News archive from 22 May 2013

Harry Potter edition fetches £150k

A first edition of the first Harry Potter book, personally annotated by JK Rowling, has sold for £150,000 at auction. The one-of-a-kind copy of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone contains revealing commentary and 22 of the author's own...

 
Another view from the summit to combat trade inequality

Another view from the summit to combat trade inequality

When the G8 summit comes to the UK, Yorkshire will host an alternative event pressing world leaders to tackle global injustice. Rod McPhee reports. NEXT month, as the most powerful people on the planet fly into London for the 2013 G8 summit, another...

 

Harry Potter edition fetches £150k

A first edition of the first Harry Potter book, personally annotated by JK Rowling, has sold for £150,000 at auction. The one-of-a-kind copy of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone contains revealing commentary and 22 of the author's own...

 

Praise as school gets top marks

From: Barrie Craig, Tabbs Court, Scholes, Cleckheaton. I WAS so pleased to read the report (Yorkshire Post, May 15) about the recent success of City of Leeds School. League tables often show high achieving establishments, often in leafy suburbs. The...

 

Fall drama descends to misery beyond belief

From: James Robson, West End, Kirbymoorside. OH joy. After innumerable trailers and the news that Gillian “Gorgon” Anderson had been secured (at no doubt huge expense) for the main role, the BBC broadcast the first episode of The Fall. As I expected...

 

clinging to hope: Hunt goes on for missing children as tornado flattens school

Parents were still clinging to hope last night as they anxiously awaited news of children missing after a tornado flattened their school in the US state of Oklahoma. Frantic families who rushed to Plaza Towers Elementary School, which had been in the...

 
Harry Potter first edition a notable read

Harry Potter first edition a notable read

Only 500 copies of the first edition of the first Harry Potter book were published, and a very special one is up for auction, crammed with notes and drawings by JK Rowling, writes Martyn McLaughlin FOR avid fans of Harry Potter who have long wondered...

 
Motorists back more restrictions on new drivers

Motorists back more restrictions on new drivers

More than eight out of ten motorists believe newly qualified drivers should be more closely supervised. Suggested requirements include a minimum number of supervised hours behind the wheel before taking their test, and mandatory lessons on motorways...

 
Michael Fry: Wagner remains meister of controversy

Michael Fry: Wagner remains meister of controversy

On the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth, opinion remains deeply divided over whether the quality of his music outweighs his unpalatable views on Jews, writes Michael Fry Not many men in any walk of life still excite controversy – and...

 
Ray Manzarek death: Band members pay tribute

Ray Manzarek death: Band members pay tribute

RAY Manzarek, a founding member of 1960s rock group The Doors, has died aged 74. The keyboard player, who had battled bile duct cancer for many years, died in a clinic on Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, with his wife and brothers at his bedside. He...

 

Gig review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich, O2 ABC, Glasgow

HE'S STILL lacking the critical support granted such emerging peers as Daughter or Keaton Henson, but Benjamin Francis Leftwich might yet be swept to success on a wave of acclaim like that which recently brought Ben Howard two Brit awards. Benjamin...

 
Liberace biopic wins praise at Cannes Film Festival

Liberace biopic wins praise at Cannes Film Festival

THE story of the relationship between the flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young lover yesterday dazzled reviewers at the annual Cannes Film Festival. Director Steven Soderbergh revealed how he struggled five years ago to secure funding for the...

 
Scottish independence: BBC pledge £5m despite cuts

Scottish independence: BBC pledge £5m despite cuts

BBC Scotland is to spend £5 million on a new range of TV and radio programmes geared to the run-up to the independence referendum and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. The new director-general of the BBC, Tony Hall, and the director of BBC...

 
Anders Breivik play set for Edinburgh premiere

Anders Breivik play set for Edinburgh premiere

A CONTROVERSIAL play, partly inspired by the Anders Breivik massacre, will be shown in Norway after its premiere in Edinburgh. David Greig has created a musical set in the aftermath of a fictional college shooting, which will run at the Traverse...

 
Morecambe and Wise writer Eddie Braben dies

Morecambe and Wise writer Eddie Braben dies

Comedy writer Eddie Braben, the "third man" behind the success of Morecambe and Wise, died yesterday at the age of 82. His manager, Norma Farnes, said Mr Braben, who also wrote for Ken Dodd, died following a short illness. Speaking yesterday...

 


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