They haven’t tried to “sex up” bowls to appeal to a wider audience: no semi-naked girls cartwheeling down the rink, no hellish bursts of naked flame, no garish wigs – well, there are probably a few hairpieces as the crowd is largely of a certain age. (The men are generally happy with their bald lot, though, so the seats at the World Indoor Championships at Potters in Norfolk actually look like they are being occupied by rows of shiny pink bowling balls.) The organisers wouldn’t want to make the spectacle too exciting, would they? When it comes to tie-breaks there are no references to sudden death.
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Tuesday 31 December 2013
Search giant rings in the New Year with dancing cartoon of numbers
Tuesday 26 November 2013
It can be said without fear of contradiction that the Sunday Mirror is not Nadine Dorries’ favourite read. Last week, a Sunday Mirror hack approached the Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire to ask why she pays her daughter £35,000 a year from her MP’s expenses to work for her when her daughter has a Cotswold home 96 miles from London and 89 miles from Bedfordshire.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Next to today’s sketch troupes, Python is not looking so strange
Tories need to connect with liberal youth or risk being reduced to rump party in rural England, warns Nick Boles
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Planning minister also floats the idea of reviving the National Liberal Party
Friday 08 November 2013
A high school in California has been criticised for using what some say are damaging stereotypes of Arabs.
Wednesday 09 October 2013
Roots, the central work in Arnold Wesker's 1950s trilogy, refuses to be rushed and keeps you waiting two and half hours for a turning-point. But the cumulative power of the piece is quietly devastating, as is decisively demonstrated now by this loving, meticulous and beautifully acted revival by James Macdonald. Written in the Norfolk dialect, the play tells the story of a young woman, Beatie Bryant, who returns to her glum family of farm labourers and tries to groom them for the impending visit of her “intellectual” London boyfriend Ronnie (the East End Jewish poet of Chicken Soup With Barley). She browbeats them with Ronnie's thoughts about art and politics by repeating them parrot-fashion and only finds her own voice in a climactic surge after a calamity the audience may have started to anticipate.
Tuesday 17 September 2013
The 38-year-old Hawaiian says he would rather surf than be in the studio
Friday 19 July 2013
Whodunit? Now we all know, but enjoy the intrigue on its own terms
Wednesday 17 July 2013
It's six years since we last saw him on stage giving an award-winning portrayal of Othello at the Donmar Warehouse. Now Chiwetel Ejiofor is back and in magnificent form as Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, in Joe Wright's production of this 1966 play by Aime Cesaire about the fraught political struggles that led to Lumumba's CIA-endorsed assassination after barely seven months of power.
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Decision time is fast approaching for Sir Alan Sugar who decides which eager business person will become his new partner in The Apprentice final airing tonight.
Thursday 02 May 2013
There’s a fine line between curiosity and contempt; between offering people the opportunity to learn about a different culture and asking them to laugh about it.
Sunday 28 April 2013
American historian urges a rethink on David Starkey and Hilary Mantel portrayals
Wednesday 24 April 2013
The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC2
Sunday 14 April 2013
What has happened at Portsmouth must become the model for club ownership – supporters rule
Friday 12 April 2013
This play by the 23 year old Alfred Jarry caused a sensation when it was premiered in Paris in 1896. A somewhat hysterical W B Yeats subsequently asked “what more is possible? After us, the Savage God”.
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