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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.
Friday 25 June 2010
From graphic artist and director Joann Sfar comes an original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Serge Gainsbourg.
Sunday 25 October 2009
There are more opulent performances of Fauré but Karine Deshayes' clear, girlish tones lend this recital of the late song cycles wistful intimacy.
Sunday 13 September 2009
The perfect complement/antidote to Crystal Silence, this unrehearsed 1994 live radio recording from Copenhagen is the pure essence of jazz, piano and double bass combining for a truly magical duet.
Friday 13 March 2009
For her debut album, the gifted flautist Kathryn Thomas offers pieces reflective of the late-19th century "Ars Gallica" movement in French music, a rich period for flute composition largely because of the abilities of the virtuoso Paul Taffanel.
Thursday 12 March 2009
"Was that Carla Bruni on your phone?" I asked. Anthony Steen replied with fine comic timing. "I don't know, I didn't answer it."
Tuesday 20 January 2009
From the impressive list of five-star reviews on her posters, one would assume that Camille O'Sullivan had been bringing her own brand of cabaret to the British public for years. While the buzz around O'Sullivan might have been building since she took to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007, this is her first full UK tour – a test not just for the songstress but for the nascent cabaret revival which she represents.
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
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