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Arts Council Funding 2014 Will Damage Local Arts Venues

Laura Maw | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laura Maw

Arts funding is essential in keeping art accessible and affordable for everyone. It is essential in providing young people safe spaces in their communities. It is essential in providing economic and cultural assets to towns. It is essential in ensuring our cultural climate is diverse, fresh and exciting. Art should not be dull or inaccessible and enjoying art should not be expensive - and without sufficient funding, it will inevitably become these things.

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week Six Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

The romance between Mark and Christopher seems to have fizzled out slightly over the last few days. Unknown to myself and others if sparks will fly in the next few weeks; I stand by earlier statement that I don't believe it is genuine, therefore would not be surprised if any recent flames do burn out entirely...

A New Breed: The Best Breaking Bands in 2014- Calling All Cars & Shrine

Olly Hunter | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This is the first in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have passed by my radar in 2014. Every summer ha...

Do You Know Your Jigger From Your Muddler?

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Are you master of the Margarita, boss of the Bellini or ruler of the Rob Roy? You could be exactly what Jamie Oliver's Drinks Tube are looking for with their brand new competition - Jamie Oliver's Search for a Cocktail Star with Bacardi... It's open to professionals and amateurs alike, whether you shake it up for family and friends only or if you're in a top hotel bar.

Millions of Humans Are Sold Every Year - It's Time We Face the Truth and Do Something About It

Neerja Naik | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neerja Naik

I had the role of Anita, another girl who finds herself imprisoned in a brothel in Kolkata... 20 million people are in some form of slavery in the world, of that 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation, 5 million are children. And this "industry" is worth $150 billion a year in illegal profits.

Alone Amongst Many

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had a dinner party last week where I invited a few famous people I knew from when I did my interview shows. Many of them suffer from something I call 'movie star disease.' They live in their own time zone so when invited to dinner at seven they either come in at eleven with no apology or not at all.

Review: Richard Armitage in The Crucible, Old Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

At the heart of this production is an immense performance from Richard Armitage who perfectly captures the profound inner conflict within John Proctor, a man increasingly at odds with both his wife and the society in which he lives.

Sex, Drugs and Buddha: Tales of a Hollywood Supermensch

Will Stubbs | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Stubbs

Credited with creating the first celebrity chefs, rescuing Teddy Pendergrass from the "gangsterism" of club promoters and instrumental in forging Alice Cooper's horror-show persona, Shep is the subject of a rollicking and sweetly touching documentary by Mike Myers.

Piers Morgan Sits On Fence - Highlights Utter Irrationality Of Gaza Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Piers Morgan, divisive and inflammatory on Twitter at the best of times, decided to wade into the debate on the escalating crisis between Israel and G...

Paedophile Ian Watkins Thinks His Sentence Was 'Too Harsh'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

Former Lostprophets singer and paedophile Ian Watkins has launched an appeal against his sentence. The former rock singer, described as a "determin...

Platonic Morality in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Around the fourth century B.C. - in the Gregorian rather than the Middle-earth calendar - Plato and a couple of wise old friends pondered the formation of ethics.

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week 5 Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

It might have only been 10 days since my eviction from the Big Brother house but somehow it already feels like a lifetime ago I lived in there.

Gove Becomes Unsexy Version Of Frank Underwood

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has been removed as education secretary by David Cameron, in a dramatic cabinet reshuffle worthy of a HBO miniseries. Somewhat unsurpr...

'If You See Me Come And Say Hi, But Just Please Don't Take My Photo'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

If you're a Huddersfield University student, then you've got a free pass to go and say hi to Patrick Stewart - just as long as you don't wave a camera...

On Turning 27... And My New Video, 'She Rules'!

Kate Nash | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Nash

It feels like a very womanly age, I feel more secure in myself as I get older and I like this number a lot... I wrote letters to my sisters and the girlfriends back home that I couldn't spend the day with which in turn inspired a song. It's called She Rules.

Review: Martin Freeman in Richard III, Trafalgar Studios

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I guess it comes down to how you like your Richard III. I prefer mine to be brooding with conspiracy and charisma, for me to be sickened and amused by him in equal measure.

Josie Cunningham Wants Paid Megabucks To Appear On Your TV

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

Josie Cunningham - the pregnant "glamour model" infamous for her NHS-funded boob job - is demanding £150,000 to appear on Celebrity Big Brother. T...

Bring Back the Chair!

Sian Lloyd | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sian Lloyd

I really would love to see the Celtic Chair reinstated. It is, after all, the only one at an English University. And it's as vitally important for our English neighbours to understand their own Celtic heritage.

Scrap the BBC Licence Fee: Pay More, Get Less

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

As a sales pitch, perhaps it leaves something to be desired. "Pay more, get less." Who could resist? Yet for reasons that I have never understood, that's exactly what's on offer from those people who argue that it's time to scrap the BBC licence fee and switch to some form of subscription-based financing.

What Movie Trailers and Strip Teasing Should Have In Common

George Washbourn | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

Perhaps now more than ever, with cinema ticket prices at astronomic highs, trailers are of increasing importance. For most people, a trailer will be the first impression one gets from a movie... A trailer shouldn't stand outside in its Y-fronts in broad daylight, swinging the script over its head and screaming the ending at the top of its lungs.

Ten Reasons Why Kylie's Career Has Gone Wrong!

Christian Guiltenane | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christian Guiltenane

The kids who hang off the every word of Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora or the ghastly Jessie J aren't going to buy into a 40something singing about love and sex.... Kiss Me Once should've been renamed Played It Once.

Manchester, Kent, London, Paris, Miu Miu and Jack White in Twenty Hours

Josephine | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

Last Saturday I travelled from Manchester to Kent, then from Kent to London and from London to Paris... all in one day. I played two shows, was front row for Prada's Miu Miu resort collection show, and watched an ear drum busting Jack White gig at the Palais d'Ièna, Paris. Here's the story.

Louis Tomlinson Drops Into Manchester University For His Girlfriend's Graduation

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The way she flips her mortarboard obviously has him overwhelmed: the adorable One Direction star made a secretive appearance at Manchester University ...

Is JK Rowling's Gender-Bender Nom-De-Crime a Costly Own Goal?

Melanie McGrath | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Melanie McGrath

JK Rowling was 'proud...that when I "unmasked" myself to my editor David of the first things he said was "I never would have thought a woman wrote that."'... Nichi Hodgson... went so far as to question whether Rowling had 'betrayed women'.

2014: The Best Is Yet to Come

Tom Linay | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Over the next six months there are surprisingly thoughtful blockbusters, huge home-grown comedies, boundary pushing sci-fi and grand, epic fantasy. I've earmarked what I think are the seven stand-out films for the rest of 2014 that absolutely demand to be seen at the cinema.