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Labour conference: Corbyn says he will serve full term as key aide quits - live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including events from the Labour conference in Brighton 9.41am BST Q: Why do you want to abolish Ofsted?Corbyn says inspections are causing too much stresss. 9.40am BST Q: If you become PM, will you fly less than normal PMs?Corbyn says he flies as little as he can. He will take trains as often as he can. Continue reading...
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England’s Rugby World Cup campaign hinges on learning from mistakes of 2015
They will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the debacle of four years ago. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Anorexia: why embarrassment still stops so many men from getting help
The testimony of celebrities has helped raise awareness of eating disorders in males. But 90% still suffer in silenceDaniel Magson’s worst moment came as a 21-year-old university student. “I found myself making myself sick in the bathroom,” he says. “My throat was bleeding and I was nearly passing out from the pain.“I can vividly remember lying on the bathroom floor, praying and thinking, ‘kill me’. I didn’t believe that there was a way out and I was totally OK with that.” Continue reading...
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Stopping Manu Tuilagi is like standing on a pedestrian crossing trying to stop a car, claims Andy Goode
'Just close your eyes and hope they pass to someone else' News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Sicilians dare to believe: the mafia’s cruel reign is over
As the Cosa Nostra is finally brought to its knees, our reporter recalls his childhood in Palermo when the mob families felt free to murder at willI remember the day as if it was yesterday – 23 May 1992, the day that changed Sicilians’ lives for ever. I remember my mother’s tears as she sat glued to the TV, watching what looked like an earthquake. Cars buried in rubble, streets ripped open, dozens of photographers and police officers on the scene of what in my mind could only have been a natural disaster.I quickly realised that wasn’t the case – that a terrible murder had been committed. The white Fiat Croma buried in the dirt was carrying Cosa Nostra’s number one enemy, the anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone. Mafia bosses had placed 300kg of explosives under the motorway between the airport and Palermo. As the convoy of cars surrounding the Fiat got closer, the bomb was detonated, killing Falcone, his wife and three members of his police escort. Continue reading...
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Corbyn moves to dispel rumours he is about to quit with insistence he will serve full term if elected prime minister
Jeremy Corbyn has moved to dispel rumours he is considering standing down as Labour leader, telling BBC1's Andrew Marr Show that "of course" he will serve a full term as prime minister if the party wins the coming general election.
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The Archers catch-up: Linda saves the day, Tracy reaches new levels of hilarious, Eddie’s trying to get his own son fired News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Cameron warns Johnson breaking the law is 'not a good idea' ahead of crucial Supreme Court ruling
David Cameron has warned Boris Johnson that breaking the law is "not a good idea" ahead of a critical ruling from the Supreme Court on the suspension of parliament.
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Students get used to the rigours of academic life with 16-pub crawl through Leeds
Starting from 3pm yesterday hundreds of University of Leeds students and locals took to the streets to take part in the longest pub crawl in the West Yorkshire city, the 16-pub Otley Run.
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Kelvin Fletcher cosies up to wife in bed for topless selfie after glorious Strictly Come Dancing debut
No doubt he had a great night’s sleep. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
NHS bed shortages cause late cancellation of cancer surgeries
Trust apologises after patient is sent home twice when ready for surgeryOne of the NHS’s biggest hospital trusts has apologised to a 78-year-old man after it had to cancel his cancer surgery twice in a month because of a lack of beds. On both occasions the patient, who has liver cancer, waited in the hospital for six hours and was ready to go into the operating theatre to have his tumour removed when he was sent home.Staff at Leicester general hospital explained to him that there was no high-dependency bed for him if he experienced complications during the surgery. Continue reading...
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Woman turns her grandmother's former room into her 'little haven' and it cost less than £230
Tracey Davies, from Worcester, refurbished her grandmother's room for less than £230 using recycled items, new wallpaper, a few new pieces of furniture and a lot of elbow grease.
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Crashes and road closures after heavy rain and thunderstorms - live updates
Storms and torrential rain battered the region this morning with the Met Office warning of more to come later
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Child stabbed to death after argument in skate park
The boy, 15, was murdered during a row with another boy, police said. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Which roads in London are closed for Car Free Day and how long are they closed for?
No cars beeping and no road-ragers bleeping. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Vegan college menus on the rise as students return to university
Record numbers of college canteens are going meat-freeUniversity campuses across the country are cutting meat from their canteen and cafe menus under pressure from growing numbers of vegan students and staff.This year, more university cafeterias than ever are being replaced by exclusively vegan and vegetarian canteens, according to the university caterers’ organisation Tuco, while vegan organisations are reporting big increases in the numbers of activists pushing for meat-free food on campus. Continue reading...
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NFL Week 3 marks dawn of new era as young quarterbacks look to shine
Mirror NFL columnist JASON BELL explains why week 3 marks a historic shift at quarterback and looks at Chiefs-Ravens and Saints-Seahawks match-ups
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Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood 'poised to quit in money row' after Stacey Dooley jibes
Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood is due to sign a new contract at the end of this series but a new report suggests he's unlikely to return
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Labour set to scrap Ofsted in major shake-up to schools watchdog
The party would replace it with a a two-phase inspection system
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Meet Jake the crisp-eating jackdaw who thinks his owners are his parents
A-daw-able bird Jake the jackdaw thinks Jaime and Adrian Lee are his parents - and even eats from their mouths
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British tourists held ‘hostage’ by hotels fearing Thomas Cook will go bust
People on holiday with Thomas Cook in Tunisia say they have been held inside hotels by armed guards as the company struggles to plug a £200 million hole in its finances. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Fans pelt octagon with trash after eye poke ends Yair Rodriguez vs Jeremy Stephens at UFC Mexico
The highly-anticipated clash was the main event but was called off after just 15 seconds of the first round
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Great British Bake Off's Alice Fevronia and Henry Bird 'are now dating'
According to The Sun , the pair have been on a number of dates after meeting on this year's series of the hit baking show.
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Great British Bake Off’s Alice and Henry ‘secretly dating after bonding in competition’
It's like Romeo and Juliet but with bread loaves! News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Kanye West is bringing his Sunday Service to Wyoming amid plans to move Kim Kardashian and kids to state
Soon, every state will get to experience his Sunday Service. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth: ‘We have turned a corner finally’
With the Green Carpet Fashion Awards opening in Milan, the eco pioneer explains why the once-unfashionable concept is a winnerEthical fashion used to be unfashionable. When Livia Firth launched her consultancy, Eco-Age, a decade ago, she says, “it was something no one was talking about”. During the current round of fashion shows – from Extinction Rebellion’s protests to dresses made from recycled plastic bottles – people have talked about little else.In the last two months, says Firth, “we have turned a corner finally. It is a beautiful moment, but it is also very dangerous. Fast fashion is the first offender in sustainability and there is greenwashing at a level there has never been before”. Continue reading...
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Who went through on week four of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?
We now have eight finalists. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Harry and Meghan take baby Archie on first royal tour
Baby Archie will become one of the youngest Royals to take part in an official visit. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Friends celebrates 25th anniversary but how well do you know the iconic series?
Take our quiz to find out. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
EastEnders spoilers: Mel Owen takes shocking action in dramatic exit storyline
Mel resorts to extreme measures. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Children in poverty didn’t vote Leave but they are going bear the brunt of Brexit
It is difficult to express how hard it is to live in child poverty - I should know, I grew up in it on a council estate in Birmingham. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
Coronation Street spoilers: Gary murders a private detective?
Another one is in the firing line. News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro
The little chap is in no rush to walk… which is no bad thing | Séamas O’Reilly
We’re happy to put off the end of our son’s babyhood – not least because our home is mined with pitfallsA year ago I wrote about Just You Waits, those parents who answer any comment you make about your current difficulties by saying ‘just you wait’ and referencing some other, greater trial down the road.You’d think writing this was a risky gambit. I was effectively calling out friends, family and acquaintances in a national newspaper column that they all (say they) read. What you’re missing is that the mind is extremely adept at self-delusion and not one of the Just You Waits I was thinking of recognised themselves in that piece. They’d all read it, of course, and most thought it was just priceless. One old work pal texted to say he knew exactly the kind of person I meant, not realising I was literally picturing his own tilted, smirking face while writing the thing. (Later he was telling me not to worry about sleep training, because teething would be the real nightmare.) Continue reading...
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Imaginary friends can help grown-ups, as well as children | Eva Wiseman
They help us confront our fears when we are young, but as we get older we find other imaginary friends to take their placeUntil a year ago we had an invisible lodger in our house named Uncle. My daughter would call him on the phone, elaborate domestic arrangements involving bus routes and placatory hmms – we would prepare for his arrival with tea cups and saucers, the only time such objects found a place in our lives. Uncle was tall and lived in a pink house that was “very thin”, and it was always a schlep for him to visit, and he often got lost. Still, though, he managed to join us on holiday, and to come to our parents’ houses, and to the park, despite his many phobias. Until one day, he was forgotten – any mention to my daughter of her imaginary friend was met with a scrunched sort of embarrassment. For us.It is no tragedy that a child’s imaginary friend dissolves with age. They fade into the pre-school fog when real friends, by which I mean children, by which I mean small people who cry about breakfast and teach each other how to draw hands, take priority. But it is being reported as a tragedy that imaginary friends are dissolving altogether. In 2004, it was estimated that by the age of seven, 65% of children had an imaginary friend. Last month a study of nursery workers revealed that 72% believed children have fewer imaginary friends than they did five years ago, blaming, guess, correct, screens. Screens, those imagination leeches, those glass sponges of boredom and self – there are few things adults fear and lust over in equal measure as much as the phone screen. Perhaps Beyoncé, or bread. Continue reading...
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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of ‘bored’
Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘bored’The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘bored’.Share your photos of what bored means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box. Continue reading...
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How our poet laureate has embraced his new role
Simon Armitage’s output since being made poet laureate is to be lauded, while his musical counterpart prefers to keep a low profilePoet laureate Simon Armitage read out his latest work, Fugitives, on Saturday on a hill above Morecambe Bay. Commissioned by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Parks Act, it is Armitage’s third poem since becoming laureate in May. It follows Finishing It, a poem about cancer research, and Conquistadors, about the 1969 moon landing.Armitage has taken to the post with far greater gusto than his predecessor, Carol Ann Duffy, who, while a fine poet, gave the impression that she hated penning odes in her official capacity. She had to be dragged kicking and screaming to write a few short and not very good lines for the wedding last year of Harry and Meghan. Continue reading...
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Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth review – a traumatic inheritance
Vigdis Hjorth draws on real-life abuse in a novel that caused rifts with her family and sensation in her native NorwayWhen published in Vigdis Hjorth’s native Norway in 2016, Will and Testament became both a bestseller and a literary scandal. The story is narrated by Bergljot, who was sexually abused by her father as a child. Having been long estranged from her parents, and her sisters who sided with them, Bergljot is drawn back into a family argument over inheritance, and specifically who gets a pair of holiday cabins. The real-life media furore stemmed from the fact that Hjorth drew on her own family history, even prompting a rebuttal – in the form of another novel – by her sister Helga Hjorth. But Vigdis Hjorth has also insisted Will and Testament is fiction, and indeed it bears the subtitle “A Novel” on the cover. Continue reading...
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The Cockroach – an extract from Ian McEwan’s Brexit-inspired novella
In the novelist’s satirical reworking of Kafka’s classic story, an insect wakes up to discover to its horror that it has turned into the prime minister…• Bill Nighy reads an extract from The CockroachThat morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature. For a good while he remained on his back (not his favourite posture) and regarded his distant feet, his paucity of limbs, with consternation. A mere four, of course, and quite unmovable. His own little brown legs, for which he was already feeling some nostalgia, would have been waving merrily in the air, however hopelessly. He lay still, determined not to panic. An organ, a slab of slippery meat, lay squat and wet in his mouth – revolting, especially when it moved of its own accord to explore the vast cavern of his mouth and, he noted with muted alarm, slide across an immensity of teeth. He stared along the length of his body. His colouring, from shoulders to ankles, was a pale blue, with darker blue piping around his neck and wrists, and white buttons in a vertical line right down his unsegmented thorax. The light breeze that blew intermittently across it, bearing a not unattractive odour of decomposing food and grain alcohol, he accepted as his breath. His vision was unhelpfully narrowed – oh for a compound eye – and everything he saw was oppressively colourful. He was beginning to understand that by a grotesque reversal his vulnerable flesh now lay outside his skeleton, which was therefore wholly invisible to him. What a comfort it would have been to catch a glimpse of that homely nacreous brown.All this was worrying enough, but as he came more fully awake he remembered that he was on an important, solitary mission, though for the moment he could not recall what it was. I’m going to be late, he thought, as he attempted to lift from the pillow a head that must have weighed as much as five kilos. This is so unfair, he told himself. I don’t deserve this. His fragmentary dreams had been deep and wild, haunted by raucous, echoing voices in constant dissent. Only now, as this head slumped back, did he begin to see through to the far side of sleep and bring to mind a mosaic of memories, impressions and intentions that scattered as he tried to hold them down. Continue reading...
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Keira Knightley: ‘Iraq was the first time I’d been politically engaged’
In an exclusive interview, the actor talks about her new film Official Secrets, in which she plays Katharine Gun, the whistleblower who tried to stop the Iraq war• Read an interview with the real Katharine GunThe role of Katharine Gun in Official Secrets is played by Keira Knightley. Earlier this summer, a few weeks before her second child was born, Knightley, 34, sat down and talked exclusively to the Observer about why she took the part, and why she felt she believed that the film was coming out at a timely moment.Did you spend much time with Katharine to prepare for the part?Not a huge amount. I had lunch with her, and she came to the set once. I really liked her. Gavin Hood, the director, had said he didn’t want a characterisation of her. I mean, I don’t look anything like her. She has an interesting accent because she was brought up in Taiwan. I really wanted to do that, but Gavin wouldn’t let me. I’m not a journalist, of course, so this was the first time I had asked anyone any questions that they legally could not answer. What is amazing about Katharine is that her point of view is so utterly clear. As far as playing her, that point of view had to come across. This is a story told through her eyes. Continue reading...
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What is it about Britain that has produced such a litany of failed leaders? | Will Hutton
Today’s Tory and Labour politicians lack the will of their predecessors to reach out to others across the social divideBritain faces a crisis of political leadership. Neither the right nor the left of politics is capable of throwing up a figure who can bind their respective coalitions together and sustain parliamentary majorities best to navigate Brexit or Remain and their aftermath.Faith in parliamentary democracy is plummeting; belief in strongman politics is rising; the view that there is an elite, of which the political class is a member, intent only on feathering its own nest and pursuing its own sectarian interests, is widespread. Continue reading...
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What Eric Garcia did for Man City vs Watford that amazed Pep Guardiola
Eric Garcia made his Premier League debut for Manchester City against Watford but he'd already impressed Pep Guardiola before coming on
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Why Liverpool's defeat to Napoli could be blessing in disguise for Jurgen Klopp's side
Defeat to Napoli could prove to refocus and re-energise Liverpool for blockbuster clash against Chelsea
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Best time of day to take a shower if you want to keep your skin really healthy
A beauty and wellbeing brand has revealed the optimal time to take a shower in order to protect skin health
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Burglar 'made victim choose between being raped or having sex with her own son'
Joshua Henderson, 33, allegedly presented the woman with the sickening ultimatum after posing as a construction worker and breaking into her flat
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Richard Partington - Apology and Clarification
An article about Telford Council managing director Richard Partington was originally published on 20 July 2019 with the headline, "Telford council boss won't give evidence at child abuse inquiry". This was incorrect and we apologise to Mr Partington for this error.  The article reported that the managing director of Telford Council, Richard Partington, would not have to testify at the town's sex abuse inquiry because he was no longer an employee. Mr Partington has confirmed that he formally agreed with the Council to give evidence at the Inquiry prior to his departure. He also confirmed that his departure from the Council was not linked to the Inquiry in any way. We are happy to clarify the position.
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'Happy times' - Photo of Heaton Park's old paddling pool sparks fond memories for families
The pool was the highlight of many children's visits to the popular park
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No-deal Brexit will see hard border go up between Ireland and UK, Jean-Claude Juncker says
Jean-Claude Juncker has warned there will have to be controls at the border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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