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Hay-on-Wye is a small market town in Powys, Wales known as “ The town of bookshops.”
It’s got some of the most charming bookshops in the world and it’s the world’s largest second-hand and antiquarian book centre.


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The Lions Are Armed!

Let’s Hope They’re Dangerous Against The All Blacks In The Second Test!

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Tin Machine Is a Band: The 1989 Mini-Tour Guide

Tin Machine was announced to the press in May 1989, released their debut album, and went on a brief promotional tour in the US and Europe. It’s a shame that said tour was so brief, as it was the band at the peak of its promise–playing small clubs, burning through (and to be fair, greatly elongating) songs, with Bowie in strong voice and delighted about the racket he was making.

Setlists were the entire Tin Machine album (barring “Video Crime,” for whatever reason), the occasional cover (”Maggie’s Farm,” “Shakin’ All Over”) and new compositions (Hunt Sales’ “Sorry” and “Now,” which became ”Outside” years later). Not a single “David Bowie” song was played. Openers varied, but the closer was always “Under the God.” And no encores.

There was a sense of spontaneity about the tour—tickets often weren’t announced until the day of the show and the band would pile into a single car to be taken to gigs.

Bowie, 5 July 1989: “We still regard ourselves first and foremost as a live band. The songs are almost secondary…a vehicle to work on, to improvise on.” Here’s a document of much of it.

(Most clips are courtesy of the invaluable “David Bowie Tin Machine” YouTube account.)

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Out of the blue! Queen is all smiles as she arrives for Royal Ascot in yellow outfit after dash from Parliament

The Queen was all smiles as she arrived at Royal Ascot, after finishing her speech at the State Opening of Parliament today.

She wore a cheerful blue-and-yellow hat as she read out the Queen’s Speech next to Prince Charles, as the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital.

Some were worried that she would not be able to enjoy Ascot due to the date of the Queen’s Speech, but she arrived in good time.

Her Majesty The Queen (centre) and The Duchess of Cornwall arriving with The Prince of Wales (centre) and Lord Fellowes during day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Her Majesty sat next to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and they both grinned as they wheeled into the event on a horse-drawn carriage.

After earlier wearing a blue hat, which some said looked like the EU flag, for the speech, The Queen changed into a bright yellow combination for Ascot.

Her Majesty was free to enjoy her day out after she finished valiantly ploughing through Theresa May’s nine-minute speech dominated by Brexit-related Bills as the Government seeks to forge “a deep and special partnership with European allies”.


Terror attacks in Manchester and London, and the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, were also part of the speech as the Queen read out promises for tougher measures to tackle terrorism and a public inquiry into the blaze.

Once the speech had been read, the Prime Minister over-zealously joined officials from both Houses in bowing to the Queen, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and others remained upstanding.

The Queen diligently did her job Credit: Carl Court/PA Wire

Ascot’s daily list of royal attendees has the Queen riding in the first carriage with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the monarch’s former private secretary, Lord Fellowes.

Buckingham Palace said earlier today that the Queen was still heading to the second day of racing at the Berkshire course despite the Duke of Edinburgh being in hospital.

Philip was admitted on Tuesday evening as a “precautionary measure” for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.

“Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon,” a Palace spokesman said.

The race-going Queen particularly looks forward to attending five full days of action at the Berkshire course each June.


The Duchess of Cambridge in February 2017

  1. February 5- Training Day for London Marathon for Heads Together
  2. February 6- Attends “The Big Assembly” by Place2Be for Heads Together
  3. February 6- Attends Guild of Health Writers Conference for Heads Together
  4. February 12- British Academy of Film and Television Awards
  5. February 13- Films Mind Over Marathon
  6. February 14- Visits RAF Wittering
  7. February 22- Visits Action for Children Centre in Torfaen, Wales; Visits Caerphilly Family Intervention Team for Action for Children
  8. February 27- “UK-Indian Year of Culture” Reception
  9. February 28- Visits Ronald McDonald House Evelina London

About Taron Egerton :)

DOB/Birthday: Nov. 10th, 1989

Age: 25

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Green/Blue

Height: 5’10” (1.77 m)

Nationality: Welsh

Hometown: Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Birkenhead, Merseyside, England (United Kingdom)

Bilingual: Taron can speak both Welsh and English and because of it, Taron can also speak a number of accents/dialects: American-New York, American-Standard, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Norther and RP.

Education: Taron attended Ysgol Penglais Comprehensive school in Aberystwyth, Wales. Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Aberystwyth, Wales before heading to RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in London, England.  

Skills: Taron is a strong tenor through music and dance as well as specializing in stage combat.

Renowned Member of the National Youth Theatre

Interests: Literature, Traveling, Drawing and Sculpting