News archive from 25 March 2011

Let the mourners come: Elizabeth Taylor's funeral gets underway as family arrive to Forest Lawn for private service

Let the mourners come: Elizabeth Taylor's funeral gets underway as family arrive to Forest Lawn for private...

Her speedy burial is following the rules of Judaism - which she converted to for her marriage to Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton. Today's service is being attended by strictly family only including her four children and ten grandchildren. It is...

 
Gareth Bale in race to be fit for Spurs' away tie against Real Madrid

Gareth Bale in race to be fit for Spurs' away tie against Real Madrid

Gareth Bale faces a race against time to be fit for Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday week having being forced to withdraw from the Wales squad for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against...

Guardian, 22:07 in Sport
 
Even at art fairs democracy is hard to sweep under the carpet

Even at art fairs democracy is hard to sweep under the carpet

THE citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) do not enjoy a vote but they relish a bit of artistic agitation. Earlier this month, Art Dubai, a fair, coincided with the preview of a sprawling group show, the Sharjah Biennial. In the lush ballrooms of...

 
Dirk Bogarde: the rebellion of a reluctant pinup

Dirk Bogarde: the rebellion of a reluctant pinup

The Odeon, Leicester Square, 1960. The red-carpet premiere of a film that will change the story of British film and British society. The lights are killed, the crowd falls silent. The roar of industrial machinery thrums from the speakers. And over the...

 
Fed chairman Bernanke to give press conferences

Fed chairman Bernanke to give press conferences

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is to give regular press conferences. He will take questions four times a year, to coincide with the Fed's quarterly economic forecasts, with the first due on 27 April. The 98-year-old US monetary authority has...

BBC, 22:14 in Business
 
Britain add gold and silver to medal haul at the world championships

Britain add gold and silver to medal haul at the world championships

Whatever Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton come up with in the next three days, for Great Britain this world championships has been about youth. The emergence of Sam Harrison, Laura Trott, Dani King and Jess Varnish is laying down a marker not...

Guardian, 22:15 in Sport
 
Gareth Bale's absence the cruellest cut for Wales and Gary Speed

Gareth Bale's absence the cruellest cut for Wales and Gary Speed

For a brief moment yesterday it looked like Wales had solved the mother of all problems and discovered the ideal replacement for Gareth Bale. At 12.45pm, a black Range Rover pulled up outside the front of the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, where the Wales...

Guardian, 22:15 in Sport
 
David Thomson on Jerzy Skolimowski

David Thomson on Jerzy Skolimowski

At the 2010 Venice film festival, when Essential Killing won the special jury prize, its director Jerzy Skolimowski announced: "For those who like me – I'm back; and to those who don't like me – I'm back." Essential Killing Production year:...

 
Ricky Ponting says Australia were not good enough to finish India off

Ricky Ponting says Australia were not good enough to finish India off

It was an epic victory in front of an ecstatic crowd, which allows the Indian dream to live on. Even the ICC chairman, Haroon Lorgat, defended the choice of Mumbai for the final by saying it allowed Sachin Tendulkar the appropriate final. So much for...

Guardian, 22:33 in Sport
 
Phil Jagielka looking to make most of second coming against Wales

Phil Jagielka looking to make most of second coming against Wales

Successful footballers have often come through obscurity or rejection but few share Phil Jagielka's readiness to dwell on those days. This Goodison mainstay cannot be accused of implied self-congratulation when he remembers how Everton released him as...

Guardian, 22:34 in Sport
 

Special report - The revolution in central banking

Trichet's U-turn was part of an emergency package with euro zone leaders to stave off a crisis of confidence in the single currency. By reaching for its "nuclear option", the ECB had also helped rewrite the manual of modern central banking....

Reuters, 22:44 in Business
 
Folk's man of mystery: is Cecil Sharp a folk hero or villain?

Folk's man of mystery: is Cecil Sharp a folk hero or villain?

It sounds like some hideous TV reality show dreamed up by Simon Cowell and Andrew Lloyd Webber during a night on the lash. Dump eight folk-music celebrities in a secluded house in Shropshire and give them six days to create from scratch a suite of...

 
Strauss's Intermezzo: Scottish Opera whip up a perfect storm in a teacup

Strauss's Intermezzo: Scottish Opera whip up a perfect storm in a teacup

One May morning in 1902, Pauline Strauss opened a telegram addressed to her husband. "I waited for you as usual in the Union Bar but alas," it said. "Please send me tickets for Monday and Wednesday. Your faithful Mieze Mücke."...

 

Tom Ewing | The Weeknd and indie

R&B has been the sleek chassis of modern pop for a good 15 years now, but while it's enjoyed success and respect from a wide audience, a chunk of rock and indie fans still view it with suspicion. Some of this mistrust is technical. Modern R&B...

 
Pop 'til you're dropped: The Hoosiers' major label woe

Pop 'til you're dropped: The Hoosiers' major label woe

'Things seem so obvious now," says Irwin Sparkes, the singer and guitarist of the Hoosiers, "but back at the beginning we thought we just needed to be this really solid live band, and have a following. We were so green – we thought, 'Well,...

 


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