News archive from 28 February 2011

Toto recall: the Wizard of Oz hits the West End

'From where I'm sitting," splutters Jeremy Sams, "I can't think of anything less safe in the world." The director seems flabbergasted, wounded even, by my suggestion that his new West End production of The Wizard of Oz seems a surefire...

 
Arsenal may find it difficult to recover from this disastrous day | Richard Williams

Arsenal may find it difficult to recover from this disastrous day | Richard Williams

At the final whistle, Arsenal's players stood, sat or knelt on the lush emerald turf like figures in a tableau of despair. Motionless, traumatised, suddenly drained of the last vestiges of belief and hope and even pride, they looked dismayingly like...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Six Nations 2011: Martin Johnson's England prove they have true grit

Six Nations 2011: Martin Johnson's England prove they have true grit

This was not a day for the swallow-divers, who found themselves shunted aside. Instead it was one for the grinders and tunnellers, the labourers at the workface. By giving Twickenham a lesson in rugby realpolitik as they took revenge for a narrow...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Five things we learned from England v France at Twickenham

Five things we learned from England v France at Twickenham

1 There is more than one way to win Toby Flood only kicked the ball out of hand once against Italy but he resorted to the boot with his first touch on Saturday. England had run restarts out of their own 22 against Italy, usually with Flood passing to...

Guardian, 22:09 in Sport
 
Being Human: Series three, episode six

Being Human: Series three, episode six

SPOILER ALERT: This weekly blog is for those who are watching Being Human on BBC3. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode five Dan Martin's episode five blog Daddy Ghoul: The One Where … George is reunited with his parents, Herrick starts to...

Guardian, 22:14 in Showbiz
 
Wigan 15-21 St George Illawarra | World Club Challenge match report

Wigan 15-21 St George Illawarra | World Club Challenge match report

Even the return of Wigan was unable to change the balance of power in the World Club Challenge, as the classy Dragons secured a third consecutive Australian victory despite the bravest of efforts by the Super League champions. The visitors withstood a...

Guardian, 22:20 in Sport
 
Glencore prepares blockbuster listing

Glencore prepares blockbuster listing

Mineral trading giant Glencore is this week laying the ground for a potential long-awaited float on the London stock market which could value the company at £37.5bn. The secretive Swiss-based commodity firm could list as soon as April in one of the...

 
Once upon a life: David Baddiel

Once upon a life: David Baddiel

I should have been a scientist. My dad was a scientist. More than that: my dad grew up in a tiny terraced house in Swansea, the only child of a second-generation immigrant family – his father sold cloth, zips and buttons from door to door – and so...

 
Oscars 2011: How to talk about red-carpet fashion

Oscars 2011: How to talk about red-carpet fashion

On the day this column comes out there will be a lot of talk about "Oscars fashion". How shall I talk about "Oscars fashion" so I look in the know when all the clothes always look the same to me anyway? Tim, by email Some people...

 
Wayne Rooney awaits potential ruling on elbow incident at Wigan

Wayne Rooney awaits potential ruling on elbow incident at Wigan

Wayne Rooney could miss Manchester United's key Premier League games at Chelsea and Liverpool this week if the Football Association charges the England international with violent conduct for an elbow on Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy. The United...

Guardian, 23:09 in Sport
 
Andrew Strauss matches the master's class in front of India's millions

Andrew Strauss matches the master's class in front of India's millions

They say the Chinnaswamy Stadium seats 38,000. That cannot be right. When Zaheer Khan crashed a yorker on to the toe of Andrew Strauss's boot there was enough noise for 10, 20, 50 times that number. The screams rang up into the floodlight sky and...

Guardian, 23:21 in Sport
 

Mystery bird: red-shouldered hawk, Buteo lineatus

Red-shouldered hawk, Buteo lineatus, also known as the red-bellied hawk, winter hawk, or the red-shouldered buzzard, photographed at Brazos Bend State Park, southwest of Houston, Texas, USA. Image: Joseph Kennedy, 28 January 2011 [velociraptorize]....

 
England 17 France 9: We're on track to match the 2003 vintage, insists Wilkinson

England 17 France 9: We're on track to match the 2003 vintage, insists Wilkinson

In tricky conditions the error count was high, but Marc Lievremont's men had shown marginally more cohesion and assurance. But England assessed their predicament with the minimum of fuss and soon after the re-start they had the contest in the palm of...

Daily Mail, 23:38 in Sport
 
Mired in scandal, Berlusconi faces tax fraud trial

Mired in scandal, Berlusconi faces tax fraud trial

The case involves the acquisition of television rights by Italy's biggest private broadcaster Mediaset, the crown jewel in Berlusconi's vast business empire. The premier and other Mediaset executives are accused of inflating the price paid for...

 

Oscars 2011: live coverage of the 83rd Academy Awards

11.50pm: It's the 83rd annual Academy Awards, live as a petri-dish from the Kodak theatre in Hollywood. The lights are green and the carpet's red. And for our exhausted nominees, staggering and borderline-incoherent at the end of a gruelling awards...

 


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