Turn of the Screw, Hertford College chapel 13/2/2008 Many of us cannot resist the thrill of a supernatural tale. For some this comes at the expense of serenity in the later hours, as we attempt to free our minds of ghoulish flashbacks. Benjamin Britten’s haunting opera Turn of the Screw, based on the novel by Henry James, certainly satisfies this self-destructive craving. The Oxford Opera Company’s rendition of the opera will give the most insatiable glutton for punishment a run for their money and send them scrabbling for their teddy bears. The chapel of Hertford College makes a perfect setting. The billowing curtains of the chapel’s entrance, the echoing acoustic and the February chill outside contributed to the eerie sense, which the performers’ proximity with the audience helped to heighten. Admittedly this set-up could have led to a messy collision between some hapless audience member and one of the formidable underskirts: however, it allowed close-range appreciation of the full ghastly glory. Only at this distance could we note the unnervingly blank expression of the children’s faces, or the way in which Mrs Jessel’s crimson dress brought out the blood-shot hue of her eye makeup. Combined with Britten’s chromatic score, the performers’ slow and stylized movements, and some appropriate banshee-style wails, the opera was most affecting. The inimitable atmosphere was owed largely to a sterling cast. Sara Jonsson gave an extremely expressive performance as the Governess. She moulded her powerful voice to fit the nuances of dynamics and tempo, combining these with vivid facial expressions and gestures. Adam Tunnicliffe as the Narrator and Peter Quint were also highly impressive, producing an intensely rich tone, and Katherine Cooper as Miss Jessel conveyed a great emotional range through the variation of her vibrato. Heather Uren and Toby Pleming as the children made their mark not only with the sweetness and clarity of their tone but through the use of vocal articulation and gesture to convey their transition from innocence to childish spite throughout the course of the narrative. James Ross as conductor managed to sustain the tension within the orchestra effectively through slowly building crescendos, culminating in the climax of the ending. Perhaps the efforts of some of the sections as a unit were not always entirely cohesive but the clarity of the solo lines stood out, and in certain sections, such as the Bell scene of Act two, the orchestra and the voices came together with a hushed, menacing incisiveness that provoked shivers from the audience. Some might not enjoy the unsettling sensation that exists throughout the opera, but whether the spider that crawled across the aisle during the fade-out of the final scene was there by accident or had been strategically planted to enhance the atmosphere, it certainly leads to an entertaining evening! by Hannah Nepil
7 September 2012African’s most vulnerable people are unseen and unaccounted for because there is no official record of their existence, says President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the 2nd Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Conference in Durban on Thursday, Zuma expressed concern over Africa’s scandal of invisibility – a situation where people are born and die without leaving a trace of their existence in any legal record.“It has meant that the most vulnerable people in Africa remain unseen and not counted. They practically do not exist.”It was important for the citizens of all of Africa’s 54 countries to be registered – something that could only achieved through efficient civil and registration systems, Zuma told the delegates.The social inclusion agendaOnce everyone in Africa was registered and accounted for, the continent could plan better for its people and its development.“Central to the advancement of Africa’s development is the social inclusion agenda, which we cannot successfully accomplish without proper and modern civil registration systems.”The conference was part of the exercise of Africa conducting its own affairs, part of which meant undoing the legacy of colonialism which had deprived Africans of identity and citizenship, Zuma said.“Africa cannot fulfil its development agenda unless we know who we are, where we live, work and play and what we need to better our living conditions on the continent. Births, marriages, divorces or deaths are all vital events that must be recorded in any country.”‘Not just about nationality’In the current age of globalisation and greater interdependence among countries, civil registration was much more than about just identifying a person’s nationality, Zuma added.“It is also a prerequisite for the successful implementation of African regional integration, as it facilitates the smooth movement of people among countries.“Furthermore, the benefits of good vital registration have a far reaching impact on broad developmental programmes such as the planning and monitoring of education, health, social security, unemployment.”This included countries’ abilities to measure health inequalities and priorities, monitor trends and evaluate development programmes.Civil registration and vital statistics were also important in the implementation of policies for community planning, monitoring inequalities and future planning and resource allocation, Zuma said.‘Critical for promotion of democracy’“More importantly, civil registration is a critical tool for the promotion of democracy, in the event of the compilation of voters’ rolls.”Africans found themselves promoting civil registration in day and age due to the history of the continent and respective countries.“For example, South Africa, like other countries in Africa, comes from a history of colonial and apartheid regimes where most of the citizens were denied their right to citizenship,” the President said.“As a result, a largely fragmented and selective civil registration system was used to perpetuate the discrimination and marginalisation of the majority of the population.”The colonial and apartheid regimes had successfully used this system to prevent the African masses from exercising their right to vote and choose their own governments, Zuma added.Since 1994, the South African government has worked hard to ensure that citizens reclaimed their birth right and that their dignity was restored.The country had recorded many successes with regards to its civil registration system and campaigns, Zuma noted.He assured delegates from the rest of the Africa that Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who headed South Africa’s civil registration campaign in recent years, would invest similar efforts into regional campaigns when she took up office as the African Union Commission chairperson.Source: SANews.gov.za
john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Keeping up with every tech headline is hard enough for anybody, let alone busy professionals. To help, ReadWriteBiz rounds up the week’s most important tech news and insights for small- and medium-sized businesses.Our most-read post here on ReadWriteBiz in the past week was How to Optimize Your Brand’s Facebook Page for Search Engines. More than 70% of major brands don’t have their Facebook page optimized enough to turn up in the first 20 search results for their company’s name, according to one recent report. Fortunately, the process of making one’s page more SEO-friendly is pretty straight-forward on Facebook. Once your page is all tricked out with SEO best practices, American Express OPEN wants to help you take your Facebook marketing efforts to the next level. They’re sponsoring a contest in which five small businesses will win $20,000, a trip to Facebook’s headquarters and $2,500 in ad credits on the social networking site. Want to get your invoices paid faster? Research suggests, unsurprisingly, that offering clients the ability to pay invoices online will speed the payment process up. This week, Freshbooks announced an integration with PayPal Business Payments that lets clients do exactly that. Is your company’s Website ready for a massive, unexpected surge in traffic? Many small businesses say “no.” Whether it’s from an increase in customer interest or something more nefarious, such a surge can take your Website down if you’re not prepared for it. One of the first lines of defense is your site’s DNS settings, so you’ll want to ensure you’ve got a stable, scalable provider. Some of our sister channels here on ReadWriteWeb had a few good business resource posts worth checking out this week. Blank Label co-founder Danny Wong wrote a guest post on ReadWriteStart about hiring new team members. On ReadWriteEnterprise, we’ve got a PDF report on how to create a disaster recovery plan for your business. Concerned about the privacy of your company’s data stored on Dropbox? Our own Klint Finley discusses how to better encrypt that data and keep it safe. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#biz#Reviews
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich City boss Farke sorry with Godfrey injuryby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City boss Daniel Farke admits Ben Godfrey’s injury is a blow after 0-0 draw wit Aston Villa,Norwich’s injury woes continued as Godfrey was forced off shortly after the break.”We have to wait and see what the outcome is [with Ben Godfrey],” Farke said. “He had hernia surgery 10 days ago and he only had one [training] session with the team.”He was top class in the first 50 minutes and it was important to have him on the pitch – he was a great leader. After 50 minutes he felt pain, I think his body was getting tired after only one session, I hope it’s not a big setback, but I hope to have him available for Man United but we have to wait.”
Wolves captain Coady takes blame for Southampton equaliserby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady held up his hands and admitted his mistake against Southampton.The defender was not happy with his performance as Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux against the Saints.He missed a clearance that allowed Danny Ings to step in and score the first goal in the game.Speaking after the game with reporters, captain Coady said: “It was a tough game, but I felt we let them off the hook a bit with individual errors – mistakes at the back that cost us a little bit.”I’ve got to deal with it better, it is as simple as that. We need to know when to not try and play out from the back.”I need to improve, it is as simple as that. From my point of view, it is just something where I lost concentration of the ball.”I was trying to look at what was ahead of me to start a counter-attack because I felt it was quite an easy ball to control.”These things happen and we need to move on with two big games ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
joel klatt cardale jones fox sportsSaturday, Ohio State, for the first time this season, will be starting sophomore J.T. Barrett over junior Cardale Jones at quarterback. Most college football analysts are applauding the move, given Jones’ struggles this year. Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt agrees, and even went one step further when he joined Dan Patrick Friday morning.Klatt, using a Thanksgiving analogy, implied that Jones was given too much credit for last year’s national title. He believes that Barrett did most of the work in leading Ohio State to the promised land.Klatt’s right, but he is discounting the fact that Jones, who had never started a college football game, beat Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in his first three games. Regardless, Barrett is set to lead the offense, and it has Ohio State fans excited.
week 7 college basketball coaches poll Twitter/@MSU_FootballMichigan State continues to roll. The 12-0 Spartans are one of just three power conference programs that remain undefeated so far this season, and should enter Big Ten play with an unblemished record. Things won’t be easy for Michigan State going forward, however, with the injury to do-it-all star guard Denzel Valentine, who will be out for 2-3 weeks. For now, Michigan State remains on top of the college basketball world. Here are the week seven Top 25 polls. AP Poll:1. Michigan State 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Butler 10. Providence 11. Iowa State 12. Kentucky 13. Miami (FL) 14. Purdue 15. Duke 16. Louisville 17. Villanova 18. SMU 19. West Virginia 20. George Washington 21. Texas A&M 22. Cincinnati 23. Baylor 24. Utah 25. South Carolina USA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Iowa State 10. Duke 11. Kentucky 12. Butler 13. Purdue 14. Providence 15. Louisville 16. Miami (FL) 17. Villanova18. West Virginia 19. Texas A&M20. George Washington 21. Cincinnati22. Baylor 23. South Carolina 24. Gonzaga 25. Vanderbilt