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Saturday 13 February 2010
Sunday 03 January 2010
Friday 01 January 2010
Before magnetic clouds, satellite technology, hi-tech graphics and colour television brought more pizzazz to forecasts on screen, a 32-year-old Yorkshireman who worked for the Meteorological Office became the BBC's first on-screen weather presenter. George Cowling stepped in front of the camera at 7.55pm on 11 January 1954. Even though he delivered the forecast in a traditional, BBC style, long before weather presenters adopted a more chatty, informal manner, Cowling was able to turn the scientific explanations into human reality by telling viewers that high winds would make the following day a good one for hanging out washing.
Thursday 31 December 2009
Thursday 31 December 2009
Thursday 24 December 2009
4 tablespoons groundnut oil
500g lean boneless pork, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 white onions 2, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
half a teaspoon dried oregano
1 litre chicken stock, preferably home-made
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1-3 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
3 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
350g cooked borlotti beans or butter beans
half a teaspoon of salt
half a teaspoon of black peppercorns, crushed
150g kale, trimmed and shredded
coriander leaves, trimmed and chopped to make five tablespoons
juice of 1 lime
Monday 14 December 2009
Producers of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks have cut scenes from a controversial storyline echoing the killing of James Bulger this week after objections from the murdered child's mother.
Friday 23 October 2009
There's a widespread view that when someone is sad, what they most need is cheerfulness. But in truth, what they need is a dose of pessimism so powerful that their own problems will come to seem minor in comparison.
Wednesday 09 September 2009
An incoming Conservative government would cut the cost of politics by £120m a year to give a lead to the rest of the public sector, David Cameron promised yesterday.
Saturday 15 August 2009
Friday 19 June 2009
Adam Thorpe's latest novel enters cosy territory with the story of an English family's escape to rural France. Historians Nick and Sarah Mallinson are charmed by their new home, a remote Languedoc farmhouse.
Thursday 23 April 2009
Saturday 04 October 2008
Hornbeam "is extremely patient of the knife", as the great garden writer, John Claudius Loudon, put it, which is why it is so extensively used for hedges. At the Chelsea Flower Show this year, Tom Stuart-Smith stretched that patience to the limit by using 30-year-old hornbeams, cloud pruned so that only puffs of foliage were left, balancing at the ends of the branches in a way that I had never seen before.
Saturday 27 September 2008
Saturday 20 September 2008
So I was lying there, right, and Richard (you know, my osteopath) said to me, "I healed a tree the other day."
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales