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Pro Piacenza beaten 20-0 in Serie C after naming team of just seven teenagers
• Club would have been thrown out of league for forfeiting match• Hicham Kanis scored six times for CuneoSerie C’s bottom club Pro Piacenza have endured a tough season, resulting in point deductions and forfeiting matches but their latest setback was almost beyond belief as they were only able to field seven players in a 20-0 defeat at mid-table Cuneo. Related: Sergio Ramos sent off as Real Madrid’s resurgence is ended by Girona Continue reading...
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Migrants wrongly told to pay for NHS care upfront, minister says
People needing urgent care were asked to pay despite qualifying for free treatmentHospitals have wrongly told some migrants needing urgent care to pay for it in advance even though they qualified for free treatment on the NHS, the government has admitted for the first time.Rules were broken when 22 people were ordered to pay before they could start treatment, despite the seriousness of their condition, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has acknowledged. Three of the 22 were women who were prevented from having an abortion. Continue reading...
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Houghton inspires Manchester City Women to FA Cup win over Tottenham
• Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester City • Ellie Roebuck saves penalty as City make FA Cup quarter-finalsTottenham were given another sighting of the level they need to reach to be competitive in the Women’s Super League, should they win promotion, as goals from the captain Steph Houghton, Lauren Hemp and Gemma Bonner, and Ellie Roebuck’s penalty save, ensured Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals.Spurs and City find themselves in similar circumstances in their respective divisions. Both table-topping, both looking over their shoulder at teams that have played two games fewer – Manchester City two points above Arsenal, Tottenham five clear of Manchester United. Continue reading...
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Arab world's first female interior minister hails 'point of pride for women'
Raya al-Hassan is one of four women taking cabinet jobs in new Lebanese governmentThe Arab world’s first female interior minister has hailed her appointment as a “point of pride for all women”.Raya al-Hassan is one of four women to take cabinet jobs in the new Lebanese government, a record for the country and three more than in the last government, in which even the minister for women was a man. Continue reading...
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Return of wolves to Germany pits farmers against environmentalists
EU regulations outlaw killing of wolves unless people are in danger or there is ‘no satisfactory alternative’More than a century ago, wolves were hunted to extinction in Germany. These days, they’re back – and their presence is a source of political strife.Wolf attacks on livestock increased drastically in 2017, according to government statistics released at the weekend: they carried out 472 attacks, an increase of 66% over the previous year. The number of killed, injured or missing livestock – mostly sheep and goats – rose 55%, to 1,667. Continue reading...
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The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen – archive, 20 February 1949
In our latest classic review from the Observer archive, John Hayward revels in Bowen’s observations of love during the blitzThe Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen was an air-raid warden during the second world war, and her house near Regent’s Park was bombed in 1944. This novel draws upon her experience of London in the blitz.Miss Elizabeth Bowens’s new novel – her first since 1938 and therefore especially welcome – reveals clearly and significantly how her thought and sensibility have matured. The intervening years have meant the passing of youth and the onset of middle age, the implications of this process are very skilfully correlated in the distracted love-affair which is the principle theme of her novel. Continue reading...
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Sanity, solace and sly rebellion: how wedding podcasts make the big day bearable
Where can you get those ugly chair covers? Can you get your dog to be a ring bearer? A growing number of podcasts are offering irreverent adviceThe thought of listening to a podcast about weddings probably isn’t a particularly comforting one. One might assume wedding podcasts are a repository for the worst excesses of the matrimonial industry, cruelly designed to exacerbate fears about, say, choosing the wrong type of chair bow.Instead, they are being tipped in bridal forums as a source of sanity, solace and even sly rebellion against the uptight wedding world. Perhaps this explains why they are on the rise; 16 wedding planning podcasts have arrived on iTunes in the past three years, and Google searches for the term have increased every year in the same period. Nearly half of them launched in 2018, including an offering from the bridal industry behemoth Rock My Wedding. Continue reading...
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Vintage wisdom: Jeanette Winterson on wine
The author is a long-time wine lover. Here, she shares her cellar secrets and reflects on how Britain finally succumbed to the grapeEvery winter, the writer Helen Macdonald comes to visit me in the Cotswolds. She brings her parrot and her closest friend. Her friend travels over from Australia with a Japanese knife in her luggage; she loves to chop vegetables and needs the best knife to enjoy doing that. So while the parrot eats some finely sliced kale from my garden, we toast our yearly meeting with some wonderful wine. This time it was Krug 1988 followed by Lynch-Bages 1996.I don’t plan ahead on the wine. I think about what I have in boxes around the place, and what the mood feels like. Continue reading...
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Petrofac co-founder is accused posthumously of paying bribes
SFO alleges Maroun Semaan was complicit in six counts of multi-million dollar schemeThe co-founder of the oil company Petrofac has been posthumously accused of taking part in a scheme to pay multi-million dollar bribes to secure contracts.The Serious Fraud Office’s allegations against Maroun Semaan, who died two years ago have been revealed in charges laid before a court. Continue reading...
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'A shambles': hundreds demand refunds from Fortnite Live festival
Computer game-themed event near Norwich underwhelming and understaffed, visitors sayHundreds of people have demanded refunds after a Fortnite computer game-themed festival was branded a shambles.The two-day Fortnite Live event at Norfolk showground near Norwich had visitors queueing for hours to enter the site and collect wristbands on Saturday. Attendees complained that the attractions were underwhelming and understaffed. Continue reading...
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Joe Cokanasiga says he would love to have a run out against Wales
• Bath wing fit again after knee injury• Nowell and Ashton stand in his wayJoe Cokanasiga marked his return from a 10-week lay-off worth a try for Bath in their 30-13 Premiership victory over Newcastle then declared that the knee injury that cost him his place in the England side at the start of the Six Nations was one of the best things that could have happened to him. Related: England’s Joe Cokanasiga faces battle to prove Six Nations fitness after knee injury Continue reading...
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Russian flag appears on Salisbury Cathedral year on from novichok attack
Staff remove flag found on scaffolding just before anniversary of poisoning of SkripalsA Russian flag was hung briefly from scaffolding on Salisbury Cathedral, almost a year after the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with novichok in the city.The flag was taken down on Sunday after cathedral staff were made aware of it. It is thought someone climbed the scaffolding and put it there overnight from Saturday to Sunday. Continue reading...
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Wolves into FA Cup quarter-finals as Ivan Cavaleiro sinks Bristol City
A major trophy within three years was not quite on the list of essentials when Fosun took over Wolves in 2016, but they are now serious contenders for an FA Cup win that would crown the club’s reconfiguration beyond all imagining. They will compete in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2003 and nobody will feel sure of dismissing such a composed, well-drilled and confident unit on a given day. Related: Bristol City 0-1 Wolves: FA Cup fifth round – as it happened Continue reading...
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Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace: FA Cup fifth round - live!
Minute-by-minute updates from the Keepmoat StadiumMarquis of Doncaster struts into Palace on missionSend your emails to Nick here, or tweet him @NickMiller79 3.06pm GMT A pretty strong XI for Palace, then. A few changes, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mamadou Sakho given the afternoon off, Wayne Hennessey back in nets while of course Wilf Zaha is suspended, but other than that it’s more or less the best team Roy Hodgson could have picked, beyond some Benteke/Batshuayi-related hair-splitting. 3.02pm GMT Marosi; Blair, Downing, Anderson, Andrew; Whiteman, Kane, Crawford; May, Marquis, Coppinger. Subs: Jones, Wright, Butler, Rowe, Sadlier, Boocock, Lewis. Continue reading...
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Tyler Mitchell on working with Anna Wintour: 'We had a lot in common'
The 23-year-old who became the first black photographer to shoot the cover of US Vogue talks Beyoncé, diversity – and photographing the most important woman in fashionRead more from the spring/summer 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplementWhen Tyler Mitchell met the most important woman in fashion, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, to discuss logistics for this shoot, he “was scared she might have a too directive point of view,” he laughs, speaking on the phone. “But the funny thing was how relaxed it all was. Turns out we had a lot in common, the use of colour for one.” He pauses. “Here is a woman who changed American visual culture, yet she seemed pretty happy. There were no complaints.” Related: Tyler Mitchell: the photographer who made history with Beyoncé Continue reading...
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Britain's loneliest bat takes to the stage
It has spent 16 winters on its own. Now a playwright has turned one bat’s sad story into a gay parable full of deceit and longingInspiration is often found in unexpected places and, last summer, Irish playwright Barry McStay discovered it while flicking through a Guardian Long Read I wrote about a lonely bat. The true tale of Britain’s only greater mouse-eared bat, which spent 16 winters hibernating alone in a disused railway tunnel in Sussex, inspired McStay to write Vespertilio, a new play that opens this week in another disused railway tunnel, this one beneath Waterloo station in London.Vespertilio begins with a devoted conservationist guarding this rare bat. But what follows is fiction: a young homeless runaway, Josh, seeks shelter in the tunnel, and meets Alan, the middle-aged bat-lover. So begins a fraught relationship between two very different men. Through the poignant symbol of the lone bat, McStay’s two-hander explores loneliness within the gay community, as a story of love, deceit and possibly redemption unfolds in the tunnel. Continue reading...
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The dead girl trope: what Netflix’s love of female victims says about its viewers
The streaming giant has won plaudits for its progressive offerings, but its plethora of shows featuring female victims of murder and rape point to something less appealingNow popular on Netflix: female victims. There is You, in which Gossip Girl heart-throb Penn Badgley plays a stalker and murderer; Dirty John, an adaptation of the popular true-crime podcast about an abusive relationship; The Innocent Man, based on John Grisham’s only non-fiction book, about a small-town rape and murder; the second season of Making a Murderer; and the Netflix-commissioned Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.Its quota of Bundy content apparently not yet met for the 30th anniversary of the serial killer’s execution (as 2019 has been morbidly described), the streaming giant has also acquired the rights to the crime drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron, for a cool $9m (£7m). Continue reading...
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Refrigerdating: would you date someone because of what's in their fridge? | Arwa Mahdawi
Samsung’s new service allows people to bond over their choice of perishables. Time to throw out those mouldy vegetablesIf you are single and looking for a cool new way to meet people, Samsung has just the thing. The electronics company recently launched Refrigerdating, a service that matches you with dates based on what is inside your fridge. It’s like Tinder but you swipe through pictures of food, rather than faces. “We hope people can meet under more honest or transparent circumstances with the help of the contents of the fridge, because that can tell you a lot about the personality,” a PR manager explained.Speaking of transparent, Samsung didn’t launch this site for the love of matchmaking; it is a promotional tactic for its multi-thousand-pound smart fridges. Continue reading...
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Iran's foreign minister says public are losing faith in nuclear deal
Javad Zarif urges EU to defend agreement and accuses Israel of seeking war with IranThe Iranian public are on the brink of abandoning faith in the nuclear deal signed with Europe and other world powers in 2015, putting pressure on the regime to pull out of the deal, Iran’s foreign minister has said.Speaking at the Munich security conference, Javad Zarif also accused Israel of seeking war with Iran and said Europe needed to be prepared to “get wet if it wants to swim against the dangerous tide of US unilateralism”. Continue reading...
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Cooking Sunday roast causes indoor pollution ‘worse than Delhi’
Scientists say roast meal can make household air dirtier than in sixth most polluted cityCooking a Sunday roast can drive indoor air pollution far above the levels found in the most polluted cities on Earth, scientists have said.Researchers found that roasting meat and vegetables, and using a gas hob, released a surge of fine particles that could make household air dirtier than that in Delhi. Continue reading...
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Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis review - the bizarre comfort of strangers
A young couple embark on a quest full of strange twists and turns in an atmospheric taleChloe Aridjis’s 2009 debut, Book of Clouds, about a young Mexican writer exploring Berlin, and the novel that followed, Asunder, in which a guard at the National Gallery in London reflects on the suffrage movement, count among the more interesting fiction in English of the past decade. You read her more for atmosphere than plot; her eccentrically detailed style holds out the promise of a big-picture coming together in a perpetual tease that, depending on how twitchy you’re feeling, leaves your expectations rewired or just frustrated.It’s typical that her new book, set in Mexico in the late 1980s, should open with its teenage narrator, Luisa, wandering a beach in Oaxaca “aimlessly, purposefully and in search of digressions”. Continue reading...
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‘We've had a love-hate relationship’: Steve Coogan on bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC
Twenty-five years since he first appeared on screen, the immortal presenter is back where he began. His creator explains why a divided nation needs him more than everSteve Coogan was out for a meal last night, and this morning, while we talk on the phone, Twitter is lighting up with excited chat about his dinner companions. A photo posted by the actor David Schneider shows a smiling group shot: Schneider leaning in like any selfie-taker, surrounded by the grinning faces of Coogan, Chris Morris, Rebecca Front, Doon Mackichan, Patrick Marber, Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci. “We’d not sat down in the same room for 15 years, so we all met up and had dinner. It was jolly nice, actually,” says Coogan.Marber decided the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking news parody, The Day Today, deserved a celebratory dinner. But the get-together was more than a chance to reminisce, as the talk turned to work projects and the possibility of a reunion. “Yeah, we said we should do something,” says Coogan. “Everyone has gone off and done their own thing. But 25 years is quite long enough to prove that you can do something else. So we may do a podcast or something … I don’t know.” But this wouldn’t be for old times’ sake. None of the team that wrote and performed that excoriating, angry comedy is looking to rehash the past. “There’s no point doing anything that is just based on nostalgia,” he says. “Because what we did was very edgy and challenging. You either do something equally relevant or don’t bother.” Continue reading...
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John Grant: ‘Music has been a healing balm for me’
The musician, 50, on his anger problem, coming out, and why he’s glad he contracted HIVNowhere really feels like home. Whenever I move somewhere new, I call it a new backdrop for my bullshit. I’ve lived in Iceland for about seven years and I’ve got a flat in Reykjavik that I’ve just started to put pictures up in after a year of living there. I think the closest I feel to home is on the tour bus. I’m like a bowerbird. I build my nest wherever I go.My childhood was filled with dread. There was this rising fear that something wasn’t OK – that being my sexuality. I knew it was going to be a big problem. Because I’m from a religious background, I had to think about things like eternal damnation. Pretty heavy stuff for a child. But I try really hard to remember that there were some idyllic moments, too. Playing football on the field or watching the lightning bugs in the summer. I try to capture those feelings in my music. How I felt before I learned what the world was really like. Music has been like a healing balm for me. I know I can always find joy there. Continue reading...
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Horses in snow and a torchlit march: the best photos of the weekend
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Victoria Beckham's naughty side returns at London fashion week
Designer brings leopard print, plunging necklines and heels to her second show in the capitalA decade at New York fashion week transformed Victoria Beckham from a pop star into a serious fashion designer. After six months back on the London catwalk, she is again in touch with what she calls her “naughty side”.In her second London show, Beckham flirted with a return to the body-conscious silhouette with which she made her name as a designer. In recent years, she has distanced herself from curvy party dresses in favour of fluid skirts, chunky knitwear and tailored coats. Continue reading...
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Labour MPs warned: quit the party and risk a decade of Tory rule
Shadow chancellor says no need for split on Brexit as party may still back people’s voteJohn McDonnell has warned Labour MPs on the verge of quitting they could cause a decade of Thatcherite Tory rule, adding there was no need for a split over Brexit because the party may still back a people’s vote.The shadow chancellor said MPs thinking of leaving the party could be responsible for losing seats to the Conservatives, as happened in the 1980s when four senior party figures quit to form the Social Democratic party (SDP). Continue reading...
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Brother of teenagers killed in Syria stabbed to death in Brighton
Police launch murder inquiry after Abdul Deghayes, 22, stabbed in car following crashThe brother of two British teenagers killed while fighting for Islamists in Syria has died in hospital after being stabbed in a car following a crash.Abdul Deghayes died early on Sunday in Brighton, where he is from, Sussex police confirmed. They said they had launched a murder investigation. Continue reading...
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Chelsea v Arsenal: Women's FA Cup fifth round – live!
Keep up with all the action from the 2pm GMT kickoffBristol City v Wolves: FA Cup fifth round – live!Feel free to email Will or to tweet: @Will_Unwin 1.29pm GMT The game today will be shown live on Facebook, which is a great idea to attract new audiences by making it available for free on one of the world’s most accessible platforms. The women’s game is definitely growing in England but initiatives like can only help. 1.24pm GMT Arsenal have their gamefaces on.We've arrived at Kingsmeadow Gameface #WeAreTheArsenal pic.twitter.com/R6j1XbOM8S Continue reading...
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Sergio Ramos sent off as Real Madrid’s resurgence is ended by Girona
Real Madrid’s resurgent La Liga run skidded to a halt as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home by struggling Girona on Sunday in which captain Sergio Ramos was sent off in added time, leaving them nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona.Real looked on course for a sixth consecutive league win when Casemiro leapt highest to meet a Toni Kroos cross and head them in front midway through the first half. Continue reading...
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Brexit: May risks fresh confrontation with ERG over backstop
Eurosceptics react angrily to culture secretary’s suggestion backstop may not be removed Theresa May is facing a fresh showdown with Eurosceptic Tory MPs after a cabinet minister suggested she may ask parliament to approve her Brexit deal again without having legally removed the Irish backstop from the withdrawal text.Ahead of talks between May and EU leaders, the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, said the prime minister’s aim was to solve the Northern Ireland backstop issue but the “mechanism” of the change did not matter. Continue reading...
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