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Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:55:05 GMT2017-07-23T14:55:05Z

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BBC must 'look very hard at itself' over pay gap, says Jeremy Corbyn

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:48:29 GMT2017-07-23T13:48:29Z

Labour leader describes ‘appalling’ gender pay gap as 40 female presenters demand immediate action at BBC

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the BBC needed to “look very hard at itself” over the gender pay gap, describing the gulf between men’s and women’s pay as appalling.

Household names including Newsnight presenters Emily Maitlis and Kirsty Wark, presenters Clare Balding and Angela Rippon and One Show host Alex Jones are among more than 40 women who have written to the director general, Tony Hall, to demand the BBC act to correct the pay gap. It was coordinated by Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey.

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Labour would leave single market, says Jeremy Corbyn

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:05:11 GMT2017-07-23T11:05:11Z

Labour leader says market membership is dependent on being in EU, but party would seek to mirror its benefits with trade deal

A Labour government would leave the single market because it is “dependent on membership of the EU” but seek a trade deal that mirrored the free trade benefits, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

The Labour leader’s explanation of his party’s Brexit policy was questioned by the former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, one of the party’s leading advocates of a soft Brexit, who pointed out that several countries including Norway were members of the single market without being full EU members.

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Eight dead in trailer outside San Antonio Walmart 'were very hot to touch'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:17:17 GMT2017-07-23T10:17:17Z

  • Police ‘looking at a human trafficking crime’ as 28 taken to hospital
  • CCTV footage shows vehicles picking up other people from trailer

Eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded outside a Walmart store in the stifling summer heat of Texas, in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case. The driver was arrested.

Twenty other people in extremely critical or serious condition and eight more with lesser injuries including heat stroke and dehydration were found inside the truck, which did not have a working air conditioning system despite blistering temperatures that topped 100F (37C), authorities said.

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India chasing 229 to beat England in Women's Cricket World Cup final – live!

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:52:16 GMT2017-07-23T14:52:16Z

24th over: India 88-2 (Punam 36, Harmanpreet 30). Oh that’s magnificent from Harmanpreet, the back pad along the ground, swinging with the straightest arms. The contact enough, landing in the grandstand, the chap in the front row putting down the catch. Second time she’s done that. Into the 30s. Nine from the Hartley over - the bowler she seems most keen to take on, much as she was the left-arm orthodox of Jess Jonassen on Thursday. She won’t need long to rip this game apart.

23rd over: India 79-2 (Punam 36, Harmanpreet 22). Marsh’s third over on the bounce where four singles have been added. Nothing more. Both sides probably happy enough with that. Three of those down the ground. A scoop too. Punam had a couple of goes at that now.

“It seems an obvious point to make but Jenny Gunn is a bit good, isn’t she?” James Higgott likes the England all-rounder’s work. “She fires them in, barrel straight, on target every time. She’s an automatic pick for me. I’m glad they’ve held a few of her overs back, keeping her powder dry for later.”

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Israel refuses to remove metal detectors from mosque despite rising violence

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:53:55 GMT2017-07-23T12:53:55Z

Israelis and Palestinians braced for further confrontations in Jerusalem as death toll rises in wake of new security crackdown

Israeli officials have said they will not remove metal detectors from outside a Jerusalem mosque, despite their installation triggering rapidly escalating confrontations with Palestinians.

Amid a mounting toll of deaths and injuries in the crisis, Israelis and Palestinians are braced for weeks of confrontation, as both sides appeared to dig in to their positions.

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Labour sounds alarm over rollout of universal credit rape clause into N Ireland

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:39:25 GMT2017-07-23T09:39:25Z

Opposition calls for parliamentary debate, saying women risk being criminalised if two-child limit is imposed in region

Labour is raising the alarm about a government attempt to extend to Northern Ireland a policy that imposes a two-child limit on universal credit recipients unless a woman can show she has been raped.

The move could place Theresa May on a collision course with the Democratic Unionist party, on whom she is relying on for her minority government to win votes in Westminster.

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Bear chases 200 sheep over cliff edge to their deaths

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:10:31 GMT2017-07-23T11:10:31Z

French farmers hit out at reintroduction programme of brown bears in Pyrenees after incident on Spanish border

More than 200 sheep have plunged to their deaths in the Pyrenees while apparently trying to escape a brown bear. The bears have been reintroduced to the mountain region over the past three decades after being wiped out by hunters.

The sheep, which belonged to a farmer in Couflens, south-west France, are thought to have taken fright when the bear appeared in the area last Sunday.

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Diana documentary reveals William and Harry regret 'rushed' last call

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:04:42 GMT2017-07-23T09:04:42Z

Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry speak out about coping with grief and loss after the death of their mother 20 years ago

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have revealed deep remorse that their last conversation with their mother was a brief phone call that they cut short because they were too busy playing with their cousins.

In a documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales, her sons speak candidly about their grief, their loss, and coping with the shock of her premature death, aged 36, 20 years ago.

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Man dies after struggle in east London shop following police chase

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:26:42 GMT2017-07-23T12:26:42Z

IPCC investigating incident in which 20-year-old allegedly seen trying to swallow an object before being taken ill

A 20-year-old man has died after being chased and apprehended by police in east London.

The man, named locally as Rashan Charles, was allegedly seen trying to swallow an object before being taken ill, and was pronounced dead in a hospital a short time later.

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World Series of Poker: 25-year-old wins title and $8.1m in first appearance

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:39:11 GMT2017-07-23T12:39:11Z

  • Scott Blumstein from New Jersey had sharpened skills online
  • Rookie beat 7,200 other competitors to first place in Las Vegas

A New Jersey man with a degree in accounting is this year’s World Series of Poker champion.

Scott Blumstein won the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event early on Sunday in Las Vegas surrounded a crowd that included relatives and college friends. He is now $8.1m richer after eliminating Pennsylvania’s Daniel Ott on the 246th hand of the final table, more than 60 hands with just the two of them with bricks of bills and a gold bracelet separating them.

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The two sides of Donald Trump

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:00:05 GMT2017-07-23T11:00:05Z

Donald Trump is not known for the consistency of his views, and his colleagues and allies have fallen victim to his caprices, too

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The Open 2017: Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar battling for the lead – live!

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:50:29 GMT2017-07-23T14:50:29Z

Kuchar, in the bunker front right of 6, has a long way to go to reach the pin back left. He can only smack his ball out of the sand to 15 feet. Two putts, and that’s a bogey. Spieth however bumps his chip from the side to four feet, a lovely touch, and he’s taken advantage of that lucky break from his errant drive by saving his par! All of a sudden, things are looking a little more comfortable for Spieth. Whether he’s feeling much more comfortable is another matter, but this - featuring birdie for Open specialist Marc Leishman at 17 - is where we are.

-9: Spieth (6)
-7: Kuchar (6)
-6: Li (F)
-4: Southgate (17), Leishman (17), Cabrera-Bello (9)

That’s a huge stroke of luck for Spieth, who could have been faced with an unplayable lie under a bush had his ball not come into contact with a spectator. From a trodden-down lie, he bundles a fairway wood to the side of the green. Kuchar is snagged in thick stuff on the hood of the bunker; his lash up the hole ends up in the sand front left of the putting surface. Meanwhile another birdie for Matthew Southgate, this time at 17, and he’s -4. He celebrates by punching the air, and why not? He’s tied for fourth at the Open with Rafa Cabrera-Bello ... but not Brooks Koepka, who is forced to splash out sideways from sand at the par-three 7th, and drops to -3. Koepka’s partner Austin Connelly bogeys too, his third of the day after 1 and 5: he’s -2 now.

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‘Imagine living with this crap’: tempers in Venice boil over in tourist high season

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:04:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:04:00Z

As residents leave and visitor numbers soar, the city’s quality of life is being eroded. This summer, irate locals have taken to the streets

Emotions run high in Venice, the Italian island city that fascinates visitors even as it exasperates the dwindling band of local inhabitants.

Venice is still known as La Serenissima, the most serene, and was once a place where the population rubbed gracefully along with visitors made up mostly of intellectuals, writers and artists. It is difficult now to imagine that happy coexistence, when you wander through the intricate maze of alleys and waterways and speak to local people. Depopulation and mass tourism have long been causes of local despair. But this summer it feels as if a tipping point may not be far away.

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How 1967 changed gay life in Britain: ‘I think for my generation, we’re still a little bit uneasy’

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:00:09 GMT2017-07-23T14:00:09Z

The passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was pivotal, although its effects were mixed and slow to be noticed. Simon Callow, Maureen Duffy and others remember the times before, and after, homosexuality was decriminalised

It’s 11.30pm on 14 June 1967. On BBC2, Late Night Line-Up is starting. A saxophone plays as the camera zooms in on a sober-looking panel of experts – a doctor, a social psychologist, a Conservative MP and a writer. They are there to discuss one of the burning issues of the day – homosexuality – and respond to a groundbreaking documentary shown earlier in the evening. That documentary, explains presenter Michael Dean, “made no judgments and passed no opinions. It let homosexuals speak for themselves about their common condition.”

The only person on the panel with the “condition” is Maureen Duffy, whose novel about lesbian life, The Microcosm, had been published the previous year (she was one of the first women in British public life to be openly lesbian). Now 83, she remembers that night as an important moment for gay visibility, but acknowledges that she was in a position of relative privilege. “I was a self-employed writer. I could not lose my job, as some people did if they were discovered to be gay. I had nothing to hide and so it was easy for me to speak up.” And, as a woman, her private life wasn’t criminalised, because the law ignored lesbians. Male homosexuality was still illegal, with “buggery” technically punishable by imprisonment for life. With many men understandably scared to identify themselves, “Those women for whom it was possible did stand up to be counted, made the case that it was unfair and did what they could,” says Duffy.

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The lynx effect: are sheep farmers right to fear for their flocks?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:00:08 GMT2017-07-23T13:00:08Z

Plans to bring the wild cats back to Northumberland have prompted concerns from farmers, but – from beavers to red kites – rewilding in the UK has generally been a success

More than a millennia has passed since lynx roamed Britain, and now the Lynx UK Trust – a community interest company formed in 2014 by conservationists and scientists – wants to reintroduce them into Kielder Forest in Northumberland. The trust’s plans have received opposition from the National Sheep Association, which says: “The consultation process adopted by Lynx UK Trust appears flawed and misleading.”

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The expert's guide to the perfect meat barbecue

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

Everything you need to know about grilling meat, from fuel to two-zone cooking, by Hawksmoor’s executive chef. Plus recipes for pre-meat-fest snacks and sauces to go alongside

Barbecue, at its most basic, is an alchemy of wood, smoke and meat, so the fuel you use can dramatically affect flavour. Your best bet is to use lumpwood charcoal, made from high-quality hardwoods with none of the chemicals that help lesser charcoals burn. You can then add different hardwood chunks, depending on the flavour you are looking for: oak, apple and cherry are personal favourites. (Any garden centre worth its salt will have a range of woods for cooking and smoking in the barbecue section; failing that, there are numerous stockists online.)

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s vegetable barbecue recipes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

There’s a lot more to barbecue than meat: all sorts of vegetables, and even fruit, benefit from time over the coals, too

Throughout all the seasons, and for many, many years now, I’ve been marking all sorts of ingredients with chargrilled stripes. Stalks of asparagus and sprouting broccoli, wedges of halloumi and feta, chunks of bread, red tomatoes, orange squash, white cauliflower: the effect of the chargrill is to make things look great – those smart, black lines – and taste great, taking on the smoky flavours of the grill.

When the sun is not calling, I’ll do this indoors, in the kitchen, on a ridged griddle pan, with a high flame on the stove and the extractor turned up to the max (or the window opened very wide). The results are pretty much the same, but nothing quite beats the allure of food that’s cooked and eaten outdoors.

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Thomasina Miers’ summer fruit dessert recipes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

From nectarine tart to mango sorbet, summer puddings are all about making the most of seasonal fruit

When the sun’s out, I find it hard to shake the feeling of perpetual summer. I’ll be in a state of shock come October, obviously, but for now I’ll happily bask in all the sun’s glory – and all the amazing fruit it brings with it. Tangy cherries collapse in a pan and stain a fool with their crimson juices; apricots bake in a clafoutis and get an emerald sparkle from basil-scented sugar; raspberries and nectarines provide a fine match for a goats’ curd tart with the merest hint of sweetness to bring it to the right side of pudding. Then it’s over to Mexico (of course) with pineapple, coconut, mango and lime featuring in a bright, citrussy sorbet and a tea loaf that is indecently soft and squidgy. Well, we might as well enjoy the sunshine while we can.

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Tour de France 2017: final stage – live!

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:53:58 GMT2017-07-23T14:53:58Z

“Are there time bonuses in this stage?” asks Henry Heath. “If so will Landa fancy a sprint for third?”

Yes there are bonuses, and yes, he’ll be going for it - but he’ll need badness to befall Brdet.

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Chelsea apologise to Chinese fans over Kenedy’s ‘offensive’ Instagram posts

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:02:43 GMT2017-07-23T13:02:43Z

• Chelsea say Brazilian has been ‘strongly reprimanded and disciplined’
• ‘Messages caused great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China’

Chelsea have issued an apology to their Chinese supporters after admitting social media posts by Kenedy had caused “great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China”.

The defender wrote the messages on his Instagram account before Chelsea’s comfortable 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. The 21-year-old was jeered during the pre-season friendly and has since apologised for his comments, and said any offence caused by now-deleted posts was “not intentional”.

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Martin Slumbers’ strange anti-BBC tirade may come back to haunt him | Ewan Murray

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:01:03 GMT2017-07-23T09:01:03Z

The R&A’s chief executive has picked a fight with an odd target and his labelling of the BBC’s Open coverage as ‘tired and outdated’ is likely to have repercussions

It is one of sport’s unwritten rules. Martin Slumbers also seemed about the least likely individual to breach it. Which did not stop the chief executive of the R&A launching a verbal grenade in advance of this Open Championship.

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Deceit, determination and Murdoch's millions: how Premier League was born

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:22:02 GMT2017-07-23T10:22:02Z

Twenty-five years ago Rick Parry, David Dein and Greg Dyke turned British football on its head. Here the men behind the revolutionary deal retell the story

Rick Parry is showing me the most important document in the recent history of British sport. He has a photo of it on his phone. “Here it is in my handwriting,” he says. “Graham was upstairs, waiting for me to tell him, and I’d forgotten to put FA. So that’s Graham’s writing on the top going ‘by the way, that’s the FA Premier League’.”

“Graham” is Graham Kelly, the former chief executive of the Football Association. In 1991 he hired Parry to help him with a problem. Out of that problem was born a football competition that has become a global brand, a sporting hegemon and a form of soft power for the United Kingdom in the 21st century. But visible even in its totemic “founders’ agreement”, the document on Parry’s phone, were the tensions that would make the Premier League sometimes as reviled as it was beloved.

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England faced with no easy answers after painful defeat by South Africa

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00:03 GMT2017-07-23T09:00:03Z

Tom Westley makes his Test debut but the rest of Joe Root’s chastened side is marked by uncertainty as they attempt to bounce back at The Oval

So which side are going to be thrashed at The Oval? The series between England and South Africa has not been short of incident or interest but, while it stands tantalisingly at 1-1, a tense, fingernail chewing finish to a Test has been the missing ingredient. Add a couple of those and we have a series to remember for a long time. Modern cricketers do not seem so adept at digging themselves out of holes.

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Sky’s the limiting factor for Chris Froome in Tour de France popularity stakes

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00:03 GMT2017-07-23T09:00:03Z

Briton’s four wins place him in exalted company, but team’s image prevents fans from properly celebrating his achievements

In 1963, the Tour de France organisers devised a route to discomfit Jacques Anquetil, who had just won the race for the third time. The time trial kilometrage was slashed and the mountain stages increased. It did not work: Anquetil took his fourth Tour in emphatic style. A similar process can be traced leading to Chris Froome’s fourth Tour win, sealed in Marseille in one of the most scenically beautiful and atmospheric stages the event has ever run.

This Tour route looked tailored for the young French hopeful Romain Bardet, he of the nerveless descending skills, more downhill skier than cyclist, but the outcome was the same as in 1963: the man who, on paper, was least favoured by the route, ended up the winner, taking his fourth Tour.

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Tom Daley revels in spectacular 10m platform gold at World Championships

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:36:41 GMT2017-07-22T23:36:41Z

• British diver claims first individual world gold for eight years
• ‘It was a weird competitive feeling. It was like I had blinkers on’

Tom Daley relished the pressure in responding from his Olympic disappointment to win a second World Championships 10-metres platform title in Budapest on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Plymouth diver was inconsolable after missing out on qualification from the Olympic semi-final in Rio last August, having been peerless in the earlier qualification heat.

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Manchester City seal signing of Real Madrid right-back Danilo for £26.5m

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:24:05 GMT2017-07-23T09:24:05Z

• Brazilian joins after arrival of full-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham
• Danilo: ‘It has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola’

Manchester City have completed the signing of Real Madrid’s Danilo on a five-year contract for a fee of £26.5m after the two clubs reached an agreement over the transfer of the Brazilian defender in midweek.

The 26-year-old will join his new team-mates on their tour of the United States after agreeing personal terms and passing his medical at the Premier League club. Pep Guardiola views Danilo as a versatile player, who can operate at left-back and in defensive midfield, as well as at right-back.

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Tour de France 2017 – in pictures

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:00:04 GMT2017-07-23T10:00:04Z

As this year’s Tour reaches its climax after 20 stages of racing, we bring you some of our favourite images from three weeks of two-wheel action

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José Mourinho guarantees David de Gea is staying with Manchester United

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:11:26 GMT2017-07-23T02:11:26Z

  • Mourinho says he is ‘100%’ certain De Gea is not leaving
  • United bracing themselves for bid from Real Madrid

José Mourinho has guaranteed “100%” that David de Gea will not be sold by Manchester United to Real Madrid or any other club for the coming season.

The manager was speaking in California’s Palo Alto before Sunday’s tour meeting with Real in San Jose. De Gea nearly moved to the Spanish club two years ago before the transfer collapse on the final day of the 2015 summer window.

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Euro 2017: Mark Sampson warns England players of Spain’s ‘dark arts’

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:39:42 GMT2017-07-22T21:39:42Z

• Teams meet in crucial European Championship Group D match
• England Coach Sampson says Spain are ‘hard to fall in love with’

Mark Sampson has warned his England players to beware the “dark arts” practised by a Spain side that he believes “people find it hard to fall in love with” when the Euro 2017 rivals meet in Breda on Sunday night. The game not only promises to determine which team finishes top of Group D but should also prove to be a useful litmus test of the Lionesses’ status as contenders.

“Spain are one of those teams that, on one hand, are the purist’s dream yet, on the other, are incredibly frustrating,” said Sampson, whose players thrashed Scotland 6-0 in their opening Group D match last Wednesday. “No one would argue that Spain’s tippy-tappy football, their possession-based style, isn’t pleasing on the eye.

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Sophie Hahn breaks her own world record to win another World Para gold

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:42:00 GMT2017-07-22T21:42:00Z

• British 1-2 in T38 100m as Hahn defeats team-mate Kadeena Cox
• Georgina Hermitage also wins her second gold in T37 100m

There was defiance from Kadeena Cox, brilliance from Sophie Hahn, grit from Georgina Hermitage and an awesome show of brute strength from Aled Davies. It was one of those Saturday nights at the London Stadium when it was difficult to know where to look first. Perhaps it was important just to take a moment to consider the beauty of Para sport, to appreciate how far these athletes are willing to push themselves in their pursuit of glory and recognition.

There is an argument that the penultimate evening at the World Para Athletics Championship belonged to Hahn, who shattered her own world record on the way to winning her third consecutive world title in the T38 100m. Her second gold at this competition confirmed her status as one of the finest sprinters of her generation, a remarkable thought given that she is only 20 years old.

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Ian Poulter feels the Open love but falls out of Claret Jug contention | Andy Bull

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:31:51 GMT2017-07-22T21:31:51Z

The Englishman started the day with an ominous bogey and was unable to draw on the mass of affection from the Royal Birkdale crowd to stay with Jordan Spieth

In sport, affection is one of the rewards of endurance. Stick around long enough, and most everyone comes to like you in the end. Even if you are Ian Poulter. He may be Marmite online, but there is no player more popular with the crowd at Birkdale this week, not even Rory McIlroy. After the year Poulter’s had, he has earned every last little bit of their support.

This is the first major Poulter has played in since last year’s Masters and the first he has contended since the Masters before that. In the past 12 months, he has struggled so hard that he nearly lost his PGA Tour card, has had surgery to fix a severe foot injury, had to close down his clothing company and make it through a qualifying tournament just to play here.

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Celebrate Lady Hale – then make the senior judiciary more diverse | Erika Rackley

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:48:41 GMT2017-07-23T14:48:41Z

Brenda Hale’s appointment as president of the UK supreme court is a landmark. But the highest echelons of the legal profession still need change

Occurring just two years shy of the centenary of women entering the legal profession, Lady Hale’s appointment as president of the UK supreme court is a landmark for women lawyers and judges and for women in public life more generally. Another first ticked off a list that remains disappointingly long.

Related: 'Women are equal to everything': Lady Hale lives up to her motto

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While Hammond looks for a magic money tree, Labour has found one | Larry Elliott

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:35:11 GMT2017-07-23T12:35:11Z

If the chancellor is to fund higher spending without increasing borrowing, he will need revenue – step forward, Prof Avinash Persaud

For Spreadsheet Phil, the numbers look bad. Growth is weakening. Higher inflation means debt interest payments are rising. The recent election showed a nation heartily sick of austerity. There are pressures for higher public-sector pay.

The one big initiative announced by Philip Hammond in his year or so as chancellor was to move the annual budget from the spring to the autumn. Preparatory work for the first of those will begin in earnest over the summer, and nothing so far has suggested that Hammond will be in a generous mood. Quite the contrary, in fact.

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Female channel bosses have earned top billing

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-07-23T06:00:00Z

Amid the controversy and pay gaps exposed by the BBC’s salary disclosures, two highly skilled and talented women have risen to the top of the broadcasting industry

Here, in the midst of current controversy, is some good news. The new leaders of both ITV and Channel 4 are both women (replacing men). More good news sees them not only succeeding on equal terms, but winning the same heady blend of salaries and add-ons. At which point, however, we encounter a few shades of grey.

Carolyn McCall, flying in from an easyJet hangar in Luton, is reportedly on course to make £25.2m over the next five years at ITV, if all goes well (an edifice built on the foundations of £900,000 pa). Her predecessor, Adam Crozier, has earned £24.9m since 2012. Alex Mahon, replacing David Abraham atop C4, can expect to hit his £881,000 a year, perhaps edging closer to a million if the ad revenue rolls in (as it did at the end of Abraham’s reign).

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The Trump resistance can be best described in one adjective: female | LA Kauffman

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:01:24 GMT2017-07-23T12:01:24Z

With the anti-Trump resistance, the preponderance of women is so noteworthy that failing to name it obscures the movement’s basic nature

  • LA Kauffman is a longtime grassroots organizer and author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

It’s now been six dizzying and nauseating months since Donald Trump took the oath of office, and the brightest spot on the American political landscape is the grassroots resistance that has sprung up to counter his regime. No previous president ever faced so many protests so early in his term, and the millions who have taken to the streets since January can already take significant credit for stalling and frustrating key aspects of Trump’s agenda, from his Muslim ban to his bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

There are numerous qualities that distinguish this organizing upsurge from past waves of protest in the United States, but the most striking and significant is its composition: the resistance, by and large, is women.

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Sexism in advertising is a problem – but hardly the worst one | David Mitchell

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00:03 GMT2017-07-23T09:00:03Z

The Advertising Standards Authority’s move to stamp out gender stereotyping is a good thing, but is it really a priority?

When I heard last week’s news that the Advertising Standards Authority is proposing to crack down on gender stereotyping in adverts, I found my reaction interesting. If only you could do the same. But then I am pretty easily entertained. I’ve been known to watch golf if the remote’s out of reach.

It was quite a negative reaction – I won’t deny it. There’s no point in being ashamed – it was involuntary. It’s like someone shouting “Heil Hitler!” in their sleep. It turns out that’s just who they are.

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The rebirth of Google Glass shows the merit of failure | John Naughton

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-07-23T06:00:00Z

The much-mocked wearable computer, refashioned as an aid for factory workers, is the latest success born of a commercial flop

Remember Google Glass? It was the name coined for spectacles developed by Google’s (now Alphabet’s) X division (the company’s intellectual sandpit in which engineers develop way-out ideas). Looking at first sight like a cheap pair of non-prescription reading glasses, Glass functioned as a kind of miniature head-up display (a transparent screen that allows users to read data without having to change their viewpoint). Over part of the right-hand lens was a small rectangular block of glass which functioned as a miniature computer monitor. Inside the right-hand support (the part that goes over your ear) Google had packed memory, a processor, a camera, speaker and microphone, Bluetooth and wifi antennas, an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and a battery. So when you put on your spectacles you were, in fact, donning a tiny wearable computer.

Glass was first announced in 2012 and made available (for $1,500) to select early adopters (dubbed “Glass explorers”) in 2013. It went on sale to the general public in May 2014. In technical terms, it was an amazing piece of miniaturisation. Driven by voice commands, it had quite impressive functionality. You could tell it to take a photograph, for example, or record a video of what you were looking at. Similarly, you could call up a Google search about something you were looking at and have the results displayed in surprisingly readable form on the tiny screen – which appeared to be suspended some distance ahead of you in space. In that sense, Glass looked like the realisation of a dream that early tech visionaries like Douglas Engelbart had – of technology that could usefully augment human capabilities with computing power.

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Yes, the gender pay gap rules are flawed. But they’re the best hope of making things better

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-07-23T06:00:00Z

Following the debacle over BBC salaries, it isn’t surprising that boardrooms across Britain are dreading the imminent requirement for transparency

Isn’t transparency on pay wonderful? You might struggle to find many BBC managers who would agree with the sentiment after the corporation’s tricky week for harmonious staff relations. The publication of the salaries of those earning more than £150,000 a year provoked anger, recrimination and reasonable accusations of gender bias.

The BBC’s experience will also have sent shudders through many boardrooms in the corporate world. Unlike the BBC, none will have to give details of everyone earning more than £150,000; that requirement was an odd, and probably politically motivated, condition of the BBC’s charter renewal. But about 9,000 large employers will have to file data on their gender pay gap by April next year. The figures will be in the public domain on an official website, hence the worry that upsets and rows at the BBC will be repeated among millions of workers, albeit with less publicity.

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We can’t prepare to leave Europe until we know where we’re going | Andrew Rawnsley

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:01 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:01Z

The battle for a transition deal seems to have been won. This resolves one argument, only to ignite many others

Tick. Tock. We have now got to that scene in the Brexit movie where rivulets of sweat begin to drip down the faces of the crew. They have noticed that the clock is running down. It is nearly four months since Mrs May dispatched her letter telling the EU that Britain was leaving. Yet nothing has been agreed. The cabinet continues to quarrel about the ultimate shape of Brexit. The talks in Brussels are making little discernible progress in critical areas. Time is one of Britain’s worst enemies in this process – and the clock becomes a more deadly foe with each day that is wasted.

It never was credible that the many aspects of this country’s ties with its closest neighbours and most important trading partners could be renegotiated to the remorseless timetable that kicked in when Mrs May invoked article 50. Britain’s political and economic relationship with the EU is the product of more than four decades of intricate engagement.

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Frankly, banks – it’s time to give a damn about your image

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-07-23T06:00:00Z

Ten years on from the credit crisis, things still aren’t looking good at two of our biggest financial institutions

Another week, another chance to take a kick at the banks, which are collectively showing very few signs of wanting to improve their image a decade after the financial crisis.

We have results from Barclays, which is the first time the bank has had to face the City since the unveiling of a date for its criminal trial – of ex-chief John Varley and three former colleagues – on charges concerning the way the bank raised billions of pounds from Qatar in 2008. Anyway, block January 2019 out of your diary.

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After the pay furore, the BBC now has a chance to be a beacon for fairness | Will Hutton

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:02:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:02:00Z

The corporation faced down critics over its salaries for ‘talent’ and should commit to equity for all staff

‘The BBC is really hurting today,” declared Jeremy Vine outside Wogan House, the home of Radio 2 last week, as the country learned that the broadcaster was paid north of £700,000 a year. He was right, which is what the corporation’s Tory critics so ardently wanted. Over the day, various household names squirmed as they were confronted with the reality that by the standards of the mass of their viewers or listeners – those paying the licence fee – their pay was eye-wateringly high.

BBC arguments about needing to keep up with the market were palpably overstated. Where else are John Humphrys or Jeremy Vine likely to broadcast to such big audiences in such well-loved prestigious programmes with such fantastic production support? Dozens of broadcasters would jump into their shoes if given the chance. The architects of the BBC’s pay disclosure regime seemed to have achieved their objective: the BBC cannot be trusted with the public’s money – it plainly needs to be downsized or done away with.

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Sean Spicer’s gone but PR joke’s not over

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-07-23T06:00:00Z

Trump’s press secretary has bowed out but the president was really in charge of communication anyway

Headlines across the globe signal the exit of a White House press secretary, but it’s hard to understand why. Sean Spicer was left to play the buffoon by his commander-in-chief. He swiftly became a bad joke, one confirmed when yet another reshuffle plonked a banker without PR experience in place as his head of communications. Communication, it may be gently added, is not this US administration’s strongest suit.

But does any of this really amount to much, apart from TV satirists doomed to search for another target? The plain fact about Donald Trump’s presidency from day one is that he is the only communicator who counts. His tweets, his ad libs, his body language send the messages that really matter; and there’s no sign of that changing. Sean Spicer only seemed important because journalists like to think that the ritual of press briefings make them important. Now that briefing operation is more disembodied than ever, an irrelevance just pottering on.

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Rushing into a trade deal with the US would harm the UK | Adam Marshall

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:03:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:03:00Z

The head of the British Chambers of Commerce says Britain would be outflanked in any hastily arranged transatlantic deal agreement

As someone born in the US who has spent all his adult life in the UK, you might think I would be a natural advocate for a comprehensive US-UK free trade agreement. After all, more than 15% of all UK goods exports already go to the US – the biggest percentage for any single country, if the 47% of UK goods exports that go to the EU’s 27 countries are discounted.

The US and UK are the world’s two pre-eminent services exporters and the flow of knowledge and deals between them is similarly immense, as is the healthy competition between firms and financial centres. Because of this, a surprisingly large number of politicians and commentators seem to believe that, rather than pursuing quick wins that tackle some of the practical issues faced in UK-US trade, a comprehensive FTA with the US should be an early goal for post-Brexit Britain.

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Sir Ray Tindle, local hero, we bid you a fond adieu

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-07-23T06:00:00Z

The nonagenarian champion of regional newspapers, who rescued dozens over the years, has announced that his son is taking over

It wasn’t so much a farewell, more a gentle bowing out last week as Sir Ray Tindle, 90, who bought his first local paper with £300 of his demob money and ended up owning 220, announced that his son would be taking over.

There’ll be time enough to contemplate future difficulties, but for once let’s dwell in the past and Ray’s roseate presence, where local papers were more than failing cash machines. Here he is, announcing his retirement.

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Government to allow gay men to give blood three months after sex

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:18:03 GMT2017-07-23T09:18:03Z

Medical advances mean time limit will be reduced from 12 months under plans for NHS in England

Gay men in England will be allowed to donate blood three months after having sex instead of a year, under equalities reforms announced by the government.

Transgender people will also be able to choose their legal sex more easily as part of the shake-up announced by the education secretary, Justine Greening.

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The Generation Game to return to BBC with Mel and Sue

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:00:08 GMT2017-07-23T05:00:08Z

Family show once hosted by Bruce Forsyth and famous for conveyor belt of toasters and household electricals to be revived

Television presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will soon be back together on BBC1 again, urging on amateur competitors, but not in a baking contest.

Instead it has been announced that the two former Great British Bake Off stars are to present a fresh version of gameshow The Generation Game, a family favourite that began in 1971 and was hosted for many years by Bruce Forsyth.

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Gender reassignment could be streamlined under proposal

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:01:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:01:00Z

The equalities minister, Justine Greening, proposes removing need for medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria

Proposals to streamline the process of changing gender have been unveiled by the government, as part of an attempt to boost equality for the LGBT community.

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Revealed: Jeremy Corbyn’s secret backer when chips were down – Tony Blair

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:00:48 GMT2017-07-22T21:00:48Z

Hilary Armstrong, who served as the former prime minister’s chief whip, says Blair stepped in to rescue Corbyn when he was under threat of deselection

Famously, Jeremy Corbyn could not have entered the Labour leadership contest without the nominations of MPs who wanted a leftwinger in the race, although they had no intention of voting for him. But even before that, it has emerged, the veteran backbench rebel had a highly surprising secret benefactor: Tony Blair.

According to the Labour peer Hilary Armstrong, who served as the former prime minister’s chief whip, Blair stepped in to rescue Corbyn from being removed as an MP when some of Corbyn’s Islington North constituents wanted to deselect him.

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Tory members turn to David Davis in battle to succeed Theresa May

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:00:49 GMT2017-07-22T21:00:49Z

Brexit chief is ahead in a party survey but the search is on for a surprise candidate

David Davis is the preferred choice among Tory members to replace Theresa May as leader, but the race is wide open, according to the most comprehensive measure of party opinion since its disastrous election campaign.

Related: I can think of many MPs who could become Tory leader. But not yet

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Ministers ‘undermined law’ over Iraq war crimes allegations

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:10:00 GMT2017-07-22T20:10:00Z

Harriet Harman demands Ministry of Justice publish emails that may reveal it pressured law watchdog to act against Iraqi abuse lawyers

The government has been accused of undermining the rule of law by putting pressure on an independent regulator in its action against a legal firm pursuing claims of human rights abuses involving British troops in Iraq.

The former deputy leader of the Labour party, Harriet Harman, has called for the release of any emails that would reveal whether the ministries of justice and defence attempted to influence the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to act against Leigh Day. The human rights firm has been involved in many high-profile cases against British soldiers and has referred a number of them to the controversial Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), now being wound up.

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100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:44:20 GMT2017-07-22T19:44:20Z

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and ‘no fault’ evictions

A record number of renters are being evicted from their homes, with more than 100 tenants a day losing the roof over their head, according to a shocking analysis of the nation’s housing crisis. The spiralling costs of renting a property and a long-running freeze to housing benefit are being blamed for the rising number of evictions among Britain’s growing army of tenants.

More than 40,000 tenants in England were evicted in 2015, according to a study by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). It is an increase of a third since 2003 and the highest level recorded. The research appears to confirm fears that a mixture of rising costs and falling state support would lead to a rise in people being forced out of their homes. It will raise concerns that even those in work are struggling to pay their rent.

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The moped menace: how the scooter became muggers’ vehicle of choice

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:01 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:01Z

They’re used in phone robberies, bag snatches – and now even in acid attacks. They’re easy to steal and hard for the police to pursue. Is there a way to cut this crimewave?

From her office window, Elizabeth O’Neill could see young men on scooters prowling for victims almost every day. “You’d see people waiting at bus stops staring at their phones as these lads were about to snatch them,” she said. “You’d think ‘don’t do it, put your phone away’. And then it happened to me.”

O’Neill, a charity worker, was waiting for a bus “looking at my phone, figuring out where I was going”. It was all over very quickly. “Two lads on a moped snatched it out of my hand and rode off. I felt really stupid.

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Is the Stirling becoming a prize ass?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:01 GMT2017-07-23T07:00:01Z

The Stirling prize 2017 shortlist displays a woeful lack of adventure – not least in its omission of Tate Modern’s Switch House

The Stirling prize has done it again. The award for the UK building that “has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year” has a magnificent record of not recognising the projects that define their time, of favouring everyone’s second choice and nobody’s first choice, with the result that you could write a convincing history of modern British architecture based on the projects that haven’t won: the Eden Project, the British Library, Birmingham Selfridges, David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin, the Saw Swee Hock student centre at the London School of Economics.

This time, the most memorable building of the year, the Switch House extension to Tate Modern, hasn’t even made the shortlist. This omission completes a double: when Tate Modern phase one was completed in 2000, its Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron were ineligible under the then rules. One of the most significant cultural endeavours of the century has therefore been completely missed by the Stirling radar.

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Love Island: stars’ on-screen smoking angers health charity

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:01 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:01Z

Campaigners urge Ofcom to investigate possible breach of broadcasting code by ITV bosses

The bedroom activities of Love Island’s glamorous contestants are providing many a watercooler moment in offices across the land. But their love of smoking is provoking an altogether different kind of debate.

Amid growing concerns about the rise of smoking on screens and its influence on the young, the media regulator Ofcom has been asked by a leading health charity to investigate whether the show is in breach of strict codes governing lighting up on television. Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) is questioning why the contestants’ cigarettes are contained in plain white packs which hide the highly visible – and distinctly unglamorous – graphic health warnings that carry pictures of diseased lungs and references to male impotence.

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Stars from comedy’s punk past return to the Edinburgh fringe

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:01 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:01Z

They were at the vanguard of political comedy. Now Alexei Sayle, Craig Ferguson and Sue Perkins are heading back to the festival, as it celebrates its 70th birthday

Unknown talents and student hopefuls head for the Edinburgh festival fringe at this time of year, aiming to break into the entertainment industry. This summer, however, a loud and anarchic blast from comedy’s punk past is also on the bill.

A slew of stars, including Alexei Sayle, a comic hero of the 1980s, and Sue Perkins, who first made it big at the festival 20 or so years ago, are returning to try their luck as the fringe celebrates its 70th birthday.

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HMP Hewell unrest brought under control by prison riot squads

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:39:43 GMT2017-07-23T01:39:43Z

Prison Service says a ‘small number’ of inmates in Worcestershire prison refused to follow orders and attempted to cause damage

A prison wing is understood to be under control after prison security teams were drafted in to deal with an “ongoing incident”.

So-called Tornado squads, equipped to deal with riots, were sent to HMP Hewell near Redditch, Worcestershire, after trouble broke out on one of the prison’s wings on Saturday.

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Tenpin alleys boom as Britain is bowled over by retro vibes of 1950s America

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:04:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:04:00Z

Children’s parties, gourmet burgers and VIP lanes help rebranded venues pull in record crowds

In the 1951 film adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando’s character, Stanley Kowalski, famously went bowling to blow off steam. The bowling alley also proved a refuge from responsibility for Jeff Bridges’s cinematic slacker, the Dude, in The Big Lebowski.

Both would find the lanes of 21st-century Britain considerably less to their liking. The smoke-filled halls and cheap beer are long gone as tenpin bowling has gone both mass and upmarket, offering VIP lanes and cocktails by night, and children’s parties and gourmet burgers by day.

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Kamala Harris: young, black, female – and the Democrats’ best bet for 2020?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:01 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:01Z

She has only been a senator since last January, but the presidential buzz is growing as the party debates the need for a radical edge

Kamala Harris, California’s new senator, earlier this month made a visit to Chowchilla state prison, often described as the largest women’s prison in the world. Harris, only the second black woman to have been elected to the senate, toured the facility and sat down to talk with inmates. She later called them “extraordinary”, and praised their optimism about finding a new life after prison.

But the moment she dwelled on most was a visit to the silk-screening room, where the women were manufacturing American flags.

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Lipstick Under My Burkha's release hailed as victory for Indian women

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:37:22 GMT2017-07-23T10:37:22Z

Film banned from cinemas for its ‘contagious sex scenes’, makes its debut after lengthy battle with censors

An award-winning Hindi film initially banned from cinemas for being too “lady-oriented” has made its debut across India in what its director hailed as a major victory for women.

Lipstick Under My Burkha, which depicts the secret world, including the sex lives, of four small-town Indian women, was released at the weekend after months of wrangling with the country’s notoriously prudish censors.

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Cold spring leaves French grape harvest headed for historic low

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:38:11 GMT2017-07-23T04:38:11Z

Agriculture ministry says wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically

Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically this year and could hit “a historic low”, according to the agriculture ministry.

“At 37.6 million hectolitres the 2017 harvest is set to come in 17% lower than in 2016, and 16% below the average of the past five years,” the ministry’s statistics bureau Agreste said on Saturday.

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Florida county sued for detention of US citizen at behest of immigration officials

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:00:05 GMT2017-07-23T11:00:05Z

Suit against Miami-Dade County claims Honduran-born Garland Creedle was illegally detained, as activists hope to restore Miami’s ‘sanctuary city’ status


In itself, Garland Creedle’s short stay at Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight correctional centre ought to have been unremarkable. Arrested after an alleged domestic dispute at his family’s home one evening in March, the 18-year-old posted bond, and charges were never filed.

The Honduran-born teenager, however, now finds himself at the centre of a legal fight that immigration activists hope could ultimately restore Miami’s status as a so-called sanctuary city – and end county mayor Carlos Gimenez’s controversial cooperation with Donald Trump’s aggressive anti-immigrant agenda.

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Fukushima: robot images show massive deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:02:49 GMT2017-07-23T01:02:49Z

Robot spots suspected debris of melted fuel for first time since 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant

Images captured by an underwater robot on Saturday showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant.

The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 1m on the bottom inside a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor, said the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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Can Ellen Johnson Sirleaf save Liberia?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:00Z

Africa’s first elected female president has made giant steps in ridding her country of warlords, rape and child soldiers, but much remains to be done

It’s not every day a president invites you into their bedroom. But then Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, is not your typical president. A woman for one thing, the first ever elected to lead an African nation, she’s also had several previous lives: freedom fighter, banker, UN bureaucrat, rebel, farmer, grandmother-in-chief. Would I like to go inside her room? Hell, yes!

We went to school in the city, and spent the vacations here in my father’s village. We crossed two different worlds

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Donald Trump attacks press as Russia scandal swirls around Jeff Sessions

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:33:37 GMT2017-07-22T17:33:37Z

Donald Trump’s haphazard attempt to relaunch his communications operation after six months as president will face its first test next week, when his son-in-law testifies about alleged links to Russia.

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'I will be back': Violin-playing face of Venezuela's protests injured in clashes

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:30:30 GMT2017-07-23T02:30:30Z

Wuilly Arteaga posts defiant video message from hospital bed as opposition announces fresh national strikes

Venezuela’s opposition have announced a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro following a day of violent clashes in Caracas on Saturday where the injured included a violinist who has become the face of the protests.

“Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight for Venezuela’s independence,” said musician Wuilly Arteaga. The 23-year-old has become famous in Venezuela for playing the national anthem and other tunes on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him. “Tomorrow I will be back in the streets.”

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Indonesia police ordered to shoot drug dealers to tackle 'narcotics emergency'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:21:57 GMT2017-07-23T00:21:57Z

President Joko Widodo’s comments echo those of Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war has killed thousands

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has told law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with what he called a “narcotics emergency” facing the country.

“Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now,” Widodo said in a speech delivered at a political event late on Friday.

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EU will hit Poland with deadline to reverse curbs on judicial freedom

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:04:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:04:00Z

Protests continue after senate approves laws seen as serious threat to democracy

The EU is expected to give Poland’s rightwing government until September to reverse a controversial set of laws that give the country’s politicians control over its supreme court.

Related: Poland's former president Lech Wałęsa joins protest against judicial overhaul

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‘I’m no fascist’: film-maker hits back over opposition to Catalan independence

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:00Z

Award-winning film-maker Isabel Coixet has caused a storm in her native Catalonia by speaking out against latest referendum

She is one of Spain’s leading film-makers, revered in her native Catalonia and admired globally for award-winning films such as My Life Without Me and The Secret Life of Words.

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Hanoi is choking on the fumes of 5m motorbikes, but can ban break its habit?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:00Z

The roads of Vietnam’s capital have been taken over by the two-wheeled horde, but bringing in a ban by 2030 will be a tough ask

It is easy to spot a foreigner in Hanoi. Cowering at intersections, staring in awe as the traffic hurtles past, tourists wait for a break in the flow of motorcycles, bicycles, carts, cars and buses – or for a kind driver to stop and bestow them the right of way – so that they may finally cross the road.

That break never comes, of course, which is why the Vietnamese capital’s chaotic congestion is a phenomenon that hotel concierges often address with first-time visitors. The New York Times even published a how-to guide for tourists on safely crossing the road. With 5m motorbikes on the city’s streets – many of them carrying entire families, or stacked up with boxes, window frames or flowers – Hanoi has long been either a thrilling, or terrifying, experience for the uninitiated.

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California firefighters rescue and revive dog in house fire: 'He was in bad shape'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:56:28 GMT2017-07-22T15:56:28Z

Firefighters rubbed a Shih Tzu named Jack’s chest and used an oxygen mask specially designed for pets to revive him after finding him unconscious

Firefighters rescued a small white dog named Jack from a house fire in Bakersfield, California and revived the animal on camera, in a video that has been shared widely on social media.

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Republicans face two unpalatable options on replacement healthcare bill

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:09:57 GMT2017-07-22T15:09:57Z

After a six-month debate and seven years of promising they would repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans don’t have many good options left to pass a bill

Mitch McConnell likes to say that finding 50 Republican votes to pass healthcare reform is like solving a Rubik’s cube. As he pushes his party toward a vote expected early next week, the Senate majority leader is still furiously twisting the puzzle.

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German girl arrested in Mosul is missing Linda Wenzel, say authorities

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:10:26 GMT2017-07-22T12:10:26Z

Wenzel disappeared from her home near Dresden last year and is believed to have been fighting for Islamic State in Iraq

A German girl who was believed to have been fighting for Islamic State in Mosul when she was arrested last week is the missing 16-year-old Linda Wenzel, German authorities have confirmed.

Wenzel’s parents had been searching for their daughter since she disappeared from her home in the village of Pulsnitz, near Dresden, in July last year. She is thought to have converted to Islam after being groomed on social media.

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Greece and Turkey struggle in aftermath of quake that killed two

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:53:58 GMT2017-07-22T12:53:58Z

Main harbour on holiday island Kos, where two died and hundreds were injured, remains closed with flights also affected

Kos is dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake that killed two people and injured hundreds on the Greek holiday island.

The 6.7-magnitude quake left hundreds more injured in the Turkish resort of Bodrum, about 12 miles (20km) across the sea from Kos. Tourists have faced flight delays and the damaged main harbour was closed for a second day.

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Vatican versus: how cricket united Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:03:20 GMT2017-07-19T15:03:20Z

It began with a conversation between Pope Francis and archbishop Justin Welby. Now, three years on, the Unity Through Cricket tournament is flourishing – and seeking to bring in Jewish, Sikh and Hindu players too

In September 2016, three unique cricket teams played a tournament unlike any other. The hosting side were the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI, a team made up of Anglican vicars. One visiting team, Mount, was composed mostly of Muslim players from Yorkshire. The other, the St Peter’s XI, had come to Birmingham from the Vatican.

The competition – played under the name Unity Through Cricket – had been four years in the making, and the idea for it began at the very top.

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Cool and quirky Airbnb homes for family holidays in the UK – in pictures

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:15:45 GMT2017-07-17T16:15:45Z

Fancy a rustic yurt in the Welsh countryside? How about a gothic church with its own banqueting hall and hot tub in Somerset, or a glamping pod near Brighton? These unique Airbnb homes are ideal for fun UK breaks for all the family

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The film-maker bringing art to life – using only a smartphone

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:04:18 GMT2017-07-10T12:04:18Z

Akinola Davies often uses a mobile to capture moments of inspiration, but will he be able to shoot an entire short using only a smartphone? On his latest project, he took the OnePlus 5 on location to capture an artist at work. Will it be up to the cinematic task?

People will probably be surprised how much I use a phone for my work as a film-maker. There’s something so responsive about taking photos or filming on a phone, something so immediate, and often when I see something that inspires me, my phone is what I reach for. It is also much lighter and nimbler than carrying around a clunky SLR.

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The best summer of my life? Reuniting with my family in Thailand

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:41:46 GMT2017-06-30T09:41:46Z

For chef and street food impresario Sai Deethwa, travelling to the Thai village where she was born meant an emotional reunion with her family – and an unforgettable summer

Three years ago, I had the holiday I’d waited my whole life for – I returned to the tiny village of Ban Si Tawan where I was born, in Sikhoraphum, north-east Thailand. I was raised here, near the Cambodian border, until I was just over one. When mum had me, she was a single mother, and had to work to support me, so she had help from my maire yai (in Thai culture, this is the name given to your mother’s oldest female sibling). Other relatives helped raise me too – everyone pulled together until we moved to England with my stepdad in 1987.

I hadn’t returned since. My mum and stepdad couldn’t afford to take me and my three younger sisters back together. So going “home” – it feels like home even after 27 years in the UK – was a very big deal. I made the trip with my husband James, who helps me run Buddha Belly, my Thai street food stall. All of my family have been in the street food industry, so I was excited about seeing how it worked in Thailand – and we certainly got loads of great ideas to take home.

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Voters on Trump and Russia: 'If he had to cheat to get in, I'm OK with that' — video

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:13 GMT2017-07-20T06:00:13Z

Trump supporters in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, cast much of the blame for his stumbles on the media, and remain steadfast in their belief that a Clinton administration would have been worse

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Have you heard of tape-ball cricket? – video

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:15:53 GMT2017-07-19T09:15:53Z

Tape-ball cricket possibly solves all of the legacy issues with cricket, it’s quick, safe and cheap. It was born in Karachi but is migrating around the world and is producing a generation of international cricketers. Here’s everything you need to know about the fast-growing street sport

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Christopher Nolan on Dunkirk: 'There are 400,000 men on this beach – how do you get them home?'

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:08:41 GMT2017-07-18T11:08:41Z

Dunkirk sees director Christopher Nolan tackle one of the most remarkable stories of the second world war: the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers from the beaches of northern France. In an extended video interview Nolan discusses the challenges of bringing such a mammoth operation to the big screen, the hard choices made by those involved in the evacuation and the ‘subtle and truthful’ acting performance of Harry Styles

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How to adapt Jane Austen for the screen, with Andrew Davies

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:30:19 GMT2017-07-18T10:30:19Z

To mark 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, prolific screenwriter and Bafta fellow Andrew Davies discusses his five steps for adapting Austen’s novels for the screen. Davies who is known for his award-winning 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice illustrates each point with clips and references from each of his Austen TV classics

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Life and death in Texas: abortion frontline of America – video

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:00:43 GMT2017-07-17T06:00:43Z

New Texan anti-abortion laws are putting women’s lives at risk, according to pro-choice campaigners. But pro-life activists claim they are protecting women from an out-of-control abortion industry. Leah Green visits the state as the battle over women’s bodies intensifies

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The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook and Google

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:00:02 GMT2017-07-23T08:00:02Z

From California to London, the tech giants are employing top architects to build spectacular symbols of their immense global power. But they have their critics…We know by now that the internet is a giant playpen, a landscape of toys, distractions and instant gratification, of chirps and squeaks and bright, shiny things – plus, to be sure, ugly, horrid beasties lurking in all the softness – apparently without horizon. Graphics – rounded corners, lower case, Google’s primary colours, Twitter’s birdie, Facebook’s shades of blue – enhance the innocence and infantilism. It is a world, as Jonathan Franzen once said, “so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self”. Until we chance on the bars of the playpen and find that there are places we can’t go and that it is in the gift of the grown-ups on the other side to set or move the limits to our freedom.We’re talking here of virtual space. But those grown-ups, the tech giants, Apple, Facebook, Google and the rest, are also in the business of building physical billion-dollar enclaves for their thousands of employees. Here too they create calibrated lands of fun, wherein staff offer their lives, body and soul, day and night, in return for gyms, Olympic-sized swimming pools, climbing walls, basketball courts, running tracks and hiking trails, indoor football pitches, massage rooms and hanging gardens, performance venues, amiable art and lovable graphics. They have been doing this for a while – what is changing is the sheer scale and extravagance of these places. Continue reading...[...]


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What I learned from home DNA testing

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00:03 GMT2017-07-23T09:00:03Z

They promise to reveal everything from our ancestry to our chances of serious illness. But are DNA tests accurate and do they tell us anything worthwhile?

There may come a time in everyone’s life when they find themselves sitting at the kitchen table on an otherwise unexceptional weekday morning, drooling saliva into a test tube in the spirit of scientific inquiry.

The spit is for one of the home genetic-testing kits I’m sampling. A growing number of these kits (brands such as 23andMe, DNAFit, Thriva, MyHeritage DNA, and Orig3n) promise to unlock the mystery of your genomes, variously explaining everything from ancestry, residual Neanderthal variants, “bioinformatics” for fitness, weight loss and skincare, to more random genetic predispositions, denoting, say, the dimensions of your earlobes or the consistency of your earwax.

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The House They Grew Up In review – Samantha Spiro is magnetic in humane hymn to tolerance

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:07:28 GMT2017-07-23T11:07:28Z

Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Deborah Bruce’s play follows the fallout of a friendship between a young boy and an autistic, eccentric hoarder as police, press and property hunters prey on them

Optimism is a rare quality in modern drama. But, while it is something to be prized, the hopeful conclusion to Deborah Bruce’s new play doesn’t follow from the evidence. Having dealt in The Distance with the numbed isolation of a woman who abandons her family, Bruce now tackles the opposite problem of reclusive siblings weighed down by their parental past. Watchable as the play is, I couldn’t believe in its ultimate cheerfulness.

Bruce sets up the situation well, showing the middle-aged Daniel and Peppy living in their family home surrounded by the accumulated clutter of the decades: something vividly realised in Max Jones’s claustrophobic design. The sedentary, autistic Daniel spends his days compulsively recording everything on a tape recorder and listening to it through headphones. Peppy, who claims to have left Cambridge to look after him, is fussily protective and obsessed with art history. But their peace is disrupted when the friendship shown towards Daniel by an eight-year-old neighbour, Ben, is misinterpreted. This heralds the arrival of the police, an angry mother, predatory property hunters and even a snooping photographer.

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The art of making a jihadist

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:30:02 GMT2017-07-23T08:30:02Z

We know about jihadists’ dedication to violence, but that’s not the whole story, says expert Thomas Hegghammer. There’s a hidden culture of poetry, music and storytelling that sustains their ideology

When Jihadi John, the Islamist terrorist who gloried in decapitating hostages, was exposed as Mohammed Emwazi, a spokesman from Cage recalled the west Londoner bringing “posh baklava” to the advocacy group’s offices. He described the knife-wielding murderer and gloating torturer as “a beautiful young man… extremely kind, gentle and soft-spoken, the most humble young person I knew”.

One of the people who inspired Emwazi was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, renowned for leading the group that beheaded and tortured many western hostages in Iraq, including the British engineer Kenneth Bigley. Zarqawi was known as the Sheikh of the Slaughterers, but he was also referred to as He Who Weeps A Lot, for his habit of crying during prayer.

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The Observer critics’ guide to the summer holidays

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:30:01 GMT2017-07-23T07:30:01Z

Make cultural hay while the sun shines with our suggestions for reading, viewing and listening, from dreamy R&B to vintage Keanu Reeves to op art in the country

Pop
Beyond the boutique tag, Houghton festival in Norfolk (10-13 August) specialises in high-end electronic music, from minimal techno to reggae. Sensitively curated by Craig Richards, artist-cum-Fabric DJ, it boasts a cogent bill – Ricardo Villalobos headlines, Nicolas Jaar and Floating Points promise lengthy DJ sets – and an atmospheric lakeside setting with an abandoned warehouse for those old-skool rave vibes. The festival boasts proper art, too, with works by James Turrell, Richard Long and Rachel Whiteread on the bill.

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'Nobody has one button': Steve Jobs opera sings Apple founder's praises – and flaws

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:00:05 GMT2017-07-23T11:00:05Z

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which premieres at the Sante Fe Opera this weekend, dramatizes Jobs’s life in a unique way. We spoke with one of its co-creators to find out how the idea was born

When San Francisco bay area-based composer and electronic music DJ Mason Bates recently visited the childhood home of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Jobs, he was in awe.

“It all started in that garage,” Bates said in a hushed, reverent voice, as we pulled up in the composer’s 1970s Alfa Romeo outside the nondescript bungalow at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos. Located on an un-trafficked suburban street, the building’s only distinguishing feature was the “no trespassing” sign on the austere patch of lawn out front.

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Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life review – topical tunes and retro bombs

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:00:02 GMT2017-07-23T08:00:02Z

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The singer looks outward on her fourth album in a state-of-the-nation address peppered with guest stars and pop history flashbacks

Most pop stars innovate every album cycle, a fraught hustle that is of a piece with this era’s frantic audio production values. That’s all beneath Lana Del Rey.

The ageless 32-year-old arrived at a languid sound, a detached authorial voice and a set of obsessions on her 2012 debut Born to Die, and her fourth album remains true to them all. One fine track sums up her entire oeuvre: the title of Summer Bummer reflects the consistently high mercury of Del Rey’s mises-en-scène; and there is usually a worm at the centre of her perfect peach. The rhyme reflects the way all this glossy nihilism is often delivered with a wink.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie review – more than just flatulence gags

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:01 GMT2017-07-23T07:00:01Z

This surprisingly nuanced animation intersperses lavatory humour with narrative invention

Although one of the foundations on which much children’s cinema was built, lavatory humour was always perceived as an inglorious last resort. Can’t think of a funny line? Have a character break wind instead. By this logic, Captain Underpants, a film almost entirely crafted out of lavatory humour, should be a soul-crushing, puerile slog. However, David Soren’s animation, which was adapted from the children’s books by Dav Pilkey, is a delightful surprise. It’s a celebration of friendship, of the boundless creativity of children’s minds. It’s a dizzily silly collection of sly cultural references. It’s visually inventive, narratively agile. And yes, it has fart gags.

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'The idea is coming of age': Indigenous Australians take carbon farming to Canada

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:15:53 GMT2017-07-22T22:15:53Z

The Aboriginal Carbon Fund has signed an agreement with Canadian First Nations peoples to share lessons from successful land management program

Australia’s world-leading Indigenous land management and carbon farming programs are spreading internationally, with a formal agreement signed to help build a similar program in Canada.

A chance meeting between Rowen Foley from the Aboriginal Carbon Fund and a Candian carbon credit businessman at the 2015 Paris climate conference spawned a relationship that led to an agreement this week that will help Canadian First Nations peoples learn from the Australian Aboriginal carbon farming success.

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Jorja Smith review – homegrown R&B’s new voice

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:00:02 GMT2017-07-23T08:00:02Z

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The Walsall prodigy combines soul with classical grace in a set full of shiny new songs – so why such a long wait for her debut album?

By the time you’re 20, no one is really judging you on your A-levels any more. But its worth noting that the soulful R&B phenomenon Jorja Smith – playing a sweltering, one-off gig tonight – once wrote an A-level dissertation entitled “Is Postcolonialism Still Present in Grime Music?”

Her defining single of 2016, meanwhile, was a jazzy outing called Beautiful Little Fools, released on International Women’s Day. It was inspired by the role of women in The Great Gatsby, and written while she was still at school.

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Don’t let OJ Simpson blind us to black victims of injustice | Natalie Moore

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:01 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:01Z

Over the past 20 years, too much has remained the same for black America

It is the mid-1990s all over again in America. Drama interrupted daytime soap operas; viewers fixated on their television screens and a racial divide offered differing black and white points of view. OJ Simpson had struck again.

Last week, a Nevada parole board freed Simpson. He had served nine years of a 33-year sentence for his role in a 2007 armed robbery, attempting to retrieve memorabilia he said belonged to him. As was the case with his murder trial in 1995, in which a jury acquitted him of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, cable and network television blasted wall-to-wall coverage.

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Games reviews roundup: Splatoon 2; Mighty Gunvolt Burst; Kirby’s Blowout Blast

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-07-23T06:00:00Z

Shooting and platform classics are reworked for the Nintendo Switch with excellent results, while the 3DS gets a high-speed nostalgia trip

Nintendo Switch, Nintendo, cert: 7
★★★★

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Glasgow’s dark legacy returns as gangland feuds erupt in public killings

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:03:25 GMT2017-07-22T20:03:25Z

After decades spent reinventing its image, the city is plagued by the return of a brutal family struggle to control its drugs trade

It was a moment of casual ruthlessness outside a busy Glasgow supermarket seven years ago that lit the fuse under Britain’s most brutal gangland feud. Kevin “Gerbil” Carroll, a brutal enforcer for one of Scotland’s most notorious organised crime clans, was sitting in his car outside a superstore in the city’s north-east. What happened next will never be forgotten by the throngs of shoppers who witnessed it. Two men approached and fired several rounds into the car, killing Carroll outright in a gangland hit that had been carried out with cold precision.

The intensity of the police investigation into the shooting of Carroll led to an initial period of calm in a tit-for-tat war that had raged through Glasgow’s hardest streets for 10 years. Its origins lie in the rivalry between two family gangs, the Lyons and the Daniels, for control of the city’s heroin and cocaine market.

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Pun for your life! Punsters are rocking New York’s comedy clubs

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:00Z

They are the most reviled form of joke, but puns turn out to be comedy dynamite

When I was 17 years old, my classmate Jill O’Doyle asked whether I’d seen Titanic yet. It was the beginning of third period, the movie had just opened and I had opinions about its star.

Titanic?” I said, my lips curling into the fat-kid equivalent of a Billy Idol snarl. “You mean with Leonardo DiCraprio?” Jill looked about 1,000 detentions exhausted by this response but, to her credit, she ignored what I’d said. Our chat was over. As far as I can remember, this was my introduction to how puns generally go over out in the world.

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Gorgeous Georgia: walking in the Svaneti's mountains

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:00:04 GMT2017-07-23T10:00:04Z

New flights from the UK have opened up the country’s unspoilt north west, an area of mighty peaks, flower meadows and fantastic hiking country

In June, Wizz Air added Georgia routes to its timetable from Luton – flying not to the capital Tbilisi, but to Kutaisi, in the west, a place I’d never heard of. A gateway for exploring the Svaneti region, home to the mighty Caucasus mountains, it offers a genuinely off-the-beaten-track adventure for Brits (compounded by a 3am arrival time). Accommodation, I had been told, is quite basic, but if the weather is kind, the scenery is superb, utterly unspoilt and great for trekking – and with a fares from £24 one-way for the five-hour flight, a bargain too.

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Dairy wars: when a glass of milk is really a glass of m*lk

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:00:09 GMT2017-07-23T14:00:09Z

Following an EU court ruling that only animal products can bear the label ‘milk’, dairy farmers are calling for supermarket segregation from ‘frustrating’ plant- and nut-based rivals using the termWhen is milk milk? Once upon a time, it was the white stuff that came from cows. Sure, there were skimmed, semi-skimmed and whole varieties, but they all came from the same place. Look down the milk aisle at most supermarkets today, however, and the choice of what to pour on your cornflakes is mind-boggling. It could be from a cow, a goat or a sheep; it could be lactose-free, organic or free-range; it might be made from almonds, oats, rice, coconuts, soya, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, hemp …EU courts recently tried to restore a little order by reminding everyone that only liquid from animals could be called milk. As such, a product made from crushed nuts and water would not qualify. The Food Standards Agency has had rules to this effect in place in the UK since 2010. Since most plant-based alternatives to cow’s milk are nutritionally quite different from the real thing – they contain less protein, for example – dairy farmers argue that using the same name risks confusing consumers. Continue reading...[...]


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I’m unsure about the fiancee my parents found me | Mariella Frostrup

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:00:07 GMT2017-07-23T05:00:07Z

Mariella Frostrup tells a Muslim man that if they are both willing to make it work they stand as much chance of success as those who marry for love

The dilemma I am a 27-year-old man and a practising Muslim. I currently live in Germany. I am very liberal, and I respect the freedom and rights of women.

I am engaged to a 24-year-old Pakistani-British girl, arranged by our families. I think you know how things are done in Pakistani families. We have been talking/texting for the last six months.

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