Billy Flores mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:30:13 GMT
Economists overwhelmingly reject Brexit in boost for Cameron
Poll shows 88% of 600 experts fear long-term fall in GDP if UK leaves single market, and 82% are alarmed over impact on household income

Nine out of 10 of the country’s top economists working across academia, the City, industry, small businesses and the public sector believe the British economy will be harmed by Brexit, according to the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted.

Related: Ukip’s use of Great Escape theme tune grates with composer’s sons

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Paul Martin mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Poor polls, scandal, a cussed rival … how it’s all going wrong for Hillary Clinton
She was expected to be the clear frontrunner for the presidency. But after a terrible week, Hillary Clinton is still trading blows with Bernie Sanders as the Donald Trump menace grows

The week that Donald Trump finally sealed the Republican presidential nomination ought to have been a triumphant one for Hillary Clinton. With a final few delegates nudging him past the official finishing line on Thursday, here at last was the candidate that Democrats always dreamed of running against: unpopular, undisciplined and ostensibly unelectable in November’s general election.

Yet in the Alice in Wonderland world of American politics in 2016, nothing is what it seems. Clinton supporters would instead have to stomach six impossible things before the week was out.

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Jason Turner mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:06:43 GMT
Gorilla shot and killed after grabbing four-year-old at Cincinnati Zoo

Zoo staff believe the boy crawled through a fence before falling into a moat surrounding the enclosure, when he was grabbed by the gorilla

A special zoo response team has shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said.

Authorities said the boy, who fell 10ft to 12ft, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes. He was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre with serious injuries.

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Allen Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:14:50 GMT
Lightning strikes kill man in Poland and injure dozens across Europe

Man dies in Poland, several hurt at children’s party in Paris and 35 in German village as freak thunderstorms hit Europe

One man has died and scores of people been injured, including children, as lightning strikes hit several parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany.

A bolt of lightning killed a man hiking in mountains in south-west Poland on Saturday. Storm lightning injured three others in the same region, and a 61-year-old man drowned in flash flooding.

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Mark Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:12:00 GMT
Jeremy Corbyn ‘failed to reply’ to Israeli Labour on fears of antisemitism

Labour MPs say leader’s attitude to invitation to Jerusalem is ‘flat-footed and lackadaisical’

Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh criticism over his handling of antisemitism allegations after Labour’s sister party in Israel said it had had no reply to a letter its leader sent to him a month ago expressing dismay and inviting him to Jerusalem to see the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Labour MPs said they were shocked that no response had apparently been sent and added that it was further evidence of the party leadership’s slow and inadequate response to the crisis.

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Ronald Torres mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:34:49 GMT
Chinese detergent firm says media 'over-reacting' to racist ad

Shanghai Leishang Cosmetics apologises for the ‘spread of the ad’ that shows a black man being washed whiter and blames reports for ‘over-amplification’

A Chinese laundry detergent company has blamed foreign media for stirring up controversy over an advertisement in which a black man “washed” by its product was transformed into a fairer-skinned Asian man.

Shanghai Leishang Cosmetics said it strongly condemned racial discrimination but blamed foreign media for amplifying controversy over the advertisement, which first appeared on Chinese social media in March but was pulled after it drew protests this week following media reports.

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Alfred Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 01:10:24 GMT
Refugee crisis: 13,000 people rescued in Mediterranean in one week

More than 660 saved by flotilla of coast guard and navy ships in one day as warmer weather leads to surge of people attempting to cross from Africa

A flotilla of ships saved 668 people from boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, authorities in Italy said, bringing the week’s total of refugees plucked from the sea to 13,000 people.

The rescues by the Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by Irish and German vessels and humanitarian groups, are the latest by a multinational patrol south of the Italian island of Sicily.

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Jeffery Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:30:14 GMT
National Obesity Forum faces backlash over ‘dangerous’ diet advice
Members of campaign group to disown controversial guidelines to eat fats and cut down on carbohydrates

Britain’s leading anti-obesity campaign group is in turmoil after its controversial new dietary advice provoked serious infighting and threats by leading doctors to shun it over its “misleading” views.

Privately, the National Obesity Forum (NOF) is in disarray over recommendations last week that people should eat more fat, reduce carbohydrates and stop counting calories.

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Lee Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 02:20:18 GMT
China's richest man opens Wanda World to rival Shanghai Disney

Wang Jianlin is positioning the theme park in Nanchang as a direct competitor to the $5.5bn Disney park opening in June

China’s largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, has opened an entertainment complex that it is positioning as a distinctly homegrown rival to Disney and its $5.5bn Shanghai theme park opening next month.

Wanda executives unveiled the $3bn Wanda City in the southeastern provincial capital of Nanchang to thundering music reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme and hailed the centre as a representative of Chinese entertainment culture in the face of encroaching foreign influences.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:00:14 GMT
UK weapons sales to oppressive regimes top £3bn a year
Big increase since 2014 in quantity of missiles and bombs sold to countries on Foreign Office’s list of human rights violators

The UK is selling record quantities of arms – including missiles, bombs and grenades – to countries listed by the Foreign Office as having dubious human rights records. Several have been accused of war crimes or suppressing popular protest.

More than £3bn of British-made weaponry was licensed for export last year to 21 of the Foreign Office’s 30 “human rights priority countries” – those identified by the government as being where “the worst, or greatest number of, human rights violations take place”, or “where we judge that the UK can make a real difference”. Listed countries that last year bought British arms and military equipment include:

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
I’m dating my best friend’s ex and she won’t speak to me

A woman feels guilty about her relationship with her friend’s old partner. Mariella Frostrup says she needn’t – and should focus on restoring her friendship

The dilemma I’m dating this amazing guy. The problem is he is my best friend’s ex. She and I were soul sisters, spoke on the phone for hours, had sleepovers all the time. She was my rock. She started to date this guy and four months after they broke up we started to see each other. She was not impressed at all, and I don’t blame her. She cut our friendship off straight away and, as much as I respect her decision, I’m finding it very hard to move on from hurting her. But I’m also glad I’ve met such a great person. It’s starting to come between me and my partner because I can’t forgive myself. Also, I knew so much about their relationship. I’d love some advice on how to move on from this situation.

Mariella replies Move on, or backpedal a bit? I know the world we live in now is based on the principle of forward momentum – eyes to the fore, sights set on future goals and opportunities. We are alert to anything that tries to buffet us backwards. But it’s simply not possible to keep moving relentlessly up, up and away.

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Kenneth Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Euro 2016: Why France have everything to play for

France’s 1998 World Cup-winning ‘rainbow’ team, with its stars such as Lilian Thuram, created hope of a new multicultural spirit, but it descended into discord and rancour. Can the Euro 2016 squad lift a nation beset by terrorist fears and racial strife?

The days and weeks after the Paris attacks last November were especially harrowing and strange for those who lived in the city. Mostly people just wanted to get back to feeling normal again as quickly as they could, but this was impossible. Everywhere you went you saw something that reminded you of what had just happened – armed soldiers on the Métro, barbed wire at tourist sights and other public places. Everybody was tense, angry or depressed, often all at the same time: it was like living in a city on the edge of a collective nervous breakdown. Strangely, however, one of the few cheering moments during this raw time was the friendly football match between France and England played at Wembley stadium on 17 November – a mere four days after the slaughter.

That the match was played at all was a brave and reassuring gesture. Most importantly, the prelude to the game was organised as a symbolic show of solidarity with France. The slogan Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité was emblazoned on the heights of the stadium. The terraces were decked out in the red, white and blue of the French flag. In a pre-match tribute to the victim of the attacks, English and French players stood together to observe a perfectly sustained minute of silence. Most incredibly, and movingly, the whole crowd, including English fans who had never handled a French irregular verb in their lives, roared out the Marseillaise at full throttle.

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Kenneth Marshall mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The Garden House Inn, Durham: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Korean pork belly, Anglo-Indian lamb, lobster sandwiches… Jay relishes big flavours and huge portions in Durham

The Garden House Inn, Framwellgate, Peth, Durham DH1 4NQ (0191 386 3395). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £70

On the pavement outside Durham’s Garden House Inn is a blackboard sign. It reads: “Food now being served.” It’s a very quiet way by which to announce the noisy, muscular, sometimes thrilling cooking to be found inside this pub just outside the city centre. God knows the people of Durham need to be made aware of it. I found out about the things going on in there courtesy of the rather brilliant Secret Diner, the restaurant critic for the Newcastle-based Journal newspaper.

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Kevin Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:01 GMT
Eighty years on, Spain may at last be able to confront the ghosts of civil war
The conflict between Republicans and Nationalists that erupted in 1936 was distorted by Franco and largely neglected by later governments. Now a campaign is under way to open the first national museum telling all sides of the story

On a sunny morning earlier this month, a small group gathered at the entrance to Barcelona’s Fossar de la Pedrera, or Mass Grave of the Quarry. They were a mix of ages and types. An elderly woman, smartly dressed, clutched flowers as she stood next to her middle-aged son. A father and his young daughter waited patiently. Another visitor struggled to keep a restless chihuahua in check and hold on to her parasol.

Related: Spain to make first exhumations from civil war mausoleum

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Edward Flores mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:45:46 GMT
David Bailey threatened to unzip his flies while taking my portrait

Writer Brigid Keenan worked for a spell with the seminal 60s photographer and his girlfriend Jean Shrimpton

Being a journalist married to a diplomat has meant I’ve had more than my fair share of encounters with interesting people. I have danced with a president, shaken hands with prime ministers, princes and a pope, and chatted to Gregory Peck and Mother Teresa – but none of them would remember me. With the photographer David Bailey, though, I had more than a brush. We had a friendship back in the 60s when I became young fashion editor of the Sunday Times. I was 21, Bailey (as we always called him) was 23.

In fact I’d first met him before that, when he was an assistant to the legendary photographer John French. I came from a middle-class family, was educated at convents, only knew young men in cavalry twill and tweed, and had never met anyone like this leather-jacketed, confident, cocky Londoner. I was petrified of him. But when I found myself having to produce a weekly Young Fashion column, familiarity bred friendship and I worked with him and Jean Shrimpton, who was his girlfriend then, all the time.

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Walter Cox mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Alice Through the Looking Glass review – HG Wells meets Hogwarts

James Bobin’s effects-heavy adaptation has little in common with the source material

It’s hard to think of a movie franchise that is less in tune with the spirit of the source material than Disney’s effects-bludgeoning, action onslaught adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical Alice stories. This sequel to Tim Burton’s megabucks first film has a new director – James Bobin takes over and Burton produces – but it refers more to Alice’s first big screen outing than it does to anything in Carroll’s books. Despite the fact that Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now a sea captain who can escape pirate pursuers by stunt piloting a three-masted sailing ship over a sand bank, the forces of patriarchy in Victorian England are still out to oppress her.

As with the last film, Alice escapes to “Underland”, where she finds the Hatter (Johnny Depp, looking as though he fell head first into a Mac counter) in the grip of a morbid depression. To save him, she must steal the chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen, responsible for the film’s funniest moments) and travel back to meddle with the past. A blitzkrieg of digital effects and a kind of HG Wells meets Hogwarts aesthetic is not enough to distract from the fact that the storytelling is all smoke and mirrors and very little in the way of heart.

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Steve Gray mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
10 of the best community-run cottages, hostels and guesthouses in the UK

Get into the heart and soul of Britain at these places to stay – from a lighthouse to a bunkhouse – run by local groups and charities

10 of the best community-run pubs, restaurants and museums

This trio of self-catering cottages are on Scotland’s southernmost point. Set just below a lighthouse (they were originally home to the lighthouse keepers and their families) at the very tip of Wigtownshire, the cottages, which sleep between four and six, are run as holiday lets by the Mull of Galloway Trust, which bought the surrounding land (now a nature reserve managed by the RSPB) to preserve it. The still-working lighthouse was built in the 19th century by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of author Robert Louis Stevenson. It is open for tours in the summer months, and you can spot dolphins, porpoises, whales and sea birds from there on a clear day.
From £300 for three nights or £400 a week for a two-bedroom cottage, self-catering,

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Adam Phillips mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:10:00 GMT
Romeo and Juliet review – Branagh’s star-crossed lovers fail to soar

Garrick, London
Lily James and Richard Madden certainly look the part, but are doomed by their diction

It’s easy to think the famous golden lines, the swift, sad arc of Romeo and Juliet will carry a production. But it can easily go wrong. The plot is slapdash; the coincidences preposterous; the main characters not interestingly conflicted, just doomed. The play must be ardently spoken and bewitchingly choreographed. If not, it ends up looking less like a tragedy and more like an accident.

Which is what happens in Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh’s star-led, star-crossed staging. It has intermittent fizz but never feels urgent or perilous. Lily James and Richard Madden look unusually fresh and credible as febrile young lovers. They come with form as a couple, having been directed by Branagh in Cinderella. They were meant to hoist the production sky-high, towards Phoebus’s lodging. But their speaking is earthbound.

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Bruce Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
‘Poverty is often looked at in isolation, but it is an American problem’
Photographer Matt Black discovered that it was possible to drive from California to the east coast without once losing sight of America’s poor
Magnum’s new breed of photographers – in pictures

Last summer Matt Black left the Central Valley of California, where he lives, to travel 18,000 miles across the US on a road trip that took him through 30 states and 70 of the poorest towns in America. The startling image of a hand resting on a fence post against a barren backdrop was taken in the small town of Allensworth, California, where 54% of the population of 471 people live below the poverty level.

All these diverse communities are connected, not least in their powerlessness

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Philip Long mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Measure your faith with beer and maths

There appears to be a correlation between test performance and belief. Take this test to find out how religious you are

How religious are you? To find out, answer these questions:

1) Bill can drink a barrel of beer in six days. Bert can drink a barrel of beer in 12 days (assume they’re both really going for it). How long would it take them to drink a barrel together?

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Ronald Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Northern noir finds a new detective hero in the dark heart of Yorkshire
Streets of Darkness is being compared to The Wire for its gritty take on Bradford. Writer AA Dhand tells how the city’s race riots in 2001 helped him create Sikh investigator Harry Virdee

We’ve walked the mean streets of Hebden Bridge in Happy Valley and been gripped by Red Riding, David Peace’s hallucinatory take on the Yorkshire Ripper. Now a new crime series is set to put Bradford’s satanic mills in the spotlight.

Streets of Darkness, by AA Dhand, follows suspended police detective Harry Virdee as he tries to solve a murder within 24 hours in a city riven with tensions and on the verge of a race riot as bad as those that took place there in 2001. The result is a tense slice of neo-noir that has won Dhand comparisons to both BBC drama Luther and HBO’s The Wire. Television rights were sold before the book’s publication in June, with FilmWave, the producer behind the recent adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, working with Dhand on a series.

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Henry West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Rebel Wilson: Australia’s scene stealer takes centre stage | Observer profile
The cheeky comic actor is best known for her audacious cameos in the films Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids. But, as her forthcoming role in Guys and Dolls suggests, she is also equipped for theatre

In the 1970s, it was all about Olivia Newton-John, with her sweatband and iridescent Lycra. Then came Kylie Minogue, cute in dungarees. Britain, it seems, has a habit of clutching petite, bubbly, blond Australian entertainers to its collective heart. But the current Aussie favourite is quite a different proposition.

Rebel Wilson is naughty, witty and brash, and definitely not petite. At 36, the comic actor from Sydney, who made her name with supporting roles in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, has quickly become a larger-than-life feature of the comedy firmament. As a carefully calibrated, living and breathing national stereotype, Wilson is proving as difficult to ignore as Barry Humphries/Dame Edna Everage and Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan, once were.

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Vincent Warren mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
The week in radio: EU Referendum Debate; Mastertapes: Paul McCartney; Punk, the Pistols and the Provinces
Even Victoria Derbyshire’s skills couldn’t change anyone’s mind on Europe. So why not just listen to Macca?

EU Referendum Debate (5 Live) | iPlayer

Mastertapes: Paul McCartney (Radio 4) | iPlayer

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Melvin Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Would you shock yourself to avoid being alone with your thoughts?

Being by themselves in an empty room can feel so unbearable to some people that they willingly self-harm

To be left alone with our thoughts can be torture. Insomniacs who suffer agonies as they lie awake night after night soon learn that it is far better to get up and do something – anything – rather than thrash about with only their restless mind for company. Negative emotions such as guilt, self-doubt and anxiety run amok at night. Daylight, with its promise of mundane tasks and social interaction, usually sends these monsters of our imagination scurrying back to their caves, but they can re-emerge whenever there are no external distractions to occupy the mind.

Some people will go to extraordinary lengths to prevent this from happening, as a series of experiments carried out in 2014 by psychologists at Harvard and the University of Virginia demonstrated. College students were instructed to sit by themselves for up to 15 minutes in a sparsely furnished, unadorned room and “entertain themselves with their thoughts”. They were allowed to think about whatever they liked, the only rules being they should remain in their seats and stay awake. Unsurprisingly, a majority reported afterwards that they found it difficult to concentrate and their minds had wandered, with around half saying they didn’t enjoy the experience.

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Lawrence Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:37:52 GMT
Onboard camera shows SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully landing from space – video

Remarkable footage shows the rocket returning to Earth from space and successfully landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the third time in a row the Falcon 9 rocket has delivered its payload into the upper atmosphere and returned safely

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Dennis Cooper mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:50:38 GMT
The celebrity privacy case that exposes hypocrisy of Silicon Valley power brokers
Tech companies talk about the free flow of information but their owners use their wealth to block any intrusion into their personal lives

Ours is a world where a handful of technology companies – along with a considerably higher number of their billionaire owners – are heading towards power that will border on the absolute, uncontested not just by politics but also by the media of any kind.

Two seemingly unrelated recent news stories make it quite clear. First, a report from Moody’s Investors Service suggests that just five US tech firms – Apple, Microsoft, Google, Cisco and Oracle – hold $504bn (£345bn) in spare cash, a third of total reserves by all US corporations (excluding financial companies). It is the first time that all of the top five spots have gone to companies in the tech sector.

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Craig Cox mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:03:17 GMT
The establishment has had its day: hence the rise of Trump and Boris | Ian Leslie
Now even rightwing politicians are raging against the machine – because it has so little power left

In a recent, laudatory newspaper profile of Boris Johnson, the Leave campaign’s leading spokesman was described as fighting “the forces of the establishment”. The newspaper which saw fit to describe the old Etonian MP and former mayor of London this way was that nest of chippy radicals, the Daily Telegraph.

These days, even the establishment is anti-establishment. Two weeks ago, Iain Duncan Smith – Conservative MP, former lieutenant in the British army, until recently a cabinet minister – also complained about the establishment, in the course of an address to the members of a private club in Belgravia.

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Jason Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:28:43 GMT
Sam Mendes won’t direct next James Bond film: ‘It’s time for somebody else’

Former theatre director who oversaw Skyfall and Spectre said he ‘loved every second of it’ but that he was ready to move on from the franchise

Sam Mendes, the acclaimed director of Skyfall and Spectre, said on Saturday he will not direct the next James Bond film.

Related: It's Bond, Jane Bond: Gillian Anderson throws hat into the ring to be next 007

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Earl Lee mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:38:18 GMT
Real Madrid win Champions League on penalties against Atlético

It was another epic encounter between these old rivals, featuring some of the best and worst traits of Spanish football, and when everything was done Cristiano Ronaldo’s top was off, his muscles were flexed and the European Cup was back in the hands of the club that likes to think of this trophy as their own possession.

Related: Real Madrid twist the knife again to give Atlético the cruellest of nights

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Jerry Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:12:21 GMT
Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes give England total control against Sri Lanka
• England 498-9dec; Sri Lanka 91-8
• Moeen Ali hits 155no and passes 1,000 Test runs

A strong West Midlands means a strong England. This does not trip off the tongue quite so readily as the Yorkshire definition of a prosperous international cricket team but, on an increasingly sunny Durham day, two noble Birmingham-born cricketers shaped the outcome of this Test match.

In the first half of the day Moeen Ali sped to his second Test century and his highest score (155no), which allowed Alastair Cook to declare England’s innings closed on 498 for nine.

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Kevin Warren mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 17:54:06 GMT
Mohamed Diamé guides Hull to Premier League past Sheffield Wednesday

A golden goal for a team in gold: thus did Mohamed Diamé send Hull City back to the Premier League with a strike worth millions deep into this pulsating play-off final that ended with a deserved winner and the swaths of blue and white from south Yorkshire mulling over what might have been.

Related: Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday: Championship play-off final – as it happened

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Ryan Boyd mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:48:40 GMT
Champion Warriors storm back to beat Thunder and force dramatic Game 7

On the verge of elimination, Klay Thompson would not let the Golden State Warriors’ season to die. And so he shot and he shot and he shot. Normally he has been the sidekick to MVP Steph Curry, but with Curry struggling for much of the Western Conference finals, it was Thompson who came though on Saturday, hitting an NBA playoffs record 11 three-point shots in the Warriors 108-101 victory over Oklahoma City in Game 6 on Saturday night.

Related: Golden State Warriors beat Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA playoffs – as it happened!

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Vincent Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:45:20 GMT
Novak Djokovic casts Aljaz Bedene’s French Open into darkness
• World No1 wins 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in rapidly fading light
• Jo-Wilfried Tsonga forced to retire during match with Ernests Gulbis

When Novak Djokovic walked on to Court Philippe Chatrier in passable sunlight at 7.15pm, he looked at the brooding sky as if it were one of two enemies that might cause him grief. The other was someone he admires and respects and ultimately would humble in straight sets: Aljaz Bedene of Welwyn Garden City.

So, at the end of a tough week, he brought his minor concern to a conclusion in just over two hours, winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in near total darkness. But there is light ahead: unless an earthquake rips through Paris, he will play nobody higher than No13 in the world in the semi-finals, before entertaining Andy Murray; the defending champion, Stan Wawrinka; or perhaps Kei Nishikori in the final on Sunday week.

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Ronald Roberts mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:43:54 GMT
Stig Broeckx in coma after crash involving motorbikes at Tour of Belgium

• Stage three of race cancelled after Belgian rider’s crash
• Antoine Demoitie died after being hit by a motorbike in March

The Belgian cyclist Stig Broeckx is in a coma after a crash involving two race motorbikes during the Tour of Belgium.

Related: Antoine Demoitié's death should be a wake-up call for cycling's crowded races

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Peter Ward mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:15 GMT
Rebecca Adlington: GB swimmers will not be put off by Zika virus at Rio 2016
• Little chance of 26-strong team reconsidering decision to travel, she says
• ‘They’ve been told it’s all under control. All the athletes have decided to go’

Rebecca Adlington, the four-times Olympic medallist, says Britain’s swimmers will not be put off by the Zika virus as they prepare for the Rio Olympics, despite growing concern over its potential impact.

More than 100 experts wrote to the World Health Organisation on Friday to call for the Rio Games to be postponed or moved in light of the threat from the disease, a request that was rejected. Adlington, who shot to fame by winning two gold medals in Beijing and then two bronzes four years later in London, said there was little chance of Britain’s 26 swimmers reconsidering their decision to travel.

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Ryan Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:15 GMT
Eddie Jones demands mental intensity from England as Australia tour looms
England’s head coach says his side must cope without structure as he sets about creating an environment similar to that under Clive Woodward

Eddie Jones has in his long career never been accused of being diplomatic but since taking over as England’s head coach at the end of last year he has adopted a national tradition: his upper lip has largely been stiff, apart from the odd twitch, but that is set to change in the coming months as his side switches from European skirmishes to battles against the might of the southern hemisphere.

Asked if Saturday’s Premiership final between Saracens and Exeter, which preceded Sunday’s international against Wales at Twickenham, was a duel between the two clubs in the league who best reflected his ambition for England to become an all-weather side, conditioned to play any style of rugby reflexively, Jones fixed the questioner with an incredulous look before replying: “You are joking, aren’t you? I cannot answer that question, seriously, otherwise I will get into a hell of a lot of trouble. You are not getting me down that track. The England squad players in the final had to play as their clubs asked them: in some positions it is significantly different to what we ask.”

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Vincent Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 17:41:21 GMT
Vincenzo Nibali stands on verge of Giro d’Italia win after late challenge
• Italian steals race lead from Esteban Chaves after thrilling penultimate day
• Estonia’s Rein Taaramae breaks away to secure stage win on summit finish

Vincenzo Nibali attacked on the final major climb of the Giro d’Italia and grabbed the pink jersey from Esteban Chaves, virtually clinching his fourth Grand Tour victory, capping a dramatic two days in the 99th edition of the Italian stage race.

Related: Stig Broeckx taken to hospital after crash involving motorbike at Tour of Belgium

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Peter Howard mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:05:01 GMT
Saracens Premiership champions after Alex Goode ends Exeter fightback
• Premiership final: Saracens 28-20 Exeter

They thought it was all over at half-time. Saracens led 23-6 having taken the initiative from the start and, in their sure, inimitable way, applied pressure, physical and mental, until a side competing in their first major final appeared to crack. Only one side, Wasps in 2004, had won the Premiership final having been behind at the interval but Exeter, who when the play-offs were introduced were well adrift of the top flight, revel in adversity and a showpiece that had been played in black and white burst into glorious technicolour.

Exeter finished with salvaged pride, but cursing the weak footprint they left in the opening half: they missed regulation tackles in conceding soft tries in the 33rd and 37th minutes. The more overwhelming disappointment, however, was that by then a team renowned for its resolve and resourcefulness had not fired an attacking shot – overcome by the opposition more than the occasion.

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Jeffery Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:48:02 GMT
Mamadou Sakho handed Euro 2016 lifeline after Uefa doping ban expires
• France and Liverpool defender’s 30-day ban has expired
• Uefa investigating if fat-burner is even a banned substance

The Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been handed a potential lifeline for Euro 2016 in his native France after Uefa chose not to extend his suspension from football after a positive drugs test.

The France international was provisionally banned for 30 days on 28 April after being notified by European football’s governing body of a doping offence relating to a test taken after March’s Europa League quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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Ronald Henry mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:15 GMT
Jamie Delgado open to coaching Andy Murray on full-time basis
• 39-year-old believes world No2 can improve and challenge Novak Djokovic
• Murray without full-time coach after working with Mauresmo and Lendl

Jamie Delgado is so deeply sewn into the fabric of British tennis he can remember playing a teenaged Andy Murray in Scotland.

Now, at 39, he would gladly take on the full-time job of guiding the rest of the Scot’s sometimes turbulent, never dull career – if he were asked to do so.

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Earl Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:36:18 GMT
Monaco F1 qualifying: Daniel Ricciardo beats Rosberg and Hamilton to pole
• Red Bull driver claims first career pole ahead of Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg
• Lewis Hamilton third fastest after trouble while Max Verstappen crashes in Q1

Daniel Ricciardo set a Monaco lap record to claim his first pole for Sunday’s grand prix. It was Red Bull’s first pole since the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2013, and their first here since 2012. But there was more frustration for Lewis Hamilton, who had problems with his car and was beaten back into third place by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Meanwhile, Red Bull’s other driver, the great F1 prodigy Max Verstappen, returned to earth with a bump when he crashed out in the first stint of qualifying. Formula One is just too unpredictable.

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Travis Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:10:57 GMT
Rider killed during motorbike race on Isle of Man

Dean Martin, 58, kiled in collision that left other competitor and two race officials in hospital, in warm-up to TT event

A motorcyclist died and a fellow rider and a course marshal were flown to hospital after a crash at the pre-TT races on the Isle of Man.

Organisers Southern 100 Racing said Dean Martin, 58, was killed in the collision on the Billown course during the 850cc Classic practice session on Friday evening.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:57:21 GMT
José Mourinho more of a risk for Manchester United than three years ago | Paul Wilson

Appointment is presented as a win-win at Old Trafford but the new manager left Chelsea with a few more blots on his reputation

Managerial rethinks never used to be such seismic events and perhaps it is regrettable that the personalities on the sidelines now tend to overshadow the contributions of those on the pitch, but José Mourinho colliding with Manchester United was never going to take place quietly or off‑camera.

All incoming leaders at Old Trafford rightly feel the job is one of the biggest the game has to offer and Mourinho was not merely pressing the supporters’ buttons when he spoke of mystique, romance and the special honour of becoming United’s manager.

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Wayne Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:24:24 GMT
Tottenham Hotspur will play next season’s Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium
• Spurs to stage big European nights at national stadium
• FA says London club could play all games there in 2017-18 season

Tottenham Hotspur will play next season’s Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium. The Premier League club has reached an agreement with the Football Association for the 2016-17 campaign with an option to hire the national stadium for the entire 2017-18 season.

The FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, said on “Having Tottenham at Wembley for big European nights next season is a welcome opportunity for us to further the stadium’s position as a world-class venue. As well as helping the club and its fans, it will benefit London and English football in general with our commitment to reinvesting all profits back into the game.

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Jeff Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:00:04 GMT
England and Wales’ Twickenham clash a good idea, whatever the weather
It might not seem the most natural time for these two rivals to face off, but there is plenty for Eddie Jones’ and Warren Gatland’s teams to play for

It is still probably a good idea in the minds of the coaches. And presumably they will be telling their players that if they, the privileged to be wearing the shirt, don’t think it’s a good idea, then their careers are definitely not going to be extended much beyond this afternoon. So, in all in all, England-Wales can’t be such a bad idea.

It is, after all, a series decider, what with the teams level on one victory apiece over the course of the season. Wales won in the World Cup at Twickenham and England won there in the Six Nations on their way to the grand slam. What’s wrong with acclimatising the sides to the notion of a showdown? They’ll both be off to the southern hemisphere soon enough for three-match series, and what wouldn’t they both give to be in contention after two Tests? One-all with one to play; get used to the feeling – think big, England and Wales.

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Joshua Powell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:44:57 GMT
England’s Roy Hodgson: ‘Marcus Rashford did well but I wasn’t surprised’
• Manchester United’s 18-year-old scored early in 2-1 win over Australia
• ‘He’s done his chances of coming in the final 23 no harm,’ says Hodgson

Roy Hodgson acknowledged that Marcus Rashford had done his hopes of being a member of England’s squad for the European Championship in France a power of good after the 18-year-old Manchester United striker scored on his international debut on Friday night.

“I am pleased with him,” said England’s coach, who saw Rashford’s third-minute volley set England on the way to a 2-1 win against Australia in Sunderland. “He’s done his chances of coming in the final 23 no harm. But he wouldn’t have been in the 26 if I didn’t think he had a chance. I guess it [the debut goal] will chop a few trees down tomorrow. I thought Marcus did well – but I wasn’t nervous about him or surprised how well he played.”

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Jeff Lee mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:47:19 GMT
Wigan’s Will Grigg included in Northern Ireland’s final Euro 2016 squad
• Michael O’Neill names 23-man squad for France 2016
• Grigg rewarded for firing Wigan to League One title

Will Grigg’s place in Northern Ireland’s 23-man Euro 2016 squad has been confirmed, but Liam Boyce, Billy McKay, Daniel Lafferty, Michael Smith and Ben Reeves have all been left out by the manager Michael O’Neill.

The announcement for the country’s first finals squad in 30 years was made at the Titanic Belfast museum on Saturday lunchtime, though the unlucky quintet were informed of their fate earlier this week and missed Friday’s 3-0 victory over Belarus despite being named in the 28-player group for that game.

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Shawn Foster mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:45:00 GMT
The gifs that keep on giving: Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, a ball boy and a dog

Featuring an almighty balls up, some fast feet from a tennis player, young love, a pair of very high feet and some heartwarming scenes from White Hart Lane

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Wayne Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:47:44 GMT
Brentford’s Alan Judge warned by FA over anti-doping breach
• Asthma sufferer had high levels of salbutamol in his system
• Republic of Ireland midfielder currently recovering from broken leg

The Brentford midfielder Alan Judge has been warned by the Football Association after breaching its anti-doping regulations. The Republic of Ireland international suffers from asthma and was found with high levels of salbutamol in his system following a match in August. He has been warned as to his future conduct, issued with a reprimand and will be target tested for the next two years.

Related: Uefa to hold hearing into Mamadou Sakho’s failed drug test for Liverpool

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Clarence Nelson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 06:24:32 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: on the trail of the world's most wanted man – video

Martin Chulov visits Sinjar province in Iraq on the trail of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled caliph of Islamic State. On the Kurdish frontline with Isis-held territory he hears from local peshmurga commanders on Baghdadi’s movements and the problems they face targeting him

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Kenneth Clark mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:44:00 GMT
What are legal highs? - video explainer

Legal highs have been taken off the shelves and put on the controlled substances list. Typically referred to as spice, the drugs described as being more powerful and addictive than crack or heroin, has taken a heavy toll on many who thought it would be a legal substitute for cannabis. Addicts on the streets of Manchester talk about the drug and its ban

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Harold Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:56:17 GMT
The Dardenne brothers: 'Attacks on Obama to democratise healthcare are pathetic' – video interview

Jean-Paul and Luc Dardenne, the Belgian siblings who have twice won the Palme d’Or, speak in Cannes about their new film. The Unknown Girl is the story of a young female doctor trying to discover the identity – and the killer – of a woman found dead outside her medical practice. They discuss why they are drawn to stories of female empowerment and gender equality and how they think the film might be received in countries such as the US, where the fight for universal healthcare continues.

• The Unknown Girl premiered at Cannes and will be released later this year

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Clarence Fisher mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:56:04 GMT
Fear, money and racism: what’s our problem with diversity on screen? – video

The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees have been almost exclusively white for two years running. Leah Green looks beyond the headlines to see why diversity remains such a problem in the UK film and TV industries

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Allen Clark mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:12:06 GMT
Why is France being racked by strikes and protests over its labour bill? – video

French unions are protesting against President Hollande’s proposed reforms to labour protection laws. As tens of thousands take to the streets across the country, there are fuel shortages and proposals to expand strikes to the rail network and nuclear industry. France is set to host the Euro 2016 finals in June, and neither strikers nor the government seem inclined to back down

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Sean Cruz mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
What do liberals get wrong about guns? – video

The Guardian’s Lois Beckett went to Louisville, Kentucky, where the National Rifle Association’s annual convention was taking place, and asked gun owners: what do liberals get wrong about guns, and how can we make America a safer place to live?

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Brian Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:23:09 GMT
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga on Loving, interracial marriage and gay rights – video interview

At the Cannes film festival, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, the stars of Jeff Nichols’s Loving, a biopic of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and a black woman who were arrested in Virginia in 1958 for marrying, talk to Nigel M Smith. They tell how their case echoes through to the legilisation of gay marriage in modern America. Nichols explains why he wasn’t keen on making the couple’s story a traditional court room drama

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Sean Crawford mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:46:11 GMT
Do you know your endangered species? – video

The World Wildlife Foundation surveyed 2000 UK adults about their knowledge of endangered species. Roughly a third didn’t know giant pandas and snow leopards are under threat, while a fifth thought cows and grey squirrels are. One in four thought the dodo and brachiosaurus still exist!

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Patrick Cooper mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:51:01 GMT
The hidden risks of climbing Mount Everest – video

Three climbers have died on Mount Everest in the past week, all succumbing to altitude sickness after reaching the summit. The increasing number of deaths on the world’s tallest mountain is raising fresh fears about overcrowding and the ethics of commercial mountaineering on Everest

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Lawrence Torres mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:00:32 GMT
Women, face it: marriage can never be feminist – video

The institution of marriage has curtailed women’s freedom for centuries, says Julie Bindel. So why are so many feminists trying to reclaim the tradition as a subversive act? If you want to get married, she says, just get on with it - but please don’t pretend that being a feminist changes its meaning

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Kevin Cole mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
Alan Rickman: 'The Royal Court is where I found out who the hell I was' – video

The Royal Court in London is celebrating its 60th birthday with 60 short films in which actors, directors and playwrights celebrate the theatre. In this video, filmed in 2015, Alan Rickman remembers first visiting the Court in the 1960s as a teenager and then starring in an acclaimed Irish version of The Seagull there in the 1980s. He also talks about taking Rachel Corrie’s parents to the Sloane Square theatre to see the play based on their daughter’s diaries and emails, edited by Rickman and Katharine Viner

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Benjamin Cox mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The night tube is a stage on which urban dramas unfold

Ravers, city workers, fighty louts, the recently divorced… their stories come alive in the early hours on the underground

A green light at the end of the tunnel – the night tube is coming.

1am A knackered city clerk makes her way back to Ealing. She applied her make-up on the commuter train to work; she removes it on the way home with a blousy sigh. With the night tube comes the night passengers, night conversations, night litter, all of a quality quite different from day. Kebab wrappers, phone numbers, face wipes, discarded by those getting ready for bed. The night tube is one of the most intimate places in Britain, second only after shopping-centre beauty counters where women get their moustaches waxed in their lunch break.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Has anyone kept their faith in Christianity? | Barbara Ellen
A new report reveals that even people raised in church are losing their religion

A new report says that those who identify as having “no religion” (“Nones”) outnumber Christians in England and Wales. While Christians (Anglicans, Catholics and others) made up 43.8% of the population, the Nones represented 48.5%, almost double the 25% describing themselves this way in the 2011 census.

While obviously there are also other religions, the report (“Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales” by Stephen Bullivant, due to be launched in the House of Commons next week) focuses on the rising indifference towards Christianity, and the failure of the churches to retain people who were brought up as Christians – a switch also reflected in statistics from Scotland and, to a lesser extent, Northern Ireland.

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Steven Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
There’s nothing a Brexiter loves more than a good conspiracy
Rather than engaging in genuine debate, Vote Leave assumes the Remain camp is lying or plotting

In the immortal words of Clint Eastwood, “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky’?” If the British feel lucky we will trust Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. We will agree with them that the economists warning of recession, the trade unionists warning of an attack on workers’ rights, and the Nato allies warning of threats to the unity of the west are wrong. All wrong.

What am I saying – “wrong”? The Brexiters can never concede that a bearer of unwelcome arguments is debating in good faith. They are not just wrong. Wrong is too weak a word. They are lying. They are corrupt. No critic, however outwardly pure, is free of a sickly compulsion to deceive us.

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Steven Long mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:03:17 GMT
In telling their life stories, we seek to restore dignity to society’s ‘ghosts’ | Nicci Gerrard
More than a million people have dementia in the UK. We can give them a new voice, writes Orwell prize winner

When people are in the last stages of dementia, we who love them (we whom they have loved) may bend over them, trying to find in the sounds they are making some words, sentences, a form of communication and a kind of meaning. Even a syllable is precious now. It is a bit like a parent straining to hear language emerging from their baby’s babble of sound – but with a baby this emergent language marks the beginning of the great formation of the self, and is full of hope and possibility.

With the person who lives – and who dies – with dementia, the language that connects us to others is disappearing, the self is being broken up. An entire world is being un-made. We come to darkness, silence, the radical slowing of death: dementia’s long goodbye.

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Shawn Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:17 GMT
What you need to teach at LSE? A role in Maleficent | Catherine Bennett
The university’s appointment of Angelina Jolie reveals much about the marketisation of higher education

Though it may take a while to establish her long-term contribution to the reputational recovery of the LSE, following its embrace of the Gaddafis , the awarding of a professorship to the actor and humanitarian envoy Angelina Jolie has already helped distract from that university’s ranking in the latest league table. So much so that the makers of these lists may want to consider adding a celebrity variable to valuations such as student satisfaction and job prospects.

What percentage of the university’s teaching staff has appeared in a top-grossing film, such as Professor Jolie Pitt’s Malificent? Rates high for gowns? How many undergraduates are forced to endure three years of toil without meeting someone who has been up – at least – for a Bafta? Recalculated on that basis, the LSE comes top of all the universities in the world, with Oxford in second place, the credit for that going entirely to one college, Lady Margaret Hall. It recently awarded visiting fellowships to, among others, Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Neil Tennant, of the Pet Shop Boys, promising “fascinating interactions”.

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Jeffery Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Shocking? No, just true to the fiery spirit of Brecht | Vanessa Thorpe
Of course there is swearing in the National’s production of The Threepenny Opera. The play is an attack on bourgeois values

Ever wanted to stand up in front of a vast crowd of genteel, cultured people – perhaps the packed auditorium of the Olivier at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank? – and call out a series of expletives? Such was the opportunity given last week to members of the cast of the venue’s new production of The Threepenny Opera.

Its talented stars – including Rory Kinnear, Haydn Gwynne and Sharon Small – had the chance, courtesy of a freshly abrasive translation from Brecht’s German by Simon Stephens, to use an assortment of what the prim might describe as “playground expletives” throughout the evening, while the grim story of Macheath, the rapist and serial killer, unfolded.

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Todd Perez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
David Cameron's referendum nightmare

Chris Riddell on alooming crisis for the prime minister

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Ronald Turner mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:03:17 GMT
Harriet, what were you thinking? | Victoria Coren Mitchell

It seems Labour’s scourge of Page 3 is a Kim Kardashian fan. I’m all at sea now…

So Kim Kardashian has got this bum. That much I understand.

I have actually seen Kim Kardashian’s bum. I don’t think I’m alone in that. It was quite interesting to look at. All bums are quite interesting to look at, because, in the general run of things, people keep them hidden. It’s like seeing someone’s bank statement. (Especially mine, which is all papery and red.)

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Douglas Harrison mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:50:24 GMT
France’s chaos stems from its failure to adapt to globalisation | Natalie Nougayrède
A showdown is taking place on the streets. President Hollande must stick firmly to his plans for long overdue reform

Demonstrating is in the French political DNA. It’s almost as if, for each generation, pouring out on to the streets is part of growing up. There is a collective ritual to this – we have a national penchant for cathartic moments. Historians point to a revolutionary narrative harking back to 1789. But if you are looking for some of the romanticism of May 1968 in the latest unrest, don’t hold your breath.

Related: Riot police crack down on Paris protests against labour reforms

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Jeffery Richardson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
A plea to Hillary’s Democrat critics: don’t hand the White House to Trump | Jonathan Freedland

Hostility to Clinton on the Sanders side is so deep that they are in danger of letting the Republican win

Maybe it’s a mistake to worry too much about Susan Sarandon. But her recent musings on the US election make me anxious. Not because I think she has huge influence – if celebrity endorsements swung elections, we’d all be reading Neil Kinnock: The Downing Street Years – but because I fret that others might think like her. And if enough do, we need to brace ourselves for President Donald Trump.

Related: Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon end Twitter fight over Hillary Clinton

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Carl Evans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:36:50 GMT
The daily scare tactics beggar belief – they’re not working

The Europe debate is an unsavoury mixture of vicious rhetoric and petty squabbles – and it’s time to grow up

One of the best expressions of sheer frustration that’s stuck with me over the years came from the comedian Tony Hancock, who in moments of extreme disquiet repeated the words oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Now the mere mention of the dreaded referendum and those words are what spring to mind. Oh dear indeed.

Related: The Guardian view on the Leave campaign: show some respect for truth | Editorial

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Jesse Richardson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:57:30 GMT
Peter Thiel’s mission to destroy Gawker isn’t ‘philanthropy’. It’s a chilling taste of things to come | Marina Hyde
The PayPal mogul has been waging a secret war against the site that outed him. So who’ll be the next angry billionaire to go after a media outlet they despise?

What will the death of Citizen Thiel look like? I picture the tech billionaire lying in seclusion, still beyond the reach of the politicians and military chiefs who had long effectively functioned as his junior personnel, perhaps on one of the post-law, floating sea-steading platforms he’s been dreaming of building. Let’s call this one Xanadu. I don’t know if he’s actually dying as we used to understand the term – maybe he’s just uploading into the cloud.

Related: Billionaire's revenge: Facebook investor Peter Thiel’s nine-year Gawker grudge

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Chris Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:59:26 GMT
Student loans: the next big mis-selling scandal?

A change to loan conditions, made after it’s taken out? A mortgage company can’t legally do that to borrowers, but it seems the government can

Many graduates have been shocked this week to see just how their debt is escalating, with interest charged at up to 3.9%. That’s more than the typical rate on a first-time buyer mortgage. Have they been mis-sold a dodgy loan?

University of Nottingham graduate Simon Crowther’s post on Facebook went viral this week, after he revealed how much interest is being added to his debt. He’s part of the first wave of graduates to have left university after paying £9,000-a-year fees. His total debt, a year after leaving college, jumped to £41,976 by the end of March, with the interest racking up by as much as £180 a month. Crowther claims he was mis-sold the loan and “cheated by a government who encouraged many of us to undertake higher education, despite trebling the cost of attending university”.

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Earl Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Secret Teacher: I was treated like a naughty pupil for not wearing a tie

An insignificant choice of workwear led to diktats and thinly veiled threats. Schools might teach liberty but they don’t practise it

During my schooldays I was forever being told to tuck in my shirt. It bothered me – I couldn’t see the relationship between my shirt and my ability to learn. One day, when my history teacher barked his familiar request to “tuck that shirt in”, I asked why.

I was all but dragged to the deputy headteacher’s office and it was there I first heard about the “hidden curriculum”.

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Kyle Carter mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:56:09 GMT
Failure to report signs of child abuse ‘should be made a criminal offence’

Survivor charities are calling for the threat of legal action to make schools, care homes and hospitals more vigilant in protecting young people

Teachers and doctors will face criminal sanctions if they fail to report concerns that children are being abused, under controversial proposals to be discussed in a government consultation.

The clamour for changes to the UK’s child protection law has been growing since the Jimmy Savile scandal, which exposed how the DJ abused hundreds of young victims at institutions across the country. It emerged that, despite the fact that many people had concerns about Savile’s behaviour, very few raised them with the authorities.

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Benjamin Harris mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:55:45 GMT
Women lead the call to arms as anti-fracking fight intensifies

Female opposition to drilling soars as mothers unite in desire to safeguard children’s future

“We are ready for them,” said Tina Louise Rothery. “It has been a long battle but we have been ready for a confrontation for a long time.”

Rothery is one of a growing group of women at the forefront of opposition to fracking. Of the 250 anti-fracking community groups that have sprung up in Britain in the past few years, very many are led, or strongly backed, by women, who say they have been outraged at plans to risk people’s health by exploiting the countryside for shale gas.

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Gregory Morales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:34:34 GMT
Andy Burnham presses George Osborne over Manchester '£1bn black hole'

Labour contender for mayor says northern powerhouse initiative could change region’s fortunes or go down as ‘elaborate con’

Andy Burnham, who wants to be Labour’s Manchester mayoral candidate, has called on George Osborne to take action over what he called a £1bn black hole in the northern powerhouse initiative.

Analysis of public services finances across Greater Manchester has found that a £1bn shortfall would emerge over the course of this parliament. Central government grants to the region’s 10 councils will fall by £836m between 2015 and 2020, and Manchester city council is set to lose £163m by 2019/20, according to Burnham.

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Ronald Morales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:43:23 GMT
All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals

Results of research supported by public and public-private funds set to be made freely available to all

All publicly funded scientific papers published in Europe could be made free to access by 2020, under a “life-changing” reform ordered by the European Union’s science chief, Carlos Moedas.

The Competitiveness Council, a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry, agreed on the target following a two-day meeting in Brussels last week.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:11:52 GMT
Varoufakis, McDonnell and Lucas make 'radical' case for remaining in EU

Ex-Greek finance minister joins shadow chancellor and Green MP to make leftwing case for staying in EU

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, is joining forces with the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis to make the “radical” case for the UK to remain in the European Union, after both sides of the referendum campaign were criticised for making misleading and overly negative arguments.

Related: Brexit is an empire-era trick. Only the radical case for Europe makes sense | Yanis Varoufakis

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Brexit would jeopardise peace in Europe, warn religious leaders
Faith groups join forces to oppose the Leave campaign as voter registration drive is ramped up

Religious leaders from the UK’s main faith communities – including former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams – have joined forces to oppose Brexit, saying the EU is vital to preserving peace, fighting poverty and tackling the migration crisis.

In a letter in the Observer, 37 leading figures from across the faiths say that they hope people will reflect, before voting on 23 June, “on whether undermining the international institutions charged with delivering these goals could conceivably contribute to a fairer, cleaner and safer world”.

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Ryan Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:29:52 GMT
HMRC fails in attempt to recoup £50m from Chelsea Barracks sale

Appeal court rejects application by HM Revenue & Customs to collect up to £50m in stamp duty after sale of barracks to Qatar

The tax office has failed in its attempt to reclaim as much as £50m in stamp duty from the near-£1bn sale of the Chelsea Barracks to Qatar.

Judges at the court of appeal ruled that HM Revenue & Customs had pursued the wrong party following the sale of the central London site in 2007.

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Johnny West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:31:47 GMT
Water birds shot dead at Hampshire village pond

Police say air rifle used to kill two young geese, three ducks and a moorhen in Hartley Wintney

Several ducks, geese and a moorhen have been shot dead at a village pond. An air rifle was used to kill the birds in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “During this time period, an unknown number of people have used an air rifle or something similar to shoot dead the majority of birds at the pond.

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Lawrence Jordan mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:27:21 GMT
NHS 'turning away children referred for mental health help'

Reseach finds 28% of children referred for support in England – including some who had attempted suicide – received no help

The government’s investment in children’s mental health services has come under fire after it emerged that more than a quarter of young people referred for support in England last year were sent away without help, including some who had attempted suicide.

A review of mental health services by the children’s commissioner discovered 13% of youngsters with life-threatening conditions were not allowed specialist treatment, according to the BBC. Even those with the most serious illnesses who secured treatment faced lengthy delays, with an average waiting time of 110 days, the Times said.

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Steve Morales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:35:04 GMT
Tony Blair: Corbyn government would be a dangerous experiment

Former prime minister says he worries about populist politicians such as Labour leader in harshest comments yet

Tony Blair has said it would be a “very dangerous experiment” if Jeremy Corbyn or a populist politician like him were to form a government.

In an interview with the BBC, the former Labour prime minister said populist politicians, whether on the left like Corbyn or on the right, were worrying and he spent a lot of time thinking about how people in the centre should respond.

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Gregory Garcia mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:36:48 GMT
Older drivers should carry on until 75 before renewing licence, says review

The Older Drivers Task Force says current ruling can lead to depression among over-70s and a great burden on care system

Older motorists should be able to carry on driving until they are 75 before renewing their licence, an official review is reportedly expected to conclude.

The Older Drivers Task Force, established in 2014 to support people later in life to drive safely, will recommend to the government in July that the current mandatory renewal age of 70 is raised.

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George Peterson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 21:30:16 GMT
David Cameron: Boris Johnson still a contender for next PM

Despite split on EU, Cameron stands by comments he made last year namechecking Johnson as potential successor

David Cameron has said Boris Johnson remains one of the main contenders to succeed him as prime minister when he steps down.

Asked about comments he made last year, before the pair took opposing sides in the EU referendum campaign, Cameron said: “I wouldn’t withdraw any of the things I’ve said – the Conservative party is lucky to have big, substantial figures within it.”

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Arthur Clark mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:43:16 GMT
Legal high ban predicted to exacerbate crisis on streets

Users warn withdrawal from drugs may lead to violence while experts say black-market dealers will cause greater harm

The outlawing of legal highs risks create a new crisis on the streets, experts and users have warned.

Many users of the drugs, novel psychoactive substances (NPSs), are young and homeless and they say that withdrawing makes them feel violent and out of control.

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Edward Thompson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 23:01:18 GMT
Ed Miliband warns Britain could leave EU if young people don't vote

Former Labour leader warns against complacency and admits remain campaign has been too Tory and too male

Ed Miliband says his own experience of losing the 2015 general election shows the polls can be wrong and that there is a serious risk of Britain voting to leave the EU. Speaking to the Guardian, he warned against complacency and said that it was essential to get young people to turn out in force if the remain camp was to win the vote.

He said the remain campaign had been “too Tory and too male” and that it was important for the Labour case for Britain remaining in the EU to be heard more vocally in the final weeks of the campaign.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:04:50 GMT
House prices compared with earnings 'close to pre-financial crisis levels'

Consultancy says average UK house price is 6.1 times average salary, barely lower than the 6.4 they were at all-time peak

House prices as a multiple of average earnings are “within a whisker” of record levels set before the financial crisis, a City consultancy has warned.

The average UK house price is now 6.1 times average earnings, close to the peak of 6.4 it hit before the downturn, Fathom Consulting said. A rise in interest rates from their current low of 0.5% would lead to a correction, it said, although a return to “normal” rates was some way off.

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Roy Bryant mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:55:35 GMT
MPs to investigate how many pension schemes are at risk of failing

Select committee announces wide ranging inquiry into occupational pension schemes amid its scrutiny of £571m deficit at BHS

MPs are to investigate how many occupational pension schemes are at risk of failing, amid inquiries into the collapse of BHS and the debate over the future of the £15bn British Steel pension fund.

The Commons work and pensions select committee, which is already investigating the £571m deficit at BHS scheme, said on Friday night it would launch a wide ranging inquiry into the problem, probably starting in the autumn.

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Vincent Evans mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 01:38:12 GMT
Pakistan bans contraceptive advertisements on TV and radio

Regulatory body says move will protect ‘innocent children’ from being exposed to the concept of birth control

Pakistan has banned advertisements for contraceptive products on television and radio over concern that they expose inquisitive children to the subject of sex.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said it was acting in response to complaints from parents and its ban covered all contraceptive, birth control and family planning products.

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Benjamin Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:36:49 GMT
Items belonging to missing Australian man found in Brazil

Rye Hunt has not been seen since 21 May, when he failed to meet up with his travelling companion at an airport in Rio

The belongings of a Australian man who went missing from Rio de Janeiro’s main airport more than a week ago have been found.

Rye Hunt, 25, disappeared from Galeao international airport on 21 May, after arranging to meet his travelling companion again in 30 minutes, his family said in a statement on Sunday.

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Vincent Morales mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 02:09:56 GMT
Western Australia earthquake has strength of 'atomic bomb'

Quake that shakes WA goldfields on Saturday and Sunday caused by tectonic plate stress

An earthquake that shook Western Australia’s goldfields overnight had the strength of an “atomic bomb” blasting underground.

Three earthquakes hit near Norseman, including a magnitude 5.2 tremor reportedly felt as far away as Perth.

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Henry Powell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:53:51 GMT
Protests grow as Greece moves refugees to warehouses ‘not fit for animals’

Closure of Idomeni sees families living in military-run accommodation blocks with no running water or electricity

Conditions inside a network of new permanent refugee camps in Greece have been described as so bleak and lacking in basic amenities that they are “not fit for animals”. Around 3,000 refugees were last week transported to the sites after a vast makeshift camp at Idomeni, near Greece’s border with Macedonia, was finally cleared by police.

Related: Idomeni: Greek riot police move in to clear refugee camp

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Carl Perez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:00:14 GMT
Don’t postpone Rio Olympics over Zika, says expert

Wellcome Trust head says potential risks of contracting virus from going to Games do not warrant such a drastic move

Britain’s leading expert on the Zika virus yesterday rejected a call by 150 international academics for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed because of the dangers posed by the disease. Professor Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust, said such a move would be disruptive and completely unnecessary.

In an open letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO), released on Friday, the group of academics said the Brazilian strain of Zika virus harmed health in ways that science had not observed before. “An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” they added.

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Henry Powell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:24:20 GMT
Remains of missing British hiker Tom Billings found in Canada

The 22-year-old from Oxford disappeared while walking near Vancouver more than two years ago

The remains of a British hiker have been found in Canada more than two years after he went missing.

Tom Billings, 22, from Oxford, was spending eight weeks travelling in North America when he was last seen in Vancouver in November 2013. He was reported missing a week later after he failed to return to his accommodation.

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Louis James mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 03:48:29 GMT
Protesters clash with police outside Donald Trump rally in San Diego

Trump denies California is experiencing a drought as hundreds of riot police are deployed to deal with demonstrators

Police in riot gear fired pepper-balls and beanbags at protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in San Diego, California, on Friday evening as unrest inspired by the presumptive Republican nominee continues to simmer.

Earlier in the day in Fresno, Trump denied that there was a major drought affecting the state, saying instead that when he becomes president he will “start opening up the water.”

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Travis Morales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:47:12 GMT
Russia derides Ukraine's hiring of ex-Nato chief

Russian MPs say appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as special adviser is a ‘hostile gesture’

Ukraine’s president has appointed a former Nato secretary general as a special adviser, drawing a derisive reaction from Russia.

Petro Poroshenko announced the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former prime minister of Denmark who was Nato secretary general from 2009 to 2014, on Friday.

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Daniel Martin mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:09:59 GMT
French strikes: situation getting better but crisis not over, says minister

Demonstrations against president’s proposed reforms continue as police officer filmed throwing woman to ground

Strikes have continued at French oil refineries as part of an ongoing standoff with the government over labour reforms, as footage emerged apparently showing a middle-aged woman being pushed to the ground by a policeman.

The video, purportedly filmed by a bystander during a protest in Toulouse on Thursday, shows the woman crossing a pavement before the officer pushes her shoulder and seemingly grabs her by the neck. Her head is thrown back and she is rammed against a railing before falling to the ground.

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Jesse Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 17:33:32 GMT
Ex-world leaders meet with Venezuelan officials and opposition to end standoff

Secret meetings came after ex-presidents of Spain and the Dominican Republic said they would seek to initiate a ‘national dialogue’ in deeply polarized country

A group of former presidents has held secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with Venezuelan officials and government opponents in an attempt to mediate the political standoff in the deeply polarized South American nation, an opposition leader said on Saturday.

Related: Food shortages take toll on Venezuelans' diet

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Steve Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:25:25 GMT
Spanish police make arrests over stolen Francis Bacon works

Seven held over five paintings and other valuables that were taken in burglary of Madrid home last summer

Seven people have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of involvement in the theft of five paintings by Francis Bacon, worth a total of €25m (£19m).

The paintings were stolen last July, along with other valuables belonging to the owner, who is reported to have been a close friend of Bacon. The works, which comprise portraits and landscapes, are yet to be recovered.

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Jeffery Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:54:05 GMT
British woman killed in Thailand boat accident 'was on honeymoon'

Monica O’Connor, 28, and at least two other people died when a huge wave capsized boat off coast of Koh Samui on Thursday

A British woman killed in a speedboat accident in Thailand was on her honeymoon, according to reports.

Monica O’Connor, 28, and at least two other people died when a wave capsized their boat off the coast of Koh Samui on Thursday.

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Jeff Owens mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 03:30:37 GMT
Mossack Fonseca to close offices in Jersey, Gibraltar and Isle of Man

The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers is closing its offices in the British-dependent territories ‘with great regret’

The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers revelations has decided to close its offices in the British-dependent territories of Jersey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

Mossack Fonseca “will be ceasing operations” in those territories, “but we will continue serving all of our clients”, it said.

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Ronald Flores mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:54:23 GMT
Pilot dies after second world war plane crashes into New York's Hudson river

The second world war plane that crashed into the Hudson river on Friday night has been raised, after the body of its pilot was recovered, authorities said.

Rescue divers removed the body of 56-year-old William Gordon, of Key West, Florida, from the river late on Friday. The single-seat P-47 Thunderbolt crashed near the George Washington bridge between New York and New Jersey, according to the New York police department, which responded to the incident.

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Peter Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 01:29:41 GMT
Netherlands gives green light for growing human embryos

Dutch government sanctions ‘limited research’ to help infertile couples and to tackle hereditary or congenital diseases

The Dutch government has announced it wants to allow growing human embryos “under strict and limited conditions” for scientific research, thereby giving hope to parents struggling to conceive.

The Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, said she “wants to allow the creation of embryos for scientific research – and under very strict conditions to give people the possibility of (healthy) children”.

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Peter Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:51:55 GMT
US military imposes restrictions on Okinawa troops after murder

Former Marine was arrested this month on suspicion of murdering woman on southern Japanese island

The US military in Japan is restricting celebrations and off-base alcohol consumption in Okinawa after the arrest of a former Marine suspected of killing a woman on the southern Japanese island.

The Marine Corps commander in Japan said on Saturday the measures were not punishment but an effort to show respect for the victim’s family and mourn with the people of Okinawa.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:11 GMT
University league tables 2017

Find a course at a UK university

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Jesse Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman – review
Tracy Borman’s engaging attempt to reveal the intimate secrets of Tudor monarchs has one problem: they didn’t really have any

When it comes to popular history, the territory occupied by the Tudor monarchs, with their tumultuous religious sectarianism, their beheadings and spouses and intrigues, is thoroughly well trodden. The subtitle of Tracy Borman’s latest book offers a tempting prospect on a familiar scene. Will she draw back the arras to uncover the “secrets of Britain’s greatest dynasty”?

The answer is, no, not really. This is less to do with Borman’s skills as a historical researcher than the idea of physical privacy itself – which is an intensely modern one, a particular luxury of our era. Certainly, the Tudor monarchs (and their subjects) understood to a high degree the importance of hierarchy and etiquette but saw no requirement, for instance, to establish the sanitary barriers between physical functions that we now coyly regard as necessary. Going to the lavatory was a public activity (28 companionable seats in Hampton Court’s Great House of Easement), and so, for the most part, was childbirth. Bodily smells were rampant. Sex could rarely be conducted in complete secrecy.

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Earl Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:59:24 GMT
Going native isn’t always best | James Wong

Most garden plants in the UK are a mix of the flora of six continents. So there is no reason for gardeners to limit their options

I hear it at least once a week: “To help our British wildlife we must focus on growing native plants.” It’s evangelised on gardening TV shows, in horticultural magazines and has even found its way into planning legislation. The one problem with this ubiquitous piece of science advice is that it really isn’t very scientific, and may even hamper your attempts to support local biodiversity.

The “native is best” hypothesis rests on three basic premises: first, that British wildlife is somehow a clear-cut group that is dramatically different from wildlife abroad. Secondly, our native plants are equally unique, with highly specialised adaptations. Finally, that these highly specialised adaptations create a perfect ecological fit, which renders non-indigenous plants measurably worse sources of food and shelter for local animals.

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Donald Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Money Monster review – a shouty blend of The Big Short and Network

Jack O’Connell makes a lot of noise to little effect in Jodie Foster’s crude media satire

Jodie Foster directs this shouty satire, which blends the glib economic cynicism of The Big Short with Network’s skewering of an unscrupulous media. But while it makes a lot of noise – largely courtesy of Jack O’Connell’s sweaty, high-decibel panic attack of a performance – this is a film that lacks the authentic anger of the former and the sniper-like accuracy of the latter.

George Clooney wears a smirk, an expensive suit and a complete lack of sincerity as the showboating host of a financial TV show titled Money Monster. Lee Gates is a one-man bull market, dispensing profligate financial advice to an audience conditioned to think that their slice of the pie is there for the taking. When one of his tips turns bad, losing $800m in a single day, Lee chuckles that some of his viewers got their “asses smacked”.

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Chris Turner mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:24 GMT
A nautical New York apartment

A prop stylist’s mix of vintage with comfort gives his Alphabet City flat a beach shack vibe, finds Candice Pires

It is not unusual for Anthony D’Argenzio to remove a painting from his apartment wall and take it to work with him. He is a prop stylist for photography shoots and creative events, and his home doubles as a prop store. That’s not to say it is a collection of random junk. The tiny New York apartment is a carefully curated tableau with everything designed and placed to create a visual statement.

Throughout his living space, props repeatedly lend themselves to decoration. An old wooden ladder hangs horizontally above the kitchen shelves. As you enter the hallway, two slim reclaimed windowpanes are fixed either side of the wall, because he likes the way they look.

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Marvin Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Sunday's best TV: Top Gear; Wallander; Naked And Afraid

Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc reboot the motoring show, Wallander continues its long goodbye and there’s more pixellated survivalism in the Discovery series

9pm, BBC1
The long goodbye continues. The case pursued in Henning Mankell’s final crime novel, The Troubled Man – about Linda Wallander’s imposing new father-in-law – is low in the mix for now, with Kurt (Kenneth Branagh) instead trying to focus on a vanished young woman. The drama focuses on the detective’s disintegrating mind. His blanks and wobbles lead to more elegant pauses than ever, in a penultimate episode so underplayed it’s virtually subterranean. Jack Seale

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Ryan Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Why does ice cream give you brain freeze?

A cold sensation in the mouth can lead to pain in the head. Here’s why…

A British bank holiday usually calls for a trip to the ice cream van, even if there is more drizzle than dazzling sunshine. But go easy - a big bite of a 99 Flake can quickly give you a headache, sometimes known as ‘brain freeze’.

While this name describes the feeling, it’s wrong, as the brain doesn’t have any pain receptors of its own. So why does a cold sensation in the mouth lead to pain in the head?

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Daniel Cox mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Fashion shows find their match in historic settings

Great designers are finding inspiration in grand old buildings

The spectacle of the fashion show is a uniquely theatrical one. There have been mise-en-scènes – Kate Moss’s hologram at a McQueen show in 2006, a 256-tonne iceberg at Chanel’s 2010 show and Fendi’s $10m “longest catwalk” on the Great Wall of China from 2008 – that have suggested a level of grandeur and opulence on a par with the ancient Egyptians. Or at least a supercut of an Olympic Opening Ceremony. As the show becomes just as important as the clothes, the move towards ever more awe-inspiring historical venues follows suit. In 2016 it’s all about the palatial show setting as a reminder of the roots. This summer, these are the most fashionable buildings in the world…

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Fred Martin mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The Co-Operative’s winning numbers | David Williams

Two French and one South African wine all below £7 prove that the Co-Op’s wine buyers are in good form at the moment

Truly Irresistible Pinotage, Swartland, South Africa 2015 (£6.99, The Co-Operative) Good pinotage – now there’s a statement that feels like an oxymoron. This much-maligned South African variety, a crossing between two varieties I like and love – cinsaut and pinot noir – has always been less than the sum of its parts, and can taste like a disaster at an industrial sweet factory: ash, rubber, artificial banana. Even with the drinkable ones (from Beyerskloof and Hamilton Russell), I generally feel I’d rather be drinking something else for the price. A new addition at The Co-operative shows it doesn’t have to be that way, however. It’s made by the very talented Duncan Savage and, with its effortlessly supple berry juiciness, it’s like a slightly wilder, deeper Beaujolais. A genuine bargain.

Delas Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France 2013 (£6.49, The Co-Operative) The Co-op’s wine department is on good form at the moment with plenty worth looking out for if you’re popping in for the pinotage. There’s a fine range of Rhône reds, starting with the appealingly savoury and succulent Côtes du Ventoux 2014 made by the reliable Delas and rising to a sumptuously chewy, sweetly spiced Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014 from the Co-operative (£15.99). Domaine les Grandes Costes Pic St-Loup 2013 (£14.39) does a similarly evocative sun-baked grenache-syrah southern French thing, and the peppery Sacred Hill Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014 (£9.99) is an elegant Kiwi that takes its cue from the Northern Rhône.

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Daniel Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The eco guide to pet fish

Time to help the creatures that, wrested from habitats where they swim thousands of miles, end up atrophying in tanks

We need to talk about Dory. As Pixar’s charming version of a tropical blue tang swims on to screens in Finding Dory next month, conservationists fear a wave of inappropriate fish buying.

Finding Nemo, which triggered just such a global craze in 2003, posed less of a threat. Clownfish (Nemo’s ilk) are usually bred in captivity for the aquarium trade, but blue tangs are “harvested” from the wild for aquariums, with up to 80% dying during capture and transportation. There is intense pressure on wild populations, especially around coral reefs.

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Patrick Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:01:15 GMT
Two-hour test kit hailed as boon to HIV care in Africa

Cambridge scientist Helen Lee’s simple, mobile device will speed up detection and treatment rates

A revolutionary device developed by a team of Cambridge scientists is transforming the diagnosis of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The machine – known as Samba (simple amplification-based assay) – can tell whether a person is infected with the virus within two hours of them giving a tiny blood sample. Virus carriers can then be offered immediate treatment and advice.

More than 20 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are thought to be carrying HIV, the virus that causes Aids. The chaotic conditions in some parts of this region – with transport, health services and electricity supply often poor or nonexistent – have made it extraordinarily difficult for doctors to keep track of infected individuals.

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Patrick Campbell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:00:07 GMT
My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat wins Children’s Book Award 2016

Pamela Butchart and illustrator Thomas Flintham are crowned overall winners of this year’s Children’s Book Award

Pamela Butchart’s My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat illustrated by Thomas Flintham has just been announced as The Children’s Book Award winner 2016. The book was crowned winner of the overall prize, shortly after winning the Books for Young Readers category!

My Head Teacher Is a Vampire Rat is a zany story about a group of kids who decide that their new head teacher is a vampire. They’ve figured it out because he is quite scary, has the blinds down in his office all day and has banned garlic bread at lunch! The book is fast-paced, irreverent and full of explosive illustration.

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Roy Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Blind date: ‘I think the age difference might have put her off’

Zoë, 25, lingerie seamstress, and Stephen, 36, textile designer

What were you hoping for?
For someone to warm me up.

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Louis Thompson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:20:31 GMT
Sea sponge the size of a minivan discovered in ocean depths off Hawaii

Related: Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory 'could damage exotic fish populations'

Deep sea scientists exploring the remote waters between Hawaii and Midway atoll have found a gigantic sea sponge “about the size of a minivan” that could be the oldest animal on earth.

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Jacob Evans mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:30:26 GMT
The Lost Tommies by Ross Coulthart review – young martyrs to pointlessness

Recently unearthed in an abandoned French farmhouse, these haunting portraits of British soldiers on the Somme are a lesson to us – and to Isis

“Lest we forget” is the trusting motto of first world war commemorations. All the same, preoccupied by later disasters, we have forgotten this most pointless of conflicts, which began as a fatuous diplomatic squabble and ended as a rehearsal for Armageddon; we need a rude reminder. More than 17 million soldiers and civilians died between 1914 and 1918, but such totals stupefy the brain and numb the heart. The Lost Tommies therefore deals with individuals, not an indiscriminate mass. Ross Coulthart’s book rescues from oblivion a few hundred British combatants who fought in the trenches and foxholes of the Somme, and forces us to look at their depressed, bewildered or downright anguished faces.

Battle was industrialised, and the Somme was like an abattoir in which the men, as Wilfred Owen put it, died like cattle

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Walter Fisher mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:01:17 GMT
‘It’s a great time to be a tourist here’: Iceland prepares for sporting glory
Since the financial crash of 2008, this tiny but resourceful nation has turned bust to boom – and its renewed confidence has extended to football with dreams of victory at Euro 2016

If an Icelander talks about buying a new car or wardrobe that seems too flash, or costs more than they can comfortably afford, they are likely to be told by friends: “Hold on, you’re being a bit 2007.”

Perhaps the best example of being “a bit 2007” was when Landsbanki, one of the Icelandic banks that went bust in 2008, flew its staff, on private jets and two airliners, to a banquet in Milan to celebrate their money-making success. Their risotto was garnished with tiny flakes of gold leaf.

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Brandon James mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:30:26 GMT
Sustainable energy: inside Iceland’s geothermal power plant
In the first of a series, we visit the Hellisheiði plant, which provides 300MW of power – and Reykjavik’s hot water

Thanks to its position on a volatile section of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is a world leader in the the use of geothermal energy, and of the six geothermal power plants in Iceland, Hellisheiði (pronounced “het-li-shay-thee”) is the newest and largest. Fully operational since 2010, it sits on the mossy slopes of the Hengill volcano in the south-west of the country; a green and placid-looking landscape that belies the turbulent geological activity rumbling beneath it.

To access the potential energy under the surface, wells are drilled thousands of metres into the ground, penetrating reservoirs of pressurised water. Heated by the Earth’s energy, this water can be more than 300C in temperature, and when released it boils up from the well, turning partly to steam on its way. At Hellisheiði, the steam is separated from the water to power some of the plant’s seven turbines, while the remaining water is further depressurised to create more steam, used to power other turbines. At its maximum output the station can produce 303MW of electricity, making it one of the three largest single geothermal power stations in the world.

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Bruce Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:17 GMT
How Cambridge spy Guy Burgess charmed the Observer’s man in Moscow
Secret files released by MI5 reveal how the Observer’s Russia correspondent formed an uneasy friendship with the British defector in 1958

Ever since two members of the Foreign Office, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, both Cambridge graduates, screeched their Austin saloon to a halt in Southampton docks and scrambled aboard the midnight ferry to Saint-Malo in the closing minutes of 25 May 1951, their dramatic flight has sponsored a minor genre.

Now, with the release by MI5 of secret documents dealing with the Burgess and Maclean scandal, there is a new perspective on the betrayal that enthralled a generation. Two biographies of Burgess and a forthcoming account of Maclean (Orphan: The Lives of Donald Maclean by Roland Philipps) are just the latest manifestations of 1950s spy-mania. From thrillers and biographies to Alan Bennett’s television drama An Englishman Abroad, the “missing diplomats” (it was several weeks before their treachery as Soviet spies was confirmed) have inspired thousands of column inches.

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Travis Campbell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Melissa McCarthy: ‘I love a woman who doesn't play by the rules’

Bridesmaids made her one of the world’s most highly paid actresses. Now she’s taking over from the men in Ghostbusters

There are a couple of rules Hollywood studios have when it comes to making blockbuster movies these days, rules that are as absurd as they are well-established:

1. Audiences don’t want to see a comedy with a female lead.

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Patrick Garcia mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
A slave in Scotland: ‘I fell into a trap – and I couldn't get out’

Abul Azad left Bangladesh for a chef’s job in London – so how did he end up enslaved in a remote Scottish hotel?

What’s left of the Stewart hotel sits on a steep hill overlooking sheep-flecked fields, tumbling hedgerows and distant snow-capped mountains in Appin, west Scotland. Even in its prime, the 37-bedroom hotel would have been an eyesore, but now it’s a wreck, the windows smashed, the roof collapsed by months of winter rain.

Just a few years ago, hundreds of tourists passed through this hotel each summer, drawn by the natural beauty of the West Highlands. According to scathing reviews on TripAdvisor and other travel websites, the view was the only good thing about the hotel. Archived posts say the rooms were filthy, the taps broken, the food inedible. Many reviewers complain about the staff, describing them as overwhelmed, unskilled and incompetent.

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Lee Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 14:59:07 GMT
Digital plan for trains feeling strain of high demand and creaky foundations
Network Rail’s boss says hi-tech signalling is the answer. Dover’s weary commuters aren’t so sure

On a clear day, a Frenchman with a pair of binoculars could get a decent glimpse of the challenges facing Britain’s railway network by peering across the Channel at Dover. Until last Christmas, a high-speed train would travel at half pace along the old line at the bottom of the cliffs, giving commuters a direct fast link to Folkestone and the capital via HS1’s tracks. Then a combination of storm and tide so damaged the sea wall that passengers from Dover and beyond now have to transfer miserably on buses as engineers work to repair the damage.

In this part of the south-east, more and more people are travelling by train, and paying a high price for it: a season ticket costs more than £6,000 a year. But the capacity of the network is being sorely tested and, despite huge investment and the development of high-speed track as far as nearby Ashford – still rests on creaking infrastructure in many places. Network Rail chairman Peter Hendy, charged with reviewing in detail what its engineers can achieve for its £38.5bn budget, said at a recent transport conference: “We’re discovering that some of it is pretty badly built. Seen Dover?”

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Brandon Morales mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:39:13 GMT
Scilly, where Harold Wilson, the first PM to show his knees, found peace | Ian Jack
The ordinary bungalow where the Labour leader chose to retire recalls a very different political age

The stopping of the train woke me and I raised the blind. We were in Par at six in the morning, six hours out of Paddington on the Penzance sleeper. A signalman surveyed the train impassively from an open window in his signal box, inside which old-fashioned levers glinted; a real signal box, this, of the kind that had once governed the movement of every train in the country, connected by miles of strong wire to semaphore signals that bobbed up or down to say stop, go or proceed with caution. In Cornwall, they still survive. Many relics do. As the train continued west in the grey light of an overcast morning, we moved through an untidy landscape of car parks, abandoned sidings and picturesque industrial ruins with chimneys attached.

Related: Labour needs to rethink Harold Wilson’s legacy. It still matters | Anne Perkins

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:00:01 GMT
‘It makes you want to fight back’: activists on life after prison

Charlie Gilmour was sentenced to 16 months for violent disorder during a student riot. He talks politics and punishment with four protesters

The prison wing erupted with joy. People were shouting and cheering and banging heavy objects against their cell doors. It was like everyone’s favourite football team had scored at once. “Did you see that?” my cellmate asked excitedly. “Rupert Murdoch just took a hit to the face!”

Comedian and activist Jonnie Marbles had managed to sneak a shaving-foam “custard pie” into the July 2011 committee hearing about phone hacking, which he launched at the octogenarian media mogul on behalf, he later explained, of “all the people who couldn’t”. Few anticipated that, within weeks, he would be joining us behind bars.

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Daniel Cole mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Jessica Valenti: my life as a ‘sex object’

In her teens, strangers flashed her on the subway, teachers asked for hugs and boys joked about her breasts. Should she laugh off a lifetime of objectification – or get angry?

The two worst times for dicks on the New York subway: when the train car is empty or when it’s crowded. As a teenager, if I found myself in an empty car, I would immediately leave – even if it meant changing cars as the train moved, which terrified me. Because, if I didn’t, I just knew the guy sitting across from me would inevitably lift his newspaper to reveal a semihard cock, and even if he wasn’t planning on it, I sure wasn’t going to sit there and worry about it for the whole ride.

On crowded train cars I didn’t see dicks – I felt them. Pressing into my hip, men pretending that the rocking up against me was just because of the jostling of the train.

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Henry Henry mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:42:04 GMT
We don't know enough about menstruation and girls are paying a price

Menstruation has long been a neglected topic, but a new generation of researchers are now shedding light into the shadows

“Girls are literally selling their bodies to get sanitary pads,” says Dr Penelope Phillips-Howard. “When we did our study in Kenya, one in ten of the 15 year old girls told us that they had engaged in sex in order to get money to buy pads. These girls have no money, no power. This is just their only option.”

It’s only been in the last few years that researchers have finally begun delving into the subject of menstruation, and the impact it has on the lives of young girls and women in low-income countries.

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Benjamin Howard mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:00:04 GMT
Your therapist is white. You're not. Is this a problem?

Similar cultural roots don’t guarantee better bond, yet competence in learning about differences and being mindful of verbal and non-verbal cues are critical

The voice on the other end of the line, doing what they call “intake”, had one last question. “Do you have a preference in terms of the gender of your therapist?”

I paused, a little thrown by the question. I was just mechanically following friends’ advice to seek help and take advantage of free therapy sessions provided by our graduate school; the idea of having a choice had not crossed my mind.

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Donald Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:30:27 GMT
Paul McCartney by Philip Norman review – the Beatle finally gets his due
Norman was one of the commentators who made popular the idea that John Lennon was the key member of the Beatles. In this flawed but powerful new book he admits he was wrong

Philip Norman’s biography of the Beatles, Shout!, has sold more than a million copies. Published in 1981 soon after John Lennon’s murder, it was buoyed by the wave of nostalgia that ensued – the first stirrings of the over-the-top Beatles worship that is now an immovable part of popular culture all over the world. Norman delivered arguably the first literary look at Beatledom: the book divided their career into four parts – Wishing, Getting, Having and Wasting – and told the story in gleaming prose. But Shout! has one big drawback: a glaring bias against Paul McCartney, who was portrayed as a kind of simpering egomaniac, and a correspondingly overgenerous view of Lennon, who, Norman later claimed, represented “three quarters of The Beatles”.

Norman went on to write John Lennon: A Life. Now, eight years later, comes this new book, introduced with a blunt mea culpa. Norman’s damning of McCartney, he now says, was a reaction to how much he had once not just admired him, but wanted to somehow be up there, in his place. “If I’m honest,” he now writes, “all those years I’d spent wishing to be him had left me feeling in some obscure way that I needed to get my own back.” Now, he has a more generous view – and so, with McCartney’s “tacit approval” (assistance with sources and information, but no direct involvement) he has written the Lennon book’s companion piece.

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Steven Phillips mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:28 GMT
Fair play: can literary festivals pay their way?

With authors demanding payment and overheads tight, organisers are under increasing pressure. What does the future look like?

I think the truth hit last summer, when I was at a festival to interview a group of writers. It was not a literary festival per se, but a combination of music, theatre, comedy and debates, in among which there stood a doughty literature tent, made rustic by the odd hay bale. What one noticed most, though, was the food: an endless vista of eating opportunities, from crepes to dirty burgers to artisanal pizzas to anything but a cheese sandwich.

Mistakenly, given my temperament and my knees, I had opted to camp, albeit in a motor vehicle rather than under canvas. Making my way through the site to literature HQ, I heard a couple of young guys catching sight of a chum. “Hey!” they chirped. “Sweet tent, man! Where’d you get it?” “Harrods,” came the reply.

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Mark Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:00:01 GMT
Low sales even in healthy economy signal 'complete shift in shopping'

Neither consumers nor brands are getting much of what they want, and the unpredictability has caused chaos for retailers whose power has slipped away

Monday is Memorial Day, the official start of summer and another celebration traditionally marked by sales and a shopping bonanza. But the sun isn’t shining for US retailers.

On the face of it, the economic superpower that is the American consumer should be having a party. Low interest rates and unemployment rates, low oil prices, a high stock market, healthy property prices – nothing it would seem, to put off doing what comes most naturally to them – shopping.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:03 GMT
Japanese American internment survivor hears troubling echoes in Trump rhetoric

‘People do not remember,’ says Madeleine Sugimoto who was locked up as a girl in the second world war, ‘and that makes it easier for Trump to fan the flames’

Madeleine Sugimoto was five years old when her world fell apart. She remembers the events in snippets of memory, as though the story of her childhood had been told through a flipbook.

The first image she recalls is of her father, an artist called Henry, packing a bag of emergency provisions and storing it in the living room. He wanted to be ready to leave at any minute after a neighbor, like him a Japanese American, was carted away by the FBI.

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Wayne Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:00:04 GMT
Life under curfew for American teens: ‘it’s insane, no other country does this’

Since the 1990s, millions of teenagers have been arrested for breaking curfew, which a policy analysis shows has a disproportionate impact on minorities

Around 11pm, on a temperate Friday last August, Officer Troy Owens was patrolling south-eastern San Diego. Peering through his driver’s side window into the darkness, he scanned the streets until his eyes stopped on the corner of 47th and Market. “Somebody trying to hide from me?” he wondered aloud. “Yup,” he answered, swinging the SUV around, and turning on the flashing lights.

Owens, who has worked for the San Diego police department for nearly 20 years, pulled toward the curb and got out of his car. As he approached, three teenagers slowly slunk out from behind an electrical box: a boy, David, 15, whose identity, along with those of other minors, is being protected, and two girls. Heads hanging, shoulders slouched, they knew they were caught. All three were soon searched, handcuffed, and put in the back of cars for the ride to the command post – a local Boys & Girls Club.

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Jesse Lee mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Should I defrost my freezer boys?

Ruth Whippman has four embryos frozen in storage – four ready-made children suspended in time. The longer they are left, the more one thought gnaws at her …

San Ramon is a forgettable commuter-belt city in northern California. There’s a Chipotle Mexican Grill, a handful of nail salons and the corporate offices of AT&T. But most notably, at least for me, it is the location of a large industrial freezer containing our four potential children.

Three years ago, my husband and I went through three rounds of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to conceive our second son, Zeph. We already had one boy, Solly, made easily the old-fashioned way. After Solly’s first birthday, we had moved from London to the US and assumed that a sibling would follow soon after. But as we were adjusting to our new life in California, my ovaries had clearly decided to pack up and retire to Florida because nothing was happening.

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Kyle Gibson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:37:03 GMT
Sports quiz of the week: José Mourinho, French Open and Champions League

This week’s quiz is on the phone to a lawyer discussing image rights

Which of these trophies has José Mourinho not won?

FA Cup

La Liga

Europa League

Fifa Club World Cup

Which Brazilian said: 'Pelé, you are the king. The King. But I've won more titles than you'?

Dani Alves

Anderson Silva


César Cielo

Who said: 'It is a bit like asking a rabbit how his first date went. Probably he will tell you it was great but didn't last very long'?

Sergio Ramos on winning trophies

Sebastian Vettel on tyres

Tyson Fury on being a champion

David Haye on his comeback

Why did the referee halt the Copa del Rey final in extra time?

His whistle wasn't working and he needed to find a spare

He had cramp and required a massage

Barcelona fans were flying Catalan separatist flags

Some of the Barcelona players' children ran on to the pitch

Atlético Madrid have scored 16 goals in their 12 Champions League matches this season. How many has Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his 11 matches?





Atlético have been in two European Cup finals but have never won the tournament. They lost the 2014 final to Real Madrid. Who beat them in 1974?


Bayern Munich

Real Madrid


If it was Crystal Palace in England, Sevilla in Spain and Marseille in France, who was it in Italy?





Chris Woakes celebrated his call-up to the England cricket team by taking career-best bowling figures of 9-36 for which county?





How many sets did Andy Murray lose in his first two matches at the French Open?





Which former Premier League manager left his job with Houston Dynamo this week?

Ruud Gullit

Owen Coyle

Avram Grant

Carlos Queiroz

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Jimmy Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:30:15 GMT
Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'acrobatic'

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘acrobatic.’ Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘acrobatic.’ So if it’s a night at the circus, a gymnastics event or a moment of flexibility share your photos of what acrobatic means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 2 June at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 5 June and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Antonio Lee mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
What can my daughter buy her form tutor as a leaving gift?

We don’t even know if this is still the done thing

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Joshua Lee mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:10:46 GMT
From knitting to BDSM: readers on where to find a sense of community

As people distance themselves from organised religion, we asked you about your communities and what they mean

New analysis has found that people who identify as non-religious outnumber the Christian population in England and Wales. As more people distance themselves from organised religion, we asked you to tell us where you find a sense of community and why it’s important. Here’s what some of you said.

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Melvin Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:51:39 GMT
Underwhelmed by the EU referendum? Share your pics to prove it

Are you bursting with referendum fever or getting on with life usual? Either way, we want to see your photos

Apathy and ennui are not our friends. With the little free time we have, too many of us become trapped in patterns of empty behaviour, forever scrolling through our social media feeds or the offerings of our preferred streamed entertainment service. Eventually, the outside world - which we feel, dimly, involves us somehow - becomes a kind of background hum.

Occasionally, we notice something. For example, some of you may be aware that a referendum on Britain’s future of the European Union is taking place soon.

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Ryan Cole mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
My husband lied about visiting a lapdancing club – how do we regain trust?

This isn’t the first time he’s lied to me about his behaviour – I also discovered he had been paying for porn

My husband and I have been having relationship problems, but I thought we were doing OK until I found out he has been lying. He went away for a long weekend with friends and they visited lapdancing clubs. I knew as soon as I picked them all up at the airport – they looked so guilty. But when I asked him later he lied, first about visiting a lapdancing club, then about having a lap dance, then about how much he spent on lapdances, and about physical contact during the lapdance. One of his other friends told his wife all the details, and so the rest made a pact to keep it secret from their wives.

He expects me to just get over it but I am so hurt by his behaviour that I can’t. It’s not the first time: previously, I discovered he had been paying for porn – again, when I confronted him he denied it until I showed him the credit card statement. I don’t feel we really recovered from this but stayed together anyway. There have been several other times when he has stayed out all night with no explanation, sent porn emails around his office and inappropriate texts to women at work, and got into fights – he’s been charged with assault more than once. All this he blames on drinking too much and not feeling like he has grown up. I don’t know how we can regain trust, or get over this yet again.

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Paul Reyes mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:21:21 GMT
What impact do shocking and dramatic photos have on you?

On the frontpage of many papers today is a picture of a boat carrying migrants capsizing in the Mediterranean sea. How do such photos affect you?

It’s likely that today you were confronted with the arresting image of a boat, which carries migrants, capsizing in the Mediterranean.

It tipped over “due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board”, the Italian navy said in a statement. Those on board clung desperately to the deck or dropped into the sea, with five found dead.

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Shawn Patterson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend: share songs with extraordinary vocals

Our reader suggests Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury as jumping off points: make your suggestion in the comments and they’ll pick a playlist next week

This week we want your musical recommendations with unusual or extraordinary vocals. Maybe the voice is extraordinary or distinctive to begin with, or a particular vocal performance is out-of-this-world? Either way, and however you interpret what the word ‘extraordinary’ constitutes – pick your tune and make your suggestions now.

Related: Janis: Little Girl Blue – a heartfelt account of a remarkable talent

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Glenn Bryant mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:49:15 GMT
Will Cristiano Ronaldo break his own scoring record against Atlético Madrid?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in the Champions League this season – as many as Atlético Madrid – but Saturday’s opponents have Europe’s best defence

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Real Madrid secured La Décima in 2014 after chasing their 10th European Cup for 12 years. Sergio Ramos’ header deep into second-half injury time cancelled out Diego Godin’s opener to set Real Madrid on their way against Atlético Madrid, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo finishing off the 4-1 victory in extra time. The clubs meet again on Saturday as Real Madrid chase La Undecima. Atlético, meanwhile, are hoping to secure their first European Cup, having lost two finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s form will be key in Milan. He scored his 17th goal of the 2013-14 competition when he tucked a penalty past Thibaut Courtois in the dying minutes of the final in Lisbon, becoming the competition’s record scorer in the process. With 16 goals in this season’s Champions League – more than any other player and as many as Atlético have scored in their 12 matches – Ronaldo can break his own record this weekend.

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Wayne Turner mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 05:30:03 GMT
UK seaside attractions: readers’ travel tips

There’s a lot more to the Great British Seaside than buckets and spades and fish and chips. There are lawnmower and magic museums for a start, say our readers
Post a tip for next week’s competition and you could win a £200 hotel voucher

Much like hundreds of other seaside towns, Southport has a pier, ice-creams, a funfair ... but what other towns don’t have is the British Lawnmower Museum. Accessed via a gardening store, for just £2 admission you can enjoy a crackling audio commentary of lawnmower history while taking in the prize exhibits of which the “rich and famous” section includes Nicholas Parsons’ secateurs, a ride-on lawnmower donated to Charles and Di and, most bizarrely, a push mower owned by Britain’s last hangman, which itself is hung from the ceiling by a rope!
Rory Jones

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Vincent Flores mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:05:06 GMT
Have you had weight-loss surgery? Share your story

Surgeons say more operations would improve health and save the NHS money in the long term. What do you think?

More obese patients should be offered weight-loss surgery to make people healthier and save the NHS money, medical professionals have said.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, bariatric surgeons say fewer than 1% of people who could benefit are getting surgery, and the numbers are falling rather than rising. They warn that the UK is lagging behind other countries in Europe, and argue that the procedures could help 2.6 million obese people in the UK.

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Lawrence Turner mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:45:00 GMT
Revisiting Roots: how was your family affected by the slave trade?

A new adaptation of Alex Haley’s book Roots airs at the end of May. If the transatlantic slave trade had an impact on you or your family, we’d like to hear from you

An adaptation of Alex Haley’s story of an African who is sold into slavery in America, the original series of Roots won nine Emmys. It was seen by 100 million viewers – among the most watched TV broadcasts of the past 40 years. Now, nearly 40 years on a remake of the epic drama is returning to our screens. Covering the American Revolution, Civil War and emancipation, it chronicles the life of Kunta Kinte and the life of his family over the years.

Documenting the appalling plight of African America’s slave ancestors the new show follows films such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Addressing those who questioned why he made the film McQueen said, “people want to close their eyes on some subjects. They want to keep on going, they don’t want to look behind them.”

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Wayne Cox mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend playlist: songs about ships and boats

Reader Scott Blair picks from your nautical suggestions this week, with Queen, Lulu, Seth Lakeman and – naturally – Bryan Ferry all setting sail

Below is this week’s playlist – the theme interpreted and tunes picked by a reader from the comments on last week’s callout. Thanks for your suggestions. Read more about the weekly format of the Readers recommend series at the end of the piece.

I feel almost over-qualified to be choosing the playlist for the current topic, given my proud seafaring history.

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Todd Powell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:59:09 GMT
Atrocious toilets and too few bins: why we're not eco-friendly at work

Most of us ignore our environmental responsibilities in the workplace, research suggests. We asked you to share your experiences – and this is what you told us

My workplace removed individual waste bins, to encourage people to think more about where they put their waste. All this has done is breed a surprising resentment and apathy. By the time I’ve walked the five yards to the bin, I can rarely bring myself to think about which very specific receptacle (policed by an A4 side of dos and don’ts) the rubbish goes in, let alone care.
Catherine, London

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Jacob Harrison mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:52:49 GMT
Lost and found: share photos and stories about the objects that have changed you

To coincide with Cornelia Parker’s latest exhibition, we’d like to see photos of objects close to your heart and the stories behind them

This summer, artist Cornelia Parker is curating a group exhibition at The Foundling Museum in London, in which more than 60 artists, writers and composers have been asked to respond to the word “found,” by contributing a found object that means something to them. To coincide with the exhibition we’d like to see photos of your own items that hold a special value to you.

Do you have a special object that you have found that tells a specific story in your life? Maybe it was something you thought you’d lost long ago only to rediscover it when having a clear out or moving house? Whether it’s an item found on the street, a charity shop or an object of sentimental value that has been passed down to you from older generations, share your found objects with us, and tell us the stories behind them.

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Harry Lewis mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:34:05 GMT
Have you lost friends as you've got older? | Sarah Marsh

A study suggests that after the age of 25 we don’t have as many friends. Tell us if this seems accurate based on your own experiences

There is no doubt that friendships change over time, but is there also a point when they start to fade?

This is something scientists have looked at in a study that shows both men and women continue to make lots of friends until the age of 25. After this, it’s claimed that friendships begin to fall away rapidly, with the decline continuing for the rest of our lives.

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Jacob Rivera mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:38:27 GMT
Europeans: what do you like about living and working in the UK?

If you’re a European in the UK we’d like to hear what you do for a living and why you enjoy living in the UK

Ahead of the EU referendum economists have been scrutinising how jobs will be affected if the UK was to leave Europe, and what Brexit might mean for employment rights.

Related: Work after Brexit: the biggest winners and losers for UK jobs

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Allen West mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:28:25 GMT
Sleepwalkers' stories: 'I could have died and no one would have known' | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

One in 50 adults are believed to suffer from episodes of sleepwalking. Here, five people tell us about their experiences

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend after finding them wandering the streets.

The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Daniel Warren mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:07:15 GMT
Is your family at war over the EU referendum?

If disagreements over Britain’s impending EU vote are souring your family relations, we would like to hear from you

Polling cards have started to arrive in households across the UK, as the EU referendum heads into view. With a month to go, one criticism of the referendum debate has been that it has been dominated by rowing members of the Conservative party, making the whole thing seem more like an internal family matter rather than a cool-headed assessment of what’s best for the future of the country.

We wouldn’t for a moment wish to suggest any similarities between your clan and the Tories, but we would like to know whether the referendum has had any impact on your family relationships.

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Alfred Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:51:17 GMT
How can we improve the lives of young people in care?

We want to hear from people who have been or are in care about the reforms needed to better help looked-after children

In March 2015, 69,540 children in England were in the care of local authorities, up 68,800 from 2014.

But questions have been raised about how these young people are looked after – with new research showing that children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted of a crime than other young people.

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Glenn Burns mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:11 GMT
Are you a sleepwalker? Tell us about it | Sarah Marsh

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend. What situations have you found yourself in?

Imagine this: at the crack of dawn, while you’re still asleep, you leave your hotel room completely naked and walk out into the street. When you wake up the police have been called and you find yourself being escorted back to your hotel.

That’s what happened to one individual in Manchester this weekend in what has been described as a case of somnambulism (AKA sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism or noctambulism). The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:06:41 GMT
Tell us about your travellers' tiffs

Have you ever experienced a major fall out with your travel companion/s on a long trip? If so, we’d like to hear from you

Extended trips, when travelling companions are living in each others’ pockets for months on end, are often intense experiences that can make or break friendships and relationships.

We want to hear your stories of travelling fall outs. Have you had a major barney with your travel companion on a long trip? Ended up going your separate ways three weeks into a gap year? Or did a group trip end up – for one or more parties – as a solo journey?

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Johnny Gray mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:17 GMT
David Hockney shines the spotlight on the curator of his Royal Academy show

Edith Devaney, one of 82 sitters painted by the artist over two-and-a-half years, says the resulting portrait came as a revelation: ‘He has got me …’

When David Hockney asked Edith Devaney if he could paint her portrait, she was aware that he refuses to flatter his sitters. Far from being daunted, she posed with “no vanity whatsoever” because it was an honour to be painted by arguably Britain’s foremost contemporary artist, who routinely turns down portrait commissions.

Related: David Hockney's iPad art among 700 of his works to show in Melbourne

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Anthony Henry mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:00:05 GMT
Tim Burgess: ‘My life before was sky high. These days it’s real’

The Charlatans musician, 48, on sobriety, eating only crisps, and being more of a dad than a rock star

Records hold memories. The best-smelling record is the Stations of the Crass LP, which came with a fold-out black and white poster. I bought it again recently, and it still smelt as inky as I remembered.

In Los Angeles the drugs were great, so were the food and sunshine. I saw the Brian Jonestown Massacre perform there in 1997, and moved out a year later. It felt as far away as I could get from life in England, from the Tim that was boring in Salford.

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Billy Cox mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:29:26 GMT
Dancer, painter, soldier … Tottenham brothers on their way to the top
Maryam Golding’s three oldest sons – an artist, a soldier and a ballet dancer – are all on the way to the top. Much of that, they say, is due to their parents, who brought them up to be fiercely proud of their mixed race heritage

Maryam Golding rarely gets her three eldest sons together round the dinner table at her small west London flat. Her boys have extraordinary reasons to be busy. The last time the whole family was crowded into the living room, her middle son was celebrating winning the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst, his younger brother was between performances with the Royal Ballet and his older brother, an artist, was back from a sell-out residency in Dubai.

Raised in a Tottenham council house, all troublemakers at school, the three have gone on to penetrate some of the world’s most prestigious institutions: Solomon, 22, is the first black British male dancer in the Royal Ballet, Kidane, 24, rose through basic army training to graduate with the top prize at the Royal Military Academy in April and Amartey, 27, has the patronage of the Dubai royal family.

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Donald Owens mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:30:26 GMT
Frieda Hughes: ‘I felt my parents were stolen’
Frieda Hughes is a painter and poet. She is also the daughter of two giants of the literary world, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and didn’t read her parents’ poetry until her mid-30s

Frieda Hughes is thumbing through her first book of poetry, trying to find the poem she wrote about the poems her father, Ted Hughes, wrote about her mother, Sylvia Plath. “It’s called Birds. It describes the poet as a penguin, nursing the egg his wife has left him, and the skuas that kill and feed on baby penguins. I wrote it about my father and Birthday Letters [the collection of poems Hughes wrote in response to Plath’s suicide]. But when my father read it, he said he thought it was a poem about me. I look at it now and think he’s right.”

Her voice, as she reads the poem aloud, is deep and low; eerily resonant of the voice of her mother, who was recorded reading her Ariel poems a few months before her death. She gassed herself in an oven in the middle of the night, leaving out bread and milk as breakfast for the sleeping Frieda and her one-year-old brother.

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Wayne Powell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Rose Tremain: Truth, insomnia and waiting for inspiration in Norwich John Lewis

The author describes her lettuce-fuelled writing regime, and recuperating with a latte and a cheese scone

Stephen King, in his brutal novel Misery, about a writer first rescued from a car wreck by a crazed fan and then imprisoned and mutilated by her, has his protagonist pronounce that there is only one question which the writer of fiction keeps on asking: Can I? This question isn’t just about plot; it hides a more complex question about truth, namely: does my way forward from here feel truthful and real to the reader? And, in my view, every novelist’s working day turns around this necessary interrogation.

There are days when I am able to get nearer truthfulness than others. If I’m feeling tired or emotionally fragile, I know that my capacity to see with an unflinching eye is likely to be compromised. Thus, the success or failure of my day is set before it begins, according to how much sleep I’ve managed to get. I have always been an atrocious sleeper. At my boarding school I was the last girl awake in the dormitory, night after night. So I couldn’t say that any two days are exactly the same. Writing with a bad sleep deficit feels like sitting an exam for which I’ve done no revision.

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Steven Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Why I love… Zendaya

Your tween relatives might have seen her in Shake It Up or KC Undercover

‘Age-appropriate” is a red flag for me. When certain people say it, you know it’s being deployed in service of curtailing fun. Leopard print? Wear it until you’re 99, I say. Short shorts? Your business! This magnanimity is partly down to the full-on crush I have on an age-inappropriate celebrity: 19‑year‑old actor and singer Zendaya. She seems like a really cool bean.

First stop on the introduction to Zendaya tour? Your tween relatives. They might have seen her in Shake It Up on the Disney Channel (she played Rocky, a background dancer on a local TV show. So meta!). Or perhaps in KC Undercover (she plays KC, a maths genius and teen spy-in-training).

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Douglas Simmons mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 21:53:53 GMT
Andrew Davies: my Les Misérables will be nothing like 'shoddy farrago' musical

Speaking at Hay festival, veteran writer, who adapted War & Peace for the BBC, said Victor Hugo’s novel needs a champion

Andrew Davies’s next historical novel adaptation for the BBC will be Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables – but nothing like the “shoddy farrago” of the musical.

The adapter of Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and most recently War & Peace gave his frank opinion of the stage and film musical to an audience at the second day of the Hay Festival.

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Mark Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:30:29 GMT
TV presenter Gethin Jones: 'I love a good suit'

The TV and radio host on stylists, sharp suits and Saturday night shirts

If I’m on TV, I make a real effort to get ready. When I go out, I want to relax a bit more. It’s a quick shower, a bit of moisturiser and I’m done in 15 minutes. I host a beauty awards every year, and one of the main reasons I do it is the goody bag: I’ve never seen anything that makes my sister quite so happy.

I was introduced to the Murad range through it. I recommend their mattifying moisturiser to all my girlfriends. At first, they take the mickey, but then they use it and say, “Oh my god, this is amazing.”

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Ronald Cole mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:27:45 GMT
Nelson Mandela's cash bequests handed out two years after his death

Former president’s driver, personal assistant and grandchildren receive money but house in Qunu still part of legal battle

Nelson Mandela’s driver, his personal assistant and grandchildren have all received cash bequests from his will as executors of his estate carried out his final wishes more than two years after his death.

The South African hero’s family fought bitterly over his legacy before he died, and his house in Qunu, in Eastern Cape province, is subject to a dispute between his former wife Winnie and his family trust.

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Arthur Richardson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:30:26 GMT
Portraits of first world war soldiers – in pictures

Ross Coulthart’s poignant book The Lost Tommies rescues from oblivion previously unseen photos of British combatants near the western front

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Trunk bombs: South Africa's elephant street art – in pictures

South African graffiti artist Falko One’s street art project, Once Upon a Town, sees lively elephant murals storming the walls of neglected neighbourhoods. “I want to make people happy,” he says. “The aim is for these communities to feel pride. The happiness in the form of the bright colours must interrupt the blandness.” The elephants, which appear to be interacting with their environment, are as much for One himself as they are for the locals. “It’s my happy little island away from all the other art do. We all need balance, and the elephants are heavy enough to balance out what’s weighing me down on the other side.”

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Harold Phillips mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:12:15 GMT
Black Dog: Dave McKean delves into the dreams of war artist Paul Nash – in pictures

As part of the first world war centenary art project 14-18 Now, comic book artist and filmmaker Dave McKean – most known for his cover art for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series – has produced a graphic-novel biography of painter Paul Nash, whose dreamlike – or nightmarish – depictions of war explored the psychological scarring that still haunts soldiers today

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Steve Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Out of this world: the surreal deserts of the United States – in pictures

The barren landscapes of the south-western US provided inspiration for photographer David Clapp. He visited Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona as part of his project on other-worldy locations, with surreal results

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Lawrence Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:33:36 GMT
The 20 photographs of the week

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the violent demonstrations in France, Chile and Nairobi, the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Paul Roberts mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Modern Toss

The London festival of architecture begins on Wednesday

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Ronald Lee mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:53:29 GMT
Eyewitness: Falluja, Iraq

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Mark Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
'When I have my period I'm not allowed to … ': girls in Nepal share their photo diaries – in pictures

To mark menstrual hygiene day on Saturday, WaterAid gave cameras to girls in the Sindhuli district in south-east Nepal to document the restrictions imposed on them during their period. From not being allowed to touch flowers or fruit, to having to eat away from their families and stay elsewhere, here are some of the images they took

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Douglas James mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:18:51 GMT
And now for something completely pop-up: Monty Python celebrated in Leeds

From silly walks to twisted tapestries, Leeds is hosting a tribute to Monty Python, featuring work from international artists. At Northern Monk Brewery, 27–29 May

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Vincent Foster mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Penzance and Pontypridd get their lidos back – in pictures

It’s a happy day for outdoor swimmers as Cornwall’s glorious art deco Jubilee pool and Wales’ only remaining open-air lido reopen on Saturday after multi-million pound refurbishments

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Roy Hughes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:45:17 GMT
Homes in converted schools – in pictures

Do your homework before picking from a listed cottage in Scotland and a flat in south London

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Benjamin Long mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 15:00:07 GMT
'During the gig, David Bowie told the crowd he was retiring. People were crying'

Malcolm Green greets David Bowie as he arrives at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, 3 July 1973

I had been a David Bowie fan since Hunky Dory was released in 1971. Back then, he was a cult figure, but with his worldwide Ziggy Stardust tour, he’d hit the mainstream. This was the final show of that tour, at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

That day, I skived off school with four or five friends, jumped on a bus from Wembley and bought tickets off some touts. We’d earned the money working extra hours the previous weekend at Wembley market: I was on a stall selling high-waisted flares. That day in Hammersmith, I was wearing my mum’s black velour “budgie” jacket, black velour flares and red platform boots. I was 13.

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