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In today’s London Diary, the UK Music Director tells us how to save the country from a quiet summer, and he recalls Matt Hancock’s karaoke appearance. George Clooney later says his old job as a tobacco cutter for $ 3.30 an hour put the relatively minor problems in his life as an actor into perspective, and Elizabeth Olsen says she wants to swap Hollywood for London.

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“A quiet summer threatens if we don’t help with live music”

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Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, UK Music’s Managing Director, tells us the country is facing a quiet summer unless the government puts in place a live event insurance scheme similar to that in Germany.

“The danger is that in six months we can safely hold events, see events across the continent and around the world, but then nothing happens in Britain just because we didn’t have an insurance system,” he says.

He quotes the federal government, which has pledged 2.5 billion euros to insure events for the second half of 2021. Njoku-Goodwin, who previously served as Special Advisor to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, looks forward to the return of live music and paints an upbeat picture of a post-pandemic scene.

He remembers people who sang on the piano until four in the morning at a recent Tory conference. “Matt Hancock was a regular at karaoke nights at conferences. Maybe we can get him around the piano when the pandemic is over and the conference starts again. “In 2017, Hancock kicked Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. Next time? Maybe a rendition of Under Pressure.

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Arron Banks has a fight on his hands. After his website Leave.eu announced that it would register in Ireland in order to receive its .eu domain name, Irish politician Neale Richmond wrote in The New European: “Leave.EU are not welcome … I and others intend to stop their attempts to undertake to operate from there Ireland as difficult as possible. “

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Kerry McCarthy, a Labor MP, appeared on Parliament television with a jungle of plants behind him. She tells us, “I just can’t resist buying more,” and adds, “You can’t see my monstera (cheese plant) on TV, but at the rate at which it is growing it will need a room of its own.” Fittingly, McCarthy is Labour’s shadowy green Secretary of Transportation.

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I’m living the British dream, says Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen wants to swap Hollywood for London. “We’re living this British dream in Richmond in this waterfront house,” said the Avengers and WandaVision star of Robbie Arnett and her partner’s recent experience, adding, “We want to find out how we can stay here.” Olsen told Jessie Wares podcast, “Last year I was researching how we could legally live here … Robbie and I both feel so connected.” Next stop the local council?

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Life was candy in the poet’s childhood

Poet Caleb Femi says that growing up on an estate in London, his life was enhanced by the power of positive perceptions, such as the idea that his block was actually a candy store. “The cleaning products they’d use to clean the property on a Monday – it smelled like chewing gum, it smelled like candy,” he says. In fact, he would look forward to Monday because “the whole block would smell like a candy store”. He tells Dazed that “it is these little examples of the imagination that take you elsewhere that allow you to thrive in such a harsh environment”.

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Courttia Newland, co-writer of Steve McQueen’s BBC series Small Ax BBC, tells us what it was like to write the episode Red White and Blue, which tells the story of the black cop Leroy Logan’s experience in the eighties: “I had to Pay attention to Leroy’s truth, Steve is my own as co-writer and director and then combines that with the truth of the time. And I couldn’t let go of that, even when I disliked it, like racist slurs on a medallion … I couldn’t make value judgments. “

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Clooney: The tobacco job was a real burden

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George Clooney says his old tobacco cutting job for $ 3.30 an hour put the relatively minor issues in his life as an actor into perspective. He remembers watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous on TV before being one of those things and after being photographed for them in London, he tells the Hollywood Reporter, “You hear a famous actor go, ‘God , it is so hard. It’s so tough. ‘ And I’m sitting here covered in tobacco juice and saying, “It’s not that damn hard.”