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Young cellist opens concert series

Young cellist opens concert series

Young cellist opens concert series

18 September 2012

Expect great things from Laura van der Heijden, the BBC Young Musician 2012.At the age of 15, her mesmerising performance of the rarely-played Walton…


Friday night comedy

Friday night comedy

Friday night comedy

18 September 2012

Comedian Imran Yusuf tours to The Haymarket, Basingstoke, with his new show Bring The Thunder!! on Friday (7.30pm). This second show follows the sell-out…


Poachers gig at Three Swans

Poachers gig at Three Swans

Poachers gig at Three Swans

14 September 2012

Des Simmons and the Poachers play The Three Swans, High Street, Hungerford, on Sunday (2pm).Newbury's veteran singer/songwriter Des Simmons, pictured…


Dads v aliens

Dads v aliens

Dads v aliens

13 September 2012

The Watch (12A) film review Rating:*In Britain, Neighbourhood Watch risks being stereotyped as nosy old busybodies, making notes behind net curtains of…


Snap the show's Heraldic beasts

Snap the show's Heraldic beasts

Snap the show's Heraldic beasts

10 September 2012

A contemporary interpretation of the original Queen's Beasts stone sculptures, which guarded the entrance to Westminster Abbey on the Queen's Coronation…


Sci-fi success

Sci-fi success

Sci-fi success

06 September 2012

Bev Allen, who lives in Newbury, fell in love with her first soldier outside Buckingham Palace. He was a Coldstream on guard and she was four.Later she…


Why the remake?

Why the remake?

Why the remake?

06 September 2012

Film review: Total Recall (12A) Rating:**Paul Verhoeven isn’t the most cerebral of directors, but even he was astute enough to realise that Philip K Dick’s…


Aldworth artist exhibits in village

Aldworth artist exhibits in village

Aldworth artist exhibits in village

05 September 2012

Artist and Aldworth villager Robin Taylor has an exhibition of his work this weekend at Aldworth Village Hall, in conjunction with the Aldworth September…


One of the finest US jazz soloists

One of the finest US jazz soloists

One of the finest US jazz soloists

30 August 2012

Derek Ansell stakes a claim to be one of the great jazz chroniclers of modern times with his biography of saxophone supremo Jackie McLean.In terms of…


Time running out for Bourne

Time running out for Bourne

Time running out for Bourne

29 August 2012

The Bourne Legacy (12A) Rating:**The latest movie in the ‘Bourne’ series serves up some slickly- executed action scenes, and a capable central performance…


Get up off the sofa and...

Get up off the sofa and...

Get up off the sofa and...

23 August 2012

This summer, National Trust properties like The Vyne in Hampshire are offering free entry to children, giving families a great incentive to get off the…


Good, but not Pixar's best

Good, but not Pixar's best

Good, but not Pixar's best

23 August 2012

Brave (PG)Review rating:***Pixar Studios dust off some well-worn Scottish stereotypes in this good-natured but oddly bland family animation. Set at some…


One man and his bear

One man and his bear

One man and his bear

17 August 2012

Ted (15)Review rating:****Fans of Seth MacFarlane have had a tough time just recently. In the heady days of 2001, MacFarlane’s animated show Family Guy…


Edinburgh Fringe 'Bobby' for NYT

Edinburgh Fringe 'Bobby' for NYT

Edinburgh Fringe 'Bobby' for NYT

15 August 2012

Newbury Youth Theatre’s Just So Stories has landed a prestigious ‘Bobby’ at the Edinburgh Fringe at the weekend. NYT director Robin Strapp sent this message…


The place to be for live music

The place to be for live music

The place to be for live music

11 August 2012

NEWBURY’S Arlington Arts Centre continues to cement its reputation as one of West Berkshire’s best venues for live music as it launches its autumn season…


Film Review: The Lorax

Film Review: The Lorax

Film Review: The Lorax

09 August 2012

POOR old Dr Seuss hasn’t had an easy time when it comes to film adaptations of his stories. Jim Carrey’s The Grinch and Mike Myers’ The Cat in the Hat…


The trials of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The trials of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The trials of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

07 August 2012

IN 2010, Katherine Gibbons, aged 31, an actor and playwright, originally from Bucklebury, took on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her first-ever scripted…


Cropredy weather report

Cropredy weather report

Cropredy weather report

04 August 2012

SHOULD you see a bearded chap standing in Chipping Norton square with his head turned towards the heavens, don’t imagine that he is a lost soul looking…


Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

02 August 2012

CHRISTOPER Nolan’s imposing Batman trilogy reaches its conclusion with The Dark Knight Rises, a masculine and rather grim-faced action movie of a type…


Folk, jazz, rock fusion

Folk, jazz, rock fusion

Folk, jazz, rock fusion

31 July 2012

YOUNG, upcoming five-piece Mawkin will be performing an evening of new music while maintaining the mystique of ancient folk music from around the world.…


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