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Is Charli XCX the new Adele?

Could the British singer topping the US charts really be the next big thing, asks Neil McCormick<p><b>Who is Charli XCX?</b><p>Charli XCX may only be 21 years old but she has been touted as one to watch since she was spotted as a 14-year-old electro Goth-styled junior raver. And here she is, at long last, …

The World Had Never Seen This Chart From A Major Monetary Authority Before Today

The European Central Bank has taken the unprecedented step of taking interest rates into negative territory.<p>ECB President Mario Draghi today unveiled the central bank's decision to take its deposit rate into negative territory, to -0.10%. This is the first time a major central bank has cut any …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

10 Portrait Tips to Take Your Photography to the Next Level

You have all the makings of a beautiful photograph: the perfect client, an overcast day for soft natural lighting and a gorgeous landscape as the …

Bob Hoskins' finest role?

When Bob Hoskins (Obituaries, 1 May) took the part of Ray Johnson in the film of Last Orders, he anxiously apologised to me for not having the physique. He had to play a small, slight man, a follower of horses with the lifelong dream of being a jockey. Bob was short, but huge across the shoulders. …

‘Star Wars’ Didn’t Change The Business Of Hollywood; ‘Empire Strikes Back' Did

Then <b>Jaws</b> (huge) and <b>Star Wars</b> (way huge) came along in the mid-late 70s, imbuing Hollywood with a renewed focus on entertainment spectacle that has, for the most part, dominated its practice since.<p><b>George Lucas</b>'s original <i>Star Wars</i> without doubt had a significant role in shifting the industrial …

Bob Hoskins obituary

Plenty of better-looking performers than Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71 of pneumonia, have found themselves consigned to a life of bit parts. Short, bullet-headed, lacking any noticeable neck, but with a mutable face that could switch from snarling to sparkling in the time it took him to drop an …

Sleep Test Will Tell You If You Need to Catch More Zs

Everyone can probably benefit from a few extra Zs at night, but is your lack of sleep at the level of sleep deprivation?<p>In a new video from YouTube …

Even Without Sanctions, Russia's Economy Is Looking Sicklier Than Ever

Signs of Russia’s growing economic distress became even clearer today, as the central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates for the second time …

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Scottish independence: BBC services might not be free, says ex-Trust member

<b>Access to BBC services in an independent Scotland "would require a great deal of negotiation", a former BBC Trust member has claimed.</b><p>Jeremy Peat told MSPs that Scottish viewers might not have "free and unfettered" access to all BBC services.<p>He suggested that digital services could be cut off and …

Scotland has 'five big positives' to staying in UK, Gordon Brown says

Gordon Brown told Scottish voters there are "five big positives" to remaining in the UK that far outweigh the case for independence, as he attempted to quash complaints about the negativity of the no campaign.<p>The former prime minister told an audience at Glasgow university that a stronger Scotland …

Canada: Government Removes Humpback Whales from 'Threatened' Species List to Pass Oil Pipeline Project

Canada's government has downgraded the protection of North Pacific humpback whales in order to allow the $7.9 billion Northern Gateway pipeline …

Cheesed-off North Korea leader Kim Jong-un sends team to France on Emmental mission

Kim Jong-un is planning to send a team of experts on a cheese-making mission[AFP/GETTY]<p>The communist state's Supreme Leader is sending a team of …

Award-Winning Military Photographer Shares His Story Of Being Raped By Another Airman

Senior Airman Dennis Sloan — an award-winning military photographer— used this platform to highlight the military's problem with sexual assault through the story of his own rape.<p>His story is particularly brave and poignant. As the Baltimore Sun has reported, it can be especially difficult for men …

Why won't England celebrate St George's Day?

For many in England, St George's Day is rarely met with anything more than a shrug, if it's even noticed at all.<p>A series of events will take place …

David Cameron ‘fuelling sectarian division by bringing God into politics'

Dozens of public figures accuse David Cameron of fostering alienation and division with call to view Britain as a Christian country<p>David Cameron is sowing sectarianism and division by insisting that Britain is still a “Christian country” an alliance of writers, scientists, philophers and …

HMRC plans to sell taxpayers' data to private firms

'Anonymised' financial details could be sold in scheme described by senior Tory MP as 'borderline insane'<p>Government plans to share taxpayers' data with private firms were condemned as "borderline insane" by a senior Conservative MP.<p>Under the proposals, HM Revenue and Customs would be allowed to …

Prince Harry Had a Serious Health Scare During Antarctic Trek

We have had only positive feelings about Prince Harry’s month-long Antarctic trek as it was the impetus for the Majestic Beard that single-handedly helped us get through the cold winter. (Oh, and it also brought about this nude Alexander Skarsgard picture—seriously, who would have thought a journey …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

First look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy sneak peek and Ant-Man concept art

Last night ABC aired the documentary special <b>Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe</b>, which featured a sneak peek at Marvel’s Phase Two line-up, as well …

Captain America: The Winter Soldier IMAX poster and new TV spots

With just a week to go until its UK release, Marvel Studios has debuted an IMAX poster for the Phase Two solo sequel <b>Captain America: The Winter</b> …