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How did an old-fashioned British manufacturer of motorbike clobber become the label of choice for the Hollywood set?
Saturday 09 January 2010
Longton, Staffordshire, is one of the original six Potteries towns that make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent, where it is known, rather disparagingly, as "the neck end". Once home to so many "bottle-oven" brick kilns that the streets were clogged with the fug of chimney smoke, Longton now fights urban decay. There's no obvious connection to the red carpets of film premieres, to nation builders and iconic revolutionaries, to pioneers of aviation or heroes of motorsport.
Thursday 07 January 2010
Here's a development that is sure to come in handy in the aftermath of this year's election: Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair, has found a publisher for his forthcoming book, aptly titled The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in Modern Britain.
Wednesday 06 January 2010
Monday 21 December 2009
The news last week that Sunday Times business editor John Waples is taking a highly paid job in PR with Financial Dynamics did not come as a complete surprise to everyone. A couple of months ago Waples took a star turn at a conference organised by CorpComms, the magazine for PR professionals. He was planning ahead, clearly.
Friday 18 December 2009
Nowehere Boy, the biopic of a young John Lennon reaches UK cinemas next week and is reviewed in today's Independent.
The Weekend’s Television: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Lolita? Sun, BBC4<br/>Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy, Sat, E4
Monday 14 December 2009
Sunday 13 December 2009
“You know what rock’n’roll means?” John Lennon’s mother asks her son in Sam Taylor-Wood’s imminent biopic. “Sex.”
Friday 11 December 2009
Friday 13 November 2009
Tuesday 03 November 2009
A mother of six has been given a two-year jail sentence after admitting concealing "a mini encyclopaedia of weapons making" in the sleeve of her burka.
Friday 30 October 2009
Tuesday 29 September 2009
The woman who inspired the Beatles' song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" has died of lupus. The St Thomas Lupus Trust, which supported Lucy Vodden during her long illness, said she died last week at the age of 46.
Monday 28 September 2009
The woman who inspired the classic Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, has died aged 46, a charity said today.
Saturday 19 September 2009
Despite many efforts to reform it, this archaic "order of chivalry" survives, though how seriously it is taken even by those proudly waving their medals outside Buck House is debatable.
Alexei Sayle: Roll up for the magical mystery tour of Liverpool – but don't visit my old house
Saturday 12 September 2009
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'