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Rachel Reeves: Sunak’s help for families is just poor imitation of Sure Start
The shadow chancellor said ripping up Labour’s flagship programme was ‘an act of criminality’.
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Queen 'gives up lunchtime gin on medical advice and instead watches TV with friend Mabel'
She is said to enjoy spending time with fellow 95-year-old and royal nanny Mabel, who looked after the Queen’s own children and sometimes and watches television with her
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Fred drops Manchester United team news hint ahead of Liverpool FC fixture
Manchester United midfielder Fred has taken to Instagram ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
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Israel set to OK 3,000 West Bank settler homes this week
A West Bank settlement watchdog group says Israel is expected to move forward this week with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied territory
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Campaigners and fans slam David Beckham over deal to be Qatar ambassador and face of World Cup
Campaigners and football fans alike have slammed David Beckham after it was reported he has signed a deal worth up to £150million to become the face of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Man, 23, wakes up to find 'I will kill you' written in toothpaste on his bathroom mirror
Police have released a photo of two men they want to speak to in connection with a death threat written in toothpaste on a man's bathroom mirror in Nottingham on October 10.
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Vaccines alone won't stop rising Covid case top scientist warns as Plan B pressure grows
Professor Adam Finn, who is on the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the NHS is already under "enormous pressure" and said additional measures will prevent a winter crisis
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Brits would prefer to talk politics than money, according to study
Talking about money isn't normalised in our society.
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Emirati prosecutors investigating Dubai's Union Properties
Federal prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates say they’ve launched a major investigation into Dubai-based real estate developer Union Properties
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Tesco’s website and app crashes amid hack fears
Tesco’s website and app have crashed amid fears of a possible hack.
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What Cristiano Ronaldo told Man Utd stars in rousing speech after avoiding usual initiation
Nobody tells Ronaldo to sing.
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Rishi Sunak dismisses Marcus Rashford's call for free school meals extension in Budget
The Manchester United striker said levelling up should “surely” start with ensuring that “every child in Britain can eat well at least once a day” - as the Chancellor came under pressure from fellow Tories to give more help to struggling families
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Gotham City-themed restaurant with 11 course menu opens in London
Behind the secret entrance lies five restaurant and bar spaces, all immaculately designed
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Dillian Whyte 'planning to bypass' Otto Wallin and fight Tyson Fury for world title
Whyte was supposed to face Wallin next weekend, but was forced to pull out of the bout with a shoulder injury - and is now expected to skip the Swede entirely
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Manchester United told to take Fred and McTominay selection risk vs Liverpool
Former Man United midfielder Sammy McIlroy wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer start a creative midfielder against Liverpool.
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Netflix films: 50 best original movies to watch, ranked
From ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Malcolm & Marie’ to ‘Army of the Dead’ and ‘Roma’, Ed Power picks the streaming service’s best original offerings
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Can I visit Guernsey, Jersey and the other Channel Islands now?
What are Guernsey's travel restrictions right now?
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Tesco website and app taken down by hack attempt
‘An attempt was made to interfere with our systems,’ supermarket chain says as shoppers unable to make purchases
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West Ham v Tottenham: Premier League – live!
Updates from the derby at the London Stadium (2pm BST KO)West Ham enjoying Euro adventure but must beware burnoutGet in touch! Email Daniel with your thoughts or tweet @unitedrewindBefore we dig into those line-ups, a little thing on football and love.West Ham United (a nails 4-3-3): Fabianski; Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Fornals; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma. Subs: Areola, Vlasic, Diop, Masuaku, Yarmolenko, Ashby, Noble, Lanzini, Dawson. Continue reading...
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Going Back To Normal Now Will Lead To Lockdowns, Warns Vaccines Expert
A “very different” message needs to be coming from the government regarding Covid-19 now that there is a “serious problem”, an expert advising on vaccines has said amid rising infection levels.Professor Adam Finn, who is on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said we cannot “go back to normal now” if we want to avoid lockdowns.Finn, who said the vaccination programme will not be enough to bring the current coronavirus numbers under control, said he worries that the “wrong message” is being sent out to the public.“And I worry in fact that the vaccine programme itself is suffering as a consequence of this suggestion that somehow the problem’s gone and we can all go back to normal again, because that will increasingly make people jump to the conclusion that if they’ve not been vaccinated there’s no real need to do it.“So I do think we need to see a very different kind of message coming from the government now that there is a serious problem, and we all need to continue to contribute to reducing transmission, so that we can get through the winter and the NHS can stay afloat and absolutely we can avoid lockdowns, and the disasters that those bring.“We all want to avoid that, but we can’t avoid it if we all just go back to normal now,” he told Trevor Phillips On Sunday on Sky News.Prof Finn was asked if a clear way of sending a message to the public would be reimposing mask-wearing and working from home, and he said: “I think this needs to be brought about, whether it can be brought about by clear messaging and communication, I think the British public are by and large a pretty responsible lot and if you give them a clear message of what you want them to do, they will pay attention to that.“Whether that’s sufficient or whether it actually needs to be done by compelling people, I think that is a decision for the politicians.“But one way or another, we do need to bring about a situation where there is less transmission of virus going on in the community, and we can’t just rely on the vaccine programme to achieve that.”Finn said it is important to “stick to the science” when discussing the prospect of extending the Covid-19 booster programme to people under 50 and offering booster jabs at five months rather than six months.He said: “Just giving more people vaccines, including people who maybe don’t actually need the vaccines yet, could actually run the risk of making things worse rather than better.“If you boost people before they actually need the vaccine, it is in some senses a waste of vaccine, but also it means that you are immunising them earlier and they may make a smaller response to the vaccine and that response may wear off earlier.“So I think the idea of just getting more doses indiscriminately into people’s arms is not really necessarily going to solve the problem.“I think we do need to focus particularly on the most elderly people and do this in a structured and strategic way in order to have the maximum impact.”Meanwhile, on whether MPs should wear masks in the Commons, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I think every workplace is slightly different and people are going to make the decisions that are right for them. I do wear a mask depending on the circumstances and the settings that I’m in.”Sunak said: “The government guidance is for people to make decisions based on what they think is appropriate for the circumstances they’re in, every workplace is going to be different depending on how many people are there, how long you’re there for, whether you know the people or not and that is all part of the government guidance.”He added: “I think people are going to make the decisions that they think are the most responsible ones… people will make the right judgments depending on the setting that they’re in.”Sunak told the programme: “I think actually we should have confidence in the booster rollout.” Related...Rishi Sunak Rejects Calls To 'Immediately' Introduce Covid Plan B Restrictions
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The huge projects set to change Bolton forever - and what happens now Chinese-backed giant has pulled out
Two key developers have parted ways with the council, but other projects are still on the go
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Kim Tate actress' real life Emmerdale love triangle, heartbreak and hidden agony
Claire King has experienced heartbreak, depression, and suffers from a long-term health condition
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Trendy floral walls loved by celebs are increasing sales in plastic plants
With influencers like Stacey Salomon and Kim Kardashian leading the trend, demand for fake flowers online has risen in recent months, reported The Observer.
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Chelsea's two new records suggest theories about Thomas Tuchel's team are wrong
Chelsea are the Premier League's leading scorers this season after their 7-0 demolition of Norwich City on Saturday - and the stats suggest they have plenty of attacking flair
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37 horror films that will actually scare you this Halloween
We count down the films that will genuinely spook you out this Halloween
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Samurai sword thug faces down police and motorists after 'attacking two men in attempted murder bid'
The man was taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Those injured in the Samurai sword attack in Crawley were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
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Coronavirus: Plan B needed now, but Plan A must also be bolstered, says Labour
It comes after confusion over Labour’s position earlier in the week.
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Steve Allen issues private apology to Tilly Ramsay over ‘chubby’ comment
Radio host Steve Allen has sent a private apology to Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tilly Ramsay after describing her as a “chubby little thing” live on air.
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Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps
After lawsuits alleging racial gerrymandering, Republicans drawing new legislative maps in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina this year say they won't use racial or partisan data in the process
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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov rivalry could re-ignite in Bellator fight
McGregor and Nurmagomedov had one of the most intense rivalries in MMA history, and one top Bellator lightweight clash could re-ignite their feud if it happens next year
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Alex Ferguson's comments show Manchester United haven't learned lessons from Man City's 6-1 rout
Ten years on from City's famous Old Trafford triumph, have their old foes really learned the lessons of their painful derby day defeat?
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Mum vows to bring cancer vaccine to UK after boy’s treatment in New York
Liam Scott is cancer free after his family raised £232,000 for him to fly to New York for a cancer-vaccine not currently available in the UK.
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Jose Mourinho 'to punish' five Roma players after Europa League thrashing
The Portuguese boss was left seething with a number of his players after his AS Roma side were hammered 6-1 by Norwegian outfit Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League
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‘We’ve been hammered’: on the breadline in Burnley
First the pandemic, now the universal credit cut is taking a toll and there is scepticism about ‘levelling up’On a wet Monday morning in the middle of Burnley, the Church on the Street is handing out bread: sliced white loaves donated to the organisation’s food bank and gratefully received by the 20 or so people who gathered here soon after the doors opened.They have come here for a variety of reasons: for food, advice on benefits or help with homelessness and addiction. Some need a shower or a haircut, others a hot meal and an hour or two of conversation and company. Continue reading...
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Succession star Kieran Culkin: ‘Just be unlikable, it’s fun’
The actor talks to his friend Edgar Wright about rooting for Roman, his ambition to move to London and why he’d like to have a crack at being Angela LansburyNew York-born actor Kieran Culkin, 39, made his film debut at the age of eight, alongside his elder brother Macaulay in Home Alone. While still a child he also had roles in Father of the Bride, The Mighty and The Cider House Rules. He later appeared in Music of the Heart, Igby Goes Down and Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World. He now stars as Roman Roy in HBO drama Succession, which returned to Sky Atlantic last week, a role for which he’s been Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated.One of the many reasons I love Succession is that I always think I’m watching “Evil Kieran”…[Laughs] That’s good to know. Roman might be the most acerbic of the Roy siblings but I still root for him and am willing him to step up. That’s true for a lot of the characters. I really feel it with Tom [Wambsgans, played by Matthew Macfadyen]. I desperately want him to tell Shiv to go fuck herself and show the family his true self but Tom never does, he just rolls over. It’s so deliciously dissatisfying. Continue reading...
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Elton John: The Lockdown Sessions review – Elton as bejewelled curator
(EMI)This album of collaborations with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Nicki Minaj is by nature disjointed – but funSince his last studio album in 2013, Elton John has fashioned himself into an enthusiastic patron of contemporary pop via his Apple Music radio show, and rather than finish anything with Bernie Taupin, he’s decided instead to parlay his passion for new music into a collaborations album. Surely this is the only place where you’ll find Lil Nas X and Rina Sawayama alongside Eddie Vedder and the two Stevies, Wonder and Nicks.The Lockdown Sessions is a many-tentacled mix that positions John as bejewelled curator, a guest on his own album – or more of a “session player”, as he puts it – looking back wistfully at his career. The disco-gospel duet with Wonder, Finish Line, and Your Song-ish Stolen Car with Nicks evoke past glories, while Chosen Family with Sawayama pulls off Gaga levels of queer anthemia. But it’s the covers that take centre stage: It’s a Sin, performed so sensationally with Olly Alexander at this year’s Brits; and Nothing Else Matters, on which John merely plays piano and Miley Cyrus delivers the best vocal performance of 2021. It’s all fun, though a little disjointed – and the less said about Elton’s trap song, Always Love You, with Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, the better. Continue reading...
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Ron Mueck: 25 Years of Sculpture; The Gaze review – size isn’t everything
Thaddaeus Ropac; TJ Boulting, LondonTiny woman beats giant skull in the inscrutably hyperreal sculptures of Ron Mueck. And Moroni’s handsome tailor inspires a look at the male gazeDead Dad – naked, ashen and piteously half-sized – looks more poignant than ever after quarter of a century. Ron Mueck’s most famous figure lies on its slab like a body in the morgue, dead and yet so lately alive. Time has deepened its pallor, and given it a new significance – this poor bare forked animal might now be another victim of Covid.Twenty-five years of sculpture doesn’t amount to very many at Thaddaeus Ropac. Mueck’s punctiliously super-real beings take an age to make, from their liver spots and silver stubble to the downy hair on forearm or cheek, and there are only nine works in this selected survey. But they vary in scale from the tiny Man in Blankets – a big bruiser reduced to the size of a newborn, curled in pink swaddling as if trying to return to the womb – to the gigantic skull titled Dead Weight. Every stage of life lies in between. Continue reading...
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I’ve discovered the scariest thing about this Halloween isn’t zombies or creepy clowns | Emma Brockes
In New York, a haunted house for adults gave me only a minor chill - but the real horror was not immediately recognisableA friend has tickets to a Halloween attraction in downtown New York, marketed as a haunted house for adults and featuring chambers of horror that include a “killer clown room”, “the crypt”, and something called “maggot invasion.” It sounds, simultaneously, horrible and lame, and if I hadn’t spent every Friday night for the past 18 months on my sofa, mindlessly scrolling, I would have turned her down in an instant. As it is, it seems churlish to reject the offer to do something new. “Terrific,” she says, and sends me a note from the organisers: guests are advised not to wear white because of all the fake blood.I love horror movies, and zombies, but I am unfun about Halloween, which in the US seems to go on for weeks. One of the upsides of Covid was the cancellation of indoor trick or treating, which in our apartment building traditionally involves dozens of kids fighting to get in the elevator to have first crack at the candy on each floor. (There are two wings of 20 floors in our building-enough sugar to ensure the onset of what might politely be called instability.) This year, the trick or treating will be outside again, a definite improvement, but the Halloween parties are back on and the time suck of ensuring my children are happy in their costumes – this year I have a vampire queen, and a “cat-dinosaur” – is as much of a drag as it ever was. It is in this spirit that I take the subway downtown.Emma Brockes is a Guardian columnist Continue reading...
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I was adopted at birth and now I’ve adopted twins – I hope they will feel as lucky as I do
I fully believe that whether you have a biological or adopted child, it’s your child.
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Zimbabwe's Dangarembga receives German peace prize
Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga has accepted a prestigious German prize in honor of her work in Frankfurt
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Golden retriever and kitten love watching Disney’s The Lion King together 
Nobu the retriever, and Caesar the cat, can't prise their eyes away from the screen when Simba is on
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Colombia captures most wanted drug lord in 'biggest blow to cocaine trade since fall of Escobar'
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Inside Holly Willoughby's wild party reputation that means she can 'outdrink Snoop Dogg'
This Morning's Holly Willoughby is one of TV's hardest working stars - but that doesn't mean she doesn't know how to let her hair down in absolute style.
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To navigate legal quandaries, Biden leans on low-key counsel
White House counsel Dana Remus made a lasting impression on her colleagues with her calm during the chaotic time after last year’s election when Donald Trump challenged the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory
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Belgian malinois piggy backs schnoodle half his size - and always has done
Milan and Charlie, from North Carolina, are an unlikely doggy duo - but have been melting hearts on TikTok with their piggy backs
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