In a YouTube video with nearly five million views, Scarlett Johansson leans seductively into the camera and purrs: "My real job is saving the world."
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Saturday 03 October 2009
Friday 02 October 2009
As aid organisations from around the world mobilised to help the victims of the Sumatra disaster yesterday, a UN official warned that the emergency efforts so far were inadequate for the scale of the problem.
Sunday 30 August 2009
Neil Finn, Liam Finn, Johnny Marr, Jeff Tweedy, assorted Radioheaders and, er, KT Tunstall... All proceeds to Oxfam... What could go wrong? Not much, actually, and Finn Sr's charity project is indeed worthy and occasionally wonderful.
Friday 28 August 2009
It is a long-held complaint of many shoppers: Christmas appears to get earlier every year. The sight of stores decorated in tinsel and baubles, rocking to the strains of Jingle Bells in mid-August are apparently becoming all too frequent... in Yorkshire, anyway.
Sunday 23 August 2009
They are young, gifted and out of work: Britain's record number of graduates and A-grade A-level students. But instead of sitting on their haunches and signing on the dole queue, record numbers have enlisted in Britain's volunteer army.
Friday 21 August 2009
His new novel is tipped to set new global sales records - but Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's works are revealed today as the books most likely to be offloaded to second-hand shops.
Monday 17 August 2009
Shoppers picking up Arctic Monkeys' new single from Oxfam today could win "golden tickets" to see them in person.
Sunday 05 July 2009
To raise money for its charities and celebrate the impending world domination of its second-hand bookshops, it seems appropriate that Oxfam has published this collection of four books of short stories. Not because they draw attention to Oxfam’s good work - mostly, they ignore it. But because one comes away from them as one comes away from a good second-hand bookshop: baffled by riches and with a ballooning reading list.
Friday 03 July 2009
Monday 08 June 2009
In her book A Cause for our Times: Oxfam, the first 50 years, Maggie Black wrote of my father: “[Michael] Harris was a Quaker who detested conflict and injustice, a person of deep convictions which he carefully hid behind an idiosyncratic style modelled somewhere between George Bernard Shaw and Bertie Wooster.”
Friday 29 May 2009
There was a party atmosphere as well as a party at the Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature and the Arts over the bank holiday weekend. Record temperatures brought a record crowd – more than 20,000 in one day – to hear speakers ranging from the great historian Eric Hobsbawm to a great piece of cultural history, Jane Birkin.
Tuesday 27 January 2009
The Gaza appeal which the BBC is refusing to broadcast raised £600,000 before it was shown. Donations flooded in to the Disasters Emergency Committee website before the initial transmission of the two-minute appeal on ITV1 last night.
Friday 09 January 2009
The catastrophic conditions in the Gaza Strip, brought about by Israel's military action against rocket attacks from Hamas, have brought out some of the best in individuals and organisations – as extreme situations so often do.
Sunday 14 December 2008
Tuesday 02 December 2008
Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband today called for a European deal on renewable energy and reducing emissions as the "only route" to securing an international agreement on global warming.
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state