local and national acts.

COLL is part of True Music which will host a hip-hop event at the Rumsey Wells pub in Norwich on September 17, starting at 8pm.

A rap for Norwich Evening News

Wattz kindly produced a rap for the Norwich Evening News on our fine city which he thought up and wrote within the space of just 90 minutes on Wednesday morning.

The lyrics for the rap in its entirety, which was later performed outside Norwich Castle, are here: 

I love my city and it’s known as a fine one,
I let them know that I’m proud of where I’m from,
I was raised here, I’ve got plans to stay here,
It’s now or never got me thinking where’s the time gone,
I love my city and I’m proud that I’m from here,
Positivity that’s remaining strong here, 
The sun’s out that means everybody’s out now,
Making up for lost time it’s been a long year,
I wrote this for the Evening News, 
A trustworthy source you best believe it’s true, 
A thank you from the people we’re needing you,
On your website daily just reading through, 
You supply us with the news everything in the region,
We appreciate you that’s from everyone reading,
East Anglia I wouldn’t change a thing here,
Norwich City that’s my city I’m not leaving!


Norwich rapper Dan Watson who is also known as Wattz,. Picture: Danielle Booden


Norwich rapper Dan Watson who is also known as Wattz

– Credit: Danielle Booden

Hip-hop recommendations from the city’s finest

COLL’s top five hip-hop albums for those who are interested in finding out more about the genre are: 

  1. Wretch 32 – Black and white 
  2. Kanye West – Donda 
  3. Jay Z – The Blueprint 3 
  4. Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap 
  5. Drake – Nothing was the same 

Wattz has also selected his top five albums which are: 

  1. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
  2.  Nas – Stillmatic
  3.  50 Cent – Get rich or die trying 
  4.  Dr Dre – 2001
  5. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Norwich rapper Dan Watson who is also known as Wattz,. Picture: Danielle Booden


Norwich rapper Dan Watson who is also known as Wattz

– Credit: Danielle Booden

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