Robber needed money for polio-stricken cousin's surgery
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Tuesday 24 August 2010
Thursday 19 August 2010
British author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner David Bellamy spoke to The Independent Online about his childhood dream of becoming a ballet dancer, his talent for remembering Latin names of plants and why he wishes he'd danced with Margot Fonteyn.
Monday 17 May 2010
Ivy, like nettles, gets a bad rap. Nettles are a "weed", and sting, so they need to be pulled up in gardens. Ivy ruins houses, and needs to be pulled off before it wrecks the brickwork. This view of ivy as a nuisance and destroyer, the plant world's answer to dental caries, has even spread into poetry. "The stateliest building man can raise/Is the Ivy's food", Dickens wrote.
Sunday 28 March 2010
Monday 22 March 2010
A funding crisis in further education colleges could see courses closed and thousands of teachers losing their posts, a union warned today.
Sunday 10 January 2010
A "tribute" album of sorts, to the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club; except that in place of individual artists doing new interpretations of JLP songs, a coterie of friends combine to finish a batch of tunes demoed roughly by Pierce with one Cypress Grove.
Monday 02 November 2009
England footballer Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen today gave birth to a baby boy.
Codes in common: Dan Brown's new novel draws many diverse people together – which, oddly, is the moral of his book
Friday 18 September 2009
Thursday 17 September 2009
Having shrunk dramatically from 13 dates to only five, one wonders if this could have been Barry Humphries' first and last Night of the Poms. Fortunately for British audiences they have not been completely denied the opportunity to see Humphries, the celebrated 75-year-old Australian comedian whose career has spanned over 50 years. Unfortunately, the show that he has reprised shortchanges fans of the real essence of his legendary comedy characters Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage.
Friday 05 June 2009
At the age of 15, I had an epiphany. I was halfway through the first book of the Gormenghast trilogy when it hit me, like a benign thunderbolt: writers can do anything they like.
Simon Schama's John Donne, BBC2<br/>Armando Iannucci in Milton's Heaven and Hell, BBC2<br/>My Life in Verse: Sheila Hancock, BBC2
Sunday 31 May 2009
Tuesday 12 May 2009
Wednesday 04 March 2009
A multi-storey building housing thousands of historical records collapsed in the German city of Cologne yesterday, injuring at least one person and possibly trapping others.
Saturday 07 February 2009
John Kear has had considerable success dipping into the lower divisions on Wakefield's behalf, but his instinct for an unconsidered bargain faces one of its bigger tests this weekend.
Tuesday 25 November 2008
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
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