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It's the era of the Twitter pile-on. Isn't there something healthier we can do with our rage? | Brigid Delaney

After years of being told to ‘think positively’ we no longer know what to do with our negative feelings, so we blurt them out online

Another day, another Twitter pile-on.

In September the singer Lizzo tweeted to her 1.2m followers that a delivery person had stolen her food order and posted a photo of the alleged culprit. The next day the tweet was deleted, followed by a mea culpa: “I apologise for putting that girl on blast,” Lizzo wrote. “I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger. Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door.” This week it was reported that the target of her ire is suing.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 3:56 am

Impeachment witness: I've never heard anything like Trump-Sondland Ukraine call

In newly released transcript, state department official details exchange in which Trump raised Ukraine investigations

David Holmes, a state department official, said he had “never seen anything like” the phone call he overheard between Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland, the EU ambassador, in which Trump personally raised the investigations he had requested from Ukraine.

The call, which Holmes overheard during a lunch with Sondland in Kyiv, was so distinctive that no one needed to refresh his memory, according to testimony released late on Monday in the impeachment inquiry.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Holmes told House investigators, “someone calling the president from a mobile phone at a restaurant, and then having a conversation of this level of candor, colorful language. There’s just so much about the call that was so remarkable that I remember it vividly.”

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 3:19 am

Thai cave rescue film opens in Bangkok

Independent movie The Cave tells story of boys trapped underground at Tham Luang complex, with big-budget releases to follow

The first feature film about the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue of 12 boys and their football coach had its Bangkok premiere on Monday, with rescuers who played themselves in the movie walking the red carpet.

Thai-Irish director Tom Waller’s The Cave tells the story of the summer 2018 mission in northern Thailand, which saw around 7,000 people help efforts to retrieve the Wild Boars football team members from a flooded cave system.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 3:16 am

Election 2019: is Brexit reshaping politics in east Belfast? - podcast

The Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, Rory Carroll, visits east Belfast, where a majority of the protestant and unionist population backed Brexit. Is there an opening for a new kind of centrist politics? Plus: Suzanne Moore on the questions that remain for Prince Andrew

The largely protestant community in east Belfast traditionally votes for the Democratic Unionist party. Many of these voters backed Brexit in the referendum but they are now facing a conundrum: how to protect the union while leaving the EU with the current deal offered by the government?

The Guardian’s Ireland correspondent, Rory Carroll, visited east Belfast to discover whether the jolt of Brexit has created an opening for a new kind of politics. He hears from Naomi Long, the leader of the centrist Alliance party, who appears to be winning over younger voters. But elsewhere in the constituency, attitudes prove to be firmly entrenched and the old religious and political divides are, if anything, hardening.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 3:00 am

Marie Kondo sparks consternation with online homeware store

Decluttering guru looks to clean up but says ‘if the bowl you’re using currently sparks joy for you, I don’t encourage replacing it’

The Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo appears to have adopted a new approach to decluttering: rid your home of things that don’t “spark joy”, then replace them with items from her new online store.

Kondo – who rose to international fame for encouraging people to declutter their homes and minds using the KonMari method – launched the store on her website earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 2:44 am

Hong Kong protests: hundreds surrender to police after university standoff

Carrie Lam says no children have been arrested but they may face further investigation after siege at Polytechnic University

About 600 protesters who were trapped by police inside a Hong Kong university have surrendered to the authorities, chief executive Carrie Lam has said.

Lam said that among those who had given themselves up to police were 200 children.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 2:42 am

Grace Millane trial: defence witnesses tell jury of UK backpacker's dating past

Defence lawyers say accused had ‘no motive’ for murder

Defence lawyers for the New Zealand man accused of murdering Grace Millane have put the British backpacker’s sexual history at the centre of their case, bringing forward witnesses who spoke about her dating past.

The jury was told that Millane was a member of a number of BDSM dating websites, and had practised choking in the past.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 2:31 am

Ten dead after California sees three mass shootings in four days

Shootings at high school, home and backyard party prompt renewed calls for action against gun violence

Ten people were killed in three mass shootings in California in just four days, marking a particularly brutal wave of gun violence incidents in the state.

On Thursday morning, a 16-year-old student from Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, shot five classmates and then himself. Two of the victims, a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, succumbed to their injuries, as did the gunman.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 2:31 am

New Epstein accuser sues estate and calls on Prince Andrew to share information

Woman says sex offender committed ‘vicious, prolonged sexual assault’ against her when she was 15

A woman who claims Jeffrey Epstein committed a “vicious, prolonged sexual assault” against her when she was 15 has called on Prince Andrew to come forward with information about the convicted sex offender.

The new accuser, who identifies herself as “Jane Doe 15”, appealed to the Duke of York at a press conference on Monday, where she and the lawyer Gloria Allred announced her lawsuit against Epstein’s estate. She is one of about a dozen women suing the late financier’s estate for alleged sexual abuses.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 1:27 am

Tories pledge whole life term for premeditated murder of a child

Policy is one of a number of Conservative election promises concerning tougher sentencing

Adults who commit the premeditated murder of a child will be given tougher sentences of life without parole under plans due to be included in the Conservative party’s manifesto.

Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, said it was his aim to stop the parents of murdered children seeing the “sickening” spectacle of their killers walking free.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 12:01 am

Nine in 10 NHS bosses say staffing crisis endangering patients

In dramatic intervention in election, health chiefs urge parties to avoid false promises

Hospitals are so short of doctors and nurses that patients’ safety and quality of care are under threat, senior NHS leaders have warned in a dramatic intervention in the general election campaign

Nine out of 10 hospital bosses in England fear understaffing across the service has become so severe that patients’ health could be damaged. In addition, almost six in 10 (58%) believe this winter will be the toughest yet for the service.

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Posted on 19 November 2019 | 12:01 am

Doctors warn of danger of 'feather duvet lung'

Medical team say people’s unexplained breathlessness could be down to bedding dust

As winter approaches it might be tempting to curl up under a thick feather duvet, but experts have warned it might lead to more than just warm toes.

Doctors have reported a case of “feather duvet lung” – a lung inflammation caused by breathing in dust from the feathers in bedding – and have called for medical professionals to be on the alert if patients turn up with unexplained breathlessness.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 11:30 pm

'Meth. We're on it' – South Dakota's new public health ads raise eyebrows

State launches series of ads to help tackle methamphetamine addiction – but tagline causes amusement on social media

South Dakota’s governor, Kristi Noem, was hoping a new ad campaign would draw attention to methamphetamine addiction in her state. It worked, but perhaps not in the way she intended.

The campaign’s slogan, unveiled this week, bluntly, if not quite clearly, lays out the issue: “Meth. We’re on it.” The words are laid over the outline of the state in one poster, and appear on pictures of people from various walks of life in others.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:46 pm

John McDonnell to attack £100bn tax giveaway to UK's billionaires

Shadow chancellor’s speech to reveal one in three of the super-rich are Tory party donors

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has ramped up his attack on the super-rich, describing their wealth as “obscene”, as Labour unveiled research showing one in three billionaires in the UK have made donations to the Tory party.

McDonnell is due to take a swipe at the richest people in the country in a speech on Tuesday and will also set out the tax breaks billionaires have benefited from under successive Conservative governments.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:30 pm

Vienna Blood review – so much like Sherlock it seems like a spoof

This fin de siècle murder mystery about a maverick detective and his doctor sidekick is laughably Holmesian – but enjoyably absurd

For someone who professes to be into the new-fangled science of what makes people tick, I’m not sure it was the cleverest move to get into a rickety carriage on a fairground ferris wheel with a psychopathic killer. Still, the image of junior doctor Max Liebermann hanging from his fingertips over the city of Vienna after being hurled from the door, proved a thrilling, if completely avoidable – “hypnosis would be easier” – end to the first episode of Vienna Blood (BBC Two).

It is set in Vienna in 1906, where gruff detective Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer) is told that a young doctor – Liebermann (Matthew Beard), a fan of Freud – will be shadowing him to learn about “the psychopathy of the criminal mind”. “Catchy,” deadpans Rheinhardt. The three-part series will be compared, unavoidably, to Sherlock: its writer, Steve Thompson, adapting the Frank Tallis novels, was also a Sherlock scriptwriter. But Liebermann’s character study of his reluctant new mentor is so Holmesian it feels like a spoof. For the first half an hour, it feels as if the makers are failing to repress their Sherlock complex – the jaunty camera angles, the hyperreal look, the jangly music – until it starts to relax into itself.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:30 pm

Gareth Southgate admits Euro 2020 is key to him remaining England manager

• Southgate cautiously plans for Qatar World Cup in 2022
• ‘I’m realistic about how quickly the tides can turn’

Gareth Southgate has admitted that he will not remain in his job as England manager if his team fail at the Euro 2020 finals next summer. Southgate is under contract for a further three years and says he will travel to the Club World Cup in Qatar next month as part of his long-term planning for the World Cup there in November-December 2022.

Southgate will follow Liverpool at the club tournament. He has four players in Jürgen Klopp’s squad: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He also wants to get a feel for the climate in Qatar at that time of the year and look at potential options for an England training camp.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:30 pm

Denmark beat Republic of Ireland to Euro 2020 spot despite late Doherty goal

For their group finale Ireland produced their best performance of the campaign but, agonisingly for them, it was not quite good enough. They brewed up a mighty storm but precision eluded them and so, in the 73rd minute, did concentration. That allowed Martin Braithwaite to step in to send Denmark to Euro 2020 with their first shot on target.

Ireland nearly forced a late twist after Matt Doherty headed an equaliser five minutes from time but, for all their valiance, scoring twice proved to be beyond the hosts.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 9:53 pm

Yemen's Houthi rebels hijack towboat with apparent Saudi link

Boat pulling oil rig said to be South Korean, but tracking site says home port is Jeddah

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have hijacked a boat towing a South Korean drilling rig, a Riyadh-led coalition has said, with a global shipping tracker calling it a Saudi-flagged vessel.

Sunday’s incident in the Red Sea follows a lull in Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia as one Riyadh official said the kingdom had established an “open channel” with the Iran-backed rebels.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 9:27 pm

Verstappen’s verve lights up Brazilian Grand Prix but Ferrari flounder again | Giles Richards

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was flawless at Interlagos, altitude sickness for Mercedes and a happy birthday for Honda

What a difference a year makes. Max Verstappen, after his travails at this race last year, where he was hit by Esteban Ocon while leading, could not have delivered a more impressive performance. Since his crash in practice at Monaco last year he has returned a more complete driver. Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, has praised how far he has come and believes he has the ability to beat Lewis Hamilton in a straight fight. On this evidence it would be an unmissable battle. Weaknesses remain – qualifying at Mexico was a glaring error but in Brazil he was calm, controlled and flawless – dominant in qualifying and untouchable in the race. Not only did he retake the lead twice but exhibited some exquisite skill. His pass on Charles Leclerc to chase Hamilton was a decisive thrust he had to execute quickly and perfectly. Equally, the final restart was a piece of old-school racecraft that even Hamilton acknowledged was outstanding. Praise indeed.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:59 pm

US says Israeli settlements no longer considered illegal in dramatic shift

Declaration marks rejection of 2016 UN resolution that settlements on the West Bank are a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law

The US has declared that Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land are not necessarily illegal, in a dramatic break with decades of international law, US policy and the established position of most US allies.

“Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” said Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state. “The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:53 pm

Taylor Swift cleared to perform old songs at AMAs after label backs down

Taylor Swift has been cleared to perform Shake It Off and her older hit songs at Sunday’s American Music Awards (AMAs) after her former record label backed away from an increasingly bitter row with the music star.

Related: Taylor Swift's former label denies blocking her from performing

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:21 pm

Sydney smoke: city covered in thick haze as more than 50 bushfires burn across NSW

People with asthma or respiratory illness should stay inside, health authorities warn

Sydney woke up to a thick blanket of smoke over the city on Tuesday as New South Wales headed into the first of two “tough days” this week, with temperatures likely to rise to the 40s and little-to-no rainfall forecast.

Most of the state’s east coast was under severe or very high fire danger ratings, with more than 50 bushfires burning, of which 28 remained uncontained.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:18 pm

Syrian artist latest to attack BP sponsorship of British Museum

Reem Alsayyah says her work in Troy exhibition is being used to ‘artwash’ oil firm’s activities

A Syrian artist who fled the civil war has criticised BP’s sponsorship of the British Museum’s exhibition Troy: Myth and Reality, saying her work was being used to “artwash” what she described as the “impacts and crimes” of the oil company.

A film of Reem Alsayyah’s Queens of Syria – a modern retelling of Euripides’ The Trojan Women by a group of Syrian refugees, which was directed by Zoe Lafferty – is included in the show. The pair are the latest artists to call on major British arts institution to end their partnerships with BP.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:00 pm

Ben-Hur at 60: why the biblical blockbuster doesn't hold up

In 1959, the religious epic won 11 Oscars and became a box office hit but in the years since, its status as a classic hasn’t worn quite as well as the year’s other smashes

“The entertainment experience of a lifetime,” trumpeted the poster for Ben-Hur upon its release in 1959. It was an absurdly pompous claim that the universe nonetheless did its level best to reward, as if to justify the film-makers’ sheer commitment to scale: at the now quaint-sounding figure of $15m, William Wyler’s epic was at the time the most expensive film (with the largest sets) in Hollywood history, with a marketing budget nearly as high as the production one. Sure enough, audiences and awards voters took them at their word. Ben-Hur swiftly took its place behind only Gone With the Wind in the all-time box office charts, and roared through the Oscars with 11 wins – a record that stood alone until Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King equalled it decades later.

Related: Don't judge Ben-Hur by the 2016 version

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:48 pm

Iran begins payments to 60 million as petrol price protests continue

Government claims it is switching subsidies from petrol consumption to households

Iran’s government has begun rushing out promised direct payments to 60 million Iranians, in a sign that the regime has been spooked by the scale of protests against petrol price rises announced last week.

In some cases petrol prices are being raised by as much as 300%. Unrest continued throughout Iran on Monday and internet access remained blocked for a second day.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:35 pm

Renewable energy: climate crisis 'may have triggered faster wind speeds'

Windfarms could be able to generate more energy due to phenomenon, says report

The global climate crisis could lead to more renewable electricity being generated by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to research.

Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:23 pm

G4S has no place on ethical index, London Stock Exchange told

Campaigners say conscientious investors would be ‘horrified’ by link to controversial firm

Human rights campaigners have criticised the London Stock Exchange Group for including G4S on ethical investment indices, after the British security company was accused of contributing to human rights violations.

The FTSE4Good index, run by the London Stock Exchange Group’s FTSE Russell subsidiary, has included G4S for the past three years.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:19 pm

Saudi Aramco flotation is a failure before it has even begun | Nils Pratley

World’s most profitable company missed all three of its IPO goals and shares have not yet started trading

By all the main advertised yardsticks of success, the flotation of Saudi Aramco can be called a failure even before the shares have started trading.

Once upon a time, the word’s most profitable company was going to be worth $2tn (£1.5tn), the number coveted by the Saudi Arabian crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. That’s not happening. The official price range for the initial public offering (IPO) was set at the weekend at $1.6tn to $1.7tn.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:17 pm

Spiky Piqué goes on the defensive as Davis Cup’s new look makes slow start | Kevin Mitchell

The new format, as World Cup of Tennis, at Caja Mágica offered good value to fans on day one – those who turned up, at least

There were not many echoes of the past but a fair few of the present as the World Cup Of Tennis creaked into existence in a dark and lonely place here on Monday.

They tried. My, how they tried … but all the smoke, mirrors, bells and whistles, singing and dancing, clapping and screaming could not disguise the swaths of empty seats in the Caja Mágica for the opening ceremony of DC Mark II.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:13 pm

'They seem so helpless': Hongkongers flock to aid besieged protesters

Volunteers and supporters streaming towards Polytechnic University were fearful of what might befall the demonstrators

As hundreds of protesters were trapped inside a university on Monday night, besieged on all sides by riot police, thousands of Hongkongers rose up in protest, filling highways, public squares and bridges trying to get to them.

The streets of the city were turned into a war zone as protesters, alumni, volunteers and other supporters streamed toward Polytechnic University in Kowloon, where anti-government protesters have been under siege for more than 36 hours.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:59 pm

The Guardian view on Hong Kong: a city on the brink | Editorial

The authorities’ repression has only fuelled the crisis. It is up to them to de-escalate, as others should tell them

Hong Kong is burning. The authorities continue to pour fuel on the fire. On Monday, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist party, warned that there is “absolutely no room for compromise”. But it is not merely that Beijing and the Hong Kong government will not take a step back; they continue to escalate the crisis.

As the newspaper commentary was published, Hong Kong Polytechnic University was besieged by police, who fired round after round of teargas at protesters attempting to flee the scene. The message – no way out – was all the more disturbing given that officers had earlier threatened to use live fire if petrol bombs or weaponry were used against them again. Among the hundreds trapped were said to be secondary school pupils. Parents, lawmakers and a bishop who sought to talk to protesters and seek some kind of resolution were prevented from doing so, though the former head of Hong Kong’s legislative council was later allowed to enter. When tens of thousands more residents launched “save the students” marches converging upon the campus, they too faced rubber bullets and teargas, in some cases after people threw petrol bombs.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:54 pm

Andrew Sparrow's election briefing: debate blow for Lib Dems and SNP

Catch up with the campaign with our daily roundup

An ITV election debate featuring just Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is due to go ahead on Tuesday night after a legal challenge from the Lib Dems and the SNP failed. The two smaller parties both objected to their leaders not being included, but the high court concluded this was not a matter over which it could exercise judicial review and that, even if it could, ITV was not ignoring its impartiality obligations. The SNP says this means Scottish voters are being treated like second-class citizens. The ITV debate will be the first to feature just the PM and leader of the opposition and smaller parties argue this means voters are being given the impression that the election is a binary choice. There is some evidence to suggest that, in England at least, voters are already coming to this conclusion. Opinion polls may not be accurate predictors of final election outcomes, but they are seen as reliable guides to shifts in opinion during campaigns, and so far the GB-wide polls have been showing support for the two main parties rising since the campaign started, and the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit party seeing their vote squeezed (particularly the Brexit party, whose vote may even be collapsing.)

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:54 pm

Three dead in shooting at Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma

Two men and a woman were shot dead on Monday outside a Walmart store in Oklahoma, the local chief of police said.

One man and the woman were shot inside a car and the second man was in the parking lot outside the store in Duncan, police chief Danny Ford said, adding that police were looking for witnesses.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:53 pm

Jamie Oliver launches new mid-range restaurant concept

New chain to open in Bangkok and Bali with 19 other openings planned despite recent UK woes

Jamie Oliver is to take another crack at building a mid-range restaurant chain just six months after most of the celebrity chef’s UK dining empire collapsed.

Two of his Jamie’s Italian outlets in south-east Asia – on Kuta beach in Bali and in Bangkok, Thailand – are to be converted to a new format called Jamie Oliver Kitchen, the latest concept to be launched by the chef and which will focus on all-day dining with dishes reflecting local cuisine.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:45 pm

Legendary Canadian bartender's dying wish was for toes to garnish cocktails

‘Captain Dick’ Stevenson requested all 10 of his toes be donated for use in the ‘sour toe’ whiskey cocktail he invented

The final wish of a Canadian man – that all of his toes be donated to be used in a notorious whiskey cocktail he invented – will soon become a reality.

Dick Stevenson, a bartender in Canada’s Yukon territory, died last week at the age of 89. In his will, Stevenson – known to patrons as Captain Dick – had requested all 10 of his toes be donated for use in the “sour toe” cocktail.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:31 pm

The party prince: how Andrew got his bad reputation

In his interview with Emily Maitlis, Prince Andrew seemed bemused by his public image, saying: ‘I never have really partied.’ His past tells a different story

What was most striking about the Duke of York’s interview with Emily Maitlis? It was a toss-up: his views on sex (it’s a “positive act” for a man, apparently; and if you can’t remember it, ergo it didn’t happen) set off a logical cascade into the abyss (if, by extension, it’s a negative act for women, does that mean we don’t “decide” to do it? In which case, are we always, basically, waiting for it to be done?). His line about adrenaline – that he overdosed on it during the Falklands war, and can therefore no longer sweat – has triggered a race between medics and picture editors to see who can disprove him fastest. His use of the Pizza Express in Woking as an alibi circa 2001 has generated a lot of mirth (check out online reviews since Sunday night). But surely the slam-dunk astonishment lay in what he didn’t say: that he was sorry for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein; or indeed, that he had given them any thought at all.

“There was always something tragicomic to Prince Andrew’s trajectory,” says Catherine Mayer, the author of The Royal Family: Britain’s Resilient Monarchy, and the leader of the Women’s Equality party. “Or at least it was tragicomic until we found out about his association with Epstein, and then the comedy drained away.” The “playboy prince”, they called him in the 1990s, after his divorce from Sarah Ferguson; before the marriage, pretty much from the age of 18, he was known as Randy Andy, or as the Daily Mail put it, “Randy Andy and His Web of Armcandy”.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:04 pm

It’s not just Boris Johnson’s lying. It’s that the media let him get away with it | Peter Oborne

The prime minister’s falsehoods are mostly left unchallenged. If this goes on, the integrity of our politics faces collapse

It’s Friday lunchtime and Boris Johnson is in Oldham. He’s live on Sky News, speaking to supporters in front of his Tory battle bus. During a speech lasting no more than 10 minutes, viewers learn that he is building 40 new hospitals. Sounds good. But it’s a lie that has already been exposed by fact-checkers, including the website Full Fact.

The prime minister tells Sky viewers that “20,000 more police are operating on our streets to fight crime and bring crime down”. This assertion is misleading in a number of ways. Recruitment will take place over three years and do no more than replace the drop in officer numbers seen since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:01 pm

Sam Curran looking to lose vulnerability and nail down England Test spot

• Left-armer likely to get nod for first Test against New Zealand
• ‘I’ve made some strides and come up with a few options’

Sam Curran is looking to secure his Test spot in New Zealand and stop being one of the more vulnerable members of the England side. His challenge is doing so with a ball he reckons most seamers would happily swap: the Kookaburra.

Surrey’s precocious 21-year-old looks to have got the nod for Thursday’s first Test at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, nudging out the more experienced Chris Woakes at No 8 by dint of the left-arm angle that offers Joe Root a point of difference in the field.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:00 pm

Migrants from Libya not driven by hope of being rescued at sea – study

No link found between number of Mediterranean crossings and level of NGO rescue ship activity

No valid statistical link exists between the likelihood that migrants will be rescued at sea and the number of attempted Mediterranean crossings, a study has found. The findings challenge the widespread claim in Europe that NGO search and rescue activity has been a pull factor for migrants.

Fear that the NGOs’ missions attract immigrants has been the basis for measures restricting humanitarian ships including requiring them to sign up to codes of conduct or simply blocking them from leaving port.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:48 pm

Tutu good: how Harry Styles suddenly became Britain’s greatest export

The former One Direction frontman was a huge hit when he made his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. There’s no denying true star power

The serious musician Harry Styles is the toast of the United States right now, having played both host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live (SNL) over the weekend. “With such a confident leap, it is easy to imagine him as part of a future musical bro-fecta with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon,” wrote Vulture. He can sing. He can act. He can make fun of himself. He has, as he says, “fantastic hair” and, at 25, is now old enough to comfortably appreciate as eye candy. Appearing only weeks after Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who would have put money on Harry Styles to be the Brit to save SNL?

Well, I would have. As a former Directioner, now on “indefinite hiatus” with the band, Styles’s star power has been evident. I saw them perform live in early 2015, mere weeks before Zayn left. The tension on stage seemed clear to me in the audience, but Styles was so effortlessly charismatic as to emerge a frontman in a group seemingly determined to deny the existence of one.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:34 pm

Boris Johnson gets down to the business of getting business down | John Crace

The CBI greeted Jeremy Corbyn with indifference. He went down a storm compared with the PM

Carolyn Fairbairn tried to put everyone’s mind at ease. Opening the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry at a hotel next to the O2 arena in London, its director general was more therapist than cheerleader. She was truly sorry she hadn’t managed to drum up better speakers. But we were in the middle of a general election, so she had felt obliged to ask the prime minister and the leader of the opposition to come along and address them.

It wasn’t going to be fun, she admitted. Nor was it likely to be in any way reassuring, as both men had only a tangential grasp of economic and business realities and weren’t about to tell them anything they wanted to hear. But there were breakout areas at the back of the hall: safe spaces where delegates could process their trauma with expert help. And if necessary, get advice on relocating their businesses to elsewhere in the EU. For those unable to move from their seats, there would be nurses patrolling the aisles at regular intervals to hand out industrial-strength Valium. So everyone should just do their best to nurture one another and remember that it would all be over by lunchtime. And breathe.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:26 pm

Pregnant and waiting for your baby? Forget sex and hot baths – here's my advice

Bananas, nipple stimulation, castor oil: none of these will hasten labour. Instead, soak up your last chance to be alone

My daughter has passed her due date and we are all on tenterhooks for the baby to be born. What a strange space this is. Constantly texting – “Anything?” – is probably not the best idea. I am simply waiting for the call. But still, this is yet another part of a woman’s life in which one is bombarded with weird and contradictory advice.

I thought it would have changed over the years, but no, it’s much the same. Sex. Curry. Various kinds of herbs.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:21 pm

Men in west London have highest male life expectancy in EU

Expert warns of ‘huge inequality’ in capital, while Lithuanian males live shortest lives

Men from west London, one of the wealthiest areas of the UK, have the longest life expectancy of males in Europe with a newborn baby expected to live to the age of 82, according to statistics published to mark International Men’s Day.

The data from the EU department Eurostat suggests that only men from the city centre of the Spanish capital, Madrid, tend to live as long as the fortunate subset of Londoners.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:03 pm

Ferry crash captain failed to keep proper lookout, court hears

Ian Drummond ‘static’ as huge vessel smashed into cruiser in Solent, prosecutors allege

A 4,000 tonne passenger ferry ploughed into a small pleasure boat with four people on board because its captain failed to keep a proper lookout, a court has heard.

Captain Ian Drummond allegedly sat “static” in his chair as the 107-metre (305ft) Red Funnel vessel Red Falcon smashed into the 10-metre motor cruiser almost forcing it to capsize.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:02 pm

Google Stadia review – the console vanishes from video gaming

The challenge of providing high-quality video game streaming has been met – but the launch lineup of games is disappointing

The Stadia is nothing short of revolutionary. Its core technology delivers on a promise decades in the making: console-quality gaming, without the console. But revolutions have unpredictable outcomes, leave a trail of destruction in their wake, and have a tendency to destroy those who start them. Will Google be able to see this through?

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:01 pm

NI kidnapping suspect 'died of cardiac event' during arrest

Cyril McGuinness collapsed as police searched address in Derbyshire, inquest hears

A convicted criminal considered a key suspect in the kidnapping and torture of a Northern Ireland businessman died from a suspected “cardiac event” after being handcuffed during his arrest, an inquest has heard.

Cyril McGuinness, known as “Dublin Jimmy”, was seen to smoke three cigarettes and drink a cup of tea while sitting on a sofa following his arrest at around 7am in the Buxton area of Derbyshire on 8 November.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:57 pm

Paul McCartney: a safe but satisfying Glastonbury headliner

Having long since embraced a Beatles-heavy set list, McCartney still has what it takes to send a crowd into rapturous singalongs

The main takeaway from the news that Paul McCartney is headlining Glastonbury in 2020 may be that the festival is running out of authentic rock legends that have never before graced the Worthy Farm stage. The last remaining hold-outs are Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and, for the dementedly hopeful out there, Kate Bush or a reformed Pink Floyd. Instead, it is opting to recall those with what the police would called “previous”. McCartney’s Saturday night headlining performance in 2004 was a widely acclaimed triumph, its success potentiated by a lacklustre Oasis set the previous night.

It’s a substantially less risky choice than booking Stormzy for the headlining slot – a gamble, it’s worth pointing out, that paid off in considerable style. Indeed, it seems about as close to a nailed-on success as you can imagine, questions about McCartney’s voice – which has taken on a thinner quality in recent years – notwithstanding. Much as people like to talk about the mystical “Glastonbury moment”, where music, weather, atmosphere and intoxication combine to create a transcendental collective experience that Glastonbury-goers contend is of a nonpareil quality, there isn’t any great secret to successfully headlining the Pyramid stage at the world’s biggest music festival. You can, if you wish, try something special to mark the occasion – an unexpected guest appearance, an eye-popping visual accompaniment, an unprecedented cover – but ultimately, it’s about turning up armed with a set filled with classic songs that everyone knows.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:51 pm

The Greta Thunberg effect: are climate crisis documentaries feeling it?

Damon Gameau explains why children are at the heart of 2040, his film about tackling the climate emergency – and why they’re its key audience, too

The eco documentary 2040 is a gentle antidote to environmental anxiety. Directed by Damon Gameau, it imagines a world 20 years from now, free from the climate crisis that’s gobbling up our globe. Committed to changing the nihilistic narrative surrounding climate change, Gameau takes his audience on a search for solutions and offers up a message of hope.

As 2040 is released, however, the doom and gloom of the climate crisis Gameau’s documentary takes pains to avoid is inescapable. Australia is ablaze. New South Wales, where he lives with his wife and two children, is experiencing the worst bushfires the country has ever seen. His daughter, to whom 2040 is dedicated, is unable to attend school. For Gameau, the irony of this tragedy stings. “Thousand of school kids were derided for protesting against the very thing that’s now forcing them to miss school,” he says. “People are so frustrated. They’re overwhelmed. They’re angry. Our government is still denying that the fires are climate related. The cognitive dissonance is remarkable.”

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:24 pm

Elsie Frost murder: inquest told suspect went on to rape and murder other girls

Peter Pickering was close to being charged with 1965 murder when he died last year

A “model child” who was murdered more than 50 years ago was probably killed by a man who went on to rape and murder other girls, an inquest has heard.

The body of 14-year-old Elsie Frost was found at the bottom of some steps by a railway bridge in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on 9 October 1965.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:24 pm

The rise of jobstoppers: should face tattoos be banned?

Tattoo artists want to raise the legal age limit for facial inkings from 18 to 21, as they could harm young people’s career prospects

Name: Face tattoos.

Age: They were outlawed by the Roman emperor Constantine in AD316, so older than that.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:20 pm

Jodie Chesney murder: two teenagers jailed for life

Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and Arron Isaacs sentenced to at least 26 years and 18 years respectively

Two teenagers have been jailed for life for the “callous, casual and irresponsible” murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney.

Drug dealer Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and his 17-year-old runner Arron Isaacs had been looking to take revenge on rivals when they killed Jodie by mistake, the Old Bailey heard.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:16 pm

Brontë Society secures last of Charlotte's minute teenage books

Charity raises £512,000 to buy tiny handwritten work and bring it pack for public display in the Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire

After years of chasing an “incredibly rare” little book by the teenage Charlotte Brontë, the Brontë Society has succeeded in acquiring it at auction, after fears that it would disappear into private hands again.

At a Paris auction on Monday, the charity paid €600,000 (£512,000) plus auction costs to acquire the book, which measures just 35mm x 61mm. Written in 1830, when Charlotte was 14, it is part of a series of six produced by the author in her teens. Only five are known to have survived, with one missing since around 1930.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:13 pm

‘Broadband communism’? Worse was said about the founding of the NHS | Ash Sarkar

Vested interests were horrified by free healthcare at the point of use. Doing the same for broadband acknowledges its vital role

Last week Labour pledged to deliver free fibreoptic broadband for all, paid for by a tax on tech giants, and implemented through the partial renationalisation of BT. Neil McRae, BT’s chief network architect, decried the plan as “broadband communism”. Boris Johnson weighed in to call the scheme “crackpot communism”. And most worryingly of all, Krishnan Guru-Murthy queried free broadband provision on the basis that he’s “happily paying for it right now”. I’d gently suggest that the Channel 4 News presenter’s income has had some impact on his definition of happiness being very different to mine.

That the market regulates things we need to survive – housing, education or broadband – is a radical imposition

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:07 pm

Rubens landscapes to be reunited for display after centuries apart

National Gallery to get Titian in return after Wallace Collection decides to begin loaning works

Two landscapes by Peter Paul Rubens intended as companion pieces are to be reunited for public display for the first time in more than 200 years thanks to a decision most thought improbable.

The National Gallery is loaning A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning to the Wallace Collection for reunification with Rainbow Landscape. Going the other way will be a Titian, allowing for the first time in more than four centuries the complete display of six paintings known collectively as the “poesie”.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:57 pm

How we met: 'As a hardcore single person, I now know it’s never too late'

Linda Rabben, an associate research professor, and John Eckenrode, a retired counsellor at an organisation for homeless people, live in Washington DC

Linda and John had been single for virtually their entire adult lives when they met in 2008; Linda was 60 and John was 56. Linda’s cat had died shortly before. “I decided I needed another partner, and this time I would try for a human,” she says. “I had tried answering personals ads before, but they had been disastrous for the most part. I thought: ‘I’ll try one more time and that will be it.’”

She joined the Washington Post’s online dating site. John was doing the same, cajoled by a younger colleague at the soup kitchen where he worked as a counsellor. “I was putting in an average of 60 hours a week, so it didn’t make for a lot of time to have a social life,” he says. “She was not very impressed, and she sat me down in front of the computer screen, and she said: ‘We’re going to do this.’”

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:53 pm

Alohomora! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: behind the scenes - in pictures

The secrets of the spellbinding West End production are unlocked in a new book that contains previously unseen sketches and designs

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:48 pm

Excitable Edgar under fire: John Lewis plagiarism claims are now Christmas tradition

Three children’s authors have accused the retailer of ripping off their books for the new advert starring Excitable Edgar – and it is not the first time

There are two traditions that are rapidly becoming as good markers to the start of the festive season as an advent calendar: John Lewis releasing its Christmas ad and children’s authors accusing the retailer of ripping their books off.

Five years ago, readers spotted similarities between Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found, about a boy and a penguin, and John Lewis’s ad about a boy and his penguin. Last year, it was the turn of former children’s laureate Chris Riddell, who noticed similarities between John Lewis’s blue furry monster that hid under the bed, and his own creation, the blue furry Mr Underbed. “The idea of a monster under the bed is by no means new but the ad does seem to bear a close resemblance to my creation – a big blue unthreatening monster who rocks the bed and snores loudly,” said Riddell at the time; Mr Underbed went on to sell out.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:24 pm

Feeling sheepish: why nude calendars have finally gone too far

Vets have withdrawn a calendar image in which they used sheep to cover their modesty after a complaint from animal rights activists. Surely there are better ways to support good causes

Let’s play a game. Look around your kitchen. Do you spy any of the following three items: a clock reading ‘Gin-o’-Clock’; a wine glass large enough to hold an entire bottle of wine; and a nude calendar? If you’ve got all three, congratulations! You’ve won a game of basic bingo.

At least the clock and the enormous wine glass are useful. Who wants to see some dodgy black-and-white photography of a university rugby club in the buff? Not me. Thankfully, it looks like the days of nude calendars might be coming to an end.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:00 pm

We are becoming a United Kingdom in name only. Politicians must heal the divide | Gordon Brown

With hate on the rise, along with competing nationalisms, the election risks tearing us apart even further. Here’s what our parties must do

December’s general election can resolve some of the great and most immediate challenges facing our country – our relations with Europe, the fate of austerity and the future of the NHS – and for that we urgently need a Labour government.

But something else, something fundamental to the character of our country, now tests us at a more profound level. For it will take far more than an election to heal our country’s deepening divisions and to eliminate the poison that is increasingly contaminating our public discourse and politics. Increasingly, we are becoming a United Kingdom in name only.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:57 pm

Young people: what are the most important general election issues?

We’d like to hear from people aged 16-17 about the things that will matter to them most in December’s vote

Brexit is set to be one of the main issues in the upcoming election, but is the UK’s EU membership the most pressing concern for younger students?

Thousands of school students have taken to the streets and gone on strike in the past few months to demand action on the climate crisis. Despite their concerns and activism, the motion to lower the voting age to 16 fell.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:48 pm

French bridge collapse kills 15-year-old girl

Several feared missing after suspension bridge falls into river near Toulouse

A 15-year-old girl was killed after a suspension bridge over a river in south-west France collapsed, causing a car, a truck and possibly a third vehicle to plunge into the water, local authorities said.

Four people were rescued but several others were feared missing after the collapse of the bridge between Mirepoix-sur-Tarn and Bessières, 18 miles north of Toulouse, said the Haute-Garonne department’s security chief, Étienne Guyot.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:41 pm

Highway to hell: the rise and fall of the car

Transforming everything from cities to the climate, the car is perhaps the most important designed object of the 20th century. Our critic travels to the Detroit plant where it all began

A whoop of exhilaration surges through the audience as a pick-up truck rises on to the stage through a trapdoor, its gleaming streamlined body emerging through swirling clouds of dry ice. There are laser beams and pounding rock music as a pair of robotic arms mime the balletic movements of welding and spraying its bodywork. A blast of air comes from a hidden bank of fans and a dramatic rumble shakes our seats. This, a thunderous voice tells us, is the Ford F-150 pick-up, officially the best-selling vehicle in US history.

I am watching this spectacle in the 4D cinema of Ford’s River Rouge factory in Detroit, where the whooping audience taking the tour of the plant is being treated to a story that, unlikely as it sounds, has all the drama of a Hollywood movie. This factory changed not only mechanised production, but the world as we know it. Boasting its own docks, an electricity plant, a steel mill and a whopping 100 miles of railroad track, River Rouge was the biggest factory in the world when it opened in 1928. It even had its own fire stations, a police force and a fully staffed hospital. During the depths of the great depression, it still managed to employ 100,000 people.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:39 pm

Wrexham voters: tell us which issues will decide this election

The Guardian’s Steven Morris is reporting from the constituency of Wrexham to find out what issues people there care about most – and he wants your help

The Guardian will be reporting from Wrexham in north Wales ahead of the General Election, as part of a series of pieces from across the country focused on finding out what matters to the people who live there.

The Tories are hoping to make dramatic gains in Wales – traditionally a Labour stronghold. One of the main battlegrounds is Wrexham. Labour has won here in north Wales since 1935 but at the 2017 election the majority for Ian Lucas was only 1,832.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:28 pm

'Call me Robin Hood': mystery patron pays debts of Istanbul's poor

Benefactor pays bills to ‘earn God’s blessing’ after suicides blamed on rising cost of living

Poor neighbourhoods of Istanbul have been visited by an anonymous benefactor paying off debts at grocery stores and leaving envelopes of cash on doorsteps, at a time when desperation at the spiralling cost of living has been blamed for recent suicides.

Residents of Tuzla, a largely working-class shipbuilding district on the Asian side of the city, were overjoyed last week to find their shopping bills in several grocery stores had been cleared by an unknown male benefactor.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 2:11 pm

Jennifer Arcuri turns Johnson heartbreak into comedy horror | Marina Hyde

She says she’s kept his secrets and he’s treated her like a gremlin. Could she be dangerous to the PM?

On the day Boris Johnson addressed the CBI, it’s great to get a firmer idea of what he meant when he said “fuck business”. And who better to give it to us than the CEO of one of the businesses he will surely end up completely fucking. Yes, it’s time to hear a whole lot more from our favourite cray-cray multihyphenate, the model/entrepreneur/infosec-something Jennifer Arcuri. Finally, a proper sublebrity enters the election campaign, as Jennifer breaks six weeks of silence with an ITV special, a Good Morning Britain appearance and a mesmerising Victoria Derbyshire interview in which she declared: “No one’s understood Boris Johnson better than I have for the last 10 years.”

So tell us about the man behind the man. He’s “deep”, revealed Arcuri, not “shallow as a paddling pool”. Right. A “very considerate person”. Also, “a man of his word”. Go on. “He saw my arc, he saw my progression as a woman graduating and becoming a mature entrepreneur.” Any more? “He liked my events. He enjoyed coming. You know, he really did like Innotech.”

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 1:48 pm

Freed prisoners killing themselves at a rate of one every two days

Charity calls for urgent action after sixfold rise in suicide rate among people on supervision

The number of people who took their own life while on supervision after leaving prison has increased sixfold since 2010 to a rate of one every two days, fresh analysis seen by the Guardian shows.

There were 153 self-inflicted deaths among those on post-custody supervision in 2018-19, compared with 24 in 2010-11, Ministry of Justice data analysed by the charity Inquest reveals, although this is partly down to improved recording.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 1:28 pm

Jean Fergusson obituary

Stage and screen actor who played Marina in the television sitcom Last of the Summer Wine

The actor Jean Fergusson, who has died aged 74, etched herself into the annals of television sitcom with her 25-year run in Last of the Summer Wine as Marina, most often seen on tandem rides with Howard Sibshaw, escaping from his domineering wife, Pearl.

In 1985, as the gentle comedy was expanding its cast and storylines beyond the original premise of three childlike old men and their misadventures in a small Yorkshire town, Fergusson was brought in as the peroxide blonde supermarket checkout assistant Marina after appearing in two stage versions in summer seasons in Eastbourne (1983) and Bournemouth (1984).

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 1:24 pm

Johnson’s Brexit would devastate business – the CBI must be hoping that he’s lying | Simon Jenkins

Telling employers that a vote for him would ‘end uncertainty over Brexit’ and he would ‘set business free’ are pure fantasies

Why would anyone in business vote for Boris Johnson? His pretend courting of the CBI and others is another of his one-night stands. Just now, what he needs are the votes of “Labour leavers”, not capitalist remainers. So at the CBI conference on Monday he fobbed off the latter with Johnsonian lies.

The biggest whopper is that a vote for him would “end uncertainty over Brexit”. It will not, it will prolong it. As long as Johnson pledges to withdraw Britain from Europe’s customs union and single market, the current commercial uncertainty will continue. Serious trade talks do not begin until next year, when according to Johnson either the UK will default to WTO tariffs or a new deal must be sought with the EU. The latter will be on EU terms, of long duration and infinite complexity. Uncertainty will be total.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 1:10 pm

Brontë's miniature manuscript and a defiant protest: Monday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors select highlights from around the world

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 1:04 pm

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for rice with pumpkin, chestnuts, sage and butter | A Kitchen in Rome

A sumptuously sticky rice dish packed with autumnal flavour

It is such a good time of year for fruit and vegetables. Pumpkins and squash, the rabble of roots and their greens, the first fennel and the last grapes, freckled apples, pears and fuzzy-felt quinces, wild and tame mushrooms, pomegranates, green-black kale and red-stalked chard, the first artichokes and green-tinted citrus, smooth, chocolate brown chestnuts: with all this to wear, no wonder the market, corner shop and supermarket shelves look so gorgeous. The changeable weather – sun, then scudding clouds that arrive full of rain and inevitable humidity in between – just serves to exacerbate the scent and fruitfulness of it all. A scent that lingers long after you have left the market or the shop ... especially the apples – why is it that apples smell so strongly and persistently?

Strong and persistent is the pleasure I get from putting autumn produce in its place, ripping open nets of chestnuts or mandarins and watching them skittle in a bowl, attempting my own private Caravaggio with two pomegranates, three pears and a quince that may never get cooked, and putting the pumpkin on the shelf like an ornament. I get less pleasure from cutting pumpkin, having almost lost a finger last year. “You must woo an autumn squash,” wrote Molly O’Neill in her book A Well Seasoned Appetite. I disagree: you need to discipline them or delegate the task. Scoring chestnuts, on the other hand, I like, because it means we are going to roast them, wrap them in a paper bag and then a tea towel, so the shells come off easily when we eat them with cheap red wine.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 1:00 pm

Pulp fabric: everything you need to know about lyocell

It’s got a scientific name and a heavenly silkiness – but is the material that is showing up everywhere, from catwalks to your wardrobe, really as sustainable as we are led to believe?

First produced commercially in Mobile, Alabama almost 30 years ago, lyocell is currently enjoying a lot of attention as a plant-based fibre used for clothing. Both luxury and high street labels are investing in the buttery-soft textile: Swiss loungewear brand Hanro recently released a shirt made of 100% lyocell, London label Mother of Pearl uses it and Zara, Mango and H&M have also placed their bets on it. Selfridges calls it a “miracle fabric”. So what exactly is it, and is it really that good?

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 12:46 pm

Nowt but a fleeting thing: a young farmer's fight for survival – video

A film about a young farmer’s connection to the land, his animals and a changing world in the north of England. Battling against unsustainable farming methods and an unenthusiastic market, Adam Crowe continues to work on two neighbouring farms while fighting to launch his own business and breed a flock of sheep. In rural Britain, the threat of poverty is often frighteningly close

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 12:00 pm

Warren Gatland: ‘I would’ve gone into a final against England feeling we could win’

Former Wales coach discusses what might have been at the World Cup, the Lions and whether he will one day coach the All Blacks

“Absolutely,” Warren Gatland says when asked if he would still love to coach the All Blacks one day. “I went back and gave my reasons why I just couldn’t apply for the job right now. I’ve got it on my phone.”

There is a long pause while the New Zealander, who has just completed 12 years as the coach of Wales and took them to their second World Cup semi-final under him last month in Japan, flicks through his emails. The 56-year-old Gatland is a principled man and so, out of respect for Mike Anthony, New Zealand Rugby’s high performance manager, he requests I do not use verbatim quotes from his emailed reply in which he explains his reasons for not putting his name forward as the next All Black coach.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 11:59 am

Paul McCartney confirmed as Glastonbury 2020 headliner

After dropping heavy hints, the former Beatle confirms he will be playing the Pyramid stage on Saturday night, making him the oldest headliner ever

Paul McCartney is the first artist to be confirmed as a Pyramid stage headliner at the Glastonbury festival in 2020.

Organiser Emily Eavis described the booking as “an absolute dream come true. There really was no one that we wanted more for the 50th anniversary”.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 11:46 am

Hong Kong protesters clash with riot police – in pictures

Riot police have swooped on pro-democracy activists trying to flee a university they had set ablaze in one of the most violent confrontations in nearly six months of unrest. Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with officers who had threatened to use deadly force, as tensions flared elsewhere in the region

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 11:19 am

Is it right to use AI to identify children at risk of harm?

Machine learning is being used to help protect children, but it raises ethical questions

Technology has advanced enormously in the 30 years since the introduction of the first Children Act, which shaped the UK’s system of child safeguarding. Today a computer-generated analysis – “machine learning” that produces predictive analytics – can help social workers assess the probability of a child coming on to the at-risk register. It can also help show how they might prevent that happening.

But with technological advances come dilemmas unimaginable back in 1989. Is it right for social workers to use computers to help promote the welfare of children in need? If it is right, what data should they draw on to do that?

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:15 am

Hidden grandeur in Chicago's South Side – in pictures

Lee Bey’s new book Southern Exposure celebrates the often-overlooked architecture of Chicago’s South Side, an area known as a place of abandonment and violence

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:15 am

Muslim voters could swing 31 marginal seats, research finds

List of constituencies is released as mosques launch voter registration drive

Muslim voters could affect the outcome in more than 30 marginal constituencies in next month’s general election, according to research published as mosques prepare for a nationwide registration drive.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) released a list on Monday of 31 marginal seats in which Muslim voters could have “high” or “medium” impact.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 9:35 am

I could lift more than I weighed – and loved it. But an injury gave me a much healthier perspective

I wanted to prove I could compete with the men in the weights room. A slipped disc made me reassess my attitude to extreme accomplishments

I was never good at PE at school, nor interested in getting good at it. Somehow, I knew the best way to endure it was to be enthusiastically bad, overestimating my ability for a laugh or begrudging respect from a teacher. I would voluntarily do butterfly against the county swimming champions, purely because I found it funny.

Secretly, maybe, I wished I was naturally sporty. In my early 20s, I had more important things to do than fitness (drinking and watching Mad Men), but by 25, I realised it was time to get moving. I tried running and the gym. Then, with the help of a powerfully shredded trainer, I discovered weightlifting.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:00 am

What does a food critic cook for Christmas?

After years of practice, Jay Rayner has rules on Christmas lunch. Don’t faff over a starter; ditch most of the veg; always set fire to something

The first inquiry always comes about now, as autumn gives way to winter. “So,” the questioner asks, wet-lipped with anticipation, “what are you going to be having on the big day?” The implication is obvious. I am employed to travel the country passing judgment on restaurants both grand and less so. I look down my nose at the offerings of MasterChef contestants and then deliver a crushing verdict. Surely, therefore, Christmas lunch in my house must be magnificent; the platonic ideal of Christmas lunches to which all others must aspire, a parade of poise and ooh and ah.

I don’t blame anyone for thinking like this, because it’s what I think too. Mine really should be magnificent. It’s no accident that I’ve been a restaurant critic for two decades. I brood about what I’ll be having for dinner while eating breakfast, and daydream perfect lunch menus designed to make my guests swoon, even when I haven’t invited any. So, of course, I want my Christmas lunch to be the very best it can be. The problem is making it so.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:00 am

Killer drones: how many are there and who do they kill?

From lightweight surveillance devices to heavily armed attack weapons, pilotless drones are rapidly becoming a favoured tool of warfare. But are they accurate? Ethical? Here to stay?

Drones – remotely piloted craft – first appeared in the 1990s when they were used for military surveillance by the US. Familiar advances in miniaturisation and cost mean they are now used for all kinds of purposes – for recreation, filming, monitoring conservation or to deliver vital medicines in remote areas.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:00 am

Under pressure: how stress can change our lives for the better

Stress and emotional tension tends to be associated with distress – but a form called ‘eustress’ can be healthy and productive

Stress has become a defining feature of the 21st century, contributing to the mental-health crisis, fuelling a boom in mindfulness apps and even, science has suggested, affecting unborn children. But it is not always the villain it is made out to be. Psychologists are keen to arm us with the knowledge that some stress can be good, healthy and productive. This type is known as “eustress” and without it, they say, our lives would be dull and meaningless.

“Stress has got such a bad rap,” says Daniela Kaufer, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley. “There’s this perception that stress is always bad for the brain, but that’s not true. Your stress response is crucial to your survival. It elevates your performance, is super-important for alertness and prepares you to adapt to the next thing that comes along.”

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:00 am

Havana on its 500th birthday – then and now

The Cuban government is planning a jubilee week as the capital city celebrates the anniversary of its birth, with hundreds of events at restored monuments and historic sites, a visit from the Spanish royal family and fireworks over the Malecon seaside promenade. Archive photographs show how much, and how little, the capital has changed

The Revolution Museum, which was inaugurated in 1920 as the presidential palace, before becoming a museum in 1974

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:00 am

Wiping out the daughters: Burkina Faso's controversial mosquito experiment

A radical experiment to genetically modify a strain of mosquito in order to stop them breeding malaria-carrying daughters is one of the latest efforts to tackle the deadly scourge of malaria

At 6.30am five-year-old Osman Balama and his mother reach the state hospital of Bobo-Dioulasso, the second-largest city in Burkina Faso. He hasn’t been feeling well for a few days and his mother is worried that he has contracted malaria. The waiting room is already full of mothers and grandmothers with young children on their laps, all with the same tired look as Osman.

“The rainy season has started,” says Sami Palm, head of the clinic. “That means more mosquitos. I’m certain that almost everyone here has malaria.”

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:00 am

Revealed: NHS running short of dozens of lifesaving medicines

Internal document seen by the Guardian shows low supplies for heart, cancer and anti-epilepsy drugs

The NHS is running short of dozens of lifesaving medicines including treatments for cancer, heart conditions and epilepsy, the Guardian has learned.

An internal 24-page document circulated to some doctors last Friday from the medicine supply team at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), headed “commercial-sensitive”, listed many drugs currently hit by shortages at the NHS.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:00 am

The Marseille mothers taking on the mafia

Angelique Chrisafis discusses meeting a group of mothers who are fighting to plough money confiscated from organised crime into small associations on impoverished housing estates. Plus: Jamie Grierson on factchecking the Conservatives’ immigration claims

Angelique Chrisafis, the Guardian’s Paris correspondent, tells Rachel Humphreys about meeting Malika, one of hundreds of women from Marseille who have launched an appeal to the government calling for millions of euros confiscated each year from organised crime to be invested in small local associations on impoverished housing estates.

Plus: the Guardian’s home affairs correspondent, Jamie Grierson, on factchecking the Conservatives’ claim that net immigration would reach 840,000 a year under Jeremy Corbyn.

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Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:00 am

Woking's Pizza Express customers struggle to remember first visit

Restaurant joins Zizzi’s in Salisbury on list of UK’s most notorious pizza joints after mention in Prince Andrew’s Epstein interview

On Saturday afternoon, it was just an ordinary Pizza Express in Woking. By Sunday morning, it had become the focus of international media attention, second only to Salisbury’s branch of Zizzi on the list of Britain’s most notorious pizza places.

The local outlet of the popular chain was catapulted into the spotlight alongside the restaurant that was temporarily closed after a novichok attack last year after Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview on Saturday. In the interview, the Duke of York explained that a visit to the Woking venue on 10 March 18 years ago was his alibi for the allegation that on the same day he had sex with Virginia Giuffre, then aged 17, one of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged trafficking victims.

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Posted on 17 November 2019 | 4:07 pm

The big picture: alone in the airport

The loneliness of the long-distance traveller, captured by photographer Harry Gruyaert

The Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert became famous for breathing originality into colour photography from “exotic” locations. His breakthrough work came on assignment in Morocco and India in the 1970s, and in Egypt in the 1980s. He subsequently travelled more widely, having been elected to the famous Magnum picture agency – among the first of its members to establish a visual language for colour rather than black and white.

Gruyaert was fascinated by the aesthetics of transit, in particular the loneliness of airport lounges. This picture, taken at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in 2010, is typical of the atmosphere of this work. The business traveller eating his lunch injects human life into the abstract patterning of the shadows on the lounge floor just as surely as one of David Hockney’s swimmers diving to disrupt the geometries of a California swimming pool.

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Posted on 17 November 2019 | 7:00 am

Bishop Auckland voters: tell us which issues will decide this election

The Guardian’s Julian Coman is reporting from the constituency of Bishop Auckland to find out what issues people there care about most – and he wants your help

The Guardian will be reporting from Bishop Auckland ahead of the General Election, as part of a series of pieces from across the country focused on finding out what matters to the people who live there.

Bishop Auckland, apart from a brief hiatus in the 1930s, has voted Labour for over a century. But it also voted by a big margin for Brexit. Will lifelong Labour voters who voted leave turn to the Conservative Party to “get Brexit done”, as Boris Johnson hopes? Or will the Brexit Party split the leave vote? If the Tories are to win a majority they must win northern towns like this, where Labour’s Helen Goodman has a majority of just 502.

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Posted on 15 November 2019 | 4:25 pm

Anywhere But Westminster: are the Tories losing their suburban heartlands? – video

As their national election trek goes on, John Harris and John Domokos hit the Surrey town of Guildford, recently won by the Conservatives with a big majority, but shaken up by Brexit, a new cosmopolitan culture, and people's rising unease about poverty and homelessness. The former Conservative MP is running as an independent; the Lib Dems think they're on the march. Only one thing is certain: all the old political categories and cliches are useless

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Posted on 15 November 2019 | 1:25 pm

How are you making your Christmas celebrations more eco-friendly?

We want to hear from people who are adapting festive traditions in light of the climate crisis

It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year, but with gifts, wrapping, trees, more food, more lights, and journeys to see loved ones – it’s often the most conducive to carbon emissions for many.

As awareness of the world’s climate emergency increases, more retailers are adapting their festive offerings to make them more sustainable. Waitrose is ditching plastic toys in their crackers, and last year upmarket department store Selfridges proudly flogged Iceland’s palm-oil-free mince pies.

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Posted on 15 November 2019 | 1:20 pm

Election 2019: why is Hartlepool the Brexit party's top target? – podcast

Anushka Asthana visits the historically Labour-held seat of Hartlepool in north-east England that is the Brexit party’s top target in the general election. Plus: Sonia Sodha on how flooding in the north of England has affected the campaign

Hartlepool has been held by Labour for 55 years, including for more than a decade by the arch-Blairite Peter Mandelson. In 2016, 70% of voters in the north-east town chose to leave the EU and the council is dominated by the Brexit party. It tops the target list of Nigel Farage’s party, whose chair, Richard Tice, is standing as a candidate.

Anushka Asthana joined producer Joshua Kelly, who grew up in Hartlepool, to see how much of a threat the Brexit party is to Labour. They met candidates, voters and community organisers desperate to highlight the potential of the town and shake off its “left behind” stereotype.

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Posted on 15 November 2019 | 3:00 am

'Freedom or death': a slave rebellion returns to life – video

Performance artist Dread Scott recreates the largely untold story of the 1811 slave rebellion in southern Louisiana. Winding through old plantation country, petrochemical plants and the city of New Orleans, the Guardian followed re-enactors along the route

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Posted on 14 November 2019 | 4:02 pm

Before I die: a day with the terminally ill – video

What does it feel like to know you’re dying? In episode two of Death Land, Leah Green meets people who are facing up to the end of their lives. She follows palliative care doctor Sunita Puri as she helps her patients come to terms with their own mortality

Dr Sunita Puri’s book, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, is available to buy here

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Posted on 14 November 2019 | 11:47 am

'It's not fair': why Havana's taxi drivers massively outearn doctors – video

Cuba's strange dual system means that public sector workers and those in private enterprise are paid in different currencies. Laura, a GP, earns Cuban pesos, whereas Rogelio, who was a doctor, now makes more in an hour as a taxi driver than he used to in a month because he is paid in 'convertible pesos', which are worth 24 times more. As doctors and teachers struggle to buy basic goods, is it time for change?

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Posted on 13 November 2019 | 12:00 pm

Why do so many black people love kung fu movies? - video

Kung fu references crop up a lot in black culture - Jim Kelly in Enter the Dragon, Wesley Snipes’ Blade films and hip-hop artists like Wu-Tang Clan. This translates to the UK too. Josh Toussaint-Strauss watched a lot of martial arts films growing up and found that his family and friends all wanted to kick ass like Bruce Lee. So why do so many black people love Kung fu? Josh investigates

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Posted on 31 October 2019 | 12:00 pm

Could Donald Trump actually be impeached? – video

Things are getting serious for Donald Trump. The swiftly unrolling Ukraine scandal could cause him to become only the third president to be impeached.But what is impeachment? How does it work? And how likely is it to happen? Adam Gabbatt has the answers

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Posted on 17 October 2019 | 6:10 am

Ice bubbles to Aurora Borealis: top 10 experiences that make Alberta unique

Alberta is a breathtakingly beautiful province. Home to the Canadian Rockies, farmland for miles (and miles and miles), all-season escapades, and a friendly and diverse population, it’s a great place to get a whole lot of adventure for your money

Walk on (frozen) water at Maligne Canyon
Strap on your ice cleats and get ready for an afternoon journey through the frozen Maligne Canyon. During the summer months, visitors pass high over the canyon on a series of bridges, but once the river freezes over, the real adventure becomes possible. Trek over the ice and into the frozen depths of the canyon, and witness sheer icy cliffs on either side of the path – you’ll have definitely earned a mug of hot chocolate by the end.

Become a fringe theatre fanatic in Edmonton
First-timers at Edmonton International Fringe Theatre festival are often surprised to learn that Alberta’s unassuming capital city hosts the second-largest fringe theatre festival in the world (after Edinburgh). Those in the know, however, can attest to the massively fun explosion of wackiness and dramatic creativity that add colour and life to Edmonton’s hip Old Strathcona neighbourhood for 10 days each August.

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Posted on 4 September 2019 | 3:06 pm

Citadel Hill to craft beer: a guide to Canada's Halifax

The secret is out. Halifax and its surrounds are a laidback, coastal paradise where postcard perfect seaside towns and vibrant nightlife make for a good time, recommends local Jaime Jacques

Foodies take note, a culinary boom is happening in Halifax right now, and the land is linked to everything. Visitors can expect to find ciders made with robust heritage apples, beers infused with locally grown blueberries, and of course, seafood everywhere, including some of the best lobsters to be found on the North American Atlantic coastline. The city is home to seven universities, and it’s got the youthful spirit to prove it. Breweries, cafes, live music and general levity can be found around every corner. Here are a few neighbourhoods and nearby regions that visitors shouldn’t miss to get a true taste of Canada’s most playful port city, a destination that’s only a six-hour flight from the UK.

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Posted on 22 July 2019 | 3:58 pm

10 of Canada's coolest up-and-coming neighbourhoods – in pictures

Canada has a lot more to offer than just breathtaking natural scenery – and there is plenty of that – its thriving cities also happen to be home to some of the hippest, most dynamic neighbourhoods in North America. Here are 10 of the best

Fly WestJet from London year-round to explore Canada’s lively cities and their neighbourhoods. Start and end dates may apply to direct seasonal flights. Schedules subject to change. Visit website for full details

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Posted on 18 July 2019 | 2:54 pm

Arctic expeditions and midnight sun: 11 things you (probably) don’t know about in Canada's north

Come experience Canada’s lesser-known, often overlooked north, where you can choose your own epic adventure

Picture Canada and you’ll envisage all the natural beauty of its wild parks, deep forests, glacial lakes and vibrant, multicultural cities. From coast to coast, the world’s second-largest country is a place of contrasting extremes – none of which is more remote or endlessly fascinating than the north. Almost 40% of Canada’s landmass is made up of just three territories: the Northwest Territories (NWT), Yukon, and Nunavut. Try out reindeer herding, visit one of the world’s first Unesco sites or take a front seat to view mother nature’s most dazzling northern lights show; this is the north.

The three territories of the north sit atop the North American continent like a blanket, and for much of the year they’re covered in snow. Visit anytime to experience life at the top of world, but especially during the freezing temperatures in winter, to gain an appreciation for those who persevere and make their home in such an unforgiving climate. Or come in summer to swim in the Arctic sea and bask in the midnight sun. These are the top experiences to add to your ultimate northern itinerary.

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Posted on 27 June 2019 | 2:53 pm

'My hand was hanging from my wrist': gilets jaunes protesters mutilated by police weapons

Antoine lost his hand during a gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protest in Bordeaux. On the same day Patrice lost the sight in his right eye in Paris. They share their stories as the French police come under scrutiny for using explosive weapons against protesters

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Posted on 7 March 2019 | 2:00 pm