They’ve been over here for 70 years, but the ‘opaque’ presence of our US allies worries many critics
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Tuesday 17 July 2012
Dangling into the Irish Sea from the tip of the Furness Peninsula, it was the arrival of the railways that transformed Barrow into one of the world's industrial powerhouses. Huge steelworks and thriving shipbuilding yards turned the Cumbrian seaport from a sleepy collection of farmsteads into a Victorian boom town.
Sunday 15 July 2012
Tuesday 19 June 2012
Actor Anthony Bate, best known for his role in the BBC's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and a familiar face of TV drama during his five decade career, has died at the age of 84.
Sunday 17 June 2012
Wednesday 13 June 2012
UEFA today condemned the violence that marred Poland's European Championship match with Russia, but it was unclear whether either team would face any sanctions.
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Russian football fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in separate incidents in Warsaw today, just hours before the two teams were to meet in an emotionally charged match at Euro 2012. Several people were injured.
Friday 08 June 2012
Life expectancy for a female nurse is on the low side, to put it mildly, at the Les Cerisiers, the private sanatorium in The Physicists, Friedrich Durrenmatt's absurdist tragicomedy from 1961.
Sunday 13 May 2012
When the VII photography collective was established in 2001, little could its members have known quite how timely was their alliance. For just three days later, two airplanes were flown into New York's World Trade Center – and an agency that had dedicated itself to documenting the impact of modern conflict was instantly in the thick of one of the greatest crises experienced by the West for many a year.
Sunday 06 May 2012
Out of America: Obama's common-sense hawkishness confounds received wisdom and may win him re-election
Sunday 29 April 2012
Out of America: A new play recalls the huge political influence writers once had
Friday 27 April 2012
Terry Spinks, the youngest Briton to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, has died at his home in Essex following a long illness. He was 74.
Sunday 01 April 2012
Cigarettes and alcohol; cars with tail fins; technological utopias and the lifestyle, clothes and accoutrements of the international jetsetter.
Saturday 31 March 2012
Roy Essoyan, who died on 22 March aged 92, was a reporter who in 1958 exposed a serious split between China and the Soviet Union. Born in a Japanese fishing village just after his refugee family, originally from Armenia, landed there in 1919 after fleeing the Russian revolution, Essoyan arrived in the Soviet Union nearly four decades later as an American journalist, having become a US citizen after the Second World War.
Friday 30 March 2012
The first ever UK staging of one of Russia's most frequently performed plays A Warsaw Melody opens in London this week. Written by Leonid Zorin in 1967, it was staged some 4,000 times in its first year. "It's almost a contemporary Romeo and Juliet," says its London-based Russian director Oleg Mirochnikov, who is also a top Russian dialogue coach, who worked with the cast of X-Men: First Class and World War Z. "I think a lot of British theatre companies don't look beyond Chekov. Maybe its a lack of curiosity."
Friday 23 March 2012
Cinematic dystopias are having a big year. The biggest, in fact, since 2009, when The Road and Terminator: Salvation both warned of a bad future. Now, we have The Hunger Games, which takes place in a US ravaged by some sort of (yes) "apocalyptic" event. Then there's the remake of Judge Dredd called Dredd. Finally, another dystopian remake, of Total Recall, set in a Fascist future where "Euroamerica" and "New Shanghai" vie for global superiority.
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