The King has been forced to apologise following the revelation which came a day before huge a 130 car pile up in the country
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Sunday 22 January 2012
The Ancient Romans called this region Campania felix, "happy Campania", and you can still just about see why. Once it was an earthly paradise: the aquamarine Tyrrhenian Sea full of fish, the bulk of Vesuvius to the south, which menaced destruction but was also responsible for the immense fertility of the soil.
Sunday 15 January 2012
This extraordinary album of chamber-style improvisations by the Norwegian trio of Okland (violin/Hardanger fiddle), Apeland (harmonium/Wurlitzer) and Skarbo (drums) lasts a little over half an hour and casts a very powerful spell.
Saturday 07 January 2012
Wednesday 21 December 2011
Surely not another book about Leonardo! Can there really be space for it? Yes, because this one is more than the description of a great drawing, the so-called "Vitruvian Man", executed in 1490. It demonstrates, with skill and lightly worn erudition, how Leonardo, aged 38, came to make his drawing of the naked human body of a spread-eagled, mature young man (which may be a rare self-portrait of the artist) set within a circle and a square.
Tuesday 20 December 2011
Italian government scientists have claimed to have discovered evidence that a supernatural event formed the image on the Turin Shroud, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
Sunday 18 December 2011
My life so far in a plaster cast reminds me of Sue Townsend's brilliant The Queen and I, a superb work of comic genius in which the Royal family are booted out of Buckingham Palace to live on a council estate by the newly elected Republican party.
Saturday 10 December 2011
One evening in 1988 my girlfriend and I were driving home from work when one of the most exquisite sounds I had heard emerged from the car radio.
Monday 18 July 2011
Sunday 26 June 2011
With their fourth effort, Kaiser Chiefs are pioneering the music industry's latest attempt to revive the CD as a physical product: from a longlist of 20 songs on their website, you can choose your own tracklist and pick your own artwork.
Friday 17 June 2011
Skittish and serious, satirical and otherworldly, Elif Shafak's fiction trips across the lines between the spirit and the flesh. Her latest novel, a chart-topper in her native Turkey, characteristically yokes together far-flung people, eras and events.
Tuesday 03 May 2011
A trove of medieval jewellery and other precious objects found by an Austrian man working in his back garden includes pieces made for a royal court and could be worth as much as €100,000 (£69,000).
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