Forget Billy Elliot the musical and remember Billy Liar, the novel by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, template for all northern working-class, aspirational escape stories in the 1960s, the Tom Courtenay movie and, in 1974, this marvellous, resonating and utterly authentic show written by “Bond movie” composer, the late, great John Barry, television comedy writers Dick Clement and Ian La Fresnais (The Likely Lads, Porridge, etc) and Tin Pan Alley and Lloyd Webber lyricist Don Black.
It's just an excuse to laugh at poor people and farting
This season the fashion world is a-buzz with inspiration from birds, bees and creatures altogether more beastly, says Stephanie Hirschmiller
This season the fashion world is abuzz with inspiration from birds, bees and creatures altogether more beastly, says Stephanie Hirschmiller
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Network theory is usually used to analyse connections in social networks or the spread of disease, but theorist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and a team from Northeastern University in Massachusetts have put it to a different use: concocting unusual - yet supposedly delicious canapés.
So, you need some sparklers to put the fizz into your New Year's Eve celebrations tomorrow? Here are three recommendations you should be able to find in your local stores today…
Makes 2 pizzas
Beekeepers in northeastern France are all abuzz after their bees started producing blue honey.
Don't cook all the goodness out of spring vegetables, says our chef.