27 Jul
2014
13:46

Jack Wilshere: I'll let my feet do the talking

www.telegraph.co.uk - Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere speaks for first time about getting caught smoking and his determination to show he can still be one of the best players More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
13:44

Shelley and Cheyech win marathon golds

news.bbc.co.uk - Australia's Michael Shelley wins gold in the men's marathon, while Kenya's Flomena Cheyech Daniel wins the women's race. More... (Asia)
27 Jul
2014
13:38

VIDEO: 'Roar' as Didcot towers demolished

news.bbc.co.uk - Three disused cooling towers at Didcot A Power Station have been demolished using more than 180kg of explosives. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
13:36

Gaza is one of 'worst tragedies'

news.bbc.co.uk - The former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist party describes the conflict in Gaza as "one of the worst tragedies playing out in the world today". More... (Northern Ireland)
27 Jul
2014
13:35

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gives Bayern coach Pep Guardiola his full support

www.guardian.co.uk - Chairman responds to questions posed in Welt am Sonntag Guardiola will remain at Bundesliga champions until 2016 Continue reading... More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
13:33

Christofer Toumazou's 'lab on a chip' makes preventing illness possible

www.guardian.co.uk - Greek-Cypriot engineer wins European inventor award for USB device that decodes patient's DNA within minutes outside a labThere was a time when the closest Christofer Toumazou thought he would get to the hallowed halls of Imperial College in London was when he was walking down Exhibition road on the way to the science museum, with the workshops of the esteemed institution visible on his right.But at age 23, and without an O level or A level let alone an Oxbridge degree on his CV, the young engineer was accepted for a postdoctoral position in the university, beginning a career from there which would see him create a combined digital and analogue mobile phone, an artificial pancreas for type one diabetics and a wireless heart monitor, among other inventions. Continue reading... More... (Medical research)
27 Jul
2014
13:22

Parsifal review a real and rare company achievement, without stars

music.guardian.co.uk - Norwich Theatre RoyalTheater Freiberg's production of Wagner's Parsifal may not have great radiance, but it is impressively efficient Continue reading... More... (Music)
27 Jul
2014
13:11

Strip Russia of World Cup - Clegg

news.bbc.co.uk - Russia should lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup as part of sanctions following the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine, Nick Clegg says. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
13:09

Monacos Radamel Falcao close to comeback at Arsenal after knee injury

www.guardian.co.uk - Colombia striker likely to feature in Emirates Cup Leonardo Jardim: he is now in the final phase of recuperation Continue reading... More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
12:57

Bike borrowed to help hurt cyclist

news.bbc.co.uk - A paramedic borrows a bicycle to help save an injured teenager who was down an inaccessible path in Darlington. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
12:30

A single publisher going it alone won't counter the might of Amazon

books.guardian.co.uk - Competition between publishing houses here and in the US means they stand little chance of ending Amazon's dominance Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
12:25

NRL: what we learned in round 20

www.guardian.co.uk - Manly's problems. What problems?; hairy for Potter; McGregor at home; wobbly Panthers; Knights, Broncos forget scriptSupposedly Manly are a club beset with so much disharmony that the goings on at Brookvale resemble a schoolyard soap opera. Like, did you hear Glenn [Stewart] was totally shafted by the board so the club could nail down Daly Cherry-Evans for the duration, but, like, why didnt DCE just say, hey peeps, I can totally do without some extra cash now if it means keeping the fam together, but hes like, YOLO, Im getting it now, biatches, and now everyones hatin on him and the board and now, like, Brett [Stewart], Anthony [Watmough] and Steve [Matai] are dissed and want out too and the whole place has gone to pot?! Continue reading... More... (Rugby league)
27 Jul
2014
12:24

Banks named in silver-fix lawsuit

news.bbc.co.uk - Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia are accused of attempting to rig the price of silver, in a lawsuit filed in the US. More... (Americas)
27 Jul
2014
12:20

'Biggest weekend in Glasgow history'

news.bbc.co.uk - Thousands of people are lining Glasgow's streets to watch the Commonwealth Games marathon in the "biggest spectator weekend in the city's history". More... (Scotland)
27 Jul
2014
12:19

VIDEO: Fighting during Cardiff Gaza march

news.bbc.co.uk - Bar stools and glasses are thrown as fighting breaks out in Cardiff during a protest march against Israeli military action in Gaza. More... (Wales)
27 Jul
2014
12:13

Operatic tenor Bergonzi dies aged 90

news.bbc.co.uk - Italian opera singer Carlo Bergonzi, considered a leading performer of Verdi's work, dies aged 90. More... (Europe)
27 Jul
2014
12:06

Foreign students visa uni responds

news.bbc.co.uk - Wrexham-based Glyndwr University sends its response to the Home Office as part of an investigation into alleged visa fraud. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
12:03

Ed Miliband proposes 'public question time' for prime minister

www.guardian.co.uk - Labour leader says he will urge Speaker to come up with new session of audience questions as part of reform of PMQsEd Miliband has proposed a weekly "public question time" where an audience would be allowed to tackle the prime minister on any issue of the day.In a radical suggestion for changing the culture of politics, the Labour leader will write to the speaker of the House of Commons with more details of his idea about how to make the prime minister more directly accountable to the people. Continue reading... More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
12:00

The Dark Meadow review Andrea Maria Schenkel's murder mystery 'packs a lingering punch'

books.guardian.co.uk - Schenkel returns with an excellent dark tale set in rural community and based on real events Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
12:00

Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney review

books.guardian.co.uk - 'I really enjoyed this book and I liked how the story took you into two worlds: Donna's and the wood elves' Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
11:45

Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies review 'a punchy polemic on mental health'

books.guardian.co.uk - Richard Layard and David M Clark's polemic about mental illness is a revelation but they're a little too sure they have all the answers Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
11:37

VIDEO: DPP on helping witnesses give evidence

news.bbc.co.uk - The new Director of Public Prosecutions on helping witnesses give evidence in court without the need for new laws. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
11:35

Prisoner flees during hospital visit

news.bbc.co.uk - Searches are under way for a man who was taken into hospital by the Prison Service but escaped while he was there. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
11:32

Arsenal seal signing of Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice

www.guardian.co.uk - World Cup quarter-finalist arrives for undisclosed fee Arsenal set to confirm Calum Chambers deal Continue reading... More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
11:30

Locked In review one man's punchily written recovery story

books.guardian.co.uk - Style matches subject matter in Richard Marsh's account of how he conquered locked-in syndrome Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
11:27

VIDEO: Cancelled festival performers angry

news.bbc.co.uk - Hundreds of music fans in Essex are angry after a community festival was pulled at short notice due to safety concerns. More... (England)
27 Jul
2014
11:25

VIDEO: Wartime vessels attend city rally

news.bbc.co.uk - Dozens of boats - some more than 100 years old - are gathering in Plymouth for a classic boat rally. More... (England)
27 Jul
2014
11:24

Arsenal sign Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina

www.telegraph.co.uk - David Ospina signs from Nice on a long-term contract as Arsene Wenger strengthens goalkeeping resources ahead of new season More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
11:19

VIDEO: Thousands pack out yearly air day

news.bbc.co.uk - About 30,000 people enjoyed displays from naval aircraft at Yeovilton Air Day in Somerset on Saturday. More... (England)
27 Jul
2014
11:18

Utah Saints close Wickerman Festival

news.bbc.co.uk - Del Amitri, the Feeling and Utah Saints perform on the second night of the annual Wickerman Festival. More... (Scotland)
27 Jul
2014
11:17

Police officers involved in crash

news.bbc.co.uk - Three police officers and a woman are taken to hospital after two cars crash into a wall in Coleraine, County Londonderry. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
10:57

Private buyers swoop on RAF planes

news.bbc.co.uk - Two ex-RAF jets put up for auction in Northamptonshire with no reserve price go to private buyers. More... (England)
27 Jul
2014
10:53

Abuse victims 'need more trial help'

news.bbc.co.uk - Historical sexual abuse court cases could be "rebalanced" to make it "a little fairer" for victims to give evidence, the director of public prosecutions in England and Wales says. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
10:47

Ed Miliband calls for public PMQs

news.bbc.co.uk - The public should be able to question the prime minister in Westminster every week, just as MPs do, Labour leader Ed Miliband tells the BBC. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
10:46

Man charged with attempted murder

news.bbc.co.uk - A 44-year-old man is charged with attempted murder following an attack on a woman in County Armagh. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
10:41

Danny Vukovic stars in goal as Perth Glory hold La Liga side Malaga

www.guardian.co.uk - Perth Glory 1-1 Malaga CF Continue reading... More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
10:40

Scotland's GDP per head Ł2,300 higher than UK as whole, says SNP

www.guardian.co.uk - Party says new analysis of OECD figures show an independent Scotland would be 14th richest country in the economic blocScottish wealth per head is more than £2,300 higher than in UK as a whole and outstrips major economies such as France, Japan and Italy, according to the SNP.New Scottish National Party analysis of figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), released in March, "underlines how wealthy a country Scotland is", the party said. Continue reading... More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
10:32

Welsh dope test fails worry Baulch

news.bbc.co.uk - Jamie Baulch says he is shocked by Welsh athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton both failing doping tests. More... (Wales)
27 Jul
2014
10:30

Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan review 'an encyclopaedic, often thrilling portrait'

www.guardian.co.uk - Peter Oborne's history of Pakistani cricket goes to the heart of the troubled nation's relationship with the sportIn 2002, a friend who told us he worked in the foreign office (we all suspected that he was really a spy) brought me a cricket bat back from a trip to Pakistan. Over the following two seasons I enjoyed a coruscating run of form (never rekindled) and felt I'd channelled down the years the glamour and excitement that was once synonymous with Pakistani cricket.For those of us who came of cricketing age in the 1980s and 90s, when we'd watch the lithe, loping figures of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram race through opposition innings, the raw batting power of Inzamam-ul-Haq or the wilier gifts of Javed Miandad, Pakistan was the home of cricketing genius. As I read Peter Oborne's intelligent, detailed and highly affectionate history of the Pakistani game, Wounded Tiger, I was reminded of how far the team has fallen in subsequent years. Much of this decline, of course, is to do with things external to cricket the "war on terror", the corruption of Pervez Musharraf's regime, the breakdown of civil society in a country seemingly under attack from all sides. What Oborne reminds us (at least in the early chapters of his book) is that this wasn't always the case. In the first years of post-partition Pakistani cricket, even while the country lurched from crisis to crisis, with war an ever-present threat, the sport remained a vehicle for hope, a magnet for decency and national feeling. Wounded Tiger is peppered with stories of cricketers, politicians and administrators working to better relations between Pakistan and India, to dampen radicalism, to make the sport the centre of a national narrative of patient progress. Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
27 Jul
2014
10:12

VIDEO: 'Elements of press who don't like me'

news.bbc.co.uk - Ed Miliband says he does not care about reaction to him eating a bacon sandwich or Wallace and Gromit comparisons. More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
09:53

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal must pay €100 million to sign Kevin Strootman, says Roma coach

www.telegraph.co.uk - Roma coach Rudi Garcia insists huge "three-digit" fee will be required for the Italian club to even consider letting midfielder go More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
09:50

VIDEO: Gaza incursion 'no favours to Israel'

news.bbc.co.uk - Ed Miliband has said the Israeli incursion into Gaza is "doing no favours to Israel" and Hamas rocket attacks were "totally unjustified and appalling". More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
09:42

VIDEO: Miliband: Let the public into our politics

news.bbc.co.uk - Ed Miliband says voters should be involved in a public version of PMQs "to let the public into our politics". More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
09:39

VIDEO: Andrew Marr show paper review

news.bbc.co.uk - Dominic Grieve, Olly Grender and Max Hastings review the Sunday newspapers on the Andrew Marr Show. More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
09:36

Judo gold fulfils Powell's dream

news.bbc.co.uk - Natalie Powell who became the winner of Wales' first Commonwealth gold medal in judo, says her win was a dream come true. More... (Wales)
27 Jul
2014
09:30

Jennifer Hudson in pictures

music.guardian.co.uk - Jennifer Hudson: soul singer, Oscar-winner and survivor. Beautiful pictures by Chris Floyd shot for Observer Magazine Continue reading... More... (Music)
27 Jul
2014
09:21

Thousands scale Irish holy mountain

news.bbc.co.uk - Thousands of pilgrims climb Ireland's holiest mountain - Croagh Patrick More... (Northern Ireland)
27 Jul
2014
09:08

Didcot power station towers blown up

news.bbc.co.uk - Three enormous cooling towers which have stood for more than 40 years at Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire are demolished. More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
09:00

Scottish paper review

news.bbc.co.uk - Newspaper review: Scotland's front pages More... (Scotland)
27 Jul
2014
09:00

Beck Song Reader review 'a highly listenable, risk-free album of covers'

music.guardian.co.uk - (Warby Parker/Capitol Records) Continue reading... More... (Music)
27 Jul
2014
09:00

Fiction for older children reviews

books.guardian.co.uk - Mystical adventure, time travel and the space between waking life and the subconscious nothing is quite what it seems Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
09:00

Sinéad O'Connor interview: 'I deserve to be a priest. Music is a priesthood'

music.guardian.co.uk - Soon to release her 10th album, the famously iconoclastic singer hasn't mellowed much. Here she talks about feminism, the sexualisation of youth and why she's still proud of Nothing Compares 2 U Continue reading... More... (Music)
27 Jul
2014
09:00

Peter Sis: Why I made The Pilot and The Little Prince in pictures

books.guardian.co.uk - Artist Peter Sis shares sketches from his beautiful homage to Antoine de Saint Exupéry: The Pilot and the Little Prince, which tells the moving life story of aviator, pioneer, war hero and author of the much-loved children's book The Little Prince Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
09:00

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie - review

books.guardian.co.uk - 'His ambitious saga is convincingly doorstopper-ish and starts off promisingly, but as I find myself racing through it, ticking off clichés one by one, my hopes start to wilt' Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
08:39

Wales' Barker denied gold by Trott

news.bbc.co.uk - Elinor Barker wins her second medal of the Commonwealth Games with a silver in the 25km points race while Jazz Carlin sets a Games record. More... (Wales)
27 Jul
2014
08:30

Theresa May what lies beyond the public image?

www.guardian.co.uk - She's widely tipped as the next leader of the Tory party, yet little is known about the home secretary. Here, friends and colleagues tell the truth about the inscrutable MPThere are the shoes, of course. Despite the fact that Theresa May is among the most senior politicians in Britain and is now the longest-serving home secretary for more than 50 years, it is the shoes that come most immediately to some people's minds when you mention her name. So let's get them out of the wayThe leopard-print kitten heels she wore as party chairman while delivering a blistering 2002 speech in which she warned that the Conservatives were viewed as "the nasty party". The patent over-the-knee boots she sported as home secretary to greet the president of the Republic of Korea on her 2013 state visit. The Russell & Bromley brogues with discreetly jewel-studded heels she wore on stage at last year's party conference. The red wedges. The zebra-print heels. The snakeskin court shoes. The list goes on. Continue reading... More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
08:30

Fiction for teenagers reviews

books.guardian.co.uk - First love, outcasts, a road trip and a dystopian future feature in this month's psychologically engaging selection Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
08:25

VIDEO: Gaza conflict: The aid sent from Dubai

news.bbc.co.uk - The airline of Dubai's government is flying huge amounts of aid to Gaza. More... (Middle East)
27 Jul
2014
08:25

Warning over holiday behaviour

news.bbc.co.uk - Emergency services warn people not to put themselves at unnecessary risk as the warm weather continues into the start of the school holidays. More... (Wales)
27 Jul
2014
08:16

Manly Sea Eagles extend lead atop NRL ladder with win over Warriors

www.guardian.co.uk - Manly Sea Eagles 22-12 WarriorsWests Tigers 12-28 St George IllawarraManly have overcome a week of drama to push four points clear at the top of the NRL ladder with a gutsy 22-12 win over the injury-hit Warriors.Peta Hiku scored a brilliant try double in front of 19,199 fans at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday to secure Manly's third consecutive win and inflict a rare defeat over the Warriors at home. Continue reading... More... (Rugby league)
27 Jul
2014
08:13

One dead, three injured in A87 crash

news.bbc.co.uk - One person dies and three others are injured in a one-vehicle crash on the A87, near Invergarry, in the Highlands. More... (Scotland)
27 Jul
2014
08:00

Picture books for children reviews

books.guardian.co.uk - A bereaved tortoise, a smelly dog and a book on crafts will keep kids busy through the summer months Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
08:00

Glen Matlock interview: 'Being an ex-Sex Pistol is a double-edged sword'

arts.guardian.co.uk - The former punk rocker on what he's planning for his one-man show at the Edinburgh fringe Continue reading... More... (Theatre)
27 Jul
2014
07:30

The cricketers who fought for their country in World War One

www.telegraph.co.uk - New book tells the story of more than 200 professional cricketers who played, and fought, for their country More... (Cricket)
27 Jul
2014
07:14

Louis van Gaal: Wilfried Zaha does have a future at Manchester United

www.telegraph.co.uk - Louis van Gaal's failure to introduce Wilfried Zaha so far on tour of US now raising further question marks over his Man United future More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
07:11

Gold Coast Titans under investigation for possible salary cap breaches

www.guardian.co.uk - NRL's integrity unit confirms Titans are being looked atReview relates to period under a previous managementGold Coast Titans are under investigation over possible salary cap breaches, the NRL confirmed on Sunday.The NRL's general manager of integrity, Nick Weeks, said the matters being reviewed relate to a period when a previous management team was running the Titans. Continue reading... More... (Rugby league)
27 Jul
2014
06:47

North Queensland prop James Tamou cleared of a serious neck injury

www.guardian.co.uk - Scan reveals Tamou aggravated a previous injury'He is not considered to be in any long-term doubt'North Queensland prop James Tamou has been cleared of a serious neck injury, with the NRL club saying his long-term playing future is not in any doubt.Tamou left the field early in the Cowboys' impressive 20-12 win over Canterbury at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, after a collision with teammate Ashton Sims while attempting a tackle on James Graham. Continue reading... More... (Rugby league)
27 Jul
2014
04:15

Perils of the English countryside

news.bbc.co.uk - The hidden dangers of a walk in the English countryside More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
03:39

Sierra Leone Ebola escapee dies

news.bbc.co.uk - A Sierra Leone woman who fled hospital after testing positive for the Ebola virus has died after turning herself in, health officials tell the BBC. More... (Africa)
27 Jul
2014
03:19

In pictures: London Olympic Park

news.bbc.co.uk - Photographer captures Olympic Park from above More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
02:51

VIDEO: Air Algerie bodies to be brought to France

news.bbc.co.uk - France's president has promised that the bodies of 118 people who died when an Air Algerie plane crashed in Mali will be brought to France. More... (Africa)
27 Jul
2014
02:02

Nick Clegg says Russia should not host World Cup 2018

www.guardian.co.uk - Fifa has ruled out calls for boycott after the shooting down of MH17, insisting the tournament could be 'a force for good'Nick Clegg has joined calls for Russia to face the axe as hosts of the 2018 World Cup as part of tougher sanctions over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.The deputy prime minister said it was "unthinkable" at present that the tournament could go ahead in the country blamed by the west for supplying arms to the separatist rebels accused of causing the deaths of all 298 on board. Continue reading... More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
01:04

Manchester Uniteds Louis van Gaal unhappy despite win over Roma

www.guardian.co.uk - United manager blames height and heat for display Van Gaal praises Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney Match report: Roma 2-3 Manchester United Continue reading... More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
00:54

VIDEO: World's biggest electronic music festival

news.bbc.co.uk - How Tomorrowland appeals to electronic music fans. More... (Europe)
27 Jul
2014
00:51

Sun 'can harm sight as well as skin'

news.bbc.co.uk - How the sun can damage sight as well as skin More... (UK)
27 Jul
2014
00:46

Six seconds 'can transform health'

news.bbc.co.uk - Short six-second bursts of vigorous exercise have the potential to transform the health of elderly people, say researchers. More... (Scotland)
27 Jul
2014
00:40

Arsenal downed by New York Red Bulls and Bradley Wright-Phillips

www.guardian.co.uk - New York Red Bulls 1-0 Arsenal Wright-Phillips 32 Continue reading... More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
00:36

Manchester United 3 AS Roma 2: Louis van Gaal hits out as players wilt in Denver heat

www.telegraph.co.uk - United manager says his players almost threw away three-goal lead in victory over Roma because they struggled with heat and altitude More... (Football)
27 Jul
2014
00:27

Iran students face expulsion from Norway over sanctions

news.bbc.co.uk - How sanctions are hurting Iranian science students in Norway More... (Europe)
27 Jul
2014
00:06

The bowling biochemist hoping to inspire a nation

news.bbc.co.uk - Sportsman hopes to inspire Pakistan at Glasgow Games More... (Asia)
27 Jul
2014
00:06

Britain's black actors must be given a better choice of roles, says star of Spielberg series

www.guardian.co.uk - Treva Etienne of Falling Skies fame, the latest black Briton to find success in America, fears a generation of domestic talent is being wastedA London actor who has won a lead role in Steven Spielberg's television sci-fi series Falling Skies has joined calls to increase opportunities for aspiring black and mixed-race British actors.A future generation of screen and stage talent is being wasted, says Treva Etienne, who is the latest in a line of black British actors to thrive in America following Idris Elba in The Wire, David Oyelowo in The Butler, Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Without a Trace, David Harewood in Homeland, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the film 12 Years a Slave. Speaking to the Observer this weekend from Hollywood, Etienne called for a better balance of parts for black newcomers at home. Continue reading... More... (Film & TV)
27 Jul
2014
00:06

Britain is open for business, but is it still the right policy?

www.guardian.co.uk - The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has thrown a spotlight on the influence of Russian oligarchs. Now other areas of laissez-faire policies are being examined, from football clubs to party fundingFor more than 30 years successive Conservative and Labour prime ministers have declared with a pleading ebullience that Britain is "open for business". In response, some of the richest people from around the world have strode through the open doors. Oligarchs swarm to vibrant London, choosing the capital over New York as a favoured destination. The City of London is still a magnet, the 2008 crash fast becoming a distant memory. Even British politics is open for business. Election strategists from the US, Australia and South Africa wave their wands on behalf of the three main parties. Foreign donors line up to fund the Conservatives' next election campaign, as a few did for Labour at the last election. In the UK all are more than welcome to run our companies, football clubs and buy our properties.Or at least they were. The familiar incantation about openness is suddenly qualified. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by Russian separatists and Vladimir Putin's response has caused a degree of ideological confusion at the top of the Conservative party. Even the most enthusiastic advocates of laissez-faire economics are thrown into a degree of farcical bewilderment in the face of Putin's assertive nationalism. Monty Python's Flying Circus might have taken a bow in London last weekend but the surreal prospect of a tennis match involving David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the wife of a former Putin ally exceeds in dark absurdity any sketch revived by John Cleese and co. Vladimir Chernukhin, a billionaire, was deputy finance minister during Putin's first term as president of Russia. Chernukin's wife bid for the match at a recent Tory party fundraising dinner. Continue reading... More... (Olympics)
27 Jul
2014
00:05

Amadeus review Rupert Everett impresses as the seething Salieri

arts.guardian.co.uk - Chichester Festival theatre, West SussexA vivid revival of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus christens a newly refashioned Chichester Festival theatre Continue reading... More... (Theatre)
27 Jul
2014
00:05

Bestselling ghostwriter reveals the secret world of the author for hire

books.guardian.co.uk - Andrew Crofts has written 80 titles and sold some 10 million copies in a 40-year career, mostly under names far more famous than his own until now Continue reading... More... (Books)
27 Jul
2014
00:05

Shakespeare in Love review one fine lead and a too-tangled plot

arts.guardian.co.uk - Noel Coward, LondonLucy Briggs-Owen is a revelation in Lee Hall's clever but sometimes confusing version of the hit Tom Stoppard screenplay Continue reading... More... (Theatre)
27 Jul
2014
00:05

Evan Davis: Newsnight's economical choice

www.guardian.co.uk - The Today man will be an able host, but might the BBC have been keeping one eye on the pennies?Evan Davis isn't the "new Paxman", let alone the old Paxman. He's an extremely able economics commentator who can wander far and wide into politics and foreign affairs where necessary. He won't let anyone down as he moves from Today to Newsnight.And yet, to be frank, this shift has bit of a Premiership transfer deal feel. After a quarter of a century of Paxo, the Newsnight team needed a strong central presence to build its new team around. That, at first, seemed to be Eddie Mair: or, switching emphasis, it could also have been Laura Kuenssberg, with James O'Brien as new star striker. Either way, there had to be a hint of danger and non-corporate independence in the mix. Continue reading... More... (Film & TV)
27 Jul
2014
00:05

Holy Warriors review dizzy march of history

arts.guardian.co.uk - Shakespeare's Globe, LondonDavid Eldridge's quickstep through the long war between Christianity and Islam veers from portentousness to pantomime Continue reading... More... (Theatre)
27 Jul
2014
00:05

Medea review clenched and forceful

arts.guardian.co.uk - Helen McCrory delivers a majestic performance as the vengeful protagonist in Ben Power's new version of Euripides' play Continue reading... More... (Theatre)
27 Jul
2014
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Disobedient Objects review raw protest in genteel surroundings

arts.guardian.co.uk - V&A, LondonA thought-provoking history of the tools of protest comes with the inbuilt irony of being staged in a grand old museumDesign is more interesting when it is driven by intent and urgency, rather than the wish to tickle the appetites of shoppers of products. Medical and military objects, or those formed in the face of material shortages, or in response to the release of a new technique, tend to have a surprising logic and a true inventiveness that comes from situations where preconceptions are wasteful luxuries. No one would have come up with something as luminously odd as an x-ray or a submarine unless they really had to.The same is true of the banners, balustrades and stranger devices used in protest, where there is an unequal balance of resources between protesters and whatever authorities they are opposing. There is the added factor that there is a kinship between artistic and political discontent: a similar urge lies behind the wish to reinvent things and reinvent society. "Our world is in dire need of creative maladjustment," said Martin Luther King. "To disobey in order to take action", according to the philosopher Gaston Bachelard, "is the byword of all genuine creative spirits." Continue reading... More... (Art & Architecture)
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The Nether review dark desires in a nightmare world

arts.guardian.co.uk - Royal Court, LondonChilling warning of virtual paedophilia in a dystopian future Continue reading... More... (Theatre)
27 Jul
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The Boy Who Fell Into a Book review a knockout mix

arts.guardian.co.uk - Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughAlan Ayckbourn's tale of fiction coming to life makes an inspiring leap from page to stage Continue reading... More... (Theatre)
27 Jul
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Gluck: Opera Arias review Daniel Behle delivers a fine recital

music.guardian.co.uk - Daniel Behle (tenor), Armonia Atenea, George Decca Petrou(Decca) Continue reading... More... (Music)
27 Jul
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Welcome to the Jungle review Neon Jungle's debut is a mixed bag

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27 Jul
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Sweet Visitor review Nancy Kerr veers from the outstanding to the drab

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Danh Võ and Carol Rama review poignant relics of family and friendship

arts.guardian.co.uk - Nottingham ContemporaryIn his first UK show, Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Võ transcends the torments of war and exile by forging links across time to those he loves and admiresThere are times when capital cities take a beating in the art game, when their public museums, like battleships, are too cumbersome to turn direction. They miss the new at the moment of its passing. Sometimes they miss the old and valuable altogether.This is so in both cases with Nottingham Contemporary's pairing of the Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Võ (born 1975, and pronounced Yan Voe) and the Italian painter Carol Rama (born 1918). Rama won the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, but has only had one solo show in Britain so far, at the Baltic almost a decade ago when she was a mere 86. Continue reading... More... (Art & Architecture)
27 Jul
2014
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Rimsksy-Korsakov: Scheherazade review an eclectic, exotic delight

music.guardian.co.uk - The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic's penchant for drawing on different styles and cultures reinvigorates an overplayed work Continue reading... More... (Music)
27 Jul
2014
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Hypnotic Eye review Tom Petty and company are impossible to dislike

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27 Jul
2014
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Lese Majesty review Shabazz Palaces take hip-hop into another dimension

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The Voyager review Jenny Lewis goes into confessional mode

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