The train from Mount Etna to the Baroque jewel of Siracusa slices through the biggest petrochemical complex in Italy, an infernal fifteen-mile Mordor of chimneys and tangled metal. The industrial fortress is almost magnificent in its hideousness. The great refineries and fertilizer plants supported an economic base of 40,000 workers in the golden years of the … [Read more...] about Even Mafia strongholds voted for the Five Star uprising in Sicily, ‘ground zero’ of economic depression
All is not rosy in Mr McGregor’s garden – and not only because in the new big screen remake of the Beatrix Potter classic, released this week, Peter Rabbit’s spade-wielding nemesis is bumped off in the opening scene. Starring the voice of James Corden as our hero, the film has been widely criticised for turning docile little Peter into a know-it-all delinquent … [Read more...] about Poor Peter Rabbit: how CGI killed our children’s favourites
Mike Brown From hero against Wales with his usual steadfastness to dropped for the last two games, Brown has been in unfamiliar territory but still has something to offer. 5 Anthony Watson With two tries against Italy, the Bath player did not maximise the chance when stepping across latterly to full-back for Brown, failing to gather Johnny Sexton’s steepling kick and … [Read more...] about England Six Nations player ratings: Which of Eddie Jones’ men came out with any credit and who could be shown the door?
When he's not focused on his legal studies at Novgorod state university, Dmitry Petrov campaigns against Russia's pervasive alcoholism, speaking to schoolkids about the dangers of drinking and staging vigilante raids to catch illegal liquor sellers. The 21-year-old believes people should be the change they want to see in the world and successfully petitioned city … [Read more...] about Russia’s ‘Putin generation’ more active than their parents
The Commons committee scrutinising Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union is engulfed in a row over a new report that a leading Conservative member claimed was intended to “negate the referendum result” and damage the Government’s negotiating position amid crucial talks in Brussels. The report, published on Sunday by the Commons Brexit committee, … [Read more...] about MPs are trying to stop Brexit with partisan report, says Jacob Rees-Mogg