Inside Politics: UK applies to join pan-Pacific trade bloc

Trade secretary Liz Truss says British businesses must seize the ‘opportunity’ to boost exports to other side of the world, writes Adam Forrest


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Amazon opens first checkout-free grocery store in the UK today
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Manchester Pride ticket prices as LGBTQ+ festival returns in 2021
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Ian St John memories, Michèle Mouton and Stephen Hendry's return | Classic YouTube
This week’s roundup also features an on-board trip around Le Mans in 1956 and Shaquille O’Neal taking a nap1) Ian St John died this week at the age of 82. It was the Saint’s extra-time header against Leeds at Wembley that won Liverpool their first FA Cup in 1965. Signed in 1961, and in partnership with Roger Hunt, he was the star forward of Bill Shankly’s team which established the club as one of English football’s best, as seen here in a TV tribute to his old mentor broadcast in 1981. After spells managing Motherwell and Portsmouth, Saint moved into a TV career. Here he is crossing the Merseyside divide to attend Everton training before the 1984 FA Cup final. It was as co-presenter as Saint and Greavsie that he made his fame. Here the pair are joined by Bobby Robson, Alex Ferguson and future Sky News man Jeremy Thompson to preview an elaborate-looking draw for the 1986 World Cup. Saint was joined by a very different-looking Greavsie for one memorable segment of the show. Here’s a couple of full episodes from 25 March 1989 and 5 January 1991 with lots of clips here. And who can forget the 1992 Rumbelows Cup quarter-final draw, where Saint allowed one Donald Trump to fill in?2) Can you resist this piece of backheeled genius from Notts County’s Elisha Sam? Continue reading...
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Jack Nowell and Courtney Lawes in fitness race against time for Lions selection
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Owen Hargreaves questions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics after Crystal Palace draw
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Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs welcome Kieron Pollard ‘to the club’ after West Indies captain hits six sixes in an over
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The Latest: Sri Lanka approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine
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Iorram (Boat Song) review – swims with the ghosts of Scottish fishermen past
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Friends by Robin Dunbar review – why it pays to be sociable
Is it possible to have more than five very close friends? A miscellany of modern research reveals the life-saving power of our relationships“There is nothing to which nature seems so much to have inclined us, as to society,” wrote Montaigne in “Of Friendship”, an essay celebrating and mourning his BFF, Etienne de La Boétie. According to research cited by the evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar, however, men are much less likely to have a “best friend forever” than women, who are more socially skilled in general. This finding might have surprised Montaigne, who supposed women lacked the “constancy of mind” even to be adequate friends to their husbands.Dunbar belongs in the rarefied ranks, along with Avogadro and Euler, of those who have had a number named after them. His own is 150, which represents a rough cognitive limit to the number of people we can have a stable social relationship with, and so is more or less the natural human group size. In this pleasantly chatty book, a miscellany of modern research on sociableness, he rehearses this argument and his other famous idea – that language evolved so that gossip could replace time-consuming mutual grooming – as well as citing lots of other social-science experiments. Some, to be sure, will not amaze anyone who is not a literal extraterrestrial: “We gain a surprising amount of information from the nonverbal cues that we wrap around our words when we speak,” for example, though it’s not surprising at all. Others are more interesting: the fact, for example, that people who sing together in choirs subsequently enjoy an increased pain threshold, or that conversations involving more than four people are unstable and will usually split into two. Continue reading...
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Variation is the stuff of life. So why can it make us uncomfortable? | Lisa Feldman Barrett
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Kieron Pollard: West Indies captain hits SIX sixes in one over during T20 win against Sri Lanka
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EU tears itself apart: France and Germany attack EU rebels as SIX states disobey Brussels
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BBC Apologises After Interviewing Man Pretending To Be US Senator
The BBC issued a correction and apology over the weekend after interviewing a man who claimed to be US senator Cory Booker on Friday but was only pretending to be the New Jersey Democrat.The broadcaster said in a statement on its website that the impersonator had apparently engaged in a “deliberate hoax.” The BBC said it had apologised to Booker and was investigating what went wrong to ensure it didn’t happen again.The interview aired on the BBC’s “Newshour” radio program only once, and did not appear elsewhere, the statement said. An on-air apology was also issued Monday.The discussion appeared to be about the Biden administration’s decision not to sanction Saudi Arabia after a recently declassified intelligence report implicated the country’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.A number of listeners picked up on the inconsistency at the time of the interview, voicing their concerns on Twitter. “I’m not sure who the BBC World Service just interviewed on Newshour about US relations with Saudi Arabia, but it definitely wasn’t Senator Cory Booker…” one user tweeted.“@CoryBooker did you do an interview today with the BBC discussing the Khashoggi killing? Someone sounding nothing like you and without your speech pattern was claiming to be you today,” tweeted another.Booker’s office did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on the incident.While uncommon, national news shows have been duped by pranksters before. Last December, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo believed she was interviewing the CEO of pork industry giant Smithfield Foods when it was actually an animal rights activist.Related...Opinion: The BBC Isn’t Anti-Semitic. But It Must Realise Jews Do ‘Count’Laura Kuenssberg Captures UK's Mood With Hot Mic Dig About Boris JohnsonBBC Speaks Out In Defence Of Pooch Perfect Following Complaints From Viewers
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Furious Queen finally loses patience with Prince Harry - 'Reached a tipping point'
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Conor McGregor called out for $1m cross-promotional challenge by rival
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Rejoiner plot: Europhiles unveil 2021 election bid to reverse Brexit - 'It's not working!'
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Mariah Carey’s brother ‘sues her over violent childhood claims made in 2020 memoir’
Mariah opened up about her past in her book.
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Susanna Reid hits back at Good Morning Britain guest who declares Piers Morgan ‘biggest troll against Meghan Markle’
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Mikel Arteta unhappy as Europa League switch hands Tottenham derby advantage
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