Christopher Beanland writes about architecture, the arts and the media.
17 July 2013 07:00 PM
The next wave of cash-free technology will see you paying for your plumber with a smartphone. Or will it, asks Chris Beanland?
05 July 2013 07:00 PM
It sounds like a hoax but the protagonists behind it swear it's true: a super-sized version of Lionel Richie's head will be officially unveiled at Bestival this summer.
19 June 2013 06:30 PM
New flats are smaller than ever and space in cities at a premium, as Chris Beanland discovers.
25 May 2013 12:00 AM
The architect's buildings were supposed to leave an indelible, futuristic mark on his beloved hometown but they are now being inexorably torn down.
24 May 2013 07:00 PM
The arts and intoxication have gone hand-in-jittery-hand for centuries – so perhaps it's no surprise how many stars are making their own booze.
10 May 2013 07:00 PM
"If I can make a film, anyone can," jokes Blur's Alex James. The 44-year-old has swapped his bass guitar for a viewfinder, by directing his first film – which explores tiny moments of happiness. James explains that he filmed the short for "$45" and shot it on the fly between Blur's sets at Coachella Music Festival in California last month.
24 April 2013 08:00 PM
Chris Beanland rewinds with the film's director Josh Johnson.
03 April 2013 07:00 PM
The virtual currency has been making waves since 2009, but the financial crisis in Cyprus has seen people rushing to invest. Are these encrypted files really the future of cash? Chris Beanland reports.
Chew on this: UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair
22 March 2013 07:00 PM
A macabre new exhibition at University College London looks at the 18th-century “extraordinary eaters” who would gobble up things one should not at sideshows. “They challenged their bodies to cope with swallowed knives, keys or balls of hair,” says curator Sarah Chaney, from UCL's Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines.
05 January 2013 12:00 AM
More Hollywood-friendly stars than ever are swapping screen for stage in 2013.
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
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