James’s ghost stories are almost like Hammer horror films in their status and predictability: we know too much now of the genre to be surprised by what happens in any of them, but that doesn’t lessen the pleasure of reading them.
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Thursday 09 December 2010
In this video Robin Weir demonstrates some of his ice cream-making memorabilia.
Wednesday 09 June 2010
The ice cream weather may have lapsed into a drizzly greyness, but a little rain won’t put off a man who has set himself the sticky mission of giving away half a million ice creams.
Sunday 04 October 2009
Tuesday 04 August 2009
You don't hear a great deal from the private equity buyout merchants at the moment. At the height of the boom they were gobbling up stock market listed firms like Billy Bunter attacking the dessert trolley.
Saturday 01 August 2009
Thursday 02 July 2009
Chosen by Simon Usborne
Monday 26 May 2008
In the final scene of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, just as the Marschallin is about to leave her lover, Octavian, to the younger woman, she says to Sophie: "No need to talk so much. You're pretty, that's enough." But is it? For those who hope that Octavian will come to his senses and leave the air-headed ingnue before it's too late, David McVicar's production plants some hopeful clues. Indeed, Octavian only just stops short of following the Marschallin out of that final scene, almost sparing us that saccharin duet between the young lovers. I reckon McVicar gives them about a month together.
Saturday 06 May 2006
Sunday 24 July 2005
Friday 10 December 2004
Friday 03 December 2004
They ate their first macaroons together nearly 20 years ago and now they are reuniting to do so again. But this time the cast of "Acorn Antiques" will be all-singing and dancing as Victoria Wood has turned her spoof soap sketches into a musical.
Monday 20 September 2004
Tuesday 20 July 2004
Friday 12 December 2003
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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