News archive from 4 February 2011

Cardiacs tribute album to raise money for paralysed singer Tim Smith

Cardiacs tribute album to raise money for paralysed singer Tim Smith

In June 2008, Cardiacs singer Tim Smith attended the last night of My Bloody Valentine's five-night comeback residency at the Roundhouse in London. After the gig, he went for a drink with a long-time friend and collaborator, former Levitation...

 
Six Nations 2011: Warren Gatland desperate to end Wales's bleak run

Six Nations 2011: Warren Gatland desperate to end Wales's bleak run

Warren Gatland is not often lost for words, but the Wales coach needed a moment of reflection this week after being asked whether defeat against England tonight would lead to oblivion given last year's record of two victories in 13 Tests. He struggled...

Guardian, 22:12 in Sport
 
FA warns against government intervention in football

FA warns against government intervention in football

The Football Association says there is "no justification" for direct government intervention in the governance of the game and has warned its organisation could face Fifa sanctions if politicians overstepped the mark. The comments, made in...

Guardian, 22:12 in Sport
 

Tunisia replaces regional governors

The interior ministry replaced a slew of senior security officials this week, a first step to overhauling the network of police, security forces and spies built up by Ben Ali during 23 years of police rule. (Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Maria...

 
Bertrand Blier's new comedy sidekick

Bertrand Blier's new comedy sidekick

At the start of Bertrand Blier's new film, The Clink of Ice, a sinister-eyed man walks up to the security gates of an alcoholic writer's high-end country house. "I'm your cancer!" he says by way of introduction. "I thought it would be a...

 

Russian oligarch considering HMV shake-up - Sky News

HMV issued a profit warning in early January and said meeting April's test of its borrowing would be tight. HMV declined to comment. Credit Suisse was not immediately reachable. (Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; Editing by Bernard Orr)

Reuters, 22:25 in Business
 

Microsoft sells $2.25 billion of debt at low rates

The world's largest software company, making its third trip to the US corporate bond market in two years, has $41 billion in cash and short-term investments on its balance sheet, but likes to borrow as the most of that cash is locked up overseas. The...

 

Morocco government plays down call for protests

Authoritarian Arab leaders are watching carefully for signs of unrest spreading through the region after revolts in Tunisia and Egypt. But a spokesman for the Moroccan government, Khalid Naciri, said it felt "serene" about Internet calls for...

 
Readers' reviews

Readers' reviews

Spoiler alert! Your enjoyment of the online discussion about Peter Bradshaw's review of Biutiful may be compromised if you read on. And, some readers said, your enjoyment of the film might have been compromised if you read his review: particularly his...

 

Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll

A few weeks back, I interviewed Colin Meloy of the Decemberists for these pages. Sitting in his study in Oregon, we discussed many things, from tea-drinking to highwaymen, but one subject we returned to often was the new sense of Americanness that had...

 
The Rite of Spring: still crazy after all these years

The Rite of Spring: still crazy after all these years

In 2007, when we programmed Klaus Obermaier's 3D digital version of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring at the reopening celebrations for the Royal Festival Hall, I was buttonholed by a classical music insider: "This visual stuff is all very well,...

 
Anne Billson | The western never died

Anne Billson | The western never died

True Grit is going great guns at the American box office, making it the Coen brothers' highest-grossing movie ever. Some might see this as a sign that the western is making a comeback. But, honestly, I don't think it ever really went away. True Grit...

 
NEVILLE STAYING FOR THE SEASON

NEVILLE STAYING FOR THE SEASON

Gary Neville has confirmed his intention to remain within the Manchester United fold for the remainder of the season. The 35-year-old announced his retirement with immediate effect on Wednesday night, bringing an end to a stellar career that brought...

Daily Star, 22:39 in Sport
 
Tottenham will not be sold if they win Olympic Stadium bid, says Levy

Tottenham will not be sold if they win Olympic Stadium bid, says Levy

The Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, has denied there is any secret plan to sell the club if they move to the site of the Olympic Stadium and has voiced fears about undue political influence on the bidding process. It is understood Spurs will...

Guardian, 22:40 in Sport
 


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