News archive from 14 March 2013, page 1

Marti Pellow on Hope, his new album of showtunes

Marti Pellow on Hope, his new album of showtunes

MARTI Pellow has flown up from London to talk about his new album and he'll be straight back on the plane afterwards. "I'm keeping a low profile because I don't want my dad to know I'm here," he says, slinking down into the plush hotel's...

 
GPs' links to private healthcare firms spark fears of conflict of interest

GPs' links to private healthcare firms spark fears of conflict of interest

426 of the 1,179 GPs on the board of one of the 211 clinical commissioning groups in England have an interest in a for-profit firm. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA One in three GPs who are running new organisations that are about to be given £65bn of...

Guardian, 00:08 in Health
 
Johnny Marr on his earliest musical memories

Johnny Marr on his earliest musical memories

AHEAD of his show in Scotland next week, Johnny Marr shares his earliest musical memories with Fiona Shepherd. The first toy that I ever loved was a little wooden toy guitar that I had when I was about four. It was in one of those shops that sells...

 
Pete Martin: No rest for the enigmatic

Pete Martin: No rest for the enigmatic

DAVID Bowie Is ... That's the title of an exhibition of the rock star's artefacts which opens next week at London's V&A Museum. Even at £40 a ticket, it's the fastest, biggest, best-selling show in British art history. After ten years in...

 
44 Scotland Street: Big day for Big Lou

44 Scotland Street: Big day for Big Lou

The forty-ninth installment of Alexander McCall Smith's daily novel 44 Scotland Street: Big day for Big Lou Volume 9 Episode 49 Big Lou rarely felt nervous. “There is nothing you need to be afraid of,” her mother had repeatedly said to her as a child....

 
Film reviews: Shell | Welcome to the Punch | Maniac

Film reviews: Shell | Welcome to the Punch | Maniac

Our roundup of the latest releases Shell (15) Directed by: Scott Graham Starring: Chloe Pirrie, Michael Smiley, Joseph Mawle, Kate Dickie *** Scottish director Scott Graham’s Highland-set tale of loneliness and despair makes for a promising debut,...

 
Film review: The Paperboy (15), Directed by Lee Daniels

Film review: The Paperboy (15), Directed by Lee Daniels

THIS is a film made up of moments: some of them great, some of them terrible, none of them particularly coherent or meaningful, and almost all of them pulsating with some kind of lurid intent that builds towards nothing in particular. The Paperboy...

 
Film reviews: Arbitrage | Broken City | Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Film reviews: Arbitrage | Broken City | Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Our roundup of the latest releases Arbitrage (15) *** A fairly rote Wall Street-set morality tale bolstered by a decent performance from Richard Gere as an overextended hedge fund manager whose business and personal life are spiralling out of control....

 
Michael Caine at 80: The secret of his success

Michael Caine at 80: The secret of his success

MICHAEL CAINE has a secret, one he intends to take to the grave. Not a lot of people know that. When the veteran actor needs to cry on cue, he thinks of a certain moment in his past and the tears will flow. “I’ve never even told my wife what it is. It...

 
Arts diary: All aboard the spaceship!

Arts diary: All aboard the spaceship!

THE Edinburgh International Festival launched its 2013 programme on Tuesday. This year’s big theme is artists’ relationship with technology, from new steel-framed pianos in the 18th century to more modern inventions like radio, television and the...

 
Tony Law: The ‘comedian’s comedian’ at the Glasgow Comedy Festival

Tony Law: The ‘comedian’s comedian’ at the Glasgow Comedy Festival

TONY Law was training to be a cold-blooded assassin when I first met him, preparing for the play Killer Joe at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe. Cast against type, the self-confessed “goofy farmboy”, born in Trinidad, raised in Alberta, Canada, was concerned...

 
Theatre reviews: The Commission | Scenes Unseen | The Rocky Horror Show

Theatre reviews: The Commission | Scenes Unseen | The Rocky Horror Show

THERE'S a magnificent play by Howard Barker called Scenes From An Execution, in which a woman artist in 16th-century Venice is commissioned by the state to produce a painting of the Battle of Lepanto, where the Venetians scored a mighty victory over...

 
NHS waiting list scandal: ‘Whitewash’ claims emerge

NHS waiting list scandal: ‘Whitewash’ claims emerge

THE Scottish Government is facing claims of a "whitewash" over "fiddled" NHS waiting times after it emerged some hospital staff felt pressurised into removing patients from lists to meet targets. NHS Tayside apologised after the...

Scotsman, 00:07 in Health
 
Saudi Arabia beheads seven men after clemency appeal

Saudi Arabia beheads seven men after clemency appeal

SEVEN Saudi men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery have been beheaded, more than a week after their families and a rights group appealed to the king for clemency. The executions took place in Abha, a city in the southern region of Asir, the...

 
2,000lbs shark ‘Lydia’ captured off Florida

2,000lbs shark ‘Lydia’ captured off Florida

SHE weighs 2,000lbs, is 14ft 6in long and her guardians have called her Lydia. Captured off Florida by ­scientists researching ocean species, the great white shark with the unassuming name was hauled on deck for 15 minutes so she could be fitted with...

 


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