Jumbo the elephant was a Victorian sensation, who between his birth in modern-day Eritrea and alcoholic death in the American circus of the incorrigible showman PT Barnum was the star attraction at London Zoo.
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Silenced - the man who spoke out too loudly: Danny Shine’s megaphone voice has been branded an ‘annoyance’ – but is it illegal?
Wednesday 07 August 2013
When performance artist Danny Shine decided to address shoppers in London’s Oxford Circus on the follies of consumerism with the aid of a megaphone, he saw it as a public service. Unfortunately for him, a passing Westminster City Council street warden begged to differ.
Professor Stephen Hawking became so ill while writing 'A Brief History Of Time' that doctors offered to turn off life support
Sunday 28 July 2013
The famed physicist was suffering with pneumonia
I want to break free: Sacha Baron Cohen exits Freddie Mercury biopic over 'creative differences' with Queen
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen is reported to have quit playing the lead in an impending Freddie Mercury biopic due to a disagreement with the remaining members of Queen.
Saturday 20 July 2013
As so many people have said, Mel Smith, who has died at the age of 60, was a comedy giant. And his talent was evident – obvious – when I first saw him 40 years ago. I was then trying to make my way in comedy at Cambridge, and he, then president of the slightly loftier Oxford University Dramatic Society, had agreed to take part, rather to amuse himself, I suspect. He was by a mile the best thing in it. Clever, and very, very funny, as he always was subsequently.
Sunday 14 July 2013
Crime novel won universal praise from critics when it came out in April
Friday 28 June 2013
'I'm taking a deep breath before committing to the Dostoevsky biography'
Saturday 22 June 2013
You've been around the world appearing on crazy TV shows for a new Channel 4 series. You must have seen some sights.
Sunday 02 June 2013
This is less an opera than a failed attempt at Citizen Kane
Friday 31 May 2013
See below to watch the trailers for this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases
Sunday 26 May 2013
When is a butcher not a butcher? When it’s “a cult-like phenomenon” in the Ginger Pig’s case: not my words, but those of Tom Parker Bowles on the back of this week’s book.
Sunday 26 May 2013
Godot misses another appointment
Tuesday 21 May 2013
British driver was fascinating man whose epic duel with Niki Lauda in 1976 was typical of an era of glamour and glory – but also the ever-present threat of death
Monday 20 May 2013
Case Histories, Sun, BBC1 / Sincerely, F Scott Fitzgerald: a Culture Show Special, Sat, BBC2
Sunday 12 May 2013
More light on the man inside the wardrobe
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Steve Coogan tonight admitted he visited a lot of strip clubs to research his latest role as porn baron Paul Raymond.
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
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- 4 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
- 5 Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven