Animal Harm

first_imgWith just two characters and two park benches, The Zoo Story holds up a magnifying glass to the human condition. The dynamics between the two protagonists: erratic, confrontational Jerry and mild, conventional Peter, are arresting attention is focused upon the personal development provoked by chance meeting in Central Park. Their dialogue flits between conventional banality, “it’s a nice day”, and absurd neurosis, which conjures up Peter’s “parakeets making dinner”. Evidently Peter’s tranquil veneer belies a darker disatisfaction and the arrival of the penetrating stranger reveals the deficits in his family life with irrevocable consequences. Jerry’s development serves as a sinister parallel as his ecstatic glee depicting the attempted slaughter of his landlady’s dog conceals more disquieting desire for own extermination which must climax as the play reaches resolution. With plot and scenery as minimal as this, actors must necessarily have outstanding command and this production does not disappoint. Spencer Wong exquisitely captures Jerry’s intense, yet childlike neurosis, while equally powerfully Jason Wool provides the vital counterpoise in the ostensibly staid, and slightly lofty Peter. As the play approaches its fatal dénouement we realise the significance of the animal imagery which is shot through the entire play: as they crescendo to climax, we realise with sickening culpability that the microscope extends towards us and we too are caught behind the bars of the zoo.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more

APD tax will shackle BA growth says CEO

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways (BA), has denounced the government’s newly introduced Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax as a disgrace. The APD will have a huge adverse effect on developing countries’ economies as well as Britain’s, Mr Walsh said in a report.The tax currently raises £2.3 billion for the Treasury every year, but Walsh says that the APD is set to generate £3.8 billion by 2015 with a 65 per cent increase. He warned that rising passenger numbers couldn’t meet the rate of increase of the tax, noting that the levy on individual passengers would need to rise to keep pace. The airline chief cited developing countries such as the Caribbean as being negatively impacted – 12 per cent fall in arrivals to the region from the UK has been witnessed ever since the APD raised the cost of a family-of-four holiday from £120 to £200. Other islands have seen a 25 per cent decline in arrivals from Britain. Mr Walsh said the obsession with aviation taxes will harm carriers and their goodwill, as UK carriers have been relatively more hurt by the APD than carriers in Europe who weren’t burdened with a similar tax.The proposed per-plane tax from the coalition government, he added, could suffocate BA’s efforts to develop in the Caribbean under the increasing levies.last_img read more