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Published: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:13:26 GMT2017-08-24T01:13:26Z

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Ex-intelligence chief: Trump's access to nuclear codes is 'pretty damn scary'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:17:08 GMT2017-08-23T15:17:08Z

James Clapper questioned the US president’s ‘fitness to be in this office’ after his speech in Phoenix, joining a growing chorus of alarm over his erratic behavior

Donald Trump’s access to the nuclear codes is “pretty damn scary”, a former US intelligence chief has said, calling Trump’s rally in Arizona on Tuesday night “disturbing”.

James Clapper, director of national intelligence (DNI) for seven years under Barack Obama, questioned the US president’s “fitness to be in this office” after his demagogic performance in Phoenix, and expressed anxiety about Trump’s power to launch nuclear weapons without consulting Congress or any other official.

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Jon Snow: reporting on Grenfell made me feel on wrong side of social divide

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:58:33 GMT2017-08-23T17:58:33Z

Channel 4 presenter uses MacTaggart lecture to warn that the media lack diversity and are far removed from ordinary people

The veteran journalist Jon Snow said reporting on the deadly Grenfell Tower fire made him feel “on the wrong side” of Britain’s social divide and warned that he and others in the media had become too far removed from ordinary people’s lives.

The Channel 4 news presenter used a keynote speech at the Edinburgh television festival to say the episode made him conclude that there was a lack of diversity across the media, which should have been more aware about the dangers of the high-rise block.

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EU nationals deportation letters an 'unfortunate error', says May

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:13:48 GMT2017-08-23T18:13:48Z

Home Office mistakenly sent up to 100 letters to EU citizens telling them to leave UK or face removal

Theresa May admitted the Home Office made an “unfortunate error” when it mistakenly sent up to 100 letters to EU nationals living in the UK ordering them to leave the country or face deportation.

The prime minister was forced into the statement after it emerged that a Finnish academic working in London had highlighted the warning letter she had received, which told her to leave the UK or risk being detained.

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Ex-courier convicted for mowing down woman on his track bike

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:47:22 GMT2017-08-23T15:47:22Z

Charlie Alliston, 20, found guilty of causing bodily harm over collision with Kim Briggs, who died from ‘catastrophic’ head injuries

A former courier has been convicted of causing bodily harm to a woman who died after he mowed her down on a bicycle in east London.

Charlie Alliston, 20, was a fan of “dangerous” bike racing videos and did not have a front brake on his track bike – a legal requirement if ridden on the road.

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6 million middle-aged people take no exercise

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:21:30 GMT2017-08-23T23:21:30Z

Public Health England’s research suggests large numbers of adults do not walk for 10 minutes at a time once a month

About 6 million middle-aged people in England are endangering their health by not taking so much as a brisk walk once a month, government advisers have said.

Clinicians said such a lack of exercise increases an individual’s risk of prematurely developing serious health conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancer.

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Allah-Las gig cancelled in Rotterdam due to terrorism warning

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:41:28 GMT2017-08-23T22:41:28Z

Driver held as Spanish-registered van containing gas bottles is found after tipoff from police in Spain

Police in Rotterdam detained the driver of a van with Spanish licence plates and a number of gas tanks inside after a concert by the US rock band Allah-Las was cancelled following a terrorism warning.

The Dutch city’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said at a hastily arranged press conference that the van’s Spanish driver was being questioned by police. Military explosives experts were deployed to examine the van, police said.

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Chanel owners pay themselves $3.4bn dividend – four times company's net profit

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:06:32 GMT2017-08-23T17:06:32Z

Despite fall in revenues and profits last year, Alain and Gérard Wertheimer took double dividend they received in 2015

The reclusive billionaire brothers who own Chanel paid themselves a $3.4bn dividend last year.

Alain and Gérard Wertheimer, who have run the luxury goods company for more than 30 years, took more than four times the company’s net profit and double the dividend they received in 2015.

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White nationalist from Vice documentary to turn himself in to police

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:08:53 GMT2017-08-23T14:08:53Z

Christopher Cantwell, who appeared in a Vice News documentary about white nationalists, is wanted by University of Virginia police on three felony charges

A white nationalist wanted for crimes authorities say were committed on the campus of the University of Virginia a day before a deadly rally has said he will turn himself in to authorities.

University of Virginia police say Christopher Cantwell of Keene, New Hampshire, is wanted on three felony charges: two counts of the illegal use of teargas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a “caustic substance”, explosive or fire.

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Australian spy chief criticised for 'fist pump' gesture with Philippines leader Duterte

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:46:53 GMT2017-08-23T21:46:53Z

Asis head Nick Warner criticised for ‘inappropriate’ photo with president whose drug war has left an estimated 5,500 people dead

The head of Australia’s overseas intelligence agency has been criticised after being photographed posing with a clenched fist beside the controversial Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte.

Related: Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs

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Science envoy resigns over Trump – with a letter spelling out 'impeach'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:39:34 GMT2017-08-23T22:39:34Z

State department’s Daniel Kammen quits with note calling out Charlottesville and Paris accord – and a hidden message in the first letters of each paragraph

One of the US state department’s three science envoys publicly resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over Donald Trump’s response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Daniel Kammen, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a letter posted on his Twitter account that Trump had failed to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis, part of “a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet”.

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Health warning: why the sexy nurse stereotype is no laughing matter

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:41:14 GMT2017-08-23T17:41:14Z

The refusal of an NHS trust to accept charity money because it was raised by men dressed as nurses has highlighted the sexual stereotyping of the profession. How serious a problem is it – and does it encourage harassment in the workplace?

The lipstick is a bit smudged and one or two of the breasts have slipped, but the guys who dressed up as female nurses to raise money for Shropshire community health NHS trust look pretty happy. Presumably because the photograph was taken before the trust rejected their £2,500 on the grounds that “the presentation of men dressed as female nurses in a highly sexualised and demeaning way is wrong, outdated and insulting to the profession”. One of the men has a lacy bra showing. Another a suspender belt. The NHS is not exactly awash with money, yet the Shropshire trust felt strongly enough to reject the donation. So how serious a problem is the sexual stereotyping of nurses? And is it feeding sexual harassment in the workplace?

“People see us as these lovely little handmaidens. They see us as objects. We’re a profession. Society needs to respect us as a profession,” says Danielle Tiplady, 30, who works as a nurse in London and is the only one I speak to who objects to the photograph of the fundraisers. “I find it bamboozling that people can’t see there’s a problem with it. Even now people dress up as sexy nurses on a night out. But (a) we’re not all female and (b) I don’t go to work with my bra hanging out and suspenders on. I find it demeaning. They are sexualising what we do. How are we expecting people to take us seriously?”

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Motorist would not have landed cyclist's 'wanton and furious driving' charge

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:02:27 GMT2017-08-23T16:02:27Z

Charlie Alliston should have had a front brake but 18mph is a cautious speed and double standards are at work here

A heavy-handed prosecution against a cyclist for manslaughter has failed but a charge of “wanton and furious driving” has succeeded.

In 2016 more than 400 pedestrians were killed on UK roads. Each a terrible tragedy to those involved and almost all avoidable. One of these casualties, Kim Briggs, died after a collision between herself and a teenage cyclist, Charlie Alliston.

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When will we baby boomers accept that we have a problem with booze?| Joan Smith

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:15:27 GMT2017-08-23T19:15:27Z

We are blamed for most of the world’s misfortunes and now we’re paying for a misspent youth. In our defence, we were ignorant of the dangers of drink

For my generation, arriving at college in the 1960s and 70s, the dire warnings were all about drugs. My parents sat me down and told me about the dangers of smoking “pot”, which they had read about in the papers. But they never said a word about alcohol. When I asked my mother what I should drink when I went to bars with my new student friends, she suggested cider. It was soon abandoned for the joys (or so they seemed at the time) of a cheap red wine called valpolicella.

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League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge returning to BBC

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:27:54 GMT2017-08-23T18:27:54Z

Royston Vasey residents to return for 20th anniversary, as pride of Norfolk comes back ‘to make sense of Brexit and political unrest’

The League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge are to return to the BBC it has been announced.

The long-rumoured reunion of the cast of the League will be for a series for special episodes to mark the 20th anniversary of its debut on the BBC. It will see Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson reunite revive the strange residents of Royston Vasey in three episodes of the black comedy.

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Alastair Stewart upstaged by toddler on afternoon news

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:52:18 GMT2017-08-23T23:52:18Z

Discussion about testing babies for milk allergies descends into farce as exuberant child scales heights of ITV newsdesk

A discussion on milk allergies went off script during an ITV news broadcast when a little girl started walking round newsreader Alastair Stewart’s desk before climbing on to it.

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Rip it up and start again: Status Quo, LCD Soundsystem and the fastest reformations ever

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:28:07 GMT2017-08-23T15:28:07Z

Your favourite band is playing their last gig. Or maybe not. If history is anything to go by, they will probably be back together again soon

James Murphy perhaps thought he was making a joke when he told the New York Times about his motivation for splitting LCD Soundsystem. It was, he claimed, because the band had a show booked for the cavernous Madison Square Garden in New York in April 2011, and the promoter feared it wouldn’t sell out. “My theory was, if I make it our last show, we’ll sell it out in two weeks,” he said. Then, on Christmas Eve 2015, the band returned with a new single, and now a new album American Dream is due out on 1 September.

It was an interregnum short enough that, had there been no breakup announcement, no one would have noticed they were away. But it is far from the shortest band break-up in history.

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'We're past the tipping point': Boltonians respond to the market city's decline

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:35:26 GMT2017-08-23T15:35:26Z

A Guardian Cities article outlining Bolton’s decline struck a chord with readers, and prompted a defiant response from the local council

This week Guardian Cities published an article by former Bolton resident Andy Walton – a deeply personal piece on the once-mighty northern city’s decline, and the gutting of its historical centre.

Almost one in four shops in the once-thriving market hub now stand vacant, with the decline of industry and the deterioration of the inner city blamed on poor decision-making and missed opportunities by local authorities.

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#Hashtag10: the best hashtag fails in a decade

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:04:07 GMT2017-08-23T17:04:07Z

The ‘funny little hack’ started a decade ago with #barcamp, and now 125m of them are shared daily on Twitter alone – but not without a few misfires

The hashtag turns 10 today, and its inventor, Chris Messina – aka user no 1186 on Twitter – has explained how a small group of early Twitter users wanted to make conversations easier to follow.

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Saracens fear salary cap rules could cost them homegrown stars like Maro Itoje

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:01:03 GMT2017-08-23T23:01:03Z

• Director of rugby Mark McCall calls for action to be taken
• French clubs with higher cap could poach top players

Premiership Rugby has been urged to make major changes to its salary cap amid claims clubs are being penalised for producing homegrown England internationals. Saracens are leading the call, fearful that under the current system England stars such as Maro Itoje will be lured away on lucrative contracts, and want the Premiership Rugby board to take action.

Saracens believe England players who have come through their academy should be at least partially exempt from the salary cap, which is currently £7m plus two “marquee players”. Owen Farrell, Itoje and Jamie George all came through their academy and have all signed new contracts in the last two and a half years. Their value has risen after their performances for the British & Irish Lions this summer, however, and it has been reported Itoje is likely to command a seven-figure annual figure when his deal runs out after the 2019 World Cup.

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Liverpool return to group stages after early flurry sinks Hoffenheim

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:58:29 GMT2017-08-23T20:58:29Z

Julian Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim’s bright young thing of a coach, proclaimed he was not in awe of Anfield but his team were overawed, overrun and overwhelmed by the attacking prowess of Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp’s side released 15 months of frustration to seize their second shot at the Champions League in emphatic style.

A mesmerising display from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah ensured the likes of Barcelona will not be Liverpool’s competitors only in the transfer market this season. They dismantled the European debutants in an early onslaught that yielded two goals for Emre Can and one for Salah before Firmino capped an outstanding contribution with Liverpool’s fourth.

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Champions League draw: who could the six British sides face?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:47:21 GMT2017-08-23T23:47:21Z

Tottenham and Liverpool may face the toughest draws from pot three, but seeded Chelsea could still end up with a daunting autumn fixture list

With the qualifying stages complete, the Champions League truly begins with Thursday’s group stage draw, which takes place at 5pm BST in Monaco. For the first time, five English sides have reached this stage, with Liverpool beating Hoffenheim in the play-offs to join Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and last season’s Europa League winners Manchester United. Celtic have also qualified via the play-offs, with the Scottish champions completing a half-dozen of British teams in the hat. We take a look at who each British side could face:

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The numbers are a glittering legacy of Wayne Rooney’s England career | Dominic Fifield

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:57:00 GMT2017-08-23T17:57:00Z

For all the impressive records, Rooney’s time in an England shirt will always be judged by the failure to repeat his jaw-dropping form from Euro 2004

There is an irony that Wayne Rooney, a player plenty, including the England manager, had considered surplus to requirements last season, has chosen to retire from international football just as the national team were wondering whether they might be in need of him again. Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley are in rehabilitation. Other forwards have yet to find form this term. Cue Gareth Southgate’s telephone call this week, the tone of which, Rooney implied, was that the former captain’s presence might be beneficial in the squad for the forthcoming qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

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England women’s players fearful of speaking out, says Anita Asante

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:56:55 GMT2017-08-23T18:56:55Z

• Former England player praises Eni Aluko for speaking out
• ‘We’ve been so used to an environment of silence’

Anita Asante has become the latest player to question the culture of the England women’s team, praising Eni Aluko for going public with her grievances about the manager, Mark Sampson, and criticising the “environment of silence” she believes the Football Association has fostered behind the scenes.

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Walker’s Nottingham Forest winner increases gloom for Newcastle

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:50:00 GMT2017-08-23T22:50:00Z

An August evening filled with kamikaze defending, frenetic attacking and sheer tactical anarchy was finally settled by an extra-time winner from Tyler Walker, son of the Nottingham Forest legend Des. It condemned Newcastle United to a third straight defeat of the new season, heightening the sense of looming crisis threatening to engulf Rafael Benítez and his politically tense club.

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Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham: Carabao Cup second round – as it happened

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:35:06 GMT2017-08-23T20:35:06Z

Goals from Diafra Sakho and André Ayew helped West Ham ease into the third round at the expense of their League Two opponents

That’s your lot! West Ham reach the third round of the League Cup thanks to late first-half goals from Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew. It’s a first win of the season for the Premier League side, who were too slick for their lowly League Two opponents. Do join me for coverage of the third-round draw at 4.15am . Bye.

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Carabao Cup roundup: Wolves stun Southampton while Burnley win derby

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:05:37 GMT2017-08-23T22:05:37Z

• Last season’s finalists crash out at home against Championship side
• Lancashire derby marred by crowd disturbances at Ewood Park

Last season’s runners-up are out of the Carabao Cup as Southampton were stunned 2-0 at home by the Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. Southampton, who lost 3-2 against Manchester United in the Wembley final in February, fell at the first hurdle this time.

Danny Batth headed in Ivan Cavaleiro’s corner in the 67th minute and substitute Donovan Wilson made it 2-0 with three minutes left.

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Chris Froome extends Vuelta a España lead as rivals struggle on stage five

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:00:19 GMT2017-08-23T19:00:19Z

• Team Sky rider increases his overall advantage to 10 seconds
• Astana rider Alexey Lutsenko wins first grand tour stage of his career

Chris Froome increased his lead in the Vuelta a España during a fifth stage won by Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan.

Froome started the day two seconds ahead of a trio of riders and with most rivals inside a minute of him. But after most of them struggled through a hilly stage and then toiled on the first summit finish, Froome looks to be in command of a race that he has finished as runner-up on three occasions.

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England’s search for batting balance moves to second Test against West Indies | Vic Marks

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:48:28 GMT2017-08-23T16:48:28Z

England still have to determine three batsmen who can be relied upon during the forthcoming Ashes tour and time is getting short

“If it was eight-a-side then we would have a great chance in the Ashes,” mused a cricketing friend – an observation that reinforces two realities.

After the Edgbaston Test, the series against West Indies has already been relegated to being a gentle, mildly helpful precursor to the winter tour – so, yes, we are now in official Ashes preview territory.

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Michael Stoute targets Breeders’ Cup Turf with late developer Ulysses

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:35:18 GMT2017-08-23T18:35:18Z

• Four-year-old beat Churchill and Barney Roy to win International Stakes
• Cracksman looks the part in winning Great Voltigeur Stakes at York

It is almost a decade since Sir Michael Stoute won the last of his 10 trainers’ titles and seven years since his last success in a British Classic, but when it comes to coaxing the best from a late-maturing horse, Stoute is still the best in the business. Ulysses, a four-year-old who finished 23 lengths behind the winner in last year’s Derby, glided over rain-softened ground to win the Group One International Stakes here on Wednesday, and when Stoute said afterwards that this was the “best performance” of the colt’s career, he was quick to add “to date”.

Churchill and Barney Roy, both Group One-winning three-year-olds, headed the market for the feature race on Wednesday at 5-2 and 11-4 respectively, but Ulysses, a 4-1 chance, swept past the pair of them at the furlong pole on the way to a comfortable two-length defeat of Churchill.

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Tottenham complete club-record signing of Davinson Sánchez from Ajax

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:48:47 GMT2017-08-23T18:48:47Z

• Colombian centre-back signs contract until 2023 subject to work permit
• Spurs also sign goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of the Ajax centre-back Davinson Sánchez for a reported club-record fee, subject to a work permit.

Spurs announced a deal for the 21-year-old had been agreed with the Dutch side on Friday but the Colombia centre-back underwent a medical and signed a contract until 2023 on Wednesday.

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The Joy of Six: county cricket cult heroes

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:58:42 GMT2017-08-23T14:58:42Z

From the overweight to the utterly inept via the unfairly uncapped, a celebration of six of county cricket’s most-loved figures from past and present

Don Shepherd died on Friday, less than a week after turning 90, thus ending a lifelong love affair with Glamorgan cricket. The feeling was very much reciprocated.

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Eyes down for the run-in as F1’s season reconvenes at Spa | Giles Richards

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:50:21 GMT2017-08-23T13:50:21Z

Sebastian Vettel has a 14-point lead in his Ferrari but the second half of the racing year sees the majority of races favouring the Mercedes’ setup and Lewis Hamilton

Refreshed, recharged and ready to go again, Formula One enters the second half of the season with the prospect of the remaining nine races proving just as enthralling as the first 11. Where better to reignite the fight than the magnificent challenge of Spa, where Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will recommence a contest that is likely to go down to the last race?

Vettel has the advantage, leading Hamilton by 14 points, but on race wins the pair are even with four apiece. Vettel deserves his lead. He is always at his strongest when he is confident in the machinery around him and Ferrari have given him a car he can work to maximum effect. It has proved quick out of the box on Fridays, forgiving and easy to set up, while the German has revelled in how hard he can push it through the corners.

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West Indies coach hits back at Curtly Ambrose for Edgbaston slating

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:25:31 GMT2017-08-23T19:25:31Z

• ‘It would have been nice if he had come into the dressing room’
• Stuart Law cites a won second Test against Pakistan last year

West Indies’ feeble capitulation at Edgbaston in the first Investec Test, where they lost 19 wickets on the third day, drew condemnation from all corners but their straight-talking coach Stuart Law has fired back at some of the most forthright criticism – from the great fast bowler Curtly Ambrose.

Law acknowledged his side’s obvious shortcomings, but expressed regret that Ambrose, who was involved in coaching the side until May 2016, chose to voice his dismay in a column in the Daily Mail, rather than privately to the team. Ambrose called the performance “pathetic”, “embarrassing”, and “painful to watch”.

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Conor McGregor's biggest weapon? His lack of boxing experience

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:30:59 GMT2017-08-23T16:30:59Z

The allure of Saturday’s much-hyped fight in Las Vegas is that no one knows what will happen in the ring – not least the overwhelming favorite, Floyd Mayweather

Few question Conor McGregor’s ability as a fighter. But can he box? After all, though McGregor has trained as a boxer, mixed martial arts fighting is extremely different from the relatively controlled rules of boxing. It’s easy to imagine a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none scenario that leaves McGregor unprepared to fight Floyd Mayweather, one of the best boxers of all time.

But Andre Ward, the light heavyweight world champion and one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, believes that McGregor’s most obvious weakness – his lack of boxing experience – is also what makes him more dangerous. “Obviously McGregor is at a glaring disadvantage because they are competing at Mayweather’s craft, his discipline,” says Ward, “but McGregor’s advantage is that he is different, he’s an unknown, Floyd doesn’t know what to expect.”

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Manchester City’s Tunnel Club player aquarium leaves the mind swimming | Marina Hyde

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:46:59 GMT2017-08-23T10:46:59Z

The sight of spellbound gawpers, paying up to £15k a season, watching John Stones paddle by raised plenty of ire and the question of just how far Premier League idiocy can go

Sometimes you only want to hear one commentator on a certain subject, and which of us can truly rest till we have heard Roy Keane on Manchester City’s Tunnel Club? It makes the prawn sandwich brigade look like a bunch of scavengers going through bins in search of leftover crusts of E-coli pie.

If you missed Sky’s pant-wetting coverage of this on Monday night, City have unveiled a huge advance in the economic stratification of football fans. The Tunnel Club is a new facility at the Etihad which offers unprecedented access to the club’s innards. For up to a highly competitive £15,000 per season, fans can watch headphoned players ignore them on their way into the dressing room, then gain entry to a restaurant bar area constructed around the tunnel. Here, they are served a five-course fine-dining meal – or “experience”, in the modern parlance – before receiving a tactical briefing from an actual member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff (two of them were reported to have been deputised before the City-Everton game on Monday night).

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SA Rugby targets European Champions Cup for Cheetahs and Southern Kings

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:27:16 GMT2017-08-23T17:27:16Z

• Pair of South African sides entering Pro 14 not currently eligible for Europe
• ‘Our teams playing in Europe will be a process that will take two or three years’

The South African Rugby Union wants its teams who have joined the Pro 14 to compete in Europe in the coming seasons.

The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings linked up with the three Celtic unions and Italy after losing their places in Super Rugby, with the South African Rugby Union signing them up for an initial six years. If one of them wins the league this season, though, there will be no European Champions Cup place.

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Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn't know how to stop this row

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:42:37 GMT2017-08-23T15:42:37Z

The quarterback is still unsigned but the protest he launched has grown, raising uncomfortable questions about race and activism for NFL owners - and fans

On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL will be forced again to confront a story it must wish to go away. At an hour when the league’s employees should be hustling home from their New York office they will walk into a rally on the street outside, organized to ask the same inexplicable question that has perplexed many for months.

“Why is Colin Kaepernick still unsigned?”

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Joel Campbell tells Arsenal he is reluctant to go on loan for sixth time

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:01:22 GMT2017-08-23T15:01:22Z

• Costa Rica striker injured knee at Gold Cup in July
• Campbell one of 28 senior players at club, three more than league limit

Joel Campbell, Arsenal’s forgotten man, is back at the club and he has made it clear that he is reluctant to go out on another loan. The 25-year-old Costa Rica striker is under contract until 2019 and his situation has been complicated by a knee injury he sustained in a Gold Cup tie for his country against Canada on 12 July.

Campbell returned to Arsenal’s London Colney training base on Monday and he is working to rebuild his fitness. It is unclear how far short of the required level he is, at present.

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Being deplorable is the modus operandi of social media | Nancy Jo Sales

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:37:10 GMT2017-08-23T16:37:10Z

An Instagram post by the wife of a government official – who bragged about her designer clothes – went viral. But such posts are standard issue on the internet

If you were casting a Bravo reality series about superficial, luxury-brand-obsessed Washington women, you wouldn’t have to look much farther than Louise Linton, the wife of the US treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin. (Oh, but wait, such a reality series – Real Housewives of DCalready aired, cancelled in 2010.)

On Monday, Linton exhibited her talent for playing true to type by posting an Instagram picture of herself disembarking from a US Air Force jet with her husband – in Fort Knox, no less, site of the nation’s gold reserves. The post was replete with hashtags announcing the designer brands she was rocking on her day trip to the poverty-stricken state of Kentucky: #rolandmouret, #hermesscarf, #tomford and #valentino.

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Three reasons remainers should stop calling for a second referendum on Brexit | Denis MacShane

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:35:46 GMT2017-08-23T15:35:46Z

Focusing on another vote means the real work of grassroots campaigning and persuasion hasn’t taken place

With a monotonous regularity, calls for a second referendum are now the default setting of those who oppose the Brexit line of the government, Ukip, and the official leadership of the Labour party. They began with a giant rally in London not long after the Brexit plebiscite. Since then, political leaders from Sadiq Khan to Vince Cable can always command a headline by calling for a second referendum. But right now, these calls are misplaced for three reasons.

The first is timing. Like calls for a second front invasion of France in 1942 and 1943, an early second referendum without proper planning and preparation could end up with the worst of all worlds for the anti-isolationist camp – namely, a confirmation of the June 2016 result.

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I know May is desperate. But prosecco parties for Tory MPs won’t save her | Peter Bradshaw

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:45:20 GMT2017-08-23T14:45:20Z

There is logic to the PM plying backbenchers with booze at Chequers. But once the democratic fizz dies down, they won’t remember anything she said

As our long, cold summer crawls off somewhere to expire, a Mike Leigh-style nightmare is unfolding at the highest reaches of the British political establishment. Theresa May is reportedly having a series of “prosecco and canapé” receptions at Chequers, the prime ministerial country retreat in Buckinghamshire, to schmooze backbenchers and bolster her leadership for the grim, bongless constitutional struggle ahead. In the BBC dramatisation, Alison Steadman can recreate a variant on her role from Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, with perhaps some digitally recreated cyber-performance from Richard Wattis as Philip. It is the only way of doing justice to what sounds like an excruciating social event. And there is something so horribly contemporary about prosecco itself. In the 1970s it was Liebfraumilch and Mateus rosé; in the 90s the leisured classes were getting hammered on New World chardonnay. Now it is all about the unpretentious non-champagneness of prosecco. It doesn’t say anything as naff or indulgent as “celebration”, just a bit of carefully willed effervescence. I was even offered some recently at a parent-teacher event, at the end of which we all comprehensively lost the plot amid the prosecco democratic fizz. Perhaps May and her guests will experience something similar.

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The latest US navy collision should worry Trump’s Asian allies | Mary Dejevsky

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:48:10 GMT2017-08-23T10:48:10Z

The USS John S McCain’s fatal crash, the fourth US naval accident in a year, makes America look inconsistent and unreliable – much like the president himself

The dismissal of Joseph Aucoin, commander of the US 7th Fleet, is more formal than practical as Aucoin was close to retirement anyway. But heads had to roll after a series of accidents, including two recent fatal collisions. Military responsibility is what it is; in the end the top man had to take the rap. More surprising than Aucoin’s dismissal, perhaps, is that he did not submit his resignation as a matter of honour first.

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The Guardian view on UK Brexit policy: this time the lady is for turning | Editorial

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:05:04 GMT2017-08-23T18:05:04Z

The government’s latest position paper abandons the fantasy that Britain can go it alone. Not before time, ministers are having a close encounter with reality

The orthodoxy says that few things are more humiliating for a leader than a U-turn. That’s especially true in the Conservative party, where the ghostly voice of Margaret Thatcher in 1980 – “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning” – still echoes in the Central Office rafters. Sometimes, though, the orthodoxy is simply wrong. In some circumstances, a U-turn can be – and can even be publicly respected as – an act of common sense and even enlightenment. Mrs Thatcher might have survived longer if she had scrapped her delusional poll tax in 1989. Tony Blair’s reputation would be different if he had abandoned the Iraq invasion in the face of the public’s discontent. In Germany, Angela Merkel’s ratings grew stronger after the Fukushima incident persuaded her to phase out the nuclear power programme she had previously backed.

Theresa May’s U-turn on Britain’s relationship with the European court of justice after Brexit is one that should be warmly welcomed. Be in no doubt that a U-turn is what it is. In the past the prime minister’s language on the ECJ has been absolutist and without nuance. She has pledged that “the authority of EU law in Britain will end”, that a return to ECJ jurisdiction is “not going to happen”, and that the laws “will be interpreted by judges not in Luxembourg but in courts across this country”. With the publication of the government’s latest policy paper, on post-Brexit dispute resolution, none of those assertions is now true. Instead the paper sets out a range of ways in which the ECJ and its rulings will continue to play some part in the rule of UK law after Brexit.

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Why ECB president is still flooding the system with cheap money

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:17:28 GMT2017-08-23T20:17:28Z

While the eurozone is looking healthy, inflation remains subdued – and warning signs remain over the global economy

There was little in Mario Draghi’s comments in Germany on Wednesday to indicate that the European Central Bank plans to stop pumping cheap money in to the eurozone anytime soon.

Some expected him to use the platform of a speech to a gathering of Nobel economics laureates and students to say that a long period of growth across the 19-member currency bloc warranted a reduction in the ECB’s quantitative easing stimulus programme.

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I resigned over vice-chancellors’ pay. Students in debt deserve a fairer deal | Darren Jones

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:24:40 GMT2017-08-23T11:24:40Z

I left the University of Bath’s advisory board because high executive salaries are driving inequality. The public sector must lead the way in tackling it

• Darren Jones is the Labour MP for Bristol North West

I have always thought that education should be free. For Britain to become the template of modernity in a fast-changing globalised world, we need a highly skilled and educated workforce. So asking young people to take on huge amounts of debt to help secure our collective future seems unfair. Asking them to take on huge amounts of debt to pay for the bloated pay of senior university staff is therefore entirely unacceptable.

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The retelling of Diana’s story has revealed the Britain we once were | Zoe Williams

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:00:05 GMT2017-08-23T05:00:05Z

The princess’s emotional candour, empathy and maternal love softened this country’s stiff upper lip irreversibly

Sincerity, solemnity, respect: after the initial tumult of Diana Spencer’s death died down, the breast-beating and the wreath-laying, those were the traits that defined her public memory. This was the tone that shaped the news, and which has become her chronicle – a beatific figure, complicated by beauty and circumstance (but in the best way), who occupied the nation’s heart. She stole it. We loved her.

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Be your own therapist? Fine – if you’re up to the job | Mark Brown

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:50:00 GMT2017-08-23T10:50:00Z

Self-help can be brilliant for those who are at least part of the way there, but we should be wary of any suggestion that it could replace therapy

Feeling that you are not coping is horrible, like trying to untangle shackles around you that instead pull tighter with every movement. We are supposed to be able to look after ourselves. Our culture lionises fighters; decision takers; people who know their own mind. We are comfortable in the hands of specialists such as hairdressers or driving instructors, yet many of us find the idea of using a therapist, a specialist in distress, to be strange and uncomfortable – an admission that we can’t sort out our own problems. People experiencing mental distress are often desperate for some kind of talking therapy, yet we still maintain a deep cultural ambivalence toward the concept.

This ambivalence is often reflected in research. Does therapy work? Do other cheaper things work better? The website Quartz recently published an article headlined “Researchers say you might as well be your own therapist”, summarising a paper that contrasts self-help therapy with therapist-delivered therapy. The paper, a meta-analysis of 15 studies, contrasted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered by a therapist with CBT delivered through self-help activities, such as activities and exercises. CBT is defined by NHS Choices as “a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave”. It is provided as part of England’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, which began in 2007 and was recently written up with besotted love by the New York Times. The authors of the paper “found no difference in treatment completion rate and broad equivalence of treatment outcomes for participants treated through self-help and participants treated through a therapist”.

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Algorithms outdo us. But we still prefer human fallibility | Rafael Behr

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:00:06 GMT2017-08-23T06:00:06Z

As technology becomes ever smarter, we cling to a comforting divide between people and machines

There are no monuments to Ned Ludd. This may be because there is no certainty that the man whose name was adopted by insurrectionary textile workers at the start of the 19th century actually existed. But Robin Hood probably wasn’t a real person, and Nottingham has a statute of him. Doncaster named an airport after him. Copenhagen’s most famous landmark is a bronze mermaid. Fictionality is no bar to commemoration.

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The whole world must join the battle for Venezuela’s El Sistema | Marshall Marcus

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:01:46 GMT2017-08-23T14:01:46Z

President Maduro’s cancellation of conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s tour is a clear bid to weaponise the country’s greatest export, its musical education programme

In the music business, the occasional tour cancellation is almost a way of life. Lack of money, indisposed artists, terror attacks, ash clouds and much more can easily cause the best laid plans to crumble. But on Monday came something exceptional as the media reported that Venezuela’s most celebrated orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela, had had its forthcoming US tour cancelled by the office of the president of Venezuela.

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The Met’s Notting Hill carnival crackdown is an embarrassing grab for headlines | Nosheen Iqbal

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:00:33 GMT2017-08-22T18:00:33Z

The police force admitted it didn’t know if any of the 300 people arrested were planning to attend the celebration

A slow handclap for Scotland Yard, which has hailed its most successful “pre-Notting Hill carnival crackdown” to date: more than 300 arrests have been made since 11 August, 26 of them this morning in a series of dawn raids, during which a reported total of 190 knives and 18 firearms were recovered. As an intelligence-led operation that took months to conclude and targeted violent crime, the drugs trade and child exploitation, it is a fantastic success: who doesn’t want a safer, happier, calmer city? But as a narrative sold by the police to the public it is, at best, embarrassing: witness the seizure of a kilogram of heroin in Catford by the Metropolitan police, tweeted out by the force as a pre-carnival victory. Because nothing quite screams “party time!” like uncut smack found more than an hour’s journey away from the calypso tent.

Of these 300-plus arrests made, a Met police spokeswoman told me: “We don’t know that these people were going to turn up at carnival. The point of the operation was to target people we know to be gang members and habitual knife carriers. It was to disrupt crime and the culmination of several months’ work.” Let that sink in. General criminal activity in the capital city has been tacked on to Notting Hill carnival and, by the police’s own admission, there is no basis for it – bar, you may conclude, demonising the event.

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This merger would threaten food supplies around the world. Who will stop it? | Hannah Lownsbrough

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:00:09 GMT2017-08-23T08:00:09Z

If the Bayer-Monsanto merger is approved, the concentration of agricultural control could have major consequences for farming families and communities

• Hannah Lownsbrough is executive director of consumer group SumOfUs

It’s the worst corporate merger you’ve probably never heard of, and one that could spell disaster for our global farming system. Bayer recently started the clock for the European Union to approve its $65bn takeover of Monsanto. On Tuesday, EU regulators announced that they would now launch an in-depth assessment of the merger on anti-competitive grounds – what it calls a “phase 2 investigation” – which will take several more months.

Related: Bayer raises Monsanto cash takeover offer to $65bn

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Toppling statues? Here’s why Nelson’s column should be next | Afua Hirsch

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:13 GMT2017-08-22T05:00:13Z

While the US argues about whether to tear down monuments to the supporters of slavery, Britain still celebrates the shameful era

The area I grew up in, leafy Wimbledon in south-west London, is bordered by memorials to two towering historical figures. One side dedicates its streets and walls to the legacy of the abolitionist William Wilberforce: the remnants of a house where he lounged with his friends, and the mounting block he used to get on his horse to ride to the Houses of Parliament, still stand.

The other side is devoted to Admiral Horatio Nelson, who having defeated the French navy bought a romantic estate where he stayed with his lover, Emma Hamilton. So many streets, pubs, shops and other local businesses recall this history that local estate agents refer to the area as The Battles.

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Trump's endless Mar-a-Lago travel is breaking the bank. Here's a solution for him | Jamie Peck

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:08:59 GMT2017-08-22T18:08:59Z

The president has traveled almost every weekend on ‘working vacations’. If the demands of the job are too much for him, he needn’t stay in office

Back in March, Donald Trump released a budget blueprint that proposed to eliminate some 62 federal agencies and programs – and cripple more of them – by slashing their budgets to far below their actual operating costs. Now he’s threatening to bankrupt yet one more federal agency: the Secret Service.

According to a report from USA Today, the Secret Service – which is tasked with keeping the president and his family safe – is on course to spend its entire annual budget by September. That’s an overage of about 25%.

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‘Tory’ is a swearword in the north. Is George Osborne a strange exception? | Helen Pidd

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:41:47 GMT2017-08-22T14:41:47Z

I wasn’t sure about his northern powerhouse. But the former MP for Tatton is right to tell Theresa May that improving transport links is vital

Tempting though it is to tell George Osborne to butt out and stop interfering, now he edits a London newspaper instead of representing a northern seat, I must lightly applaud the former chancellor for still banging on about the north-south divide.

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Out of Love review – a fiery, tender story of female friendship

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:54:04 GMT2017-08-23T15:54:04Z

Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh
Three decades of rivalry and messy love play out in Elinor Cook’s sharp new play about the intensities of bonds forged in childhood

The title page of the script of Elinor Cook’s play about the enduring, deep friendship between two women – Lorna and Grace – spanning more than 30 years, has a quote from an interview with the Italian writer Elena Ferrante: “Even if we’re constantly tempted to lower our guard – out of love, or weariness, or sympathy or kindness – we women shouldn’t do it. We can lose from one moment to the next everything that we have achieved.” There is more than a touch of Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels and the vividly drawn Lenu and Lila in Cook’s story of Lorna and Grace, raised in small town England, and who – despite very different backgrounds – are bound together by friendship the moment they meet in the playground. Out of Love is neatly constructed with compelling performances by Sally Messham and Katie Elin-Salt as the girls-turned-women, and Hasan Dixon playing all of the male characters, who come between them. Lorna’s new stepdad, Christopher, is exceptionally keen to separate the girls, because of class differences.

Opportunity and social mobilty is an underlying theme. Grace is smarter than Lorna but Grace is the one who ends up staying in her home town raising her son as a single parent while Lorna goes to London and builds a career.

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Edinburgh comedy awards: the nominees in full

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:17:14 GMT2017-08-23T15:17:14Z

Nine-strong shortlist for the ‘Oscars of live comedy’ includes shows about a breakup, a goodbye and class consciousness

Plan your trip: the Edinburgh 2017 shows we recommend

The Edinburgh comedy award shortlist has been announced, and it features more female comics than ever before. The nine-strong shortlist – the longest in the history of the prize – includes four women, one of whom (Elf Lyons) dresses as a parrot, and another of whom has promised never to perform standup again. The latter, Hannah Gadsby, won the prestigious Barry award at the Melbourne comedy festival and has been hotly tipped for its Edinburgh equivalent, with her hard-hitting show about gender violence and the limits of comedy. The winner will be announced on 26 August by the League of Gentlemen, who won the award in 1997.

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An Evening With an Immigrant review – the power of poetry brought to life

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:44:22 GMT2017-08-23T10:44:22Z

Traverse, Edinburgh
Dramatist and poet Inua Ellams tells the tale of his tortuous path to the UK from Nigeria with passion and humour

The theatre-maker and poet Inua Ellams – whose hit show, Barber Shop Chronicles, returns to the National Theatre in November – was 12 when he and his family were forced to leave Nigeria because they were being threatened and an uncle had vanished. In this show, he quotes Warsan Shire’s haunting poem that begins: “No one leaves home unless / home is the mouth of a shark.” Twenty years on, he is settled in the UK, but still looking for a place to call home. As with all his family, he has only discretionary leave to remain in the country. It must be renewed every three years. At £900 a pop. The next due date is in December.

He is used to living with uncertainty, even though he is celebrated as an artist. He has been invited to Buckingham Palace, but the Home Office refuses to invite him to stay permanently. Ellams quotes statistics that say immigrants bring £2.5bn more to the British economy than they take out, but you can’t measure the contribution poetry and theatre bring to people’s lives.

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Sophie Willan review – cheery standup skewers lazy labels

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:39:30 GMT2017-08-23T06:39:30Z

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
In a cracking show, Branded, Willan has an easy rapport with the audience as she interrogates her identity as a northern, female, working-class comedian

Northern, female, working-class. When Sophie Willan made her comedy debut last year, the industry pounced on her – she tells us – because of who she was, rather than what she did. “I never expected my identity to be more sellable than my talent,” she says now, introducing a cracking sophomore hour, Branded, that strains against those and other pigeonholes. It’s complex, broadly comic and thoughtful, never stinting on Willan’s trademark blunt and gossipy good cheer.

To begin, she interrogates those three identifying terms. Northern? Shorthand for nostalgic ideas about whippets and salt-of-the-earth values, against which Willan interposes modern Manchester and its love of hummus. Female? Cue dating stories, including a bathetic account of why you shouldn’t go green at a “traffic light party”. Working-class? A label whose hip-again status Willan gleefully mocks, before complicating the picture of her own background – not just the abandoned daughter of a drug-addicted mother, but also a Bolton-to-Bristol exile teased by her friends for returning home posh.

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Edinburgh festival 2017: the shows we recommend

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:28:11 GMT2017-08-23T07:28:11Z

Plan your viewing with our list of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated throughout the festival

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Edinburgh fringe's funniest jokes, from 2012 to 2017 – video

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:22:54 GMT2017-08-22T16:22:54Z

Chuckle at officially the best gags from the Edinburgh fringe festival in recent years. From Stewart Francis’s one-liner in 2012 to Ken Cheng’s 2017 triumph, all were voted winner of the Dave funniest joke of the fringe award

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Locker Room Talk review – toxic catalogue of misogyny reveals men's fears

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:03:21 GMT2017-08-22T11:03:21Z

Traverse, Edinburgh
In Gary McNair’s uncomfortable show – staged at the Edinburgh fringe for one performance – four women repeat the sexist ‘banter’ of anonymous men

Four women stand on stage wearing earpieces. They hear the words of real men interviewed by playwright Gary McNair and relay them back to us. Those men – doctors, cabbies, gym bunnies and manual workers – spring into life as their words spew across the stage.

Related: Locker-room banter is not just about Trump – it's men everywhere

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Ahir Shah review – a call to arms against political complacency

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:01:09 GMT2017-08-22T12:01:09Z

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
The astute standup drills into the divided, dysfunctional state of our world in a combative hour of coruscating comedy

“I’m left, I’m liberal and I’m losing,” says Ahir Shah, but with this new show, Control, he’s not going down without a fight. It’s a piledriver hour about the rise of authoritarianism, and the eclipse of the liberal values many of us took for granted. It’s not uplifting: those looking for good cheer should look elsewhere. Shah finds plenty of laughs in the benighted state of the world, and his reaction to it – but alarm, not amusement, is the keynote. Shah is horrified, and angry, and he’s not soft-soaping that for easy laughs.

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What festivals look like from a wheelchair | Penny Pepper

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:29:00 GMT2017-08-22T15:29:00Z

It was a joy to participate in the explosion of creativity that is the Edinburgh festival. But there are still obstacles in the way of disabled people

I’m wearing a fetching lilac rain poncho which deftly covers most of me and my wheelchair as it starts to drizzle. There are four more emergency ponchos in my backpack. I’m very grumpy – but it’s not because of the weather. It’s more that I’m cross with myself, on my sixth visit to Scotland’s capital for the parallel universe that is Edinburgh festival and fringe, that I have allowed myself to forget that the place is about as unfriendly in terms of terrain as you can find for a wheelchair user.

I was chuffed to bits when my publisher secured me a slot to discuss my memoir, First in the World Somewhere (to be published next month), at the Edinburgh international book festival. The venue inside Charlotte Square Gardens is a model of accessibility, from the spacious toilets to the matting, which covers the ground throughout, creating a network of pathways with protecting canopies. This makes navigation to all the theatre spaces and shops smooth, and lessens slip hazards, though naturally the rain in this town likes to blow horizontal.

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Nederlands Dans Theater review – reach for the moon

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:53:29 GMT2017-08-22T12:53:29Z

Edinburgh Playhouse
Pairs of dancers push together and pull apart in this thrilling triple bill from choreographers Sol León, Paul Lightfoot and Gabriela Carrizo

With a near 60-year history and a world-class reputation, Nederlands Dans Theater are no strangers to Edinburgh’s 70-year-old festival. In this week of the eclipse, the moon scans across their triple bill of dance. Shoot the Moon (2006), with its black-and-white silent-movie savvy, uses the angular, arcing, ballet-based choreography of Sol León and Paul Lightfoot (together now leading the company) to best advantage. The moon catches couples in intimate expressions of their relationships – the push and pull of staying and leaving – and a revolving set of empty rooms allows us to enter these moments.

The beauty of this piece lies in the precision that draws the multi-layered elements together. The dancers’ performances are filmed and streamed live on screens above them, mirroring their movements, to the accompaniment of Philip Glass’s Tirol Concerto for piano and orchestra. Only the intrusion of an angry shout of “I am”, by a partner lost in his thoughts, seems misplaced.

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Star seekers, a bee party and polar bear explorers: Edinburgh festival kids' shows

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:50:46 GMT2017-08-21T18:50:46Z

The fringe programme is bursting with family theatre this year, from the gentle Snigel and Friends to a campsite Peter and the Wolf

A long time ago, when the actors’ union was still a closed shop, one of the ways that young performers gained their Equity card was by working in children’s theatre. They did the required number of weeks to get their membership and then moved on to their real goal: acting in plays for adults.

But children’s theatre is not a means to an end. Increasing numbers of companies, from Theatre-Rites to Catherine Wheels, have proved that work made for children can be as innovative, finely crafted and layered as shows for adults. Often more so, because unlike polite adult audiences, children let you know if you are boring them or being self-indulgent. Unless, of course, their parents keep shushing them because they reckon culture is a kind of medicine and so all theatre will do their kids good. It won’t if it’s bad theatre.

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Phil Wang: Kinabalu review – patriotism, privilege and lots of lube

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:31:47 GMT2017-08-21T10:31:47Z

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
Ethnicity and empire are tricky subjects, but not for someone living the immigrant dream and riffing on race with a childlike glee

‘I finally became a man this year,” says 27-year-old Phil Wang, citing a first purchase of lube as the threshold to adulthood. He’s certainly come of age as a comic: the smart and funny Kinabalu is his best set by a distance, showcasing a newfound ease and confidence as he ranges across childhood memories and heroic deaths, male feminism and broodiness. And race: the show’s headline-grabbing moments find the Malaysian-born son of English and Chinese parents shelving the lube to speak against the grain about patriotism, ethnicity and empire.

Related: Comedian Phil Wang: 'I enjoy a level of patriotism that only immigrants can have'

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Iain Stirling review – the voice of Love Island speaks out

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:06:05 GMT2017-08-21T12:06:05Z

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
Fans have flocked to hear him spill the beans on the islanders, but instead we get some sharply expressed though extremely familiar standup material

Edinburgh native Iain Stirling has been bringing comedy shows to the fringe for most of a decade, but only this year has he sold out his four-week run in advance, and announced extra gigs in the 750-seat Pleasance Grand. So what’s new? In two words: Love Island. Stirling is the narrator of the water-cooler TV hit of the summer, and plenty are here to see him spill the beans on Chris, Camilla, Marcel and co. What they get instead is an hour of meat-and-potatoes standup from a prematurely ageing 29-year-old, whose broadsides against maturity and domesticity are as sharply expressed as they are extremely familiar.

There’s enough in the show to keep Stirling’s legion of new fans entertained. He announces himself, faux miffed, as the comic whose voice is more recognisable than his face, and is soon implying heavy scorn for Marcel Somerville’s megabucks book deal. “I’ve made idiots into millionaires,” quips our host. But he engages only skin-deeply with the Love Island phenomenon, embarking instead on a dismayed routine about the gentrification of Leith in the years since he and his teenage mates visited for a whiff of junkies-and-sex-work exoticism.

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Backstage with street performers at Edinburgh fringe – photo essay

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:36:36 GMT2017-08-21T09:36:36Z

Photographer Murdo MacLeod meets fire jugglers, clowns and mimes as they prepare to entertain the crowds during the Edinburgh festival fringe

The Edinburgh festival fringe is the largest event of its kind in the world. It began in 1947 when eight theatre companies turned up, uninvited, alongside the acts performing in the first Edinburgh international festival. Since then the fringe has grown into the biggest of Edinburgh’s festivals.

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How to Win Against History review – spotlight shines again on a starstruck Victorian toff

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:44:22 GMT2017-08-21T10:44:22Z

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh
This hilarious cabaret brings back to life the 5th Marquess of Anglesey, who squandered his family fortune on sparkling costumes and flaunted them in his own crackpot plays

History is written by the victors. The Victorian family of Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquess of Anglesey, were so outraged and appalled by his behaviour – which included gutting the family chapel to turn it into a theatre and spending the family fortune on frocks and ruby-encrusted slippers – that they tried to erase him from it. Now aided by co-conspirators Matthew Blake and Dylan Townley, Seiriol Davies gives him his revenge in this clever chamber opera of crackpot fabulousness, high camp and unexpected poignancy.

Born in 1875 and glittering brightly for just 29 years, Henry was a child of the British empire reared on the playing fields of Eton. His family thought he was born to rule in crusty high Victorian style, but the cross-dressing Henry had his own entirely unique style and thought he was born to perform. Even when nobody would pay to see him.

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The superhero and the standup: Spider-Man Tom Holland and his dad Dominic

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 05:00:05 GMT2017-08-19T05:00:05Z

The star of Marvel’s blockbuster is the subject of his father’s comedy show at the Edinburgh fringe. They discuss the art of getting laughs, sending Spidey back to school and finding the old man a part in a webslinging sequel

There is no shortage of up-and-coming comedians with famous parents at this year’s Edinburgh fringe: Elliot Steel (son of Mark), Will Hislop (son of Ian) and Ruby Wax’s daughters, Maddy and Marina Bye, are all performing. At the Voodoo Rooms venue in the New Town, the situation is a little different. Standup Dominic Holland, who recently turned 50, is in Edinburgh with a free fringe show, 24 years after winning the best newcomer award at the festival. The subject of his new set? How his success has been surpassed by that of his 21-year-old son, Tom, star of Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

“I genuinely don’t need to be here,” Dominic states in his show, Eclipsed, with reference to his son’s lucrative webslinging contract. He describes his own gig as “indoor busking” – it’s free to get in but he holds a bucket for punters’ donations on their way out. Tom is currently filming sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, co-starring Daisy Ridley and based on Patrick Ness’s book trilogy, but has flown in from Canada to see the show with his family. It’s a surprise for his dad and, when I meet the two of them afterwards, they whip out a phone to play the video of Dominic’s ecstatic reaction when Tom turned up that morning.

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Macbeth review – high camp, dark drama and more than a hint of Game of Thrones

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:09:20 GMT2017-08-20T12:09:20Z

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This new production from Teatro Regio Torino has a solid cast and striking imagery backed by a richly nuanced account of Verdi’s score

Verdi’s take on the Scottish play was the first opera to be performed at the inaugural Edinburgh festival, which is why it makes an appearance at the festival’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Not that there’s a lot of Scotland in evidence in this new production from Teatro Regio Torino and music director Gianandrea Noseda, which opens the company’s week-long residency in Edinburgh. Emma Dante’s production exudes a general northern modishness, with more than a hint of Games of Thrones about Vanessa Sannino’s costumes. This is apparent from the outset when Dalibor Jenis’s ponytailed, fur-clad Macbeth rides in on a skeleton horse. There’s little set to speak of; rather, the production is an exercise in chiaroscuro, with Cristian Zucaro’s lighting providing an eerie backdrop against which the witches writhe and plenty of dark corners where assassins can hide.

Given the two decades that divide its creation and the later revisions, Macbeth is far from a musically homogeneous work – something emphasised here as Noseda mixes liberally from the two versions. It’s a disparity that finds its visual analogue in the production. Scenes of high camp – jauntily marching soldiers and tumblers – contrast with moments of stark simplicity, particularly the act 4 opening chorus of exiled Scots lamenting the fate of their homeland. While there are some striking ideas: the crucifixion imagery following Duncan’s murder, there are also misjudgments: the automaton hospital beds following Lady Macbeth around during the sleepwalking scene.

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Smartphone extremists and VR scuba-divers: Edinburgh's tech trailblazers

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:08:35 GMT2017-08-19T14:08:35Z

One woman interrogates her personal assistant in Siri, The Believers Are But Brothers brings the war on terror to your mobile, and Frogman conducts an underwater murder investigation via VR headset

At the Edinburgh festival, a woman is talking to her iPhone’s personal assistant, Siri. But this isn’t a private encounter between one woman and technology. Much like Krapp’s Last Tape could be described as a piece for two performers – an actor and a tape recorder – so Siri is a show featuring a human and a digital performer. Canadian actor Laurence Dauphinais poses the program a series of questions that, as they probe into her own background, elicit ever more existentialist-sounding replies.

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Secret Life of Humans review – questing history of the species

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:43:28 GMT2017-08-19T16:43:28Z

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh
A Tinder date with the grandson of 70s TV scientist Jacob Bronowski prompts a thrilling mystery that asks almost too many big questions

The mathematician and scientist Jacob Bronowski, whose groundbreaking 1973 series The Ascent of Man brought popular science to TV, took an optimistic view of human progress. But was he right in his rosy assessment of humanity and its ability to confront the challenges facing it and use past experience to create a better future?

Related: Spider-Man's dad, Ruby Wax and Labour v Tory standup: Edinburgh festival 2017 – in pictures

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Edinburgh theatre review: The Divide; Flight; Adam; Meet Me at Dawn

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:00:36 GMT2017-08-20T07:00:36Z

King’s theatre; Church Hill theatre; Traverse, Edinburgh
A six-hour Alan Ayckbourn epic is outdone by some tiny model figures, a true-life transgender tale and two marooned women with a secret

The Divide is one of the most astonishing failures I have seen on the stage. Astonishing not because a floundering drama is at the centre of the Edinburgh international festival’s theatre programme. It is hardly the first. But because this is an utterly undramatic play by Alan Ayckbourn – whose language is essentially theatrical. Ayckbourn has always been a disguiser, making light of his talents as he turns metaphysics into dancing comedy, and passes off philosophical exchanges as breakfast chat. He does not explain or describe: he demonstrates. Vivaciously. But The Divide is torpid.

There is one bright spark in the middle of Annabel Bolton’s production. Erin Doherty shines as the main reporter of the action: nearly always centre stage, though to the side of the main events. As she moves gawkily from childhood to young womanhood, she is utterly open but always wary. Burnished but unvarnished. She identifies with Jane Eyre – and makes you want to see her in the part.

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Food and drink industry says EU staff exodus will damage economy

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:01:03 GMT2017-08-23T23:01:03Z

Brexit warnings from trade bodies come as businesses across UK struggle to recruit skilled labour

The food and drink industry has issued a warning of significant disruption and economic damage if the government fails to stem the flow of EU nationals leaving the UK.

Nearly a third of British food and drink businesses have had non-UK EU workers leave their employment since last summer’s Brexit vote, according to a survey of more than 600 businesses representing nearly a quarter of the food chain’s 4 million workforce. Almost half said more planned to leave because of uncertainty about their future.

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GCSE overhaul means results are ‘incomparable to previous years’

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:01:03 GMT2017-08-23T23:01:03Z

Headteachers say it would be ‘unjust and unreliable’ to try to compare Thursday’s grades with those under the old system

The “unprecedented changes” to this year’s GCSE exams in English and maths means results cannot be compared with those of previous years, headteachers have warned as hundreds of thousands of pupils wait to receive their results on Thursday morning.

The changes are the biggest overhaul of the examination system in England since GCSEs were introduced to replace O-levels nearly 30 years ago.

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MRI scan that can predict stroke risk has 'promise to save lives'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:01:03 GMT2017-08-23T23:01:03Z

Scientists at Oxford University develop non-invasive technique to measure amount of cholesterol in carotid plaques

A new type of MRI scan can predict the risk of having a stroke, researchers have said in a study.

The non-invasive technique, developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, predicts whether plaques in the carotid arteries are rich in cholesterol and therefore more likely to cause a stroke.

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Report highlights failings of home care services in England

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:01:03 GMT2017-08-23T23:01:03Z

Healthwatch England finds people going weeks without showers and cared for by workers unable to make a bed

People who receive care at home have told a health watchdog that a lacklustre service has meant they have had to go two weeks without a shower, eat their dinner at 3.30 in the afternoon and be cared for by workers who can’t make a bed.

The failings highlighted in a report by Healthwatch England drew on the experiences of more than 3,000 people who receive care at home. Other problems described in the document include care workers coming at different times to those scheduled, not having enough time to fulfil all their duties and some missing appointments altogether.

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Man caught with pipe bomb at Manchester airport jailed

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:39:24 GMT2017-08-23T17:39:24Z

Judge criticises airport security for wrongly deciding bomb was unviable, as he sentences Nadeem Muhammad to 18 years

A man who tried to smuggle a pipe bomb on to a flight from Manchester to Italy has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Nadeem Muhammad, 43, was found to be carrying the “crude explosive device” when he was searched as he tried to board a flight to Bergamo on 30 January. Security officers found the bomb, made from batteries, tape, a marker pen and pins, in the zip lining of a small green suitcase he was carrying.

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Inquests open into deaths of four Grenfell Tower fire victims

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:53:10 GMT2017-08-23T17:53:10Z

Coroner opens and adjourns inquests into deaths of Sakineh and Fatemeh Afrasiabi, Mariem Elgwahry and Deborah Lamprell

The inquests of four people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire were opened at Westminster coroner’s court on Wednesday.

Iranian-born sisters Sakineh Afrasiabi, 65, and Fatemeh Afrasiabi, 59, were both identified by their dental records after their remains were found on the 23rd floor of the tower block. They lived in an 18th-floor flat after moving to Britain in 1997.

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Conservationists slam 'hateful' survey promoting wasp killing

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:51:27 GMT2017-08-23T16:51:27Z

Big Wasp Survey encourages volunteers to build homemade traps and send dead wasps to entomologists to monitor populations

Drowning wasps in beer in the name of science may seem a socially acceptable way to exterminate a seasonal pest. But a citizen science survey “harnessing the public’s dislike of wasps” has been criticised for its “hateful language” and for unnecessarily killing rare insects.

The Big Wasp Survey is encouraging 2,000 volunteers to build homemade bottle traps before posting the dead wasps to entomologists to produce a clearer picture of the much-maligned insect’s decline.

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Bake Off needs 3 million viewers to break even, Channel 4 says

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:31:53 GMT2017-08-23T17:31:53Z

Broadcaster’s creative chief says she would be ‘absolutely delighted’ if show, bought for £75m, gained audience of 5 million or more

Channel 4 needs the Great British Bake Off to attract at least 3 million viewers per episode to break even on its blockbuster £75m deal to buy the show, the creative chief of the broadcaster has revealed.

Jay Hunt told the Edinburgh international TV festival she would be delighted if the programme attracted between 5 million and 7 million viewers when it airs for the first time on Channel 4 next Tuesday.

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Britain sends £9m to Libya to fight terror threat and migrant crisis

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:34:24 GMT2017-08-23T18:34:24Z

Boris Johnson announces aid package, which includes £4m to remove improvised explosive devices, during trip to Tripoli

Boris Johnson has announced a £9m aid package for Libya to help deal with the problems of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean and a growing threat of terrorist groups from the war-stricken country.

The foreign secretary announced the extra funding as he made his second trip to Tripoli in just four months, where he visited UK naval officers training the Libyan coastguard in search and rescue.

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Man killed in north London shooting

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:46:23 GMT2017-08-23T22:46:23Z

Police investigating after victim, believed to be in 40s or 50s, found with gunshot injury in Enfield

A man has died after being shot on a street corner in north London. Police were called to the scene in Enfield after a member of the public flagged down officers on a routine patrol of the area at 9.10pm on Wednesday.

They found the victim, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, on Bounces Road at the junction with Westminster Road. He was found to be suffering from a gunshot injury. Crews from the London ambulance service were called to the scene as well as specialist firearms officers.

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Merseyside social worker struck off for ‘deplorable’ conduct

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:04:29 GMT2017-08-23T20:04:29Z

Kevin Sinclair alerted violent abuser to the whereabouts of his pregnant victim and gave advice on how to avoid getting caught

A senior social worker alerted a domestic violence perpetrator to the whereabouts of his pregnant victim, weeks after she jumped out of a bedroom window when he threatened to pour boiling oil over her.

Kevin Sinclair, a child protection officer for Sefton council in Merseyside, was struck off for what a tribunal called “disgraceful” and “deplorable” conduct that put the victim at serious risk of further harm.

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Cheshire chief constable suspended over gross misconduct allegations

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:23:03 GMT2017-08-23T15:23:03Z

Police commissioner says Simon Byrne has case to answer after initial investigation, but does not reveal nature of claims

The chief constable of Cheshire police has been suspended following allegations of gross misconduct, the force’s police and crime commissioner has said.

In a statement, PCC David Keane said that Simon Byrne, who has been chief constable of Cheshire constabulary since June 2014, had been suspended after an initial investigation into allegations of gross misconduct found he had a case to answer.

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Disabled people and over-50s most under-represented in broadcasting

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:14:55 GMT2017-08-23T13:14:55Z

Diamond report says disabled people make up 5.5% of off-screen staff in TV although they are 18% of national population

Disabled people and the over-50s are the two most under-represented minority groups in the broadcasting industry, according to a report.

Disabled people make up just 6.5% of on-screen staff and 5.5% of off-screen staff in television, even though 18% of the national population have a disability. Over-50s – who are 36% of the population – make up 24.2% of on-screen and 20.4% of off-screen workers.

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UK's leading musicians fight church's ban on secular bookings

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:41:42 GMT2017-08-23T16:41:42Z

Judith Weir and Aled Jones among signatories to petition urging reversal of ban at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

Dozens of Britain’s most distinguished musicians have backed a campaign to keep a central London church open as an important concert venue and rehearsal space after its management banned “non-religious hiring” of the facilities.

Aled Jones, Julian Lloyd Webber and Judith Weir, the first female master of the Queen’s music, are among more than 50 signatories to a letter urging a reversal of the ban, saying they cannot understand why the church is willing to abandon its “unique national cultural remit”.

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Chris Grayling accused of 'passing the buck' on northern transport

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:28:08 GMT2017-08-23T14:28:08Z

Minister’s call for region to sort out its own transport problems is an abdication of responsibility, northern leaders say

The transport secretary has been accused of an “abdication of responsibility” after telling the north of England to sort out its own transport problems.

Chris Grayling angered business and political leaders in the region by writing an article for the Yorkshire Post saying “the success of northern transport depends on the north itself”.

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Judge condemns Amber Rudd for ignoring orders to release torture victim

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:49:38 GMT2017-08-23T15:49:38Z

Home secretary has failed to adequately explain delays in freeing asylum seeker from detention, says high court judge

A high court judge has said she is “deeply concerned” about the behaviour of Amber Rudd for failing to release a survivor of torture from detention despite repeated court orders requiring her to do so.

On Wednesday Mrs Justice Nicola Davies DBE presided over an emergency high court hearing to examine the home secretary’s delay in releasing an asylum seeker who had been tortured in a Libyan prison with electric shocks and falaka – beating on the soles of the feet.

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Prince William: Queen shielded us from public grief after death of Diana

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:14:52 GMT2017-08-23T10:14:52Z

In BBC film, Prince Harry seems to confirm Charles broke the news, and William says he was thankful for ‘the privacy to mourn’

Princes William and Harry have revealed how the Queen and Prince Charles sought to shield them for as long as possible from the hysteria that swept Britain 20 years ago after the death of their mother, Diana.

In a BBC documentary due to be broadcast on Sunday, they recall how they were kept away from public view on the Queen’s Balmoral estate, knowing nothing of the extraordinary response throughout the country.

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HS2: service held for 60,000 to be exhumed at Euston burial ground

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:16:33 GMT2017-08-23T13:16:33Z

Protesters join clergy to ‘pray for living as well as dead’ around London station, where residents face years of disruption

Protesters against the HS2 rail link have joined clergy in a memorial service to mark the impending exhumation of 60,000 bodies and the felling of 100 century-old trees around Euston station in London.

The service was held behind construction hoardings in St James’ Gardens, a former cemetery, that has been sealed off for station development to serve the £55.7bn HS2 high-speed rail network.

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Provident Financial in race to fix technical problems and retain staff

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:02:08 GMT2017-08-23T18:02:08Z

As lender’s debt collectors threaten to join rivals, company’s financial adviser writes down value of home credit business to zero

The troubled doorstep lender Provident Financial is racing to fix its technical problems in time to stop staff leaving for rival firms, taking its most lucrative customers with them.

Concerns of an exodus came as the company’s lead financial adviser, JP Morgan, wrote down its estimated value of Provident’s home credit business to nothing.

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'My skin crawled': Hillary Clinton recalls dealing with 'creep' Trump

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:21:50 GMT2017-08-23T12:21:50Z

In an excerpt from the former presidential candidate’s forthcoming memoir, she describes sharing a stage with Donald Trump ‘looming’ behind her

Hillary Clinton considered telling Donald Trump “Back up, you creep!” during one of the presidential debates, adding, in the first extract from her new book, that “my skin crawled” when he invaded her personal space.

In the comments, broadcast by MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, Clinton recounts how uncomfortable she felt being on stage with Trump just two days after his infamous “pussy-grabbing” tape had been made public.

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Danish police confirm headless torso is missing journalist Kim Wall

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:42:52 GMT2017-08-23T12:42:52Z

Police find DNA match to Swedish reporter who is believed to have been killed on a homemade submarine

Police in Denmark have identified a headless torso found in the Copenhagen waterside as that of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who police believe was killed on board a Danish inventor’s homemade submarine.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Copenhagen police’s vice-president, Jens Møller, said metal weights had been attached to the body to prevent it from floating to the surface.

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Dozens killed in airstrike on Yemeni hotel

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:53:24 GMT2017-08-23T16:53:24Z

Officials and witnesses say majority of those killed in strike by Saudi-led coalition on outskirts of Sana’a were Houthi rebels

Dozens of people are feared killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a small hotel north of the Yemeni capital, the latest mass casualty event in a war that is now in its third year.

News agencies quoted local officials and aid groups as saying at least 35 bodies had been pulled from the rubble of the hotel in Arhab, on the northern outskirts of Sana’a. It was unclear whether they were members of the Houthi rebel forces fighting against the Saudi-backed government, or civilians.

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Typhoon Hato kills 10 in Macau, Hong Kong and southern China

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:47:33 GMT2017-08-23T22:47:33Z

Thousands evacuated, flights cancelled and schools closed after the storm triggers Hong Kong’s most severe warning

Typhoon Hato has killed at least 10 people after it tipped across southern China on Wednesday, battering Hong Kong skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters.

Hato triggered Hong Kong’s most severe typhoon 10 warning, only the third time a storm of such power has hit the financial hub in the past 20 years.

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Saudi Macarena boy's father pledges not to violate public morals

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:49:18 GMT2017-08-23T15:49:18Z

Teenager was detained by police after video went viral showing him dancing to song at an intersection in Jeddah

Saudi police have released a 14-year-old boy who was filmed dancing to the Macarena at an intersection in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, according to local media reports.

The video, which went viral on social media in the kingdom in recent days, shows the boy wearing headphones, grey shorts, a striped T-shirt and neon green and yellow Crocs. He is swaying his hips and arms to the 90s hit song, and smiling and giggling throughout.

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Angry protests as Russian court puts theatre director under house arrest

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:32:01 GMT2017-08-23T16:32:01Z

Kirill Serebrennikov is accused of embezzling £900,000, but supporters say he is victim of crackdown on dissent

Hundreds of people gathered in central Moscow to protest outside a courtroom as a prominent Russian theatre director was placed under house arrest before a fraud trial that his supporters say is politically motivated.

Kirill Serebrennikov’s lawyer argued on Wednesday that his client should be released on bail, but the judge ruled there was a risk he would seek to influence other witnesses or destroy evidence.

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