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The Madagaskar Plan

Book reviews: The Madagaskar Plan, Guy Saville

In 1940, Germany’s Nazi government came up with a proposal to deport Europe’s Jewish population to the tropical island of Madagascar off the south east coast of Africa.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company

The strange story of Kids Company

For much of last summer, the news was dominated by pictures of a large, bespectacled lady, swathed in vibrantly coloured robes, and dripping with jewellery.

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Riverdance forerunner for Settle

Settle is to be a new venue in this famous Irish dance and music spectacular the show predates “Riverdance“ by twenty years.

Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip

Book reviews: Mad science, crazy crocs and hopping hedgehogs with Maverick

There’s more picture book magic this month with Maverick, a small, independent publisher which boasts big, beautiful books.

Cats at Manchester Opera House

Theatre review: Cats at Manchester Opera House

They slunk through the stalls, only stopping to purr or hiss suspiciously as they approached the waiting stage, a giant junkyard that serves as their night-time playground.

Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan

Top Gear reveals full line-up for new series

The full line-up for Top Gear has been announced, with a total of seven presenters heading up the BBC’s flagship motoring show.

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Dangerous Promises byRoberta Kray

Book review: Dangerous Promises by Roberta Kray

A chance encounter with a stranger on a train ride to London leads a young woman into a trail of deception, danger and murder.

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes - Lost Property: Not a bad track on the album

I'm firmly in the camp that Bob Dylan's best work came when he went electric.

Henge perform at Cloudspotting 2016

Intimate festival in the forest features fantastic family vibe

A Lancashire festival which started out “begging bands, borrowing equipment and blagging local farmers for camping ground” reaches its sixth year this July.

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Struggling for Valentine’s inspiration? Our favourite romantic lines revealed

When it comes to romantic utterances, we all need some literary help, it seems.

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A Bigger Splash (l-r) Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes.

A Bigger Splash: Swinton is in imperious form

Sun, sea, sex and skulduggery are the key ingredients of writer-director Luca Guadagnino’s spicy cinematic cocktail, which elegantly updates the erotically charged 1969 thriller La Piscine from St Tropez to the rugged Sicilian island of Pantelleria.

Barbara Dickson, OBE

Award winning singer comes to Morecambe

A two time Olivier Award winner is one of the highlights of this season’s line-up at the Platform in Morecambe.

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher and Madness to headline Kendal Calling

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rudimental, Madness and The Charlatans will headline this year’s Kendal Calling festival.

A Traveller's Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing in Dairies, Journals and Letters

A Traveller's Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing in Dairies, Journals and Letters

This is a delightful book and one which travellers everywhere will love!

Beyonce

Beyoncé announces The Formation World Tour

Beyoncé announced THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR today following her appearance during SuperBowl 50.

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon announced for Morecambe Carnival

Pop singer and TV personality Alesha Dixon will join the line up for this year’s Morecambe Carnival.

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When you are a collaborator in Nazi-ruled Britain, enemies are more numerous than friends

Book review: The British Lion by Tony Schumacher

When you are a collaborator in Nazi-ruled Britain, enemies are more numerous than friends…

Laurence Fox

Laurence Fox - Holding Patterns: A fair start that will enthral his fans

Star of Lewis, part of the Fox acting dynasty and husband of singer-turned-actress Billie Piper, Laurence Fox is having a crack at the music industry with this debut album of extremely passable self-penned indie-influenced tunes.

Oscar nominated Mark Ruffalo (By Cpl. Michael C. Guinto [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Oscar hopeful Mark Ruffalo warns against fracking ahead of inquiry

Oscar nominated actor Mark Ruffalo has called on the Prime Minister to abandon fracking and leave fossil fuels in the ground.

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Lion Babe - Begin

Lion Babe - Begin: Not an instant classic, but the potential is palpable

Performance artist Jillian Hervey (who has the best hair - a proper mane - think Whitney Huston circa I Wanna Dance With Somebody) and musician Lucas Goodman, aka Lion Babe, have been working together since 2012 and so far have collaborated with Pharrell Williams, Disclosure and Childish Gambino.

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Review: Promenade Concert Orchestra

A review by Juila Glossop

Eleanor McEvoy: Naked Music

Eleanor McEvoy - Naked Music: Songs as evocative as ever

Singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy is a musical legend in her native Ireland and this career retrospective sees her reinterpret songs from her extensive back catalogue.

DJ Graeme Park. Photography by Jack Kirwin

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Lancaster’s Hacienda Classical going to blow minds

One of the DJs responsible for the Hacienda project can’t wait to bring a new wave of sound to the city.

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Point Break: 2016 incarnation should be retitled Pointless Break

Released in 1991, the original Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves was a testosterone-fuelled, homoerotic classic of the era about an emotionally scarred FBI agent, who goes undercover to bring down a gang of bank-robbing surfer dudes.

Martin Kemp

Spandau Ballet stars at Lancaster Grand Theatre

A Spandau Ballet star will reveal all in a special evening at the Lancaster Grand Theatre.

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The Cult

The Cult - Hidden City: Still a force to be reckoned with

For their tenth studio album, The Cult have left the experimentalism and art rock of the Nineties and early 2000s behind and revived the soaring choruses and stadium-friendly riffs of their classic early albums.

The Witness, Platform: PS4, Genre: Puzzle. See PA Feature GAMES Reviews. Picture credit: PA

Games Central - The Witness wows the puzzling crowds on PS4

This week, The Witness wows the puzzling crowds on PS4, Final Fantasy Explorers draw their weapons on Nintendo 3DS and LEGO’s Marvel Avengers bound onto Xbox One.

Blake Harrison, Danny Mays, Tom Courtenay, Toby Jones, Bill Paterson, Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon

Dad’s Army: A cultural smash’n’grab that goes through the motions

How do you improve on the perfection of Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s sitcom Dad’s Army, which began active service in 1968 and remains a jewel in the crown of the BBC comedy archives?

Rod Stewart tickets go on sale tomorrow morning

Rod Stewart announces UK tour

Rock legend Rod Stewart has announced a UK tour this autumn.

Sarah Blasko: Eternal Return

Sarah Blasko - Eternal Return: The best album of her career so far

Although she has made quite a name for herself in her native Australia, Sarah Blasko has only managed to attract a cult following in the UK, which is a shame as her beautifully-crafted songs deserve a global audience.

More Music's samba band Baybeat. Picture by More Music.

More Music gives youngsters chance to learn new skills

This half term community music charity More Music is giving youngsters the chance to learn new drumming skills.

The Kilcawley Family

Live music, DJs, pizza, coffee and beer all on programme

A Lancaster venue is getting into a solid groove with its live music offering.

Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans and the Stig

Friends star Matt LeBlanc set to be new Top Gear presenter

Friends actor Matt LeBlanc is to join Chris Evans as a presenter on the new series of Top Gear. 3 comments

The Last Shadow Puppets are coming to Manchester

The Last Shadow Puppets announce special UK shows

The Last Shadow Puppets have announced four special UK shows for July, following the release of their second album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, due for release in April.

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Tribute to UB40 at Morecambe Platform

A ‘Stars in their Eyes’ winner will be performing at the Platform in Morecambe next month as part of a tribute to UB40.

1966: The Year the Decade Exploded byJon Savage

Book review: 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded by Jon Savage

Ask any music fan, preferably one who is longer in the tooth, what they would regard as being THE significant year of the 60s for pop culture.

Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette and Jack Black

Goosebumps: A wicked delight, packed full of spooks and scares

Comic whirlwind Jack Black ramps up his manic energy to gale force 10 in this fast-paced fantasy adventure based on the series of children’s books by RL Stine.

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Draw Mum and win some amazing prizes!

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Bloc Party are back

Bloc Party - Hymns: A return to form

It’s easy to forgive the band that produced the seminal Silent Alarm anything, but in recent years, Bloc Party has still been cause for concern.

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner to help flood victims in Lancaster district

Impressionist Rory Bremner is set to bring some comic relief to flood victims after the December storms and boost appeal funds with a dedicated fundraiser this month.

Spy Out The Land

Book review: Spy Out The Land  by Jeremy Duns

A former MI6 spy now unmasked as a British traitor, Paul Dark should be a dead man…

Bryan Cranston stars at Dalton Trumbo

Trumbo: Relive an inglorious period of paranoia and suspicion

Hollywood is in the throes of a highly publicised civil war about ethnic diversity.

Aspect Bar and Bistro owner, Paul Bury, describes some of the gins to gin lovers.

Aspect’s success in Morecambe ginfest

Organisers of the first Morecambe Ginfest have heralded the event a huge success and now thinking about the next gin extravaganza.

Award winning actress Polly Lister, who has written and will star in her play "I was a wife" at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster

Review: I Was A Wife, Dukes, Lancaster

Brave, bold and beautiful.

Polly Lister

A lesson in marriage break-up

I Was A Wife, The Dukes, Lancaster

Treasure Island and the Se7en Deadly Frenchmen

Arr Jim lad...a panto to really treasure

Treasure Island and the Se7en Deadly Frenchmen, Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society, Ribchester Village Hall

Will Varley

Will’s among the rising stars

Will Varley will be bringing the intelligent folk of new LP ‘Postcards from Ursa Minor’ to Manchester Night & Day on February 13.

Lorin LaFave, Breck Bednars mother, who featured in the disturbing Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar

Hunting the trolls who hide behind their keyboards

Social media is all around us. We update our Facebook status by the hour, and hungrily check our Twitter feeds for likes or retweets, our hearts a-flutter to hear the longed-for ‘ping’ of a smartphone alert.

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Katy Cavanagh and Colin Connor. Photo credit: Ian Tilton

Two at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

When just two actors carry the weight of the production on their shoulders, they really have to be on top of their game. And boy are these two on top of their game!

Jason Stardust

Lancaster Bowie fan to play musical tribute at Globe Arena

“I thought David Bowie was a spaceman from the future.”

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