News archive from 10 May 2015, page 2

Album reviews: Leonard Cohen, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Thea Gilmore

This set, drawing from recent live performances and spanning decades of rich and literate songwriting, finds Cohen's deep, deep drawl set against sweet, soulful harmonies and one of the sharpest backing bands you are likely to hear. The opening Field...


Home Fires actor Daniel Ryan: 'I get hugely nervous when a show starts'

Were you pleased with the reaction and ratings for the drama? It did really well. We were so pleased, because it was tough competition with Sheridan [Smith] on the other side [BBC1]. It was nice that it struck a chord. Are you nervous when a show...


TV round-up: Enfield Haunting, All Aboard! Canal Trip, Home Fires, No Offence

As the two girls in 1977 listened to creaks in the floorboards, walls and wardrobe, the camera fell upon posters of the ghostly figures of Starsky and Hutch. David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser, the pin-ups of the day, shouted from the walls of this...


A Royal Night Out, Spooks, The Age Of Adaline and Girlhood: Movie reviews

A Royal Night Out (12A, 97mins) Director: Julian Jarrold Stars: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson The picture is a frothy imagining of what happened when Princess Elizabeth, then 19, and her sister Princess Margaret slipped out of...


Reviews: Krol Roger and Antonio Pappano And The Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House

Premiered in Warsaw in 1926, King Roger was one of only two operas written by Szymanowski, whose instrumental work included four symphonies, chamber and piano music. Its score is an unusual blend of influences, like a rich tapestry, drawing sounds and...


Playing the religion card: The Merchant Of Venice and Everyman reviews

So Heminges and Condell, the two actors who compiled the First Folio, saw nothing untoward in placing The Merchant of Venice among Shakespeare's comedies. For subsequent ages, not least those that live in the shadow of the Holocaust, the treatment of...


Mixed Programme by the Northern Ballet: Review

Five dances tumbled over each other in quick succession in a dazzling display of good humour, wit and seriously fine dancing. Jonathan Watkins's A Northern Trilogy opened. Set to Stanley Holloway's Music Hall monologues, five dancers mimed the...


A new chapter in history: The best historical fiction of spring

Eagles At War by Ben Kane (Preface, £12.99) In 9AD, Germanic tribes destroyed three of Rome's legions in the Teutoburg Forest and seized their eagles, a legion's sacred standard, in Rome's most infamous defeat. In Ben Kane's best novel to date, the...


Short story: Friends Like These by Tina Seskis

IT WAS Wednesday and Lauren was running late as usual. So when her phone vibrated, she switched her best friend's second call of the day straight to voicemail. She'd genuinely been in a meeting the first time Sarah had rung - but now she was simply...


Farmers feel the squeeze from supermarket deals

Steve is angry. We’ll call him Steve, though that is not his real name. He is a successful farmer, growing thousands of tonnes of produce which he sells to the leading supermarkets. You’ve probably bought some of his produce . But he has had enough. A...

Guardian, 00:16 in Business

Posh opens up about 'constant struggle' of being a working mother

The singer-turned-fashion designer said her children Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12, Cruz, 10, and Harper, three, were “a wonder to me every day”, who hide notes in her suitcase before she leaves to go away on business. Both she and husband David, the former...

Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate

Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate

Colombia has announced it will stop using a controversial herbicide to destroy illegal plantations of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine. The decision follows a warning by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that glyphosate is "probably...

BBC, 00:16 in World News
Inside the world of Ghana's internet fraudsters

Inside the world of Ghana's internet fraudsters

Internet fraudsters in Ghana are easy to spot. The young men in fast cars have become such a conspicuous group that they even have their own nickname. Meet the Sakawa boys. David is 25 years old. He's been defrauding people on the internet for the...

BBC, 00:16 in World News

After the exit poll, a tsunami raged across the political map

As voters across the country headed to polling stations, a small group of academics met amid high secrecy in a windowless room at a BBC building in central London. Even now, no one is allowed to know precisely where the office was or what went on...

Guardian, 00:17 in Politics

Loud noise, smoke reported at New York's Indian Point nuclear plant

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Christian Plumb)


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