A disabled artistactivists project to make visi

first_imgA disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme.Liz Crow’s We Are Figures project has seen her sculpt 650 figures out of river mud, one for every UK constituency and each linked to an individual story about a victim of austerity.And on Saturday (2 May), We Are Figures was in Witney, a constituency that is not only represented by the prime minister, but was also home to Mark Wood.Wood starved to death four months after he was found fit for work, and subsequently had his out-of-work disability benefits and housing benefit removed. Among those visiting the travelling exhibition of clay figures were members of the local Green party, of which Wood had been a member.At one point, there were UKIP, Green and Labour supporters in the We Are Figures van discussing the austerity stories at the same time.Lizzy Maries, a tour guide on the We Are Figures tour, said: “There was a lot of empathy. These were real stories that have happened to real people and that resonated with a lot of people.”She said that all of the visitors to the van in Witney – including Conservative party members – were “really respectful” to the project.She said: “So far, nobody has wanted to argue with us and say, ‘It’s not true, it’s all lies,’ although a lot of people do say, ‘We need austerity.’”Maries said she believed the exhibition would make some people think again about who they vote for.But she said that We Are Figures was not just about the election. “It’s also about keeping an eye on the people around you. It’s about the society we live in. It is about us as people creating a society that supports one another.“I definitely think that for a few people it will make them think. I also hope it will make them think past the election.”Pictured: The We Are Figures van outside David Cameron’s constituency office in Witneylast_img read more

GARY Wheeler expects to be back playing in around

first_imgGARY Wheeler expects to be back playing in around two to three weeks following the shoulder injury he sustained on Good Friday.The 21-year-old was felled late and high by Wigan’s Ryan Hoffman in the match and has sat out ever since.A popped AC joint was the diagnosis and following successful surgery and rehab, Wheels has targeted the week after the Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Hull KR as his return.“I have been in full training for a few days now and will start full contact sessions next week,” he said. “It has been a frustrating time as I would like to get out there and play with the boys.“I don’t bear any malice to Hoffman; those plays are part of the game but he took me on the wrong side. I needed an operation to stabilise the joint.“I had a run of games at a couple of positions but I now need to get back in, find a position and cement that down.“We have a lot of good lads coming through, and a lot who haven’t played yet. It’s good that the older lads have a lot of confidence in the younger players too.“Yes, it’s been frustrating, but it’s also been good to see my mates getting a game and doing well.”He continued: “I would have liked to have been fit now but hopefully I will get a good run of games to the end of the season. I know I have had bad luck with injuries, whether that is bad luck, or my body and age, I don’t know. It has been hard but I am confident in my ability.”last_img read more

SUPER League Grand Finalwinning coach Brian McCle

first_imgSUPER League Grand Final-winning coach Brian McClennan is returning to the UK to coach the Exiles in the 2013 International Origin Game against England.The New Zealander led the Exiles – a team comprising the cream of overseas talent drawn from Super League – to victory in the inaugural Origin fixture in 2011 and jumped at the chance to pit his wits against England at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14.McClennan, who coached Leeds Rhinos to Super League Grand Final success in 2008 and 2009, said he was delighted to be re-joining the Exiles.“The Origin game is a fantastic concept and with the Rugby League World Cup on the horizon this year’s match is going to have more riding on it than ever before,” said McClennan. “It’s a hugely important fixture for England as they look towards the World Cup and for all the Kiwi and Aussie boys in Super League it has special meaning.“Many of them know that they aren’t going to be considered for rep footy when they sign for a Super League club and the Exiles gives them that chance. I had a great time two years ago, it was a lot of fun for everyone involved with the Exiles and I’m looking forward to replicating the spirit we had in camp in 2011.”McClennan coached New Zealand Warriors in the NRL last year, when the Exiles drew a two-match series against England with Daniel Anderson as their coach.“I saw the games last year and they were terrific spectacles,” added McClennan. “One match is just about right and I think we’ll see even more intense competition this time. We get all the televised Super League games on TV down here in New Zealand and I have been impressed by what I’ve seen.“England have more depth now than they’ve ever had and that can only be a good thing for Steve McNamara: there are also a lot of very talented overseas players in the competition and I know the chance to play for the Exiles will see them up their game.”McClennan will begin putting together his backroom staff over the next few weeks with a series of announcements scheduled between now and the International Origin Game on Friday June 14 (8pm).Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game, England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, are now on sale from £20 adults, £15 concession, £10 children. To purchase tickets please call the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

2018 has been a special one already with Head Coac

first_img2018 has been a special one already with Head Coach Justin Holbrook marshalling his team to 24 wins in the Betfred Super League to date.And the latest – a 38-12 victory over Hull FC – was a special one indeed as it not only gave Saints the League Leaders’ Shield but featured no less than 12 Academy products in the 17 man squad.We’re proud of this achievement and we know you are too.As we look towards 2019, we want to continue this ethos.Our squad has already been strengthened further with the additions of NRL stars Joseph Paulo and Kevin Naiqama to complement our already strong core of experienced players and young guns.We want you to continue the journey with us and Memberships for the 2019 season are now on sale.We have again expanded your exclusive benefits, and now that the Super League structure has been confirmed, Memberships will cover 14 home games in 2019.You can also make your Membership a simple monthly payment with our very popular Direct Debit plan. Each season lots of fans take advantage of this to pay for their Membership over ten months to spread the cost.Alternatively, you can also take up an eight or six month package later on in the off-season.For example a West Stand renewal for an adult would equate to just £25.06 per month.And an ‘adult and child’ in the Family Stand would be just £27.49 per month.Your Membership covers all Saints’ Betfred Super League home games and to discover Benefits, Prices and more here www.saintsrlfc.com/membershipsWe are Saints and Proud.#saintsandproud,As we look towards 2019, we want to continue this ethos.Our squad has already been strengthened further with the additions of NRL stars Joseph Paulo and Kevin Naiqama to complement our already strong core of experienced players and young guns.We want you to continue the journey with us and Memberships for the 2019 season are now on sale.We have again expanded your exclusive benefits, and now that the Super League structure has been confirmed, Memberships will cover 14 home games in 2019.You can also make your Membership a simple monthly payment with our very popular Direct Debit plan. Each season lots of fans take advantage of this to pay for their Membership over ten months to spread the cost.Alternatively, you can also take up an eight or six month package later on in the off-season.For example a West Stand renewal for an adult would equate to just £25.06 per month.And an ‘adult and child’ in the Family Stand would be just £27.49 per month.Your Membership covers all Saints’ Betfred Super League home games and to discover Benefits, Prices and more here www.saintsrlfc.com/membershipsWe are Saints and Proud.#saintsandproudlast_img read more