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Jurgen Klopp's search for a new centre-back looks to be going down to the wire as Liverpool's recruitment team work desperately to find a solution to their injury crisis
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Zinedine Zidane tells Real Madrid squad he’s leaving club at the end of the season
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Three police injured and 20 arrested as Rangers fans celebrate in Glasgow
Thousands of Rangers fans took to the streets despite warnings against gathering due to the pandemic.
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Denise Van Outen postpones wedding to partner Eddie Boxshall as they’re ‘not in a rush’
The couple have decided on a big wedding, after all.
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How will isolation affect long-term immunity?
Healthy immune systems work best when exposed to microbes. So what will lockdown have done to our resistance to germs? Every time you kiss another human being intimately for 10 seconds, more than 80m bacteria are transferred from mouth to mouth. If you’re at a party and double dip your tortilla chip into the salsa three times, around 10,000 bacteria will be transferred from your lips to the dip. Say “hi” to your co-workers as you sit down at your office desk and you’ll also be greeted by over 10m bacteria on its surface.Disturbing as these figures may seem, many scientists believe that exposure to these microbes helps fine-tune our immune systems – the network of cells and molecules that protect us from diseases. In 1989, epidemiologist David Strachan first proposed the “hygiene hypothesis” – the idea that being too clean causes defects in the immune system, leading to a rise in inflammatory diseases, such as asthma and allergies. While Strachan’s theory is debated and hygiene saves countless lives, decades of data support the idea that exposure to microbes helps the immune system develop. Continue reading...
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Green party co-leader tells Keir Starmer: my door is open for talks
After Green gains in local elections, Jonathan Bartley invites Labour leader to discuss progressive allianceThe co-leader of the Green party, Jonathan Bartley, has issued an invitation to the Labour leader to discuss a progressive alliance on left-of-centre politics, after a record showing in last week’s local elections.Bartley told the Guardian: “I’m saying to Keir Starmer: my door is open. You have my number – give me a call.” Continue reading...
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Pity the poor standup in Boris Johnson’s kleptocracy | Stewart Lee
How’s a comedian supposed to be keep pace with this ever more farcical government and its diktats?Like a great sloppy spaff, the flying shit of the Queen’s speech has hit the fan of functioning democracy full in the face. More than two million of the electorate least likely to support Boris Johnson are to be robbed of their right to vote, while millions of the sort of true Brits who moved to Spain when the local shopping centre installed a Muslamic prayer room are to have theirs reinstated; key environmental protections are to be scrapped or diluted; legitimate protests can be closed down if they’re “too noisy”; cub scout groups that fail to invite the anti-feminist meat-man Jordan Peterson to address the boys are to be fined; even Tuesday’s belated announcement of a conversion therapy ban was, in fact, conditional on “consultations with the public”. What’s the point of consulting them? The British public would vote to make conversion therapy compulsory if the Conservatives spent millions on an 88% false Facebook campaign saying lesbians killed the fishing industry. On TV, a typically acquiescent BBC journalist, Chris Mason, nodded encouragingly as two genuinely distressed Hartlepool men blamed the Labour party for 12 years of Conservative policies. Job done! Monkeys beware!!But how have we slid so swiftly from unstable democracy to proto-totalitarian kleptocracy? And is Angela Rayner, the Wookiee-in-waiting to Starmer’s would-be Han Solo, the answer to the woes of we the woke? Even to centralists like me, Starmer’s abandonment of Angela Rayner seemed odd. There are many reasons for Labour’s current woes. Angela Rayner isn’t one of them. Sacking Angela Rayner was like cutting off your leg to fix a blocked toilet. Reinstating Angela Rayner was like finding the toilet still blocked and then trying to unblock it with your severed leg. This sort of leg-toilet-based political analysis is what Robert Peston lacks. Continue reading...
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‘A slap in the face’: California Uber and Lyft drivers criticize pay cuts under Prop 22
Drivers cite reduction in mileage rates from LAX, a major source of rides, and say company stimulus packages are ‘traps’Uber and Lyft drivers in California are up in arms about the effects of Proposition 22 since the controversial state law went into effect in January, after an aggressive and expensive lobbying campaign in favor of the ballot amendment.Among the most recent changes, drivers say, is a reduction in mileage rates from Los Angeles international airport, an important source of income and rides for many drivers. Continue reading...
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Gods of Snooker: so good it’ll make you want to buy a Steve Davis T-shirt
This three-part series, which recalls the sport’s golden age, will fill your heart with a very British form of nostalgiaThe year is 1982 and Alex Higgins is positively Gascoignesque: openly sobbing and haunted by shadows, a maverick at the brief height of his game before self-annihilation strikes again, and again, and again. It is 1984 and Steve Davis is positively Djokovician: a sporting super-robot with an air of perfect invincibility who has you half-beaten before you even start playing him. It is 1990 and Stephen Hendry is ascendant: a sporting superstar in the modern mould – clean-living, spotlessly personalityless, and unbeatable, for a time – and then, just like that, it’s all over. Sport goes in circles, Gods of Snooker (Sunday, 9pm, BBC Two) teaches us, and one day a new game will rise and an existing one will fall. John Virgo will be there throughout. Related: The Guide: Staying In – sign up for our home entertainment tips Continue reading...
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The Nightingale by Sam Lee review – a love letter to the songbird
The folk singer offers a lyrical homage to the endangered migrant bird whose uniquely beautiful song he has been communing with up close for yearsA few years ago, a group of friends and I followed Barbara Dickson, the Scottish pop star turned folk singer, into a wood deep in the green heart of Kent. We were there as part of Singing With Nightingales, an immersive experience run by another folk singer, Sam Lee. It was night and we had no torches. We came to a small clearing where we sat, silent, until from far off, then closer, and then so close that the sound seemed to be the voice of the very trees around us, a nightingale sang. After listening to its otherworldly carolling for a while, Lee and Dickson took turns singing back to the nightingale, old shanties and folk songs, praising the beauty of its voice, recognising the importance of its role in that bright space where culture and nature meet.Now Lee, a tousle-haired former Mercury prize nominee (for his 2012 debut album, Ground of Its Own), has turned from song to prose with The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird, a beautiful, lyrical, heartfelt book about the songbird. Part nature writing, part memoir, part miscellany, every page of this book benefits from the incredible intimacy that Lee has built up with the bird over the years of his “undoubtedly romantic and whimsical” pilgrimages to listen to, and sing back to, nightingales. Continue reading...
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Mexico faces up to uneasy anniversary of Chinese massacre
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will mark the killings of 303 Chinese people during the revolution that the city of Torreón has tried to forgetThe first to die were Chinese agricultural workers, who were killed in the orchards and gardens surrounding the Mexican city of Torreón by advancing revolutionary forces in the early hours of 13 May 1911.After skirmishes at the outskirts of the city, the outnumbered federal garrison abandoned their positions and slipped away under the cover of darkness. Continue reading...
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How did it happen that Israel’s Jews and Arabs rose up against each other? | Dahlia Scheindlin
The endless rocket attacks no longer shock, but the divisions that have come violently to the surface in Israeli towns have horrified the countryIt was a week of carnage in Israel and Palestine, as Israeli airstrikes pounded Gaza and Hamas fired a near-continuous hail of rockets at Israel. More than 140 people died. But Israelis were more stunned – and horrified – to see towns inside the country erupt into violence between Jewish and Palestinian citizens.Israel has known demonstrations and violent clashes with security forces. Wartime is especially tense; in 2000, the Israeli police killed 13 Israeli Arab citizens who were demonstrating at the start of the second intifada, a wound that has never healed. But since Israel’s founding, no one could recall waves of people attacking people, property and symbols, civilians on civilians, among Israeli citizens. The violence began on Tuesday and spread through towns around the country and it has not ended. Continue reading...
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All that glisters: flood of fake ancient jewellery dupes buyers
The 3D printer is enabling ever more sophisticated forgeries to be sold as Greek or Roman collectiblesThere is a “pandemic” of fake gold jewellery, primarily ancient and medieval, according to a leading British historian, who warns that forgeries extend to more recent pieces that any one might pick up in a market.Dr Jack Ogden, a specialist consultant for museums, auction houses, dealers and collectors, estimates that half of the supposed ancient gold jewellery he is shown is fake. Such pieces are cheap to produce, and people are being duped into buying something that is worth a fraction of what they paid. Although gold, these fakes may not be older than a few months. Continue reading...
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Anthony Yarde to return in July with Lyndon Arthur rematch to follow in the autumn
Yarde has not fought in 2021.
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Sophy Ridge accuses Labour frontbencher of 'ducking' questions on where party stands
SOPHY RIDGE ridiculed Labour frontbencher Steve Reed for "ducking" her question on what Labour's vision for the UK is, as the party continues to reel from last week's election results.
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Starmer humiliated: Burham says he wouldn't have lost as many northern seats as leader
SIR Keir Starmer has been humiliated after Andy Burnham claimed that Labour would have lost less seats under his leadership at the recent elections.
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Olivia Rodrigo makes her debut on Saturday Night Live and it was perfect
Olivia cements her status as one of the biggest pop stars right now.
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Nightclubs help bring us together and make us feel alive – I hope they return stronger than ever
With the pandemic putting nightlife at risk, it’s essential that we recognise the power of club nights and venues to bring people together and spark creativity
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‘High degree of confidence’ vaccines work against Indian variant, says Hancock
The Health Secretary said it is ‘appropriate’ to push on with the major easing of lockdown in England.
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What Manchester United chiefs have told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Paul Pogba’s future
The midfielder is demanding in excess of £400,000-a-week to extend his stay.
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Tiny traces of DNA found in cave dust may unlock secret life of Neanderthals
Advanced technique used to recover genetic material may help solve the mystery of early manScientists have pinpointed major changes in Europe’s Neanderthal populations – from traces of blood and excrement they left behind in a Spanish cave 100,000 years ago.The discovery is the first important demonstration of a powerful new technique that allows researchers to study DNA recovered from cave sediments. No fossils or stone tools are needed for such studies. Instead, minuscule traces of genetic material that have accumulated in the dust of a cavern floor are employed to reveal ancient secrets. Continue reading...
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I fled Syria with just £12 … now I have my own restaurant in Soho
Imad Alarnab lost everything to the war. He never dreamed he could rebuild his restaurants in the UKWhen Imad Alarnab, a Syrian chef, arrived in the UK as a refugee five years ago, he could barely afford to eat. Meals were regularly skipped and a Snickers bar could be eked out over a whole day to help him survive. On Monday, the 43-year-old father of three will be celebrating lockdown rules easing with a fairytale twist: Alarnab will be opening the doors to his very own central London restaurant.“This is not because I am strong or brave,” says Alarnab, who begins to well up as staff scurry through the restaurant, prepping for their first service. “I am proof that if you try to do something good for people, something good will happen to you. This is a fact.” Continue reading...
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‘SO FRIGGIN GOOD’: Critics share first reactions to Cruella starring Emma Stone
Movie has drawn comparisons to The Devil Wears Prada
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Prince Harry 'starting to be himself' - Royal Family urged to brace for 'nightmare'
PRINCE HARRY is "fast becoming the Royal Family's ultimate nightmare", according to commentator Sarah Vine.
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Queen’s relative ‘treated for blood clots following second Covid jab’
Princess Michael of Kent, 76, is said to be recovering in her London home.
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'How do we hug cautiously?!' Sophy Ridge grills SAGE member on bizarre COVID-19 advice
SOPHY RIDGE grilled SAGE member Sir Mark Walport after he recommended for Britons to "hug cautiously" in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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GB News will launch 'in weeks': The news channel to go to air after recruiting seasoned journalists
The channel will be headed by news veteran Andrew Neil (pictured), and other star journalists joining include Simon McCoy (inset) and Alastair Stewart (top right).
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Matt Hancock 'does not rule out' local lockdown in Bolton
"It’s not a step we want to take but, of course, we might have to take it, and we will if it’s necessary to protect people.”
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Billy Joe Saunders’ trainer clears up controversy over ‘quit’ claims
Billy Joe Saunders suffered the first loss of his career to Canelo Alvarez last weekend when his corner called off the fight after the Brit suffered a brutal eye injury
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Woman told to leave the house after finding creepy note behind kitchen cabinet
Angelica, 21, appealed for help on TikTok to decipher a rune-like drawing behind her kitchen cabinet, which she later discovered was covering a hole that led to her bathroom
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Emmerdale stars Max Parker and Kris Mochrie hug as they volunteer at Covid clinic together
The duo have been dating since last year.
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Meet the paramedic who lives with 28 rescue cats
Most of them are disabled and struggled to find new homes.
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British man rescued from giant sinking yacht in rough seas after 26-hour search
The man, 40, was sailing to Sydney from Tahiti when his 50-foot yacht started taking on water just off the coast of Newcastle, leading to a 26-hour rescue mission
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Cabbie found dead in his taxi at Heathrow as desperate drivers sleep in their cars in the hope of picking up fares
A taxi driver was found dead in his car at Heathrow, as dozens of cabbies sleep inside their vehicles in the hope of picking up a fare.
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Three police officers injured and 20 arrested after Rangers fans ignored tighter lockdown in Glasgow
Three police officers have been injured and 20 people arrested after punch-ups broke out among the Rangers fans in George Square on Saturday, following their 4-0 win over Aberdeen.
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Life in full bloom in a floral designer’s home
Swans and blossoms abound in the charming Rye cottage of a flower expert who works in filmPeering through the gate that opens on to Tamsin Scott’s cottage in Rye, East Sussex, I imagine the star of a period drama, trailing skirts swishing as she makes her way up the garden path. Barely contained planting cascades across flagstones in a froth of snapdragons, lupins and lavender. The effect, says Scott, is the quintessence of English gardening: “Rambling, luxuriant, a little eccentric.”Scott knows about these things. As the floral designer behind Amazon’s genre-fluid series The Great, or Autumn de Wilde’s macaroon-hued film version of Emma, her job is to ensure that the on-screen flora is “narrative appropriate”. A hothouse jasmine for Jane Austen’s aspirational Emma; “over-the-top cascades of wild roses” for Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great. “Flowers can tell their own quiet story,” she says. Continue reading...
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Challenge bigotry by all means, but outlaw it? I’d rather not | Kenan Malik
Draft laws that forbid one thing online but allow it offline betray a chilling agenda‘Blacks are genetically less intelligent.” “Muslims do not belong in this country.” “It is right to discriminate against gays.”Three bigoted statements. According to a new draft law, the online safety bill, social media companies could be required to censor them. According to another proposed law, the higher education (freedom of speech) bill, any university or student union that did censor them could face sanctions. Continue reading...
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Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe: ‘I’ve always been interested in secrecy’
The American journalist and author on his history of the Sacklers, the family at the centre of the US opioids controversy, and a special night with the Scorpions in UkraineThe 45-year-old American journalist Patrick Radden Keefe has written two of the most compelling nonfiction books of recent years and also created and presented one of the best podcasts – Wind of Change, an investigation into whether the classic Scorpions song was actually written by the CIA. Somehow, he combines these projects with his day job as a staff writer on the New Yorker. His new book, Empire of Pain, is a history of the Sackler family, a dynasty long known for cultural philanthropy, some of which has been funded since the 1990s with profits from their company Purdue Pharma and by the production of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin. Keefe’s previous book, Say Nothing, an investigation into the murder of Jean McConville by the IRA in 1972, won the 2019 Orwell prize.Opioids were responsible for the overdose deaths of nearly 500,000 Americans from 1999 to 2019. It’s hard not to feel very angry towards some members of the Sackler family, both for the way they promoted OxyContin and their lack of contrition. Did you feel that too?As I was doing my reporting, there were moments where my eyes would bug out of my head. I was shocked. I kept thinking I couldn’t be more shocked. Then I would be. But when it came to the writing of the book, it was important to me to keep the temperature pretty cool and to just allow the evidence and the stories to speak for themselves. Continue reading...
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Matthew Barney: Redoubt; Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust – review
Hayward Gallery, London Ovid meets the NRA as Matthew Barney revisits his Idaho childhood, while Igshaan Adams takes tapestry to the next levelMatthew Barney’s first British show in more than 10 years is all picturesque nature, a 21st-century version of the American sublime. Everything centres on the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, where the artist was raised. Gilded tree trunks soar up through darkened galleries, radiant etchings cast an eerie glow on the ground, and a feature-length movie unleashes spectacular visions of snowbound peaks, torrential rivers, star-shine, dawn, dusk and wolves. This is a meditation on the wilderness, with Barney as a multimedia Thoreau.The film is easily summarised (surprisingly, given the abstruse mythologies of Barney’s great five-film Cremaster cycle). Ovid’s tale of Diana and Actaeon is restaged with Actaeon working as a ranger for the US forest service, and Diana as a camouflaged sharpshooter tracking him through the sights of a hi-tech rifle. The nymphs he unwittingly spies are two contemporary dancers in hideous white long johns. The choreography is laboriously weird. Continue reading...
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The week in TV: The Pursuit of Love; Fargo; Three Families; The Underground Railroad; Motherland
Uncle Matthew and co ride again in Emily Mortimer’s gleeful Nancy Mitford adaptation. Plus, a searing take on the fight against Northern Ireland’s abortion laws, and Barry Jenkins’s masterly dramatisation of The Underground RailroadThe Pursuit of Love (BBC One) | iPlayerFargo (Channel 4) | All 4Three Families (BBC One) | iPlayerThe Underground Railroad (Amazon)Motherland (BBC Two) | iPlayerSunday nights do appear to be dear to BBC schedulers: it’s the jewel in the weekly crown, and it’s just a shame that, correspondingly, there has to be a gangrenous thorn in the hoof, which throughout lockdown has been Saturday evenings. But right after THAT Line of Duty, to get the blistering, gleeful watch that is The Pursuit of Love … that’s the sign of a planner pulling out the heavy stops on the organ. Continue reading...
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My boy’s genius is beginning to show – one piece at a time
The lion jigsaw is an amazing triumph – every time he gets it out of the box. Could the world championships be next?It’s only three months since the ordeal of putting together my wife’s 32-piece jigsaw of Ireland left him frustrated and defeated. Now my son’s hands are a wonder of locomotion, his once chubby fingers dextrous and nimble. The picture of this one is a lion, which he should know because he has done this jigsaw, conservatively, 8,000 times, but he never seems to be aware of this until he places the final piece. Then, my little genius stands back, delighted and shouts ‘Lion!’.When he places the final piece my little genius stands back, delighted and shouts ‘Lion!’ Continue reading...
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I waited five years for a diagnosis for my son
I was shocked to get the news via a letter and not in person, without any chance to ask questions or understand what it all meant.
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EastEnders star Samantha Womack ‘dating’ former Coronation Street’s Oliver Farnworth after marriage split
The pair starred together in 2019’s stage adaptation of The Girl On The Train.
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Government failure on borders put UK at risk from Indian variant, says Labour
The risk of the Indian variant of Covid to the UK has been increased because of the government’s failure to “prioritise the protection of the borders” at a time when Boris Johnson was planning a trade trip to Delhi, a member of Keir Starmer’s frontbench has said.
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Watch: Israel defends strike on media building, says they're 'committed' to journalists' freedom
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Radio star James Whale, 70, confirms engagement three years after wife's death
Radio host James Whale revealed in 2020 that he was also battling cancer, sharing his spine, brain, and kidney cancer diagnosis but he now has a big day to look forward to
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UK ‘allowed 20,000 people to fly in from India’ despite variant warnings
Boris Johnson has been criticised for not banning travel from India sooner.
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Sisters' relief at reopening in 'forgotten' industry of pandemic
When Adventure Forest children's play centre closed in March 2020, the owners never imagined more than a year would pass before they'd be welcoming customers back through the doors
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Matt Hancock insists lockdown easing is 'appropriate' despite growing concerns
A number of experts have issued warnings over the major easing of lockdown - but Health Secretary Matt Hancock says it's the right thing to do
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