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Noah Cyrus apologises for using racist term while defending Harry Styles Vogue cover: ‘I am horrified and truly sorry’
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An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky review – it can't last
This playful meditation on lost objects, from paintings to actors and islands, is a satisfying mix of history, imagination and detailWhat, asks this book, is “more terrifying: the notion that everything comes to an end, or the thought that it may not”? Such issues – impermanence, the fringes of things, the border between here and there – are catnip to the German writer Judith Schalansky. Her first book to appear in English, Atlas of Remote Islands, was a coffee table beauty that read as good as it looked, reporting on isolated places including the coral atoll of Takuu, slowly disappearing beneath the tide of climate breakdown, and Easter Island, whose “self-destruction” by its own inhabitants likened it to “a lemming marooned in the calm of the ocean”. Her next book, the novel The Giraffe’s Neck, was less successful but equally concerned with the inevitability of decay, the flip side of Darwinian evolution: how “everything eventually was finished”.An Inventory of Losses seems at first no more optimistic than the earlier books: our desire for human creations to endure, as evidenced by the etched copper discs of cultural markers attached to the Voyager space probes, is “a kind of magical thinking … a means of self-reassurance for a species unable to accept its own utter meaninglessness”. But for Schalansky it’s the failure to last that gives our efforts not just pathos but also power, and her book is a philosophical embrace of loss. Continue reading...
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UK coronavirus LIVE: MHRA defends vaccine approval after Anthony Fauci comments as first doses land in Britain
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Could it be magic: why store window displays mean more this Christmas
While festive shopping is more likely to be online this year, a tour around the window displays of stores is a pandemic-friendly way of bringing sparkle in the run-up to the big day.There will be no cosy photo op with a random stranger in a cotton-wool beard in Santa’s grotto this year. Nor any carol singers to soothe your frayed festive nerves. And even the most hardened bargain hunters are going to feel less than gung ho about bustling through crowds in search of the perfect gift. Pandemics have a way of sucking the joy out of most things – and Christmas shopping is no exception.And yet: let there be light. All is not lost, because the Christmas store window, rich in tradition of pomp, pageantry and fever-pitch overexcitement, is making a last-minute attempt to bring some joy to the high street. Window dressing, an art form with a long and illustrious heritage that boasts Giorgio Armani, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí as alumni, is attempting to bring a happy ending for what has been an annus horribilis for retail.On the corner of Sloane Street and Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols’ window sells nothing more expensive than optimism. There are no products, just “BRING ON 2021” spelled out in fairground lights, alongside a disco ball and a couple of snowflakes. Continue reading...
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First Game Of Thrones Prequel Images May Reveal Fiery Secrets
Like @GameOfThrones says, dragons are coming ...On Thursday, HBO surprised fans by announcing that the Game Of Thrones prequel, House Of The Dragon, will begin production in 2021. And how could a Targaryen-focused series be fire without concept art revealing a couple of dragons?Dragons are coming.#HouseoftheDragon begins production in 2021. pic.twitter.com/Bxl763FVdY— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) December 3, 2020Though the dragon art was presented without names, the speculation ― as shown by this tweet from Elio & Linda, super fans turned collaborators with author George R.R. Martin ― is that the dragons are Sunfyre the Golden and Caraxes, aka the Blood Wyrm. Nice concept art! Guessing these might by Sunfyre the Golden (looks like a young dragon) and Caraxes, the Blood Wyrm #HouseOfTheDragon#GameOfThrones#dragonshttps://t.co/uAnT5ToLnj— Elio & Linda (@westerosorg) December 3, 2020So what does this all mean? House Of The Dragon is inspired by Martin’s tale of Targaryen history, Fire & Blood. It’s a long, long history. But these images seem to offer vital clues about the series.According to Fire & Blood, Sunfyre was said to be the “most beautiful dragon ever seen upon the earth,” while Caraxes was among the fiercest. Both of them were key players in the Targaryen civil war, the Dance Of The Dragons.Earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly reported that sources said the Dance Of The Dragons would be “tackled at some point” in the prequel series. These images, along with previous casting news of Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, seem to confirm that and even hint that the civil war may be the main focus of the show.You can think of the Dance Of The Dragons as basically HBO’s Succession if the Roy family all had fire-breathing monsters and tried to kill each other.Following the death of King Viserys, all hell breaks loose when the Targaryens can’t agree on whether Aegon II or Princess Rhaenyra will rule Westeros next. The dispute nearly tears the realm apart, leading to backstabbing, betrayal and a lot of, you know, fire & blood. In summary: Daenerys, if you’re looking for dragons, look no further than this Game Of Thrones prequel.READ MORE:. Here's What Those Game Of Thrones Prequel Rumours May Mean Game Of Thrones' Joe Dempsie Has A Convincing Theory About One Of The Show's Unanswered Questions Game Of Thrones Author Reveals His Least Favourite Scene From The Show – And It's Not From The Finale
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First Game Of Thrones Prequel Images May Reveal Fiery Secrets
Like @GameOfThrones says, dragons are coming ...On Thursday, HBO surprised fans by announcing that the Game Of Thrones prequel, House Of The Dragon, will begin production in 2021. And how could a Targaryen-focused series be fire without concept art revealing a couple of dragons?Dragons are coming.#HouseoftheDragon begins production in 2021. pic.twitter.com/Bxl763FVdY— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) December 3, 2020Though the dragon art was presented without names, the speculation ― as shown by this tweet from Elio & Linda, super fans turned collaborators with author George R.R. Martin ― is that the dragons are Sunfyre the Golden and Caraxes, aka the Blood Wyrm. Nice concept art! Guessing these might by Sunfyre the Golden (looks like a young dragon) and Caraxes, the Blood Wyrm #HouseOfTheDragon#GameOfThrones#dragonshttps://t.co/uAnT5ToLnj— Elio & Linda (@westerosorg) December 3, 2020So what does this all mean? House Of The Dragon is inspired by Martin’s tale of Targaryen history, Fire & Blood. It’s a long, long history. But these images seem to offer vital clues about the series.According to Fire & Blood, Sunfyre was said to be the “most beautiful dragon ever seen upon the earth,” while Caraxes was among the fiercest. Both of them were key players in the Targaryen civil war, the Dance Of The Dragons.Earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly reported that sources said the Dance Of The Dragons would be “tackled at some point” in the prequel series. These images, along with previous casting news of Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, seem to confirm that and even hint that the civil war may be the main focus of the show.You can think of the Dance Of The Dragons as basically HBO’s Succession if the Roy family all had fire-breathing monsters and tried to kill each other.Following the death of King Viserys, all hell breaks loose when the Targaryens can’t agree on whether Aegon II or Princess Rhaenyra will rule Westeros next. The dispute nearly tears the realm apart, leading to backstabbing, betrayal and a lot of, you know, fire & blood. In summary: Daenerys, if you’re looking for dragons, look no further than this Game Of Thrones prequel.READ MORE:. Here's What Those Game Of Thrones Prequel Rumours May Mean Game Of Thrones' Joe Dempsie Has A Convincing Theory About One Of The Show's Unanswered Questions Game Of Thrones Author Reveals His Least Favourite Scene From The Show – And It's Not From The Finale
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First look at Game of Thrones spin-off House of Dragon as start date confirmed
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Muscle review – banter, biceps and brutally black comedy
Craig Fairbrass stars in this laudably gruelling descent into a macho underworld of dumbbells and sexual debaucheryGerard Johnson, writer-director of the serial-killer flick Tony and the corrupt-cop thriller Hyena, both set in London, travels 300 miles north to continue his run of blackly comic dramas. Muscle takes place in Newcastle (not that you’d know it from the cockney accents), where Simon (Cavan Clerkin) has a soul-crushing sales job and a moribund relationship. Can his tough new personal trainer Terry (Craig Fairbrass) guide him towards a healthier, more hopeful outlook?Not likely. Every depressing detail, from Simon’s ill-fitting work shirts to the concrete car parks he walks past on his commute, underline what a colourless existence this is. At first, the choice to shoot in black and white seems unnecessary – until Terry embeds himself further, moving into Simon’s spare room and using the house to host extremely grim sex parties. At this point, the absence of realistic flesh tones is revealed as a blessed mercy; the realistic flesh-slapping sounds are horror enough. Continue reading...
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UK gambling laws review to consider ban on sports sponsorship
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Allegations of Islamophobia in the Labour party go far beyond one party donor | Owen Jones
The party has launched an investigation into David Abrahams, but more needs to be done to earn the trust of British MuslimsNearly a decade ago, the Tory baroness Sayeeda Warsi declared that bigotry towards Muslims has “passed the dinner-table test”. This isn’t to say that other forms of racism and bigotry aren’t rampant, or indeed hardwired into British society and its institutions – such as the disproportionate levels of poverty or police harassment endured by black Britons. What it does mean is that people in this country can say virtually anything about Muslims – including those with power, social cachet and influence – without consequence.One study from the Muslim Council of Britain finds that most newspaper coverage of British Muslims is negative, including 78% of stories in the Mail on Sunday. Rod Liddle, columnist at The Spectator, can write columns arguing “there is not nearly enough Islamophobia within the Tory party” and for elections to be held when Muslims cannot vote, and have his journalistic career remain intact. Boris Johnson, a former Spectator editor, can pen a screed comparing veiled Muslims to “letterboxes”, triggering a 375% surge in Islamophobic incidents, and still become prime minister. Half of Conservative party members can express the belief that Islam – a religion observed by 2.5 million Britons – is “a threat to the British way of life”, and no general outrage is triggered. Continue reading...
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