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The fat lady sang gorgeously but she was not gorgeous to the eye. Such was the verdict of London critics attending Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught's recent debut at one of the world's most prestigious opera houses. And their comments have set off a
23 May 2014 22 shares 1 View comments Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Brentwood, Basildon the roll-call of councils where Ukip recorded sweeping gains sounds like a series of minicab destinations from ITV's reality show The Only Way Is Essex. But they
Teri Pengilley If you are of the opinion that the newspaper headline "the economy shrank steeper than expected" isn't just grammatically incorrect but, as Simon Heffer shrieks, a positively "barbaric" crime against language, then the journalist-
9 May 2014 0 View comments A typical defector is an Asian man in his 30s who I saw stand up at a packed Ukip rally last year and explain why he had joined Farages party. As an entrepreneur, he believed in Ukips doctrine of low tax and low spending.
Trend-setters play a huge part in shaping fashion.' Gareth Pugh's 2014/2015 autumn/winter collection. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images People get upset about language change. The innocent use of the word "less" where a shrinking faction
2 May 2014 0 View comments With his juvenile remarks this week that he wants to impose limits on increases in rents, Ed Miliband has shown once again that he values a cheap headline over wise policy-making A ceaseless criticism of Ed Miliband is that
25 April 2014 0 View comments Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Britain is beset with many problems, and one that's been nagging for some time has become increasingly pressing...The former prime minister was widely rebuked this week after calling on
On the scales at 1.2kg, or 2lb12oz in Victorian money, this hefty tome conforms physically to its contents. Not for it the fashionable Victorianist world of steampunk, nor that of playful Victoriana currently on show at the Guildhall Art Gallery.
10 October 2013 8 View comments Our image of the Victorians is too often of a repressed, conservative, starchy, uptight and blinkered people. They were allegedly so prudish they even covered their table legs, were harsh to women and children, vicious
This boutique festival will host a number of events befitting its resplendent setting on the 18th-century site and in the Oxfordshire town of Woodstock. Simon Thurley's English Heritage Lecture will survey the history of British architecture and the