Harold Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:07:56 GMT
Brexit: Britain's most senior EU official resigns after UK vote to leave – live

Sadiq Khan has told the one million Europeans who live in the capital that they remain welcome despite Britain’s decision to leave the European Union at London LGBT Pride festival.

A Downing Street spokesman has said that the Prime Minister is sorry that Britain’s most senior EU officials, Jonathan Hill, has decided to step down.

The spokesman added:

He is extremely grateful to Lord Hill for his service at the European Commission in the crucial portfolio of financial stability, financial services and capital markets union.

He has done an excellent job as a commissioner - helping to focus the European Commission on measures to promote growth and jobs, in particular his proposals to increase the flow of affordable investment capital across the EU and for giving the UK a strong voice in the European Commission. The Prime Minister wishes Lord Hill well for the future.

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Harry Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:08:25 GMT
Petition urging second EU referendum reaches 1m signatures

House of Commons website temporarily crashes under burden of hundreds of thousands of visits to single petition

EU referendum live: all the latest developments

A parliamentary petition calling for a second referendum has attracted more than a million signatures, even as unprecedented demand temporarily crashed the website.

On Friday a government website saw an “exceptionally high” number of visits as hundreds of thousands of signatures were added to a second referendum e-petition in the wake of Britain’s leave vote.

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Mark Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:51:05 GMT
Theresa May emerges as 'Stop Boris' Tory leadership candidate

Former London mayor is favourite to become PM, but home secretary could gain support as unifying candidate

Theresa May, the home secretary, is emerging as the leading choice for a “Stop Boris” candidate among Conservative MPs who want a new prime minister to unify the party after Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

Boris Johnson, the former London mayor, is the clear favourite to succeed David Cameron, who resigned after the referendum result on Friday. Johnson’s decision to campaign for Brexit boosted his popularity with the party grassroots.

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Harold Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:45:04 GMT
Meet 10 Britons who voted to leave the EU

From wanting to hurt the government and banks to betrayal of the working class, leavers explain what drove their decision

On 23 June, Britain voted to end its 43-year relationship with the EU. We spoke to people around the country who responded to a Guardian callout to find out why they voted to leave, and whether they’re happy with the outcome.

Here’s what they said.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:32:20 GMT
What is article 50 and why is it so central to the Brexit debate?

It’s only 250 words long but has instantly become the defining clause in a war of words between Britain and the EU

Rarely have 250 words been so important – five short, obscure paragraphs in a European treaty that have suddenly become valuable political currency in the aftermath of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty sets out how an EU country might voluntarily leave the union. The wording is vague, almost as if the drafters thought it unlikely it would ever come into play. Now, it is the subject of a dispute between EU leaders desperate for certainty in the wake of the Brexit vote, and Brexiters in the UK playing for time.

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Jason Mason mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:41:11 GMT
Britain is not a rainy, fascist island – here’s my plan for ProgrExit | Paul Mason

Social justice and democracy must be at the heart of Brexit negotiations. Progressives must unite to stop the UK turning into a Thatcherite wasteland

In the progressive half of British politics we need a plan to put our stamp on the Brexit result – and fast.

We must prevent the Conservative right using the Brexit negotiations to reshape Britain into a rule-free space for corporations; we need to take control of the process whereby the rights of the citizen are redefined against those of a newly sovereign state.

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Marvin Cooper mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:07 GMT
Dismal, lifeless, spineless – Jeremy Corbyn let us down again | Polly Toynbee

Labour squandered a golden opportunity to own the referendum campaign. And party leader Corbyn must take the blame

As shock waves ricochet across the country, expect few tears for the prime minister’s downfall. An insignificant apostle of Thatcher, his place in history is assured only as the man who shipwrecked Britain. Just as Lord North is remembered only for losing America, so David Cameron will be for losing our place in Europe.

Related: Jeremy Corbyn faces no-confidence motion after Britain votes to leave EU

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Harold Foster mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:30:07 GMT
Brexit is a wake-up call: save Europe | Natalie Nougayrède

The link between citizens and institutions across Europe is eroded and Brussels can no longer deny it. The usual rituals of the EU simply won’t do

The British vote has dealt an irreparable blow to the European project, and the shock is hard to exaggerate. Yet if there is one mistake EU leaders should avoid now, it would be to think that the forces at play represent a strictly British phenomenon. Twin dynamics have been brutally exposed: the breakdown of the link connecting British voters to elites and institutions – who all argued for remain – and the rapidly fading connection between citizens across the continent and EU institutions.

Related: David Cameron thought victory was his at 10pm on Brexit eve

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Anthony Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:53:10 GMT
These are scary times for people of colour. It’s time for a big conversation | Lola Okolosie

When anger and frustration being misdirected on to migrants, we feel threatened. But we must refuse to demonise those who voted to leave the EU

What can one definitively write about Britain voting to leave as this seismic event unfolds? As a person of colour, attempting to make sense of my country right now feels something like being disembodied. My thinking self is somewhere separate from my body. I am out of place. I am vulnerable.

How could I not? When genuine anger and frustration are misdirected on to the body of migrants, then I and other people of colour have the right to feel threatened and exposed.

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Alfred Nelson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:09:04 GMT
Scotland did not want to leave the EU. But we may want to leave the UK | Chitra Ramaswamy
However uncomfortable it is to respond to one painful fracture by willing another, this is where we are now. Scotland is a European nation

In Scotland, where 62% voted in favour of the UK remaining in the EU, we are reeling from our second referendum in two years. The mood in Leith – where I live and voted remain along with an overwhelming 78% of my constituency – is a kind of withered and all too familiar sadness spiked with contempt. We did not want to leave the EU, and we still don’t. We may now, however, want to leave the UK.

I write this from Edinburgh, the capital known for centuries as the Athens of the north that suddenly, unthinkably, will no longer be in the EU. This is the seat of the Enlightenment, that extraordinary 18th-century movement, so outward looking in spirit and aim, which shaped ideas across Europe.

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Anthony Foster mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:53:52 GMT
Cameron has lost his job – his Teflon cockiness has finally worn off | Aditya Chakrabortty
As the pound plunges and markets slide, remember that this referendum was called by David Cameron to fend off Nigel Farage and his own Tory ultras. He has lost his gamble – and the country will pay the price

Financial chaos, economic crisis, the likely breakaway of Scotland and possibly Northern Ireland: quite a morning’s work for the Bullingdon Club.

Remember as the pound plunges and the markets slide that this entire referendum was called by David Cameron to fend off Nigel Farage and his own Tory ultras. There was no public outcry for a ballot – but for the sake of a bit of internal party management, he called one anyway. He gambled Britain and Europe’s future to shore up his own position. With all the confidence of a member of the Etonian officer class, he thought he’d win. Instead he has bungled so badly that the fallout will drag on for years, disrupting tens of millions of lives across Europe.

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George Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:07 GMT
My generation will feel slapped, and sad at ourselves for being so blind

Childhood trips to France, backpacking in Spain. It was a doddle before the EU referendum. All that history, all that culture, all that grub, not just on our doorstep, but on a platter. And now it’s over, and 40 years of sanity are gone

For most of her 94 years, my grandmother lived in Ramsgate: 30 miles from France, triple that to London. She never once went abroad, but made sandwiches for my mother and I when we’d go for a day trip to Boulogne, where we would have fish soup and eclairs before rolling home on the ferry. When my grandfather was alive (a Huguenot descendant who sang La Marseillaise in the kitchen), she’d do the same for him and my mother, once racing to the port and delaying the ship because they had left their packed lunch on the sideboard.

In this strict emphasis on the necessity of egg sarnies, this unshakable worship of the Thermos – as well as in countless other lovely aspects – my grandmother was extremely English. She was also absolutely happy to be part of Europe, even if she didn’t ever venture to the rest of it. She was by default interested and inclusive, without that ugly ire that suddenly seems everywhere.

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Carl Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:37:47 GMT
The Guardian view on the EU referendum: the vote is in, now we must face the consequences | Editorial
A prime minister is gone, but that is of nothing compared to the fallout for the economy, our union and Europe. It will all have to be grappled with, and so too will the economic neglect and the social alienation which have driven Britain to the exit door

The British people have spoken. The prime minister has resigned. Already, the consequences of what the voters said and why they said it have begun to reshape Britain’s future in profound and potentially dangerous ways. The country has embarked on a perilous journey in which our politics and our economy must be transformed. The vote to leave the EU will challenge not only the government and politicians but all of us whose opinions have been rejected.

Britain’s place in the world must now be rethought. That will demand the kind of debate about our alliances that we have not had since the Suez crisis forced a post-imperial reality on Britain. Once again, the country’s very idea of itself will have to be reimagined too. The deep strains on the nation’s fabric that are partly expressed as a pro-European Scotland, Northern Ireland – and London – and an anti-European England and Wales must be urgently addressed. And a new relationship with a Europe that is in no mood to be generous must be negotiated. As a gleeful Nigel Farage pointed out early on Friday, there are also already voices from the populist right in Denmark, France and the Netherlands arguing for their own definitive vote. And while the Bank of England successfully steadied the City after dramatic early falls in the value of shares and a tumbling pound, these things will take careful management if they are not to translate into a new crunch on the banks, a recession or even – as George Soros warned earlier in the week – a sudden inability to finance the balance of payments.

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Anthony Garcia mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:07 GMT
How can we make Brexit work for the environment? | Craig Bennett

Leaving the EU puts about 70% of UK environmental safeguards at risk. But Brexit is not a mandate to make us the dirty man of Europe again – we have to make it work for the environment, from the grassroots up

And so, Brexit has happened. I, like many people reading this, feel desperately sad today.

Friends of the Earth campaigned vigorously to remain in the EU. Membership of Europe has been good for our ‘green and pleasant land’, and the plain truth is that pollution doesn’t recognise national boundaries. It seems obvious to me that the best way of solving anything other than very local environmental problems is for countries to cooperate and develop solutions under a common framework.

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Vincent Marshall mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:38:37 GMT
Brexit won’t shield Britain from the horror of a disintegrating EU | Yanis Varoufakis
Bringing democrats together across borders is needed now to prevent a slide into a xenophobic, 1930s-like abyss

Leave won because too many British voters identified the EU with authoritarianism, irrationality and contempt for parliamentary democracy while too few believed those of us who claimed that another EU was possible.

Related: EU referendum live: Britain counts cost of Brexit vote

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Louis Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:29:08 GMT
Why I will be leaving Brexit Britain | Oliver Imhof

Britons have voted against their political establishment by rejecting the only thing protecting them from it

A few months ago I boastfully announced on this very site that as a German working in London, I was going to leave the United Kingdom if it left the EU. To be honest, at no point did I think it could really happen.

Related: I’m an Austrian in the UK – I don’t want to live in this increasingly racist country | Julia Ebner and Janet Anderson

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Allen Gordon mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:54:44 GMT
There is a way Brexiters could really hand back control to voters | Caroline Lucas
I’m devastated by the EU referendum result, but it did show how angry people are with the establishment, and that proportional voting could help to give them a voice

Our democracy is broken. How else to explain the depth of the divisions that scar our country, and were revealed in all their visceral rawness by this bleak and all too often bitter referendum campaign? Yet if we are to start the process of healing these divisions and rebuilding our politics, we first need to understand the degree of people’s resentment and alienation in the face of economic and technological forces beyond their control.

Related: Brexit brought democracy back – now we need to start listening to each other | Giles Fraser

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Donald Mason mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:33:49 GMT
The future of the EU itself is in peril | Mary Dejevsky

The British vote gives all those with misgivings about the power of Brussels the possibility of a way out: either to bargain for new terms or to leave altogether

Speaking in Kiev last September, the Swedish elder statesman Carl Bildt surprised an audience preoccupied with Russia by saying that the biggest threat to Europe came not from Russia and not from the then arch-bogeyman, Islamic State. It came, he said, from a UK vote to leave the European Union.

Related: Why the Dutch won’t rush to Nexit and follow Britain out of the EU | Joris Luyendijk

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Louis Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:11:59 GMT
Brexit could be Scotland’s ticket into the EU as an independent state | David Torrance
Nicola Sturgeon may be cautious in her talk of another referendum, but she might find the EU much more willing to engage this time

In times like these, political journalists like me tend to reach for the collected works of WB Yeats. “All changed, changed utterly,” he wrote after Ireland’s Easter rebellion, and those words could not be more appropriate as a description of Scottish politics in the wake of yesterday’s Brexit vote. The Yeats poem captured a decisive moment that altered everything in its wake; for Scotland that moment was the 2014 independence referendum.

Related: Nicola Sturgeon: second Scottish independence poll highly likely

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Clarence Boyd mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:05:11 GMT
Shock in Calais: ‘Perhaps the French and English were not best of friends after all’
Residents of the French port, dismayed at the rhetoric of Brexit, now want to see the town’s huge refugee camp moved over the Channel

On the corner of the Boulevard des Allies, the thoroughfare that runs parallel to the port of Calais, the sense of dismay and regret was palpable.

“Naturally the English people are still welcome to come to buy their cheap alcohol, but maybe the French and English were not the best of friends after all,” said Adeline, 20, a nurse who was born in the port.

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Shawn Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:26:11 GMT
'I hope I don’t live to regret this': Brexit doubts linger at the centre of England

Meriden, West Midlands, has woken up to the EU referendum result – leaving some leave voters overjoyed but others enduring terrors of self-doubt

EU referendum outcome - live

Daybreak in middle England on Friday was warm and cloudless and full of possibilities.

Related: Brexit, the fallout and the UK's future: what we know so far

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Mark Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:00:58 GMT
'I'm devastated – it's unbelievable': Brits in Spain react to Brexit

Worried expats who moved to the Spanish Costas assess possible effects of UK’s leave vote on their pensions and healthcare

The Friday morning sun shone on the immaculate lawn of the Casa Ventura bowls club, as usual. The post-match barbecue was fired up, as usual, and the two teams were chatting and finishing up their drinks before taking to the field, as usual.

The only unusual thing was the mood. As the strains of the Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black drifted across the patio, some of the residents of the largest British enclave in Spain were struggling to come to terms with the news that none of them had wanted to hear. Having gone to bed confident that the UK would stay in the EU and that their happy, warm and comfortable days in Spain would stretch on to a comfortable sunset, they had awoken to find everything in limbo.

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Mark Mason mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:36:50 GMT
'Now we can look forward to a good good Great Britain' – video

Mat Heywood travelled to Ramsgate in Kent, to take reactions from people in the town centre. Ramsgate is in the parliamentary constituency of South Thanet where Ukip leader Nigel Farage came in a close second to the conservatives at the last election, and is seen as one of Ukip’s strongest areas

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Benjamin Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:42:35 GMT
'Why upset the apple cart?' asks a farmer after Brexit

A Boston supermarket supplier who relies heavily on foreign labour is almost a lone voice in a town that’s ill at ease with high levels of immigration

In the Moon Under Water pub in Boston, the UK’s most pro-Brexit town, William Bradley started to cry on Friday lunchtime. The Lincolnshire arable farmer, who for decades has relied on “amazing” workers from eastern Europe to plant the broccoli and cauliflower he grows for Tesco, was trying to come to terms with the EU referendum result, and it hurt.

Questions of access to labour, the falling pound and what will happen to the EU subsidies that make his wheat crop viable were all on his mind. But as with so many remainers across the UK on Friday, it was his fears for future generations that triggered the tears. “It doesn’t matter to me – I am 67,” he said, his voice cracking. “People don’t realise what this means. But they will … Stability is a wonderful thing.”

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Earl Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:15:52 GMT
US military to repeal ban on openly transgender personnel

The move, set to be made in July, comes five years after the military ended its ban on openly gay soldiers serving

The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender service members next month, US defense officials have said.

The repeal would come five years after a decision to end the US military’s ban on gay and lesbian personnel serving openly, despite fears – which proved unfounded – that such a move would be too great a burden in wartime and would undermine readiness.

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Kevin Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:06:55 GMT
Switzerland v Poland: Euro 2016 – live!

47 min: The corner is curled in and causes a bit of concern, bouncing off a defender at the back post and then being cleared hurriedly by Glik. If Switzerland are going to score you expect it may well come from a corner, as their two previous goals have in this tournament.

45 min: It’s the second half. And hang on! Switzerland look up for it. Shaqiri goes on a rare old romp down the right, showing a clean pair of heels to Jedrzejcczk and cutting inside the 18-yard box. But he takes a heavy touch as he looks to pick out one of two players in teh box and ends up jabbing it off a defender and out for a corner.

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Nicholas Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:05:40 GMT
Two men held for questioning after anti-terror raids in Belgium

One man arrested in Verviers and the other in Tournai, say Belgian police, amid reports of a planned attack on a Euro 2016 fanzone

Belgian police have detained two men for questioning after fresh anti-terror raids amid reports of a planned attack on a Euro 2016 fanzone.

A spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office said one man was arrested in the eastern town of Verviers and another man in Tournai, close to the French border.

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Chris West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:29:09 GMT
Republican delegate sues to avoid voting for Donald Trump at convention

Carroll Correll Jr of Virginia seeks judgment of behalf of both major parties’ delegates, arguing state laws force him to vote against his conscience

One of Virginia’s delegates to the Republican National Convention has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention next month.

The delegate, Carroll Correll Jr of Winchester, Virginia, argued in the suit that being forced to vote against his conscience was a violation of his constitutional rights.

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Jimmy Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:12:51 GMT
West Virginia death toll rises to 23 in state's worst floods in a century

Most of the dead and all of the missing from Greenbrier County and hundreds more have been rescued from swamped homes as state pummeled by rain

Heavy rains that pummelled West Virginia left at least 23 people dead, and authorities said on Saturday that an unknown number of people in the hardest-hit county remained unaccounted for.

Related: Wildfires raging near LA are ‘0% contained’, say authorities

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Allen White mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:07:30 GMT
Tributes paid to British cyclist killed in Iowa

Police say Adam Pritchard, 35, from Torquay, Devon, was cycling along trail with his sister when he fell into creek

Tributes have been paid to a British cyclist killed in an accident in the US state of Iowa.

Adam Pritchard, 35, from Torquay, Devon, was identified after his 12-year-old sister, who had been riding along the trail with him, approached police officers attending the scene.

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Benjamin Gray mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:13:14 GMT
Malaysia Airlines flight 370: possible wreckage found on Tanzanian island

Australia’s transport minister Darren Chester says a ‘piece of aircraft debris’ was found on Pemba Island

Aircraft wreckage potentially from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been found on an island off the east African coast, an Australian official said.

Transport minister Darren Chester, who oversees the search for the Boeing 777 that vanished in 2014 with 239 people on board, said a “piece of aircraft debris” was found on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania.

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Wayne Jordan mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:45:54 GMT
Man who claimed to have escaped Auschwitz admits he lied for years

Joseph Hirt said he fabricated story of being sent to camp and meeting Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to ‘keep memories alive’ about history of the Holocaust

A Pennsylvania man who claimed for years to have escaped from Auschwitz, met track and field star Jesse Owens and Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, confessed on Friday that he had fabricated the entire story.

“I am writing today to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz,” Joseph Hirt, 86, wrote in a letter sent to his local paper, LNP, this week. “I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally involved.”

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Alan Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:07 GMT
Husband of woman detained in Iran criticises Foreign Office

Richard Ratcliffe accuses officials of prioritising trade over the welfare of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The husband of a British-Iranian woman who has been detained without charge in Tehran for 83 days has spoken of his anger over the Foreign Office’s handling of the matter, saying he feels “gamed” by officials who value trade above the welfare of British citizens and objected to his going public with the case.

Richard Ratcliffe told the Guardian he felt trade relations had been prioritised over the welfare of his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and their two-year-old daughter Gabriella. “I don’t think Nazanin and Gabriella’s case, nor any of the others, is a top priority at the moment,” he said, referring to four other British passport holders he understands are being detained in Iran. “The top priority of the Foreign Office is trade.”

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Adam Ward mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:04:28 GMT
Thailand jails activists for campaigning to reject constitution in referendum

Thirteen people arrested while handing out leaflets urging people to vote no in referendum on draft constitution

A Thai court jailed seven activists on Friday for campaigning against a military-backed draft constitution which will be put to a referendum in August.

Authorities arrested 13 people on Thursday while they were handing out leaflets urging people to vote against the charter. Six were released on bail, a lawyer for the group said, while the rest chose not to post bail.

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Fred Ramos mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:37:16 GMT
British man dies in cycling accident in Iowa

Torquay resident Adam Pritchard, 35, lost control on his bike and fell into a creek on the Clive Greenbelt Trail

A British cyclist has been killed in an accident in the US state of Iowa.

Adam Pritchard, 35, from Torquay, Devon was identified after his 12-year-old sister, who had been riding along the trail with him, approached officers attending the scene.

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Lee Garcia mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:13:27 GMT
Glenn Lazarus drives tank over car to highlight poor-quality vehicle imports

Queensland senator calls for tougher penalties and an independent ombudsman to help consumers resolve quality issues

In possibly the most bizarre election stunt so far, Senator Glenn Lazarus has used an army tank, two sledgehammers and some pavers to destroy a car.

In a scene fit for a demolition derby, the independent Queensland senator tanked the five-seater Dodge Journey to draw attention to his proposal to introduce “lemon laws” to protect Australians from dud imports.

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Edward Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Jesse Eisenberg: ‘Do you look at me and think, God! What an indulgent prick?’

He writes, he acts – but the star of The Social Network isn’t comfortable with the fame that followed. How will he handle a gang of fans in a London park?

From across the park, a low-pitched, adolescent chant starts up: “Jess-EE! Jesse-Eisen-BERG!”

“Ooh, no,” Jesse Eisenberg says, dipping his head. The 32-year-old actor, a New Yorker most of his life, is living in London at the moment while he appears in a West End show. On a thickly warm afternoon, we wander into a park in east London that seems ideally deserted until a local school clears out for the day, sending a dozen teenagers our way. Quickly they recognise Eisenberg, from the spring blockbuster Batman v Superman, in which he played the villain Lex Luthor, as well as 2010’s The Social Network, in which he put in an Oscar-nominated performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. They heckle with glee: “Jess-EE! Face-BOOK! Super-MAN!”

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Jason Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:29:05 GMT
Why your teenager thinks you’re an idiot
Emma Beddington cherishes the days when her sons saw her as a goddess. But they have entered a new phase of life in which their parents are buffoons …

‘Do you think I’m stupid?” Sooner or later as a parent, you will hear yourself say this. You can’t help it. The question just falls out of your mouth, without being consciously formulated in your brain. It’s an impotent rhetorical flourish inherited from your forefathers, a piece of indignant punctuation when your child has just told you, for instance, with a straight face, that they “don’t know” where their phone is.

But of course it’s not rhetorical for your children and their answer is yes, they think you are stupid. Very stupid. You have reached the point in your parenting life when your status has shifted, irrevocably, from hero to tedious fool. Congratulations!

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Jimmy Ward mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:00:35 GMT
Glastonbury 2016: Saturday daytime, with Madness, Lady Leshurr and more – live

The sun is just about shining at Worthy Farm as festivalgoers get back into the party spirit and the music pours out

Meanwhile, later tonight…

Up, up and Janeway

Another of a new wave of classic soul revivalists, Alabama’s St Paul and the Broken Bones have a secret weapon: Paul Janeway. Their singer, portly and fresh-faced in grey suit and pink gingham shirt, looks like an office junior whose daily highlight is the posting of the staff canteen menu. But boy can he sing. He doesn’t look like a deep soul testifier, but he sounds like one: a sensual growl and a startling falsetto help him rouse a sleepy crowd. Fine stuff, though if you want to see the best classic soul revivalists around right now, have a look at the mighty Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, on the Park stage on Sunday afternoon.

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Jacob Lee mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:08 GMT
Jennifer Saunders: ‘It's still easier for a gang of boys to get a TV show’

More than 20 years after creating Ab Fab, the queen of the double act has revived our favourite booze-addled duo. She reveals why she never argues, shrugs off failure – and wants more women to do panel shows

Interview: Elizabeth Day. Portrait: Perou

We’re about five minutes into our interview when Jennifer Saunders lets slip the N-word. She is sitting in a dimly lit private members’ club off Oxford Street in central London. The sofas are grey velvet, the walls are dark and Saunders is dressed in floating shades of navy blue: a silky top that billows like expensive drapery over her trousers, cropped at the ankle to reveal slip-on trainers.

Saunders is friendly but self-contained. Her smile doesn’t linger on her face longer than strictly necessary. The first few questions are politely answered, but she has a slightly distracted air, as if her mind is on other matters.

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Louis Cox mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:59:05 GMT
‘Only about half the mums who come through my door leave with their baby’
Yvette Collier takes in high-risk mums and their newborns at her home, where they learn how to parent. The stakes are high – sometimes the baby is taken away, sometimes the mother walks away …

The short walk down Yvette Collier’s path to the front door of her modern terraced house is unremarkable, but for the new mothers who make it with their babies, accompanied by one, sometimes two, social workers, it’s a profound one. Yvette’s job is to put them through a crash course in parenting. Pass, and they will leave together to start a new life as an independent family unit. Fail and the child will be taken away – into care or put up for adoption.

“When a new mum and baby arrive to stay with me it might be with a few minutes’ notice, or it might be a day, but either way when they arrive it’s the same,” says Yvette. A paediatric nurse by training, she has a kind, calm, no-nonsense attitude. “They come with a social worker – often straight from the maternity unit – bewildered, with a small bag of belongings and at a profound crossroads in their life. They might have a history of drug abuse, have had previous children taken away, be in an abusive relationship or any number of other difficult things.”

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Walter Howard mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT
Look sharp: Yotam Ottolenghi’s gooseberry recipes

Forget strawberries: for me, gooseberries are the true taste of British summertime

Until I moved to England in my 20s, I hadn’t even heard of the gooseberry, let alone eaten one. As always when I feel an outsider to a British food tradition, I turned to Jane Grigson for advice, because the world she conjures in her books makes me feel both included and excluded at the same time: her writing is so wonderfully vivid, yet it’s also just so brilliantly, quintessentially British.

As she writes in Good Things, “Gooseberries… provide the first fruit of the year. Unless you count strawberries flown in from Kenya. I don’t.” She then cites the 1920s fruit gourmet and grower Edward Bunyard’s description of this glorious berry as “the fruit par excellence for ambulant consumption. The freedom of the bush should be given to all visitors… and the exercise of gathering, too, is beneficial to the middle-aged and also stimulates their absorptive capacity.” Bunyard, Grigson goes on, delights in that “sociable summer hour which ambles along – or used to – between Matins and Sunday lunch”. See what I mean by quintessentially British?

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Allen Carter mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:06 GMT
Is your car the most stolen model in England and Wales?

Hi-tech thieves are using computers to outsmart electronic security systems, with the Audi S3 and Land Rover Defender most at risk

After two decades of decline, the number of cars stolen in England and Wales rose by 9% in 2015, with 75,656 incidents reported by unlucky motorists.

Luxury cars stolen by organised gangs feature prominently on the list of stolen cars, but the humble Ford Escort makes an appearance in the top 10 even though it fell out of production more than a decade ago.

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Billy Evans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:40:58 GMT
Rihanna review – like watching a different artist

Wembley Stadium, London
The megastar’s Anti album lets her unleash new levels of emotional conviction – and she retains all her stage-prowling charisma

January’s much-delayed Anti album saw Rihanna – modern pop’s most prolific hit machine – turn her back on the bangers. Featuring Prince-inspired slow jams, bluesy confessionals and, on the airy Same Ol’ Mistakes, a cover of Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala, it was an album that flashed Rihanna’s artistic credentials in big neon letters.

It’s testament to her talent and charisma, then, that this potentially worthy side-step into mature album artist territory hasn’t diminished her pop-star power. Watching her stalk around tonight’s minimal stage setup, she still looks like she’s having a ball, playfully flicking the finger at fans and relishing every pose during a brilliantly ragged Bitch Better Have My Money.

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Louis Parker mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:00:10 GMT
Philip Glass on David Bowie: 'He was a master unto himself'

In a spectacular tribute to David Bowie, the US composer’s Heroes symphony is being performed at midnight on Saturday at Glastonbury’s Park stage. Ahead of the set, he discusses his longstanding friendship with the late musician

I first met David when I was in my mid-thirties and he was in his early 20s, just a kid out of art school turning from being a painter into being a composer. We lived close to each other in New York. There were periods when we saw each other a lot and other periods when we didn’t – I never knew exactly where he was or where he was going to be and sometimes we didn’t see each other for years, but we were always in touch and talked about how things were going . He was an extremely gifted and interesting person and musician. We had both a friendship and a working relationship. We did several concerts and projects together, and of course I wrote two symphonies based on his work, No 1 (the Low symphony) in 1992 and No 4 (Heroes) in 1996.

David liked the idea that I was doing the symphonies. And he was very pleased with them, as was Brian Eno. They even had their pictures taken to feature alongside mine on the first edition of the Low symphony album cover.

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Kevin Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:23:59 GMT
Pacific ocean cool: when American Arts and Crafts met Japanese modernism

The photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s images of the pioneering architecture of Greene and Greene have a minimal aesthetic that still looks contemporary

A few months before his death in 2012, photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto requested that his 1974 series on architects Greene and Greene be exhibited in California. The Museum of Art, Kochi, the series’s current home in Japan, is not a lending institution and none of the collection has ever been outside the country until now. At San Marino’s Huntington Library is Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene and Greene, a unique exploration of modernism, American Arts and Craft movement and traditional Japanese architecture presented in a lean series of 46 eloquently minimal black and white photos.

Born in San Francisco in 1921, Ishimoto moved with his parents to Japan during his formative years but returned to the US to pursue higher education. Instead, he wound up in Colorado’s Amache Internment Camp during world war two where he took the time to reflect on his future. Upon release he enrolled in the Chicago Institute of Design to study under legendary Bauhaus artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. In a city as rich in architecture as Chicago the multi-award winning Ishimoto couldn’t help but shoot buildings, including a 1951 series of Mies van der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive apartments. His professor, Harry Callahan introduced his work to MoMA photography curator Edward Steichen who included Ishimoto’s images in the landmark Family of Man exhibit of 1955.

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Donald Gordon mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00:16 GMT
I’m in my late 20s, living back at home and feel like a failure
A few years ago, life was good but I had a breakdown last year and my boyfriend recently ended our relationship. Annalisa Barbieri advises a reader

I am a woman, aged 28, and at the beginning of my 20s, as a student, I lived in a big city with my boyfriend. I had, I thought, escaped the drama and pain of a difficult childhood and was making it as an independent adult.

Now, at the end of my 20s, I feel that all the progress I have made as an individual has been reversed. When I finished my studies I had to come back to my home country, and the only work I’ve been able to get is low-paid call-centre work. My relationship has ended. I have been obliged to move back in with my parents because my salary is so low and because, last year, I had a major depressive breakdown, and could not take care of myself.

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Antonio Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:13:53 GMT
Memes to cheer you up if you voted remain

As stock markets tumble, the British turn to memes to get them through the chaos

There is one thing Brits do best, whether in or out of the European Union. And that is to take the piss out of everything and anything.

While the stock markets tumble, the pound plummets and history hurtles forward, we can rely on memes to get us through the tumult. We hope.

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Jerry Henry mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00:16 GMT
A must-read book? Go on, make me

Faced with rave reviews of musicals, films, books and plays, why does Oliver Burkeman run a mile?

Somewhere around the 500th headline I read in praise of Hamilton, the universally acclaimed Broadway musical due in Europe next year, I was struck by a deflating thought: I’ll probably never see it. Not just because it’s virtually impossible to get a ticket, but because so many people – people whose tastes I trust – have raved about it that I now regard the prospect with annoyance. Two years ago, it was the Richard Linklater movie Boyhood, which I still haven’t seen; then Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, which I still haven’t read. Straw polls of friends suggest I’m not alone in this reaction – call it “cultural cantankerousness” – which seems to affect books, films, plays, holiday destinations and restaurants equally. Increasingly, my first thought on seeing something described as a “must-read” is‚“Oh really? Try and make me.”

It would be easy to dismiss this as simple contrarianism. After all, we live in an era that champions ostentatious dissent from the mainstream, whether you’re a journalist trolling for clicks by explaining what “Donald Trump gets right”, or a hipster embracing fashions because others disdain them. And contrarianism has its merits: “Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority,” Mark Twain said, “it is time to pause and reflect.” But unlike contrarianism, cultural cantankerousness isn’t solely about appearing different from others: even alone in a room, I’d be disinclined to pick up Ferrante’s books if others were available. Nor is it because I suspect these works of art are no good; they’re probably all sensational. When it comes to, say, TV shows about competitive baking, I resist the pull of the crowd because I’m confident I’m not missing much. In the case of Hamilton or Boyhood, I’m sure my perversity is costing me real enjoyment.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:14 GMT
Experience: writing help in the sand saved my life

Knowing I was unlikely to get back to camp before nightfall, I climbed on to the bank, but there was no sign of the path back

After I retired two years ago, I decided to travel the world on my motorbike. I’ve covered 19 countries so far, and I’ve been in Australia for half that time. There’s just so much of it: a relatively small amount of civilisation, but a huge quantity of wilderness. Last summer, I discovered just how easy it can be to slip between the two.

I’d left Brisbane and was heading up to Cape York at the northern tip of Queensland. There’s a rough road you can take, the Old Telegraph Track, surrounded by 900 square miles of wilderness and crisscrossed by creeks and rivers. I met a couple of families driving up the track in their 4x4s and we ended up camping in a lovely spot by a river called Canal Creek.

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George Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:07 GMT
Kazuo Ishiguro: Thatcher's London and the role of the artist in a time of political change

An Artist of the Floating World was written in the early 80s, years of crucial, often fractious and bitter transition in Britain. The author recalls how attempts to transform the country influenced his approach to the novel

I began An Artist of the Floating World in September 1981, in a basement flat in Shepherd’s Bush, London. I was 26 years old. My first novel, A Pale View of Hills, was being prepared for publication, but at that point I had no sensible reason to believe I had before me a life as a full‑time novelist.

Lorna and I had returned to London that summer (we’d been living in Cardiff), having secured new jobs in the capital, but no accommodation. A few years earlier, we’d both been part of a loose network of young, left-leaning, alternative types who lived in short-life housing around Ladbroke Grove and Hammersmith, and worked for charitable projects or campaign groups. It seems odd now to recall the carefree way we just turned up in the city that summer confident we’d be able to stay in one shared house or another until we found a suitable place of our own. As it turned out, nothing came along to challenge our complacency, and before long we’d found a small basement to rent just off the bustling Goldhawk Road.

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Edward Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Anna Jones’ barbecue recipes for dips and flatbreads | The modern cook

A homemade dip can be slathered on sarnies, stirred through grains, or simply put centre stage for communal dunking. Try this veg-centred beetroot borani and a bean-based zesty hummus for starters

There is something a bit 80s about the word “dip”. It makes me think of my parents’ dinner parties, Mum in her turquoise-and-silver lapeled jumpsuit, passing round what we called “The Dip” and tortilla chips.

But a dip, spread or hummus is a very useful thing to have in your fridge. I make up a batch of some kind at least once a week. It means I have something on hand to dip a carrot in to fill the gap before dinner, or something flavourful to spoon into a bowl of greens and grains or to spread into a sandwich with a sprinkling of feta and some peppery leaves.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:29:14 GMT
Families shouldn’t be ashamed of anger – it’s normal
The English horror of expressing anger is misguided and perhaps other than losing one’s temper in front of children, we shouldn’t feel bad about it

Any of my children will tell you that I can have a volcanic temper, although it never goes further than yelling, it passes very quickly and it happens quite rarely. It’s not a pretty sight. You might say I have an anger problem – except that I’m not quite sure it’s a problem.

Anger is a perfectly normal and natural emotion, and the English horror of it is, to my mind, somewhat misguided. Our determination to show a stiff upper lip or a calm front is culture-specific. The family of my first wife, for instance, is Italian, and they had no stigma attached to getting angry. It was just the way families were.

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Clarence Boyd mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:30:11 GMT
Facing my fear: I hated showing my body. Then I moved to a public bathing mecca | Alia Akkam

After a lifetime of opting to exclude myself from events requiring a swimsuit, it was time to get over my perceived physical imperfections

In a faded photograph of myself as a toddler, my long hair is twisted into braids and I am perched on the edge of Mr Turtle, the green, plastic pool my grandparents set up in the backyard of their Queens home. I am wearing a bikini. Red, white and blue, it’s adorned with lace and has an adult-like halter neck.

This 1980s snapshot is memorable because it captures a moment of rare, alfresco-induced youthful bliss. It is also one of the few times I’ve ever been seen in a bathing suit.

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Jerry Fisher mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:14 GMT
Gunpowder, London E1: ‘There isn’t a theme, unless it’s “What’s from India and utterly delicious?”’ – restaurant review | Marina O’Loughlin

Gunpowder is new and fresh – and cares

‘A home-style Indian restaurant in Spitalfields” seems a self-deprecating (and mildly inaccurate) way for tiny Gunpowder to describe itself. It’s way more than that. Take the rasam ke bomb, apparently an evolution of pani puri, the crisp shells (puri) of perfectly round spheres stuffed with fluffy spiced potato, while the rasam (or pani, “water”) comes in shot glasses bellowing tamarind, mustard and wonderful, sinus-clearing vibrancy. A crunch of the first followed by a slurp of the second (and repeat), and you have a faceful of sophisticated, clever fun.

This idiosyncratic, family-run joint is the antidote to what’s happening around the corner in Brick Lane. With its touts and banners announcing winners of awards you’ve never heard of, its frequently one-pot-fits-all cookery and its tarmacked-over cobbles, that once-exciting destination for cheap and cheerful curry seems to have lost its soul. Yes, there are still gems, but to find them you need the nose of a bloodhound, a tolerance for grungy caffs peopled mostly by staring men and a working knowledge of Bengali.

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Wayne Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00:13 GMT
The 10 best things to do this week

From Beyoncé kicking off her world tour to the painters’ paintings exhibition at the National Gallery: your at-a-glance guide to the best in culture this week

But What If We’re Wrong?

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Shawn Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Tony Law: ‘The Brothers Karamazov made me laugh like a spoon’

From Bill Murray to The Day Today, the comedian reveals the things he finds funniest

Sean Lock at the Edinburgh fringe in 2002. Pure funny bones – instinctual. Every bit he did was a surprise. The best bit was him killing a budgie with a spoon. He was perfect that day; a solid hour laughing, mostly not knowing why.

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Steve Washington mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:11:20 GMT
Alphabet unveils robot dog capable of cleaning the house

Robotic-canine housebot designed to take care the domestic chores takes one step on four legs closer to reality with new SpotMini

Google’s holding company, Alphabet, has a new robotic dog from its Atlas-making Boston Dynamics subsidiary capable of clearing up after its human masters.

SpotMini is the quietest and smallest Boston Dynamics robot yet, designed to navigate within the tight confines of a home and able to shimmy under tables and pick up objects with its articulated arm.

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Arthur Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:20:05 GMT
Frat Boys: Inside America’s Fraternities review – what happens when the party turns sour

Wealth, bigger pecs and life-long bonds – there might be some perks to being a frat boy. But this gripping doc exposes the sinister side

I realise Last Night’s TV might not be top of everyone’s must-read columns today (only today, mind); that there might be a few other more pressing issues. I could probably write anything here and no one would ever know, la la la la la. But actually there was a really interesting documentary on – Frat Boys: Inside America’s Fraternities (BBC2). Worth catching up on, if your mind was elsewhere.

So you’re a freshman at university in the States, should you try to join a fraternity? (There’s a bit about sororities here, too, but it’s mainly fraternities.) “It’s an organisation of like-minded people who are just kind of together to meet a common goal,” explains Ben, a brother in the Gazoni Family, an independent fraternity at the University of Central Florida. A bit like the EU, then, … it’s hard not to think of everything with EU specs on at the moment.

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Harry Campbell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:00:10 GMT
Worst in show: how the world’s ugliest dogs get competition ready

The annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition takes place this weekend in Petaluma, California. So how do owners get the entrants looking their, er, best?

Beauty takes work. Ugly, for the most part, just happens.

Which is why Annie Ragsdale and her animal companion Rue were relaxing in their front yard two days before the World’s Ugliest Dog competition. The six-year-old Chinese crested would get her nails clipped soon enough. Her hairless torso, pocked with blackheads, would be bathed. But there was no reason to hurry.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00:13 GMT
Brix Smith Start: ‘I ended up with these controlling men … they suck the life out of you’
The musician and ex-Fall member talks about her LA childhood, why she chose not to have children and being a muse

I’d always wished my parents were normal, that my dad would go to work and my mom would stay home and cook. I craved stability and wanted the perfect Brady Bunch family. When I look back I’m glad they got divorced when I was a baby. It could have been so much worse for me living in an unhappy house with two people who hated each other. Kids, like animals, are instinctual and can feel all that bad energy and anger.

Living in a crumbling pink mansion was central to my LA childhood in the 60s. I remember that time so clearly because I was happiest and not caught in the middle of my parents’ fraught relationship. My mother was happier too, and had met Marvin, my future stepfather. We shared the house with other people because we couldn’t afford the rent. Above us, there was a couple I used to spy on doing naked yoga. There was also a rock star there who threw wild parties with lots of drugs.

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Gregory Marshall mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:30:04 GMT
Love Paris like a local: tour the city with an insider guide

Want to find the cradle of French cuisine, the former brothel of Edward VII or where Napoleon lost his virginity? A network of locals in Paris, and cities worldwide, is guiding tourists to secret spots

Georges, a retired French gendarmerie general, is waiting outside the metro station in the Parisian district of Le Sentier, eager to show off the finer – and less refined – points of an area he knows “like his pocket”, as the local expression goes.

Le Sentier is a curious mix of shabby and chic that stretches from the grand boulevards of Napoleon III’s architect Baron Haussmann to the aristocratic Palais Royal, via the colourful and notorious Saint Denis district, with its prostitutes and rag trade sweatshops.

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Vincent Watson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
'Don't be a slutty apple': your experiences of sex education

Making informed decisions about sex is vital for young people yet, in many countries, sex education is confusing, limited or even overlooked altogether

What kind of sex education did you receive in the classroom? Was it an awkward slideshow containing more euphemisms than you could possibly comprehend? Or was it a series of lessons covering not only the relevant biology, but also sexuality, gender and reproductive health?

According to the UN, the latter is still quite rare, which means the majority of young people lack the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

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Steven Fisher mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
Welcome back to Earth, Tim Peake – sky’s the limit for a real starman

It’s time for the astronaut’s celebrity career to take off – how about Strictly or Love Island? Chris Evans surely wants him for Top Gear ...

Guardian control to Major Tim! A joke for you there, Tim Peake, to welcome you back to planet Earth. By now you are one third of the way through your three-week recovery session in Cologne and thoughts, one expects, are with the future.

Headlines like “How to use the loo in space”, “Astronaut Tim Peake plays Space Invaders game in space” and “How to make scrambled eggs in space” are all very well, but what is a spaceman when he’s no longer in space?

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Daniel Cox mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:30:05 GMT
String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis review – the best writer on the game ever

In pieces that range from his own success as a junior player to the sport-changing ability of Roger Federer, Foster Wallace combined a nerd’s outlook with a novelist’s gift for exposition

David Foster Wallace was, in his own estimation, “a near great junior tennis player”. Between the ages of 12 and 15, he competed in tournaments all over the Midwest, at one point achieving a regional ranking of 17. He wrote about the experience in “Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley”, the first – and most challenging – of the five essays in this volume. “Derivative Sport” is unlike any other sporting memoir you’ll encounter: it combines a (somewhat sketchy) account of life on the junior circuit with voluminous divagations into climate, topography and geometry. Wallace’s aim appears to be to demonstrate that his success on the tennis court was largely accidental – less a reward for talent and perseverance than the unforeseeable outcome of freakish circumstance.

Because of where he grew up – the Illinois Corn Belt – Wallace felt at home “inside vectors, lines and lines athwart lines, grids”. A certain “weird proclivity for intuitive math” meant, moreover, that he found the “geometric thinking” required by tennis (all those rapid trigonometric calculations) straightforward. And most crucially, unlike practically every other player on the planet, he relished playing in the wind. (This, too, he links to his mathematical prowess: “I could … admit the differential complication of wind into my calculations.”) Being at ease with the wind gave Wallace a tremendous advantage, since he grew up in a pocket of Illinois known as Tornado Alley. The wind, he writes, “informed and deformed” life in his hometown, and did “massive damage to many central Illinois junior players”. Yet Wallace was able to cultivate a “robotic detachment” from his environment, and so spent his youth “beating up on” more naturally gifted players. Facing him – especially in a howling gale – must have been a nightmare.

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Donald Crawford mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:56:30 GMT
Top five: surviving long journeys with kids – in pictures

Holidays are great – if you survive the long car/plane/train journey to get there. There are only so many times you can answer the question ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ without going nuclear. Here are five toys to provide the odd moment of peace and quiet

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Daniel Harris mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:07 GMT
The gender pay gap won't just go away, but new regulations are a start

Lack of pay transparency and expensive tribunal claims perpetuate the imbalance in male and female salaries; we need a step change in employers’ assumptions

Some issues are totemic and symbolise the challenges that remain in terms of achieving gender equality. The gender pay gap is one of them.

The average British woman earns around 80p for every £1 earned by a man. This discrepancy exists for several reasons: because women are concentrated in low-paid jobs and take on the lion’s share of unpaid work – particularly the care of children. But it is also because of pay discrimination, women being paid less than their male counterparts for the same work or work of equal value.

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Adam Martinez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:16:49 GMT
England complete Australia whitewash with thrilling 44-40 win in third Test
• Australia 40-44 England
• Owen Farrell scores 24 points to complete 3-0 win down under

England have wrapped up an unprecedented 3-0 whitewash over Australia with a thrilling 44-40 victory in Sydney. Eddie Jones’s team scored four tries to register their ninth win in nine matches since he took charge and inflict the Wallabies’ worst home series drubbing since 1971.

Once again it proved to be a memorable Test, with the lead repeatedly changing hands and Owen Farrell’s near-faultless goal-kicking playing a crucial part. The centre kicked 24 points to add to tries from Dan Cole, Mike Brown, Billy Vunipola and Jamie George as England racked up their highest score in Australia, beating the record they established in the first Test in Brisbane.

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Johnny Long mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:26:44 GMT
Euro 2016: 10 transfer targets whose stock has risen sky-high in France

Euro 2016 has given these players and managers the perfect platform to impress watching scouts and attract admirers

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Louis Flores mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
England to advance in Euro 2016 but Italy have drawn the short straw | Paul Wilson
Italy are unlucky to come up against Spain while the Harry Kane-Dele Alli axis could be key for England and could shock France in quarter-finals

‘It’s a wide open tournament,” Gary Cahill was quoted as saying when England qualified behind Wales. One hesitates to disagree with an England captain but wide open group stage leading to an unbalanced knockout phase might be more accurate.

Cahill might care to interview his new club manager on the subject of how wide open the next stage promises to be. Antonio Conte was moaning in Lille a few evenings ago, ever so politely and philosophically, but basically still moaning, that a team that finishes on top of its group deserves a slightly better break than the holders and recent world champions Spain in the last 16. The Italy coach has a point, too.

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Jeffery Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:31:31 GMT
New Zealand thrash Wales to seal series whitewash as Beauden Barrett shines
• New Zealand 46-6 Wales
• Barrett scores 26 points as All Blacks dominate Warren Gatland’s side

As harsh as the lessons have been for Wales over the course of the three-Test series with the world champion All Blacks maybe, just maybe, the experience will have done them some good.

That has to be the hope after they went down to a 40-point defeat as they dropped their standards from the first two Tests to crash and burn under the roof in Dunedin. Six tries to nil tells its own story, as does conceding 16 tries in the series.

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Dennis Warren mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:30:26 GMT
Pep Guardiola intervenes to boost Raheem Sterling’s crashing confidence

• New Manchester City manager telephones to say: ‘I’ll fight for you’
• England forward hurt by criticism of his performances at Euro 2016

Pep Guardiola has made a personal intervention to help Raheem Sterling out of the slump that has cost him his place in the England team and left Roy Hodgson feeling reluctant to pick the one attacking player in his Euro 2016 squad who can offer genuine width.

Guardiola decided to contact Sterling after hearing that one of the players he will be inheriting at Manchester City next season might be suffering because of the sustained abuse he has attracted since his acrimonious departure from Liverpool last July.

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Brandon Martinez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Iceland’s Lars Lagerback: ‘I have played England six times and never lost’
The Iceland coach may not be emotional but he has a talent for success and follows a strong plan built on commitment and an ironclad defence

There is something hugely endearing about Lars Lagerback. It is quite difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is because, on the face of it, he is a remarkably controlled person who refuses to display any emotion whatsoever, no matter what he or his team have achieved.

Yet there is this unmistakable feeling that there is a lot more to the 67-year-old Swede than meets the eye, the sense that behind that schoolmastery facade there is a little kid waiting to burst out and flick someone’s ear or pull down their trousers, a person who would be described as a “spjuver” in Swedish. We have not seen it yet, and maybe we never will, not even if his Iceland go on to beat England on Monday night in Nice and perhaps not even if they manage to win the whole European Championship.

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Sean Flores mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:53:17 GMT
England’s Jimmy Anderson a doubt for first Test against Pakistan
• Bowler suffered stress fracture in right shoulder during Sri Lanka series
• Leading wicket taker will sit out Lancashire’s game against Notts

Jimmy Anderson’s fitness for the start of England’s four-Test series against Pakistan has been placed in doubt due to a stress fracture sustained in his right shoulder blade on the final day of the third Test against Sri Lanka, though the ECB anticipate that the injury will have recovered sufficiently in time for the opening day against Waqar Younis’ team at Lord’s on 14 July.

The country’s leading wicket taker will miss Lancashire’s County Championship game against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on 3 July but England are hopeful he will have recovered from the injury in time for the opening Test 11 days later.

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Kenneth James mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:45:09 GMT
The gifs that keep on giving: Roy Keane, theatrical diving and a lifesaver of a catch

Featuring a big leap, a silly fall, a couple of jumps, a new way of playing golf and the Republic of Ireland assistant manager showing off his humorous side

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Brandon Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:56:21 GMT
Jessica Ennis-Hill to miss Olympic holding camp but will compete in Rio
• London 2012 champion competing in first heptathlon in 2016 in Germany
• Zharnel Hughes set to provide highlight of British Olympic trials in 200m

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to miss the official Team GB holding camp before the Olympics, partly over fears around the Zika virus, but she has confirmed she will compete at the Rio Games.

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Nicholas Dixon mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:23:26 GMT
England’s Jason Roy and Alex Hales hammer centuries in rout of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 254-7; England 256-0
• Both openers make hundreds in 10-wicket ODI victory

This time there would be no collapse and no last-ball thriller. Instead England served up the most comprehensive 10-wicket win ever witnessed, as Alex Hales and Jason Roy, in plundering unbeaten centuries, knocked off 256 with 95 balls to spare to win the second one-day international with Sri Lanka at a canter.

It was simply a brutal exhibition of hitting on an Edgbaston pitch offering far in excess of the 254 for seven the tourists managed batting first, with Hales finishing with 133 from 110 balls, his third hundred in one-day internationals, and Roy 112 from 95 for his second, with Eoin Morgan’s men now 1-0 up in the series going into third instalment in Bristol after the two sides tied the opener at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

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Allen Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:30:26 GMT
Gareth Bale driven by past and future as Euro 2016 opportunity knocks for Wales

Bale is taking inspiration for last-16 game against Northern Ireland from the exploits of the national team at the 1958 World Cup

As Gareth Bale pulls up a chair at the Wales training camp in Brittany and talks about a once-in-a‑lifetime opportunity with his country, the world’s most expensive footballer can also see a bigger picture. For Bale, Euro 2016 is about the future as well as the present, which means creating a legacy that inspires a generation of children back home to put on a pair of football boots and try to follow in the footsteps of their heroes.

“We have had amazing players going through history and seeing the failure and even being there as fans to see us not quite qualify – it does drive you on even more,” Bale says. “Whenever I have played for Wales it has always been my dream to qualify for a major tournament and to test ourselves on the bigger stage. We are doing that now and I think we are thriving and everybody is waking up and seeing what Welsh football is about. Hopefully we can keep doing that.

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Lawrence Ellis mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:52:01 GMT
Johanna Konta laughs off Wimbledon injury scare after Eastbourne defeat
• British No1 lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 in semi-final to Karolina Pliskova
• Konta fell in second set but said: ‘I’m fine – it was just a bit of a shock’

First she was in tears, then she was smiling and laughing and in the end she was clutching a trophy after being made a lifetime member of Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club. Welcome to the rollercoaster world of Johanna Konta, whose remarkable story took a most unwelcome twist when the British No1 suffered an injury scare during her Aegon International semi-final against Karolina Pliskova, three days before the start of Wimbledon.

A sharp intake of breath could be heard all around Eastbourne as Konta gingerly picked herself up, limping and grimacing, wounded and surely about to pull out of Wimbledon before even making it to SW19. Having taken a tight first set off the world No17, she was threatening to break back straight away after dropping her serve to trail 3-1 in the second set, 0-40 up on the Czech’s serve and hunting down a forehand in the right corner when she lost her footing and fell heavily.

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Carl Martinez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:18:00 GMT
Andy Murray has stomach for the fight at Wimbledon but prefers to box clever
As he completes his preparations for Wimbledon the world No2 prefers to think of himself as Floyd Mayweather rather than a slugger

Andy Murray’s love of boxing is well documented and a little misleading. He is no frustrated pugilist (marooned as he is between light-heavyweight and cruiser), but watching men – or women – fight is not an easy experience for him, although he admits he is hooked on it. It is a familiar paradox.

As Murray readies himself for Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic, he might allow himself time in front of the television at home in Oxshott on Saturday to see if his fellow London Olympian Anthony Joshua can repel the challenge of the unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale to retain his world heavyweight title at the O2 Arena, which has become the Watford fighter’s Wimbledon.

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Lee Henry mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:46:28 GMT
Cristiano Ronaldo has lost his dribble – and he’s not alone at Euro 2016 | Barney Ronay

The Portuguese’s frills and jinks are long dead. Xherdan Shaqiri keeps losing the ball. And England’s presence high up on the dribble list shows how the basic idea of one has changed

As those of us glued to France 2016 take a breath, avoid watching the news and mentally pixelate the image of the nation’s most visible unelected one-time fascism-curious teenager beaming like a vampiric little pug that’s just laid a great steaming mess in the middle of your antique Aubusson rug, there is, as ever, some solace to be taken in the football.

It was, lest we forget, just getting good. Not only off the pitch where the benevolent engagement of the Irish, Northern Irish, Welsh and English (in Saint-Étienne) supporters was helping to defrost some of France’s chillier extremities. But also on it, where the football had shown some signs of shedding its group stage caution.

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Ronald Simmons mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:09:00 GMT
Tyson Fury postpones Wladimir Klitschko rematch due to injury
• World heavyweight champion sprained his ankle in training last week
• ‘I’m sorry to all my fans to let you all down but injuries do happen’

Tyson Fury has pulled out of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko next month after spraining an ankle in training but the world heavyweight champion insists the fight will still take place in Manchester later this year.

Fury had been due to make the first defence of his WBA Super, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles against Klitschko on 9 July before he injured his left ankle while training last week. “About 10 days ago I was running up in the Lake District and I went over on my ankle and sprained it,” he said. “I’ve been to the hospital and had X-rays and MRI scans and all that. They say it is not broken but it is badly sprained and to keep off it for six or seven weeks.

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Shawn Cole mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:19:03 GMT
Liverpool closing in on signing of Sadio Mané from Southampton for £30m
• Negotiations over fee for Senegal forward are ongoing
• Mané keen to move to Anfield after two seasons at Southampton

Liverpool have been offered encouraging signs in their quest to sign Sadio Mané from Southampton with the Senegal forward hoping to join Jürgen Klopp’s side for around £30m.

Mané, a product of the Metz academy who moved to St Mary’s in 2014 for around £12m, has emerged as a main transfer target for Liverpool despite continued interest in Bayern Munich’s Mario Götze.

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Billy Clark mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:40:58 GMT
David Squires on … a review of the Euro 2016 group stage

And then there were, oh, still 16. Anyway, David Squires looks back at the opening fortnight in France. And you can find David’s archive of cartoons here

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Henry Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:09:46 GMT
What makes Novak Djokovic the perfect tennis player – and so hard to beat?
Djokovic begins the defence of his Wimbledon title next week and the strategy analyst for the tournament, Craig O’Shannessy, and former France Davis Cup player Henri Leconte give the lowdown on why the Serb is world No1

“It’s particularly the backhand return,” says Craig O’Shannessy, the strategy analyst for Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the ATP and WTA Tours. “It’s the best backhand return in the world. That’s where it all starts. Most serves are directed to the backhand. It’s just really the simplicity of his technique. Two hands on the grip, his upper body rotates 90 degrees sideways and that’s it. O’Shannessy points out that Novak Djokovic rarely goes for broke on the return. “The big target area is deep right down the middle of the court. He’s trying to negate the impact of the serve. The server (usually) has an extra two shots off the serve where the serve still has influence, a halo effect. If you’re serving, you never want to hit a fourth shot because then you’re into an even 50-50 battle where the serve is irrelevant. Djokovic, with that return, the server is lucky if they get one extra shot. Sometimes they’re actually on defence on the very first ball after the serve. Then he has great court position. It’s huge percentages. Djokovic will hurt you everywhere, he doesn’t hit so many return winners – at Wimbledon in 2015 he only hit 11 – but he gets so many returns back into play.”

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Fred Campbell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:30:12 GMT
Adam Lallana: tricky, tireless and tidy but where is the end product?
Lallana works hard and rarely wastes the ball but his Euro 2016 displays have also shown that if England need a matchwinner it is unlikely to be him

In the court of public opinion Roy Hodgson’s England have been widely condemned as a possession-heavy, tireless but ultimately toothless force so far at Euro 2016. Given that previous incarnations of the national team at major tournaments have been prone to treating the ball like an unpinned hand-grenade, it seems odd that this latest version is being picked on for having finally worked out how to hang on to the thing. It’s the kind of criticism that was flung at Spain in 2012 until Vicente del Bosque’s side went on and won the European Championship. Again. But that’s not to say England will follow suit. Far from it. There is a legitimate concern to be found if you pick apart the carping.

Related: Euro 2016: which players should start for England against Iceland in last-16 tie?

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Ryan Mason mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:39:03 GMT
Dominic Breazeale acts as stepping stone on Anthony Joshua’s path to top
American has little pedigree and Britain’s IBF world champion, winner of all his 16 fights by stoppage, will soon have bigger fish to fry

Dominic Breazeale has impressed everyone with his confidence and demeanour since his arrival in London. The problem for the unfailingly polite and unbeaten American heavyweight with a wafer-thin CV is that the impression he will leave on the canvas at the O2 Arena in Greenwich on Saturday night is likely to be that of another senses-wrecked opponent at the feet of Anthony Joshua.

It might take longer for the IBF world champion to dispose of the 6ft 7in Californian than the three minutes, 32 seconds his hugely disappointing compatriot Charles Martin lasted at the same venue in April. “I’m only a quarter of the way there,” Joshua said that night. “I ain’t gonna get too carried away because there’s still a lot of work to be done. It only went two rounds, so I’ve got to go back to the changing room and do some pads.”

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Steve Mason mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:10:14 GMT
The Guardian’s Euro 2016 team of the tournament so far

With the tournament having reached its halfway stage we pick our best and worst XI based on the individual player ratings from each game

Euro 2016 has reached the halfway stage and although the group stage did not produce a standout team, there were some standout individual performances.

Throughout the group stage the Guardian has rated every performance – from the opening game between France and Romania through to the drama of the Republic of Ireland’s game against Italy on Wednesday night – which means we can now pick our official team of the tournament so far.

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Brandon Cox mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:20:14 GMT
Spurs’ €14m offer for striker Vincent Janssen rejected by Alkmaar
• Dutch club holding out for €20m for Holland forward
• ‘Difference between offer and asking price is too big,’ say Alkmaar

Tottenham Hotspur have had a €14m (£10.7m) offer rejected by Alkmaar for the striker Vincent Janssen, with the Dutch club holding out for €20m.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add to his limited options up front and the Tottenham manager made a personal check on Janssen at the end of last month, when he watched him play for Holland against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

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Johnny Bryant mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:00:09 GMT
The Joy of Six: Wimbledon upsets

From Boris Becker feeling both sides of a shock to Ivo Karlovic helping to pave the way for Roger Federer, half a dozen underdog stories from SW19

At an age when most of us are trying to find our place in the world, in between attempts to convince the suspicious off-licence owner that our name really is Brian McGee, Martina Hingis already knew where she belonged. Her journey towards all-time greatness began when she became the French Open junior champion at the age of 12. Winning the 1995 women’s doubles at Wimbledon when she was 15 years and nine months old made her the youngest grand slam champion in history and she shot to stardom in 1997, winning her first singles titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and would have held the calendar slam but for a defeat to Iva Majoli in the final at Roland Garros.

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Arthur Evans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:15:30 GMT
Chesterfield sponsor pulls out in wake of Ched Evans signing
• Company withdraws support ‘in light of recent events’
• Welsh striker due to have rape retrial in October

One of Chesterfield’s sponsors has pulled out in the wake of the club signing the striker Ched Evans three months before he faces a retrial for rape.

The fitting company HTM Products said it had withdrawn its support of the League One club “in light of recent events”.

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Sean Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:55:22 GMT
In this Brexit vote, the poor turned on an elite who ignored them | Ian Jack
The neglected suddenly discovered they could use their EU referendum vote to get back at those who had never listened to their grievances

Just as the pound was reaching its peak, Iain Duncan Smith said: “Turnout in the council estates is very high.” It was about quarter past ten. When he added a few minutes later that he’d been in politics for 24 years and couldn’t remember seeing an equivalent council-estate turnout before, David Dimbleby wondered about its significance: was it good news for the Brexit campaign? Duncan Smith said piously that he couldn’t possibly say, but we knew that he thought it was. By midnight, the pound had begun its fall.

My wife and I grew up on council estates – small, well-gardened ones, a hundred miles from each other across the border of Scotland and England. Almost everyone we knew lived similarly. People of our parents’ generation thought of public housing as a blessing, compared to the shabby and cramped homes they had lived in before. “They talk about council estates as though they’re slums,” my wife said as we watched the coverage. Or native reservations, I thought. Earlier that day on our London high street, a canvasser for remain told me how they divided the work: the Greens got the tube stations, Lib Dems did the shoppers, Labour went “round the estates”.

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Kyle Carter mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:06:55 GMT
As a lifelong English European, this is the biggest defeat of my political life | Timothy Garton Ash

The fallout from the referendum vote will pit the two souls in my breast against each other. How did it come to this?

Related: Brexit vote sparks scramble for European passports

Britain cannot leave Europe any more than Piccadilly Circus can leave London. Europe is where we are, and where we will remain. Britain has always been a European country, its fate inextricably intertwined with that of the continent, and it always will be. But it is leaving the European Union. Why?

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Anthony Marshall mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:30:05 GMT
For the 48%, this was a day of despair | Jonathan Freedland

Soon we will become little Britain. The signs of Regrexit are cold comfort for those of us who voted to remain

On the eve of the vote, as if this were the first act of an Elizabethan drama, a mighty storm thundered over the capital city. It seemed a tempest was raging as the kingdom prepared to decide its fate.

A little more than 24 hours later, we learned of our decision. For some, that has meant jubilation. Witness Nigel Farage’s call for 23 June to become a public holiday: independence day. But for those of us who wanted to remain – the 48%, as we shall now be known – it felt like a bleak midsummer. After the initial numbed shock has come sadness, alarm and, at times, despair.

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Ryan Martinez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:20:35 GMT
The Brexit crisis is really an opportunity to create a better society | Jenny Jones
From voting reform to localism to proper curbs on vehicle emissions, a very different vision of Britain may now burst into bloom

I don’t feel like a winner, even though the majority of the country has voted for leaving the EU – something I have argued should happen for the last 40-odd years. I’m at Glastonbury, in the Green Fields, surrounded by people who feel hurt and disillusioned at the referendum outcome and the way that outcome was achieved.

They, with millions of others who voted to remain, are grieving. I feel sad that the debate has shown up fault lines that divide our society. Fear v hate has split us in two, and we need to heal. There is also uncertainty and fear about what happens next. But for me, this was always going to be the crisis that brought the opportunity to do something better.

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Steve Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:53:24 GMT
Artists are in shock after the vote, but we need them now more than ever | Charlotte Higgins
In the years to come, artists and intellectuals will venture across the rift to interpret the two halves of our divided kingdom to one other

“We had a headache,” wrote Philip Pullman on Twitter on Friday, “so we shot our foot off. Now we can’t walk, and we still have the headache.”

There is, of course, no one like a novelist to reach for the apt and telling metaphor at a time of chaos. The referendum result rings particularly bleakly for Britain’s cultural world. Most artists, curators, musicians, directors and scholars think of themselves as instinctively and reflexively open to the world, optimistic about its possibilities and curious about its imaginative byways. Supporting Britain’s membership of the EU has been a natural part of that. The same is true of our universities, which is why vice-chancellors were almost all strongly urging a remain vote before the referendum.

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Roy Harrison mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:53:30 GMT
The leavers really have taken control. That why things are unravelling | Marina Hyde

In the moment of triumph the victors began walking away from their promises – and further disappointments await their disciples

Wanting your country back turns out to have been a zero-sum game. Waking up this morning, about 52% of voters felt they’d got it back, and about 48% felt they’d lost it. Yet perhaps in the long reckoning both sides will find they had, in the unspeakably tragic phrase of the hour, more in common than that which divides us. Maybe it’ll be like Clint Eastwood says at the end of The Outlaw Josey Wales, as he stares that thousand-yard stare: “I guess we all died a little in that damn war.”

Related: EU referendum live: Boris Johnson says no rush for Brexit as Cameron quits

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Harry Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT
Getting down with the kids: should parents go to Glastonbury? | Hadley Freeman

I’ve been listening to Justin Bieber on a loop, and am gripped by the Hiddleswift romance. Did I mention I’m 38?

One of my favourite things to do as a child was to sit on the living room rug and look through my father’s university yearbook. I loved that book: aside from the novelty of seeing my father young (and with hair!), it seemed like such an exotic historical artefact. My dad had gone to college in the 1950s, and all those black-and-white photos of young men with square haircuts and buttoned-up white shirts were so distant from my world, they might as well have been taken in the 1850s.

My parents weren’t like Captain von Trapp at the beginning of The Sound Of Music, cold and cut off from his kids, but there was a definite boundary between their world and mine, reinforced in my mind by that yearbook. I found that immensely reassuring. I could shelter in that boundary when I was overwhelmed by my life, look at theirs and know that all this childish nonsense would soon pass. Being an adult would be different. Which is why I feel a little sorry for my own children.

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Jason Carter mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:36:24 GMT
We need to build a new left. Labour means nothing today

Labour was the right party and the right word for the 20th century – or at least part of it. But now it truly seems a spent force. We need an invigorated left alliance

7am and woken up to UKIP England. Never cried for my country before. But it isn’t my country anymore. Now we have to build a new Left’

This is what I tweeted this morning. And in someone’s reply were the words “nothing left”, which is where we are. The left has nothing and is nothing. Corbyn was the wrong kind of protest vote. Labour – the word itself – is outdated. Labour was the right word and the right party for the 20th century – until the Thatcher-Reagan takeover. The Blair years disguised the problems of the left because Blair was persuasive and charismatic, and there was plenty of money flying around. Cue the Iraq war – and the left rightly started to wonder what a Labour government stood for, when its comrade in arms was George W Bush.

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Sean West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:52:09 GMT
To mend the Brexit rift, let’s respect other people’s feelings – and honestly face our own | Phillipa Perry
If we want to heal the wound, we must stop throwing ‘the facts’ at each other, and stop pretending to be such rational creatures

One of the more personal effects of the Brexit vote is the damage it has done to relationships between remain and leave voters. With so many of the older generation voting to exit and their children voting to remain, there will be rifts in many families that need to be mended.

For my own part, I’m fed up. With the result, yes, because I wanted it to go the other way. But more than that, as a therapist I’m fed up with how we have failed to communicate.

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Lawrence Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:45:00 GMT
Now it’s time for Labour to listen to its voters | John Mann
Traditional Labour supporters voted to leave the EU and create a fairer workplace. My party must not only listen, but take action to protect their rights

The EU referendum has exposed the major schism between Labour and its core voters. The Labour party in Westminster struggled to reflect the language and aspirations of our traditional working-class communities. These Labour voters, aware of the long-term neglect of their voice and their aspirations, decided the result of the referendum. It should be no surprise to anyone that they chose to comfortably ignore the Labour call to vote remain.

Related: Britain is in the midst of a working-class revolt | John Harris

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Edward Campbell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:25:06 GMT
The English have placed a bomb under the Irish peace process | Fintan O’Toole

The vote for Brexit unthinkingly jeopardises the Good Friday Agreement, the greatest modern achievement of British diplomacy. It’s an insult to Ireland

The rather patronising English joke used to be that whenever the Irish question was about to be solved, the Irish would change the question. And now, when the Irish question seemed indeed to have been solved, at least for a generation, it is the English who have changed the question.

Recklessly, casually, with barely a thought, English nationalists have planted a bomb under the settlement that brought peace to Northern Ireland and close cordiality to relations between Britain and Ireland. To do this seriously and soberly would have been bad. To do it so carelessly, with nothing more than a pat on the head and a reassurance that everything will be all right, is frankly insulting.

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Alfred Bryant mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:34:04 GMT
Now is the time to reject austerity | Frances Ryan
In pushing for Brexit, the powerful have exploited marginalised people’s fears and needs. The left must help them to take back control

David Cameron may soon be unemployed but, as the fallout of Britain’s EU exit begins, we can be assured it will not be the Eton class who will feel the burden.

Last month, tax and spending thinktank the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that leaving the European Union would force ministers to extend austerity measures by up to two years. It was clear: exit the EU now and by 2020, the impact of lower GDP growth and extra borrowing costs would make a £20bn-£40bn chasm in the public purse. This morning we were told the pound had immediately plummeted to a 31-year low amid the prospects of recession. In the first few minutes of trading, the FTSE 100 took its biggest fall since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. This can no longer be downplayed as fear. It is fact. As my colleague Owen Jones wrote: “Economic turmoil beckons: the debate is how significant and protracted it will be.”

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Brian Lewis mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:47:03 GMT
Labour cannot descend into infighting at this critical moment | John McDonnell

A Brexit vote is a disaster for the economy. My party needs to rally now in defence of working people and their families

The Brexit vote has delivered the most enormous shock across the political system. And as the resulting market turmoil demonstrates, it is creating an enormous economic shock too. The greatest danger we face is that this event, under this Conservative government, will be felt across the whole of society and fall most heavily on the most vulnerable.

Related: The dispossessed voted for Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn offers real change | Diane Abbott

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Antonio Campbell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:35:33 GMT
Donald Trump deserves his frosty reception in Scotland | Anthony Baxter
Bully-boy antics and broken promises to build the ‘greatest luxury golf resort in the world’ have driven the billionaire’s reputation into the rough

As the Donald descended from the steps of Trump Force One and attempted to shield his wayward hair from the easterly winds sweeping across the Tarmac of Aberdeen airport, he would have expected a frosty reception. Trump, ignoring the record-breaking petition calling for him to be banned from the UK for “hate speech”, is in Scotland as part of a whistlestop tour of his two Scottish golf courses. The first port of call will be Turnberry – now renamed Trump Turnberry – after an investment claimed by the Trump Organisation to be £200m. But it is at his Menie estate in Aberdeenshire where the Mexican flags are flying high.

Related: Beware a boring Donald Trump. He’s more dangerous than a maverick one | Simon Jenkins

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Jeffery Crawford mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:01:22 GMT
Over to you, says puffy-eyed Cameron as the Brexit vultures circle

The PM said he’d had enough, while Gove looked as if he had come down off a bad trip to find he had murdered a friend

Shortly after 6am a van pulled up outside Downing Street. With still no sign of David Cameron, who had been expected to make a statement minutes earlier, the hordes of photographers gathered outside the prime minister’s front door snapped the newspaper delivery man instead. Something to do. This was history and no one wanted to miss a moment.

There was still no sign of the prime minister nearly an hour later when someone opened the door of No 10 to let Larry the Downing Street cat out for his morning stroll. The photographers got their cameras out again. Larry sat on the porch for five minutes, wondering if he was about to be the fall guy in a dead cat bounce. Surprised to find himself still alive, he exited stage right.

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Carl Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:33:20 GMT
Has Brexit put a downer on Glastonbury? Reaction from festival-goers – video

Reactions range from ‘it’s fucked my life’ to ‘fantastic – I woke up English’. John Harris talks to Glastonbury revellers waking up to a damp day on Friday and the news that Britain had voted for Brexit. The age gap is apparent: many youngsters say they feel they feel disconnected to half the UK population who voted Leave, while some older Welsh steel workers break into a celebratory song. But one thing they agree on, Coldplay’s performance is unlikely to lift their spirits. Photograph: Jonathan Short/Invision

WARNING: this video contains explicit language

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Walter Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:04:22 GMT
'I cried': London's Europeans react to Brexit — video

Following the EU referendum result, European immigrants in London’s Soho give their reactions to Brexit. As well as shock, upset and confusion, there is also fear for the future and disappointment in the UK’s decision

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Nicholas Evans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:07:58 GMT
David Cameron: a political obituary – video

As UK prime minister David Cameron steps down from his post after defeat in the EU referendum, the Guardian charts the highs and lows of his political career, from fresh-faced upstart to European failure. Cameron’s legacy includes legislation on gay marriage, ideals of the ‘big society’ and post-2008 austerity and cuts

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Lawrence Parker mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:50:24 GMT
EU referendum: how Britain voted for Brexit – video

A look back at how events unfolded on EU referendum night. From the moment polls closed at 10pm to David Cameron’s resignation speech, watch to see how Britain voted to leave the European Union

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Kevin Gibson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:00:04 GMT
Stanley Spencer's art: ‘what is rubbish to some people is not to me’ – video

As a child, Stanley Spencer was always rummaging in dustbins – a broken tea pot, jam tin and cabbage stalk seemed to him a wondrous holy trinity. In this short film, made for the opening of the Hepworth Wakefield’s major new exhibition of his art, Spencer’s paintings are brought vividly to life with words from the artist’s notebooks

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Johnny Gray mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:00:28 GMT
'Donald Trump does not want to be president' – video

Trump’s candidacy was a protest, with his team hoping for just 12% of the Republican vote, argues New Yorker writer Mark Singer. Even Trump himself believed his undisciplined and impulsive rhetoric would keep him out of reach of the White House. But, says Singer, the monster rose from the laboratory table and walked

Trump and Me by Mark Singer is published by Penguin

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Kevin Clark mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:31:16 GMT
EU referendum: welcome to the divided, angry Kingdom – video

As the big vote approaches and many voices say the EU referendum has whipped up the politics of hate, John Harris and John Domokos go on a five-day road trip from post-industrial Labour towns to rural Tory heartlands. In Birmingham, Leave voters cross racial and cultural divides; in Manchester, students uniformly back Remain; while people in the city’s neglected edgelands want out. And one fact burns through: whatever the result, the UK’s grave social problems look set to deepen

EU referendum live: remain and leave make final push in last day of campaign

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Philip Turner mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:35 GMT
Gun owners on why they oppose background checks – video

The US Senate failed to pass new restrictions aimed at curtailing gun violence on Monday, voting down four separate measures including basic amendments to background checks. So why is there such opposition to expanded checks? The Guardian spoke to several gun owners about that very issue in May during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky

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Brian Dixon mail: | web: | when: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:33:00 GMT
The weight of light: how gravity is illuminating sub-Saharan Africa – video

Off-grid communities such as those in sub-Saharan Africa can pay thousands of times as much as the rest of us for their energy. Designer Jim Reeves has developed a simple, low-cost gear-train and generator that uses a descending weight to power a perpetual light source. Children can do their homework and study, families and friends can eat together and interact after dark adding new dimensions and possibilities to their lives

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Travis Garcia mail: | web: | when: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:12:03 GMT
Anne-Marie Duff is Miranda's mother in a rewritten Tempest – video

The words of a treasured letter ring in Miranda’s ears as she explores her island home in this re-imagining of The Tempest, written and directed by Teresa Griffiths and narrated by Anne-Marie Duff. Miranda’s Letter is the fifth in the British Council’s series Shakespeare Lives 2016, a global programme celebrating William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Bruce Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
Blind date: ‘What did he make of me? Amazing, intelligent, witty…’

Is rail operations consultant Simon, 29, on the right lines with art administrator Caz, 32?

What were you hoping for?
To meet someone new and try a new restaurant.

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Antonio Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT
What I’m really thinking: the cam girl

The first time I logged on was terrible. I was scared and found it hard to deal with the strange things clients ask you to do

I tried webcam work for the first time at the age of 20, when I found myself homeless with my three-year-old daughter. A friend said we could stay with her while I tried to save some money, and she mentioned that she worked as a “cam girl”.

The first time I logged on was terrible. I was scared and found it hard to deal with the way clients talk to you and the strange things they ask you to do. I don’t tolerate sexism and view porn as incredibly damaging for women. I made a deal with myself to stop as soon as I was back on my feet. It wasn’t what I’d been expecting (someone wanted me to cover myself in custard; another paid me to sit motionless, back to the camera, and got angry when I sneezed).

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Jeffery Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:00:15 GMT
Holly Willoughby: ‘I’m definitely the person you see’

The TV presenter, 35, on being shy at school, motherhood and her ‘sexist’ Celebrity Juice nickname

I was an imaginative kid. My sister needed entertaining, whereas I was the one under the table playing with a bit of fluff on the carpet. I was the sort of child who would spend time rolling up balls of all different kinds of fluff and that would be my little family.

My friends were amazed that I became a TV presenter. I was not a big talker at school – I never liked people seeing my braces, so I walked around with my sleeves pulled over my hands and my hands over my mouth in case anybody saw me smiling. In a group of people I knew you couldn’t shut me up, but it took quite a long time until I was comfortable enough to speak openly.

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Anthony Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:06 GMT
My workout: Charlie Dark, 45, night runner – ‘The best thing? You don’t need equipment’

Friends and colleagues began to say, ‘You’re a different person. What are you doing?’

I started running at night, because I was embarrassed to do it during the day. I teach poetry and creative writing in east London, and I didn’t want the children to see me sweating in the street. I loved rediscovering the city at night: the light, the traffic, the type of people you see – it all changes.

I was 35 when I started (I’m 45 now) and my body wouldn’t do what I needed it to. I have children, and that was an added impetus to get myself together. Friends and colleagues began to say, “You’re a different person. What are you doing?” I was running four or five times a week, following training plans as well as making it up as I went along. Within months, I started to change physically. Over two years, I lost around three stone.

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Kevin Jordan mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:07 GMT
Modern tribes: the retail guru

Pay when they’re on the toilet? Do me a favour. You think I’m Father Christmas?

Wait, don’t talk crap, with respect, I don’t know where you heard that, right? Dave was never involved in that deal, ask Mickey, I met with Ron, it’s all written here, I would put in £10m, the accountants would refinance the mortgage, you can check with Frank, I didn’t tell Dave because (a) he wasn’t part of Project Nibelung, and (b) if you ever mentioned moral hazard to Dave he went apeshit, literally, the one time I said the word “moral” he threatened to send the SAS round to my home and tear off my testicles. It might sound silly to you, but he’s got military experience, right, so why would I tell Dave when I could just sort it with Mickey and keep my testicles, yeah, it didn’t smell right, and if you don’t believe me, go phone Damian, ask him why he’s lying about the £10m, not me, I was never involved.

What do you mean, governance? I find that question very rude. Have you ever worked in retail? Pay when they’re on the toilet? Do me a favour. You think I’m Father Christmas? That’s absolute rubbish – would you mind not looking at me when I’m speaking, right, I find that very rude, thank you. I’ll give you a full breakdown when that is practically possible, no I’m not going to say when, course I’ve talked to the staff. Once. 1997? If you say so. Look, the administrators told Nigel, Ron’s accountant, they’d tell us when they’d got it sorted, right, so why don’t you ask Nigel? They never talked to me, right, if it was down to me we wouldn’t be here, but we are where we are, how could I know Cheeky Charlie Chump was a cruiseship entertainer, right, if nobody bothered to tell me, right?

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Kenneth Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:07 GMT
Beauty: the best children’s sunscreens | Sali Hughes

I want my children to see applying sun cream during warmer months as much a part of their daily routine as brushing teeth

I think I was nine before I’d worn sunscreen, which is shocking when you consider I have the pallor of a floured bap. We’d travel for days in cigarette-smoke-filled cars to boiling French campsites where a good time was measured by the redness of one’s limbs and the number of freckles emerging on one’s face. No one worried much about the sun in the 1980s, and I’m concerned that what we’ve learned since isn’t habitually put into practice (eight in 10 people worry about skin cancers, yet more than 72% of us still got burned last year).

I’ve been obsessive about protecting my children from the sun, not only because I don’t want them to burn, but also because I want them to see applying sun cream during warmer months as much a part of their daily routine as brushing teeth and washing hands (which I also have to nag them endlessly about, but still). And I’ve found that the product itself is crucial to my success. My kids (aged 11 and eight) make a fuss about anything smelly, greasy, sticky or visible, and wriggle away before I can sufficiently baste them.

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Allen Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
Oscar Pistorius: The Interview review – 'It's what Reeva would have wanted'

Oscar Pistorius’s uncomfortable bid to reduce his sentence is surely something for a courtroom, not a TV interview. Could it backfire?

The famous man who killed Reeva Steenkamp doesn’t want to go back to jail, and thinks she wouldn’t want him to. “I don’t want to have to waste my life sitting there,” he wails. “If I was afforded the opportunity of redemption, I would like the opportunity to help those less fortunate, like I had in my past. I would like to believe that, if Reeva could look down upon me, she would want me to live that life.”

At which point it’s hard not to yell at your television: “She might also like the opportunity to have her own life back again and not be dead.”

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George Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT
Joe Wicks's Uncle Ben’s advert: more proof that Instagram is the worst

First it gave us sausage legs, now the picture sharing app is responsible for thoroughly useless rice advice

Is Instagram the worst thing that’s happened to us recently? Sausage legs and filter overdoses aren’t as bad as Donald Trump in the grand scheme of things, but Instagram has brought countless fitness gurus to fame and must be punished for it.

Joe Wicks is one: he is 30 years old and from Surbiton, where he presumably got bored enough to start Instagramming pictures of himself and his grub, which made him so popular that Uncle Ben’s has shoved him into one of its adverts for its Healthy Meals Made Easy.

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Jeffery Washington mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:06 GMT
Take out a mortgage … and walk away with a freebie
From buying a house to bank accounts, energy companies and insurance, firms are increasingly offering tempting incentives

If you’re looking for a mortgage, how about one with a free iPad, laptop or washing machine thrown in? That’s effectively the deal on offer from the Halifax, which this week announced it is offering first-time buyers and home movers a £500 Currys PC World gift card when they successfully apply for a mortgage between 20 June and 14 August.

If that doesn’t appeal there are plenty of other freebies being offered by financial services firms aimed at enticing people to sign up for their products and services – from cinema tickets and eye tests to flights and Amazon gift cards. Plus, of course, cold, hard cash.

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Harold Torres mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:06 GMT
The British family destroyed by the Iranian government: ‘They’re always looking to find a foreigner to frame’

Richard Ratcliffe’s wife, Nazanin Zaghari, was jailed in Tehran in March, accused of a plot to topple the Iranian government. He insists she is innocent, and says his family has been attacked by dark forces – and betrayed by British apathy

Related: Iran: seven key human rights challenges facing President Rouhani

To step off a busy northwest London thoroughfare into Richard Ratcliffe’s flat feels like passing through the wardrobe into the dark horror of a fairy tale. Three months ago, he was an ordinary middle-class accountant, living with his wife and their nearly two-year-old daughter, “muttering about the commute, going to take out the bins, clearing up those toys again. You know, all that sort of stuff.”

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Steven Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:00:10 GMT
Death by GPS: are satnavs changing our brains?

We increasingly rely on GPS to get from A to B. But what happens if we’re led catastrophically astray – and are we losing our sense of direction?

One early morning in March 2011, Albert Chretien and his wife, Rita, loaded their Chevrolet Astro van and drove away from their home in Penticton, British Columbia. Their destination was Las Vegas, where Albert planned to attend a trade show. Rather than stick to the most direct route, they decided to take a scenic road less travelled, Idaho State Highway 51. The Chretiens figured there had to be a turnoff from Idaho 51 that would lead them east to US Route 93 all the way to Vegas.

Albert and Rita had known each other since high school. During their 38 years of marriage, they had rarely been apart. They worked together, managing their own small excavation business. A few days before the trip, Albert had purchased a Magellan GPS unit for the van. They had not yet used it, but their plan wasn’t panning out. As the day went on and the shadows grew longer, they hadn’t found an eastward passage. They decided to consult the GPS. Checking their roadmap, they determined the nearest town was Mountain City, Nevada, so they entered it as the destination into their GPS unit. The directions led them on to a small dirt road near an Idaho ghost town and eventually to a confusing three-way crossroads. And here their troubles began.

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Louis Ward mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:30:08 GMT
Hisham Matar: 'I don't remember a time when words were not dangerous'

As a schoolboy in Tripoli, the author was captivated by Arabic. But when his family was forced to leave, it was in English that he came to speak, think and write

Before everything, there was Libya. The boys and I would gather on our street in Tripoli during the aimless afternoon hours. The sun would still be strong, its power seeming to increase as it descended. You feared losing it, as though it were ever possible for the sun to never rise again. One such afternoon, one of the boys suggested I draw something. He had asked me this because I had just found, in one of the empty building lots on our street, a good stick. It was long and thin and strong, producing, when I struck the air with it, a beautiful whistle. “Go on, anything,” he said. Feeling the attention of the others, I quickly drew into the sand the map of our country: a square with the wiggly line of the north coast. The boys said it wasn’t right. I had missed the step where, in the south-east, Sudan cuts in a corner, and I hadn’t got the snaking curve of our Mediterranean, where the sea sticks its tongue into Brega, quite right either. This was two years before I left Libya and would not see Tripoli and our street for another 33 years.

I was seven that year. The two things I excelled at were strange and, if anything, inspired the puzzlement rather than the admiration of my peers. I could swim further out into the sea than anyone dared, so far out, in fact, that the water became a different territory, icy, its surface the rough grain of stone and the depths, when I opened my eyes underwater, the black-blue of a bruise. I still recall the curious mixture of fear and accomplishment I felt when I would look back and see that the land had disappeared. No matter how tall I would paddle myself up out of the water, I could not see the shore or my friends, who had been swimming behind me at first but after yelling, “Hisham, you’re crazy”, one by one had fallen back and turned to swim towards the beach. I would remain there alone and let the sea’s conversation, rising and falling in gentle waves, carry me with it. Even though my heart would be pounding by now and there was no one to see me, I would dare myself even further: I would close my eyes and spin around myself until I lost direction. I would make a guess and begin swimming back where I thought the shore might be. Somehow, I never got it wrong. Not once.

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Carl Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:47:08 GMT
Dealing with empty nest syndrome

It’s a difficult adjustment for most parents once their children have left home. Here we offer advice on how to cope with the feeling of loss

You’ve looked after them for 18 years through the good times and the bad. You’ve been a teacher, mentor, confidant, taxi service, chief cook and bottle washer and now they have gone. There’s a strange stillness around the home as you take down the to-do list.

You miss them, of course, but university terms are short and the holidays long so, you can get the best of both worlds. There’s more time to spend on yourself, your partner and friends and, before long, the children are back for reading week or Christmas as young adults with a new appreciation of home comforts.

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Allen Martin mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:04:15 GMT
Uzbekistan's magnificent cities: where Soviet style meets Islamic heritage

From Tashkent to Samarkand and Bukhara, travel writer Caroline Eden believes Uzbekistan offers a dazzling mix of traditional style and a modern outlook

Twenty five years after the fall of the USSR, it’s interesting how the Soviet-era hangover lingers in Uzbekistan. Hulking apartment blocks are gradually being upgraded, and while you won’t spot statues of Lenin (they’ve been replaced by the nomadic conqueror Tamerlane and celebrated medic Ibn-Sina) you will see plenty of samovars (Russian kettles) and Soviet military medals for sale in the markets. But you will also see master ikat weavers reviving weaving traditions, and many musicians and artists are now turning to their Islamic heritage for influence. This mix of Soviet legacy and Uzbek Islam is one of the things that makes the country so fascinating.

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Douglas Warren mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Francis Bacon: creating order from chaos

Francis Bacon was a great artist, but a very bad record keeper. As the definitive inventory of his paintings is published, Stephen Smith meets the art history detective who catalogued his life

An unsparing observer of the human condition, Francis Bacon was as unsentimental about death as he was about life. “When I’m dead, put me in a plastic bag and throw me in the gutter,” the old hellraiser told the proprietor of the Colony Room, the Soho drinking den which was Bacon’s second home, if not his first. In his lifetime, the artist reportedly declined honours, including a knighthood and the Order of Merit. “They’re so ageing,” he complained. His friend Daniel Farson once asked if he was pleased that he had secured his place in the history of art. “Oh don’t talk such rubbish!” was the reply.

Bacon had little use for the arts establishment. Despite the lack of an art college education, or perhaps because of it, he emerged self-made. “No one could imitate Bacon without looking stupid,” wrote the critic Robert Hughes. “But to ignore him is equally absurd, for no other painter has set forth with such pitiless clarity the tensions and paradoxes that surround all efforts to see, let alone paint, the human figure in the age of photography.” Finding little to praise in the ranks of his fellow artists – or the critics – Bacon got on with his singular calling of confining screaming popes and anguished lovers to grid-like boxes, as rudimentary and lethal as gin traps. But posterity has refused to repay Bacon’s snub in kind. Since his death in 1992, the fashionable end of the art market has clasped him to its bosom. Three years ago, his triptych of fellow artist and one-time friend, Lucian Freud, set a record price for a work at auction. Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) went for £89m. And now every last shrieking pontiff and writhing lover has been hunted down and captured between the pages of the artist’s catalogue raisonné, a handsomely bound and presented five-volume box set the size and weight of a fully laden builder’s hod. Bacon is the one in a box now.

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Roy Shaw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
My life before writing: Emma Cline on being a child actor

Being a child actor seemed like a vision of what the world could be – free of sharp edges

I tried, for a while, to be in movies. Or rather, my mother and I tried, because that’s the nature of child actors – they require adult sponsorship, the parental momentum taking over when the child’s interest falters. I missed days of school to attend auditions in various low-ceilinged rooms in Burbank, toting my headshots in a fake leather portfolio like a grim little businessman. I ate bowl after bowl of ice-cream for an ice-cream commercial, did a catalogue shoot on a soundstage where bright, fake leaves blew in front of industrial fans. I was not a happy child: this all seemed like a vision of what the world could be. A world free of sharp edges.

I read for the parts of girls who spoke in full sentences and played soccer, girls who wore capri pants and collared shirts in Liberty prints and kept up sexless crushes on boy neighbours. These were girls unlike any girls I knew, but that was part of the pact, the lie we were all creating together: the characters weren’t realistic, but they offered the chance to participate in a world in which daughters would ask mothers to buy them their first bra, where daughters would confess the benign secrets of their hearts. The characters were sometimes embarrassed or ashamed, but in neat, normal ways, ways that were easily assuaged by a mother sharing her own experiences on the drive to soccer practice. I did not recognise this world but I wished I did, and for a while, believed that these precise falsehoods were vastly preferable to the indignities and messes of real life.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Google is not going to replace your doctor – yet | Celine Gounder

The search giant has introduced symptom checkers onto its site this week. Here is one physician’s verdict

This week Google unveiled its new symptom cards, which will pop to the top of your search results the next time you try to search for your various ailments. Currently only on the Apple or Android Google apps, this feature will eventually be available through web browser searches too. Google developed its symptom cards with the help of doctors at Harvard medical school and the Mayo Clinic.

Other symptom checkers, perhaps driven by medico-legal concerns, feed the fears of hypochondriacs. There’s no vetting process. They list scary and rare diagnoses alongside the most probable. The advice they give is conservative, recommending most patients seek care even when a little TLC at home would have done the trick. They’re also not very accurate. A study of 23 symptom checkers found they came up with the right diagnosis first only a third of the time.

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Alfred Torres mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:30:09 GMT
Sex, lies and paternity claims: Bolivia's president reels amid tumultuous scandal

That Evo Morales lost a bid for a fourth term in February is today the least of his problems, as his government stands accused of targeting press freedom over coverage of the spiralling saga of a child fathered with an ex-girlfriend

A real-life telenovela of sex, lies and paternity claims has gripped Bolivia, putting unprecedented pressure on one of Latin America’s most consistently popular leaders – and prompting warnings that press freedom in the country is under threat.

When Evo Morales, the country’s first indigenous president, celebrated 10 years in office in January he appeared to be at the height of his power: under his rule, Bolivia had seen unprecedented economic growth, dramatic drops in poverty and inequality, and indigenous rights enshrined in the constitution.

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Jimmy Rivera mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:00:01 GMT
Magic out of mould: inside the world’s wildest restaurant | Jordan Kisner

In an age when chefs are regularly compared to artists and philosophers, Magnus Nilsson is among the world’s most renowned. But is the simple act of cooking ever worthy of such veneration?

Magnus Nilsson, the 32-year-old chef at Fäviken, Sweden’s premier fine-dining restaurant, is not fond of repeating himself, but there is one sentence he repeats with such frequency and resolute force that it takes on the quality of a koan: “Do it once, perfectly.”

He says it when observing that one of his chefs has failed to place the dollop of burnt cream in the same place on every dish, or when explaining why he paid so much for his elaborate recycling and composting facility, which has reduced the restaurant’s waste to practically nothing.

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Jimmy Shaw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:07 GMT
Kenyan girls get on their bikes in pursuit of an education | Robert Kibet

A scheme that provides bicycles to children who would otherwise face long journeys to school is enabling kids to spend more time learning

Jacqueline Nasimiyu used to wake in the early hours and, after making breakfast and fetching water, she would trek down valleys, push through bushes and wiggle under barbed wire fences to cover the 6km to Mahanga K secondary school in western Kenya.

There were no school buses and no paved roads around her village of Mawa in Kakamega county. The 17-year-old’s parents could not afford to pay for the only form of transport, motorbike taxis, known as boda boda.

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Benjamin Torres mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:04:55 GMT
Beijing has fallen: China's capital sinking by 11cm a year, satellite study warns

Pumping of groundwater blamed for causing soil to collapse as development roars ahead above, with railways among infrastructure at risk, say scientists

China’s capital is known for its horrendous smog and occasional sandstorms. Yet one of its major environmental threats lies underground: Beijing is sinking.

Excessive pumping of groundwater is causing the geology under the city to collapse, according to a new study using satellite imagery that reveals parts of Beijing – particularly its central business district – are subsiding each year by as much as 11 centimetres, or more than four inches.

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Douglas Harris mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:47:55 GMT
Into Orbit: my dizzying drop down the world's biggest slide

Carsten Höller has turned Anish Kapoor’s ‘zombie pylon’ into a 178m corkscrew thrill-ride – our architecture critic pulls on his helmet and takes the plunge

Never has an attraction promised so much yet delivered so little. It was the roller coaster without a ride, the helter skelter without a slide, a £20m mountain of steel leering above London’s lean Olympic stadium as a mocking monument to the vanity of the city’s former mayor, Boris Johnson, and its funder, the steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.

Designed by artist Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond, the ArcelorMittal Orbit was conceived as a money-making machine, intended to reap £1.2m a year for the upkeep of the Olympic park. Instead it has cost the taxpayer £10,000 a week to maintain. Of all of Johnson’s follies, from the empty Thames cable car to the overheating bus, it has been the most useless totem pole of mayoral hubris.

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George Phillips mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:46:00 GMT
Chris Martin: ‘Coldplay are saying the opposite of walls and Brexit’

The Glastonbury Sunday headliners get emotional about the power of music and their quest for the perfect hook

It is rather gratifying, when meeting a band who have sold 80m albums and are about to headline the world’s biggest music festival for the fourth time, in front of a global audience of millions, to find out that things were not always like this. Chris Martin, sitting backstage at a Zurich stadium on Coldplay’s world tour in mid June, tells me that he never got to go to Glastonbury before performing there, because of school terms and university exams.

“The closest I got was in 1997. I was on a train; I’d just been to Devon to get braces fitted. I felt so self-conscious, I was like: ‘Shit, what am I going to do? I’m 19 and I’ve got braces.’ Then the train stopped at Castle Cary, and everybody from Glastonbury got on. And I just melted in the corner.” He laughs. Did they all seem cool? “They seemed so cool! I was just like: ‘Shit, how do you get that cool?’ So that was my closest experience to Glastonbury; being on a train and feeling like the nerdiest of nerds, because my mum had told me to get my wonky teeth fixed.”

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Roy Nelson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:30:03 GMT
How to make the perfect Belgian waffles

These are a delightfully crisp, rich and fluffy way to start the weekend, but should you rise with yeast or bicarbonate of soda? And which produces a crunchier result?

What did Brussels ever do for us? Well, waffles are a good start. Not that, strictly speaking, they’re Belgian at all. In fact, they’re a bit of a pan-European project, with their origins in the ancient Greek obleios, and a Dutch name with its roots in the old French for honeycomb, thanks to their distinctive dimpled surface.

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Joshua Washington mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:40:40 GMT
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians: ‘When there is violence, you have to make music'

With war ravaging their homeland, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians has been scattered across the globe. But five years since the violence erupted, the group are reuniting for a cathartic tour – and opening Glastonbury

Five years ago, the 90-strong Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music drew stars from Plácido Domingo to Gorillaz to perform with them at their home in Damascus Opera House. Today, with the bitter civil war still raging, its musicians are scattered across the globe. Some former performers of the prestigious orchestra and the choirs that accompany it are refugees in the Middle East, Europe and the US, while others are still struggling to live and perform in the conflict-torn country.

“Music, these days, is like a painkiller,” says Raneem Barakat, a singer in the orchestra’s choir. The 24-year-old regularly braves bombs and snipers on the roads on her two-hour journey to Damascus to study and perform. “You have to take the risk. When I sing it hypnotises me; I leave reality.”

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Shawn Burns mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:52:25 GMT
Labour & Liverpool: 'the project is off to a good start'

Ewen MacAskill returns to the city to follow up readers’ ideas and suggestions, finding strong views – and great coffee

For Liverpool law student Jennifer Mitchell, inspiration struck when she was out with her boyfriend. Jennifer was one of the hundreds of readers who have responded over the last week with suggestions for this new project exploring Labour and Liverpool: you have shared your thoughts on issues to examine, places to visit and people to contact.

What prompted Jennifer to respond? “Do you want the honest answer? I was having some tapas and a large bottle of wine as I was flicking through Facebook and I said: ‘Who should I nominate?’”

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Chris Cox mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:26:06 GMT
'I never knew how much I'd write crying': Peter Bradshaw on film star deaths

Following the loss of actor Anton Yelchin, our movie critic reflects on how reporting celebrity deaths occupies a greater part of his work in the digital age, and what that tells us of society, grief and stardom

On Sunday night, I wrote a blogpost about Anton Yelchin, the young Russian-born actor — most famous for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek movies — who had died at 27 in a freak accident. I wrote about the sweet, childlike openness of his face, his excellent performance in the millennials’ romance Like Crazy, and the poignancy of the way he was starting to look leaner and tougher in Jeremy Saulnier’s hardcore horror Green Room. It was only on reading Tom Hiddleston’s online tribute to Yelchin the next day that I realised to my mortification that I had forgotten about his subtly excellent work opposite Hiddleston in Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive.

Related: Prince, Rickman, Bowie... famous faces we have said goodbye to in 2016

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Louis Howard mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:55:07 GMT
Mexico City from a wheelchair: 'There's no second chance on these streets'

Abraham Plaza is on a mission to break down the countless barriers – physical, mental and social – that make daily life in Mexico City so tough for people with disabilities. But with the help of an alliance of NGOs, he finally sees signs of hope

Imagine going down 40 steep, crowded metro station steps in a wheelchair. You grab both wheels, lean back, and make small jumps between narrow steps that could launch you into a fall at any moment.

“You feel the adrenaline like you’re at Six Flags, I swear,” says Abraham Plaza. “You learn the techniques perfectly, and it’s hard, hard, hard, because there’s not a second chance on the street.”

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Shawn Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:00:09 GMT
Britain and the EU: the story of a very rocky marriage

The UK referendum on whether to stay in the EU is the culmination of 70 years of a love/hate relationship

When the six founding members of the European Economic Community (France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957 and asked Britain whether it fancied hanging out to see what might happen, Britain said thanks, but no thanks.

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Philip Robinson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:30:03 GMT
It's when, not if: but will Paris be ready for the flood of the century?

When the river Seine burst its banks in June the rain stopped just short of a disaster. With the next floods on the scale of 1910 long overdue, is Paris prepared?

They call it la crue centennale (the flood of the century) and Paris is well overdue one. While the recent scenes of water-filled streets after the river Seine burst its banks caused no end of headaches for the French capital, the rain stopped just short of calamity. But did it also expose just how vulnerable the city is to a true disaster?

Nobody can predict exactly when Paris will suffer the next big inundation – and no one seems sure how bad it will be. “It’s not a question of if there will be a flood but when,” says Colombe Brossel, assistant to the Paris mayor. “And that’s about as much as we know.”

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Edward Roberts mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:22:31 GMT
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – 'we're going for a classic feel'

With Battlefield currently winning the propaganda war CoD developer, Infinity Ward, wants to convince gamers that its latest title isn’t just about space

In 2015, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave an interview in which he argued that the world’s first trillionaire will be somebody who successfully mines asteroids. These celestial rocks are loaded with the sort of rare metals essential for the manufacturing of computers and smartphones – metals that are becoming increasingly scarce on Earth. There are already companies such as Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries developing technologies to facilitate the industry. It’s going to happen.

And its this prospect that provides the background to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, 2016’s instalment in the long-running shooter series. It’s the near future and humankind has expanded out into space, operating mining colonies throughout the solar system. To keep these in check, a new agency, UNSA, has been formed, uniting the armed forces of all the major countries involved. However, a fanatical organisation known as the Settlement Defence Front (SetDef) has formed out in space, looking to place a stranglehold on resources by taking over outposts throughout the system. “Wherever there is war over resources,” says Call of Duty design director, Jacob Minkoff, “there is extremism”.

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Jesse Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:13:08 GMT
What do you think about the UK's political leaders?

Following the UK’s vote on Brexit, the political landscape is changing fast. We’d like to find out your views on the UK’s political leaders and your hopes and fears for the future

After the dramatic events of the last few days, the UK political landscape is shifting dramatically. David Cameron has resigned and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party has been challenged. In Scotland, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has called for a second independence vote and has announced she will seek to enter into “immediate discussions” with Brussels to “protect Scotland’s place in the EU.”

We’d like to find out what you think about the UK’s political leaders? Who do you feel represents your views? If you’re a Conservative voter, who would you like to lead the party now? If you’re a Labour supporter, do you agree that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership should be challenged? You may support other political parties, how do you feel they can best represent your views in the wake of the Brexit vote?

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Lee Cooper mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:11:13 GMT
Are you taking part in Gay Pride? Share your photos and stories

If you’re taking part in Gay Pride festivities in the UK, US or around the world this weekend, we’d like to hear from you. Share your views and photos with us

Gay Pride festivities are taking place around the UK, US or around the world this weekend. The demonstrations are usually held at the end of June, to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall demonstrations that erupted in New York in 1969. Manhattan hosted its first Pride parade the following year, and the idea quickly spread to other cities in North America. London’s first march was in 1972.

This year is particularly poignant as it follows the terrible events in Orlando, Florida when a gunman killed 49 people in a gay night club.

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Jason Lee mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:15:24 GMT
Did you vote leave in the UK's EU referendum? Tell us why

Britain has voted to leave the EU. Tell us why you voted leave, and how you feel about the result

Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a historic vote which saw more than 30 million people turn out to vote - the highest turnout at a UK-wide vote since 1992.

Despite last minute opinion polling showing a swing to remain just 16,141,241 people to remain a member of the EU, compared to 17,410,742 who voted to leave.

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Philip Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:06 GMT
Are there any non-iron shirts and blouses that don’t look terrible?
My wife and I need to look smart but we both loathe ironing

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Louis Powell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:55:07 GMT
Sports quiz of the week: Euro 2016, Lionel Messi and Wimbledon

This week’s quiz wishes the EU referendum had been as fun as the Euros

• Euro 2016 quiz: spot the ball
• European Championship: who said it?

Two teams qualified from the Euro 2016 group stage without conceding a goal. Germany are one; who are the other?





How many of the 24 teams at Euro 2016 won all three of their group games?





Who was talking about what when he said: 'I hope [they] do not produce condoms'?

Novak Djokovic on Head, whose racquet strings kept breaking at Queens

Fernando Santos on his Portugal defence, which let Hungary slip through to score three goals against them

Xherdan Shaqiri on Puma, who make the shirts Switzerland are wearing at Euro 2016

Michael Phelps on his own company, whose goggles were leaking in his Olympic warm-up races

Only 10% of the population is left-handed. What percentage of Wimbledon singles titles have been won by left-handed players?





Lionel Messi scored his 55th goal for Argentina this week, breaking whose record?

Diego Maradona

Gabriel Batistuta

Hernán Crespo

Gonzalo Higuaín

Spain's defeat to Croatia was their first at a European Championship for a long time. Who was the Prime Minister when they last lost a match at a finals?

John Major

Tony Blair

Gordon Brown

David Cameron

Who said: 'Man of the match award? I'd split it in 11 pieces, one for each team-mate. That's how I see football'?

Gareth Bale

Andrés Iniesta

Michael O'Neill

Gylfi Sigurdsson

What does Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan want the NFL to investigate?

The existence of UFOs

The popularity of Donald Trump

The medical benefits of cannabis

The Adnan Syed case discussed on the Serial podcast

Which team was dumped out of the Copa América Centenario after a 7-0 defeat?





Who said: 'I don't go to the gym, if I did it will slow me down. I don't go in for weights or anything like that'?

Tyson Fury

Jamie Vardy

Wladimir Klitschko

Lionel Messi

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Paul Hughes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:38:38 GMT
Britain votes for Brexit: how do you feel about the result?

Tell us what you think as Britain digests a victory for the Leave campaign

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. A high turnout saw more than 30 million people turn out to vote - the highest turnout at a UK-wide vote since 1992. Yet despite last minute opinion polling showing a swing to remain, 17,410,742 compared to 16,141,241 decided to end Britain’s relationship with the EU.

Related: Your photos of EU referendum polling day

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Harold Flores mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:01:28 GMT
Win: tickets to see Massive Attack at British Summer Time

See the trip-hop pioneers in VIP style at the London summer gig series courtesy of the Observer and Barclaycard British Summer Time

The Observer is offering five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to Massive Attack at Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park on 1 July 2016, with support from Young Fathers, Patti Smith and her band, TV on the Radio, Warpaint, Ghostpoet and more. To enter, simply fill in your details below, answer the question and click ‘submit form’. The closing date is 23.59 on Monday 27 June, and winners will be notified Tuesday June 28.

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Douglas Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:00:04 GMT
Readers recommend: share your songs about anticipation

Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week. You have until Monday 27 June

Do you have in mind a song that fits the theme? Then what are you waiting for? We anticipate a heap of recommendations, but you’ll have to stick around til next week to see if they make the final rundown.

You have until 11pm on Monday 27 June to post your nomination and make your justification. Regular RR contributor suzi will then select from your recommendations and we’ll publish the playlist on Thursday 30 June.

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Billy Cole mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:35:08 GMT
Recipe swap: picnics

Share your picnic recipes with us for a chance to have them printed in Cook

To be in with chance of being crowned Guardian home cook of the year, share your picnic recipes with us. Email, upload them to GuardianWitness or post them on Instagram @guardian_cook #RRS #picnic by noon on Wednesday 29 June. Selected recipes will appear in Cook and online on 16 July.

You can share your picnic recipes and photos by clicking on the ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments.’

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Harry Gordon mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:58:14 GMT
Freelance Cricket Club podcast: in conversation with Jade Dernbach

In this episode Will and Vish had a long chat with Jade Dernbach and discovered that there is more to the England and Surrey cricketer than meets the eye

By Will and Vish, for Freelance Cricket Club, part of the Guardian Sport Network

You have probably made up your mind about Surrey and England cricketer Jade Dernbach. You’ll remember the tatts, the onfield spats and – when he played for England, at least - the headline-grabbing stats.

And there were plenty of all three, to the extent that he became English cricket’s inked-up, death-bowling pariah. Of those who have bowled 300 T20 deliveries for England, Dernbach is the most expensive (going at 8.7 runs per over, although his average is an impressive 26), and the equal second-most costly from any team. In ODI cricket, he has the worst economy (6.35) of anyone to have bowled 1000 balls. All this – along with the look and the celebrations – did not always endear him to those watching at home.

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Henry Ramos mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:00:09 GMT
Readers recommend playlist: songs about broken promises

Broken relationships and political distrust form the backbone to this week’s rundown, with Bruce Springsteen and Calexico among those providing the tunes

Below is this week’s playlist – the theme and tunes picked by a reader from the comments on last week’s callout. Thanks for your suggestions. Read more about the format of the weekly Readers Recommend series at the end of the piece.

Not many nominations flooded in during a week that started with grim news overshadowing things, and the toxic debates surrounding the EU referendum vote. The lower number of suggestions did not make the compilation of a playlist any easier though ...

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Joshua Gibson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:11:49 GMT
Euro 2016: who will win the last-16 matches and reach the quarter-finals?

The last-16 matches begin on Saturday afternoon when Switzerland take on Poland in Saint-Étienne. Which eight teams will make it into the quarter-finals?

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Joshua Cooper mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:34:41 GMT
Up all night for Brexit: Guardian readers on the referendum vote

All the twists and turns of the night of Brexit, as seen by our readers

Our live blog was deluged with thousands of comments during a historic, hectic night during which Britain voted to leave the European Union. Here’s how it unfolded through the square eyes of our readers, some of whom stayed up all night as the results came in.

10:03pm: Polls close. There are no exit polls, but on-the-day polls predict a victory for Remain, albeit not by much. Farage almost immediately concedes. Confusion abounds. Is this some kind of cunning gambit? What about the conspiracy pencils? Surely Remain can’t have won that convincingly? Don’t people remember how wrong the polls were last year?

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Ronald Ward mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:52:57 GMT
Flooding in south-east England: are you being affected?

With torrential rain swamping parts of London and the south-east we’d like to hear from anyone affected

Parts of the UK have seen their local fire brigade services inundated with emergency calls due to heavy rain and flooding.

London and the south-east of England experienced torrential rain in the early hours of EU referendum day. Red “immediate action” flood warnings have been issued for parts of south-east London and Essex as parts of the capital were expected to see a month’s rain fall in a matter of hours.

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Travis Thompson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:00:29 GMT
Food waste - what can we do about it?

Wherever you are in the world, if you are running or participating in food waste projects we’d like to hear from you

Almost $1 trillion in food is thrown away, lost or wasted every year worldwide - roughly one third of all food produced for human consumption. Food such as fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food.

Around half of us go by the date label printed on the packaging of food and will often throw away food that is safe to eat. According to the Waste Resources Action Programme (Wrap), an organisation that promotes sustainability, we throw away 4.2m tonnes of food every year in the UK, which, aside from the financial costs, has a huge impact on the environment.

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Travis Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:39:27 GMT
'We'd rather talk about bananas than borders': our European neighbours on the EU

As part of our EU Voices series, we have been asking people from across Europe to tell us their perceptions of the union

View all articles in our EU voices series

Tomorrow the fate of the UK and its role (or lack thereof) in the EU will be sealed. But what do our European neighbours think of the institution that we’re considering leaving?

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Edward Parker mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:15:31 GMT
Fromage not Farage: the best online referendum artwork

Social media users have been getting creative in the run-up to Thursday’s EU vote. Here’s a selection of the best images

If you favour certain cheeses over Nigel Farage, this artist makes a good case for remaining

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Chris Cox mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:59:24 GMT
Yoga saved my life: three people share their stories

In celebration of World Yoga Day this week, we talked to three people about how it helped them overcome difficulties

At a time of difficulty last year I found comfort in yoga. I went through a period of torturous insomnia that left me wide awake every night until 3am, begging for my brain to switch off. I’d heard that yoga could help so started going to a local class. Immediately, I felt better. I loved how slow and methodical it was, and the fact that teachers discussed mindful and positive thinking. These were all things I’d heard little about before. Gradually, as I de-stressed and learned to relax, my sleep improved. I even used to go through the poses in my head before bed, which always helped me drift off.

So, for World Yoga Day, I wanted to find out whether this ancient practice had helped others too with any challenges they had faced. Here are three stories.

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Ryan Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:08:02 GMT
World's ugliest dog competition 2016 – in pictures

Sweepee Rambo has been crowned the world’s ugliest dog, but the annual competition at the Sonoma Marin fair in California is proof that anyone can be loved

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Arthur Martin mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:43:55 GMT
Brexit front pages - in pictures

Newspapers from around the world react to the European Union referendum result and David Cameron’s resignation

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Daniel Gray mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:57:08 GMT
The 20 photographs of the week

Britain votes for Brexit, David Cameron resigns, the final group matches at Euro 2016, the continuing violence in Syria – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Alan Gibson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:00:17 GMT
‘I hopped up on the wall and got my sax out’: the fall of the Berlin Wall

Stephen Ellery plays the saxophone on the Berlin Wall, 10 November 1989

My obsession with the Eastern bloc, particularly the Soviet Union, started when I was doing my A-levels; inspired by cold war spy stories, I wanted to be a nuclear physicist in Moscow. In the end, I studied composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. When the distinguished Polish composer Marek Stachowski visited the department, we got talking and I managed to persuade him to let me study with him. That’s how I ended up, aged 23, living in Krakow, studying composition and conducting.

To make ends meet during my two and a half years there, I played saxophone in Hamburg. With only two lessons a week at college, I had long weekends, so I’d catch the sleeper train to East Berlin, cross the city, then hitch to Hamburg – it was easy and encouraged, and you never had to wait more than 10 minutes. I’d find a jam session in a jazz club, and join in with the hope of being asked to gig with them. I’d often earn 200DM, which was a fortune.

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Benjamin White mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:05:43 GMT
Brexit aftermath – in pictures

Reactions from leaders and the public in London and Europe on the EU referendum result – in pictures

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Melvin Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:45:27 GMT
It's game, set and match for these homes with tennis courts – in pictures

Serve up an ace in these properties from Staffordshire to Pembrokeshire

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Harry Crawford mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:23:34 GMT
Best photographs of the day: a Philippines festival and a media scrum

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a holy day in Aliaga and reporters in Westminster

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Melvin Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:14 GMT
The week in wildlife – in pictures

Feasting jackals, Yellowstone’s grizzly bears and delicate pick roseate spoonbills are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Jerry Thompson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:23:20 GMT
Wheels to the world: freeing children with disability in Uganda – in pictures

NGO Motivation is working to provide custom-built wheelchairs to children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida so that they can go to school and see friends

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Henry Henry mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:00:09 GMT
The best rainbow pieces for all ages – in pictures

Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue: rainbows are totally 2016

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Kyle Washington mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
From Dante to Havana: Anna Gibb's architectural daydreams – in pictures

Architect Anna Gibb’s illustrations of cities span Hong Kong to Glasgow – and bring to life the rich histories of their buildings

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Jerry Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
A cold war torpedo testing site in Bushy Park – in pictures

Underwater missiles were put through their paces at the facility, which is now a six-bedroom modern mansion

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