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Revealed: 20 areas of England at most risk of coronavirus resurgence
• Bradford, Sheffield and Kirklees among areas of concern• Army deployed for hotspot mobile testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has drawn up a list of 20 councils facing the worst coronavirus outbreaks in England, with Bradford, Sheffield and Kirklees identified as areas needing “enhanced support”, according to a classified document leaked to the Observer and the Guardian.As evidence mounts that the relaxation of lockdown rules is leading to a resurgence of Covid-19 in some of England’s most deprived and ethnically mixed areas, officials have ordered the army to deploy extra mobile testing units, which will be sent into a series of hotspots around the country from this weekend. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:54:35 GMT)

Donald Trump wears mask in public for first time during Covid-19 pandemic
President wears face covering during visit to military hospital as cases of coronavirus surge across the United StatesDonald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time during a visit to a military hospital a short helicopter ride from the White House on Saturday evening. The president’s decision to wear a mask came as cases of coronavirus surged to record levels in the US and after aides and experts urged Trump to follow his own government’s guidelines on face coverings.Trump flew to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington DC to meet wounded service members and health care providers caring for Covid-19 patients. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 22:53:08 GMT)

Hundreds visit Leeds United ground to remember Jack Charlton
Bouquets and tributes at Elland Road show how much Big Jack was admired in the city and beyondThey came in their hundreds, paying homage to the man known across the world as Big Jack. But beneath the stands of West Yorkshire’s Elland Road, Jack Charlton was most commonly remembered as an adopted Loiner, a citizen of Leeds.Charlton, who died on Friday aged 85, spent almost a quarter of his life marshalling the defence of Leeds United, retiring as a one-club man having made a record number of appearances. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:44:18 GMT)

Liverpool gangs 'dominate' gun and drugs trade outside London
National Crime Agency uses encrypted chat to uncover gun factories in north-westOrganised criminal gangs from Liverpool have risen to the summit of the UK underworld and “dominate” the firearms and drugs-trade outside London, the latest intelligence from senior officers at the National Crime Agency (NCA) reveals.Analysis of encrypted messages from a communications system used by criminals has shown that the city has become the preeminent location for top-tier gangs sourcing high-volume importations of drugs and automatic weapons. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:30:16 GMT)

Labour calls for immediate publication of inquiry into Priti Patel bullying claims
Senior shadow ministers concerned No 10 aides may be putting pressure on the inquiryAn inquiry into allegations that the home secretary, Priti Patel, bullied staff must be published immediately amid claims the inquiry’s chief is resisting pressure from Downing Street to exonerate her, Labour has said.The shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, wrote to the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, on Saturday, saying the delay in publishing the findings is unacceptable. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:15:50 GMT)

Competent, likeable, decisive: Keir Starmer beating Boris Johnson on all counts
An Observer poll finds voters now believe that the Labour leader is outperforming the prime ministerHalf of UK voters say they have formed a more favourable view of the Labour party since Keir Starmer became its leader in April, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer. On Monday Starmer will mark his first 100 days since succeeding Jeremy Corbyn, and he has made a far greater positive impact with the electorate than his predecessor did in his early days in charge. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:15:18 GMT)

David Gauke: tax rises and cuts only way to pay for Covid-19
Former Treasury minister expresses his party’s anxiety over UK’s rising pandemic bill Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will have to order steep tax rises or another brutal round of spending cuts to plug a £40bn gap in the public finances caused by emergency spending during the Covid-19 crisis, the former Tory Treasury minister David Gauke says today.The warning of painful income tax and VAT rises from a respected figure with seven years of ministerial experience at the Treasury comes amid growing anxiety in sections of the Conservative party about the ballooning deficit and spiralling debt burden. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:21:04 GMT)

British student who fled to join Isis dies while in jail in Syria
Ishak Mostefaoui, formerly at the University of Westminster, died either trying to escape custody or amid disorder in the prisonA British student who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria has died while being held in prison in the country, according to reports.Ishak Mostefaoui, 27, who travelled to Syria in 2014 and had his British citizenship revoked, is said to have died either trying to escape custody or amid serious disorder in a jail in Hassakeh, which holds Isis prisoners from across the world. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 22:57:06 GMT)

Guardian's Today in Focus triumphs at British Podcast Awards
Current affairs podcast beats the Economist and James O’Brien, among othersToday in Focus, the Guardian’s daily current affairs podcast, triumphed at the British Podcast Awards on Saturday, beating weighty competition from the Tortoise, the Economist and popular radio presenter James O’Brien, among others, in the Best Current Affairs category.One of the show’s regular hosts, Anushka Asthana, said the award had been given for work she already regarded as “an absolute career highlight because it has given me the chance to work with the best producers that I’ve ever come across – who have put their heart and soul into launching and growing this podcast – ever since editor Katharine Viner came up with the idea.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:47:07 GMT)

Jealous Johnny Depp ‘tried to stop Amber Heard sex scenes’, court told
Actor denies his behaviour was controlling as he sues paper for abuse allegationsDetails of sex scenes Amber Heard was to play on screen were kept from her husband, Johnny Depp, court documents have revealed. The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who admits to having jealous feelings, told the judge hearing his London libel case against the Sun that he “was uncomfortable with the idea of her doing nudity”.Evidence put together by lawyers working for Heard suggests that, during the last stages of their two-year marriage, trust had broken down to the extent that Depp wanted to prevent his wife wearing revealing outfits on the red carpet and from taking parts in films involving nude scenes. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:08:50 GMT)

Animal rights group turns fountains red in London's Trafalgar Square
Two arrested after protest calling for end to factory farming, which they say is real cause of Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo people have been arrested in London after protesters dyed Trafalgar Square’s fountains blood red to call for the government to prevent future pandemics by ending factory farming.The Animal Rebellion group said it staged the protest in central London on Saturday to draw attention to what it believes to be the real cause of the Covid-19 crisis – animal exploitation. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:37:15 GMT)

Coronavirus live news: Australia vaccine human trials to start, Trump wears mask in public
‘Molecular clamp’ jab from University of Queensland ‘ticked all the boxes’ in animal tests; Florida reopens Walt Disney World despite infection surge 1.35am BST A leading Australian business group says it’s naive to believe a few adjustments to the economy will help Australia recover from the coronavirus pandemic and get people back into jobs.From AAP: Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott says the economy needs to be opened up, businesses need to invest and governments will need to stimulate through infrastructure spending, tax cuts and the extension of the JobKeeper and JobSeeker arrangements. 1.22am BST Reuters: Mexico’s Health Ministry on Saturday reported 6,094 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 539 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 295,268 cases and 34,730 deaths.The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Continue reading...
(Sun, 12 Jul 2020 00:35:07 GMT)

'It's a wonderful privilege': swimmers return to Hampstead Heath ponds
Regulars appreciate the joys of swimming in famous London ponds post-lockdown“It was like trying to get tickets for Glastonbury!” said John Roberts, waving a paper ticket. It was his birthday and he and wife, Susanna, were palpably excited to be on their way for a swim in the mixed pond at Hampstead Heath for the first time in months.Having spent lockdown working from their third-floor flat in Belsize Park without access to a garden, the couple, who are expecting their first baby, had been eagerly anticipating the government’s announcement on Thursday that outdoor swimming facilities would be reopening. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:35:22 GMT)

Global ‘catastrophe’ looms as Covid-19 fuels inequality
Job losses, homelessness, school closures and acute hunger set to rise dramatically without urgent support, Christian Aid warnsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe pandemic has exposed and reinforced deep inequalities across the world, with the true extent yet to be seen, according to a major new report.The crisis in the poorest countries threatens to escalate into a catastrophe as job losses and food insecurity mount. “The economic, social and political impacts are only starting to unfold,” says Building Back with Justice: Dismantling Inequalities after Covid-19, to be published by Christian Aid later this month. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:00:15 GMT)

Man plans to sue NHS after cancer surgery delayed due to coronavirus
Former health service official paid £20,000 for private care after he was warned of long wait for biopsyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA former senior NHS official plans to sue the organisation after he had to pay a private hospital £20,000 for potentially life-saving cancer surgery because NHS care was suspended due to Covid-19.Rob McMahon, 68, decided to seek private treatment after Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS trust told him that he would have to wait much longer than usual for a biopsy. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer after an MRI scan on 19 March, four days before the lockdown began. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:35:41 GMT)

Colleges fear closure as coronavirus worsens 16-plus funding crisis
Without extra support, as many as 40 institutions at risk of running out of cash Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDr Paul Phillips is in what he calls “a very difficult situation”. Weston College, the further education college he runs in Weston-super-Mare, is facing a big coronavirus-shaped hole in its budget. He needs to spend at least an extra £750,000 on Covid-19 safety adjustments and catch-up courses, but expects his revenue from apprenticeships in industries like tourism, hospitality and construction to drop by up to £2m. “I’ve got a massive redundancy issue. I’m already restructuring.”The government this month announced a £1bn education catch-up fund to help English pupils get up to speed with what they have missed in school during lockdown, but it decided that no extra money should go to the 16-plus sector. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:56:47 GMT)

Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed Covid-19 cases
Latest figures from public health authorities on the spread of Covid-19 in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Find out how many confirmed cases have been reported in each local authorityPlease note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases – some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not included in these counts.Update 3 July: Public Health England is now including “pillar 1” and “pillar 2” cases for local authorities in England. Many places will have seen an apparent rise in cases, which is chiefly due to this adjustment in the way the data is published. PHE explains the nature of the change here. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:24:25 GMT)

No 10 plans weight loss drive to ready UK for expected Covid-19 second wave
Boris Johnson now a convert to losing weight after being severely ill with coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government is poised to launch an emergency drive to slim down the nation and reduce the incidence of conditions such as type 2 diabetes before an expected second wave of coronavirus, the Guardian has learned.Downing Street is planning what has been billed as a “war against obesity” after Boris Johnson needed intensive care treatment for Covid-19, which the prime minister reportedly blamed on his weight. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:00:04 GMT)

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for coronavirus
Bachchan’s son Abhishek has also tested positive for the virus, and both are in hospitalBollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalised in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital.In a tweet on Saturday, Bachchan, 77, said his family and staff have also undergone tests and are awaiting results. He appealed to those who were in close proximity to him in the past 10 days to get themselves tested. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:03:38 GMT)

Donald Trump wears mask in public for first time – as it happened
Florida and Texas see record surges in daily casesGlobal coronavirus liveblog: latest updatesWill Republicans ditch Trump to save the Senate?Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 11.42pm BST We’ll be shutting down the blog shortly. Here’s a look at today’s top news lines: 10.58pm BST Donald Trump was wearing a black mask as he walked down the entryway of Walter Reed medical center accompanied by hospital staff, marking the first time he has been seen wearing a protective face covering in public.The president did not stop to take questions from the White House pool before turning down a hallway. His meeting with injured troops and staff is closed to the press. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 22:56:57 GMT)

Serbian police arrest 71 in coronavirus protests
Riots continue in Belgrade in protest against government handling of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSerbian police have detained 71 people after clashes during a fourth night of anti-government protests that were initially sparked by the announcement of a new coronavirus lockdown, a senior police official has said.Fourteen police officers were injured when hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building in downtown Belgrade on Friday evening, the police director, Vladimir Rebić, said. Several reporters were also hurt. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:12:12 GMT)

Coronavirus world map: which countries have the most Covid-19 cases and deaths?
Covid-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope. Find out where the virus has spread, and where it has been most deadlyCoronavirus map of the UKCoronavirus map of the USCoronavirus cases in Australia Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:07:22 GMT)

With 120 countries making masks compulsory in public, shouldn’t England?
Scientists still divided on the issue as PM hints he will make face coverings mandatory for shoppersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists remain divided over the effectiveness of masks in providing protection against the Covid-19 virus in the wake of Boris Johnson’s hints that he would soon make face coverings compulsory in shops in England.Some senior researchers told the Observer that they strongly backed the decision as part of the government’s campaign to encourage people to get back to work. Others were less certain that it would be effective. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:57:15 GMT)

Prove that Labour really is anti-racist, Dawn Butler tells Keir Starmer
The Brent Central MP fears the party is losing support among black and minority ethnic votersLabour MP Dawn Butler has said she understands why the party is losing support with young black, Asian and minority ethnic voters and that Keir Starmer’s leadership must prove itself to be anti-racist to win members back.Speaking to The Observer, the former shadow equalities minister said: “I don’t blame anyone for being unforgiving and uncompromising in this moment. Young black people are seeking meaningful change and commitment and nothing less will do. I completely endorse that. The Labour party is an anti-racist party but it has to prove that. It’s not something that is a given, it is something that has to be re-earned.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:31:18 GMT)

Wasteful, damaging and outmoded: is it time to stop building skyscrapers?
Tall buildings are still deemed desirable, even glamorous, but experts are drawing attention to the high environmental cost of building themIf no one ever built a skyscraper ever again, anywhere, who would truly miss them? I ask, because the engineer Tim Snelson, of the design consultancy Arup, has just blown a hole in any claim they might have had to be environmentally sustainable. Writing in this month’s issue of the architecture magazine Domus, he points out that a typical skyscraper will have at least double the carbon footprint of a 10-storey building of the same floor area.He is talking about the resources that go into building it, what is called its “embodied” energy. Tall buildings are more structurally demanding than lower ones – it takes a lot of effort, for example, to stop them swaying – and so require more steel and concrete. In London, which is mostly built on clay as opposed to Manhattan’s rock, they require ample foundations. Snelson also mentions “in-use” energy consumption and carbon emissions – what is needed to cool and heat and run lifts, which he says are typically 20% more for tall than medium-height buildings. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:00:16 GMT)

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(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:17:40 GMT)

Nicola Barker: 'If I have a life philosophy, it's ferocious innocence'
The offbeat novelist on the difficulty of writing novels about writing novels – and sitting on her roof to watch the sun riseNicola Barker is the author of 13 novels, including the Booker-shortlisted Darkmans (2007) and the Goldsmiths prize-winning H(a)ppy (2018). Her work is resolutely avant garde, typically finding revelatory significance in everyday situations, whether on a golf course or in a British seaside town. She’s seeing out lockdown in Faversham, where she lives with two elderly French bulldogs, Moses and Sarge. Barker’s most recent novel, I Am Sovereign, has just been published in paperback.I Am Sovereign is a novel that is intimately concerned with the difficulty of writing novels. Did writing H(a)ppy somewhat exhaust the form for you?This book exists to answer that question. It’s a way of explaining to myself why it’s impossible for me now to write novels. After I wrote H(a)ppy, I effectively felt as if I’d destroyed the novel for myself. So it’s what do you do then? How do you come back from that kind of destruction? Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:00:17 GMT)

Vintage portraits updated for the age of coronavirus – in pictures
Artist Han Cao lives in Orange County, California, and has spent lockdown hand-embroidering floral masks on vintage photographs from the 1900s-1940s, “as a reminder of how other generations have weathered storms like these”. “Embroidery is almost meditative,” she says. “It makes me slow down and be present – something we always forget to do in this digital age.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:00:16 GMT)

The week in radio and podcasts: Goblin Market; Building a Library; The Archers - review
Christina Rossetti’s poem is brilliantly dramatised; here’s to Record Review’s critical thinking; and the lockdown Archers oversharesGoblin Market (Radio 4) | BBC SoundsRecord Review: Building a Library (Radio 3) | BBC SoundsThe Archers (Radio 4) | BBC SoundsFor most of the time during lockdown I have meandered in and out of radio: it is a constant, murmuring companion. Every now and then I have made a date. On Radio 4, with More Or Less to unravel the truth about Covid-19 statistics, and with Cabin Pressure for John Finnemore’s quick script and Roger Allam’s acid languor. And with a few programmes made by particular producers. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:00:16 GMT)

French lessons: a family apartment in Paris
A grand Parisian apartment is a family home to four active children and a collection of vintage designsWhen Géraldine Octernaud was 18, she swapped a pair of vintage trainers for a red Eames rocking chair. She had never heard of Charles or Ray Eames before, but it marked the start of a new obsession, becoming the first piece in her ever-evolving collection of vintage design.That collection – which spans the second half of the 20th century – is seen here in Octernaud’s Art Deco apartment in the 7th arrondissement in Paris. She moved into the apartment six years ago with her husband, Stephen, and three children (the couple now have four, aged between five and 13). Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:00:15 GMT)

What would annexation of parts of the West Bank mean for Palestinians? — podcast
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has proposed permanently seizing Palestinian territory by annexing swathes of the West Bank - a violation of international law. Journalist Mariam Barghouti and PIPD executive director Salem Barahmeh describe how this would formalise a system that millions of Palestinians are already enduring, while Jerusalem correspondent Oliver Holmes examines what is driving Netanyahu’s latest plansIn April last year, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced he planned to annex Jewish settlements, outposts in the West Bank where hundreds of thousands of Israelis live, to global condemnation. In September, the Israeli leader added he would also annex the Jordan Valley, which makes up to one-third of the West Bank and borders Jordan. The Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent, Oliver Holmes, tells Anushka Asthana why the support of US president Donald Trump, who may lose the election in November, has emboldened Netanyahu. Much uncertainty however, remains around when, how – or even if – Netanyahu will push forward with annexation and what effect it could have. Palestinian journalist Mariam Barghouti - based in Ramallah - and Salem Barahmeh, who is the executive director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy and lives in the Jordan Valley, describe the impact the Israel occupation already has on the lives of millions of Palestinians. Continue reading...
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 02:00:03 GMT)

The Leicester garment factories exposed by Covid-19
A spike in cases of Covid-19 in Leicester has led Guardian reporter Archie Bland to its garment factories. He discusses a story that goes beyond the pandemic and into workers’ rights, appalling factory conditions and the ethics of fast fashionWhen the Guardian’s senior reporter Archie Bland arrived in Leicester to cover a new coronavirus spike he thought he would be covering a story about the frustrations of a city stuck in lockdown.But, as he tells Anushka Asthana, he soon found that the trail of the new outbreak led to Leicester’s garment industry and the thousands of factories that continued to operate during lockdown, some allegedly without proper social distancing and in squalid conditions. Some of those factories supply the online fashion retailer Boohoo, which has seen a massive backlash this week. Continue reading...
(Thu, 09 Jul 2020 02:00:49 GMT)

Are the police failing BAME communities?
Bas Javid joined the Avon and Somerset police in 1993. Last year he became a commander at the Met. He reflects on his experiences as a BAME officer and discusses the use of stop and search, which has been cited as a continued source of tension between the force and communities. Ben Bowling, a professor of criminology and criminal justice, examines the history of police race relationsRachel Humphreys talks to Commander Bas Javid, the brother of the former chancellor Sajid Javid, about how racism during his childhood and his own experiences of stop and search influenced his decision to join Avon and Somerset police in 1993. Last year, he moved to the Metropolitan police and has been in charge of frontline policing during lockdown. He discusses the challenges the force has faced, and answers criticism of its use of stop and search. She also talks to Ben Bowling, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at King’s College London. Ben looks at the Met’s history of race relations and discusses the impact of the Macpherson report, which was published in the wake of the 1993 racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence. He believes the force has made a lot of progress but still has a way to go. Continue reading...
(Wed, 08 Jul 2020 02:00:04 GMT)

Crawley hits 76 but England lose late wickets to give West Indies upper hand
England 204 & 284-8; West Indies 318Five wickets fall for 30 after Crawley hits Test-best 76After all the agonising and the intricate planning the cricket has taken over, which is just what everyone wanted. A slow-burning Test match is reaching its climax and has become a compelling contest. There have been dull passages of play and some of the batting has been dour on a sluggish surface. But at the end of a wonderfully fluctuating day the situation has us all salivating. There are 98 overs to go and England lead by 170 with two wickets remaining.England appeared to be cruising after tea with Zak Crawley posting a career-best Test score and Ben Stokes looking imperious, but the loss of five wickets for 30 runs against the second new ball transformed the game. It all happened so fast that with a fine weather forecast the draw has been taken out of the equation. So just three possible outcomes remain with victory for the West Indies the favourite. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:33:13 GMT)

Raheem Sterling stoops to conquer Brighton with Manchester City hat-trick
On the horizon where beauty and sadism meet, Manchester City tore Brighton to ornate, sumptuous shreds. It was luxurious, it was cruel, it was pointless and yet in a strange way seemed to mean everything. Everyone knows that City’s biggest battles lie further afield: in the Champions League, and in the Lausanne courtroom where they will learn their fate on Monday. And here, with nothing tangible to play for in the league, City could simply play for the joy of playing, abetted by an opposition more than happy to let them do so.Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick, Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva added one each, but by then everyone was having too much fun to keep counting. For all the muted celebrations and multiple substitutions, giving the whole affair the feel of an international friendly against a small island nation with a precious vote on the Fifa executive committee, City’s intensity was irrepressible and irresistible. Perhaps, on reflection, this is the best way to enjoy Pep Guardiola’s baroque creation: no fans, no background noise, no forced narratives. Just football as its own lavish end. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:59:55 GMT)

Why Tottenham are stagnating under José Mourinho, who has yet to evolve | Jonathan Wilson
It’s hard not to feel we’ve have seen this all before and know how it plays out. The sense is the endgame has begunAs they prepare for the north London derby on Sunday, who would you rather be: Arsenal or Tottenham? For the past four years, it wasn’t a question that required much consideration. Even in 2015-16, when Arsenal last finished above Spurs, it felt freakish. The trajectories of the two clubs seemed clear: Spurs were rising, replete with gifted young players and blessed with a charismatic manager whose ideas were notably modern, while Arsenal were sinking in the dotage of a managerial great whose best years were behind him but whose departure would inevitably bring turbulence.Arsène Wenger’s retirement in 2018 did lead to chaos – or perhaps more accurately, exposed the chaos that was already there. With Ivan Gazidis and Sven Mislintat leaving, only Raul Sanllehi remains of the triumvirate who were supposed to replace him. Major concerns remain about recruitment and particularly the influence of the agent Kia Joorabchian. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:00:19 GMT)

Summer finally arrives at England's clubs where they live for cricket | Andy Bull
Some 300,000 club cricketers were left frustrated by the Covid-19 lockdown, but their time has come at lastBy midday, I was getting twitchy. The sun was out, the sky was blue and the season was starting. “There can be no summer in this land without cricket,” wrote Neville Cardus, and now, on 11 July, three months or so after the first swallows, summer was here at last. They were playing cricket again, at the clubs and in the villages, friendlies mainly, since the government’s sudden change of mind on whether they should be able to play or not had left so little time for anyone to arrange competitive fixtures. There are around 300,000 cricketers in England. It seemed strange, on a Saturday such as this, to limit myself to only the 11 of them playing in an empty ground outside Southampton. Related: Crawley hits 76 but England lose late wickets to give West Indies upper hand Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:00:21 GMT)

Oxted gives Cieren Fallon first Group One victory in July Cup
Son of Kieren Fallon triumphs in his second Group One rideFallon Jr: ‘My dad’s very proud and helped me a lot this year’Cieren Fallon’s father had been riding for nearly 10 years by the time he won his first Group One race, in May 1997. The son of Kieren, the six-time champion, is setting a brisker pace. In his third season with a licence and still officially an apprentice, Fallon Jr took the July Cup aboard Oxted here on Saturday with the assurance of a rider with many years’ experience under his belt. No one could have guessed it was his second Group One ride.Oxted has provided the 21-year-old with the biggest win of his career on three occasions: in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last September and then in the Group Three Abernant Stakes at Newmarket before Saturday’s breakthrough at the highest level. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:35:13 GMT)

Giovani Lo Celso ready to kick on after topsy-turvy beginning at Tottenham
Following an injury-hit start to life at Spurs, the Argentinian has established himself at the heart of José Mourinho’s midfieldFor Giovani Lo Celso, it is difficult to imagine what could possibly have made the experience sweeter. But there has been something. The Tottenham midfielder made his Argentina debut against Russia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in November 2017 and he now has 21 caps. The something was the person playing with him and in and around him on many subsequent occasions. It was the symbol of his hometown. Lo Celso is able to call Rosario’s own Lionel Messi a teammate.“It was a unique experience; a beautiful feeling,” Lo Celso says. “I’d dreamed of playing for the national team since I was a boy and to have been alongside Messi in training and to have played with him was a wonderful thing. He’s admired across the globe and we know he was born in Rosario. That’s wonderful for kids from there who idolise him. We know the class of player he is and that he’s from Rosario makes it even better.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 21:30:23 GMT)

Rishi Sunak is borrowing his way out of this crisis, but we'll all have to pay it back
By the autumn budget the chancellor will have to provide some idea of what taxes must rise to meet the nation’s billsWithin days of Rishi Sunak becoming chancellor of the exchequer, the UK plunged into the deepest recession for at least 300 years. In extraordinarily difficult circumstances, the chancellor has demonstrated boldness, imagination, grip and excellent communication skills. He has outshone his cabinet colleagues in general and the prime minister in particular.The chancellor, however, will be aware that his most testing times are still to come. He has rightly focused on protecting the economy from the short-term consequences of Covid-19 and our response to it. But as he rightly said on Wednesday, in the medium term the public finances need to be put on a sound footing. By the autumn, he will need to tell us how he is going to do it. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:29:52 GMT)

Chris Grayling as Goldilocks – cartoon
With him as chair of the UK intelligence committee, what could go wrong?• You can buy your own copy of the cartoon Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:00:17 GMT)

Roger Stone has escaped punishment for his crimes. Trump is sending a signal | Andrew Gawthorpe
By commuting Stone’s sentence, Trump is telling others who might commit crimes on his behalf that he’s got their backAt America’s birth, when delegates in Virginia were debating whether to ratify the constitution, a politician called George Mason had an objection. Mason, who was influential over the development of the bill of rights, wondered whether the presidential pardon power was too broad. Might not the president encourage people who worked for him to commit crimes, and then pardon them? If he could, there would be essentially no check on a president’s power to break the law. Given that sort of leeway, an unscrupulous president could “establish a monarchy, and destroy the republic”.Mason’s objection ought to concern us still today. Late on Friday, Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, all but guaranteeing that Stone will never face justice for crimes he committed while obstructing an investigation into the Trump campaign’s links with WikiLeaks and the Russian intelligence agencies who attempted to tip the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. Backlash to the decision has been swift, with Trump’s fellow Republican Mitt Romney condemning the president’s “unprecedented, historic corruption”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:55:55 GMT)

The spectre of censorship and intolerance stalks today’s left | Nick Cohen
The attacks on the signatories of a letter fearing the future of free speech proved the letter’s pointThe task that appears most urgent today is the destruction of the authoritarian right. Not because the authoritarian right is more malicious than the authoritarian left, but because it holds power across the west. Liberal-minded people making an informed calculation must surely decide to avoid distractions and concentrate their fire on the enemy that matters. Or so a seductive argument goes.If you are an American voter, your sole priority should be the removal of Donald Trump. If you are British, you must concentrate on building a viable opposition to a Conservative party whose neglect and stupidity have wrecked the economy and killed tens of thousands. The slogan “no enemies to the left” is never more appealing than when it can be dressed in language that appeals to those who pose as tough-minded. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:00:18 GMT)

The medical profession has failed when women in agony are dismissed as hysterics | Barbara Ellen
The vaginal mesh scandal betrayed the intimate trust that should exist between doctor and patient, whatever their sexWhatever comes next in the vaginal mesh scandal, let’s hope that it spells the end of the “shut up and put up” medical culture when it comes to female healthcare.The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, led by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, spent two years looking into meshes. It also scrutinised Primodos hormonal pregnancy tests and the epilepsy treatment sodium valproate – both thought to cause birth defects. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:30:16 GMT)

Blueprint is going out of print, but its glory days are not over yet
In its magazine format it lasted 37 years, criticising architecture and design with true energy. Now it is online onlyBlueprint, aged 37, the architecture and design magazine on which I cut my journalistic teeth, has announced that it will now be online only. This has prompted a certain amount of reminiscing about the glory days of print that is slightly at odds with my memories of its permanently precarious existence in a tumbledown Marylebone building shared with both future movers and shakers in the cultural world and a number of rats, and subject to occasional visits from angry creditors. In the leanest times, we put out 48-page editions: 24 of editorial, 24 of advertising. The magazine’s most recent and final issue ran to 240. The difference perhaps was the impact that could be made by those hard-won pages in the much smaller media space available. This was something that Blueprint’s founders triumphantly did, bringing a graphic and verbal energy to the discussion of architecture and design, and a freedom from stuffiness, from which everyone now in the field continues to benefit. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:00:17 GMT)

Nikki Haley has gotten where she is by embracing oppression, not fighting it | Arwa Mahdawi
The successes of women like Nikki Haley are held up as ‘proof’ misogyny and racism don’t existSign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:00:12 GMT)

Boris Johnson is wrong to blame the housing crisis on overregulation | Finn Williams and David Chipperfield
The government’s promise to ‘build build build’ shows a frightening misunderstanding of planning and infrastructureMuch of this week has been spent discussing Rishi Sunak’s summer statement and attempts to revive the economy amid the pandemic. But in a month of big government plans, the pronouncement that may well leave a more permanent mark on the post-Covid-19-landscape was Boris Johnson’s promise to “build build build”.The prime minister’s supposed “new deal” to build our way out of a dire economic situation has been widely dismissed as an empty statement that depends mostly on the repackaging of existing funding with few tangible changes. But for those of us concerned with the built environment – whether in the public or private sector – the speech has huge implications precisely because of what the government is opting not to do. The ideological ambitions to deregulate, reduce control and to willingly weaken environmental standards are frightening and deepen the misunderstanding of the real issues of planning and infrastructure in our country. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:00:10 GMT)

Jack Charlton: England World Cup winner dies aged 85 – video obituary
Jack Charlton, a World Cup winner with England and a former Republic of Ireland manager, has died aged 85.Charlton, the elder brother of Bobby, played 35 times for England as a central defender, including all six matches at the 1966 World Cup. He spent his whole playing career at Leeds United and after retiring as a player became a successful manager. He started with Middlesbrough, but is arguably best remembered as a manager for his work with the Republic of IrelandJack Charlton, England World Cup winner, dies aged 85 Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:43:21 GMT)

Why is Australia’s second biggest city back in coronavirus lockdown? – video explainer
Metropolitan Melbourne returned to lockdown on 8 July after Victoria recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus since the start of the week, which was at the time the highest daily increase since the pandemic began. Guardian Australia’s Melissa Davey explains why the stage 3 stay-at-home orders were announced, how the latest lockdown has been met with a mixture of fury and acceptance, and whether this apparent second wave could have been avoided'Victorians were suddenly pariahs': how the state's coronavirus outbreak divided AustraliaFollow our global live blog Continue reading...
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:48:52 GMT)

‘Our generation’s world war’: what the first day back at a Birmingham school looks like –  video
Aston University Engineering Academy, a secondary school and sixth form in central Birmingham, has had to overcome myriad issues simply to safely open its doors to vastly reduced numbers of students. The headteacher, Daniel Locke-Wheaton, explains why inner-city schools are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and why a full return in September will be impossible, while his students discuss their return to this new normal for educationCoronavirus in care homes: life after a Covid-19 outbreakUK coronavirus – latest coverage Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:52:57 GMT)

How stop and search in the UK is failing black people – video explainer
There has been renewed criticism over stop and search in the UK after research found that BAME people are 54% more likely to be fined under coronavirus rules than white people. The subsequent death of George Floyd in the US and the support for the Black Lives Matter movement has brought more scrutiny to the disproportionatality. Black people are 9.7 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched and 40 times more likely under the controversial section 60 power, which has risen as the government has tried to crack down on knife crime. Some say this points to racism within the police. Does stop and search need reform? The Guardian's crime correspondent, Vikram Dodd, discusses stop and search with 4Front's Temi Mwale and Katrina Ffrench from StopWatch UKWhat does it mean to defund the police? – videoHow 'white fragility' reinforces racism – video explainer Continue reading...
(Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:25:31 GMT)

Being childfree: five women on why they chose not to have kids – video
As part of the Guardian's Childfree series, five women discuss why having children isn't for them – and how others perceive them as a result. 'There's no wrong way to be a woman,' says Sabrina, 25Read our entire series hereWe want to hear from childfree women: share your experience Continue reading...
(Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:41:51 GMT)

Why US anti-vaxxers will refuse a coronavirus vaccine – video
In a recent survey, 24% of Americans said they will refuse a coronavirus vaccine. Adam Gabbatt investigates the anti-vaxxer movement in the United States – and how the pandemic is helping to fuel its resurgenceAnother threat looming in the fight against coronavirus: anti-vaxxers Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 May 2020 11:46:42 GMT)

Hackney domestic violence charity faces battle to stay in premises
Sistah Space, London’s only specialist service for women of African and Caribbean heritage, faces return to building it says is unsafeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLondon’s only specialist domestic violence service for women of African and Caribbean heritage is facing eviction from its premises, and claims it has had to turn away survivors amid a dispute with the local authority.Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside Hackney town hall on Friday amid fears Sistah Space will be forced to return to its “dangerous” former building next month, amid the pandemic. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:59:21 GMT)

Thousands march through Brighton to support BLM movement
Up to 5,000 people took part in the peaceful Black Lives Matter protest, Sussex Police saidThousands of protesters have marched through the streets of Brighton in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.Demonstrators wearing black and holding up signs protesting against systemic racism gathered by the city’s famous Palace Pier at midday on Saturday before moving off through the city. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:32:21 GMT)

Climate activists slam Norman Foster over Saudi airport
Architect is ignoring his own environment pledge, say criticsOne of Britain’s most famous architects is under fire for agreeing to design an airport and terminal in Saudi Arabia despite signing a climate emergency manifesto that called for an “urgent need for action” on climate change.Norman Foster’s design firm, Foster and Partners, was one of the founding signatories of the profession’s Architects Declare manifesto last year. However, The Architects’ Journal last week revealed that several new Foster and Partners projects in Saudi Arabia have caused controversy in the profession over their links to the aviation industry. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:02:18 GMT)

'Tribal and divided': Church of England faces turbulent times
New archbishop of York warns church would need to rebuild amid Covid-19 crisisThe Church of England has become “tribal and divided”, the new archbishop of York has said, while warning that it faces “turbulent times and challenging decisions ahead”.Stephen Cottrell, who was confirmed as theChurch of England’s second most senior cleric on Thursday, said the church would need to reshape itself in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:23:14 GMT)

Car passenger stabbed in dispute near M5 motorway
Victim was in altercation with driver of another car on slip-road near Weston-super-Mare A car passenger was stabbed during a dispute between the occupants of two vehicles near the M5 motorway, police have said.The 26-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening stab injuries after emergency services were called to a southbound slip-road near Weston-super-Mare on Friday night. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:02:49 GMT)

Man held over stabbing of 10-year-old boy in Bolton
Youngster taken to hospital from Bridgeman Street and is expected to be discharged laterA man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a 10-year-old boy was stabbed. The youngster was taken to hospital from the scene in Bridgeman Street, Bolton, and is in a stable condition. He is expected to be discharged later, said police.Police added it was an “isolated incident with no wider threat to the public”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 18:39:05 GMT)

Migrants rescued after boat capsizes in Channel
Group with severe hypothermia among several taken back to France on Saturday Migrants rescued after their boat capsized were among several groups to have tried to cross the Channel on Saturday.The four individuals were spotted by a passing passenger ferry and picked up by the French navy. They were found to have severe hypothermia and taken to the French port of Calais. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:33:28 GMT)

Belgium tells citizens not to travel to Leicester amid new lockdown
Arrivals from the east Midlands city will have to quarantine for two weeks Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Belgian government has placed Leicester on its “red zone” list, requiring all new arrivals who have recently visited the city to go into quarantine for two weeks.The east Midlands city has joined a handful of others in Spain and Portugal – as well as Finland, Ireland and Malta and Norway – on a list of places the Belgian government has banned its citizens travelling to for non-essential purposes. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:50:27 GMT)

One-year-old boy seriously injured in fall from Birmingham flat
Police investigating how child fell from building in ErdingtonA one-year-old boy has sustained a serious head injury after falling from the window of a second floor flat in Birmingham.West Midlands police were investigating how the child came to fall from the Vineyard, a YMCA-owned housing scheme in Erdington at about 7.30pm on Friday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:41:09 GMT)

Boris Johnson urged to clarify message on wearing face masks in shops
People need straightforward guidance or rules on coverings in England, say MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMPs have urged the government to clarify its position on face masks, after Boris Johnson hinted that it could become compulsory to wear them in shops.Johnson said on Friday that ministers were “looking at ways of making sure that people really do have face coverings, in shops, for example”, to slow the spread of coronavirus. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:59:32 GMT)

Survivors mark 25th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre
Far fewer people than usual attend commemoration events in Bosnia, due to coronavirus Bosnia has marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, the only declared genocide in Europe since the second world war, with a small number of survivors in attendance, due to the coronavirus pandemic.The execution in July 1995 of more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys is being commemorated in a series of events. There will also be a reburial of the recently identified remains of nine victims in a memorial cemetery outside the town in eastern Bosnia. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:23:11 GMT)

Fox host's writer quits after racist and sexist online comments revealed
Blake Neff was one of Tucker Carlson’s top writersCNN investigation found comments posted under pseudonymOne of Fox host Tucker Carlson’s top writers has resigned after a CNN investigation found he was posting racist and sexist comments online under a pseudonym.Under the name “CharlesXII”, Blake Neff regularly posted offensive language on an online forum called AutoAdmit. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:51:44 GMT)

Turkey's 'last Armenian village' displays heritage that survived genocide
More than century on, descendants of survivors who returned home open a museum to celebrate and preserve their cultureVakifli, a village in Hatay, the small wedge of Turkey sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the border with Syria, has the melancholy honour of being known as the country’s “last Armenian village”.These days, it is home to just 100 people, but Vakifli’s orange groves and traditional stone houses are rich with history. Every summer, thousands of visitors in search of a connection to their Armenian past descend on the tiny village to visit its church, buy locally made jams and soap, and listen to the West Armenian dialect. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:30:15 GMT)

Five killed and 40 arrested in hostage situation in South Africa
Six more people were injured in incident at a church near Johannesburg Police in South Africa said five people were killed and more than 40 arrested after an early-morning shooting involving hostages at a church near Johannesburg.A statement said police and military personnel who responded to reports of a shooting at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom found four people “shot and burned to death in a car” and a security guard shot in another car. Six other people were injured. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:55:25 GMT)

California sees two deadliest days since pandemic began as Covid-19 cases rise
State has now reported 296,500 infections and 6,700 deaths, while Newsom said seven-day average topped 8,000 new cases a dayCalifornia has experienced one of its toughest weeks yet in the battle against coronavirus, with the state chalking up its two deadliest days since the start of the pandemic as cases continue to rise.On Wednesday the state topped its previous single day death toll, reporting 149 fatalities. That was followed a day later by the second-deadliest day, when the state tallied 137 fatalities. Continue reading...
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:16:48 GMT)

Australian shark attack: boy, 17, dies from injuries after being bitten on NSW north coast
Emergency crews responded to the incident near Grafton but were unable to save teenage boy’s lifeA shark attack on New South Wales’s north coast has claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy.Witnesses have told police a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, just before 2.30pm. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:13:42 GMT)

Hong Kong pollster raided by police amid security law crackdown
Police say independent pollster may have been hacked but there are fears of link to pro-democracy opposition’s primary electionHong Kong police have searched the office of an independent political pollster days after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the former British colony.The raid came ahead of weekend primary elections for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition, for which pollster Robert Chung’s Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute is a co-organiser. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:56:46 GMT)

Singapore's ruling party dominates election but opposition makes historic gains
Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong retains overwhelming majority as popular vote slips amid coronavirus pandemicSingapore’s governing party has comfortably won the city-state’s general election but faced a setback as the opposition made minor but historic gains.The prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said his People’s Action party (PAP) secured 83 parliamentary seats on Friday, retaining its overwhelming majority with 89% of the total seats, but its popular vote dipped to 61%. The Workers’ party, the only opposition with a presence in the parliament, increased its seats from six to 10 – the biggest victory for the opposition since independence. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 04:39:16 GMT)

Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone, longtime friend and adviser
Move means Stone, due to serve more than three years for crimes related to Russia investigation, will not set foot in prisonDonald Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser who was to spend three years and four months in jail for crimes related to the Russia investigation.In a statement released on Friday evening, the White House denounced the prosecution of Stone on charges stemming from “the Russia Hoax” investigation. “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly,” the statement reads. “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 01:25:31 GMT)

Coronavirus pandemic prompts record drop in global emissions, study finds
Lockdowns, travel bans and factory closures drive reductionDramatic decline falls short of necessary global heating cutsThe coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest drop in heat-trapping emissions in human history, according to a new study. Lockdowns, travel bans and closed manufacturing sites have caused global emissions to drop by 4.6%, or 2.5 gigatonnes, according to a University of Sydney review of 38 regions and 26 sectors published in the journal Plos One. Fine particle pollution decreased by 3.8% and two other types of air pollution declined 2.9%: sulfur dioxide – which is linked to a number of respiratory issues, and nitrogen oxide, which leads to smog. Continue reading...
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:47:29 GMT)

On my radar: Sheku Kanneh-Mason's cultural highlights
Muhammad Ali on film, classical music on Instagram and a dessert to die for – the cellist shares his recent discoveries The cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was born in Nottingham in 1999. Aged 17, he won the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition and in 2018 played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He was a member of the majority black and minority ethnic Chineke! Orchestra, and was awarded an MBE earlier this year. His acclaimed second album, Elgar, was released in January. Kanneh-Mason and his six siblings, all of whom are also musicians, feature in a new documentary, Imagine: This House Is Full of Music, airing on Sunday 12 July on BBC One at 6pm, then on iPlayer. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:00:13 GMT)

'We're delighted!' England's outdoor theatres prepare to open
Theatres from have been given the go-ahead to open as lockdown restrictions lift furtherWith a bright and dry weekend forecast, the weather is perfect for England’s outdoor theatres, which now have permission to reopen for live performance. But as the government gave the go-ahead only on Thursday evening, it will still be some time before most shows can go on.The open-air Minack Theatre, situated on the cliffs of south-west Cornwall with the Atlantic as its backdrop, reopened its grounds last Saturday. It has since had 2,500 visitors, “but we’ve not been able to put anything on the stage for them,” said the executive director, Zoë Curnow. “It’s been really frustrating. So we’re delighted [by Thursday’s announcement].” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:00:02 GMT)

Callum Au and Claire Martin: Songs and Stories review – Claire Martin in big band shock
(Stunt)The celebrated vocalist joins forces with young arranger Callum Au to breathe new life into jazz standardsConsidering that she has sung duets with Richard Rodney Bennett, appeared around the world with bands of every shape and size, and with many of today’s leading jazz musicians, it seems impossible that this could be Claire Martin’s debut album with a big band, but it is. In fact there are two: a conventional setup of brass, saxes and rhythm, plus a full concert orchestra.That’s where the mysterious art of orchestration comes in, of which the remarkable young arranger Callum Au is already a master. Put the two together and the result is what many strive for but few achieve: popular music that sounds both familiar and new. By recasting songs such as Hello, Young Lovers and I Concentrate On You, Martin and Au bring them to life, sometimes quite startlingly. The tenor saxophone solo in the latter, by Nadim Teimoori, is out of this world. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:00:15 GMT)

Charlie Kaufman: 'Making people laugh makes me feel validated as a human'
The screenwriter behind Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has written a novel - about a film critic who hates Charlie KaufmanWhen Charlie Kaufman was seven years old, he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. He knows because he went as far as to write it down. “Actor, doctor or fireman,” he says, and laughs. He ended up being, at least briefly, one of those things – but he’s best known as the screenwriter and/or director of some of the trippiest and most metafictional films in recent history: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York.Now, with the publication of his first novel, Antkind, he’s also the author of a trippy and metafictional book. This isn’t some sort of Hollywood big-name vanity project of the sort on which Sean Penn lately came unstuck: Kaufman wrote the book, he says, because he couldn’t get work in the movies. “I got the contract to write it in 2012,” he says. “The movie and TV business wasn’t really working out for me at the time.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:00:09 GMT)

The Old Guard review – Charlize Theron has an axe to grind
Theron lets rip as immortal warrior Andy in Gina Prince Bythewood’s fast-paced but patchy comic-book adaptationWho wants to live for ever? Not Charlize Theron, evidently. Playing immortal warrior Andy, leader of a covert band of unkillable mercenaries, Theron spends almost as much time battling many centuries worth of accumulated angst as she does slicing and dicing entire battalions of attackers. Armed with ennui and an ancient axe, Theron brings layers of complexity to a role that is otherwise largely defined through exemplary fight choreography.Gina Prince-Bythewood’s crisp, efficient direction of this adaptation of an action-fantasy comic-book series by Greg Rucka serves the physical element of the performances well. A fight on a rattling cargo plane between Theron and KiKi Layne (playing Nile, a reluctant new recruit to the immortal club) is a blast. Even Andy cracks a smile at one point. “She stabbed me,” Theron’s character later tells her right-hand man, Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts). “I think she has potential.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:00:14 GMT)

Wildfire review: hide-and-seek in a medieval village of the damned
(Sneaky Bastards/Humble Games; PC)Fire is your friend as you leap through this exhilarating game rescuing prisoners tied to stakesEvasion is fundamental to human play: hide-and-seek is one of the first games every child learns, a hangover, perhaps, from our neolithic existence, before we reached the summit of the food chain and still had need to master the art of tiptoeing past predators. In Wildfire, the debut videogame from Australian outfit Sneaky Bastards, the “seekers” are medieval soldiers, not sabre-toothed tigers or roaming playmates. But the principle remains: sprint, leap, tumble and crouch your way through a series of increasingly challenging dioramas en route to the exit.Much of your time is spent cringing in tall grass, whistling to divert guards to investigate one particular spot, thereby enabling you to sneak away via another route. Happily, a series of encounters with mystical meteor shards grant you, during the course of the game, modest mastery of the elements to aid your progress. Approach a campfire, for example, and you’re able to whisk the flame into your hand, where it flickers, painlessly, until you hurl it toward, say, a wooden gate, a thicket of dry grass or the ropes that tie one of your fellow villagers to a stake. Guards panic at the sight of fire, causing them to sprint, erratically, through the scene – a pinch of unpredictability to foil the most conscientious planner. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:00:11 GMT)

My pandemic stressbuster? I do absolutely nothing for an hour
How switching off did wonders for a busy mother’s wellbeing – and actually helped her get more doneBob Iger, the executive chairman of Disney, sets his alarm for an ungodly 4.15am; Richard Branson jumpstarts his day at 5am; while Victoria Beckham is in the gym by 6am. For years, we’ve been told that rising with the birds is the secret of being productive, successful, and Getting Stuff Done. But having recently become an early waker myself, I can’t help but think we’ve got it all wrong.You see, every morning at 6am, before the rest of my household is up, you’ll find me curled up in a chair in the garden doing nothing. Not listening to self-improvement podcasts, not getting fit, not planning how to become a person with a whole lot of zeros as my net worth, but doing no-thing. I’ve not so much been getting up and at ’em, as getting up and then sitting down again, and it’s been a wellbeing wonder. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:16:10 GMT)

'I stopped feeling powerless': how donating to charities online helped my pandemic blues
One writer’s generosity had an unexpected benefit – she felt more resilient because she was doing what she couldWhen lockdown came into force I started walking – just for an hour, three or four miles at a time, to nowhere in particular. Like everyone, I was bewildered by the events of the pandemic and almost wholly convinced that it would all kind of blow over in a week or two. But then a week passed, and then two. In my flat in south London, my housemate and I watched the news each night with a growing sense of powerlessness.The death toll was reported, the figures dissected, then re-reported and re-dissected. And alongside these were stories of myriad personal tragedies – of frontline workers who’d lost their lives, of families who’d lost their livelihoods and of the pain of isolation for those who had already been pretty isolated before the pandemic. On the one hand, I felt embarrassed that I was doing nothing, but on the other, so overwhelmed that it was hard to work out what, exactly, I should do. Continue reading...
(Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:43:04 GMT)

‘I’ve read 35 books in lockdown’ – and it’s done wonders for my mental health
A love of literature helped one woman switch off when an addiction to rolling news threatened to drag her downOnce upon a time, in a distant land, by the sea, there lived a girl who loved a shining rectangle. The girl was foolish, and she believed the rectangle to be wise. Before the sun had fully risen, the girl would consult the rectangle, her hair tangled on her pillow, her eyes gummed together with sleep, and her husband snoring softly beside her. “Oh, rectangle, tell me,” she would whisper. “What should I be sad about today? And what should I be angry about? Magic rectangle, please bring me all of the bad news in the world, so that I might spend the day twitching, and filled with foreboding!”The girl was me. In the days leading up to 23 March, the day of lockdown, there was much to be sad and angry about. I’d started the year with a growing, queasy awareness that my addiction to rolling news was becoming a problem, and I wanted to do something about it. My mental health was suffering, but I couldn’t blame the internet. It was my fault for filling my head with grumpiness and terror every day before breakfast. Instead of grunting over a long list of why everything was absolutely terrible, perhaps I could start the morning by reading a book? Continue reading...
(Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:44:00 GMT)

‘I have the same milkman I had when I was 10 years old’: how the pandemic taught me to shop like my grandparents
Lockdown opened one mum’s eyes to the unexpected rewards of buying from the butcher, the grocer and the hardware store ownerI now have the same milkman I had when I was 10 years old. He was the very milkman who made possible my final cup of tea the day I left home. Sure, there was a 17-year gap in our relationship – while I sought my not-much-of-a-fortune in London. But now I’m back. And writing him notes, washing his bottles and occasionally catching his early morning cart has been one of the strangest pleasures of coming home. It’s not just nostalgia; having a milkman has made me feel part of a community I didn’t even realise I’d missed.In many ways, it might seem callous to talk about the silver linings of living through a pandemic. I have been lucky. Many others have not. And yet, it is human nature to look for respite and hope where we can. So I can say that since my family went into lockdown in March, six months after we moved here, it has been a pleasure to shop locally. I can’t drive and am avoiding public transport, so all my shopping now takes place within a few miles of my house. More than transactional, it has been my lifeline to the outside world, my only physical interaction with other people and a way to support those small businesses that we all say we want to survive. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:13:14 GMT)

We love... Fashion fixes for the week ahead – in pictures
Burberry debuts new monogram collection, Novak Djokovic teams up with Lacoste and Roland Garos, and vintage brooches brighten up summer looks Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 22:45:24 GMT)

Ten of the best... Sunscreens – in pictures
Skin needs protection year round, so here’s our edit of the best sunscreens that work brilliantly as part of your daily skincare routine Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 22:40:24 GMT)

Ten of the best... Sandals for men – in pictures
Get into your summer stride with our edit of sandals Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 22:50:24 GMT)

How we stay together: 'We've seen so much, and gone through so much'
Anita and Jason Lund have a sense of comfort and ease together. This belies the difficulties they’ve faced, but through it all they’ve made time for each otherNames: Anita and Jason LundYears together: 24Occupations: Company director and IT consultant“We’re like a pair of old slippers,” says Anita Lund, with a laugh, “we belong together.” Sitting next to her on the couch in their Collaroy home on Sydney’s northern beaches, her husband, Jason, nods in agreement. In their almost 25 years together, the couple has faced some significant challenges, but their bond has remained unshakeable. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:00:22 GMT)

From Malaysian duck rendang to east African sweetcorn and peanut: Ravinder Bhogal's world curry recipes
These ‘proudly inauthentic’ curry recipes are the love children of migration and blended borders by way of east Africa, Thailand and IndonesiaWherever migrant cooks roam, they pick things up and leave others behind. They cross so many borders that their food repertoire becomes vast, seasoned with the intonations of many cultures. These dishes are the bonny love-children of those blended borders – African ingredients overlaid with warm Arabic spices and Indian culinary traditions. They pay tribute to migrants who learned to reconcile the old and new with grace, who preserved memories while learning to let go, who carved a place for themselves in their new nations and expressed their contentment with food. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:00:09 GMT)

Lockdown has been a bumpy ride towards rediscovering the joy of our marriage
I looked forward to spending more time with my wife – but it took a while before romance found its way back inIt felt like we were embarking on a new adventure. It was late March and Boris Johnson had announced that Britain would, in response to the threat of Covid-19, be going into lockdown. Life as we knew it was about to grind to a halt. I would be working from home as the British Library was closing its doors. My wife Bridget, a speech and language therapist specialising in autism, would also no longer be able to work in schools and have to work from home. Our children – Laila, eight, and Ezra, three – would not be attending school or playgroup.Lockdown was potentially terrifying – no one knew then what the impact of the pandemic was going to be – but my initial response was that it could perhaps be good for our family. There would be a pause in the daily struggle of trying to wake the children, get them dressed and fed in time to run to the bus stop so they were not late for school. Working from home and the shops being closed meant we might save some money. The biggest upside without doubt, however, was that the lockdown would give me the chance to spend more time with my wife. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:00:14 GMT)

How will you be managing childcare during the summer holidays?
We want to hear from parents on what they will be doing with their children during the summer while they continue to workFollowing the chancellor’s summer statement on Wednesday, MPs have asked Rishi Sunak to offer more financial support for the childcare sector.Nurseries were heavily hit in March when they were forced to lockdown due to the pandemic, and some are only just beginning to resume. Continue reading...
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:10:20 GMT)

What tattoo are you planning on getting post-lockdown?
We would like to hear from people who are looking at getting a new tattoo and the reasons behind itWith tattoo parlours in England able to reopen from 13 July we would like to know what tattoos people will be getting post-lockdown.What design are you getting and why? Do you have any concerns about social distancing? Continue reading...
(Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:12:32 GMT)

Tell us: why have you taken part in UK anti-racism protests?
We’d like to hear from young people who have been demonstrating against racism in the UK. Share your storiesBlack Lives Matter protests have been taking place across the UK over the past month. We would like to hear from those who have attended demonstrations. We are especially interested in hearing from young people. Continue reading...
(Mon, 08 Jun 2020 08:31:44 GMT)

What is your workplace like and how has it changed since coronavirus?
We’d like to hear from workers about the experience of being in work during the coronavirus pandemic After a number of businesses reopened on Saturday, many employees have now returned to their workplace, while others have been continuing to go into work throughout.We’d like to hear from workers about what your workplace is like at the moment, and how it has changed as a result of the pandemic. Continue reading...
(Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:05:38 GMT)

Rumours and threats: what happened when Covid-19 shut our pubs
When a customer in a Somerset town tested positive, two local venues found themselves in the eye of a stormCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMark Wilson’s first visit to the pub in months started perfectly. The 30-year-old met some of his closest friends in a vaping bar, Vape Escape, near the windswept seafront in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. “I was glad to be seeing people and getting a pint in a pub again,” he says. “We watched the Man United game and they won – so I was in a good mood.”As the Saturday evening wore on, the group moved on to another pub in the quiet seaside resort, about a 45-minute drive from Bristol. The six friends moved back and forth between the two pubs before calling it a night. “I was pretty merry,” says Wilson. “But it was all good.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:31:54 GMT)

Will Republicans ditch Trump to save the Senate as support nosedives?
The human and economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has transformed the political landscape and increased talk of a sinking shipHispanic supporters of Donald Trump sat around the cabinet table, lavished him with praise and promised: “We will rebuild America with you, and we will make America great again.” For a moment, in his self-affirming White House bubble, it seemed the US president remained master of his destiny.But when reporters questioned him, Trump answered only one. Then he was done. A White House staffer bellowed forcefully at the assembled media: “Let’s go! Let’s go! Keep going! Let’s go! Come on, we’re done! Let’s go!” It was a sign of how the president has become less indulgent of unfriendly media questions than when he thought he was riding high. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:32:21 GMT)

LA's mask factories shut down as hundreds of workers get sick
Outbreaks have hit factories including LA Apparel, ordered to shut down amid 300 cases and four deathsFrancisco Tzul has worked in the Los Angeles garment industry for eight years, sewing clothing on cramped factory floors and struggling to get by on low wages. An undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, Tzul found himself out of work when the pandemic hit in March. So when he heard in May that LA Apparel, a brand run by the former CEO of American Apparel, was hiring workers to make masks, he jumped at the chance.“Here’s an opportunity, a golden opportunity, I told myself,” he told the Guardian in Spanish. “From one day to the next I became an essential worker, with more dignified wages.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 21:34:23 GMT)

My social anxiety was rekindled by lockdown. Could phoning up strangers help?
As an introvert, coronavirus had me retreating back into my shell. So I signed up to talk to strangers, from Sri Lanka to Nigeria. Here’s how it went My phone rings unexpectedly, and I suppress a strong urge to throw it out my kitchen window.“Hello?” I answer, tentatively. An American voice recording tells me to hold tight while it connects me with a stranger. Soothing ethereal music plays while my heart races and then – click. Someone else is on the line. But who? Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:32:56 GMT)

Is too much trade at stake for Britain to stand up to Beijing?
Boris Johnson’s defence of democracy in Hong Kong has put at risk both exports and Chinese investment in UK infrastructureWhen China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, warned this month that there would be “countermeasures” if ministers interfered in Chinese internal affairs over Hong Kong, it sent a shudder through Britain’s battered business community.After four months during which the pandemic has plunged the economy into a recession, this was not a message to fill boardrooms with joy. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:00:15 GMT)

‘My parents helped me pack lube’: from sex toys to bidets, the lockdown businesses that boomed
While some firms have been devastated as Covid-19 grips the planet, others have seen their sales go off the chart. How have they coped?For most businesses, the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic were an economic horror story measured in job losses and plummeting sales graphs. But this was not the case for everyone. As lockdown measures were imposed around the globe, certain companies struggled to cope with sudden demand from a confined populace with new, highly specific needs.So what was it like to be the focus of such frenzied consumer interest? How did they cope with self-isolating staff and faltering supply chains? And what are their hopes now the world is tentatively reopening? Here, five different companies reflect on their accidental boom. Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:00:06 GMT)

Jack Charlton: his life and times – in pictures
World Cup winner Jack Charlton, who forged a successful career in management after hanging up his boots, has died aged 85. Charlton was an Elland Road legend, spending his whole playing career at Leeds United. As Republic of Ireland manager he took the team to their first major finals at Euro 1988 followed that by guiding them to the 1990 and 1994 World Cups Continue reading...
(Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:29:22 GMT)

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