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MJW

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  1. Its the UK Theatre Audience Confidence Survey. Having completed it, I am not entirely sure how helpful the responses will be for opening up, but we shall see.
  2. Hopefully if this new test developed by Oxford Uni works, it should help the fight (there are other similar tests that were mentioned in the news some time ago but they haven't been rolled out yet. Don't know why. https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-07-08-oxford-scientists-form-spinout-launch-rapid-covid-19-virus-test
  3. I enlarged the imaged and cropped it - from tomorrow's FT front page
  4. I see that the National Gallery re-opens on 8th July and the Wallace Collection on the 15th, both requiring pre-booked tickets (free), so it is good news that our cultural landscape is starting to re-open, albeit slowly. With the news regarding RB dancers returning next month there is some (small) positivity there as well.
  5. As I am on holiday (at home) this week, I thought I would try and catch a bit of the debate. Well, I say 'debate' a series of speeches isn't really a debate! I can't say I was very impressed at all - np mention of the arts and if the MPs I saw (on either side of the aisle) are the best this country can come up with then we're stuffed! Noting what Capybara has said I do wonder whether the people coming up with these rules have ever been further than the door of their office? Presumably they are the same people who thought that it would be possible for children to go back to school en masse and social distance at the same time?
  6. The debate is due this afternoon in the Commons but it appears to be a debate on Government aid to industries in general rather than just the arts - From the e-Petitions Committee website: Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst COVID-19 The Committee agreed to tag this petition to the debate on Thursday 25 June, on support for UK industries in response to Covid-19.
  7. Allison Pearson has mentioned this in her Telegraph article (to be published in tomorrow's paper) and makes the point about the collapse of our cultural life.
  8. Aren't they - and such a great view from back of the stage out towards the auditorium
  9. From the ROH's Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/royaloperahouse/albums/72157714815270341
  10. Last week I watched on YouTube on my tv but as that isn't available this week I have tested to see if it is possible to watch via a browser on my FireStick and it seems to work. Whether it will do so this evening is another matter! Bit of a pain logging on to the ROH stream via the remote but I'd rather watch on my tv than my PC screen.
  11. I don't think its the Government that decides whether to allow a debate rather the Petitions Committee of the HoC: How will petitions be put forward for debate? The Petitions Committee can recommend that petitions be debated in Westminster Hall. If the Petitions Committee decides that a petition should be debated in the main House of Commons Chamber, it would take that request to the Backbench Business Committee. Will a petition with 100,000 signatures automatically be debated? The Petitions Committee will take the threshold of 100,000 signatures as a starting point when it considers which petitions should be debated. But sometimes the Committee might not put forward a petition for debate if it’s got over 100,000 signatures – for example, if the same subject has recently been debated or if a debate is going to happen soon. If that’s the case, we’ll tell you how you can find out more about parliamentary debates on the issue raised by your petition.
  12. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/320711 (NB - you need to be a UK citizen or resident)
  13. It looked to be around 11,000 plus (certainly when I was watching anyway).
  14. Absolutely - certainly more dance (there are quite a few couples in the RB) and something a bit lighter music-wise - some Mozart perhaps?
  15. It did seem a bit like that. I have to say I preferred the music for the Queen’s birthday parade this morning. However I thought Hayward and Corrales were lovely
  16. Pleased to see the website has been updated with buttons to register/subscribe so hopefully that will make it easier.
  17. I have just contacted the ROH to ask that they make it as clear as possible on their webpages how to watch for those who don't have a Vimeo account. Lots of links to log in but not much info as to how to actually create an account!
  18. Now I would normally regard myself as reasonably tech-savvy but I thought that was really hard work. I already had a Vimeo account (goodness where I got that from) but the ROH stream account wouldn't recognise it and goodness knows how many attempts I had. In the end by purchasing a ticket it logged me in. It might be me, but that really lacks clarity and a lot of people might just give up!
  19. No probably not but governments are rarely that interested in the arts - when was the last time we had an interested arts minister - Gowrie in the 1980s, Lee in the late 60s? Top-down interventions from governments that "know best" don't usually make things better!
  20. I saw this on Meaghan Grace Hinkis' IG account - you may be interested to watch the video and find out more about the fundraising appeal https://www.instagram.com/p/CBJQmVSgqji/ https://justgiving.com/fundraising/savetheartsuk
  21. I don't whether the BBC are allowed to, but it would be a good idea if perhaps before and after the broadcast they could encourage people to donate (I'm not suggesting Children in Need proportions - but perhaps a text or phone number or a link to the ROH's website)
  22. Interesting and lets hope we see some positive action. It would help if the article got its facts right - WHO recommends 1m not 1.5m. Clearly the smaller the distance, the higher the potential capacity. I still don't understand why we don't seem to be much clearer on the benefits (or otherwise) of face masks in enclosed surroundings. It surely can't be that hard to measure their effectiveness depending of course on the type of face covering?
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