News archive from 12 February 2011, page 3

How to dress: 'Peasant' blouses

You can tell the Peasant Blouse label is old, because the name is so excruciatingly un-PC. It's a name that conjures up a different era; a time, almost, when Andy Gray and Richard Keys were young. To modern ears, it smacks of condescension to the...

 
Pasta recipes | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall | Food and drink

Pasta recipes | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall | Food and drink

Let's face it, you might as well be in the kitchen. The biting cold and flint grey skies are not good for much – except maybe a 10-minute constitutional to bring on a raging appetite for something savoury and comforting. Or perhaps motivate you to...

 
Gardens: Put it away

Gardens: Put it away

Ever since Adam and Eve needed fig leaves, storage has been the gardener's headache. Our plots are smaller than Eden, and the need to hide ugly horticultural clutter has never been greater. Re-examine your dead space Many townhouses have stairs...

 
This column will change your life: Mediocrity sucks, but who cares?

This column will change your life: Mediocrity sucks, but who cares?

Academic philosophers are often legitimately accused of ignoring the questions that matter in the real world, so I was pleased to see how Gloria Origgi, a specialist in the philosophy of mind, phrases the question that motivates her research:...

 
Experience: I've eaten only crisps for the past 10 years

Experience: I've eaten only crisps for the past 10 years

I'm not a fan of the cooked meal. I'm much happier with Monster Munch crisps – beef flavour; I wouldn't touch pickled onion. When I open the bag, I check if they have enough beef coating on them; if it's not enough, I'll throw them away. Sometimes...

 
One last thing... Jason Gardiner

One last thing... Jason Gardiner

Hi, JG. In the first series of Dancing On Ice you sported a fine gerbil of hair but from series two onwards you've been a complete baldy which suggests that you used to wear a wig but it's fallen off and you're too embarrassed to buy another. Are we...

Guardian, 00:13 in Showbiz
 
Reprieve granted to debt advisers

Reprieve granted to debt advisers

Hundreds of specialist debt advisers facing redundancy have won a reprieve after the government found £27m to continue the service for a year. For the past five years, the £27m-a-year Financial Inclusion Fund has been paying for about 500 specialists...

BBC, 00:13 in Business
 
Great dynasties of the world: The Doctors

Great dynasties of the world: The Doctors

Conceived of by the BBC's then head of drama, Sydney Newman, and Donald Wilson, head of script development, and BBC staff writer "Bunny" Webber in 1962, and delivered by producer Verity Lambert and director Mervyn Pinfield in 1963, he was,...

Guardian, 00:13 in Showbiz
 
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz's guide to getting a sitcom cancelled

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz's guide to getting a sitcom cancelled

Have a confusing titleCome up with an unwieldy title that perhaps comes from the realm of psychology, so that the title of your show is almost instantly forgettable. For example, if you were to call the show "Welcome Matt", an audience could...

Guardian, 00:13 in Showbiz
 
Grace Dent's TV OD: MasterChef

Grace Dent's TV OD: MasterChef

Let's get fatter!" chortles Gregg Wallace to John Torode, heralding the start of MasterChef 2011: 15 episodes of the pair distending their jolly bellies with polenta chips, velouté sauce and champagne réduit. All-new-recipe MasterChef (Wed, 9pm,...

Guardian, 00:13 in Showbiz
 
Planning a visit to Treme? Here's all you need to know

Planning a visit to Treme? Here's all you need to know

Hurricane KatrinaThe catastrophic weather system that hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 2005. Just don't call the subsequent flooding of the city a "natural disaster". It was, as Creighton Bernette (the mighty John Goodman) bellows at...

Guardian, 00:14 in Showbiz
 
The Hard Sell: Cadbury's Creme Egg

The Hard Sell: Cadbury's Creme Egg

Since the 2012 Olympic Games was dumped on London, Cadbury's hasn't missed a chance to remind us it's an "Official Treat Sponsor". "Art vultures can enjoy their chin scratching at a Cultural Olympiad. Sports fans love pretending they...

Guardian, 00:14 in Showbiz
 
What I see in the mirror: Bruce Parry

What I see in the mirror: Bruce Parry

When I live with a tribe, I don't look in the mirror, so I have little concept of my appearance – often scruffy, covered in dirt or naked. I am riddled with scars. The Suri tribe in Ethiopia are into scarification and asked if I wanted a go. I said,...

Guardian, 00:14 in Showbiz
 
Q&A: Hugh Dennis

Q&A: Hugh Dennis

Hugh Dennis, 49, was brought up in London and educated at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the Footlights. After university, he spent six years working for Unilever, but continued to perform comedy with Steve Punt. In the late 80s, Punt...

Guardian, 00:14 in Showbiz
 
Katy B is more Beckham than Peckham

Katy B is more Beckham than Peckham

Writing about the rather brilliant Katy B in October, I made the mistake of comparing her to Victoria Beckham. To these ears, the similarities between Beckham's one and only solo album and Katy were there in her Brit School-via- Peckham intonation,...

 


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