The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived: the European Song Contest 2013 is live from Malmö in Sweden in a matter of hours. Who will take Europe's quirkiest singing honour this year? And which countries will suffer the ignominy of "nil points"? Which extraordinarily bad song will win most from the judges on political grounds alone?
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Friday 17 September 2010
Officium, the first collaboration between Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble, proved one of the most popular releases in ECM's history; the follow-up Mnemosyne and now Officium Novum have continued the alliance of religious singing with sax improvisations into farther-flung areas, this time focusing on the Armenian music.
Sunday 12 September 2010
Should Elvis have made more rockabilly records? Definitely.
Sunday 05 September 2010
The Wales and Aston Villa defender James Collins has escaped serious injury after apparently being elbowed in the face during Wales' 1-0 defeat away to Montenegro in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday night.
Friday 09 July 2010
Five successive defeats have left Britain on the brink of relegation to the Davis Cup's lowest tier for the first time, but there was a quiet confidence about Leon Smith's team as they made their final preparations yesterday for this weekend's tie against Turkey on the grass courts at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park. The losers will drop down to Europe Africa Zone Group Three, alongside the likes of San Marino, Armenia and Malta, but Britain have the advantage of playing at home on the surface of their choice.
Monday 21 June 2010
Friday 11 June 2010
A 5,500-year-old leather shoe – complete with laces – has been unearthed in cave in Armenia.
Sunday 16 May 2010
Sunday 18 April 2010
Rebel Land opens with the perplexed author staring at himself in the mirror in eastern Turkey: not only has he aged since his days as a foreign correspondent, but his self-conception is at odds with his actual reflection. It is the disjuncture between his personal view of Turkey and the one which was held up to him in protestation after he wrote an article about the country's history, that is the genesis of this book: after his article was published, Christopher de Bellaigue was reprimanded as an apologist for the Turks, and thereafter set out to investigate the truth by hearing first-hand the stories of the "forgotten peoples" of the land. (Kurdish troubles in the east linger, while Armenians still talk of a genocide in the region, in 1915-17.)
Tuesday 30 March 2010
A 14-year-old girl discovered her mother shot dead behind the wheel of her car, more than a year after finding her father and sister murdered in their apartment.
Sunday 28 March 2010
Sunday 21 March 2010
Tuesday 09 March 2010
Saturday 06 March 2010
Saturday 06 March 2010
- 1 Tears and cheers as David Beckham ends glittering career after helping PSG to final win
- 2 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 David Cameron goes to war with newspapers over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
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