A radio announcer has told the court in the trial of DJ Dave Lee Travis that she was in a “panic” after he allegedly grabbed her breasts when she was speaking live on air.
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Sunday 29 July 2012
Saturday 28 July 2012
Friday 27 July 2012
'I arrive with a headache from keeping the plane up with my mental powers'
Monday 23 July 2012
When Glyndebourne invited Jonathan Kent and Paul Brown to realise Purcell’s ‘semi-opera’ The Fairy Queen, it was with slight trepidation, as they had no idea how this amalgam of Purcell’s music and filletings from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream would go down.
Wednesday 18 July 2012
"For all the people with wobbly bits, bingo wings, jelly, beer bellies, flab, and even liposuction where the fat deposits itself in weird places...we shake 'em together tonight." With that strange, joyful announcement, Paloma Faith turns her back to the crowd and hoists up her demure, ankle-length ball gown until it falls just underneath her bum and wiggles her alabaster legs, sending ripples across her pert behind.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Dereck Chisora understands that when he fights his former hero, David Haye, he will start as both the underdog and the bad guy in a fight that has gone from inconsequential at the start of this year to essential tonight.
Les Troyens, Royal Opera House, London
Zanetto/Glanni Schicchi, Opera Holland Park, London
Dr Dee, Coliseum, London
Sunday 01 July 2012
A gargantuan and overblown Berlioz opera tests its audience as much as its outstanding soloists, chorus and orchestra
Friday 22 June 2012
Alex Robinson gets into the carnival spirit
Saturday 28 April 2012
One of the great things about the Sex Pistols was their brevity, the way John Lydon called time on the antagonism after a single album to embark on more fruitful endeavours.
Saturday 21 April 2012
At Wigan, Martinez does not ask his players to extinguish the stars, but to reach for them
Friday 20 April 2012
Given that Ann Widdecombe spent her prime promoting Victorian attitudes to abortion and homosexuality, you could argue she has some atoning to do, and her self-reinvention certainly makes a start.
Saturday 31 March 2012
Photographer Simon Barker was there to capture it. Michael Bracewell opens his archive.
Tuesday 13 March 2012
Apparently, there is a new Olympic qualifying standard for those wanting to represent Great Britain – or Team GB, to use the ghastly official name. The Sports minister, Hugh Robertson, has declared that: "If you are going to represent Britain at the Olympics then I think it is sensible to know the words of the national anthem. I would say it is even more necessary if you think you are going to win a medal."
Alice Jones: Engelbert Humperdinck - Cheesy, populist and with a hint of the ridiculous – the ideal Eurosceptic
Saturday 03 March 2012
Engelbert Humperdinck. Of course. With a name like that, he was born to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. Or he would be if he hadn't been born the rather less mellifluous Arnold Dorsey. In any case, the generously sideburned crooner, who last had a hit 42 years ago, has been chosen to represent Le Royaume-Uni at the annual extravaganza of poor taste and point-scoring. And the 75-year-old, best known for executing an unlikely chart coup when his soupy "Release Me" denied The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" the No 1 spot, will do so with a song written by the man behind James Blunt's wet-blanket anthem "You're Beautiful". This is ignominy indeed.
Tuesday 28 February 2012
It’s on occasions like this that the star-rating system runs into irreconcilable difficulties. I honestly cannot remember a time when musical and theatrical values were in such total divergence.
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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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