If music be the food of love, play on

Broadcaster and musician Sheila Tracy, who was the first woman to read the news on BBC Radio 4 and presented Big Band Special on Radio 2, dies.

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“If music be the food of love, play on” quoted from Twelfth Night, or What You Will


Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears

David Cameron says a future Conservative government would cut taxes for thirty million people as he delivers his party conference speech.

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“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” quoted from Julius Caesar


So we grew together, Like a double cherry

The French government says it will reduce its budget deficit to below the EU threshold of 3% of GDP by 2017, two years later than promised.

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“So we grew together, Like a double cherry” quoted from A Midsummer Night's Dream


“Every day we are presented with world stories through news feeds on multiple platforms. We are confronted with the atrocities of civil war, the consequences of forbidden love, betrayal and power – these challenges of the human condition all shared in Shakespeare’s plays.

To Be Today by Brendan Dawes captures news stories and frames them in Shakespeare’s words by matching the text written centuries ago with a beautifully crafted algorithm using today’s technologies. As the Royal Shakespeare Company explores new ways to interpret Shakespeare, this work shares the connections with our past and the present – the players, the characters, the plots and the observations captured in Shakespeare’s writing connect with us today.”

– Sarah Ellis, Digital Producer RSC.

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