PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
When personalities clash
Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax is catching flack from the people it would hit hardest. After former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz called the plan “ridiculous,” former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a fellow multi-billionaire and potential 2020 presidential candidate — took issue with Warren’s proposal Tuesday during a trip to New Hampshire. While suggesting the country needed more progressive income tax rates, Bloomberg said people should also be incentivized to be more productive. “We need a healthy economy and we shouldn’t be embarrassed about our system,” he said, according to The Boston Globe. “If you want to look at a system that’s non-capitalistic, just take a look at what was once, perhaps, the wealthiest country in the world and today people are starving to death. It’s called Venezuela.” Bloomberg’s invocation of Venezuela bristled economists like Paul Krugman, who noted … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren is clashing with billionaires over her wealth tax plan. But would it be constitutional?
Opinion Town fans cheering the Blues on at Villa Park. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD Pagepix Ltd.07976 935738 Another defeat on the road, another two goals conceded, and another soft penalty decision goes against us. Ipswich captain Luke Chambers commiserates with the travelling supporters at Villa Park - gesturing that it all hinged on a hand-ball decision which wasn't given. Picture: PAGEPIX LTDIt’s all become such a homogenous state of affairs. Not only standard in fact, but also when we finally scored a goal away from home and the final score was only 2-1, a sense of progress kicked in. The defeat did not seem so bad. That’s a sorry state to wallow in too. Paul Lambert felt we were the better side, but I’ve read much to disagree with that opinion. Looking at the statistics of the game, we only bettered Villa in the possession stats and it’s another game closer to the final nail being firmly banged into the coffin. Still, nobody expected us to win there … [Read more...] about Fuller Flavour: New rules for Norwich clash are a step too far
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. In 2010, cross-cultural couples – or those involving a native Swede and a foreigner – made up nine percent of all married couples in Sweden. And according to a survey of expats in Sweden by Internations, more foreigners relocate to Sweden to be with their partner than for any other reason: 25 percent of those who responded said they moved to the country for love. This group faces unique challenges, from where to spend Christmas to which language to use with their children, while the partner who relocates must adjust to an entirely new culture, often leaving behind a job, family and friends. So what about the people who uproot their lives for a relationship which later ends? It's not an uncommon situation; the divorce rate among cross-cultural couples is significantly higher than that of both native couples and those where both partners come from the same foreign country, yet … [Read more...] about What happens when you move across the world for love, then break up?