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Labour would cut top level of university tuition fees to £6,000
Ed Miliband pledges to lower fees from £9,000 by curtailing pension tax reliefs if Labour is elected, arguing current system of student finance is brokenEd Miliband is pledging to fund a planned cut in the maximum level of university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 by potentially raising £2bn a year through the curtailing of pension tax reliefs if Labour comes to power. Ending months of internal debate, Miliband and the shadow chancellor Ed Balls will say the current student finance system is broken, leaving graduates with an average £44,000 of crippling debt. Related: What is the price of tuition fees? A generation’s potential and creativity | Zoe Williams Related: The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price | Editorial Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:05 GMT)

Nigel Farage on course to win Thanet South for Ukip, says poll
Ukip leader set to become MP with Survation poll showing he has 11% lead in Kent seatNigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party, is on course to win his battle to become an MP, according to a new poll in Thanet South showing him with an 11% lead.The poll conducted by Survation over the past week shows Farage on 38.6%, Labour on 27.6%, the Conservatives on 26.6%, the Greens on 3.1% and the Liberal Democrats trailing behind with 2%. It is the first time Farage has drawn ahead in what previous polls have said is a tight three-way contest in the Kent constituency. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:02:55 GMT)

Isis murderer Mohammed Emwazi is Londoner on MI5’s radar since 2009
Briton, 26, named as man behind gruesome beheading videos, had been detained by security services in the pastThe British man who was named as the extremist glorying in the beheading of journalists and aid workers had been known to intelligence agencies for five years before he publicly emerged in a series of grisly Islamic State (Isis) propaganda videos. Related: Cage: the campaigners put in the spotlight by Mohammed Emwazi Related: Mohammed Emwazi regarded as ruthless man who kills on command Related: MI5 and Mohammed Emwazi: agency must answer serious questions Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:44:20 GMT)

Pope Francis arranges for homeless man to be buried in the Vatican
Willy, a Belgian who lived on the streets around St Peter’s, was buried in an exclusive cemeteryA homeless man has been buried in the exclusive Teutonic Cemetery within the Vatican in the latest sign of how Pope Francis’s concern for society’s most vulnerable is changing the way the Church does things.Willy, a Belgian who lived on the streets around St Peter’s until his death in December, was well known to many priests, some of whom used to bring him food, Vatican radio reported. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:10:17 GMT)

American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
Avijit Roy, whose Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, attacked along with his wife in DhakaA prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists.The body of Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site which champions liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, was found covered in blood after the attack which also left his wife critically wounded. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:06:46 GMT)

Employer in Hong Kong maid abuse case is sentenced to six years' jail
Law Wan-tung’s brutal treatment of Indonesian servant Erwiana Sulistyaningsih left her with injuries that sparked international outrage A Hong Kong court has sentenced a woman to six years in prison for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that triggered outrage in the victim’s home country and throughout the world.Law Wan-tung was found guilty earlier this month of 18 charges, including assault, grievous bodily harm, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages or give time off work to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:48:16 GMT)

Hot yoga founder Bikram Choudhury faces more rape claims
Six women accuse exercise mogul of various forms of sexual assault from harassment to groping and rapeA yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them.The most recent case, filed on 13 February in Los Angeles superior court, claims Bikram Choudhury raped a Canadian woman who had paid $10,000 from her college fund for a nine-week class so she could teach the 26-pose technique to others. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:12:36 GMT)

'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington
Shocked politicians and rights groups call for inquiries into Homan SquareRahm Emanuel faces questions as top supporters examine ‘outrageous’ abuseThe US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility exposed by the Guardian.Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week. Related: Held for hours at secret Chicago 'black site': 'You're a hostage. It's kidnapping' Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:38:19 GMT)

Jimmy Savile given free rein to sexually abuse 60 people, report finds
Damning reports point finger at politicians, civil servants and senior NHS staff but stop short of holding anyone accountablePoliticians, civil servants and NHS managers gave Jimmy Savile free rein to sexually abuse 60 people, including children as young as eight, over two decades at Stoke Mandeville hospital, two damning reports have concluded.Savile’s celebrity status, his connections with the then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, and with royalty, and his role as a fundraiser allowed him unfettered access to patients, staff and visitors at the Buckinghamshire hospital. Over 20 years he brazenly used that power and access to rape, sexually abuse, harass, intimidate and silence his victims who ranged in age from eight and 40. Related: The Guardian view on Jimmy Savile: oblivion’s too good for him | Editorial Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:28:41 GMT)

Isis fighters destroy ancient artefacts at Mosul museum
Footage shows Islamic State militants in Iraq smashing statues with sledgehammers in bid to crush what they call non-Islamic ideasIslamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group. Related: Isis destroys thousands of books and manuscripts in Mosul libraries Related: If great architecture belongs to humanity, do we have a responsibility to save it in wartimes? | Jeff Sparrow Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:26:21 GMT)

Brazil judge targets WhatsApp with suspension order
Messaging system still operating while lawyers appeal nationwide order arising from ‘sexually graphic’ photos of children being sharedA judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil because it has allegedly failed to help in an investigation.Judge Luiz de Moura Correia ordered the suspension earlier in February, though it has continued to operate normally because lawyers have appealed, the newspaper Folha de S Paulo said. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:34:10 GMT)

Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general approved despite HSBC scandal
Nomination passes first hurdle in the face of opposition from some Republicans concerned over Lynch’s decision not to prosecute bank for money launderingBarack Obama’s pick for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has narrowly survived attacks over her support for immigration reform and a controversial HSBC bank settlement during a bumpy nomination vote.Eight Republicans on the Senate judiciary committee, including the chairman, Chuck Grassley, opposed Lynch’s confirmation after what Democrats criticised as a record long delay in appointing the first African American woman to the top law enforcement job in the US. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:52:28 GMT)

Ed Balls plays down prospect of Labour deal with SNP
Labour refuses to rule out post-election agreement but shadow chancellor says coalition governments are now very unpopularEd Balls has sought to quash speculation that Labour could strike a formal post-election deal with the Scottish National party by hinting that Labour would prefer a minority government to a coalition. The shadow chancellor said a deal with the SNP “is not part of our plan; it’s not what we want” during a pre-election campaign visit to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:31:45 GMT)

In Amenas murders: coroner points to security flaws at Algerian gas plant
Inquest into deaths of seven workers at BP joint venture returns verdict of unlawful killingFlaws in security precautions at an Algerian gas plant partially operated by BP, where seven British residents were murdered by jihadis in 2013, have been highlighted by a coroner.Delivering a verdict at an inquest in London on Thursday that the men had been unlawfully killed, judge Nicholas Hilliard QC drew attention to multiple failures by the plant’s management to upgrade protection – partly on the grounds of cost. Related: Timeline of the In Amenas siege It has been heartbreaking … to feel that Carlos’s death could and should have been prevented Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:19:29 GMT)

Saudi man convicted in connection with 1998 bombings of US embassies
Khalid al-Fawwaz, described as one of Bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants, faces life in prison for bombings of Kenya and Tanzania embassiesA Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants was convicted in a federal court in New York on Thursday in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him on four conspiracy counts on their third day of deliberations. Related: US still pursuing long road to justice in 1998 Africa embassy bombings Related: Africa embassy bombings: attacks that propelled Bin Laden into the limelight Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:10:28 GMT)

George Osborne rebuked for boasting he halved £1.7bn EU surcharge
Treasury committee stops short of saying chancellor misled parliament by claiming he won the bill reduction when the surcharge was halved by the UK’s automatic rebateMPs have criticised George Osborne for exaggerating claims that he halved a £1.7bn surcharge imposed by Brussels last year when Britain’s rebate automatically cut the figure to £850m.A committee of MPs has stopped short of accusing the chancellor of misleading parliament, but said he should have known how the rebate applied before he boasted on TV and to MPs about his success at the negotiating table.The terms of the UK’s rebate calculation are set out in EU law. It should, therefore, have been clear it would apply.He has been caught out again and his credibility is further undermined. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:05 GMT)

Nigerian election: Muhammadu Buhari pledges to defeat Boko Haram
Leading challenger to Goodluck Jonathan claims president spent money on politics leaving military under-resourcedThe leading challenger for the Nigerian presidency, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to defeat Boko Haram insurgents in the north of the country by providing government forces with better equipment, more training and more accurate intelligence. Buhari, a former military leader, said if the government of President Goodluck Jonathan had deployed the same resources to fighting Boko Haram as it had to political ends, the army would have rescued the more than 270 schoolgirls abducted by the extremist movement in Chibok last April. Related: Boko Haram - the Guardian briefing Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:02:25 GMT)

Foreign Office budget cuts may hurt UK's global position, say MPs
Committee says severe budget reductions appear to be damaging department and any further cuts may affect country’s diplomatic influenceBudget cuts and low pay at the Foreign Office are endangering the UK’s global role and could have a “disastrous and costly” effect on the government’s ability to make informed judgments on critical issues, including whether to go to war, according to a parliamentary report.Protect FCO’s Budget or Reduce Britain’s Global Diplomacy, from the cross-party House of Commons foreign affairs committee, depicts a department under severe and increasing strain. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:05 GMT)

Eight-year-old with rare disorder has personal care benefits rescinded
Ava Jolliffe, who has Brown Vialetto Van Laere Syndrome, told that part of her disability living allowance has been rescinded as her father works in GermanyAn eight-year-old British child with a rare nerve disorder has had her personal care allowance cancelled after receiving a letter from the government saying that Germany should be responsible for her disability payments. Ava Jolliffe, who is deaf, a wheelchair user and diagnosed with Brown Vialetto Van Laere Syndrome (BVVL), was granted a high rate of UK disability living allowance in June last year.Shame on the #DWP : pic.twitter.com/vJoxP2hF7o Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:19:26 GMT)

David Cameron orders new inquiry into treatment of Lee Rigby murderer
Security services watchdog will investigate alleged MI6 complicity into treatment of Michael Adebolajo while he was detained in KenyaThe prime minister has ordered a new inquiry into claims the security services may have been complicit in the ill treatment of Michael Adebolajo, who went on to butcher a British soldier in a London street, it has emerged.The inquiry will be conducted by the intelligence services commissioner, Sir Mark Waller, an independent watchdog over the security services. Related: Cage: the campaigners put in the spotlight by Mohammed Emwazi Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:46:07 GMT)

Net neutrality activists score landmark victory in fight to govern the internet
FCC says ‘we listened and we learned’, and passes strict broadband rules that represent ‘a red-letter day for internet freedom’Internet activists scored a landmark victory on Thursday as the top US telecommunications regulator approved a plan to govern broadband internet like a public utility.Following one of the most intense – and bizarre – lobbying battles in the history of modern Washington politics, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed strict new rules that give the body its greatest power over the cable industry since the internet went mainstream. Related: Net neutrality: FCC overrides laws preventing municipal broadband expansion – live .@Verizon doesn't give a font. #NetNeutrality #FCClive http://t.co/Nu08lnMf6T pic.twitter.com/IrJYXV0d8T.@stevewoz outside #NetNeutrality vote. @FCC needs power to stop "bad stuff". pic.twitter.com/Vv1nOiZB0d Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:00:33 GMT)

Net migration to UK higher than when coalition took office
Net flow of 298,000 long-term migrants to UK last year shatters PM’s ‘no ifs, no buts’ promise to cut number to ‘tens of thousands’Net migration to Britain was 298,000 last year, shattering David Cameron’s “no ifs, no buts” promise to reduce it to the “tens of thousands” by the time of the general election, official figures show.Publication of the latest set of quarterly migration figures means that the Conservatives will go into the election with the politically sensitive net migration figure 54,000 higher than when they made their pledge in 2010. Related: Lowering immigration: what politicians have said Related: The failure of David Cameron's migration policy has been spectacular Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:29:08 GMT)

British charity worker Simon Harris jailed for abusing boys in Kenya
Former public school teacher targeted youngsters who were ‘amongst the most vulnerable in the world’, according to judge A British former public school teacher who sexually abused Kenyan street children after luring them to his lavish home with offers of food, money and the promise of education has been jailed for 17 years and four months. Simon Harris, who ran an educational charity in the east African country, picked up boys in his Land Rover and took them to his home, known as the Green House, where he subjected them to terrifying and humiliating sexual abuse. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:52:58 GMT)

French police investigate mystery drone flights over central Paris
Various types of drones spotted near US embassy, Élysée palace, Invalides military museum and Eiffel Tower over two nights this weekFrench police are investigating several mysterious drone flights over central Paris, months after a spate of unexplained drone sightings over the country’s nuclear plants sparked nervousness.Over two nights this week drones were spotted near the US embassy, the Élysée palace, the Invalides military museum, the Eiffel Tower and several main roads leading in and out of the French capital. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:33:51 GMT)

Met backs down on refusal to police climate and women's marches
Scotland Yard reverses earlier decision not to police Time to Act and Million Women Rise marches, after criticism from campaigners and Boris JohnsonThe London Metropolitan Police have backed down on their refusal to police two protest marches next month after criticism from campaigners and London mayor Boris Johnson.But the police maintained that protesters have no ongoing right to assistance from Scotland Yard and future protests remain in doubt. Related: Climate change marchers told to hire private security firm Related: Met's refusal to police London rally 'may be human rights breach' Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:37:21 GMT)

Three-quarters of supermarket chickens carry food poisoning bug
Nearly one in five samples highly contaminated and none of major supermarkets met targets for reducing campylobacterThree-quarters of fresh chickens on sale in supermarkets and butchers are contaminated with the potentially lethal food poisoning bug campylobacter, according to the latest results of food safety tests by the Food Standards Agency.The worst contamination rates were found in Asda, where eight in 10 birds tested positive for the bug and nearly a third of fresh whole chickens were heavily contaminated. Related: Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry Related: Food poisoning scandal: how chicken spreads campylobacter Related: Campylobacter: costly problem producers don’t want to tackle Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:51:55 GMT)

Condom maker's shares surge after South Korea legalises adultery
Unidus, the country’s largest contraceptive manufacturer, saw a 15% spike in the value of its stock on same day law banning extramarital sex was repealed In South Korea, extramarital sex just got a whole lot safer, after the country’s highest court overturned a law banning adultery.The abolition of the 62-year-old law on Thursday saw the share price of the country’s biggest condom maker, Unidus, surge 15% – the daily limit on the country’s Kosdaq market. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:40:38 GMT)

Patients should have right to choose where they die, says care inquiry
Review board recommends that palliative care could be given in the home for as many as 20% of people who die in hospitalPeople nearing the end of their lives should have the right to choose where they die, says a report commissioned by ministers in England.What’s important to me was written by representatives from charities, professional bodies, the NHS and Department of Health. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:47:49 GMT)

Artist behind hand-drawn copies of the Guardian revealed
Commuters were puzzled by thousands of replica papers distributed at London Bridge and other locationsHand-drawn reproductions of an edition of the Guardian which were mysteriously distributed across London on Monday – four years after the original was published – have been revealed to be the work of a south London artist.On Tuesday, BuzzFeed reported that commuters had been handed copies at London Bridge station, and had come across them on the capital’s buses. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:56:08 GMT)

South Africa v West Indies: Cricket World Cup - live!
Latest updates from the Pool B match at the Sydney Cricket GroundEmail geoff.lemon@theguardian.com | Tweet: @GeoffLemonSport 6.26pm AEST 50th over: South Africa 408-4 (de Villiers 162, Behadien 10)Jason Holder must hate AB de Villiers so much. He must have dreams where ties AB to a chair on a hot day, and just sits in front of him eating an ice-cream. Slowly. Real slow. Lick. Nod. Lick. Eye contact unbroken. It lasts for hours. Jason Holder wakes up feeling more tired than when he went to bed. He gets up. He goes out to bowl. 6.18pm AEST 49th over: South Africa 378-4 (de Villiers 132, Behadien 10)Murder on the dancefloor. Behardien gets two through square, then slogs over long on for six more. Stop showing off, Farhaan, get back in your box. Off strike with a single, good lad. 6.13pm AEST 48th over: South Africa 364-4 (de Villiers 127, Behadien 1)12 fours and three sixes in his innings as de Villiers lofts Holder over long on for six to bring up his hundred. The second-fastest in World Cups after Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball effort against England. It’s been brutal, clinical, brilliant. That six came after the first ball went through long-on for four. That six also came off a no-ball. 6.05pm AEST 47th over: South Africa 330-4 (de Villiers 95, Behadien 1)It was the same again before that wicket. Russell went wide outside off, de Villiers did the shuffle and kneel and sweep routine again. This once bounced inside the rope, but he did only hit it with one hand. Miller was dismissed two balls later. Farhaan Behardien walks out, hands the strike back to de Villiers, but he can only get a single that would have seen him run out by five yards had the throw from cover hit. 6.03pm AEST What a catch! That’s lazy and spectacular and beautiful - Miller lofts to long on, Taylor runs around the rope, then casually extends one hand and snares the ball without a worry. His foot nearly kicks the boundary rope but it doesn’t, and he runs back in as Russell drops to his knees and salaams in worship at the effort. Holder? The captain just burst out laughing. 5.59pm AEST 46th over: South Africa 323-3 (de Villiers 89, Miller 20)Miller is doing well: two, two, two. Though really he should just be getting AB on strike. Holder is bowling very wide and full. He gets away with one that Miller misses, but is called for one a couple of inches wider. Then another two, down the ground, then... 5.55pm AEST 45th over: South Africa 312-3 (de Villiers 89, Miller 10)Bloody hell. There’s that shot again, the one de Villiers kept playing in that hundred in SA recently. The one where he goes well outside his off stump, kneels down and ramps six over fine leg. The one where he seems to know, to have a premonition, when the bowler is going to aim full and wide, and he so panics them with his movement that they send it at full-toss height. 5.49pm AEST 44th over: South Africa 299-3 (de Villiers 78, Miller 8)Four, four. Benn bowling and de Villiers sweeps one along the ground past short fine, and one on the scoop over him. He’s on for a ton here. Then they go single, two, wide, dot, single. Miller couldn’t get Benn away as easily as his captain. 13 from the over nonetheless. 5.46pm AEST 43rd over: South Africa 286-3 (de Villiers 69, Miller 5)Russell produces the rare gryphon of an economical over. Ones and twos only, six from it. David Miller has five from four balls. Purring start. 5.40pm AEST Finally some relief for West Indies. A big outside edge as Rossouw advances and drives, and Ramdin moved well to hold on. 5.39pm AEST 42nd over: South Africa 280-3 (Rossouw 61, de Villiers 68)Nothing to be done. Nowhere to hide. Rossouw drives Benn through cover for four, de Villiers swats him behind square. Another 11 from that over. 5.35pm AEST 41st over: South Africa 269-3 (Rossouw 55, de Villiers 63)Comparatively, an icy calm descends over the ground as Andre Russell takes up the ball. Single, dot, two, dot. 5.32pm AEST 40th over: South Africa 258-3 (Rossouw 54, de Villiers 53)It’s carnage here. It’s an activist slaughterhouse video. Benn comes on, two singles as sighters, then de Villiers cuts six over cover, pulls four through midwicket, then cuts four behind point. Two more driven through cover to end things at 18 from the over. 5.27pm AEST 39th over: South Africa 240-3 (Rossouw 53, de Villiers 36)Taylor nearly runs out Rossouw after a quick single from the first ball of Taylor’s over, then it all comes apart. An overthrow from the next ball, a wide that the keeper can’t take cleanly and ends up costing three, then Taylor drags very short and wide and Rossouw plays an extraordinary shot, mid-air leaping at that ball and somehow still cutting it way over backward point for six. Both feet tucked up behind him as he struck it. That’s ridiculous. 16 from the over after two from the last ball. Taylor coming apart. West Indies coming apart. The innings is gone already, now it’s just down to whether they can manage a big-hitting Gayle chase.@GeoffLemonSport Is the best thing about a 43-day world cup how many times we get to hear somebody say the name 'Faf du Plessis'? 5.18pm AEST 38th over: South Africa 224-3 (Rossouw 42, de Villiers 34)Rossouw has 40 from 26 so de Villiers just wants to give him the strike. Holder has bowled tightly all day though, and his first three balls only go for singles. He loses it thereafter, a low full toss that de Villiers puts away straight. Then a really good wide yorker that is nonetheless driven through cover for four. Maybe it was six inches overpitched. It’s a hard game. 5.14pm AEST 37th over: South Africa 212-3 (Rossouw 40, de Villiers 24)Bring back Taylor, they said. Your strike bowler, they said. Two new batsmen at the crease, they said. 5.08pm AEST 36th over: South Africa 194-3 (Rossouw 28, de Villiers 19)The batting Powerplay now starts, compulsory by the 35th over. Jason Holder comes on to try to keep the runs down. De Villiers swats two to midwicket, then a single down the ground. Rossouw edges a run, AB takes another, then Rossouw gets very mobile in his crease to walk outside his off stump and play down the ground. Again, AB’s running makes it a two. There are three extra runs to his credit already. Another single and the over has gone for eight. 5.03pm AEST 35th over: South Africa 186-3 (Rossouw 24, de Villiers 15)Jerome Taylor is back, and he’s getting another long chat from the umpires - again, it looks like this is about the state of the ball. Was he the cause of their conference with Holder before? Is there a suggestion of tampering here? No doubt these questions will be asked by the press after the game. It’s not a great look out on the ground, but there may equally be no basis for jumping to that conclusion. 4.56pm AEST 34th over: South Africa 176-3 (Rossouw 17, de Villiers 12)Gayle remains in the game, the captain hoping for one more from Golden Arm. Taylor and Holder have five overs each remaining, Russell six, Benn three. Four singles and a wide from the Gayle over. You’ll probably take that. Rossouw tries to fox Gayle with some fake footwork, but it doesn’t ruffle the Ice Chest. 4.51pm AEST 33rd over: South Africa 171-3 (Rossouw 10, de Villiers 10)Well. Rossouw clearly doesn’t want to let momentum flag. And there must be a team plan to get after Darren Sammy today. They’ve played against West Indies a lot lately, so they must have identified Sammy as the link they have to attack hardest. Rossouw gives him an ugly slog to midwicket for four, then a proper pull for the same as Sammy goes shorter. Singles all round and that makes 12 from the over. Sammy’s seven have gone for 50 runs. 4.48pm AEST 32nd over: South Africa 159-3 (Rossouw 5, de Villiers 8)Rilee Rossouw is a left-hander, for those of your eclining in your garden chairs seeing this game in your mind’s eye, and he swats Gayle though the left-hander’s cover region for a couple, then takes a single. Again it was AB’s hard running that made an extra run on that two. AB gets a wide and a couple. 4.44pm AEST 31st over: South Africa 153-3 (Rossouw 2, de Villiers 6)Knowing that South Africa will want a couple of overs to settle down, Holder takes advantage and gets Sammy back on. Important to get some economical offerings from him. Only four from that over as AB surveys the scene. Some excellent running to turn one into two. The 150 ticks by. 4.41pm AEST 30th over: South Africa 149-3 (Rossouw 1, de Villiers 1)How often has AB de Villiers walked out in an ODI to find three catchers around the bat? That’s what Holder has in place for Gayle as he finishes his over. Two from it, both the set batsmen too. Even if Gayle doesn’t make 200 today he’s made a huge contribution. Dragged West Indies back into the contest. 4.37pm AEST That’s two in three! The new Rossouw took a single, then the next ball was straight, on the stumps, maybe it was held back a bit and fooled Amla for pace, but he missed it. He was back on his stumps trying to flick it away, and though he asked his partner whether he should review, the answer was “Don’t bother.” Dead in front. 4.33pm AEST No, he’s not catching anyone. But he’s been caught, cutting at a Gayle delivery that bounced more than he expected and took the top edge to the keeper. A faint one, but Faf went without demur. The Gayle move has paid off. 4.32pm AEST 29th over: South Africa 145-1 (Amla 65, du Plessis 62)Gracious. Samuels comes back from the other end, Faf du Plessis backs away, gets on the back foot and lifts an inside-out drive over cover for a one-bounce four. That was the ball after scooping one over the keeper’s head for two. He’s catching Amla. 4.28pm AEST 28th over: South Africa 136-1 (Amla 64, du Plessis 54)West Indies are caught a bit short with their bowling, trying to save Taylor’s overs for the more attacking times in the game, so Chris Gayle is having a trundle. That three-step approach to the crease, wandering up like he’s buying a newspaper, then lobbing down a straight one. They work his efforts happily, with five singles, a two, and a wide. 4.24pm AEST 27th over: South Africa 128-1 (Amla 60, du Plessis 51)Half century! Click go the gears boys, as Faf pulls for two, clumps a lofted four over long-off that lands just inside the rope, then takes a single for his 50th run. 59 balls but only two boundaries. That tells you a lot about how efficiently he’s played. 4.21pm AEST 26th over: South Africa 119-1 (Amla 59, du Plessis 43)Only ones and twos, but they’re hitting their shots a lot harder now. There’s a sense of building momentum. Benn’s over goes for seven. Hang in there, I think we’re about to see the gears go up. 4.16pm AEST 25th over: South Africa 112-1 (Amla 56, du Plessis 39)Half century! Amla raises it with a six. He’s had enough of hanging around. It wasn’t too full from Sammy, but Amla drove through the line, didn’t catch it fully but got enough for it to clear the rope, just, dead straight behind the bowler. 10 from the over. 4.14pm AEST 24th over: South Africa 102-1 (Amla 47, du Plessis 38)The team 100 comes up from 141 balls. Five singles from the Benn over. The one dot ball should have been a four, short and wide and slapped to the point fieldsman. Then Amla absolutely crashes a drive back at du Plessis, who’s nearly hit. Long-on saves. 4.10pm AEST 23rd over: South Africa 97-1 (Amla 44, du Plessis 36)Amla is really struggling outside his off stump today, can’t get his timing, can’t get his placement. Sammy’s over goes for three singles. The main thing though is that Amla is still there. Can still hurt them later if they don’t shift him. 4.06pm AEST 22nd over: South Africa 94-1 (Amla 42, du Plessis 35)Benn bowling well, more and more flight as he grown in confidence and rhythm. Also fielding well, probably saves four by taking the heat off another straight drive that only goes for a single. Four of those from the over. 4.04pm AEST 21st over: South Africa 90-1 (Amla 40, du Plessis 33)That’s a much better over from Sammy, tying up Amla outside the off stump, and with the yorker. Only three singles from it. 4.01pm AEST 20th over: South Africa 87-1 (Amla 39, du Plessis 31)Benn dives well to stop a straight drive from his own bowling, but the others in the over are worked comfortably for singles. Less comfortable is a conference between both umpires and Jason Holder where it looks like they may be warning him about the state of the ball. Not sure if that’s the case, but that’s the TV speculation from the replays. 3.58pm AEST 19th over: South Africa 83-1 (Amla 37, du Plessis 29)Darren Sammy starts his day’s bowling - West Indies’ former captain. Sturdy medium pace at around 120 km/h, but he can be deceptive with cutters and pace. One draws a miscue that du Plessis hits in the air past short midwicket, another takes the edge, but those shots bring only runs. Three singles, two doubles, seven from the over. 3.53pm AEST 18th over: South Africa 76-1 (Amla 33, du Plessis 26)Benn is playing the typical spinner’s cat-and-mouse game, drifting the ball around, varying the drop. Amla get a big nick for a couple of runs. They take four from the over. 3.50pm AEST 17th over: South Africa 72-1 (Amla 30, du Plessis 25)This is sweet, the umpire is dressing Faf. Helping tuck his collar down and straighten him up for school. The pitch here looks kind of sticky, a bouncer in that over just didn’t come onto the bat at all. Seemed to jam in the wicket and slowly loop through. Russell gives Faf a wide and three runs in all. 3.43pm AEST 16th over: South Africa 68-1 (Amla 30, du Plessis 22)The momentum continues. It helps when you get a rank short ball from a spinner first up that you can cut for four. Amla and du Plessis then get a brace and a single each, and it’s ten from the Sulieman Benn over. That’s drinks with the run rate looking a little less parched. 3.40pm AEST 15th over: South Africa 58-1 (Amla 23, du Plessis 19)Now the consolidation starts to pay off. Russell drops short outside off and du Plessis punishes him through midwicket. Amla drives three through third man. Add a couple of singles and that’s nine from the over. 3.37pm AEST 14th over: South Africa 49-1 (Amla 19, du Plessis 14)Sulieman Benn begins his day’s work, the proper off-spinner replacing the part-timer. Another very tall bowler, natural loop in his delivery from his height. Only the three runs from it, all singles to the on-side. 3.32pm AEST 13th over: South Africa 46-1 (Amla 17, du Plessis 13)Quietly audacious from Amla. He started outside leg, then stepped a good yard across until he was outside his off stump, and flicked Russell for two to backward square. Predicting this dry line and moving to manipulate it. He drives two more through cover, then repeats it for a single. 3.27pm AEST 12th over: South Africa 39-1 (Amla 12, du Plessis 11)Marlon Samuels will offer spin from the other end, flattish fast off-spin. Amla works a single, du Plessis immediately pulls out the scoop and flicks the ball over the keeper for two. A couple more singles follow. Things freeing up slightly. 3.25pm AEST 11th over: South Africa 34-1 (Amla 10, du Plessis 8)Andre Russell bowls his first over, and comparatively it sets South Africa flying. A leg bye, a single, then two runs to du Plessis. Hold onto your inflatable novelty items. 3.21pm AEST 10th over: South Africa 30-1 (Amla 9, du Plessis 6)Holder is metronomic. Outside off stump ball after ball. Only from the final ball, as he strays a little, can du Plessis find a single. Sout Africa in consolidation mode. 3.17pm AEST 9th over: South Africa 29-1 (Amla 9, du Plessis 5)Taylor drags a slower ball very wide, Amla cracks it on the drive, but it’s very well fielded on the dive at backward point. The next ball is better, hit harder, and goes straight to point. Two shots, two dots. @GeoffLemonSport Duminy's absence is a rather specified strain for us in SA, less calm in the middle order and a handy bowler short. 3.10pm AEST 8th over: South Africa 27-1 (Amla 8, du Plessis 4)Holder is still keeping things tight here, Amla getting a single off the first ball, then du Plessis kept quiet until pulling two runs from the fifth. Steady stuff, consistent lines. Holder said he wasn’t unhappy to be bowling first. You also get the sense the Windies power hitters are more suited to chasing a target, even if it’s a big one. 3.06pm AEST 7th over: South Africa 24-1 (Amla 7, du Plessis 2)A wide from Taylor to start, then some sharp hustle by Simmons cuts off the chance of a single as Amla works behind square. Two more runs as Amla opens the face to drive behind point. 2.59pm AEST 6th over: South Africa 18-1 (Amla 4, du Plessis 0)A successful outing for the over-the-shoulder Holder bowler, who dots up Faf du Plessis to conclude a wicket maiden. 2.57pm AEST It’s early in the day but de Kock is out! He was tied down, facing his 19th ball with only a couple of scoring shots from them and he lost patience. Tried to uppercut a Holder ball that wasn’t that short, and only succeeded in flipping it to point. 2.55pm AEST 5th over: South Africa 18-0 (de Kock 12, Amla 4)Amla gets away with a nice straight drive from Taylor, just to the on-side of the ground for two, then inside-edges two more through square. That’s enough for him from the over, as he shuts up shop. 2.49pm AEST 4th over: South Africa 14-0 (de Kock 12, Amla 0)Holder bowling well, aside from a wide. Amla still can’t score, he gets off strike with a leg bye and survives the corresponding appeal for lbw. High and leg side. Holder comes around the wicket to de Kock, obvious plan there for West Indies, and QDK edges a ball past his stumps to fine leg for four. 2.45pm AEST 3rd over: South Africa 8-0 (de Kock 8, Amla 0)QDK is playing and missing a bit with Taylor’s pace. Tries to lift one over slip that he can’t hit, then is whacked on the thigh by one that cuts in, then just keeps out a full ball angled in from around the wicket to the left-handed batsman. Another maiden. Not that South Africa will worry, we’ve seen how they can lift their pace later in an innings. 2.42pm AEST 2nd over: South Africa 8-0 (de Kock 8, Amla 0)Good over from Jason Holder, the very tall and young West Indian captain who’s doing his best with a pretty tough job. He ties up Amla, who only really plays one shot in the over, and mistimes it. Can’t score, and very nearly gets an inside edge to one ball that cuts him in half, but survives the appeal. It’s a maiden. 2.37pm AEST 1st over: South Africa 8-0 (de Kock 8, Amla 0)The outfield is fast, and so is the start. Jerome Taylor hits a good line and length across the left-handed de Kock first ball, but the second is punched off the back foot and timed away to beat two fieldsmen behind point. Taylor comes around the wicket to angle the ball in, and de Kock cover-drives four more. Lazy work from Samuels who could have saved that, but tried to hoof it back from the rope rather than diving after it, and it kept trickling after he’d passed by. 2.30pm AEST The countdown begins. Drop me a line throughout: Twitter at @GeoffLemonSport, or email via geoff.lemon@theguardian.com. Always good to get word from out there in the world. 2.29pm AEST South Africa have won the toss and will bat on a sunny afternoon at the SCG. A few changes: Duminy gone, Parnell gone, Philander injured, Rossouw, Abbott and Behardien in, Sulieman Benn in for West Indies, Nikita Miller out.This version of Rally Round the West Indies sounds like it was taken from a Jamie Foxx easy-listening album. 2.23pm AEST South Africa v West Indies. The Africans of the South were trounced against India, shellshocked in front of 90-odd thousand screaming Indian fans at the MCG, and that after a less than dominant win against their smaller neighbours Zimbabwe. West Indies lost to Ireland first up, then came back to demolish Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Where does that leave us? Who knows. 2.22pm AEST Hello! Good evenmorn, happy Easter, merry spring tidings and bon iver. All the greetmeats of the world are laid on a tray for your delectation. Geoff Lemon leaping into the hosts chair as we prepare for some over by over by over action, over and over until it’s over. I hope humbly that my overcraft will fly. 1.45pm AEST Geoff will be here shortly to kick things off, so why not have a read of Dileep Premachandran’s take on Chris Gayle’s sensational knock in the West Indies’ last outing while you wait.This was very much an innings of two halves. For 35 overs, except for the sporadic explosive stroke, both Gayle and West Indies were relatively subdued, easing to 165 for 1. After that, it was like throwing a lit match into a fireworks factory. Gayle’s second hundred took only 33 balls, as West Indies racked up 207 in the final 15 overs. Only 5,544 had come through the turnstiles but, by the innings end, they were serenading a man who has always seen himself as an entertainer first. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:26:57 GMT)

Putin's teenage fan club: the Russian president's young devotees – in pictures
They stick Vladimir Putin posters on their bedroom walls, proudly wear T-shirts with his face on and pore over his TV appearances. Photographer Bela Doka ventured to Moscow’s suburbs to meet the VV Putin appreciation society Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:00:02 GMT)

It Follows review – sexual dread fuels a modern horror classic
David Robert Mitchell’s tale of a fatal curse that can only be transmitted to an unwitting lover taps into primal anxieties so effectively you can’t help but be traumatisedA friend confessed to me recently that this was the only film to have given him, in adult life, a proper wake-up-sweating nightmare. I don’t think I have ever had a nightmare quite as scary as this film – a modern classic of fear to be compared to something by a young Carpenter or De Palma.It Follows is from the American director David Robert Mitchell, whose 2010 debut movie, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was a gentle, unthreatening drama about teens and platonic crushes. That was Dr Jekyll to the snarling Mr Hyde of this new one. It genuinely is disturbing. Related: It Follows: ‘Love and sex are ways we can push death away’ Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:32:35 GMT)

Hear Will Butler's fourth song inspired by the Guardian, Madonna Can't Save Me Now
All this week, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has been writing songs based on stories he has read in the Guardian. Here’s the fourth, prompted by the discovery of a black hole 12bn times larger than the sunRead the story that inspired the song hereHear Will’s earlier songs for the Guardian hereI had every intention of writing about the Brit awards. It was a news event I was sure the Guardian would cover. I was pretty confident in Sam Smith and Taylor Swift. I could cheat a bit, prepare a couple zingers in advance. Related: Arcade Fire's Will Butler: 'My goal in art is to be like Moby-Dick' Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:33:14 GMT)

Run the Jewels on hip-hop's golden age, playing Ferguson and America's civil rights problem
The duo’s mix of braggadocio and political anger has finally earned Killer Mike and EL-P critical and commercial acclaim. ‘There was no overnight with us,’ they saySeated in the restaurant of an east London hotel, El-P and Killer Mike are running through recent events. The past few months, they say, have been pretty tumultuous ones in the career of Run the Jewels, packed with startling highs and lows. At one extreme, their second album, Run the Jewels 2, the result of an experiment in which the duo secluded themselves away in a rural studio in upstate New York – “Convincing Mike to spend two weeks in the woods is not the easiest thing in the world,” notes El-P – was released. It garnered acclaim even more deafening than that which greeted its predecessor, critics boggling at the dexterity with which it flipped between entertainingly foul-mouthed alpha-male braggadocio – “You can all run backwards naked through a field of dicks,” it offers at one particularly colourful juncture – and righteous political anger and unsparing self-examination. At the other extreme, groans Killer Mike, its success inspired his eldest son to announce that he had decided to pursue a career as a rapper, an event he gloomily describes as “the worst day of my life, except the time he decided to get a tongue ring to impress a girl”. Related: Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2 review – hard-nosed disses and old-school storytelling Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:25:38 GMT)

How to get a 'rare glimpse' of North Korea
It’s become a cliche to boast of unseen footage from inside the secret state, but tourist Pierre Deport’s recent video stands out from the rest. He talked to NK News about how best to go about itGoogle “rare glimpse North Korea” and you will quickly find that the articles promising to show “unique”, “ground-breaking” images from inside the country are not so rare after all. With so little information coming out of the country these images, often captured by tourists on tightly organised trips, claim to show the real North Korea but rarely provide extra insights. Related: Hanging out at the beach in North Korea – in pictures Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:11 GMT)

BBC Radio 1 chart show could be moved from Sundays
Speculation follows music industry initiative to switch release day for new music to Fridays rather than MondaysIt has been a staple of Sunday evening listening for generations but the top 40 chart on Radio 1 could move to a different day of the week after industry moves to fix a global release day for all new music.Singles are currently released in the UK on Sundays with albums coming out a day later, but the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the music industry worldwide, wants all new releases moved to Fridays. Related: BBC Radio 1 top 40 goes with the flow by including streaming plays “If we are following the demographic and the probably obscure media habits of an 18-year-old then I would have thought a Friday afternoon slot would work,” said Bates.“But it’s the dying embers of the chart - it really should have died in about 1999. If they can squeeze a few more years out of it, good luck to them.” Related: Clara Amfo on taking over the Radio 1 chart show: ‘I’m smiling a lot’ Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:59:10 GMT)

John Darnielle: pro wrestling is real the way fiction is real
The New Yorker called him America’s best non-hip-hop lyricist, so is it any wonder John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats turned his attention to fiction? Halfway through a book tour, he talks to Guardian Australia about writing, wrestling and whether the Chicago Cubs really are cursedWolf in a White Van review: dark and compelling Music is a cathartic release. At the end of the show people are clapping and I’m like: “Thank you, guys, but there’s no way you’re having as much fun as we are.” A reading is fun and enjoyable, but it never reaches that point of the cork coming out of the bottle.But parts come alive, you do them over and over again and you find new things, new places to go. Related: Wolf in White Van review – John Darnielle’s dark debut Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:44:39 GMT)

Is Catch Me Daddy's street-casting an antidote to Britain's toff-actor problem?
The stars of a gritty drama about a girl on the run from her father were spotted on the street. It’s a trail blazed by directors from Ken Loach to Shane Meadows, and has brought some of our most searing performances to the screenEddie Redmayne’s Oscar last week was the icing on the cake for what’s been a good spell for British acting. There was also recognition for the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike at this year’s Oscars, and British actors have been routinely nabbing iconic American roles such as Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo), Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and even Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Not to mention Spider-Man, Superman and the last Batman.But it’s a certain kind of British actor who has been celebrated of late, as evidenced by Vanity Fair’s recent Hollywood issue, which has a feature on “The new British invasion!” Here’s Jude Law sipping champagne while being measured for his Savile Row suit. Cumberbatch is taking his hound for a walk through the fog, Sam Claflin punts Sophie Turner down the Thames, Judi Dench is having tea at the Ritz. By and large, they’re posing inside swanky London restaurants or outside National Trust properties, all dressed like debutantes and old Etonians. It looks like a theme-park version of Toff England, which, when it comes down it, is all Hollywood is really interested in about Britain. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:18:29 GMT)

Madonna is superhuman. She has to be to survive the ugly abuse
No wonder Madonna took her Brit awards fall in her stride – she deals with much worse just for being a 56-year-old womanMadonna was at the Brits, performing her totally boss I Will Survive-style single Living for Love, when it happened. “Took me to heaven, let me fall down … lifted me up and watched me stumble.”So she prophesied it, and so it came to pass. It wasn’t a trip or a tumble. It wasn’t funny; it was terrifying and so brutal that the audience fell silent. It was the kind of accident that breaks necks, damages brains and haunts Cirque du Soleil performers’ nightmares. The Armani cape Madonna was wearing as she approached the podium was tied too tight and didn’t fall undone when her dancers pulled it. She was yanked back by the neck and flew through the air over three steps, landed hard at the base of the podium and for a split second didn’t move. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:35:07 GMT)

‘Pics or it didn’t happen’ – the mantra of the Instagram era
How sharing our every moment on social media became the new livingOur social networks have a banality problem. The cultural premium now placed on recording and broadcasting one’s life and accomplishments means that Facebook timelines are suffused with postings about meals, workouts, the weather, recent purchases, funny advertisements, the milestones of people three degrees removed from you. On Instagram, one encounters a parade of the same carefully distressed portraits, well-plated dishes and sunsets gilded with smog. Nuance, difference, and complexity evaporate as one scrolls through these endless feeds, vaguely hoping to find something new or important but mostly resigned to variations on familiar themes.In a digital landscape built on attention and visibility, what matters is not so much the content of your updates but their existing at all. They must be there. Social broadcasts are not communications; they are records of existence and accumulating metadata. Rob Horning, an editor at the New Inquiry, once put it in tautological terms: “The point of being on social media is to produce and amass evidence of being on social media.” This is further complicated by the fact that the feed is always refreshing. Someone is always updating more often or rising to the top by virtue of retweets, reshares, or some opaque algorithmic calculation. In the ever-cresting tsunami of data, you are always out to sea, looking at the waves washing ashore. As the artist Fatima Al Qadiri has said: “There’s no such thing at the most recent update. It immediately becomes obsolete.”Our social broadcasts become the most important things, acts that threaten to become the main event Related: Digital lives are far from the human norm | Letter from Ian Flintoff Living in the moment means trying to capture and possess it. We turn ourselves into tourists of our own lives Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:59:10 GMT)

Lüderitz v !Nami≠nüs: dispute over town's name divides Namibia
The government’s attempt to strip a coastal town of its colonial name has stirred up tensions in the former German territoryAsking for directions is set to become a linguistic assault course for foreign tourists in Namibia.The government wants to change the name of Lüderitz, a harbour town, to something that would test the mettle of any GPS: !Nami≠nüs. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:13:27 GMT)

Paxo cleared of stuffing Oxbridge rival in University Challenge
Cambridge’s Jeremy Paxman accused of favouring St Peter’s College, Oxford, whose master is former BBC News boss Mark DamazerJeremy Paxman has been accused of showing bias towards an Oxford college headed by a former BBC News executive during an episode of University Challenge. The former Newsnight presenter (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge) awarded points to the team from St Peter’s College, Oxford, even though it was not quite the answer he had been looking for. Paxman: “What links Winston Smith’s residence in 1984, May 8th 1945, and Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar?”St Peter’s: “The letter ‘V’” Related: Jeremy Paxman to front Channel 4’s general election coverage Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:25:29 GMT)

Think on: Banksy's tour of a ruined Gaza
The street artist, who previously created works on the wall of the West Bank, has made a series of new paintings across ruins in PalestineThe Bristolian street artist Banksy has returned to Palestine to create another series of works, following his famous 2005 series painted on the West Bank barrier wall. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:36:20 GMT)

One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad – review
Family dysfunction, sexual failure, grotesque narcissism, sad delusions and dreams of martyrdom – the chilling portrait of a killerIf the lone wolf suicide bomber, the killer-martyr, the high school shooter, the avenger of all the slights and snubs from a hostile world, had a generic face, it might look a bit like Anders Breivik’s: pudgy, piggy-eyed, with thin blond sweaty hair and a sickly smile. Breivik is the perfect example of what the German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger once called “the radical loser”, the angry fantasist who wants to bring the world down with him.Åsne Seierstad has written an exhaustive account of this wretched man’s murder in 2011 of 69 boys and girls in a summer camp for young socialists, and eight adults after a bomb attack in Oslo. It is a ghastly story of family dysfunction, professional and sexual failure, grotesque narcissism and the temptation of apocalyptic delusions. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:30:01 GMT)

Wayne Coyne and Philip Glass join forces for Tibet
25th Tibet House benefit will draw a plethora of legends from the New York avant garde to support a space dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan cultureTwenty-eight years ago, the Dalai Lama asked composer Philip Glass to inaugurate a cultural centre in New York. The result was the Tibet House, dedicated to preserving the country’s unique culture. It also subsequently kicked off a series of annual benefit concerts; the latest, the 25th, takes place on 5 March at Carnegie Hall.“Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson are there, and the house band is Patti Smith’s backing band. That’s pretty overwhelming and pretty exciting,” said Wayne Coyne, whose band the Flaming Lips will be playing. “Just those three elements alone were enough for us to get excited.” Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:14:20 GMT)

The Oscars: showcasing Hollywood’s generous sense of global obligation
What lessons can the Oscars of the travel industry or the Oscars of the golf service industry learn from Hollywood about making the world a better place?One day, I hope to own the world’s largest collection of the phrase “the Oscars of our industry”. “The Tractor of the Year awards are, quite rightly, considered the Oscars of our industry,” runs a typical example. Last week was “the Oscars of the travel industry”. A week before that was “the Oscars of the toy industry”. This week was a ceremony “often labelled the Oscars of the golf service industry”. Who would care to argue with the statement “the Welsh Call Centre awards are considered the Oscars of our industry”, or fail to be excited by news that the Window Covering Manufacturers Association has announced the winners in a ceremony “often referred to as the Oscars of our industry”? And, of course, next month is the British Press Awards, to which newspapers traditionally refer – with the absolute lack of irony you’d expect – as “the Oscars of our industry”.Which brings us to the Academy Awards – often considered the Oscars of the movie industry – where the dreariness of the supposed main attraction is still the great unspoken. The Super Bowl appears to have made its peace with the fact that people care more about what’s on in the hallowed commercial break than the game itself. Related: Emma Thompson and Greg Wise: a new mission for the latter-day Chartists Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:28:56 GMT)

Welcome to Gibtown, the last 'freakshow' town in America
With the demise of the carnival, an important slice of American history risks being lost – but the residents of Gibsonton, Florida, are trying to keep the legacy of the town’s famous ‘freaks’ aliveFor those who didn’t quite fit elsewhere, Gibtown was a utopia. Its first settlers, the Giant, and his wife, the Half-Woman, ran a campsite, a bakeshop and the fire department. The post office catered to little people with extra-low counters, and the beer hall had custom-built chairs for the Fat Ladies and the Tallest Man. Special zoning regulations allowed residents to keep and train exotic animals in their gardens. Siamese-twin sisters ran a fruit stand. Three factories manufactured Ferris wheels and carousels.Or at least that’s how Ward Hall, aka the King of Sideshow, remembers it. We’re very ordinary people. We just have very extraordinary jobs Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:15:51 GMT)

House of Cards season three primer: can a president get away with murder?
As the Netflix drama returns on 27 February can Frank Underwood outsmart his enemies? Will we be seeing more of Doug Stamper? And just what is Claire’s agenda? Contains spoilers from seasons one and two of Netflix’s House of CardsBy the end of series two, Frank Underwood was in the Oval Office, Claire Underwood was fulfilling her first-lady destiny as Hillary Clinton meets Lady Macbeth and Frank’s henchman Doug Stamper was lying in the woods, possibly dead, after taking three blows to the noggin from an ex-prostitute turned unconvincing born-again lesbian Christian. (Incidentally, if you’ve been the victim of an assault by an unconvincing born-again lesbian Christian, there are websites that advertise on daytime TV to help with your compensation claim.) Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:26:52 GMT)

Emma Thompson and Greg Wise: a new mission for the latter-day Chartists
Instead of their stated tax boycott, perhaps the Thompson-Wises could have a word with their pal Prince Charles about the Duchy of Cornwall’s exemption from corporation tax?To the pages of London’s Evening Standard, where Greg Wise announces that he and his wife Emma Thompson are to take a stand against tax avoidance.Claiming to live in “the poor bit” of West Hampstead, north London, Wise declares: “I want to stop paying tax till everyone pays tax. I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I’m not paying a penny more until those evil bastards go to prison … We’re going to get a load of us together. A movement. They can’t send everyone to prison. But we’ll go to prison if necessary. I mean it. It’s going to be like 1848 again.” Related: Emma Thompson and Greg Wise in tax boycott over HSBC scandal Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:36:04 GMT)

Patricia Arquette and the Hollywood pay gap: who's to blame?
Hillary Clinton has joined the actor’s call for equal pay, but in Hollywood there is confusion about the causes of the persistent gender disparityWhen Patricia Arquette used her Oscar speech to condemn pay disparities between men and women everyone seemed to cheer.Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez led the Dolby theatre audience’s applause, the media backstage greeted Arquette like a conquering hero and Hillary Clinton, among others, echoed her denunciation. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:43:20 GMT)

Paradise jihadis: Maldives sees surge in young Muslims leaving for Syria
In a country better known for tourism than militancy, radical preaching and social problems are prompting a rise in IslamismThey left in small groups, through the narrow lanes of the city, on to the ferry across the glassy blue sea and then, past the tourists waiting for connections to luxury resorts, to the airport. Their ultimate destination: Syria, and the “caliphate” of Islamic State.The Maldives is better known for luxury tourism than Islamic militancy. But in recent weeks there has been a surge in departures of young men for Syria, raising fears of a growing threat both to the million-plus tourists who visit its 1,200 atolls each year and to countries such as the UK that do not require visas from citizens of the island. Related: Maldives' political instability allows gang violence to flourish Related: Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed denied bail on terror charges Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:00:00 GMT)

Wolf Hall review: an ending so great we forgot we knew it was coming
So Anne Boleyn got the chop, and even the executioner was deftly portrayed; while a new two-part documentary showed the hard road ahead for women in politicsSix hours and a single sword swipe, and the king’s Great Matter is finally resolved. Last night saw the end of Anne Boleyn, and the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s books Bring up the Bodies and Wolf Hall (BBC2). There wasn’t a moment of Peter Kosminsky’s direction or Peter Straughan’s deft, beautifully elliptical writing that left you wanting for anything throughout this six-week splendour. But the final 15 minutes – with Anne’s death interspersed with flashbacks to Thomas Cromwell’s typically reluctant, typically thorough, inspection of the scaffold – were exceptional.How do you dramatise a world that is mostly interior calculation, silent power plays and noiseless traps? By assembling a cast in which there is not one weak link. Try Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey; Anton Lesser as the unflinching, infuriating Thomas More; and Damian Lewis as Henry (“Could you give us the kind of charismatic kingship that lasts down the ages with a side order of ego and caprice that could usher in a religious reformation? But we need to be able to love him, too, else this whole thing makes no sense?” “Coming right up”). And, as if that weren’t enough, Claire Foy moving flawlessly from bold, brave and brilliant bitch to sacrificial lamb as Anne Boleyn; and, of course, Mark Rylance as the indefatigable, implacable, terrifying, awe-inspiring Cromwell, delivering a performance that will probably require the invention of new awards. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:00:00 GMT)

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren misses to hand Besiktas shootout win
This time the only miracle in Istanbul was one Liverpool will be keen to forget. The first penalty shootout defeat in the club’s European history, at the scene of their greatest European triumph of all places, consigned Brendan Rodgers’ team to a despairing defeat against Besiktas. What they would have given for the return of Jerzy Dudek’s jelly legs.Liverpool do not lose penalty shootouts, not in Europe at least, but Dejan Lovren’s miscued kick proved to be not only the conclusion of the finale but also the club’s interest in a second European competition this season. The previous nine penalties were flawless but the £20m Croatian defender was unable to repeat the precision of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Joe Allen from 12 yards and skied his effort towards the Bosphorus. It was the first time Liverpool had lost a penalty shootout in four attempts in Europe, only their third in 15 in total, and was a high price for failing to put the tie beyond Slaven Bilic’s team in the first half at the Ataturk Stadium. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:03:58 GMT)

Mauricio Pochettino has ‘no regrets’ after Tottenham’s Europa League exit
• Spurs manager stands by his team selection in 2-0 defeat• Soldado, who started ahead of Kane, spurned huge chance at 0-0 • Match report: Fiorentina 2-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)Mauricio Pochettino insisted he had no regrets regarding his team selection despite Tottenham’s exit from the Europa League on Thursday night, following a 2-0 defeat by Fiorentina that will be remembered for a glaring error by Roberto Soldado in front of goal.Soldado, who has scored only five times this season, was played in one-on-one during the first half with the match goalless and the tie finely poised at 1-1 on aggregate. Instead of shooting, the Spaniard dallied on the ball and opted to slip in Nacer Chadli but his tame pass was claimed comfortably by the Fiorentina goalkeeper, Neto. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:49:41 GMT)

Borna Coric could be the next Novak Djokovic – just ask Andy Murray
Croatian teenager inflicted one of most embarrassing defeats of Murray’s career in Dubai and looks to world No1 for inspiration• Match report: Murray loses 6-1, 6-3 to Coric in DubaiWhen Borna Coric, Andy Murray’s teenage nightmare, steps on to Centre Court in Dubai on Friday to face Roger Federer, there will be one certainty: the 18-year-old Croat will play without fear or reverence. He is the genuine article, no question.If you are near a television set, watch, because if Coric reaches the level he showed in shocking Murray in the quarter-finals on Thursday, Federer is in for a rough afternoon. He will recognise in his young opponent his own youthful swagger. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:47:48 GMT)

Romelu Lukaku’s double confirms Everton’s progress past Young Boys
Everton will be the only English representatives in the last 16 of the Europa League when the draw is made at lunchtime on Friday after overwhelming Young Boys of Bern on an evening when Liverpool and Tottenham departed the competition.Roberto Martínez’s side found goals as easy to come by in the second leg as they did in the first to progress by an impressive margin, though the bad news for the Premier League’s only European success story of the week is that the games will get a little harder from here on in. The Swiss are only just returning to action after a winter break and once again it showed. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:54:51 GMT)

England’s Steven Finn shows he can stand the pace at Cricket World Cup
Infamously ‘unselectable’ not so long ago, the 25-year-old is now one of the leading wicket-takers at the tournament and an essential part of the team• Afghanistan record famous victory over ScotlandFor a pace bowler there is no finer feeling when everything clicks into place and he can enter the zone. The run-up is precise and urgent, the action grooved and the intent full. Everything that happens at his end is a given and all energy – physical and mental – can be focused on the batsman at the other end. It is sublime.In Christchurch’s Hagley Park last Monday, probably for the first time since he was in New Zealand almost two years ago, Steven Finn found himself in that nirvana. Forget for now Moeen Ali’s century, or the fact that it helped England to their first win of this World Cup, because the manner in which Finn bowled to take three for 26 against Scotland carried more significance than anything else this winter. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:20:44 GMT)

Dean Windass: 'Rehab was the best 26 days of my life' - video
Barry Glendenning travels to the KC Stadium in Hull to speak to former striker Dean Windass about his life and career. Dean speaks candidly about his suicide attempts, depression and the events that caused him to seek professional help after his football career ended and he encountered difficulties and loss in his personal life.Click here to find a longer audio version of this interview, and the other interviews in our Guardian Football Meets series. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:36:00 GMT)

Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal a snapshot of self-destruction in Champions League
Despite the 17 consecutive qualifications, recent history suggests the manager increasingly finds it difficult to build a team who are not vulnerable to ambushing themselves with the same old mistakes• Jonathan Wilson: squad must get back to basics• Match report: Arsenal 1-3 MonacoSnapshot one: it is 0-0 and the overture to Arsenal versus Monaco is cagey enough. Santi Cazorla is in possession and looks up. All he sees is blue roadblocks. He needs to see a flash of red and white movement, an angle, a pass but everything is blocked off. We have seen this film before.Snapshot two: Olivier Giroud wears the stricken expression of a man who is being cruelly exposed. He looks almost paralysed by what is happening to him. What a time for his form to disintegrate, in front of a big Champions League crowd and an intrigued French audience back home. The most striking part of this image, however, is that nobody goes to him. He just stands there, by himself, while there is a pause in play. After a third gilded chance turned to stone he needs a team-mate to say something to him, pat him on the back, give him some encouragement. Nobody does. The charred old chestnut about leadership is there for all to see. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:17:53 GMT)

Six Nations: France are fast resembling a stereotypical England in blue
Les Bleus, once known for flair and the ability to make something out of nothing, face Wales at the weekend but now appear programmed to eliminate risk• All the latest on the 2015 Six Nations championshipWill the real France please stand up? Or have Les Bleus stooped so low that nobody would be able to tell? A team that used to make rugby union different with, in Brian Moore’s words, its brutal beauty, has become boringly boorish. All muscle and little menace.France play Wales in Paris on Saturday, a fixture they have not won since 2011. They have not beaten Ireland in the past four attempts and their last success over England at Twickenham in the Six Nations was in 2005. They have lost on their last two trips to Rome. Only against Scotland do they prosper. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:55:19 GMT)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa: I need to be ‘extra careful’ after stamping ban
• Diego Costa bemoans stamping ban but admits need to be on his guard• Chelsea striker anxious to rediscover scoring touch against Spurs at Wembley• Chelsea will delay goalkeeper decision until day of Capital One Cup finalDiego Costa believes his reputation precedes him in English football, provoking greater scrutiny from officials and pundits, and the Spain forward admits he must be “extra careful” in the wake of his recent three-match ban for stamping.The Brazil-born striker maintains he did not intentionally tread on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, an offence for which he was punished retrospectively by the Football Association. Yet he will go into Sunday’s final against Tottenham Hotspur still experiencing the ramifications of that incident and, while he refuses to change his natural game, he has suggested he has effectively become a target. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:30:03 GMT)

Champions League review: imperious Monaco, Arsenal implode and brittle City
Talking points, statistics and the best images from the latest games of the tournament’s knockout stages Much has been written about Arsenal’s failings and we can be fairly certain there’s plenty more opprobrium in the pipeline, so let’s use this platform to salute the courage, strength and indefatigability of their conquerers Monaco, who arrived at the Emirates missing five first team regulars, including their suspended captain Jérémy Toulalan. Disciplined, composed, assured, defensively solid, clinical and incredibly well organised, the visitors were everything Arsenal were not and in Fabinho had the game’s standout player. Patrolling the space in front of his back four, the 21-year-old Brazilian provided a passable imitation of the wrecking ball Arsenal fans have been pleading with their manager to bring on board in a bid to bolster a brittle defence whose myriad shortcomings were once again highlighted last night. Not bad for a player who is by trade a right-back.3 - No team has lost a European Cup/CL first leg knockout tie at home by 2 goals and progressed to the next round since Ajax in 1969. Task.First EVER #UCL red card for Atlético Madrid (in 42nd match). Only Celtic had played more matches (49) from debut before receiving 1st red.8 - The keeper dived left in the last eight Leo Messi penalties saved by a keeper in all competitions. Intuition pic.twitter.com/XYzngURsRHGeoffrey Kondogbia is the first French player to score a CL goal for Monaco in more than 10 years, since Gaël Givet on 8 December 2004.4 - Marco Reus has scored in each of his last four CL games (5 goals). Prodigy.Man City - Barça: Suarez has now scored 5 goals from his last 6 shots on target on Joe Hart in all competitions (incl. World Cup). #MCFCB200 - Barcelona have now conceded 200 goals in the Champions League, in this, their 200th game. Neat.1 - Manchester City have only kept one clean sheet in 13 home Champions League games (2-0 v Bayern Munich, December 2011). Test. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:07:38 GMT)

Andy Murray beaten in straight sets by teenager Borna Coric in Dubai
• British No1 loses 6-1, 6-3 to Croatian in quarter-final• Murray beaten in one hour and 19 minutes• Nadal defeats Argüello to make Argentina Open quarter-finalsAn out-of-sorts Andy Murray lost in straight sets to the Croatian teenager Borna Coric and crashed out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.Murray thrashed Coric in a Davis Cup singles tie in September 2013 in their only other previous meeting, but was second best throughout Thursday’s quarter-final encounter as the 18-year-old Coric won 6-1 6-3 in one hour and 19 minutes. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:48:04 GMT)

Tim Sherwood holds one-on-one talks with out-of-form Christian Benteke
• Aston Villa manager seeks to restore striker’s confidence• ‘He’s a prolific goalscorer. So we need to help him,’ says SherwoodTim Sherwood has sought to rebuild Christian Benteke’s confidence by holding one-on-one talks with the Belgium international and reminding him that not so long ago he was regarded as one of the top strikers in the Premier League and a target for leading clubs.The Aston Villa manager told Benteke, who has not scored in the Premier League in more than two months and has managed only three in all competitions since returning from a long-term injury in October, that it “wasn’t a flash in the pan” when he plundered 23 goals in his first season in English football, after joining from Genk in 2012. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:39:00 GMT)

Chelsea seal £200m shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber
• Japanese tyre firm is to become club’s new shirt sponsor• Deal is second highest in Premier League behind Manchester UnitedThe Japanese tyre firm Yokohama Rubber is to become Chelsea’s new shirt sponsor in a deal believed to be worth £200m, making it the second most lucrative in Premier League history. The agreement, effective from next season, is second only to the £53m a year that Chevrolet pays Manchester United and is more than double the club’s previous contract with Samsung.Since the advent of Uefa’s financial fair play rules, commercial and broadcasting income has become disproportionately important as clubs seek to balance the books and grow their global brand. The increased sponsorship revenue will boost Chelsea’s transfer spending power. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:34:59 GMT)

Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratane Dilshan sets up comfortable win over Bangladesh
• Sri Lanka 332-1; Bangladesh 240. Sri Lanka won by 92 runs• Kumar Sangakkara also hits century in 400th ODI match• Afghanistan record famous win over ScotlandKumar Sangakkara hit his fastest century on his 400th one-day international appearance but had to play second fiddle to Tillakaratane Dilshan as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 92 runs in their World Cup match in Melbourne.The pair put on an unbeaten 210, with Dilshan recording his highest ODI score of 161 and Sangakkara adding 105 in 76 balls – his century coming off only 73 balls - as Sri Lanka posted 332 for one. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:01:00 GMT)

Arsène Wenger lets rip at suicidal Arsenal after dismal Monaco defeat
• Wenger accuses side of losing ‘nerve and rationality’• Manager singles out Mertesacker for blame• Match report: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco• Barney Ronay: Giroud turns into wandering wardrobe• Arsenal 1-3 Monaco – in pictures• Five talking points from the Emirates StadiumArsène Wenger betrayed the depths of his anger and anguish after Arsenal were pressed towards the Champions League exit by Monaco, accusing his team of “suicidal” defending and losing their “nerve and rationality”.Arsenal slumped 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to stare at a fifth successive exit at this stage of the competition on a night when all of the recent positivity, hope and excitement turned to dust. Related: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco | Champions League last-16 first leg match report Related: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco: five talking points from the Emirates Stadium | David Hytner Related: Arsenal v Monaco: Champions League last-16 first leg – in pictures Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:21:12 GMT)

Arsenal must get back to basics after Champions League lesson from Monaco
Arsène Wenger effectively confirmed his side were complacent but that charge of underestimating their opponents could also be applied to his tactical set-up• Manager lets rip at ‘suicidal’ side• French media reaction to result• Last-16 first leg match reportAnother season, the same old way to fail. Arsenal have a particular way of losing games and all the familiar tropes were there in abundance on Wednesday: the squandered chances, the needlessly complicated attacking moves, the lack of urgency, the defensive laxity. Arsène Wenger seemed wearily resigned after the game, which is hardly surprising – he has done the press conference over and over again. The difference is, this wasn’t Barcelona or Bayern Munich inflicting the defeat; it was Monaco.Seemingly going out of his way to avoid using the term, Wenger effectively confirmed he felt his side had been complacent but that charge of underestimating Monaco applied to his tactical set-up as much as anything. When Arsenal beat Manchester City at the Etihad in mid-January, they were arrayed in a 4-3-3, Francis Coquelin flanked by Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey. Here, it was a 4-2-3-1, which, willing as Cazorla was, simply did not offer sufficient protection for the back four. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:30:25 GMT)

Dunkin’ Donuts swaps Liverpool crest’s Hillsborough flame with milkshakes
• Doughnuts and a coffee replace Shankly gates• ‘America runs on Dunkin’ replaces club legend• Liverpool gobble up Dunkin’ Donuts dealDunkin’ Donuts, one of Liverpool’s official sponsors, has apologised after upsetting fans by tweeting an altered version of the club’s crest that replaced the Hillsborough eternal flames with what appeared to be milkshakes.The company also substituted the Shankly Gates on the top of the crest with a picture of doughnuts and a coffee and instead of the legend: “You’ll never walk alone” they instituted the slogan: “America runs on Dunkin’”. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:41:14 GMT)

Arsenal blasted: French media praises Monaco’s performance at the Emirates
• Prince Albert II offers his condolences to Arsène Wenger• Olivier Giroud singled out for his poor performance• How Arsenal’s Champions League loss to Monaco played out on Twitter • Giroud turns into wandering wardrobe on Arsenal’s horror nightThere was not much sympathy for Arsenal in the British media after their disastrous 3-1 defeat to Monaco in the first leg of the Champions League tie against Monaco but their French counterparts certainly did not hold back either.The front page of the sports daily L’Equipe went with the headline “Arsenal Foudroyé”, which translates as “Arsenal Blasted”, with Monaco’s win described as “One of the greatest Champions League performances by a French club”.Front page of @lequipe: 'ARSENAL BLASTED!' "One of the greatest Champions League performances by a French club." pic.twitter.com/FFsvhtwHdN Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:06:37 GMT)

Chelsea warn fans over antisemitism at League Cup final against Tottenham
• Chelsea pledge to take ‘strongest possible action’ against any offenders• Club says use of terms ‘as form of identity’ is no excuse• West Ham: zero tolerance if fans found guilty of antisemitic singing on train• Police identify Chelsea fans involved in racist chanting in LondonChelsea have warned supporters they will take the strongest possible action against any groups or individuals who aim antisemitic abuse at Tottenham Hotspur fans during the Capital One Cup final.The club, having consulted the Metropolitan police and Spurs, and conscious of events on the Paris Métro last week, published a statement on their website reminding supporters of their responsibilities on what is likely to prove a tense occasion at Wembley on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:05:00 GMT)

Arsenal made to pay by Monaco in Champions League disaster for Wenger
One of the banners in the corner housing the colour-coordinated monégasques thanked Arsène Wenger for turning Monaco into an “impassable rock”. Yet it would be far too kind on Arsenal to suggest they have just been taken apart by one of Europe’s genuine superpowers. Monaco had scored only four times in six group matches. They had never won one of their foreign excursions in the knockout rounds and this was about as obliging a draw as Arsenal could possibly have hoped for. To unravel this spectacularly should be hugely disturbing for a club with their ambitions.Arsenal were painfully naive. It is far from the first time these shortcomings have been exposed but it is still shocking to see the side being picked off so easily and how susceptible they were to the counterattack. Olivier Giroud chose a bad night to have one of his least distinguished matches in Arsenal’s colours. Per Mertesacker suffered his own personal ordeal and, in terms of organisation and knowhow, it was another night to raise doubts about Wenger’s ability to put together a team of solid structure. Related: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco: five talking points from the Emirates Stadium | David Hytner Related: Olivier Giroud turns into wandering wardrobe on Arsenal’s horror night | Barney Ronay Continue reading...
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:53:08 GMT)

Hakan Calhanoglu scores as Bayer Leverkusen defeat Atlético Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen beat last season’s runners-up Atlético Madrid thanks to a fine strike by Hakan Calhanoglu.The Turkey international scored the 57th-minute winner to set Leverkusen, who are struggling for form in the Bundesliga, on the way to their first win at the last-16 stage of the Champions League. Related: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco | Champions League last-16 first leg match report Related: Manchester City’s scattergun approach wounds grand plan for Europe | Barney Ronay Continue reading...
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:49:30 GMT)

Football transfer rumours: Kevin De Bruyne to join Manchester United?
Today’s tittle-tattle is milkyIt’s been a whirlwind few months for the ex-Chelsea misfit Kevin De Bruyne. From scoring twice against the all-conquering Bayern Munich to giving his Wolfsburg side a glimmer of hope in the Bundesliga title race to swearing at ballboys for not throwing him back the ball quick enough, the 23-year-old who still looks like he could get half-fare on the bus has become big news since his move to Germany last year.But things weren’t always as rosy as the Belgium midfield star’s cheeks. No, the Mill remembers vividly those dark days at the start of last season when De Bruyne was hauled by José Mourinho after just an hour of the visit to Old Trafford. He ended up playing just five more minutes in the Premier League before the Special One decided he’d seen enough. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:13:18 GMT)

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany defends performance against Barcelona
• Captain was criticised by Paul Scholes during live coverage• Kompany: it’s part of the game and doesn’t bother me at all• Champions League match report: Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona• Manuel Pellegrini: Hart penalty save keeps us in the tieVincent Kompany has shrugged off doubts about his display in Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday evening after the captain was criticised for failing to clear a cross that led to Luis Suárez’s opener.City lost the Champions League last 16 first leg after Suárez scored twice in the first half before Sergio Agüero pulled a goal back in the 69th minute. Gaël Clichy was then sent off for his second booking but Joe Hart saved Lionel Messi’s penalty in added time to give Manuel Pellegrini’s team a glimmer of hope for the return game at the Camp Nou on 18 March. Continue reading...
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:15:42 GMT)

Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro handed 10-month jail sentence
• Ex-defender accused of going for a swim at property sealed by police• Sentence suspended after 2006 World Cup winner appealsFabio Cannavaro has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for breaching orders to keep out of his property after it was seized by authorities.The 41-year-old, who played for Parma, Internazionale, Juventus and Real Madrid, and captained Italy to their 2006 World Cup triumph, has been under investigation for tax evasion. In October, authorities in Naples seized almost €1m of goods linked to Cannavaro and his wife, as well as a €180,000 yacht. Continue reading...
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:39:41 GMT)

We’re losing the physical touch from our lives – and it’s changing us
From credit cards to cameras, ‘tap and swipe’ technology is taking us further from the natural world. But we needn’t be LudditeHere’s a test that may date you, with the same rough accuracy as counting the rings of a tree. Imagine you need to write something down: a shopping list perhaps, or a reminder to do something, or even a phone number. If you have so much as scrawled on a Post-it today, you’re probably over 35. If you just put all that stuff straight into your phone, you’re probably under 35. If you are already composing a beautifully penned letter of complaint about the implicit ageism in this article, you are almost certainly over 55.Handwriting isn’t dead, exactly. It’s just that at a press conference the other day, when the usual sheaf of background papers was circulated and I started scribbling notes in the margin, I realised that all the cool kids were just photographing the relevant chunk with their phones. Click, store, move on.Something about the move from manual to automatic – from shaping each letter to just hitting a button – changes things Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:59:01 GMT)

Like Mohammed Emwazi, I was radicalised. So I know how extremists exploit grievances
Racism and violent Islamism feed each other in a vicious circle: we must counter the narrative of victimhoodThe unveiling of Mohammed Emwazi as the man behind the “Jihadi John” mask is a reminder that Islamist extremism is an ideology that is accessible to all. It is clear from the news in the past week how powerful a draw it is for such a diverse range of people.From the Bangladeshi-heritage east London schoolgirls to Emwazi, the well-off west Londoner of Kuwaiti heritage, Islamic State (Isis) and other extremists recruit from across British society. It is this inherent vulnerability that should inform what is the most appropriate response, without doubt a civil society one. Related: Former Ukip councillor expelled over racism row claims 'hidden agenda' Just as racism became the go-to grievance for my actions, so too does Islamist extremism feed far-right extremism Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:44:40 GMT)

The EU’s plan for an energy union would call Vladimir Putin’s bluff
A pan-European energy alliance would help deal with Russia, strengthen Europe strategically, and allow us to tackle climate changeHow many of us, as European citizens, turn on the gas to cook something and reflect that we are part of an enormous geopolitical and environmental picture? But we are. Europe’s energy dilemmas go back to the 1970s and 80s, when decisions were made to build huge gas infrastructure networks connecting the west of the continent to the Soviet Union’s gas fields. At the time, US presidents Jimmy Carter and then Ronald Reagan expressed worries that such plans would place European allies under Moscow’s sway. Fast forward to 2015 and the Ukrainian crisis: the latest message on Europe’s need to find smart ways to use energy and wean itself off its dependency on Russia’s Gazprom has just come from the European commission, with a new policy paper outlining ambitions for a European energy union.One of the reasons Europe has been so ineffective in dealing with Vladimir Putin is that it never quite anticipated to what degree he would use the energy card to further Russia’s nationalist goals. The question is: can Europe get it right now? Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:30:01 GMT)

The Tories haven’t broken their promise on the NHS. They’ve just broken its terms
The story of spending on the health service over this parliament is one of deception of the public by a failure to publish clear and comparable figures“We will increase spending on health in real terms every year,” is what the Conservatives promised in their 2010 general election manifesto. Probably more than any other pledge, it defined David Cameron’s attempt to win back enough trust for the “nasty party” to return to power. It was (sort of) successful.The commitment – reiterated as a “guarantee” in the coalition agreement with the Liberal Democrats – is one of the central issues on which the party’s record will be judged before the general election this May. It is crucial in addressing Labour’s question: “Can you trust the Tories with the NHS?” So why is it nearly impossible to work out the answer? Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:52:15 GMT)

So the internet's banning revenge porn. Or is it just a stunt by Google and Reddit?
Brilliant news! No images of a nude woman will ever appear on the internet again without her consent! Would someone please explain how this will work? I clicked on Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos. I’m not proud of it, but there you have it. I was sitting in the airport and I was tired and intrigued. Were they from behind-the-scenes on a photo shoot? Were they on set? Was it an “intentional” leak? Without really thinking, I clicked. As soon as I saw the photos I knew the answer – and I felt sick. They were taken in the privacy of her own home and she looked so horrifyingly young as she pouted naively into the camera in varying states of undress. I spent the next 24 hours guiltily telling everyone I knew that they shouldn’t click on any of the links they saw online.No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on Reddit without your permission, it is prohibited. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:21:13 GMT)

Worried when science plays God? It’s only natural
Scientists shouldn’t rush to dismiss fears about ‘three-parent babies’. Sceptics can be useful criticsIt was always going to be a controversial technique. Sure, conceiving babies this way could alleviate suffering, but as a Tory peer warned in the Lords debate, “without safeguards and serious study of safeguards, the new technique could imperil the dignity of the human race, threaten the welfare of children, and destroy the sanctity of family life”. Because it involved the destruction of embryos, the Catholic church inevitably opposed it. Some scientists warned of the dangers of producing “abnormal babies”, there were comparisons with the thalidomide catastrophe and suggestions that the progeny would be infertile. Wasn’t it a slippery slope from here to a “Frankenstein future” of designer babies?I’m not talking about mitochondrial replacement and so-called three-person babies, which Britain became the first country in the world to support this week, but about the early days of IVF in the 1970s and 80s, when governments dithered about how to deal with this new reproductive technology. Today, with more than 5 million people having been conceived by IVF, the term “test tube baby” seems archaic if not a little perverse (not least because test tubes were never involved). Assisted conception in the UK didn’t bring about the breakup of the traditional family and the birth of babies with deformities but the formation of the HFEA in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 1990, providing a clear regulatory framework for research involving embryos. Related: Britain's House of Lords approves conception of three-person babies When applied to mitochondrial transfer, ‘three-parent babies' shows how strongly personhood is now equated with genetics Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:33:51 GMT)

Lessons the media can learn from the Glasgow bin lorry crash
The reporting of the George Square tragedy and the identity of the lorry driver was considered and respectful, which reflected the city’s moodThe George Square bin lorry crash, which claimed the lives of six people and injured 10 others in Glasgow just days before Christmas, was a tragedy so random that even a man of faith – the city’s archbishop Philip Tartaglia, leading a mass for the victims – described it as meaningless. Usually it is the media that first attempts to give some meaning to communal loss, most perniciously in the ascription of blame. This week, the Scottish Crown Office announced that the lorry’s driver, who lost control of the vehicle after he collapsed unconscious at the wheel, will not face any criminal charges, paving the way for a fatal accident inquiry into the crash. And I was minded again of the marked lack of blaming, or naming and shaming, in this case.I reported on the crash from the immediate stunned aftermath at the scene, through a Christmas week that felt as dimmed as the festive lights around the square. Tough questions were asked of the authorities about vehicle safety and staff health checks. But the driver, Harry Clarke, was not named in the Scottish press until well into the new year, and then in an un-bylined piece in a broadsheet. There was no floodgate of follow-ups, and when Clarke himself issued a single interview to the Daily Record earlier this month, he thanked both the public for their support, and the media “who have not hounded me as they could have”. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:30:47 GMT)

Martin Rowson on cover-ups from Isis to NHS - cartoon
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(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:37:43 GMT)

Why are we questioning the loyalty of British Muslims? We never ask anyone else
I hate the union flag and I would scrap the royal family. But no one asks me to prove my BritishnessHow loyal are you to this country? How proud are you of it? Answer exactly. Explain yourself to me. Tell me how safe you feel. Tell me what you think other people think of you. Let me then declare the truth about you, your family, your faith. You are a Muslim and I am British, you see, so I can ask these things. My loyalty is taken for granted, though it shouldn’t be. Yours is always suspect. Though it shouldn’t be. Thus I can read that a BBC survey this morning found that “95% of Muslims feel a loyalty to Britain”, but that there are “no similar measurements for the general public.” Making it meaningless. And 95% does not count for much when run alongside other aspects of the survey, which showed: “One in four (27%) said that they had some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks in Paris on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.”What does any of this mean? Are a quarter of our Muslim population going to behead us in our beds? Is the man in the Turkish shop who gives my children sweets secretly cheering on the death cult? This poll just drives the us-and-them mentality. There is a “them”, of course. But “they” are killing out in Syria and Iraq and they are killing mostly other Muslims. There is a “them” in Saudi Arabia, whom we are asked to think of as an “us”, where Prince Charles gets his sword dance on with the right kind of beheaders. Continue reading...
(Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:00:09 GMT)

The Guardian view on NHS reform: bright idea, dangerous speed
There is exciting potential in putting the Manchester region in charge of its healthcare. But a frightening number of make-or-break details remain unresolvedBefore the last election the Conservative party was decidedly – some might say dishonestly – quiet about its big ideas on health. Although Andrew Lansley’s blueprint for a regulated medical marketplace was in fact there, buried away on the Tory website for anyone hunting it out, his arresting vision was felt to be too frightening for the manifesto. The result of the semi-secret plan was, of course, not only a gratuitous rewiring of the entire system but legislation so creaky that it had to be engineered halfway down the parliamentary assembly line.It is, then, to be welcomed – if only by contrast with dismal precedent – that the Tory top brass has now decided to trumpet a big NHS idea on the right side of an election. Even better, on the face of it, it’s an idea with promise: putting the Manchester region in charge of its own NHS, with the freedom to integrate between health and council-provided personal care. Centralisation and the artificial health/care division are problems that have dogged the NHS for decades. No wonder there was a positive reaction when the first sketchy reports of the plan, attributed to George Osborne as part of his ambition to revive provincial Conservatism by creating a “northern powerhouse” in Manchester, emerged midweek. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:51:44 GMT)

The Guardian view on Jimmy Savile: oblivion’s too good for him
A criminal cheats justice by dying undetected. Without a belief in the afterlife, what can we do?The rage and disgust that we feel at each fresh revelation of the crimes of Jimmy Savile has an unsatisfying quality. It is distinct from the normal course of outrage. The “normal” part is bad enough. The discovery that his sexual appetites ranged from necrophilia to the rape of children is hard to stomach partly because it is difficult to comprehend the existence of such a completely unrestrained id. No consideration of safety or law hindered him. Nor did his professed religious scruples.It’s likely that some of his crimes, like the relentless groping, went unpunished because of the very different culture of those days, in which women were expected to evade or tolerate such behaviour, rather than to alert the authorities and make a formal protest. But the leap from serial groping, offensive and reprehensible though it was, to the systematic rape of the helpless, is one that marks this case out, and the sheer improbability of it explains a little of how he was able to persist for so long undetected, and, in public, unsuspected too.We feel cheated by his death. It robs us of the dramatic, and purgative, aspects of a trial Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:50:57 GMT)

If they turn out, young voters can get Cameron out
The prime minister puts his faith in the grey vote. Now Labour has to mobilise the youngEd Miliband is entering the great generation war. Earlier this week David Cameron made his pledge never to touch a penny of pensioners’ perks, be they as rich as a duke, shamelessly bribing grey voters. Miliband replies with a pledge to the young.This is a miserably unequal battle. The left takes the moral high ground, defenders of the weaker and the younger, but it’s an electoral desert as the young and the poor don’t vote. Cameron sinks into the moral low ground, throwing money at those least likely to need it in this electorally rich turf. Will Cameron’s cynicism stick in the craw of some older people? Can Miliband’s defence of the young reach the ears of the Won’t Vote, Hate-You-All generation? Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:33:26 GMT)

Behind every cold call is a person hating their life
Spare a thought for the lost soul on the other end of the line – and let’s hope that the new British legislation will put an end to nuisance phone callsThere used to be an element of magic to receiving a call from an unknown number. Infinite possibilities lay in your landline bleating anonymously or “unknown caller” flashing up on your mobile. A rich benefactor hoping to share their millions with you would obviously have a hidden number, as would all the celebrities who may have been yearning for you from afar.But the dream dies as soon as you answer. Apparently you have been missold PPI, or perhaps now is just the right moment to think about investing in solar panels. Three-fifths of us don’t want to answer our phones because of these nuisance calls, but because the Information Commissioner’s Office had to prove that calls caused “substantial damage or substantial distress”, until now few companies could be punished for making us want to ignore our own phones. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:05 GMT)

The Tories’ immigration headache is of David Cameron’s making
Paralysed by his fear of Ukip, the PM will once again find himself on the defensive“It would be my tuition fees!” So David Cameron once said to the deputy prime minister during a tense exchange about pensioner benefits. Like George Osborne, Nick Clegg believes there is scope to limit the benefits given to the elderly and to target help at lower-income pensioners. But the PM won’t hear of it. The “grey vote”, he believes, would desert the Tories en masse. It would be a milestone of treachery on a par with the Lib Dems’ U-turn on university tuition fees.Yet there are other candidates for this inglorious honour – not least the publication of the most recent set of quarterly migration statistics which means that the net migration figures available to voters on 7 May will be 54,000 higher than they were when Cameron made his now-notorious pledge: in January 2010, the Tory leader said: “We would like to see net immigration in the tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands.” Even at the time, this struck me as daft, and on so many levels. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:18:48 GMT)

Why can’t theatre imagine what it’s really like to be the parent of a disabled child?
Kill Me Now panders to preconceptions by portraying disabled family life as thwarted and self-destructive. It couldn’t be further from my own experienceIt’s rare to have your life portrayed anywhere, especially in a play. I’m a parent of a child with a disability. I’m not in children’s storybooks or in adult films about family life. I’m the invisible parent. I’m someone no one wants to be.And then Kill Me Now premiered this week at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, a play by Canadian Brad Fraser, with Greg Wise playing Jake Sturdy, the father of disabled Joey. I attended a preview and was hopeful that it would reflect my experiences. Instead, it was a portrait of a thwarted, self-hating, self-destructive family who might be better off dead.When non-disabled actors play disabled people, they love to squirm, startle and speak as if they were drunk Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:30:04 GMT)

The tyranny of Netflix: you must watch this movie. Now!
Thanks to video-on-demand, films never go away any more – so when I tell you to watch a weird Austrian cowboy movie, I expect you do it. This weekNetflix and video-on-demand and Hulu have created immense new pressures on hardcore movie lovers. In the olden days you could tell a friend, “You just have to see House of Games; it’s the best scam movie of the year!” or “I will not stop badgering you until you see Nine Queens! It’s the best South American scam movie of the year!”And back in the olden days people would reply: “Yeah, sure, I’ll get to it when I get to it.” But then the film would end its theatrical run, so your friends had a legitimate excuse to ignore you. They would assure you that they would get around to seeing that Argentine movie about the bank robber with epilepsy or the French movie about the woman who mistakes a tax attorney for a shrink as soon as it came out on DVD. Or VHS. And that would be the end of it. Related: Joe Carnahan's Stretch review: limo drivers are as miserable as the rest of us Related: The Interview review – Rogen and Franco soon run out of laughs Related: Only God Forgives – review Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:19:05 GMT)

Fraud threat to millions of TalkTalk customers
Major breach of data leaves one customer £2,800 out of pocket as TalkTalk and his bank, Santander, refuse to compensate himTalkTalk, the phone and broadband giant with 4 million customers, has admitted it suffered a major data breach in which account numbers, addresses and phone numbers have fallen into the hands of online criminals – who have used the data to steal thousands of pounds. It says a third party contractor which had legitimate access to its customer accounts was involved in the data breach last year, and that it has begun legal action against the supplier. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:00:06 GMT)

Call for schools to have a more active role in teaching character and morality
Birmingham University study finds more than half of children surveyed failed to identify good judgments when responding to moral dilemmasSchool-age children who attend church, do charity work or sing in choirs are likely to display more sophisticated moral judgments than their peers who play sport, according to a large-scale national survey conducted by Birmingham University.The survey of 10,000 pupils aged 14 and 15 in secondary schools across the UK found that more than half failed to identify what researchers described as good judgments when responding to a series of moral dilemmas, leading researchers to call for schools to have a more active role in teaching character and morality. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:01:02 GMT)

Westminster Abbey wins permission to add first new tower in 300 years
Renovations, including a lift to provide access to an attic museum, have been approved by the local council and are slated for completion by 2018Westminster Abbey has won planning permission to add its first new tower in almost 300 years, which will create public access to a museum of treasures and curiosities housed in the triforium, the church’s attic gallery.At present, the public can get only a distant glimpse of the spectacular and shadowy space through the stone arches 70ft up at the top of the walls above the high altar. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:25:26 GMT)

Ukip’s LGBT chair quits due to party's lack of ‘gay-friendly tone’
Tom Booker resigns as chair of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group and leaves Ukip, saying he ‘simply couldn’t defend the party any more’Ukip’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group chair has resigned over concerns that the party’s leadership has failed to “set a gay-friendly tone”. Related: Ukip urged to cut ties with Christian group over gay ‘depravity’ comments I stepped down from my position as founder-chairman of LGBT* in Ukip, and resigned my membership of Ukip, due to disillusionment of policy direction and dissatisfaction at the failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone.I also now wish to focus more time on my career development and personal life.Last night I stepped down as Chairman of LGBT* in UKIP and gave up my membership of #ukip. I'll remain unaffiliated...for now ;-)We are delighted to announce @FloLewis1 as the new Chair of #LGBT #UKIP. Thank you to outgoing Chairman @thomasbooker for all his hard workI want to wish my ukip friends, inc. the guys at @ukiplgbt - @Nathangarbutt (whom I'll still campaign for) and @FloLewis1 the best :-) Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:02:20 GMT)

Bank of England to boost watchdog role after failing to spot forex rigging
Central bank to tighten controls and raise staff standards but MP fears changes could see firms move to rival finance hubsThe Bank of England plans to beef up its watchdog role after it failed to spot one of the biggest scandals in the City’s recent history.The central bank said a “root-and-branch” review of its market intelligence operations had found that some staff were unfamiliar with the way City firms operated. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:00:54 GMT)

Wales to get power to ban fracking and lower voting age to 16
Devolution package was promised after Scottish independence referendum last year, but concessions may not mollify Welsh government or Plaid CymruWales will be handed the power to ban fracking and allow voting at 16 under a devolution package that is due to be unveiled today by David Cameron and Nick Clegg.The powers are expected to be granted under what the government is calling the St David’s Day agreement. They were promised following the referendum on Scottish independence. Continue reading...
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:01:05 GMT)

CCTV footage shows Alexander Litvinenko before alleged fatal dose
Video retrieved by police suggests Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun meticulously prepared hotel meeting with former Russian spyHe looks like an average tourist, casually dressed in a denim jacket with a fawn collar. It’s 1 November, 2006. The time is just before 4pm. The man wanders into a hotel lobby, and fails to spot the person he’s due to meet. He makes a call from his mobile phone. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:52:02 GMT)

King John's teeth and thumb bone to feature in Magna Carta exhibition
British Library to display royal relics in show commemorating 800-year anniversary of sealing of Magna CartaKing John is coming to the British Library for the exhibition celebrating the most famous event of his reign, the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede 800 years ago. The king will be represented by two extraordinary loans: two teeth are coming from Worcester city museum, where they have only occasionally been on display; while Worcester cathedral is lending a thumb bone which, like the teeth, was taken as a souvenir from his tomb. The bone was returned 160 years later to the cathedral, which is also lending its original copy of John’s will. Continue reading...
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:48:38 GMT)

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