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Twitter suspends Britain First leaders as it enforces new anti-abuse rules

Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding suspended as social media platform takes steps to protect those targeted by abuse

Twitter has suspended the accounts of the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, the far-right group recently retweeted by Donald Trump, under the terms of its revised anti-abuse rules.

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen's accounts were unavailable on Monday afternoon hours after the social network's new rules came into effect. The organisation's main account was also suspended.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:56)

Guardian to fight legal action over Paradise Papers

Offshore firm at heart of story, Appleby, is seeking damages and has demanded Guardian and BBC hand over documents

The Guardian is to defend robustly a legal action seeking to force the disclosure of the documents that formed the basis of its Paradise Papers investigation.

The offshore company at the heart of the story, Appleby, has launched breach of confidence proceedings against the Guardian and the BBC.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:39)

Cyril Ramaphosa chosen to lead South Africa's ruling ANC party

Deputy-president and wealthy businessman defeats Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in landmark vote that could determine country's trajectory for decades

Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid activist turned tycoon and politician, has been chosen by the African National Congress as its leader for the next five years.

The battle to lead South Africa's ruling party, in power for 23 years but hit by declining support and a series of scandals, remained on a knife edge to the very last minute.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:57)

Amtrak train crash: 'multiple fatalities' reported in derailment near Seattle

  • Train was heading south on new high-speed rail route that opened on Monday
  • Pictures show derailed train hanging off overpass above Interstate 5

An Amtrak train has derailed roughly 40 miles (64km) south of Seattle, spilling cars on to a busy interstate.

Authorities reported “multiple fatalities” on the train, the Associated Press said. Many injuries were also reported.

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(18/12/2017 @ 13:46)

May tells 'Brexit war cabinet' UK must aim high in trade talks

Source reveals that at meeting with ministers the PM argued for UK to keep up calls for bespoke, ambitious deal

Theresa May has insisted the government must aim high in the next phase of EU negotiations, during a meeting of her “Brexit war cabinet” that highlighted some divides between senior ministers.

A source revealed that the prime minister argued strongly for the UK to maintain its calls for a “bespoke and ambitious” trade deal despite a suggestion from the EU's lead negotiator, Michel Barnier, that such an option was not viable.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:15)

Uber driver confesses to killing British diplomat in Beirut, says source

Lebanese man named as Tariq H arrested after body of Rebecca Dykes was found by a motorway over weekend

A Lebanese Uber driver has confessed to killing a British diplomat in Beirut, a judicial source has told the Guardian.

The body of Rebecca Dykes was found on the side of a motorway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Local police suggested she had been strangled.

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(18/12/2017 @ 10:51)

Myanmar burned Rohingya villages after refugee deal, says rights group

Villages were still being damaged as late as 2 December, contradicting government assurances, says Human Rights Watch

Satellite images show that dozens of Rohingya villages were burned the week Myanmar signed an agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees, Human Rights Watch has claimed.

The evidence that villages were still being damaged as late as 2 December contradicted assurances by the Burmese government that violence had ceased and that the Rohingya could safely return to Myanmar, the watchdog said.

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(18/12/2017 @ 10:00)

Bristol refugee murder review accuses police of institutional racism

Family welcome report, which says council and police wrongly thought of Bijan Ebrahimi as a troublemaker

The family of an Iranian refugee murdered by a misguided vigilante after years of abuse have expressed relief that an independent review has vindicated their campaign to expose institutional racism within a police force and council.

A review concluded that Avon and Somerset police and Bristol city council wrongly perceived Bijan Ebrahimi as a troublemaker rather than a victim and sided with his white abusers.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:26)

Two people die and three are in hospital after Loch Lomond hotel fire

Firefighters still working to bring blaze under control at Cameron House, near Balloch

Two people have died and three more were treated in hospital after a fire took hold in a luxury hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland.

More than 200 guests were evacuated from the Cameron House hotel, near Balloch, as firefighters battled for about 12 hours to bring the blaze under control.

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(18/12/2017 @ 10:12)

EU investigates Ikea after Dutch deals reduce tax bill by €1bn

Furniture company joins Starbucks, Amazon and Apple on Brussels watchlist after EU says Swedish firm funnelled revenue via low-tax subsidiaries

The EU has launched an “in-depth” investigation into the tax affairs of Ikea after claims the retailer's deals with the Dutch government have saved it around €1bn (£880m).

Initial findings from the European commission suggest the Swedish firm has been able to use a Dutch subsidiary to heavily reduce its tax bill on revenue from stores around the world.

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(18/12/2017 @ 13:36)

Fishery could face legal action for sign banning eastern European anglers

Field Farm fisheries in Oxfordshire ignores letters from Polish enthusiast and the Equality and Human Rights Commission

A fishery in Oxfordshire could face legal action after it put up a sign saying “No Polish or eastern bloc fishermen allowed”.

Field Farm fisheries, which describes itself as “picturesque, tranquil and an idyllic setting” with an “extensively stocked” lake for leisure anglers, has ignored letters from a Polish enthusiast and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

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(18/12/2017 @ 13:34)

End the ‘Smurfette effect' – and my other style wishes for 2018

It's time to ditch Hollywood's habit of dressing a woman in sexy clothes while the men around her wear comfortable clobber, says our style expert in her final column of the year. Then we'll deal with what Kirsten Gillibrand will wear to her shock inauguration …

What fashions are you hoping for next year?

Alexis, by email

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(18/12/2017 @ 11:46)

Guardian and Observer charity appeal passes £500,000 in 10 days

Money to help homeless young people and refugees includes record £53,000 taken during telethon with journalists

Guardian and Observer readers have raised more than £500,000 for homeless young people and refugees, just 10 days into an annual charity appeal.

The total includes a record £53,000 taken over the phones by Guardian and Observer journalists on Saturday at a telethon.

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(18/12/2017 @ 09:51)

A Force for good: why the Last Jedi is the most triumphantly feminist Star Wars movie yet

The franchise's terrific new instalment offers up complex female characters and dialogue that aces the Bechdel test, while still hitting all the classic marks

The Last Jedi stormed into cinemas at the weekend as the most triumphantly feminist Star Wars film yet. While The Force Awakens and Rogue One had terrific heroines, they were isolated, and barely spoke to other women. Writer-director Rian Johnson has delivered a film that's funny, exciting, spiritual and true to the original essence of the series while also having well-rounded female characters who actually interact with one another. Both in terms of women and non-white characters, there's a celebratory inclusiveness that seems entirely in the Jedi spirit.

If you haven't seen it, very mild spoilers are ahead. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is feeling the first stirrings of the Force and has gone in search of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is living as a hermit on a remote island. The dynamic between them is complex and constantly evolving: these are no awe-struck pupil and saintly teacher archetypes. Rey's character is as developed as any in the series, and bears no relation to her gender. Back at the Resistance HQ, General Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) is calmly calling the shots while her composed Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) is skeptical of our trigger-happy hero, Poe (Oscar Isaac). There are complex dynamics at work here, and gender seems significant in this case: the different sexes have varying approaches to military strategy, and it's thought-provoking stuff.

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(18/12/2017 @ 13:16)

Kim Jong-hyun: Shinee star dies amid an unforgiving K-pop industry

The 27-year-old singer was one of the beautiful, well-drilled entertainers who make K-pop so thrilling – and who are often treated miserably by their management companies

The death of Kim Jong-hyun of South Korean boyband Shinee marks, if not definitely the end, then a crushing blow to one of the country's most enduring pop outfits. With their earnest, keeningly romantic songs, paired with immaculate choreography, Shinee marked the apotheosis of their country's boyband craft.

While in the west there have only been a handful of successful boybands in recent years, in Korea and Japan – where Shinee also had a huge following, leading to a string of Japanese-language albums – the appetite for ultra-emotional ballads and energetic dance tracks, performed by impossibly beautiful and well-drilled young men, is apparently insatiable.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:16)

Watch out, the Brexiteers might be coming for your paid holidays | Frances O'Grady

Millions of Britons rely on the EU's working time directive for the most basic rights. It appears this is under threat, despite Vote Leave's promises

Ministers including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are plotting to scrap the working time directive, according to numerous media reports. This is a crucial piece of EU law that protects working people – and which working people were promised would still apply after Brexit.

If Johnson and Gove succeed, 7 million workers could lose their guaranteed legal right to paid holidays. That includes nearly 5 million women and many workers on part-time and zero-hours contracts.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:03)

Is it bad manners not to send a Christmas card?

With alternatives in the shape of e-cards or charity donations available, is it really necessary to send season's greetings through the post?

The Christmas card was not an immediate success. The card believed to be the first was commissioned by Henry Cole, a civil servant and inventor, and printed in 1843 – from an illustration by artist John Callcott Horsley. It didn't sell well – for one, it showed a boozy family, which people objected to – and it was another 20 years or so before the Christmas card started to become a popular festive tradition. This year, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) claims Britons will send an estimated 900m cards, according to The Times – this is around 100m fewer than last year, but the tradition is still holding off competition from e-cards.

“I'm a great believer in sending Christmas cards,” says William Hanson, an etiquette coach. “It's a nice thing to do, especially in the digital world.” Every year, however, he counts them up and receives fewer and fewer, “which I'm sure is representative of everybody, not just people disliking me. It's still nice to let people know you have put pen to paper and you are thinking of them.” A poll for the Royal Mail found that 80% of people would prefer a physical Christmas card over an e-card (granted, the Royal Mail has a vested interest in the former's popularity), with only 1.7% of people saying a WhatsApp message would do. Supposedly tech-addled 18- to 24-year-olds were the most likely to make their own cards this year. However, the retail research company Mintel found that those aged over 65 were far more likely to buy Christmas cards (65%) than younger people – less than half of 16-24-year-olds and 25-34-year-olds bought cards.

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(18/12/2017 @ 13:40)

What TV taught us in 2017: from David Bowie to The Crown

This year, we learned there was no such thing as too long, complicated, dark or difficult; that every Doctor is the ultimate until the next one – and that the future is stalking us like prey

It was the best of years, it was the … no, wait, it was just the best of years: 2017 for television was like 1867 in Russian literature: alive with creativity, unexpectedness and creative works of incredible length. In the olden days, we would periodically ask why only Americans could make good TV (because they have bigger writing teams), and then the pendulum would swing and we'd ask why only the British could (because we have a tradition of public service broadcasting, and also a better sense of humour), and those conversations have vanished, because everybody is so brilliant at it that the idea of trying to locate the vibe ethnographically has become preposterous. There's been a reversal over time of the old norm, that films were for grownups because they had more money, and TV was for kids who couldn't go out. Now, films are for kids trying to escape their parents, and are largely nonsense, and TV is for adults who are too tired to leave their sofas, but apparently not so tired that they can't watch 50 hours straight of intricate character analysis in a foreign language.

Broadly, it's not so much facts we've learned – I don't have brilliant recall for things I absorb outside office hours; I'm sure you're the same – as how much we've developed as people. I've never thought so hard about the effects of plastic on the oceans, or totalitarianism on the self (Blue Planet II, SS-GB, The Handmaid's Tale, Babylon Berlin – you people knew what you were doing); never been so ashamed of the quick growing up millennials had to do after Generation X gentrified, yet also ruined, everything. And there's one thing we didn't need political upheaval to teach us: all the old rules are broken. There is no such thing as too long, only not long enough; there is no such thing as too complicated, too dark, insufficiently uplifting or too hard. Whatever the impossible stew of malice and detail, harsh reality and extravagant fantasy, we're good for it.

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(18/12/2017 @ 13:54)

The British elite is at war with itself – on a scale we've never seen before | Paul Mason

Our elites used to keep calm in a crisis. But now – with the Tories fighting to the death over Brexit and the tabloids terrified by Corbyn – they've lost their heads

When I first started working at the BBC, in 2001, what struck me was not how most of the people in charge were from the same universities, or that it was assumed you were a ski enthusiast, or how casually people dropped the names of powerful people they knew. It was the uniformity of thinking. There were progressive people and conservative people, but they mostly subscribed to the groupthink of the elite.

Surveying the levels of anger, abuse and fractiousness in the upper levels of British society today, it feels like a very different country. The Daily Mail's front page, attacking the Tory Brexit rebels and triggering an avalanche of threats and abuse, was just the latest example of a culture war inside the British elite that makes any remaining class resentment against them look mild.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:41)

The Ashes: 10 moments, little and large, that decided the series | Rob Smyth

While Steve Smith's Brisbane century and Mitchell Starc's wonderball to James Vince in Perth were defining images, there were other moments that were more subtle yet just as pivotal to the early return of the urn

The Ashes isn't always about the actual cricket. The most significant moment of the epic 2005 series came during a game of touch rugby, when Glenn McGrath stood on a stray cricket ball and was injured on the morning of the second Test. In 2017, the England players' apparently harmless decision to have a few beers in Bristol after an ODI victory over West Indies had unimaginable consequences. Ben Stokes may not have made much difference but we will never know for sure what happened in that parallel universe.

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(18/12/2017 @ 13:04)

Ederson's distribution, levels of celebration and Sunderland – Football Weekly

Max and co discuss superior goalkeeper distribution, celebrations at both end of the enthusiasm scale, Celtic losing, Sunderland winning and Ryan Babel

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Philippe Auclair for Football Weekly, to look back at the weekend just gone.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:43)

John Skipper resigns as ESPN president over 'substance addiction' issue

  • Skipper, 61, out as president of ESPN, citing ‘substance addiction'
  • George Bodenheimer to return as acting president during search

John Skipper has resigned as ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing a “substance addiction” issue.

George Bodenheimer, who was president of ESPN from 1998 through 2011 and the network's executive chairman until 2014, will take over in the interim as acting chairman while Disney finds a replacement.

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(18/12/2017 @ 12:42)

Milan misery intensifies amid defeats, finance questions and 'moral violence' | Paolo Bandini

Fans would be content just to see Milan's ship steadied so they can have a chance to enjoy their rivals' mishaps. Even that, apparently, is too much to ask

You could not blame Milan fans for enjoying a moment of schadenfreude. They had endured abundant humiliations already this season, from the 4-1 mauling at Lazio through to the last-gasp draw against pointless Benevento. It was time for somebody else to suffer. Better yet that it should be their neighbours, Inter, who had begun the weekend top of the table.

The Nerazzurri were expected to extend their unbeaten start at home to 13th-placed Udinese on Saturday. There was a festive vibe at San Siro, where fans were given Santa hats before being invited to join in with a half-time rendition of this year's Christmas smash-hit: Inter Bells. With the scores still level at 1-1, the crowd was happy to join in.

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(18/12/2017 @ 09:37)

How the Guardian ranked the world's top 100 footballers for 2017

Ronaldo, Hernà¡n Crespo and Rustu Recber lead a panel of 169 judges choosing the globe's greatest male players in 2017

For our sixth annual survey we have gathered our biggest panel yet: 169 judges from 63 countries choosing the 100 best male footballers in the world in 2017. Led by the Brazilian legend Ronaldo, our global panel of players, coaches, broadcasters, reporters, correspondents and editors is fronted by 27 current and former professionals who have won a combined total of 698 caps.

Alongside Ronaldo, the likes of Hernà¡n Crespo, Javier Zanetti and Jan Aage Fjortoft have given up their time to participate in an illustrious judging team which also comprises international coaches and a wide array of broadcasting and journalistic talent. Many are household names in their own country.

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(18/12/2017 @ 09:00)

Panthers' Jerry Richardson's exit from ownership ranks is a sign of the times

The Panthers are 10-4 and a team no one wants to face in January, but they've lost an owner in an era where the old harassment game is no longer played

When one of the NFL's most stable and respected owners is forced to sell his team the rest of sports should know there is no room for creepy comments, lurid stares and strange requests to come to the owner's suite. The harassment game, long accepted with knowing smiles and smarmy smirks, has been shut down. As #metoo hashtags embolden women to talk about the dignity that has been stripped from their lives, there are plenty of players, coaches, executives and owners holding their breath wondering if past crimes will catch up to them.

Related: NFL round-up: Patriots shock Steelers at the death while Eagles keep winning

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(18/12/2017 @ 07:30)

The 50 top films of 2017 in the UK: No 5 Get Out

Jordan Peele's sleeper hit was a note-perfect dismantling of white American liberalism – but it was also chilling, hilarious and relentlessly entertaining

  • See the US cut of this list
  • See the rest of the UK countdown
  • More on the best culture of 2017
  • It would be easy enough to make a case for Get Out's place among the year's best movies simply by reeling off a list of stats and facts. To date, Jordan Peele's film has made over $175m at the US box office, a figure that puts it in the 15 highest-grossing films of 2017, ahead of the likes of Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes and the latest Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean films. Globally it has earned back around 56 times its production budget (as a point of comparison, Beauty and the Beast, the year's runaway hit, has earned around 10 times its budget), and has become the highest-grossing film of all time made by a black director.

    Get Out currently holds a 99% rating on critical aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, making it the best reviewed film of the year. (Much has been made of Lady Bird's 100% rating, but Get Out's greater number of reviews means that it is still ahead in the end-of-year rankings.) To cap it all, the film looks likely to join a very select list of horror movies to earn a best picture nomination at the Oscars, with some predicting it could – nay, should – take home the top prize.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 02:00)

    The 10 best music videos of 2017, from Kendrick Lamar to Haim

    The year provided a range of visually daring, often audacious videos that were also able to provide powerful social commentary. Here's our pick of the 10 best

    “Videos now provide a consciousness and a need to stand out, where in the past they didn't as much,” said Dave Meyers, one of 2017's most acclaimed music video directors, earlier this year. “They sort of were spectacles. Now, they carry a truth with them.”

    Related: How artist Kahlil Joseph restored faith in the music video

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:00)

    The best albums of 2017, No 5: Perfume Genius – No Shape

    Mike Hadreas' genre-switching fourth album was breathtakingly original, his lyrics of personal pain spiking a shimmeringly sublime score

    Several records this year aimed to bridge the gap between high art and the melodic mainstream: St Vincent's Masseduction and Moses Sumney's Aromanticism, to name just two. But even those tremendous outings had their longueurs. Perfume Genius' No Shape boasted end-to-end action: fear, happiness, abasement, transcendence, all borne along on breathtakingly original music.

    Anyone who has gone the distance with Perfume Genius – from his tremulous first album, 2010's Learning, through to the carnivorous flamboyance of 2014's Too Bright – will have clocked this Seattle musician's twin obsessions: catharsis wrapped in a kind of body horror, and the pursuit of its opposite, the sublime.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 02:00)

    Favourite reads of 2017 - as chosen by scientists

    Writers from the Guardian's science blog network choose the books from inside and outside science that delighted them most this year

    The Silk Roads; Inferior; Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race; Lila; Mr Shaha's Recipe for wonders

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:15)

    Society still has a problem with women speaking out. Look at Kate Maltby | Abi Wilkinson

    Women have long paid a price for confronting these sorts of issues. Following sexual harassment allegations against Damian Green, Maltby's already facing trial by media

    When I read that Tory activist and journalist Kate Maltby had received violent threats following the allegation of sexual harassment she made against the first secretary of state, Damian Green, I couldn't have been less surprised. Women have long paid a price for speaking out on these sorts of issues – especially when they implicate rich and powerful men. Regardless of the facts, they're often vilified and blamed for what happened.

    In 2016, footballer Adam Johnson was found guilty of child grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. A few months later, the former partner of Johnson's sister was jailed for harassing the victim in a series of Facebook posts – in which he shared a photo of the teenager and encouraged others to do the same. His victim has said she now “lives in fear of violent attack”.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 10:35)

    The press's own watchdog is failing so I'm joining the fight for honest journalism | David Leigh

    Defenders of free speech can't stand by as Theresa May and press barons try to scupper Leveson, and Ipso goes soft on hate speech

    • David Leigh is a former Guardian investigations editor

    I've startled quite a few of my investigative colleagues by joining the board of Impress, the voluntary press regulator. They think I've turned gamekeeper; and what's worse, signed up to a body that's regularly vilified as a potential threat to freedom of the press.

    Related: Here's what section 40 would do to the British press – and it's not good | David Pegg

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    (18/12/2017 @ 13:37)

    Forget youthquake: here are the real words of the year | Martin Kelner

    Oxford Dictionaries' word of 2017 is hardly earth-shaking. But instead of being broflakes, let's join in on the fun

    Casper Grathwohl has the rather fine title of president of dictionaries at Oxford University Press, so it was he who chose the much-discussed but rarely used “youthquake” as 2017 word of the year, over some other equally unlikely suggestions. I only mention that in case, in skimming over the story at this busy time of the year, you read Grathwohl alongside Antifa, gorpcore and broflake, and assumed it was one of the contenders.

    Why not? The Microsoft spellchecker puts the same wobbly line under youthquake and the rest of Casper's shortlist as it does under his name, meaning it's not just the man on the Leeds omnibus (me) scratching his head over El Presidente's selection.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 09:05)

    As The League of Gentlemen shows, there's little as funny as grim despair | David Barnett

    The privileged may not get it, but finding laughter in the dark comes easily to those of us who grew up in northern, working-class homes

    During all the furore about the stage production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too being cancelled – and then rapidly reinstated – at the Royal Court theatre, it became apparent that some people didn't find the 1987 film very funny at all. Which struck me as funny (peculiar), because I thought it was hilarious. Though the subject matter isn't – a married older man begins a torrid and seedy sexual affair with two schoolgirls from a deprived and depressed Bradford council estate – the situations are.

    There's a certain kind of narrative that seems bleak if you're looking at it from above – but is funny if you're in it

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    (18/12/2017 @ 05:08)

    Ryanair has recognised unions. Hell must have frozen over | Stefan Stern

    It's a company built on contradictions: everyone moans about it and yet it's one of the world's biggest airlines. Something had to give

    “I don't even know how there would be industrial action in Ryanair,” the company's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, observed at its annual general meeting in Dublin less than three months ago. “There isn't a union.”

    There is now. In fact, not merely one union, but several pilots' unions from all over Europe will shortly be recognised for the purpose of collective bargaining with the airline. This is not simply a U-turn by O'Leary: it is a full loop-the-loop aerial extravaganza, with multicoloured vapour trails and a brass band playing in celebratory support.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 08:21)

    Are the days of Christmas wrapping paper and cards over? | Phoebe-Jane Boyd

    If younger people are sending fewer cards and shunning wrapping paper, it may be because they know there's more to giving than appearances

    Since early life crawled out of the sludge and decided it would like to continue crawling, prising shiny shells open to get to their inner goodness (fruit/seeds/viscera) has been an unbreakable habit for the living – we can't help it. We love opening things; banana peels, packets of biscuits, envelopes that look like they don't have bills in them. And so comes Christmas with shiny boxes to be opened, full of promised goodness for our continuing survival; in many cases, instead of life-giving nutrients, it's regifted candles from the neighbours. But even now, away from the primordial grime, the message of “this looks good, it might contain good things if I open it” whirrs away in our lizard brains.

    Half of us in the UK would also choose to get our presents with no wrapping at all

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    (18/12/2017 @ 12:23)

    I have received death threats, and I blame the vitriol of the pro-Brexit media | Dominic Grieve

    I worry that rational debate about leaving the European Union is becoming impossible in this atmosphere of crisis and confrontation

    • Dominic Grieve is a Conservative MP and former attorney general

    A decision as a backbencher to vote against one's party ought not to be taken lightly. Political parties depend for existence and success, not so much on the holding of identical views, as on a shared philosophy and ties of loyalty and respect between members. So there are good reasons to try to find compromises when differences emerge on a specific matter. Last week, however, I voted against my party on a national issue for the first time in my 20 years in parliament. I felt I had no option, as the attempts I had made to get the matter resolved by compromise had failed. I also considered that the matter was far too important to be ignored.

    Related: Brace yourself for the next Brexit faultline: the battle over transition | John Springford

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    (18/12/2017 @ 02:00)

    The price of driving down care home costs? Staff who quit after a few weeks | Michele Hanson

    Making money out of the sick, feeble and helpless means treating them and their care workers like rubbish. No wonder turnover is so high

    My friend Mavis just applied for a job in a care home for the elderly. Marvellous, I thought. She is bound to get it. She is perfect for the job: personable, bright, forthright, cheery, hard-working, her social skills are top-notch, and we are desperate for care workers.

    Off she went for her interview, told the fellow all about her life and past experience, including running two successful employment agencies, and when he'd heard all that, he started asking questions: “When you felt under pressure, what did you do about it? What are your strong points and weaknesses?”

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    (18/12/2017 @ 09:00)

    Princess Charlotte to attend nursery close to Kensington Palace

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge select Willcocks nursery school in London and release family photo for Christmas card

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have selected a nursery close to their Kensington Palace home for their daughter, Princess Charlotte, it was announced as they released a new family photo that features on their official Christmas card.

    Charlotte, two, will start in January at the Willcocks nursery school, which occupies the hall of Holy Trinity church in Kensington, west London, and was rated as “outstanding” when last inspected by Ofsted five years ago.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 11:19)

    Tory MP Anna Soubry submits dossier of violent threats against her

    Document given to Speaker includes dozens of examples of threats, including calls for Brexit ‘mutineer' to be hanged

    A Conservative MP who last week rebelled over Brexit has submitted a dossier of threats of violence against her to the Speaker as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn condemned an increase in intimidation against MPs.

    A document provided by Anna Soubry and seen by the Guardian includes dozens of examples of threats, including several calls for her to be hanged for treason. The messages have been received since she was called a “mutineer” on the front page of the Daily Telegraph alongside colleagues and then, last week, voted against the government.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 13:14)

    US military opens fire on man after alleged break-in bid at RAF Mildenhall

    Man suffered cuts and bruises and was arrested after incident at Suffolk base mainly used by US air force

    US military personnel opened fire on a man as he allegedly attempted to break into an RAF base in Suffolk on Monday afternoon. The man was arrested, having suffered only cuts and bruises, police said.

    RAF Mildenhall, in Suffolk, was put on lockdown after a “security incident”, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The RAF base is primarily used by the US air force.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 12:54)

    Police name couple killed in Merseyside car crash

    Mike and Karen Young, both 37, died and their two children were seriously injured in collision in Haydock on Sunday

    A couple killed in a car crash that left their two children seriously injured have been named by police.

    Mike and Karen Young, both 37, from Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan, died after the collision in Haydock, Merseyside, on Sunday evening.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 13:40)

    MP's former aide denies rape and describes shock over arrest

    Samuel Armstrong says sex was consensual and he thought police had the wrong man when they detained him

    A Conservative MP's former chief of staff who is accused of raping a woman in the Houses of Parliament has insisted the sex was consensual, telling a jury he and the woman joked around during the encounter.

    Giving evidence in his trial at Southwark crown court on Monday, Samuel Armstrong said he thought the police had the wrong man when they arrested him the day after the alleged rape.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 14:01)

    UK manufacturing order books near three-decade high, says CBI

    Strong growth recorded in November continued in December, but is expected to slow in early 2018

    Britain's manufacturers have ended 2017 on a high note, with output surging to meet the strongest order books in almost three decades.

    The latest snapshot of industry from the CBI found the strong growth recorded in November continued in December but is expected to abate in the early months of 2018.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 11:12)

    Ofcom investigates Alex Salmond's TV show on Kremlin-backed channel

    Watchdog launches inquiry into whether The Alex Salmond Show, which began last month on RT, broke accuracy rules

    The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom is investigating Alex Salmond's new television programme on the Kremlin-backed RT network.

    The Alex Salmond Show, hosted by the former Scottish first minister, began airing last month on the RT channel, previously known as Russia Today. Ofcom has launched an investigation into whether the political show broke accuracy rules, and is also assessing a series of tweets that were presented as written by members of the audience.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 09:57)

    Building regulations unfit for purpose, Grenfell review finds

    Interim report says system to ensure homes are built to be safe is open to abuse and there are concerns about privatisation

    A review of building regulations ordered after the Grenfell Tower fire has found the system is “not fit for purpose” and open to abuse by those trying to save money.

    Dame Judith Hackitt's interim report [pdf] into building safety called for an overhaul of the construction industry to put safety above cutting costs.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:23)

    Muted protests in Vienna as far-right ministers enter Austria's government

    Austria becomes only country in western Europe with far-right presence in government, as coalition sworn in

    The far-right Freedom party is joining Austria's government. How do you feel?

    Austria's president has sworn in a new government amid muted protests against the far right's prominent role in the cabinet.

    Related: The far-right Freedom party is joining Austria's government. How do you feel?

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    (18/12/2017 @ 11:19)

    Trump will drop climate change from National Security Strategy

    • President to outline new approach in unprecedented White House speech
    • Obama administration added climate to list of threats to US interests

    The Trump administration will drop climate change from a list of global threats in a new National Security Strategy the president is due to unveil on Monday.

    Related: Trump says he is not planning to fire Mueller as Republican attacks increase

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    (18/12/2017 @ 06:00)

    Atlanta airport: power restored but flight delays expected for days

    • Thousands stranded on Monday morning after fire in underground facility
    • More than 1,000 flights grounded just days before holiday travel rush

    Power has been restored to the world's busiest airport – but the travel woes will linger for days.

    Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airport, where more than 1,000 flights were grounded just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 11:10)

    Paintings by Chinese artist Qi Baishi sell for record £105m

    Set of ink-brush panels entitled Twelve Landscape Screens painted in 1925 breaks record for Chinese paintings sold at auction

    A set of ink-brush paintings by the Chinese artist Qi Baishi has sold for 931.5m yuan (£105m), breaking all records for Chinese paintings, a Beijing auction house has said.

    The group of 12 panels painted in 1925 were sold at auction on Sunday night, Beijing Poly International Auction said.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 11:03)

    Thousands in China watch as 10 people sentenced to death in sport stadium

    Residents in Guangdong invited to see group sentenced before they are taken away for summary execution in wake of drugs crackdown

    A court in China has sentenced 10 people to death, mostly for drug-related crimes, in front of thousands of onlookers before taking them away for execution.

    The 10 people were executed immediately after the sentencing in Lufeng in southern Guangdong province, just 160km (100 miles) from Hong Kong, according to state-run media.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 00:34)

    'Illegal and primitive': Pakistan expels foreign aid groups in droves

    Warnings of negative impact on ordinary people and damage to Pakistan's international standing as 29 organisations are given two months to leave

    The Pakistani government has ordered a number of foreign charities and rights groups to close down their operations and leave the country by the end of January.

    Over the past few days, the interior ministry has sent letters to 29 major international non-government organisations (INGOs), including Action Aid and Marie Stopes, telling them to shut their offices and leave within 60 days.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 13:29)

    Interstellar object ‘Oumuamua covered in 'thick crust of carbon-rich gunk'

    Cigar-shaped body has a deep surface layer made of organic ices baked in interstellar radiation – and potentially has ice in its heart, say astronomers

    The mysterious interstellar object ‘Oumuamua that is shooting through our solar system is wrapped in a thick coating of carbon-rich gunk that built up on its cosmic travels, astronomers have found.

    New observations of the cigar-shaped body found evidence for a deep surface layer that formed when organic ices – such as frozen carbon dioxide, methane and methanol – that make up the object were battered by the intense radiation that exists between the stars.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 12:00)

    End of the smashed phone screen? Self-healing glass discovered by accident

    New type of polymer glass that can mend itself when pressed together is in development by University of Tokyo after a student discovered it

    Japanese researchers say they have developed a new type of glass that can heal itself from cracks and breaks.

    Glass made from a low weight polymer called “polyether-thioureas” can heal breaks when pressed together by hand without the need for high heat to melt the material.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:17)

    Behind the scenes on Birmingham derby day with football fans and police – video

    Police on the streets separating rival supporters, cordons restricting access around the ground, holding the away end back after full time: these are familiar experiences for football fans attending derbies up and down the country. Here we go behind the scenes at Birmingham City v Aston Villa to explore how police and fans interact with each other on match day

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:50)

    'Some don't have bodies to bury': My journey back to Dominica after the hurricane - video

    This year the Caribbean experienced its most destructive hurricane season in decades. While large countries dominated the headlines, the small island nation of Dominica suffered the worst devastation it has ever seen. Josh Toussaint-Strauss visits his family in the country and asks, with next year forecast to be worse, how Dominicans see their future

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    (14/12/2017 @ 06:00)

    'I became a black man when I arrived in England': Inua Ellams on his play Barber Shop Chronicles

    Inua Ellams was recently nominated for the Writers' Guild award for best play for Barber Shop Chronicles, which is currently on at the National Theatre. He speaks to the Guardian journalist Iman Amrani about black masculinity, his story as an immigrant and how he channels anger into his art

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    (12/12/2017 @ 08:09)

    Exclusive Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake music video: The Priest

    Watch Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake's music video The Priest, about a young homeless girl's experiences of life on the street

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    (11/12/2017 @ 05:25)

    Peter Doig review – sun, sea and savagery in a troubled paradise

    In these grave and noble paintings of our catastrophic age, the Scottish artist uses lurid colours to create bold beach scenes haunted by murders and mangy lions

    The art of Peter Doig takes place in a troubled Arcadia, a place of sunshine, sea and deadly snakes. In his new painting Red Man (Sings Calypso) (2017) a colossal figure stands on a golden beach, his bare – reddish – torso framed by the black iron frame of a coastguard's platform. The sea is a green band flecked with daubs of white. The pale blue sky is hollowed out by puffy cloud shapes. On the ground, a man lounges in shades with a boa constrictor wrapped around him. Is it a pet or is it strangling him?

    In the Greek legend of the Trojan War, the priest Laocoà¶n and his sons were strangled on the beach by giant snakes. The man with the snake in Doig's painting looks like the doomed Laocoà¶n as depicted in classical art. Doig was a friend and collaborator with Derek Walcott, the Nobel prize-winning Caribbean poet who died this year and whose epic work Omeros transposes the myths of Homer to the West Indies. Doig's new paintings are similarly Homeric, or Walcottian. He sees his Trinidad home as a place of giants, monsters, blind singers.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 12:37)

    Jim Mullen and Rob Luft review – bluesy rebirth of the cool

    Vortex Jazz Club, London
    Breezy improv from Luft – nearly 50 years younger than fellow guitarist Mullen – helped keep their blues and jazz standards fresh

    The Scottish music writer Rob Adams once described Glasgow guitar legend Jim Mullen's right thumb as the best blues singer the city ever produced. This was a nod to the voice-like warmth Mullen gives an electric guitar melody by plucking with his thumb rather than a pick, as his short-lived idol Wes Montgomery did. After successful decades with big-time funk groups including the Average White Band, Mullen's palette of raunchy blues, graceful bebop and purring tenderness still glows. A jam at the Vortex with young UK guitar prodigy Rob Luft – his junior by nearly 50 years – put his formidable resources to fascinatingly fresh use.

    Luft's mother had taken him as a 10-year-old to a Mullen gig. (The elder statesman joked that if he'd known how Luft was going to turn out, he'd have done his best to demoralise him.) The eager compatibility of the pair was as absorbing as their differences of approach to a largely standards-based repertoire – cranked up further by gifted Scottish keyboardist Pete Johnstone on organ, and exciting Italian drummer Enzo Zirilli.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 12:50)

    Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister – review

    Nicholas Shakespeare's flair as a novelist makes a gripping story of Churchill's unlikely rise to power in 1940

    Hitler died amid the flames of Berlin in April 1945. The most reckless criminal in modern history was no more. So long as “good” Germans are at the helm of Germany today, a Fourth Reich seems unimaginable. Yet Nazism really did happen, and it came close to engulfing Britain. The BBC sitcom Dad's Army poked fun at the feared German invasion. In one episode, Private Godfrey's sisters are seen to prepare their Regency cottage for the most charming of guests. “The Germans are coming, Miss Godfrey,” Lance Corporal Jones warns. “Yes, I know, so many people to tea. I think I'd better make some more.”

    The second world war continues to fascinate young and old alike: how to make a familiar subject new? Several large, one-volume histories have appeared in recent years. Smoothly readable, they present the standard British narrative of the war built round the rise of Hitler and the dictator's attempts to assert hegemony over Europe. Correspondingly little analysis is made of the Scandinavian theatre of operations, though the Fà¼hrer's assault on neutral Norway in 1940 set the stage for the coming “total” war, which claimed the lives of more than 50 million people.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 05:00)

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie review – new-school rap star taps up old-school stagecraft

    Electric Brixton, London
    The 21-year-old Bronx rapper incites moshpits and stage diving with a battery of earworm hooks – and gets a cameo from Stefflon Don

    At 21 years old, rising Bronx rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie draws his influences less from the NYC hip-hop pioneers working with two turntables and a microphone, and far more from the megastar MCs of the noughties. Over the course of a self-released mixtape (2016's Artist) and a major label album (this year's A Bigger Artist), he has skilfully referenced contemporary icons, taking in the Auto-Tuned self-reflection of Future, the sing-song humblebrags of Drake, and Kanye's penchant for electronic experimentation. But tonight in Brixton, it becomes apparent that at least one familiar, welcome remnant of Bronx boom-bap culture remains: he knows how to put on a proper live show.

    Bounding on stage with a huge grin as his DJ scratches up current club hip-hop hits, A Boogie is a spindly, hyperactive performer, springing from one speaker stack to the other as the DJ gamely runs through rap shoutout 101 (“put your hands in the air London”, etc). A Boogie is dressed unobtrusively in a beanie hat, sports sweater, ripped jeans and – by hip-hop standards – an extremely modest gold chain, looking more like the rap scene's latest art director than its breakout star. All of this adds to his likability, a good-times everyman who's there to enjoy himself, as he swiftly kicks into a party-starting rendition of Wild Thots – a mischievous remix of Rihanna's Wild Thoughts.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 08:23)

    How Syria's White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

    The Russia-backed campaign to link the volunteer rescuers with al-Qaida exposes how conspiracy theories take root: ‘It's like a factory'

    The Syrian volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets have become the target of an extraordinary disinformation campaign that positions them as an al-Qaida-linked terrorist organisation.

    The Guardian has uncovered how this counter-narrative is propagated online by a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government (which provides military support to the Syrian regime).

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    (18/12/2017 @ 04:01)

    My only reliable Christmas tradition is that I don't have one

    Opening presents in a car by the ocean with Dad; Mum making tostadas; watching Taxi Driver aged 10 with a chain-smoking Hungarian. Most people want sameness – I always have difference

    I tend to become a little more quiet this time of year, to dress in plainer shapes and colours, to dread the tinselled parties and all their accompanying questions. In trying to evade any enquiries about my own plans or family, my tactic is often to ask after the smallest details of whichever acquaintance or stranger, the travel schedules and mulled wine recipes, exhaust them until their glasses are empty and they have to wend their way back to the bar. This isn't the only way I've become an expert on the Yuletide traditions of others, but it's good practice for the culminating event of Christmas, a holiday for which my only reliable tradition is a total lack of any. That I've sat at so many different tables on this day when what most people want is a sense of sameness, of time having temporarily fallen off, has become a kind of pride. Empanadas in Los Angeles or strudel on the snowy Canadian border, the thing that persists for me about the holiday is not a certain taste or smell but the richness of many, meals I've eaten not in loyalty to one part of my life but to the continuum of it, a measure every winter of how and with whom I hoped to be.

    My parents had both died by the time I was 24, but they were not people drawn to the predictable and domestic, and in losing them I did not lose some holiday ritual I'll always wish to take back. Journalists, divorced almost as quickly as they were married, acolytes of California counter-culture whose youth seemed it would never expire, they tended to treat each holiday as though it were a surprise to be reckoned with creatively. One year my father and I drove through the fog Hitchcock loved to Bodega Bay, where we opened presents in our laps while looking through the windshield, he discussing, plaintively and respectfully, the power of the ocean and the several times he had almost died inside it. The sailing incident off the coast of Tahiti, the ribbons and crumpled tissue around my scuffed-up sneakers, the circling shark during his years on Kauai, the gifts of novels and ceramics beyond my years and tastes between my knees. He drove us then to the only restaurant that was open, where the chowder arrived in bowls of dense, springy sourdough, maybe the only meal in which the eater is encouraged to truly clean her plate. It's the first thing I want when I return to the place I grew up, where I rent weekend homes like a tourist, and it's a dish I still eat like a kid, incapable of waiting for it to cool, swallowing the chunks of creamy celery whole. Any time I order it somewhere else, I end up asking about the recipe, wondering what's missing, but of course what's gone is my father, how much he loved the doom of the misty ocean, the strange nicknames he had for me, Jar of Honey, Peaches, I'll never hear again.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 13:42)

    Hermes delivery driver's diary shows flipside to Christmas shopping

    Courier details how self-employed drivers work long hours and battle traffic, weather and Christmas logistics to make just over minimum wage

    Online retailers are expecting record UK sales this Christmas, with deliveries running right up to 24 December. An army of drivers is being deployed to deliver these purchases to shoppers' homes.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 13:19)

    Stefano Gabbana doesn't want to be labelled gay – but that's easier said than done

    The designer has rejected the word but, until society's patriarchal homophobia is banished completely, he won't escape this identifier

    If Stefano Gabbana no longer wishes to be described as “gay”, that is, of course, his choice. “I don't want to be called ‘gay', because I'm simply a man ... full stop,” says the co-founder of Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. “The word ‘gay' was invented by those who need to label people, and I don't want to be identified by my sexual choices,” he adds. Why he regards his sexual orientation as a label, but not his gender, is curious. Implying sexual orientation is a “choice” – such as opting between a ham or a cheese sandwich – is also peculiar. But until a homophobic and patriarchal society (and the two are fundamentally interlinked) stop defining us as fundamentally inferior, pressing the “eject” button on the labels we use to describe our sexual orientation is easier said than done.

    Related: Designer Stefano Gabbana says he is tired of being labelled as gay

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    (18/12/2017 @ 10:24)

    Alexandra's jive to judge Shirley: the best bits of Strictly Come Dancing 2017

    It's been a vintage year for Strictly with changes in the judging lineup working well and a litany of great dances from jives and quicksteps to Argentine tangos

    So in the end it was Joe and Katya who lifted the Glitterball on Saturday, after one of the hardest-fought Strictly finals in years. It brought the curtain down on the 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing, with impressive viewer numbers and a format that doesn't seem to age. This year was no exception: the series was packed with showstopping dancing and gave us plenty of laughs along the way. I've whittled it down to my five favourite moments, but feel free to add yours in the comment box below.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 06:00)

    The Apprentice final: an almighty, unforgivable anticlimax

    The infants-school everybody-wins cop-out of last night's final might qualify as the worst thing the programme has ever given us – surely, its time is up

    This is the way The Apprentice ends, not with a bang, but a shrug. An almost literal one, too; at the climax of last night's finale, tasked between funding a recruitment business or some sweets, Alan Sugar threw his hands up in the air, muttered something about being a gambler, and let everyone win.

    Related: The Apprentice delivers unprecedented twist in final showdown

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:55)

    A nation of mugs? Britain goes gooey for Meghan memorabilia

    In the weeks since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged, commemorative tat has proliferated – even Ma'am is getting in on the act

    Name: Meghan Markle memorabilia.

    Age: Ageless.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 11:47)

    Anna Jones's recipes for Christmas Eve and Boxing Day meals | The modern cook

    The meals either side of Christmas are perfect for less predictable fare: begin with a south Indian curry to wake up the tastebuds, then try a comforting cassoulet on Christmas Eve and purple pickled cabbage soup on Boxing Day

    During this magical season, it is all too easy to focus all our kitchen attentions on one meal. But it's not always the flavours of Christmas Day that I remember most fondly; the days that lead up to it – with all the anticipation of the main event, filled with present-wrapping, stocking up, friends, parties, last-minute errands and the limbo days of frosty walks, board games and fresh intentions between Christmas and new year – are the days I treasure most.

    For many of us there will be a full house beyond the 25th, and on these days there is less need to stick with tradition ... so this is what I cook. While many of the dishes in this week's column would sit proudly on the Christmas table (the nut roast, sprouts and cream pie particularly), I'd proudly serve them as a meal in themselves any time over the winter. The flavours, I hope, are a welcome respite from the ever‑present festive favourites.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 08:00)

    We're both in our 60s, but my new partner can't achieve a full erection

    He is a widower and has been taking drugs prescribed by his GP, but he feels he is letting me down. I try to reassure him, but what else can I do?

    I am in a new relationship with a widowed man. I am 66 and he is 65. He has been prescribed drugs by his GP but has been unable to achieve a full erection. I am trying to get him to stop thinking that penetration is the be all and end all, but he worries that he is letting me down. How can I make him feel better?

    With your kind and strong desire to be accepting and creative, you are already on the right track. Help him to set aside previous notions of lovemaking (including the necessity of penetration) and make his new goal solely the giving and receiving of simple pleasure. If he has a set idea how he should “perform”, he may not be easily convinced, but persuasion, soothing and validation should work. The reasons for his erectile difficulties also need to be understood. Age does not lead naturally to erectile failure; rather, there may be some medical or psychological contributing factors. People who have been widowed often have complicated feelings that may affect their ability to be sexual; one common factor is a sense of betraying one's late partner. On the physical level, sometimes there can be vascular problems, or an underlying physical illness. But it should be encouraging that he has taken steps to get treatment. Now he must learn to relinquish his erectile anxiety – as well as possible sadness about the past – and grant you the loving connection you both deserve.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 04:10)

    Bumper business Christmas quiz 2017

    Brexit, the Paradise Papers, chickens … and the new £1 coin – how well can you remember the key events of 2017?

    •For your overall score, please complete all the questions

    Which of the following did Sainsbury's add to its food shelves this year?

    Mealworm burgers

    Edible flowers

    Horse meat

    What did bagless vacuum cleaner inventor James Dyson pledge to build next?

    An electric vehicle

    Hybrid microwave toasters

    A screenless smartphone

    Chocolate bars, drink cartons, toilet rolls and tinsel have all been hit by what phenomenon?

    A consumer boycott over ethical concerns


    Shortages in the run-up to Christmas

    Which speculative bubble has the price surge in bitcoin been likened to?

    The Icelandic rose bubble

    The Dutch tulip mania

    The Danish snowdrop craze

    How much of the UK's power came from coal in the first half of 2017?




    Which major chocolate brand sparked a row in the summer by announcing plans to launch its first UK chocolate bar that is neither organic nor Fairtrade-certified?


    Green & Black's


    Which tycoon was accused of vomiting into a fireplace after a top management meeting that was 'effectively a pub lock-in', during a high court case in 2017?

    James Dyson

    Sir Philip Green

    Mike Ashley

    Which company told managers always to refer to ‘independent suppliers' instead of ‘staff' and to always say ‘onboarding' instead of ‘hiring'?

    Southern rail



    What did Poundland name its totally dissimilar tribute to the Toblerone bar?

    River Deep

    Mountain High

    Twin Peaks

    Rock band Elbow provided the soundtrack to the John Lewis Christmas advert with a cover of The Beatles' Golden Slumbers. But which Beatles album is the track from?

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Abbey Road

    A Hard Day's Night

    Britain is currently suffering its worst wage squeeze since...

    The Crimean war

    The Napoleonic war

    The Boer war

    How is Coutts, the bankers to the British royal family, trying to lure younger rich clients?

    Holding special events for computer gamers

    Offering free membership to Mahiki

    Only hiring bankers under the age of 36

    United Airlines apologised over the death of a giant rabbit during one of its transatlantic flights. What was the rabbit's name?




    Who is the new chairman of the Federal Reserve?

    James Powell

    Jerome Powell

    Jonathan Powell

    What stranded tens of thousands of British Airways passengers at the start of summer half-term holiday?

    Hurricane Irma

    A flock of pigeons in the main aircraft hangar

    An IT failure caused by someone pulling out a plug at HQ

    Where in Geneva were €100,000 of shredded €500 notes discovered?

    In Swiss bank safety deposit boxes

    Inside cuckoo clocks

    Flushed down toilets

    Which company hit the headlines for banning some of its workers for having beards?


    JD Wetherspoon


    M&S's fabled Percy Pig, who is now married with children, celebrated his birthday this year. How old is the chewy porker?



    133 (the same as M&S)

    What did Sir Howard Davies, chairman of RBS, say about bitcoin?

    ‘It's like Dante's Inferno'

    ‘It's like Frankenstein's monster'

    ‘Bit what?'

    What has been tipped as 2017's key Christmas partywear item?

    Adult ‘Elf' pyjamas from Asda

    It's still the Christmas jumper, you can't beat it. Quality lasts!

    The Christmas suit, the sartorial equivalent of wearing wrapping pape

    How many times in a year did a gambler lose more than £1,000 on a bookmaker's fixed-odds betting terminal, according to figures released this year?




    Amazon paid $1bn for the rights to which franchise it hopes to turn into the next global blockbuster TV series?

    Harry Potter

    Lord of the Rings

    James Bond

    What was the most-read Guardian business story of 2017?

    John Lewis Xmas ad 2017 - meet Moz the monster

    Cyber attack on Deloitte reveals clients' secret emails

    Hard times for Whole Foods: what went wrong?

    How many electric car charging points are there in the UK now?




    ITV named which high-flying executive to become its first-ever female chief?

    Alex Mahon

    Carolyn McCall

    Dawn Airey

    Which popular eatery started a delivery service to City of London bankers?


    Pret a Manger

    Square Meal in the Square Mile

    Who tweeted to say they would be spending more time in Frankfurt after Brexit?

    Michael O'Leary, Ryanair boss

    Lloyd Blankfein, head of Goldman Sachs

    Ralf Speth, boss of Jaguar Land Rover

    What prompted Charlotte Hogg to quit as deputy governor of the Bank of England?

    The use of animal fat in the new plastic banknotes

    A lack of diversity at the Bank

    Her failure to declare a potential conflict of interest

    Richard Desmond is to sell his Express and Star titles to Trinity Mirror, the owner of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, for £130m. How much has Desmond personally made over the last 17 years as proprietor?

    More than £500m

    More than £400m

    More than £300m

    A revised way for calculating insurance and medical payouts was revealed in February, provoking uproar among insurers. What is it called?

    The Sharples rate

    The Lynch rate

    The Ogden rate

    When the Bank of England raised interest rates in November, it was the first increase in the cost of borrowing since when?




    In his spring budget, Philip Hammond announced a major overhaul of National Insurance for the self-employed. How many days later did he abandon the changes?




    The new £10 note went into circulation in September. The Queen was given the first (AA01 000001), while Theresa May got the third. Who was handed the second?

    HRH Prince Philip

    The chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney

    Marks & Spencer unveiled which of the following to help halt the painful phenomenon known as ‘avocado hand'?

    Frozen, pre-stoned avocados

    Freeze-dried avocado powder

    Stoneless ‘cocktail' avocados

    How many of the 10 multimillion-pound flats in the Shard have been sold five years after the building opened its doors?




    Which high street food retailer provoked an unholy row over its decision to substitute the baby Jesus with a sausage roll in its 2017 advent calendar?

    Pret in a Manger



    How many sides does the new £1 coin have (no peeking in wallets, purses etc)?




    Which companies have oil and gas firm Ineos bought this year?

    A boutique milliner and a Swiss cricket club

    A jacket maker and a Swiss football team

    A suit-makers and a Swiss tennis club

    What does the term The Paradise Papers refer to?

    The name of Vanessa Paradis's greatest hits album

    A special investigation into global tax avoidance, conducted by the Guardian, among others

    The term used to describe left-wing, liberal newspapers with a heavy utopian bias

    Which of the below correctly names three leading food courier services?

    Delivenoo, Just Ate, UberEast

    Just Eaten, OverEats, Deliveree

    Deliveroo, Just Eat, UberEats

    What is the main business of the international listed company funkily rebranded as GetLink?


    Corporate matchmaking

    A tunnel

    If you're looking to buy a ‘Snake Pit' standing ticket for one of Taylor Swift's 2018 Wembley Stadium shows, what is the official Ticketmaster price?




    Which drink, say experts, will follow gin and be the next to surge in popularity?




    How long will it take for the gender pay gap to close, according to the World Economic Forum?

    217 years

    49 years

    21 years

    Which pop star, according to Unilever chief Paul Polman, offered to write a protest song to help block a Kraft Heinz takeover?


    Ed Sheeran

    Paloma Faith

    How will Monaco house the expected 2,700 millionaires expected to move there by 2026?

    Build a new 45-storey apartment complex atop the train station

    Reclaim six hectares from the sea

    Pay poorer residents to move to France

    How many of the UK's new large nuclear power stations will be built by a UK developer?




    Who wanted to hand his brother £11m in back pay?

    James Murdoch

    Mike Ashley

    David Barclay

    Richard Thaler won this year's Nobel prize for economics. Thaler was one of the economists behind what?

    Drudge theory

    Nudge theory

    Fudge theory

    In July, holidaymakers jetting off from Cardiff airport were offered how many euros to the pound?




    50 and above.

    You are a bona fide business guru! Is that the phone we can hear ringing? That's right ... and it's Warren Buffet asking for advice

    49 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    48 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    47 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    46 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    45 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    44 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    43 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    42 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    41 and above.

    Well done. You are so boardroom!

    40 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    39 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    38 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    37 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    36 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    35 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    34 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    33 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    32 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    31 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    30 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    29 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    28 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    27 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    26 and above.

    Great stuff. If you were on a plane you'd be in business class on the Red Eye from NYC, doing deals with the big shots.

    25 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    24 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    23 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    22 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    21 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    20 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    19 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    18 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    17 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    16 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    15 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    14 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    13 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    12 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    11 and above.

    Fair attempt. You need to read the Guardian business website more often

    10 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    9 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    8 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    7 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    6 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    5 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    4 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    3 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    2 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    0 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    1 and above.

    A low, low score indeed – but comfort yourself that it is still enough to graduate with a first from the Liam Fox school of business.

    For your overall score, please complete all the questions

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:59)

    'House prices driven by unrealistic expectations': your best comments on the Guardian today

    We've been following readers' discussion of a new study into UK house prices as well as the Christmas gifts you've always wanted

    We're highlighting conversations on house prices, Christmas gifts and the latest Star Wars film – no spoilers here, though.

    To join in you can click on the links in the comments below to expand and add your thoughts. We'll continue to highlight more comments worth reading as the day goes on.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:33)

    The far-right Freedom party is joining Austria's government. How do you feel?

    We'd like you to share your thoughts on the far-right party joining the country's coalition government

    Austria has become the only western European state with a far-right presence in government after its president approved a controversial coalition deal.

    Alexander Van der Bellen rubber-stamped the alliance between the conservative People's party and Heinz-Christian Strache's far-right Freedom party on Saturday.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 06:36)

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the Porgs, the Force and the future - discuss with spoilers

    It gave us new powers, abundant alien creatures and a triumphant last hurrah for Luke Skywalker, but did Rian Johnson's Episode VIII live up to the hype?

    •Warning: this article contains spoilers

    Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi review – an explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions

    Fan theorists were certain that Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi would be to The Empire Strikes Back what JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens was to the original Star Wars, a movie full of Jedi training sessions on remote planets, rebel backs against the wall and darkling, curveball plot twists. In the end that was only part of the story, for this was a movie that gave us, in the words of Luke Skywalker in one of its earliest trailers, “so much more”. New Force powers, abundant alien creatures like nothing we've seen before, and a complex, yet satisfying return for the galaxy's greatest hero.

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    (16/12/2017 @ 14:05)

    Tina Brown: 'What is it with old men and bathrobes?'

    At 29, Tina Brown moved to New York to edit Vanity Fair – and went on to have bruising encounters with Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Garrison Keillor. She meets Emma Brockes

    “America has no memory,” said Wallace Shawn, the actor and son of William Shawn, whose legendary editorship of the New Yorker ended four years before Tina Brown's began – and it's an aphorism that runs as a refrain through her Vanity Fair Diaries.

    Brown's ascent at Vanity Fair and the New Yorker is, of course, still vividly remembered – not least because some of the people she fired pop up now and then bitterly to remind us – but more generally, her account of her first decade as an editor in the US is a love letter to this idea of America: as a place where one comes to shed the inhibitions of home.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 05:00)

    Cat Person author's debut book sparks flurry of international publishing deals

    Following her viral short story hit, Kristen Roupenian's You Know You Want This has been sold to Cape in the UK, with the US auction said to be topping $1m

    Kristen Roupenian, whose short story about a relationship turned sour, Cat Person, set the internet on fire last week, has sold her debut book to a UK publisher for a high five-figure sum, with an auction in the US now understood to be topping $1m (£748,000).

    Published in the New Yorker, which said the response to the story had been “record-breaking”, Roupenian's Cat Person recounts student Margot's relationship with the older Robert. Initially conducted through text messages, it eventually becomes physical – “It was a terrible kiss, shockingly bad; Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing” – before Margot withdraws and Robert shows his true colours.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 09:52)

    BBC to air 'definitive' Harvey Weinstein documentary

    Documentary promises to reveal inside story of disgraced producer and origins of Hollywood's ‘deep-rooted sexism'

    The BBC has commissioned a feature-length documentary about the disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein.

    The 90-minute film, which will be aired on BBC Two, promises fresh insights and revelations about the producer, who has been accused of sexual assault, rape, harassment and misconduct by dozens of women.

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    (18/12/2017 @ 07:48)

    Joe McFadden: I'll celebrate Strictly victory with whiskies and sleep

    Former Holby City actor says he is looking forward to a rest but plans to keep dancing after winning BBC show with Katya Jones

    Strictly champions each have a unique way of dealing with winning the perennially popular Saturday evening show, and Joe McFadden's is perhaps unsurprising, given he is the show's first Scottish winner and the oldest contestant to take home the Glitterball trophy.

    Asked what he planned to do in the wake of his triumph, the former Holby City actor said he was looking forward to sinking a couple of whiskies before sleeping for a week.

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    (17/12/2017 @ 20:01)

    Dancing Santas and 'equality' shoes: Monday's top photos

    The Guardian's picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world including festive performers and LeBron James' black and white footwear

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    (18/12/2017 @ 08:54)

    Winter palace: Sweden's Icehotel opens its doors – in pictures

    Founded in 1989, the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland is built from the snow up each year, using ice from the local river. The rooms are designed by international artists and this year feature spacemen and an ice queen

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    (18/12/2017 @ 09:36)

    New York and New Jersey surf culture – in pictures

    ‘We found ourselves thinking of New York as a surf city.' In their book Ice Cream Headaches Ed Thompson and French photographer Julien Roubinet document surf culture in New York and New Jersey, profiling the professionals and local characters of the unforgiving north-east surfing scene and the challenges of lives lived with an obsession for the ocean

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    (18/12/2017 @ 05:19)

    Deck the stalls: small business festive pop-ups and markets – in pictures

    They sell everything from sloe gin to roast chestnuts at fairs and tipis around the UK. We asked small business retailers to share their stories

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    (18/12/2017 @ 03:00)

    Five outfits to wear on Christmas day – in pictures

    We're not suggesting you wear all these looks. But whether you're a shine-and-heels type, are after a jumpsuit-and-parka look, or simply need coverup inspiration, here are some looks for the big day

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    (18/12/2017 @ 09:01)

    Surrealism and the city – in pictures

    Brooklyn-based photographer Ben Zank has an eye for the unusual. His urban portraits – many of them self-portraits – present a surreal depiction of the struggles of everyday life, inspired by the area he lives and works in. While he attempts to capture as much of the final effect as possible using the camera, digital manipulation in Photoshop afterwards can take anywhere between one and 15 hours per image. Zank sees each setup as its own self-contained story rather than part of a series. “Each image stands alone in its own way – it's more of a spontaneous reaction to the environment,” he says. “I don't want all the images to make sense, but I also want people to be able to digest them with their own opinion.”

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    (16/12/2017 @ 13:00)

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    - BO spécial n°11 du 26 novembre 2015: Programmes d'enseignement du cycle des apprentissages fondamentaux (cycle 2), du cycle de consolidation (cycle 3) et du cycle des approfondissements (cycle 4) à compter de la rentrée 2016

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    - BO n° 17 du 23 avril 2015 (encart) Socle commun de connaissances, de compétence et de culture à compter de la rentrée 2016

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