Hexagon Theatre, Reading
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The Weekend's TV: The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution, Sat, BBC2<br/>Secrets of the Pop Song, Sat, BBC2
Monday 18 July 2011
Saturday 25 June 2011
Sportswear giant Nike is facing a wave of criticism from politicians and pressure groups in America who accuse the multinational of glamorising drug use in its new T-shirt slogans.
Thursday 23 June 2011
Saving lives seems a noble pursuit, but the two organisations that patrol Australia's beaches, ready to save swimmers in trouble, are at loggerheads over the word "lifeguard".
Sunday 19 June 2011
The legendary twang guitarist's first album in 24 years mercifully contains none of the gimmicks used by his 1980s collaborators Art of Noise, just a timeless surf sound from producer, co-writer and obvious fan Richard Hawley.
Wednesday 08 June 2011
With waves gently rolling in the background, cliffs looming overhead and wet sand wedged between the toes of a 1,000-strong crowd, up-and-coming West Country singer-songwriter Ben Howard's biggest headline show to date is no ordinary gig.
Tuesday 31 May 2011
Surfers returned to the seas at Bronte beach yesterday following days of high tides in Sydney, Australia. Adverse weather eased and sea conditions were reported as clean with swells of 1-3 feet.
Monday 02 May 2011
A surfer has died after getting into difficulties off the coast of Suffolk.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Consumer goods giants Unilever and Procter & Gamble have been slapped with fines totalling 315.2 million euros (£280.5 million) after they colluded to fix the price of washing machine detergent powder.
Saturday 19 March 2011
Saturday 05 March 2011
Monday 21 February 2011
The Severn Bore makes its way up the river Severn through Gloucestershire. A number of bores travel up the river every year, some big enough to surf.
Saturday 05 February 2011
The sun warms my neck as I paddle out to sea, though it doesn't quite blunt the sting of a cold Pacific which is being churned into four-to-six-foot waves (with occasional plus-size sets) by a midwinter swell. To my left is Crystal Pier, a prominent local attraction; to my right is Bird Rock, a peninsula that funnels the walls of breaking water into nicely rideable peaks.
Friday 04 February 2011
Brash, forceful and principle-lite, the Thatcherite hero started making his presence felt in fiction long before Mrs Thatcher's fall. His exemplars – Terence Blacker's Jonty Fixx, Charles Bosham in Julian Rathbone's Nasty, Very (1984), the narrator of Michael Dibdin's Dirty Tricks (1991) – are now the subject of PhD theses with titles like "The Blue Horde: Fictive Imaginings of the Eighties Free Market". Two decades later his place has naturally been usurped by the post-Thatcherite – Majorite, or even Blairite – hero, of whom Clark "Large" Rossiter, frontman of Tim Binding's latest novel, is thoroughly representative.
Monday 24 January 2011
Nobody could accuse this lone surfer of being a fair-weather sportsman as he braved winter waves averaging 7C (before the chill factor) at Polzeath in Cornwall.
Saturday 22 January 2011
Hawaii's mild climate, warm ocean and gentle breezes make it the perfect holiday destination to visit any time of the year, but the variations in the weather across the islands can be quite surprising. Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique weather characteristics. On the nightly local news, you'll find surf reports for each side of the islands, along with wind and rainfall forecasts.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist