The actress, a self-proclaimed Homeland uber-fan, was overjoyed to meet star of the agent drama Damian Lewis. The spoiler? Not so much
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Friday 01 January 2010
Monday 16 November 2009
It's easy to be cynical about apologies made by politicians for scandals long past in which not even their worst enemies would find a shred of personal culpability. And you might well think that the Prime Minister, before he looked elsewhere, owed the country just a tiny bit of "sorry" for the banking crisis whose seeds were sown so liberally when he was Chancellor.
Monday 26 October 2009
Peers are due to vote today on a parliamentary bill amendment which would create two new laws criminalising modern-day slavery and forced labour.
Friday 23 October 2009
Slyly comic, full of surprises, always hinting at more than they quite say, these 20 bewitching stories from Brazil's 19th-century master (1839-1908) will bring new admirers to a writer who – despite his European links – has a voice all his own.
Friday 11 September 2009
Monday 31 August 2009
Friday 28 August 2009
It is 1785 and a 13-year-old Jamaican slave girl is giving birth, agonisingly, as she lies dying in her own pool of blood. The baby who emerges, crimson-soaked and "squealing like it just depart from heaven to come to hell" at the start of Marlon James second novel, The Book of Night Women, is Lilith, the green-eyed daughter of Jack Wilkins, an "overseer" of slaves at a sugar plantation on the east coast of Jamaica.
Sunday 09 August 2009
Monday 20 July 2009
Thursday 14 May 2009
Saturday 11 April 2009
There is one particular type of bad argument that has always existed, but it has now spread like tar over the world-wide web, and is seeping into the pubs, coffee shops and opinion columns everywhere. It is known as 'what-aboutery' - and there was a particularly ripe example of it in response to one of my articles last week.
Friday 20 March 2009
A work of medieval economic history may not sound the most riveting read but Dyer's erudite, sweeping account of Britain's finances between 850 and 1520 turns out to be endlessly fascinating and often relevant to our own plight. As Dyer remarks, economic history is "the only branch of history which gives pride of place to the whole population".
Sunday 15 March 2009
Sunday 01 March 2009
Like Gotan Project at their best, this Afro-Peruvian outfit takes the rhythmic and melodic forms of its traditional music – which dates back to slavery and Spanish colonial rule – and make something wholly vital and contemporary out them. You can hear the dry rattle of stick on donkey jaw bone, but also a sinuous bass guitar and a sparing use of echo, denoting a love of dub reggae. Guest vocalists come and go, but the best thing about this music are the muscular, idiosyncratic grooves.
Friday 30 January 2009
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
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