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2008-09-21 15:00:19

By MOORE, Christopher New Zealand's teenage writers still have time to submit entries in this year's Re-Draft competition judged by Tessa Duder and James Norcliffe. The competition's closing date is September 30. Entry is free and entry forms are available from the School for Young Writers: young.writers@xtra.co.nz. Australiana A debut novel by a former public servant and student has beaten Thomas Keneally and David Malouf to take Australia's inaugural Prime Minister's literary award...

2008-09-13 06:00:15

1The Beach Boys and Charles Manson: The Beach Boys took Manson under their wing, granting him studio time, a kindness that Manson repaid by moving his whole "family" into the drummer's house, which they proceeded to wreck. Thankfully, the woeful recorded results are lost in the mists of time. 2 Nirvana and Anton LeVay: Strictly speaking this never materialised, but it wasn't for want of effort by Kurt and the boys, who wanted the head of the Church of Satan, and full-time Ming the...

2008-09-12 06:00:27

By Vicki Walker Kanye West's notoriously fickle temper boiled over Thursday, resulting in his arrest for apparently helping smash a paparazzo's camera on the floor at Los Angeles International Airport. Police arrested the music superstar shortly before 8 a.m. He and his bodyguard-manager, Don Crowley, were booked for investigation of felony vandalism. West was released from police custody by Thursday afternoon on $20,000 bail. Clips of the video shot by celebrity gossip Web site...

2008-09-12 06:00:26

By Joan Dupont Once dedicated to discovering small gems from faraway places, the Toronto Film Festival, now in its 33rd year, has evolved into something so big that old friends and even its founders must scramble to find the original spirit. Toronto today is a launching pad for big films, such as the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading." Anything less may get lost in the shuffle. And so, John Malkovich, in town to promote the Coen brothers' new film, had flown off by the time Steve...

2008-09-10 15:00:21

By HOPWOOD, Malcolm If Off The Radar (TV One, Sundays) is the best rural entertainment since Fred Dagg 30 years ago, then I'll never invite John Clarke back home. I can only imagine the television executives who thought Fred Dagg unfunny are laughing their gumboots off at Te Radar's attempts to become a latter day Pa Kettle. To be fair there are some amusing moments, including a clumsy attempt to show Mr and Mrs Eel during courtship. And I sort of admire him for what he's trying to...

2008-09-06 18:00:16

U.S. country music star Keith Urban says he has no problem being "Mr. Mom" for his 2-month-old daughter when his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, is away. Urban said when his 40-year-old wife travels for movie shoots, he typically takes on the major parental role and enjoys doing so, People magazine reported Friday. "When my wife's working and I've got time off, I'm just Mr. Mom during the day, taking care of the little girl," the 40-year-old Nashville resident said. While the couple's...

2008-08-29 03:00:36

By Samantha Booth NEIGHBOURS stalwart Ian Smith has announced he is leaving Ramsay Street. The 70-year-old will film his last scenes as bumbling do-gooder Harold Bishop, the longest-running character in the show, this October. Here, we take a look at how some of his former co-stars in the popular Aussie soap have gone on to find yet more fame and fortune. KYLIE MINOGUE POP princess Kylie is undoubtedly the most famous of Ramsay Street's former residents. The 40-year-old singer...

2008-08-11 06:00:24

By William Keck LOS ANGELES -- You don't notice it so much with the long hair Rob Mayes sports as a singing janitor in The American Mall, MTV's version of Disney's High School Musical. But with his hair now cut short, the similarity to the late Heath Ledger is unmistakable, and Mayes has been hearing that everywhere he goes. "Lately, it's been that one person -- all the time," says Mayes, 23. "It's difficult to hear. I'm getting choked up just talking about it." Like Ledger, who broke...

2008-08-07 12:00:04

US government prosecutors have decided not to pursue a possible criminal case into how Batman star Heath Ledger obtained the powerful painkillers that contributed to his fatal overdose, a law enforcement official said today. Prosecutors in the US Attorney's office in Manhattan had been overseeing a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into whether the painkillers found in Ledger's system were obtained illegally. But they were bowing out "because they don't believe there's a viable...

2008-08-05 00:00:19

By Sarah Arnott Rupert Murdoch's media empire is to spend $100m (51m) launching six local-language television channels in India over the coming year. News Corp is already a market leader in the Sub-continent's pay- TV market and its Star TV subsidiary nets 44 per cent of the country's audience for general entertainment programmes on cable and satellite. Alongside the new vernacular channels, Star also plans to boost its film offering, expand its digital and mobile services, and improve...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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