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Kes review – Real-life Billy Elliot brings Barry Hines’s novel to the stage

Chester Hayes in Kes

There’s a telling scene in Ken Loach’s 1969 film version of Barry Hines’sA Kestrel for a Knave, in which the young protagonist, bullied and humiliated during a games lesson, gazes wistfully at the girls’ dance class. The look on his face says he’d like to join in, but he can’t – he’s a boy, he’s from Barnsley, […]

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First listen: Michael Jackson’s Xscape

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When Michael Jackson released his 1995 double album, HIStory, he promoted it by sailing a 10-metre tall statue of himself through London, down the Thames. The statement was clear: Michael Jackson was back and as brilliantly OTT as ever. Fast forward 19 years and Michael Jackson is, well, dead, and the record industry doesn’t have […]

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West Ham’s Andy Carroll rises to occasion to sink battling Sunderland

Andy Carroll West Ham United

Perhaps Gus Poyet should have hired a hypnotist to convince his players it was Tuesday or Wednesday or Saturday – any day bar Monday. Sunderland really do not like Mondays and have now gone 12 years and 19 games since winning on one. This latest failure to perform on the first evening of the working week has […]

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Sergio Agüero urges caution over his Manchester City comeback

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Agüero is fearful he will miss Manchester City‘s title run-in and the summer’s World Cup by returning too early from his latest hamstring injury. The Argentinian striker is set to miss Saturday’s visit of Southampton, with his availability for the crucial trip to Liverpool the following weekend also in the balance. The injury is his second […]

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Nato plans stronger military ties to ex-Soviet states south of Russia

Nato's secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Nato has drawn up plans to strengthen military co-operation with the former Soviet states on Russia‘s southern flank after the Kremlin’s seizure of Ukraine‘s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. Nato foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the alliance’s response to the Ukraine crisis amid continued fears of Russia’s territorial ambitions and what the Americans term […]

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News World news Guinea Guinea faces Ebola epidemic on unprecedented scale, doctors warn

Nurses put on protective gear to treat Ebola patients in the southern Guinean town of Gueckedou

Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that are far apart, the medical charity Médecins sans Frontières said. The warning from an organisation used to tackling Ebola in central Africa came after Guinea’s president appealed for calm as the number of deaths […]

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Japan told to halt Antarctic whaling by international court

World Court Japan Australia

The International Court of Justice has ordered a temporary halt to Japan’s annual slaughter of whales in the southern ocean after concluding that the hunts are not, as Japan claims, conducted for scientific research. The UN court’s decision, by a 12-4 majority among a panel of judges, casts serious doubt over the long-term future of […]

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Manufacturing surveys show mixed outlook for UK and eurozone

George Osborne speaks with with works manager Richard O'Neil (R) on a visit to Tata Steel in Wales

There are renewed hopes that the eurozone economy picked up steam as it entered 2014 after a return to growth for France’s manufacturers and a surge in activity at Spanish and Italian factories. The news from a batch of closely watched manufacturing surveys by data specialists Markit was less upbeat for the UK, however, with […]

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Society | Read More »

Undervaluing Royal Mail shares cost taxpayers £750m in one day

Vince Cable

The government’s desperation to sell Royal Mail cost taxpayers £750m in a single day, the National Audit Office has said in a scathing report into the privatisation of the 500-year-old national institution. The public spending watchdog says the business secretary Vince Cableploughed ahead with plans to float Royal Mail at a maximum price of 330p-a-share despite repeated warnings from City experts […]

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Hillsborough inquest will not be adversarial battle, coroner tells jury

Lord Justice Goldring

The new inquest into how 96 people died at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground on 15 April 1989 will not become “an adversarial battle”, the coroner has told the jury in his opening address. On the second day of the inquest, which is scheduled to last a year, the jury of seven women and four […]

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