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Labour conference: delegates to vote on antisemitism and leadership contest rule changes - live

Rolling coverage of events at the Labour conference in Brighton

At a fringe meeting last night John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said the party had to be ready for the possibility of a run on the pound if it takes office. As the BBC reports he said:

We’re not going to be a traditional government; we’re going to be a radical government.

We’re going to face all the challenges ... and we’ve got to scenario-plan for those, bringing the relevant expertise together at every level to talk through what happens if there is such and such a reaction.

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09/26/2017 12:24 PM
England’s Ben Stokes arrested in Bristol after win over West Indies
• All-rounder released under investigation and out of fourth ODI
• Alex Hales also helping police with their inquries over incident

The England all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested on Monday morning in Bristol and will not be available for the fourth ODI against West Indies.

Team-mate Alex Hales will also miss Wednesday’s match after agreeing to return to Bristol and help police with their inquiries into the incident.

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09/26/2017 12:11 PM
Bank warned not to raise interest rates amid squeeze on households

Ex-MPC member David Blanchflower says there is ‘absolutely no basis’ for Bank of England to raise rates as early as November

The Bank of England has been warned against raising interest rates from as early as November, as a monthly Guardian analysis of the economy indicates pressure growing on households in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

One year since Threadneedle Street’s emergency rate cut to 0.25% from 0.5% to avert a post-Brexit vote recession, the Guardian’s tracker of economic news paints a tougher picture for consumers. As the Bank prepares to reverse the cut with the first rate hike in a decade, senior economists have warned against raising the cost of borrowing for consumers pinched by low wage growth.

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09/26/2017 11:00 AM
Liz Dawn, Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth, dies aged 77

Actor, who starred in long-running ITV soap for 34 years, has died at home, her family announces

Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street for 34 years, has died aged 77.

A statement from her family said the actor had died peacefully on Monday night. “We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn,” said the family.

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09/26/2017 11:07 AM
'Height of hypocrisy' - Clinton calls out Trump team over private email reports

Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law among six administration figures who reportedly used private email accounts for White House business

At least six senior Trump administration figures have used private email accounts for official White House business, according to various media reports.

Related: Republican plan to defeat Obamacare looks doomed as Susan Collins says no to bill

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09/26/2017 11:20 AM
Guggenheim Museum pulls three artworks featuring animals after threats of violence

Works in an exhibition of Chinese art that included reptiles eating insects and dogs on a treadmill are removed from show in New York following outcry

New York’s Guggenheim Museum will remove three art pieces from an upcoming show featuring Chinese conceptual artists, amid accusations of animal cruelty and repeated threats of violence.

The museum will not exhibit three pieces during Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World – two videos featuring live animals and a sculpture that includes live insects and lizards – over “concern for the safety of its staff, visitors and participating artists”.

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09/26/2017 07:33 AM
Trump finally responds to Puerto Rico crisis, saying island has 'massive debt'

President’s belated response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in US territory seems to blame islanders for their own misfortune

It took Donald Trump five full days to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on the lives of 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico, and when he finally did so his comments on Twitter were so devoid of empathy it threatened to spark a new controversy.

Related: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – in pictures

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09/26/2017 04:15 AM
Tony Booth, actor and campaigner, dies aged 85

Star of Till Death Us Do Part was married four times and had eight daughters including Cherie Booth

The actor Tony Booth, who starred in the 1960s TV sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died aged 85.

Booth married four times and had eight daughters, including Cherie, who is married to the former prime minister Tony Blair.. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004 and had also suffered heart problems.

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09/26/2017 11:31 AM
Belfast workers 'holding their breath' for verdict in Bombardier trade dispute

Thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland at risk if US authorities side with rival plane maker Boeing over state subsidies

Unions said Bombardier’s workers in Belfast were “holding their breath” as they await the verdict of US authorities on a trade dispute between the Canadian firm and its rival plane maker Boeing, the repercussions of which could put at risk about 4,000 jobs in Northern Ireland.

The US Commerce Department is expected to announce its decision on Tuesday, after American firm Boeing alleged in April that Bombardier received unfair state subsidies from Canada and the UK, allowing it to sell its C-series passenger jets at below cost in the US.

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09/26/2017 11:19 AM
Plane crash that killed UN boss 'may have been caused by aircraft attack'

Exclusive: US and UK intercepts could hold answer to 1961 accident in Africa that killed Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others

A UN report into the death of its former secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash in central Africa has found that there is a “significant amount of evidence” that his flight was brought down by another aircraft.

The report, delivered to the current secretary general, António Guterres, last month, took into account previously undisclosed information provided by the US, UK, Belgian, Canadian and German governments.

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09/26/2017 09:41 AM
Fantasist jailed for 39 years for murdering man during sex session

Jason Marshall, already serving 16 years for attacks in Italy, sentenced over torture and killing of Peter Fasoli in Northolt, London

A sadistic fantasist has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 39 years for murdering a vulnerable gay man in his home while posing as an MI5 agent.

Jason Marshall, 29, stripped Peter Fasoli, 58, and gagged and smothered him with cling film, before stealing cash and cards from the victim and setting light to his flat to cover his tracks in January 2013.

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09/26/2017 11:23 AM
‘Sugar daddy’ website targeting Belgian students faces legal fight

Ministers accuse Richmeetbeautiful of inciting debauchery and prostitution after posters appear near Brussels campuses

Belgian ministers have said they will take legal action in an attempt to force a website that links young women and rich men to remove huge adverts near the country’s universities.

Trucks bearing large posters promoting Richmeetbeautiful, which describes itself as a “sugar daddy and sugar baby dating site”, have appeared on the outskirts of campuses in Brussels in recent days. The promotional campaign suggests: “Improve your style of life. Get a sugar daddy”.

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09/26/2017 09:43 AM
As the media obsess over Brexit, they’re missing Labour’s revolution | Owen Jones
Activists once treated as embarrassments are being empowered to overthrow the old guard, and are preparing to take the party to victory

A peaceful revolution by the beach: that’s the scene at Labour’s Brighton conference. People who were marginalised, ignored and disparaged by British politics are now the masters of the official opposition. The mood last year was flat; this year, pulsing with energy. The delegates don’t know when an election will be called – but then, the prime minister can’t be sure either. This year the upbeat mood is borne out in the conviction that the party has every chance of marching into government – and with the most transformative agenda since Clement Attlee.

Momentum has been widely disparaged and demonised by the much of the press, but it has spearheaded Labour’s dramatic transformation. The conference fringe used to be a dry, rather technocratic affair, dominated by top tables of “experts”, MPs and flat question and answer sessions. Momentum’s The World Transformed has discussions on everything from the nature of work, the housing crisis and rebuilding Britain’s democracy to the challenges facing a radical left government. But it’s done in a participatory way: meetings break out into groups to discuss and debate the issue at hand.

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09/26/2017 11:15 AM
Will the Menendez murders become America's next true-crime TV hit?

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders revisits a crime that shocked the US and tries to follow in the footsteps of The People v OJ Simpson

It has been 25 years since the Menendez brothers graced the American evening news, and one wonders if television audiences will really remember very much about them. It’s doubtful enough people will recall them enough to make Law & Order: True Crime’s version of The Menendez Murders – which starts Tuesday on NBC – the nostalgia-fest that American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson was. The crime was big news when it aired and then vanished afterwards, a taste for alleged evil very easily forgotten. The story was about rich people, who were not particularly interesting.

Related: True crime makes great TV. But must it linger on women’s corpses? | Rebecca Nicholson

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09/26/2017 12:00 PM
Remember this about Donald Trump. He knows the depths of American bigotry | Gary Younge

Though the US president is under attack over the NFL players’ protest, he has a loyal base, and understands how to fuel their prejudices

Two Sundays ago, after a night of tense confrontations, police in St Louis trooped through the city chanting: “Whose streets? Our streets.” They were mocking marchers protesting at the acquittal of a former police officer, who had fatally shot a black man after a high-speed pursuit. This in the city just a few miles away from Ferguson, where Michael Brown was shot dead in the middle of the day in 2014.

Then last Friday, Donald Trump went to Alabama and branded NFL players who have been expressing their support for Black Lives Matter by kneeling during the pre-game national anthem, “sons of bitches”. To cheers from the crowd, he said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired. He’s fired! … Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. Everything that we stand for.” This in the state that kept its local ban on interracial marriage until 2000.

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
This island is not for sale: how Eigg fought back

Small islands have always been objects of desire for a certain kind of man ambitious to rule his own tiny nation. One Hebridean isle asserted its independence, but can its way of life survive? By Patrick Barkham

“It’s the difference between black-and-white TV and colour,” said Brian Greene. “That’s what it was like after the revolution.” Greene was giving me a lift in his dilapidated Peugeot along Eigg’s only road, waving at every passerby. It was the kind of explosive Highland summer day when butterflies jinked out of the steaming greenery and every foxglove, fuchsia and yellow flag iris seemed to have simultaneously burst into flower.

Small islands are like celebrities: they loom far larger than their actual size, they are pored over by visitor-fans and they become public possessions, laden with reputations and attributes they may or may not embody. The Hebridean island of Eigg is second to St Kilda as the most famous of the smaller British isles. While St Kilda is renowned for its extinction as a place of human settlement, Eigg is celebrated for its rebirth. After overthrowing its eccentric, authoritarian owner two decades ago, this 31 sq km (12 sq mile) patch of moor and mountain was reborn as what is sometimes mockingly called the People’s Republic of Eigg. This triumph of David versus Goliath has forged an apparently inspirational, sustainable community of 100 people. On first glance, it appears at once industriously creative and attractively lackadaisical: colourful houses, gardens filled with strawberry patches, hammocks made from old fishing nets and swings from old pink buoys.

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09/26/2017 05:00 AM
The Vietnam War review – Ken Burns makes a complex story immediately comprehensible

The famed documentary-maker and his collaborator Lynn Novick bring their brand of meticulous, epic documentary to the murky story of the US’s embroilment in south-east Asia

In the opening sequence of The Vietnam War (BBC4), grainy footage rolls backwards: bombs fall up, riot police back away from protesters, villages and draft cards reconstitute themselves out of the flames. This sequence drags the viewer back in time, beyond some indeterminate point where history takes on the imprint of inevitability. Let’s stop looking at the Vietnam war through the prism of subsequent events, it says. Let’s remember what happened.

The release of a new 10-part Ken Burns documentary is always a big deal, although this one seems particularly timely. He shares the directing credit with long-time collaborator Lynn Novick, who probably isn’t getting enough attention for her contribution, but Burns’s name is so indelibly associated with a certain style of film-making it’s almost an adjective. In fact, the “Ken Burns effect” is the name commonly used for the editing software option that allows you to pan and zoom across still photographs, mimicking the technique so extensively deployed in his most famous documentary, The Civil War.

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
'It's really shocking': UK cities refusing to reveal extent of pseudo-public space

City administrations in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and seven others decline to outline the spread of privately owned public areas, or their secret prohibitions – which may include protesting or taking photos

Many of Britain’s largest cities are refusing to reveal information regarding the private ownership of seemingly public spaces, the Guardian has discovered, fuelling concerns about a growing democratic deficit within local city government.

A Guardian Cities investigation earlier this summer revealed for the first time the spread of pseudo-public space in London – large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers – and an almost complete lack of transparency over secret restrictions imposed by corporations that limit the rights of citizens passing through their sites.

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09/26/2017 06:30 AM
From Homer Simpson to Hank Kingsley: TV's greatest catchphrases ranked

The perfect soundbite can make a great show iconic. Here are the very best

A television catchphrase is a powerful thing; nail the wording and intonation and it can propel a character into immortality. For instance, if it wasn’t for “Aaay!” people would primarily know the Fonz as a creepy middle-aged man who desperately wanted to be best friends with some teenagers. So, what are the 10 greatest catchphrases in television history? I’m glad you asked. Here they are.

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09/26/2017 08:00 AM
How banana skins turned on the lights in Lagos ... and then turned them off again

For a while it looked as if a plan to turn fruit waste into electricity might bring light for a giant Nigerian market – but then, like so many other power plans, nothing happened. When will renewables really come on line?

Two kids run across the road shouting, “Thief! Thief!” as a big rat races away into a nearby hole for refuge. It has rained and the drains are clogged with waste: the water pools on the road and fills the potholes along the thoroughfare leading to Lagos’s famous Ikosi fruit market.

One of the largest of its kind in the city, the market is a popular spot for trading vegetables and fruit like pineapples, bananas and plantains. But here, like most parts of Nigeria, there is rarely a steady power supply – according to the World Bank, 75 million people in a country of 186 million don’t have access to electricity.

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Netflix, no! What's that penis doing on kids' TV?

Call me coddled, but cartoons on streaming sites are explicitly unsuitable for children. Their mantra seems to be: it’s never too soon to show genitals or bombs

It just got slightly harder to see a penis on Netflix. An episode of Maya the Bee, the animated preschool adaptation of a 105-year-old German book about a happy bee, has been yanked from the service after parents noticed a line drawing of an erect penis daubed on a log. And it is unmistakably a penis. It’s so explicit that the studio behind Maya the Bee is taking legal action against the artist responsible.

Which is funny or horrifying, depending on what you consider appropriate for young children. But the episode does still underline what a rollercoaster it is to watch children’s television on streaming services like Netflix. Unlike, say, CBeebies, where every frame of every show is parsed to ensure that it promotes a healthy message of educational inclusivity, the kids’ fare on streaming services is held to a much less stringent standard.

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09/26/2017 10:28 AM
David Squires on … fans bravely persisting with their Romelu Lukaku song

Our resident cartoonist ties takes a look at that chant, the FA, the EFL and something looming that we can all take cheer from

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09/26/2017 10:14 AM
The Premiership’s injury price tag is mounting and attitudes need to change | Robert Kitson
You can tell things are in danger of getting out of hand when several clubs turn up for round four of the season with a third of their squads already sidelined

It is approaching 40 years, remarkably, since two tone music was in vogue and The Specials were topping the charts with Too Much Too Young. The lyrics related to teenage motherhood not professional club rugby, which did not yet exist, but they still sprang to mind over the weekend. Too much pain, too many rugby players going off prematurely, too many contenders for an arthritic (or worse) old age.

You can tell things are in danger of getting out of hand when several clubs turn up for round four of the Premiership season with a third of their squads already sidelined. Wasps have been heavily hit, the table-topping Exeter Chiefs even more so. Worcester Warriors are a casualty ward dressed up as a professional sporting team. In the Harlequins v Leicester game the England flanker Chris Robshaw was knocked out, there were two further failed head injury assessments and his colleagues Mike Brown and Marcus Smith also limped into England’s training camp in Oxford. It is not yet October.

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09/26/2017 10:40 AM
Joe Root’s reluctance to bat No3 leaves England selectors in a tangle | The Spin
England are going to be casting for Ashes roles during their warm-up matches, which is a little close to opening night to be running auditions, but there is a simple solution

Sir Gubby Allen was not, in the delicate phrase of one of his biographers, a “naturally penitent man”. Allen, England captain and MCC president, was also the chair of selectors between 1955 and 1962. It was Allen who persuaded Peter May to recall Cyril Washbrook to play against Australia at Headingley in 1956. Washbrook was 41, and hadn’t played a Test in so long that he was serving as one of the selectors himself. “The press went to town,” Allen wrote, but Washbrook made 98, and England won. As Allen recalled it, the spectators raised three cheers for the chair of selectors after the match. Which must be one of the few recorded instances of a public display of gratitude for men who work one of the more thankless jobs in cricket.

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
The unlikely rise and fall of the strangest village football club in Europe

Chmel Blsany – a club from a tiny Czech village – won seven promotions in 25 years, reached the promised land and then disappeared on their 70th birthday

By Andrew Flint for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network

It was hard to tell what was more disconcerting: the abrupt sign warning that firearms were banned or the eerie emptiness that enveloped the ground. Although piercing sunshine blazed all around, an uneasy chill could be felt at the disrepair and neglect surrounding what must have been the main entrance of the ground. Ticket office windows were smashed, rusting roller shutters were clinging to their fittings and the souvenir shop had clearly not been opened in some time.

Just finding the stadium had been a challenge. Stepping off the bus in the deserted main square, there wasn’t the slightest sign of life, never mind a sign to the home of the local football club. Despite the glorious golden summer drenching the whitewashed church and cobbled pavement, not a soul breathed and not a leaf stirred. A small cluster of plastic tables lay unoccupied outside the only bar in sight as a lone tractor grumbled and rumbled on down the hill, seemingly intent on leaving the sleepy vacuum behind.

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09/26/2017 09:07 AM
County cricket: Jennings to leave Durham for Lancashire, plus day two of final round – live!

Middlesex all out for 142! So Somerset lead by 94 and take one more bonus point from the game. Therefore, Middlesex need to avoid defeat to survive.

Proper bowler.

REPLAY: That is maximum bowling points for Somerset!!#SOMvMID pic.twitter.com/iibLvCqjKB

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09/26/2017 12:22 PM
LeBron James joins NFL in hitting back at Trump: 'The people run this country'
  • League spokesman says protest gestures represent ‘real locker-room talk’
  • James says country is not run by individual ‘and damn sure not him’

A day after players across the NFL defied Donald Trump with gestures of protest during the national anthem, and as the president continued to tweet his anger, a league spokesman hit back by invoking the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexual assault.

“Everyone should know, including the president, that this is what real locker-room talk is,” said the NFL’s Joe Lockhart, referring to Trump’s defense of a leaked tape in which he bragged about groping and kissing women without their consent.

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09/25/2017 04:51 PM
How supporting Everton made Liverpool mayor’s role in new ground a tricky one
Joe Anderson has come under fire for giving financial backing to the club’s new stadium but as a man described as a ‘divisive figure’ explains in an exclusive book extract, the decision was made for right and proper reasons

On the wall of Joe Anderson’s resplendent waterfront office is a copy of an oil painting by Walter Richards entitled Modern Liverpool, 1907. Amid the dark industrial colours of Victorian squalor, you can see St Nicholas’s church and its green lawn where bodies were once buried in a plague pit. You can see the red bricks of the nearby Grade II listed Albion House where five years later the names of Titanic’s deceased were read out from a balcony. Nearly all the notable landmarks are there too: the Albert Dock back when it was a working dock rather than a tourist destination as it is now, Lime Street Station and the railway lines leading out towards the soot-covered roofs of Wavertree; the magnificent St George’s Hall and the overhead railway.

What isn’t there is either of the city’s two cathedrals, nor – most significantly – the Cunard Building, where Anderson’s office is currently located. Anderson is taking me around the image, pointing out the changes. “See, the two buildings next to an open plot of land where the Cunard is, are the Port of Liverpool and the Liver Building,” he tells me. “When they went up people objected to them because they were too high. Now, the three buildings are called the Three Graces”.

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09/26/2017 12:20 PM
England women look to move into new territory after the Sampson scandal | Suzanne Wrack
The huge media attention generated by the England manager’s sacking has demonstrated women’s football is now operating at a different level

As spring drew to a close, many opinion pieces sang about this being the breakthrough summer for women’s sport. With Euro 2017, the women’s Rugby World Cup and the cricket World Cup taking place unobscured by a major men’s competition, coupled with some of the most competitive England teams in recent history, expectations were rightfully high. And the sport did not disappoint. Thrilling performances took place in all three as coverage of women’s sport reached an all-time high. Each England team came away from this summer with their heads held high. Rightfully, the relevant sporting bodies hoped to capitalise on an increase in interest in their sports at the domestic level.

Related: Mark Sampson departs amid a flurry of FA buck-passing and confusion

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09/26/2017 09:52 AM
Talking Horses: Warwick jumps back into life plus Tuesday's tips

After a four-month break racing returns to Warwick with a competitive card to gladden the hearts of National Hunt fans

The return of racing at Warwick on Tuesday afternoon after a four-month break will gladden the hearts of National Hunt fans, and the jumpers will take the baton from the Flat in just a few weeks’ time.

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09/26/2017 09:37 AM
Eden Hazard’s portrait of his ideal player: Terry’s leadership and Benteke’s heading
From game vision to free kicks, the Chelsea and Belgium forward selects the attributes which make up his perfect footballer

As Eden Hazard prepares to face Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Chelsea and Belgium forward has been asked to select a portrait of his ideal player in a feature for France Football magazine. Made up of some of the leading stars in modern football including Cesc Fàbregas and Christian Eriksen, here is a selection of his answers.

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09/26/2017 10:10 AM
Trump is 'delusional' says San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich – video

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump 'delusional' over his reaction to NFL players and staff linking arms during the national anthem. Trump identified this display as 'tremendous solidarity' when it was widely explained as a protest against his attacks on the NFL and its players. Popovich has become the latest high-profile figure to speak out against Trump's comments

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09/26/2017 09:53 AM
Harry's game: the stats firing Kane's ambition to match Messi and Ronaldo

The Big Two have rewritten the record books and redefined the concept of productivity, but the Spurs striker is fast achieving superstar status too

To Harry Kane it is a numbers game and, like every football fan in Europe, the Tottenham Hotspur striker is in awe of those posted by two players in particular. You know who they are. There was a time when a goalscorer would be feted for getting 20 in a league season; for reaching a ratio of one in every two matches. That was in the era before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Big Two have redefined the concept of productivity. What they have done and are doing is, quite simply, freakish. Messi, for example, has scored 96 goals in 116 Champions League games; Ronaldo 107 in 141. And what about their records in La Liga? Since Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009, he has scored 285 goals in 267 matches. In the corresponding period, Messi has 304 goals in 279 games for Barcelona.

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09/25/2017 09:30 PM
Four Tests in 18 months: New Zealand’s schedule a harbinger of what is to come | Tim Wigmore

The Black Caps’ fixture list is best understood as a glimpse of the future – not just for the country, but for the wider cricketing world

Meet New Zealand, the ghost Test cricket team. From March 2017 to October 2018, the side will play a paltry four Tests in 18 months. In the same period Joe Root, one of Kane Williamson’s biggest rivals for the mantle of the best Test batsman in the world, will play 21 Tests for England.

Understandably, senior players are privately bemoaning the paucity of five-day action. The little Test cricket that is being played is also being pushed to the margins of early December and the end of March, a soft flatbread to the 13 ODIs and 10 T20s that fill the meaty chunk of New Zealand’s summer.

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09/25/2017 06:00 PM
British bobsleigh driver attacks decision to cut funding for women’s team
• Mica McNeill says decision to keep three men’s teams is ‘confusing’
• UK Sport monitoring bobsleigh’s governing body after ‘overspend’

The decision to continue funding all three men’s British bobsleigh teams while cutting financial backing for the only women’s crew has been branded “confusing” by the driver who started an online campaign to keep her Olympic dream afloat.

Mica McNeill said she wants people at the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association to be held accountable after financial “mismanagement” led to a £50,000 overspend at the governing body.

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09/25/2017 08:45 PM
Premier League TV rights: Simon Green backs BT to fend off Silicon Valley threat

BT Sport’s main man doubts digital giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Netflix are ready to try and muscle into the broadcasting-rights market

If Simon Green is concerned about the prediction that Premier League TV rights are about to get billions of pounds more expensive then he is not showing it. The head of BT Sport is noticeably anxious but only because it is the broadcaster’s busiest live night in history.

At its cavernous studios on an industrial park in east London, runners and producers buzz around as Gary Lineker records the opening sequence, pausing briefly to pose for a photograph for his Instagram feed. It is the first round of the Champions League with Chelsea, Manchester United and Celtic all at home and a crack team of pundits assembled. Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand are already in makeup with Steven Gerrard hurrying down from Liverpool slightly later because he has been coaching the club’s under-18 team.

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09/26/2017 07:29 AM
World Rugby criticises call for scrum and tackle ban in school sport
  • Experts call for ban on ‘harmful contact’ to reduce injury risk
  • World Rugby questions data on which claims are based

World Rugby has criticised the claims in a study calling for tackling and scrums to be banned in school sport.

Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University argued in the British Medical Journal that most injuries in youth rugby occur due to the collision elements of the game.

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09/26/2017 11:50 AM
I spent a year undercover with the far right. We must not let their hatred spread | Patrik Hermansson
Constant exposure to extreme racists was a numbing experience – after a while, I learned to live with unthinkably toxic ideas. The danger is that we all will
• Patrik Hermansson is a Hope Not Hate researcher

For the past year, I have been living a dual life. To my friends, I am Patrik, a 25-year-old gay man studying for my master’s in London. To those inside a terrifying and violently race-obsessed world, I have been “Erik”, a dissatisfied Swede who came to London inspired by Brexit and to get away from the liberal bias of Swedish universities.

On behalf of Hope not Hate, as it launches in America, I have spent 13 months infiltrating the upper echelons of the “alt-right”, a movement with strongly antisemitic, conspiracy- and race-obsessed far-right members, which has tentacles across the world, online and off. Its core belief is that “white identity” is under attack and its influence has reached as far as the White House.

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09/26/2017 12:23 PM
Wind power is now cheaper than nuclear – the energy revolution is happening | John Sauven
Far-sighted government policy means the cost of offshore wind energy has halved. The benefits in terms of climate change and UK jobs will be enormous

In March I went to see Henrik Poulsen, the boss of Dong Energy, in Copenhagen. Never heard of him or his company? You are not alone, but the chances are he is keeping your lights on. The largely unknown story of his company is worth telling because it is genuinely revolutionary.

Dong stands for Danish oil and natural gas. It was, like Shell and BP, involved in fossil fuel exploration and production. But in less than a decade it has become an 85% offshore wind company, and is divesting its coal, oil and gas interests. By 2023, Dong Energy will be very close to zero carbon. That is a pretty staggering transformation in a very short space of time.

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09/26/2017 09:50 AM
What is Labour’s position on Brexit? It’s time Corbyn told us | Richard Angell
On this vital issue, the leader must decide whether to stand with his old Bennite, Eurosceptic colleagues, or his younger, pro-EU supporters

There is a truism in politics that “when you decide, you divide”. The row about debating Brexit openly at the Labour party conference this year has shown that this is one of the new realities facing Jeremy Corbyn, as it becomes apparent that the creative fudge that got the party through the 2017 general election won’t get Labour into government.

Related: Corbyn is a changed man – and he’s forging a path to power | Polly Toynbee

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09/26/2017 08:48 AM
Chips, chocolate and coffee – our food crops face mass extinction too

It’s not just animals, many seed crops are also endangered. So why is agrobiodiversity so overlooked? This valuable source of affordable, nutritious food could disappear if we don’t act

• Read more: Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

A “sixth mass extinction” is already under way, scientists are now warning us. Species such as the Bengal tiger and blue whale are vanishing at an alarming rate, and mournful eulogies are being written on how those born in 20 years’ time may never see an African elephant. But who is writing the eulogy for our food? Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply – known as agrobiodiversity ­– are just as endangered and are getting almost no attention.

Take some consumer favourites: chips, chocolate and coffee. Up to 22% of wild potato species are predicted to become extinct by 2055 due to climate change. In Ghana and Ivory Coast, where the raw ingredient for 70% of our chocolate is grown, cacao trees will not be able to survive as temperatures rise by two degrees over the next 40 years. Coffee yields in Tanzania have dropped 50% since 1960.

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09/26/2017 05:01 AM
Why do millennials insist on living in the past? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
The revival of Polaroids is deserved on merit, but most of my generation’s obsessions are borrowed from the boomers. That’s no way to carve an identity

As of this month, Polaroid is back. The launch of Polaroid Originals – a new brand dedicated to analogue instant photography, reflects what the press release claims is a growing demand for instant film that “goes beyond nostalgia … in today’s fast-paced, digital world, a tangible object outside of your phone screen becomes a valued artefact”.

Related: A return for Pat Sharp and Fun House? Don’t fall for the nostalgia trap | Phoebe-Jane Boyd

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09/26/2017 08:00 AM
Why I needed to let my little brother die | Cathy Rentzenbrink

The families of people in a persistent vegetative state will now be spared the ordeal of a lengthy court case. This was the right decision

My little brother Matty was knocked over by a car on his way home from a snooker hall near Snaith in Yorkshire in 1990. He was 16 and we desperately wanted him to survive.

If Matty’s accident had happened a few years earlier he would have died in the road – but he was intubated, resuscitated, and had some holes drilled in his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain. So he remained in a critical condition for a few days, and then opened his eyes at the rate of a few millimetres a day, and that was really all he ever did. He couldn’t go to rehabilitation because there was nothing to rehabilitate. So we brought him home and built a bungalow extension on to the pub where we lived, and carried on hoping and dreaming that if we loved him enough we could reverse his brain damage.

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09/26/2017 07:00 AM
Puerto Rico is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Where is the media? | Susanne Ramirez de Arellano

The destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria has received relatively little attention. Are our disasters not important enough?

Hurricane Maria - the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 89 years – devastated the island when it hit early Wednesday morning. If the US government doesn’t act swiftly, 3.5 million people will face a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

Currently, large swathes of the island have no water, power or cell phone coverage. An incredible 1,360 out of 1,600 cellphone towers are down. According to some reports, it could take four to six months for electricity to be restored. Hospitals and other emergency services are struggling to cope.

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Corbyn is a changed man – and he’s forging a path to power | Polly Toynbee
This year’s conference shows Labour has been transformed by electoral success and Tory disarray over Brexit. Its leaders look more credible by the day

“We are the grown-ups now.” So said several speakers. In the grotesque political playground of Brexit Britain, Labour has indeed become the nation’s adults, the sensibles, the party least likely to wreck the country’s future. How short a time ago Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell were regarded as delinquent adolescents who had never grown out of the 1970s. They may be the masters soon.

What a transformation. Remember how early in the general election campaign they fell 11 points behind in dismal local council results? Whatever Labour leaders say sourly now to those of us who feared the worst, waiting for that exit poll in June they too were braced for heavy losses, never expecting a crushing humiliation for Theresa May.

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09/25/2017 07:30 PM
Ministers are suffering from ‘Pisa-envy’ and think the cure is for children to learn more and more facts | Michael Rosen
Ministers appear to have Pisa-envy, concluding from the international tables that what children need is more and more facts

One of the features of being a parent of more than one child is that you can view the curriculum of an older child through the eyes of a younger one. On the basis of my observations, can I share with you my impressions of what’s happening in secondary education?

The story starts with Pisa-envy: the misplaced view that the international Pisa tables represent a useful and valid way to compare education systems, and that politicians should command a country to fit the Pisa worldview.

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09/26/2017 05:45 AM
Google Maps must improve if it wants cyclists to use it

Cyclists don’t just want the fastest route they want the safest or quietest – and information on bike parking would be a bonus

We all have different ways to navigate when lost – whether asking a stranger for help, consulting an old-school map or simply following our nose.

But on a bike, the stakes are higher. One wrong turn and you’re in gridlocked traffic, with two lanes between your bike and the nearest pavement. In this moment, cyclists can be divided into two types: the few who stay calm and embrace getting lost, and the rest of us, who turn to a navigation app.

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09/26/2017 06:15 AM
Private finance: a lousy way to run UK public services | David Walker

PFI deals have interest rates worthy of Wonga, inflexible contracts and high service charges, but it wouldn’t be easy to bring them back into the public fold

PFI has been a lousy deal. As estimated a few years ago, the UK state stands to pay £304bn to acquire assets with a 2012 capital value of £56bn – the kind of interest rate usually meted out to poor families by Wonga and Brighthouse.

Related: John McDonnell: Labour would bring PFI contracts 'back in-house'

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09/25/2017 05:25 PM
Martin Rowson on global rise of nationalism and the far right – cartoon
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09/25/2017 07:05 PM
Jihadist who left Manchester to fight with Isis 'may still be alive'

Raymond Matimba reportedly joined group of British jihadists that included Mohammed Emwazi, the executioner also known as Jihadi John

A jihadist who fled Manchester for Syria has been identified as a key member of a clique of British fighters that include the notorious Islamic State extremist Mohammed Emwazi, it has been reported.

Raymond Matimba is believed to have left Britain in 2014 to link up with terrorists in the region. According to the Daily Telegraph, he went on to join a group of high-profile British jihadists that included Emwazi, the executioner also known as Jihadi John. The newspaper also reports that Matimba had links to the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

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09/26/2017 09:41 AM
Surge in number of UK working mothers with dependent children

ONS points to stepchange as figures show 4.9m mothers with dependent children are in work in 2017, up from 3.7m in 1996

The number of mothers with dependent children employed in Britain has surged by more than a million over the past two decades, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics said there had been a step-change in the employment rate for working mothers since records began in 1996 with almost three-quarters of women with dependent children either in full-time or part-time work.

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09/26/2017 11:31 AM
Pound hits 10-week high against the euro amid German election fears - business live

Sterling has risen to €1.14 for the first time since early July

Earlier:

The Unite union is urging the UK government to raise its efforts to protect jobs at Bombardier’s Belfast factory.

Assistant general secretary Tony Burke says Bombardier workers are “holding their breath” ahead of today’s ruling on the trade dispute with Boeing.

“The prime minister and the government need to make it clear to Trump they will not stand back and watch our members jobs and our communities threatened like this.

“Mrs May needs to stand up for our members in the aerospace industry and for decent jobs and for manufacturing in the U.K.”

Related: US authorities to deliver verdict on Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is currently meeting the Unite union in Belfast to hear their fears over a legal ruling in the United States that could put thousands of jobs in peril at the Bombardier aerospace factory in the east of the city.

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09/26/2017 11:57 AM
University conferences at risk as academic speakers refused UK visas
Warnings Britain is closing the door on academic collaboration after a Nigerian lawyer and at least 14 overseas experts are denied entry for one event

When Christiana Ejura Attah, a barrister and academic from Nigeria, applied for a visa to speak at a renowned international African studies conference held at Cambridge University in September, she was denied entry to the UK.

British embassy officials decided Attah was likely not to return to Nigeria, because her husband, also an academic, had been granted a visa to the same three-day conference. Officials chose not to take into account that she would be leaving four children in Nigeria, or that she had a letter from her vice-chancellor at the Joseph Ayo Babalola University confirming her credentials and that she had been supported to make her UK visit with a £2,500 grant.

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
UK personal bank deposits growing at slowest rate since 2009

British consumers are dipping further into their savings amid a squeeze from rising prices and falling real wages, figures show

British consumers have been dipping further into their savings amid a squeeze from rising prices and falling real wages, figures show, as growth in personal bank deposits fell to the slowest annual rate since the height of the financial crisis.

Annual growth in personal deposits with high street banks fell to 2.2% in August, in the weakest month since May 2009, according to figures published by banking trade body UK Finance. There was also about £1bn withdrawn from cash Isa accounts, with tax changes allowing up to £1,000 of interest to be earned tax free.

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09/26/2017 09:49 AM
Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails

Exclusive: hackers may have accessed usernames, passwords and personal details of top accountancy firm’s blue-chip clients

One of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal.

Deloitte, which is registered in London and has its global headquarters in New York, was the victim of a cybersecurity attack that went unnoticed for months.

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09/25/2017 12:00 PM
Brexit weekly briefing: May's Florence speech fails to unblock talks

Once again the prime minister failed to say what kind of Brexit she wanted – only what kind she didn’t want

Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, a summary of developments as the UK heads towards the EU door marked “exit”. If you would like to receive it as a weekly early morning email, please sign up here.

You can listen to our latest Brexit Means podcast here. Also: producing the Guardian’s independent, in-depth journalism takes a lot of time and money. We do it because we believe our perspective matters – and it may be your perspective too.

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
Hospital bosses forced to chant 'we can do this' over A&E targets

Trust leaders say they were left feeling ‘bullied and humiliated’ by the incident at a meeting to improve performance

Hospital bosses were forced to chant “we can do this” by a senior NHS official in an effort to improve their accident and emergency performance in advance of what doctors have warned will be a tough winter for the NHS.

Hospital trust chief executives say they were left feeling “bullied, patronised and humiliated” by the incident last week at a meeting attended by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, and Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS in England.

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09/25/2017 06:17 PM
Drug dealer using dark web to sell fentanyl jailed for over 13 years

Police describe the case as first of its kind because of the sophisticated use of technology to sell class A drugs

A drug dealer who sold substances including the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl on the dark web has been jailed for more than 13 years.

In what was described by police as the first case of its kind because of the sophisticated use of technology, Ross Brennan, 28, was sentenced for conspiring with his university friend Aarron Gledhill, 30, to import and sell class A drugs.

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09/25/2017 05:12 PM
Labour pledge to bring PFI contracts in-house alarms business leaders

Shadow chancellor receives standing ovations at conference but CBI says plan could send investors ‘running for the hills’

Britain’s business groups have reacted with alarm to a pledge by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, to bring billions of pounds’ worth of PFI projects and their staff back under government control.

McDonnell received repeated standing ovations from Labour activists in Brighton as he rattled through the party’s manifesto pledges on the economy – including large-scale nationalisations and tax rises for business – and announced he would “bring existing PFI contracts back in-house.”

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09/26/2017 07:17 AM
Moped gang attacks prompt review of police pursuit rules

Concerns have been raised that officers might not pursue suspects, particularly those without a helmet, for fear of prosecution

A review of the law and practice regarding police pursuits is to be carried out to ensure officers feel they have the legal protection they need to go after moped and scooter gangs, the Home Office has announced.

There has been a spate of thefts and attacks by moped and motorbike gangs recently, in which necklaces, jewellery and phones have been snatched.

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09/25/2017 06:12 PM
City firms urge free trade agreement for financial services after Brexit

London and Frankfurt will lose out to New York and Singapore if UK and EU do not agree deal, says report

London and Frankfurt will lose out to New York and Singapore unless a free trade deal on financial services after Brexit is agreed, according to leading City businesses.

The report from key banks, law firms and fund managers in the UK proposes a “bespoke” free trade agreement once Britain leaves the EU.

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09/25/2017 11:01 PM
This summer was greenest ever for energy, says National Grid

Carbon emissions pushed to lowest level yet as first subsidy-free large solar power project opens in the UK

The UK has set a new landmark for clean energy after the National Grid announced that the electricity powering the UK’s homes and businesses this summer was the greenest ever.

The record comes as the first subsidy-free large solar power project opens in the UK, in what the government described as a significant moment for the energy sector.

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09/25/2017 11:01 PM
Strictly dances off with Saturday night viewing figures

BBC competition attracts audience of 9.4 million compared to an all-time low of 4.8 million for its rival, ITV’s X Factor

Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor have been battling it out for Saturday night audiences for 13 years, but the BBC show struck an unprecedented blow against its ITV rival last weekend by attracting almost 5 million more viewers in a record victory.

The contrasting performances of Strictly and the X Factor have raised questions about whether the ITV show has fallen into terminal decline despite creator Simon Cowell attempting to shake it up this year.

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09/25/2017 07:09 PM
Campaign group chief found guilty of refusing to divulge passwords

Muhammad Rabbani, a director of Cage, convicted of obstructing counter-terrorism police when stopped at Heathrow

The international director of the campaign organisation Cage has been convicted of a terrorist offence after refusing to hand over passwords to his mobile phone and laptop.

Muhammad Rabbani, 36, was found guilty at Westminster magistrates’ court of wilfully obstructing police when he refused to cooperate at Heathrow airport last November. The test case could affect the way thousands of suspects stopped at UK airports and ports every year interact in the future with anti-terrorist officers.

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09/25/2017 06:01 PM
Oxford student given suspended sentence for stabbing boyfriend

Judge had reportedly earlier told Lavinia Woodward a prison term could damage her prospects of becoming a heart surgeon

An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A judge caused controversy earlier this year when he reportedly told Lavinia Woodward that a jail term could damage her prospects of a medical career and would be too severe as a result.

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09/25/2017 03:53 PM
Uber apologises after London ban and admits 'we got things wrong'

London mayor Sadiq Khan says he welcomes apology by CEO of ride-hailing app, which has been stripped of its licence

Uber’s chief executive has apologised for the taxi app’s mistakes in London and promised to change as the company fights a decision by the city not to renew its licence.

The firm is battling to keep operating in the capital after Transport for London decided not to renew its licence to operate. Uber’s London licence expires on 30 September, although it will continue to run taxis while it pursues a legal appeal process that could last a year.

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09/25/2017 01:11 PM
Student accused of rape banned from university classes for a year

Liam Allen has been barred from University of Sussex campus since October 2016 while awaiting trial, as a result of bail conditions

A university student accused of rape has been banned from attending classes for a year while he awaits trial, it has emerged.

Liam Allen, 21, was accused in October 2016 and made subject to a ban barring him from the University of Sussex campus while an investigation was under way.

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09/25/2017 05:38 PM
Parts of UK identified as high risk areas for Lyme disease

South England and Scottish Highlands have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease, says health body

The south of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said some areas appear to have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease. But the health body said prevalence data is incomplete as it called for a large study into the condition in the UK.

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09/25/2017 02:18 PM
Bali volcano eruption could be hours away after unprecedented seismic activity

Tens of thousands evacuated from area around Mount Agung as hundreds of volcanic earthquakes recorded in single day

Tell us if you’re affected by the evacuation

Mount Agung in Bali is experiencing unprecedented levels of seismic activity and could erupt in a “matter of hours” if tremors continue, Indonesia’s volcanology centre has said.

More than 75,000 people have been evacuated in the last few days as Agung, the highest point of the island, has experienced hundreds of internal volcanic earthquakes.

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09/26/2017 11:04 AM
North Korea's foreign minister: Trump has declared war on our country

Ri Yong-ho says in response to Donald Trump’s comments North Korea has ‘every right to make counter-measures’, including shooting down US bombers

North Korea has threatened to shoot down US bombers in international airspace, claiming that, with a weekend tweet, Donald Trump had declared war.

Related: Ri Yong-ho: the North Korean diplomat who could defuse the crisis

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09/26/2017 07:45 AM
Three Israelis killed in gun attack by Palestinian assailant

Assailant shot dead after killing three and injuring another at settlement outside Jerusalem early on Tuesday morning

Three Israelis have been killed in a gun attack by a Palestinian assailant at a settlement outside Jerusalem.

Police said the attacker arrived at a rear entrance to the Har Adar settlement at about 7am as security guards were opening a gate to admit Palestinian labourers with permits.

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09/26/2017 07:05 AM
Cancelled Ryanair flight passengers warned to check insurance policies

The beleaguered Irish airline is refunding passengers for cancellations but getting compensation for all those other pre-paid holiday extras will be a much harder proposition warn consumer experts

As Ryanair launches a massive seat sale offering one million flights from £4.99, travel insurance companies are warning all air passengers to check the small print of their insurance policies.

The huge sale follows Ryanair’s recent PR catastrophe, in which the low-cost airline was forced to cancel 2,100 flights, affecting the travel plans of 315,000 customers. Despite Ryanair refunding or rerouting affected passengers, many have had their travel plans disrupted and may struggle to claim back lost expenses as a result.

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09/26/2017 05:30 AM
‘I don’t want to imagine a world without giant snakes in it’

Neglected by most conservation groups, the Burmese python has a champion in Shariar Caesar Rahman.

Here’s a fact that illuminates many of the realities of global conservation: we know more about Burmese pythons in Florida – where they are a destructive invader – than about their lives in their natural range in Southeast Asia, where their numbers are plummeting and their very long-term survival may be up in the air.

Armed with a shoestring budget and a love for mega-snakes, Shariar Caesar Rahman is trying to rectify this incongruent reality by doing something no one has done in Bangladesh before. He’s attaching radio transmitters to snakes – really, really big snakes.

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09/26/2017 07:47 AM
National park ban saved 2m plastic bottles – and still Trump reversed it
  • Trump administration reversed ban in August despite environmental protest
  • Activists say plastic is biggest threat to environment after climate change

A ban on bottled water in 23 national parks prevented up to 2m plastic bottles from being used and discarded every year, a US national park service study found. That is equivalent to up to 326 barrels of oil worth of emissions, 419 cubic yards of landfill space and 111,743lb of plastic, according to the May study.

Despite that, the Trump administration reversed the bottled water ban just three months later, a decision that horrified conservationists and pleased the bottled water industry.

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09/26/2017 09:00 AM
Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

Unpredictable nature of Antarctic sea ice levels the focus at conference of meteorology experts in Australia this week

Sea ice levels in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, but experts say there is not a clear link to climate change.

More than 60 meteorologists and scientists from around the world are holding a week-long meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, to better understand sea ice changes on the frozen continent.

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09/26/2017 08:42 AM
Trump pushing Afghan president to close Taliban office in Qatar, sources say

Exclusive: Mission in Doha had been channel for dialogue for more than six years but Trump is said to be hostile to keeping it open

Donald Trump is pushing the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to close a Taliban mission in Qatar, which has been a channel for dialogue for more than six years, according to several sources familiar with discussions between the two countries.

Related: Saudi Arabia suspends dialogue, saying Qatar 'distorting facts'

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09/26/2017 08:08 AM
Politicians unaware they held dual citizenship should keep jobs, says Brandis

Attorney general tells high court Barnaby Joyce and senators Nash, Canavan and Xenophon shouldn’t lose out for not knowing they held dual nationalities

The attorney general, George Brandis, has attempted to save the political careers of three government MPs by claiming they should not be punished for not knowing they held dual citizenship.

In his submissions to the high court, Brandis argues that the section 44 phrase “is a subject of a citizen … of a foreign power” should only be applied to someone who has “voluntarily obtained or retained” that citizenship.

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09/26/2017 07:43 AM
Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths may have distinct musical preferences

Those with highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of Blackstreet hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself also rated highly

Contrary to the movie trope epitomised by Alex in The Clockwork Orange and Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs, psychopaths are no fonder of classical music than anyone else, though they do appear to have other musical preferences, psychologists say.

In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too.

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09/26/2017 09:17 AM
Nerve implant 'restores consciousness' to man in persistant vegetative state

Stimulation of the vagus nerve allows patient who had been in a persistant vegetative state for 15 years to track objects with his eyes and respond to simple requests

A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistant vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation.

The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in PVS for longer than 12 months.

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09/25/2017 04:00 PM
Vietnam's harsh summer: state launches largest crackdown on dissidents in years

At least 11 activists have been arrested, charged or convicted over the past few months, while another was stripped of his citizenship and deported to France

Ho Thi Chau, 25, was left alone and blacklisted after her husband was returned to jail for “attempting to overthrow the [Vietnamese] government” last week.

An activist from the north central province of Nghe An, Nguyen Van Oai was arrested on 18 September on charges of violating the conditions of his 2015 release from prison.

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09/26/2017 03:35 AM
Rocks thrown through windows amid spate of homophobic attacks

‘Broken glass will not break our love,’ Olivia Hill says after Brisbane home decorated in rainbow flags is targeted

A Brisbane woman has spoken about her fear after someone threw rocks through the windows of her home in a suspected homophobic attack. It is one of several incidents to have been reported around the country since the same-sex marriage postal vote campaign began.

Olivia Hill wrote on Twitter that an attack on her home occurred on Sunday night, and that she had heard a man outside yelling homophobic slurs. Her house was decorated in rainbow flags in support of marriage equality.

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09/26/2017 05:03 AM
Steve Bannon offers 'praise and honor' to Trump – while backing rival Alabama candidate

Rally for Senate contender Roy Moore told president has been led astray by Washington establishment in his support for incumbent Luther Strange

Steve Bannon made his debut as a political surrogate on Monday in a fiery speech in opposition to a Republican candidate endorsed by his former boss Donald Trump.

But at a rally on behalf of Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama, the former White House adviser insisted, in a deliberate echo of Mark Antony’s funeral oration for Julius Caesar: “We did not come here to defy Donald Trump – we came here to praise and honor him.”

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09/26/2017 03:39 AM
Chelsea Manning says she has been barred from entering Canada

Former US soldier and one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times posts letter to Twitter saying she is ‘not authorized to enter Canada’

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who served seven years in military prison after instigating one of the biggest breaches of classified data in US history, has said she has been barred from entering Canada.

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09/25/2017 08:00 PM
Merkel starts challenging task of trying to form coalition government

Chancellor acknowledges losses but says she has firm mandate from voters and will stay for full term

Angela Merkel started trying to form a coalition government on Monday after harnessing a fourth term as chancellor but at the cost of momentous gains for the far right.

A subdued Merkel, speaking at the headquarters of her CDU party in Berlin, acknowledged the losses, calling them disappointing and admitting: “We have considerable work ahead of us.”

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09/25/2017 05:13 PM
'The best day of my life': Iraqi Kurds vote in independence referendum

More than 80% of registered voters cast ballots in non-binding poll that has raised tensions and fears of instability

Thousands of people in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq have cast votes in a referendum billed as a first step towards independence from Baghdad, defying regional demands that the ballot be abandoned and international fears that the outcome could spark violence.

Related: Barzani on the Kurdish referendum: 'We refuse to be subordinates'

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09/25/2017 04:56 PM
'I went ass over teakettle on to the ice': my first ice hockey lesson – photo essay

Guardian ice hockey correspondent and near-obsessive fan Joshua Kloke had never played the game – until he visited Toronto’s Central Hockey Academy

I was waiting to fall. I’d been on the ice now – my first time ever in full hockey gear – for half an hour, waiting to tumble over. I knew it was coming: there was no way I was going to avoid it. And as I skated over the red line, back straight, knees bent and stick on the ice, as per my instructions, I tried to stop. My right foot bent inwards, and I felt the weight of my entire body fall on that right leg.

I blinked and went ass over teakettle on to the ice. Jordan Rose, my patient instructor from the Central Hockey Academy in Toronto, skated over to me.

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09/07/2017 04:49 PM
Canada’s 10 most electrifying sports venues

Whether you like ice hockey, Canadian football, soccer, basketball or curling, no trip to Canada is complete without a visit to one of its great sporting events

With three Olympics hosted, teams in many North American major leagues and a number of unique sports to call its own, Canada is a sporting nation unlike any other. Every season of the year offers a different sport to follow. So grab your hockey skates, football, basketball or broom (yes, broom) and see all that Canadian sport has to offer.

BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario – soccer
Toronto’s Canadian Football League (CFL) franchise, the Argonauts, may share this picturesque, lakefront stadium, but make no mistake: Toronto FC are the original inhabitants of BMO Field; and in just 11 seasons have created one of the best sporting atmospheres in the country. The various supporters’ groups occupy the south stands and take cues from their European counterparts to keep the crowd boisterous throughout 90 minutes. Toronto FC fans suffered through eight miserable seasons but are now being rewarded with one of the best teams in Major League Soccer. Come in the summer for some of the most entertaining players in the league – and be sure to stay for the stirring thunderclap.

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09/04/2017 02:39 PM
Lights, Canada, action: why film-makers are heading north of the US border

From The Revenant to The Handmaid’s Tale, film and TV productions are finding the landscapes they need in Canada’s sophisticated cities and staggering natural beauty

Hundreds of production companies descend on the picturesque ocean-side city of Vancouver every year – and yet they’re usually using the city as a stand-in for somewhere else.

“So many movies and TV shows are so clearly identifiable as being filmed in Vancouver,” says Prem Gill, chief executive of Creative BC, an independent agency responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia. “But people are pretty chill about it. If our city can be what you want it to be, to tell your story, then that’s great. And if we are part of the story, that’s even better.”

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09/07/2017 04:47 PM
Canada is one of the coolest countries on the planet. If you want proof, take a look at its festivals

From the glamour of the Toronto International Film Festival to the freewheeling Halifax Pop Explosion, Canada’s diverse, culturally dynamic population knows how to party

When Miguel Zamora Sanchez first arrived in Toronto after moving from his native Mexico, he was immediately struck by the city’s diversity. “The first weekend I was here it was the gay pride parade,” says the 23-year-old student. “And that same day I saw a jazz festival – it was spread out through the entire city.”

It may all have been new to Sanchez at the time, but for anyone who has lived in Canada for a while none of it would have come as a surprise. Canadians have a long history of celebrating arts and culture and can lay claim to some of the coolest festivals in the world. Take the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which began in 1976 and attracted more than 30,000 attendees in its inaugural year. It is now one of the film industry’s highest-profile events (considered by many in Hollywood to be second only to Cannes in terms of headline premiere screenings and star power) and one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world – last year more than 400,000 people made it to at least one of the 397 films from 83 different countries that were shown.

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09/04/2017 02:40 PM
'Jeremy Corbyn has exceeded expectations': Sadiq Khan talks to Katharine Viner – video

Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner asks Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, about housing in the capital, Brexit and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Khan’s verdict on Corbyn is: ‘Good manifesto, energising Labour supporters who’d left our fold, bringing them back, energise a new generation of Labour voters … huge progress made by Jeremy in the space of two years’

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09/24/2017 09:57 PM
Dancing in the street: watch the National Youth Dance Company perform in Hull – video

Forty of the UK's top young dancers take sequences from their latest Sadler's Wells production to various locations around Hull, this year's UK city of culture. The National Youth Dance Company, run by Sadler’s Wells, is the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
The colour of power: why is the British establishment so white? – video

Take the 1,000 most powerful people in Britain. How many are not white? Leah Green delves into the data on representation at the top of British society. From politics to law, charities, sport, business, the media and the military, the gatekeepers at the top of British society are overwhelmingly white

* Revealed: Britain's most powerful elite is 97% white

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09/25/2017 06:23 AM
Qandeel Baloch: the life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working class icon

The life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working-class icon Qandeel Baloch, killed in 2016 after becoming a social media celebrity. This film tells Qandeel’s story through her own videos and media appearances. A young, fearless woman who collided with Pakistan’s mainstream media, Qandeel exposed the religious right and challenged middle-class morality. From her life before stardom in a rural village to her early days in entertainment as a model and actor, Qandeel gained attention by making provocative web videos. We get to know Qandeel through her family, admirers and those she interacted with and inspired. The film also analyses her life through the lens of class and power politics and connects it to women’s continuing struggle for self-expression in Pakistan

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09/22/2017 11:00 AM
Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Colin Firth on the superspy comedy sequel – video

The second Kingsman film sees the dapper British secret agents go up against American supervillain Poppy Adams, played by Julianne Moore, with the help of Statesman, their US equivalent. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out now in the UK, and is released on 21 September in Australia and 22 September in the US.

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09/21/2017 03:25 PM
Portugal's biggest wildfire: 'We all thought we were going to die' – video

On 17 June, a fire swept through the forests of central Portugal, killing 64 people and destroying more than 480 houses. After a summer of record numbers of wildfires across southern Europe, the Guardian travelled to devastated villages in Portugal to find out why the June fire was so deadly, and what can be done to prevent it happening again


*Satellite imagery courtesy of Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast Company

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09/19/2017 07:00 AM
'I'll be here until I die': Florida Keys residents on life after Hurricane Irma

A week on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys residents are finding strength in one another as they try to piece together their homes and make sense of what happened

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09/18/2017 01:12 PM
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds review – joyous and unexpectedly triumphant

Manchester International Arena
From heartbreaking beauty to barely contained chaos, the band deliver a surprisingly uplifting arena gig

The moment Nick Cave walks on to the Manchester Arena stage, before a note of music is played, a gruff male voice from the crowd bellows “I LOVE YOU!” The singer nods. “I’m glad we’ve got that sorted out,” he mutters.

Related: Nick Cave: ‘I have turned a corner and wandered on to a vast landscape’

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09/25/2017 11:52 PM
Le Grand Mort – Julian Clary slices and dices through tale of death, sex and veg

Trafalgar Studios, London
Stephen Clark’s puzzling drama about a man planning to either seduce or murder his dinner guest comes across as both morbid and exploitative

Sex and death are the themes of this 90-minute play by the late Stephen Clark. The problem is that they are virtually the only topics discussed in a work written as a vehicle for Julian Clary. Although Clark, who won an Olivier award for his lyrics for the reworked Martin Guerre, had an undoubted way with words, this particular piece strikes me as morbid and exploitative.

We first see Clary’s Michael in his kitchen, coolly preparing pasta for an expected dinner guest. As he does so, he explores in rhyme urban myths about necrophilia involving subjects ranging from Rasputin to Marilyn Monroe. (Later, he somewhat ludicrously expands on his theme to include the archaeologist Howard Carter, who is considered a sexual predator because of his enthusiasm for the tomb of Tutankhamun.) But the drama gets under way with the arrival of the cockily assertive Tim, whom Michael had encountered that day in a pub. As a kitchen knife is freely brandished and the two men engage in mutual confessions, you are never quite sure whether Michael’s plan is to seduce or kill his guest.

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09/26/2017 11:28 AM
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King review – King Sr’s return to form
The master of horror collaborates with his son on this epic, colourful story of global pandemic, and shows a youthful vigour not seen in years

The Aurora virus is a pandemic that drops on the world like some fairytale enchantment. It seals the women inside fibrous cocoons and leaves the men in a state of bull-headed disarray. There are riots outside the White House; an apocalyptic gang war in the streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, in Dooling, West Virginia, the battle of the sexes boils down to a joust between Clinton Norcross, a harried prison psychiatrist, and Evie Black, a supernatural girl drifter, incarcerated for the murder of a pair of crystal meth cookers. The clock is ticking, the end is nigh, and yet these two remain locked in their Mars-versus-Venus dispute. “We could go on like this for ever,” Evie sighs in her cell. “He said, she said. The oldest story in the universe.”

While the entertaining Sleeping Beauties – written by Stephen King in tandem with his novelist son, Owen – doesn’t quite last for ever, its allegorical drama extends across 736 pages. It’s a bulging, colourful epic; a super-sized happy meal, liberally salted with supporting characters and garnished with splashes of arterial ketchup. These women are sleeping but they must not be disturbed. Tear off the cocoon and the females awaken as zombies, or possibly as angels of vengeance, and immediately start murdering their husbands and sons. Evie – whom the Kings refer to as “the black angel” – clearly regards this response as a kind of cosmic payback. It may even be that she is pulling the strings from afar.

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09/26/2017 08:59 AM
Star Trek: Discovery review – a darker vision boldly goes into the future

The latest addition to the Star Trek canon has found a bona fide star in Sonequa Martin-Green, but the world around her lacks the deep space to succeed

Star Trek posits a future of feminism, political rapprochement between generations-old enemies and the pursuit of racial equality. But it’s also only as progressive as its writers think their audience is. Maybe that’s why the latest version, Star Trek: Discovery, is more depressing than it probably intends to be.

Related: Star Trek’s 50-year mission: to shine a light on the best of humankind

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09/25/2017 06:55 PM
Turner prize 2017 exhibition review: a snake-infested garden and fat cats on horseback

Satirical crockery, haircut pinups and jaunty potatoes jostle for the attention, along with pages from the Guardian. But Rosalind Nashashibi should win for her mesmerising films about everyday life in Gaza – and a mother and daughter’s overgrown Guatemalan home

Opening at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the 2017 Turner prize is an uneven and at times frustrating exhibition. Relaxing the upper age limit for nominated artists is a good thing. Some artists don’t hit their stride until relatively late or are, for various reasons, overlooked. For a long time Lubaina Himid, born in Zanzibar in 1954, was just such a case. In the last couple of years, major solo shows in Oxford and Bristol, and her inclusion in a survey of 1980s black art, have brought her a new audience and increased visibility. Her 1987 tableau, A Fashionable Marriage, is a take on William Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode, restaged as a series of cut-out figures. It remains the best thing in Himid’s Turner prize exhibition, which is a pity.

Related: Lubaina Himid: the Turner prize nominee making black lives visible

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09/25/2017 05:22 PM
Velkom to Inklandt by Sophie Herxheimer review – following in Grandma’s footsteps
An uplifting collection told in the voice of the author’s German Jewish grandmother. Read it aloud for best effect

This book is uplifting, funny, heart-breaking – a one-off. I have been wondering how Sophie Herxheimer, whom I knew of as a talented painter, came to write these dramatic monologues in the voice of her German Jewish grandmother. For this enterprise, a mix of memory and imagination, is more than ventriloquy, it is a detailed evocation of character – like inspired eavesdropping – a pitch-perfect labour of love. Many poems will bring a lump to your throat, although, if you are taking heed of what Grent Muzzer Liesel believed, you will know to keep your emotions under wraps. There is a particularly moving poem, about the end of Liesel’s life, in which she is visited in hospital by her granddaughter (Herxheimer describes herself through her grandmother’s eyes). The granddaughter breaks an unspoken rule, telling her grandmother she loves her: “…but Luff’s a Sink we neffer/ menschen. Ve bose know zis Rule, chest/ es ve bose know ze rottett Stomek off Dizpair/ Zis is vot makes us… indeeztruktibel.”

An “author’s note” explains the poems are written “in a Lenkvitch that my ear remembers as the way my paternal grandmother spoke”. She adds, simply, that her “first 17 years were my grandmother’s last”. Liesel lived in a quiet north London suburb and, visiting her, Herxheimer often wondered how Leisel and her husband had transported “such enormous heavy wooden furniture with them whilst fleeing for their lives”. The book is full of Herxheimer’s wonderful black-and-white papercuts of this remembered furniture – a shelf on which a coffee cup steams, a curvaceous sideboard, a table set with a lacy cloth (one poem is entitled My Demesk Tapell-Kloss). There is also a papercut of a ghostly pair of gloves – crossed, perhaps clapping.

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09/26/2017 06:30 AM
Ramona Tells Jim review – hapless romance among the hermit crabs

Bush theatre, London
The Scottish coast is the setting for Sophie Wu’s witty play about crustacean-loving Jim, his girlfriend and his kooky ex

Like many actors who turn to writing, Sophie Wu has a knack for nifty dialogue. Her debut play is an engaging, quirky 80-minute piece about the kinship of oddballs and the disruptiveness of innocence. It shows enough promise to make you hope that Wu in future pushes herself further.

Wu’s setting is the west coast of Scotland where Jim, a 32-year-old loner who collects crustaceans and acts as a luckless tourist guide, is being badgered by his 19-year-old girlfriend, Pocahontas, to settle down. She dreams of marriage, a job as a mortgage adviser and a four-bedroom house: the fish-loving Jim is more thrilled by the prospect of a world crustacean congress in Frankfurt.

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09/25/2017 11:43 AM
The Vietnam War: terror, heartbreak and helicopters ablaze in an epic documentary

It was the first war fought on TV – and now documentary master Ken Burns brings the most extraordinary look at Vietnam ever to the small screen. And from guerrilla truths to dead people’s testimonies, it will rock history

It’s rare for someone who makes TV documentaries to become the subject of one. But earlier this year, Tom Hanks hosted a tribute show called Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller. Colleagues, historians and even presidents praised the work of a film-maker who has consistently encouraged Americans to look to their past.

Burns made his name with The Civil War in 1990, analysing historical divisions in the US from 1861-65. Now, he burnishes his supremacy among factual film-makers by tackling the second great nation-splitting conflict that occurred exactly a century later.

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09/25/2017 12:36 PM
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout review – a moving return to the midwest

Going back to the small Illinois town of her previous book, the stories in this novel can feel a little overfamiliar, but they are beautifully told

Elizabeth Strout once told a friend: “Kathy, if I ever return to a small town, I want you to kill me.” She wrote about this conversation here in the Guardian; alas, she didn’t give us Kathy’s response. I for one am very keen to know if Kathy still feels any obligation to her friend’s request – because, if she does, Strout’s days are numbered.

Not only has Strout bought a house in rural Maine, she also keeps coming back to small-town life in her fiction. The same places, too. In Anything Is Possible, she returns to Amgash, Illinois, the rural hometown of the narrator of her novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton. With this new collection of intertwining stories, she also revisits many of the same characters, and even scenes from last year’s excellent Booker-longlisted novel. Now we get full dramatic treatment of incidents that received passing mention as Lucy’s mother gossiped away the hours beside her daughter’s hospital bed. Some of the questions raised in the earlier novel are answered; in My Name Is Lucy Barton, her mother asks: “Now how does that feel, I’ve always wondered. To be known as a Pretty Nicely Girl?” Here, we actually get to sit with the Nicely sisters as they muse over that very same thing. (One says “horrible”, the other not.) Such elucidation has its satisfactions. But it can also be like reading the extended footnotes to a more complete novel.

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09/25/2017 12:35 PM
The Child in Time review – an agonising portrayal of panic and guilt
Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald are both brilliant as the parents whose child goes missing in a deeply affecting drama. Plus: Antiques Roadshow hits Brideshead

God, that’s not an easy watch, the first 10 minutes or so of The Child in Time (BBC1). First, Stephen (Benedict Cumberbatch) returns home in a police car and goes inside to tell his wife, Julie (Kelly Macdonald), the worst news in the world: that their four-year-old daughter Kate has disappeared. “She was there,” he says. “She was there, she was just there, she was right there.”

Next, we’re a few years down the line. Stephen, a writer of children’s books as well as a member of a government childcare committee, is trying – inevitably not entirely successfully – to carry on with some kind of life. Without Julie, however, who, also inevitably, now lives separately. How can a marriage ever survive that? Not just the loss and the pain, but the blame and the guilt, too.

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09/25/2017 06:00 AM
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite review: too much power, no responsibility

The hyper-accelerated tag team brawling series returns with a beginner-friendly riot of mega combos – but the first casualty is nuance

Over the course of two decades, the Marvel vs Capcom franchise has mutated into a sprawling crazy quilt of exuberant brawling. Look for a unifying theme and it seems to be loopy excess, with overflowing character rosters, screen-filling hyper combos and a fondness for mob-handed tag-team battles. “Gonna take you for a ride!” declared Marvel vs Capcom 2’s jazzy selection screen ear-worm, and if the shield-chucking, hellfire-hosing action could occasionally be chaotic to the point of confusion, it was certainly never dull.

Six years on from Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom (a buffed-up version of the third instalment that boosted its warrior headcount to an impressive 48) and here comes a new challenger. In Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite, the conflict implied in the title has become inextricable. A diabolical team-up by Marvel’s tetchy AI zealot Ultron and Mega Man’s lantern-jawed nemesis Sigma has forcibly fused the two corporate universes together, creating an uncanny hybrid dimension.

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09/25/2017 06:00 AM
TV's Front Row is a pulped and processed version of radio's. Why?

This low-interest, no-risk reboot of Radio 4’s long-running culture strand is yet another reminder of how terminally timid BBC TV always is with the arts

Front Row, on Radio 4, is reliable, it is competent, it is always there, just after the news and the Archers. Its presenters are interested in their subjects, and good journalists. It knows what it is; it feels comfortable in its skin. I would care if it got taken off air. One can see, then, after the demise of BBC television’s The Culture Show and Newsnight Review (each shunted around the schedules until they died of confusion) why it was chosen to form the template of a new BBC2 arts show.

But would Front Row work on TV? There was trouble before the first programme even aired on Saturday evening. Instead of giving the regular radio presenters – Kirsty Lang, Samira Ahmed and John Wilson – jobs on the telly, new anchors for the small-screen version were announced. They were to be BBC media editor Amol Rajan, radio presenter and former actor Nikki Bedi, and, weirdly, Giles Coren, not everyone’s cup of tea, a journalist noted for his newspaper restaurant reviews and for having presented The Supersizers, but having no apparent qualifications for fronting an arts show aside from once having won the bad sex award for his debut novel, Winkler. Then came an interview in the Radio Times in which Coren declared he had not been to the theatre much for the past seven years (owing to paternal bathtime duties) and found the medium “stressful”; Rajan confessed to the sin of enjoying Andrew Lloyd Webber; and Bedi said she disliked sitting through very long plays without intervals.

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09/24/2017 05:05 PM
For Love or Money review – Northern Broadsides strike comedy gold

Viaduct, Halifax
Blake Morrison transposes a corrupt, covetous 18th-century Paris to 1920s Yorkshire in a lively satire directed by and starring Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides have made a habit of giving European classics a Yorkshire setting. So it seems fitting that Barrie Rutter’s farewell, at least on home soil, to the company he founded should be a version by Blake Morrison of Alain-René Lesage’s Turcaret.

Related: Angels and demons: the unmissable theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2017

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09/24/2017 02:20 PM
Seoul Kimchi: ‘The soup should be offered on prescription’ – review

This tiny restaurant is as uncomfortable as it gets, but the Korean cooking makes it all worthwhile

Seoul Kimchi, 275 Upper Brook Street, Manchester M13 0HR (0161 273 5556). Meal for two, excluding wine: £30-£45

The cab rumbles down a broad street just to the south of Manchester city centre, of the sort even its planner would struggle to love. To one side is the hefty sprawl of the Royal Infirmary. To the other is the blood centre. If you’re leaking, or bits of you are falling off, this is clearly the place to be. It is not the kind of drag you would necessarily go down in search of dinner. But then sometimes worthwhile restaurants are the product of happenstance rather than design.

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09/24/2017 05:00 AM
Simon Amstell review – perky, pained, anxious, ironic, wise – and funny

Leicester Square theatre, London
From his long process, after coming out, of self-acceptance to his newfound romantic happiness, this is classic, neurotic, angst-ridden Amstell

If there were any doubts that romantic bliss might have dulled Simon Amstell’s neurotic edge, they’re allayed in the opening seconds of the first night of his new tour. He may be six years into a relationship, have just published his first book and made a splash with the recent TV mockumentary Carnage. But he still can’t help telling us – it’s the first thing he says – how undermined he feels by a single empty seat on the front row. Plus ca change, plus c’est le meme angst-ridden Amstell, laying bare his overthought emotional life in the name of our entertainment.

The new show is called What Is This?, with emphasis firmly on the middle word. The “this” is life, that mysterious thing Amstell can’t bring himself to just get on with like everyone else. After all: why? OK, so he’s not as riddled with self-loathing as he once was. Back then, he could barely get out of bed; now, “I get out of bed, but I don’t know why I’ve done it.” Existential angst, or wealthy man’s privilege? A bit of both. Amstell doesn’t remotely apologise for being famous – one droll gag finds him repaying his mum for the use of her womb by introducing her to Derren Brown. But it’s clear celebrity is just one more circle of alienation for a man whose every social interaction feels like an out-of-body experience.

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09/24/2017 10:49 AM
LCD Soundsystem review – dream band back from the dead
Glasgow Barrowlands
Six years after their ‘farewell’ show, James Murphy’s dance-punk magpies have returned, bigger and bolder than ever

Before a snare is hit, before LCD Soundsystem supremo James Murphy starts gesticulating at the monitor sound desk, there is a charge in the air. It telegraphs the delight that, to paraphrase one of LCD Soundsystem’s album titles, this is actually happening.

A gig that should not have been, this second night in Glasgow promotes a fourth LCD album – the recently released American Dream – that should not have been, either. Lairy gratitude informs the dancing that erupts with the first keyboard blobs of Get Innocuous!, LCD’s perfect set-opening gambit. Second only to Oasis as a lauded pilferer of others’ catalogues, Murphy grafts the vocals of David Bowie on to the synth lines of Kraftwerk, somehow making it sound all LCD. (A fab graphic rendition online illustrates the track’s structure.)

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09/24/2017 08:00 AM
Unbelievable review: Katy Tur's Trump tale relives an utterly insane campaign

NBC reporter writes with the bravery and wit she showed as Trump and his fans attacked her. She also exposes the worrying decline of broadcast news itself

Towards the end of last year’s election, NBC correspondent Katy Tur and her colleagues played a game no other presidential contest had inspired: name a campaign headline too crazy to be real.

Related: Devil's Bargain review: Steve Bannon and the making of President Joe Pesci

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09/24/2017 12:15 PM
Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts.

“Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as endangered [as wildlife] and are getting almost no attention,” said Ann Tutwiler, director general of Bioversity International, a research group that published a new report on Tuesday.

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09/26/2017 10:23 AM
Enugu in the spotlight: 50 years on, the flame of Biafra still burns

The one-time, would-be capital of Biafra remains torn between its tragic bid for independence from Nigeria in 1967 and a series of very modern problems

When this coal mining outpost was given town status in 1917 – one of the few Nigerian cities founded in the colonial era – there was little reason to think history would come calling. Seven years after independence, however, in the summer of 1967, it did so in tumultuous style when Lt Col Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu declared Enugu the capital of the breakaway Republic of Biafra.

The move didn’t end well. The city was recaptured in the first week of October, and the civil war ended in mass starvation for the region’s Igbo people in January 1970. The internationally lamented tragedy was documented in the novel Half of a Yellow Sun, by the bestselling, Enugu-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A half-century on, the city’s now roughly three-quarters of a million people are back in the Nigerian fold.

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09/26/2017 11:00 AM
Queuing all day for a three-minute call: reuniting families torn apart by Boko Haram | Ruth Maclean

For Nigerians displaced from Lake Chad by the Islamist insurgents, a weekly conversation on a borrowed phone is the best chance of finding missing relatives

Hawa Adamu Bello yells excitedly into the basic mobile phone that has just been handed to her. She is through to her sister-in-law. The women haven’t seen each other since Boko Haram militants attacked their town on the Nigerian shores of Lake Chad more than two years ago.

Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah,” she says, giving the Muslim answer to all the questions about how she is, how things are, how her husband is, as quickly as possible, balancing the need for speed with the risk of being unforgivably rude.

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
Gay and Northern Irish: ‘Teachers called me sissy and compared me to a plague’
Campaigners call for swift action as report on LGBT pupils reveals the scale of homophobia faced by young people in the region

David, 15, sporting a Goth-style haircut, is explaining how support at secondary school helped him come out as gay and how the school is a comfortable place for LGBT students. “In primary school, and even in my first year here, I got called ‘gay’ or ‘fruit’ quite a lot,” he says. “A lot of the kids learn these attitudes in primary school.”

David’s school, Shimna integrated college, under the shadow of the Mourne Mountains in Newcastle, Co Down, set out to eradicate such homophobia. It has a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) group, developed after an English teacher, Shirley Anne McMillan, heard about the GSA groups in US schools. David explains: “What we have been trying to do is change attitudes from when people first come here, so what happened to me doesn’t happen to others.”

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09/26/2017 06:15 AM
Protest and patriotism: a visit to the original star-spangled banner

At the Smithsonian, Americans reflect on the battered flag that inspired the anthem – in the spotlight once again as the president rails against NFL protesters

It is two centuries old, spans 30ft by 34ft and has suffered the effects of age and being snipped for souvenir hunters. The original star-spangled banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become the US national anthem, lies horizontally at a 10-degree angle of elevation in a low light chamber at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington. Visitors file past silently and reverently as if beholding a religious relic.

“Patriotism: love of country,” Marcia Walker, 71, a retired nurse from Granite City, Illinois, said during a visit on Monday when asked about the meaning of the flag. “It’s not just for the military but it’s a feeling each and every American should have for our justice system and our ability to love and respect each other.”

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
Blurred porn and Mars in 3D: the unsettling visions of Thomas Ruff

From gender-swap portraits to blown-up images of internet porn and 3D craters on Mars, his photographs are perfect for the age of image overload. As a major Whitechapel retrospective opens, we profile an artist always ahead of the game

‘Photography is a base passion that has taken hold of every continent and every section of the population,” wrote the Austrian author Thomas Bernhard in 1988. “Everyone wants to be portrayed as good-looking and happy, when they are in fact ugly and unhappy.”

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09/26/2017 05:00 AM
I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets

The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked – or sold?

At 9.24pm (and one second) on the night of Wednesday 18 December 2013, from the second arrondissement of Paris, I wrote “Hello!” to my first ever Tinder match. Since that day I’ve fired up the app 920 times and matched with 870 different people. I recall a few of them very well: the ones who either became lovers, friends or terrible first dates. I’ve forgotten all the others. But Tinder has not.

The dating app has 800 pages of information on me, and probably on you too if you are also one of its 50 million users. In March I asked Tinder to grant me access to my personal data. Every European citizen is allowed to do so under EU data protection law, yet very few actually do, according to Tinder.

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09/26/2017 06:10 AM
'From heroes to villains': tech industry faces bipartisan backlash in Washington

In an effort uniting such disparate figures as Steve Bannon and Elizabeth Warren, leaders are calling for a clampdown on what some see as unchecked power

As political polarization continues to plague Washington, a rare consensus is emerging between the left and the right that America’s largest technology companies must be subject to greater scrutiny.

US lawmakers are escalating their rhetoric against Silicon Valley, an industry that has long trafficked in its reputation as a leading source of innovation but is now under fire for what critics see as vast, unchecked power.

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
The Moomins: Tove Jansson’s feminist legacy

The Finnish author and illustrator used her books to subtly challenge views on how women should live and behave. Now, those stories are part of an Oxfam campaign to empower women around the world

Post-war stories about Finnish trolls might not be the first place you would look for feminist icons, but the more you discover about the women in Moomins creator Tove Jansson’s life, the more it makes sense.

“I’m not sure Tove ever used the word ‘feminist’, but she was one in every sense of the word,” says her niece and creative director of the Moomins Characters brand, Sophia Jansson. “She challenged a lot of the assumptions that were still held by society about how women should live at the time – for example, that they should stay at home and dedicate themselves to bringing up children. She was all about daring to make choices that are not necessarily easy. She defied convention and that made her quite exceptional.”

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09/26/2017 08:35 AM
Archaeologists home in on Homeric clues as Turkey declares year of Troy

Work is accelerating at site on Hisarlık Hill, formerly a ‘ruin of a ruin’, and a museum will open next year

Rüstem Aslan, Troy’s chief archaeologist, grows more animated as he enters the fenced-off area just beyond the southern gate of the ancient city’s ruins. To him it offers tantalising clues that may add to the evidence that this was the scene of the war detailed in Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

“Priam, Achilles, Hector: [whether] they lived and died here, we cannot prove that 100%,” said the affable Aslan, who started working at the site as a student in 1988. “But if you work inside for 30 years, night and day, winter or summer, surrounded by this landscape, you can feel it. You start to believe.”

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09/26/2017 05:00 AM
Never go back: why the Terminator reunion may be a recipe for failure

Restoring Linda Hamilton and James Cameron to the man versus the machines saga could be a smart move, but plenty of great directors – from Ridley Scott to George Lucas – have stalled when returning to past glories

In the realm of Hollywood sci-fi, only one future is guaranteed. If a movie finds even a modicum of success with audiences, it will eventually be remade or turned into the starting point for a franchise. Who would have thought that a well-received but largely forgotten 1973 thriller about a wild west-style amusement park whose android cowboys turn on their guests would spark the best new television show of last year, in HBO’s Westworld? And who might have imagined in 1984 that The Terminator, a low budget futuristic vision from rookie film-maker James Cameron, would still be knocking around Hollywood 20 years after the date upon which the machines were supposed to have destroyed human civilisation?

Related: Sarah Connor returns: Linda Hamilton to star in Terminator 6 after 25-year absence

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09/26/2017 05:00 AM
Facebook's underclass: as staffers enjoy lavish perks, contractors barely get by

The social network has an army of behind-the-scenes employees who can’t afford to live in an area with out-of-control housing costs

As one of the most desirable employers in Silicon Valley, Facebook has built a small town square for staff at its headquarters in Menlo Park. After leaving the car with a valet attendant, employees can work out at the gym, take their bikes for a tune-up, drop off their dry cleaning, pop by the company dentist or doctor’s office, play video games in the arcade, or even sit down for a trim at the barber’s shop.

But keeping all of those amenities running requires an army of subcontracted contingent workers, including bicycle mechanics, security guards and janitors.

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09/26/2017 09:00 AM
Taking a knee and Trump: the new era of total protest

Black athletes from Muhammad Ali to Tommie Smith have taken a stand before – but Donald Trump is the most powerful spur to dissent the US has ever seen. Will the wave of protests in the NFL help take him down or just fuel his culture war?

Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner last August, when he was still a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and Barack Obama was still president. He was protesting against the killing of African Americans by police officers. The date is worth repeating because it seems likely that, in the near future, Kaepernick’s gesture will be misremembered as a protest against Donald Trump. Trump has made sure of that. His great and terrible skill as a politician is to make everything about Donald Trump.

Last Friday, at a rally in Alabama, Trump ranted, unprovoked, about football players who took the knee during the national anthem, calling on NFL owners (“friends of mine”) to fire any “son of a bitch” who dared to protest. There was no need in the case of Kaepernick, who is in limbo as a free agent with no NFL teams willing to touch him. Later, on Twitter, he retracted an invitation to NBA champions the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after the team’s star player, Stephen Curry, expressed reservations. In a stroke, he ensured that Kaepernick’s form of protest went viral. Dozens of NFL stars and other athletes took the knee over the weekend, as did musicians Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and John Legend, and this time the target was clearly Trump. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers tweeted in Curry’s defence: “U bum … Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

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09/25/2017 04:35 PM
Will the end of Uber in London make women more or less safe?

Many women feel that Uber provides the least risky transport option – especially at night. Yet safety was one of the reasons the company’s licence was withdrawn. So who is right?

The decision by Transport for London (TfL) to revoke Uber’s licence was taken in part because of concerns over safety, which sounds sensible enough, although not to the 750,000 people (and counting) who have signed a petition to urge TfL to reconsider. The petition was created by Uber itself, which rather undermines the idea of a democratic process. In the past, it has been accused of exploiting its drivers, and its employees have complained of sexual harassment. You don’t take an Uber because it is the ethical choice; you take an Uber because it is convenient and cheap.

While many of the people who signed the petition will have done so for this reason, a startling number of women have done so precisely because they feel Uber is the safest transport option, particularly at night. You book a cab through the app and pay for it through your phone (no having to jump out at cashpoints). You have the driver’s details, and your journey is tracked by GPS. Young Londoners who don’t remember navigating the city at night in the days before Uber will have heard scare stories of black-cab drivers refusing to go south of the river, or minicabs being somehow “dodgy”.

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09/25/2017 05:41 PM
Britain’s elite is bright white – but doesn’t brilliance come in all colours? | Simon Woolley
Changing the colour of power in Britain is not just a moral imperative: opening up top jobs to black and minority ethnic talent is about national self-interest

An uncomfortable truth can, in time, become a great potential asset. But first we have to be brave enough to acknowledge it, and then bold enough to deal with it.

That’s been the hope throughout, as Operation Black Vote, the Guardian and Green Park recruitment have worked on the groundbreaking research project, The Colour of Power.

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09/25/2017 06:20 PM
Why Buddhist ‘fangsheng’ mercy release rituals can be more cruel than kind

The case of two London Buddhists fined for releasing crustaceans into the sea has thrown the spotlight on a ritual that involves hundreds of millions of wild animals – and a huge industry built around their capture and supply

It was intended as a Buddhist act of mercy and compassion, but ended in a criminal conviction and significant environmental risk. The release of hundreds of alien lobsters and crabs into the sea off Brighton has highlighted the perils of a ritual that takes kindness to animals too far.

Two London Buddhists, Zhixiong Li, 30, and Ni Li, 33, pleaded guilty last week at Brighton magistrates court to breaking the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 by releasing non-native species into the wild, causing “untold damage” to marine life. The pair were ordered to pay a total of more than £28,000 in fines and compensation.

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09/25/2017 03:32 PM
After Brexit, EU English will be free to morph into a distinct variety

The newfound neutrality of English in Europe may help it survive Brexit as the EU’s lingua franca ... with the addition of a few distinctly un-British quirks

If your planification isn’t up to snuff, you might need to precise your actorness. English in the EU, spoken primarily by non-native speakers, has taken on a life of its own. While “planification” might be jargon unlikely to pop up outside of Brussels, there are also changes afoot in more everyday spoken English in Europe. You might hear a mobile phone referred to as a “Handy”, and be asked to SMS, not text, your friend.

“Actorness” and a multitude of other examples are listed in “Misused English words and expressions in EU publications”, a guide published by European Court of Auditors senior translator Jeremy Gardner. The guide details many of the ways in which European English has gone a bit wibbly – to a native speaker’s ear, at least. In some cases, words like “agent” are deployed in contexts that would sound fine to a US speaker, but odd to the British or Irish ear. And these are precisely the ears that EU documents should be catering to, Gardner argues: “Our publications need to be comprehensible for their target audience … and should therefore follow a standard that reflects usage in the United Kingdom and Ireland.”

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09/25/2017 03:13 PM
Who are the 36 BAME people among the UK's 1,000 most powerful?

Only a tiny handful of top leaders from the worlds of politics, media, finance and more are minority ethnic. This is who they are

An analysis conducted by the Guardian and Operation Black Vote has established that of the 1,049 most powerful people in Britain, just 36 are from ethnic minorities – and only seven of those are women.

Who are they?

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09/24/2017 03:00 PM
Postcards on the edge as Britain’s oldest publishers signs off

With the demise of the country’s oldest postcard publisher, is the industry now a write-off – or are reports of its death premature?

Things we forgot we already knew: the postcard industry is dying. The country’s oldest postcard publishers J Salmon has been churning small coloured squares of card out of its factory in Kent for more than 100 years. Until now. The fifth-generation brothers who still run the company have sent a letter to their clients, advising them that the presses will cease printing at the end of the year, and they will sell off their remaining stock throughout 2018.

It’s a sad demise for a company that brought us some iconic images of our country. The firm’s story began in 1880, when the original J Salmon acquired a printing business on Sevenoaks high street, and produced a collection of twelve black and white scenes of the town. In 1912, the business broke through into the big time by commissioning the artist AR Quinton, who produced 2,300 scenes of British life for them, up until his death in 1934. From Redruth to King’s Lynn, his softly coloured, highly detailed watercolours of rosy milkmaids, bucolic pumphouses and picturesque harbour towns earned him a place in the hearts of the public. J Salmon did photographs, it did cheery oils of seaside imagery titled with a garrulous enthusiasm: “Eat More Chips!”, “Sun, Sand & Sea”, “We’re Going Camping!”. It commissioned the comic artist Reg Maurice (who often worked under the pseudonym Vera Paterson), to produce pictures of comically bulbous children with cutesy captions, alongside the usual stock images of British towns.

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09/25/2017 04:09 PM
Scream with laughter: can comedy ever be scary?

Standup Nick Coyle’s new show Queen of Wolves takes a Victorian governess on a terrifying journey – and proves how humour and horror work in similar ways

The buzz around Australian standup Nick Coyle’s latest offering Queen of Wolves suggested a show that not only tickles the funny bone but chills the marrow. It finds Coyle cross-dressing as Victorian governess Frances Glass. Prim, poor and desperate, she arrives at Blackbell House – out on the windy moors – only to find that her intended infant charges have died in mysterious circumstances. What follows is the story of Frances’s bid to stay alone in the haunted house for six weeks, preparing it for sale.

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09/25/2017 02:18 PM
Jacquard: Google and Levi's 'smart jacket' that you can only wash 10 times

Have you always wanted a smartwatch but don’t want to wear a watch? How about a vibrating denim jacket that connects to the internet? Anyone?

Google and Levi Strauss have partnered to make a “smart jacket”, and the end result is exactly as good as you’d expect from a collaboration between the companies that brought you a set of glasses people actively hated and a hideous touch-sensitive watch (that one was Levi’s).

The apparel, a $350 denim jacket branded as “Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google”, is the first product of a two-year-long collaboration between the two firms that started back in May 2015 with the intention of making a pair of “smart jeans”. The idea was to use a newly designed conductive fabric to allow the garment to send data and power without the need for wires.

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09/26/2017 11:05 AM
Nigel Slater’s marrow stew, pumpkin seed and parsley couscous recipe

A delicious and quick herby dish for marrow or courgettes

Peel a 600g marrow, cut it in half and discard all the pith and seeds. Cut it into thick pieces about 2cm in width. Roughly chop 750g of tomatoes. Peel and slice a couple of small cloves of garlic.

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09/26/2017 11:05 AM
EGX 2017: our 12 favourite games from the UK's biggest video game event

From mystery boxes to smashing tanks, here are the epic multiplayer games and offbeat indie titles that held our attention

The UK’s biggest video game event, EGX, took place this weekend, attracting around 75,000 people to the Birmingham NEC. As ever, the show floor saw both blockbuster mega-hits and offbeat independent titles jostling for space and attention, providing a varied and enjoyable browsing experience.

Here are our favourite titles, excluding the games we’ve already highlighted from this year’s E3 and Gamescom shows. If you went along, add your own highlights in the comments section.

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09/26/2017 10:26 AM
20 best seafood recipes: part 2

Classic seafood recipes including Nigel Slater’s crab tart and Jane Grigson’s brandade de morue – the second installment of Observer Food Monthly’s favourites

Chingri malai curry is one of the all-time favourite Bengali dishes, reserved for very special guests, big celebratory dinners, weddings and so on. I remember this dish once served inside a green tender coconut. As a child, I was told the term malai refers to the creamy flesh inside the green coconut that can be enjoyed while tucking into the coconut. It made sense then and it makes sense now as this is how most people relate to the dish. While travelling and working as a chef, it surprised me no end to see the similarity between this dish and a Malaysian laksa, and I wonder if the Bengali name originated from Malaya, as it is known in India. The period between Dussehra (Durga Puja in Bengal) and Diwali (Kali Puja in Bengal) is a period described as Bijoya or victory. During Bijoya, people visit family, friends and their entire social circle, taking sweets, exchanging gifts and eating together. Forgetting to visit someone over Bijoya is the Bengali equivalent of dropping someone from your Christmas card list! One of my earliest food memories is eating this delicious prawn curry at a Bijoya dinner.

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09/26/2017 07:00 AM
10 of the best new budget hotels and hostels in Europe

Stylish but affordable hostels and hotels aimed at the Instagram generation continue to open apace across Europe, offering excellent value and a party atmosphere

Jo&Joe is a new youth brand from hotel giant Accor which is hoping to muscle in on the Airbnb market by “blending the best of private-rental, hostel and hotel formats”. Aimed squarely at millennials, this is the first of 50 hostels scheduled to open by 2020. There are private rooms and dorms, and it’s moments from the beach of this Atlantic surfing resort. Watersports are the focus, with bookable surf and paddleboarding lessons (as well as yoga classes and a climbing wall), plus masterclasses and workshops through partners Roxy and Quiksilver. A bar, outdoor dining area (open to non-guests), guest kitchen and hammocks give the place a party vibe.
Dorm beds from €25, all-day breakfast €4, accorhotels.com

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09/25/2017 01:37 PM
'Come with an open mind': the people who live at work

Communal living is growing popular with freelancers and business owners happy to network round the dinner table

When 26-year-old Australian Adam Saez moved to London a little over a year ago, he had the idea of launching a fitness app inspired by his job as a personal trainer.

Not knowing anyone in the city, he looked online for a flatshare and stumbled across the Collective, a communal living property company. Now, 14 months later, he’s settled into his co-living space and is moving forward with his business idea.

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
Why do models always look so glum? Well, they’ve got good reason to

With the exception of some London fashion week shows, models tend to wear a furious death stare. It’s hard to blame them – what with the constant criticism and pressure to be thin

Why do models always look so miserable on the catwalk?
Iain, by email

For approximately the 17,321,212nd time, this column finds it can only answer a reader’s question with some assistance from David Sedaris. Don’t we all wish Sedaris had a weekly style column? And restaurant review slot? And celebrity gossip column? And an entire newspaper just to himself? There are not many people who you would eagerly pay money to read on anything, and even fewer who you know would bring greater wisdom to that subject than any of the so-called specialists in their respective fields. But I would pay triple for The Daily Sedaris.

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09/25/2017 04:47 PM
From Glow Job to Orgasm: how cosmetics brands got filthy

With Tom Ford causing a stir with his new perfume, Fucking Fabulous, the trend for risque names shows no sign of abating. But is lascivious labelling about more than just shock factor?

Tom Ford’s new perfume is Fucking Fabulous – at least that’s what it’s called. Ford announced his latest fragrance during New York fashion week, and the name alone has caused a stir, with descriptions ranging from “racy” to “obscene”. Certainly, it’s a gear change for the designer, who has previously favoured more literal fragrance names – Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Venetian Bergamot – but, in the increasingly risque world of cosmetics monikers, it is unlikely to raise eyebrows for long.

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09/25/2017 03:51 PM
iPhone 8: glass back 'very difficult' to repair and costs more than screen to replace

Apple’s ‘most durable glass ever in a smartphone’ claim likely to be put to the test with first iPhone 8 accidents, but repairs won’t be cheap, reports say

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have glass backs that, if smashed, cost more to replace than the screen.

The new plates, which bring glass to the back of Apple smartphones for the first time in four years, have been installed to enable wireless charging, but also introduce a new point of failure.

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09/25/2017 11:23 AM
Is mortgage protection insurance necessary when buying a house?

I have a high BMI and think I’d be turned down for cover

Q I have been reading articles regarding mortgage life insurance cover. Unfortunately I have a higher-than-wanted body mass index (BMI) count, and from what I’ve read I believe I would find it hard to get insurance.

If I wanted to sell my existing property and buy a new place, but couldn’t get mortgage life insurance due to my BMI, is it compulsory to have cover to be accepted for a mortgage? Would my lender still lend to me if I earn enough to pay the mortgage? AM

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09/25/2017 02:12 PM
Anna Jones’s recipes from A Modern Cook’s Year | Book extract

One side of autumn does not resemble the other, yet we insist on speaking of just four seasons. In this extract from Anna’s new book, recipes are arranged more in rhythm with nature. Here are a few that feel fitting right now ...

My new book is written in six chapters, each of which roughly knits together two months at a time – I find a year divided into four seasons a bit too vague. Just step into a greengrocer on the summer side of autumn and then again as autumn turns into winter and you’ll see the difference. There are so many more subtleties to what’s growing than spring, summer, autumn and winter.

While the seasons are a useful tool, your eyes and tastebuds should always be your primary guide. What I cook is not always led by produce but by the mood of the day, the feeling of rain or sun on my skin, the arrival of a certain friend, even something I see on the news. Some days dinner comes entirely from the storecupboard – there is as much of a thrill in the ingenuity of that for me. So, sometimes its macaroni cheese in July, and if that’s what I crave, so be it.

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09/25/2017 11:00 AM
To boldly go for it: why the split infinitive is no longer a mistake

It was the Victorians who decided that splitting an infinitive was a grammatical error. Now, researchers says, there is good reason to consign the rule to history

Name: The split infinitive.

Age: 800 years. Ish.

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09/25/2017 11:18 AM
'It's like walking through fire' – the rise of competitive fitness

From log carrying to trail running, events such as Tribal Clash and CrossFit are growing fast. What’s the appeal of this hardcore approach to training?

You probably didn’t notice but at the end of this summer, on the sandy beach of Bantham, near Kingsbridge in South Devon, 960 men and women gathered for a gruesome battle. For an entire weekend, this stretch of English coastline saw teams of furious men and women dashing across hilly trails, hoisting atlas stones and lugging a 240kg sandworm, in both blistering heat and torrential rain.

This wasn’t a Viking re-enactment (too much compression gear for that), but an annual competitive fitness event called Tribal Clash, the appetite for which is almost as strong as the participants’ mettle. Since its launch in 2013, Tribal Clash has more than doubled in size, from 100 teams of four to 160 teams of six, and has also begun holding a second annual event in Portugal.

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09/25/2017 05:00 AM
Nine rules for your first days in student halls

Settling into your accommodation is the first big challenge at uni. Here are some tips to help you through

It’s almost three years ago to the day that I moved into my university halls of residence, and it remains one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done.

It wasn’t the (admittedly strenuous) early-morning move from the Isle of Man that made it so tough, but the anxiety that came after. Meeting the strangers that you have committed to live with is often strained, awkward and a bit weird for everyone involved. Here are some golden rules to help you through those jittery first days.

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09/25/2017 09:25 AM
I’ve started fantasising about women. Is it because my boyfriend is so disappointing?

We only see each other at weekends, and he rarely texts me or socialises. Should I follow my two female best friends and seek a relationship with a woman instead?

Two of my female friends have a strong romantic relationship. I am happy for them, but their relationship has shown me how unfulfilling my own is. My boyfriend of two years and I only see each other at weekends, and he rarely socialises with my friends or texts me. Recently, I have found myself fantasising about women. But has this just stemmed from envying my friends? Should I try to fix my relationship or embrace my new feelings?

You are putting up with a lot, and you must sometimes wonder why you would want to continue in such an unfulfilling situation. In fact, there is surely an important reason why you spend your time imbued with longing. Perhaps it is that this absentee boyfriend creates in you a familiar state that dates back to much earlier in your life; the childhood trauma of feeling unimportant or unprioritised can follow a person into adulthood. Unconscious choices to repeat elements of a painful familial relationship can lead to exactly the kind of misery you are experiencing, so it would be wise to seek professional help.

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09/25/2017 07:00 AM
20 best seafood recipes: part 1

Monkfish saffron rice from Spain, a Thai salt-crust fish and classic langoustines with mayonnaise – part 1 of Observer Food Monthly’s favourite fish and shellfish recipes

Clams or prawns can be added to this rice with great success. Put the prawn shells in the stock for extra flavour.

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09/25/2017 07:00 AM
Is it possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes?

Most doctors only address the symptoms, but the disease can be beaten into remission. However, it requires losing a lot of weight – and keeping it off

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition that can lead to heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease and blindness. However, it is possible to beat it into remission. The pancreas can begin again making insulin, the hormone that regulates levels of glucose in the blood. The liver can reassert itself as the body’s reservoir for glucose and stop pumping out unwanted sugar. And many people who have been taking tablets to control their type 2 diabetes can potentially throw them away. This is good for the NHS, because 5% to 10% of people have type 2 diabetes. However, to beat it, you would need to lose about 10% of your body weight – and keep it off.

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09/25/2017 05:59 AM
My daughter is dating a much older man | Mariella Frostrup

Mariella Frostrup says a father’s anger at his daughter’s relationship is understandable – but may be to do with his own unresolved past

The dilemma I have a 23-year-old daughter. Her mother and I split up when she was seven due to her mother’s infidelity. I still see my daughter regularly and she is close to my wife and the two other children we have. My daughter didn’t have a “proper” boyfriend until she was in her late teens. Last week I was informed that her new boyfriend is a little older than her. It transpires he’s 48! He also has a wife and two children who he is preparing to leave to be with my daughter. I am, in equal measures, furious, horrified, embarrassed, ashamed and desperate. This new boyfriend is older than my wife, who is 46. I am 55. My daughter wants me to meet this man, but I am too shocked and angry that a man of his age and with his responsibilities could behave in this manner. How should I handle this? I am too embarrassed to talk to my friends about it.

Mariella replies I feel your pain. Though I don’t think you have anything to be embarrassed about. Your job was to raise her and teach her how to be the best adult possible. At 23 she may well be romantically naive but she’s a grown-up. Your situation is a parental nightmare, but not the most unusual of scenarios. She’s certainly not the first young woman to fall for an unhappily married mature man.

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09/24/2017 05:00 AM
Inside my art gallery home | Kate Jacobs

Art sets the tone in each room of this home, a gallery with a difference. Kate Jacobs is given a private view

When Jemma Hickman launched the bo.lee gallery in Bath nine years ago, her choice of artists was intuitive. “I would ask myself, would I want to hang this piece in my own home?” she says. This proved to be a prescient principle as, having brought the business to London in 2012, she decided to look for a space that was a home and gallery in one.

This decision was partly down to the capital’s prohibitive rents, but also because of the benefits of displaying art in a domestic setting. “Galleries can feel quite sterile and intimidating, but a home feels more relaxed, plus it freed me up to travel to international art fairs,” says Hickman.

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09/24/2017 05:00 AM
Dolce & Gabbana show off brand's heritage at third Milan show

Collection, called Queen of Hearts, mixes 90s black corsets and Italian resort style with witty touches

Sunday afternoon in Milan hosted Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2018 show. But this wasn’t the first show for the brand during the city’s fashion week – it was the third.

A pop-up show happened at the city’s La Rinascente department store on Thursday and at 10pm on Saturday night there was a “secret show” for its wealthy clientele. The cast included socialites and celebrity offspring, such as Kitty Spencer, Ella Richards and Christian Combs, the son of Sean Combs. The collection consisted of eveningwear designs including floor-length tulle dresses, lacy gowns and brightly coloured suiting. It demanded the lifestyle – and the budget – of the 1%. The rest of the world could enjoy watching it on Instagram.

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09/24/2017 04:34 PM
Are you affected by the Bali volcano evacuation?

Thousands have been evacuated from the area around Mount Agung as it is thought to be hours away from eruption. We want to hear from those affected

Mount Agung in Bali could erupt in a “matter of hours”, according to Indonesia’s volcanology centre. Almost 60,000 people have been evacuated from the area after the region experienced hundreds of volcanic earthquakes in one day.

The last time Mount Agung erupted was in 1963, when more than 1,000 people were killed. The event led to an increased frequency of earthquakes. Authorities have urged people to stay out the danger zone, a designated 9km-12km radius of the volcano.

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09/26/2017 09:15 AM
It doesn’t make sense to leave alcohol out of the drugs debate | Letters
Blaine Stothard is puzzled as to why recent articles have not mentioned alcohol, and Owen Wells says the criminalisation of drugs in 1971 has a lot to answer for

It was interesting and puzzling to see John Harris’s piece on illegal drugs (I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture evolution… , 23 September) two days on from the five points of view on whether or not drugs should be legalised (G2, 21 September). Interesting in the light of the government’s drug strategy but puzzling in that neither piece mentioned alcohol. Looking at statistics about illegal drugs without considering the wider context will result in the continued pursuit of policies that are only partially informed and based on legal and moral concerns rather than public health concerns.
Blaine Stothard
London

• What most commentators on drug legalisation ignore is that until the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, most drugs were legally obtainable in the UK (the exceptions were LSD and amphetamines). Before the act came into effect there were about 900 registered heroin addicts in the country, most of them members of the medical profession, and most in employment. It was the prohibition of heroin in 1971 that led directly to the huge increase in drugs misuse and the enormous, illegal industry to manufacture and supply them. Legalisation would simply be to recognise the disaster that was caused by the criminalisation of drugs in 1971.
Owen Wells
Ilkley, West Yorkshire

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09/25/2017 05:46 PM
County Championship 2017: how has your team fared this season?

Newly promoted Essex won their first title since 1992 as last year’s challengers fell away. How has it been for your team?

The 2017 County Championship season is almost over and Essex have won their first title in 25 years. It’s a great achievement for the newly promoted team, who were tipped to struggle in their first season back in Division One. Are you an Essex fan still trying to get your head around the team’s success? What went wrong with Middlesex’s title defence? What has happened to Somerset, who were second last season but are now fighting off relegation? And who will make the step up to next season? Share your thoughts on the season with us and we’ll feature some of your contributions on the site next week.

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09/25/2017 11:35 AM
'A lot of people feel left behind': voters on the far-right surge in Germany

We asked German voters to share their reaction to the Germany general election result, and what this means for the future of the country’s politics

Despite gains made by the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), the breaking up of the ‘grand coalition’ could mark a positive step for Germany, according to voters who responded to our online callout.

Here voters in Germany tell us why they think the AfD made gains, and what hopes they have for the future of the country’s politics.

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09/25/2017 01:13 PM
Loosening the green belt will not end UK’s housing woes | Letters
Building in already stressed areas will not work in the long term, Mike Hurdle says, while others point out the effects of squanderous development and maldistribution, and sing the green belt’s praises, and Deirdre Mason questions whether things were any better in the 1960s

Towns surrounded by green belt land have already done more than elsewhere to accommodate housing (Britain needs new homes: loosen the green belt, 22 September). Even if we use only a small fraction of green belt land, large-scale additional housing will be supported by existing roads, destroying the natural breaks between town and villages, and causing endless urban sprawl.

In many areas, the existing roads cannot cope with traffic. I live in Guildford, the sixth most congested place in the UK. We are under great pressure to build a lot of housing, because successive governments have lacked the foresight and imagination to ensure that all parts of the country have sufficient housing, jobs and the infrastructure to match. We can’t just think of “putting houses where the jobs are” – we also need to think about encouraging employment where there is the room, and cheap land, to build housing.

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09/25/2017 05:50 PM
Gather around: readers' photos on the theme of group

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of group via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

  • Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘sleep’ by clicking the button below
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09/24/2017 08:00 AM
More detail needed in racial minorities data | Letters
Meghnad Desai says greater analysis is required and David Reed says black and minority ethnic groups in Britain seem to be doing pretty well. Plus letters from Peter Cave and Ian Watson

The raw truth of the Guardian report on minorities (Minorities report: it’s still snowy white at the pinnacle, 25 September) is undeniable. But to make progress we need much more grainy detail than we have. What are “the positions of most power”? Are they all in the public sector or large corporations rather than in corner grocery shops or small or medium sized enterprises (chemist shops)?

We also need a breakdown of black and minority ethnic groups by their constituent groups. South Asians are reputed to prefer private sector jobs or self-employment rather than public sector or private corporate sector jobs. Are these positions of power?

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09/25/2017 05:48 PM
Don’t knock Change.org’s role in the Uber debate | Letters
Kajal Odedra, UK director of Change.org, says the beauty of the platform is that anyone can start a petition

Regarding Luke Samuel’s letter (25 September) about Uber’s petition, which the company started on Change.org, anyone can use Change.org to campaign about the issues that matter to them. That is the beauty of our platform: everyone has access. No matter who you are, you have the freedom to sign petitions you care about, or even start an opposing petition. This is why we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of people turn to Change.org in the last few days on either side of the Uber debate.

Our mission is to empower people everywhere to create the change they want to see. The signatures on Uber’s petition were driven by their customers, rather than advertising on our site. We no longer have organisations advertising on our platform and have shifted our business model so that it is powered by people. You can now become a subscriber of Change.org or chip in to help specific campaigns get seen by more people.

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09/25/2017 05:45 PM
'I was kicked out of halls after one night' – your freshers' week regrets

Readers tell us what they got wrong in their first week of university

The very first night at university I had a few drinks (of course). I went to bed and I was woken up in the early hours by the fire alarm in my halls of residence. Being tipsy, as well as young and foolish, I punched the fire alarm control panel and dented it. The next day the hall manager gave me a massive telling off and evicted me from the accommodation. I spent the next two months living with a strict vegetarian family who set me a 10pm curfew. Alistair, West Midlands

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09/23/2017 03:00 PM
It’s no mystery – science and religion cannot be reconciled | the big issue

Scientists exist to defy, examine and explain the things that others might claim to be acts of God

While I am sure that there are many people working in scientific fields who would claim to be religious, it always seems to me that there really is a basic conflict here, rather than a “misunderstanding” (“Would you Adam and Eve it? Why creation story is at heart of major misunderstanding”, News).

How can any ultimately “supernatural” explanation (whatever that means) for a phenomenon ever be a “scientific” answer? At what point can any dedicated scientist investigating a difficult problem decide that there is no scientific answer to it and that it can be explained only as an act of God? How would such results be presented for scientific peer review and in what terms would they be couched?

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09/23/2017 11:05 PM
'We have forged our own identity': Welsh readers on 20 years of devolution

Readers in Wales on issues facing their country after marking 20 years since the vote for a devolved government

Wales voted for devolved government 20 years ago this week by a very narrow margin - just 50.3 to 49.7. We asked readers from Wales to consider what impact this decision had on the country and to share their hopes and concerns about the future post Brexit.

We have heard how the referendum affected communities, national identity and society as a whole. Here are some of their views.

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09/23/2017 10:48 AM
Sports quiz of the week: sackings, strike partnerships and a sensational start

Who keep winning? Who kept scoring? And who could have been a contender?

Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus were both on the scoresheet for Manchester City last weekend (and the weekend before). They have now scored nine league goals between them this season. Which two strikers contributed 55 goals to their club in a single Premier League season?

Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley for Newcastle in 1993-94

Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn in 1994-95

Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole for Manchester United in 1998-99

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez for Liverpool in 2013-14

Why were Celta Vigo fined by La Liga this week?

Because their players were "wearing their socks too low"

Three of their players mooned to a group of photographers who came to watch them train

Their manager did an interview while wearing a set of branded headphones

All eight of their games this season have ended nil-nil and they’ve been accused of "unsportsmanlike tactics".

Not enough fans have attended their home matches this season

What is the missing number: ???-110, 114-114, 113-115?

101

114

118

122

What was unexpected about Mark Beaumont’s attempt to cycle "around the world in 80 days"?

He wasn't able to complete it as someone stole his bike

The ferry he had booked from Dover to Calais was delayed and he finished in 81 days

He arrived home and found out his sponsor had gone bust and hadn’t been paying him

He finished it two days earlier than planned

Gareth Barry made his 632nd appearance in the Premier League on Saturday, equalling Ryan Giggs’ record. What Premier League record does Barry own all to himself?

Most appearances without winning the title

Oldest goalscorer

Most yellow cards

First person to score a hat-trick for two different clubs

Mark Sampson, the manager of the England women’s football team, was sacked on Wednesday. How had the team performed the night before?

They lost 2-0

They lost 4-1

The drew 3-3

They won 6-0

Which football club in the UK has not dropped a point yet this season?

Manchester City

Celtic

Coleraine

Llandudno

Rio Ferdinand has taken up boxing after a long and successful career as a footballer. Which other sport did the teenage Ferdinand reject before signing a contract with West Ham?

Cycling

Ballet

Table tennis

Snooker

Which other athlete took up boxing late in his sporting career and went on to win a British title?

Andrew Flintoff

Curtis Woodhouse

Leon McKenzie

Nobby Stiles

Jake LaMotta, the fighter immortalised in Martin Scorsese's film Raging Bull, died this week at the age of 95. What was LaMotta's other nickname?

The Brooklyn bruiser

The Staten Island stomper

The Manhattan maniac

The Bronx Bull

The Queensberry ruler

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09/22/2017 11:23 AM
Accessing cities with a disability: what have your experiences been?

Inaccessible venues and public spaces are a daily occurrence for most disabled people, whether at home or on holiday. We want to hear from Guardian readers with a disability about your experiences of accessing cities, good or bad

Last year Chester was named the most accessible city in Europe, selected from 43 cities in 21 countries for its achievements in creating a disability-friendly environment across many different sectors.

Related: Roman holiday: how Chester became the most accessible city in Europe

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09/20/2017 09:38 AM
Readers recommend: share your songs about taboos

Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 25 September

We want to hear about songs that talk up taboos – or, indeed, may have been taboo themselves. For more on how to interpret the theme, keep an eye on the comments.

You have until 11pm on Monday 25 September to post your nomination and make your justification. Samantha Birchard, who posts below the line as drunkenpanda, will select from your recommendations and produce your playlist, to be published online on 28 September.

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09/21/2017 07:00 PM
Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

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

Welcome to this week’s blog, and our roundup of your comments and photos from last week.

Where are the songs of spring? Think not of them... It’s autumn on Tips, Links And Suggestions and readers like Brooke Sherbrooke have been tailoring their choices accordingly:

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09/18/2017 02:00 PM
Where to see spectacular autumn colours around the world: our readers’ tips

It’s the season for mother nature to dazzle us with golds, reds, yellows and oranges … Our readers recommend the most vibrant autumnal displays in Europe, North America and Japan

They call it the Złota Polska Jesień – the Polish Golden Autumn. It’s when the oaks and sycamores around Krakow do their best New England impression. Just 20 minutes’ drive north of the city is the smallest national park in the country: Ojców. A series of small, sylvan valleys turns into a beautiful patchwork of ochre and rust-red starting in September. There are forest trails running past streams, caves and crooked cottages. You can climb up to lookout points for views over the tops of the woods, and see Ojców Castle studding the hillside like something out of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Bolkonsky

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09/21/2017 05:30 AM
Taylor Swift's alleged stalker deemed psychologically unfit to stand trial

Mohammed Jaffar, who repeatedly called Swift’s management company before turning up at her apartment, has been committed to a state psychiatric facility

A man who has been charged with stalking pop star Taylor Swift has been deemed unfit to stand trial by a court doctor.

Mohammed Jaffar, 29, was sent to a New York state psychiatric facility, where he will remain in custody until further mental health assessments.

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09/26/2017 09:44 AM
Cat Smith: ‘Tory policies have led to a huge waste of potential’

Young people have been neglected for too long – but Labour is finding ways to address their concerns, says the shadow youth minister

At 10pm in her constituency office, Cat Smith, the 32-year-old MP for Lancaster Fleetwood, is attempting to eat a cardboard box of vegetarian chilli, while explaining that all Fisherman’s Friend mints in the world are made in her constituency, digging out six different flavours from a desk drawer to show me. Smith thinks she’ll be at work until well after 1am for a vote, and points out that for MPs with young children, juggling work and family is a nightmare. On the back of her door hangs a flag for Fleetwood Town football club, and a “Hell Yes, I’m a Feminist” print has a card reading 415 tucked into the corner. Smith was handed the card on her first day as an MP, to remind her she was only the 415th woman to be elected. Smith’s youth, working-class background and comprehensive education mark her out from other MPs, she points out.

Related: Young people voted because Labour didn’t sneer at them. It’s that simple | Maya Goodfellow

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
kd lang and Ben Mink: how we made Constant Craving

‘It was the year I came out as gay. When we went to the Grammys, religious groups were picketing outside’

We’d hired a little place in Vancouver to write songs. I’d been listening to Black Crow by Joni Mitchell and said to Ben, my songwriting partner: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do a song with similar, flowing open chords?” I sat down with a little Casio keyboard and the music came quickly, but I struggled to write lyrics for months. Then one day I just sat at the window with a typewriter and the phrase “constant craving” came into my head. Once I had that, the lyrics flowed.

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09/26/2017 05:00 AM
Diane Abbott urges end to online abuse of BBC's Laura Kuenssberg

At Labour conference, shadow home secretary asks why female journalists and politicians are so often in the firing line

Diane Abbott has called for an end to online abuse of the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, and asked why it is female journalists and politicians that so often find themselves in the firing line.

The shadow home secretary said she was saddened to hear that Kuenssberg was being accompanied by a security guard at Labour conference after facing a backlash from some Jeremy Corbyn supporters over claims of bias.

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09/25/2017 05:34 PM
David Attenborough on the scourge of the oceans: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful'

His sequel to The Blue Planet will focus not only on the marvels of sea life but also the threats to it. The naturalist explains why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to ecologists

David Attenborough vividly remembers, nearly 80 years on, his first encounter with one of the worst scourges of the planet. He was a schoolboy. “I remember my headmaster, who was also my science master, saying: ‘Boys, we’ve entered a new era! We’ve entered, we’ll be proud to say, the plastic era. And what is so wonderful about this is we’ve used all our scientific ingenuity to make sure that it’s virtually indestructible. It doesn’t decay, you know, it’s wonderful.’”

Attenborough lets the last word hang in the air, eyebrows and hands raised. Then the hands fall. “Now we dump thousands of tonnes of it, every year, into the sea, and it has catastrophic effects.”

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09/25/2017 02:00 PM
Evening Standard urged to declare Osborne's job with Uber shareholder

Editor of London paper paid £650,000 a year by fund manager BlackRock which has stake in taxi app firm worth about £500m

The Evening Standard should declare that George Osborne has a job with a major shareholder in Uber when the newspaper publishes articles about the taxi company, according to the chair of the National Union of Journalists’ ethics council.

The Evening Standard ran a front page story about Uber’s London ban on Monday and also published an editorial that described removing its licence to operate in the city as “shutting out the future”.

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09/25/2017 05:41 PM
Terry Wogan voted greatest BBC radio presenter

John Peel and Sue MacGregor second and third in Radio Times poll of leading figures in broadcasting

Sir Terry Wogan has been voted the greatest BBC radio presenter, in a survey of leading figures in broadcasting to mark the 50th anniversary of Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Wogan topped the poll ahead of John Peel, Sue MacGregor, Annie Nightingale and Alistair Cooke. Chris Evans, who was paid at least £2.2m last year by the BBC and is its highest paid on-air star, according to its official pay list, ranked 26th.

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09/25/2017 11:01 PM
Sex addicts see a familiar story in Anthony Weiner's path to ruin

False promises, denial, cravings: sex addiction can be every bit as devastating as addiction to a drug. The good news: there is a way back

Nick T thought he’d reached bottom when he dived into the dumpster next to his home at 3am to root out a porn DVD he’d hurled in there in self-disgust at his compulsive masturbation habit, brought it in, cleaned it off, made use of it then tossed it back out. He did that three times that night.

Related: Anthony Weiner given 21 months in prison for sexting teenage girl

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09/25/2017 02:53 PM
Susheela Raman: ‘I always think, what would Björk do?
The British-Indian singer has studied with musicians from every corner of the globe and picked up a Mercury nomination along the way. But her concert of ‘sacred music for secular people’ may be her biggest challenge yet

For Susheela Raman, music is “all about escaping definition”. If the British-born and based musician seems emphatic on this point, shared over coffee in a park in north London,it’s because she has never really fitted in anywhere. Born to Tamil parents, Raman has spent a career shrugging off labels: world music (“a racist marketing category; I hate it”); ethnic (“I’ve often been told I should sound ‘more Indian’”); feminist. “I’m always striving for expression that could go beyond gender, beyond ethnicity,” she says.

Her latest project is equally liberationist in spirit. On 30 September, Raman will host Sacred Imaginations at the Barbican Centre, a concert of “sacred music for secular people”. The lineup, curated by Raman and her husband/music partner, Sam Mills of Real World Records, boasts esoteric virtuosos from around the globe who are united in their working knowledge of eastern and early Christian music. Parts of it will, says Raman, be like “plugging into something from the fourth century”.

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09/25/2017 02:45 PM
Is Tintin a girl? Philosopher says his theory was 'fake news'

After media fuss, Vincent Cespede says playful suggestion that Hergé’s boy detective was a young girl was merely ‘rethinking from another point of view’

A French philosopher, who made headlines worldwide last week after writing that he believed the boy detective Tintin was actually a girl, has said that it was a thought experiment and that the media ran it despite being told it was fake news.

“For his creator, Tintin [had] always been a young girl. An androgynous redhead with blue eyes, and probably asexual,” wrote Vincent Cespedes on Facebook last week. “Hergé would still be sniggering to find that 30 years after his death and 80 years after the first appearance of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, the whole world still believed that his ‘tomboy’ – as he called the character in front of the few friends who were in on the joke – is well and truly a real boy.”

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09/25/2017 01:30 PM
Deep Purple's ex-accountant banned as director for 'misappropriating £2m'

Insolvency Service says Dipak Rao concealed fact he had made payments from companies to his personal accounts

Rock group Deep Purple’s former accountant has been banned as a company director for misappropriating at least £2m from two entities controlling their catalogue of hits.

Dipak Rao, who worked for the band behind the hit Smoke on the Water between 1992 and 2014, has been disqualified for 11 years following an investigation by the Insolvency Service. It found he siphoned money into his personal accounts from two companies, Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd and HEC Enterprises Ltd, between 2008 and 2014.

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09/25/2017 05:05 PM
Jennifer Lopez donates $1m to Puerto Rico hurricane recovery effort

The actor and musician will contribute proceeds from her Las Vegas residency to a New York state aid programme after two hurricanes devastated the island

Jennifer Lopez has donated $1m in aid to the Puerto Rico recovery effort, following the devastating effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican parentage and was born in the Bronx, has said she will source the money from her Las Vegas residency shows. On a video posted on her Instagram account, Lopez revealed that she had not been able to reach family members living on the island.

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09/25/2017 11:31 AM
Wild Beasts, band who brought sensuality to British indie, split up

Four-piece originated in Kendal in 2004 before scoring a Mercury nomination for second album Two Dancers and two Top 10 records

Wild Beasts, the four-piece British band whose literate guitar pop took them from indie oddity to festival headliner, have split up after 13 years together.

In a letter posted on Twitter, they wrote: “The four of us have decided, for our own reasons and in our own ways, that it is now time to leave this orbit. We’re care takers to something precious and don’t want to have it diminish as we move forwards in our lives.” They hinted at farewell concerts, saying: “Before we go, we’d like to celebrate with you.”

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09/25/2017 10:49 AM
Czech actor Jan Tříska dies, aged 80, after fall from Prague bridge

Actor who emigrated to the US during Czechoslovakia’s communist era was best known for his appearances in The Karate Kid Part III and Quantum Leap

Actor Jan Tříska, who moved to the US after being banned by Czechoslovakia’s communist regime, has died after falling from Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80.

Prague theatre director Jan Hrušínský confirmed Tříska’s death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight due to injuries from the fall on Saturday, the circumstances of which remain unclear.

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09/25/2017 10:35 AM
Pharrell Williams 'takes a knee' in Charlottesville protest

The R&B singer joined Stevie Wonder in the protest against racism that has swept the NFL and enraged Donald Trump

Pharrell Williams has become the latest music star to show solidarity with NFL players, by sharing in their “take a knee” protest against racial injustice in the US.

Related: Egyptian students told to respect the flag or risk a year in prison

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09/25/2017 09:16 AM
Mark Zuckerberg loves cheesesteak and he really wants you to know it

Facebook founder and rumoured aspirant presidential candidate traveled to Philly for ‘the best cheesesteak in the land’ – and posted about it eight times

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know he is a normal human being who loves cheesesteak cheesesteak cheesesteak cheesesteak cheesesteak cheesesteak cheesesteak cheesesteak.

He wants you to know he loves cheesesteak so much so that he posted a picture of his visit to The Original Pat’s King of Steaks, with the caption “Traveled all the way to Philadelphia for the best cheesesteak in the land.”

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09/25/2017 09:11 AM
Why the world expert on Asperger's took 30 years to notice condition in his own son

Prof Tony Attwood, an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, was blindsided when he realised his son Will had the syndrome

Will Attwood has been addicted to drugs for the past two decades, an affliction which has seen the 35-year-old jailed multiple times and reliant on support from his family.

His father, Prof Tony Attwood, describes him as “a hero”. It’s a feeling towards his son that has come about since his decision about five years ago to watch an old family video.

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09/25/2017 06:58 AM
Kelly Macdonald: ‘People were still drunk on the Trainspotting set’

The actor, 41, on cowboy boots, childbearing, self-sufficiency and being bullied at school for not swearing

When I started acting I knew nothing. It was a momentous decision to pick up the flyer for the Trainspotting audition. “Destined” is a bit of a poncy word for it, but I do think I was headed in that direction.

Swearing never came naturally to me. I got bullied in school for it. I was pinned up against the girls’ cloakroom wall while everyone chanted at me to swear. All I could come up with was “bloody”.

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09/24/2017 01:00 PM
Naomi Klein to address Labour conference

Writer will appear in Brighton on Tuesday in international speaker slot previously filled by Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton

The climate campaigner Naomi Klein will address the Labour party conference this year as its international guest speaker, a slot previously given to prominent international politicians including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and the then Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

Klein, an award-winning journalist whose works include This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, will also address the grassroots festival The World Transformed (TWT), which is organised by Momentum.

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09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Charles Bradley obituary
American soul singer and songwriter who found fame late in life

Fame came late to the soul singer Charles Bradley, who has died of cancer aged 68. He did not record his first single until 2002, and made his debut album only in 2011. Nonetheless he seized his opportunity, and in the last years of his life was able to build a devoted audience while basking in belated critical acclaim.

“If I’d gotten that break when I was 25, the world wouldn’t have known what to do with me,” he said in 2014. “I know so much more now and I know how to deal with things better … I can dig into a lot of my memories. I can do things I was afraid to do before.”

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09/24/2017 04:48 PM
A giant swing and an imminent eruption: Tuesday's best photographs

A selection of the best photographs from around the world including a giant swing in Nepal and an imminent eruption in Bali

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09/26/2017 12:15 PM
Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – in pictures

Puerto Rico has been battling dangerous floods sparked by Hurricane Maria, with a number of residents still trapped in their homes. The island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, described the storm as the most devastating in a century after 33 people died and the US territory’s electricity and telecoms infrastructure were destroyed

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09/26/2017 08:59 AM
Best photos of the day: a polar bear's lunch and night-time surfing

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including a referendum in Iraq, the Labour party conference and an art campaign

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09/25/2017 11:34 AM
Taking the knee: how NFL players protested during national anthem in every game – in pictures

After the president said those kneeling to highlight issues of racial justice should be fired, players across the league showed defiance in different ways

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09/24/2017 07:29 PM
London's international tattoo festival – in pictures

The 13th annual International London Tattoo Convention, which showed off the best of eastern and western styles, took place at Tobacco Dock in east London at the weekend

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09/25/2017 08:15 AM
The Elvises of Porthcawl – Elvis impersonators in pictures

The world’s largest gathering of Elvis enthusiasts and impersonators takes place every September in the seaside town of Porthcawl, Wales. Photographer Gareth Cattermole set up a portrait studio and persuaded a selection of Elvises to sit for him

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09/25/2017 06:30 AM
Milan fashion week spring/summer 2018: 10 key shows – in pictures

From glam rock at Gucci to female cartoonists and manga artists at Prada and 90s supermodels at Versace – Observer fashion editor Jo Jones picks her 10 highlights from the shows

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09/25/2017 05:00 AM
Photographing the Peak District in autumn – in pictures

The Peak District is arguably at its most spectacular at this time of year, when its moorlands turn burnished brown – as Mick Ryan’s images show in a new guide on photographing the national park

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09/25/2017 06:00 AM
From Warhol to Studio 54: legendary New York posters – in pictures

New York cultural institution Poster House kicks off with a pop-up exhibition, Gone Tomorrow, featuring posters from classic venues and cult events from New York City’s history

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09/25/2017 06:00 AM
Best photos of the day: Marni in Milan and skinny-dipping at sunrise

Our picture editors bring you highlights from around the world, including models at Milan fashion week and skinny-dippers in Northumberland

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09/24/2017 01:12 PM
Covering the counterculture: the 60s underground press – in pictures

In 1966, author Barry Miles and photographer John “Hoppy” Hopkins founded International Times, or IT, Britain’s first underground newspaper. The following decade saw an explosion of publications – including Oz, Friends/Frendz, Gandalf’s Garden and Ink – dedicated to avant garde poetry and music, radical politics, the sexual revolution, psychedelia, vegetarianism and other ideas associated with 1960s counterculture. “It was everything to do with youth culture – we would cover everything from the price of marijuana in Amsterdam to known undercover agents in London,” says Miles, who with curator James Birch has collected the magazines for an exhibition at A22 Gallery, London EC1 from 28 September. “With Trump and Brexit and all the rest of it, it’s a very good time to reassess a more human, loving approach to humanity.”

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09/23/2017 04:00 PM
The 20 photographs of the week

The Mexico earthquake, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar and the Catalan vote of independence – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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09/23/2017 07:17 AM
The great cover up: modest dressing – in pictures

Long skirts, generously cut tops, opulent knits and rich textures all make modesty this autumn’s big new trend

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09/23/2017 10:45 PM
Versace: backstage at the S/S 2018 show – in pictures

To mark the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s death, Donatella paid homage to her brother with a collection that delved into the archives. From Cindy Crawford to Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, his supermodel friends joined the tribute

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09/23/2017 01:31 PM
‘There was an unsaid understanding between us’: the Dallas Veterans Day Parade, 2004

Marine staff sergeant Mark Graunke recalls being embraced by Pearl Harbor veteran Houston James in Dallas

There’s an unwritten rule in the Marines that if you get caught in the media, you have to buy everyone a case of beer. So when this photograph went viral, my first thought was: “Uh-oh, I owe a lot of people a lot of drinks.”

As a staff sergeant, I was part of the initial effort in Iraq, entering from Kuwait in March 2003. My first job was to keep routes open, making sure there were no explosive hazards near the roads. Then I worked in explosive ordnance disposal, the military version of the bomb squad. Our job was to prevent things blowing up, or explode them in a controlled environment. I handled everything from bombs to grenades and mines.

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09/22/2017 01:00 PM
The week in wildlife – in pictures

A rare rhinoceros under constant protection, an albino orangutan, and protected pandas are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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09/22/2017 01:37 PM
The striking feminist art of Louise Bourgeois – in pictures

The often provocative work of the French sculptor is being celebrated in a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and shines a light on some of her lesser-known print pieces that focus on issues of patriarchy, sexuality and womanhood.

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09/22/2017 06:00 AM
Here We Are: British photographers document ways of life – in pictures

Here We Are, Burberry’s exhibition of British social and documentary photography, features more than 200 works by, among others, Dafydd Jones, Bill Brandt, Brian Griffin, Shirley Baker, Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Jo Spence and Janette Beckman. The exhibition is divided into themes, and it also showcases important bodies of work by individual photographers. Here, the co-curator Lucy Kumara Moore introduces some highlights from the show.

The exhibition is displayed over three floors of the Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell, London, from 18 September to 1 October

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09/21/2017 06:00 AM
Exotic pet owners of Beijing – in pictures

A dramatic rise in owning exotic pets in China is fuelling global demand for threatened species. The growing trade in alligators, snakes, monkeys, crocodiles and spiders is directly linked to species loss in some of the world’s most threatened ecosystems

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09/20/2017 06:05 AM
Going downtown, the New York subway reaches Delhi - in pictures

Art lovers in India will this month have the chance to see panoramic views of New York Subway stations and their passengers, on display as part of the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad. Natan Dvir’s series Platforms, is on show until October 8th

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09/20/2017 02:31 PM