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RAF planes bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq for the first time
Two RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft attack Isis positions in strikes that Ministry of Defence describes as successfulRAF Tornado GR4 aircraft on Tuesday launched attacks on Islamic State (Isis) targets in Iraq for the first time in strikes which the Ministry of Defence described as successful.It was the first time, after five missions, that the Tornados, based in Cyprus, have dropped bombs. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:46 GMT)

Theresa May vows Tory government would introduce snoopers charter
Home secretary accuses Liberal Democrats of irresponsibility for torpedoing communications data bill two years agoTheresa May has accused the Liberal Democrats of outrageous irresponsibility for torpedoing the so-called snoopers charter communications data bill and vowed that a Conservative government will introduce it.The Lib Dems responded by revealing that they had blocked the immediate implementation of the home secretarys new proposals to ban extremists from the web and the airwaves because she had provided no evidence that they would be effective or were necessary. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:24:00 GMT)

Wife of British hostage Alan Henning makes video appeal for his release
Barbara Henning urges her husbands Islamic State captors to please release him, we need him back homeThe wife of the Manchester taxi driver held hostage by Islamic State militants has begged the group to spare his life and allow him to return to his family.In an emotional televised appeal, Barbara Henning, whose husband Alan has been held in Syria for nine months, said she could not understand why the group could not acknowledge the truth about his reasons for travelling to the country. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:47:43 GMT)

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists threaten to step up protests
Leaders of pro-democracy protests deliver ultimatum to chief executive Leung Chun-ying after hardline responseUnder the umbrellas: what do Hong Kongs protesters want from China?Pro-democracy protest leaders in Hong Kong have threatened to step up their campaign if the regions chief executive does not meet them by midnight on Tuesday, after he insisted that Beijing would not retreat on limits to voting reforms.Leung Chun-ying had urged demonstrators to withdraw immediately from an occupation that has brought roads in the city centre to a standstill for the third night running. Tens of thousands of protesters withstood a rainstorm to make their voices heard. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:49:56 GMT)

Apple may have to repay billions from Irish government tax deal
European commission opens formal investigation into sweetheart tax deal from 1991 that ran for 16 years Apple may have to repay tax on billions of euros of revenues after the European commission (EC) criticised illegal state aid received through sweetheart tax deals made with the Irish government in 1991 and 2007.The EC on Tuesday formally opened an investigation into the deals, with the outgoing competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, warning that the recipient of any illegal state aid - in this case Apple - would be liable to repay it. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:49:43 GMT)

Piers Morgan joins Mail Online as US editor-at-large
Talkshow host who left CNN in September six months after his talkshow was axed, describes the site as an addictive pleasurePiers Morgan, the former CNN talkshow host, has been appointed editor-at-large of Mail Onlines US operation.The outspoken New York-based British journalist, who parted company with CNN in early September, six months after his primetime talkshow was axed, will write for the Daily Mails US website several times a week, according to a Mail Online story published on Tuesday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:30:08 GMT)

Hillsborough officer: I regret not asking for kick-off delay
Supt Roger Marshall tells inquest he could have asked for delay when congestion occurred outside stadium before matchThe South Yorkshire police officer who was in command outside the Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough when 96 people died in a crush at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final has said he profoundly regrets not having asked for the match kick-off to be delayed.Supt Roger Marshall, giving evidence to the new inquest into the disaster, said that as he was in charge of the 24,000 Liverpool supporters arrival and access to the Leppings Lane end, he could have asked for the kick-off to be delayed when congestion occurred outside. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:59:00 GMT)

EUs new digital commissioner calls celebrities in nude picture leak stupid
Germanys Günther Oettinger says stars who put naked photos of themselves online could not count on his protectionFormer EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger, 61, is used to accusations that he is more digitally naïve than digitally native by now. But at a hearing in front of the European parliament, the EUs next commissioner designate for digital economy and society raised some serious questions about his suitability.During a three-hour grilling by MEPs in Brussels, Oettinger said it would not be his job to protect stars stupid enough to take a nude photo of themselves and put it online seemingly unaware that the recent leak of celebrities nude photographs had come about as a result of a targeted hacking attack. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:49:39 GMT)

DJ Neil Fox arrested over alleged historical sex offences
Magic FM presenter, formerly known as Dr Fox, questioned by police investigating claims of sexual assault against two womenRadio DJ Neil Fox has been arrested over alleged historical sex offences against two women. The 53-year-old Magic FM presenter, formerly known as Dr Fox, was being questioned at a police station in central London.A spokesman for Bauer Media said: Bauer Media can confirm that Neil Fox, presenter of the Magic Radio breakfast show, was today arrested by Westminster police. He is currently being questioned about various allegations. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:18:28 GMT)

Iranian president attacks Cameron a week after historic meeting
Hassan Rouhani criticises British PM for saying Tehran is part of problem in Middle East during UN speechIrans president, Hassan Rouhani, has criticised the British prime minister, David Cameron, a week after a landmark meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the UN general assembly.Rouhani said it was unacceptable and wrong for Cameron to say, within hours of them meeting in New York, that Tehran was part of the problem in the Middle East. In his closing speech at the general assembly last Thursday, the UK prime minister said Tehrans support for what he said were terrorist organisations had to change, although he added that Iran could help the west in its fight against Islamic State (Isis). Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:13:30 GMT)

Police alerted two years ago over Essex teacher who had indecent images
Martin Goldberg, who killed himself this month, was on Canadian list given to Ceop in 2012 and passed on to local force last yearPolice have been accused of a series of failings that left a deputy headmaster free for two years to secretly film pupils undressing using cameras hidden in an Essex schools changing rooms.Scores of indecent images of boys aged nine to 12 were found at the home of Martin Goldberg, 46, a maths teacher at Thorpe Hall school in Southend, who took his own life this month after being visited by detectives. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:32 GMT)

Secret service chief vows 'unacceptable' intruder breach will not happen again
Julia Pierson admits failures at House panel as members of Congress line up to criticise agencys performanceThe director of the US secret service, Julia Pierson, on Tuesday described the latest White House security breach when an intruder made it much farther into the building than initially disclosed was unacceptable, and promised it would never happen again.As members of Congress lined up to lambast her leadership at a hearing on Capitol Hill, Pierson admitted the gravity of the failure and admitted repeated failings in the performance of the agency in recent years. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:44:38 GMT)

Brooks Newmark sex sting is matter of urgent public concern, says Ipso chair
Sir Alan Moses says press regulator will deal with complaint against Sunday Mirror quickly, but he will not rush to judgmentThe chairman of the new press regulator has said the Sunday Mirrors Brooks Newmark sex sting is a matter of urgent public concern and indicated it would look to speed up the resolution process following a formal complaint.However, Sir Alan Moses said the paper was entitled to a fair hearing and declined to rush to judgment at the start of a full investigation into the scandal. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:57:33 GMT)

Students who buy essays online are being ripped off, says exam watchdog
Ofqual finds essay writing services are poor quality and unlikely to get A-level students who cheat with coursework a good gradeStudents tempted to use essay writing services that claim to guarantee A-grade papers are more likely to receive shoddy work that would fail an A-level, as well as putting them at risk of being caught cheating, according to the exam regulator Ofqual.An investigation by the watchdog found that online services failed to live up to their claims of high-quality writing and research, despite charging up to £220 for an essay. In many cases, essays were riddled with basic writing and composition errors, and received very poor or failing grades from independent examiners. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:50:49 GMT)

Family tell of shock over missing Bristol girl believed to be heading for Syria
Friends say 15-year-old Yusra Hussien, who disappeared last Wednesday, is A-grade student who wanted to be dentistThe family and friends of a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Bristol who is suspected of flying from Britain to join Islamist fighters in Syria have spoken of their shock and confusion.Police revealed on Monday night that the girl, Yusra Hussien, is believed to be in Turkey having left the UK last week with a 17-year-old London girl and may be trying to reach Syria. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:25:00 GMT)

New Afghanistan pact means America's longest war will last until at least 2024
Bilateral security deal ensures that President Obama will pass off the Afghanistan war and his new war in Iraq and Syria to his successorThe longest war in American history will last at least another decade, according to the terms of a garrisoning deal for US forces signed by the new Afghanistan government on Tuesday. Long awaited and much desired by an anxious US military, the deal guarantees that US and Nato troops will not have to withdraw by years end, and permits their stay until the end of 2024 and beyond. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:28:25 GMT)

Sun journalist subjected to trial on contrived charge, court hears
Reporter Vince Soodin did not conspire with a policeman to commit a crime, defence tells Londons Old BaileyA policeman who sought money from the Sun for a tip about a child being bitten by a fox was a thoroughly reprehensible man and a disgrace to the police force, a jury has been told.But the journalist who opened James Bowes email has been subjected to a criminal trial on the back of a contrived charge, his counsel said in a closing speech at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:09:39 GMT)

Lord Lawson's charity 'blurring fact and comment on climate change'
Global Warming Policy Foundation promoting political agenda rather than educational views, says Charity CommissionThe Global Warming Policy Foundation set up by former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson as an educational charity has been rapped by the governments Charity Commission for blurring fact and comment and for lacking neutrality on climate change.The commission examined the website and material published by Britains leading climate sceptic organisation and ruled that it was difficult not to form the conclusion that the publications and postings on the charitys website promoted a particular position on global warming. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:33:25 GMT)

North Korean foreign minister begins 10-day Russia visit
Ri Su-yong will meet counterpart Sergei Lavrov and tour far-east Russia in attempt to boost cooperation between countriesNorth Koreas foreign minister has arrived in Moscow at the start of a 10-day visit, with a bilateral agenda that includes fighting the heroisation of Nazism, road safety and Pyongyangs nuclear programme.Ri Su-yong will meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Wednesday before embarking on an odyssey around Russias far-eastern regions aimed at boosting economic cooperation between the two countries. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:51:36 GMT)

Breaking Bad plot was fantasy, says woman accused of trying to kill mother
Kuntal Patel tells court she saw herself as a TV show character but never really tried to poison her motherA woman who allegedly poisoned her mother in a Breaking-Bad-inspired murder plot has said she imagined herself as a character in the TV series or a Mexican drug warlord.Kuntal Patel, 37, confessed that she had fantasised about killing her magistrate mother Meena, after she forbade her to marry her boyfriend, Niraj Kakad. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:15:09 GMT)

Ireland set to call referendum on blasphemy laws
Secularists argue that law introduced in July 2009 is incompatible with modern Ireland and should be scrappedAtheists and secular campaigners have welcomed the Irish governments decision to hold a referendum that may abolish Irelands blasphemy laws.The Republics justice minister, Frances Fitzgerald, will bring a proposal to the weekly Irish cabinet meeting in Dublin on Tuesday for a referendum early next year. The proposal is expected to be ratified by the cabinet. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:01:00 GMT)

Virgin Holidays pledge on whale captivity criticised by wildlife charities
Richard Bransons announcement that Virgins partners should no longer take receipt of whales or dolphins captured from the wild does not go far enough, say campaignersWildlife campaigners have voiced their disappointment with Virgin Holidays for failing to take a stronger stand against whale and dolphin captivity, as the company announces its position on the controversial issue.Writing a post on his personal blog, founder Richard Branson declared that Virgin will be asking its partners to sign a pledge to no longer take receipt of any whales or dolphins captured from the wild. However, animal welfare charities say this does not go far enough. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:43:52 GMT)

Israeli airline urged to stop bullying of women by ultra-orthodox passengers
Petition organiser says airline should find way to accommodate religious requirements without breaching other peoples rightsIsraels national airline, El Al, has been criticised for allowing ultra-orthodox Jewish men to disrupt flights by refusing to be seated next to women.A petition on change.org is demanding that the carrier stop the bullying, intimidation and discrimination against women on your flights. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:01:41 GMT)

Fall in UK living standards deeper than thought, TUC says
Union attacks nature of UK economic recovery which revises up pace of growth but revises down household incomesThe UKs fall in living standards has been worse than previously thought, the TUC claimed, after new figures showed a bigger squeeze on households disposable incomes.The Office for National Statistics published sweeping updates to its previous estimates on the economy on Tuesday that suggested Britain recovered from the recession three-quarters sooner than initial estimates. Its move to new ways of measuring GDP put the size of the economy at 2.7% above its pre-crisis peak in 2008, compared with the previous estimate of 0.2%. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:08:57 GMT)

Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF
Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats See picture gallery of wild animals facing declineThe number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news, said Professor Ken Norris, ZSLs director of science. But that is happening in the great outdoors. This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live. He said nature, which provides food and clean water and air, was essential for human wellbeing. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:53:37 GMT)

CSKA Moscow v Bayern Munich: Champions League live!
Champions League updates from the 5pm BST kick-offLive match centre! Follow all of the nights goals and gamesEmail john.ashdown@theguardian.com or tweet @John_Ashdown 6.41pm BST 85 min: Benatia slips the ball into Muller, who should probably just let fly at goal but instead looks to flick the ball wide of the charging Akinfeev and sees the chance go begging. 6.40pm BST 84 min: The chanting from earlier has now completely disappeared so the soundtrack for these closing minutes is the noise of yelps from the benches and the whirring shutters of snappers cameras. 6.39pm BST 83 min: Lahm lofts in. Shaqiri picks the ball up at the back post, but he cant twist past two defenders. 6.37pm BST 81 min: Another change for Bayern: Rafinha comes on for Robben. 6.36pm BST 80 min: A few gaps open up for Bayern on the break, but the one Robben is aiming for is quickly blocked up by Ignashevich. 6.34pm BST 78 min: And Tosic is replaced by Efremov. 6.33pm BST 77 min: Tosic fizzes a cross into the box but its too far in front of Musa. Gotze is replaced by Shaqiri. Which gives me an excuse for this:Great hat-trick from Shaqiri last night. He's clearly been eating his greens. pic.twitter.com/Bb2hqlSBR9 6.32pm BST 75 min: The lively but erratic Tosic looks to shoot from 30-odd yards but his effort is straight at Neuer. 6.29pm BST 73 min: A huge Akinfeev hoof downfield almost finds Doumbia in the clear but a) he cant control the ball and b) hes flagged offside when he tries to. 6.28pm BST 71 min: I dont think either goalkeeper has had to make a save for 20 minutes or so. 6.26pm BST 70 min: Muller this time finds Gotze on the edge of the box, but his effort swerves well wide. 6.25pm BST 68 min: Benatia goes into the book for properly scything down Musa. 6.25pm BST 67 min: Muller hasnt had his best game tonight yet another Bayern attack breaks down with one of his overly-ambitious passes. 6.22pm BST 65 min: Bayern have reasserted their authoritaah now and are looking comfortable once more. And thats the spur for a change for CSKA: Doumbia replaces Natcho, who has put in a few crunching tackles but in truth has dipped in and out of the game somewhat. Ahem. 6.20pm BST 63 min: Heres Bayerns Thiago Alcantara enjoying the game:Champions League time! #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/Lfnk0cYvWn 6.19pm BST 62 min: Alaba lines up a shot from the edge of the area and he strikes it perfectly. As long as he was aiming for the empty seats high in the stand behind the goal. Which, because Im feeling charitable, Im going to assume he was. 6.17pm BST 60 min: Another Bayern goal (and its looking increasingly likely) kills this, but at the moment theres a bit of an edge to proceedings. 6.15pm BST 59 min: Berezutsky strides forward with purpose and then clumps his pass out for a Bayern goal kick. 6.13pm BST 57 min: Alonso sand-wedges a pass over the back four to find Gotze who is wrongly flagged offside. 6.11pm BST 55 min: The teams are taking it in turns to attack here. Robben leads Bayerns charge this time, but the impressive Schennikov again gets the better of him. 6.10pm BST 54 min: Another CSKA attack and another effort at goal. Tosic is the man with the attempt this time, but his effort is well wide. 6.10pm BST 53 min: Schennikov gets across to make the block as Lewandowski gets on the end of Gotzes brilliant pass into the box. 6.08pm BST 52 min: Musa again breaks the offside trap and bursts through. Dante blocks the first effort, then Alaba heads the ball straight back to the striker for another go. Alaba gets back to make the block and the resultant corner is comfortably cleared. 6.07pm BST 51 min: Pass, pass, pass from Bayern, then Dante loses patience and crashes an attempted long pass straight to a defender. 6.05pm BST 49 min: Lewandowski bursts into the box like the Alien popping out of Jon Hurt, but again the defence scramble back and force the ball away. 6.03pm BST 47 min: Howler from Ignashevich, who dawdles on the ball in his own box and has his pocket pinched by Bernat. Vasili Berezutski gets back to deflect the midfielders effort into the side-netting. 6.02pm BST 46 min: Muller and Robben combine neatly down the right, but CSKA manage to disrupt the flow. 6.01pm BST Peep! Off we go again. Eremenko, by the way, was booked at the end of the first half. 5.49pm BST CSKAs official Twitter feed reckons theres cause for optimism in the second half (if my generic online translation tool is to be believed) and you cant really argue with that. Theyve Grown Into The Game. , ! 5.46pm BST Peep! PEEEP!! Half-time, and neither side will be too distraught at the scoreline. 5.46pm BST 45 min: Natcho loses the ball on the edge of the Bayern box and the visitors break at lightning speed. Robben, Lewandowski and Gotze all have chances to double the advantage but are denied by a series of blocks, boots and saves. 5.44pm BST 43 min: Bayern remain neat in possession but the goal threat has petered out somewhat. 5.42pm BST 42 min: Gotze swings a cross in from deep, Lewandowski gets across his man, but his neatly played header is straight at Akinfeev. 5.41pm BST 40 min: Natcho chips (ahem) the ball in and its nodded clear as far as Eremenko on the edge of the box. He cuts inside and sends another fine effort past Neuer but it kisses the top of the bar. 5.40pm BST 39 min: Lahm pulls down the charging Schennikov on the very edge of the Bayern box. He goes into the book and the hosts have a dangerous free-kick 5.39pm BST 38 min: Lahm lofts the ball over the top looking for Muller, but it bobbles out of play. Bayern have just come off the boil in the last 10 minutes or so. 5.37pm BST 36 min: What a chance! CSKA should be level. First Musa scampers into space behind Benatia. He blasts his shot straight at Neuer who, in fairness, Made Himself Big. The striker has enough wherewithal to pick up the rebound and square for Tosic, who blasts an equally good chance miles over the bar. 5.34pm BST 34 min: Muller hammers a shot at goal. Its swerving it had plenty of swazz on it, as Ray Wilkins might say and the keeper has to punch slightly haphazardly away. 5.34pm BST 32 min: Bayern have had 71% of the possession according to Uefa, which frankly seems a little low. 5.30pm BST 30 min: Eventually Alaba, who seems to be playing as something of an old inside-left forward, gets behind the back four but the scrambling defence get back to block his cross. 5.29pm BST 29 min: Pass, pass, pass from Bayern. Passpasspasspasspass. Passpasspasspasspass. 5.28pm BST 27 min: GOA no, offside. Muller, Lahm, Muller, Lewandowski, Muller, Lewandowski and the Poland striker is through on goal. He tucks it away but hes a couple of feet offside. 5.27pm BST 26 min: Vasili Berezutski tidies up after a dinked Robben ball into the box. 5.25pm BST 24 min: CSKA win a corner after a loose back-header from Alaba. Its taken short, lost, won back and worked out to Eremenko, who twists and turns on the edge of the box before zipping his effort inches over Neuers top-left corner. Fine effort. 5.24pm BST 23 min: So that might force the home side to open up a touch. The problem is that the way theyre playing is largely being dictated by Bayern. Its hard to open up when you havent got the ball. 5.22pm BST Lewandowski! shouts Pep Guardiola from the sidelines, but it is Thomas Muller who steps up and slams the ball down the middle to give Bayern the lead. 5.22pm BST 21 min: Lewandowski spins past his man far too easily and rolls the ball to Gotze who is chopped down in fairly idiotic fashion. 5.19pm BST 20 min: which is taken short and goes nowhere. 5.19pm BST 19 min: Muller skips round Schennikov and loops in a cross. Akinfeev punches out for a corner 5.18pm BST 17 min: Alonso spanks a free-kick at goal from 25 yards out it bounces a few yards in front of Akinfeev and slams straight into the keepers stomach. 5.16pm BST 16 min: Ten red CSKA shirts cram into the final 40-odd yards of the field as Alonso looks to orchestrate another Bayern attack. Eventually Robben zips a cross into the box, but a CSKA boot is on the end of it. 5.15pm BST 15 min: Mario Fernandes makes a superb burst and finds some space on the right. His bobbling cross finds Milanov on the edge of the box, but his shot is dropped on quite comfortably by Neuer. 5.13pm BST 13 min: Alonso floats another corner in a better delivery this time but it just evades both Dante and Lewandowski about six yards out. 5.12pm BST 11 min: Fine save from Akinfeev as Robben takes aim at goal. Hes had a rough few years since being the Next Big Thing in European goalkeeping has the CSKA keeper, but that was a fine stop. 5.11pm BST 10 min: Can still hear singing in Moscow, writes Philippa B. Is there a big screen outside? Fans in the carpark? There are perhaps 1,000 or so in the expensive seats who I suppose could be making the noise. But it is a bit odd. 5.09pm BST 9 min: Chance for Gotze! Bernat pulled the ball back from the left edge of the box, finding Germanys World Cup hero in space but his effort on the half volley swerves wide. 5.08pm BST 8 min: CSKA have the ball! Inside the Bayern box! And theyve had a shot! Its yards over the bar, but still. Eremenko found Ahmed Musa with a neat little lofted pass, but the Nigeria international could only send an awkward effort high over Neuer. 5.07pm BST 7 min: Dante goes long and sends the ball straight into the hands of Akinfeev. 5.06pm BST 5 min: Tosic pinches the ball and this time finds Vasili Berezutski, but a loose touch hands possession back to the German side. CSKA cant get out of their half. The lack of crowd has given this the atmosphere of a training game and events on the pitch are mirroring that. 5.04pm BST 4 min: Robben slams a cross into Mario Fernandes to win the games first corner. Alonso clunks in an ugly set-piece to the near post and its cleared. 5.03pm BST 3 min: A shocking pass across his own half by Tosic hands the ball to Robben. He exchanges passes with Lewandowski but a defender is there to block the eventual shot. 5.02pm BST 2 min: Lahm scoops down the right flank looking for Robben, but the Dutch winger cant bring the ball under his spell. CSKA have barely had a kick yet, though. 5.01pm BST 1 min: Bayerns formation is more like 3-3-4, with Robben and Gotze pushed on. 5.00pm BST Peep! Off we go then in this weird echoing atmosphere. 4.57pm BST Click-clack, click-clack the teams are in the tunnel. For some reason the PA system is still booming out Europop, despite the fact that only a smattering of dignitaries and journalists are in the ground. 4.53pm BST A quick fan guide: there arent any. Because this is being played behind closed doors thanks to racist chanting from CSKA fans during last seasons Champions League games against Manchester City and Viktoria Plzen. 4.42pm BST A quick form guide: CSKA have won their last four in the Russian league, but were hammered 5-1 by Roma in their opening Group E fixture. Bayern havent conceded a goal in five matches, four of which they won, one of which was the 1-0 win over Manchester City in their opening Champions League game. 4.26pm BST CSKA (4-1-3-1-1): Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; A Berezutski; Tosic, Natcho, Milanov; Eremenko; Musa. Subs: Chepchugov, Nababkin, Efremov, Bazelyuk, Doumbia. Bayern Munich (3-5-1-1): Neuer; Benatia, Dante, Alaba; Robben, Lahm, Alonso, Bernat, Gotze; Muller; Lewandowski. Subs: Reina, Rafinha, Boateng, Shaqiri, Rode, Hojbjerg, Pizarro. 4.00pm BST Afternoon all. This should should be a routine affair for Bayern Munich. But even the routine can, on occasion, cause difficulties. And example: a few months ago I went to the butchers to buy some mince, a simple enough task you might think. But the conversation went something like this:JA: Hello there 500g of beef mince please.Butcher [smiling]: Very good sir [in my head he has turned into a butcher from the 1950s but bear with me].Butcher commences jolly scooping of mince.Butcher: MufflemufflemufflehghghghmuffleHELICOPTER!!mufflemufflemufflehghghghmuffle?JA: Um Butcher stares awaiting response. Awkward silence ensues. I smile and nod. Butcher narrows eyes. Awkward silence continues. The point at which I can say Im sorry I didnt quite catch that disappears into the distance. Awkward silence now oppressive and weird.JA [Still smiling and nodding like a buffoon]: Yeah. Yeah [This was said in a conciliatory, conspiratorial tone that tried to invoke: I know. Helicopters eh? Tch. Who do they think they are? Buzzing around and that]. Butcher looks confused and irritated. Yeah, yeah clearly was not a valid response. The bagged mince is banged down on the counter.Butcher [no longer smiling]: £4.50.Money is exchanged for mince. I leave the butchers. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:41:55 GMT)

Mats Hummels: I am not tempted by a move to Manchester United
Defender to stay at Borussia Dortmund for rest of career I would have been so happy for Gerrard if hed won the title Jürgen Klopp: Hummels to Man Utd for 20m? Forget itMats Hummels has said he is not tempted to move to Manchester United or any other club, adding that what he has at Borussia Dortmund is truly unique. The defender, who joined on loan from Bayern Munich in 2008 and then permanently the following year, added that if he moves abroad, it will not be because of money.Speaking to Bundesliga Magazin International, out this week, he was asked whether he was tempted by interest from Manchester United, Real Madrid or Barcelona. Its nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you, he said. I take that as a compliment but it doesnt influence me in any way, otherwise. We earn enough here in Dortmund. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:49:52 GMT)

Its like ancient warfare: meet Colombias cricket-mad wicketkeeper
Dressed in immaculate whites, Jairo Andres Venegas is set to be the first Colombian-born player to play for the national sideMy friends think of me as a madman. Jairo Andres Venegas is a rather unusual Colombian. Hes very probably the only Colombian with a collection of cricket bats from the 1950s and 1960s. Hes almost certainly the only Colombian to have a Lords tea-towel framed and hanging on the wall of his living room. Hes surely the only Colombian able to compare the sport of cricket to the Battle of Waterloo or currently juggling his leisure-time reading between CLR Jamess Beyond a Boundary and A History of Cricket in 100 Objects by Gavin Mortimer. And next weekend hell definitely (last-minute injury disasters notwithstanding) become the first Colombian-born player to ever play for the national cricket side. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:41:49 GMT)

Manchester City v Roma: Champions League live!
Champions League updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offLive scores! Follow all of the goals and games with our match centresAnd email nick.ames.casual@theguardian.com or tweet @NickAmes82 6.32pm BST Hello you. Spot the odd one out: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen, CSKA Moscow.Youre sharp today. You got it. Viktoria Plzen were not in Manchester Citys Champions League group last season, kindly saving us from yet more any groundhog-day tedium in the greatest show the world has ever seen and agreeing to be traded for minnows Roma, who landed wide-eyed and open-mouthed in Group E as if theyd just been born. 6.30pm BST Nick will be here shortly. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:33:50 GMT)

Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea: Champions League live!
Champions League updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off in LisbonLive scores! Follow all of the goals and games with our match centresAnd email jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.30pm BST Evening. You have to question the sanity of the monster who created hamstrings - fragile, flimsy, evil things that are liable to twang or tear or simply tighten up at any given moment. A hamstring injury is the ultimate muscle injury, a sub-genre of its own, the only muscle that has been deemed worthy of being turned into a passive verb. You never hear of someone being calved or groined or thighed. Hamstrung, though - you will hear of them being hamstrung. A footballer needs hamstrings in smooth working order. Ryan Giggs had trouble with them early in his career but eventually managed to shake them off thanks to taking up yoga. But its not a problem that goes away. Once its happened once, it stays with you, like watching the remake of Oldboy. Michael Owen kept pranging his hamstrings and ended up losing his pace, the thing that made him special. Which explains why Chelsea are having to treat Diego Costa with such caution. Their new striker has been in outstanding form since his move from Atletico Madrid but the state of his hamstrings means that Jose Mourinho is having to be extra careful with him to make sure that the player this Chelsea side is built around doesnt break down. Chelsea cant let that happen, even though they do have Loic Remy and Didier Drogba in reserve; we all remember Costa clutching his hamstring as he limped off after 10 minutes last seasons Champions League final. Atletico missed him. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:30:05 GMT)

Andy Murray defeats Jerzy Janowicz in China Open
Scot wins 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 to book place in second round Result follows first tournament win since Wimbledon Andy Murray wins Shenzhen Open Andy Murray fought from a set down to defeat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 and book his place in the second round of the China Open.Murray, who defeated Spains Tommy Robredo on Sunday to secure the Shenzhen Open, his first tournament victory since winning Wimbledon last year, looked out of sorts in the opening set before fighting back to give Janowicz a real contest. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:47:46 GMT)

Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling out of Englands autumn Tests
Corbisiero hurt during Saints victory over Bath Parling out until December with concussion Match report: Northampton defy Bath fightbackThe autumnal leaves are falling and so are Englands tight forwards. Stuart Lancaster is not due to announce his November squad for another three weeks but the names of Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling have been added to an injury list which already includes three more series-winning Lions players in Dan Cole, Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola.Corbisiero will be sidelined until the new year after surgery on the shoulder ligament tear he sustained playing for Northampton against Bath last Saturday. The 26-year-old, who has had to battle recurring knee problems in recent seasons, will miss all of Englands four November internationals and faces a race to be match fit for the start of the Six Nations in early February. Northampton say the loosehead prop will be out until early 2015 after a specialist advised immediate surgery was required if Corbisiero wished to play to an optimum level in the future. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:52:16 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton wants straight battle with Nico Rosberg for F1 title
Three points between drivers going into Japanese Grand Prix Hamilton anxious to match greats with first win at Suzuka Max Verstappen to become youngest driver at an F1 weekend Rosbergs Singapore retirement due to freak contaminationLewis Hamilton is looking to join the greats of Formula One by winning at Suzuka this week with the Mercedes driver hoping for a straight battle for the championship against team-mate Nico Rosberg.Although he won at Fuji in his debut season in 2007, Hamilton has finished on the podium only once at Suzuka which returned to the calendar in 2009 - and that was on the bottom step. However, on the back of consecutive race wins, the Brit heads to Japan with a three-point lead at the top of the championship standings following Rosbergs retirement in Singapore. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:24:07 GMT)

Team Sky announce Nicolas Roche among five new signings for 2015
Irish rider leaves Contadors team and strengthens Froomes Andrew Fenn and Leopold König are also among new recruits Ben Swift signs Sky extension Geraint Thomas recommitsTeam Sky has announced the signing of the Irishman Nicolas Roche as one of five new names for 2015.The 30-year-old, who has a wealth of Grand Tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scotlands Andrew Fenn, the Czech rider Leopold König, the Dutchman Wout Poels and the Norwegian Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed for Team Sky after two years away. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:55:28 GMT)

Xavi Hernández, the football romantic, set to make Champions League history
Sixteen years after making his Champions League debut the man who defined his football by saying Thats what I do: I look for spaces. All day is set to make a record 143rd appearance Xavi on his football and the greatness of Paul ScholesWhen I was a kid I used to watch him on the television. Playing alongside him today was a pleasure. Saturday evening at the Camp Nou and the Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto is talking about team-mate Xavi Hernández. It is no exaggeration. When Xavi made his debut in the Champions League against Manchester United in September 1998, Sergi Roberto was six. Tonight in Paris both men will probably begin on the bench. If Xavi does get on, it will be his 143rd appearance in the competition, taking him one ahead of Raúl.From Old Trafford to the Parc de Princes, Xavi will have played more Champions League games (not including qualifiers) than anyone else in history. He will be a substitute tonight and he was a substitute back then, coming on in the 67th minute. It was 3-2 to United; three minutes later Barcelona got the equaliser with a Luis Enrique penalty. Luis Enrique is now Xavis manager. That night, Louis Van Gaal was his manager. And although Van Gaals time in Catalonia is not always looked back upon with the fondness that he, certainly, thinks it deserves, the Dutchman is proud of his legacy. Xavi is central to that. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:01:04 GMT)

Olivier Giroud signs two-year contract extension at Arsenal despite injury
French striker has committed his future to club until 2018 Giroud currently out injured until the end of 2014 at least Arsène Wenger left to rue injuries after derby draw Aaron Ramsey out for at least a monthOlivier Giroud has signed a two-year extension to his current Arsenal contract. The French striker, currently recovering from surgery on a broken left tibia, is expected to be out of action until at least the end of December but has committed his future to the north London club until 2018.Girouds absence is one of several being keenly felt by Arsène Wenger, although the signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United late in the summer transfer window could provide stern competition for the Frenchman when he returns. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:59:00 GMT)

Newcastles Alan Pardew is being made to wait for overdue holiday in the sun
There is a deepening sense that the suffering Newcastle managers departure is now a case of when rather than if Manager will still be in charge for trip to Swansea Pardew admits future in doubt after Stoke defeat Pictures: Newcastle fans protests against PardewThe Britannia Stadium can be a bleak place for managers of north-east teams. For example, take the winter weekend when Martin ONeills car became stuck in a post-match snowdrift and the then Sunderland manager ended up staying the night with Tony Pulis.By all accounts it turned into a convivial evening at a flat belonging to ONeills then Stoke City counterpart but for Sam Allardyce a goalless FA Cup draw in the Potteries in January 2008 resulted in his separation from Newcastle United three days later. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:29:41 GMT)

Ander Herrera fractures rib to add to Manchester United woes
Midfielder suffered injury in victory over West Ham Louis van Gaals squad has been hit by 10 injuries Van Gaal pulls rank with England over fitness staff United consider midweek Middle East friendliesAnder Herrera will be out for weeks with a fractured rib in what represents yet another serious blow to Louis van Gaal as the Manchester United manager attempts to deal with one of the clubs biggest injury crises of recent seasons.Herrera was taken off with what was suspected as a back injury in the 74th minute of Uniteds 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday at Old Trafford. The midfielder took to Facebook that evening to write: Three very important points! I hope my back is fine soon. Thanks for your messages! Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:12:00 GMT)

Ryder Cup 2014: Lee Westwood backs Darren Clarke to be 2016 captain
Westwood: Its about the right time in Darrens career Westwood admits his own interest in role in future Paul McGinley: I will be professional on selection Paul Azinger open to second spell as USA captainLee Westwood has added his voice to those backing Darren Clarke to be Europes next Ryder Cup captain. The world No1 Rory McIlroy says he feels Clarke would be an ideal captain for the 2016 event in the US, and the former Open champions friend Westwood agrees.Its about the right time in Darrens career to take up the captaincy, Westwood told Sky Sports News. He is very popular in the United States and I think he would make a good captain. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:23:34 GMT)

Horse racing tips: Wednesday 1 October
The Ed McMahon-trained Venutius at Newcastle is rated the best bet of the dayNottingham2.10 Manmanytalents 2.40 Scots Fern 3.10 Hillgrove Angel 3.45 Excellent Puck 4.20 Faure Island 4.50 Rocket Rob 5.20 Dishy Guru Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:47:10 GMT)

Sainsbury's puts poster in window that customers were never meant to see
Motivational poster asking staff to make customers spend 50 pence more displayed in Sainsburys store window by mistakeSainsburys staff poster urges staff to a join the 50 pence challenge, designed to encourage customers to spend an extra 50 pence in store. The display was originally tweeted by @mynameischrisd who resisted revealing the location to Sainsburys increasingly desperate social media manager. .@sainsburys not sure this is supposed to be in your window... pic.twitter.com/Zk9GCliIWO@mynameischrisd Yeah, I don't think so either. Which store was this? I'll give them a call. Ross.@mynameischrisd This is clearly a poster meant for staff areas. I'd really like to make sure it gets to where it should be. Ross.@glitteringheels oh Sainsbury's are not playing nice. :(Crying with laughter #50pChallenge "Would Sir like some more biscuits?"@KrazyKizza @sainsburys I was just going to buy one pastry this morning for 80p, but they were 2 for £1.30 so I did that. #50pChallengeAs a result of *this* Tweet, I shall now be attempting to spend 50p *less* in @sainsburys » https://t.co/gBHK7OPFOW #50pChallenge Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:13:45 GMT)

16 recipe ideas for leftover peanut butter
Unsure about sticky spread or strange combinations? From cookies to curries, our Dinner Doctor will make your mouth waterSome of you might be aware that I was brought up in Kuala Lumpur. I went to a school for the children of ex-pats; mainly British and Australian, with a smattering of Canadian and American children too. While united by the fact that we spoke a common language, what most certainly divided us was our favourite foods. Battle lines were drawn. I am not suggesting for the moment that we required the services of United Nations peacekeepers, but serious negotiations were involved when it came to feeding a mixed group of kids. The American children thought the Brits were trying to poison them with Marmite. We Brits were less than impressed by root beer and the eponymous peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Apparently while my reaction to tasting the gloriously named fluffernutter sandwich (a mixture of marshmallow and peanut butter) was quite comic, I still feel a strong sense of betrayal at the cruel joke played on my taste buds.I dont suffer from arachibutyrophobia (the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth), but I had always found the claggy texture of peanut butter somewhat off-putting. Combining peanut butter with jam just seemed plain wrong. However, it did seem odd that I didnt like peanut butter as if left to my own devices I could quite happily eat bucket-loads of peanuts.My epiphany came many years later when a friend cooked a really good stir-fry and confessed that she had used peanut butter as a base for the sauce. It was that simple and I was converted. I now even make my own peanut butter, which is frankly a doddle; you just need peanuts and a good food processor or elbow-grease.Peanut butter does have a limited shelf life, admittedly one of many months rather than weeks. The low moisture content of peanut butter together with the nut oils helps to prevent it spoiling. However, over time the peanut butter will lose its flavour and as a result of oxygenation, the nuts will become rancid, which is really rather nasty. Natural and homemade peanut butters (ones without lots of additives such as sugar and oil), will last well in the fridge for three to four months. Processed peanut butter will last for about a year after its sell-by date, the thought of which makes me even more determined to keep on making my own nut butter! Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMT)

Rock bottom: why Mastodon's misogynistic new video misfires
I thought metal music was edging away from a culture of crass sexism but then I watched Mastodons new satirical videoYou may or may not have seen the new Mastodon video, The Motherload. The song itself is brilliant the best one on the album by a mile, with a tune the size of Cthulhus balls and the album has been a huge success, both commercially and critically. This video, however, is extremely confusing, particularly for those of us who regard ourselves as politically enlightened. Aside from the band miming gainfully along to their song, it features a startling and (almost) comically OTT quantity of large female bottoms and frenzied twerking, much as we might expect to see in one of those high budget hip-hop or pop videos. It is what those of us who lean to the left on such matters generally regard as a bit sexist. And Im being generous to Mastodon here. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:17 GMT)

Is post-referendum Scotland a feminist paradise?
Holyroods three main political parties will soon be led by women. Should we be packing up and moving north, or should we wait and see if they can have any real impact?Should the rest of us just move to Scotland? The wild wooing of the referendum campaign has done its work and its hard to shake the idea everything is better north of the border no university fees, no prescription charges, politically engaged young people and now, the historic and groundbreaking prospect that Holyroods three main political parties will all be led by women.Nicola Sturgeon, who is expected to succeed first minister Alex Salmond this week, will become Scotlands first female leader, joining Conservative Ruth Davidson and Labours Johann Lamont in a triumphant triumvirate of women in the countrys most powerful political positions. Its an unprecedented situation in the UK and a stark comparison to our three Oxbridge-educated, career politicians with privileged backgrounds, born just a few years apart. Any steps to change that are often faced by howls of protest the last-minute cabinet reshuffle, for instance, was dubbed the Night of the Long Wives despite just five of 22 cabinet members being women. And yet, without any fanfare, Scotland lines up three state-educated women, aged between 35 and 57, who have worked in journalism and the Territorial Army (Davidson), teaching (Lamont) and the law (Sturgeon). Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:07:06 GMT)

The joys of grazing
Everything tastes better in a sneaky forkful out of the fridge. Why do we get so much pleasure from illicit picking away from the table?The commonest thing is delightful, if only one hides it, wrote Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Perhaps this is why illicit fridge grazing that slice of ham folded swiftly into the mouth and washed down with a glug of juice, straight from the bottle is such a delightful pastime. Dont pick, my mother used to tell me, shooing me out of the kitchen. But I live for picking a habit that inspires disgust and irritation in equal measure.When I cook, my chefs tasting gets out of control because snatched morsels and licked spoons are too tempting. Everything tastes better in a sneaky forkful, consumed when passing the stove, fridge or cupboard. Entire jars of peanut butter can go in my house without ever seeing a slice of bread. And its not just about having an empty tummy. Even after a vast roast dinner I loiter in the kitchen, pretending to wash up, so that I may pick the carcass. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:25:49 GMT)

World's first underground hot air balloon flight completed in Croatia
Austrian pilot breaks new world record after flying a balloon 206 metres underground. Watch the spectacular video belowIt might sound like a load of hot air, but an Austrian pilot has broken a new world record after flying a balloon deep into a cave in Croatia.Ivan Trifonov successfully descended a hot air balloon to the bottom of the 206-metre-deep Mamet cave, which is located in Obrovac in the Velebit nature park. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:06:19 GMT)

Quiz: Can you identify the film adaptation from the book's cover?
David Fincher's take on Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl is out in UK cinemas this weekend. Can you match these book covers to their film adaptations? More film quizzes More book cover quizzes Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:11:00 GMT)

Cassetteboy: changes to copyright laws mean were no longer outlaws for our online TV mash-ups
Online parody specialists Cassetteboy have been operating outside the law by remixing copyrighted material of everyone from Lord Sugar to Rihanna; new legislation means theyre now no longer liable to prosecutionUntil today I was an outlaw. A bandit stealing from the rich and famous, and giving to the masses. I lived in fear, never giving my real name, refusing to show my face. You may have seen me on BBC news this week. I was the one with a giant cassette tape for a head. What crimes necessitated such drastic (and silly) measures? Working with an accomplice, I stole TV shows, chopped them into tiny pieces and rearranged them to make jokes. It was time-consuming, painstaking work, the results of which we had to give away for free. But now the law has changed, legalising the use of copyrighted works for the creation of parodies. Our methods wont change, but we wont be stealing any more.They say crime doesnt pay, and that was certainly true in our case. Millions watch the videos we make, but we dont earn a penny from our YouTube channel. There have been rare commissions, and even rarer TV spots. We created a live act, a comedy disco mashing up Lord Sugar and Gregg Wallace with Rihanna and Daft Punk. These shows are a lot of fun, but its not what youd call a career. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:53:22 GMT)

Tetris is going to be a movie. What's next, Pong?
The block-dropping puzzle classic is about to become a blockbusting film. We imagine the five games next on Hollywoods undiscriminating hit listIt was always going to happen. Tetris is one of the most successful video games ever made of course the movie industry was eventually going to buy up the rights and turn it into a film. Why let the fact that it is an abstract puzzler about falling shapes get in the way? After all, did mere logic stop Hollywood from making an action flick about the pencil and paper strategy game, Battleships? Did good sense prevent eighties movie execs from greenlighting a live action version of Super Mario Bros? Starring Bob Hoskins? And Dennis Hopper? As an interdimensional dinosaur? For heavens sake, no! Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:45:03 GMT)

If the Large Hadron Collider made music, what would it sound like?
Seven physicists found out, by turning data from CERNs experiments in to songs, then playing them in situHelping scientists to discover the Higgs boson was, it seems, just one of the Large Hadron Colliders talents. It turns out that CERNs particle accelerator can write a decent tune too.Seven physicists from the facility have proved it by translating data collected by the Large Hadron Colliders four experiments ATLAS, ALICE, CMS and LHCb into music using data sonification technology. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:16:40 GMT)

Invisible art: the gallery hoax that shows how much we hate the rich
People love to lampoon a credulous art world, but the reaction to the fake invisible work of Lana Newstrom shows just how repelled we are by its marketplace A lot of people have fallen for a fake news report about invisible art. Collectors, claimed Canadas CBC, are paying through the nose for the art of 27-year-old Lana Newstrom even though you cannot see any of it. Art is about imagination and that is what my work demands of the people interacting with it. You have to imagine a painting or sculpture is in front of you, the artist supposedly said. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:24 GMT)

Dogs ride the waves at surfing competition in California video
Dogs ride the waves at the annual surfing competition on Huntington beach in California. Canine competitors at this year's event participated in heats based on their weight. The dogs were judged on their skills, the duration of their ride and their confidence while riding Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:16:00 GMT)

Newsnight review: Evan Davis gets off on right foot
Presenter offers gentler interrogation style than his predecessor as he commences new series of show by putting Conservative test to David CameronWith his record as a business journalist, Evan Davis knows all about high-profile launches and takeovers and, on Monday night, he went public with a majority share of what had previously been the Paxman brand, hosting Newsnight live from the Conservative party conference.In a newspaper interview, Davis had pleaded with BBC2 viewers not to watch his first weeks programmes as the shows new lead presenter, while he got the hang of the gig, but will have known that there was about as much chance of that happening as of a politician giving a straight answer. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:31:00 GMT)

Ed Sheeran review choirmaster builds to a climax but keeps his shirt on
iTunes festival, Roundhouse, LondonThe multimillion-selling star stretches English self-deprecation to the limits while creating a whole bands worth of noise all by himselfIm a singer you never wanna see shirtless, raps Ed Sheeran during Take It Back, stretching English self-deprecation to the limits of believability. He may cling to the idea that hes the cuddly ginger kid nobody fancies, but he has only to look at the screen behind him, on to which is projected his hugely magnified face and checked red shirt, to be assured that hes part of 2014s pop elite. Twitter has been clogged all day with young fans actually crying as one puts it because they didnt win tickets to this show; those who did are Instagramming their good luck from the minute Sheeran kicks off with Im a Mess, from current album X.The first time Sheeran played the iTunes festival supporting Bruno Mars in 2011, he remembers with the cheeriness of someone whos since sold 6m albums hed released one quiveringly sincere single, The A Team. Three years later, he occupies a unique place in UK pop: adored by young girls for being the empathetic nice guy whos on the same page they are, but also admired by urban artists for his Timberlake-esque ability to get behind a beat and produce credible R&B, such as this years No 1 single Sing. Tonight, the song that best sums things up is Take It Back, a sweet precis of his career that veers from half-apology (Im not a rapper, Im a singer with a flow, he raps politely, Suffolk to the core) to braggadocio (Madison Square Garden is where I might be). Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:57:32 GMT)

Apple Watch at Paris fashion week five things we learned
The fashion editors were invited to have a play with the new Apple Watch in Paris. Here are five things of note from a morning of madeleines and wearable tech1. You will definitely want one.To be specific, the one were going to want is the rose gold one, with the white strap. I suspect this, inevitably, will be the most expensive one. The $349 (a UK price has not been announced) rubbery one is nice, but its all about the gold. Sorry.2. Jony Ive and Marc Newson are power players in fashion now.Forty-five minutes before the Chanel show was due to start, Karl Lagerfeld himself arrived at the Apple Watch preview, and sat down with Anna Wintour to try on a watch and be talked through the functionality by Ive and Newson. If thats not Apple flexing some powerful fashion muscle, I dont know what is. The breakfast launch was impeccably fashion-week-worthy: it took place at Colette, the most famous boutique in Paris, with espressos and Evian and miniature madeleines. Further proof that Paris fashion royalty are on Team Apple Watch: Azzedine Alaïa is hosting a dinner in honour of Ive.I'm going to need a bigger wrist. #AppleWatch pic.twitter.com/Db3vcIZFcF Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:24:51 GMT)

Strictly for the super-rich: the worlds most expensive penthouse
Its got a cinema, a marble disco, an infinity pool with waterslide, a bedroom the size of two tennis courts and tables upholstered in stingray skin. Got £260m? Then the penthouse in Monacos new Odeon Tower could be for youIts just another day in sun-kissed Monaco, the supercharged playground of the super-rich. In the harbour, gigantic yachts are jostling for position, while, outside the casino, souped-up sports cars growl their way along the boulevards. But there is a new arrival to this hottest of global wealth hotspots. Rising above the orgy of oligarchs toys, the Odeon Tower now stands as the definitive beacon of super prime property. It is one of the tallest residential towers in Europe topped with what is being marketed as the most expensive penthouse in the world.For those who already have it all, the Odeon Tower has a little bit more. When it is completed next year, the penthouse will have its own gym, sauna, cinema, library, whisky bar and billiard room, plus a master bedroom the size of two and a half tennis courts all spread over five double-height floors. There will be tables upholstered with the skin of stingrays and shelves crafted from ebony. Rooftop hot tubs will bubble next to green walls trickling with waterfalls. After dinner in one of the six different salons (prepared by staff in one of the four kitchens), your guests will ascend a sweeping marble staircase to your very own nightclub, complete with a backlit marble dancefloor. From there, they will be able to launch themselves down a curving slide, plunging two storeys into the open-air infinity pool below. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:40:57 GMT)

All hail the Pajama Men: the Velvet Underground of comedy
Without being a household name, or even having a TV show, this double-act have influenced an entire generation of comicsWhen I recently interviewed the sketch troupe Sheeps, they cited the Pajama Men as an influence not just on them, but seemingly on their entire generation. Its amazing how much everyone took from [their 2009] show, the trios Daran Johnson told me. Everyone stole everything. As acts of grand larceny go, I found that one forgivable; heartening, even. Its easy to get sucked into the mainstreams idea of success, to think that such-and-such an act is prospering because shes on telly, shes a household name and this other act isnt, because theyre not. The Pajama Men arent on telly, so its great to be reminded that Im far from alone in thinking them one of the major comedy acts of the last 10 years.A few years ago, the Pajama Men themselves talked to me about their then-current efforts to get themselves a TV show. Its an interesting thing to try to imagine, Shenoah Allen told me, because so much of what we do takes place in the imagination of the audience. The Pajama Men for the uninitiated are an American double-act who perform mind-warping, semi-improvised comic plays using only their prodigious mime skills, telepathic teamwork and a deliciously dark and offbeat sense of humour. Theres no script, props, set, or costumes; just performers, audience, and a shared interest in making something special happen. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:00:13 GMT)

Inherent Vice trailer: watch Joaquin Phoenix in the first look at Paul Thomas Anderson's Thomas Pynchon adaptation video
Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, Inherent Vice, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a drug-addled private investigator drawn into a plot of farce and danger by an ex-lover. Co-starring Reese Witherspoon and with appearances from Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson, Inherent Vice has its world premiere at the New York film festival this week Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:13:34 GMT)

The playlist: Americana Lucinda Williams, Elisa Ambrogio, the Lost Brothers and Mina Tindle
From a creak to a shimmer, these voices take us through heartbreak and pain using tenderness and roots musicOne of my favourite Vic Chesnutt lyrics speaks of how the singer Settled down on a hurt as big as Robert Mitchum/ And listened to Lucinda Williams it seems to capture that deep grain in Williamss voice that suggests some profound understanding of pain. I dont think Ive ever heard that voice sound better than on the opening song of her new record which you can listen to over on NPR bare, save for an acoustic guitar, it stands somewhere between a creak and an ache to tell us of the importance of humanity and kindness. The effect is something akin to Leonard Cohen reading Faulkner. You do not know what wars are going on, she cautions, down there, where the spirit meets the bone. In the meantime, heres another of the albums tracks, Burning Bridges, which is her new single. Mina Tindle Je Sais Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:45:35 GMT)

The daily quiz: a Moe, a mass, a Matt
Today's questions cover Sherlock Holmes, the Statue of Liberty, Spain, the sack of Rome and Irish presidents Follow @GuardianQuiz on Twitter for daily notifications Would you like to set the quiz? Email 10 questions to daily.quiz@theguardian.com along with your name, and they may be used in the weekly Friday readers' edition Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:45:00 GMT)

Karl Lagerfeld's new look for Chanel: feminist protest and slogans
The designers typically elaborate spring/summer 2015 show at Paris fashion week featured a faux street, complete with banner-waving models and guard rails. What was he trying to say?Karl Lagerfeld, who once dismissed concerns over size-zero models as the whinings of fat mommies with bags of crisps, is an unlikely champion of feminism as a fashionable issue. How, then, to interpret his Chanel catwalk show at Paris fashion week, which closed with a megaphone-wielding Cara Delevingne leading a model army chanting for freedom, the Kardashian-clan catwalk star Kendall Jenner holding a banner reading Womens Rights are More than Alright, and a sea of placards reading Ladies First, History is Her Story, We Can Match the Machos and Boys Should Get Pregnant Too? Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:49:15 GMT)

10 steps to the perfect Tory speech video
Addressing the Conservative party conference can be daunting. Tory members demand soaring rhetoric, attacks on Labour and steely displays of strength. They like their tummies tickled on the big issues such as Europe and cutting taxes. As David Cameron prepares for his big number in Birmingham, Michael White presents a handy guide to what the PM needs to do Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:36:00 GMT)

Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters
Hundreds of girls and women are going missing in the west, reappearing in Iraq and Syria to bear children for the caliphateHundreds of young women and girls are leaving their homes in western countries to join Islamic fighters in the Middle East, causing increasing concern among counter-terrorism investigators.Girls as young as 14 or 15 are travelling mainly to Syria to marry jihadis, bear their children and join communities of fighters, with a small number taking up arms. Many are recruited via social media. Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:52:46 GMT)

Simple, sustainable and not 'superchef': the UK's first zero-waste restaurant
Silo in Brighton mills its own flour for bread, brews its own booze and recycles all food waste. The chef and founder explains why it dares to be differentVideo: How to combat food waste in a food desertIn the ground floor of a handsome industrial-looking building in the heart of Brightons trendy North Laine district, something of a first in the restaurant world is about to take place. The UKs first zero-waste eatery is due to open in just under a weeks time. The restaurant Silo is aiming to massively raise the bar when it comes to all things ethical and culinary. It will recycle all of its waste and has invested in a special compost machine proudly displayed near the entrance to process all of its food scraps. Supplies will be delivered in reusable containers. Ingredients are being sought from (mostly local) farmers and producers direct. There are no middlemen. Flour for the restaurants bread will be milled on site. Booze is being brewed in the basement. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:59:09 GMT)

Downton Abbey, The Strain, Gogglebox and Marvellous: TV review video
This week, telly addict Andrew Collins fanfares two important returns: Downton Abbey to Sunday nights on ITV1; and Gogglebox to Friday nights on C4. He also reviews a new horror-contagion-vampire thriller from Guillermo del Toro on Watch, The Strain; a contender for single drama of the year, Marvellous, on BBC2; and a quick blast of Jon Stewart on Comedy Central to remind us how good he is Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:00 GMT)

Can General Rizwan Akhtar clean up Pakistans notorious ISI spy agency?
High hopes for new chief of ISI, which has long been a law unto itself in the murky world of the Taliban, political gangs and mafiasPakistans new spy chief, who takes up his post this month, comes to the job of running one of the worlds most notorious intelligence agencies after two years trying to bring order to one of Asias most troubled cities. Former colleagues have nothing but praise for General Rizwan Akhtars stint commanding the paramilitary Rangers during the internal security forces crackdown on the criminal mafias, armed wings of political parties and religious militants that dominate the teeming port city of Karachi.Before the start of the operation there was no fear of law-enforcement agencies, said Ahmed Chinoy, head of Karachis citizen police liaison committee. With Akhtar, the fear was restored that they would be killed in an encounter, arrested or face the consequences. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:13 GMT)

Wales: can the slumbering dragon awake?
The upheaval after Scotlands vote should bring a historic moment for Wales. But, can it finally seize the opportunity to become more than a nearly nation?So what of Wales? Throughout the turbulent Scottish referendum, it has been the bystander, the afterthought, the constitutional Cinderella. When Scotland toyed with departing the United Kingdom, Wales shuddered. When Scotland was wooed with lavish gifts, Wales feared those same gifts might pass it by. Now Wales is suddenly thrust on stage: the campaign for further devolution is coming its way. Can Wales seize the moment and refashion itself as more than a nearly nation in the new political geography of Europe?I am Welsh, or rather half-Welsh a member of that Celtic-Saxon crossbreed which historians say made Britain what it is. Like thousands of his compatriots, my father left Merthyr on a university scholarship and never returned except for holidays. My English mother would react fiercely if we said we were Welsh. We were half-Welsh, half-English. A family treaty dictated that during rugby matches we cheered for England in the first half and for Wales in the second.On the eve of the Scottish vote, the chief excitement on Cardiff Bay was a visit from the football star Gareth BaleEven the worst-hit parts of England do not harp on the Depression and Thatcherism as Wales still does Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:59:06 GMT)

How the Shinkansen bullet train made Tokyo into the monster it is today
Fifty years ago on Wednesday two Shinkansen bullet trains completed their first journeys, kickstarting a high-speed rail network that would transform Japan Riding the Shinkansen: share your bullet train photos and memoriesAt 10am on 1 October 1964, with less than a week and a half to go before the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the two inaugural Hikari Super Express Shinkansen, or bullet trains, arrived at their destinations, Tokyo and Osaka. They were precisely on time. Hundreds of people had waited overnight in each terminal to witness this historic event, which, like the Olympics, heralded not just Japans recovery from the destruction of the second world war, but the beginning of what would be Japans stratospheric rise as an economic superpower. The journey between Japans two biggest cities by train had previously taken close to seven hours. The Shinkansen had made the trip in four. The worlds first high-speed commercial train line, which celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, was built along the Tokaido, one of the five routes that connected the Japanese hinterland to Edo, the city that in the mid-1800s became Tokyo. Though train lines crisscrossed the country, they were inadequate to postwar Japans newborn ambitions. The term shinkansen literally means new trunk line: symbolically, it lay at the very centre of the huge reconstruction effort. All previous railways were designed to serve regions. The purpose of the Tokaido Shinkansen, true to its name, was to bring people to the capital. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:48:27 GMT)

Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?
Indian PMs renewable energy ambitions are big and the country is home to Asias biggest solar farm in Gujarat, but coal use is still increasingFrom the observation tower in the Thar desert and as far as the eye can see, the dark blue arrays of a million solar panels can be seen sitting silently on the red dust. The Charanka solar park in Gujarat is an ultra-mega power project the Indian governments phrase and the biggest in Asia.But unlike the hundreds of coal plants and their noxious smokestacks being built in the country, the only danger linked to the solar panels are the snakes and scorpions that slink and scuttle between the sparse shrubs, posing a minor hazard to those who dust off the panels after dusk. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:05 GMT)

China hopes to revive the Silk Road with bullet trains to Xinjiang
High-speed rail link from Lanzhou to Urumqi will also help Beijing impose its will over the restive Muslim-majority regionThe bullet train slices past the edge of the Gobi desert, through gale-swept grasslands and past snowy peaks, a high-altitude, high-speed and hi-tech manifestation of Chinas re-imagined Silk Road meant to draw the countrys restive west ever tighter into Beijings embrace.With growing determination, China is spreading its wings across its own vast province of Xinjiang, and towards central Asia and its huge reserves of oil and natural gas. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:52:08 GMT)

The US farm that teaches Yiddish to the world video
On a farm in upstate New York people from all over the world come to learn Yiddish. Participants learn the historical Jewish language by living and working on the farm, speaking only Yiddish for the duration of their stay. The farm's founders, Yisroel Bass and Naftali Ejdelman, say the immersive course connects the learners to the historical and cultural roots of the language. Their hope is that the vernacular language will be embraced not only by the old or the ultra-orthodox, but among the young and the wider community. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:16:16 GMT)

On the frontlines with US drone pilots: a console but no video game
The remote Grand Forks air force base is a command centre for Global Hawks surveillance drones, and the futuristic base from which pilots fly over far-flung nations by way of controls, keyboards and monitorsLieutenant Matthew, 23, is the face of the new generation of US fighter pilot. He dresses in the familiar single-piece olive green uniform worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun, and like Cruises character, Maverick, he flies missions over war zones with multi-million dollar aircraft.But Matthew due to air force security rules, he did not give his last name has never felt the G-forces of a fighter jet or flown at supersonic speeds. His background is not in flying, but in civil engineering. He sits behind a bank of digital screens rather than in a cockpit. And instead of a control stick, he uses a mouse. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:15 GMT)

In India, is moving to a city good or bad for your health?
As migrants pour into Hyderabad and other Indian cities, chronic conditions such as obesity and heart disease are on the rise. Now a groundbreaking research project wants to establish if this urban lifestyle is doing more harm than goodA warm egg, white shell almost translucent, plops into the wire mesh gutter and rolls forward. There is no let-up in the clucking din of the 16,000 other chickens in cages that stretch to the far end of the shed. They wont survive more than a couple of years here, but their shit will be shovelled up for fertiliser and their eggs sold on for a few rupees each.The concrete shed stands between two rice fields, patches of green in the otherwise brown, dusty landscape of this part of central southern India. The farm belongs to Narasimha Reddy, who also grows oil palms and a traditional cereal called jowar. It is hard work but he says he is satisfied with his lot. Most of his neighbours have sold their land, which Reddy claims has made them less happy. He also says they are less healthy because they now dont work as hard and have changed from jowar to rice in their diet. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:31:40 GMT)

Why I love climbing
Exploring mountains to ones inner psyche, Sophie Radcliffe describes how the ups and downs of climbing have fascinating parallels with real lifeImagine feeling unstoppable. Having the skills, drive and resilience to overcome obstacles and achieve anything you want to. Imagine knowing what it would take to perform to your maximum day in, day out, and believing you could do it. Imagine being able to assess and accept the risks of failure and progress as though you had no doubt you would succeed. Climbing gives me this.You can climb on rock, ice, frozen waterfalls, giant snowy mountains and mountains that offer a mix of everything. My favourite type of climbing is alpine mountaineering where I can pit myself against the most inspiring and iconic peaks in the Alps. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:29:37 GMT)

Colombia rice growers saved from ruin after being told not to plant their crop
Farmers given radical advice following a drought warning by scientists using a computer data tool that reaped a UN rewardColombias rice farmers were already struggling with climate change and unfair trade rules when they received an unlikely recommendation based on research from one of the winners of the UN Big Data Climate Challenge: Dont plant in this sowing season. The advice came from Fedearroz, the main organisation for rice growers in the country, and helped 170 farmers in Córdoba avoid economic losses of an estimated $3.6m (£2.2m).Scientists at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Ciat) had forecast that the first growing season of the year would coincide with a severe dry period and an acute water deficit. They urged farmers in the Caribbean department of Córdoba, one of the countrys five rice producing areas, to sow immediately to avoid an estimated yield decline of 3% for each week without sowing, but Fedearroz talked to farmers and recommended that they did not sow at all in the first growing season. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:00:09 GMT)

iPhone 6 and 6 plus bending fears 'seem overblown'
Non-profit testers conclude fears of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus design flaw are unfounded, taking considerable force to bend the device Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:46:52 GMT)

Boris Johnson mocks Ed Miliband in speech to lift spirits at Tory conference
London mayor says Milibands performance at his own conference exploded myth that Labour is doomed to succeed Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:30:57 GMT)

Amal Alamuddin's wedding dress stylewatch
In the latest update from George Clooneys paparazzi dream-come-true wedding, the first pictures of Amal Alamuddins wedding dress have landed. What, no rebel doodle veil? Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:23:55 GMT)

These brutal new Tories are happy playing Ukips game
David Cameron has sacked the last of the decent old school: the push to the europhobic right is relentlessLets get this straight. The Conservative party or its leadership are not being reluctantly dragged rightwards. They are boldly going into the blue yonder, because thats where their yearnings take them. Out of Europe is not just a policy, its a proxy for all they hate, from human rights to welfare. Outism is a romantic longing for all their little England could be, if only it were free of everything possibly including voters.The chancellor ratcheted rightwards with undisguised glee, welfare cuts his totemic message. Brazenly he reprised All in it together as yet again his £3.2bn cuts divided young from old and low-paid from the wealthier with a pensions bonanza for their heirs. Will voters think it fair to take an average of £300 and up to £1,300 from low-income households? Not idlers, but 7 million are hardworking families: abysmal low pay is why they need tax credits. Jonathan Portes of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research points to the inequality effect: with Osborne forecasting pay rising by 3.5-4.5% by 2018, this cut accelerates the divide. Hidden in here is a housing benefit cut that will cause evictions: already landlords refuse to let to tenants on housing benefit. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:06 GMT)

So my thumbs show I have a male brain? Well, two fingers to that
All this latest slice of paranoid gender-obsessed biology teaches is how attached science is to its pink and blue safety blanketsI just took a test to see whether I had a male or female brain. This is how it goes: you clasp your hands in front of you, and check whether your left or right thumb is on top of the other. Right thumb on top? Youre basically a woman. Left thumb on top? Come over and join me in the man camp we have Nintendo 64s.Devastated as I am that my brain is apparently in complete opposition with the gender Ive always aligned myself with, I will attempt to take the results with a massive pinch of salt. For one thing, Ive always been massively suspicious of attempts to gender the brain, whatever the source. And I had read about the test in the Daily Mail, whose scientific credentials on psychological theory go about as far as my mate Paul shrugging in the pub and saying, Women, eh? Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:09:35 GMT)

Hong Kongs activists know they must act now if democracy is ever to happen
After years of delays and broken promises, Chinas proposals to vet election candidates are the final strawThe Hong Kong people are considered the worlds most polite protesters. We queue, recycle and clean up after ourselves. Our protests have always gone without a hitch. Not any more. A lot of people Ive spoken to this week are in disbelief.On Friday night the police arrested and attacked many of the students present with pepper spray after a few tried to climb a fence to reclaim what many consider a public space in front of government headquarters. Then, on Sunday, when adults joined the students in their protest, not only did the pepper spray return but the police unleashed canister after canister of teargas into the densely packed crowd. It was at this point that I noticed many Hong Kong people saying: This isnt supposed to happen here. This isnt the Hong Kong I know. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:23:03 GMT)

Is Meghan Trainor's uber-hit All About That Bass anti-feminist?
Is the song, which crashed into the singles chart on Sunday, actually bad for women?How did a debut single that has yet to even be officially released in the UK, by an unknown popstar, crash into the singles chart on Sunday? You might have heard Meghan Trainors addictive pop-ode to full figures, All About That Bass. In a sea of summertime jams dedicated to butts (Nicki Minajs Anaconda and Jennifer Lopezs surprisingly flat Booty to name two), Trainors effort stands out: she has taken the top spot in 27 countries with her celebration of feminine curvature, breaking a British record by being the first song to hit the top 40 on streaming alone. The songs official video has been viewed more than 100m times in just over three months. Naturally, then, given its ever-growing popularity with girls mostly teenagers the snarky backlash was inevitable. But why are feminists asking if All About That Bass is bad for women?On the face of it, its easy to see why Trainor has such a mega hit on her hands: with its bubble-gum pink music video, instantly-memorable lyrics, and addictive bassline, its hard not to love thats before you even get to its celebration of women with all the right junk in all the right places. But just as quickly as the song caught on worldwide, criticism arrived that the lyrics skinny shame women who happen to have smaller figures at petty odds to the body-positiveness the song embraces. Others have argued that when Trainor sings that boys like a little more booty to hold at night, shes peddling a muddled brand of self-acceptance. As Chloe Angyal put it on Feministing: loving yourself because dudes like what youve got going on is a pretty flimsy form of self-acceptance. In fact, its not really self-acceptance at all, if it depends on other people thinking youre hot. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:08:32 GMT)

Did the Sunday Mirrors sex sting protect women, or exploit them?
The papers defence of its Brooks Newmark story is damaged by the fact it used womens photos without their consentThe Sunday Mirrors defence of its Brooks Newmark sex sting is essentially that powerful men should not be sending lewd pictures to young female admirers. Which is all well and good until you ask whether powerful newspapers should be using pictures, lewd or otherwise, of women without their permission.No one is arguing that there is no public interest defence in revealing a junior government minister to be a fool and a hypocrite, and Newmarks behaviour added to his once laudable and now awkward support for getting more women into politics marks him out as both. But there is so much more to this sorry saga than that, issues on which the brand new press regulator, Ipso, now has to adjudicate. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:44 GMT)

Tesco has become too big to fail its time to break it up
We cannot be so dependent on one company to distribute the nations food, argues retail expert Bill GrimseyImagine a world without Tesco. Difficult isnt it? So ubiquitous is Britains biggest retailer that no high street seems right without it.But then didnt we used to say the same about Woolworths? Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:48:54 GMT)

Why Greggs woman is the true spirit of Scotlands yes movement
The conversation within the post-no independence camp must continue to include the mother I met outside a Falkirk bakeryOn Falkirks High Street, a few weeks before the referendum on Scottish independence, I met a woman whose teeth told me all I thought I needed to know about her. Barely past her 20s but already the mother of five young children, she was standing outside a branch of Greggs, waiting for her boyfriend to fetch sausage rolls.She told me that she had registered to vote, having never done so before, and that she supported independence. When I asked why, she said she thought Scotland could do better under a Holyrood government that was more in touch with the countrys needs. She added, casually: And of course Ive read the white paper. All my crappy preconceptions puddled at my feet. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:45:03 GMT)

The Tories proposed prepaid benefit cards make welfare an even dirtier word
Playing God with the finances of the disadvantaged is no way to tackle cyclical povertyThe latest tantalising nostrum from the Conservatives is a move to prepaid benefit cards: a system designed to limit the scope of individual spending in order to eradicate destructive habits and elevate families from poverty through prohibitive safeguards.Of course, the belief that money should be spent on necessities is, in essence, a noble one; but such a linear consideration of need is ethically problematic. Is playing God with the finances of the disadvantaged likely to tackle cyclical poverty, or will it only deepen the void that limits social mobility? Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:33:46 GMT)

Your iPhone is now encrypted. The FBI says it'll help kidnappers. Who do you believe?
Apple and Google have finally encrypted your phone data by default. And thats a bad thing?Much of the world has been enthralled by the new iPhone 6, but civil liberties advocates have been cheering, too: Along with iOS 8, Apple made some landmark privacy improvements to your devices, which Google matched with its Android platform only hours later. Your smartphone will soon be encrypted by default, and Apple or Google claim they will not be able open it for anyone law enforcement, the FBI and possibly the NSA even if they wanted to.Predictably, the US government and police officials are in the midst of a misleading PR offensive to try to scare Americans into believing encrypted cellphones are somehow a bad thing, rather than a huge victory for everyones privacy and security in a post-Snowden era. Leading the charge is FBI director James Comey, who spoke to reporters late last week about the supposed dangers of giving iPhone and Android users more control over their phones. But as usual, its sometimes difficult to find the truth inside government statements unless you parse their language extremely carefully. So lets look at Comeys statements, line-by-line.I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I also believe that no one in this country is beyond the law. What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.A telecommunications carrier shall not be responsible for decrypting, or ensuring the governments ability to decrypt, any communication encrypted by a subscriber or customer, unless the encryption was provided by the carrier and the carrier possesses the information necessary to decrypt the communication.I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the content of anyones closet or their smart phone.The notion that someone would market a closet that could never be opened even if it involves a case involving a child kidnapper and a court order to me does not make any sense.I get that the post-Snowden world has started an understandable pendulum swing. What Im worried about is, this is an indication to us as a country and as a people that, boy, maybe that pendulum swung too far.It wasn't so long ago that top FBI officials were advising people to encrypt data to protect it from hackers. http://t.co/ahFjCJSBkjSo you trust US law enforcement with a back door into cell phones. How about Russia? Or China? Or Egypt? Or Ethiopia? Or Turkmenistan? Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:15:06 GMT)

Why scare stories about disappearing wildlife do matter
I may not care if the Hoolock gibbon or the Gabon viper become extinct. But as humans, we need reminding of our relationship with nature so we can choose how to actThe surest way of sending the world to sleep is to give it a wake-up call. The World Wildlife Fund applies the cliche to half the Earths animals having disappeared in the past 40 years. The cause is chiefly human exploitation and habitat decline. The losers range from lions to dolphins, vipers to curlews, monkeys to eels. These are not lost species but actual numbers.Such stories tend to vanish into statistics. There are supposedly about 8bn species of animal on earth, with 90% believed undiscovered (how do they know?). Of these, 97% are invertebrates. The WWF is concerned with vertebrates: animals, fish and birds, of which some 45,000 species are thought to exist. Of these, just 10,000 populations of 3,000 species were counted. It is hard to see how robust such alarmist figures can be. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:40:52 GMT)

Chanel: co-opting feminism at Paris fashion week
Karl Lagerfelds parade of skinny, white women did not shake my feminist foundations, but at least he is trying to communicate the issues to a different audience Karl Lagerfelds new look for ChanelAs a brand, Chanel has always conjured evocative images: monochrome, red lipstick, the tweedy box jackets of rich old ladies in the sixteenth arrondissement, and of course the classic 2.55 handbag. These signifiers have ensured that since its inception, the fashion house has come to represent the last word in luxurious yet insouciant French chic but feminism?Anyone who has read creative director Karl Lagerfelds comments on singer Adele being a little too fat is going to struggle to see common ground between the brand and the political movement for womens emancipation. Yet Lagerfeld is suggesting just that with his latest show as part of Paris fashion week. At the Grand Palais this morning, he sent models including Gisele, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner down the Boulevard Chanel as part of a simulated protest march for womens rights. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:27:23 GMT)

Europe must honour its migrant dead
The many thousands who have died trying to reach the EUs promised land deserve better than a shallow grave and a broken stoneEight deaths a day, on average, for the last 14 years: this week the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) published research that confirms the scale of migrant casualties in the Mediterranean.Yet the story has remained one about Europe, driven by references to the flood of migrants, and by a policy discussion centred almost exclusively around securing the borders of the EU. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:52:00 GMT)

Bombing Isis will be futile and expensive
Air strikes have not worked in previous conflicts as pilots quickly run out of targets. It will be the same this time round in IraqBombing has not been decisive in any recent conflict. Far from it. It has been counterproductive and an expensive waste. In the past, pilots have quickly run out of targets. It will be even more difficult now, as RAF Tornado crews have already discovered, to find them as they continue to search for Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Iraq now.Even in the first Gulf war, in 1991, when the enemy consisted of units of Saddam Husseins army, the US-led coalition soon ran out of targets. We were bouncing rubble with billion-dollar missiles, Colin Powell, Americans most senior military official at the time, observed after the war. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:17 GMT)

That's it: we've officially lost all human interaction. Apple has won. I give up
What happens when you can reach out and digitally touch someone? We forget how to interact face-to-face, thats whatApple didnt simply shrink the iPhone and strap it on your wrist, Tim Cook insisted. Because you wear it, we invented new, intimate ways to connect and communicate.Intimate? Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:15:10 GMT)

Gitmo hunger strikes are a cry for help. Why is the US fighting back with secret torture?
Force-feeding at Guantánamo shames America not just in the bad old days of George W Bush, but today, in 2014. And you deserve to hear the truth, loud and clearSafe, Humane, Legal, Transparent: so goes the slogan of the worlds most famous offshore prison. Its an Obama-era rebrand, a bid by Gitmos PR people to persuade Americans that todays is a kinder, gentler Guantánamo Bay. Theres just one wrinkle: Gitmo is stilldangerous, nasty, lawless and secretive and the evidence just keeps piling up.At the forefront of this war over the truth is the first-ever trial concerning the practice of force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike, due to start Monday. My client, Abu Wael Dhiab a Syrian man who has never been charged, and indeed has been cleared to leave Guantánamo by the US government for more than five years has been fighting for over a year to reform the way he and other hunger-strikers have been treated. Hes finally about to have his day in court.They want all of us to be invisible: the detainees, the kind people like the nurse who would not force-feed us, the people who could tell Americans the truth. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:45:09 GMT)

Bite-size memories of Mike Tyson by the writer whose words packed a punch
In Scream: The Tyson Tapes, the late Jonathan Rendall presents an oral history of the fighters life that chronicles the rise and fall of one of sports most controversial figuresThe acclaimed sportswriter Jonathan Rendall, author of This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own and Twelve Grand, died in January 2013 aged 48. He left behind the manuscript for Scream: The Tyson Tapes, an oral history of the career of Mike Tyson, which has now been edited by the former Guardian chief sports writer Richard Williams and is published this week. The edited extract below deals with the period spanning Tysons last major fights; the two defeats to Evander Holyfield in 1996 and 1997, and the heavy loss to Lennox Lewis in 2002. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:10:29 GMT)

The forgotten story of Patrick OConnell, saviour of Barcelona
A campaign is in place to build a memorial to the footballing Irishman who had an acclaimed time as Real Betis manager, saved Barcelona from bankruptcy and died destitute in LondonJohan Cruyff wants you to read this. So do Oliver Kahn, Martin ONeill and Luis Figo. They are just some of the luminaries who have expressed their support for a campaign to raise funds to build a memorial to Patrick OConnell. You know, the former Ireland and Manchester United captain who saved Barcelona from extinction, guided Real Betis to their only La Liga title and died destitute in London, where he lies in an unmarked grave.OConnell grew up in Dublin and played junior football before gaining his first professional contract with Belfast Celtic in 1909. As a commanding central defender he impressed sufficiently to be purchased by Sheffield Wednesday (along with the left-back Peter Warren, the pair costing a combined fee of £50) but his career did not take off and, after three seasons in which he failed to get a regular game, he moved to Hull City. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:01:11 GMT)

Aretha Franklin's lead track from covers album is Adele's Rolling in the Deep
Singer will also rework hits by Gloria Gaynor, Barbra Streisand and Sinéad OConnor on forthcoming Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva ClassicsAretha Franklin has announced details of her new covers album, revealing its lead single: a version of Adeles Rolling in the Deep.As track two on Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, Rolling in the Deep has apparently cemented Adele as a diva on the scale of Barbra Steisand, Etta James, Sinéad OConnor and Franklin herself. The British singers 2010 hit appears alongside songs including At Last, I Will Survive, Nothing Compares 2 U and Alicia Keyss No One. All have been reinterpreted by the 72-year-old soul legend, who turns several tracks into medleys: Chaka Khans Im Every Woman merges with Respect, and Rolling in the Deep gradually fades into Aint No Mountain High Enough. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:26:48 GMT)

Slimanes Saint Laurent Paris show channels the spirit of YSL at his Bohemian best
The designers new collection does straight up rocknroll sex-appeal in a show almost as divisive as the man himselfHedi Slimanes catwalk shows for Saint Laurent begin begin properly, that is, after a diverting extended prelude in which models and rock stars drink champagne and snuggle up on the overcrowded front row, sideboob to leather jacket with some feat of structural engineering.(It is Saint Laurent, not Yves Saint Laurent, by the way; the striking out of the personal, given name of the founder is one of the myriad ways Slimane has asserted control over a house founded seven years before he was born.) Continue reading...
(Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:37:51 GMT)

Dennis Rodman to go back to North Korea again
The former NBA star and self-styled basketball diplomat says he plans to take pro-wrestling to the secretive state in November. We look back at his previous, controversial visitsDennis Rodman is at it again, talking about two of his favourite subjects: sports and North Korea.The celebrity gossip website TMZ caught up with the former NBA star this week as he got on to a bus, and it was evident that he believes his sporting relationship with the country is still going strong.It's true, I'm in North Korea. Looking forward to sitting down with Kim Jung Un. I love the people of North Korea. #WORMinNorthKorea Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:31:30 GMT)

Fleetwood Mac, Muse and AC/DC tipped to headline Glastonbury 2015
With the first batch of tickets about to go on sale, the bookies have unveiled the names most likely to appear With the first batch of Glastonbury tickets going on sale this week, bookies have revealed their favourites to headline next years event, and so far its as varied as last year if a little more vintage with Fleetwood Mac, Muse and AC/DC the most tipped to top the Pyramid bill in 2015. Although most ticket holders will have to take a punt on the lineup and purchase tickets without knowing the full extent of whats in store at the festival, William Hill have laid short odds on a long-anticipated appearance by Fleetwood Mac, who are at 4/1 to headline on Sunday night, while Muse and AC/DC both have odds of 5/1 to perform. Other names included are the enigmatic Kate Bush, and the on-off love-hate saga of Oasis, both of whom get odds of 8/1. Noel Gallagher as a solo venture is also included, along with U2, the Stone Roses and Coldplay, while Robert Plant and the notoriously festival-shy Adele are outside bets with 25/1 odds. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:14:34 GMT)

Oscar Wilde photograph from family album to go to auction
Unpublished photo of a young Wilde is part of Guinness family album expected to fetch up to 8,000 at auction in OctoberDressed in tweed plus-fours, with a slightly wistful smile on his face, a young Oscar Wilde leans against the steps of Ashford Castle in 1878 in a previously unpublished photograph found in a family album.Wilde was part of a shooting party October 1878 at Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland. He was 23 at the time, and had studied at Oxford University for four years, earning a first-class degree in the greats. According to Frank Harriss biography, in the Trinity term of 1878 Wilde won the Newdigate prize for English verse for his poem Ravenna Its recitation in the Sheldonian theatre that June was the literary event of the year in Oxford. Continue reading...
(Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:42:22 GMT)

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