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Gatz, Noel Coward Theatre, London
Torch Song Trilogy, Menier Chocolate Factory, London
The Witness, Royal Court Upstairs, London
Sunday 17 June 2012
There's an absorbing, slow-burn melancholy to this eight-hour reading of F Scott Fitzgerald's elegant prose
Sunday 10 June 2012
The British public's thirst for champagne – both to drink and as an investment – has fizzed to record levels, spurred by the Diamond Jubilee and the anticipation of the Olympic Games.
Saturday 02 June 2012
English fizz doesn't need me to bang the drum for it, given that everyone from Raymond Blanc to Alan Sugar have been in on the act ad nauseam. Hardly a day goes by without a report of English bubbly beating champagne at its own game – yet further evidence that English fizz has come of age in the year of the Diamond Jubilee.
Wednesday 30 May 2012
Best-selling novelist Sir Terry Pratchett has a new honour to go with the Bafta he won at the weekend: a pig named after one of his books.
Sunday 20 May 2012
After 100 years of the new, modern dance is still fizzing
Saturday 19 May 2012
Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld has won this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The Israeli author, who shares the £10,000 award with his translator Jeffrey M Green, is the first writer in Hebrew to take the leading British honour for fiction in translation and, 80 this year, he is also the oldest winner
Howard Jacobson: Men – once you run out of fingers to count your sexual conquests, it's time to stop
Friday 04 May 2012
What happens in the dark is not for gossiping or bragging about in the light
Thursday 26 April 2012
The barometer may be set fair for its most venerable prize, given a spectacular vote of confidence from the sponsors of the Derby yesterday, but otherwise the Turf seemed to lie in a soggy, midwinter time-warp. The steeplechases scheduled at Punchestown were abandoned, and the remaining hurdle and bumper races run in conditions bordering on the farcical. An inspection will be required this morning to pass the course for a card that features the outstanding mare, Quevega.
Monday 23 April 2012
Exeter Chiefs have signed Australia international Dean Mumm on a two-year deal.
Sunday 15 April 2012
Your hunger and passion will only see you through the opening exchanges
Friday 13 April 2012
It called for soul-searching and sacrifice but, after much impassioned debate, the shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize took the shape that you see here. If anything, the panel of judges – Xiaolu Guo, Jon Cook, Nick Barley, Hephzibah Anderson and myself – had to contend with an embarrassment of riches. Whatever our perennial regrets about the limited quantity of fiction brought into English from other languages, the quality of translations felt as bold and bright as ever. In Britain, we owe so much of our view of global fiction to independent publishers of various shapes and sizes. Responsible for around two-thirds of all submissions for the Independent prize, they contribute five out of the six titles on this list – although I ought to stress that neither commercial nor geographical provenance ever sways the decision.
Friday 06 April 2012
The British trio of Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell produced the two fastest times in the history of women's pursuiting to win Britain's third gold of the World Track Championships here in Melbourne yesterday.
Tuesday 03 April 2012
Former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism chief John Yates attended the wedding of the News of the World's ex-crime editor, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.
Saturday 24 March 2012
"After some exciting changes, we're setting off on a new adventure," says the new Oddbins. If hitting the rails and imploding could be called exciting, the 36 branches that survived the debt-ridden crash engineered last year by ex-Oddbins boss, Simon Baile, must be breathing a sigh of relief simply to be alive. Today's chain may look a bit under powered compared to the 150-odd high street branches of two years ago. Yet considering that we'd all said our fond farewells to the once-popular high street institution, it's miraculous to see the phoenix rising once more from the ashes.
Wednesday 21 March 2012
An actor in the Harry Potter films was jailed for two years yesterday for his part in the London riots.
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster