News archive from 11 February 2011

Parsifal: Wagner's 'Buddhist piece'

Parsifal: Wagner's 'Buddhist piece'

Opera is the most risky art form. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times sets, singing, orchestra, acting, lighting, stage direction and conducting have come together to create an ideal fusion. But when it happens, it's like...

 
Nirpal Dhaliwal: My Bollywood bit part

Nirpal Dhaliwal: My Bollywood bit part

Liverpool may have spawned the Beatles and Birmingham was the boiler-room of the industrial revolution, but Southall, a drab suburb on the western edge of London, has just as many cultural connotations – if you're Indian. Having been settled by...

 
Shola Ameobi flies to the United States to be fitted for facial mask

Shola Ameobi flies to the United States to be fitted for facial mask

Shola Ameobi is heading to Detroit, where he will be fitted with a handmade facial mask which could help the Newcastle United striker return by the end of the month. After undergoing surgery on a fractured cheekbone this week, Ameobi would normally be...

Guardian, 22:08 in Sport
 

Clegg accuses critics in his party of 'megaphone' debate on cuts

Nick Clegg has accused his Liberal Democrat critics of conducting a "megaphone" debate over their opposition to the coalition government's cuts. The deputy prime minister and Lib Dem leader insisted local authorities could do more to reduce...

Guardian, 22:09 in Politics
 
Voting reform referendum will change UK politics – but will anyone notice?

Voting reform referendum will change UK politics – but will anyone notice?

"To be totally honest no one knows how this will work. We can plan, we can organise, but this is the first national referendum since 1975 and no one can know what issues will play or whether voters will engage. It could be we go through six weeks...

Guardian, 22:09 in Politics
 
Alternative vote yes campaign hitches itself to royal wedding

Alternative vote yes campaign hitches itself to royal wedding

The yes campaign in the referendum on introducing the alternative vote for Westminster elections is planning to capitalise on the royal wedding, six days earlier, by arguing that it is "a time to be optimistic and say yes". Campaigners for...

Guardian, 22:09 in Politics
 

A creeping patronage | Sarah Wollaston

I followed an unusual route to parliament having being selected by an open primary – the first in the country to allow voters of all political persuasions to vote for a Conservative candidate by post. I have no doubt that I was selected because I had...

Guardian, 22:09 in Politics
 
It is not just the world’s biggest handset-maker that has lost its edge. So has Europe’s whole mobile-phone industry

It is not just the world’s biggest handset-maker that has lost its edge. So has Europe’s whole mobile-phone...

APOCALYPTIC language fuels the technology industry as much as venture capital does. But Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new boss, may have set a new standard. “We are standing on a burning [oil] platform,” he wrote in a memo to all 132,000 employees of the...

 
Voting the Australian way shows AV would make little difference in Britain

Voting the Australian way shows AV would make little difference in Britain

What might the alternative vote mean in practice? Australia is the best guide. The country has used the system since 1918 – introduced by two divided centre-right parties desperate to stop Labor squeezing between them to win under first past the...

Guardian, 22:10 in Politics
 
Facebook considers $1bn staff share sale

Facebook considers $1bn staff share sale

Facebook is weighing plans to let employees sell up to $1bn (£621m) of their shares to outside investors. The sale would value the social network at about $60bn, according to an influential industry blog. Major investors have been clamouring to invest...

Guardian, 22:13 in Business
 
Street casting: the next big thing

Street casting: the next big thing

For years, fashion scouts have scoured shops and pavements for the next big thing in modelling. Now the practice known as "street casting" is taking hold in cinema, as film-makers hope that actors not schooled in the overtrained mannerisms...

 
Readers' reviews

Readers' reviews

'I very much agree." You have no idea how delightful it is to see a thread beneath a review begin with those words. So thank you, daveportivo, for kicking off the debate on James Blake's debut album, reviewed last week by Alexis Petridis. What...

 

U.N. nuclear body seen backing new fuel supply plan

Dozens of states, some in the conflict-prone Middle East, are considering launching nuclear power programmes to meet growing energy demand and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. But the same technology that is used to make fuel for civilian nuclear...

 
Obama wrongfooted by Mubarak as White House tries to keep up

Obama wrongfooted by Mubarak as White House tries to keep up

The Obama administration was embarrassingly wrongfooted when the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak confounded expectations by refusing to leave office. Mubarak's speech came just hours after Barack Obama and the director of the CIA, Leon Panetta,...

 
June Tabor: watery, not grave

June Tabor: watery, not grave

Persistent woofing reverberates around the Welsh hillside farmland where June Tabor's house is situated. The closer you get to the front gate, the barking intensifies in a manner that suggests it would be idiocy to proceed any further. I telephone...

 


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