Donald Roberts mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:44:21 GMT
Jeremy Corbyn sacks Hilary Benn from shadow cabinet

Shadow foreign secretary says he was dismissed in middle of night after telling party leader there was ‘no confidence in his ability to win the next election’

Jeremy Corbyn has sacked Hilary Benn in the early hours of Sunday morning after the Observer revealed that the shadow foreign secretary was preparing to lead a coup against the Labour leader.

Benn said he had been dismissed from the shadow cabinet in a late-night phone call after telling Corbyn he had “lost confidence in his ability to lead the party”.

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Douglas Owens mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:01:17 GMT
George Osborne weighs his chances in leadership race

The chancellor has put out feelers among senior Tory MPs but Brexit camp says ‘not a cat in hell’s chance’

George Osborne’s allies are taking soundings this weekend among Tory MPs on whether the chancellor should stand against Boris Johnson to be the new Tory leader.

Related: In this Brexit vote, the poor turned on an elite who ignored them | Ian Jack

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Patrick Martin mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:05:08 GMT
UK faces Brexit crisis after Europe’s leaders demand: ‘Get out now’

France and Germany urge swift action by Britain as Tory MPs say Boris Johnson is preparing leadership bid

Britain was heading into a period of unprecedented political, constitutional and economic crisis on Saturday night as European leaders stepped up demands for it to quit the EU as soon as possible.

Related: Petition to hold second EU referendum reaches 2m signatures

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Lawrence Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:49:13 GMT
Cameron’s bad bet: the drama of a night that ripped Britain apart

For the leaders of Remain, Thursday night’s early optimism soon shifted to despair as it became clear the PM’s gamble had failed

As they waited for the first results to come in on referendum night, members of the Stronger In campaign were sipping water and wine in a stiflingly hot room at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The Remain camp had reason to believe that a good night was in prospect. Final polls had shown them ahead, though not by enough to dispel the butterflies in their stomachs. The TV cameras and crews had been invited in and everyone was on edge.

“It was a strange atmosphere,” said a Tory MP who was there. “It was halfway between a party and a spin room. In the middle of a nice conversation, Kay Burley would suddenly butt in and say, ‘Hi! Kay Burley, Sky News, so what do you think of that then?’”

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Chad Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:49:36 GMT
Older ‘left-behind’ voters turned against a political class with values opposed to theirs
The Ukip revolt has reshaped the traditional political landscape – and for both main parties the upheaval has only just begun

Once more, with feeling. The Ukip-led voter uprising that tore up the political map in 2014 and 2015 has now changed the face of British politics for ever. David Cameron promised a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union to see off the Ukip revolt. Instead, after a vote that drew the largest turnout in a nationwide poll for 20 years, it is the rebels who have seen off the prime minister, gone within hours of the result’s announcement.

The Ukip rebels, dismissed only a few years ago as a fringe nuisance, have delivered perhaps the largest shock to European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The vote highlighted Britain’s deepening political faultlines. It also accelerated the growing estrangement of Westminster and Holyrood. While England voted firmly to leave the EU, every single Scottish local authority voted to remain. The SNP now has an electorally watertight case when it says the English are forcing Scotland out of the EU against its will. Time will tell how, and when, the SNP chooses to use this argument to revisit the question of Scottish independence.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:03:04 GMT
Brexit: a journey into the unknown for a country never before so divided

David Cameron has just become one of those leaders who will be defined in history by a single enormous mistake

In the speech announcing his resignation, David Cameron included a list of the things he was proud to have done as prime minister. I suspect you glazed over at that point. So will future biographers of his premiership. He has just become one of those leaders who will be remembered for a single enormous mistake. Neville Chamberlain had achievements to his name before appeasement. There was more to Anthony Eden than the Suez debacle. Lord North had a career before he lost America. But each of those premiers is defined by their one towering disaster. So it will be with David Cameron, the prime minister who accidentally ruptured more than four decades of his country’s economic, security and foreign policy by losing the referendum on Europe. That will be the inscription etched deep on his tombstone.

He staked his reputation and gambled his country’s place in the world on a referendum for which his party ached but the public hardly clamoured. He timed the vote and chose a moment that has proved to be a calamity for the cause to which he became a belated, and thus not very convincing, champion. He destroyed his premiership because he misjudged the politics and mishandled his enemies. The man who arrived as leader of his party pledging to purge its obsession with “banging on about Europe” has blown himself up over Europe. And potentially much else besides. With Nicola Sturgeon seizing on the perfect rationale for another attempt to gain independence for Scotland, he may also be remembered as the man who unravelled the United Kingdom, achieving the double whammy of expelling his country from one union and breaking an even older one.

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Clarence Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:05:03 GMT
There are liars and then there’s Boris Johnson and Michael Gove | Nick Cohen
The Brexit figureheads had no plan besides exploiting populist fears and dismissing experts who rubbished their thinking

Where was the champagne at the Vote Leave headquarters? The happy tears and whoops of joy? If you believed Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, the Brexit vote was a moment of national liberation, a day that Nigel Farage said our grateful children would celebrate with an annual bank holiday.

Johnson and Gove had every reason to celebrate. The referendum campaign showed the only arguments that matter now in England are on the right. With the Labour leadership absent without leave and the Liberal Democrats and Greens struggling to be heard, the debate was between David Cameron and George Osborne, defending the status quo, and the radical right, demanding its destruction. Johnson and Gove won a dizzying victory with the potential to change every aspect of national life, from workers’ rights to environmental protection.

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Roy Roberts mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:04:11 GMT
The big worry in Berlin is now France and its Eurosceptic voters | Hans Kundnani
While Germany values the UK as a trading partner, too many concessions will encourage other nations to leave the EU

Over the past few months, Europeans have gradually wrapped their heads around the idea that the United Kingdom might actually vote to leave the European Union. Contingency plans were developed to prevent “contagion” and stop the EU unravelling. Yet when Europeans woke up on Friday morning to discover the Brits had actually done it, they, like many of us in the UK itself, were shocked.

In particular, the British decision sent shockwaves through Germany, which finds itself increasingly at the centre of the EU and, as the chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Friday morning, feels a special responsibility for it. The crisis comes after three others during the last six years, all of which are far from resolved. But Germans see Britain’s decision to leave the EU as an even greater existential threat than the refugee crisis, which had in turn affected them more directly than the euro crisis or the Ukraine crisis.

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Walter Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:06:11 GMT
The Anyone But Boris campaign is up and running | Isabel Hardman
Conservative MPs have four weeks to pick two candidates to go forward to a vote. And manoeuvres have started

No one worries about what David Cameron will find to do after stepping down as prime minister: like every former leader, he has a lucrative post-Downing Street career ahead. But if he fancies going into motivational speaking, Cameron may want to think about some of his key slogans. After all, this was the man who told the nation in front of the Number 10 door on Tuesday: “‘Brits don’t quit!” only to walk out of that door again on Friday to announce that this Brit was quitting.

In the final few weeks before the referendum, the prime minister had told Conservative MPs who hadn’t yet declared their stance on Britain’s EU membership: “If I don’t win this, I’m going to resign.”

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Johnny Parker mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
The Observer view on the EU referendum | Observer editorial
Given that the Brexiters seem unprepared to govern, what now for Britain and the future of the EU?

Anyone who has witnessed the aftermath of a super typhoon in countries such as the Philippines or seen the devastation caused by the hurricanes that occasionally ravage the Caribbean and southern US would readily recognise the dramatically altered political, economic and social landscape of the United Kingdom following last week’s thunderous vote to leave the European Union.

The damage caused by this constitutional mega-storm is ubiquitous, unquantifiable and, in some key instances, irreparable. The political establishment, including the leaders of the two main parties, David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn, and the Brussels hierarchy, was squashed flat. The hitherto dominant influence of the City, big business, financial institutions, the US government, international watchdogs such as the IMF and myriad economic experts was contemptuously blown aside.

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Billy Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:06:04 GMT
London as a separate city-state? The capital needs to check its privilege | Suzanne Moore

Wanting to be rid of those horrible leave voters in the provinces is unbelievably smug and narcissistic. And remember, snobs: class contempt works both ways

Build a wall. That’s what sensible people do when the world is not how they want it to be, isn’t it? Build a wall around London and declare it independent. If not a wall, then maybe a moat, because I am not quite sure how this city-state will work, only that a lot of people have been suggesting this. What a morbid symptom of the crisis this is.

There is a petition. There is always a petition. Somehow London will be linked to a free Scotland. Perhaps with a bridge, perhaps a tunnel – the technicalities have yet to be sorted out – but you would not want to step on any of those horrible leave voters in the rest of the country, would you?

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Harry Washington mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:08:11 GMT
Nostalgic elderly Brexiters have stolen my future | Sara Abassi

The strong connection I have with the EU is a result of my academic choices, predominantly due to the opportunities offered to UK students like me

The future of the younger generation in the UK has been decided against their wishes. A nostalgic older generation has shaken my identity and I no longer fully understand what it means to be British. The number of students wanting to pursue opportunities in another EU country is likely to decline; it remains unclear whether or not future generations will even have the opportunities that were made available to me, which moulded me into an outward-looking, inquisitive and ambitious British citizen.

During my undergraduate studies, I was one of the only students who belonged to a BAME background on my languages course. I would often be asked why I chose to study a languages degree and I’d always proudly explain that the UK was a part of the EU and that we needed to learn to work closely with our neighbours and maintain friendly relations – by studying about their history, their cultures, their languages.

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Alan Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:02:11 GMT
Ruth Davidson, the Tory who stands between Scotland and independence | Kevin McKenna
The woman who easily outshone Boris Johnson at the big BBC referendum debate is gaining a reputation as ‘the People’s Tory’

Of all the words spoken and written about politics in the UK last week, perhaps the most revealing were delivered in a thick Glasgow accent on a mid-morning radio call-in show. “See that Ruth Davidson; she’s the People’s Tory.” The gentleman caller had palpably been impressed by the performance of the Scottish Conservatives leader during the big EU debate at Wembley the previous night.

Davidson was the star turn in the three-strong Remain team and, on several occasions, made Boris Johnson, a man whose views she is known to despise, look like a second-rate student union bawler. If Johnson is seriously considering becoming David Cameron’s successor, he had better start improving his oratory as he may have to grow accustomed to crossing swords with the formidable Ms Davidson in the very near future.

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Nicholas Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
‘It was supposed to be a dialogue about free trade. It morphed into a national feud over immigration’ | David Olusoga

Corrosive campaigning that resulted in Brexit has exposed a fractured society

For the past two months, people across Britain have been waving banners reading: “We want our country back!” This weekend, millions of their fellow citizens are wandering around in a daze wondering where their country has gone. Pre-referendum Britain, that apparently gentler and seemingly more unified nation of just a few months ago. now seems like another country, where they did things differently.

I went to Africa for 10 days in early June, leaving when Remain was firmly ahead. By the time I landed back at Heathrow, the Leave campaign had surged into a commanding lead and it felt like coming home to a different country, a simulacrum Britain in which a political party unveiled a campaign poster that looked almost identical to an image from a Nazi propaganda film and where a member of parliament was shot and killed on the street – and that’s not a sentence I ever imagined I would use when writing about Britain.

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Brian Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:24:13 GMT
Turkey, the Brexit bogeyman, is not so different from the UK | Liz Cookman

The leave campaign used the threat of migrant Turks to great effect, but Britain and Turkey have a lot in common, including a growing romantic nationalism

So, it happened. Brexit is upon us. The politics of fear won the day – the Turks are no longer coming. As we come to terms with the idea that the long EU divorce process is about to get going, Turkey – the country whose people Britons are apparently petrified of – is still plodding on with the longest engagement in history.

Despite all the bile spewed about the country during the leave campaign, it turns out Britain and Turkey are not so different after all. Like Britain, Turkey blames the EU for many of its ills. The slow speed with which its accession into the union has progressed is often seen as a deliberate move by the British, the US and the EU itself to undermine Turkish power.

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

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

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

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

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Vincent Cole mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:00:51 GMT
Plucky Britons have slain the Brussels dragon – but it's all just theatre

Island folk led by their Eton-educated betters have triumphed in their EU drama. And it has cost us our future, in real life

The curtain of the referendum drama rises on a plucky little beer-drinking island folk, deferential to their Eton-educated betters but beset by the fire-breathing dragon of Brussels, which forces them to straighten their bananas and chuck away perfectly serviceable Hoovers. Enter stage right Boris Johnson and Michael Gove wearing the armour of St George. What a cheek, forcing clean beaches and breathable air on us. We must take back control!

Their props – Nigel Farage’s traditional pint, Johnson’s ruffled hair, but not for some reason Jeremy Corbyn’s rumpled suit – identify them as lovable anti-establishment rebels. They promise us “sovereignty”. No one knows what that means in this globalised world. But it sounds like the Queen, so that’s nice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jerry Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:49:32 GMT
View from Wales: town showered with EU cash votes to leave EU

In Ebbw Vale, with little immigration and perhaps more EU investment than any other UK small town, the sense of injustice is greater than the sum of the facts

“What’s the EU ever done for us?” Zak Kelly, 21, asks me this standing next to a brand new complex of buildings and facilities that wouldn’t look out of place in Canary Wharf. It’s not Canary Wharf, though, it’s Ebbw Vale, a former steel town of 18,000 people in the heart of the Welsh valleys, where 62% of the population – the highest proportion in Wales – voted Leave.

Related: View from Hampstead: the bonus-rich are immune to politics

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Kevin Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
View from Hartlepool: ‘The main reason I voted to leave was immigration’
A staunchly Labour town in the north-east, one of the most deprived areas of Britain, delivered a massive majority for the leave campaign

It’s not only the Scots who want to review their constitutional arrangements with the UK after the EU referendum. The day after it had helped to make UK political history, Hartlepool, perhaps emboldened by its role in the referendum, was also seeking more autonomy.

In the early hours of Friday it was revealed that Hartlepool residents had cast 32,071 ballots in favour of leaving the EU while only 14,029 voted to remain, a majority of 69.6% to 30.4%. As such, Hartlepool became Brexit’s poster boy in the north-east, recording the biggest margin of victory in the region for the Leave campaign.

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Henry Powell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:33:23 GMT
Dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland seize moment to fight partition
A new border between north and south could yet destabilise the Good Friday agreement, say activists

In the city where the Troubles erupted in the 1960s, hardline Irish republicans opposed to the political settlement in the region are delighted about Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Brexit for them signals a chance to break up another union – the one linking the six counties of Northern Ireland with the rest of Britain.

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Louis Howard mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:47:53 GMT
View from Hampstead: cosmopolitan enclave feels insulated from Brexit turmoil
The Hampstead tribe invoked by Andy Burnham is now a Tory-voting global elite, inflected with French, American and Russian accents

The 210 bus winds up the hill to Hampstead Heath in north London, passing Harry Styles’s house on one side, a 17th-century highwayman’s inn on the other, under the overhanging branches of the ancient oaks and sycamores. At 6.45 on a Saturday morning, both decks of the bus were surprisingly packed, standing room only.

Related: View from Wales: town showered with EU cash votes to leave EU

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Lawrence Fisher mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:22:51 GMT
Anxiety, fear and shock that xenophobia and populism won, say EU expatriates

Migrant workers in Britain are seeing the country in a different light after Brexit

“I’m devastated and everyone who works for our organisation is,” said Alicja Kaczmarek, who runs PEA, the Polish Expats Association, in Erdington, Birmingham.

“We are EU citizens and it’s very shocking news for us. I don’t think we’ve been prepared. There is a mixture of anxiety, fear and shock that Britain voted and xenophobia and populism won above the community of values. Obviously, no one knows what is going to happen next. We have to wait and see but we all feel today that we have suddenly been told we are unwelcome.”

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Daniel West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:21:44 GMT
Brexit vote brings fresh surge of support for Scottish independence

Vote to leave the EU is changing terms on which people in Scotland are viewing prospect of independence

Liam McKeown has put the yes stickers back up in his windows. “I felt so angry I was in tears,” explained the social care worker, as he commiserated about the EU referendum result over a pint with fellow remain supporters in Glasgow. “But then I heard Nicola Sturgeon’s speech and I thought, bring it on.”

McKeown was drinking on Friday evening at the Yes Bar, a kitschy Italian cafe-bar in the city centre that was named the Vespbar until the 2014 Scottish independence campaign, when it became a hub for activists and promptly changed its moniker.

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Lee Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:44:23 GMT
Britain has voted to leave the EU – what happens next?

Can the EU force the UK’s hand, what reception will Cameron face in Brussels this week - and what sort of settlement will ultimately emerge?

The UK’s historic decision to end its 43-year love-hate relationship with the European Union represents a turning point in British history to rank alongside the two world wars of the 20th century.

On the assumption there is no turning back, or collective buyer’s remorse, Britain will live with the political, constitutional, diplomatic and economic consequences for a decade or more.

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

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

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

Here’s what they said.

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

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

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

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

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

EU referendum outcome - live

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

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

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Walter Crawford mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:15:04 GMT
Sadiq Khan tells London's Europeans they remain welcome

Capital’s mayor makes speech at Pride in London event calling for Jeremy Corbyn to help heal rifts caused by UK’s Brexit vote

Sadiq Khan has told the 1 million Europeans who live in London that they remain welcome despite Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

The mayor, speaking at the capital’s Pride festival on Saturday afternoon, said the city was grateful for the enormous contribution made by Europeans and said that would not change despite the referendum result.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arthur Washington mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:04:11 GMT
Battle to stop Jack Straw facing Libya rendition charges
Government spends millions to keep ex-home secretary out of court

The government has spent at least £600,000 of taxpayers’ money trying to prevent a civil case being brought against it by a husband and wife who allege that British intelligence was complicit in their detention, rendition and torture.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the extraordinary lengths to which the government is going to prevent the civil case against it, former home secretary Jack Straw, and former MI6 spy chief Sir Mark Allen coming to court.

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Philip Watson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:16:53 GMT
Justine Greening announces she is gay on London’s Pride day

International development secretary tweets that she is in a ‘happy same-sex relationship’, becoming the first openly gay female in Tory cabinet

Justine Greening, the international development secretary, has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, making her the first openly gay woman in the Conservative cabinet. Greening, the MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, chose the day of London’s Pride parade to make her announcement.

Making her announcement on Twitter, the politician, who campaigned for the UK to remain part of the European Union, quipped: “Sometimes you’re better off out.” She immediately received a flurry of support from Twitter users, including more than 600 retweets and a thousand likes in just half an hour.

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Kenneth Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
Spain braced for déjà vu in second elections in six months

Polls suggest Podemos may climb to second place but little else likely to change after months of political deadlock

Spain returns to the polls for the second time in six months on Sunday in an attempt to resolve the political stalemate that has beset the country since last December’s inconclusive general election.

Although there is increasing public frustration over the deadlock, polls suggest the new elections are likely to yield a similar result to last time, with no single party winning enough votes to form a majority government.

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Earl Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:20:53 GMT
Guardian journalists denied entry into Donald Trump UK event

Officials said the Guardian did not have credentials to enter golf resort in Scotland, a day after Trump called reporter for news outlet a ‘nasty, nasty guy’

The Guardian appeared on Saturday to have been barred by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after a spat the previous day, when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee took offence over questioning about his allegedly “toxic” politics.

Related: The lies Trump told this week: from his tax plan to the Iraq war

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Travis Roberts mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 03:44:12 GMT
Families hope for answers in Bristol review of hospital child deaths

Parents of young sons who died at Bristol royal hospital for children seek ‘a public acknowledgement of the failings’ in upcoming inquiry report

The parents of young children who died on a controversial cardiac ward have spoken of their fears that they might not get the answers they crave ahead of the publication of an independent inquiry into their sons’ care.

Faye Valentine and Yolanda Turner have many questions about the treatment their sons – who died within weeks of each other in 2012 – received at Bristol royal hospital for children.

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Benjamin Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 01:23:06 GMT
Gudni Johannesson claims victory in Iceland’s presidential election

History professor running as independent got 37.7% of votes with 27% of ballots counted, according to broadcaster RUV

Political newcomer and history professor Gudni Johannesson claimed victory in Saturday’s presidential election in Iceland, after early results showed him garnering 37.8% of votes.

“All the votes have not been counted, but I think we have won,” Johannesson told supporters after 32% of ballots had been counted.

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Jeff Nelson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 02:32:30 GMT
'Friends forever': Xi talks up China's ties with Russia during Putin trade trip

Deals include sale of stakes in projects to Chinese firms, an oil supply contract and joint investments in petrochemical projects

Russia and China sealed a raft of energy deals during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing on Saturday, strengthening economic ties while pledging to preserve the strategic balance of power among nations.

In what was Putin’s fourth trip to China since Xi Jinping became president in 2013, the two men stressed their shared outlook which mirrors the countries’ converging trade, investment and geopolitical interests.

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Jimmy Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
Chagos Islanders’ fate to be decided by top court
Supreme court to rule on ban that stops natives of Indian Ocean atoll returning

A decades-long battle by the exiled people of the Chagos Islands to be allowed to return home will reach its conclusion on Wednesday.

The supreme court, the country’s highest, will deliver its verdict on whether an earlier ruling by the House of Lords banning the Chagossians from living in their homeland was legal.

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Douglas Henry mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
‘It’s a miracle my Colombia could never have imagined’

After 60 years of conflict, the truce signed between President Santos and leaders of the Farc rebels has made a nation rejoice

Last Thursday the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, and Timoleón Jiménez (Timochenko), the head of Las Farc, the largest guerrilla organisation in this hemisphere, decided to sign a truce to put an end to 60 years of conflict.

It was a bloody war that took the lives of 220,000 Colombians, according to the country’s Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica. Those who died were mainly poor people and innocent civilians. More than six million were displaced from their lands and forced to go to the cities, and an authoritative number for those “disappeared” is still unknown. The office of attorney general has said that 45,000 people were disappeared, but according to the International Committee of the Red Cross the toll is higher: 100,000.

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Jeff Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
The other side to the UK's housing crisis

Eva Wiseman’s search for a home opened her eyes to a world that we don’t often hear about: the UK’s ‘hidden homeless’

Visiting houses with estate agents, you get a sense of the place the second the door opens. You breathe it in. This particular house smelled of the woods. It was a hot day but it was cold inside and as the door shut behind us our daughter reached up quickly to be carried. The first odd thing was how the rooms were seemingly interchangeable: a bath, a chair, an empty glass. “There’s nobody actually… living here, is there?” we asked. “Doesn’t look like it!” the agent chuckled. The wires were exposed. Damp climbed the paint. The second odd thing was that all the doors were locked. It was only when one opened that we realised why: every silent room was occupied by a different tenant. People were living here, but barely.

It was when we turned to go up to the first floor (another unplugged oven, a broken window) that I saw the man’s legs. I realised immediately I was waiting for a corpse – the house was dying, it expected a corpse. So it was almost worse when I saw that he wasn’t dead; he was terrified. Fiftyish, crouched, cowering behind the bannisters, he was scared to see strangers in his house, and he was blindly pissed, or high, or ill, and he was shaking. It wasn’t until my partner quietly told him we’d leave that I realised we could.

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Mark Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:57:23 GMT
Adele headlines Saturday at Glastonbury 2016 – review

There were those who thought Adele’s sombre ballads weren’t enough to carry off a Saturday headline slot. They reckoned without her force of personality

Related: Adele: ‘I can finally reach out a hand to my ex. Let him know I’m over it’

Adele as Glastonbury’s Saturday night headliner is an intriguing choice. On the one hand, it feels like a coup for the festival: she’s unequivocally the biggest pop star in the world at the moment. On the other, as she herself notes early on in her set: “I don’t have a lot of upbeat, happy songs, which is why I think people were annoyed at me playing. But fuck them, eh?”

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Jacob Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:17:43 GMT
Pride in London 2016 - in pictures

Sadiq Khan joins revellers in London at the annual LGBT+ parade

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:59:05 GMT
I’m cold and angry at my mother – how can I stop? | Mariella Frostrup

A daughter both resents and appreciates her mother. Mariella Frostrup suggests that she explain her feelings

The dilemma I spent last summer with my first real boyfriend and his parents at their house. They have a beautiful home and really great jobs. They are never in need of anything, always travelling and spending lots of money on clothes and restaurants and adventures. I pretended this was my life for the summer. When I came home to my mum in our tiny home with little food and terrible air conditioning, I started to conjure up hate for her because it reminded me of my depression and suicide attempt. It’s been like this my whole life, always worrying about what we were going to eat and where we were going to sleep. It’s not her fault, but around her I feel cold. When I talk to her I’m emotionless or angry. I constantly disagree with her. I don’t know what to do. I try not to be nasty but it just keeps coming out. I might be bipolar because my absent father is. I need tips on how to just be myself with her. I keep having dreams that she dies before I learn to become better.

Mariella replies I’d show her your letter. After reading it I think she’d understand pretty clearly what you are wrestling with and the fact that despite your outward behaviour you do appreciate her. To your mother’s credit she’s managed – against considerable odds, it sounds – to raise an articulate, thoughtful daughter whose life has every chance of being less of a struggle than that of her parents.

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Louis Perez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
From Berlin to Barcelona; will Airbnb ruin our most loved cities?
The accommodation website has become so successful that hotels are losing business and tourist sites face being ruined

To use the industry jargon, it is the ultimate “disruptor”. Airbnb, the website that allows homeowners around the world to rent out their spare rooms, has had a seismic impact on the travel market.

Hotel chains are reportedly feeling the squeeze as the US upstart – which has attracted $2bn in funding in less than a decade – eats into their business model by offering travellers the opportunity to “live like a local” and “belong anywhere” in one of the two million rooms and properties that are listed on its site.

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Kevin Martinez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:04:11 GMT
Why grown-ups as well as kids are swimming to Finding Dory
Finding Dory is set to be a huge summer draw. It works by cleverly and subtly tapping into our love of nostalgia

The film set to be the biggest box office hit this summer is not a superhero movie or a feelgood romantic comedy and it doesn’t feature a single Hollywood face – or body. It is a movie about a forgetful blue fish desperate to find her long-lost parents.

Pixar Studio’s Finding Dory, a sequel to the 2003 hit Finding Nemo, has made $200m in seven days at the US box office – a record for an animated film – and is set to repeat that success when it opens in the UK next month.

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Dennis Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:57:18 GMT
Last night was mad real: Kanye's new video depicts nude Trump, Taylor Swift

West unveils video for Famous featuring grainy footage of nude wax models in bed including Bill Cosby, George W Bush and Rihanna, as ‘a comment on fame’

Donald Trump lies naked with Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Bill Cosby and Kanye West in a grainy video released with West’s new single, Famous, in a line-up of wax models the rapper says is “a comment on fame”.

West released the video on Friday night in conjunction with a party in Los Angeles and an interview in Vanity Fair. In the video, the models lie as if sleeping amid crumpled white sheets on an enormous bed, as a camera pans slowly over their faces and bodies, pausing over each famous figure and parts of their anatomy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview: Elizabeth Day. Portrait: Perou

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:25:49 GMT
Anthony Joshua knocks out Dominic Breazeale in seventh to retain world title
• Joshua knocks out American and remains undefeated after 17 fights
• Breazeale only the second opponent to take Joshua beyond the third round

Anthony Joshua’s march to the top of the heavyweight mountain will not be stopped – not by challengers such as the American Dominic Breazeale, who brought a 17-0 record to London and left with his reputation in pieces after absorbing 19 minutes of sustained punishment.

The Watford man keeps the IBF title he won from another 30-year-old Californian, Charles Martin – who lasted less than three rounds. Breazeale, a former college quarterback, at least got into the seventh but he made little impression on the IBF champion, who remains on track, with Showtime watching live, to break the heavyweight scene in America. His CV now reads: 17 fights, 17 wins, 17 stoppages. That is very saleable.

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Bruce Clark mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:58:10 GMT
Gareth McAuley’s own goal takes Wales past Northern Ireland at Euro 2016

In many respects, it was fitting that an own goal ought to prove decisive, because this was one of the tougher watches of Euro 2016. Wales did not care and their delight knew no limits when Gareth McAuley stretched out one of those long legs to divert Gareth Bale’s cross into his own net. The Northern Ireland centre-half wanted to be somewhere else; anywhere else.

Wales have penned the latest chapter to a historic campaign – their first at the European Championship and their first at a major finals since their appearance at the 1958 World Cup, when they reached the quarter-finals.

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Jerry Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:41:51 GMT
Portugal’s Ricardo Quaresma steals last-gasp victory over Croatia

Come back group stage, all is forgiven. Portugal advanced to a quarter-final against Poland thanks to Ricardo Quaresma’s decisive goal three minutes from the end of extra time but, unbelievably, it had taken that long to produce an attempt on target.

This was a shocking match, barely redeemed by a frantic last few minutes. Croatia were easily the better side but they were punished for playing too cagey a game and not making the most of their superiority. Cristiano Ronaldo was quiet throughout, like everyone else, yet his contribution was still significant.

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Jason Henry mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:23:12 GMT
Manchester United close in on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic deals
• Borussia Dortmund midfielder likely to cost £30m
• Ibrahimovic set to meet Mourinho in Manchester next week

Manchester United are closing in on two major signings with deals for the Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking likely after a busy Saturday.

José Mourinho is keen to sign both players as he steps up his recruitment drive before his first season in charge at Old Trafford. Mkhitaryan has one year left on his contract at the Bundesliga club and, while Dortmund have publicly said that he is not for sale, they have now admitted that the player is ready to move on.

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Lawrence Morales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:00:48 GMT
England’s sweeping statement: from grand slam to whitewash to beach party | Eddie Butler
The adorably durable Vunipolas have been exceptional in this 3-0 clean sweep of Australia, and so has Chris Robshaw. England will be told by Eddie Jones they cannot rest on their laurels – but they have earned themselves a break

The tally of 84 points would seem to confirm Eddie Jones’s pre-match view that third Tests tend to be a little more open and a little more bountiful. Billy Vunipola missed a couple of tackles, as did Jack Nowell, which might be proof of a little less attention to brutal detail. But there was still a tough old feel to this game and there was very little of the carefree about it.

Tackles were missed because Israel Folau found more space, largely thanks to the return of Matt Toomua. The Australian back-line looked far more menacing and with the full-back feeding off the centre, England were always going to be stretched. It was Nowell’s misfortune to be the one who had Folau coming at him at a pace not seen in the series until now.

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George Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:53:30 GMT
Poland hold nerve after Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka blazes penalty wide

Saint-Étienne loves making history. Beyond Hervé Revelli, Michel Platini and Les Verts’ European Cup conquests of the 1970s, this atmospheric corner of the Loire Valley has carved itself a reputation in internationals. Eighteen years after Argentina ousted England from the World Cup on penalties in the last knockout tie here, Poland beat Switzerland in the same manner to become the first team in Euro 2016’s quarter-finals.

Related: Switzerland v Poland: Euro 2016 – as it happened

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Steve Garcia mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 02:05:57 GMT
USA 0-1 Colombia: Copa América – as it happened

USA finish their Copa America campaign on a losing note, after Carlos Bacca’s first-half goal gives Colombia a 1-0 win in Phoenix

We’re going to wrap this blog up now – Tom Dart’s game report should be along soon. Thanks for reading.

A decent game, as third-placed playoff games go, and USA were a bit unlucky to lose: they did OK here, and on another day might have won. But Colombia put together one piece of quality football, and that was the difference. Maybe Colombia were marginally the better side; James was certainly the game’s best player.

So USA finish with a 3-0-3 record at this tournament. Doesn’t really do them justice, does it?

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Jeffery Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:21:00 GMT
Adil Rashid ignores the armchair ‘experts’ to give England confidence | Vic Marks
With a little help from Shane Warne, the England leg-spinner has developed into England’s most reliable bowler in the series against Sri Lanka

Bleary-eyed, the circus heads to Bristol, scarcely believing what has just happened. The old certainties have been uprooted. As we sleepwalk over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, always a dangerous journey, we have to pinch ourselves. Is this a dream or a nightmare? No, it is true: England did manage to defeat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Edgbaston with a record opening partnership in a victory triggered by some superb bowling by an English-born leg-spinner. And the Super Series has been secured. Hang out the bunting.

But there is a problem. The series now lacks context with the Super Series decided. This concerns the administrators and exercises the minds of broadcasters and correspondents, who want to stress how important Sunday’s ODI remains. In fact for the dogged old punters, who actually sit in the stands, this will not matter so much. They want a bit of sunshine (not guaranteed unfortunately) and an entertaining day out at the cricket.

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

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

Northern Ireland goalkeeper

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Kyle Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:48:06 GMT
Jessica Ennis-Hill back to her best as fellow athletes lament Brexit
• Ennis-Hill excelled in shot put during final heptathlon before Olympics
• Rio hopefuls concerned about Team GB’s future after referendum vote

Jessica Ennis-Hill produced her best shot put performance since London 2012 as the Olympic champion led her first heptathlon of the year after day one, in Ratingen, Germany.

The 30-year-old started the IAAF Combined Events Challenge by running the 100m hurdles in 13.13sec into a headwind and driving rain, before clearing a respectable 1.84m in the high jump. But it was in the shot put where Ennis-Hill excelled, clearing 14 metres twice including a final throw of 14.29m, before she finished the day with a season’s best 23.36sec in the 200m.

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Earl Fisher mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:33:53 GMT
Andy Murray seeks to defeat and inspire British opposition at Wimbledon
Murray wants British interest at Wimbledon, such as Liam Broady, Aljaz Bedene, James Ward and Kyle Edmund in the men’s singles, to progress – but first he wants to eliminate Broady in first round

For Britain’s best player, this Wimbledon (as any other) might well be all about Novak Djokovic, but Andy Murray is keeping an avuncular eye on all his compatriots in both draws, and says he is happy if his success has helped inspire any of them.

Murray will almost certainly eliminate one of those, Liam Broady, in the first round on Tuesday. Aljaz Bedene, who has a stiff test on Tuesday against the No7 seed, Richard Gasquet, is also in the Scot’s quarter of the draw, but it is on Djokovic’s side of the draw that British interest is most concentrated. James Ward plays the defending champion first up on Monday, while Kyle Edmund will then get his turn at the Serb if he beats Adrian Mannarino.

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Mark Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:04:14 GMT
Republic of Ireland unhappy with France’s Euro 2016 advantages

• Republic of Ireland get less than 5,000 tickets for 59,000-capacity stadium
• Martin O’Neill: allocations ‘totally disproportionate’ and ‘seriously one-sided’

Martin O’Neill has criticised the disproportionate ticket distribution for Republic of Ireland’s last-16 tie with France, but backed his players to overcome the advantages loaded in the host nation’s favour at the Stade de Lyon.

Ireland were allocated 4,500 tickets for the game against a team who have had three more days to prepare than their opponents. A request by the Football Association of Ireland to Uefa for extra tickets yielded a measly 104 for the 59,000-capacity stadium and O’Neill, whose team were backed by almost 25,000 fans against Italy in Lille, believes the allocation represents a significant disadvantage against the tournament hosts.

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Wayne West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Decision time for cricket as ICC make plans for future of the game
The International Cricket Council will hold its conference this week and is set to make decisions on significant issues including the proposed Test championship

The future of international cricket will be shaped this week at the most significant ICC annual conference in recent times, as 150 delegates from the 105 full, associate and affiliate member nations descend on the Caledonian Astoria hotel in Edinburgh for six days of talks. There are five big-ticket items on a packed agenda:

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

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

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

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

As harsh as the lessons have been for Wales over the course of the three-Test series with the world champion All Blacks maybe, just maybe, the experience will have done them some good. That has to be the hope after they went down to a 40-point defeat as they dropped their standards from the first two Tests to crash and burn under the roof in Dunedin. Six tries to nil tells its own story, as does conceding 16 tries in the series.

“We gave it everything but they were just way too good for us,” said Sam Warburton, the Wales captain. “We fell off too many tackles. It was one of those days when they were a heck of a lot better than us. It was definitely a tough one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Philip Warren mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:09:11 GMT
Give a big cheer for our political correctness | Barbara Ellen

For the most part, far from stunting the national conversation, it enhances us

It seems as good a time as any to muse on political correctness in Britain – the rules, laws and pervading culture of what is and isn’t “allowed”.

All those restrictions, blocks and checks, covering an array of issues, such as racism, sexism and disability – it’s a complicated business indeed. And one that seems to drive some people into terrible rages, fuming at the shackles that are placed on their liberties.

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Chad Foster mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:03:11 GMT
When you wish upon a bra… | Victoria Coren Mitchell

Women shop for lingerie they never wear because they are actually buying a dream

For the past week I have been thinking, like most people, about the big issue of our time: bras.

Among all the surveys and polls and statistics of the last few days, I found one that really delighted me. Nearly 30% of women, despite owning several bras, wear only two of them. Or, as the Sun put it: BRAVO TWO WEAR-O! WOMEN STICK TO THEIR FAVOURITE PAIR.

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Arthur Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:59:06 GMT
Sir Cliff Richard is innocent, but a helicopter over his home was news
By filming police storming the pop star’s home BBC journalists were doing their job. It’s called reporting and it’s important

You can, of course, feel sorry for Cliff Richard, gaunt after long months of suspicion and police investigation. Just as you can feel sorry for Field Marshal Lord Bramall, similarly put through the sex-abuse ringer. Not to mention Paul Gambaccini, Jim Davidson and rather too many other victims of protracted investigations eventually aborted because of “insufficient evidence”.

Sir Cliff, like many others, wants a reasonable balance of anonymity here – no more accusations from unknown witnesses triggering ordeals which go nowhere and prove nothing. And, in particular, he thinks that BBC helicopter footage of our old chums from South Yorkshire police raiding his home was grotesque overkill.

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Dennis Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:59:06 GMT
First the Suez crisis, then the invasion of Iraq. And now this referendum

In the catalogue of catastrophic misjudgments made by prime ministers, what David Cameron has done to Britain ranks very high

‘Here we are, and the question is: where do we go from here?” Thus spoke one of David Cameron’s (and my) political heroes, after a crisis that bore little comparison with the ordeal that our prime minister has recently put us all through.

The speaker was Harold Macmillan, a true one nation Tory; Cameron claims to be one too, but he has often been sidetracked by the appalling, rightwing, Eurosceptical element in the party he has now given up trying to lead.

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

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

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

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

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

Related: Brexit vote sparks scramble for European passports

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeffery Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
Despite the lack of resources we need a commitment to the arts in schools that reflects their value | Stephanie Merritt
Despite the lack of resources we need a commitment to creativity in schools that reflects its value

In 2006, the 84-year-old Kurt Vonnegut wrote a letter to a class of schoolchildren who had asked him to visit. He was too ill to travel, but offered them instead the following lesson for life: “Practise any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”

Beautiful advice, certainly; there’s no question that access to art and literature, and the opportunity to explore creative expression, can broaden young people’s outlook, boost their confidence and encourage empathy and curiosity about the wider world. Middle-class parents have always known this; it’s why their children are signed up for MiniMozart groups and pre-school Mandarin classes before they can walk. Being “cultured” opens doors even if you don’t pursue a career in the arts; private schools know this and usually offer a rich and varied extracurricular programme of artistic activities. But Vonnegut’s exhortation is not so easy to follow for young people who have little opportunity or guidance when it comes to the arts.

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

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

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

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Glenn Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:53:24 GMT
Artists are in shock after the vote, but we need them now more than ever | Charlotte Higgins

In the years to come, artists and intellectuals will venture across the rift to interpret the two halves of our divided kingdom to one other

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WARNING: this video contains explicit language

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump and Me by Mark Singer is published by Penguin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
Psychedelic drugs: what hallucinating is all about

Even if you’re not at Glastonbury, your sight can play tricks on your brain

What’s so great about Glastonbury? As I’ve never been, I often wonder. Clearly the music and suspension of social norms that makes rolling in the mud seem like a good idea can encourage a new mindset.Some of the 175,000-strong crowd famously reach this altered state through psychoactive substances. However, the change to neural activity caused by psychedelic drugs isn’t as significant as you might think.

Whatever a stoned hippy might tell you in a field at 3am, hallucination isn’t an entirely different way of seeing - it’s just a different balance between what you’re imagining and what’s going into your eyes. Even when you’re sober, what you see is driven by expectations and prejudices, what you’ve seen in the past and what you’re thinking about at that moment. We constantly see shapes that look like objects and things that aren’t really there – but you are more likely to do a double-take and look more closely at whatever is in front of you if you’re not high. Hallucinogens can pause this inner fact-checking mechanism and cause us to project our memories and musings out into the real world – hence the purple clouds and talking teacups.

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Marvin Cox mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:07:11 GMT
Stand up for the arts in schools, say children’s laureates
Observer cartoonist explains the need for action by writers and illustrators for children

Children’s fiction sections of bookshelves are stalked by imaginary giants and superheroes. But these books have also given Britain a succession of real-life literary giants, from Lewis Carroll to Roald Dahl.

Now a group of leading modern-day titans of the field, the eight former children’s laureates, have joined forces with the current holder of the post, Chris Riddell, to create one formidable force.

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Billy Burns mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
Sunday's best TV: Messages Home – Lost Films of the British Army; Love Island

Britain’s Forgotten Army are celebrated in an inevitably affecting film, while the manufactured romance continues with 18-rated acts of sabotage

8pm, Channel 4
Britain’s Fourteenth Army, which fought a brutal campaign in Burma during the second world war, is remembered, ironically, as “the Forgotten Army”: their struggle has become famous for being overlooked. This film goes some way towards earning the Fourteenth the attention they deserve. It’s based around a recently discovered cachet of newsreels, in which soldiers were filmed sending greetings home. Inevitably affecting.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
Oldest, youngest or middle child? How sibling birth order affects you

Discover if there is any correlation between the birth order of you and your siblings and how sociable or neurotic you and they are

Here’s the simplest personality test you’ll ever take. It consists of a single question:

Of your siblings, are you the oldest child, second oldest, third oldest… or perhaps the youngest?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Douglas James mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:04:11 GMT
Keep calm and carry on … bidding for rare poster
Rare poster original that escaped pulping goes up for auction

Today the wartime slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” adorns mugs, cushions and tea towels. It is a familiar phrase, spawning hundreds of parodies, yet authentic copies of the original government poster are very rare indeed. Even the Imperial War Museum does not own an example.

This week, as the UK faces its biggest political upheaval in 50 years, an original poster will go up for sale at the Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia for more than £20,000. The scarcity of the genuine artwork stems from its history as an emergency message from the second world war. It was never intended for release unless German air attacks on Britain threatened the nation’s infrastructure or enemy forces mounted an invasion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dennis Burns mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT
‘We love you Beyoncé’: what Queen Bey means to her fans now

She’s no longer a mere pop star, but a cultural and political icon – so what does it mean to be a Beyoncé fan today? As her Formation World Tour arrives in London, Sasha Frere-Jones considers the court of Queen Bey

It was March 2001. Beyoncé Knowles, not yet hyphenated, was relaxing before a show in a sports arena in Peoria, Illinois. Standing around with her two bandmates, the 19-year-old talked to a reporter about being in Destiny’s Child. No security guards or publicists were present. Ms Knowles was still managed by her father, Matthew. “I’ve been listening to a lot of Miles, a lot of Fela,” Beyoncé said. She and her friends broke into song and discussed old-school hip-hop before walking, unaccompanied, upstairs to play before a crowd of loud but well-behaved teenagers and their parents.

In June 2016, leading American cultural critics Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton opened their weekly newsletter with a mention of seeing “King Beyoncé in concert”. Now with a daughter named Blue Ivy and a husband who dabbles in athlete management and vodka sales, Knowles-Carter is in the middle of her Formation World Tour. You have until 2 October to sell your house and buy a ticket.

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Joshua Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:04:11 GMT
The painter enchanting the art world with her thoroughly modern muse
Clara Drummond won the BP portrait award last week for her work with fellow artist Kirsty Buchanan

You don’t need to paint Kirsty any more, people told me, now you have won with this painting,” laughed artist Clara Drummond this weekend following her receipt last week of the prestigious BP portrait award, “but that’s not how it is. I will carry on. I plan to paint her soon, full length, in the landscape; something monumental.”

Girl in a Liberty Dress, Drummond’s prize-winning work, is a study of her fellow artist Kirsty Buchanan, and means much more to them both than a bid to net a £30,000 prize purse. It is the latest product of a fruitful friendship that plays with the conventions of portraiture, as well as quietly reshaping ideas about the nature of an artist’s muse.

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

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

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

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

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Travis Phillips mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:00:11 GMT
'We thought this would be the end of us': the raid on Entebbe, 40 years on

It was the most daring rescue mission of a generation, with a cast that included three future prime ministers, Idi Amin and more than 100 hostages. How did it shape modern Israel?

On 4 July 1976, the day the US celebrated its 200th birthday, an Israeli expat took a phone call that would change his life. A student in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he went by the name Ben Nitay, an Americanised shortening of the original, the better to fit into the land where he hoped to forge a business career and build a life. On the phone was his younger brother, calling with grave news. It concerned their older brother Yonatan, or Yoni. As children, they had idolised him; he was the one who led their games, who, they felt, had raised them. Then 30 years old, ruggedly handsome and newly installed as the head of Israel’s elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit, Yoni had, in the early hours of that day, led a raid to rescue more than 100 Israeli hostages held at Entebbe, Uganda. Word had just come that the operation had been an astonishing success and the hostages were free. But the leader on the ground – Yoni – had been killed in action. Their brother was dead.

And so, while the people around him watched marching bands and held street parties to mark America’s bicentennial, and while the world marvelled at the sheer audacity of a military raid that defied all odds, Ben Nitay – born Binyamin Netanyahu – made the seven-hour drive to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where his father was teaching. The 26-year-old was determined to break the news to his parents himself.

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

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

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

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

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George Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:00:04 GMT
Nadia Rose: ‘There’s no point doing this if you’re not confident’

The young UK rapper has burst on to the scene fully formed. She talks guerrilla videos, the new wave of female MCs and taking notes from her cousin Stormzy

‘Everything we’ve done has stemmed from the fun factor. I can’t do boring,” says Nadia Rose emphatically. The 22-year-old Croydon rapper’s first music video, last year’s Station, found her dancing on railway tracks, unperturbed by the train pulling into the platform behind her. “We didn’t have permission,” she admits. “We literally had one shot to do that clip otherwise they’d have called the operators, but the videographer knew when the train was coming and timed it perfectly.”

The fun factor is very much present in the handful of singles Rose has released to date. She speeds up, slows down, drops into patois; stacks rhymes on rhymes, doubles up meanings, bounces between pop culture references. It’s no surprise to learn she used to read the dictionary for fun (“My mum wanted the Bible by my pillow, but I had the dictionary there!”); now, that childhood nerdiness is put to good use rapping circles around her targets and turning up the energy for her crew.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Carl Carter mail: | web: | when: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:05 GMT
My wife is physically abusive, resents marrying me and is six months pregnant

I haven’t told anyone about the abuse and don’t know what to do. Should I leave her?

I am a man in my mid-30s, and my wife is physically abusive. This is difficult to talk about, not just because of the man-woman thing, but also because I’m from a more traditional country, and things aren’t the same there. My wife started pushing and slapping me early in our marriage, but this has descended to scratching, kicking and punching. When co-workers see me with a black eye, I make excuses. She complains that I don’t spend enough money on her. Recently, she told me that she resents marrying me and finds me ugly. She is also six months pregnant, and has never had a job. I haven’t told anyone about the abuse and don’t know what to do. My father was very abusive to my mother and I vowed never to be the same, but it takes a lot of restraint. Should I leave my wife?

• When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments that appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed.

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

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

This week’s question:

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

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

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

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





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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

Diego Maradona

Gabriel Batistuta

Hernán Crespo

Gonzalo Higuaín

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

John Major

Tony Blair

Gordon Brown

David Cameron

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

Gareth Bale

Andrés Iniesta

Michael O'Neill

Gylfi Sigurdsson

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

The existence of UFOs

The popularity of Donald Trump

The medical benefits of cannabis

The Adnan Syed case discussed on the Serial podcast

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





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

Tyson Fury

Jamie Vardy

Wladimir Klitschko

Lionel Messi

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

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

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

Related: Your photos of EU referendum polling day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Steven Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:07 GMT
How drones are sparking a transport revolution – in pictures

You may have seen miniature drones flying above your neighbourhood and parks – but the ways in which they can be used go far beyond the casual and recreational. Here is how they could affect the transport industry of the future

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Arthur Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:45:10 GMT
Reasons to wear... a print mash-up

Dries Van Noten is a master of the artful print clash. For his SS16 collection he mixed the unlikely combo of Salvador Dalí lobsters, Marilyn Monroe and tropical palms to great effect. Follow his lead and shake up your wardrobe with an injection of print, tempered with sophisicated neutrals

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Jeffery West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:11:26 GMT
Eyewitness: Sandhurst, UK

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serve up an ace in these properties from Staffordshire to Pembrokeshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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