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Boris Johnson plays numbers game after securing Brexit deal
PM insists he is âvery confident' his deal will be approved by parliament on Saturday
Boris Johnson has insisted he is âvery confidentâ that his Brexit deal will be approved by the House of Commons in a historic knife-edge vote on Saturday, even without the backing of the DUP.
âI want to stress that this is a great deal for our country, for the UK; I also believe that it is a very good deal for our friends in the EU,â Johnson said at the European council in Brussels, where EU leaders signed off on the last-minute deal. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 16:21)
Brexit deal may be a rare win-win for Boris Johnson
PM will hope to pass his deal on Saturday but knows rejection will set him up for a general election
Boris Johnson's team were pasty-faced with exhaustion as they briefed journalists about the details of the Brexit deal in Brussels on Thursday afternoon â but the PM himself was unable to suppress a beam of triumph, as he glad-handed his fellow leaders.
Just a week after Johnson's meeting with the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, at a wedding venue on the Wirral, Downing Street hopes it has now engineered that rare thing in politics â a win-win situation. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 15:51)
'My deal or no deal': what the papers say about Boris Johnson's Brexit plan
Front pages report on ânumbers game', with some calling on MPs to âdo their duty'
Boris Johnson's progress in getting his Brexit deal dominates the front pages, though most papers make clear it is not a done deal.
Related: How is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal different from Theresa May's? Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 00:11)
Boris Johnson has a deal. Now MPs must end the agony and vote it through | Simon Jenkins
The DUP is again proving the fly in the Brexit ointment, but it should not be allowed to decide who rules Britain
Related: Brexit: Johnson's deal's 'far worse' than May's, says Labour - live news
Here we go again. The bloody torso that is Brexit will this weekend dump itself in the torture chamber of the House of Commons. MPs will be asked to approve â in some fashion or other â the Brexit deal reached by Boris Johnson in Brussels. It is now surely clear that the deal comes as close as is feasible to a workable withdrawal from the EU, given the limitations set by the Commons since 2016. It also sets a framework for something quite separate, Britain's long-term relationship with the EU, which is yet to be negotiated in detail. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 13:52)
'Greased piglet' Boris Johnson could pass deal, says David Cameron
Former prime minister says he would vote for the deal on Saturday if he was still an MP
âThe thing about the greased piglet is that he manages to slip through other people's hands where mere mortals fail.â That was the optimistic assessment of Boris Johnson's chances of getting his Brexit deal through parliament by former prime minister David Cameron on Thursday.
Cameron said he would back the deal, were he still an MP, though he would have preferred one that guaranteed a closer relationship with the EU and that would keep the UK within the customs union. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 18:24)
Pence and ErdoÄan agree on ceasefire plan but Kurds reject 'occupation'
- Mike Pence strikes deal with Turkish president in Ankara
- Agreement appears to cement key Turkish objectives
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan, has agreed with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to suspend Ankara's operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw, potentially halting the latest bloodshed in Syria's long war.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters would pull back from Turkey's proposed 20-mile (32km) deep âsafe zoneâ on its border, Pence told reporters in Ankara on Thursday evening after hours of meetings with Turkish officials. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 16:38)
Friday briefing: Brexit deal comes down to numbers
Brussels gives nod but PM needs to muster votes â¦ DIY cancer tests miss serious genetic risks â¦ and UK set to make its first moon landing
Hello, Warren Murray with you as the Briefing week draws to a close. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:30)
Mick Mulvaney suggests Trump withheld Ukraine aid in quid pro quo
Acting White House chief of staff says politics and foreign policy are mixed âall the time', before walking back remarks
The acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested that there was a quid pro quo in relations with Ukraine, only to walk back that statement later in the day.
Mulvaney on Thursday morning said the Trump administration's decision to withhold millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine was part of efforts to clean up corruption in the country. He was apparently referring, at least in part, to unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about a purported Ukrainian link to Russia's hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 21:25)
El Chapo: Mexican police capture then release drug boss's son after battle with cartel
Security minister says decision not to detain Ovidio Guzmà¡n López was made to protect citizens, after heavy gunfire
Intense fighting has erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacà¡n, where masked gunmen threw up burning barricades and traded gunfire with security forces after the arrest of one of the sons of the jailed former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel Joaquàn âEl Chapoâ Guzmà¡n.
Images shared on social media showed trucks with mounted heavy machine guns patrolling the city streets. Another clip showed a gunman with an assault rifle shooting at an unknown target against a soundtrack of continuous gunfire. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 22:53)
China's quarterly economic growth sinks to 26-year low amid US trade war
The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6% in the three months ending in September
China's economic growth sank to a 26-year low in the latest quarter amid pressure from a trade war with Washington, adding to a deepening slump that is weighing on global growth.
The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6% in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter's 6.2%, data showed on Friday. It was the weakest growth since China started reporting data by quarters in 1993. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:20)
Meghan kept copy of letter to father at centre of legal row
Duchess of Sussex is suing Mail on Sunday for copyright infringement and invasion of privacy
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, kept a copy of a highly personal handwritten letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle, suggesting she may have correctly feared it would later be leaked to the media.
Court filings seen by the Guardian show that the duchess has a full record of the correspondence, including unpublished sections, which is now being used to assist her legal case against the Mail on Sunday for copyright infringement and invasion of privacy. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 11:47)
Westminster rough sleepers evicted after complaint by Commons chaplain
Group âdriven from closest thing we had to a home' after Rose Hudson-Wilkin's objection
A group of homeless people who bed down in a tube tunnel near parliament have accused the chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, of driving them out of their only home after complaining to security officials about their âongoing stenchâ.
They wrote to the chaplain on Thursday, saying their lives had taken a turn for the worse since she complained about them, having been expelled from âthe closest thing we had to a homeâ. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 12:41)
Police release e-fit of man who fell from Kenya Airways plane
Body of stowaway, believed to be Kenyan and in his 30s, was found in London garden
Police trying to identify a man whose frozen body fell into a garden in London from the landing gear of a plane have released a e-fit image of his face in the hope that he will be recognised.
Investigators, who also released images of a bag that was found in the landing gear of the aircraft with a small amount of Kenyan currency, believe he was a Kenyan man aged in his 30s, but are keeping an open mind. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 12:40)
Channel 4 launches menopause policy for employees
Women will have access to flexible working arrangements, and cool and quiet workspaces
Channel 4 is launching its first menopause policy in an effort to normalise the âtabooâ subject.
The policy will support employees experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety and fatigue, giving women access to flexible working arrangements and paid leave if they feel unwell because of the side-effects of ageing. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 19:01)
Netflix moves to shut down lawsuit over Panama Papers film The Laundromat
Mossack Fonseca tried to stop film's release over lawyers' portrayal but Netflix says reputations âlong sullied'
Netflix has moved to shut down a lawsuit from Mossack Fonseca lawyers over a film about the Panama Papers scandal that led to the closure of their firm and criminal charges, arguing the partners' reputations were âlong sulliedâ before the film's release.
The film, The Laundromat, is due to be released on Netflix at midnight on Friday in the US, and stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas as Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 22:18)
Scariest thing about Halloween is plastic waste, say charities
Equivalent of 83m plastic bottles in often throwaway outfits sold by leading retailers
An estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste â equivalent to 83m bottles â will be generated from throwaway Halloween clothing sold by leading retailers in the UK this year research suggests.
An investigation by Hubbub, an environmental charity, into the seasonal outfits available from 19 supermarkets and retailers â including Aldi, Argos, Asos, Amazon, Boden, John Lewis, M&S, Next, and Tesco â found that 83% of the material used was polluting oil-based plastic likely to end up in landfill. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 19:01)
'Betrayal? Ridiculous': Northern Ireland ready to move on from Brexit
Many unionists are angry but widespread public disorder over deal seems unlikely
The last time Downing Street foisted a deal on Northern Ireland's unionists, the backlash was swift and bitter. Hundreds of thousands poured on to the streets to protest. A mob punched and kicked the secretary of state outside Belfast city hall. They hit him with a union jack-draped flagpole, grappled him into a headlock and chanted, âTraitor, traitor, traitor.â
It was 1985 and Margaret Thatcher had signed the Anglo-Irish agreement giving Dublin a say in Northern Ireland's affairs. It took burly bodyguards to save her secretary of state, Tom King, from the mob's wrath. Demonstrations, strikes and civil disobedience raged for months. âWe say, âNever, never, never, never!'â Ian Paisley, the Democratic Unionist party leader, bellowed to a crowd. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
'It was like lighting yourself on fire': how Shia LaBeouf's co-star changed his life
When the troubled actor made a film with Zack Gottsagen, who has Down's syndrome, his drunken arrest nearly wrecked the project. The pair talk about rehab, redemption â and wrestling
Where do you start with Shia LaBeouf? The former child star and teenage action hero, latter-day performance artist and Hollywood outcast vapes as a tune plays on his phone. The song is Our House by 1970s supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash. (âA very, very, very fine house.â) He dances. âWhat do you want to listen to?â he asks the other actor in the room, Zack Gottsagen. âPick a song.â Gottsagen, who has Down's syndrome, shrugs and looks across at me. âHe's from the Guardian,â LaBeouf says in a tone that might be called sceptical. He switches off the music. âAll right,â he says. âLet's talk our shit.â
Ahead of this interview, I watch YouTube footage of LaBeouf's 2017 arrest for public drunkenness in Savannah, Georgia. Physically, he looks much the same now, beard and T-shirt and worked-on upper arms. Then I watch The Peanut Butter Falcon, the film he was making at the time. It stars Gottsagen as a young man with Down's syndrome who goes on the run from the retirement home he has been placed in by the state, joining a fugitive fisherman played by LaBeouf on an escape along the eastern seaboard. The result â charming, Mark Twain-ish â was the sleeper hit of the US summer. For Gottsagen, 34, the bustle of interviews and film festivals is something new. LaBeouf, 33, is less excited. âI've been on this rollercoaster several times,â he says. âSo the only way for it to be fun is to do it with someone who has never been on it before.â Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
The Guardian's climate pledge 2019
Today, we are making a public pledge to ourselves and our readers, that we are committed to taking responsibility for our role - both journalistically and institutionally - on how to impact the climate crisis we are facing. Continue reading...
(16/10/2019 @ 04:08)
The Wing: how an exclusive women's club sparked a thousand arguments
The Wing is a private members' space for women that claims to be an âaccelerator' for feminist revolution in the US â and now it's coming to the UK. But how progressive is it really? By Linda Kinstler
On a recent weeknight in midtown Manhattan, a trickle of professional women wearing sheath dresses and smart blouses swept into a delicately lit penthouse. The space they entered was filled with women quietly working and chatting, seated on an array of curved pastel furniture, designed to fit the precise ergonomic specifications of the average woman. The women's computers bore stickers reading âI'm With Herâ, âHermione 2020â, and âCornellâ. The colour-coded bookshelves behind them included works such as 50 Ways to Comfort a Woman in Labor, Suffragette: My Own Story, and Cunt: A Declaration of Independence.
It was a typical Wednesday night at The Wing, an exclusive club that describes itself as a ânetwork of work and community spaces designed for women of all definitionsâ. For between $185 and $250 per month, US Wing members â or Winglets, as the company sometimes calls them â can use the space to work, eat, socialise, breastfeed, shower, network, exercise, nap, reapply their makeup, meditate or all of the above. In other words, The Wing is a one-stop shop for the performance of contemporary mainstream feminism, a meticulously curated space where women can blow-dry their hair or âstage a small coupâ, depending on the day. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
New generation, new tactics: the changing face of Catalan protests
Attempted occupation at airport was called by new group using an app to bring young people on to streets
Until this week, the images habitually projected by the Catalan independence movement were of its red, yellow and blue estelada flags and of the huge crowds that have gathered on the region's national day over the past eight years to make earnest, enthusiastic â and fruitless â calls for a separate republic.
By Monday night, however, the pictures coming out of Barcelona and elsewhere had begun to tell a different story. Infuriated by the Spanish supreme court's decision to jail nine pro-independence leaders over their roles in the failed push for secession two years ago, thousands of young Catalans marched on Barcelona-El Prat airport in an attempt to occupy it. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 00:00)
Stuart Russell on why now is the time to start thinking about superintelligent AI - Science Weekly podcast
Prof Stuart Russell wrote the book on artificial intelligence. Literally. But that was back in 1995, when the next few decades of AI were uncertain, and, according to him, distinctly less threatening. Sitting down with Ian Sample, Russell talks about his latest book, Human Compatible, which warns of a dystopian future in which humans are outsmarted by machines. But how did we get here? And what can we do to make sure these machines benefit humankind? Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 00:00)
The future of burial: inside Jerusalem's hi-tech underground necropolis
With a dire shortage of land for graves, the holy city is reviving an ancient custom of underground burial â with lift access, LED lighting and golf buggies
Cool air from deep inside the mountain lightly wafts through cavernous arched tunnels. Along the walls of the subterranean passages, rows of human-sized chambers have been dug into the rock. It is unmistakably a catacomb.
Yet this mass tomb is not a relic of the Roman empire. It was made with huge electric diggers, and the walls are lined with concrete. People will enter by lift, and those with limited mobility will be able to use a golf buggy to traverse the necropolis. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:01)
Naming and shaming the polluters â podcast
Global environment editor Jonathan Watts discusses the Guardian's investigation into the fossil fuel industry, and the structures that need to change to halt the climate emergency. And: Gary Younge on Donald Trump's mental health
The Guardian's global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, tells Anushka Asthana about the polluters series, which identified 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world's oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.
The project shows many of the worst offenders are investor-owned companies that are household names around the world and spend billions of pounds on lobbying governments and portraying themselves as environmentally responsible. They discuss the systemic changes that would need to take place to change the way the world produces and uses fossil fuels. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 22:00)
Will parliament vote for a Brexit deal?
Jennifer Rankin and Polly Toynbee discuss the dilemma facing MPs as the government edges towards a Brexit deal. Plus, Cara Reedy on what it means to be a person with dwarfism
Boris Johnson has spent frantic hours trying to get a Brexit deal that would be acceptable to the EU as well as a majority of MPs in parliament. Late discussions centred on the arrangements for Northern Ireland, which have long been a stumbling block for a deal.
Joining Anushka Asthana are the Guardian's Brussels correspondent Jennifer Rankin and columnist Polly Toynbee. If a deal can be agreed at this week's EU summit, the focus will switch to parliament where the prime minister cannot guarantee a majority. So is there still a path to a final Brexit deal by the end of this month as Johnson has promised? Continue reading...
(16/10/2019 @ 22:00)
On the frontline as US troops leave northern Syria â podcast
Martin Chulov, who covers the Middle East for the Guardian, has spent the past week on the frontline of north-east Syria. He describes the fallout from Trump's shock decision to withdraw US troops. And: Amelia Gentleman on the EU citizens struggling for the right to remain in the UK
In late 2014, the Kurds were struggling to fend off an Islamic State siege of Kobani. But with US support, including arms and airstrikes, the Kurds managed to beat back Isis and went on to win a string of victories against the radical militant group.
Last week, President Donald Trump ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that has effectively ceded control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia. Martin Chulov, who covers the Middle East for the Guardian, has just returned from the frontline in north-east Syria. He tells Rachel Humphreys that although the handover on show was that between the Kurds and the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the real power shift was between Washington and Moscow, whose reach and influence across the Middle East has now been cemented. Continue reading...
(15/10/2019 @ 22:00)
Extinction Rebellion has built up so much goodwill. It mustn't throw that away | Gaby Hinsliff
The incident at Canning Town station exposes the movement's lack of empathy with society's least well-off people
Early in the morning, the sky still dark behind him, a man climbs on to a tube train in one of the less wealthy patches of east London and prepares to make a stand. After weeks of climate protests across the capital, its commuters have arguably grown used to navigating scenes such as this. But what happens next, in the footage shot by an ITV journalist and spread virally across social media, is disturbing on many levels.
Passengers on the packed platform, sensing they're now going nowhere, react furiously. A voice can be heard shouting: âI need to get to work! I have to feed my kids!â One man, boosted by the crowd, grabs for the protester's legs; the protester appears to kick out towards his head. The protester is white. The man below him is black. The protester is quickly dragged down into a surging crowd, rescued only by the intervention of other passengers and a London Underground worker. And suddenly, we are a long way from cheering scenes of giant pink octopuses being escorted down Whitehall, or grey-haired pensioners submitting courteously to arrest. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 12:02)
Boris Johnson leads his weary people to the unpromised land
PM finds there is no defeat he can't rewrite as a victory â even one that will make everyone worse off
Northern Ireland was so last year. At the Democratic Unionist party's conference in November 2018, Boris Johnson had said no British Conservative government could sign up to regulatory checks and customs controls down the Irish Sea. To do so would be to put the whole of the union at risk. But midway through the morning, Boris Johnson announced he had agreed a Brexit deal that did just that. The DUP could do one. The prime minister whose defining talent is an inability to tell the truth to anyone had lied again. He was nothing if not entirely dependable.
Lunch appeared to have been taken rather early for Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, as he steered an uneven path to the lectern for his brief joint statement with Johnson in Brussels. Supermarket trolleys with wonky wheels have made less hapless journeys. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 14:25)
Donald Trump's sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office | Gary Younge
To reduce his presidency to a frail mind is to ignore the fact he's an emblem of free-market, white supremacist nationalism
While writing a New Yorker profile on Donald Trump in the late 1990s, Mark Singer attempted to discover something about the businessman's private thoughts, as opposed to his outsized, public persona. When Singer asked him what he thought about when shaving in front of the mirror, Trump did not really understand the question.
âOK, I guess I'm asking, âdo you consider yourself ideal company?'â Singer said. âYou really want to know what I consider ideal company?â replied Trump. âA total piece of ass.â Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
This Brexit deal still won't âget it done' â only a referendum can do that | Polly Toynbee
These proposals are unlikely to pass the Commons. They should be put to a public vote that can finally settle the impasse
The red hand of Ulster says no. Their âblood-red lineâ has been crossed by putting a hard customs border down the Irish Sea, dividing them from the rest of the UK. They have lost the veto they wanted, reduced to a vote only held four years after the dual customs union comes into effect, aligned with the EU â and even then, they would have to wait for another two-year cooling-off period.
These devilishly good DUP negotiators usually succeed because their No Surrender reputation has the other side of the table believing their stony faces are unmovable. But this time it looks as though Boris Johnson has thrown them under another of his mendacious buses. Of course this could be a last-minute DUP bluff. There are rumours not only of a new medical school and a motorway, but also a daintily gift-wrapped âpeace fundâ, paid by the UK with EU contributions via the Irish government. However, the biblically well-versed DUP won't be trading their birthright for that mess of pottage. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 10:20)
A better version of âremain' is possible â and Labour should negotiate it | Gordon Brown
Johnson's deal threatens the breakup of the UK. Instead, leave voters' anxieties should be addressed from within the EU
There is a real risk that the coming general election could be the United Kingdom's last â with Boris Johnson remembered only for being its last Conservative prime minister. Johnson's deal is, we now know, even more fatally flawed than Theresa May's in vital respects: it threatens to make Ireland a smugglers' and tax avoiders' paradise and ushers in a race to the bottom in social and environmental standards. All Labour MPs must vote against it. The deal also threatens to Balkanise Britain. Northern Ireland is, for example, exempted from the evil consequences of a US-UK trade deal â from the entry of chlorinated chicken to the contracting out of NHS services â while Scotland, Wales and England would be bound in.
By the way he has chosen to resolve one source of division, the Northern Ireland border, Johnson appears hellbent on creating another that nationalists are already seeking to exploit. He is jeopardising, perhaps to the point of its destruction, Scotland's 300-year-old union with England and thus the very existence of the UK. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 12:35)
Forget Bali, I found bliss in the blandness of a chain hotel | Emma Brockes
Four days spent alone in Florida pushed me to the limits of boredom. But it was just what I needed
I was in a chain hotel 20 miles north of Orlando for meetings that would last, on and off, for four days. This was not a holiday resort. Outside, the rain was bathwater warm, the pool windswept and empty. Inside, guests wandered the conference facilities, lanyards swinging. The breakfast buffet was like the idea I'd had as a child of how millionaires live: all the pineapple you could eat. It is a truism of escape plans that the problem with going anywhere is that you take yourself with you. But there is an exception to this, and I have found it. Burnt out? Always yelling? So tired you would gladly hand over your humanity to Elon Musk for a chance to become fully digitised? There's another way. Open Google Maps, find a place that is not a place but, rather, on the way to other places, and select the blandest hotel you can find. Then go and sit in it for four days. I swear to God, it's better than six months in Bali.
I thought about sending an email and didn't. I took a three-hour nap, went downstairs and ordered more wings. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
âDo or die': Eddie Jones channels his samurai spirit for England quarter-final
â¢ Coach drops George Ford for World Cup match against Australia
â¢ âOwen's got quite a big job for us,' says Jones
Eddie Jones has urged England to channel the samurai spirit for their World Cup quarter-final against Australia on Saturday after springing a huge surprise by dropping George Ford and restoring the out-of-sorts Owen Farrell to fly-half.
Jones said Farrell's form has suffered at the World Cup because of the England captaincy but backed his leader to rediscover his best form against the Wallabies. He revealed he has had to pull Farrell to one side to discuss how focusing too much on the captaincy has affected his performance but in the biggest selection call of his England tenure, Ford has been relegated to the bench. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 17:00)
Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
A crunch clash at Old Trafford, Palace tackle vulnerable champions and could West Ham do for Marco Silva?
The last time Liverpool visited Old Trafford, they met a United side struggling with injuries â even before three players were forced off during the first half. But, though Liverpool were three points clear at the top, they played as though the goalless draw they eventually achieved was an acceptable result. In the event, Manchester City pipped them to the title by a point, and though that required a phenomenal run of 14 straight wins, had Liverpool embraced the pressure and played with their usual intensity in that game they would now be champions of England, not into their 30th season without a league title. On Sunday, Liverpool will arrive able to wear and excuse any slip-up: they are eight points clear at the top, while United, who are not quite as abhorrently awful as they've looked recently, will have some key players back from injury and should be up for the fight. Even so, Liverpool would be foolish to entertain those thoughts. They have one foot on City's throat and the other aimed at United's solar plexus; allowing them to escape instead of kicking them when they're down would be a significant oversight with potentially significant repercussions. Playing safe is not always the safe option. DH Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 19:48)
Manchester United's recruitment has been dysfunctional, admits Ed Woodward
â¢ Chief executive says ânon-experts' not deciding football policy
â¢ Woodward confirms belief in Ole Gunnar Solskjà¦r's abilities
Ed Woodward believes the perception he and other non-experts are making decisions over football policy at Manchester United is âinsultingâ, though the executive vice-chairman admits recruitment strategy was dysfunctional in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.
Woodward is the subject of ongoing criticism over team performance, transfers and other areas of football strategy. United are 12th in the league, with nine points from eight games under Ole Gunnar Solskjà¦r. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 18:17)
Sean and Matty Longstaff: âKnowing your brother has got your back is special'
Newcastle's midfield brothers discuss their different paths to the first team, Matty's debut goal against Manchester United and why their family could rival the Nevilles
Whatever the future holds, Matty Longstaff will never forget the sudden, almost elemental, assault on his senses. He met the ball, his brother screamed âhit itâ, David de Gea was beaten from distance and the 19-year-old knew life would never be quite the same again.
âI can just remember the loudest roar I've ever heard in the Gallowgate,â he says, his smile as wide as the Tyne. âIt was all a bit surreal.â Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 17:30)
Japan forced into one change at fullback for South Africa clash
- Ryohei Yamanaka in for injured William Tupou
- Coach Jamie Joseph also makes three changes to bench
Japan have made one injury-enforced change to the starting line-up for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa, bringing Ryohei Yamanaka in at fullback in place of William Tupou.
Tupou suffered a concussion in Japan's win over Scotland at Yokohama last weekend and drops out of the matchday 23 altogether, with livewire winger Lomano Lava Lemeki named among the replacements as cover for the back three. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:12)
Pochettino says Spurs players still want him and rules out January signings
â¢ Manager invited out to dinner by his squad
â¢ âThe most important is to stay together'
Mauricio Pochettino has said he retains the love and support of his Tottenham players â and he has the dinner date to prove it. The manager cut an embattled figure before the international break when his team followed the 7-2 humiliation at home to Bayern Munich with a 3-0 defeat at Brighton.
Pochettino's ability to motivate the dressing room in year six of his tenure has been questioned, with some worrying he has reached the end of the cycle. Spurs have won only three games this season and they looked broken during that harrowing afternoon at Brighton. They can ill afford anything other than victory in Saturday's home fixture with Watford. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 17:30)
New Zealand go green for Ireland quarter-final while Schmidt plays it safe
- All Blacks name inexperienced back unit to attack wide
- Ireland coach opts for experience for quarter-final
Green will be New Zealand's colour on Saturday. They go into their quarter-final against an Ireland team who have won two of the past three Tests between the sides with a recently minted back division while their opponents will be armed with 12 of the starting lineup from the victory against the All Blacks in Dublin last November.
Given that the scrum-half Conor Murray and the centre Robbie Henshaw missed that match because of injury and Iain Henderson has established himself in the second row at Devin Toner's expense, Ireland are virtually at full strength. Bundee Aki might have been picked ahead of Garry Ringrose in the midfield but for his suspension for a high tackle against Samoa but their head coach, Joe Schmidt, has gone for experience and players who know what success tastes like. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 04:00)
Talking Horses: Future of Tote under new owners brighter than for years
Alizeti consortium has secured the business and big changes will be made to increase the paltry share of betting on racing
The future of the Tote, which offers pool betting on British racing, appears to be more secure following the news that the Alizeti consortium, led by owner and breeder Alex Frost, has finally secured the backing it needs to buy the Tote from its former owner, the bookmaker Fred Done.
The announcement on Wednesday brings down the curtain on a difficult and often controversial eight years in the long history of the Tote, which was created by Winston Churchill during his time as Stanley Baldwin's chancellor of the exchequer in the 1920s. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 19:01)
After Windrush â Paulette Wilson's visit to Jamaica, 50 years on
A letter from the British government classifying Paulette Wilson as an illegal immigrant shook her sense of identity and belonging. âHostile environment' policies years in the making meant that Wilson and other victims of the Windrush scandal had their right to residency in the UK called into question. She had been detained for a week pending imminent deportation though she had done nothing wrong. It was devastating, but luckily she was released before she was deported. Here we follow Wilson as she returns to Jamaica for the first time in 50 years, trying to make sense of her place in the world and rebuild a sense of security and belonging Continue reading...
(07/10/2019 @ 07:02)
I'll kick out Iain Duncan Smith because of â'âausterity he inflicted on my âmum' â video
Is the chaos in Westminster breeding a new type of politician? We hit the campaign trial with Labour's Faiza Shaheen, who is trying to kick out the Tory grandee Iain Duncan Smith from his Chingford and Woodford Green seat. Shaheen grew up in the area and describes herself as the polar opposite of Duncan Smith. What are her chances of success? And could she be hindered by Labour's Brexit position? Continue reading...
(18/09/2019 @ 06:21)
Dwarfism and me: 'We're still treated as less than human' â video
About 90,000 people in America have dwarfism. The writer and podcaster Cara Reedy takes us on a journey to reflect on what it means to be a person with dwarfism â and why America's obsession with little people has left lasting damage.
[Supported by Ford Foundation] Continue reading...
(16/10/2019 @ 05:14)
'We will fight to the last drop of blood': embattled Kashmiris target freedom â video
Determined to prevent security forces from entering their community, people in the suburb of Anchar, in the disputed region of Kashmir, stand united in their desire to achieve freedom from India. Defying teargas and pellets, they are the last remaining pocket of resistance in the country's only Muslim-majority state
(19/09/2019 @ 02:00)
'He said: 'I'd break the law for you.' I was 13': calling time on street harassment â video
Rape threats, racist slurs, being followed home, just some of the things that women and girls are subjected to on a daily basis. But there is a growing generation of young women who are no longer prepared to put up with it and have launched a campaign to make street harassment illegal. On-the-spot fines were introduced in France in 2018, but could it make a difference in the UK? Continue reading...
(10/10/2019 @ 05:00)
How fracking is taking its toll on Argentina's indigenous people â video explainer
An oil fire burned for more than three weeks next to a freshwater lake in Vaca Muerta, Argentina, one of the world's largest deposits of shale oil and gas and home to the indigenous Mapuche people. In collaboration with Forensic Architecture, this video looks at the local Mapuche community's claim that the oil and gas industry has irreversibly damaged their ancestral homeland, and with it their traditional ways of life Continue reading...
(14/10/2019 @ 02:00)
Genetic testing kits 'may wrongly reassure those at risk of cancer'
Consumer testing kits fail to pick up majority of DNA mutations, say researchers
Consumer genetic tests could be giving false reassurance to those at heightened risk of cancers, according to findings presented at an international conference this week.
The study, by clinical genetic testing company Invitae, revealed that tests for breast and bowel cancer risk by direct-to-consumer companies such as 23andMe give negative results to the vast majority of those carrying DNA mutations in the genes under investigation. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 18:00)
Police warn Somerset holiday home owners over pop-up brothels
Police investigating 50 suspected brothels in residential properties
Owners of holiday homes and short-term rental properties in the south-west of England are being urged to check that their houses and flats are not being used as brothels.
Avon and Somerset police said they were investigating 50 suspected brothels in residential settings such as holiday flats. The force also said almost half of the intelligence reports about human trafficking and modern slavery it received in August centred on the exploitation of women and girls in off-street prostitution. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 13:00)
UK manufacturers braced for financial hit as US tariffs bite
Makers of products ranging from Scotch whisky to biscuits and Savile Row suits to suffer
British manufacturers of products ranging from Scotch whisky to biscuits and Savile Row suits are braced for a significant financial hit after US tariffs came into effect in retaliation for subsidies given to aerospace manufacturer Airbus.
Tariffs of 25% came into effect at midnight on the US east coast (5am BST), damaging small businesses with few links to a 15-year aerospace industry battle between Airbus, the European champion, and American rival Boeing. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
Football agent claimed he gave Alex Ferguson gold watch to fix match, court told
Trial of three men in football bribery case hears one boasted of unsubstantiated links to former Man Utd manager
A corrupt football agent made unsubstantiated claims to have âthankedâ former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for fixing a match by giving him a £30,000 Rolex watch, a court has heard.
Giuseppe âPinoâ Pagliara, 64, made the claim in a conversation secretly recorded by an undercover reporter, the prosecution said. Opening the trial, Brian O'Neill QC said Pagliara was taped boasting that the former Manchester United manager had accepted the gold watch in exchange for conspiring to fix the result of a Champions League match against Juventus. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 15:40)
'Flight-shaming' could slow growth of airline industry, says Iata
Climate now âtop of the agenda' for investors as airlines try to lower carbon emissions
Escalating pressure from investors is pushing airlines to address environmental concerns, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata), which acknowledged that the trend toward âflight-shamingâ could weigh on the industry's future growth.
Speaking at a conference in London where airlines vied to demonstrate plans to decarbonise, Iata said the climate was now âtop of the agendaâ for investors. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 13:06)
Labour candidate accuses Lib Dem rival of dirty campaign tactics
Dr Faiza Shaheen says open letter on Islamic charity aimed to highlight her as a Muslim
A Labour parliamentary candidate has accused her Liberal Democrat rival of using dirty campaigning tactics after he sent her an open letter demanding to know her view on an Islamic charity to which she has no links.
Dr Faiza Shaheen suggested that Dr Geoffrey Seeff wanted her to be publicly highlighted as a Muslim when he wrote to her about the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), an organisation she had not heard of. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 13:48)
Pupils with behavioural issues failing to meet exam benchmark
Just 1.5% with behaviour issues got grade 4s or higher in the subjects, according to data
Only one out of every 25 pupils in schools for those with behavioural difficulties or exclusions managed to gain passes in English and maths GCSEs this year, according to national data which also shows little headway being made in improving overall exam results.
Just 4% of those in England attending pupil referral units or similar alternative provision achieved grade 4s or higher in maths and English, while just 1.5% managed at least 5s in both subjects, the government's favoured âstrong passâ grade, with both figures being worse than the previous year's results. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 15:21)
Manchester council urged to reject statue of 'anti-black racist' Gandhi
Students say remarks by Indian freedom fighter mean proposed sculpture would be an âinsult'
Manchester city council should reject a statue of the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi on account of his âwell-documented anti-black racismâ, according to student activists.
The planned 2.7-metre (9ft) bronze statue is due to be erected outside Manchester Cathedral in November to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. An open letter is calling for the council to acknowledge Gandhi's âvile commentsâ and reverse the decision, which it says is an âinsultâ to Manchester's black and Kashmiri communities. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 13:11)
Police cleared over three-hour delay in response to woman stabbed 173 times
Officers took three hours to respond to 999 call about man who stabbed partner 173 times
The police watchdog has found no misconduct from Essex police in a case where a woman died after being stabbed more than a hundred times by her mentally ill partner and officers took almost three hours to respond to a 999 call.
The attacker's parents, who made the call but were unable to go to the scene because they were overseas, expressed dismay at the ruling. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 09:26)
Fraud charges against ex-Barclays executive are lunacy, trial told
Roger Jenkins would have risked losing £50m if he had sought any criminal deal, lawyer says
A former Barclays executive who is on trial in London on fraud charges would have risked losing a £50m âgood leaverâ package if he had sought a criminal deal with Qatar during the credit crisis, a court has heard.
It would have been âlunacyâ for Roger Jenkins to put at risk such accrued benefits and a job that had paid him £38m in 2007 alone, his lawyer said at the Old Bailey. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 15:56)
CBI calls on Labour to publish nationalisation plans
Group releases breakdown of its own £196bn-cost estimate and asks party to âfill in gaps' if it disagrees
The Confederation of British Industry has served Labour with a challenge to publish the full details of its nationalisation plans, in the latest twist of an increasingly bitter row.
Britain's leading business group hit back amid mounting pressure over its claim that Labour's nationalisation plans would cost £196bn, releasing further details of how it came up with the price tag. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 14:15)
Venezuela wins UN human rights council seat despite record of abuses
Other seat for Latin America went to Brazil, whose far-right leader has expressed contempt for the concept of human rights
Activists have responded with outrage after Venezuela won a fiercely contested vote for a seat on the UN's human rights council on Thursday, despite its well-documented record of human rights abuses.
The 193-member world body elected 14 members to the 47-member council on Thursday for three-year terms starting in January, with Venezuela claiming one of the two seats allocated to Latin America with 105 votes. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 16:58)
New York votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail complex
Rikers is scheduled to shutter by 2026 after a decades long run as one of the world's largest jails
New York City lawmakers voted to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect.
Rikers is scheduled to shutter by 2026, ending a decades long run as one of the world's largest jails. It will be replaced with four smaller and more modern jails located closer to the city's main courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 20:08)
Dutch police arrest father of family held in farm basement
Man suspected of depriving people of their liberty and money laundering, police said
Dutch police have arrested the father of a family kept for nearly a decade in a farmhouse, saying they were investigating whether a âcertain belief in faithâ was behind the case.
The 67-year-old was suspected of depriving people of their liberty, harming the health of others and money laundering following the discovery of the family in the northern village of Ruinerwold, police said. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 16:31)
Abominable: anger grows over controversial map in Chinese children's film
Three countries object to animated movie scene showing Chinese territorial claims in South China Sea
Malaysia's film censors have ordered a scene to be removed from the animated movie Abominable which shows China's nine-dash line in the South China Sea, an official has said, amid growing anger among countries with overlapping claims to the region.
The U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including areas claimed by other countries. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 00:09)
Five killed in Kashmir's deadliest day since losing special status
Some observers say Delhi's promises falling flat and unrest likely to increase
Five people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, thought to be the deadliest day in the region since it was stripped of its autonomy this summer.
Two non-Kashmiris â an apple trader from Punjab and a migrant labourer â were killed in separate attacks by suspected militants in Shopian and Pulwama, south Kashmir. A second apple trader was in a critical condition. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 09:06)
Clashes escalate in Barcelona as Catalan president blames 'infiltrators' for violent protests
Quim Torra says people trying to damage reputation of independence movement as fourth night of violence rocks city
Barcelona suffered its fourth and worst night of violence on Thursday as pro-independence supporters clashed with police and right-wing groups in running battles well into the small hours of Friday morning.
The disturbances followed a now familiar pattern as a large demonstration called earlier in the evening dispersed and groups of protesters clashed with police in the city centre who say that a clothing shop was set on fire and a bank was vandalised. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 19:39)
North Korea played like it was 'waging war' in Pyongyang match, says South
South considering complaint over match, played in empty stadium amid media blackout
North Korea's football team played like it was âwaging a warâ during a World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang against South Korea, the South's manager has said.
The two national teams played out a scoreless draw on Tuesday at the huge Kim Il-sung Stadium, which was empty of spectators. The match took place under a media blackout, and the South Koreans first spoke to journalists about the conditions on their return to Seoul on Thursday. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 07:09)
Zuckerberg defends Facebook as bastion of 'free expression' in speech
CEO faces quick backlash over highlighted policies, including on hate speech and voter suppression
Mark Zuckerberg touted Facebook as a champion of âfree expressionâ in a wide-sweeping speech, offering a staunch defense of the social media giant following several rocky years characterized by allegations against the platform of censorship and bias.
Speaking at Georgetown University on Thursday, the Facebook CEO invoked Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr and Black Lives Matter as a means of positioning Facebook as a champion for freedom of speech. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 15:54)
French couple can keep tilde in son's name after court battle
The row over Faà±ch or Fanch was settled after the parents' two-year tussle with officials
A two-year French legal battle over an orthographic squiggle has ended in victory for a couple granted the right to write their infant son's Breton first name as Faà±ch instead of Fanch.
The country's highest court for criminal and civil cases threw out an appeal bid by the authorities of Rennes, the capital of the north-western Brittany region, against an earlier ruling in favour of the family of Faà±ch Bernard. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 14:57)
New Zealand police to start armed patrols after Christchurch massacre
Move comes seven months after 51 people were killed at two mosques in the country's worst peacetime shooting
New Zealand officials have said armed police will patrol parts of the country in a trial project following heightened security concerns after the mass shooting in Christchurch in March that killed 51 people.
New Zealand, like the United Kingdom and Norway, is one of the few countries where police do not carry guns while on general duty. However handguns, rifles and Tasers are kept in their vehicles and can be used with a supervisor's permission. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 21:30)
Drugstore Cowboy at 30: is this the best film ever made about addiction?
Gus Van Sant's 1989 indie is filled with rich detail and insight into the life of a drug addict, brought to life by a career-defining Matt Dillon performance
âMost people don't know how they're going to feel from one minute to the next. But a dope fiend has a pretty good idea. All you gotta do is look at the labels on the little bottles.â
That's Matt Dillon as Bob Hughes in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, offering one last revelatory insight via voiceover narration toward the end of the film. Portraits of drug addiction tend to wallow in spiraling miseries, like a hurricane that gathers strength and grows more destructive as it reaches landfall. Movies and television have taught us that drugs are about compulsion, chasing a high that steadily diminishes, and the film acknowledges that, too, with Bob talking about how he and his crew âplayed a game you couldn't winâ. Yet Drugstore Cowboy ties that compulsion to organization and elaborate bits of drug logic and superstition, which suggests more structure to an addict's behavior than the ordinary person's. Staying high means planning for the next hit. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
Paul Dano to play the Riddler in The Batman
The There Will Be Blood and Little Miss Sunshine actor will star alongside Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz in a noirish take on the DC character
Paul Dano will take on the villainous role of the Riddler in The Batman, a new noirish take on the DC story.
The There Will Be Blood star, who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his performance in Escape from Dannemora, will join Robert Pattinson, playing Batman, and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman. The Batman comes from the director of Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves, who is seeking to make a more grounded take on the character. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 14:42)
Shot in Soho review â a lament for London's lost sanctum of sleaze
Photographers' Gallery, London
The slow demise of a bohemian melting pot is chronicled in a movingly melancholic show that shuns the obvious
In 1957, VUE magazine described Soho as âthe world's wickedest square mileâ. Back then, like its Parisian equivalent Pigalle, London's Soho was a neighbourhood that traded on its bad reputation, luring the curious and the bohemian with its after-hours strip clubs, shebeens, peep shows and sex workers. That the gullible or the inebriated could fall prey to pickpockets, hucksters and conmen only added to the area's illicit glamour.
Soho's seediness survived, albeit in diluted form, into the 1980s and beyond, with such wayward songwriters as Shane MacGowan summoning its dark heart in song. In The Old Main Drag, he evokes the rent boys who once haunted the back alleys, charging a fiver âfor a swift one off the wristâ. All gone, all gone. In today's Soho, a fiver might just get you a detox smoothie or a couple of flat whites served by an underpaid, overworked millennial. Seediness has been supplanted by rampant development and Darwinian gentrification, with Crossrail currently cutting a swathe though the heart of the square mile, decimating entire blocks. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 11:51)
Living With Yourself review â are two Paul Rudds better than one?
Rudd is doubly charming in this cloning comedy-drama on Netflix, which riffs on identity, self-sabotage and the lives we wish we were leading
It has long been understood that there is nothing Paul Rudd cannot do. Except age â but scientists are surely studying that phenomenon. He has effortless warmth, charm and comedy chops all melded into one handsome but somehow still relatable package. He is our Everyman figure in the Hollywood firmament; the best bits of our inner selves heightened and put into one lucky body.
Which gives the premise of his latest venture, the Netflix series Living With Yourself, an even more discombobulating feel. Rudd plays disaffected ad exec Miles Elliot and, after a trip to a DNA-tweaking spa to rejuvenate his tired body and spirit goes wrong, also a newer, better cloned version whom we'll call, for convenience, Miles II. Suddenly there are two men fighting over one life. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:01)
Giri/Haji review â Kelly Macdonald crime show is all killer and no thriller
From mob murders to snakes in letterboxes, this journey through the underbellies of London and Tokyo should be a smash. How have the BBC and Netflix managed to make it such a bore?
Younger siblings, eh? They are either the attention-sucking baby of the family, leaving you out in the cold, or a thorn in your side causing trouble from cradle to grave. Detective Kenzo Mori feels your pain. When a Yakuza boss is killed on Mori's beat, threatening to destroy the fragile truce that has been maintained for the last few years, it appears that the killing may have been undertaken in revenge for a murder in London that Mori's younger brother, Yuto, carried out.
Yuto was believed dead, but nobody ever saw the body and there has been a rumoured sighting of him. Mori's boss â a man possibly ensnared in the Yakuza web himself â requires his underling to go to London and pretend to be a student on a detective refresher course while he does some unofficial digging. The theory goes that Yuto is more likely to reveal himself to his brother than anyone else. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 17:00)
Tosca review â Scottish Opera's opulent staging still has plenty to say
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Its three central performers make this latest revival of a 40-year-old production feel vital and engaging.
Scottish Opera's venerable production of Tosca belongs to a different era of opera staging, when faithful recreation of scene was more the order of the day, rather than radical reinterpretation. That said, Anthony Besch's production, here receiving its umpteenth revival in four decades, has aged remarkably well. Peter Rice's hyper-realistic sets, which bring the opulence of church/palace/fortress to the stage in loving detail, still look splendid, and if Besch's decision to update the action to fascist-era 1940s Italy doesn't seem as radical now as it did 40 years ago, then it is still a choice with something to say about the nature of power and corruption.
If there is a drawback to such an opulent, old-fashioned staging it is the risk it encourages âstand-and-deliverâ performances. This was somewhat apparent in the opening night of this production, particularly in the first act, which felt rather static. Gwyn Hughes Jones delivering Cavaradossi's aria as an old-school set piece wasn't a problem; however the ensuing violence, particularly when Roland Wood's Scarpia and his police thugs hassle Paul Carey Jones's Sacristan, was not believably threatening. And for all its pomp and splendour, Swiss Guards, Cardinals and even a cameo appearance from Il Duce himself, the first-act climax, where Scarpia's secular moment of triumph is juxtaposed with the religious celebrations, didn't entirely come off. There was the feeling of the performers finding their way as the menace and drama of the subsequent acts came across as vital and engaging. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 14:10)
Ken Loach â all his films ranked!
From the groundbreaking dramas of the 60s, through the early-90s resurgence to the unexpected box office successes of recent years, we assess the director's output
Ken Loach's contribution to this short-film package of film-makers' responses to 9/11 is a perfectly serviceable account of a different September 11: an activist's letter to America about the coup against President Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973. At the time it seemed jarring, and in retrospect very much not what was needed; but it's not the worst of the bunch â Gonzà¡lez Ià±à¡rritu gets nul points for incorporating footage of people jumping from the collapsing World Trade Center in a sound/image collage. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 09:46)
British lead nominations for world's richest children's book prize
Nominees for this year's £400,000 Astrid Lindgren award range from Argentina to Zambia
UK authors are leading the charge for the world's richest children's literature prize, the Astrid Lindgren memorial award, with 20 British writers and illustrators among this year's 237 nominations. Next is Sweden with 13, followed by Australia with 12 and the US with 11.
The prize, which is worth SEK 5m (£400,000), was founded by the Swedish government to honour the memory of Pippi Longstocking's creator. It goes to a children's author, illustrator, oral storyteller or reading promoter from anywhere in the world, whom a jury of experts deem to be âworking in the spiritâ of Astrid Lindgren. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 12:34)
Power dressing: the enduring appeal of a fashion uniform
From the fashion world to politics, many public figures favour a uniform. And with minimalism the fastest growing sartorial trend, it's never been more appealing to edit your wardrobe down to a few signature pieces
One of the biggest trendsetters in fashion this year hasn't been a designer draping away in a Paris atelier, nor an Instagram influencer with effortless personal style. It's not even a celebrity whose stylish endorsement spawned sellouts and waiting lists. No. The woman with the biggest impact on the way we dress right now has nothing to do with fashion at all.
Marie Kondo, Japanese organising consultant and author, has almost single-handedly ushered in a new, minimalist mood. But now minimalism is about more than refined silhouettes and clean lines, it's about clearing out your closet and editing your approach. Continue reading...
(17/09/2019 @ 11:06)
10 timeless fashion trends that never date
Iconic staples rule the catwalk this season. And the best news? They're probably already in your wardrobe â¦
Is there anything more satisfying, fashion wise, than seeing a trend on the catwalk that you've already got in your wardrobe? Iconic classics that stand the test of time are the ultimate rebuff to âWhat was I thinking?â fads. Here, we reveal the timeless prints, styles and colours you'll want to wear again and again. Continue reading...
(17/09/2019 @ 11:05)
'Dressing for comfort is more authentic': fashion tips from Instagram's style set
Take fashion cues from this bunch of well-dressed creatives who all share a love of comfortable shoes. Here, they reveal what influences their style
@davide.pastorino Continue reading...
(12/09/2019 @ 11:27)
Best foot forward: 10 incredible moments in the history of Clarks shoes
The British footwear retailer isn't just a go-to for parents looking for the best school shoes for their children. Here are the brand's highlights since 1825 â¦
Placing your foot on the sizing gauge for new school shoes is a rite of passage as quintessentially British as brewing a cup of tea. But the footwear brand's history extends far beyond our childhood memories, spanning the industrial revolution, the second world war, mod culture and hip-hop.
The company owes its accidental fortune to a smart spinoff. Back in 1825, Cyrus Clark launched a sheepskin rug business in Somerset, and was left with hundreds of small sheepskin offcuts. When his brother James became an apprentice in 1828, the first Clarks shoe was born: a simple slipper. The maverick origins of the iconic Brown Petersburg sheepskin slipper built the brand a reputation for doing things differently. Continue reading...
(12/09/2019 @ 11:27)
Sparkling Surrey: Englands' first vineyard hotel
A champagne cork's throw from Dorking â and 40 minutes from London â our wine critic toasts English plonk's progress at a vineyard that feels like part of the local community
It's an early autumn afternoon and I'm standing at the top of a vineyard. Below me is a sea of greens and golds, acres of vines heavy with ripened grapes â the harvest is well under way. The sky is azure, clouds scud over and butterflies flutter past. It could be the Loire, or even Sonoma, but in fact I'm just outside Dorking, in commuter belt Surrey, just 40 minutes from London Waterloo.
My trek up the hillside is part of Denbies Secret Vineyard Trail, an escorted tour round parts of the 265-acre estate that are not normally open to the public, punctuated, if this sounds too much like hard work, by tasters of cheese and honey, and glasses of wine. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:30)
Flaccid croissants, oil-drenched carbs. Yes, I'm on the road again
The UK food revolution has bypassed the likes of public transport and motorway service stations. Why must we still suffer like this?
Welcome to gastronomic hell. Or, to be more exact, seat 24, carriage C, on the 11am to Bristol Temple Meads. For it is autumn and I am travelling again, from one end of the United Kingdom to the other. There will be planes, trains and automobiles and while punctuality can't be guaranteed, one thing is certain: the eating options will be truly awful. We like to think we have gone through a food revolution in this country over the past few decades and in terms of restaurants, and availability of ingredients, we have. But start travelling by public transport or, God help you, pull into a motorway services, and it becomes clear that revolution is still at the Molotov-cocktail-throwing stage.
In Bristol or Peckham or Ancoats right now it's all 'nduja and seared hispi cabbage and roasted golden beetroot with whipped feta. Meanwhile, on the 11am to Temple Meads it's âWould you like to avail yourself of our coffee and Twix deal for £3?â and âJust how bad would you like to feel about yourself today?â The fact is you can have anything you like when you're on the move in the UK as long as it's a bolus of oil-drenched carbs. There are sugar-spiked muffins, and dismal croissants so flaccid no form of culinary Viagra would ever get them up again. The buffet car sandwiches taste of profit margin and old age. The âhealthy optionâ on board is a bag of salted peanuts. Get on a domestic flight and a mini-tube of paprika flavour Pringles is about as close as you'll get to an act of self-care. And in a well-equipped motorway services you'll have the full choice from Burger King to KFC to Costa. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 07:00)
Tie the knot: 10 of the best lace-up boots â in pictures
From sturdy walking shoes to elegant Victorian-style footwear, keep feet warm and dry this autum and pair with everything from skirts to suits Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 12:36)
Finland's âBe more like a Finn' campaign joins growing list of tourism pledge initiatives
Campaigns to encourage more sustainable and respectful travel are increasing, though some industry figures doubt their power to effect change
Finland has become the latest destination to introduce a tourism pledge, asking visitors to the country to promise to respect its nature, culture and inhabitants.
Forming part of a wider sustainability drive that focuses on Finnish values and traditions, such as embracing the outdoors, foraging and recycling, the pledge requires visitors to âbe more like a Finnâ and includes the line âin my choices the climate comes firstâ. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 10:58)
What happens when you try all the CBD products you can find?
Would the alleged magic of cannabidiol have an effect on me or is it all snake oils and placebos?
Shortly before I sat down to begin writing this, I squirted a 1 milliliter dropper of full-spectrum hemp extract, also known as CBD oil, under my tongue. It contained â according to the bottle â 6.25 mg of CBD per dosage, and tasted â also per the bottle's label â of cold-pressed oranges.
I wasn't sure what to expect, if anything. But with the mania around CBD approaching fever pitch, I was curious to know if I, too, could in some way be touched by its allegedly remarkable powers of stress reduction, relaxation, and all-around wellbeing. We live in dire times. What's the harm in trying to get away from it all without actually having to go anywhere? Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 01:00)
The latest internet trend I can't get enough of: gelatin
From fashion to the art world â down to the simple charms of a video of Jell-O being spanked â gelatin is having a moment
For a year now, I've been a member of a Facebook group for â¦ gelatin enthusiasts.
Called, amazingly, Show Me Your Aspics (get it?), it's a haven for about 30,000 fans of fluctuant foodstuffs, often referred to by the brand name âJell-Oâ in the US and âjellyâ in the UK. Members share photography from retro cookbooks (like this picture of a mutilated sea bass reconstructed with a conga line of gelatin-ensconced shrimp on its back) or jiggle videos of various jellies being spanked with spoons (those are my favorite). Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 00:00)
Have you taken part in Extinction Rebellion events?
If you have protested with the group in the UK we would like to hear about your experiences
People have been taking part in Extinction Rebellion events, from a ânurse-in' in London to an activist climbing a plane at London City airport, as part of two weeks of climate protests by the group.
The Guardian view on the protests said: âThe movement's three demands in these October protests are that the government does more to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis; that it legally commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2025; and that a citizens' assembly be convened to oversee the changesâ. Continue reading...
(11/10/2019 @ 08:30)
Women's football: have you tried to set up a grassroots team?
We want to hear from those who have struggled to set up women's football teams
Women's football has seen a score of successes in recent months: England's top league went professional, the World Cup was watched by record-breaking audiences and crowds during the current FA cup are growing.
The number of girls and women taking up the sport has also skyrocketed, with 605 new girls youth teams and 260 new adult female clubs registered to play this season. Continue reading...
(16/10/2019 @ 10:00)
Social care: are you fighting to live independently in your own home?
We would like to speak to people about their experiences of social care and independence as part of a new video project
Social care is a key victim of current political turbulence, with critics saying the crisis was only paid âlip serviceâ in this week's Queen's speech.
Overall there are an estimated one million disabled people living without the social care they need â according to research by the disability charity Leonard Cheshire. An increasing number of working age disabled people are even being told they must move into residential care against their wishes, rather than live independently in their own homes, due to cuts in care. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 07:19)
Brexit: tell us if you are a business owner who's preparing
We'd like to hear from small business owners about how they are preparing ahead of Brexit
With the cut-off date to secure a Brexit deal looming, the likely outcome of negotiations this week is still uncertain. While EU sources have expressed âcautious optimism,â anything could happen.
Last month, a five-page document spelling out the government's âplanning assumptionsâ warned that no-deal Brexit could result in rising food and fuel prices. Continue reading...
(12/09/2019 @ 12:03)
'One of the biggest, baddest things we did': Black Panthers' free breakfasts, 50 years on
The party's program to feed kids, launched in 1969, became a national phenomenon. This weekend, former members joined a celebration in the party's birthplace
Last Saturday morning at Lil Bobby Hutton Park in West Oakland, local residents lined up for the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther party's pioneering free breakfast program. Among the attendees were Emory Douglas, who was the party's minister of culture; Fredrika Newton, widow of the party's co-founder Huey Newton; and the Black Panther illustrator Gayle Dickson. Organized by the Oakland-based People's Kitchen Collective (PKC), the gathering was scored by soul music and warm conversations from communal tables.
Now in its eighth year, the breakfast was one of the PKC's biggest, serving 650 plates of grits, greens, scrambled eggs and tofu. At the edge of the feast, an altar decorated with flowers and seeds held framed photographs of Black Panther members, activists, and mothers to whom this breakfast owed its legacy. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:00)
Caroline Polachek: 'Women in music are taught that once you're 35, you've expired'
After 12 years in the Brooklyn indie band Chairlift â and a magic mushroom epiphany â Polachek has produced one of the year's finest experimental pop albums
Caroline Polachek was writing about the danger of trying to change for somebody from her first hit with indie-pop group Chairlift. âI tried to do handstands for you,â she sang on 2008's twee yet melancholy Bruises, which made the Boulder-to-Brooklyn transplants ubiquitous after it was used in an iPod advert. The charming track caught the trio in a similar bind with their audience. âEven when we released our second album, which was much grittier than the first, people pushed back and said: âWe want more Bruises,'â Polachek recalls.
To their credit, Chairlift never caved in. Over three albums, the trio-turned-duo easily outstripped the fast-diminishing Brooklyn indie scene of the early 2010s. She and Patrick Wimberley were as fluent in 80s Japanese pop, esoteric English songwriter Virginia Astley and opera as they were contemporary R&B; Beyoncé ended up recording a Chairlift castoff, No Angel, on her self-titled fifth album. They split, amicably, in 2017, proud of their distinctive sound, says Polachek, if disheartened by the limited perceptions of what an indie band could become. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 11:00)
How Paul Dacre became the Norma Desmond of journalism
The former Daily Mail editor had been living in his secluded dreamworld. But then he had to go and spoil it all with a letter attacking his successor Geordie Greig
To the executive offices of Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Daily Mail, and a story that you sense will end with a screenwriter floating dead in a swimming pool. For while a certain faded newspaper executive's office is physically located in the Associated building on London's High Street Kensington, I'm afraid that, in spiritual terms, this individual resides on Sunset Boulevard. And some shots have been fired.
But who is this descending the staircase, wild-eyed and writing excruciatingly humiliating letters to the Financial Times? Why, I believe â yes, it looks like Paul Dacre, forgotten star of the silent newspaper era. You know, before everyone pivoted to video. Then pivoted back again, having made somewhat less of a success of it than Hollywood did with the talkies. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 11:34)
Up to 90% of 10-year-olds in world's poorest countries struggle to read
World Bank targets âlearning poverty' as research shows major shortfall in basic reading skills among least privileged children
Nine out of 10 children in the world's poorest countries are unable to read a basic book by the age of 10 â a situation mirrored in reverse in rich countries, where only 9% cannot do so by the same age.
Data compiled by the World Bank and the UN also shows that when low- and middle-income countries are taken together â a total of 135 states â more than half of all children cannot read a simple text at 10 years old. Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:01)
'You can't stop people watching': why BBC subscriptions are a long way off
Moving to Netflix-style model could break up corporation â and that's when support wavers
When the BBC gathered its top on-screen stars and off-screen producers for a drinks party at the top of London's Walkie Talkie skyscraper last week, the message was clear: we might not be able to compete with Netflix on money â but our licence fee model means we can nurture and promote your work to the whole of Britain in a way that no other broadcaster can.
The culture secretary, Nicky Morgan, then opened a can of worms on Wednesday afternoon when she declared at a hearing of the culture select committee that she was âopen-mindedâ about switching the corporation's funding model to a Netflix-style subscription model, potentially breaking up the way the BBC operates. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 15:02)
I thought I knew about feminism â then I started work in a women's prison
I wanted to teach the inmates about female empowerment. Instead, they overturned my views on everything from sex work to marriage
I thought I knew about feminism. I had the word âFEMINISTâ written in black marker pen across the front of my homework diary aged 15, along with an anti-war sticker that incongruously involved a cupcake. I had graduated from the âgirl powerâ of my primary school years to reading Germaine Greer on a beanbag in the college library. I felt sorry for the girls in sixth form getting Brazilians, who, unlike my enlightened self, clearly hadn't clocked that waxing was a tool of patriarchal oppression. I studied feminist theory, went to feminist gatherings and listened to feminist podcasts. I had spent several evenings sitting cross-legged at a âcollectiveâ organised by other middle-class, university-educated women talking about intersectionality and Frida Kahlo. By the time I graduated from university, I had firmly absorbed a list of the correct ideas and words that I needed to be a âproper feministâ (but was probably not someone you wanted to invite to a dinner party).
In 2015, two years after graduating, I began a job working in a high-security women's prison. I had read enough statistics and policy reports before I started to know that women in prisons were in desperate need of a little female empowerment. But what I quickly learned was that my feminist education had a thick wedge of information missing: namely, the part where it connected to actual women being very fundamentally oppressed because of their gender. Confronted by someone whose cervix had been plugged with four egg-sized capsules of crack cocaine on the behest of a controlling boyfriend who would reap the profits, I found it difficult to work out quite how my Frida Kahlo T-shirt and mansplaining radar were going to help things. Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 05:00)
Roaring success: backstage at The Lion King â in pictures
Celebrating 20 years at the Lyceum theatre in London this weekend, the Lion King stage show has been seen by 16 million people. Guardian photographer David Levene was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Disney production Continue reading...
(18/10/2019 @ 01:01)
Hollywood's Breaking Bad restaurant â in pictures
A Breaking Bad Experience pop-up restaurant has opened in west Hollywood, featuring sets that recreate the key locations and moments of the series Continue reading...
(17/10/2019 @ 06:01)
Poodles and portraits: winners of the first Female in Focus awards
Female in Focus is a new global award by 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, that aims to highlight the exceptional quality of work by women photographers around the world â in an industry that still has some considerable way to go to achieve gender parity. Twenty-two winners were chosen across two categories: Single Image and Stories. Here are our highlights.
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(17/10/2019 @ 02:01)
Cosmic gardens and boulder boulevards: the genius of Charles Jencks â in pictures
From gigantic rippling mounds of grass inspired by space to thrilling modern henge-scapes, we celebrate the visions of the great landscape artist Continue reading...
(16/10/2019 @ 10:06)
Buy a classic David Squires cartoon from our collection
Our cartoonist looks back at 25 of his favourite strips from down the years, all of which are now available at our Guardian Print Shop, a link to each can be found by clicking on the title of each caption below
(15/10/2019 @ 19:00)
- David Squires is away this week
Wildlife photographer of the year 2019 winners â in pictures
Hailing from the Chinese province of Qinghai, Yongqing Bao has won the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year 2019 title for his image The Moment, which frames the standoff between a Tibetan fox and a marmot. A powerful frame of both humour and horror, it captures the drama and intensity of nature.
The images will go on display at the Natural History Museum in London from 18 October, before touring internationally Continue reading...
(16/10/2019 @ 02:00)
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