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House Of The Dragon Season One, Episode 6 Recap: Plotting, Plotting And More Plotting
If you’ve just about got your head around House of the Dragon’s characters and families, hang tight because episode six whizzes forward in time – and everyone, it seems, has spent the past decade popping out babies. As per usual there’s plotting, plo
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Pound Sinks To Record Low Against Dollar As Kwasi Kwarteng Hints Further Tax Cuts On Way
The pound has slumped to its lowest level against the dollar since decimalisation in 1971, after the Chancellor hinted more tax cuts would follow those he announced last week. Sterling fell by more than 4 per cent to just 1.0327 dollars in early Asia
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How A National Gallery Exhibition Is Giving Us A New Perspective On Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud is having a moment – though he’s never been out of fashion since his death in 2011. But this year, the centenary of his birth in Berlin in 1922, he is especially centre stage. There’s an exhibition of his plant portraits (even his plant
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Rihanna Confirms The Super Bowl Half-time Show ‒ But Which Songs Will She Perform?
Rihanna has announced that she will be headlining the Super Bowl half-time show and, as could have been predicted, the internet was giddy with excitement about the news. Even celebrities turned online to react: “Screaming,” commented Lizzo on Rihanna
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What Are The Best First Credit Cards?
Whether you carry it as plastic, or add it to your phone’s digital wallet, a credit card can have a key role to play when it comes to functioning effectively as a consumer.  But if you’re applying for a credit card for the first time, what do you ne
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Steve Coogan On The Return Of Alan Partridge, Duetting With Coldplay And Playing Jimmy Savile In A New Drama
If you’ve ever wondered whether you sat next to Alan Partridge on a plane to Manchester in 1996, good news: you did. Keen to get in touch with the youth vote, the Labour Party had booked Steve Coogan to interview then-leader of the opposition Tony Bl
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How To Invest In Silver
Given the recent downturn in global stock markets, investors may be looking to diversify their portfolio by including alternative assets such as commodities. While gold has traditionally been more popular with investors, silver may also provide a saf
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Dame Hilary Mantel: The Pivotal Works Of The Celebrated Author, From Every Day Is Mother’s Day To Wolf Hall
Dame Hilary Mantel, the acclaimed author who penned some of the UK’s most famous historical fiction books, has died aged 70. She was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, the eldest of three children, graduated from Sheffield University with a Bachelor of Jur
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Our Film And TV Recommendations: What To Watch, From Karen Pirie To Strictly
The  clocks have gone back, the weather’s grim - it’s the perfect season for hibernating in front of the television, or a night at the cinema. Here are the films and TV shows on our cultural radar this week… Wolfwalkers I can’t remember the last time
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Our Music Recommendations: What We’re Listening To, From Alewya To Groove Armada
Is your playlist in need of some refreshment? We have some suggestions. Taylor Swift — Evermore Surprise! Again! Taylor Swift’s lockdown adventures continued with the news that she has a recorded second secretly written album. Evermore is the “sister
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From Boris To Borgen: MPs And TV Writers On What Shows About Politics Get Right... And Very Wrong
The year is 2020. As the UK’s media gather in the press room of Number 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson adjusts his tie, shuffles his notes, and tells the public that they need to stay at home, wash their hands, and save lives. Except it’s not Boris
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When Does Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Start And Who Are The Contestants?
Strictly Come Dancing will make its long-awaited return to our televisions soon, bringing with it a brilliant cast of celebrities and weekly glitz, glamour, and entertainment. Eight months have passed since the end of the previous season, which saw R
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Amsterdam: What Do We Know About Margot Robbie And Christian Bale’s New Mystery Comedy Film?
The anticipation is reaching fever-pitch as the release date for Amsterdam – David O. Russell’s latest film – is getting ever closer. Last night, the mystery comedy film enjoyed its European premiere in London, and the star-studded cast came out in f
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Jonathan Bailey: Who Is The Bridgerton Actor Joining Ariana Grande In The New Wicked Film?
It has been confirmed that Jonathan Bailey, one of Bridgerton’s major heartthrobs, will play Fiyero in the blockbuster two-part film adaption of Wicked. It’s promising to be an absolutely must-see production, as Bailey joins an all-star cast which in
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Lionel Shriver: ‘I’ve Lost Friends Because Of My Political Opinions – It’s Painful’
When I speak to Lionel Shriver it is 5pm on Friday, towards the end of a tumultuous week in which Britain has lost a beloved Queen and attained a new Prime Minister and King. In Brooklyn for the summer, we talk via Zoom, Shriver against a backdrop of
Evening Standard5 min readFinance & Money Management
Best Credit Builder Credit Cards
Using a credit builder credit card can help you build up your credit rating if you’ve never had any borrowing in the past. Also known as ‘bad credit credit card’, these deals can help you improve your credit score if it’s been damaged by late or miss
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And The Oscars Go To... Why Steven Spielberg And Cate Blanchett Are Among The Frontrunners For Awards In 2023
The summer has drawn to a close bringing with it, in the film world at least, awards season. Now that the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals have wrapped up, awards pundits like me will spend the next six months discussing, theorising and p
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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Trailer With Daniel Craig Released ‒ Plot, Cast, And Release Date
The buzz around the next instalment of Knives Out is seriously hotting up, and the trailer for the whodunnit sequel has finally been released. It looks like it’s going to be an absolute blast: There’s Dave Bautista in speedos shooting a gun into the
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The Best True Crime On BBC, Netflix, Amazon Prime And Hulu, From House Of Maxwell To Sins Of Our Mother
What’s the strange fascination we have with true crime on TV? It usually has the satisfying components of a good story – a hero, a victim, a villain and (sometimes) a resolution. For those many unsolved mysteries, there’s also the ego massage that co
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The Best Free Exhibitions In London Right Now – Get Your Culture Fix And Keep Your Money For Coffee
It’s the best time of the year. Summer is right around the corner, those mad sporadic showers have nearly all ended, and London is absolutely packed — with exhibitions, people, events and music. But of course, it can all get a bit pricey. So if you w
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War Games: The Imperial War Museum’s New Exhibition Explores Why Conflict In Videogames Is A Good Thing
You’re running out of options. To the right, there’s a house where one of your friends is lying injured; he is just visible in the shadows created by the harsh sun streaming through an empty window frame. To the left is a small shack you know holds t
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The Films You Need To Watch In Autumn 2022, From Blonde To Black Panther
We’ve all got so used to sitting outside with our little electric fans it’s coming as something of a shock to be considering putting on a jumper and maybe staying inside. Fortunately this autumn has a glittering wealth of fantastic films to keep you
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William Kentridge At The Royal Academy Review: Testament To A Genuinely Unique Vision
It’s a mark of the relentless productivity of the South African artist William Kentridge that this vast show misses out works that I think of as his masterpieces. Yet it doesn’t suffer for it. It’s a retrospective of sorts, in that we follow Kentridg
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House Of The Dragon Season One, Episode 5 Recap: Weddings And Bedding Arrangements
Welcome back to our House of the Dragon recap. Last episode, Rhaenyra and Daemon set the internet on fire by almost getting it on - before Rhaenyra went on to sleep with her Kingsguard, Ser Criston Cole, and get the Hand of the King, Otto Hightower,
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The Queen’s Portraits - How Countless Artists Have Made An Icon Of A Figurehead Of State
Helen of Troy had nothing on Elizabeth II. A thousand ships is a paltry effort compared to the billions of letters, postcards, parcels, birthday greetings and notes of condolence that the face of the Queen, in the form of stamps, has sent on their wa
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Intricate Worldbuilding And Murky Heroes: Behind The Scenes Of New Star Wars Show Andor
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a reluctant hero set out on a quest to join the legendary Rebellion. Now, replace the galaxy with England, the reluctant hero with Diego Luna, and the legendary Rebellion with a rag-tag bunch of hopefuls an
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Paramount+: Here Is What’s Dropping On The Streaming Service This Month, From Savage River To Unplugging
Paramount+ has been a massive success. Although the service launched in October 2014 in the US, it went global in 2021 and then came to the UK last June. By early August it had 43.3 million paid customers worldwide. And as would be expected from the
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The Songs Chosen By Orchestras And Choirs Around The Country As Tributes To The Queen
Dozens of orchestras and choirs across Britain have been playing special tribute pieces to the Queen. It makes sense: not only is it the music institutions’ best way of communicating their sorrow, but music is a powerful balm and the Queen was an avi
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How To Choose The Right Dog Breed For You
The coronavirus pandemic has given many of us more time in our own homes, leading some households to make lifestyle changes, such as acquiring a four-legged friend. According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), 3.2 million households i
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What’s Coming To Netflix In September? The New TV Series And Films To Watch From Blonde To Do Revenge
As we head into the beginning of autumn, there’s no better time to curl up on your sofa and indulge in some cosy weekends. And Netflix has you covered for viewing material: from the much-hyped Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde to the madcap Do Revenge, th
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