A moving but very uneven journey
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Saturday 05 May 2012
Sunday 15 April 2012
A German artist who arranges found objects claims that he is merely an archivist, but the stuff doesn't just fall out this way
Friday 16 March 2012
You have to have a big appetite for superlatives if you're to consume an entire MasterChef final.
Friday 02 March 2012
Veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, whose last top 10 hit was 42 years ago has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sunday 26 February 2012
Newcastle United 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2: Connor's reign starts with unlikely point after Jarvis and Doyle strikes strip victory from Newcastle
Friday 03 February 2012
A raft of new products claims to take the shakes and pains out of making cocktails. John Walsh puts the potent pretenders through their paces.
Monday 23 January 2012
Faction Theatre Company won this year's Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award, a gong founded by the visionary Blanche Marvin, in recognition of the fact that ensembles -- the best training ground these post-rep days perhaps for young actors -- would benefit generally from having their profiles raised.
Tuesday 20 December 2011
A Woody Allen retrospective begins this month at the BFI and promises to be a treat for his fans. But he still regrets never a having made 'a great film', as a new documentary reveals.
Saturday 17 December 2011
A taste of Andalucía
Anthony Rose: 'There is nothing like a Bonfire Night sparkler to get you in the mood for, er, a sparkler'
Saturday 05 November 2011
Bonfire Night might make members of the House fidget in their seats, but the idea of blowing up Parliament brings a little anarchic glee into our lives. There's nothing like a sparkler to get you in the mood for, er, sparklers, and if you don't want to push the boat out too far for Guy Fawkes, Marks & Spencer's Sparkling Burgundy NV, £11.99, will give you a biscuity, weighty fizz at an affordable price. Add a dash of Sainsbury's quintessence of cassis-like Taste the Difference Blackcurrant Liqueur, £8.99, 20cl, either to that or your favourite cheap cava, and there you have your very own grown-up Kir Royale.
Friday 12 August 2011
It's more than 30 years since I read 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' by Thomas Hardy. Re-reading it now, what stayed? Tess herself, mainly. She sweats, she blushes, she bleeds. All that red and white. The white dress she wore in the May Dance, she singled out by a red ribbon; the blood from the horse, Prince, pooling on the ground and spattering her dress after she has accidentally killed it on her way to take the beehives to market; the strawberry – British Queen variety - that Alec d'Urberville foists on her with that telling line: "in a slight distress she parted her lips and took it in".
Saturday 06 August 2011
Wines of the week: Château de Segure Fitou 2007; Raimat Abadia Rosé 2010; Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2009
Sunday 31 July 2011
Sunday 24 July 2011
Watermelons are one of the most refreshing fruits on a warm day, eaten just as they are, sliced into large half-moons. But there are many simple things that can be done with them, too – turned into sorbets or a refreshing jug of thirst-quenching juice, they are a welcome change. Surprisingly, perhaps, they also work well with some savoury things. A salad of creamy sharp and salty feta, drizzled with a little extra-virgin olive oil with one or two good-quality black olives thrown on top, for instance, is a lovely lunchtime salad, and I think the combination of pigeon squab and watermelon with sweet and hot sauce is also rather nice.
Sunday 24 July 2011
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'