Steeped in history, with a rich European pedigree and where passion for the game cannot be bested – giants of club rugby don’t come much bigger than Ireland’s Munster. But when they face Saracens on Saturday in the Champions Cup semi-final they will not only be burdened with their fans’ expectations but also the knowledge that they have become serial semi-finalists. Lately Munster have struggled to hit the dizzying heights of their predecessors. Defeat this weekend would be a third in a row in the last four of the Champions Cup and generate further disappointment at the current side’s lack of silverware. Serial semi-finalists Falling short on the biggest occasions goes deeper than just the last two seasons, however. Since Munster last lifted this trophy in 2008 they have been halted at the semi-finals in six of the last 10 seasons, including four of the last six. What’s more, the same pattern is true of their domestic form, where they have not won … [Read more...] about Munster looking to break their semi-final curse against Saracens in the European Cup
Breaking generational curses prayer
PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 April 2019 Lynne Mortimer Stacey Dooley, who has said there are two sides to any story following reports of a romance with dance partner Kevin Clifton. Is it another chapter in the story of the Strictly Come Dancing curse? Picture: Ian West/PA Wire Archant The latest celebrity dancer to sashay off with a professional dance partner is Stacey Dooley, according to reports. We consider whether there is a hex on Strictly Come Dancing. Rachel Riley - swept off her feet in Strictly Come Dancing 2013. Picture: Ian West/PA WireThere may be no “curse of Strictly....” but if so, so what exactly is it that has struck again with the news that last year's winner, Stacey Dooley has waltzed off with her professional partner, Kevin Clifton.We found out via Stacey's long-time boyfriend, personal trainer Sam Tucknott, that he saw a text from , from Kevin saying 'I love you' pop up on her phone.We read that Stacey and Sam had agreed to split … [Read more...] about Is Strictly cursed, we ask, as another relationship bites the dust?
Babel: Adventures in Translation | Weston Library, Oxford YOU have a problem with your disposal of nuclear waste. Not how to dispose of it in the first place, though that is quite a problem, but how to dispose of it in such a way that it will remain buried in its super-safe vault for thousands of years. Specifically, how to stop our human descendants all those thousands of years later from digging it up. It’s not enough to put up warning signs in English. There’s no guarantee English will still be around then. Even the standard yellow-and-black radioactive warning might not signify much to anybody in the 210th century. This problem, involving language, psychology and even philosophy, is one of the many interesting areas explored in a new exhibition at Oxford’s Weston Library — part of the Bodleian. How we communicate ideas, information and stories not just between different languages but down the generations is at … [Read more...] about ’Babel’ of many languages is more a blessing than a curse
MATTHEW MURPHY/THE CURRAN “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the award-winning play adapted from J.K. Rowlings’s book, will play at The Curran theater in San Francisco in fall 2019. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to open fall 2019 at the Curran in San Francisco. (Courtesy Charles Zukow) “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to open fall 2019 at the Curran in San Francisco. (Courtesy Charles Zukow) Matthew Murphy “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to open fall 2019 at the Curran in San Francisco. (Courtesy Charles Zukow) Photo Credit Matthew Murphy “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to open fall 2019 at the Curran in San Francisco. (Courtesy Charles Zukow) “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to open fall 2019 at the Curran in San Francisco. (Courtesy Charles Zukow) Show Caption of Expand By Jim Harrington | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group … [Read more...] about Harry Potter breaks the internet: “We apologize for any inconvenience”
Colorado's record-setting early season snow would seem to be the answer to everyone's prayers, from ski resorts advertising deep bases and terrain openings, to farmers and water suppliers who needed a rebound in the mountain snowpack after last year's levels shrunk to historic lows.Unfortunately, it also comes with a deadly downside; avalanches, one of which fully buried a skier, are being reported throughout the state."We've got some good early season snow, which is oftentimes not great news for long-term avalanche conditions," said Colorado Avalanche Information Center Deputy Director Brian Lazar. "If the snow sits out there too long in cold, dry conditions, it can turn into a weak layer."Over the last 10 winters, 276 people have died in died in avalanches in the United States, 59 of them in Colorado, according to CAIC.Colorado's snow season kicked off in early October, allowing Wolf Creek Ski Area to get its lifts spinning Oct. 13. Unlike last year, when Colorado stayed parched … [Read more...] about Looming avalanche dangers makes early season snow a blessing and a curse in Colorado mountains