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March 31, 2017

History plays a major role in this Friday’s edition of CNN 10. First, Britain is writing history and facing historic challenges in its separation from the European Union. Then, researchers are recreating history by reconstructing a 13th Century man’s face. Historic paintings are seen in a new light thanks to new technology. And a design company is hoping to make history with a skyscraper of the [distant] future.
1. Carrie Lam, who is said to be favored by China, was chosen by an election committee to lead what Special Administrative Region?
2. Name the U.S. Speaker of the House, who recently called off a vote on a Republican health care plan amid concerns that it didn’t have enough support to pass.
3. During what decade (for example, the 1990s) was the last manned mission to the moon completed?
4. When British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 this week, the formal process began of separating what two things?
5. Name the storm that made landfall in Australia earlier this week as the equivalent of a powerful hurricane.
6. A legal settlement has set aside at least $87 million for the replacement of water pipes in what troubled U.S. city?
7. To what Iraqi city, where international forces have been battling ISIS since October, are hundreds of additional U.S. troops being deployed?
8. What two-word term, as defined on Thursday’s show, is used to describe cities that shelter people who are in the U.S. illegally?
9. As outlined by Article 50, how long do officials have to complete the Brexit process?
10. Who painted La Bella Principessa, The Last Supper, and The Battle of Anghiari?
CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: As many as you saw on a meme earlier this week, Fridays are awesome! I’m Carl Azuz at CNN Center.
Your ten minutes of world news explained begins with the countdown to Brexit.
The British exit or separation from the European Union has officially begun. Nine months after a slim majority of British voters chose to leave the E.U., British Prime Minister Theresa May signed Article 50 this week. That’s what gives any E.U. member the right to leave the association on its own.
One reason why the Brexit is so incredibly complicated is legal. Right now, there are 12,000 European Union laws enforced in Britain. They applied to businesses, consumers, workers. And since 1972, these E.U. laws have taken precedence over Britain’s own laws.
With that changing, as the nation separates itself from the E.U., it has to convert those laws to suit its own country. So, some will be kept, some replaced, some eliminated. One Brexit official says the government priority was getting the right deal for every single person in Britain. Lawmakers have two years to figure out how to do that, but it’s only one of the challenges they face.
MAX FOSTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This has just never been done before, unpicking 40 years of treaties and agreements, covering thousands of different subjects. The U.K. has just two years to extricate itself from the European Union.
SUBTITLE: What’s next after Article 50?
FOSTER: Vast negotiating teams from both sides will work round the clock to try to reach some sort of deal and they’re going to start by looking at the breakup. Some of the issues they’re going to have to tackle includes what they’re going to do with Brits living in Europe, what they’re going to do with Europeans living in the U.K.? How are they going to leave this trading bloc, the single European market? And will London keep its status as the go-to financial hub for euro trading?
The biggest problem though is what some E.U. officials see as a massive lingering bill. Britain should they say be paying billions of dollars for years to come into ongoing projects that they have a stake in.
Once they do reach the deal, 20 of the E.U. heads of states representing at least 65 percent of the total population need to approve it. Also, the U.K. parliament needs to approve it. And what if they don’t? Well, you could extend the negotiations, but all sides would have to agree to that.
The alternative would be Britain just leaving the European Union and the U.K. and will have to pull back on World Trade Organization rules.
Alongside all of this, they’re going to have to reach a new set of deals as well to establish a new relationship between the E.U. and the U.K. What about things like security, new trade deals? Enormous projects to consider alongside that main deal.
AZUZ: Up next, we’re coming face to face with a middle aged man who’s actually from the Middle Ages. He lived 700 years ago, but now, people can look into his eyes and see that he looks a lot like many folks do now.
Here’s what this is all about: the University of Cambridge reconstructed the face of a man who is buried in the 13th century. His skeleton was one of 400 others found under the old Divinity School of St. John’s College. The site was excavated a few years ago. It was one of the largest medieval hospital graveyards in Britain.
To better understand life at that time, researchers analyzed the man’s bones and reconstructed his face in an attempt to find out his life story. They say he was an ordinary poor man at that time, that he was probably a patient at the hospital where he was found, that his skeleton indicated he’d done a lot of physical labor in his life and that when he died, he was over 40 years.
PROFESSOR JOHN ROBB, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE: (INAUDIBLE) one of Cambridge’s urban poor. It’s a group of people that is very hard to find out about from history, because historical records are based around mostly property. And if you didn’t have wealth or tax, then very often, you would not actually show up in historical records.
AZUZ: This was done as part of a project called After the Plague. It aims to humanize people from the past.
AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia:
Who painted La Bella Principessa, The Last Supper, and the Battle of Anghiari?
Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello or Raphael?
These are the works of Leonardo da Vinci, one of whose most famous paintings is the Mona Lisa.
AZUZ: OK. You’ve heard of the Mona Lisa. You probably haven’t heard of Lisa del Giocondo, whose portrait some scientists think was painted over in making the Mona Lisa. Pablo Picasso apparently painted over someone else’s portrait to create his work the Old Guitarist. Same thing for Vincent Van Gogh in painting Patch of Grass.
One thing these findings all have in common, they were discovered decades or centuries later using modern scientific instruments.
Here’s how some researchers solve or find historic mysteries of art.
PROF. AVIVA BURNSTOCK, HEAD OF COSNERVATOR & TECHNLOGY: THE COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART: A painting would change in the moment it’s made. And so, there’s no chance of restoring it to the way it looked when it was first made. But you can appreciate how it might have looked by doing the research that’s needed and then present it in the best it can be presented.
SUBTITLE: The Courtauld Institute of Art was established in 1932. It is the worlds’ leading center for the study of the conservation of art, pioneering new technologies to reveal the complex DNA of a painting.
BURNSTOCK: With these new tools, it’s become a little bit easier to find out more about painting techniques and to find out in more detail about materials. For example, use a handheld x-ray fluorescent spectrometer to look at areas of the painting and look at the kind of elements they contain.
We learned quite a lot from people x-raying pictures and x-rays will penetrate all the way through the painting. So, you can see aspects of the whole thickness of the picture and sometimes you can see the frame and the nails that had been used to hang the canvas and sometimes you can see reworkings in paints. So, you can see things that you can’t see on the surface.
There were different devices that we use for infrared photography. So, you can do an infrared photo in specially adoptive camera. You might see something beneath the varnish. You might see drawing underneath the paint lens.
And you might find a picture under another picture or drawing underneath the picture that’s been covered up with a completely different picture. There are always new discoveries to be made.
Each of these techniques tells you something different, to make you a good conservator, I think you need those elements.
Eventually, you know, everything changes and everything deteriorates, although we now use materials which we hope will last at least 100 years. Inevitably, pictures will need to be cared for. And those works have been cared for.
Now, we’ve retained them. We benefit from them. We can still see them.
And the things that have been very neglected, we’ve lost them. So, that’s why conservation is important.
AZUZ: If you are on our email list, you have known last night what was on today’s show. From our home page, just scroll down to “keep in touch” to sign up for our daily email.
Also from our home page, if you want to see the show transcript, while you see the show, just click the word “transcript” under the video. That will take you to where you can watch and read along at the same time. It’s amazing and a really good idea.
AZUZ: Now for a really questionable idea. Do you see this? It’s a design company’s concept to put the sky in sky scraper. It’s a floating building.
How does it float? We are so glad you asked.
What architects would do if they could is string up a skyscraper with high strength cabling and fasten it to an asteroid that’s orbiting the earth. They say it’d be lightweight. That it’d be solar powered. It can get its water from clouds. It’d also be strung up from an asteroid.
Its cost of construction, they say high. But that the skyscraper would also command record prices.
I guess they wouldn’t run out of space. But if demand were sky high, if tenants could scrape together the funds, and if they can get over the suspense of living suspended, maybe it’s not just a tall tale. Just as long as no one steps outside for a walk, unless his name is Luke.
I’m Carl Azuz and that’s “10 Out of 10”.
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You could never call Nelly Furtados career consistent, but it has been consistently surprising: from the chillout pop of her breakout hit from 2000, Im Like a Bird, to the sexpot grind of Maneater, the Spanish-language album Mi Plan and 2012s divisive alt-pop outing The Spirit Indestructible. Her comeback is certainly an unexpected ride, bumpily rollercoastering on John Congletons eager production, which can tend to be overpowering and overcomplicated. Theres more of the jerky funk sound he created for St Vincent on the opener here Cold Hard Truth, a Gary Numan-does-Goldfrapp feel on Paris Sun, and hints of Sufjan Stevens on Magic; its difficult to avoid making endless comparisons when an album feels so miserably storyboarded the sad fallout of commercial pop that just patchworks trendy styles together. But at least The Rise does so with zeal, and slinky distorto-pop number Right Road hints at something less contrived. Next time, though, Ill get off at the first stop.

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Good news,Drive fans: Your boy’s back, but with a TV show this time.

Amazon Studios announced this week that it’s ordered a 10-episode season of a show called Too Old to Die Young fromDrivedirectorNicolas Winding Refn, and every episode will be directed by the man himself. Hunky-in-a-casual-way actorMiles Teller is set to star, which certainly sounds like the formula Refn used tolaunchRyan Gosling from rom-com heartthrob to aspirational bad boy.

Teller will play “a police officer entangled in the world of assassins,” a jump from his previous roles as high school students and sweet boys next door. The series takes place in Los Angeles and will explore its seedy underbelly“by following killers existential journeys in becoming samurai.” Cue tense ambient music and neon signs on empty nighttime streets. Also: samurai? Guess we’ll have to tune in to learn more.

Im a huge fan of Nics work so the opportunity to work with him, and for a company like Amazon, with this type of material is very exciting, Teller said in astatement.

Westworld supervising producer Ed Brubaker is signed on to write the episodes, soit certainly sounds like Amazon has something moody and fun in the works. Now the question becomeswhether or not it canpull it off.

No information about when the episodes mightbe released has been announced yet.

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Detroit rapper Danny Brown released the Jonah Hill-directed, gory and satirical music videofor Aint It Funny on Wednesday. It’s a trip, and you’re going to want to see this.

The bizarro sitcom video stars Brown, director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) as the dad, and sitcom veteran Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains) as the mom. The ’80s-inspired clip also features Brown expressing that he has serious drug problems.

Also a Record Store Day release for this year, its the latest single from Browns critically acclaimed albumAtrocity Exhibition.

Brown has also been identified as the rapper whogot Dave Chappelle stoned in Detroit, which the comedian made a hilarious bit about in his recently released Netflix special.

It’s lit.


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Image caption George Michael died at his home on Christmas Day

George Michael’s funeral has taken place, three months after his sudden death at the age of 53.

His family said a “small, private ceremony” on Wednesday was attended by “family and close friends”.

In the statement, they thanked his fans for “their many messages of love and support” following the funeral, thought to have been held in London.

Michael died of natural causes at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.

The riverside cottage became a focus for fans’ grief in the days after he died, as did his home in Highgate, north London.

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Image caption Flowers and posters were among tributes left outside Michael’s London home

The full statement from Michael’s family read: “We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend.

“George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion.”

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Image caption George Michael performing at Wembley in 2007

Michael – whose full name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – first came to fame in the 1980s as a member of Wham! alongside Andrew Ridgeley.

The pair’s pop hits won them thousands of fans before Michael found solo success with hits including Faith and Careless Whisper.

He had a total of seven UK number one singles as a solo artist – including A Different Corner and Jesus to a Child – and the same number of chart-topping albums.

Michael also collaborated with artists including Aretha Franklin and Elton John.

‘Supernova’ George

Ridgeley has been among those to pay tribute to Michael during this year’s awards season.

Alongside Wham! backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie, he made a speech at the Brit Awards last month describing Michael as a “supernova”. His death “felt like the sky had fallen in”, he added.

At the Grammys, Adele sang a version of Michael’s 1996 hit Fastlove, as a video montage of the late singer was shown.

Image caption Michael and Ridgeley, pictured in the 1980s

The coroner’s verdict on Michael’s death only came three weeks ago. Tests were ordered because an initial post-mortem examination was “inconclusive”.

Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, said the star had heart and liver disease.

Many of Michael’s fans took to social media and online forums to pay their respects again on Wednesday when news of his funeral emerged.

While he had mostly stayed out of the limelight in his final years, the singer had been collaborating with Naughty Boy, and producer Nile Rodgers said he had visited Michael’s home two days before his death to work on a project.

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March 30, 2017

This Thursday’s show begins with two stories concerning U.S. military forces in the Middle East. We’re defining “sanctuary cities” before exploring the political debate over them, and we’re introducing you to an engineer who’s been working for decades to create a concert hall with perfect sound.
CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Welcome to CNN 10 on this Thursday, March 30th. I’m Carl Azuz, reporting from CNN Center, and we’re happy to have you watching as the week rolls on.
We’re starting with a couple of reports concerning U.S. troops in the Middle East. First, more are serving there. There’s been a battle going on for the Iraqi city of Mosul since last October. It’s the last stronghold of the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq. American troops have been supporting Iraqi forces as they try to push ISIS out.
Soldiers with U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division are deploying to give more help to the Iraqis. A U.S. defense official says the number of American troops going is in the low hundreds.
“The Military Times” reports that there are more than 6,000 U.S. troops now serving in Iraq and though they’re officially there to advise and assist Iraqi forces, some of the Americans are believed to be close to the fighting if not directly in it.
Another way the U.S. is supporting Iraq in the battle is through airpower. And on March 17th, at least 112 civilians were apparently killed by an airstrike. The U.S. military is currently investigating whether it was a U.S. plane that launched the strike in Western Mosul. It’s a densely populated part of the city and an Army lieutenant general says ISIS was fighting from the position, but that what’s not clear is they picked a place where there were civilians to lure the U.S., or if ISIS was using civilians as human shields. He says the enemy had a hand in the deaths, and that the U.S. military might have, too.
LT. GEN. STEPHEN TOWNSEND, TOP U.S. COMMANDER ON MOSUL STRIKE: If we didn’t strike in that area, I’d be telling you right now, it’s unlikely. But because we struck in that area, I think there’s a fair chance that we did it. My initial assessment is that we probably had a role in these casualties. Now, here’s what I don’t know — what I don’t know is: were they gathered there by the enemy?
ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The destruction here in western Mosul appears to be significantly more vast and widespread than it was in the eastern side. And you also see that there are a lot of these really narrow alleyways that winded deeper into the neighborhoods. This is one of the main challenges that the security forces are facing.
You barely see any civilians but you do see the traces of the life that was, of how bustling these particular areas would have normally been. And part of the challenge when it is civilian population is that even though the Iraqi government did, yes, encourage people to stay put in their homes, if they wanted to leave, they wouldn’t have been able to, because ISIS would not allow them to leave these neighborhoods. ISIS was holding everyone that live across this entire city as human shields.
AZUZ: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that if an American city or state is hoping to get money or grants from the federal government, it has to comply with federal immigration law. This is part of the Trump administration effort to increase pressure on America’s “sanctuary cities”, cities that shelter people who were in the U.S. illegally.
NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDEN: The one thing that you need to know about sanctuary cities is that they’re not necessarily illegal designation or even a legislative one. They’re given that label because of the perception that they are not enforcing federal immigration law. There are more than 200 cities or jurisdictions in the United States that are labeled sanctuary cities. They’re called sanctuary cities because the mayors of these cities or leaders of these jurisdictions do not require local law enforcement to ask a person’s immigration status when they’re detained or they’re arrested.
SUBTITLE: In 2015, more than 200 state and local jurisdictions did not honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain individuals.
AZUZ: The policy that requires states to show they’re complying with federal law in order to receive federal funding was put in place by the Obama administration last summer. The Trump administration says that if a city is not enforcing U.S. immigration laws and cooperating with the federal government on the issue, it’s making the nation less safe. And state officials who support the federal policy say enforcing it will help the address the problem of illegal immigration.
Mayors of these sanctuary cities say their areas are safe because they allow undocumented immigrants to go to school, get medical care and report crimes without the fear of being deported. They say the cities will be less safe if the government takes away federal funding for their police departments.
The Trump administration hasn’t named the cities it will go after for defying the policy and it hasn’t said what funds it would withhold or try to get back if sanctuary cities don’t cooperate.
AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia:
The pinna, the malleus, and the stapes are all parts of what?
An ear, a ship, a drum, or a knee?
If you’re a mammal and you are, you have all of these as parts of your ear.
AZUZ: With these ears of ours, we’ve heard Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy. Many of us haven’t heard of Rob Harris. And yet, for 35 years, he’s been trying to create the perfect place for us to hear those composers, a concert hall with perfect sound.
Listen carefully. Lend us your ears to what happens when a masters degree in sound and vibration meets a bachelors in physics.
ROB HARRIS, ACOUSTIC DESIGNER: This is one of the best concert halls in London, but it’s partly because there are quite a few halls which look beautiful but they sound a little disappointing.
The Albert Hall was built as a spectacle house, not really as a concert hall, so there are just too many people in the Albert Hall; people are too far away and it’s just not loud enough.
The Coliseum is an example of a hall which isn’t perfect acoustically but it’s such a beautiful room that it’s all part of the experience.
The Barbican is actually a very wide hall but not very deep. And what we know and what we can see in this hall around is want halls that are actually quite narrow and deeper.
SUBTITLE: Rob has spent over three decades designing concert halls in 12 different countries.
He is considered to have some of the best ears in the world.
HARRIS: This hall follows a very successful precedent, it’s a bit like a double cube — one cube in front of the other, because what we’ve discovered is that as well as the direct sounds coming from me to you, the sound bounces off the floor, the walls and the ceiling, and for music, it’s really important we get these reflections into the ears quite soon, from the sides. And this rectangular form was very good for providing those reflections towards the ears of the audience.
SUBTITLE: Auralization allows designers to hear a hall before it’s built.
HARRIS: This new technique of Auralization, which is as bit like acoustic equipment to visualize action means that people could hear what a hall is going to sound like before it’s actually built.
There’s a huge amount of science to define it, but it is a real step forward in communicating, if you like, the language of the acoustic design. Rather than having to say, oh, well, the EDT Time at 500 hertz, optic band is 1.42 seconds, you know, you can say listen to this.
HARRIS: The key reason for people to gather at a concert hall is to enjoy music in a very special way. So, it’s absolute fundamental to the experience that there’s one for acoustic for them to enjoy the music, and also importantly, the great acoustic for the musicians to performing because if I think they’re performing in a great sound, then they , of course, enjoy it and perform better.
AZUZ: A news reporter recently wanted to bring his audience some clips of the Elite Eight of March Madness. But the NCAA wouldn’t give his station permission to use video highlights. So, Eric Alvarez made his own, with stuff he says he found at his desk. I love how it says “dramatization” at the bottom, just so you know.
Maybe these weren’t all the exact mascots of the teams themselves, but they helped tell the story with clarity, conciseness and, of course, creativity. Who says news reporting isn’t the same as reenacting? Maybe he’s a bit of a ham, but he never broke character or characters in telling the toy story. There’s no denying they got the points across and all in all, you got to him props!
I’m Carl Azuz for CNN 10. Thanks for watching.
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More dancing drama!

ICYMI, DWTS pro Cheryl Burke was announced to take over for Abby Lee Miller for the remainder of this season of Dance Moms – something the outspoken TV personality definitely has an opinion about!

Speaking to Inside Edition for the first time since news broke of her replacement, the 50-year-old ranted:

“I am so excited that somebody else is going to get the experience to work with these ass-holes. [Burke] is skinny, hot. I’m sure they’re going to fawn all over her.”

Related: Maddie Ziegler Admits To Being ‘Stressed’ At 11

The dance instructor went on to tell ET:

“I think that’s greatI only met her once at a housewarming party a couple weeks ago. I’m glad that someone who has worked on a network show for as long as she has on Dancing With the Stars is going to see what I’ve been working with for seven years. I don’t think she’s replacing me, I think it’s going to be a different vibe.”


“Wait until Cheryl Burke deals with [no costume budget]I bet you she’s treated differently. I bet you the budget is completely different, and I bet you she is never driving her car, with her gas, getting parking tickets that she has to pay, walking up and down the streets looking for fabric on her feet.”

Miz Miller also made a point to clarify that it was the show runners — and not the possibility of her going to jail — that convinced her to quit:

“I chose to quit because I don’t want to fight for a great idea, I don’t want to fight for better music, I don’t want to fight for a bigger costume budget. [They] look at me like I was this down-and-out podunk dance teacher from Pittsburgh that they savedI think the word ‘respect,’ the word ‘trust,’ and the word ‘thank you’ was missing from my relationship with the production company.”

For more on Abby’s relationship with “Satan” (the nickname for her least favorite producer), tune into Inside Edition‘s full report tonight on CBS.

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Like mother, like daughter!

Some of you may not know that before Friends, Courteney Cox got her start by appearing in Bruce Springsteen‘s music video for his classic hit Dancing in the Dark — which helped her land a role in Family Ties shortly after.

Now, her daughter Coco seems to be on the same path!

The 12-year-old made her own music video debut this week by starring alongside Matthew RC Taylor for indie pop artist MONOGEM‘s new song Wild!

Related: David Arquette Pays Tribute To Late Sister Alexis

The singer tells Ladygunn of the project:

“The video is a dreamy and colorful story about two best friends. I thought it would be interesting to create a visual showing two young teenagers getting wild in their own unique way. Amidst the kids’ smokey, neon reality, the boy is cross dressing for the first time in a safe and comfortable environment without any judgement. That is a beautiful thing. With all of the craziness going on in the world today, I felt compelled to deliver this message and lyric to our very important younger generation: ‘Life’s too short to not live wild.'”

Take a look at the kids’ crazy night together (below)!

One thing’s for sure, Coco’s dad David Arquette couldn’t be prouder:

So proud of my daughter Coco and her performance in the @monogem video link below…A post shared by David Arquette (@davidarquette) on Mar 28, 2017 at 10:19am PDT

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Oh, and just for fun…

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John Legend knows love ballads are about the future… but how’s the La La Land star gonna be a revolutionary when he’s such a traditionalist?

By spontaneously playing his hits in public settings and sharing it with all of the internet, that’s how!

The Grammy-winning artist was in between taking trains across the U.K. on Wednesday when he made his way to the St. Pancras International train station’s piano to serenade the crowd!

Related: Don’t Fuck With Chrissy Teigen, Fox News!

Legend took over from whoever was playing background music and sang three of his songs for the passing travelers, including All of Me and his new single Surefire.

Ch-ch-check out the singer’s AH-Mazing mini-concert (below)!

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Image caption Eric Luke’s picture of the little boy standing behind guns in Belfast in 1977

Where is this Belfast boy now?

Photographer Eric Luke sometimes wonders about him.

He took this photo in 1977 when he travelled north from Dublin to cover the Queen’s Silver Jubilee visit for the Irish Press.

There was trouble that culminated in a street battle between rioters and the Army. The boy stands, hemmed in by police and soldiers, in the shadow of machine guns.

‘Baptism of fire’

His earnest face struck a chord with the photographer.

“That trip was my baptism of fire,” said Luke. “There was a lock-down and there were a lot of protests.

“I was with (Irish Press photographer) Colman Doyle. I used to go to the north when I was off duty and cover events like the hunger strikes.”

In later days, there were more positive pictures – he came to Northern Ireland to cover visits from US President Bill Clinton and U2.

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Image caption Eric Luke was always passionate about photography and enjoyed taking pictures of stars like Rory Gallagher

Eric Luke had a ringside seat on history unfolding. He was present for the great highs and deep lows in modern Ireland.

But he also has that yearning to record the everyday wonder of Irish life.

He started off with the Irish Press and then moved to the Irish Times. In a career of more than 40 years, he won many awards for his work.

But at the end of this week, Luke will be zipping up his camera bag and closing the door on the Times newspaper office for the last time.

The world of photography has changed utterly since he began his trade in the old days of the newspaper dark room.

It was a room that no-one entered without knocking. Photography was a dark art. Walk into the dark room and taste the sting of chemicals.

Watch a photographer butterflying fingers across the developing paper as it lies in its bath of developer and wonder as ghostly faces and familiar places emerge from the shadows to make a print.

Luke, from south Dublin, got his first job with the Irish Press in 1973 when he was 19 years old.

But he had fallen in love with photography long before that. He set up a dark room in his home when he was just a schoolboy and would go off to concerts, taking pictures of rock stars like Phil Lynott and Rory Gallagher, sending his work off to the papers.

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Image caption Eric Luke was taking photographs of stars like Rory Gallagher, in the days before strict PR protocol left more room for the imagination

In newspapers back then, there were no fast-track schemes. Would-be photographers started off at the bottom.

“The Irish Press brought me in to the dark room and that was how my apprenticeship began,” he said.

“But after a few months, it was straight in at the deep end. The Press had 17 staff photographers and 1,500 employees. There were three newspapers – morning, evening and Sunday – and there were six editions of the Evening Press.

Image copyright Eric Luke
Image caption Vivienne Hillery popped her head out to see her dad, the new President of Ireland, and Luke’s picture made that day’s front page

“In ways, it was just like the internet now. We had strict time limits and deadlines to meet.”

The young photographer’s first big state diary marking was the inauguration of Irish President Patrick Hillery in 1976.

“A team of seven photographers were sent from the paper. As I was the most junior, I was basically put in what was deemed the poorest position, on a balcony facing a doorway.

“I would see the procession enter the courtyard before disappearing from view a few seconds later. In among all the dignitaries, I spotted his daughter, Vivienne. She popped her head out to see her dad, the new president of Ireland. I grabbed three frames and in the middle one, I got lucky.

“It was only for a fraction of a second, but it made for a really good picture. Back at the office, everyone was queuing up for the dark room. I went and pleaded to put my rolls in early and jump the queue. That was the picture of the day, the front page of the Evening Press.”

Sometimes, a picture is about being in the right place at the right time.

For Luke, that was what happened with the death of the Irish writer Francis Stuart in 2000. He was husband to Iseult Gonne, daughter of Maud Gonne – the woman who was a muse to W B Yeats.

He later married Finola Graham. He was 97 years old when he died.

“I had travelled to Clare to photograph the artist, Finola Graham, who was Stuart’s wife,” said Eric.

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Image caption Eric Luke captured this picture after Francis Stuart’s widow, Finola Graham, asked him to help her lay him out

“When she opened the door, she said: ‘Francis has just died’.

“‘I will leave you to it,’ I said. But she said: ‘No, you must come in.’

“I asked was there anything I could do to help her… and she said: ‘We need to lay him out’.”

Luke helped her prepare her husband’s body, as she waited for family and friends to arrive. It would be a huge funeral. But Eric Luke had arrived in that little pause before the drama and the flurry of a funeral begins.

The scene was stark, sombre and compelling.

“There was a bare light bulb dangling from the ceiling. She had got out his books and his manuscripts. It looked like a backdrop from an Abbey Theatre set,” he said.

“Amazingly, just by the way it happened, I was there to photograph it.”

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Image caption Local children showed Eric Luke the way to a roof top where he captured this prize winning picture of Mother Teresa’s funeral in 1997

It was at another funeral, on a grander world stage, that Eric Luke took another picture to remember.

He travelled to India for Mother Teresa’s funeral in Calcutta. There had been some dispute between the state and the nuns about where she would be buried. The state favoured a more public grave, he said, but the nuns had their own ideas.

“I was fortunate in that some children brought me to a place away from the media, on to a roof top,” he said.

“The state was handing over her remains to the nuns. It was a very historic picture. The state wanted to put her in a big grave, but the nuns said she would be buried under the floor of the mother house.”

His photograph won him a prestigious World Press Photo News award.

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Image caption A little piece of history – Dom McClure’s barber shop, Dalkey, from Looking Back: The Changing Faces of Ireland by Eric Luke

Regular markings are part of the cut and thrust of a daily newspaper.

But the old easygoing world of concerts and music has been hijacked by protocol.

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Image caption A old fashioned Irish fair day – when you went to the market in the square to get a good winter coat: Crossmaglen fair 1976

“I have been to a lot of concerts. Rory Gallagher played every venue, everywhere. I remember him at the old Carleton cinema in Dublin. You could just walk in, go straight up to the stage and take the pictures. Rory was this guy strolling about in his jeans and denim jacket – what a fantastic experience,” he said.

“Compare that to U2 who played at Belfast’s Odyssey in 2015. You need accreditation, you are told certain song numbers when you can take pictures, it is all very controlled.”

It’s that control that makes the job of finding that unusual picture all the more difficult.

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Image caption A flat cap and a good heavy coat – pictures of the disappearing world of the old Irish fair – Crossmaglen, 1976

It is the spontaneous look sideways or hand gesture that makes the story. In a strictly controlled environment, that is more difficult to clinch.

As a photographer, Luke has also often been drawn to the pictures of a life that is fading fast.

He is a social historian – taking moody shots of an old-style barber’s shop or capturing a saddle-maker’s shop in the week before the builders moved in to sweep it away and make room for a fancy juice bar.

There are some things he shall not miss about life as a press photographer.

“I won’t miss the paperwork or the doorsteps or the endless waiting about for hours for VIPs, followed by 30 seconds of taking pictures,” he said.

When Luke closes the door on Friday, he has other adventures planned.

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Image caption In retirement, Eric Luke aims to capture the beauty and hardships of island life around Ireland

He has a love of the islands around Ireland and wants to photograph ordinary people getting on with their lives, miles away from the press pack and the PR control.

“I think us photographers are all outdoor people, we have spent our lives outside,” he said.

He may have closed the door on the day job, but he will always be a photographer – just one with fewer deadlines and more time to gaze.

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