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The Gilles Peterson Awards: Introducing Homeboy Sandman, Notebook

The Gilles Peterson Awards: Introducing Homeboy Sandman

Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson hosts an awards event every year to praise up and coming new artists. This year’s main act was the runner up to BBC’s Sound of 2011, James Blake. Although winner Jessie J has taken the pressure off the 22 year-old a little, there’s still a big hype around the producer [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 10:36 am

Knightley’s return to the West End in The Children’s Hour, Notebook

Knightley’s return to the West End in The Children’s Hour

Hollywood stars are known for gracing the West End, often when taking a break from film, or to reengage with their classically-trained roots – to varying degrees of success.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 4:27 pm

The lion and the lion tamer, Notebook

The lion and the lion tamer

They say that the relationship between a dictator and the people of his country is like that of a lion tamer and a lion; the lion tamer knows that the lion could eat him at any point. In fact, everyone knows that the lion could eat him at any point, apart from the lion itself. Yesterday, the Egyptian people awoke from a lion’s slumber.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 2:29 pm

Iraq, and responsibility, Notebook

Iraq, and responsibility

In his latest column for the New Statesman, Mehdi Hassan argues that we can’t only blame Tony Blair for the Iraq war, which has led to the death of a million people, and four million more being forced from their homes. We also have to pin responsibility on the much wider circle of people who supported the war – including those in the media, like me, who he mentions by name. I think he’s right, and it’s an important article to link to and reflect on.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:51 am

‘Pubs will disappear in poorer areas’, Notebook

‘Pubs will disappear in poorer areas’

There are still far too many pubs closing – 29 a week as it stands, down from 52 in 2009 – but there are reasons for optimism. As I wrote in the Independent last week, a focus on good quality beer is helping pubs that were on their last legs, or indeed closed, to thrive. [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:48 am

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By | Digital Digest | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:31 am

Google produces personalised ad blocker, Notebook

Google produces personalised ad blocker

Internet users tired of being pestered by personalised adverts will be able to avoid them in future after Google launched an extension to stop their browser cookies being tracked by online companies.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 25 January 2011 at 7:01 pm

The price of Jerusalem, Notebook

The price of Jerusalem

I turned on Al Jazeera on Sunday to see a live interview with Maher Hanoun. In 2009, I was living with Maher’s family in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah when they were evicted from their home.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 25 January 2011 at 11:33 am

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By | Digital Digest | Tuesday, 25 January 2011 at 11:11 am

Jean Reno: Je ne regrette rien, Notebook

Jean Reno: Je ne regrette rien

The suave French actor, famous for his performance as the eponymous hit man in Léon, and Captain Bezu Fache in The Da Vinci Code, speaks about his new film, his best man Nicolas Sarcozy and why he likes playing the bad guy.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 25 January 2011 at 6:00 am

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