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Universities’ move online ‘must be done the right way’

Universities’ move online ‘must be done the right way’

Technology
Harry Ashworth should be in the final term of his first year at Oxford University, studying music. Instead he is stuck at his parents' house in south London hunched over a laptop, listening to lectures via Zoom.He doesn't feel that the sudden and dramatic change in circumstances has affected his learning too much, but he is missing some aspects of university life."I am in a jazz orchestra and that isn't really happening now. And I would have been playing at the summer balls, so there are social events that I've missed."Some of his more practical lessons have also been curtailed.Academically he feels less motivated "which makes me less stressed but also flatter"."Psychologically when you are at home it is different. When I am in m...
8 times book adaptations went right

8 times book adaptations went right

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device Irish writer Sally Rooney won plaudits for her second novel Normal People last year, winning the coveted Costa Book of the Year award and a place on the Booker Prize longlist.Many fans of the book - which charts the on-off relationship of young outsiders Marianne and Connell - were nervous when news of a TV adaptation was announced.How could it hope to match the beloved novel? But it looks like their fears were unfounded, as critics have raced to praise the BBC Three adaptation.In her five-star review, The Daily Telegraph's Anita Singh described the series - made up of 12 half-hour episodes - as "a rare treat, the TV drama that's better than the book".She puts that largely down to the performances ...
The celebrities striking the right note by spreading comfort and joy

The celebrities striking the right note by spreading comfort and joy

Entertainment
With tours, TV shows and film shoots shut down, the coronavirus pandemic has left celebrities with little to do but go on social media and show us, more than ever, what they are really like.At one end of the scale are the self-important, earnest, out-of-touch - and increasingly irrelevant.At the other are the compassionate, creative and life-enhancing.The stars who have actually connected with fans during this crisis are those who have provided positivity, escapism, humour and a human touch.Many have been posting regular videos and even hastily-created home-made shows from lockdown. Here are some of the best: John Krasinski's good newsIn mid-March, the release of film sequel A Quiet Place Part II...
Tokyo 2020: ‘The right decision, made just in time’

Tokyo 2020: ‘The right decision, made just in time’

Sports
There is a moment at an Olympic Games, some point after the opening ceremony and around the time where everything around you is drama and smashed records and new heroes, when you look around and think: there is no other square mile or so of the planet that has as many people staring at it as this. That's what the summer Games do. They make you feel like you're at the centre of the world. And it's why it took the International Olympic Committee so long to realise that Tokyo 2020 had to be postponed, and why there could be no other decision.The IOC has the history, the power and the self-regard to pull off something as complicated, expensive and vainglorious as an Olympics. Those same characteristics can also lea...
Comedian Tom Papa: Audiences are ‘craving sincerity right now’

Comedian Tom Papa: Audiences are ‘craving sincerity right now’

Entertainment
Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Comedian Tom Papa, whose fourth hourlong stand-up special, You're Doing Great!, streams Tuesday on Netflix, said he takes "pride in not being a cynical comedian." Papa, 51, co-host of What A Joke With Papa And Fortune on SiriusXM's Netflix Channel, told UPI in a recent interview that the title of You're Doing Great! is meant to be taken at face value, without a trace of irony. "I actually take pride in not being a cynical comedian," said Papa, who is also a writer and performer for nationally syndicated radio show Live From Here. "I think most comedy lives in the negative space. I'm naturally an optimist, and I realized I can be positive and hopeful and be funny at the same time. That's what I want people to realize. 'You're doing great' actually means that you are winnin...