News archive from 23 January 2011, page 8

Egypt's frustrated young wait for their lives to begin, and dream of revolution

Egypt's frustrated young wait for their lives to begin, and dream of revolution

News of the latest act of self-immolation in Egypt reached Waleed Shamad while he was sitting in the bourse, a dense warren of outdoor shisha cafes tucked away in the back alleys surrounding Cairo's old stock exchange. An unemployed man had set...

 

Hollywood Holidays

IRON Man star Robert Downey Jnr brought some glamour to Rome last summer when he visited with film producer wife Susan and 18-year-old son Indio. The Italian capital is just a two-hour flight from the UK, making it easy to get there and back for a...

People, 00:21 in Lifestyle
 

If Chilcot is our finest inquisitor, thank heavens for WikiLeaks | Henry Porter

A couple of weeks ago, the Canadian television presenter Richard Gizbert asked a panel at the Frontline Club in London what effect WikiLeaks' disclosure of American cables might have had during the run-up to the Iraq war. Would the kind of revelations...

 
Mazda 2

Mazda 2

With petrol prices at a record high and potholes beating seven bells out of our cars, many will be considering small runabouts for that daily grind into work. If you"re after a car that can be run and repaired without risking the mortgage...

People, 00:21 in Lifestyle
 
Skiing in Serre Chevalier

Skiing in Serre Chevalier

I"ve skied most places in France but I"d never heard of Serre Chevalier. No surprise considering it"s often referred to as the country"s “biggest unknown resort”. The valley is made up of the town of Brian

People, 00:21 in Lifestyle
 
Tattoos conquer modern art as needles and ink replace brushes

Tattoos conquer modern art as needles and ink replace brushes

Like other top artists, Thomas Hooper has a signature style and can charge thousands of dollars for his best pieces. His name is known around the world and clients go to great lengths to seek him out for his vision, immense skill and keen sense of...

 
Boston's bad side

Boston's bad side

For many Brits, Boston is the East Coast of America"s picture-perfect city with its stunning autumn scenery, historic tea parties and baseball"s Red Sox. But the city is also gaining a cult following for its crime-ridden past, featured in...

People, 00:21 in Lifestyle
 
Genetically modified crops are the key to human survival, says UK's chief scientist

Genetically modified crops are the key to human survival, says UK's chief scientist

Moves to block cultivation of genetically modified crops in the developing world can no longer be tolerated on ethical or moral grounds, the government's chief scientist, Sir John Beddington, has warned. He said the world faced "a perfect...

 
Religion must be in key school exam, insist faith leaders

Religion must be in key school exam, insist faith leaders

Religious leaders and theologians have condemned the decision to leave religious education off the list of GCSEs that go towards the controversial new English baccalaureate. The chairman of the Church of England's education board, the Bishop of...

 
Bmi's German boss looks to ensure loss-making carrier can remain airborne

Bmi's German boss looks to ensure loss-making carrier can remain airborne

One of Wolfgang Prock-Schauer's many concerns when he was appointed chief executive of bmi was maintaining the German-owned airline's British identity. So it made perfect sense that he let the carrier keep its castle after his hiring by Lufthansa, the...

 

Ireland's battered property entrepreneurs relinquish their London trophies

They were known as the "Irich", up there with the Israelis, Russians and Arabs in terms of the cash they could bring to a London property deal. Now, four years on, the credit crunch has put all that into reverse, and the Irish are fleeing...

 

History as headline writers tell it

How does a front-page headline encapsulate momentous events in history? What about "Britons race to leave Tunisia as army closes airspace"? (the Times). The Thunderer wasn't alone, of course, but it still makes you wonder how they'd have...

 
Gay couple's hotel battle is latest case of religion clashing with human rights

Gay couple's hotel battle is latest case of religion clashing with human rights

If there is one clear trend in contentious litigation in recent months, it is the increase in cases that pit the rights of religious communities against the prohibition on discrimination. "Religitigation", as it is becoming known, is...

 
Yet another Facebook revolution: why are we so surprised?

Yet another Facebook revolution: why are we so surprised?

The New Yorker recently ran a terrific article by Peter Maass about one of the most-reported moments in the Iraq war: the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square, opposite the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad. You will doubtless recall the...

 
The hunt for neutrinos in the Antarctic

The hunt for neutrinos in the Antarctic

Spencer Klein is holding a thick glass ball the size of a watermelon and it is stuffed with electronics. For 10 minutes or so, he turns it over in his hands and talks through what it does, how it works and the brutal environment it can withstand. This...

 


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