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Brexit deal: five ministers lobby May to renegotiate draft text

Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove and Liam Fox among Eurosceptics seeking changes

Five Eurosceptic cabinet ministers are pressing Theresa May to make last-minute changes to her controversial Brexit deal.

The leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, is believed to be co-ordinating the group, which includes Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Chris Grayling and Penny Mordaunt. The ministers believe there is still time for the prime minister to go back to Brussels and renegotiate her deal, the Telegraph reports.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:10)

CIA finds Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi killing – report

Trump stresses Saudi trade ties after report that Mohammed bin Salman's brother advised journalist to attend Istanbul consulate

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the Washington Post has reported.

The Post said US officials expressed high confidence in the CIA assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that he was not involved.

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(17/11/2018 @ 09:41)

Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion

Protesters plan to close five main bridges across Thames over extinction crisis

Thousands of people have descended on central London for a “day of rebellion” in protest over the looming climate crisis.

People began massing on five bridges over the River Thames from 10am on Saturday. By 11.30am organisers said all five target bridges in central London had been occupied.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:11)

French protester killed in accident at anti-fuel tax blockade

Driver accelerated when panicked by ‘yellow vest' demonstration in Savoie, minister says

A female protester has died after being hit by a motorist as demonstrators angry at fuel tax hikes gridlocked parts of France on Saturday.

Police said 47 other protesters had also been injured, three critically, as France's newest people's movement, the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests), staged a day of action.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:45)

California fires: Camp fire death toll rises to 71 with more than 1,000 missing

About 52,000 people displaced amid the country's deadliest fire in a century, as list of missing jumps by hundreds once again

Rescue workers said on Friday they were searching for more than 1,000 people reported missing in a northern California town reduced to ashes by the deadliest wildfire in the state's history, as the death toll increased to 71.

The sheriff's “unaccounted for” list from the Camp fire leapt by hundreds of people for a second successive evening, up from 631 missing a day earlier.

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(17/11/2018 @ 06:38)

UK to push for Yemen ceasefire

UN resolution to call for halt to Saudi-Houthi fighting and start of peace talks

The UK has injected some urgency into resolving the conflict in Yemen, saying it is to table its long-awaited UN draft resolution demanding a ceasefire and peace process.

The move came amid US-based reports that the UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, had to fend off intense Saudi resistance to the move when he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh last week. The reports claimed the prince “threw a fit” during late-night talks with Hunt.

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(17/11/2018 @ 08:28)

Rail strikes to hit England rugby fans and Christmas shoppers

Union members on Northern and South Western railways go on strike in train guard dispute

Travellers heading to the England rugby game or Manchester's Christmas markets could be caught up in rail disruptions as union members working for two of the country's biggest rail operators go on strike.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on South Western Railway (SWR) and Arriva Rail North (ARN or Northern) went on strike on Saturday as part of a long-running dispute over the use of guards on trains.

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(17/11/2018 @ 06:11)

Owner of the Scotsman and i newspapers enters administration

Johnston Press, which also owns the Yorkshire Post, has debts of £220m and failed to find a buyer

Johnston Press, the owner of the i, the Scotsman and Yorkshire Post, has gone into administration after being brought to its knees by debts of more than £200m.

The publicly-listed newspaper publisher, which put itself up for sale last month in a last-ditch effort to save the business from going under, has gone into administration admitting that its shares are now worthless.

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(16/11/2018 @ 19:45)

Children in Need breaks record with £50.6m raised in one night

An average of 6.2 million people were tuned in to BBC fundraiser at any one time, ratings suggest

Children in Need has broken its own record after raising more than £50m during its appeal show, bringing the total funds collected since the annual telethon began to more than £1bn.

Viewers donated almost £34m in the first two-and-a-half hours of Friday evening's broadcast, which the BBC says was the most viewed show of the night.

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(17/11/2018 @ 08:00)

Submarine that vanished with 44 crew is found sunken in Atlantic

ARA San Juan detected 800 metres deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, a year after it disappeared

Searchers have found the missing Argentinian submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen on board.

The vessel was detected 800 metres (2,625 feet) deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, the country's navy announced early on Saturday.

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(17/11/2018 @ 01:45)

Stink hits darts grand slam as match features flatulent end

Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms both deny responsibility for ‘rotten' fart smell during Wolverhampton tournament

The world of professional darts has been rocked by two players accusing each other of repeatedly breaking wind during a match.

Gary Anderson of Scotland and the Dutchman Wesley Harms blamed each other for “rotten” farts during their clash in the Gland Slam of Darts.

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(17/11/2018 @ 00:02)

A day of Brexit chaos

Anushka Asthana joins her colleagues in Westminster on a chaotic and extraordinary day in British politics as Theresa May attempted to build support for her Brexit deal while members of her cabinet resigned in protest. Plus: in an exclusive extract from her autobiography, Michelle Obama reveals how she met her husband, Barack

Theresa May lost two of her Brexiter cabinet ministers in a frenzied morning at Westminster. Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, and Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, resigned in protest at the prime minister's Brexit deal.

Anushka Asthana headed straight to Westminster for one of the most chaotic days in British politics in years. The Guardian's Dan Sabbagh explains how the hard Brexiters are gathering letters of no confidence in a bid to remove May, while the Labour party stands ready to take power if the government collapses and a general election is required.

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(15/11/2018 @ 23:00)

The legacy of Islamic State in Iraq

Two years on from the ‘liberation' of Fallujah from Isis control, the Guardian's Peter Beaumont has returned to the Iraqi city. Plus: Polly Toynbee on the one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Brexit

Almost a year ago, the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State terror group, who for three years had gained control of large areas of the country. Millions lived under their brutal rule and many thousands died.

Two years on from the ‘liberation' of the city of Fallujah by US and Iraqi forces, the Guardian senior reporter Peter Beaumont has returned to see if normal life has resumed.

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(14/11/2018 @ 23:00)

The plastics conspiracy: who is to blame for the waste crisis?

The world is waking up to the danger posed by single-use plastics to the environment. But consumer pressure is not enough to reverse the decades of plastic waste that litter the globe and clog up the oceans. Stephen Buranyi tells Anushka Asthana how an anti-plastic revolution is under way but the plastics industry is in no mood for retreat. Plus: George Monbiot on why climate change is a crisis that requires a response of civil disobedience

Who is really to blame for the crisis in plastic waste across the globe? And is it too late to fix it? Stephen Buranyi explains how the rise of the plastics industry since the 1960s created a culture of disposable consumerism that has generated a global crisis of plastic waste. He describes how the industry in response poured money into anti-littering campaigns, but did not apply the same standards of waste control to itself.

Plus: the Guardian environment correspondent, Matthew Taylor, explains who is responsible for the “tsunami of plastic” coming our way and what may be our only hope to stop it.

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(13/11/2018 @ 23:00)

Male childlessness: 'You think, If I'm not reproducing – then what am I?'

The men mourning the family they never had

I have written a lot about being a childless woman. About me being childless; about other women. But I've never written about men in the same situation. Why should I? If Mick Jagger can have a child who's younger than his great-grandchild, there's always hope. Right?

Wrong. Dr Robin Hadley, 58, and childless by circumstance, recently completed a PhD exploring the experiences of involuntarily childless older men. “I found,” he says, “there was little difference in the desire to become a parent between female and male childless individuals. But that study also indicated that for some male participants, not becoming a parent had a greater negative effect. That's because there are no narratives around childlessness for men.”

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(17/11/2018 @ 02:00)

The Christmas gift guide: 100 great buys for every budget

The shop starts here: from understated stocking fillers to the unapologetically over-the-top, get going with 100 hand-picked presents for every price, person and palate from Guardian Weekend's editors and columnists

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(17/11/2018 @ 08:00)

'Age has nothing to do with it': how it feels to transition later in life

Ruth transitioned at 81, Ramses in his late 40s, and Bethan, at 57, is about to have surgery. Meet the trans baby boomers

Early in October, Ruth Rose went on holiday to Corfu with a group of female friends she had known for years. They swam in the sea every day, making the most of the late summer sunshine. On the last morning before flying home to England, the women took one last swim and skinny-dipped so as not to have to pack their costumes away wet.

Such adventures would once have been unthinkable for Rose. But the surgery she underwent at the age of 81 has opened doors she would never have thought possible. “In some ways it's like having new hips after being told you would be condemned to arthritis for the rest of your life,” she says. “You do it, and life begins again. And that's what happened to me. Age has nothing to do with it.”

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(17/11/2018 @ 05:00)

'Ha, I love this question!': Michelle Obama interviewed by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Sadiq Khan and more

How has America changed since the former first lady was little? Is she still dancing? She takes questions from pop stars, politicians, artists – and schoolchildren

How has America changed since the former first lady was little? Is she still dancing? She takes questions from pop stars, politicians, artists – and schoolchildren

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(17/11/2018 @ 03:00)

Exiled: the disturbing story of a citizen made unBritish | Kamila Shamsie

How can a government exile its citizens without a trial? Why can people born in Britain be forced to leave? Kamila Shamsie explores how citizenship became a privilege, not a right

A couple of years ago, while working on my novel Home Fire, which required me to look into certain aspects of the UK's citizenship laws, I had a slightly painful conversation with one of my oldest friends. Like me, she had grown up in Karachi. But while I didn't move to the UK until the age of 34, she came here at 18 to go to university, and has never left. She became a British citizen soon after graduating (her grandmother was British); later, she married an Englishman, and they had a son. Her son was born in London, has never lived anywhere but here. But the painful thing I had to tell her was this: unlike many children who are born and live in the UK, her son's claim on UK citizenship was contingent rather than assured. He was a British citizen, yes, but he could be made unBritish.

The reason for this stemmed from her decision, made soon after her son was born, to get him a POC – a Pakistan Origin Card. This bit of paperwork, issued by the Pakistan High Commission, meant that her son wouldn't need to go through the expense and hassle of applying for a visa every time she wanted to travel with him to Pakistan where his grandmother and aunt and cousins lived. At the time my friend made this decision she was unaware of a change in the immigration laws that had come into force a few years earlier, in 2003, allowing for people who had acquired British citizenship through birth to be legally deprived of citizenship – provided they were dual nationals who weren't going to be made stateless.

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(17/11/2018 @ 04:00)

Killing machines: Tracey Crouch on why she resigned as minister over FOBTs

Fixed-odds betting terminals prey on the poorest, destroying lives along the way, says former sports minister

It's 9.30am on Chatham's high street and already three bookmakers are doing a brisk trade.

Customers are perched on stools in front of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), the controversial machines at the heart of a cross-party row that triggered the resignation of the former sports minister Tracey Crouch and forced the government into a humiliating climbdown.

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(17/11/2018 @ 04:00)

Cheryl: ‘I'm a new person! Same accent though'

Post-Liam Payne, post-baby and post-new single Love Made Me Do It, the pop star discusses her tumultuous career and the (unlikely) prospect of a Girls Aloud reunion

In a secluded Surrey mansion in 2002, Cheryl perches on the edge of her bed. She only moved in recently but her bedroom has a few homely touches: pictures on the bedside table, that sort of thing. She thinks carefully before answering questions but when I ask what scares her, the answer is immediate and direct. “Meeting the man of my dreams then getting hurt,” she says, quietly. “When you trust someone and they cheat on you, it's not a nice feeling.”

Flash-forward 16 years and The Artist Formerly Known As Cheryl Tweedy is sitting in Guide HQ poking at some sort of grain-based concoction with a plastic fork. Our paths have crossed a handful of times over the years, but when I point out that we haven't met since Cheryl turned 30, five years ago, she gets very excited. “Nice to meet you!” she beams. “I'm a new person! Same accent, though.”

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(17/11/2018 @ 02:59)

Nadiya Hussain: ‘I tell my kids, it's not a restaurant and I'm not your maid'

The baker and TV presenter on life after Bake Off, her husband's awful cooking and family fun in the ‘flounge'

Sleep I get five hours. Once the kids – Musa, 12, Dawud, 11, and Maryam, eight – go to bed, I start working again, which means I've no time for my husband, Abdal. I go to bed about midnight and, as soon as my head hits the pillow, I'm gone. There have been times when I haven't even heard the end of a sentence.

Eat It's taken me three years to learn that just because I work in the food industry, it doesn't mean that I have to eat every minute of every day. After Bake Off I put on a stone. Now, if I am hungry I'll eat, and if I'm not, I won't. Once a month we have dessert for dinner and my kids don't have to have anything savoury if they don't want to. They can have custard on top, or cream – whatever they want.

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(17/11/2018 @ 03:59)

'More than just a newspaper': Guardian writers thank readers for their support

As we reach the milestone of 1 million supporters globally, our journalists explain how your support has had an impact on their reporting and the real world beyond our pages

One million thank yous to all our wonderful Guardian supporters. Where would we be without you? No, literally: where? You're the lead in our pencil, the oil in our engine, the wind beneath our … my God, I sound like Boris Johnson. I can't apologise enough. I will endeavour to continue writing columns that DON'T sound like Boris Johnson – though may sometimes be about him – as long as you will have me.
Marina Hyde, Guardian columnist

I never cease to be amazed at the loyalty, strength and passion of Guardian supporters and I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. Without your incredible support it would be that much harder to fund the painstaking work of investigations – such as the work we did recently into the treatment of rape survivors in the criminal justice system. Knowing that our readers support our work helped make that series of stories possible, and feedback from our readers gives us the motivation to keep on pushing to find out more and do our part to challenge injustice.
Alexandra Topping, senior reporter

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(14/11/2018 @ 06:41)

Katharine Viner: 'The Guardian's reader funding model is working. It's inspiring'

The Guardian's editor-in-chief reflects on the state of media today and explains how the support of 1 million readers has enabled us to report and investigate the most important stories of our time

Three and a half years ago, when I took over as editor-in-chief, we were faced with the urgent challenge of how to make the Guardian sustainable.

The situation looked bleak across the media. Print advertising was in steep decline, and digital advertising growth was going almost entirely to Google and Facebook. News organisations everywhere were searching for answers to the challenge that they were being read more than ever before, but with fewer ways to cover costs. Month by month, more and more news outlets went behind a paywall.

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(12/11/2018 @ 05:32)

From Iceland to India: the global community supporting the Guardian

Our interactive map shows the countries where Guardian supporters are, and why some decided to help fund our work

Since 2015, the number of Guardian supporters has grown to include readers, listeners and viewers from across the world.

Thanks to their financial support, we have been able to keep our quality, independent journalism open to everyone, free of charge, wherever they are.

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(13/11/2018 @ 08:06)

Why our readers' support is vital to the Guardian's future

By supporting our journalism, you can become part of a global community of over a million Guardian readers with a shared set of core values and a vision for a more hopeful world

Thank you to the 1,000,000 Guardian readers who have offered us their support over the past three years. Many readers haven't stopped at financial support; tens of thousands have shared their thoughts on our journalism, on world events and told us detailed personal stories. Many have articulated their reasons for supporting independent journalism, and why it matters in their own lives. Thank you to everyone who's taken the time to write to us or respond to our call-outs for your viewpoints – your input continues to be enlightening and is fundamental to our work shaping an approach to the Guardian's sustainability that works for us all.

Related: Katharine Viner: 'The Guardian's reader funding model is working. It's inspiring'

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(15/11/2018 @ 07:00)

England v Japan: rugby union international – live!

Follow a narrow, contentious victory over South Africa and a similarly narrow, contentious defeat at the hands of New Zealand, England entertain Japan at Rugby HQ this afternoon. A comfortable victory is expected against the Brave Blossoms, but England cannot afford to take them too lightly. Eddie Jones is all too aware of what Japan can do, having masterminded their famous victory over South Africa at the last World Cup. Jamie Joseph's will be hoping to cause similar waves when they host the tournament next year.

“We are expecting plenty of energy, aggression and fast ball movement,” said Jones. “They [Japan] will be full of surprises, quick taps, lineouts and plays. They're going to have a bag of magic.” Kick-off is at 3pm, but stay tuned for all the build-up.

Related: Japan's spiritual home of rugby can't wait to host World Cup

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(17/11/2018 @ 09:45)

England spin their way to within three wickets of series win in Sri Lanka

• Sri Lanka 336 & 226-7; England 290 & 346
• Hosts will start final day 75 runs from levelling series

Two quick wickets after tea, just before the dark grey clouds of late afternoon intruded upon the drama, left England with a good chance of a series-winning victory. When the entire ground was magically covered by blue plastic sheets in the time it takes to brew a pot of tea the balance of the match had lurched again in England's favour. Sri Lanka needed 75 runs to win; England needed three wickets.

This has been a match of so many twists and turns that only a fool was guaranteeing the outcome, but the loss of Angelo Mathews for a restrained yet imperious 88, who was soon to be followed by Dilruwan Perera, meant that England were the favourites again. Against all the odds the match has made it to the fifth day, though the return of those afternoon thunderstorms has contributed to that.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:21)

Gordon Taylor, football's fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor's salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA's leader has failed to lead

What would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football's top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested inside‑forward at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?

If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football's fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:02)

Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoids Fabiano Caruana stunner in Game 6 epic

Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoided a devastating upset on Friday in the sixth game of his world championship match with Fabiano Caruana in London, scratching back from the brink to save a miraculous draw after 80 moves.

Related: Magnus Carlsen barely saves draw as Fabiano Caruana misses win in Game 6 epic – live!

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(16/11/2018 @ 18:24)

Schmidt's Ireland sense All Blacks scalp as world's best brace for collision

Ireland are unbeaten at home in 10 games as they prepare for what is potentially the year's most compelling 80 minutes

It is not every day that Ireland are a good bet to beat the All Blacks. Not just any old bunch of silver ferns, either, but a team unbeaten in Tests on European soil since 2012 and still the world's No 1 side. New Zealand are knocked from their rankings perch about as often as Steve Hansen fancies doing Strictly Come Dancing.

Ireland, though, are increasingly sure-footed on the game's biggest stages. At home they have not lost in their last 10 Tests, dating back to New Zealand's contentious 21-9 victory two years ago. Under Joe Schmidt they now march to a different tune to previous Irish squads. The 40-29 victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016 will always be celebrated but their ambitions remain far from satisfied.

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(16/11/2018 @ 09:55)

Rainbow corner flags and armbands arrive to welcome LGBT fans

• Football among sports in Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign
• Premier League's Bill Bush: ‘We're proud to use our reach'

Football fans attending matches between now and early December should not be startled by the sight of rainbow-coloured corner flags and substitution boards. Rather than representing a vividly dramatic rebrand of the game, the bright imagery is part of a wider inclusivity campaign designed to extend a welcome to LGBT supporters and participants.

A host of other sports will also be promoting the leading equality charity Stonewall's annual Rainbow Laces campaign. These include judo, cricket, netball, rugby union – which, during Premiership fixtures at the end of this month, will showcase rainbow referee's shirts and touch judge flags – darts and athletics.

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(17/11/2018 @ 06:00)

How can Renato Sanches be so bad at one club and so good at another? | Stuart James

The midfielder is rebuilding his career at Bayern and is clearly a huge talent, which makes his failed spell at Swansea so baffling

September 2017, the London Stadium. Renato Sanches is brought down by Cheikhou Kouyaté deep inside the West Ham half and is determined to take the free-kick. He tells his Swansea teammates he is going to put it in the top corner. One swing of his right boot later and the ball is on its way to the top corner ... of the stadium rather than the net. Swansea's players are already turning on their heel before gravity has started to do its work.

July 2018, Wà¶rthersee Stadion. Bayern Munich win a free-kick wide on the right, about 22 yards from goal. Every Paris Saint-Germain player is expecting a cross as Sanches stands over the ball. Expertly disguising his intentions, Sanches curls a brilliant shot inside the near post. Rafinha jumps on top of Sanches to celebrate and the rest of his Bayern teammates join in.

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(16/11/2018 @ 20:01)

Psychology helps Oxtoby close gap between Bristol and WSL's big-hitters

Tanya Oxtoby's Indigenous Australian background and scientific training give her coaching a unique perspective

Football coaches often like to talk about their individual “journey” towards the dugout but few have followed a route as richly scenic as the long and winding pathway taken by Tanya Oxtoby.

The distance between the 36-year-old's home town of Wickham in Western Australia and her current posting is 8,592 miles and, along the way, Bristol City's manager has regularly enjoyed branching off to explore some life-enhancing diversions.

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(16/11/2018 @ 12:08)

Feminists gave Sheryl Sandberg a free pass. Now they must call her out | Jessa Crispin

Those feminists who were quick to embrace Sandberg should now publicly condemn her. Otherwise, they risk proving their critics right

The latest New York Times investigation into the goings-on at Facebook is less of a revelation and more of a reiteration of what was already on the record about the powerful platform: not only does Facebook have a problem with the dissemination of propaganda by the alt-right, white nationalists, and international genocide purveyors, those who own and operate the site have known about this and have repeatedly chosen not to address it.

Related: Facebook told us it wasn't a typical big, bad company. It is | Jessica Powell

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(17/11/2018 @ 05:00)

Europe's door is still open – but Britain will have to move fast | Timothy Garton Ash

The EU is fed up with the UK's Brexit drama, but would extend article 50 to allow for a second referendum

As Britain agonises over its destiny, I've been in Brussels discovering what other Europeans think about Brexit – and therefore what real options Britain still has. Essentially, there are just two. Europe's door is still open for Britain to stay, if we vote to do so in a second referendum, preferably before the European elections in late May. Otherwise, most of our fellow Europeans would rather we left on 29 March, leaving everything else to be sorted out later and allowing them to get on with confronting their own big challenges.

Of course, it's impossible to generalise about the views of some 450 million Europeans, but among the leaders and official representatives of the 27 other member states, and the European institutions, there is a remarkable degree of consensus. They are fed up to the back teeth with how long the Brexit drama has taken and how unrealistic the British side has been.

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(17/11/2018 @ 02:00)

Yes, it's infuriating when women back Trump. But why do men get a free pass?

I've been thinking a lot about this attitude – men, those poor creatures of machismo and id, can't help themselves, but women should do better – in the wake of the US midterms

The night before the 2016 presidential election, I watched a short news feature about how women in the US vote and, hoo boy, it made for some bracing viewing. “I would never vote for Hillary Clinton – she is literal scum,” a white woman in Florida told the reporter. When he asked her to elaborate, she said, “She let her husband sleep with that intern.” The interviewer asked if she had similarly strong views about Bill Clinton, given he did the aforementioned “sleeping”. The woman shrugged and replied, “Boys will be boys.”

I've been thinking a lot about this attitude – men, those poor creatures of machismo and id, can't help themselves, but women should do better – in the wake of the US midterms. Initially, when the results came in, there was a sense that we were witnessing a thrilling new feminist dawn: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women elected to Congress; Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native American women to be elected to Congress; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. But the initial crowing about a female future was quickly tempered by the release of voting patterns: a heck of a lot of white women had voted for Republican candidates.

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(17/11/2018 @ 04:59)

Why prescribing playlists for people with dementia is on the money | Ann Robinson

As a GP, I know that conventional medicine can't solve the growing problems of obesity, stress and loneliness. But funding is key

It is no secret that the government likes “social prescribing”. Last month's loneliness strategy included proposals for GPs to refer patients to art groups, cookery classes and other activities. And speaking at last week's King's Fund conference on the subject, the health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, announced the creation of an academy to build a research base, train practitioners and champion the benefits of social prescribing. He wants to see a nationwide network of social prescribing projects that encourage individuals to take part in a range of activities including the arts, exercise, and nutritional advice.

Related: Combat loneliness with 'social prescribing', says Theresa May

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(14/11/2018 @ 04:00)

Food, clothes, medicine: the people of Yemen just want the same life as us

After spending years amid Yemen's devastation, I have seen conflict and hardship overtake millions of ordinary people

The women wanted two things: food and cash.

Hunger was a constant. Their families were skinny, and the children had no shoes.

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(17/11/2018 @ 05:00)

The only way out of May's Brexit chaos is for Labour to force an election | Owen Jones

The Tories have caused this mess, but they are unable to fix it. Britain urgently needs a new government

The Conservatives have plunged Britain into a state of chaos unprecedented in the postwar era. From a party that fought the past two general elections as a bulwark of stability against the mayhem of its opponents, this must never be forgotten. The Tories are responsible for flinging Britain into a tailspin. From David Cameron for calling the referendum to resolve an internal faction fight and Tory Brexiteers for running a campaign based on bigotry and lies to Theresa May for her red lines and “no deal is better than a bad deal”. They are all in this together, to coin a phrase, and their party must never be forgiven or absolved of guilt for what happens next.

May's worst-of-all-worlds Brexit cannot pass parliament without the support of some Labour MPs. This is a critical fact that must dictate what happens next. May is likely to win any vote of no confidence within her party, because Tory MPs not utterly drunk on delusion understand that there is no plausible successor, and that a shift in leadership will not alter the impossible parliamentary arithmetic. Her victory will be portrayed by some as a great triumph: don't let them get away with it. A campaign of hysteria will follow to bludgeon MPs into voting for the deal, with apocalyptic warnings of what will happen if they do not, made all the more tragicomic by May's previous claims that no deal would not be “the end of the world”. If it is voted down, the potential ensuing market chaos – and warnings of imminent national catastrophe – will be used to coerce MPs to vote it through a second time, perhaps with some presentational concessions to sweeten the surrender.

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(16/11/2018 @ 08:12)

'There's a lot of power in being young': Hamilton lead actor Jamael Westman on making change - video

Jamael Westman, the lead actor in the West End production of Hamilton, talks to the Guardian's Iman Amrani backstage at the Victoria Palace Theatre, discussing the power of youth to make change, whether Hamilton is part of a wider 'black renaissance' and what theatre can do to attract a more diverse audience.  This film is part of a new ongoing series, 'Fresh Voices' presented by Iman Amrani

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(15/11/2018 @ 03:00)

Fight or flight: the veterans at war with PTSD - video

One hundred years on from the end of the first world war, a group of veterans in Dorset are torn between their pride in their military careers and their anger over the lack of psychological support provided to them by the Ministry of Defence. With many feeling abandoned and left to battle significant mental health issues such as PTSD alone, former soldier Andy Price decides to take matters into his own hands, launching the Veteran's Hub, a peer-to-peer support network for veterans and their families. Over the course of a year, the Guardian's Richard Sprenger follows Andy on his journey.

You can contact the Veterans Hub here.

In the UK, contact the Samaritans for free from any telephone on 116 123.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14.

Other international suicide helplines can be found at

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(08/11/2018 @ 08:03)

The new green superpower? Oil giant Kazakhstan tries to wean itself off the black stuff – video

Kazakhstan is rich with oil, gas and coal but Nursultan Nazarbayev, its president for life, has committed the country to a dramatic shift from fossil fuels to green energy. Is this huge nation, which is beset by rural poverty, major infrastructure challenges and environmental crises, able to realise his vision? Phoebe Greenwood travels to  the Kazakh capital, Astana, and the Aral Sea region

Many thanks to Kunzberg spatial communications for the use of music from the Future Astana Expo installation

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(14/11/2018 @ 06:56)

The climate protesters ready to go to prison for the planet – video

With only 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, according to a UN report, a group of activists called Extinction Rebellion ​have launched a campaign of civil disobedience across London in an attempt to provoke action

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(14/11/2018 @ 12:12)

La caravana: On the road with the migrant caravan – video

Thousands of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala head north hoping to find work and a better life in the US. The largest Central American caravan in decades keeps growing as thousands more join this journey – but when they reach Mexico, the migrant caravan starts taking different directions

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(05/11/2018 @ 11:44)

Why we should be paying more for parking – video explainer

Charging more for parking could save the environment, ease congestion and inject energy back into the high street. But how? The Guardian's Peter Walker explains that we've been thinking about parking all wrong: it's not a right, but rather an over-subsidised waste of space

Sources: The High Cost of Free Parking (2011) - Donald Shoup; Psychology of the Car (2017) - Stefan Gà¶ssling; Research into the Use and Effectiveness of Maximum Parking Standards - Department of Transport

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(30/10/2018 @ 07:24)

Beto 2020? Why some think Beto O'Rourke has what it takes to become president - video profile

O'Rourke's bid to unseat Ted Cruz in the US midterms narrowly failed – but his audacious grassroots campaign sprinkled seeds of Democratic rebirth and has drawn whispers of a presidential run. What is it that makes people think the Texas congressman has what it takes to get into the White House?

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(10/11/2018 @ 06:28)

Visiting Julian Cole: the man paralysed after being tackled outside a nightclub - video

In 2013 Julian Cole was arrested by six police officers outside a nightclub in Bedford. His neck was broken. He is now paralysed and suffers from severe brain damage. 

In this film, made in 2016, his mother, Claudia, continues her years of visiting him in a care home twice a day. His friends also drop by. We experience these visits with Claudia and three of Julian's closest friends, witness the trauma this event has caused in their lives and wait with them as they hold out hope that justice will come from the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In 2018, three police officers were sacked for lying in relation to this incident.

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(25/10/2018 @ 09:09)

Slavoj Žižek tells Owen Jones: 'Clinton is the problem, not Trump' - video

The philosopher Slavoj Žižek says the collapse of the centre-left welfare state consensus has led to the global rise of the new right. He argues the left 'ceased to question the fundamentals of the system' and that the crucial political battleground in the US is within the Democratic party

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(24/10/2018 @ 08:02)

'Absurd and degrading': how universal credit can ruin lives – video

The government's controversial welfare overhaul has been plagued with difficulties from the outset. Payment delays have left people with mounting debt and facing eviction as demand for food banks soars. Trent from Doncaster tells us how he has been affected

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(24/10/2018 @ 09:01)

Looking for cheap rent? Try a haunted house – video

Comedian Tanishi Matsubara has an unusual system for renting cheaply in Osaka - he seeks out 'stigmatised property': places in which the previous inhabitant has died. In Japan, the belief that such properties are haunted has even led to a law which means potential tenants must be informed

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(31/10/2018 @ 03:00)

UK austerity has inflicted 'great misery' on citizens, UN says

Poverty envoy says callous policies driven by political desire for social re-engineering

• ‘I'm scared to eat sometimes'

• Women reveal impact of cuts

• Children tell UN: ‘It's unfair'

The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.

Philip Alston, the UN's rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended a two-week fact-finding mission to the UK with a stinging declaration that levels of child poverty were “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”, even though the UK is the world's fifth largest economy,

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(16/11/2018 @ 13:40)

Scammers target students with fake tax refund emails

UK tax authority says thousands have received emails seeking bank details

Thousands of university students have been targeted with fake tax refund emails in an attempt to steal their banking and personal details, HM Revenue and Customs has said.

The tax authority has received thousands of fraud reports over the last few weeks in what it said was the first scam directly targeting university students in such high volumes.

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(17/11/2018 @ 06:33)

Woman, 75, stabbed to death in Peckham, south London

Man, 55, arrested at scene on Ethnard Road on suspicion of murder

A 75-year-old woman has died after being stabbed during a suspected domestic incident in south London.

The woman was attacked at a residential address on Ethnard Road in Peckham on Friday afternoon and was pronounced dead shortly after ambulance crews arrived. Medics said she had multiple stab wounds.

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(17/11/2018 @ 09:35)

Prince Harry calls for HIV testing to be seen as completely normal

The Duke of Sussex launches national HIV testing week by saying people should not be ashamed to be tested

The Duke of Sussex has called for HIV testing to be seen as “completely normal and accessible” in a new video marking this year's national HIV testing week.

The duke said people should not be ashamed or embarrassed about taking a test, and instead should treat it in the same way as people protect against viruses like cold and flu.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:08)

Bug grub: Sainsbury's to stock edible insects on shelves in a UK first

Supermarket will start selling roasted crickets in 250 of its stores from Monday

Barbecued bugs are are going on the shelves of British supermarkets as Sainsbury's becomes the first big UK grocer to stock edible insects.

The retailer will start selling roasted crickets – described as “crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour” – in 250 of its stores from Monday, capitalising on the growing prominence of bush tucker in the global warming debate. The damaging environmental impact of global meat production has spurred interest in bugs – which can be bred in significant numbers without taking up large amounts of land, water or feed – as an alternative, sustainable food source.

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(16/11/2018 @ 20:01)

Butcher, baker and revenue-maker: Crickhowell named UK's best high street

Brecon Beacons town is fighting the dominance of supermarkets

HJ and D Webb and Sons (motto: everything for your home and garden) has been trading in the market town of Crickhowell since 1936. As you pass the shop's windows, the eye is caught by items ranging from comfy sofas to chainsaws.

Mike Webb, who runs the store with his two brothers, said: “Shopworkers and workers do what they do because they love it. That makes a difference. Everyone pulls together. When we did a litter pick and clean-up in the high street recently more than 150 people turned out. I think our regular customers and our visitors feel that this is a special place.”

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(16/11/2018 @ 14:19)

BBC women complain after Andrew Neil tweet about Observer journalist

Senior female journalists say deleting comment about Carole Cadwalladr not enough

Senior female BBC journalists have complained to executives at the corporation about the presenter Andrew Neil, after he failed to apologise for calling an Observer journalist a “mad cat woman”.

Neil, the host of the late night show This Week and one of the corporation's most high-profile political interviewers, made the comment about Carole Cadwalladr – whose work helped expose the Cambridge Analytica scandal – as part of a string of tweets posted in the early hours of Tuesday.

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(16/11/2018 @ 07:57)

Patisserie Valerie chair hires former SFO investigator as his lawyer

Cafe chain's executive chairman Luke Johnson likely to be questioned by fraud investigators

Luke Johnson, Patisserie Valerie's executive chairman, is understood to have hired a former top prosecutor at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) amid an investigation into the cafe' chain's finances.

Johnson has hired John Gibson, who joined the American law firm Cohen & Gresser in September after serving for five years at the fraud investigator.

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(16/11/2018 @ 19:42)

Apec leaders at odds over globalisation and free trade

Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad warns economic integration leaving many behind but Australia, China and Russia condemn protectionism

Fault lines were quick to emerge over the future of free trade as leaders gathered for the Asia-Pacific summit on Saturday, with some calling for radical change while others argued for a return to the status quo on globalisation.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Papua New Guinea, the Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, warned that globalisation was leaving some people behind and fuelling inequality.

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(16/11/2018 @ 23:33)

Saudi women mount ‘inside-out' abaya protest

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says wearing the robe is not mandatory in Islam, but in practice nothing has changed

Saudi women have mounted a rare protest against the abaya, posting pictures on social media wearing the obligatory body-shrouding robe inside out.

The conservative petro-state has some of the world's toughest restrictions on women, who are required to wear the typically all-black garment in public.

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(16/11/2018 @ 22:39)

Venice jewellery heist: expert insight from the 'gentleman thief'

Vincenzo Pepino, the only other person to have successfully robbed Doge's Palace, suspects £1.7m theft was an inside job

Until January, only one other person had pulled off a burglary at Doge's Palace, the seat of power during Venice's years as a republic, and a museum since 1923.

In 1991, Vincenzo Pipino, nicknamed the “gentleman thief” for the polite way in which he pursued his criminal exploits, spent most of a night hidden in a cell in the New Prisons building next door, carefully calculating a security guard's manoeuvres. At his chosen moment, Pipino slipped out and walked across the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the prisons to the palace. From there, he entered the Consoli room, took the highly valuable Madonna col Bambino (Madonna with Child), painted in the early 1500s, covered it with a blanket and sauntered out of the building through a side door.

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(17/11/2018 @ 01:00)

Trump says he has answered Mueller's questions but not submitted them

President said on Friday he answered the written questions ‘very easily' but did not indicate when he would turn them in

Donald Trump said on Friday that he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but has not yet submitted them.

Related: Jeff Flake threatens to block judicial appointments over Mueller inquiry bill

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(16/11/2018 @ 14:09)

French woman jailed for keeping baby in car boot

‘Wilful neglect' by Rosa Maria Da Cruz contributed to youngest child developing autism

A French court has sentenced a woman who kept her baby hidden in the maggot-infested boot of her car to two years in jail for negligence causing mental disability.

Rosa Maria Da Cruz, originally from Portugal, kept her daughter Serena – the youngest of her four children – hidden away until she was nearly two. Her lawyers said she had never accepted falling pregnant again.

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(16/11/2018 @ 15:04)

Jeff Bezos tells employees 'one day Amazon will fail'

Tech giant's founder made surprise warning in staff meeting when addressing question about Sears, according to a recording

Amazon is going to fail, Jeff Bezos, the tech company's founder, told staff recently.

Related: What cities offered Amazon: helipads, zoo tickets, and a street named Alexa

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(16/11/2018 @ 12:29)

'Merkel Muss Weg': far-right protests target German chancellor in Chemnitz

Up to 1,200 demonstrators gather as German chancellor visits city, which has become a hotbed of aggression

It had been dubbed a stop on “Angela Merkel's farewell tour” by the far-right, who promised to give the German chancellor a “good send off” when she visited Chemnitz on Friday.

Benjamin Jahn Zschocke, of the rightwing movement Pro Chemnitz, said: “We will use the opportunity to celebrate her departure and of course we see it partly as our success.”

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(16/11/2018 @ 14:59)

Funeral prayers for Jamal Khashoggi ring out in absentia

Thousands of mourners pay respects to journalist, whose body has still not been found

Thousands of people across the world have gathered to pay their respects to Jamal Khashoggi, reciting funeral prayers in absentia because the journalist's body has still not been found.

Six weeks after his killing by agents from Riyadh at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, prayers for the writer rang out at the prophet's mosque in the holy Saudi Arabian city of Medina on Friday morning.

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(16/11/2018 @ 11:21)

'I couldn't go to the jobcentre - I didn't have a CV': building my business as a refugee

When Moh Agha fled the war in Syria and arrived in the UK, he started selling books on ebay to support his family. Now he stocks more than 3,500 items and runs training courses for other refugees. This is how he got back in business

Moh Agha had a lot to take in when he first arrived in the UK with his young family in November 2013. “It's not easy moving to a new country with a wife and two small children,” he says. “Everything was unfamiliar. We had no friends or family, it was very cold and people spoke very fast and with a strong accent.”

Back in Damascus, before the war broke out, Agha had built up a successful importing business. He travelled regularly between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Lebanon and Syria for work. “Our turnover was around $25m [£19.2m] a year,” he says. “People think the war only affected people physically, but because we couldn't renew our passports or get visas, my business couldn't operate.”

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(13/08/2018 @ 06:38)

Meet the former banker changing how women dress for business

After eight years as an investment banker, wearing dispiriting, constrictive suits, Joanna Dai swapped finance for fashion, launching her label DAI ­to create stylish, comfortable clothes that work for work

Joanna Dai, 32, remembers the eureka moment when she came up with the idea for her clothing label DAI. As an investment banker at JP Morgan, she was used to gruelling hours and frequent business travel, but wearing uncomfortable suits for 20 hours a day was the final straw. “I was on a night flight back to Heathrow from Stockholm, having got dressed that morning at 4am. I was sitting there with my waistband digging in, a blazer where my arms couldn't go above my head and I just thought: ‘Why couldn't there be something that looked like a power suit, but felt like my yoga kit?'”

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(15/06/2018 @ 09:58)

'I resent the job-for-life notion': why everyone wants a side hustle

Apparently, the age of the side hustle is upon us, but just what is it? And why should we care? Author of The Multi-Hyphen Method, Emma Gannon, explains

Now ubiquitous on either side of the Atlantic, the US term “side hustle” refers to a passion project that falls outside of your primary job. You probably knew that. You may even have one. According to Henley Business School, one in four Brits do. By 2030, they predict that figure will have risen to 50%.

There are plenty of reasons someone would start a side hustle. With studies stating that more than 50% of UK workers are unhappy in their jobs, we're looking elsewhere for the fulfillment, development and income missing from our careers. That's why so many side hustles start as hobbies (48% of them, according GoDaddy).

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(23/08/2018 @ 07:19)

Five simple dos (and five definite don'ts) for budding entrepreneurs

Struggling to sift through the cliched self-help quotes and business jargon for something constructive? Entrepreneurial experts share their hard-learned lessons, from the genuinely useful to what to avoid

Don't get lost in the crowd
You may think your product is better than everything else, but without something distinctive about it, it's not going to stand out. “When I do consultancy work occasionally and, say, someone's made a new T-shirt, I'll say: ‘What's so good about it?'” says Kuldip Singh Sahota, founder and chief executive of Mr Singh's chilli sauces and crisps. “They'll say, the fabric or design, but that's what everyone says. What's going to make you stand out? That's where your brand and authenticity comes in, especially in such a crowded market.”

Dave Bailey, a business coach and entrepreneur, agrees: “When you're starting a new business, you have to get people to believe what you believe. And they're never going to believe someone they think is fake or doing it for the wrong reasons.”

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(08/06/2018 @ 12:05)

Louis Theroux: ‘My greatest achievement ? To have made a career in TV while being nervous by nature'

The broadcaster on forgetting people's names, being thin-skinned and missing Jeremy Beadle

Born in Singapore, Louis Theroux, 48, broke into television when Michael Moore employed him as a writer on his satirical show, TV Nation; he went on to win Baftas for his Weird Weekends and When Louis Met… documentaries. His subjects have included pornography, Scientology and addiction. Louis Theroux's Altered States: Choosing Death is on BBC 2. He is married with three sons and lives in London.

What is your earliest memory?
Watching Crown Court on television in the mid-70s and thinking that the people on the TV could see me.

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(17/11/2018 @ 05:30)

Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson review – our lunar future

A near-future story about a tech geek and a member of the Chinese elite takes in everything from quantum theory and revolution to shyness

In the latest novel from the SF giant, it is 30 years in the future and Fred Fredericks, a shy young American employee of a Swiss tech company, travels to the moon to deliver a communications device to the large Chinese colony at the lunar south pole. He finds himself caught up in a vicious power struggle between rival factions within the Chinese security services and ends up on the run with the “princessling” Chan Qi, the pregnant daughter of a senior member of the communist elite, who is under threat because of her dissident political views and high standing among the country's poorest “one billion”. As they flee for their lives, the two of them must travel to China and then back to the moon again, against the backdrop of a revolution in China, and a parallel uprising in the other economic superpower, the United States.

It's a thriller-type plot but it doesn't read like a thriller. The pace is slow and the narrative is regularly interspersed with reflections, the characters are thoughtful, shootouts are rare – there is no visceral sense of jeopardy. We learn about the political instability, for instance, mainly through newscasts received on the moon. This is revolution seen as an interesting collision of historical forces, rather than experienced through the rage and fear of people on the streets.

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(17/11/2018 @ 08:00)

Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend: how does the show compare to the books?

Can director Saverio Costanzo and a cast of non-professional actors do justice to Ferrante's radical vision of postwar Naples?

“Lila is overdoing it as usual,” Elena Greco begins her story, both in Elena Ferrante's much-loved novel My Brilliant Friend and in a feverishly anticipated TV adaptation. “We'll see who wins this time.” And thus a narrative of 50 years of friendship and rivalry opens, transporting us back to the slum Naples district of their postwar childhood.

The first in Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet, My Brilliant Friend is a breathless, breathtaking love story – but not between a hero and heroine. Above all, the novels are a lingering, obsessive exercise in bringing two young woman into being. While literature is hardly short of female characters scorched on to the page by the male gaze, what makes this book so unusual is that the looking is done by another girl: and in the adaptation the emphasis is all on looking – we watch the girls watching the adult world around them. In the many passages dedicated to noticing that moment when a girl becomes a beautiful woman, Elena's rapt description of her friend is as charged as that of any lover: “She had become shapely. Her high forehead, her large eyes that she could suddenly narrow, her small nose, her cheekbones, her lips and ears that were looking for a new orchestration and seemed close to finding it.” The reader, like everyone in the neighbourhood, can't help but fall in love with Lila.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:00)

Dramatic Exchanges review – a history of the National Theatre in letters

Denunciations fly, friends fall out and hurt is inflicted in Daniel Rosenthal's rewarding collection of letters from directors, actors and writers

The National Theatre was a long time coming, but when, after 120 years of agitation, and innumerable betrayals and reverses, it finally opened in 1962, it immediately became central to the British theatre, a vital instrument in our self-definition as a nation. It has always mattered, and always been controversial, never satisfying everybody, sometimes satisfying almost no one. But there it is, a (literally) concrete and monumental acknowledgement of an activity at which, at least since Elizabethan times, we have excelled, and for which we have always had an appetite. Each of its five artistic directors has modified the vision informing its work, amending it as times have changed, but it has never ceased to be inspired by an ideal of public service; no one who has worked there has been in it for the money.

The oddly stirring history of how this remarkable institution came to be has been recounted at thrilling length by Daniel Rosenthal in The National Theatre Story. Here, he tells a different tale, brilliantly evoking the day-to-day life of a great theatre, its constant negotiation with the shifting imponderables out of which productions are brought, often kicking and screaming, to the stage. Nothing in the theatre can be relied on. Superb directors occasionally deliver naff shows, wonderful actors turn down parts they were born to play, writers of impeccable track records cannot finish or occasionally even begin their plays, designs that look adorable in the model box prove hideous and impractical, and machinery installed at staggering cost judders to a halt the moment the public arrives. All this is conducted in a maelstrom of emotion and much of it in public. Denunciations fly, old friends fall out, enduring hurt is inflicted, fine plays are badly served, budgets burst at the seams. And every night upwards of 2,000 people descend on Denys Lasdun's great bunker on the South Bank in London, expecting to see a show that will stimulate, divert, transport, challenge or inform them.

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(17/11/2018 @ 05:00)

True pleasure is a play without an interval

Give me, uninterrupted, a new world for the evening, a performance that changes my mood and my mind

I'll find myself in the office, at about 4pm, wondering whether I should go and see something at the theatre, looking online for availability that same evening, especially as the night draws darker and earlier. The good thing about going solo – which I mostly do – is that there is often a seat free, and discounted. I never plan ahead. I am lucky enough to live 20 minutes from the best productions in the world. Browse; book; bus.

The true joy is a play without an interval. Last year, the television writer Steven Moffat called for an end to intervals, which as an opinion earns a standing ovation from me. Intervals are rubbish: they disrupt the narrative; the toilet queues ribbon around the stairwells (I often just go to the men's: discuss); and my fellow audience members are excruciatingly slow in leaving and returning to their seats (I thought I saw Vince Cable at the theatre once, and then realised that every single person at the theatre looks like Vince Cable). Intervals are getting longer and longer, too, like Peter Jackson films.

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(17/11/2018 @ 05:00)

The Black Prince by Adam Roberts review – wonderful homage to Anthony Burgess

Burgess's vision of medieval Europe is finally brought to life in this vivid pastiche

The Black Prince derives from a plan Anthony Burgess made for a novel in the early 1970s, and then turned into a screenplay for a film that was never made. It's about the life and campaigns of Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III and father of Richard II, who defeated the French at Crécy and Poitiers, founded the Order of the Garter, and died of dysentery in 1376 before he could become king.

Brought out by crowdfunded publisher Unbound, this is a weird and wonderful book on which no commercial publisher would have taken a punt. Burgess said of his planned novel: “The effect might be of the fourteenth century going on in another galaxy where language and literature had somehow got themselves into the twentieth century.” Adam Roberts recreates that effect with panoramic camera swoops over Europe, inset newsreel headlines, and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the major battles of the century (Crécy, Poitiers, Nà¡jera). These are voiced by a whole range of characters: if you want to see medieval Europe from the perspective of a blind king of Bohemia, a dog, a chicken seller, a Cornish miner, a mercenary, the mother of Richard III, or the Black Prince himself, this is the book for you.

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(17/11/2018 @ 03:30)

Why we need open pollinated seed | Alys Fowler

I don't think the apocalypse is coming, but Brexit probably is

If you examine my pockets you will always find, among the lint, some seed. It's an absent-minded ritual when I see ripe seed. I guess it makes me feel safe to walk around with a potential garden in my pockets.

I don't think the apocalypse is coming, but Brexit is, and the climate is changing. We need seed that can cope with these things, seed that can adapt to our soils and our climate.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:00)

Meera Sodha's recipe for vegan beetroot and ginger soup

A comforting root veg broth with a spicy ginger hit to ward off autumn blues

This is one of a handful of soups my mother has been making for years. I didn't put it into my first cookbook, a collection of family recipes, because it didn't feel very ‘Indian', but families and their collections of recipes are messy, eclectic and wonderful things forged over many years and many experiences. This is the recipe that almost got away. When writing it down, I asked Mum how much ginger to add. She said: ‘According to the weather,' so the quantity given here is for a cold November's day. By all means kick it up a notch for extra warmth.

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(17/11/2018 @ 06:00)

Gift cards for Christmas: it's time to kick the habit

With the high street in disarray, consumer groups warn that gift cards and vouchers are a bad buy

What do shoppers at HMV, House of Fraser, Maplin, Toys R Us – and this week, Evans Cycles – have in common? They've all had problems using, or been left holding, worthless gift cards after the chain went into administration.

With Christmas fast approaching, and reports into the dire state of the high street, consumers are being advised to break the gift card habit and give something else this year – because it's a Santa certainty that some people who ignore this advice will end up throwing away their cash.

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(17/11/2018 @ 05:00)

Blind date: ‘I hoped he was my date'

Jonathan, 30, civil servant, and Oliver, 28, masters student

What were you hoping for?
Is it corny to say love at first sight? No pressure, Oliver.

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(17/11/2018 @ 01:59)

Klarna: 'buy now, pay later' system that is seducing millennials

It lets you try before you commit at Asos and other online retailers – but is it a debt trap?

Swedish firm Klarna has taken online shopping by storm over the past couple of years. Millennials no longer pay for clothes and gadgets with old-fashioned money – they “Klarna” it.

If you're over 30, you've probably never heard of Klarna. It's a new form of digital payment pitched at people who “wanna cop some new gear but can't wait until payday”, as JD Sports puts it.

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(17/11/2018 @ 04:00)

Elena Ferrante: when a friend died at 38, I thought that would be my allotted time, too

When I got to 38, things changed. I was pleased I had made it, and thought, ‘Everything after this is a bonus'

A woman I was very attached to died young, at 38. She had been married to a man she loved, had three small children and many talents that were beginning to bear fruit. I was younger than she was when she died; now, I'm much older. For a long time I considered her 38 years a sort of goal. If that had been her allotted span, surely that limit could also be mine. So I thought of my life as if it would not last longer than 38 years.

I know that may seem ridiculous but, in some corner of myself, it really was like that. And, all in all, I'm glad: in many ways I had a different sense of time from my contemporaries. I ran; they lingered. I felt old and burdened by responsibilities; they seemed young and irresponsible.

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(17/11/2018 @ 03:00)

Tell 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

Our notion of the traditional household is changing. Today, the place we call home can include extended families, friends, and even strangers. Our new series of columns celebrates the many ways we choose to live together – and we're looking for your input.

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)

Share your Caribbean highlights for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

Send us a tip on affordable experiences in the Caribbean, be they places to stay, activities and attractions, or bars and restaurants

Palm-fringed beaches, rum punch and infectious reggae beats … Carnivals, rainforest and a laid-back vibe … The Caribbean is one of the world's most alluring holiday destinations, and we want to hear your highlights – especially for those not on an A-lister budget. It might be a cosy guesthouse, a hidden beach, a seafood shack or a wildlife-rich jungle trail.

Please be specific about locations, and include prices and websites were appropriate.

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(13/11/2018 @ 12:19)

Tell us: is your school facing budget cuts?

With banners at some school gates we want to hear what cuts mean and how they are being explained to parents and community

A cursory look at recent headlines speaks of deep problems in school funding in England. Special needs funding is at crisis point, sixth form and FE funding has fallen by a fifth since 2010, children are raising money for their own education and headteachers are using cash for disadvantaged pupils to prop up budgets.

Related: School cuts: ‘Children now raise money for their own education'

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(20/09/2018 @ 07:15)

Is your local council facing cuts? Share your tips

We'd like your help to find out more about current or future cuts to UK council services. If you're aware of any where you live, please get in touch

This summer Northamptonshire county council, which is technically insolvent, published proposals that could lead to drastic loss of jobs and cuts to all its services over the next few months including core services such as children's and adult social care. East-Sussex county council, has said it was preparing to cut back services to the bare legal minimum to cope with a cash shortfall that could leave it bankrupt within three years.

We would like to find out if there are any other councils around the UK that are experiencing or about to undergo cuts to services because of financial pressures. If you have knowledge about council services where you live, we would like to know the following:

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(08/08/2018 @ 11:14)

More than a million readers contribute financially to the Guardian

Business model showing way for journalism to ‘regain its relevance', says editor-in-chief

More than a million people worldwide have contributed to the Guardian in the last three years, with 500,000 paying to support the publication on an ongoing basis, according to Guardian News and Media's editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner.

She said the business model was showing a new way for journalism to “regain its relevance, meaning and trusted place in society”.

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(05/11/2018 @ 11:40)

Republicans look to New Hampshire for a potential Trump 2020 challenger

New Hampshire hosts the first presidential primary, and any politician's visit is viewed as testing the waters for a White House run

On a wintry night last week Ohio's Republican governor John Kasich took to the stage in a theatre in New Hampshire's largest city as a snowstorm churned its way toward town. He quickly abandoned the podium to speak to the audience from the ground, at their level and out of the spotlight that had been shining.

The governor lauded the important work done by journalists across the world to hold the rich and powerful accountable while also attacking the sitting president and speaking about the need to unify as a nation.

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(17/11/2018 @ 07:00)

Please stop telling me to leave my comfort zone

Our comfort zones are there to protect us, even if productivity specialists say otherwise

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Raise your hand if you're sick of hearing that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. I know I am.

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(17/11/2018 @ 02:00)

California's DIY firefighters battle alone as the richest hire private teams

As officials battled blazes elsewhere, residents of Cornell, California, chose to take on the fires rather than flee

Even as black smoke filled the skies and flames swept the hillsides, residents of Cornell, California, hoped their homes would stay safe. Many in the small town tucked into the Santa Monica mountains had dealt with wildfires before and no one expected the fire would jump the freeway.

By dawn last Friday, the Woolsey fire – now considered the most destructive in Los Angeles county's history – descended on Cornell. Stretched thin as they battled the enormous Camp fire in the state's north, firefighters weren't there to stop the flames from spreading.

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(17/11/2018 @ 03:00)

Melania Trump's ousting of aide ramps up White House reality TV feel

The first lady's public call for Mira Ricardel's dismissal was an unprecedented move for a president's wife

It was a remarkable moment even for a White House that has drawn repeated comparisons to a reality television show.

Melania Trump, who as first lady has kept a relatively low profile, issued a stunning rebuke of one of Donald Trump's top national security officials this week, calling publicly for her firing.

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(16/11/2018 @ 13:52)

How hip-hop is helping young people in Hull find their voice | Clare Horton

A new documentary shows one man's battle with poverty as he tries to bring rap – and hope – to the city's most deprived areas

Ten-year-old Jess Baker (not her real name) stands at a microphone in a tiny recording studio behind a hip-hop clothing shop near Hull city centre. “My brain is all messed up,” she raps, “Music is my passion, it makes me not give up”.

Running the sound desk and encouraging her as she raps is Steve Arnott, director of Beats Bus, a project running music and arts workshops for young people in the city, which tackle issues including mental health, bullying and political engagement. “The idea of the Beats Bus first came to me about five years ago,” says Arnott. “There were hip-hop workshops already happening across the city, and I'd started doing workshops for young people. But if you come from a family with no money, parents can't afford to give their children bus fares every day to come into town.”

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(14/11/2018 @ 03:30)

The 20 photographs of the week

The migrant caravan in Mexico, wildfires in California, the armistice centenary and a symbolic funeral prayer for Jamal Khashoggi – the week captured by the world's best photojournalists

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(17/11/2018 @ 04:00)

The best party outfits for all ages – in pictures

How to hit the festive circuit with style

• ‘It's a marathon, not a sprint': top tips for doing the gruelling seasonal circuit

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(16/11/2018 @ 08:24)

Homes in former train stations – in pictures

Get on the right track with these five properties, from East Sussex to North Yorkshire

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(16/11/2018 @ 03:00)

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Starlings over Rome and the ‘smiling angel' of the Yangtze are among this week's pick of images from the natural world

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(16/11/2018 @ 10:00)

Apec summit in Papua New Guinea begins – in pictures

Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived in the capital of Port Moresby, the first of many foreign leaders attending the meeting

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(16/11/2018 @ 01:58)

The Empire of the Eagle: the world's most graceful bird – in pictures

The Empire of the Eagle: An Illustrated Natural History, by Mike Unwin and David Tipling, is published by Yale University Press and celebrates the world's 68 eagle species in all their magnificence and beguiling diversity

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(15/11/2018 @ 08:51)

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