David Bowie Exhibition

A David Bowie exhibition will bring music lovers to Haddenham Arts Centre as it re-opens post-lockdown having received a £25,000 government grant. ‘5 Years: To The Power of Bowie’, which opens on May 1, features limited edition prints and affordable work by a collection of artists.

It has been curated by Hypergallery’s Vincent McEvoy and Emily Clement. Caroline Cawley, arts centre manager, said: “We’re looking forward to re-opening on Tuesday April 13 and welcoming people back into our community arts centre.

“This funding will help us to reconnect with audiences, communities and artists, as lockdown eases. It’s been a tough year for all of us and we’re very grateful for this lifeline funding to help us get back on our feet.”

In other news…

Lena Dunham announces plus-size fashion range. Announcing her own plus-size fashion range on Monday, the writer and actor Lena Dunham said her aim was to stop the perception that plus-size women are “stupid”. The five-piece collaboration with 11 Honoré follows the Girls creator’s catwalk debut last year, for 16Arlington at London Fashion Week. “There’s so much judgement around bigger bodies and I think one of those judgments is that bigger women are stupider,” Dunham told the New York Times. Dunham said her collection did not include tracksuit items, despite the pandemic ubiquity of sweatpants, because: “If a thin girl wears sweatpants, it’s kind of cute – like, ‘I’m having a rough day!’ But for a chubby girl it’s: ‘You’ve made a lifestyle choice to give up.’”

The garments in the collection are named after locations around SoHo, the part of Manhattan where Dunham grew up in the 1980s and 90s. Dunham added that she wanted to “send the message that being curvy is something to celebrate, not simply handle – it’s not a problem to fix or cover up, but rather a really beautiful celebration of having a lot to give.

Remote working: Is Big Tech going off work from home? Working from home while there is no office open is one thing. But remote working’s biggest test is going to be when the office starts opening up – let’s say at 50% capacity. When meetings are being held partially in person and partially on Zoom, is the dynamic going to work quite so well?

And when some team members develop face-to-face, in-person relationships with managers, will remote workers feel disadvantaged?

Last week, IBM announced its proposed system of remote working, with 80% of the workforce working at least three days a week in the office. “When people are remote, I worry about what their career trajectory is going to be,” said IBM chief executive Arvind Krishna.

“If they want to become a people manager, if they want to get increasing responsibilities, or if they want to build a culture within their teams, how are we going to do that remotely?” he asked.

Tantalisingly, we are about to find out what works and what doesn’t, because there are so many differing approaches being taken by tech companies.

And like so much of modern day life, other businesses are looking over at the west coast of America to see what’s working here – and what isn’t.

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