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Jul 7, 2013

Rolling Stones deliver biggest bang in nostalgic London show

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones blasted
through the past into the present on Saturday with a rip-roaring
show in London’s Hyde Park that paid homage to their last
concert here 44 years ago.

Frontman Mick Jagger strutted, howled and belted his way
through a two-hour set that gave a nod to founding member Brian
Jones, whose death in 1969 turned their last appearance at the
royal park into a tribute.

Jul 5, 2013

Olympians and old blazers on show at English regatta

HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England, July 5 (Reuters) – It’s one of England’s great days out: a combination of gruelling sports event and high-society picnic.

While Olympic rowers and plucky amateurs did battle along the Thames on Friday, thousands of champagne-fuelled spectators lined the banks to cheer them on at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Jul 4, 2013

Stones backup band will be “Hot Stuff” in London gig

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – If you ever wondered what a
Flamenco version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” might sound like, then
hustle over to London’s Lyric Theatre on Monday to see the
musicians the Rolling Stones call on for back-up when they go on

Backing musicians for the British band set to rock London’s
Hyde Park on Saturday will play their own separate gig at the
Lyric, where they will bend classic Stones’ tunes into
arrangements steeped in jazz, blues, rock and Latin genres.

Jul 4, 2013

Rolling Stones strut back to 1969 woodland for London gigs

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones will take a step back in time this weekend by replicating a woodland in London’s Hyde Park present for a 1969 show there that became a tribute to band founder Brian Jones.

Jones had already left the Stones the last time frontman Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and drummer Charlie Watts played the royal park 44 years ago for a gig meant to introduce his replacement Mick Taylor.

Jun 20, 2013

Heartless Miranda back in “Devil Wears Prada” sequel

LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) – Terrifying magazine editor
Miranda Priestly returns to loom over former intern Andy Sachs a
decade later in Lauren Weisberger’s sequel to her best-selling
debut novel “The Devil Wears Prada”.

Weisberger, now married and a mother, brings us up to date
with Andy, her former nemesis Emily at Runway magazine and the
cynical Miranda in a new novel where most of the characters have
evolved as adults, with the exception of Andy’s former boss.

Jun 20, 2013

Poignant final novel by Iain Banks out 11 days after death

LONDON (Reuters) – The final novel of Scottish author Iain Banks was released on Thursday to bittersweet acclaim 11 days after he died of the very disease around which the plot revolves.

“The Quarry” describes the final weeks in the life of a man named Guy in his 40s battling terminal cancer who is being cared for by his 18-year-old son Kit.

Jun 19, 2013

Kandinsky work auctioned for $21 million but misses the mark

LONDON (Reuters) – Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky’s expressionist masterpiece “Studie zu Improvisation 3, 1909″ was the highlight and leading indicator for a flat Christie’s London Impressionist and modern art sale on Tuesday.

The painting fell short of its top estimate and a record for the artist at auction when it sold for just more than $21 million, the world’s largest auctioneers said on Tuesday.

Jun 12, 2013

Oil tycoon’s ex-wife wins landmark UK divorce ruling

LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – The ex-wife of a Nigerian oil
tycoon won a landmark divorce settlement battle in the UK’s
Supreme Court on Wednesday in a closely watched case that had
raised concerns about the accessibility of corporate assets in
wealthy divorces.

Family law practitioners and wealth managers were watching
to see how the court could issue a fair judgment without
piercing the legal “corporate veil” which treats companies and
their shareholders as separate entities.

Jun 8, 2013

London art market woos “uber-collectors” to buoy summer sales

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) – Auctioneers are pinning their
hopes on “uber-collectors” to help London summer art sales top
last year’s $1 billion total when the series kicks off later
this month.

Estimates from Christie’s, Sotheby’s and smaller
rivals such as Phillips and Bonhams for sales over the next few
weeks in the British capital show that the paintings, sculptures
and furniture under the hammer are on course to defy a sluggish
global economy again this year.

Jun 5, 2013

U.S. writer A.M. Homes denies Hilary Mantel literary treble

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – The American novelist A.M. Homes
beat double Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel to the 2013
Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday with a tale of murder,
sibling rivalry, adultery and absolution.

Homes’s “May We Be Forgiven”, which follows a violent change
in the lives of a historian and his high-flying younger brother,
secured the 30,000 pound ($45,900) award for Homes despite
bookmakers heavily favouring a triple sweep for Mantel’s
bestselling “Bring Up the Bodies”, already winner of the Booker
and Costa awards.

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      "Paul Casciato has been a correspondent and editor for Reuters News Agency since 1992. He has reported and edited a wide range of political, general news and business stories that run the gamut from war to wage inflation. He has reported from Toronto, New York, London, Dublin, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Kenya, Tanzania, Washington, the Balkans, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq. He is currently in charge of lifestyle news for Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
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