Perhaps the most unusual use for a TfL tunnel is as a herb farm. Beneath the streets of Clapham in south London, Growing Underground makes the most of a tightly controlled environment in terms of light, temperature and humidity. Its co-founder, Steven Dring, says the farm’s location means he can have his products on a restaurant plate within four hours of being picked. “The idea came from a conversation with my business partner,” he says. “He knew about places underneath London, so we tried doing it with hydroponics in a tunnel. It’s a well-lit, sanitised environment – though when we first took it over we were going down with head torches and it was quite scary. Now it’s a working farm.” … [Read more...] about Tunnel visions: arts and tourism transform underground spaces
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We developed a digital season. Every Wednesday morning, we’re going to pull from our vault a show that has not been seen since the concert, available on YouTube. And we are posting musicians’ concert streams, and reading through government funding to advise clubs and jazz organizations of where there may perhaps be some desperately needed funding. … [Read more...] about Bedroom Composers All: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic
Live-streaming via Zoom is here (We are no longer using Instagram Live.) In order to livestream you will need to pre-register for classes online or thru the app. Once you are registered you will receive a private link to the Zoom virtual classroom within 15 minutes of class start time. Go to the link in our bio for detailed instructions on how to pre-signup for classes and get access into your virtual classroom. As always we are here to support you so if you have questions, please reach out to [email protected] we’ll respond as quickly as possible. **Please check online and Instagram (@heartbeathouse) daily for the most up-to-date schedule as some classes are cancelled.** If you already signed up for a class before the closure happened you are still enrolled! If you are no longer able to attend please cancel the class. … [Read more...] about Online dance classes are booming: 8 places to keep you moving through quarantine
Admati notes that President Roosevelt's New Deal and unemployment insurance wove a new safety net after the ravages of the Depression. But the net has eroded over the last decade, she says, along with the rise in gig and part-time workers and low-paid staffers in health care and other service industries. Many of those workers don't stand to benefit much, if at all, from unemployment benefits and other programs built for a different era. … [Read more...] about ‘It could be like the 1930s’: Harvard professor predicts coronavirus outbreak could cause financial crisis that rivals The Great Depression as Congress continues to bicker over biggest rescue package in US history
The 6,980 cases of COVID-19 reported by Dr. Ngoze Ezike are double the state’s total just last Saturday. Along with 986 new cases reported Wednesday were 42 deaths, the largest single-day increase since the first was reported March 17, bringing the state’s total to 141. … [Read more...] about Health chief: ‘Be strong and courageous’ in facing COVID-19
Well aware of my unflinching belief in this truth of blessing the land, so that the land would bless one, my wife told me the story of a gas company she once worked for before she got married to me. The owner of the gas company had, at some point after many years of operations and regular payment of salaries as and when due, suffered a sever setback due to economic downturn outside his control. After two months of being unable to pay salaries, many of his workers abandoned him. Some even stole his goods and equipment before they left. … [Read more...] about CULTURE: Bless the land, and the land will bless you
Early this year, Kushner reportedly advised Donald Trump that the coronavirus was not that dangerous – more a threat to public confidence, and the markets, than to public health. Trump stuck with that message for six tragic weeks, between the confirmation of the first US case and a belated federal decision to speed the development of test kits. … [Read more...] about Jared Kushner and his shadow corona unit: what is Trump’s son-in-law up to?
The church in the historic center of Rome is famous for three paintings by the Baroque master Caravaggio, making it a destination for tourists and the faithful alike. A sign on the door Sunday noted in French that the church had been closed as a precaution by the French Embassy for both Masses and tourist visits until further notice. … [Read more...] about Virus accelerates in Italy; US urges citizens to avoid north
As well as the domestic boom, tunnellers’ prospects are good around the world: Bechtel is starting work in Riyadh on a metro project to dwarf Crossrail. Yet Miller sounds a warning note that Britain may end up missing out in a sector where it has traditionally been at the leading edge. Swaths of engineers are men on the verge of retirement; relatively few young people are entering the profession; and the proportion of women engineers (6%) in the UK is among the worst in Europe. … [Read more...] about Always boring, never dull: Britain at cutting edge of tunnelling boom
There appear to be three types of pandemic parent: the insouciant, the paranoid and the contemplative. Some straddle all three. The insouciant needs to be begged to stop going to the pub, but also creates the best content: the dads dancing with their teenage daughters on TikTok, the mums of younger kids churning out funny tweets about home-schooling. In one TikTok video, a dad acts as a bouncer and a mum a bartender, having turned their garage into a nightclub for their son’s 21st birthday. These creatively supercharged boomers are – dare I say it – making lockdown slightly less terrible. They’re trying so hard to “make the best of a bad situation” and “live, laugh, love” their way through it that – you have to hand it to them – they’re kind of succeeding. Or at least allowing us to forget about the slow collapse of civilisation in viral, 30-second blasts. … [Read more...] about In lockdown, parents are mastering the art of the meme. What could go wrong?