News archive from 22 January 2016

Kafka would enjoy a trial like this

Eight years on from the collapse of HBOS, accounting regulators have belatedly and grudgingly opened an inquiry into the role of its auditors KPMG. It took an Exocet from parliament but the Financial Reporting Council has finally agreed to take a...

 
Review: Lord Of The Flies at the Richmond Theatre

Review: Lord Of The Flies at the Richmond Theatre

And Nigel Williams’s stage adaptation captures the book’s compulsive horror in spades. From the simple premise of stranding a bunch of schoolboys on a desert island and watching them turn feral, Golding weaves a web of psychological and sociological...

 
Author Helen Dunmore: My six best books

Author Helen Dunmore: My six best books

LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott Vintage, £5.99 I loved the characters and found the household really interesting: headed by the mother, father away at war, not much money but so much vitality and generosity. It’s timeless because it’s about women...

 

Sale 38-5 Newport Gwent Dragons: Ruthless Sharks grab top spot and bonus-point win

Sale mercilessly ripped top spot in Pool 2 and a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup away from Newport Gwent Dragons with a 38-5 bonus-point victory over the Welsh region at AJ Bell Stadium. The Sharks had the victory all but sewn up...

Daily Mail, 00:07 in Sport
 
Singer Anastacia: My six best albums

Singer Anastacia: My six best albums

PRINCE: Prince (Warner) This is a laid-back album with a sadness to it that I played over and over again. I found his falsetto fascinating and I thought he was cute, although I didn’t know he was only 2ft 2ins!  BARBRA STREISAND: Superman (Columbia) I...

 
Book reviews: The Romanovs, A God In Ruins and Our Endless Numbered Days

Book reviews: The Romanovs, A God In Ruins and Our Endless Numbered Days

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore W&N, £25  But as Simon Sebag Montefiore demonstrates in this magnificent, sweeping history, the Russian royal family was a truly remarkable dynasty, turning a vast but backward country into a...

 
Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna- Theatre review

Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna- Theatre review

Perhaps their annual residency at the Royal Albert Hall overstretches their invention but Amaluna rather suggests they are just going through the motions. Of course the juggernaut Montreal-based enterprise that dominates the globe in terms of circus...

 
Film reviews: The Big Short, The Assassin, The Last Diamond and Our Brand Is Crisis

Film reviews: The Big Short, The Assassin, The Last Diamond and Our Brand Is Crisis

The Big Short (Cert 15; 130mins) In simple terms we all blame greedy, corrupt bankers. In terms of the nitty-gritty most of us don’t have a clue, self included. The Big Short is fast-paced, smart and fizzing with righteous indignation as it goes...

 

Osborne: 'We need every country acting as one in search of growth'

George Osborne has issued a call for international action to bolster growth in the face of a “hazardous mix” of risks to the global economy. In an speech to be delivered to UK business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, the...

Guardian, 00:09 in Business
 

Nurses in tears as programme is axed

NURSES who work for Barnsley family nursing programme were left in tears when they found out the service was to be scrapped. Council papers have revealed it is a high cost service costing £425,127 last year, though it is currently only being used by...

 
How blockchain tech could change the way we do business

How blockchain tech could change the way we do business

Blockchain - the technology underpinning digital currency Bitcoin - has been in the news lately. Banks think it could be the future of financial transactions, while diamond miners hope it will help end the trade in conflict diamonds. And this week the...

 
Council gets funding to clamp down on rogue landlords operating squalid 'beds in sheds'

Council gets funding to clamp down on rogue landlords operating squalid 'beds in sheds'

Liverpool council has been granted part of £5M pot to tackle rogue landlords operating squalid properties. The local authority is set to receive £112,500 as part of a government initiative to improve living conditions for tenants living in ‘beds in...

 
North West wages worth £2,500 less than in 2008

North West wages worth £2,500 less than in 2008

Average wages for North West workers are worth £2,500 less than in 2008 - that’s £47 a week - according to new TUC analysis The figures confirm that, despite some strengthening of wages over 2014 to 2015, workers in the region still have a long way to...

 
Grieving Celine Dion mourns husband René Angélil at open casket visitation as fans pay respect at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal

Grieving Celine Dion mourns husband René Angélil at open casket visitation as fans pay respect at...

Celine Dion joined fans of René Angélil's as they paid their final respects during a visitation on Thursday at Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal. The 47-year-old performer hid her face behind a black veil but it was clear she was distraught and had...

 

EXCLUSIVE: CBB's Stephanie Davis seen with Simon Cowell in throwback snap from her X Factor attempt at...

Her singing skills first brought her public recognition in BBC talent show, Over The Rainbow. And it appears that Celebrity Big Brother's Stephanie Davis is once again turning her career in a musical direction, as the former Hollyoaks actress is being...

 


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