News archive from 25 February 2011

From street to screen: the story of Staff Benda Bilili

From street to screen: the story of Staff Benda Bilili

It's an intriguing imponderable of the African music scene. If Renaud Barret, a Paris-based graphic designer, hadn't had a girlfriend who went to eastern Congo to write about child soldiers, then would the most successful African band of recent years...

 
Manchester City 3-0 Aris Thessaloniki

Manchester City 3-0 Aris Thessaloniki

Suddenly it seems like a trick of the imagination that Roberto Mancini has been accused this season of undue conservatism. Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, David Silva and Carlos Tevez were all shoehorned into Manchester City's attack for the first time...

Guardian, 22:08 in Sport
 

Restoring Christchurch's bell tower is a first step to easing the city's trauma | Simon Jenkins

The collapse in Tuesday's earthquake of the bell tower of ChristChurch cathedral is a tragedy both for those killed and for the heart and soul of New Zealand's second city. The tower was the focus point at the heart of this charming, peaceful chip off...

 
Cesc Fabregas 'to risk Barcelona start' to play for Arsenal in Carling Cup final

Cesc Fabregas 'to risk Barcelona start' to play for Arsenal in Carling Cup final

Fabregas, who was forced to sit out the second leg of the Gunners' Champions League quarter-final with Barca last year, has struggled with his hamstring on several occasions this season already and tweaked the muscle again in the early stages of...

Metro, 22:18 in Sport
 
Tom Hooper: the man who doesn't need Oscar

Tom Hooper: the man who doesn't need Oscar

The odds are that Tom Hooper won't be named best director this Sunday. What that will make him, by default, is the year's most discreet. For although the cast, composer and writer of The King's Speech seem shoo-ins – and the film itself may well win...

 
127 Hours and the one-armed box-office bandits

127 Hours and the one-armed box-office bandits

Both 127 Hours and True Grit are superb motion pictures that deserve to be honoured at the Oscars on Sunday. In the first, James Franco delivers a gritty performance as an outdoorsy loner who gets trapped in a deserted ravine and must rise to the...

 
Avram Grant will have fully fit squad for West Ham's relegation battle

Avram Grant will have fully fit squad for West Ham's relegation battle

Avram Grant should have all of his West Ham first-team squad fit within a month for the crucial end of season run-in and their battle against relegation. The Israeli is missing five frontline players – Robbie Keane, Victor Obinna, Matthew Upson, Jack...

Guardian, 22:30 in Sport
 
Boeing wins contract to provide aerial tankers for USAF

Boeing wins contract to provide aerial tankers for USAF

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has won a lucrative contract to provide the US with 179 aerial refuelling tankers. Boeing and European rival EADS had been competing for almost a decade for the $35bn (£21.6bn) US Air Force contract. During that time both...

BBC, 22:33 in Business
 
CPE Bach: like father, like son

CPE Bach: like father, like son

"Bach is the father. We are the children!" No one with a smattering of musical knowledge will be surprised by this remark of Mozart's, made to the Viennese aristocrat and influential patron Gottfried van Swieten. It is well known that Mozart...

 
There's nothing new in genre-mixing | Tom Ewing

There's nothing new in genre-mixing | Tom Ewing

Primal Scream's Screamadelica is 20 this year, and celebrates with the inevitable doorstop reissue. It ought, perhaps, to be 21 – the album's moment was aptly sprawling and drawn out, from the release of the first single in February 1990 to its...

 
The laugh-out-loud nightmares of Joanna Hogg

The laugh-out-loud nightmares of Joanna Hogg

At the heart of Joanna Hogg's new film, Archipelago, is a hole. A great grey gap, above the hearth of a rented holiday home, slightly lighter than the wallpaper around. It's where a picture once hung, removed by a family so they can better enjoy their...

 
Amanda Ghost: not in Kansas any more

Amanda Ghost: not in Kansas any more

"I have this dual personality where I get up every morning and I breathe music – but I also like the hustle and bustle of the business," Amanda Ghost says. "It's dramatically changed from when I started, but what hasn't changed is the...

 
Wayne Rooney not concerned about Manchester United's erratic displays

Wayne Rooney not concerned about Manchester United's erratic displays

Wayne Rooney has said he is not unduly concerned about Manchester United's erratic performances as long as they continue the run of results that has put them in a commanding position in the three major competitions. Rooney admitted the 0-0 draw at...

Guardian, 22:44 in Sport
 
David Thomson on Naomi Watts

David Thomson on Naomi Watts

Who ever heard a bad word about Naomi Watts? And don't expect to read one here. Still, her latest film, Fair Game, where she plays the outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, with Sean Penn as her husband, made too little impression on all of us who like her....

 
Silent Opera do away with the orchestra

Silent Opera do away with the orchestra

I'm about to do something that has never been done before. Many people will throw their heads back and cry, "This is going against all that classical music stands for! Pre-record what should be a live performance? Nonsense!" I, however,...

 


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