PM signs letter that will be hand-delivered to European council president at the same time as she addresses House of Commons
Theresa May will call on the British people to unite as she triggers article 50, beginning a two-year process that will see the UK leave the European Union and sever a political relationship that has lasted 44 years.
A letter signed by the prime minister will be hand-delivered to the president of the European council at about 12.30pm â as she rises in Westminster to deliver a statement to MPs signalling the end of the UK's most significant diplomatic association since the end of the second world war.
MSPs pass motion to give Nicola Sturgeon the authority to begin negotiations with UK parliament on breakaway vote
Nicola Sturgeon has won a key Holyrood vote on her plans for a second independence referendum, triggering accusations from UK ministers that her demands are premature.
Sturgeon won by a 10-vote majority after the Scottish Greens backed her proposals to formally request from the UK government the powers to stage a fresh independence vote at around the time Britain leaves the EU, in spring 2019.
Environmentalists decry âembarrassing' order to review Obama's clean power plan and other regulations, as White House claims victory for coal industry
Donald Trump launched an all-out assault on Barack Obama's climate change legacy on Tuesday with a sweeping executive order that undermines America's commitment to the Paris agreement.
Watched by coalminers at a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, the president signed an order to trigger a review of the clean power plan, Obama's flagship policy to curb carbon emissions, and rescind a moratorium on the sale of coalmining leases on federal lands.
Neuroprosthetic procedure first in world to restore brain-controlled reaching and grasping in person with complete paralysis
A man who was paralysed from below the neck after crashing his bike into a truck can once again drink a cup of coffee and eat mashed potato with a fork, after a world-first procedure to allow him to control his hand with the power of thought.
Bill Kochevar, 53, has had electrical implants in the motor cortex of his brain and sensors inserted in his forearm, which allow the muscles of his arm and hand to be stimulated in response to signals from his brain, decoded by computer. After eight years, he is able to drink and feed himself without assistance.
Killer was open about violent past but showed no interest in local radical groups, says Luton language school director
Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood was an âapoliticalâ man who showed no interest in radical Islam in the two years he lived in Luton, his former boss said.
Farasat Latif, a director at language school Elas UK where Masood worked between 2010 and summer 2012, said he knew Masood as a charming, friendly and professional employee who was open about getting his life back on track after a violent past.
âThe current measures are not acceptable as a long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate,â said Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association.
Wheelchair user Lovelyn Edobor says Capita firm escorts, acting to deport her, âdragged her like a goat' at Heathrow
A disabled victim of trafficking has complained that she was forced into a waist restraint belt and dragged along âlike a goatâ when the Home Office tried to remove her from the UK on Saturday.
Lovelyn Edobor, from Nigeria, had been held at Yarls Wood immigration removal centre, Bedfordshire, for several months before the Home Office attempted to forcibly remove her from the UK. The 49-year-old suffers from advanced osteoarthritis in both knees and chronic generalised arthritis, and uses a wheelchair.
After major review, culture secretary rules out privatisation but says broadcaster should move influence beyond London
The culture secretary has ruled out privatising Channel 4 following a protracted review of its long-term future, but in return wants the state-owned broadcaster to relocate some or all of its operations outside London.
Karen Bradley will use a speech in Salford to announce that the new home of The Great British Bake Off will remain publicly owned, while increasing pressure for it to move large parts of its business from its existing headquarters.
A homeless charity offered me food and board. But I had to work a tough 40-hour week for a meagre allowance â and others like me are being treated the same way
There are many reasons why I became homeless, but no one was surprised it happened. I'm just another care leaver who lost control of their life. Almost every person I lived with in children's homes and foster placements has since experienced mental health problems, stints in prison, and battles with drug and alcohol addiction. What would make me so special that I could avoid the inevitable breakdown?
The footballer invites the cameras in to witness him dealing with grief after the death of his wife. It is a bold and important film
It's usually so much fun snooping around a footballer's house on television, seeing where all that money goes. Steven Gerrard's and Wayne Rooney's stand out from recent times. Rio Ferdinand's looks like a good one, too â massive kitchen, gym, pool etc. But Rio hasn't invited the cameras in to show off.
While grand, the most striking feature of the house is its sadness and silence. In the sunny holiday home in Portugal as well â even though the kids splash about in the pool, happy and noisyâ something is off. It's the empty space left by Rio's wife, Rebecca, who died nearly two years ago, aged 34, from breast cancer.
The rebel-held east of the Syrian city was devastated by years of bombing, first by the government alone then bolstered by Russian forces. Ruth Maclean travelled to Aleppo to hear how the district's few remaining residents survive
A small group of boys play football, dodging tangled metal in the ruined ruined Umayyad mosque of Aleppo's old city. When they were last able to come here, before the war, the vast courtyard's patterned floor was beautifully polished, and the pile of bricks in a corner was a millennium-old minaret.
Now, the boys pick at the sandbags piled in its huge, fire-blackened arches. For them, this ancient place-of-worship-turned-fortress is a playground in a hellscape.
The London borough saw one of the biggest leave votes in Britain last June and Romford is the biggest town in the borough. Photojournalist Sean Smith and Lisa O'Carroll met some of the people behind the politics
Havering â sandwiched between Essex and London â was one of the strongest pro-Brexit boroughs in the country, with 69.7% voting to leave the EU.
Its population has remained relatively constant between the two past censuses in 2001 and 2011, with a 6% increase in residents compared with a 14% London average, but the population of the main town, Romford, has shot up by 21%, reflecting a glut of new apartment blocks attracting families squeezed out of the London market.
â¢ Technology twice helps officials make correct calls in 2-0 win for visitors â¢ Italy beat Holland 2-1 after farewell to Clarence Seedorf
France twice fell foul of decisions made by a video assistant referee (VAR) in a high-profile example of the new technology during their 2-0 home defeat against Spain.
Antoine Griezmann thought he had headed France into the lead three minutes after half-time but, after the referee Felix Zwayer consulted the extra official, the goal was quickly ruled out for offside against Layvin Kurzawa.
â¢ Antonio Conte has told Chelsea hierarchy he wants the Chilean forward â¢ Sà¡nchez set to leave Arsenal and also wanted by PSG, Inter and Juventus
Chelsea have made Arsenal's Alexis Sà¡nchez their main summer transfer target and Antonio Conte has discussed the possibility of bringing the Chilean to Stamford Bridge with the club's hierarchy.
The Italian manager is in talks with Chelsea over a new contract and, as part of that, summer transfers have been discussed. Conte has submitted to the club's recruitment team, effectively headed by the director Marina Granovskaia and technical director, Michael Emenalo, a list of players he would like to sign, with Sà¡nchez and a left-sided defender among the priorities.
With the laws of the game now encompassing gender-neutral terminology, the banishing of a phrase coined in Yorkshire more than 90 years ago seems a little overdue
The laws of cricket are just a little older than the US Constitution, so they have been through a few changes since they were first set down. And the latest edition, due to be published this October, includes several amendments which anyone paying attention will likely have already read about, like a limit on bat sizes, the introduction of red and yellow cards, and another, more subtle one, which has escaped wider attention. The laws of the game have just become gender-neutral. They now use âhe/sheâ along with generic nouns like âfielderâ and âbowlerâ. The one exception is âbatsmanâ which, after some consideration, was decided to be âa term of the gameâ that applies equally well to men and women. A batter, as they say, is only fit for baseball and fish.
So the language of the game is changing. And about time. There was a stir earlier this year when Christina Matthews, chief executive of the Western Australia Cricket Association, complained that the game was âdisrespecting half the populationâ by âusing terms such as 12th man, batsman, fieldsman and nightwatchman without a second thought.â Matthews, who played 20 Tests, also said, âI'm not saying people are deliberately trying to offend but it's a bit like bullying - whether you're bullied or not is dictated by the person who is on the end of it, not the person who's doing it.â Her comments were widely reported in England, Australia, New Zealand and India. And, for a brief moment, cricket became a little patch of the battleground in a wider culture war.
â¢ World No1's elbow injury rules him out of France tie starting 7 April â¢ GB quartet is Dan Evans, Jamie Murray, Kyle Edmund and Dominic Inglot
Leon Smith's decision on Tuesday to leave Andy Murray out of Great Britain's Davis Cup team to play France in the quarter-finals in Rouen next week was more or less an open secret.
As much as the historic team competition has stirred emotions, and as much as Murray would love to be part of their march to the semi-finals in September, injury has forced the world No1 to look over his shoulder at not only the proximity of Novak Djokovic, the giant he displaced last year, but the steadily building challenge of the ageless Roger Federer.
If the chance of watching Jay-Jay Okocha and Robert Pires weaving through tightly packed defences up close is a tantalising prospect, then you should make your way to the O2 Arena in London this summer for the Star Sixes tournament. Okocha and Pires will be joined by a galaxy of big stars, including Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Roberto Carlos, Carles Puyol and Michael Ballack, for the four-day, six-a-side competition in July.
The organisers are at pains to point out that this event will be more competitive than previous tournaments featuring former professionals, such as Sky's Masters Football series, which ran from 2000 to 2011. England goalkeeper David James says he is relishing the opportunity of representing his country again. âHaving had around 26 years as a pro, I still kind of wake up each morning and think, âCan I still do this, can I still do that?' I was asked if I would be interested in getting involved and my immediate answer was: yes.â
Our resident cartoonist presents a collection of classic gaffes (with apologies to Chris Brass, Jamie Pollock, Wayne Hatswell, Djimi Traoré, Lee Dixon, Tony Popovic and Peter Enckelman, whose acts of self-destruction were entirely accidental)
â¢ Midfielder hurt on England duty and could be out for a month â¢ Lallana would miss five Premier League games in worst case scenario
Adam Lallana is set to miss the Merseyside derby on Saturday after reporting back to Liverpool with an injury suffered playing for England.
The 28-year-old featured in both England's games during the international break, playing for an hour in the friendly in Germany and the full 90 minutes of the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley. He received a kick on the thigh in the latter match, however, and found he was unable to train with his Liverpool teamâmates on Tuesday. While the club have not put a timescale on Lallana's recovery, there are concerns he could be out for up to a month.
CPS considering review amid allegations Mustafa Bashir falsely claimed he was due Leicestershire club contract
A violent and controlling cricketer who walked free from court after he beat his wife with a cricket bat and made her drink bleach, could face an investigation over claims that he perverted the course of justice.
Mustafa Bashir, 34, was spared prison despite forcing his wife to drink bleach, throttling her in public, and hitting her with his bat. He admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was given an 18-month prison term.
The former Sevilla and Mali striker is proud of his faith and would rather be known for working with orphans than his footballing achievements
Fredi Kanouté jokes that he has joined a rock band but none of the motley crew he is touring with claims to be a professional musician. Instead the former West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla striker shares stages around the world with extraordinary characters such as Emi Mahmoud, a former Darfur refugee and Poetry Slam world champion, and Dr Rouba Mhaissen, the economist and development activist ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the planet's most influential people under 30.
â¢ Inquiry into developer Renewal's plans expected to last for rest of 2017 â¢ Role of Lewisham council and Surrey Canal Sports Foundation under scrutiny
The independent inquiry into Lewisham council's plans to seize Millwall's land at The Den is set to begin in the next few days. The inquiry, which was announced last month, will be led by Lord Dyson, a distinguished retired judge and former Master of the Rolls. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year and to cost up to £500,000 of public money.
The inquiry was called after a series of questions emerged over the process and due diligence behind the council's plans to compulsorily purchase land in Bermondsey and sell it on to an offshoreâregistered developer called Renewal.
â¢ UK Sport has still not received key information about the case â¢ Liz Nicholl questions why âUK Sport has not been fully informed'
The elite funding agency UK Sport has told British Cycling's board it has âserious concernsâ about its handling of allegations against their former technical director Shane Sutton and has still not received key information about the case.
â¢ Recovery techniques working for Sunderland striker â¢ âI have a better understanding of my body now'
Jermain Defoe has credited a recent switch to a vegan diet as being partly behind his continued excellence at the top level as the Sunderland striker seeks to maintain his form and remain in contention within the England set-up following his goalscoring return to the national side.
The veteran forward, recalled by Gareth Southgate, marked his first England appearance in three and a half years with a 20th international goal against Lithuania on Sunday and departed Wembley having claimed the sponsors' man of the match award. That bottle of champagne was wasted on him, with the 34-year-old long since teetotal, but Defoe's desire to thrive in the top flight has prompted him to explore diet and recovery techniques in an attempt to retain his edge.
Emma Clarke, who was playing in the 1890s, has been established as Britain's first black female footballer and her remarkable story is being brought to life in a play
A major discovery in women's football history has revealed Britain's first black female footballer â and she was playing in one of the sport's earliest recorded games in the 1890s.
The emergence of her story is timely. On Tuesday evening, as football's black achievers gather to be honoured at the Football Black List celebration, Futures Theatre will play out the story of the game's female pioneers in a new production called Offside. It is the first time the central character of a black female footballer has been dramatised.
A campaign calling for July's US Women's Open from Trump National Golf Club to be moved has reached critical mass. But the author, a former LPGA Tour pro, insists that moving the tournament isn't as simple as it seems
A few years ago, when the United States Golf Association announced that it would hold the US Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, it was business as usual.
Except no one anticipated that Donald Trump, who built Trump National just 13 years ago, would be president of the United States. Nor did anyone at the USGA forecast that Trump's infamous âgrab [women] by the pussyâ tape would make international headlines. And really, how could they?
â¢ Dr Richard Freeman gives written evidence to select committee â¢ Damian Collins MP says it leaves âmajor questions' for Sky and British Cycling
The doctor at the centre of the affair of the mystery package delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011 has made the astonishing admission that neither Team Sky nor British Cycling had any written medicines-management policy or stock-taking system at the time.
In a letter to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee Dr Richard Freeman also expressed âregretâ that there had been no backed-up medical records of Wiggins' treatment in 2011 â but denied there had been any unethical behaviour by either Team Sky or British Cycling. However, Damian Collins, the chair of the DCMS select committee, said that Freeman's written evidence had left âmajor questions outstanding for Team Sky and British Cyclingâ.
World No1's third title in a row at WGC Match Play makes him the man to beat but no favourite has won the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2005
The only certainty relating to Dustin Johnson's epic run is that it will come to an end. Even recent history tells us that much. Fascination and uncertainty relate to precisely when the world No1's streak will conclude and, more pertinently, if it can be sustained to the point where the 32-year-old wins the Masters for the first time.
What is the missing line from the original Three Lions song: "I still see that tackle by Moore, and when Lineker scored, Bobby belting the ball. And ..."?
All our chances
Geoff Hurst blasting
Chelsea released this song in 1972 to coincide with their appearance in the League Cup final (which they lost to Stoke City). What is the missing line: "Blue is the colour, football is the game. We're all together, and â¦"?
We're so glad you came
We'll have a good old time
Winning is our aim
We have something to proclaim
Complete the spoken word intro to Vindaloo: "Where on earth are you from? We're from England. Where you come from â¦ "?
Do you see great Albion?
Do you have the fun?
Is it this humdrum?
Do you put the kettle on?
Who is the missing Manchester United player in this lyric from their 1994 FA Cup song Come On You Reds: "Schmeichel, Parker, Pallister. Irwin, Bruce, Sharpe and Ince. Hughes, McClair, Keane and Cantona. Robson, Kanchelskis and â¦ "?
What is the missing line from West Ham anthem I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles: "I'm forever blowing bubbles. Pretty bubbles in the air. They fly so high, nearly reach the sky. Then like my dreams they â¦ "
Make me cry
Go high and dry
Hit a pie in the sky
Fade and die
What is the next line from Scotland's World Cup 1998 song Don't Come Home Too Soon: "The world may not be shaking yet, but you might prove them wrong â¦"?
We have McAllister and Hendry
We'll say 'oui, oui' in Paris
Stranger things have happened
Even long shots make it
What is the missing line from the Anfield Rap (Red Machine in Full Effect): "How's he doing the Jamaica rap? He's from just south of the Watford Gap. He gives us stick about the north/south divide. Cause they got the jobs. Yeah, but â¦ "?
Not our dockside
We will abide
Our hits go worldwide
We got the side
We have civic pride
Which FA Cup finalists were celebrated with these lyrics in an eponymously titled song in 1972: "There's a red-headed tiger known as Billy. And he goes like a human dynamo. Mick the Mover, of course, he can work like a horse. And Topcat Cooper's always on the go"?
What is the first line of Spurs' 1982 FA Cup song: "Tottenham, Tottenham â¦ "
We won in Birmingham
Come on Saturday 3pm
We'll show them
No one can stop them
Complete this lyric from Pass & Move (It's the Liverpool Groove): "Ho shimmy shimmy, Skippy take it away. Shaggy's in flight, now it's judgement day. Digger in the middle, weaving his spell. Jason McAteer â¦ "
Real Madrid mean business and not just any old business but world-record business. The Spanish aristocrats have reportedly dispatched minions to their vaults to begin counting out £100m, which Real will then wave in front of Chelsea in the hope that it will persuade the London club to relinquish Eden Hazard. If Chelsea refuse, Real will do an about-turn and march on Monaco, who are said to be open to the possibility of selling Bernardo Silva.
On the other hand, if Real do manage to get their claws on Hazard, then Chelsea will attempt to nab Silva, but the Portuguese may prefer to join Barcelona or Manchester United.
The Scottish first minister has a mind of her own when it comes to Brexit but then so do her lower extremities
A pair of legs stood up and the body attached to them prepared to speak. There were so many things Nicola Sturgeon's shapely shanks would have liked to say. About how the Daily Mail had said how much more attractive they were than Theresa May's famously long extremities. About how the prime minister had been so intimated â or was that seduced? â by her luscious legs that she had immediately gone on the back foot. About how if all the Little Laydeez of Scotland were to vote for independence, then they too could have pins like her.
Six days ago the debate on the second Scottish referendum had been suspended after the attack on Westminster. Sturgeon began by adopting a more conciliatory note than she had when opening the debate the previous week, emphasising shared values, democracy and differences of opinion that were sincerely held.
Alexander Blackman's mental state contributed to him shooting dead an injured Taliban fighter â but we must still uphold international law
When justice is done, we should be glad. But the champagne-swigging jubilation that greeted the reduction of âMarine Aâ Alexander Blackman's murder conviction to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, went far beyond the acknowledgment that this was an appropriate outcome. To many of his supporters he is a âhero soldierâ persecuted for shooting dead an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. The judgment, however, was no exoneration: he killed a defenceless man, tried to make sure it was not witnessed, and attempted to cover up what he did. The judges considered mitigating factors, including his combat stress disorder. Nonetheless, they concluded that his crime was a severe one, that he held substantial responsibility for it, and that his dismissal from service was justified.
Drum-beating coverage of âour brave boysâ veils the fact that British troops, like any others, are capable of terrible violations of the laws of war and the dictates of basic decency. Perhaps the catastrophe of Iraq, and the consciousness of the toll it took overwhelmingly on Iraqi civilians but also on coalition forces, has sensitised the public to the immense pressures facing soldiers and the often limited support they receive. More often than not, such abuses occur when there is an absence or failure of leadership. Another marine â briefly Blackman's commanding officer â described the leadership and oversight in place as shockingly bad, and insisted he was not a single rotten apple. The answer is not to give soldiers a free pass to abuse and kill by attacking attempts to hold them to account, but to ask who else is responsible and how such behaviour can be prevented in future.
Britain's new 12-sided coin is designed to put the forgers off but no one in their right mind would want to counterfeit them anyway
When I was a child, I collected coins. I looked at coins, read about coins, grouped coins in albums and said obverse and reverse instead of front and back. It was my one true passion, and the last time I ever had a strong urge to organise stuff.
What I'm saying is, there was a moment when I would have been very excited about the introduction of a new coin, especially a 12-sided, two-metal, wholly redesigned coin like the new pound. When I was growing up in America they never changed the money. In those days it wasn't that uncommon to find a 60-year-old coin in your dad's pocket â you wouldn't even notice unless you checked dates, which I did, religiously. I was looking for the elusive 1909-S VDB penny, with the San Francisco mint mark and the designer's initials along the bottom edge of the reverse. Or maybe the rare 1955 double die, or the steel 1944-D. I never found any of them.
It is morally and politically repugnant to try to bargain over the future of people who have enriched our lives
Britain is poised to embark on a fraught and uncertain course. Leaving the European Union will weaken the remaining 27 members, and it is likely to set this country on a decade or more of instability. It is the end of a partnership that has brought much more to Britain than can be guessed at from the churlish nature of our relationship, which rarely recognised the wonder of this audacious attempt to mould a community of peace and prosperity from nation states at war for centuries. A largely hostile press made Brussels, just as an early Guardian editorial warned, the default excuse for political failure, economic incompetence and, sometimes, sheer misadventure.
Families in the region are once more forced into a daily struggle to find food. We can help to avoid a repetition of the famine of 1984
When I saw the East Africa Crisis Appeal launched recently across our screens by the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), my thoughts returned to a man I met when I visited Ethiopia with ActionAid in 2005.
Sitting in a small settlement about four hours south of the capital, Addis Ababa, he spoke without emotion about the 1984 famine. âIn 1984 one third of this community died â¦ We ate soil mixed with dirty water. All the cattle died. We couldn't feed our children. People just walked, they knew not where. Many died on the road and were left unburied.â
It wasn't Britain's absence from the EU's birthday celebration last week that shamed me. It was the sight, while I was in Berlin, of our union flag projected on to the Brandenburg Gate. Even as Europe's capitals stood in loyal solidarity with ours, we plotted a divorce.
The story after the referendum could have been different. Despite the narrowness of the result, there was never an attempt by Europe to persuade us to stay. It is unusual, when an unhappy partner suddenly and unexpectedly asks for a divorce, for the injured half simply to agree and instruct the lawyers.
We pay our elected officials to take care of our communities and our planet. Since Trump took office, the GOP has set out only to destroy
Last week I was taking an Uber (I know, I'm sorry, it was a necessity) across an unfamiliar town when the driver, whom I'll call Randy, started telling me about this cool dude named Jesus. Randy's big opener, earlier in the ride, was to gesture at a homeless man panhandling by the side of the road and say: âIsn't it terrible?â
âYeah,â I agreed, though I was unsure whether he was referring to homelessness as a blight or a form of state violence. âI can't believe my tax money pays for the president's golf vacations while people are freezing to death on the street. It's robbery.â
The prime minister's motivational generalities over Brexit and beyond may be about to tip over into something darker â authoritarian delusions
Before meeting Nicola Sturgeon on Monday, Theresa May insisted she would ânever allow the UK to become looser and weakerâ. But how, precisely, will she accomplish that, given that Sturgeon, with considerable support from the Scottish people, intends the opposite? Of course there were no details of steps to be taken to prevent the UK falling apart because, as ever, May doesn't do detail.
Since becoming prime minister, she has given plenty of broad-brush intentions but virtually no detailed policies: one small concrete change to national insurance contributions presented by the chancellor was hastily shelved. There have been plenty of words but what is worrying if you look closely is how few have substance.
Desperate attempts to profile Khalid Masood after the Westminster attacks blame Islam, Kent or even drunk teenagers, but the common thread in terrorism is often misogyny
The reactions to Khalid Masood's attack last week played out with script-like predictability: rightwing commentators tried desperately to blame the actions of this Kent native on immigration, while the media pored over whatever anecdotes they could find from neighbours and schoolmates. All The Day Today cliches were ticked off: he was âalways politeâ, he came from âa normal familyâ, he once âgot drunkâ as a teenager.
This kind of desperate profiling plays to people's desire to believe we should be able to spot terrorists. But while rent-a-gobs flail around naming and shaming Kent and drunk teenagers, it is telling how rarely one feature common to many âlone wolfâ attackers is called out: a history of domestic abuse.
The supermarket giant can move on after the accounting scandal, although restless shareholders could spell trouble
For Tesco, a £235m bill to settle investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority counts as a tidy piece of business. The sum will wipe out almost 20% of operating profits last year, but the company's negotiating power was approximately zero after it had confessed to a £326m overstatement of profits in 2014. Assuming the deferred prosecution agreement between the SFO and Tesco Stores Ltd is approved by a judge next month, an ugly chapter for the company will close.
Tesco may even be delighted that the FCA has designed a redress scheme for disgruntled investors who bought Tesco shares and bonds in the few weeks before the overstatement was corrected. An orderly process to award compensation, even one that could cost Tesco £85m, sounds less messy than several rounds of legal argy-bargy.
Trump's refusal to condemn the attack against a black man â believed to be âpractice' for a killing spree â allows hate and violence to breed
Last week, a 28-year-old white man by the name of James Jackson traveled from Baltimore to New York City, reportedly to kill as many black men as he could, according to prosecutors. In his possession were two knives and a sword with an 18-inch blade. Upon arriving in New York, Jackson quietly checked in to a hotel near Times Square. Then he began his hunt.
According to the authorities, Jackson stalked several potential victims before narrowing his sights on Timothy Caughman, a 66-year-old man who happened to be on Ninth Avenue searching for cans and bottles to recycle, a favorite activity of Caughman's.
The language used in the newspaper's coverage of the two most powerful politicians in the UK is a by-numbers attempt to reduce women to objects
Just for the avoidance of doubt, those things that Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon both share, the âfinest weapons in their physical arsenalâ, as the Daily Mail's Sarah Vine called them in a column on yesterday's meeting between the two women, they are just legs. Millions, even most, women have them. They are not a âvast expanseâ; that's just how big legs are. If you want smaller limbs, try arms.
Nor are they âextremitiesâ, which, the last time I checked, were toes (of course, it is possible to cross or otherwise manipulate those in a flirtatious or dominant fashion, but, you know, shoes get in the way). What the Mail seemed to be objecting to, or analysing, or merely just noting in passing (in gigantic letters, as a front-page splash!) was that these two women had legs.
A proposal to use robo-bricklayers on building sites is no laughing matter. Just ask my dad and his mates
Last year I made a show, Bricking It, with my 74-year-old builder dad, Pat. The premise was a job swap â comedy virgin Pat would learn how to be a comedian, while I would learn the ropes of bricklaying. Pat had never been on stage before. He was born in the rural west of Ireland and emigrated to England in his mid-teens.
Fast forward 60 years and Pat was shocked to find himself on stage, dancing to the Bee Gees, in a pink suit, at the Edinburgh fringe. However, after our month-long run, Pat was even more shocked to find himself back in Barnet, in his local caff, sat next to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator â Arnie methodically orders the Set 2 breakfast from the luminous menu above the counter, mechanically picks up the newspaper, pre-programmed, he turns instantly to page 3, âYes. Boobs. Builders like. Boobs. Yes. Boobs. Builders like â¦â
The author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says she was criticised for not using movement-specific jargon. Words are important but leftists should be inclusive
Does the left have a problem with âlanguage orthodoxyâ? The feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie thinks so â after she was criticised on social media and by other public figures following her comments on transgender women, she attributed much of the negative reaction not to genuine difference of opinions, but to seemingly arbitrary rules the left has imposed on language.
During an interview with Channel 4, Adichie said: âI think if you've lived in the world as a man with the privileges that the world accords to men and then sort of change gender, it's difficult for me to accept that then we can equate your experience with the experience of a woman who has lived from the beginning as a woman and who has not been accorded those privileges that men are.â She was accused of failing to listen to the experiences of trans women and of equivocating over the fact that trans women are women. Following the backlash, Adichie defended herself during a public appearance in Washington DC.
Paul Verhoeven's new film is basking in critical adoration, but by suggesting that women long to be raped it's a slap in the face for survivors
Rape apologists: do you like the cinema? Have you always suspected women secretly want to be stalked, brutalised and raped? And that the biggest woman-haters on the planet are not men, but women themselves? Then brace yourselves for a celluloid treat.
The film Elle opened in the UK two weeks ago and has received rapturous praise, trailing five-star reviews and an Oscar nomination for its star, Isabelle Huppert, who is âutterly arrestingâ (Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian), âexhilarating â¦ bottomlessly impressiveâ (Robbie Collin in the Telegraph) and has an âastonishing, almost terrifying talentâ (AO Scott in the New York Times).
The paper's leering front page featuring Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May is part of a wider attack on liberal values. We must be prepared to fight back
Perhaps the Daily Mail should be sued for damaging people's health? Across the nation, millions have cringed so hard at its audaciously sexist front page that they've strained their face muscles, or given themselves a migraine from slamming their heads repeatedly against the nearest wall.
Reality bites from this week: the reckless charge out of Europe has begun. But at last Labour, thanks to Keir Starmer, is fighting back
Off we go, headlong downhill, off piste, our Eddie the Eagle Brexit negotiators tumbling down towards a great crevasse. Far from âtaking back controlâ, as Theresa May sends off our suicide letter on Wednesday, we will abandon all control as we place ourselves at the mercy of the goodwill or otherwise of each of the EU 27.
âWe won, job done,â declared Douglas Carswell, and he's right. The most extreme Brexiteers have so far won the day, light years distant from the softly reassuring arguments Vote Leave made before the referendum. Their promises are all broken already, as the Ukip wing of the Conservative party has captured the prime minister.
From Ripper Street to Black Sails, costume dramas are fixated on street walkers and depravity. As Harlots muscles in, we ask: why is TV obsessed with sex workers from any century but this one?
The year is 1763. One woman in five makes a living selling sex. This is the premise of ITV's Harlots. I immediately want to quibble with the data analysis: is that 20% of all women, or 20% of women who work? Since female workforce participation was pretty low at the start of the 18th century, this distinction is key, and don't even get me started on the age-weighting of the sample, since presumably they mean one woman in five under 30.
I have fallen into that famous viewer-trap: distracted by shoddy statistics, I failed to notice all the luscious flesh bursting out of satin. The year is 1763, remember! That means the moral majority has to just shut up. All those boring questions â âWhy is that character taking a shower when she hasn't got dirty? Why does she have to be naked when she's just opening her post?â â those belong to contemporary drama. Go back a century or two, and nudity is the core business. If you go back enough centuries, nudity is all they know how to do and you don't even need a script.
Will European staff be allowed to remain? What about reciprocal healthcare? And where will the money come from? The prime minister owes us some answers
Everyone knows that after seven years of neglect from the Conservative government, the NHS is undergoing a serious crisis of funding and staffing. The last thing needed is more uncertainty. That is exactly what the NHS faces with Brexit.
On Wednesday Theresa May will trigger article 50 and later this week health bosses publish the updated Five Year Forward View. It is time for the prime minister and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to give the NHS and its patients the certainty needed through the Brexit process. May has already turned her back on the promise of £350m a week for our NHS and now she is walking away from her responsibilities to protect the health service through a turbulent Brexit process that will hit it hard.
There are many things the web giants could do to help combat terrorism, but weakening privacy protection is not one of them
The home secretary has made a hash â or what she would call âa hashtagâ â of her efforts to appear to be doing something in the wake of last week's Westminster terror attack. Amber Rudd's demand that the big digital companies weaken the encryption they use on their messages is unrealistic and â if it ever became real â self-defeating. It is unrealistic because encryption cannot be selectively weakened, any more than the value of pi could be stipulated as 3.2 for the state of Indiana alone as proposed by some proto-Rudd politician in 1897. Mathematics is universal, and the mathematics on which strong encryption depends is quite as inflexible as that which specifies Earth's orbit round the sun. If the encryption on terrorists' messages were weakened so that the government could read them, the same weakening would apply to everyone else, however innocent. If the government believes it can prevail upon the likes of Facebook (which owns WhatsApp) to issue a specially weakened version of the program to British users only, it is being even more fatuously optimistic than in its approach to the Brexit negotiations. No company would sacrifice its reputation (and so its market share) in such a way, and real criminals could always find alternatives.
Even if these powers were delivered by some miracle to our government and to no other they would still prove self-defeating. Terrorists and their active sympathisers form a tiny minority of any community. Their criminal messages and phone calls to each other form an infinitesimal fraction of all the chat and gossip on the internet. To find them at the moment is like searching for a needle in a haystack. The task won't be made easier by dumping another haystack full of chaff on to the needle, which would be the effect of Ms Rudd's proposal if it were ever practicable. The more thoughtful members of the security community know this already. The power that they really need, which is to know all about the friendship networks of suspected terrorists, is one they already have. What's known as âmetadataâ tells them everything about a message except its content, and this is extraordinarily revealing. But the government has its own reasons for pursuing a noisy attack on the internet companies.
Fees have put employment tribunals out of reach for many. The supreme court must restore the balance
Laws that cost too much to enforce are phoney laws. A civil right that people can't afford to use is no right at all. And a society that turns justice into a luxury good is one no longer ruled by law, but by money and power. This week the highest court in the land will decide whether Britain will become such a society. There are plenty of signs that we have already gone too far.
Listen to the country's top judge, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, who admits that âour justice system has become unaffordable to mostâ. Look at our legal-aid system, slashed so heavily by David Cameron and Theresa May that the poor must act as their own trial lawyers, ready to be skittled by barristers in the pay of their moneyed opponents.
Crowds of protesters form lasting connections â and their later revolts always surprise elites
The tide is turning and you can feel it on the streets of the world's capital cities. On Sunday, hundreds of peaceful protesters were arrested in Moscow and St Petersburg, after thousands massed in unsanctioned demonstrations against corruption.
There were similar scenes in Minsk, where punitive taxes on the unemployed have driven people to the streets. In February, half a million Romanians forced their government to abandon a law pardoning corrupt officials, by taking to the streets.
With an erratic US president and an array of potential flashpoints, understanding China's unprecedented domestic experiment is more crucial than ever
When the two most powerful men on earth, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, meet for the summit that's expected to take place soon in the American emperor's summer palace, they will have one thing in common: each is testing his country's political system to its limits.
Paul Nuttall struggles to take spotlight from Nigel Farage as he spells out message that you can't trust Johnny Foreigner
Six is the magic number. Over breakfast, Keir Starmer had laid out Labour's six Brexit red lines that Theresa May was guaranteed to ignore; just a few hours later, the Ukip high command was gathered at the Marriott hotel on the south side of Westminster Bridge to deliver their six Brexit demands that were also almost certain to be largely ignored.
Cap on salary increases will see some staff earn just £5 extra a week while facing soaring costs and greater workload
About 1.3 million NHS staff are to receive a 1% pay rise that will see nurses, midwives and radiographers earn barely £5 a week more next year, in a move that prompted a furious reaction from health unions.
The government's decision to limit NHS wage increases to 1% a year or freeze them for the seventh successive year led its own advisors to warn that the policy must end. Salary caps could exacerbate already serious understaffing in the NHS by making it less attractive to work for, especially as workloads are growing, the NHS pay review body (PRB) concluded.
Scathing report of MPs' committee finds children's academic progress at risk as school heads work to attain £3bn saving
School funding cuts are threatening to undermine the quality of education in England's classrooms, putting children's academic progress at risk as head teachers struggle to find savings, finds a highly critical report.
MPs on the Commons public accounts committee (PAC) say schools in England are facing the most significant financial pressure since the mid-1990s, with school leaders having to find £3bn in savings by 2020.
First minister says newspaper is âleading the way' in taking Britain back to the 1970s after its coverage of her meeting with prime minister Theresa May
Nicola Sturgeon accused the Daily Mail of taking Britain back to the 1970s after the tabloid featured a picture of her with Theresa May under the headline âNever mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!â following their summit on Monday.
Northern Ireland secretary tells Commons all options are on the table if power-sharing talks at Stormont collapse
The government is not ruling out any options for a politically deadlocked Northern Ireland, including the reintroduction of direct rule from London, James Brokenshire has said.
But the Northern Ireland secretary did rule out a suggestion from Dave Anderson, his Labour shadow in the House of Commons, that an external chairperson could be brought in to oversee another few weeks of negotiations between the parties at Stormont.
Toshiba's US subsidiary, which has technology in about half world's reactors, expected to file for bankruptcy protection
A financial crisis at a major nuclear energy business is threatening to deal a blow to the UK's atomic energy programme.
Toshiba's US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse Electric is believed to be on the brink of filing in the US for bankruptcy protection from creditors. A UK expert said the collapse would leave a considerable hole in Britain's new nuclear ambitions as Toshiba is a key player behind plans for a new power station at Moorside in Cumbria.
Henry Moore sculpture that graced Stepney in east London for 35 years before relocating to Wakefield has a new home in Canary Wharf
An enormous Henry Moore bronze sculpture gifted at cost price to the east London borough of Tower Hamlets in 1962 is finally coming home â although not quite to a place its maker would have imagined.
Draped Seated Woman, affectionately known as âOld Floâ, was for 35 years located on the Stifford estate in Stepney. It has spent the past 20 years on rural retreat at Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, moved there after the Stifford estate was demolished. From the autumn of this year it will take up residence in Cabot Square in Canary Wharf, the council announced on Tuesday.
News emerges the day after the brewer blamed âtrigger-happy' lawyers for sending legal threats to a family-run pub
BrewDog threatened legal action to prevent a bar from using the term âpunkâ in its name, it has emerged, a day after the brewer blamed âtrigger-happyâ lawyers for a similar dispute that sparked a social media backlash.
The brewer, which has been a vocal critic of the behaviour of large corporations, raised an objection to plans by music promoter Tony Green to open a bar in Leeds called Draft Punk.
Cdr Chris Greany will not face possible censure arising from IPCC inquiry after notifying force that he was leaving
A senior police officer who is being investigated for his alleged involvement in destroying files held on a Green party peer is to retire on Friday, meaning he will avoid any possible disciplinary action.
Commander Chris Greany was head of the secretive Scotland Yard unit that monitors political campaigners at the time it allegedly destroyed files it had compiled on the political activities of Jenny Jones.
Junior foreign office minister praised by politicians for attempt to save PC Keith Palmer's life
Tobias Ellwood, the junior foreign office minister praised after he was among the first people seeking to help the police officer murdered during last week's terrorist attack in Westminster, has received tributes from fellow MPs upon his return to Commons duties.
Business minister writes to FTSE 350 CEOs echoing calls for businesses to publish breakdown of workforce by pay and race
The government has written to the chief executives of the biggest UK-listed companies urging them to improve diversity and echoing a call to publish a breakdown of their workforce by race and pay band.
The business minister Margot James said all FTSE-350 companies should take up key recommendations from a recent government-backed review into race in the workplace by the businesswoman Ruby McGregor-Smith.
Breaking! The Dow Jones industrial average has ended its eight-day long run of losses, and avoided its worst losing streak in almost 40 years.
The benchmark index has closed up around 0.75%, as Wall Street regained its poise after some nervous sessions.
One of the most fundamental drivers of the backdrop is employment. What we just got from the Conference Board's consumer confidence report should embolden those that believe continued labor market tightening (and accelerating wage growth) is in the offing.
With just 10 minutes to go, the Dow Jones industrial average is on track to break its losing streak.
The Dow's currently up 160 points, or almost 0.8%, at 20,712 points. Surely nothing can shake the rally?....
Amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses one afternoon was lower than it was during night for first time ever
Last weekend's sunny weather was not only good for beers, barbecues and bees, but also drove solar power to break a new UK record.
For the first time ever, the amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses in the afternoon on Saturday was lower than it was in the night, because solar panels on rooftops and in fields cut demand so much.
Service founded by Jack Dorsey uses readers that connect to smartphone or tablet to enable traders to accept card payments with comparatively low fees
Square, the payments company founded by Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, is entering the UK market offering merchants next-day settlement and slashed prices compared to rivals.
The company is taking on current market leader, Stockholm-headquartered iZettle. Both companies seek to provide a better service to small businesses than legacy card payment firms such as WorldPay and Barclaycard, whose bulky terminals and complex fee structures can lead to merchants choosing to only take cash payments.
Transline, exposed as part of Guardian investigation, has not paid money to scores of employees, BEIS committee hears
Scores of Sports Direct workers who were found to have been paid less than the minimum wage are yet to receive the back pay owed for their shifts.
Steve Turner, the assistant general secretary of the Unite union, told MPs on the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) select committee on Tuesday that Transline, one of the employment agencies exposed during an undercover Guardian investigation, had refused to honour part of the deal.
Few schools now teach the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. A new project aims to persuade teachers of its importance and show there are two sides to every story
In 2014 history teacher Michael Davies took a group of his GCSE and A-level students on a field trip to Israel and Palestine. For the first half of the week they immersed themselves in the story of Israel and the tragedy of the Holocaust; for the second they visited the West Bank and played football with boys in a refugee camp. The trip was transformative for the students: âTheir minds were wrenched round,â Davies says. âSuddenly they saw that there are two completely different ways of looking at things. That history is constructed and it's often constructed with a purpose.â
For the students of Lancaster Royal Grammar school their study of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict has been eye-opening and life-changing. But given trends in exam syllabuses, it's not an experience many others are likely to share, as the subject quietly slips down the agenda of exam boards.
High commissioner tells Iraqi and US forces to âavoid the trap' of targeting buildings where Isis has told residents to take shelter
The UN has urged Iraqi and US-led forces to do more to protect civilians in the war against Islamic State in Mosul and accused the terror group of herding trapped residents into buildings that are likely to be targeted by airstrikes.
The intervention by the UN's high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, comes after at least 150 people died in a series of coalition airstrikes â detailed by the Guardian last week â on one neighbourhood in the ravaged west of the Iraqi city.
Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramàrez Sà¡nchez found guilty of killing two and injuring 32 in grenade attack
The man known as âCarlos the Jackalâ has been given a third life sentence for a 1974 attack on a Paris drugstore that killed two people and wounded 34.
Five judges ruled Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramàrez Sà¡nchez was responsible for throwing a grenade on the Champs Élysées. He is already serving two life sentences in France for attacks carried out in the 1970s and 80s.
Judge Kouadio Bouatchi said a jury unanimously voted to free Gbagbo. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence, saying she had participated on a committee that organised abuses against supporters of her husband's opponent after the 2010 election.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says there will be âshock and awe' in the state when the full extent of the damage wrought by the cyclone is revealed
Queenslanders woke up on Wednesday to a huge cleanup following the âmonsterâ Cyclone Debbie, as the now ex-tropical cyclone brought yet more heavy rain as it worked its way through the state.
At 3am on Wednesday morning the Bureau of Meteorology downgraded Debbie out of the cyclone category to a tropical low, bringing sustained winds of 55km/h with gusts of up to 85km/h. Heavy rains were still expected as it moved south-west, with a severe weather warning in place.
Unicef hails decision following controversy centered on Utah-based Ambrosia labs, as activist says Cambodian mothers âoften have no other choices'
Cambodia has banned selling and exporting locally pumped human breast milk, after reports exposed how women were turning to the controversial trade to boost meagre incomes in one of south-east Asia's poorest countries.
The order comes after Cambodia temporarily halted breast milk exports by the Utah-based Ambrosia Labs, which claims to be the first company to source the product from overseas and distribute it in the US.
Foreign secretary speaks after UK mission puts UN âon notice' over what it sees as human rights council's bias against Israel
Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, has condemned the UN human rights council criticism of Israeli bombing of Hezbollah positions in the Golan Heights as âabsolutely preposterousâ and âa profound absurdityâ.
He was speaking after the UK mission to the UN in Geneva put the UN âon noticeâ that it would vote against all resolutions about Israel's conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories unless the human rights council ended what the UK mission described as anti-Israel bias.
The claims ErdoÄan's agents are spying on supporters of exiled preacher Fethullah Gà¼len open new front in the diplomatic row between the two countries
German prosecutors have announced an investigation into claims that Turkish agents are spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gà¼len in Germany.
News of the inquiry came as a German state minister accused Turkey of âintolerable and unacceptableâ espionage against supporters of Gà¼len, blamed by President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan for a failed coup attempt last year.
US firm says it âmust take the consequences' of new rules requiring cabs to be fitted with seat occupancy sensors and fare meters
Uber will shut down its operation in Denmark next month following the introduction of new taxi laws, the company has said, marking the latest European setback for the US ride-booking service.
A company spokesman, Kristian Agerbo, said on Tuesday Uber âmust take the consequencesâ of the new rules, which among other things will require cabs to be fitted with seat occupancy sensors and fare meters.
Democrat senator calls for investigation of comments made during interview, but spokesman for Steven Mnuchin says alleged product promotion was a âlighthearted moment'
A senior Democrat has called for US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin to face an ethics violation investigation over comments he made plugging The Lego Batman Movie, a film financed by one of Mnuchin's companies.
Demonstration outside police station after man reportedly shot by officer at home in front of his children
Violent clashes have broken out in Paris between riot police and protesters angry at the police killing of a Chinese man in his own home. Three police officers were injured and 35 demonstrators arrested, the French authorities said on Tuesday.
Shaoyo Liu, 56, was allegedly shot in front of his children while he was cutting up fish. Police say the officer involved in a raid on the property on Sunday fired in self-defence after Liu wounded an officer with a âbladed weaponâ.
Tesla and SpaceX founder launching Neuralink to explore technology of implanting tiny electrodes into the brain
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is launching a new company called Neuralink with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains, according to a report.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the billionaire entrepreneur, whose other interests include sending humans to Mars, is exploring âneural laceâ technology â the implanting of tiny electrodes into the brain that could be used to give direct computing capabilities.
The old £1 coin is being phased out for a new bimetallic 12-sided coin that's more difficult to forge, and even has a âhidden security feature'. The old round pounds can still be spent in shops until 15 October. After that they will have to be exchanged at a bank or building society
Every day, the sun kickstarts mini power plants in about 942,000 homes around America. We are of course talking about solar energy â and in 2017, it's never been cheaper to invest in it for your home. The Guardian looks at key tips for installing solar panels and why now is the time to switch
Flint, Michigan is a city built on the American dream. With the disappearance of industry, it became impoverished and neglected, and so did its residents. The water crisis is just one more tragedy piled upon a mound of oppression.
Noah Patton, a young man from Flint, was deeply affected after his mother killed herself. But with the help of his pastor, he has turned his life around and is helping to positively shape the future of his community
Four victims died after a single terrorist staged an attack in central London on Wednesday, killing three members of the public as he careered across Westminster Bridge in a 4x4 car and stabbing a policeman to death outside parliament. This is how the events unfolded.
Established politicians the world over are facing crises of confidence with their electorates. But 17 years after he took charge of Russia, Vladimir Putin's approval ratings are still high. Shaun Walker visits Irkutsk in Siberia to investigate why, despite their lives being tough, Russians still believe in Putin
There is no publicly available national data on children and teens killed by knives in Britain. So this year we will compile it. Join Gary Younge and Damien Gayle as they explore the themes behind knife crime in Britain.
After a startling encounter with a cuttlefish, Australian philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith set out to explore the mysterious lives of cephalopods. He was left asking: why do such smart, optimistic creatures live such a short time?
Inches above the seafloor of Sydney's Cabbage Tree Bay, with the proximity made possible by several millimetres of neoprene and an oxygen tank, I'm just about eyeball to eyeball with this creature: an Australian giant cuttlefish.
Even allowing for the magnifying effects of the mask snug across my nose, it must be about two feet long, and the peculiarities that abound in the cephalopod family, that includes octopuses and squid, are the more striking writ so large.
Wyndhams theatre, London Tennant brings a beguiling, fleet-footed charm to Molière's libertine, reinvented as DJ in Patrick Marber's subversive update
David Tennant stars as the rutting rake in Patrick Marber's sprightly update of Molière's comic morality play. Watching him, I was reminded of Christopher Hampton's comment that the actor playing Molière's Don Juan must seduce the audience. It is precisely because Tennant invests a heartless libertine, now simply known as DJ, with a beguiling, fleet-footed charm that Marber's update acquires a subversiveness it lacked on its first outing at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006.
Residents who know the ugliness of racial politics all too well blame automation, not immigrants, for the destruction and despair that Trump promised to fix
Gary, Indiana, is dying. It's a city built around a manufacturing industry mostly gone. The death isn't complete; there are still a few factories and a few neighborhoods with nice, small homes. Other parts are only slightly scarred, with boarded-up or burned-down houses sandwiched tightly between well-kept homes. Some parts are just dead: overgrown streets lined by empty lots and broken buildings.
Gary, population 77,156, has been stigmatized for decades as a city of crime and drugs, although there are few outward signs of either. No clusters of kids on corners selling drugs, no visible piles of discarded needles. The city carries a heavy burden, but there is also a calmness and a functionality to it, despite its economic collapse.
Twisted fairytales, whip-cracking crocodiles, a corncob getting some bump'n'grind â Nathalie Djurberg is taking claymation where it's never gone before
When the crocodile wearing a bondage collar starts whipping the giant rat riding a motorbike made of wieners, you may find yourself thinking: âWow, this really can't get much odder.â But you will, of course, be wrong â even though the crocodile is already in bed with a latex-enrobed octopus and a fox in a fox-fur stole.
Nathalie Djurberg â the maker of Delights of an Undirected Mind, as this animation is called â is on a mission to probe the more uncomfortable corners of the human psyche, those sticky recesses where the loose term âsexâ is used as convenient shorthand for a tangle of sly and shaming urges and revulsions.
Coronation Street's longest-serving resident came a cropper on a staircase last night â reviving one of the genre's favourite gimmicks
Who pushed Weatherfield veteran Ken Barlow down the stairs, leaving him for dead? The shoving of Coronation Street's longest-serving character on Monday night marked the moment the carousel of British soap-opera gimmicks clacked around once more to one of the genre's mainstays: the whodunnit.
It's a trope that dates back to 1980, when internationally popular US saga Dallas ended its third season with the shooting of JR Ewing, leaving viewers to wait months for the new series to reveal the culprit. Soaps have been recycling the formula ever since, with EastEnders' âWho shot Phil Mitchell?â storyline of 2001 and Neighbours' 2010 âWho pushed PR?â arc among the most blatant homages.
More and more schools now employ waggy-tailed staff to soothe students and even help teach them to read aloud
When litter at Huntington school in York got out of control recently, staff managed to sort it out pretty much overnight â not by replacing detentions with a mass litter pick, but by deploying their newest, cuddliest colleague: Rolo, the school dog.
They made a short video for assembly, showing what a state the playground was in. âRubbish, isn't it?â ran the caption, followed swiftly by: âDo you know what would be really rubbish? If Rolo had to leave because of rubbish.â This masterstroke of emotional blackmail showed the five-month old chocolate labrador chomping innocently on a fizzy drink bottle lid and sniffing a discarded foil wrapper, looking up to the camera with big brown eyes.
Royal Opera House, London This revival of Leiser and Caurier's production of Puccini's tragedy is a superb achievement, with Ermonela Jaho bringing passionate conviction to the title role
Opera audiences, it would seem, are developing a habit of booing reprehensible on-stage characters. When Marcelo Puente, cast as Pinkerton in the current Covent Garden revival of Madama Butterfly, took his curtain call, he was greeted with the kind of noise usually accorded a pantomime villain. This was despite giving one of the most complete and convincing portrayals of the role to be heard for some time: handsomely sung with a dark, bronzed tone; attractively laddish and irresponsible at the start; the remorse and moral cowardice of the final scenes wonderfully and empathetically realised. Some might argue that the response validates his characterisation, though whether it is a fitting acknowledgement for such a superb achievement seems to me debatable.
For $2,690, the Social Star Creator Camp says it will teach teenagers the digital skills they need to become social media âinfluencers' â is it too good to be true?
If you are the parent of teenagers, here are three words that may make you shudder: social media camp.
Rather than wean adolescents off Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, a 10-day course aims to deepen their immersion in online platforms to turn them into social media âinfluencersâ and âstarsâ.
In the 1980s and 90s, Bransholme earned a reputation for damp, vandalism and crime â but as it turns 50, Hull's largest estate is fighting the stereotypes
Where does Bransholme start? There's no âWelcome to â¦ â sign on any of the approach roads. Sutton Park, the neighbouring private development, kind of blends into it. Then suddenly you're there, in a land of houses without chimneys, grass verges the size of fields and looping ring-roads that don't always end where you expect them to.
Follow one of these arteries round, and you'll end up at the heart: the North Point shopping centre. In May, Bransholme, the huge postwar housing development on Hull's north-eastern edge, turns 50 â and North Point is marking the anniversary with a photo exhibition recounting the journey from boggy building site to town-sized estate that's now home to 30,000 people.
As Colombia's guerrilla forces reintegrate into civilian life, its female combatants have taken on a new fight â battling macho culture and inequality
When she was only 20 years old, guerrilla commander Adriana left her rural home in Tolima, south of Colombia's capital, to join the ranks of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). âI wanted to become somebody. I wanted to do something important,â she says.
Adriana â now 38 years old, resting under the shade of a corrugated metal roof in the lush mountains of Cesar â is one of the 7,000 remaining combatants of the Farc expected to demobilise and begin a reintegration process, transitioning from Colombia's mountains and jungles to civilian life.
Statistics say that one in six women will contract this painful condition. So why did it take years and endless misdiagnoses before I was properly treated?
It was after a spate of kidney infections that I started experiencing intimate pain, including a burning and stinging sensation on the skin around my vulva whenever I attempted to sleep with my partner or insert a tampon. I was a student at the time and the first move of the campus GP was to test me for chlamydia. Although this came back negative, I was tested for the same infection a further three times over the following months. Then I was sent to a sexual health clinic, despite the fact I had one long-term partner and my situation had not changed. Assumptions were being made about me, I felt, because I was a student, and I was embarrassed that neither my GP nor the clinic staff would believe I was having safe sex.
After a poorly received second outing, the detective show could return for a third run. Here's a rundown of what they need to rectify before it could return
Has there ever been a more disappointing second series of television than True Detective season two? After the mercurial energy, invention and philosophical boldness of season one, anticipation could hardly have been higher for the second season â despite misgivings over the casting â and yet when the credits rolled after our very first outing with Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, it was already clear something had gone terribly wrong â and not just in the fictional town of Vinci, California, whose decrepit bleakness hardly matched the baleful bayou setting of the first season.
No one thought his metaphysical thriller could work as a play. But technology has made it possible. We meet Paul Auster as he takes a VR trip inside his own head â and recalls what he learned from Beckett while penniless in Paris
Paul Auster looks perturbed. We are standing in the foyer of Home in Manchester, where the author has just encountered a virtual reality presentation that accompanies the theatrical adaptation of his novel, City of Glass. The foyer installation transports you to a freakishly realistic 3D environment, in which you sit at Paul Auster's desk, in front of Paul Auster's typewriter, producing passages from Paul Auster's New York Trilogy while snow gently falls indoors.
He peels off the VR headset and whistles. âNow that, as we say in New York, is some pretty weird shit.â Weird shit that he dreamed up in the first place, it's worth pointing out. âOh no,â he replies. âThese guys have taken it way beyond the realms of my imagination.â
The tiny literary genre has only a few entries but the most accomplished rap memoirs offer insight into worlds that are unimaginable to most
When Gucci Mane announced that he'd written a memoir called The Autobiography of Gucci Mane last week, he joined a small but charming offshoot of the literary canon: the hip-hop autobiography. The genre is full of fascinating people, many of whom have used their intelligence and drive to overcome the sorts of economic and social inequalities that a sizable portion of their fanbases can't begin to fathom. At their best, hip-hop memoirs function both as windows into the creative world of incredibly talented individuals, as well as reflections upon the communities that America has left behind. But needless to say, for every frank and thoughtful book like Scarface's Diary of a Madman, there is one like Kanye West's Thank You And You're Welcome, a 52-page collection of Kanye-isms that's so laughably pointless that perhaps even Yeezy himself would rather you forget it. What follows is a selection of the best â or at least most fascinating â entries into the hip-hop literary canon.
What started as a rambling email turned into a real-life drama full of murder, grief and antique clocks. The producers of This American Life and Serial, Brian Reed and Julie Snyder, explain their latest long-form audio adventure
The first episode of S-Town, the new seven-part podcast from the team behind Serial, begins with producer Brian Reed talking about âwitness marksâ â the nearly invisible traces that are left on the guts and gears of antique clocks by each repair: âI only learned about all this because an antique clock restorer contacted me and asked me to help him solve a murder.â
It all started with an email. A man named John B McLemore sent a note to the general email address of the podcast This American Life, with the subject line âJohn B McLemore lives in Shit Town, Alabamaâ. Reed, a producer on the show, scanned the email and decided to take it to the editorial team, even though he wasn't exactly sure what the story was, other than a small-town resident with a large vocabulary complaining that the scion of a wealthy family was bragging that he got away with murder. He invited This American Life's producers to come investigate for themselves.
Arts theatre, London Hislop and Nick Newman's play explores the extraordinary real-life story of how a Punch-style publication was set up by troops during the first world war
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have already made an award-winning TV film from the story of how a satirical newspaper was produced by frontline soldiers in the first world war. Now comes the stage version and it retains its fascination, even if it feels over-extended at two and a half hours and is inevitably overshadowed by memories of Joan Littlewood's Oh What a Lovely War.
The story is framed by the spectacle of the paper's editor, Fred Roberts, struggling to find a job in postwar Fleet Street. The bulk of the action shows Roberts and his fellow officer Jack Pearson deciding to set up a paper while stationed at Ypres. âA bit like the Daily Mail?â says someone. âI was thinking of something rather more accurate,â replies Roberts. That feels like an anachronistic barb, since the Wipers Times was less concerned with news than with offering a Punch-like mixture of jokes, parodies, poems and cartoons that would capture the rumbling resentment of the common soldier with a cosseted high command and the facile optimism of fireside patriots.
To mark the publication of a pictorial history of the songwriters Mike Stock talks about the âHit Factory' years
When I look back on the peak days of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, it's all a bit of a blur. I wish we'd been able to stop and pace ourselves, but when people are knocking on your door, saying: âWe need a record by tomorrow,â you don't have time for a break. And you don't want to let anyone down. That was the pressure we were under and, looking back, I don't know how I did it.
We didn't just write the songs â Matt Aitken and I were the band. We played drums, guitars, pianos, did string arrangements, everything. A lot of people don't realise that we were actually the band, and therefore the most successful band there's ever been. Just don't tell Paul McCartney that.
David Storey, in an unforgettable partnership with the director Lindsay Anderson, provided one of the great energising shocks of the 1960s, a blast of energy, smashing at the dullness, the complacency and hypocrisy of class-ridden Britain. Storey adapted his own 1960 novel This Sporting Life for the screen: Lindsay Anderson directed it, and won from Richard Harris a performance to rival Brando. He is Frank Machin, a gifted sportsman who wants to make it as a professional rugby league player (like Storey himself), but is poignantly in love with his widowed landlady, played by Rachel Roberts. Frank is a superstar on the field; he has money, success with women and a cocksure sense of himself that irritates the stuffy ruling class. Frank is that rarest of things in British cinema of that time: a success. Billy Liar might fantasise. Frank Machin lives the dream.
Since annexation many ethnic Tatar activists have been detained in outdated mental institutions, rights activists say
Lawyers and human rights activists say Russian authorities in Crimea are increasingly imprisoning human rights activists in psychiatric hospitals and submitting them to psychological abuse.
Since the annexation of the region three years ago many ethnic Tatar activists who oppose the occupation have been arrested and subjected to abuse and imprisonment in outdated mental institutions, said Robert van Voren, a Dutch human rights activist and political scientist.
The net of potential suspects widens further â as does the number of potential victims. Are the crimes linked, perhaps even with earlier Broadchurch storylines?
Blimey. I think I might need to set up a spreadsheet to work out where we're up to with everything. Perhaps I can ask Creepy Aaron to help. He's good with data. But then so is Ian, the highly suspect ex-husband. And here he is, breaking in, presumably to steal his daughter's computer which has something dodgy on it.
And what's this? A new piece of evidence? âIt's Arthur Tamworth. I don't know whether my dog might have found something pertinent...â Ah, the old buffer. He was my No1 suspect, but I suppose this counts him out. Unless he likes drawing attention to himself. And here it is, the old sock. And look! The fishing twine emporium heir is a collector of dirty football kits! Fishy.
To weaponise something means, straightforwardly, to turn it into a weapon, but what sort of thing originally counted as weaponisable? Surprisingly, the earliest use (predating the Oxford English Dictionary entry by nearly 20 years) that comes up in a Google books search is a metaphorical one: in 1938, one William John Grant wrote in The Spirit of India of a certain group who were unable to âweaponise their strengthâ by advancing compelling political arguments. But subsequent uses of âweaponiseâ in the 40s and 50s were exclusively military: in this context, âweaponisingâ meant not turning non-weapons into weapons, but bringing new military technology to practical fruition in one way or another.
I was detained by riot police while covering a demonstration in Moscow. The treatment of peaceful protesters was shocking
I raised my phone to take a photo as riot police suddenly began detaining protesters, but before I could get the picture a pair of thick arms grabbed me. A trooper in a black helmet and flak jacket was barrelling me toward a police van.
âI'm a foreign journalist,â I kept repeating in Russian. âOpen your legs wider,â was all he said as he pushed me face-first up against the truck and started patting me down.
Banter, wit, action, feminism, pop-culture quips and warmth â the Sunnydale Slayer saga had it all. Then, all of a sudden, its blood curdled
To be clear: Joss Whedon's 90s supernatural fantasy Buffy the Vampire Slayer was everything. Funny, moving, acute, operatic, intellectual, accessible, crammed with classical and pop-cultural references, innovative in form and content, a pitch-perfect mash-up of genres and formats years before mash-ups were A Thing. It was all held together by Whedon's talent and overarching vision and delivered by an ensemble cast without a weak link. Like a bumble bee, it shouldn't have worked but it did, beautifully. For six seasons. Then the seventh happened and it all went terribly wrong.
The seventh season overloaded the show with a sudden cast of thousands. Enter Buffy's Potential Slayers, only two of whom, Kennedy and Rona, have anything resembling an identifiable personality (three if you count âbeing unremittingly irritatingâ as a trait, in which case you may include Amanda) and none of whom the audience have the time or the inclination to care about. They crowded out the original Scooby Gang (Willow, Xander, Giles and Cordelia) and required Buffy to be more âmilitary generalâ than âSlayerâ. Suddenly, episodes filled with pep talks and tactics instead of action interspersed with witty banter.
Alexa Chung has worked it for yearsâ, while Emma Stone andâ âStrictly's âClaudia Winkleman âhave also adopted the new soft-power style that's flat at the top, wavy through the middle and suggests you're not trying too hard
If you hadn't noticed that there is a new power hairstyle on the scene, don't feel bad about it. You weren't supposed to notice because the new look flies deliberately under-the-radar. The check-me-out blow-out is over, and the new look is Don't Care Good Hair.
Don't Care Good Hair is flat at the top â root lift is so noughties, babes â and wavy through the middle section, but in a bendy, haphazard-looking shape with no spiral curls. The ends are left natural so they poke in different directions rather than being curled neatly under. It is more zigzag than Wag, more lo-fi than blow-dry.
With style becoming more casual, rules that target what female staff wear are woefully out of step in 2017
The news that two young girls weren't allowed to board a United Airlines flight on Sunday night because they were wearing leggings has got the internet understandably up in arms. As guests of United staff members, the girls were subject to the rules of the company, rather than those for regular customers. These restrictions stress smartness, but are notably vague. A tweet by United said that: âCasual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment.â
A comforting steak and kidney pudding and an easy fish pie â more of our favourite Nigella dishes
â¢ Part 3 of this series launches on Wednesday
My mother used to make this fairly often in my childhood, but mostly, I associate it with feeling under the weather: this is my idea â or rather my mother's â of hand-on-the-brow comfort food. My mother always put a tomato cut in half in the dish, but I once, unaccountably, found myself at home and tomato-less, so bunged in some peas from the deep-freeze, instead, and was very happy with the innovation. You could do either or both, as suits you; fresh bread, thickly sliced and buttered, is non-negotiable, however.
Launch of rival to Amazon Echo takes fight to Jeff Bezos's Seattle-based company, but experts say it's still Google's to lose
Google is launching its rival to Amazon's Echo, the Google Home, in the UK as the battle for the living room hots up.
The smart speaker, which can play music, control Internet of Things devices, and answer questions, will cost British customers £129, £20 less than Amazon's Echo, when it launches in Britain on 6 April.
Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6. Peel 350g of large shallots and slice them in half lengthways. Warm 3 tbsp of olive oil in a shallow, lidded casserole, add the halved shallots and 6 small sprigs of thyme, then bake for 30 minutes until the shallots are pale gold.
Adapt the look of your character and your vehicle, keep on top of your skills and above all flirt â here are some pointers you might not know
Andromeda: it's a whole new galaxy. And whether you're a veteran player of the original Mass Effect trilogy or this is your first foray into BioWare's galactic RPG, there are things you might not know when starting out. For sure, Mass Effect: Andromeda is all about the journey, but there's no reason you shouldn't make that journey a little easier and more enjoyable by following these seven tips.
The Bay of Fundy is famous for the world's highest tides, but the spectacular trail along its north shore is used only by a handful of clued-up walkers. James Stewart signs up for a hiking adventure
The thing about distance, says Mike Carpenter, is that, like time, it's relative. We are in his pickup truck, swooping up the coast north of St Martins in Canada's New Brunswick. âSure, the Fundy Footpath is short,â he concedes, âbut it's punchy. It feels a lot longer.â
We're en route to the trailhead at Big Salmon river with Nick Brennan, the other half of activity company Red Rock Adventures. Every so often we round a bend to see the rust-red cliffs along which we will walk roller coaster into the distance. Unbroken forest fuzzes their summits â this is the largest stand of Acadian old-growth forest in Canada's maritime states.
Councils have âmaximised their assets' by selling what is not theirs to dispose of
In the mid-1970s I worked at Vauxhall Manor school, a girls' comprehensive in south London. Of the many special things going on, one sticks out in my mind: a group of teachers working across different subjects developed a âtalk workshopâ. They would come together to talk about the language the pupils used, the language they used in lessons, the language of text books and how these different ways of talking and writing met. One of the outcomes of this project was a book, Becoming Our Own Experts.
The sentimentalist in me loves it when the important things we say and do can be tied to buildings and landscape. I get a buzz when there is a flow between that âimportant thingâ and now, in the very same place.
Company trying to manage stockpile of four million handsets that were recalled after battery explosions
Samsung has announced it could refurbish and sell some of the millions of Note 7 smartphones that were recalled for safety reasons, in an effort to manage its stockpile in an âenvironmentally friendlyâ manner.
The world's largest smartphone maker said it would sell Note 7s as ârefurbished phones or rental phonesâ after consulting regulators in various markets.
It comes after months of discussion in the House of Commons, and protests across the UK. May got the bill, which authorises the government to trigger article 50, through parliament earlier this month after facing resistance from the house of Lords and MPs. One of the Lords' amendments sought to guarantee the rights of overseas EU nationals in the UK.
I know that this is kind of the point of our whole enterprise here, but I still love the way Tips, Links and Suggestions makes me find out about things that I would entirely miss otherwise. This recommendation from from JamesLibTech is a case in point:
GPs are failing to treat women with common gynaecological complaints, such as endometriosis, according to a group of MPs. Share your experiences
GPs are failing to treat women with common gynecological complaints, according to MPs. A report by the all-party parliamentary group on women's health (WHAPPG) said female issues are not being treated with dignity or respect. They discovered that many women were left feeling they were âgoing madâ after being turned away by doctors despite painful symptoms.
A survey of 2,600 women found that 40% of those with endometriosis, when the womb tissue grows outside the uterus, had to visit their GP 10 or more times before getting treatment. This is a condition that affects about 2 million women, with symptoms including stomach aches and painful bleeding.
Jon Carthy the headteacher at Byron Primary School in Gillingham, Kent, wrote: âWhile extreme and funny to read on paper, I must make this clear THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE examples of a balanced packed lunches.â
Which animal showed up in Miami? Who went global? And who is âso happy'?
Why did Mario Balotelli miss the first two minutes of Nice's match against Nantes in Ligue 1?
He was posing for pictures with female fans
He was wearing his trainers rather than his boots
His laces were tied too tightly
He sat down on the turf in protest against the crowd's chanting
Which team scored a try in all five of their Six Nations matches?
Who won the official player of the tournament award (for the second year running)?
Who said: "Obviously I do not cover 30% of the surface of the earth"?â
Romelu Lukaku has scored more than 20 league goals in the league this season. Who was the last Everton player to pull off this feat?
The new F1 season begins in Melbourne on Sunday. Which city will host the final race of the year?
Which type of animal interrupted play at the Miami Open tennis this week?
A Florida black bear
Why was the AFL Women's grand final between Brisbane and Adelaide moved from one stadium to another?
A swarm of bees were expected to arrive in the Gabba
Adele fans had trampled on the venue's grass during a concert and left it unplayable
The weather was too hot
The weather was too cold
The jersey Tom Brady wore at the Super Bowl went missing after the match last month. Where was it found this week?
At the bottom of his laundry basket
The White House
Bill Belichick's house
Who said: "Today is one of the happiest days of my life as a manager. I am so proud of my players. We were sad so that is why I am so happy. My players put everything on to the pitch. It is one of the days I am most proud"?
Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week â you have until Monday 27 March
This week we're looking for your nominations of songs that feature or allude to proverbs or idioms in their lyrics or titles. For more on the theme, keep an eye on the comments below.
You have until 11pm on Monday 27 March to post your nomination and make your justification. Regular RR contributor who posts as attwilightlarks in the comments will select from your recommendations and produce the playlist, to be published on 30 March.
Many of us rightly feel distress and moral outrage at the attack in London, leaving some innocent people dead, some with horrific injuries. That feeling is only human. Such deaths and injuries, much magnified, occur more or less daily in, for example, Syria, Yemen and Iraq â yet receive proportionately far less distress and outrage from us. That too seems to be human. Ought not that discrepancy to cause us some moral unease? Or does that question's implication suggest a silly âcitizen of the worldâ attitude which Theresa May rejects as being a citizen of nowhere? Peter Cave London
â¢ âIt is not an act of war,â you say in your editorial (23 March). Exactly. It was a disastrous error of judgment when the âwar against terrorâ was declared. Until that point all governments had insisted acts of terror were criminal acts. Calling them acts of war helps to glorify the unjust, and lends unwarranted dignity to cowardly and pointless slaughter. Pete Stockwell London
Irish author, arts broadcaster, scholar and literary prize judge who delighted in being called âthe most eloquent man in the world'
The author and broadcaster Frank Delaney, who has died aged 74 after suffering complications from a stroke, liked to think of himself as a democratiser of the written and spoken word. In 1978 he launched his Bookshelf programme on BBC Radio 4, and in the following six years interviewed more than 1,000 authors on the programme, including John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Christopher Isherwood and Anthony Burgess. His aim was to bring out what was interesting for listeners rather than for literary critics and academics. The large following he gained was owing in part to the clarity of thought he imparted with a distinct Irish accent: it marked him out as possessing a strong literary heritage in English, while remaining classlessly independent of the literary hierarchies of England itself.
On Radio 4 he also presented Poetry Please, and in 1992 started Word of Mouth, about the English language and how it is spoken; after six years Michael Rosen took over, and the programme continues today. On BBC TV Frank fronted the weekly arts series Omnibus and a six-part series, The Celts (1987), originally seen in 40 countries. He later presented The Book Show for Sky News.
British group's original frontman performed on 1967 number one hit Baby, Now That I've Found You
The singer Clem Curtis, who was perhaps best known for his work with the band the Foundations, has died at the age of 76.
Curtis was the lead singer with the band in 1967 when it released its number one hit Baby, Now That I've Found You. It has been claimed that the song was the first by a multi-racial band to top the charts.
Author of This Sporting Life whose raw, realistic plays and novels reflected on family, atonement and the north-south divide
David Storey, who has died aged 83, was an unusual literary figure in being as well known for writing novels as he was for writing plays, never claiming that one discipline was harder or easier than the other, but achieving distinction in both, often overlapping, fields. He sprang to prominence with his first novel, This Sporting Life, in 1960; his 1963 movie adaptation, directed by Lindsay Anderson, and starring Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts, was an outstanding example of the new wave of British film, in its raw black-and-white northern realism and its brutal story of a miner turned professional rugby player and his widowed landlady.
Storey, the big and burly son of a Yorkshire miner, played rugby league for Leeds in the early 1950s while also studying fine art at the Slade school in London. His recurring themes, on stage and page, were defined by this dual experience; and by the conflict between his roots in the north and a sense of powerful dislocation in the south, as well as feelings of guilt and atonement in family life.
Guardian photographer whose distinctive style helped to define a new wave of British photojournalism in the 1960s
The photographer Peter Johns, who has died aged 86, brought a distinctive artistic approach to his work for the Guardian and other newspapers over a period of some 20 years. He was part of a new wave of British photojournalists who emerged in the 1960s and 70s, including Don McCullin, Ian Berry, Philip Jones Griffiths and Neil Libbert, yet was never part of the competitive Fleet Street pack.
One of his biggest stories was his series on the Aberfan disaster in 1966, in which 140 people were killed, 116 of them children. Here, he didn't just follow the press into the village, but climbed the mountain high above to get his stunning and evocative photographs of the collapsed coal tip that engulfed a school, farm and several houses.
The former editor of French Vogue, perhaps best known for her interview with Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad, has a new memoir out. She talks about dressing for sex and being mean to Meryl Streep
As the former editor of French Vogue and a fast friend of Yves Saint Laurent during his Le Sept days in the 70s, Joan Juliet Buck is a cult figure in the fashion industry. She has lived a life filled with glamour, as well as high-profile buffetings â she was dismissed from French Vogue in 2001, after seven years at the helm, for a drug problem she did not have. In the years since, she has become best-known outside of the fashion world for being the woman who interviewed Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria, for American Vogue in late 2010 â on the eve of the Arab Spring. In the interview, she described Asma as âglamorous, young, and very chicâ and the Assad household as âwildly democraticâ. It caused an understandable outcry for its soft portrayal of the Assads and put Buck, a novelist and sometime actor, in the eye of a storm.
She regrets it now, of course: âI wish I had not taken the assignment, but when you're under contract to a magazine â you accept the assignment and then you do them,â she says. Her attitude feels almost naive, coming from an era before social media opened up the industry to the world around it, and forced its insiders to better consider their decisions: âI thought I would see some really interesting ruins [Palmyra] that I would never have access to otherwise in my life,â she says, and is keen to point out that the cringe-making headline â âA rose in the desertâ â was placed on her article after she submitted it.
The singer joins a list of people, including Tom Hardy and princes William and Harry, expected to play cameo roles in Episode VIII of the sci-fi saga
Gary Barlow is set to visit a galaxy far, far away, with the singer announcing that he will appear in forthcoming Star Wars sequel The Last Jedi.
In an interview on ITV's Lorraine, the Take That member confirmed his involvement in the film â also referred to as Episode VIII â but said he would not be playing a stormtrooper, as had previously been suggested.
The founder and chief executive of Murray Energy supports Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama's clean power plan but cautions the president to go easy on talk of a jobs revival
America's biggest coal boss is hopeful that his industry will soon be freed of âfraudulentâ green legislation that has hampered his industry, but warned Donald Trump to âtemperâ expectations about a boom in mining jobs.
The streaming giant, which financed and released Sandler's recent films The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over, has commissioned more of the same
For Netflix, at least, it seems there is no such thing as too much Adam Sandler. The streaming service has signed up the much maligned comic for a further quartet of films, to go with the four it has already financed. According to Deadline, Netflix will finance and produce the films, which will be available exclusively on the platform.
âLove working with Netflix and collaborating with them,â Sandler said in a statement. âI love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see. They've made me feel like family and I can't thank them enough for their support.â
Chairman of Chase Manhattan bank and one of the US's leading philanthropists
David Rockefeller, who has died aged 101, was the patriarch of the Rockefeller family and the last of the grandchildren of John D Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil and as the US's first billionaire was at one point considered the world's richest man.
Unlike his brothers Nelson, vice-president of the US and governor of New York, or Winthrop, governor of Arkansas, David never sought public office; indeed he even turned down Nelson's offer to appoint him to fill Robert Kennedy's Senate seat after Kennedy was assassinated.
Former president Barack Obama is to journey to the South Pacific island of Tetiaroa, once owned by Marlon Brando, to write his memoir. Here's a look at where other famous authors found the inspiration to write
UWCB is a chance for beginners to train to box over eight weeks and fight in the ring in a safe environment in front of family and friends while raising money for Cancer Research. It is a fast-growing corporate sport, and photographer Alicia Canter went along to the Troxy in east London to take a closer look
Berlin is known for its underground scene of artists, DJs and techno, but it was the actual underground that captured the attention of photographer Sebastian Spasic. In his project Berlin Lines, a collaboration with website Pixartprinting, Spasic photographed 20 people in the German capital's metro stations that had a particular significance to them. âSubway stations are part of people's daily landscape but in most cases go unnoticed,â he says, âbut if people wake up to some elements of the stations, like the rich typography, the colour palettes, they can appreciate a new point of view full of meaning and interesting facts.â To Spasic, Berlin is one of the world's creative capitals: âIt's an eclectic city with a youthful and tolerant mentality. It's best experienced and not explained.â
- BO spécial n°11 du 26 novembre 2015: Programmes d'enseignement du cycle des apprentissages fondamentaux (cycle 2), du cycle de consolidation (cycle 3) et du cycle des approfondissements (cycle 4) à compter de la rentrée 2016