You may also worry you're not conversant enough in current design lingo to get much out of new BBC2 series The Great Interior Design Challenge. Fear not. The only vocab you needed to enjoy last night's episode was "upcycle". It's a verb meaning "to take a perfectly decent piece of furniture and ruin it by the addition of some old tat you bought at a car boot sale".
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Wednesday 29 February 2012
Lily Arthur gave birth to her son, Tim, while shackled to a hospital bed in Brisbane. She was allowed to cradle him in her arms for five minutes – but only after signing an adoption consent form.
Friday 24 February 2012
Emma Thompson is to portray the Queen in a TV drama based on the famous Buckingham Palace burglary 30 years ago.
Saturday 18 February 2012
I remember that we had left our backpacks at Zoo Station and that we were going to save our Deutschmarks by staying out all night. I remember, too, when at last we came into the crumbling old courtyard, that the music was extraordinarily loud – a wall of sound made out of euphoria and ecstasy, the herald of a new world order.
Sunday 22 January 2012
Dunmore's historical novels have been compared to Tolstoy. This wartime ghost story is not in that league, but it does what it says on the dust jacket
Sunday 22 January 2012
1. Silk cushion
Sunday 15 January 2012
1. Gothic Chair
Friday 16 December 2011
BOING!, the new Christmas show from Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic, has a brilliant connection with its child audience. From the beginning, five-year-olds were absorbed and giggly. When the performers suggested they help catch a thrown teddy bear, whole rows stood up as one, determined to be ready.
Tuesday 13 December 2011
Following our feature on understanding suicide, John Lonsdale recalls in vivid detail the day he tried to kill himself – and explains why he is thankful every day that he didn't succeed
Friday 09 December 2011
Actors are required to do some rum things in the line of duty.
Sunday 28 August 2011
When my doorbell rang at 6am, I was mystified – and slightly terrified – as to who could want to see me at such an early hour. As I lay in my bed, willing them to go away and listening guiltily as my more responsible flatmate got up and went down to answer it, my mind ran through the potential fizzogs on the other side of the door.
Tuesday 26 July 2011
Thursday 14 July 2011
Tuesday 21 June 2011
If you need a nap, get a hammock. You will nod off quicker and sleep more deeply, researchers say.
Thursday 09 June 2011
For today's authors, an award can make the difference between success and getting left at the bottom of the pile
Thursday 26 May 2011
Levi Bellfield's partner did not believe he had killed schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the Old Bailey heard today.
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