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19/05/2019 11:25:37  

Switzerland is full of gun clubs, but now the EU is urging tougher controls.
19/05/2019 11:25:32  

Change UK's Chuka Umunna says revoking Article 50 is the only way to ensure there is time for a further referendum on EU membership.
19/05/2019 11:25:32  

The Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable says his party believes in stopping Brexit in a "proper and democratic way".
19/05/2019 11:25:31  

Jeremy Corbyn says the British media is obsessed with defining people on how they voted in the 2016 EU referendum.
19/05/2019 11:25:27  

The Duchess of Cambridge posts pictures on Instagram of her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
19/05/2019 11:25:26  

The story of how a quarry in north Wales was used to store priceless works of art during World War Two.
19/05/2019 11:25:25  

The club said a "hurricane would have done less damage".
19/05/2019 10:29:37  

E-Werk Luckenwalde will offer workshops and studio space for artists squeezed out of Berlin

When the Luckenwalde coal power plant in east Germany closed down soon after the collapse of communism, the locals were both relieved and concerned. “Finally people could hang out their laundry without it getting covered in soot,” said Bernd Schmidl, one of the plant’s senior employees.

Worries about jobs were soon allayed when the workers were given better-paid employment elsewhere, he said. But fears remained that the listed building, with elements of art deco and art nouveau, would fall into disrepair. “Who was going to find a long-term use for an old building spanning 10,000 metres over four floors?”

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19/05/2019 10:29:36  

Supporters of greater restrictions say Swiss rules need to line up with EU’s

Swiss voters are casting ballots in a referendum to decide whether to enact new restrictions on guns and line up with other countries in the European visa-free travel zone who have tightened rules following extremist attacks.

The proposal could require regular training in the use of firearms, special waivers for possession of some semi-automatic weapons and serial-numbering of major parts of some guns to help track them.

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19/05/2019 10:29:32  

Some feminists claim misogyny targets only those who have female sex features (ovaries, vaginas and uteruses). We should be alarmed by this view

There are some chilling details in Valerie Jackson’s lawsuit against Dallas county officials. Following her arrest in November 2016, Jackson describes one officer forcing her to show her breasts, and others telling her to strip from the waist down. She recounts similar treatment following arrests in 2017 and 2018, including being placed in a male housing unit, where she says officers mocked her and even filmed her in the shower.

Jackson was a victim of misogyny. And yet there are feminists who claim that, because Jackson is a transgender woman, her story and the many others like it are a “separate question” from the sexual harassment and objectification of non-trans women. Such claims are gaining traction. They are used to pit trans women’s rights against those of non-trans women. Just consider the Equality Act – a bill pending in Congress that would extend federal anti-discrimination law to include discrimination based on gender identity. Feminists who endorse these claims not only oppose the Equality Act, they joined forces with the notoriously far-right Heritage Foundation against it. As a feminist, I could not disagree more.

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19/05/2019 10:29:31  

Social media celebrities can help create buzz – but as an Australian cafe owner learned, you may end up paying more without a written deal

These days many a small business may be thinking about hiring a social media influencer to help create buzz about their business. It may be worthwhile. But for one owner of a small cafe in Melbourne, it turned into a disaster.

Con Katsiogiannis, in an effort to draw a cool crowd to his business, last year hired Chloe Roberts, a self-described “gym ambassador”, fellow Aussie and social media influencer. Roberts is no Kim Kardashian (who reportedly charges anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000 an Instagram post, if you believe that) but she’s no Instagram slouch either. As of this writing, she has about 128,000 followers who like to keep up on what she’s doing, where she’s eating and what her tan looks like.

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19/05/2019 10:29:31  

With young players joining grassroots clubs and England’s Lionesses preparing for their World Cup run, the sport is finally getting the recognition it deserves

‘Izzy, to me, to me,” the cry comes from many voices. Izzy, two brown pigtails flying out behind her, passes the ball to her friend, who turns with it, neatly avoiding the opposition player on her heels. She passes to Holly in the blue boots. But then, as Holly turns and passes, the ball is lost in a tangle of players.

Suddenly the red team have it. It’s down the other end of the pitch in two passes. The midfielder crosses to a player in bright white socks and pink boots who, finding herself with space all around her, turns, aims and effortlessly shoots the ball into the back of the net over the outstretched hand of the keeper. “Yeees!” comes the cry from her teammates, who jog back to the centre of the pitch, pride evident in their faces.

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19/05/2019 10:29:30  

3rd over: England 22-0 (Vince 21, Bairstow 1) Vince is up for this. Facing Hasan, he plays the most imperious of his cover drives and follows up with a pull for four more. He has only let Jonny B face one ball so far.

“It’s my first cricket since the Windies,” says Robert Wilson, “so I’d appreciate a punchy and glib paragraph on what I’ve missed so far.” I’m hoping that’s a joke. “Plus, while you’re at it, an abject apology for daring to do Gavaskar-comedy. Say what you like about the pocket Schwarzenegger, he fronted up to that generation’s carnivorous quicks with nothing but a floppy hat and a reproachful expression. Strong men used to faint hearing it on the radio. Them’s some giant plums.” It’s a fair point. But he still made 36 not out off 60 overs. In the World Cup.

2nd over: England 14-0 (Vince 13, Bairstow 1) Jonny Bairstow brings a touch of sobriety, getting off the mark with an old pro’s tuck into the legside off the left-armer Shaheen. Vince tears through the covers again with a drive from the brutal end of his repertoire, then spoils his run of fours with a flick to long leg. He’s shaping up as a useful understudy.

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19/05/2019 10:29:29  

We’ve all daydreamed about an unexpected windfall that would change our luck. But what’s it really like to suddenly come into money? Michael Segalov meets five people who did

Our routine was always the same. Wayne, my husband, would pop into the post office on his way to work to get our lottery tickets, and he’d get up early the morning after the draw and check the numbers. He’d forgotten to check the Tuesday night Euromillions till the Thursday.

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19/05/2019 10:29:27  

Constituencies going to polls include Narendra Modi’s, where he won huge majority in 2014

Indians are voting in the seventh and final phase of national elections, wrapping up a gruelling six-week-long campaign.

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party is seeking re-election for another five years. The areas voting on Sunday include the prime minister’s constituency of Varanasi, a holy Hindu city where he was elected in 2014 with an impressive margin of more than 200,000 votes.

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19/05/2019 10:29:27  

Schoolchildren’s video presentation compared Salvini decree to 1930s racial laws

An Italian teacher has been suspended over a video made by her students that compared a security law drafted by Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to Mussolini’s racial laws, provoking a storm of protest against her suspension across the country.

Rosa Maria Dell’Aria, 63, was last week suspended for 15 days on half pay after an investigation by the education ministry’s provincial authority in Palermo found she had not “supervised” her students’ work.

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19/05/2019 10:28:52  

A journalist suffers in pursuit of a scoop in this sparky if flawed comedy

It wasn’t clear how far you were meant to be troubled by Will Wiles’s 2012 debut, Care of Wooden Floors, about a man whose clumsiness while flat-sitting leads to the death of his host’s cleaner, an event the novel seems to brush under the carpet as just another pratfall. Wiles’s next book, The Way Inn, a slow-release sci-fi horror about a bland hotel chain popular with travelling businessmen, channelling David Lynch as well as David Brent, added to the sense of a smart and interesting writer not yet fully in control of his effects.

That isn’t entirely dispelled by his engaging new novel, which wraps an exploration of technology, authenticity and gentrification around the story of Jack Bick, an alcoholic journalist on a lifestyle magazine in east London. While Bick’s unreliability would seem to make him first in line for looming lay-offs, he has a scoop in the works – a tell-all interview with cult writer Oliver Pierce, whose memoir of being mugged was (he now claims) a hoax. Trouble is, Bick can’t find the recording...

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19/05/2019 10:28:50  

Hugh Trevor-Roper’s pursuit of a compulsive fraudster makes gripping reading

“Forgery is particularly problematic for historians,” Adam Sisman says early on in The Professor & the Parson, an entertaining offshoot of his well-received 2010 biography of the historian Hugh Trevor-Roper. The parson of the title is the defrocked priest, conman and bigamist Robert Peters, whose colourful career Trevor-Roper documented for 25 years. Sisman’s book is in three parts – a short segment detailing the brief initial encounters between Trevor-Roper and Peters; the central section, which uses Trevor-Roper’s dossier to tell the story of Peters’s life from the late 1950s to the early 1980s; then, following Trevor-Roper’s sudden loss of interest in Peters, Sisman’s attempts to track the priest until his death in 2005.

If forgery is problematic for historians in general, it was the central chapter in the life of Trevor-Roper. The “prickly” historian, who made his name with The Last Days of Hitler and then wrote a brilliant biography of the Victorian Sinologist and arch-swindler Sir Edmund Backhouse, was eventually undone by a forger, Konrad Kujau, the creator of the Hitler diaries that Trevor-Roper authenticated. This famous sham caused the self-admiring Trevor-Roper enormous embarrassment and, tellingly, it was at this moment that he gave up his pursuit of Peters. It’s to Sisman’s credit that he doesn’t linger over this moment of pathos in Trevor-Roper’s career. Sisman is a serious writer of nonfiction – his books on Boswell and the Romantics are superb – but he has a novelist’s sense of the importance of showing, not telling.

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19/05/2019 10:28:49  

The feminist author discusses her fears for free speech, older women, and her latest book, Outrages, a study of the persecution of gay men by the legal system in Victorian Britain

When Naomi Wolf tells me that she’s finished with writing about herself – something she says more than once in the hour we spend together – it’s hard to know what to think. Such news is likely to be treated with a certain amount of scepticism in some quarters. Readers will recall her last book, Vagina: A New Biography – in which she described the way that her then lover was able to give her orgasms so powerful they made the leaves on the trees outside her bedroom glow in Wizard of Oz Technicolor – and wonder if she is truly capable of giving up the over-sharing that has so often been her stock in trade. Then again, having read her new book, Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love, I also know that her declaration is perfectly true – for the time being, at least.

At one point, admittedly, she does try to evoke what it feels like to hold a particular 19th-century manuscript in her hands (its almost furry pages give off, she fancies, the scent of a time when “people read and wrote by gaslight”). Mostly, though, its author is entirely absent from its pages. Outrages comes over as precisely what it is: a PhD thesis, reworked for a wider readership, which examines the effect of the Obscene Publications Act of 1857 and some other notable laws – the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, which authorised the forcible medical examination of homosexual men for signs of sexual activity; the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, which extended laws against sodomy to include acts of “gross indecency” between men whether committed in public or private – on the lives and work of various Victorian poets. Highly serious and at times a little dusty, it could not be less personal if it tried.

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19/05/2019 10:28:15  

Seeminly Chuka read this piece on Sky, panicked, and changed tack over the course of the last couple of days in a desperate move for Change UK to become relevant. He told Sky’s Lewis Goodall  that he was against outright revocation just three days ago… “Had one of the Remain forces campaigned for revoke, then a […]

The post Chuka Changes Tack: ‘We Are Going To Need To Revoke Article 50’ appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

19/05/2019 10:28:14  

The post Cable Confronted By His Own Opposition to a Second Referendum appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

19/05/2019 10:26:03  
19/05/2019 09:29:45  

Things may seem dire, but screwing up isn’t the end of the world. By ‘owning’ your blunder, you can turn your life around

It’s a moment in his 14-year career as a headteacher that Simon Kidwell will never forget. “The husband of a member of my staff was rushed to hospital – and she came in the next day, after being up most of night, panicking because she hadn’t done the marking for her class.” At the time, he expected all the teachers at his Cheshire primary school to mark their pupils’ work daily and give each child detailed feedback – a lengthy process which typically took around 2.5 hours a day, but had been praised by Ofsted.

The teacher’s panic made him realise he had made a mistake. “It was a wake-up call for me. I had a teacher more worried about her workload than her husband being in hospital.” Kidwell decided to reduce the marking workload of his teachers, cutting their working hours by around seven hours a week on average. “Staff retention rates are now very, very strong and our teachers have a healthier work-life balance.”

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19/05/2019 09:29:42  

The co-founder of BalletBoyz on a Carlos Acosta biopic, Rustin Man and photojournalist Don McCullin

Best known as co-founder of BalletBoyz, William Trevitt was born in Cambridge in 1969. He joined the Royal Ballet aged 18 and was promoted to the role of principal in 1994. Along with fellow dancer Michael Nunn, he left six years later to found modern dance company BalletBoyz, where he now works as a choreographer. In 2012 they were both awarded OBEs. BalletBoyz makes its West End debut with Them/Us at Vaudeville theatre, London, 3-15 June.

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19/05/2019 09:29:41  

He’s never been one to stick to the script. Asked about his new music, the singer talked instead about raves and caves, fatbergs and fatherhood, badgers and Brexit…

When I walk into the private room in a members’ club in Soho where I’m supposed to interview Jarvis Cocker, a man in a suit with greying hair is standing with his back to me, writing something on a flip chart. My heart sinks; the room has obviously been double-booked for someone else’s business meeting. Except he then turns around slowly, grinning as enigmatically as a new teacher at Hogwarts, and it is Jarvis Cocker, and he has written WELCOME TO THE INTERVIEW in orange marker pen.

Art is about teaching you how to think in a creative way, how to look at the world and use it as raw material

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