National Theatre Live streaming

The previous National Theatre Live streaming sessions have been excellent viewing Check out what is coming up in July.

“Just like all entertainment outlets, theatres have had to close their doors per the Government’s guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the National Theatre is bringing the stage to the screen by streaming several iconic plays on YouTube every Thursday.

Official Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry | Free National Theatre at Home Full Performance

Premieres Jul 3, 2020

Les Blancs is streaming for free with National Theatre at Home from 7pm UK time on Thursday 2 July, until 7pm UK time on Thursday 29 July 2020. It is subtitled.

“An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.”

Old Favourites

Treasure Island -The Movie (1987)– Anime

“Jim Hawkins is a young boy lead by progressive events to embark on a search journey for the legendary treasure of the once dreaded pirate, Captain Flint. On their way to Treasure Island, John Silver, Jim’s best friend, take over command of the ship revealing his true self as the ruthless pirate who once was the right hand of Flint himself. Feeling betrayed, Jim now has to deal with his mixed feelings and face Silver who still consider himself and Jim as friends.”

Looney Tunes | Foghorn Leghorn on the Farm | Classic Cartoon Compilation | WB Kids

“Join Foghorn Leghorn on the farm as the rooster hums “DOO-Dah! DOO-Dah!” and doing all sorts of mischief!”

MOTHER LODE 1982,  Charlton Heston, Nick Mancuso and Kim Basinger, has spectacular shots of northern British Columbia’s interior wilderness.

“Mother Lode (also called Search for the Mother Lode: The Last Great Treasure) is a 1982 adventure film directed by and starring Charlton Heston. It was written and produced by his son Fraser Clarke Heston. The film also stars Nick Mancuso and Kim Basinger as a gold-hunting couple.”

The Dock Brief

Trial and Error (1962) aka The Dock Brief, a quirky comedy starring Peter Sellers and  Richard Attenborough

“The Dock Brief is a 1962 black-and-white British legal satire directed by James Hill, starring Peter Sellers and Richard Attenborough, and based on the play of the same name written by John Mortimer (creator of Horace Rumpole).”

“Richard Attenborough was nominated for the 1963 BAFTA Award for best British actor for his role.”

Peter Sellers as Wilfred Morgenhall, barrister

Richard Attenborough as Herbert Fowle, the accused murderer

Beryl Reid as Doris Fowle, his late wife

David Lodge as Frank Bateson, the lodger


Beauty In The Broken, Love, Romance, Drama

The worlds of a depressed psychologist and an emotionally disturbed homeless woman collide. While trying to rescue her they fall in love, and each gets a second chance at a new life.


Jack & Sarah Richard E Grant, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Ian Mckellen

1,635,508 views •May 22, 2013

After the death of the wife, successful lawyer finds himself in trouble to take care of his own daughter, the baby Sarah. He decides to hire Amy to help him, and ends up falling in love with the sweet babysitter.


Monte Walsh | 2003 Western Romance | Tom Selleck, Keith Carradine, George Eads, Isabella Rossellini, William Devane, James Gammon, Wallace Shawn

1,491,550 views •Feb 17, 2020

Monte Walsh – It’s Wyoming Territory, 1892. Saloons are empty, work is scarce, and the legends called cowboys bide their time in general stores. It’s the twilight of the Old West, and the sun’s setting on Monte Walsh (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Tom Selleck, Magnum P.I., In & Out ), “the best Bronc rider south of Snake River.” But the taciturn roughneck, whose livelihood is growing out from under him, still has his old roping buddies, Chet Rollins (Emmy and Oscar winner Keith Carradine, The Outsider, Nashville) and Shorty Austin (George Eads, C.S.I.), to scale cattle country with and remind him of more dynamic days. He also has Martine (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Isabella Rossellini, Merlin, The Odyssey), the lonely lady of the Harmony Saloon, who still offers a warm night—and a pure love that loners like she and Monte would never acknowledge. In this time of transition, the greatest challenges for Monte will be those of the heart and the human spirit.



Captain Tom Moore tribute PAINTING – Inspirational!


Ten Reasons Why, an occasional series by Guy Rundle Here’s a taste of why Jacqui Lambie should reject Dan Tehan’s uni reforms: the new fee structure will mean low-middle income tertiary students will be subsidising the education of the upper-middle class, the Morrison government wants to wage a culture war against humanities departments, and the proposal will simply make overall access to higher education more unequal than it currently is. Oh, also, Tehan is a tool.

Ohio State University. “Twitter posts reveal polarization in Congress on COVID-19: Study shows how quickly parties diverged on pandemic.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 June 2020.


COVID-19 Why Australia Is Falling Behind

Our March 22nd, 2020 article, COVID-19 Why Australia Is Falling Behind noted that

“Perhaps the most incisive and practical advice comes from a March 21, 2020 Juice Media Podcast interview with Dr Norman Swan, presenter of ABC’s Health Report, ”about the latest Covid-19 situation in Australia, our Government’s response, school closures, potential treatments, and what we need to do right now to avoid Italy’s nightmare.”

Juice Media Podcast Ep 10 is the podcast companion to the Juice Media Honest Government Ad about Coronavirus. ICYMI,

(Warning, the Honest Government Ads are satirical and contain strong language.)

Dr Swan reports that “If we do nothing more now in Australia, by April 7 our intensive care units will be overwhelmed – that’s the prediction. We’ve got 14 days before we turn into Italy”

See Juice Media Podcast Ep 10


Dr Swan’s warning has been borne out by recent events, with the New York Times Thursday, June 25, 2020 reporting:

How the Virus Won

“Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control.”

By Derek WatkinsJosh HolderJames GlanzWeiyi CaiBenedict Carey and Jeremy WhiteJune 25, 2020

The Times is providing free access to much of our coronavirus coverage, and our Coronavirus Briefing newsletter — like all of our newsletters — is free. Please consider supporting our journalism with a subscription.


Crikey Worm Tue, 23 Jun

5??9??6?? Columbus, OH: police pepper spray a double amputee, then *disconnect and take his prosthetic legs*

The man *crawled on his hands* to get medical help while a group of protestors rushed the cops to get his legs back

Today, 21 June 2020

Worryingly, while Columbus’ mayor last week told police not to tear gas or pepper spray protesters, the local president of the hilariously/terrifyingly-named “Fraternal Order of Police” appears to have politely declined that order.

Report Of Nooses In Van Cortlandt Park Met By NYPD Indifference, Bronxites Allege


JUNE 19, 2020

Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization

Despite Trump’s declared exit from the WHO, officials continued working toward reforms and to prevent withdrawal. This week, they were told they must justify any cooperation with the WHO on the grounds of national security and public health safety.

by Sebastian RotellaJames Bandler and Patricia Callahan

June 20

“There’s one country that’s desperate for the United States to leave the WHO, and that’s China,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said at a hearing Thursday of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “They are going to fill this vacuum. They are going to put in the money that we have withdrawn, and even if we try to rejoin in 2021, it’s going to be under fundamentally different terms because China will be much more influential because of our even temporary absence from it.”


Adolf Hitler: Speech at Krupp Factory in Germany  June 1936, (pre-election) | British Pathé, compared with Trump’s 2016 pre-election speech


Donald Trump speeches youtube

Donald Trump’s best lines during his 2016 speech


‘Cartoon Melania’s Emotive Eyes’ Ep. 6 Official Clip | Our Cartoon President | SHOWTIME

208,095 views •Mar 10, 2018


Six-trillion-dollar man: Trump is the worst economic manager in US history

Every significant indicator of the health of the US economy has declined since he became president.


JUN 17, 2020




Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “Far-UVC light safely kills airborne coronaviruses, study finds.” ScienceDaily, 24 June 2020.


ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences. “Scientists support the use of ultraviolet light to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission indoors.” ScienceDaily, 22 June 2020.

“The ICFO team of researchers, experts in the fields of virology, immunology, aerosols, architecture, and physics, have surveyed the possible methods to prevent SARS-CoV-2 propagation in indoor spaces. Following this survey, they advocate for one measure that they believe to be particularly efficient, easily deployable, and economically affordable: virus inactivation by ultraviolet light”.

“Disclaimer: UV-C equipment for virus disinfection is being commercialized by a number of companies worldwide. The authors of the study have no interests in or are sponsored by any of such companies.”


University of California – Santa Barbara. “Shift in how we build computers: Photonics.” ScienceDaily. 17 June 2020.

“The group managed to simplify and condense a complex optical system onto a single silicon photonic chip. The achievement, featured in Nature, significantly lowers the cost of production and allows for easy integration with traditional, silicon chip production.

The magic behind all these improvements lies in an interesting physical phenomenon. When the pump laser and resonator are integrated, the interaction between them forms a highly coupled system that is self-injection locking and simultaneously generates “solitons,” pulses that circulate indefinitely inside the resonator and give rise to optical frequency combs. “Such interaction is the key to directly generating the comb and operating it in the soliton state”


On a happier note

Lockdown Photostories

“We are so proud of how well the community in Indonesia has managed their time in lockdown. Now well over three months!

The teachers and managers have taken on extra community leadership roles, creating a phone tree and sharing quality information with the refugees, while also monitoring any health issues and providing psycho-social support. The different leadership groups from the schools have been holding regular meetings with each other and have kept the UNHCR informed of the situation in Cisarua. On top of that they have moved classes to Zoom and are running classes as normal!

So far there are no cases, but we are taking COVID-19 very seriously. The refugee community is at greater risk and have very little on no access to medical assistance.

Please follow the link for some short stories from lockdown and to see our COVID-19 strategy.”


Baked Potato Song

A VERY important message from @RealMattLucas who updated a 20-year-old comedy song with lyrics giving advice about avoiding coronavirus, expecting about 500 people to watch it.

“That’s probably as many people as would normally look at my Twitter,” the Little Britain star says.

But the video for his revised Baked Potato Song has now had three million views, and he is about to release it to raise funds for his FeedNHS campaign.

“When the idea was put to me, it was a no brainer,” he tells BBC News.

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