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Friday 23 July 2010
The titular island, north of the Bronx, is home to 5,000 fisher-folk and, it seems, America's most dysfunctional family.
Friday 23 July 2010
This fascinating book reminds us how much of English is a sort of code. Ayto points out, "There is no way you could guess that 'kick the bucket' means 'to die'." A chilling derivation is the "pail on which a person committing suicide might stand".
Friday 14 May 2010
The Prime Minister of New Zealand apologised yesterday for joking that he would have been part of the meal had he attended a dinner with a Maori tribe whose history includes cannibalism.
Tuesday 06 April 2010
A one-time snarling bear will add another piece to US Masters golfing history this week.
Friday 26 March 2010
Europe’s leaders took their latest chance to catch up over dinner last night, a traditional do at the start of a European Council Summit.
Sunday 17 January 2010
Such gossipy, effusive letters as these from Henry James to the wealthy American art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, full of apologies for broken appointments (usually by James, on account of double-booking), let us see just why James was such a sought-after dinner-party guest: he knew everybody, he was indiscreet but never vulgar or crude, he knew when to strike an intimate tone and when to keep his distance, and he was always full of feeling ("Was there ever anything so tragical – so melting? But I can't write of it or talk of it...").
Thursday 14 January 2010
Chosen by Rhiannon Bury
Tuesday 01 December 2009
Saturday 28 November 2009
A primary school dinner lady sacked after telling a parent that his seven-year-old daughter had been bullied is likely to challenge her dismissal at an employment tribunal, union officials say.
Thursday 26 November 2009
The US Secret Service launched an urgent investigation into its own security procedures after a couple gatecrashed a glittering White House state dinner for the Indian prime minister and posted the pictures on Facebook.
Saturday 24 October 2009
Sunday 23 August 2009
If the idea of sipping wine while dining 200ft up in the air appeals, then read on.
Dinner in the Sky may sound outlandish but it's gathered quite a following and, in a collaboration with California-based wine producers Ravenswood, it's in the UK on Saturday dangling from a crane above London's South Bank.
Wednesday 27 May 2009
I had drinks last night with a clever political correspondent from a particular world-renowned magazine. As happens, drinks turned to dinner, small talk turned to deep conversation, and before I knew it, my desperately needed early to bed plan was forsaken for a very (erm…) enlightening conversation about the correlation between arrogance and ability.
Sunday 24 May 2009
Thursday 29 January 2009
A blaze broke out at a fire station in Japan this week after a firefighter left a cooking stove burning as crew members left the station to respond to emergency calls.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
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- 3 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
- 4 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 5 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football