The aperitif is back, the aperitif is in. At Simon Rogan's joint in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, a guy in a bomber jacket breaks off a conversation with his date, "I'll have Just a Splash – that cocktail with Aperol and Prosecco," he says to the barman.
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Sunday 03 June 2012
As the comedian Al Murray said on How To Be England Manager (BBC4, Wednesday): "The Americans must have an alien in a warehouse somewhere who could manage the England team." Given that winning a tournament is about as likely as the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, it could turn out a happy coincidence.
Thursday 24 May 2012
Ancient institutions are in rude health for UK students
Thursday 24 May 2012
I fear that someone has been having our Gallic friends across la Manche on. Somehow, they've come to believe that the pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour that is Pete Doherty is not only cool, but that he is a sensible choice for the romantic lead in a period film.
Monday 21 May 2012
Tuesday 15 May 2012
Saturday 12 May 2012
Portrait of a quiet genius who revolutionised our understanding of the ancient world.
Tuesday 08 May 2012
A senior medical official says a top Palestinian peace negotiator has been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.
Monday 30 April 2012
Saturday 28 April 2012
After sneaking onto a literature degree via a comprehensive, I found myself nonplussed by the rules and exclusions.
Friday 20 April 2012
Everyone – politico, activist – seems to think they can play host. Luke Blackall points out that good conversation is an art
Wednesday 18 April 2012
Doctors whose English is not up to scratch could be struck off amid fears that patients are being put at risk.
Saturday 14 April 2012
Iran and six of the world's major powers, including the UK and US, prepared for rare talks yesterday aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme could plunge the Middle East into a new war.
Friday 13 April 2012
Just past the halfway mark in Timothy Mo's seventh novel, his heroine – a strapping Bangkok ladyboy who has joined a company of bloodthirsty Islamist warriors – wanders through a serene orchard on an island close to Singapore. Snooky's jihadi platoon (sanook = fun in Thai) has halted for a brief rest en route to help the insurgent Moros of the Philippines as fellow holy warriors. She (and for all the unwanted testosterone that jungle warfare brings, Snooky's chosen pronoun never wavers) samples the fruit of the ebony tree. It is not dark and dense like the wood, but pale, delicate and enigmatic: "tart and sweet in the same mouthful, soft but crunchy... If marzipan dormice grew on trees... they would taste like this". If this moment smacks of Eden, and forbidden fruit, it also helps initiate Snooky into the mysteries of the jihadi pursuit, where darkness yields to light, stark contradictions resolve themselves, and chaste perfection grows from the crooked timber of humanity.
Wednesday 11 April 2012
The father of a English teacher murdered in Japan today spoke of his relief after her killer lost an appeal against his life sentence.
Saturday 07 April 2012
When they made Barney, they broke the mould," said fiddle player John Sheahan shortly after hearing of the sudden death of Barney McKenna, his close friend and much-loved musical colleague in The Dubliners for nearly half a century.
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
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