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Two-child benefit limit pushes families further into poverty – study
Parents report stress and strained relationships as a result of benefit cutThe government’s two-child limit on benefits is having a devastating impact on family life as it pushes millions of children deeper into poverty, according to the first detailed study of the benefit cut.Nearly all families affected by the limit reported cutting back on essentials such as food, medication, heating and clothing as a result of the policy, which makes them miss out on at least £53 a week in benefits support. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:01:34 GMT)

Wednesday briefing: 'Clown show' – business experts on No 10 race and Brexit
Guardian Brexit Watch shows pressure on economy worsening … ‘cyber-flashing’ may be criminalised … and Paul McCartney picks Linda’s best photosGood morning, Warren Murray directing you to the stories that matter. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:27:47 GMT)

Jeremy Hunt says Boris Johnson can’t be trusted on Brexit
Foreign secretary says Conservative leadership rival cannot fulfil promisesJeremy Hunt has suggested there is “no trust” in Boris Johnson to fulfil his promises on Brexit, telling the BBC he believes he has the better personality to be prime minister.Speaking after a war of words with his Conservative leadership rival, whom Hunt branded a coward for turning down a debate with him on Sky News on Tuesday night, Hunt said 31 October was a “fake deadline” and could lead to a snap general election. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:30:39 GMT)

Denmark's youngest prime minister leads new leftist government
Mette Frederiksen’s Social Democratic party forms minority governmentDenmark has became the third Nordic country this year to form a leftist government after the Social Democratic party leader, Mette Frederiksen, finalised terms for a one-party minority government. Aged 41, she becomes the country’s youngest ever prime minister.“It is with great pleasure I can announce that, after three weeks of negotiations, we have a majority to form a new government,” Frederiksen said on Tuesday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:20:12 GMT)

Action on air pollution works but far more is needed, study shows
UK’s dirty air still ‘a public health emergency’ despite dramatic fall in death ratesGovernment action can cut air pollution, a long-term study has shown, with early deaths linked to dirty air in the UK falling by half between 1970 and 2010.But toxic air remains the number one environmental health hazard, with one in 20 deaths still attributable to small particle pollution alone. The researchers said urgent action was needed to deal with a public health emergency that caused harm comparable to alcohol. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:09 GMT)

Europe heatwave: record high of 45C expected in France
Temperature records expected to be broken as minister warns heatwaves could become normNational highest-ever temperature records, typically set in late July or August, are likely to be broken across Europe this week as a potentially deadly early summer heatwave sweeps across the continent.Meteorologists expect previous June highs to be approached and possibly exceeded in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland, with all-time records likely to fall in some countries. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:17:42 GMT)

Trump threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran suggests he has a ‘mental disorder’
Hassan Rouhani and US president traded insults similar to 2017 clashes between US and North Korea while ramping up sanctions The Iranian and US presidents have traded insults, with Hassan Rouhani suggesting that Donald Trump suffered from a “mental disorder” and Trump once more threatening Iran with “obliteration”.The very personal exchange was reminiscent of similar verbal clashes between the US and North Korean leaders in late 2017, and underlined the volatility of US foreign policymaking in the present standoff in the Gulf. Trump has swung between dire threats and offers of talks without preconditions, while ramping up sanctions. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:09:02 GMT)

Three arrested after man shot dead in west London
Edward Simpson died at the scene of the shooting in Feltham on Friday nightThree men have been arrested after a man in his 20s was shot dead in west London. Edward Simpson, 25, died in Feltham on Friday night. Metropolitan police officers were called to Exeter House, Watermill Way, shortly after 11pm and found the man critically injured. He died at the scene a short time later and a postmortem examination on Sunday gave his provisional cause of death as a gunshot wound to the upper body. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:01:03 GMT)

Hong Kong protesters call on foreign leaders to raise crisis at G20
Demonstrators march on consulates to petition overseas governments to assist in fight against ‘authoritarian regime’ Hundreds have gathered at a rally in Hong Kong and marched to foreign consulates to lobby international governments about the city’s political crisis during the G20 summit this week.President Xi Jinping of China and the US president, Donald Trump, are expected to meet at the summit in Japan amid heightened trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:04:51 GMT)

Rare bacterial infection leaves 12 people dead in Essex
NHS says outbreak of invasive group A streptococcus began in Braintree and has spreadTwelve people have died in the Essex area and 20 more have been infected by the spread of a rare invasive bacterial infection, Public Health England has said.A total of 32 people have been confirmed to have contracted invasive group A streptococcus infection (iGAS). Strep A can be carried harmlessly on the skin but can be lethal if it enters the bloodstream. People whose immune systems are compromised by illness or old age are particularly at risk. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:07:19 GMT)

Johnny Kingdom: TV presenter died in digger accident, inquest hears
Wildlife specialist was killed when vehicle he was driving overturned on Devon farmA wildlife presenter and photographer known for his work on Exmoor died after being crushed by a digger he was driving on his farm in Devon, an inquest heard.Johnny Kingdom, 79, was killed when the vehicle toppled over and trapped him as he tried to move a log. He had not been wearing a seatbelt, the inquest in Exeter was told. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:51:42 GMT)

Ebola is back – can it be contained? – podcast
The current outbreak of the deadly virus in the DRC has been called the most complex public health emergency in history. Peter Beaumont describes his recent visit to the DRC and Sarah Boseley discusses how the 2014 outbreak was eventually contained. Plus: Helen Pidd on what has been achieved with the ‘northern powerhouse’The latest outbreak of Ebola, with more than 2,200 cases and more than 1,500 confirmed deaths in just over a year, is the second largest in history, despite the recent availability of an effective experimental vaccine. Political, security and cultural complications – not least a refusal to believe that Ebola exists – have thwarted efforts to overcome the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s deadly outbreak.Senior global development reporter Peter Beaumont tells Anushka Asthana about his recent trip to North Kivu, which is at the heart of the recent outbreak. He discusses why some health officials are calling it the most complicated public health emergency in history. Guardian health editor Sarah Boseley, who reported on the 2014 outbreak, looks at how that was contained – and why the situation is potentially far more frightening this time round. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:00:04 GMT)

Can anything stop Boris Johnson? – podcast
The Tory leadership hopeful has spent the past three days avoiding questions on why the police were called to his home after an altercation with his partner. But will questions about Johnson’s previous behaviour and character damage his chances of becoming prime minister?Hours after Boris Johnson confirmed his place in the final runoff for the Conservative party leadership, police were called to the flat he shares with his partner, Carrie Symonds, after neighbours heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging.The police later issued a statement saying they had attended and spoken to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well. “There were no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 02:00:29 GMT)

What has changed since the Stonewall rebellion? – podcast
The Stonewall rebellion in 1969 started a revolution in LGBT rights in the US. Ed Pilkington revisits the story 50 years on with those who were there. Plus: Lucy Siegle on the rise of fast fashionOn the evening of 27 June 1969, gay men and their trans and lesbian peers gathered as usual at a bar called the Stonewall Inn. What followed would change the course of LGBT rights in the US and the wider world. A police raid on the bar in the early hours of the following day descended into violence as supporters came out on to the streets and stayed there defiantly. The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington has tracked down some of those who took part in the rebellion and joins Anushka Asthana to discuss what happened and the growing recognition of LGBT rights in the decades that followed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Jun 2019 02:00:59 GMT)

Paul McCartney on Linda’s best photos: ‘Seeing the joy between me and John really helped me’
Linda Eastman was the award-winning photographer who captured a generation of rock stars before marrying a Beatle. He discusses how her work changed his life‘I always used to joke that I ruined Linda’s career,” says Paul McCartney, sitting on a sofa in his office in Soho, London, with a selection of his late wife’s photographs spread on the table before him. “She became known as ‘Paul’s wife’, instead of the focus being on her photography. But, as time went on, people started to realise that she was the real thing. So, yeah, she eventually did get the correct reputation, but at first it was just blown out of the water by the headline-grabbing marriage.”He has a point. Before she met and married him, in March 1969, Linda Eastman was an award-winning photographer. Born in 1941 and raised in a suburb of New York, she had studied under Hazel Archer – who taught the artist Robert Rauschenberg, among others – and was the first woman to shoot a Rolling Stone cover, featuring Eric Clapton. Her speciality was capturing pop stars in unguarded moments: a tearful Aretha Franklin; Jimi Hendrix mid-yawn; Janis Joplin backstage, her bottle of Southern Comfort already drained. But marriage to a Beatle tended to overshadow your own work and reputation, as Yoko Ono discovered. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:19 GMT)

My secret shame: I am (still) addicted to Pokémon Go
Dominic Rushe has caught over 11,000 Pokémon, walked 1,841km in Poké-land, and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soonA thunderstorm is rolling towards Chicago’s Grant Park. The thousands of people gathered for the city’s third annual Pokémon Go Fest, already sodden after a day of drizzle and rain, are now being told to evacuate for fear of lightning strikes. But I need to take a snapshot of a Gastly in the Spooky Woods if I’m going to complete this year’s festival challenge and uncover a rare new Pokémon. And I don’t have a Gastly.Risking death by lightning, I jog towards the Spooky Woods. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:07 GMT)

Democratic debates 2019: everything you need to know
20 presidential hopefuls will go head-to-head in Miami on 26-27 June – but what will they discuss, and who needs it the most?The Republican primary debates in 2015 featured 17 candidates – a number interpreted as unwieldy at best and, at worst, a bit ridiculous.Well step aside, Republicans, because this year Democrats have gone one better. Or three better: over the next two nights 20 presidential hopefuls will have it out on stage, as they attempt to sell themselves as the one Democratic candidate to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:06 GMT)

'It’s an easy audience here': Boris Johnson surfaces at Surrey garden
Leadership frontrunner turns up at RHS Wisley during secretive whistlestop tour of Tory heartlandsFighting accusations that he was hiding from scrutiny, Boris Johnson made a largely unannounced visit to a garden in Surrey on Tuesday, questioning schoolchildren about their political allegiances and taking a walk around a lake.“Oh God, he shook my hand,” said one Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) employee in Wisley, with apparent disdain. “Is he gone?” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:11:44 GMT)

Jewish district inspires Tom Stoppard in 'personal' new play
Playwright will return to West End with Leopoldstadt, based in old Jewish quarter of Vienna Tom Stoppard, whose four Jewish grandparents and much of his family from his parents’ generation died in Nazi concentration camps, is returning to the West End with what is likely to be his most personal play.The 81-year-old playwright has spent the last year writing Leopoldstadt, his first play since The Hard Problem at the National Theatre in early 2015. It is set in 1900 in Vienna, then the most vibrant city in Europe where about a 10th of the population were Jewish. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:10 GMT)

'Just the tip of the iceberg': revealing Life's early female photographers
In a new exhibition, six women who shot impactful imagery for Life magazine are finally getting the credit they deserveWhen Henry Luce, the owner of Time, bought Life magazine in 1936, he wanted to achieve many things. Among them, “to see man’s work — his paintings, towers and discoveries”.What we don’t realize is his vision was partly captured by the female gaze and now, the photography of six women, who were on staff at Life, will be on view at the New York Historical Society. The exhibition, Life: Six Women Photographers, features over 70 images by the women who worked there between the 1930s and 1970s — a time when female photojournalists were a rarity. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:07 GMT)

Drag SOS review – can glitter and kindness change lives?
In a somewhat confusing makeover show, the Family Gorgeous, a troupe of Mancunian drag artists, tour the UK to bring fabulousness to people struggling with self-esteemDo you believe there is a little bit of fabulous in all of us? I do not. In fact, I know there is not, because I exist and I check myself optimistically for signs of nascent fabulosity every week; nary a glimmer do I find. But I hope it is true for everyone else. I want it to be true. And so I hope the Family Gorgeous, the troupe of drag queens around whom the new reality show Drag SOS (Channel 4) is structured (poorly, but we will get to that), might find it in their expansive hearts to let me in regardless.Lill, Asttina Mandella, Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic, TeTe Bang and Donna Trump are visions of colourful, confected loveliness. Their makeup, costumes and wigs are monuments to the phenomenal artistry it takes to drag up well. This applies equally to Liquorice Black, but in monochrome – a little aniseed bite amid the delicious bag of pick’n’mix sweeties they evoke. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 22:00:26 GMT)

A brief (but definitive) guide to train seat etiquette
Emily Maitlis sparked outrage when she was spotted on a train with her dog on a seat. What other faux pas should you avoid?This week Newsnight host Emily Maitlis let her dog sleep on the seat next to her on a train to Paddington, sparking some muted outrage: somebody took a picture and posted it on social media and a couple of other people pretended to care. “For someone who is very much in the public eye, who holds politicians to account, I would have expected her to behave better,” a person known only as A Witness told the Mirror. In a statement, Maitlis said: “There was no one without a seat looking to sit down.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:52:34 GMT)

Labour can’t afford to lose its working-class heartlands by backing remain | Jon Cruddas
Seeking to appeal only to a certain part of its traditional coalition could have epic, unforeseen consequences for the partyWhat is going on with Labour, Brexit and the second referendum? On one level it looks pretty straightforward. In recent elections the party lost many more votes to the Greens and Liberal Democrats than to the Brexit party, through paying the price for Jeremy Corbyn’s Euroscepticism and fence-sitting. The simple solution is to guarantee another vote on any deal with Labour as the enthusiastic party of remain in any such contest. This aligns with shifting demographics in the country and a detectable Brexit remorse. What’s not to like? Media coverage tends to give the impression that the only people who think that Labour should not back a second referendum are a few MPs from somewhere up north who are scared witless by Nigel Farage and their electors, and a couple of Corbyn’s closest aides. So it appears self-evident the party should stop triangulating, offer some leadership and hoover up the votes of remainers. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:18 GMT)

Poor Jeremy Hunt. The perfect Tory for a party that no longer exists | Rafael Behr
The challenger to Boris Johnson is emphasising his seriousness. But for Conservatives dreaming of no deal, realism is only an irritantBoris Johnson had many motives to dodge a televised debate with Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday night but one factor trumped the rest: he didn’t do it because he didn’t have to. If Conservative party rules and our bizarre constitution can combine to let a man like Johnson sidle up to Downing Street, answering as few questions as possible, it makes sense for him to try.It is also natural that others should try to flush the frontrunner into the open. Hunt accused his rival of cowardice and the jibe clearly stung, as the truth often does. Johnson took to the airwaves, blustering ineffective rebuttals to the charge that he had anything to hide. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:47:04 GMT)

Shell is not a green saviour. It’s a planetary death machine | George Monbiot
Don’t buy the greenwash. Shell’s initiatives, which have won over many conservation groups, are dwarfed by its investment in oil and gasIt is hard to believe it needs stating, but it does. The oil industry is not your friend. Whatever it might say about its ethical credentials, while it continues to invest in fossil fuels, it accelerates climate breakdown and the death of the habitable planet. You would think this point was obvious to everyone. But over the past few weeks, I have spoken to dozens of environmentalists who appear to believe that Shell is on their side. I’ve come to the bizarre conclusion that there is more awareness of the oil industry’s agenda within the arts than there is among conservation groups. Related: With its links to BP, I can’t stay in the Royal Shakespeare Company | Mark Rylance Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:17 GMT)

I always suspected BAME NHS workers were treated differently. Now I know it’s true | Saleyha Ahsan
Race matters to how doctors are treated by their colleagues and bosses, says a new report. This isn’t news to meAlthough I’ve heard the dark whispers, the off-record conversations, throughout my 13 years as a doctor, I’ve never wanted to believe it. But now something I was warned about in my first year is out there in the open and we have to deal with it. Doctors in the NHS are treated differently depending on their ethnicity. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:02:03 GMT)

As the wildfire of hate speech spreads, fighting it must be a job for everybody | António Guterres
Addressing hate speech does not mean limiting freedom of speech. To prevent it from escalating, we need to treat it as we treat every malicious actAround the world, hate is on the march.A menacing wave of intolerance and hate-based violence is targeting worshippers of many faiths across the globe. Sadly – and disturbingly – such vicious incidents are becoming all too familiar. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:05:11 GMT)

Spending time with my French family made me see Europe differently | Madi Maxwell-Libby
I take carefree joy in the Mediterranean, but it’s deadly for thousands heading to European shoresWhen I was younger, I’d spend summers on the Côte d’Azur. Family scattered across continents regroup, coming back to take stock, chew fat, tentatively touch base. “Holy smokes,” says my uncle, dropping his holdall to the floor and glancing round the kitchen. “Long time.”We drink rosé from 11am, and in the supermarket my Yankee cousins can’t believe there is an entire aisle dedicated to yoghurt. Whenever I can, I sneak off and buy Gauloises from the tabac, because smoking in French is cool. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:11 GMT)

England’s forward-thinking dies in stages when faced by Australian fire | Barney Ronay
Mitchell Starc peaked at the right time at Lord’s to extinguish England’s hopes of reaching the oldest enemy’s totalWelcome back then, England. It’s been a while. Just not, as it happens, quite long enough.On a sullen, grey day at Lord’s England were both oddly meek and jarringly aggressive en route to a comprehensive 64-run defeat by Australia that leaves their World Cup campaign, at best, intriguingly poised. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:56:41 GMT)

Jill Scott: Lionesses feeling mentally strong as World Cup hots up
• ‘Psychological support helped composure against Cameroon’• ‘Games are going to get even more emotional,’ Scott addsSports psychologists still polarise opinion but Jill Scott is a fully subscribed believer. The veteran England midfielder is convinced that hours of work in the Lionesses’ “mind gym” paid dividends as Phil Neville’s players refused to rise to Cameroon’s extraordinary provocations in Valenciennes on Sunday.“We do a lot of work away from the pitch about conserving emotion at certain times in games and how to always think logically,” Scott said. “In the round-of-16 win against Cameroon we saw that work actually tested on a football pitch and the girls handled it fantastically. In those moments where you might normally react we didn’t.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:30:25 GMT)

Lieke Martens scores last-minute penalty and Dutch eliminate Japan
Refereeing was again in the spotlight as a controversial late penalty put the Netherlands into a quarter-final against Italy at the expense of a Japan side in the ascendancy. In the 88th minute Vivianne Miedema smashed the ball goalwards but it rocketed off the limp arm of Saki Kumagai and the referee pointed to the spot. Lieke Martens, whose lovely backheel had given the Dutch the lead, converted.Japan’s manager, Asako Takakura, diplomatically blamed their lack of cutting edge in front of goal for the result but admitted she was sad at the manner of their defeat. “We created many chances, however we just couldn’t capitalise on them and towards the end we created the crisis ourselves,” she said. “Now we have VAR – for the players sometimes cruel decisions have been made. It happened to us towards the end of the match and I’m sorry for that, but we have to look forward and we have to accept the decision.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:15:46 GMT)

Valentina Giacinti steers Italy into quarter-finals as China brushed asides
Italy’s manager, Milena Bertolini, was asked how she intended to celebrate her 53rd birthday on Monday. “We want to move forward from the round of 16,” she answered without hesitation. “This would be the most wonderful birthday present. We have worked so long and hard to achieve this result.”Her players belatedly delivered 24 hours later, sending Le Azzurre into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1991 with a composed two-goal victory over China in Montpellier. Making their tournament return in France after two decades in the footballing wilderness, Bertolini’s side are now only three wins away from lifting the World Cup. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:26:08 GMT)

Andy Murray tastes doubles defeat at Eastbourne but Evans and Konta prosper
• Murray and Marcelo Melo beaten in men’s doubles • Evans beats Radu Albot, Konta sees off Maria SakkariDan Evans has had quite the summer, climbing the rankings into the comfort zone where he does not have to qualify for the slams, a stage where his talent deserves to be seen regularly after too long idling on the fringes.If Andy Murray epitomises artful struggle – and the Scot’s first stumble in his comeback here on Tuesday, when the excellent Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah beat him and Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour, was not a seismic shock – Evans is the hero of the artful dodgers, a reformed rebel with educated hands and a quick brain. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:45:32 GMT)

IAAF agent 'asked Qatari royal' for $5m in bid for sporting events
Emails suggest aide to the crown prince received request from Papa Massata Diack, who is wanted on corruption chargesLeaked emails appear to link a member of the Qatari royal family to a deal that is being investigated as part of a inquiry into alleged corruption surrounding bids for the 2017 athletics world championships and 2020 Olympic Games.French investigators have spent three years scrutinising two payments of $3.5m made in October and November 2011, a month before a vote by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to decide the host of the 2017 world championships. French investigators suspect the payments may have been a bribe to win votes for Qatar for the event, which was eventually won by London. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:00:19 GMT)

Betfred refuse punter £189,000 ‘winnings’ after ‘error’ on betting slip
• Gambler will take case to arbitration in claim for £212,000• Punter says was told bet would be settled on intended wagerA bookmaker has refused to pay £189,000 to a punter who made a mistake in writing out a six-horse accumulator and included Bailarico, who finished third, rather than Bialco, a winner. David Smith, a 60-year-old from Loughborough, still received £23,000 from his spectacularly successful choices on that day a fortnight ago but contends that Betfred should have paid him £212,000 and plans to take the matter to the arbitrator Ibas. Related: Talking Horses: no need for questioned trainers to feel 'like a criminal' Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:17:54 GMT)

Transfer roundup: Spurs close in on £55m defender Ndombélé, West Ham ponder Rondón
• Pochettino moves in on No 1 summer target • West Ham will sign Rondón if they can sell HernándezTottenham have made a club record £55m (€62m) bid for the Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé and are confident of closing a deal for one of the most exciting young talents in Europe.Mauricio Pochettino has made the 22-year-old France international his prime summer target as he seeks new impetus at the club after spending five years in charge, and negotiations with Lyon are at an advanced stage. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 22:24:52 GMT)

London's toxic school runs: how polluted is the air children breathe? - video
Most UK cities have had illegally polluted air for nearly a decade, and the effect of air pollution is particularly bad on children. Ahead of Clean Air Day, we conducted an experiment to assess the air quality on a school run in central London, using new state-of-the art monitors that can measure air pollution in real time Continue reading...
(Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:17:16 GMT)

How your period is making other people rich – video
Menstrual cycles have historically been a personal topic. But with the rise of period-tracking apps, intimate knowledge of women's bodies has become big business, with marketers using the data women and girls put into their phones to exploit their hormones in an attempt to sell them things they did not realise they wanted Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:30:35 GMT)

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 Continue reading...
(Fri, 10 May 2019 08:59:40 GMT)

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? Watch more of Fake BoJo here  Continue reading...
(Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:00:18 GMT)

Funeral poverty: one woman's battle to pay for her son's burial – video
One suddenly bereaved mother, already in debt, has to find thousands of pounds to pay for her son's funeral. The funeral business is an unregulated industry, with providers criticised for taking advantage of vulnerable, grieving families, who can then feel obliged to pay large sums of money for an appropriate goodbye.  Across the UK the average funeral cost stands at £4,271, having risen 122% since 2004. The Guardian’s Richard Sprenger reportsWith thanks to Down to Earth, Quaker Social Action Continue reading...
(Wed, 10 Apr 2019 09:05:59 GMT)

Why can’t I sleep? My mission to understand insomnia – video
Millions of people in the UK have trouble sleeping, and Guardian reporter Leah Green is one of them. Like many insomniacs, she has tried all the home remedies, sleep hygiene techniques and gadgets designed to cure her sleep problems. She finds out why it is so difficult to conquer insomnia, and why good treatment is so hard to come byFor more information about treating insomnia:NHS adviceDigital access to CBT-I treatment - Sleepio  Continue reading...
(Thu, 11 Apr 2019 10:02:14 GMT)

Brexit breakdown: 14 days that shook politics | Anywhere but Westminster - video
Starting with the unexpected scramble for the European parliament and ending with the byelection buildup in Peterborough, John Harris and John Domokos go on a mammoth road trip into the new reality: politics changed forever by the internet, and voters who want direct control Continue reading...
(Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:06:10 GMT)

'When Franco was alive, it was safer': inside Spain's far-right battleground – video
Vox became the first far-right party to win more than a single seat in Spain's parliament since the Franco era when it won 24 in the general election. Last week, it fought its first mayoral campaign in El Ejido, a town in Andalucía with a population of 90,000 people, 30% of whom are migrants. Many of them work in the 150 square miles of greenhouses that surround the town. We follow the campaign and talk to Spaniards and migrants to find out why this socialist stronghold of 40 years is turning to the right Continue reading...
(Thu, 30 May 2019 09:58:36 GMT)

Revenge porn and 'cyber-flashing' laws go under review
Law Commission examines legislation on sharing of intimate images onlineVictims of revenge porn may be given automatic anonymity in court under a government-initiated review of online harassment that could recommend criminalising “cyber-flashing” and “deepfake” images.The Law Commission has been asked by the justice and culture ministries to examine whether legislation surrounding the creation and sharing of non-consensual, intimate images protects those targeted and has kept pace with technological change. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:01:38 GMT)

Female BAME domestic violence victims 'being failed' in Manchester
Sisters for Change and The Manchester Maya Project warns of institutional racism and sexismPublic authorities in Manchester are failing to uphold the basic human rights of ethnic minority women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse, according to a report.The report from international NGO Sisters For Change, in partnership with The Manchester Maya Project, warns of institutional racism and sexism at the local level in Greater Manchester. It also highlights that women and children from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) are not being adequately protected or getting the specialist help they need after suffering domestic abuse. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:01:42 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn delays decision on throwing weight behind remain
Labour frontbenchers frustrated by failure to agree next step on Brexit strategyA tense meeting of Labour’s shadow cabinet failed to agree any advance on the party’s position on a second Brexit referendum, despite several senior figures saying they had been led to believe Jeremy Corbyn would soon give full-throated backing for remain.Corbyn is understood to have told shadow cabinet ministers there would be further consultation with the unions and a decision on the next step taken in the coming weeks, to the frustration of several present including the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:43:53 GMT)

Ikea gets green light to build affordable homes in UK
Worthing council gives go ahead for 162 flats by retailer’s joint venture with construction firm SkanskaHomebuyers in a town where properties typically cost almost 12 times local salaries may soon have a low-cost option from Ikea after a UK council agreed to work with an affordable housing developer co-owned by the retailer.Worthing council has signed up with BoKlok, a company jointly owned by the Swedish retailer and construction firm Skanska which specialises in factory-built housing that can be constructed at a low cost. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:01:41 GMT)

Rapid robot rollout risks UK workers being left behind, reports say
Study shows 20m jobs will be lost worldwide by 2030 with every robot costing 1.6 manufacturing jobs British workers are being shut out of decisions over the rising use of robots in the UK economy, according to a report.According to the commission on workers and technology, run by the Fabian Society and the Community trade union, almost six in 10 employees across Britain in a poll said their employers did not give them a say on the use of new technologies. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:01:07 GMT)

Woman, 93, arrested as a dying wish after being ‘good all her life’
Josie Birds said to have ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ gesture by Greater Manchester policeOne of the UK’s largest police forces apparently arrested a 93-year-old woman who had committed no crime because it was her “dying wish”.In a tweet that received more than a thousand likes, Pam Smith wrote to Greater Manchester police to thank them for the gesture towards her grandmother, Josie Birds. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:07:54 GMT)

Scrap upfront NHS charges for migrants, says BMA
Policy has resulted in deaths and been heavily criticised by MPs and health charitiesBritain’s doctors have urged ministers to scrap controversial rules that force migrants to pay upfront before they can receive NHS care for serious illnesses such as cancer.The British Medical Association has become the first body representing medical staff to call for the complete abolition of the charges, which have been heavily criticised by MPs and health charities. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:26:27 GMT)

UK falls down culinary rankings in world's 50 best restaurants list
Just two London restaurants on controversial rankings while Mirazur named best in worldShoreditch, the hipster district of east London, is the only area of the UK to make the 2019 list of the world’s best 50 restaurants in a disappointing result for British chefs.London may see itself as one of the culinary capitals of the world but it has just two restaurants in the top 50 – the same number as Moscow – and both within a few hundred metres of each other. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:42:44 GMT)

Jeremy Hunt pulls Foreign Office support for Nicola Sturgeon
Tory leadership candidate accused of playing politics with move against first ministerJeremy Hunt has been accused of trying to boost his Conservative leadership campaign by withdrawing Foreign Office (FCO) support for Nicola Sturgeon’s overseas visits.The foreign secretary has confirmed that he has ordered his department not to provide any official or consular support for Sturgeon’s trips abroad if she uses them to campaign for Scottish independence. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:40:15 GMT)

Insects tipped to rival sushi as fashionable food of the future
Analysts believe falling prices and reduced ‘yuck factor’ will build appetite for bug cuisineCricket crisps and buffalo worm burgers could be as fashionable as sushi within a decade due to falling prices and a waning “yuck factor”, which analysts believe could push the bug protein market to a value of £6bn by 2030.A report has shone a spotlight on a market enjoying bumper growth, with sales increasing by about 25% a year as high-protein, low-calorie bug-based snacks and staples shake off their association with I’m a Celebrity-style bushtucker trials. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:32:17 GMT)

Shocking photo of drowned father and daughter highlights migrants' border peril
The toddler’s arm was still draped around her father’s neck after bodies were found in the Rio Grande as they sought asylumWarning: contains graphic imagesThe grim reality of the migration crisis unfolding on America’s southern border has been captured in photographs showing the lifeless bodies of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Texas.The images, taken on Monday , show Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 26, and his daughter Valeria, lying face down in shallow water. The 23-month-old toddler’s arm is draped around her father’s neck, suggesting that she was clinging to him in her final moments. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:39:10 GMT)

Robert Mueller to testify before House committees in July
Special counsel agrees to testify in open session on 17 July, chairmen of judiciary and intelligence committees sayThe special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress next month.Mueller agreed to testify before the House judiciary committee and House permanent select committee on intelligence in an open session on 17 July, the chairmen of the committees announced on Tuesday, in what is likely to be the most highly anticipated congressional hearing in years. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:29:28 GMT)

Pacific nations are 'victims' of Australian and New Zealand appetite for drugs, experts say
Australia urged to take action to stop cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking from Latin America through Pacific regionAustralia and New Zealand have been urged to do more to fight the drug trade across the Pacific and take responsibility for the fact that the demand for drugs in cities such as Sydney and Auckland was having devastating effects on small Pacific nations.Drug traffickers transport cocaine and methamphetamines through Pacific nations from the US and Latin America to Australia and New Zealand, where drug users pay the highest price per gram (about A$300 or £180) for cocaine and have the highest cocaine use per capita in the world. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:31:43 GMT)

Trump and Xi trade talks loom large over G20 meeting in Japan
The US and Chinese presidents are expected to discuss the year-long dispute, but experts say substantive agreement is unlikelyTrade talks between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are expected to dominate the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, where the two leaders are expected to meet on the final day of the event. Despite the highly anticipated meeting between the US and Chinese presidents on Saturday, the first since trade talks broke down in May, few expect a substantive agreement to end almost a year of trade tensions and months of deteriorating ties between the world’s two largest economies. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:12:25 GMT)

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency faces questions from international regulators
Chair of Financial Stability Board says company’s plans could spark closer scrutiny of cryptocurrenciesFacebook’s Libra cryptocurrency is facing increasing skepticism from international regulators days after ambitious plans for it were unveiled by the social media company.On Tuesday, Randal Quarles, chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), a policy coordinator for G20 countries, said Facebook’s plan to expand into retail payments could lead regulators to take a closer look at such financial instruments. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 22:26:48 GMT)

Air pollution 'may affect number of eggs ovaries can produce'
Results suggest environmental factors could play a role in female reproductive healthAir pollution has been linked to a drop in activity of a woman’s ovaries, researchers have revealed.Experts say the findings suggest the female reproductive system is affected by environmental factors, although the study does not look specifically at the impact of air pollution on fertility. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:30:12 GMT)

Germany ‘will talk to the last hour’ to avoid no-deal Brexit
UK ambassador says Berlin is willing to hear fresh ideas for Irish border problemGermany will fight to the last hour to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal and is willing to hear any fresh ideas for the Irish border backstop, the country’s ambassador to the UK has said.Speaking at a car manufacturers’ summit in London, Peter Wittig said Germany cherished its relationship with the UK and was ready to talk about solutions the new prime minister might have for the Irish border problem. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:55:11 GMT)

Video appears to show man dumping water on homeless woman in San Francisco
Witness describes ‘attack’ on woman and her belongings after person pours water from a rooftopSan Francisco is reckoning with new reports of harassment and attacks on its homeless community, after video emerged of a person dumping a bucket of water on a homeless individual from the roof of a building.The footage, which spread on social media this week, showed someone standing on a roof of a two-story building and throwing water on a person and their belongings on the street directly below. One witness told the Guardian it was clear the dousing on Sunday afternoon was intentional, and another local resident said he had witnessed a similar dumping incident targeting a homeless person on the same street a week prior. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:27:04 GMT)

Thousands attend Cyprus communist ex-president's funeral
Demetris Christofias admired Cuba and advocated detente with Turkish Cypriots Thousands have flocked to pay their respects to Demetris Christofias, Cyprus’ former president, and for five years the EU’s only communist leader, in a rare outpouring of grief on the Mediterranean island.Christofias, who lead the Progressive party of the Working People (Akel) and was president from 2008 to 2013, received the emotional farewell as his body lay in state at the federation representing trade unions before being put to rest in a state funeral in Nicosia. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:00:36 GMT)

‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive
Right to life is likely to be undermined alongside the rule of law, special rapporteur saysThe world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said.Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food, and housing for hundreds of millions of people, but also democracy and the rule of law. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 08:00:36 GMT)

Two books about Northern Irish Troubles win Orwell prize 2019
Anna Burns’ Milkman and Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing win political fiction and political writing awardsTwo books about the Troubles in Northern Ireland have been announced as the winners of the Orwell prize 2019.Anna Burns’ experimental novel Milkman won the inaugural prize for political fiction, while the prize for political writing was awarded to Patrick Radden Keefe for his book Say Nothing. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:30:24 GMT)

David Lee Roth: 'My advice for aspiring artists? Breathable fabrics'
The Van Halen singer on squeezing into spandex for the 1980 Pinkpop festival in Holland – and his unfortunate run-in with a disco mirrorball I wore this outfit on stage at the Pinkpop festival in Holland in 1980. On the way there, I broke my nose on a disco mirrorball. I had it stabilised in a surgical unit in California, then flew back to Holland. Everybody thought I was making an Adam Ant-style fashion statement with the plaster.This look is that of a carefully constructed action figure. In terms of music, it’s all Brit. It’s Freddie, Bowie and the guy in Zeppelin. Theatrically, you’re looking at Spider-Man, with a little Groucho thrown in. Anybody can go to the vintage store and collect boots from the cowboy section, and mix it with motorcycle jackets and so forth, [but] this launched a generational prison break. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:29:24 GMT)

Euphoria here we come! Fatboy Slim on his 'silent' Ibiza film with Julien Temple
Norman Cook has spent three decades blowing the Ibiza party crowd away. The DJ reveals why he teamed up with the director to capture 2,000 years of the island’s wild, strange historySuperstar DJ Fatboy Slim was recently thinking about – and questioning – what it is he does. “I’m just a middle-aged man playing a lot of loud squelching noises to young people, waving his arms around in the air. What really is that?” he asked himself.But then it does make them dance and smile, and he, Norman Cook, still enjoys doing it. “It’s not what I would have chosen to be doing at this age” – 55 – “but I’m loving it so much. It’s the best job in the world because I love music, and my love of music involves sharing it with people.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:53:57 GMT)

‘What is Solaris?’: sci-fi classic gets gender-flipped for mainstage adaptation
David Greig and Matthew Lutton take on the somewhat impregnable cult story, which premieres in Australia before transferring to ScotlandIt’s the lure of the unknowable that drew the Australian stage director Matthew Lutton and the Scottish writer David Greig into the inscrutable alien world of Solaris.The thin, cultish 1961 novel by the Polish author Stanislaw Lem reached beyond its sci-fi audience when it was adapted for the screen – first as a Soviet television play in 1968, and most recently in 2002 by Steven Soderbergh. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:00:22 GMT)

Oliver Twiss and Martin Guzzlewit – the fan fiction that ripped off Dickens
Press baron Edward Lloyd caused outrage with his cheap imitations of Dickens’ great novels – and paved the way for his own hugely popular ‘penny dreadfuls’They are both orphans who leave the poorhouse to fall in with a criminal gang, but while Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist has stood the test of time, Oliver Twiss, a cheap copy that was rushed out to cash in on Dickens’ popularity and which the novelist despised, has largely been forgotten.Oliver Twiss was one of many plagiarisms of Dickens published by the press baron Edward Lloyd, with Barnaby Budge, Martin Guzzlewit, The Penny Pickwick and Nickelas Nickelbery also hitting shelves in the mid-19th century. Dickens loathed the rip-offs, and went to court to have them banned. The judge refused, ruling: “No person who had ever seen the original could imagine the other to be anything else than a counterfeit, bearing no resemblance to the thing it was intended to imitate.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:45:34 GMT)

From Milton Keynes to London: why I love my commute – it's practically a spa break
Happiness coach Alice Judge-Talbot tells Heidi Scrimgeour why she loves her new home in Milton Keynes – and the contrasts offered by travelling to London during the weekIf you ever find yourself next to Alice Judge-Talbot on a train from Milton Keynes to London, don’t expect her to strike up a conversation. It’s not that the happiness coach and author of The Back-Up Plan doesn’t want to chat, it’s just that she views her commute as a sacred space in an otherwise busy life.“I’ve got two kids, which might have something to do with my perspective, but my commute gives me half an hour where no one talks to me, so I can read a book or write some emails – that’s practically a spa break, it’s wonderful,” she says. Continue reading...
(Fri, 07 Jun 2019 16:16:51 GMT)

No, Coventry is not 'basically Birmingham' – the unwritten rules of the West Midlands
One local explains how to navigate Elephant City with some insider tips and tricksCoventry. A city that is unfortunately so near to Birmingham that it is often forgotten about, but also fortunately just far enough away that we don’t speak with that accent. In fact, “we speak with an accent that’s exceedingly rare!” At least that’s what the Coventry City fans sing every week, whether it’s at the Ricoh Arena or at away games up and down the country – or that season we played our home games in Northampton, but we don’t talk about that.Luckily, due to our location on one of the country’s most central rail lines, it’s incredibly easy for us to get to just about anywhere in the UK, whether it be for football, shopping, boozing, sightseeing, or … what else is there? Continue reading...
(Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:29:21 GMT)

There's no business like shoe business: the unwritten rules of Northampton
BBC Asian Network broadcaster and Northampton local Amrit Matharu offers her tips navigating and making the most the historic East Midlands town If you’re planning a day out, it’s always easiest to meet in the middle – which seems like a fine enough reason to meet in Northampton, the East Midlands hub that is one of the most centrally located towns in England. Famed for shoemaking and its connection to the late Princess Diana, it’s easy to reach from England’s major cities, as well as much of the rest of the UK. I myself commute between London and Northampton with London Northwestern Railway using their cheap turn up and go off-peak returns (and even cheaper super off-peak day-returns). If you’re visiting, make sure to follow these unwritten rules and make the most of your trip.You should drink local beer (including Carlsberg)Northampton is home to the Carlsberg brewery, and in and around the surrounding areas of Far Cotton you can smell the golden liquid in the atmosphere as it brews. As well as local breweries and great pubs, Northampton is also home to Warner Edwards gin, founded in 2012 on Falls Farm. Tom Warner and partner Tina Warner-Keogh’s dream to save the world from mediocre gin has created several experimental varieties, from tangy rhubarb and lemon balm to honeybee, which you can see crafted and distilled on a bookable tour. Continue reading...
(Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:29:07 GMT)

‘It’s a chilled out place’: why I quit London for Coventry
Commuting to London from Coventry enables Adam Tranter to pursue his outdoor passions and be a more worldly city worker. Here he explains his journey, plus some Coventry highlightsMost of us bear the commute to work grudgingly. We’ll even compromise on where we live just to make the back-and-forth from work as fuss-free as possible. But Adam Tranter, founder and director of a PR and media business based in London, decided to do the opposite. He chose to quit the capital and make Kenilworth, just outside Coventry, his home instead. And it’s transformed his work-life balance.A passionate cyclist before bib shorts and sportives became cool, Tranter actually grew up near Kenilworth where he worked as a “Saturday lad” in his local bike shop as a teenager. While he was still at school, he started his company Fusion Media, making websites for local businesses. Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:05:42 GMT)

Why do Britons have fewer close friends than people in any other country?
A survey by Snapchat says people in Britain have a paucity of good pals. We took to the streets to find out moreHow many close friends is too many? In Britain, it seems to be a question of why we don’t have more. A global study of 10,000 people by Snapchat has found that Britons have fewer “best friends” – 2.6 on average – than those in other countries. In Saudi Arabia, participants reported 6.6 best friends on average. But do we really need any more?According to the MIT Technology Review, humans can cope with a maximum of five friends in their closest friendship circle. Meanwhile, Robin Dunbar, a psychologist at the University of Oxford, found in a 2016 study of 27,000 European phone-call logs that, on average, each person studied had 4.1 intimate relationships. So, how does the amount of close friends we have affect our lives? We took to the streets to find out. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:46:41 GMT)

Cashless Monopoly: Is this the final nail in the coffin for physical money?
The board game is launching a digital edition, introducing kids to a cashless society. But it may be jumping the gun …For many children, the board game Monopoly is their introduction to capitalism, slum landlords and what to do with wedges of banknotes. While the first two may still prove grimly relevant to their lives, a whole generation of children may grow up wondering what cash is. Hasbro, which makes Monopoly, is bringing out a cashless version with a digital “voice banking” edition, which keeps track of players’ transactions – no banker, no thrilling piles of banknotes.We are moving towards a cashless society. Cash accounts for three in 10 transactions, compared with six in 10 a decade ago. In 15 years’ time, this is predicted to fall to one in 10. Some Big Issue sellers take cards, while a new app, Giving Streets, will soon allow you to donate to homeless people using your mobile phone. Buskers in London and street performers in Edinburgh use contactless payment points for tips. Galleries and museums do the same for donations. So do churches. You can make small cashless payments to access public lavatories, and there are cafes and pubs that take only cards. In London, you haven’t been able to pay for a bus ticket with cash for some time. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:43:10 GMT)

Does Gucci’s £1,800 shell suit signal the return of the 1980s' worst look?
The much-mocked item of sportswear has apparently evolved. But it still looks like a migraineName: Gucci oversize waterproof nylon jacket and tracksuit bottoms.Colour: Green, blue, purple, orange and red. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:03:33 GMT)

‘Don’t get fired’: Beyoncé choose-your-own-adventure game takes over Twitter
A viral thread has found a new use for the platform: playing out a day as the star’s assistant, from breakfast to FaceTiming her kidsFor most of its existence the functionality of Twitter has been limited to a few basic options: keeping up with news and arguing with trolls. Lately it has also been a way to transmit the neuroses of Donald Trump into all of our phones on a near constant basis. But this week a Twitter user devised a use of the social media platform that’s actually fun – a choose-your-own-adventure game involving Beyoncé.It’s your first day on the job and Beyoncé is getting ready for a red carpet. What are you getting her for breakfast? Yogurt, granola and strawberries or a 5 star breakfast. pic.twitter.com/05Zq5Ccai5 Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:29:25 GMT)

Knitting website's war on Trump forces crafting community to confront racism
The knitting community may be seen as apolitical, but a conversation has been building over race, hate speech and the president‘White supremacy’: popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for TrumpAnother online forum is unraveling over political speech.The knitting community – traditionally viewed as a wholesome, screen-free, apolitical hobby – is entangled in a broader debate about racism and social justice. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:00:41 GMT)

Could you be suffering from mid-year burnout?
We’ve just passed the halfway mark of 2019 and we want to know: do you feel more tired or run down than you have in the past?We’d like to speak to those who believe themselves to be more burned out at this point of the year than has previously been the case.You might have noticed the increased sunshine and warmer temperatures having less of a positive impact on your health or mindset than they have in past summers. Or you might have taken ages to get over an illness from early in the year. Or you might be running yourself ragged with too many work and social commitments. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:25:28 GMT)

Send us a tip on a great UK seaside cafe or restaurant to win a £200 hotel voucher
Share your favourite places to eat and drink anywhere on the UK shoreline Wonderful seafood, a brilliant location, great value, an unusual building … there are many ingredients that make up a superb beach or seafront cafe or restaurant. Oyster shacks, smokeries, fresh crab stalls and traditional fish and chip restaurants could all be among your favourites. Michelin stars aren’t a necessary constituent of superb places to eat, but let’s not rule them out!Whether it’s a remote rural cafe above a secret inlet or a busy quality restaurant on a popular beach in or near a town, please feel free to share your experience. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:54:43 GMT)

Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of ‘needle’
Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘needle’The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘needle’.Share your photos of what needle means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box. Continue reading...
(Sun, 23 Jun 2019 08:00:39 GMT)

Tell us about the one lifestyle change that worked for you
As part of a series exploring how one change can make a profound personal impact, we want to hear from youWhat is the most impactful lifestyle change that you have made that has improved your health and wellbeing? Over the past few months, writers have been describing their experiences of the one change that worked for them, as part of a weekly series. We have heard stories of overcoming addiction, rediscovering faith, ending an engagement, exercising less, going out more. Now, it is over to you.If you have a story you would like to share – this could be something dramatic like giving up drinking, becoming a vegan or taking up a new exercise regime, or it could be something much more subtle which affected a big change – we want to hear from you. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Jun 2019 08:00:09 GMT)

Lift 'unfair' ban on ivory trade, southern African leaders urge summit
Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia call for embargo suspension to allow sale of hugely valuable stockpilesSouthern African leaders have renewed calls for a lifting of the ban on the ivory trade as debate over the “unfair” embargo escalates.At a wildlife economic summit in Zimbabwe, leaders of the five countries that make up the Kavango-Zambezi conservation area – Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia – raised the issue ahead of the August conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Geneva, Switzerland. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:09 GMT)

Kushner plan leaves Middle East deal seeming further away than ever
Plan demands Palestinians put a price on their surrender or risk losing even more groundIn the long, lamented history of Israeli-Palestinian peace plans, rarely have expectations been so low. As Jared Kushner took to the stage in Bahrain to effectively lay waste to decades of doctrine on how to solve the conflict, a solution seemed more out of reach than ever.Kushner’s proposal has been put together by hardliners who have tossed out the rulebook and written a formula of their own serving the interests of the Israeli rightwing. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:44:22 GMT)

Virtual visits: how Finland is coping with an ageing population | Sarah Johnson
Online lunch clubs are the start of a remote care revolution to reduce the spiralling costs of caring for older peopleIt’s 11.30am on a midweek June morning in Helsinki, Finland. Duvi Leineberg, a remote care nurse, is doing the lunch rounds. But instead of jumping in a car and visiting each person one by one, she is sitting in an office looking at a large computer screen where she can see into seven people’s homes. Most are sitting at a table preparing to tuck into some food. Related: Personal care should be free for over-65s, says thinktank Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:21 GMT)

Christina Crawford on life after Mommie Dearest: ‘My mother should have been in jail’
Her memoir of life with her abusive adoptive mother, the Hollywood superstar Joan Crawford, was perhaps the first ever to document child abuse from the point of view of the child. Now 80, is she finally free from the fallout?It is Christina Crawford’s 80th birthday on the day we meet, and she is energetic after an opening night. A couple of days earlier, Mommie Dearest, the musical based on her blockbuster 1978 memoir of the same name, had a run-through at Birdland, the renowned New York jazz venue, and she is hoping the show will find backing for a full production. “It was sold out, it was fabulous,” she says, looking glamorous and spry, before issuing what has become a standard warning: “The musical had absolutely nothing to do with the movie. I want to put that in big capital letters.”The movie she is referring to is, of course, the 1981 adaptation of Christina’s memoir that starred Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, Christina’s adoptive mother, whose abuses, soberly detailed in the book, were turned by the movie into high camp. As chronicled in Mommie Dearest, Crawford slapped, kicked, punched and tried to strangle her daughter, while subjecting her to a severe schedule of cleaning and other household chores, driven by the movie star’s alcoholism and who knows what else. “We didn’t have a language for it,” says Christina. “We didn’t have laws for it. We didn’t have a social context for it, and we had shame. A tremendous amount of shame, coupled with fear. It wasn’t easy.” She laughs at the understatement. The publication of Mommie Dearest, perhaps the first memoir ever to document child abuse from the point of view of the child, changed the landscape of victim representation and was an early precursor to today’s more robust state of victims’ rights. “I’m not a martyr, but I think, looking back, it is truly amazing to me what one person can do.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:00:44 GMT)

Norman Stone obituary
Historian and controversial media commentator who taught at Cambridge, Oxford and in TurkeyOne of the specialities of the historian Norman Stone, who has died aged 78, was character assassination. As a judge of the Fraenkel prize in contemporary history some years ago, he told the astonished members of the jury that they should not award the prize to a historian of Germany whose politics he disliked because she was an East German agent – an allegation that was enough to rule her out of contention even though it was absolutely baseless and undoubtedly defamatory.Shortly after the death in 1982 of his patron and mentor in Cambridge, EH Carr, the author of a multivolume History of Soviet Russia and influential works on historiography and international relations, Stone published a lengthy assault on his reputation, which included lurid details of his three marriages. When a colleague criticised this “outrageous” diatribe to his face, telling him that Carr “always said you were amoral”, Stone responded: “And he always said you were a bore” (probably an invention, though one cannot know for sure). Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:32:20 GMT)

Soul Midwives’ Felicity Warner: ‘Dying is so medicalised. It makes people fearful’
The founder of Soul Midwives on how greater compassion and care can lead to people having a more gentle, tranquil deathFelicity Warner wants everyone to die well. She is the woman behind Soul Midwives: non-medical companions who provide one-to-one holistic and spiritual care to people who are dying. The term “midwife” is no accident. It refers to the similarities between drawing our first breath and our last. Just as there are certain stages for a woman in labour prior to giving birth, so are there certain end-of-life stages before someone eventually dies, says Warner. It’s the same idea as end-of-life doulas. “A soul midwife will recognise those stages and will work with them like a midwife would at birth.” Related: Suzanne Moore on Nick Cave: 'Rarely have I heard someone express grief so well' Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:00:43 GMT)

Johnson and Hunt on the Tory campaign trail - in pictures
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are campaigning to party members prior to a final ballot, the result of which will be announced during the week of 22 JulyTory leadership - latest Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:38:07 GMT)

Lightshows, selfies and bonfires: Tuesday's best photos
The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:25:10 GMT)

‘I think therefore I cycle’: 50 years of Dutch anti-car posters – in pictures
We rounded up half a century of protest posters and stickers from campaigns which helped Amsterdam become the ‘cycle capital of the world’Bike City Amsterdam by Fred Feddes and Marjolein de Lange is published by Bas Lubberhuizen Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:00:41 GMT)

Earth Photo 2019 – the shortlisted artists
Contenders for prizes in the competition developed jointly by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society. The photographs will be displayed at the RGS, London, from 6 July-22 August Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:00:34 GMT)

Clare in the community: a window on the world
Clare’s colleagues feel the pane Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:00:10 GMT)

'I search for chaos': street photography's new stars – in pictures
From the stray cats of Istanbul to Belgium’s cross-dressing carnival, the LensCulture street photography awards celebrate a bold new wave of street-life chroniclers. Here’s our pick of the best entriesView more award-winners on LensCulture’s website Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:00:46 GMT)

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