All posts tagged: Ludicrous

Frock horror! In these dark times, let us be grateful for the ludicrous spectacle of the Met Gala | Marina Hyde

Frock horror! In these dark times, let us be grateful for the ludicrous spectacle of the Met Gala | Marina Hyde

Tuesday is officially the morning after the Met Gala of the night before, when we civilians get to press our noses up against the glass of our phone screens and pass unsparing judgment on dresses whose trains alone cost more than HS2. If you haven’t sat in mismatched pyjamas huffing toast while remarking what an unacceptable misstep Lana Del Rey’s mosquito net was, and how Chanel seems to be going tits up, then you have simply failed to capitalise on the digital banquet spread out for you. These are dark times, and nothing but … gratitude, I think? … should be shown for film director Taika Waititi’s decision to come dressed as a brown pleather three-piece suite, while his wife, Rita Ora, presented as the ribbon curtain tacked over their back door to keep the flies off it. Despite – and indeed because of – its best efforts not to be, the Met Gala often feels like a spectacle staged for the tricoteuses camping out round the bottom of the guillotine. This is an event …

‘Ludicrous’ plan to build skyscraper over Georgian Birmingham building rejected | Birmingham

‘Ludicrous’ plan to build skyscraper over Georgian Birmingham building rejected | Birmingham

Councillors in Birmingham have unanimously refused to grant planning permission for a controversial 42-storey skyscraper on top of a Grade-II listed former hospital. The proposal for the city centre site included a large glass tower block, including more than 300 flats and a cafe and roof terrace, erected on top of a Georgian building that has stood there since the early 19th century. At a planning committee meeting on Thursday, the plans for the 133.5 metre-tall building were derided by councillors and permission was denied. “This is utterly bonkers. The idea you can stick a 42-storey tower block over a Georgian mansion is ridiculous,” said the Conservative councillor Gareth Moore. “The idea it was even dreamt up is quite frankly ludicrous.” The Labour councillor Lee Marsham said the developers had “just plonked something on top of it and hoped that it works”, adding: “I think the broad aims of regeneration of that site is one we should be doing, I just don’t think this is it.” Others objected to the fact the housing would have …

Tesla leaks new Model 3 Performance ‘Ludicrous’ details

Tesla leaks new Model 3 Performance ‘Ludicrous’ details

Tesla has leaked some details about its elusive new Model 3 Performance ‘Ludicrous’, which is expected to launch any day. The new Model 3 Performance, which could be named ‘Ludicrous’ based on the badges seen on some prototypes, has been expected to launch any day for over a month. It was confirmed that the automaker was planning a new performance version of the Model 3 Highland with new badges showing up in the updated Tesla parts catalog. Tesla also updated the renderings in its app with new sports seats that are expected to be meant for the new Model 3 Performance. More recently, Model 3 Performance prototypes were spotted with camouflage. It did appear to show a further updated front lip compared to the new Model 3, which already features a new bumper. Tesla invited Youtubers to check out the vehicle at an event in California earlier this month, but the automaker has yet to officially unveil the vehicle. Now, we learn a few more details via Tesla’s own order page source code (via the Tesla Motors Club forum). Here …

Liz Truss memoir review: This ludicrous book hows how unworthy of office our shortest-serving PM was

Liz Truss memoir review: This ludicrous book hows how unworthy of office our shortest-serving PM was

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails It was Winston Churchill who remarked, according to legend, that: “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” And so he did, at some length, and with his customary eloquence (six substantial volumes to be exact). His monumental achievements in power helped the process along, it’s fair to say. In the case of Liz Truss, there is little she can do to change the verdict of history on her nasty, brutish and freakishly short time in office. Her ludicrous memoir merely confirms that fact. She was, is, and will forever be a national embarrassment, her only exceptional talent being an astonishing lack of self-awareness. It’s not a useful trait in a politician, and it’s a highly unattractive one in an author. She is just as much hard work on the printed page as she is off it. Liz Truss recounts her brief time in office in her new …

England’s ludicrous experiment in privatised water is coming to a messy end | Adam Almeida

England’s ludicrous experiment in privatised water is coming to a messy end | Adam Almeida

The question mark over the future of Britain’s largest water supplier, Thames Water, has put its 16 million customers across London and south-east England – myself included – in an uncertain position. While water will still keep coming out of our taps, the price of these financial woes will probably be borne by customers and taxpayers. Meanwhile, Thames Water’s shareholders have spent the last three decades benefiting from the company’s massive financial gains. If ever we needed an example of the risks of selling essential infrastructure to investment firms, this is it. Auditors warned in late 2023 that the debt-laden company could run out of money by April if shareholders did not inject it with much-needed cash. Now investors are saying they won’t provide Thames Water with £500m of emergency funding, leading to speculation that the company will be temporarily renationalised. Since privatisation in 1989, water bills across Britain have increased 360%, more than twice the rate of inflation (in Scotland, water is government-owned, and bills are lower). At these rates, you would think that …

Robert Jenrick accuses ministers of ‘astonishing naivety’ and slams ‘ludicrous’ new plot | Politics | News

Robert Jenrick accuses ministers of ‘astonishing naivety’ and slams ‘ludicrous’ new plot | Politics | News

Robert Jenrick has slammed the “ludicrous” plot to pay migrants to move to Rwanda and accused ministers of “astonishing naivety”. Failed asylum seekers could be given up to £3,000 to board a flight to Kigali after an agreement was struck between the UK and Rwandan Governments. But the former Immigration Minister launched a blistering attack on Wednesday, claiming the Government has “conceded” the Rwanda Bill will not allow them “to enforce mass removals”. Mr Jenrick declared: “This is an admission from the government that the weaker version of the Rwanda scheme they chose to pursue will not work. The version of the Rwanda Bill I proposed – and over 60 Conservative MPs supported amendments to deliver – would have made this unnecessary. “The government have tacitly conceded that, unlike our plan, their Bill doesn’t give them the legal powers required to enforce mass removals of illegal migrants to Rwanda. So instead they will attempt to pay those who have flagrantly broken our laws to leave the UK. “It’s a betrayal of the original intent of the …

Tesla Model 3 Ludicrous spotted being filmed for promo

Tesla Model 3 Ludicrous spotted being filmed for promo

A new Tesla Model 3 Performance, likely a new ‘Ludicrous’, has been spotted being filmed for what appears to be a promotional video. For the last few months, we have been reporting on the exciting possibility of Tesla launching a new Model 3 Performance. When Tesla launched the new Model 3 with an updated design last year, the automaker only brought back the RWD Standard Range and Dual Motor Long Range versions of Model 3. The Model 3 Performance, which had been in the lineup for years, was gone. We have been spotting Model 3 Perofrmance test vehicles with camouflage for months, but we have been able to confirm that they are Performance versions of the Model 3 due to the bigger brake calipers. More recently, the Model 3 Performance prototypes were also spotted with new sport seats. Now, a new Model 3 Performance was spotted, this time without camouflage for the first time, at what appears to be a promotional video shoot in Valencia, Spain: This particular Model 3 Performance could be actually called …

The Apprentice review: It’s cliché bingo as this ludicrous competition returns

The Apprentice review: It’s cliché bingo as this ludicrous competition returns

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails It’s that time of year again. Alan Sugar has taken a break from his haphazard Twitter habit to gaze menacingly upon the Gherkin. Prokofiev’s “Dance of the Knights” is blasting. And a new group of aspiring entrepreneurs, fluent in LinkedIn hyperbole, have packed their best block-colour shift dresses and blue shirts with white collars into wheelie suitcases. Yes, it’s BBC One’s The Apprentice, and this lot are ready to bulls*** their way through 12 weeks of challenges designed to test their commercial nous (or, more accurately, to dramatically reveal their shortcomings). Somehow, the show is in its 18th season. It’s remained exactly the same for almost two decades, aside from one switch-up, which now means that contestants must provide a “business plan” for their grumpy Amstrad overlord to peruse – cut to staged footage of the hopefuls queuing to drop off their folders with one of Sugar’s lackeys, like kids handing over a WordArt-laden homework project. …

Tell Me Lies review – truly ludicrous toxic erotica | Television

Tell Me Lies review – truly ludicrous toxic erotica | Television

Ah, the first week of university. Leave home, make friends, forge a new identity and, if you’re the main character in US drama import Tell Me Lies, become the heroine in a disappointing erotic thriller. There’s no formative experience like it. We plonk our rucksacks down at the fictional Baird College, a verdant institution full of kids from posh, dull places in upstate New York. That she is just another pampered, beautiful dreamer is one of the negging digs thrown at freshman student Lucy (Grace Van Patten) by mercurial senior Stephen (Jackson White), who corners her on the stairs at a day-one frat-house party with the opening line: “You look really uncomfortable in that dress.” Lucy, unsure of herself in this intimidating new environment, has indeed borrowed a restrictive, strappy thing for the occasion. By the end of a conversation in which Stephen pushes his face closer and closer to hers as he sips from a red cup and doles out his mildly dangerous older-man observations, he has her in his grasp. She loves him, …

Love Actually Fans Left Howling As Ludicrous Deleted Airport Scene Resurfaces

Love Actually Fans Left Howling As Ludicrous Deleted Airport Scene Resurfaces

This article was first published in December 2020. Fans of the festive classic Love Actually have been left howling over a deleted scene from the film that has started doing the rounds on social media. Anyone who treated themselves to a Love Actually rewatch in the last few weeks will remember the tense scene towards the end of the film, in which schoolboy Sam runs through Heathrow Airport to declare his love for classmate Joanna. Well, as a newly-resurfaced deleted scene has revealed, the scene almost looked very different. It turns out that Sam was originally supposed to be a promising gymnast, so as he navigated his way through the airport, he was supposed to put his skills to use, and do an incredible backflip over a barrier. The stunt was even filmed but eventually abandoned, and while the footage was originally revealed in 2013, many fans of Love Actually are only discovering it now, and it’s sparked a pretty big reaction… i was today years old when I saw the airport deleted scene from …