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February 14, 2013

Nerina Pallot's Lonely Valentine Club Tour

When did the American Civil War really take place? Which is the best household appliance upon which to write a musical ditty? If you were to have pint with a particular guitar chord, which would you...

A window into the soul of an artist

Brian UsherArtist Hilary Gialerakis died aged 79 after a colourful but tempestuous life which she recorded in dairies she began writing in 1924. Shortly before her death in 2003, Gialerakis posted her dairies and memoirs to her daughter Antonia G ...

Double treat of music and laughter

James CombesThere’s no doubt that Mitch Benn is an old hand at this game. He’s been touring and performing since starting his comedy career in Edinburgh 17 years ago. But this isn’t just Mitch’s show. This is a double-bill. The venue is The Comedy Box in S ...

A class comedy double-act

James CombesStraight ahead I can see Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller. They are standing absolutely still and, in a neat twist to the usual cliché, they both seem to be much taller than they are on the television. It’s Saturday night in Birmingham. It’s ...

A-ha still a crowd pleaser after 25 years

Marina Watson PeláezEighties pop band A-ha marked the 25th anniversary of their debut album with a special concert at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall.The Norwegian group performed Hunting High And Low in full for the very first time to a highly appr ...

A masterly tale of intrigue, deception and betrayal

Ask any author of historical or social-commentary fiction about Charles Dickens and they will inevitably say that they were influenced by the great man. That much is certain. Yet very few have even an ounce of his remarkable story-telling prowess writes re ...

A comedic force to be reckoned with

James Combes - The-Latest comedy writerThere are few rules to stand-up comedy. But if there is one piece of advice that will serve the comedian well, it is this: start and finish with your best material. Start with a bang and finish with an explosion. Do t ...

Scorsese's Shutter Island fails to impress

David ShooDespite already securing his place in cinema history with a career spanning over four decades across several genres, it’s fair to say that film director Martin Scorsese is yet to make an Oscar-worthy suspense thriller. Whilst his remake of the 1 ...

Off the Endz is a modern day tragedy

Fineke AfobeSquashed between tube passengers under a shelter in front of Sloane Square train station in the heart of London, the sky continued to throw itself at the ground.My poor attempt to helmet my freshly tonged, premium hair with the Evening Standard ...

A dance spectacular worth seeing

Lara Platman“It is amazing when you can actually get eye contact with someone” said my dear friend last night in the foyer of the Barbican Theatre, while we were waiting to go in to see the Michael Clark Company.She had put her contact lenses in for the fi ...

Lily's back where she belongs

Aileen CaseyUK pop recording artist Lily Allen, has achieved the coveted number one spot in the British music charts with her brand new album It's Not You It's Me and what a worthy winner. Her second album, at just 24-years-old, is jam packed full ...

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