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Luton International Carnival takes place om Sunday, May 25

Colourful carnival is nearly here!

This year’s Luton International Carnival promises to be bigger, better and even more exciting than before.

The Now Show's Steve Punt who hosted a recording at the University of Bedfordshire

Students v academics in comedy show

Hit comedy show The 3rd Degree will hit the airwaves at 3pm on Easter Monday.

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Alan Dee’s movie preview: Spidey swings back in hoping for webbed wonder video

Kids off school? Check. Sun beginning to show itself a bit? Fingers crossed. Sounds about time for the first of the summer blockbusters...

Theatre review

Fun G&S show The Mikado needed more energy

The Mikado is a G&S favourite and it always commands good audience figures, which was the case for Putteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Luton schoolgirl Georgia Spicer who's landed a part in Grease

Grease is the word for aspiring dancer Georgia

It takes dedication, determination and guts to get to the top.

Robert Powell as Poirot in Agatha Christie's Black Coffee

Robert Powell in Poirot role

And now for something completely different . . . Robert Powell is the latest in a select band of stars to take on the role of diminutive Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Kill Your Darlings

Ben Stiller’s remake of a 67-year-old film is his strongest attempt yet to move from full-on comedy into heartfelt drama.

The Hat Factory's 100% Young Producers

Songs for the Strange from talented Young Producers

Join Luton’s up-and-coming young theatre wannabes as they take you on a journey through an eerie set, spinning a story about a lost soul.

The Raid 2

Alan Dee’s film preview: Who will win this week’s sequel smackdown?

With the kids on holiday and family-friendly fare normally to the fore, it’s an odd time for The Raid 2 to batter its way on to our screens.

Luton playwright Rebecca Hill and producer Bradley Leech of Unbound Productions

Young Luton playwright who’s looking for crowd funding

A play that tackles sexual myths and mores head on is set to take the Edinburgh Festival by storm – if its talented young author can raise sufficient funds to get it there.

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Robin Cousins' new show Ice arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre

Theatre review: Robin Cousins’ ICE

If you fancy a night watching axels, salcos and toe loops, then get yourself over to Milton Keynes Theatre where Robin Cousins’ latest production, ICE, is set to run until this Saturday, writes Alan Wooding.

Gateway to Angkor Wat temple in Angkor, Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Picture: James Edgar/PA Photos.

Travel: Racing around Cambodia’s top sights

Training for a marathon is the perfect incentive to get fit, but now there’s a growing trend for entering races abroad.

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Something for everyone as MK theatre announces its summer extravaganzas

It’s full steam ahead as the Milton Keynes Theatre announces its summer offerings.

Divergent

Matt Adcock’s film review: Divergent efficiently pushes the Hunger Games buttons for fans of teenagers being tested video

“You’re different. You don’t fit into a category. They can’t control you. They call it Divergent. You can’t let them find out about you.”

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Photocall for the Grove Theatre's Easter production of Alice in Wonderland with Paul Daniels.
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Lots to do out and about this Easter

The Easter holidays are just around the corner and there are lots of eggs-citing activities taking place right on your doorstep, which are sure to put a spring in your step.

The Harry Hill Movie

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Harry Hill Movie, Nebraska

Harry Hill is like Marmite – you either love him or hate him. I fall in the latter camp as I just don’t get the big-collared comedian’s humour.

Ricky Vallance is coming to Louth

Glenn Miller Years

The Happy Wanderers are presenting a celebration of the era when music had melody and words had meaning.

Fresh fish stalls are a common sight in the Brussels suburbs. Picture: Alan Wooding

Travel feature: Brussels’ sustainable food culture

In her quest to take a look around Europe’s traditional markets, Sandra Shevey visits Belgium where its capital is a true food city.

Joanna Croll (Molly Ralston) and Ryan Saunders (Christopher Wren): Picture: Helen Maybanks

Agatha Christie whodunnit at the Grove as entertaining as ever

The Mousetrap was finally sprung last year after 60 years of playing to bemused audiences in the West End, writes Anne Cox.

Easter Parade at the Savoy in 1948

New movies were on the move for Luton cinemas

Many years before the internet and when very few people owned a TV, film distributors and cinema managers came up with some novel ideas to promote the latest movies.

Voices with Soul meet Chantry academy pupils on their Sing Up day

Voices With Soul sing with Chantry pupils

Pupils from Chantry academy enjoyed a day of singing and were joined by X Factor finalists Voices With Soul on Monday.

Voices with Soul meet Chantry academy pupils on their Sing Up day

Rosie at Hat Factory

Acclaimed Camden Fringe comedienne Rosie Wilby presents her amusing one-woman show Is Monogamy Dead? at The Hat Factory tonight (April 3) at 7.30pm.

Picking tea at the Glenlorna estate in Coorg, Karnataka, India. Picture: PA Photo.

Travel: Look what’s brewing in India

It’s as much a British institution as the royal family, but a freshly-brewed cuppa has far humbler origins.

The Secret Seven mounting an exhibition of their artwork at Luton's Hat Factory

Secret Seven band together for an art exhibition with a twist

Take seven aspiring artists ranging in age from 19 to 60 something.

Russell Crowe in Noah

Alan Dee’s movie preview: Will punters queue up two by two to catch grizzled Russell Crowe build an ark? video

For all the rumours of final cut wrangles, studio meddling, soaring budgets and tepid test screenings its easy to think of Noah as a sort of Biblical Waterworld – a soggy mess that’s going to see a lot of cash poured down the plughole.

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There’s something for everyone as The Grove theatre welcomes the Spring

As Dunstable’s premier theatre unveils its Spring season there’s never been a better time to check out The Grove.

The Church of the Spilled Blood

Travel: Cruising in the land of the Tsars

Russia had always been on my ‘must visit list’ but I had a problem, writes Professor Ian Cooper, the international business author and speaker who experiences the ‘Waterways of the Tsars’ from St Petersburg to Moscow, with Viking River Cruises.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Old Boy

The second part of the long drawn-out film adaptation of JRR Tolkien classic The Hobbit can be a frustrating watch.

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Singing for Keech

Caritas Harmony (formerly Pasque Harmony) award winning ladies choir singing for Macmillan Cancer Support at St Augustine’s Church Icknield Way, Saturday 5 April at 7pm

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Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Marcus Malone, “Stand or Fall” (Redline Music)­Detroit born Malone has been making quite an impact on the European concert and festival  circuit during the past few years and this earthy  performer’s  sixth album is a gem of the highest order, boasting some compelling original  material  delivered by a finely honed band steeped in the spirit of the blues. The singer­guitarist’s  vocals may be eerily reminiscent of Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company fame ontracks such as “Living The Blues” and “Under Pressure” but he’s a major talent in his own right too, and “Stand or Fall” should be an essential purchase for blues enthusiasts everywhere.

The Grove Theatre's Easter production of Alice in Wonderland with Paul Daniels.

The king of magic, Paul Daniels, joins Alice In Wonderland at The Grove Theatre

Legendary magician Paul Daniels is going to be pulling something rather special out of the Mad Hatter’s hat this Easter when he stars in the panto Alice In Wonderland.

Keukenhof Gardens is a kaleidoscope of colour at this time of year.

Travel: Petals, pots … and politicians!

Alan Wooding and his wife Jo travelled to Holland over the weekend

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Play showing Asian life as it really is

It’s hard hitting and humorous – A Tale of Coriander and the Dog from Open Minds Theatre Company presents Asian life in the UK as it really is.

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Severe cuts to Luton Music Service

Luton Music Service, launched in 2012 to give every child the opportunity of learning a musical instrument, is facing swingeing cuts.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Alan Dee’s movie preview: Macho movies flex their muscles as Hercules squares up to Captain America video

Grab the baby oil and strike out the spandex – this week’s big screen heroes come lean and mean.

The Mousetrap will be at Dunstable's Grove Theatre as part of its 60th anniversary tour

The diamond Mousetrap

Who would have guessed that a short radio play, called Three Blind Mice and broadcast in 1947 in honour of Queen Mary’s 80th birthday, would become one of the most celebrated theatrical productions of all time?

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Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Emily Smith,”Echoes” (White Fall Records)- Emily’s fifth studio album finds the young Scottish singer-songwriter utilising the talents of an assortment of top notch musicians from both sides of the Atlantic,including steel guitar supremo Jerry Douglas of “Transatlantic Sessions” fame. Emily’s rare ability to embrace a much recorded traditional ballad and make it entirely her own is evident througout this enchanting set as she breathes new life into absorbing narratives such as “Reres Hill” and “Twa Sisters” before closing with a finely judged revamp of Bill Caddick’s “John O’ Dreams.”

Carrie

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: Carrie, Frozen, Homefront, The Family

We were told that the new adaptation of Stephen King’s first published novel would go back to the basics of the book.

St Patrick's Day pooch

Record crowds at St Patrick’s Day

Here’s one little feller who enjoyed the sunshine along with all things Irish at Luton’s 15th St Patrick’s Day festivities.

Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet

Alan Dee’s film preview: Labor Day is a lush slice of melodrama, however you want to spell it video

You can spot the American credentials of Labor Day without having to check in the dictionary to wonder where the missing vowel went.

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Luton poet laureate and her very close bond with the Bard

Not many people know that Luton is blessed with its own Poet Laureate.

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Live Lounge Luton

Luton Live – the Concert is back. Once again Live Lounge Luton and Luton Culture are teaming up to showcase the country’s up-and-coming musical talent.

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Pasque becomes Caritas

Pasque Harmony, formed to raise funds for Keech Hospice Care, has had a change of name and direction.

Singer Lucy Curry performed in front of 2,500 people

Lucy on song with star duet

A Luton student got a taste of stardom as she performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in front of 2,500 people.

A family of capybara on the banks of the Three Brothers river, Porto Jofre in Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Picture: PA Photo/Renato Granieri.

Travel: Keeping company with Pantanel’s big cats

Lesser known than the Amazon but just as rich in wildlife, the Brazilian Pantanal is the best place to spot jaguars in the wild.

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