Video PUBLISHED: 06:00 01 March 2019 Conor Matchett Thetford from the top of St Peter's Church. Picture: Carl Harding-Palmer (c) copyright newzulu.com In the second of our series focusing on key issues in some of our largest towns Conor Matchett puts the spotlight on Thetford Mayor of Thetford, Roy Brame, outside his shop Cobra Domestic Appliances on White Hart Street. Picture: Conor MatchettFrom a population of 5,000 to more than 24,000 in the space of 150 years, Thetford’s growth has been rapid, substantial, and at times unwanted.Even today, 50 years after the first families from London moved into the Abbey Farm estate, the town continues to expand.Over the next decade Thetford will see another 5,000 homes built as part of the sustainable urban extension which will see a town many believe to be already straining at the seams grow to around 40,000 people.While schools and a community centre, as well as cycle lanes and bus routes are planned … [Read more...] about Thetford: A town defined by growth and development
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1. ROMA: Filmed in lustrous black and white, predominantly in unbroken shots, Mexican writer-director Alfonso Cuaron's Valentine to politically volatile 1970s Mexico city is a masterclass in emotionally wrought storytelling and technical virtuosity.Yalitza Aparicio lights up every gorgeously crafted frame as maid Cleo, who works long hours in the home of businessman Antonio (Fernando Grediaga) and his wife Sofia (Marina de Tavira).Cleo's relationship with her martial arts-obsessed boyfriend (Jorge Antonio Guerrero) warps when he abandons her shortly after she becomes pregnant.Cuaron's script skilfully draws parallels between fractured family units on opposite sides of the class divide, enriched with ravishing cinematography and immersive sound design.2. SHOPLIFTERS: Over the past decade, writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda has elegantly distilled inter-generational conflict in present-day Japan in his immaculately observed dramas Like Father, Like Son and Our Little Sister.This year's … [Read more...] about Film reviews of the year: Critic Damon Smith’s top 10 movies of 2018
By Brandon Mercer and SFGATE Staff Updated 1:30 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 What are the (modern) rules for Trick or Treating? We answer the probing questions about how to "Halloween" in 2018. Swipe or click through the gallery to see. ==> What are the (modern) rules for Trick or Treating? We answer the probing questions about how to "Halloween" in 2018. Swipe or click through the gallery to see. ==> Photo: Susan.k./Getty Images, Getty How early is too early?We get it. You have toddlers, with the most adorable pumpkin, or candy corn onesies, and you want to take them around while it's light out, and before their 7 p.m. bedtime. Sweet. I'm not ready for you at 4 p.m. Frankly, at that time it's just high school latchkey kids at home anyway, and they have no idea where their parents hid the candy. less How early is too early? We get it. You have toddlers, with the most adorable … [Read more...] about Trick or treating etiquette this Halloween is more complex than ever. Here are the new rules.