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London garden bridge project's future is in doubt, say trustees

More than £40m of public money will be wasted if plan for ‘floating park’ over Thames is cancelled<p>London’s controversial garden bridge cannot be guaranteed as a going concern, its trustees have warned, raising the possibility of about £40m of public money being wasted on the project if it has to be …

12 Years A Slave: the true story of Solomon Northup

<i>This piece was originally published in December 2013, before the release of the film 12 Years a Slave</i><p>Clayton Adams’s family heirloom – a leather-bound first edition of a book entitled <b>Twelve Years a Slave</b> – was lost even before he was born. Copies survived but, as a schoolboy, Adams was never …

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Kit Harington: film industry guilty of 'sexism towards men'

Game of Thrones star says he finds it demeaning and sexist when he is asked to strip during photoshoots and wants to be seen as ‘more than a head of hair’<p>Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has called out what he called “sexism towards men” in an interview with the Sunday Times.<p>Harington said he …

This Incredible Photo Of A Baby Weasel Riding A Woodpecker Is Straight Out Of A Children's Fantasy Book

Unfortunately, the weasel was attacking the bird. Fortunately, the bird escaped.<p>It's a photo of a weasel trying to kill a woodpecker.<p>Le-May, a hobby photographer, was taking a walk with his wife through the Hornchurch Country Park in East London in the hopes of her seeing a green woodpecker for the …

Stephen Fry calls God an ‘evil, capricious, monstrous maniac’

Comedian delivers tirade on Irish TV programme when asked what he would say to the almighty at the gates of heaven<p>• I don’t believe in the God that Stephen Fry doesn’t believe in either<p>Stephen Fry has denounced God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous”, if he were to exist.<p>The comedian’s …

Google just got a patent for a modern Polaroid

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Meet the artist who creates surreal masterpieces with his iPhone

“Really I just download some apps I think sound interesting and play around with them for some time.”<p>The iPhone makes creativity-on-the-move a reality

Digital Art

JK Rowling attacks Murdoch for tweet blaming all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo deaths

Peaceful Muslims are no more responsible for terror than I am for Murdoch, says Harry Potter author<p>JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has condemned and mocked the tweet from Rupert Murdoch which insisted that even peaceful Muslims must bear responsibilities for jihadi attacks.<p>“I was born …

Religion

Is Apple about to launch a totally redesigned, 12-inch MacBook Air?

Codename: MacBook Stealth<p>Every year, Apple does some counterprogramming at CES. This year, whether it meant to or not, it may have some big news: <i>9to5Mac</i> has some new details that say there's a 12-inch MacBook Air with a completely new design, a higher-resolution display, and few of the trappings …

Polaroid CEO: We're Now 'Curators of Innovation'

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Vinyl’s difficult comeback

Can the creaking machinery of the few remaining record pressing plants cope with demand?<p>On an industrial estate in Röbel, 90 miles north of Berlin, the vinyl presses at the Optimal factory were grinding and pumping away. They made a percussive racket – regular clunks, wheezes, and hisses, underlain …

Men's key accessories: the wish list – in pictures

Spring/Summer 2015 is all about the classic accessory. Choose from a minimal watch, a leather loafer or a classic Stan Smith old-school trainer given a pastel Raf Simons makeover, and finish your look with a neat tie pin or fedora hat

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'Woman In Black: The Angel Of Death' Star Jeremy Irvine Reveals The Film's 'Less Horror, More Drama'

Jeremy Irvine may look as though butter wouldn't melt, but the star of 'Woman in Black: The Angel of Death' couldn't resist giving his co-star Phoebe …

Smart coffee maker brews your next cup right when you get home

Sure, you can get connected coffee makers, but they tend to brew whole pots (or multiple cups). What if you just want a hot cup o' joe when you get home? That's where Smarter's new WiFi Coffee Machine comes into play. The device lets you remotely brew individual cups through an Android or iOS app, …

UK vinyl sales top 1.3 million for the first time since 1995

Pink Floyd's 'The Endless River' named biggest-selling vinyl album in the UK in 2014<p>Vinyl sales in the UK topped 1.3 million for the first time since …

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150 unmissable arts for 2015: the best film, TV, theatre, art, music

Throw yourself into the new year with our bumper guide to the best of culture this spring<p>FILM<p><b>1)</b> <b>The Theory of Everything</b><br>Were this not quite such a strong year for lead actors, Eddie Redmayne would be a sure thing for his miraculous, buckled portrayal of Stephen Hawking in this biopic based on the …

39 Blogging Tools to Help You Work Faster

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>When you’re finding amazing content to share on social media—the kind of thing that grabs attention and gets people to click, share, and comment—one of the most valuable, most original places to turn is your own blog and the content you personally …

The Rise and Rise of the Hollywood Bonkbuster

With <b>50 Shades Of Grey</b> finally finished after three years of casting mystique, I thought it time to look at the bonkbuster - the tried and tested …

Everything J.K. Rowling Revealed About Harry Potter in 2014

It’s been more than five years since J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book was released. But it doesn’t mean the wizarding world has come to a halt. …

Blue Suits - Men's Colour For This Season

Why is a man so obsessed with the colour blue? It has been proven that the colour blue is some what genetic. Apparently blue gives a feeling of …

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death review – inferior but effective sequel

This commercially driven sequel to 2012’s hit Hammer chiller doesn’t have the charge of the original, but there’s still a compelling creepiness to it all<p>Susan Hill’s classic 1983 ghost story The Woman in Black first spawned a hit stage adaptation that had audiences leaping out of their seats in …

6 magical things we learned from J.K. Rowling's 'Pottermore Christmas'

The twelfth and final gift from J.K. Rowling's "12 days of Pottermore Christmas" was released Tuesday, concluding a week and a half of largely …

Now We Know Who the Laughing Baby Sun from Teletubbies Grew Up to Be

In what is surely the late-breaking news story of the year, the identity of the laughing baby sun from <i>Teletubbies</i> has been revealed.<p>Jess Smith, from …

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Your smartphone is changing the way your fingers work

Your smartphone is changing more than just your habits -- it's changing the way your hands work, too. Swiss researchers have discovered that activity in the brain's cortex associated with index fingers and thumbs is enhanced directly in proportion to how often you use your phone's touchscreen. That …

Check out the HP Stream 13: Chromebook hardware running Windows

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: HP<p>We didn’t mention Chromebooks in our 2014 wrap-up, but the devices certainly gained momentum this year. No, the …

This instant camera will print images on a receipt paper roll

Here’s a new twist on an old concept: The instant camera.<p>PrintSnap, a self-contained camera now in the planning stages by electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo, will use standard cash register receipt paper to print pictures on the spot in a mashup of a really long film roll and a Polaroid.<p>The camera …

Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You

You've heard that using screens before bedtime can mess with your sleep, but new research suggests the problem is even more serious.<p>Reading from an iPad before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but also impacts how sleepy and alert you are the next day, according to new research from …

JK Rowling: Potter undead were 'vagrant homeless'

The Harry Potter author has revealed the origins of Inferi in a new piece of writing<p>JK Rowling has revealed that monsters in her sixth book, The Half-Blood Prince, were the animated dead of "vagrant, homeless muggles" who were killed by Voldemort when the dark wizard and villain of the book was …

12-inch Retina MacBook Air is coming in early 2015

Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2015, manufactured by Quanta Computer, according to a new report released today.<p>The new notebook is expected to boast Intel’s Broadwell processors, and a chassis redesign which will further reduce …

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