Ukraine humiliates Putin as 'very limited success' exposed in damning report of losses



VLADIMIR PUTIN'S "very limited success" in Ukraine has been exposed as the Russian Air Force "underperforms", according to the latest British military intelligence report.
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Striking photos capture Manchester hidden gem in the 1960s
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‘Delusional’ Boris Johnson says he wants to stay in power until 2030s
Boris Johnson said he is 'actively' planning a third term - despite Tories plotting to oust him.
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Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen to sing ‘F*** You’ to Supreme Court justices at Glastonbury
Olivia Rodrigo brought out Lily Allen at Glastonbury to sing “F*** You” in response to the Supreme Court after the decision to strike down Roe v Wade.
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Woman who fled Ukraine shocked after being sent £100 tax bill on arrival in UK
Teacher Carolyn Ross, 41, grew up in Swansea but had been working as an art teacher in Kyiv, and described getting the £100 tax bill as a 'kick in the teeth'
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Rebels mull new coup attempt as Boris vows to stay into 2030s
Boris Johnson trolled his critics in the wake of two by-election drubbings by making clear he wants to stay in Downing Street until the mid-2030s.
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Man found dead as emergency services scramble to block of flats
Police were called to a concern for the welfare of a man at the property.
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Patients line up in 'never ending' corridors at A&E department in alarming photos
Images show people lined up on gurneys waiting to be seen at Aintree Hospital in Merseyside this week - with a man suffering stroke symptoms allegedly told to join the queue
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Boris Johnson is a sorcerer who has run out of spells, a wizard with a broken wand | Andrew Rawnsley
The Tory leader tried every trick he knew and his party still suffered a double-whammy of byelection defeatsIt is sometimes said that the Conservative party is capable of only two emotions: complacency and panic. At the moment, it exists in both conditions simultaneously. Boris Johnson and his shrivelling band of acolytes responded to a double-whammy of byelection defeats with complacent shrugs. Speaking to journalists yesterday, he claimed to be “actively thinking about the third term”. Whatever he’s been inhaling, it’s not reality. The panic is among the many Tory MPs who are now wetting their beds after their party was pulverised in Tiverton and Honiton, previously a blue bastion, and rejected in Wakefield, one of the red wall prizes they took at the last general election. Tories have long been apprehensive about how they could please both their traditional supporters in the south and their newer voters in northern England. As it turns out, they have infuriated both wings of their 2019 electoral coalition.Labour’s victory in Wakefield is a timely fillip for Sir Keir Starmer that may subdue some of the internal chuntering about the Labour leader’s performance. This time last year, the Tories reckoned their grip on red wall seats was still firm and had evidence to prove it when they inflicted a humiliating defeat on Labour at the Hartlepool byelection. Sir Keir’s leadership went through what one of his friends calls a “near-death experience”. Taking Wakefield secures his position unless Durham police issue him with a fine. The biggest caveat about the result is that the fall in the Tory vote was more than twice as large as the rise in Labour support. This suggests that discontent with the Conservatives was a more powerful factor than enthusiasm for Labour. That ought to prod Sir Keir to start communicating his ambitions for Britain with more confidence and boldness. Continue reading...
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Manchester United are failing to heed Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo warning
Man United find themselves in a similar position to the one Juventus were in last summer before Ronaldo's departure.
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A lively strip, some tucked-away hipster gems and a no-nonsense pub: Our guide to enjoying life in one of Manchester's favourite suburbs
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Manchester's sought-after homes that have been viewed the most times on Rightmove
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Thought all-inclusive couldn't be exclusive? Think again: Inside Tui's chic new resort in Mallorca
Ailbhe MacMahon checks in to the Tui Blue Sensatori Biomar in Sa Coma, and finds that it 'offers everything that travellers love about all-inclusive holidays, but with a twist'.
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Paul McCartney delights fans with Beatles songs during record-breaking Glastonbury set
Paul McCartney delighted fans with songs old and new during his record-breaking Glastonbury set on Saturday evening (25 June).
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Boris unveils energy masterplan to slash bills for millions as UK ditches gas
PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has hinted at plans to issue sweeping market reforms that could significantly bring down energy bills for Britons.
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Glebe House B&B review: Inside Devon's hottest new countryside escape
MailOnline Travel's Lucy Lovell checks into Glebe House in the East Devon AONB and finds a 'fresh take on a British B&B'. And lots of great pork on the menu...
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Dave Grohl appears to reveal Taylor Hawkins tattoo in tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer during surprise Glastonbury performance with Sir Paul McCartney
It was the musician’s first public appearance since Hawkins’ death in March.
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What REALLY goes on at a ski festival: The high-society winter version of Glastonbury
FEMAIL's Lizzie May travelled out to Snowboxx Festival in Avoriaz ski resort in March to discover what the winter sport festival circuit really has to offer.
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Passionflowers you’ll fall madly in love with
These gorgeous summer climbers will transport you to the tropicsWith an estimated 400,000 plant species on Earth, one of the best things about working in horticulture is that there are always, always new things to learn. Even when you have a genus so close to your heart that you think you know it inside out. Thanks to the ingenuity and dedication of breeders quietly working away in the background, sometimes you suddenly discover there are loads of new options that seem to have burst into bloom while your back was turned. One of the most wonderful examples of this is in the world of hardy passionflowers.During my fieldwork for my masters in the high Ecuadorian Andes, I fell hopelessly in love with passionflowers. From the enormous pink pendant blooms of Passiflora mollissima that scrambled up forest trees to attract iridescent hummingbirds that dart about their canopies, to the deliciously tart P edulis that grows in great bowers over seemingly every fruit and veg garden, I adored them all. Continue reading...
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Survivors recount Mali's deadliest attack since coup
Survivors have described how more than 100 people were killed in Mali in an attack by a Jihadi group just as villagers in central region were beginning to enjoy a peace deal signed last year in the West African country
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Princess Diana's favourite DJ, Graham Dene shares his memories of her
To mark what would have been Princess Diana's 61st birthday. Radio presenter Graham Dene, 72, shares his memories of the royal in the 80s after she became a fan of his breakfast show.
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Baggage handler's bleak account of staff at breaking point and cleaners and pilots loading luggage
The bedlam at Britain's airports continued again today as hundreds of passengers crammed inside Manchester's Terminal 2 at around 6am trying to drop off their luggage.
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Paul McCartney ‘duets’ with John Lennon on ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ during Glastonbury set
‘There I am singing with John again, we’re back together,’ the former Beatle told the crowd
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As summit host, Spain urges NATO to watch its southern flank
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is certain to dominate an upcoming NATO summit in Madrid
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Wales boss Wayne Pivac keeps focus on ‘good stuff’ from disappointing Six Nations campaign
The odds are stacked against Wales for their Test series against the Springboks
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Government ‘misleading’ over role in rail strikes, legal advice suggests
The TUC said an independent legal opinion undermined the Government’s claims that the rail dispute is just between the train operators and unions.
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Government ‘misleading’ over role in rail strikes, legal advice suggests
The TUC said an independent legal opinion undermined the Government’s claims that the rail dispute is just between the train operators and unions.
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Erik ten Hag ‘surprised’ by Manchester United’s transfer window as Christian Eriksen keeps stalling
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Alexander Blue murder: Victim ‘feared he was being watched’ says brother who breaks silence 20 years on
Exclusive: Alexander Blue feared someone was watching him from bushes outside his luxury flat in Glasgow’s West End in the days before he was brutally attacked in February 2002
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Olivia Rodrigo Brings Out Lily Allen For F**k You Glastonbury Duet Dedicated To Supreme Court
Olivia Rodrigo did not hold back during her Glastonbury set on Saturday, unleashing on the U.S. Supreme Court justices who joined in overturning Roe v. Wade this week.“I’m devastated and terrified,” the Driver’s License singer told the crowd. “So many women and so many girls are going to die because of this.”Rodrigo then introduced the next song: Fuck You by Lily Allen, who then appeared onstage with her (watch the full video above).“I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who have showed us that at the end of the day, they truly don’t give a shit about freedom,” Rodrigo said to wild cheers.“The song goes out to the justices: Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh. We hate you.”Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen singing together.While Rodrigo spoke, Allen could be seen giving two middle fingers.The two then launched into an energetic rendition of Allen’s 2009 hit, which includes the lyrics, “Fuck you, fuck you very, very much / ’Cause we hate what you do / And we hate your whole crew.”Rodrigo, a 19-year-old Grammy winner, has been a vocal supporter of abortion rights. Last month, she told fans in Washington, D.C., she was “heartbroken” after seeing a leaked copy of a Supreme Court draft ruling on overturning Roe v. Wade.“What a woman does with her body should never be in the hands of politicians,” she said at the time.“I hope we can use our voices to protect our right to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.”More on the Supreme Court abortion ruling:Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade, dismantling decades-old precedentRoe overturned: The fight beginsAbortion is now illegal in these statesAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We have to fill the streets”Clarence Thomas: Cases protecting gay marriage and contraception should be nextRepublicans make it clear they want to ban abortion nationwide Here’s how the world is reacting to the end of RoePro-abortion rights protesters attacked and threatenedDonations, chants and calls for change: Celebrities react to end of RoeSCOTUS decision threatens right to interracial marriage, experts warnGLASTONBURY:Sir Paul McCartney Electrifies Glastonbury With Lennon Duet And Two Huge Surprise Guests‘Heartbroken’ Lauren Laverne Pulls Out Of Hosting Glastonbury Coverage Following Mother’s Death'A Dark Day For Women': Billie Eilish Protests US Abortion Ruling During Glastonbury Set
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A ‘sucker punch’: Some women fear setback to hard-won rights
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Andy Murray finds belief in the familiar ahead of Wimbledon campaign
Murray will start his Wimbledon bid against James Duckworth on Centre Court on Monday and has reunited with a familiar face ahead of the Championships
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A third Tour de France would make Tadej Pogacar one of cycling’s true greats
The Tour always throws up surprises but it is hard to see anyone who can go head to head with the dominant Slovenian It is rare for any cyclist to win the Tour de France twice, which is why it marks the point where a rider is truly established as one of the biggest names of the great race. A third Tour win is different again, however: only the very greatest have managed the feat. That is why the next four weeks hold such significance for Tadej Pogacar.Win that third Tour and “Pog” will be elevated to a select pantheon. The five-times winners – Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Induráin – are well known, while the disgraced former seven-times winner Lance Armstrong is simply notorious. But Louison Bobet (1953-55), Greg LeMond (1986, 1989, 1990) and the four-times winner Chris Froome (2013, 2015-17) form the minute “band of three”. Continue reading...
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US Covid-19 vaccine rollout for under-fives must overcome hesitancy
For many parents the availability of vaccination to the youngest age group is not before time but others plan to ‘wait and see’For some American families, it was a much-anticipated and badly needed victory: Covid vaccines for children under five began rolling out in the US last week.“I’ve already been waiting a year and a half since I got my first dose, and that’s been intolerable,” says Dr Roby Bhattacharyya, an infectious diseases doctor at Massachusetts general hospital and parent of a four-year-old who received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. Continue reading...
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University staff who can’t afford to eat ask for campus food banks
Young academics and support workers at Leeds University are on the breadline as the cost of living crisis bitesStaff are asking universities to set up food banks because they are struggling with rising bills and say they cannot afford to eat properly.As food and energy prices rise, the University and College Union says young academics teaching on casual contracts and low-paid support workers such as porters and cleaners are finding themselves on the breadline. Continue reading...
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‘A mockery of democracy’: US supreme court in question after abortion ruling
In abruptly scrapping the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy the court went against the popular will – only 25% of Americans now have confidence in the institutionStriding from the US supreme court to the nearby US Capitol, holding aloft a sign that said “My body my choice” and “Women’s right to choose”, Taylor Treacy was struggling to fathom how she had fewer constitutional rights now than when she awoke that morning.“It’s heartbreaking,” said the 28-year-old, who works in sports marketing. “The people who have legally gotten abortions in the United States are mostly Black and brown women, yet the five justices able to have the final word were four powerful men and one white woman. We’re allowing more access to guns yet we’re taking away the rights of women. It just seems like we’re going backwards.” Continue reading...
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Elvis review – blistering, turbocharged chronicle of the King
With electrifying performances from Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker, Baz Luhrmann’s whirlwind biopic is cinematic dynamiteFrom an opening that cheekily evokes the dropped snow globe of Citizen Kane to an Unchained Melody finale that had me crying in the chapel, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is a turned-up-to-11 treat. This blistering pop biopic combines the kinetic musical madness of Moulin Rouge! with the turbo-charged irreverence of The Great Gatsby, the Shakespearian tragedy of Romeo+Juliet (with an added touch of Falstaff and Prince Hal) and the “what-all-of-it!?” ambition of Australia. It’s a riotously audacious work, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the king of rock’n’roll and his puppet-master promoter, the latter of whom narrates the story (like Salieri in Amadeus) and who tells his money-spinning client: “We are the same, you and I – two odd, lonely children, reaching for eternity.”“Without me there would be no Elvis Presley,” drawls Tom Hanks’s Colonel Tom Parker (aka Dutchman Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk), a “snowman” or carnival huckster who does his deals on a Ferris wheel and who sounds genuinely amazed that “there are some who make me out to be the villain of this story!” Most will share that view as the curtain comes down on this whirlwind chronicle of a career from which Parker took 50% of the profits and 100% of the control. Yet for all his monstrousness, Hanks’s prosthetically enhanced antihero has just enough wheedling pathos to make us understand how he wormed his way into Elvis’s confidence. With a sing-song voice that is part Elmer Fudd, part Lugosi’s Dracula, we watch him usurp first Elvis’s much-mourned mother, Gladys, and then his idolised wife, Priscilla, in the inner circle of trust, casting himself as Presley’s closest confidant and making him a star even while strangling his artistic ambition. Continue reading...
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‘We jumped in the car as soon as we heard’: Afghans race to help amid wait for international aid
While the Taliban and aid agencies rushed to respond, locals were already on their way bringing much-needed supportSoon after the 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit southeastern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday, Taliban officials and aid agencies started flooding in, carrying truckloads of food, blankets, tents and medical supplies for the victims.But amid the chaos of first responders was another group of Afghans - many of whom said they packed their bags as soon as they heard about the earthquake, travelling to Paktika’s hard-hit Gayan district independently, hoping to help. Continue reading...
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Keighley continue to break down barriers with unique Pride event
Europe’s first openly gay owners of a professional sports club look ahead to the latest match celebrating the Pride movementNestled on the edge of the Pennine countryside, not too far from Bradford, Keighley is hardly the first place that springs to mind when you think of the Pride movement. But on Sunday, the small West Yorkshire town stages one of the biggest parties it has ever thrown.A rainbow flag permanently flies outside Cougar Park these days but Ryan O’Neill remembers what life was like growing up in Keighley in the 1990s when he was coming to terms with his sexuality while supporting the town’s rugby league team. “I was totally in the closet when I used to go watch,” he says. Continue reading...
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Women must be allowed to defend abortion as a sex-based right | Sonia Sodha
For generations, US liberals relied on the Roe v Wade ruling to support sex-based rights. Last week’s reversal shows how misguided they wereTo mark the supreme court judgment that guaranteed American women a right to abortion in 1973, the feminist magazine Ms. published a graphic photo of a dead 27-year-old woman kneeling over, surrounded by bloody towels. Her name was Gerri Santoro and she died alone in a motel room during a botched abortion in 1964, a mother to two young daughters who had left her violently abusive husband.That is the image the United States will today again have to confront as a result of the anticipated decision of the supreme court to overturn that federal guarantor of abortion rights, Roe v Wade. It leaves abortion rights to the states, meaning abortion is now illegal or soon-to-be illegal in 22 states in all or most circumstances, including, in some states, in cases of rape. It comes in the wake of already reduced access to abortion in many of those states as a result of practical restrictions on the operation of abortion clinics. It is a dramatic rollback of women’s rights in one of the world’s richest countries, which prides itself on its protection of individual liberties. Continue reading...
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I quit! The art of writing the great resignation letter
Oliver Dowden’s wounded farewell note last week was full of the kind of passive aggression found in classics of the genrePerhaps the nicest touch was the handwritten ordinal in the date; Oliver Dowden’s neatly typed, spaced and justified (in the layout sense) resignation letter to Boris Johnson had left a gap for him to insert “24th” next to June, as if he momentarily considered sitting on it for a few days while he saw how things panned out, but then decided to exfiltrate himself sharpish, and certainly before he had to go on breakfast telly. The culture secretary’s entire message – as befits a former PR man – was a nifty exercise in passive aggression and plausible deniability, hinging on the central assertion that “somebody must take responsibility” (but who? Whose responsibility could this mess possibly be?), paying tribute to those who “work so tirelessly” and “deserve better” (not you, you lazy wastrel), and pledging future loyalty (once you’ve slung your hook, mate). As Dear John letters go, it wasn’t so much “it’s not you, it’s me” as “it’s definitely you”.A resignation letter, of course, is the last place you want to draw attention to your own shortcomings, especially if there’s even the merest suspicion that you might be jumping before you’re pushed. The perfect specimen may therefore include denunciation, wounded feelings, self-righteousness and appeals to the recipient’s sense of ethics and fair play. It may splenetically elaborate all the grounds on which the sender feels hard done by, or it may claim to be acting on behalf of the greater good; it may be wrathful or regretful. Continue reading...
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Emilia Clarke: ‘The best place in the world is backstage at a theatre’
Ahead of her British stage debut in The Seagull, the Game of Thrones star talks about her self-doubt as the hit show took off, her decision to write about her brain aneurysms – and showing her love through bakingOn 16 March 2020, Emilia Clarke went on stage with the cast of The Seagull. Previews had started, and the actor was about to make her much-anticipated West End debut after a decade starring in some of the biggest films and TV shows imaginable. At the half-hour mark, everything stopped: the government had decreed that theatres were to shut with immediate effect. Lost and adrift, everyone huddled into a pub, which was filled with crowds from the surrounding theatres. “My lawyer from America was calling about something,” recalls Clarke now. “And she was like, ‘Get out of the pub!’ We had no idea of the enormity of it.”Events, of course, got in the way. Two-and-a-bit years on, we meet at The Seagull rehearsal studios in south London, a cavernous former warehouse with a skeletal stage set up in the middle of it. Not much is known about Jamie Lloyd’s production of the classic Chekhov play, but hopefully it isn’t too much of a spoiler to say – based on a diorama sitting on a side table – that it will feature some chairs. “There are no distractions,” says Clarke. “We don’t have a samovar. There’s no linen. There aren’t any trees. No one’s in crinoline. What we’re doing could be seen as quite radical. I think it might be Marmite.” Continue reading...
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The cultural stigmatisation of referees is still relevant today | Jonathan Liew
A new novel based on Uriah Rennie – the Premier League’s first and only black referee – has reopened an age-old issueIn one of the most memorable and moving passages in Your Show – the new novel by Ashley Hickson-Lovence based on the life of Uriah Rennie – the Premier League’s first black referee is scrolling through a selection of internet comments and press coverage on some of his recent performances. “Too big for his Fila-sponsored boots.” “In my picture book dictionary under ‘showy referee’.” “The penny never dropped that the match wasn’t about him.” “A Malteser Sellotaped to a bag of marshmallows.”On it goes, for pages and pages. Your Show is a remarkable book: highly stylised, written in the second person and – although based on extensive interviews with the man himself – largely imagined. Yet the most affecting parts of the novel are the stuff we know happened. The title of the book derives from an announcement made over the public address system at Deepdale as the officials emerge from the tunnel during a match between Preston and Crystal Palace: “Enjoy the second half of the Uriah Rennie Show.” Continue reading...
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England face their first Test without Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole
Five debutants could line up against South Africa at Taunton on Monday as England’s new era beginsA new era for England women’s cricket dawns on Mondayas they begin a Test match at Taunton against South Africa without Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole for the first time in 14 years. With Shrubsole having retired from international cricket and Brunt stepping back to focus on white-ball cricket, Lisa Keightley says the summer represents the beginning of “a new cycle”. “We need to see which players are going to stick their hand up and lead the way with the ball,” says the coach.Aiming to do precisely that is the 21-year-old quick Lauren Bell, who is in the frame to make her international debut after being included as a travelling reserve for the World Cup this year. “If it happens, which I’m still not sure if it will, it will be really exciting, a real proud moment,” Bell says. “It’s special to play this format of cricket.” Continue reading...
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Does life feel too predictable? Why not let some wildness in | Eva Wiseman
Reboot your sense of adventure with Cookie Mueller’s stories about her extraordinary lifeThe first time I saw Cookie Mueller she was having sex with a chicken. In Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black, a newly reissued collection of her stories, she recalls the day her mother read the script that contained this chicken scene: she was midway through shooting the film Pink Flamingos by John Waters and he was due by to pick her up any minute. “‘ART?!?!?!” her mother screamed, trying to stop her leaving the house. “ART!?!?! THIS ISN’T ART!!” Waters later described her as “a writer, a mother, an outlaw, an actress, a fashion designer, a go-go dancer, a witch-doctor, an art-hag and above all a goddess.” The second time I saw her was in Nan Goldin’s photograph taken at her funeral. She lies in a pleated silk-lined casket surrounded by flowers, in bangles and eyeliner, and she looks impossibly glamorous and impossibly alive.I’m reading her stories now for the third time; the first time, some years ago, ignited a gentle obsession. The second upset me. In her Last Letter, she wrote that those dying of Aids, as she would later that year, 1989, were, “people who hated and scorned pettiness, intolerance, bigotry, mediocrity, ugliness and spiritual myopia; the blindness that makes life hollow and insipid was unacceptable. They tried to make us see.” Now, reading the expanded reissue in the shadow of the death of Mueller’s fellow 20th-century American essayist Joan Didion, I’m excited. Like Didion, Mueller wrote vividly about chaos and culture, but, unlike Didion, Mueller leapt into the mess of it as if a swimming pool painted black. Continue reading...
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Matteo Berrettini: ‘Winning Wimbledon? It sounds crazy but I know I can do it’
A year after he became a sensation in his country as the first Italian to reach the men’s final, the 26-year-old is ready to go one betterSometimes it takes a while before the scale of an achievement such as reaching the final of Wimbledon for the first time sinks in. For Matteo Berrettini it came within a few hours. Having attended the Euro 2020 final and seen Italy defeat England on penalties, Berrettini joined the team on the pitch for the celebrations. They told him they had been glued to the television earlier in the day, willing him on against his opponent, Novak Djokovic.“After they won I went to congratulate them and they were like: ‘We should have napped but we couldn’t because you were playing; we couldn’t rest,’” says a beaming Berrettini. “And they were really pumped, they were really happy for what I’d done, what I achieved. Some of them are still texting me. We are still in touch. It was just everything together, it was special. Continue reading...
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Matt Holland on Ipswich finishing fifth, beating Inter Milan and relegating Man City
In the second of our 'Glory Days' series looking back at successful periods in recent club's histories, former Tractor Boys' midfielder Matt Holland reflects on the club's superb 2000/01 campaign
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Kendrick Lamar's nine-year feud with Drake that stemmed from savage lyrics
Rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar have been involved in a public feud after the One Dance singer took offence to Kendrick's lyrics in 2013 - and it's still reportedly ongoing after nine years
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Antonio Conte's bold new Tottenham XIs with Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Richarlison
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has been busy in the transfer market, and the Italian coach now has a wealth of options at his disposal ahead of the upcoming season
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