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Tory leadership candidates take part in press gallery hustings but Johnson stays away - live news

Rolling coverage of the day's political developments as they happen, including Tory leadership candidates take part in the press gallery hustings

Q: Do you still think the Good Friday agreement was a mistake?

Gove says he was critical of the way the Blair government approached the peace process. But he is glad for what the peace process has achieved.

Q: What do you say to Brexiter who think Brexit must happen by 31 October because the referendum trumps parliament?

Gove says we live in a parliamentary democracy, and we must accept that.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:49)

'Trump Heights': Israeli settlement in Golan named after US president

‘It will mean something for him, that there is a place in the world, far away from the States, with his name,' says resident in community

It is a world away from the grandiose high-rises that bear his name.

A sleepy, crumbling hamlet of fewer than a dozen Israeli residents surrounded by sun-parched fields of crisp hay. Weeds punctuate the cracked asphalt of a basketball court, its rusted hoops leaning at angles.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:55)

Painted bike lanes are waste of money, say cycling commissioners

English councils urged to follow Scotland in spending money from traffic fines on road safety

The government has wasted hundreds of millions of pounds painting pointless white lines on busy roads and calling them cycle lanes, according to Britain's cycling and walking commissioners.

In a letter to the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, the commissioners – including the Olympic champions Chris Boardman (Greater Manchester), Dame Sarah Storey (Sheffield City region) and Will Norman (London) – say painted cycle lanes are a “gesture” and do nothing to make people feel safer on a bike. Recent studies have shown they can actually make people less safe, they argue.

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(16/06/2019 @ 19:01)

Donatella Versace pays homage to the Prodigy's Keith Flint in Milan

The designer's SS20 collection once again proved her talent for making a splash; elsewhere, Dolce & Gabbana went the extra mile to put the leopard into leopard print

From one 90s superstar to another … Donatella Versace dedicated her spring/summer 2020 menswear show to the Progidy's Keith Flint in Milan at the weekend. The designer described the musician, who died in March this year, as “my friend, and a disruptor of this world”.

Homage was paid through the pounding soundtrack of the band's monster hit, Firestarter, and models bearing his distinctive double mohawk and tinted bug-eye sunglasses. Although the revelation that Flint and Versace were friends may have come as a surprise, it's not an incongruous pairing; Versace has been something of a disruptor herself. Picking up the mantle of the family business her brother, Gianni, established in 1978, she embraced full-blown sex appeal in her collections from day one, and has admitted in the past to not knowing how to do things quietly. Last year, she surprised the world when she announced that she sold her family company to Capri Holdings – formerly known as Michael Kors Holdings.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:05)

Iran to break uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

Atomic agency chief says limit will be breached in 10 days and enrichment could be up to 20%

Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by the nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country's atomic agency has said, warning that Tehran could enrich uranium up to 20%, just a step away from weapons-grade levels.

The announcement by Behrouz Kamalvandi, timed before a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, puts more pressure on Europe to come up with new terms for Iran's 2015 nuclear deal.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:11)

Heathrow's planes over Richmond Park would 'damage mental health'

Millions of people who use park face up to 93 low-flying aircraft an hour under plan

A psychologist who treats patients experiencing stress and anxiety with a dose of nature in Richmond Park says the expansion of Heathrow airport will be detrimental to mental health.

Heathrow will on Tuesday publish a consultation on its “master plan” for airport expansion, including environmental aspects of building a third runway.

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(17/06/2019 @ 03:45)

Hong Kong protests: pressure builds on Carrie Lam as public rejects apology

Calls for government leader to stand down after an estimated two million march over unpopular extradition bill

Hong Kong's political crisis has entered its second week, after protesters who had filled the city's streets in record numbers on Sunday rejected an apology from leader Carrie Lam, and vowed to continue their fight against a controversial law she championed.

After the sweeping protest – which organisers say attracted 2 million people, the largest in the semi-autonomous city's history – Lam apologised in a statement for the way the government had handled the draft extradition law.

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(17/06/2019 @ 00:13)

Kier Group to cut 1,200 jobs and sell housing division

Construction and services company's shares hit record low as it struggles with debt pile

Kier Group is to cut 1,200 jobs in the UK, suspend dividend payments and sell its housebuilding and property businesses as it battles to reduce its debt pile.

Shares in the troubled construction and services company tumbled to a new low of 114.9p on Monday, down 12%, after crashing 35% on Friday, as its mounting problems prompted comparisons with Carillion, a former rival that collapsed last year.

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(17/06/2019 @ 05:44)

Indian magician feared dead in Houdini-style river stunt

Divers in Kolkata search river for Chanchal Lahiri after he fails to surface in escapology stunt

Indian divers in Kolkata are searching for the body of a magician who is feared to have drowned when a Houdini-like stunt in a river went wrong.

Chanchal Lahiri, 42, known by his stage name of Mandrake, went missing on Sunday after a ferry took him towards the broadest part of the River Hooghly in Kolkata at around noon. There, he was lowered by crane into the muddy waters with chains and ropes. Lahiri was inside a small, padlocked cage. His arms and legs were apparently tied and he was blindfolded.

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(17/06/2019 @ 06:14)

Half of Britons socialise with family and friends at most once a month

Lack of interaction is damaging sense of wellbeing, says Sainsbury's Living Well Index

Nearly half of Britons socialise with family and friends only once a month or less, according to a survey.

The lack of human interaction is causing the nation's sense of wellbeing to dwindle, the Sainsbury's Living Well Index said.

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(16/06/2019 @ 19:01)

Top Gear sprays LGBT pride flag on cars used in Brunei filming

Motoring show makes gesture after hearing of country's threat to punish gay sex with death by stoning

Support for LGBT rights has come from a surprising quarter after Top Gear sprayed two cars used in filming in Brunei in rainbow colours in opposition to the country's threat to make homosexuality punishable by stoning to death.

Thought to be the first time the BBC Two motoring programme has shown solidarity with the LGBT community, the move appears to back the claim made by the new lineup of Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris that they would bring a “different vibe” to the revamped show – which returned on Sunday night.

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:00)

From bootcamp to burnout: how to make it as a YouTuber – podcast

Young stars on the Google-owned site can become multi-millionaires almost overnight but controversy has stalked every stage of YouTube's growth. Plus: Amelia Abraham on rising LGBT hate crimes

The phenomenal success of Google's video-sharing website YouTube has made stars of some of its most popular users. From beauty tips to video game walkthroughs, lifestyle vlogs and prank videos, the site has entranced a generation. But there is a darker side to the success story. It has had to grapple with people using the social network to publish hate speech. And its young stars have faced burnout.

Chris Stokel-Walker takes Anushka Asthana through the history of the site and explores whether she could become a YouTuberstar on the site.

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(16/06/2019 @ 22:00)

The story of Grenfell United – podcast

Natasha Elcock and Ed Daffarn escaped from Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Karim Mussilhy's uncle died in the fire. Together with other survivors and bereaved people, they formed Grenfell United. They talk about their work over the past two years, while the Guardian's social affairs correspondent, Rob Booth, discusses government inaction

In the early hours of 14 June 2017, a fire broke out at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, west London. It killed 72 people, including 18 children. In the chaos that followed, survivors and the bereaved felt abandoned by local authorities and the government, and began to organise into a community group, which became known as Grenfell United.

Today, on the second anniversary of the fire, Natasha Elcock, Ed Daffarn and Karim Mussilhy discuss the work the group has been doing and their attempts to tackle what they see as one of the most devastating aspects of the fire: government inaction. The Guardian's social affairs correspondent, Rob Booth, has been covering the story of Grenfell since the blaze. He talks to Anushka Asthana about why more progress has not been made.

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(13/06/2019 @ 22:00)

Private armies and secret deals: Russia's drive into Africa – podcast

A cache of leaked documents appear to show how a close Putin ally is leading a push to turn Africa into a strategic hub with echoes of Soviet-era zones of influence. Luke Harding reports on the Kremlin's drive to leave its mark on the continent. Plus comedian Jon Stewart tears into US lawmakers over the treatment of 9/11 first responders and emergency services

A former hotdog seller who went on to become a billionaire and key ally of Vladimir Putin is at the centre of a cache of leaked documents that reveal Russian efforts to exert influence in Africa.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is known as “Putin's chef”, is linked to a secretive private military contractor called the Wagner group which has supplied mercenaries to fight in Ukraine and Syria.

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(12/06/2019 @ 22:00)

Is it time to end our fixation with GDP and growth?

It has become central to economic planning, yet some think our priorities should be more sustainable

Since the mid-20th century, economic growth has taken on a dominant position in the way practically every country arranges its affairs and priorities.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:00)

Teens caught up in county lines gangs have seen things no child should see

My team works with young people who've been groomed, brainwashed and traumatised. We help them rebuild their lives

“Somebody being shot in front of you, or you yourself shooting somebody, became just like drinking a glass of water.” An interview with a child soldier from Sierra Leone I read recently really struck a chord with me, because it's the same sort of impact I see working with young people caught up in county lines. Exploitation normalises violence. Young lives are scarred.

County lines describes when gangs from cities expand drug networks to other areas of the country, typically using dedicated mobile phone lines to supply drugs.

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(17/06/2019 @ 04:04)

Peter Andre: ‘I remember praying to God: please get me through this day'

The singer has played out much of his life on reality TV – but off-camera he has struggled with panic attacks and depression. He opens up about racist abuse, violent assault and his new career in acting

In 1998, Peter Andre disappeared. This was at the peak of his early fame, when he couldn't have appeared more confident in his own skin – a sun-kissed, six-packed beefcake singing cheesy songs. He had made his name in the UK with the reggae single Mysterious Girl, had two No 1 hits (Flava and I Feel You), and four that reached the Top 10. “That's when the panic attacks started,” he says. For six years, no one heard a thing from him. He became so invisible, so swiftly, that radio shows ran Have You Seen Peter Andre? competitions.

Now he is a boyish 46 – black hair and stubble, not an ounce of fat on him, wearing his skinny jeans with conviction. We meet in a London hotel where he is promoting Grease the Musical. Andre is playing the Teen Angel – his first theatrical performance since he was a 17-year-old in Australia. But he also has a lot to say about reality TV and mental health, two subjects he knows a lot about. It was on I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here that he met the former glamour model Katie Price, they married on their reality show, their children Junior and Princess Tiaamii grew up on reality TV, and he started a new chapter on his own reality show after their divorce. Reality TV allowed him to reinvent himself after a breakdown, gave him a huge profile, considerable wealth and a second chance at celebrity. So when he says reality TV can be dangerous, it's worth listening.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:11)

The Wizard of Oz at 80: how the world fell under its dark spell

The 1939 classic has inspired everyone from David Lynch to Salman Rushdie. Novelist and super-fan Luiza Sauma explores why the film's message about home still holds such power

Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak, monochrome Kansas. “Find yourself a place where you won't get into any trouble,” her aunt beseeches, too busy for poor old Dorothy, who soon breaks into song: “Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue / And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true”. Her wish is soon granted by a tornado that carries her to the gaudy, Technicolor Land of Oz, instilling her as an icon for misfits, migrants, gay kids, dreamers – anyone who has ever wanted to run away.

More than 40 years later, The Wizard of Oz was one of the first films I watched as a toddler in Rio de Janeiro, on my dad's Super 8 projector. My parents were already dreaming of their own escape to London, where we would go a few years later. They hadn't been born when the film was released, a few days before the start of the second world war, though by then my mother's Jewish parents were building a life in Rio, their own Oz, far away from Poland – a land that would turn out to be far bleaker than Kansas. My grandparents were homesick, not quite settled, for the rest of their lives. Unlike Dorothy, they couldn't click their heels together and magic themselves back. Home didn't exist any more; it was a memory, an idea, a receptacle for feelings of loss.

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(17/06/2019 @ 04:00)

Does Jeremy Hunt actually want to kill old people?

After the televised Tory leadership debate, the foreign secretary posted a confusing image online

Name: #HastobeHunt.

Age: A couple of weeks.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:33)

Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret

A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world – and overwhelms the poorest nations

What happens to your plastic after you drop it in a recycling bin?

According to promotional materials from America's plastics industry, it is whisked off to a factory where it is seamlessly transformed into something new.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:00)

Best true wireless earbuds 2019: AirPods, Samsung, Jabra and Anker compared and ranked

Our updated list of great bluetooth truly wireless earbuds – at the best prices right now

It wasn't long ago that true wireless earbuds, those that don't need any wires even between the earphones, weren't very good. Solid connectivity was a challenge, dropouts were infuriatingly common and battery life was woeful.

But they all offered that taste of freedom from wires that is like a ratchet – once you've experienced tangle-free listening, you'll never go back.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:52)

Fleetwood Mac review – latest lineup makes loving them fun

Wembley Stadium, London
Having weathered the acrimonious departure of Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac seem to be enjoying themselves more than ever

‘Happy Father's Day, London,” offers guitarist Mike Campbell, one of Fleetwood Mac's two new recruits. “I know,” he adds meaningfully, “there are some fathers out there.” There certainly are, but perhaps not as many as you'd think. The crowd packing out Wembley to see what – at a conservative estimate – is something like Fleetwood Mac's 13th lineup is far from entirely comprised of the middle-aged-to-pensionable.

If you want proof of how wrong the recently departed Lindsey Buckingham was when he suggested the band were “incredibly unhip”, here it is – fans visibly too young to remember Fleetwood Mac's late-80s resurgence with Tango in the Night, let alone the release of Rumours; twentysomething women dressed up as Stevie Nicks in top hats and scarves. Onstage, the actual Stevie Nicks – no top hat, but very much dressed up as Stevie Nicks – is dedicating Landslide to Haim, one of umpteen latter-day bands under the spell of the music Fleetwood Mac made 40-odd years ago.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:00)

Hail to the oxymoron-in-chief, Boris Johnson | Simon Jenkins

Rory Stewart might be the only honest candidate amid his rivals' Brexit lies, but the crown is Johnson's

Boris Johnson was right: group debates are awful. Last night was Love Island with one-liners, five rivals pouting and shouting at the same time. Since viewers have no voice or vote in the outcome, what was the point? Job interviews should be conducted individually, not as a group.

Related: Silence is golden as Boris's lectern wins Tory televised debate | John Crace

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(17/06/2019 @ 06:04)

Any new prime minister is doomed if they don't fix Britain's democracy | John Harris

If we are to avoid the kind of dystopia that now haunts not just politics but popular culture, great change is imperative

Presented with Brexit, a political system apparently breaking apart and the central importance of online networks to just about everything, it is tempting to ignore the past and focus on what seems to be a very modern picture. It is always difficult to zoom out from the daily hurly-burly and understand the true nature of a crisis. But what is happening actually reflects a rule that dates back many centuries: that if an economic slump and its aftermath combine with deep social and economic disruption, people will usually start to loudly question the way they are governed – chiefly because insecurity and uncertainty always focus our minds on questions of control.

Of late, when not asking members of the public about their views on the Brexit mess, I have been rereading Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down, a masterful history of the ideas and movements that cohered around the time of the English civil war. For all that it describes an exotic world of Diggers, Ranters and Familists, its story has loud echoes now: the 30 years from 1620 to 1650 described “as economically among the most terrible in English history”, with the aftershocks of the Reformation and the first stirrings of the transition from agrarian feudalism to capitalism combining to drastically undermine England's systems of power.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:00)

The EU's Islamophobia is getting worse – Britain must fight this from within | Yasmin Qureshi

The EU abets Aung San Suu Kyi and Viktor Orbà¡n, while also failing to challenge China's abuse of its Muslim populations

The European elections last month were widely seen as a test of the EU's resilience. Many were relieved that far-right parties did not do as well as feared. However, nationalism is still on the rise across the continent, and the EU is not an innocent bystander.

A meeting of two Islamophobes earlier this month brought this home to me. That day, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi met with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbà¡n. At the top of their agenda was the danger of “continuously growing Muslim populations”. No surprises there. While Aung San Suu Kyi is complicit in the genocidal “ethnic cleansing” of some 1.1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees into Bangladesh, Orbà¡n spearheaded the abhorrent fiction that the Jewish philanthropist George Soros is funding the mass migration of Muslims to Europe.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:45)

Top Gear would never have visited Brunei if it had already passed its homophobic stoning law | Andrew Flintoff

A segment of our new series was filmed in the sultanate. I was horrified when days later it passed this appalling law

Being asked to present Top Gear was one of the best moments of my professional career, just behind captaining the England cricket team. I've always loved cars. I've always loved travelling the world. Top Gear lets me do both, with the added bonus of annoying Paddy McGuinness along the way.

During filming for the new series we visited Ethiopia, a staggeringly beautiful country that surprised us at every turn. We've been to Iceland to compete in the most extreme off-road race series on the planet. And back in the spring we flew to Borneo to make a film with the Gurkhas, the British army's elite infantry unit.

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:00)

From houses to wages, it's time we realised that size isn't everything | Julian Baggini

Our desire to always go one better is natural but that doesn't mean we should let it consume us with envy

Among our nation's many long-term property woes is that British homes are not only becoming less affordable, they're also getting smaller. However, news from over the pond suggests shoebox living may not be a problem after all. In the US, average house sizes have been growing but satisfaction with them has remained flat. Bigger just means bigger; it doesn't mean better.

It's just one study, but on this occasion the usual academic caveat of “more research is needed” is, well, not needed. Psychologists already know that we are compulsive comparators. Improvements to our own fortune don't have any lasting effect unless they make us better off than those around us, not just better off than we were. Indeed, we often feel worse if we get more but see peers get even more still.

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(17/06/2019 @ 05:00)

Should dating apps tell us how sexy we are? | Coco Khan

App algorithms rank results so dating opportunities end up being hoarded by the few. One app told me my score

Marks out of 10: how attractive do you think you are? Perhaps you'd describe yourself as a six on a good hair day, or seven when you've caught the sun? Attractiveness, after all, is subjective, and can change from day to day. Besides, isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder? But the truth is, if you have ever used an internet dating app, your desirability has been rated. It has to be. User rankings are integral to how most mainstream dating apps, purportedly including Tinder and Bumble, function. So would you want to know how you scored?

Last week, the dating app Once emailed users (including me) to tell them that they can now discover how they have ranked. “To help our matching algorithm, we ask our users to rate each other [sic] pictures,” reads the email. “We have decided to be transparent and release this rating.” It was nearly 4pm and as a long-suffering glutton for pain, I jumped at the chance to ruin my day. I logged in – for the first time in several years – to find out how I ranked based on photos from younger, thinner times in my 20s. I thought I'd be crushed, and readers, I was right.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:00)

Bangladesh v West Indies: Cricket World Cup 2019 – live!

More, more, more from Shakib. Out, out, out goes Pooran! He slogs hard but can't get a clean hit on Shakib and can only launch the ball to long on.

32nd over: West Indies 158-2 (Hope 54, Pooran 25) Shaifuddin (3-1-12-1) returns and has Pooran playing and missing wildly outside off. A couple of singles later, he repeats the trick off the last. An excellent return – just two off the over and that run rates drops below five again.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:48)

Women's football has come a long way but misogyny is still not beaten | Sean Ingle

While much progress has been made in recent decades today's female coaches can still recount grim tales of sexism

Here is something I was unaware of until recently. When England took part in the second unofficial women's World Cup in Mexico in 1971, they played in front of crowds of 80,000 and 100,000. More staggeringly still, their squad included two 16-year-olds, a 15-year‑old and two 14-year-olds. In some ways the tournament was 50 years ahead of its time. But even as England's players were enjoying the greatest moment of their careers they knew it was an oasis.

Two interviews with England players in 1971, dug up by the academics Claire and Keith Brewster in the latest issue of History in Sport, illustrate that bluntly. “I never thought I'd be a professional footballer and play for my country,” one tells the Mexican paper Excelsior. “They don't like women's football [in England]. Everyone criticises us. They think that football is for men and has nothing to do with us”.

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(17/06/2019 @ 05:00)

Gary Woodland holds off Koepka and Rose to win US Open

The finest tribute payable to Gary Woodland for this, his maiden major triumph, lies in the identity of the individual he held off.

As Brooks Koepka stalked to within one stroke of Woodland, through various stages of this US Open's closing round, the outcome appeared a formality. Koepka, such a specialist in this major championship domain, was on the verge of history in seeking to become only the second man to win three US Opens in succession.

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(16/06/2019 @ 22:25)

Family comes first in this England team and that's probably for the best | Moeen Ali

The environment Morgs has created and his standing as captain make you realise that decisions are made solely for the team's benefit

Cricket can produce some amazing feelings on the field and I have been lucky enough to experience a few along the way. But this past week has been a reminder that, even midway through a home World Cup, nothing can beat the moment your child comes into the world.

To say it has been a hectic time would be an understatement. On Tuesday evening I was due to drive to Southampton for England training before the West Indies game. But both my wife, Firuza, and I had a sense things might be about to happen on that front so I texted our team manager, Phil Neale, to say I was going to hang back.

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(17/06/2019 @ 05:00)

Why the Toronto Raptors' title is a victory for the NBA, Canada ... and the US

As basketball expands around the world it helps educate those abroad and at home that other cultures are not to be feared

Folklore tells us that if you can see your initials in a spider's web, you have good fortune ahead. Maybe the NBA saw their initials in the hoop net last Thursday because the Toronto Raptors' championship victory that night could be an early prognosticator of a brighter future for professional basketball worldwide. At the very least, it could encourage the expansion of NBA teams to include other countries from south of the border and elsewhere, leading to the league evolving into a more international competition.

As the Borg would say, “Resistance is futile.” The winds of change are already upon us. Despite California's Golden State Warriors being the “hometown” favorites, it was Canada's “visitor” team that most Americans were rooting for in the finals. According to a recent poll, the majority of Americans in every state except California, Nevada, and Hawaii were cheering for the Raptors to win. This is not a slight against the excellent Warriors, who may just be victims of their own deserved success in that people prefer rooting for the underdog. When it comes to sports, Americans don't seem to share the xenophobia and nationalist fervor of the current White House administration.

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(17/06/2019 @ 05:00)

Jason Roy ruled out for minimum of two England games with hamstring tear

• James Vince to come in for Afghanistan and Sri Lanka games
• Eoin Morgan could be replaced by Moeen Ali after back spasm

England have confirmed Jason Roy will miss at least the next two games of the Cricket World Cup with a hamstring injury.

Related: Family comes first in this England team and that's probably for the best | Moeen Ali

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(17/06/2019 @ 06:00)

India and Pakistan fans give Old Trafford a taste of true cricket atmosphere

Rival supporters did not let the rain detract from an occasion one called ‘more important than winning the World Cup final'

The English weather has been a most unwelcome guest at this Cricket World Cup. But try as it might – and there were downpours and drizzle, as well as mist and mizzle at Old Trafford – it was unable to stop India emphatically proving their superiority over Pakistan in a match loudly billed as the most watched cricket game in history.

As India finally confirmed their victory by 89 runs by the Byzantine Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the early evening gloom, one fan was beaming more than most. “I've paid the equivalent of £4,000 to come to England for a week for this one match, so I am so thankful the rain didn't ruin it,” said Tarum Babhala, a furniture seller from Delhi. “This is more important than winning the World Cup final, because India versus Pakistan is such an epic rivalry.”

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(16/06/2019 @ 19:02)

Talking Horses: silence over breath test details causes needless damage

Racing's ruling body refuses to publish the test reading when a jockey fails a breath test, allowing speculation to flourish

I found it frustrating, writing about Oisin Murphy's failed breath test on Sunday, that I was unable to report the amount of alcohol recorded by his test. To me, this would seem essential context which in most cases would show that the jockey concerned had very little alcohol in his system at the time.

Related: Oisin Murphy prevented from riding at Salisbury after failing a breath test

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(17/06/2019 @ 06:11)

Why can't I sleep? My mission to understand insomnia – video

Millions of people in the UK have trouble sleeping, and Guardian reporter Leah Green is one of them. Like many insomniacs, she has tried all the home remedies, sleep hygiene techniques and gadgets designed to cure her sleep problems. She finds out why it is so difficult to conquer insomnia, and why good treatment is so hard to come by

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(11/04/2019 @ 06:02)

The highs and lows of impersonating Boris Johnson – video

Drew Galdron has been impersonating the Conservative politician for 11 years. His recent focus has been on campaigning against Brexit, but with Johnson tipped as a Tory leadership contender, is his life about to get even busier? 


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(15/04/2019 @ 05:00)

Owen Jones meets Munroe Bergdorf: ‘It's like people have free rein to harass the trans community'

The trans activist and model Munroe Bergdorf was working with the NSPCC's Childline until the charity suddenly cut ties with her. She speaks to Owen Jones about the impact of that decision, her life as an activist and how she copes with online abuse

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(13/06/2019 @ 08:35)

Blood, sweat and fears: special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees – video

The FA has rebooted its Respect Campaign this season to protect grassroots referees in England but many continue to suffer both mental and physical abuse. There are some horrifying stories but hope remains: as of 2019-20 season a new sin-bin system will be rolled out across all grassroots leagues for anybody caught abusing a referee, with other initiatives also in the pipeline. 

Michael Butler meets four referees, as well as the FA, to find out just how bad the abuse has got, what is being done about it and if that is enough for the men and women in the middle. 

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(14/05/2019 @ 04:59)

Funeral poverty: one woman's battle to pay for her son's burial – video

One suddenly bereaved mother, already in debt, has to find thousands of pounds to pay for her son's funeral. The funeral business is an unregulated industry, with providers criticised for taking advantage of vulnerable, grieving families, who can then feel obliged to pay large sums of money for an appropriate goodbye.  Across the UK the average funeral cost stands at £4,271, having risen 122% since 2004. The Guardian's Richard Sprenger reports


With thanks to Down to Earth, Quaker Social Action

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(10/04/2019 @ 05:05)

Do cyclists think they're above the law, and does it even matter? – video

Cyclists can be a nuisance, running red lights, riding on the pavement ... but are they dangerous, and if not, is it a problem if they break the law? Peter Wallker, Guardian journalist and author of Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World, explores our fixation with cycling behaviour and whether it is distracting us from solving the real causes of death on our roads

Sources: 

Department for Transport cycling statistics

Reported road casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates year ending September 2015

TfL road network performance and research team: proportion of cyclists who violate red lights in London 

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(09/05/2019 @ 07:18)

Owen Jones challenges mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey over views on women – video

Owen Jones meets the Conservative candidate for London mayor and asks him if he regrets comments on women, Muslims and Hindus which were condemned at the time. The pair also discuss his mayoral campaign, knife crime, cuts to police budgets and Islamophobia in his party

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(10/05/2019 @ 04:59)

'When Franco was alive, it was safer': inside Spain's far-right battleground – video

Vox became the first far-right party to win more than a single seat in Spain's parliament since the Franco era when it won 24 in the general election. Last week, it fought its first mayoral campaign in El Ejido, a town in Andalucà­a with a population of 90,000 people, 30% of whom are migrants. Many of them work in the 150 square miles of greenhouses that surround the town. We follow the campaign and talk to Spaniards and migrants to find out why this socialist stronghold of 40 years is turning to the right

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(30/05/2019 @ 05:58)

Brexit breakdown: 14 days that shook politics | Anywhere but Westminster - video

Starting with the unexpected scramble for the European parliament and ending with the byelection buildup in Peterborough, John Harris and John Domokos go on a mammoth road trip into the new reality: politics changed forever by the internet, and voters who want direct control

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(05/06/2019 @ 07:06)

The underground rap battle for Japanese businessmen – video

Corporate culture in Japan involves strict hierarchy and long hours that have led to cases of death from overwork – so some ‘salarimen' started an underground rap battle to let off steam, express themselves ... and say things to each other they never could in the office

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(11/06/2019 @ 03:30)

Rail union in push for more female and BAME train drivers

Just 6.5% of drivers in England, Wales and Scotland are women, and 8% are an ethnic minority, says Aslef

A campaign to increase the number of female, BAME and younger train drivers is being launched after a study revealed the “glaring gap” between their numbers and those in the population they serve.

Aslef, the train drivers' union, said just 6.5% of drivers in England, Wales and Scotland were women, 8% were from a minority ethnic background and 15% were under 35.

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(16/06/2019 @ 19:01)

Liberty mounts latest court challenge to 'snooper's charter'

Rights group argues powers of MI5 and GCHQ to obtain and store data breach human rights

The legality of the intelligence services' bulk surveillance activities under which personal data is obtained from social media companies as well as through hacking and interception is being being challenged in court.

Monday's action by the civil rights organisation Liberty follows revelations last week that MI5 had lost control of its data storage operations and admitted there were “ungoverned spaces” on its computers where it did not know what it held.

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:47)

Teachers to be trained to spot mental health issues early

PM to pledge new materials and guidance for schools as part of prevention initiative

Theresa May is to announce that all teachers in England and Wales will be trained to spot the early signs of mental health issues in children as part of a package of measures aimed at prioritising prevention.

With her premiership entering its final weeks, May is keen to salvage a domestic legacy from her three Brexit-dominated years in power.

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(16/06/2019 @ 17:30)

Cash-starved Patisserie Valerie 'stopped using butter in puff pastry'

New owners say firm back on track after takeover unearthed butter ban, broken ovens and unpaid suppliers

Patisserie Valerie's new owner has laid bare the desperate state of the business it bought in January, including a cost-cutting approach so severe that managers stopped using butter in the cake chain's puff pastry.

The private equity firm that bought the company out of administration for just £5m described its shock at finding broken ovens, unpaid suppliers, and a leak in the roof at a key bakery site.

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(16/06/2019 @ 11:40)

Matt Hancock backs Boris Johnson in Tory leadership race

Health secretary says frontrunner has promised to govern as a ‘one-nation PM'

Matt Hancock, who dropped out of the Conservative leadership race at the end of last week, has endorsed Boris Johnson, despite having campaigned on a modernising ticket and said he would not push for a no-deal Brexit.

In an article for the Times announcing the decision, the health secretary said it was clear Johnson was likely to win, and it was time to “unite behind him” as soon as possible.

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(17/06/2019 @ 04:37)

Man stabbed to death in east London

Incident follows spate of stabbings in capital over weekend that saw three other men killed

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed in east London.

The victim, believed to be aged in his 40s, was found collapsed and suffering stab wounds in Whalebone Lane, near West Ham Lane, in Stratford on Monday morning.

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:34)

Airline shares under pressure after surprise Lufthansa profit warning – business live

German carrier warns on “aggressive” growth in low-cost competition

Sterling is flat against the euro and the US dollar today; indeed, there has been little major movement in the pound since the start of June.

That could change as the Conservative party leadership contest continues, and the various views on how to leave the EU are sifted. The candidates – again minus the frontrunner – are currently at a press gallery hustings.

Related: Tory leadership candidates take part in press gallery hustings but Johnson stays away - live news

Investors are currently pricing in a one-in-five chance of a cut on Wednesday, according to CME Group's very useful FedWatch tool.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:18)

David Lammy says England is failing those who don't go to university

Former universities minister warns that the lack of vocational alternatives is entrenching inequality

England's education system is failing young people who don't go to university because there are too few quality routes for vocational education, says David Lammy, a Labour MP.

“If you are academic, [England] is still one of the best countries in which to be born, particularly if you're born into a middle-class family and your parents have some means,” said Lammy, MP for Tottenham. “But if you're not academic I think there are quite a lot of countries we would choose above our own.”

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:00)

Brexit: UK growth tipped to slow as firms run down stockpiles

Business group downgrades GDP rises and warns dwindling investment will hurt long-term economy

Economic growth in Britain is expected to slow to the lowest levels since the financial crisis as firms run down Brexit stockpiles, according to a leading business lobby group.

After a stockpiling rush this year that pumped up the rate of economic growth, the British Chambers of Commerce said growth would slow in 2020 and 2021.

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:16)

Last call for PPI, says finance watchdog

FCA launches advertising blitz to encourage applications for a refund before the August deadline

The City regulator is launching a final call for payment protection insurance compensation, as the total paid out to consumers passes £35bn.

With just over two months to go until the deadline for lodging a PPI claim the UK's Financial Conduct Authority is launching a new advertising campaign to encourage more applications.

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(16/06/2019 @ 19:01)

German far-right candidate loses mayoral bid after film industry petition

Writers, directors and actors called on voters in Goertliz to not to succumb to AfD party's ‘hate and enmity'

A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a campaign that drew international attention.

Octavian Ursu, a classical musician who came to Germany from Romania in 1990s, stood for Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, receiving 55.1% of the vote in Sunday's election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed his AfD opponent, Sebastian Wippel, an ex-policeman received 44.9%.

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(17/06/2019 @ 00:04)

Visitors to Greece told to take precautions against West Nile virus

Last year there were a record number of cases of the mosquito-borne illness, which can be fatal

At this time of year wildfires and strikes are usually uppermost in the minds of tourists visiting Greece. But as the country braces for a bumper season, authorities are also warning: beware of being bitten by mosquitoes.

A week after the Foreign Office took the step of including the insects among the potential perils of travel to Greece, health officials are urging holidaymakers to take precautions against West Nile virus following an unprecedented outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease last year.

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(17/06/2019 @ 00:00)

Libya's UN-recognised government launches peace initiative

Plan comes after efforts to persuade US that White House had wrong message on Libya

Libya's UN-recognised government in Tripoli has sought to break the deadlock in the country's civil war by launching a peace initiative which will include a national peace forum followed by simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections to be held by the end of the year.

The plan comes after sustained diplomatic efforts by the Tripoli-based government to persuade the US that the White House had got the wrong message on Libya and was in danger of backing anti-democratic forces of Gen Khalifa Haftar, on the false premise that he was leading a fight against terrorists.

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(17/06/2019 @ 00:00)

Myanmar: UN threatens to withdraw aid over 'policy of apartheid' against Rohingya

Exclusive: Body says it will withhold support ‘beyond life-saving assistance' in internally displaced persons camps deemed “closed” by the Myanmar government

The United Nations in Myanmar has warned it will withdraw support in Rakhine state to avoid complicity in a government “policy of apartheid” for Rohingya Muslims.

A letter seen by the Guardian, sent from UN resident coordinator, Knut Ostby, to the Myanmar government, relayed a decision by the UN and its humanitarian partners to withhold support “beyond life-saving assistance” in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps deemed “closed” by the government, unless fundamental changes occur.

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(16/06/2019 @ 20:27)

Millions across South America hit by massive power cut

Failure leaves people in Argentina and Uruguay without electricity

Tens of millions of people across South America were without electricity early on Sunday after a massive power failure left Argentina and Uruguay almost completely in the dark.

The Argentine newspaper Clarà­n said the “gigantic” power collapse – which it called the worst in Argentina's recent history – had struck at just after 7am local time, affecting virtually the entire country as well as Uruguay, Paraguay and some cities in Chile.

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(16/06/2019 @ 09:24)

Boeing Max 737 jet crisis: we should've been more open, says CEO

Boss says aircraft maker failed to communicate properly with regulators and customers

The head of Boeing has admitted the company made communications errors in its dealings with regulators and airlines in the wake of the 737 Max jet crisis that grounded the entire fleet.

Speaking on the eve of the Paris air show, the Boeing chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg, said the company's communications were “not consistent” and that was “unacceptable”. Muilenburg added that the US aerospace group had failed to communicate “crisply” with regulators and carriers about the plane.

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(16/06/2019 @ 13:20)

Berlin's Alexander Haus regains its soul after painstaking restoration

Lakeside house where a Jewish family lived before fleeing the Nazis spans a century of German history

Elsie Alexander called it her “soul place”, the lakeside house on the outskirts of Berlin where her family had spent long happy summers before they were forced to flee the Nazis.

Eighty-three years on, her grandson, Thomas Harding, along with members of the local community, reopened it to the public on Sunday after a painstaking restoration process in which the house by the lake – the subject of his bestselling 2015 book of the same name – was saved from demolition and turned into a educational meeting place for young Europeans.

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(16/06/2019 @ 11:19)

Illegal fishing by foreign trawlers costs Ghana $50m a year, researchers say

Destructive industrial fishing practices condemned as ‘corporate, organised crime'

Illegal fishing by foreign trawlers is decimating Ghana's fish populations and costing the country's economy tens of millions of dollars a year, according to researchers.

An investigation published on Monday by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) claims that “saiko” fishing, whereby trawlers target the staple catch of Ghanaian canoe fishers and sell it back to fishing communities at a profit, landed approximately 100,000 tonnes of fish in 2017, worth $50m (£40m) when sold at sea and up to $81m when sold at port.

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(17/06/2019 @ 05:30)

UK and Russia consider May-Putin meeting to thaw relations

More than a year after Skripal poisoning, obstacles remain to key diplomatic step

The UK and Russia are examining the scope for a thaw in relations, including the possibility of a meeting between the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and Theresa May at the G20 leaders' summit in Japan at the end of this month.

If a meeting were to go ahead it would be the first encounter at this level since the poisoning in Salisbury of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March last year – an episode that led to 23 Russian diplomats being expelled by the UK followed by the expulsion of a similar number of British diplomats from Russia.

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(16/06/2019 @ 13:15)

Hungarians remember Imre Nagy, hero of '56, as Orban tightens grip

Sunday's ceremony comes as PM stands accused of trying to rewrite Hungarian history

Only a few hundred people were present to commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Imre Nagy on Sunday morning in Budapest, a far cry from 30 years ago when his reburial drew more than 100,000 people to the city's Heroes Square.

Nagy, a communist reformer, had wanted to implement a less hardline version of communism, but Moscow sent in tanks in 1956 to crush the revolt. He was arrested and hanged on 16 June 1958.

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(16/06/2019 @ 09:36)

Download festival review – fire, fury and hymns to the dark side

Donington Park, Leicestershire
Headliners Slipknot and Def Leppard lead the way on a long weekend of big riffs and shouting

All those joyless souls lamenting the death of rock really should give Download a try. Despite invariably being plagued by hideous weather, this year, enthusiasm for three days of big riffs and shouting appears to be at an all-time high. You can see it in the riotous response that Clutch receive on the main stage on Friday. Practically unknown outside left-field rock circles, the Maryland quartet have steadily become one of the great rock'n'roll bands of the modern age. They are also far funkier than they look: even without the studio version's blaring horns, In Walks Barbarella turns previously raucous mosh pits into a mud-caked episode of Soul Train, much to hirsute frontman Neil Fallon's delight.

Rock's old guard are out in force, too. David Coverdale is still lascivious charm personified as Whitesnake thunder through the hits and a couple of sparky new songs. “The sun's out!” bellows the Cov, beaming from ear to ear and looking like some fabulously wealthy LA grandma. Much less diverting is Slash, whose solo material is phenomenally dull. A perfunctory canter through Guns N' Roses' Nightrain aside, it's a struggle to pick out a memorable tune or genuinely dynamic moment. Fortunately, there's no disputing Def Leppard's headlining prowess. Playing the all-conquering Hysteria in its entirety, they sound immaculate and vastly more engaged and spirited than they did last time they topped the bill here in 2011. Let's Get Rocked is still horrid, however.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:13)

Top Gear review – gentler, kinder and all the better for it

With Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness joining Chris Harris, the banter is barbed but good-natured, the gags less non-PC – and imagine Clarkson and co doing an episode on electric cars?

Remind me: where had we got to with Top Gear? Ever since Jeremy Clarkson got sacked for punching that producer – amazingly, more than four years ago – the BBC has struggled to replace, or revive, or reboot the formula that made the show such a storming success. There was the new model with Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans that didn't really work. Then they tried a cut-and-shut version – without Evans, but with LeBlanc – but that didn't really work either.

The latest incarnation on BBC Two retains Evans's replacement, motoring journalist Chris Harris, and partners him with – wait for it – Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness, the former England cricket captain and the erstwhile host of history's most execrable game show, Take Me Out. It seems that the producers of Top Gear had developed a casting strategy based on that parlour game where you pull the names of celebrities out of a hat, and everyone keeps saying: “Sorry, I have no idea who this person is.”

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(16/06/2019 @ 16:00)

Big Little Lies recap: season two, episode two – Tell-Tale Hearts

A gut-wrenching week for the Monterey Five with particularly great performances from Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley

Spoiler alert: this blog is for people watching season two of Big Little Lies, which airs on HBO in the US, Sky Atlantic in the UK and on Foxtel's Showcase in Australia. Don't read on unless you have watched episode one.

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(16/06/2019 @ 22:05)

The best recent thrillers – review roundup

The neighbours from hell, horror in the Highlands and a tale of London's ‘lost children'. Plus the latest in Mick Herron's masterly spy series

Louise Candlish
Simon & Schuster, £12.99, pp400

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(17/06/2019 @ 06:00)

Russian Doll is a comic delight – but do we really need a second season?

The first season of the Netflix drama delivered a perfect story arc. So why bring it back, and risk an attack of difficult-second-season syndrome

It is hard to be ecstatic at the news that Russian Doll has been renewed for a second season. Not because the first season of Russian Doll wasn't good enough to deserve one. The Netflix series was an absolute delight; a comedy-drama that took a Groundhog Day-like premise – a woman, Nadia, dies over and over again on her 36th birthday – and spun it into an entirely different beast, with original twists and thought-provoking musings on trauma and dealing with low self-worth.

Oh, and a final episode with a beautiful “choose your own meaning” day of the dead carnival and an affecting ode by Nadia (played by Natasha Lyonne) to her pet cat, Oatmeal: “Life is a fucking nightmare. Being a person is a fucking nightmare. And that is why I love this fucking guy.”

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(17/06/2019 @ 01:00)

The Handmaid's Tale recap: season three, episode two – like blood on snow

One group stands out in red, the other hides in grey, but what the Handmaids and the Marthas need to do is put aside their differences and kickstart the revolution

Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching The Handmaid's Tale, series three, on Channel 4 in the UK. Please do not add spoilers for later episodes in the series. You can find recaps for previous episodes here

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(16/06/2019 @ 17:00)

'I wake up around 4.30am': top chef Adria Wu's recipe for a productive week

In a series on the efficiency secrets of highly productive people, restaurant chain owner and Sunday Brunch regular Adria Wu explains why she loves to start her day early and how some clever productivity innovations bring order to her busy schedule

Thanks to her previous life in finance and engineering, Adria Wu professes to being more “annoyingly detailed” than others in her industry. During the past four years, the founder of Maple & Co has used this virtue to open four healthy eating restaurants in London and plan the launch of another two for the end of the year.

In between running her business, the Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef is a regular on TV cooking show Sunday Brunch, writes for health magazines, and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs. She manages her packed schedule by embracing the best of both new and old tech to maximise her efficiency. And her early morning starts, a focus on team management and her embrace of nifty productivity systems means there are still enough hours in the day for her to enjoy life beyond work – and even spend a bit of time in the kitchen with her first love: food.

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(24/05/2019 @ 11:38)

Confessions of an expenses veteran

Claiming back money spent on behalf of work is a fundamental part of the business-employee relationship, but the process is ripe for exploitation and muddled thinking. One anonymous writer shares their experiences of navigating the claim game

Everyone hates doing their expenses. It can feel like the admin equivalent of purgatory. So perhaps it's no surprise that some of us employed in the creative industries have been known to extend our creativity to the task of claiming expenses.

We're not talking about nefarious fraud or fiddling, of course – typically it's just about deploying a little imagination to avoid the boredom of doing them diligently. (Mind you, filling in overtime sheets for the hours spent poring creatively over an expenses claim could appear like gaming the system.)

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(22/05/2019 @ 11:01)

‘I don't drink coffee': productivity hacks of a fintech entrepreneur

In a series on the efficiency secrets of highly productive people, Sten Saar, co-founder of the insurance disruptor Zego, reveals his ability to handle a gruelling schedule is down to a combination of exercise, a healthy diet and embracing innovative technology

Sten Saar founded his first business at the age of 17 while studying at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. He then moved to London and worked for a series of startups, including as operations director for Deliveroo.

It was while he was at the ubiquitous food delivery app that his colleague and fellow Zego co-founder Harry Franks noticed how a lot of would-be Deliveroo riders were put off by the annual cost of commercial vehicle insurance – which they need in order to work as freelance delivery drivers.

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(24/05/2019 @ 11:37)

How to ease your admin burden: top tips and life hacks

From tax returns to form-filling, there's always a mountain of mundane tasks getting in the way of more productive work. These strategies should help you keep on top of it all

They have used big buck advertising campaigns featuring ducks, meditating builders and behavioural insights to try to persuade us all that “tax doesn't have to be taxing”.

But the helpful people at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs know that, well, actually it kind of is. After all, tax is one of the unavoidable elements of business admin, which is why HMRC wants to make tax simpler and less admin-heavy – including by making the whole process digital.

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(28/05/2019 @ 12:05)

Airbnb for clutter: the people renting out storage space in their homes

The sharing economy meets the mania for decluttering, as people realise they can let others use their spare rooms, sheds and attics for cash

You may not look around a city like London and notice acres of unused space lying empty. But it is there. There might be some inside your own house. Kamal El-Haj and his wife Michelle live in Chingford, and were expecting their second child last summer, so they had just begun to look for new sources of income when they noticed their garage.

“All I've got in there is my old car, which she hates,” El-Haj says. “I looked at it, and my car is tucked over to one side, and our bits are all neatly organised, so there's still loads of space. Maybe we should look at renting it out or something like that?”

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(17/06/2019 @ 04:30)

Thomasina Miers' Californian apricot salad – recipe | The Simple Fix

A dish that reflects a land of sunshine: apricot, buffalo cheese, kale and crunchy seeds, all doused in a tangy dressing

Californian food is sunshine food: fresh, crisp and golden. Like Mexico, the state grows bountiful fruit and vegetables, and it is this fresh produce that seems to define its cuisine.

Vegan food is all the rage on the West Coast, and you could adapt this salad by swapping the burrata for an equally creamy and delicious avocado. Serve as a starter or as part of a beautiful alfresco feast.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:00)

'I refuse to regret waking up a day older': Ashton Applewhite's fight for age pride

The activist on her manifesto to empower older people, how to challenge age prejudice – and why she dyes her hair grey

When Ashton Applewhite hit 55 years old, she dyed her hair. So what? That's what women the world over do, you might think: dye grey hair to hide their age. But what Applewhite did was different: she dyed her hair grey. Not Kim Kardashian-platinum grey, but defiantly uncool, bog-standard grey.

“I went to a matinee, so it was all old people,” she says, grinning widely as she absentmindedly tousles her hair, the brown roots showing. “When it finished, everyone left via an escalator. I looked down and there was not a grey head to be spotted. I suddenly thought: ‘This is one way we collude, en masse, in making ourselves invisible as older women – and that's a real problem, because when people are invisible, so are the issues that affect them'.”

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(17/06/2019 @ 03:00)

Can you solve it? Are you in the smartest 1 per cent (of 13-year-olds)?

The test given to the UK's maths prodigies

Today you are pitting yourselves against the best 13-year-old mathematicians in the UK.

The questions below are taken from last week's Junior Mathematical Olympiad, a competition aimed at children up to Year 8 (in England) who score in roughly the top half per cent of mathematical ability.

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:10)

Why sleeptrackers could lead to the rise of insomnia – and orthosomnia

In our chronically sleep-deprived society, many are using gadgets and apps to measure the quantity and quality of their shut-eye. But they could be causing more harm than good

For more than nine months, Alex Whitecross's routine on waking was to check the data about his sleep on his fitness tracker. And then he would feel quite anxious. “I started getting paranoid about how much sleep I was getting,” he says. Whitecross, a computer-aided-design technician from south Wales, says he bought his tracker in order to measure exercise, but became interested in the sleep-monitoring function. “I'm a lighter sleeper than my fiance so I thought it would help me, but it ended up having the opposite effect.”

Sometimes he would check it in the night and feel panicked about how many hours he had until his alarm would go off. In the morning, “I would wake up and look at it, and it would say I'd had five hours and 44 minutes sleep, and spent an hour and 25 minutes awake at night. It made me feel more tired, knowing how little sleep I'd got.” He noticed, as time went on, “I was getting less and less sleep as I was wearing it”.

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:00)

I was an introvert with a grey life – until I learned to let go on stage

The more I stayed in, the more scared I became of going out. Signing up for improv classes helped my shyness to melt away

A few years ago I watched a comedy troupe improvise an Uber journey through Nudist Narnia. I studied their joyous, earnest expressions. I took in how genuinely happy and safe they looked in their whimsy. “You joyful fools,” I thought. “Your vigour for life appals me.”

Last year, my social anxiety was sky-high and my insomnia the worst it had ever been. Exhausted, I said no to every social invitation, but the more I stayed in, the more scared I became of going out. Work was stressful and adulthood felt so goal-oriented: work longer, run faster, cycle further, vegan harder.

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(17/06/2019 @ 04:00)

Tell us about your worst experiences waiting tables

We want to hear your experiences working front of house in the restaurant industry

This weekend it emerged that Wahaca was charging waiters if their table ate and ran (a policy they have since changed, following a heavy backlash). We want to hear stories from people working waiting tables in restaurants, pubs and bars about other ways they've been treated poorly, whether by employers, colleagues or customers.

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(17/06/2019 @ 05:18)

Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of ‘plastic'

Wherever you are in the world, this week we'd like to see your pictures on the theme ‘plastic'

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘plastic'.

Share your photos of what plastic means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

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(16/06/2019 @ 04:00)

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them

Welcome to this week's blogpost. Here's our roundup of your comments and photos from last week.

Good news from JayZed, who has been rereading Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss:

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(10/06/2019 @ 10:00)

Just the two of us: who do you share your home with?

As part of a new series in the Guardian's Weekend magazine we are looking for interesting pairs who live together

We're looking for unusual partnerships – two people who live together in a way that shows the changing nature of the traditional household – for our new series that seeks to reflect how the place we call home can now include extended family, friends and even strangers.

Related: 'I worried my grandson would get into trouble if I didn't take him in'

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(10/11/2018 @ 02:45)

'I told my daughter I'd be home': long ordeal ends for crew stranded at sea

Abandoned at sea in desperate conditions for 18 months, the MV Azraqmoiah's crew have finally been reunited with their families

After 18 months stranded on a cargo vessel miles off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, with little food or water, no wages and little means of communication, Captain Ayyappan Swaminathan's ordeal is finally over.

In April, the Guardian reported the story of Ayyappan and his 10-strong crew, one of the most extreme cases of seafarer abandonment in recent years.

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:19)

‘We worship the body': India's kushti mud wrestlers – a photo essay

Caste and religion are left at the door of India's traditional wrestling academies, where the pursuit of physical grace and brute force is a pathway out of poverty

By day Amol Patil, 23, is a security guard, standing in a sentry box outside a company office in Mumbai, his limbs coiled inside a polyester uniform. By evening, when he enters the hallowed square of the clay pit, he is released in a blaze of brute force.

Patil is a wrestler of the traditional Indian school of mud-clay wrestling called kushti which dates back to the Mughals and is passed down from generation to generation. Kushti is practiced in an akhara, or wrestling academy, where everything is governed by strict rules in an atmosphere of austerity.

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(16/06/2019 @ 19:59)

Windrush: archived documents show the long betrayal

Seeds of the 2018 scandal were sown in 1948 by a government that was unwilling to treat black immigrants as British

Late one afternoon last month, in a meeting room in the offices where I work in north London, I sat and wept. This is not something I make a habit of. My own tears were provoked by the tears of Judy Griffiths, a central interviewee in The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files, a documentary we had then just completed.

Judy had come to our offices to watch sections of the programme, to let us know if she was happy with how we'd portrayed her story. Tough, educated and resilient, she is one of a number of victims (or perhaps survivors) of the Windrush scandal that we interviewed for the film.

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(16/06/2019 @ 03:00)

The price of plenty: how beef changed America – podcast

Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for modern agribusiness

• Read the text version here

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(17/06/2019 @ 07:00)

Are crystals the new blood diamonds?

Gwyneth loves them, Adele can't sing without them and Kim Kardashian uses them to deal with stress. Many of us are lured by their beauty and promise of mystical powers, but are ‘healing' crystals connecting us to the earth – or harming it?

Crystallisation is a transition from chaos to perfection; the evolution of the crystal industry has been less simple. Millions of years ago liquid rock inside the earth cooled and hardened, and this is how crystals formed at the twinkling centre of the earth. Piece by piece they've been mined to become the centre, too, of an international industry that hangs on their rumoured metaphysical healing properties. But recently something else has emerged from the rocks – a darker truth. Rather than connecting with the earth, those buying crystals are damaging it, fatally.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen gifted guests black tourmaline to keep negative energies at bay

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'I'll never have another child': the mothers failed by Mexico's hospitals

In one of Mexico's poorest states, women from minority backgrounds are increasingly at risk of abusive treatment during pregnancy and childbirth

Nancy Martà­nez was 17 when she went into labour. Though her age meant she was considered a high-risk pregnancy, she was left alone for several hours without monitoring or pain medication.

Nurses told Martà­nez to be quiet and put up with the pain, while doctors mocked her mother, Nancy Ceron Diaz, denying her information about her daughter's condition.

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PhotoEspaà±a: where glamour meets grit – in pictures

More than 80 exhibitions featuring work of nearly 300 photographers and visual artists comprise this year's PhotoEspaà±a. The work is displayed in venues across Madrid, and in a further six cities, until 1 September

Ijewo by Cristina de Middel, from the This is what hatred did series, 2015. Exhibited in Sin Fronteras at the Palacio de la Magdalena

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(17/06/2019 @ 02:00)

Build it and they will bike: the Bicycle Architecture Biennale – in pictures

15 projects from nine countries have been selected for the second Bicycle Architecture Biennale, which launches on Monday in Amsterdam

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Cooling cows and a march for unity: Sunday's best photos

The Guardian's picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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The art of Cold War Steve

From his first Twitter post in 2016, the caustically satirical photomontages of @Coldwar_Steve have become a cult phenomenon. Here are some highlights

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Frozen in Time: Sophia Loren, London, June 1960

On the set of The Millionairess, the Italian star blends in with the East End locals and discover the joy of whelks

Three sets of diamonds, emeralds and rubies were among the jewels stolen from Sophia Loren as she filmed The Millionairess in 1960; she played the richest woman in the world. The theft layered drama on drama. Loren was 25 at the time, and starring with Peter Sellers, who left his wife and two children citing his love for her, despite their affair being no more than a “delusional fantasy”, or what today would be called “stalking”. His five-year-old daughter asked Sellers if he still loved them. He replied: “Of course I do, darling, just not as much as Sophia Loren.”

“Hunger was the major theme of my childhood,” Loren later wrote. In the 1940s her mother begged on the streets for food; when an American soldier gave some chocolate to Loren, she didn't know what it was. During pregnancy, Loren started making recipe notes, drawing on her famous passion for food (“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”) to create a “gastronomic autobiography”. Eat With Me was published in the UK in 1972, and is a collection of Italian antipasti and glamorous full-page portraits of Loren. “Straddling a 5ft display of pâté while simultaneously patting the heads of two live pheasants,” wrote food historian Polly Russell in the Financial Times, “Loren, cook-housewife-goddess, triumphs.” Russell's descriptions suggest Loren's well-broadcast passion for food was less about the food and more a way of solidifying her image as passionate. Hungry. “The presentation of Loren as desiring and desirable are reminders that to be a woman is a part to be played – something that Nigella Lawson, with an ironic, feminist wink would later come to embody as the nation's ‘domestic goddess'. Eat With Me was a taste of what was to come.”

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From Chernobyl to the Brighton bombing: the photography of John Downing

The photojournalist captured award-winning images during his time as one of 64 Daily Express staff photographers in the halcyon days of Fleet Street

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