News archive from 23 February 2011

London fashion week: England style reigns supreme

London fashion week: England style reigns supreme

With hindsight, it was only ever a matter of time before the woman who coined the phrase "one can never be too rich, or too thin" was adopted as a heroine for modern fashion. I just didn't reckon on this being Wallis Simpson's moment. This...

 

Hideously diverse Britain: 'This church is for everybody'

The first thing you see as you approach Custom House Baptist church in London's east end is a smiley white guy of advancing years. "Guess what?", the poster caption says. What indeed? The answer is on a board on the side wall. A black guy...

 
Barcelona's Liceu opera house stalls season opener

Barcelona's Liceu opera house stalls season opener

Spain's economic crisis has forced Barcelona's Liceu opera house to delay the start of its 2011-12 season by a month and could lead to temporary layoffs. The Liceu said cuts in subsidies by the Spanish culture ministry and the regional government of...

 

This week's arts diary

Simon Russell Beale debuts with the Royal Ballet The world awaits the arrival of Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice, the star of Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot's new two-act work for the Royal Ballet, which premieres on 28 February. Yeah, yeah, yeah....

 
Ally McCoist: I might have to be a mean bastard as Rangers manager

Ally McCoist: I might have to be a mean bastard as Rangers manager

Ally McCoist has said he could not turn down the opportunity to take over as the Rangers manager despite the well-known financial troubles at Ibrox. Rangers have confirmed the worst-kept secret in Scottish football, that McCoist will take over at...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
QPR 2-0 Ipswich Town | Championship match report

QPR 2-0 Ipswich Town | Championship match report

Clint Hill is making a timely habit of scoring vital headers during QPR's surge towards the Premier League. Hill ended a lengthy goal drought by nodding in a crucial goal against Portsmouth earlier this month and he repeated the trick to break down a...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Blackpool 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur | Premier League match report

Blackpool 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur | Premier League match report

Tottenham went from San Siro to the seaside in the space of a week and there is little doubt which they found preferable. Having embarrassed European aristocracy, they were upset by the upstarts from the Fylde Coast. The conquerors of Milan were...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
FC Copenhagen 0-2 Chelsea | Champions League match report

FC Copenhagen 0-2 Chelsea | Champions League match report

The Champions League, not for the first time, has provided Carlo Ancelotti with his respite. What had appeared a potentially awkward tie in freezing Scandinavia has ended offering Chelsea only relief with passage into the quarter-finals now within...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Lyon 1-1 Real Madrid | Champions League match report

Lyon 1-1 Real Madrid | Champions League match report

Rarely has applause turned so quickly to silence; rarely has a player looked as apologetic as Karim Benzema for scoring such an important goal, one that may have allowed the European Cup's biggest club to be a contender once more. José Mourinho...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 

What can we expect from the Wainwright-Cohen superstar spawn? | Tanya Gold

When I think about Leonard Cohen, the first thing I imagine is death. This is not a cheery introduction to an article on singing babies, but it gives you a sense of the Cohen motif. And, in an act of genetic engineering that would make the...

 
Vang Pao obituary

Vang Pao obituary

Vang Pao, the Laotian general who marshalled a CIA mercenary army to fight a "secret war" against communist insurgents in the remote mountains of Laos in the 1960s, has died aged 81. Although Vang Pao's supporters portrayed him as a father...

 

Eight charts | Michael Tomasky

I implore you to take a look at this, from Mother Jones' web site, eight charts that explain everything that's wrong with America. I think that sort of oversells it, and there are other things wrong with America not explained by this chart, like Ryan...

 
Labour Govt 'Let In Three Million Migrants'

Labour Govt 'Let In Three Million Migrants'

More than three million immigrants arrived during Labour's time in power - the biggest influx of people since the Saxon invasion more than 1,000 years ago. Campaign group MigrationWatch say figures to be published by the Office for National Statistics...

 

Kwik Save philanthropist on charity 'pact with God'

Billionaire businessman Albert Gubay has been speaking about the "pact with God" that led to his decision to give away half of his fortune. The Isle of Man-based philanthropist said he had no regrets about the size of his charitable...

BBC, 22:36 in Business
 
I'm not West Ham United's saviour, claims Thomas Hitzlsperger

I'm not West Ham United's saviour, claims Thomas Hitzlsperger

Thomas Hitzlsperger has warned West Ham United's supporters that he should not be viewed as the club's saviour after he marked his long-awaited debut with an impressive performance that included a fine goal and an assist in the 5-1 victory over...

Guardian, 22:37 in Sport
 


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