Antonio Butler mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:49:51 GMT
Varoufakis, McDonnell and Lucas make 'radical' case for remaining in EU

Ex-Greek finance minister joins shadow chancellor and Green MP to make leftwing case for staying in EU

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, is joining forces with the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis to make the “radical” case for the UK to remain in the European Union, after both sides of the referendum campaign were criticised for making misleading and overly-negative arguments.

Related: Brexit is an empire-era trick. Only the radical case for Europe makes sense | Yanis Varoufakis

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Peter Campbell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 21:30:16 GMT
David Cameron: Boris Johnson still a contender for next PM

Despite split on EU, Cameron stands by comments he made last year namechecking Johnson as potential successor

David Cameron has said Boris Johnson remains one of the main contenders to succeed him as prime minister when he steps down.

Asked about comments he made last year, before the pair took opposing sides in the EU referendum campaign, Cameron said: “I wouldn’t withdraw any of the things I’ve said – the Conservative party is lucky to have big, substantial figures within it.”

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:23:58 GMT
WHO rejects call to move Rio Olympics because of Zika virus

Health experts had urged the UN agency to act over concern that the games will speed up spread of virus linked to birth defects

Already hit by recession and political turmoil, Brazil has come under more pressure as 150 health experts called for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed or moved because of the Zika epidemic.

In an open letter to the World Health Organisation, the signatories, who included a former White House science adviser, said the current plans for the Games needed to be revised “in the name of public health”.

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Steven Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 03:48:29 GMT
Protesters clash with police outside Donald Trump rally in San Diego

Trump denies California is experiencing a drought as hundreds of riot police are deployed to deal with demonstrators

Police in riot gear fired pepper-balls and beanbags at protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in San Diego, California, on Friday evening as unrest inspired by the presumptive Republican nominee continues to simmer.

Earlier in the day in Fresno, Trump denied that there was a major drought affecting the state, saying instead that when he becomes president he will “start opening up the water.”

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Kenneth Cooper mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 03:30:37 GMT
Mossack Fonseca to close offices in Jersey, Gibraltar and Isle of Man

The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers is closing its offices in the British-dependent territories ‘with great regret’

The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers revelations has decided to close its offices in the British-dependent territories of Jersey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

Mossack Fonseca “will be ceasing operations” in those territories, “but we will continue serving all of our clients”, it said.

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Johnny White mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:31:18 GMT
Amber Heard granted restraining order against husband Johnny Depp

A judge ordered Depp to stay away from his estranged wife, who filed for divorce on Monday and accused the actor of repeatedly physically assaulting her

A Los Angeles judge has granted a restraining order against Johnny Depp from his estranged wife Amber Heard, who has accused him of domestic violence, court documents show.

The documents, filed on Friday by lawyers representing Heard, state that Depp “violently attacked” Heard on Saturday night in their penthouse apartment.

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Carl Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:04:47 GMT
Second world war plane crashes into New York's Hudson river

Pilot of 75-year-old P-47 Thunderbolt is killed as plane goes down near George Washington Bridge

A vintage second world war plane taking part in celebrations of its 75th anniversary crashed in the Hudson river between New York and New Jersey on Friday, killing the pilot, police and witnesses said.

The single-seat plane, a P-47 Thunderbolt, crashed after completing a partial loop. Witnesses said smoke could be seen bellowing from the aircraft.

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Mark Parker mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:09:14 GMT
British woman killed in Thailand boat accident 'was on honeymoon'

Monica O’Connor, 28, and at least two other people died when a huge wave capsized boat off coast of Koh Samui on Thursday

A British woman killed in a speedboat accident in Thailand was on her honeymoon, according to reports.

Monica O’Connor, 28, and at least two other people died when a wave capsized their boat off the coast of Koh Samui on Thursday.

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Dennis Parker mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:31:47 GMT
Water birds shot dead at Hampshire village pond

Police say air rifle used to kill two young geese, three ducks and a moorhen in Hartley Wintney

Several ducks, geese and a moorhen have been shot dead at a village pond. An air rifle was used to kill the birds in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “During this time period, an unknown number of people have used an air rifle or something similar to shoot dead the majority of birds at the pond.

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Johnny Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 01:49:34 GMT
Sea sponge the size of a minivan discovered in ocean depths off Hawaii

Researchers believe the creature found by scientists 2,100m below the surface of the ocean is the largest of its kind ever documented

Scientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii have discovered what they say is the world’s largest known sponge.

The creature, roughly the size of a minivan, was discovered about 2,100m (7,000ft) down in a marine conservation area off the shores of the north-western Hawaiian -islands. The rare sponge, with a bluish-white colour and brain-like appearance, stunned scientists when it appeared in the remote cameras attached to their underwater rover.

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Jesse Cooper mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Melissa McCarthy: ‘I love a woman who doesn't play by the rules’

Bridesmaids made her one of the world’s most highly paid actresses. Now she’s taking over from the men in Ghostbusters

There are a couple of rules Hollywood studios have when it comes to making blockbuster movies these days, rules that are as absurd as they are well-established:

1. Audiences don’t want to see a comedy with a female lead.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
A slave in Scotland: ‘I fell into a trap – and I couldn't get out’

Abul Azad left Bangladesh for a chef’s job in London – so how did he end up enslaved in a remote Scottish hotel?

What’s left of the Stewart hotel sits on a steep hill overlooking sheep-flecked fields, tumbling hedgerows and distant snow-capped mountains in Appin, west Scotland. Even in its prime, the 37-bedroom hotel would have been an eyesore, but now it’s a wreck, the windows smashed, the roof collapsed by months of winter rain.

Just a few years ago, hundreds of tourists passed through this hotel each summer, drawn by the natural beauty of the West Highlands. According to scathing reviews on TripAdvisor and other travel websites, the view was the only good thing about the hotel. Archived posts say the rooms were filthy, the taps broken, the food inedible. Many reviewers complain about the staff, describing them as overwhelmed, unskilled and incompetent.

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Vincent Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Start the day with a bang: Yotam Ottolenghi’s big weekend breakfast recipes
There’s no escaping the fact that a serious breakfast is more work than a bowl of cereal or a slice of toast, but every now and then, it pays to have a real blow-out

This is the second of two columns on serious breakfasts and, as I said last week, the recipes are unapologetic about the effort needed to get them on the table. But we can keep alive the myth of the lazy weekend breakfast, so long as we’re organised. Much of the chopping and cooking can be done ahead: the turnip cake, for instance, can be made up to the point before it gets sliced, while the fritter batter and the fruit for the granola can be made and kept in the fridge overnight. In fact, I can pretty much hear Easy Like Sunday Morning playing already.

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Lee Burns mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:29:26 GMT
Dancer, painter, soldier … Tottenham brothers on their way to the top
Maryam Golding’s three oldest sons – an artist, a soldier and a ballet dancer – are all on the way to the top. Much of that, they say, is due to their parents, who brought them up to be fiercely proud of their mixed race heritage

Maryam Golding rarely gets her three eldest sons together round the dinner table at her small west London flat. Her boys have extraordinary reasons to be busy. The last time the whole family was crowded into the living room, her middle son was celebrating winning the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst, his younger brother was between performances with the Royal Ballet and his older brother, an artist, was back from a sell-out residency in Dubai.

Raised in a Tottenham council house, all troublemakers at school, the three have gone on to penetrate some of the world’s most prestigious institutions: Solomon, 22, is the first black British male dancer in the Royal Ballet, Kidane, 24, rose through basic army training to graduate with the top prize at the Royal Military Academy in April and Amartey, 27, has the patronage of the Dubai royal family.

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Joshua Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Hidden beauty spots in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales

Wonderful, secluded places are still to be found in the well-trodden Lakes and Dales, as we reveals in an excerpt from the Wild Guide to the area

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Kevin Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Blind date: ‘I think the age difference might have put her off’

Zoë, 25, lingerie seamstress, and Stephen, 36, textile designer

What were you hoping for?
For someone to warm me up.

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Brian Patterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:30:26 GMT
Since my wife’s death, I realise I no longer give a toss
Parked outside a bank, Adam Golightly realises his worldview has shifted

It’s time to pretend that the world isn’t totally shit by returning to work, and I’m worried. Since Helen’s funeral, I’ve been digging out a routine for Millie and Matt from the rubble of a domestic happiness all but flattened by their mother’s death. It’s not my employers who are the problem – they have been great. Nor is it because I think everyone will be watching me – very few colleagues know that she is dead. From Helen’s bedside, I’d lobbied human resources for the news of her death to be kept quiet.

Ivan, who works in HR, got the plot quickly. “We’ll tell only the senior team to explain your absence. There will be no general awareness of your situation. You do realise, though, that this means people will be insensitive to the rawness of it all for you. You’ll need a thick skin,” he added. Fair warning, but a rhino hide seems a reasonable trade-off for being spared the awkwardness of “I’m so sorry …” exchanges and to avoid seeing the fear in people’s eyes that I might blub like a baby.

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Allen Flores mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:27 GMT
Something borrowed: the rise of the identikit wedding

From barn to beach to boho – there are only 10 kinds of wedding happening this summer

I got engaged recently, for my sins, and though I am naturally overwhelmed with joy to be marrying a man who adds Tabasco to any delicately flavoured dish I cook while complaining about how many books I own, it does also mean that I have been sucked into the terrifying, pastel-hued vortex that is the world of the online wedding blog. For those unacquainted with this particular genre of lifestyle porn, believe me when I say: here be monsters, and those monsters are after your hard-earned cash.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve got nothing against a good wedding. I find such public declarations of commitment and the way they bring friends and families together deeply moving. But I can’t help but be alarmed that not only does the average British wedding cost a preposterous £20,500, but almost all of them seem to be indistinguishable (or at least the heterosexual ones do; gay couples have largely escaped this fate, through not being so doggedly devoted to centuries’ worth of rigid gender norms).

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Brandon Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
The Nice Guys: 'You take these tarnished angels and then you let them loose'

How Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and director Shane Black are bringing back the buddy movie

Related: The Nice Guys review: Crowe and Gosling are abysmal PIs in a high hit-rate action comedy

A lot of people liked Shane Black’s 2005 directorial debut, the self-referential neo-noir romp Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but Russell Crowe wasn’t one of them. “I think it’s too aware of itself,” he says. “It feels like there’s an in-joke going on in that movie, and I don’t connect to that. It’s not funny for me if the guy thinks he’s being funny.”

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Left without internet for six months (and I’m in the shade of the BT Tower)

After BT failed to install broadband when she moved in, a first-time buyer in central London says more than 100 emails have got her nowhere

It is one of central London’s most striking landmarks and dominates the skyline over Sheila Coombes’s flat in Fitzrovia. But for her, the very sight of the BT Tower – a mere three-minute walk away – adds insult to injury over what she describes as appalling treatment by the telecommunications giant.

Nearly six months since moving into a new-build apartment in her first property purchase through shared ownership, Coombes (not her real name) still has no BT internet access.

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Douglas Richardson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:27 GMT
Caravaggio and the art of dieting

The luscious banquets painted by the Renaissance master were held up as a good example of healthy eating this week by the National Obesity Forum – but were they really that nutritious?

The Caravaggio diet is spread out at an inn in The Supper at Emmaus, painted in 1601 by the man himself. But does it have much in common with the jolly pre-modern gourmandising recommended this week by David Haslam of the National Obesity Forum? Claiming that low-fat diets are counter-productive, Haslam mused: “I often contrast a Caravaggio still-life masterpiece, giving ideal positive images of healthy food – pheasant, meat, fish, wine, cocoa, fruit and vegetables, with maybe a slice of bread – with the negative image of a traditional ‘diet’ … and wonder where the world went wrong.”

He is clearly familiar with Dan Brown’s law, which says that if you are going to namecheck an artist, you should make sure it’s a name everyone has heard of. The secret society conspiracy theories in Brown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code had previously been attached to the French artist Nicolas Poussin, but Brown must have rightly realised that no one would buy a novel called The Poussin Code. Few even look at Poussin’s paintings in the National Gallery. I suspect the paintings Haslam is thinking of are really 17th-century Dutch still-life pictures with their hearty north European hunks of high- fat cheese, frothing ale glasses and bulging pies. But the “Willem Claeszoon Heda diet” doesn’t sound nearly so good.

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Sean Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Tim Dowling: ‘Here are your dignity shorts,’ the nurse says. ‘I’ll leave you to pop those on’

When conversation turns to the spirit realm, I normally feel excluded, because I have nothing to contribute. Not any more. Not after a recent trip to the hospital

I am sitting in my office, reading an information sheet titled Understanding Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. Although I’ve read it twice already, I keep skipping sections that I think won’t appeal to me. I’ve still managed to grasp its underlying message, which is: “You haven’t had a camera up your arse until you’ve had our camera up your arse.”

A week later, I find myself in a hospital examination room. A nurse explains the entire procedure in a manner that leaves me unable to skip the bits that don’t appeal to me.

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George Butler mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Expensive and worthless: the whole of life insurance plans sold to millions
Many people are facing huge hikes in premiums, and discovering that the controversial policies sold as investments are anything but

Since the late 1980s Kusumben Amin, now 82, has scrimped and saved to build a nest egg for her two daughters. But after handing over £35,000 to a reputable insurance firm over a period of 29 years, she has now discovered it is worth a paltry £1,227.

Although Amin, who speaks little English and reads none, thought she had taken out a savings policy, what she had been sold was a complex life insurance policy only of use to the very rich. But Amin is far from rich. Her total income is the state pension plus another £191 from her deceased husband’s pension. The insurance firm Phoenix Life has been taking £247.83 a month for the policy, leaving Amin almost on the breadline. In March she showed her daughters a letter from Phoenix. They were horrified. It asked Amin to pay even more – up to £458.85 a month, equal to more than half her total income.

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Jimmy Mason mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:00:06 GMT
Are your friends really your friends? | Oliver Burkeman

I knew lopsided friendships existed; I’ve got several, and I’m sure you have, too. But I’m not supposed to be the desperate one

I’m having a bit of an existential crisis. According to new research, if I’m anything like the average person, around half the people I consider my friends don’t consider me theirs in return: that’s how chronically bad we are at judging the reciprocity of friendship. Of course, I already knew lopsided friendships existed; I’ve got several, and I’m sure you have, too. But in every case I can think of, it’s me who’s not especially invested, and the other person who doesn’t realise it. I’m not supposed to be the desperate one. Yet if studies such as this are correct, the phenomenon is so widespread that it’s highly unlikely I’m an exception. As with the famous finding that almost everyone thinks they’re in the top 50% of safe drivers, we can’t all be the ones with an accurate sense of who really likes us.

And if we’re stumbling through life with such a distorted understanding of our social circles, where does that leave all the other received wisdom about friendship’s importance? It has been found that friends keep us physically healthy, alive for longer, less vulnerable to depression and more financially successful – but how much of that, especially when the research is based on self-reports, comes from actually having friends, versus believing that you do?

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Joshua Gibson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:22:42 GMT
Highlands town rallies round as family awaits Home Office visa verdict

The fate of the Australian-born Brains has become a cause célèbre in Scotland, thanks to a neighbourly campaign that ‘started as a wee idea’

The break-time bell sounds down the brightly decorated corridors of Dingwall primary school and children spill out of their classrooms, heading out into the warm May morning. The reception area is signposted in Gaelic as well as English: about 70 of the school’s 400 pupils are learning the language as part of their daily curriculum and seven-year-old Lachlan Brain is one of them.

Related: Father urges Home Office to honour deal as family faces deportation

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Patrick Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:45:03 GMT
England v Sri Lanka: second Test, day two – live!

There’s a scorecard here. This is where we are in the game. England have one of those funny lower orders these days where, from 310 for six, they could be bundled out for 315, but seem just as likely to make 515. I think I’d sacrifice a family pet or perhaps my left pinkie to see Moeen Ali time the pants off a few and get his second Test century. That cover drive.

Anyway, I’ve had an email from Ian “Copers” Copestake, who thinks I was a bit harsh on the Ingerlund lads in my preamble. Maybe I was. Was I? “England scored 300 in one day,” he writes, “and who knows what Sri Lanka will do with their collective bats, so I won’t hear a bad word said about England. Not that you have. I’m just getting defensive early doors to set the other reader straight.”

Ali Martin’s been doing his thing. Saqlain Mushtaq has confirmed that Ali’s thing was right. Well done Ali.

“There has been an offer from the ECB and it’s a good opportunity” - Saqlain Mushtaq confirms story in Fri Guardian

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Benjamin Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:24:24 GMT
Tottenham Hotspur will play next season’s Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium

• Spurs to stage big European nights at national stadium
• FA says London club could play all games there in 2017-18 season

Tottenham Hotspur will play next season’s Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium. The Premier League club has reached an agreement with the Football Association or the 2016-17 campaign with an option to hire the national stadium for the entire 2017-18 season.

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said on “Having Tottenham at Wembley for big European nights next season is a welcome opportunity for us to further the stadium’s position as a world-class venue. As well as helping the club and its fans, it will benefit London and English football in general with our commitment to reinvesting all profits back into the game.

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Jeffery Bryant mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 20:48:36 GMT
Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney fire England to win over Australia

For Marcus Rashford this was another occasion to add to his increasingly impressive portfolio of outstanding moments. Rashford had reiterated his Euro 2016 credentials before any of the players had a single grass stain on their kit. In the process he became the youngest scoring debutant in England’s history and, of most significance, a boy who started the season in Manchester United’s under-18s might have secured a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for France.

Hodgson certainly does not have a shortage of attacking options bearing in mind his team’s latest win came on a night when Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy were excused duty. Wayne Rooney showed some refined touches after coming on for the second half, including a thumping shot to score for the 52nd time in England’s colours, and Raheem Sterling’s confidence should be lifted by the fact that he set up both England’s goals before Eric Dier inadvertently helped out Australia with a diving header into his own net.

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Lee Foster mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 15:29:08 GMT
Rafael Nadal pulls out of French Open with wrist problem before third round
• Nine-time champion completed second round under anaesthetic
• Spaniard intent on returning to Roland Garros ‘for many years’

Rafael Nadal’s shock withdrawal from the 2016 French Open, virtually his personal property since he won the first of his nine titles here on his debut 11 years ago, not only cast a cloud over Roland Garros on Friday but brought into question the Spaniard’s immediate and perhaps long-term future.

Although he hopes the torn tendons in his left wrist will heal in time for Wimbledon – an injury which has troubled him since the day before Andy Murray beat him in the semi-finals in Madrid this month – his demeanour during an emotional press conference was downbeat to the point of resignation.

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Adam Jordan mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:31:38 GMT
Alex Hales shines as England survive Sri Lanka’s catching masterclass
• Second Test, day one: England 310-6 v Sri Lanka
• Alex Hales (83) and Joe Root (80) star for England amid fine fielding

On a largely overcast day where Sri Lanka hung on tenaciously and caught like gods, England may already have played themselves into a strong position to win the series. The scoreboard shows England, who, counterintuitively, given the overhead conditions in particular and the manner in which Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad had dismantled the opposing batting in Leeds, opted to bat, have reached 310 for six, better than it sounds.

There were runs, 83 of them for Alex Hales to go with 86 at Headingley last week, and an unobtrusive 80 from Joe Root, who scores runs almost by stealth these days. Jonny Bairstow was brisk and businesslike for his 48 before falling to the new ball shortly before stumps. But Alastair Cook, who is approaching his 10,000 Test run landmark with the caution, shall we say, of a fellow wanting to get rid of a wasp nest in his shed while unsure if it is an old one, made only 15 of the 20 he needed to surpass it, and Nick Compton, whose place is under considerable scrutiny, only nine.

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Chris Jordan mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 21:00:15 GMT
Exeter and Rob Baxter’s pitchfork rebels have eyes on Premiership prize
Chiefs’ coach and his father talk of club’s beginnings and explain why this team are fired up to take the fight to Saracens in Twickenham final

For the definitive pre-final verdict the place to call is the Baxter family farm on the outskirts of Exeter. “The sky’s the limit as long as you keep your feet on the ground,” cautions the 71-year-old John, father of Rob, as he prepares to join the West Country exodus up to Twickenham for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final against Saracens. Baxter Sr, like his son, is not the type to count any Devon chickens before they hatch into fully fledged English champions.

Almost everyone else in the region, however, is going Chiefs bonkers. Every train seat to London is booked out, any spare coaches or mini-buses have been commandeered. For anyone with a rural background it is a pilgrimage to savour, perhaps the most evocative since Somerset brought scrumpy and haystack chic to one-day Lord’s cricket finals in the late 70s and early 80s.

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Wayne Cole mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:46:00 GMT
Gareth Bale: ‘Before I came to Madrid maybe I would have hidden’
Welshman ready to prove he is still one of world’s best on return to San Siro for Champions League final against Atlético Madrid

So to San Siro. When Gareth Bale walks on to the pitch on Saturday there will be something familiar about it all. Another European Cup final against Atlético Madrid for Real Madrid and back where it all began for him. For the first time Bale returns to the stadium where he scored that hat-trick against Internazionale: the prelude to another meeting in which the destruction of the defender was so complete that not only did White Hart Lane call a taxi for Maicon but he would have happily taken it, too. The prelude for an entire career, in fact.

That, certainly, is how Bale sees it. Something shifted at San Siro; something started, too. “We lost in Milan,” the Welshman says, easing into a chair in the small room where he takes Spanish lessons at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas headquarters, “but it felt like we won and that game was the reason I wanted to play in the Champions League. It was the game that gave me the confidence to know I could play against the best. To score a hat-trick against the reigning European champions … my confidence grew, belief. And I haven’t looked back from there, really.”

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Allen Marshall mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 03:16:08 GMT
Cleveland Cavaliers stroll past Toronto Raptors and into NBA finals

The NBA’s perpetual underdogs finally saw the best season in franchise history come to an end on Friday night as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. With the win, the Cavaliers reached their second consecutive NBA finals.

And while it wasn’t quite the dismantling that was seen in Game 5 was (a 116-78 Cavaliers win) the Cavs will enter the finals with confidence, having handed the Raptors only their third home court post-season loss in 11 games at the Air Canada Centre.

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Antonio Turner mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:03:03 GMT
Giro d’Italia: Vincenzo Nibali goes second after first stage win of race
• Home favourite bursts into tears after victory on 162km stage 19
• Steven Kruijswijk loses pink jersey to Esteban Chaves after crash

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali won stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia on Friday, but Esteban Chaves’s third-place finish saw him take the pink jersey from Steven Kruijswijk, who crashed on the Colle dell’Agnello.

Kruijswijk started the 162km stage with a three-minute lead over Chaves but ploughed into a snow bank while descending the Colle dell’Agnello, the highest point of this year’s race, and dropped to third on general classification with two days to go.

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Roy West mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:30:50 GMT
José Mourinho is seen as a route to title but 128 years of history are against him | Jonathan Wilson
As Mourinho arrives at Manchester United, he has to buck a trend in English football where only four managers have won the league with more than one club

Who are the greatest managers in English football? Let’s for the sake of ease look at any manager who has won two or more league titles since the second world war. There are 15 and, while cases could be made for the likes of Bill Nicholson, Alf Ramsey, Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson, it seems a reasonable starting point. The 15 are: Matt Busby, Harry Catterick, Brian Clough, Stan Cullis, Kenny Dalglish, Alex Ferguson, George Graham, Bob Jackson, Howard Kendall, José Mourinho, Bob Paisley, Don Revie, Bill Shankly, Arsène Wenger and Tom Whittaker.

Related: José Mourinho appointed Manchester United manager on three-year contract

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Alan Gray mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:59:04 GMT
Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be here for a good time not a long time | Barney Ronay

Ibrahimovic to Manchester United is a genuinely alluring prospect, an uber-Andy Carroll with an elite level of flicks, tricks and stone-dead touches

There is something quite Euro 2004 about the prospect – distant, but looming closer – of José Mourinho spending his summer building an exciting new team around Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What next? Maniche in to shore up the midfield. Igor Tudor doing a job at the back. Maybe Keiron Dyer could inject some pace off the bench during the familiar second half slow-down when only David Beckham actually seems to be still running around, albeit in slightly doomed fashion, like an eager little bandy-legged horse desperately trying make a point to all the other less worthy little bandy-legged horses.

For now Ibrahimovic to Manchester United continues to chunter in the background. It could very easily not happen at all, although judging by the usual leaks and prompts there is currently a more than fair chance football’s most exhilarating A-list kung-fu goal maverick really is on his way to Old Trafford, a move that has been widely trailed since Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination from the Champions League in spring.

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Todd Howard mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:07:38 GMT
England reach final of Toulon tournament after victory over Japan
• Chelsea’s Lewis Baker scores only goal of the game
• Gareth Southgate’s side will play France in the final on Sunday

England Under-21s reached the final of the Toulon Tournament for the first time in 22 years after a 1-0 win against Japan.

Chelsea’s Lewis Baker scored a first-half penalty to send Gareth Southgate’s side through to the final against France on Sunday.

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Lee Carter mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:49:00 GMT
How Sheffield Wednesday returned from wilderness to stand on verge of big time
Wednesday face Hull City in the play-off final aiming to end a 16-year exile from the Premier League during which they twice fell into League One

As with so many cautionary tales in football, alcohol, arrogance, overweening ambition and alarming financial mismanagement were all partly responsible for Sheffield Wednesday’s initial downfall. All part of the start of what has turned into a 16-year exile from English football’s top tier.

This season their supporters began singing “we’re on our way back” before the 3‑0 League Cup victory against Arsenal in October and will be upping the volume at Wembley on Saturday. Beat Hull City in the Championship play-off final and Wednesday really will have returned from the wilderness.

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Peter Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:50:51 GMT
'Are we a ticking time bomb?' BMX riders face up to dangers of CTE

On Tuesday, doctors confirmed Dave Mirra had CTE when he died. And in a sport where concussion is common, the threat of long-term damage is real – and scary

The calls started coming.

Close friends of BMX racer Donny Robinson wanted him to know that if he noticed any changes in himself, if he got tired, or overly emotional, or simply didn’t feel right, they would be there for him.

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Johnny Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 06:24:32 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: on the trail of the world's most wanted man – video

Martin Chulov visits Sinjar province in Iraq on the trail of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled caliph of Islamic State. On the Kurdish frontline with Isis-held territory he hears from local peshmurga commanders on Baghdadi’s movements and the problems they face targeting him

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Jason Martin mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:44:00 GMT
What are legal highs? - video explainer

Legal highs have been taken off the shelves and put on the controlled substances list. Typically referred to as spice, the drugs described as being more powerful and addictive than crack or heroin, has taken a heavy toll on many who thought it would be a legal substitute for cannabis. Addicts on the streets of Manchester talk about the drug and its ban

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Jesse Burns mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:56:17 GMT
The Dardenne brothers: 'Attacks on Obama to democratise healthcare are pathetic' – video interview

Jean-Paul and Luc Dardenne, the Belgian siblings who have twice won the Palme d’Or, speak in Cannes about their new film. The Unknown Girl is the story of a young female doctor trying to discover the identity – and the killer – of a woman found dead outside her medical practice. They discuss why they are drawn to stories of female empowerment and gender equality and how they think the film might be received in countries such as the US, where the fight for universal healthcare continues.

• The Unknown Girl premiered at Cannes and will be released later this year

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Anthony Simmons mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:56:04 GMT
Fear, money and racism: what’s our problem with diversity on screen? – video

The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees have been almost exclusively white for two years running. Leah Green looks beyond the headlines to see why diversity remains such a problem in the UK film and TV industries

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Harold Evans mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:12:06 GMT
Why is France being racked by strikes and protests over its labour bill? – video

French unions are protesting against President Hollande’s proposed reforms to labour protection laws. As tens of thousands take to the streets across the country, there are fuel shortages and proposals to expand strikes to the rail network and nuclear industry. France is set to host the Euro 2016 finals in June, and neither strikers nor the government seem inclined to back down

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Craig Washington mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
What do liberals get wrong about guns? – video

The Guardian’s Lois Beckett went to Louisville, Kentucky, where the National Rifle Association’s annual convention was taking place, and asked gun owners: what do liberals get wrong about guns, and how can we make America a safer place to live?

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Mark Harrison mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:23:09 GMT
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga on Loving, interracial marriage and gay rights – video interview

At the Cannes film festival, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, the stars of Jeff Nichols’s Loving, a biopic of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and a black woman who were arrested in Virginia in 1958 for marrying, talk to Nigel M Smith. They tell how their case echoes through to the legilisation of gay marriage in modern America. Nichols explains why he wasn’t keen on making the couple’s story a traditional court room drama

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:46:11 GMT
Do you know your endangered species? – video

The World Wildlife Foundation surveyed 2000 UK adults about their knowledge of endangered species. Roughly a third didn’t know giant pandas and snow leopards are under threat, while a fifth thought cows and grey squirrels are. One in four thought the dodo and brachiosaurus still exist!

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:51:01 GMT
The hidden risks of climbing Mount Everest – video

Three climbers have died on Mount Everest in the past week, all succumbing to altitude sickness after reaching the summit. The increasing number of deaths on the world’s tallest mountain is raising fresh fears about overcrowding and the ethics of commercial mountaineering on Everest

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Craig Evans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:00:32 GMT
Women, face it: marriage can never be feminist – video

The institution of marriage has curtailed women’s freedom for centuries, says Julie Bindel. So why are so many feminists trying to reclaim the tradition as a subversive act? If you want to get married, she says, just get on with it - but please don’t pretend that being a feminist changes its meaning

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Todd Foster mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
Alan Rickman: 'The Royal Court is where I found out who the hell I was' – video

The Royal Court in London is celebrating its 60th birthday with 60 short films in which actors, directors and playwrights celebrate the theatre. In this video, filmed in 2015, Alan Rickman remembers first visiting the Court in the 1960s as a teenager and then starring in an acclaimed Irish version of The Seagull there in the 1980s. He also talks about taking Rachel Corrie’s parents to the Sloane Square theatre to see the play based on their daughter’s diaries and emails, edited by Rickman and Katharine Viner

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Walter Hughes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 19:10:05 GMT
Martin Rowson on Britain and Libyan refugees – cartoon
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Brian Fisher mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Hadley Freeman: single women, bag that man now!
Modern women, much of the media narrative goes, are screwed when it comes to Catching A Man. Feminism’s all well and good, but you can’t argue with biology

A fun game to kick off the weekend, ladies! Guess which year the following quotations about your dating prospects are from:

1 “As bad as things may be for a single 38-year-old woman now, it’s going to be a bloodbath when today’s single, twentysomething women turn 38.”

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Craig Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
A plea to Hillary’s Democrat critics: don’t hand the White House to Trump | Jonathan Freedland

Hostility to Clinton on the Sanders side is so deep that they are in danger of letting the Republican win

Maybe it’s a mistake to worry too much about Susan Sarandon. But her recent musings on the US election make me anxious. Not because I think she has huge influence – if celebrity endorsements swung elections, we’d all be reading Neil Kinnock: The Downing Street Years – but because I fret that others might think like her. And if enough do, we need to brace ourselves for President Donald Trump.

Related: Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon end Twitter fight over Hillary Clinton

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Marvin Long mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:50:24 GMT
France’s chaos stems from its failure to adapt to globalisation | Natalie Nougayrède
A showdown is taking place on the streets. President Hollande must stick firmly to his plans for long overdue reform

Demonstrating is in the French political DNA. It’s almost as if, for each generation, pouring out on to the streets is part of growing up. There is a collective ritual to this – we have a national penchant for cathartic moments. Historians point to a revolutionary narrative harking back to 1789. But if you are looking for some of the romanticism of May 1968 in the latest unrest, don’t hold your breath.

Related: Riot police crack down on Paris protests against labour reforms

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Carl Henry mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:57:30 GMT
Peter Thiel’s mission to destroy Gawker isn’t ‘philanthropy’. It’s a chilling taste of things to come | Marina Hyde
The PayPal mogul has been waging a secret war against the site that outed him. So who’ll be the next angry billionaire to go after a media outlet they despise?

What will the death of Citizen Thiel look like? I picture the tech billionaire lying in seclusion, still beyond the reach of the politicians and military chiefs who had long effectively functioned as his junior personnel, perhaps on one of the post-law, floating sea-steading platforms he’s been dreaming of building. Let’s call this one Xanadu. I don’t know if he’s actually dying as we used to understand the term – maybe he’s just uploading into the cloud.

Related: Billionaire's revenge: Facebook investor Peter Thiel’s nine-year Gawker grudge

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Craig Henry mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:59:26 GMT
Student loans: the next big mis-selling scandal?

A change to loan conditions, made after it’s taken out? A mortgage company can’t legally do that to borrowers, but it seems the government can

Many graduates have been shocked this week to see just how their debt is escalating, with interest charged at up to 3.9%. That’s more than the typical rate on a first-time buyer mortgage. Have they been mis-sold a dodgy loan?

University of Nottingham graduate Simon Crowther’s post on Facebook went viral this week, after he revealed how much interest is being added to his debt. He’s part of the first wave of graduates to have left university after paying £9,000-a-year fees. His total debt, a year after leaving college, jumped to £41,976 by the end of March, with the interest racking up by as much as £180 a month. Crowther claims he was mis-sold the loan and “cheated by a government who encouraged many of us to undertake higher education, despite trebling the cost of attending university”.

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Jeffery Lee mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Secret Teacher: I was treated like a naughty pupil for not wearing a tie

An insignificant choice of workwear led to diktats and thinly veiled threats. Schools might teach liberty but they don’t practise it

During my schooldays I was forever being told to tuck in my shirt. It bothered me – I couldn’t see the relationship between my shirt and my ability to learn. One day, when my history teacher barked his familiar request to “tuck that shirt in”, I asked why.

I was all but dragged to the deputy headteacher’s office and it was there I first heard about the “hidden curriculum”.

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Billy Clark mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 15:02:32 GMT
The glasses in the gallery aren’t just art – they’re a work of genius | Jonathan Jones
In an age when the difference between art and not-art is slight and subtle, Kevin Nguyen and TJ Khayatan have created a transformative masterpiece

It is a strangely touching image of vulnerability. Nothing speaks more of the weakness of the human body than the aids with which we try to remedy its failings. This is why in placing a pair of spectacles on an art gallery floor – just centimetres from the blankness of a white wall and facing outward as if looking at the feet of gallery-goers, beckoning them to kneel, crouch, and interact, or at least take a photo - the artistic duo Kevin Nguyen and TJ Khayatan have created a modern masterpiece.

Related: Pair of glasses left on US gallery floor mistaken for art

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Earl Cole mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Telling women to avoid pregnancy is not a solution for HIV and the Zika virus | Susana Fried

To the development community on International Day of Action for Women’s Health: don’t curtail our rights by legitimising conservative religious ideologies

It is widely recognised that, if the transformations outlined in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are to be achieved, respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls – including their sexual and reproductive rights – will be essential.

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Jeffery Harrison mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:36:18 GMT
ExxonMobil is in its climate change bunker and won’t let reality in

Still stonewalling, the oil giant banned the Guardian from its AGM this week. But even its shareholders are starting to hear the gale-force winds blowing outside

When one of the world’s largest pension funds tells the biggest oil company on the planet that it faces an existential threat, there are stormy times ahead. The Guardian wanted to give you the latest weather report from inside ExxonMobil’s annual general meeting in Dallas on Wednesday, but the newspaper’s reporter was banned.

Related: Hypersensitive Exxon bans Guardian from AGM

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:39:58 GMT
Why is the EU debate such a turn-off for younger voters? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Uday Maudgil, Heidi Street, Nicholas Preston, Emily Clark
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Glenn Hughes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:30:04 GMT
Should I burn my diaries? They’d make my children cringe …
When I die, they will inherit a lot of clutter unless I take a deep breath and get rid of it first

I’ve been feeling rather cheerfully morbid lately (if such a thing is possible), perhaps because so many high-profile figures have been dropping dead at not far off my age, which is 60. I’ve been briskly contemplating what it’s going to be like for my children after I’ve gone and what it is I should leave them.

I mean this in a largely material sense. What will be left to them psychologically, I can never know, and neither can they. It may be one form of damage or other, it may be something to bolster, support and inspire them. More probably it will be a mix of both, but, either way, I doubt there is very much I can do about it now.

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George Long mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 10:57:23 GMT
A gay superhero? Yes please! Just not Captain America

Shock tactics would send a message about studios’ willingness to catch up with society – but there are better candidates than Steve Rogers

Would it make all that much difference if Captain America were gay? A gay Iron Man, now, given Tony Stark’s penchant for making lewd comments in the Marvel movies, would have made for a spikier shift in dynamics. A gay Hulk might have been read as homophobia, particularly if alter ego Bruce Banner remained straight. A gay Black Widow would have fed into stereotypes about physically adept women.

But a gay Captain America? Would anyone even notice?

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Harold Martin mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:22:19 GMT
The Guardian view on disappearing Christianity: suppose it’s gone for ever? | Editorial
Christianity is moving to the margins of English public life. This could change the country profoundly

Is the end of western Christianity in sight? The most recent British Social Attitudes data shows that “No religion” is now by far the largest single identificationin England and Wales. It is very nearly half the adult population, and more that twice the proportion who self-identify as Anglican; it is four times the Catholic population, and more than five times the total identifying with non-Christian faiths. The same pattern is seen all across Europe and increasingly in the US too, where the first chair for the study of atheism has just been endowed in Florida.

The study also shows that Christianity is extremely bad at either making converts or retaining cradle believers. The two big denominations, the Catholics and the Church of England, lose at least 10 members for every one they convert. The figure for Catholics would almost certainly be worse were it not for immigration from Eastern Europe and South East Asia. It is only the smallest and most self-consciously sectarian forms of Christianity that manage to retain believers, in part no doubt because they feel cut off from the society around them.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 13:54:50 GMT
George Osborne, get your privatising hands off the Land Registry | John Healey
If you’re a homeowner, your personal data on the most valuable asset you’re ever likely to buy – your home – will be sold off to the highest bidder

Has there ever been a less popular privatisation? On Thursday, before the consultation on George Osborne’s latest attempt to privatise the Land Registry had even closed, critics were queuing up to tell the government that its badly judged plans could have catastrophic consequences.

Related: Why do the Tories want to hide who owns our country’s land? | Charles Arthur

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Roy Carter mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:35:04 GMT
Tony Blair: Corbyn government would be a dangerous experiment

Former prime minister says he worries about populist politicians such as Labour leader in harshest comments yet

Tony Blair has said it would be a “very dangerous experiment” if Jeremy Corbyn or a populist politician like him were to form a government.

In an interview with the BBC, the former Labour prime minister said populist politicians, whether on the left like Corbyn or on the right, were worrying and he spent a lot of time thinking about how people in the centre should respond.

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Jimmy Ward mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:27:21 GMT
NHS 'turning away children referred for mental health help'

Reseach finds 28% of children referred for support in England – including some who had attempted suicide – received no help

The government’s investment in children’s mental health services has come under fire after it emerged that more than a quarter of young people referred for support in England last year were sent away without help, including some who had attempted suicide.

A review of mental health services by the children’s commissioner discovered 13% of youngsters with life-threatening conditions were not allowed specialist treatment, according to the BBC. Even those with the most serious illnesses who secured treatment faced lengthy delays, with an average waiting time of 110 days, the Times said.

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Mark Reyes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:43:16 GMT
Legal high ban predicted to exacerbate crisis on streets

Users warn withdrawal from drugs may lead to violence while experts say black-market dealers will cause greater harm

The outlawing of legal highs risks create a new crisis on the streets, experts and users have warned.

Many users of the drugs, novel psychoactive substances (NPSs), are young and homeless and they say that withdrawing makes them feel violent and out of control.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:44:12 GMT
Austerity policies do more harm than good, IMF study concludes

Economists give strong critique of neoliberal doctrine ushered in by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s

A strong warning that austerity policies can do more harm than good has been delivered by economists from the International Monetary Fund, in a critique of the neoliberal doctrine that has dominated economics for the past three decades. In an article seized on by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, the IMF economists said rising inequality was bad for growth and that governments should use controls to cope with destabilising capital flows.

The IMF team praised some aspects of the liberalising agenda that was ushered in by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, such as the expansion of trade and the increase in foreign direct investment. But it said other aspects of the programme had not delivered the expected improvements in economic performance. Looking specifically at removing barriers to flows of capital and plans to strengthen the public finances, the three IMF economists came up with conclusions that contradicted neoliberal theory.

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Steve Roberts mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 23:01:18 GMT
Ed Miliband warns Britain could leave EU if young people don't vote

Former Labour leader warns against complacency and admits remain campaign has been too Tory and too male

Ed Miliband says his own experience of losing the 2015 general election shows the polls can be wrong and that there is a serious risk of Britain voting to leave the EU. Speaking to the Guardian, he warned against complacency and said that it was essential to get young people to turn out in force if the remain camp was to win the vote.

He said the remain campaign had been “too Tory and too male” and that it was important for the Labour case for Britain remaining in the EU to be heard more vocally in the final weeks of the campaign.

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Fred Warren mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:57:33 GMT
Pauline Cafferkey misconduct inquiry condemned by Ebola volunteer

Health worker who flew from Sierra Leone with nurse says investigation is wrong in face of Public Health England failings

A health worker who travelled from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone with Pauline Cafferkey has strongly criticised Public Health England for referring her to a misconduct inquiry even though she had been given the green light to travel on from Heathrow to Glasgow by its own staff.

Cafferkey and two other nurses remain at risk of being struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) more than a year after the investigation into the events at Heathrow in December 2014 was launched.

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Bruce Dixon mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:36:48 GMT
Older drivers should carry on until 75 before renewing licence, says review

The Older Drivers Task Force says current ruling can lead to depression among over-70s and a great burden on care system

Older motorists should be able to carry on driving until they are 75 before renewing their licence, an official review is reportedly expected to conclude.

The Older Drivers Task Force, established in 2014 to support people later in life to drive safely, will recommend to the government in July that the current mandatory renewal age of 70 is raised.

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Chad Fisher mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:04:50 GMT
House prices compared with earnings 'close to pre-financial crisis levels'

Consultancy says average UK house price is 6.1 times average salary, barely lower than the 6.4 they were at all-time peak

House prices as a multiple of average earnings are “within a whisker” of record levels set before the financial crisis, a City consultancy has warned.

The average UK house price is now 6.1 times average earnings, close to the peak of 6.4 it hit before the downturn, Fathom Consulting said. A rise in interest rates from their current low of 0.5% would lead to a correction, it said, although a return to “normal” rates was some way off.

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Walter Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:55:35 GMT
MPs to investigate how many pension schemes are at risk of failing

Select committee announces wide ranging inquiry into occupational pension schemes amid its scrutiny of £571m deficit at BHS

MPs are to investigate how many occupational pension schemes are at risk of failing, amid inquiries into the collapse of BHS and the debate over the future of the £15bn British Steel pension fund.

The Commons work and pensions select committee, which is already investigating the £571m deficit at BHS scheme, said on Friday night it would launch a wide ranging inquiry into the problem, probably starting in the autumn.

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Daniel Ellis mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 20:40:51 GMT
Oldham Athletic's Jack Tuohy charged with child sex offences

Footballer, 19, accused of crimes including engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15

An Oldham Athletic footballer has been suspended by the club after being charged with grooming and child sex offences.

Jack Tuohy, 19, has been charged with two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15, three counts of inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and meeting a girl under 16 years of age following grooming.

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Kenneth Nelson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:42:22 GMT
Once-a-day sunscreens fail to live up to claims, says Which?

Tests on four major brands found they became less effective after six to eight hours

Using sunscreen which claims it needs to be applied only once a day will not fully protect against the sun, a watchdog has warned.

Tests of four major brands of sunscreen found that, after six to eight hours, the effectiveness of SPF 30 lotions reduced by 74%, leaving the skin vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet rays.

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Jason Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 13:55:52 GMT
Police officer jailed for hoax 999 terror call

Amar Tasaddiq Hussain triggered national alert after telling own force a terrorist was planning to kidnap a Muslim officer

A police officer who sparked a nationwide terrorism alert by making a hoax 999 call to his own force has been jailed for seven years.

PC Amar Tasaddiq Hussain sent West Midlands police into “overdrive” after phoning through an anonymous warning that a terrorist with links to Syria was planning to kidnap a Muslim police officer.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:16:36 GMT
University Challenge contestant who became Twitter star charged with rape

Bartholomew Cuthbert Joly de Lotbiniere, who appeared on TV quiz for York University, faces counts of sexual assault and rape

A former University Challenge contestant whose elaborate name brought him popularity on social media has been charged with rape. Bartholomew Cuthbert Joly de Lotbiniere, a history graduate from York University, will go on trial in February for charges relating to rape, two sexual assaults and an attempted sexual assault on one alleged victim in June 2014. The 21-year-old appeared at York crown court on Thursday and denied the charges.

Joly de Lotbiniere’s team reached the semi-final of this year’s University Challenge, the BBC2 quiz show hosted by Jeremy Paxman, before being knocked out by Peterhouse College, Cambridge, in February. After his appearance, his unusually long name triggered a flurry of humorous posts on social media.

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Bruce Phillips mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 10:02:02 GMT
Rochdale man denies killing religious leader

Mohammed Syeedy, 21, pleads not guilty to murder of Jalal Uddin, as local mosques encouraged to heighten security

A 21-year-old man has denied murdering a religious leader in Rochdale whose death led to warnings from authorities over potential ethnic tensions in the area.

Jalal Uddin, 64, was found dead with head injuries in a children’s play area in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on 18 February. He was taken to hospital from the scene in South Street, Wardleworth, but died a short time later.

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Earl Lewis mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:57:36 GMT
Driver who paralysed sisters in crash is jailed for four and a half years

Andrew Nay admits causing serious injury by dangerous driving after Katrina and Karlina Raiba suffered spinal cord injuries

A driving instructor who left children paralysed when he smashed his company 4x4 into their family car during a road-rage chase has been jailed for four and a half years.

Katrina Raiba, five, and her sister, Karlina, eight, were left with spinal cord injuries when Andrew Nay caused the crash on the A509 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on 3 October last year while chasing another car.

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Travis Bryant mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:23:02 GMT
Harassment suspect 'wanted his accuser jailed', trial hears

Alexander Economou denies harassing father of woman who killed herself days before trial for alleged false rape claim

The son of a shipping magnate has told a court he had wanted to see a woman who accused him of rape jailed and denied trying to intimidate her father after her death.

Alexander Economou is on trial accused of harassing David de Freitas, whose 22-year-old daughter Eleanor killed herself days before she was due to face court charged with making a false rape claim.

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Lee Perez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:00:06 GMT
Bletchley Park was rife with sex and romance, says historian

Sinclair McKay tells Hay festival audience that a free-wheeling, free-thinking atmosphere was encouraged at the codebreaking centre

Bletchley Park evokes an image of serious pipe-smoking young men in Fair Isle sweaters working alongside equally serious young women, often from aristocratic backgrounds.

But, Hay festival heard on Friday, the wartime codebreaking HQ was also teeming with sex and romance tolerated by the authorities.

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Brandon Crawford mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:20:49 GMT
Argentina's last military dictator jailed for role in international death squad

Reynaldo Bignone sentenced to 20 years in prison for his part in running Operation Condor in 1970s and 80s

Argentina’s last military dictator, 88-year-old former general Reynaldo Bignone, was today sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in Operation Condor, under which an international death squad was set up by six South American military dictatorships during the 1970s and 80s. The plan allowed death squads from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to cross into one another’s territory to kidnap, torture and kill political opponents who had fled across the border.

Most of the 105 cases of “illegal arrest” followed by death covered by the trial involved foreign nationals – 45 Uruguayans, 22 Chileans, 13 Paraguayans and11 Bolivians – killed while living in exile in Argentina.

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Vincent Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 01:26:33 GMT
Italian navy recovers 45 bodies after refugee boat sinks

Coastguard sent in rescue ships after receiving a call for help reporting 350 people in the water

The Italian navy has recovered the bodies of 45 people who drowned on Friday, while dozens of others are still missing in the third major tragedy in the Mediterranean in as many days.

Italian coastguards sent in rescue ships after a call for help reporting 350 people in the water, just one day after another shipwreck had left up to 30 dead.

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Philip Washington mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:24:20 GMT
Remains of missing British hiker Tom Billings found in Canada

The 22-year-old from Oxford disappeared while walking near Vancouver more than two years ago

The remains of a British hiker have been found in Canada more than two years after he went missing.

Tom Billings, 22, from Oxford, was spending eight weeks travelling in North America when he was last seen in Vancouver in November 2013. He was reported missing a week later after he failed to return to his accommodation.

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Melvin Burns mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 20:19:27 GMT
Dozens of Isis fighters killed in Iraqi forces' assault on Falluja, US says

Military spokesman says US-led coalition supporting Iraqi forces carried out 20 strikes over the past four days, leading to the death of Isis commander there

US-led coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the push to recapture Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants including the group’s commander in the city, according to the US military.

Related: Civilians flee the offensive on Fallujah – in pictures

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Brandon Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 01:29:41 GMT
Netherlands gives green light for growing human embryos

Dutch government sanctions ‘limited research’ to help infertile couples and to tackle hereditary or congenital diseases

The Dutch government has announced it wants to allow growing human embryos “under strict and limited conditions” for scientific research, thereby giving hope to parents struggling to conceive.

The Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, said she “wants to allow the creation of embryos for scientific research – and under very strict conditions to give people the possibility of (healthy) children”.

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Marvin Martin mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:51:55 GMT
US military imposes restrictions on Okinawa troops after murder

Restrictions come after former Marine is arrested on suspicion of murdering woman on southern Japanese island

The US military in Japan is restricting celebrations and off-base alcohol consumption in Okinawa after the arrest of a former Marine suspected of killing a woman on the southern Japanese island.

The Marine Corps commander in Japan said on Saturday the measures were not punishment but an effort to show respect for the victim’s family and mourn with the people of Okinawa.

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Chris Cooper mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Construction of world's largest dam in DR Congo could begin within months

Mega dam on Congo river to produce electricity equal to 20 large nuclear power stations, but critics say it will displace 60,000 people and wreck the ecosystem

The largest dam in the world is set to begin construction within months and could be generating electricity in under five years. But 35,000 people may have to be relocated and it could be built without any environmental or social impact surveys, say critics.

The $14bn (£9.5bn) Inga 3 project, the first part of the mega-project, is being fast-tracked by the Democratic Republic of Congo government will span one channel of the vast river Congo at Inga Falls. It involves a large dam and a 4,800MW hydro-electric plant.

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Brian Cooper mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 19:21:40 GMT
South Africa launches inquiry into cars bought for president's wives

Jacob Zuma hit by another scandal after spending almost £400,000 of public funds to buy 11 cars for his four wives

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has been forced to order a review of the purchase of top-of-the-range luxury cars for his four wives with nearly £400,000 of public funds in a bid to deflect public outrage.

The 11 cars were necessary “to provide comprehensive protection of VIP spouses”, according to a parliamentary answer from Nkosinathi Nhleko, the police minister, revealed earlier this week.

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Harry Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 02:48:40 GMT
North Korea threatens to fire on South Korean warships

Tensions rise after South’s navy fires shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed the maritime boundary

North Korea has threatened to fire at South Korean warships if they cross a disputed western sea border, one day after the South’s navy fired warning shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed the boundary.

In a statement released through state media, the general staff of North Korea’s Korean People’s Army called the South’s action a “reckless military provocation” meant to kill the chances for dialogue between the countries.

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Mark Crawford mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 02:43:31 GMT
Three missing journalists freed by Colombia rebel group

The government had demanded the National Liberation Army release three journalists, including El Mundo correspondent Salud Hernández

One Spanish journalist and two local correspondents missing in a lawless region of Colombia have been freed by the country’s second-largest rebel group.

“Thank you to everyone who prayed for me,” Salud Hernandez, a long-time correspondent for Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, said late on Friday in her first comment upon being freed.

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Fred Owens mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:06:36 GMT
Man accused in bomb plot at Heathrow gets 40 years for al-Qaida support

Minh Quang Pham was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to charges he provided material support to the terrorist group’s Arabian Peninsula affiliate

A Vietnamese-born man who US authorities say was instructed by a top figure with al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate to carry out a suicide attack at London’s Heathrow airport was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Minh Quang Pham, 33, was sentenced by US district judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan after pleading guilty in January to charges he provided material support to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the US and other nations as well as the UN.

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Jeffery Hughes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 19:20:34 GMT
Fed chief Janet Yellen says interest rates will rise 'in coming months'

Federal Reserve is expected to announce two to three interest rate hikes this year after it increased rates in December for the first time in nearly a decade

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen had a message for Wall Streeters anxiously wanting to depart for the long weekend on Friday: interest rate hikes are coming.

Analysts have been scrutinizing remarks by all Federal Reserve officials over the past few months for a hunt of when the next interest rate hike might occur. The US central bank is expected to announce two to three interest rate hikes this year after it increased rates in December for the first time in nearly a decade.

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Johnny Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 19:06:47 GMT
Gang-rape images posted on Twitter shock Brazil as investigation continues

Police attempt to identify more than 30 suspects after alleged assault and its social media aftermath prompt public outcry over misogyny and online abuse

Police in Brazil are attempting to identify 30 men who allegedly participated in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl, which was filmed on a cellphone and then distributed on Twitter.

The assault and its social network aftermath have prompted a furious debate about attitudes toward women, rape culture and online psychological violence.

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Lawrence Garcia mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:35:24 GMT
'Unacceptable' for US soldiers in Syria to wear Kurdish insignia, Turkey says

Turkish foreign minister said not considering YPG a terrorist group was ‘two-faced’ after US officials claimed military used patches as protection against Isis

Turkey has lashed out at the United States after images surfaced apparently showing US soldiers in Syria wearing the insignia of a Kurdish group opposed by Ankara.

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Alfred Long mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:50:12 GMT
Spanish archaeologists discover cave art to rival country's best

Paleolithic-era drawings found in Axturra cave are in ‘Champions League’ of cave art sites, team leader says

Spanish archaeologists say they have discovered an exceptional set of Paleolithic-era cave drawings that could rank among the best in a country that already boasts some of the world’s most important cave art.

Related: Neanderthals built mysterious cave structures 175,000 years ago

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Craig Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:11 GMT
University league tables 2017

Find a course at a UK university

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Arthur Thompson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:22:55 GMT
Finding Dory trailer raises hopes film could include lesbian couple

Scene depicting two women caring for a toddler who is knocked out of her pram sparks speculation

A newly released trailer for the Finding Nemo sequel has prompted speculation that the animated film could be Disney Pixar’s first to include a lesbian couple.

The trailer for Finding Dory, the sequel to the 2003 blockbuster about the adventures of a clown fish, debuted on the Ellen Show last week.

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Arthur Flores mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:28 GMT
Clive James: ‘Fixing my maple tree will cost a few bob. I’d write a poem, but it won’t make any money’

Even the best poets would be in career trouble without the occasional grant or award

My maple tree, about which I wrote a poem saying it would outlive me, is suddenly half dead and soon might be fully so. Yesterday, looking like a demoralised triffid, it was taken away in a van to a clinic for sick maple trees. Its chances are not great. Meanwhile, squadrons of trolls are preparing their epigrams about my presumptuous misreading of the future. Embarrassing? Totally.

But having guessed wrong about my immediate death, I must be careful about forecasting the same fate for the tree. Perhaps it can be fixed. The treatment, however, will cost a few bob. I have considered writing another poem on the subject, but poems don’t make much money. This fact is well known in my native Australia, where the Council for the Arts is a haven for progressive intellectuals self-tasked with the mission to redistribute the money of taxpayers, who might waste it, among creative “communities”, which are sure to. Careful provision is made for the community of poets.

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Johnny Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:30:26 GMT
A letter to my late husband, who was an alcoholic
The letter you always wanted to write

The day you died, I thought, will someone now tell me what the hell has been going on? It was like a film with a complicated plot, then at the end they tell you what was really happening. Except that no one did.

What on earth were the last 12 years about? No explanations for the chaos that had defined our lives together. The times you went walkabout and I called the police, what did you do when you said you were going to an AA meeting and didn’t, what were you up to the day I was at work and you were “working from home”.

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Chris Turner mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:45:26 GMT
10 rules for teaching children about money
Give regular pocket money, encourage maths ability and tell them what you earn. And tell them there’s more to life than hard cash

1 When you spend, they are watching. So talk through your shopping choices out loud, showing how you make decisions about what is and isn’t good value. This will make it clear that you don’t buy everything that you might like to have and that, instead, you work out what you can afford.

2 Give them regular pocket money rather than random handouts whenever they ask for cash. This allows them to start to learn to budget early. Gradually, you can encourage them to realise that it’s not the money itself that’s valuable, but the fact that you can choose what to get/do with it.

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Ronald Turner mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:59:29 GMT
What I’m really thinking: the political adviser

I’m in constant terror at the thought of what you may say or do

I’m only here to help get you elected. But why you? Yes, I know, you won the party’s nomination, but did they realise that, despite your firm handshake and boyish charm, you know as much about corporate tax policy as I know about astrophysics? That you can’t name the president of France?

Well, Mr Charisma, you need to understand this much: I know our party platform line by line; I wrote some of it. It is comprehensive, coherent and progressive, and carefully designed to seize control of Mr Middle-Class North American Voter’s hand and guide his pencil into the little circle beside your name. The only thing that stands between our platform and that lovely “X” is… you.

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Patrick Foster mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
How to win Britain's Got Talent

What do the statistics tell us about which dazzling talent you should employ to win the nation’s hearts on BGT? If your dog can sing, you’re in luck

“And the winner of Britain’s Got Talent is …” (insert unnecessarily long pause here)

If you were thinking about entering BGT, whose 10th champion will be named tonight, how would you ensure that the name at the end of that sentence was yours? Well, the statistics may help a little. This year’s final includes a sword swallower, dancers, an impressionist, a dog act and a magician. But, as has almost always been the case, singers dominate: five will grace the stage tonight, and they have accounted for 45% of past finalists.

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Antonio Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:28 GMT
Beauty: the best illuminating primers

I’m still hoping Dior has second thoughts and gives Glow Maximiser another life, but if not, these are the best of the rest

Few things are more infuriating to a beauty nerd than the discontinuation of a beloved product. Such is the case with Dior’s Glow Maximiser (£29), a golden, light-reflecting primer balm that gives all skin tones a smooth, plumped surface with blurred lines and noticeable glow: only three years after launch, it’s being put out to pasture this summer. Clearly it didn’t sell in satisfactory numbers, and inevitably some people didn’t like it, but when I announced the news on Instagram, many readers pleaded for advice as to the next best thing. So I swore to try every illuminating primer until I found a worthy replacement.

So here’s what I found. I liked Soap & Glory’s Hocus Focus (£11) a lot. Like Glow Maximiser, it can be worn under foundation to increase its longevity, but on casual days it is also lovely on its own. It has a strong if not unpleasant scent, and gives subtler glow, but if you found the Dior too spangly, this may be just the ticket – for brightening minus any sparkle, choose Bourjois Happy Light (£10.99) or Chanel’s Le Blanc (£33). If, on the other hand, you want more, not less, face bling then Illamasqua’s Radiance Veil (£32) is ideal, although, for me, it all looked a bit Barbarella worn alone and needed the dimming qualities of a foundation over the top.

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Dennis Burns mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:27 GMT
Modern tribes: the craft vlogger

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got cupboards full of old dolls – well, now’s the chance to upcycle them and sort out next year’s Christmas presents!

Hi, welcome to Cathy’s Crafts, where today I’m going to show you how to make a decorative, retro-style toilet-roll concealer in less than a weekend!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got cupboards full of old dolls – well, now’s the chance to upcycle them and sort out next year’s Christmas presents! Imagine your friends’ and family’s reaction when you present them with one of these lovingly handcrafted pieces! All you’ll need is a doll, with legs narrow enough to fit inside the loo-roll hole, and some scraps for the beautifully cross-stitched crinoline you’re going to drape over an old sunhat and decorate with whatever trimmings take your fancy.

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Kenneth Ward mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The World's Biggest Flower Market review – appallingly eye-opening

With robots, monorails and the world’s largest polytunnel in Kenya, this unromantic doc will make you think twice about buying a bouquet ever again

Those roses you bought the other day for the person you love, they were picked by a lovely lady in an English garden, right? Probably not. More likely, they were grown in Kenya, in the biggest polytunnel in the world, picked by poorly paid workers, dipped in an antibacterial agent, chilled in a massive refrigerator then flown by night-time jumbo jet to Holland to be sorted, graded, wrapped in cellophane, sold and bought at the biggest and most hi-tech flower market in the world, then loaded on to a refrigerated lorry and driven to your supermarket. Romantic, huh?

It’s the lilies in The World’s Biggest Flower Market (BBC2) that are the biggest eye-opener. They’re grown not too far away at least, in Holland, very close to the monster Aalsmeer flower market. It all happens in a glasshouse the size of 16 football pitches, with artificial sunlight so they grow at night and through the winter. And they move around! A mega army of flowers, divided into cohorts, marching in formation. It’s The Day of the Lilies. And there’s not a person in sight. Well, actually here’s one, called Wim, to show Cherry Healey, who’s presenting alongside royal florist Simon Lycett, around. But Wim is one of only 18 people in the entire place. The lilies are largely looked after by robots.

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Peter Garcia mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
There’s something fishy about the new Virgin trains advert

Virgin thinks their trains will get you ‘in the zone’. But only if you’re dressed as a giant fish

Once, train travel was just a necessary evil. Now it’s a fishy experience, thanks to Virgin’s new advert starring a woman on her way to a 20K run. The low-key heroine limbers up with a banana and a stretch on the train, but it’s her journey in a pendolino carriage that truly unlocks the power to dress up as a fish and trounce the opposition. Ms Fish is one lucky runner: she’s found a weekend when there are no planned engineering works. In other words: she’s invincible.

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Jerry Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Ferry firms go overboard in charging British travellers

Crossings to and from Britain can cost twice as much as others in Europe, but there are still ways for a family to save this summer

British holidaymakers face some of the highest ferry prices in Europe, according to a Guardian Money price check, with the worst fees on the routes out of Portsmouth to Normandy and Brittany.

A British family of four hoping to take their car abroad at peak time in August, departing on a Saturday, will pay £723 return if they book the Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-St Malo route this week, a distance of 150 nautical miles.

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Arthur Nelson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 04:30:24 GMT
Solved: the mystery of our absent red squirrels

Strathnairn, Highlands In all the years we had lived here, we had never had a red squirrel in the garden. This has been the subject of much banter in the village shop

One of the main wildlife mysteries in the strath is the distribution of red squirrels in gardens in the adjoining villages of Farr and Inverarnie. Over many years we have advised people over putting out peanuts and feeders, and every one has succeeded in attracting them. However, one garden of an acre with mature trees and seemingly ideal has not succeeded, and it is ours!

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Jacob Mason mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Is it worth doing negative strength training? Exercise review

Focusing on the part of the exercise you normally ignore will take time, but it’s pleasingly intense when you get it right

What is it? Weightlifting, but focusing on the downward motion. A negative chest press, for example, involves slowly lowering a weight towards you, rather than quickly pushing it away.

How much does it cost? Free on regular gym machines, though you’ll probably need a partner to help you. Instead, I used specialist X-Force resistance machines at All About You, which costs £35-£55 a session.

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Jeff Harris mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Saturday's best TV: The Disappearance; The Musketeers; UEFA Champions League

A French series follows the Broadchurch template, buckles are swashed in the BBC drama, and Real and Atletico clash in the Champions League final

9pm, BBC4
When bright and bubbly Léa Morel goes out to celebrate her 17th birthday at a local music festival in Lyon, it should be a fabulous and fun evening. Instead, she goes missing. A taut, well-crafted French police procedural begins with a double bill that introduces us to its principals – most of whom, following the international noir template of The Killing and Broadchurch, seem to have secrets, even the cop leading the hunt for the teenager. Jonathan Wright

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Vincent Crawford mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Off to Cleethorpes, for sea, sand and style

Like many British seaside towns, the Lincolnshire resort is witnessing a revival, swapping its kiss-me-quick image for stylish bars and boutiques

The lightbulb moment that took Brett Smith back to his seaside home town after an 11-year absence happened close to where we are both sitting. On a break from his Manchester-based job in commercial recruitment, he set off one morning for a run along Cleethorpes’ Blue Flag beach – a beach so clean he says it’s as if “somebody’s gone out and hoovered the carpet”. Braced by the refreshing sea air and early sunshine, he made a decision: “It’s time to come home.”

Smith sits proudly in People Bar and Kitchen (20 Cambridge Street), the restaurant that was the product of his beach epiphany. Housed in a terraced former dairy, it has a cosy ski-chalet feel and is the sort of gem any city would be pleased to have, let alone a small seaside resort on the Lincolnshire coast. People Bar specialises in antipasti and sharing platters made from locally sourced ingredients, with wines and craft beers to wash them down. Its draught lager, Batemans Prohibition, could for some time be found nowhere else in the UK. Marston’s Shipyard pale ale on the tap next to it had a similar exclusivity until JD Wetherspoon took it on. “You win some, you lose some,” says Smith. “I can’t fight a Wetherspoon yet, but we’ll see what happens.”

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Chad Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Should I defrost my freezer boys?

Ruth Whippman has four embryos frozen in storage – four ready-made children suspended in time. The longer they are left, the more one thought gnaws at her …

San Ramon is a forgettable commuter-belt city in northern California. There’s a Chipotle Mexican Grill, a handful of nail salons and the corporate offices of AT&T. But most notably, at least for me, it is the location of a large industrial freezer containing our four potential children.

Three years ago, my husband and I went through three rounds of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to conceive our second son, Zeph. We already had one boy, Solly, made easily the old-fashioned way. After Solly’s first birthday, we had moved from London to the US and assumed that a sibling would follow soon after. But as we were adjusting to our new life in California, my ovaries had clearly decided to pack up and retire to Florida because nothing was happening.

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Kevin Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:00:28 GMT
Fair play: can literary festivals pay their way?

With authors demanding payment and overheads tight, organisers are under increasing pressure. What does the future look like?

I think the truth hit last summer, when I was at a festival to interview a group of writers. It was not a literary festival per se, but a combination of music, theatre, comedy and debates, in among which there stood a doughty literature tent, made rustic by the odd hay bale. What one noticed most, though, was the food: an endless vista of eating opportunities, from crepes to dirty burgers to artisanal pizzas to anything but a cheese sandwich.

Mistakenly, given my temperament and my knees, I had opted to camp, albeit in a motor vehicle rather than under canvas. Making my way through the site to literature HQ, I heard a couple of young guys catching sight of a chum. “Hey!” they chirped. “Sweet tent, man! Where’d you get it?” “Harrods,” came the reply.

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Dennis Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:30:27 GMT
Paul McCartney by Philip Norman review – the Beatle finally gets his due
Norman was one of the commentators who made popular the idea that John Lennon was the key member of the Beatles. In this flawed but powerful new book he admits he was wrong

Philip Norman’s biography of the Beatles, Shout!, has sold more than a million copies. Published in 1981 soon after John Lennon’s murder, it was buoyed by the wave of nostalgia that ensued – the first stirrings of the over-the-top Beatles worship that is now an immovable part of popular culture all over the world. Norman delivered arguably the first literary look at Beatledom: the book divided their career into four parts – Wishing, Getting, Having and Wasting – and told the story in gleaming prose. But Shout! has one big drawback: a glaring bias against Paul McCartney, who was portrayed as a kind of simpering egomaniac, and a correspondingly overgenerous view of Lennon, who, Norman later claimed, represented “three quarters of The Beatles”.

Norman went on to write John Lennon: A Life. Now, eight years later, comes this new book, introduced with a blunt mea culpa. Norman’s damning of McCartney, he now says, was a reaction to how much he had once not just admired him, but wanted to somehow be up there, in his place. “If I’m honest,” he now writes, “all those years I’d spent wishing to be him had left me feeling in some obscure way that I needed to get my own back.” Now, he has a more generous view – and so, with McCartney’s “tacit approval” (assistance with sources and information, but no direct involvement) he has written the Lennon book’s companion piece.

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Bruce Cruz mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:39:13 GMT
Scilly, where Harold Wilson, the first PM to show his knees, found peace | Ian Jack
The ordinary bungalow where the Labour leader chose to retire recalls a very different political age

The stopping of the train woke me and I raised the blind. We were in Par at six in the morning, six hours out of Paddington on the Penzance sleeper. A signalman surveyed the train impassively from an open window in his signal box, inside which old-fashioned levers glinted; a real signal box, this, of the kind that had once governed the movement of every train in the country, connected by miles of strong wire to semaphore signals that bobbed up or down to say stop, go or proceed with caution. In Cornwall, they still survive. Many relics do. As the train continued west in the grey light of an overcast morning, we moved through an untidy landscape of car parks, abandoned sidings and picturesque industrial ruins with chimneys attached.

Related: Labour needs to rethink Harold Wilson’s legacy. It still matters | Anne Perkins

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Earl Flores mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:42:04 GMT
We don't know enough about menstruation and girls are paying a price

Menstruation has long been a neglected topic, but a new generation of researchers are now shedding light into the shadows

“Girls are literally selling their bodies to get sanitary pads,” says Dr Penelope Phillips-Howard. “When we did our study in Kenya, one in ten of the 15 year old girls told us that they had engaged in sex in order to get money to buy pads. These girls have no money, no power. This is just their only option.”

It’s only been in the last few years that researchers have finally begun delving into the subject of menstruation, and the impact it has on the lives of young girls and women in low-income countries.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:00:03 GMT
Antonia Fraser: the sexy and scandalous truth about Versailles

A sensational new BBC2 series has copious sex, cross-dressing princes and endless adultery – but the most shocking thing is that nearly all of it is true

A few months ago, when reviewing the papers for Radio 4’s Broadcasting House programme on a Sunday morning, I was confronted with a story from the Mail on Sunday fulminating about a forthcoming television drama depicting court life in Louis XIV’s Versailles. Apparently it was to feature “gay sex, a cross-dressing prince and a queen with a penchant for dwarves”. My fellow panellists knew I had written a serious, fully sourced, history of life at Versailles and expected me to decry this sensationalism of history. But instead, I had to report to them that it was all true.

Versailles comes to BBC2 next week, and I am surprised that it has taken so long for a TV blockbuster to use this material. My book, and it appears the television series as well, begins with sex and ends with sex and in between you have royalty, mistresses, intrigue, illegitimate children, gay sex, happy marriages of state and unhappy marriages of state, all centring round this extraordinary man, Louis XIV, the Sun King, who ascended the throne when he was four years of age in 1643 and ruled for the next 72 years until his death in 1715.

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Lawrence Clark mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 10:49:47 GMT
‘I don’t want to go back with nothing’: the Brexit threat to Spain’s little Britain

In Spain’s biggest British enclave, the EU referendum looms large over an expat Shangri-La based on bowls, beaches and high-quality free healthcare. But is there any real love for Europe there?

Related: EU referendum: millions of British expats urged to register to vote

Seventy miles down the Costa Blanca from Benidorm, where the youth of Britain traditionally go to perform rites of passage raucously, lies a very different but even more British-dominated beach resort.

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Paul Howard mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:49:58 GMT
After the iPhone: Apple eyes Time Warner and TV for its next act

Apple wants to diversify beyond its signature product, and has considered buying the owner of HBO and Warner Bros movie studio – but that’s not all, folks

When you’re the biggest company in the world, with a lead product that is arguably the most successful consumer electronic product of all time, what do you do for an encore?

That’s the luxury problem now facing Apple. And it appears the company thinks it may have found the solution on TV. The iPhone maker has reportedly considered buying Time Warner, owner of Game of Thrones maker HBO, CNN, Adult Swim and Warner Brothers movie studio.

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Nicholas Fisher mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:26:30 GMT
How the town of Corby dusted off the ashes of post-industrial decay

Northamptonshire town, one of UK’s fastest growing, is twinned with a Chinese megacity – and is doing its best to catch up

This is Corby, Northamptonshire, population 65,400, twinned, at least according to the Chinese embassy, with Shijiazhuang, China, population 10.7 million.

That may seem like a mismatch, but Corby is doing its best to catch up with its Chinese twin.

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Jeffery Powell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 06:15:26 GMT
Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Intelligence officials have pieced together details of the recent movements of the world’s most wanted man

At the closest point they can reach to the Islamic State heartlands, the Kurdish Peshmerga can almost feel their enemy. Most days Isis fighters fire mortars or bullets at their frontline, 10 miles south of Sinjar, sometimes crawling through long grass for hours until they are close enough to shoot.

Several miles further south, some of Isis’s most senior leaders regularly gather in the grey concrete villages of the terror group’s northern vanguard, which for more than a decade had been the safest corners of Iraq for them to come and go. Moving among the nearby towns of Ba’ej and Billij, according to the Kurds watching from the ground, and intelligence officials keeping tabs from other vantage points, is the world’s most wanted man, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Steven Foster mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 13:30:37 GMT
Comic book superheroes: the gods of modern mythology

From primary-coloured, straight guys to tarnished beings in a revisionist world, superheroes are our cultural barometer

It’s a classic comic book story. The villains are two brothers, grotesquely competitive, whose greed and ruthlessness have propelled them to world domination. They continue to try to kill each other, because half of everything isn’t enough for either of them. Only one thing can persuade them to cooperate: the bold challenge of one dauntless man, a David against their twin Goliaths. Enraged by his impudence, they join forces. Their victory seems inevitable. And yet, somehow, in the final act – because he’s strong, because he’s got some sort of gift, or simply because he’s the good guy – the courageous individual wins. Kapow!

By and large, Marvel and DC like stories like that. They won’t like this one. Its protagonist is Graham Jules: call him Comicboy. This week, it was revealed that the two companies had failed in a trademark case the 48-year-old British entrepreneur and law student. Specifically, and remarkably, they were trying to assert their control over a term that has become part of the essential set of myths of modernity: “superhero”.

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Jacob Gibson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
Snap judgment: how photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue captured the moment

A photographer who happened to catch the spirit of early 20th-century France, or a visionary who turned the snapshot into art? William Boyd celebrates the work of Lartigue

Sometimes institutions can change the history of art. Often by exclusion – one thinks of the Salon des Refusés in Paris in 1863 and how it marked the beginning of the end of Beaux Arts classicism and signalled the birth of impressionism. A prevailing taste is suddenly seen as outmoded or moribund and culture decides to take a 180-degree swerve. Or, alternatively, institutions bring about change by giving the imprimatur of acceptance. The Sensation show at the Royal Academy, London, in 1997, for example, legitimised and enshrined the raw iconoclasm and entrepreneurialism of the Young British Artists – the “market” had barged its way into the museum. In the case of photography, the 1974 Irving Penn show and the 1978 Richard Avedon show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York are seen as legendary in the same way. It can be argued that, as a result of these two exhibitions, the old art-versus-commerce schism that had existed in photography since its invention melted away. Penn and Avedon – both regarded as commercial photographers – were admitted into the pantheon of modern art, and 20th‑ century photography changed forever. The professional photographer could now do anything – and all photographers became potential artists.

Both these exhibitions were curated by John Szarkowski, the highly influential director of photography at MoMA from 1962-1991. But there was another exhibition that Szarkowski put on, just after succeeding Edward Steichen in the role as director, that – I would contend – had far more searching effects on photography and how it was perceived. And that was the Jacques Henri Lartigue show in 1963.

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Chad Jordan mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:40:05 GMT
Head over heels in love: Marc and Bella Chagall's spectacular romance

There are few more vivid evocations of how it feels to fall for someone than in Chagall’s ecstatic paintings of his wife. As Kneehigh’s production about the pair opens at Bristol Old Vic, Daniel Jamieson retraces the couple’s story

From the moment they fell for each other in 1909, Marc Chagall and his wife, Bella, seemed to share a particular way of seeing the world. Bella was a talented writer and her description of their first encounter is like a Chagall painting in words: “When you did catch a glimpse of his eyes, they were as blue as if they’d fallen straight out of the sky. They were strange eyes … long, almond-shaped … and each seemed to sail along by itself, like a little boat.”

Bella swiftly became Marc’s muse and continued to visit his canvases for the rest of his life. Famously, he often depicted himself and Bella flying together, as if their shared joy had such physical force it countermanded the law of gravity itself. In Birthday, they appear surprised by their flight, rising towards the ceiling like two astonished bubbles of ecstasy. In Over the Town, they drift high over Vitebsk, Belarus, as one only flies in dreams, uniquely privileged to share the same floating reverie. There can be few more vivid evocations in art of how it feels to be in love.

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Harry Ramos mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:33:26 GMT
Morocco tires of role as Hollywood's 'door to the desert'

Some are disappointed see their country portrayed so often as a war zone, and others say US films monopolise local talent

Known as the “door to the desert”, the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is where Hollywood directors go if they want to shoot a Biblical film, or one set in a war zone.

Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Black Hawk Down and part of Game of Thrones were all shot there, as well as countless films about Jesus’s life, including Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 10:24:06 GMT
Overwatch review: Fast, fun and a joy throughout

Blizzard’s take on the team-based shooter is as polished as you’d expect, marrying tactical breadth with an emphasis on variety and inclusivity

Let’s address the elephant in the room.

Hello, elephant. You’re looking nice. Very tall. Overwatch is a lot like Team Fortress 2, Valve’s seminal team-based shooter first released in 2007.

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Shawn Powell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:00:06 GMT
I’d like to have a healthy adult relationship with my brother, but he fobs me off
I’ve had therapy to explore the abuse and anger issues in our family and want to reconnect with him. Annalisa Barbieri advises a reader

I’m the older sister. Growing up, neither my brother nor I had a great childhood because of the domestic abuse, child abuse and anger issues in the family. It was quite difficult and has affected me as an adult. Since attending therapy, I realise that I want to reconnect with my brother. 

I have resented him because my mother used favouritism as a part of the abuse. She still does treat him preferentially to me, but I want to move past this and try to have a normal relationship. 

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Billy Harrison mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:37:03 GMT
Sports quiz of the week: José Mourinho, French Open and Champions League

This week’s quiz is on the phone to a lawyer discussing image rights

Which of these trophies has José Mourinho not won?

FA Cup

La Liga

Europa League

Fifa Club World Cup

Which Brazilian said: 'Pelé, you are the king. The King. But I've won more titles than you'?

Dani Alves

Anderson Silva


César Cielo

Who said: 'It is a bit like asking a rabbit how his first date went. Probably he will tell you it was great but didn't last very long'?

Sergio Ramos on winning trophies

Sebastian Vettel on tyres

Tyson Fury on being a champion

David Haye on his comeback

Why did the referee halt the Copa del Rey final in extra time?

His whistle wasn't working and he needed to find a spare

He had cramp and required a massage

Barcelona fans were flying Catalan separatist flags

Some of the Barcelona players' children ran on to the pitch

Atlético Madrid have scored 16 goals in their 12 Champions League matches this season. How many has Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his 11 matches?





Atlético have been in two European Cup finals but have never won the tournament. They lost the 2014 final to Real Madrid. Who beat them in 1974?


Bayern Munich

Real Madrid


If it was Crystal Palace in England, Sevilla in Spain and Marseille in France, who was it in Italy?





Chris Woakes celebrated his call-up to the England cricket team by taking career-best bowling figures of 9-36 for which county?





How many sets did Andy Murray lose in his first two matches at the French Open?





Which former Premier League manager left his job with Houston Dynamo this week?

Ruud Gullit

Owen Coyle

Avram Grant

Carlos Queiroz

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Lawrence Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
What can my daughter buy her form tutor as a leaving gift?

We don’t even know if this is still the done thing

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Kyle Henry mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:10:46 GMT
From knitting to BDSM: readers on where to find a sense of community

As people distance themselves from organised religion, we asked you about your communities and what they mean

New analysis has found that people who identify as non-religious outnumber the Christian population in England and Wales. As more people distance themselves from organised religion, we asked you to tell us where you find a sense of community and why it’s important. Here’s what some of you said.

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Donald Crawford mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:51:39 GMT
Underwhelmed by the EU referendum? Share your pics to prove it

Are you bursting with referendum fever or getting on with life usual? Either way, we want to see your photos

Apathy and ennui are not our friends. With the little free time we have, too many of us become trapped in patterns of empty behaviour, forever scrolling through our social media feeds or the offerings of our preferred streamed entertainment service. Eventually, the outside world - which we feel, dimly, involves us somehow - becomes a kind of background hum.

Occasionally, we notice something. For example, some of you may be aware that a referendum on Britain’s future of the European Union is taking place soon.

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Billy Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
My husband lied about visiting a lapdancing club – how do we regain trust?

This isn’t the first time he’s lied to me about his behaviour – I also discovered he had been paying for porn

My husband and I have been having relationship problems, but I thought we were doing OK until I found out he has been lying. He went away for a long weekend with friends and they visited lapdancing clubs. I knew as soon as I picked them all up at the airport – they looked so guilty. But when I asked him later he lied, first about visiting a lapdancing club, then about having a lap dance, then about how much he spent on lapdances, and about physical contact during the lapdance. One of his other friends told his wife all the details, and so the rest made a pact to keep it secret from their wives.

He expects me to just get over it but I am so hurt by his behaviour that I can’t. It’s not the first time: previously, I discovered he had been paying for porn – again, when I confronted him he denied it until I showed him the credit card statement. I don’t feel we really recovered from this but stayed together anyway. There have been several other times when he has stayed out all night with no explanation, sent porn emails around his office and inappropriate texts to women at work, and got into fights – he’s been charged with assault more than once. All this he blames on drinking too much and not feeling like he has grown up. I don’t know how we can regain trust, or get over this yet again.

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Patrick Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:21:21 GMT
What impact do shocking and dramatic photos have on you?

On the frontpage of many papers today is a picture of a boat carrying migrants capsizing in the Mediterranean sea. How do such photos affect you?

It’s likely that today you were confronted with the arresting image of a boat, which carries migrants, capsizing in the Mediterranean.

It tipped over “due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board”, the Italian navy said in a statement. Those on board clung desperately to the deck or dropped into the sea, with five found dead.

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Nicholas Boyd mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend: share songs with extraordinary vocals

Our reader suggests Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury as jumping off points: make your suggestion in the comments and they’ll pick a playlist next week

This week we want your musical recommendations with unusual or extraordinary vocals. Maybe the voice is extraordinary or distinctive to begin with, or a particular vocal performance is out-of-this-world? Either way, and however you interpret what the word ‘extraordinary’ constitutes – pick your tune and make your suggestions now.

Related: Janis: Little Girl Blue – a heartfelt account of a remarkable talent

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Shawn Torres mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:49:15 GMT
Will Cristiano Ronaldo break his own scoring record against Atlético Madrid?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in the Champions League this season – as many as Atlético Madrid – but Saturday’s opponents have Europe’s best defence

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Real Madrid secured La Décima in 2014 after chasing their 10th European Cup for 12 years. Sergio Ramos’ header deep into second-half injury time cancelled out Diego Godin’s opener to set Real Madrid on their way against Atlético Madrid, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo finishing off the 4-1 victory in extra time. The clubs meet again on Saturday as Real Madrid chase La Undecima. Atlético, meanwhile, are hoping to secure their first European Cup, having lost two finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s form will be key in Milan. He scored his 17th goal of the 2013-14 competition when he tucked a penalty past Thibaut Courtois in the dying minutes of the final in Lisbon, becoming the competition’s record scorer in the process. With 16 goals in this season’s Champions League – more than any other player and as many as Atlético have scored in their 12 matches – Ronaldo can break his own record this weekend.

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Wayne Butler mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 05:30:03 GMT
UK seaside attractions: readers’ travel tips

There’s a lot more to the Great British Seaside than buckets and spades and fish and chips. There are lawnmower and magic museums for a start, say our readers
Post a tip for next week’s competition and you could win a £200 hotel voucher

Much like hundreds of other seaside towns, Southport has a pier, ice-creams, a funfair ... but what other towns don’t have is the British Lawnmower Museum. Accessed via a gardening store, for just £2 admission you can enjoy a crackling audio commentary of lawnmower history while taking in the prize exhibits of which the “rich and famous” section includes Nicholas Parsons’ secateurs, a ride-on lawnmower donated to Charles and Di and, most bizarrely, a push mower owned by Britain’s last hangman, which itself is hung from the ceiling by a rope!
Rory Jones

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Sean Richardson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:05:06 GMT
Have you had weight-loss surgery? Share your story

Surgeons say more operations would improve health and save the NHS money in the long term. What do you think?

More obese patients should be offered weight-loss surgery to make people healthier and save the NHS money, medical professionals have said.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, bariatric surgeons say fewer than 1% of people who could benefit are getting surgery, and the numbers are falling rather than rising. They warn that the UK is lagging behind other countries in Europe, and argue that the procedures could help 2.6 million obese people in the UK.

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Donald Martin mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:45:00 GMT
Revisiting Roots: how was your family affected by the slave trade?

A new adaptation of Alex Haley’s book Roots airs at the end of May. If the transatlantic slave trade had an impact on you or your family, we’d like to hear from you

An adaptation of Alex Haley’s story of an African who is sold into slavery in America, the original series of Roots won nine Emmys. It was seen by 100 million viewers – among the most watched TV broadcasts of the past 40 years. Now, nearly 40 years on a remake of the epic drama is returning to our screens. Covering the American Revolution, Civil War and emancipation, it chronicles the life of Kunta Kinte and the life of his family over the years.

Documenting the appalling plight of African America’s slave ancestors the new show follows films such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Addressing those who questioned why he made the film McQueen said, “people want to close their eyes on some subjects. They want to keep on going, they don’t want to look behind them.”

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Louis Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend playlist: songs about ships and boats

Reader Scott Blair picks from your nautical suggestions this week, with Queen, Lulu, Seth Lakeman and – naturally – Bryan Ferry all setting sail

Below is this week’s playlist – the theme interpreted and tunes picked by a reader from the comments on last week’s callout. Thanks for your suggestions. Read more about the weekly format of the Readers recommend series at the end of the piece.

I feel almost over-qualified to be choosing the playlist for the current topic, given my proud seafaring history.

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Allen Martinez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:59:09 GMT
Atrocious toilets and too few bins: why we're not eco-friendly at work

Most of us ignore our environmental responsibilities in the workplace, research suggests. We asked you to share your experiences – and this is what you told us

My workplace removed individual waste bins, to encourage people to think more about where they put their waste. All this has done is breed a surprising resentment and apathy. By the time I’ve walked the five yards to the bin, I can rarely bring myself to think about which very specific receptacle (policed by an A4 side of dos and don’ts) the rubbish goes in, let alone care.
Catherine, London

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Benjamin Garcia mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:52:49 GMT
Lost and found: share photos and stories about the objects that have changed you

To coincide with Cornelia Parker’s latest exhibition, we’d like to see photos of objects close to your heart and the stories behind them

This summer, artist Cornelia Parker is curating a group exhibition at The Foundling Museum in London, in which more than 60 artists, writers and composers have been asked to respond to the word “found,” by contributing a found object that means something to them. To coincide with the exhibition we’d like to see photos of your own items that hold a special value to you.

Do you have a special object that you have found that tells a specific story in your life? Maybe it was something you thought you’d lost long ago only to rediscover it when having a clear out or moving house? Whether it’s an item found on the street, a charity shop or an object of sentimental value that has been passed down to you from older generations, share your found objects with us, and tell us the stories behind them.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | 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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Philip Watson mail: | web: | 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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Bruce Hughes mail: | web: | 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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Harry Owens mail: | web: | 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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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | 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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Jeff Burns mail: | web: | 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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Bruce Ellis mail: | web: | 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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Kenneth Roberts mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:30:29 GMT
Eddie Izzard: ‘The greatest love of my life? My mother'

The comedian, actor and writer on his 27 marathons in 27 days and his most treasured possession

Born in South Yemen, Izzard, 54, began his career as a standup at the Comedy Store in London in 1987; he later also took up acting. He has appeared in the film Valkyrie and the TV series Hannibal; his latest role is in the crime drama, Powers, which is on Spike. He is touring Force Majeure, his comedy show in three languages. In March, he completed 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa as a tribute to Nelson Mandela. He lives in London.

When were you happiest?
Living in Bangor, County Down, because my mum was still alive. She died when I was six.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:30:26 GMT
Frieda Hughes: ‘I felt my parents were stolen’
Frieda Hughes is a painter and poet. She is also the daughter of two giants of the literary world, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and didn’t read her parents’ poetry until her mid-30s

Frieda Hughes is thumbing through her first book of poetry, trying to find the poem she wrote about the poems her father, Ted Hughes, wrote about her mother, Sylvia Plath. “It’s called Birds. It describes the poet as a penguin, nursing the egg his wife has left him, and the skuas that kill and feed on baby penguins. I wrote it about my father and Birthday Letters [the collection of poems Hughes wrote in response to Plath’s suicide]. But when my father read it, he said he thought it was a poem about me. I look at it now and think he’s right.”

Her voice, as she reads the poem aloud, is deep and low; eerily resonant of the voice of her mother, who was recorded reading her Ariel poems a few months before her death. She gassed herself in an oven in the middle of the night, leaving out bread and milk as breakfast for the sleeping Frieda and her one-year-old brother.

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Edward Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Rose Tremain: Truth, insomnia and waiting for inspiration in Norwich John Lewis

The author describes her lettuce-fuelled writing regime, and recuperating with a latte and a cheese scone

Stephen King, in his brutal novel Misery, about a writer first rescued from a car wreck by a crazed fan and then imprisoned and mutilated by her, has his protagonist pronounce that there is only one question which the writer of fiction keeps on asking: Can I? This question isn’t just about plot; it hides a more complex question about truth, namely: does my way forward from here feel truthful and real to the reader? And, in my view, every novelist’s working day turns around this necessary interrogation.

There are days when I am able to get nearer truthfulness than others. If I’m feeling tired or emotionally fragile, I know that my capacity to see with an unflinching eye is likely to be compromised. Thus, the success or failure of my day is set before it begins, according to how much sleep I’ve managed to get. I have always been an atrocious sleeper. At my boarding school I was the last girl awake in the dormitory, night after night. So I couldn’t say that any two days are exactly the same. Writing with a bad sleep deficit feels like sitting an exam for which I’ve done no revision.

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Ryan Long mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Why I love… Zendaya

Your tween relatives might have seen her in Shake It Up or KC Undercover

‘Age-appropriate” is a red flag for me. When certain people say it, you know it’s being deployed in service of curtailing fun. Leopard print? Wear it until you’re 99, I say. Short shorts? Your business! This magnanimity is partly down to the full-on crush I have on an age-inappropriate celebrity: 19‑year‑old actor and singer Zendaya. She seems like a really cool bean.

First stop on the introduction to Zendaya tour? Your tween relatives. They might have seen her in Shake It Up on the Disney Channel (she played Rocky, a background dancer on a local TV show. So meta!). Or perhaps in KC Undercover (she plays KC, a maths genius and teen spy-in-training).

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Shawn Cox mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 21:53:53 GMT
Andrew Davies: my Les Misérables will be nothing like 'shoddy farrago' musical

Speaking at Hay festival, veteran writer, who adapted War & Peace for the BBC, said Victor Hugo’s novel needs a champion

Andrew Davies’s next historical novel adaptation for the BBC will be Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables – but nothing like the “shoddy farrago” of the musical.

The adapter of Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and most recently War & Peace gave his frank opinion of the stage and film musical to an audience at the second day of the Hay Festival.

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Wayne West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:30:29 GMT
Gethin Jones: ‘I love a good suit’

The TV presenter on hosting beauty awards, and Saturday night shirts

If I’m on TV, I make a real effort to get ready. When I go out, I want to relax a bit more. It’s a quick shower, a bit of moisturiser and I’m done in 15 minutes. I host a beauty awards every year, and one of the main reasons I do it is the goody bag: I’ve never seen anything that makes my sister quite so happy.

I was introduced to the Murad range through it. I recommend their mattifying moisturiser to all my girlfriends. At first, they take the mickey, but then they use it and say, “Oh my god, this is amazing.”

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Patrick Simmons mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:59:03 GMT
Diana Athill: ‘My mother was absolutely ignorant about sex’
The writer talks about growing up in Norfolk, her squabbling parents and the family’s reaction to her mixed-race relationship

My maternal grandmother was the most important person. Her part of the family owned a big house and a lot of land in Norfolk, while my father – a parson’s son and an army officer – and mother were always short of money. But Granny and her big house was always there to rescue us and, as a result, I had the most wonderfully rural childhood. I can’t imagine what being a London child would have been like.

Riding and reading came from my grandmother’s side of the family, because my great-grandfather was the master of an Oxford college. Books were knee deep and everybody read all the time.

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Carl Hughes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:27:45 GMT
Nelson Mandela's cash bequests handed out two years after his death

Former president’s driver, personal assistant and grandchildren receive money but house in Qunu still part of legal battle

Nelson Mandela’s driver, his personal assistant and grandchildren have all received cash bequests from his will as executors of his estate carried out his final wishes more than two years after his death.

The South African hero’s family fought bitterly over his legacy before he died, and his house in Qunu, in Eastern Cape province, is subject to a dispute between his former wife Winnie and his family trust.

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Johnny Ellis mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:46:19 GMT
Matt LeBlanc: Top Gear is an international juggernaut

Former Friends star reveals he races Chris Evans in Sunday’s episode – and admits he can’t shake off his past as Joey

Matt LeBlanc has hailed Top Gear’s global popularity, calling the BBC series an “international juggernaut”.

Speaking on the Graham Norton Show, which is due to be broadcast on Friday night, the new co-host discussed Top Gear’s reach overseas.

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Arthur Lee mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:00:03 GMT
Kieran Hodgson: ‘When I was 17 I decided to liven up a lasagne by putting bananas in it’

From Not The Nine O’Clock News to Anchorman, the standup reveals the things he finds the funniest

There’s a great video that no longer exists of a guy called Nick Sun trying to perform to an empty dancefloor at two in the morning a festival where everyone’s completely high and wants him to leave. He abandons his material straight away and refuses to go off until he gets a standing ovation.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:33:36 GMT
The 20 photographs of the week

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the violent demonstrations in France, Chile and Nairobi, the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Arthur Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Modern Toss

The London festival of architecture begins on Wednesday

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Douglas Lee mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:18:51 GMT
And now for something completely pop-up: Monty Python celebrated in Leeds

From silly walks to twisted tapestries, Leeds is hosting a tribute to Monty Python, featuring work from international artists. At Northern Monk Brewery, 27–29 May

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Adam Harris mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
Penzance and Pontypridd get their lidos back – in pictures

It’s a happy day for outdoor swimmers as Cornwall’s glorious art deco Jubilee pool and Wales’ only remaining open-air lido reopen on Saturday after multi-million pound refurbishments

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Ronald Richardson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 22:45:17 GMT
Homes in converted schools – in pictures

Do your homework before picking from a listed cottage in Scotland and a flat in south London

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Antonio Harrison mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 15:00:07 GMT
'During the gig, David Bowie told the crowd he was retiring. People were crying'

Malcolm Green greets David Bowie as he arrives at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, 3 July 1973

I had been a David Bowie fan since Hunky Dory was released in 1971. Back then, he was a cult figure, but with his worldwide Ziggy Stardust tour, he’d hit the mainstream. This was the final show of that tour, at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

That day, I skived off school with four or five friends, jumped on a bus from Wembley and bought tickets off some touts. We’d earned the money working extra hours the previous weekend at Wembley market: I was on a stall selling high-waisted flares. That day in Hammersmith, I was wearing my mum’s black velour “budgie” jacket, black velour flares and red platform boots. I was 13.

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George Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 20:36:25 GMT
Civilians flee the offensive on Fallujah – in pictures

Refugees have been urged to leave Fallujah as conditions worsen in the besieged Iraqi city. The US-led coalition has carried out four days of airstrikes, killing more than 70 insurgents and Isis fighters

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Philip Martin mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:50:07 GMT
Best photographs of the day: Corpus Christi and a new Manchester United manager

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including Corpus Christi celebrations, riots in Chile and a new boss for Man U

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Allen Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 10:33:31 GMT
Face/off: the oddest facial expressions on movie posters – in pictures

A new poster for oil spill disaster film Deepwater Horizon has John Malkovich looking like a stern yet camp science teacher in a sitcom – but he’s not the only actor to have made a left-field expression choice in a one-sheet

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Melvin Warren mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:20:47 GMT
Lifeboat: children's illustrators raise money for refugees – in pictures

Emily Gravett on how she garnered the support of her fellow children’s books illustrators from Chris Riddell to Axel Scheffler to raise money for The School Bus Project

All of the illustrations in this gallery (and more) will be up for auction from June 1 -17 2016

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George Crawford mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
The Chinese factory mass producing Donald Trump masks – in pictures

As Donald Trump clinches the Republican nomination, a Chinese factory is mass-producing masks in anticipation of Trump beating Hillary Clinton in the popularity stakes. The Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory is stockpiling the masks ahead of the election campaign and Halloween

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Ryan Long mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:58:26 GMT
Aftermath of Indonesia's volcanic eruptions – in pictures

Mount Sinabung, a highly active volcano on Sumatra island, erupted several times this week. A volcanology agency has declared a danger zone of about four miles from the crater after seven farmers were killed and two others seriously injured

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Craig Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:03:58 GMT
Her infinite cosmos: Yayoi Kusama paints life, love and death - in pictures

Bursting with colour, form and organic energy, Yayoi Kusama’s latest paintings tackle mortality head on but at 87, the artist shows no signs of stopping yet

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Todd Patterson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:55:59 GMT
The week in wildlife – in pictures

Mountain goats, beavers and whooping cranes are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Steven Flores mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:26:19 GMT
Formula E in Berlin, the world's first fully electric series – a photo essay

The electric circus that is Formula E travelled to Berlin this week where Felix Clay plugged himself in. The race result sets up a close finish for the series finale in London next month

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Jeff Cox mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 08:21:05 GMT
The agony and the ecstasy of the US National Spelling Bee - in pictures

After an emotionally charged finish the Scripps US National Spelling Bee, held at National Harbor, Maryland, has ended in a tie, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions

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