Le Grand Meaulnes (translated as The Lost Estate in the most recent Penguin classic) was a set text for our A level French and like The Catcher in the Rye it should be read in adolescence.
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Thursday 25 October 2012
The title of his tour is 'Rollercoaster' and pedestrian flats and tickling highs are exactly what you get with John Bishop's latest offering.
Saturday 20 October 2012
Two Star Trek fans have married at the UK’s first official convention. Tom Peck beamed down
Tuesday 09 October 2012
As London's famous Sanctuary Spa turns 35, Harriet Walker finds out that there's more to success than its best-selling products
Saturday 29 September 2012
Police say a decision to ban mankinis and other "inappropriate clothing" from their town has helped significantly reduce anti-social behaviour and recorded crime.
Friday 10 August 2012
Daniel Fogg will today conclude what has been a poor campaign by the British swimmers when he competes in the 10 kilometre open water race in Hyde Park hoping to enjoy a better day than team-mate Keri-anne Payne.
Sunday 22 July 2012
What you wear in your dreams is very important. While in the pub with my fashion friend last week, she narrated a gruesome piece of night-time mind cinema, in which she'd been assaulted in a handicrafts shop by some girls she was at school with. "The worst part," she explained, "wasn't that I couldn't find the right colour of wool or that they were being so vile to me; it was when I realised I was wearing a horrible, horrible coat. And there was nothing I could do about it. I was saying, 'This isn't my coat, honest,' but they just didn't believe me."
Sunday 22 July 2012
Bubba Golf. It sounds like an attraction at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach just along the coast from here. There are 206 bunkers that look like bears' eyes with eyebrows on this crazily tough Lancashire links, but there are no windmills or clown's faces – apart from one joker following Masters champion Bubba Watson dressed in a rubber Captain America costume. The spectator was the one in fancy dress. Bubba is daft but he's not that barking mad.
Thursday 12 July 2012
Gunmen have killed seven people and wounded 10 during loud street celebrations after the Palmeiras football team won the Brazilian Cup.
Friday 29 June 2012
Sundays in European cities kill me. I've lost count of the number of times I've trailed aimlessly around a city, found the gallery I desperately wanted to visit is closed and all the restaurants are so busy that I can't get a seat. I then walk for miles, eating a stale sandwich for lunch and spend money in pointless shops just to while away the time.
The Last of the Haussmans, NT Lyttelton, London
The Prophet, Gate Theatre, London; Democracy, Old Vic, London
Sunday 24 June 2012
Julie Walters' old hippy is still young at heart in this well-cast and strongly-written drama about bricks, mortar and the legacy of the 1960s
Monday 11 June 2012
What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...
Saturday 09 June 2012
How many lives will change in the wake of this week's damp festivities? Sharply observed and richly characterised, Harris's debut novel returns to a Metroland town at the Silver Jubilee of 1977.
Monday 04 June 2012
The Prince of the Pagodas has always been a problem ballet. The gorgeous Benjamin Britten score is tied to a confused fairy-tale plot, a jumble of King Lear with Beauty and the Beast. Kenneth MacMillan’s version, created for The Royal Ballet in in 1989, launched the career of Darcey Bussell but soon faded from the repertory. It’s easy to see why. Despite the music, sumptuous designs and a handful of striking dances, the ballet keeps losing its way.
Sunday 27 May 2012
Pablo Picasso, the painter, sculptor, founder of Cubism and creator of some 25,000 works of art, was also, it seems, something of a clown.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 5 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'