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Ivory latest entrant to WWE's Hall of Fame

Ivory joins Goldberg and The Dudley Boyz into the Hall of Fame class of 2018 Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Former WWE Women’s Champion Ivory has become the latest inductee to the Hall of Fame class of 2018. [embedded content] In a career spanning twenty years, Ivory – real name Lisa Moretti – broke into the bussiness in 1986 and went on to hold the WWF/E Women’s Title three times during the early 2000s. She began her wrestling career as part of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the 1980s TV show…

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Royal Albert Hall referred to Charity Tribunal

The Royal Albert Hall has been referred to the Charity Tribunal due to conflict of interest concerns on its council. The Charity Commission said seats given to families that financed the hall’s construction in the 1860s were being sold on for considerable profit. It said that as seat holders held a majority on the hall’s governing council, this raised “an inherent unresolvable conflict of interest”. A spokesperson for the hall said it was disappointed by the decision. A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: “The question is whether these arrangements…

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Remembering Rick Hall and the Musical Alchemy of FAME Studios

In 1961, the producer Rick Hall recorded “You Better Move On”—a loping, indignant song about a dude stuck in love with a woman who’s already promised herself to another—in a converted tobacco warehouse in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The song was written and sung by Arthur Alexander, a bellhop from nearby Sheffield, and was later covered by the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, George Jones and Johnny Paycheck, and others. Alexander’s vocal sounds tired, as if he’s chosen to go on arguing but knows, in some awful and instinctive way, that he’s…

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The Inflated Promise of the American Food Hall

In 2010, the chef Todd English opened an indoor market in the basement of the Plaza Hotel, in Manhattan. Back then, the term “food hall” was still largely alien to many Americans. It belonged to Britain, to describe the section of a department store where one might buy tins of loose-leaf tea and Christmas hampers, or pause for a glass of champagne. Todd English’s version stuck close to that mold, mirroring “the aesthetics of the finest food-specialty markets throughout the world,” and it was an overwhelming success. In its wake,…

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Eurythmics discuss Rock Hall of Fame and going 'into hiding' in the 80s.

Throughout the 1980s, Annie Lennox and David Stewart challenged the notion of what a pop group could look or sound like. As the Eurythmics, they spawned smash after smash, from the icy synth-pop of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) to the Motown tribute Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves. Their videos were stylish and experimental, with the strikingly androgynous Lennox donning a variety of disguises for the camera. “I’m very, very critical of myself but I watch those videos and I think, ‘Wow, they’re really fresh’,” says the singer….

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BBC to scrap £10m cuts to local radio, says Lord Hall

The BBC is to scrap its plan to cut £10m from its local radio budget, in a bid to become “more local”, director general Lord Hall has said. Speaking at an event marking the 50th birthday of BBC local radio, he promised a “renaissance” for the broadcaster’s 39 regional stations. He said the savings target – previously announced after a review of the BBC’s local services – had been cancelled. The BBC will instead invest in local radio to boost creativity, he added. BBC local radio at 50: relive the…

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