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Rusko: “I want tunes to sound big without having to go ‘RRRRRRRRR’, Music

Rusko: “I want tunes to sound big without having to go ‘RRRRRRRRR’

The journey for 26-year-old Chris Mercer, better known to you as Rusko, has been meteoric.
In the short space of five years, the Leeds born producer has gone from creating seminal dubstep anthems to demos for Britney Spears and having the opportunity to have studio sessions with R&B superstar Rihanna.
Last summer, he released his highly anticipated [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 at 1:16 pm

Patriotism, The Flag and The Royal Wedding, Notebook

Patriotism, The Flag and The Royal Wedding

As we stagger towards the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, bloated with Victoria Sponge and groaning under the weight of accumulated tourist-trapping tat, it seems ‘British pride’ and patriotism is all but unavoidable. Thousands of people are being swept up into the fairytales of a bygone era, supported in their delusion by miles [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 at 12:26 pm

Premier League review: Phenomenal Ferguson closes in on monumental league title, Sport

Premier League review: Phenomenal Ferguson closes in on monumental league title

Following their fruitful bank holiday Manchester United can now see the bank of glory, for another title is nearly in the grasp of Sir Alex Ferguson, the master motivator drooling with drive. It’s not known if the great Scot enjoys the odd Easter egg hunt, but he certainly loves a trophy hunt.
Victory over Chelsea on [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 at 12:15 pm

iBet: Man United have an away game strategy, Sport

iBet: Man United have an away game strategy

Schalke v Manchester United, Champions League, tonight 7.45pm

Lay over 3.5 goals at 3.8 to one with Betfair
Man Utd have had a clear strategy for their Champions League away ties this season and that’s been to keep things tight and get the job done at Old Trafford. Their scores in the competition away from home read [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 at 12:12 pm

Are we all going to die next Wednesday?, Eagle Eye

Are we all going to die next Wednesday?

Returning to the internet after the Easter weekend in the real world (Banned List number 76), I discover a cornucopia of Questions to Which the Answer is No.
Number 597, above, was asked by the Daily Mail’s Rentoul-baiting factory on Saturday, so the Wednesday to which it refers is tomorrow.
Today, the factory has a much friendlier [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 at 11:31 am

Online House Hunter: Homes for cyclists, Property

Online House Hunter: Homes for cyclists

Good cycle routes in a neighbourhood can help woo home-buyers and clinch the deal – so how do you find the most cycle-friendly homes? Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver points you in the right direction.

By | Property | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 at 9:00 am

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

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