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April 24 2014

From| Thu Apr 24 2014, 19:41:36

London's Victoria and Albert Museum today confirmed that next year they will present the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, a retrospective of the work of the late British fashion designer originally staged by the Costume Institute of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. "Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here," said Martin Roth, the Director of the V&A. "By staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home."

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From| Thu Apr 24 2014, 11:24:37

Pushing a wheelchair should be easy, right? You put your hands on the wheels and, well, push. Except, when it comes to sport it's anything but as James Moore finds out

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From| Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:31:50

There's no excuse to not try this one, it's super simple and really delicious. Perfect for sharing and quick enough to whip up after a busy day if you're entertaining.

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From| Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:25:43

Armin Van Buuren is possibly the world's biggest trance DJ. He has landed the top spot in DJ Mag's top 100 DJs poll five times, hosts a weekly radio show that attracts over 20 million listeners per week and was the first Dutch dance music artist to land a No.1 album in the Dutch charts with 2008's 'Imagine'. Last year he got together with Philips to work on creating a pair of DJ-friendly headphones and they will soon be launching, so I spoke to him about the product and what he's been up to lately...

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From| Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:11:14

My favourite Top 10 so far in The Independent on Sunday last weekend: surprisingly unrelated pairs of words. I started with male and female, which came to English from different Latin roots (masculus and femina), but which came close to rhyming in Old French (masle and femelle) and thus converged in modern English. These kinds of [...]

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April 23 2014

From| Wed Apr 23 2014, 12:02:50

Back in February I wrote about getting my tomato plants outside in the middle of April. True to my word, I tentatively put three outside on the front steps last week, and this week I've released more into the outdoors. Here on the steps they will stay, because at the allotment they risk being struck [...]

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From| Wed Apr 23 2014, 10:30:10

I commented on Tony Blair's speech, "Why the Middle East Matters", on BBC Radio 4 World At One today (starts at 13:29), which was followed by a discussion between Matthew Doyle, who used to be Blair's press secretary, and Julian Lewis, the defence-minded Conservative MP. Here is my script: This speech was hardcore Tony Blair, delivered to an [...]

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From| Wed Apr 23 2014, 08:03:18

The moment when crooks deliberately caused a road accident as part of a massive insurance fraud

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April 22 2014

From| Tue Apr 22 2014, 12:35:30

Ceri is a young lady who has been steadily working her way up the ranks as both a DJ and a producer. Here's a chat we had recently...

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From| Tue Apr 22 2014, 12:31:30

It all points to goals in the Champions League semi-final clash between real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but even though the bookies are well aware of this there are still chances to profit

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