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May claims EU second referendum would threaten 'social cohesion'

PM faces a looming revolt over a no-deal Brexit as Corbyn criticises her talks as ‘PR sham'

Theresa May reiterated her opposition to a second Brexit referendum on Monday night, claiming it would threaten Britain's “social cohesion” and insisting the centrepiece of her strategy remained negotiating changes to the Irish backstop.

With just 67 days to go until Britain is due by law to leave the European Union, May exasperated MPs and business groups by offering scant evidence that she was willing to change course.

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:20)

HMP Bedford inmate caught rats in his cell during inspection visit

Vermin infestation at prison one of many problems cited in damning report last year

An inmate at a jail that was subject to urgent measures was witnessed catching and killing rats in his cell during an inspection, it has emerged.

The chief inspector of prisons, Peter Clarke, issued an urgent notification protocol – the most severe course of action at his disposal – over HMP Bedford last year.

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:01)

Greenland's ice melting faster than scientists previously thought – study

The pace of ice loss has increased four-fold since 2003 as enormous glaciers are depositing ever larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic ocean, where it melts, causing sea levels to rise

Greenland is melting faster than scientists previously thought, with the pace of ice loss increasing four-fold since 2003, new research has found.

Enormous glaciers in Greenland are depositing ever larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic ocean, where it melts. But scientists have found that the largest ice loss in the decade from 2003 actually occurred in the southwest region of the island, which is largely glacier-free.

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:00)

Second woman carrying gene-edited baby, Chinese authorities confirm

Police to investigate He Jiankui after last year's claim to have altered the DNA of twin girls

A second woman fell pregnant during the experiment to create the world's first genetically edited babies, Chinese authorities have confirmed, as the researcher behind the claim faces a police investigation.

He Jiankui shocked the scientific community last year after announcing he had successfully altered the genes of twin girls born in November to prevent them contracting HIV.

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(21/01/2019 @ 21:10)

Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits, study shows

Concerns that DLA system discriminates against those with psychiatric disorders

People with mental health problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and low mood are at far greater risk of having their benefits stopped than those with physical ailments, research shows.

Benefits claimants who have a psychiatric condition are 2.4 times more likely than those with diabetes, back pain or epilepsy to lose their entitlement to disability living allowance.

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:01)

Tesco, Mothercare and M&S use factory paying workers 35p an hour

Bangladeshi firm that made charity Spice Girls T-shirts also works with major UK retailers

Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Mothercare use a factory in Bangladesh that paid the equivalent of 35p an hour to machinists making Spice Girls T-shirts sold to raise money for Comic Relief, it can be revealed.

A Guardian investigation disclosed that the predominantly female employees claimed they experienced verbal abuse and harassment from management during shifts of up to 16 hours.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:44)

Speedboat crash victim's family push home secretary for action

Man convicted of killing Charlotte Brown on river Thames remains on the run

The family of Charlotte Brown, who died after a speedboat crash, will demand to know what is being done to catch her fugitive killer in a meeting with the home secretary, Sajid Javid.

Jack Shepherd, 31, is still on the run after he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence last summer, after vanishing before his Old Bailey trial.

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:01)

Jacinda Ardern asked in BBC interview if she plans to propose to her partner

Eyebrows raised in New Zealand after Victoria Derbyshire questions the prime minister's feminist credentials

A BBC interview with Jacinda Ardern is raising eyebrows after the New Zealand prime minister was asked whether she has any plans to propose marriage to her partner Clarke Gayford and was questioned over her feminist credentials.

Ardern met with UK prime minister Theresa May early this week and is now making her way to Switzerland to attend the world economic forum in Davos.

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(21/01/2019 @ 23:09)

Deciem founder Brandon Truaxe, the brain behind The Ordinary brand, dies aged 40

Company's acting CEO says staff are ‘heartbroken' following loss of founder, which comes months after he was removed from his role

Brandon Truaxe, the founder and former CEO of cosmetic skincare company Deciem, which is behind the cult brand The Ordinary, has died at 40.

The cause of death has not yet been released. Truaxe was best known for setting up Canada-based skincare brand The Ordinary, which sells “luxury” products at affordable prices and has been endorsed by celebrities including Kim Kardashian West.

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(21/01/2019 @ 21:39)

New video sheds more light on students' confrontation with Native American

Initial footage appeared to show students, some wearing pro-Trump Maga hats, from a Kentucky high school taunting Nathan Phillips, an Omaha tribe elder

Longer video footage of a confrontation between a Native American activist and Kentucky high school students at a protest has surfaced, providing fresh insight into the controversial encounter and offering a broader view of deepening divisions in America.

Related: Kentucky teenager denies mocking Native American veteran

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:42)

Police seek digger driver who trashed brand new Travelodge

Reception area of Liverpool hotel was destroyed reportedly because of a dispute over wages

Police are appealing for information after a man used a digger to destroy the reception area of a new Travelodge hotel on the day building was due to be completed.

Footage shared on social media showed the vehicle repeatedly smashing into the hotel on Edge Lane, Liverpool.

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:01)

How Ukip embraced the far right

With Brexit talks stalled and some of its supporters pushing a betrayal narrative, the Guardian's Peter Walker charts how Ukip has begun rising in the polls again. But how did the party come to fully embrace the far right in Britain? And do its supporters know how extreme it has become? Plus: Helen Pidd on what young voters in Bolsover make of the Brexit deal paralysis

When the UK Independence party was first formed in 1993, its aim was to mobilise a relatively small group of voters whose main focus was getting Britain out of the European Union. In 2016, the party achieved what its leaders had always dreamed of: a referendum victory for leaving the EU. Since then, however, Ukip has gone through a succession of hapless leaders after the post-referendum departure of Nigel Farage. Now led by Gerard Batten, the party has begun explicitly appealing to far-right figures, such as Tommy Robinson, for advice and support.

Anushka Asthana is joined by the Guardian's political correspondent Peter Walker, who has been observing Ukip for years, from all its eccentricities and chaos, to the more sinister current chapter in the party's history.

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(21/01/2019 @ 23:00)

What can we do, right now, about climate change?

Calamitous weather events and warnings from scientists that the planet is warming faster than previously believed are causing alarm. Global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, describes the shifts needed to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5C. Plus: David Conn on how football and gambling have become inseparable

A series of extreme weather events in 2018 again highlighted the urgency of making the social and political changes needed to keep the increase in global warming to a maximum of 1.5C (2.7F). In September this year, the UN will convene a dedicated climate summit where agreement will be sought for ambitious and far-reaching policies.

Joining India Rakusen today is the Guardian's global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, to discuss the extent of the political change required if the world has any chance at all of keeping within the 1.5C upper limit on warming. He also explores some of the most effective ways individuals can join the battle against global warming: a vital, existential issue often drowned out by other news events.

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(20/01/2019 @ 23:00)

Is there a Democrat who can oust Donald Trump?

The Democrats are already fighting for the opportunity to take on Donald Trump – but can any of them hope to unseat him? Plus: Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai on what she would like to tell the US president about building walls

The Democrats are gearing up for the 2020 US election. After being crushed by the 2016 result, this is a party still struggling to define itself – with a fierce battle under way between candidates from its more traditional and radical wings.

Anushka Asthana talks to the Guardian's US political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui about some of the Democrats who are weighing up a presidential run. They discuss whether the US will ever be ready for a female president and the best tactics to take on Trump.

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(17/01/2019 @ 23:00)

‘Heroin for middle-class nerds': how Warhammer conquered gaming

How has Games Workshop, a fantasy war games company founded in a London shop 40 years ago, become worth more than £1bn? By ruthlessly recruiting followers, and creating vast, fascinating worlds that diehard players never want to leave

Last year saw a bloodbath on the high street. Debenhams closed 50 shops, Toys R Us, Maplin and Poundworld went into administration, and more retail space was lost than in any year since 2008, with 1.9m sq metres closing, according to the property analysts EG. But one retailer beat this trend, reporting profits of £40m in the final six months of the year. In 2017, the same company was the publicly traded British stock that outperformed every other: Games Workshop, a high-street retailer of science fiction and fantasy miniatures, now carries a market capitalisation of more than £1bn.

But how did a company founded 40 years ago with one shop in Hammersmith, west London, become so successful? The answer lies in Warhammer 40,000 – 40k, as it is usually known; a sprawling tabletop conflict game in which two players fight with collectible armies, including the space marines of the fascist human Imperium and the ancient fallen angels of the Eldar, using rules found in a library of 30 or so source books.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:46)

A Year of British Murder review – a coldly mechanical collage of 768 tragic deaths

A documentary examining every murder committed in 2017 takes awful tales of deep, abject grief and skims over every single one

There is, of course, an unending, unyielding pathos to the stories told by the unendingly, unyieldingly bereaved people in a programme about death. All the more so when that bereavement has been occasioned by a means as brutal as murder.

This gathering of such awful tales, in A Year of British Murder, was no exception. The perfect evocation of the happy ordinariness of life, remembered by Shaun Woodburn's best friend after Shaun was beaten to death outside a pub, broke your heart. “We didn't do amazing things,” he said. “The best time was literally sitting in my mum's house. Being together was the main thing.” The five-year-old asking a friend who stepped where her 17-year-old brother's ashes had just been scattered: “Why you stepping on Kyle?” made you glad their mother had felt unable to attend the ceremony for her boy.

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(21/01/2019 @ 19:00)

Blue Monday for MPs as May strategy proves futile once more | John Crace

The prime minister seems to have no understanding about the imminence of Brexit

Tell me why I don't like Mondays. The sense of futility is getting to everyone. Though many MPs usually welcome the chance to do next to nothing other than repeat themselves, even they have their limits of despair. And a Theresa May statement in which she reiterates her determination to pursue a Brexit strategy that has already been voted down by parliament is a step too far for everyone.

We've now reached the point where even the EU has taken to rejecting her latest plans to reopen negotiations before she has got round to announcing them. Because she is that predictable. And that delusional.

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(21/01/2019 @ 15:55)

Is David Cameron's new haircut an apology for his breezy Brexit gamble?

The former prime minister's punt on the EU referendum didn't work out as he'd planned. Is he now self-shaming with his hair?

Name: David Cameron's haircut.

Age: About a month.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:01)

Extreme sex OCD: Pure, the TV drama that's set to smash taboos

The protagonist of this darkly funny new series is plagued by incessant sexual thoughts. We meet the woman whose extraordinary story it is based on

Trying to navigate the world with a mind that renders almost everyone you see either naked or engaged in sexual congress is less fun than it may sound. It is exhausting, in fact, to spend a whole day in extreme cognitive dissonance about whether or not you want to be in flagrante delicto with a TV presenter, simply because she appeared on your screen that morning. Such is the mind of 24-year-old Marnie, the protagonist in Channel 4's new primetime drama, Pure.

The show explores a young woman's experience with obsessive compulsive disorder. We join Marnie on a journey from a place of frightening inner chaos to a tentatively accepting one, when she is finally able to give a name to the way she thinks. After a calamitous event at her parents' 25th wedding anniversary in the Scottish Borders, Marnie – played by newcomer Charly Clive – boards a coach to London with nothing in the way of a plan.

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(21/01/2019 @ 12:29)

Question Time is broken – here are five ways to fix it

We live in serious times, yet the BBC's flagship political debate show is filled with whooping mobs looking for confrontation. This is what needs to be done

The blistering row over the treatment of Diane Abbott on last week's BBC Question Time has put it back where channel bosses most like it to be: at the centre of attention. The Labour party has made a formal complaint after one audience member's complaint on Twitter went viral.

It is true that the initial critic was Jyoti Wilkinson, a staffer for the Labour MP Chris Williamson, but his allegations are serious. He claims that during the show's warm-up, Fiona Bruce, the new presenter, made remarks that legitimised racist abuse. Later, on air, it was claimed Bruce interrupted Abbott more often than any other panellist. Bruce also inaccurately contradicted Abbott's statement that Labour and the Tories were level-pegging in the polls.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:41)

You can still like Gillian Anderson, even if she makes a great Thatcher

Reports that The X-Files actor is to play the Iron Lady in the Netflix series have caused a right royal rumpus among her fans on Twitter. They should all grow up

Once more, the saddle departs without the horse as everyone's favourite constituency, People On Twitter, gets in high dudgeon about culture that doesn't actually exist yet. This time it's Gillian Anderson's reported (although unconfirmed) turn as Margaret Thatcher in series four of The Crown, due to shoot later this summer.

The apparent issue is that Anderson is too hot to play Thatcher, and her beauty will humanise the reviled politician while making Anderson herself less likable. This, in turn, will compromise Anderson fans' sexual fantasies – does this mean I'm hot for Thatch? – while bringing undue satisfaction to Tories prone to moist-browed reminiscences of “Mrs T”. “Does Margaret Thatcher even deserve to be played by Gillian Anderson?” asks Irish culture site the Daily Edge.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:40)

'We trusted the system': parents' grief over killing by mentally ill son

Jan and John Neate's son Jake stabbed his girlfriend after he struggled when he was taken off anti-psychotic medication

The glass-panelled dock in court one of Chelmsford crown court remained eerily empty throughout Jake Neate's murder trial. Neate, 37, was not there to speak for himself at last week's hearing because he was detained in intensive care at Rampton hospital in Nottinghamshire, one of three high-security psychiatric hospitals in England and Wales. He is seriously ill with paranoid schizophrenia and subject to checks every 15 minutes.

On Wednesday after a trial of the facts, a jury found that Neate killed his girlfriend, Suzanne Brown, 33, by stabbing her 173 times at the couple's home in Braintree, Essex, on 15 December 2017. The court heard that Essex police officers arrived at the property three hours after Neate's mother, Jan, had called them. By that time it was too late to save Brown.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:23)

The Guardian view on Brexit and Ireland: a danger to peace | Editorial

Electoral contingency and political expediency cannot be allowed to break up Britain

The Derry bombing this weekend is a stark reminder of what is at stake in Northern Ireland with Brexit: decades of peace where arguments are settled with words not weapons. In reopening the question of whether the physical border between the North and South of Ireland might return, Brexit threatens to turn back the clock to a far more dangerous era. That past, where symbols summon deadly emotions, has been revived by English nationalists in the Tory party who appear comfortably ignorant of the Troubles. Erasing the border in Ireland, once dotted with watchtowers and checkpoints, was necessary. But Brexit put the deadly issues of the Irish border and sovereignty back into mainstream debate. Dissident republicans have been blamed by the police for the van bomb attack on a Derry courthouse. Their ideological patrons have long recognised Brexit's potential to reignite the conflict, with one quoted in academic Marisa McGlinchey's new study Unfinished Business as saying it was “the best chance we've had since 1916”.

That is why Theresa May and the European Union committed to avoiding the return of a “hard border” – physical checks or infrastructure – after Brexit. The UK and Ireland are currently part of the EU single market and customs union, so products do not need to be inspected. To maintain an open border on the island of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing an all-encompassing deal, Mrs May and the EU said it was necessary to have a backstop arrangement that will allow for frictionless trade. The trouble is that the Democratic Unionist party is divided over how to deal with this insurance policy. The party's “blood red line” of no border down the Irish Sea means it could accept only the hardest or softest of Brexits. Hence Mrs May continues to talk to the DUP in the hope that the party will make up its mind.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:57)

Martin Rowson on Theresa May's latest attempt to revive her Brexit plan – cartoon

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:56)

Prince Philip's crash should mark a turning point in our royal sycophancy | Martha Gill

The servile approach of the media does nothing to hold the monarchy to account

So much is made of the harm that sections of the British media have done to the royals over the years that it often completely overshadows the terrible harm the royals do to the media. For something strange and awful seems to come over the industry when tasked with covering the monarchy: it becomes servile, oddly pious, nerdily preoccupied with such things as the dates of building restorations and the royal protocol on tights. People are often mean about the BBC's sycophantic royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, but his is a disease that infects anyone who touches his subject.

First, and perhaps worst, is the fixation on detail, which serves to make the country look like deranged stalkers convinced their victims are sending them secret love signals through the curtains. Take the reaction to the car crash in which the Duke of Edinburgh wasn't injured: there were artist's impressions of Philip in its aftermath, “fact files” about the vehicle he was driving, stories about the Queen being (as usual) driven to church (in a different car) “just days” after the accident, and what it might have meant that Philip wasn't with her.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:36)

No-deal Brexit is a Dad's Army parody and I refuse to stockpile | Polly Toynbee

Beyond the stubbornness and the myths, a bald fact remains: there are enough wise heads in parliament to see off disaster

Plan B? No, just B for Back to Brussels to Beg a Better Backstop, not even Botoxing her old plan A. Theresa May does not surprise. Wild rumours that she might dash for another election or resign mid-crisis fooled no one. Why expect better? If she pretended to listen to flotillas of visitors imploring her to see sense, change course, stop the madness, then she wore earplugs. Of course nothing changed. However, she has every reason for intransigence, strapped to her pilot seat, clamped in irons. Move an inch on the customs union, soften a red line and she would haemorrhage Tory MPs, winning few from Labour. Kate Hoey may cavort at Jacob Rees-Mogg's Bollinger bash at his home to celebrate May's 230-vote defeat, but entices no fellow Labour MPs.

As the captive prime-minister-in-name-only runs the clock down closer to a nuclear no deal, how terrified should we be? Pay attention when her own business minister, Richard Harrington MP, warns that it would be such an “absolute disaster” that he would resign, warning of car industry collapse if supply chains were cut. Some cabinet ministers would walk, too, rather than take the blame for needless carnage. Every day brings more bad news: the International Air Transport Association warns that 5m sold airline tickets could be cancelled: no deal means no extra flights above last year's quota.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:51)

If we don't stop smearing smear tests, women will die of embarrassment

Women continue to receive negative messages about this simple, benevolent test – and that could mean thousands of lives lost unnecessarily

A smear test, or cervical screening, as it has been rebranded in the hope of making this most unfairly loathed of all tests sound a bit more appealing, hurts. So the lore goes, anyway. Of all the routine medical checks out there, it's the one devised by “Dr Pap” in the 1940s, when cervical cancer was the biggest killer of women, that gets most, well, smeared. It is seen as being intrusive, offensive, scary, gross. Never mind the fact that cervical screening helps pick up changes to cells that could eventually lead to cancer. Never mind that they save thousands of lives every year. Smear tests are embarrassing.

These are the messages women continue to receive, whether openly, subliminally, through word of mouth, by default or negative association. While it's true that most things are more fun than a smear test – and I say this as someone who has had abnormal smears and after the birth of my first baby, developed an unexpected, thankfully short-lived fear of speculums – the same could be said of many routine checks.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:05)

IMF reminds US that a China slowdown is a drag for everyone

Christine Lagarde's economic health check in Davos hints that Trump should change course

These days it does not matter how much the US economy is pumped with steroids, if China cannot keep pace, the rest of the world slows down. Even the US begins to stagger.

That is the message from the International Monetary Fund, which has supplemented its usual March and October biannual health checks on the global economy with a handy interim report timed to coincide with the Davos business and political leaders' summit.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:52)

Paul Pogba's ‘pace and power' stresses need for rethink over BAME coverage | Sachin Nakrani

Language used to describe Frenchman's revival highlights importance of the debate sparked by Raheem Sterling

It is just over six weeks since Raheem Sterling caused a stir on an otherwise sleepy Sunday morning. Dogs were being walked and churches were being prepared for service when the winger grabbed people's attention with that Instagram post. Suddenly, and unexpectedly, we were talking about race.

Specifically, we were talking about how we talk about race. Sterling had homed in on the practices of certain sections of the media, claiming they helped “fuel racism”, and from the industry came an acceptance that things had to change. Chins were stroked, think pieces were written. This, we were told, was a turning point. And then everyone simply turned back to what they had previously been doing.

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:00)

Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson to stake England claim with overdue first cap

• Robson is one of only two scrum-halves in Six Nations squad
• ‘Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can cement my place'

For a sense of just how long overdue Dan Robson's first England cap is, Dai Young's explanation for taking him off in the latter stages of Wasps' defeat by Leinster on Sunday is revealing. “I wouldn't live with myself if he got a bump in the last 12 minutes.”

Granted Wasps' European campaign was long since over at the point Robson made way but Young is in the majority in thinking his scrum-half's international debut ought to have come some time ago. It would probably have arrived last autumn, only for an ankle injury to rule him out of England's entire campaign, but as one of only two scrum-halves in Eddie Jones's Six Nations squad it will surely come against Ireland.

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(21/01/2019 @ 18:00)

Arsenal's Héctor Bellerà­n to miss rest of season with ruptured cruciate ligament

• Defender injured during win over Chelsea on Saturday
• Player waiting to learn if there is further damage

Héctor Bellerà­n's season is over after he was diagnosed with a ruptured cruciate knee ligament and the Arsenal right-back faces a battle to be fit for the beginning of the next campaign.

Bellerà­n collapsed in agony during his team's 2-0 win against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday and he now has the headline result in terms of the damage. But there could be yet more bad news for him as he waits to learn whether he has damaged the meniscus and other parts of the joint.

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(21/01/2019 @ 17:15)

Moeen Ali makes peace with role as England's sole spinner in West Indies

• ‘I can't hide behind saying I'm second spinner. I need to face it'
• Moeen: 2015 Barbados Test was worst I've bowled for England

Moeen Ali has made peace with his role in this England Test team, insisting it is time to stop hiding behind the tag of second spinner and accept he is No 1.

The 31-year-old all-rounder has long held ambitions to play as a batsman first, while England have also tried to ease the pressure on his bowling by selecting a another spinner in the side where possible.

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:17)

Millwall close to agreement with council over deal to stay at The Den

• Club now working on its own plans to transform the stadium
• There were fears Millwall would be forced out of Bermondsey

Millwall Football Club is close to reaching an agreement with its local authority, Lewisham, that would see the club stay in its south London home. The club is now working on its own plans to transform the stadium and the land around it.

There had been fears that Millwall would be forced out of Bermondsey by Lewisham's attempt to compulsory purchase land around The Den. After a lengthy battle the council finally abandoned those plans under huge public pressure, although the threat remained that the process could be reignited to force the development through.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:48)

Warren Gatland may coach in Premiership again after Wales farewell

• ‘I have had a couple of discussions,' says Wales head coach
• Gatland enjoyed success coaching Wasps in 2000s

Warren Gatland, who ends his 12-year association with Wales at the end of the World Cup, has held discussions about his next full-time job and has not ruled out a return to the Premiership where he enjoyed a trophy-rich period with Wasps in the 2000s.

Gatland is preparing for his final Six Nations as Wales head coach. He had intended to take a few months off after the World Cup before deciding his future but, as a coach with a winning record at Wasps, Waikato and Wales, he was always going to be sounded out early. As one of the highest paid coaches in the world, he will not come cheap but Premiership clubs come armed with cash from a private equity company.

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(21/01/2019 @ 17:59)

Mark Sampson, former England Women coach, apologises to Aluko and Spence

• ‘I've worked hard to educate myself'
• Sampson was sacked by FA in September 2017

The former England women's coach Mark Sampson has apologised unreservedly to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence for remarks he made to the players while in charge of the national team.

An inquiry, after the allegations had been published by the Guardian, by the independent barrister Katharine Newton found in October 2017 that Sampson had “on two separate occasions made ill-judged attempts at humour, which, as a matter of law, were discriminatory on the grounds of race” but added that “it was fundamentally important to emphasise that I have not concluded that MS is a racist”.

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:24)

Saints 'unfairly deprived' of Super Bowl place by missed call, says team owner

A day after her New Orleans Saints lost the NFC Championship Game to the LA Rams after a late missed call by the officials, team owner Gayle Benson issued a strong statement of disapproval.

“I am thoroughly disappointed by the events that led to the outcome of yesterday's game,” Benson said. “Getting to the Super Bowl is incredibly difficult to do and takes such an unbelievable commitment from a team and support from its fans.”

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:38)

Five Donald Trump tactics to watch out for - video explainer

In the two years since he took office, the US president has repeatedly deployed a number of tactics to try to get what he wants. We highlight five of Trump's most commonly used methods to make them easier to spot during the rest of his term

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(21/01/2019 @ 11:24)

The Bystander Effect: Neuroscientist shows how our brains dehumanise homeless people - video

The Museum of Homelessness worked with neuroscientist Dr Lasana Harris and several participants who have experienced homelessness to understand what is termed 'the bystander effect', where people form a dehumanised perception of others through a lack of social engagement.

In this film the camera tracks across three scenes to hear stories of homelessness from various different perspectives in an effort to change the way it is understood and discussed.

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(02/01/2019 @ 07:06)

What does a government shutdown mean for the US? - video

In the second-longest shutdown in US government history, Donald Trump continues to demand more than $5bn for a border wall. Congress is in deadlock, and some 800,000 federal employees have been sent home or are working without pay. The president has threatened that the shutdown could last ‘months or even years'. Here's what that might mean

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(10/01/2019 @ 05:27)

What's the difference between news and opinion? Gary Younge tells us about his role - video

The Guardian's editor-at-large on being a columnist and how analysing stories can help others think more about the news, plus advice to future journalists

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(18/01/2019 @ 04:00)

Go behind the scenes with three MPs caught up in Brexit vote chaos – video

As parliament rejected Theresa May's Brexit deal by a historic margin, the Guardian went behind the scenes with three MPs who have dramatically opposing views: Suella Braverman, a Tory Brexiter; Labour's Jess Phillips, a remainer in a strong leave seat; and the Greens' Caroline Lucas, a key member of the People's Vote campaign. This is how they felt about the twists and turns that ultimately led to Jeremy Corbyn tabling a motion of no confidence in the prime minister

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(16/01/2019 @ 02:59)

Marielle and Monica: the LGBT activists resisting Bolsonaro's Brazil - video

Marielle Franco, Brazilian LGBT and human rights activist, was killed in March 2018. Her widow, Monica Benicio, continued her fight for better treatment of the poor, the LGBT community and black Brazilians. Her murder has still not been solved and as the police investigation drifts, Monica is a plunged into a new crisis - the probable election of Jair Bolsonaro. On the eve of his inauguration, the film documents Monica's involvement in the campaign opposing Bolsonaro and shoots of hope in the election of some local politicians from other parties, plus the aftermath of the election which suggests a terrifying future for LGBT rights and politicians who oppose the Government, and little hope for Marielle's murder case being adequately solved. 

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(28/12/2018 @ 08:01)

'I'll ask God to intervene': the Christian volunteers doing police work in Reading – video

As government cuts affect police numbers, Reading is feeling the pinch. With one officer claiming there are 'very serious jobs, for instance stabbings, that we cannot get to', Thames Valley police have turned to a group of Christian volunteers to help them police the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights. As well as keeping an eye out for trouble and known criminals, the Street Pastors care for people in no fit state to get home, and even run a taxi service for people too drunk for most drivers to accept 

• Filmed in Reading town centre on 28 and 29 September 2018.

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(18/12/2018 @ 07:26)

My life in a hotel room: Ireland's hidden homeless crisis - video

Nuala and her teenage daughter, Laura, were suddenly evicted from their Dublin home when their landlord of 10 years was forced to sell by his creditors. They haven't been able to find a new place to rent. Despite having been on the council house waiting list for more than six years they are still only around 600th in line. Now, like almost 10,000 other people and 1,700 families across Ireland, Nuala and Laura are homeless. Phoebe Greenwood went to Dublin to meet them and look into Ireland's hidden homelessness epidemic.

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(20/12/2018 @ 03:00)

'I knew my life could be in danger': the girl on a mission to change Iraq – video

Rowan was born just before the start of the Iraq war. The turmoil of her country sparked a deep sense of social injustice, and she began speaking out for human rights at just eight years old. Now 15, her impassioned criticism of the restrictive Iraqi regime has won her many supporters â€“ but left her in fear of reprisals

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(27/12/2018 @ 06:00)

Can women save Sumo? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate – but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never before

Yokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures

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(11/12/2018 @ 09:19)

MP who delayed birth of son accuses Tories over proxy vote delay

Labour's Tulip Siddiq says Tories are delaying changes to Commons rules for advantage

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who delayed the birth of her son to vote in parliament last week, has complained that senior Conservatives are delaying the introduction of a proxy voting system to gain a “partisan advantage”.

The MP, whose son was born by caesarean on Thursday, two days after she was wheeled through the division lobbies, said that a system of allowing sick or pregnant MPs to vote when unavoidably absent was “an issue of basic decency”.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:43)

Northern Ireland: masked men hijack two vehicles in Derry

Separate incidents cause security alerts and disruption two days after car bomb in city

Masked men have hijacked two vehicles in separate incidents in Derry in Northern Ireland, causing fresh security alerts and disruption two days after a car bomb exploded outside the city's courthouse.

Police established cordons and evacuated homes around both scenes on Monday at a time of widespread condemnation of what appeared to be an escalating campaign by dissident republicans opposed to the peace process.

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(21/01/2019 @ 22:07)

Blood test could detect Alzheimer's more than 10 years earlier – study

Changes in levels of a protein might reveal onset of disease long before symptoms appear

Changes in levels of a protein in the blood could help shed light on damage in the brain more than a decade before symptoms of Alzheimer's disease develop, researchers have revealed.

While there is no drug to stop the progression of Alzheimer's, or cure it, the researchers said the study findings could be used by doctors to help anticipate when patients might start to show symptoms of the disease.

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(21/01/2019 @ 12:00)

Simon Mayo joins new classical radio station after BBC exit

Ex-Radio 2 presenter becomes latest to move to commercial rival with launch of Scala Radio

Simon Mayo is to launch a national classical music radio station, becoming the latest BBC presenter to depart for a commercial rival as the corporation struggles to keep hold of its top talent.

The broadcaster quit Radio 2 at the end of last year after more than three decades with the BBC, following a troubled year sharing his afternoon slot with Jo Whiley in a format that flopped with listeners.

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:00)

Patisserie Valerie shareholders frustrated by lack of information

Struggling cafe chain says update will be given when talks with banks conclude

Shareholders in Patisserie Valerie have expressed frustration at a lack of information from the cake and cafe business, which is struggling for survival as it tries to secure support from its banks.

The company, which operates 200 cafes and employs nearly 3,000 staff, has been seeking to extend a standstill agreement on its bank facilities. The agreement protects the business from action to recover debts and it officially expired at midnight on Friday.

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(21/01/2019 @ 15:21)

David Schwimmer lookalike held after missing court hearing

Abdulah Husseini, a suspect in theft case that went viral online, arrested in London

A suspected thief who resembles the Friends star David Schwimmer has been arrested after failing to appear in court before Christmas.

An arrest warrant was issued last month for Abdulah Husseini, 36, from Slough, after he did not attend a hearing in Blackpool over allegations of theft and fraud.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:19)

'Ancient' Scottish stone circle was built in 1990s

Archaeologists were studying site until former farm owner came forward

A stone circle thought to be thousands of years old has turned out to be a lot more modern after a former farm owner admitted building it in the 1990s.

The “recumbent stone circle” in the parish of Leochel-Cushnie, Aberdeenshire, was reported by the site's current farm and was considered unusual for its small diameter and relatively small stones.

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(21/01/2019 @ 09:07)

Prince Philip should face prosecution if liable, says woman injured in crash

Emma Fairweather said the 97-year-old had not personally reached out after crash

The woman who suffered a broken wrist in a car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh believes “absolutely” the royal should not escape prosecution if a police investigation indicates him to be at fault.

Emma Fairweather, 45, who was travelling with a female friend, 28, and a nine-month-old baby, also described Prince Philip's decision to get back behind the wheel without a seatbelt less than 48 hours after the crash as “highly insensitive and inconsiderate”.

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(21/01/2019 @ 10:10)

Venezuela claims it has foiled attempted military uprising

Government says 27 national guardsmen have been arrested and accuses ‘shadowy interests' of launching insurrection

Venezuela's government has claimed to have foiled what appeared to be an attempted military insurrection, blaming the mutiny on “shadowy interests of the extreme right”.

In a statement, Venezuela accused a small group of “assailants” from the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) of “betraying their oath of loyalty to the homeland” by kidnapping four officials in an attempt to steal weapons that began at about 2.50am local time (0650 GMT) on Monday.

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:17)

'Like finding a sneeze': fossil identified as 100m-year-old hagfish

Discovery of slimy sea creature could help settle row over early evolution of vertebrates

The fossilised remains of a foot-long slimy sea creature dating from 100m years ago suggest that the last common ancestor of all vertebrates looked less like a squishy eel and more typically “fish-like”, researchers claim.

They say the fossil, unearthed around eight years ago in Lebanon, is an early hagfish, a peculiar creature that has no jaws, eyes or true vertebrae but that boasts the ability, when threatened, to squirt out a mixture that turns into an expanse of slime.

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(21/01/2019 @ 16:00)

Avon apologizes for anti-cellulite ad after being accused of 'shaming women'

Avon responded to actor's criticism: ‘We realize that we missed the mark with this messaging. We have removed this messaging'

Cosmetics giant Avon USA has apologized for an anti-cellulite product after the ad campaign was accused of “shaming women”.

Actor Jameela Jamil had criticized the ad, which features a seated woman in shorts and tank top with the caption “dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs),” on Saturday afternoon on Twitter.

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(21/01/2019 @ 18:18)

Nicaraguan journalist flees to Costa Rica after police raid newsroom

Carlos Fernando Chamorro goes into exile citing President Ortega's media crackdown

Nicaragua's best-known journalist has gone into exile after armed police raided and ransacked his newsroom in what experts called the latest chapter of the country's slide into autocracy under President Daniel Ortega.

Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the editor of Confidencial, a combative newsletter and website and a member of one of Nicaragua's most influential families, announced his decision on Sunday.

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(21/01/2019 @ 10:11)

Taliban kill ‘more than 100 people' in attack on Afghan military base

Attackers detonated car bomb inside complex in Maidan Wardak province, say officials

The Taliban have launched a major attack on an Afghan military compound in central Maidan Wardak province, officials have said, with some putting the death toll at more than 100 people.

Monday's incident at a campus of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) is the latest in a series of deadly attacks in recent months by the Taliban, which has seized control of about half of Afghanistan.

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(21/01/2019 @ 15:08)

Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

CNIL found that company failed to offer users transparent information on data use

The French data protection watchdog CNIL has fined Google a record €50m (£44m) for failing to provide users with transparent and understandable information on its data use policies.

For the first time, the company was fined using new terms laid out in the pan-European general data protection regulation. The maximum fine for large companies under the new law is 4% of annual turnover, meaning the theoretical maximum fine for Google is almost €4bn.

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(21/01/2019 @ 12:29)

Kamala Harris officially enters 2020 US presidential race

Democratic senator portrays herself as a fighter for justice and equality as she enters crowded field of candidates vying to take on Trump

Kamala Harris, the barrier-breaking California senator and the state's former attorney general, has officially launched her presidential campaign for 2020, jumping into an increasingly diverse Democratic field so far dominated by a new generation of women and minority candidates.

Harris, the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, launched her campaign for the White House on Monday – America's Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday – in an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

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(21/01/2019 @ 11:23)

Pre-Davos survey shows sixfold rise in global CEOs' gloom

Rising protectionism and slide in US-China ties fuel pessimism of chief executives, says PwC

Pessimism among chief executives has risen sharply in the past 12 months as the leaders of the world's biggest companies have taken fright at rising protectionism and the deteriorating relationship between the US and China.

The survey of chief executives conducted by the consultancy firm PwC to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos showed a sixfold increase to 30% in the number of CEOs expecting global growth to slow during 2019.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:45)

Michelangelo makes mincemeat of soggy Bill Viola – review

Royal Academy, London
Michelangelo's vivid, vital drawings are well worth looking at, preferably unaccompanied by the empty spectacle of Viola's video installations

Bill Viola/Michelangelo is subtitled Life Death Rebirth. The three words are the first thing you see in the Royal Academy's pairing of the two artists. You enter fully alive. About half way through the dark, labyrinthine galleries, we meet an naked elderly couple, each projected on a slab of black granite, examining their own bodies with small torches. Apparently, he is searching for immortality, she for eternity. By now I wish it were over. At the end, we come across a woman silhouetted against a wall of flame. This is the last frontier.

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:01)

'Fiji Water Girl' lands a cameo on The Bold and the Beautiful

Kelleth Cuthbert became famous after popping up in the background of a series of celebrity portraits at the Golden Globes

The serial photobomber who stole the show and became a meme after this year's Golden Globes has made a new splash with a cameo on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Canadian model Kelleth Cuthbert became known as Fiji Water Girl after popping up in the background of a series of celebrity portraits taken during the 72nd Golden Globes awards in January. She was at the event as one of a number of promotional staff for the water company, a Globes sponsor, but went viral after Twitter users noticed her face and distinctive blue dress turning up in shot after shot.

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(21/01/2019 @ 20:17)

Twist and shout: is this the Tate Modern for classical music?

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's timber-and-glass vision for a new Centre for Music in London aims for great heights – but might not exactly reach them

Twisting pyramids seem to have become the accepted vernacular for London's big cultural buildings, as plans for the new £288m Centre for Music were unveiled on Monday. Following in the footsteps of Tate Modern's Switch House and the Aldwych student centre at the London School of Economics, the proposals for a new 2,000-seat concert hall take the form of a faceted ziggurat, rising from the roundabout site of the current Museum of London as an angular glass beacon.

The design is the work of New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architects of the High Line and the forthcoming Shed cultural centre in their home city, who plan to bring their trademark angular, switchback geometries to the Square Mile. The early concept images show the building rising up in a series of tilted, sweeping planes, the ground folding up and over in steps and ramps to form a great vertical filo pastry.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:16)

Bauhaus at 100: its legacy in five key designs

The aesthetic of the German art school has influenced everything from typography at airports to iPhones. Here are five key designs

• Rowan Moore on 100 years of Bauhaus

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(21/01/2019 @ 04:00)

Pierre Bonnard review: monumental, monstrous – and rubbish at dogs

Tate Modern, London
Awash with colour and full of fidgety brushwork, Bonnard's paintings range from the terrific to the scrappy. Why do people love him so much?

Pierre Bonnard in the bathroom mirror holding up his hand like a boxer, though really he is clutching a wet sponge. Bonnard on film, in a snatch of home movie, blinking incessantly behind his little round glasses. Bonnard in the kitchen (I'm sure the housekeeper would rather he went away) and out on the terrace. Bonnard hovering here and there; Bonnard beside the tub, as his wife takes yet another bath.

I am ambivalent about Bonnard. The things I admire and that interest me in his paintings are not perhaps the things he fully intended. Aspects of his work that others find charming or life-affirming I soon weary of. All that colour, all that fidgety brushwork. His figures are very hit-and-miss, sometimes crude and absurd; sometimes the distortions seem terrific, at other times horrible. I can't bear the way one naked female leg is always warm, the other always cool, and why Bonnard teases the viewer with one female nipple always being in stark profile. He can be monumental, he can be scrappy. Faces in the crowd are often monstrous or ill-formed. Bonnard did not have a facile talent: he had to work at things. There is a great deal of niggling about, and piling paint on. I think he found landscape easier, a relief from the tensions of the human subject.

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(21/01/2019 @ 10:39)

Fyre festival co-founder Ja Rule criticises new documentaries

Rapper claims Hulu and Netflix paid people involved in the failed music event for their participation in two new films

Rapper Ja Rule has criticised two new documentaries about Fyre festival, the failed luxury music event in the Bahamas of which he was a co-founder alongside Billy McFarland.

Fyre was due to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017. The festival was promoted on the image of luxury nonpareil including lavish beach houses and proximity to leading models and influencers.

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(21/01/2019 @ 08:44)

‘Do not feed the pigeons' and nine other unwritten rules about London

London is a world in a city with its own rules and customs, many of them unwritten. This Londoner's guide will help you avoid some potential clangers

The tube
For something whose sole aim is to get people from A to B, the tube is fraught with potential faux pas. One main rule is that you should always stand on the right on escalators. If you dare to break this, you'll be met with a lot of muttering and eye-rolls, although no one will dare to berate you personally. You must also never, ever make eye contact with a stranger on the tube, or, worse, smile at them. This invades the Londoner's sense of private space, even if you're standing in a different carriage.


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(20/11/2018 @ 13:13)

The diary of a Brummie: 24 hours in Birmingham

It's the second most populous city in the UK and attracted 42 million visitors this year. Here's author Mike Gayle's guide to the top things to see, eat and drink in the Midlands city

Birmingham may be known as the UK's “second city”, but when it comes to my home town's vibrant galleries, cafes, shops and Michelin-starred restaurants, it's nothing less than first rate. Slap-bang in the middle of the country, it's perfectly located for an easy weekend getaway. London Northwestern Railway does great off-peak return tickets at around £20-£30 – so you don't have to book months in advance to get a good deal. And now that you're here, let me show you some of what my city has to offer. I was born here and, after a spell in the capital, returned when I became a full-time author. It's now where I live with my wife and daughters, aged 15 and 12. Brum, I promise, has got it all going on. So if you've only got 24 hours to spend here, it's definitely going to be action packed. Here's a rough itinerary to help you make the most of your day:

Spend the morning getting to know the city centre. It's an often mocked but nonetheless true fact that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice, so why not see some of them for yourself? Sherborne Wharf offers a variety of city centre jaunts. Afterwards, get in a few quick cultural hits with a visit to the new library (stunning views across the city from the sixth floor) and then follow through to Brindley Place to Ikon, an internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery. Here, you can also find a branch of local indie cafe, Yorks, where you can enjoy a well-earned cuppa and a slice of homemade cake.

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(28/11/2018 @ 11:57)

Shopping at all stations: the best retail experiences by train

Whether you're a designer devotee or a vintage aficionado, your next shopping adventure starts with a train journey

When the delights of your local high street just aren't cutting it any more, and online baskets aren't providing the buzz they once did, it might be time to seek out some new retail therapy farther afield. Thankfully, the UK has some of the most exciting and diverse shopping experiences in the world, and we don't just mean dodging the crowds on Oxford Street. By jumping on a London Northwestern Railway train, you can easily access the country's shopping hotspots, from Liverpool to London, whether it's for a day trip or one long credit-card-crunching tour.

And the best part about it? The money and stress you save on travelling by rail, avoiding costly parking and weekend traffic, means that you'll be much less likely to succumb to any post-purchase guilt. Oh, and because you're not driving you'll be able to enjoy a glass of wine or two at lunch while you're at it.

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(12/11/2018 @ 13:26)

‘The kind of city where people go out on a Monday night': how to do Liverpool like a local

The port city is renowned for its culture and character. Get to know the bustling hive of activity with our insiders' guide, courtesy of locals Oliver Press and David Williams

Whether up close or far away, Liverpool is a city with impressive vistas. We've got beaches, parks, seafront and rooftops – but it's not just the views keeping people enjoying the city. A fun-loving spirit, full of character and characters, it's a city in the midst of a cultural renaissance, exploding with independents who keep us all eating, drinking and dancing.

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(07/12/2018 @ 10:22)

Why Iron Girl went down like a lead balloon

In the week in which Jasmin Paris won the 268-mile Spine Race, and women are winning more and more endurance races, a 5K night-time race for ‘women over 16' had to be hastily rebranded

Last week Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, running for four days solid on fewer than eight hours' sleep. In the same week, Ironman England advertised an event called Iron Girl, a 5K night-time race, as part of a triathlon festival. An Ironman race consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle ride and a marathon. Iron Girl was billed as being less intimidating, by using the word “girl”. In the attempt to attract grown women (the event was for over-16s), Iron Girl went down like a lead balloon. It was quickly renamed Night Run, and opened to men, too.

Of course, getting more people active is to be encouraged. But assuming that women would be intimidated by an event called “Ironman” goes against recent form. Jasmin Paris is not alone in winning an endurance event overall – in December 2016, women won five ultra distance races outright. Many believe that women may have a physical advantage in running or cycling longer races because they have more stamina, greater fat reserves (which can be called upon for energy) and better mental strength. Women are better at pacing and we cope better with heat.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:44)

Seven ways to boost your self-esteem

Check negative self-talk, set manageable goals, take regular exercise – and try your hand at gardening

How we value and perceive ourselves and our abilities is believed to be strongly tied to influences in childhood. A recent longitudinal study following nearly 9,000 participants in the US from birth to age 27 found that family environment (covering parenting, cognitive stimulation and physical home environment) in childhood, and especially in the first six years of life, has a long-term impact on self-esteem. The first step to achieving healthy self-esteem as an adult, suggests the NHS, is to challenge negative beliefs you have about yourself, perhaps by writing down self-critical thoughts and the evidence against them, or by speaking to yourself the way you would of a friend.

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(21/01/2019 @ 03:00)

Christian Dior in Paris: big-top showcase of technique and daring

Maria Grazia Chiuri continues to show there is more to Dior than the full-skirted ‘new look'

In a striped circus tent in Paris, nine pairs of rope-muscled female acrobats twisted and braided around each other until each couple had moved from a standing embrace to a double-height figure, with one woman standing on the shoulders of another. Dressed in custom-made Christian Dior playsuits, they then walked in their teetering pairs to the centre ring, where they rearranged themselves into a human archway for the models who followed them on to the catwalk.

Related: Maria Grazia Chiuri on fashion, feminism and Dior: ‘You must fight for your ideas'

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:30)

Second thoughts: the rise of the celebrity side hustle

Clothing, makeup and other luxury lines can generate billions – far surpassing the money that some famous faces make from their original careers

It is a weird time to be make your living as a pop star. It is almost impossible to buy a new album on an average British high street, yet at every Boots in the country you can buy fragrances from Shawn Mendes, Little Mix, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Celebrity fragrance has long been an easy way to squeeze extra cash from fans, but according to the latest figures, it could be falling out of fashion. Fashion forecaster Euromonitor International has predicted just a 3% annual growth rate between 2017 and 2022 for fragrances – meaning the market is set to lag behind that of both cosmetics and skincare.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:52)

Paris men's fashion week: the key collections - in pictures

A conveyor belt catwalk at Dior, a homage to Michael Jackson at Louis Vuitton and the return of the suit pretty much everywhere… Here are the Paris menswear show highlights for autumn/winter 2019

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(21/01/2019 @ 11:56)

Rachel Roddy's pasta with guanciale and pecorino | Tales from an Italian kitchen

Pasta alla gricia is the happy meeting of the melted fat of salt-cured pork jowls and grated pecorino

Between new year and epiphany, I had two separate lunches with two separate Roman friends who live in London but were back for the holidays. Our lives in reverse, I had just returned to Rome after two weeks with my family in London. I have known both friends for more than a decade, and it is even longer since we swapped countries, yet we are still having the same conversations about work, weather, words, nostalgia and bread, which is really just a way of talking about belonging to two places, and holding on to the good and flawed parts of both. Both conversations ended in the same way, with the friends telling me that they were reluctant but ready to go home, but first needed to buy guanciale to take back with them.

Guancia means cheek, and guanciale are the salt-cured pork jowls that hang like pepper-dusted paddles above salumerie (deli) counters in shops and on Roman market stalls. Unlike the more familiar pancetta (salt-cured pork belly) with its equal streaks of meat and fat, guanciale, like my cheeks after festive eating, is mostly fat. Cured with salt, and flavoured with only red or black pepper, the fat of guanciale has a thick, almost sweet and delicate flavour, which melts into a deeply flavoured and seasoned cooking medium.

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(21/01/2019 @ 08:00)

Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'short'

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

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

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

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(20/01/2019 @ 05:00)

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

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

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

ID3334123 recommends the Beastie Boys Book by Mike D and Ad Rock:

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(21/01/2019 @ 11:00)

10 great affordable winter sun holidays: readers' travel tips

Dodge the British winter, without spending a fortune, with readers' picks in Spain, including the Canaries, and bargains in north, west and South Africa

We escaped to the north-west coast of Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, for a week before Christmas. With flights from £80, reasonable car hire (£50) and a great Airbnb in Lajares (£30 a night), it was a great week of cycling, surfing, hiking, boat trips to the small island off the north coast and epic sunsets from the lovely fishing village of El Cotillo. Lajares is fun, a lively village with cafes, shops and bike hire and it's in a national park with a backdrop of a volcano. The north track follows the coast from Corralejo to El Cotillo, where you can find beaches with world-class surf and sheltered white sand lagoons.
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(17/01/2019 @ 02:30)

'As divisive as ever': readers on Theresa May's Brexit

What next? Readers have been debating Brexit the morning after the prime minister survived a confidence vote

I think the prime minister just wants to do this “reaching out” as a PR exercise at the end of which she can announce “I tried, but no one else came up with another answer that respects the referendum... So you have accept my deal.”

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(17/01/2019 @ 06:08)

A day with the men about to make it across the US border – at any cost

Central American migrants escaping poverty and violence in their hometowns find crossing legally is a slow and difficult process

At the age of 14, Jonathan Levit was given an order by the infamously brutal Mara Salvatrucha gang in his native Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras: to kill a friend he had known throughout childhood – “like a brother, all my life”.

Jonathan had, like almost every child in the city of Tela's terrifying barrio of Colonia 15 de Septiembre, grown up in the gang's shadow; there was no avoiding it, especially if you were partial to a smoke, as he was. And now the time had come for him to execute “a mission” for what is also called MS-13 – the gang which, Jonathan says, “doesn't just run Colonia 15, they almost run Honduras”.

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(21/01/2019 @ 13:21)

Conversation data offers trove of insights despite challenges

Analysis of the Voice Lab's first project was fruitful but there is more to learn about how people discover the app

Last month, the Lab launched its first project – a game called Year in Review. If you haven't given it a go, check it out on your Assistant-powered smart speaker or phone.

We've analysed the data generated from it over the past four weeks and are ready to share some of our findings. While we saw impressive rates of engagement, we encountered common issues relating to discovery and data, making it impossible to validate our hypothesis about how to teach people new podcast listening habits on the platform.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:12)

Hugh Lewin obituary

South African writer and member of the clandestine African Resistance Movement who was jailed for seven years

In 1959, Hugh Lewin, who has died aged 79, joined the South African Liberal party: shortly afterwards it became the only legal non-racial political party in the country, with the banning in 1960 of Nelson Mandela's African National Congress.

Frustrated at the ruthless police state repression, Hugh joined the clandestine African Resistance Movement and embarked on a sabotage campaign, targeting government installations such as electricity pylons.

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(21/01/2019 @ 14:03)

Glenn Close: ‘You don't lose your sexuality as you get older'

At 71, and tipped for an Oscar for The Wife, Glenn Close reveals she is having more fun than ever

Glenn Close picks up the phone in her Montana home and all hell breaks loose. Between waves of helpless laughter, she tries to explain exactly what is causing the chaos. “Sorry to be – can you hear me? – oh my God –there's a dog going past the house and – wait there.” The pooch making all that racket is Pip, Close's pet havanese. He only recently watched one of her films, she tells me; fittingly enough, it was the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians, in which she is a regally evil and blazingly camp Cruella de Vil in black-and-white fright wig and taloned gloves. “He was absolutely glued to the screen,” she says. Possibly in terror at her puppy-killing plans. Pip has his own Instagram account (he's Sir Pippin of Beanfield). “Everyone knows about him, so I'll have to start posting more things on there,” she says.

Now may not be the time. Over the next five weeks, the 71-year-old actor will have numerous awards ceremonies to attend – including the Baftas on 10 February and the Academy Awards a fortnight later – and in all likelihood more statuettes to collect in honour of her performance in The Wife as Joan Castleman, the overlooked spouse of a Nobel-winning novelist, played by Jonathan Pryce. Since its premiere nearly 18 months ago, the film has been seducing audiences and critics everywhere, with the Oscar buzz for Close building to a deafening volume. A few weeks ago, she won a Golden Globe; her pop-eyed, gobsmacked expression when her name was read out, followed by an eloquent speech in which she paid tribute to her late mother (“who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life”) and urged women “to find personal fulfilment”, has won her new legions of fans.

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(21/01/2019 @ 02:00)

'Nobody works harder': insiders recall Kamala Harris's meteoric rise

Longtime California colleagues, friends, and political rivals tell of an unmatched ambition that could take her to the White House

Before Trump, before the Kavanaugh hearings, the book tour, the “she's running” memes, the California senator Kamala Harris sat in St Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco amid a sea of blue-uniformed police officers.

The year was 2004, just a few months into Harris's first term as San Francisco district attorney – her first elected position. A young police officer, Isaac Espinoza, had been gunned down on the job, and the city's rank-and-file were out for blood.

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Guardian journalist wins Future of Journalism Global Award

Guardian journalist wins Future of Journalism Global Award

Guardian health editor Sarah Boseley has been presented with the Future of Journalism Global Award by Denmark's Constructive Institute and the Solutions Journalism Network.

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A smashed racquet and playful elephants: Monday's best photos

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

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Lunar eclipse 2019: super blood wolf moon – in pictures

The rare celestial event was visible across the northern hemisphere

Super blood wolf moon: lunar eclipse stargazers battle cold and clouds

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(21/01/2019 @ 01:35)

From snake soup to sorcery: the street traders of Hong Kong – in pictures

Many of Hong Kong's traditional street trades are on the verge of dying out. Gary Jones photographs the stallholders still practicing some of the city's most ancient arts

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Vintage ski posters – in pictures

A collection of vintage ski and winter sports posters up to a century old – some worth thousands of dollars – is about to be auctioned in New York. The resorts advertised range from Europe's Alpine jewels to the mountains of Canada, and all offer fun in the outdoors

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(21/01/2019 @ 03:00)

Violent protests in Athens as thousands rally against Macedonia deal – gallery

Greek parliament to vote this week to ratify proposed new name of its neighbour, the Republic of North Macedonia.

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(20/01/2019 @ 18:56)

2019 British Life photography awards – in pictures

The awards aim to capture and celebrate the essence of life in Britain through illuminating, humorous and poignant imagery. Opening at Mall galleries in London on 18 February, the exhibition will then go on tour to Banbury, Leyburn and Glastonbury

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