Penzance – Newlyn Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Penzance – Newlyn 32 32 Taste of Europe: sardines in green sauce by Otis Smith Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0000

More than 20 years ago, a group of fishermen and industry people in Newlyn, Cornwall, renamed sardines ‘Cornish sardines’ to limit their demise. Sardines have been caught off Cornwall for centuries, if not millennia, and have been exported out of the peninsula since 1555. After the war, however, their popularity declined and locals had to take action.

Up to a point, the new name and image worked. Ten years later, Cornish
sardines, in tins painted with wholesome, historic scenes of fishermen at work, can be found in stores like Waitrose and M&S, and are eaten with renewed fervor. The Pilchard Works makes two varieties of sustainable sardine cans, and the fish that go into them are caught off the coast of Newlyn and neighboring Penzance, in small boats.

After being caught and landed in Newlyn, the fish are sorted and sent canned to Brittany, where they are filleted and fried in a process developed and used since 1853. This is done by hand before olive oil, the tomato sauce or some other kind of marinade is added to preserve the fish.

I recommend buying a can of sardines – the ones in tomato sauce are
excellent – and popping a few fillets on warm, buttered toast. You can also add garlic, parsley and a squeeze of lemon – you could definitely speak Spanish about it. After all, canned fish is all the rage these days – just ask Mitch
Tonks from Rockfish, who recently released their own premium range
– and people awaken to their vitality. In a cost of living crisis, canned
the goods, whatever their price, will fly away.

But there is also a consideration regarding sardines in general: it is a cheap and reliable fish, available here. We could all look to the continent, where
they are more respected and consumed with more regularity. Sardines are making more and more appearances on restaurant menus today, and we could follow their lead.

And so here is a simple but assertive recipe for sardines in green sauce, a dish eaten throughout Western Europe, from Otis Smith and the team at the brand new 10 Tib Lane in Manchester.


One or two whole sardines per person (depending on the size of the fish), gutted and cleaned – ask the fishmonger to do this for you

200g flat-leaf parsley
50g mint
1 dill pickle (roughly chopped)
1 tablespoon of capers
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
Sea salt to taste

Add all of the green sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until a coarse sauce forms.

Heat a frying pan over high heat, add a little oil and fry the sardines for 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on the size.

Pour the green sauce on a plate and add the cooked sardines.

Season with a little salt and a squeeze of lemon.

New Truro and Penzance Police Investigation Office opening hours Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 Two more police investigation offices will reopen from today as a series of reopenings across Cornwall continue.

From today (Monday November 21) the Police Investigation Office in Truro will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm.

Penzance’s will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In early 2023, once staff complete their training, Truro Station will move to six-day-a-week operation.

The Newquay Police Inquiry Office was the first to reopen under the scheme and the Falmouth and Bude Public Inquiry Offices are due to reopen next year.

At the reception desks, the public can report a crime, receive prevention advice and meet officers and personnel of many different ranks and roles.

When not handling inquiries in person, newly recruited police investigators are able to respond to non-emergency contacts via the 101 email system, relieving pressure on their contact center colleagues and reducing wait times for the public.

The latest round of openings created 26 additional part-time jobs.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: ‘I am thrilled that these stations are now open and to have been able to put public money back into these communities where it belongs.

“I want these posts to be seen as places where members of the community can seek advice and comfort and I urge those who are considering contacting the police through the 101 service to consider whether they could go in person to the one of these posts.

“Face-to-face contact with the force as an essential part of policing and I want to reopen more receptions next year.”

Although the stations were never closed for use by officers, staff and volunteers, 12 receptions were closed around Devon and Cornwall during the 2014 austerity cuts. A total of £186,000 was was made available from the 2022/23 budget to finance the project.

Superintendent Matt Bourne said: “We are delighted to be able to reopen these receptions to provide another way for members of the public to be able to speak to us. People will be able to report crimes or incidents to our staff, in person, which we know is important to many in our communities.

“We are happy to be able to offer people different ways to connect so that we can support as many people as possible, from all of our diverse communities. The force receives thousands of phone calls, emails and online reports each year, so reception staff will also help answer non-emergency questions that come in through our website when not helping members of the public visiting a station. ”

Station opening days and times may vary, so members of the public are advised to check the Devon and Cornwall Police website at: /police-enquiry-offices before going there.

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Turns 60 Today Fri, 18 Nov 2022 05:15:00 +0000


Jake Abel is 35 (“I Am Number Four”, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, “The Host”)

Matthew Bayntonis 42 (“Horrible Histories”, “Spy”)

Nick ChinMondays 61 (“Tears of the Sun”, “Con Air”, “The Sopranos”, “House”, “The Chronicles of Riddick”)

Mike Epps is 52 (series “Friday”, “The Hangover”, “Survivor’s Remorse”)

Linda Evans turns 80 (“Beach Blanket Bingo”, “The Big Valley”, “Dynasty”)

Dennis Haskins is 72 (Mr. Belding “saved by the bell”)

Nathan Kress is 30 (“iCarly”)

Romany Malco is 54 (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “The Weeds”, “No Ordinary Family”, “The Real Husbands of Hollywood”, “A Million Little Things”)

Kevin Nealon turns 69 (“Saturday Night Live”, “Weeds”, “Man With A Plan”)

Oscar Nunez is 64 (“The Office”, “Benched”)

Nate Parker is 43 (“The Great Debaters”, “Red Tails”, “Pride”, “The Birth of a Nation”)

Nasim Pedrad is 41 (“Saturday Night Live”, “The Dictator”, “Scream Queens”, “New Girl”)

Elizabeth Perkins is 62 (“About Last Night”, “Big”, “The Flintstones”, “Weeds”, “Preacher”)

Noah Ringer is 26 (“The Last Airbender”, “Cowboys & Aliens”)

Chloe Sevignyis 48 (“American Psycho”, “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Kids”, “American Horror Story”)

Susan Sullivan is 80 (“Another World,” “It’s A Living,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Castle”) (QUICK FACT: In college, she worked as a Playboy Bunny.)

Brenda Vaccaro is 83 (“Midnight Cowboy”, “You Don’t Know Jack”, “Capricorn One”, “Airport ’77”, “Supergirl”, “The Mirror Has Two Faces”)

Damon Wayans, Jr. turns 40 (“New Girl”, “Happy Endings”, “Big Hero 6”)

“Caramel Stallion” Owen Wilson Turns 54 (“Shanghai Noon”, “You, Me & Dupree”, “Cars”, “Night At The Museum”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)

Peta Wilson is 52 years old (TV show “La Femme Nikita”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”)

The Late Imogene Coca (1908 – 2001) (“Your Show Show”, “Vacation”)

The late Pedro Infante (1917-1957) (“We the poor”, “You the rich”, “The Mexicans with the cry of war”)

The musicians:

Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ is 38

Fabolous is 45 (born John David Jackson)

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett turns 60

Before leaving Connor McDonough is 29 years old

Kim Wilde is 62 years old


Racing driver Denny Hamlin turns 42

Journalist and TV personality Megyn Kelly is 52

TV producer Steven Moffat turns 61 (“Dr. Who,” “Sherlock”)

MLB All Star analyst David “Big Papi” Ortiz is 47 (ten-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion, seven-time Silver Slugger winner and holds the single-season record for Red Sox for home runs with 54, set in the 2006 season)

Fashion designer (and winner of the 4th season of “Project Runway”) Christian Siriano is 37 years old

The late astronaut Alan Shepard (1923 – 1998)…he would have been 99 years old (FAST FACT: a test pilot, who in 1961 became the first American astronaut and the second human being in space. He was also the fifth person to walk on the Moon and celebrated by hitting two golf balls from the Moon’s surface)

The late songwriter and co-founder of Capitol Records Johnny Mercer (1909 – 1976)

The late playwright Sir William S. Gilbert (1836 – 1911) (Best known for the fourteen comic operas – known as Savoy operas – which he produced in conjunction with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. You know, Gilbert & Sullivan? Most famous among these are “HMS Pinafore”, “The Pirates of Penzance“, and one of the most performed works in the history of musical theatre, “The Mikado”)

Michael Balogun, Hadley Fraser and Nigel Lindsay to Star in London Lehman Trilogy Return | The Broadway Buzz Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:14:17 +0000

Michael Balogun, Nigel Lindsay and Hadley Fraser
(Photo: Helen Murray)

The cast has been revealed for The Lehman Trilogy‘s previously announced in the West End. Tony’s winning play will open at the Gillian Lynne Theater on January 24, 2023 with an opening night scheduled for February 8. The engagement is expected to run until May 20.

Michael Balogun will play the role of Emanuel Lehman, Hadley Fraser will play Mayer Lehman and Nigel Lindsay will play the role of Henry Lehman. They will be joined by pianist, Yshani Perinpanayagam. Returning to play understudy roles, Ravi Aujla will play Emanuel Lehman, Will Harrison-Wallace will play Mayer Lehman, and Leighton Pugh will play Henry Lehman. Erika Gundesen will be the backup pianist.

Balogun previously directed Death of England: Delroy and appeared in macbeth at the National Theatre. Fraser’s theater credits include The Antipodes, Sainte Jeanne, The City of Angels, Coriolanus, The Vote, 2:22 A Ghost Story, The City of Angels, Young Frankenstein, The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade, Les Miserables, The Fantastics, The Pirates of Penzance , Peter Pan, The Distant Pavilions and more. Lindsay has previously starred in A Small Family Business, The Pillowman, The London Cuckolds, Blue Remembered Hills, Dealer’s Choice, The Real Thing and more; he received a 2011 Olivier Award nomination for his performance in the title role of Shrek the Musical.

Adapted by Ben Power from the work of Stefano Massini, The Lehman Trilogy weaves its way through nearly two centuries of Lehman lineage, following the Mayer brothers, Emanuel and Henry Lehman from their arrival in New York in 1844 until the 2008 collapse of the financial company bearing their name.

Massini’s world premiere The Lehman Trilogy opened at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015. Power was commissioned by Neal Street Productions to create a new version of the play, using an English translation by Mirella Cheeseman. This production opened at the National Theater in July 2018 before its North American premiere at the Park Avenue Armory in April 2019. The Lehman Trilogy then played a 16-week West End engagement at the Piccadilly Theater in May 2019. The show continued to play at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway from September 2021 to January 2022. After its award-winning run on Broadway, The Lehman Trilogy transferred to the Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles from March to April 2022.

The Lehman Trilogy includes set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, video design by Luke Halls and lighting design by Jon Clark. Composer and sound designer is Nick Powell, co-sound designer is Dominic Bilkey with musical direction by Candida Caldicot and movement by Polly Bennett. The West End director is Zoe Ford Burnett.

The play is being adapted into a television series by Italian Fandango. Playwright Massini is overseeing the adaptation.

How Iceland’s Swindon depot contained the Covid outbreak Sat, 12 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 The Icelandic supermarket’s Swindon depot team explained how they handled a major Covid outbreak during the pandemic.

Dozens of employees at the Penzance Drive distribution center tested positive for coronavirus in the summer of 2020, leading many more to self-isolate.

GXO runs the site and has worked with Swindon Borough Council to test hundreds of staff and contain the contagion as quickly as possible.

Speaking to Adver this month, GXO chief commercial officer Martin Atkinson said the security measures put in place to stop the spread were working so well that a government task force in Downing Street used similar strategies when other outbreaks occurred at the Honda factory and Royal Mail centres.

Mr Atkinson said: ‘It was a very stressful time as it was one of the first major outbreaks in the Swindon area so there was a lot of tension but the advice was very supportive, Steve Maddern [Swindon’s director of public health] does a very good job.

“It was absolutely essential to keep the depot running, because if we stopped, 250 stores would run out of refrigerated food in two days and all the food in a week.

“The department isolated everyone, increased hand cleaning, changed ride-sharing policies and work schedules, and bio-scrambled everything to prevent bugs from ending up on sets.

“Staff on site were well versed in Track and Trace, so colleagues were called in and isolated quickly if someone tested positive.

“[Site manager] Kirk Giles and the team handled it so well that they were asked to explain to Number 10 what they had done and it became best practice for handling outbreaks.

The coronavirus itself wasn’t the only challenge workers faced during this unusual time. The closures have caused an increase in demand for supplies similar to what warehouses usually see at Christmas.

Mr Atkinson added: “We normally spend weeks preparing for our peak times, when our volume increases by 20%, but during Covid we went from normal to peak overnight, without planning – and this request was maintained for a whole year.

“Everyone who worked in the grocery stores and the people in our stores had a year of hard work, it wasn’t an easy time for the staff, but we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The pandemic has also delayed the opening of GXO’s massive second Icelandic depot at Symmetry Park, which is now operational.

50 golden years of musicals | Pioneer promoters celebrate half a century on stage Wed, 09 Nov 2022 05:44:00 +0000

Pioneers of the New Zealand entertainment industry, Stewart and Tricia Macpherson, will celebrate 50 golden years in 2023 and to mark this incredible milestone, they will present a breathtaking journey through their greatest musical triumphs.

With superb singers and musicians, 50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSIC will provide a rare glimpse into the life and loves of New Zealand’s, and perhaps the world’s, oldest promoter duo.

Their very first musical was The Rocky Horror Show, repeated in 1978 with the infamous Gary Glitter as Frank-N-Furter. In 1992 was,
Chess, when Stewart confidently proclaimed to a TV reporter that “failure was not an option”, as the couple worked their way from one box office success to another, and in doing so, has earned legions of fans and friends and a reputation for being two of the best in the biz.

50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSIC will allow the public to relive the musical journey of the Macphersons, through songs from productions such as Blood Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, Starlight Express, Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde and
The Phantom of the Opera.

With a setlist from their catalog of personal favorites, songs such as
Time warp of Rocky Horror, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Avoided, The classic
And all that
and high energy
What a sensation
lightning dance
…and many more will make the audience sing and relive many memories.

Universally acclaimed for the joy it brought to theaters across the country and abroad, the production will also feature wonderful tributes from some of the world’s most influential actors in the entertainment industry.

50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSIC will be a rare treat for the public of Paraparaumu, Napier, Rotorua, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim and Christchurch.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow via Ticketmaster and Ticketek. It is a visit not to be missed.

Without the Macphersons, the New Zealand entertainment industry would have been very different.

After a stellar career in radio, Stewart and Tricia – who broke the glass ceiling for women in the 1960s by becoming sound engineers for British rock band He Moody Blues (Nights in white satin, your wildest dreams) – joined forces to create The Stetson Group, a company that enjoys the highest regard among promoters, artists and audiences five decades later.

In their freshman year, 1973, they toured the global phenomenon Kenny Rogers, and word quickly spread among the artists that it was a pleasure to work with them. Some of the biggest names in the world would follow, including
Jethro Tull, The Beach Boys, Def Leppard, Glen Campbell, Donny Osmond, Michael Crawford, Michael Buble, Dudley Moore, Midnight Oil, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Elvis Costello, Rowan Atkinson, Joni Mitchell, George Thorogood, Le Clash, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Talking Heads, Alice Cooper, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Meuhin, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge, Lou Reed and much more

Apart from the musicals, they have also presented some wonderful art exhibitions in New Zealand including Banksy’s art
and last year’s hit Michelangelo: another point of view. In January, they will bring
Renaissance: Age of Genius – an exhibition that will see some of the greatest artists of all time come to life at the Aotea Center in Auckland.

Outside of theatre, Tricia and Stewart have worked hard to support emerging promoters as senior members of the New Zealand Promoters Association, as well as helping young artists shine.

And when they’re not at work, they hit the road in their motorhome in search of new adventures!

Join them on their next big trip. Grab a ticket when they go on sale tomorrow.

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The vital importance of Thandiwe Newton’s name change Sun, 06 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Given that the word of the year for 2022 is permacrise, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the world has been sliding rapidly into oblivion for some time now. Some say it’s been going on since the late 1970s and others since 2001, but despite the arguments about the origin, one thing is certain: for the past few years life has been royally shitty, and it looks like things are not going. to change soon. Whether environmental, racial or economic, many factors led to a tense period. However, not all was bad. We’ve seen many heroes step in, and in 2021 actress Thandiwe Newton did her part to make the world a little better.

2021 has been a weird year. She has seen many countries finally emerge from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic and attempt to try and live a normal life. Elsewhere, Italy won the Euros, Russia’s Belarus war games tipped off their endgame and President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in a murderous rage in Washington, DC

Alongside all of this was the fight of the Black Lives Matter movement, which reached new heights after the murder of George Floyd the previous year. Many musicians, actors and sportspeople have done their part to champion the cause, despite backlash from certain elements of society ranging from racist thugs to bizarre ideologues such as Candace Owens – a textbook Aunt Thomasina.

In my opinion, the Black Lives Matter movement bringing the long-standing struggles of BAME people into the mainstream dialogue has been one of the best things to happen in the 21st century. It was long overdue, with Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin proving to be an incendiary moment. Race relations may have improved dramatically since the days of lynchings in the 1950s and 1960s, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

For many people of color, BLM’s work over the past few years has encouraged them to stand up for themselves, with Thandiwe Newton being one of the most important. Until 2021, the Westworld The star was known as Thandie Newton, a name lazily anglicized due to the institutional racism she faced in every chapter of her life. However, in the face of BAME people regaining control, or more accurately, self-determination, this was no longer the case. From April of that year and forever, she was now called Thandiwe Newton, her real name.

Born in London in 1972, Newton is the daughter of a Zimbabwean princess and an English lab technician, Thandiwe meaning “beloved” in Zulu. Although she was born in Britain, the family lived in Zambia until she was three, when they moved to Penzance, Cornwall, so her father could help run the business. his family’s antiquities. She would soon taste otherness for the first time.

During a long interview with vogue conducted in April 2021, Newton discussed his feelings of being part of the BAME community, the effect it had on his youth and his eventual decision to reclaim his name. “I mean, holy hell,” she said of the move to Britain’s south-west coast. “We might as well have been the first black people anyone had ever seen. We had no conditioner. We had nothing.

The movement was typical of the era. Her mother gave up her position as the granddaughter of a Shona chief and became an NHS health worker, while her father took over the antiques business. Completing the transition to assimilation, Thandiwe and her younger brother attended a local Catholic school run by austere nuns, but they were treated with complete disregard.

She told the publication of a case where she was kicked out of a class photo for wearing cornrows. Amazingly, this was just one of the first moments Newton was forced to accept that she, her mother, and her brother were “the other” and that for any hope of assimilating into their new society, she would have to give up elements of her natural self. and give in to the demands of the world configured in white. As a result, she gradually dropped the W from her name, approaching the notion of whiteness.

She told a TED talk in 2011: “From the age of about five, I was aware that I didn’t belong. I was the black, atheist kid in the all-white Catholic school run by nuns. I was an anomaly.

Raised between Penzance and London, Thandiwe ended up studying at Cambridge before embarking on an acting career that saw her become one of the most successful British stars of all time. However, one thing was clear: although she remained true to herself by only accepting roles she deemed appropriate after being sexually abused by a director at just 16, something was still missing – her real name and, therefore, his true self.

Notably, due to the obstacles she faced, Newton always referred to herself as a Londoner and not a Brit. An example of this kind of bias came in 2006 after he won a BAFTA for Accident when a certain British tabloid claimed she wasn’t really British because her mother was black. She thinks about this moment for vogue“I remember thinking, ‘But it’s a British victory! Why don’t you want to take this? Why wouldn’t you dig that and embrace it and feel real good? ‘”

Unsurprisingly, following the BLM movement and the backlash to it, Thandiwe decided once and for all that it was time to act.

Just a week before announcing she was getting her name back, Newton took to Twitter to express her disgust at the government’s racial disparity report, which all but dismissed the idea that structural racism is indeed living in the UK. He claimed that while racism may still exist, geography, family influence, socio-economic background, culture and religion have a significant impact on life chances.

Interestingly, Lord Wooley, the former head of No 10’s racial disparities unit, even criticized the report, saying it was disrespectful and disregarded the lived experience of many people: “If you deny structural racial inequality, then you don’t have to do anything and that in itself is a huge problem. There was structural racism before Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter in all areas and at all levels of our society. There are shocking disparities and shocking outcomes in health, education and housing. This is why we implemented Race and Disparity Unity in the first place.

He continued: “Covid-19 has laid bare these structural inequalities in such Technicolor and made them worse, where [BAME communities] are dying in greater numbers, becoming seriously ill in greater numbers and losing their jobs. Then, not just in denial, but saying, “What are you complaining about? ‘We live in a society that is much better than it was 100 years ago’ is a monumental disrespect and disregard for people’s lived experiences, but more importantly, a lost opportunity for systemic change.

Appalled by the report’s findings, writing on Twitter, Newton said: ‘There’s no way this could be real – it would be unethical madness.’

During the interview with vogue, she got rid of the shackles of the past, specifying the reasons for her decision: “It’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.

“The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being around other people who really see me. And not being complicit in the objectification of black people as ” others’, what happens when you’re the only one,” she explained.

Thandiwe Newton changing her name was a big decision. This conveyed that BAME people don’t have to live by the rules that the system imposes on them and that they can be as successful as their white counterparts while still managing to retain their natural selves. This might have seemed inconsequential to some, like those who wrote the government’s report, but it is not. Having to give up your name in the hope of fitting in is a crime in more ways than one.

Moreover, the symbolic weight of the decision was enormous, as Newton was one of the most prominent people of color to highlight the world’s unjust racial rules, doing his part to highlight the struggle of people of color. who aren’t blessed with the money, fame, and ultimately, power like she has. It is certain that much good will continue to follow him.

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]]> The Yeomen of the Guard, English National Opera review – half a good shot at an unusual G&S misalliance Fri, 04 Nov 2022 09:26:10 +0000

At times, the restless routines for the chorus and the three busy tap dancers feel like a half-hearted attempt to rival the more successful antics of Cal McCrystal’s Excellent. Iolanthe and especially sharp HMS apron at ENO. But it’s hard to get the right tone(s) for Yomen, G&S’s closest attempt at a “serious” opera. Frankly, I think that those Savoyard operettas that hit the pathos only selectively – Iolanthe, The Penzance Pirates and The Gondoliers above all – work better; we always want the reversal.

Part is there in the rescue plot here, whereby Fairfax’s escape from the Tower of London disguised as the son of Sergeant Meryll – who none of the Yeomen have seen, odd in the update when photos of his bravery could have circulated – is complicated by his pre-execution marriage to a woman he has never seen: traveling gambler Elsie Maynard, filling in for his sick mother on a tour of the not-so-funny Jack Point (Richard McCabe and Alexandra Oomans shown below). There are plenty of delightful performers to keep the ball rolling (as Hopkins also does, perhaps pushing a little too hard where the operatic elements need expansion). Designed for dialogue but not for vocals, they have to work hard on the too wide open spaces of Anthony Ward’s uncertain sets. Both leading ladies have bags of energy, and ENO Harewood artist Alexandra Oomens picks up a second winner as Elsie after her Apron Josephine. Both ladies have unusually large set pieces by Sullivan’s standards, and Oomens goes all the way in her Act One soliloquy about blindfolded marriage for money.

Heather Lowe, who has had to deal with distracting affairs from the start, leaves us in no doubt about Phoebe Meryll’s liveliness – no wonder Fairfax was drawn to her before her “bride” turned her attention – and made a good teams up with unwanted suitor Wilfred Shadbolt, head jailer and “assistant executioner” (the resonant John Molloy, who might as well run the mile with the Irish accent going back and forth. The two shown below right with Susan Bickley and Neal Davies). Scene from ENO YeomenCasting accomplished actor Richard McCabe as the tragicomic Jack Point was a much better move than the unsuccessful star bait of Les Dennis in ENO’s Apron. He’s not a singer either, but overcomes the tricky fact that the jokes in this wag aren’t funny with dramatic precision. Like many recent and sadly defunct comics, Jack is a sad man underneath, so the impact of Elsie’s inevitable rejection doesn’t seem too contrived (and the ending is heartbreaking, although someone from the first-night audience had laughed when Point was sobbing – there is always one).

The culmination of Sullivan’s Olde English style, the two-chord ballad of Merryman and his Maid, is enhanced by McCabe’s accordion skills. And league with Shadbolt in act two is really funny, the second (and best) of his two solos spiced up with a Brexit reference that won applause. McCabe lives up (to me) to the indelible memory of his insanely jealous Ford in the National Threatre production of The Merry Women of Windsor. Anyone thinking of a new Osborne production The artist to their man. Scene from ENO YeomenAnthony Gregory’s first fine solo as Fairfax is eclipsed by bustling business; the second (the ineffable “Free from his fetters grim”) makes its lyrical mark, and it is strong in abundant ensembles. The usually thin Susan Bickley seems out of her comfort zone as Dame Carruthers, in this “tower deputy governor” version of Steven Page’s Lieutenant Cholmondeley; a sharp chest voice is a must, and we don’t understand that. She acts well interacting with Neal Davies’ Sergeant Meryll even though it was a big mistake, in my books, to replace the “Rapture, rapture/Ghastly, ghastly!” duo, certainly unfeasible these days, with an adaptation of the Patter Trio of Rouddigore, transformed into a final quartet

The chorus savor their elaborate sets – another trump card of Sullivan’s ambition – though it’s odd that for once Gilbert doesn’t seem to know how to put words to the beautiful melody of “The Night Has Spread Her Veil Again “. I hope audiences will see through the snags of the production and libretto and hear the countless bliss of the color of the orchestra – the breathless string phrases of the first trio, for example, or the little clarinet chorus of ” A man who would woo a fair maid”, taken up at the end by Elsie – whom Sullivan adorns with all his amorous invention. And do not miss excellent performances.

Coach Grahame Begg finally gets a runner in Lunar Flare Sun, 30 Oct 2022 06:01:27 +0000

Lunar Flare did so in last year’s Moonee Valley Cup, which she won, and proved she could be a worthy horse to be chosen for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

“We continued to raise the bar with her. Once she won the Moonee Valley Cup, we were able to give her a good spell through the summer and early fall and then gently raise her for this spring,” Begg said.

He had watched the masters closely and knew that Bart Cummings used to bring horses back for a race in the winter, then he would back off again, repeating them in light work before resuming preparation until that first Tuesday in november.

Lunar Flare ran well in the Winter Championship Finals in July, then was not seen until late August in the Heatherlie Stakes, followed by the Naturalism Stakes.

She was already comfortably in the Melbourne Cup field but avoided any drama when she became exempt from the ballot with victory in the Bart Cummings Stakes.

She finished second in the Moonee Valley Cup, working well on her way back to follow the exact path Prince Of Penzance took before winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Prince Of Penzance won the 2014 Moonee Valley Cup before finishing second of the race in 2015.


“[She’s] only reaching where it should be now in terms of its maturity. That’s what she was bred to do,” Begg said.

There is no doubt that she will present well. Begg is known for being meticulous in everything he does; even his car is immaculate, not to mention his stables and the horses he takes to the track. He says “the storefront needs to be tidy”, admitting he likes things out of place.

Lunar Flare will be in the right place when she stands in the barrier at the top of the Flemington straight with jockey Michael Dee aboard wearing the colors Taj Rossi made famous and hoping for some pace in the race, so that she can relax.


When she jumps, she will make a dream come true by giving Begg her first runner in Australia’s most famous race.

“You always dream about it, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” Begg said.

“You have to have the right horse and you have to have the right timing. There are a lot of things that go into the equation. We may not have the best horse in the race, but we believe that if she continues to progress, she will be fit and healthy that day.

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Need to flash the red card -By Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi & Toheeb Adeagbo Thu, 27 Oct 2022 22:16:45 +0000

At present, it is not uncommon that once spouses take divergent paths or separate before such separation is recognized in the eyes of the law, some engage in the practice of “arranged divorce”. in order to seal the process of their divorce and/or separation.


The famous Latin maxim “debile fundamentum fallit opus” translates that where the foundation is weak, the whole work crumbles. Conversely, it means that where the foundation is solid, the strength of what is built on it is certain. The same goes for the admirable line of thought of Lord Denning in Macfoy v United Africa Company[1]where he held that:

If an act is void, it is legally void. It is not only bad but incurably bad. You don’t need a court order to set it aside. It is automatically null and void without further ado, although it is sometimes convenient to have it declared by the court. And any process based on it is also bad and incurably bad. You can’t put something on nothing and expect it to stay there. It will collapse.[2]

One way or another, the above maxim can be said to have given rise to the age-old principle of “contractual relationship” which generally stipulates that a person who is not a party to an agreement cannot perform it, even if the contract was concluded for his benefit. In Nospetco Oil & Gas Ltd v Oloruninmbe,[3]it was succinctly held as follows:

PContractual reality is the relationship between the parties in a contract, which gives them the right to sue each other, but prevents a third party from doing so. Thus, the doctrine of confidentiality of contract is concerned with the sanctity of the contract between the parties and does not extend to others from outside.[4]

Nor does the Court remain silent on the importance of the principle of privacy, as it states that this is fundamental for the performance of contractual obligations between the parties to a contract. This principle can rightly be extended to marriage. As elementary as it is, marriage remains a kind of contract and the principles of the general contract apply.

The Supreme Court has defined ‘wedding’ in the case Amobi vs. Nzegwu & Ors[5] as following:

“Marriage under marriage law generally means the legal union of a couple as spouses. In other words, it is “the voluntary union for life of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others”. See Hyde v. Hyde and Woodmansee (1866) LRP&D 130, by Lord Penzance.

By adopting this definition, we would see that marriage is definitely an agreement (voluntary union) between a man and a woman, to be husband and wife. Thus, only two parties are involved in it. To this end, only the parties to this marriage may validly bring an action to assert their corresponding inherent matrimonial rights, including the right to request the dissolution of said marriage. Also, it should be noted that the Marriage Act does not recognize marriage by proxy, so claiming any rights under it cannot be made by proxy. Thus, the only person who can initiate, institute and prosecute a petition for dissolution of marriage must be either the husband or the wife of such a marriage and not by another person.

Giving statutory credit to this position is the express provision of Section 15 (1) of the Matrimonial Causes Actwhich provides for the effect that the judicial doors of matrimonial causes are only open to the parties to the marriage to solicit r concerning the marriage. Section 15(1) is reproduced here:

“A petition under this Act by a party to a marriage for a judgment dissolving the marriage may be made in court by either party to the marriage on the ground that the marriage has broken down irretrievably”.

Note that the word MAY is used in the section, and of course the word may is an empowering word that gives the power to do or not to do an act. We believe that the word may as used, does not entitle anyone outside the marriage to sue or petition on behalf of the parties to the marriage.

A very important precondition for bringing a petition is the mandatory filing of an affidavit of verification by the petitioner, as provided by the rules on matrimonial causes. In Order V Rules 10(1) of the Marital Causes Rulesit is expected that :

“A petitioner must, by an affidavit written on his petition and sworn before the filing of his petition:

  • verify the facts stated in his request of which he has personal knowledge; and
  • testify as to his belief in the truth of all the other facts stated in his motion. »

This received judicial imprimatur in the decision of the Court of Appeals of Odusote c. Odusote,[6]

“the petition must, as required by the provisions, contain the sworn affidavits of the petitioner before it is or may be duly filed.”[7]

Marriage is not based on power of attorney and cannot be, as far as the Nigerian legal environment is concerned, dissolved by proxy. The essence of the foregoing, therefore, is to prove that in a petition for dissolution of marriage, an affidavit verifying the facts of the petition must be signed and endorsed by the petitioner and not by a third party to the marriage. Thus, when a petition for dissolution of marriage is brought by a non-party to the marriage, or when a non-party to the marriage has signed or endorsed the certificate relating to reconciliation and the affidavit attesting to the facts of the petition, such a request is invalid and, therefore, deprives the Court of jurisdiction to hear the request, notwithstanding the power of the power of attorney granted to a third party.[8]

At present, it is not uncommon that once spouses take divergent paths or separate before such separation is recognized in the eyes of the law, some engage in the practice of ‘arranged divorce” in order to speed up the process of their divorce and/or separation. The practice is marked arranged divorce because either the petitioner or the respondent is arranged, or both parties are arranged, in which case, in either case, the petition is illegal and void because the petition was made by proxy; not having both parties to the wedding.

This practice of arranged divorce was born out of the gap in the law itself, as the law neither specifies nor insists on the identity of the parties. Thus, any person can present himself as an applicant and present himself as the bearer of one of the names appearing on the marriage certificate. In the most sincere way, it has left crumbling marriages and homes that have the potential to be resurrected in a state of rubble that has no glimmer of hope of being rehabilitated. As long as the marriage certificate is admitted by the court and the arranged parties have testified, the court issues its verdict and dissolves the marriage, and the marriage of the original parties has come to an end.


It is recommended that the Matrimonial Causes Act and the Rules relating to matrimonial causes be amended so that the identity of the parties to a marriage can be easily verified and established by the court. It is humbly suggested in this regard that when filing a petition, the petitioner should submit their most recent passport photograph, and also submit with the petition, a copy of their government issued identification such as permanent voter, national identity card, driver’s license or international passport data page or any other means of identification. This will go a long way to curbing the current trend of proxy divorce also known as arranged divorce in Nigeria.

AUTHOR: Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi, SAN, FCIArb. (UK).

Mr. Oyetola Muyiwa Atoyebi, SAN is the Managing Partner of OM Atoyebi, SAN & Partners (OMAPLEX Law Firm) where he is also the Team Leader of Emerging Areas of Legal Practice.

Mr. Atoyebi has expertise and vast knowledge of the family Law and it has seen him advise and represent his vast clientele in a myriad of high profile transactions. He holds the honor of being the youngest lawyer in the history of Nigeria to be awarded the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

He can be reached at [email protected]


Toheeb is a member of the dispute resolution team at OMAPLEX law firm. He also has commendable legal expertise in family law.

He can be reached at [email protected]

[1](1961) 3 All ER 1169 to 1172


[3](2022) 1 NWLR (Pt. 1812) 495 SC; See also UBA Plc c. Jargaba (2007) 11 NWLR (Pt. 1045) 247 (Pp. 531-532, para. HA)


[5](2013) LPELR-21863 (SC)

[6](2011) LPELR 9056


[8] Consulted on 09/19/2022

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