English town celebrates local hero Ed Sheeran

The Ed Sheeran exhibit ‘Made in Suffolk.’ (AFP)
Updated 20 August 2019

English town celebrates local hero Ed Sheeran


IPSWICH: The little-known town of Ipswich in eastern England has historically prided itself on farming and football, but is now celebrating the stellar pop career of its most famous son, Ed Sheeran.

A Panda head worn by Ed Sheeran in the video "I Don't Care." (AFP)

The global hit machine's journey to stardom began in the nearby town of Framlingham, where he played his first gig in front of around 30 people.

Ed Sheeran's 'Martin' guitar, used by the artist between 2008-2012. (AFP)

Fourteen years later, the singer is capping off a two-year international tour, on which he played for almost nine million people, with four homecoming shows in Ipswich.

A song, written by British musician Ed Sheeran when he was 13-years-old. (AFP)

An exhibition entitled "Made in Suffolk,” will mark the event, tracing the career of the singer/songwriter responsible for hit singles such as "Shape of You.”

Self-published albums by Ed Sheeran. (AFP)

The show reveals his steely determination to make it in the music business and the unfailing support of his parents, who sold merchandise during his early concerts.

What We Are Reading Today: Sorting Out the Mixed Economy by Amy C. Offner

Updated 19 September 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Sorting Out the Mixed Economy by Amy C. Offner

In the years after 1945, a flood of US advisors swept into Latin America with dreams of building a new economic order and lifting the Third World out of poverty. 

These businessmen, economists, community workers, and architects went south with the gospel of the New Deal on their lips, but Latin American realities soon revealed unexpected possibilities within the New Deal itself, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

 In Colombia, Latin Americans and US advisors ended up decentralizing the state, privatizing public functions, and launching austere social welfare programs. By the 1960s, they had remade the country’s housing projects, river valleys, and universities. 

They had also generated new lessons for the US itself. When the Johnson administration launched the War on Poverty, US social movements, business associations, and government agencies all promised to repatriate the lessons of development, and they did so by multiplying the uses of austerity and for-profit contracting within their own welfare state.