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Election will be tight but winnable with Axelrod's help, says Douglas Alexander
Barack Obama's most influential adviser hailed by Labour's campaign chief as crucial in helping party through tough battleLabour is expecting a tight election and tough campaign but Barack Obama's campaign mastermind David Axelrod is the best man to have "in the trenches", according to Douglas Alexander, the party's chief campaign co-ordinator.After hiring the political big gun from America, Alexander said Labour is under no illusions that the election battle will be difficult but he believes it is "quintessentially winnable". With Axelrod's help, the party will present a manifesto "printed in bold colours, not pastel shades," Alexander told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Axelrod will also be crucial in dealing with a Tory "fear and smear" campaign that the party is expecting from the camp of David Cameron and his Australian election guru, Lynton Crosby, Alexander said. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:38:48 GMT)

Pro-Russian groups to stay put in east Ukraine until referendum takes place
Occupations of public buildings across eastern Ukraine continue as pro-Russian separatists accuse Kiev of violating Geneva dealPro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine have accused the authorities in Kiev of violating an agreement to defuse tensions across the country, adding that they have no intention of leaving buildings they have occupied.On Thursday Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the United States signed an agreement in Geneva that was supposed to see illegal groups withdraw from municipal buildings and give up their weapons. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:21:52 GMT)

British teenager killed in Syria
Family of East Sussex 18-year-old Abdullah Deghayes, whose uncle was detained at Guantánamo Bay, learned the news via FacebookPolice are investigating reports that an 18-year-old Briton from East Sussex has been killed in Syria.Abdullah Deghayes from Saltdean, near Brighton, told his family that he was travelling to Libya in January but did not tell them he was going to Syria. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:00 GMT)

Mount Everest avalanche leaves at least 13 Nepalese climbers dead
Three others injured and seven missing after avalanche caught work party as they prepared route for fee-paying western climbersAn avalanche on Mount Everest early on Friday has killed at least 13 local climbers and left several others injured in what is likely to prove one of the most lethal accidents in recent history on the world's highest peak.An official from the mountaineering division at the Nepalese tourism ministry said 13 bodies had so far been recovered and ferried to base camp, while a further three injured climbers were being taken to Kathmandu. As many as seven climbers are still thought to be missing. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:52:00 GMT)

New Treasury minister faces questions over tax arrangements
Andrea Leadsom has held properties in a company rather than in her own name and made use of offshore banking servicesThe new Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom has made use of offshore banking services, held properties in a company rather than in her own name and created trusts for her children moves that could potentially lower her tax bill.Her actions are perfectly legal but Labour said she had serious questions to answer about the arrangements given George Osborne's suggestion that complicated tax avoidance measures are morally unacceptable. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:02 GMT)

Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance
The NSA whistleblower says critics who accuse him of being a Kremlin patsy misinterpret his motives Edward Snowden: Putin must be called to accountEdward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to hold the Russian president accountable and not, as critics have suggested, an act of compliant propaganda.Writing for the Guardian, the whistleblower behind the National Security Agency leaks suggests he carefully framed the question to Putin, which he asked via video link in an annual televised call-in with the president on Thursday. Putin, Snowden writes, denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter.Snowden's question WAS softball. If he knows as much as he claims, he would've known that the wording gave Putin an easy out. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:06:26 GMT)

South Korea ferry: prosecutors request arrest warrant for captain
Investigators examine claims that Lee Joon-seok, 69, abandoned ship as official toll rises to 29 with death of school deputy headmasterProsecutors in South Korea have requested a warrant for the arrest of the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing, feared dead. Warrants for the arrest of two other crew members have also been lodged with a court. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:14:23 GMT)

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87
Colombian author became standard-bearer for Latin American letters after success of One Hundred Years of SolitudeEdmund White: García Márquez made magic realism his ownObituary: catalyst of boom in Latin American literatureGabriel García Márquez: a life in picturesFrom the archive: 1970 review of One Hundred Years of SolitudeFive must-readsWhat did García Márquez mean to you?The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish language literature and magical realism with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, died at the age of 87. He had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia.Matching commercial success with critical acclaim, García Márquez became a standard-bearer for Latin American letters, establishing a route for negotiations between guerillas and the Colombian government, building a friendship with Fidel Castro and maintaining a feud with fellow literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa that lasted more than 30 years. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:18:00 GMT)

Second earthquake in 24 hours hits Rutland
3.5-magnitude quake in Oakham bigger than Thursday's, which at 3.2-magnitude had been region's biggest since 2001Another earthquake has struck Rutland in the East Midlands, 24 hours after one shook houses for around 10 seconds.Initial data released by the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the latest quake struck Oakham at around 7.50am on Friday and that it was bigger than Thursday's, measuring magnitude 3.5. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:15:45 GMT)

Pistorius's expert witness says he was joking about his destroyed reputation
Forensics man Roger Dixon tells the Guardian that a Facebook post on the subject was intended lightheartedlyA defence witness for Oscar Pistorius has claimed that a Facebook post in which he complained about his reputation being destroyed in court was a "joke".Roger Dixon's credibility and competence were repeatedly questioned by prosecutor Gerrie Nel during the trial of the Paralympic sprinter, accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's day last year. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:28:28 GMT)

Easter weekend weather off to a sunny start as butterflies and bluebells abound
Warm spring after mild winter proves a boon for wildlife across Britain but Met Office warns of more unsettled weather moving inGood Friday and Easter Saturday will bring the best weather of the Easter bank holiday weekend, with forecasters predicting dry and sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-teens across the UK.But the outlook on Sunday and the bank holiday Monday is for cloudier conditions with the chance of rain across England and Wales. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:30:00 GMT)

David Cameron stung by jellyfish
PM's encounter with sea creature while on holiday in Lanzarote is not the first time that a jellyfish has caused him painDavid Cameron is known for floating serenely above the political fray, suffering very little damage to his own reputation even as his government is forced into U-turns or his ministers are forced to resign.But on holiday in Lanzarote this week the prime minister's luck ran out. Bobbing gently in the Spanish waters, Cameron suddenly received a painful sting from a jellyfish. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:53:00 GMT)

£9,500 worth of gold removed from Indian man's small intestines
Businessman has to have surgery to remove 12 pieces of the metal he swallowed on trip to Singapore to avoid customs dutyDoctors in India have discovered 12 gold nuggets in the stomach of a wealthy businessman, according to local reports.The businessman from the Chandni Chowk district of Delhi visited hospital on 9 April, saying he had swallowed a metal bottle cap in anger. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:49:45 GMT)

Star Wars fans pore over images of possible film set in the desert
Latest instalment of franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, has been shrouded in secrecy, but images offer hint shooting has begunAt first glance, they appear to be nothing more than pictures of a unremarkable tent in the depths of the Arabian desert.But for the legions of Stars Wars fans, these grainy images could provide the first seductive insight into Star Wars: Episode VII, a film that has become one of the most closely guarded secrets in Hollywood. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:50:35 GMT)

Heartbleed bug 'will cost millions'
Revoking all SSL certificates leaked by Heartbleed will cost millions of dollars, according to Cloudflare, which provides services to website hostsRevoking all the SSL certificates leaked by the Heartbleed bug will cost millions of dollars, according to Cloudflare, which provides services to website hosts.SSL, the technology used to secure much of the internet, relies on private keys that must be kept hidden, but the Heartbleed flaw allows an attacker to steal them by pummelling a server with carefully crafted requests. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:51:30 GMT)

Royal parade passes some by on a picture-perfect day at Manly beach
Crowds as eager to enjoy the sun and swell as they are to greet William and KateEven the hardened photographers of the British press gallery were swept away by the scenes at Manly beach on Friday afternoon.The sun shone. The surf was huge. The kid lifesavers in fluorescent pink leotards enthusiastically practised their drills on the sand. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:44:19 GMT)

One fifth of China's farmland polluted
New report confirms scale of China's soil pollution problem with 20% of farmland contaminatedA fifth of China's farmland is polluted, according to an offical report based on the results of an extensive survey.Soil pollution has long been a concern in China due to the country's rapid industrialisation and the report carried on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection confirms the extent of the problem. The report states that pollutants in more than 16% of Chinese soil exceeds national standards and that figure rises to 20% for arable land. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:27:13 GMT)

Whistleblowing heart doctor who aired hospital safety fears wins tribunal case
Trust spent £6m in effort to discredit cardiologist Raj Mattu but tribunal rules that sacking by Coventry hospital was unjustifiedA whistleblowing heart doctor who sounded the alarm about poor care and patient deaths at his own hospital has won a major legal victory against his NHS employers, whose attempts to pursue ultimately unsubstantiated allegations against him cost £6m of public money.An employment tribunal has ruled that Dr Raj Mattu was unfairly dismissed by the Walsgrave hospital in Coventry, and suffered a series of "detriments" after he spoke out about what he saw as dangerous conditions, including too many patients' beds being squeezed together to help relieve overcrowding. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:28:11 GMT)

Male university workers sue over alleged sex discrimination
Maintenance staff members at University of Wales Trinity Saint David say they are paid less than female equivalentsTwenty-six men working at a university in Wales are suing their employers for more than £700,000 over allegations of sex discrimination and unequal pay.The men, caretakers and tradesman employed by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, say they have been paid less than female employees in equivalent posts for seven years. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:17:41 GMT)

More than 150 million vote so far on biggest polling day in Indian elections
Voter turnout close to 50% by early afternoon in many of the 120 constituencies being contested across 12 states on ThursdayMore than 150 million people have voted so far in India on Thursday in the biggest single day's polling of the six-week-long general election due to end next month. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:00 GMT)

NHS waiting lists at their longest for six years
Labour says the longer waits are due to the government wasting £3bn on pointless reformsNHS waiting lists are at their longest for six years and an important target has been missed for the first time since 2011, official figures indicate.The data suggests that more than 10% of patients are waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment for the first time in three years, while the total number of patients on the list has risen to 2,885,253 the highest February figure since 2008. The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks has increased by almost half since May 2010 to more than 30,000 and those waiting more than a year for their treatment was also at its highest for a year at 544. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:03:54 GMT)

Eric Pickles: I'll shut council freesheets that publish 'propaganda on the rates'
Communities secretary targets five Labour-led London boroughs, where he says free press is being put out of businessEric Pickles has threatened to shut free newspapers given out by five Labour-run councils, accusing them of peddling propaganda.The communities and local government secretary accused the councils of behaving like Russian president Vladimir Putin, describing the council-published newsletters as "town hall Pravdas", a reference to Russian political newspapers associated with the Communist party. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:00 GMT)

Police arrest four former teaching assistants from 'Trojan Horse' school
Women held as part of fraud investigation which detectives insist is not linked to alleged Islamist takeover plot in BirminghamFour women connected to a school named in an alleged Islamist plot to "take over" schools in Birmingham were arrested at around 7am on Thursday in connection with an ongoing fraud investigation at a Birmingham school, West Midlands police said."It's alleged the women were involved in a bogus resignation letters plot at Adderley primary school in Saltley," the force said in a statement. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:52:28 GMT)

John Bercow attacks 'cacophony' at prime minister's questions
Commons Speaker says party leaders have not pledged to improve behaviour which is putting off MPs from contributingMPs are put off contributing in the House of Commons by the "histrionics and cacophony of noise" during prime minister's questions, according to John Bercow.The Speaker said party leaders had yet to make a specific commitment to improve the situation despite recognising that behaviour must improve to impress the public. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:29:18 GMT)

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
Arsenal's grey clouds lifting, Sturridge's injury benefiting Suárez, Pellegrini under pressure and Pulis the great entertainerArsenal have won just two of their past eight matches but they will arrive for this one in upbeat form. Not only will the sight of Hull City remind them that they will soon contest an FA Cup final and perhaps end their epic trophy-drought, but Everton's surprising defeat to Crystal Palace has given Arsenal a boost in the chase for the final Champions League spot meaning that, like last season and contrary to the stereotype, Arsenal could take advantage of another team's bottling. Hull, meanwhile, still need a victory to confirm their Premier League survival and Steve Bruce will likely give Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic the chance to shoot past Wojciech Szczesny none of that trio are likely to feature in the final so all talk of a dress rehearsal for Wembley is to be treated with the contempt that all cliches deserve, at the end of the day. Wenger: Özil can be Player of the Year next season Szczesny's dream may spell agony for friend Fabianski Huddlestone: It would be nice if Arsenal won nothing again Poyet: we are playing for ourselves not Liverpool Inter confirm interest in Torres and Dzeko Pulis took Palace role after long talk with Sir Alex Tomkins trial delayed after police lose CCTV footage Lambert lieutenants suspended to clear 'poisonous atmosphere' Lambert stands firm as takeover rumours mount Shaw staying put at Southampton says manager Pochettino Big interview: Calum Chambers Premier League to look into Cardiff's team-leak claim Ireland signs three-year contract extension at Stoke Rodgers warns Liverpool to learn from Manchester City dip James Dutton: Can Liverpool cope without Henderson? Anfield redevelopment moves a step closer Rooney to return from injury against Everton Manchester United fine Cleverley, Welbeck and Young Everton extend Howard's contract by two years Martínez refuses to concede fourth spot to Arsenal Pellegrini says City can still win Premier League Manchester City are world's highest paid sports team Anelka's move to Atlético Mineiro off Duff to seek move abroad in bid to escape 'rat race' Bale's Real Madrid winner bittersweet for Sherwood's Spurs Swansea City confirm training-ground clashes Pardew's fight for Newcastle future helped by Rémy return Louise Taylor: Pardew playing dangerous blame game Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:22:19 GMT)

Jonathan Trott confirms he is withdrawing from cricket comeback
Trott cites inability to 'concentrate fully' as reason for break ECB insist they will support's batsman's ongoing rehabilitationJonathan Trott has cited his inability to "concentrate fully at all times" as the reason for his decision to withdraw from his comeback to cricket after a single County Championship appearance.Warwickshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement on Friday morning confirming the story, broken in Thursday's Daily Mail, that Trott had informed his employers after Wednesday's defeat by Sussex that he wanted to take another indefinite break. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:38:49 GMT)

The sports quiz of the week: Copa del Rey, Bubba Watson and the Conference
Featuring the King of Spain, Masters greats, extortionate pay, religious leaders, the London Marathon and Crawley Town Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:00 GMT)

PFA Player of the Year award shortlist: Gerrard and Lallana nominated
Hazard, Sturridge, Suárez and Touré also on shortlist Barkley and Sterling among nominations for youth awardSteven Gerrard, Eden Hazard, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suárez and Yaya Touré are the six players nominated for this year's Professional Footballers' Association's Players' Player of the Year award. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:15:27 GMT)

Paddy Lowe and Mercedes look to put F1's new world on the map
The sport's winds of change have ushered in three straight wins for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and their technical guru would like those at the top of F1 to share the enthusiasmPaddy Lowe, the technical whizz behind Mercedes' early domination of the 2014 Formula One season, says the sport's heads should work harder to promote their "brilliant" product."The leadership of F1 has a duty to promote it," Lowe says in an exclusive interview with the Guardian at the team's Brackley headquarters, sounding at once anguished and evangelical. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:24:23 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton shines in practice for Mercedes ahead of Chinese Grand Prix
Hamilton finished 0.141 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg came thirdLewis Hamilton missed the first 25 minutes of Friday's second free practice for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix but still finished top of the timings by 0.141 seconds, ahead of Fernando Alonso and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg..Hamilton's car had a suspension problem and then he complained about understeer, but the current championship leader soon made up for lost time and, after switching to soft tyres, toppled Alonso. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:33:08 GMT)

Steve Davis may be handed World Snooker tour wild card by Barry Hearn
Hearn's proposal receives backing from within snooker Ronnie O'Sullivan readies for Crucible title defenceThe controversial proposal by Barry Hearn, the chairman of World Snooker, to hand Steve Davis a tour wild card for next season has received support from within the sport.The six-times world champion lost early in qualifying for this year's Crucible tournament, which begins on Saturday, and has fallen outside the top 64 in the money list, meaning he is due to drop out of the paid ranks this summer. But Hearn, who has always insisted snooker should be a meritocracy under his leadership, could authorise a move to give Davis an exemption because he considers the 56-year-old an "exceptional" case. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:09:35 GMT)

Ronnie O'Sullivan ready for Crucible defence as new fans go snooker loopy
The five-time winner heads for the World Championships on top form, with the sport given a new lease of life under Barry HearnRonnie O'Sullivan will begin his defence of the Dafabet World Championship he won for the fifth time last year with "professional snooker players feeling like they have a full-time job again", according to 1997 world champion Ken Doherty. Boasting total prize money of £1.214m and a record £300,000 cheque for the winner, the 17-day tournament will be televised in over 70 countries, with World Snooker chief Barry Hearn having made great strides in arresting the sport's decline by tapping huge markets in China and India, as well as assorted other countries not previously renowned for their snooker loopiness.In less than four years at the helm, Hearn has extended the world snooker calender to 50 weeks a year, packed it with tournaments and almost trebled available prize money from £3m to £8.5m. "Barry's been a complete inspiration since he took over the game," says Doherty, the world No28 and part-time BBC pundit, who qualified for the televised stages of this year's tournament earlier this week having missed out last year. "Previously, we had only six tournaments in a season and now we have 20 or more. It's great to be spoilt for choice with regard to the snooker calender." Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:45:19 GMT)

Talking Horses: Best bets for racing's first ever Good Friday card
Our man analyses Lingfield's groundbreaking Good Friday card, plus the climax of our tipping competitionIt will be a small piece of racing history that is made at Lingfield this afternoon when one of the 11 runners in the opening race passes the post in front, but history all the same as British racing records its first winner on Good Friday. It will be well worth it for the winning connections, too, as £50,000 apprentice handicaps are not a regular occurrence on the all-weather or anywhere else and overall a total of £1m will be redistributed over the course of seven races at the first All-Weather Championships. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:50:36 GMT)

Joy of Six: football pantomime villains
From the loathing for Pepe's playacting to the puzzling rancour Michael Owen inspires, football fans love to hate a bad guy Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:30:00 GMT)

Gareth Bale on Real Madrid wonder goal: 'I just kept my eye on the ball'
Some called him the Road Runner, others Usain Bolt it was the night the speedy Welshman wowed the Copa del Rey final with a 50-metre swerving run that ended in a memorable winnerManagers often complain that they do not get a good view from the touchline but this time it could not have been better. Carlo Ancelotti called it "perfect". From where he stood, the Real Madrid coach watched in awe as barely metres away Gareth Bale started the sprint that ended with him scoring what he admitted was the "biggest" goal of his career: a 50-metre gallop that won the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid. Alongside Ancelotti was Madrid's assistant coach Paul Clement. "I'm not sure I have ever seen a goal like that," he said.There was a moment at the start of the run when the nearest anyone from Barcelona got to Bale was their manager Tata Martino. The Welshman's first touch had been on the half way line and as he pushed it past Marc Bartra he was buffeted off the pitch but he did not stop. Instead he sped by like a racing car using the pit lane to overtake, screeching back on to the track in the lead. As he passed Martino and accelerated, sprinting in a long arc, he tore through Barcelona's technical area, where the turf slopes downwards away from the field. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:00:06 GMT)

Brendan Rodgers warns Liverpool to learn from Manchester City dip
City's draw against Sunderland a warning sign, says Rodgers Premier League leaders told: there is nothing guaranteedBrendan Rodgers believes Manchester City's faltering title challenge will serve as a warning against complacency to Liverpool when they take their pursuit of the Premier League to struggling Norwich City on Sunday.Liverpool's prospects of a first title win since 1990 were enhanced on Wednesday when the club with the biggest wage bill in world sport were held to a 2-2 draw at home by bottom-of-the-table Sunderland. The result left City six points adrift of the league leaders having played one game fewer. On the same night Rodgers watched Crystal Palace damage Everton's Champions League aspirations with a 3-2 win at Goodison Park that effectively secured their Premier League status. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:09 GMT)

Portsmouth's revival owes everything to care of their community
Twelve months after becoming the biggest club in England to be taken over by a supporters' trust, the city itself has been galvanised by the reclaiming of its best known sporting assetThe mud-spattered Mercedes van is parked up pitch-side, its back doors flung open and all the training paraphernalia pouring out on to the grass. Cones, metal-framed dummies, energy drinks, bibs and strapping fall to the turf. The surrounding area is littered with flip-flops and trainers, some snazzy others scuffed and worn, with the entire squad having laced up their boots al fresco on the touchline. This could be park football on a Sunday morning. It is actually a professional team reborn.The setting is Langstone student village, mid-morning on a Friday, and on the university campus' main pitch the players of Portsmouth Football Club are preparing for a critical game against Hartlepool. Pompey, FA Cup winners in 2008, a side who confronted Milan in the Uefa Cup the following season and seven years a Premier League club, are five points above the condemned at the foot of League Two, with their third manager of term, Andy Awford, barking orders. "Be physical. Get in their faces. Be horrible. Squeeze the line. Rash him, as tight as you can." Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:32:10 GMT)

Human fish and the 10-stone toddler: the weird world of British Pathé
British Pathé has uploaded 3,500 hours of historic footage to YouTube. Stephen Moss dives into the archive and discovers the mind-boggling strangeness of our recent pastBritish Pathé, which documented the first 70 years of the 20th century in cinema newsreels, has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 films to its YouTube channel. That's about 3,500 hours of historic footage. How on earth do you start exploring that? The answer is to plunge in randomly, which is how I hit on Micky the alsatian, aka "the world's greatest canine jumper", filmed in 1930 leaping over a 9ft 6in gate to a jazzy musical score (this was before the days of stentorian Pathé commentaries) without impaling himself. Well done, Micky. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:43:34 GMT)

What to cook with leftover lamb
Using up any leftovers from Easter or last week's roast lamb couldn't be easier. Try whizzing it up for a shepherd's pie, in a pilaf, or, for showing off a bit, the moussaka recipe belowLamb leftovers are slightly trickier to use up than beef or chicken. The meat is very fatty, which makes it unctuous and flavoursome when hot, but too greasy to nibble as a cold snack or use in sandwiches and salads. (Although I love slices of cold lamb dipped into very sharp mint sauce and served with a crisp green salad). Instead, your best bet is to recook it and turn it into something new.The great Antonio Carluccio recently told me that his number-one principle in cooking is "MOF, MOF" "minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour". To stay true to this principle with your leftover lamb, just fry the pieces in a pan (you probably won't need to add any oil), so that they go crispy at the edges. Toss in some finely chopped garlic a couple of minutes before you take it off the heat, and finish it off with a large handful of chopped green herbs (mint, parsley or coriander all work well) and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:29:00 GMT)

This week's new tracks: the best of Record Store Day
Tomas Barfod Feat Gruff Rhys | London Grammar | MØ | Suede | Bombay Bicycle ClubReading this on mobile? Click here to view Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT)

20 lies parents tell their children
Like it or not, lies are a big part of family life here's my handy guide for childrenI have always taught my children to be honest. Which is ridiculous, really, when you think about it. My wife always says that the truth is over-rated. She may or may not be right, but it certainly is underused. Lies of one kind or another let's call them "loving lies" dominate family life. Here are just a few of them.1. When you die you go to heaven Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:59:00 GMT)

Why it's time to burn your knickers - an extract from the Vagenda book
They bleached, waxed and spent jobseeker's allowance on foundation. Then Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett created feminist blog and now book The Vagenda. Here they explain why the beauty myth is more pernicious now than everPicture the scene: you're 13 or 14, maybe even younger, and all hell is breaking loose in your body. Somehow, pubes have started sprouting overnight, your nipples are in agony, and you're bleeding from that hole in the middle that you weren't ready to believe existed yet. Every time you look in the mirror, the war seems to have broken out on a different front. You're developing lumps and bumps in places where previously there were none, you're grouchy and massively hormonal. And if that wasn't bad enough, a strange foreign species called "boy" is starting to show an interest in you through the tried-and-tested method of insult (usually by asking you why you haven't got any tits).If you could, you'd sleep 18 hours a day and never talk to anyone again. No one speaks to you the way that Courtney Love/Alanis Morissette/Avril Lavigne/Lady Gaga/Taylor Swift does (delete according to age and taste). It's no wonder so many of us end up backcombing our hair, throwing on an oversized crucifix necklace and becoming goths for a couple of years: being a teenage girl is shit. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:58:24 GMT)

Why the best Easter art is so gory and disturbing
Blood, death, redemption: how the season of eggs and bunnies inspired some of the most visceral, soul-searching art in historyThe art of Easter is gory and profound. If Christmas is the season of angels, stables and wise men bearing gifts, Easter in art is the time of suffering, death and resurrection.It doesn't matter what you believe in or don't. The story of Christ's passion has inspired some of the greatest artists to create their most serious works. Of all the rituals that marked the pre-modern year in Christian Europe, this was the time for the darkest meditations and most intense hopes. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:50:42 GMT)

Easter chocolate treats free from gluten, egg and dairy
Get into the Easter spirit with some homemade chocolate treats in a selection of themed shapes, such as chicks, eggs, and rabbitsThe choice of Easter confectionery that fulfils special requirements (such as vegan or being free from certain allergens) is extremely limited, due to the way most chocolate is manufactured. So why not make your own? Pop your finished chocolate into a food-grade cellophane bag and close it with a ribbon for a professional finish.Makes four shapes100g milk chocolate25g white chocolateSweets, dried fruits and/or nuts Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:00 GMT)

A beginners guide to spring foraging
There are many pleasures to be gained from eating from the wild and with spring in full swing, it's an ideal time to go foraging and add a new dimension to your food I love to eat from the wild and I've done it from my earliest years. The flavours, textures and nutrients are elemental and vital; they bring a new dimension to your cooking. I cherish the intimate connection I get with the environment, and the ebb and flow of the seasons and weather. It's fun to search for your own food.If you take responsibly, your bounty is sustainable and free. Please only harvest what you are confident you can positively identify: if in doubt, leave it out. Use a good guide to help you such as Alys Fowler's The Thrifty Forager, or the Collins Gem version of Richard Mabey's Food For Free. Only pick what you can comfortably use without waste or harm to the plant leave some for others. Wash your bounty and check for bugs lurking in flowers. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:19:40 GMT)

How do I become a Legoland modeller
A degree in art or design is a useful start, and architects and sign makers are also welcome. Hero-worship from your children is the bonusWhen David Fautley takes his work home with him his children don't complain they join in, because Fautley is a Lego modeller. "We did Dortmund football stadium in Germany last January which needed 3,000 mini-figures, so I had the boys and five of their friends come round for three nights after school to complete it. With slices of pizza going round, you can imagine they thought it was fantastic." Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:22:13 GMT)

Is this the craziest mountain bike race in the world?
Each year, 2,000 riders slip, slide and fall down Pic Blanc, in Alpe d'Huez, in search of 'enduro' biking glory. We have a ringside seat and meet some of the ridersThe air throbs with the sound of helicopters. Loudspeakers blare out indeterminate beats while hundreds of mountain bikers stand quivering with nervous excitement next to bikes so solid they look like they'd survive a nuclear explosion. The crisp morning sunlight glances off the Sarenne glacier and from where they stand, on the summit of the Pic Blanc, the competitors soak up an epic alpine view. Then an air raid siren blasts out the 10-second countdown, ramping up the atmosphere until the energy of every soul on the mountain explodes as the starting tape is lifted and wheels begin to turn. Amid the chaos, a bemused bloke stands holding his skis mumbles: "Not the best day to decide to ski the glacier."The place is Alpe d'Huez, and the race is Megavalanche. The first event was held in 1995, the brainchild of downhill mountain bike pioneer George Edwards, who created some of the first dedicated downhill tracks, including Les Gets in France and Fort William in Scotland. His aim was to create a synthesis between the ascents of cross-country and the descents of downhill a true all-mountain discipline. Around 400 people turned up to race. In 2013, 2,000 riders professionals and regular Joes (and Joannas) from 30 countries took on the 30km track with its 2,600m of vertical descent. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:58:00 GMT)

Record Store Day 2014: share your photos of your favourites
Show us your favourite local record shop and tell us why you shop there Check out Saturday's Guardian Guide, for a full rundown of this year's Record Store Day Do you still buy music at record shops? There are many among us who prefer browsing through racks of CDs and vinyl, seeking out bargains and rarities - an experience click and buy can't match. This Saturday (19 April) is the seventh annual Record Store Day, celebrating the UK's independent record shops. Artists, labels, and stores across the country are hosting special events to mark the occasion. We'd like to see photos of your local record shop - whether they're putting something on or doing business as usual by adding to your collection, take a picture and tell us a little bit about the shop in question. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:09:55 GMT)

Experience: I found my birth mother five minutes from home
'We had gone to exactly the same shops and the same pub. We had even watched the same football games there'Growing up, in Ireland, I always knew I was adopted and for the first 10 years of my life it made me feel special. But as an adolescent, I began to really hurt. I was never resentful, but I longed to know that my birth mother cared.Birthdays were particularly hard, and my parents came to expect me to cry every year. Why would I want to celebrate a day when I was given away? I adored my mum and dad, but I needed to know the reasons I wound up with them. On my 13th birthday, they told me everything they knew that my birth mother was 24 when she had me, that she was a twin and that her hobbies included music. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT)

Ten things we learned this week
From the high turnout in the Indian election to the interrogation of Oscar Pistorius a roundup of the week's news Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:34:24 GMT)

Fergus Henderson's last supper
In our new series, leading chef's reveal what they'd choose for their last supper, beginning with the inimitable St John chef-owner, Fergus HendersonMy final meal would follow a scientific progression. First, a dry martini just the one to take the edge off, but not enough for numbness. Then sea urchins, both comforting and uplifting. I would follow with the steadying combination of a red burgundy, Wigmore sheep's milk cheese and raisin bread. After that comes chocolate ice-cream for that final kick of naughtiness.I first encountered sea urchins while on holiday in Marseilles with my parents. The weather was warm, the sun shining; we had had bouillabaisse the night before, and now urchins for lunch on the harbour front. Urchins are a difficult thing to get hold of so I eat them whenever I can. They are best entirely plain, eaten with a spoon straight out of the spiny shells. Our supplier to St John is Roddie, the wild man of the north, who dives for them in unforgiving Arctic Norway among the sea eagles and glaciers. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:00 GMT)

Tiananmen Square memorial museum to open in Hong Kong video
The first permanent museum dedicated to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is planned to open on 4 June. Organisers have created a replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue built by Chinese demonstrators in the square. But the organisers say there is pressure on them to shut down the museum before the protest's 25th anniversary Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:58:36 GMT)

The best picture books for children reviews
From a silent plan to a disappearing moggie, from the inside story of architecture to the simple pleasure of kicking a football, we round up the best new picture books for children Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:54 GMT)

The shirt on your back: the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry
How did the clothes you're wearing get to you? Guardian journalists trace the lifecycle of the shirt on your back via the teeming workshops of Dhaka, where labour is cheap, factories are cheaper and just going to work can be fatalDid the Rana Plaza collapse change your buying habits?Guardian App users click here Continue reading...
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:16:00 GMT)

My wife was murdered by a 'monster' but most perpetrators of violence are normal men
My wife, Jill Meagher, was murdered by a man who can easily be described as the sum of all evils but we should not fall prey to the 'monster myth' Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:52:29 GMT)

Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election
US president's right-hand man, who masterminded back-to-back election wins, to sharpen Labour party focus on inequality Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:08 GMT)

Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama
I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him Edward Snowden defends decision to question Putin Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:06:36 GMT)

South Korean ferry: captain was not at the helm, investigators say
Anger of missing passengers' relatives mounts as it emerges third officer was steering when the accident occurred Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:13:59 GMT)

Ukraine: separatists refuse to end occupation despite Geneva agreement
No sign of pro-Russian groups pulling out of city halls and town squares in eastern Ukraine despite deal to defuse crisis Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:28:57 GMT)

Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents
Convict had noose around his neck when victim's mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life Continue reading...
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:24:44 GMT)

Gabriel García Márquez: five must-reads
The Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez found his voice with his 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. We round up the key texts from the master of magic realismGabriel García Márquez: what did he mean to you? Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:14:00 GMT)

Please, don't take my dirty lamb kebabs away from me
If we let rampant gastrofication ruin the gloriously dodgy meat content of our kebabs, it'll be Chicken Cottage next Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:01 GMT)

David Cameron won't win votes by calling Britain a Christian country
Like all humanity, the religious are both good and bad. The PM only pretends otherwise to try to stop the flight to Ukip Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT)

You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to find Google alarming
Its colossal power has worrying implications not only for the health of Europe's digital economy, but for the individual freedom of citizensDear Eric Schmidt, Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:40:53 GMT)

'I am disgusted by my son's behaviour toward the mother of his child'
They do not live together and do not get on well, but I can't help feeling that his attitude toward the mother of our granddaughter is embarrassing and unacceptableOur son and the mother of his eight-year-old daughter are in their late 40s. They do not live together, but take joint care of her. Over the years, my husband and myself have built up a positive relationship with mother and granddaughter. Last weekend, we arranged an afternoon birthday tea for the mother, only to find that, although our son had brought her a birthday card, it had been signed by their daughter alone. His behaviour at the table was incredibly rude. He spent the whole time being loud, taking the mickey and not recognising that the occasion was a celebration of a life that was neither his daughter's nor his. To whom should I voice my concerns about this? When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments which appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:37:00 GMT)

Is rock's flippant attitude towards mental health changing?
Prog band Kitten Pyramid's tour of psychiatric hospitals suggests a more enlightened approach to mental illness in musicReading this on mobile? Click here to view"Heaving, crackle, slinky, dormy, roofy, wham/ I'll have them, fried bloke". That stream of cobblers, from Syd Barrett's Rats, is perhaps the closest that rock music has come to documenting a mental breakdown. Soon after recording it, Barrett became the poster child for rock casualties, walking from his London flat to Cambridge to live as a virtual recluse. The fact that fans and record companies badgered Barrett up to his death in 2006 (one label reportedly offered £1m for him to record anything at all) speaks for our fetishisation of such lost souls. From Brian Wilson's sandpit to Adam Ant's army revolver, we want them to live out their weirdest urges so we don't have to. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:59:00 GMT)

Raise a glass of meat stout to the microbreweries
Giant beer brands such as SABMiller can keep on merging. That leaves more room for local breweries to experiment and thriveThis week, Melissa Earlam of the Swiss banking firm UBS suggested that the global brewing giants AB InBev and SABMiller might at some point merge to create SAB-InBev. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:09:04 GMT)

I'm being distracted by the noisy eating of a new colleague
I'd like to find a polite way to tell her that her constant eating is driving me away from my deskTwice a week we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy's own insights. Here is the latest dilemma what are your thoughts? Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:00:04 GMT)

Young? Melancholic? Take comfort from your literary forebears
Literature has long echoed with the gloomy anthems of doomed youth. Not many poems around on structural inequality, thoughAnthem for Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen called his most famous poem. In 1917, when he wrote it, "doom" was no overstatement. Hundreds of thousands of healthy teenagers would not see the age at which they could vote, their names (but nothing else) to "live on" scratched on war memorials. Pointless immortality.Literature has always echoed with the gloomy anthems of doomed youth, from Hamlet's first outburst about how weary, stale and unprofitable seem to him the uses of the world (if the prince of Denmark thought his condition unprofitable, he should have tried getting by in Elsinore with a jobseeker's allowance of whatever £57.35 is in kroner). Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:03 GMT)

At last, Labour has a plan for getting disabled people into employment
Rachel Reeves and Kate Green are moving Labour away from defining the problem as one of 'shirkers' who can work but don'tThe Labour shadow work and pensions team of Rachel Reeves and Kate Green have this week taken their first steps in defining how employment and support allowance (ESA) and the now infamous Atos "fit for work" tests might be reformed under a Labour government.It has been a long and torturous process to get to this point. For far too long, policymakers from all parties refused to see the inherent flaws in a tick-box system designed to generalise, punish and restrict. Despite overwhelming evidence that the tests were failing, the very issue of welfare reforms is so politically charged that no one had any desire to admit it was wrong. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:04 GMT)

Ten things I wish I'd known before starting my dissertation
Are you putting the final touches to a dissertation? Let's pass on some tips to those who'll be doing them next yearThe sun is shining but many students won't see the daylight. Because it's that time of year again dissertation time. Luckily for me, my D-Day (dissertation hand-in day) has already been and gone. But I remember it well. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:56:00 GMT)

Fifty years on: how BBC2 lost its way
New controller Kim Shillinglaw will have a tough task resolving the channel's ongoing identity crisis between light and shadeImagine being born as the third child of a devoted and attentive family but then celebrating your 50th birthday as one of hundreds of siblings claiming the attention of increasingly distracted and financially desperate parents.This is roughly the position of BBC2, which reaches the half-century mark on Saturday . When the network arrived, on 20 April 1964, a television station was a special and treasurable thing. The BBC's single visual service was 28 years old and its ITV rival only nine. And although the new baby had a difficult delivery a power cut on the first night wiped out everything except a short news bulletin its early upbringing was privileged. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:59:00 GMT)

Who are Silicon Valley's biggest earners?
Some take a salary of $1 a year. Others, a little more. Samuel Gibbs looks at the technology industry's highest profile executives and what they take homeYahoo's chief executive Marissa Mayer is not the companys highest paid employee, but Meyer is not alone is taking a symbolically lower pay packet than some key members of her executive staff.Mayer, whose pay was disclosed in a regulatory filing this week, earned a total of $26.9m last year - down 26.5% from $36.6m in 2012 - yet her base salary has more than doubled to $1m, according to company filings. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:38 GMT)

Justin Welby: the hard-nosed realist holding together the Church of England
The archbishop of Canterbury has had successes over female bishops and payday lenders, and is now trying to steer the church away from telling people how to behaveJustin Welby now looks like the best archbishop of Canterbury the Church of England could possibly have, but when he was appointed he was almost unknown, and had only been a diocesan bishop for nine months. What got him the job after he had made the shortlist was that he was the only candidate who did not deny or flinch from the internal research suggesting that the church would dwindle, on existing trends, from about one million committed members to 150,000 by 2050.His first year in the job has been marked by tremendous energy and rather more physical and moral courage than is expected of an archbishop, but there is a tremendous sense of urgency underlying this display. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:48:00 GMT)

De La Soul unveil secret Record Store Day mixtape
The hip hop trio's most recent release, Smell The Da.I.S.Y, will be hidden in record stores around the US and online this weekend Saturday's Guardian Guide will have a full guide to this year's Record Store Day Aside from supporting and promoting independent record shops, part of the thrill of Record Store Day is in the chase. Hip-hop trio De La Soul are well aware of this, and have set a treasure hunt of their own, sneaking 100 vinyl copies of an instrumental version of their Smell The Da.I.S.Y mixtape into record stores. Smell The Da.I.S.Y, which is free to download from De La Souls website, was released on 26 March this year in tribute to producer J Dilla whose death was a result of a combination of rare blood disease TTP and lupus. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:04:20 GMT)

Nadia Sawalha: My family values
The actor and TV presenter talks about acquiring her cooking skills from the Arab side of her familyI come from a theatrical background. My father is [the Jordanianborn English] actor Nadim Sawalha and my sister Julia Sawalha is a well-known actress. The only time we all worked together was in Dearest Daddy Darling Daughter at the Young Vic theatre in 1997. Neither my mother, Roberta (we call her Bobbie), nor my sister Dina, 51, are involved in acting. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT)

Russia's TV tsar Vladimir Putin on confident form in marathon Q&A
President Putin takes questions from Russian citizens and Edward Snowden and insists east Ukraine is 'New Russia'Would President Barack Obama save his Russian counterpart if he discovered him drowning? Students of US-Russian affairs, poring over President Vladimir Putin's four-hour live-televised question and answer session for insights into the state of bilateral relations, may have found Putin's response mildly reassuring."I can't say that I have a special personal relationship with the US president, but I think he's a brave and decent man; he would do it," Putin replied to the question posed by a six-year-old girl. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:02:34 GMT)

Kate Humble: We don't value food because it's not expensive enough
The Springwatch presenter talks about food waste, keeping sheep, not having children and her mission with aquaponics"I'm over here!" shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She's carrying a bucket. "I was just about to muck out," she announces, and I'm reminded this is a working farm in the Wye Valley and in no way a TV set.The photographer has already done his work and gone. Apparently Humble had no idea he was coming. It is hard to think of another TV person on the planet for whom an impromptu photoshoot while wearing a well-loved fleece and no makeup would be OK, but Humble couldn't give a hoot. She's been up since the wee small hours: "I love getting up early. I can bounce out of bed at 5am but I'm useless at night." Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:38:23 GMT)

Football transfer rumours: Cheik Tioté to Manchester City?
Today's gossip crosses international boundaries and therefore recognises no bank holidayThe world's nicest football manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has failed to land a quadruple this season for Manchester City, but his bosses, perhaps mindful that it was Vincent Kompany who was giving it the big talk, still have full confidence in the Chilean manager. They'll give him ££££££££££££s to spend this summer on the Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, Cheik Tioté of Newcastle, and the order of a striker or two from a dead shiny catalogue featuring Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Diego Costa.John Terry, who sent off Chico Flores of Swansea City last weekend, isn't quite ready to go into full-time refereeing yet. He'd like to play for Chelsea a while longer but has been told to accept a massive pay cut if he wants a new contract. Galatasaray are prepared to give him full whack, and tax-free to boot, plus the prospect of immersing himself in a new footballing and cultural environment. It should help the contract negotiations along if nothing else. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:51 GMT)

Chelsea Clinton announces: I'm pregnant
Daughter of Bill and Hillary, 34, tells audience in New York and says 'I just hope to be as good a mom as my mom was to me'Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.The 34-year-old daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton made the announcement Thursday at the end of a Clinton Foundation event in New York on empowering girls.Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio...grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc! Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:46:33 GMT)

Beyoncé! Did you even read the article you wrote on gender equality?
Honestly, how can a feminist such as Ms Knowles agree to a tour with Jay-Z called 'Me and Mrs Carter'? It was watching the Kim Kardashian sex tape wot did Mike Amess in Jihadist's risky balaclava tactic takes Arsenal by surpriseWhat does a "power couple" look like? Pop-wise, this year's Grammys gave us an answer. It is a husband wearing $10,000 bespoke black tie, and a skirtless wife in a thonged, sheer bodysuit having it off with a chair. Ladies and gentleman, breadwinners and beatches it's Jay-Z and Beyoncé!Confusingly, the power couple's eye-catching duet came barely hours after the publication of Beyoncé's much vaunted essay on sexual equality. "We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect," she had explained, "so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible." Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:58:04 GMT)

Former Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee holds running clinic for Palestinian women video
The six-time Olympic medallist visits the West Bank to give running lessons to Palestinian mothers and daughters. The women jump over low-hurdles, compete in a race and take part in basic exercises. The initiative is a part of the US State Department's sport programme to encourage women to be physically active Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:30:00 GMT)

Skrillex: 'Dance music is not a bubble'
Rave idealist, hippie capitalist, sci-fi dreamer the EDM star talks about the promise of the Tumblr generation and the rebirth of LA's music sceneSonny Moore climbs into a bloody great spaceship in the California desert, salutes his friends, lights a fag, and proceeds to reduce 20,000 party kids to jelly for 90 minutes. His set at Coachella is a fast-cut barrage of hip-hop, house, 90s rave, Jamaican dancehall, grotesquely gurgling dubstep bass, fizzy trance rushes, high-sugar 80s soft-rock choruses and sudden bursts of abstract noise. The vast tent is slathered in a never-ending spew of lasers and strobing projections of alien faces, acid smileys, explosions, emojis and internet icons such as Nyan Cat and Flappy Bird.There's a bravura turn from New Yorker A$AP Rocky and his crew, who surge on to the stage for a few rap verses, and a wonderfully odd finale involving a hooded steel pan player and Moore himself bounding down from his vehicle to the front of the stage, where he wrings out a high-drama punk-metal guitar solo. It's quite a ride. Continue reading...
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:15:36 GMT)

Good Friday around the world - in pictures
A selection of the best images from Holy Week celebrations including processions and services to mark Good Friday Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:23:26 GMT)

The 10 best Shakespeare-inspired pieces of music in pictures
The Observer's classical music critic Fiona Maddocks chooses some of the best music inspired by Shakespeare from Purcell to Bernstein to Elvis Costello to mark the 450th anniversary of the Bard's birthWhat have we missed? Have your say in the comments below and your suggestion could feature in the alternative list next week Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT)

The week in wildlife - in pictures
A hare on hind legs, technicolour savannahs and rare snow leopards are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:00:20 GMT)

Meet the garlic connoisseur: Behind the Scenes In Pictures
Each week the Cook team goes behind the scenes with someone special in the UK food industry. This week, we meet Mark Botwright at his farm in south-west Dorset, where he grows a huge variety of specialty garlics. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:00 GMT)

Top five: foodie Easter treats
Easter isn't just for children. Or bunnies. Treat yourself to a grownup chocolate egg, or channel your inner child with a stacking set to eat your boiled egg and soldiers with Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:00:20 GMT)

James Dean: an enduring influence on modern fashion
In a tragically short Hollywood career James Dean established the blueprint of tortured teenage style. In anticipation of tomorrow's cinema re-release of Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant, we celebrate his most influential looksRebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant the only three films James Dean ever starred in are being re-released in cinemas tomorrow. For fashion historians, Dean is a key figure: a man whose clothes perfectly summed up the first decade in which young people's style was distinguished from their parents. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:00:20 GMT)

Moving stories: from page to screen - in pictures
Have you ever wondered how some of your favourite children's books were transformed into films? The Moving Stories exhibition at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, puts the spotlight on just how it happens, from the Fantastic Mr Fox to Alice in Wonderland Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT)

David Marr on the royal tour video
On day three of the royal visit to Australia, David Marr ponders the appeal of William and Kate, the meaning of a celebrity monarchy and the future of their relationship with Australia Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:11:19 GMT)

David Hockney's Yorkshire spring drawings
Following a minor stroke, David Hockney almost gave up on his annual Spring drawings. But when he returned to the Yorkshire Wolds, he was as inspired by the landscape as everI decided to do an arrival of spring in black and white (and greys) at the beginning of 2013. A change from the colour I had used in 2011 for my iPad prints shown at the Royal Academy in 2012. I almost gave up on the 2013 pictures a few times, but persevered and finished them around the end of May last year. Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:00 GMT)

South Korean ferry disaster: crane arrives at site - video
A large crane has arrived at the site of the sunken South Korean ferry as the search continues for 270 missing passengers. Almost a week after the sinking, rescuers are cautious about using heavy machinery as lifting the vessel could harm any survivors trapped inside Continue reading...
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:13:50 GMT)

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