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An Indian Easter – Gods, Qawwals and Gurus, Arts

An Indian Easter – Gods, Qawwals and Gurus

Religion does not often feature on this blog, not with peaceful stories anyway, so it is probably appropriate to be writing about my Easter Sunday that started with an Archbishop of Canterbury tale and continued with news of the death of Sri Satya Sai Baba, 84, India’s most revered guru. It ended with two hours [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 25 April 2011 at 9:51 am

Feathers, glitter and nipple tassles: it’s burlesque, Arts

Feathers, glitter and nipple tassles: it’s burlesque

The retro dance form has seen a resurgence in popularity over recent years, often attributed to stars such as Dita Von Teese becoming a household name and making her shows more attainable – and more acceptable for public viewing. Christina Aguilera’s new film Burlesque also gave a cheeky peek into the entertainment form. But what makes burlesque so different from stripping? I went to a class to find out…

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 25 April 2011 at 6:00 am

Review of Doctor Who ‘The Impossible Astronaut’, Notebook

Review of Doctor Who ‘The Impossible Astronaut’

Bigger, bolder, better: just three words that sum up the opener for this series. ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ sees Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston) summoned by the Doctor (Matt Smith) on a new adventure involving a trip to the White House, scary aliens The Silence, and creepy phone calls from children.

By | Notebook | Monday, 25 April 2011 at 3:39 am

Fighting out of the Fringes: Drama teachers, unite against the Russell Group!, Arts

Fighting out of the Fringes: Drama teachers, unite against the Russell Group!

Numbers are coming through for next year’s GCSE and A-Level courses.  For many teachers of Art, Drama and Music these numbers are down.  In some cases considerably so.  With the government’s move to Academy schools, subjects struggling to keep up the numbers will be cut.  Academies first and foremost are businesses and just like in [...]

By | Arts | Sunday, 24 April 2011 at 9:24 pm

Late Night Magic, Notebook

Late Night Magic

Pumping heartbeats and mouths open in astonishment, followed by hysterical laughter – it has to be another late night magic show at the Jermyn Street Theatre in Piccadilly Circus.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 24 April 2011 at 6:00 am

Tinie Tempah’s gig for one, Music

Tinie Tempah’s gig for one

Tinie Tempah plays his smallest gig ever to an audience of one.

By | Music | Saturday, 23 April 2011 at 6:00 am

iBet: Reading are on fire, Sport

iBet: Reading are on fire

Leeds v Reading, Championship, tonight 7.45pm

Lay under 1.5 goals at 4-1 with Betfair
There are plenty of lower division games in England on Friday and the one that jumps off the coupon to me is Leeds v Reading. Reading are on fire. They have only lost one of their last 14 games (against [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 22 April 2011 at 12:01 am

Could Nicolas Sarkozy be the next Humphrey Bogart?, Eagle Eye

Could Nicolas Sarkozy be the next Humphrey Bogart?

Off on a break, but just time to record number 595 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by the Lost in Showbiz blog at The Guardian. (Lost in something, anyway.)
And one more. Number 596:
Complicity in Oppression: Does the Media Aid Israel?
Asked by Middle East Monitor. As Oliver Kamm, who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 10:13 pm

That’ll learn ‘em? – 6 papers sued for libel and invasion of privacy, Notebook

That’ll learn ‘em? – 6 papers sued for libel and invasion of privacy

Did nobody ever tell the reporters and editors of The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Star,  Daily Express and the Daily Record to not judge a book by its cover?
Seems not.
Each of the above newspapers is now being sued for libel and invasion of privacy by Christopher Jefferies who was arrested last December on [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 5:41 pm

MovieWatch: 21st April 2011, Film

MovieWatch: 21st April 2011

We bring you all the hottest Hollywood gossip and the latest and greatest movies heading your way whilst keeping a weathered eye out for those incoming blockbusters! Sit back, relax and enjoy the MovieWatch.

By | Film | Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 5:22 pm

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