Penzance – Newlyn Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:36:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Penzance – Newlyn 32 32 Mental patient Jacob Poynton-Whiting stabbed his mother to death after asking for help Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:36:58 +0000

A ‘loving, caring and wonderful’ mother has been brutally stabbed to death by her own son after falling into a downward spiral of conspiracy theories and alternative narcotics.

Jacob Poynton-Whiting, 22 at the time, on June 22 last year attacked his devoted mother, Sally Poynton, 44, who had cried out for help for her son as she witnessed the first hand of his deteriorating mental health.

Poynton-Whiting appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced via video link from Langdon Psychiatric Unit in Dawlish in Devon, after pleading guilty to manslaughter by mitigating responsibility and causing bodily harm serious related to an injury to his younger brother as he desperately tried to help his mother.

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The tragic episode took place at Crowlas near Penzance.

Prosecuting the case, Sean Brunton, QC, said: ‘In a sudden and inexplicable outburst, Jacob Poynton-Whiting broke into a house and stabbed his own mother to death and seriously injured his younger brother.

“Sally died almost immediately from stab wounds to her neck, stomach and leg. The attack was unprovoked, unexpected, and can only be attributed to a deterioration in Jacob’s mental health. He didn’t try to flee the scene. When he was arrested, he was silent, sometimes smiling. He has been detained at Langdon ever since.

Mr Brunton described how Sally and Poynton-Whiting’s father separated and there was a family history of a toxic relationship between the two. Despite this, Sally and her two sons remained close and happy until Poynton-Whiting’s mental health deteriorated.

Mr Brunton said: “Born in 1999, Jacob was a bright and curious child. Sally was afraid of the boys’ father, Matthew Whiting, who was violent and the boys sometimes witnessed unpleasant scenes. It was clearly traumatic for both boys and Jacob’s father gave him cannabis to smoke.

“After years of acrimony and tension the parties went their separate ways completely. Sally struck up a relationship with a retired GP and Jacob and Elijah got on well. Jacob did well in GCSEs and was happy and working hard in catering.He got on well with his family and they were reasonably happy years.

It was in 2018, when Poynton-Whiting went to study bakery and pastry at the University of Birmingham, that things started to go wrong.

It was robbed and, believing it to have been framed by a friend, Poynton-Whiting began smoking a lot of cannabis.

He began to take an interest in alternative lifestyles and seemed troubled. He became fascinated with conspiracy theories and the world of alternative narcotics and traveled to Germany and Peru to learn more.

During this time, Poynton-Whiting’s brother and mother noted that he was mentally ill and derailed.

He neglected himself, made himself unemployable, slept on the floor and was sometimes violent towards his mother.

Mr Brunton added: “Sally was loving, reasonable and kind to her son. She had just completed her second year at Falmouth University. Apart from her worries for Jacob, she was happy.

Poynton-Whiting was briefly held at Longreach psychiatric unit in Redruth, but was released without a diagnosis or a clear support plan in place. He was removed from the Mental Health Service list when he failed to respond to follow-up letters.

Mr Brunton said: “Sally fought unsuccessfully to get Jacob diagnosed and treated. He behaved in a bizarre and anti-social way, but there was no sign of what was to come.”

At 6:30 a.m. on June 22, Elijah noticed Poynton-Whiting knocking on the window, so let him in. He turned to go to the bathroom and less than a minute later he heard screaming in his mother’s room.

Sally had been stabbed, but Elijah bravely stepped in and took her brother outside, sustaining a large cut to his leg from the 21cm bladed knife held by Poynton-Whiting.

As Elijah tried to call the emergency services, he heard a bang. Poynton-Whiting forced himself in through the window, slit her mother’s throat and wrapped her in a curtain.

Police response units arrived and Poynton-Whiting was seen on the front steps of the house.

He was calm and quiet and remained silent during the interview process other than asking to use the restroom and occasionally smiling and laughing.

The court heard a series of heartbreaking statements from those close to Sally.

Father Robert Poynton described his daughter as ‘loving, caring and wonderful’ and someone who brought joy into everyday life.

He added: “She was creative and an excellent artist. She had a fascination with science. If Jacob had received treatment sooner, Sally would still be with us today. Why was it not taken seriously?

He said it was heartening that Sally received a posthumous degree from college.

Hugh Marshall, Sally’s partner, said: “She loved life but most of all she loved her sons and always went out of her way to protect them. To the end she would love them and in the end she gave his life for Jacob.

“She died doing what she always did, trying to protect her sons. Sally wouldn’t have wanted anger or revenge, she would have wanted Jacob to receive the help she so desperately sought.

Elijah said he missed his mother so much and that she was not only his mother but also a friend as they had similar interests and spent a lot of time together. He says he is petrified when he thinks about when his brother will be freed and his leg scars remind him of the bloody scene every day.

He said: “Jacob was a wonderful person and the best brother I could ask for. He was damaged by his mental health condition and abandoned by mental health services. My mother desperately asked for help but was repeatedly disappointed. I’m devastated that it took my mother’s death for Jacob to get help.

At sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said: ‘On June 22 you killed your mother and seriously injured your younger brother. You were 22 at the time and you were really, really sick.

“You were in a severe psychotic state when you went to your mother’s property armed with a large knife. Your brother let you in and then heard screaming. Showing extreme bravery, he pushed you out, but you forced your way in through a broken window. It was a short and brutal attack.

“Sally was only 44 at the time of her death and was intelligent, supportive and extremely devoted to her sons. It was obvious to her and to others that you were very ill.

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“She did everything she could to support you and despite your scary behavior she never gave up on you.”

Justice Carr added that Poynton-Whiting had now been diagnosed with schizophrenia leading to feelings of paranoia and a distorted view of society.

He went on to explain that the Poynton-Whiting section had resulted in no progress.

Poynton-Whiting was sentenced to a hospital order, which means he will remain in a secure mental institution until it is deemed safe to return to society.

Justice Carr closed the hearing by expressing his sympathy to Sally’s friends and family for the loss of someone so loved.

Devon and Cornwall Police Major Crimes Investigation Team Detective Sergeant Nige Green said: ‘Sally’s family and friends have had to endure the most tragic loss imaginable and in the saddest circumstances. I would like to thank them for their worthy assistance in the investigation and my thoughts, and those of the entire investigation team, are with them at this time.

“I believe this is the best outcome under the circumstances to allow Jacob to get the help he needs.”

]]> Opera Huntsville to Present “Love is Brewing: Opera Favorites on Love” – ​​The Madison Record Wed, 12 Jan 2022 20:50:12 +0000

HUNTSVILLE – Opera Huntsville will present “Love is Brewing: Opera Favorites on Love”, a free performance at the Fractal Brewing Project and part of the ongoing Opera Bytes series. The performances will take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 6 p.m.

“Celebrate the good, the bad and the funny in love and opera while buying your favorite beer and enjoying iconic tunes, including snippets from our upcoming production of The Elixir of Love alongside the popular favorites from La Bohème, Rigoletto and even The Music Man,” said artistic director Erin Huelskamp Bohn. “Featuring four talented local soloists accompanied by pianist Christopher Powell, this hour-long program is sure to bring smiles to the public.”

Love is getting ready: favorites from the opera about love

an Opera Bytes Live program

Tuesday, February 15, 6 p.m., FREE, donation suggested

Fractal Brewing Project, 3200 Leeman Ferry Rd SW in Huntsville


Ariana Maloney, soprano*

Demi VanderWerff, mezzo-soprano*

Shane Kennedy, tenor*

Chris Farley, baritone*

Christopher Powell, piano*

Musical selections:

“O soave fanciulla'” (O sweet young girl) from La bohème, Giacomo Puccini

“‘Till There Was You” by The Music Man, Franklin Lacey and Meredith Willson

“Everything is Ready” from The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan

“Caro nome che il mio cor” (Sweet name that made my heart) by Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi

“Una Furtiva Lagrima” (A Furtive Tear) from L’Elisir d’Amore, Gaetano Donizetti

“Come Paride vezzoso” (As charming Paride) from L’Elisir d’Amore, Gaetano Donizetti

“What a night to fall in love” by Willy, a new opera by Christopher Powell+

“I Love You”, from Two Teasdale Songs, an original art song by Christopher Powell +

“My heart opens to your voice” by Samson and Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns

“Warm Like Autumn Light” from The Ballad of Baby Doe, Douglas Moore

* denotes Huntsville-based performer, + denotes living composer

Do It For Mead Productions presents LES MISADVENTURES DE MISSY BLACK Tue, 11 Jan 2022 00:56:06 +0000

Do It For Mead Productions will present a staged reading of Riley Anna’s new play, The Misadventures of Missy Black, as part of the Portland Fertile Ground Festival 2022. The reading, directed by Maddie Nguyen, will be available for free streaming in line from January 30 to February 3, 2021.

The Misadventures of Missy Black chronicles the life and adventures of a young woman who grows up to be a legendary pirate queen in an alternate version of late 18th-century New Haven. Missy Black, the daughter of a common criminal couple who yearns to escape her parents’ house, finds solace only in her close friendship with Danforth Collins, the son of the Connecticut governor. When forced by her parents to marry Jericho Black (a pirate captain and gentleman), she assembles her own crew of misfits, sailing the world making allies and enemies – all while trying to keep up. flutters his friendship with Danforth, who is following his own ambitions in New Haven and beyond.

Playwright Riley Anna says, “At the heart of this story is anyone who ever wanted to be a pirate: the kids who grew up with Peter Pan (and / or Penzance Pirates according to your parents), the girls who wanted to be Keira Knightly. – or Johnny Depp. If you like a big, found family, a strong song and cool swords, we want you to join our team. “

Shot entirely on location at the Gresham coffeeshop, Cafe Delirium, The Misadventures of Missy Black is presented entirely in digital and will be available via a link on the Fertile Ground website, as well as via the Do It For Mead Youtube channel. Director Nguyen is joined by a creative team that includes cinematographer Kat Yo and fight choreographer Zeb Bodine, with help from the University of Portland’s props department and digital lab.

Do It For Mead Productions, a fledgling theater and film company, was formed in the spring of 2020 both as a tribute to a beloved theater history teacher and as a solution to the challenges posed to the performing arts during the early blockages. of COVID-19. With a business made up almost entirely of students and recent college graduates, Do It For Mead Productions is dedicated to creating and supporting the art of artists early in their careers by providing them with paid opportunities for stage and production. ‘screen, and to “make the art you want to see in the world – even better if it’s with friends.”

]]> Nine Cornish running routes for everyone from beginners to marathoners Sun, 09 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Starting running in January is, at this point, a joke to a lot of people.

New Year’s resolutions often feel like they’re made to be broken, with annual photos of crowded gyms in the first week of January, inevitably followed a month later by deserted scenes.

But that doesn’t stop any of us from trying, and if you’re trying to make it the year you finally start running regularly, we know some great places to try.

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The gym can be a depressing place, as there is nothing more demotivating than a person twice (or half) your age completely overtakes you while you struggle to run 800 meters without passing out. .

It can be boring too, with nothing but the smell of sweaty bodies to tickle your senses.

And that’s not to mention the risk of Covid walking towards a treadmill being used by someone else a few minutes before next to other wheezing bodies.

So why not try out some of these outdoor running routes to satisfy that New Year’s resolution attempt?

If you think we missed a good one, let us know in the comments.

Bodmin / Wadebridge – Camel Trail

The view from the Camel Trail near Wadebridge which runs alongside the River Camel

What was once a railway line is now a well-known cycle path.

And if it’s good enough for a bike, surely it’s good enough for your feet?

The entire course is 18 miles long, or 27.8 km, but a short stretch will be enough to satisfy any budding runner.

On top of that, much of it is reasonably flat, so it’s suitable for beginners and a lot more interesting than running ten times in your local park.

Truro – Coosebean Woods

The beautiful Coosebean Valley is a short distance from downtown Truro
The beautiful Coosebean Valley is a short distance from downtown Truro

A popular point-to-point dog walking route, this winding path takes you from central Truro to the hospital and beyond, if desired.

Starting from Victoria Gardens on St George’s Road (or anywhere in town, really), go up the road away from town until you reach a three-lane junction. From there follow the signs to Threemilestone.

This will take you to the Coosebean Trail, a challenging – but beautiful and often calm running route.

The path begins as a road before giving way to a dedicated footpath and cycle path, and takes runners to Treliske hospital in a few kilometers.

He is very hilly, however, so not recommended for beginners hoping to pull off an easy run.

Truro – Malpas Road

The duck pond near Boscawen Park
The duck pond near Boscawen Park

If you fancy a slightly flatter route, try this one on the opposite side of Truro.

This route starts next to the Old Bakery Studios on Malpas Road. From there, run to Boscawen Park and turn right, river side.

Go around the park and come back to the other side of the park and back to Malpas Road on a route of just under 2 miles.

Alternatively, for the more courageous runners: instead of turning around at the end of Boscawen Park, head to Malpas itself before returning to Truro. You can even have a drink at the Heron Inn as a mid-workout treat.

This takes the road over three miles – and just under the 5 mile mark depending on your exact starting or ending point.

Newquay – Beach at Watergate Bay

Blue skies and seas on the golden sands of Watergate Bay, with tiny figures taken from afar
Watergate Bay

A less strict route, Watergate Bay is a beautiful setting to fend off the Christmas chub.

Off season, as we are now, there should be enough parking to get there from anywhere.

Otherwise if you are really trying to push yourself there is always the Newquay Coastal Path to Watergate Bay.

Newquay – Trenance Pleasure Lake

Trenance boating lake
Trenance boating lake

Not everyone likes to go point to point for their groceries – not least because you have to come back.

Trenance Boating Lake on the south side of town is the perfect setting for a loop.

According to Google Maps, the main road along the lake is about 0.3 miles long in one direction.

This means that a full circuit of the lakeside trail is approximately 0.5 to 0.6 miles (or 800 meters).

With slightly unstable calculations and guesswork, if you do 7 full laps, it’s your 5k, and more.

Bodmin – The Lighthouse

Gilbert Monument at the Bodmin Beacon Nature Reserve.
Gilbert Monument at the Bodmin Beacon Nature Reserve.

Perhaps the most scenic spot in Bodmin, any route made as you go around The Beacon is meant to boost the heart rate.

With plenty of side roads, paths, twists and turns, and rolling hills, the area is another where you will usually only be reached by dog ​​walkers.

Otherwise, use Beacon Lane, which runs all around the area, if you want to be more specific.

Penzance / Mousehole / Porthcurno / Sennen – coastal path

Land's End towards Sennen on the southwest coast path
Land’s End towards Sennen on the southwest coast path

Unless you have the stamina for a full 15.9 mile race, the entire race should not be attempted.

However, the coastal path between Penzance and Sennen is recommended on the course site

Departing near the Isles of Scilly ferry port, the route (mapped by James Sheppard) runs from Penzance, passing through Newlyn, Mousehold, Lamorna, St Loy, Penberth, through Porthcurno, Porthguarra to Land’s End.

Take your pick and cut it however you like – or try the near-marathon run in one of Cornwall’s most amazing locations.

Lizard – the “lizard loop”

Lizard Village

This one is a 7 km run that, if you are a local in Lizard Village, you can start quite close to home.

Another trail made by a jogger, this time named Chris Ellis, begins at the center of Lizard and heads east along Church Cove Road.

Continue until you reach the coastal path just above the lifeboat station and follow the coastal path around the bottom of the peninsula past Lizard Point, before returning along Lizard Head Lane to the village .

Keep in mind, however, that this will be difficult terrain for someone who is still new to running, so caution is in order.

Falmouth – Three Mile Loop

People enjoy the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth in Cornwall
People enjoy the sun on Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth in Cornwall

This trail is just under 5 km and is scenic but easy to access.

Start at the Methodist Church on Killigrew Street, then walk down Vernon Place, past Falmouth Town station, cross Melvill Road, and merge onto the waterfront via St Michael’s Hotel and Spa.

Next, head along Cliff Road next to beautiful Gyllyngvase Beach before heading to Prince of Wales Pier via Castle Drive, Bar Road and Arwenack Street.

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Cast are announced for UK premiere of THE REGULARS at Hope Mill Theater LGBTQIA + Arts Festival Fri, 07 Jan 2022 11:51:15 +0000

The final cast is announced today for ‘The Regulars’, the flagship event of Turn On Fest, the 3rd annual LGBTQIA + festival at Hope Mill Theater.

‘The Regulars’, a folk musical, which is produced and developed by Hope Mill Theater, has the music, lyrics and book by Will Shishmanian, who also directs the cast as Marc Howard.

The musical was developed with and directed by Miss Hazel Jade.

Marc Howard leaves his childhood home for a rural town in the upstate in search of a new kind of family. When he lands a warehouse job in the city’s local orchard, he encounters toxic masculinity and comes to terms with his new male privilege. On his first day of work, he befriends Dani Thompson, a queer black woman who opens her own gay bar. Over time, these two very regular people form and find a chosen family in each other and in their community.

With a passionate score and a familiar storyline, “The Regulars” is an original and compelling musical about identity and self-esteem, reminding us that despite our differences, we all deserve to be accepted for who we are. .

‘The Regulars’ will premiere in concert form at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 before moving on to a production workshop at the Hope Mill Theater in 2023.

To throw:

Will Shishmanian (he / he (author and performer of Mark) is a musical theater composer, lyricist and
singer-songwriter from Queens, New York.

Aiesha Pease (she / she, Dani) was at ‘Hadestown’ at The National Theater and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, touring UK.

Nathalie Paris (she / she, Betsy) just completed a three-year run as the original cast Jane seymour in ‘Six’ in the West End, winning an Olivier Award nomination.

Idriss Kargbo (he / him, Brandon) was Boq in ‘Wicked’, West End and Donkey in ‘Shrek’, UK tour.

Matthew Facchino (he / him, Derrick) was Anthony in “Sweeney Todd” at the English Theater in Frankfurt, and appeared in “All-Male Pirates of Penzance” by Sasha Regan in the West End.

Teddy Hinde (they / them, Jax) is a non-binary interpreter, currently in training at Trinity Laban
Conservatory of music and dance.

Mark Lockhart (he / him, Hunter) is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music Musical Theater Masters.

Amy Fleur (her / her, ensemble) was a featured soloist for the recent online production of “Godspell” from the Hope Mill Theater.

James Markham (he / him, together) was Feste in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Rafe in ‘Fourplay’ at the Royal Court in Liverpool.

Jordan Walker (he / they, together) graduated in 2021 from the Guildford School of Acting.

Director of ‘Les Réguliers’, Miss Hazel Jade, said: “I am incredibly excited to present Shish’s beautiful songs at Turn On Fest and to continue to develop ‘The Regulars’ with Hope Mill! It is a dream to share the world of Amberland with the Manchester public . “

Creative team:

Will Shishmanian, he / him (Author / Composer)
Miss Hazel Jade, she / she (Director / Developer)
George Strickland, he / him (Music Director)
Anessa marie, she / she (Concert arrangements)
Pearsion Casting (Concert Casting)
Josh evans, he / him (Sound engineer)
Tom Sutcliffe he / him (Festival Manager)
Hope Mill Theater (Producer)

Hope Mill Theater will collaborate with Trans Creative to dub the poster for ‘The Regulars’ alongside the new script Trans. Trans Social Club, a space for trans and non-binary people and their allies to meet, socialize and share their work in a safe and trans-friendly space to tell our own stories, will feature new writings from some some of the best trans artists in the Northwest, as well as others. and new talent to come.

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Ripon farmer says “Veganuary” – here’s why Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:28:06 +0000 THE boss of a Ripon-based online meat retailer is urging people to support “Seasonuary” instead of “Veganuary” this month.

In recent years, January has been viewed by some as “vegan,” meaning a commitment to a diet free of animal products for the entire month.

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It is claimed to be healthier and much better for the environment than eating meat and animal products.

However, John Pallagi, CEO and Founder of Farmison & Co, warns that Veganuary could have the opposite effect of what its supporters want – pushing for much more sustainable ways of eating, in pursuit of “simplistic narratives” about it. food.

Instead, he urges people to adopt a “seasonal” diet, eating locally grown foods that are appropriate for the season.

He said: “The persistence of the narrative that a plant-based diet is a quick fix for the climate crisis is concerning.

“Vegan cookbooks packed with almond and avocado recipes are an example of this and to me are far removed from the frosty Yorkshire landscape.

“The idea of ​​consuming food grown thousands of miles away, often chemically and water intensive, in the name of sustainability goes beyond satire and undermines the very concept of our seasons. ”

Mr Pallagi is also calling for a review of a UFL – a tax on non-seasonal foods – to help change the “all the time” mindset and promote lower-cost, low-impact eating.

He said, “Eating out of season should come at a cost. I ask that a UFL be an effective and alternative way to reduce the imports of these products – and the export of environmental damage for a more complete fruit and vegetable department. ”

He added: “Not only does eating seasonally mean the produce tastes better, it’s also much more sustainable – keeping food miles low, reducing waste and supporting local farmers.

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“As the UK climate warms, we risk losing the seasons that make our food culture so vibrant.

“Plant-based diets that depend on tropical imports threaten our seasons with their contribution to carbon emissions. ”

Compared to a lawyer traveling 6,321 miles from Peru to the UK, a rib eye steak from a Farmison farm in Castle Bolton in North Yorkshire would travel 75 miles to its Ripon head office for the packaging – distribution to Penzance would see this steak travel a maximum of 490 miles.

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Cedar Rapids Opera cancels “Cosi fan tutte” Mon, 03 Jan 2022 21:14:54 +0000

COVID-19 cited as reason for January production shutdown

General Manager Jason Anderson opens the door for guests on October 10, 2020 at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids. A performance of the Cedar Rapids opera slated for later this month at Paramount has been canceled due to COVID-19. (The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS – COVID has canceled productions of Cedar Rapids Opera’s “Cosi fan tutte”, scheduled for January 21 and 23 with Orchestra Iowa at the Paramount Theater.

In a press release, the board of directors of the opera company cited cases of COVID-19 within the company “Cosi”; the sharp increase in COVID infections overall, including the omicron variant; as well as the complexities of safely housing artists in volunteers’ homes, saying that “it became evident that it was impossible to create a production that meets both artistic and safety standards.”

“Cosi fan tutte” ticket holders, including Orchestra Iowa subscribers, will be contacted in the coming days with information on refunds and the possibility of converting tickets into a donation to “provide critical relief during these times. extraordinary “.

Cedar Rapids Opera, however, will continue to produce “Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears”, a virtual opera for young people. The singers will be recorded live and the recording will be available for free streaming at elementary schools, assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities across the state. Classrooms and community groups are encouraged to participate in discussions with the artists and the creative team after viewing the production through Zoom. More information is available at

Strict COVID testing, masking and distancing procedures are in place for this project, under the supervision of two COVID security officers.

Cedar Rapids Opera has a variety of digital and outdoor offerings slated for 2022, including a book club with The Maestro via Zoom on February 10; “The human voice” on the exterior balcony of the CRST building on May 13; a return to Brucemore this summer with “The Pirates of Penzance” from June 16 to 18; and another concert on June 15th.

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Happy New Year for whale and dolphin watching in Cornwall, but leave the wildlife alone, charity warns Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

This has been a good year for whales and dolphins in Cornwall, but people need to leave the wildlife alone for animal numbers to recover even more, a leading environmental charity has said.

The Wildlife Trusts, the parent organization of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said cetaceans (whales, dolphins, butts) took center stage in 2021 with sightings of humpback whales off the Isles of Scilly and orcas just below the Minack Theater.

Large numbers of humpback whales have been spotted in the UK this year. Until recently, sightings were extremely rare, but more than 75 sightings have been recorded since 2019, showing how populations are recovering after commercial whaling was banned. The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust saw humpback whales feeding around the islands with one individual, named Pi, who stayed for over two months.

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Meanwhile, two orcas named John Coe and Aquarius from the West Coast community, who normally reside off the Hebrides, have been spotted from the clifftop performance hall at the Minack Theater in the summer. It was the southernmost sighting of members of this unique group of killer whales in over 50 years and also the first confirmed record of killer whales in the charity’s database in addition to a decade.

Long-distance travelers have also seen Wally the arctic walrus show off off the north Cornish coast and also in Hugh Town harbor in St Mary’s.

Matt Slater, Marine Conservation Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trusts, said: “Only a few years ago it would have been extremely rare to see a humpback whale in the UK. But it looks like they are hunting the large schools of sardines that are now present around our coasts. It’s wonderful to see these creatures up close.

An amateur wildlife photographer got ‘pinched’ after filming stunning footage of a huge humpback whale on a boat trip in Cornwall. Brenda Tregunna, of St Columb Road, filmed the whale on a boat trip around Tater Du Lighthouse near Penzance.

However, the charity warned that the number of strandings has unfortunately increased with the tide of human pressure playing its part.

In Cornwall alone, more than 170 cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and an astonishing 247 seals stranded in 2021, many of which were injured by fishing activities. A humpback whale was found stranded off Looe Island after being caught in fishing lines, while seven gray seals washed up on Mousehole Beach in two days, tied to a spider net from Wed Nearby, the Devon Wildlife Trust reported 51 cetaceans washed up on beaches.

In February, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reported the stranding of a striped dolphin, which is rarely seen in the UK and more commonly found in the Mediterranean.

In September, a bottlenose dolphin known as Nick, which had been admired by Cornish swimmers, ran aground in Ireland with wounds corresponding to propeller damage while in December the Dorset Wildlife Trust ran aground in Ireland. found a stranded young pygmy sperm whale – only a handful have ever been seen in the UK.

Isles of Scilly authorities have built a 'safe space' for Wally The Walrus - a pontoon where he can relax undisturbed and cause less trouble
Isles of Scilly authorities have built a ‘safe space’ for Wally The Walrus – a pontoon where he can relax undisturbed and cause less trouble

In October, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reported that a pufferfish had been found on Downderry Beach – the first time it had run aground in 20 years. Pufferfish are oceanic species and rarely come this far north. This extraordinary fish inflates its body to ward off predators.

Matt Slater, Marine Conservation Officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “It was an incredible sighting. The ocean pufferfish lives in the open sea and rarely comes this far north. How and why he ended up in Cornwall is a mystery, although it is possible that he was swept away by summer storms.

Daniele Clifford, marine conservation officer for The Wildlife Trusts, said human activities, human disturbance, as well as the effects of climate change, were responsible for many strandings and injuries sustained by marine animals.

Temperature changes can disrupt eating habits and reproductive cycles, the association said.

Gray seals are often seen on Cornish beaches
Gray seals are often seen on Cornish beaches, but human disturbance can lead to injury and death

Daniele added: “Noise at sea caused by wind farms and other developments can confuse wildlife and divert whales and dolphins – we need to think carefully about any marine development going forward.

“In addition, far too many sea creatures are being needlessly killed due to unsustainable fishing practices, with lost and discarded fishing gear also causing havoc – especially for seals, dolphins and other marine mammals.”

Recreational activities are increasingly accused of disturbing animals, with vacationers enjoying activities like SUP or kayaking approaching whales or seals and scaring them which in turn can lead to injury.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust has reported that disturbances to marine wildlife have tripled since 2014, with increasing numbers of jet skis and motorboats a major concern.

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Lissa Batey, head of marine conservation for Wildlife Trusts, said: “It has been a fantastic year for marine megafauna sightings, especially in the southwest, but it is clear that our oceans are under immense pressure. fishing, development, pollution, climate change and recreation. All of these issues have a huge impact on life at sea.

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Little Women and 9 other films with scores by Alexandre Desplat Wed, 29 Dec 2021 17:30:00 +0000

Throughout his career, French composer Alexandre Desplat has written original scores for everything from famous franchises to works of art and essay. He has also forged partnerships with influential authors like Wes Anderson and Guillermo del Toro. Since winning his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Score in 2007, he has won the statuette twice and received eight other nominations for his work on films like Little woman.

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His exceptional work also earned the composer three BAFTAs. Desplat’s most recent collaboration with Anderson, The French dispatch, was nominated for the 2022 Golden Globes and is on the Oscar list for Best Original Music. Like John Williams and other influential film composers, Desplat has proven to be a monumental creative force in modern cinema.


The Queen (2006)

Helen Mirren answers the phone in The Queen

Desplat won the first Oscar for Best Original Music of his Career for the 2006 biographical drama The Queen. The film is set in 1997 and focuses on the aftermath of Princess Diana’s sudden death and the reaction of the royal family. For her role as Queen Elizabeth II, Helen Mirren has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

Desplat composed 16 different songs for The Queen performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the Oscar nomination, her score received a BAFTA Award for the nomination for best music for a film. Some exceptional compositions from Desplat’s original score include the majestic and swelling “The Queen” and the slightly menacing “Mourning”.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Mr Fox toasts in a supermarket in Fantastic Mr Fox

Animated film by Wes Anderson in 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox marks the first collaboration between the director and Desplat. An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s story from 1970, Anderson’s underrated stop-motion film is incredibly charming and stylishly embraces the decade of the story’s release. Since its release, Fantastic Mr. Fox has become one of Anderson’s best-known titles.

The theme of the film, “Mr. Fox in the Fields”, captures the audience’s attention with a few strokes of the banjo string and has become one of the most recognizable songs in Desplat’s vast catalog. The composer’s score contains as much whimsy and nostalgia as its source material, and touches of folk music help it stand out. Desplat’s work has won Oscar and BAFTA nominations.

The King’s Speech (2010)

King Colin Firth's speech

The king’s speech, Tom Hopper’s biographical drama about King George VI seeing a speech therapist to control his stuttering, is the first Oscar for best picture with an original score by Desplat. The king’s speech also won Oscars for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Desplat’s score won the BAFTA for Best Soundtrack and Best Soundtrack for Visual Media Grammy.

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A surprising R-rated film, The king’s speech would be the fourth film to land an Oscar nomination for Desplat, though it loses to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ memorable score for Social network. With retro-sounding compositions like “Queen Elizabeth” and the film’s title song, the composer used his sheet music to tell the story of an important man trying to express his thoughts to the masses.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Hermione looks upset in Deathly Hallows Part 1

One of Desplat’s five films in 2010, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and its second half of 2011 are among the composer’s most popular scores. The beginning of the end of Harry potter saga, the deathly hallows part 1 follows the Golden Trio as they hunt down Voldemort’s Horcruxes and risk their young lives for the good of the Wizarding World.

For Part 1, Desplat composed 29 original songs to guide the beloved characters through the final chapters of their stories. Among the stars are the opening track “Obliviate”, which plays as Hermione fades from her parents’ memories, and “Ron’s Speech”, a hauntingly beautiful song from the magical stage where Ron finds his friends after destroying Salazar Slytherin’s locket.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Sam and Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson Desplat’s second film composed for, Moonrise kingdom is a coming of age story about young love and adventure. Confused tweens Suzy and Sam flee after feeling alienated, heading to the New England wilderness on the fictional island of New Penzance. Moonrise kingdom features excellent performances from its cast of Hollywood legends and doe-eyed newcomers, as well as some of Anderson’s most iconic costumes.

Along with Desplat’s original orchestrations, another frequent Anderson collaborator, Mark Mothersbaugh, designed percussion compositions for the film. The Kingdom of Moonrise the score draws its stylistic inspiration from that of Benjamin Britten Youth guide and also features music by the late composer and various artists like Hank Williams and Leonard Bernstein alongside original songs by Desplat.

The Grand Hotel Budapest (2014)

Saoirse Ronan The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Hotel Budapest marks Desplat’s third collaboration with Wes Anderson and the composer’s first victory for Best Original Music at the Oscars. The dramatic comedy, nominated for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards, tells the story of a lobby boy’s adventures as an accomplice to a famous janitor after the man was charged with murder. With the Oscar, Desplat won his second BAFTA and Grammy.

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Desplat was inspired by Russian folk music, taking the viewer back in time as the film tells the story of Zero and Monsieur Gustave. The Grand Budapest Hotel’s score features the Osipov Russian State Folk Orchestra throughout its 32 tracks. “Mr. Moustafa” is one of Desplat’s most popular tracks on Spotify, and other great compositions include “Escape Concerto” and “The New Lobby Boy”.

The Imitation Game (2014)

Keira Knightley in the Imitation Game

At the 87th Academy Awards, Desplat competed in the Best Original Music category. While he won for The Grand Hotel Budapest, his score for the historical drama The imitation game is just as beautiful. The film explores the life of Alan Turing, a British mathematician and codebreaker, and won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Although he joined the project late, Desplat was able to create a fantastic score for the film. His score, which uses piano arpeggios to describe Alan’s constant thought, was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. Joan Clarke by Keira Knightley, one of Turing’s other coders, has her own song in the score, and “Joan” is as interesting and complex as the character she is named after.

The Shape of Water (2017)

Desplat won the second Oscar for Best Original Music of his Career for the 2017 film, The shape of water. The historic fantasy film is often considered the best and most romantic of del Toro’s feature films. Set during the Cold War, The shape of water tells the story of Elisa Esposito, a mute cleaner who falls in love with a human-amphibian hybrid held in a government lab.

In addition to the excellent performances of Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Doug Jones covered with a prosthesis, The shape of water has a high score. Now a master in his art, Desplat was able to create moving music to be associated with del Toro’s sci-fi romance. The composer won the Golden Globe for Best Original Music for Cinema and his third BAFTA. The titular composition was nominated for two Grammys.

Little Women (2019)

Emma Watson Florence Pugh Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen in Little Women 2019

Desplat landed the 11th Oscar nomination of her career for scoring Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little woman. After the four March sisters as they came of age in Massachusetts during the Civil War, Little woman received critical acclaim and 6 Oscar nominations, winning the award for best costume design.

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Starring a career-best performance by Saoirse Ronan and a starring tour of Florence Pugh, the seventh adaptation of Little woman has become a fan favorite. While Desplat may not have won a third Oscar for sheet music, tracks like “Laurie and Jo on the Hill” and “Plumfield” are among his best, the latter earning a Grammy nomination for best instrumental composition. .

The French Dispatch (2021)

The cast of La Dépêche française

The latest collaboration between Wes Anderson and Desplat, The French dispatch is a visual love letter to journalism told through three vignettes. Following stories written by three of the fictional newspaper’s reporters, the film explores an artist behind bars, the life of student activists, and the kidnapping of the police commissioner’s son.

Another of Desplat’s popular sheet music on Spotify, The French dispatch will compete for the Golden Globe for Best Original Music against Encanto, The Power of the Dog, Parallel Mothers and Dune. Some notable songs from the score include the entertaining and fast-paced “Animated Car Chase” and “Obituary”, the opening track of the film.

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Drivers face travel chaos during busiest day on the roads TODAY as Britons make five MILLION trips before Christmas Day Fri, 24 Dec 2021 07:52:39 +0000

DRIVERS face the chaos of motorway travel today as Britons are expected to make five MILLION trips before Christmas Day.

Brits will be caught in ‘Frenzied Festive Friday’ traffic as they embark on trips to spend Christmas with friends and relatives after Covid rules forced many to miss tours 12 years ago month.


Large queues on the M25 at Leatherhead in Surrey as the Christmas rush beginsCredit: LNP
Highways expected to experience the heaviest bumper-to-bumper traffic since Christmas 2015


Highways expected to experience the heaviest bumper-to-bumper traffic since Christmas 2015

Research from RAC and data firm INRIX expects Christmas Eve to be a “frenzied festive Friday” – with 5.3 million car trips made on December 24 alone.

And major roads will be the busiest between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to RAC’s analysis.

Although demand for train travel is around 50% of pre-pandemic levels, thousands of people are traveling by train to spend Christmas with their loved ones.

The Christmas Eve rush will be most intense between the A303 at West Solstice Park and the A36, RAC and INRIX have warned.

Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Christmas could go on without lockdown as he reassured panicked Britons that they could spend time with loved ones.

CrossCountry warns it will offer “very limited service” today and on New Years Eve due to strikes by members of the Railways, Maritime and Transportation (RMT) union.

The company will not operate any trains between Aberdeen and Edinburgh on Friday; Glasgow Central and Edinburgh; Derby and Nottingham; Leicester and Stansted Airport; Cheltenham Spa and Cardiff Central; Newton Abbot and Paignton; or Plymouth and Penzance.

Hundreds of trains have also been canceled across Britain due to staff shortages linked to the pandemic.

There were also disruptions today on West Midlands Railway services between Birmingham New Street and Redditch due to an issue with the signaling system.

A similar problem in Hampshire has also caused delays on the south coast between Havant and Portsmouth harbor for those using the Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and Southern services.

Some 370 engineering projects are underway on the railways in the coming days, which will also disrupt services.

Heathrow Airport will be cut off from the rail and tube network on Christmas Day and Boxing Day due to the simultaneous work of Network Rail and Transport for London.

Inrix analyst Bob Pishue has suggested leaving later today as the roads will start to become blocked by early afternoon.

He said: “With children out of school and many Britons taking extended holidays, drivers can expect moderate delays in the UK, but more congestion on the motorways inside and outside of cities.

“It is recommended to leave later in the day, as the roads will start to become blocked by the beginning of the afternoon.”

AA Road Policy Officer Jack Cousens told The Sun: “Omicron’s influence is now being felt, so our outage statistics have remained reasonably low as people have decided to cancel events. and not to travel.

“That said, Thursday and Friday could be busy as people make the decision to see their families for a shorter period – two to three days instead of a week or so.”

Omicron’s rapid boom has wreaked havoc on public transport as major train stations have been eerily quiet as staff shortages cancel trains and cautious workers choose to work from home and avoid transport. in common.

Rail operators have seen a significant drop in passenger numbers following the Prime Minister’s door-to-door order – with Greater Anglia even removing trains from its schedules due to falling numbers.

Rail passengers have been urged to check train services before traveling amid concerns over disruption caused by the surge in Covid cases.

Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 on Christmas Eve is busy in the arrival and departure areas


Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 on Christmas Eve is busy in the arrival and departure areasCredit: w8media
Euston Station this morning as people leave London on Christmas Eve


Euston Station this morning as people leave London on Christmas EveCredit: w8media
Brits will be caught in 'Frenetic Festive Friday' traffic as they embark on trips to spend Christmas with friends and relatives


Brits will be caught in ‘Frenetic Festive Friday’ traffic as they embark on trips to spend Christmas with friends and relativesCredit: LNP
Christmas Getaway Traffic on the M25 in Dartford, Kent


Christmas Getaway Traffic on the M25 in Dartford, KentCredit: LNP
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