New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America
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Friday 02 October 2009
"How We Are Seduced by the Objects around Us," declares the cover. To this end, Penguin commissioned a special design for this book from an outfit called YES. The result is a small-format paperback with a tiny, hard-to-read typeface.
Friday 21 August 2009
Town hall bosses were accused of going Christmas crackers today after putting up festive lights - four months early.
Friday 03 April 2009
Friday 13 March 2009
To mark the publication of Marian Keyes' latest book, This Charming Man, Penguin and The Independent are giving readers the chance to win 10 copies of the book.
To enter send us a photograph you have taken which you think best represents a "charming man". A selection of our favourites will be displayed on the site from which we will choose 10 winners.
The competition closing date is 13 April.
Saturday 20 December 2008
Friday 24 October 2008
Following on from the ludicrously popular Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze, this latest collection of strange and intriguing posers from the New Scientist's "Last Word" column achieves a scientifically improbable feat: it continues to feed the appetite for weird science without seeming to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
Sunday 19 October 2008
This collection tracing life's trajectory of birth, childhood, marriage, work, children, middle-age and death, is nothing but a delight from start to finish. Laura Barber has chosen a mix of well-known favourites (Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken", Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night") and lesser known, more recent offerings. Of the latter, Adrian Mitchell's "This Be The Worst", written on hearing that someone once mistook Larkin's famous line, "They fuck you up, your Mum and Dad" for "they tuck you up, your Mum and Dad" is a blast of sunshine through the rain; Fleur Adcock's anti-love poem "Against Coupling" raises a bitter smile, and Carol Ann Duffy's "Mrs Sisyphus" seems to confirm that we live in a more cynical age which could never comprehend the inspiration behind the love poetry of John Clare or Andrew Marvell.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/giant-penguins.html">Farah Mihlar: Giant penguins, sweet potato fudge - but no place for human rights</a>
Friday 10 October 2008
It's not nice to have to admit you're wrong, as I was to be apprehensive about my role at the IUCN forum in Barcelona. I should really have been tearing my hair out in panic.
Wednesday 17 September 2008
A children's author has been commissioned to write the first posthumous instalment to the best-selling Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series.
Friday 29 August 2008
It is something of an August ritual. The suits and faces from Televisionland migrate to Edinburgh where, infected by the general atmosphere of alternative politics and comic skittishness, they go a little too far during a speech or a question-and-answer session. Newspapers, desperate for copy, whip up a "debate" about what has been said and ring up the usual suspects – a small coterie of rent-a-quote TV veterans. A predictable row breaks out before, like a summer thunder storm, it passes. In spite of their innate pointlessness, these silly-season episodes now and then provide a small moral lesson which has absolutely nothing to do with television.
Wednesday 04 June 2008
The new James Bond book Devil May Care has smashed the record for Penguin's fastest-selling hardback fiction title.
Friday 02 May 2008
A heavy sense of inevitability permeates this collection of stories, by a master of the form at his reliable best. Elegantly and sparsely written, they nonetheless carry a weight of guilt, or shame, or just age, through homecomings, goings away and weary stayings put. The title story, set in Venice, describes how cheating at Canasta can be the tenderest act of all, as an old man honours a promise to a beloved wife who can't even remember asking for it.
Thursday 03 April 2008
Summer is coming for the UK, but in the Antarctic winter is on the way and it will soon be colder for this penguin.
Tuesday 04 March 2008
Sunday 17 February 2008
The origins of our national festivals are both more and less arcane than we had imagined: Mother's Day is as much of an import as Hallowe'en. "Rough Music", the custom of raising hell beneath the windows of malefactors, may have represented mob rule, but at least it was aimed mainly at wife-beaters. Padstow's 'Obby 'Oss is well known, but, if the locals don't watch out, it faces a serious rival in "Darkie Day". This curious relic of the minstrel tradition, so the local MP claimed in 2006, is quite innocent, and the blacked-faces part of "mumming" have nothing to do with racism. A shame the "mummers" sing minstrel songs, then.
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
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- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly