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Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Sinitta on being ‘friend-zoned’ by mogul as she admits jealousy
She said there is nothing to fight about once you’re in the friend-zone.
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Pep Guardiola explains why he's not "really concerned" about Man City form
Manchester City have won just two of their last five Premier League fixtures but Pep Guardiola isn't too worried about their performances.
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Lebanon protests: 40 injured as violence flares again in Beirut
Security forces fire tear gas and rubber bullets after Hezbollah supporters target camps of anti-government movement Lebanese security forces have fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from the centre of Beirut. The violence, which started on Saturday and lasted in the early hours of Sunday, was some of the worst since the demonstrations began two months ago. Continue reading...
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Don’t look to Labour to defend the institutions Johnson seeks to destroy | Nick Cohen
In its current state the party shares too many of the Tories’ worst instinctsA defeat as crushing as the centre-left suffered on Thursday night leaves it at the mercy of its opponents. Of all the necessary mental adjustments, this will be the hardest to make. Related: Johnson ascendant: your general election recap Continue reading...
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Juice WRLD: despair and death for another young rapper | Rebecca Nicholson
Jarad Anthony Higgins joins the club of musicians whose lives ended too soonWhen Jarad Anthony Higgins, better known as the rapper Juice WRLD, died last weekend, he had just turned 21.Every thoughtful piece I read about his life and work expressed despair at the wasted potential of an entire generation of rappers, particularly Soundcloud rappers, who are overdosing or being incarcerated at a rate that suggests far more needs to be done by those profiting from their music. Continue reading...
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How do you bleed a radiator and when should you do it?
Listen to Leona Lewis this winter and keep bleeding, keep keep bleeding.
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London’s Victorian churches deserve a second gothic revival
Many of the fine monuments to London’s golden age lie undervalued and underused. It’s time these brick and stone glories were brought back to lifeThey are London’s lost cathedrals. A few people still worship in them, a few more know of them, but few visit them. Whenever I have dropped by, they have been locked and seem deserted. Yet inside, these are masterpiece monuments of London’s age of confidence and flair, that of high Victorian gothic. They must be revived. Continue reading...
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A victory won by Brexit lies does not make those lies true
How can we believe that a party wedded to deregulation and flirting with Trump’s America will ever govern for ‘one nation’?The Chinese proverb is “be careful what you wish for”. My own adapted version is “be careful what you vote for”. I make no apology for having devoted so many columns to what on Thursday became the lost cause of Remain. The pro-European cause in this country has, alas, suffered from a colossal failure of leadership. The failure to make the case for our EU membership goes back a long way, as does the drip-drip of the vile anti-European campaign in the Murdoch press, and the obvious suspects in other sections of the media.The sequence of events was well brought out in Denis MacShane’s prophetic book Brexit – How Britain Will Leave Europe in 2015. (What lies in store is outlined both in MacShane’s latest volume, Brexiternity, and Sir Ivan Rogers’s recent magisterial lecture at Glasgow University.) As MacShane wrote in 2015: “The referendum on Europe is not on the benefits or cost of EU membership, but a wider protest about economic and social change which appears inside Britain to produce as many losers as winners.” Continue reading...
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Liz Hyder: ‘I feel like I’m in a weird cheese dream’
The author of acclaimed YA book Bearmouth on striking gold in a slate mine – and what you can’t learn from other writers• The Observer critics’ pick of the best children’s and young adult books of 2019Liz Hyder, 42, was born in London and studied drama at Bristol University. While working as a publicist at the BBC, and later as a freelance PR consultant, she wrote six novels, none of which were published. Her seventh, Bearmouth, about a child called Newt who lives and works deep inside a Victorian coalmine, came out in September to glowing reviews and was named “children’s book of the year” by the Times, which described it as “A Christmas Carol for 2019”. Hyder lives with her husband in Ludlow and is completing another novel.What have the past few months been like for you, since the publication of Bearmouth?I feel like I’m in a weird cheese dream – this is Camembert-at-3am-on-New-Year’s-Day levels of weirdness. I pinch myself every day. It’s not often I’m speechless, but I really am dumbfounded, flabbergasted, all those things, by the response. Continue reading...
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Citizen K review – from filthy rich to Kremlin foe
Alex Gibney’s documentary about a Russian oligarch turned Putin critic struggles to penetrate the man’s slick exteriorMore than two hours long, Alex Gibney’s lively documentary is packed with information, context and archive footage of zany, bad-taste TV advertisements that use oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s story to frame Vladimir Putin’s ascent.In Citizen Kane, publishing mogul Charles Foster Kane’s idealism is corrupted by an unquenchable thirst for power. In Citizen K, Russian plutocrat Khodorkovsky’s career trajectory veers in the opposite direction. One of seven oligarchs whose role in the state privatisations of the 1990s helped transform the country’s communism into “gangster capitalism”, as Gibney’s voiceover puts it, Khodorkovsky was complicit in Putin’s rise. Now living in London in exile (he is wanted for murder), he is one of the president’s fiercest and most vocal critics. Continue reading...
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Sports Personality of the Year: our writers on the six contenders
Ben Stokes produced two match-winning innings but Dina Asher-Smith made history and Lewis Hamilton got title No 6Stride by stride, second by second, Dina Asher-Smith had a 2019 for the ages. To win one world athletics medal would have been staggering enough. To become the first Briton to leave with three from the same championships was a monumental statement of intent. Best of all was her 200m gold in 21.88sec, a time so fast it smashed her national record and made her the first British woman to win a global sprint title. Further silvers in the 100m and 4x100m highlighted the potential for more glory at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. No wonder Sebastian Coe has predicted she will be the British poster child of the Games. Incidentally there are 18 track and field athletes among the roll call of Spoty winners – 11 more than the next closest sport, Formula One. Asher-Smith or her team-mate Katarina Johnson‑Thompson would be a worthy addition to the honours board. The danger is that the athletics vote ends up being split. Sean Ingle Continue reading...
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Radio bikes, air hockey and trainers: the best sporting Christmas gift ideas
There are useful and trendy items that could take your fancy as well as the unusual, such as wood carvings of race tracksNothing catches the eye quite like retro styling, as done superbly at Toffs.com. Iconic strips across the decades ensure a standout look eschewing garish modernity, perfectly captured by their Spurs 1967 tracksuit top . Also looking back fondly are the beautiful F1-inspired shirts from Retrogp.com. Their Hesketh T-shirt , as worn by James Hunt, who promoted it in 1974 under the slogan “Go bear-breasted”, is a classic. Continue reading...
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Kyle Sinckler highlights the need for transfer fees for homegrown players | Ugo Monye
Tighthead prop has been with Harlequins since he was 12 but club could lose him in January and not be rewarded for all the good work they have doneIt is that time of the year when speculation starts to swirl over players’ futures. If anyone is going to move from one Premiership club to the next, officially they cannot be approached until January, but inevitably wheels are set in motion and Kyle Sinckler is the player who has got everyone talking at the moment.Sinckler’s situation raises two important questions: is it worth having an England international on a premium contract in your squad and are clubs compensated well enough for doing so? The first question is open to debate; the answer to the second is a resounding no, not least when it gets to the stage that the club – in Sinckler’s case, Harlequins – can seemingly no longer afford them. As a solution, or at least part of one, I would propose transfer fees for homegrown players. Continue reading...
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The history of Santa Claus: is he real, how old is he and where does he live?
Do you believe?
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I thought Big Brother would bring me fame and fortune - instead I ended up sleeping rough
'How am I turning 50 and living in a treehouse?' - Lisa Appleton, 51, shot to fame as part of the Channel 4 show’s first couple - and after a difficult few years which saw her homeless, she is back and ready to launch her own vegan make up range
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Solskjaer explains Manchester United transfer strategy ahead of January window
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about the club's transfer plans ahead of the January transfer window.
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Sports Personality of the Year: Gabby Logan on the runners and riders
It's been an amazing year for British sports, but which stars will win the prestigious silver camera trophies at this year's Sports Personality of the Year Awards? Gabby Logan talks us through the contenders for SPOTY...
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Coronation Street's William Roache on the best Christmas present he's ever had
Corrie's William Roache talks about what’s in store for the Barlow brood on ITV and his own Christmas plans including his tips on How to Live a Long and Happy Life
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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's wedding choir star Mark De-Lisser's Christmas joy
After Royal Wedding and Children In Need album Got It Covered, the vocal coach and musical arranger is on a mission to help lonley people with Meet The Street At Christmas
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Best beauty Christmas crackers to give as gifts or decorate your table with this year
From Caudalie to Molton Brown, these are the brands pulling out all the stops to give you mini treats to put on your Christmas table or give as stocking fillers this year
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Why putting Christmas decorations on your car could cost you thousands
You might think the Rudolph antlers or Santa stickers are cute, but they could make you thousands and thousands of pounds poorer and even void your insurance
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Sian Gibson tested tampons for a living before starring in Peter Kay's Car Share
Car Share's Sian Gibson, 42, on her new role in a TV Cinderella: After Ever After, giggling with Peter Kay, and something terrible that happened on her wedding day
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Suspicious pleased reaction of woman after her husband's disappearance
Margaret Otto was in an unhappy marriage. Her tattooist husband, Dwayne, was struggling with unpaid debts and the strain on their relationship was taking its toll.
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Frankie Morland, 8, wrote climate change song World in Danger which could be Christmas no 1
When Frankie Morland, 8, started singing to music with his dad, he came up with something magical… and that now his song World in Danger could top the charts here are the full lyrics
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Ruth Langsford 'addicted to the orgy of ripping paper off presents' says Eamonn Holmes
TV Presenter Eamonn, who turned 60 this year, talks to The Sunday Mirror's Notebook magazine about cherished Christmas memories in Belfast and becoming the kind of man that buys presents for their dog
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Mary Berry makes touching observation about Prince William's sweet gestures to Kate
The former Great British Bake Off star said it was "lovely observing" the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they filmed A Berry Royal Christmas on the BBC - labelling them a 'pigeon couple'
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Sunday with Little Simz: ‘I want to be inside and cosy’
For the rapper it is all about cleaning, catching up and heading home to her mum’s for dinnerAn early riser? Not really, I’ll sleep until midday no matter what I’ve been doing. I like to lie in - I’ve got no reason to be up early and my weeks get so busy. I’ll give my place a quick tidy and then take a shower. I like the house to be clean before I am.A day out? Or a trip? No thanks, I’m away from home 300 days a year: in Europe, America, Australia, South America and New Zealand. On Sundays in London, I want to be inside and cosy, reading a book or just doing laundry. I definitely want to be somewhere heated. Continue reading...
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Jamie Laing teases Kelvin Fletcher after Strictly Come Dancing success
The Made In Chelsea star couldn't make the dancefloor - the first time in the show’s 17 year history that a celebrity has been forced to pull out before the live shows even started
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Philippines earthquake: Nation rocked by massive magnitude-6.9 earthquake
THE PHILIPPINES has been rocked by a massive magnitude-6.9 earthquake with a depth of 28.2km, according to USGS.
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The Observer view on where Britain goes after the general election result | Observer editorial
Corbyn was not the leader to address Labour’s decline. It can’t make the same mistake againThis is the most decisive election result for over a decade. Boris Johnson asked the country for a mandate to “get Brexit done”, and last Thursday voters delivered him an overwhelming majority. The result settles once and for all the vexed question of when and whether we will leave the European Union: Britain’s formal exit will happen at the end of next month. But the conclusiveness of the result should not obscure the massive uncertainty that hangs over our future: over what type of Brexit we choose once we have left, a decision that will have huge implications for our economic wellbeing and the integrity of the union.This is the largest Conservative majority the country has seen since 1987, delivered on the biggest share of the vote won by any party since Margaret Thatcher’s first victory in 1979. For Labour, this defeat is its fourth in a row, producing the smallest cohort of MPs the party has seen since 1935. Britain’s electoral map has been upended as the Conservatives have swept to victory with a raft of seats in the north and the Midlands that were not so long ago seen as impregnable Labour strongholds. Continue reading...
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When is the shortest day of the year in 2019?
Less than eight hours of daylight in one day.
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Two Manchester United players can prove a point vs Everton
The pre-match talking points before Man Utd's Premier League clash with Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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TV tonight: Jamie Oliver cooks the perfect turkey
All the time-saving tips you need from Jamie Oliver before the big Christmas cook. Plus: Sports Personality of the Year 2019. Here’s what to watch this evening Continue reading...
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McDonald’s fires owner of two Victorian restaurants after video of alleged racialised rant goes viral
Comments in video were ‘unacceptable’ and ‘do not reflect the beliefs of the company’, the fast-food chain saidMcDonald’s has fired the owner of two of its restaurants in Victoria after he was filmed in an alleged racialised verbal attack on an Aboriginal family that went viral on Twitter.Robert Vigors, who owned McDonald’s in Mildura and Irymple, was filmed in a confrontation at a family home in Mildura that was posted on Twitter by a family member. Continue reading...
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Royal snub: Prince Charles’ pal praises ‘impeccable’ Kate but slams Meghan Markle
MEGHAN MARKLE was heavily criticised by Prince Charles’ pal this week but she had nothing but praise for the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Mooching and melancholy in the garden| Allan Jenkins
December in the garden is a time to sit, watching the birds and appreciate the silenceIt is largely empty at the allotments. The usual few hardy gardeners linger. Covers are coming on in different corners of the site. Wrappings of various types. I am still a little resistant, more open to accidents: unexpected shoots breaking through, flowers falling over. My preference is to see, say, robins rushing around and searching out seed, watch them and hope I might unearth a worm, turn over leaf mould or manure. Though I am more mindful now since seeing a kestrel swoop and carry off a young bird distracted by keeping me company.We have netted two small areas of the plot, being careful to leave sections of the sides open for birds to get in and out. And, yes, I know their freedom of movement is not the idea, but I have had too many traumas freeing frightened blackbirds caught in others’ fruit cages. Our thinking is to limit the damage of hungrier pigeons as they decimate the kale leaving only brassica bones, a bird battlefield. Continue reading...
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Voice of the Mirror: Boris Johnson must keep his word to new voters in the North
It is essential for healing the North/South divide – made wider by nine years of Tory austerity – that his pledge of One Nation Conservatism reaches further than the Watford Gap
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Royal revelation: Meghan sends fans into meltdown after ‘ageless’ prom photo emerges
A PHOTO of a 16-year-old Meghan Markle has stunned royal fans who cannot believe how little she’s aged.
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Ghana have a good time: top tips for visiting the country
Music and markets, food and festivals, day trips and nightlife – the best of Ghana by local creativesThere’s a burgeoning arts scene in our capital, on the Atlantic coast in West Africa. Head to Jamestown, the oldest district, and walk through the old port and along the beaches scattered with graffiti, studios and boxing gyms. Every August the Chale Wote festival takes over here. This visual arts event started with 500 guests and next year will host 40,000 people. It’s so exciting to see. Continue reading...
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If the rich are getting richer, then where are they hiding it? | Torsten Bell
Following a steep rise in inheritance tax, Britain’s wealthiest families suddenly professed to be a lot poorerIncome inequality rose significantly in the last decades of the 20th century, yet wealth inequality fell throughout most of the century. Why? Partly because of the home ownership boom. But the top 1%’s share of wealth fell from 60% before 1920 to under 20% by the 1980s.In part, this shows that both war and inheritance tax are bad for the landed gentry. But are we missing something? Or, more specifically, are the rich hiding something? That’s the excellent question asked by new research into the wealth of our Victorian elite. Continue reading...
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May I have a word about… lasers and their more unusual uses | Jonathan Bouquet
How to tell a drug dealer from a pastry chef, the scientific wayScience is not my strong suit, but even I know the worth of lasers – eye surgery, sawing James Bond in half. But a recent report suggests myriad uses for these devices, from combating climate change to detecting fake whisky.According to Dr Robin Head, a scientist at M Squared Lasers, the use of lasers is why “we can suddenly differentiate between white powders. We can tell whether someone might be an international drug dealer or a pastry chef.” I don’t wish to come over all flat earther, but surely if you moisten your finger, dip it into said powder and taste, you might just as easily be able to tell the difference. Still, it could explain why I keep having such a run of failure with my Colombian yorkshire puddings. Continue reading...
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The lies have it: Republicans abandon truth in Trump impeachment defence
As the GOP counter-offensive runs on fake news and conspiracy theories, critics say truth itself is under attack“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four,” George Orwell wrote in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. “If that is granted, all else follows.” Related: Donald Trump fears only one Democrat: Warren Sanders Continue reading...
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I no longer love my boyfriend, but I can’t afford to leave him | Dear Mariella
It’s worth examining the cause of your dissatisfaction before you shut the door for good, says Mariella FrostrupThe dilemma I’ve fallen out of love with my boyfriend. I wanted to leave two years ago but, as with many couples stuck in the rental cycle, I had neither the money to walk away from my deposit, nor somewhere else to go. The thought of sharing a cramped apartment with an extremely upset man also didn’t appeal. It was easier to keep the peace, plaster over the doubts and fight for our relationship.My boyfriend isn’t a bad man – one of the reasons I’ve stayed is because he and his family have been a huge support, especially in comparison with my family who are shakier than the branch of a tree and plagued with mental illness. I’m desperate for stability and to put down roots. This wouldn’t be achievable without another name on the mortgage. Continue reading...
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Solskjaer reveals what has changed behind the scenes at Manchester United
Man Utd face Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League nearly a year after he arrived and he's explained what's changed.
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What TV channel is Arsenal vs Man City on? Kick-off time and early team news
Manchester City travel to the Emirates on Sunday knowing nothing but three points will do.
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How Man City should line up vs Arsenal in Premier League
Man City travel to the Emirates to face a struggling Arsenal side in the Premier League fixture.
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