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  • Taylor Swift named woman of the year

    Taylor Swift named woman of the year

    Pop superstar Taylor Swift was named woman of the year at the Elle Style Awards in London. The singer follows in the footsteps of fellow US star Katy Perry who won last year. Swift was presented with her award at the glamorous event by another...

  • Bono ‘knocked out’ by survey

    U2’s Bono has said he is ‘knocked out’ by an independent survey claiming their songs were more popular on Apple iOS devices than any other musician. The news will come as little surprise to many Apple users as the band’s latest album Songs of...

  • First 1,000 days 'key for children'

    First 1,000 days 'key for children'

    The days from conception to when a child reaches two are so important they "should be elevated to the same level as defence of the realm", a report in the UK has claimed. The cost of failing to deal adequately with the mental health of mothers...

  • It’s all in the moustache!

    It’s all in the moustache!

    Mortdecai (2015)Certified: 12ADuration: 106 minutesDirected by: David KoeppStarring: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Ulrich Thomsen, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Byrne, Nicholas FarrellKRS...

  • The scary lady returns

    The scary lady returns

    The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)Certified: 12Duration: 98 minutesDirected by: Tom HarperStarring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory, Adrian Rawlins, Leanne Best, Ned Dennehy, Oaklee Pendergast, Genelle WilliamsKRS Releasing...

  • Hawking leads plaudits for Redmayne

    Professor Stephen Hawking has told of his pride in Eddie Redmayne after the British star landed the best actor Oscar for his role as the famous physicist. The 33-year-old won the gong for his performance in The Theory of Everything after being...

  • Fifty Shades of Grey sparks red carpet tiff

    Fifty Shades of Grey sparks red carpet tiff

    Hollywood star Dakota Johnson had an awkward encounter with her mother Melanie Griffith on the Oscars red carpet – over her new film Fifty Shades of Grey. When mother and daughter arrived for the event together, US presenter Lara Spencer asked if...

  • In memory of Maria Ghirlando

    In memory of Maria Ghirlando

    ConcertConcerto for MariaVéronique Vella, pianoMPO/dir. Brian SchembriManoel Theatre Maria Ghirlando died almost five years ago. She was a colleague and much esteemed reviewer and gave that up when she became a member of the Manoel Theatre...

  • Neapolitan folk songs

    ConcertMusic from NaplesFolk singer Lucilla Galeazzi;various instrumentalistsManoel Theatre There must be few who haven’t heard or savoured traditional Neapolitan music. There was a time when this thriving metropolis, apart from Constantinople,...

  • When old meets new

    When old meets new

    Harold Pinter’s Old Times will be seen through a new light in Unifaun’s production of it, which opens next week. Jo Caruana speaks to director Chris Gatt and finds herself intrigued by a play that has captivated audiences for over three...

  • World’s diet getting worse as a result of globalisation

    World’s diet getting worse as a result of globalisation

    The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the...

  • Scientists find eating peanuts prevents allergy, urge rethink

    Scientists find eating peanuts prevents allergy, urge rethink

    In research that contradicts years of health advice, scientists said that babies at risk of developing a childhood peanut allergy can avoid it if they are given peanuts regularly during their first 11 months. The study, the first to show that...

  • Cézanne hidden sketches found

    Cézanne hidden sketches found

    Unfinished sketches by famed French artist Paul Cézanne have been found hidden on the backs of two of his watercolours, a Pennsylvania-based art foundation said. The Barnes Foundation said the sketches, one graphite and one watercolour, likely...

  • Birdman soars to Oscar heights

    Birdman soars to Oscar heights

    Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s story of a washed-up, former superhero actor wins highest honours at Academy Awards while hot contenders go home disappointed The dark comedy Birdman held up a mirror to Hollywood and its struggling actors and in return...

  • All shimmer and shine

    All shimmer and shine

    Shimmering beads and jewels in pale hues and dresses in bold tones brightened an unusually dreary rainy afternoon in Hollywood as the film industry’s stars hit the glamorous Oscars red carpet. Actresses Julianne Moore in shimmering Chanel,...

  • A fashion expert's guide to the Oscars red carpet

    A fashion expert's guide to the Oscars red carpet

    Fashion may well rival film in many people's appreciation of the Oscars with celebrities being named winners and losers of the red carpet. According to a fashion expert on the ground, Sam Saboura, there were only two who were clear leaders in the...

  • Lady Gaga steals Oscars show with Sound of Music tribute

    Lady Gaga steals Oscars show with Sound of Music tribute

    Lady Gaga stole last night's Oscars show with her commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music and tribute to Julie Andrews.  Lady Gaga received a standing ovation as she delivered a rousing medley of songs from the musical film...

  • Redmayne wins Best Actor Oscar for Stephen Hawking role

    Redmayne wins Best Actor Oscar for Stephen Hawking role

    An emotional Eddie Redmayne was propelled into the frontline of Hollywood stardom today when he won the leading actor Oscar. The star, lauded for his performance as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, saw off competition from...

  • 'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights on best picture win

    'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights on best picture win

    The dark comedy "Birdman" held up a mirror to Hollywood and its struggling actors and received in return the film industry's highest recognition last night, the Academy Award for best picture. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu's story of a...

  • Menopause ‘could last for 12 years’

    Menopause ‘could last for 12 years’

    The menopause could last for around 12 years, and is likely to affect women of certain races for longer than others, research suggests. Women suffer from frequent hot flushes and other symptoms, such as night sweats, for an average of around seven...

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