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  • Toilet brushes and vacuum cleaners turn musical in hands of Nils Frahm
    Toilet brushes and vacuum cleaners turn musical in hands of Nils Frahm 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    By Anastasia Gorelova LONDON (Reuters) - Three pianos, a wood pipe organ, a synthesiser and toilet brushes are the standard setup for a show by German experimental composer Nils Frahm. The organ of wood and vacuum cleaner tubes and the piano muffled with strips of felt were custom made, highlighting Frahm's unconventional approach to classical music. "Sometimes it is easier to create your own instrument and probably cheaper and it is also fun," he explained. More »

  • BBC's 'voyeuristic poverty porn'
    BBC's 'voyeuristic poverty porn' 3 hours ago

    Thousands of people have backed a campaign asking the BBC to scrap a show dubbed "poverty porn" even before filming starts on the series. More »

  • BBC show Britain's Hardest Grafter dubbed 'voyeuristic poverty porn …
    BBC show Britain's Hardest Grafter dubbed 'voyeuristic poverty porn … 3 hours ago

    The show, called Britain’s Hardest Grafter, will follow members of the public as they do some of the country’s worst-paid jobs with a £15,000 prize for the hardest worker. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Friday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Friday 4 hours ago

    Here are the shows that will be on your Twitter timeline later. More »

  • Qatar 2022 World Cup bid met'highest ethical standards'
    Qatar 2022 World Cup bid met'highest ethical standards' 5 hours ago

    Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers said on Friday their controversial bid was conducted "with integrity and to the highest ethical standards" following allegations of widescale corruption within FIFA, world football's governing body. More »

  • Lindsay Lohan’s off probation for the first time in 8 years… It’s the Dredg …
  • Gary Lineker feels nervous about his Have I Got News For You debut
    Gary Lineker feels nervous about his Have I Got News For You debut 6 hours ago

    The former footballer will host tonight’s episode of the show. More »

  • England FA chairman says World Cup boycott possible
    England FA chairman says World Cup boycott possible 8 hours ago

    English FA chairman Greg Dyke said England would support a possible boycott of the 2018 World Cup if Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA. "If the whole of UEFA said that, and all of the countries were willing to do it I think that is right," Dyke said. "But if UEFA as a group said 'look unless we get this sorted we are not going to be in the World Cup' then I think we would join them." Dyke's comments followed a similarly veiled threat from UEFA president Michel Platini after the Frenchman revealed that he personally asked Blatter to stand down for the good of football. More »

  • Poland sees tough talks on Britain's EU immigrant plan
    Poland sees tough talks on Britain's EU immigrant plan 8 hours ago

    Poland will be very firm in its talks with Prime Minister David Cameron over the situation of Polish immigrants in Britain and would reject changing EU treaties, ministers from the Eastern European country said. Cameron was in Warsaw on the second day of a whirlwind European tour to try to drum up support for EU reform. One of Cameron's key demands in the renegotiation is cutting welfare payments to EU migrants in Britain. More »

  • Blatter Faces Vote Amid FIFA Corruption Scandal
    Blatter Faces Vote Amid FIFA Corruption Scandal 8 hours ago

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter today stands for re-election as the worst crisis to hit football's governing body brought loudening calls for a World Cup boycott. Mr Blatter has rejected calls to quit after allegations of "rampant, systemic and deep-rooted corruption" engulfed the organisation. Instead he intends to press on with his attempt to win a fifth term by defeating Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan . More »

  • Miranda Hart: How I came to love my body
    Miranda Hart: How I came to love my body 8 hours ago

    The Call The Midwife star has come to terms with her tall figure. More »

  • Police allowed informers to murder hundreds “with impunity”
    Police allowed informers to murder hundreds “with impunity” 9 hours ago

    “Hundreds and hundreds” of people died as a result of collusion during The Troubles – according to former Ombudsman O’Loan. More »

  • Cameron urges 'flexible and imaginative' EU reforms
    Cameron urges 'flexible and imaginative' EU reforms 11 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron prepared Friday to lobby German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "flexible and imaginative" EU reforms, but faces an uphill battle against Franco-German plans for a more integrated eurozone. More »

  • Miranda: I've grown to love myself
    Miranda: I've grown to love myself 11 hours ago

    Comedian Miranda Hart has admitted she has finally grown to love herself after feeling she "didn't fit in" while growing up due to her shape. More »

  • English FA, UK government urge Blatter to go
    English FA, UK government urge Blatter to go 19 hours ago

    England's Football Association and government urged FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign on Thursday, as British investigative journalists were praised for helping to expose a major corruption scandal. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday 20 hours ago

    Smacking, Aer Lingus (still), and a nifty smartphone had everyone talking today. More »

  • UK takes hard line on EU reform as Cameron starts European tour
    UK takes hard line on EU reform as Cameron starts European tour 22 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn and Ingrid Melander LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain's relationship with the European Union was "not good enough" after his foreign minister warned the bloc had to change its founding treaties and give London a meaty reform deal to keep it as a member. Speaking in Paris on the first day of a whirlwind European tour to try to drum up support for EU reform, Cameron said he was confident he could get a settlement, something he has promised to secure before giving Britons an EU membership in-out referendum by the end of 2017. "My priority is to reform the European Union to make it more competitive and address the concerns of the British people about our membership. More »

  • 'Bit early' for George Villa debut
    'Bit early' for George Villa debut Thu, May 28, 2015

    The Duke of Cambridge has revealed he would "love" to attend football matches with his son Prince George in the near future, but he will have to "pass that by the missus". More »

  • Fifa corruption scandal: Sepp Blatter and the death of football
    Fifa corruption scandal: Sepp Blatter and the death of football Thu, May 28, 2015

    At 6am, in a plush hotel on the shore of Lake Zurich, a dawn raid by Swiss law enforcement agents saw seven executives from global football's governing body, Fifa, arrested on charges of a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. Across the Atlantic, the head of the FBI, the US attorney general and the head of criminal investigation for the IRS gave a press conference outlining the alleged "racketeering" and "bribery" at the heart of the game. Much of the evidence comes from the testimony of a former member of Fifa's inner circle. More »

  • Sepp Blatter: ‘There is no place for corruption of any kind in football’
    Sepp Blatter: ‘There is no place for corruption of any kind in football’ Thu, May 28, 2015

    UEFA leaders want to postpone the Fifa elections for at least six months amid the current chaos. More »

  • Top Gear Cleared Over Argentina Number Plates
    Top Gear Cleared Over Argentina Number Plates Thu, May 28, 2015

    Top Gear has been cleared of deliberately looking for trouble in Argentina with a number plate that some viewers believed was trying to provoke. The plate - H982 FKL - was used on a Porsche that Jeremy Clarkson and crew took to South America to record their Patagonia special. The crew, including presenters Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, were clearly shaken up and had to flee the country to avoid further trouble. More »

  • David Attenborough Calls On Public To Save African Elephants From Extinctio …
    David Attenborough Calls On Public To Save African Elephants From Extinctio … Thu, May 28, 2015

    The 89-year-old star has said that poaching will see the animals die out completely in the next 10 years. More »