Shepherds Bush Empire, London
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Sunday 21 October 2012
Winter bedding is not the most glamorous of ideas. Especially when it comes to those acres of monocolour pansies. It's sort of an amazing achievement to ruin the pansy – they are this great, characterful little flower, in bright colours, with spirited little markings on their faces, which they hold up high to the sun. But ruin them people consistently do: stroll into your local DIY shop in the next few weeks and there will be polystyrene trays of them by the hundred, stacked and ready for non-gardeners to progressively kill over the coming months.
Saturday 20 October 2012
DVDs of live performances are selling in their millions, often bought by fans who were at the gig and want a memento.
Tuesday 16 October 2012
The Government is under pressure to halt preparations for the badger cull after an e-petition launched by Queen guitarist Brian May forced a debate in the House of Commons.
Saturday 13 October 2012
TV pick of the week: Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender: An Imagine Special
Wednesday 10 October 2012
Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting any time soon.
Tuesday 09 October 2012
"Beauty queens belong to an era when everyone was sweet and lovely and nobody did anything wrong," said Tracy Dodds in Hannah Berryman's film about the heyday of the beauty contest. The remark turned out to be not quite as ingenuous as it sounded. Dodds was commenting sardonically on her own unexpectedly short possession of the Miss Great Britain title, which she relinquished when it emerged that she'd posed for topless shots before the contest. But the first time you encountered it, in the opening sequence to Wonderland: I Was Once a Beauty Queen, it was also undercut by a coincidence that Berryman surely couldn't have predicted when she made her film. As Dodds recalled her first steps on the road to beauty pageant glory – her parents had written to her school saying she'd got tonsillitis so that she could enter Miss New Brighton – you saw an image of the local newspaper reporting on her subsequent victory. And the celebrity giving her a congratulatory peck on the cheek looked uncannily like Jimmy Savile. Beauty contests were primetime family entertainment back in the Seventies, but I bet there were some backstage angles from which they didn't look anything like as cheesily guileless.
Saturday 29 September 2012
'Rodriguez is pretty much sex on vocal chords'
Tuesday 21 August 2012
After some muted outings, the sketch group Pappy's are back to their lovable best, on the kind of form that saw them shortlisted for Edinburgh's comedy award in 2007 and will probably get them a place on this year's list, too.
Folk singer Scott McKenzie, whose hit 'San Francisco' soundtracked the flower power movement, dies aged 73
Monday 20 August 2012
Scott McKenzie, the folk singer who provided a global anthem for the 60s “flower power” movement, has died aged 73.
Saturday 11 August 2012
'Jack White's a sick frontman. And he has that great hair'
Saturday 04 August 2012
'I don't think there has been a more important collaboration to this day since Run-DMC and Aerosmith doing "Walk This Way"'
Sunday 22 July 2012
In his Eighties pomp, Jackson contributed a superb arrangement of "Round Midnight" to a Thelonious Monk tribute album, but this new homage to Ellington works as superior adult-pop rather than jazz.
Friday 20 July 2012
This relaxed port city is full of rhythm. Linda Cookson heard it ... all along the watchtower
Friday 20 July 2012
The Fender Stratocaster: those words alone are enough to send shivers down the spine of anyone with an ounce of rock'n'roll in them. But the grandiloquent nomenclature is one thing – the musical instrument itself quite another.
Saturday 09 June 2012
Rather than renting the same old boring Cornish cottage, how about staying in a bolthole with a creative past?
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2