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    Guys, there is one Donald Trump, there is one speech | Marina Hyde

    Guys, there is one Donald Trump, there is one speech | Marina Hyde


    Hopes that a new Trump might step up to the inauguration podium were quickly crushed under the fist of ‘America first’As a man mesmerised by his own television persona, Donald Trump couldn’t stop himself staring directly down the lens of the camera...

    Hopes that a new Trump might step up to the inauguration podium were quickly crushed under the fist of ‘America first’

    As a man mesmerised by his own television persona, Donald Trump couldn’t stop himself staring directly down the lens of the camera poised to capture him just before he emerged on to the steps of the Capitol to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. “Hello,” breathed the star of Mr Smith Goes to Watchimself. Thus begins reality TV’s stunningly unsettling reboot of the fish-out-of-water genre.

    The president’s inaugural address sounded like it had been assembled from Donald Trump magnetic fridge poetry. Bridges, tunnels, “a historic movement the likes of which the world has never known”. It was as out-of-focus as his hair and served as an ominous reminder that that there is little so dangerous in politics as people who regard incredibly complex things as simple. “We are issuing a new decree: from this day forward, it’s going to be ONLY America first, America first … America will start winning again – winning like never before! … This American carnage stops right here, and stops RIGHT NOW!”

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    The Gambia: Jammeh has agreed to leave, new president tweets

    The Gambia: Jammeh has agreed to leave, new president tweets


    Adama Barrow announces on social media that Yahya Jammeh, who ignored multiple deadlines to quit, is set to cede powerThe new president of the Gambia has announced via social media that his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, has agreed to relinquish power and...

    Adama Barrow announces on social media that Yahya Jammeh, who ignored multiple deadlines to quit, is set to cede power

    The new president of the Gambia has announced via social media that his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, has agreed to relinquish power and leave the country.

    “I would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh agreed to relinquish power and leave the country,” read a post on Adama Barrow’s Twitter account.

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    Trump's inaugural speech in full – video

    Trump's inaugural speech in full – video


    President Donald Trump gave his first speech after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Trump told the gathered crowd that ‘protection will lead to great prosperity’ and that America would be protected by God before warning that...

    President Donald Trump gave his first speech after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Trump told the gathered crowd that ‘protection will lead to great prosperity’ and that America would be protected by God before warning that the US needed to protect its borders from the ‘ravages of other countries’

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    Divisive, ungracious, unrepentant: this was Trump unbound | Jonathan Freedland

    Divisive, ungracious, unrepentant: this was Trump unbound | Jonathan Freedland


    Inaugural speeches are meant to heal, but he evoked dark historical echoes and confirmed our worst fearsWell, what were you expecting? Did you somehow think that the Donald Trump of the long, bitter campaign of 2016 would be miraculously transformed in...

    Inaugural speeches are meant to heal, but he evoked dark historical echoes and confirmed our worst fears

    Well, what were you expecting? Did you somehow think that the Donald Trump of the long, bitter campaign of 2016 would be miraculously transformed in the Washington rain, emerging as a kinder, gentler man, ready to serve as healer of the nation and humble steward of the free world? Because if you did, you were sorely disappointed.

    Related: Donald Trump inauguration: 'This American carnage stops now' – live

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    Stoic Hillary Clinton looks on as former rival derides 'all talk no action' politics

    Stoic Hillary Clinton looks on as former rival derides 'all talk no action' politics


    The former secretary of state had a front row seat as Donald Trump, a man she defeated by 2.9m votes, took the oath of office Donald Trump inauguration – live updatesFull report: Trump sworn in as 45th presidentIf she was thinking it should have been...

    The former secretary of state had a front row seat as Donald Trump, a man she defeated by 2.9m votes, took the oath of office

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    Full report: Trump sworn in as 45th president

    If she was thinking it should have been her, she certainly didn’t show it.

    Hillary Clinton stood stoic on Friday as the man she defeated by 2.9m votes took the oath of office. She was steadfast, just as she had been in the presidential debates where the soon-to-be victor, Donald J Trump, threatened repeatedly to jail her.

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    Italian avalanche: 10 people found alive in hotel

    Italian avalanche: 10 people found alive in hotel


    Emergency workers pull four children and woman from debris of Rigopiano resort in Gran Sasso mountainsFour children and a woman have been pulled from the wreckage of a hotel in central Italy two days after it was flattened by an avalanche.Another five...

    Emergency workers pull four children and woman from debris of Rigopiano resort in Gran Sasso mountains

    Four children and a woman have been pulled from the wreckage of a hotel in central Italy two days after it was flattened by an avalanche.

    Another five people were found alive under the debris of the Rigopiano hotel in Farindola, in the lower Gran Sasso mountains, but had not been extracted yet, a firefighters’ spokesman said. Rescuers said four bodies had been found.

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    Nissan to review Sunderland plant's competitiveness after Brexit

    Nissan to review Sunderland plant's competitiveness after Brexit


    Carmaker’s head says at WEF in Davos that company will ‘re-evaluate’ situation once UK’s relationship with EU is settled Nissan will conduct a review of its Sunderland plant’s competitiveness once the UK’s future relationship with the EU is...

    Carmaker’s head says at WEF in Davos that company will ‘re-evaluate’ situation once UK’s relationship with EU is settled

    Nissan will conduct a review of its Sunderland plant’s competitiveness once the UK’s future relationship with the EU is settled, the head of the Japanese carmaker has said.

    Carlos Ghosn’s remarks on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos may raise concerns about the commitment of company to the UK, following its pledge in October to turn the factory into one of the biggest car plants in the world.

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    'American carnage': Trump's vision casts shadow over day of pageantry

    'American carnage': Trump's vision casts shadow over day of pageantry


    In Donald Trump’s first speech as US president, he offered a sinister view of the US: cities afflicted by crime, political elite in control and closed-down factoriesDonald Trump inauguration – live updatesIn pledging to put ‘America first’, Trump...

    In Donald Trump’s first speech as US president, he offered a sinister view of the US: cities afflicted by crime, political elite in control and closed-down factories

    Donald Trump inauguration – live updatesIn pledging to put ‘America first’, Trump holds the world at his mercy

    At the stroke of noon, as is the American way, power passed from one man to another man. And with that passing of the baton from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, made manifest in a 35-word oath, the country was changed beyond recognition as the new president offered a dark vision of his nation and the world.

    The new 45th president of the United States coined the sinister phrase “American carnage” to vividly conjure an image of inner cities he said were afflicted by crime, a political elite that had forgotten ordinary people, and a landscape of rusted factories like tombstones.

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    The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s inauguration: a declaration of political war | Editorial

    The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s inauguration: a declaration of political war | Editorial


    The presidential handover observed all the usual civilities, but the tone of Trump’s speech marked a frightening change in AmericaIn its outward details, the orderly transfer of American presidential power accomplished in the inauguration-day scene on...

    The presidential handover observed all the usual civilities, but the tone of Trump’s speech marked a frightening change in America

    In its outward details, the orderly transfer of American presidential power accomplished in the inauguration-day scene on Capitol Hill today felt time-honoured. The ceremonial essentials of the occasion – the stars and stripes banners, the dignitaries and the prescribed rituals of the swearings-in – were familiar and traditional. Political rivals took their places on the podium as they do every four years, shook hands and applauded one another, offering gracious compliments and providing a show of national dignity.

    Yet all this was in fact a sham. Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a declaration of war on everything represented by these choreographed civilities. President Trump – it’s time to begin to get used to those jarringly ill-fitting words – did not conjure a deathless phrase for the day. His words will not lodge in the brain in any of the various uplifting ways that the likes of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy or Reagan once achieved. But the new president’s message could not have been clearer. He came to shatter the veneer of unity and continuity represented by the peaceful handover. And he may have succeeded. In 1933, Roosevelt challenged the world to overcome fear. In 2017, Mr Trump told the world to be very afraid.

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    Trump's first speech in office was unapologetic appeal to nationalism | Gary Younge

    Trump's first speech in office was unapologetic appeal to nationalism | Gary Younge


    Braggart and bigot now in control of the world’s most powerful military and economy. Fear and malevolence wonEven the heavens wept. As Donald Trump stepped forward to become America’s 45th president the cold shower that broke over Washington offered...

    Braggart and bigot now in control of the world’s most powerful military and economy. Fear and malevolence won

    Even the heavens wept. As Donald Trump stepped forward to become America’s 45th president the cold shower that broke over Washington offered no end of metaphors. His address, however, was literal to a fault. There was no higher calling, no sense of a greater purpose, no florid imagery or impassioned idealism. This was as crude and unapologetic an appeal to nationalism as one might expect from a man incapable of rising to an occasion without first refracting it through his ego.

    It is said that presidents campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigned in graffiti – the profane scrawls of a mindless vandal – and, if his inaugural address was anything to go by, may yet govern in tweets – the impulsive, abbreviated interventions of a narcissist.

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    'He has already let America down': the reaction to Trump's first speech as president

    'He has already let America down': the reaction to Trump's first speech as president


    The 45th president of a United States delivered his much-anticipated address moments after he took the oath of office. Here’s the verdictThe full text of Donald Trump’s inauguration speechDonald Trump sworn in as 45th president – live...

    The 45th president of a United States delivered his much-anticipated address moments after he took the oath of office. Here’s the verdict

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    El Chapo is not a Robin Hood but a 'cancerous tumour', US prosecutor says

    El Chapo is not a Robin Hood but a 'cancerous tumour', US prosecutor says


    Joaquín Guzmán faces life in US prison and seizure of $14bn drug profitsAlleged drug kingpin pleaded not guilty at New York court hearing Related: Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, Mexican drug lord, has been extradited to the US Joaquín “El Chapo”...

    Joaquín Guzmán faces life in US prison and seizure of $14bn drug profitsAlleged drug kingpin pleaded not guilty at New York court hearing

    Related: Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, Mexican drug lord, has been extradited to the US

    Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán could face the rest of his life in a US prison and have $14bn of his drug-trafficking profits seized by American authorities, US prosecutors said on Friday, a day after the cartel kingpin was extradited from Mexico to stand trial in New York.

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    Bruno Martins Indi: ‘It’s difficult for a young player to bounce back’

    Bruno Martins Indi: ‘It’s difficult for a young player to bounce back’


    The Stoke City defender has been a hit with supporters, having led a renaissance at the heart of their defence following a dreadful start to the season and is relishing the challenge of the Premier LeagueAsk fans of Stoke City who has been the Premier...

    The Stoke City defender has been a hit with supporters, having led a renaissance at the heart of their defence following a dreadful start to the season and is relishing the challenge of the Premier League

    Ask fans of Stoke City who has been the Premier League signing of the season and many will nominate Bruno Martins Indi. The centre-back has become so commanding at the heart of Stoke’s defence, and so popular among supporters who see similarities with their much-loved former captain Abdoulaye Faye, that one of the best pieces of business the club could do during the January transfer window would be to make his loan move from Porto permanent. Stoke are trying to do just that.

    Related: Stoke’s initial £10m bid for Saido Berahino accepted by West Brom

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    Deconstructed Nutella: nuts, cocoa – and 58% sugar

    Deconstructed Nutella: nuts, cocoa – and 58% sugar


    A photograph of its raw ingredients has shocked fans of the spread. But is it really any worse than jam or marmalade?Name: Nutella.Age: 53-ish. Continue...

    A photograph of its raw ingredients has shocked fans of the spread. But is it really any worse than jam or marmalade?

    Name: Nutella.

    Age: 53-ish.

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    Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo: Afcon 2017 – as it happened

    Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo: Afcon 2017 – as it happened


    The reigning champions twice came from behind to draw a terrific match against the group leaders DR Congo 5.53pm GMTThat was a superb match, with Ivory Coast showing their class after an abysmal start to the game and DR Congo reinforcing their status as...

    The reigning champions twice came from behind to draw a terrific match against the group leaders DR Congo

    5.53pm GMT

    That was a superb match, with Ivory Coast showing their class after an abysmal start to the game and DR Congo reinforcing their status as dangerous outsiders. Both teams are still on course for the last 16, though the Ivory Coast in particular are cutting it a bit fine. Thanks for your company; night!

    5.52pm GMT

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    Women will march against Trump. We may lose, but it’s still worth it | Suzanne Moore

    Women will march against Trump. We may lose, but it’s still worth it | Suzanne Moore


    We’ve been told that the Women’s March is pointless, confused, counterproductive. All the more reason to make sure we are seen and heardWomen, know your limits. Thou shalt not halt the rhetoric of misogyny legitimised by the rise of Donald Trump by...

    We’ve been told that the Women’s March is pointless, confused, counterproductive. All the more reason to make sure we are seen and heard

    Women, know your limits. Thou shalt not halt the rhetoric of misogyny legitimised by the rise of Donald Trump by taking to the streets on your silly Women’s March. No, stay indoors! Just soak up this wave of misogyny because everything is lost and protests never ever work and face facts: one of the problems with this Women’s March (though everyone is welcome) is that it contains way too many women. That’s bound to alienate certain guys …

    Related: ‘It was sunshine and pantsuits. Then Trump won.’ Writers on their protests | The panel

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    Buy, George? World's largest fund manager hires Osborne as adviser

    Buy, George? World's largest fund manager hires Osborne as adviser


    Former chancellor’s lucrative new role as BlackRock adviser follows controversial US speaking tour that netted £600,000George Osborne is taking on a lucrative six-figure role as an adviser to BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager.The former...

    Former chancellor’s lucrative new role as BlackRock adviser follows controversial US speaking tour that netted £600,000

    George Osborne is taking on a lucrative six-figure role as an adviser to BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager.

    The former chancellor has already earned considerable amounts in the private sector since Theresa May sacked him as chancellor, with speeches to Wall Street banks helping to make him the highest earning MP in 2016.

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    Chinese growth slips to slowest pace for 26 years

    Chinese growth slips to slowest pace for 26 years


    With fears about the Trump presidency, rising debt levels and an unwinding property boom, the world’s No 2 economy is set for an uncertain 2017China’s economy slowed further last year to expand at its weakest pace for quarter of a century, with...

    With fears about the Trump presidency, rising debt levels and an unwinding property boom, the world’s No 2 economy is set for an uncertain 2017

    China’s economy slowed further last year to expand at its weakest pace for quarter of a century, with warnings that it risks losing further momentum in 2017 as Donald Trump’s presidency creates new challenges for the trading superpower.

    The world’s second-largest economy grew 6.7% last year, according to China’s statistics office, meeting Beijing’s target range of 6.5-7% but the slowest growth since 1990.

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    The honeymoon is already over for President Trump | Richard Wolffe

    The honeymoon is already over for President Trump | Richard Wolffe


    Shocking poll numbers tell of a uniquely difficult path for the new commander-in-chief. And that’s before the inevitable scandals startDonald Trump sworn in as 45th presidentToday marks the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.It isn’t...

    Shocking poll numbers tell of a uniquely difficult path for the new commander-in-chief. And that’s before the inevitable scandals start

    Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president

    Today marks the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.

    It isn’t wishful thinking to begin the countdown to Trump’s self-destruction on his inauguration day. It’s merely a statement of the facts of presidential life: this is no longer a game played out on TV and Twitter.

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    The week in patriarchy: your worst nightmare | Jessica Valenti

    The week in patriarchy: your worst nightmare | Jessica Valenti


    The future seems bleak – we must find ways to cope together. Here is Jessica Valenti’s inaugural newsletter on sexism and feminism this weekGet this newsletter via email – sign upHello, and welcome to your worst nightmare. A narcissist whose...

    The future seems bleak – we must find ways to cope together. Here is Jessica Valenti’s inaugural newsletter on sexism and feminism this week

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    Hello, and welcome to your worst nightmare. A narcissist whose misogyny borders on psychopathy – a man accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct – is now leading our nation. With a cabinet chock-full of Bond villains and neophytes, and a Twitter feed spilling over with vile, Trump is throwing us into a dark and uncertain time.

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    Davos 2017: what we learned at the WEF

    Davos 2017: what we learned at the WEF


    Banks got a warm welcome, Britain got a cool reception and climate change fears abounded at the World Economic ForumDonald Trump has been on everyone’s mind, even though he has been on the other side of the Atlantic this week preparing for his...

    Banks got a warm welcome, Britain got a cool reception and climate change fears abounded at the World Economic Forum

    Donald Trump has been on everyone’s mind, even though he has been on the other side of the Atlantic this week preparing for his inauguration.

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    Diego Costa wants to stay at Chelsea, says Antonio Conte

    Diego Costa wants to stay at Chelsea, says Antonio Conte


    • Costa could return to side at home to Hull City on Sunday• Conte: ‘The idea of a move to China is far from his mind’Diego Costa is ready to return to the Chelsea side and “wants to stay” at the club until the summer, Antonio Conte has...

    • Costa could return to side at home to Hull City on Sunday
    • Conte: ‘The idea of a move to China is far from his mind’

    Diego Costa is ready to return to the Chelsea side and “wants to stay” at the club until the summer, Antonio Conte has insisted.

    The Chelsea manager said Costa’s absence from the team last weekend was simply due to a back injury and refused to even acknowledge that the striker had been in conflict with the club over a multimillion pound offer from the Chinese Super League.

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    Calls to boycott French film awards over Roman Polanski honour

    Calls to boycott French film awards over Roman Polanski honour


    Women’s groups describe decision to have veteran director preside over César ceremony as ‘snub to rape victims’French women’s groups have called for a boycott of the César awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars, after Roman Polanski...

    Women’s groups describe decision to have veteran director preside over César ceremony as ‘snub to rape victims’

    French women’s groups have called for a boycott of the César awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars, after Roman Polanski was asked to preside over this year’s ceremony.

    The veteran film director, who has won four best director Césars for movies including Tess, The Pianist and The Ghost Writer, is wanted in the US on charges of raping a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977.

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    Kristen Stewart co-authors research paper on 'pioneering' film technique

    Kristen Stewart co-authors research paper on 'pioneering' film technique


    Twilight star among three authors of paper explaining how ‘neural style transfer’ method was put to use in her directorial debut, the 17-minute short Come SwimTwilight and Personal Shopper Kristen Stewart has co-authored a research paper on “neural...

    Twilight star among three authors of paper explaining how ‘neural style transfer’ method was put to use in her directorial debut, the 17-minute short Come Swim

    Twilight and Personal Shopper Kristen Stewart has co-authored a research paper on “neural style transfer”, an arcane technique that uses artificial intelligence to reconfigure an image in the style of another.

    Written with Bhautik J Joshi, a research engineer at Adobe, and producer David Shapiro, Stewart’s paper is related to work done on her short film directing debut Come Swim, which received its world premiere at the Sundance film festival on Thursday. Called Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim, the paper was submitted on Wednesday on Cornell University library’s open-access arXiv.org website, an online repository for scientific research papers.

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    Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry singles out police and church

    Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry singles out police and church


    Report on historical abuse in 22 church, state and charity-run homes accuses RUC and Catholic hierarchy of serious failingsPolice were guilty of a “catalogue of failures” over the abuse of boys at a Belfast care home run by a paedophile ring, a...

    Report on historical abuse in 22 church, state and charity-run homes accuses RUC and Catholic hierarchy of serious failings

    Police were guilty of a “catalogue of failures” over the abuse of boys at a Belfast care home run by a paedophile ring, a comprehensive report into child mistreatment across Northern Ireland has found.

    The historical institutional abuse inquiry, established in 2014, found that a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) investigation into sexual abuse at the Kincora care home in east Belfast was “inept, inadequate and far from thorough”.

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    The Gambia: Jammeh ignores two more deadlines to quit

    The Gambia: Jammeh ignores two more deadlines to quit


    West African leaders tell Yahya Jammeh to leave or be ousted as regional troops enter country to support Adama BarrowThe Gambia’s longtime leader, Yahya Jammeh, has ignored two more deadlines to quit, as he continued to argue over the terms under which...

    West African leaders tell Yahya Jammeh to leave or be ousted as regional troops enter country to support Adama Barrow

    The Gambia’s longtime leader, Yahya Jammeh, has ignored two more deadlines to quit, as he continued to argue over the terms under which he would cede power to his democratically elected successor, Adama Barrow.

    Related: The Gambia’s president has created a political crisis. Now he must go | Momodou Musa Touray

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    Library book returned a century late in San Francisco

    Library book returned a century late in San Francisco


    Responding to an amnesty on overdue loans, short-story collection is checked back in after 100 years by the original borrower’s great-granddaughterAs nominative determinism goes, Forty Minutes Late was a little understated for the title of a book...

    Responding to an amnesty on overdue loans, short-story collection is checked back in after 100 years by the original borrower’s great-granddaughter

    As nominative determinism goes, Forty Minutes Late was a little understated for the title of a book returned to San Francisco library 100 years late.

    The book was borrowed in 1917 by one Phoebe Johnson, from the San Francisco Public Library, as US troops sailed across the Atlantic to face the mud and bullets of the first world war trenches.

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    Experience: I was bitten by a shark

    Experience: I was bitten by a shark


    The water was murky, so I couldn’t see anything. It just came out of nowhere and then it was gone in a flashI have been doing triathlons for nearly 20 years now. I am always aware of the danger of sharks when ocean swimming, but where I train, Corona...

    The water was murky, so I couldn’t see anything. It just came out of nowhere and then it was gone in a flash

    I have been doing triathlons for nearly 20 years now. I am always aware of the danger of sharks when ocean swimming, but where I train, Corona del Mar in southern California, is considered a safe area. I always thought it would be more likely for me to have a car accident than be bitten by a shark.

    On 29 May last year, I was training for a half Ironman race. I decided to do my swim training that afternoon and spend the day at the beach with my husband, Alex, our son Lucas and his friend. They were waiting for me on the beach when I started out around the buoy line, 200 yards from the shore.

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    Rolls-Royce sent agent to 'retrieve' document from India tax office

    Rolls-Royce sent agent to 'retrieve' document from India tax office


    Latest revelations in bribery scandal involve anonymous intermediary ‘paying large sum’ to recover an incriminating list of contacts used by multinational Rolls-Royce sent an agent to “retrieve” an incriminating document from tax officials in...

    Latest revelations in bribery scandal involve anonymous intermediary ‘paying large sum’ to recover an incriminating list of contacts used by multinational

    Rolls-Royce sent an agent to “retrieve” an incriminating document from tax officials in India to avoid the investigation and prosecution of its employees.

    The agent told the engineering giant that he paid a large sum to get the document from authorities, avoiding the company being banned from operating in India for 25 years.

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    Blondie, The Clash and Queen: is the Trainspotting 2's soundtrack as good as the original?

    Blondie, The Clash and Queen: is the Trainspotting 2's soundtrack as good as the original?


    From Born Slippy to Lust For Life, Trainspotting’s music defined a generation. Can its long-awaited sequel similarly capture the zeitgeist? Related: Ewan McGregor: ‘What if I'm not Scottish enough any more?’ Student posters haven’t changed much...

    From Born Slippy to Lust For Life, Trainspotting’s music defined a generation. Can its long-awaited sequel similarly capture the zeitgeist?

    Related: Ewan McGregor: ‘What if I'm not Scottish enough any more?’

    Student posters haven’t changed much in the last 20 years. Look at the bestselling college posters and, alongside Kurt Cobain, Pulp Fiction and an alien smoking a spliff you’ll always see the Choose Life monologue from Trainspotting. It’s a searing attack on growing up, good health and choosing a suite “in a range of fucking fabrics”. It’s no wonder students still love it.

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    Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Fiona Apple and more – this week's anti-Trump songs reviewed

    Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Fiona Apple and more – this week's anti-Trump songs reviewed


    Ahead of the presidential inauguration, musicians piled in to set their thoughts to music. Here are five of the most notableAll proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union, and the message on their website reads: “It’s never been more important...

    Ahead of the presidential inauguration, musicians piled in to set their thoughts to music. Here are five of the most notable

    All proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union, and the message on their website reads: “It’s never been more important that we stick together and take care of each other.” So we can be pretty sure this track – released on inauguration day – is aimed at Donald Trump. “I give you power / Over me / I give you power / But I gotta be free / I give you power / And now I can say / I give you power / I can take it away,” is pretty much the entire lyric, until a slight variation at the end – “I give you power / Where do you think it all comes from, huh? / Who gives you power?” Which sounds very much as if it’s reminding Donald Trump that, even though he won the presidential election, he can lose, too. The anger comes from the brooding electronic arrangement, and from Mavis Staples who sounds – for the first time in her career – sinister. A protest song that is intended not just to capture a moment, but to be applicable in other circumstances.

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    Best photos of the day: Wushu and giant pandas

    Best photos of the day: Wushu and giant pandas


    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including the avalanche rescue operation in an Italian ski resort, Epiphany and an anti-Trump rally Continue...

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including the avalanche rescue operation in an Italian ski resort, Epiphany and an anti-Trump rally

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    How to date a Canadian: embrace gender fluidity – and wear layers

    How to date a Canadian: embrace gender fluidity – and wear layers


    Are the Ryans (Gosling and Reynolds) haunting your dreams? Does the smell of boreal forest make you want to raise a large family? Do you have 10 Canadian dollars? If so, you need our guide to mating with CanucksWhen the Canadian immigration website...

    Are the Ryans (Gosling and Reynolds) haunting your dreams? Does the smell of boreal forest make you want to raise a large family? Do you have 10 Canadian dollars? If so, you need our guide to mating with Canucks

    When the Canadian immigration website crashed on the night of the US election, it underlined how difficult it can be to move to Canada – unless of course you’ve got $800,000 and want to live in Quebec.

    There is, however, a shortcut to permanent residency: if you cohabit with a Canadian citizen for a year or more, they can sponsor you.

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    Reboot regrets: the TV revivals that should never have happened

    Reboot regrets: the TV revivals that should never have happened


    There’s relief over One Day at a Time and excitement over Twin Peaks, but televisual history suggests that comebacks aren’t always a good thingYes, look, you’re excited by this year’s Twin Peaks revival, but maybe wind it in a little bit. Sure,...

    There’s relief over One Day at a Time and excitement over Twin Peaks, but televisual history suggests that comebacks aren’t always a good thing

    Yes, look, you’re excited by this year’s Twin Peaks revival, but maybe wind it in a little bit. Sure, you loved the first season of Twin Peaks. And, sure, the nostalgia fetishist inside you has successfully managed to block out memories of the disappointing second season. But there’s a good chance – an overwhelmingly good chance – that the revival will be rubbish. Because almost all TV revivals are.

    Related: #TeamLogLady! How the world finally caught up with Twin Peaks

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    Totes annoying: words that should be banned

    Totes annoying: words that should be banned


    The internet is the source of many crimes against language – and these are among the worst offendersWe all have a watershed word – the word that tells us it’s all over, that the internet has won, and our youth is gone for ever. For me, it was Yolo,...

    The internet is the source of many crimes against language – and these are among the worst offenders

    We all have a watershed word – the word that tells us it’s all over, that the internet has won, and our youth is gone for ever. For me, it was Yolo, or You Only Live Once. It was born, I used it, and rooms fell eerily silent as soon as it left my mouth. Yolo belonged to the others, the younger people; it carbon-dated me and I was envious.

    You might call it snobbery but, for me, every delicious new bit of slang reminds me I’m being left behind, along with VHS cassettes, legwarmers and Lady Gaga. Susie Dent, Countdown’s resident lexicographer, tells me I should lighten up. “Slang has always moved this way,” she says. “From Cockney rhyming slang to codes swapped among highwaymen, they’re tribal badges of identity, bonding mechanisms designed to distinguish the initiated, and to keep strangers out.” The linguist and author David Crystal agrees: “Remember the old maxim – the chief use of slang is to show you’re one of the gang.”

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    Donny Osmond: ‘I told Dad I planned to marry. He said: “There goes your career”’

    Donny Osmond: ‘I told Dad I planned to marry. He said: “There goes your career”’


    The singer on growing up in a religious show-business family, lightening up as a dad and being married for 39 yearsI am the seventh of nine children, so when I arrived, there was already Virl, 12; Tom, 10; Alan, eight; Wayne, six; Merrill, four, and Jay,...

    The singer on growing up in a religious show-business family, lightening up as a dad and being married for 39 years

    I am the seventh of nine children, so when I arrived, there was already Virl, 12; Tom, 10; Alan, eight; Wayne, six; Merrill, four, and Jay, two. We first lived in Ogden, Utah, in a rural area – it had plenty of fields around it and there was a cow and other animals.

    Both my parents were musical and enjoyed singing. We were a close-knit family. My dad had been an army sergeant and so the house ran along a definite set of rules. My mum was the loving, nurturing parent while my dad was the disciplinarian. Both my parents belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the church’s teachings were a strong influence on all of us.

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    'It has no chance': Socialist party heading for implosion in French elections

    'It has no chance': Socialist party heading for implosion in French elections


    Bitterly divided as François Hollande’s presidency nears its end, the party has dropped to fifth place in the pollsGérard Singer, a retired clerk in the French social security system, was queuing up for a Socialist party rally on the edge of Paris in...

    Bitterly divided as François Hollande’s presidency nears its end, the party has dropped to fifth place in the polls

    Gérard Singer, a retired clerk in the French social security system, was queuing up for a Socialist party rally on the edge of Paris in the freezing cold, and the mood was grim. “The Socialist party is in the shit,” he sighed.

    Singer had come to hear Benoît Hamon, the leftwing outsider who is gaining ground in the party’s primary contest to choose its candidate for the presidential election in the spring. But the large crowds turning out to the final rallies before the first round of the primary vote this Sunday have done little to temper the sense of impending doom. No matter which candidate it chooses, the party seems almost certain to be defeated in the main event.

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    ‘The mountains around Verbier are great for flying down – and off’

    ‘The mountains around Verbier are great for flying down – and off’


    Snowboarder and basejumper Géraldine Fasnacht says the Swiss Alps provide all the thrills she needs, though she’s not averse to launching herself off the odd skyscraperThe first time I did a sky dive with a wingsuit was in Verbier, and I was so...

    Snowboarder and basejumper Géraldine Fasnacht says the Swiss Alps provide all the thrills she needs, though she’s not averse to launching herself off the odd skyscraper

    The first time I did a sky dive with a wingsuit was in Verbier, and I was so scared. Everyone had been telling me how difficult it would be and how I had to be careful about this and that – but when I took off I was like a child. I opened my wings and I started to fly really quickly. But I was having too much fun and flew straight past the landing area. When I landed I was lost, and it took me two hours to get back. But I was the happiest girl on Earth. That was 1998 – I was 18. After that I bought a wingsuit and started to fly and fly and fly.

    When I saw the eagle’s eye view of the Alps on Planet Earth II recently, I thought that’s exactly how I feel when I’m wingsuiting. When you’re up high and see the ground moving so quickly below you, it’s like the world’s on fast-forward.

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    The new first family: what you need to know about the Trumps

    The new first family: what you need to know about the Trumps


    Here are the essential things to know about the Trumps, with notes on the roles each family member may play in the administration•Donald Trump inauguration: the world holds its breath – live coverage•Inauguration day schedule: our guide to the...

    Here are the essential things to know about the Trumps, with notes on the roles each family member may play in the administration

    Donald Trump inauguration: the world holds its breath – live coverage

    Inauguration day schedule: our guide to the day

    As soon as Donald Trump takes the oath of office, the Obama family is scheduled to board a helicopter for the airport and a California holiday. A new first family will have taken their place. Here’s a bit about the Trumps, with notes on the roles each family member may play in the administration.

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    Philip Hammond blames Tony Blair for Brexit vote

    Philip Hammond blames Tony Blair for Brexit vote


    Chancellor tells Davos audience ex-PM’s failure to control flow of eastern European workers fuelled anti-immigration viewsTony Blair’s failure to control the flow of workers from eastern Europe fuelled the anti-immigration sentiment that led to the...

    Chancellor tells Davos audience ex-PM’s failure to control flow of eastern European workers fuelled anti-immigration views

    Tony Blair’s failure to control the flow of workers from eastern Europe fuelled the anti-immigration sentiment that led to the UK’s Brexit vote, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, said.

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the chancellor launched a strongly worded attack on the former prime minister’s open-door policy when eight former communist countries joined the EU in 2004.

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    How to Trump-proof your life (in a minute) – video

    How to Trump-proof your life (in a minute) – video


    On 20 January, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. If this cold, hard fact doesn’t fill you with joy and relief, then you may need to Trump-proof your life. Follow our seven easy steps, from joining a march to donating to...

    On 20 January, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. If this cold, hard fact doesn’t fill you with joy and relief, then you may need to Trump-proof your life. Follow our seven easy steps, from joining a march to donating to a cause to bolstering your data security

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    An oyster and beer batter fritters recipe inspired by New Zealand | A taste of home

    An oyster and beer batter fritters recipe inspired by New Zealand | A taste of home


    Fresh fish for breakfast, canned oysters from the pharmacy and his dad’s fritters make up Peter Gordon’s nostalgic meal de choix.When I was growing up, my father Bruce wanted us all to like oysters. In New Zealand, you get special bluff oysters from...

    Fresh fish for breakfast, canned oysters from the pharmacy and his dad’s fritters make up Peter Gordon’s nostalgic meal de choix.

    When I was growing up, my father Bruce wanted us all to like oysters. In New Zealand, you get special bluff oysters from the south of South Island: lovely specimens with the creamiest flavour.

    When I was little, though, for some reason you could only get them in a can. Which you bought in a pharmacy. Not sure why. New Zealand was strange in those days. Olive oil was another thing you could only ever get in pharmacies.

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    Paul Auster: ‘I'm going to speak out as often as I can, otherwise I can't live with myself'

    Paul Auster: ‘I'm going to speak out as often as I can, otherwise I can't live with myself'


    The novelist on Trump’s America and publishing the book of his life at 70When Paul Auster was 14, a boy just inches away from him was struck by lightning and killed. “It’s something I’ve never got over,” he tells me. He was at summer camp:...

    The novelist on Trump’s America and publishing the book of his life at 70

    When Paul Auster was 14, a boy just inches away from him was struck by lightning and killed. “It’s something I’ve never got over,” he tells me. He was at summer camp: “there we were, nearly 20 of us caught in an electric storm in the woods. Someone said we should get to a clearing, and to get there we had to crawl, single file, under a barbed wire fence. As the boy immediately in front of me was going under, lightning struck the fence. I was closer to him than you are to me now; my head was right near his feet.”

    Auster didn’t realise the boy had died instantly. “So I dragged him into the clearing. And for an hour, as we were pounded by intense rain, and attacked by lightning spears, I was holding on to the boy’s tongue so he didn’t swallow it”. Two or three other kids nearby had also been struck and were moaning; “it was like a war scene. Little by little, the boy’s face was turning blue; his eyes were half open, half shut, the whites were showing.” It took Auster a little while to absorb that, had the strike occurred just a few seconds later, it would have been him. “I’ve always been haunted by what happened, the utter randomness of it,” he says. “I think it was the most important day of my life.”

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    An Inconvenient Sequel review – Al Gore's new climate change film lacks heat

    An Inconvenient Sequel review – Al Gore's new climate change film lacks heat


    The former vice president’s latest documentary on the threat to the planet, which opened the Sundance festival, is desultory and surprisingly vaingloriousAl Gore knows everybody. He can whip out his cell phone and dial the treasury secretary or the...

    The former vice president’s latest documentary on the threat to the planet, which opened the Sundance festival, is desultory and surprisingly vainglorious

    Al Gore knows everybody. He can whip out his cell phone and dial the treasury secretary or the head of a giant solar panel manufacturer and say things such as “I’ll check with President Hollande” or “Elon suggested I call.” It’s amazing, then, that nowhere in his contacts is the number of a documentary film-maker that knows a thing or two about keeping audiences awake.

    Related: Al Gore's Inconvenient Sequel to open Sundance in acutely political year

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    Dan Evans into Australian Open fourth round after beating Bernard Tomic

    Dan Evans into Australian Open fourth round after beating Bernard Tomic


    • Australian No27 seed Tomic falls 7-5, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3)• Evans now faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Briton’s first last 16 slam matchDan Evans is into the fourth round of a slam for the first time in his turbulent career – on the same side of the...

    • Australian No27 seed Tomic falls 7-5, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3)
    • Evans now faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Briton’s first last 16 slam match

    Dan Evans is into the fourth round of a slam for the first time in his turbulent career – on the same side of the draw as Andy Murray – after pulling a master stroke bordering on gamesmanship to beat Bernard Tomic 7-5, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) in just under three hours on day five of the Australian Open.

    After missing his first serve at deuce at five-all in the third, and struggling with either cramp or a sore foot, Evans complained vociferously that the lines had become dangerous because of a light drizzle, and insisted play be stopped or the roof on Hisense Arena, where Murray earlier beat Sam Querrey in three sets in high wind, be drawn across.

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    NFL Championship Games predictions: Falcons to end Packers' hopes

    NFL Championship Games predictions: Falcons to end Packers' hopes


    Aaron Rodgers has had a great run but injuries will catch up with Green Bay, while the Patriots’ struggles against Houston do not bode well for Tom BradyJust like that, the end game is upon us. A starting field of 32 NFL teams has been whittled down to...

    Aaron Rodgers has had a great run but injuries will catch up with Green Bay, while the Patriots’ struggles against Houston do not bode well for Tom Brady

    Just like that, the end game is upon us. A starting field of 32 NFL teams has been whittled down to four. And of our 226 Pick The Playoffs contestants, a mere 12 are still in with a shot of a perfect score. Congratulations to bouncebounceprod, francaise, Mark Lewis, MisterHorse, mmmbop86, nbcnfl, Nick Young, ShadowWarrior, smjdublin, themagicman, waterhoose and, yes, me on calling every postseason game correctly so far.

    I’ll post the full standings in the comments section below shortly. But before that, here are my picks for the Conference Championship Games.

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    Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

    Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


    Jesus is finally available for Manchester City, Klopp faces a choice between Origi and Sturridge and Costa may have to bide time for return to Chelsea starting XIAs Manchester United prepare to visit the Britannia Stadium, examining Stoke City’s record...

    Jesus is finally available for Manchester City, Klopp faces a choice between Origi and Sturridge and Costa may have to bide time for return to Chelsea starting XI

    As Manchester United prepare to visit the Britannia Stadium, examining Stoke City’s record against the league’s best sides this season offers an indication of where Mark Hughes and José Mourinho should both be looking for improvement. Stoke’s record against the elite is awful: five of their six matches against the league’s top six sides have ended in heavy defeats. They have lost 3-1 at Arsenal, 4-2 at Chelsea and 4-1 at Liverpool, while they were thumped 4-1 and 4-0 at home by Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively. Good enough to take the lead against Arsenal and Liverpool, and also to equalise twice against Chelsea, Stoke ended up paying a high price for their leaky defending. Notable absentees from that list, however, are United, whose profligate finishing allowed Stoke to escape Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw in October. The lesson for Stoke is that they need to be wary of the dangers of going blow for blow with quality opponents, while United must become more ruthless if they are to qualify for the Champions League. JS

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    Death strikes First Nations community, once a leader in suicide prevention

    Death strikes First Nations community, once a leader in suicide prevention


    Wapekeka First Nation used to be a shining example amid Canada’s suicide crisis, but residents link the dismantling of a key program to new deathsFor decades, Wapekeka First Nation was a shining example of a community that was managing to keep at bay...

    Wapekeka First Nation used to be a shining example amid Canada’s suicide crisis, but residents link the dismantling of a key program to new deaths

    For decades, Wapekeka First Nation was a shining example of a community that was managing to keep at bay the wave of suicides that has swept through so many of Canada’s indigenous communities.

    But two years after funding cuts forced them to dismantle a pioneering suicide-prevention program, the deadly epidemic has again struck the remote northern Ontario community.

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    50 reasons to love Milton Keynes (what, only 50?)

    50 reasons to love Milton Keynes (what, only 50?)


    To celebrate the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes becoming an official new town, here’s why you should love the Buckinghamshire capital of shrubs, careful planning and snide remarksOn Monday, Milton Keynes marks the 50th anniversary of its designation as...

    To celebrate the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes becoming an official new town, here’s why you should love the Buckinghamshire capital of shrubs, careful planning and snide remarks

    On Monday, Milton Keynes marks the 50th anniversary of its designation as a new town. To celebrate, we’ve selected 50 reasons to love Buckinghamshire’s leading collection of roundabouts. I know what you’re thinking: what, only 50?

    1. The grid

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    650-mile trench stakes out claim for bigger Kurdish territory in Iraq

    650-mile trench stakes out claim for bigger Kurdish territory in Iraq


    Line stretching along northern Iraq symbolises hopes for more land when fighting against Isis endsOn the plains north and east of Mosul, far from the battle in the city centre, a new frontline is taking shape. Mounds of earth have been heaped above a...

    Line stretching along northern Iraq symbolises hopes for more land when fighting against Isis ends

    On the plains north and east of Mosul, far from the battle in the city centre, a new frontline is taking shape. Mounds of earth have been heaped above a trench gouged out of the ground along about 650 miles (1,050km) of northern Iraq, which before the war with Islamic State was in Arab hands.

    The berm runs from Sinjar, in the north-west, to Khanaqin, near the Iranian border, following the line of Kurdish military control. Woven into it are peshmerga positions, and on top flies the Kurdish flag, a clear statement of the Kurds’ hope that their role in fighting the war has already secured them a bigger slice of Iraq.

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    My boss has added me on Facebook. Should I accept?

    My boss has added me on Facebook. Should I accept?


    Nothing is more likely to discourage open sharing, which is what social media was meant to be for. On the other hand, they are the boss It is hard to feel that this is a request you can refuse. No matter how circumspect you may be about Facebook...

    Nothing is more likely to discourage open sharing, which is what social media was meant to be for. On the other hand, they are the boss

    It is hard to feel that this is a request you can refuse. No matter how circumspect you may be about Facebook friendship, your boss may hold it against you. But if you accept, there’s a chance your posts could compromise your career.

    Boss just added me on FB in the middle of the day pic.twitter.com/fSWHGgOXJA

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    French court fines easyJet over refusal to let disabled passenger board

    French court fines easyJet over refusal to let disabled passenger board


    British low-cost airline fined €60,000 for refusing to allow man to board for ‘security’ reasonsA French court on Thursday fined British low-cost airline easyJet €60,000 (£52,000) for having refused to allow a disabled passenger to board for...

    British low-cost airline fined €60,000 for refusing to allow man to board for ‘security’ reasons

    A French court on Thursday fined British low-cost airline easyJet €60,000 (£52,000) for having refused to allow a disabled passenger to board for “security” reasons.

    The criminal court in Bayonne, southern France, heard that staff at the budget carrier refused to allow Joseph Etcheveste, 55, to board an Easyjet flight in Biarritz in July 2010 because he was “unaccompanied”.

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    David Beckham to be castaway on 75th anniversary Desert Island Discs

    David Beckham to be castaway on 75th anniversary Desert Island Discs


    Special edition of Radio 4 programme will also have sound of sea wash during the credits for first time since 1960sWho would you like to see on Desert Island Discs? David Beckham is to be the castaway on the 75th anniversary episode of Radio 4’s Desert...

    Special edition of Radio 4 programme will also have sound of sea wash during the credits for first time since 1960s

    Who would you like to see on Desert Island Discs?

    David Beckham is to be the castaway on the 75th anniversary episode of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

    The former England footballer will appear on a special edition on 29 January, which will also feature the return of the sound of sea wash to the programme credits for the first time since the 1960s.

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    Lion review – Dev Patel excels in incredible postmodern odyssey

    Lion review – Dev Patel excels in incredible postmodern odyssey


    The true story of a foundling Indian boy who locates his mother years later via Google Maps is given the treatment it deserves in this intelligent, heartfelt filmEveryone says that modern GPS and digital technology are wiping out jeopardy and making...

    The true story of a foundling Indian boy who locates his mother years later via Google Maps is given the treatment it deserves in this intelligent, heartfelt film

    Everyone says that modern GPS and digital technology are wiping out jeopardy and making storytelling impossible. Well, that is very much not the case with Lion, the extraordinary true story of how a foundling Indian boy, estranged from his home village by the cruellest of fate and growing to adulthood far from home, used Google Maps to find his mother.

    Screenwriter Luke Davies and first-time feature director Garth Davis (known before this for Jane Campion’s TV drama Top of the Lake) have responded to this incredible situation with a heartfelt film combining intelligent attention to detail with a necessary sense of their story’s simplicity and strength. Dev Patel brings his A-game to the leading role, newcomer Sunny Pawar is wonderful as his character’s younger self and Nicole Kidman gives a very decent performance as the adoptive mother.

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    T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint

    T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint


    Danny Boyle’s followup to the cult 1996 hit isn’t quite as quick and extraordinary as the original, but it is a funny, moving ode to middle-aged male disillusion whose risks pay off in spadesDanny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting is everything I could...

    Danny Boyle’s followup to the cult 1996 hit isn’t quite as quick and extraordinary as the original, but it is a funny, moving ode to middle-aged male disillusion whose risks pay off in spades

    Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting is everything I could reasonably have hoped for – scary, funny, desperately sad, with many a bold visual flourish. What began as a zeitgeisty outlaw romp in the Uncool Britannia of the 1990s is now reborn as a scabrous and brutal black comedy about middle-aged male disappointment and fear of death.

    It reunites the horribly duplicitous skag-addicted non-heroes of the first movie about twentysomethings trying to get off heroin in Edinburgh, and finding that they have nothing very much to put in its place. In that film, I often hid my head in my hands, unable to watch scenes about dead babies and diving into gruesome lavatories. Now it’s the sight of desolate men’s faces that made me want to look away: stunned by the realisation that their lives are coming to an end.

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    Martin McGuinness, the man who helped steer IRA away from terrorism

    Martin McGuinness, the man who helped steer IRA away from terrorism


    Northern Ireland’s outgoing deputy first minister who once headed the Provisional IRA was vital to success of peace processWhen Martin McGuinness first sat down at a cabinet table in the summer of 1998, facing his former unionist foes, one of the Derry...

    Northern Ireland’s outgoing deputy first minister who once headed the Provisional IRA was vital to success of peace process

    When Martin McGuinness first sat down at a cabinet table in the summer of 1998, facing his former unionist foes, one of the Derry republican’s comrades had words of advice for David Trimble, then first minister.

    Gerry Kelly, the Old Bailey bomber who escaped from the Maze prison in County Antrim, whispered to the future Nobel peace prize winner: “Whatever you do, David, don’t let Martin get talking about fishing. If you get into small chat about fishing he will go on all day about it. No business will get done here.”

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    Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy

    Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy


    Social activists have succumbed to one of the most enduring myths of contemporary American protest. It’s time to consider what happens the day afterShortly after Donald Trump’s shock election victory, I received an urgent call from one of the...

    Social activists have succumbed to one of the most enduring myths of contemporary American protest. It’s time to consider what happens the day after

    Shortly after Donald Trump’s shock election victory, I received an urgent call from one of the co-creators of the Women’s March on Washington. She was concerned at a moment you might expect her to be ecstatic. Hundreds of thousands of women in 17 countries had already signed on in solidarity, and the numbers kept growing. Yet despite the tremendous momentum, she confessed a nagging skepticism about the effectiveness of the protest.

    “I’m not that interested in the march itself but in what comes afterwards,” Fontaine Pearson confided to me. I admire her candor because I know it takes courage to voice such a concern. It is her difficult question – what comes the day after? – that every supporter of the Women’s March should be earnestly figuring out today.

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    Drink: old whisky isn’t necessarily better than young whisky

    Drink: old whisky isn’t necessarily better than young whisky


    The days when 20- or 30-year-old bottles ruled the roost are over. It’s now the young guns that are taking over the whisky worldUntil recently, the older the whisky, the better it was regarded. Bottlings of 20- and 30-year-old spirits were more highly...

    The days when 20- or 30-year-old bottles ruled the roost are over. It’s now the young guns that are taking over the whisky world

    Until recently, the older the whisky, the better it was regarded. Bottlings of 20- and 30-year-old spirits were more highly prized than those of 10 or 12. But things are changing, and if you’re after a special bottle for Burns Night, and especially if you’re sharing it with friends who aren’t regular whisky drinkers, you should perhaps be thinking of a younger “expression”, as we must call them these days.

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    ‘It feels like it’s about to implode’: Japandroids on their favourite garage punk records

    ‘It feels like it’s about to implode’: Japandroids on their favourite garage punk records


    The Vancouver duo are one of the most exciting guitar bands on the planet. They explain how Iggy Pop, the Who and a Zambian psych band inspired their soundAs anyone who has witnessed their sweat-drenched live shows can attest, Vancouver two-piece...

    The Vancouver duo are one of the most exciting guitar bands on the planet. They explain how Iggy Pop, the Who and a Zambian psych band inspired their sound

    As anyone who has witnessed their sweat-drenched live shows can attest, Vancouver two-piece Japandroids are one of the most exciting guitar bands on the planet. Direct, euphoric and really, really loud, their garage punk combines the psych-tinged lo-fi sounds of the late-1960s Nuggets era, with the later intensity of punk and hardcore.

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    Natalie Portman: ‘JFK was a great proponent of civil rights. Trump is taking us backwards’

    Natalie Portman: ‘JFK was a great proponent of civil rights. Trump is taking us backwards’


    The Oscar-tipped star of Jackie talks about playing the widowed first lady of the progressive president and why the new inauguration is an ‘upsetting moment’Natalie Portman enters the screening room wearing black shoes, a black dress and a black...

    The Oscar-tipped star of Jackie talks about playing the widowed first lady of the progressive president and why the new inauguration is an ‘upsetting moment’

    Natalie Portman enters the screening room wearing black shoes, a black dress and a black cape. The effect is stylish, if sombre. She could be in mourning. Or maybe Darth Vader has lured her to the dark side after all.

    The effect dissolves when she extends a hand, flashes a blinding smile and reveals a sizeable belly bump. She plonks down in the front row, taking the weight off her legs. Portman is seven months pregnant and taking the radiance business seriously. She looks great.

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    Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs

    Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs


    Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’ birthrightIn the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and...

    Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’ birthright

    In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and defund women’s healthcare facilities, Republican lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans’ birthright: 640m acres of national land. In a single line of changes to the rules for the House of Representatives, Republicans have overwritten the value of federal lands, easing the path to disposing of federal property even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable compensation to American citizens.

    At stake are areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forests and Federal Wildlife Refuges, which contribute to an estimated $646bn each year in economic stimulus from recreation on public lands and 6.1m jobs. Transferring these lands to the states, critics fear, could decimate those numbers by eliminating mixed-use requirements, limiting public access and turning over large portions for energy or property development.

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    Donald Trump's promises for day one of his presidency – video

    Donald Trump's promises for day one of his presidency – video


    In the months leading up to his presidency Donald Trump has made numerous pledges about what he will do on his first day in office. From repealing Obamacare to building a wall to withdrawing from TPP, here are some of the promises Trump has made Trump...

    In the months leading up to his presidency Donald Trump has made numerous pledges about what he will do on his first day in office. From repealing Obamacare to building a wall to withdrawing from TPP, here are some of the promises Trump has made

    Trump has divided America. Can he really make it great again? – videoThe legacy of Barack Obama, in seven drawings – videoContinue reading...