Tamara Taylor will become England’s second most-capped player, overtaking Jason Leonard, when she takes the field in the Women’s Six Nations showdown against France. Shay Waterworth reports High flyer: Tamara Taylor in lineout action against Wales (Getty Images) “We’re expecting a close game and we’ve been working on getting our intensity right and eradicating unforced errors,” adds Taylor.Whatever the result is on Saturday, Taylor does have something to look forward to. “The after-match food in France is always outstanding. I’ve got my eye on big French baguettes and jams,” she smiles.BIG CHANGESDespite naming the same pack that lost to Ireland in round three, Wales have made four changes to their back-line as they welcome Italy to the Principality Stadium on Sunday. Scrum-half Keira Bevan and wing Jaz Joyce will make their first appearances for Wales in 2018 while Hannah Jones and Robyn Wilkins also return to the starting XV.STILL IN THE RUNNINGThe Irish have made two changes to the side that beat Wales in the previous round, with Leinster’s Hannah Tyrrell being promoted from the bench to the wing and Cliodhna Moloney being named at hooker for the game against Scotland at Donnybrook Stadium.Return: Hannah Tyrrell is back in the Ireland line-up to play Scotland (Getty Images)Scotland are yet to win a game in the 2018 tournament, sitting above Italy after earning a losing bonus point against Wales in the opening round.Women’s Six Nations Round Four FixturesSaturday 10 March France v England, 8pm, Stade des Alpes, Live on Sky SportsSunday 11 March Wales v Italy, 11.45am, Principality Stadium, Live on BBC Wales Sunday 11 March Ireland v Scotland, 1pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Live on RTEBe sure to follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tamara Taylor to hit England milestone against FranceThe European skiing season comes to a close for thousands of tourists over the next few weeks, but England are making a mid-season trip to the Alps this weekend in one of the biggest games of the calendar year, with a Grand Slam and Women’s Six Nations title on the line.England and France have won all three matches in this year’s championship with a bonus point, leaving the Red Roses on top of the table with a better points difference. The winner of this game at Grenoble’s Stade des Alpes will become favourites for the title going into the final round, with the possibility of a Grand Slam.Landmark: Tamara Taylor will win her 115th England cap against France (Getty Images)This monumental game will mean more to one player in particular. England’s Tamara Taylor, two days after International Women’s Day, will overtake legendary prop Jason Leonard to become England’s second most-capped player of all time with 115 caps.“If I stop and think about it I have to pinch myself,” says Taylor. “But I can’t afford to reflect on something like this halfway through a tournament. Myself and the rest of the squad are fully focused on the game.”Taylor was named RPA Player of the Year for 2017 and has represented the Red Roses in four separate Rugby World Cups. The 36-year-old is now in her 13th year of international rugby and is still playing a key role for the England team, playing every game in last year’s Grand Slam, four out of five games at the 2017 World Cup and every game of this year’s championship so far.Leading the way: Rochelle Clark takes on France in last year’s Women’s World Cup (Getty Images)Rochelle Clark, also in the squad for this weekend, is the only player with more England caps than Taylor with 135 and counting.“I’m not sure I’ll be alive when Rocky stops playing,” adds Taylor. “She’s a real inspiration and true role model to the game, but I have no intention of stopping playing as long as my body stays fit.”Related: Women’s Six Nations fixturesEngland head coach Simon Middleton has recalled captain Sarah Hunter and veteran centre Rachael Burford after they recovered from injury, while Amber Reed, Abigail Dow and Marlie Packer also return to the starting line-up.Taylor says: “It’s great to have their experience back in the team, it’s something we need when playing away in France. We’re expecting a lot of noise from the French fans and their front five will be big and physical.”Blue tune: France Women have been in great form in the Six Nations (Getty Images)This time last year, England recovered from being 13-0 down to beat les Bleus 26-13 at Twickenham and they also turned over France 20-3 in the World Cup semi-final in August.
Tagged with: Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Today’s Guardian Media section includes an interview with UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake. In Charity begins online Nicola Hill writes that “The web’s full potential for fundraising is only now being recognised.”Find out what Howard said in Charity begins online at The Guardian’s Newsunlimited. (No charge registration required).Read other press coverage of Howard Lake and Fundraising UK Ltd. Howard Lake interviewed in today’s Guardian Howard Lake | 24 October 1999 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Students organize concert benefiting Cook Children’s Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Fashion merchandising’s hidden asset Facebook TAGSembedded photo – instagrammap – interactivevideo Taylor Wirtzhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-wirtz/ Taylor Wirtzhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-wirtz/ Previous articleJalen Reagor sees opportunity for more than football at TCUNext articleA&J Podcast – February 7, 2017 Taylor Wirtz RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Panhellenic gives sorority recruitment a makeover World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Taylor Wirtzhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-wirtz/ + posts ReddIt Melt Ice Creams lets customers do the advertising Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printWhen 21-year-old TCU student Victoria Doder left California for Texas, she didn’t realize just how much of home she brought with her.“My whole family went to school in California, and so seeing girls in big shirts was not my thing, I always dressed as though I was from California,” Doder said.Doder quickly realized that her style made her stand out.“Everybody that I would always meet would go ‘Oh my God you dress so Cali,’” she said.Inspired by the comments on her personal style, Doder decided to turn her Southern California lifestyle into a brand, naming it ‘So Cali Creations’. For now, she’s focusing on selling handmade choker necklaces and bracelets for $10 to $20 each.Doder makes each piece in her room in her sorority house. She said her client base has grown rapidly, something she credits to her sole form of advertising: an Instagram account.“I felt like Twitter has gone down since high school,” she said. “I deleted mine and Facebook.”“People are friends with everybody in the world so I was like okay Instagram is where everybody can post comments, pictures post videos now, DM or whatever,” she said.Doder said she considered using the popular online marketplace Etsy, but didn’t like how much of the profit the website takes.According to Professor Artemis Moon, who teaches marketing at the Neeley School of Business, in today’s technology-based world, social media marketing may be all one needs when first starting a business.“At the beginning, which is the introductory stage, you are trying to make the consumer your target market. Social media has changed the way marketers communicate their brands to their target market. Right now, we have for example for Instagram, we have about 14 million users. And that shows that Instagram and different types of social media are now very actively used by the consumer base,” said Moon.Moon said social media can make the consumer feel more connected with brands, giving them the sense that their voice is being heard or their opinion is counted.“It has more personalized the way the marketers can reach their target market,” Moon said.Doder was inspired by the reach of Instagram after seeing her brother use it for his own company.“My brother actually started his own business of making surfing fins and that’s kind of what he used to promote it, and he knows a bunch of well-known surfers,” she said. “So I was like okay if he knows people I could reach out to people.”In addition to running her own account, Doder reached out to over fourteen well-known models and other social media celebrities to promote her line, sending pieces of jewelry to those who responded so they could showcase it on their own accounts. Some of the models have as many as 200,000 followers.“I think it spreads the word so that it’s not just like people in California, or Texas where I go to school, are aware of what I’m doing,” Doder said. “So that people in different countries are aware or different states are aware.”Moon said this idea of using social media celebrities to promote a brand is a common and well-used strategy.“The strategy that [Doder] is using is actually what we call placement strategy. In other words, the product is used by a celebrity or by a person of interest or movie or a TV program,” Moon said. “It is not a new strategy, but it’s part of what we call trying to get your brand out there to the consumer so they have the feeling that it’s not only them who’s going to be using the product but they are partially using what the person that they are interested in or that the are following, what they are using.”Doder said Instagram has connected her with clients from all over.“I had a girl reach out to me who’s from New Jersey that wanted them and I was like ‘whoa,’ was not expecting that.”For more information on So Cali Creations, check out its Instagram account. Taylor Wirtzhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-wirtz/ Taylor Wirtz Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history
Bars & Clubs Warm Yourself Up With 1886 Barâ€™s New Winter Cocktail Menu! From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 24, 2014 | 2:16 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News The holidays are over and the New Year has begun. No more stress about shopping for that perfect gift or what dessert to bring to your neighborâ€™s party; now itâ€™s time to de-stress and unwind with 1886 Bar at The Raymond as they unveil their latest winter cocktail menu.This time around, the 1886 bar team has paired their winter menu down to three sumptuous sections Hot, Shaken and Stirred, and they have called upon a literary classic, the Maurice Sendak book, Where The Wild Things Are to encapsulate the list.â€œWeâ€™ve covered a lot of ground, and given a lot of attention to the basics over the years,â€ says Head Barman Brady Weise. â€œWe started with shaken and stirred, expanded into elixirs and refreshers, and our last menu was based on dubstep. So weâ€™ve reached the point of maturity in our program where we can riff on an idea. Our drink making has evolved. Some are wacky and push boundaries, but all of them are creative, so we started thinking about what represents that. As the team was discussing how the list came together, I thought of the line from the book that goes, â€˜In the night, a forest grew.â€™ And someone said, â€˜Thatâ€™s it â€“ Where The Wild Things Are!â€™ Not only do we use a lot of non-traditional techniques in handcrafting out cocktails, but we are all kind of wild in our own way.â€No question 1886 patrons will go wild over their latest menu, paring things down to three simple categories that aptly describe their wares. That doesnâ€™t mean the 1886 crew has been slacking, though. In fact, far from it, while working on four cocktails in the three sections has allowed them to go even further into their liquid exploration.The journey begins with Hot the category, which features, what else? Hot Toddyâ€™s! Says Weise, â€œWhen you look at cocktail culture, there are so many ways to serve a drink and so many different kinds of glassware to serve it in. But when it comes to Toddyâ€™s, the glasses all look the same and the drinks look the same because they are basically hot water, a spirit and a sweetener. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that, but at 1886 we want to get interesting and create an exciting presentation for our guests to enjoy.â€One of the drinks from the Hot section that definitely exemplifies this ideal is the Czech Mate which was created by Weise, and is a toddy featuring Becherovka, tamarind reduction, and orange bitters served in an ornate ceramic mug thatâ€™s gilded in gold. There is also a Hot Sangria created by Peter Lloyd-Jones which features piping hot spiced wine thatâ€™s been infused for 24 hours with blackberries, blueberries and cherries before being spiked with brandy, and served with a stick of cinnamon and a blood orange twist. Even though the holidays have disappeared, The Snowbird created by Saul Soto, will inspire warm thoughts of the season with a creamy, pumpkin-spice Chai latte pepped up with some 12-year El Dorado Demerara rum, Lemonhart and a little cinnamon. And no hot winter drink list would be complete without a classic hot chocolate, with a twist, of course. So satisfy your liquored sweet tooth with the Patty O’Green created by Gillian Georges, featuring house made hot cocoa, Fernet Menta, Marshmellow Espuma and a mini-candy cane.The next section on the list is the classic Stirred, with a combo of cocktails destined to render you officially untamed. Start with The Bull’s Eye, also created by Gillian Georges which is a combo of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Amaro Nocino and a dash of Cassis. Then, sample From Prussia with Love also courtesy of Weise, which is a potent pairing of blood orange infused vodka, Lillet Rouge, Benedictine and orange bitters. The Memphis Bound concocted by Lloyd-Jones will get you going with Fighting Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a touch of brown sugar and Memphis barbeque bitters served with a bacon and jalapeÃ±o garnish. And finally, youâ€™ll definitely want to pay some tasty attention to Greg Gertmenianâ€™s Follow Your Nose, featuring Agricole Rhum, East India Lustau Sherry and Amaro Montenegro, garnished with a crisped grapefruit peel.Lastly, thereâ€™s the time-honored, but hardly traditional Shaken section, spiked with the kind of creative flare that only the 1886 crew can provide. Starting things off is Adam McLeanâ€™s The Wild Inside, a refreshing Collins with London Dry Gin, Barrel-aged Genever, lemon, mint and pomegranate. Next up is Gillian Georges The Moroccan Exchange, a tantalizing blend of Dos MaderasPX Rum, Nicaraguan 5-year Rum, fresh lime and harissa spices, served down on a rock of ice and finished with Smith & Cross. Then thereâ€™s Peter Lloyd Jonesâ€™ Sao Paolo Fix, a unique hybrid cocktail using muddled lime, Cachaca and a heaping spoonful of St. Dalfour French blackberry jam, served with cracked ice and a mist of Navy-strength Smith & Cross.Finally, thereâ€™s the Rico Suaveâ€¦ but we will let Weise give you the details on this one. â€œWhat I love about this cocktail is that itâ€™s a riff on whatâ€™s considered to be classic Central and South American ingredients,â€ he notes. â€œSo it calls upon an ancient Mexican recipe that uses fermented corn, pineapple and spices, then we compliment it with German Hefeweizen to make it a beer cocktail. When I was doing research on the history of the recipe I discovered it was an old Aztec way of making their own beer and spicing it up, so we just added to it to give it a full dimensional experience of flavor. Itâ€™s kind of like a Manhattan in that thereâ€™s only three ingredients, but itâ€™s incredibly profound in its construction.â€And labor intensive, too. Because this cocktail is very complicated to make and takes a time to produce, the Rico Suave, created by Jesus Gomez and Saul Soto, is actually limited to two per customer to ensure everyone gets a taste. Says Weise, â€œWe want everyone to have a chance to try it out, and we have learned from experience with drinks like the Coffee and Cigarettes that sometimes limiting them is the best way to ensure everyone has the opportunity to sample it. Plus, it is a traditional family recipe, and we want to honor that recipe by not taking shortcuts.â€Now that 1886 is a hearty three years into their cocktail program, 1886 Bar has been taking a look back at their past, and realizing where they have come, in an effort to shape their future. The idea behind going back to a simpler, three-section structure was both meant to honor their beginning and simplify things for their guests, while still giving the team the opportunity to explore greater depths within the three cocktail categories. While 1886 is always thinking of their dedicated clientele, they are also thinking of their guests who are coming to the bar for the very first time and might be new to the kind of liquid artistry that the team has become renowned for.â€œWhen you look at the history of the area and the influence of experiences over time, where a microclimate has afforded us everything we want year around, we never want to take that for granted,â€ States Weise. â€œWeâ€™re fortunate enough to live somewhere where we can get Bavarian beer, fresh produce and incredible spirits, As we created this list, we continue to honor not just the history of California and of 1886 Bar, but also of the evolution of what we have from around the globe thatâ€™s readily available to help us make a great cocktail.â€Which is exactly how it should be at 1886 Bar; inventive, tasty, explorative and wild to the very end!For more information about 1886 Barâ€™s winter cocktail menu or reservations at The Raymond Restaurant, please call them directly at (626) 441-3136 or visit www.theraymond.com. 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News Updates’Slumdog Millionaire’ Actor Madhur Mittal Granted Interim Protection In Sexual Assault Case Sharmeen Hakim12 March 2021 6:29 AMShare This – xA sessions court in Mumbai granted Slumdog Millionaire actor Madhur Mittal interim protection from arrest till March 26, in a sexual assault case filed against him by a 28-year-old woman on February 23, 2021.The woman, his former girlfriend, has accused him of sexually assaulting and battering her on February 13, at her Mumbai residence, after they broke up.Additional Sessions Judge…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA sessions court in Mumbai granted Slumdog Millionaire actor Madhur Mittal interim protection from arrest till March 26, in a sexual assault case filed against him by a 28-year-old woman on February 23, 2021.The woman, his former girlfriend, has accused him of sexually assaulting and battering her on February 13, at her Mumbai residence, after they broke up.Additional Sessions Judge Sonali Aggarwal, after hearing the anticipatory bail plea, observed, “Considering the nature of the offence and the circumstances of the case, the police is directed not to take any coercive action against the accused till the next date.” The plea, among other grounds, cites a 10-day delay in filing of FIR. Mittal’s lawyer argued before the court that the allegations were made only to defame Mittal.Mittal has been booked under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354A, 354B & 354(D) (sections relating to stalking, forcibly disrobing) and 509 (words or gestures intending to insult the modesty of any woman) of IPC in the FIR registered at the Khar Police Station.During the anticipatory bail hearing, prosecutor Meera Choudhry argued that Mittal has admitted his presence at the scene of offence on February 13, 2021. “They have admitted everything except that he beat her up.”Reading from the complaint, Choudhry said that even after the break-up Mittal kept harassing the complainant. “She informed her flatmate, who asked her to approach the police, but she went to a friend’s house, instead,” Choudhry argued.On February 15, Mittal allegedly came below the victim’s house again, but left after her lawyer Niranjani Shetty threatened to call 104, the woman’s helpline number.She was hurt under the eye and lip, and took treatment from Holy Family Hospital for her injuries on February 16, prosecutor Choudhry said, adding, an FIR was finally registered against Mittal on February 23.Advocate Saveena Bedi of Law Hive Associates, denied the allegations against Mittal. “These allegations are all false. I have evidence but I don’t want to defame the victim. What is the need for his custodial interrogation?”She added that her client had no criminal cases pending against him either. “She (Victim) goes for a medical after three days. She has telephoned me after the alleged incident. Just because she provides four photographs of dark circles and torn lips, can that become an injury?” Bedi argued. In his anticipatory bail application, Mittal has also invoked his success as an actor in his defence. “The applicant is a well know actor and was seen in shows such as Slumdog Millionaire, Boogie Woogie whereas the informant is a model and struggling actor,” his application reads.Mittal states that he was in a steady relationship with the victim even when he was shooting in Jaipur last month. He claims the victim broke up with him after he fell asleep on a video call. Mittal claimed that on the day of the alleged incident, he called the complainant from below her house and went up only after she agreed. He denied beating her up or touching her without her consent.In his ABA, Mittal says that he met with an accident some time ago due to which he has artificial incisors, with no sensation in them. “Due to this, the applicant does not realise if small cuts are caused on others lips while kissing,” his application states.Mittal has also accused the victim of being religiously biased and trying to convert him. The ABA accuses the complainant of regularly ordering non-vegetarian food at his house, knowing his family was vegetarian.The case will now come up for hearing on March 26Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
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DNV GL’s artificial intelligence (AI) research center signed a joint development project (JDP) with Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI) Image: The strategic cooperation agreement was signed by Mr. Qian Jianping, Vice President of CSSC, and Norbert Kray, Regional Manager for Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime. Photo: Courtesy of DNV GL. CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in the world, has entered into a new strategic partnership with DNV GL. A framework agreement between both parties was signed during Marintec China trade fair last week by Mr. Qian Jianping, Vice President of CSSC, and Norbert Kray, Regional Manager for Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime. The ceremony was witnessed by Remi Eriksen, Group President & CEO of DNV GL, CSSC Chairman Mr. Lei Fanpei, and CSSC Group President Mr. Yang Jincheng.The strategic partnership will focus on developing future-proof solutions and competencies for shipping in a variety of fields including alternative fuels and environmentally friendly technologies, new vessel designs to meet the IMO greenhouse gas targets, digitalization and cyber security. Other areas of research and exchange are the design and building of large offshore floating structures, deep sea mining and agriculture, and ocean research activities. Under the agreement, DNV GL will support CSSC in their project engineering, construction and installation process by offering classification, certification, verification, consultancy, software and joint development services to the shipbuilding group.“This agreement further strengthens the excellent relationship between CSSC and DNV GL,” said Remi Eriksen, Group President & CEO of DNV GL. “We have worked together on a number of state-of-the-art projects already this year, and with the merger of CSSC and CSIC I am confident the strategic agreement now signed will create even more joint opportunities in our targeted markets.”“CSSC and DNV GL have been long-standing friends. The new strategic agreement will further strengthen our cooperation and expand its scope. When the largest shipbuilding group in the world and the leading classification society are joining forces to promote smart manufacturing, new ship research and development, and clean energy utilization, then this is of benefit for the whole maritime industry,” said CSSC Chairman Mr. Lei Fanpei.During the trade fair, DNV GL and CSSC group shipyards had already announced several joint projects, including an Approval in Principal (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard for the design of a gas-fuelled 25,000 TEU container vessel, which would be the largest ship of its type to date, and a JDP with Huangpu-Wenchong Shipbuilding Company for a new energy-efficient 5,000 TEU Panamax container ship for the fast-growing intra-Asia trades.AIPs were also presented to CSSC’s ship design consultancy SDARI for the design of a 93,000/135,000 cbm very large ethane carrier (VLEC), as well as to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. for a concept design of a box-type self-elevating offshore fish farming unit.In addition, DNV GL’s artificial intelligence (AI) research center signed a joint development project (JDP) with Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI). The project looks to improve welding non-destructive testing (NDT) efficiency through the use of AI technology for the automatic detection and assessment of radiography testing (RT) digital images.DNV GL has a long history of working closely with CSSC and other Chinese customers to support them in managing the changes brought about through the tectonic shifts in markets, environmental regulations and technology. DNV GL has had a presence in China for 131 years with currently more than 350 experts across the region, a specialized approval hub, and a new research centre focused on artificial intelligence, based in Shanghai. Source: Company Press Release
Conor Doak revisits the subversive films of Swedish director Lukas Moodyson Those who imagine Sweden as a delightful, ABBA-singing land of snow, socialism and smorgasbords will perhaps be surprised to learn that it is the home of one of European cinema’s most melancholic directors. Lukas Moodysson is a hard-hitting realist whose socially-engaged films have confronted a wide range of social issues, from teenage angst and alienation to the commodification of sexuality and the body.His work is well-known in Scandinavia, and he has won a handful of European prizes, but the British distaste for foreign language cinema means he is known here only among a small number of faithful devotees.Moodysson’s international break came in 1998 with Show Me Love, a heart-warming coming-out story of a lesbian teenager growing up in a conservative dead-end Swedish town. The two lead actresses, teenage Alexandra Dahlström and Rebechka Liljeberg, handle their roles with a sensitivity and maturity that belie their lack of experience. The film uses delicately drawn characters and brilliantly understated acting to produce some penetrating insights into teenage psychology. The combination of a low-budget set and simple camera techniques works to produce a sense of hyperrealism that has quickly become the trademark of Moodysson’s work. This hyperrealism obviously draws from the Dogme movement in neighbouring Denmark. Like the Dogme directors, Moodysson rejects cinematic gimmicks, special effects, and nail-biting action sequences. Those who enjoyed slow-burning character dramas such as Scherfig’s Italian for Beginners (2000) will love Moodysson. However, at least in these early films, Moodysson distances himself from the more experimental techniques of the movement: don’t expect shaky cameras or grainy video in his work. Together (2000) is a delightfully wacky film that is part uplifting Romantic comedy, part engaging social critique. Elisabeth (Lisa Lindgren), a middle-class suburban wife and mother walks away from her husband and failing marriage. Lacking a place to live, she finds herself and her children staying with her brother Göran (Gustav Hammersten), who resides in a hippy commune. It’s the Sweden of the ‘70s, and much of the comedy derives from the tensions between the staid middle-class values of Elisabeth and the muesli-eating, Trotsky-reading, free-loving world in which she finds herself. Although at times nostalgic about the ideas behind communal living, Moodysson is careful not to romanticise the sometimes harsh realities of the lifestyle. The film is particularly successful in exploring the difficulties that arise when trying to turn the idealistic philosophies of the hippy movement into lived realities: one character struggles to reconcile his ideological view of free love with his personal longing for his partner to remain monogamous. These juxtapositions are dealt with subtlety and sensitivity, and Moodysson refrains from any easy judgements about his subjects.His more recent films are more overtly critical of mainstream society. Lilya 4-ever (2002) is a harrowing look at the problem of people-trafficking. In some forgotten corner of Eastern Europe, the teenage Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) is abandoned by her parents and forced to live a harsh life on the streets. Despite striking up a close sisterly friendship with the streetwise-but-innocent urchin Volodya (Artyom Bogucharksy), Lilya is enticed to leave her country with the promise of a supposedly better life in the West. On arrival in Sweden, Lilya discovers that she has been the victim of an international scam and is forced to work as a prostitute. The scenes of sexual violence, although not particularly explicit, are distressing and will remain with you for days after watching the film. This is a much tougher, more unrelenting film than his previous two features, and its hard-hitting, didactic message and quasi-documentary style places it more in the tradition of overtly political films – think Ken Loach –than the experimental Dogme movement. Moodysson’s political and religious views now begin to emerge more clearly. In interviews, he claims that the anti-capitalist riots of 2001 in Gothenburg strengthened his resolve to be a political film-maker. He is both a committed leftist and a practising Christian and both of these beliefs clearly inform Lilya 4-ever. The film suggests that there is more humanity and freedom among the street-children living in the abandoned factories than the leafy middle-class suburbs of Malmö. One’s own experiences and political views will likely determine how convincing that seems. Most, however, will probably find the mystical conclusion – where Volodya is transfigured into a Christ figure complete with angel wings – too much to stomach. The problem is not the idea of a Christ figure itself so much as the incongruity of celestial angels suddenly appearing in a film otherwise characterised by stark and brutal realism.Moodysson remains political in his two most recent offerings, but he has veered heavily towards experimental techniques. Undoubtedly, this has disappointed a large part of his traditional audience. Don’t watch Hole in my Heart (2004) with your Mum: it’s a gory, grotesque and plotless examination of the internet porn industry. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a copy of Container (2006) anywhere, a stream-of-consciousness narrative that covers Moodysson’s same themes of alienation, exploitation and social and sexual conformity. Both films have excited the art-house critics immensely, and it’s true that they have moments of brilliance, particularly in their some innovative use of montage and camera technique. However, I found they lacked some of the subtlety of Moodysson’s earlier work with their over-reliance on graphic shock value.It will be interesting to see whether Moodysson returns to a more mainstream style in Mammoth (currently in pre-production for 2009 release). Both his decision to shoot the movie in English, and to cast the popular Gael Garcia Bernal as the lead male, suggest a return to a more accessible format. If Mammoth is executed with the same skill and finesse as his earliest work, this film could open up the British and American market for Moodysson and make him into a household name. Watch this space.
However many friends you may have on Facebook, humans brains cannot cope with more than 150 friendships, according to a recent Oxford study.Robin Dunbar, who studies social circles and the brain, developed “Dunbar’s number” in the 1990s. He says it is the neocortex, a part of the brain, which limits the size of our social group.Despite the rise of social networking sites where many members have thousands of friends, the professor of Evolutionary Anthropology insists his theory still holds true today. Preliminary results from his research on the “Facebook effect” looking at Facebook traffic show that even the most sociable people do not really care about more than 150 friends.Dunbar commented, “People obviously like the kudos of having hundreds of friends.”He added, “There is a big sex difference though … girls are much better at maintaining relationships just by talking to each other. Boys need to do physical stuff together.”