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  • 3 weeks More means less when it comes to a great cafe | David Mitchell TheGuardian -Biz
    Patisserie Valerie lost its atmosphere when it became just another chain restaurant with a vague ‘Belgian patisserie’ themeThe first time I went to Patisserie Valerie, in December 1993, it felt really special. I was having a day out in London during the Christmas vacation after my first term at university and a college friend, who lived in London, took me to what I for many years wrongly thought of as the original Knightsbridge branch. It seemed extremely refined and continental – the cakes were like the ones that, in those days, you only really got in France. Lots of millefeuilles, ... more
  • 3 weeks Prince Philip apologises to woman injured in car crash TheGuardian
    Duke of Edinburgh wishes Emma Fairweather ‘a speedy recovery’ and suggests low sun may have been to blameA “very contrite” Duke of Edinburgh has personally apologised for his part in a car crash to a woman who was left with a broken wrist.In a letter to Emma Fairweather, Prince Philip, 97, suggested glare from the winter sun may have been to blame for the incident as he pulled out from a side road on to the A149 near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk on 17 January. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks North Berwick: Welcome to Scotland’s new foodie hotspot TheGuardian
    As millennials are priced out of Edinburgh they are bringing their eating habits with themHistorically, North Berwick was known as a classic British seaside town peppered with old ladies sipping cups of tea from lace-lined tables, but more recently this quaintest of towns has transformed into somewhere – whisper it – really quite cool. Doilies are out; polished concrete is in.“North Berwick is definitely changing in a really big way,” says Catherine Franks, owner of Steampunk Coffee, a roastery in the heart of town, which produces some of Scotland’s most highly regarded coffee and serves up vegetarian fare in an ... more
  • 3 weeks Tracey Thorn: ‘Not everything you do is cool’ TheGuardian
    Everything But the Girl’s Tracey Thorn on performing, her parents and her second memoir, Another Planet• Read an extract from Another Planet: A Teenager in SuburbiaYou mined your teenage diaries a little in your first book, Bedsit Disco Queen. Did you find something different going back to them this time?When I wrote Bedsit Disco Queen, I think I tried to present a slightly cooler version of myself. Implying that I’d only bought these records and that I’d immediately bought a guitar and formed a band. And when I came to look at my diaries again I thought: “Well yeah, but ... more
  • 3 weeks Tax, tech and electric cars: why is Dyson going to Singapore? TheGuardian -Tech
    Fiscal experts fear HQ relocation could be start of an exodus of companies from post-Brexit UKThe decision by technology giant Dyson to relocate its headquarters to Singapore could see the company enjoy significant tax benefits, depending on where it registers the intellectual property for its next generation of products, a leading tax expert has claimed.Dyson sent shockwaves across the business and political worlds last week when it announced the relocation from Wiltshire, which will see two senior executives move to Singapore. Chief executive Jim Rowan insisted the decision was nothing to do with Brexit or tax but rather to “make ... more
  • 3 weeks Demography is not destiny. Politics should be about winning minds | Kenan Malik TheGuardian
    A study shows Britain is now majority Remain. But reliance on data is not a motor for changePeter Kellner’s “crossover day” has caused some commotion. Last Saturday, according to the veteran pollster, Britain became a majority Remain nation through demographic changes alone. Kellner’s calculations suggested that in the period since the 2016 referendum, sufficient old folk (who largely voted Leave) had died and enough teenagers, overwhelmingly Remain, had reached voting age to have wiped out the majority for Brexit.Remainers seized on Kellner’s projections as ammunition for a second referendum. Critics (not all Leave supporters) condemned them as being, in the ... more
  • 3 weeks Shadow of the World Cup will give this Six Nations an extra-special edge TheGuardian -Sport
    With three of the four top-ranked teams in action and Japan 2019 looming, focus and intrigue will be at fever pitchIn January spring still feels far away, never mind the summer beyond it. But the start of the Six Nations, like the first green shoots, is a sign they are on their way. The tournament starts with the first snowdrops and finishes with the first swallows. When this year’s edition is over, the World Cup will be only six months and six days away, and the six teams, their players and coaches, will have a handful of August warm-ups left ... more
  • 3 weeks Insomnia, panic attacks, constant worry – the life of Britain’s EU citizens TheGuardian
    Last week the Home Office launched an app for EU citizens, but it has spread anxietyVanina went to work in tears every morning last week. Monday was meant to resolve two-and-a-half years of anxiety, when she and the 3.5 million EU citizens in Britain could finally apply for the right to continue living in their own homes.Yet the app that the Home Office is using to help decide whether people such as Vanina are entitled to “settled status” after Brexit simply added to her turmoil. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Brexit warnings by Airbus and Siemens cannot be ignored TheGuardian
    Major UK manufacturers know what they are talking about, unlike those clamouring for a no-deal exitEmpty threats, say Brexiters of the claims made by Airbus and Siemens that plans are under way across industry to slash investment budgets and possibly close factories should the UK quit the European Union’s single market and customs union on 29 March.Worse than that, Mark Francois MP, an arch Tory Brexit campaigner, says it amounts to bullying. He said Airbus’s German boss was guilty of “Teutonic arrogance”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks A £24,000 penalty for failing to submit one piece of paper to the council TheGuardian -Biz
    Botched legislation over a ‘commencement notice’ means owners face losing their homeWhen Mark Walker’s stepfather had a heart attack, it was clear he could no longer live alone. Walker therefore got planning permission to extend his home in Rickmansworth, south-west Hertfordshire, so that the 81-year-old cancer patient could be cared for by his family. However, he did not formally notify Three Rivers district council when construction started at the end of 2017. The omission may cost him his home. Because he failed to submit a one-page form, he incurred a penalty of £24,274 and was ordered to stop the work.“We ... more
  • 3 weeks Apple became the greatest. But is its crown slipping? TheGuardian -Biz
    The company is already warning its investors about this week’s results. Can it pull off one more comeback?In 1997, as it was attempting to resuscitate itself from corporate near-suicide, the tech company Apple ran a series of adverts imploring punters to “Think Different”.One used old footage of former heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, shadow-boxing at a camera and mocking his observer. “Back up, sucker. Back off,” he yells, before changing his taunt. “Come get me, sucker. I’m dancing. I’m dancing.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Brexit warnings by Airbus and Siemens cannot be ignored TheGuardian -Biz
    Major UK manufacturers know what they are talking about, unlike those clamouring for a no-deal exitEmpty threats, say Brexiters of the claims made by Airbus and Siemens that plans are under way across industry to slash investment budgets and possibly close factories should the UK quit the European Union’s single market and customs union on 29 March.Worse than that, Mark Francois MP, an arch Tory Brexit campaigner, says it amounts to bullying. He said Airbus’s German boss was guilty of “Teutonic arrogance”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Buyer beware! Don’t inflate your income to get a mortgage TheGuardian -Biz
    It’s one of the things that could lead to a refusal, making it harder to get a future loan Homebuyers have been warned to avoid inflating their income when applying for a mortgage, which can lead to their application being rejected. New figures show that one in six homeowners had been refused a home loan in the past. This crucially can lead to delays in being accepted for another at a later date.Consumer group Which? found the highest number of refusals was in the capital – far higher than the national average – with one in three mortgage holders saying ... more
  • 3 weeks Hugh McIlvanney: a night at the Algonquin with the master of prose TheGuardian -Sport
    Hugh McIlvanney switched effortlessly from boxing to Broadway in his search for a storyHugh McIlvanney loved living in American hotels, he never wanted to come home. When we were on assignment in 1979 covering a few boxing stories over there, he scoured the local press looking for stories he could convince the Observer that it had to have, so we could have another week living in luxury. One story he found involved his fellow Scot and actor Tom Conti. He was about to open in Whose Life is it Anyway on Broadway. We did a preview for one edition of ... more
  • 3 weeks Hugh McIlvanney: a friend, a towering presence, and the greatest sportswriter TheGuardian -Sport
    Kevin Mitchell recalls the sporting life and passion for journalism of a man who found wisdom, humanity and an endless fascination in the heat of the ringIn the days when cigars were de rigueur at ringside, Hugh McIlvanney would create a dense fog pointedly at odds with the clarity of his writing. It is a wonder the fighters never leaned down and whipped away his Romeo Y Julieta.Nearby would sit many of his American friends, writers and commentators such as Larry Merchant, Ed Schuyler, Royce Feour and Mike Katz, along with his British colleagues Colin Hart, Alan Hubbard, the Jameses ... more
  • 3 weeks For the poor, it’s not Europe that’s the problem. It’s austerity TheGuardian -Biz
    Brexit is a solution to what wealthy Leavers perceive to be their problems. It will not remedy the discontents of the manyAs the Brexit farce proceeds, it is worth remembering that before David Cameron made his catastrophic error of calling a referendum, the EU was way down the list of British people’s concerns in almost every opinion poll. Indeed, not even in the first 11.The central point is that Brexit became the focus for all manner of discontents, many of them understandable. But leaving the EU would indubitably not be the answer to them, and would be guaranteed not to ... more
  • 3 weeks Young people are turning to classical music to escape ‘noise of modern life’ TheGuardian
    Backers of new radio station say research shows a growing audience for the classics among under-35sTo many, the decision announced last week to launch Scala Radio, a major new station founded on the belief that classical music can appeal to younger audiences, will have come as a surprise. But research has shown clear indications of new listening trends, with almost half (45%) of young people saying they see classical music as an escape from the noise of modern life.The new digital radio station will have DJ Simon Mayo at the forefront of its presenting team when it launches in March. ... more
  • 3 weeks Future of digital journalism in question as BuzzFeed and HuffPost lay off 1,000 TheGuardian -Biz
    Job losses follow sales or cuts at Mic, Refinery29 and elsewhere, but publishing as a whole had already shrunk sharplyRevenue-per-click, the business strategy that has informed digital publishers for years, was effectively pronounced DOA this week as leading players in a sector once viewed as the future of journalism announced deep cuts.In a letter to employees headlined “Difficult Changes”, the BuzzFeed founder and chief executive Jonah Peretti said the company would reduce headcount by 15%, or around 250 jobs, to around 1,100 employees globally. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Following Prince Philip’s car crash, should elderly people be driving? | Mona Chalabi TheGuardian
    The 97-year-old duke’s driving skills have received scrutiny after his recent crash – but how many people around his age have licenses in the US and UK?Two women were left injured after a car crash with the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this month. The baby that was traveling with the women escaped injury, as did the 97-year-old prince. Related: Footage reveals Prince Philip had crash in 1964 while driving Queen Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Working mothers ‘up to 40% more stressed’ TheGuardian
    Shortening hours reduces pressure but flexitime and home-based jobs offer no benefit, major study findsThey may have had more than a sneaking suspicion that it was the case, but now working mothers have the data to back it up: they are indeed more stressed than other people – 18% more, in fact.And that figure rises to 40% for those with two children, according to a major study that analysed 11 key indicators of chronic stress levels. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks A house is a home, not an income stream | Letters TheGuardian
    The scandal of homelessness and sky-high property prices will only be solved through increases in taxesIt is no coincidence that the housing disaster started under the Tory government led by Margaret Thatcher. She actively aimed to destroy the concept of council housing, along with all types of public ownership, and propelled greed to the forefront of British life (“Council houses were once a glory of the public realm. Let’s return to those days”, Rowan Moore, Comment). The 30 years since, uninterrupted by the Tony Blair/Gordon Brown New Labour governments, have created the disasters we see around us, from ludicrous house ... more
  • 3 weeks This is no time to make political capital out of Alex Salmond’s arrest | Kevin McKenna TheGuardian
    Until the case against the former SNP leader is settled, there is little chance of a second independence voteIt’s impossible to overstate the sense of shock that swept across Scotland when it was revealed what charges Alex Salmond is facing after his appearance on petition at Edinburgh sheriff court last Thursday. Scotland’s former first minister has been charged with two counts of attempted rape and multiple counts of sexual assault. He immediately said that he was “innocent of any criminality whatsoever” and would defend himself in court “to the utmost”. In Holyrood a little while later, Nicola Sturgeon cut a ... more
  • 3 weeks Stephen Rubin, owner of JD Sports, paid most tax in UK last year with £181m bill TheGuardian
    Bet365 tycoons are second, Sir James Dyson is third and the Beckhams also feature in Sunday Times listStephen Rubin, the majority owner of JD Sports, has been revealed as Britain’s highest taxpayer in a list that also includes Sir James Dyson, Mike Ashley and the Beckham family.Rubin paid £181.6m in taxes in 2017-18, according to a study by the Sunday Times (£), with Denise, John and Peter Coates, owners of bet365, second on the list with a £156m tax bill. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Stephen Rubin, owner of JD Sports, paid most tax in UK last year with £181m bill TheGuardian -Biz
    Bet365 tycoons are second, Sir James Dyson is third and the Beckhams also feature in Sunday Times listStephen Rubin, the majority owner of JD Sports, has been revealed as Britain’s highest taxpayer in a list that also includes Sir James Dyson, Mike Ashley and the Beckham family.Rubin paid £181.6m in taxes in 2017-18, according to a study by the Sunday Times, with Denise, John and Peter Coates, owners of bet365, second on the list with a £156m tax bill. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks West Ham ready to pay Maxi Gómez’s £43.5m release clause TheGuardian -Sport
    • Hammers closing in on deal for Celta Vigo’s Uruguayan striker• Marko Arnautovic will be given £45m China move in summerWest Ham are closing in on the signing of Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez after signalling their intent to pay the striker’s £43.5m release clause.They are confident a deal for the 22-year-old Uruguayan can be struck before the transfer window shuts on Thursday after telling Marko Arnautovic that they will let him move to China for £45m in the summer. With Celta battling against relegation from La Liga, West Ham’s willingness to let Gómez return to Spain on loan for the ... more
  • 3 weeks One in 20 Britons ‘does not believe’ Holocaust took place, poll finds TheGuardian
    Call for better education after scale of ignorance is revealed in survey to coincide with memorial dayOne in 20 British adults does not believe the Holocaust happened, and 8% say that the scale of the genocide has been exaggerated, according to a poll marking Holocaust Memorial Day.Almost half of those questioned said they did not know how many Jews were murdered in Nazi death camps, and one in five grossly underestimated the number, saying that fewer than two million were killed. At least six million Jews died. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Law firm defends £13m fee for equality action against Glasgow council TheGuardian
    Flamboyant lawyer Stefan Cross won £500m for 14,000 women after 12-year pay battleA claims company that was instrumental in securing a £500m equal-pay deal for thousands of female council workers in Glasgow is to receive £13m of the payout to cover its fees, the Observer has learned.The sum paid to Action4Equality Scotland has raised eyebrows among some union officials, one of whom told the Observer: “It does seem a huge amount.” But Stefan Cross, the company’s founder and an equality lawyer who has secured similar successful claims against other councils in Scotland and England, has defended its fee. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Pellegrini ‘ashamed’ of West Ham team but Arnautovic signs new contract TheGuardian -Sport
    • Manager refuses to answer questions about Austrian’s new deal• ‘Wimbledon played a team which didn’t have any desire to win’Manuel Pellegrini said he was “ashamed” of his West Ham players after seeing them crash out of the FA Cup to the League One side AFC Wimbledon.With his team trailing 2-0 at half-time, the Chilean manager withdrew three players but saw Wimbledon extend their lead within a minute of the restart. Asked if he had shown his anger to his players during the break, Pellegrini, who refused to answer questions about Marko Arnautovic after the forward signed a new contract ... more
  • 3 weeks Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi submits transfer request to force Bayern move TheGuardian -Sport
    • Teenager wants to leave before window closes on Thursday• Álvaro Morata in Madrid finalising loan move to AtléticoCallum Hudson-Odoi has handed in a formal transfer request at Chelsea in a bid to force through a move to Bayern Munich before Thursday’s transfer deadline.The teenager, a product of the Premier League club’s academy at Cobham, has been the subject of a succession of bids over the last month from the Bundesliga champions, the last of which amounted to around £35m for a player who has yet to make a top-flight start and whose current contract expires in 2020. That offer ... more
  • 3 weeks Health secretary tells social media firms to protect children after girl’s death TheGuardian
    Matt Hancock warns companies after death of Molly Russell, whose social media contained distressing materialSocial media companies are facing renewed demands from the government to protect children from harmful online content, amid growing concerns over suicide and self-harm among teenagers.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has warned companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter that he will use the law to force them to act should they fail to remove inappropriate content. He warns that the benefits of new technology could be “lost because of reasonable concerns about its risks”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Jobs fears haunt the frantic scramble for a Brexit deal TheGuardian
    Key backbenchers, including Labour’s Yvette Cooper, could determine how – or if – Brexit happens. And in their constituencies, companies are already planning for the worstThe giant disused towers of Ferrybridge coal-fired power station loom over the A1 on the approach to Pontefract. In their 1970s heyday these great symbols of West Yorkshire’s industrial might employed 850 workers.Just a few miles away is the site of Britain’s last deep coal mine, Kellingley Colliery, which, like the power station that burnt its coal, went out of production in 2015, with the loss of 450 jobs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Rory Burns excels but falls short of maiden Test century for England | Ali Martin TheGuardian -Sport
    The opener played positively in England’s second innings but fluffed his lines when facing Roston Chase on 84Rory Burns keeps a diary about his batting, regularly jotting down thoughts in the search for self‑improvement. One fancies his latest entry may read much like that of Blackadder’s Captain Darling on the day of the big push: “It simply says ‘bugger’.”It was on the stroke of lunch on the fourth day here in Barbados, with just one English wicket snared, when Jason Holder called on Roston Chase. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Olivier Giroud supports Maurizio Sarri’s criticism of Chelsea players TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘We know we need to do more,’ says Giroud• Gonzalo Higuaín may start against Sheffield WednesdayOlivier Giroud has insisted Chelsea’s players do not have an issue with the criticism Maurizio Sarri levelled against them following the defeat by Arsenal last Saturday.Sarri tore into his squad after the 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium, labelling them “extremely difficult to motivate” and questioning their mentality in general. That was seen by many as an extremely risky move on the part of the Italian and, perhaps, the beginning of the end of his reign at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Jan Vertonghen: current Tottenham side deserves ‘so many trophies’ TheGuardian -Sport
    •Belgian says it would be a ‘big shame’ if silverware eluded Spurs•Roy Hodgson: trophies are not football’s be-all and end-allJan Vertonghen has said it would be a “big shame” if Tottenham’s current generation of players do not win a trophy.Spurs travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday for a FA Cup fourth-round tie that has increased in significance following their Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea. The FA Cup is by some distance their most realistic means of ending a trophy drought that stretches back 11 years. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Ole Gunnar Solskjær: Alexis Sánchez has taken a big, big step forward TheGuardian -Sport
    • Chilean scored in FA Cup win over his former club Arsenal• ‘He has been fantastic, he is determined to prove his worth’Ole Gunnar Solskjær is backing Alexis Sánchez to seize the moment to prove his worth to Manchester United. The Chilean forward, who signed a year ago from Arsenal, scored with a flash of his dynamic best in the FA Cup win at the Emirates on Friday. Solskjær described that as “a big, big step forward” for Sánchez.Communication has not been easy but they are getting there. “Well, in my broken English and with his broken English,” Solskjær said, ... more
  • 3 weeks Joe Root bemoans ‘very soft dismissals’ after England’s battering by Windies TheGuardian -Sport
    • Captain says his side are desperate to make amends in Antigua• Praises ‘exceptional’ Ben Stokes and Jimmy AndersonJoe Root bemoaned a raft of soft dismissals amid England’s second Bridgetown collapse, but insisted one horror week against West Indies does not make them a bad side. The captain was one of eight victims to Roston Chase – a batting all-rounder who barely turns the ball and previously took his Test wickets at 47 apiece – and now has five days to pick the troops off the floor before Thursday’s second instalment in Antigua. Related: Roston Chase humiliates England as dominant ... more
  • 3 weeks Eddie Jones: Pressure all on Ireland in Six Nations opener against England TheGuardian -Sport
    • Ireland have won their last 12 matches in Dublin• Jones: ‘Ireland have got to carry the weight of pressure’Eddie Jones says the pressure will be on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday when England aim to become the first visiting country to win there since the autumn of 2016.Champions Ireland have won their last 12 home matches, beating all the other tier-one nations in that run, and they have not lost in the Six Nations in Dublin since England won 12-6 there in 2013. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Greig Laidlaw: ‘Italy always believe they can beat Scotland’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Azzurri at Murrayfield should be the kindest start the Scots could have, but Gregor Townsend remembers only too well a famous upset in the same fixture 19 years agoGregor Townsend remembers only too well the last time Scotland began their Six Nations campaign against Italy. It was 19 years ago, Scotland were the title holders after Townsend had inspired them to the last ever Five Nations crown in 1999 – scoring a try in every match – and it was Italy’s first foray in the championship. Townsend and Scotland were promptly steamrollered in Rome.It is a quirk of the ... more
  • 3 weeks Scott Wagstaff double sends West Ham packing as Wimbledon relive glory years TheGuardian -Sport
    Even for a former member of the Crazy Gang, it must have been hard to watch. With his side leading 3-0 five minutes into the second half thanks to two strikes from Scott Wagstaff and another from Kwesi Appiah, Wally Downes saw his side go into the final stages leading by a single goal after West Ham’s second-half fightback. But as the club that conjured up the most unlikely of FA Cup stories when they saw off Liverpool at Wembley in the 1988 final, Wimbledon are used to holding their nerve.A brilliant header from the substitute Toby Sibbick in the ... more
  • 3 weeks FA Cup roundup: Doncaster reach fifth round for first time in 63 years TheGuardian -Sport
    • Ben Whiteman’s double gives Rovers 2-1 win over Oldham• Swansea ease through with 4-1 victory against GillinghamGrant McCann said his Doncaster side’s 2-1 victory over Oldham “changes our lives a bit” after they reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 63 years.Ben Whiteman’s late penalty secured the win after Peter Clarke had cancelled out the midfielder’s deflected opener. The result was harsh on League Two Oldham, who gave as good as they got against a side from the division above. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit TheGuardian
    Business group warns that companies are getting ready to shift operations abroadThousands of British companies have already triggered emergency plans to cope with a no-deal Brexit, with many gearing up to move operations abroad if the UK crashes out of the EU, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.Before a crucial week in parliament, in which MPs will try to wrest control from Theresa May’s government in order to delay Brexit and avoid a no-deal outcome, the BCC said it believed companies that had already gone ahead with their plans represented the “tip of the iceberg” and that many of ... more
  • 3 weeks UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit TheGuardian -Biz
    Business group warns that companies are getting ready to shift operations abroadThousands of British companies have already triggered emergency plans to cope with a no-deal Brexit, with many gearing up to move operations abroad if the UK crashes out of the EU, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.Before a crucial week in parliament, in which MPs will try to wrest control from Theresa May’s government in order to delay Brexit and avoid a no-deal outcome, the BCC said it believed companies that had already gone ahead with their plans represented the “tip of the iceberg” and that many of ... more
  • 3 weeks The academy revolution has swept England. It has left casualties in its wake | Sonia Sodha TheGaurdian – Edu
    More than half of all pupils are educated by an opaque and poorly regulated systemWalk into a school and some things will strike you right away. Is the atmosphere respectful and warm? How do children interact with their teachers? What sort of project work takes pride of place on the corridor walls?One thing that you can’t immediately tell from wandering from classroom to classroom is whether the school is an academy, run by a not-for-profit organisation independent of the local council, or a “maintained” school under local council oversight. When things are going well, parents may barely notice the difference. ... more
  • 3 weeks Roston Chase humiliates England as dominant West Indies win first Test TheGuardian -Sport
    West Indies 289 & 415-6 dec; England 77 & 246• Chase takes 8-60 on day four as Windies win by 381 runsThe margin of victory was enormous – 381 runs – but this accurately reflects the gulf between the two sides. In terms of runs only the England defeat at Manchester in 1976 against Clive Lloyd’s side is bigger.Back then we could at least admire the ultimately futile bravery of the old, un-helmetted men, Brian Close and John Edrich, in the face of a barrage of short-pitched bowling. But here we witnessed a barren England performance on all fronts. ... more
  • 3 weeks Man slashed in face during brawl before Millwall’s FA Cup win over Everton TheGuardian
    • Police used batons to break up fighting away from ground• ‘The behaviour is nothing short of disgraceful,’ say policeThe Football Association is expected to launch an investigation into violent clashes that took place prior to Millwall’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Everton at the Den and resulted in a man suffering a slash wound to the face.Footage circulated on social media showing two large groups of people fighting near Surrey Quays station in the London borough of Southwark, close to the Den. Metropolitan police believe those involved were rival supporters and despite using batons to break up the confrontation, ... more
  • 3 weeks Man slashed in face during brawl before Millwall’s FA Cup win over Everton TheGuardian -Sport
    • Police used batons to break up fighting away from ground• ‘The behaviour is nothing short of disgraceful,’ say policeThe Football Association is expected to launch an investigation into violent clashes that took place prior to Millwall’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Everton at the Den and resulted in a man suffering a slash wound to the face.Footage circulated on social media showing two large groups of people fighting near Surrey Quays station in the London borough of Southwark, close to the Den. Metropolitan police believe those involved were rival supporters and despite using batons to break up the confrontation, ... more
  • 3 weeks Alan Hardy the speedster leaves Notts County stuck in reverse | Daniel Taylor TheGuardian -Sport
    Notts are on their third manager of the season, eight points off safety at the bottom of League Two and straying dangerously close to losing their title as the oldest Football League clubIn ordinary circumstances Notts County, rock bottom of the entire Football League, would have been preparing to play Newport this weekend. These, of course, are not ordinary circumstances. Newport had an FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough to take up their time and that left the 92nd-placed club in English football facing a blank weekend. To borrow an old line from Jasper Carrott, their best result for ages.Not that ... more
  • 3 weeks Everton up in arms after Millwall’s Murray Wallace lands late winner TheGuardian -Sport
    It was an FA Cup tie that will be spoken about for some time to come. Five goals, a late winner to seal a shock victory and, at the end, a pitch invasion that served as a reminder that for all the knocks this competition has taken in recent years it still has the power to send people into a frenzy. They were dancing on the pitch as well as singing in the stands, and for Millwall there is another never-to-be-forgotten Premier League scalp to add to the others they have taken in this corner of south London.Five successive top-flight ... more
  • 3 weeks Millwall v Everton: FA Cup fourth round – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    FA Cup updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-off at The DenJake Cooper: ‘A sold-out Den is special … it’s so intimidating’Feel free to email Barry your thoughts or via Twitter @bglendenning 7.25pm GMT 90+3 min: Now it’s Everton’s turn to defend as Millwall launch a late assault and win a free-kick wide on the right for a Digne foul on Morison. 7.24pm GMT 90+2 min: Millwall win a throw-in deep in Everton territory, which Leonard takes long. Everton clear and Richarlison gallops off on the counter-attack. Millwall recover and clear the ball, but Everton continue to ramp up the ... more
  • 3 weeks AFC Wimbledon v West Ham: FA Cup fourth round – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    FA Cup updates from the 7.45pm (GMT) kick-off ‘It’s got the feel of the old Wimbledon’: Downes plots FA Cup shockYou can email Ben your thoughts or via Twitter @benfisherj 7.20pm GMT For all of the hot air around Marko Arnautovic, West Ham remain in talks with Celta Vigo over Maxi Gómez, whose contract contains a £43.5m release clause. The Spanish club, however, are battling relegation from La Liga and want to keep the 22-year-old. Intriguingly, one possibility could be a deal being done in this window before loaning him back until the end of the season. Any deal would ... more
  • 3 weeks Matthew Dolan stuns Middlesbrough with late strike to earn Newport replay TheGuardian -Sport
    Hamstring trouble dictated that Matthew Dolan had been touch and go for a place on the bench against the club that taught him his trade before terminating his contract five years ago.Such rejection ensured the Newport midfielder was particularly keen to pass a fitness test and, having done so, he made the absolute most of his late introduction. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks European round-up: Marco Reus stars as Borussia Dortmund thrash Hannover TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bundesliga leaders win 5-1 to go nine points clear• Antoine Griezmann scores as Atlético Madrid beat GetafeBorussia Dortmund stretched their lead in the Bundesliga over defending champions Bayern Munich to nine points after hammering Hannover 96 5-1.Captain Marco Reus, who was making his return after an ankle injury, scored one and set up another as his team turned up the pressure on Bayern, who host Stuttgart on Sunday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Football League: Leeds go three points clear at top after comeback win TheGuardian -Sport
    Championship leaders come from behind to beat RotherhamLuton see off Southend, Macclesfield suffer heartbreakLeeds moved three points clear at the top thanks to a 2-1 win at Rotherham. In a game lacking a cutting edge, Semi Ajayi took matters into his own hands by smashing a goal in from 30 yards for the Millers. Mateusz Klich levelled things up in the 51st minute with a scrappy goal from close range and the Polish midfielder completed the comeback victory with a low shot from inside the area. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Paisley Park gives Emma Lavelle that Cheltenham Festival fervour TheGuardian -Sport
    • Odds cut for Stayers’ after 12-length win in Cleeve Hurdle• Owner Andrew Gemmell, a Prince fan, says: ‘Let’s go crazy’Paisley Park was a hugely popular winner of the Cleeve Hurdle and surely no horse will go into March’s Festival here with a greater weight of public sentiment behind him. Enormously improved this winter, Paisley Park endured a life-threatening illness a couple of years ago and represents Emma Lavelle, who has never previously had a Grade One winner in her yard, and the owner, Andrew Gemmell, who has been blind since birth and developed a love of horseracing while listening ... more
  • 3 weeks Andre Gray pounces to fire spirited Watford past lacklustre Newcastle TheGuardian -Sport
    On a Tyneside day when enthusiasm petered out with the daylight, Newcastle United lost to Watford to ensure that for the 12th time in 12 seasons under the ownership of Mike Ashley, the fifth round of the FA Cup will not be troubled by black and white dreams.For a club that has been finalists 13 times, and for a city where FA Cup heritage continues to hold meaning, it is a dismal state of affairs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Billy Sharp pegs back Norwich twice as Sheffield United earn dramatic draw TheGuardian -Sport
    Billy Sharp scored twice as Sheffield United twice came from behind to grab a draw in a pulsating clash against Norwich. Sharp made it 19 goals for the season while the Norwich striker Teemu Pukki took his tally to 18 as two of the division’s leading sides produced a match worthy of the occasion.Norwich were quickest out of the blocks, piling on the pressure and forcing a series of early corners before deservedly taking the lead in the 11th minute. Onel Hernández had already tested Dean Henderson from distance and made no mistake after a neat one-two with Pukki, calmly ... more
  • 3 weeks Matt Doherty heads late equaliser to stop Shrewsbury shocking Wolves TheGuardian -Sport
    Nuno Espírito Santo opted to punch the air rather than risk another £8,000 fine for sprinting on to the pitch in celebration of another stoppage-time goal, but his relief was unmistakable. The pain was equally plain for Shrewsbury Town. Their manager, Sam Ricketts, convulsed with agony on the sideline. Supporters who had yelled “six” in disbelief when the amount of additional time was signalled screamed once more. It was the 93rd minute and Wolves, two down with 15 minutes left, were reprieved.Matt Doherty delivered Wolves’ latest stoppage-time goal to shatter the League One side’s dreams of a place in the ... more
  • 3 weeks Ex-Labour MP Jim Sheridan suspended over antisemitism row labels accusers ‘misguided’ TheGuardian
    Jim Sheridan, now a councillor, apologised but said accusers ‘overreacted’ to his commentsA former Labour MP suspended from the party over comments made online about the Jewish community has branded his accusers “misguided” upon being reinstated to the party.Jim Sheridan, a former Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP who lost his seat in 2015 and is now a councillor in Renfrewshire, faced an investigation after a complaint in August last year. It was reported to relate to a social media post in which he spoke about his loss of “respect and empathy” for the community during the antisemitism row. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Kevin De Bruyne hits thunderbolt as Manchester City storm past Burnley TheGuardian -Sport
    Manchester City toyed with Burnley then pummelled them mercilessly to record an eighth consecutive victory and enter the fifth round of the only major tournament Pep Guardiola is yet to win in England. Were he to do so he would join Joe Mercer as the only City managers to record a clean sweep of English football’s main honours.His men are hitting optimum form just as the Champions League roves into view and the business end of the campaign begins. When witnessing such a display it seems odd to recall City’s awful December, when they lost three times and ceded ground ... more
  • 3 weeks The Observer view on Hugh McIlvanney, a poet in print who brought sport alive | Observer editorial TheGuardian -Sport
    The late Observer journalist elevated sports reporting into an art formThe many tributes to Hugh McIlvanney, who died last week aged 84, are the measure of a true Fleet Street legend. McIlvanney defined this paper’s sports pages for three decades from the beginning of the 1960s and set the standard for the match report and the ringside dispatch as a storytelling art form. It is no surprise that so many of the reminiscences have dwelt on the Scot’s inimitable voice.McIlvanney’s words on the page were rooted in the cadences of his spoken language. It seems no coincidence in this regard ... more
  • 3 weeks Hugh McIlvanney: memories of my uncle, last of the big land animals TheGuardian -Sport
    Famed for his bravura sports writing and penetrating insight, he also brought a seriousness to the business of living – not to mention Trivial PursuitAlong with my father, the novelist William, my uncle Hugh was such a towering presence in our family that his passing seems to complete an era. He was the last of the big land animals, the sole survivor of a generation that became legendary not just within the confines of our tribe but to some extent in the wider world.Having close relatives who are also public figures can be a disconcerting business. The man whose byline ... more
  • 3 weeks Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic resume old rivalry for slam supremacy | Kevin Mitchell TheGuardian -Sport
    They may not admit it but the pair will be eyeing Roger Federer’s record when they collide in the Australian Open finalThey dare not say it, but history will weigh heavily on the shoulders of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Australian Open final – and the pressure is being applied by someone who left here several days ago: Roger Federer.Why these two wonderful players and rivals shy away from speculating about matching or overtaking his record of 20 grand slam titles is hard to fathom. Nadal has 17, Djokovic 14. And time is running out for both of ... more
  • 3 weeks Juncker tells May: permanent customs union is price for revisiting backstop TheGuardian
    Frans Timmermans accuses Tory Brexiters of a ‘cavalier’ approach to EU peaceJean-Claude Juncker has told Theresa May in a private phone call that shifting her red lines in favour of a permanent customs union is the price she will need to pay for the EU revising the Irish backstop.Without a major shift in the prime minister’s position, the European commission president told May that the current terms of the withdrawal agreement were non-negotiable. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks The supermarket in Wales owned by a small council … in Surrey TheGuardian
    ‘Casino councils’ are spending huge sums on property across the country in a high-stakes bid to balance their booksThe rhythmic bleep at the tills charts a steady trickle of shoppers flowing through the checkout area at Asda in Ystalyfera, south Wales. It is a typical mid-morning at the supermarket in this former industrial town, 12 miles north of Swansea. Young mothers browse the knitwear section at George by Asda; a couple of older men in paint-speckled work overalls scour the sandwich section for their lunch.It looks much like every other Asda in the country. But this site is owned by ... more
  • 3 weeks The supermarket in Wales owned by a small council … in Surrey TheGuardian -Biz
    ‘Casino councils’ are spending huge sums on property across the country in a high-stakes bid to balance their booksThe rhythmic bleep at the tills charts a steady trickle of shoppers flowing through the checkout area at Asda in Ystalyfera, south Wales. It is a typical mid-morning at the supermarket in this former industrial town, 12 miles north of Swansea. Young mothers browse the knitwear section at George by Asda; a couple of older men in paint-speckled work overalls scour the sandwich section for their lunch.It looks much like every other Asda in the country. But this site is owned by ... more
  • 3 weeks Small energy suppliers get a growth boost as their rivals collapse TheGuardian -Biz
    Some surviving challengers are expanding to almost ‘big six’ size by absorbing displaced customersEight small energy suppliers closed their doors last year as rising wholesale costs tipped them over the edge, and the trend has continued into 2019, with the recent insolvency of Economy Energy, followed by Our Power, which failed on Friday. Industry watchers predict there are more failures to come.The string of collapses has shone a spotlight on unsustainable pricing by new entrants and on the costs all households face from picking up the pieces. What is less remarked upon is how the events have redrawn the landscape ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘I forgot to smile’: Naomi Osaka reacts after her Australian Open triumph – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Despite squandering three match points at 5-3 in the second set, the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, regrouped to beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win a dramatic Australian Open final. Her second consecutive grand slam title ensures she will be the new world No 1. On Saturday, the tears flowed again at the end of a high quality, see-saw final, in which she lost her way and then found it again. As Kvitova’s final forehand return flew wide, Osaka fell to her haunches, her head in her hands. 'I still feel very shocked,' Osaka said.Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova ... more
  • 3 weeks UK weather: Arctic blast to deliver weekend of two halves TheGuardian
    Strong northerly winds, snow and ice forecast to affect large parts of countryA large swathe of the UK is to be hit by an Arctic blast, bringing strong winds, snow and ice in a chilly end to the month.The Met Office issued five weather warnings for the last weekend of January, saying there was a chance of power cuts and travel disruption. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks West Indies v England: first Test, day four – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Latest updates and score from the first TestButtler: West Indies have given England a reality checkFeel free to email Simon or to tweet: @Simon_Burnton 3.20pm GMT 35th over: England 102-1 (Burns 76, Bairstow 5) Burns jabs his bat down onto Joseph’s first delivery and has no idea where the ball goes after that, leading to a comedy bit of on-the-spot spinnage as he at tempts to track it down. Nothing wrong with a bit of spinnage, though, as Popeye fans will know. Later Burns drives smartly through the covers, Hetmyer stopping it well about a third of an inch from ... more
  • 3 weeks Telegraph apologises and pays damages to Melania Trump TheGuardian
    British newspaper pulls article peppered with false claims about US first lady from its siteThe Daily Telegraph has paid “substantial damages” to Melania Trump and apologised “unreservedly” to the US first lady after making a number of false claims about her life in an article.The claims were made in a story entitled The mystery of Melania, which ran on the cover of last Saturday’s Telegraph magazine, but the newspaper has now said it included a number of errors about Donald Trump’s wife which should not have been published. The piece promised to tell the truth on what it described as ... more
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