Dina Asher-Smith completes back-to-back 60m sprint victories

Briton finished in 7.12 seconds in just her second competitive race since 2019 


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'I was worried Lindsay, Paris or Britney would die': why the 00s were so toxic for women
Body shaming, media harassment, relentless cruelty – it’s time to reassess the decade that feminism forgotI went to university in 2007. On my first day, every fresher had their photo taken; the pictures were pinned to a bulletin board in my halls. That evening, older male students scrawled on the photographs of the girls, rating our attractiveness. No one got in trouble. Later, the same men published a gossip magazine that Photoshopped images of female students on to porn stars, dissected our sex lives and made rape jokes. The magazine was printed using university funds. No one got kicked out. None of this seemed particularly objectionable to me, an 18-year-old girl. This was just the way things were. Internalised misogyny ran deep in the 2000s. Hell, I was just happy I got a high score on my photograph. Related: The Guide: Staying In – sign up for our home entertainment tips Continue reading...
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Berlin film festival 2021 roundup: the most impressive selection in years
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A Bullingdon in reverse: how working-class student club is taking on elitism
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Plastic-free bathroom treats you can easily recycle
Since we’re all pumping our way through it by the gallon, I was delighted to discover hand washes sold in fizzy drink-style cansBritish people are mostly onboard with kitchen recycling, but we’re less diligent in the bathroom, where, depressingly, about half our packaging gets chucked straight into the bin to end its days in landfill. Today, there are myriad more eco-responsible shampoos, conditioners, bath and shower gels – from luxury brands such as Aveda, Biolage and Davines to supermarket favourites such as Elvive and Garnier. The problem is that consumers, confused about labelling and correct recycling practices, panic-dispose.Which is why I applaud top hairdresser George Northwood for launching his Undone haircare products in aluminium canisters. It’s an ideal material for the bathroom because, as well as being infinitely recyclable, aluminium is instantly identifiable as such: its opaque, silvery appearance sets it apart from the mishmash of bad, better and best plastics in the shower. (We instinctively know what to do with a baked bean tin, for example, so never dither.) Northwood’s lightweight containers look great, but crucially, the product inside is something I’ll use enthusiastically. Continue reading...
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'A symbolic moment': Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview marks turning point
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NHS body in England urges minority ethnic people to fill out census
Completing survey is vital to ensure access to health and care services, says Race and Health ObservatoryAn independent NHS body is urging black and minority ethnic communities to complete this year’s national census survey to help capture a more accurate picture of the overall health condition of households across England.The independent NHS Race and Health Observatory has called on minority ethnic communities to complete the online survey sent by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) by Sunday 21 March, or shortly after. Continue reading...
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Kieran Trippier returns for Atlético for Madrid derby with everything riding on it | Sid Lowe
The full-back is back after his 10-week ban and walks straight into a Madrid derby at the top of La Liga that neither side dares to lose“Totally unfair” Diego Simeone called it, but it’s over now.When the Football Association handed Kieran Trippier a 10-week ban for breaking its betting regulations, Atlético Madrid’s manager asked why it should be his club that paid and how the institution passing judgment could be the same one “benefiting” from it, claims of injustice crystallising around the timing: the England defender would miss 12 Atlético games, including their first Champions League meeting with English opponents Chelsea, and conveniently return just in time for the next international break. Continue reading...
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'So much trauma': Mozambique conflict sparks mental health crisis
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Eco-homes become hot property in UK's zero-carbon ‘paradigm shift’
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From Pfizer to Moderna: who's making billions from Covid vaccines?
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Kelly Macdonald: ‘I’m beyond sex scenes now. I just play detectives’
She shot to fame in Trainspotting, and has starred in Gosford Park, Boardwalk Empire and even as a Disney princess. So why did the Scottish actor panic about her new role in Line Of Duty?Kelly Macdonald’s roles are typically quiet, fraught with internal conflict and entailing journeys that are more reflective than active. As a grieving mother in The Child In Time, a gangster’s wife in Boardwalk Empire and the titular role in The Girl In The Cafe, the 45-year-old has, over the last 25 years, become known for the kind of thoughtful performances signified by the image of a woman staring out of a window. All of which makes our encounter today doubly surprising; that Macdonald, appearing via Zoom from her home in Glasgow, is here to talk about Line Of Duty, possibly the least reflective TV show ever made. And that she is a complete hoot.Her role in Line Of Duty has, over the course of the show’s six seasons, become a coveted one in British telly – that of the guest star brought on as a no-good cop to be investigated by AC-12, the show’s now iconic anti-corruption unit. (Previous incumbents in the just-how-bent-is-she role include Keeley Hawes and Thandie Newton.) Line Of Duty’s twists are legendary, and the embargos fierce, and, following the rollercoaster of season five – in which we grappled, briefly, with the possibility that Supt Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) himself was bent – we meet Macdonald in season six as DCI Jo Davidson, getting stuck into a case. And that is pretty much all, ahead of transmission, the BBC will permit either of us to reveal, which makes Macdonald crack up every time she thinks of it. “It’s hilarious that they sent me a list of things I’m not to talk about, when I can’t remember any of it.” Continue reading...
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New heights: the minority ethnic hiking clubs opening up rural Britain
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Meghan Markle’s Former Suits Co-Star Slams Royal Family’s ‘Obscene’ Treatment Of Her Ahead Of Oprah Interview
A former co-star of Meghan Markle has spoken out to defend her ahead of her and Prince Harry’s TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.Patrick J. Adams, who starred alongside Meghan in the US series Suits, posted a lengthy Twitter thread on Friday evening, in which he slammed the Royal Family for their “obscene” treatment of her.The actor, who played Meghan’s love interest on the legal drama until she quit the show in 2018, went on to accuse the royals of being “bankrupt of decency”.“Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits,” the 39-year-old tweeted. “From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.”Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits. From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021He went on to say that Meghan “has always been a powerful woman with a deep sense of morality and a fierce work ethic and has never been afraid to speak up, be heard and defend herself and those she holds dear.”“It sickened me to read the endless racist, slanderous, clickbaiting vitriol spewed in her direction from all manner of media across the UK and the world but I also knew that Meghan was stronger than people realized or understood and they would regret underestimating her,” he continued.“And then they welcomed Archie. And on any sort of decent planet that would be a time to stop sharpening the knives and let these two people enjoy the magical early months and years of starting a family. But we don’t live on that planet and instead the hunt continued.”She has always been a powerful woman with a deep sense of morality and a fierce work ethic and has never been afraid to speak up, be heard and defend herself and those she holds dear. Like the rest of the world, I have watched her navigate the last few years in astonishment.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021It sickened me to read the endless racist, slanderous, clickbaiting vitriol spewed in her direction from all manner of media across the UK and the world but I also knew that Meghan was stronger than people realized or understood and they would regret underestimating her.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021And then they welcomed Archie. And on any sort of decent planet that would be a time to stop sharpening the knives and let these two people enjoy the magical early months and years of starting a family. But we don’t live on that planet and instead the hunt continued.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021Several teaser clips of the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex sitting down with Oprah have been released ahead of the US airing of the interview, including one where Meghan accuses the royal family of “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and husband Prince Harry.Patrick also addressed claims of bullying made against Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child. Buckingham Palace said it was launching an investigation into the allegations.“It’s OBSCENE that the Royal Family, who’s newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of ‘bullying’ against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health,” Patrick wrote.It’s OBSCENE that the Royal Family, who’s newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of “bullying” against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021IMO, this newest chapter and it’s timing is just another stunning example of the shamelessness of a institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league.— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) March 5, 2021He added that the latest drama “is just another stunning example of the shamelessness of a institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency.“Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league.”Suits creator Aaron Korsh, also shared his support for Meghan on Twitter Friday, writing, “Meghan Markle is not a monster. She’s a strong woman with a kind heart who’s trying to make her way in an unimaginable situation.”In a lengthy Instagram post shared on Friday, Abigail Spencer, another former Suits co-star, shared a tribute to Meghan.“I’ve learned so much from Meg. The power of a handwritten note. The loveliness of surprise flowers. That she has a perpetual rolodex in her brain of recommendations for the heart, soul, & body,” she wrote. “She’s always been a safe harbor for me, someone I can fall apart in front of... and with. And I have.”READ MORE:How To Watch Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey Interview In The UK'It Wasn't My Choice To Make': Meghan Markle Claims She Had To Turn Down Previous Oprah InterviewBen Fogle Expertly Shuts Down Piers Morgan's Meghan Markle Question On Good Morning Britain
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