Arts and Entertainment

There comes a point, usually in the dead of winter, when one is forced to look further afield for one's listening, preferably to a place where the presenters don't sound as though they have lost the will to live or, conversely, as if they are trying to batter you to death with their joie de vivre.

English National Opera podcast: Turandot

Edward Seckerson talks to Director Rupert Goold and principal singers Kirsten Blanck and Gwyn Hughes Jones about ENO's new production of Turandot

The Lowdown podcast: Top tips for wannabe CEOs

In today’s competitive job market, you need to find an edge.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in India

India plays a prominent role in the world of commerce. This guide is a quick and easy teach-in for people who want to trade with India and who want to put their best foot forward while they’re there.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in Russia

This quick-fix guide will give you the inside information on how to do business and cope with business socialising in Russia.

Apple mystery event: iPods, or Beatles and tablets?

Once again, it's time to peer into Apple CEO Steve Jobs' cup and try to read the tea leaves.

The Lowdown podcast: Blogging for business

Tips and tools that will keep you ahead of the game, in creating and running your business blog.

The Lowdown podcast: Business etiquette in China

This “quick fix” guide will give you the inside information on how to do business and cope with business socialising in China and will help to explain their philosophy of doing business and why it is so important to respect their attitudes to “face” ( mianzi) and “networking” ( guanxi).

Remastered Beatles ushers band into digital age

The Beatles take a step closer to selling their music online on Wednesday with the simultaneous release of the band's re-mastered catalog and the MTV video game The Beatles: Rock Band.

Apple iPod updates expected

Apple's media extravaganza next week is being greeted with unusual calm, as it is uncertain if charismatic CEO Steve Jobs will appear and investors have nothing much to bet on apart from new iPods with cameras.

ENO podcast: Le Grand Macabre

Apple event expected soon, but no tablet in sight

Anyone holding their breath for Apple Inc's much-anticipated, but never confirmed, touchscreen tablet device may have to wait a bit longer than they planned.

Music & Me: Tom Ravenscroft

The first record I bought was?

It was a happy hardcore record called Six Days on The Run, I was scared to go into the record shop so got my tough mate to buy it for me.

The first gig I went to was..

The earliest gig I can remember was Nirvana, it was before Nevermind and I went with my dad who told me they would be good. He was right.

British train fares are highest in world, but London slips down priciest cities list

Just in case hard-pressed travellers in this country were in any doubt, economists at UBS have confirmed that Britain has the highest railway fares in the world. Launching their latest review of prices and earnings across the world, including the so-called "Big Mac" index, the researchers say that a 125-mile train trip from, say, Liverpool to London costs £54.39 second class, with the equivalent journey in Germany, the next most expensive nation, costing £40.41. Fares in France and Italy are about half the British level.

Zune HD - finally a real iPod challenger?

There are plenty of unanswered questions around the final price capacity and spec for Microsoft's rather lusty Zune HD (according to the rumour mill MS are likely to launch both 16Gb and 32Gb versions), but if early geek blog reviews are anything to go by, Microsoft could finally have an iPod challenger.

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