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Saturday 28 April 2012
Friday 06 April 2012
Saturday 31 March 2012
Canada is to scrap its pennies because they cost more to produce than the coins are worth.
Sunday 05 February 2012
My earliest food memory...
Wednesday 25 January 2012
The Royal Mint is being accused of exploiting the general public with overpriced commemorative coins that have minimal investment value.
Wednesday 25 January 2012
Leading dealers say market is devalued by excessive number of commemorative issues
Tuesday 24 January 2012
Can you invest ethically and still make decent returns? Of course. In fact if you invest in the right green shares or funds, you could even make more.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
According to Arena: Dickens on Film, one source of the author's appeal to film-makers was his "constellation of unforgettable grotesques". They are, the narrator continued, "characters every actor wants to play, characters impossible to overact". To which one might reply that while the first clause might be true, the second certainly isn't, and that grotesquery can be one of Dickens' besetting problems on screen. Adaptations of his work often run into trouble with the Dickensian, that caricature view of the writing that you can see in the original illustrations (which, like film or television, necessarily favour the concrete facts of the prose over its flavour). The Mystery of Edwin Drood has one big advantage in this respect, which is that it isn't terribly well known. When he plays John Jasper, Matthew Rhys isn't taking on a distinguished line of predecessors (as anybody playing Micawber would be) and very few of us at home will be waiting to see whether a beloved scene is correctly done.
Monday 09 January 2012
1. Reinventing the heel
This intense moisturising cream works wonders on even the most dry and cracked heels. It's simple, effective and luxurious.
Sunday 08 January 2012
January is traditionally the month of deep self-loathing. Big bills and big bellies inevitably lead to thoughts of new beginnings, a chance to mend our ways, and start afresh. Turn on the television, open any newspaper or magazine and you can't ignore exercise DVDs and diet books. Davina McCall (slender mother of three) reigns supreme at the top of the bestsellers (again), and even the comical Towie mob is flogging a keep-fit routine, complete with extras such as "what to wear to work out in Essex". Ignore them. Here's how to deal with windy and grim January: eat the same food as in December. I've enjoyed macaroni cheese, fish and chips and fruit cake, done the same amount of walking, played the same amount of tennis. When appearing in public, I wear a pair of buttock-clenching pants.
Wednesday 04 January 2012
Outlook Johnson County in Kansas is one of the wealthiest suburbs in all of America. Everything always works, everyone always smiles and it is nearly always sunny, even if it is freezing cold. You'd like it.
Monday 05 December 2011
The average chap will shave 20,000 times in his lifetime, so keep skin soothed with one of these face-friendly buys
Saturday 27 August 2011
Friday 08 July 2011
There was once this woman," the title story opens. "She was quite famous, in a way." Social smiling masks the private world. The smiling woman lives above an unspeakable abyss. Its looming presence in the round of Jenny Jamieson's day is signalled in the numb, glazed tone that characterises the fable.
Sunday 03 July 2011
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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