The Goverment contractors Serco and Capita are among businesses being wooed to salvage the Ministry of Defence's much-criticised reforms of the agency that buys military kit.
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Tuesday 27 December 2011
For some, it might sound too much like tempting fate – and for others, it smacks of "disaster voyeurism". But for more than 2,000 Titanic enthusiasts, the chance to mark the centenary of the maritime disaster by sailing on a large cruise ship to commemorate the sinking on the very spot of the tragedy is proving difficult to resist.
Thursday 08 December 2011
Women are to be allowed to serve on Royal Navy submarines for the first time, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today.
Sunday 13 November 2011
Revisionists, novelists, conspiracy theorists...all are banished in the National Gallery's clear-sighted assessment of Da Vinci's boundless talent
Wednesday 26 October 2011
This is real life. That thing you slashed was a real cock." Alice Bhatti, a Christian nurse working in a dilapidated hospital in Pakistan's dusty, sprawling metropolis Karachi, barely thinks twice before putting a blade to her wealthy assailant's penis. She is anything but the underdog that her status in such a society would imply. Alice is no frail social outcast battling against Pakistan's misogynistic patriarchy and religious majority. Mohammed Hanif has penned his protagonist as a feisty yet compassionate ex-convict, who bludgeons a corrupt surgeon, tackles extremist Muslim girls at her nursing school, and cares for her patients with endearingly understated zeal.
Friday 21 October 2011
New Defence Secretary Philip Hammond insisted today he supports plans for the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent.
Sunday 04 September 2011
Tuesday 30 August 2011
Friday 19 August 2011
This impressive human history of the Royal Navy begins the long overdue process of putting it back at the heart of the war effort, and does so in the words of those who served. Glyn Prysor skilfully weaves first-hand testimony around the chronology of conflict, constantly re-examining the mood and morale of the service through the tense pre-war days of the Abyssinian Crisis, the Spanish Civil War, the Rape of Nanking and Munich to demobilisation.
Friday 05 August 2011
Friday 05 August 2011
Wednesday 03 August 2011
US officials have captured a semi-submersible that was being used to smuggle over seven tons of cocaine.
Sunday 31 July 2011
Best known as Moss from The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade makes a splendid directorial debut with this coming-of-age comedy, which falls somewhere between The In-Betweeners and Wes Anderson.
Friday 29 July 2011
"Passion rarely lasts, I'm afraid," Noah Taylor's glum marine biologist, Lloyd, advises his son, Oliver (Craig Roberts).
Friday 29 July 2011
Friday 22 July 2011
Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945) – affectionately known as Netaji, "the revered leader" of India's struggle against the British Raj - was an unusual His Majesty's Opponent. He came from a middle-class, affluent Bengali family. Unlike the Gurkhas or the Panjabis, the colonial government regarded the Bengalis as a "non-martial race".
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
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- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand