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BAFTAS 2016 A celebration of television’s brightest stars

Colin Morgan  ‘I’m a massive Fargo fan’

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For four years and 65 episodes of the BBC’s Merlin, Colin Morgan was playing mainly to children. Now he is making TV squarely aimed at grown-ups. To his ongoing turn opposite Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in serial killer drama The Fall, last year he added a starring role in Humans, Channel 4’s acclaimed artificial intelligence thriller.

“When I did my research I discovered that what I’d read in the script wasn’t too far from reality. It’s pretty crazy,” he says. “The AI theme seems to be really in at the minute.”

Morgan’s other project for the coming year is The Living and the Dead, a new six-part drama for the BBC written by the team behind Life on Mars. Morgan plays the lead. “It’s set in 1894, during the industrial revolution. It’s about a man who inherits a family home, but when he returns to it he’s haunted by a horrific past. I’m looking forward to it. It really explores the line between what is psychological and what is paranormal and is not like anything I’ve done.”

Favourite recent shows: Fargo – I’m a massive Coen brothers fan and I loved the film, so it was exciting to see it work so well as a TV series.

Childhood TV: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Knightmare, the live-action immersive game show for kids.

Game show you’d appear on: I fear game shows – I don’t really like being put on the spot. I’ll say something obstacle-coursey, like Gladiators. Actually that’s getting absolutely pummelled by someone…

Photographer: Jonathan Birch. Colin wears Hudson suit by Kenneth Cole and rollneck by Linea

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A celebration of television’s brightest starsThe House of Fraser Bafta TV awards on Sunday 8 May will round off another fantastic year for British talent. In this remarkable portfolio of some of the biggest names on the small screen, everyone from Sharon Horgan to Colin Morgan, and Katherine Parkinson to Stephen Mangan, plus a host of others, reveal their highlights from the TV year.


source : http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/ng-interactive/2016/may/01/baftas-2016-meet-televisions-brightest-stars

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#ColinMorgan in in today’s Observer magazine for the BAFTA TV award. jonathanbirch https://www.instagram.com/p/BE3E8M6lqzN/


This one’s of Colin Morgan. A lovely guy who made my job very easy.—

Photographer Jonny Birch on working with Colin Morgan for “@BAFTA 2016: A Celebration of Television’s Brightest Stars” published in @guardian @ObsMagazine

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The atrocities in Brussels happen almost daily on the streets of Baghdad, Aleppo and Damascus. Western missiles and Isis bombs kill more innocents in a week than die in Europe in a year. The difference is the media response. A dead Muslim is an unlucky mutt in the wrong place at the wrong time. A dead European is front-page news.
—  Simon Jenkins, ‘The scariest thing about Brussels is our reaction to it’, The Guardian
India’s first trans band

“ It’s not an unusual story: bands are manufactured on talent shows all the time. What is unusual about the story of Jagtap and her five bandmates – Bhavika Patil, Fida Khan, Chandrika Suvarnakar, Asha Jagtap and Ravina Jagtap – is that they are all transgender. What they are doing is revolutionary in a way One Direction or Little Mix could never be.
‘From the outside, I was male,’ says Jagtap, remembering when she was Bhavesh, the son of traditional parents. ‘Inside, I felt like a girl. The way I talked and walked, everyone could see I was different. I used to feel this isn’t my family. I don’t belong here.’”

Via The Guardian

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People are decorating Bourse square with chalk messages of peace

A square outside the Bourse in Brussels is being transformed into a giant canvas for messages of peace, solidarity and defiance following today’s attacks.

At least 34 people are dead and 186 injured after blasts at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station. On the afternoon of the explosions, passers-by began to pick up chalk and write messages on the floor. “Fuck terror,” reads one. “Why it’s still happening?” reads another. Others state: “Terror has no religion” and urge people to have chocolates and beer in the face of the attacks.

Pictures credit: Nathan Parker and AP

Latino students win battle to wear Dump Trump tees to school

16-year-old Angelina Alvarez has heard the message loud and clear from Donald Trump: Mexicans are rapists and criminals; illegal immigrants should go home; infectious diseases are pouring across the border from Mexico.

After the anti-Trump protests last week in Costa Mesa, California, where one of Angelina’s 13-year-old friends was choked and punched, she had enough and half a dozen of her friends wore Dump Trump shirts to school on Friday to make their feelings known.

Her principal insisted that they remove the shirts for their own safety.

She refused: “We opened up a lot of eyes and we showed people that they can have voices too.”

An Apology Letter To Taylor Swift — You Deserve Better

Dear Taylor,

I’m sorry.

No, really. You don’t know me, and I don’t really know you. But I’m sorry nonetheless.

I’m sorry that despite the success you have obtained over the years — for your music, songwriting, and who you are as a person — people will still turn you and your relationships into punchlines. How after every headline announcing that you have parted ways with someone you cared about, people will make attempts at being clever and post tweets joking about how your next album is around the corner.

I’m sorry that in this day and age, we still live in a culture where slut-shaming is the norm: where we will listen to a man write/sing songs about their relationships and celebrate it, but hear a woman do the same and turn her into a running joke.

While still buying her music, of course.

I’m sorry that when things like this happen the immediate response, from both your diehard fans and others, is usually an overwhelming, “Can’t wait to hear your new music!” It’s the equivalent of saying “I’m so glad you ended this relationship because I need you to produce more music, and obviously you only put out great music if it’s about a breakup!” I’m sorry that even your well-meaning group of Swifties can sometimes have tunnel vision and only see what could come of this news, rather than taking a step back and seeing the reality:

That you just got out of a relationship and you’re probably hurting an incredible amount right now.

I will be the first to stand up and say it: I love your music. Every album, from your country self titled to the full pop 1989, I have eagerly and unashamedly bought and listened to repeatedly. I’ve cried on the floor listening to “All Too Well” and plotted revenge to “Picture to Burn.” I’ve pined after unrequited crushes to “You Belong with Me” and forgotten the haters, fakers, and heartbreakers to “Shake It Off.” All of your albums have perfectly resonated with me in different phases of my life, and it has helped me more than I could ever express. Your honesty in your music has partially been my inspiration to be as open and honest as I am in my own writing-because women like you do so unashamedly.

Yet I’m sorry that people, myself included, forget that you’re an actual…person.

Breakups, regardless of who ended things with who and the reasons behind it, are devastating. They can leave you broken and vulnerable. So even when someone seemingly can have it all together in front of people, we know that internally they are hurting inside, just like any of us would. We all understand the pain of breaking up by now and if it were ourselves, our best friend, or our sister we would be comforting them and be understanding when they don’t want to talk about it; When they are healing after they’ve been ripped open emotionally. Yet if it’s a celebrity-if it’s Taylor Swift-we use our 140 characters to roast and poke fun or flood the comment sections on social media with how psyched we are to hear the next album now that she has separated from a relationship.

At the end of the day, you’ll heal from this and you’ll do it in whatever way you decide. Maybe you will write songs about it, maybe you won’t. If you do, maybe you’ll decide to keep those to yourself, because you have a right to keep things personal as anyone else does, despite that you’re in the spotlight. Maybe you’ll cope in an entirely different way that you haven’t previously done before, and you know what? That’s okay. As long as you do what you have to do to heal.

At the end of the day, I’m sorry we’ve forgotten that despite everything you’ve accomplished and everything you’re known for, you are a human being just like the rest of us.

I’m sorry we haven’t opened our eyes. Here is hoping that today, we will start.

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May 26 2016 - A cop attacks and chokes a random passer-by during protests against the loi travail in Toulouse. Once again: Tout le monde déteste la police! And with good reason.

 Also, I thought the Guardian was supposed to be like a left-wing paper in the UK? The article this video is linked from is so pro-employer, it’s atrocious. They literally only quote like four people who are against the strikes and noone else. [article]