News archive from 1 April 2011, page 1

How do you rate the ratings agencies? | Dominic Rushe

How do you rate the ratings agencies? | Dominic Rushe

Remember when your mum told you to stand up to bullies. Not always a good idea, it seems. With economies across Europe now facing meltdown, the credit rating agencies that did so much to help them get into this mess have, according to Reuters, warned...

 
Proud to be a pushy parent:

Proud to be a pushy parent:

Jada Pinkett Smith is a firecracker of a woman. Fizzing with passion one minute, calm as a Buddhist monk the next, she admits she"s not an easy person to love. Quite what merry hell she put her husband, the actor Will Smith, through when he once...

 
From Prince Caspian to exploding trousers: Ben Barnes on the pitfalls of playing a rock 'n' roll failure in Killing Bono

From Prince Caspian to exploding trousers: Ben Barnes on the pitfalls of playing a rock 'n' roll failure in...

From the outside, it may seem like Ben Barnes is getting too big for his breeches. After becoming a heartthrob playing Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia, he"s now swapped lions, witches and wardrobes for the world of a wannabe rock star...

 
Alex Reid: Night out with Peter Andre wasn't awkward for me

Alex Reid: Night out with Peter Andre wasn't awkward for me

Reid started dating Katie in July 2009, just two months after she split from then-husband Peter Andre. The two men have publicly clashed on numerous occasions, and looked set for an awkward face-to-face meeting at last night's ceremony. But while the...

Metro, 22:49 in Showbiz
 
Massimo Troisi: the postman who always delivered

Massimo Troisi: the postman who always delivered

It is almost 17 years since the death of Massimo Troisi, the star of my film Il Postino, yet he is as present in my life as he was when he lived. There was nothing overtly Neapolitan about him, except for his accent, which was so thick it took me...

 
Oil price hits 30-month high on new supply fears

Oil price hits 30-month high on new supply fears

Oil prices jumped to their highest close in two-and-a-half years as Libya's conflict and Middle East unrest sparked fresh worries about supplies. Brent crude for delivery in May rose $2.23 to $117.36 a barrel, its highest close since August 2008 and...

BBC, 22:54 in Business
 
Shahid Afridi pulls out of Pakistan's West Indies tour

Shahid Afridi pulls out of Pakistan's West Indies tour

Pakistan's World Cup captain, Shahid Afridi, has withdrawn from the country's tour to the West Indies. A Pakistan Cricket Board source said the 31-year-old all-rounder had made himself unavailable for the tour, which starts on 18 April. "He will...

Guardian, 22:54 in Sport
 

Disgruntlement left and right | Michael Tomasky

I'm sitting here watching Hardball, where Chuck Todd just interviewed two tea-party spokespeople and showed some clips from the rally they held today. They vow, of course, not to back down: "If liberals in the Senate would rather play political...

 
Foreign cinema is expanding our horizons

Foreign cinema is expanding our horizons

On a chilly Sunday evening in March, the lobby and bar of the Riverside Studios in London are heaving. The cheery chap behind the ticket desk, says they're nearly sold out. The audience has come to see Venice, the latest film from the master of Polish...

 
The son also rises: Jim Loach directs his first film

The son also rises: Jim Loach directs his first film

When Jim Loach was a kid he thought Bafta award statuettes were doorstops – that's what they were used for in his house. "Sometimes the heads would fall off because they'd been picked up so many times," he says, grinning. He tells the story...

 
Gun crime victim Thushara, 5, has 'opened her eyes for first time'

Gun crime victim Thushara, 5, has 'opened her eyes for first time'

She was an innocent bystander, caught in crossfire when two black youths hid in the store after being chased by a three black teenagers on bikes. Thurshara is still in a critical but stable condition after undergoing three operations, but her uncle...

Metro, 23:07 in Hot News
 
Fiddler on the yoof – My son the 12-year-old fiddle prodigy

Fiddler on the yoof – My son the 12-year-old fiddle prodigy

My son Billy started learning the violin when he was five, and I quickly realised we both wanted more than the driven, joyless world of grades, exams and auditions that seemed to lie inexorably ahead. I asked my friend Howard Skempton, the composer,...

 
Gareth Bale at heart of Tottenham Hotspur's mounting injury crisis

Gareth Bale at heart of Tottenham Hotspur's mounting injury crisis

Harry Redknapp is unsure whether Gareth Bale will recover from a hamstring injury to play against Wigan Athletic on Saturday or Real Madrid next week in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. The Tottenham Hotspur manager is facing a mounting...

Guardian, 23:11 in Sport
 
Avram Grant says referees have cost West Ham 10 points this season

Avram Grant says referees have cost West Ham 10 points this season

Avram Grant has claimed that his West Ham United team have suffered the poorest refereeing decisions of any side this season, with at least 10 points being lost due to mistakes from officials – a total that would have taken the Premier League's...

Guardian, 23:11 in Sport
 
RFU wins court order to help identify Twickenham ticket touts

RFU wins court order to help identify Twickenham ticket touts

The Rugby Football Union has hailed the impact of a court order that will allow it to identify those selling Twickenham tickets at inflated prices through the online ticket exchange site Viagogo. The RFU's case related to England's 2010 autumn...

Guardian, 23:11 in Sport
 


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