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‘He’s been silly, hasn’t he?’: Welshpool voters on Craig Williams’ election bet | General election 2024

‘He’s been silly, hasn’t he?’: Welshpool voters on Craig Williams’ election bet | General election 2024

[ad_1] They don’t get too many political scandals in Welshpool. Repairs to a canal bridge were the most eye-catching agenda item at the last full town council meeting. But the place was abuzz on Thursday with talk of why on earth its local lad done good, Craig Williams, Rishi Sunak’s closest parliamentary aide, had placed a bet on a July election three days before the prime minister named the date. “He’s been silly, hasn’t he?” said Paul Alexander, who runs a hardware and camping shop on the main street of the mid-Wales town, down the road from Williams’ white-washed constituency office. “It’s not a great look. It feels a bit greedy. He’s risking his political future on a flutter.” Opposite, a woman came out of the Coral betting shop having placed a wager on a horse. “Why didn’t he get someone else to put a bet on for him if it was going to be embarrassing?” she asked. The woman asked not to be named for two reasons: her husband doesn’t realise she bets, and …

Blake Lively Apologizes To Kate Middleton For ‘Silly Post’ Following Cancer Announcement

Blake Lively Apologizes To Kate Middleton For ‘Silly Post’ Following Cancer Announcement

[ad_1] In light of the news that Catherine, Princess of Wales, has been diagnosed with cancer, actress Blake Lively publicly apologized for joining in on the widespread commentary about a Photoshopped image shared by the royal family for British Mother’s Day. The photo, which Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, posted to their joint social media accounts on March 10, was later removed by multiple photo agencies after questions about how significantly it had been edited were raised. Middleton apologized for any confusion the  image had caused the next day, saying via a statement that, “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing.”  The photo controversy fell nearly two months after Middleton left public view for a planned surgery and recovery. After William abruptly canceled his appearance at the memorial service for his godfather, King Constantine of Greece, a tide of speculation that Middleton’s recovery was not going as planned began to rise.  The commentary crested as questions over the family photo made headlines around the globe, prompting jokes from folks like …

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire review – funny, silly, and a little scary, the franchise finally returns to fun

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire review – funny, silly, and a little scary, the franchise finally returns to fun

[ad_1] Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free In 2021, the frightfully cynical Ghostbusters: Afterlife reduced one the greatest comedies ever made to a solemn parade of nostalgic artefacts, with moody shots of the famous proton packs and decked-out hearse. It also committed a particularly egregious act of digital necromancy, forcing the CGI-assisted return of the late Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler. Thankfully, there’s a limited resource of reverential nostalgia to be squeezed out of the franchise. Afterlife’s sequel, Frozen Empire, has – potentially against its will – been forced to actually put the Ghostbusters to work. Granted, there are multiple, quite annoying cameos and nods to the original 1984 film in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Slimer, the trash-addicted ghoul, returns. There are more Baby Stay Puft Marshmallow Men who, much to the franchise’s dismay, did not successfully kill Baby Yoda in his sleep by toppling his domination of the cute film-mascot market. The film, without reason, opens …

JackRabbit’s silly little micro e-bike gets a massive new battery

JackRabbit’s silly little micro e-bike gets a massive new battery

[ad_1] The JackRabbit electric micro bike is as divisive as it is diminutive, which is to say, “very.” But one thing just got a lot less micro on this pint-sized commuter. The company has just unveiled its RangeBuster battery, which has nearly 250% of the capacity of an original JackRabbit battery. The JackRabbit tends to conjure up strong emotions in those who see it. There’s always one camp who shakes their heads and asks, “Why?” Then there’s the other camp who gleefully hops aboard the funny little electric two-wheeler, tossing a “Why not?!” over their shoulder as they ride off grinning ear to ear. It’s a tiny thing, that’s for sure. But it counts a ridership base tens of thousands strong, and growing. Even though the company calls it a micro e-bike, the 20 mph (32 km/h) JackRabbit is technically more of a seated electric scooter. But because it uses bicycle parts like 20″ wheels/tires, bike handlebars, and a bike saddle, it feels a lot more like a bicycle than a scooter when you pop …

‘Silly gossip’: Kemi Badenoch ally dismisses rumours she is member of ‘Evil Plotters’ WhatsApp group | Politics News

‘Silly gossip’: Kemi Badenoch ally dismisses rumours she is member of ‘Evil Plotters’ WhatsApp group | Politics News

[ad_1] An ally of Kemi Badenoch has dismissed reports she is in a WhatsApp group of Conservative MPs named “Evil Plotters” as “just silly gossip”. Housing minister Lee Rowley, who was campaign manager for Ms Badenoch during her Tory leadership bid, also denied he was a member of the group and that he was unofficially working for the business secretary. A spokesperson for Ms Badenoch did not deny she was a member of the group. The reports about Ms Badenoch’s membership of the group, which was first reported by the Guardian, come despite an interview she gave on Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips in which she warned Tory rebels looking to remove Rishi Sunak to “stop messing around”. Asked by Times Radio whether he was a member of the WhatsApp group, Mr Rowley replied: “I’m not and it’s all just silly gossip.” Politics latest: Power-sharing set to return to Northern Ireland ‘within days’ According to the Guardian, Ms Badenoch, who ran against Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak in the leadership contest triggered by Boris Johnson’s …

Sune, London E2: ‘Elbow anyone silly enough to think this is for sharing’ – restaurant review | Restaurants

Sune, London E2: ‘Elbow anyone silly enough to think this is for sharing’ – restaurant review | Restaurants

[ad_1] Sune, pronounced “sooner”, is a cool new restaurant at the bottom end of established foodie hotspot Broadway Market in east London. I adore the word “foodie”, because it makes foodies themselves shudder, but how else to describe an area so knee-deep in artisan viennoiserie, so sodden with sourdough pizza, and where you’re never more than 20m from an earnest soul pickling grusas capers? Eating out is already a tactical game round these parts, and anywhere that gets hyped is instantly oversubscribed. Calling up Max Rocha’s nearby Cafe Cecilia to enquire about the possibility of a last-minute table, for example, feels a bit like phoning the Tower of London to ask if you can pop by and try on the crowns. Risible. And now here’s Sune, which opens just a few evenings a week, by Honey Spencer and Charlie Sims, who have been called a “hospitality power couple”, which sounds terribly intimidating, though in all fairness they are absolutely not. In fact, they’re delightful, which is one reason, on the wettest of Wednesday evenings and …

Happy Puppies and Silly Geese: Pushing the Limits of A.I. Absurdity

Happy Puppies and Silly Geese: Pushing the Limits of A.I. Absurdity

[ad_1] What is the happiest dog you can imagine? Is it beaming with joy on a celestial plane or frolicking in a field of psychedelic flora? If those images are hard to conjure, have no fear, or perhaps a healthy dose of it: Artificial intelligence can vivify even the most absurd scenarios in vibrant color, and on social media, some are seeing how far it can be pushed. Though A.I.-generated images can often unsettle with their uncanny realism — think the pope in a Balenciaga puffer jacket — many are finding joy in a new form of low-stakes image tinkering. This fall, ChatGPT released an update that allowed people to enter prompts for more detailed images than before, and it wasn’t long before some began to push the chatbot to its limits. In November, Garrett Scott McCurrach, the chief executive of Pipedream Labs, a robotics company, posted a digital image of a goose on social media with a proposition: “For every 10 likes this gets, I will ask ChatGPT to make this goose a little …

Pint of wine anyone? UK looks to bring back ‘silly measure’ | Food & drink industry

Pint of wine anyone? UK looks to bring back ‘silly measure’ | Food & drink industry

[ad_1] The poet Robert Burns imagined a man toasting his lover with a “pint o’ wine”, and Winston Churchill was perhaps the most famous proponent of the pint bottle for champagne. Now, Rishi Sunak’s government has spied a “Brexit opportunity” to legalise the sale of wine by the pint once more – if it can persuade anyone to make the bottles. Still and sparkling wine will be sold in 200ml, 500ml and 568ml (pint) sizes in 2024, alongside existing measures, under new rules, the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) announced on Wednesday. It said the change was made possible by Brexit. However, the pint-sized move appeared to be the extent of a push towards imperial measures, after a government consultation into allowing more businesses to buy and sell using them resulted in no new action. The government under Boris Johnson had last year said it was considering bringing back imperial measures such as pounds and ounces for use by people such as shop traders if they wished. A consultation said the government was looking …

A Ghost Story for Christmas: Lot No 249 review – Gothic, silly and wonderful all at once

A Ghost Story for Christmas: Lot No 249 review – Gothic, silly and wonderful all at once

[ad_1] Sign up to our free IndyArts newsletter for all the latest entertainment news and reviews Sign up to our free IndyArts newsletter The BBC Ghost Story for Christmas is back – and what a wonderful, traditional gem it is. It’s an annual series of one-offs that began in the 1970s, and in more recent times has been revived by the creative force that is Mark Gatiss (overdue for his knighthood, I should say). Hugely original in his own right (and League of Gentlemen holds up well even now), he’s a sort of one-man artisanal renovation works for neglected national treasures, helping to reboot Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Doctor Who and the Sherlock Holmes adventures, as well as the seasonal ghost stories, which he writes and directs. This BBC Two dramatisation of Lot No 249, an Arthur Conan Doyle short story, is as fine a half-hour of viewing as any – the wit, attention to detail and the nuance in the dialogue make it a rich experience to watch. Conan Doyle’s tale, with a few …