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Tottenham's academy is succeeding thanks to locally sourced players
In the first of a new monthly series looking at youth football, Gavin Willacy investigates Spurs’ supply line of midfieldersBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsTottenham fans may have been concerned by the sight of Harry Winks playing for England in Spain last week after starting just three Premier League games his return from a long-term ankle injury. But they should be excited as there is more to come from that particular talent pool: gifted local central midfielders.Tottenham created history by being the first team in the Premier League era to not sign anyone during the summer transfer window, but there was a new face in their opening-day win at Newcastle. Luke Amos was promoted to the squad and given his first five minutes of action in the top flight. The 21-year-old tore his ACL in a reserve game against Blackburn the following week and is now out for the season. That has enabled an even younger midfielder to push himself forward. Continue reading...
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Marianne Faithfull: the muse who made it on her own terms
As the singer prepares to release her 21st album, we look back at a singular career marked by creative restlessness, personal troubles and triumphant reinventionsIf you’re looking for a study in contrasts, you could do worse than compare the two albums released this autumn with Marianne Faithfull’s name on the cover. The first is Come and Stay With Me, a collection of her 1960s singles that opens and closes with two Rolling Stones-related tracks: the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards composition As Tears Go By, and Sister Morphine, co-written by Faithfull and Jagger while their relationship was in its death throes. The second is Negative Capability, a meditation on loss, grief and loneliness recorded in Paris last winter with the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis. It also contains a version of As Tears Go By, but there the similarities end. Thematically and sonically, it could be the work of a completely different artist to Come and Stay With Me. Given how often Faithfull’s personal life has overshadowed her music, it is worth noting the artistic distance she has travelled in her career – further than a lot of her more regularly lauded peers.There was a time when the notion of either of these albums existing would have seemed like a joke. Faithfull’s musical career was not expected to last more than 50 years, nor was it supposed to have the kind of weight that might still interest people decades on. It wasn’t supposed to have any weight to it all. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Stones’ manager who spotted her at a party and launched her career as a vocalist, dismissively described her as “an angel with big tits”. As she later recalled, she was “treated as somebody who not only can’t even sing, but doesn’t really write or anything, just something you can make into something … I was just cheesecake really, terribly depressing”. Continue reading...
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Roman Reigns gives up WWE title belt after return of leukaemia
The wrestler has stepped away from the ring to focus on fighting the disease, which had been in remissionThe wrestler Roman Reigns has announced that he is stepping away from the ring due to leukaemia.Speaking during an episode of Monday Night Raw, the 33-year-old revealed that he was first diagnosed with the disease in 2008, but had been in remission. However, he said the leukaemia has since returned, meaning that he has had to give up his universal champion title belt. Continue reading...
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iPhone XR review roundup: cheaper and brighter with longer battery life
Early consensus from tech press is £750 iPhone XR is in many ways better than the £999 iPhone XSThe first wave of verdicts from select reviewers given early access to Apple’s latest iPhone XR are here, and if their thoughts are any indication of what to expect, cheaper means better.The £999 iPhone XS and £1,099 XS Max were and brilliant in many ways, but were a little on the expensive side. But the iPhone XR costs £749, has the same processor, same Face ID and same look as the £250 more expensive models, with a 6.1in LCD screen instead of a 5.8in or 6.5in OLED screen. Continue reading...
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Thousands of children with Send excluded from schools
Pupils with special educational needs are denied opportunities because of ‘broken’ system, experts sayThousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are waiting for a school place or are being educated at home, while many more are excluded, prompting fears that schools in England are becoming less inclusive.According to Guardian analysis of Department for Education statistics, just under 4,500 pupils with statutory rights to special needs support were either awaiting suitable provision or were being home-schooled at the start of the year. Continue reading...
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Seashaken Houses: the stark loneliness of lighthouses – in pictures
Tom Nancollas introduces images of the desolate coastal structures that have inspired authors from Robert Louis Stevenson to Virginia WoolfFeature: Storms and solitude - the literature of lighthouses Continue reading...
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Storms and solitude: the literature of lighthouses
They have exerted a hypnotic pull on writers for generations, from Robert Louis Stevenson, who came from a dynasty of lighthouse builders, to Virginia Woolf, whose family returned every year to a house overlooking a Cornish beaconGallery: the stark loneliness of lighthouses – in picturesEarly in the 1870s, a lighthouse was under construction on the Torran Rocks, deadly hazards to shipping off the west coast of Scotland. Masons carved ragged granite into smooth, interlocking blocks and built them upwards with the help of a steam-crane. Even 14 miles offshore, the building site was as methodical as any on land. To the young Robert Louis Stevenson, who was watching the operations while the sea roared at the rocks beneath, the deed was profoundly impressive.We know Stevenson today for writing Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Yet, somewhat unexpectedly, this celebrated literary figure started out as a trainee lighthouse engineer. Continue reading...
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Uber to introduce clean air fee to all London rides
Ride-hailing app to charge extra 15p per mile to help drivers pay for electric carsUber will charge its customers in London an extra 15p per mile on every trip to help its drivers buy electric cars.The ride-hailing app hopes to create a £200m fund from the levy to encourage almost half of its 45,000 drivers to use fully electric vehicles by 2021. The firm hopes its London fleet will be fully electric by 2025. Continue reading...
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Jamal Khashoggi: Erdoğan rejects Saudi account of killing
Turkish president calls for ‘highest ranked’ of those responsible to face justice The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has publicly torn down Saudi claims that the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight in its Istanbul consulate, making fresh allegations that his death was a premeditated murder and calling for an independent investigation in Turkey.In the hotly anticipated address at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, in which the president had promised to reveal the “naked truth” about what happened to Khashoggi, Erdoğan said he was not satisfied with Riyadh’s version of events of what happened and called for the “highest ranked” of those responsible to be brought to justice. Continue reading...
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Caroline Wozniacki v Petra Kvitova: WTA Finals – live!
WTA Finals updates from the match in SingaporeStephens beats Osaka in battle of US Open championsFeel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 12.20pm BST These two have met 13 times. Petra Kvitova leads the head-to-head 8-5. She’s also won their last four matches. 11.11am BST Hello. “Life makes me happy,” Petra Kvitova said after her comprehensive defeat to Elina Svitolina in her opening match at the WTA Finals. It was a positive message from the two-time Wimbledon champion and maintaining that kind of mentality should help her in her quest to bounce back against Caroline Wozniacki today. Delivered from another athlete, that quote might have sounded like loser talk. But given that Kvitova is fortunate merely to be alive after suffering terrible injuries to her left hand during a knife attack in her home in December 2016, it isn’t hard to understand her reactions after losing a tennis match. From the Czech’s perspective, simply making it to the season’s finale is a victory on its own.Given that she’s in Singapore, though, Kvitova might as well do all she can to make her stay last as long as possible. But this is a tricky assignment. Wozniacki, who also needs to kickstart her tournament after losing her opener to Karolina Pliskova, has also demonstrated resolve during her career. The Dane was once mocked for being a world No1 without a grand slam. Yet Wozniacki had the last laugh when she beat Simona Halep in this year’s Australian Open final and she can also draw on the experience of winning this tournament last year. She might have the edge, especially on a court that’s been playing quite slowly. Continue reading...
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Whitbread to expand Premier Inn portfolio in Germany after Costa sale
Like-for-like sales at hotel chain almost ground to a halt in six months to 30 AugustPremier Inn’s owner, Whitbread, is planning a major push into the German hotels market after the sale of its Costa Coffee business to Coca-Cola.Alison Brittain, Whitbread’s chief executive, said the company would plough some of the proceeds from the agreed £3.9bn sale into expanding its hotels business but a “significant proportion” of the money would be returned to shareholders. Continue reading...
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Unai Emery has made me believe in myself again, says Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi
• Nigerian midfielder says players less afraid of making mistakes• Arsenal have 10 successive wins since August loss at ChelseaAlex Iwobi says that Unai Emery has removed the fear of failure at Arsenal, which has allowed the club to piece together a run of 10 consecutive victories in all competitions.The atmosphere towards the end of the Arsène Wenger years was tainted by negativity, which was not all down to the former manager – rather the broader situation around him and the yearning for change among a large section of the fanbase. Continue reading...
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Take the kids to … Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham
This indoor twist on a Legoland theme park builds up the fun with its miniature city, rides and play area but crumbles when it comes to entertaining older kidsThe latest UK collaboration between global heavyweights Merlin Entertainments and the Lego Group recently opened in Birmingham city centre (in a former car park) at a cost of £7m. It’s an indoor (more compact) version of a Legoland theme park: imagine a giant playschool designed by a creative, six-year-old Lego fanatic! Continue reading...
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Philip Hammond can't announce an end to austerity. Brexit won't allow it
Despite Theresa May’s eye-catching pledge, the chancellor’s budget will have to factor in Britain’s precarious post-EU future Philip Hammond’s budget next week is likely to be filled with initiatives and spending plans that, the NHS aside, add up to very little. Brexit, for so long an undetonated bomb, makes all predictions of economic growth and tax receipts more of a fiction than usual – and the chancellor knows it. The inescapable conclusion from a lack of clear visibility is that the Treasury can spend only what it must, he will say. In other respects, it must keep its powder dry. How could he not be cautious, when the most bloodcurdling predictions attached to Britain crashing out of the European Union could prove optimistic.There may be a £16bn war chest, stored up since April from a combination of unexpectedly high tax receipts and low Whitehall spending, but spending pledges at this stage, with only months to go before the divorce deadline, would be reckless. Continue reading...
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Nigel Slater’s baked sweet potato with lentils recipe
A hint of spice in a sweet potato filling makes a delicious simple supperBake two large sweet potatoes on a baking sheet at 200C/gas mark 6 for approximately 50 minutes until they are soft to the touch. Continue reading...
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Women’s cricket to stand on its own feet at milestone World Twenty20 | The Spin
Previous five WWT20 tournaments hung on the coat-tails of the men’s event but now it is going it alone and deservedly soA few years ago, I took some friends along to watch a women’s Twenty20 match at the Oval – the precursor to the men’s match which would follow some hours later. As we entered the ground the security guard on the gate asked us why we were there. “For the cricket,” I replied, confused. “What cricket?” he replied. “The women’s match?” we inquired. His blank expression told a thousand stories.Fast-forward to 2018 and in a few weeks’ time, starting 9 November, the Caribbean will host the first standalone Women’s World Twenty20. The previous five have all, in some form or another, taken place alongside the equivalent male event. Now, the women’s game will be given the chance to stand entirely on its own feet. Continue reading...
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Surge in crimes against MPs sparks fears over intimidation and abuse
FoI response shows number of offences against politicians more than doubled in a yearThe number of crimes against MPs has more than doubled in a year, prompting concern about the level of intimidation and abuse politicians are facing.A specialist police team set up to investigate crimes against MPs dealt with 242 complaints last year, compared with 102 in its first year of operation. The unit launched in August 2016 after the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox. Continue reading...
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Even our own bodies now contain plastic waste. It’s time to get drastic | Gaby Hinsliff
Banning straws and cotton buds isn’t going to cut it. It won’t be easy, but our over-reliance on the stuff must endWe are what we eat, and what we eat reveals something about what we are in return. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising that humans are now apparently eating plastic, given what we mostly are is thoughtless enough to have littered the planet with the stuff. A small trial at the Medical University of Vienna found tiny shreds of it in the digestive systems of people from eight different countries including the UK. And while that’s only a very tentative opening to the conversation – the study involved just eight people and doesn’t tell us what if any effect eating plastic was having on their bodies, which means an awful lot more research is needed before we know what any of this really means – it’s a conversation that feels overdue. We already knew fish were ingesting plastic. Did we really think it wouldn’t reach back up to the top of the food chain, that the consequences of our own actions couldn’t return to haunt us? Related: Microplastics found in human stools for the first time Continue reading...
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Where are the scream queens of colour?
Halloween hit the big screen more than 40 years ago but why are the new generation of horror film leads still all white?Halloween’s arrival in cinemas is a brilliant reminder that Jamie Lee Curtis is the ultimate scream queen. The label is an apt one for Curtis, who has starred in more than a few horror films since making her debut in John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher film. Having played Laurie Strode multiple times in the Halloween franchise, the actor cemented her status with roles in The Fog, Terror Train and Prom Night in the 1980s. However, as audiences welcome Michael Myers’ survivor sister back to the silver screen one can’t help but notice the lack of women of colour able to pick up Curtis’ mantle.It’s clear enough that mainstream horror has long been white-dominated, with ethnic minority characters confined to playing the supporting roles. In recent years, with the resurgence of the genre, that hasn’t changed much. Get Out might have been a brilliant step forward for diverse representation in 2017 but a year on, white-led films like Hereditary, Slender Man, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Mandy, Unsane, The Little Stranger, Truth or Dare, Apostle and A Quiet Place are still very much the norm. Continue reading...
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Man in Ryanair racism incident identified, police say
Essex police have passed man’s details to Spanish authorities who are investigatingPolice say they have identified a man who was filmed racially abusing an elderly woman on a Ryanair flight.The woman, Delsie Gayle, 77, said she was left stunned and depressed after a man shouted at her to move seats as they boarded a plane last Friday. Continue reading...
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How Tori Amos's Boys for Pele rewrote pop by daring to be ugly
In an extract from her new book in the 33 1/3 series, Amy Gentry explains why its rejection of the ideals of feminine and musical beauty are crucial to an understanding of Amos’s 1996 albumWomen and girls have a particularly complicated relationship with disgust. We learn at an early age to be grossed out by our bodies, with their ungainly fat deposits and nipples guaranteed to be the wrong size and slimy, bleeding, wrinkly holes. Later on, we learn that the things we like are also disgusting because we like them. These things include, but are not limited to: unicorns, romance novels, the colour pink, Tori Amos.My first piece of published criticism was a pan of Boys for Pele for my high school paper, the Stratford Oracle. In my review, cleverly titled “Why can’t Tori sing?” to reflect the fact that I knew about the Y Kant Tori Read bootleg even if I couldn’t afford to buy it, I conceded “a developing sense of depth” in Amos’s instrumentals, but lamented that her vocals too often tended toward a “breathy, weightless, shallow whine”. I called the lyrics “low-quality gibberish” and the album as a whole “self-indulgent” and rounded out my review with an arch lip-curl of condescension: “If only Tori had been guided by flow, and not overflow, the album would not have tasted so distinctly and sadly of might-have-been.” Continue reading...
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Sarah Silverman apologises after Louis CK masturbation comments
Silverman apologised after she said she had given the comedian permission to masturbate in front of her and hoped he would able to discuss his sexual misconduct on stageSarah Silverman has apologised after saying she wanted Louis CK to perform again and address the sexual misconduct claims made against him.Silverman told Howard Stern on his radio show that she thought Louis CK had “remorse” for his actions, almost a year after several women came forward with stories of the comic exposing his penis to them and masturbating in front of them. Continue reading...
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The Fashion Awards 2018: nominations announced
Industry favourites Kim Jones, Virgil Abloh and Riccardo Tisci have all been given nods in the same year they made their highly anticipated debutsThe Fashion Award nominations for 2018 have been announced this morning, with major nods going to the most high-profile designer debuts of the year.Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh and Dior Homme’s Kim Jones, who unveiled their first collections for the luxury houses in July, have both picked up a nomination in the prized Designer of the Year category, while Riccardo Tisci, who took over the reigns at Burberry, has been nominated in the British Designer of the Year Menswear group. Continue reading...
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A sea change: how one small island showed us how to save our oceans
In just 10 years, the Isle of Man has rid its beaches of plastic and earned Unesco status as a world leader in ocean protection. So how did it do it?Standing on a windswept beach on the north-west coast of the Isle of Man, Bill Dale looked out on to plastic bottles, cartons and packaging forming a thick carpet covering the shingle. It was 2007, the global plastic binge was already well under way, but the millions of tonnes of waste seeping into the oceans as a consequence had not reached the public consciousness.“I was with a friend and we thought, ‘Let’s just clean up this one beach.’ We had no idea then of the scale of the problem.” Continue reading...
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Coventry City face homeless future after Sisu’s litigious aggression | David Conn
The hedge fund owner Sisu has alienated city council and Wasps with failed court challenges and there is no agreement in place for the League One club to play anywhere next seasonPerhaps there are two ways to view the plight of proud, 135-year-old Coventry City football club after the latest thumping court defeat in a losing series for the club’s calamitous owner, the hedge fund Sisu.One view, presumably still nursed by Sisu, is that it has somehow been grievously wronged by Coventry City Council, which built the £113m Ricoh Arena for its football club and always envisaged the Sky Blues thriving there as a motor for wider regeneration. The other view, held by exasperated supporters’ groups, the council and Wasps, the rugby club which now occupies the Ricoh instead of City, is that Sisu needs finally to stop taking the council to court and face reality. Continue reading...
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‘This is evil at work’: how should a small town react to neo-Nazis?
Many progressives disagree on how best to fight the far right. This is how one rural Oregon community resistedLaura Rose might go to prison for an antifascist action which has exacerbated a deep debate in a small Oregon town, but she says it wasn’t premeditated.“I didn’t make a plan. I missed the bus”, Rose says, raising their eyebrows under a battered cowboy hat.They – Rose is genderqueer – live an itinerant lifestyle, traveling around the US Pacific north-west. They had been staying in the small town of Cottage Grove, Oregon, (population 10,000) when they had heard about a violent neo-Nazi by the name of Jake Laskey who had been using a store, Wolfclan Armory, as a base of operations for reviving the American Front, one of the oldest white supremacist gangs in the country.Laskey had a track record that included being sent to prison for attacking synagogues and threatening witnesses, and had published videos in which he made veiled threats against anti-fascists and journalists. Continue reading...
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The task: design a high school for 21st century blue-collar America
An innovative Rust Belt school district prepares students for industrial jobs – but also competition from robotsThe high school students clustered around a 4ft-tall red robot with long arms and cartoonish eyes. A so-called collaborative robot, programmed to work with humans at the Prent Corporation, a packaging company, it looked cute, not intimidating.But on this “Manufacturing Day”, which in the last few years has given local high schoolers the chance to don safety goggles and step inside factory walls, the robot delivered a not-so-subtle reminder that their teachers have tried to drill into them: the unskilled jobs that paid earlier generations so well are dwindling, gone offshore and to robots like this one. Continue reading...
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Sundowning review – devastating dementia drama lingers and burns
Tristan Bates theatre, London Hazel Maycock is superb in a moving family tale crammed with feeling and insightDementia is a heartbreaker. It’s also a nightmare to stage: repetitive, meandering and often deeply boring. But dementia will touch so many of us, and it’s important to create plays that explore this condition with unflinching compassion. Sundowning does just that. It’s wildly uneven but it is also heartfelt and honest, and Hazel Maycock is devastating as dementia-sufferer Betty.Nessah Muthy’s own grandmother had dementia, and you can feel that first-hand experience and deeply felt pain in her writing. Ironically, it’s the dementia that makes the most sense in Helena Bell’s shaky production. There’s a laboured subplot about an estranged granddaughter, Alyssa, just released from prison, and her put-upon aunt Teresa, but these scenes feel brittle and unconvincing. It’s the encounters between Alyssa (a sparky Aasiya Shah) and grandma Betty that linger and burn; they’re relatively free of plot but crammed with feeling and insight. Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: 'Fast-Track' qualifiers and a lack of Exeter runners
Swissterious could be the first name into the reckoning for next April’s All-Weather Finals Day at LingfieldYou can be sure that winter is on the way when the first of the “Fast-Track” qualifiers for next April’s All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield hoves into view, and the six-furlong conditions event for juveniles at Newcastle, which guarantees a slot in the £150,000 Three-Year-Old Final on Good Friday, is one of the highlights of a valuable card on the Tapeta.In fact, there is more than £100,000 on offer in prize money, which is impressive for a Tuesday afternoon in late October, and Swissterious (3.40) could be the first name into the reckoning for Finals day if he can bounce back from a slightly disappointing performance in the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar earlier this month. Continue reading...
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David Squires on … José Mourinho's big day back at Chelsea
Our cartoonist looks back at an eventful afternoon at the Bridge for Chelsea and Manchester UnitedView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading...
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Kanye West donates $73,540 to Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia
Rapper becomes second high-profile musician to support outsider candidate, after Chance the Rapper ‘co-campaigns’ with EnyiaKanye West has donated $73,540 to Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, as she launches a campaign to take on the incumbent candidate, Rahm Emanuel.A spokesperson for Enyia’s campaign thanked West for his “generous action”. Enyia has already used the money to pay off fees and debts owed to the Illinois State Board of Elections, incurred from a previous mayoral campaign in 2015, meaning she can now be included on the ballot. Continue reading...
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Hard Brexit could cripple UK science, say Nobel prizewinners
Dozens of scientists write letter to May and Juncker setting out their concernsA coalition of Nobel laureates has said a hard Brexit could cripple UK science, in a letter to Theresa May and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.The letter, signed by 29 Nobel prizewinners and six Fields medallists, says the UK “must now strive to ensure that as little harm as possible is done to research”. Continue reading...
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Strictly: BBC denies fixing allegation after Seann Walsh survives
DJ Vick Hope, who was voted off Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, said she witnessed a ‘very strange’ conversation between the producers and judges before the comedian was savedThe BBC has “categorically” denied an accusation that it fixed the result of Strictly Come Dancing after Seann Walsh and his dance partner, Katya Jones, were kept in the competition by the judges’ vote.The DJ Vick Hope, who was voted off the show on Saturday, complained about producers and the judging panel consulting before giving their verdicts on the Sunday night results show. Continue reading...
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We need a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty – and we need it now | Andrew Simms and Peter Newell
Climate breakdown is an imminent threat to humanity. But an international treaty could avert calamityHow did government respond to the recent scientific conclusion that only “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” can deliver the globally agreed target for stopping climate breakdown? In the UK, fracking for fossil fuels was given the green light, plans were announced for a huge new road in the south-east, incentives for electric vehicles withered, the expansion of Heathrow airport is still going ahead and Gatwick airport is trying to expand too by bringing a back-up runway into use. It’s like seeing a sign that says “Danger: vertical cliff drop” and pulling on your best running shoes to take a flying leap.Something isn’t working. The head of the oil company Shell responded to the new climate science warming by clarifying that “Shell’s core business is, and will be for the foreseeable future, very much in oil and gas.” BP announced new North Sea oil projects. Immediate choices are being made with blank disregard to avoiding climate breakdown. Continue reading...
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Tommy Robinson retrial: supporters gather at Old Bailey
EDL founder addresses crowd before his retrial on contempt of court chargesAround a thousand supporters of the anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson gathered outside the Old Bailey where he is to be retried for contempt of court.As journalists walked past to enter through the main entrance of England’s main criminal court, Robinson branded them “enemies of the people”, to roars and cheers from the crowd. Continue reading...
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Dyson to build electric cars in Singapore, with launch planned for 2021
British firm chose site of plant because of proximity to ‘high-growth markets’ in AsiaDyson will build its new electric car in Singapore, the manufacturer announced on Tuesday, as it steps up plans to take on big US rivals in automotive technology.The British firm chose Singapore because of its proximity to “high-growth markets” in Asia, the chief executive, Jim Rowan, said in a memo to staff. The plant will be completed in 2020, with the car to be launched in 2021. Continue reading...
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Play women’s football matches in main stadiums to boost attendances | Suzanne Wrack
Cracking crowds is the key to growing the game and bringing teams in from satellite grounds will attract more fansBelow the line on every women’s football article, you see the same comments time and time again, regardless of context. And sometimes, beneath the veneer of vitriol, there are valid points worth answering.One gripe in particular, on attendance figures, underpins the moaning of many a troll. It is hard to disagree. Attendances are low – staggeringly so. Women’s football has lower week-by-week averages than some other sports with a fraction of the funding. And while the figures have been slowly climbing, the switch from a summer to a winter season – mirroring the men’s – has meant an 11% drop in attendances, to 953 per match. Continue reading...
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The impossible dream: US gripped by 1 in 302m chance of winning the lottery
The yet unclaimed Mega Millions prize has reached $1.6bn, the biggest jackpot in US historyIf one person wins the Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday evening, they will become one of the 1,500 richest people in America. The $1.6bn jackpot, the most ever given away in a US lottery, would be enough to buy an NFL team, the Washington Post and the most expensive home in New York and still have spare change to buy a few islands and private jets.The jackpot offered to a winner of Mega Millions, one of two major lottery games played across the US, was $40m in July. Since then no one has won the top prize and so the jackpot has continued to roll over. On Friday, 24 rollovers later, it broke the billion dollar threshold. Despite huge interest and a surge of ticket sales, no one has yet won. The huge prize has led to a surge of interest in the lottery across the US. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming estimates that 75% of the 302m possible number combinations will be chosen by the time of the draw on Tuesday night, up from 59.1% on Friday. Continue reading...
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Trick or treat: should you dress up your dog for Halloween?
US dog owners spend $350m a year on elaborate costumes for their pets, and the trend is spreading to Britain. Is it harmless fun – or animal cruelty?Han Solo and Chewbacca. Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion. Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit. This Halloween, you can dress as any one of these famous duos by coordinating costumes with your favourite four-legged friend.Halloween has become big business over the past two decades. In 2001, the British public spent £12m a year on it; that annual figure has since ballooned to £330m. There has also been a huge increase in spending on costumes for our pets, with more and more high-street stores, including Marks & Spencer and H&M, stocking them. There are fuzzy pumpkin, Darth Vader and Beetlejuice costumes available at Pets at Home this year, a ghost costume from Lidl and the inevitable unicorn from B&M. Rubie’s, which claims to be “the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of fancy dress costumes”, has a range of more than 50 costumes for dogs, including the chance to dress up your pet as Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine van. Continue reading...
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The lost city of Atlanta
Atlanta is known as a city where they would knock down a historic building to put up a parking lot. We look at what’s gone and what might be next“We really are a tear down city,” says Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center. “It’s not difficult for people to knock down a historic building in Atlanta. In fact, it’s quite easy.”We’re talking in the restored rooms of an 1856 Italianate mansion built for railroad magnate Lemuel P Grant. One of only three pre-Civil War structures to survive General Sherman’s burning of Atlanta, it had been neglected for decades and was scheduled for demolition when the APC bought it in 2001. They saved the first floor and it is now their headquarters. Continue reading...
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Christian Wade’s exit hints at a future where only bulk will matter | Robert Kitson
Wasps’ elusive wing is heading for the US as rugby in England, for whom he won a single cap, gets ever more size-istPeople love rugby union for different reasons. Some relish the contact, the physical challenge, the survival-of-the-fittest mentality. Others cherish the ethos of unselfishness, the camaraderie and the dressing‑room humour. Spending an entire 80 minutes with one’s head, for example, wedged between two large pairs of buttocks encourages a perspective about fellowship and sacrifice that few other sports can match.What it has never been is a game for robots. Coaches like to talk about consistency and doing the basics but rugby’s real beauty ultimately lies in its quirks and uncertainties. The ball can bounce anywhere, it is not impossible for two ridiculously contrasting body shapes to find themselves in direct opposition. Size matters, of course, but so do evasiveness, trickery and imagination. Continue reading...
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Sri Lanka v England: fifth ODI – live!
Over-by-over report of the final ODI in ColomboWood keen on pace-off with Stone for England World Cup placeEmail Tim with any thoughts | Tweet @TimdeLisle 9.54am BST Lasith Malinga, who started this series in style, is rested. His place goes to Lakshan Sandakan, who’s a bit different – a left-arm wrist spinner.Sri Lanka Dickwella (w), Samarawickrama, Chandimal (c), Mendis, de Silva, Shanaka, Perera, Dananjaya, Sandakan, Rajitha, Chameera. 9.40am BST Eoin Morgan, the man of the series by a mile, is so good he decides to rest himself, so Jos Buttler captains England today. He calls wrong and Dinesh Chandimal takes first use of what looks like a good pitch. Buttler says he would have bowled anyway, “with a bit of weather around”.England play a game of musical seamers: Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and Sam Curran come in for Woakes, Stone and Morgan, so the Currans appear together for the first time in an international, and Buttler has seven bowlers up his sleeve. Continue reading...
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Pret allergy death: parents to meet Gove over food labelling
Family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse will call for swift changes at meeting with environment secretaryThe parents of a girl who died after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich are to meet the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to call for a change in the law to require all foods to be labelled clearly with any allergens.Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, of Fulham, west London, collapsed on board a flight to Nice in 2016 after eating a sandwich she bought at Heathrow airport containing sesame seeds, to which she was allergic. She later died in hospital, aged 15. Continue reading...
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Full frontal: why the fuss over Chris Pine's 'dazzling' penis?
A glimpse of the Outlaw King’s crown jewels has the Hollywood press flustered and giggling. No wonder so many male actors shrink from nudityOutlaw King, David Mackenzie’s historical epic following Robert the Bruce’s bloody journey from servile nobleman to king of Scots during the first war of Scottish independence, has plenty of talking points. There’s its bravura opening for one, an unbroken eight-minute ballet introducing us to the major players and murky politics of early 14th-century Scotland. There are also the full-blooded performances from the cast, which includes Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Florence Pugh. The Scottish scenery isn’t bad either. But one newcomer grabbed all the headlines when the film opened the Toronto film festival: Chris Pine’s penis.“Pine’s penis dazzles,” exclaimed Vulture, with its article going on to give a blow-by-blow account of the scene in which Robert takes an alfresco bath in a picturesque Scottish loch. Vanity Fair, meanwhile, declared Pine’s “anatomy the belle of the ball in Toronto”. That’s not to mention the dozens of similarly breathless tweets celebrating Pine’s peen. Who needs Mr Skin when we have professional film journalists? Continue reading...
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My constituents backed Brexit. But I didn’t enter politics to make them poorer | Phil Wilson
Now we know what leaving means, let’s do the right thing and have a second referendumIn normal times and in all good faith, politicians at a general election present a manifesto they believe will improve people’s lives. Politicians of a like mind will largely agree with that manifesto, believing it to be better than the alternative. In government, with all good intentions, the manifesto is implemented – maybe not in its entirety and with compromises being made. That is politics, in normal times.But these are not normal times. Brexit is different. As an MP who campaigned for Remain during the EU referendum in June 2016, I do not believe I can, in all good faith and with all good intentions, tell my electorate that I have changed my mind. First, my constituents won’t believe me. And second, I did not enter politics to knowingly make my constituents poorer. This presents a moral dilemma for Remain-supporting MPs, especially those whose constituents voted to leave. Continue reading...
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Drake beats the Beatles' 1964 record for most US Top 10 hits in a year
Canadian rapper’s guest spot on MIA by Bad Bunny marks his 12th Top 10 hit in 2018Drake has beaten a US chart record that stood for more than 50 years, becoming the artist with the most top 10 hits in a year.The Beatles set the record in 1964 when their 11 hits included the chart-topping Can’t Buy Me Love and A Hard Day’s Night – but Drake has now beaten them with 12 Top 10 hits in 2018. Continue reading...
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Jamal Khashoggi death: Erdoğan to address Turkish parliament – live
Join us for rolling coverage as the Turkish president makes a statement on the death of the murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi 9.04am BST Worth noting - while Western big cheeses may have pulled out, many governments and companies have still sent representatives to Davos in the Desert. Russian and Asian firms, on the other hand, have sent in the big guns, and are likely to hoover up lucrative Vision 2030 contracts https://t.co/36Ca0Sx2F2 9.03am BST There’s more detail on the case in this visual guide to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi: Related: How Jamal Khashoggi disappeared – visual guide Continue reading...
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Safer pesticides could contain march of armyworm in Africa
Study suggests biopesticides should be trialled to control plague of caterpillars that’s destroying crops across the continentExperts have identified safer, effective pesticides they believe can control a plague of caterpillars that is devastating crops across Africa.Many farmers are attempting to control armyworm – a pest that feasts on maize, rice and sugarcane – through the use of highly hazardous pesticides. But researchers warn such chemicals risk severe harm to health and to the environment, and that farmers should be offered sustainable alternatives. Continue reading...
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