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Friday 25 April 2008
There aren't many stories that wouldn't be improved by the addition of a few superpowers, preferably in conjunction with skin-tight costumes and masks, but I'm not going to be dogmatic about that. All that "from his mother's womb untimely ripped" nonsense at the end of Macbeth, for example: much more satisfying for Macduff to pull out a hunk of green kryptonite, thereby depriving Macbeth of the super-strength and invulnerability that have got him where he is. Wouldn't it be a breath of fresh air if Mr Darcy disclosed that the reason he's been acting so cold is that he had to protect his secret identity, and was wary of Elizabeth Bennet cottoning on to the fact that he has the proportionate strength and agility of a genetically modified spider? And there isn't a single short story by Raymond Carver that doesn't scream for the presence of a band of costumed mutant vigilantes, preferably ones who've been trained in a lost oriental martial art.
Friday 14 March 2008
The Cure are packing them in on the Continent, Bauhaus have just released a new album – and promptly split up again – and The Cult have been trying to sell us sanctuary again. So it's no surprise to see Siouxsie, the original grande dame of post-punk with the Banshees, playing a sell-out concert in the capital at the end of a British tour to promote Mantaray, the full-length solo debut album she released last autumn.
Tuesday 11 March 2008
Four dozen films after 46 years in Hollywood might seem a slender output but Leonard Rosenman was determined to compose as he saw fit, and his outspoken criticism of musical illiteracy lost him some commissions. But those who kept faith were often richly rewarded. Rosenman mixed avant-garde techniques with deep psychological insight: "Write sad music for a sad scene – sure, I'll do it; but it doesn't offer me a great challenge."
Friday 25 January 2008
Sunday 13 January 2008
Without him nothing would be terrific, nobody would be sensuous, and we would never have gone into space. Those three words are among the many still in use that were invented by John Milton, author of Paradise Lost and second only to Shakespeare among English poets. This week, there is an unprecedented chance to see how his mind worked, when Cambridge University Library displays documents written by Milton rarely or never viewed by the public before.
Monday 07 January 2008
'I sat in the studio saying nothing for two hours, a nervous wreck in front of him'
Sunday 23 December 2007
Tuesday 06 March 2007
A powerful earthquake flattened hundreds of buildings in western Indonesia today, killing at least 70 people and leaving hospitals grappling with scores of injured, officials said.
Tuesday 05 December 2006
Britain's biggest food producer, spanning a vast range of iconic brands from Bisto and Mr Kipling cakes to Golden Shred marmalade and Smash instant potato, is to be created through the £2bn takeover of RHM by Premier Foods.
Thursday 23 November 2006
Thursday 12 October 2006
It may sound like an impertinent question: does your loo paper really need to be quite so bright and fluffy? But it's serious, according to the green pressure group WWF, which says that too much virgin fibre from the world's forests is being used in lavatory tissue, when recycled fibre would be just as good.
Wednesday 07 June 2006
Sunday 04 September 2005
Thursday 21 July 2005
Tuesday 06 July 2004
A completely normal being (such as Star Trek's Mr Spock) would say that we're insane. In analysing our behaviour, Adler would have referred to an inferiority complex and our inherent need for compensation. Marx would have said that football has become "the opium of the people".
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire