The birds' beauty belies their often menacing and destructive nature
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Friday 31 January 2014
Colditz; the Great Escape; Bridge on the River Kwai and, recently, the Railway Man. Parodies of them by everyone from Beyond the Fringe to Russ Abbott. All second world war. Memoir after memoir. And yet with the single, powerful exception of the French classic La Grande Illusion, the prisoners of the Great War have gone largely unchronicled.
Saturday 25 January 2014
Spend most of the first day in Largo Bay, south-west of Kirkcaldy. There may be no finer location to watch the wintering seaduck for which Scotland is renowned. If the tide is high and the sun shining, start with the light behind you at the bay’s eastern edge, Ruddon’s Point. Look westwards for dense black rafts of scoters, mainly common scoter. A flash of white wings draws your attention to velvet scoters secreted among them. Check the flock carefully and you could even see surf scoter. There is no more regular British site for this North American visitor.
Christmas TV review: Mel Smith: I’ve Sort of Done Things was a spirited tribute to a hell-raising comic who was a master of playing it by ear
Thursday 26 December 2013
Mel Smith was a gambler, a smoker, a drinker, a liver of a life. As such, Christmas Eve’s tribute to his work, Mel Smith: I’ve Sort of Done Things (BBC2), was less a maudlin tribute to a man who died young– whatever his excesses – at 60 in July than a tribute to his powers of imbibition (they called it “getting Smithed”).
Wines of the week: Felino Malbec Vina Cobos 2012, Mas Champart Saint Chinian Côte D’Arbo 2011, Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Viognier 2012
Monday 16 December 2013
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Saturday 07 December 2013
The Thames Path combines history with nature as it forges towards the capital from Hampton Court Palace
Saturday 07 December 2013
Is there anything more festive than a magnum? Apart from a double magnum perhaps, a magnificent magnum is the most generous way to celebrate a great day with friends and family. It also keeps better than a bottle, so squirrel one away.
HIV positive predatory paedophile and his accomplice who led 'double lives' sentenced to life for abusing boys as young as thirteen
Monday 02 December 2013
The pair used social networks, such as Bebo and Facebook, as well as specialist gay websites to groom boys
Saturday 30 November 2013
Wednesday 27 November 2013
Outlook: Only way of being certain of a retirement in relative comfort is to join the public sector
Sunday 10 November 2013
Retailers will soon be able to distinguish almost instantly between beef and horsemeat in products, thanks to a bench-top device built by British engineers.
Friday 08 November 2013
'Toko Yasuda has the voice of a beautiful ghost'
Tuesday 05 November 2013
London label Meadham Kirchhoff has created a covetable collection of silk scarves for Amazon. Get clicking, says Rebecca Gonsalves
Thursday 31 October 2013
There is a certain undeniable theatrical element to wearing a cape; the exact amount of swashbuckling, however, is entirely up to the wearer, says Emma Akbareian
Wednesday 30 October 2013
Banana Republic has come a long way from its adventurewear origins, says Rebecca Gonsalves
Tuesday 29 October 2013
A liberal sprinkling of rhinestones and crystals adds a welcome touch of sparkle to everyday life, says Kate Rose Morris
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