News archive from 16 December 2012

Motoring review: Toyota Prius

Motoring review: Toyota Prius

TOYOTA has been ploughing a furrow for hybrid electric and petrol power since the last century. Only Honda among the mass producers has been doing its bit. Purely electric power sounds good, maybe sounds good in the showroom, too, but one trade...

 
Joe Strummer’s bandmate and biographer on The Clash’s famous frontman

Joe Strummer’s bandmate and biographer on The Clash’s famous frontman

IN THE middle of September, 2003, Paul Simonon, the former bass player in The Clash, and his friend the writer Chris Salewicz, made a journey, a pilgrimage of sorts, from London to the Hebridean island of Raasay, between Skye and the Applecross...

 
Interview: Cerys Matthews on her Christmas album

Interview: Cerys Matthews on her Christmas album

I REALLY thought I was past the joys of Away In A Manger, but Cerys Matthews' new Christmas album has proved otherwise. “A guy got in touch on Twitter to tell me that he got pulled over by the police because he was clapping along to Go Tell It On The...

 

Music reviews: Tracey Thorn | Rough Trade Counter Culture | Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Tapestry of...

Our critics review the week's music releases. POP Tracey Thorn Tinsel And Lights Strange Feeling, £11.99 **** The crystal clear tones of Thorn breathe new life into that old war horse the Christmas album. Reuniting her with old Everything But The Girl...

 
TV picks of the week: Michael Grade’s History Of The Pantomime Dame | Olympics 2012: 50 Greatest Moments | Slade Night

TV picks of the week: Michael Grade’s History Of The Pantomime Dame | Olympics 2012: 50 Greatest Moments |...

DONE with presiding over TV output, Michael Grade is free to make the kind of programmes he likes, and pretty good they are too. They’re mostly about showbiz, but his love of its traditions shines through. This film is about “the most gregarious,...

 
TV reviews: The Killing | Wrestling’s Golden Age: Grapples, Grunts And Grannies | Little Crackers

TV reviews: The Killing | Wrestling’s Golden Age: Grapples, Grunts And Grannies | Little Crackers

SO THAT'S it. The Killing has been killed off. No more confrontations in abandoned warehouses or shoot

 
AMANDA BYNES HIT-AND-RUN CHARGES DISMISSED

AMANDA BYNES HIT-AND-RUN CHARGES DISMISSED

Her lawyer, Richard Hutton, has reached an agreement to settle with the victims in her two hit-and-run cases, and those charges were dismissed in court on Wednesday (12Dec12). The Hairspray star is still facing counts of DUI and driving with a...

 
From the Observer archive, 16 December 1979: Dashing downhill

From the Observer archive, 16 December 1979: Dashing downhill

Sebastian Coe wins 1979 BBC sports personality of the year. Photograph: BBC As if in answer to a madman's prayer, Ski Sunday (BBC1) was back, fronted as ever by the indispensable David Vine. "Look at that!" cried David. "Oogh! Aagh!...

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EAMONN HOLMES IN THE DOG HOUSE OVER CESAR

EAMONN HOLMES IN THE DOG HOUSE OVER CESAR

The Sky News anchorman has ended his close association with Dogs Today magazine after it criticised him for failing to grill Millan, who advocates the use of electric shock training collars. Editor Beverley Cuddy tweeted Holmes while he was on air...

 
Sealed with a XXX: Can emails and texts hold a candle to love letters?

Sealed with a XXX: Can emails and texts hold a candle to love letters?

LIKE rose-scented time capsules tied up with ribbons, they would nestle at the backs of drawers or in dusty attics waiting for future generations to uncover their secrets. For thousands of years, love letters were the repositories of all the ardent...

 
Alasdair Gray attacks English for ‘colonising’ arts

Alasdair Gray attacks English for ‘colonising’ arts

ALASDAIR GRAY, one of Scotland's most respected

 
Film review: Life of Pi (PG)

Film review: Life of Pi (PG)

I DON'T love 3D; the novelty of being part of a bespectacled audience that looks like a Two Ronnies tribute is long past, but Ang Lee's Life Of Pi has some beautiful images right from the start as exotic creatures scamper around Pondicherry Zoo. Life...

 
Film review: The Hobbit (12A)

Film review: The Hobbit (12A)

IMAGINE if Peter Jackson had been allowed to chop his version of King Kong into a trilogy, and the first movie was all about Jack Black rounding up his crew and cruising to Skull Island. The Hobbit (12A) Director: Peter Jackson Running time: 169...

 

Film reviews: Love Crime | West Of Memphis | Pitch Perfect | Boxing Day | False Trail |

A roundup of the latest cinema releases. Love Crime (18) **** Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier star in Alain Corneau’s neat, smart psychological thriller in which a calculating corporate high flier steals ideas and credit from her eager...

 
Art review: Ian Hamilton Finlay - Tate Britain

Art review: Ian Hamilton Finlay - Tate Britain

I'M STANDING in the neoclassical chill of Tate Britain, in a vast 300 ft gallery in near darkness. A single work of art is spotlit and hung in chains from the ceiling: four enormous fragments of Bath stone, each apparently chipped and cracked yet...

 


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