News archive from 21 March 2011

SXSW: The Strokes, the Vaccines, Odd Future and the best of the rest

SXSW: The Strokes, the Vaccines, Odd Future and the best of the rest

A fan's nose had sprayed a trail of blood across the stage. To the left, balancing on the speaker stack, was the clearly unhinged Tyler the Creator, eyes rolling manically as he rapped. To the right another rapper, Hodgy Beats, was walking on the roof...

 
Chelsea's attacking ambition pays off against cautious Manchester City | David Pleat

Chelsea's attacking ambition pays off against cautious Manchester City | David Pleat

It was a game won by the side showing more ambition. Carlo Ancelotti's frontline selection raised eyebrows, with the elusive skills of Salomon Kalou paired with Fernando Torres while Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, more pacy and powerful, were...

Guardian, 22:13 in Sport
 
At-a-glance guide to France

At-a-glance guide to France

History Charlemagne, hundred years war, ancien régime, renaissance, Reformation, the Sun King. A revolution that changed the history not just of France, but the world. A republic (briefly) until Napoleon Bonaparte made it an empire; wars all over the...

 

Today's mystery bird for you to identify

Mystery Bird photographed at Lake Zway, roughly 60 miles south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 5 February 2011 [velociraptorize]. Nikon D300s, 600 mm lens, ISO 500, f/14, 1/1000 sec...

 
Manchester City find no rest for the weary against Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

Manchester City find no rest for the weary against Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

Roberto Mancini cited weariness as a mitigating circumstance in explaining this defeat but it is Manchester City's domestic campaign that is starting to feel tired. This season is catching up with the Italian's squad at precisely the wrong time....

Guardian, 22:17 in Sport
 
Thousands of lecturers to strike over changes to pensions and pay

Thousands of lecturers to strike over changes to pensions and pay

Lecturers at a third of English universities will go on strike over changes to their pensions. Thousands of academics at 47 universities and higher education colleges will form picket lines to protest against changes to the Universities Superannuation...

Guardian, 22:31 in Learning
 
Osborne to freeze air passenger duty as oil prices continue to soar

Osborne to freeze air passenger duty as oil prices continue to soar

George Osborne will announce the freezing of air passenger duty in Wednesday's budget as part of the government's attempt to soften the impact of soaring oil prices on the so-called "squeezed middle". But Osborne ruled out wider tax cuts...

 
Adam Balen on Yerma

Adam Balen on Yerma

This play by Federico García Lorca is a brilliant exploration of the emotional issues surrounding infertility. It's set in a repressive Catholic community at the end of the last century; the main character is Yerma, a young woman who can't get...

 
The BT wedding is hideous, but I've got a Polanski-inspired plan to liven it up

The BT wedding is hideous, but I've got a Polanski-inspired plan to liven it up

Anyone employed as a film reviewer has to get used to some scary and horrible experiences. But I don't think I have seen anything on the big screen recently that is quite as loathsome, creepy, icky and purely and outrageously irritating as the Plan...

 

Mystery bird: silvereye, Zosterops lateralis

Silvereye, Zosterops lateralis flaviceps, also known as the Gray-backed White-eye, Western Silvereye, Gray-backed Silvereye, Gray-breasted Silvereye, the wax-eye or occasionally as simply as the white-eye, photographed at Kadavu Island, Fiji. Image:...

 
Shaun Murphy wins the final of the inaugural Players Tour Championship

Shaun Murphy wins the final of the inaugural Players Tour Championship

Shaun Murphy, the world No7, defeated Martin Gould, ranked 26th, 4-0 to win the inaugural Players Tour Championship Grand Finals at the Helix Theatre in Dublin tonight. Murphy had finished top of the order of merit following the 12 PTC events added to...

Guardian, 22:43 in Sport
 
Nottingham Forest and Barnet upset as ESPN pulls plug on women's final

Nottingham Forest and Barnet upset as ESPN pulls plug on women's final

ESPN's decision to scrap its planned television coverage of the women's Premier League Cup final on Thursday has angered the contestants, Nottingham Forest and Barnet, both of whom have lost potential sponsorship deals that were linked to TV...

Guardian, 22:53 in Sport
 
Matt Jarvis receives first England call-up as Ancelotti backs John Terry

Matt Jarvis receives first England call-up as Ancelotti backs John Terry

Liverpool’s £35million striker Andy Carroll, who impressed Capello when he made his debut in the defeat to France in November, is also recalled after injury as well as Aaron Lennon, Phil Jagielka and Peter Crouch. Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti,...

Metro, 23:08 in Sport
 
Liverpool owner looks in but Kenny Dalglish is happy to wait for talks

Liverpool owner looks in but Kenny Dalglish is happy to wait for talks

Kenny Dalglish is relaxed about the prospects of his Liverpool future remaining unresolved until the summer. Although the Scot is expected to remain as manager at Anfield next term, serious negotiations about another contract have yet to open in...

Guardian, 23:08 in Sport
 
Ramires helps Chelsea end Manchester City's title hopes

Ramires helps Chelsea end Manchester City's title hopes

Chelsea are now nine points behind leaders Manchester United and with a game in hand, while City have fallen ten points behind their local rivals having played the same number of matches. City manager Roberto Mancini was without his star striker...

Metro, 23:08 in Sport
 


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