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Security minister criticises French claim it’s too ‘difficult’ to patrol long coastline for refugee boats
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Woman, 22, 'broken' after being trapped in cellar and raped in horrific six-hour ordeal
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Storm Arwen: two people killed after winds of almost 100mph hit UK
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Sheridan Smith has ‘backstage row’ after growing ‘upset’ while filming latest episode of Jonathan Ross Show
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Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale throws down gauntlet to Cristiano Ronaldo amid Man Utd chaos
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'My husband doesn't like being a dad - he wants to see the kids once a month'
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Seesaw by Timothy Ogene review – adventures in cultural expectations
This satire on stereotyping explores US academia through the eyes of a visiting Nigerian scholarTimothy Ogene’s Seesaw is a refreshing look at aspects of American culture and politics through the eyes of a Nigerian scholar visiting Boston. The writing fellowship he takes up at William Blake College – not the poet, but a 17th-century merchant “whose other ventures in human cargo are well documented” – is for emerging writers, particularly international ones. It’s a chance for Frank Jasper to travel, to network, to write a second novel and to really kickstart his career. At the moment he works nine to five in a government post office in Port Jumbo, a fictional oil city in south-eastern Nigeria modelled on Port Harcourt. Some of the best descriptive passages in the book show the rundown sections of the city, contrasted with the opulent quarters where expatriates and rich Nigerians live. Jasper’s first novel, The Day They Came for Dan, had only a 50-copy run and is described by him as “poorly edited and lacking in punctuation and filled with typos”. But luckily for Jasper, the book fell into the hands of a visiting American woman, a former Fulbright fellow; it is she who suggests the fellowship to Jasper.This is an opportunity most young writers from a developing country would die for, but Jasper doesn’t go to Boston willingly. He describes himself as a “recovering writer”, after the underwhelming performance of his first book. Once in Boston, he refuses to write or participate in obligatory fellowship activities. He spends most of his time making fun of his co‑participants, particularly those from the global south: for the “ethnic” clothes they wear, or their accents, or their mindless spouting of academic jargon in an attempt to appear impressive. Continue reading...
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‘They’re enjoying themselves a bit too much!’: the steel band leader getting Stockport dancing
Janice Turley has led the band of visually impaired players for 10 years – for free. The Guardian Angel helps her repair a beloved childhood toyWhen Janice Turley was 39, she was focused on her career as a teacher – perhaps a little too focused. She’d retrained after bringing up her children and was in her second year as a primary school teacher in Hulme, Manchester. Often she’d put in 70-hour weeks. One of the school governors said she needed a night off.The governor took Turley to see a steel band at a local school. It was taught by British-Trinidadian musician Arthur Culpeper, one of the pioneers of steel band music in the UK. The room was big and draughty, but the atmosphere was brilliant. “There was a chattery buzz,” says Turley. Learning to play steel pan was addictive. Culpeper was gentle and patient with newcomers. “Arthur stuck me on the bass,” Turley remembers, “I never looked back.” Continue reading...
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Top 10 British cottages for a cosy winter break
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In the 1950s, rather than integrate some public schools, Virginia closed them
The state’s policy of ‘Massive Resistance’ exemplifies the incendiary combination of race and education in the USNot long after Patricia Turner and a handful of Black students desegregated Norview junior high school in Norfolk, Virginia, she realized a big difference between her new white school and her former Black school. That February of 1959, she didn’t have to wear a coat in class to stay warm, because Norview was heated.She hadn’t noticed the difference earlier because of the steady volley of racism directed at her, Turner said. A teacher put her papers in a separate box and returned them wearing rubber gloves. (He later wrote her an apology letter.) And her fellow students spat on her.A crowd gathers for an NAACP rally in May 1961 at the Prince Edward county courthouse in Farmville, Virginia, marking the seventh anniversary of the supreme court’s school desegregation ruling. Continue reading...
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Strictly's Dan Walker dealt devastating blow by Janette Manrara ahead of notorious Rumba
Strictly's Dan Walker is dancing the notoriously difficult Rumba on Saturday - and It Takes Two host Janette Manrara may have dashed his hopes of staying another week as she revealed the routine is all but cursed
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved wrong about Guardiola by Man City stars who Raheem Sterling can copy
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Ex-Trump adviser Steve Cortes is out of right-wing channel Newsmax for refusing to take vaccine, report says
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Russia produces deadly 'unstoppable' 6,670mph Zircon hypersonic war missile
It has been identified by Moscow’s state-controlled TV as Vladimir Putin’s weapon of choice to wipe out American cities in the event of an atomic conflict and follows successful tests
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Storm Arwen hits Greater Manchester covering back gardens, roads and beauty spots in snow
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Omicron variant unlikely to reboot Covid in UK, expert says
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Moment children cower behind their parents as thugs batter each other with MANNEQUINS
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Seth Rogen labelled ‘privileged’ after defending Los Angeles in crime discussion on Twitter
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Ralf Rangnick to 'have a say' in who gets Man Utd manager's job permanently
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Voices: Our Brexit deal is the reason the migrant crisis is out of control
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Met Office weather warning: Major snow alert as whole of UK facing storm disruption
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Thomas Wells death: Former X Factor and The Voice USA contestant dies in tragic workplace accident, aged 46
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Matthew Macfadyen says wife Keeley Hawes’ Bodyguard sex scenes with Richard Madden hit ‘little bit’ of a nerve
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Boris Johnson’s tree planting strategy ‘in flames’, as UK spends six times more on wood burning power station
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