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Ten things to do with an unwanted U2 album


As any fule kno, the iPhone 6 was unveiled last night in a blizzard of anticipation, malfunctioning streams and vague disdain, and one of the more intriguing/horrifying add-ons for potential customers was the fact that it effectively comes with a free U2 album as standard – indeed, as the album has been downloaded straight into all iTunes accounts everywhere across 119 nations, it has basically become the biggest music release of all time.

U2: Songs of Innocence – first listen review


There are “oh-ohs-ohs” that will sound huge ringing out across stadiums the world over when the band inevitably tour next year, some crunching guitar and then Bono starts singing: “I was chasing down the days of fears, chasing down a dream before it disappeared.”



Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen’s favourite Shakespeare roles on film

It is 400 years since Shakespeare died and, as part of the festivities, Ian McKellen is spearheading a selection of Shakespearean films at the BFI in London that will tour 110 countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Russia and the US, in the most extensive film programme ever undertaken.