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'Art is in our genes': Roma star's hometown revels in success story
Residents of Tlaxiaco say Yalitza Aparicio, up for best actress at the Oscars, has given indigenous Mexicans renewed sense of prideA couple of young flautists are practising scales in a small windowless room at Tlaxiaco’s Casa de Cultura. The rest of the town band are rehearsing a competition routine with a troop of young folkloric dancers – including Yalitza Aparicio’s two younger brothers – in the grand courtyard, decorated with murals depicting the town’s pre-Hispanic Mixtec warriors and artists.Aparicio is nominated for best actress at the Oscars, taking place on Sunday, for her astonishing portrayal of a nanny in Alfonso Cuarón’s acclaimed film Roma. If successful, the 25-year-old Mexican, who worked as teacher before she was discovered almost by accident at a casting call held at the cultural centre, will be the first indigenous winner of the award. Continue reading...
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We’ve had an apocalyptic warning: now will we care about biodiversity? | Martha Gill
A UN report on shrinking species turns the focus away from bumblebees and on to us. It’s time for humanity to take noticeFor a global hazard to really get respect these days it has to threaten Armageddon. Climate change, for example, is the stuff of apocalyptic movies: it is about flooding, fire, and famine. Related: World's food supply under 'severe threat' from loss of biodiversity Continue reading...
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Oscars gift bags to include cannabis skin cream and grinning toilet brush
The 2019 nominees will be scrubbing up well, with a silent breast pump and Galapagos holiday also among coveted haul of freebiesDental floss, therapy sessions with a phobia expert, 15 pairs of luxury false eyelashes and a loo brush are among the items to be contained in this year’s Oscars gift bag, the much-coveted swagbag handed out to nominees in the directing and acting categories ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards.The bag, whose value is estimated to be in the six-figure range, is, as usual, dominated by beauty serums and treatments – with many of this year’s marked by marijuana content following a broad legalisation of the drug in California last year. Continue reading...
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Time to reflect: the pick of this season's summer sequins – in pictures
All that glitters might not be gold – but it is on-trend. The Guardian’s styling editor turns the spotlight on the best designer and high-street sparkle for spring/summerRead more from the spring/summer 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement Continue reading...
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Anna Jones’ recipes for snacking seeds and dipping bhaji | The Modern Cook
Moreish maple, chilli and rosemary snacking seeds, and lipsmacking seeded bhajis with sunflower seed raitaFor some, seeds might conjure images of bird feeders. But hear me out. Seeds are a powerhouse in my kitchen, adding depth to morning smoothies, richness to soups and even forming the base of creamy dressings. And they’re often cheaper than nuts: my staples are sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and poppy. I buy them in bulk bags, use some to make a seed butter (quickly roasted then blitzed - sometimes mixed with some nuts too - for a spread worthy of toast); I roast them with maple syrup, chilli and rosemary for these snacking seeds, perfect for sprinkling on salads, roast roots or simply for eating by the handful. But today’s seeded swede and onion bhajis have been my most recent success, dipped into a lip-smacking, creamy, sunflower seed raita. Continue reading...
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Is fresh pasta better than dried? | Kitchen Aide
It’s the sauce that determines the type of pasta you use• Do you have a culinary dilemma that needs solving? Email feast@theguardian.comWhy do some food writers insist on using fresh pasta when others recommend dried? Dave, Manchester Continue reading...
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Afrobeat and traffic-choked streets in indestructible Lagos – a cartoon
The city has has endured much through the years, but as cartoonist Tayo Fatunla grew up saying: ‘Eko oni baje’ or ‘Lagos cannot be destroyed’ Continue reading...
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Europa League last 16 draw: Arsenal and Chelsea discover opponents – live!
Live updates from the Europa League draw from UEFA HQChelsea hit by transfer ban, Premier League news – live!Email your thoughts to Nick, or tweet him @NickMiller79 11.58am GMT The draw is just minutes away. Mumbling dignitaries are assembled in a Swiss lecture theatre. The excitement is entirely bearable. 11.50am GMT To anyone who draws Zenit just...be prepared... Continue reading...
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Max Porter: ‘I love slang, I love hip-hop. I love the proper use of language’
The author of Grief Is the Thing With Feathers on writing his second novel, wrangling with Brexit and subverting the missing-child genre“A culture of lying, the outrageous failures of our political system, Westminster being so corrupt, so chaotic ... ” Max Porter is talking about public life in the UK today, about which he finds almost everything “revolting”. Porter’s debut, Grief Is the Thing With Feathers, a novella-cum-prose poem about a bereaved dad bringing up two boys, based on the death of his father when he was six, was one of the stand-out books of 2015. He was hailed as “a writer bursting with originality”, but he was reluctant to write a second novel without feeling the same sense of urgency. Now, four years later, this despair at the state of the nation, combined with his “obsessive” fears for the environment, has sent him back to his desk for Lanny, an inventive take on the “missing child” narrative and a meditation on Englishness, made strange by the otherworldliness that distinguished his earlier novel.Porter didn’t want “just to write angry stuff about tabloid poisoning”, a straightforward anti-Brexit or eco-crisis novel. “This isn’t stuff I want to write about explicitly.” Instead, he hoped “to have a kind of philosophical reckoning” with all these issues. “The question was ‘How do I write about England?’” Continue reading...
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Spectre of retirement will drive James DeGale to overcome Chris Eubank Jr
The IBO super-middleweight title is on the line but both boxers know the result will have a bearing on their future in the ringHistory is crowding in on James DeGale, whose long boxing career has been garlanded in titles and cursed by ill-health, and he will be driven by the spectre of retirement to overcome Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night. Related: Chris Eubank ‘petrified’ son will lose must-win fight against James DeGale Continue reading...
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Wales v England: remembering six of their best meetings down the years
We delve into the Guardian and Observer archives to mine excerpts from match reports of memorable Five and Six Nations clashesWales, with a delirious commitment to handling rugby which at times made one wonder at the reality of it all, completely shattered England’s delusions of winning the triple crown and sharing the Championship. It must be said that in the making of this, one of the greatest spectaculars ever seen in a rugby international in the British Isles, England fully played their part. Continue reading...
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Rubbish spot: London council mocked for placement of Brexit posters
Tower Hamlets has put ‘this is your home’ notices aimed at EU citizens on side of bin lorriesA London council has been criticised for putting posters telling European residents “this is your home” on the sides of rubbish trucks.Tower Hamlets council has placed posters around the borough encouraging its 41,000 residents from the European Union to secure their right to stay after Brexit, however it has been suggested that the message could be misconstrued. Continue reading...
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Royal Mail to increase price of first-class stamp by 3p to 70p
Rise will take effect from March 25, when second-class stamp will go up to 61p The price of a first-class stamp is to increase by 3p to 70p and a second-class stamp will go up by 3p to 61p, the Royal Mail has announced.The increases will take effect from March 25 and will help ensure the sustainability of the universal postal service, the company said. Continue reading...
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Nigeria’s new president is bound to fail – whoever wins the election l Chigozie Obioma
The postponement of the poll, which takes place tomorrow, has battered many people’s faith. But it needn’t be like thisEvery few years, a single resolute idea about the best way to solve the problems of Nigeria grips the nation. It begins from someone’s fanciful thoughts but gets shared so much that, before long, nearly everyone begins to parrot it.When the last dictator, General Sani Abacha, died in 1998, nearly everyone became persuaded that “only a civilian will save us!” A year later a civilian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, took office. Two terms later, Nigerians were so disillusioned that the next idea took off with even greater fervour: “We have been ruled by military elites most of whom had no higher education. We need a president with a good education!” So we got that in 2007, in Umaru Yar’Adua, who had a master’s in chemistry. When he died in office, our desire was fulfilled once more in the ultimate PhD-holding president, Goodluck Jonathan. Neither saved us. Continue reading...
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England Women in dramatic batting collapse as India win opening ODI
• India Women 203, England Women 136; India win by 66 runs• Ekta Bisht takes 4-25 as England collapse from 111-3England Women suffered a batting collapse as Ekta Bisht claimed four wickets to help India seal a 66-run victory in the first one-day international of the series in Mumbai.Having been set a victory target of 203, the tourists saw seven wickets fall for just 25 runs – the last four managing to add only one as captain Heather Knight watched on, finishing 39 not out. Continue reading...
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Are you starting to find it difficult to work in the EU as a UK citizen due to Brexit?
If you have encountered a problem applying for or moving to a new job because of Brexit, we’d like to hear from youAre you a UK citizen working, short or long-term, in an EU27 country, and have you experienced difficulties applying for or moving to a new job because of your new employer’s doubts about your legal status and right to work in the EU after Brexit? Related: 'We are being abandoned': Britons in EU on the Brexit deal vote Continue reading...
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Man who tended WWII memorial for 75 years watches flypast for US pilots
Thousands gather in Sheffield to commemorate 10 airmen killed in Mi Amigo crashThousands have gathered in Sheffield to watch the US air force stage a flypast to commemorate 10 pilots who lost their lives during the second world war.People travelled across the globe for the flypast, including military veterans and family members of soldiers who lost their lives on the Mi Amigo aircraft. Continue reading...
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Amy Winehouse hologram tour postponed due to 'unique sensitivities'
Base Hologram, which was planning a concert tour featuring the deceased singer, says ‘creativity does not necessarily follow a schedule’The company developing an Amy Winehouse hologram tour has postponed the project. Base Hologram said in a statement that it had encountered “some unique challenges and sensitivities” on the path to “remembering Amy Winehouse and her legacy in the most celebratory and respectful way possible”.In a further statement issued to Billboard magazine, Base chairman and CEO Brian Becker described the production as a “cross between a Broadway show and a concert spectacle which requires creative engineering”, and added: “that type of creativity does not necessarily follow a schedule.” Continue reading...
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Ian Austin becomes ninth MP to quit Labour - politics live
Follow the latest political developments as they happen, including the Dudley North MP leaving his party after saying it is ‘broken’ Full story: Ian Austin quits the Labour partyBrexit: Corbyn inching closer to backing a second referendum 11.23am GMT More regret expressed at Austin’s departure, this time by the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East:Deeply saddened to hear that Ian Austin is leaving Labour Party. I have the upmost respect for Ian: a fantastic MP - incredibly impressive in Parliament & his constituency, a strong voice for the Black Country and a dedicated campaigner against racism & anti-semitism. https://t.co/naKxyzCXOC 11.08am GMT Austin has said he will not call a byelection, despite Labour urging him and his eight other ex-colleagues who quit the party to do so.Ian Austin, who has quit the Labour Party this morning, tells @VictoriaLIVE he doesn't plan to call a by-election. He has a majority of just 22 votes. Continue reading...
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Church of England urged to make land available to Gypsies
Synod to vote to protect Roma, Gypsies and Travellers from ‘institutional racism’The Church of England is being urged to make land available for Gypsies and travelling communities who face institutional racism and ostracisation.It may also appoint chaplains to provide pastoral care to Gypsies and Travellers, and to encourage them to become part of the church. Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins on his main Cheltenham contenders
The Carlow trainer has a slightly reduced Festival team this year but will field plenty of big names in the major racesI think Al Boum Photo shouldn’t have any problem with the trip. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. Continue reading...
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Washington state: at least 20 county sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws
Moves may pose a significant threat to the state’s ambitious agenda on firearms reformAt least 20 county sheriffs in Washington state – more than half of the state’s total – are now publicly refusing to police new gun laws. Several county governments have also passed local resolutions officially opposing enforcement of the laws.The moves may pose a significant threat to Washington’s ambitious agenda on firearms reform, and some activists say it is beginning to resemble a full-scale “constitutionalist” revolt against gun control. Continue reading...
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EFL warns Coventry City they risk expulsion over home venue uncertainty
• Coventry given deadline of 5 March to provide an update• Club say they ‘want to do a deal’ to stay at Ricoh ArenaThe EFL has warned Coventry City that they risk being expelled from the league unless they confirm where they intend to play home matches next season.“The EFL Board has formally written to Coventry City with a final request for clarity in regard to where the club will stage its home matches for the 2019/20 season,” a statement released by the league on Friday said. Continue reading...
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Man, 23, stabbed to death at Brixton youth club
Police launch murder inquiry and appeal for witnesses after people say fight broke out at youth clubPolice have launched a murder investigation after a 23-year-old man was fatally stabbed at a youth club in southwest London.Officers were called to Minet Road in Brixton at 6.45pm on Thursday. Continue reading...
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Tory defectors are just getting involved in a Labour party tussle | John Redwood
The Independent Group is just an anti-Corbyn faction – and no place for Conservatives who made promises about Brexit• John Redwood is the Conservative MP for WokinghamI find it difficult to fathom why three Conservative MPs would wish to join the Independent Group formed by Labour MPs. They argue that the Conservative party has shifted away from them under Theresa May over the last year and a half. There is no evidence to support this. Related: Ian Austin becomes ninth MP to quit Labour - politics live Continue reading...
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Investors look to eurozone data for signs of a slowdown - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as German growth figures and eurozone inflation give the latest clues on the state of the bloc’s economyGerman economy flatlines in fourth quarterCanada’s Saputo to buy Dairy Crest for nearly £1bn 10.26am GMT Here is how inflation compares across Europe, with the lowest rate at 0.5% in Greece, and the highest rate at 3.2% in Romania: 10.23am GMT Inflation in the eurozone slowed slightly in January as energy price growth slowed sharply.The headline annual rate fell to 1.4% in January, from 1.5% in December. Energy prices were 2.7% higher in the year to January, compared with 5.5% in the year to December. Continue reading...
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Amnesty International leaders offer to resign over bullying workplace culture
Letter says ‘mistakes were made’ after colleagues were belittled and excludedAmnesty International’s seven-member senior leadership team has offered to resign, following a damning report that warned of a “toxic” working environment and widespread bullying.A letter, signed jointly by the human rights group’s leadership team, acknowledged mistakes had been made, adding that the seven senior leaders took shared responsibility for the “climate of tension and mistrust” across the organisation. Continue reading...
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How to have a cosy Sunday: shakshuka, flowers and Beyoncé
I’m obsessively looking for any remnant of spring and summer to warm my spirit as I wait for the clocks to go forward againA friend of mine once joked that winter is so miserable, we collectively repress how bleak it is every year. Then, when the mercury drops, we’re somehow shocked that the sun is setting at 4pm, our monthly budgets are desperately contorting themselves around Christmas obligations, and we’re spending 20-30 minutes every weekday morning in silent negotiations with every instinct inside us that’s demanding we stay cocooned up in bed as the working day approaches.I’m one of those ungrateful types who says silly things like “I can’t wait for winter, I love to layer!” by late August, which is testament to this annual amnesia. Sure enough, when winter comes around, I’m obsessively looking for any remnant of spring and summer to warm my spirit as I wait for the clocks to go forward again. Continue reading...
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Leila Aboulela: ‘Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark haunts everything I write’
The author on her love for Daphne du Maurier, never finishing A Little Life and the books that helped with homesicknessThe book I am currently reading Isabella Hammad’s forthcoming debut The Parisian. It’s a big family novel like Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy but it charts the history of Palestine, and starts off on a ship to Marseille. The prose is impeccable.The book I wish I’d written Home by Marilynne Robinson. Racial politics, family and faith – the perfect combination of spiritual insight and human failings. Continue reading...
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Happy Face, London N1: ‘A space-age slant on a classic pizza joint’ – restaurant review | Grace Dent
Simple, fun and easy on the pocket, this place should spark smiles all roundIf you were very evil in a past life, there’s a chance that you’ll be reincarnated as that friend or colleague who always has to plan the lunches or nights out. No one wants this role; it simply befalls them. Chivvying people is a pain in the bottom, an endless WhatsApp onslaught of quibbles and variables, as folk chip in that they’re allergic to coriander, can do Tuesdays only and, “Will there be vegan cheese?” To assist these situations, I always pay note to catch-all places such as the ebulliently named Happy Face and SuperMax, which appeared late last year on the ground floor of the Everyman Cinema in Kings Cross, central London. The cinema, by the way, is a different kind of wonderful: they’ll bring a bespoke chocolate sundae or a passionfruit daiquiri to your sofa while you watch an arthouse movie, although the cost will cause some people vertigo. Continue reading...
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