Becky Hill: Only Honest on the Weekend review – a conveyor belt of blandness | Pop and rock

[ad_1] In a recent Guardian article that touched on the role of albums in the streaming era, the former head of Virgin EMI described them as an “artist appeasement tool”. It’s a crude way to look at the artform, but in the case of Becky Hill it might be apt. Hill has four Top 10 … Read more

UK evacuation from Kabul to end in ‘a matter of hours’ | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The UK has stopped taking people into Kabul airport to remove them from Afghanistan, the defence secretary, Ben Wallace has said, and the evacuation process will end in “a matter of hours”. Accepting that there would be Afghan translators or others who worked with UK forces who would not get out, Wallace said these … Read more

China ‘plans to ban’ US IPOs for data-heavy tech firms – business live | Business

[ad_1] China Securities Regulatory Commission officials said that companies with less sensitive data, such as those in the pharmaceutical industry, are still likely to receive Chinese regulatory approval for foreign listings, according to the people. The new rules are likely to help Beijing exert more control over the complex corporate structure that China’s biggest tech … Read more

Vinnie Jones: ‘My career flew off the rails. The wheels were going. There wasn’t a spare seat!’ | Film

[ad_1] I am, obviously, scared of Vinnie Jones. Even though he is calling from New York, 3,000 miles and five hours away, I keep expecting him to click his neck three times and pull me into a breathless headlock. But instead, he is sleepy and then charming, and doesn’t threaten to kick my face in … Read more

Should sellers disclose a house’s dark secret? In some states it’s the law | Real estate

[ad_1] In Boston’s Little Italy, where tourists juggle coffee and cannoli, there is a 10ft-wide monument to revenge on the market that could be yours for $1.2m. It’s a spite house. An unusual architectural phenomenon, the property was built not with hope and love, but with venom and machiavellian planning, with the intention of irritating … Read more

Vacation Friends review – raucous summer comedy is a washout | Comedy films

[ad_1] There’s a sense of strained desperation behind the title of the crude summer comedy Vacation Friends that seeps through to the film itself, the bullish insistence that, yes, Vacation Friends is a phrase that people frequently use is as deranged as assuming that something as utterly disposable as Vacation Friends needs to exist right … Read more

He’s All That review – Netflix’s dull TikTok teen remake lacks charm | Romance films

[ad_1] For the majority of people too young to remember the premiere of She’s All That in 1999, the main draw of He’s All That, Netflix’s gender-swapped remake of the teen classic, is its casting of the TikTok star Addison Rae. In July 2019, an 18-year-old Rae, given name Addison Rae Easterling, went from freshman … Read more

‘Chipageddon’: how a global tech crisis came to sound quite tasty

[ad_1] First chickens, and now a worldwide shortage of microprocessors … the word ‘chip’ is the latest word to gain an Armageddon flavour As if there weren’t enough disasters happening simultaneously, people are now speaking of the present “chipageddon”: the worldwide shortage of microprocessors that is affecting supplies of everything from toasters and games consoles … Read more

Tunnel 29 by Helena Merriman review – escape to the west | History books

[ad_1] It was a plan that seemed to defy not just caution but geography: to build a tunnel to help East Germans escape to the west – in cold war Berlin, of all places. To this day the preponderance of Berlin street names ending in “damm” reminds locals that the German capital is mainly built … Read more