It's rude to gawk, but there's something worthwhile in these stop-and-stare documentaries
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
A first edition of the first in the Harry Potter series containing hand drawings and annotations by author JK Rowling has sold at auction for £150,000.
Sunday 12 May 2013
Once upon a time in Icelandic, Danish, German, French ...
Saturday 20 April 2013
'On safari in Kruger National Park, we ate breakfast beside a pod of hippos'
Wednesday 20 February 2013
As Quentin Blake receives his knighthood from the Queen today, we look back at some of his distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations.
Friday 08 February 2013
TV pick of the week: Black Mirror
Thursday 07 February 2013
A few decades ago many teachers thought him not a 'classic' but a pest
Thursday 07 February 2013
His dark humour and wacky characters enchanted generations, so why are modern children now leaving Charlie, Matilda and Mr Fox on the shelf?
Sunday 30 September 2012
Where has this talent been hiding?
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Keep boredom at bay on long journeys or dull afternoons this summer with pages and pages of fiction, fantasy and fun
Friday 17 August 2012
TV's Superstar victor looks to be having a riot as he is seen in his winning role for the first time - facing baton-wielding police.
Saturday 11 August 2012
I see now that a writing retreat is productive only if removing yourself from a life so full of distraction that you need the isolation in order to focus on your work. But if you are the kind of writer who doesn't do much of a day to merit this or any other job title, two weeks on a remote Scottish island will not help you chip away at your writer's block.
Tuesday 26 June 2012
From wooden pirates to brass chess pieces and Morph
Monday 18 June 2012
Oscar-winning film-maker Sam Mendes is returning to the West End with a musical version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Saturday 02 June 2012
I finally "got" Wes Anderson the other day. Which is not to say that I hadn't "got" him before – in the sense of liking his work and always being willing to substitute his vision of the world for mine for an hour or two. Though I'm not very fond of fey art-house whimsy (see references to Miranda July passim), there has always been something about.
Friday 27 January 2012
All around us, we see the evidence that we are a much more open society than we were, say, 20 years ago. It is in the everyday things, like, for instance, the information we are given on public transport.
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death