What goes on in our brains when we’re not thinking? Why do some animals lounge around all day doing nothing? Is outer space completely empty? Why did it take so long for the number zero to be accepted? These are just some of the questions discussed in this intriguing collection of essays on “nothingness” by science writers including Ian Stewart, Marcus Chown, Nigel Henbest, Michael Brooks, Paul Davies and David Fisher.
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Friday 21 December 2012
A massive clock with a complicated system of whirring cogs dominates Ruari Murchison's fetching, resourceful set. It betokens how time is of the essence in Charles Way's inventive, charming, if slightly stuffy, reworking of the Cinderella story at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
Friday 14 December 2012
Experts have found an undiscovered work?
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Cool, fun, silly and educational – here’s our pick of the finest distractions for children. No screens required...
Sunday 28 October 2012
Say the words eggs and flour to the average householder and a fair proportion will doubtless respond, "Bake Off!" But mention those cakey basics on 31 October and they might equally induce feelings of dread. Eggs plus flour? That's a recipe for but one thing: a surprisingly hard-to-clean front door thanks to the dastardly menace of trick-or-treaters.
Monday 22 October 2012
Sunday 30 September 2012
This year's second live-action version of Snow White re-imagines the fairy tale as a dark, rain-lashed, mud-spattered epic, full of siege engines, burning villages, and all sorts of borrowings from the work of Tolkien and C S Lewis.
Saturday 29 September 2012
A master of crossover fiction presents a fine blend of old tales and new twists
Thursday 12 July 2012
Behind poster images of iconic black crusaders - from Nelson Mandela to Steve Biko - the township that is Catfish Row is revving up for another day. And such is the pumping dynamism of the Cape Town Opera ensemble that you can barely hear George Gershwin’s tumultuous xylophone-driven prelude for the hollering and whistling.
Saturday 09 June 2012
Fairy-tale films aren't for little girls any longer, with their explicit battles for sexual power. Matilda Battersby looks into a darker mirror
Saturday 02 June 2012
She made her name in the long-running vampire saga, but now Kristen Stewart is relishing playing a very different kind of role. Emma Jones meets the 'kick-ass' heroine of the new Snow White
Saturday 26 May 2012
Eddie Marsan is starring as a dwarf with fellow dwarfs Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins in Snow White and the Huntsman.
Friday 06 April 2012
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins
Sunday 25 March 2012
You can teach an old bird new tricks – but they might not be as good as the old ones
Sunday 25 March 2012
Friday 19 August 2011
"Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would I'd never leave," Christopher Robin famously tells his beloved Pooh, a bear with "very little brain", in A A Milne's heart-rending children's tale.
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