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Some Advice for Young Writers and Authors
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Around nine months ago I was almost by accident catapulted into the world of Children’s writing. Having long ago discounted it as nothing more than a fanciful dream, I had pursued other interests while keeping fiction writing an occasional hobby. One day out of the blue however an unusual opportunity fell into my inbox: A […]

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So You Want to be a Novelist?
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The other day my Twitter feed was crackling with the news that 60% of British folk would love to be an author. In an age of unparalleled access to so many forms of arguably easier entertainment, it’s pretty cheering to see how many still value novels. I’m still giddy at being able to call myself […]

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Young Classical Artists Wow Big Music Competition
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The finale of the Big Music Competition on Thursday 19 February saw two young classical artists wow the judges and win a performance at Classic FM Live later this year. The annual event, which in past years has seen Alfie Boe, classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic and Sir James Galway perform was the prize for Yuanfan […]

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'NHS: £2 Billion a Week & Counting'. Quick,Nurse, the TV Screens.
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On Monday 23 February at 9pm, I found myself sitting in the lounge when suddenly I heard a very strange whirring sound. I couldn’t figure out quite what it was or where indeed it was coming from. To begin with, it was a gently annoying hum; the sort of noise you might hear being made […]

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No Business Like Showcasing Business
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I can’t believe how quickly these things come around but as I write, Folk Alliance is happening in Kansas and the annual Austin madness that is South by South West (SXSW) is less than four weeks away. I can remember a time when the only real opportunity to showcase a band to an international audience […]

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Let's Make London's New Concert Hall Into a Cathedral
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Some people will tell you the last thing London needs is another concert hall. In truth, the last thing we need is another article about whether London needs another concert hall. This last week, there have been hundreds. For the first time in decades, it’s even put classical music on the front cover of the […]

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What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Birdman
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The very first image in Birdman is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it frame of beached jelly fish – followed by a meteor burning through the sky. An omen? A metaphor for the fleeting nature of fame? We’ll never know. It’s a scene that perfectly sets the tone for a movie that toes a blurry line between reality and […]

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Octopus eating a crab is the stuff of nightmares
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This battle to the death between an octopus and a crab is truly horrifying. The unsuspecting crab, about four inches long, is first seen minding his own business next to a rock pool in Yallingup, Australia. What happened next took the amateur wildlife photographer by surprise. (Picture: YouTube) Lurking beneath the surface of the rock […]

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Oscars 2015: Best Academy Awards Instagram Photos Of Eddie Redmayne, Rita Ora And Jennifer Lopez (PICS)
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We’ve seen the lovely red carpet outfits, we’ve heard the emotional speeches – but what we really want to know now is what happened behind the scenes at this year’s Oscars. MORE OSCARS: The Academy Awards: All The Winners, As They’re Announced Oscars 2015: All The Red Carpet Photos Who Were The Best Dressed Stars? […]

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The Funniest Oscars 2015 Tweets: Twitter Has A Field Day With John Travolta, Lady Gaga And More
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It’s Oscars night where all the self-important egos give out their prejudice-fuelled movie judgements. But enough about Twitter. — Ruzzle Kicks (@antonsays) February 22, 2015 Yes, Sunday night was Oscar night! If you were able to watch it, that is: Mixed signals!! RT @Slate: How to watch the Oscars online, and why you probably can’t: […]

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Oscars 2015: Kelly Brook, Gordon Ramsay And Amy Willerton Somehow Landed Invites To Academy Awards Parties (PICS)
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Oscars weekend sees the world’s greatest film stars descend on Hollywood, as Academy Awards fever takes over Tinseltown. MORE OSCARS: The Academy Awards: All The Winners Oscars 2015: All The Red Carpet Photos Who Were The Best Dressed Stars? See All The Snaps… As well as the ceremony itself, there are plenty of parties taking […]

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American Horror Story's Ben Woolf dies from stroke
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American Horror Story: Freak Show actor Ben Woolf died on Monday afternoon after being hit in the head by a car last week.

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Oscars 2015: Professor Stephen Hawking 'Proud' Of Eddie Redmayne After Best Actor Academy Award Win
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Professor Stephen Hawking has said that he’s “proud” of Eddie Redmayne, after he won the Best Actor gong at the Oscars on Sunday night. MORE OSCARS: The Academy Awards: All The Winners, As They’re Announced Oscars 2015: All The Red Carpet Photos Who Were The Best Dressed Stars? See All The Snaps… Can We Please […]

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