ENO's new production of Berg's 1925 opera draws parallels with servicemen's lives in Afghanistan
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Saturday 25 September 2010
It may not be a bumper year, in quantity, for English apples – though branches across the land are groaning.
Friday 16 July 2010
A new variety of apple tree whose fruit is red to the core went on sale yesterday.
Wednesday 14 July 2010
Pear-shaped women who find slimming a challenge may end up "losing it" in other ways, research suggests.
Saturday 10 July 2010
Saturday 10 July 2010
Friday 02 July 2010
The 19th-century banking system is at the heart of Iain Pears's new historical thriller and, as you might expect, money and sex come intertwined. When a leading financier, John Stone, is found dead in mysterious circumstances, the fate of the money markets, and several nations, hang in the balance. His enigmatic widow, Elizabeth, hires a reporter to write her husband's biography and track down a long lost love child mentioned in his will.
Wednesday 02 June 2010
Those who knew him were at a loss as to why Derrick Bird turned into a killer today.
Wednesday 26 May 2010
The maker of Magners cider, C&C, predicted that its earnings would grow this year after it managed to slow a slide in sales volumes of its flagship brand in Britain. The Dublin-based drinks firm, which acquired Tennent's lager in September, said market conditions were still challenging but that continued resilience in off-licence sales and the launch of Magners Pear had helped trading.
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Friday 12 March 2010
In what circumstances is it acceptable for a work of art to cheat us? Or, to put it another way, why is that we sometimes complain that a novel or a film has taken us for a ride ("colloq. to tease, to mislead deliberately, to hoax, to cheat") while at other times we celebrate the fact that we have been taken for a ride ("device on which one rides at an amusement park or fair"). I ask the question in the light of a localised cluster of twist endings – two of them in recently published novels and one at the conclusion of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island. I might as well confess right away that I don't know what the twist is in the case of the Scorsese film, only that there is one and that it has provoked yelps of complaint from those who have seen the film. Comparisons have been drawn with The Sixth Sense – and they haven't always been flattering to Scorsese.
Sunday 21 February 2010
Monday 18 January 2010
Did Sir Isaac Newton really once see an apple fall from the tree in his Lincolnshire garden and suddenly conceptualise the physics of gravity?
Saturday 16 January 2010
Saturday 05 December 2009
- 2 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 3 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
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