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Kate Rusby, Ghost, album review: 'haunting singing'

Folk singer Kate Rusby's fine new album Ghost features traditional folk songs and three of her own compositions – and electric guitar<p>Kate Rusby has always delivered wonderful interpretations of traditional folk songs and that does not change on her 2014 album Ghost, which includes versions of Three …

Desert Island Discs: 22 great guests

The instantly recognisable tune of By the Sleepy Lagoon (composed in 1930 by Eric Coates and with added seagulls) sounded for the 3,000th time in 2014 as the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs reached a magnificent milestone. Royal Navy test pilot Eric Winkle Brown was the landmark guest in a …

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Christmas taste test: Marcus Wareing tries boozy butters and creams

The Michelin-starred chef and MasterChef: The Professionals judge Marcus Wareing blind tastes seven high-street products - and is surprised by the one he prefers<p>Fresh from filming MasterChef: The Professionals, Marcus Wareing faces seven anonymous bowls containing brandy butters and boozy creams. …

How to Drink All Night, in a Classy Way

The guests can bring the wine. It’s what you pour before and after the meal that they’ll really remember. Here, five ace strategies to keep the party going from start to finish.<p><i>The guests can bring the wine. It's what you pour before and after the meal that they'll really remember. Here, five ace</i> …

33 European languages in danger of extinction

LONDON — 33 languages across Europe are close to dying out, according to a new list of at-risk dialects.<p>Four languages spoken in British territories …

This Vital Ally May Become The Next 'Nightmare' Scenario In The Middle East

Oman has since been a model of neutrality and tolerance, often acting as a bridge between regional adversaries (it is no coincidence that Oman served as the initial go-between for U.S.-Iran talks).<p>Nevertheless, when push came to shove, Oman has done what is needed to combat terrorism. U.S. aircraft …

Labour accuses Ukip of trying to cover up plan to privatise NHS

Labour has accused Ukip of trying to cover up a longstanding commitment to privatising the NHS, with Ed Miliband saying Nigel Farage cannot escape his comments about wanting companies to run the health service.<p>The attack represents an escalation in tensions between the two parties in the face of …

Striking Photos Show How Much China Has Changed Over The Decades

What used to be a mainly rural, under-developed country is now by one measure the world's largest economy, one whose cities are growing at a massive rate.<p>Little remains of its not-so-distant past.<p>A group of Reuters photographers have matched up pictures from China in the 1980s and 1990s with the …

Welfare bill slashed by £1.6billion

Iain Duncan Smith says drop in Jobseeker's Allowance claimants shows 'dysfunctional' system being reformed<p>Britain has slashed £1.3billion from its welfare bill after a record number of people stopped claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance.<p>The drop in claims has saved taxpayers £25 million every week in in …

Roy Keane fight sparked by unwelcome autograph request from US-based Ireland fan Frank Gillespie

The Ireland supporter taken to hospital following a run-in with Roy Keane has been named as Frank Gillespie, an Irishman who moved to Boston 20 years and wrote a book about Keane three years ago<p>The Republic of Ireland supporter taken to hospital following a heated exchange of words with Roy Keane …

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte issued with arrest warrant as four others are detained by police

Dawn raids conducted at addresses in England by Police Scotland officers as part of investigation into allegations Rangers were fraudulently acquired<p>A day of startling developments involving <b>Rangers</b> climaxed with the issue of an arrest warrant for former owner Craig Whyte on fraud charges. It …

5 Stupid Rules You Should Break

Why? Because rules just complicate things. Especially stupid rules. And often, they become excuses not to ride.<p><b>Rule</b>: Sunglass arms go over helmet straps. <b><br>Break It</b>: Anyone who notices you doing it—and who cares—is not to be trusted.<p><b>Rule:</b> Cycling shorts should be black. <b><br>Break It</b>: Have you seen the …