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22 мая, 18:26

Jeremy Deller behind 'strong and stable my arse' posters in London

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Turner Prize winning artist said he hoped posters were self-explanatory – especially after Theresa May’s social care U-turnPosters bearing the words “strong and stable my arse” which were spotted across London over the weekend are the work of artist Jeremy Deller.Passersby began tweeting pictures of the posters from Peckham to Soho to Kentish Town on Friday, but the question was: who was behind them? Continue reading...

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22 мая, 18:25

How Facebook allows users to post footage of children being bullied

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Leaked guidelines on cruel and abusive posts also show how company judges who ‘deserves our protection’ and who doesn’tRevealed: Facebook’s rules on sex, terrorism and violence‘No grey areas’: experts call for changeFacebook has only recently banned users from posting photos and images mocking people for having illnesses and other serious health conditions, the Guardian can reveal.The company said the policy had changed in recent months but declined to give details. Continue reading...

22 мая, 18:15

Tom Hardy's casting as Venom is a masterstroke for Sony's superhero universe

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A leading man with the skill to illuminate Eddie Brock’s twisted soul, Hardy is sure to turn the limited raw materials of this antihero into a titan of cinemaHow are we supposed to take the news that Tom Hardy has been hired to play Eddie Brock, AKA the comic book antihero Venom, in a forthcoming superhero adventure for studio Sony, once and future custodian of Spider-Man on the big screen? If this were a sporting signing, it would be roughly equivalent to footballer Lionel Messi turning out for Accrington Stanley. With one mighty stroke, Sony has rendered all arguments about Venom’s unsuitability to big-screen stardom – and I’ve made quite a few of these – utterly irrelevant.For there is something about Hardy that seems to elevate the most unwieldy of projects to the gold standard. Who would have thought that Mel Gibson could be so casually replaced as Mad Max, in 2015’s brutally minimalistic Fury Road? Or that the Batman villain Bane, a mute automaton in a dodgy gimp mask in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, could be transformed into one of the caped crusader’s greatest big-screen foes in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises? Continue reading...

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22 мая, 18:04

Ex-French ambassador and Sarkozy aide Boris Boillon goes on trial

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Former adviser, known as Sarko Boy, faces tax fraud and forgery charges after being stopped with a bag stuffed with cashA French diplomat and close adviser to the former president Nicolas Sarkozy has gone on trial after he was stopped trying to leave the country with a bag stuffed with banknotes.Boris Boillon, who was known as “Sarko Boy”, appeared in a Paris court on Monday on charges of tax fraud and forgery following the discovery. Continue reading...

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22 мая, 18:00

War Machine review – Brad Pitt goes over the top in Afghan war satire

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Based on real-life events, David Michôd’s take on the war in Afghanistan plays for laughs and misses the mark Related: War Machine: let battle commence in Netflix assault on cinema Not funny enough to be satire, not realistic enough to count as political commentary, not exciting enough to work as a war movie, David Michôd’s supposedly Helleresque romp, released on Netflix, is an imperfect non-storm of unsuccess. Continue reading...

22 мая, 18:00

Corbyn and Watson's musical differences on show in city of culture | Marina Hyde

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Tom Watson sounded dangerously like Spinal Tap’s Marty DiBergi, while Jeremy Corbyn’s speech was more Katy PerryTo Hull for the launch of Labour’s “cultural manifesto”, a document that sounds like it combines the best bits of the Cultural Revolution and the Communist Manifesto.On hand were Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson and the actor Samantha Morton, who nobly – if optimistically – declared: “Art is not an afterthought to what elections are fought over.” A statement slightly at odds with concurrent scenes elsewhere, where Tories were being chased by journalists shouting about social care. Or as Corbyn put it: “If George Osborne is at last doing something useful with his life, then that is to be welcomed.” Continue reading...

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22 мая, 17:57

How we made Chesney Hawkes' The One and Only

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‘People either loved it or hated it. At the Brit awards, Phillip Schofield got a pitchfork and pushed me into hell’My dad was in the Tremeloes. As a kid, I watched him – Len “Chip” Hawkes – in his leather trousers with his shirt open and girls screaming. “That’s what I want to do,” I thought. But without the leather trousers. By the time I was 17, I was in a band, writing songs and playing solo piano at weekends, in pubs or at weddings. It wasn’t quite the big time. Continue reading...

22 мая, 17:56

The Fiver | A premeditated act of wildly excessive ego-buffing

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In today’s Fiver: substitutions, robot saviour AlanTim and a Watford fanChelsea made 114 substitutions in the Premier League this season. That works out at precisely three per game, or 100% of all available sub slots. This reveals extraordinary dedication to the substitutioner’s arts on the part of Antonio Conte. It is an achievement that only one team in all of Premier League history had ever equalled. Clearly, this is a man who values substitutions. All the substitutions. Substitutions for him are not a frivolous matter. He considers them, he cherishes them, he values them and more than anything he uses them. Continue reading...

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22 мая, 17:56

Parents like me must fight the education cuts, not pay for them

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When schools can’t afford toilet rolls let alone teachers, I understand the begging letters. But the answer has to be: reach for our placards, not our walletsOn Saturday I attended my first protest march. The weather was grey and drizzly, my banner, saying “No more cuts” was hastily made the night before and I really wished I had brought a whistle. But along with many other march virgins, I joined a crowd of about 6,000 people walking through Bristol, shouting “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts” at the top of my voice, in protest at cuts to the education budget. Related: Headteachers write to parents over school funding and job cuts Continue reading...

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22 мая, 17:53

How Beyoncé’s Instagram pregnancy makes her a modern fertility goddess

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The latest images from eight months of fabulous photo ops show the singer at her ‘push party’ wearing west African wax prints and a tie-dye bikini, with a henna tattoo on her naked belly Pregnancy, so they say, is a magical time. And, in a world where nothing happens unless it happens on social media, that translates into nine months of unmissable photo ops. See Beyoncé’s Instagram feed, updated this weekend with images of the singer, about eight months pregnant with twins, at her “push party” (the same as a baby shower but with partners admitted).Not for her the demure tent dress to skim the bump. Beyoncé wears a skirt made from west African wax prints fabric, a tie-dye bikini, head wrap with flowers, cowrie shell necklace, an armful of bangles and a henna tattoo on her naked belly. The posts look closer to a David Bailey portrait than the average mirror selfie. Continue reading...

22 мая, 17:13

Real Madrid, champions again, but with a coach who is only just starting | Sid Lowe

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Madrid scored in every game this season. They are one game from a first league and European Cup double in 59 years. This is historic, even for themFor a moment there Marcelo looked a bit worried. Danilo, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez bundled back out of the press room a little less noisily than they had bundled in, chanting and spraying champagne about. Álvaro Morata followed them, getting out of the manager’s chair and taking the bottle off the desk as he departed. The Brazilian pushed him towards the door but then paused. Glancing down a little sheepishly, he picked up the TV they’d knocked as they bounced around and set about trying to fix it. From one side, Lucas said something: “Come on.” From the other, Zinedine Zidane smiled that smile and held out an arm. So Marcelo gave up, laid the screen down, hugged his coach and left, letting out a whoop when he went.Through the door to the right, round the corridor to the left and up the slope at one corner of the Rosaleda, Real Madrid’s league title winners were starting to head to the bus, most wearing T-shirts the kitman had handed out at full-time on the final day, 33 on the back. Keylor Navas, head shaved as promised, dedicated the title to children with cancer and vowed to fight for his future. Pepe and Málaga midfielder Duda, who’d just played his last game, hid in a quiet corner drinking from cans wrapped in white paper. Cristiano Ronaldo was insisting he’s no saint, but not the devil either. Isco said: “Relax, I’m staying.” And staff embraced. The driver was beaming. Continue reading...

22 мая, 17:10

Why would Theresa May ditch a pledge to ban ivory trading?

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The Tories’ manifesto has dropped a promise to outlaw the trade. Protecting wildlife should be a priority, not an optionStrange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading (only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes? I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, the Tory candidate for Kensington and the president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is an acquaintance of the PM; perhaps she was whom May had in mind.This makes me feel horribly sick. Although Borwick and her colleagues are primarily concerned with pieces from the pre-1947 era, the fact these items remain in circulation arguably has a knock-on effect on how hunting is perceived. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, with more being shot for fun by big-game hunters. What is it with these hunters? I don’t know what is worse – killing elephants to make pointless little trinkets or paying squillions to hunt them and wanting to pose with their corpses. Apparently, the hunters adore the “adventure”. Continue reading...