News archive from 11 April 2013

Man held over holiday 'kidnap bid'

Police have arrested a man being hunted in connection with an alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands. The 62-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnap in London, after a public appeal was launched by Thames...

 

Man held over holiday 'kidnap bid'

Police have arrested a man being hunted in connection with an alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands. The 62-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnap in London, after a public appeal was launched by Thames...

 

Mali's leading party picks candidate for July presidential poll

Dembele was chosen following a meeting of the party's executive committee late on Wednesday, a senior party official told journalists. The party's current leader and Mali's interim president, Dioncounda Traore, is prevented from contesting the poll...

 
Big Country return with new members and album

Big Country return with new members and album

THEY'VE lately been their own tribute act but Big Country are back big time, with a new album, new members... and the classic sound. Bruce Watson tells Aidan Smith about starting over without frontman Stuart Adamson BRUCE WATSON of Big Country lives...

 
Beer vs Records a tough Record Store Day choice

Beer vs Records a tough Record Store Day choice

FOR Record Store Day Matthew Young decided to pose a question about whether music fans prefer booze or vinyl for their cash People will happily spend £12 on a single round of beer, but it seems they’re reluctant to spend £12 on a record. Why? On 20...

 
Arts blog: Thatcher’s musical legacy | Historical fiction

Arts blog: Thatcher’s musical legacy | Historical fiction

DAVID Pollock dissects Margaret Thatcher's musical legacy, while Andrea Mullaney looks at our fascination with historical fiction ‘Why would one politician inspire such an outpouring when so many others have remained untouched?’ For a lady with no...

 

Pagan rites in capital’s heart mark festival’s rebirth

WICKER-MASKED, antler-headed, ribald but also faintly disquieting, the Armagh Rhymers inhabit whatever space they perform in - be it stage, school or city square - with an air of otherworldly authority and a lineage that reaches back to pre-Christian,...

 

Man held over holiday 'kidnap bid'

Police have arrested a man being hunted in connection with an alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands. The 62-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnap in London, after a public appeal was launched by Thames...

 
Tackling football's big financial issues

Tackling football's big financial issues

If Manchester United's recently announced £160m training ground sponsorship deal with Aon is anything to go by, then the business of football is in a healthy state. But the Old Trafford giants have always been the exception rather than the rule, so...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
Director Mira Nair on The Reluctant Fundmentalist

Director Mira Nair on The Reluctant Fundmentalist

MIRA Nair believes in doing her research. While planning The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Nair - a highly respected, award-winning Indian director - went to a screening of the low-budget British black comedy drama Four Lions. She was keen to watch rising...

 
Pilot scheme tackles long-term sickness absence

Pilot scheme tackles long-term sickness absence

Sick leave leads to long-term absence from work in too many cases, the government says. It hopes a new scheme will get people off benefits and back to work much more quickly. But will it work, and will it be fair? Carl Lightbown had a very common...

BBC, 00:02 in Business
 
Italian Film Festival round-up

Italian Film Festival round-up

A back-on-form Bernardo Bertolucci leads the charge as the 20th Italian Film Festival invades Scotland's cinemas FEW modern Italian filmmakers have achieved the international standing of Bernardo Bertolucci, so it seems like good timing that this...

 
Antonio Campos discusses new film Simon Killer

Antonio Campos discusses new film Simon Killer

WHAT makes a killer? That's the question Antonio Campos seeks to answer in his new film, writes Alistair Harkness ANTONIO Campos wants to get one thing straight. “Just because you make a film where a character likes a finger up his butt doesn’t mean...

 
Film review: Oblivion

Film review: Oblivion

WITH neither ideas of its own nor cleverly appropriated ones, Tom Cruise's latest science fiction blockbuster fails to blast off. Oblivion (12A) Directed by: Joseph Kosinski Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko * * * Now that...

 

Film reviews: The Place Beyond the Pines | First Position

ALISTAIR Harkness reviews the rest of the week's cinema releases, including Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendon

 


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