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Clarence Phillips mail: clarence.phillips@geheime.club | web: clarence.geheime.club | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 02:34:21 GMT
Eurozone unlocks €10.3bn bailout loan for Greece

Meeting in Brussels ends in agreement at 2am after IMF waters down its demands to placate Germany and payment is split into two tranches

European officials have agreed to unlock €10.3bn in bailout money for Greece as the International Monetary Fund made a significant climbdown in its demand for upfront debt relief for the recession-hit country.

Greece’s international creditors emerged from an 11-hour meeting in Brussels at 2am on Wednesday having agreed on steps to ease the burden of Greece’s €321bn (£245bn) debt mountain, worth 180% of annual economic output.

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Wayne Marshall mail: wayne.marshall@ventredi.eu | web: wayne.ventredi.eu | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 04:59:08 GMT
Afghan Taliban appoints new leader and confirms death of Mullah Mansoor

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of Mansoor’s deputies, will take control of the insurgent group

The Taliban in Afghanistan has confirmed the death of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a US drone strike last week and appointed his successor.

In a statement sent to media on Wednesday, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two Mansoor’s deputies.

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Sean Butler mail: sean.butler@ventredi.eu | web: sean.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:16:30 GMT
The London skyscraper that is a stark symbol of the housing crisis

Exclusive: Tower underoccupied, astonishingly expensive, mostly foreign owned, and with dozens of apartments held through secretive offshore firms

A Russian billionaire whose business partner is a close ally of Vladimir Putin, the former chairman of a defunct Nigerian bank and a Kyrgyz vodka tycoon appear to be among more than 130 foreign buyers in Britain’s tallest residential skyscraper.

Almost two-thirds of homes in the Tower, a 50-storey apartment complex in London, are in foreign ownership, with a quarter held through secretive offshore companies based in tax havens, a Guardian investigation has revealed.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: nvdlouw@yahoo.com | web: http://greatestcamps.nl/ | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 05:02:35 GMT
Trump wins Washington primary as protests erupt outside Albuquerque rally – live

Despite the violence we’ve seen on the streets of Albuquerque, only one arrest has reportedly been made so far tonight - and that was from inside the rally itself.

This picture from earlier shows riot police responding to the protests:

The streets of Albuquerque are filling with smoke right now from several different sources. Partly, protestors are smoking their tyres:

Trucks peeling out tires to burn rubber in downtown #ABQ. 3rd and Copper pic.twitter.com/mKCMJ3ZdOQ

ONGOING: Albuquerque police deploy smoke grenades after protesters threw rocks at police: pic.twitter.com/gsRXLl0psU

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Alfred Washington mail: alfred.washington@horse-d.eu | web: alfred.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:48:12 GMT
Johnny Depp says Barnaby Joyce looks like he's 'inbred with a tomato'

Agriculture minister hits back by saying he’s turning into Depp’s ‘Hannibal Lecter’ after actor mocks Australian dog apology video on US talk show

Johnny Depp has said Barnaby Joyce looks like he’s “inbred with a tomato” as he continues to mock the apology he made with his wife, Amber Heard, for smuggling their two dogs into Australia.

Depp appeared on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! where the host labelled Australia a “dumb country” when interviewing Depp about the apology video after Heard was charged with illegally bringing their dogs, Pistol and Boo, into the country.

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Mark Henry mail: mark.henry@pulpfrictions.com | web: mark.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:21:25 GMT
Bill Cosby: comedian to stand trial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for charges stemming from accusation that he drugged and sexually assaulted a Temple University employee in 2004

Bill Cosby, the TV star and the subject of dozens of accusations from women who say he sexually assaulted them, must face trial over an accusation that he intoxicated and sexually assaulted a Temple University employee more than 12 years ago in his Pennsylvania home.

The ruling in Pennsylvania district court sets in motion one of the biggest trials of the decade, in which the actor and comedian faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Henk Jongmans mail: jongmansh@gmail.com | web: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102961349602300242299/ | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 01:37:06 GMT
G7 in Japan: concern over world leaders' tour of nationalistic shrine

Prime minister Shinzo Abe, a fervent Shinto devotee, wants to escort Barack Obama and David Cameron to Ise Jingu shrine during summit

With an impeccably observed combination of bowing and handclapping, the pilgrims give thanks to Amaterasu, the mythological sun goddess from whom all of Japan’s emperors are said to be the direct descendants.

Behind them, hundreds more slowly make their way up the steps in front of the hidden main sanctuary, waiting their turn to pray at Ise Jingu, Japan’s most revered Shinto shrine.

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Shawn Gonzales mail: google@geheime.club | web: shawn.geheime.club | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 22:02:59 GMT
Sister of NHS doctor who joined Isis says parents will 'never forgive him'

Najla Abuanza condemned her brother Issam, who left his wife and two children in Sheffield to join Islamic State in Syria

The sister of an NHS doctor who fled from his family in the UK to join Islamic State in Syria has said their parents “will never forgive him”.

Najla Abuanza spoke out following reports her brother Issam deserted his wife and two children from Sheffield in 2014 to join the militant group.

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Billy Evans mail: billy.evans@klarkzon.eu | web: billy.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:59:58 GMT
Ex-Cameron aide attacks establishment 'bullying' of Jeremy Corbyn

Steve Hilton says he found ‘much to welcome’ in Labour leader’s ascent, and predicts victory for Donald Trump in US

Steve Hilton, the prime minister’s former “blue skies thinker,” has said the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has been “bullied” by the Westminster establishment because of his unconventional approach to politics.

David Cameron used a Commons encounter with Corbyn in February to take him to task for not properly fastening a tie, saying: “I know what my mother would say. I think she’d look across the dispatch box and she’d say: put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem.”

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Arthur Burns mail: arthur.burns@innovation-km.com | web: arthur.innovation-km.com | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 04:02:44 GMT
US releases millions of wasps to fight ash tree borer

Parasite fron China attacks eggs and larvae of Asian insect pest that has wiped out tens of millions of trees

Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states of the US to try and peg back the tree-killing insect’s advances.

The US Department of Agriculture has researched and approved for release four species of parasitic wasps that naturally target the larval and egg stages of the ash borer, which has killed an estimated 38m ash trees in urban and residential areas. The estimated cost of treating, removing and replacing the lost trees is $25bn, according to a report written by USDA and US Forest Service entomologists.

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Kevin Gonzalez mail: google@geheime.club | web: kevin.geheime.club | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 02:49:26 GMT
Reboot: Adidas to make shoes in Germany again – but using robots

Company unveils new factory in Germany that will use machines to make shoes instead of humans in Asia

Adidas, the German maker of sportswear and equipment, has announced it will start marketing its first series of shoes manufactured by robots in Germany from 2017.

More than 20 years after Adidas ceased production activities in Germany and moved them to Asia, chief executive Herbert Hainer unveiled to the press the group’s new prototype “Speedfactory” in Ansbach, southern Germany.

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Sean Rodriguez mail: sean.rodriguez@horse-d.eu | web: sean.horse-d.eu | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 05:00:31 GMT
Across Europe, distrust of mainstream political parties is on the rise

The far right is gaining support in some corners of Europe, but more marked is the rejection by voters of the political establishment

The narrow defeat – by just 0.6 percentage points – of the nationalist Freedom party’s Norbert Hofer in this week’s Austrian presidential elections has focused attention once more on the rise of far-right parties in Europe.

But despite what some headlines might claim, it is oversimplifying things to say the far right is suddenly on the march across an entire continent. In some countries, the hard right’s share of the vote in national elections has been stable or declined.

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Jimmy Evans mail: jimmy.evans@hockeymail.de | web: jimmy.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:05:08 GMT
Burt Kwouk: Harry Hill remembers Pink Panther star

They joined forces on Harry Hill’s Channel 4 show in the 90s. Now Harry recalls the late actor’s wit, love of film, and his relationship with Peter Sellers

I distinctly remember the first time I saw Burt Kwouk. It was the early 1990s and Al Murray and I were at a BBC light entertainment Christmas party, piling into the cheap wine, when we spotted him across the room.

Who knows why he was there, but we were completely starstruck because for our generation, who had grown up on the genius of the Pink Panther films, he was a star. I don’t think I even knew he was called Burt back then, I just saw him as Cato – the man who jumped on Peter Sellers.

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Philip Martinez mail: philip.martinez@innovation-km.com | web: philip.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:34:23 GMT
A letter to Jesse Hughes from a fellow Bataclan survivor

I love your music, and I never thought you would become one of those spreaders of fear. Islam isn’t the problem – reducing people to stereotypes is

This post originally appeared on Ismael El Iraki’s Facebook page

Dear Jesse,

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Adam Evans mail: gmail@thedarkswans.com | web: adam.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:10:02 GMT
Steve Bell on the Tory infighting over the EU referendum – cartoon
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Marvin West mail: marvin.west@innovation-km.com | web: marvin.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:43:43 GMT
Eric Cantona: ‘I love José Mourinho but he is not Manchester United’

The French legend, in an exclusive interview on his 50th birthday, says Pep Guardiola is the only manager capable of ‘changing Manchester’ and explains why he will be cheering on England at Euro 2016 – not France

Eric Cantona turned 50 on Tuesday and is still doing what he has always done best: playing the part of Eric Cantona to a T. For Manchester United fans still digesting the end of the soured Louis van Gaal era and the imminent arrival of José Mourinho, he has a simple diagnosis of what has gone wrong.

“They miss me,” Cantona says, playful but serious at the same time. “I think they have lost something. You can feel it. But it’s difficult to come after someone who has been at the club 25 years. Even if you are a great manager, the fans still feel the philosophy of Ferguson.”

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Chad Cox mail: yahoo@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: chad.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 00:32:28 GMT
Man mauled by lions in Chilean zoo is recovering, say authorities

Metropolitan Zoo in Santiago fends off criticism for shooting two lions as details emerge of its poor safety record and delusions of man who stripped naked in pen

Two zoo lions shot dead after the mauling of a man who jumped into their enclosure have been given a private funeral in Chile – while the man is now expected to survive both his wounds and being accidentally hit with an animal tranquiliser during rescue attempts.

Management at the Santiago Metropolitan Zoo stood by their decision to shoot the animals during the drama on Saturday, while details emerged of how the troubled young man involved, Franco Ferrara, 20, may have suffered delusions based around the biblical tale of Daniel and the lions.

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Mark Harris mail: mark.harris@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: mark.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:21:01 GMT
Malachi Kirby on remaking Roots: ‘I could feel the pain, hear the screams'

It was the most-watched show in TV history, a shocking story of slavery – and now it’s back. The British actor relives the ordeal of playing Kunta Kinte

Nobody could say Malachi Kirby hasn’t earned his breakthrough. Over five and a half months, he was shackled, assaulted, abused, imprisoned, beaten, whipped, mutilated and subjected to all manner of psychological torture and torment. On top of that, he went through the physical equivalent of a triathlon: running, swimming, horse-riding, rowing and fighting. “It pushed me to my limits and beyond,” says the 26-year-old Londoner. “There wasn’t one day that didn’t challenge me – physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally. Sometimes it was the heat, sometimes the cold, the mosquitoes, the horse. Sometimes it was just having to run in shoes that were too big.”

Kirby plays Kunta Kinte, the hero of Alex Haley’s Roots – first a Pulitzer-winning, bestselling novel, then a blockbuster TV event of the 1970s. It has now been remade – or rather retold – as an expensive eight-hour miniseries, also starring Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne and Anna Paquin. Haley’s story claimed (though its authenticity has since been disputed) to chronicle the author’s ancestors from 18th-century Africa up to his own life in the 20th-century US. It begins with Kunta, a Mandinka warrior abducted from Gambia and forced to work as a slave on plantations in the American south, and who defies his captors at every stage.

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Jeffery Roberts mail: jeffery.roberts@thedarkswans.com | web: jeffery.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:00:10 GMT
IVF: 'It’s overwhelming and shocking at every single turn'

Infertility treatment had an enormous effect on Gareth Farr and Gabby Vautier and their relationship. The experience inspired him to write a play about the highs and lows of it

Here’s something we all understand about conception: it’s a private thing. So what was most difficult about in vitro fertilisation (IVF), says Gareth Farr, was juggling issues around conceiving a baby in the midst of a busy working life – but when no one else knew what was going on. “I’d be in a meeting or teaching a class and I’d have to pretend I needed to use the bathroom so I could go off and find an empty room and take a call to find out how many embryos had been fertilised,” he says. “And then I’d have to phone my wife, Gabby, and tell her whatever crucial information had been imparted from the clinic, and then race back into the meeting or class and pretend nothing had happened.”

IVF is enormously stressful, but as a society we’ve not really begun to unpack what that means for an individual, for a couple and their relationship, or for wider relationships within a family. With assisted conception on the rise – 2% of all babies born in Britain are now conceived this way, and the number is increasing – it’s becoming more important for the issues to be understood and for us as a society to at least acknowledge them, and perhaps to do more to help couples through what’s involved. That’s Gareth’s view and based on his and Gabby’s five-year quest for a baby, and all they went through, he’s written a play that seeks to grapple with the issues – it opened this week in Birmingham before travelling to London.

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Todd Watson mail: todd.watson@horse-d.eu | web: todd.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:01:58 GMT
Full petal jacket: the new meaning of floral prints

Flowers aren’t just for Chelsea. Thanks to Adele, Gucci and Harry Styles, they’re on-trend and on the catwalk, too. From ditsy florals to succulents, what’s your tribe?

‘Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Time was when the idea of flowers having any kudos in the world of proper fashion was so risible that it became a crushing one-liner in The Devil Wears Prada. But fast-forward a decade and Miranda Priestly’s put-down to her editorial staff is seriously dated, because in 2016 flowers pack a real punch in fashion. Not such much in that it’s cool to go to the Chelsea flower show or because bouquet-bragging is one of the more nauseating aspects of Instagram, but because flower prints have lost their intentionally inoffensive it’s-just-a-pretty-pattern vibes and have started to actually signify something. They have become a reasonably sophisticated way of semaphoring your wardrobe message: you really can say it with flowers (sorry). Everyone has succumbed to the floral trend in recent months – from Harry Styles on the red carpet, to Adele in the video for Send My Love to Hillary Clinton on some campaign downtime.

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Marvin Martin mail: marvin.martin@klarkzon.eu | web: marvin.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:37:53 GMT
The death of bohemia: can the dream survive in gentrified New York?

As institutions such as the Chelsea hotel struggle to survive, the writer Ed Hamilton is trying to capture the city’s free spirit before it’s lost forever

The Chelsea hotel, on West 23rd Street, is still standing. But it is much diminished from the glory days when it hosted the likes of Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. The halls are dusty from sheetrock; the doors are plastic sheets taped to the wall. Developers are hoping to turn the place into a luxury hotel or condos. But there are still some people still clinging to the place.

Ed Hamilton always wanted to be a short-story writer. He arrived in New York a little over two decades ago, at the age of 30, moving with his wife from the Maryland suburbs. “I always wanted to come to New York, my wife always wanted to come to New York, and our jobs ended so we decided to just go ahead and do it,” Hamilton told me on a recent afternoon, sitting in a large, worn red armchair in the room he shares with his wife at the Chelsea. He’s only recently published his first book of short stories, titled The Chintz Age.

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Alan Peterson mail: alan.peterson@affablyhomonym.com | web: alan.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:15:22 GMT
The best of the Chelsea flower show

This year’s gold and silver medallists at Chelsea, from the best in show Telegraph garden’s bronze fins to a garden for car enthusiasts

Designer Andy Sturgeon’s “Captured Landscape” is said to have been inspired by the magnitude of geological events that have moulded our landscape over millions of years.

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Joshua Morales mail: gmail@thedarkswans.com | web: joshua.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:32:33 GMT
Dr Zee, the godfather of legal highs: 'I test everything on myself'

From ‘miaow miaow’ to the methspresso machine, Dr Zee has spent years creating new drugs faster than the British government can legislate against. But is he a freedom fighter – or a brainier version of your average dealer?

Dr Zee, the Israeli chemist credited with kicking off the legal highs market in the UK, is showing off his latest invention. Unlike his other discoveries – most notably mephedrone, which caused a media panic in 2009 when tabloids ran scare stories about “miaow miaow” and “plant food” – this one can’t be snorted or swallowed. Instead, it’s a black plastic box that looks rather like a coffee-maker.

“I think maybe we’ll call it the methspresso machine,” he says, while showcasing it on a new BBC documentary, The Last Days of Legal Highs.

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Jeffery Burns mail: jeffery.burns@thedarkswans.com | web: jeffery.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:13:30 GMT
Stubble trouble – the meanings of men's wannabe beards

If a man’s face is his personality’s canvas, what do the ‘soul patch’ and the baby tache signify?

If the face is a canvas, stubble can have an altering effect, but it can be more of a botch – think of the bizarre amateur restoration of the Spanish Ecce Homo fresco – than a masterpiece. There are no hard-and-fast rules with stubble growth – which might be part of the problem. Unless you are a vigilant self-groomer, the line between “attractive stubble growth” and sporting the look of someone who has fallen into an tar-black pit of endless despair can be indistinct and vague. Here’s what some recent famous stubble growth signifies …

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Johnny Thompson mail: johnny.thompson@ventredi.eu | web: johnny.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:14:18 GMT
Thrinder or Three-Ender: why Tinder’s upset about how you say 3nder

The creators of a threesome app claim to embrace various pronunciations of its name – true to their openminded values – but they are still being sued for trademark infringement

Name: 3nder.

Age: Two.

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Kenneth Mason mail: kenneth.mason@daftest.website | web: kenneth.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:32:01 GMT
How to eat out if you're vegan

Which are the best cuisines for vegans? Our chefs and writers’ tips on what to order, what to avoid and what to ask. Plus, the best vegan-friendly restaurants around the country and where to eat on the high street

Share your own restaurant tips and experiences – good and bad – below

Vegetarians are now relatively well catered for in the UK, but if you want to avoid animal products such as eggs and dairy altogether, it’s tougher to find a restaurant to meet your needs. There are lots of great places if you’re open to those that are not exclusively vegan, but it pays to have some careful questions handy.

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Johnny Robinson mail: johnny.robinson@geheime.club | web: johnny.geheime.club | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:34:18 GMT
Brain vs stomach: why dieting is so hard | Dean Burnett

The debate over whether fat is actually bad for our health overlooks a more fundamental issue: if we know something is bad for us, why can’t we stop eating it? The weird relationship between our brains and digestive systems holds the answer

A recent report by the National Obesity Forum stated that official advice about low-fat diets is wrong. As ever, there’s now heated debate over how valid/accurate this claim is. But let’s step back a moment and ask a revealing question: why do official government dietary guidelines even exist? Why are they necessary?

From an entirely logical position, eating food fulfils several requirements. It provides the energy to do things, helps us build up stores of energy for when needed, and provides the materials required to build and maintain our bodies. Therefore, the human body requires a regular intake of nutrients, vitamins and calories to maintain day-to-day functioning. As a result, the human body has developed an intricate digestive system to monitor and regulate our food intake.

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Edward Powell mail: edward.powell@hockeymail.de | web: edward.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:25:44 GMT
How we made the Dyson vacuum cleaner

James Dyson: ‘When I saw industrial cyclones sucking up sawdust, my instincts kicked in’

In the late 1970s, I bought the most powerful vacuum cleaner on the market – the Hoover Junior. I got irritated when it started losing suction and tore the bag open. Its pores were clogged with dust: a fundamental flaw, but valuable to the industry because it meant consumers continually had to buy new bags. At the time, consumables were worth something like £500m a year.

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Chad Rodriguez mail: chad.rodriguez@daftest.website | web: chad.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:28:25 GMT
Sleepwalkers' stories: 'I could have died and no one would have known' | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

One in 50 adults are believed to suffer from episodes of sleepwalking. Here, five people tell us about their experiences

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend after finding them wandering the streets.

The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Peter Watson mail: peter.watson@klarkzon.eu | web: peter.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:53:07 GMT
Andy Murray slams ‘simply untrue’ rumours of rift with Amélie Mauresmo
• Mauresmo had appeared to suggest she split with Murray over his behaviour
• ‘Me and Amélie have a very good relationship,’ says Murray after Paris win

Andy Murray survived a draining examination by 37-year-old Radek Stepanek to squeeze into the second round of the French Open on Tuesday – and then he addressed a court of an altogether different kind to bury the myth that Amélie Mauresmo had quit as his coach because of his on-court behaviour.

Related: Andy Murray fights back to beat Stepanek in five sets at French Open

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Craig Morales mail: craig.morales@horse-d.eu | web: craig.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:30:21 GMT
José Mourinho may bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United
• Swedish striker is a free agent after leaving PSG
• Ibrahimovic available and favours a move to Manchester

José Mourinho has prioritised the signing of an A-list centre-forward when he becomes Manchester United manager, with the Portuguese considering a move for the free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose favoured destination is Old Trafford.

Mourinho’s decision to target an elite striker in the summer market confirms Wayne Rooney will no longer regularly play in attack. The captain has previously acknowledged Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are now better suited to the No9 role.

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Alfred Long mail: google@affablyhomonym.com | web: alfred.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:54:43 GMT
GB athletes set to pick up 2008 Olympic medals won by Russian dope cheats
• Goldie Sayers and 4x400m men’s relay team could be awarded bronze medals
• Of 14 Russian retrospective dopers from Beijing 11 are track and field athletes

Britain could be awarded medals eight years after the Beijing Olympics following revelations that 14 Russian Olympians are among the 31 retrospective dopers from 2008.

Goldie Sayers, who was fourth in the javelin, and Britain’s 4x400m men’s relay team – Martyn Rooney, Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Andrew Steele – who also finished fourth, could be bumped up to medal status after prohibited substances were allegedly found in samples from rivals who were placed above them.

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Fred Garcia mail: fred.garcia@affablyhomonym.com | web: fred.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:00:18 GMT
Graham Gooch hits the nail on the head when it comes to taking guard | Mike Selvey
The former England captain says where a batsman stands at the crease is irrelevant, the key is to make sure the eyeline is on off stump

I have been enjoying a correspondence with an elderly reader from Hull, a hobby artist, who sent me a small watercolour that he did recently. It shows a batsman, new to the crease, taking guard. “Middle and leg, please,” he is saying to the umpire. It resonated. According to cricketarchive.com, my go-to place for such trivia, I would have taken guard 546 times in first-class and List A matches, and always, without fail it was middle and leg. Or “two legs” for no better reason than it was the only time when a batsman could legitimately put up two fingers to the umpire. Then, in the manner of countless others, I would make a scratch mark precisely where others had already done so.

The arrival of that small painting, though, is the first time that I have really questioned why I actually took that specific guard. And once I had been given it, what then did I do? Was the toe of the bat placed on it the stance? Or was it a marker for the feet?

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Steven Thompson mail: steven.thompson@thedarkswans.com | web: steven.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:55:09 GMT
Lee Westwood admits he doubted his game before finishing second at Masters
• ‘When you haven’t played well, then you do start to have doubts’
• Westwood hoping to secure 10th straight Ryder Cup appearance

The former world No1 Lee Westwood admits he had doubts about his ability to compete at the top level again before finishing second in the Masters to Danny Willett.

Westwood gave up his PGA Tour membership last year as he went through a divorce from his wife of 16 years, Laurae, moving back to the UK from their home in Florida to be close to their two children.

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Alan Morales mail: google@pulpfrictions.com | web: alan.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:29:21 GMT
Uefa to hold hearing into Mamadou Sakho’s failed drug test for Liverpool
• Defender likely to discover next week if he must serve lengthy ban
• Suspension may have an impact on Jürgen Klopp’s transfer plans

Uefa will hold a disciplinary hearing into Mamadou Sakho’s failed drugs test on Thursday, with the Liverpool defender likely to discover next week whether he must serve a lengthy suspension from the game.

Related: Liverpool sign Loris Karius from Mainz to be Anfield’s new No1

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Chad Peterson mail: yahoo@horse-d.eu | web: chad.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:35:40 GMT
Johanna Konta and Laura Robson frozen out in bitter cold at French Open

• British No1 Konta beaten 6-2, 6-3 by Julia Görges
• Robson ‘excited’ about grass season after losing to Andrea Petkovic

Angelique Kerber, still searching for the form that won her the Australian Open this year, was the first major casualty in the women’s draw on day three of the French Open and she was joined soon enough by Johanna Konta and Laura Robson, who both fell to German opponents.

Konta’s was the biggest British disappointment, given her encouraging climb to 20 in the world over the past year and a good run at the Australian Open, although there was not a lot she could do about the 30 winners that the world No57, Julia Görges, blasted past her in 64 minutes out on Court 14 towards the end of a miserably cold Tuesday afternoon.

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Shawn Howard mail: shawn.howard@daftest.website | web: shawn.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:24:51 GMT
Liverpool sign Loris Karius from Mainz to be Anfield’s new No1
• Goalkeeper is Jürgen Klopp’s third signing since taking over
• German player will battle Simon Mignolet at Anfield

Liverpool have completed the signing of Loris Karius from Jürgen Klopp’s former club Mainz in £4.7m deal. Klopp wants the 22-year-old goalkeeper to increase the competition with Simon Mignolet for next season.

Karius, who spent time with Manchester City as a teenager, has signed a five-year contract at Anfield and will wear the No1 shirt with Mignolet happy to stick with his current No22.

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Wayne Thompson mail: wayne.thompson@daftest.website | web: wayne.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:42:18 GMT
José Mourinho just the man to shake Manchester United out of their torpor | David Hytner
The former Chelsea manager is sure to make sweeping changes at Old Trafford but like his predecessor, Louis van Gaal, he emphasises discipline and analysis

José Mourinho smiled his winning smile and those in attendance watched his features soften. The analogy was to the family cat, when it is tickled under the chin. “I am the Happy One,” Mourinho declared, and the soundbite fizzed around the world. It was June 2013, he was back for a second spell at Chelsea – where his love affair with English football had begun – and he was making all the right noises.

The enemy of football? Come on. Mourinho had learned from his previous indiscretions, he was older, wiser and more mellow and he simply wanted to work hard to get Chelsea back on top. As ever the delivery was faultless. Mourinho can be the actor supreme or, to paraphrase his rival, Pep Guardiola, “the boss of the press room”, yet it was his next quotation which bears revisiting.

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Harry Jordan mail: harry.jordan@horse-d.eu | web: harry.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:23:27 GMT
Ticketless fans told to stay away from Lens when England play Wales
• Police say there will be nowhere to stay and few places to watch the game
• Supporters are urged to go to Lille where there will be a bigger fanzone

Police have told fans without tickets not to travel to England’s Euro 2016 match with Wales in Lens, warning there will be no alcohol on sale, nowhere to stay and few places to watch the game.

Officers from the UK this week met their French counterparts to finalise planning for the tournament, the build-up to which has been beset by security concerns.

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Mark Henry mail: mark.henry@innovation-km.com | web: mark.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 10:58:17 GMT
14 Russians guilty of doping at Beijing Olympics, suggests state media
• Majority of positive samples come from track and field events
• News casts further doubts over Russia’s participation in Rio

Fourteen of the 31 athletes found to have doped at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing are Russian, according to the country’s state media.

A report by Tass suggests that the majority of those 14 individuals compete in track and field events, putting Russia’s athletics participation at Rio 2016 in further doubt. An International Association of Athletics Federations taskforce has already been set up to decide whether Russia’s athletes will be allowed to compete in Brazil following revelations of state-sponsored doping in the country, with a decision to be made on 17 June.

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George Boyd mail: george.boyd@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: george.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:52:27 GMT
Alejandro Valverde outsprints leader to keep faint Giro d’Italia hopes alive
• Spaniard wins 16th stage but Steven Kruijswijk extends his advantage
• Dutchman is three minutes ahead of nearest rival Esteban Chaves

Alejandro Valverde of Spain kept alive his faint hopes of winning this year’s Giro d’Italia with victory in the 16th stage on Tuesday, but the race leader Steven Kruijswijk maintained a firm grip on the pink jersey by finishing second, stretching his overall advantage to three minutes over the Colombian Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEDGE).

Related: Giro d'Italia 2016: stages 10 to 15 — in pictures

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Philip Crawford mail: philip.crawford@affablyhomonym.com | web: philip.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:57:17 GMT
Chris Gayle’s latest excruciating interview and his startling race remarks | The Spin
If Chris Gayle wants journalists to stop trying to undermine him, he should probably stop undermining himself

Chop, along with bogan, root, and one or two others, is an Australian word you may not know before you go, but will soon pick up after you get there. For the unfamiliar, Freddie Flintoff provided the perfect gloss back in January when he used it to describe Chris Gayle’s behaviour in his infamous interview – “Don’t blush baby” – with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin. “Big fan of @henrygayle,” Flintoff wrote, “but made himself look a bit of a chop there.” So, no need to look it up in the Australian Dictionary of Slang the next time you hear it. Because it fits, in a way its loose English equivalents – prat, wally – wouldn’t quite. Flintoff always did have the happy knack of needling people with a telling word or two.

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Douglas Watson mail: douglas.watson@daftest.website | web: douglas.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:08:59 GMT
Arsenal become first club to top £100m mark in Premier League payments
• Arsène Wenger’s side featured 27 times on live television last season
• Champions Leicester received less in total than four other clubs

Arsenal became the first club in history to receive more than £100m from the Premier League last season, according to figures released on Tuesday.

Despite finishing as runners-up to Leicester City, Arsène Wenger’s side were featured live on television in 27 different matches – 12 more than Claudio Ranieri’s title winners. That meant Arsenal’s total earnings from the Premier League amounted to a staggering £100,952,257, including “facility fees” of almost £21.5m, prize money of £23.6m for finishing second and almost £55m for domestic and overseas TV rights and commercial deals.

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Douglas Fisher mail: douglas.fisher@hockeymail.de | web: douglas.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:58:21 GMT
Middlesbrough set to sign Viktor Fischer from Ajax for £3.8m
• Denmark international on his way to Teesside to discuss personal terms
• Fischer has only one year of contract with Ajax remaining

Middlesbrough are poised to make Viktor Fischer their first signing of the summer after agreeing to pay Ajax €5m (£3.8m) for the Denmark international.

Fischer, 21, travelled to England on Tuesday to discuss personal terms after a successful bid from Aitor Karanka’s side beat off competition from the big-spending Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. The 21-year-old is due to have his medical on Teesside on Wednesday before returning to join the Danish national side ahead of the friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina next week.

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Harold Butler mail: harold.butler@innovation-km.com | web: harold.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:30:48 GMT
Dave Mirra had brain trauma disease CTE when he died, doctors say

Dave Mirra, the BMX icon who killed himself in February aged 41, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the chronic brain disease that has been found in dozens of former NFL players, a University of Toronto doctor has concluded. Several other neuropathologists confirmed the diagnosis, according to ESPN.

Mirra is the first BMX rider to be diagnosed with CTE, a disease tied to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. Mirra was found dead in Greenville, South Carolina on 4 February from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Clarence Shaw mail: clarence.shaw@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: clarence.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:41:19 GMT
José Mourinho dividing opinion among Manchester United’s global fanbase | Paul MacInnes
There are the fans who go to the games, and then there are fans who have never been to England let alone Old Trafford. Don’t expect all of them to agree

Some people are worrying that José Mourinho might mean the end of the Manchester United way. They’re fretting that fast-paced attacking football and the development of local talent might be a thing of the past. They’re looking at the way an (admittedly unloved) manager was effectively sacked behind his back and are concerned about what that says about the club. These people are Manchester United fans and their opinions don’t really matter.

Related: Eric Cantona: ‘I love José Mourinho but he is not Manchester United’

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Nynke Van der louw mail: nvdlouw@yahoo.com | web: http://greatestcamps.nl/ | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:15:04 GMT
'Chewbacca Mom' meets James Corden and JJ Abrams – video

Candace Payne, whose video of herself in a Chewbacca mask video went viral last week, appears alongside Star Wars director JJ Abrams on CBS’s Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday. The video was posted on the official Late Late show with James Corden YouTube page

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Harry Boyd mail: harry.boyd@hockeymail.de | web: harry.hockeymail.de | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 06:00:04 GMT
Neuro cuisine: exploring the science of flavour – video

Tamal Ray, anaesthetist and baker, Professor Charles Spence, experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford and chef Jozef Youssef embark on a journey to decode the science of flavour. Professor Spence and Jozef challenge Tamal to explore how sight, sound and touch alter his perception of the flavour of food. Supported by SEAT

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Craig Marshall mail: craig.marshall@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: craig.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:49:48 GMT
Tim Burton on Alice Through the Looking Glass – video interview

Tim Burton, the producer of the followup to Alice in Wonderland (which he directed), talks about the enduring power of fairytales and folk stories and about the ‘different energy’ of James Bobin, who has directed this film. Bobin discusses narrative confusion among those who haven’t read Lewis Carroll’s books and how Alice Liddell – who inspired them – was of the same generation as the suffragettes

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Nynke Van der louw mail: nvdlouw@yahoo.com | web: http://greatestcamps.nl/ | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:02 GMT
The forgotten children of China's prisoners – video

In a government building in Nanzhao, the Zhang children’s father awaits his fate. He accidentally killed a child and will probably be executed. The Chinese state makes no provision for prisoners’ children. The Sun Village orphanage takes in sisters Wei and Yan and their brother Won, but without their father they cannot verify their legal status. Will the children ever be able to study and work?

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Brandon Harris mail: brandon.harris@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: brandon.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Sun, 22 May 2016 14:00:05 GMT
Exclusive: Pentagon source goes on record against whistleblower program – video

A former Pentagon investigator has spoken on record to the Guardian about major privacy and security lapses within the government’s whistleblower program. John Crane, who for 25 years worked for the Department of Defense inspector general’s office, which helps federal employees expose abuse and corruption, says whistleblowers like Edward Snowden had little choice but to go outside the system. His revelations can now be made public for the first time

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Wayne Bryant mail: yahoo@daftest.website | web: wayne.daftest.website | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:45:12 GMT
The Safe House: a documentary on the decline of UK libraries – trailer video

Poet and filmmaker Greta Bellamacina has teamed up with journalist Davina Catt to document the history of British public libraries and their current decline. From their Scottish beginnings in the 18th century right up to present day, Catt and Bellamacina chart the history of UK libraries alongside interviews with the likes of Stephen Fry, Irvine Welsh, Amma Asante and John Cooper Clarke, who plead for libraries to be saved from relentless cuts

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Nicholas Cole mail: nicholas.cole@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: nicholas.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Mon, 16 May 2016 10:56:20 GMT
Sandra Ávila Beltran, Mexico's former 'Queen of the Pacific', speaks out – video

Sandra Ávila Beltran has lived, worked and loved inside the upper echelons of the Mexican drug world since the late 1970s. Released last year after serving a seven-year prison sentence – including two years in solitary confinement – Ávila, 56, gave her first interview in nearly a decade. She spoke to the Guardian’s Jonathan Franklin in an exclusive three-hour meeting from her home in Guadalajara

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Travis Harris mail: travis.harris@klarkzon.eu | web: travis.klarkzon.eu | when: Wed, 18 May 2016 06:00:21 GMT
Enough hysteria over the migration crisis. It's time to get rational – video

With wars raging across the globe, argues the Guardian’s migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley, it is impractical to try and stop people coming to Europe. Our best option is to resettle hundreds of thousands of migrants in Europe

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Melvin Patterson mail: google@affablyhomonym.com | web: melvin.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:41:48 GMT
Fracking is a futile betrayal of our national interest | John Ashton
Imposing the extraction of shale gas on communities in England undermines our already fragile democracy

Drinkers in the Ashfield Country Manor Hotel face a dilemma. There is no other pub in the quiet working village of Kirby Misperton in Ryedale. But the landlord has banned discussion on his premises of the very topic that people most want to talk about, because of the strong feelings it arouses. Those feelings are about to get stronger.

In the face of overwhelming local opposition, North Yorkshire county council has authorised fracking operations at Kirby Misperton, and in doing so has breathed new life into a faltering industry and placed the village on the frontline of what looks set to become a bitter national struggle.

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Harry Watson mail: harry.watson@geheime.club | web: harry.geheime.club | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 18:00:49 GMT
My brother is being illegally detained in the United Arab Emirates | Mohamed Alaradi

Salim and I were kidnapped by the UAE State Security on 28 August, 2014 in Dubai. He remains there to this day

Related: UAE drops terror charges against US and Canadian businessmen over Libya links

My brother Salim Alaradi, a Libyan-Canadian businessman, has been unjustly kidnapped and detained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) State Security for over 600 days. They locked me up too: my excruciating detention in UAE’s notorious secret torture prisons lasted for 120 days before I was let go. This pales in comparison to Salim’s imprisonment, which has lasted over five times that, all despite the fact that he’s an innocent family man who committed no crimes.

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Harold Kennedy mail: harold.kennedy@affablyhomonym.com | web: harold.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:16:20 GMT
Has Donald Trump dug himself into a bunker with his climate change views? | Tim Dowling
The Republican candidate has been dismissive of global warming. But when it comes to his golf course in Ireland, he seems to be taking the threat seriously

A golf-and-hotel complex on the west coast of Ireland has applied to construct extensive dune erosion defences to mitigate the effects of erosion “due to sea level rise and increased Atlantic storminess”. An investigation by the US news website Politico found that the environmental impact statement included with the application specifically uses climate change to justify the defence scheme. “If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct … it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates,” it says.

Why is this interesting? Because the resort in question is the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel. The golf course, for as long as it remains above water, is owned by a US presidential candidate, who has dismissed global warming as a “total hoax”. He’s also called it “bullshit” and a con, and although he now claims it was a joke he once tweeted that global warming was invented by the Chinese to make US manufacturing less competitive.

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Louis Marshall mail: louis.marshall@horse-d.eu | web: louis.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:26:41 GMT
Drones are not all bad – but what if Isis starts using them? | Mary Dejevsky

The muted reaction to the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor suggests remote killing has lost its shock value – for now

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was killed on Saturday when his car was targeted by a US drone. For western interests generally, it was a significant scalp in a region where American, British and other forces remain active. His death has the potential to change the balance of power in the conflict, which still plagues the country after nearly four decades of outside intervention.

For all that, though, the reaction seemed muted. The US secretary of state, John Kerry, justified the strike by saying that Mansoor had posed “a continuing, imminent threat to US personnel”. His death was subsequently confirmed by Afghan officials. Pakistan, on whose territory he had been killed, made a vain complaint about the violation of its sovereignty. And that, pretty much, was that, so far as reporting and reaction were concerned.

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Philip Foster mail: google@innovation-km.com | web: philip.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:32:09 GMT
My advice to Brexit battlers: forget Hitler, think Wellington | Beatrice de Graaf

The British ‘balancers’ brought a century of peace and stability to Europe after the defeat of Napoleon. How the EU debate could use their spirit of moderation

In the battle over Brexit there are many more useful lessons to be drawn from history than Hitler, Stalin, the cold war or even the first world war. Look back 200 years instead, when Europe’s powers, most notably the British, worked closely for international balance and order.

This period, now unjustifiably consigned to the history books, is highly relevant to the current debate because it was marked by an intense level of British involvement in Europe. Enter the Duke of Wellington, who led the implementation of the strategy of “balance of power” after 1815 and the defeat of Napoleon.

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Alfred Reyes mail: yahoo@daftest.website | web: alfred.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:54:32 GMT
Project Fear: no longer the sole preserve of Tory patriarchy?

Harman and Eagle were right to say female voices needed to be in the EU debate – until Seema Malhotra parroted Osborne’s message

“Space is very limited and we’re already oversubscribed; sorry,” came the email reply to my request to be accredited for Tony Blair’s interview with the editor of Prospect magazine.

Since there were plenty of empty seats in the media area at the event, one could think the former Labour leader wasn’t feeling up to any gags at his expense with the Chilcot report due to be published in just over a month’s time.

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Jason Henry mail: jason.henry@klarkzon.eu | web: jason.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:00:09 GMT
David Cameron’s used-car purchase was an excruciating ​attempt to look normal | Stuart Heritage

Drop the act, prime minister – buying a Nissan Micra looks all too convenient, right down to the £1,495 price tag and your inexplicable failure to haggle

Shut the doors. Unplug the internet. Up and live in a cave if you have to. For David Cameron has just purchased a secondhand Nissan Micra, and only bad things can happen now. In terms of legitimately awful portents, Cameron’s Micra is up there with the ravens leaving the Tower of London and Boris Johnson deliberately mussing up his hair before a public speaking engagement. Only bad things can happen from now on. We’re doomed.

What does Cameron’s Micra mean? There are only two options.

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Ronald Fisher mail: ronald.fisher@innovation-km.com | web: ronald.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:19:22 GMT
Children have always used Lego to make weapons – no big deal | David Boyle
As the virtual world increasingly dominates children’s play, Lego is the last game in the real world standing – I can live with a bit of militarisation

Something odd has been happening in the toy business, as a short wander down the aisles at your local Toys R Us will reveal. The first clue is that the place might seem almost empty. The second clue is that the toys seem to be largely absent as well.

Yes, there is a smattering of board games, some villages of Sylvanian creatures, and other crafty things to do with wool and paper. But the vast acres of these warehouses seem largely to consist of film and TV tie-ins. If your imagination extends as far as a Star Wars light sabre or a minion from Despicable Me, then the toy manufacturers of the far east can oblige you. Beyond that, well, nothing much.

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Lawrence Lee mail: yahoo@pulpfrictions.com | web: lawrence.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:10:02 GMT
The enduring fascination of relics, from Becket’s elbow to Elvis’s Graceland | Lindsey Fitzharris
Holy items – such as the fragment of Becket’s bone returned to England – attract thousands. But ‘secular relics’ carry as much weight for the devotees of science and the arts

This week, a fragment of bone believed to come from the body of Thomas Becket returns to England for the first time in more than 800 years. The relic, which survived the Reformation, will go on a tour through London and Kent before returning to the Basilica of Esztergom in Hungary, where it has resided since the Middle Ages.

There are many secular relics around the world that carry as much, if not more significance for their devotees

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Adam Turner mail: yahoo@innovation-km.com | web: adam.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:56:42 GMT
Can the SNP still claim to be doing politics differently? | Libby Brooks

The scandal of Stewart Hosie’s affair and resignation is minor in Westminster terms, but points up the huge changes Nicola Sturgeon’s party is facing

Reports of “peak SNP” are, like the apocryphal death of Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated.

But it is no surprise that those baffled by the overarching success of the Scottish nationalists, doubtful of their progressive credentials, or allergic to pious claims about doing politics differently, are enjoying a moment of not so quiet satisfaction following the resignation of Stewart Hosie as the party’s deputy leader.

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Travis Cruz mail: travis.cruz@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: travis.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:52:30 GMT
Atheists don’t need faith, any more than we need religion | Julian Baggini
Religion is on the decline in the UK, but any attempt to suggest that non-believers simply have a different kind of faith is misplaced. Our values are rooted in everyday joys

Religion is on the decline, with nearly half of us in England and Wales – and more than half in Scotland – saying we have no religion. But is faith also on the wane? Religion and faith are often treated as synonymous. But as an atheist I am frequently told that I must have faith too, since I can no more prove that God does not exist than theists can prove he does.

To see if faith is weakening we have to go beneath the apparent mathematical precision of surveys to the vaguer ideas they attempt to quantify. Even religiosity is hard to measure. Around half of us may not be “religious” but other surveys tend to show that a fifth of us at most – probably less – are prepared to call ourselves atheists. The remainder reject organised religion with its hard-to-swallow doctrines and inconvenient rules, but they retain a belief in a spiritual dimension that is more religious than it is secular.

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Kevin Cruz mail: kevin.cruz@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: kevin.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:25:50 GMT
Children in care need long-term support, not punishment | David Akinsanya
Too often, kids in care are simply contained and criminalised. If a permanent home can’t be found, then having a mentor would make a huge difference to young people’s lives

Lord Laming’s review for the Prison Reform Trust has found that children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned by police or convicted of a crime than others of the same age. It is a national shame that we allow these young people to fill young offender institutions and prisons after spending so much money “taking care” of them throughout their childhoods.

Unlike in your average family home, kids in care are regularly criminalised by those caring for them: police are called out for incidents that happen to many teenagers but especially those who are harbouring pain and hurt from family breakdown, and exposure to violence and abuse. As a result children and teenagers are getting criminal records for throwing plates and smashing up their rooms, and other actions often regarded as domestic by the police called out to help manage such behaviour. But to the child in care, it’s often their first contact with the criminal justice system.

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Paul Rodriguez mail: paul.rodriguez@ventredi.eu | web: paul.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:02 GMT
If robots are the future of work, where do humans fit in? | Zoe Williams

We need to rethink our view of jobs and leisure – and quickly, if we are to avoid becoming obsolete

Robin Hanson thinks the robot takeover, when it comes, will be in the form of emulations. In his new book, The Age of Em, the economist explains: you take the best and brightest 200 human beings on the planet, you scan their brains and you get robots that to all intents and purposes are indivisible from the humans on which they are based, except a thousand times faster and better.

Related: The Guardian view on artificial intelligence: look out, it’s ahead of you | Editorial

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Brian Reyes mail: brian.reyes@klarkzon.eu | web: brian.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:21:07 GMT
Prince Andrew's latest torment is not the only pointer to royals' future

Perhaps when the time comes we should pare down the monarchy to ‘core business’, setting the royal family - and us - free

Oh dear, the Duke of York is in trouble again, this time over allegations that he used his contacts book to help facilitate a questionable trade deal in central Asia in the hope of earning a £4m commission to keep him afloat.

The deal, which involved a Greek-Swiss infrastructure contract in Kazakhstan, fell through, but the palace failed to prevent publication. That’s not as serious as the Spanish royal family’s corruption problems – now in the courts – nor as terminal as those of earlier dukes of York, as seen in the BBC’s recent Shakespeare history season where, by my count, three end up dead. But it’s bad enough.

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Arthur Reyes mail: arthur.reyes@thedarkswans.com | web: arthur.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 05:00:01 GMT
Austerity is far more than just cuts. It’s about privatising everything we own | Aditya Chakrabortty

Desperate for short-term cash, George Osborne is causing long-term damage by selling off Britain’s most prized assets. ‘Everything must go’ is now public policy

Almost everyone who gives the matter serious thought agrees that George Osborne and David Cameron want to reshape Britain. The spending cuts, the upending of the NHS, even this month’s near-miss over the BBC: signs lie everywhere of how this will be a decade, maybe more, of massive change. Yet even now it is little understood just how far Britain might shift – and in which direction.

Take austerity, the word that will define this government. Even its most astute critics commit two basic errors. The first is to assume that it boils down to spending cuts and tax rises. The second is to believe that all this is meant to reduce how much the country is borrowing. What such commonplaces do is reduce austerity to a technical, reversible project. Were it really so simple all we would need to do is turn the spending taps back on and wash away all traces of Osbornomics.

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Billy Warren mail: billy.warren@ventredi.eu | web: billy.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 10:59:40 GMT
Six graduation outfits guaranteed to annoy Edinburgh University | Nell Frizzell
Edinburgh’s advice to female students was to go for ‘sophisticated glamour’, because ‘image is everything’. So, a James Brown sequin cape?

There is a very specific charm to standing in the midday sun, holding a tepid glass of white wine, surrounded by people you’ve barely spoken to for the past three years, waiting to be given a rolled-up sheet of A4 by somebody dressed like a wandering Beefeater. And yet, for many, graduation is one of the happiest, proudest days of their life.

So it’s such a shame that the University of Edinburgh made the decision to slough a bucket of manure on the whole occasion. I’m talking about the sartorial advice given in the student newspaper, and tweeted by the university. Advice that started “Girls,” for oh how we as grown and educated women like to be referred to as girls. “Girls, this is your time to invest in some sophisticated glamour.”

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Shawn Marshall mail: shawn.marshall@klarkzon.eu | web: shawn.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
Town halls aren’t to blame for homelessness | Patrick Butler
Although councils are shunting more and more homeless families miles away from home, the reason is a lack of affordable properties nearby

Despite eager anticipation, a commitment to change the law on homelessness failed to materialise in the Queen’s speech last week. This is perhaps surprising, given the chancellor George Osborne’s recent and unexpected recognition that homelessness was “unacceptable”. Even the Treasury, it seems, had sensed that Something Must Be Done.

Ministers, however, do not appear to be entirely in agreement on what that something is. It is, of course, always wise not to rush into legislation. The government’s recent history of botched policy – from the much-amended fiasco that is the housing bill, to forced school academisation – are cases in point.

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Johnny Evans mail: gmail@innovation-km.com | web: johnny.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 18:44:21 GMT
PM: Brexit offers no residency guarantees for Britons or Europeans

David Cameron says vote to leave may lead to loss of rights for Britons living in EU, including over healthcare and property

Millions of EU workers face uncertainty over whether they can stay in the UK if voters choose to leave the union, while British people living in Europe could also lose the right to remain, own property or get free healthcare, David Cameron has claimed.

The prime minister said there was no guarantee either group would maintain their residential rights unless British people voted to remain during the 23 June referendum.

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Philip Martinez mail: google@pulpfrictions.com | web: philip.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 18:18:02 GMT
BHS collapse: former Mothercare and Burton chief leads rescue bid

Greg Tufnell-led group seen as frontrunner to revive collapsed retailer reportedly backed by Portugal’s wealthy Soares dos Santos business family

A former managing director of Mothercare and Burton is leading a bid for BHS backed by a wealthy Portuguese family, which has emerged as the frontrunner to rescue the department store chain.

Greg Tufnell, the brother of former England cricketer Phil Tufnell, has been holding talks with administrators. It is understood that Tufnell aims to become BHS chairman.

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Adam Cooper mail: adam.cooper@ventredi.eu | web: adam.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:37:40 GMT
Ben Butler trial: partner accused of 'cynical piece of acting'

Jennie Gray left daughter’s body in bedroom for half an hour before 999 call during which she attempted CPR, court hears

The partner of a man accused of murdering their six-year-old daughter in a violent outburst has been accused of performing a “remarkable, cynical and staged piece of acting” to disguise the real cause of the child’s death.

Jennie Gray, 36, admitted during a tense cross-examination at the Old Bailey on Tuesday that she left the body of daughter Ellie alone in her bedroom for half an hour after finding her before calling 999.

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Dennis Robinson mail: dennis.robinson@hockeymail.de | web: dennis.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:14:25 GMT
Theresa May agrees to review of snooper's charter powers

Labour welcomes concession but does not say whether it is now ready to back surveillance bill

Labour has edged closer to supporting the “snooper’s charter” after the home secretary, Theresa May, agreed to order an independent review of proposed state surveillance powers.

Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary, who had raised concerns about the wide-ranging nature of so-called bulk collection powers in the investigative powers bill, welcomed the concession.

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Shawn James mail: shawn.james@ventredi.eu | web: shawn.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:01:23 GMT
Older people at 'heightened risk' of investment scam calls

Over-55s seeking better returns on their savings fall victim to telephone scams on land, wine, cars, art and more, says FCA

A sharp rise in the volume of unsolicited calls from investment scammers is putting growing numbers of older people at risk of being conned, Britain’s main financial watchdog has warned.

The Financial Conduct Authority said over-55s faced a “heightened risk” of falling victim to unregulated and often fraudulent investment schemes involving everything from land, wine and classic cars to gold, diamonds and art.

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Jimmy Cox mail: jimmy.cox@klarkzon.eu | web: jimmy.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 22:18:24 GMT
Vice Media lays off 20 staff in restructuring plans

Two foreign correspondents, three staff in London and 15 staff members in US to leave positions in company

Vice Media has laid off about 20 staff based in the US, London and in two foreign correspondent positions as part of restructuring plans.

It comes as Josh Tyrangiel, a former Bloomberg journalist who was hired last year to oversee the development of a nightly programme to be aired on HBO, is being promoted to oversee the company’s news division.

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Shawn Mitchell mail: shawn.mitchell@klarkzon.eu | web: shawn.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:01:23 GMT
Customer service 'collapsed' at HMRC tax advice line after cuts

Quality of service severely damaged after staff numbers were heavily reduced, with cost of calls up by around 50%, NAO report finds

Taxpayers seeking telephone advice from HM Revenue and Customs faced an increase in costs by around 50% and a collapse of customer service following staff cuts, auditors have said.

The National Audit Office said the quality of service for personal taxpayers was severely damaged in 2014-15 and the first seven months of 2015-16 after HMRC reduced staff numbers by a third.

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Daniel Long mail: daniel.long@innovation-km.com | web: daniel.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:01:23 GMT
More youngsters shut out of work or training, study finds

Long-term analysis says official statistics underplay larger proportion of young people shut out of work, education and training

One in six young people in the UK are spending six months out of work, education or training, according to new research that suggests government figures are underplaying youth unemployment.

Official figures have shown a drop in the proportion of Neets – young people not in education, employment or training – as the economy has recovered from recession since mid-2011.

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Chad Ramos mail: chad.ramos@innovation-km.com | web: chad.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:06:12 GMT
Real-life superhero? Marvel and DC comics back down against Londoner

Graham Jules wins two-and-a-half-year fight against comic giants over use of word ‘superhero’ in his book title

It seemed like far from an even fight at first glance – with the multibillion dollar forces behind Batman, Superman and Captain America in one corner and a small scale British entrepreneur on the other.

But after a two-and-a-half-year wrangle with Graham Jules, it is the combined might of the comic book giants Marvel and DC who have raised a white flag after initially claiming that using the word superhero would infringe their jointly owned trademark.

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Ronald Parker mail: ronald.parker@daftest.website | web: ronald.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:00:23 GMT
Government considers seven-day switching service for mortgages

Consultation begins on plans to force providers of range of services to make it easier, and faster, for customers to switch

Homeowners could be given the right to switch their mortgage within a week, under government plans to make markets work better.

David Cameron promised a range of consumer-friendly legislation in the Queen’s speech. The government is to announce on Wednesday a consultation on plans to force the providers of a range of services – from broadband to mortgages – to make it easier, and faster, for their customers to switch.

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Kenneth Garcia mail: kenneth.garcia@affablyhomonym.com | web: kenneth.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 22:30:22 GMT
Air pollution could increase risk of stillbirth, study suggests

Exposure to vehicular and industrial emissions heightens risk during pregnancy, researchers say

Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of stillbirth, new research suggests.

Stillbirths, classed as such if a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy, occur in one in every 200 births. Around 11 babies are stillborn every day in the UK, with aproximately 3,600 cases a year.

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Glenn Burns mail: glenn.burns@horse-d.eu | web: glenn.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:30:41 GMT
Angela Eagle: 'Tory blokes' playground spat' drowning out EU debate

Proxy leadership election is dominating a campaign almost bereft of female voices, says shadow business secretary

Angela Eagle, the shadow business secretary, has said women want to hear the facts about what is at stake in June’s EU referendum, not a “noisy playground spat” between “Tory blokes”.

Appearing alongside three other senior Labour women, including the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, she warned that women’s rights at work and hundreds of thousands of jobs would be at risk if Britain left the EU – yet men’s voices had overwhelmingly dominated the debate.

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Kenneth Crawford mail: kenneth.crawford@klarkzon.eu | web: kenneth.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:13:16 GMT
Glastonbury festival fined over sewage leak

Judge finds festival had low culpability for incident in 2014 that led to death of 42 fish in Whitelake river and is ‘impressed’ with its response to incident

Glastonbury festival has been ordered to pay £31,000 after thousands of gallons of human sewage leaked out of a steel container tank, seeped into a stream and killed fish.

The Environment Agency claimed during a hearing that the event had grown more quickly than its ability to deal with so much waste.

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Anthony Mitchell mail: anthony.mitchell@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: anthony.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:25:56 GMT
Father of Eleanor de Freitas loses battle for fresh inquest

David de Freitas wanted new investigation into death of 23-year-old who killed herself before facing a false rape claim trial

The father of a woman who killed herself days before she was due in court on suspicion of making a false rape claim has lost his legal battle for a new inquest into her death.

David de Freitas wanted the first inquest into the death of 23-year-old Eleanor to be quashed to allow for a new investigation into the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to prosecute her.

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Kevin Watson mail: gmail@klarkzon.eu | web: kevin.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 18:30:46 GMT
Four relatives jailed for making vulnerable men work like slaves in Wales

Patrick Joseph Connors, his son, son-in-law and nephew get total of 27 years after forcing two men to do hard labour for £5 a day

Four family members involved in mistreating vulnerable men who were forced to work like slaves have been jailed for a total of 27 years.

Patrick Joseph Connors, his son Patrick Dean Connors, nephew William Connors and son-in-law Lee Christopher Carbis were convicted on Tuesday after the court heard how one victim was forced to do hard manual labour for as little as £5 a day. When he tried to flee, he was hunted down and brought back.

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Jeffery Jordan mail: jeffery.jordan@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: jeffery.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 18:10:08 GMT
Lorry drivers the 'cogs' in people smuggling ring, court told

Two men stand accused of conspiracy to facilitate illegal entry to UK after 35 Afghan asylum seekers found at Tilbury Docks

Two lorry drivers were the necessary cogs in the wheel of an international people-smuggling ring that led to the discovery of more than 30 Afghan asylum seekers in urgent need of medical attention inside a shipping container at Tilbury Docks in Essex, a court has heard.

The group of Afghan Sikhs – 20 adults and 15 children– were found by authorities on 16 August 2014. One man, Meet Singh Kapoor, was already dead.

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Brian Mitchell mail: google@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: brian.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:04:21 GMT
North Yorkshire council fracking decision a 'declaration of war'

Industry welcomes decision in Kirby Misperton but campaigners vow to fight council’s approval

Anti-fracking campaigners have accused North Yorkshire council of declaring war on people’s rights to clean air and water after it approved the first operation to frack for shale gas in five years.

Campaigners opposed to the development outside Kirby Misperton – a village in Ryedale near the North York Moors national park – launched a “people’s declaration” in an attempt to stop the process going ahead. There have also been calls for a judicial review from Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Ryedale, which led the campaign against the application by Third Energy.

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Kenneth Mitchell mail: kenneth.mitchell@ventredi.eu | web: kenneth.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:29:00 GMT
Challenger banks accuse watchdog of naivety over big four dominance

Bosses of smaller banks tell CMA in open letter that its investigation of sector did not address stranglehold of big institutions

Britain’s challenger banks have accused the competition watchdog of being “frankly naive” and of failing to create a level playing field in an industry dominated by the big four.

In an open letter the bosses of eight challenger banks told the Competition and Markets Authority that its investigation into the sector had not addressed the stranglehold imposed by the UK’s biggest banks.

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Jimmy Parker mail: jimmy.parker@thedarkswans.com | web: jimmy.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:08:13 GMT
Anti-radicalisation chief says ministers' plans risk creating 'thought police'

Simon Cole, police lead for Prevent programme, says proposals targeting extremists may not be enforceable

The police chief leading the fight to stop people becoming terrorists has said government plans targeting alleged extremists are so flawed they risk creating a “thought police” in Britain.

Simon Cole, the police lead for the government’s own Prevent anti-radicalisation programme, said that the plans may not be enforceable and risk making police officers judges of “what people can and can not say”.

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Melvin West mail: melvin.west@klarkzon.eu | web: melvin.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:26:00 GMT
'Ravin, chattin, roamin': EU remain campaign video targets youth vote

StrongerIn campaign launches video to encourage ‘easyJet generation’ to vote in referendum

A vote to leave the EU could put emojis, raves and street art at risk, according to a video by the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign.

Targeted at young voters, a video set to pounding house music flashes up the words “workin, ravin, chattin, roamin” before asking viewers to vote in.

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Craig Burns mail: craig.burns@thedarkswans.com | web: craig.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:58:41 GMT
MoD to investigate claims Saudis used UK cluster bombs in Yemen

Minister says MoD is urgently investigating claims that munitions manufactured in Britain have been used

Claims that UK-manufactured cluster bombs have been used by Saudi forces in Yemen will be urgently investigated, the foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, has said.

The use and supply of such weapons is banned under international law but Amnesty International said it found evidence on its most recent visit to the country of a UK-made cluster bomb having been used by Saudi coalition forces.

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Dennis Patterson mail: dennis.patterson@affablyhomonym.com | web: dennis.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:35:54 GMT
Doctor cleared of failing to tell cancer patient her condition was terminal

Medical tribunal finds Dr Mark Bonar gave cancer patient unconventional nutritional treatment when it was dangerous

A doctor at the centre of sports doping allegations has been cleared of failing to tell a cancer patient her condition was terminal.

Dr Mark Bonar maintained he was fulfilling the woman’s wish to “hold on to as many days as she could in this world” as he administered an unconventional nutritional treatment.

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Fred Perez mail: fred.perez@daftest.website | web: fred.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:15:33 GMT
Telegraph deputy editor and other top staff exit in newsroom cull

String of senior staff cuts follow announcement that publisher is seeking to reduce costs

The Telegraph has started a round of targeted cuts of senior newsroom staff, including the deputy editor, Liz Hunt.

Also axed are feature writer Harry Wallop, head of arts Andrew Pettie, foreign chiefs Richard Spencer and Colin Freeman and Asia editor Philip Sherwell.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: nvdlouw@yahoo.com | web: http://greatestcamps.nl/ | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:17:32 GMT
Nationwide plans mortgages shake-up to help defend profits

Building society looks at equity release products and ways for parents to help children buy a home but admits fierce competition may dent profits

Nationwide Building Society is looking at ways to revolutionise the mortgage market by developing products to let homeowners help their children on to the housing ladder and release value in their properties as they grow old.

The UK’s second-largest mortgage lender revealed it was researching new products as it admitted profits will come under pressure in coming months as competition heats up. Even so the mutual’s new chief executive, Joe Garner – who joined from BT earlier this year – said attractive rates could still be offered to the members who own the building society by generating a profit of £1bn-1.5bn a year.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: rosemarieperdok@outlook.com | web: https://profile.live.com/cid-7cd3f97991c2d348/ | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:08:13 GMT
Syrian airbase used by Russia damaged in Isis attack – report

US intelligence company Stratfor says satellite images suggest four helicopters and 20 lorries destroyed at T4 base

An entire Russian helicopter unit based in Syria was wiped out in an Islamic State attack, satellite images appear to suggest.

The attack on 14 May targeted a strategically significant airbase in central Syria used by Russian forces, and again suggests Isis forces are trying to operate outside territory held by the terror group to undermine the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

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Jason Shaw mail: jason.shaw@daftest.website | web: jason.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:34:16 GMT
EgyptAir crash: plane showed 'no signs of technical fault' preflight

State-owned newspaper says Paris-Cairo flight MS804’s technical log, signed off by pilot, showed no problems

The EgyptAir flight that crashed last week showed no technical problems before taking off from Paris according to an aircraft technical log signed by its pilot before takeoff, Egypt’s state-owned newspaper al-Ahram has said.

Al-Ahram published on Tuesday a scan of the log on its website. The paper said EgyptAir flight MS804 transmitted 11 electronic messages starting at 21.09 GMT on 18 May, about three and a half hours before disappearing from radar screens with 66 passengers and crew on board.

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Antonio Ward mail: antonio.ward@thedarkswans.com | web: antonio.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:58:39 GMT
Dublin gangland feud claims seventh victim

Irish premier Enda Kenny under pressure as member of notorious Hutch family is shot in broad daylight

The murderous gangland feud on the streets of Dublin has claimed a new victim, who was gunned down close to the capital’s main thoroughfare.

Gareth Hutch, who was in his 30s and the father of a young son, was shot dead in broad daylight on Tuesday morning in the Avondale House complex in Cumberland Street North, a few hundred yards from bustling O’Connell Street.

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Shawn Fisher mail: shawn.fisher@daftest.website | web: shawn.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:01:10 GMT
'I began to accept the thought of death': Fort McMurray school students on fleeing the wildfire

Three weeks ago a raging wildfire forced a mass evacuation in Fort McMurray, Alberta. A teacher and her students describe the day the fire engulfed their town, how they cope with the loss and and their determination to return and rebuild

Patricia Budd is a writer and English teacher at Father Patrick Mercredi community high school in Fort McMurray, a city in the heart of Alberta’s oil sands. On 3 May, she was one of 88,000 people forced to flee the city from unprecedented wildfires.

Soon after her escape along with her husband, Simon, and their Maltese terrier, Budd responded to a Guardian callout asking for witness accounts. “This is a tragedy beyond psychological scope,” she wrote. “The mind refuses to take it all in. I find I am addicted to the news and social media. And, like a bad habit, I watch horror scenes and relive fears, emphatically live through the terrors of my fellow citizens until I can no longer cope. I shut off the phone only to masochistically turn it back on. I hate knowing. I desperately need to know.”

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Henry Powell mail: henry.powell@innovation-km.com | web: henry.innovation-km.com | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 02:00:27 GMT
Children working in Indonesia's tobacco fields risk poisoning, says report

Human Rights Watch says that thousands of children continue to work in tobacco fields across the country, despite labour laws

Children working in Indonesia’s tobacco fields are being exposed to acute nicotine poisoning and serious safety hazards as child labour continues unabated in the industry according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

The world’s fifth-largest tobacco producer, Indonesia has more than 500,000 tobacco fields feeding the national and international tobacco markets. While international and domestic laws prohibit minors from performing hazardous work, thousands of children continue to work in tobacco fields says Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 130 children about working conditions on small-scale farms across the country.

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Jacob Boyd mail: jacob.boyd@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: jacob.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 01:32:13 GMT
Poland starts logging primeval Bialowieza forest despite protests

More than 180,000 cubic metres of forest to be cut down in area that is home to Europe’s largest mammal and tallest trees

Poland has started logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, which includes some of Europe’s last primeval woodland, despite fierce protests from environmental groups battling to save the World Heritage site.

“The operation began today,” national forest director Konrad Tomaszewski said of the plan to harvest wood from non-protected areas of one of the last vestiges of the immense forest that once stretched across Europe.

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Arthur Rodriguez mail: arthur.rodriguez@pulpfrictions.com | web: arthur.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:01:21 GMT
Gender inequality ‘an insurmountable obstacle for many women’

UN population fund says lack of empowerment affects every aspect of life for women in the world’s 48 least developed countries

Millions of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries are being denied the opportunity to help drive development because of the “countless barriers” they still face in health, education and employment, a report warns.

The study, by the UN population fund, UNFPA, says that while the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have made considerable progress over the past few decades in reducing infant, child and maternal mortality, and increasing contraceptive use, gender inequality often remains an insurmountable obstacle.

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Clarence Harris mail: clarence.harris@thedarkswans.com | web: clarence.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:42:06 GMT
San Francisco retracts program to pay to reserve park's lawn areas amid outrage

City walks back test policy allowing reservations of areas of grass costing upwards of $200 in Dolores Park after locals decry ‘invasion of the techies’

San Francisco has been forced to walk back a new policy that would allow groups to pay to reserve areas of grass in the popular Dolores Park, in the latest controversy between the city’s wealthy gentrifiers and its poorer residents.

The test policy by the parks department, which began at the beginning of May and was supposed to last two months, had caused outrage among local residents. The cost to rent a grass area for “permitted picnics” would have been between $33 and $260, depending on the size of the group.

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Daniel Martin mail: daniel.martin@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: daniel.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:00:32 GMT
Justice department seeks death penalty for Charleston shooter Dylann Roof

Roof is accused of killing nine black parishioners in a South Carolina church; ‘the nature of the alleged crime ... compelled this decision’ says attorney general

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a white man accused of killing nine black parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, last June, the US justice department said on Tuesday.

“The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,” attorney general Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

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Chad Gibson mail: chad.gibson@innovation-km.com | web: chad.innovation-km.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:12:42 GMT
Mossack Fonseca still under investigation in British Virgin Islands

Regulator asks firm to appoint ‘qualified person’, and US and Jersey agents start winding up as Panama Papers fallout continues

Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers revelations, remains under investigation in the British Virgin Islands, the country’s financial regulator has confirmed.

The BVI Financial Services Commission said on Tuesday it has asked the law firm to appoint a “qualified person” to oversee its operations and submit reports on its conduct. The announcement came as local agents for Mossack Fonseca in the US and Jersey began winding up their operations.

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Benjamin Dixon mail: benjamin.dixon@affablyhomonym.com | web: benjamin.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:18:09 GMT
'Tomato Ebola' hits Nigeria as moths destroy country's staple food

Government declared a state of emergency after moths destroyed swaths of tomato fields, forcing factories to close and driving prices up astronomically

A state government in northern Nigeria has declared a state of emergency after moths destroyed swaths of tomato fields, threatening supplies of the country’s leading staple food.

Nigerian farmers describe the outbreak as “tomato Ebola” after the deadly disease that devastated west Africa in 2014.

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Louis Rivera mail: louis.rivera@pulpfrictions.com | web: louis.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:12:58 GMT
EgyptAir crash: official dismisses claim that remains suggest blast

Head of Egyptian forensics authority says claim by unnamed official is “completely false”

The head of Egypt’s forensics authority has dismissed a suggestion that the small size of the body parts retrieved since an EgyptAir plane crashed last week indicated there had been an explosion on board.

All 66 people on board were killed when the Airbus A320 crashed in the Mediterranean early on Thursday while en route from Paris to Cairo, and an international air and naval effort to hunt for the black boxes and other wreckage continues.

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Edward Phillips mail: edward.phillips@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: edward.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:08:37 GMT
Riots in Barcelona after squatters evicted from former bank

Housing activist-turned-mayor Ada Colau faces ire of natural constituents as she refuses to engage in private dispute

Barcelona’s radical mayor, Ada Colau, faces her first popular revolt after rioting broke out on Monday night in the fashionable Gràcia district of the city following the eviction of squatters from a former bank. Protesters have promised five more nights of confrontations.

Police baton-charged demonstrators and fired foam-tipped rubber bullets while protesters set bins alight, overturned cars and smashed the windows of shops and banks.

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Glenn Henry mail: glenn.henry@thedarkswans.com | web: glenn.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:32:19 GMT
Google offices raided in Paris as prosecutors announce fraud probe

Magistrates investigating tax payments reveal tech giant is being investigated for aggravated financial fraud and organised money laundering

French investigators have raided Google’s Paris headquarters, saying the company is now under investigation for aggravated financial fraud and organised money laundering.

In a major escalation of France’s long-running enquiry into Google’s tax affairs, magistrates revealed on Tuesday that the software giant is suspected of evading taxes by failing to declare the full extent of its activities in the country.

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Jerry Kennedy mail: jerry.kennedy@daftest.website | web: jerry.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:08:22 GMT
Turkey threatens to block EU migration deal without visa-free travel

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says unless Turkey is brought into the Schengen area, laws relating to landmark deal won’t be passed

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the European Union that Turkey would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel within the bloc.

At the close of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey’s president said: “If that is not what will happen ... no decision and no law in the framework of the readmission agreement will come out of the parliament of the Turkish republic.”

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Jeffery Mason mail: jeffery.mason@daftest.website | web: jeffery.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:36:26 GMT
Pakistan condemns US drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mansoor

Interior minister says attack violated sovereignty and ruined chance of peace talks between militants and Afghanistan

Pakistan has condemned a US drone attack that killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban, calling the strike “totally illegal, not acceptable and against the sovereignty and integrity of the country”.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the interior minister, also said the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor would scupper any chances of peace talks and could embolden other states to pursue their enemies in other countries.

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Wayne Evans mail: wayne.evans@klarkzon.eu | web: wayne.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:06:29 GMT
Prosecutors suspect mafia of rigging exam for Italian prison guard jobs

Investigation into widespread and organised cheating in test taken by 8,000 people in April centres on the Camorra

For almost 8,000 young Italians hungry for work, the exam last month for 400 prison guard jobs was a fiasco. For the mafia, it may have been a great opportunity, prosecutors in Rome have said.

They are investigating widespread and organised cheating, after 88 people were caught wearing bracelets or bringing in mobile phones with covers carrying the answers to the test, or with radio transmitters and earpieces thought to have been used to pipe in the answers.

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Chad Nelson mail: google@pulpfrictions.com | web: chad.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:19:56 GMT
Surgery should be used to treat type 2 diabetes, say international experts

Guidance says operations to shrink stomach should be offered to anyone with condition who is obese if other methods have not succeeded

Stomach-shrinking surgery should be a routine treatment for people with type 2 diabetes, international experts say, recommending it be offered to as many as 100,000 people in the UK.

A mere 6,000 people with the condition have surgery at the moment and the numbers have dropped from 8,800 three years ago as the NHS has comes under increasing financial pressure. But experts say more operations, costing £5,000 to £6,000 a time, would save money in the long term on diabetes medication and the cost of treating complications, which include heart attacks and strokes as well as blindness and foot amputations.

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Brandon Hughes mail: brandon.hughes@horse-d.eu | web: brandon.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:58:32 GMT
Monsanto rejects Bayer's $62bn takeover bid

US agribusiness giant says $122-a-share cash offer is under value but it is open to further talks with German chemicals firm

The GM crops pioneer Monsanto has rejected a $62bn (£42.4bn) takeover bid by the German drug and chemicals firm Bayer, saying it is too low but expressing a willingness to consider further talks on a merger.

The chairman and chief executive, Hugh Grant, said the offer significantly undervalued the US agribusiness giant and failed to give enough assurance on how the deal would be financed or overcome possible regulatory challenges.

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Chris Washington mail: chris.washington@affablyhomonym.com | web: chris.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:00:14 GMT
Daughter of missing publisher calls for international help

Angela Gui says China illegally abducted Gui Minhai from his property in Thailand

The daughter of a Hong Kong bookseller believed to have been abducted last year in Thailand by Chinese security agents has accused China of carrying out “illegal operations” beyond its own borders and urged the international community to confront Beijing over her father’s disappearance.

Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who ran a publishing house in the former British colony specialising in risque books about China’s political elite, vanished from his beachfront home in the Thai town of Pattaya last October.

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Louis Harrison mail: louis.harrison@geheime.club | web: louis.geheime.club | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 04:30:30 GMT
Spring happens all at once, and the woods feel giddy

Wenlock Edge Dark, gnarled trunks of old hawthorns have suddenly become lithe and sinuous, like shadow dancers behind curtains of haze

‘May-time, fair season … blackbirds sing a full song, if there be a scanty beam of day,” sang an unknown Irish poet in what we now call the dark ages. Today, the light through the trees is as green and sour as a gooseberry. A high canopy of ash, latest to leaf and still sparse, lets sunshine and showers through to lower levels a-swamp with leaf; each one a crucible in the alchemy turning light into life.

Dark, gnarled trunks of old hawthorns have suddenly become lithe and sinuous, like shadow dancers behind curtains of hazel, on carpets of dog’s mercury, in chambers full of birdsong. When the sun’s out, the birds drawl softly in the heady air; when it rains they hold their breaths; when the rain stops and the labyrinths are rinsed clean, they release their voices, cool and sweet.

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Vincent Garcia mail: vincent.garcia@pulpfrictions.com | web: vincent.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:37:56 GMT
Bee swarm clinging to car boot has Welsh town abuzz

Park ranger and beekeepers help remove thousands of bees after queen was thought trapped in back of a car in Haverfordwest

Thousands of bees left a town buzzing after swarming on to the boot of a car.

The insects are believed to have swarmed on to the back of a silver Mitsubishi Outlander after their queen got stuck in its boot.

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Brian Gordon mail: yahoo@klarkzon.eu | web: brian.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 18:16:00 GMT
Brexit stage left: will anyone make it to the BpopLive stage?
Both 5ive and Alesha Dixon have pulled out of the troubled anti-EU gig, leaving just East 17, Sister Sledge and Gwen Dickey – for now

Has there ever been a less enticing phrase in the history of live popular music than: “Brexit Live presents …”? Before you know anything about the gig in question – who’s playing, what the venue is and whether or not Mark Reckless will be beatboxing as the support act – those three simple words should act as a warning to most right-thinking people to stay away.

Last time Brexit Live tried to present anything it didn’t go to smoothly: a gig at Birmingham’s Genting Arena set for 8 May had to be scrapped after the headliners – drum’n’bass duo Sigma – pulled out on the grounds that nobody had told them the show would be in support of, er, Brexit.

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Harold West mail: harold.west@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: harold.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:43:16 GMT
Toyota and Volkswagen invest in ride-hailing apps: 'the future of mobility'

Toyota announced partnership with Uber as Volkswagen puts $300m into Tel Aviv-based app Gett, in move that could pave way for apps to use self-driving cars

Two major car companies announced on Tuesday investments in ride-hailing apps, signaling both a growing role for on-demand cars and a new groundwork for app-enabled self-driving fleets.

Toyota will be investing and partnering with Uber, and Volkswagen is putting $300m into Tel Aviv-based ride-sharing app called Gett. In January, General Motors, a longtime Toyota rival, announced that it was putting $500m into Lyft, Uber’s most direct competitor.

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Gregory Butler mail: gregory.butler@horse-d.eu | web: gregory.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:54:59 GMT
Google aims to kill passwords by the end of this year

Android users will be able to log in to services using a combination of their face, typing patterns and how they move

Google will begin testing an alternative to passwords next month, in a move that could do away with complicated logins for good.

The new feature, introduced to developers at the company’s I/O conference, is called the Trust API, and will initially be tested with “several very large financial institutions” in June, according to Google’s Daniel Kaufman.

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Billy Kennedy mail: billy.kennedy@hockeymail.de | web: billy.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:52:10 GMT
Shaun Ryder's playlist: Black Grape, Echo and the Bunnymen, Cast and more

Black Grape play the Shiiine On Weekender festival at Butlin’s in Minehead in November. Here, the inimitable frontman picks his favourite acts from the bill

Big Day in the North is one of my favourite tracks. It also kicks off the Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe movie Virtuosity, and, if I say so myself, it looks and sounds great.

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Jeff Robinson mail: jeff.robinson@ventredi.eu | web: jeff.ventredi.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 10:30:03 GMT
Fur flies as Chechen leader and comedian John Oliver clash over lost cat

Ramzan Kadyrov hits back after Oliver mocked him for issuing online appeal about missing pet

The controversial ruler of Chechnya, Kremlin-backed Ramzan Kadyrov, has engaged John Oliver in an unlikely online spat after the British comedian mocked the hardman leader for posting an online appeal about a lost cat.

Oliver mocked Kadyrov in a five-minute segment on HBO’s Last Week Tonight after the Chechen leader appealed to the world to help find his cat, a so-called toyger, a domestic cat bred to resemble a tiger cub.

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Glenn Phillips mail: glenn.phillips@horse-d.eu | web: glenn.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 04:35:43 GMT
It's Bond, Jane Bond: Gillian Anderson throws hat into the ring to be next 007

Star of The X-Files and The Fall puts herself into the running – alongside Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Damian Lewis – with Twitter poster

Gillian Anderson has hinted that she would accept the role as the first female Bond, tweeting out a mocked-up poster of herself as 007.

The star of The Fall and The X-Files expressed her desire to take over from Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous secret agent, tweeting, alongside the poster: “It’s Bond, Jane Bond.”

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Henry Thompson mail: henry.thompson@affablyhomonym.com | web: henry.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:32:01 GMT
Caitlin Moran’s Raised by Wolves to be adapted for US by Juno writer

Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody to create American version of Times columnist’s teen sitcom

Caitlin Moran’s Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves is being adapted for US television by Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning writer of Juno.

Written by Moran and her sister Caz, Raised by Wolves is a reimagining of the pair’s childhood and set on a Wolverhampton council estate.

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Marvin Long mail: marvin.long@thedarkswans.com | web: marvin.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
Nigel Slater’s carrot, coriander and lamb pie recipe

A quick, light version of the much-loved shepherd’s pie

Scrub 600g of carrots, cut them into large pieces, then boil in lightly salted water until soft enough to mash.

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Anthony Washington mail: anthony.washington@thedarkswans.com | web: anthony.thedarkswans.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 05:15:01 GMT
Tuesday’s best TV: Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners; Rovers

The clean freaks arrive at knackered Yorkshire manor Forcett Hall; Craig Cash and Sue Johnston appear in amiable lowly football-team series. Plus: Old School With the Hairy Bikers

This lifestyle-clash docutainment show sends clean freaks into the houses of filthy herberts and tries to do something a bit more edifying than just gawp at everyone’s neuroses. There’s a twist this year: the grubby abodes are stately homes. Tonight, Kelly and Dave, both diagnosed with OCD, arrive at knackered Yorkshire manor Forcett Hall. The owners want to run it as a B&B, but there’s a sink splattered with bird poo to fix first. Jack Seale

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Chad Ellis mail: google@geheime.club | web: chad.geheime.club | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:33:51 GMT
John Carpenter to make new Halloween film 'the scariest of them all'

Director of the original 1978 horror classic will executive produce the 10th sequel in the $400m franchise

John Carpenter is returning to oversee a new Halloween film, more than three and a half decades after introducing the iconic slasher saga, reports Variety.

Related: Halloween shocked back into life and Money Monster reviewed - the Dailies film podcast

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Billy Ramos mail: google@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: billy.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 05:01:01 GMT
Frills and spills: ruffles get a modern twist – in pictures

From dresses to anoraks, a little frill goes a long way

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Patrick Carter mail: patrick.carter@affablyhomonym.com | web: patrick.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:00:09 GMT
Ignoring family ties: is it really best for children? | Rosie Lewis

A foster mother – and adopter – on why Cameron’s changes to the adoption process are a step too far

I’ll never forget the anguish I felt when I waved goodbye to the children I had fostered for nearly three years. Tess and Harry, gorgeous blonde-haired, brown-eyed siblings, came to stay with our family when they were both less than 18 months old and left when they were almost ready for school.

I was so anxious the day I was introduced to their adopters that I burst into tears before we even shook hands. It was the relief as much as anything else; the eagerness on their faces and kindness in their eyes reassuring me the siblings would be safe in their arms.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: rosemarieperdok@outlook.com | web: https://profile.live.com/cid-7cd3f97991c2d348/ | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:30:03 GMT
Story of cities #49: the long road to Rawabi, Palestine's first planned city

Is this privately financed city project in the heart of occupied West Bank a momentous trailblazer, or a colossal folly? Harriet Sherwood pays a visit

In a hi-vis jacket and jeans, Shadia Jaradat pauses on a tour of Rawabi, a new city rising out of a West Bank hill, to point up at the top floor of an apartment block. “That one is mine,” she says with visible pride, before continuing her exposition of Rawabi’s considerable merits.

This privately financed city project in the heart of occupied West Bank symbolises both a possible future for the beleaguered Palestinian people and a microcosm of the obstacles they face.

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Earl Owens mail: gmail@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: earl.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:52:22 GMT
The Harmony of the Seas is a monstrosity, but I’m beginning to see its point

With a slide that flushes you 10 storeys and cabins with virtual windows, you forget you’re on the world’s biggest cruise ship – or a boat at all, says our writer on its inaugural sailing

I’m a teenager, drunk in a shopping mall. Actually I’m not, I’m none of those things, it just feels like that. Really I’m on a cruise ship, the cruise ship, the biggest in the world, for a two-night inaugural joyride from Southampton into the middle of English Channel and back.

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas is a very big boat, an 18-layer wedding cake that seriously alters the skyline and the population wherever it docks. You’ve probably seen the figures: a billion dollars to build, 362m long, 226,963 tonnes, 23 pools including waveriders and waterslides, 20 restaurants. There’s a theatre, ice rink, casino, gym, spa, nursery, hospital, jail, morgue and much much more. My favourite stat is that 15,000 eggs are consumed on board every day. Some 2,100 crew look after up to 6,780 guests, a total of 8,890 people – that’s more than the seaside town of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, which we may or may not be passing (it’s been a while since I saw the sea or the outside world).

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Chad Martin mail: chad.martin@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: chad.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 04:40:14 GMT
No country for academics: Chinese crackdown forces intellectuals abroad

Political scientists and law experts flee to America as Beijing’s grip on freedoms in China intensifies under President Xi Jinping

As Chinese activist and scholar Teng Biao sat at home on the east coast of America, more than 13,000km (8,000 miles) away his wife and nine-year-old daughter were preparing to embark on the most dangerous journey of their lives.

“My wife didn’t tell my daughter what was going on,” said Teng, who had himself fled China seven months earlier to escape the most severe period of political repression since the days following the Tiananmen massacre in 1989.

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Fred Bryant mail: fred.bryant@horse-d.eu | web: fred.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:13:42 GMT
Can Johannesburg reinvent itself as Africa’s first cycle-friendly megacity?

In a city of 10 million designed around the car – but where most can’t afford one – could bicycles be the answer? The legacy of apartheid planning makes change difficult but cyclists are pushing and, crucially, they have the mayor’s support

“Minibus taxis are our biggest problem. They are dangerous. They just don’t care,” says Lovemore as he joins us on a dusty corner in Johannesburg’s Diepsloot township. We are waiting for a group of cyclists to form near the minibus queue, which in the half-light of 6am already stretches around the block. Lovemore consults his smartphone. Around 100 cyclists living in this informal area of makeshift shacks and dirt roads on the edge of South Africa’s biggest city use WhatsApp to coordinate their journeys – there’s safety in numbers. A couple more will be along shortly, he says.

The group have agreed to let me join them on their commute to the northern suburbs where most work as gardeners and security guards in luxury shopping malls or the electric-fenced homes of the wealthy. Once the group is deemed big enough we join the slow flow of 4x4 bakkies and cars heading into the city on William Nicol Drive, Johannesburg’s busiest cycling street. There’s a small but steady stream of people on old steel-framed racers and mountain bikes sturdy enough to cope with the potholes and broken glass.

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Kevin Fisher mail: kevin.fisher@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: kevin.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:06:43 GMT
From the favelas: the rise of rooftop solar projects in Brazil

New regulations open up an unexplored market for solar in heavily populated areas such as favelas, led by co-operatives, social startups and small businesses

Sunny days have long been considered a competitive advantage for Brazil. Before the 2014 World Cup, the country’s tourist board set up a website allowing visitors to compare the number of sunny days in US and European capitals to cities in Brazil (eg Brussels 103, Rio de Janeiro 212). But while tourism may have been capitalising on the sunshine, the solar industry has not.

According to statistics from the Brazilian electricity regulatory agency, Aneel, solar accounts for just 0.02% of the country’s energy. The bulk of the country’s energy generation (70%) is from hydropower.

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Nicholas Peterson mail: nicholas.peterson@affablyhomonym.com | web: nicholas.affablyhomonym.com | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 15:04:47 GMT
The fats and the furious: how the row over diet heated up

Latest battle in food wars shows how passionate debate can be and how hard it is to reach any sort of simple truth

Nutritionists and public health experts are in meltdown over a report claiming that fat is good for us. Against the conventional thinking, the National Obesity Forum and a new group calling itself the Public Health Collaboration, say eating fat, including butter, cheese and meat, will help people lose weight and combat type 2 diabetes and that the official advice is plain wrong.

A furious Public Health England has come out with all guns blazing. It says this is “irresponsible and misleads the public” and most of the public health establishment agrees.

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Donald Kennedy mail: donald.kennedy@daftest.website | web: donald.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:30:03 GMT
Different Class by Joanne Harris – review

The author of Chocolat revisits St Oswald’s for a twisting thriller with an unerring eye for school life

If you’re suffering from a surfeit of psychological thrillers about dysfunctional women this summer post- Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and their ilk, then you could do a lot worse than turn to Joanne Harris’s latest, Different Class. The follow-up to 2005’s Gentlemen and Players, it’s set in a second-rate boys’ grammar school in the north of England and is a magnificently plotted and twisty journey to the heart of a 24-year-old crime, as well as a darkly humorous look at the march of progress in a 500-year-old institution.

Harris’s main narrator is Latin master Roy Straitley, a St Oswald’s man born and bred, “sixty six on Bonfire Night, with a hundred and two terms under my fast-expanding belt”. Prone to Latin epithets, he wears a battered old gown covered in chalk dust and tea stains, is fond of Liquorice Allsorts and Gauloises, and enjoys a regular “modest libation” in the local pub, the Thirsty Scholar. Straitley and his colleagues – some institutions at St Oswald’s like him, others younger, newer, and even (gasp) female – are recovering from the events of Gentlemen and Players, and debating the arrival of the new headmaster who is being parachuted in to save them from the scandal.

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Chad Gonzalez mail: chad.gonzalez@pulpfrictions.com | web: chad.pulpfrictions.com | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 08:44:04 GMT
Neuro cuisine: exploring the science of flavour

Colour, sound and shape are just as important as sugar and salt in determining how food tastes. Why do senses combine in our brains - and will a red light bulb really make cake sweeter? Tamal Ray takes us on a scientific tour of gastrophysics

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Adam Mcdonald mail: adam.mcdonald@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: adam.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 07:00:04 GMT
Out with bourgeois crocodiles! How the Soviets rewrote children's books

From the capitalist ice cream eater who came to a sticky end to the Malevich-inspired adventures of two squares, Bolshevik kids’ books sparked an avant garde revolution in illustration

In 1925, Galina and Olga Chichagova illustrated a two-panel poster that called for a revolution in children’s illustration in the new Soviet Union. The left panel featured traditional characters from Russian fairytales and folklore – kings, queens, the Firebird, the witch Baba Yaga and, my favourite, a crocodile in elegant nightcap and dressing gown. “Out,” read the caption, “with mysticism and fantasy of children’s books!!”

Meanwhile, the right panel depicted what the sisters thought fellow artists should be illustrating to improve the first generation of little Soviet citizens. Under the beneficent eye of Lenin were images of young pioneers in red neckerchiefs, working on collective farms, as well as illustrations of Red Army cavalry troops riding into battle, factories, and aircraft. Anthropomorphised crocodiles, apparently, weren’t sufficiently revolutionary.

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Adam Martinez mail: adam.martinez@klarkzon.eu | web: adam.klarkzon.eu | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 19:00:22 GMT
Alas, poor Ophelia: the minor characters who deserve the spotlight

Ophelias Zimmer presents Hamlet from the perspective of its tragic heroine. There are plenty of other supporting characters I’d like to know more about

It’s said that Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor because Elizabeth I was so taken with the character of Falstaff in Henry IV that she demanded he got a play of his own, depicting “Falstaff in love”. Elizabeth is not the only person to have thought a minor character might have a lot more to say if given the chance. Every actor playing the third spear-carrier on the right probably thinks their character is the pivot of the drama, and has worked out an entire backstory for them. A really good actor can make Celia seem infinitely more interesting than the lovelorn Rosalind; Banquo as complex as Macbeth.

Playwrights play this game, too. Tom Stoppard did it most famously in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Shakespeare’s plays seem particularly ripe for this approach. Katie Mitchell, Alice Birch and Chloe Lamford’s Ophelias Zimmer at the Royal Court reimagines Hamlet entirely from the view of Ophelia and the things she hears, sees and experiences from inside her bedroom. As the evening progresses, that space feels as if it is becoming smaller and smaller as she drowns in the screaming silence that comes with being a character in a play who has not been given a voice by Shakespeare. At a post-show discussion at the Royal Court, Mitchell said she was working with Martin Crimp on another production that aims to put another marginalised young woman – Miranda from The Tempest – centre stage.

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Craig Ramos mail: craig.ramos@horse-d.eu | web: craig.horse-d.eu | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 16:11:26 GMT
‘Nobody lies about their dad’ – writers and rock stars reflect on their fathers

Julie Burchill worshipped hers. Leonard Cohen’s son Adam finds his hilarious. In an extract from a new book, My Old Man, they share stories of their unique father-child relationships, alongside Dorian Lynskey and Cornershop’s Tjinder Singh

I devised My Old Man to pose a simple question: if you were asked to write about your father, what would you say? There was no other brief for the project, and no typical answer. Contributions for both the blog and the book that followed have varied drastically between sweet and sour, fond and tragically fraught, but the one unifying factor is that everyone – be they a writer, a teacher or a pop star – has a unique story to share about their father. And every tale is heartfelt. Nobody lies about their dad.

Ted Kessler

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Jimmy West mail: jimmy.west@pulpfrictions.com | web: jimmy.pulpfrictions.com | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 12:07:02 GMT
First look: inside the Switch House – Tate Modern's power pyramid

With its chainmail brickwork, vast spaces and panoramic views, the Tate’s £260m ziggurat is a mesmerising twist on the existing art gallery

Among the shafts of luxury flats sprouting up along the south bank of the Thames, from Battersea to Bermondsey, there is one new tower unlike the others. It is made of brick, not glass, and stands as a squat, truncated pyramid, twisting as it rises. Punctured only by thin slit windows, Tate Modern’s new extension rears up like a defensive watchtower, there to ward off property developers from encroaching any further on the former Bankside power station.

“We realised we were getting vulnerable in terms of what we could do on this site,” says the Tate director Nicholas Serota, explaining the £260m expansion, which has been in the works since the mid-2000s. “There were some substantial buildings arriving, so we would soon have a lot of neighbours who would oppose us doing anything of any scale.”

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Alan Torres mail: alan.torres@thedarkswans.com | web: alan.thedarkswans.com | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:45:35 GMT
A window on infinity: rediscovering the short films of the Lumière brothers

As shown by a new restoration of some of the 1,400 shorts that the pioneers of early cinema filmed, the Lumières were true artists as well as inventors

On strips of celluloid 17 metres long and 35mm wide, the Lumière brothers made some of the world’s first and most famous films. But while many cinephiles could tell you that the pioneering inventors of the Cinématographe filmed trains entering stations and workers leaving factories, the true scope of their work is often overlooked. The Lumières were responsible not just for a successful invention but a huge number of films, which experimented with techniques that were necessarily new and roamed across a rapidly changing landscape, from their factory in Lyon and across Europe to America and east Asia.

Auguste and Louis Lumière were photographers by trade, who were inspired to attempt moving pictures after seeing a demonstration of Edison’s Kinetoscope, a “peephole” machine for viewing a loop of film. The trouble with Edison’s system was that only one person could watch the images at a time, and the bulk of the associated camera, the Kinetograph, meant that films could only be shot in a studio. In February 1895, the Lumières patented their Cinématographe, a handsome, portable instrument that could both shoot and project moving images. They demonstrated the machine privately in March that year, but it is the first public outing of the Cinématographe that has passed into legend. At the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, on 28 December 1895, the Lumières revealed their device, and nine of their films, to a paying audience. As the story has it, some of those assembled were so alarmed by the sight of a train moving toward the camera that they panicked and started to run. It’s an incident so famous that British film pioneer RW Paul popped it in a film, The Countryman and the Cinematograph (1901), although the crowd at the Grand Café were unlikely to resemble his guffawing hick.

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Sean Ramos mail: google@pulpfrictions.com | web: sean.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:34:05 GMT
Have you lost friends as you've got older? | Sarah Marsh

A study suggests that after the age of 25 we don’t have as many friends. Tell us if this seems accurate based on your own experiences

There is no doubt that friendships change over time, but is there also a point when they start to fade?

This is something scientists have looked at in a study that shows both men and women continue to make lots of friends until the age of 25. After this, it’s claimed that friendships begin to fall away rapidly, with the decline continuing for the rest of our lives.

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Shawn Rodriguez mail: shawn.rodriguez@daftest.website | web: shawn.daftest.website | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:38:27 GMT
Europeans: what do you like about living and working in the UK?

If you’re a European in the UK we’d like to hear what you do for a living and why you enjoy living in the UK

Ahead of the EU referendum economists have been scrutinising how jobs will be affected if the UK was to leave Europe, and what Brexit might mean for employment rights.

Related: Work after Brexit: the biggest winners and losers for UK jobs

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Chad Mason mail: yahoo@pulpfrictions.com | web: chad.pulpfrictions.com | when: Fri, 06 May 2016 16:38:21 GMT
Euro 2016: what hopes do you have for your team?

Ahead of the tournament we’d like to hear from football fans across Europe about what expectations you have for your team

France will kick off Euro 2016 against Romania at the Stade de France in just over two weeks’ time. The tournament hosts are hoping to win the European Championship for a third time, while holders Spain aim to bounce back from their disappointing World Cup showing two years ago.

With 24 teams competing across 10 venues in nine French cities, football fever is likely to grip the entire nation. Now we’d like to hear from football fans across Europe who are cheering on their teams this summer.

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Jimmy Gibson mail: jimmy.gibson@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: jimmy.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:07:15 GMT
Is your family at war over the EU referendum?

If disagreements over Britain’s impending EU vote are souring your family relations, we would like to hear from you

Polling cards have started to arrive in households across the UK, as the EU referendum heads into view. With a month to go, one criticism of the referendum debate has been that it has been dominated by rowing members of the Conservative party, making the whole thing seem more like an internal family matter rather than a cool-headed assessment of what’s best for the future of the country.

We wouldn’t for a moment wish to suggest any similarities between your clan and the Tories, but we would like to know whether the referendum has had any impact on your family relationships.

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Philip Clark mail: philip.clark@affablyhomonym.com | web: philip.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:09:12 GMT
Kevin Rowland webchat – your questions answered on Dexys, darts and pink suits

Did he really crash the 1966 World Cup? How’s his lindy hop? And what does he think of his fashion critics? The Dexys frontman answered your questions

Thanks so much to Kevin for answering your questions. Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul, is out 3 June. Read his interview with the Observer here.

Okay, I'm off! Thank you. Bye bye.

Scoopmuldoon asks:

Of all the songs you’ve done, which is the one you’re most proud of? I saw you at the Liverpool Phil three years ago too … You looked sharp very, very sharp. Your version of What’s She Like that night is one of my stand-out live memories.

This is What's She's Like is one of the best songs we've written. But I think my best vocal is probably Carrickfergus – I don't think it's my best technical singing and I'm sure I could have sung it better technically but before I did the track, I tried to do a lot of preparation and look right into it. My dad told me about the long distance men, Irish guys, that used to travel from town to town, work on a building site for a couple of weeks, probably sleep rough and then go on the drink for a couple of weeks, then walk to another town, he even told me what they were wearing, they had a certain look. I realised that that's what this song is about, a long distance man, at the end of his life, who wants to go home to Ireland, to die, with his ex who's already buried there. When we recorded it in the studio, I decided to wear a 30s/40s suits and a cap and an overcoat and after about two takes, something happened. I just felt like my body felt weaker, I felt myself hunching over, and I felt shivery and I turned the collar of the coat up and I just said: carry on – and we did that vocal and coughed half way through it. That vocal is one take and we left the coughing on - I was completely in that song and being that character and most of those guys died form TB. It just felt really authentic and I knew that was the vocal. I send stuff out to people and ask them which version they like and everyone said: that version. My ex manager Tim said: leave the cough in. And I thought: fuck yeah.

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Peter Simmons mail: peter.simmons@ventredi.eu | web: peter.ventredi.eu | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:49:22 GMT
Austria presidential election: how did you vote?

After Alexander Van der Bellen’s narrow victory, we want to hear from Austrian voters on what it means for the country

Alexander Van der Bellen has narrowly won Austria’s presidential election, preventing far-right candidate Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU’s first far-right head of state.

It is the first time since 1945 that Austria’s president will not be from the centrist Social Democrats (SPÖ) or People’s party (ÖVP). While the Austrian presidency is mainly a ceremonial role, the rejection of the centrist parties and the rise of Hofer’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) reveal a country increasingly divided over issues such as unemployment and immigration.

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Earl Mitchell mail: earl.mitchell@innovation-km.com | web: earl.innovation-km.com | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:51:17 GMT
How can we improve the lives of young people in care?

We want to hear from people who have been or are in care about the reforms needed to better help looked-after children

In March 2015, 69,540 children in England were in the care of local authorities, up 68,800 from 2014.

But questions have been raised about how these young people are looked after – with new research showing that children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted of a crime than other young people.

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Henk Jongmans mail: jongmansh@gmail.com | web: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102961349602300242299/ | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:11 GMT
Are you a sleepwalker? Tell us about it | Sarah Marsh

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend. What situations have you found yourself in?

Imagine this: at the crack of dawn, while you’re still asleep, you leave your hotel room completely naked and walk out into the street. When you wake up the police have been called and you find yourself being escorted back to your hotel.

That’s what happened to one individual in Manchester this weekend in what has been described as a case of somnambulism (AKA sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism or noctambulism). The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Gregory Bryant mail: gregory.bryant@affablyhomonym.com | web: gregory.affablyhomonym.com | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:06:41 GMT
Tell us about your travellers' tiffs

Have you ever experienced a major fall out with your travel companion/s on a long trip? If so, we’d like to hear from you

Extended trips, when travelling companions are living in each others’ pockets for months on end, are often intense experiences that can make or break friendships and relationships.

We want to hear your stories of travelling fall outs. Have you had a major barney with your travel companion on a long trip? Ended up going your separate ways three weeks into a gap year? Or did a group trip end up – for one or more parties – as a solo journey?

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Carl Clark mail: carl.clark@daftest.website | web: carl.daftest.website | when: Fri, 20 May 2016 13:27:25 GMT
Labour members on Corbyn: 'Winning in 2020 will be a slog'

Members on the leader’s first eight months – and whether the party can win the next general election

Labour party members are overwhelmingly happy with Jeremy Corbyn’s first eight months in charge, and are urging the parliamentary party to back the leader.

According to those who responded to a Guardian callout, members were encouraged by Labour’s performance in this month’s local and mayoral elections, with the majority hopeful the party can win 2020’s general election, while acknowledging that it would be a “hard slog” given the party’s performance in Scotland.

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Billy Lee mail: google@daftest.website | web: billy.daftest.website | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 07:44:07 GMT
Your ideas: tell us what you want to read about this week

Have you seen a news story you think we should be covering – or is there a more timeless idea you’d like to read about? Let us know here

Last week brought us the Queen’s speech, a deal on junior doctors’ contracts, criticism of Justin Trudeauand his wife Sophie – and reports that Grayson Perry had created a phallic sculpture. But what would you like to read about this week?

Tell us about the stories that have caught your eye recently – whether in the news, or on a more timeless topic. What would you like to read about the subject? Is there a voice you think is particularly missing in the discussion?

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Walter Harrison mail: walter.harrison@innovation-km.com | web: walter.innovation-km.com | when: Sat, 21 May 2016 05:00:04 GMT
Readers’ recipe swap: Miso | Dale Berning Sawa

The salty, umami kick of this Japanese staple makes this a jar that goes far …

A bowl of miso soup is as instant a homemade meal can get, and as satisfying an instant one can be. It has the saltiness that makes bacon so addictive, the warming depth you long for when you’re really hungry, and a lightness that doesn’t usually go hand in hand with something this savoury. And while that soup might be reason enough to always have a pot of miso in your fridge, the potential this paste contains within its robust bulk is nothing short of remarkable.

Made by fermenting soya beans with salt and koji (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae used to make soy sauce and other Asian ferments), it is what is added to those basic ingredients that determines the type of miso achieved. Hatcho (or mame) miso is 100% soya bean miso; rice gives kome miso, and barley, mugi miso; aka miso is red and aged, while shiro (white) miso is sweet and young, made with more rice and barley than soya.

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Ronald Cooper mail: ronald.cooper@klarkzon.eu | web: ronald.klarkzon.eu | when: Sat, 21 May 2016 21:45:24 GMT
Spring in your step: readers' photos on the theme of bloom

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of bloom via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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Kyle Bryant mail: kyle.bryant@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: kyle.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Fri, 20 May 2016 15:15:29 GMT
Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup final, Euro 2016, Sevilla and a cuddly wolf

This week’s quiz won’t be joining the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers

The first and last goals of the 2015-16 Premier League season were both own goals scored at Old Trafford. Who scored them?

Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind

Kyle Walker and Chris Smalling

Kyle Naughton and Ashley Young

Jan Vertonghen and Dan Gosling

The Giro d’Italia’s mascot – a big cuddly wolf – has been banned after a complaint from whom?

Disney (who thought the wolf looked too much like their 'big bad wolf')

The Wolverhampton Wanderers owners

French farmers

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Which goalkeeper kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season?

Petr Cech

Joe Hart

David de Gea

Kasper Schmeichel

Who were the last team not from Spain to win a European final (Champions League, Europa League or European Championship)?

Zenit St Petersburg

Internazionale

Bayern Munich

Chelsea

The last time Manchester United played Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final Gary O’Reilly scored for Palace. What was unusual about O’Reilly's goalscoring record?

It was his only goal for Crystal Palace in four seasons with the club

He only ever scored two goals for Palace: one in the 1990 semi-final and the other in the final

He scored 15 goals for the club and they were all headers

He scored 15 goals for the club and they were all in the FA Cup

What is the missing phrase from this letter given to members of Muirfield golf club: 'The introduction of lady members is bound to create difficulties. Regardless of the conventions when they first join they are likely over time to question our foursomes play, our match system, the uncompromising challenge our fine links present, our *********. It will take a very special lady golfer to be able to do all the things that are expected of them.'

Drinking habits

Dress sense

Lunch arrangements

Gender politics

Which of these clubs has not qualified for a play-offs final?

Sheffield Wednesday

Hull City

AFC Wimbledon

Portsmouth

When it comes to Euro 2016, which of these players is the odd one out?

Fernando Torres

Theo Walcott

Dejan Lovren

Bastian Schweinsteiger

How many times have Sevilla won the Europa League in the last decade?

Three

Four

Five

Six

Why has Hiroshi Hoketsu, the 75-year-old who was hoping to become the oldest competing Olympian of all time in Rio de Janeiro, pulled out of the Games?

His doctor advised him to pull out

The Japan equestrian team promoted another rider

His horse fell ill

He said that after four Olympic Games he was 'ready to relax'

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Arthur Ellis mail: arthur.ellis@innovation-km.com | web: arthur.innovation-km.com | when: Fri, 20 May 2016 11:26:44 GMT
Why Britain should stay in the EU – by readers who work in the arts

We asked people in the cultural industries to tell us what they thought about the EU referendum. This is what they said

After the majority of arts leaders contacted by the Guardian said they were against the UK leaving the EU, and with 250 British cultural stars signing a letter backing the remain campaign, we asked readers working in the arts and cultural industries for their views.

Related: 'A huge creative step backwards': the arts view on Brexit

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Adam Rodriguez mail: adam.rodriguez@klarkzon.eu | web: adam.klarkzon.eu | when: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:18:03 GMT
Are you in an open relationship? Tell us about it | Sarah Marsh

Saira Khan surprised Loose Women viewers by revealing she has given her husband permission to sleep with other women. Can you relate to this?

There has been a lot of discussion on open relationships lately, with ongoing reports about a celebrity threesome, and the TV personality Saira Khan saying she has given her husband permission to sleep with other women (something he later denied).

Khan said on ITV’s Loose Women that the reason her husband could have an affair was because she had lost her sex drive. “We used to have a fantastic sex life. I still love my husband, we cuddle up and it’s lovely. We’ve been together for 11 years, but I’m not interested [in sex]. I don’t want to,” she said.

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Earl Ward mail: earl.ward@hockeymail.de | web: earl.hockeymail.de | when: Thu, 19 May 2016 19:00:19 GMT
Readers recommend: share your songs about ships and boats

Post your nominations in the comments and a reader will pick a selection of eligible tracks for a playlist next week

This week we want to hear your songs on the theme of ships and boats. Think lyrics and song titles and post your nomination in the comments.

You can find a list of all songs previously picked and so ineligible for the series here.

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Dennis Harris mail: dennis.harris@geheime.club | web: dennis.geheime.club | when: Thu, 19 May 2016 13:45:22 GMT
Odd ones out: share your photos of the most out of place city buildings

Leftover heritage or new developments in cities can sometimes stick out like sore thumbs. Share your photos of incongruous city buildings with GuardianWitness

As cities develop and change, so their streetscapes often become a mix of different architectural styles and eras. But some buildings, either daring new additions or leftovers from a previous time, stick out like a sore thumb (perhaps a beautiful sore thumb, but still).

One of my favourite examples of this, though admittedly on the silver screen, comes at the end of Batteries Not Included (a brilliant film which although technically about flying alien robots made of scrap metal is essentially about resisting corporate-led urban development and the destruction of built heritage) when we see a small, historic, stand-alone Manhattan apartment block surrounded by a sea of monolithic slick skyscrapers. I was always reminded of this vision when driving past the Albert Tavern in Westminster, London, which is a Grade II-listed Victorian four-storey brick building surrounded by glassy modern high-rise offices (pictured above).

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Harry Reynolds mail: harry.reynolds@onlyforyounotfor.me | web: harry.onlyforyounotfor.me | when: Thu, 19 May 2016 09:22:14 GMT
Recipe swap: raspberries

Share your raspberry recipes with us for a chance to have them printed in Cook

To be in with chance of being crowned Guardian home cook of the year, share your raspberry recipes with us. Email recipes@theguardian.com, upload them to GuardianWitness or post them on Instagram @guardian_cook #RRS #raspberries by noon on Wednesday 25 May. Selected recipes will appear in Cook and online on 4 June.

You can share your raspberry recipes and photos by clicking on the ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments.’

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Nicholas Howard mail: nicholas.howard@affablyhomonym.com | web: nicholas.affablyhomonym.com | when: Wed, 18 May 2016 14:31:29 GMT
How does the fracking debate affect you? Share your experiences

Whether you are taking part in protests or live in an area threatened by proposals we’d like to hear from you

Residents of Kirby Misperton in north Yorkshire wait in anticipation to hear whether a planning application to frack a well near the village will be approved or not.

Related: In the timeless Yorkshire moors of my childhood, the frackers are poised to start drilling

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Ryan Cooper mail: ryan.cooper@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: ryan.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Wed, 18 May 2016 09:45:26 GMT
EU students: how would Brexit affect you studying in the UK?

We’d like to hear from EU students about whether they’d still come to UK universities if Britain leaves the EU. Share your views below

If you are a non-UK university student from the EU, we would like to know your views on what impact the EU referendum will have for you and your education.

There are roughly 125000 non-UK, EU students enrolled on degree courses in the UK, paying domestic fees and eligible for student loans. There’s been a debate about whether Brexit would discourage European students from studying in UK in the future, or indeed impact those here already.

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Brandon Patterson mail: yahoo@hockeymail.de | web: brandon.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 17 May 2016 18:29:13 GMT
What's it like to be LGBTI where you live? Share your experiences

We’d like you to share your experiences of being LGBTI where you live, including discrimination you’ve felt to any progress your country has made

Two-thirds of adults would be upset if their child told them that they were in love with someone of the same sex, according to a survey of 96,000 people in 53 UN member states conducted by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

The report found that same-sex sexual acts can be punished with the death penalty in 13 states, while the threat of imprisonment exists in 75 countries and five entities. Many residents of those countries believe that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) should be criminalised, with 45% of respondents in Africa agreeing to the statement that “being LGBTI should be considered a crime”. Thirty-four per cent of respondents in Asia, 17% in Europe, 15% in the Americas and 14% in Oceania also agreed with the statement.

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Alfred Perez mail: alfred.perez@horse-d.eu | web: alfred.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 17 May 2016 13:14:21 GMT
Tell us how the UK's fishing industry will be affected by the EU referendum

With crippling quotas and endless regulations all over the country we want to know what the vote will mean for those working in fishing

Fishing leaders have told a parliamentary committee that their members are facing a “total lack of evidence” about how the UK would cope with Brexit.

The president of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Ross Dougal, told the Scottish affairs select committee that the majority of his members were in favour of leaving the European Union, prompted by “micro-management and top-down management” of the controversial common fisheries policy. The majority of the industry are “no fans” of the EU, having suffered cuts to quotas and fishing time under the common fisheries policy.

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Jesse Mcdonald mail: jesse.mcdonald@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: jesse.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:30:56 GMT
Tracey Emin: 'The stone I married is beautiful and dignified – it will never let me down'

She may now prefer horse-riding to hell-raising, but Tracey Emin is still full of attitude. As she takes a break from the art world, she talks about the ‘horrible’ press, banning high heels – and why a paleolithic partner is a perfect pick-me-up

The last time Tracey Emin opened an exhibition of her work – in Hong Kong in March – she caused international headlines by announcing that she had married a stone in the garden of her house in the south of France. The artist’s latest exhibition, at Lehmann Maupin in New York, continues the theme. It’s called Stone Love, although the title, picked out in one of her famous neons, is actually taken from the first line of Soul Love, by her late friend David Bowie: “Stone love, she kneels before the grave / A brave son, who gave his life to save the slogans.”

Related: Don’t mock the rock – Tracey Emin’s wedding is a message to single women | Gaby Hinsliff

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Brian Boyd mail: brian.boyd@hockeymail.de | web: brian.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 18:00:17 GMT
Dierks Bentley: 'People were dressing like Garth Brooks, but no one was writing their own music'

The country star has a new introspective album, and here he talks candidly about Nashville and explains how his latest LP is inspired by The Affair

Even though it’s only May, one of the strongest contenders for song of the summer is Somewhere on a Beach by Dierks Bentley. The song, one of the fastest charting of his career, is also the name of his summer tour that takes the country music star to North American arenas and amphitheaters through September. Bentley, 40, is a country star who has survived changing trends by being unpredictable. While signature hits such as the playful Drunk on a Plane brandish big pop hooks, his songwriting also has a deeply introspective side. He straddles both sides of the industry’s spectrum and is rooted in traditional country but his music is also unmistakably contemporary. This latest record, Black, which will be released on Friday, is a concept album that tracks a young relationship through its peaks and valleys.

You’ve had an incredible run – eight records since 2003. Is that unusual for a career in country music these days?

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Lawrence Carter mail: lawrence.carter@geheime.club | web: lawrence.geheime.club | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:08:53 GMT
India's finest musicians light up the Albert Hall with tribute to Ravi Shankar

Stars of the Indian classical music world – including Hariprasad Chaurasia and Anoushka Shankar – gathered for a long and festive night of virtuosity

For all the echt-English setting of the Royal Albert Hall, this was largely a south Asian affair – musicians and audience both ­– and certain norms had therefore to be upheld. So we run late, of course, although only modestly behind schedule. The “felicitations” of artists, that flower-strewn staple of Indian performances, begin in promising chaos with the stage crowded with sponsors, organisers and hangers-on, but are cut mercifully short. And if the night winds up almost an hour or so after the ushers had promised, at least it’s enough to save some face.

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Nicholas Dixon mail: nicholas.dixon@horse-d.eu | web: nicholas.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 07:56:39 GMT
Paul McCartney: I was depressed after the Beatles broke up

McCartney spoke about Kanye (‘I love him – he’s a monster’), writing a love song for John Lennon and Wings (‘we were terrible’) before a star-studded Mastertapes audience

Paul McCartney has revealed that he started drinking heavily and came close to quitting music altogether after the Beatles disbanded in 1970.

Discussing his career at a recording of Mastertapes for Radio 4, the songwriter described how he formed the group Wings. “I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends,” he said. “So I took to the bevvies. I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then suddenly I wasn’t having a good time … I wanted to get back to square one, so I ended up forming Wings.”

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Jeff Butler mail: jeff.butler@dwindlingscrabble.xyz | web: jeff.dwindlingscrabble.xyz | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 07:00:04 GMT
Maxine Peake to star in A Streetcar Named Desire in Manchester

Exclusive: Actor will portray Blanche DuBois in Sarah Frankcom production of Tennessee Williams play

The role was originated by Jessica Tandy, played on stage and screen by Vivien Leigh and has attracted major stars for almost 70 years including, most recently, Gillian Anderson whose portrayal won acclaim in London and can currently be seen in New York. Now, Maxine Peake is preparing to take on the part of Tennessee Williams’s troubled southern belle Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The production, at the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, continues Peake’s creative collaboration with Sarah Frankcom, who directed her as Hamlet in a 2014 production and as Caryl Churchill’s shape-shifting Skriker at the Manchester international festival last year.

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Steve Phillips mail: steve.phillips@daftest.website | web: steve.daftest.website | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:30:21 GMT
Angelina Jolie gets new role as visiting professor at LSE

Actor to join ex-foreign secretary William Hague as ‘professor in practice’ as part of new MSc in women, peace and security

She met her husband Brad Pitt while playing an assassin, and won an Oscar for her portrayal of a sociopathic patient in a mental hospital, but Angelina Jolie’s latest role may be her most surprising yet.

The Hollywood actor and director has been appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, teaching a course on the impact of war on women.

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Arthur Martinez mail: arthur.martinez@pulpfrictions.com | web: arthur.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:00:11 GMT
Nicky Lidbetter: ‘My anxiety has been a motivator’ | Nicola Slawson
Despite having panic attacks, Nicky Lidbetter runs two mental health charities. She believes devolved health and social care budgets could offer charities more opportunities

On a daily basis, Nicky Lidbetter, 44, juggles not one but two successful mental health charities – Self Help, which delivers services in the north-west of England, and the nation’s leading anxiety disorder charity, Anxiety UK. While this is commendable in itself, to do it while being agoraphobic and having panic attacks is astonishing. In fact, her anxiety is so bad that she rarely leaves Manchester, operating in a less than a 50-mile radius.

“I’m probably one of the most networked agoraphobics you could imagine,” says Lidbetter with a laugh. “I’ve become quite resourceful in order not to lose out on opportunities.”

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Kyle Patterson mail: kyle.patterson@geheime.club | web: kyle.geheime.club | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 05:28:58 GMT
Obama stops off for $6 dinner at streetside restaurant in Vietnam

US president popped in for a low-key meal with TV chef Anthony Bourdain, leaving restaurant owner Nguyen Thi Lien stunned

She has ladled out countless bowls of her pork noodle soup, but the owner of a Hanoi streetside restaurant says she was stunned when Barack Obama strolled in, pulled up a plastic stool and slurped down Vietnam’s famed “bun cha” delicacy.

The US president slipped away from his hectic Vietnam visit on Monday night to sample the dish with Anthony Bourdain, a chef and food critic who fronts a travel show about hidden culinary gems around the world.

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Todd Reynolds mail: gmail@horse-d.eu | web: todd.horse-d.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 04:30:00 GMT
Nicola Sturgeon spreads calm after alien attack in BBC Radio 4 adaptation

Scottish first minister and SNP leader will play herself in crime writer Val McDermid’s take on John Wyndham’s science fiction novel The Kraken Wakes

Val McDermid, the Scottish independence-supporting author, has put Scotland in charge of the remains of the UK in a new adaptation for the BBC which gives first minister Nicola Sturgeon a role playing herself.

Crime writer McDermid moved the action of John Wyndham’s classic 1953 science fiction novel The Kraken Wakes from North Yorkshire to Scotland and gave Sturgeon a part calmly broadcasting instructions to the survivors of an alien invasion in her adaptation for Radio 4.

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Shawn Simmons mail: shawn.simmons@pulpfrictions.com | web: shawn.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 10:09:20 GMT
Rebel Wilson to make West End debut in Guys and Dolls

‘Hopefully I’ll crush it,’ says the Pitch Perfect film star, who will play the part of Miss Adelaide for eight weeks at London’s Phoenix theatre

The Australian actor Rebel Wilson is heading to the West End to join the cast of Guys and Dolls. The Pitch Perfect star will play the part of Miss Adelaide for an eight-week run at London’s Phoenix theatre.

Wilson said: “A lot of people who know me from my more recent film work have no idea how much theatre has influenced my life. I saw my first musical at age 14, a show called 42nd Street, after one of my family’s dogs had unsuccessfully auditioned to be in it. It blew me away and I’ve loved musical theatre ever since.”

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Daniel Gray mail: daniel.gray@affablyhomonym.com | web: daniel.affablyhomonym.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:33:32 GMT
Paul Gambaccini to replace Tony Blackburn on Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops

Fearne Cotton will also present Saturday show with Martin Kemp as part of changes at BBC station

Paul Gambaccini will replace Tony Blackburn on Radio 2’s Pick of the Pops, with the station welcoming former Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton to present a new Saturday morning show with Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp.

Gambaccini succeeds Blackburn who was sacked by the BBC in February in the wake of the Dame Janet Smith inquiry into sexual abuse at the corporation.

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Vincent Shaw mail: vincent.shaw@klarkzon.eu | web: vincent.klarkzon.eu | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 20:46:21 GMT
Adele signs £90m contract with Sony

Singer has reportedly switched from independent XL label with biggest ever record deal for British musician

Adele has signed a multi-album contract with the Sony record label with a headline value of £90m, which if paid out in full would make it the biggest record deal in history.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter, who was the best-selling artist in the world in 2015, was poached by Sony after her original contract that she signed at the age of 19 with British independent label XL expired.

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Alfred Owens mail: alfred.owens@hockeymail.de | web: alfred.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:06 GMT
Cult heroes: Kristin Hersh – the dislocated star of the 80s US indie scene

The intensely personal racket made by Throwing Muses was partly due to Hersh’s furiously independent, feminist muse, and partly down to dissociative disorder and a head injury

With Tanya Donnelly’s band Belly reuniting, thoughts naturally turn to one of the great indie might-have-beens. Just as you might wonder how things might have turned out if Dylan had never gone electric, the Beatles had been allergic to LSD or the Strokes had looked like the Pigeon Detectives, a certain breed of 80s alt-rock fan pines for the crossover success Throwing Muses might have achieved, had Tanya Donelly been given equal songwriting standing with her stepsister and bandmate Kristin Hersh. Belly songs such as Feed the Tree, Gepetto and Slow Dog could have helped make 1992’s Red Heaven a rounded crank-pop masterpiece. Instead, Donelly’s melodic panache was squeezed out and Hersh was left alone to deal with Rat Girl, the other competing force in Throwing Muses.

Rather than write songs, you see, Hersh was virtually taken over by them. The child of hippy commune parents called Crane and Dude, she wound up in hospital aged 16 when her bike was hit by a car and, as her memoir Paradoxical Undressing describes, she started to hear “a metallic whining, like industrial noise … layered with humming tones and wind chimes”. “Sound and colour filled my empty hospital room,” Hersh wrote, and music became an invasive force, beyond her ability to control. “The songs move into my spine,” she told the Observer in 2010, “and they make me frantic.” Her performances, none of which she could remember, were like “well-rehearsed Tourette’s” or “a cliff-dive into oblivion”; she never knew if music, for her, was therapy or disease.

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Philip Torres mail: google@hockeymail.de | web: philip.hockeymail.de | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:33:58 GMT
How we survived: child refugees given a stage to tell their stories

Award-winning French photographer Patrick Willocq has recreated the experiences of children who have fled Burundi and Syria using personalised theatre sets. From perilous journeys to the battle to adapt to new environments, these are their stories

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Bruce Foster mail: bruce.foster@geheime.club | web: bruce.geheime.club | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:41:06 GMT
Best photographs of the day: a greasy climb and a baby hippo

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the Herndon monument in Annapolis and a new arrival at Wroclaw zoo

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Donald Turner mail: donald.turner@pulpfrictions.com | web: donald.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:00:11 GMT
For the Record: 60s Pop Through the Lens – in pictures

A new exhibition in London celebrates the cultural boom of the 60s, as captured by photographer Stanley Bielecki. Shooting Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Supremes, the Polish refugee who arrived in Britain after the second world war worked for titles including Pop Weekly, Teen Beat and Melody Maker

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Henk Jongmans mail: jongmansh@gmail.com | web: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102961349602300242299/ | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:02 GMT
Shiny Ghost: the life and death of my glamorous grandmother – in pictures

Rachel Cox charts with painful honesty her grandmother’s final days with a degenerative brain disease in this LensCulture award-winning photo series

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Henry Fisher mail: gmail@pulpfrictions.com | web: henry.pulpfrictions.com | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
The last stop: America's disappearing roadside rest stops – in pictures

Cross-country road trips are punctuated by breaks at rest stops, and Ryann Ford has travelled to more than 15 states photographing this unique architectural oddity. Teepees, wagon wheels and oil rigs reflect the character of small towns and states, but they are rapidly being replaced by fast-food outlets or neglected as state budgets are cut. The Last Stop is published by powerHouse Books

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Glenn Ramirez mail: glenn.ramirez@thedarkswans.com | web: glenn.thedarkswans.com | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 15:04:26 GMT
Chelsea flower show preview – in pictures

For five days in May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will, once again, be transformed into the world’s greatest flower show. The show has been held there every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two world wars

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Henry Dixon mail: henry.dixon@klarkzon.eu | web: henry.klarkzon.eu | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 07:09:03 GMT
Iraqi troops advance on Islamic State-held Fallujah – in pictures

Iraqi forces, consisting of special forces, soldiers, police, militia and pro-government tribesmen, have launched a major assault to retake Fallujah, the scene of deadly battles during the US occupation and one of the toughest targets yet in Baghdad’s war on Isis

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Henk Jongmans mail: jongmansh@gmail.com | web: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102961349602300242299/ | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:35:41 GMT
Eyewitness: Nairobi, Kenya

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Clarence Gordon mail: clarence.gordon@daftest.website | web: clarence.daftest.website | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 12:18:07 GMT
India's record-breaking heatwave – in pictures

Temperatures in a city in the desert state of Rajasthan have hit 51C (123.8F) – the highest on record in India. A drought has left many villages and towns without regular water. Schools have closed, some hospitals have stopped performing surgery, and in some regions daytime cooking has been banned due to the fire risk

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