The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third childKate wore a baby pink dress to an event todayShe stepped out with husband Prince William and her brother-in-law Prince HarryKate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 35, joined her husband Prince William, 35, and her brother-in-law Prince Harry, 33, at a charity event today.The pregnant royal wore a pink dress with flower motif appliquéd on.The 60s inspired smock dress featured a black velvet trim around the neck and a black belt just above Kate’s growing bump. She wore velvet pumps with a heel to the event at Paddington Station. Kate, William and Harry joined children from the various charities Her sparkling sapphire engagement ring was on her finger, and she wore a silver watch on the same wrist.She held a black clutch bag in her right hand.The Duchess’s hair, which was cut slightly shorter recently, was curled and blow … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton displays blossoming bump in BABY pink floral dress – is it a clue?
Google’s latest Doodle marks what would have been the 272nd birthday of Olaudah Equiano (1746-1797), the African writer whose memoir gave the world one of its first accounts of the slave trade from a victim's perspective. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African was published in 1789 (the second part of its title alluding to Equiano’s slave name) and immediately became a sensation. The work played a huge role in alerting eighteenth century audiences to the suffering endured by those uprooted from their homelands to serve white masters and bolstered the abolitionist cause, inspiring William Wilberforce, Granville Sharp and their fellow campaigners to draft the Slave Trade Act of 1807, which would ultimately force an end to human trafficking across the British Empire. … [Read more...] about Who was the African writer and anti-slavery icon Olaudah Equiano?
I’ve been thinking again a fair bit about Indigenous songlines these past few weeks. A few years ago I became compelled by songlines – variations of which have long been known as churinga and Dreaming tracks – after travelling partially along one, with Yolngu guides, into the Arafura Sea from north-east Arnhem Land. And I started reading about them again as I geared up to review a wonderful exhibition about songlines at the National Museum of Australia. That meant a fourth reading of Englishman Bruce Chatwin’s 1987 novel The Songlines and a terrific recent essay by Richard Cooke in The Monthly, assessing the book’s currency 30 years on. Songlines at the NMA: a breathtaking triumph of 21st century museology Read more Chatwin introduced “songlines” into the lexicon to simply describe a very complex Indigenous cosmology that had engaged anthropologists in Australia for at least a century. Chatwin’s best-selling, … [Read more...] about Travel and endless talk connected me to details Chatwin’s Songlines missed
The Star Wars community has been going over the Last Jedi main trailer with a fine-tooth comb.One eagle-eyed fan has spotted an extraordinary detail which may accurately predict the timeline of the movie by comparing it with the other footage already released, most notably the behind-the-scenes video and photographs launched at San Diego Comic-Con.As always, it is the smallest detail which may actually reveal the biggest truths.Rey was seen sporting a very obvious bruise in the previous footage but she does NOT have it in one key scene from the new trailer which suddenly changes everything about the expected timeline.WARNING: MAJOR POTENTIAL SPOILERS. Star Wars 8: Explosive new Last Jedi pictures revealed in trailer Tue, October 10, 2017 … [Read more...] about Star Wars 8: ‘Kylo Ren SAVES Rey from Snoke’ THIS bruise is a HUGE trailer clue
Terry is hoping he can break the X Factor curse that has left many previous winners tumbling from their thrones with tarnished crowns.For every Leona Lewis there has been a Leon Jackson and the odds are sadly not in Terry's favour.Terry spoke of today's single release and said: “The whole album is about my life over the last year and a half. It’s about being at the start of a relationship and how everything’s great, then it starts to crack, then Sucker For You comes in just after that."But will Terry be a sucker or a success? And how will he compare with those who came before? X Factor: where are they now? Mon, August 8, 2016 He added: “It’s about knowing you love someone more than they … [Read more...] about WHAT happened to all the X Factor winners? Where are they now? Matt Terry drops new single
Sure those robots are scary, but nobody wants to mess with the man formerly known as Marky Mark when he has his game face on.Wahlberg and Bay teamed up with British actress Laura Haddock for the fifth instalment in the franchise and things clearly got a little heated on set.To celebrate the digital and home entertainment release of the sci-fi blockbuster we have an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes at the filming of some of the death-defying stunts.It's not just bodies and flames that fly through the air as profanities explode with abandon in a dangerous world where manly men (and women) don't even stop for lunch.WATCH THE ON SET VIDEO NEXT (WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE) The thrilling footage goes behind the scenes as some of the extraotrdinary stunts are filmed. A huge explosion erupts and shows that no special effects were need to singe off the audience's eyebrows. In another, stunt men and women hurtle down a huge tilting alien set.The producer K.C. Hodenfield sums it up … [Read more...] about Transformers 5: Michael Bay calls Mark Wahlberg a motherf***er: Incredible on set video
I’ve had a lot of time to gather tips and hints about cooking and how to run a home because I’ve lived in a house for quite a long time. This book is a collection of some of the ones you’ve probably already thought of yourself. The kitchen This is the heart of any home and will normally contain a fridge, a cooker, a sink and some cupboards. When planning a kitchen, try to make sure all these items are in the places you want them. The fridge Having a freezer compartment can be very useful for storing food that you don’t want to eat immediately. I always think a bag of frozen peas can cheer up any meal. Rather than have a tomato soup for supper, why not put in a bit more effort and make a tomato and pea soup? When cleaning your fridge, it is a good idea to wait until there is not much food in it. If you wait until you have just done a big shop, you will have to take everything out again. The cooker My assistant, Lucy, and I always like to use an Aga. Do check … [Read more...] about Mary’s Household Tips and Tricks by Mary Berry – digested read
The first time Lindsey Fitzharris saw a dead body, she was eight years old. Her great-aunt was embalmed and on display, a common practice at funerals in the American midwest. “My cousin asked me if I wanted to touch her; I was a kid, of course I did,” she says. Almost 30 years after she brushed her aunt’s cold, slightly too-firm arm, Fitzharris still remembers the instantaneous change that came from that gentle contact; a new perception of mortality revealed to her, like someone turning on a light. “It was one of those moments where you realise something has fundamentally changed with this body. That person is gone. I touched her and I understood then, that death meant something much bigger than I had previously thought.” Today, Fitzharris is a medical historian: a self-explanatory title, but also an oddity. “When cabbies ask what I do, they’re always like: ‘Is that a real job?’ I’m like: ‘Sort of … ’” … [Read more...] about ‘Have you seen the maggots yet?’ Lindsey Fitzharris on the gruesome history of surgery
‘Tell you what,” says Ian Rankin, “I wish I could move like Jagger.” We are in the Oxford Bar, the Edinburgh pub famous as the place where Rebus – Rankin’s fictional detective – does his drinking. But we are not here to talk about a book. Rather, to hear a confession of sorts: Ian Rankin is the singer in a hitherto secret band. They are called Best Picture. A six-piece. Quite garage-y, a bit Teardrop Explodes. A debut seven-inch, Isabelle, is forthcoming on Oriel Records – on pink vinyl – with the comedian Al Murray guesting on backing vocals. “It’s a dad band,” Rankin explains. “We’re mostly men of a certain age who should know better.” Rankin is 57. Bobby Bluebell, the band’s former pop star (guitar and vocals), is a year older. His best-known work is Young at Heart – a No 1 for the Bluebells in 1993 – a title that might serve as a motto for his new bandmates. His career as a … [Read more...] about Rebus and roll: Ian Rankin’s new gig as a ‘dad rock’ singer
Henry Bolton – who has been leader of the pro-Brexit party for a matter of weeks – made the astonishing remark this morning.In an interview on Sky News, Bolton was asked about initiation ceremonies for UKIP party leaders.The former soldier – who was elected with the support of Nigel Farage – then went on to explain how he was given the option of killing the animal. GETTY/SKY BOAST: Mr Bolton claims he can kill a badger Nigel Farage: is he EVER out of the pub? Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage isn't shy of a pint or two 1 / 12 PA Archive/PA Images … [Read more...] about UKIP leader boasts he can kill a BADGER with his BARE HANDS
Meera Sodha has made turmeric lattes and a type of mithai (Indian sweet). Rather apologetically, she notes that while things may seem to have gone a bit hipster cafe when we meet in her east London kitchen, both are old Indian recipes. She’d grown up drinking “golden milk” as a cure-all (though health claims on its behalf remain unproven, she hastens to add), and had been busy developing her own spice blend including turmeric, cinnamon and pepper. The sweets are khajur pak – traditionally made by heating dates and nuts, likely cashews, in a pan on the stove, but she blitzed them in a food processor before rolling them into balls and dusting with pistachio and cocoa. “And I added pecans because … well, who doesn’t love pecans?” This pursuit of flavour over tradition has contributed to the success of Fresh India, this year’s winner of Best New Cookbook. Sodha, 35, isn’t keen on people who get uptight about authenticity. … [Read more...] about OFM Awards 2017: Best New Cookbook – Fresh India by Meera Sodha
What do book prizes have to do with serious literature? On the long view, the answer is: not much. Even the immensely distinguished Nobel prize, which has just delighted many British readers with its choice of Kazuo Ishiguro, has logged some pretty forgettable selections. Who, for instance, still reads Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1908), Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1917), Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1939) or Nelly Sachs (1966)? In the arts, prizes will always be a lottery. Posh panels are just as vulnerable as the rest of us to the vagaries of taste. The joy of reading is that it’s free from the thought police. Books live and die in the hearts and minds of readers. Still, for close on 50 years, Man Booker’s quixotic efforts have made surprisingly good sense of a difficult, even impossible enterprise. Taste and judgment aside, the other intractable dimension of the Booker conundrum is its annual rendezvous with the marketplace. As in farming, or finance, there are good years and … [Read more...] about Man Booker prize 2017: from Abraham Lincoln to Brexit Britain
The economist Yanis Varoufakis was the finance minister in Greece for six tumultuous months in 2015, before resigning from the Syriza government. Last year he launched the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25). He is also the author of several books. His latest is Talking to My Daughter About the Economy. Your new book, explaining the history and iniquity of capitalism, is addressed to your 12-year-old daughter, Xenia. What did she think of it?My daughter is my worst critic, so even if she likes something I do or write she is very averse to complimenting me. In this context her words of encouragement were the best I could have hoped for. Something like: “Not too bad.” Is she interested in economics?No she’s not at all interested in economics, but she’s very much interested in politics, even though she wouldn’t call it politics. She’s interested in political issues, which have to do with feminism, racism and inequality. She would never come up … [Read more...] about Yanis Varoufakis: ‘I would like to live in a world where we’re all privileged’
We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky, wrote the late, great Leonard Cohen, and perhaps it is this lurking fear of eclipse that explains our desire to preserve the material proof of our presence. Museums are not only treasure troves of material proof that we humans are here and are large, they provide the bulwark of the past as protection against the alarming expanse of the future. Stories in many ways serve the same function, curating the random evidence of existence into meaningful narratives. But inevitably, both museums and stories are selective in how they arrange the evidence, depending on whose story they’re curating, whose presence they’re preserving. Oxford, where I’ve lived for nearly three decades, is home to one of the oldest and greatest museums in the world: the Ashmolean, founded by Elias Ashmole in 1683. When I used to visit as a child, I wasn’t much interested in the past. Egyptian mummies did the job just fine, the … [Read more...] about ‘Like stars in a complex constellation, these objects convey the sweep of Jewish history’
The unicorn started as a fierce creature found in the furthest corners of the known world. It had the head of a stag, the feet of an elephant and the tail of boar. So how did one end up on my daughter Robin’s fourth birthday cake – all pink and covered in glitter? That was my first memory of unicorns and Robin together. Singing Happy Birthday at her party, staring at this slightly ridiculous creature as the candles were blown out. I didn’t realise then how much time I’d spend looking at unicorns over the coming years. If you have a girl under 18 in your family, you’ll know what I mean. Robin is six now and her room’s a paddock of mystical one-horned beasts. There are cuddly toys, fluffy earmuffs, necklaces, glittery stickers, emoji cushions, sparkly pencil cases. These were not hard to come by. Unicorns no longer have to be lured from magical forests by pure maidens, you can buy one in two clicks off Asos. Topshop has unicorn headbands, pyjamas and … [Read more...] about Why the unicorn has become the emblem for our times
Hurley’s first novel, The Loney, was widely praised. Stephen King declared: “It’s great. It’s an amazing piece of fiction.” Originally published by a small press in a run of just 300 copies, it went on to win the Costa best first novel of the year and book of the year at the British Book Industry awards. Your new novel, Devil’s Day, is set in a remote farming community called the Endlands. How did it begin its life?It was the landscape that informed the novel, and really started that process. It’s based on an area north of Preston, where I live – the Trough of Bowland. Essentially, it’s a stretch of moorland that goes north from Preston and over towards Yorkshire. It’s a really unspoilt, untrodden place, and it occurred to me, as it did when I was writing The Loney, that this was a place that had been missed off the map in terms of literary fiction. What was special about it?Those kinds of places are really quite rare … [Read more...] about Andrew Michael Hurley: ‘It’s not about whether you want to write. It’s an urgent necessity’
After dark Rococo Chocolates unleashes the taste of autumn with these new chocs. Flavours include Somerset Cider, Cornish Tregothnan Tea and Biscuits, South Devon Chilli and Salted Clotted Cream Fudge. Put on the central heating and give in to autumn. Autumn chocolate collection From £6.50, rococochocolates.com The image maker Facebook Twitter Pinterest Best shots: portraits from the past 11 years Photographer Annie Leibovitz’s latest book showcases 150 of her best shots from the past 11 years, from Caitlyn Jenner and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Barack and Michelle Obama. You can hear all about it from the woman herself on 22 October at the Royal Festival Hall. Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 £69.95, phaidon.com The cat’s whiskers Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linked in: cat bracelet Asos has teamed up with Hello Kitty to create a special collection of … [Read more...] about Somerset cider chocolates and a Hello Kitty bracelet: what to buy this week
A handsome poster of James Barry’s 18th-century painting King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia advertised a video performance by school students in the Nuseirat refugee camp, an overcrowded and impoverished sprawl in the middle of the Gaza Strip. True, Cordelia’s (very modest) decolletage had been Photoshopped to leave an orange blur, but this was the only concession to the socially conservative sensibilities of Hamas, at whose education ministry’s cultural centre the show was taking place. It was an imaginatively produced series of drawn and photographic tableaux with a voiceover in faultless English by the high-school pupils and some arresting visual effects. The aged king’s palace was Blenheim, while Regan’s home was Buckingham Palace, complete with ceremonial troop of Grenadier Guards standing in for her visiting father’s unwelcome entourage. There were no Arabic subtitles. But as the show was condensed into 31 minutes – with … [Read more...] about How art is blooming amid the Gaza wasteland
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel about racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district because the language in the book “makes people uncomfortable”. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: a classic with many lives to live Read more The Sun Herald reported that administrators in Biloxi pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum this week. Kenny Holloway, vice-president of the Biloxi School Board, told the newspaper: “There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books. It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th-grade course.” A message on the Biloxi schools website said To Kill A Mockingbird teaches students that compassion and empathy do not depend upon race or education. Published in 1960, Lee’s … [Read more...] about To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list
The Star Wars community has been going over the Last Jedi main trailer with a fine-tooth comb.One eagle-eyed fan has spotted an extraordinary detail which may accurately predict the timeline of the movie by comparing it with the other footage already released, most notably the behind-the-scenes video and photographs launched at San Diego Comic-Con.As always, it is the smallest detail which may actually reveal the biggest truths.Rey was seen sporting a very obvious bruise in the previous footage but she does NOT have it in one key scene from the new trailer which suddenly changes everything about the expected timeline.WARNING: MAJOR POTENTIAL SPOILERS. Star Wars 8: Explosive new Last Jedi pictures revealed in trailer Tue, October 10, 2017 … [Read more...] about Star Wars 8 HUGE clue: Will Kylo Ren RESCUE Rey from Snoke? THIS bruise reveals timeline?