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700,000 hits for online betting in Parliament – Exclusive for The Daily Telegraph

In Newspaper Contributions on October 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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First published in The Daily Telegraph Thursday 3 October 2013 on page 4.

 

My story was followed up in The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2442260/Betting-website-receive-700-000-hits-year-parliamentary-computers.html

and Livecasino.co.uk:  http://www.livecasino.co.uk/blog/news/online-gambling-in-westminster/

Top five places for a bookish fix – The Telegraph

In Literature Reviews, Newspaper Contributions on December 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Too busy to read a novel from cover to cover? Try these places instead.

Literature on the move

Literature on the move

Poems on the Underground

Even rush-hour can be a time for literary enlightenment. Poems on the Underground, the programme that aims to bring poetry to a wider audience by displays on advertising boards on the London Tube, recently released its latest anthology. To celebrate, they unveiled three thousand posters of six new poems, which will remain on the Tube for the next few weeks.

The new anthology arranges its poems according to central themes used since the programme was launched in 1986: love, seasons, war, exile and loss, music and the natural world.

Its founder Judith Chernaik says: “since the poems tend to come as a surprise, people on the Tube don’t get bored with them. Even if they are few and far between, a huge number of people get to see them”.

Espresso stories

For fans of Twitter, Espresso Stories offers its readers and writers a shot of very short stories: each one must consist of 25 words or fewer.

In Brief Oddities (Espresso Stories’ most popular choice of categories), an example of such a literary hit is The Worst Imaginable Pain In the World by Mick Theebs: “The natural predator of the pinky toe is the leg of a coffee table.”

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Florence and The Latrine – The Telegraph

In Newspaper Contributions on November 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Florence and The Machine drummer Chris Hayden was almost late for a live performance, having got locked in the lavatory.

Chart stars Florence and The Machine were almost late for a live radio gig – after their drummer got locked in the loo.

Chris Hayden became trapped shortly before a BBC Radio 2 performance at the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley, south London.

He had to be rescued by staff, who removed the door to free him from the cubicle before the gig on presenter Jo Whiley’s show on Thursday night.

The group’s Florence Welch said her father even offered to step in to fill the drum stool, and she was concerned they had become the victim of a haunted toilet.

Welch said of her drummer: “I didn’t know whether to say it on stage because I didn’t want to embarrass him, but he got trapped in the loo.

“He was screaming. He got really freaked out. We could hear him – ‘Let me out’ – trying to bash the door down, and they had to take the door off its hinges, so my dad did offer to stand in. But he did escape.”

Welch, whose hits include Dog Days Are Over and You’ve Got The Love, went on: “I think it’s haunted – and then all the taps started running boiling water. All the taps in the bathroom started running hot water. I heard all the screaming and the banging and I was like ‘whaaaat?’.”

Florence Welch

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/9667640/Florence-and-The-Latrine.html

American Horror Story: Asylum, FX, preview – The Telegraph

In Newspaper Contributions on November 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

American Horror Story returns with a new series, this time set in a mental asylum.

Following the success of its first series, atmospheric anthology series American Horror Story returns with a second season, American Horror Story: Asylum, and it’s just in time for Hallowe’en.

In the new series, which starts tonight at 10pm on FX, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have moved the storyline on from its previous location in a haunted house in the present day, and transport audiences back in time to a 1964, setting the new tale in a fictional mental institution in western Massachusetts.

Through a series of flashbacks, it tells the terrifying tale of Briarcliff Manor which was bought by the Catholic Church and transformed into an asylum. It’s now home to Nazis, serial killers and mutants.

As well as featuring a completely new storyline, the series also boasts a cast of new characters. It follows the interconnected lives and deteriorating sanity of the patients, doctors and nuns who roam its creaky corridors.

Briarcliff is prowled by the likes of Dr Arden (James Cromwell), who can be seen in the clip above about to perform surgery on one of his unlucky patients. He resembles the notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, with his penchant for experimenting on his patients inside and outside the asylum walls.

Sister Jude is also a new character (though played by the excellent Jessica Lange who featured in the first series). She’s a stern advocate of both faith and corporate punishment, but struggling with her own unholy demons.

Beginning in the present day, the series follows honeymooning couple Leo (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) and Teresa into the abandoned asylum, as they embark on a kinky sex tour of the US’s “most haunted” places. However, they soon find out they are not the only ones there.

American Horror Story: Asylum starts on FX on Tuesday 30 November at 10pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9643130/American-Horror-Story-Asylum-new-clip.html

American Horror Story: Asylum, FX, preview – The Telegpraph

In Newspaper Contributions on November 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

American Horror Story returns with a new series, this time set in a mental asylum.

Following the success of its first series, atmospheric anthology series American Horror Story returns with a second season, American Horror Story: Asylum, and it’s just in time for Hallowe’en.

In the new series, which starts tonight at 10pm on FX, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have moved the storyline on from its previous location in a haunted house in the present day, and transport audiences back in time to a 1964, setting the new tale in a fictional mental institution in western Massachusetts.

Through a series of flashbacks, it tells the terrifying tale of Briarcliff Manor which was bought by the Catholic Church and transformed into an asylum. It’s now home to Nazis, serial killers and mutants.

As well as featuring a completely new storyline, the series also boasts a cast of new characters. It follows the interconnected lives and deteriorating sanity of the patients, doctors and nuns who roam its creaky corridors.

Briarcliff is prowled by the likes of Dr Arden (James Cromwell), who can be seen in the clip above about to perform surgery on one of his unlucky patients. He resembles the notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, with his penchant for experimenting on his patients inside and outside the asylum walls.

Sister Jude is also a new character (though played by the excellent Jessica Lange who featured in the first series). She’s a stern advocate of both faith and corporate punishment, but struggling with her own unholy demons.

Beginning in the present day, the series follows honeymooning couple Leo (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) and Teresa into the abandoned asylum, as they embark on a kinky sex tour of the US’s “most haunted” places. However, they soon find out they are not the only ones there.

American Horror Story: Asylum starts on FX on Tuesday 30 November at 10pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9643130/American-Horror-Story-Asylum-new-clip.html#

American Horror Story: The Asylum

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