CAMBRIDGE England (Reuters) – “This is my Aunty Molly’s coat,” Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader, resplendent in a vintage gold-colored jacket, told the crowd at the Cambridge Folk Festival. “She was 97 when she died. I like having her on stage with me.”
Reader, who played two sets at the folk festival’s 50th anniversary last weekend, charmed festival-goers as much with her wit as her diverse repertoire.
CAMBRIDGE (Reuters) – When Cambridge City Council decided to hold a music festival in the historic English university town back in 1964, few expected it to be going strong 50 years later.
But this year the Cambridge Folk Festival is celebrating its golden anniversary in style with headliner Van Morrison – who had to be courted for years before he agreed to attend – as well as Roseanne Cash and Sinead O’Connor.
LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Brent crude dipped below $108 a
barrel on Thursday as unseasonably weak demand from European
refiners and plentiful supplies offset strong Chinese factory
Brent for September delivery was down 31 cents at
$107.72 a barrel by 0909 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on
Wednesday. U.S. crude was down 33 cents at $102.79 a
barrel, after gaining 73 cents in the previous session.
LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil traded at a
one-month low under $109 a barrel on Wednesday after a Libyan
oilfield restarted and supply worries faded, prompting traders
to reduce long positions.
Libya has restarted the 340,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) El
Sharara oilfield after protesters ended a four-month strike.
This could double Libya’s current crude output.
LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Brent crude futures dipped below
$111 a barrel on Thursday as supply fears began to ease after
Libya declared an end to an oil crisis that has slashed exports
from the OPEC member.
Libya’s government said it had reached a deal with a rebel
leader controlling oil ports to hand over the last two terminals
and end a blockade, potentially making an extra 500,000 barrels
per day (bpd) of crude available for export.
LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – The ageing oil and gas network of
the UK North Sea is seeing a welcome rise in interest from
infrastructure specialists and pension funds, giving oil majors
a chance to offload unwanted assets and ultimately improve
recovery from mature fields.
Britain’s North Sea infrastructure has developed in an ad
hoc fashion over the years, and still tends to be owned and
operated by the original producers.
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – Energy firms need to start
delegating properly to the companies they employ as contractors
and have confidence in them if they are serious about their
cost-cutting mantra, Kristian Siem, chairman offshore oil
services firm Subsea 7 said.
Big oil companies, such as Shell and BP, are
cutting spending this year to save cash for dividends, in
response to shareholder demands for bigger returns after years
of rapid spending growth and cost inflation.
LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) – Brent crude was up at around
$115 a barrel on Monday, supported by worries about potential
disruptions to supply from Iraq where Sunni insurgents took
control of strongholds along the border with Syria at the
Brent was up 25 cents at $115.06 by 0848 GMT. U.S.
crude for August delivery gained 21 cents to $107.04. The
July contract expired on Friday.
LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s North Sea oil and gas
industry faces a bleak future where more fields are likely to
become uneconomic and shut in as platforms close – unless costs
can be controlled, operators say.
For some elderly platforms in the Northern North Sea, time
is running out. If the industry does not get to grips with costs
quickly, fresh investment is likely to dry up, forcing
unsaleable rusting rigs to be abandoned.
LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) – Brent crude rose towards $113 a
barrel on Monday after a strong rally last week, as Sunni
insurgents advanced in Iraq, intensifying concerns over a
potential disruption to oil exports from the second-largest OPEC
The eruption of violence in Iraq led to a spike in prices
last week, with both Brent and U.S. crude gaining more than 4
percent – the most since July and December, respectively.