News archive from 8 March 2012, page 5

Readers recommend: songs about books – results

Readers recommend: songs about books – results

This week's topic unearthed some fascinating connections between books and music. Turns out, for example, that Lindisfarne's Lady Eleanor was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's story Fall of the House of Usher. Serene harmonies, bass gently bubbling like...

 
Andrew Breitbart: marrying new media with political principle

Andrew Breitbart: marrying new media with political principle

I have only one personal memory of Andrew Breitbart: it was around five years ago, and he was in my office with his longtime colleague Larry Solov, explaining how he helped create the Huffington Post. He did it, he said, for two reasons: first, to...

 
Senate defeats Republican bid to reverse Obama's contraception ruling

Senate defeats Republican bid to reverse Obama's contraception ruling

The Democratic-controlled US Senate has rejected a Republican challenge to President Barack Obama's policy requiring health insurance coverage for contraceptives in an election-year vote that broke largely along party lines. Senators voted 51-48 on...

 
Battle for Baba Amr – timeline

Battle for Baba Amr – timeline

3 February: Protesters mark 30th anniversary of a massacre in nearby Hama, when up to 20,000 people were killed under the orders of President Bashar al-Assad's father, Hafez. Free Syrian Army rebels are filmed in control of captured tanks in the Baba...

 
A country life? Not for me

A country life? Not for me

Environment question time is often the most depressing session of the month. Our once green and pleasant land is covered with a horrid mixture of disease and bureaucracy, to say nothing of useless wind farms. As I listened, I imagined how it might...

Guardian, 18:12 in Politics
 
London Irish's Chris Hala'ufia handed 11-week ban for dangerous tackle

London Irish's Chris Hala'ufia handed 11-week ban for dangerous tackle

London Irish's No8 Chris Hala'ufia has been banned for 11 weeks for a dangerous tackle on the Racing Métro full-back Gaetan Germain in December. A hearing for Hala'ufia was reconvened in Dublin on Thursday, when the independent judicial officer Mark...

Guardian, 18:13 in Sport
 

Viva volatility, Man

Most dividend-paying companies aspire to have a progressive dividend policy, meaning an annual payment to shareholders that goes up every year. That's why, when they cut a dividend, bosses often use the cheesy euphemism "rebased" to describe...

Guardian, 18:22 in Business
 

Why John Carter has to be seen to be believed

Ever since the dawn of the modern blockbuster era with the arrival of Jaws in 1975, the imminent release of a new high-profile movie seems to have become as much a matter of how much cash it's likely to rake in as how enjoyable it is to watch. Most of...

 
Jake Morley (No 1,219)

Jake Morley (No 1,219)

Hometown: London. The lineup: Jake Morley (guitar, vocals), plus band. The background: There might not be many four-piece rock bands to write about at the moment, but there are still loads of Girls With Voices and plenty of boys with guitars. Mind...

 
Blog jam: Adventures in Disco

Blog jam: Adventures in Disco

Who are you and what's your blog called? My name is Andrew, I'm 30 years old and I write a blog called Adventures in Disco. Where are you based? I'm based in Perth, Scotland. Describe your blog in a sentence. A super non-stop uber-rocking disco...

 
Qatar crosses the Syrian Rubicon: £63m to buy weapons for the rebels

Qatar crosses the Syrian Rubicon: £63m to buy weapons for the rebels

On Monday, Qatar's prime minister declared his state's intent to start helping the Syrian opposition "by all means", including giving them weapons. Two days later, anti-Assad officials received an offer of a $100m (£63m) donation, from their...

 
Why nail bars haven't lost their shine

Why nail bars haven't lost their shine

A decent manicure has come full circle: from the 1950s when it meant a lady was "properly polished" to a cliched 1980s vampy indulgence, and back again. These days a neat, glossy set of nails are once more the go-to accessory. Where lipstick...

Guardian, 18:34 in Business
 
Elisabeth Welch honoured with English Heritage blue plaque

Elisabeth Welch honoured with English Heritage blue plaque

An English Heritage blue plaque has been unveiled in London to the velvet-voiced singer Elisabeth Welch, American-born but an adopted Londoner for 70 years, only the second black woman so honoured. The campaign to mark Ovington Court flats in...

 
Ofcom wants mobile phone bills to contain fewer surprises

Ofcom wants mobile phone bills to contain fewer surprises

Mobile phone customers will be allowed to set their own limits on how much they spend, under measures set out by Ofcom. In a review of surprisingly high bills, the telecommunications regulator found that mobile customers were most likely to be...

Guardian, 18:40 in Business
 
Lego's profits rise as it thinks pink

Lego's profits rise as it thinks pink

Toymaker Lego has been thinking pink for the first time – and new product ranges have helped the plastic brick firm improve profits and sales as it launched its first successful product for young girls since its inception in 1934. Drew Brazer, Lego's...

Guardian, 18:45 in Business
 


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