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19/05/2019 13:09:54  

Formally launching his third presidential campaign, Joe Biden appealed for party and national unity while accusing Donald Trump of leading the US with ‘a clenched fist, a closed hand and a hard heart’. But, he said, ‘we are the United States of America and there is not a single thing we cannot do if we are together’. Biden was a senator representing Delaware for 36 years and vice-president to Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. He was a relatively late entrant to the sprawling field seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020, with 23 candidates now in the running

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19/05/2019 13:09:53  

Green candidates, on course for their best showing, could play a big role in a divided parliament

Europe’s Greens are on course for their strongest showing to date in next week’s European elections – and could find themselves kingmakers in a newly fragmented EU parliament.

“We’ll be at the table,” said Bas Eickhout, an MEP from the Netherlands and a co-candidate of Europe’s Green parties for European commission president. “We have a good chance to determine the new majorities. And we will have our demands, on green issues, social issues, and the rule of law.”

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19/05/2019 13:09:36  

The programme was criticised by a judge in 2007, yet it only ever faced 11 investigations

In 2013, more than 1 million people watched a 17-year-old girl being called a “crackhead” and a “silly anorexic slapper” by her sister on national television while a well known TV presenter informed them that the girl had “slept with 33 men”.

The girl then took and failed a lie detector test – a controversial device which measures blood pressure, breathing patterns and sweat – while crying and in distress. But who wouldn’t be, with all this being broadcast to the nation on the Jeremy Kyle Show? One concerned viewer complained to Ofcom and the media regulator found that the show had breached the broadcasting code, a rare event in its 14-year run.

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19/05/2019 13:09:32  

Millions of Britons struggle to put food on the table. Are social supermarkets, where surplus stock from big retailers is discounted, the solution?

Near the tills, in what looks, at first glance, like a standard convenience store, is a shelving unit crammed with goods, all bearing a familiar high street logo. There are packs of flour and jars of pitted black olives, tins of mixed bean salad and boxes of mushroom soup sachets. Hanging from the front is a laminated sign. It reads: “20 for 20.” Below that it says: “20p for all Waitrose Essential.” Gary Stott, the stocky Lancastrian responsible for this offering, picks up a tin and waves it at me. “Our customers do like a bit of Waitrose.” He points to the notice at the bottom of the sign that reads: “So that we can be fair with all our members please buy one item each.” People keep to it, Stott tells me. “All our members understand the rules.”

Both the membership model and low prices are what distinguish the Community Shop, housed in a low-slung building on a tidy housing estate in Athersley, to the north of Barnsley in South Yorkshire. It is an example of a small but growing group of enterprises known as social supermarkets. If you meet the membership criteria, loosely based around the grinding struggle of low income and scarce resources, you are granted access to shelves of surplus food from mainstream retail outlets at major discounts.

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19/05/2019 13:09:31  

Fashionable techniques, such as whole bunch fermentation, are bringing an extra dimension to winemaking

Received thinking in the wine trade these days is that what goes on in the vineyard is more important than what happens in the cellar. It’s all part of the triumph of terroir, the quasi-spiritual French idea that what makes a really great wine – or, these days, coffee, tea or crisps – is that it tastes of where it comes from.

Which is fine up to a point: but it does overlook the significant advances made in what has been a bit of a golden age for creative viniculture (what happens after the grapes are picked), with producers playing with the raw material in ever more ingenious, sensitive ways.

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19/05/2019 13:09:29  

Assembly Hall theatre, Tunbridge Wells
There may be a weary air to some of the obligatory scripted smut, but Clary’s affectionate put-downs remain acutely calibrated

A week shy of his 60th birthday, Julian Clary opens his new show, Born to Mince, with a knowing rendition of Keep Young and Beautiful. And he is: even with only three glittery costume changes (and matching hand towels with which he dabs demurely at his brow), he is pleasing on the eye as well as the ear. Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells would find little to complain about tonight.

There is some low-level bitching. Asked to focus on the void during meditation, he purrs: “I find thinking about Sue Perkins’ career helps.” He muses on his lot – no MBE, and not a TV show in sight – in a thread that might have been teased out more profitably into a theme. The cleverest gag, concerning a biodegradable condom, is saved for last, but some of the preceding bawdiness has a weary air. An obligatory fisting joke feels forced in rather roughly.

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19/05/2019 13:09:24  

Europhiles should ignore Labour and vote for a Remain party

This Thursday, voters face an important choice. It’s not the choice they deserve: whether to approve or reject the Brexit deal Theresa May has negotiated on their behalf. But it is the most important opportunity yet to send a clear message to our political leaders that the gridlock, the lacklustre leadership and the general sense of malaise that have infected Westminster since 2016 just isn’t good enough.

For months, people have been denied their say, despite the prolonged parliamentary stalemate and the knots in which both main parties have tied themselves over Brexit. These European elections should not be treated as a proxy referendum: there is no distinct question being put to the public and turnout will probably be much lower than in a general election or referendum. But they are a precious chance for those who share the Observer’s view that Brexit would be an unmitigated disaster to show Labour and the Conservatives exactly what they think of their takeaway from the dire local election results earlier this month – that, somehow, voters who defected to the Lib Dems and Greens were just telling politicians to get on with Brexit.

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19/05/2019 13:09:23  

Watching Pep Guardiola’s side dismantle their opponents in the FA Cup final was gruesome and reflective of a trend across Europe that suggests the time has come for a super league

Goals! Goals! Goals! Trophies everywhere. Manchester City were brilliant on Saturday, relentless and remorseless and thoroughly deserving of equalling the record-ever margin of victory in a FA Cup final. The domestic treble is unprecedented and so too is the quality of their football: 169 goals in 61 games in all competitions, 11 times they’ve scored five or more in a game this season. And yet, and yet ...

Related: Vincent Kompany to leave Man City and become Anderlecht player-manager

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19/05/2019 13:09:22  

Kicking off our pre-tournament series, we look at Afghanistan’s hopes for the Cricket World Cup under surprise new captain Gulbadin Naib

In April, only a month before the World Cup, the Afghan cricket board decided to replace the eponymous national team captain, Asghar Afghan. Afghan had been the captain for all three formats for almost four years, leading them in 56 ODIs, 46 T20 internationals and their first two Tests – including their maiden victory over Ireland, his last game as a captain.

Related: The Spin | World Cup year means county cricket gives outgrounds chance to shine

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19/05/2019 13:09:22  

Poets explore how the artform can unite people on different sides of conflict

A story is often told to illustrate how central poetry is to Yemeni culture: that of the visit of a famous lute player from Baghdad.

He was invited to play in Sana’a, where he performed enchanting and technically brilliant music for an hour. But when he stopped, the audience waited for the musician to start talking. Without any poetry, they thought, the entertainment could not possibly be over yet.

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19/05/2019 13:09:21  

Exclusive extract: For years, Nigel Slater has been writing down everything he eats in his notebook. These notes shape the plant-based recipes in his new book, Greenfeast

There is a little black book on the kitchen table. Neatly annotated in places, virtually illegible in others, it is the latest in a long line of tissue-thin pages containing the hand-written details of everything I eat. This is not one of the kitchen chronicles where I write down recipe workings and shopping lists, ideas and wishlists, but a daily diary of everything that ends up on my plate. If I have yoghurt, blackcurrant compote and pumpkin seeds at breakfast, it will be in that little book. Likewise, a lunch of green lentils and grilled red peppers, or a dinner of roast cauliflower and a bowl of miso soup. Each bowl of soup, plate of pasta and every mushroom on toast is faithfully logged. I don’t know exactly why or when I started noting down my dinner, but these little books are now filled in out of habit as much as anything else. The notes are often made at night, just before I lock up and go to bed. I suspect my little black books will be buried with me.

I occasionally look back at what I have written, often as I change one journal for the next. One of the points that interests me, and perhaps this is the main reason I have kept the daily ritual going for so long, is that I can follow how my eating has changed, albeit gradually, over the years. There are, of course, unshakable edibles, (I seem to have started and ended each day’s eating with a bowl of yoghurt for as long as I can remember), but I also find marked changes in what I cook and eat. The most notable is the quantity – I definitely eat less than I used to – and there is a conspicuous move towards lighter dishes, particularly in spring and summer.

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19/05/2019 13:09:20  

Mother and daughter on their Table Manners podcast – and the day it all went wrong at Pete Tong’s

There is a poacher turned gamekeeper feel to interviewing Jessie and Lennie Ware over lunch. It’s usually them, in their double-act Table Manners podcast, doing the grilling – while doing the grilling. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter and her irrepressible mother have had all sorts of guests for supper: Sadiq Khan, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ed Sheeran (with whom Jessie wrote her biggest hit, Say You Love Me). They fed Cheryl Tweedy so well she had to leave with her jeans undone. They made Nigella’s pastry for Nigella. When George Ezra came over they had to order takeaway after they produced inedible short ribs. For this interview, though, they are away from the kitchen table. We are at Leroy, in London’s Shoreditch, a Michelin-starred sharing-plate bistro.

When we meet, Jessie is eight months pregnant (she has since had a son, her second child, a home birth celebrated on Instagram). I ask her about cravings as we study the menu. She confesses only a hankering for all the cheese she is not allowed. Otherwise, she has always been “a greedy cow” she says, and happily she now has more excuse than ever. She orders accordingly: smoked mackerel, burrata, cockles, jerusalem artichoke, monkfish. A brief pause. “And can we get the celeriac remoulade, the anchovies and ricotta. And we better have the pheasant. Is that going to be enough?”

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19/05/2019 13:09:19  

We were all too busy admiring Rachel’s hair and Chandler’s jokes first time around to notice Monica Geller’s love of mom jeans and hair barrettes. But the world has finally caught up with the poster girl for 90s normcore

Towards the end of 2018, Netflix paid $100m (£78m) to extend its right to air Friends for one more year. Netflix doesn’t release viewing figures, but this confirmed what we already knew: a whole new generation is hooked on Ross, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, Chandler and Monica.

But especially Monica. It is here that the generation gap comes in. Because if you tuned into Channel 4 every Friday night when Friends ran the first time around, from 1994, your favourite Friends character was Joey (the adorable one), Rachel (the sexy one), Chandler (the funny one) or Phoebe (the eccentric one). The Geller siblings, Monica and Ross, were the straight guys. They functioned to make the funny ones look funny. But in the second coming of Friends, since all 236 episodes arrived on Netflix in January of last year, Monica has unexpectedly found a breakout role as a style icon.

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19/05/2019 13:09:18  

The saga comes to a close in what promises to be an epic finale. But who will kill Daenerys, will Bran warg again – and are the White Walkers gone for good?

Warning: this article contains spoilers.

Many of the big season eight questions have already been answered, like how the White Walkers are defeated, how Cersei bites the dust, and whether or not the showrunners knew where they were going all along. After a, shall we say, divisive penultimate episode, we are left with a deeply twisted happily-ever-after – the exiled ‘rightful’ queen Daenerys has claimed the throne, ready to rid Westeros of tyrants. Unfortunately, she blew everything up in the process. Where does that leave us for the finale? Here are the questions that still need to be answered.

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19/05/2019 13:09:16  

Fjadrárgljúfur closed off to protect it from fans after it starred in pop star’s video

With one music video, Justin Bieber has made a pristine Icelandic canyon famous around the world. And that’s the problem.

Icelandic environmental officials have had to close off Fjadrárgljúfur to protect it from the hordes of Bieber fans who are determined to visit the site, which is featured in the video for I’ll Show You. And these fans are not letting a few fences, signs or park rangers keep them away.

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19/05/2019 13:09:16  

Despite PR damage over earlier spills, documents show oil firm pressed for reduced regulation

BP stepped up its campaign to be allowed to drill for oil in the Arctic sea and an Alaskan wildlife refuge after Donald Trump was elected president, according to documents that detail the British firm’s lobbying efforts.

Documents written by BP and oil industry groups show how the oil “supermajor” seized on the opportunity presented by Trump’s 2016 election victory to expand its offshore business, just seven years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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19/05/2019 13:09:15  

Couple, who had baby Archie this month, post 14 pictures on Instagram a year after marriage

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have marked their first wedding anniversary by releasing a series of photos.

Harry and Meghan shared a compilation of 14 wedding pictures, including some that had previously not been seen, on Instagram.

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19/05/2019 13:09:14  

Erica Pawson, whose husband was advised by Kyle to leave her, died days after appearance

A woman who was a guest on a chat show hosted by Jeremy Kyle in 2005 took her life six days after her appearance, it has emerged.

Erica Pawson, 36, killed herself after her husband followed Kyle’s advice and ended their 18-year marriage.

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19/05/2019 13:09:13  

Polls suggest his party could be squeezed into third place in the European elections

Jeremy Corbyn has given a robust defence of Labour’s decision to try to appeal to both leavers and remainers in this Thursday’s European elections.

With an Observer poll suggesting Labour could be squeezed into third position behind Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and the pro-remain Liberal Democrats, Corbyn said he still wanted to bring the two sides of the Brexit divide together.

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19/05/2019 13:08:53  

For his followup to The Witch, Robert Eggers launches a seriously salty story of two men trapped in a turret: think Steptoe and Son at sea and in hell

Robert Eggers’s gripping nightmare shows two lighthouse-keepers in 19th-century Maine going melancholy mad together: a toxic marriage, a dance of death. It is explosively scary and captivatingly beautiful in cinematographer Jarin Blaschke’s fierce monochrome, like a daguerreotype of fear. And the performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson have a sledgehammer punch - Pattinson, in particular, just gets better and better.

There is rare excitement in seeing these two actors butt heads and trade difficult, complex period dialogue with such mastery and flair. And the screenplay by Robert and Max Eggers is a delicious and often outrageous homage to maritime speech and seadog lore, saltier than an underwater sodium chloride factory. Their script is barnacled with resemblances to Coleridge, Shakespeare, Melville - and there’s also some staggeringly cheeky black-comic riffs and gags and the two of them resemble no-one so much as Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett: Steptoe and Son in hell.

Dafoe and Pattinson are Tom Wake and Ephraim Winslow - stern, taciturn men with pipes or bits of cigarette habitually jammed in the corner of their unsmiling mouths, about to start a four-week stretch of duty on a remote, wind-lashed rock to tend the lighthouse there. Tom is the ageing veteran “wickie”, a former able seaman now disabled with a leg injury whose cause is mysterious: he is the senior officer, with sole charge of the light itself, a privilege that makes him petulant and querulous.

Ephraim left his logging job in Canada for this post, and he has the lesser, more arduous and demeaning jobs of maintaining the rotational machinery, gathering firewood, emptying the chamberpots, whitewashing the light-tower, mending and cleaning. From the very first, he is glowering and resentful, furious at Tom’s bantering and baiting - one moment joshing the youngster, the next moment angrily pulling rank with deadly seriousness. Ephraim is annoyed that he is never allowed near the light - and then suspicious and terrified to be told that Tom’s former assistant died of lunacy due to bizarre visions. But is that the whole truth? Ephraim himself has deeply disturbing and intimately erotic visions of a mermaid which cause him to masturbate frantically, despairingly, in the woodshed. Eventually, the loneliness, the frustration and periodic bouts of drunkenness take their toll, and Ephraim in a hysterical rage does something awful which disturbs the balance of the heavens themselves, and Mark Korven’s musical score ratchets up the tension ruthlessly.

What is so exhilarating and refreshing about The Lighthouse is that it declines to reveal whether or not it is a horror film as such, though an early reference to Salem, Massachusetts gives us a flashback to Eggers’s previous film, The Witch (2015). It is not a question of a normal-realist set-up pivoting to supernatural scariness with reliably positioned jump-scares etc. The ostensible normality persists; perhaps something ghostly is going on, or perhaps this is a psychological thriller about delusion. But generic ambiguity is not the point: The Lighthouse keeps hold of us with the sheer muscular intelligence and even theatricality of the performances and the first-class writing. Even Sir Donald Wolfit or Robert Newton could not have got more out of the role of Tom than Willem Dafoe does and Pattinson is mesmeric in his bewilderment and uncertainty.

The two men veer wildly between enmity, comradeship, father-son intimacy, father-son hatred. They get drunk together, they get hungover together, but they are keeping secrets from each other - and Ephraim, excruciatingly aware of his lower status, suspects that Tom’s secret is more important than his, and could kill him.

Apart from everything else, this is a sublime film visually: Eggers and Blaschke imagine a glorious variety of images from this stark and unforgiving . Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous.

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19/05/2019 13:08:41  

A brilliantly told tale of class, abuse and familial dysfunction marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction

Occasionally a debut novel arrives that is so assured, so confident in its voice, so skilful in its plotting and characterisation that it seems like the work of a seasoned author. Rosie Price’s What Red Was introduces an exciting new voice to fiction.

At the novel’s outset we meet Kate and Max during their first term at university, when a close platonic friendship is formed between the pair. Kate is from a single-parent family: her mother, Alison, is a recovering alcoholic, and Kate finds time spent at the small family home cloying and claustrophobic. Max, by contrast, comes from a wealthy and extended metropolitan family who congregate in his grandmother’s country home. The house is like “the setting of one of those depressingly English postwar films in which soldiers return from the battlefield to the homes of their wealthy families to drink tea and repress their trauma”.

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19/05/2019 13:08:35  

Friday Salesforce "was forced to shut down large chunks of its infrastructure," ZDNet reports, calling it one of the company's biggest outages ever: At the heart of the outage was a change the company made to its production environment that broke access permission settings across organizations and gave employees access to all of their company's files. According to reports on Reddit, users didn't just get read access, but they also received write permissions, making it easy for malicious employees to steal or tamper with a company's data... Salesforce said the script only impacted customers of Salesforce Pardot -- a business-to-business (B2B) marketing-focused CRM. However, out of an abundance of caution, the company decided to take down all other Salesforce services, for both current and former Pardot customers. "As a result, customers who were not affected may have also experienced service disruption, including customers using Marketing Cloud integrations," Salesforce said. A status update at Salesforce.com reports that the final duration of the service disruption was 15 hours and 8 minutes.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

19/05/2019 13:07:56  

A Second Referendum doesn’t neuter the SNP, it just legitimises the idea of having second referendums…

The post Sturgeon Will Still Push For IndyRef If Brexit is Stopped appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

19/05/2019 13:07:55  

The post Corbyn Asked Seven Times What His Brexit Policy Is appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

19/05/2019 13:07:30