Earl Owens mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:40:58 GMT
Moody's lowers outlook for UK credit rating as Brexit wipes $2tn off markets

Amid concerns that Brexit vote risks sparking fresh financial crisis, Bank of England governor says it is ready to do whatever is needed

Ratings agency Moody’s has lowered the outlook for the UK’s credit rating from stable to negative amid what it said would prove a prolonged period of uncertainty following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Moody’s said the unpredictability of British decision-making had factored into its move, as had the likelihood of lower economic growth which it said would outweigh any savings the UK might hope to get from not having to contribute to the EU budget.

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Jesse Marshall mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:01:14 GMT
'If you've got money, you vote in ... if you haven't got money, you vote out'

Brexit is about more than the EU: it’s about class, inequality, and voters feeling excluded from politics. So how do we even begin to put Britain the right way up?

“If you’ve got money, you vote in,” she said, with a bracing certainty. “If you haven’t got money, you vote out.” We were in Collyhurst, the hard-pressed neighbourhood on the northern edge of Manchester city centre last Wednesday, and I had yet to find a remain voter. The woman I was talking to spoke of the lack of a local park, or playground, and her sense that all the good stuff went to the regenerated wonderland of big city Manchester, 10 minutes down the road.

Related: EU referendum full results – find out how your area voted

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Philip Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT
What will Brexit do to Britain's place in the world?

Britain still belongs to the UN security council, the G7 and Nato – but there are questions over its diplomatic clout

As far as Britain’s place in the world is concerned, withdrawal from the EU will not immediately bring the whole edifice tumbling down, but it will weaken it, perhaps seriously and permanently.

The vote could trigger a domino effect that would undermine the UK’s global clout in institutions such as the UN security council, the G7 and Nato, foreign affairs analysts say.

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Wayne Ellis mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:06:48 GMT
‘I don't understand the anger’: how the Europeans in London see Brexit

People from all over the continent work in the capital – for now. They reveal their bewilderment and shock at the EU referendum result

You would expect the streets of London’s Soho, first thing on a Friday, to be teeming with French game designers, Italian interior designers, German music execs, Bulgarian doctors, Portuguese waiters, but if you’d specified to a focus group that you also wanted the view from Norway (“We’re doing well, we stand alone. But we have the oil”, said a woman having coffee with her daughter, who wished to remain anonymous) and Moldova (“For us Moldovans, it is very difficult to understand your decision,” said Pavel, 21. “For us, the EU is the path to wealth and prosperity”), they would have said you were asking a lot.

The capital was diverse, and united: “I think it’s going to be a catastrophe for the UK, but also for the whole of Europe,” said Constanza, 28, who came here from Venice six years ago to study, and is now an interior designer. “If you ask me today, I probably will leave tomorrow, because I am really upset.”

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

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

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

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Alan Ramirez 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

Britain voting to leave the EU feels as bad as the fall of the Berlin Wall felt good. It will likely spell the end of the United Kingdom, and the impact on Europe itself could be even worse

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

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

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

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Clarence Robinson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:52:28 GMT
Martin Rowson on the Brexit vote – cartoon
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Brandon Marshall 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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Travis Richardson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:50:06 GMT
If you’re young and angry about the EU referendum, you’re right to be | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

By all means feel bitter, but please take heart. What those of you who voted stood up for was noble and one day will be again

What does Brexit mean for you?

Well, it’s happened. The UK is off. It’s sailing towards the horizon and we all know who to thank. A couple of days ago I found myself pleading with my demographic of younger voters to choose remain, for the sakes of our futures, for it is we who will live the longest with the consequences of this referendum.

Related: Young remain voters came out in force, but were outgunned

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Shawn Torres mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:05:25 GMT
The Britain I knew is gone: what Brexit feels like from abroad | David Shariatmadari

I turn my back for what seems like a minute and the country I grew up in no longer exists. And worst of all, it need never have happened

I haven’t been an expatriate very long. I came to America in February, when London and New York were the same temperature. Now, the city I moved to is hotting up, the one I left behind sloshed with rain, easing itself imperceptibly into the pattern of tepid weekends we call summer. I watch videos of submerged streets half smug, half wistful.

I’m still yet to shed the cultural habits – such as talking about the weather – that mark me out as British. I won’t list them, but all the cliches are still very much in evidence. I haven’t minded, because it’s not a bad brand to be associated with: small but big, ancient but modern, and island but one open to the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related: Nicola Sturgeon: second Scottish independence poll highly likely

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George Warren mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:30:44 GMT
After this vote the UK is diminished, our politics poisoned | Gary Younge
During the campaign the very worst impulses were given free rein and voice. Britain is not greater for this decision but smaller, weaker and more vulnerable

In the end those who placed their faith in the “experts” were always going to be disappointed. The pollsters were wrong; the currency traders were wrong; the pundits were confounded. People who did not feel they had been heard have not just spoken. Given a one-off chance to tell the world what they think of how they are governed they have screamed a piercing cry of alienation and desperation.

Given the choice between the status quo and change (changing something, anything) Britain voted for change. It got its wish. This will change everything. As the pound plummets, stock markets dive, the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, says a new referendum for Scottish independence is “highly likely” and Sinn Féin revives the question of Irish unity, we enter a period of volatility without precedent or comparison.

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Dennis Morales mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:59:54 GMT
The view from Germany – Britannia isn’t cool any more | Bernd Hüttemann
With this vote British political culture has fallen, and Westminster and the City of London are done. Now the EU can carry out real reform without English snipers

All the British glamour is gone. Westminster played the fake anti-EU card too much. With the result of the EU referendum it is now crystal clear: the game has gone too far.

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

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

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

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

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

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:47:18 GMT
Brexit: Katharine Viner and Gary Younge answer your questions - Q&A

Join the Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, and columnist Gary Younge to consider some of the questions and feelings that the referendum result has prompted

Our politics failed us. And since it is our politics only we can fix it. We are leaving the EU and entering a period of volatility without precedent or comparison. Offered a choice between fear of the unknown or fear of the foreigner, fear inevitably won. Britain lost.

We are entering a period of unprecedented political and economic volatility. We need independent journalism that respects facts, embraces a diversity of viewpoints and seeks to understand the underlying themes that inform this moment.

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Steven Peterson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:58:11 GMT
Brexit brought democracy back – now we need to start listening to each other | Giles Fraser
I voted leave, but the divisions exposed by this nastiest of campaigns bring me no joy. Now is the time for a new settlement, with no one left behind

I wanted Brexit and argued for it. But I don’t feel any particular sense of joy now we have won. Not because I am having second thoughts. But because what this referendum has revealed – not just the result, but how the thing was conducted – is how alienated some parts of this country have become from each other.

Related: We have woken up in a different country | Jonathan Freedland

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Patrick Foster mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:21:03 GMT
I’m an Austrian in the UK – I don’t want to live in this increasingly racist country | Julia Ebner and Janet Anderson
An Austrian living in the UK and a Briton living in the Netherlands are united in their dismay at the attitudes that the EU referendum result reveals

When I woke up to the cheering faces of leave campaigners on my Twitter feed this morning, the Britain that I had known and valued ceased to exist for me. The Brexit vote has deprived the UK of all the values that made it attractive and enriching for continental Europeans such as me.

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Fred Howard mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:22:06 GMT
Did the Mail and Sun help swing the UK towards Brexit?

Years of campaigning by UK newspapers have paid off – but debate rages over whether they reflect or influence public views

Was it the Sun wot won it? In a text less than an hour after the victory for leave was declared, editor Tony Gallagher told the Guardian: “So much for the waning power of the print media.”

The Sun, which came out last week with a union jack-draped front cover urging its readers to “BeLeave in Britain” and at 6am on Friday published “See EU later”, did not rise against the EU alone. British newspapers were overwhelmingly in favour of Brexit, with the Mail, Telegraph, Express and Star accounting for four times as many readers and anti-EU stories as their pro-remain rivals.

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Carl Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:32:45 GMT
The Cameron Conservatives era is over. The party now belongs to the Brexiters | Matthew d’Ancona
No government can sustain a rival one in its ranks. David Cameron showed guts by resigning, and his tears were not only for himself

How different defeat feels in practice. Before the referendum David Cameron was consistent in his formula: the vote was not a test of his leadership or of his tenancy of No 10. Should he lose, he would continue to govern, providing the continuity and experience that the nation would require as it exited from the maze of the EU.

There was a cool rationality to this argument, typical of the man and his distaste for drama. Those around him were ready to fight a confidence vote and believed they had sufficient numbers to prevail in such a test of his position. As collateral, they already had a letter to the PM signed by more than 80 Tory Brexiters urging him to stay on, even if he lost the referendum. At the very least, this would give Cameron – and his party – a breathing space to consider their options.

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Fred Carter mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:37:09 GMT
After this leave vote, it’s worrying to be an ethnic minority Briton | Joseph Harker
First they came for the Poles … in the wake of the EU referendum people across the UK are fearful of the intolerance that has been unleashed

The other day a family friend, Gilda, a 66-year-old Italian woman who has lived in this country for nearly 50 years, got chatting to someone in a hospital waiting room. The conversation quickly moved on to the issue of the referendum, and then on to immigration. The other person made clear she wanted to cut the number of migrants, and asked Gilda: “Wouldn’t you prefer to go back to your own country?”

Gilda was shocked: she has run an Italian coffee shop for 18 years, employing three people. “This is my own country,” she replied.

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Daniel Shaw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:02:26 GMT
Grieve now if you must – but prepare for the great challenges ahead | Owen Jones

A working-class revolt has taken place, and frustration is spilling out in all sorts of directions. If Britain is to have a future, the escalating culture wars have to stop

Britain has voted to leave the European Union: here is a statement that continues to shock leavers and remainers alike. Earlier this month I wrote that “unless a working-class Britain that feels betrayed by the political elite can be persuaded, then Britain will vote to leave the European Union in less than two weeks”. And this – perhaps the most dramatic event in Britain since the war – was, above all else, a working-class revolt. It may not have been the working-class revolt against the political establishment that many of us favoured, but it is undeniable that this result was achieved off the back of furious, alienated working-class votes.

Related: Guardian writers on the vote to leave | Matthew d'Ancona, Polly Toynbee, Suzanne Moore

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Sean Hughes mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:50:44 GMT
Why the Dutch won’t rush to Nexit and follow Britain out of the EU | Joris Luyendijk
Despite a hurrah for the leave result from the Europhobe Geert Wilders, the Netherlands sees little future in going it alone

The referendum result puts the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, and the mainstream political parties supporting him in an awkward position. After Ireland, no country in the eurozone has closer economic and financial ties to the UK, with both nations favouring free trade and close relations to Washington. The Netherlands has huge investments in the UK and followed Britain into its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and Elsevier are all successful Anglo-Dutch multinationals.

Related: Brexeunt stage left: the Europeans hoping that Britain votes Brexit

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Jeffery Peterson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:29:12 GMT
Nigel Farage’s victory speech was a triumph of poor taste and ugliness | Zoe Williams

The Ukip leader said the country had voted to leave ‘without a single bullet being fired’. If he embodies the new politics, it will be boilingly unpleasant

At 4am, Nigel Farage delivered a victory speech to his supporters; it was not much more than a couple of minutes, though a woman’s voice, insisting “thank you, Nigel, thank you, Nigel, thank you, Nigel” at the end made it sound both longer and angrier. Head rocking rhythmically back and forth as though banging in a nail, he spoke the language of new beginnings. “Dare to dream,” he said, “that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.” Technically, of course, dawn was breaking, but it was impossible to miss the unabashed appropriation of the future. The dawn is golden and tomorrow belongs to him.

He spoke the language of victory with the querulous memory of wounds sustained: this was for “the real people, for the ordinary people, for the decent people”, people who, went the subtext, had been sneered at for too long by a politics that wasn’t real, wasn’t decent, didn’t recognise the dignity of the ordinary. And it continued, “honesty” and “dignity” then rolling seamlessly into “belief in nation”, as if the first two were illustrations, proofs, even, of the last, which is no doubt what he believes. He sounded like a man who had set fire to the country club because they never gave him a good enough reason for refusing his application. That’ll show them, with their in-jokes, with their stupidly perfect lawns. There was something chilling about his framing of the politics of the past as a luxuriant, liberated place.

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Clarence White mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 03:57:39 GMT
Brexit earthquake has happened, and the rubble will take years to clear

Westminster was the target of this referendum as much as Brussels – and the scale of the public’s demand for change is breathtaking

There is a difference between measuring the height of a drop and the sensation of falling; between the sight of a wave and hearing it crash on to the shore; between the knowledge of what fire can do and feeling the heat as the flames catch.

The theoretical possibility that Britain might leave the European Union, nominally the only question under consideration on the ballot paper, turns out to prefigure nothing of the shock when the country actually votes to do it. Politics as practised for a generation is upended; traditional party allegiances are shredded; the prime minister’s authority is bust – and that is just the parochial domestic fallout. A whole continent looks on in trepidation. It was meant to be unthinkable, now the thought has become action. Europe cannot be the same again.

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Vincent Jordan mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:24:12 GMT
A pyrrhic victory? Boris Johnson wakes up to the costs of Brexit

Vote Leave’s poster boy should have been crowing, so why was his post-referendum press conference so subdued?

“If we are victorious in one more battle … we shall be utterly ruined.”

Like the good intellectual that he’s vigorously pretended not to be of late, Boris Johnson will probably know that line. It’s from the Greek historian Plutarch’s account of the battle that gave us the phrase “pyrrhic victory”, the kind of victory won at such cost that you almost wish you’d lost.

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Walter Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:56:36 GMT
EU referendum morning briefing: markets slide as world wonders – what next after Brexit?

Vote wipes $2tn off world markets, European foreign ministers meet, Scotland toys with second independence referendum – and who will be new PM?

Or rather, the big question: what happens next? For a thorough overview of the next steps, and who decides what, this walkthrough by the Guardian’s diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour is a must-read.

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Edward Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:14:03 GMT
What do young people think about Brexit? - video

According to YouGov polling, 75% of young voters in the UK voted to remain in the EU. These are their voices, as well as those who were too young to vote, but wanted to have their say

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Benjamin Roberts 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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Bruce Torres mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:24:03 GMT
David Cameron thought victory was his at 10pm on Brexit eve

Sunderland leave vote was first clue Nigel Farage’s City friends had called it wrong, then pound fell and Wales voted to leave

At 10pm on Thursday, David Cameron’s team thought they were going to win. The prime minister had enjoyed dinner with his wife, Samantha, in Downing Street, and a circle of close advisers were present to watch the results come in.

Some flitted between No 10 and the remain camp party at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday, but the core group included Craig Oliver, his communications chief; Liz Sugg, his head of operations; Graeme Wilson and Giles Kenningham, his press spokesmen; and his strategy director, Ameet Gill.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:00:21 GMT
The areas and demographics where the Brexit vote was won

Who and what led the leave campaign to the startling win that will likely redefine British politics?

The decision for the UK to leave the European Union was overwhelmingly supported in parts of England with low income and education levels.

Average educational attainment, median income and social class in English local authorities were the strongest predictors of how residents in that area voted in the referendum. The results indicate that the greater the proportion of residents with a higher education, the more likely a local authority was to vote remain.

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

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

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

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

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Wayne Harrison mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:31:30 GMT
Brexit doesn't mean Trump will triumph – despite what he says

There are similarities in the populist, anti-immigration attitudes motivating both Trump supporters and Brexiters – but the electorates are very different

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will have little bearing on Donald Trump’s chances of winning the White House in November.

Related: Donald Trump arrives in UK and hails Brexit vote as 'great victory'

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Louis Flores mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:26:40 GMT
Why did the UK change its mind about Brexit?

In 1975 another PM under pressure from his own party held a referendum on Europe. Why did it go right for Harold Wilson and wrong for David Cameron?

The wedding could hardly have been more tranquil. As midnight struck on the morning of 1 January 1973 – and Jesus Christ Superstar began its run on the London stage, and the first British hypermarket was sucking in shoppers, while Pink Floyd were about to launch the best-selling album in British pop history, and the motor industry was preparing to give the world the Austin Allegro – the United Kingdom was officially joined to the European Economic Community.

Here and there people held celebrations – some even lit bonfires – yet most of the land was asleep. Writing the front-page story, a duty that fell to me as the Guardian’s political reporter at the time, was deeply unsatisfying. Something that everyone knew was about to happen, had happened! Hardly a story that anyone yearns to write.

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Donald Phillips mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:05:39 GMT
UK's EU workers react to Brexit: 'Britain is a poorer, crueller country'

They told us their worries about the prospect of Brexit, now the UK has voted for it Britain’s workers share their reaction

Europeans living in the UK have expressed alarm about their future after Britons voted to leave the EU. There are 3 million EU citizens living in the UK, and although their status will not change immediately, many are deeply concerned about the implication of EU withdrawal on their right to continue living and working in Britain.

Before the vote we asked some of Britain’s EU workers how they would feel about a possible Brexit. Now that the country has voted to leave, we returned to them for their reaction.

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Chris Harrison mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:52:35 GMT
Is the EU referendum legally binding?

Parliament is sovereign and, if Brexit wins, Cameron will not be legally obliged to invoke the Lisbon treaty to start an EU exit

The simple answer to the question as to whether the EU referendum is legally binding is “no”. In theory, in the event of a vote to leave the EU, David Cameron, who opposes Brexit, could decide to ignore the will of the people and put the question to MPs banking on a majority deciding to remain.

This is because parliament is sovereign and referendums are generally not binding in the UK.

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Lee Fisher mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:23:13 GMT
Fear of immigration drove the leave victory – not immigration itself

Victory for leave came despite fact that those who experienced highest levels of migration were least anxious about it

David Cameron’s failure to give a convincing response to the publication of near-record net migration figures in the first week of the EU referendum campaign has proved to be its decisive moment.

The figure of 333,000 not only underlined beyond any doubt that Britain had become a country of mass migration but also meant politicians who claimed they could make deep cuts in the numbers while Britain remained in the European Union were simply not believed.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:10:35 GMT
So who are the winners from Brexit?

Small-time punters, Donald Trump and the poets of Ukip may be among those who benefit from the UK’s momentous decision

Voters who wanted Britain to leave the EU are celebrating a remarkable referendum victory. The long-term impact of the vote is still unclear, with so much uncertainty surrounding the future of relations between Britain and Europe, the economic impact and the ramifications for immigration and trade.

It is becoming apparent, however, that a small, eclectic band of people may have already done rather well out of Thursday’s historic vote.

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Ronald Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:35:35 GMT
EU voting map lays bare depth of division across Britain

Referendum result shows British politics has fractured beyond all recognition since the last referendum on Europe in 1975

England and Wales look like one country on Friday, with a clear if smallish majority for leaving the EU having been counted on both sides of Offa’s Dyke. But Scotland, where very nearly two in three voters and every counting area wanted to stay in, looks like another land entirely.

This is only the first, if potentially the most consequential, of the many divisions seared into the map – and right across British society – by this referendum. A vote that purported to be about the UK’s indivisible sovereignty, has served to disunite the kingdom.

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Dennis Harris mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:04:34 GMT
How did UK end up voting to leave the European Union?

Decades of Euroscepticism and ministerial rebellion led to Britain’s self-ejection from a union that voters never fully embraced

Britain’s self-ejection from Europe is the culmination not just of four months of heady campaigning but four decades of latent Euroscepticism, which, through good times and bad, never really went away.

Campaigners have agitated for EU withdrawal ever since the UK joined the common market in 1973. Labour’s official policy for the next decade was to quit, and a sizeable proportion of Conservatives have never been comfortable Europeans.

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Brian Shaw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:49:38 GMT
What does Brexit mean for EU citizens in Britain – and Brits in Europe?

The 3m non-British UK residents and 1.3m Britons living in the EU need to know what the result means in practice

For many of the estimated 3 million non-British EU citizens living in the UK, the vote to leave has proved unsettling at the very least.

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Vincent Warren mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:22:52 GMT
Brexit won the vote but for now, we remain in the EU | Joshua Rozenberg
By not triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty immediately after the referendum, David Cameron has bought the UK more time to negotiate terms

The most significant announcement David Cameron made this morning was not that he plans to resign in October. It was that he will not be triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty in the meantime. When to “start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU” would be a matter for the new prime minister, he said.

Related: After this vote the UK is diminished, our politics poisoned | Gary Younge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harry Jackson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:29:02 GMT
Man arrested on suspicion of Melanie Hall murder

Police detain and question 45-year-old over death of woman who went missing 20 years ago in Bath

A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Melanie Hall, 25, who went missing in in Bath in 1996, Avon and Somerset police said.

The man was arrested on Thursday and was in custody for questioning.

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

At least 23 people have died and hundreds more have been rescued from swamped homes as state pummeled by rain

As a deluge swamped West Virginia in a disaster that killed at least 23 people Ronnie Scott’s wife called him and told him their house was filling up with water. She fled to the attic with two dogs and a cat and waited. She smelled natural gas.

Then, the house blew up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:06:26 GMT
Northern Ireland secretary rejects Sinn Féin call for border poll

As Brexit sinks in for towns that voted to remain in EU, Theresa Villiers says there are no grounds for Irish unity referendum

Theresa Villiers, the Northern Ireland secretary and leave supporter, has rejected Sinn Féin demands for a referendum on the region’s position inside the UK after Brexit.

As towns, cities and communities, such as Newry, that voted to remain in the EU absorb the Brexit shock, Villiers said there were no grounds to hold a border poll on a united Ireland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vincent Reyes 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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Brian Clark 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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Chad Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:07 GMT
Skepta, ZZ Top and more – Friday's music at Glastonbury 2016

Never mind the mud – our team was out about at Glastonbury, scouring the stages for the best music

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Lawrence Cole 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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Sean Marshall 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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Chris Harrison mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:44:07 GMT
Bernie Worrell, Parliament-Funkadelic co-founder, dies aged 72

Worrell, who announced in early 2016 that he had lung cancer, influenced funk, rock and hip-hop artists

Bernie Worrell, the ingenious “Wizard of Woo” whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died.

Worrell, who announced in early 2016 that he had stage-four lung cancer, died on Friday at age 72. He died at his home in Everson, Washington, according to his wife, Judie Worrell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Louis Lewis mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:14 GMT
Experience: writing help in the sand saved my life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gunpowder is new and fresh – and cares

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

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

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

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

But What If We’re Wrong?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paul Gibson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:00:25 GMT
Dylan Hartley sets tone for England’s pursuit of Australia whitewash | Robert Kitson
As the Sydney Test looms with the chance of a 3-0 series win, England’s captain has looked particularly impressive and the supposed bad-boy leader now looks a viable Lions captain

Had there been a referendum here this week Australians would have voted unanimously for England’s rugby players to leave. Even if the visitors do lose the third Test and fail to gain a 3-0 series margin it has been a memorable tour that has confounded their reputation locally as oval-ball dullards. Eddie Jones complained about being searched at the airport on arrival but he can expect to be fast-tracked through departures.

It is worth remembering, too, that the past month has not simply been a triumph for Jones, such a shrewd manipulator of friend and foe alike. Insufficient credit has been paid to Paul Gustard and Steve Borthwick, his assistant coaches, who have helped to transform England’s defensive and forward urgency. Then there is Dylan Hartley, whose captaincy touch has been as spot-on as Jones’s laser-beam judgment. Rarely has a supposed bad‑boy leader presided over such a feelgood revival.

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Johnny Warren mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:07 GMT
Euro 2016: previews of the last-16 ties

Have Northern Ireland met their match in Wales? Will Italy thwart Spain? Will Portugal pick up their first win? And will England slip up against Iceland?

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Kicking off the round of 16 at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Étienne, Switzerland and Poland are in uncharted territory as far as their European Championship histories are concerned, with both progressing past the group stage for the first time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacob Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:40:59 GMT
I wanted to stay, but now we need to help working people in a post-EU Britain | Frances O’Grady
I understand why so many working-class people voted for Brexit. The political class needs to stop ignoring them

What matters now is making sure that in leaving the EU, we get the best deal for working people. It’s no secret that this isn‘t the result I wanted – or what the trade union movement recommended. And I’m afraid that it will be working people that suffer the consequences of any vote to leave.

Related: After this leave vote, it’s worrying to be an ethnic minority Briton | Joseph Harker

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

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

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

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

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Edward Nelson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:24:00 GMT
Market reaction to Britain's leave vote: it could have been worse

Do not read too much into the City’s initial response, divorce negotiations with the EU are now the main event

The FTSE 100 index is down about 300 points, or 4.5%, at 10am. Sterling is 7% weaker against the dollar. And 10-year gilt yields have fallen from 1.3% to close to 1%, the biggest one-day drop since 2009. These are big moves but – versus expectations – you’d call it a par score. Share prices and the pound had rallied strongly in the days before on the expectation of a vote for remain. A victory for leave – a 10% chance, according to the bookmakers, as the polls closed – couldn’t fail to provoke a strong market reaction.

Related: Bank of England promises £250bn to calm markets after Brexit vote - live updates

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Vincent Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:49:48 GMT
Guardian writers on the vote to leave | Matthew d'Ancona, Polly Toynbee, Suzanne Moore

The British people have voted for Brexit. What does this mean, and what happens next?

Brexit live: David Cameron resigns after EU referendum result

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

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

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

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Benjamin Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:16:45 GMT
We have woken up in a different country | Jonathan Freedland

For the 48% who voted to remain, and for most of the watching world, Britain has changed in a way that makes the heart sink

We have woken up in a different country. The Britain that existed until 23 June 2016 will not exist any more.

For those who ran the leave campaign – and for the clear majority who voted to leave the European Union – that is a cause for celebration. This, they insist, will be remembered as our “independence day”. From now, they say, Britain will be a proud, self-governing nation unshackled by the edicts of Brussels.

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Louis Fisher mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:12:50 GMT
The biggest threat of Brexit is not to the UK but to the rest of Europe | Simon Jenkins
Although Britain has given itself an almighty shock, the visionary outcome of this leave vote ought to start a grand debate across the continent

A silly question was asked and a silly answer was given. That is democracy. But so is leadership. As the good ship Tory government smashes on to rocks of its own devising, David Cameron cannot desert the bridge. He has made a massive misjudgment, but it was one in which almost the entire British establishment has colluded.

They must all now perform a U-turn. They must behave as if Project Fear was overstated. Every muscle must be strained for a new relationship with Europe. Other leaders of the EU, fearing similar disintegrating pressures, must know they all have a vested interest in minimising the damage. The idea of “punishing” Britain will merely compound the stupidity and risk to European stability.

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Ronald Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:15:36 GMT
The NHS has a mountain to climb in its planned programme of change

Health service leaders focused on change at the NHS Confederation conference – but as funding growth slows, it will be ‘bloody tough’

There was something akin to desperation in the speeches by health service leaders at last week’s NHS Confederation conference in Manchester.

Wisely, there was little attempt to inspire the troops with misplaced rhetoric. The contributions from the two chief executives – NHS England’s Simon Stevens and NHS Improvement’s Jim Mackey – were business-like and practical. The unspoken title was “this is how we get out of this mess”.

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Alfred Powell mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:55:54 GMT
Referendum day: rain, floods – but at least the shouting was over

While the political big guns chose to keep a low profile, Leave.EU was throwing a party … where turnout was rather low

Torrential rain and flash floods in the south; the weather had been as apocalyptic as many of the politician’s more outrageous predictions. Maybe the EU referendum really was the end of days. It was certainly the end of the campaign. With the polls opening at 7am, the shouting was over. At least until they closed at 10pm.

In between time there was only silence and the news bulletins had to come up with something other than Boris calling Dave a liar and George calling Michael a liar. It was most unnerving to have no Oxford on Oxford attacks. Whatever the result, England’s most self-regarding university was going to have a lot to answer for.

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Dennis James mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:59:37 GMT
Labour’s traditional voters no longer share its progressive values | Matthew Goodwin
Today’s working class care more about community, solidarity and belonging. With Ukip in the wings, the party risks becoming unelectable
EU referendum polling day – live updates
With no exit poll, when is the result announced?

Towards the end of the 1990s some Labour insiders began to notice that economically disaffected working-class voters were drifting into political apathy. After the high of Tony Blair’s landslide election in 1997, Labour’s vote dropped by 3 million in 2001 (even though it won another landslide) and by a further million in 2005. A small number of these disaffected voters were attracted towards the BNP, but this party’s racist connections were a turn-off for many.

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

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Jimmy Campbell mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:36:32 GMT
Beware a boring Donald Trump. He’s more dangerous than a maverick one | Simon Jenkins
The presidential candidate’s outrageous traits are being toned down. It will damage his authenticity, but he might yet win

Donald Trump’s arrival in the UK, at a seminal moment in British history, may seem like Satan gatecrashing the Day of Judgment. But he is just opening a golf course. It’s a free country.

More intriguing is the gradual de-monsterising of Trump the phenomenon. The US media have seen him as an outrageous buffoon, a menace, an incipient tyrant, a creation of the fascist Twittersphere. Yet the longer he occupies the political stage, familiarity seems to breed a sort of acceptance.

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Peter Garcia mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:53:03 GMT
If referendums are the answer, we’re asking the wrong question | Martin Kettle
We have tested this kind of politics to destruction. The results have been less clarity and more division
EU referendum polling day – live updates
With no exit poll, when is the result announced?

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive? I don’t think many will feel the same way that William Wordsworth did about the French revolution when they look back on June 2016 and our referendum on Europe. For this was no springtime of peoples, no logical debate in Plato’s republic, and no political Glastonbury either. And it has not produced the national catharsis that some hoped for. No one is snatching a few hours’ sleep this evening thinking, wow, that was just what we all needed, give us more of it.

This referendum was about Britain and Europe. But it was also a disturbing revelation of the way we now do politics. As such it cannot help but be a reflection on David Cameron. This was his show, prepared over years, not weeks. He produced, designed, directed and starred in it. It reflected his way of governing, his model of leadership, his priorities, his politics and his attitude to Europe. And it has been a shabby muddle for which he must take responsibility.

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Allen Thompson 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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Lee Rivera 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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Jesse Cox 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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Douglas Thompson 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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Fred Ellis 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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Dennis Evans 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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Jeff West 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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Anthony Kennedy 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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Walter Mitchell 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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Wayne Ramos mail: | web: | when: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:30:06 GMT
Inside San Diego's $810m human trafficking industry – video

Considered among the best cities to work and live in the US, San Diego also ranks in the FBI’s 13 highest-intensity trafficking areas in the country. Sex trafficking generates $810m in annual revenue for local pimps and gangs, making it the county’s second-largest underground economy after drugs.

But findings of a groundbreaking three-year study on gang-involved sex trafficking, funded by the Department of Justice and released last October, have prompted local government to act, creating a unique precedent for collaborative action

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Gregory Ramos 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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Kevin Kennedy 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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Arthur Harrison 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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Chad Reynolds 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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Walter James mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Google is not going to replace your doctor – yet | Celine Gounder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeffery Torres mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:01:56 GMT
Mum what have you done? Families try to resolve differences over EU vote

As Britain chooses Brexit, meet the families who are at loggerheads and having some awkward conversations

At 7am, after just a few hours’ sleep following an all-nighter watching the EU referendum result, Rebecca Fleming was glued to her Twitter feed. As the UK headed for Brexit she felt stunned and angry. Then she sent a text to the one person who, although close to her, she had been at loggerheads with about the vote for months: her mother.

Fleming, 25, from Leeds sarcastically fired off one word – “congratulations”. Her mum responded quickly. She didn’t gloat, but simply said she was surprised, adding that she had been a “cautious voter”.

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Louis Hughes 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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Melvin Flores 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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Harold Jackson 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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Todd Jordan 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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Fred Owens 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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Antonio Martinez 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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Jason Richardson 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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Alfred Cruz mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:11:49 GMT
Euro 2016: who will win the last-16 matches and reach the quarter-finals?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View all articles in our EU voices series

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

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

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

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

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Allen White 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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Chris Mcdonald 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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Kenneth Campbell 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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Jacob Flores 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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Alfred Shaw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:04:58 GMT
Britain votes to leave the European Union – in pictures

On Friday, the UK woke up to a national referendum result with a clear decision to leave the EU. After one of the most bitter political campaigns in recent years, over 52% of the nation voted to leave, despite large areas such as London and Scotland voting overwhelmingly to remain

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Wayne 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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Rosemarie Perdok 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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Craig Parker 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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Carl Boyd mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:10:43 GMT
Eyewitness: Washington DC

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Steve James 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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Brandon Dixon 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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Clarence Rivera mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
Five ways to wear... culottes - in pictures

Culottes are perfect for this unpredictable weather. Plus, they’re smart enough to wear to the office then easy to style up with an embellished top at 6pm. Wear Madewell’s khaki cotton drill pair with a simple white T-shirt for a cool minimalist edge. Tone down your look with trainers, or add a swagger to your step with a pair of shiny metallic sandals

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George Richardson 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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