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Jeremy Corbyn pleads with MPs: back me now before it's too late
Britain stands on precipice, warns Labour leader, as 100 MPs tell Boris Johnson to recall parliament
Jeremy Corbyn has issued an urgent plea to MPs to unite to stop no-deal Brexit âbefore it's too lateâ, amid cross-party demands for an immediate recall of parliament to deal with the crisis.
In a show of defiance, a group of more than 100 MPs representing every Westminster party except the DUP has signed a letter stating it is âunacceptableâ for parliament to wait until next month to sit again, with the Brexit deadline looming. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 16:20)
Afghanistan wedding hall blast: more than 60 killed, 180 injured
Explosion in packed Kabul venue comes as Donald Trump talks up prospects of peace deal with Taliban
An explosion ripped through a wedding hall on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan's capital, leaving more than 60 people dead and more than 180 injured, a the interior ministry has said. More than 1,000 people were believed to be inside.
Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, said on Sunday the Taliban could not escape blame for the âbarbaricâ suicide bomb attack. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:27)
Owen Jones attacked outside London pub
Guardian columnist claims attack was âpremeditated assault'
The Guardian columnist and activist Owen Jones has been physically assaulted in London while celebrating his 35th birthday with friends.
In an attack he called âa blatant premeditated assaultâ, Jones said he was kicked, punched and thrown to the ground by a group of men in the early hours of Saturday morning. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 17:32)
Portland rally: Proud Boys vow to march each month after biggest protest of Trump era
Oregon city sees sporadic violence and a dozen arrests as Donald Trump and Proud Boys chairman denounce anti-fascists
Portland saw its largest far-right demonstration of the Trump era on Saturday, as 500 rightwingers traveled from around the country to march back and forth across the city's bridges, and briefly occupy a patch of its waterfront.
By making extensive accommodations for the unpermitted rightwing protest, including close police escorts, concrete barriers, and reopening a bridge to allow them to leave the downtown area, Portland authorities succeeded in preventing head-on confrontations between it and a much larger counter-protest. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 23:54)
Bangladesh fire leaves 10,000 homeless after blaze razes slum
Fire broke out in Dhaka's Mirpur district on Friday, destroying almost 2,000 tin shacks, officials say
At least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital and destroyed thousands of shanties, officials said on Sunday.
The fire broke out at in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday and razed around 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain said. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:04)
UK elderly suffer worst poverty rate in western Europe
Britain's low basic pension, combined with means-tested supplements, puts thousands of older people at risk
The proportion of elderly people living in severe poverty in the UK is five times what it was in 1986, the largest increase among western European countries, according to a new study.
The rise, from 0.9% of the elderly population to around 5%, is attributable to Britain's state pension system and its âlow basic payments and means-tested supplementsâ, says the author of the report, Pension Reforms and Old Age Inequalities in Europe. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
Hong Kong: tens of thousands protest as China condemns US 'gross interference'
More than 100,000 people are expected to join rally after police denied permission for march
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered at a Hong Kong park for a fresh rally on Sunday, after two months of increasingly violent clashes that have prompted severe warnings from Beijing and no sign of concessions from the city's government.
Police gave permission for a rally at the park after turning down a plan for a march from downtown Victoria Park to the central business district. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:46)
Work visa delays prove costly to foreign doctors, and the NHS
Complex immigration rules are putting patients at risk as hospitals struggle to fill vacancies, campaigners say
Foreign doctors are being prevented from starting work in the NHS by visa delays that risk putting further stress on hospitals and can land medics with significant bills.
Dozens of doctors have raised concerns about the âcomplicated and increasingly costlyâ process, with some warning they will lead to staff shortages and potential risks to patients. Problems have arisen this month as many doctors start jobs or switch to new roles in August. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:00)
Isis suspect Jack Letts stripped of British citizenship â report
Muslim convert, 24, has had his British citizenship revoked, according to the Mail on Sunday
The Muslim convert Jack Letts, who is suspected of leaving Britain to join the Islamic State, has been stripped of his British citizenship, it has been reported.
Jack Letts was 18 when he left his Oxfordshire home in 2014 before marrying in Iraq and moving to Raqqa in Syria. Captured by Kurdish forces as he attempted to flee to Turkey in May 2017, the 24-year-old, dubbed âJihadi Jackâ, has since been held in jail in northern Syria. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 18:47)
French waiter shot dead for being 'too slow with sandwich', say witnesses
Police open murder inquiry after customer attacked waiter at a pizzeria on the outskirts of Paris
A customer fatally shot a waiter at a pizzeria on the outskirts of Paris, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, according to witnesses.
The waiter's colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb, 15km east of Paris's city centre on Friday night. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 22:18)
Antique firearms: gangs, guns and untraceable âghost bullets' - podcast
Kenneth Rosen on how British gangs are using a loophole in the law to get hold of antique firearms and untraceable bullets. Plus: Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner on the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre
A drive-by shooting of four girls outside a nightclub in Birmingham in 2003 shocked the country. Letisha Shakespeare, aged 17, and Charlene Ellis, aged 18, both died, innocent victims caught in the crossfire of gang shootings. It set off a huge murder investigation, and when police examined the scene they found that one of the guns used was an antique and the ammunition was untraceable.
Journalist Kenneth Rosen tells India Rakusen how those bullets found at the scene in 2003 were the beginning of a mystery. Hundreds of âghost bullets' started to appear in crime scenes across the country and a long search began for their creator. Continue reading...
(15/08/2019 @ 22:00)
Phillip Hammond, the Treasury and the risk of a no-deal Brexit - podcast
Poppy Trowbridge on her work as a special adviser in Hammond's Treasury as it tried to plan for Brexit and avoid crashing out with no deal. Plus, Carey Gillam on how the biotech company Monsanto tried to destroy her reputation
Parliament is gearing up for an autumn showdown over the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Philip Hammond, until recently the chancellor of the exchequer, has accused Boris Johnson of shutting down any hope of securing an agreement. But the prime minister's team continues to argue that Britain must leave the EU by 31 October.
It has been quite a journey for the Treasury: from accusations of âproject fearâ when it warned against any Brexit at all under George Osborne in 2016, to Hammond's hopes of minimising the damage with an orderly withdrawal, and now, under Sajid Javid, preparing for the economic impact of no deal. Continue reading...
(14/08/2019 @ 22:00)
Helping a nine-year-old recover from an eating disorder - podcast
We hear about the importance of early intervention in rare cases of pre-teen eating disorders. Plus, calls to ban hands-free phone use while driving
Maggie and her husband James have four daughters. While their oldest, Hattie, was still at primary school, she began severely restricting the amount she ate and exercising obsessively.
Eating disorders in young people can be life-threatening, although this wasn't the case for Hattie. Her case was unusual because of the age at which her problems began â she was nine. Continue reading...
(13/08/2019 @ 22:00)
Jada Pinkett Smith: 'the word "wife": it's a golden cage, swallow the key'
She put her film career on hold and let husband Will Smith become a megastar. Now Jada Pinkett Smith's candid chat show is opening up truthful conversations around kitchen tables everywhere
Imagine the scene. You're a middle-aged woman, sitting around the table with your husband, your mother and your teenage daughter. Your husband is saying how hard he tried to give you the best 40th birthday party ever, and you didn't even appreciate it. Then you announce that you never wanted to get married in the first place because marriage is a trap, but your mother forced you into it because you were pregnant. Grandma responds that this is news to her, but agrees that your wedding was horrible. Your daughter is just staring at all of you and saying wow a lot.
Well, you don't actually have to imagine it, because this is a real conversation that Hollywood stars Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith had at home in Calabasas, California, with their daughter Willow and Jada's mother Adrienne. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:00)
The 30 best films about music, chosen by musicians
Anna Calvi, Neil Tennant, Nadine Shah, Wayne Coyne, Nitin Sawhney and Anna Meredith pick their top five music movies
Movies about musicians, whether biopics, fictions or documentaries, are a fixture in cinema, but judging by the flurry of activity over the past 12 months â with acclaimed films about Aretha Franklin, Freddie Mercury and Elton John among others â we are in an uncommonly busy period, if not a flat-out golden age.
Good news for music fans, but even better news for the music industry, where these films represent an increasingly vital revenue stream in an era of slumped record sales, bumping a band's back catalogue and getting a new generation hooked on their work. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:59)
My son keeps stealing from me and my dad, but I can't tell anyone | Dear Mariella
You must turn to a support group and confide in people you trust, Mariella Frostrup tells the mother of a young man struggling with addiction
The dilemma I'm 54, single, with two sons and am a carer to my parents. For 10 years my younger son, who is 26, has sporadically stolen from my father and me. Whenever he was caught, he was full of regret and would promise not to do it again. He has also smoked cannabis since the age of 17 and I'm sure he's started taking pills. Things came to a head when he borrowed my car â I haven't seen it since â and I discovered he'd stolen a ridiculous amount of money from my parents and me. I threatened him with an injunction and he left home. Since then he has come to the house twice. The first time he took my bank card and emptied my account. The second time he found my father's card. I need to change the locks, but I have no money to do this. It'll take months of extra shifts at work before I can make things right. I've only told my oldest friend â she said I need to call the police. I cannot bear the thought of telling my siblings and I would never ask them for money. I need to be seen as strong and capable of looking after our parents and I don't want them to hate my son. Is there any way I can get through this without police involvement? I feel scared and vulnerable â every solution either involves having him arrested, or costs money that I simply do not have.
Mariella replies My heart is broken for you. Addiction is as cruel as dementia when it comes to the degree of living loss we endure for a person we love. A drug addict's whole emotional range is highjacked by a powerful, seductive force that obliterates any sense of loyalty, morality or duty to those who care for them. Your boy is at present as lost to you as my grandmother was to me in the final days of her untethered dementia. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:04)
B&H Garden Room, London: âSins against good taste' â restaurant review
The London skyline dazzles at this rooftop restaurant, but from there the only way is down
The B&H Garden Room, Assembly Hotel, 31 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0LS (020 3962 7275). Starters £9-£12, mains £14-£32.50, desserts £8-£12, wines from £27
The moment I'd paid the bill at the Bourne & Hollingsworth Garden Room atop the Assembly Hotel, I took the lift down 10 floors and lolloped up London's Charing Cross Road in a blind, pigeon-toed fury. I went to the Ivy Club, the shiny members' space above the theatreland restaurant of which it is a part. Yes, I'm a member. So shoot me. They mix a killer whiskey sour, there's an impressive live jazz scene and they have a no-photography rule that means I can get drunk and slip off a bar stool like treacle spilling from its tin, and no one will have pictorial evidence. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 00:59)
As The Crown returns, watch out for these milestones
(18/08/2019 @ 01:59)
When series three lands this autumn, Rhodesia, the EEC and Margaret Thatcher will be among challenges facing the palace Continue reading...
âOur people are dying': Australia's climate confrontation in the Pacific
Leaders at this week's Pacific Islands Forum couldn't disguise their anger over Canberra's climate crisis âred lines'
It was always going to be a showdown on the climate crisis.
As leaders from the Pacific gathered in Tuvalu for their annual Pacific Islands Forum, there was one subject destined to dwarf all others and which pitted Australia, with its increasing emissions and plans for new coalmines, against its small island neighbours. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 21:24)
Sunday with Rosie Lowe: âI put my plants in the shower like I'm their mummy'
The singer-songwriter on piano lessons, roasts â and the smell of wet soil
When does Sunday start? I'm usually up at 8am, occasionally 9.30 if I've had a late one. I teach piano lessons at home from 10am, and on occasion I've been known to wake up with a jolt at the sound of my first pupil ringing the doorbell. I'm in the process of clearing all my work from Sundays, though. I want the day for me.
Breakfast or brunch? There's no time to eat before lessons start, but luckily I'm a brunch girl. I'll have a coffee first thing and then once classes are over it's straight to my favourite café, Dirty Apron in Deptford. Their bubble and squeak with salsa chutney is dreamy. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
âI lost my baby then I lost my job' â one mother's fight to change working rights
Amy McKeown explains why her traumatic experience has inspired her to campaign for better employment protection for women
Amy McKeown had been 12 weeks pregnant when she came round on her bathroom floor, blood pooling on the tiles, unable to move. Ten days earlier, in the spring of 2016, she had gone for her first scan with her husband, Matt, and their two-year-old daughter. At the appointment, a nurse told her she had miscarried; the baby had no heartbeat.
McKeown opted to let nature run its course and give birth, rather than have a procedure (dilation and curettage) or an induced labour. Her stillborn baby was born at home a few days later. McKeown ended up bedridden for six weeks, and haemorrhaged heavily for almost 10, causing frequent blackouts. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
Peterloo massacre bicentenary revives reformist spirit of 1819
Manchester crowds hear why march that ended in 18 deaths still has relevance in modern Britain
Hundreds of people summoned the spirit of 1819 with a powerful and provocative demonstration against 21st-century inequality to mark 200 years since the Peterloo massacre.
Under leaden skies and driving rain, a crowd of Mancunians took part in a music-driven protest demanding action on issues including homelessness, disability rights and the climate emergency. Continue reading...
(16/08/2019 @ 12:28)
'My ancestor founded the Guardian. Its work has never been so vital'
On the 200th anniversary of Peterloo, we speak to Sue Stennett, the great-great-great-granddaughter of John Edward Taylor
Sue Stennett lives with her husband in Lincolnshire. She travels to Manchester whenever she can in search of more information about the Peterloo massacre and why it inspired her great-great-great-grandfather to found the Manchester Guardian â the name of this paper until 1959 Continue reading...
(16/08/2019 @ 08:00)
Would the Peterloo marchers be satisfied with today's Britain?
200 years ago, a crowd of people seeking political change became victims of a massacre. Are their issues now our issues?
At 8am on 16 August 1819, a bugle sounded at Barrowfields in Middleton, a town six miles north of Manchester. A crowd of 3,000 fell silent as Samuel Bamford, a radical reformer, poet and weaver, climbed on a chair to speak. They were, he bellowed, about to embark on âthe most important meeting that had ever been held for parliamentary reformâ.
There was to be no silly business. No sticks, no weapons, no back-chat. He admired their attire, ânot even one who did not exhibit a white Sunday's shirtâ. Their conduct was to be âmarked by a steadiness and seriousness befitting the occasionâ, Bamford later recalled, casting shame upon their enemies, âwho had always represented the reformers as a mob-like rabbleâ. Continue reading...
(16/08/2019 @ 01:00)
A mission for journalism in a time of crisis
In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner
âNo former period, in the history of our Country, has been marked by the agitation of questions of a more important character than those which are now claiming the attention of the public.â So began the announcement, nearly 200 years ago, of a brand-new newspaper to be published in Manchester, England, which proclaimed that âthe spirited discussion of political questionsâ and âthe accurate detail of factsâ were âparticularly important at this junctureâ.
Now we are living through another extraordinary period in history: one defined by dazzling political shocks and the disruptive impact of new technologies in every part of our lives. The public sphere has changed more radically in the past two decades than in the previous two centuries â and news organisations, including this one, have worked hard to adjust. Continue reading...
(16/11/2017 @ 15:00)
Smith and Archer hypnotise to leave second Test tantalisingly poised
â¢ Second Test, day four: England 258 & 96-4; Australia 250
â¢ England struggling after epic duel has crowd captivated
A mid-afternoon duel between two contrasting, charismatic characters eclipsed the match situation at Lord's for a while. For once the back-page headlines were trustworthy. The critical contest was between Jofra Archer, England's newest and fastest paceman, and Steve Smith, the indomitable former Test captain of Australia returning to his cherished natural habitat in the middle order, and it had a full house spellbound.
True pace bowling has always been a compelling spectacle and on the sort of balmy day when a post-prandial nap had its attractions Archer and Smith commanded the absolute attention of everyone. The rhythmic clapping of spectators in time with Archer's cruise to the crease kept even the well-lubricated awake. Sometimes the ball flew way over the outstretched gloves of Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 15:19)
Lucas Moura earns Spurs draw at Manchester City as VAR history repeats
It was an extraordinary finale and, amid all the drama and utter confusion, spare a thought perhaps for those Manchester City supporters who had happily left the stadium, believing they had just seen their team score a dramatic and joyous stoppage-time winner.
What they had not accounted for was VAR concluding, after what felt like an age, that the shot from Gabriel Jesus had been preceded by a handball from Aymeric Laporte. Jesus had danced in front of the supporters, wriggling his hips, samba-style. Pep Guardiola and Sergio Agà¼ero, who had fallen out so publicly earlier in the second half, had made up with a touchline embrace. The scoreboard had pronounced it was 3-2. And the Spurs players had all retreated before the signal came that the goal could not stand. And, suddenly, there was a tinny roar from the away end. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 14:41)
George North try helps Wales bounce back with home win against England
â¢ World Cup warm-up: Wales 13-6 England
â¢ Quick-witted score proves difference between two sides
This was a warm-up that did not lack heat. Both camps maintained in the build-up that results were of secondary importance as they counted down to the start of the World Cup in Japan, but the rapture Wales's players showed in the final minute when they repelled a maul suggested otherwise.
The response of the crowd at the final whistle was even more jubilant. The victory will put Wales at the top when the revised world rankings are published on Monday and if their performance was not that of putative World Cup winners, it again showed how difficult they are to overcome when they are geared up for a scrap. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 13:40)
Inter approach Manchester United in bid to sign Alexis Sà¡nchez on loan
â¢ Chile striker targeted after Inter miss out on Edin Dzeko
â¢ Ole Gunnar Solskjà¦r had said he expected Sà¡nchez to stay
Internazionale are hoping to sign Alexis Sà¡nchez on a season-long loan and are confident of agreeing a deal with Manchester United.
The striker turned down a move to Roma last week, with United reported to have offered to cover a large proportion of his £300,000-a-week wages. Yet having already signed Romelu Lukaku for £74m, the Inter manager, Antonio Conte, has turned his attention to the 30-year-old after missing out on Edin Dzeko, who has signed a new three-year contract with Roma amid speculation he could move to San Siro. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 16:20)
Dina Asher-Smith full of confidence before toughest test of the year
â¢ Briton faces best in the world in Diamond League 200m
â¢ âYou can't be daunted by anybody' â Asher-Smith
When the question came, Dina Asher-Smith did not even blink. âWhat is it like being the hunted, not the hunter, now that you are one of the best sprinters in the world?â Britain's triple European champion was asked. âI like it,â she replied. âIt's cool. Everybody thinks they are the best in the race. That's how sprints work and that's how it's got to be. And I want to win.â
The 23-year-old proved she was world class in Berlin last year, clocking world-leading times of 10.85sec and 21.89 to break her own national records, as she won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. However, she knows she will have her work cut out on Sunday when she headlines the Birmingham Diamond League in a 200m that oozes extreme class and guile. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 12:36)
Gutsy Newbury win puts Technician back in frame for success in St Leger
â¢ Victory in Geoffrey Freer Stakes rekindles expectations
â¢ Trainer says Doncaster classic is now âlogical next step'
Martyn Meade can dream once more of a first Classic success, having got Technician back on track with a surprise victory in the Geoffrey Freer. The 71-year-old trainer has tackled the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby with high hopes in recent seasons, only to see Advertise and Eminent come up short, but next month's St Leger may provide him with a happier outcome.
Technician was himself tried in a couple of Derby trials in the spring and fared respectably when runner-up to Bangkok at Sandown, but Saturday's performance was a new career best as he outbattled the favourite, Morando, after a protracted duel up the soggy home straight. He took a long time to get on top but looked the likely winner from over a furlong out and appears well suited by a test of stamina. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 19:03)
MPs won't be forgiven if they fail to stop Boris Johnson's Brexit ploy | Gina Miller
Success in a general election would allow the prime minister to experiment with the most extreme rightwing ideology
Let's be under no illusion about the game that Boris Johnson is playing â he is trying to sneak his reckless and destructive no-deal Brexit under the noses of our parliamentarians through dissolution rather than prorogation.
This conclusion emerges from the legal correspondence between my legal team and the government's, in which they go to great lengths to put my mind at rest on the matter of prorogation. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
Facial recognition is now rampant. The implications for our freedom are chilling | Stephanie Hare
This new technology is being secretly used on streets and in shopping centres across Britain, making potential suspects of us all
Last week, all of us who live in the UK, and all who visit us, discovered that our faces were being scanned secretly by private companies and have been for some time. We don't know what these companies are doing with our faces or how long they've been doing it because they refused to share this with the Financial Times, which reported on Monday that facial recognition technology is being used in King's Cross and may be deployed in Canary Wharf, two areas that cover more than 160 acres of London.
We are just as ignorant about what has been happening to our faces when they're scanned by the property developers, shopping centres, museums, conference centres and casinos that have also been secretly using facial recognition technology on us, according to the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:00)
Spinning conspiracy theories won't help us prevent another Chernobyl | Serhii Plokhy
Despite the TV show and the author's landmark book, the truth about Chernobyl is still contested
Did it really happen? Was it really so bad? Is it true that they were so unprepared? These are the questions I have heard the past few months in connection with the stunning success of the miniseries Chernobyl. It brought to life the tragedy of people who lived through, were affected by and, yes, caused the world's worst nuclear disaster.
My book Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, published in May 2018, one year before the broadcast of the miniseries, tells the story of the disaster on the basis of recently released archival documents, which I checked against people's diaries, memoirs and interviews. Thus, on the factual level, I can provide some answers to the accuracy of the miniseries. But inquiries I've received in the past few months also made me think about the bigger question of what is true in our current understanding of the Chernobyl disaster, its causes, development and consequences. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:00)
Tech giants despise politics? Hardly â they are in the thick of it and being called out | John Naughton
Silicon Valley's countercultural aura is gone now that Google develops AI for China and Palantir helps monitor immigration
If there was one thing that united the founders of today's tech giants in their early days it was contempt for politics, manifested as suspicion of government and a pathological aversion to regulation (not to mention paying taxes). In part, this was a product of their origins in the counterculture of the 1960s. But the aversion endured as the companies grew. One saw it, for example, in the US poet and cyberlibertarian John Perry Barlow's 1996 Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. âGovernments of the Industrial World,â it began, âI come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.â
For many years, Silicon Valley companies didn't even bother to have lobbyists in Washington. As late as 2015, Eric Schmidt, then the executive chairman of Google, was predicting that authoritarian governments would wither away in a comprehensively networked world, which made some of us wonder what exactly Dr Schmidt was smoking. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:00)
What next for British foreign policy in a post-Brexit world? | Christopher Hill
Without EU succour, the consequences of going it alone will be painfully felt
John Bolton might want to tie Britain into the United States' political orbit, but the relief with which Theresa May's government greeted European support after the Skripal poisoning and Jeremy Hunt's reflex request for Franco-German support in the Gulf suggest that the EU and its member states will still be important to British foreign policy even if Brexit happens.
But what kind of co-operation is achievable? Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
May I have a word aboutâ¦ commuter woes | Jonathan Bouquet
Bosses can use all the technology they like to monitor our journeys, but what we really want is a bit of human interaction
In the week it was announced that rail fares would be going up yet again, it was reassuring to discover that there is potentially help at hand to ease the lot of the hard-pressed train user, driven inevitably by the power of technology.
Mark the words of Trevor Elswood, chief commercial officer at Capita Travel and Events: âBy bringing together data sets from around the business, including HR records, absenteeism and attrition information, organisations are able to identify traveller personas that provide insight into the probable impact travel is having on employees.â Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
'They just eliminate us': Are Kenya's police getting away with murder? - video
Promising student Carilton Maina was shot by the police in Nairobi. His mother believes he was murdered. As part of The Guardian's special focus on Kibera, we met residents of Africa's largest slum to explore their deep distrust of the police and find out what Maina's, and other recent deaths, can tell us about the dramatic rise in extrajudicial killings across Kenya. Continue reading...
(06/08/2019 @ 01:00)
How your period is making other people rich â video
Menstrual cycles have historically been a personal topic. But with the rise of period-tracking apps, intimate knowledge of women's bodies has become big business, with marketers using the data women and girls put into their phones to exploit their hormones in an attempt to sell them things they did not realise they wanted Continue reading...
(20/06/2019 @ 06:30)
'You don't have to look black to be black': The complex racial identity of a tiny Ohio town - video
In the remote Ohio town of East Jackson, which sits in the Appalachian foothills, residents have for decades identified as black â despite the fact they appear white. Tom Silverstone and Francisco Navas visit a place where residents' racial lines have been blurred to invisibility Continue reading...
(25/07/2019 @ 12:42)
Creature comforts: has the US's emotional support animal epidemic gone too far? â video
Emotional support animals, or ESAs, have exploded across the US in recent years, with rising numbers of pet owners getting their animals certified online. Unlike in the UK, ESAs have legal status in the US on a tier below traditional service animals, but the backlash has begun â with critics complaining the system is being abused by regular pet owners who want to take their animals into unsuitable public spaces. The Guardian's Richard Sprenger â animal lover but pet sceptic â meets ESA owners and their animals across North America. Continue reading...
(26/06/2019 @ 04:30)
London's toxic school runs: how polluted is the air children breathe? - video
Most UK cities have had illegally polluted air for nearly a decade, and the effect of air pollution is particularly bad on children. Ahead of Clean Air Day, we conducted an experiment to assess the air quality on a school run in central London, using new state-of-the art monitors that can measure air pollution in real time Continue reading...
(19/06/2019 @ 13:17)
Richard Ratcliffe's determined fight to free wife Nazanin from an Iranian jail â video
In 2016 Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran and charged with espionage. Her young daughter, Gabriella, was with her at the time and the family have been separated ever since. We join her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, in London following a 15-day hunger strike as he campaigns to get his wife released. He shares his experience in detail and explains how Boris Johnson could have hindered her chances of coming home Continue reading...
(18/07/2019 @ 10:48)
It's time we stopped treating soil like dirt â video
Soil is pretty remarkable stuff. It provides 95% of our food, helps regulate the Earth's atmosphere and is a bigger carbon sink than all the world's forests combined. In fact, it basically enables all life on this planet to exist. So why do we treat it like dirt? The Guardian journalist Josh Toussaint-Strauss finds out how we are destroying it, but also discovers some of the progress made in the race to protect the Earth's soils
Soil organisations Continue reading...
(11/07/2019 @ 07:12)
How a conference call sparked America's abortion obsession â video explainer
White evangelical Christians are on the frontline of the US's anti-abortion movement. But not so long ago this group was not interested in the politics of terminations. Its members are a crucial faction of Donald Trump's base, motivating him to further restrict abortion rights. How did it all change? Leah Green investigates how a group of men turned abortion into a tool that shaped the course of American politics Continue reading...
(01/08/2019 @ 06:13)
One man's fight to get knives off the streets of London â video
Shocked by a series of stabbings in his area of east London, Courtney Barrett set up his own knife amnesty in an effort to get blades off the streets. As he collects 25 knives from members of the public outside Leytonstone tube station, he explains why he is volunteering to do something that is traditionally the job of the police Continue reading...
(02/08/2019 @ 06:58)
Special educational needs crisis deepens as councils bust their budgets
Observer investigation reveals 30% rise in overspending against backdrop of a failure to meet demand for services
The funding crisis in special needs education is deepening, with council overspends on support for children with conditions including autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rising by 30% in just a year, the Observer can reveal.
Figures sourced under the Freedom of Information Act from 118 of the 151 local authorities in England show that councils are expecting to overspend their high needs block budgets by £288m in 2019-20 â up from £232m in 2018-19. When money raided from mainstream schools budgets is included, however, these figures rise to £315m in 2018-19 and nearly £410m this year â a rise of almost 30% in the space of 12 months. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
PC Andrew Harper: tributes flood in for killed officer
Ten held as forensic teams continue search of site in Berkshire where officer was dragged to his death
Detectives were granted an extra 36 hours on Saturday to question 10 suspects arrested on suspicion of murdering a newlywed policeman who died after being âdragged for a distanceâ by a van after responding to reports of a rural burglary.
Forensic teams meanwhile continued inspecting a countryside caravan park in Berkshire where the suspects had been staying, three miles from where PC Andrew Harper died from multiple injuries on Thursday night after being hit by a vehicle. He was due to go on honeymoon next week. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 18:50)
Small energy companies risk going bust in financial shock
Suppliers must pass renewable subsidies to Ofgem in August
Thousands of homes could lose their energy supplier in the coming months as a result of a financial shock looming over the industry's smaller companies.
Suppliers are due to pass on millions of pounds' worth of renewable energy subsidies, collected via energy bills, to the energy regulator, Ofgem, by the end of the month. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
Search for boy missing in Kent river to resume on Sunday
Six-year-old not seen since falling into River Stour on Saturday afternoon
The search for a missing six-year-old boy who fell into a river in Kent will continue on Sunday morning, emergency services said.
Kent police said officers were called to Richborough Road in Sandwich over concern for the welfare of a child who had fallen into the river Stour while fishing with his father. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 18:49)
Nora Quoirin's family dismiss 'unhelpful' speculation over death
Family of teenager found dead in Malaysian jungle say reports may hinder investigations
The family of Nora Quoirin, the British teenager found dead in the Malaysian jungle after a 10-day search, have dismissed âunhelpfulâ speculation about her disappearance.
The body of the 15-year-old, who had severe learning difficulties, was discovered less than two miles from an eco-holiday resort where her family had been staying. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 05:18)
Police forces halt trials of facial recognition systems
Government attempts to use the controversial surveillance technology are thwarted by UK forces
Police forces are pushing back against Home Office attempts to roll out facial recognition systems, dealing a harsh blow to government plans to introduce the controversial technology.
Kent Police and West Midlands Police were named by ministers in June as collaborating with the Home Office to trial the technology to trace âmissing and vulnerable personsâ. The announcement prompted concern that UK forces were eager to embrace a technology condemned for infringing privacy and increasing state surveillance. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 15:58)
Safe injection rooms are key to halting rise in drug deaths â expert
Former drugs tsar says Home Office must end opposition to âfixing' spaces to tackle issue
The Home Office must abandon its opposition to safe injection rooms if it wants to reduce drug-related deaths, now at record levels, a former government drugs chief has said.
David Nutt, who was chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, said that failure to respond to last week's revelation that drug deaths were at their highest since records began in 1993 would constitute âa wilful disregard of evidenceâ. The statistics showed that deaths from drug poisoning rose by 16% last year, representing the steepest year-on-year rise. However, the Home Office is refusing to sanction safe injection rooms â spaces where addicts can inject under medical supervision. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 12:26)
Fears grow that WW2 wreck could explode on Kent coast
Experts divided over risk from US munitions ship that sank 75 years ago near Sheerness
It is 75 years this Tuesday since the SS Richard Montgomery sank off the Kent coast on its way to allied-occupied France. But the remains of the US cargo vessel, which went down on 20 August 1944, with more than 6,000 tonnes of munitions on board, continue to haunt the Thames estuary.
With politicians and salvage experts divided over the extent of the threat that the most monitored wreck in British waters poses beneath the waves, there are fresh fears that the ship is breaking up, leading to concerns its potentially explosive cargo could be scattered across the seabed. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 12:00)
Five-pound notes and free pints used to lure students into gambling
Undergraduates are being offered cash and drinks to sign up to betting apps
Students at prestigious UK universities are being recruited to promote betting apps on campus and, in some cases, are handing out free cash to entice others to gamble.
An investigation by the Observer has found that students are being headhunted by marketing agencies that claim they are working on behalf of betting companies. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 09:26)
Teenager charged with murder of Peter Duncan in Newcastle
Victim was stabbed with screwdriver in shopping centre and died in hospital
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Peter Duncan, the lawyer who was stabbed with a screwdriver in a Newcastle shopping centre, Northumbria police have said.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon and theft, and will appear before North Tyneside magistrates court on Monday. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 12:27)
University league tables 2020
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(07/06/2019 @ 07:01)
Italy's Matteo Salvini allows migrant children to leave rescue ship
More than 100 adults will remain onboard vessel moored for days off Lampedusa island
Italy's far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has reluctantly authorised 27 migrant children rescued at sea to disembark from a charity vessel anchored in limbo off Lampedusa island for days.
In a letter on Saturday, Salvini told the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, he could authorise the âallegedâ minors to leave the Open Arms ship, despite it being âdivergent to my orientation.â Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 21:59)
'No sea sickness so far': Greta Thunberg update on Atlantic crossing
Climate activist is four days into a two-week journey on solar-powered yacht
Four days into its two-week Atlantic crossing, the solar-powered yacht carrying climate activist Greta Thunberg is becalmed in the ocean after a choppy start to the trip, still 2,500 nautical miles from New York.
In an update posted to Twitter around midday on Saturday, the 16-year-old said she was eating and sleeping well and had no sea sickness so far. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 11:04)
Trump suspends CNN analyst's credentials in another shot at the press
The move stems from a July altercation with Breitbart reporter Sebastian Gorka, and echoes actions against CNN's Jim Acosta
The Trump administration has fired another shot in its war with the US press, suspending the credentials of Brian Karem, White House correspondent for Playboy and an analyst for CNN.
Related: âThe president's insane': book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 15:29)
Indonesia arrests dozens of West Papuans over claim flag was thrown in sewer
Officers shot tear gas canisters into student accommodation and took 43 people into custody after reports on social media
Indonesian authorities raided a university dormitory in Surabaya on Saturday and arrested dozens of West Papuan students after a standoff over allegations the Indonesian flag was thrown into a sewer.
Officers broke down the gates of the Surabaya building and used teargas to clear the rooms, taking 43 people into custody on the Indonesian Independence Day weekend. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 00:56)
Jean-Claude Juncker cuts short holiday to have urgent surgery
Outgoing European commission chief has returned home to have gall bladder removed
The outgoing head of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has cut short a holiday to undergo urgent surgery, his press team has said.
âJean-Claude Juncker had to shorten his holiday in Austria for medical reasons. He was taken back to Luxembourg where he will undergo an urgent cholecystectomy [surgical removal of the gallbladder],â the team said on Saturday of what is normally a routine medical procedure. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 12:28)
New Zealand police seek dashcam footage after murder of Sean McKinnon
Drivers asked to check for any images of hitchhikers near Hamilton where the Australian tourist's body was found
New Zealand authorities are asking drivers to check their dashcam for footage of any hitchhikers near where the Australian surfer Sean McKinnon was killed in the middle of the night while his Canadian fiancee ran for her life.
A man has faced court charged over the 33-year-old's shooting murder at Raglan â a popular North Island surf spot â on Friday. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 23:40)
Sudan opposition and military sign final power-sharing accord
Deal paves way for transitional government after overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir
Sudan's main opposition coalition and the ruling military council have signed a final power-sharing agreement, paving the way for a transitional government after the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.
Stability in Sudan, which has been grappling with an economic crisis, is seen as crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 09:11)
Hong Kong: three rallies mark 11th weekend of protests
Demonstrators aim to show public support for movement remains strong
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong, as they sought to show their movement still had public support even after two months of increasingly violent clashes.
Protesters, clad in their signature black and holding umbrellas, marched down major streets in Kowloon, chanting: âLiberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our time!â Volunteers handed out herbal tea and juice, while some shops that had closed for the day left boxes of drinks out for protesters. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 06:36)
Hands off our treasured railway, say locals in Sóller, Mallorca
Anonymous investors have launched a hostile â¬25m bid for Sóller's locally owned heritage train link to Palma
Indignant residents of the Mallorcan town of Sóller have said their railway is not for sale after a group of investors launched a hostile takeover bid.
The town has been linked to the capital, Palma, with a picturesque narrow-gauge railway since 1912. The train, with its wooden carriages, has been in continuous use ever since, climbing 200 metres and passing through 13 tunnels on its 27km journey. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 08:13)
If global markets are unsettled, they have good reason to be so
Last week's upheavals in bond values were an all-too-rational response to a cocktail of economic troubles
Every year the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts a symposium in the Grand Teton resort of Jackson Hole. Some years, guests have little to do but chew the fat and listen to distinguished speakers explain points of economic importance. Sometimes, though, the conclave in Wyoming takes place with a crisis looming. One such year was 2008. This year is shaping up to be another.
Global financial markets certainly fear the worst. Share prices slumped last week amid fears that the first recession since the big crash of 2008-09 is just around the corner. The trigger was developments in the bond markets, which is where investors trade the debt that governments issue to cover their spending. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 11:00)
Reader, I downloaded him: boom times for the literary long listen
Whether on Radio 4 or Amazon Audible, the appetite for classic works in audio form has never been greater
Four hours of Beatrix Potter, 10 hours of Marcel Proust, or 72 hours of Sherlock Holmes. How about every single word of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and George Eliot's Silas Marner? Sound overwhelming? Radio bosses clearly think not â so much so they have commissioned a plethora of literary adaptations to delight growing numbers of fans of âthe long listenâ.
âThere is an appetite for the epic that has simply surpassed our expectations,â says Celia De Wolff, who has produced and directed a marathon adaptation of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, to be broadcast over three days this bank holiday weekend on Radio 4. A seven-volume epic published between 1913 and 1927 may not seem an obvious choice for contemporary audiences short on time but rich in entertainment options, but a fast-growing audience is transforming the industry. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:00)
JT LeRoy review â a less surprising hoax the second time around
The fake author who fooled the publishing world is brought back to life in a diverting tale that treads familiar ground
âSometimes, a lie's more truth than the truth,â drawls author JT Leroy, speaking down a crackling telephone line. This straightforward dramatisation of Savannah Knoop's 2008 memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy details the scandalous, six-year-long ruse created by Knoop (Kristen Stewart) and author Laura Albert (Laura Dern) in the early noughties. Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy wasn't just Albert's pseudonym; he was a full-blown literary persona with a salacious backstory of poverty and child abuse that made the teenager's acclaimed semi-autobiographical novels appear more authentic.
When Albert meets her boyfriend's shy, androgynous sister Savannah, she sees an opportunity to realise the reclusive LeRoy (the hunched, shuffling Stewart is perfect casting) and turn him into a celebrity phenomenon. Albert styles herself as LeRoy's mad British manager Speedie; magazine covers and multimillion dollar film adaptations follow. For those familiar with the story, this version of LeRoy's rise and fall won't offer new revelations. Still, Dern brings a hungry, manic energy to Albert, a sad and troubled woman who used LeRoy as a vehicle to process her own childhood trauma, while Stewart's performance is typically interiorised and exacting. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:00)
The week in TV: Succession; Deep Water; Kathy Burke's All Woman and more â review
Brian Cox bosses the screen, and his family, as Succession returns, while ITV's new Lake District drama intrigues
Succession | Sky Atlantic
Deep Water (ITV) | ITV Hub
Kathy Burke's All Woman (Channel 4) | All 4
The Chefs' Brigade (BBC Two) | iPlayer
Remarkable Places to Eat (BBC Two) | iPlayer
Succession burst back on to our screens with a vengeance: chiefly, of course, Logan Roy's. The billionaire media mogul, the part Dundee's own Brian Cox was perhaps born to play, is, if not exactly relishing the comeuppance of his squirrelly, treasonous son Kendall â who had something of a Chappaquiddick moment at the close of the first series â not shedding hot salt tears at the turn of events either. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:00)
Edinburgh fringe roundup: the sound of fighting talk
Personal stories â of exile, homelessness, illness and existential terror â jostle for hearts and minds with farts and live bread-baking
It will come as no great shock that much of the Edinburgh fringe is taken up with people talking about themselves, whether in standup or theatre, musicals, cabaret or even magic shows, a surprising conduit for narcissism. Occasionally this can feel like being trapped in a small corner of the pub with the resident barfly, which, let's face it, is not so far from what it actually is. But there is plenty of raw truth-telling too, that swerves self-indulgence in favour of finding humanity and common ground.
Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati's haunting How Not to Drown (Traverse) dramatises Kastrati's own perilous journey to the UK from Albania when he was just 11 years old. While much of the early action focuses on the dangers of the route itself, the darkness of silent vans and the overstuffed boats, it is what happens next that lingers long after the play is over. Staged sparsely, with five performers â including Kastrati himself â deftly taking on around 50 roles, manoeuvring their bodies around a shifting wooden platform, its true power is in pulling apart the care system, and what care actually means when it comes without love. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:00)
Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet review â the thrilling shock of the new
Sadler's Wells, London
Bourne and his superb dancers inject visceral new life into Shakespeare's overworked tragedy
You've got to hand it to Matthew Bourne, choreographer extraordinaire. When most people sit down and think of Romeo and Juliet, images of warring families spring to mind. They might be in Shakespeare's traditional version, or Kenneth MacMillan's ballet, or Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zeffirelli's films. Even if they're living in a dystopia such as Mats Ek's Romeo & Juliet or in the tougher boroughs of New York in West Side Story, the essential lineaments of the story of young lovers kept apart by the forces of society around them will remain the same.
The wrenching shock of Bourne's new version, set in the white-tiled Verona Institute, where groups of young people are drilled and drugged into conformist submission, is how huge a leap of imagination he has made. Just as Terry Davies's reconfiguring of Prokofiev's score makes the familiar sound strange and edgy, Bourne's approach lets an overworked story take on a different life. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:00)
Hearty review â a ferocious cry for the safety of trans women
Emma Frankland plays a winged guide to a burning world in this charged and vulnerable piece about fighting for one's survival
This is a play of knives and fireballs. Marking the final show in Emma Frankland's performance series None of Us is Yet a Robot, which explores the politics of gender identity and the process of transitioning, Hearty is a ferocious cry for the safety of trans women.
With an injured tail and wings made of knives, Frankland is our guide in the apocalypse. The trans artist hunts for safety in a burning world where trans bodies are policed, activism is commercialised and violence is fuelled by fear. She sharpens the knives protruding from her shoulder blades and builds herself a den to protect herself from the violence outside. This is about survival. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
âDeafness â it's part of who you are': one man's journey to inspire
Ed Rex has enjoyed some memorable travel experiences over the years. He tells Lucy Jolin about how he started his travel blogging business with The Deaf Traveller, and the tech that helps him
Travel blogger Ed Rex has had plenty of memorable moments in his career to date, from snorkelling in Fiji to marvelling at the Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. But one of the most memorable was when he accidentally signed up for a job at a nudist resort in Australia.
âThe plan was to work at resorts in return for bed and breakfast,â he says with a grin. âThe resort sent me a nice email saying they were looking forward to me coming and would pick me up â and by the way, we're nudists: is that OK with you? And I had to be nude as well. That was a challenge! I've certainly never done naked gardening in the UK ...â Continue reading...
(05/07/2019 @ 06:57)
'He feels like any other nine-year-old': how technology helped open up the world to my son
Nikki Hunter-Pike explains how accessibility technology has opened up the online world to her son, who has cerebral palsy
It's Saturday morning at Nikki Hunter-Pike's home. While she prepares breakfast, and her husband Daniel plays with their daughters Brooke and Harper, her son Chase is engrossed in sending an email to his beloved stepgrandfather, âPopsâ, his face a study in intense concentration.
Nine-year-old Chase, who has the neurological condition cerebral palsy, cannot walk, talk, feed himself or pick up a pen. Yet, thanks to technology that's widely available, he can communicate, learn and explore the online world from his family's home in Northfleet, Kent. Continue reading...
(03/07/2019 @ 11:26)
From spreadsheets to shavasana: overcoming a visual impairment to develop a dual career
Jemma Ralston hasn't let visual impairment hold her back â as well as working in finance, she teaches yoga in London. Computer software is essential to her dual career, writes Sue George
âTeaching yoga, hosting yoga brunch events and doing a full-time finance contract is pretty tiring,â says Jemma Ralston, âbut it is so exciting because I am in control. All these things I am choosing to do. Yoga is my passion.â
Ralston teaches ashtanga vinyasa yoga in classes across London and â alongside her new yoga business â she also works as an accountant. Continue reading...
(21/06/2019 @ 07:04)
âI love big words but I can spell barely any': the tech that helps with dyslexia
Thanks to technology, teenager Ella Warren-Roberts has the tools to overcome her dyslexia and thrive at school. Sue George finds out how
Like many teenagers, Ella Warren-Roberts, 14, is very creative. She makes slate jewellery, she does woodcutting, and paints in watercolours. âShe always has more than one project on the go,â says her proud mother, Glenda Roberts. âAnd she always completes them.â
âSo I don't get too stressed out on one thing, I can relax by doing another,â says Ella. Continue reading...
(28/06/2019 @ 06:16)
Meet the people trying to save enough to retire by 40
Followers of the Fire â Financial Independence, Retire Early â movement say it's possible to amass enough cash to quit work and follow your dreams in mid-life
For many, it is an idea of heaven â shutting down the computer one last time and leaving the office in the full knowledge that you are financially stable enough never to have to return. And all at an age that most people would consider to be barely midway through their working life.
But a growing movement is focused on just that: encouraging people towards a mixture of extreme saving, frugal living and smart investment that will allow them to stop working and put their feet up decades before their peers â in some cases, when they are still in their 30s. And the Financial Independence, Retire Early (Fire) doctrine claims that people do not need a six-figure salary to get there. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 03:00)
Nigel Slater's ice-cream recipes
In this heat, it's ice screamingly obvious what you need to do
The summer staggers on. The air is hot and thick as treacle. There is no breeze, not a single leaf moves. For some, the summer of their dreams. For me, the perfect excuse to make ice-cream. To be honest, there has barely been a day when there hasn't been at least two tubs in the freezer. Homemade vanilla or raspberry ripple, perhaps one made with roast plums, another with basil and lemon. Some have been made here in my kitchen (crème fraîche, lemon, a less than perfect pistachio), others have been rushed home from the shops. There have been wafers and cornets, sundaes and ice-cream sandwiches, and more than I care to admit eaten straight from the tub.
A little sugar brings out the sweetness of the apricots, the lemon makes them sing Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
Why Bayeux chic will be the next big fashion trend
Designers are delving into history to create trousers, coats, knits, bags and even hoodies with a tapestry twist
Fashion is no stranger to a historical reference â from 1970s flares à la Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to 19th-century pie-crust collars the likes of which have had people swooning over a trailer for a new adaption of Little Women.
But lately it's also been looking even further back, embracing a love of tapestry and all things Bayeux chic. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
Corsica's cape of good campsites
With cliffs and crags, views and sandy beaches, Cap Corse, which juts out from the top of the island, offers a perfect mobile home stay
âIt's like being in a car advert!â The corniche road along the western side of Cap Corse, the spiny promontory pointing north from the body of Corsica towards Genoa, must be one of Europe's most dramatic drives. Cliff-hugging hairpin bends hurtle around rocky outcrops and across densely forested hillsides, with the sea seeming both unnervingly close and dizzyingly far below. The kids leaned with glee one way and I leaned the other; taxis casually overtook us; at one point a wild boar (or possibly tame pig) wandered into view round a bend, and at another metal struts and wooden planks carried the road over a landslide. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:00)
Peugeot 3008: âPerfect for the Pyrenees â or the school run'
Peugeot's comfortable new SUV offers cycling correspondent Jeremy Whittle a front row seat to all the action at this year's Tour de France
0-62mph 10.8 seconds
Top speed 117mph
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Few riders have dominated the world of cycling like Eddy Merckx. Known to all who feared him as the âCannibalâ because of his voracious appetite for devouring opponents, he is also often cited as the world's most famous Belgian â that's if you don't count Jacques Brel, Eden Hazard or Jean-Claude Van Damme. In all he won five Tours de France, the first coming exactly 50 years ago, just as Neil Armstrong took that first small step on the moon. In honour of Merckx, and maybe all stellar performers, this year's Tour started in Brussels, not far from his place of birth. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
Shaun Ryder: âI'm a really good dad, this time around anyway'
The Happy Mondays singer discusses UFOs, coming off drugs, children, Bez and losing his hair
There was a period of my life where it felt like everyone was worried about my health. I'm doing great these days. That said, I just had a hip operation and all my hair has fallen out. My eyebrows, my eyelashes, my pubic hair, armpit hair â even my fingernails. The doctors don't know what it is. I have an underactive thyroid and I don't make testosterone, so I reckon it might be something to do with that. But I'm tough. If I was Peter Andre or someone, I wouldn't leave the house.
Men don't have to grow up like women do. Women are expected to grow up with every year that passes. Men can get away with being kids until they're at least 40 â I did. I was still living the same lifestyle I had been when I was 16. But I wasn't a kid any more. The stuff I'd done when I was younger â drugs â had to go. My kids were getting older. The last thing I wanted to do was embarrass them. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 09:00)
Why Jordan Peterson is filling the void | Modern Masculinity: episode 1
Is modern masculinity in crisis? As part of a new series for the Guardian, journalist Iman Amrani is speaking to men across the UK about the issues affecting men and boys in today's society. In this episode, Iman asks, away from the polemic headlines, what is it about Jordan Peterson that has made him such a popular and influential voice for so many men? Continue reading...
(14/08/2019 @ 06:58)
Tell us: how have you reused your wedding dress?
We want to hear if you opted for a non-traditional dress, or if you've repurposed it so you could wear it again
Worn for the big day, gone tomorrow â for many people a wedding dress will be the single most expensive item of clothing they ever buy. It may also be the item of clothing they wear the least.
With sustainability taking centre stage, something about the practice of spending big on a labour-intensive dress that is worn only once doesn't quite stack up, which is perhaps why many women are choosing to do things a little differently. Continue reading...
(15/08/2019 @ 12:04)
Tell us what's driving the drop in take-up of English A-level
We want to hear from students and teachers why English is declining as a choice for A-level pupils
Once a popular subject choice for sixth formers, schools are now seeing a sharp drop in the take-up of English literature and language at A-level.
This year, entries for all types of English A-level fell by 13%, sparking an outcry from authors and teachers that pupils have been put off studying the subject at a higher level. Continue reading...
(14/08/2019 @ 09:52)
Send us a tip on free-to-enter green spaces in the UK and win a £200 hotel voucher
Parks, gardens and open spaces, perfectly situated for a quick stroll before dark or early in the morning, come into their own in summer. Tell us about your favourites
Share your favourite free-to-enter gardens, parks and other green spaces around the UK. They may have beautifully kept flower beds, ancient woodland, rewilded wildflower meadows or even swimming lakes. They can be in urban areas, offering relaxation and recreation to commuters and a haven for fauna and flora, or further afield.
Your favourite green space may just be a quiet wood or country park noted for its birdlife, or it could feature a cafe, outdoor gym facilities and rowing boats. Please give exact locations, websites and details of any useful facilities and interesting buildings. Remember, it's your personal experience that counts â not the fame of the location. Continue reading...
(13/08/2019 @ 12:25)
Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them
Welcome to this week's blogpost. Here's our roundup of your comments and photos from last week.
Let's start with a beautiful example of nominative determinism. Isabella Tree's Wilding has affected Wellfitbooty âmore than any book I've read in many yearsâ: Continue reading...
(12/08/2019 @ 11:28)
The five: surprising talents of the Neanderthals
Embracing the arts as well as sports, they were masters of many different and complex disciplines
Last week, researchers from Washington University announced they had investigated the ear remains of 23 Neanderthals and found that around half had bony growths that suggested aquatic foraging was a prominent part of their lifestyle. These growths, known as external auditory exostoses, or âsurfer's earâ, are found today in surfers and those who spend time in wet and cold conditions. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 02:00)
Nettle tea works wonders for plants â but hold your nose | Allan Jenkins
It's strong smelling, but nettles left in water for a few weeks make a great fertiliser
This week's column is not for the fainthearted, or if you are super sensitive to smell. But if you are looking for a chemical- or manure-free fertiliser then, please, read on.
We start with a hazard warning. It really will smell. A lot. Your garden neighbours will notice. They may disapprove. Continue reading...
(18/08/2019 @ 01:00)
'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?
You sort your recycling, leave it to be collected â and then what? From councils burning the lot to foreign landfill sites overflowing with British rubbish, Oliver Franklin-Wallis reports on a global waste crisis
An alarm sounds, the blockage is cleared, and the line at Green Recycling in Maldon, Essex, rumbles back into life. A momentous river of garbage rolls down the conveyor: cardboard boxes, splintered skirting board, plastic bottles, crisp packets, DVD cases, printer cartridges, countless newspapers, including this one. Odd bits of junk catch the eye, conjuring little vignettes: a single discarded glove. A crushed Tupperware container, the meal inside uneaten. A photograph of a smiling child on an adult's shoulders. But they are gone in a moment. The line at Green Recycling handles up to 12 tonnes of waste an hour.
âWe produce 200 to 300 tonnes a day,â says Jamie Smith, Green Recycling's general manager, above the din. We are standing three storeys up on the green health-and-safety gangway, looking down the line. On the tipping floor, an excavator is grabbing clawfuls of trash from heaps and piling it into a spinning drum, which spreads it evenly across the conveyor. Along the belt, human workers pick and channel what is valuable (bottles, cardboard, aluminium cans) into sorting chutes. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 07:00)
Megan Rapinoe: 'We're everything Trump loves â except that we're powerful women'
Fresh from World Cup victory, the US football star on politics, pay and the power of calling out injustice
It is two weeks since the US women's football team shut down midtown Manhattan on their World Cup victory parade and Megan Rapinoe, the team's co-captain and most visible member, is still trying to come down from the high. We are in Los Angeles, where the US national team is due to play a friendly against Ireland. Rapinoe â slight, sharp-eyed, perennially amused â is considering the past fortnight. âHow long can we be drunk for?â she says, laughing. âTo go through such a high â there is obviously a comedown and nobody really has the time to decompress. I think everyone feels in this state of âYes, this is awesome.' But I'm also struggling to get back to normal.â
The sense of unreality is particularly acute for Rapinoe, whose profile over the course of the tournament shot from mid-level sporting celebrity to something much bigger, thanks to, as she puts it with some understatement, âone of those general cultural events that happenâ. This is a reference not only to her public spat with Donald Trump â in a video recorded before the World Cup that went viral during the tournament, she said: âI'm not going to the fucking White House,â when asked whether she was looking forward to a victorious visit â but to her demeanour in general. Continue reading...
(17/08/2019 @ 03:00)
Seafront healing: Marvin Gaye museum mooted in Belgian town he loved
Ostend tourist board plans tribute to singer who spent 18 months recovering from his addictions in faded fishing town
Ostend, the blowy Belgian resort on the North Sea, has international aspirations and Marvin Gaye, the late prince of Motown, has emerged as central to realising them.
In February 1981, struggling with drink and drug dependency and being chased by the IRS over a multimillion-dollar tax bill, the 42-year-old singer-songwriter took the ferry from England to the faded fishing town. Continue reading...
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Physician, ultrarunner, thriller writerâ¦ meet the man who lives life to the full
Professor Hugh Montgomery says mastering new skills helps him relax â and makes life appear to last longer
I meet Prof Hugh Montgomery the day after the heatwave reaches its sticky, stultifying peak, a day when Londoners are red-eyed, over-caffeinated and on a hair trigger. It's business as usual, however, for Montgomery. With an expansive enthusiasm that cuts through the clammy torpor, he's fine: he rarely tops five hours a night. âI get up between 4 and 5am. But I wouldn't want to promulgate the idea that not sleeping is a good thing.â
It might not be recommended, but in his case, it's essential. You need those extra hours when you're chair of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL, a practising clinician, a groundbreaking genetic researcher (Montgomery is director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance and discovered the ACE gene that influences physical fitness and endurance) and founder member of the UK Climate and Health Council. He has also conducted research on Everest, run three ultramarathons, skydived naked for charity and holds the world record for playing piano underwater (110 hours, as part of a team during his medical school days. He persuaded Yamaha to create a keyboard that would work underwater and âdumped it in a swimming poolâ.) Continue reading...
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A Belarusian woman's life story in outfits â in pictures
Minsk-based photographer Tatsiana Tkachova was in Volozhin, Belarus in 2017 when she saw an elegant woman in a bright dress. So began her friendship with Vera, now 92.
Tkachova took 27 portraits for Vera's Seasons, telling Vera's story and that of the region. The last portrait is of the dress Vera will wear at her funeral Continue reading...
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The 20 photographs of the week
Tear gas in Hong Kong, the poise of Simone Biles, the beauty of nature â the last seven days, as captured by the world's best photojournalists Continue reading...
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Peter Fonda: a life in pictures
The actor best remembered for Easy Rider has died at the age of 79. Here we look back at his life and career Continue reading...
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Buy a classic Guardian photograph: Szechenyi Baths, Budapest, August 2006
This week in our Guardian Print Shop series we have an image shot by David Levene of the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest
Men play chess while submerged to the shoulders in the hot, mineral-rich waters of the Szechenyi thermal baths in Budapest. Bathing has been a tradition in the city since Roman times, though these opulent, neo-Baroque baths were only built in 1913. Bathing serves an important social purpose in Hungary, with people coming together to chat and, often, play chess. Chess is hugely popular â a significant part of Hungarian culture, and even included in school curriculums. Guardian photographer David Levene went to Budapest in 2006, as part of a series documenting cities in the summer. He's captured the players' concentration, their leathered, sun-baked skin, and the palatial surroundings. Continue reading...
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Words: Hannah Booth
Living off-grid for 77 years â in pictures
A wind-up radio, a smattering of colour photos and a stack of glossy books: these are the only signs that Margaret Gallagher lives in the modern world. For all of her 77 years, she has lived in a 200-year-old thatched cottage in Northern Ireland without running water, electricity or an indoor toilet Continue reading...
(16/08/2019 @ 03:32)
The week in wildlife â in pictures
Endangered bonobo, migrating storks and one of the world's biggest raptors Continue reading...
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