Michael Gove is a no-nonsense sort of chap, unafraid to shake his fist at the Human Rights Act. In 2011, the Education Secretary vowed to crack down on unruly pupils, whatever Europe said about their rights, and last year he led the cabinet's huffing and puffing when it looked as if Abu Qatada couldn't be deported. So how surprising to learn he is the trustee of a charity dedicated to promoting, er, human rights! The Charity Commission lists Gove as one of only two trustees of something called the European Freedom Fund. The other is the neocon writer and activist Douglas Murray. Their objective is "the promotion of respect for human rights as set out in the European Convention of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms adopted by the members of the council of Europe on 4th November 1950 and the convention's five protocols". This could put Gove in a tricky position when the Tories come to replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Still, the EFF hasn't been too busy: no money has gone in or out since it was founded in 2007. Molto strano!
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Friday 07 August 2009
With the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival looming, various commemorative releases are being prepared to markthe occasion.
Monday 27 July 2009
Sunday 26 July 2009
There was no glitzy marketing campaign, no elaborate special effects, no live internet streaming: just 32 world-famous musical acts, 500,000 fans, and three days of "peace and music" which turned into the most famous pop music festival of all time.
Saturday 11 July 2009
It was the music festival that not only summed up the Sixties but also is acknowledged as setting the template for all future music festivals. Hundreds of thousands of people attended to watch stars such as The Who and Jimi Hendrix, pictured below, give unforgettable performances.
Friday 10 July 2009
All this week and next, the London Literature Festival is taking place on the South Bank. Whereas festivals held in smaller places such as Hay or Cheltenham generate a sense of excitement because they take over the whole town, London’s festival tends to get a bit lost amid the cultural cornucopia of the capital. Which is a shame because, as literary festivals go, it’s up there with the best of them.
Sunday 05 July 2009
Friday 03 July 2009
Monday 29 June 2009
Sunday 17 May 2009
He is one of Taiwan’s greatest film directors who has picked-up the highest honours in cinema over a glittering 20 year career.
Tuesday 24 March 2009
Most talked about artist – Janelle Monae. She is a truly unique artist - her futuristic songs, her wild pompadour hair, and most of all her MOVES. That girl is "in character" the entire time she plays. Garth Trinidad was an early champion of her music. If there is one must-see artist coming out of the fest, it’s Janelle.
Tuesday 10 March 2009
Punjabi held off stablemate and hot favorite Binocular to win the Champion Hurdle on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Sunday 08 March 2009
"The definitive guide to winning at the Festival," claims the subtitle. Ah, if only it were that easy, but National Hunt's annual showpiece, which begins on Tuesday, regularly makes mugs of even the most informed punters.
John Martyn: Pioneering singer-songwriter who blended folk with jazz and played with Eric Clapton and Dave Gilmour
Friday 30 January 2009
Before he passed away this week at the age of 60, the singer and guitarist John Martyn had cheated death many times. A former heroin user and lifelong alcoholic who suffered numerous injuries in falls, he also seemed to treat being shot at, pancreatic failure, and a broken neck sustained when his car collided with a bull as occupational hazards.
Baird Bryant: Film-maker who captured the killing of a fan in the Rolling Stones documentary 'Gimme Shelter'
Friday 05 December 2008
The Maysles brothers' documentary Gimme Shelter followed the Rolling Stones during their US tour of November 1969 and captured the group's performances at Madison Square Garden in New York. But the film became much more famous for the disturbing footage of the chaotic free concert the band gave at Altamont Speedway on 6 December 1969.
Thursday 13 November 2008
Mitch Mitchell has been described as one of the three great British rock drummers of the 1960s.
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness