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23 августа, 10:01

RBS and Santander rapped over PPI failures – business live

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Rolling coverage of economics, business and markets as the competition regulator demands bank changes 8.13am BST Sterling went on a bit of a tear yesterday as Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, appeared to strike an emollient Brexit tone. It gained 1% yesterday, but is back down 0.4% today.France’s Emmanuel Macron perhaps reminded traders last night that, to coin a phrase, nothing has changed on the UK’s departure from the EU so far. 8.07am BST The FTSE 100 is up by 0.5% in early trading – in part thanks to the weakness of the pound, which has lost 0.4% this morning against the US dollar.Germany’s Dax and France’s Cac 40 indices are both up by 0.5% as well. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 10:00

Erica review – interactive story careens down a dramatic cul-de-sac

PlayStation 4; Flavourworks/SonyThis experiment in storytelling has a fascinating premise – but its repetitiveness renders it a lesser BandersnatchHad Erica been released a year ago, chances are it would have made quite a splash. An interactive, full-motion video thriller where you control the decisions of troubled youngster it is as a brave, bold experiment in storytelling.But then Bandersnatch came along, and then Telling Lies. Now Erica feels like old news. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 10:00

Address Unknown: the great, forgotten anti-Nazi book everyone must read

First published in 1938, US author Kathrine Kressmann Taylor’s forgotten classic is a devastating work of political fiction that still resonates todaySome of the largest themes have been addressed in the shortest books. That is especially true in the realm of what might be called political fiction. The single best evocation of communism – and especially the distance between the ideal and the Soviet reality – remains George Orwell’s brief allegory, Animal Farm. In the same way, few works have conveyed the brutal nature of imperialism more effectively than Joseph Conrad managed in fewer than a hundred pages in Heart of Darkness. A third place in that small space on the shelf could be allocated to an even briefer work: Address Unknown, a story so short it can be read on a morning bus ride. Yet somehow it distils the essence of the ideology that, along with the other two, casts a deathly shadow over the 20th century. Across a few economic pages it touches the heart of the Nazi darkness.Address Unknown was first published in Story magazine in September 1938, and then in book form a year later, becoming an instant bestseller. It has been translated across the world, adapted into a 1944 film and into multiple productions for the stage and radio – all under the name of Kressmann Taylor, after Story’s editor, along with Kathrine Kressmann Taylor’s husband, Elliott, decided it was “too strong to appear under the name of a woman”. The impact was immediate, the story credited with having “jolted America”, alerting it to the horror unfolding in Nazi Germany. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 10:00

Jidenna: 85 to Africa – Classic Man takes it back to the source

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The Wisconsin-born singer and rapper adds musical elements of his west African background, but the production lacks warmth(Epic)Pour out a little liquor for the Classic Man. It’s been a few years since Jidenna emerged with his pre-packed vision of vintage masculinity – all three-piece suits and tight haircuts. It wasn’t exactly revelatory but the gimmick did find its sweet spot, giving Jidenna the kind of cultural juice that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z couldn’t previously achieve with their more high-end Suit & Tie, establishing the #JidennaHive and setting the Wisconsin-born singer apart from a crowded field of pop-minded singing rappers.Cut to 2019 and his new album, 85 to Africa, etaches Jidenna from his Classic Man guise. His west African roots have occasionally been evident in his music – Jidenna partially grew up in Nigeria, where his father was born – but this album leans even harder on old Afrobeat and high life music, with a splash of Caribbean rhythms for good measure. The light guitar licks of Sufi Woman offer an ideal backdrop for Jidenna’s easy-breezy melodies. The sun-kissed Vaporiza, another highlight, benefits from some peppy brass work. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 10:00

Iain Duncan Smith wants us to work until we drop. But we are not machines | Stefan Stern

A thinktank chaired by the Tory MP suggests raising the state pension age to 75. But there’s more to long life than removing ‘barriers’ to workWhen Oasis’s Liam Gallagher sang about how he wanted to “live forever” I don’t think he meant putting in some extra shifts at work in his 70s. Many of us are, of course, living longer – if not forever – but ideally we should be able to enjoy this greater life expectancy, not see it as a threat or a physical burden. Related: Work until 75? Many people won’t even live that long | Frances Ryan Continue reading...

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23 августа, 10:00

Rocking the boat: how Cornish class war inspired a masterpiece

Forget Poldark’s pecs – with his film Bait, Mark Jenkin has captured the real Cornwall, a place of struggling locals and second-homeowners in simmering conflictTwenty years ago, Mark Jenkin returned to his boyhood home in north Cornwall to shoot his debut film, Golden Burn, about the tensions between local lads and the owner of a caravan park. Jenkin had been studying in Bournemouth, then living in London and would soon move back permanently. “What’s your Cornwall?” his character asks. “Weekend getaway, summer retreat, Cornish pasties and clotted cream, pixies? Or is it your home? Not your second home – your only home?”While he was filming in Porthcothan, Jenkin thought up another film, this one about a Cornish civil war. It was August 1999 and thousands of visitors were driving out of the county on the A30, then a single lane, after witnessing the solar eclipse. Named in tribute to Peter Watkins’s 1971 spoof documentary Punishment Park, The Holiday Park would be “like an Ealing comedy where the locals rose up against mass tourism, ending with the military carpet-bombing the whole of Cornwall, wiping it out and starting again,” Jenkin explains. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 09:40

Pakistani refugee sets himself alight on Nauru

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Medecins Sans Frontieres accuses Nauru of breaching medical ethicsA 36-year-old Pakistani refugee has been hospitalised after he set himself alight on Nauru on Friday.This comes amid warnings the government’s attempts to repeal the medevac laws could have fatal consequences, and accusations by Medecins Sans Frontieres that Nauru has breached medical ethics. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 09:30

Legacy by Thomas Harding review – how the Lyons Company took on the world

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Bombs as well as biscuits are on the menu from the starry family behind the cosy Lyons tea shopsFor most of the 20th century J Lyons & Co Ltd lodged at the heart of Britain’s social imagination. From the 1920s you could pop into a Lyons tea shop to be served by a “nippy”, a light-footed waitress got up like a parlourmaid. If you were a working girl of the newest and nicest variety – a secretary, teacher or shop assistant – you could eat an express lunch on your own in a Lyons without risking your respectability. If you were feeling particularly smart, you could go up to “town” and stay in the art deco-ish Strand Palace or Regent’s Palace hotels, vernacular versions of elite institutions such as Claridge’s or The Savoy. In the evening you might venture out to the “Troc”, or Trocadero, in your best togs, where you could enjoy a fancy dinner and dance to a jazz band. Back home, the stream of comforts continued as you sat down with a cup of Lyons tea while your children might get a Mivvi, a sumptuous ice-cream-lolly hybrid.Customers liked knowing that the firm that provided them with so many reliable treats was run by a family, although exactly who that family was and where it came from remained hazy. The name subliminally suggested “lion” and therefore something enduringly, heraldically British. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jo Lyons was connected to the Salmon & Gluckstein dynasty whose founder had arrived in Whitechapel from Prussia via Belgium in 1843. “Lyons” rolled off the tongue better than Gluckstein or even Salmon and it also kept the two sides of the business sounding separate, in case the risky move from cigars to mass catering crashed and burned. As well as muffling the firm’s Jewish origins, “Lyons” covertly signposted its imperial reach: agents for the company scoured the American south for the best-priced tobacco and the Indian subcontinent for the tenderest tea, and took inspiration from Europe’s smartest pastry counters, before metabolising these far-flung raw materials into a brand that felt as British as a rainy afternoon in Piccadilly. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 09:23

Flowers, friendship and food bank donations: readers' allotments – in pictures

This year’s National Allotment Week celebrated shared harvest. From beetroot to zinnias, here are some of your best pictures Continue reading...

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23 августа, 09:17

Molotov-Ribbentrop: why is Moscow trying to justify Nazi pact?

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Exhibition about Soviet-Nazi treaty, signed on 23 August 1939, seeks to turn spotlight on west’s behaviour in 1930s Eighty years after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression treaty dividing Europe into spheres of influence, Russia has put the original Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and its secret protocol on public display for the first time.Alongside the pact at the exhibition at Russia’s State Archives in Moscow are documents spanning from the 1938 Munich agreement and occupation of Czechoslovakia until the outbreak of war, which organisers say confirm Soviet fears that the west sought to redirect German aggression toward Moscow. Continue reading...

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23 августа, 09:00

Homes that can be let – in pictures

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From a former mill in Cumbria to a Victorian house on the edge of Exmoor, homes to generate an earning Continue reading...

23 августа, 09:00

Dying for a new body: the fatal rise of cheap plastic surgery

New Yorkers flock to the Dominican Republic for cheaper plastic surgery procedures, but not all of them return home. Sharilene Cedeño used to joke with her sister Kendra that she was going to be 23 forever.Cedeño, daughter of Dominican immigrants, was obsessed with staying young – and by extension, plastic surgery. Coworkers at the Manhattan clinic where she was a nurse’s assistant would catch her looking at dramatic before and after photos on surgeons’ social media pages. Continue reading...