27 марта, 11:36

Australia place ball-tampering blame on Smith, Warner and Bancroft – live

Cricket Australia announces Darren Lehmann to stay as coachThe Spin: Smith is enveloped in a perfect storm And you can email Michael here, or tweet him @michaelbutler18 6.30pm BST Sutherland is very keen to stress that more sanctions may well follow for the players involved, pending the finalisation of the investigation. 6.27pm BST Sutherland is now taking questions, but dodging them. When asked directly if they cheated, he is damning of the incident but doesn’t answer the question directly, even when asked on a number of occasions. “It’s a dark day,” he says. Continue reading...

28 февраля, 16:10

Ex-soldier Alexander Palmer convicted of murdering dog walker

Life sentence is ‘inevitable’ for 24-year-old who attacked Peter Wrighton, 83, in Norfolk woodsA former soldier who had a grudge against dog walkers has been convicted of murdering a pensioner he had never met before.Alexander Palmer attacked 83-year-old Peter Wrighton from behind with a knife before dragging his body under brambles in rural Norfolk on 5 August 2017. Continue reading...

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10 февраля, 00:00

Swamp Creatures Stir to Life as Spending Sparks Bipartisanship

Charles Hurt, WTAny time you hear Washington talk about bipartisan agreement, America, grab your wallet and run! Once again, lawmakers in Washington have finally cut through all the thorny brambles of partisanship and discovered (yet agian! yippie!) something they can all agree upon: spending scads and scads more of other people’s money that we don’t even have! Ah, yes, bipartisanship. It ranks right up with gonorrhea and cancer and chronic ingrown toe nails for just really fun all around things to have.

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10 декабря 2017, 11:00

Barnum review – all show, not enough tell

Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonMarcus Brigstocke stars in a revival of the Broadway musical that brings the big top to fire-eating life, if not the showman himself“Humbug” at this time of year usually means Scrooge. Barnum gives the word an altogether different twist. In this 1980 musical, “humbug” is legerdemain, entrepreneurial flair, salesman’s hype, the dazzle that puts stars in your eyes. Phineas Taylor Barnum, peddler of the American dream, bravura creator of spectacle (just look at his elephants sashaying through Victorian Chesterfield), was not only a showman and hustler but a politician. He might have lived in the 19th century but his life and circus could equally belong to 2017.Not in Gordon Greenberg’s staging, the show’s first major London revival since the 1981 production starring Michael Crawford. Mark Bramble’s script is thin. Episodes of Barnum’s life – bickering lovingly with his puritan wife (all principle and devotion), hearing his museum has burned down, having a romance with “the Swedish nightingale” Jenny Lind, trying to sell us a mermaid – are plonked undramatically down, one after another. Cy Coleman’s music – lots of brass oompah – and Michael Stewart’s merry but undistinguished lyrics are entertaining but not strong enough to make the story vivid. Continue reading...

29 ноября 2017, 16:39

Jill Barklem obituary

Creator of the Brambly Hedge children’s booksJill Barklem, who has died of pneumonia aged 66, was the creator of the Brambly Hedge children’s titles, a richly imagined and beautifully illustrated series of stories that are a fine example of the pastoral tradition in children’s books. Inspired by her observations of the countryside around Epping in Essex, where she grew up, Jill created the series on the underground as she commuted to her degree course at St Martin’s School of Art in central London. Hating the overcrowded trains, she transported herself to a place of her own imagining that offered peace, space and friendliness, populating it with a community of mice.The first four Brambly Hedge books – each set in a different season – were published simultaneously in 1980, thus creating from the outset a year-round introduction to Jill’s wonderfully imagined, small-scale world. Together, and mostly in the illustrations rather than the words, the four books, Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story and Winter Story, introduced and defined the busy and charming lives of Jill’s anthropomorphic, fully dressed mice, primarily Mr and Mrs Toadflax and their children, but also their friends and family, who live in the roots and trunks of trees and hedgerows. Continue reading...

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16 ноября 2017, 18:43

Brambly Hedge creator Jill Barklem dies aged 66

Writer and illustrator of children’s book series about a community of mice in the English countryside had sold more than 7m copiesJill Barklem, whose intricate Brambly Hedge stories have delighted children for decades, has died at the age of 66.Her publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books said this morning that the author died peacefully in London on Wednesday following a long illness. Barklem had sold more than 7m copies of her Brambly Hedge books, which tell the tales of a community of mice in the English countryside. Continue reading...

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15 октября 2017, 08:00

Canvey Wick: the Essex ‘rainforest’ that is home to Britain’s rarest insects

Nearly 2,000 invertebrate species – from predatory wasps to explosive beetles – flourish in this unique nature reserve in the ruins of an oil refinery on the ThamesAround a roundabout in the Thames estuary, beyond a Morrisons supermarket and just off an old concrete road, stand great hummocks of bramble, scrubby hawthorn and silver birch. An old car seat is dumped in tangled grass amid the ruins of an abandoned oil refinery.These desolate flatlands, behind where the old Thames does flow, do not look like a biodiversity hotspot. But Canvey Wick is a “brownfield rainforest”: one of Britain’s most precious nature reserves, it is an atmospheric, accidental landscape that teems with some of the country’s rarest insects. Continue reading...

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17 сентября 2017, 08:00

Early autumnal reds: spice and warmth for cooler nights

Chilly evenings call for a bolder, darker taste. These three wines will lift your spiritsDelas Crozes-Hermitage, France 2015 (£13.99, The Co-operative) Rather like wearing that new winter coat for the first time, at this time of year there is a pleasant novelty to autumnal food. The spicy soups and rich stews answer the early call of cosiness. There are wines, too, that go well with this seasonal shift; red wines of spice and warmth that match the dishes and the softly melancholic nights-drawing-in mood. With their mix of blackberries, cassis, violet and pepper, those made from the syrah grape in the area south of Lyon in France’s Rhône Valley have a pronounced autumnal lilt. This example from the reliable firm of Delas in the area’s largest appellation, Crozes-Hermitage, is beautifully vivid, supple and succulent.La Verdier Cairanne, France 2015 (£10, Morrisons) It’s a good 70-mile journey from Crozes-Hermitage to the village of Cairanne. The trip from the northern to the southern end of the Rhône Valley marks a seamless change in style. Here, the grenache grape variety makes its presence felt – usually in tandem with syrah (and mourvèdre and sometimes a cluster of other varieties, too) – and this generally brings wines that have much of the spice of their northern counterparts, but with more sweetly fleshy fruit, weight and heft. They’re just as effective with those same autumnal dishes, however, not least in this particularly polished example made for Morrisons by Boutinot, where the brambly jam fruit is seasoned with aniseed, rosemary and pepper. Continue reading...

20 июля 2017, 06:00

These Shoes Are Killing Me!

The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in “a coffin” (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves? The post These Shoes Are Killing Me! appeared first on Freakonomics.

16 июля 2017, 07:59

Fire and spice: the best barbecue wines | David Williams

Firing up the barbie? Quench your thirst with these meaty redsAsda Extra Special Douro, Portugal 2015 (£5.98, Asda) When people – or back labels – say a wine is good for barbecues, I come over all pedantic. ‘Barbecued what?’ I want to ask, since the wine that works best with barbecued prawns (an Aussie riesling, please) may well not go with spicy marinated chicken (an off-dry Loire chenin or Alsace or Kiwi pinot gris, maybe) or charred vegetable kebabs (mine’s a Beaujolais). What they really have in mind, I think, is smoky red meat, which is why the Big Red has become fixed in our heads as the catch-all barbecue wine. And if burgers and steaks are the main focus of your barbie, then there really is nothing better than a richly flavoured, sweetly fruited warm-climate red, with this example from the home of Port offering a good force-and-flavour-to-price ratio.Kilikanoon Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre, South Australia 2016 (£7,99, reduced from £10.99 until 8 August, Waitrose) The recipe of grape varieties perfected in France’s southern Rhône valley makes wines that radiate solar force, and the mix of flavours – woody scrubland herbs, peppercorns and brambly fruit – chimes well with charry red meat. From an excellent vintage in the region, the supple, succulent berry fruitiness of Majestic Definition Côtes du Rhône 2015 (£10.99, or £8.99 as part of a mixed case of six) and the plumper, spicier Le Verdier Cairanne 2015 (£10, Morrisons) would both be especially good with barbecued lamb in a herby marinade. Australia also does a nice line in barbecue-ready Rhône inspired GSM (grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre) reds, with this bold, bright newcomer from the excellent Clare Valley’s Kilikanoon being brilliant value on its introductory price. Continue reading...

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20 июня 2017, 16:00

Speaker And Serial Entrepreneur Anne-Marie Faiola Delivers Practical Guide For Achieving Success In New Book

Anne-Marie Faiola Releases “Live Your Best Day Ever” with ForbesBooks NEW YORK (June 20, 2017) – Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO of Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions and founder of Best Day Ever, today announced the publication of Live Your Best Day Ever: Thirty-Five Strategies For Daily Success (available now). The book is published [...]

13 июня 2017, 14:08

The Forgotten Reason Nazi Germany Never Built a Killer Battleship Fleet

Sebastien Roblin Security, It all came down to one big naval battle.  Dönitz was right—the mere possibility of a German battleship sortie forced the Royal Navy to devote disproportionately large forces in reserve just to protect against the threat. This is a strategy known as having a “fleet in being.” Even if the Germans couldn’t use their surface fleet, they could tie down British forces and constrict their strategy with the threat that they might use theirs if the British let down their guard. Hitler’s orders nonetheless had consequences. Nazi Germany did not commission a single additional capital ship for the remainder of World War II, and a refit of the battleship Gneisenau was abandoned halfway through. Many sailors were reassigned to serve in naval infantry divisions. The Kriegsmarine attempted only one more capital ship sortie, which ended with the sinking of the battleship Scharnhorst. At first glance, the Battle of the Barents Sea seems insignificant, a minor World War II naval battle in which a couple of destroyers were sunk. Yet the New Year’s Eve skirmish in frozen Arctic waters convinced Hitler that he should scrap all of his capital ships and had far-reaching consequences on the leadership of Nazi Germany. The reason why points to the dilemmas inherent to being an underdog in naval warfare. During World War I, the Imperial German Navy had disposed of dozens of massive battleships, dreadnoughts and battlecruisers—but due to their numerical inferiority vis-à-vis the British Royal Navy, almost never committed them to battle, with the notable exception of the inconclusive clash at Jutland. In 1939 Hitler conceived of an ambitious “Plan Z” to build a large fleet to rival the British Royal Navy—one that would reach full strength in 1945, the year World War II ended. Instead, the German Kriegsmarine entered the war with around sixteen modern cruisers and battleships and twenty destroyers. The successful invasion of Norway in February 1940 cost the German Navy two light cruisers and half its destroyers, as well as many ships damaged. Read full article

29 апреля 2017, 23:46

In NYC, Birthplace Of Climate March, A Reminder Of Who Suffers Most From Pollution

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31 марта 2017, 10:00

A moment that changed me: an inspiring encounter with a bold fox| Paula Cocozza

I felt I was being watched – and from a tangle of brambles came the triangulated stare of a fox. I had to write about it – and so my novel began All my life I have read stories. A few years ago, quite out of the blue, I started to write one. I was 40. My children were two and five. I had a job with fairly long hours; at home, the constant churn of domestic duties. On paper, it was not the best time to decide to start. I couldn’t even point to a childhood spent stapling books. But for me the urge was irrefusable, unquietable. I had no say in it; it seemed to speak itself, and it happened like this. Related: A moment that changed me: my coming out letter to my mum | Sophie Wilkinson Continue reading...

27 февраля 2017, 00:00

The Future of Not Working

Annie Lowrey, New York Times MagazineThe village is poor, even by the standards of rural Kenya. To get there, you follow a power line along a series of unmarked roads. Eventually, that power line connects to the school at the center of town, the sole building with electricity. Homesteads fan out into the hilly bramble, connected by rugged paths. There is just one working water tap, requiring many local women to gather water from a pit in jerrycans. There is no plumbing, and some families still practice open defecation, lacking the resources to dig a latrine. There aren’t even oxen strong enough to pull a plow, meaning that...

23 января 2017, 13:30

Рынок акций Японии ушел в минус из-за укрепления иены

Фондовые индексы Азиатско-Тихоокеанского региона (АТР) завершили торги в понедельник без единой динамики после того, как в прошлую пятницу президент США Дональд Трамп выступил с инаугурационной речью, носившей яркий протекционистский характер, сообщает CNBC.

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15 января 2017, 12:00

Grenache, the toughest grape in the world

It survives in inhospitable terrain and its wines are too often undervalued. So try a few of these …Grape vines of all kinds can cope with the most extraordinarily difficult and extreme environments. But few varieties of this tenacious plant are as tough as grenache, aka garnacha in Spain. It can survive, even thrive, in some of the dustiest corners of the wine world, roots plunged many feet deep into inhospitable terrain seeking out moisture.The wonder of grenache is that the meagre crops of fruit produced by vines which can be anything up to 100 years old create some of the most vivacious wines around: a stream of soft, mouth-filling juiciness, with flavours of bramble jam, raspberry, cherry, tangy plum and paprika. How all this primary-coloured flavour emerges from such harsh surroundings is a wonder of nature on a par with something from a David Attenborough documentary – like one of those desert plants that lie dormant for years waiting for the briefest rain shower to bring them into bloom. Continue reading...

07 января 2017, 15:04

Manchester United v Reading: FA Cup third round – live!

Live updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offEmail [email protected] equals Charlton’s Man Utd goals record of 249Live scoreboard: the latest from Saturday’s matches 2.16pm GMT 89 min Blind is lucky not to be booked for a cynical foul on Gunter, who had skipped past him on the right wing. 2.15pm GMT 86 min So, Manchester United are still just about on course for the Alternative Quadruple. This is their eighth win in a row; the last time they did that was in the 2008-09 season, when they were two games and a penalty shoot-out away from the Actual Quadruple. Continue reading...

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28 декабря 2016, 10:00

Grass was greener but wildlife struggled in muggy 2016

Brambles and birds did well, but bees dipped and butterflies were hindered, according to a review of the year’s wildlife and weather by the National TrustFarmers made hay but rampant grass growth in 2016 made life hard for butterflies and even puffin chicks, according to a review of the year’s wildlife and weather by the National Trust.The nation’s ever more variable weather brought both booms and busts, with brambles and birds doing well, and slugs flourishing. But bumblebees dipped and owls found field voles hard to find. Continue reading...

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23 декабря 2016, 08:30

The snap of a twig, the running of the deer

Fermyn Woods, Northamptonshire I watch them through thickets of interwoven hazel and birch as they make their getawayCrack! A stick snaps a little distance to my right. Too big a snap for a small animal. Probably deer-sized, I estimate. I wonder how close I can get to the originator before being detected in the wood’s growing afternoon gloom. I creep away from the muddy path, through snagging brambles and naked hazel. I have advanced 15 meters towards the target when I feel a stick give under my foot and an inevitable, and similar, “crack” resonates through the still hush. Instantly, three young roe deer start from cover 20 meters away; I watch them through, and between, thickets of interwoven hazel and birch as they make their unswerving getaway with a stiff, springing gallop.My tracking skills are good enough to know how rudimentary they are. As a young lad I would, entranced, read Jim Corbett’s accounts of years spent pursuing man-eating leopards and tigers in the forests of India. Marvelling at how his corporeal self was absorbed into the forest. The meaning of every rustle, crack, bird call and grunt so familiar and significant that they keyed directly into his nervous system, and into that of the cat that was sometimes his quarry, sometimes his hunter, often both. Continue reading...