Gorillaz Continue To Build Anticipation With Ten-Page Story, “The Book Of Murdoc” [Watch]

first_imgIt seems that new music from the Gorillaz could arrive any day now. The band has been posting with intermittent bursts of social media activity, which started about a month ago when the band shared a timeline of their entire career. Then, the group started detailing the stories of its cartoon members in “The Book Of” updates, filling in the gaps of each character over the last few years.We first heard from “The Book Of Noodle” and “The Book Of Russel,” with each ten-page post detailing the characters and their stories. Today we get “The Book Of Murdoc,” chronicling the so-called King of the Gorillaz during the down years between Phase Three and Phase Four of the Gorillaz.Check out the new story below.last_img read more

Chase Young explains why he’s exactly right not to work out at NFL Combine

first_imgChase Young isn’t looking for a gold medal in the Underwear Olympics, also known as the NFL Combine.Young, the best overall prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, is also the best all-around athlete in the class. But in line with how he blossomed into an elite, dominant edge pass rusher at Ohio State, he’s all about being the best football player, not showing off as the best freak show. MORE: NFL Combine 2020 schedule, dates, workout times and records”Me and my team, we decided that, because the first day of (training) camp when I step on to the field, I want to be the best player I can be,” Young told reporters of his decision not to work out for NFL evaluators in Indianapolis on Saturday. “I don’t want to waste time being a Combine athlete.”For those expecting Young to run the 40-yard dash during Ohio State’s pro day on March 25, they’re also out of luck. Young will be doing only position drills related to him playing defensive end or outside linebacker, and not any of the speed or agility drills that parallel the main events of the Combine.The NFL deciding to take the Combine workouts to prime time hasn’t suddenly made more prospects want to jump through obligatory hoops for our offseason entertainment. In an era where draft hopefuls pull themselves out of meaningless season-ending bowl games to protect their futures, in an era of non-stop advanced training, it’s only natural to extend that to the Combine.Young doesn’t need to do anything in the pre-draft process to prove to anyone in the NFL what they already know: He’s a disruptive force of nature who can change the fortunes of an entire defense.”I definitely think I’m the best player in the draft,” Young said. “I think I showed it on my tape.” And then some. Young has provided plenty more conclusive video evidence, just not at the Combine. He continues to build on his legend with his real workouts with Gibson Performance Training in his home state of Maryland — not far from where he might be playing with the Redskins, who hold the No. 2 overall pick.PREPARATION IS KEY! WE WORKING! @youngchase907 pic.twitter.com/O8l5d8GMpJ— Gibson Performance Training (@GibsonTraining) February 20, 2020The NFL wants guys such as Young to help turn the Combine into a game-like event. Good for him for not obliging.We’ll just settle for watching Young rip up quarterbacks and ball-carriers for many years to come, soon enough.last_img read more

UK parliaments Big Ben bell marks 160 years with silence as restoration

first_imgBritain’s parliament marks 160 years on Thursday since its “Big Ben” bell first chimed, but the familiar bongs will not ring out to celebrate the occasion as the famous clock-tower is half way through a major restoration project. That work has seen the 96-metre-tall Elizabeth Tower, one of the most photographed buildings in Britain, enveloped in scaffolding as the four clock dials are reglazed, ironwork repainted and intricately carved stonework cleaned and repaired.It is the most extensive conservation programme ever carried out on the tower and has also involved removing the whole of its cast iron roof, made up of 3,433 pieces, for repairs.The 13.7-tonne Big Ben bell will remain in place throughout the restoration works, which began in 2017 and are due to be completed in 2021, but has been largely silenced, sounding only for important events such as New Year’s Eve celebrations.The Victorian clock mechanism has been removed to be serviced and to ensure it is not damaged by dust and dirt generated during the works, with an electric motor installed to drive the clock’s 4.2 metre-long hands while it is gone.“This is a complex programme, with hundreds of experts around the country working on different elements of the project … we have reached this stage with many major components restored and ready to go back in situ,” said Senior Project Leader Charlotte Claughton.Specialist tradesmen clad in high-vis vests and hard hats working with panoramic views across the London skyline have completed the clock’s north dial, with 324 individual new pieces of mouth-blown and hand-cut glass installed into the frame.PRESERVING A LANDMARKA time capsule was discovered in the tower’s roof, parliament said, hidden there by the team who carried out work to repair bomb damage in the 1950s.It contained the names of all the workers on that project as well as an old coin, a copy of a newspaper and a letter which referred to a previous time capsule left during renovation works in the 1920s.“Discovering the time capsule was a great moment … It gave us a real sense of history and provided a tangible connection to those that have worked to preserve this beautiful landmark before us,” said Adam Watrobski, the project’s principal architect.The team have in turn placed a new time capsule at the top of the tower, containing a list of the people working on restoration, messages from schoolchildren and a copy of an order paper setting out parliamentary business for that day.The Palace of Westminster on the bank of the River Thames, home to parliament and Big Ben, is a world heritage site and major tourist attraction.A 4 billion pound ($5 billion) restoration programme of the entire building, which suffers from crumbling stonework, leaking roofs and failing plumbing, is due to begin in the mid-2020s and will see lawmakers moved out into a temporary building nearby. London best pest control center_img Editing by Stephen Addison  LONDON (Reuters)last_img read more