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King Charles III London Underground theatre poster pixelated amid fears it might cause offence

“The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?” A controversial new play ...

BBC2 at 50: The 50 facts you might not know

Today marks 50 years since audiences first clapped eyes on a new channel: BBC2. Since then it’s given us classic sitcoms, quiz shows, Sir David ...

Move over Mad Men – now is the time for Small Stars

They’re no Jon Hamm or Sean Bean. In fact, in television hits such as Mad Men or Game of Thrones, they are, literally, the smallest ...

Move over Mad Men – it’s time for Small Stars

They’re no Jon Hamm or Sean Bean. In fact, in television hits such as Mad Men or Game of Thrones, they are, literally, the smallest ...

Book review: Gwynne’s Latin By N M Gwynne

If Mr Gwynne is to be believed, you really ought to cancel your weekend plans and concentrate on learning Latin instead. It’s not just that ...

Album reviews: Eels, Nat Birchall, Iggy Azalea, Kelis, Yaaba Funk

Eels The Cautionary Tale Of Mark Oliver Everett (E Works/Pias) If seasoned Mark Oliver Everett-watchers felt short-changed by the lack of desolate feelings on 2013’s sprightly ...

Book review: A God In Every Stone By Kamila Shamsie

It is a rare writer who can transport her readers in just a few pages to another place and time. Shamsie’s writing is so evocative ...

Book review: The Quest For A Moral Compass By Kenan Malik

If you happen to be cogitating on the possibility of a degree course in philosophy, you must read this book. If you are not, you ...

Book review: The Museum of Ordinary Things By Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman has specialised in stories with a surreal tinge, a gentle element of Angela Carter in her worlds of angels, magic and strange-looking women. ...

The Bonus Track: A.J.Ellis, Lana Del Rey, Grace Jones, Martyn Bennett and Damon Albarn

A hero is reborn Brit-born former Five O’Clock Heroes frontman A. J. Ellis is launching a solo career. He moved to New York as a teenager in ...

Book review: After I’m Gone By Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is at the forefront of a group of American female writers who are dragging the crime novel into new and intriguing territories in ...

Invisible Ink: No 220 - Nancy Spain

There was a time when Nancy Spain seemed to be everywhere. She was a journalist, broadcaster and television presenter, a genuine populist who wrote columns ...

Bob Odenkirk interview: Better recall Saul

When I tell people I’m interviewing Bob Odenkirk everyone makes the same joke. “Oh wow,” they say. “So you’re going to call Saul?” Yep, that’s ...

In the Flesh: ‘If Alan Bennett and Ken Loach did a zombie show’

In a church hall in Salford, a queue of the undead is forming. The politically correct term for these people is “partially deceased syndrome (PDS) ...

Matt Cain interview: In bed with TV’s fluffiest culture editor

It’s a sunny day in north London when Matt Cain lets me into his immaculately tidy flat and launches into his first big interview for ...

The talk of Dylan Thomas’ town: Laugharne pays tribute to its famous centenarian

"The strangest town in Wales” is what the poet Dylan Thomas dubbed Laugharne, the place he made his home in the four years before his ...

Paperback reviews: Miracles of Life: Shanghai To Shepperton, Secrecy, Family Likeness, Sane New World: Taming the Mind, The Great Mathematical Problems

Miracles of Life: Shanghai To Shepperton By J G Ballard (Fourth Estate £8.99) James Graham Ballard’s autobiography Miracles of Life, published shortly before the author succumbed to ...

The top ten: Unrelated pairs of words

Thanks to Calum for suggesting this list: I did not believe that there were as many as 10 examples, thinking 'female', 'island' and 'outrage' quite ...

Michael Cera: The A-list actor talks chickenpox, learning Spanish and why he'd love to work with Mike Leigh

The chickenpox and 'Ghostbusters' got me interested in acting When I was about four, I think, I got a severe case of the chickenpox and ...

Portfolio: Kirsten Hoving captures the beauty of Vermont's marble quarries

Vermont might be the sixth-smallest state in America, but it can also lay claim to providing the very bedrock of the country. The US Supreme ...

The Diarists: This week in history

21 April 1968 The Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle: "Ted and I were sitting by the telly listening to the six o'clock news when there suddenly ...

Pussy riot: Photographer Alexandra Crockett's book Metal Cats celebrates the metalheads who have a soft spot for their moggies

'I think it was best said by my friends in Skeletonwitch," Alexandra Crockett tells me (Skeletonwitch being a blackened-thrash metal band, for those not in ...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez tribute: A remarkable life of magic realism and urgent relevance

Last September, I might easily have died in Cartagena de Indias. Our domestic flight had riskily taken off from the Colombian capital Bogota – to ...

Kingdom Tower: Construction of 1km high new world’s tallest building to begin next week in Saudi Arabia

Construction of what will become the next world’s tallest building is set to begin next week in Saudi Arabia. Once finished, the Kingdom Tower will stand ...

Game of Thrones' 'Purple Wedding': George R.R. Martin explains thinking behind King Joffrey's demise

Contrary to the fist-pumping and cries of "Let him choke! Die!" that King Joffrey's poisoning was met with from viewers in Game of Thrones season ...

Homoerotic stamps by 'iconic' gay artist set for release in Finland

New stamps featuring homoerotic drawings are set to be released this September by the Finnish Postal Service. Late graphic artist Tom of Finland (real name Touko ...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, film review: 'Hoary, unconvincing fare'

Marc Webb, 138 mins, starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz. One of the wonders of modern-day Hollywood is the ...

Oh My Sweet Land, Young Vic, theatre review

The desperate plight of Syria's two million refugees is searingly and sensitively communicated in this one-woman show, conceived and performed by the half-Syrian actress, Corinne ...

Pierce Brosnan: My 'tame' James Bond was 'never good enough'

Pierce Brosnan has bemoaned his time as James Bond, saying that he never felt “good enough” in the famous role. The Irish actor, 60, starred ...

Augustines, Koko, gig review

Augustines have spent three years projecting stadium-sized passion in pub back-rooms. The 1400 packed into this Camden music hall could represent a dilution of that ...

Gone Girl trailer: First look at Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher's movie

The trailer for Gone Girl, the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, has been released. Scroll to watch trailerThe David Fincher movie stars Ben Affleck and ...

Professor Green postpones UK tour because of his 'colourful life', described by 12 adjectives

Professor Green has postponed his UK tour, again, because of a “wonderfully colourful day to day life” he describes in not one, not two, but ...

'Banksy' GCHQ mural still unconfirmed as Snowden praises Pulitzer Prize committee

Guerilla graffiti artist Banksy is believed to be behind a mural depicting suspicious-looking figures eavesdropping just three miles away from the GCHQ headquarters. The artwork's ...

Valentina Lisitsa, classical review

At the Wigmore Hall in 2007, the Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa delivered a dazzling recital of Beethoven and Liszt. The rest is history: Yellow Lounge ...

Prince Charles turned his back on Sir Salman Rushdie over The Satanic Verses 'because he thought book was offensive to Muslims'

Prince Charles turned his back on Sir Salman Rushdie during his fatwa over publication of The Satanic Verses because he thought the book was offensive ...

Restaurant Wars: the Battle for Manchester, BBC2 - TV review: 'A no-nonsense battle of the chefs whets the appetite'

Mancunians cemented their claim to be the most no-nonsense people on Earth in the first episode of Restaurant Wars: the Battle for Manchester (BBC2) last ...

A Love Letter From a Stray Moon by Jay Griffiths - book review: 'Inspiring tale puts Frida the free spirit back in the picture'

Some writers treat each book as a separate beast, to be built or bred according to particular, individual principles. Others just keep writing the same ...

Restaurant Wars: the Battle for Manchester, BBC2 - TV review

Mancunians cemented their claim to be the most no-nonsense people on Earth in the first episode of Restaurant Wars: the Battle for Manchester (BBC2) last ...

Can Criminals Say Sorry? BBC3 - TV review

According to Can Criminals Say Sorry? (BBC3), Greater Manchester Police takes the national lead in this new(ish) process, which involves facilitating carefully structured face-to-face conversations ...

Hinterland and 35 Diwrnod: Step aside Scandi thrillers, here comes Wales

Dankly atmospheric European-fringe landscapes? Check. Murder detectives? Check. Subtitles? Check. BBC4? Check. And yet Hinterland, the latest drama to follow in the hallowed footsteps of ...

The Great British rake off

As gladiatorial arenas go, a walled garden in Nottinghamshire doesn't immediately conjure up images of bitter rivalry and struggles to survive. But BBC2's new series, ...

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South Korea ferry disaster: Angry relatives protest over Sewol ferry rescue operation as tales of bravery and heroism emerge

The families of passengers missing after a South Korean ferry listed and sank have protested angrily over the rescue operation, as yet more stories of ...

Lewis Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai circuit

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand ...

'Our father and brothers are culprits in this tragedy': Saudi princesses who say they are kept locked in palace without food or water make contact with the outside world

Sisters claim they are being held hostage for supporting women's rightsPrincesses say their family beat them and deny access to food and waterBy Josh Gardner and Daniel ...

'This time next year I won't have a baby. I'll be famous instead': Four-months' pregnant woman who had £4,800 boob job on NHS wants abortion so she can appear on Big Brother

Josie Cunningham, 24, had a £5,000 breast enlargement on the NHSMother-of-two, from Leeds, is now pregnant after falling into prostitutionMs Cunningham admits she will abort ...

Mother tells of family's rescue from Longleat lion area: 'Of all the places - why the lion enclosure?'

A mother who had to flee her car with her two children in the middle of the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park has spoken ...

Sophisticated meth lab found in million dollar lakeside home

Police discovered equipment and chemicals for making methamphetamine in a million-dollar Ohio homeMadhu Dutta, 51, was arrested for possession of chemicals for the manufacture of ...

'Shrimp Boy' accuses the FBI of entrapment after being 'wined and dined' by agents with millions of dollars

The FBI used millions of dollars and goods seized in other cases in a seven-year sting29 were arrested in the operation, which targeted a notorious ...

NASA engineer known as 'Apollo's unsung hero' for developing the moon landing strategy dies aged 95

John C. Houbolt died on Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, from complications associated with Parkinson's diseaseis the engineer that pushed the idea ...

Miss America asks school to reconsider their suspension of a high school senior who asked her to prom

Nina Davuluri was at Central York High School in Pennsylvania as part of a diversity eventPatrick Farves, 18, has been planning to ask Davuluri out ...