who got what in the birthday honours list


The prolific author Susan Hill and the renowned choreographer Siobhan Davies have both been made dames.

Hill, the author of The Woman in Black, has won numerous awards for her work, including the Whitbread novel award, and is one of few living authors to have three books on the set book lists for GCSEs and A-levels.

Davies rose to prominence as a founding member of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre and is the artistic director of Siobhan Davies Dance.

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Siobhan Davies is the artistic director of her own dance company. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian

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Siobhan Davies is the artistic director of her own dance company. Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian

Also made a dame is Vikki Heywood, the former chair of the Royal Society for the Arts, who during her 40-year career has overseen the rebuilding of two national theatres.

The abstract expressionist artist Frank Bowling said he was “extremely proud” to be made a knight at the age

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On 10th birthday, Instagram no longer an escape from reality

Artful photos of sunsets and ice cream are being challenged by more activist content on Instagram as it turns 10 years old in a time of social justice protests, climate crisis, and the pandemic.

Founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the app had one billion users two years and has grown fast since then, after first capturing the public’s attention with its image filters, and easy photo editing and sharing tools.

But playful pictures, once a hallmark of Instagram, are increasingly seen as off-key when people are “losing jobs, being sick, isolated and depressed, then on top of that the BLM (Black Lives Matter) protests and everything going on with the US election,” reasoned Rebecca Davis.

In 2016 she created ‘Rallyandrise’, an account devoted to helping people engage politically.

“Not that there’s no time and place for pretty photos, but maybe people are trying to find a

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On the Fifth Birthday of Their Partnership, Hafiz Ahmad and Qadeer Wagriya Launch a Coaching Program Exclusively Focused on YouTube Ads

Hafiz Ahmad Ashfaq and Qadeer Wagriya

Madsgency Ltd.
Madsgency Ltd.
Madsgency Ltd.

London, UK, Sept. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After offering tailor-made ad services that generated multi-million dollars for their clients at Madsgency, Hafiz Ahmad and Qadeer Wagriya – two ad men with specialties in YouTube ads and evergreen sales funnels, have launched the industry’s first course. The course combines two big and interconnected topics: YouTube ad optimization and providing YouTube ads and account management services. 

The course was launched a few weeks ago for a limited number of pre-selected students. Many of those students are successful digital entrepreneurs, freelancers, and coaches who want to learn the art and science of paid traffic targeting and optimization as well as offering the same as a service to other YouTubers and marketers.

Qadeer, the paid traffic and YouTube ad optimization expert, was “hopeful that the participants would be able to target their

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As a helium shortage looms, “vacuum balloons” could save physics, medicine, and birthday parties

Helium balloons are a quintessential party favor, a fixture of any birthday, wedding or anniversary party. But few consumers seem to know that helium is a limited resource — and one which physics experiments and medical imaging tools rely on to work. Worse, once a helium balloon pops, that gas is lost forever — it floats upwards and escapes into space, never to be seen on Earth again. 

Now, with the specter of a recent helium shortage still looming, consumers are being asked to ration their helium in order to save science and medicine. The idea that party supply companies and consumers can’t give up helium balloons in order to save these more worthy enterprises might seem a tad selfish; but this is how the market thinks. Yet a few inventors around the country have a brilliant compromise: what if we could make a “balloon” that needed no helium gas

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