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Chief whip to address 1922 Committee as calls for May's resignation escalate – live news

Tory ministers and backbenchers conspicuously absent as Theresa May makes statement about her proposed Brexit bill

The Conservatives are not the only party with a leadership crisis tonight, it seems. This is from Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman.

BREAKING: @heidiallen75 tells me she offered to quit as @ForChange_Now leader after a row over whether Remainers should back @LibDems outside London/south east. She & colleagues like @sarahwollaston are for it, others like @Anna_Soubry against it. Full interview on @Channel4News

These are from ITV’s Robert Peston.

I am told, in completely unambiguous terms by source very close to PM, that there will be no statement from @theresa_may tonight on anything - either setting out timetable for her departure or agreeing to pull the vote on the WAB. "Why would we do any of that the night before...

an election?" said the source. BUT in a way this planned silence is more amazing than if she were making a statement. Because several members of the cabinet have told me in no uncertain terms that they expected her to set out her timetable for departure tonight. The gap...

between the PM and her cabinet is wider than for any cabinet in modern history. No minister thinks she can remain in office for more than a few days

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:38 pm

Trump says he won't work with Democrats until they stop investigating him – live

More details are emerging about Donald Trump’s fit of pique in this morning.

According to the New York Times, Trump’s planned infrastructure meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer lasted just three minutes – CNN said it was five minutes, but either way it clearly wasn’t very long – and Trump made it clear he had no intention of discussing infrastructure.

When Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer arrived at the White House, Mr Trump was loaded for bear. He walked into the Cabinet Room, did not shake anyone’s hand or sit in his seat, according to a Democrat informed about the meeting. He said he wanted to advance legislation on infrastructure, trade and other matters, but that “Speaker Pelosi said something terrible today and accused me of a cover-up,” according to the Democrat.

After just three minutes, he left the room before anyone else could speak, the Democrat said.

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have just held a press conference, following their reportedly aborted infrastructure meeting with Trump, and also following Trump’s last-minute Rose Garden briefing.

“To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop,” Schumer says.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:36 pm

Aiba stripped of right to run boxing tournament at Tokyo Olympics

• IOC announcement folows six-month Deloitte review
• New organisation to be in place by June

Amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has been stripped of its right to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing tournament.

However the International Olympic Committee has confirmed that boxing will continue as an Olympic sport in Tokyo under a new task force chaired by the president of the International gymnastic federation Morinari Watanabe.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:31 pm

Topshop owner Philip Green plans to close 23 stores as part of Arcadia rescue

The group, which has 570 UK shops, needs support of landlords for a deal intended to cut costs

Sir Philip Green plans to close 23 UK stores as part of a financial rescue plan for his Topshop retail empire, which takes in Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Evans and Burton.

The former billionaire’s Arcadia group needs the support of landlords for a deal that is intended to cut costs before the company’s next rental payment in late June.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:28 pm

Victor d’Hondt, the dead Belgian who could influence the European elections

In 1882, the former lawyer devised a mathematical formula, still in use today, to ensure an equitable distribution of parliamentary seats. But will it help Nigel Farage?

Name: Victor d’Hondt.

Is this Man City’s latest signing? To replace captain Vinnie Kompany? Er, no, he is a bit old for that. You are supposed to start with “age”.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:13 pm

Telling meat-eaters bacon is off the menu won’t work – here’s a better way | Adrian Chiles

It is time we asked people to focus on what they can have, not what they can’t. And that doesn’t exclude the odd full English

A breakfast sandwich of sausage, bacon and egg has a carbon footprint equivalent to a 12-mile drive. This is according to a campaign group called the Eating Better Alliance. In terms of public health messaging this, while accurate, may well be the moment millions of carnivores show two fingers to our decaying world and order second helpings.

Similarly with alcohol, I feel sure the battle to win heavy drinkers round was partly lost the moment it was announced that no level of drinking was safe. It is technically true but, exacerbated by a fulminating press, drinkers everywhere rolled their eyes and ordered doubles.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:13 pm

Anger as Church of Scotland decides not to divest from fossil fuels

Despite agreeing upon climate emergency, delegates vote to back oil and gas companies

More than 70 Church of Scotland delegates – including the outgoing moderator the Very Rev Susan Brown – have formally lodged their frustration at the decision of its general assembly not to divest from fossil fuels, with advocates describing Wednesday’s vote as “an embarrassing abdication of moral leadership”.

Although the general assembly voted to “recognise and affirm the declarations of the Scottish government, UK parliament and others that we are experiencing a climate and ecological emergency” on Wednesday morning, a counter-motion to disinvest from oil and gas companies by 2020 was narrowly defeated.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:11 pm

Care workers filmed taunting and provoking disabled patients

BBC Panorama films Whorlton Hall staff taunting, provoking and scaring vulnerable people

Shocking evidence of abusive treatment of disabled people has been captured by secret filming for BBC Panorama in a chilling echo of the exposure of the Winterbourne View scandal eight years ago.

An undercover reporter employed as a care worker filmed colleagues taunting, provoking, intimidating and repeatedly restraining patients with learning disabilities or autism at the private Whorlton Hall hospital near Barnard Castle, County Durham.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:04 pm

ITV to offer Love Island contestants more help in wake of deaths

Broadcaster will provide more support and advice in bid to head off reality TV backlash

ITV has pledged to increase the level of support and advice it provides to Love Island contestants, as it seeks to protect one of its most valuable programmes from the backlash against reality TV following the death of a participant on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

The hit programme featuring young singles partnering up in a Mediterranean villa has become an annual cash-cow for the commercial broadcaster, as one of the few shows on British screens that can convince young audiences to watch traditional television in substantial numbers.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:02 pm

Cannabis firm buys British beauty brand This Works

Canopy Growth deal will launch products infused with cannabis ingredient CBD

The world’s largest cannabis company has bought British beauty brand This Works for £43m in a deal that will see it launch a range of products infused with the cannabis ingredient CBD to help users sleep and improve their skin.

Canopy Growth, a Canadian firm which sells both medicinal and recreational cannabis products paid cash for the company, founded by former Vogue journalist Kathy Phillips and owned by private equity group Tengram Capital Partners.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:01 pm

Memoir of War review – Parisian wartime drama fails to ignite

The tale of a woman whose husband is caught by the Nazis muffles the fury and anger of Marguerite Duras’ book

This over-polite adaptation of the French writer Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical book (published in 1985 as La Doleur) about life in occupied Paris during the second world war has the feel of an Audible audiobook reading. Duras’s soul-stripping words are here, but little thought appears to have gone into translating them for cinema. Mélanie Thierry does her best in the lead as Duras, but her character is maddeningly flat and dull.

The film opens in 1945, towards the end of the war, as chainsmoking Duras awaits news of her husband, a French resistance activist deported to a concentration camp by the Nazis. The action then switches to a year earlier, and Duras’s cat-and-mouse relationship with French police agent Pierre Rabier (Benoît Magimel) who arrested him.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:00 pm

How to vote in the European elections? Our panel’s verdicts | The panel

While Nigel Farage’s party leads the polls, the remain vote is split and others refuse to see this as a referendum on Brexit

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:58 pm

I tried to sexually harass Siri, but all she did was give me a polite brush-off | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Virtual assistants are millennial Stepford Wives. But perhaps there’s an upside for real women

“Hey Siri, show me your tits,” is not something I ever thought I’d say, especially not while sitting in an empty kitchen while wearing fluffy slippers. I have many hobbies, but sexually harassing disembodied digital entities is not one of them, even in the interests of journalistic research.

But having read that a UN report that claimed virtual assistants coded female by default (i.e. most of them) were reinforcing gender stereotypes that portray women as subservient – for example, by responding to sexual harassment in a tolerant, even coquettish, manner – I thought I had better conduct an experiment. “Hey Siri, wanna fuck?” I was trying to do my best frat boy impression, but ended up sounding sad and apologetic, a bit like how I wish men would in real life. “Hey Siri,” I said, lugubriously, “you’re a slut.”

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:51 pm

Facial recognition tech prevents crime, police tell UK privacy case

South Wales force defends use of technology after office worker claims rights breach

Facial recognition cameras prevent crime, protect the public and do not breach the privacy of innocent people whose images are captured, a police force has argued.

Ed Bridges, an office worker from Cardiff, claims South Wales police violated his privacy and data protection rights by using facial recognition technology on him.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:50 pm

BT accused by Prospect union of targeting the jobs of older staff

Union says firm is running an ‘out with old, in with new’ strategy as it tries to cut £1.5bn

One of BT’s biggest unions has accused the telecoms company of targeting older, long-serving staff in its drive to slash costs cutting 13,000 jobs.

Prospect, one of the largest unions representing BT workers, has criticised BT for running an unfair “out with the old, in with the new” strategy in its bid to strip out £1.5bn in costs.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:45 pm

'You're too much in my heart': Leonard Cohen letters to muse set for auction

Christie’s says letters to Marianne Ihlen document ‘one of the most captivating love affairs of its time as well as the transformation of a young man into a great artist’

It was one of the great love stories of the “flower power” era of the 1960s. And when Leonard Cohen met Marianne Ihlen it led to the flowering of the talent of one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century.

Cohen was a struggling poet when they first came together on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. And Ihlen became his greatest muse, inspiring one of his emblematic songs, So Long, Marianne, and several others, including Bird on the Wire, while at the same time giving him the confidence to sing in public.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:44 pm

The Fiver | Total disrespect to keyboard warriors everywhere

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Customer satisfaction has never been a problem for The Fiver. The world’s No 1 soccer satirist has always enjoyed a relationship built on mutual loathing with its tens of readers. The reason it works is because we all know where we stand. A tried and tested formula sees The Fiver whistle off a few unfunny gags, readers get in touch to complain that they haven’t laughed at anything since 1997, The Fiver tells the readers to get stuffed, The Man mutters something about professionalism, and the whole process gets repeated the following day. After all it’s not like you lot have actually paid to have this land in your inbox. All that graft and you get it for free, which makes you no better than common thieves.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:43 pm

Russian broadcaster hits out at BBC show parodying Putin

Tonight With Vladimir Putin portrays Russian president as a talkshow host

Russia’s government-owned news service RT has denounced a BBC comedy chatshow featuring a 3D animation of Vladimir Putin interviewing the likes of Alastair Campbell.

The BBC described Tonight With Vladimir Putin, which has yet to air, as a “television first” with new technology enabling a “3D digital cartoon of Putin to walk around and sit behind the desk, interviewing real human guests in front of a studio audience, all in real time.”

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:35 pm

Nigel Farage discussed fronting far-right group led by Steve Bannon

Footage shows Brexit party leader calling Bannon’s plan a ‘fightback against globalists’

Nigel Farage discussed the idea of fronting a global alliance of populist and far-right politicians being put together by the controversial former White House strategist Steve Bannon, it has emerged.

Farage said he would be keen to take the role after Bannon discussed the idea of forming a group based around populism and “economic nationalism”, with potential members including Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines leader who is accused of presiding over mass rights abuses and who has admitted authorising extrajudicial killings.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:34 pm

Premier League clubs’ record £4.8bn revenues widens gap to rest of Europe

• Figures eclipse record revenues in La Liga and Bundesliga
• Gulf between Premier League’s top six and rest is also growing

The Premier League’s 20 clubs made record revenues of £4.827bn in 2017‑18, paying total wages of £2.8bn, the Guardian’s annual analysis of the clubs’ most recently published annual accounts has revealed.

Their combined income, in the second year of the league’s £8.4bn TV deals from 2016-19, confirms the Premier League’s financial dominance over all other leagues in Europe, which has underpinned four of its clubs claiming all the places in next week’s finals of the Champions and Europa League.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:30 pm

Baby cut from mother's womb in fetal abduction opens eyes in hospital

The infant, taken alive from 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was reunited with his father in hospital but remains in grave condition

A baby that was cut from his mother’s womb by attackers who killed the pregnant woman is clinging to life and has opened his eyes.

The infant boy, taken alive in the incident in the Chicago area last month, known in crime circles as fetal abduction, was later reunited with his father in hospital but remains in grave condition.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:23 pm

'I even loved his Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren and more on Ian McKellen at 80

Wild parties, stunning performances, silhouette erections and marrying Patrick Stewart twice. As the actor turns 80, friends including Derek Jacobi, Janet Suzman, Michael Sheen, Bill Condon and Stephen Fry pay tribute

Ian has been been very important in my life, even before we became good friends. When I was young teen I remember watching Walter on the TV and being hugely affected by it. Then at Rada in the early 90s, I finally saw him live, in Richard III at the National. I was blown away. I remember him doing the opening speech while lighting a cigarette one-handed. It was brilliant, so understated. It exemplified his mastery – and his work ethic. To do something so difficult and complicated and make it look so easy. Ian has an innate sense of theatrical audacity, something I think he shares with Olivier. They both did things that would make the audience gasp self-consciously.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:22 pm

How far can a viral tweet get you? Be careful what you wish for

Adam Koszary’s ‘absolute unit’ sheep led to a job at Tesla, but his new boss, Elon Musk, has had less social media success – with one missive landing him in court

Twitter is a game with two objectives. The first is to scream your opinions at people who hold an identical set of opinions, in the mistaken belief that you are changing things. The second is to go viral. A viral tweet isn’t just a dopamine hit of validation, it can also lead to crucial exposure. Your work – nay, your entire personality – is suddenly seen by millions of people, and opportunity undoubtedly follows.

Take Adam Koszary. Once, he was simply a programme manager and digital lead for the Museum of English Rural Life; tasked with trying to breathe life into an institution best known for its collections of walking sticks and wellington boots. But then, in April 2018, he called a big sheep an “absolute unit” in a tweet from the museum’s official account. It was retweeted 31,100 times. Three days later, Tesla chief Elon Musk changed his Twitter profile picture to the image of the sheep and, long story short, has now hired Koszary to run Tesla’s social media.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:10 pm

'Stop it!' Japanese women turn to app to stop groping on trains

Digi Police enables victims of molesters to notify fellow passengers of harassment

Almost two decades after the introduction of women-only train carriages, female commuters in Japan are turning to technology to tackle molesters on packed rush-hour trains.

The Digi Police app enables victims of groping to activate a voice shouting “Stop it!” at ear-piercing volume or bring up a full-screen message reading, “There is a molester. Please help” that they can show to other passengers.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 3:07 pm

VIP abuse accuser gave police list of suspects 'after he saw reporter's photos'

Carl Beech, known as Nick, accused of perverting course of justice with paedophile claims

The man known as “Nick” whose claims of a VIP paedophile ring prompted a multimillion pound police inquiry gave Scotland Yard a list of potential abusers after being shown a series of photographs by a journalist, a court has been told.

Carl Beech is accused of making a string of false allegations about being among the victims of a group of senior figures in politics, the military and the intelligence services whom he claimed raped, kidnapped and murdered boys in the late 1970s and early 80s.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:49 pm

Philippines: mid-terms clear way for Duterte to reinstate death penalty

Allies of strongman president score victories in elections, leaving the Senate at his mercy

Rodrigo Duterte has won a sweeping victory in mid-term elections in the Philippines, further consolidating his power and popularity and paving the way for the introduction of controversial reforms.

The president was elected on a populist wave in 2016 and the results demonstrate how little his popularity has dipped over the past three years, despite him achieving international notoriety over a war on drugs that has resulted in thousands of deaths, and his misogynist and anti-religious public remarks.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:30 pm

Road-rage killer Kenneth Noye to be released from prison

Noye, 71, has served 19 years over fatal stabbing of Stephen Cameron on M25 in Kent

The road-rage killer Kenneth Noye is to be freed from prison after serving 19 years, the parole board has said.

The 71-year-old, who is at Standford Hill open prison in Kent, was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years in 2000.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:28 pm

Forget the withdrawal bill – things could now move very quickly for Theresa May | Henry Newman

It would be irresponsible to press ahead with a Brexit vote in the aftermath of the prime minister’s badly misjudged speech

After the 2017 general election, when Theresa May’s majority evaporated, George Osborne – the chancellor whom she had brutally sacked – described her as a “dead woman walking”.

In some ways, the miracle is how a prime minister, with something of a reverse Midas touch when it comes to politics, has kept walking for nearly two years since then. But with just days left of her prime-ministership, she was determined to outline one last big, bold offer on Brexit. Ignoring the requests of advisers and ministers to wait until after tomorrow’s European elections, she pressed ahead with a major speech.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:24 pm

Trump turns on Fox News over 2020 coverage: 'What's going on there?'

President criticized Fox News at a rally on Monday for giving Democrats airtime after candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared on the channel

Anyone watching Donald Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania on Monday would have been introduced to an unlikely new attack figure for the president: Fox News.

The rightwing cable network is a well-known Trump cheerleader. Literally: in November, Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared with Trump at a campaign rally. But on Monday night, under an azure Keystone state sky, Trump was not happy.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:22 pm

Observation review – you are the AI in this unsettling space-station thriller

PlayStation 4, PC; No Code/Devolver Digital
Making the player the mainframe in this 2001-inspired sci-fi aboard a space station gone wrong is inspired

A spacestation adrift. A lone crewmember in peril. A mission that’s not what it seemed to be. Observation’s setup is familiar from plenty of sciencefiction, from Moon to Gravity to Event Horizon – but this clever, creepy, extraordinary game is transformed by its perspective. Instead of playing as the endangered human, you are the AI that runs the space-station mainframe, SAM, looking on through fuzzy cameras and rerouting power to open locked hatch doors as astronaut Emma Fisher tries to figure out what’s gone so terribly wrong. It might not be your body in peril, but as a player, you feel it no less keenly.

The opening hours of Observation are extremely 2001: A Space Odyssey, from the premise to the colour palette to the vaguely threatening imagery involving abstract shapes. Later it pivots more towards Alien-inspired space-horror than Kubrickian unease. The suspense is enhanced greatly by your limited power over what’s happening, as you pan cameras around and examine schematics to fix up the station’s systems. These technical puzzles – finding and repairing a power generator, restoring cooling systems – make you think like a computer, analysing diagrams, holding information in your brain and looking for patterns. But you also have a computer’s limitations: when your OS is offline, or your power is failing, your station map fuzzed and glitching, you must rely on human help.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:21 pm

How have fashionistas ended up wearing a load of old curtains?

It is inevitable that the reaction against the Kardashian bodycon trend would be an overcorrection, taking its anti-feminist inspiration from sloanes and Victorian housewives

Am I having a funny turn or are people saying a fashion statement was made at a minor royal’s wedding?
Shelley, by email

Put down the Zoloft, Shelley, you are indeed correct: a fashion moment happened last weekend at a Windsor’s wedding, exactly the kind of event where, usually, fashion goes to die.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:19 pm

German YouTuber Rezo’s video attacking Merkel party goes viral

Music producer claims country’s conservative alliance has created deep divide

A video in which a leading German YouTuber delivers an almost hour-long blistering attack on the government and says it’s time to destroy the mainstream parties has been viewed more than 3.3m times.

Rezo, a 26-year-old music producer whose YouTube channel Rezo Ja Lol Ey has about 600,000 followers, said the 55-minute mix of analysis and polemics was meant as a “destruction video”.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:18 pm

Universal credit hardship 'linked to prostitution'

Benefits reform forcing women to sell sex for cash, food or shelter, MPs’ committee told

Women are increasingly forced to take up sex work to get money for food and rent after becoming desperate over financial hardship caused by universal credit, an MPs’ committee heard.

A series of witnesses from specialist charities which work with women involved in prostitution told MPs on the work and pensions committee that there was a strong link between benefits reform and so-called “survival sex”.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:10 pm

European elections: overseas Brits complain of missing ballot papers

Some voters say they have not received documents, while others only received theirs this week

The government is facing fresh questions over postal votes after multiple complaints from Britons overseas that they did not receive their ballot papers in time for the European parliament elections.

On the eve of the election, some voters have said they have not received their ballot paper at all, while others have said they have only received their papers this week making it virtually impossible for their vote to be registered in time by return post.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:03 pm

XY Chelsea review – extreme closeup on Chelsea Manning's complex life

This intimate documentary hammers home the emotional rollercoaster Manning has lived through, but is frustratingly vague on her role as a whistleblower

While the story of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, and the momentous leak of documents revealing the horror of the US military’s Iraq and Afghanistan wars has been retold in documentary and fictional movie form, the other principal player in the saga, whistleblower Chelsea Manning, has remained almost a peripheral figure. Looking at her life in closeup, as this intimate documentary does, hammers home what a strange, complex, utterly abnormal existence she has led. And what a high price she continues to pay: she is currently in prison again for refusing to testify against Assange. We do at least get a sense of Manning as a person – though at this stage, she comes across as a person still trying to get a sense of herself.

The story begins on a high in 2017, as Manning’s 35-year prison sentence is commuted by President Obama. Her coming out of jail coincides with her coming out as a transgender woman, and early scenes show her reacquainting herself with freedoms she never expected to experience again, such as being outside in nature or applying makeup and growing her hair.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:00 pm

London Bridge attackers 'got within arm's length' of firearms officers

Police officer tells inquest he feared terrorists would grab guns before being shot dead

The London Bridge attackers got to within arm’s length of firearms officers before being shot dead, an inquest has heard.

In dramatic testimony at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, PC Bartosz Tchorzewski, who was awarded a Queen’s police medal for his actions during the 3 June attack in 2017, said the three men got so close to the armed response officers that he feared they would grab their guns.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:59 pm

Italian politics radio station on brink as M5S votes to pull funding

Radio Radicale looks set to close despite outcry over state’s increasing hostility to media

The closure of an Italian politics radio station looks set to go ahead after members of the Five Star Movement party (M5S) voted against renewing its funding, despite one MP going on hunger strike in an effort to save it.

Radio Radicale, which broadcasts debates and votes from the Italian parliament, has been under pressure from the anti-establishment populist M5S, which governs in coalition with the far-right League party and has frequently turned on journalists and the media.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:52 pm

EU ignoring climate crisis with livestock farm subsidies, campaigners warn

Billions of euros spent on supporting climate-intensive meat and dairy farms, which have shown no drop in emissions since 2010

The EU is disregarding the climate emergency by continuing to give out billions of euros in subsidies to climate-intensive livestock farms at the same time as promising to cut emissions, say campaigners.

Under the Paris climate agreement, the EU and its member states have committed to reduce emissions in the European Union by at least 40% by 2030. The EU’s farming sector has shown no decline in emissions since 2010, with meat and dairy estimated to be responsible for 12-17% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:50 pm

If my Chelsea future hinges on winning final, sack me now, says Maurizio Sarri

• Sarri expects talks with Chelsea after Europa League final
• Manager linked with Serie A return but ‘happy’ at club

Maurizio Sarri would rather be sacked immediately than have his future at Chelsea hinge upon the result of next Wednesday’s Europa League final, with the Italian under the impression he will hold talks with the club’s hierarchy in the aftermath of their meeting with Arsenal.

The head coach is only 10 months into a two-year contract, which includes an option for a third year, worth £5m a season but has found his position under constant scrutiny despite steering Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup final and a place in next term’s Champions League. His relationship has been strained with a vocal section of a sceptical fan-base, unimpressed at the style of football the team have played, and he has admitted his contact with the owner, Roman Abramovich, has been fleeting.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:46 pm

Tory backbenchers take on May over army veteran prosecutions

Angry scenes as MPs say troops who served in Northern Ireland are being unfairly targeted

Theresa May has faced concerted pressure from Conservative backbenchers at prime minister’s questions over what they said was the unfair targeting of military veterans over incidents that took place in Northern Ireland many years ago.

Iain Duncan Smith, Owen Paterson, Mark Francois and Johnny Mercer insisted that the veterans did not seek a blanket amnesty, but believed they were being targeted for prosecution when those who carried out terrorist attacks were not.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:41 pm

Jeremy Kyle guest feared repercussions, inquest hears

Steve Dymond was found dead after apparently failing lie detector test on ITV show

A guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show was found dead in his rented room in a suspected suicide after growing concerned about the repercussions of his appearance on the programme, an inquest has heard.

Steve Dymond, 63, died about a week after apparently failing a lie detector test on the daytime show, which has since been axed.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:32 pm

The out-of-contract players who should interest Premier League clubs

Adrien Rabiot, Mario Balotelli, Yacine Brahimi, Enock Kwateng and Max Kruse are all available on free transfers this summer

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Given the money in the game these days, allowing a valuable player’s contract to run down to expiry never sits well with any fans. But one club’s loss is always another’s gain. Aaron Ramsey has already agreed a deal with Juventus on a free transfer and Ander Herrera is expected to join PSG for nothing after his departure from Manchester United. With Vincent Kompany the latest player to leave England on a free, here are a few players who could move in the opposite direction when their current deals expire.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:30 pm

Tracey Neville has big World Cup calls to make with squad announcement due | Erin Delahunty

Rachel Dunn, George Fisher and Ella Clark could all make the final 12 that will head to Liverpool in the summer

Tracey Neville has an impressive hand to play at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool this summer but it will be the wildcards added to the England coach’s already impressive deck that will be the fascinating aspect at the squad unveiling on Thursday.

Most pundits expect the big five of Geva Mentor and Layla Guscoth in defence, Helen Housby and Jo Harten in goal and Serena Guthrie in the middle, as well as the midcourters Natalie Haythornthwaite, Jade Clarke and Chelsea Pitman and the defender Eboni Usoro-Brown to fill the first nine spots in the 12-strong team.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:14 pm

Israel plans to name settlement on occupied land after Trump

Move in Golan Heights follows naming of Jerusalem roundabout in US president’s honour last year

Israel plans to name a new settlement after Donald Trump on land it captured from Syria, as a token of gratitude to the US president for recognising its contested claim to the occupied territory.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he would press his next government, which he is still in the process of forming, to approve the naming of the new community in Golan Heights.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 1:12 pm

A lifetime of material: a comedian's guide to the Indian election

The Stay Awake party, the polling station in an area populated by lions … on the eve of results in India, Anuvab Pal reveals how the biggest election in history – with 900 million voters – is comedy gold

I sit down to read the Indian Express and come across a headline that says: “Bombay Municipal Corporation claims robots not clearing British-era drainage efficiently.” I am struck by one thought: I have never heard of a better way to describe India in a single sentence.

One of the biggest things clogging up my country is the tedium of parliamentary democracy. A billion Indian people are entitled to vote and about 900 million have just done so, making it the largest franchise in human history. And possibly also the funniest and craziest – one that will give me, as a comic, a lifetime of material. The Election Commission of India deserves a Nobel prize. I don’t know how they get so many people to vote, largely peacefully and in a phased manner that began last month, when I can’t get one Indian person, namely my plumber, to show up at one place – my house – at a specific time.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:50 pm

A motorcycle backflip and fake masterpieces: Wednesday's best photos

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

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:49 pm

Can you guess the British city from the vintage travel poster?

Leeds or Llandudno? Can you tell these popular destinations from their marketing material?

Which city or town is this?

Bournemouth

Brighton

Bognor

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Portsmouth

Newcastle

Glasgow

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Norwich

Nottingham

Newport

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Durham

Edinburgh

Oxford

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Wells-next-the-Sea

Weymouth

Weston-super-Mare

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Chester

Winchester

York

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Oxford

Cambridge

London

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Hastings

Hove

Hartlepool

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Liverpool

London

Leeds

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Ely

Coventry

Bristol

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Lincoln

St Albans

Harrogate

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Bournemouth

Skegness

Lowestoft

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Bath

Canterbury

Milton Keynes

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Great Yarmouth

Padstow

Aberystwyth

14 and above.

Full marks!

13 and above.

Excellent

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Excellent

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Well done

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:44 pm

Kim-Joy’s recipe for meringue fairies

You too can work magic with some white chocolate, sprinkles and marzipan

These are fairies or ladies or whatever you want them to be; play about with their hairstyles and faces to give them their own character. They are great fun for a party. You could make them to resemble all your friends!

Prep time: 15-20 mins
Baking time: 60-90 mins
Decorating time: 10 mins
Makes: 15

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:30 pm

BeIN Sports chief in World Athletics Championships corruption inquiry

• French authorities suspect he paid bribes for Doha bid
• Yousef Al-Obaidly denies wrongdoing in statement

The chief executive of the Qatari television group beIN is under investigation for corruption by the French authorities, who suspect he paid bribes in a bid to help Doha host the World Athletics Championships.

Yousef Al-Obaidly, who is also on the board of directors at Paris Saint-Germain, is also under judicial investigation for “aggravated money laundering” according to Le Monde. The newspaper also says that Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of the IAAF, athletics’ governing body, is also facing “passive corruption” charges by the National Financial Office.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:07 pm

Yanis Varoufakis: Green New Deal can unite Europe's progressives

Former Greek finance minister says quest for transformation could help counter far right

A radical Green New Deal has the potential to unite progressives across Europe in the same way as nationalist and rightwing movements are mobilising around immigration and xenophobia, according to the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Varoufakis, a co-founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25), which is standing candidates in Germany and Greece in Thursday’s European elections, told the Guardian a radical green agenda could act as the “glue and cement” for an alliance of leftists, greens and liberals.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 12:00 pm

‘Pregnancy is a time bomb’ – what I learned about motherhood working in a women’s prison

Pregnant women in jail are revered by other inmates – but the question of what will happen to the child is never far away

Prison is full of mothers. Mothers of adult children, who visit at weekends bringing grandchildren in tow; mothers whose motherhood is on pause because their children are being looked after by foster families; mothers whose mothers are doing the mothering for them – an army of grans and nanas collecting children from school and footing bills for food and clothes; and mothers whose children, passed from pillar to post by the care system, have followed in their footsteps and live just up the corridor.

There are also, often, mothers-to-be. Pregnancy seems to happen more rapidly in prison, as though life is hurtling towards the surface faster than anyone could prepare.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:54 am

From Gentleman Jack to Killing Eve: who are TV's greatest lesbian icons?

TV fans have been spoiled for women-on-women scenes on our screens of late. We celebrate with a rundown of the characters ‘whose impact on the world is permanent and forever’

Get the rollers out! The drama about Gentleman Jack AKA Anne Lister, the 19th-century entrepreneur, landowner and proud lesbian with the Princess Leia hairstyle, is upon us. Suranne Jones plays the pioneering queer icon, with a script written by the great Sally Wainwright.

“As you’re playing her, you’re aware that everybody has a right to be who they are, regardless of sexuality,” Jones has said of her role as Lister. Also starring Gemma Whelan and Gemma Jones, the series explores Lister’s pushback against gender norms as well as her romantic relationships.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:51 am

'I reject your hypothesis': Tarantino lashes out at criticism over female actors

Director reacts angrily to questions about limited screen time for Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood, and violence against female characters

Quentin Tarantino responded sharply to questions about the portrayal of women in his films and disgraced director Roman Polanski at a press conference in Cannes for his new drama Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood.

The director, whose latest effort premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday evening, was in no mood to discuss difficult topics, at one point snapping “I reject your hypothesis” at a journalist who asked why Margot Robbie had so few lines in the film.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:49 am

Indonesia riots: six dead after protesters clash with troops over election result

Vehicles set alight in Jakarta after supporters of losing candidate take to the streets

Six people died and more than 200 were injured in the Indonesian capital Jakarta after protesters clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory and vehicles, officials have said.

Protests by supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate that had ended peacefully on Tuesday afternoon resumed and turned violent late on Tuesday and continued through the night, said the national police spokesman, Dedi Prasetyo. Police said they had arrested 20 “provocateurs”.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:21 am

How to make fresh pasta – recipe

Feel every inch the artisan with this uncomplicated recipe for fresh pasta. Just add sauce

Though fresh pasta isn’t necessarily better than dried (it all depends on the sauce), you can’t beat the smug satisfaction that accompanies the silky, homemade stuff, whether scantily clad in a little sage butter or paired with a rich, meaty ragù. And once you’ve mastered the simple process, you’ll be turning out tagliatelle and tortellini with the nonchalance of a true Italian nonna.

Prep 45 min, plus resting
Cook 2 min
Serves 6

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:00 am

Will Young: ‘If I were to do this concert now, I’d probably wear a skirt’

The singer on the beauty of wearing white and anything that pushes the boundaries of gender norms

I wore this Burberry shirt and Alexander McQueen suit for the Concert for Diana memorial, 10 years after her death. It was a big event and I wanted to make it as brilliant as possible, right down to my white shoes. People might think you should go for a big splash of colour to stand out when lots of acts are performing on one stage, but white is the best and simplest option.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:00 am

Five of the best fitness and music festivals in the UK for 2019

Begone boozy festivals, these events follow a trend for healthy holidays by adding running and fitness into a mix that also includes live music and DJs

The beaches, tidal islands, woodlands and coastal paths of the Gower will play host to this music and running festival, now in its third year. The main guided trail runs start and finish at the festival site – 14th-century Weobley Castle on West Castle Farm – and range from 5k to 55k. Each run is split into three pace groups (visitors get with one trail run per ticket). There are lots of other running sessions, plus events such as a beer-mile relay, midnight and sunset runs, and running combined with coasteering, rock climbing and surfing. There’ll be workshops on race fuelling, neuroscience and endurance, and barefoot basics; talks from athletes and therapists; plus wood-fired hot tubs to ease aching legs. Music comes from Hackney Colliery Band, the Correspondents, DJ Luck and MC Neat and others.
4-7 July, adult £149, 13-17s £89, 6-12s £39, under 6s free (includes camping), lovetrailsfestival.co.uk

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 11:00 am

Female BBC manager publicly declines promotion over pay inequality

Karen Martin tells colleagues she was offered £12,000 less than man doing same job

A BBC manager has publicly turned down a promotion after finding out she had been offered £12,000 less than a man doing the same job, threatening legal action against the broadcaster and suggesting the corporation is still struggling with equal pay.

Karen Martin emailed hundreds of BBC staff to announce she would no longer be taking up her role as one of the two deputy editors in the BBC’s radio newsroom, which produces material for broadcast to hundreds of millions of people on both UK radio stations and the World Service.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 10:39 am

Capitalism used to promise a better future. Can it still do that? | Richard Reeves

The greatest challenges to capitalism come when that promise begins to be questioned

Capitalism is intrinsically futuristic. The ideas that underpin market economies – growth, accumulation, investment – express an unspoken assumption, that tomorrow will be different, and probably better, than today. The question that murmurs through markets is not “What is good?” or “What is fair”, but: “What’s new?”

This future orientation is one of the most striking hallmarks of modernity. Pre-capitalist societies looked to the past – to founding myths, old religions and ancestral lines. Capitalist societies look to the future – to new inventions, broader horizons and greater abundance. “Oh, the places you’ll go!” is an ur-text of market capitalism.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 10:00 am

John Daly’s buggy gives us a joyride in front of po-faced golf authorities

It’s hard to escape the sense that the powers-that-be just feel someone like Daly makes the place untidy

News that the R&A is considering John Daly’s request for permission to use a buggy for July’s Open at Royal Portrush has been met by a growing chorus of people saying that it shouldn’t be. The argument seems to be that golf has worked hard not to be seen as something that fat middle-aged guys can win – I paraphrase slightly – and that Daly using a buggy would make a mockery of all that valuable progress, even though no one else would probably ever seek to do it. And even though that was one of the fun things about golf – which is, let’s face it, still not the 100 metres final.

If you missed the background to all this, Daly went round last week’s US PGA Championship in a buggy, in which he had stashed the usual pack of fags and a McDonald’s cup. Owing to the osteoarthritis in a knee, he successfully applied under disability legislation. Alas, the decision was frowned upon by various bores, including Tiger Woods, who sniffed: “I walked with a broken leg …” Which, for me, served as one of those bi-weekly reminders of how it’s possible to love Woods and absolutely hate pretty much everything about him. I guess each man has his appetites to master, so it did make me wonder if Woods ever had sex with any of his cocktail waitresses with a broken leg. If so: well done, champ. You’re a real hero.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 10:00 am

What if we covered the climate crisis like we did the start of the second world war? | Bill Moyers

In the war, the purpose of journalism was to awaken the world to the catastrophe looming ahead of it. We must approach our climate crisis the same way

Today marks the official launch of Covering Climate Now, a project co-sponsored by The Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation. Joined by The Guardian and others partners to be announced, Covering Climate Now will bring journalists and news outlets together to dramatically improve how the media as a whole covers the climate crisis and its solutions.

The following is an abridged version of the conference keynote speech by iconic TV newsman Bill Moyers, as prepared for delivery. A video version of the speech is available here. See here for more about the Covering Climate Now project.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 10:00 am

Chelsea flower show 2019: this year's top garden trends

From embracing buttercups to candy-coloured planting, these are the highlights of this year’s show

Green was the dominant theme at Chelsea, literally and metaphorically. Main Avenue, home to the major show gardens, was awash with broad-leaved trees among a calming palette of green, pale yellow and white flowers, including swathes of cow parsley, euphorbias and meadowsweet. Andy Sturgeon’s M&G garden was a masterclass in the green sanctuary: echo the look in your own garden by underplanting a hornbeam, elder or field maple with the green-flowered Mathiasella bupleuroides, marsh spurge (Euphorbia palustris), Californian poppy ‘Ivory Castle’ and airy grass Melica altissima ‘Alba’. For shadier spots, try an angelica (A. archangelica) underplanted with pachysandra and rodgersias.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:59 am

British Steel enters insolvency after rescue talks with government fail

Steelmaker directly employs 5,000 people and thousands more in the supply chain

British Steel has entered insolvency, putting 5,000 jobs directly at risk and endangering thousands more in the supply chain after talks with the UK government failed to reach an agreement on emergency funding.

The high court on Wednesday granted an application by the directors of British Steel to enter an insolvency process. Control of the company passed to the official receiver – an employee of the Insolvency Service – who will run a compulsory liquidation. EY has been lined up to assist with the liquidation.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:32 am

Natalie Portman criticises 'creepy' Moby over 'disturbing' account of friendship

Musician says in memoir the pair dated, but Portman disputes account, saying ‘my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me’

Natalie Portman has criticised Moby for a “very disturbing” account of their friendship in his new memoir Then It Fell Apart, comments which he has since contested.

In the book, the musician, now 53, claims the pair dated when he was 33 and Portman was 20, after she met him backstage in Austin, Texas. He recounts going to parties in New York with her, and to see her at Harvard University, “kissing under the centuries-old oak trees. At midnight she brought me to her dorm room and we lay down next to each other on her small bed. After she fell asleep I carefully extracted myself from her arms and took a taxi back to my hotel.” He says that he then struggled with anxiety about their relationship: “It wanted one thing: for me to be alone … nothing triggered my panic attacks more than getting close to a woman I cared about.” Later, he writes: “For a few weeks I had tried to be Natalie’s boyfriend, but it hadn’t worked out,” writing that she called to tell him she had met someone else.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:16 am

White teachers like me should not be policing black pupils’ hair | Holly Rigby

New research confirms what I’ve seen as a teacher – many children with afro-textured hair face prejudice in UK schools

Last year, a 12-year-old student was forced to take legal action after he was threatened with suspension by his London school for wearing his hair in dreadlocks. More recently, a six-year-old was sent home from school for having a “skin fade”, a common black hairstyle, because his primary school claimed it would “detract from learning”. Now, new research released by De Montfort University Leiceister has revealed that one in six children with afro-textured hair in the UK are having a bad experience with school hair policies.

Related: London school that told boy to cut off dreadlocks backs down

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 8:59 am

I served in Northern Ireland. It’s clear that there should be no amnesty for veterans | David Benest

Legal responsibility underpins everything our armed forces do. To depart from this is to forget Amritsar and Bloody Sunday

I had very little understanding of events in Northern Ireland while studying for my A-levels at a state grammar school in Guildford in 1972. My subsequent time at Sandhurst left me none the wiser. Entering military academy later that year, I assumed that I was embarking on a well-worn trail in the relationship between ethics and military duty. Of this I was quickly disabused.

A young ‘tom' was a witness, a prosecutor, jury, judge, and if required, executioner, all in a matter of a split second

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 8:00 am

Hadrian’s Wall’s early visitors would have taken a selfie if they could - and we should too

A section of the wall is falling down, but let’s not be so quick to blame tourists for its crumbling state

Ever in search of moral panic, the Daily Mail has reported that an excess of tourists taking selfies on Hadrian’s Wall has caused a portion of it to collapse. Sadly for this theory, the National Trust, which cares for the stretch of wall in question, says there is no evidence the damage has been caused by selfie-takers.

Erosion, weather and invasive plant species are the most likely culprits, and restoration work will be shortly under way to renovate this section of early-20th-century wall-building. Nevertheless, says the National Trust, please don’t walk on the wall, but alongside it.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 7:00 am

Andy Haldane: ‘We have allowed the voluntary sector to wither’ | Patrick Butler

Civil society will be crucial in the technological age, says the Bank of England’s chief economist. We must rebuild it

Much of the discussion of the fourth industrial revolution relates to the disruptive impact of artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, and big data on the world of work and business. It could lead to huge gains in productivity, wealth creation and human happiness. Equally, it may kill millions of jobs, fuel social tensions, and widen inequality. Civil society’s place in this massive societal shake-out, reckons Andy Haldane, is relatively unexplored – but it will be profound.

Related: Worrying about robots stealing our jobs? How silly | Simon Jenkins

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 6:30 am

Does your work help improve lives? Enter the Guardian Public Service Awards 2019

Last year’s winners provide a ‘ray of light’ to inspire new entrants, say judges. This year there are 12 categories for which teams and individuals can apply

We were on a high for such a long time … I don’t think we’ve come down from that.” Neither Rachel Foster nor the rest of the Cheshire West and Chester library service team expected to win the Guardian’s Public Service Awards 2018. The team had been far too impressed by the standards of the other entries that had also been shortlisted for a transformation award. “We were really proud to even be considered among them, let alone win,” says Foster, who is the council’s senior library services manager.

At the ceremony in November, Foster and her colleagues were recognised for transforming their borough’s library service through the launch of Storyhouse, a vibrant multipurpose community centre. The £37m complex comprises a library, theatre and cinema all under one roof. It’s the only centre of its kind in the UK, and it landed Foster’s team two Guardian awards, including that of overall best public service.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 6:00 am

Photo exhibition celebrates 25 years of female priests

Images of 12 women from Southwark diocese capture variety of a priest’s work

Joyce Forbes looks after her grandson five days a week and campaigns for affordable housing. Susie Simpson absorbs the anger and pain of young men locked up in prison. Helen Harknett fights for social justice and LGBTI inclusion. At 92, Ann Gurney lives quietly these days.

The link between these four women is their membership of a growing band: female priests in the Church of England. Along with eight others, they feature in an exhibition of photographs, Here Am I, celebrating this year’s 25th anniversary of women’s ordination. It opens at London’s Oxo Gallery on Wednesday.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 6:00 am

Boom to bust: faded smalltown America – in pictures

Niko J Kallianiotis travelled through the main streets of Pennsylvania to photograph ‘the silhouette of what once was’ now the coal industry has gone

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 6:00 am

Is modern life poisoning me? I took the tests to find out

We are exposed to synthetic chemicals in plastics, cosmetics and food every day. Could it be making us toxic? Our environment reporter was tested for over 1,530 chemicals to find out

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Sitting on a plastic chair in a small office, I’m wearing medical scrubs rolled up to my knees and I have an X-ray machine strapped to my shin.

The machine is scanning my bones for lead as an expert monitors readings streaming on to a screen.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 6:00 am

How Stockholm became the city of work-life balance

With flexible hours the norm, and almost two years’ parental leave for every child, Sweden’s capital boasts a happy and efficient workforce. What can other cities learn?

It is 3.30pm, and the first workers begin to trickle out of the curved glass headquarters of the Stockholm IT giant Ericsson.

John Langared, a 30-year-old programmer, is hurrying to pick up his daughter from school. He has her at home every other week, so tends to alternate short hours one week with long hours the next.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 5:00 am

Could you give up flying? Meet the no-plane pioneers

Growing numbers of travellers are abandoning air travel to help save the planet – even if it means spending 14 days on a train

It has taken Roger Tyers four days to reach Moscow by train from Kiev. His destination is Beijing: a trip that will take 14 days, with a couple of overnight stops along the way. Tyers, an environmental sociologist at the University of Southampton, is on his way to China to research attitudes to the environment, the climate emergency and personal responsibility. “Given that, I thought it would be somewhat hypocritical of me to fly,” he says over Skype from his hostel room.

It has been months in the planning – he had to convince his bosses to give him a month off to travel to and from China. Has it been a pain? “It definitely has. It’s a matter of getting your train schedule in line with your visa requirements. I didn’t realise I needed a visa to travel through Mongolia, even though I’m not stopping there. There have been moments when I’ve been close to giving up and either cancelling the whole trip or just booking a flight.” But he is glad he has stuck with it, he says. “I have to prove it is possible.”

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:51 am

European elections: sex and religion dominate campaigning in Poland

War of words over LGBT rights, perceived threats to traditional values and clerical child abuse

Campaigning in Poland for the European elections has descended into a war of words over religion, sex and morality after a documentary on clerical abuse raised questions about the government’s ties to the Catholic church and the ruling party campaign sought to portray LGBT rights supporters as a threat to children.

Related: Poland raises jail terms for child abuse after church documentary

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:00 am

Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe'

Avaaz uncovers 500 accounts using fake news to spread white supremacy message

A web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.

Facebook, which is struggling to clean up the platform and salvage its reputation, has already taken down accounts with about 6 million followers before voting in the European elections begins on Thursday. It was still investigating hundreds of other accounts with an additional 26 million followers, Avaaz said.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:00 am

Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast

Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now he is stoking tensions with Iran. Julian Borger describes how the standoff could get out of control. Also today: Katharine Viner on how the Guardian is updating its language when reporting on the climate crisis

John Bolton, who has been called “the most dangerous man in the world”, was not Donald Trump’s first pick for his national security adviser. But after a series of resignations, he was plucked from a life of Fox News appearances to reprise his career as the foremost military hawk in the US. Now he has his sights set on Iran and has pushed for a buildup of US military assets in the Gulf.

The Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, tells Anushka Asthana that as tensions rise, so do the chances of an accidental – or deliberate – escalation towards war. The echoes of the drumbeat to war in Iraq in 2003 are all too apparent, and it was Bolton’s role in that crisis that prompted a Guardian columnist to attempt to make a citizen’s arrest of him in the tranquil surroundings of the Hay literary festival in 2008. George Monbiot describes how he came out second best from that encounter.

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Posted on 22 May 2019 | 2:00 am

Thousands rally across US against abortion bans – in pictures

About 400 events were set to take place across all 50 US states in defense of abortion rights

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 9:03 pm

'He desperately wants to hold it all together': Corbyn on the campaign trail

The Labour leader has a balance to strike as he tries to cross the Brexit divide

It’s a bright Thursday morning in Brexit-voting Medway, and Jeremy Corbyn is launching Labour’s campaign for the European elections by explaining that it’s not a remain party – or a leave one.

“We could allow ourselves to be defined only as ‘remainers’ or ‘leavers’ – labels that meant nothing to us only a few years ago. But where would that take us? Who wants to live in a country stuck in this endless loop?” he asks his audience.

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 1:30 pm

If Roe v Wade is overturned, we should worry about the rule of law | Shira A Scheindlin

Affirming precedence is an important legal principle. If it’s ignored, which other supreme court decisions could be overturned next?

Donald Trump was staunchly pro-choice until he sought to become President Donald Trump. From that moment on, a centerpiece of his campaign was a promise to do whatever he could to ensure that the 1973 supreme court’s landmark decision in Roe v Wade that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion would be overturned. He has kept his promise and his base loves him for it. He undoubtedly believes that his strong and now unwavering anti-abortion stance will go a long way to ensuring his re-election in 2020.

How did he keep his promise? The answer is not complicated. He did it by consistently appointing judges to the federal courts that he believes are committed to the goal of overturning Roe. He has succeeded in reshaping the supreme court through his appointments of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh and has now appointed more than 100 judges to the courts of appeals and the district courts, many of whom have been openly hostile to abortion rights in their academic writings, public speeches or judicial decisions. He now expects these judges to achieve the big prize – the overturning of Roe v Wade.

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 12:15 pm

'I feel empty now': you review the Game of Thrones finale

After eight seasons, the game is over. But was the ending beautifully moving, or deeply odd? Here are your takes on the final episode

That was a beautiful ending. For all the misgivings about this season’s pacing, I thought it was a confident, extremely moving episode. The tragedy of Dany being so close to the Throne and yet not being able to see the person she had become; that shot of her being carried away into the distance was heartbreaking. Each character also felt like they ended up in a place true to the person they had become. It was a generous, fitting end to what overall has been a remarkable achievement in television. summerbabe

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 10:00 am

Inside Huawei – a photo essay

Huawei is China’s most valuable technology brand, whose global expansion has become controversial particularly in regards to 5G technology. Photojournalist Kevin Frayer was given access to Huawei’s Bantian campus in Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley, and shows us what it is like to work there

With annual revenue topping $100bn, and headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen, considered China’s Silicon Valley, Huawei has more than 180,000 employees worldwide, with nearly half of them engaged in research and development. In 2018, the company overtook Apple as the second largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world behind Samsung Electronics, a milestone that has made Huawei a source of national pride in China.

Related: Google blocks Huawei access to Android updates after blacklisting

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 10:00 am

Prominent refugees and their contribution to the UK – in pictures

Ahead of Refugee Week, Jillian Edelstein portraits celebrate the contribution of people from diverse refugee backgrounds. You, Me and Those Who Came Before, commissioned by Counterpoints Arts, will preview at the Tate Exchange in London as part of its Who Are We? programme, before transferring to the V&A for a week starting on 16 June

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 8:00 am

European elections: how does the voting system work?

Members of the EU – including the UK after the delay in Brexit – go to the polls from Thursday to Sunday

Voters in 28 countries will elect 751 members of the European parliament for a five-year term that starts on 2 July. If Brexit goes ahead before then, British MEPs will not take up their seats.

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 6:00 am

Shaken up: will Nigel Farage's Brexit party change politics? – podcast

The Brexit party is expected to top the polls in this week’s European elections in the UK. Farage’s calls to leave the EU immediately without a deal have proved appealing to many voters who feel betrayed that Brexit is yet to be delivered. The Guardian’s Peter Walker describes a reshaping of British politics. Plus: Samuel Gibbs on Google and Huawei

The Brexit party has no manifesto, but in its short existence it has already amassed more than 100,000 registered supporters and now leads the polls for this week’s European elections. Its leader, Nigel Farage, has rallied supporters with demands for an immediate no-deal Brexit – and wholesale political reform in Britain.

The Guardian’s political correspondent Peter Walker has been following the Brexit party surge, and examines the impact on the traditional parties as well as Farage’s former colleagues in the now ailing Ukip. With Brexit talks due to continue into the summer, could the Brexit party have a political impact far beyond this week’s elections?

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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 2:00 am

Tell us if you are taking part in Friday's school climate strikes

Young activists around the world are planning to strike for climate action on 24 May

Young people calling for immediate action on the climate emergency are planning to join mass school strikes inspired by Greta Thunberg on Friday.

More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action in March, according to environmental campaigners.

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Posted on 20 May 2019 | 2:30 pm

Abandoned at sea: the cargo crew adrift without wages, fuel or supplies

When companies run into trouble they can leave ships’ crews drifting at sea with no visas, wages or supplies. Karen McVeigh and Andy Bowerman tell the story of one vessel adrift off the coast of UAE. Plus, Rupert Neate on the tax breaks attracting the super-rich to Italy

Captain Ayyappan Swaminathan set off from his home in southern India in January 2017 to work on a ship in the Persian Gulf. He told his daughter he would be back soon. But two years later he is still on board a cargo ship, the MV Azraqmoiah, after a dispute over wages. His crew claim they are owed tens of thousands of pounds and are now adrift with dwindling supplies as conditions on board worsen.

Guardian reporter Karen McVeigh, who has been following the story, tells Anushka Asthana it is far from a unique case: thousands of other seafarers have been similarly abandoned by their employers across the globe. Rev Andy Bowerman, the Middle East and south-east Asia director of Mission to Seafarers, has recently paid a visit to the MV Azrakmoiah with fresh supplies and to top up phone cards. He describes the awful conditions on the stranded vessel, just six miles off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

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Posted on 20 May 2019 | 2:00 am

Blood, sweat and fears: special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees – video

The FA has rebooted its Respect Campaign this season to protect grassroots referees in England but many continue to suffer both mental and physical abuse. There are some horrifying stories but hope remains: as of 2019-20 season a new sin-bin system will be rolled out across all grassroots leagues for anybody caught abusing a referee, with other initiatives also in the pipeline. 

Michael Butler meets four referees, as well as the FA, to find out just how bad the abuse has got, what is being done about it and if that is enough for the men and women in the middle. 

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Posted on 14 May 2019 | 8:59 am

A look back at Doris Day's most celebrated roles – video obituary

The actor, singer and animal welfare activist has died at the age of 97. Day was known for a string of successful musicals and romantic comedies, as well as a rich singing career.

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Posted on 13 May 2019 | 6:39 pm

Football fans, how are you travelling to the European finals?

Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal supporters, what steps will you take to watch your team play in a European final?

For the first time in history, English clubs have a clean sweep in the European finals. Liverpool and Tottenham meet in the Champions league final on 1 June in Madrid. The two clubs have been allocated 16,613 tickets each, but return flights have rocketed to more than £1,300. Face-value tickets cost up to £410 for a restricted view and resale tickets are being sold on StubHub for up to €50,000.

Arsenal and Chelsea fans face an even longer trip for the Europa league final. The London derby is being held in Baku, in Azerbaijan, and just 6,000 fans from each club will be allocated tickets. Would you endure a 2,468-mile journey to see your team play in the Europa League final?

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Posted on 10 May 2019 | 2:28 pm

Can Yanis Varoufakis save Europe? – video

The Greek economist is back battling the EU establishment, this time at the helm of a new movement, DiEM25. Backed by Pamela Anderson and the world’s most famous cyborg, he is fighting ultra-right populism with a radical agenda he thinks can restore people's lost faith in democracy. As the European parliamentary elections approach, is anyone listening? Phoebe Greenwood finds out 

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Posted on 10 May 2019 | 9:02 am

Owen Jones challenges mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey over views on women – video

Owen Jones meets the Conservative candidate for London mayor and asks him if he regrets comments on women, Muslims and Hindus which were condemned at the time. The pair also discuss his mayoral campaign, knife crime, cuts to police budgets and Islamophobia in his party

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Posted on 10 May 2019 | 8:59 am

Do cyclists think they're above the law, and does it even matter? – video

Cyclists can be a nuisance, running red lights, riding on the pavement ... but are they dangerous, and if not, is it a problem if they break the law? Peter Wallker, Guardian journalist and author of Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World, explores our fixation with cycling behaviour and whether it is distracting us from solving the real causes of death on our roads

Sources: 

Department for Transport cycling statistics

Reported road casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates year ending September 2015

TfL road network performance and research team: proportion of cyclists who violate red lights in London 

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Posted on 9 May 2019 | 11:18 am

'People are dying horrible deaths': the Louisiana town where cancer haunts the streets – video

Residents of the town on the banks of the Mississippi River have watched as family members and neighbors have been lost to cancer. Official figures show the risk of cancer from toxic air is 50 times higher in Reserve than the national average. Feeling neglected by politicians, they are fighting back against the chemical plant has been emitting chloroprene into the air for half a century

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Posted on 6 May 2019 | 10:00 am

European elections: tell us the situation where you live

We would like to hear from readers around the UK as preparations continue for elections on 23 May

Elections for the European parliament will take place in the UK on 23 May after delays to a Brexit process that the government hoped to complete in March.

Related: The Guardian view on European elections: one continent, one ballot | Editorial

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Posted on 26 April 2019 | 11:16 am

The highs and lows of impersonating Boris Johnson – video

Drew Galdron has been impersonating the Conservative politician for 11 years. His recent focus has been on campaigning against Brexit, but with Johnson tipped as a Tory leadership contender, is his life about to get even busier? 


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Posted on 15 April 2019 | 9:00 am

How I got my pension back: ‘They said I could only have my money if I died’

As a result of bad investment advice, Christina Roberts faced losing a substantial chunk of her pension. Fortunately, help was at hand … By Heidi Scrimgeour

Christina Roberts*, who lives in Wigan with her husband, worked for the ambulance service for 17 years and paid into a final salary pension scheme throughout that time. In 2014, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Roberts left her job and began claiming employment and support allowance (ESA) and disability benefits. Her husband also left his job to become her full-time carer, as she had developed other health complications.

After researching several different financial advisers, Roberts decided to draw down £89,000 of her pension to invest in a self-invested personal pension (Sipp). The broker she spoke to advised her to invest in a property company based in Germany. A cautious investor, Roberts confirmed with the company that her money would be invested in a low-risk scheme, but later discovered it was a high-risk and illiquid investment.

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Posted on 12 April 2019 | 9:25 am

'People don't even look at me': eight black women discuss politics of light and dark skin – video

As part of our Shades of Black series, we invited eight women to talk about their experience of colorism in their relationships, careers and everyday life. 

Colorism is the discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone. This means that darker-skinned black people have to fight prejudice even within their own community, where lighter skin is seen as more desirable. As such, darker-skinned black people can experience both racism and colorism.

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Posted on 8 April 2019 | 5:00 am

Will I make it out of town? Common electric car questions, answered

The FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) around electric cars is significant, but is it justified? Actor and EV enthusiast Robert Llewellyn tackles nine of the most persistent myths about electric vehicles

You can’t go far in an electric car
Coined in the 1990s to describe drivers’ concerns about how far an electric vehicle (EV) could take you, “range anxiety” has been surprisingly tenacious, despite the huge steps forward. Although early electric cars had a slightly limited range, the standard nowadays is about 150-200 miles, and models that can cover up to 400 miles on a single charge are in the works. Since only 2% of UK journeys are more than 50 miles, the FUD over range is largely irrelevant.

The battery will wear out
Our primary common experience with (lithium-ion) batteries is with phones, tablets and laptops – small batteries commonly charged to 100% and discharged to zero. This is very stressful and damaging to batteries, which is why their lifetime is limited. Batteries in electric cars are much larger, and they’re never actually charged to 100% – even when the indicator in the car says they are. Likewise, they never run flat, thanks to a buffer zone managed by the car’s software that protects the battery. So, simple answer, the batteries will probably outlast the car.

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Posted on 19 March 2019 | 12:56 pm

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

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Posted on 14 March 2019 | 10:30 am

10 exciting reasons to head to Normandy in 2019

With the 75th anniversary of D-day to commemorate, the region has a packed calendar this year. These are the 10 best reasons to visit Normandy in 2019 …

Mont Saint-Michel
Challenge your kids to climb the 900 steps of this tidal island to the Benedictine abbey at the top – afterwards you can reward them with a treat from of one of the many souvenir shops, creperies and restaurants that line the winding, cobbled streets. Visit in December to enjoy its spectacular Christmas lights – but remember to wrap up warm!

D-day festival
Every year since 2007, the towns around the D-day landing beaches have put on a three-week programme of more than 100 events to mark the anniversary. This year’s events run from 25 May to 16 June and you can expect concerts, giant picnics, fetes and fireworks. Guided tours of other historic sites, such as ice stores and fortifications, as well military camp re-enactments and guided “memory walks” are also on the agenda.

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Posted on 24 December 2018 | 1:14 pm

Ferry stories: why travellers are taking to the seas

Amid airport security queues, environmental concerns and the enduring slow travel trend, ferry travel is enjoying a comeback. Johanna Payton, founder of no-fly travel site Feet on the Ground, explains why

Serenity is elusive in today’s fast-paced world. A moment of complete calm and contemplation seems to be a rare and wonderful find. For me, those precious moments occur on a boat. Out on the waves, the horizon undisturbed, with a seemingly infinite stretch of sea before me. As legendary sailor Vito Dumas once said: “It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.” On deck, enjoying awe-inspiring views, the cares of everyday life blown away on the sea breeze, you can appreciate his point.

For me, there is no better way to travel than by sea. Flying is my nemesis. From airport chaos to the confined space of an aircraft, nothing about commercial aviation appeals to my sense of adventure – or comfort. I’ve spent too many hours stuffed in sardine cans at 30,000ft, hurtling high over oceans instead of enjoying them. It doesn’t help that I’m a fearful flyer; many long-haul holidays have been tainted by the white-knuckle flights either side.

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Posted on 13 February 2018 | 4:35 pm