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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Sunday 06 January 2013
A new TV drama portrays Selfridges' founder as a womaniser and gambler. An old memoir tells a different story
Friday 04 January 2013
From biopics of Paul Raymond and Jeff Buckley to a Nick Hornby rom-com, Imogen Poots has a busy 2013 ahead, she tells Kaleem Aftab
Thursday 03 January 2013
Actress Billie Piper has revealed she was mistaken for a real-life prostitute after a stint playing one for a TV role.
Monday 24 December 2012
Baroness Thatcher remained in hospital today as she recovered from minor surgery.
Monday 24 December 2012
Baroness Thatcher is said to be “in good spirits” as she recovers from minor surgery but is expected to spend Christmas in hospital.
Saturday 15 December 2012
Plus; the case for gender-blind casting and a flashback to the young Alfred Molina
Sunday 09 December 2012
In his centenary year, Dickens was brought to brilliant life by Claire Tomalin in this book.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Fyodor Khitruk, who died on 3 December at the age of 95, was the creator of the Soviet Union's animated version of AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh tales. The three much-loved Soviet cartoons of Vinni-Pukh, as Winnie the Pooh is known in Russia, were made between 1969 and 1972 and continue to be aired frequently on television. Along with Yuri Norshtein, whose 1975 Hedgehog in the Fog remains a cult classic, Khitruk has been credited as a leading innovator in the history of Soviet animation.
Graphic novels finally win the literary limelight as two make their way onto Costa Book awards shortlist
Tuesday 20 November 2012
Bryan Talbot's graphic memoir Dotter of Her Father's Eyes and Days of the Bagnold Summer by Jeff Winterhart are both nominated
Tuesday 13 November 2012
A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6ft 4ins and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right? Not in Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation.
Sunday 11 November 2012
Monday 05 November 2012
Surviving members of one of the most influential R&B bands of the nineties TLC are planning a new album a decade after the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
Saturday 03 November 2012
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Sunday 21 October 2012
The idea of this Tim Burton production is that Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) may have spent his days rising from humble law student to American president, but he spent his nights beheading vampires in acrobatic slow motion.
Saturday 20 October 2012
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments
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- 4 Bookies now say Ed Miliband is more likely to be prime minister than David Cameron