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The Notebook WidgetsThe Notebook is a romantic drama film. Based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks the film is directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s. James Garner and Gena Rowlands also star in this tear jer...14:04 Mon 28th Jun 2010

Where The Wild Things Are WidgetsWhere The Wild Things Are is a fantasy drama film. It was directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. The film stars Max Records as the young child, and features the voices of James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Lauren Ambrose, and Forest Whitaker.The ...14:04 Mon 28th Jun 2010

Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief WidgetsPercy Jackson And The Lightning Thief is a fantasy adventure film. Directed by Chris Columbus who is famous for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Mrs Doubtfire and Home Alone the film is an adaptation of the novel by Rick Riordan. Logan Lerman pays the lead role.The film has had a very m...09:03 Mon 28th Jun 2010

The Jason Bourne Series WidgetsThe Jason Bourne Series is spy thriller at its best. There are three films in the series which are loosely based on the books by Eric Van Lustbader. The films are The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Matt Damon plays the lead and he utterly owns the role.Audiences ha...16:25 Wed 23rd Jun 2010

Solomon Kane WidgetsSolomon Kane is a dark fantasy adventure. Directed by Michael J. Bassett and is loosely based on the pulp magazine character Solomon Kane created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard. James Purefoy (Rome) stars in the title role. The film also stars Rachel Hurd-Wood, Mackenzie Crook and Pete Postlethwaite....16:25 Wed 23rd Jun 2010

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is now one of the largest publishers in the UK, and the largest university press in the world. It publishes in a variety of different languages, for all levels, and across virtually the whole range of academic disciplines. The OUP is based at Oxford University in the UK but it also has ope...13:47 Wed 02nd Jun 2010

Oxfam Second Hand Clothes

Oxfam is one of the largest Charity organisations in the UK. Their stores are in high streets worldwide and are famous for great value and variety. Most notably known for second hand clothing the stores also have shoes, books and some accessories at bargain prices. They also stock fair-trade items. The name “Oxf...16:37 Mon 24th May 2010

Some of the strangest people have tattoos...

... though we should point out that you don't have to be strange to get a "permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising01:00 Thu 10th Oct 2002

Art: There's no easy answer

Understandably, most people dream of discovering that the painting left by granny, or the drawing found in an antique shop may be worth a fortune. The AnswerBank gets its fair share of questions01:00 Thu 03rd Oct 2002

The Man Who Touched The Sky

A new book* tells the story of Man's ascent towards the stars, a journey dreamt of since the days of Icarus and the Ancient Greeks. Acton's new bookIt is a story that gathered pace as chemists,01:00 Wed 11th Sep 2002

Birmingham European Capital of Culture

Insert your own typical 'Scouser' joke hereNot yet, not yet... but maybe one day soon. Twelve cities in the United Kingdom are vying to be European Capital of Culture in 2008 - and yes, Brum is one.01:00 Thu 05th Sep 2002

Psst want to buy some dirty pictures

Q: In the movie Moulin Rouge, Toulouse-Lautrec had a small role. Just how involved was he in the seedier side of Parisian nightlife A: For a mere 575,000 you can find out. A complete set of his01:00 Mon 29th Apr 2002

The Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is the oldest public museum in Britain, and one of the oldest in the world. What does it contain, where is it, and why to visit... The Ashmolean collection was01:00 Fri 01st Mar 2002

Is Oscar off the radar

"Divan" asked what is Oscar Wilde's best work - and there were very few volunteers prepared to debate the issue. Can it be that the brilliance of one of the most amusing, prolific and controversial01:00 Mon 29th Apr 2002

Portcullis House

Q. What is it A. In the early 1990s it was realised that MPs' workspaces within the Palace of Westminster were less than adequate, with many being housed in Portakabins and other temporary quarters01:00 Tue 23rd Apr 2002

Nursery Rhymes

Q. What are they all about, then A. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable defines them as: 'The traditional metrical jingles learnt by children "in the nursery" and frequently used in their games.'01:00 Sun 21st Apr 2002

John Stow and the Survey of London

Q. Who was he A. John Stow was a 16th-century London tailor, who, among other things, was one of the first writers in England to use what we would consider proper documentary evidence to produce01:00 Sun 21st Apr 2002

H. Rider Haggard

Q. Wasn't Haggard a bit of a poor-man's Rudyard Kipling A. That has been said, though it is a little unfair. Haggard and Kipling were friends, and both wrote extensively and in a mythologising01:00 Sat 20th Apr 2002

Concepts from fiction

Q. What concepts A. Those ideas and characters that originated in literature but which have passed into the language and become part of our everyday gallery of concepts. Q. How about a few01:00 Sun 14th Apr 2002

Body art: Tattoos

Q. So, art or disfigurement A. As usual with these things it is a matter of opinion. Tattoos range from self-inflicted crosses and 'evil' across the knuckles to the most extraordinarily elaborate -01:00 Fri 12th Apr 2002

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