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So, what was it about Oprah Winfrey – black billionaire – that made Zurich store assume that she couldn’t afford a handbag?
Friday 09 August 2013
Swiss boutique apologises after being accused of racism by the world’s most celebrated talk show host
Friday 05 July 2013
It's the undead with subtitles. Only they don't explain why zombies like pasta so much
Thursday 14 February 2013
On Tuesday night, 18 crack teams of students convened at Birmingham's Ikon Gallery for the inaugural iQuiz. Each team had battled through regional heats in November, lured by an unforgettable prize: a two-week trek across America.
Wednesday 06 February 2013
Central banks should be prepared to break the ultimate monetary taboo and directly finance government's deficits, the chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner, suggested in a speech last night.
Monday 28 January 2013
What's her love of Switzerland got to do, got to do with it?
Friday 02 November 2012
With over 50 years in the music business Anna Mae Bullock, or Tina Turner as she's known to most of us, has accolades, awards and hits aplenty; and now airport chiefs at Staverton, near Gloucester have handed her another.
Sunday 15 April 2012
OperaUpClose veer towards greatest-hits territory while a lupine concert holds toddlers transfixed
Saturday 30 July 2011
He quit Bros at 19 – and transformed himself into a music-industry mogul. Ian Burrell meets Craig Logan, reformed teen idol.
Saturday 02 July 2011
Friday 25 February 2011
Andrew McGibbon currently makes a living as a writer and producer of broadcast comedy. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, he played drums in Morrissey's backing band. This brush with celebrity became the basis of a radio programme, which grew into a Radio 4 series – and which has now resulted in this odd collection of interviews with people who were once on first-name terms with the famous. "One person's unique encounter with a legend, by way of factotemry [or] flatmatery," McGibbon explains, creates "an unusual and very personal insight into the famous one, highlighting the ordinary... things about them or their behaviour that demythologise them." The dozen legends are almost all from a different era of fame, when celebrities were known for something other than celebrity itself. But besides that distinction, they're a bafflingly eclectic bunch.
Wednesday 12 January 2011
Lucky Peterson sits unnoticed at the bar, fedora pulled low and dark coat draped on his shoulders. He must have gotten his name when, aged five, the legendary bluesman Willie Dixon saw him performing at his father's upstate New York roadhouse and produced his first record. He was already a stage veteran of two years. The skinny adult blues prodigy of the 1980s is a big man now, and vanished for a while with bad luck. Still only 45, he has older times in him. He devours Ronnie Scott's tonight.
Dick Griffey: Record producer and executive who spoke out against the exploitation of black musicians
Thursday 16 December 2010
With infectious, irresistible invitations to the dance-floor such as "And The Beat Goes On" by the Whispers, "A Night To Remember" by Shalamar and "Midas Touch" by Midnight Star, Sound of Los Angeles Records – commonly abbreviated to Solar – the West Coast label founded by Dick Griffey, provided the sunny, soulful soundtrack for much of the Eighties on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sunday 05 December 2010
Monday 25 October 2010
Tony Blair's sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, has become the latest in a long line of Western Islamic converts. From Chris Eubank to Jermaine Jackson to Alexander Litvinenko, she joins an eclectic list, yet she is markedly different from most of its names, for one key reason – she is female.
Tuesday 17 August 2010
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
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Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign
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