News archive from 18 April 2015

Zoë Wanamaker: ‘I had a lot to live up to’

“I really envy her,” says Zoë Wanamaker of poet and novelist Stevie Smith. “She was a true original. I would have loved to have had her education and brain.” On stage, Wanamaker captures Smith’s larky, bruised spirit in Hugh Whitemore’s play Stevie,...

 

Google launches Android Pay to take over where Google Wallet failed

Google has announced a rival mobile payment service to Samsung Pay and Apple Pay called Android Pay. The new service will allow users to pay contactlessly for goods and services using their Android smartphone. Each transaction will generate a...

Guardian, 17:55 in Business
 

British Airways named UK’s most popular brand

British Airways has held on to its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’ as some of the oldest and most trusted household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. The flag carrier...

Guardian, 17:55 in Business
 

Mac McClelland's Irritable Hearts: 'It's insane that we can only conceive of PTSD in terms of combat'

In Haiti in 2010, Mac McClelland, an award-winning reporter for Mother Jones magazine, witnessed something unbearable. She doesn’t give details in her book, but elsewhere she has explained that she was in a car with a Haitian woman who had been...

 

Emwazi's university 'more scared of being Islamophobic than homophobic'

The London university attended by Mohammed Emwazi, who was last week identified as the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John”, has been accused of sometimes turning a blind eye to extremist views on campus because it does not wish to offend its...

Guardian, 18:01 in Learning
 

RuPaul’s Drag Race: New season of America's best reality show kicks off

RuPaul’s Drag Race is a competitive reality show on Logo. Either you know every single word in that sentence or you have absolutely no clue what is going on. And that’s fair. Even cable providers that have Logo on their dial don’t always know that...

 

My Second Life by Faye Bird - review

Ana is living her adolescence with guilt. She has memories of a previous life she had where she was named Emma. The memories are horrific, and misty; so why does Ana keep having flashbacks to her previous life, when she supposedly killed her childhood...

 

Spain asks US to press Cuba for return of Eta fugitives in talks on terror blacklist

Spain has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of countries sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group Eta from the communist country. The foreign minister, José...

 

Black lipstick – beauty's gothic new trend

Make-up wise, I peak at Halloween, a time when I’m allowed to look like my lips are bleeding and I can get drunk on a Wednesday. Dark eyes and even darker lips I like. I suit goth makeup, all year round, especially in spring – now – because it makes a...

 

Road To Riches team fear Tony McCoy and Carlingford Lough in Gold Cup

Tony McCoy has a fine chance of a valedictory success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, according to connections of one of his main rivals. Eddie O’Leary is racing manager to Gigginstown Stud, whose Road To Riches is joint-second in betting on Friday week’s...

Guardian, 18:26 in Sport
 

Maggi Hambling knocks on death's door again in new exhibition

Mangled images of anonymous victims of war emerge from a swirling dazzle of colour in the latest exhibition by the painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling, whose work has often been preoccupied with death. She once said, “War is inside us all. We can’t...

 

Mystic Dave looks into his crystal ball and sees ... Barry from Didcot

The prime minister’s amnesia tour of the country’s marginal constituencies ended in an icy-cold warehouse outside Colchester. David Cameron had started out in Leeds two months previously, promising to lay out his party’s six election commitments but...

Guardian, 18:28 in Politics
 

Parisians carry on shopping as mass graves are exhumed below their feet

To the shoppers scrutinising the racks of newly arrived spring lingerie on the ground floor of the Monoprix store on the busy Boulevard Sebastopol, there was little to suggest anything unusual. As they queued for baguettes, croissants and loaves at...

 

CA Lejeune: the pioneering female film critic who changed our view of cinema

“The kinema must please the women or die,” thundered the Manchester Guardian’s weekly film column in 1926. Back then, cinema audiences were largely female, but film-makers largely male. “She is no fool, this woman, no sluggard in criticism”, wrote the...

 

Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak charged with violent conduct by FA

Crystal Palace are braced to be without their captain, Mile Jedinak, until mid-April after the Football Association charged the Australia international retrospectively with violent conduct. Jedinak appeared to fling an elbow at the West Ham United...

Guardian, 18:33 in Sport
 


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