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Thursday 19 April 2012
Last week a short film called Caine's Arcade went around Twitter like a Daily Mail editorial. It told the story of a young boy from Los Angeles who spent his summer making a cardboard arcade. It remained patronless until local filmmaker Nirvan Mullick put the word out online and Caine received a surprise – hundreds of customers. (ind.pn/cainearcade). Just try not to start blubbing while you watch.
Sunday 01 April 2012
Drama based on tragic, thrilling history manages to be neither. It's hard not to cheer on the iceberg
Friday 30 March 2012
The new Glyndeboure opera, Gold Run, conducted by James Redwood, is about the Paralympic Games. It tells the story of the learning-disabled athletes inclusion and subsequent 12-year ban, which comes to an end at this year's Paralympic Games. With a 30-strong choir of learning-disabled artists and film footage - a centrepiece is a six-foot cardboard sculpture of learning-disabled opera singer and sportsman David Rushbrook, who performs in the show.
Thursday 08 December 2011
DS Smith has posted a 20 per cent rise in first-half pre-tax profits to £42.8m on improved volumes, better selling prices and an acquisition. It expects further volume increases in the second half.
Sunday 27 November 2011
Sunday 30 October 2011
His are classically formal portraits of the Mannerist style, elegant exemplars of the courtly Medici ideal of the 16th century, his subjects as haughty as they are assured of their position in society. He was Agnolo di Cosimo, known as Il Bronzino, and his work influenced European court portraiture for a century. Not to mention one Swiss-Italian photographer more than half a millennium later...
Sunday 31 July 2011
Sunday 24 July 2011
Wednesday 13 July 2011
Friday 13 May 2011
Take four entertainers who are musicians, comedians, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and philosophers. Then add kilts, moustaches, musical instruments, two thousand cardboard boxes, tutus, topical satire and the ability to juggle anything.
Friday 13 May 2011
Tens of thousands of people fearing aftershocks from Spain's deadliest earthquakes in 55 years woke up outdoors yesterday after fleeing their homes following a pair of successive temblors that killed at least nine people.
Sunday 08 May 2011
Whether it's dead space or tired but workable furniture, I hate waste. Maybe that makes me naturally green-minded. Whatever. Beyond the un-chic domain of composting and insulation, what are the eco style choices for the modern home?
Album: Schonberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw, Górecki: Kleines Requiem für eine Polka; Lerchenmusik (Newton Classics)
Friday 29 April 2011
This is a rather Messiaen-ic study in contrasts: the opening five minutes is almost supernaturally calm and quiet, suddenly shattered by a shrill burst of violins and chimes that disappears as enigmatically as it appeared, shifting between extremes of amplitude; in the second movement, a brash tumult of horns gives way to solitary clarinet, underpinned by doomy piano monochord, while the finale is almost completely stationary and barely audible, a still string pad with wanly tolling chimes.
Saturday 23 April 2011
I knew I was lost when I found myself surrounded by dozens of newly-made coffins. They were piled against the walls: adult size, child size, baby size, all smelling of freshly sawn timber. Addis Ababa's merkato is a huge sprawling city-within-a-city; a market so vast that no one seems to be sure where it exactly begins or ends – and I had been wandering around it for hours.
Sunday 17 April 2011
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
- 5 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'