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Hunt for the Cocktail Crook: 'Professional burglar' hits dozens of city centre bars and pubs
Landlords believe the same thief - often wearing a head torch and with a cigarette hanging from his mouth - is behind a string of brazen break-ins
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Essex church hides 1,000 baby Jesus rocks 'to bring joy'
Earls Hall Baptist Church in Essex are encouraging those that find them to post on social media.
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YouTuber Tana Mongeau sets record straight on Noah Cyrus dating rumours
Well there you have it - no tea.
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Philippines earthquake: Powerful 6.9-magnitude quake strikes near Davao city
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.9-magnitude has struck the Philippines near the city of Davao, sending people fleeing in panic from homes and shops and raising fears of extensive damage.
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Unions colluded in the fiction that Corbyn’s plan was going to win power | Will Hutton
If the party is going to survive it must pursue a broad coalition, not a socialist utopiaSo, although more than 17 million people voted for parties that wanted a second referendum compared with fewer than 15 million who did not, on 31 January Britain will leave the EU on Boris Johnson’s terrible deal. What he presents as an irrefutable, unarguable validation of Brexit is in truth a democratic travesty. When Brexit goes wrong, as it will, there will be a reckoning – if a sufficiently viable opposition exists to force it.Tactical voting had some successes, but so precipitate was the drop in the Labour vote and so resilient the Tory one that it was overwhelmed. Looking back, it is obvious that the Labour party should have joined the Remain alliance to avoid splitting the Remain vote, and its point-blank refusal to do so should not have been accepted so tamely. Continue reading...
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‘The spotlight can scare the shit out of me’: Stormzy speaks out
As he releases his second album, the all-conquering grime star talks about living in the public eye, a new politics of hope – and why it nearly all went wrong at Glastonbury this summerLadies and gentlemen please make way for the man of 2019, barrelling into his lovely kitchen-lounge in a blue dressing gown and tracky bottoms. “Sorry, sorry!” says Stormzy, enveloping me in a hug. “Sorry.” His apologies are because he’s a bit late – he had a headache, “even though I went bed early” – and also because I’ve just heard him bawl out a man who came to his front door. Stormzy had thought it was a food delivery and so buzzed the gate to let him in. But the man wasn’t delivering food. “He was looking for money,” says Stormzy. “So send me an email, you get me? I get it’s a charity, but this is my home. I’m Michael here, not Stormzy!”We’re sitting on an L-shaped sofa, opposite an enormous TV. Michael Omari Jr, aka Stormzy, who is jolly despite his buzzing head, goes to feed his dog, a huge Rottweiler lounging by the front door. Time for me to have a nosey around. Stormzy’s house is open plan, bright and modern, with what at first glance looks like an awful lot of ornaments but turns out to be awards: 29 of them, on various living-room shelves, including several Mobos. There’s also his 2019 Time cover, framed and waiting to be hung up, and in his downstairs loo a double platinum disc for his first album, Gang Signs & Prayers. The place is neat, but not a show home. There are clothes on the ironing board, bottles of Coke on the surfaces.Floor-to-ceiling glass doors look out over a grey sky, a small square of grass, a free-standing boxing bag and what looks like a glass-fronted studio. It’s actually a glamma-kennel, for the dog. Continue reading...
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The day Stormzy came to work | Eva Wiseman
The music superstar and guest editor caused a sensation when he arrived for his shift at the Observer offices – and he still had time to squeeze in fish and chipsThe Observer offices are tucked securely behind the earlobe of the Guardian building. It’s a comfortable collection of tea cups and computers, with books piled precariously next to the odd well-intentioned plant. It’s not unusual for famous people to come into the office, whether to be photographed or interviewed, but it is unusual for staff to bother looking up from their screens. I mean, I don’t want to boast, but I have taken the lift with models. Politicians stalk the corridors. There was a memorable afternoon when someone’s neighbour wanted to learn about sub-editing, and after many hours of her studiously practising InDesign behind us, we realised it was PJ Harvey. Celebrity guest editors have come and gone, sometimes shyly, sometimes with an entourage the size of Europe, but in my many years sitting in this chair I’ve never seen the air change the way it did when Stormzy visited.We picked him up from reception, 100ft tall in his black Ugg slippers, and his first request was to see the canteen (“I love school dinners!”) where, as he waited for his fish, chips, beans and chicken slice to be plated up, the room filled with people, all suddenly excited for lunch at quarter to 12. Somebody gasped as they passed him on the stairs and someone else stifled a scream. He brought his fish and chips up to the editor’s desk, where it quickly became clear we were going to have to keep the door closed to prevent strangers fainting. Continue reading...
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Try a traditional Sunday roast with a twist this winter - and it's still got all the trimmings
Turkish restaurant House of Kai pays homage to ancient flavours with the chef's secret speciality gravy and marinade
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Andreas Pereira explains why he rejected offers to leave Manchester United
Man Utd player Andreas Pereira has spoken about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's impact on his career ahead of the Everton fixture in the Premier League.
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Favourable run of games which could shape Man Utd's season - starting with Everton
Man Utd have come into form at the right time after impressive wins over Tottenham and Man City have set them up for a potentially fruitful run of matches over the Christmas period
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Arsenal vs Manchester City odds: Best bets for all Sunday's Premier League games
Expert betting tips for Emirates showdown plus Manchester United vs Everton and Tottenham at Wolves
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Britain’s new political landscape
Politics professor Rob Ford crunched the numbers with a team of experts to produce the devastatingly accurate exit poll. Here, he details how the 10pm figures foretold a night of horror for LabourThe exit poll stunned us all again. In 2017 it raised the curtain on a night of humiliation for Theresa May and the Conservatives and triumph for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. This time the roles were reversed. Boris Johnson succeeded where May failed, mobilising Leave voters’ frustration at Brexit deadlock to secure the largest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher’s third victory in 1987, and the largest share of the vote (44%) won by any party since Thatcher’s first win in 1979. Corbyn secured a “glorious defeat” in the summer of 2017, when a surge in Labour support saw the party advance in defiance of expectations of disaster.The defeat this time was not glorious. Labour fell everywhere, but the party collapsed in its northern and Midlands heartlands where voters have returned Labour MPs for generations. The “red wall” collapsed, and Corbyn’s party was left to pick through the rubble of its worst defeat in more than 80 years. Continue reading...
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Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Sinitta on being ‘friend-zoned’ by mogul as she admits jealousy
She said there is nothing to fight about once you’re in the friend-zone.
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Peter Pan’s dark side emerges with release of original manuscript
JM Barrie’s first draft of the classic story paints the hero as a far less pleasant boyHe’s the boy who never grows up, a lovable rogue who has convinced generations of children that “dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough”. But now a darker side to Peter Pan has been revealed with the publication last week of JM Barrie’s original manuscript, Peter Pan and Wendy.Fans will be able to read the previously unpublished version of the story in Barrie’s own handwriting and see the amendments he made to his manuscript as he was writing it. Continue reading...
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Dagenham stabbing: Man knifed to death in east London home
A 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in east London.
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Pep Guardiola explains why he's not "really concerned" about Man City form
Manchester City have won just two of their last five Premier League fixtures but Pep Guardiola isn't too worried about their performances.
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Lebanon protests: 40 injured as violence flares again in Beirut
Security forces fire tear gas and rubber bullets after Hezbollah supporters target camps of anti-government movement Lebanese security forces have fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters from the centre of Beirut. The violence, which started on Saturday and lasted in the early hours of Sunday, was some of the worst since the demonstrations began two months ago. Continue reading...
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Don’t look to Labour to defend the institutions Johnson seeks to destroy | Nick Cohen
In its current state the party shares too many of the Tories’ worst instinctsA defeat as crushing as the centre-left suffered on Thursday night leaves it at the mercy of its opponents. Of all the necessary mental adjustments, this will be the hardest to make. Related: Johnson ascendant: your general election recap Continue reading...
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Juice WRLD: despair and death for another young rapper | Rebecca Nicholson
Jarad Anthony Higgins joins the club of musicians whose lives ended too soonWhen Jarad Anthony Higgins, better known as the rapper Juice WRLD, died last weekend, he had just turned 21.Every thoughtful piece I read about his life and work expressed despair at the wasted potential of an entire generation of rappers, particularly Soundcloud rappers, who are overdosing or being incarcerated at a rate that suggests far more needs to be done by those profiting from their music. Continue reading...
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How do you bleed a radiator and when should you do it?
Listen to Leona Lewis this winter and keep bleeding, keep keep bleeding.
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London’s Victorian churches deserve a second gothic revival
Many of the fine monuments to London’s golden age lie undervalued and underused. It’s time these brick and stone glories were brought back to lifeThey are London’s lost cathedrals. A few people still worship in them, a few more know of them, but few visit them. Whenever I have dropped by, they have been locked and seem deserted. Yet inside, these are masterpiece monuments of London’s age of confidence and flair, that of high Victorian gothic. They must be revived. Continue reading...
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A victory won by Brexit lies does not make those lies true
How can we believe that a party wedded to deregulation and flirting with Trump’s America will ever govern for ‘one nation’?The Chinese proverb is “be careful what you wish for”. My own adapted version is “be careful what you vote for”. I make no apology for having devoted so many columns to what on Thursday became the lost cause of Remain. The pro-European cause in this country has, alas, suffered from a colossal failure of leadership. The failure to make the case for our EU membership goes back a long way, as does the drip-drip of the vile anti-European campaign in the Murdoch press, and the obvious suspects in other sections of the media.The sequence of events was well brought out in Denis MacShane’s prophetic book Brexit – How Britain Will Leave Europe in 2015. (What lies in store is outlined both in MacShane’s latest volume, Brexiternity, and Sir Ivan Rogers’s recent magisterial lecture at Glasgow University.) As MacShane wrote in 2015: “The referendum on Europe is not on the benefits or cost of EU membership, but a wider protest about economic and social change which appears inside Britain to produce as many losers as winners.” Continue reading...
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Liz Hyder: ‘I feel like I’m in a weird cheese dream’
The author of acclaimed YA book Bearmouth on striking gold in a slate mine – and what you can’t learn from other writers• The Observer critics’ pick of the best children’s and young adult books of 2019Liz Hyder, 42, was born in London and studied drama at Bristol University. While working as a publicist at the BBC, and later as a freelance PR consultant, she wrote six novels, none of which were published. Her seventh, Bearmouth, about a child called Newt who lives and works deep inside a Victorian coalmine, came out in September to glowing reviews and was named “children’s book of the year” by the Times, which described it as “A Christmas Carol for 2019”. Hyder lives with her husband in Ludlow and is completing another novel.What have the past few months been like for you, since the publication of Bearmouth?I feel like I’m in a weird cheese dream – this is Camembert-at-3am-on-New-Year’s-Day levels of weirdness. I pinch myself every day. It’s not often I’m speechless, but I really am dumbfounded, flabbergasted, all those things, by the response. Continue reading...
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Citizen K review – from filthy rich to Kremlin foe
Alex Gibney’s documentary about a Russian oligarch turned Putin critic struggles to penetrate the man’s slick exteriorMore than two hours long, Alex Gibney’s lively documentary is packed with information, context and archive footage of zany, bad-taste TV advertisements that use oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s story to frame Vladimir Putin’s ascent.In Citizen Kane, publishing mogul Charles Foster Kane’s idealism is corrupted by an unquenchable thirst for power. In Citizen K, Russian plutocrat Khodorkovsky’s career trajectory veers in the opposite direction. One of seven oligarchs whose role in the state privatisations of the 1990s helped transform the country’s communism into “gangster capitalism”, as Gibney’s voiceover puts it, Khodorkovsky was complicit in Putin’s rise. Now living in London in exile (he is wanted for murder), he is one of the president’s fiercest and most vocal critics. Continue reading...
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Sports Personality of the Year: our writers on the six contenders
Ben Stokes produced two match-winning innings but Dina Asher-Smith made history and Lewis Hamilton got title No 6Stride by stride, second by second, Dina Asher-Smith had a 2019 for the ages. To win one world athletics medal would have been staggering enough. To become the first Briton to leave with three from the same championships was a monumental statement of intent. Best of all was her 200m gold in 21.88sec, a time so fast it smashed her national record and made her the first British woman to win a global sprint title. Further silvers in the 100m and 4x100m highlighted the potential for more glory at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. No wonder Sebastian Coe has predicted she will be the British poster child of the Games. Incidentally there are 18 track and field athletes among the roll call of Spoty winners – 11 more than the next closest sport, Formula One. Asher-Smith or her team-mate Katarina Johnson‑Thompson would be a worthy addition to the honours board. The danger is that the athletics vote ends up being split. Sean Ingle Continue reading...
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Radio bikes, air hockey and trainers: the best sporting Christmas gift ideas
There are useful and trendy items that could take your fancy as well as the unusual, such as wood carvings of race tracksNothing catches the eye quite like retro styling, as done superbly at Toffs.com. Iconic strips across the decades ensure a standout look eschewing garish modernity, perfectly captured by their Spurs 1967 tracksuit top . Also looking back fondly are the beautiful F1-inspired shirts from Retrogp.com. Their Hesketh T-shirt , as worn by James Hunt, who promoted it in 1974 under the slogan “Go bear-breasted”, is a classic. Continue reading...
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Kyle Sinckler highlights the need for transfer fees for homegrown players | Ugo Monye
Tighthead prop has been with Harlequins since he was 12 but club could lose him in January and not be rewarded for all the good work they have doneIt is that time of the year when speculation starts to swirl over players’ futures. If anyone is going to move from one Premiership club to the next, officially they cannot be approached until January, but inevitably wheels are set in motion and Kyle Sinckler is the player who has got everyone talking at the moment.Sinckler’s situation raises two important questions: is it worth having an England international on a premium contract in your squad and are clubs compensated well enough for doing so? The first question is open to debate; the answer to the second is a resounding no, not least when it gets to the stage that the club – in Sinckler’s case, Harlequins – can seemingly no longer afford them. As a solution, or at least part of one, I would propose transfer fees for homegrown players. Continue reading...
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The history of Santa Claus: is he real, how old is he and where does he live?
Do you believe?
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I thought Big Brother would bring me fame and fortune - instead I ended up sleeping rough
'How am I turning 50 and living in a treehouse?' - Lisa Appleton, 51, shot to fame as part of the Channel 4 show’s first couple - and after a difficult few years which saw her homeless, she is back and ready to launch her own vegan make up range
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Solskjaer explains Manchester United transfer strategy ahead of January window
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about the club's transfer plans ahead of the January transfer window.
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Sports Personality of the Year: Gabby Logan on the runners and riders
It's been an amazing year for British sports, but which stars will win the prestigious silver camera trophies at this year's Sports Personality of the Year Awards? Gabby Logan talks us through the contenders for SPOTY...
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Coronation Street's William Roache on the best Christmas present he's ever had
Corrie's William Roache talks about what’s in store for the Barlow brood on ITV and his own Christmas plans including his tips on How to Live a Long and Happy Life
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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's wedding choir star Mark De-Lisser's Christmas joy
After Royal Wedding and Children In Need album Got It Covered, the vocal coach and musical arranger is on a mission to help lonley people with Meet The Street At Christmas
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Best beauty Christmas crackers to give as gifts or decorate your table with this year
From Caudalie to Molton Brown, these are the brands pulling out all the stops to give you mini treats to put on your Christmas table or give as stocking fillers this year
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Why putting Christmas decorations on your car could cost you thousands
You might think the Rudolph antlers or Santa stickers are cute, but they could make you thousands and thousands of pounds poorer and even void your insurance
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Sian Gibson tested tampons for a living before starring in Peter Kay's Car Share
Car Share's Sian Gibson, 42, on her new role in a TV Cinderella: After Ever After, giggling with Peter Kay, and something terrible that happened on her wedding day
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Suspicious pleased reaction of woman after her husband's disappearance
Margaret Otto was in an unhappy marriage. Her tattooist husband, Dwayne, was struggling with unpaid debts and the strain on their relationship was taking its toll.
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Frankie Morland, 8, wrote climate change song World in Danger which could be Christmas no 1
When Frankie Morland, 8, started singing to music with his dad, he came up with something magical… and that now his song World in Danger could top the charts here are the full lyrics
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Ruth Langsford 'addicted to the orgy of ripping paper off presents' says Eamonn Holmes
TV Presenter Eamonn, who turned 60 this year, talks to The Sunday Mirror's Notebook magazine about cherished Christmas memories in Belfast and becoming the kind of man that buys presents for their dog
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Mary Berry makes touching observation about Prince William's sweet gestures to Kate
The former Great British Bake Off star said it was "lovely observing" the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they filmed A Berry Royal Christmas on the BBC - labelling them a 'pigeon couple'
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Sunday with Little Simz: ‘I want to be inside and cosy’
For the rapper it is all about cleaning, catching up and heading home to her mum’s for dinnerAn early riser? Not really, I’ll sleep until midday no matter what I’ve been doing. I like to lie in - I’ve got no reason to be up early and my weeks get so busy. I’ll give my place a quick tidy and then take a shower. I like the house to be clean before I am.A day out? Or a trip? No thanks, I’m away from home 300 days a year: in Europe, America, Australia, South America and New Zealand. On Sundays in London, I want to be inside and cosy, reading a book or just doing laundry. I definitely want to be somewhere heated. Continue reading...
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Jamie Laing teases Kelvin Fletcher after Strictly Come Dancing success
The Made In Chelsea star couldn't make the dancefloor - the first time in the show’s 17 year history that a celebrity has been forced to pull out before the live shows even started
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Philippines earthquake: Nation rocked by massive magnitude-6.9 earthquake
THE PHILIPPINES has been rocked by a massive magnitude-6.9 earthquake with a depth of 28.2km, according to USGS.
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Swap sparkles for winged eyes and blood lips
Try a thick black eyeliner and dark red lips for an antidote to the festive lookTwinning the winged eye and dark lip, as per Louis Vuitton AW19, is a nonchalant, sparkle-free antidote to a “festive look”. But it requires a level of mastery. The oxblood lips and matte skin (minus comatose finish)? Pah, easy. The winged eye? Different story. The best faff-free route is to pull taut the corner of your eyes, draw a line from the inner corner and work outwards. For mistakes, keep cotton buds dipped in micellar water handy. And remember – a longer thicker line plus jet black ink equals dramatic wing. Go big or don’t bother.1. Burberry Matte Glow Foundation £40, feelunique.com 2. Smashbox Photo Finish Fresh Setting Powder £29.50, johnlewis.co.uk 3. Huda Beauty Life Liner £22, cultbeauty.co.uk 4. Fenty Pro Filt’r Primer £26, boots.com 5. Chanel Exclusive Creation Rouge Allure in Rouge Noble £35, chanel.com Continue reading...
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The Observer view on where Britain goes after the general election result | Observer editorial
Corbyn was not the leader to address Labour’s decline. It can’t make the same mistake againThis is the most decisive election result for over a decade. Boris Johnson asked the country for a mandate to “get Brexit done”, and last Thursday voters delivered him an overwhelming majority. The result settles once and for all the vexed question of when and whether we will leave the European Union: Britain’s formal exit will happen at the end of next month. But the conclusiveness of the result should not obscure the massive uncertainty that hangs over our future: over what type of Brexit we choose once we have left, a decision that will have huge implications for our economic wellbeing and the integrity of the union.This is the largest Conservative majority the country has seen since 1987, delivered on the biggest share of the vote won by any party since Margaret Thatcher’s first victory in 1979. For Labour, this defeat is its fourth in a row, producing the smallest cohort of MPs the party has seen since 1935. Britain’s electoral map has been upended as the Conservatives have swept to victory with a raft of seats in the north and the Midlands that were not so long ago seen as impregnable Labour strongholds. Continue reading...
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When is the shortest day of the year in 2019?
Less than eight hours of daylight in one day.
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