STICKY WICKETS The Duckworth Lewis Method (Southbound) In the world of cricket-themed concept albums, The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh top the averages. But this is no T20, modernised version of a sports tribute album, the pair’s perfect opening combination of irony and specifics (The Umpiredeals with the horror of TV technology, Judd’s Paradox speaks of cricket and Marxism) makes for an offering to appeal to the five-day fan, for someone who believes cricketers wear white and walk when they’ve felt a nick.
While a high-calibre jury of writers and critics ponders the nominees for this year’s Children’s Book Awards, we have asked the true experts. So far we have heard our reviewers’ opinions about the nominees in the categories Picture Books and Junior Fiction
WAY TO THE BLUE: THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE Various (Southbound) Tribute albums are always bound to be bittersweet affairs. Anyone who has had an affinity with the artist – in this case English folkie Nick Drake – is likely to be disinterested unless they are zealous completists and those unfamiliar in the first place aren’t likely to care about the re-visitation.
BYE BYE MANCHESTER Melanie Pain (Border) With her second album, Melanie Pain has well and truly left behind the “one of various singers” tag she had with French band Nouvelle Vague.
According to Christina Hendricks, Calling her “Full Figured” was an insult that wasn’t going to stand for. When asked if she new she was an inspiration for “full figured” girls, the curvy actress became offended and stopped the line of questioning. Mad Men Actress Stunned to Silence The actress gets as much attention for […]
Anime fan Anastasiya Shpagina has transformed herself into a living cartoon character, complete with miniature waist, vividly-coloured hair, and a defined pout. Originally from the Ukraine, the 19-year-old takes style inspiration from the cartoons and computer animations that have a huge following in Japan, and has even adopted a Japanese name – Fukkacumi. It is […]
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It is an understatement to say that Elizabeth Taylor likes the new Michael Jackson movie “This Is it.” “To say the man is a genius is an understatement.