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2008-06-21 09:00:40

By DAVID LISTER The Week in Arts I have not touched on the issue of ticket prices for a while, even though I think it remains a key factor in encouraging or discouraging access to the arts. But now two things, one national, one local, have made it a live issue again. Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, has declared himself in favour of free admission to arts events for sections of the population. He says: "I think there is a strong case for it, beginning with under-25s. There isn't a...

2008-06-18 00:00:13

A personal computer was stolen during a break-in at the district office of British Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. A spokesman said the computer contained some information about Blears' constituency and her department but no sensitive personal data, the Daily Mail reported. But the break-in was only the latest in a string of government security problems. In separate incidents a day apart last week, documents on al-Qaida and Iraq, and on government efforts to go after money...

2008-06-14 18:00:23

THE auction of nuclear power firm British Energy suffered a blow yesterday after it emerged one of the potential suitors had pulled out of the running. Spanish utility giant Iberdrola - parent company of Scottish Power - said it will not table an offer for British Energy, saying the company's price tag was too high. British Energy said on Monday that it had dismissed a number of takeover approaches as not "representing shareholder value". The company, which had been considering...

2008-06-13 18:00:28

By Paul Loraine SCHOOLS Minister Ed Balls was slated by North teachers last night after he defended Government plans which could see the closure of schools deemed to be under-performing on GCSE marks. In the North East, 20 schools have been named in the National Challenge programme because fewer than 30% of their children achieve five or more GCSE grades A*-C, including maths and English. Yesterday Mr Balls denied the move has demoralised school staff and pupils. Speaking at...

2006-09-05 14:17:20

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Blair will step down in a year, a close ally said on Tuesday after newspapers reported that once loyal legislators had called on the increasingly unpopular British Prime Minister to quit. The comments by Environment Secretary David Miliband were widely seen as having been authorized by the prime minister and may give the clearest signal yet of Blair's intentions. They coincided with reports of a leaked memo detailing plans for a "farewell...

2006-09-05 12:35:04

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will stay in power for another year, a close ally said on Tuesday, while a leaked memo detailed plans for a "farewell tour" that would see Blair take his leave like a "star." The comments by Environment Secretary David Miliband were widely seen as having been authorised by the prime minister in an attempt to quell a growing rebellion by members of his Labour Party who are demanding he give a timetable for leaving...

2006-09-05 13:06:53

By Patricia Reaney NORWICH (Reuters) - Whether it's a power walk, raised eyebrows or who walks through a door first, politicians like George W. Bush and Tony Blair use a silent language to appear dominant and likeable. Through gestures, mannerisms and facial expressions they can convey an impression of power, authority and fitness, psychologist and author Dr Peter Collett said on Tuesday. But politicians can also unwittingly reveal if they are feeling vulnerable, uncomfortable and...

2006-08-31 18:28:20

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged an end to speculation about when he will leave office and asked to be allowed to get on with his job in an interview published on Friday. The Times newspaper said Blair had defied critics in his Labour Party by refusing to name a date for stepping down. Dashing expectations, he insisted he had no intention of saying more about his future either before or during the Labour Party annual conference that opens on...

2006-08-01 12:25:55

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - The British government failed in a legal bid on Tuesday to resurrect anti-terrorism powers that were thrown out in court in June. The Court of Appeal refused to allow the government to appeal against a High Court ruling that threw out "control orders" -- enacted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to put terrorism suspects under partial house arrest. The ruling came on the day the government unveiled a new security alert system which said Britain...

2006-07-28 04:52:01

By Adrian Croft ABOARD BLAIR'S PLANE (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will push for a speedy U.N. resolution on the Middle East crisis and dispatch of a peacekeeping force when he meets President Bush in Washington on Friday. "We do need to step up a gear, we want to increase the urgency, the pace of diplomacy," a spokesman for Blair told reporters aboard his plane as he flew to the United States. "What we should be working toward is a U.N. resolution as early as...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'