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WHEN IT COMES TO STREET credibility, Portuguese singer Dona Rosa is the real deal. Tales of talent plucked from impecunious obscurity may be a staple of showbiz lore, but few musicians have had it remotely as hard, for anything like as long, as this 51-year-old. Which lends her recent emergence on the world music scene all the gloss of a real-life fairytale.
HER HARD-FIGHTING, FAST-TALKING, Chicago-based private investigator, VI Warshawski, made her name, but Sara Paretsky has travelled as far away from the Windy City as you could imagine in her latest novel – to America's small-town Midwest.
by Jiang Rong, translated by Howard Goldblatt
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'The internet is like having a scrapbook I keep adding stuff to'
As line-ups become more samey, it's the added extras that count at this year's pop festivals.
FROM KYOTO TO CARBETH: PLANTS AND POEMS OF THE HILLS
THE bride received the top- hatted wedding guests on the lawn of her family’s Irish castle, and the Scottish groom brought along his own pipe band, which followed the departing couple in a boat.
THE Edinburgh International Film Festival has secured £1.88 million funding from the UK Film Council.
Can an opera based on a David Lynch movie and performed in an intimate setting help to revive the flagging fortunes of ENO and the art form at large, asks FIONA MADDOCKS.
His tales of a big-hearted Botswanan private investigator have delighted millions, but how would Hollywood treat The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency? Alexander McCall Smith recalls Mma Ramotswe's colourful journey from page to screen
DIRECTED BY: LEONARD ABRAHAMSON
STARRING: PAT SHORTT, ANNE-MARIE DUFF, CONOR RYAN
AMAZON is king, but ahead of World Book Day tomorrow, here are five other great websites.
IF YOU drive south from Gabarone, the capital of Botswana, until the houses stop and the bush begins, you'll find yourself passing a building that used to be a garage.
THE curtain rises tonight on five new Scottish operas, whose creators run from the best-selling crime-writer Ian Rankin to the leading modern composer Nigel Osborne.
WHEN SCOTTISH OPERA LET it be known that it was to unveil five world premieres in a single evening, written by some of Scotland's top creative talents, it's little wonder the company attracted attention from all over the world.
RAMBO (18) ***
DIRECTOR: SYLVESTER STALLONE
STARRING: SYLVESTER STALLONE, JULIE BENZ, MATTHEW MARSDEN
SYLVESTER Stallone’s forgettable take on the Afghan revolt against Soviet occupiers, Rambo III, was made in the safety of Israel and Jordan. The big-budget Russian film 9th Company, filmed in the Crimea by Fyodor Bondarchuk, tells the story of the same war through the eyes of young Russian recruits. It was embraced by strong-arm Russian President Vladimir Putin.