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Q&A: Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant, 38, was born in Bristol. After studying film and literature, in 1997 he became Ricky Gervais's assistant at Xfm radio, and they went on to create the award-winning television series The Office. He toured the world with Hello Ladies, a stand-up show about his quest to find love, …

Sydney covered in haze of smoke from wildfires outside city

Sydney’s famous landmarks, the Harbor Bridge and Opera House, are barely visible after a blanket of smoke drifted from fires in the Blue Mountains, just outside the city.<p>Pollution levels rocketed to 15 times above normal and health department officials warned people to take care.<p>More than 40 …

Which country is the top destination for China's overseas investment? http://bbc.in/16GLCRJ

Woman miraculously survives after her car is flattened by giant container

and<p>Rescuers were astonished to pull the driver of this car alive from the wreckage.<p>She lay trapped for half an hour in the flattened Nissan, with …

This is a man's forehead - and yes, that's a nose: http://bbc.in/16BFHZs The 22-year-old suffered severe damage to his nose in a car crash in China, so surgeons decided to grow a new one. It's taken nine months and soon he'll have a transplant so it's located in the middle of his face.

Kurt Russell Confirmed For Fast Furious 7

Though he’s been linked to the film for a while now, Kurt Russell has seemed to be more of a rumour than an actual cast member of <b>Fast & Furious 7</b>. …

Ultimate Nachos with Beer-Braised Carnitas

Home > Recipes by Category > Appetizers & Snacks > Meat & Poultry Appetizers > Ultimate Nachos with Beer-Braised Carnitas<p>September 17, 2013 // 40</i> …

Snakes on a Plane becomes a reality after serpent found on airliner

Real life imitated art when a Mandarin rat snake was found on a plane in an incident similar to one which happened in a hit Hollywood movie.<p>The …

BlackBerry delays official BBM app for Android, iOS

BlackBerry can't seem to catch a break.<p>The company was set to release its long-awaited BlackBerry Messenger client for Android and iOS devices this past weekend, but a little monkey wrench curtailed those plans.<p>An apparently unreleased version of the BBM app for Android was leaked online before …

Oppo’s N1 phone has a rotating camera, rear touch panel and custom Android software

As teased last week, Oppo launched the N1, a new Android smartphone on Monday. The China-based company is literally putting a twist on standard …

This Week in Fiction: Joshua Ferris

<i>In “The Breeze,” your story in this week’s magazine, a woman is startled by the first warm breeze of spring into a peculiar kind of restlessness, which takes the form of over a dozen visions of how an evening that begins with unlimited possibility could turn out. When you started thinking about</i> …

Two Judys

The party was set for Thursday, and someone invited the wrong Judy. We wanted the funny Judy with the drinking problem. Someone invited the other …

Franzen and the Twitter Bog

Last week was all about <b>Jonathan Franzen’s</b> latest jeremiad against modern life. Scathing remarks have been produced in a fury of clicking, all of them …

In honor of Banned Books Week, we'll be looking at authors who've had their work challenged in the United States. Today, take a look at Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, which was challenged in Dallas, TX in 1974 for depicting a "depressing view of life" and "immoral situations." http://www.themillions.com/2012/04/modern-library-revue-36-all-the-kings-men.html

Literature, What Is It Good For?

As I get ready to begin another year of teaching literature and literary theory classes at my university, it occurs to me to reflect on what it means to teach such courses today. Recently, there has been another outbreak of public debate regarding what value, if any, the teaching of the liberal …

Humanities

Fashion Bible 👠 on Twitter: "👏👏 http://t.co/DmXkaVl8FM"

Fashion Bible 👠 on Twitter: "an 8 year old boy wrote this letter to Santa so other kids would stop bullying his overweight sister :') http://t.co/EcKXf37jFy"

New conversation<p>End of conversation<p>Replying to @<b>TheClothPorn</b><p>@<b>MindBIowingPics</b>:an 8 year old boy wrote this letter to Santa so other kids would stop …

Princess Anne plays doting grandmother to Savannah Phillips

<p><b>Princess Anne</b> played doting grandmother to her eldest granddaughter <b>Savannah Phillips</b> over the weekend.<p>The Princess Royal was seen entertaining …

Eventing

Weekly Roundup: iPhone 5s and 5c reviews, Droid Maxx review, iOS 7 available to download, and more!

<i>You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click</i> …