News archive from 7 January 2011

Looking over Deepwater Horizon | Kate Sheppard

Looking over Deepwater Horizon | Kate Sheppard

In the months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began, a number of other oil industry giants attested to the public that the accident was an aberrance, the fault of BP's irresponsibility alone. But a peek at the much-anticipated report of the...

Guardian, 22:03 in Business
 
Anne Billson | Story - the most and least important movie element

Anne Billson | Story - the most and least important movie element

Who was it who said that story is just a trick to keep you watching? I was reminded of this as I stared at Amer, trying in vain to get a handle on the stream of beautiful and startling imagery. But even beautiful and startling can wear thin after a...

 
If you're not on the list: the BBC Sound Of … poll

If you're not on the list: the BBC Sound Of … poll

In 2002, a Canadian musician named Custom released a debut album of laddish rap-rock. You probably never heard it: it sold poorly, and he disappeared from view. Whatever became of Custom, though, he can boast that he played a small part in helping to...

 
Two packages explode in US government buildings in Maryland

Two packages explode in US government buildings in Maryland

Two packages have detonated in the post rooms of two government buildings in Maryland, officials said tonight. The packages were sent to state government buildings 20 miles apart, and released smoke and the smell of sulphur when they were opened. Two...

 

Intel offers concessions to EU on McAfee

Shares in McAfee, the world's No. 2 maker of security software after Symantec Corp (SYMC.O), rose 1.8 percent on the news on Thursday, while Intel shares fell 0.8 percent. The Commission, the regulatory watchdog of the 27-nation European Union, said...

Reuters, 22:13 in Business
 
The Ashes 2010-11: Australia v England - live! | Andy Bull and Rob Smyth

The Ashes 2010-11: Australia v England - live! | Andy Bull and Rob Smyth

First, a confession. The last time England did what they are about to do, I was four years old. The reissue of Jackie Wilson's Reet Petite was Christmas no1, Margaret Thatcher was plotting how to win her third term as Prime Minister, everybody was...

Guardian, 22:19 in Sport
 
Wales's Richie Rees to miss Six Nations after receiving 12-week ban

Wales's Richie Rees to miss Six Nations after receiving 12-week ban

The Wales and Cardiff scrum-half Richie Rees looks set to miss the entire Six Nations campaign after being banned for 12 weeks by an independent European Rugby Cup disciplinary panel for making contact with the eye/eye area of the Northampton hooker...

Guardian, 22:19 in Sport
 
The Ashes 2010: England sign David Saker for further three years

The Ashes 2010: England sign David Saker for further three years

David Saker, one of the brains behind England's triumph in Australia, has agreed a new three-year contract that should guarantee his involvement in the next two Ashes series. Saker, who wanted the role of England bowling coach so much that he paid for...

Guardian, 22:19 in Sport
 
Newcastle United send Andy Carroll to Dubai to avoid burnout

Newcastle United send Andy Carroll to Dubai to avoid burnout

Andy Carroll has been given a week-long personal winter break in Dubai by Newcastle United. The England striker has a thigh injury and Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, seized a conveniently timed opportunity to prevent one of his key players from...

Guardian, 22:20 in Sport
 
India offer England reasons to be fearful and cheerful | Dileep Premachandran

India offer England reasons to be fearful and cheerful | Dileep Premachandran

In the end, it came down to a man they now call Haircules, after the follicular enhancement that he had done before the series. Make no mistake, without Jacques Kallis playing two epic innings in front of his home crowd, South Africa could have lost...

Guardian, 22:20 in Sport
 

The health-food shop under threat

I'd like to start the new year in a jolly, optimistic way, but I can't. Our heavenly local health-food shop, Bumblebee, set up 30 years ago, is being threatened by a developer. "So what?" you may think. "Who cares about a poncey health...

 
Bank bonuses 'to run to billions in 2011'

Bank bonuses 'to run to billions in 2011'

The government is resigned to UK banks paying out billions of pounds in bonuses this year, despite its calls to curb the payments, the BBC has learned. The best the coalition can hope for is a declaration from the banks that they will pay out less...

BBC, 22:22 in Business
 
Paul Haggis: 'You have to question your beliefs'

Paul Haggis: 'You have to question your beliefs'

Paul Haggis is sitting ramrod straight, like a retired boxer or an ex-soldier: at ease but unslouchy, hands resting on his knees. He looks the part, too – starched not scruffy. Maybe he's braced for the inevitable Scientology questions, which, over...

 
Why Gulliver's jokes just don't travel

Why Gulliver's jokes just don't travel

It is probably not fair to compare and contrast the Gulliver's Travels written by Jonathan Swift and the Gulliver's Travels starring Jack Black, but we shall do it anyway. Gulliver's Travels, both a parody of inane travel books of Swift's time and a...

 
Mama Rosin: Some like it hot

Mama Rosin: Some like it hot

Living communally in a 200-year-old farmhouse, growing their own produce, making music and listening to old vinyl is just what you'd expect to find a Cajun band doing. Except that Mama Rosin's farm is not in the Louisiana bayou, but in the foothills...

 


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