How Parks and Recreation served up prime-time feminism amid the laughs
July 7, 2015 — 4:24

How Parks and Recreation served up prime-time feminism amid the laughs

Parks and Recreation is an outlier on the television landscape. A small, originally unloved spin-off of The Office, over seven seasons it has become a cult hit that will leave a hole in NBC’s programming – and US television – when it finishes tonight.

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News anchor voices ‘deep regret’ for using racial term about Lady Gaga
July 7, 2015 — 4:24

News anchor voices ‘deep regret’ for using racial term about Lady Gaga

A US news anchor has apologised after using a racially offensive term about Lady Gaga when covering the Oscars ceremony.

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Police deal with BBC over Cliff Richard raid ’caused unnecessary distress’
July 7, 2015 — 4:24

Police deal with BBC over Cliff Richard raid 'caused unnecessary distress'

A controversial deal between the BBC and South Yorkshire police to allow the filming of a raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home has been criticised by an independent police review as an invasion of the singer’s privacy.

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Buzz food: Yotam Ottolenghi’s novel recipes for familiar ingredients
July 7, 2015 — 4:24

Buzz food: Yotam Ottolenghi's novel recipes for familiar ingredients

Discovering new ingredients is my idea of fun. Discovering new ways to cook with familiar ingredients is, however, possibly even more fun. In my next cookbook, due out later this year, the chapters have been organised around various ways in which things can be cooked: grilled, roasted, simmered, braised, baked and so forth. The recipes are all vegetarian, and those I am most excited about (not that chefs have favourites, of course) are the ones where an everyday ingredient has managed to surprise me when prepared in an unexpected way.

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Blind date
July 7, 2015 — 4:24

Blind date

What made you swipe right? She looked like a cool chick and the actor/musician thing was an instant win.

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Andrea Bocelli: ‘I’d sing an aria for family and friends, while they ate dessert’
July 7, 2015 — 4:24

Mamma said that when I was little I refused to eat. I suppose I didn’t want to waste time. I was very restless and wanted to run and climb on the agricultural machines my father sold. My mother would run after me with a spoon and try to distract me, so she could put one spoonful of minestra in my mouth.

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Cut Russell Tovey some slack on gay correctness
July 6, 2015 — 4:24

Cut Russell Tovey some slack on gay correctness

Russell Tovey (Actor sorry for saying he avoided effeminacy, 4 March) is a highly regarded actor and not “spokesman for gay people at all times”. He gives a refreshingly honest response in an interview and now he’s at the centre of a specious storm for “self-hating” and for not giving the “gay correct” answer. He’s a brilliant example of gay actors not having to “play gay” to get diverse roles without reference to his own sexuality. Some might not agree with his off-the-cuff remarks, and he could perhaps phrase things a little better in the future, but we don’t all toe the same line all the time (how dreary would that be?). So give the guy a break for being out there, upfront, willing to take flak, and definitely one of the good guys. And he’s a damn fine figure of a man, too.Simon-Peter TrimarcoKings Langley, Hertfordshire

Tracey Ullman to return to UK screens with BBC comedy series
July 6, 2015 — 4:24

Tracey Ullman to return to UK screens with BBC comedy series

Tracey Ullman is making a return to the BBC three decades after she last appeared on the broadcaster that gave her her big break.

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Guy Sebastian selected to represent Australia at Eurovision
July 6, 2015 — 4:24

Guy Sebastian selected to represent Australia at Eurovision

Guy Sebastian will be representing Australia at the 2015 Eurovision song contest. The announcement was made by SBS Eurovision co-host Julia Zemiro on Thursday morning at the Sydney Opera House. “Apparently we’re part of Europe,” said Zemiro.

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Fathers spend seven times more with their children than in the 1970s
July 6, 2015 — 4:24

Fathers spend seven times more with their children than in the 1970s

Dads may deserve that card to mark Fathers’ Day as research shows they spend seven times as much time interacting with their children than their own fathers did with them 40 years ago.

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