Monthly Archive: August 2015


REVIEW: Raz, Assembly George Square Studios

Raz Assembly George Square Studios Four stars In the 1980s and 1990s, Jim Cartwright won acclaim for plays depicting Lancashire lives such as Road and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. He has returned to this world for his new one-man play, RAZ, capturing the energy and desperate drive of a lads night-out in Bolton. It is told through Shane, a young truck driver who lives for the weekend when he can dose up on beer and drugs and try to forget about his lowly paid job and ex-girlfriend. James Cartwright (who happens to be the playwright s son) holds your attention from the start, appearing on stage in just goggles and a pair of Superman underpants as he primes himself for the evening ahead with a nine-minute blaster in The Tanning Shop. We see him go through the rituals of preparing for a Friday night on the raz as he marshals his mates Robo, Micksy, Sparky and Staunton over the phone for a night of pubs, clubs, beers and recreational drugs. In a high-powered, bravura performance, Cartwright brings us these characters and more, under the sharp, precise direction of Anthony Banks. With its rugged, vernacular poetry, the play provides no clear solutions or resolutions, leaving us with the sense that this merry-go-round of decadent nights out will continue every weekend for Shane and his friends, presumably until they finally meet a girl and settle down. Stumbling upon an open-mic night at one pub, Shane takes to the stage, ranting about government and how it has created a generation that got forgot . But he also talks of the Friday night rave-up as a continuation of what his parents went through as well as an experience that, in different forms, dates back to the Stone Age. But, social commentary aside, RAZ takes us on an entertaining rollercoaster of a ride through the joys, frustrations and heartache of the kind of night-out that happens every weekend not just in Lancashire but in towns and cities around Britain. About Mark Ludmon Mark Ludmon has been a journalist for 20 years, specialising in writing about theatre, television and the arts as well as bars, pubs and drink. He has been on the theatre judging panel for London s Olivier Awards and has a Masters in English literature, specialising in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. He can be spotted tweeting about theatre as @DramaScene.

Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Dies in Hit-&-Run Crash 0

Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Dies in Hit-&-Run Crash

UPDATE : On Monday, Philadelphia Police charged [1] Louis John Vogwill with homicide by vehicle and related counts. Philadelphia Police are mourning one of their own after an off-duty officer was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday afternoon. Lamar Poole, a 42-year-old 12th district officer who recently entered his 19th year on the police force, was riding a 2005 Honda motorcycle west on Devereaux Avenue at Roosevelt Boulevard at 4:10 p.m. As he was riding he was suddenly struck by a Toyota Corolla traveling east on Devereaux. The car turned left in front of the motorcycle which hit the side of the vehicle. Philly Police Mourn Officer Killed in Hit-and-Run Philadelphia Police are mourning an off-duty officer who was killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday. NBC10’s Doug Shimell has the details. (Published Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015) Officer Poole, who police say was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his motorcycle and fell to the ground. Witnesses told police the driver, who investigators say is a 58-year-old Philadelphia man, briefly got out of his car and looked at Poole. He then allegedly went back into his car and continued driving north on the Boulevard. A tow truck driver who witnessed the crash then followed the driver, investigators said. “Fortunately we had a couple of witnesses, one being a tow truck driver, who followed the vehicle and really helped out big time,” said Philadelphia Police Captain John Wilczynski. “He followed the car, pinned the car in and called police.” Responding officers apprehended the driver and took him into custody. In addition to the hit-and-run, police say the man is suspected of driving under the influence based on a blood test. He has not yet been officially charged. Poole, who suffered head injuries and internal injuries, was taken to Frankford Torresdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:02 p.m. A procession for Officer Poole began around 7:30 p.m. An escort traveled down I-95 to I-676 to I-76 to take the officer’s body from the hospital to the Medical Examiner’s Office on South University Avenue in University City. Officers saluted Poole as the procession arrived. #BREAKING : Police escorting body of officer killed in hit-and-run to Medical Examiner: [2] [3] [4] NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) August 31, 2015 [5] The crash was the 9th deadly hit-and-run in Philadelphia since January 1, 2014, according to police data. The fatal crash also happened a little over a week after Philadelphia Police Sergeant Rafael Ali was killed when his pick-up truck slammed into a tree. [6] “This is two in one week where we’ve lost one of our own,” Captain Wilczynski said. “Everyone’s a little bit heartbroken about it.” Published at 5:14 PM EDT on Aug 30, 2015 References ^ Philadelphia Police charged ( ^ #BREAKING ( ^ ( ^ ( ^ August 31, 2015 ( ^ Philadelphia Police Sergeant Rafael Ali was killed when his pick-up truck slammed into a tree. (


Truck Rolls Over, Spilling Cabbage Onto Route 490

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A major traffic issue for Monday morning commuters. Earlier, hundreds of commuters were impacted when a tractor trailer rolled over dumping its load across the highway. But now, most of the cabbage is cleaned up along route 490 in downtown Rochester. The crash happened around 6:45 Monday morning on 490-East around the 40 mph curve through the city just before the Goodman Street exit. A front loader was brought in to clean up this mess after a truck hauling thousands of heads of freshly picked cabbage tipped on its side. It’s unclear how and why the driver lost control of the rig. State police said that the truck driver was taken to Strong memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. They do not know where the truck was coming from or where it was headed. This cabbage spill has had plenty of people out on the expressway overpass taking a closer look. “It took me an hour and 15 minutes to get into work today. I don’t know the city and I come in from Holley. So it was quite a ride,” said Kelly Quaranto. All commuters could do was really drive by, take a look and maybe take a whiff.