UK parents told to look out for signs of strep A in their children after six deaths
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:24:49 GMT
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Health Security Agency issues rare alert over rise in cases, urging people to seek immediate medical help if they see symptoms

Parents across the UK are being urged to look out for symptoms of strep A infection in their children after health officials revealed a rise in cases had led to the death of six youngsters.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a rare alert on Friday evening after a rise in cases across the country, telling parents to seek medical help as soon as possible if they detect signs in their children, in order to stop the infection becoming serious.

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aEnough is enougha: wave of strikes led by afantastica women, says Frances OaGrady
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 22:00:26 GMT
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As she steps down, outgoing TUC general secretary says female workersa jobs are undervalued

This winteras wave of strike action will be powered by aa generation of women who are saying enough is enougha because the critical jobs they do are undervalued, the outgoing TUC general secretary, Frances OaGrady, has said.

As she steps down after a decade as the TUCas first female figurehead, OaGrady said on Friday that thousands of women who worked on the frontline during the pandemic were now saying to ministers, adonat take us for granteda.

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Switzerland advance and Serbia go out as Freuler finish settles stormy contest
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:12:03 GMT
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Perhaps it was naive to think this encounter, which had rattled along without controversy for more than two-thirds of its time, would pass in silence. Switzerland will face Portugal in the last 16 after defeating a freewheeling but painfully naive Serbia side who briefly looked poised to go through after Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic overhauled Xherdan Shaqirias opener.

Breel Embolo and Remo Freuler turned things back in their favour, but a night coloured by the context of the Albanian aeaglea celebration deployed by Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in Kaliningrad four years ago ended stormily. Xhaka was to the fore of more than one flashpoint and there may be consequences, too, for one of the relevant football associations after discriminatory chants were heard in the stands.

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Half a million vulnerable households miss out on help with energy bills
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:00:20 GMT
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Exclusive: Labour says ministers have been told repeatedly that people with prepayment meters are not getting enough support

Up to half a million of the UKas most vulnerable families have been left without government help to pay their energy bills since October, with an estimated 1.3m vouchers for homes with prepayment meters either lost, delayed or unclaimed.

Charities and MPs are calling on ministers to intervene, with Labour saying the government has been warned atime and time againa that those on prepayment meters are not getting enough support.

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Daily Mail seeks to delay court allegations of high-profile breaches of privacy
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:42:58 GMT
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Lawyers for group including Prince Harry, Doreen Lawrence and Elton John filed claims two months ago

The Daily Mail has sought to delay the publication of potentially damaging court allegations about its journalism made by Prince Harry, Doreen Lawrence, Elton John and others.

Lawyers acting for the group of high-profile individuals claim they have acompelling and highly distressing evidencea they have been the avictims of abhorrent criminal activity and gross breaches of privacya by Associated Newspapers over many years.

The hiring of private investigators to secretly place listening devices inside peopleas cars and homes.

The commissioning of individuals to surreptitiously listen in to, and record, peopleas live, private telephone calls while they were taking place.

The payment of police officials, with allegedly corrupt links to private investigators, for sensitive inside information.

The impersonation of individuals to obtain medical information from private hospitals, clinics, and treatment centres by deception.

The accessing of bank accounts, credit histories and financial transactions through illicit means and manipulation.

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Dominic Raab urged to release prisoners jailed under abolished IPP scheme
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:00:22 GMT
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Thousands of prisoners still serving indefinite sentences in England and Wales, even for low-level crime

Dominic Raab is being urged to show mercy to prisoners in England and Wales who remain jailed under a sentencing scheme abolished 10 years ago.

The imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence was a form of indeterminate sentence in which offenders were given a minimum jail tariff but no maximum for a range of crimes. Nearly 3,000 legacy prisoners remain in jail under the scheme.

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Women in conservative region of Iran join Mahsa Amini protests
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:31:43 GMT
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Dozens of women turn out on streets of provincial capital, where men have been protesting for months

Black-clad women in Iranas Sistan-Baluchistan province have joined nationwide protests on Friday sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, in what a rights group called a rare move in the staunchly conservative region.

Videos online showed dozens of women on the streets of the provincial capital, Zahedan, holding banners that declared aWoman, life, freedoma a one of the main slogans of the protest movement that erupted in mid-September.

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Regulator escalates investigation into trans charity Mermaids
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:32:28 GMT
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aNewly identifieda governance and management issues prompt Charity Commission statutory inquiry

The Charity Commission has escalated its investigations into Mermaids, the regulatory body announced on Friday, responding to anewly identified issuesa about the governance and management of the transgender childrenas charity.

A statutory inquiry has been opened after an earlier lower-level regulatory compliance case launched in September in response to safeguarding allegations.

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Conservatives urged to suspend MP facing rape allegations
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:39:39 GMT
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Tory colleagues have reported accusations against backbencher to the police and the party

The Conservative party is facing calls to suspend an MP whom it is investigating over allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Rishi Sunakas spokesperson declined to comment on reports that the party had hired a law firm to look into the conduct of a Tory backbencher after complaints by colleagues.

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People try to steal Banksy mural in Ukraine
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:40:22 GMT
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Police make arrests and secure image of gas-masked woman in dressing gown sprayed on Hostomel wall

A group of people have tried to take a mural in Ukraine by the graffiti artist Banksy, by cutting away a section of war-damaged wall where it was sprayed.

The group managed to slice off a section of board and plaster bearing the image of a woman in a gas mask and dressing gown holding a fire extinguisher on the side of a scorched building.

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William and Kate seek to end US trip on positive note after turbulent week
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:42:37 GMT
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Princeas Earthshot prize ceremony will round off week in which royal family has again faced accusations of institutional racism

The Prince and Princess of Wales are due to end their three-day trip to Boston on a high note, having landed in the middle of a palace racism row and then been blindsided by a trailer for the Sussexesa documentary.

A meeting with Joe Biden, and a star-studded award ceremony for Prince Williamas environmental Earthshot prize, were scheduled to round off what could be described as a bumpy few days.

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aThere are no lights, itas scarya: a family prepares for winter in eastern Ukraine
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:31:25 GMT
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After Russiaas strikes on the power grid, blackouts are unpredictable and the house is cold and dark

When Alina Trebushnikova woke up on Thursday morning, the light was on and she knew the day had already got off to a bad start.

The electricity in her neighbourhood of Novomoskovsk had returned in the middle of the night and that meant it would not be on for much longer. As a result, the little house would be colder and darker for much of the day.

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Russiaas vicious tactics in Ukraine serve only to further expose its weakness
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:04:51 GMT
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Moscow had hoped to easily capture Ukraine a having totally failed, it has resorted to simply destroying it

The Kremlin thought it would sweep across Ukraine and take Kyiv in a matter of days.

Now, more than nine months into its disastrous war with Ukraine, the new Russian strategy of targeting the infrastructure that brings light, heat and water into millions of Ukrainian homes has revealed Russiaas own weakness and its desperation in the face of a defiant Ukrainian resistance.

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EU states agree $60 a barrel cap on Russian oil after Polish green light
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:09:34 GMT
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Poland, which was pushing for low cap, says deal will keep it at least 5% below market rate

European Union member states have agreed to put a $60 a barrel price cap on Russian oil after Poland, which was holding out, gave the green light to the deal.

In an effort to reduce the Kremlinas income from fossil fuels, the EU has agreed to limit the amount that can be paid for seaborne oil to curtail Moscowas ability to finance its war in Ukraine.

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Harry & Meghan film is high stakes for former royals a and for Netflix
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:18:41 GMT
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Documentary teaser comes at awkward time for royal family amid race row and Prince and Princess of Walesa US tour

The biggest surprise of this weekas release of a trailer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussexas forthcoming Netflix documentary is that it appeared at all. Amid speculation that the programme a entitled Harry & Meghan a was still being edited or had been delayed until next year, here, finally, was a commitment that the tell-all would soon make it to the air.

aWhen the stakes were this high, doesnat it make more sense to hear our story from us?a Meghan is seen asking.

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Good luck or bad? How Christmas decorating traditions vary in England
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:14:50 GMT
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Heritage project finds practices thought to bring good fortune in one place were believed to sow disaster down the road

When do you put your Christmas decorations up and take them down? How do you dispose of them afterwards? And do you adhere to the strict traditions for your specific locality?

If not, then this simple festive activity could have been placing you at hair-raising peril for the year ahead, according to researchers from the University of Leeds.

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A shot in the arm: pubs to sell 15m pints when England play Senegal
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:28:32 GMT
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Publicans hard hit by a series of crises are hoping the Three Lions will go far at the Qatar World Cup

A nation will hold its breath on Sunday as England play Senegal in the knockout stages of the World Cup in Qatar, and nowhere more so than in the countryas pubs.

An industry that has been battered by a toxic cocktail of rocketing energy bills, food inflation, staff shortages, rising wages and rail strikes is pinning its hopes on progress for England in the tournament providing a much-needed boost.

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Fashion has gone soft and squishy on us, which is a comfort in hard times | Jess Cartner-Morley
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:00:19 GMT
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Itas time to ditch the sharp tailoring and spiked heels. From fluffy handbags to squeezable coats, we donat need to suffer for fashion right now

I was in the shops the other day, just looking. Except I wasnat just looking, I was actually having a good feel. In Cos, I gave a surreptitious squeeze to a tasty-looking cosy puffer coat, as if testing a peach for ripeness. Taking a short cut through John Lewis, I was stopped in my tracks by a mouthwatering display of cashmere knits in juicy shades of orange and melon that were crying out for a stroke. Can anybody walk past a stack of fluffy sweaters without copping a quick feel? I definitely canat be trusted to keep my hands to myself.

Then, as I bounced through H&M a in my cloud-soft Ugg boots, obviously a it struck me that even the handbags were squishy. My favourite, light as air on its fine chain strap, was so cushioned and padded you could use it as a pillow, so I gave it a fondle. I used to behave like a kid in a sweet shop whenever I went into a fashion store; these days, Iam more like a fruit-addict in a greengroceras, squeezing everything in sight for what is not just in-season, but deliciously ripe.

Fashion has gone soft. Sharp tailoring is out and soft edges are in. To see this shift at its most dramatic, just take a look at the coats around you next time you walk down the street. What I still think of as a Proper Coat a wool, a defined silhouette, button fastening a has become a minority choice, edged into obscurity by endless takes on padded outerwear.

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aIf you ask me, I am Britisha: joys and trials for Britainas multi-ethnic households
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:17:14 GMT
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2021 census reveals 25% increase of households with members of more than one ethnicity. Here, families reveal their experiences

In a week when a lady-in-waiting demanded of a woman from Hackney awhere are you really from?a, the results arrived of the 2021 census, which asked what felt to some a similar question.

The Office for National Statistics asked the people of England and Wales to tick one of 19 ethnicity boxes and it has emerged there are now 2.5m households with members of more than one ethnicity a a 25% increase on 2011.

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aI had really violent dreamsa: Happy Valleyas stars on its brutal, explosive final season
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:00:18 GMT
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As one of the finest TV dramas of the 21st century prepares for its last ever series, we spoke to its stars and creator Sally Wainwright about brutality, sisterhood a and looking like Jesus

aIam just becoming the person Iave always wanted to be,a says Sarah Lancashireas character, police officer Sgt Catherine Cawood, in the comeback episode of Happy Valley. aI donat take shit off anyone any more. I say it like it is, I know who I am. Finally.a

After nearly seven years away, one of the best TV dramas of the 21st century is back. Sally Wainwrightas crime thriller, family saga and state-of-the-nation address all in one is returning to BBC One for its third and unequivocally final season. The first two series of the heroic Sgt Cawoodas attempt to clean up the streets of Hebden Bridge while keeping her troubled personal life on track saw it win big at the Baftas a largely thanks to Wainwrightas genius for blending humour with a gut-punch portrayal of how drugs and poverty have ravaged a West Yorkshire town. It has earned cult status and critical acclaim in the US too, making Lancashire a star. One of last yearas biggest shows, Mare of Easttown, was a small-town crime saga so heavily influenced by Happy Valley it was almost a remake.

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Granite Harbour review a the best dressed cop double-act in TV history
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:00:24 GMT
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One corpse, multiple suspects and countless chic accessories: this gloriously gloomy whodunnit tries one last a surely the last? a variation on odd-couple detectives

Without wishing to get too Taggart about this, thereas been a murder. The body of energy company executive Clellan Coburn has been found in the woods outside Aberdeen, and he had just announced a business merger that would have meant his oil company switching to green energy. Whodunnit? Iam going to go out on a limb and say, probably not the guy at the public announcement shouting: aIam going to kill you Clellan!a

But Granite Harbour (BBC One) isnat just a serendipitously topical if formulaic thriller in the era of Just Stop Oil. Rather, itas an odd-couple police procedural about the dressiest crime solvers in all of Police Scotlandas history. In the first episode DCI Lara Bartlett (Hannah Donaldson) accessorises a Breton fishermanas striped top with rakishly tied red neckerchief, steely blue eyes and a bob, while a not to be outdone a rookie detective Davis Lindo (Romario Simpson) sports a retina-frying pink shirt with matching tie over a sharp suit and camel coat.

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aWeare really boring right nowa: Tories fret over flipside of Sunak stability
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:18:36 GMT
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The partyas MPs are worried about how to be distinctive at the next election, a problem that is also troubling Labour

Through the dying months of Boris Johnsonas government and the 50 helter-skelter days of Liz Truss, many Tory MPs yearned for stability and competence. Now that Rishi Sunak has staked his premiership on these qualities, another issue is on their minds: what, exactly, do the Conservatives stand for?

With the party seeking to distil its message before the general election, increasing numbers of Sunakas MPs are starting to worry that his trademark brand of sober managerialism might end up seeming barely distinguishable from Labouras offering.

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The reality of Brexit is biting hard. Poor people are suffering most a and now everyone can see it | Jonathan Freedland
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:50:59 GMT
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We are paying APS6bn more just to eat. After years of abstract debate, the human consequences of our exit become clearer by the day

Enveloped in Westminster silence it may be, but every day and in every way Brexit is getting more real. For so long, this was an argument made through the medium of abstract nouns: afreedoma, asovereigntya, acontrola. But now reality is intruding. This week came word that Brexit added almost APS6bn to Britonsa food bills over a two-year period, and that it was the households with least that were affected most. Thereas a reason politicians refer to abread-and-butter issuesa: because there is nothing abstract about food and what it costs.

Looking back, it was always a tell that leave campaigners sought to avoid the realm of the concrete, preferring to stick with intangible talk of aindependencea or a regained mastery of our national destiny. They knew reality was a hostile environment for the Brexit project, one that would expose its folly. Remainers tried to resist, hoping not to fight on the battlefield of dreams but on the terrain of facts and figures, yet it never worked. It just made them sound boring, casting them as spoilsport bean-counters and, besides, all their numbers were themselves abstractions a projections of a hypothetical future. The forecasts of gloom could be, and were, swatted aside as aproject feara.

Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist

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Harry and Meghan are showing the royal family how brand management is done | Gaby Hinsliff
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:35:40 GMT
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As the Sussexes unveil a slick Netflix series, the Windsors are struggling with accusations of racism at a palace reception

If ever there were a love story for the Instagram age, the Duke and Duchess of Sussexas beautifully chronicled romance is the one. Here they are, in a series of pictures from their private album released to promote next weekas six-part Netflix documentary on their relationship, sitting atop a Jeep on what looks like their first holiday together. Here he is, serenading her on the guitar. Then the two of them, impossibly glamorous, spinning joyously around the dancefloor at their wedding; and her on a beach, pregnant and delightedly cradling the bump, against an almost too perfect sunset.

Couple goals, luxury travel, a baby: thatas all the influencer boxes ticked. But perhaps the most telling image shows them late at night in their kitchen, just in from an official engagement. Harry has stripped off his dress jacket and is kissing Meghan, who is perched on the counter in an evening gown; itas sexy, dishevelled and achingly intimate, at least until you ask yourself how precisely there came to be a photographer handy to capture it.

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England doesnat expect much these days: except when it comes to the World Cup | Marina Hyde
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:09:56 GMT
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The country is riven by political incompetence and economic distress so expectations are low for everyone bar Gareth Southgate and his players

Well. About last night a| to describe the conclusion of the group stages of this World Cup as crazy feels a bit like calling the residents of Arkham Asylum merely eccentric. For three minutes on Thursday, Costa Ricaas lead over Germany would have meant Spain were heading home, with the coach Luis Enrique mercifully in the dark about this potential outcome. aIf Iad have known,a he reflected mildly afterwards, aI would have had a heart attack.a It was certainly the evening for it.

ITVas Graeme Souness appeared to be suffering from a number of baroque medical conditions as he aanalyseda the notion that the ball did not go out of play before Japanas crucial second goal against Spain. Graemeas conniption swiftly tipped over into such deep conspiracy theory that he is expected to follow his stint in Qatar with a secondment to Donald Trumpas stop-the-steal campaign. aWhy have we not seen the evidence?a the studioas Oliver Stone kept demanding rhetorically.

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Martin Rowson: sinking the unsinkable a cartoon
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:30:23 GMT
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I am a paramedic trying to answer your 999 calls. Let me tell you about life in the NHS twilight zone | Jake Jones
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:30:16 GMT
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Ambulance crews are waiting for up to 40 hours at hospitals. For patients, this means distress and possible deterioration

  • Jake Jones is the pseudonym of a paramedic

Thereas a corridor at my local hospital that has become very familiar to me. It runs from the ambulance entrance to the initial assessment area in A&E. Patients sit in a line on wipe-clean chairs underneath posters about hand hygiene and mask-wearing. I think of this corridor as the twilight zone, a place where time evaporates, because this is where ambulance crews are now waiting for hours, day and night, Monday to Sunday, with their patients on trolleys to be called into the emergency department to hand over.

The news that ambulance crews are experiencing delays at hospital of up to 40 hours is shocking. Every year we hear about the latest challenges facing the NHS, but these problems are now so common they feel routine. We used to talk about winter pressures, but those pressures now seem to be year-round. When I started in the ambulance service more than a decade ago, I would expect to see nine patients in a shift, allowing for journey times, assessment, treatment and handover; that figure is now more likely to be six a on a good day.

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What would politics look like if Starmeras plan was working? Like it does now | Rafael Behr
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:13:31 GMT
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It feels as though a line has been crossed. His own party is cautious, but Tories are pretty sure he is heading for No 10

The Labour party is so haunted by old defeats that it can barely look victory in the eye. Conservatives are more familiar with winning and so quicker to see it coming for the opposition. If you are shopping for conviction that Keir Starmer will make it to Downing Street, visit a Tory. Labour trades in caveat and caution.

Even with 20-point leads in opinion polls, opposition confidence is muted. Thursdayas byelection in Chester reflects the national trend. No one expected Labour to lose the seat, but the Tories barely even turned up to contest it. Their vote share was the lowest it has been in the city since 1832.

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I gave years to the UCKG evangelical church before realising I had to escape its clutches | Rachel Reign
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:00:14 GMT
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I was young and vulnerable when I first joined the organisation. Now Iam helping other survivors of its practices

It was a Sunday, and I was out and about in west Croydon. I was 13. A young stranger called out to me, aHey! What are you doing now? Why donat you come in, we are having an event now. There will be singing and dancing, itas really fun, come in!a

Never in a hundred years would I have thought that accepting their invitation would change the course of my life, twice.

Rachael Reign is founder and lead campaigner of Surviving Universal UK

In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. For more information visit www.samaritans.org. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 800-273-8255 or chat for support. You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis text line counselor. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org

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Digested week: Bear Gryllsa opportunity clock is a kick in the beak to all night owls | Lucy Mangan
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:04:43 GMT
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Us late risers get things done too, OK? Meanwhile, my husband may have earned a festive decree nisi

The annual Christmas gift negotiations with my husband have begun.

The actor Barbara Flynn.

The mental calibration and calculation of cash in hand plumbersa fees according to perceived affluence and/or vulnerability of the customer.

The mutter of Thora Hird in Dinnerladies when she finds out Celia Imrieas character hails from Surrey.

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The Guardian view on the Chester byelection: a victory that poses questions for Labour | Editorial
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:02:16 GMT
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Sir Keir Starmer does not have a story of how he could better deal with this economic emergency. A mandate for change will need one

aI have been a staunch Tory voter all my life, but cannot support a party that really does not think of the people, but only to balance the books at the moment,a wrote Helena Parker in a letter to the Guardian this week. aI cry myself to sleep each evening, while they are warm and fed. The MPs will not think of me, but I think of thema. Such sentiments are dooming the Tories to electoral oblivion.

Unless something extraordinary happens, the Conservatives look set to be fighting at the next general election only for the difference between a respectable second place and a humiliating second place. In a byelection in Chester, Rishi Sunakas party recorded its worst ever result since 1832. By comparison, Labour recorded its best performance in the cityas history to retain the seat in Thursdayas vote. At this point in the electoral cycle, opposition parties usually benefit from the governmentas difficulties. But the news that Sajid Javid, a former Conservative chancellor, has decided to quit parliament is a sign that the Tory ship is going down.

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The Guardian view on the Eadburg writings: the long lost female authors of English | Editorial
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:59:45 GMT
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A womanas name found etched in a medieval copy of the Acts of the Apostles has importance beyond the thrill of discovery

aShe was so bent on reading,a writes the anonymous biographer of the Abbess of Bischofsheim, athat she never laid aside her book except to pray or to strengthen her slight frame with food and sleep.a This eighth-century abbess, an Englishwoman named Leoba, is thought to have been taught Latin by another woman, Eadburg, Abbess of Minster-in-Thanet, Kent; the poetry that resulted is some of the earliest literary work by a named Englishwoman in existence.

Was this the Eadburg whose name has just been found etched 15 times into an eighth-century manuscript? Possibly a though there are at least eight other Eadburgs known to have lived in the area then. Unearthed by researchers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and ratified using photographic technology previously unavailable, the faint scrawls on the Latin copy of a 1,300-year-old Acts of the Apostles are exciting evidence of womenas presence in the literature of the period.

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Just what does it take to be considered unequivocally British? | Letters
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:12:09 GMT
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Readers discuss being asked aWhere are you really from?a after this weekas encounter between the black British charity boss Ngozi Fulani and the Buckingham Palace aide Susan Hussey

Reading Kohinoor Sahotaas article (In Buckingham Palace and outside it, we know what it means when people ask awhere are you froma, 30 November) brought to mind a jarring encounter some years back. As people gathered for a meeting in the panelled boardroom of a well-known cultural institution, one attender (whom I considered a colleague) handed me a Chinese newspaper article and asked me to relay its contents to them.

Nothing odd about that, you might say. Except that, aside from my name and skin colour, there was no reason whatsoever to assume I could read Chinese. I can, and did, but thatas beside the point. I am a child of the Commonwealth. My parents came to London from Singapore in the 1960s. They met and married in London. I grew up in a colourless north-west London suburb and attended an all-girls independent school. (It was a nicer house or a better school, my parents said. They couldnat afford both.)

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My illuminating theory about a lovesick monk | Letter
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:11:10 GMT
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A possible explanation from Marianne Puxley for the secret marks discovered on a medieval manuscript

So the theory is that a woman called Eadburg repeatedly scratched her name, almost invisibly, in the margins of an ancient religious text (Womanas name and tiny sketches found in 1,300-year-old medieval text, 28 November)?

The PhD student who found the names is quoted as saying aI donat know why you would write somebody elseas name so many times like thata.

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Aboubakar stuns Brazil with Cameroon winner but is sent off for celebration
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:28:33 GMT
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Cameroonas highlight of the evening appeared to arrive before the actual game when high spirits had them sashaying down the corridor to the dressing room in vocal form. From here their night nosedived until the 92nd minute when a beauty of a header from Vincent Aboubakar made history as the Indomitable Lions claimed a first win over Brazil.

It was followed by the captain ripping off his shirt in jubilation and being sent off for a second yellow card for the offence and with Switzerland taking three points in their showdown with Serbia Rigobert Songas side were knocked out.

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Uruguay beat Ghana but crash out of World Cup on goals scored in late twist
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:13:22 GMT
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There are no winners in revenge missions. Sentiment demanded that Ghana should right the wrongs of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay and expiate the hurt of Luis SuA!rezas last-minute handball on the line. But Uruguay, and SuA!rez in particular, have no time for such romantic notions of redemption. Ghana were again eliminated after missing a penalty but they had the consolation that, although SuA!rez set up two, it was South Korea and not Uruguay who went through to the last 16 with Portugal.

Uruguay did not react well. As Ghanaians sat in resigned weariness on the pitch, Uruguayas players surrounded the idiosyncratic German referee, Daniel Siebert, at the final whistle, furious they hadnat been awarded at least one of two huge penalty appeals in the second half. The Ghanaian fans, resigned by then to their exit, seemed to enjoy it all immensely. And as JosA(c) MarAa GimA(c)nez raged at Siebert, SuA!rez wept on the bench.

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Hwang fires South Korea into last 16 with late winner against Portugal
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:24:53 GMT
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The face mask was thrown in the air on the final whistle and Son Heung-min was liberated. It would be an eternity before South Korea felt the same. Paulo Bentoas team had honoured their side of the bargain with a 91st minute winner against his native Portugal but one more goal for Uruguay against Ghana and it would be the South Americans who advanced at their expense. For seven long minutes South Korea waited for Uruguay to finish, while gathered around mobile phones in the centre circle, and then came the eruption.

When the torment was finally over South Koreaas players sprinted to their fans behind the goal where the Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan had completed a stirring comeback when pouncing on Sonas immaculate assist. The Tottenham striker had been relatively quiet until the 90th minute, standing out mainly for the protective mask on his face, but then he collected a clearance from a Portugal corner deep inside his own half and ran. And ran. And kept on running until he reached the edge of the Portugal penalty area, where he threaded a pass through the legs of Diogo Dalot to leave Hwang with a place in the last 16 and the hopes of a nation at his feet.

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Graham Arnold delays picking Australia team as tight schedule takes toll
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:30:51 GMT
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  • Socceroos manager has had ahonest conversationsa with players
  • aEvery one of those players wants to start but itas about the teama

Graham Arnold says he can see ain their facesa that his preferred World Cup starting lineup will be ready to go again against Argentina, but he will wait until match day to name it after having some ahonest conversationsa with players about their physical state.

The Socceroos are preparing for their biggest match in history on Saturday night (Sunday 6am AEDT) at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, where every member of the squad wants to play for a place in the quarter-finals. Arnold has kept faith in a largely unchanged XI in Qatar but faces the prospect of having to rotate his squad to cater for Fifaas condensed schedule, which has drawn criticism from players and coaches under the physical strain of a three-day turnaround between the group stage and last 16.

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Uruguay leave the World Cup the same way they played in it: gracelessly | Jonathan Liew
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:16:35 GMT
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South Americans blame officials for crashing out despite victory over Ghana but have only themselves to blame

Finally the tears came. For the closing few minutes he had managed to hold them back, as the news came through and his teammates continued to chase. But the final whistle came like a life sentence and suddenly he could hold back no longer. He buried his crumpled face in his jersey. The Ghana fans caught a glimpse on the big screen and let out their largest cheer of the night. For a few seconds the world was watching Luis SuA!rez crying. And the world was not a shall we say a overly uncomfortable with this state of affairs.

A revenge of sorts, then, even if nobody was much in the mood for celebrating. And for Uruguay, perhaps the final cruel twist of a strategy that seemed to be working perfectly, right up until the moment it didnat.

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Antoine Griezmann reiterates support for LGBTQ+ community
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:09:02 GMT
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  • France forward feels conflicted playing in Qatar World Cup
  • aThat community will always have my supporta

Antoine Griezmann has reiterated his support for the LGBTQ+ community in the buildup to Franceas last-16 World Cup tie with Poland and suggested he feels conflicted playing in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

Griezmann has been vocal in his support for LGBTQ+ people and said he was aprouda when the A-League player Josh Cavallo became the first active openly gay male footballer in the world last year. In May, the Blackpool teenager Jake Daniels became the first male footballer in the UK to come out as gay since 1990.

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Pulisic clear to play for USA against Netherlands as Berhalter faces familiar foes
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:48:19 GMT
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The US manager credits the Dutch for helping him with his soccer education as his team look to upset the odds and book a place in the World Cup quarter-finals

Louis van Gaal says he doesnat recall the last time he faced Gregg Berhalter in a competitive match.

Berhalter, whose United States team will play Van Gaalas Netherlands on Saturday in the last 16 of the World Cup, doesnat believe him for a second.

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Louis van Gaal battles against boring tag as Netherlands plot route to final
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:35:43 GMT
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Coachas Oranje can be scintillating but going into the last-16 tie with the USA they are yet to dazzle for a full 90 minutes

What is cute game management and what is boring football? This has become the existential question of Louis van Gaalas third Netherlands tenure as he plots a route to the World Cup final.

It was the narrative before and after Tuesdayas 2-0 victory over Qatar that sealed a serene passage to Saturdayas last-16 showdown with the USA and, frankly, it is annoying him. When one inquisitor wondered if fans deserved more sparkling fare the man known as the Iron Tulip showed his metal. aWhy donat you write itas boring? I donat think things are as bad as you say,a he countered.

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State response to Just Stop Oil must be within the law, says Sadiq Khan
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:46:00 GMT
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London mayoras demand comes as civil rights campaigners criticise PMas promise to increase police powers

The London mayor has demanded the state response to Just Stop Oil remain awithin the lawa, as civil rights campaigners warned over the prime ministeras suggestion he would grant police new powers to contain the groupas protests.

After a meeting of police leaders and ministers in Downing Street on Thursday, Rishi Sunak promised police whatever powers they need to aclamp downa on the acompletely unacceptablea disruptions by the climate activist group.

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aI came into politics so I could continue to be an activista: Steven Guilbeault on oil, idealism and being branded a traitor
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:00:18 GMT
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Nicknamed aGreen Jesusa, Canadaas environment minister once scaled the CN Tower in a climate protest. Ahead of efforts at Cop15 in Montreal to stop the destruction of nature, he explains why he approved a controversial oil project

A young boy in rural Canada learns the forest he loves will be chopped down, so he scales one of the trees and refuses to leave. He fails in his mission a but the destruction resonates deeply. In his adolescence, he studies politics and theology, fascinated by questions of power and moral obligation. As an adult, he scales the worldas tallest building a which was then the CN Tower in Toronto a to protest the destruction of the climate, only leaving when heas escorted down in handcuffs. He rejects owning a car, cycling through the pounding rain, sleet and ice of a Quebec winter. A local newspaper calls him aGreen Jesusa.

Fast forward to April 2022 and that same man, Steven Guilbeault, greenlights a controversial oil-drilling project off the coast of Newfoundland in his role as Canadaas minister of environment and climate change.

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A UK tree provides hundreds of pounds of benefits a year, report finds
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:00:14 GMT
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Exclusive: Trees standing alone and in small groups worth billions to UK, which researchers say justifies spending to protect them

The huge value of trees standing alone and in small groups in the UK has been revealed in a new report, which found they provide billions of pounds worth of benefits to people every year. The trees capture climate-heating CO2, reduce toxic air pollution and slow the flow of rainwater, cutting flood risks.

There are millions of such trees across the country, covering a combined 750,000 hectares, and making up 20% of all the nationas trees. The value of woodland has already been estimated but the report is the first to calculate a value for trees in gardens, parks, fields and along streets across the UK.

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Weather tracker: Storm Ariel brings heavy rain and lightning to Greece
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 09:38:53 GMT
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Low pressure disrupts water and power supplies in Thessaloniki as meteorological winter begins

On Thursday night last week, an area of low pressure formed off the southern coast of France. During the course of Friday, low pressure deepened into a storm as it travelled south-eastwards towards Italy.

It brought heavy rain to much of Italy; however, the west coast received the brunt of the wet weather on Friday night with 197mm of rain recorded in 24 hours on the island of Capri. The island of Ischia, close to Capri, experienced flooding and a landslide early Saturday morning, which killed at least 10 people.

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Father says he regrets calling police to restrain son who died, inquest hears
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:43:53 GMT
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Ron Saunders admits he wishes he had not called Thames Valley police for help with acute behavioural disorder of his son Neal, 39

A man whose son died following police restraint during a mental health crisis has said that he has to live with the guilt of knowing that his son might still be alive had he not called them for help.

Neal Saunders, 39, died on 3 September 2020 after he was restrained by Thames Valley police officers at his fatheras home in Langley in Berkshire.

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Food waste: green vegetable and potato crop glut after mild UK autumn
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:00:18 GMT
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Fears of shortages early next year as farmers say they are having to atear upa sowing and harvesting timelines

The mild autumn has caused much of the UKas green vegetable and potato crops to grow early, leading to a glut and a large amount of waste, and fears of shortages early next year.

Cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli that were supposed to be ready later in December or in January are ready to harvest now, with some having grown to huge sizes because of the exceptionally mild autumn.

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Matt Hancock in demand as guest speaker for local Tory events, say MPs
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:44:50 GMT
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Hancockas potential to raise funds for party coffers creates dilemma after whip was withdrawn due to Iam a Celebrity appearance

Conservative associations are clamouring for dinner and fundraising appearances from Matt Hancock, according to MPs, despite Hancock no longer holding the Tory whip because of his appearance on Iam a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

Multiple Conservative MPs said they had inquiries from their associations to book Hancock for the arubber chicken circuita of talks given at fundraising events and local party dinners where cabinet ministers are usually the hottest ticket.

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John Lewis and Waitrose to dim lights and cut temperatures to save energy
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:58:21 GMT
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Partnership firm predicted it will overspend on power by APS18m without action such as supermarket chain going to ahalf lightinga

John Lewis is to turn down the temperature in its department stores and Waitrose supermarkets will dim their lights in an attempt to bring runaway energy bills under control.

The staff-owned John Lewis Partnership, which includes Waitrose, said its energy bill is threatening to go nearly APS20m over budget.

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Police officers should not have lain across Sheku Bayohas torso, expert says
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:20:17 GMT
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Witness on use of force and police custody tells inquiry that lying on torso will ainterfere with breathinga

Police officers should not have lain across the torso of Sheku Bayoh as he lay restrained on the ground and they missed opportunities to call an ambulance despite him presenting amultiple risk factorsa, an expert has told the inquiry into his death in custody.

The final written report from Joanne Caffrey, an expert witness on the use of force and police custody, states: aNo officer should lay over the torso of a restrained person, whether in prone or supine. This will interfere with breathing.a

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Mistletoe and grime: Stormzy beats Cliff Richardas Christmas album to No 1
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:00:22 GMT
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This Is What I Mean surges past Christmas With Cliff to clinch London rapperas third successive chart-topper

Stormzyas third album This Is What I Mean has debuted at No 1 on the UK albums chart, beating Cliff Richardas Christmas With Cliff to the top spot in a photo finish. It was reported this week that Richards was hot on the grime kingpinas heels with his first Christmas record in 19 years; ultimately, it was a alast minute surgea, according to the Official Charts Company, that clinched Stormzyas win. A relatively small margin of chart units a a metric that encompasses streams and sales a separated the two records, with This Is What I Mean moving 27,800 units compared to Christmas With Cliffas 24,300.

This Is What I Mean, which was released on 25 November, is Stormzyas third consecutive No 1 album. His debut, Gang Signs & Prayer, was the first grime album to hit No 1 on the chart. Richard achieved seven No 1 album placements throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and reached No 3 with 2020as Musica| The Air That I Breathe.

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Sajid Javid says he will not stand again for MP at next election
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:10:58 GMT
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Conservative former cabinet minister joins growing exodus of high-profile members of party

The former chancellor Sajid Javid has become the latest Conservative MP to announce he will not stand again at the next election, joining a growing exodus of high-profile members of the party.

Javid announced on Friday he had decided to stand down at the next election, which is likely to be held in 2024, after wrestling with the decision afor some timea.

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UK rapper Pa Salieu jailed for 33 months over mass brawl
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:15:32 GMT
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Musician will go to prison on charges of violent conduct and possessing a bottle as a weapon relating to incident in 2018

The British rapper Pa Salieu has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on charges of violent disorder and possessing a bottle as an offensive weapon in relation to his participation in a mass fight that took place outside a bar in his home town of Coventry in 2018.

Salieu, real name Pa Salieu Gaye, was among a group of nine men accused of chasing and cornering a 23-year-old man, known pseudonymously as aBobbya. The fight allegedly broke out after Salieuas friend Fidel Glasgow, grandson of the Specials singer Neville Staple, was stabbed to death aged 21. West Midlands police are still investigating the murder.

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Royal Mail brings forward last posting dates for Christmas
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:20:14 GMT
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Service faces six days of strikes this month, as Ofcom says it should stop blaming pandemic for delays

Royal Mail has brought its final posting dates for Christmas forward by about a week amid industrial action by its workers, as the regulator told it to stop blaming the Covid pandemic for failing to make deliveries on time.

Royal Mail, which is facing six days of strikes this month running up until Christmas Eve, has told the public to send their cards and presents even earlier than usual if they want them to arrive in time.

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Biden tells Democrats to revise primary calendar to boost Black votersa voices
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:29:37 GMT
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Predominantly white New Hampshire reportedly could be scheduled later with South Carolina tipped to move up to first

Democrats are poised to shake up the way in which they nominate presidential candidates, after Joe Biden said the primary process should better represent the partyas non-white voters.

Biden has reportedly told Democrats that Iowa, the state that has led off the Democratic voting calendar since 1976, should be moved down the calendar, with South Carolina instead going first.

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Animal eyes in abloodya packages sent to some of Ukraineas embassies
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:54:45 GMT
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Police cordon off Madrid embassy while parcels also sent to eight other embassies and consulates

Ukraine says a number of its European embassies have received abloodya packages containing animal eyes, including its embassy in Madrid, which also received a letter bomb earlier this week.

Spanish police cordoned off the Ukrainian embassy on Friday and were searching the area with sniffer dogs.

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Pulisic clear to play for USA against Netherlands as Berhalter faces familiar foes
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:48:19 GMT
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The US manager credits the Dutch for helping him with his soccer education as his team look to upset the odds and book a place in the World Cup quarter-finals

Louis van Gaal says he doesnat recall the last time he faced Gregg Berhalter in a competitive match.

Berhalter, whose United States team will play Van Gaalas Netherlands on Saturday in the last 16 of the World Cup, doesnat believe him for a second.

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New York eyes asomewhat bloodthirstya rat supremo to take on cityas rodents
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:27:18 GMT
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Irreverent job posting seeks candidate to lead long-running battle against rats, which have increased in number post-pandemic

Hate rats? Are you a asomewhat bloodthirstya New Yorker with excellent communication skills and aa general aura of bad asserya? Then you might have what it takes to be the cityas new rat tsar.

Mayor Eric Adamsas administration posted a job listing this week seeking someone to lead the cityas long-running battle against rats. The official job title is adirector of rodent mitigationa, although it was promptly dubbed the rat tsar. Salary range is $120,000 to $170,000.

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Suspect arrested in killing of rapper Takeoff, say Houston police
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 22:17:08 GMT
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Authorities announce that member of Migos, who was shot at a bowling alley last month, was aan innocent bystandera

A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the killing of Takeoff, the rapper and member of Migos, at a bowling alley in Houston last month.

Announcing the news on Friday, Houston police said Takeoff, who was 28 and whose birth name was Kirshnik Khari Ball, was aan innocent bystandera.

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Alex Jones files for bankruptcy after billion-dollar Sandy Hook court ruling
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:58:27 GMT
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Infowars host and conspiracy theorist ordered to pay $473m in damages on top of nearly $1bn verdict handed down in October

Rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones filed for personal chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas on Friday, according to a court filing, as he faces nearly $1.5bn in court judgments over conspiracy theories he spread about the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.

Jones was ordered by a Connecticut court last month to pay $473m in punitive damages on top of a nearly $1bn verdict handed down in October for his defamatory lies that the shooting was faked.

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Ex-seminarian accuses New Orleans archbishop of harassment in decades-long dispute
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 09:00:10 GMT
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Current archbishop of New Orleans denies claims from Lawrence Eghabor that date back to the 1990s

A former student at a New Orleans college that trains Catholic priests has claimed he was racially and sexually harassed there a including by the cityas current archbishop a as he parries counter-allegations that he is merely trying to extort money and a green card from church officials.

Over two decades, the dispute has drawn attention from Catholic officials at the highest levels in the US and worldwide. But it was not publicly known until it surfaced as part of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case the New Orleans archdiocese opened amid a wave of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by clerics across generations.

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Kanye West suspended from Twitter after posting swastika inside Star of David
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:42:46 GMT
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Elon Musk intervenes after rapper posted image hours after airing antisemitic views in Alex Jones interview

Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, has been suspended from Twitter after he tweeted an image of a swastika blended with a star of David, less than two weeks after he returned to the platform.

The suspension took place hours after Ye praised Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in an interview on Infowars, a show hosted by the rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

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Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch to testify in $1.6bn Dominion lawsuit
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:41:32 GMT
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Murdoch and his media company accused of allowing Fox News to spread lies that voting machine company rigged 2020 election

Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of Fox Corp, is scheduled to give testimony on Monday in a $1.6bn lawsuit which alleges the Murdochs and their media company allowed Fox News to amplify false claims that a voting machine company rigged the 2020 election for Joe Biden.

CNBC reported that Murdoch, the son of the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, will appear for a deposition in the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit against Fox News, which is owned by Fox Corp.

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Edward Snowden gets Russian passport after swearing oath of allegiance
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:02:03 GMT
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Whistleblower is ahappy and thankful to the Russian Federationa for his citizenship, lawyer says

Edward Snowden has received a Russian passport after swearing an oath of allegiance to the country that has sheltered him from US authorities since 2013, his lawyer has said.

Snowden, 39, a former intelligence contractor who leaked secret files that were reported on by the Guardian, was granted Russian citizenship in an order signed by Vladimir Putin in September.

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Matt Gaetz friend handed 11-year prison term in US sex trafficking case
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:51:48 GMT
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Former tax collector Joel Greenberg apologizes in court for ashameful conducta after pleading guilty to six federal crimes

A former Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal investigation into the US congressman Matt Gaetz has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and other offenses.

Joel Greenberg, former tax collector for Seminole county, was accused of stalking a political opponent, public corruption, making fake licenses and scheming to submit false claims for a federal loan.

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Closed labs, cancelled classes: inside the largest strike to hit US higher education
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:00:13 GMT
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University of California campuses come to a standstill as 48,000 student workers strike for better pay

Three weeks of strikes by university academics have brought campuses across California to standstill. Labs are closed, assignments go ungraded. Graduate students have walked off the job, professors have cancelled class and even construction staff have put down their tools in solidarity.

The strike is groundbreaking a the largest in the history of US higher education and part of a wave of organizing at college campuses across the country. It has brought together 48,000 graduate workers, academic researchers and postdoctoral scholars within the nine-campus University of California system who say the low wages they are paid make it impossible to live in the cities where they work. The most common salary for graduate workers is $23,247, according to the academic workers unions.

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#ClimateScam: denialism claims flooding Twitter have scientists worried
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:00:08 GMT
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Many researchers are fleeing the platform, unnerved by the surge in climate misinformation since Muskas chaotic takeover

Twitter has proved a cherished forum for climate scientists to share research, as well as for activists seeking to rally action to halt oil pipelines or decry politiciansa failure to cut pollution. But many are now fleeing Twitter due to a surge in climate misinformation, spam and even threats that have upended their relationship with the platform.

Scientists and advocates have told the Guardian they have become unnerved by a recent resurgence of debunked climate change denialist talking points and memes on Twitter, with the term #ClimateScam now regularly the first result that appears when aclimatea is searched on the site.

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US drag queens turn to armed guards and metal detectors after Club Q shooting
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:10:31 GMT
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Some of the best-known artists are reportedly stepping up security after a recent shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado

Some of Americaas best-known drag queens are taking on extra security measures such as armed guards and metal detectors at shows after the mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado last month, according to a report.

Yvie Oddly, the winner of RuPaulas Drag Race reality TV competition in season 11 and a Colorado native, told NBC News her management company said to her this week that they had asked for more security staff to guard her shows and will check the audience for firearms.

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As Mauna Loa erupts, Native Hawaiians honor their natural and spiritual worlds
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:47:51 GMT
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For many, the lava flow is a time to pray, sing, dance and make offerings to Pele, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes and fire

For many Hawaiians, lava flows are a time to honor, reflect.

Glowing lava from the worldas largest volcano is a sight to behold, but for some, Mauna Loaas eruption is a time to pray, make offerings and honor both the natural and spiritual worlds.

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EU states agree $60 a barrel cap on Russian oil after Polish green light
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:09:34 GMT
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Poland, which was pushing for low cap, says deal will keep it at least 5% below market rate

European Union member states have agreed to put a $60 a barrel price cap on Russian oil after Poland, which was holding out, gave the green light to the deal.

In an effort to reduce the Kremlinas income from fossil fuels, the EU has agreed to limit the amount that can be paid for seaborne oil to curtail Moscowas ability to finance its war in Ukraine.

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aThere are no lights, itas scarya: a family prepares for winter in eastern Ukraine
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:31:25 GMT
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After Russiaas strikes on the power grid, blackouts are unpredictable and the house is cold and dark

When Alina Trebushnikova woke up on Thursday morning, the light was on and she knew the day had already got off to a bad start.

The electricity in her neighbourhood of Novomoskovsk had returned in the middle of the night and that meant it would not be on for much longer. As a result, the little house would be colder and darker for much of the day.

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Up to 13,000 Ukraine soldiers killed since Russian invasion, says Kyiv
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:45:11 GMT
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Officialas comments come after Ursula von der Leyen estimated 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers had died or been injured

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded in February, according to Kyivas presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, far below estimates of Ukrainian casualties from western leaders.

At certain points in the war, Ukraine said that between 100 and 200 of its forces were dying each day on the battlefield, making Podolyakas estimate seem conservative.

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Russiaas vicious tactics in Ukraine serve only to further expose its weakness
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:04:51 GMT
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Moscow had hoped to easily capture Ukraine a having totally failed, it has resorted to simply destroying it

The Kremlin thought it would sweep across Ukraine and take Kyiv in a matter of days.

Now, more than nine months into its disastrous war with Ukraine, the new Russian strategy of targeting the infrastructure that brings light, heat and water into millions of Ukrainian homes has revealed Russiaas own weakness and its desperation in the face of a defiant Ukrainian resistance.

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Uruguay leave the World Cup the same way they played in it: gracelessly | Jonathan Liew
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:16:35 GMT
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South Americans blame officials for crashing out despite victory over Ghana but have only themselves to blame

Finally the tears came. For the closing few minutes he had managed to hold them back, as the news came through and his teammates continued to chase. But the final whistle came like a life sentence and suddenly he could hold back no longer. He buried his crumpled face in his jersey. The Ghana fans caught a glimpse on the big screen and let out their largest cheer of the night. For a few seconds the world was watching Luis SuA!rez crying. And the world was not a shall we say a overly uncomfortable with this state of affairs.

A revenge of sorts, then, even if nobody was much in the mood for celebrating. And for Uruguay, perhaps the final cruel twist of a strategy that seemed to be working perfectly, right up until the moment it didnat.

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Aboubakar stuns Brazil with Cameroon winner but is sent off for celebration
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:28:33 GMT
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Cameroonas highlight of the evening appeared to arrive before the actual game when high spirits had them sashaying down the corridor to the dressing room in vocal form. From here their night nosedived until the 92nd minute when a beauty of a header from Vincent Aboubakar made history as the Indomitable Lions claimed a first win over Brazil.

It was followed by the captain ripping off his shirt in jubilation and being sent off for a second yellow card for the offence and with Switzerland taking three points in their showdown with Serbia Rigobert Songas side were knocked out.

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Switzerland advance and Serbia go out as Freuler finish settles stormy contest
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:12:03 GMT
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Perhaps it was naive to think this encounter, which had rattled along without controversy for more than two-thirds of its time, would pass in silence. Switzerland will face Portugal in the last 16 after defeating a freewheeling but painfully naive Serbia side who briefly looked poised to go through after Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic overhauled Xherdan Shaqirias opener.

Breel Embolo and Remo Freuler turned things back in their favour, but a night coloured by the context of the Albanian aeaglea celebration deployed by Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in Kaliningrad four years ago ended stormily. Xhaka was to the fore of more than one flashpoint and there may be consequences, too, for one of the relevant football associations after discriminatory chants were heard in the stands.

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The Netherlands: USAas World Cup opponents a and how to beat them
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 04:04:47 GMT
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The Dutch boast youth and experience along with a few exceptional individual talents. The Americans will need to be at their best to make the quarter-finals

The Dutch were comfortable Group A winners in Qatar courtesy of 2-0 wins over Senegal and Qatar and a 1-1 tie with Ecuador. They have reached the tournament 11 times, though shockingly didnat qualify for Russia 2018 (sounds familiar). The nation lost on penalties to Argentina in the 2014 semi-finals and were runners-up in 1974 and 1978 during the Johan Cruyff Total Football era (though Cruyff didnat play in a78, when he was nearly kidnapped, lost his fortune investing in a pig farm then joined the NASL), and in 2010 during the Nigel de Jong Kung Fu era.

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Harry & Meghan film is high stakes for former royals a and for Netflix
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:18:41 GMT
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Documentary teaser comes at awkward time for royal family amid race row and Prince and Princess of Walesa US tour

The biggest surprise of this weekas release of a trailer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussexas forthcoming Netflix documentary is that it appeared at all. Amid speculation that the programme a entitled Harry & Meghan a was still being edited or had been delayed until next year, here, finally, was a commitment that the tell-all would soon make it to the air.

aWhen the stakes were this high, doesnat it make more sense to hear our story from us?a Meghan is seen asking.

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aI had really violent dreamsa: Happy Valleyas stars on its brutal, explosive final season
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:00:18 GMT
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As one of the finest TV dramas of the 21st century prepares for its last ever series, we spoke to its stars and creator Sally Wainwright about brutality, sisterhood a and looking like Jesus

aIam just becoming the person Iave always wanted to be,a says Sarah Lancashireas character, police officer Sgt Catherine Cawood, in the comeback episode of Happy Valley. aI donat take shit off anyone any more. I say it like it is, I know who I am. Finally.a

After nearly seven years away, one of the best TV dramas of the 21st century is back. Sally Wainwrightas crime thriller, family saga and state-of-the-nation address all in one is returning to BBC One for its third and unequivocally final season. The first two series of the heroic Sgt Cawoodas attempt to clean up the streets of Hebden Bridge while keeping her troubled personal life on track saw it win big at the Baftas a largely thanks to Wainwrightas genius for blending humour with a gut-punch portrayal of how drugs and poverty have ravaged a West Yorkshire town. It has earned cult status and critical acclaim in the US too, making Lancashire a star. One of last yearas biggest shows, Mare of Easttown, was a small-town crime saga so heavily influenced by Happy Valley it was almost a remake.

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Nelson Mandela podcast illuminates rare side of anti-apartheid activist
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:00:09 GMT
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In revelatory tapes that have never been heard before, journalist Richard Stengel probes Mandelaas political pragmatism and public sainthood

Knowing him to be stickler for punctuality, American journalist Richard Stengel was never late for his meetings with Nelson Mandela. Well, just once. That was the day he woke up at home in Johannesburg to find that he had been robbed. Three hours of taped interviews with South Africaas liberation hero had vanished during the night.

aI got there a little bit late and told him Iad been robbed, and I was upset three hours of tapes were stolen, so who knows what was going to happen to them,a Stengel, 67, recalls in an interview by phone this week from his apartment in New York.

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Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ choir unites community after tragedy: aWe are still herea
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:21:44 GMT
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The Out Loud Menas Chorus, queer-affirming clergy and LGBTQ+ spaces have provided support after the Club Q shooting

Below the vaulted dome and dark wood beams of a church in Colorado Springs, a gay menas choir rehearsed for a concert thatas taken on new meaning after an LGBTQ+ nightclub became the site of a gruesome shooting that killed five and wounded 17 last month.

aThere is no peace on earth, I said,a the chorus sang. aFor hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth.a

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Spoiler Alert review a bland gay weepie leaves dry eyes in the house
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:30:27 GMT
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Ineffective leading duo and rote script hamper otherwise affecting true story of a couple tackling terminal illness

When Billy Eichneras poorly marketed yet richly textured gay romcom Bros was released earlier this year, the critique from many queer viewers was that it wasnat queer enough. The film, a big and glossy yet not unspecific studio movie produced by Judd Apatow, was a major step forward for the centering of LGBTQ+ stories but ended up as both box office disaster and intra-community whipping bro, unfairly expected to tick every box in every way.

The existence of Bros, like Love, Simon and Happiest Season before it, was important because of its bold mainstream positioning, an insistence that same-sex stories can and should be as expensively mounted and crowd-pleasing as straight ones. Itas not a dilution but a shift in perspective, not a reason for praise in itself but something to be viewed through a different, wider lens. This month, Spoiler Alert, another broadly accessible story about two men falling in love in New York City hits and in February, a gay couple lead M Night Shyamalanas apocalyptic thriller Knock at the Cabin, both reassuring signs that the industry remains at least half-heartedly interested in allowing queer characters space in the multiplex.

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Wooden spoons and glass mugs: how to avoid toxic chemicals in your kitchen
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:00:13 GMT
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Tom Perkins has reported widely on the potential risks of toxic chemicals. Hereas his guide to help you find safe alternatives for your kitchen

Chemicals are the invisible guests in our kitchens. You canat see them but they are everywhere.

Simply making a meal can be a toxic minefield. Dangerous chemicals lurk in just about every step of the prep: PFAS aforever chemicalsa in nonstick cookware, bisphenol in plastic containers, lead in ceramics, arsenic in pans, formaldehyde in cutting boards and the list goes on.

For almost every plastic kitchen product, there is a safer wood, borosilicate glass, or stainless steel alternative, though those come with caveats.

Be wary of nonstick coatings, which are often composed of substances that havenat been thoroughly studied.

Be skeptical of marketing words such as aecoa, agreena or anontoxica that have no legal definition.

Check independent analyses and always do your own research. Some food safety bloggers test for toxins like heavy metals or PFAS in products that regulators donat check, which can provide useful information.

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Trump had dinner with two avowed antisemites. Letas call this what it is | Francine Prose
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:02:13 GMT
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A 2024 candidate broke bread with Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist, and Ye, who has praised Hitler. Donat normalize this

Letas be clear about what happened and what didnat happen on 22 November at Mar-a-Lago.

A former president of the United States, a self-declared candidate for reelection in 2024, had dinner with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, whose antisemitic public statements have grown increasingly extreme, along with Nick Fuentes, who is among the nationas most vocal Holocaust deniers. One of the rare white supremacists with popular name recognition, Fuentes has suggested that Jews leave the country and that the military be sent into Black neighborhoods. When, at dinner, Fuentes advised Donald Trump to go off-script and ad-lib more often during his campaign speeches, the candidate reportedly told the other guests: aI really like this guy. He gets me.a

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Harry and Meghan are showing the royal family how brand management is done | Gaby Hinsliff
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:35:40 GMT
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As the Sussexes unveil a slick Netflix series, the Windsors are struggling with accusations of racism at a palace reception

If ever there were a love story for the Instagram age, the Duke and Duchess of Sussexas beautifully chronicled romance is the one. Here they are, in a series of pictures from their private album released to promote next weekas six-part Netflix documentary on their relationship, sitting atop a Jeep on what looks like their first holiday together. Here he is, serenading her on the guitar. Then the two of them, impossibly glamorous, spinning joyously around the dancefloor at their wedding; and her on a beach, pregnant and delightedly cradling the bump, against an almost too perfect sunset.

Couple goals, luxury travel, a baby: thatas all the influencer boxes ticked. But perhaps the most telling image shows them late at night in their kitchen, just in from an official engagement. Harry has stripped off his dress jacket and is kissing Meghan, who is perched on the counter in an evening gown; itas sexy, dishevelled and achingly intimate, at least until you ask yourself how precisely there came to be a photographer handy to capture it.

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The reality of Brexit is biting hard. Poor people are suffering most a and now everyone can see it | Jonathan Freedland
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:50:59 GMT
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We are paying APS6bn more just to eat. After years of abstract debate, the human consequences of our exit become clearer by the day

Enveloped in Westminster silence it may be, but every day and in every way Brexit is getting more real. For so long, this was an argument made through the medium of abstract nouns: afreedoma, asovereigntya, acontrola. But now reality is intruding. This week came word that Brexit added almost APS6bn to Britonsa food bills over a two-year period, and that it was the households with least that were affected most. Thereas a reason politicians refer to abread-and-butter issuesa: because there is nothing abstract about food and what it costs.

Looking back, it was always a tell that leave campaigners sought to avoid the realm of the concrete, preferring to stick with intangible talk of aindependencea or a regained mastery of our national destiny. They knew reality was a hostile environment for the Brexit project, one that would expose its folly. Remainers tried to resist, hoping not to fight on the battlefield of dreams but on the terrain of facts and figures, yet it never worked. It just made them sound boring, casting them as spoilsport bean-counters and, besides, all their numbers were themselves abstractions a projections of a hypothetical future. The forecasts of gloom could be, and were, swatted aside as aproject feara.

Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist

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Hwang fires South Korea into last 16 with late winner against Portugal
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:24:53 GMT
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The face mask was thrown in the air on the final whistle and Son Heung-min was liberated. It would be an eternity before South Korea felt the same. Paulo Bentoas team had honoured their side of the bargain with a 91st minute winner against his native Portugal but one more goal for Uruguay against Ghana and it would be the South Americans who advanced at their expense. For seven long minutes South Korea waited for Uruguay to finish, while gathered around mobile phones in the centre circle, and then came the eruption.

When the torment was finally over South Koreaas players sprinted to their fans behind the goal where the Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan had completed a stirring comeback when pouncing on Sonas immaculate assist. The Tottenham striker had been relatively quiet until the 90th minute, standing out mainly for the protective mask on his face, but then he collected a clearance from a Portugal corner deep inside his own half and ran. And ran. And kept on running until he reached the edge of the Portugal penalty area, where he threaded a pass through the legs of Diogo Dalot to leave Hwang with a place in the last 16 and the hopes of a nation at his feet.

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Cameroon 1-0 Brazil: World Cup 2022 a as it happened
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:30:05 GMT
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Cameroon became the first African side to beat Brazil at a World Cup thanks to Vincent Aboubakaras fine late goal, but it wasnat enough for a place in the last 16

4 min: Other than that, a quiet start as both teams allow their defence to get an early feel of the ball.

2 min: Telles passes the ball out of play. Then Anguissa ships possession far too easily, before Brazil collectively run down a cul-de-sac. All a bit scrappy during the early exchanges. Then suddenly a burst of quality from Brazil, as Antony romps down the right and slips a ball infield in the hope of finding Fred. Not quite. Cameroon clear their lines.

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Uruguay beat Ghana but crash out of World Cup on goals scored in late twist
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:13:22 GMT
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There are no winners in revenge missions. Sentiment demanded that Ghana should right the wrongs of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay and expiate the hurt of Luis SuA!rezas last-minute handball on the line. But Uruguay, and SuA!rez in particular, have no time for such romantic notions of redemption. Ghana were again eliminated after missing a penalty but they had the consolation that, although SuA!rez set up two, it was South Korea and not Uruguay who went through to the last 16 with Portugal.

Uruguay did not react well. As Ghanaians sat in resigned weariness on the pitch, Uruguayas players surrounded the idiosyncratic German referee, Daniel Siebert, at the final whistle, furious they hadnat been awarded at least one of two huge penalty appeals in the second half. The Ghanaian fans, resigned by then to their exit, seemed to enjoy it all immensely. And as JosA(c) MarAa GimA(c)nez raged at Siebert, SuA!rez wept on the bench.

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Josh Allen picks apart Patriots as Bills move top of AFC East
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 04:47:04 GMT
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  • Buffalo Bills 24a10 New England Patriots
  • Josh Allen throws 25th touchdown pass of season

Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes and the Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots 24-10 on Thursday night for their first AFC East victory of the season.

Devin Singletary had a one-yard touchdown run to help the Bills (9-3) win their third straight and take a half-game lead in the division over Miami. Buffalo had been 0-2 against division foes. Including the playoffs last season, the Bills have won their last three meetings with New England (6-6).

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Thorns coach Wilkinson resigns after concerns over relationship with player
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 20:23:05 GMT
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  • NWSL investigation cleared coach of any wrongdoing
  • League has been rocked by reports of misconduct

Portland Thorns head coach Rhian Wilkinson has resigned from her post after an investigation into her conduct.

The former Canada international said she had reported herself to the Thorns last season, and the club then passed the information on to the National Womenas Soccer League. Wilkinson said that she and one of her players had developed afeelings for one anothera but the relationship went no further. The NSWL and the leagueas Playersa Association then investigated the matter.

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Antoine Griezmann reiterates support for LGBTQ+ community
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:09:02 GMT
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  • France forward feels conflicted playing in Qatar World Cup
  • aThat community will always have my supporta

Antoine Griezmann has reiterated his support for the LGBTQ+ community in the buildup to Franceas last-16 World Cup tie with Poland and suggested he feels conflicted playing in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

Griezmann has been vocal in his support for LGBTQ+ people and said he was aprouda when the A-League player Josh Cavallo became the first active openly gay male footballer in the world last year. In May, the Blackpool teenager Jake Daniels became the first male footballer in the UK to come out as gay since 1990.

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aI came into politics so I could continue to be an activista: Steven Guilbeault on oil, idealism and being branded a traitor
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:00:18 GMT
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Nicknamed aGreen Jesusa, Canadaas environment minister once scaled the CN Tower in a climate protest. Ahead of efforts at Cop15 in Montreal to stop the destruction of nature, he explains why he approved a controversial oil project

A young boy in rural Canada learns the forest he loves will be chopped down, so he scales one of the trees and refuses to leave. He fails in his mission a but the destruction resonates deeply. In his adolescence, he studies politics and theology, fascinated by questions of power and moral obligation. As an adult, he scales the worldas tallest building a which was then the CN Tower in Toronto a to protest the destruction of the climate, only leaving when heas escorted down in handcuffs. He rejects owning a car, cycling through the pounding rain, sleet and ice of a Quebec winter. A local newspaper calls him aGreen Jesusa.

Fast forward to April 2022 and that same man, Steven Guilbeault, greenlights a controversial oil-drilling project off the coast of Newfoundland in his role as Canadaas minister of environment and climate change.

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The young people speaking out against the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God | podcast
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 03:00:03 GMT
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Rachael Reign was an active member of an evangelical Christian church with branches worldwide. It was only after leaving that she came to believe it had exposed her to a ahorrendousa ordeal. Maeve McClenaghan reports

In Finsbury Park, north London, an old theatre building has been taken over by a church. It is covered with a logo containing a heart and doves and it has four letters on it: UCKG. The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is an evangelical Christian organisation. For years, as she often walked past the branch, the Guardianas Maeve McClenaghan was intrigued by it.

Then one day, out of the blue, she got an email from a former member asking to talk. It set off a reporting project and led to interviews with dozens of ex-followers who were ready to speak out.

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Box office blues: why are so many films bombing this season?
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 06:25:07 GMT
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A poor Thanksgiving showing is the latest sign that Hollywood is struggling to lure consumers back to the multiplex

The unavoidable glumness that seeps into almost every frame of Marvelas grief-stricken tentpole sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was offset upon release by the warmth with which it was received. Critics might have been just a tad damper this time around (a solid 84% v a sterling 96% for the original on Rotten Tomatoes) but global audiences turned out en masse, the film already edging toward the $700m mark after less than a month in cinemas.

It was rousing news for all within the industry after a precarious fall season that saw more misses than hits but its banner success still masks a far more worrying bigger picture. This Thanksgiving period might have seen Wakanda Forever top the box office with a healthy $64m over the five days but overall, it was the worst holiday showing since 1994 (pandemic years notwithstanding). In 2019, the total was $181m. This year it was just $95m.

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aI would probably be delighteda a how Christine McVie opened up about wanting to rejoin Fleetwood Mac
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:00:09 GMT
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For a fan, interviewing the late musician was like a surreal dream. Better still was the privilege of hearing about her lifelong friendship with Stevie Nicks

It was strange enough being in Christine McVieas flat a high up and hovering over a stretch of the River Thames in Battersea with an upright piano in the corner of the room (oh, to be her neighbour). But it was stranger still hearing what she had to say. As we sat together on her light grey sofa in December 2013, McVie told me how she had left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 thinking that she wanted a quiet life in the Kent countryside with her dogs and Hunter wellies. But that hadnat been what she had wanted at all. Fifteen years on, McVie was restless, isolated, a little lonely a| and wouldnat it be nice if she could be back playing with the band? aIf they were to ask me, I would probably be very delighted,a she ventured nervously.

What was I supposed to say to this? It seemed obvious to me that they would take her back in a flash. Earlier that year, Stevie Nicks had said shead abeg, borrow and scrape together $5m and give it to her in cash if she would come back. Thatas how much I miss her!a And just two months before, McVie had even appeared on stage with Fleetwood Mac to thrill the crowd with a surprise encore of her hit Donat Stop.

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aA band member got high and jumped on a forklifta: unsung heroes of the music industry share their secrets
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:00:13 GMT
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Performers get the adoration, but where would they be without the crew toiling in popas engine room? Four backstage reveal all

Lester Smith is gatekeeper of the microphones at Abbey Road studios. He joined as a technical engineer in the early 70s; Paul McCartney was starting Wings, Pink Floyd would soon be in to record what would become one of the bestselling albums of all time, The Dark Side of the Moon, and the studio would later welcome a young Kate Bush. Throughout it all, Lester was in the technical room, learning how to engineer on EMIas world-class recording equipment. Heas there to this day. Lester fell in love with microphones, and for decades has been developing and refining his skills in this corner of Abbey Road. These are the mics that have taken in the sounds a and spit a of the greatest singers in the world.

The music made inside those walls has changed, as have the faces coming in and out a even much of the building itself. But Lester has been through it all, working from his little office, building up stacks of carefully labelled valves and other skeletons of machinery around him. For all the years Lesteras been behind the mic, he and the other engineers and facilities staff have been keeping those studios alive. They tick away behind the scenes to give us the music that fills our ears every day. The music world is full of people like Lester. Although, more often than not, their contributions go largely unrecognised. Here are a few of the other unsung heroes who take the music from the studio to the stage.

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From Tron to Jumanji: the greatest ever movies about video games
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 10:00:12 GMT
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Licensed video game movies get a bad rap a but free film-makers from the franchises and you get some great films about games. Here are some of the best

When most people think of movies about games, they immediately recall the astonishing light-cycle chase in Steven Lisbergeras visually daring film. With its underlying themes of dehumanisation and corporate greed in the digital era, Tron was more than an action romp with pretty effects and a cool arcade setting; a fact underlined by a committed lead performance from Jeff Bridges.

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The Guide #63: How vomiting became Hollywoodas favourite party trick
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:45:14 GMT
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In this weekas newsletter: From Triangle of Sadness to Yellowjackets, everyone is being sick on screen a and itas starting to make me queasy

A small content warning before we press ahead: this newsletter, or at least its opening portion, contains a LOT of mentions of vomiting. So if youare emetophobic or trying to enjoy your lunch in peace, you might to scroll down to the Take Five section about a third of the way down this email.

A couple of months ago I received an email from a reader named Valerie. aI canat believe how almost every show has characters vomiting in it,a she wrote. aIam fortunate that I donat vomit just hearing someone vomit. Iave thought of inviting friends over to play a game of downing shots each time someone vomits. Wead be drinking so much wead end up vomiting.a

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Trevor Noah: aItas 2022, how can you still be misinformed about Covid?a
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:10:22 GMT
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Late-night hosts discussed Elon Muskas new rules for Twitter and Kanye Westas antisemitic rant on the Alex Jones show

On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah spoke about Elon Muskas latest decision, to stop the ban on Covid misinformation. During the pandemic, more than 11,000 accounts and 100,000 pieces of content were removed.

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Your Christmas or Mine? review a ho ho ho-hum festive Britcom
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:12:08 GMT
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A young couple end up with each otheras family for Christmas in a middling assortment of sitcom cliches and laboured farce

In what feels like a record year for the number of new Christmas movies being unwrapped on the big and mostly small screens, it takes a certain extra sparkle to make one feel worthy of our time. The welcome return of Lindsay Lohan was the mild elevation that Netflixas otherwise aggressively anonymous Falling for Christmas needed. David Harbouras theatrically released Violent Night moved past its been-there-seen-that badder Santa set-up with wince-inducing R-rated violence. Appleas splashy, star-led musical Spirited took the bones of A Christmas Carol and found a new, if annoying, way to add some fresh flesh. In Amazonas exhaustingly eager Britcom Your Christmas or Mine?, one might struggle to see why our time is even half-demanded here rather than elsewhere, a hackneyed grab-bag of sitcom cliches that ends up feeling more like tired pantomime.

After we follow a distractingly ugly CG snowflake glide through some even uglier CG clouds, we land at Marylebone station and on a young student couple James (Sex Educationas Asa Butterfield, flatter than the film requires) and Hayley (Cora Kirk, fizzier than the film deserves) as they face being away from each other for Christmas. They prepare for their respective train journeys but a sudden burst of romance has them deciding to surprise the other and they end up finding themselves alone with a family theyave never met before for the big day while keeping their relationship secret. Farce ensues.

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aI want to savour every worda: the joy of reading slowly
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 10:00:11 GMT
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Bragging rights seem to go to people who devour books, but, as this impatient reader found, turning the pages over many days or even weeks can immerse one deeper in the writeras world

There is something about churning through books that induces envy and even admiration, never more than at this time of year when piles of finished tomes are splashed across social media. Bragging rights seem to go to those who have read lots of books and read them quickly a how many times have you seen someone boast about finishing 10 books in a year? What about five?

But there is power in reading slowly, something the Chinese-American author Yiyun Li tells her creative writing students at Princeton University. aThey say, aI can read 100 pages an houra,a she says. aBut I say, aI donat want you to read 100 pages an hour. I want you to read three pages an houra.a

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Elton John to perform his last ever UK show at Glastonbury 2023
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 08:00:10 GMT
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Announcement comes weeks after singeras final US show and will be his second appearance ever at a UK festival

Elton John has announced that his last ever UK show will take place at next yearas Glastonbury festival.

In the eventas first act to be revealed, John will perform on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday 25 June, closing out the main stage with only his second-ever appearance at a UK festival.

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White Lung: Premonition review a a blazing farewell of love and anger
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 08:30:10 GMT
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The punk band go full pelt for their final album, a set livid with worldly disgust and bitter humour

aIam on a date with God and heas drunk,a Mish Barber-Way rasps on Date Night. Itas the lead single from White Lungas fifth and final album Premonition and one of the most incendiary songs to emerge from the last few years of turmoil. She goes on to imagine hurtling around Hollywood in a Cadillac, asking a fast-talking, bad boy God for his thoughts on the state of the world. aGod would be drunk and laughing and smoking and telling me what a joke we all are and how we screwed it all up,a Barber-Way told author Melissa Broder in a conversation about Premonition, adding that aof course, God is hot.a At the end of the song the narrator strikes a match and tosses it towards LA, burning down the city and her old life along with it.

White Lung has been on accidental hiatus since 2017. The Canadian punk trio began work on Premonition late that year with a view to releasing it in 2019. Then everything changed. Barber-Way fell pregnant with her first child, then her second, entering a period of personal transformation against a backdrop of global chaos. Five years, two births and a pandemic later and Premonition captures the band in a final blaze of glory a after the foot presses flat on the gas pedal, but before the inevitable crash. Guitarist Kenneth William and drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou are at their most wild and driving, packing every inch of space with hectic riffs and high-speed aggression; Barber-Way, writing sober for the first time, puts down lyrics about adjusting to motherhood. What emerges are anthems of rebirth at the necessary end, in which we can count the constants. In this instance: fury, hope and fierce maternal love.

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Could we have one app for everything? We ask an expert
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:00:19 GMT
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Super apps can revolutionise your life a but do you want to pay the price, wonders AI and innovation professor David Shrier

Across Asia, the trend for a single app that does everything a from deliveries to bookings to chatting a is spreading. Known as super apps, they are rumoured to be the inspiration for Elon Muskas plan for Twitter. Could they take off here a and should they? I asked David Shrier, professor of practice, AI and innovation at Imperial College Business School in London.

Have you tried a super app?
Well, what do you mean by asuper appa? Iad say Facebook is a super app a it certainly has super app-like functionalities.

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Good luck or bad? How Christmas decorating traditions vary in England
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:14:50 GMT
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Heritage project finds practices thought to bring good fortune in one place were believed to sow disaster down the road

When do you put your Christmas decorations up and take them down? How do you dispose of them afterwards? And do you adhere to the strict traditions for your specific locality?

If not, then this simple festive activity could have been placing you at hair-raising peril for the year ahead, according to researchers from the University of Leeds.

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Experience: I can only paint in my sleep
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 10:00:12 GMT
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Iall use any tools I can find. At a friendas, I used coal and chicken bones

When I was at school, I hated art. Growing up in north Wales, I was not able to scrape higher than an E in my final exams. I wasnat too bothered; I thought I wasnat going to pursue it as a career.

By the time I was about four, I started sleepwalking. At night, I used to go under the stairs and scribble on the wall. I have a distinct memory of sitting in the doctoras waiting room, aged seven, to get checked out. The doctor was adamant that there was nothing to worry about, and advised my parents to alet him get on with ita.

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Fashion has gone soft and squishy on us, which is a comfort in hard times | Jess Cartner-Morley
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:00:19 GMT
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Itas time to ditch the sharp tailoring and spiked heels. From fluffy handbags to squeezable coats, we donat need to suffer for fashion right now

I was in the shops the other day, just looking. Except I wasnat just looking, I was actually having a good feel. In Cos, I gave a surreptitious squeeze to a tasty-looking cosy puffer coat, as if testing a peach for ripeness. Taking a short cut through John Lewis, I was stopped in my tracks by a mouthwatering display of cashmere knits in juicy shades of orange and melon that were crying out for a stroke. Can anybody walk past a stack of fluffy sweaters without copping a quick feel? I definitely canat be trusted to keep my hands to myself.

Then, as I bounced through H&M a in my cloud-soft Ugg boots, obviously a it struck me that even the handbags were squishy. My favourite, light as air on its fine chain strap, was so cushioned and padded you could use it as a pillow, so I gave it a fondle. I used to behave like a kid in a sweet shop whenever I went into a fashion store; these days, Iam more like a fruit-addict in a greengroceras, squeezing everything in sight for what is not just in-season, but deliciously ripe.

Fashion has gone soft. Sharp tailoring is out and soft edges are in. To see this shift at its most dramatic, just take a look at the coats around you next time you walk down the street. What I still think of as a Proper Coat a wool, a defined silhouette, button fastening a has become a minority choice, edged into obscurity by endless takes on padded outerwear.

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After 10 years together, my boyfriend says he doesnat want children | Ask Annalisa Barbieri
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:00:16 GMT
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You say this is a massive deal for you, but the astate of the worlda question could be equally huge for him. Couples therapy will help

My boyfriend and I are in our mid/late thirties and have been together 10 years. We bought a house together a few years ago and both have good jobs. We love each other deeply, although weare not always great at communicating (I talk too much, he too little). Weave talked vaguely about having children over the years, and always agreed it was something we wanted in the future. For the past few years Iave wanted children more and have brought it up more often. A year ago I said I wanted to start trying but he continued to shut down the conversations and say now wasnat the time.

After much arm twisting, heas now said he doesnat want children, as he finds the state of the world too depressing. Iam at a loss about what to do. I feel like heas broken our agreement; I thought I was just waiting for him to catch up with my headspace but now heas changed the whole plan. I understand his point, but I am more optimistic and think life is what you make it. I desperately want a child and feel like itas all I think about. On the other hand, I donat want a life without him. I donat know how to have a conversation with him without it seeming like Iam trying to force him to change his mind and do something he now doesnat want to do (something he has accused me of doing in arguments in the past).

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