I'm back in Britain after two- and-half-weeks on holiday in the South of France. Having just done two months of solid filming for Fool Britannia 2, it wasn't just my mind that needed a rest. It was also my poor face, that had undergone about three hours of prosthetics every morning in order to transform me into whatever weird character we were filming that day. I was sick of putting stuff on my skin, so I decided to give it a total detox and not shave or do anything for the whole holiday. And so it began, my initiation into the world of the beard.
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Friday 29 July 2011
This collection of pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries is intended to display the increasing range and versatility of the French horn following the addition of valves to the instrument – although the essential sonic personality remains unchanged throughout, from the mournful grace of Saint-Saëns's "Romance for Horn & Piano" to Poulenc's "Elegie" written in the late 1950s in memoriam of horn player Dennis Brain.
Sunday 26 June 2011
Jos van Immerseel's period-instruments orchestra continues its survey of French music with this toothsome programme.
Thursday 16 June 2011
The French actress Isabelle Adjani has been questioned by police after an anonymous letter-writer accused her of ordering her bodyguard to assault a former boyfriend.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
Johnny Depp has no plans to marry Vanessa Paradis.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye, is back. From rigorous debates and incisive solo talks to cutting-edge dj sessions and a different themed party every night, this year’s festival promises to be a cerebral and imaginative start to the summer season.
Sunday 09 January 2011
Friday 10 December 2010
Sunday 15 August 2010
An album of songs very loosely joined by the avian theme.
Friday 30 July 2010
The life of the French musician and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg is given a suitably antic treatment in Joann Sfar's half- admiring, half-satiric cine-portrait.
Friday 02 July 2010
They flipped for this romantic comedy in its native France, but I'm not sure it will tweak as many funny bones over here. (They also loved time-travel farce Les Visiteurs, remember).
Jean Ferrat: Politically committed singer and songwriter who maintained the French 'chanson' tradition
Monday 28 June 2010
The French singer Jean Ferrat belonged to the great chanson tradition of Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré yet, while their work seeped into the Anglo-Saxon consciousness thanks to English-language adaptations by Scott Walker, David Bowie, Jake Thackray or Marc Almond, his popularity remained confined to French-speaking countries.
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