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EU unconvinced as Johnson sets out fresh bid to remove Brexit backstop

PM says new ‘commitments’ to stop hard Irish border should be considered by the bloc

Boris Johnson has written to the EU suggesting the backstop could be replaced by a new form of “commitments” to prevent a hard Irish border in his first major move to explain the UK government’s new position to Brussels.

Ahead of talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, Johnson released a four-page letter setting out his position that the backstop is “anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK”, because it could keep the UK indefinitely in a customs union with no means of exit.

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Panic breaks out after reports of a shooter at a movie theater in Virginia
Reports of a possible shooter at a mall in Virginia sparked panic Saturday night as people hid in stores and officers searched for a gunman. Hours later, police said they'd found no evidence of a shooting inside the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington.
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Hollywood’s gender pay gap revealed: male stars earn $1m more per film than women
Disparity is almost the same in 2015 as in 1980, say researchers who call for contracts to be made publicIn the Richard Curtis film Notting Hill, the bumbling stockbroker Bernie, played by Hugh Bonneville, meets Anna Scott, unaware that Julia Roberts’s character is the world’s most famous female actor.Upon learning her profession, he patronisingly commiserates with Anna about the low wages paid to actors, declaring them “a scandal”, and asks how much she received for her last movie. Without missing a beat, Anna replies “$15m”, the actual amount Roberts was paid to do the movie, a rare example of when an actress has earned more than her male counterpart – in this case, Hugh Grant. For a real scandal in acting has always been the huge gender pay gap. Continue reading...
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Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election
Visibly frantic, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life in Tuesday’s elections
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Taliban revoke ban on Red Cross, provide security guarantees
The Taliban on Sunday revoked their ban on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan and gave a guarantee of security for its staff doing humanitarian work in areas under their control.
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'We will not surrender': Hongkongers rally for support outside UK consulate
Protesters call on London to apply pressure on Beijing to uphold ‘one country, two systems’ agreed in 1997Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters have gathered outside the British consulate in Hong Kong, chanting “we will not surrender” as they called on the UK to come to the aid of the former British colony.Demonstrators waved the Union Jack, sang God Save the Queen and chanted “Stand for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” as they sought to bring attention to their calls for democracy in the semi-autonomous territory, which was handed over to Chinese control in 1997. Continue reading...
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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood review – hints of a happy ending
Atwood’s angry, pacy sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale admits a ray of light into Gilead’s toxic worldThose of us lucky enough to read The Handmaid’s Tale back when it first appeared in 1985 will remember the shock of a novel that felt both claustrophobically precise and shatteringly prescient. The newly born Republic of Gilead, with its abuses and abominations, its hideously misogynistic vocabulary and gruesomely rationalised constraints, was just about far enough from our own world to seem beguiling, but also close enough to feel like a wake-up call.Still, no one could have guessed the extent to which recent history (as well as a superb TV offshoot) would bring it eerily, terrifyingly back into focus. With the implacable rise of the Christian right in the US, never has it felt more urgent for women to guard both their bodies and their reproductive systems against (some) men and the state. Who, after all, is Donald Trump if not Commander Waterford without the charm? And I can’t be the only one who, watching the Trump crowd’s chants of “Lock her up!” or “Send her back!”, found herself thinking of taser-wielding Aunt Lydia and the handmaids’ cries of “Her fault!” when one of their number “confesses” to having been gang-raped? Continue reading...
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The big picture: America as seen by Robert Frank
Geoff Dyer on the influential American photographer who died last Monday aged 94It’s a common urge to want to go back in time and see or hear a once revolutionary, now iconic work of art as it looked or sounded before it was assimilated into the tradition it appeared to assault. In the case of The Americans by Robert Frank (who died last week, aged 94) this is surprisingly simple. All you have to do is look at the pictures. Even now, more than 60 years later, many of the pictures in the most influential photography book of the postwar period remain hard to fathom. Several of them were shot through windows, but prior ideas of framing and focus had been thrown out of the window.The irony is that the person who had defined what American photographs should look like, Walker Evans, was one of Frank’s supporters; he recommended him for the Guggenheim fellowship that financed the road trip during which Frank took the thousands of images later edited down to the 83 printed in The Americans. Continue reading...
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Jerry Falwell's Liberty University dogged by growing claims of corruption
Trump ally’s political influence may be on the wane as he calls for investigation at evangelical universitySince January 2016, when the head of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr, endorsed Donald Trump for president, the influential evangelical university has been on a fast-track to the heart of American politics. Since being credited with helping Trump earn the loyal support of the Christian right, Falwell has become a regular presence at the White House.Meanwhile, the university, founded in 1971 by his late father, the Rev Jerry Falwell Sr, has expanded exponentially. Under Falwell Jr’s leadership, the Lynchburg, Virginia, not-for-profit university’s assets have reportedly grown from $259m in 2007 to over $3bn and it has more than 100,000 students. Continue reading...
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From India to Britain, every citizen is harmed by anti-migrant hostility | Kenan Malik
Politicians fan the flames to hide their own failures and erode the liberties of allIn the Indian state of Assam, the authorities are building detention camps for “illegal immigrants”, most of whom are Indian citizens. In South Africa, hundreds of Nigerian workers have been airlifted home as anti-migrant violence spirals out of control.Two different events in two different countries, but each a glimpse of the malevolent trends transforming politics globally. While neither event has received much attention in Britain, consumed as we are by all things Brexit, both throw light upon developments here, too. Continue reading...
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UK blackouts raise questions over private sector’s right to profit from power
Energy network companies are under scrutiny after last month’s outage, the worst of its kind in a decadeThere is never a good time for a blackout, but for Britain’s energy companies the timing of last month’s power failure could scarcely have been worse.The best that the owners of the UK’s energy pipes and wires can expect in the coming years is a tighter squeeze on their deflated profits by the industry regulator. A Labour government could support nationalisation. In the meantime, investors are turning their backs on energy network companies. Continue reading...
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Patriots vs. Dolphins: Are you ready for a beatdown?
The Patriots’ matchup against the Dolphins on Sunday in South Florida is not our Game of the Week because we believe it’s going to be a memorable, close AFC East showdown that has any impact on the outcome of the division. We’ve chosen this game based on the intrigue of how lopsided it might get,...
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Life in the home counties brings 16 more years of good health…
Gulf in healthy life expectancy reveals widening regional inequalities, according to parliamentary reportThe gap in healthy life expectancy between parts of Britain has widened over the past decade to become as large as that between the UK and Sudan, a leading group of parliamentarians has warned.In a sign of growing inequality in Britain, residents in Blaenau Gwent in south Wales can now expect up to 16.4 fewer years of good health than those in Wokingham in Berkshire, according to a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Inclusive Growth. Continue reading...
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NFL star pays tribute to his 'best friend' after his girlfriend dies just weeks after giving birth to their daughter
Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith paid tribute to his girlfriend, who died in a car accident Wednesday, on social media, saying, "God has a plan for all of us we can't understand."
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NYT deletes bizarre Brett Kavanaugh tweet about ‘having a penis thrust in your face’
In a bizarre series of tweets and retractions on @nytopinion on Saturday, The New York Times cringingly opined on its latest Brett Kavanaugh story, then retracted the tweet, then retracted the retraction, then posted an apology. The missteps began at 5:13 p.m., when a reckless tweet posted to @nytopinion opined, “Having a penis thrust in...
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Tyson Fury survives Otto Wallin scare to stay on course for Wilder rematch
Badly cut Fury rallies in second half of fight for decision winTyson Fury outpoints Otto Wallin – as it happenedTyson Fury stayed on course for a hotly anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder after outpointing Otto Wallin on Saturday night in Las Vegas.The 31-year-old heavyweight from Manchester overcame a flat opening, a gruesome cut and a fearless challenger to dominate the second half of the 12-round fight, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110. (The Guardian had it 116-112 for Fury.) Continue reading...
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Odell Beckham, Jamal Adams will drop friendship for night
BEREA, Ohio — The showdown is finally here. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jamal Adams have called LSU and New York their homes over parts of the past nine years but have never taken the field together. That will change Monday night when Beckham’s Browns and Adams’ Jets face off at MetLife Stadium. “I’m excited,” Beckham...
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Insights... even the mere sight of a policewoman can lead to a fall in crime rates | Torsten Bell
One way of tackling Britain’s soaring rate of domestic violence killings could be for forces to put more women in the ranksFriday brought very grim news, with data from police forces showing that domestic violence-related killings reached a five-year high last year. The victims in the majority of the 173 homicides were women.But what is to be done? The government is promising to return to domestic abuse legislation when parliament returns, and policy discussions often make the link to knife crime, given the number of such murders involving knives. Continue reading...
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Spanish floods: Family trapped in attic
"The flood has entered my house, and it's all I can see."
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Mets finding the clutch hit bails out Mickey Callaway
The Mets found the hit. They found it in time so that more Jacob deGrom brilliance was not utterly wasted. They found it in time to protect Mickey Callaway from some, um, curious decisions. Still to be determined is if they found it in time to make this hit part of a mosaic of magic...
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Bloodied Tyson Fury beats Wallin on points
Tyson Fury battles to a rugged points win over Otto Wallin as he fought for over nine rounds with a heavy cut to maintain his unbeaten record in a dramatic bout in Las Vegas.
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At 97, Norman Lear Just Became the Oldest Person to Win an Emmy
Lear won for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’
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Why Chris Kreider is worry-free going into final year of contract
Psst, pass it on: Chris Kreider is going into the final season of his Rangers contract and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. “It’s the third time already in my career,” the apparently unperturbed No. 20, who previously became a restricted free agent in 2014 and 2016, said Saturday in...
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Meghan Markle’s pot farmer nephew is hawking new strain honoring baby Archie
Remember “Markle Sparkle,” the marijuana inspired by the Dutchess of Sussex? Meghan Markle‘s pot-growing nephew now says the brand has made him so rich, he’s hoping to cash in with another royally-branded hybrid pot strain. He’s calling this one, “Archie Sparkie,” after Markle and Prince Harry‘s new royal baby. “People have always called me the...
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Pat McGrath: 25 years of skin secrets from fashion's go-to makeup artist
From contouring to the ‘lit from within’ look, the beauty industry veteran shares what she has learned about what perfect skin means nowRead more from the autumn/winter 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplementSkin is unpredictable. A lot of the models I work with have done so many shows, going through extreme weather. The makeup I use has been developed to sustain all different temperatures, including everything that goes on backstage, or on location in 100 degree heat.The world’s obsession with beauty makes my job more exciting because everyone wants to talk about it all the time, even when they don’t work in the industry. I’ve seen so much change in skincare over the years – I’ve spoken before about my mother using cocoa powder on her face because she couldn’t find powder in the right shade. Now, more brands are producing makeup for a wide range of skin tones; my own foundation comes in 36 colours. Continue reading...
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TV tonight: sweet secrets revealed Inside Cadbury
A quest to radically reduce sugar in the iconic Dairy Milk from the Channel 4 documentary. Plus: Stacey Dooley on Boko Haram. Here’s what to watch this evening Continue reading...
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Notes on chocolate: sometimes you need a box of chocs all to yourself
Rise against adversity or just beat the autumn blues with a little sweet self-indulgenceFor reasons we need not go into here, when I was 18 I broke three bones in my left foot, jumping over a 12ft wall.As I convalesced at home, with a giant plaster cast holding together metatarsals two, three and four, there came a present from my aunt Dina. She had bought me a small but wonderful selection of fresh cream truffles from Godiva. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
RIP GOP review: how Democrats can usher fall of the house of Trump
Stanley Greenberg makes key points about Republican decline – but the president’s opponents face tough challenges tooNearly 35 years ago, the pollster Stanley Greenberg took a hard look at Macomb county, Michigan, wanting to better understand the political DNA of “Reagan Democrats”. He concluded: “These white Democratic defectors express a profound distaste for blacks, a sentiment that pervades almost everything they think about government and politics.” Related: The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg review: not quite a presidential read Continue reading...
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The Observer view on the threat posed to Israel by another Benjamin Netanyahu victory | Observer editorial
The prime minister’s pre-election tactics underline why he must be ousted from officeBenjamin Netanyahu’s bid to secure another term as Israel’s prime minister has grown more desperate and divisive as Tuesday’s elections approach. Bibi, as he is known, has never been afraid to fight dirty. Now he is at it again as his Likud party and its rightwing allies struggle to amass the 61-seat Knesset majority that would further extend his record 13 years as Israeli leader.Familiarity with Netanyahu’s objectionable tactics do not render them more acceptable or less of a stain on Israeli democracy. Last week, a message sent from his official Facebook page warned of “the Arabs who want to destroy us all – women, children and men”. This was a scurrilous reference to Israeli citizens of Arab descent – about 900,000 out of roughly 6 million eligible voters. Continue reading...
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Trump is seriously, frightening, dangerously nuts – and the world is in danger | Robert Reich
It is almost too late for impeachment. The 25th amendment is untested. The ballot box offers our only remaining hopeIn retrospect, what’s most disturbing about “Sharpiegate” isn’t Trump’s clumsy effort to doctor a National Weather Service map or even his brazen move to get the same agency to lie on his behalf. Related: Republican Trump challengers warn of totalitarian drift in party Continue reading...
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Is Texas, long a Republican stronghold, really in play for the Democrats in 2020?
The state has long eluded Democrats, but significant gains in the 2018 midterms and a series of GOP congressional retirements have raised hopes for changeAt a party after the Democratic presidential debate in Houston on Thursday, Texas Democrats reveled in their state’s new status as a “battleground”. Related: Joe Biden was both the strongest – and weakest – candidate on stage | Richard Wolffe Continue reading...
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Sunday with Daniel Mays: ‘I make a mean fry-up – but that’s all I can cook’
The actor on bed hopping, market stalls – and the perfect eggHow does Sunday start? With confusion and a bad neck at 3am. I fall asleep on the sofa in front of Match of The Day on Saturdays. Usually I find my daughter in my bed anyway, so if I can be bothered I tiptoe upstairs and get into hers.What’s for breakfast? I eat porridge all week, but Sundays are for something more exciting. I make a mean fry-up – to be honest that’s pretty much all I can cook. Sometimes I make boiled eggs, harking back to my childhood, even cutting toast into soldiers. It’s 4.5 minutes for the perfect yolk. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Canyon Roadlite:ON – ‘Takes the grind out of commuting – and gets you fit’ | Martin Love
The bestselling commuter bike from Canyon now packs a neat little engine to take some of the strain of not catching the trainCanyon Roadlite:ONPrice £2,499, canyon.comFrame aluminiumMotor Fazua Evation 1.0Top speed 25kmRange 50-60kmWeight 15.5 kgGuarantee 6 yearsAdding a stealthy electric motor to a bicycle is one thing, but then calling it a “fitness” bike sounds like pushing your credibility to the limit. But that’s exactly what Canyon has done with its latest ride. The online brand behind some of the sleekest, fleetest bikes on the market (it was the ride of choice for the Movistar team at this year’s Tour de France) has added a powerful engine to its bestselling Roadlite hybrid and renamed it the Roadlite:ON. Electric assistance comes from a smart Fazua Evation drive system, the battery is neatly concealed in the frame’s downtube and the zippy motor is hidden in the bottom bracket. The battery is very easy to remove so, in theory, you can ride the ebike without any power assistance if you want to. But why would do that? It would be like buying Magimix then chopping your veg by hand, with a blunt knife. Continue reading...
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Thousands of foetal remains found in US abortion doctor's home
Dr Ulrich Klopfer, who died on 3 September, had his licence suspended four years ago.
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BBC News - Home
Tyson Fury Beats Otto Wallin Via Unanimous Decision Despite Huge Cut over Eye
A tuneup bout turned into a bloody battle for Tyson Fury on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Heavy underdog Otto Wallin opened up a deep gash over Fury's right eye in the third round, ...
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Man fatally shot in Chillum area of Prince George’s County
The victim was found after gunshots were reported.
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Kyle Trask Saves Florida's Season with Improbable Comeback Win over Kentucky
When Feleipe Franks was carted off the field with what we later learned was a likely season-ending dislocated ankle , it instantly felt like AP No. 9 Florida's quest for the 2019 College Football Playoff left with him...
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Putin builds war chest as Kremlin digs in for the next crisis
In the latest display of deepening cracks in the West's formerly unified economic campaign against Russia, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters Monday that "the time is right" for reconciliation in EU-Moscow relations.
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Trump and John Bolton clashed over Iran sanctions before ouster
Former national security advisor John Bolton reportedly clashed with President Donald Trump about United States sanctions on Iran the day before his ouster. The president on Monday afternoon said he may lift some sanctions against the country as a way to kickstart nuclear negations with Tehran, a person close to Bolton told NBC News. Bolton...
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New York Post
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer beta — Infinity Ward reveals more maps and modes
On the third day of its multiplayer beta test, Infinity Ward opened up the spigots for more users for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. And it also released new maps and modes.
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Show of Hands: Battlefield Dance Floor review – folk stalwarts keep it fresh
(Proper)For anyone aspiring to longevity in popular music, the west country duo of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer offer valuable lessons. The pair got together in 1986 and this, remarkably, is their 18th studio album. It helps to have a prodigious and original singer-songwriter like Knightley, who contributes eight new numbers here, ranging over subjects as disparate as grownup heartache (You’ll Get By), the lure of Cornwall (Dreckley) and Exeter’s 6 Rifles regiment (Swift and Bold). Consummate musicianship also comes in handy, with multi-instrumentalist Beer contributing dramatic fiddle parts, augmented by bassist Miranda Sykes and bodhrán player Cormac Byrne. On Mother Tongue, written after 2016’s Brexit vote, they are joined by Johnny Kalsi, don of the dhol drum, for a Bhangra-Morris fusion, and by ambient wizard Gerry Diver on Forfarshire, a Kirsty Merryn song about lighthouse hero Grace Darling.A grounding in tradition is ever present, but broadside ballads hold less appeal than current songs and styles; Dreckley is described as “Cornish reggae” and their cover of First We Take Manhattan, one of Leonard Cohen’s most subversive songs, is given a rousing folk-rock treatment. An entertaining collection, perfect for the Hands’ engaging live shows. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Jenny Hval: The Practice of Love – ambient therapy
(Sacred Bones)Devotees of the determinedly left-field Norwegian Jenny Hval may be gently thrown by her seventh album. Her last, Blood Bitch, tackled themes of vampires and menstruation with her customary tools of unsettling semi-spoken vocals and spare, folk-boned pop. The Practice of Love, by comparison, makes radical concessions to melody, rhythm and pleasure, a deep exploration of emotion with a new-agey, therapeutic feel. The title track, in which fellow musicians Laura Jean and Vivian Wang cross-talk over soft-glow, amniotic synths, brings to mind the Orb’s Little Fluffy Clouds, an early 90s buzz carried over into the breakbeats and poetic intimacies of Lions, and the trancey Ashes to Ashes, with its hands-to-the-sky synths and big splashy beats. Six Red Cannas, a tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe, and the choral bliss and handclaps of Ordinary would fit snugly on a Pure Moods compilation. The smoothness of Hval’s musical vehicle, this time around, allows her ideas to slip in softly, almost subliminally: humanity as a virus, technology’s role in romance, bereavement, panic attacks. It’s an eerie sort of euphoria, but no less of a rush for it. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Phoenix review – Norwegian family drama doesn’t fly
Hints of horror undermine rather than underline themes in Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s first filmAt times, this downbeat first feature from Norwegian actress turned writer-director Camilla Strøm Henriksen plays like a horror film. The camera lurks in the shadows of a dim apartment; a single mother teeters on the edge of madness. There is a killing and an attempt at a cover-up. Strøm Henriksen’s fitful genre flourishes attempt to illuminate a kind of horror more grounded in reality – the quotidian misery of children forced to fend for themselves. Jill (Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin) has a mother, Astrid (Maria Bonnevie), who is an alcoholic artist; her father, Nils (Sverrir Gudnason), is an absent, womanising jazz musician. A stoic pragmatist accustomed to looking after her younger brother, Bo (Casper Falck-Løvás), Jill’s giddy excitement upon receiving a sparkly pink dress – a birthday present – is heartbreaking. She’s turning 14. Bjørkaas Thedin’s debut performance is striking in its restraint, but the film’s thriller mode and social commentary B-plot never quite cohere. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Charli XCX: Charli review – deep and sweet, and her best yet
(Atlantic)British pop auteur Charlotte Aitchison has been based in the belly of the beast – the US – for some years now, trying to disrupt the global mainstream with her own mischievous futurist agenda. For every chart success, she acknowledges, there has been a tussle behind the scenes over her direction and levels of compromise.Charli, her third official album, finally hits a noisy, sweet spot. It is, hands down, the best iteration of XCX yet, the one where Aitchison’s pop capabilities line up most persuasively with her avant garde ear. She has already released half a dozen bangers – mostly collaborations, like the excellent Gone, with Christine and the Queens, or the equally winning Warm, with Haim. But Click finds Aitchison and primo producer AG Cook ambushing unsuspecting pop fans with snarling digital noise, and pop outliers like Russian irritant Tommy Cash and the up-and-coming Kim Petras. Meanwhile, on Thoughts, Aitchison’s Autotuned trill is manipulated exquisitely. Continue reading...
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Home listening: a tale of three mezzos…
New releases from Magdalena Kožená, Jennifer Johnston and Marta Fontanals-Simmons• Three mezzo-sopranos, three highly personal albums that relate closely to a sense of place: from the Czech-born, Berlin-based Magdalena Kožená; from the proud Liverpudlian Jennifer Johnston; and from British-Spanish Marta Fontanals-Simmons.The first, Soirée: Magdalena Kožená and Friends (Pentatone), is an eclectic mix ranging from Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle to Stravinksy’s Three Songs from William Shakespeare via Dvořák, Brahms, Ravel, Janáček and Richard Strauss. It’s a pleasure to hear solo voice with various combinations of string quartet, flute (Kaspar Zehnder), clarinet (Andrew Marriner), a break from usual recital fare. Kožená’s versatility, and strength in French and Czech repertoire especially, shine through. And Simon Rattle makes his recording debut as a very nice pianist. Continue reading...
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OKN1, London: ‘These students are our future’ – restaurant review
The young learners working the kitchen at Hoxton’s OKN1 could teach seasoned pros a thing or twoOKN1, 40 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LR (020 7613 9590). Starters £6.50-£8, main courses £11-£15, desserts £3-£6, wines from £22Few people would describe the building at 40 Hoxton Street as a glamorous landmark, probably not even the architect’s mother. It is a block of yellow brick, with a few glacial cliffs of glass so the light can get in. There are vaguely interesting spindly design features put there, I think, to stop it looking too much like a correctional facility. It is a building with a purpose for which it is fit. So no, not a landmark. Instead, a beacon of hope. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Downton Abbey review – mostly harmless TV spin-off
Familiar comforts abound in a big screen outing for the Crawleys and staffThere is something faintly Hogwartian about the opening scene of Downton Abbey, which follows a hand-stamped letter’s journey via steam train from Buckingham Palace to ITV’s most beloved Yorkshire manor. Movie spin-offs of TV shows are almost never a good idea and this is no exception, the film’s narrative rhythm structured in bite-size episodic beats.The budget seems bigger, the costumes flashier and the swooping overhead shots of the Crawley mansion appropriately cinematic, but, truth be told, there’s little to suggest that this has been designed for the big screen rather than as an extended television special. Continue reading...
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Honeyland review – generating a real buzz
A Macedonian beekeeper’s livelihood is threatened by the arrival of a rowdy family in a Sundance-winning documentaryNo-nonsense beekeper Hatidze Muratova’s face is as weathered and craggy as the cliff face we see her scaling at the start of this gripping, Sundance-winning documentary.Born in 1964, she has spent her life gracefully tending bees in rural Macedonia, abiding by a golden rule – “one half for me, one half for you” – referring to the honey that sustains both her and the hive. When a rowdy Turkish family with seven small children move in next door, chaos ensues. Continue reading...
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Strike looming for General Motors workers
The United Auto Workers union and General Motors remain far apart in ongoing negotiations in Detroit, raising the likelihood of a midnight strike, sources told The Post on Saturday night. UAW leaders are negotiating with GM at the Detroit Marriott, but have reached an “impasse” on health care, according to one source close to the...
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