UKIP’s success in last week’s local elections is having an impact already. Nadine Dorries, who had the Tory whip taken away because of her appearance on I’m a Celebrity, has got it back, thereby heading off the risk that she might defect to Ukip.
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Saturday 09 February 2008
Following its relaunch in March, the BFI (formerly the NFT, formerly still a grey old restaurant that you’d scoot past on the way to aThames view) has taken on a completely new character.
Wednesday 06 February 2008
For some composers, a centenary is too soon to find a rounded perspective on their work. The music may still be widely influential, or it may have gone temporarily out of fashion. It's different with Olivier Messiaen, even though his music has never stopped being with us since he died in 1992, because he wrote half a dozen huge works at various stages of his life that have always had the effect of summing up what he was about. So there is a confidence about the South Bank Centre's year-long festival, which properly began with a blockbuster, Des canyons aux étoiles, written when the composer was in his sixties.
Monday 04 February 2008
Sunday 03 February 2008
Tuesday 15 January 2008
"We all live together, you see, and tonight this is for Jack," says Nick Mulvey, pointing at the saxophonist, who sports the looks of Jude Law and a chunky Norwegian jersey. "He sleepwalks and fell down the stairs last night." It's a genial way for the hang-player to introduce "Steps in the Wrong Direction", a track from this new band's first CD, Knee-Deep in the North Sea.
Saturday 22 December 2007
Halfway through Europe's most glorious century, the 19th, Eugne Guinot opined "in Europe there are two capitals: Paris for the winter and Baden-Baden for the summer". This month I have visited both. However lovely the German spa town may be, it does not have the qualities of scale, diversity, wealth and culture that defines a great capital (and no, it wasn't just that I was there in the wrong season). The French capital has a stronger claim, yet it has been comprehensively out-pointed in our survey of civic greatness. London is the world's capital, and ex officio capital of Europe, the northern hemisphere and, let's speculate, the solar system.
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Wednesday 15 December 2004
Tuesday 02 November 2004
- 1 What, let gays get married? We must be bonkers
- 2 Rocky Horror star Tim Curry 'suffers major stroke'
- 3 Exclusive: How MI5 blackmails British Muslims
- 4 EDL marches on Newcastle as attacks on Muslims increase tenfold in the wake of Woolwich machete attack which killed Drummer Lee Rigby
- 5 Farewell, Shameless. Your heirs have work to do
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