News archive from 7 March 2011

Mystery bird: orange-bellied parrot, Neophema chrysogaster

Orange-bellied parrot, Neophema chrysogaster, photographed at Tasmania, Australia. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: David Boyle/National Geographic [velociraptorize]. Question: This picture was sent to me by a friend at National...

 
Being Human: series three, episode seven

Being Human: series three, episode seven

SPOILER ALERT: This weekly blog is for those who are watching Being Human on BBC3. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode six Dan Martin's episode six blog The One Where … The cops catch up with Mitchell, Annie learns the terrible truth, and...

 

Explode this SAS mystique | Richard Norton-Taylor

Now at last, surely, we can start demolishing the mystique and myths – though not the courage and utility – of Britain's special forces. Throughout Sunday we were confronted with headlines reporting the capture of an SAS unit by Libyan rebels near...

 
Libya rebels and government forces locked in battle for Bin Jawad

Libya rebels and government forces locked in battle for Bin Jawad

Rebels in eastern Libya have been locked in a struggle with government forces for the town of Bin Jawad, just 100 miles from the key city of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi's home town. The fighting occurred in the midst of what appeared to be a concerted...

 
Justin Bieber takes flirting lessons from Robert Pattinson

Justin Bieber takes flirting lessons from Robert Pattinson

The teen star is currently in the UK as part of his world tour and wowed his screaming fans in Birmingham on Friday by attempting an English accent as he told them they were 'fit'. But it seems the Canadian singer has also developed some more subtle...

Metro, 22:28 in Showbiz
 
Jim Davidson: 'I'd say sorry if I could' | Sarfraz Manzoor

Jim Davidson: 'I'd say sorry if I could' | Sarfraz Manzoor

The young black comedian fixes Jim Davidson with a contemptuous glare. "I grew up feeling inadequate because of your comedy," he says. "You old-school guys got laughs from feeding people's prejudices." Davidson, chunkier than we...

Guardian, 22:29 in Showbiz
 

Hamid Karzai rejects American apology for killing Afghan boys

President Hamid Karzai has rejected an American apology for the killing of nine Afghan boys in a Nato air attack and said civilian casualties were no longer acceptable. According to a statement from his office, Karzai told General David Petraeus, the...

 
Fair Game: Free agents

Fair Game: Free agents

I expected to be less than diverted by Fair Game, an insidery tale of US politics, but it not only really grabbed me, it also, worryingly, made me want to join the CIA: all those square-jawed men in blue shirts strutting determinedly round their...

 
Now please pay attention everybody. I'm about to tell you what art is | Germaine Greer

Now please pay attention everybody. I'm about to tell you what art is | Germaine Greer

A week ago I confused 1,500 sixth-formers by attempting to answer the non-question: "What is art?" The students found a lot of what I said surprising. I hope too many of them didn't ditch their portfolios and start new ones on Lady Gaga,...

 

Another view on Smalltown

The idea behind these hilarious short plays is that Ayrshire council has been selling bottled water from the well where Rabbie Burns "lost his flower". I can't say that's a marketing exercise I've ever encountered, and I'm not sure it's...

 
Cameron defends efforts to sell Britain abroad

Cameron defends efforts to sell Britain abroad

Cameron has faced criticism for a trip to the Gulf last month on which he was joined by executives from defence companies and other businesses. Critics said efforts to boost arms sales were crass at a time of uprisings across the Middle East and North...

Reuters, 22:46 in Business
 

Israel plans work at contested Jerusalem holy site

Municipal planners last week approved the project to repair an earthen ramp near the Mughrabi Gate connecting the Wailing Wall remnant of an ancient Jewish temple to a complex revered by Muslims and Jews, both of whom claim the area as their own. Meir...

 
Television re-runs: only 235 episodes to go | Mark Lawson

Television re-runs: only 235 episodes to go | Mark Lawson

It was American television networks that introduced the weekly narrative recap: "Previously on The West Wing." This has now been adopted as standard by British dramas. Now Sky Atlantic, the UK's new dedicated network for US TV, is offering...

Guardian, 22:50 in Showbiz
 
Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson snubs press after Anfield defeat

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson snubs press after Anfield defeat

Manchester United reacted to their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool by imposing a media blackout, with Sir Alex Ferguson refusing to share his thoughts about a dismal afternoon for the Premier League leaders during which the club's chief executive, David Gill,...

Guardian, 22:53 in Sport
 
Cesc Fábregas ready to face Barcelona but Arsenal wait on Alex Song

Cesc Fábregas ready to face Barcelona but Arsenal wait on Alex Song

Cesc Fábregas has told Arsène Wenger that he is fit and ready to play for Arsenal against his former club, Barcelona, in the second leg of their Champions League knock-out tie on Tuesday, though his availability is likely to be offset by the absence...

Guardian, 22:53 in Sport
 


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