The wealth and influence of the Astor dynasty dates back to the 18th century when German-born John Jacob Astor settled in Baltimore, Maryland, and went onto become the first multi-millionaire in the US. He established himself as a fur trader in the north-east before diversifying into New York real estate. … [Read more...] about ‘MailOnline readers are really MEAN’: One of Britain’s best-connected women Rose Astor moans about being mocked online
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But this is not really a book held together by a unified theory of pop history. It’s more a series of portraits of his favourite singers, who include some choices with an air of inevitability about them – Little Richard, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin – and some less obvious candidates, such as Mary Margaret O’Hara, George Jones, Winston Rodney and – hallelujah! – Gladys Knight. … [Read more...] about Voices by Nick Coleman review – an enthusiastic history of the best pop singers
Last month, the media regulator, Ofcom, noted the "alleged behaviours amounting to significant corporate failures" at Fox, but concluded that as they didn't take place in a broadcasting standards context they "were not relevant to the decision over the takeover bid". … [Read more...] about Murdoch bid for Sky faces plurality and standards probe
The art critics on some of Britain's newspapers could as easily have been assigned gardening or travel and been cheerfully employed for life. This is because many newspaper editors don't themselves have much time to study their "Review" section, or have much interest in art. So we now enjoy the spectacle of critics swooning with delight about an artist's work when its respectability has been confirmed by consensus and a top-drawer show – the same artist's work that 10 years earlier they ignored or ridiculed. They must live in dread of some mean sod bringing out their old cuttings. And when Matthew Collings, pin-up boy of TV art commentary, states that the loss of contemporary art in the Momart fire didn't matter all that much – 'these young artists can always produce more' – he tells you all you need to know about the perverse nature of some of those who mug a living as art critics. However, when a critic knows what she or he is looking at and writes revealingly about … [Read more...] about 30 things about art and life, as explained by Charles Saatchi
Why was Mr Murdoch keen on the takeover?When the Fox bid for Sky was announced in December 2016, Rupert Murdoch was willing to spend £11.7bn on the deal for Fox to acquire the shares in Sky it did not already own. … [Read more...] about What are the issues in Fox’s Sky deal?