Published: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:11:59 GMT2016-10-27T01:11:59ZCopyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2016
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:40:39 GMT2016-10-26T19:40:39Z
After the Guardian published leaked audio of her speech to Goldman Sachs, politicians from the UK and across Europe have criticised the prime minister
Theresa May has come under intense criticism from politicians across the UK and Europe after it emerged that she had warned of the dangers of Brexit in a private talk at Goldman Sachs a month before the referendum vote.
The prime minister was accused by a string of MPs, headed by Jeremy Corbyn, of ignoring her own concerns about the risks of leaving the single market, as revealed in her remarks to City bankers that were leaked to the Guardian on Tuesday night.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:10:00 GMT2016-10-26T18:10:00Z
Charities fear for safety of unregistered minors as French officials try to declare clearout complete and fires ravage camp
Scores of unaccompanied children remain unaccounted for in an increasingly chaotic situation at the Calais refugee camp, where French authorities tried to declare that it would be completely cleared at the end of the day.
Charities working at the site estimated about 100 children remained there without adequate safeguards, and called for the dismantling of the site to be halted amid growing concern for their welfare.Continue reading...
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:10:37 GMT2016-10-27T00:10:37Z
UK joins biggest post-cold war buildup of Nato forces as Russian military engages in series of high-profile manoeuvres
The UK is deploying hundreds of troops, as well as aircraft and armour to eastern Europe as part of the biggest build-up of Nato forces in the region since the cold war. The deployment is taking place during growing tensions over a series of high-profile Russian military manoeuvres.
RAF Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby will be sent to Romania for up to four months, while 800 personnel will be sent with armoured support to Estonia, 150 more than previously planned, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. France and Denmark will also commit more troops, the British government said.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:44:00 GMT2016-10-26T21:44:00Z
One injury reported after tremors of 5.4 and 6.0 magnitude – but no fatalities so far despite ‘apocalyptic’ damage to some towns
Two strong earthquakes rocked central Italy on Wednesday night, causing “apocalyptic” damage to the town of Ussita just two months after a deadly earthquake hit nearby cities and towns, claiming about 300 lives.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:00:18 GMT2016-10-26T17:00:18Z
New technique allows reconstruction of route by which HIV/Aids arrived in North America, confirming Dugas was not the source of subsequent pandemic
Scientists have managed to reconstruct the route by which HIV/Aids arrived in the US – exonerating once and for all the man long blamed for the ensuing pandemic in the west.
Using sophisticated genetic techniques, an international team of researchers have revealed that the virus emerged from a pre-existing epidemic in the Caribbean, arrived in New York by the early 1970s and then spread westwards across the US.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
New guidance represents end of ‘paternalistic’ approach to inform-and-consent between surgeon and patient, after law change
Surgeons should stop being “paternalistic” and simply lay out all the options to “let patients choose” whether to undergo surgery, according to radical new guidance for medics.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Figures are for early tranche of courses, including Oxbridge, and may have been affected by delayed announcement about funding for EU students
The number of EU students applying for places on some of the most sought-after courses in the UK’s leading universities has dropped by 9%, according to Ucas, which administers university entry.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:46:43 GMT2016-10-26T18:46:43Z
Former transport minister Stephen Hammond urges government to ‘come clean’ over probable bill to taxpayers
The true cost of Heathrow airport expansion to the taxpayer is not being divulged by the government, according to a Conservative former transport minister, who said ministers needed to “come clean” over the probable £5bn-£10bn public cost for road and rail links.
Tory MP Stephen Hammond raised his concerns as it emerged that Heathrow executives would get millions in bonuses for securing approval for the £17.6bn third runway scheme.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:42:32 GMT2016-10-26T20:42:32Z
Dyn, the victim of last week’s denial of service attack, said it was orchestrated using a weapon called the Mirai botnet as the ‘primary source of malicious attack’
The cyber-attack that brought down much of America’s internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.
The victim was the servers of Dyn, a company that controls much of the internet’s domain name system (DNS) infrastructure. It was hit on 21 October and remained under sustained assault for most of the day, bringing down sites including Twitter, the Guardian, Netflix, Reddit, CNN and many others in Europe and the US.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Billing itself as the only firm that wants its staff to quit to pursue their dreams, RSVP has 600 wannabe performers on its books
Olivia Coleman cleaned houses, George Clooney was an insurance salesman and Angelina Jolie wanted to be a funeral director. But the stars of tomorrow may come from another run-of-the-mill occupation: the call centre.
A call centre staffed entirely by “resting” actors is to open its doors in MediaCityUK, Salford, next week, employing up to 150 wannabe stars to answer the phones between auditions.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:23:00 GMT2016-10-26T16:23:00Z
Did you know that alcohol originally meant eyeshadow, clouds were rocks or that a moment once lasted precisely 90 seconds? Read on, girls and bimbos …
It’s by no means unusual for words to change their meaning over time. But thanks to the twists and turns of language – and the convoluted history of English, in particular – some words end up quite a distance from where they began, as the following bizarre etymological stories illustrate.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:55:29 GMT2016-10-26T19:55:29Z
‘I can’t stop smiling,’ says PE teacher after winning final with delights like a pavlova worthy of a Paul Hollywood handshake
“You can’t out-Candice Candice,” said Jane Beedle halfway through the meringue round of the Great British Bake Off final, looking worriedly at her fellow contestant’s reliably opulent confection. It turned out she was quite right.
It was perfect pastry and a love of lavish decoration that saw Candice Brown, a PE teacher from Bedfordshire, win over Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry to be named the 7th winner of the UK baking programme on Wednesday night.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:25:48 GMT2016-10-26T19:25:48Z
As the gaming world advances, women are facing the same physical threats online as offline. Players and developers want to do something about it
Striding through the snow-covered fortress, shooting zombies with her bow and arrow, Jordan Belamire felt like a god – right up until the moment someone named BigBro442 decided to “virtually rub [her] chest” and make her feel like just another “powerless woman”.
“Even when I turned away from him, he chased me around, making grabbing and pinching motions near my chest,” she wrote in a Medium post of her experience playing QuiVR, a virtual reality game. “Emboldened, he even shoved his hand toward my virtual crotch and began rubbing.”Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:18:40 GMT2016-10-26T16:18:40Z
The United manager needn’t stay trapped in his swanky hotel suite. We offer a few suggestions on how to make the most of the city – and avoid the paparazzi
As a Manchester City fan (not to mention a human being), you can imagine my reaction to José Mourinho declaring life in Manchester “a disaster”. The United manager feels trapped living in a swanky suite at the Lowry hotel; his only comfort a reported £10m-a-year salary. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde on the death of Little Nell, one would have a heart of stone not to read this tragic tale without dissolving into tears … of laughter.
However, I am a Mancunian who cannot let this slight on my city lie. So, how could Mourinho get more out of Manchester?Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:06:37 GMT2016-10-26T17:06:37Z
Publisher after publisher reckoned Paul Beatty’s satire The Sellout was too hot to handle. Was it the segregation? The slavery? Or just that he wrung so much humour out of it? He’s having the last laugh now. The Man Booker winner tells all
Paul Beatty may be the first American to win the Man Booker prize, after a rule change three years ago that made authors of any nationality eligible for the £50,000 award, so long as they were writing in English and published in the UK. But he very nearly wasn’t published in Britain at all. Beatty calls his fourth novel “a hard sell” for UK publishers. His rumbustious, lyrically poetic novel was turned down, his agent confirms, by no fewer than 18 publishers. And then, finally, a small independent called Oneworld – founded by a husband-and-wife team in 1986 – took it up. The company is celebrating the unusual achievement of a second consecutive Man Booker win, because it also published Marlon James’s A History of Seven Killings.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:13:14 GMT2016-10-26T23:13:14Z• West Ham and Chelsea could face sanctions after violence between fans
Slaven Bilic was upset by the violent scenes that flared inside the London Stadium towards the end of West Ham’s 2-1 EFL Cup win over Chelsea as unacceptable as his club promised to ban for life any supporters found guilty of wrongdoing.
Chelsea will do likewise and a spokesman from the club reflected the mood of frustration and disgust. “It was extremely disappointing to see the disturbances at the end of this game and we condemn such behaviour,” he said.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:02:51 GMT2016-10-26T21:02:51Z
Manchester United’s week took a much needed turn for the better as a Juan Mata goal propelled them into the last eight of the EFL Cup at the expense of their neighbours. Whether José Mourinho wants an extended run in this competition is another matter – United have drawn West Ham at home in the next round – but at least he and his team have shifted some of the pressure on to his rival across town.
Doubtless Pep Guardiola is not greatly enamoured of the lesser of the domestic trophies either, though he could have done with a victory here. This was City’s sixth game in a row without a win, uncharted territory for their manager. The side he selected did not suggest an intention to win at all costs and, if he did not have an inkling before, the manager must now be fully aware that without David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne City tend to be short of snap and polish.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:00:03 GMT2016-10-26T21:00:03Z
• Northampton forward in pole position to start at No7 against South Africa
• Harrison impressed Jones in Saints’ heavy defeat to Castres
Eddie Jones has offered Northampton’s Teimana Harrison a rapid route back into international rugby less than a month after axing the back-row forward from his squad. Harrison and his recalled club-mate Tom Wood, who has been in the Test wilderness for a year, will now contest the No7 jersey against South Africa next month in the absence of several injured rivals.
The 24-year-old Harrison was omitted from the 45-strong elite player squad named less than four weeks ago and hauled off only 31 minutes into England’s most recent Test against Australia in Sydney. Despite Saints’ recent struggles he is now in pole position to start against the Springboks. Jones, who has named six uncapped players in a 33-man squad, is determined to pick a combative pack and improve his team’s “abysmal record” of not beating South Africa since 2006.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:39:28 GMT2016-10-26T21:39:28Z• Match will take place days after Premier League meeting at same venue
Manchester United will host West Ham in the stand-out tie of the EFL Cup quarter-finals, meaning that they will face each other twice at Old Trafford in a matter of days.
Slaven Bilic’s side are already scheduled to face United in Manchester on Sunday 27 November and, with all last-eight ties to be played in the week commencing Monday 28 November, the likelihood is that they will return within three days of the first fixture, probably on Wednesday 30 November. It will be the first time the sides have met in this competition since the same stage in 2010, when the Hammers won 4-0 at Upton Park.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:51:12 GMT2016-10-26T19:51:12Z• Briton drops a set to Slovakian but meets Gilles Simon next
Andy Murray survived a first-round scare at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna in his bid to chase down Novak Djokovic in the world rankings.
Murray had won 24 consecutive sets before Slovakia’s Martin Klizan took a tie-break off him but the Wimbledon and Olympic champion cruised through the decider to win 6-3, 6-7, 6-0 in two hours and 22 minutes and set up a last-16 match against the Frenchman Gilles Simon.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:56:54 GMT2016-10-26T20:56:54Z
It took 66 minutes for the first moment of quality but it was more than worth the wait. Sofiane Boufal, making his first start in Southampton’s stripes, caressed home a curling effort beyond a helpless Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland goal to light up an otherwise soulless affair, desperately short on quality. It was goals like these that Southampton surely had hoped for after bringing the Morocco international to the club from Lille for a club-record fee over the summer.
For Sunderland, it was a third straight away defeat and another half-baked performance. It took 76 minutes for the visitors to test the Southampton goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy, much to the frustration of the 1,500 travelling supporters that had made the 650-mile round trip. David Moyes, the Sunderland manager, felt his side should have been awarded a “stonewall penalty” for a challenge on Victor Anichebe late on, and his foul language aimed at the fourth official James Adcock in protest saw him sent to the stands.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:21:07 GMT2016-10-26T11:21:07Z
Trump appeared on Saint and Greavsie 25 years ago to help with the League Cup fifth-round draw. Ian St John reflects on the bizarre meeting with ‘daft Donald’
“The whole thing is absolutely crazy,” Ian St John says as he mulls over the possibility of Donald Trump becoming US president. “There surely must be someone inside the Republican party who’s a more suitable candidate than him – they’d only need half a brain.”
Sadly not, it seems, and in two weeks’ time Trump could be elected to become the most powerful man on the planet. It’s unlikely but possible and St John is among the thousands on both sides of the Atlantic shaking their head in bafflement at the prospect.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:40:22 GMT2016-10-26T08:40:22Z
• Wood part of England plans for first time since World Cup
• Alex Lozowski and Mike Haley also part of 33-man squad
Tom Wood has been recalled for England’s autumn series to make his first appearance in the national squad since being jettisoned following last year’s World Cup.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:26 GMT2016-10-26T17:56:26Z• 31-year-old Russian is the oldest woman left in the competition
Svetlana Kuznetsova has reached the last four of the WTA Finals for the first time in her career, after again winning her second group match the hard way.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:00:15 GMT2016-10-26T15:00:15ZWith three spinners still needed against Bangladesh a Test debut beckons for the Surrey left-armer, which spells bad news for Gareth Batty or Adil Rashid
This is a fit and dedicated England team, forever gym-bound, with barely a centimetre of spare flesh to be found. They are driven but maybe not completely mad. It is hot in Dhaka, hotter than Chittagong and more humid; thunderstorms are forecast and when the players turned up to the Sher-e-Bangla stadium to prepare for the second Test, which starts on Friday, sanity seemed to be prevailing. The routine game of football was shelved.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:00:03 GMT2016-10-26T21:00:03Z• Back-row has improved off the ball in recent months, Jones says
The autumn leaves are falling and Tom Wood is due to turn 30 next week. A year has passed since the flanker featured in England’s underperforming World Cup squad and his Northampton side have torn up few trees in the Premiership’s early weeks. To be back in Eddie Jones’s November plans, after revealing the Australian called him “distinctly average” in a phone conversation earlier this year, is a striking reversal of fortune.
Injuries to other back-row candidates have played their part while plenty of bodies still remain to be climbed over, notably his club-mate Teimana Harrison, before Wood makes the starting XV to face South Africa on 12 November. As a poster boy for perseverance, the hirsute 29-year-old has few peers and there will be no one keener to impress when England fly to the Algarve on Sunday for warm weather training.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:03:52 GMT2016-10-26T14:03:52ZThe event in Mexico is second only to Silverstone in terms of paying fans but organisers are not complacent and are looking to keep growing the event
Mexico City is in the mood for a fiesta and clearly has no intention of doing it by half. That Formula One has arrived in town is impossible to miss – the posters, the promotion and the beaming local fans are all too obvious. Better still there is a buzz – a throbbing sense of excitement and anticipation that is unique to venues where passion for the sport far outweighs crass commercialism or political agendas.
On Wednesday, while the teams were unpacking in the paddock, Mexico City was revelling in their arrival, as well it might. Amid the exaggerated caterwauling of the doom-mongers fearful of dropping attendances and viewing figures, this weekend’s race is part of an almost unparalleled success story from which F1 would do well to learn.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:59:18 GMT2016-10-26T16:59:18Z• ‘I really enjoy being in the game for every single ball’
Alan Knott, one of the greatest wicketkeepers, once concluded his best session behind the stumps for England took place against Pakistan in the searing heat of the subcontinent. His Kent colleague, Derek Underwood, bowled from one end throughout and Knott recalled how on a very flat track he never took a single ball from him. “But I expected to take everyone,” he said.
Wicketkeepers have to concentrate for every minute of the day in the field and that is how Jonny Bairstow likes it. He could walk into this England side as a specialist batsman – already he has scored more runs in a calendar year than any keeper in history and there are still six Tests to go but he wants to keep those gloves.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:03:01 GMT2016-10-26T13:03:01Z• Australia centre needs surgery on injury sustained against Racing 92
Leicester have suffered a major injury setback with their Australia centre Matt Toomua facing six months on the sidelines.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:13 GMT2016-10-26T13:00:13Z
When we learned that viewing figures for live football had fallen, we asked our readers whether they had stopped watching or just stopped paying. Hundreds of you replied and most agreed that TV subscriptions do not offer value for money
The viewing figures are in and the news is not good for the TV companies: fewer people are watching televised live games than they were last season. Sky’s early-season ratings are down by a fifth and BT’s Champions League coverage isn’t picking up the slack. But are people watching less live football or just avoiding the cost of subscription fees?Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:36:37 GMT2016-10-26T10:36:37Z• Kenyan was initially banned from 2014-2016 after testing positive for EPO
The Kenyan marathon runner Rita Jeptoo has been banned for four years for a doping offence with “aggravating circumstances”, the court of arbitration for sport has announced.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:23:59 GMT2016-10-26T18:23:59ZThe Belgian region forced a giant EU scheme to unravel. Given the chance, Wales and Scotland could do the same
The fury subsides. The wounds heal. But as the trumpets and the drums depart, the same Brexit squabbles live on. What do we mean to do, really, about immigration, protectionism, sovereignty and trade?
Cut to Wallonia, a desperate corner of Europe. Its collapsed heavy industry lies ruined in a hilly landscape. Its politics are equally outdated, socialists battling Marxists. Yet Wallonia’s politicians enjoy astonishing power, since the Belgian federation depends on allowing the province a veto on external treaties. Since the EU holds that a trade treaty with Canada requires unanimity of its 28 states, Wallonia’s veto is Belgium’s veto. Wallonia is the mouse that roars.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:11:09 GMT2016-10-26T20:11:09ZContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:00:03 GMT2016-10-26T05:00:03Z
In our Kafka-meets-IDS bureaucracy, disabled people like John are forced into work they can’t do. Like Daniel Blake, he’s being crushed by the system
John’s world was torn apart on a Monday morning three weeks ago. First came a text message that read: “We will ring you within 2-3 hours to discuss the outcome of your work capability assessment.” Then the phone went. A “decision maker” at the Department for Work and Pensions told John he’d been judged fit for work – despite his extreme pain, despite all his doctors had said. One of the benefits he needed to live on – employment and support allowance – would stop immediately.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:49:02 GMT2016-10-26T15:49:02Z
TV dramas such as Black Mirror and Westworld might be scaring us with a dystopian vision of technology, but the real problem is that Facebook is too chirpy, fitness apps fuss over our food intake, and our browsers bombard us with targeted ads
I love a television show that makes people talk, and particularly one that makes its viewers ask the big questions. The new sci-fi western drama Westworld is slow, pretentious, confusing, and my new favourite, with its grandiose concerns about playing God and how sentient a sentient creation should be. Tapping into a worry first planted in me by an illicit sleepover viewing of Terminator 2, it is a wide-ranging exploration of what happens when we evolve too far, and what happens if we give robots guns. If you are watching it and not starting to eye up your Fitbit with suspicion, then you are not paying attention.
Likewise with the new episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix, which seems to have caused people to start noticing their daily Black Mirror moments. Did you give star ratings to that book you bought on Amazon, in the same way that they reviewed people in the first episode? Did you experience feelings of loss and disappointment because an Instagram shot of a very funny letter to your local newspaper did not get as many likes as you thought it deserved? Played a stunningly realistic session of Uncharted 4 where the tropical trees looked as if they could have been photographs? Fallen in love wearing stonewashed denim? Black Mirror, Black Mirror, Black Mirror.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:19:49 GMT2016-10-26T14:19:49Z
I like to call myself and be called fat. I think fat is a political subject, and as such it feels powerful to reclaim words that are frequently used pejoratively
There are lots of words used to describe people such as me. Medics and their allies will use some Latin or Greek to make their language appear authoritative and scientific. According to them I am obese, or someone requiring bariatric intervention. By extension, in newspapers I am part of an anonymous population blob known as “the obese”.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:44:40 GMT2016-10-26T18:44:40ZPriti Patel, DfID’s new secretary of state, appears ideologically opposed to the work of her department. She needs reminding of the millions of lives that aid has saved and improved
The statement that follows is highly unfashionable, yet is nonetheless true: one of the things modern Britons can be proudest of is their country’s achievements in international development. Thanks to British aid and development over the last few years, two million more girls are attending school in Pakistan. With the help of British funding, villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be able to travel to a hospital, using stretches of 1,800km of roads that were previously almost impassable. UK aid has saved the lives of 50,000 women during pregnancy and 250,000 newborn babies.
Put simply, British development money has saved, changed and improved millions of lives in the past five years alone. Looking for a field in which the UK is a world-beater? Aid is certainly one. Britain is among a handful of countries to have hit the UN’s target of giving 0.7% of its national income to overseas development. And the creation in 1997 of the Department for International Development has given Britain a repository of expertise heeded around the world. To find some of his beloved “soft power”, Boris Johnson should trundle a short distance up Whitehall to the DfID offices.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:23:05 GMT2016-10-26T16:23:05Z
A ‘Blue Lives Matter’ sign appeared instead. Yes, police officers have the right to do their jobs in safety. But the comparison is false, and here’s why
Last winter First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, where I serve as senior minister, voted to hang a Black Lives Matter banner outside our building. Shortly after we hung the banner it mysteriously disappeared. We replaced it and the replacement disappeared as well. This kept happening. For months the thief was silent; there was no inkling of motive. Every Monday we would post a banner or sign, and every Sunday night, it would be removed. Then, last week, we found something new: next to the Black Lives Matter sign appeared a sign that read: “Blue Lives Matter.”
In the history of oppressed groups demanding equality, an equivalent of the 'Blue Lives Matter' sign goes up every timeContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:16:12 GMT2016-10-26T15:16:12ZIf opposition parties choose a common pro-European candidate to fight Zac Goldsmith it will send a powerful message. They might even win
The Richmond Park byelection in west London, triggered by Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith’s resignation on Tuesday, is a golden opportunity to fight a destructive Brexit. It could also road-test a new way for parties to work together in the national interest.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:06:53 GMT2016-10-26T12:06:53ZLong hours and poor pay are wreaking havoc on our lives. Rather than fixating on growth, if we restructured the working week it would allow people to flourish
Mounting pressures at work are taking a heavy toll on life at home. Employees say their bosses want them to put job before family, and many are expected to be on call around the clock. More than one in four say they work longer hours than they want to, we learn from the latest YouGov poll.
It’s not a pretty picture: an economy where high levels of stress and anxiety are normal, where people get ill because they’ve lost control of their time, where marriages are damaged and children suffer. And yet, it’s a picture we’re invited to applaud. Our political leaders idolise “strivers” and “hard-working people”, not “chilled-out, caring dads”, for example. The longer and harder we work, the more admirable we are supposed to be.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:42:33 GMT2016-10-26T12:42:33Z
Madrid’s Prado gallery has finally, after 200 years, put on its first show devoted to a female painter, Clara Peeters. We need far more like it, to understand the greatness of women working under heavy patriarchies
One of the most unsettling works of art I have seen for a long time is a small sketch in a school atlas that was identified last year as a self-portrait by the young Charlotte Brontë. Why is it so unsettling? Because of the talent it shows. Could she have been an artist as well as a great writer – and how many other talented women have found their ability to draw trivialised or suppressed through the centuries?Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:00:04 GMT2016-10-26T06:00:04Z
He’s right that the little guy is being screwed by the system. The problem is, he’s the embodiment of it
What is the worst thing about Donald Trump? The lies? The racist stereotypes? The misogyny? The alleged gropings? The apparent refusal to accept democratic outcomes? All these are bad enough. But they’re not the worst. The worst thing about Donald Trump is that he’s the man in the mirror.
We love to horrify ourselves with his excesses, and to see him as a monstrous outlier, the polar opposite of everything a modern, civilised society represents. But he is nothing of the kind. He is the distillation of all that we have been induced to desire and admire. Trump is so repulsive not because he offends our civilisation’s most basic values, but because he embodies them.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:48:23 GMT2016-10-26T10:48:23ZThe theatre’s decision to dispense with its groundbreaking artistic director reflects a mindset that resists change – especially when a woman is driving it
It was announced yesterday that Emma Rice will step down as artistic director of the Globe theatre in 2018, the news coming less than a year after she took the helm, and just days after the Stage’s article about the disproportionate criticism her first season attracted.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:07 GMT2016-10-26T08:00:07ZHeading can have alarming effects on the brain, a study has found. As the Jeff Astle case shows, we must find a way to let our children play the game safely
I can hear the roar already from the football fraternity for what I am about to say, but hear me out. Maybe it’s time for head-safety gear for footballers – particularly children. The alternative being discussed is to stop youngsters from heading the ball altogether, but that would not safeguard against the moment that a ball comes tantalising close at head height.
A study carried out by the University of Stirling has identified that heading a ball can significantly impair brain function and memory. The researchers found inhibitory and cognitive changes in the brain after players headed the ball 20 times. Memory function fell by up to a staggering 67% in the 24 hours after heading practice, before normalisingContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:30:08 GMT2016-10-26T09:30:08Z
Society still reacts with surprise and confusion at my presence in many settings. It means I have to convince people I belong instead of just getting on with life
I recently watched a powerful discussion of the importance of role models, after the all-female production of The Tempest that’s currently showing in London. During a Q&A, the cast, director and producer talked passionately about the value of taking women-led theatre into schools and prisons, showing young and disadvantaged girls what is possible.Continue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:27:03 GMT2016-10-25T18:27:03ZThe Heathrow runway debate is a rebuttal to conspiracy theories that insist politicians are in hock to corporate interests
Central Riga is one of the architectural charms of Europe – a cobbled medieval labyrinth enclosed in a belt of art nouveau houses. But during the mid-1970s, when Latvia was a Soviet republic, the skyline was blighted by a multi-storey concrete shell that became, after many delays, the Intourist hotel.
This eyesore was the subject of a local joke: a tour guide is showing a group of westerners around the city. One asks about the monstrosity looming over the city and is told the truth. “It’s a hotel that they’ve been building for years.” This being the USSR, there is a KGB informant in the group. He upbraids the guide: “Comrade, you have cast aspersions on the efficiency of Soviet industry. Don’t let it happen again!” Sure enough, on the next tour, the same question comes up. “What is that concrete tower?” asks one of the tourists. “I have no idea,” replies the guide. “It wasn’t there yesterday.”Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:00:04 GMT2016-10-26T06:00:04Z
The idea that all women want to be mothers is outdated and sexist, argues Julie Bindel. She says people who choose not to become parents are often seen as selfish, but that parents who give up on trying to change the world in order to have children and then only think about their own family receive no judgmentContinue reading...
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:42:55 GMT2016-10-25T14:42:55Z
The battle to remove Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul is underway with thousands of Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces combining and making progress towards the outskirts. It was from Mosul that Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called caliphate and it is the last major stronghold for Isis in Iraq. But while the jihadists are outgunned, their ideology has proven remarkably resilientContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:05 GMT2016-10-26T07:00:05Z
In The Accountant, Ben Affleck plays a mathematics genius diagnosed with autism as a child who works for illegal outfits helping them cook their books, and Anna Kendrick a legit accountant who joins him after a hitman targets him for assassination. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, it is released in the UK on 4 NovemberContinue reading...
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:54:53 GMT2016-10-24T11:54:53Z
The second Jack Reacher movie is directed by Ed Zwick and features Tom Cruise as the roving baddie-thumper, this time helping out a US army major (played by Cobie Smulders) who has been wrongly charged with spying. Lee Child, author of the original series of novels, talks about how the format allows him to address social issues by stealth, and why it’s never a good idea for authors to adapt their own booksContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:57:50 GMT2016-10-20T06:57:50Z
Northern Ireland, like the rest of the world, is in a crisis of political representation. Working class communities, hit hard by austerity, feel betrayed by their political leaders. Now, with the prospect of Brexit bringing even greater instability, two decades of peacebuilding are at stake. Phoebe Greenwood meets the republican and loyalist marching flute bands at the heart of these communities determined to keep the Troubles from returningContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:16:20 GMT2016-10-21T11:16:20Z
Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning film I, Daniel Blake, depicts the cruelty of the benefit system through the eyes of an older man who’s been found fit for work. In Ashton, Greater Manchester, we look into the lives of the real Daniel Blakes and those who, as in Loach’s film, have began to fight backContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:04 GMT2016-10-21T11:00:04Z
Alabama is the home of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, designed to fight voter suppression. But since 2014, Alabama citizens have been required to present a state-approved photo ID at the polls. The state acknowledges that up to 250,000 voters don’t have the required ID, often due to lack of accessibility. Alabama election officials insist that the law is intended to curb voter fraud. With only one known case of modern-day voter fraud in the state, Alabama citizens and politicians alike question the underlying motive of the lawContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:01:01 GMT2016-10-20T13:01:01Z
David Elliott’s discovery of a toe bone led to the remains of the huge Savannasaurus elliottorum in the latest in a series of finds on his sheep station in remote central Queensland. The new species is a member of the group of dinosaurs known as sauropods – such as the brontosaurus, which have long necks and four thick, pillar-like legs. It belongs to a subgroup called ‘titanosaurs’, thought to have evolved in South AmericaContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Oxford University research shows link between sanctions and use of charity parcels, a pattern ministers refuse to accept
Benefit sanctions, whereby social security claimants have their payments stopped for at least a month as a punishment for supposedly breaching strict jobcentre rules, are a key driver of hunger and food bank use, according to a study carried out by Oxford University academics.
The study, which mapped official sanctions data against food bank referral figures, concluded that a “robust link” existed between increases in the number of benefit sanctions handed out and rising numbers of adults receiving food parcels.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
College of Policing issues new guidelines on stop and search, and says every police officer is guilty of some sort of bias
Every police officer is guilty of some sort of bias, according to their professional standards body, and acknowledging as much is necessary to help stamp out discrimination in the use of controversial stop and search powers.
The College of Policing on Thursday launches new guidelines for police on stop and search and also warns that an officer should consider if a bias is affecting his or her decision every time before making a stop. If they think prejudice is playing a part, they should not use the power.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Business lobby group calls on chancellor to spend extra £11.5bn in autumn statement to stimulate post-Brexit vote growth
Philip Hammond should spend £2.1bn in the autumn statement on extending maternity leave to encourage more women to return to work, the CBI has said.
The business lobby group urged the chancellor to adopt an £11.5bn shopping list of measures, including lengthening maternity leave from nine months to a year to bridge the gap with the earliest date from which parents can claim childcare support.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:34:57 GMT2016-10-26T11:34:57Z
Trio want to give Lib Dems better chance of defeating Zac Goldsmith, but others in party argue ‘stitch-up’ would anger voters
Labour frontbenchers have called on the party not to put forward a candidate to run against Zac Goldsmith in the forthcoming Richmond Park byelection, to give the Liberal Democrats a clear path to try to snatch the seat.
Clive Lewis, the shadow business secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow City minister, and Lisa Nandy, a former shadow cabinet minister, said Labour should “put the national interest first” by doing what it could to reduce the Conservatives’ majority.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Students to see larger class sizes and fewer subjects and extracurricular activities on offer due to broad funding cuts says new report
The widespread practice of students pursuing four AS-levels before dropping their weakest subject for the final year is to be phased out, a report has claimed, as funding pressures on sixth-form colleges see new pupils offered just three qualifications from the outset.
In recent years, students have been encouraged to enrol in four AS-levels in their first year in sixth form, then to abandon their weakest subject in their second and pursue their three best to A2-level.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:16:50 GMT2016-10-26T21:16:50Z
Boris Johnson rejects calls for end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia as it maintains ‘positive diplomatic influence where UK interests are at stake’
A Labour demand for the UK government to withdraw support for the Saudi-led coalition in the 18-month Yemen civil war failed on Wednesday when a substantial number of Labour backbenchers either stayed away or abstained.
In a Commons debate, the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, said the government should withdraw support from the Saudi coalition until an independent UN investigation had examined whether the Saudi bombing campaign, which has seen the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians, was in breach of international humanitarian law.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:29:50 GMT2016-10-26T17:29:50Z
Ukip finds MEP Mike Hookem did not start row that left Woolfe in hospital, but EU parliament president reports pair to police
The Ukip MEP Mike Hookem has escaped suspension from the party over an altercation that left his fellow MEP Steven Woolfe unconscious and hospitalised, after an internal report concluded there was no evidence suggesting he had instigated the scuffle.
The party’s report said that it was Woolfe, a former Ukip leadership challenger who has since left the party, and not Hookem, who started the incident. Woolfe had invited his colleague outside a meeting room in the European parliament in Strasbourg to settle their differences “man to man”, it stated.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:44:51 GMT2016-10-26T19:44:51Z
Damon Smith, 19, from south-east London accused of possessing explosives after item found at North Greenwich underground
A man has been accused of possessing explosives after a suspicious item was found on London Underground last week.
Damon Smith, 19, from south-east London, will appear at Westminster magistrates court on Thursday morning in connection with the incident at North Greenwich tube station last Thursday.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:01:05 GMT2016-10-26T23:01:05Z
Average annual policy costs rise 16% year-on-year, with expensive technology on cars and whiplash claims cited as reasons
Drivers are paying almost £82 more for car insurance than a year ago and are likely to see premiums rise further, according to the latest figures from the Automobile Association (AA).
The average annual cost of a new policy rose to £586 in the three months to the end of September, a 16.3% increase on the same period in 2015, the motoring group said.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:25:23 GMT2016-10-26T17:25:23Z
Five suspects on terror prevention and investigation measures are British, officials say, as revelation marks revival of their use
Six extremists or terror suspects are now subject to official counter-terror orders that include being relocated from their home towns or cities, the Home Office has revealed.
The confirmation that there are six orders covering terror prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) in force marks a revival in their use after three years in which no more than one or two individuals have been subject to the orders.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:41:18 GMT2016-10-26T17:41:18Z
Court papers filed by singer’s lawyers reveal details of claim against BBC and South Yorkshire police
Sir Cliff Richard has suffered “profound and lasting damage” as a result of a police raid on his home that was screened on the BBC, according to court papers filed by his lawyers.
The singer is suing the broadcaster and South Yorkshire police, claiming they struck a deal before the 2014 raid, and accusing the force of giving the BBC a “running commentary” of its actions on the day.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:53:54 GMT2016-10-26T17:53:54Z
MPs push for enquiry on ‘industrial touts fleecing fans’ as live events booker offers hundreds of Peter Kay charity show tickets
The ticketing website Viagogo has been branded “disgusting” for seeking to profit from a charity event hosted by the actor and comedian Peter Kay to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Criticism of Viagogo came as it emerged that the company and its competitors faced being questioned by a parliamentary select committee amid a political crackdown on ticket touting.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:47:00 GMT2016-10-26T17:47:00Z
Despite publicity surrounding the injury of Claudia Winkleman’s daughter in 2014, flammable costumes may still be on sale
UK fire chiefs are warning parents of the potential dangers of children’s fancy dress costumes in the run-up to Halloween and Bonfire night.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:58:34 GMT2016-10-26T17:58:34Z
Ability to ‘tackle misbehaviour’ to be assessed in light of collapsed retailer’s £570m pension deficit, says minister
The government is considering extending the powers of the Pensions Regulator in the light of the BHS scandal, it has emerged.
In a letter responding to a parliamentary report into the demise of the department store chain, the business minister Margot James said the government was determined the regulator had the power it needed to “deter and tackle misbehaviour”.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:36:42 GMT2016-10-26T18:36:42Z
After delay over referendum result owners confirm 278-metre tower at 22 Bishopsgate will go ahead
A 62-storey skyscraper – on the site of a previously planned building known as the Pinnacle or “Helter Skelter” – is to grace London’s skyline despite the uncertainty caused in the commercial property market by the vote for Brexit.
Now known as 22 Bishopsgate – its address near Liverpool Street station – the building will be the tallest in London’s financial district and is being developed by AXA Investment Managers Real Assets. The building will be 278 metres tall, 10 metres lower than the original design that was first outlined almost 10 years ago.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:16:27 GMT2016-10-26T23:16:27Z
The raid, believed to have been carried out by a Syrian or Russian plane, was reported by the Syrian civil defence
Airstrikes by Syrian or Russian warplanes have killed at least 26 people, most of them schoolchildren, in a village in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, rescue workers and a monitoring group have said.
Wednesday’s raids hit a residential area and a school in Haas village, the Syrian civil defence rescue workers’ network said on its Facebook account.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:52:30 GMT2016-10-26T18:52:30Z
Migrant death toll for year to date is ‘highest ever recorded’, despite fewer people trying to cross sea than in 2015
A record number of people have died or gone missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea, making 2016 the deadliest year for migrants trying to reach Europe, the UN refugee agency has said.
Updating figures on migrants and refugees reported dead or missing, the UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said: “We can confirm that at least 3,800 people have been reported dead or missing in the Mediterranean sea so far this year, making the death toll in 2016 the highest ever recorded.”Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:12:48 GMT2016-10-26T22:12:48Z
Court ruled in favour of families after children of Okawa primary school died when teachers waited 45 minutes before seeking higher ground
A Japanese court has awarded millions of pounds in damages to the families of 23 schoolchildren who died in the March 2011 tsunami, after their teachers failed to evacuate them to safe ground, even as loudspeakers urged residents to flee.
A total of 74 children and 10 teachers died at Okawa primary school in the city of Ishinomaki, one of the most distressing episodes of a disaster that destroyed a long stretch of Japan’s north-east coast on the afternoon of 11 March 2011. The tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, killed more than 18,500 people, most of them in the coastal prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, where Ishinomaki is located.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:48:59 GMT2016-10-26T20:48:59Z
I want them out, says Rodrigo Duterte on visit to Japan, saying there will be an end to ‘war games’ with US military
The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has continued his anti-US rhetoric by calling for the removal of all foreign troops from the Philippines, possibly within two years.
Speaking to an audience of business people at the start of a three-day visit to Japan, Duterte acknowledged that his recent remarks about Manila’s military “separation” from the US had angered Washington, but said he was determined to pursue an independent foreign policy.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:09:25 GMT2016-10-26T23:09:25Z
Hundreds of thousands joined protests against Nicolás Maduro’s presidency, against a backdrop of mass hunger and high crime
Venezuela’s opposition has vowed to turn up the pressure on the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro, calling for a national strike on Friday and a march on the presidential palace next week to demand a recall referendum against the troubled leader.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:00:20 GMT2016-10-26T16:00:20Z
Provincial governor’s spokesman blames terrorist group after men are taken hostage and killed in Ghor province
Gunmen rounded up and shot dozens of civilians in a remote part of Afghanistan, UN officials have said, in an attack that prompted angry protests from residents about the government’s failure to protect them.
The provincial governor’s spokesman blamed Islamic State for the killings in the central-western province of Ghor, but there has been no independent confirmation of this. The militant group’s activities have hitherto been largely confined to the eastern province of Nangarhar, and other officials said they doubted it was involved.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:54:00 GMT2016-10-26T17:54:00Z
Madrid heavily criticised by Nato allies over refuelling plan for Russian flotilla at enclave of Ceuta
Russia has withdrawn a request for a flotilla of warships to be allowed to refuel in Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta, after Nato allies criticised Madrid for assisting warships they believe could be used to target civilians in Syria. The Russian embassy in Madrid gave no reason for the change of heart, but said the fleet would bypass the port, across the Straits of Gibraltar from mainland Spain, which Moscow has frequently used in the past.
The Spanish foreign ministry said in a statement: “The Russian embassy has just informed us that it is withdrawing the request for permission for stopovers for these ships and these stopovers have therefore been cancelled.”Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:50:59 GMT2016-10-26T12:50:59Z
Sharbat Gula, depicted on the magazine’s cover in 1984, could face 14 years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted
An Afghan woman who once appeared on the cover of National Geographic as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl has been arrested for living illegally in Pakistan under false papers.
Last year Pakistani media published a photo from Sharbat Gula’s computerised national identity card (CNIC), a vital document that she should not have been able to acquire as a foreign national.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:30:10 GMT2016-10-26T10:30:10Z
The country fell from first to 25th in the United Nation’s gender equality ranking, prompting a call for action from 14 non-profit organizations
Activists have called on Canadian leaders to introduce concrete policies to confront discrimination against women and girls after the country fell from first to 25th in the United Nation’s gender equality ranking.
The criticism comes as the United Nations holds its 65th annual meeting to eliminate gender discrimination, and just a few months after the country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was praised for a speech to the UN in New York, where he said, “I am a feminist.”
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:32:46 GMT2016-10-26T16:32:46Z
Fraudster handed a year’s suspended jail sentence for posing as cousin of victim of last year’s plane crash and taking free flights
A woman has been given a year’s suspended jail sentence for posing as the cousin of a victim in last year’s Germanwings plane crash and obtaining compensation offered by the airline.
The woman pretended to be a relative of a teacher who was killed in the 24 March disaster in the French Alps. She travelled to France on two occasions – including once with her two children and a friend – at the expense of Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:32:34 GMT2016-10-26T18:32:34Z
Schools and parades are banning clown costumes after hysteria over ‘killer clowns’ – but soaring sales indicate there’ll still be a lot of red noses around
Clowns are officially too scary for Halloween.
School districts, counties and spooky festivals across the country are banning clown costumes this year, after a summer of national hysteria over “killer clowns” and soaring sales of evil clown masks.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:37:39 GMT2016-10-26T20:37:39Z
Entry proceeds will go to Red Cross, theme park says, stressing that safety is its priority and Thunder River Rapids had passed maintenance testing four weeks ago
Dreamworld will reopen on Friday with a memorial day as a mark of respect to the four people who lost their lives on one of the theme park’s most popular rides.
Only smaller rides will operate on Friday, Dreamworld said in a statement, which also said the Thunder River Rapids ride had passed its maintenance testing four weeks ago.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:59:34 GMT2016-10-26T18:59:34Z
US ambassador Samantha Power argued that what remains of congressional embargo has been mostly ineffective, as other member states passed resolution
The US abstained for the first time on Wednesday in a UN vote denouncing the continuing congressional embargo on Cuba.
The Obama administration has relaxed some of the half-century-old sanctions on Cuba over the last two years, a process that culminated in a presidential visit to the Caribbean island state in March and the resumption of commercial flights to Havana. But the Republican-dominated Congress has refused to lift the bulk of the trade restrictions, saying the communist government has not done enough to improve human rights.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:38:19 GMT2016-10-26T16:38:19Z
Clinton was unrestrained on El Gordo y La Flaca, where she danced, brushed up on her Spanish and was serenaded by Prince Royce for her birthday
There are less than two weeks to go before the election, and Hillary Clinton is doubling down in Florida with Latino voters.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:48:32 GMT2016-10-26T15:48:32Z
President of five-star Grand Hotel of Cannes unharmed two days after she was seized from her car by attackers in Nice
A French official says a 76-year-old businesswoman has been freed two days after she was kidnapped in the southern city of Nice.
Christian Estrosi, president of Nice’s region, said on Wednesday that Jacqueline Veyrac was unharmed.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:03:14 GMT2016-10-26T19:03:14ZA photo posted to a Facebook group triggered debate just as furious as that surrounding The Dress – is it Murray impersonating a crying baby, or is it Hanks?Bill Murray’s mood swings were so tempestuous during the making of Ghostbusters that Dan Aykroyd nicknamed him The Murricane. The Groundhog Day actor doesn’t have an agent and instead uses a 1-800 number for pitches and offers. On his 20th birthday he was arrested trying to smuggle around 10lb of marijuana through Chicago’s O’Hare airport. He has jammed with Eric Clapton, lived and breathed Hunter S Thompson to play him in Where the Buffalo Roam, sung a duet with Clint Eastwood and tended an Austin bar for the night with members of the Wu-Tang Clan, giving everyone tequila shots no matter what they ordered. There is already well-established folklore around the living legend that is Bill Murray, and now we have another one: when Bill Murray does an impression of a crying baby, he looks exactly like Tom Hanks. Continue reading...[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:18:54 GMT2016-10-26T17:18:54Z
Marcus Coates will see families of the dead assemble in Arnos Vale graveyard to ask loved ones a final question
As dusk falls on the Victorian angels and leaning tombstones, voices will ring out across Arnos Vale cemetery in Bristol, questioning the dead. The questions range from heartbreaking to barely printable: “Why didn’t you let me say goodbye?” one woman will ask, while a man wants to know “Any chance of one last blowjob?”
Marcus Coates, an artist whose work often explores shamanism and ritual, has for months been inviting people to leave their questions at the cemetery. On Friday night they will return and ask them aloud, or hear them chanted like an incantation echoing from speakers set among the memorials to waken the sleepers.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:42:13 GMT2016-10-26T16:42:13Z
Russia’s Vladislav Surkov fell out of favour with Putin but new role in Ukraine talks has made him target for unknown hackers
Vladislav Surkov was the mysterious Kremlin puppet master who wrote rock lyrics and loved Tupac Shakur yet was simultaneously the chief architect of Vladimir Putin’s system of “managed democracy”.
Now, after some time on the sidelines, Surkov is well and truly back in the thick of Kremlin intrigue after a cache of emails purporting to show his office coordinating affairs in separatist east Ukraine was leaked online.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:31:40 GMT2016-10-26T12:31:40ZA plan to create a new standard for British yoga teachers appropriates an Indian spiritual discipline in order to enjoy a bigger slice of the financial pie
This week began with the proverbial storm in a teacup as the British public were warned we were in danger from … yoga. On Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday, the British Wheel of Yoga’s chair, Paul Fox, claimed that teachers without sufficient training are giving yoga classes. What has since emerged is that the British Wheel, one of the wealthiest yoga organisations in the UK, has agreed to provide Skills Active, a quango, with funding to develop a National Occupational Standard for Yoga – to protect and keep us all safe in down dog.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:44:30 GMT2016-10-26T16:44:30Z
Labour leader missed open goal on May seeming less gung-ho about Brexit than she’s made out while PM’s put-downs were akin to playground ‘Your Mums’
When Hopeless met Hapless. For a man who fought so hard to retain his leadership of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn seems peculiarly uninterested in challenging the Tories on anything very much. Heathrow? Not that bothered. Brexit? Bit of a hassle, but still not that bothered. Child refugees? Obviously not that great, but still not particularly bothered. On almost every big issue of the last few weeks, Hopeless appears to have taken a Trappist vow of silence.
Hopeless ought to have been racing to his seat in anticipation of this week’s prime minister’s questions. The overnight revelations that Theresa May was a good deal less gung-ho about Britain leaving the single market than all of her recent Brexit statements had suggested presented him with an open goal. And if he somehow managed to blast the ball into row Z, he would at least have another go by exposing the hypocrisy of the prime minister cosying up to a cabal of Goldman Sachs bankers while claiming to be leading a government for the many, not the few. Surely Hopeless couldn’t miss twice in a row?Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:33:31 GMT2016-10-26T14:33:31Z
The housing market works for neither renters nor homeowners, but community-led schemes and keeping land public could help
When community action is matched with local democratic powers we can halt big developers building second homes for wealthy visitors – as the resident-led St Ives neighbourhood plan has shown – and boost affordable developments that meet the needs of local people – as proposed by the StartHaringey group in north London.
At the New Economics Foundation we’re working on scaling up the possibilities for community-led housing. We are furthering the case for large scale, democratically run social housing models, such as renters cooperatives, and the rolling out of ownership models that offer long term security but with less debt, such as community land trust homes and mutual home ownership schemes.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:00:19 GMT2016-10-26T18:00:19Z
Researchers believe they have found evidence that humans were skinning cave lions 16,000 years ago, and could have played a part in their extinction
Cave lions might have been hunted to extinction by humans, according to researchers who say they have found evidence that the creatures were skinned for their pelts 16,000 years ago.
Larger than an African lion, but thought to lack a mane, cave lions were hunted by Neanderthals, with some evidence that Homo sapiens occasionally also killed the animals, alongside other more commonly-hunted carnivores.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:59:03 GMT2016-10-26T04:59:03Z
Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets
The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the school’s parking lot. Turning off the engine, the driver – a tall man in his late 30s – stepped out into the warm summer sun. He cast a sweeping gaze upon the institution he had graduated from two decades earlier.
Whatever nostalgia he might have felt for his old school was tinged with bitterness. It was here that he had suffered some of life’s early humiliations: taunted by classmates for his apparent dimwittedness; held in low esteem by his teachers. If they remembered him at all, they would remember him as the boy who had difficulty reading. The boy who was so bad with spellings. His bearish frame may have protected him from physical bullying, but combined with his severe dyslexia and his social awkwardness, it had also cemented his image as a dolt.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:01:04 GMT2016-10-26T06:01:04Z
The second collection by the model and broadcaster launches next week at Marks & Spencer. Here, the Guardian’s fashion editor gives her review
Alexa Chung’s first raid of the archives got a thumbs up for bringing some much-needed cool to M&S, but this second season is the one that has us reaching for our wallets. Think same purity of fashion content, approximately 50% more wearability.
Take the pie-crust blouse, an Alexa signature. Last season, it was a trophy piece, but tricky IRL, thanks to the stiff back-fastening collar and the slim sleeves. In this collection, which drops on 1 November, a pale-blue style fastens down the front and an elasticated button loops at the cuff, a practical detail borrowed from the M&S school-uniform department.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:53:41 GMT2016-10-26T14:53:41Z
From facial-recognition to dog power, smart technology has come knocking on your door. No, don’t get up …
The doorbell, like the landline, is increasingly on its way out. Being in a specific place at a certain time is just not how digital nomads roll. In the past few years, US companies such as SkyBell and DoorBird have offered solutions to the problem of having to be home occasionally by developing doorbells that connect to your smartphone, so you can converse with the deliveryman, passing pal or burglar, whether in or out. The UK’s newly launched Ding, though, is one of the first to do it with a design finish that doesn’t scream “home security paranoiac with own laser trip wires”.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:22:10 GMT2016-10-26T13:22:10Z
In Playtest, a developer creates an augmented reality horror adventure that uses the player’s own memories to scare them. This is closer to reality than you may think
The latest Black Mirror series from Charlie Brooker presents, despite its transition to Netflix, another unsettling collection of future shock nightmares drawn from consumer technology and social media trends. The second episode, Playtest, has an American tourist lured to a British game development studio to test a new augmented-reality horror game that engages directly with each player’s brain via a biorobotic implant. The AI program mines the character’s darkest fears and manifests them into the real-world as photorealistic graphics. Inevitably, terror and mental breakdown follow.
The idea of a video game that can analyse a player’s personality and change accordingly may seem like the stuff of outlandish sci-fi to some Black Mirror viewers.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:52:23 GMT2016-10-26T15:52:23Z
Posing like moody tweens or chatting on their mobiles, a new generation of shop models is taking over the high street. Here are a few more postures for them to adopt
Ever since Kim Cattrall winked knowingly as Starship blasted out of cinema speakers in the 1987 film Mannequin, culture has given plastic shop models a touch of existential gravitas. After Topshop’s were criticised for being too skinny, a strong argument was made for making mannequins more realistic, with many high-street chains taking note. River Island has taken this to its logical conclusion, with its new range of mannequins posing in a way that can best described as “sentient tween”, in a nod to the spending power of Generation Z.
One poses sitting down with its legs drawn up to its chest and a contemplative expression on its face, while another is taking selfies on a mobile.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:16:32 GMT2016-10-26T14:16:32Z
From acrobatic flies to suckling bees, Smith’s stop-motion nature films astonished viewers a century ago. Now Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples has set them to music in a dark and dreamy movie
Mould spreads like a firework. A bee suckles at a sweet pea bloom like a baby on a breast. Runner bean shoots sway and twirl as gracefully as dancers. It is difficult to put into words the alien strangeness of the microscopic worlds depicted by the pioneering film-maker F Percy Smith. Self-taught and working before and after the first world war, Smith mastered early microscopic, time-lapse and underwater photography with contraptions he fashioned from Meccano, candle wicks and gramophone needles.
Related: Secrets of natureContinue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:59:31 GMT2016-10-26T14:59:31Z
Hillary Clinton’s questioning of a US supreme court decision has given the NRA and Donald Trump fuel for their argument that she wants to ‘ban gun ownership’
Throughout her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has said that she supports the second amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
But many gun rights advocates say they fear she will reopen the door for cities and states to ban private ownership of handguns, pointing to her repeated comments questioning a key US supreme court decision on gun ownership. Even liberal second amendment experts have called some of Clinton’s explanations of her position “odd”.Continue reading...
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:01:02 GMT2016-10-26T14:01:02ZFrom Tony Soprano’s moral agonies to Lost’s island purgatory, the drama of sin and damnation fits the small screen perfectly. Now The Young Pope takes a startlingly strange look inside the VaticanTelevision is often accused by faith leaders of marginalising religion. But, if this sin of omission exists, the charitable explanation would be that the subject imposes a double penance on schedulers. In a largely secular society, not only is the potential audience for shows on religious subjects small, but those few who might tune in tend to be hypersensitive about coverage of their beliefs or those of rival worldviews.But, though theology may be a minority interest, the politics and psychology of the Vatican have long proved a fascination, and TV fiction has often genuflected towards Rome. Graham Greene (a convert who made the church his central subject as a novelist) once said that Catholicism was naturally dramatic because of the moral jeopardy within a system in which believers were forbidden contraceptives or abortion, and clergy were forbidden sex at all. This week, The Young Pope – starring Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, an American cardinal who becomes Pope Pius XIII – takes its place in a congregation of memorable TV shows involving Catholicism. Continue reading...[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:27:49 GMT2016-10-26T14:27:49Z
Women have been disparaged and harassed for too many years, and we’re not going to take one more minute of it. This election, we’re done
The following is an edited version of a speech made by Guardian writer Jessica Valenti to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes last week.
How is everyone doing? Ready for November 8 yet?