News archive from 14 February 2011

National Express investor urges Stagecoach deal

National Express investor urges Stagecoach deal

National Express is understood to be facing pressure to put itself up for sale in a move that could lead to a tie-up with rival Stagecoach. Elliott Management, a US hedge fund that owns 16% of the bus, rail and coach operator, is said to have informed...

Guardian, 22:01 in Business
 
Avram Grant's half-time warning does the trick for West Ham

Avram Grant's half-time warning does the trick for West Ham

Avram Grant warned his West Ham United players at half-time against West Bromwich Albion that if they did not improve their attitude they "would be out", according to a senior source in the dressing room at The Hawthorns. West Ham were 3-0...

Guardian, 22:06 in Sport
 

We help the dictators to steal | Ian Birrell

I lived for the sake of this country, Hosni Mubarak told Egyptians as he desperately clung to power last week. But in truth his country lived for the sake of its leader: he, his family and his friends fleeced the nation, diverting billions into secret...

Guardian, 22:07 in Business
 
Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years

Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years

An American jihadist who set up the terrorist training camp where the leader of the 2005 London suicide bombers learned how to manufacture explosives, has been quietly released after serving only four and a half years of a possible 70-year sentence, a...

 
Baftas 2011: The King's Speech sweeps the board

Baftas 2011: The King's Speech sweeps the board

It was never the most obvious subject for a thrilling, gets-you-there drama – a bumbling king and his wretched speech impediment – but the story worked to spectacular effect with The King's Speech last night, triumphing above all others at the...

 
Being Human: series three, episode four

Being Human: series three, episode four

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 four Dan Martin's episode three blog The Pack: The One Where …George and Nina seek McNair's help about their baby; Annie and...

Guardian, 22:18 in Showbiz
 
Social networking expert Harold Thimbleby on LOL (Lots of Love)

Social networking expert Harold Thimbleby on LOL (Lots of Love)

This dance piece is all about sexual relationships, and whether or not they can work when mediated by the web. One boy and girl seem to be getting on well online and in real life, but then he posts a photograph of them kissing on Facebook – and she...

 
Hull FC 22-34 Hull KR | Super League match report

Hull FC 22-34 Hull KR | Super League match report

The scenery was different but for Hull FC the result was depressingly familiar, as they started the 2011 season in the same way in which they had ended 2010 – with comprehensive defeat by their local rivals. The stakes were not as high on this...

Guardian, 22:21 in Sport
 
Bonham Carter takes early BAFTA for The King's Speech

Bonham Carter takes early BAFTA for The King's Speech

Helena Bonham Carter was an early winner at Sunday's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs), walking away with the Best Supporting Actress title for her performance in The King's Speech. The star, who plays the late and beloved...

 
Arsenal will give Barcelona a tough test this time, says Jack Wilshere

Arsenal will give Barcelona a tough test this time, says Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal have learned the lessons from their chastening Champions League elimination by Barcelona last season and has called on his team-mates to "be a bit nasty" by "getting in the faces" of the Spanish team...

Guardian, 22:36 in Sport
 
Music world awaits Grammy Awards

Music world awaits Grammy Awards

Musical artists from around the world have gathered in Los Angeles later for this year's Grammy Awards ceremony. US rapper Eminem has 10 nominations - more than any other act - while singer Bruno Mars has seven. Florence and the Machine, Mumford and...

BBC, 22:48 in Art & Culture
 
Manu and Alesana Tuilagi earn Leicester a hard-fought win over Leeds

Manu and Alesana Tuilagi earn Leicester a hard-fought win over Leeds

Leicester's director of rugby, Richard Cockerill, paid tribute to the depth of his squad as they strengthened their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership with a hard-fought win at the bottom club, Leeds. Brothers Manu and Alesana Tuilagi scored...

Guardian, 22:51 in Sport
 
Five things we learned about England this weekend

Five things we learned about England this weekend

1) England are better off bypassing the centres England have been criticised for employing a centre pairing that is not known for its pace or natural footballing ability, but it has not mattered because their approach to back play is far from...

Guardian, 22:52 in Sport
 

Liberal bias: science writing's elephant in the room?

At the conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Texas last week, Professor Jon Haidt caused a stir when he asked the thousand-strong audience of academics a simple question: how many identified as politically conservative? In...

 
Mobile World Congress: tablets and phones and more Elop

Mobile World Congress: tablets and phones and more Elop

The Mobile World Congress gets underway properly (officially) in Barcelona on Monday, but that only means that Sunday is the perfect day to get something out there. So let's round them up. • Fresh from having essentially told every Symbian developer...

Guardian, 23:10 in Business
 


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