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Book Review: STAR WARS - THE BLUEPRINTS

Review: Star Wars – The Blueprints / Author: J.W. Rinzler / Publisher: Titan Books / Release Date: August 15th As Star Wars fans will know, there are …

Book Reviews

6 of the Most Expensive Pieces of Star Wars Memorabilia

Last week was a big one for Vectis auction house in the small town of Thornaby, Teesside, UK, where one of the rarest pieces of <i>Star Wars</i> memorabilia …

The Simpsons apologise to Judas Priest for calling them 'death metal'

As anyone who has been on the end of a righteous screed at at Black Country record fair will tell you, woe betide the layman who wrongly refers to a metal sub-genre – and the latest to find out the hard way are the writers of The Simpsons.<p>After calling the heavy metal band Judas Priest 'death …

World's first bitcoin storage vault opens in London

A “deep cold storage” service for bitcoins underwritten by Lloyds of London and offering protection from hackers and accidental loss has launched in the UK<p>A “deep cold storage” service for bitcoins which promises to protect against hackers or accidental loss has launched in London.<p><b>Elliptic Vault</b> …

Mandelson: Referendum 'a pistol to Europe's head'

<b>Lord Mandelson has said those pushing for an EU referendum in 2017 are "holding a pistol" to the head of other European countries.</b><p>The former Labour Cabinet minister said the UK should be seeking to reform the European Union rather than "grandstanding" about getting out, describing a referendum as a …

Great Britain

Jack Straw 'optimistic' over Iran future after Tehran visit

<b>Former foreign secretary Jack Straw has said he detects a "lighter atmosphere" in Iran and believes President Rouhani is "committed to change".</b><p>Speaking after returning from a visit to Tehran, Mr Straw said Iran's new leadership wanted to bring the country "in from the cold" and have a "normal …

South Asia

EU Referendum Bill clears first Lords hurdle amid delay warnings

<b>A bill that would allow a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU in 2017 has cleared its first Lords hurdle.</b><p>But Tory former Lords leader Lord Strathclyde warned peers that delaying its passage in subsequent stages would be "comprehensively damaging" for the upper chamber's reputation.<p>The …

Great Britain

'Plebgate' affair: Met PC admits misconduct

<b>A Met policeman has admitted misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" affair and is to offer to resign.</b><p>PC Keith Wallis, 53, admitted falsely claiming to have witnessed a row between then-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell and police in September 2012.<p>He has been bailed for sentencing on 6 …

Downing Street

Conservatives 'suppressing garden cities report'

<b>The Conservatives have been accused of suppressing a report which recommends building two new garden cities to combat the housing shortage.</b><p>Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron said his coalition partners feared alienating voters in southern England ahead of the general election.<p>Mr Farron said he …

Elections

Labour plan for teacher licences to 'update skills'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1043000/1043165_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532508328_5fff4b0038de78df3b8e88c6840898ab<p><b>Teachers would have to be licensed every few years in order to work in England's state schools under a future Labour government, the BBC has …

Great Britain

“Goodbye, you magnificent bastard” – A Tribute To Lou Reed

<i>“There’s even some evil mothers, well they’re gonna tell you that everything is just dirt. You know that women never really faint, and that villains</i> …

Lou Reed

Culture stars who died in 2013 - Telegraph

Will Daft Punk tour? Will new albums from Blur and The Stone Roses emerge? Will we hear more from David Bowie? http://nmem.ag/savfR

Top 10 country albums of 2013

Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Amos Lee are among the musicians who made the top 10 country music albums of 2013<p><b>2013 was another great year for country albums and Martin Chilton picks his 10 favourites from the year.</b><p><b>•</b> <b>Patty Griffin: American Kid (New West Records)</b><p>Patty Griffin's seventh album, …