Lady Gaga & Katy Perry still good friends after Kesha text leak

Lady Gaga has reassured fans she and Katy Perry are closer than ever after newly-released 2016 texts suggested they were not friends. The correspondence between the Poker Face star and Kesha, regarding Katy’s refusal to confirm or deny rape allegations levelled at her producer Dr. Luke, was released via court documents on Friday (30Nov18), prompting … Continue reading Lady Gaga & Katy Perry still good friends after Kesha text leak

Danish firm claims first biofuel commercial sea voyage

It is thick, black and cheap. Dirk Kronemeiier describes it as the “dirtiest fuel ever invented by mankind.” He believes his biofuel company, Good Fuels, has developed part of the solution to cutting the shipping industry’s huge carbon footprint. Shipping is estimated to contribute more than 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions. However, as global … Continue reading Danish firm claims first biofuel commercial sea voyage

One in four UK workers covered by national living wage underpaid

Women more likely to be hit by underpayments than men, Low Pay Commission figures reveal. Almost one in four British workers on the government’s national living wage are paid less than they should be, according to official figures, with more women than men hit by underpayments. The figures revealed by the government’s Low Pay Commission … Continue reading One in four UK workers covered by national living wage underpaid

BST 2019: Robbie Williams joins Bob Dylan and Neil Young as headliner at British Summer Time Festival

Robbie Williams has been announced as the third British Summer Time (BST) festival headliner. The former Take That singer joins previously confirmed joint headliners Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The Hyde Park show marks his only UK open-air show of 2019 announced so far and will take place on the final day of the festival, … Continue reading BST 2019: Robbie Williams joins Bob Dylan and Neil Young as headliner at British Summer Time Festival

A children’s writer’s macabre vision

A new biography looks at the appeal of Edward Gorey. Why have so many directors and writers been drawn to his peculiar vision, asks Cath Pound. From the Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey?s morbidly funny little books are gothic surrealist masterpieces. Drawing on sources as varied as the novels of Agatha Christie … Continue reading A children’s writer’s macabre vision

Blockchain platform goes live for North Sea crude oil trading

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil majors and trading firms can start finalizing crude oil deals on a live blockchain-based platform for the first time, in a move that could revolutionize the market. Commodities trading firms have piloted similar schemes in recent years as blockchain technology has the potential to drastically cut costs in an environment of … Continue reading Blockchain platform goes live for North Sea crude oil trading

Copa Libertadores cup final called off

No-one really knows when South America’s premier club competition, the Copa Libertadores, will stage its final this year. It was due to take place on Saturday, but after an initial two-hour delay for the kick-off, the match was postponed until Sunday. Now it’s been postponed indefinitely. It all came down to an attack on Boca … Continue reading Copa Libertadores cup final called off

The juvenile joke hidden in a portrait

Once you see it, you can’t unsee it: a hazy hint of adolescent humour in the background of Andrea Odoni (1527), among the stand-out paintings on display at the National Gallery in London in an engrossing new exhibition devoted to the pioneering portraits of the 16th-Century Italian artist Lorenzo Lotto. Just behind the sitter’s left … Continue reading The juvenile joke hidden in a portrait