Here’s a few predictions for Black Friday. John Lewis will slash the price of Le Creuset pans. Amazon Fire tablets will be marked down by a third. Google Home Minis will drop towards £20. Top-end headphones with cables will plunge in price. And the price of (some) Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners will drop to their lowest ever level. But how real are these Black Friday deals? Let’s take a look firstly at Amazon Fire tablets. This week (all prices correct Thursday 14 November) Amazon was selling the “All-new Fire 7 tablet” with 16GB storage for £49.99. Now what’s the chances that on Amazon’s site it will be, say, £34.99 come Black Friday? Ermm … very, very high. How do I know this? No, not because Amazon have sent the press an embargoed list of their deals. Rather, it’s because Amazon dropped the price of these Fire tablets on its website in mid-October to £34.99, then put them back up again to £49.99. It’s … [Read more...] about Black Friday: how can you tell the good deals from the bad?
Black panther makes history
I had a really great childhood, but I always felt like a grownup in a child’s body. At the age of five, I was enrolled at the Barbara Speake Stage School in Acton, west London, which meant taking a bus and two trains each morning from my home in Stockwell, south London. When I was 13, I moved to the Italia Conti school, but even before that I started doing a lot of TV and music videos. Of all the videos, Bob Marley’s Is This Love was the most exciting. Our family loved reggae. I was just seven, and didn’t know what it would involve. I didn’t realise Bob Marley would be standing right next to me, tucking me under a blanket. He was the most handsome man, with beautiful bone structure; mellow, too, and soft-spoken, with a strong Jamaican accent, the kind I already knew from home. Until I was about 12, home was my grandmother’s house. My mum, Valerie, was a dancer and lived in Italy and later Switzerland. I was always excited when she came home to visit and … [Read more...] about Naomi Campbell: ‘At an early age, I understood what it meant to be black. You had to be twice as good’
The Dutch version of St. Nicholas arrived Saturday in the Netherlands in an annual children's party that has become the backdrop for increasingly acrimonious confrontations between supporters and opponents of his sidekick, Black Pete. White people often don blackface makeup to play the character in parades across the country. Opponents say such depictions promote racist stereotypes, while supporters defend the helper of Sinterklaas, the white-bearded, red-robed Dutch version of St. Nicholas, as a traditional children's character. Though the two sides faced off along the route of parades in a number of towns, there were no reports of serious violence. Police presence was high in towns where demonstrations were organized. Black Pete, St. Nicholas' controversial Dutch sidekick has made a reappearance for the festive period, although the black-faced character was not included in the nationally televised parade White people often don blackface makeup to play the character in parades … [Read more...] about Racism row protests in the Netherlands as St Nicholas’ blacked-up sidekick ‘Black Pete’ arrives for annual pre-Christmas parade
She gave birth to her first child two months ago.And on Monday night, Krysten Ritter, 37, looked sensational at the Los Angeles premiere for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.The actress, who starred in the original AMC series, went braless in a black frock that had a sheer bodice with beaded embellishments. Wow factor: She gave birth to her first child two months ago. And on Monday night, Krysten Ritter, 37, looked sensational at the Los Angeles premiere for El Camino: A Breaking Bad MovieThe Jessica Jones star flashed an eye-full of cleavage in her chosen outfit.The dress had cap sleeves and a below-the-knee black tulle skirt. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Aaron Paul cuts a dapper look in grey tweed as wife Lauren... Andie MacDowell is stylish in sleeveless black frock at LA... Will Smith plants kiss on wife Jada's cheek as he's... Charlize Theron goes tie-dye chic as she joins Chloe Grace... Share this article Share 16 shares Krysten added a pair of black and … [Read more...] about Krysten Ritter goes braless in black frock with sheer bodice and tulle skirt at El Camino premiere in LA two months after giving birth
The death of Eric Hobsbawm at the age of 95 leaves us bereft of a great historian, a masterly writer of muscular readable prose, and a scholar whose intellectual curiosity and range had few if any equals. He was already well past retirement age when I came to know him – first at Birkbeck College, the old workingmen's college in whose ideals he always took enormous pride, and then at meetings of Past and Present, the journal he had helped found. But despite being well on the wrong side of 80, he was still very active. He had taught at Birkbeck since the late 1940s, and as he kept a small office at Birkbeck 50 years on, I think it was in the narrow corridor outside it that I first saw him, lean, slightly stooping. The already frail shoulders under the sportsjacket made one feel protective of him but that feeling disappeared as soon as he began to talk. Hobsbawm needed no protection, and his mind retained a quite extraordinary energy and clarity up to the very end. And then there … [Read more...] about Eric Hobsbawm: the history man