Gamer Geek News

The Guardian

Latest news, sport, business, comment, analysis and reviews from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice

Netherlands v Germany, Northern Ireland Belarus and more Euro 2020 clockwatch - live!

Craig Cathcart gets underneath a corner and heads high over the bar.

De Jong and Wijnaldum snap into Sane, a snapshot that defines the half. Germany replace Goretzka with Gundogan.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:15 pm

Mueller did not find Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says

Special counsel Robert Mueller found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, according to letter delivered to Congress on Sunday by the US attorney general.

Related: It's Mueller time but don't forget: Trump has undermined the very idea of America | Robert Reich

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:08 pm

Johnny Russell adds gloss to Scotland’s uninspiring defeat of San Marino

Scotland made slow headway along the road to redemption as they followed defeat in Kazakhstan with an uninspiring away win over San Marino.

Alex McLeish’s side failed to build quickly on Kenny McLean’s fourth-minute goal against the worst-ranked national team in the world and many of the almost 3,000 visiting fans vented their disapproval towards the Scottish Football Association board even after Johnny Russell doubled the lead in the 74th minute.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:39 pm

Barr delivers Mueller report summary to Congress on Sunday

Trump in Florida as Washington waits on tenterhooks for news of special counsel’s findings

US attorney general William Barr delivered a summary of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Sunday afternoon, according congressional sources speaking to the Guardian. The summary comes amid growing and bipartisan calls for the full document to be released to the public.

Related: It's Mueller time but don't forget: Trump has undermined the very idea of America | Robert Reich

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:23 pm

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch faces UK high court and fresh charges in US

Civil case opens in London as new American indictment alleges conspiracy

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch will on Monday begin his high court defence against accusations that he perpetrated a $5bn (£3.8bn) fraud, as US prosecutors unveiled fresh criminal charges accusing the British businessman of a cover-up.

Lawyers for Lynch will start their fight in London’s high court against a civil case brought by HP’s successor companies, who allege he fraudulently inflated the value of the Cambridge-based software firm Autonomy before an £8bn takeover by Hewlett-Packard in 2011. The allegations of “serious accounting improprieties” were first made in November 2012, when Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief and one-time candidate for governor of California, was the chief executive of HP.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:20 pm

Death of second Parkland student being investigated, police say

Police in Florida said on Sunday a male student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school had died.

The school, in Parkland, was the site of a shooting on 14 February 2018 in which 17 people were killed and 17 wounded.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:17 pm

Pro-military party may edge Thailand election in blow to hopes of new era

Early results show neither side win majority amid unexpected support for military

Thailand has proved to be more politically polarised than ever after the first election in eight years ended in a neck and neck race between the pro-military party and the opposition pro-democracy party.

Going to the polls for the first time since the military took power in a coup in 2014, Thais were given the choice between pro-regime parties, who supported the continuation of junta rule through the ballot box, and pro-democracy parties that were fundamentally opposed to the military and wanted to radically change the direction of the country.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:13 pm

Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi wins $1m global award

Franciscan brother who gives away 80% of his income scoops Varkey Foundation prize

A science teacher from rural Kenya who donates most of his salary to help poorer students has been crowned the world’s best teacher and awarded a $1m prize, beating 10,000 nominations from 179 countries.

Peter Tabichi, 36, a maths and physics teacher at Keriko secondary school in Pwani Village, in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, has won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:08 pm

Food banks risk being 'captured' by corporate PR drive, say activists

Letter by 58 campaigners and academics says corporate approach is a ‘sticking plaster’

The UK food bank movement has been warned it is in danger of being “captured” by big corporations and supermarket chains that promote high-profile partnerships with charities as effective ways of solving hunger and food waste.

A letter to the Guardian from 58 academics and campaigners criticises the way corporations and some charities frame food poverty as a logistical problem of how to distribute surplus food to people in poverty rather than a social justice issue.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:04 pm

How to report terrorism: name, but don’t amplify | Paul Chadwick

Jacinda Ardern honorably refuses to name the Christchurch suspect, but the Guardian has decided that the duty of journalists is different

In one of several impressive acts of leadership, New Zealand’s parliament opened last Tuesday with the Speaker inviting an imam to lead prayers, first in Arabic then English. In Hansard the last of these “verses of patience” reads: “Oh Lord, we ask you to protect New Zealand and the whole world from such calamities. Amen.”

Would we be better protected if journalists followed the urging of New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and did not name the perpetrators of acts of terrorism? We can acknowledge her skilful and empathetic response to the shooting of scores of people at two Christchurch mosques on 15 March. We can recognise that Ardern’s purpose as prime minister was rightly to turn the focus on those lost and mourned. But is she correct in implying that acts of terror will be deterred if no one speaks the names of perpetrators? Can, should, notoriety – as distinct from glorification or anti-hero status – be denied?

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:00 pm

Intimacy, awe and a salute to Gazza: Spurs throw open doors to new home

Mauricio Pochettino gazed on as the first event at his club’s new stadium revealed a sporting arena to take the breath away

One word: Wow. Tottenham fans have had to wait for the delivery of their new stadium – goodness knows, they have had to wait. The delays have scarred the season, creating an unsettling limbo and driving Mauricio Pochettino to distraction. But on a sunny spring afternoon, when the club’s under-18s took on their Southampton counterparts to become the first players to grace the turf, the frustration seemed to melt away. Suddenly it all felt worth it.

Wow. Every supporter in attendance seemed to be wearing the same childlike expression – eyes widening in amazement, lost in wonder – when they entered the bowl. The hum of appreciation provided the soundtrack to what was the first of two test events the club must stage in order to be granted their safety certificate.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 6:54 pm

Food banks are no solution to poverty | Letter

Charitable food aid is a sticking plaster on a gaping wound of systemic inequality in the UK and US, say signatories including Prof Olivier de Schutter, a former UN special rapporteur on the right to food

At a time when the UK’s likely break with Europe is widely expected to increase poverty and reliance on food charity, the Global FoodBanking Network is meeting in London to promote its corporate message of food banks as the link between food waste and food poverty, indeed a “green” intervention promising zero hunger. Given the lack of evidence, this is deeply troubling, especially in light of the UK government’s recent £15m fund to expand charitable surplus food redistribution.

Related: Food banks risk being 'captured' by corporate PR drive, say activists

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 6:17 pm

Tory Islamophobia row: 15 suspended councillors quietly reinstated

Guardian investigation finds suspensions lifted despite apparent Islamophobia or racism

More than a dozen Conservative councillors who were suspended over posting Islamophobic or racist content online – with some describing Saudis as “sand peasants” and sharing material comparing Asian people to dogs – have had their membership quietly reinstated, a Guardian investigation has found.

The chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Mohammed Amin, called on the party to publish a set of formal disciplinary processes after the Guardian found 15 examples of politicians who posted content that was deemed objectionable.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 6:00 pm

Venezuela opposition fears crackdown after Maduro threatens arrests

Embattled president hints that Juan Guaidó and allies are in his sights

Venezuela’s opposition is bracing for a severe political crackdown after Nicolás Maduro lashed out at the “diabolical pro-imperialist puppets” he claimed were trying to remove him from the presidency and vowed to imprison them all.

The struggle between Maduro and his challenger, Juan Guaidó, escalated dramatically last week with the detention of Guaidó’s right-hand man, Roberto Marrero.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:54 pm

May’s time is up. She must make way for a caretaker prime minister | Matthew d’Ancona

The last thing the country needs is a Tory leadership contest. David Lidington should take the reins for a limited period

There is an unforgettable moment in Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip that comes unexpectedly to mind in these strange and desperate times for our country. In it, the comedian recalls an encounter with his close friend, the legendary NFL running back Jim Brown.

Pryor is in a wretched mess, confined to his room, freebasing cocaine with a pipe that he imagines is whispering to him. Brown is unimpressed. He simply asks: “What you gonna do?” Again. And again. And again. In March 2019, the UK is Pryor – strung out, in this case, on Brexit – and the rest of the world is Jim Brown. Everyone can see that this is a country on the edge of nervous collapse.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:53 pm

Exeter confirm play-off place with hard-fought victory over Bath

• Exeter 29-10 Bath
• Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn and Jack Yeandle score for Chiefs

On and off the field there is absolutely no sign of Exeter’s ambition diminishing. This latest bonus-point victory over Bath not only puts them nine points clear at the top of the Premiership but has secured them a play-off spot with five games to spare. For good measure they are also set to bolster their armoury by signing another world-class forward with South Africa’s No 8 Duane Vermeulen understood to be close to agreeing a post-World Cup move to Devon.

Given the Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg is also joining the Chiefs tribe for next season, these are exciting times for Rob Baxter’s team, on course for a fourth straight Premiership final appearance. A forceful ball-carrier like the 32-year-old Vermuelen would make them even more of a handful and even on a day when rhythm proved elusive they still had too much horsepower for a Bath side whose own play-off hopes are now fading.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:51 pm

Government backs down over 'myth-busting' guide on child protection

Children’s charities and social work groups had launched an application for judicial review

The government has withdrawn a controversial document that claims some statutory protections for vulnerable children are “myths”, after a charity launched an application for judicial review, the Guardian has learned.

The “myth-busting” guide, issued last July, advised local authorities that they are legally permitted to reduce or even remove support from children in long-term foster care, who run away or go missing from home or care, who are remanded in custody and those who have left care and are still living with their former foster carers.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:35 pm

Kirsten Gillibrand calls Trump a 'coward' in New York speech

In major speech as presidential candidate at Trump hotel, senator says president ‘tearing apart the moral fabric of our country’

The Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand used a speech in front of a Trump hotel in New York on Sunday to call the president a “coward” who “punches down” and is “tearing apart the moral fabric of our country”.

Related: The B-Team: are Beto, Biden and Bernie the best Democrats can offer?

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:29 pm

People's Vote march ‘too big to ignore’, organisers warn MPs

Protest demanding second Brexit referendum was largest in UK since 2003, with estimated crowd of more than 1 million

The organisers of Saturday’s march demanding a fresh EU referendum, estimated to have drawn a crowd of more than 1 million people, have told MPs that it was too big to ignore.

The Put it to the People protest was one of the biggest demonstrations in recent British history. Members of the People’s Vote campaign group, which coordinated it, have expressed confidence that it will prove to have not been in vain.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:24 pm

George Williams hat-trick helps Wigan to vital victory over Salford

• Salford 22-30 Wigan
• Champions end run of four straight defeats

As it looks increasingly unlikely Shaun Edwards will be in the dugout at Wigan after all next season, it could be argued that Adrian Lam is auditioning for the job of coaching the Super League champions long term, making this win a welcome addition to an application form which has had several faults.

Wigan had lost four consecutive league games and suffered defeat in the World Club Challenge at the hands of Sydney Roosters. Coupled with the growing uncertainty over Edwards, who has again suggested the proposed arrangement for him to succeed Lam may not happen, this season has been fast developing into an annus horribilis for one of rugby league’s most famous clubs.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:11 pm

‘I thought I was going to die’: why patients are no longer pooh-poohing faecal transplants

Bonnie Wortmeyer is one of thousands finding freedom from Clostridium difficile bacteria through faecal microbiota transplantation

Bonnie Wortmeyer has spent the past few years plagued by ill health. Among the major issues she has had to deal with are a double lung transplant and what she calls her “poo transplant”, which she says changed her life.

While recovering from her double lung transplant, Wortmeyer was exposed to numerous courses of antibiotics, which made her susceptible to contracting the Clostridium difficile bacteria. C diff, as it’s known, is a nasty, life-threatening bacteria which makes life almost unbearable for its sufferers.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:00 pm

Can we all chill out about cannabis? Not quite yet | Judith Grisel

Regulation has been unscientific and too restrictive. But the spectre of psychosis means some will always have to be wary

Occasionally during my love affair with marijuana I would experience perceptual disruptions profound enough to freak me out. One time I was driving along a crowded road when my car seemed a little wobbly and then listed towards the centre, an alarming thud-thud emanating from the back end. In the middle of a densely populated spot without a hard shoulder, I crept slowly across a few lanes of traffic and pulled to a stop. Concentrating very hard, I got out of the car to assess and hopefully change the flat tyre. I rarely got paranoid from smoking weed; neither did it typically make me sleepy. Instead, I was among the lucky ones, as the drug made everyday activities such as gardening, waiting on tables and talking to my family bearable if not interesting. So I was shocked and embarrassed to find, after a few minutes of close inspection amid the honking horns, that there was nothing wrong with the car.

At the time I took hallucinations as evidence of a good score. Now, as an ex-smoker and neuroscientist whose focus is addictive drugs, I know that my resilient response to this stressful experience was contingent on having a neurotypical brain. Neural pathways are forged by finely orchestrated signals for synapse growth and pruning; disruptions can result in atypical neural connections that increase the risk of psychosis. The liability may be unmasked by environmental conditions that can essentially be reduced to an ambiguous but well-recognised bogeyman: stress.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 4:40 pm

Cyclone Idai death toll passes 750 with more than 110,000 now in camps

Scale of devastation across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi ‘extraordinary’

Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers try to restore electricity and water and prevent an outbreak of cholera.

In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446, with 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 4:26 pm

University of Georgia fraternity investigated over racist video

Fraternity has been suspended after video surfaces showing some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur

A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video which circulated on social media and showed some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur.

The video shows a student hitting another with a belt while saying the words “Pick my cotton” and then a racial slur.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 4:16 pm

Gloucester church with literary links reopens after £2.1m restoration

Banker James Wood, buried in the church, may have inspired Charles Dickens’s Scrooge

A Gloucester city centre church and schoolroom with links to Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson have been given a new lease of life by a £2.1m restoration project.

The St Mary de Crypt church and Old Crypt schoolroom had fallen into disrepair and disuse. A two-year restoration project has finished and the buildings have reopened as a place of worship as well as a creative and community centre, heritage attraction and events venue.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 4:15 pm

Frank Field demands action on 'rampant injustice' in the gig economy

Companies resist reform by arguing tribunal findings relate only to individuals, says MP

The government should take action to end the “rampant injustice” facing some workers in the gig economy, according to a report by the independent MP Frank Field.

Field, who is chair of the work and pensions select committee, is calling for a fast-track system for employment tribunals involving worker status cases, as well as the introduction of a single labour market regulator.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 4:14 pm

Gilets jaunes protester to file 'wilful violence' police complaint

Geneviève Legay’s skull fractured after incident at demonstration in Nice

Relatives of a 73-year-old gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protester who was seriously injured when French riot police pushed back demonstrators in Nice on Saturday are to file an official complaint for “wilful violence”.

Geneviève Legay was taken to hospital with a fractured skull after she was knocked over in a charge by officers wielding shields and batons at an unauthorised rally in the centre of Nice. Her condition was described as serious but stable. The French authorities have launched an inquiry into the incident.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 4:10 pm

Murder inquiries launched after London and Somerset stabbings

Shop worker killed in Pinner and eight arrested after man in his 30s killed in Wells

Murder investigations have been launched after two stabbings over the weekend in London and Somerset.

A shop worker was stabbed to death in Pinner, north-west London, on Sunday morning during a robbery at a newsagent. The man, who has yet to be identified, is believed to have been opening up the newsagent on Marsh Road when he was attacked. Police were called at about 6am and the man was pronounced dead at 6.46am.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 4:08 pm

In brief: Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor; The King’s Evil; Circe – reviews

A sympathetic biography of Edward VIII’s American wife, an enthralling Restoration crime thriller and Madeline Miller’s excellent retelling of The Odyssey

Anna Pasternak
William Collins, £20, pp368

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 3:59 pm

Viking Sky reaches port with 900 still onboard after dramatic rescues

Norwegian cruise ship was reportedly 100 metres from rocks after rough seas struck

A stricken luxury cruise liner that had hundreds of its passengers airlifted to safety over the weekend has been towed to port in Norway as it emerged it narrowly escaped running aground and a major disaster.

About 900 passengers and crew were still onboard the Viking Sky when it arrived at the port of Molde on Norway’s west coast on Sunday afternoon. Five helicopters had earlier winched 479 people to safety as huge waves tossed the ship around.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 3:54 pm

Children shelter and lambs graze: Sunday's best photos

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

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 3:28 pm

Goldfinger by Ian Fleming – archive, 22 March 1959

Maurice Richardson on the daft yet extremely readable seventh novel in Fleming’s Bond series

Maurice Richardson worked as a journalist for both the Observer and the Guardian, and was also a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Goldfinger was the seventh James Bond novel in Ian Fleming’s series.

Billionaire bullion-smuggler and communist agent Auric Goldfinger is the most preposterous specimen yet displayed in Mr Fleming’s museum of superfiends. He cheats: at open-air canasta by shortwave messages from his secretary – near-naked, of course – behind binoculars in his Florida hotel bedroom; and at golf by kicking his ball, rattling his clubs and bribing his caddy. He paints chorus girls all over with gold until they suffocate, keeps a Korean killer named Oddjob who is expert at karate, the Japanese form of unarmed combat recently seen on television.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 3:00 pm

How to cut and look after your nails correctly

Keep them short, don’t be afraid to file – and remember to moisturise

Nails should be kept fairly short. The longer they are, the more easily they are damaged – especially your fingernails, if you work with your hands. If they are fine, you can use a normal clipper; for anything thicker – usually toenails, but sometimes fingernails – you will need a heavy-duty version. Use a nail file for shaping, or if it hurts when you clip your nails. You don’t need to use it in just one direction, but do file gently to avoid damage.

Fingernails should be given a curve, while toenails should be cut straight across, to prevent ingrowth. You can cut a little down the sides of your toenails, especially if you are prone to ingrowing toenails, to take them away from the skin. If you have persistent problems with an ingrowing toenail, you will need to see a doctor.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 3:00 pm

RSVP Nina Simone and Shamima Begum: a dinner party for our times

In Caryl Churchill’s play Top Girls, five famous women from history gather for a dinner party. Who would today’s big names in theatre invite?

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 3:00 pm

The Dodow: the latest sleep aid looks like a wheel of brie – I wake up starving

This unpronounceable LED device claims to help those with insomnia – I give it a whack and prepare to bust some ZZZs

This week we turn our attention to a light metronome, called Dodow, that claims to be able to train your brain to fall asleep. This sounds similar to the fantastical pseudo-science that promised us x-ray specs 30 years ago, but stick with it. The LED device projects a ring of blue light on to the ceiling that shrinks and expands. Synchronising your breathing with it stimulates the baroreflex, a physiological mechanism that slows the metabolism and the secretion of neurotransmitters. Basically, breathe in and chill out.

Dodow is “designed by insomniacs”, which doesn’t sound like something to boast about. Whenever I check my phone after a sleepless night, the Notes app is full of unfathomable fragments that struck me as very important at 3am. Stuff such as “Velcro is immortal” and “Am I making blood all the time?”

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 3:00 pm

Ministers deny plotting to oust May as Brexit rebels head for Chequers

Michael Gove and David Lidington deny claims of coup as PM meets with Johnson and Rees-Mogg

Philip Hammond has admitted Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be able to get through the Commons, as senior ministers moved to quell speculation the prime minister could be forced out within days in a cabinet revolt.

Ahead of the prime minister’s meeting with a group of senior Tory rebels at her Chequers country retreat, the chancellor told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Conservative colleagues were “very frustrated” and “desperate to find a way forward”.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:59 pm

Fashion house under fire for hotel plans at Costa Brava beauty spot

Campaigners say Custo’s development will spoil Sa Guarda in Cadaqués

The Barcelona-based fashion business Custo is under fire for plans to build a hotel on a beauty spot in Cadaqués, a picturesque Costa Brava town that has long attracted artists and writers.

Campaigners led by two groups – Salvem l’Empordà (Save Emporda, the region Cadaqués is in) and SOS Costa Brava – protested on Friday outside a Custo shop in Barcelona, demanding that work be stopped on the project to build the 4,000 sq m Hotel Custo and 104 houses on land in Sa Guarda in Cadaqués.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:38 pm

Geoffrey Cox accused of 'sitting on' Airbus subsidiary corruption case

Attorney general’s office has taken a year to decide whether to prosecute over Saudi deal

Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, is under pressure to explain why his department has taken a year to decide whether to approve a corruption prosecution against a subsidiary of Airbus, the European aerospace group.

Anti-corruption campaigners have accused Cox of dragging his feet over the decision, which relates to allegations that the Airbus subsidiary paid multimillion-pound bribes to land a military contract with Saudi Arabia.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:29 pm

German ministry under fire over 'sexist' bike safety ad

Demands to halt campaign featuring model wearing a helmet and just underwear

An advertising campaign by Germany’s transport ministry to persuade cyclists to wear helmets has sparked accusations of sexism, as it features a model wearing just a helmet and underwear.

With the slogan: “Looks like shit. But saves my life,” the advert features a profile-shot of Alicija Köhler, a competitor in the gameshow Germany’s Next Topmodel, sporting a violet coloured helmet and a lacy bra.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:23 pm

Motorway meals: how 60 years of the service station has shaped how Britain eats

The first service station opened in Watford Gap in 1959 – and the motorway meal was born. What does its evolution tell us about British tastes, past and present?

On a drizzly day, Britain isn’t looking – or tasting – its best. I’m at Watford Gap services on the M1, the country’s first service station on the country’s first motorway, both 60 this year (although the restaurant opened in 1960). “If you want to see Britain, go to Watford Gap,” David Lawrence had told me. “If you want to taste Britain, go to Watford Gap.” I want to do both of those things.

Lawrence is an associate professor at Kingston University whose PhD was Motorway Service Areas, Their History and Culture. He has written two books about them as well. I think you could safely describe him as Mr Service Station. “Dr Service Station,” he corrects me, before I head to Watford Gap.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:00 pm

Christchurch attacks: the media's rush to be first causes its own kind of harm

Facebook’s AI may have failed the victims – but humans didn’t do much better

Rookie journalists struggling with their copy are often told by news editors: “Just tell the story”. An esteemed colleague once told me his first editor told him to imagine shouting the intro to an aged relative moving away at speed on a bus.

Boiling an event down to who, what, why, where and when is the basis of all news coverage for a reason – it tells the story. But what happens when being fast and crafting a simple narrative becomes misleading or causes its own kind of harm?

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:00 pm

Lady Hale: at least half of UK judiciary should be female

Supreme court president calls for full equality at event for centenary of women in law

At least half of the judiciary should be women, Britain’s most senior judge has said.

Speaking at an event in the supreme court to mark the centenary of women’s entry into the legal profession, Brenda Hale, president of the supreme court and the first woman to take on that role, made the call for full gender equality across the judiciary.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 1:55 pm

Labour could fight snap election with second referendum pledge

Keir Starmer says party is clear any deal should be subject to a confirmatory public vote

Labour could fight a snap general election pledging to hold a public vote on any Brexit deal, Keir Starmer has said, saying the party was now clear that any deal should be subject to a confirmatory referendum.

Speaking after a mass demonstration in London in support of a second vote, which was addressed by the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, the shadow Brexit secretary was asked whether he could guarantee there would be a second referendum if Labour came to power.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 1:05 pm

Horizon by Barry Lopez review – nature in the raw

Barry Lopez’s account of wandering the world’s least hospitable landscapes is powerful but opaque

Reading Barry Lopez is a religious experience, and that’s not meant entirely as a compliment. His great devotional paean to the light and landscape of the far, frozen north, Arctic Dreams (1986), established him as one of the leading nature writers of his generation and won a host of admirers, from Robert Macfarlane to Margaret Atwood to Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Arctic Dreams was, indeed, an extraordinary book, as was its predecessor, Of Wolves and Men (1978), which was not only a compelling history of the long, troubled relationship between man and animal, but also a stirring evocation of the rugged landscape against which this relationship played out.

One notices rather fewer celebrity endorsements for Lopez’s fables and short stories, even though fiction outweighs nonfiction in his career so far. His stories draw heavily on Native American mythology, and are often clunkingly spiritual, sanctimonious and didactic. Whereas in Arctic Dreams the light and desolation of the landscape seem perfectly suited to his austere, exalted register – indeed it feels as if he speaks with the voice of the ice in that book – reading beyond his first two works of nonfiction is a bit of a slog. As even one of his great champions, Robert Macfarlane, admitted in a 2005 article, “it is hard to imagine Lopez ever smiling”.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 1:00 pm

Sharon Van Etten review – survivor's love on a banshee rollercoaster

Albert Hall, Manchester
The stylish New York singer careers from ice maiden to wailing, whirling dervish in a spellbinding and at times sublime gig

‘Come arrrrn Shazza!” yells a man at the back. It’s not the most obvious thing to hear at a gig by a stylishly black-clad US musician, known for singing about abusive relationships. However, Sharon Van Etten reveals that she loves the nickname – used by her British friends – which prompts a group of women on the balcony to chant “Shazza! Shazza!”

This amusing, incongruous moment signifies a wider transformation. The New Yorker still sings about her past. I Told You Everything spills it out to a new partner with coal-black humour (“You said, ‘Holy shit’”). However, now that she is a mother, occasional actor and counselling student, songs from fifth album Remind Me Tomorrow are more electronic and uplifting. Comeback Kid and Malibu superbly filter Bruce Springsteen-type wistful storytelling into American gothic anthems.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 12:50 pm

Army ads accused of targeting youngsters during 'January blues'

Document reveals campaign aimed at ‘snowflakes’ was planned to coincide with emotional low

The British army has been accused of targeting its headline-grabbing “snowflake” recruitment campaign at young people when they were facing a post-holiday low.

A briefing document seen by the Guardian shows that strategists behind the “Your army needs you” campaign factored in that it would be seen by young people at a time when they were experiencing the “January blues”.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 11:57 am

‘Mr Europe’ David Lidington: the man who could replace May

Deputy PM is mooted as interim leader, but his pro-remain record would be a problem

David Lidington, who had been mooted to take over as interim prime minister if Theresa May was ousted, may scarcely register with the general public, but within his party he is known for being on the pro-remain wing, having served as Europe minister from 2010 to 2016.

That means he is at least well-versed on the subject that has torn the Conservatives apart for more than three decades and which threatens to take down another prime minister – but it may not endear him to the pro-Brexit European Research Group.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 11:39 am

The rise and fall of the Isis 'caliphate'

Once a magnet for would-be jihadists worldwide, Islamic State’s dominion collapsed amid infighting and paranoia

On a midwinter night in early January, the most wanted man in the world entered a home in a forsaken town near the Syrian border for a rare meeting with his surviving aides.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 11:34 am

Indoor plants that move out for the summer | James Wong

Look beyond garden centre standards to these flowering, fragrant plants that love a holiday in the sun

It’s that time of year when garden centres first start filling up with tray after tray of bedding plants, ramping up for a season of summer growing. Despite often being considered terribly out of horticultural fashion, planting tropical or subtropical species such as fuchsias, begonias and pelargoniums outdoors for the warmer months is an effective way of providing a full season of interest that extends far beyond what many temperate plants, with their comparatively short flowering season, can ever hope to provide.

However, it is a shame that so few of us venture beyond traditional favourites, for any cool-weather-tolerant indoor species can be treated in the same way. With the extra light and humidity, many houseplants positively revel in a summer holiday outdoors, plus you’ll save yourself a couple of quid in the process by getting a two-in-one option. And, as these plants can then be brought indoors when the first autumn frosts are expected, they can be a more sustainable choice than buying a new batch of bedding every year.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 11:00 am

The B-Team: are Beto, Biden and Bernie the best Democrats can offer?

The party is diverse but it has a problem – beating Trump – and it may be that a straight white man is best placed to help

It was the kind of welcome of which some presidential candidates, campaigning for months, might have been jealous.

Related: Who anointed Beto O'Rourke to be our political saviour? He did | Moira Donegan

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 10:00 am

Beyoncé effect fills galleries with a new generation of art devotees

Fame sells: that’s the lesson in a survey revealing the world’s most popular exhibitions during a bumper year

In Paris, it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z; in Washington, it was Barack and Michelle Obama; while, in London, visitors queued to look at Pablo Picasso’s erotic muse or Grayson Perry’s summer picks.

Last year the lustre of celebrity, whether garnered from fashion and entertainment or history, seemed to be the best way to attract visitors to museums and galleries.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:59 am

‘Ian Curtis wanted to make extreme music, no half measures’

Forty years after Joy Division’s seminal debut album, Jon Savage’s oral history, extracted below, sheds new
light on the band and the city that shaped them

Read a Q&A with Jon Savage

Bernard Sumner (Joy Division): I felt that even though we were expecting this music to come out of thin air, we never, any of us, were interested in the money it might make us. We just wanted to make something that was beautiful to listen to and stirred our emotions. We weren’t interested in a career or any of that. We never planned one single day.

Peter Hook (Joy Division): Ian was the instigator. We used to call him the Spotter.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:30 am

'People’s vote' march: up close with anti-Brexit protesters at the 'biggest ever demo' – video

The Guardian spends the day with the estimated 1 million protesters who came from all corners of the UK to London to demand a fresh referendum on Brexit. Organisers of the Put It to the People march said the protest could have been even bigger than the one against the Iraq war in February 2003


Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:07 am

‘Mum gave so much’: Jess Mills on her mother, Tessa Jowell

Tessa Jowell, died last year, songwriter Jess Mills found herself at sea. She reveals how music helped her cope with grief – and find her campaigning voice

The musician Jess Mills gave birth on her bathroom floor, with a midwife shouting instructions through the phone and her mother, former Labour cabinet minister Tessa Jowell, holding her hand. In the odd way that the beginning of life sometimes comes out of nowhere, lazy and slow, before speeding wildly like a car in rain, after hours of labouring, Mills’s daughter was delivered in a rush by a young paramedic. Then, in the odd way that the end of life sometimes comes out of nowhere, 10 weeks after that Jowell had a seizure and was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer. She died the following May, holding her daughter’s hand.

I’ve learned a lot about grief, since Mum. You don’t get over a loss like this

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:00 am

Hamilton’s young star says Britain must confront its colonial past

Jamael Westman explains how his role in the West End show has affected his politics as well as his career

The swift rise to fame of Jamael Westman, leading man in the London cast of the hit musical Hamilton, may not equal the extraordinary ascent of the “$10 founding father” he plays in the US show, but it runs close.

Westman who was brought up in Croydon, south London, was not a fan of musical theatre before he landed the part. Now, just three years out of drama school, the 26-year-old, who is of Caribbean and Irish heritage, is seen as a figurehead for black representation in the entertainment industry after 14 months rapping in the starring role. And from this privileged position he is calling for Britain to confront its colonial past. “It is like a mental health issue and it will get worse if Britain doesn’t come to terms with it,” he told the Observer.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:00 am

One telling image: in a Brussels corridor, the EU takes back control of Brexit

A photo of an ad hoc crisis meeting gives an insight into the efforts made to cope with a floundering British government

As pictures go, it spoke volumes. On Thursday evening in Brussels, Bulgaria’s permanent representative to the EU, Dimiter Tzantchev, tweeted a photograph he titled “In the corridors of the European Council art 50”.

In a play of light and shadow, as if in a Golden Age painting by a modern-day Rembrandt or Frans Hals, a tight cluster of perhaps two dozen figures, some standing, some crouched, pored over a screen: senior EU officials, member state diplomats, Europe advisers to heads of government.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 9:00 am

Edvard Munch: Scandi novelists on the master of misery and menace

How is the great Norwegian artist seen back home? Ahead of a new British Museum show, Karl Ove Knausgaard and other Scandinavian novelists explain what Munch means to them

Edvard Munch’s most famous creation is a bit of a scream: the funny little figure with its squishy bald head, hands to face as if edified by some particularly scandalous bit of gossip, and all against that glorious flame-red sky. Can Munch be entirely serious? The Scream is cherished across the world and only marginally less famous than the Mona Lisa herself. Yet the anguish compressed in that lightbulb-shaped face is very slightly comic, destined for the frat-house horror movie and the Halloween mask.

People feel affection for this poor little creature, so alone, whose howl is empathetically echoed by nature but ignored by the callous passersby on the bridge. We are meant to identify with this solitary soul. The fact that he – or she, or they – is so appealing goes to Munch’s radical imagination. With The Scream, he invented one of the greatest archetypes in the history of art.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 8:00 am

Apple's crown is slipping – will news and TV shows be its next big thing?

Tim Cook has made Apple the most valuable brand in the world – will this be a new success or a sign of the company’s problems?

“It’s showtime,” reads the invite for Apple’s next big launch. It sure is. On Monday at the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theatre in Apple’s $5bn space-age campus in Cupertino, California, the company’s chief executive, Tim Cook, will unveil his big plans to become a modern media mogul.

Details of the plans are sketchy but it appears Apple will be launching a new platform for news publishers with paywalls – the Wall Street Journal is in, New York Times and Washington Post are not – and announcing a series of new TV deals and original programmes that will put it head to head with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and their rivals in streaming media as they fight it out to be the new kings of Hollywood.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 8:00 am

Running among the ruins: seeing Cambodia at a trot

A dawn jog around the magnificent temples of Angkor is the perfect way to meet an ancient country with deep roots

Temple Run is a relentlessly addictive computer game. The concept is simple enough. You’ve stolen a cursed idol from an ancient crumbling temple and now you have to run for your life to escape the evil monkeys gnashing at your heels. The temple run I am doing, however, is much slower, far less frantic and it only features a handful of snoozing macaques. But it is so infinitely more life-affirming.

The temples I’m jogging round are the colossal remains of the city of Angkor, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Nothing quite prepares you for the mind-blowing magnitude and timeless beauty of the complex. Between the 9th and 15th centuries, Angkor was the capital of the triumphalist Khmer empire. At the peak of its power it was home to an estimated 1 million people. By contrast, the population of London at that time was 50,000. Rebellions, sackings, migration and crop failure finally forced its abandonment and, as the people moved out, the jungle quickly moved in, smothering the carved stones with snaking roots and thick foliage.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:00 am

The big picture: a civil-rights ‘stall-in’, Harlem, 1964

Steven Schapiro’s shot of a protest against the New York World’s Fair was taken on a cross-country trip with James Baldwin

The publication of James Baldwin’s book of essays The Fire Next Time in 1963 lit the touchpaper for the civil rights movement. “Colour is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality,” Baldwin wrote and argued that for civilisation to cave in “it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless”. Steve Schapiro, then a young freelance photographer, was so inspired by Baldwin’s message that he persuaded Time to let him travel with the writer from New York to Mississippi to document the protests that were under way. The pair are reunited in a new edition of Baldwin’s essays, illustrated with Schapiro’s photographs.

Included is this picture of a protest organised by the Congress of Racial Equality (Core) to coincide with the World’s Fair in New York in 1964. In the weeks before the international showcase of American commerce, Core announced that “while millions of dollars are being spent on the World’s Fair, thousands of black and Puerto Rican people are suffering”. The idea of the protest was a “stall-in”, an attempt to block the city’s streets with cars emptied of petrol on the day that President Lyndon Johnson was due to attend the fair. In the event, as a result of a hastily drafted law that made it illegal to run out of gas on the public highway, gridlock was averted. However, as Schapiro’s image shows, that did not stop these Harlem residents from making their presence felt.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 7:00 am

Tropical fruit recipes for spring | Nigel Slater

Passion fruit, pineapple and papaya are here to cheer us on till sunnier days arrive

It’s the fruit I miss. The dark raspberries of autumn with their heady, eau-de-vie aroma. A wedge of ice-cold, scarlet watermelon eaten in the garden and the honeyed fuzz of a warm apricot in late summer. No matter. Until then, we have a stream of welcome visitors. Fruits, as if in response to our steel grey winter skies, whose juice and flesh is amber, orange and gold. Fruit that is sent to cheer us on those days that are not quite winter, not yet spring.

Passion fruits, pineapples, papayas and mangoes are here to lift our spirits, as are blood oranges, fragile persimmons with their jellied flesh and the more resilient sharon fruits. I usually wait until June to eat a mango, but there are small Thai varieties around right now that are good if left to ripen until their skin shows the odd wrinkle.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 6:00 am

My wife and I don’t have sex, and I have secretly been buying women’s clothes

Until you test the boundaries of your desires, you’ll be perpetually dissatisfied, says Mariella Frostrup

The dilemma I am a man in my late 50s. I am youthful and go to concerts, festivals and art exhibitions. I have been married for 34 years. My wife and I get along quite well. We share a sense of humour, talk often and holiday together. But there has been no sex between us for 15 years. I have always been a sensitive and feminine man. I like emotional movies, poetry, women’s clothes and so on. I like being surrounded by women and feel uncomfortable among men. Lately I have secretly been buying women’s clothes from online stores and have started using makeup when I am alone. This happens often, because I live in my employer’s apartment in another city during the week. I am almost always alone when I am not with my wife. I have no friends any more. I closed all my social media accounts years ago during a period of depression. I am confused about who I am. In which direction should I go? What about my marriage situation? I know I am getting older day by day and that time is running out.

Mariella replies You’re hopefully aware that it’s a pretty sad missive you’ve just dispatched to me. You’re at a terrifying but conversely pretty exciting crossroads and it will require a mammoth degree of forbearance if you take one path and enormous courage for the other. I’m no expert on the specifics when it comes to transvestite lifestyles, cross-dressing or issues of gender realignment, but I can tell a life half-lived when I see one. Everything you are describing sounds like an alternative way of living is not just beckoning but building to a reality that you need to explore for your own peace of mind.

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 6:00 am

Angelina: ‘Curious and thoughtful’ – restaurant review

A marriage of Italian and Japanese cuisine could so easily be a disaster, but here it is a happy union

Angelina, 56 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH (020 7241 1851). Five-course set menu £38; daily plate £9; wines from £24

When I first heard about Angelina, I suffered acute flashbacks. All of a sudden it was November 2003, and I was back in a sun-drenched white box of a room in London’s St James’s, feeling unkempt and nowhere near cool enough for the walls. A waiter was offering to explain the concept behind the menu. I was trying not to flinch. London’s nasty, brutish critics pointed and laughed at the place and I pointed and laughed with them. After it closed, one of the owners, Jamie Barber, gave a spirited defence: “Some people say Shumi wasn’t a successful restaurant, but I disagree. I say it was an unmitigated disaster. I think we got everything right except for the design, the service, the menu, the pricing and the execution. It was an extremely difficult period.”

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 5:59 am

Censor bans 'manifesto' of Christchurch mosque shooter

David Shanks says document ‘deliberately constructed to inspire murder and terrorism’, as more than 1,000 New Zealanders register to hand in guns

New Zealand’s chief censor has banned a document shared by the man allegedly responsible for killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people so far have opted to hand in their weapons following a ban on assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs).

Continue reading...

Posted on 24 March 2019 | 2:53 am

Saturday girls: young women ready for the weekend – in pictures

On Saturday afternoons over the past five years, photographer Casey Orr set up pop-up portrait studios in 14 cities and towns across the UK, including Leeds, Preston and Cardiff, waiting for young women to come along dressed up for the weekend. In all she photographed about 600 of them for her Saturday Girl project, which explores identity and self-expression. “There’s a certain time when a woman becomes visible in the world and there’s a power in that,” says Orr, who is also a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. “It becomes a currency; the way you present yourself and the clothes you wear can be very creative and playful. It’s a really sophisticated thing.” A selection of these images are on show until 14 April at Format international photography festival in Derby, each over a metre wide (to be “experienced more as paintings”) and a book will be published by Bluecoat Press later in the year.

Continue reading...

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 5:00 pm

'Fromage not Farage': the best signs and sights on the People's Vote march

Visual highlights from the Put it to the People anti-Brexit demonstration in London

Continue reading...

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 2:40 pm

Buy your own Guardian classic photograph: Judi Dench, August 1977

This week’s addition to our weekly archive print series is a portrait of Judi Dench, photographed at her home in north London by Frank Martin in 1977

There are rave reviews – and there are the reviews that the Royal Shakespeare Company got for its 1976 production of Macbeth, starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. The Guardian’s Michael Billington declared he would remember the sound of the daggers rattling in Macbeth’s hands until his dying day. The play transferred to London’s Donmar Warehouse – then called The Warehouse – in September 1977, which was the occasion for this relaxed, intimate portrait by Guardian photographer Frank Martin at Dench’s home in north London. “She is a modest, practical, straight-talking woman who wears denim, no makeup and a borrowed plastic mac for lunch in a Hampstead restaurant,” wrote the journalist Janet Watts of Dench in the article accompanying the photograph. Martin used only natural light to capture his subject’s direct gaze, which is reflected and lit beautifully in the mirror.

Continue reading...

Posted on 23 March 2019 | 7:00 am

Pack your bags: where should I go on holiday next? Quiz

So much world, so little time … Let us narrow it down for you with tailor-made holiday ideas based on your ‘travel personality’

Speak to Flight Centre’s specialists in person or over the phone to tweak an itinerary, or put together an entirely custom-made holiday.

Continue reading...

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 12:31 pm

‘It's becoming a dystopian nightmare’: readers on May meeting the EU

You have been reacting in the comments to the EU seizing control of the exit date and discussing what might be next for Brexit

The EU has recognised that May is drowning and that something will inevitably follow. They will be well aware of how badly her address went down, and they probably see the writing on the wall for her premiership, and certainly her control of the Brexit process.

Continue reading...

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 9:46 am

Investigating the Loughinisland murders – podcast

When two journalists began investigating the unsolved murders at Loughinisland in Northern Ireland in 1994, they had hoped to get justice for the families of the six men who died. Instead, Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney found themselves under arrest. Plus: Jay Rayner on his 20 years as a restaurant critic

On a summer evening in 1994, fans gathered in a small bar in the Northern Irish village of Loughinisland to watch Ireland play Italy in a World Cup match. Two men burst through the door and opened fire. Six Catholic men died in the attack. Shortly after, the loyalist paramilitary group the UVF claimed responsibility.

More than 25 years on, no one has been charged for the murders. But this failure of the justice system was taken up by a US documentary maker and two journalists, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey. The result was No Stone Unturned, released last year.

Continue reading...

Posted on 22 March 2019 | 3:00 am

What are your experiences of racism at UK universities?

How well do you think your university addresses racism? How well represented are BAME staff in your department?

Goldsmiths students who belong to Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action have occupied a university building in protest against the racism black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students have experienced.

The students are demanding an institution-wide strategy to tackle racism after a candidate in the student elections complained she had been subjected to racist abuse.

Continue reading...

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 12:55 pm

Tell us: how is the approaching Brexit date affecting you?

We want to hear your thoughts on the process and whether you are making plans in case of a no-deal departure

The long awaited and much trailed original date for the UK to leave the EU – 29 March 2019 – is just a week away, with little sign this will happen in the orderly way promised by Theresa May.

Related: Brexit: EU poised to insist on withdrawal no later than 22 May

Continue reading...

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 12:35 pm

Seven ways to relieve your financial stress

Money is the primary cause of stress for one in five Britons, but could that change? We asked the experts to share their thoughts on how best to resolve money worries

Whether balancing the household budget is becoming more of a juggling act, or you currently live in what could be described as a comfortable situation, it’s likely everyone will experience some level of financial stress during their lifetime. It costs the UK economy an estimated £121bn each year in lost productivity, and research by the Mental Health Foundation found not having enough money was the primary cause of stress for more than one in five (22%) people.

Joe Gladstone, an assistant professor of consumer behaviour at the UCL School of Management, says: “It’s not surprising that money stresses us out because there was no evolutionary pressure on us to ever get good at managing these kind of resources [unlike food].” The good news is, change is possible. Here are seven ways to relieve financial stress.

Continue reading...

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 10:15 am

Brexit breakdown: a big day in the north – video

Some hardcore remainers think they have heard enough from leave-voting northern towns, but people in those places are still desperate to be heard: about poverty, cuts, and how and when we might leave the EU. As Theresa May's deal hits the skids, Anywhere But Westminster hits Wigan: 64% leave, and still waiting for the answers

Continue reading...

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 9:13 am

Brexit showdown: Theresa May v Brussels – podcast

As the PM heads to Brussels to face another battle of wills with the EU commission president, the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour describes the bitter history between Jean-Claude Juncker and the UK – and the latest chapter of the fraught Brexit talks as May pushes for a postponement. Plus: Daniel Lavelle on the growth of accent-softening classes

Theresa May is travelling to Brussels with the aim of getting an agreement to extend the Brexit deadline. Donald Tusk, EU council president, has suggested a delay will only be granted if May can get her deal through parliament next week. And it means winning support from the other 27 EU nations, which have so far been unified in the negotiating position set out by the European commission. Its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has a chequered history with the UK. From Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to David Cameron and May, he has fallen out with a string of British prime ministers. Now he is in the driving seat for the Brexit endgame.

The Guardian’s diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, is a veteran of past Brussels summits. He describes the relationship between May and Juncker – and what awaits the prime minister at the European council.

Continue reading...

Posted on 21 March 2019 | 3:00 am

Gaza: generation blockade - podcast

Oliver Holmes describes his recent visit to Gaza, where a generation of Palestinians have spent their entire lives fenced in. Plus: Rafael Behr on why an article 50 extension is not a victory for remainers

Khaled al-Nairab, a 22-year-old from Gaza City, is from a generation of Gazans now finishing their education, who have spent their entire lives in the fenced-off territory. Their lives have been blighted by three major conflicts with Israel and infighting between Palestinian factions. Nairab and his peers are thrust into an economy with more than 70% youth unemployment, a healthcare system that has collapsed and a society in which people drink poisonous water and face relentless power cuts.

It is this situation that has driven thousands to protest along the Israeli frontier each Friday for almost a year. The protests have called for an easing of the blockade and also the right of return for Palestinians to ancestral homes in Israel. The Israeli army has responded by shooting more than 6,000 people and killing at least 180.

Continue reading...

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 3:00 am

Akala tells Owen Jones: ‘The black-on-black violence narrative is rooted in empire' – video

Akala talks to the Guardian’s Owen Jones about the dangerous legacy of empire, which he argues is directly linked to the black-on-black violence narrative around knife crime in the UK today. The musician and author says he does not believe increased police numbers and tougher prison sentences are the solution to the problem

Akala’s ‘Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire’ is available here

Continue reading...

Posted on 18 March 2019 | 10:41 am

Why your memories can't be trusted – video

Memory does not work like a video tape – it is not stored like a file just waiting to be retrieved. Instead, memories are formed in networks across the brain and every time they are recalled they can be subtly changed. So if these memories are changeable, how much should we trust them? With experts Dr Julia Shaw and Prof Elizabeth Loftus, the Guardian's Max Sanderson explores the mysterious world of human memory, how false memories can be implanted – and how this can be harnessed for good and ill

Continue reading...

Posted on 14 March 2019 | 10:30 am

Isis has my kids: I won't stop till I get them home to the US – video

Four years ago, Bashir Shikder's wife Rashida flew from Florida to Syria with the couple's young children to join Isis, ignoring anguished Bashir's repeated pleas for her to return home. Now, after hearing news of his wife's death, and that his children – Yusuf now nine, and Zahra, five – are being held by jihadists in the last corner of the terror group's lands, Bashir travels to Iraq in the hope of crossing the border into Syria and rescuing them.

Continue reading...

Posted on 13 March 2019 | 9:07 am

Is AI the 'worst thing to ever happen to women?' – video

On International Women’s Day, the author Jeanette Winterson reads an extract from her book, ‘Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere’, in which she describes the threat to women posed by the future dominance of AI, warning society cannot allow it to become a new exclusion zone

Continue reading...

Posted on 8 March 2019 | 11:26 am

'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

Continue reading...

Posted on 7 March 2019 | 2:00 pm

Somali Night Fever: the little-known story of Somalia's disco era

In the 1970s and 80s Mogadishu's airwaves were filled with Somali funk, disco, soul and reggae. Musicians rocking afros and bell-bottom trousers would perform at the city's trendiest nightclubs during the height of the country's golden era of music. But it was short-lived: a brutal civil war began, musicians fled to all corners of the world and the vibrant music scene came to an end.

Habib and Abdulkadir, two former band mates and best friends, lost touch after the war started, and neither knew if the other was alive. But both kept playing music.

Somali Night Fever tells the story of the people keeping Somali music alive, including these two friends, separated by war but united by the music of the golden era.

Continue reading...

Posted on 5 March 2019 | 12:00 pm

Truly, wildly, deeply: an insiders’ guide to Wales

Whether you’re after a wild adventure or a romantic weekend, Wales has you covered. Discover your ideal break with our locals’ guide …

Wild nights on water
The best time to see Snowdonia? At night, says physiotherapist Sue Armstrong from Abergavenny. Psyched Paddleboarding offers a night-time stand-up paddleboarding adventure in the national park, which is a dark sky reserve. “The conditions on our trip were stunning; glassy, not a breath of wind, the surrounding mountains reflected in the lake, a huge full moon and a shooting star, which nearly made several of us fall in with excitement. Paddling at night really is a little bit of ‘wilderness’ time.”

Pick your own wild picnic
Some Welsh coastal walks are so good you can eat them. Chef Tara Pitman, who lives in Mathry, Pembrokeshire, recommends foraging walks and delicious wild picnics with Wild About Pembrokeshire. “They’re a fantastic, fun way to get to know hidden bays and beaches. Your guide, Julia, has a passion for all things wild – from native seaweeds to hedgerow plants – that is utterly infectious.”

Continue reading...

Posted on 4 March 2019 | 3:51 pm

How Ukip normalised far-right politics – video explainer

Since the Brexit vote in 2016, Ukip is no longer primarily concerned with attacking the EU. Now led by Gerard Batten, the party has started to normalise far-right ideas and has given roles to figures including Tommy Robinson. The Guardian's Peter Walker asks how it happened and examines what it means for British politics

Continue reading...

Posted on 3 March 2019 | 3:00 pm

Business tips and help for reaching new markets and audiences

Developing a successful venture in today’s environment is no easy feat – but it’s not impossible. UK SMEs share their secrets

Any small business owner knows that in a period of economic uncertainty, sustaining growth and profitability is a tall order. Businesses must play to their strengths to innovate and diversify where possible, and identify new opportunities in new markets – all while continuing to add value for their existing customers. It’s a considerable juggling act.

One organisation with first-hand experience of adapting and innovating at the heart of communities across the UK is Post Office. Through the ongoing development of services that combine the in-branch and digital worlds and address today’s “want it now” culture, it’s meeting the growing and ever-changing expectations of its customers.

Continue reading...

Posted on 12 February 2019 | 11:04 am

Flat Earth rising: meet the people casting aside 2,500 years of science – video

Though not a new phenomenon, flat Earth theory has enjoyed a huge resurgence recently. A YouGov poll indicated that a third of Americans aged 18 to 24 were unsure of the shape of our planet, in spite of scientific proofs from Pythagoras to Nasa. Why has this happened now, and what does it tell us about society today?


Continue reading...

Posted on 5 February 2019 | 8:29 am

Share your experiences of lost footpaths

More than 10,000 miles of footpath are estimated to have been lost from maps. We’d like your help in documenting their recovery

England and Wales have about 140,000 miles of footpaths, but it is estimated more than 10,000 have been lost from current maps. Volunteers have been working tirelessly to rediscover them and put in legal applications for the recovery of lost paths before a government deadline in 2026 after which claims will no longer be accepted.

Continue reading...

Posted on 4 December 2018 | 1:08 pm