News archive from 15 April 2011

The House budget vote | Michael Tomasky

One way you can tell which party is running the House is whether things happen on time. If they do, it's the Republicans in charge. And so it came to pass that the budget vote actually occurred around 4 this afternoon. In a Democratic era you can be...


Martin Gleeson joins Hull and could play on Good Friday versus Hull KR

Martin Gleeson, who has joined Hull FC, won the Grand Final with Wigan last season, but left the Warriors in March with 18 months left on his contract. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Hull have completed the signing of the former Wigan and Great...

Guardian, 22:06 in Sport

First sight: James Floyd

Impressively natural … James Floyd in Everywhere and Nowhere Who is he? A 25-year-old Londoner who ditched a philosophy degree at LSE a few years ago to try his luck at acting. We take it the gamble paid off? Certainly did. After a few small roles,...


Benjamin Grosvenor: 'I'm not that talented'

Impressive expression ... pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Photograph: Laurie Lewis/Press Office Eighteen-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor, a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year aged just 11, set to become the youngest-ever soloist in the history of...


Two suspected French militants arrested in Pakistan

"They had planned to go to Waziristan for militant training and have links with the Pakistani Taliban," one intelligence official said, referring to the lawless Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border. Another intelligence official...


Hail, Hail, Rock'n'Roll

Totally tropicalia ... Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil One cold spring in St Petersburg many years ago, my Russian exchange partner asked me to write out all of the lyrics to the Cranberries' song Zombie. "What does it mean?" she asked, when...


Readers reviews: Auto-Tune and directors' cuts

Tom Ewing last week took to the barricades in one of pop's bitterest current battles, leaping to the defence of Auto-Tune, the pitch-correction technique responsible for that deliberately robotic tone one hears on many current pop hits (and as many of...


Dave Roberts | One hundred hopefuls for 2012

Paralympic swimmer Dave Roberts is hoping to win gold at London 2012. Photograph: David Davies/PA It was great to take the 100m freestyle in Manchester at the recent British Swimming Championships and it was key in regards to the rest of my...

Guardian, 22:41 in Sport

Gareth Bale vows to give Tottenham Hotspur second go at European glory

José Mourinho waits to shake the hand of Gareth Bale after Tottenham's Champions League exit. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian Gareth Bale has expressed his determination to drive Tottenham Hotspur into next season's Champions League, after...

Guardian, 22:41 in Sport

The Fast and the Furious: the franchise speeds on

Everyone knows what to expect … Fast Five. Photograph: Jaimie Trueblood There's barely any point in marketing Fast Five, the latest instalment in the Fast and the Furious series. By now everyone knows what to expect. There will be lots of cars. There...



Hull have completed the signing of former Wigan and Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson. The 30-year-old has signed an 18-month contract with the Black and Whites, taking him to the end of the 2012 season, less than a fortnight after being released...

Daily Star, 22:54 in Sport
Leyton Orient in 2012 Olympic stadium High Court action

Leyton Orient in 2012 Olympic stadium High Court action

Leyton Orient Football Club has launched a legal bid over West Ham's move to the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Bosses have applied for a judicial review, saying the Hammers' move to the nearby stadium would have a "devastating" effect on their...

BBC, 22:57 in Business

Rubicon: episode two

Rubicon: Katherine (Miranda Richardson) discovers a codicil to her husband Tom's will. Photograph: BBC/Warner Horizon Television/Warner Bros Entertainment Spoiler alert: Don't read on if you haven't watched the second episode of Rubicon on BBC4. If...

Guardian, 22:57 in Showbiz
House slashes $38billion from 2011 budget today as GOP is poised to make $6trillion in long-term cuts tomorrow

House slashes $38billion from 2011 budget today as GOP is poised to make $6trillion in long-term cuts tomorrow

Construction and repair projects for federal buildings will see $1billion cut, while another $950million will be chopped from community development programmes. Boehner also said that the vote today is part of broader, long-term GOP goals. "If we...


Luc Besson: Why I couldn't give up making films

Luc Besson with Louise Bourgoin on the set of Adèle Blanc Sec In 2006, France's most commercially successful film-maker announced he had made his last movie. For more than a decade, Luc Besson had been saying he would only direct 10 films in his life,...


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