29/04/2017: FRONT PAGE: Careful with that accent - Maxine Peake speaks out
Maxine Peake is known for her distinctive acting style, personality and politics – but her distinctive accent has caused her more trouble than any of them. Now she has spoken out, describing the film and TV industry as so riddled with discrimination...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FRONT PAGE: NHS pays £9m to victims of rogue surgeon
The NHS has been forced to pay out almost £10m in compensation to more than 250 people treated by a rogue surgeon found guilty of carrying out needless breast operations on patients who were left traumatised and scarred. Ian Paterson, 59, was......
29/04/2017: NEWS: Tory MP quits after ‘homosexuality is dangerous’ remark
A long-serving Conservative MP has been forced to step down hours after an A-level student revealed that the politician had told them he believed “homosexuality is wrong” and “dangerous to society”. Andrew Turner, who has represented the Isle of Wight...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NEWS: A garden bridge too far – London mayor kills off project by pulling funding pledge
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has pulled the plug on the controversial plan for a garden bridge across the Thames, announcing he would not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin. In a letter to the Garden Bridge...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NEWS: Why the finger points at Boris Johnson
For three years it has been fiercely opposed by supporters of gardens and bridges alike, of which this vanity project was never either. Launched as a privately sponsored gift to the city, Joanna Lumley’s “tiara for the Thames” gobbled up £37m of...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Westminster knife terror suspect is former volunteer on Gaza aid convoy
The suspected terrorist arrested in Westminster carrying knives is a one-time humanitarian activist who is now facing questions from police about whether he was about to stage a murderous attack in central London. Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, 27, was...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Armed police raid London house
A second terrorist plot was foiled in the capital this week when armed police stormed a house in north London. A woman in her 20s was shot in the raid, which started with CS gas being fired into a house in Willesden. Witnesses said the woman, wearing a......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Six people stabbed to death in London over past week
Two men were stabbed to death in less than 24 hours in London yesterday, bringing the total number of people killed by knives in the capital this week to six. Officers were called to reports of an altercation in Peckham Rye, south-east London in the...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL SURGERY SCANDAL: ‘There were no depths he wouldn’t go to’: rogue surgeon’s victims relive their ordeal
When Marie Pettiman went to see her surgeon in December 2010, he examined her and found a lump. The situation was so serious, he said, that she would be foolish to delay surgery until after Christmas and new year. “That terrified me,” Pettiman said....... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL SURGERY SCANDAL: History of concerns
1998: Ian Paterson is hired as a consultant surgeon at the Heart of England NHS trust, despite being previously suspended from Good Hope hospital. He also sees private patients at two Spire Healthcare hospitals, Little Aston and Parkway. 2003: He is...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL SURGERY SCANDAL: Profile Four inquiries and nine years before suspension
When Ian Paterson started working at the Heart of England NHS foundation trust in Birmingham in 1998, the organisation had significant waiting list problems. The only breast surgeon was struggling with the increasing numbers of patients, and Paterson’s...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL SURGERY SCANDAL: 256
Number of cases settled by the NHS, with 25 outstanding. However, hundreds of Ian Paterson’s private patients may never be compensated...
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Hummus ‘crisis’ has shed light on secrets of mass production
Inside a cluster of unremarkable industrial units off the A40 in west London, is the epicentre of the 2017 hummus crisis. The buildings belong to Bakkavor, the international food manufacturer behind the mass withdrawal of the Middle Eastern dip from...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NEWS ELECTION 2017: Corbyn banks on his people appeal after Tories’ personal jibes
Jeremy Corbyn will directly address his own leadership qualities for the first time in the election campaign, as Labour strategists seek to depict the party leader as warm in contrast to Theresa May’s controlled and distant campaign so far. The Labour...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NEWS ELECTION 2017: Candidates Some of the high-profile names ready to slug it out for a seat in the House
Conservatives Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) The former MP is attempting to regain his old seat, despite being booted out less than six months ago. He resigned to stand as an independent because of his party’s support for expansion at Heathrow – an...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NEWS ELECTION 2017: John Crace’s sketch Paul Nuttall is hostage to Ukip - and he doesn’t look happy about it
Four days after being held hostage in the Marriott hotel by Westminster Bridge where he had been introducing his “integration agenda”, the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, returned to the crime scene for the launch of his party’s general election campaign....... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NEWS ELECTION 2017: 10 things we’ve learned Mugwumps, inner Miliband and missing manifestos
With parliament wrapping up this week, the election campaign is still not running at full pelt, but it’s getting there. Here are 10 take aways from the week. 1 Theresa May has discovered her inner Ed Miliband The Conservatives have announced plans for...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Paroled man who raped victim on his wedding day gets life
A man who raped a stranger hours before his wedding while on parole for a similar horrific stranger rape was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday and must serve a minimum of nine years. Derry McCann, 28, raped his 24-yearold victim as she walked...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Jab offered to 4,200 students after fatal case of meningitis B
Students living on campus at the University of Surrey are being offered the meningitis B vaccine after a student died and two others were taken to hospital. John Igboanugo, a first-year physics undergraduate, died this month after a sports trip to......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: 3
Number of students at the University of Surrey who developed meningitis. One of them, physics undergraduate John Igboanugo, has died...
29/04/2017: FANGS NATIONAL: FANGs – and their insatiable appetites
From Standard Oil at the turn of the 20th century to IBM and General Motors in the 1970s and General Electric in the 1990s, the US has always produced behemoth corporations that bestride the world. But this is the era of the FANGs – the new “big four”...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Married head and deputy condemn education policy in resignation letter
A married couple working as head and deputy head at an outstanding primary school are quitting their jobs because they are so disillusioned about the direction of education policy. Alex Foggo, the head, and her husband, Peter, told parents at...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Door sealed to pup stuck out in storm
A seal pup seeking shelter from a storm managed to cross a road and climb three steps to wait overnight at a block of flats in Redcar, North Yorkshire, in the hope of being let in. RNLI volunteers returned him safely to the sea the next day Photograph:...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Shortage of priests leads to calls to review celibacy rule
Catholic bishops in England and Wales face a fresh call for a commission on the ordination of married men amid growing concern the church’s celibacy requirement is adding to a shortage of priests. The call for a review of celibacy as a condition of......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: 25
The number of men entering priesthood training in England and Wales last year, compared with 150 in 1985, according to Catholic church figures...
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Vital cancer research lost in Manchester blaze
Years of research and millions of pounds of life-saving equipment are feared to have been destroyed in a fire at a cancer hospital in Manchester, said its director. Prof Richard Marais, the head of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, said......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: All about Cate
Cate Blanchett is to star in a new West End adaptation of the 1950 film All About Eve, it was announced yesterday Photograph: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Insurance costs threat to satellite launch industry
Ambitious plans to launch satellites from spaceports in Britain are in danger of being grounded by poor legislation that leaves operators open to crippling insurance costs, MPs have warned. The government hopes to have satellites flown into orbit from......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Prize not biased against white people, MP told
A Conservative MP who claimed that a book prize set up to address the lack of diversity in British publishing was discriminatory against white people has had his complaint dismissed. Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, wrote to the Equality and Human......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Tory MP’s aide denies rape at Westminster
A Conservative MP’s aide has denied raping a woman at the Palace of Westminster. Sam Armstrong, 23, who has been suspended as chief of staff to the South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, pleaded not guilty at Southwark crown court yesterday to four......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Drone and plane crash ‘avoided by providence’
A collision between an aircraft and a drone was only “avoided by providence”, air investigators have reported. The Airbus A319 and the drone came within 23 metres of each other at 1,300 metres as the aircraft approached Edinburgh airport on 25 November......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Brexit fears cloud Britons’ desire for a home in the sun
Brits abroad? Not so many, it seems. Uncertainty about the future of Britain in Europe and the fall in the value of the pound is taking its toll on the number of UK buyers investing in a little place in the Mediterranean sun. A report published by...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Housing units
30% The drop in demand by British buyers for second homes in Spain since last year, according to the Registrars’ Association 2,000 The number of sales to UK buyers in Spain for the first quarter of 2017, down from 2,800 last year, after rising since......
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Farewell to the Tory king of the takedowns John Crace’s digested week
Monday General elections are increasingly stagemanaged affairs with party leaders seldom allowed out in public with anyone other than their most loyal party activists. So thank God for Ukip, which can be relied on to rustle up events at which almost...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Marine A spends first day out of prison at country hideaway
Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant jailed for killing a wounded Taliban fighter, spent a “relaxing” first day of liberty yesterday, after three and a half years in prison. Blackman – known as Marine A during his original court martial – and...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: NATIONAL: Public reveal the hidden heroes of Tower Bridge
When Dirk Bennett first gazed into Hannah Griggs’s eyes, the hairs on the back of his arms stood up. In the faded picture Griggs, born to an unmarried mother in 1888, who spent some time in the St Olave’s workhouse, is beautiful and elegant. She was...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: PROFILE: She was a drama teacher. Now she will get a central role if Macron wins
Last July, when Emmanuel Macron was François Hollande’s economy minister and his barely hidden presidential ambitions were dismissed as naive fantasy by the political class, he held his first rally at a smart venue on Paris’s left bank. Before the...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL: Rising tensions among refugees at packed detention centres push Greek island to limit
Officials and aid workers on Chios say the Greek island is at breaking point, with the main detention centre for refugees bursting at the seams and daily arrivals far outstripping deportations or relocations to elsewhere in the EU. More than 1,400...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL: Isis fighters ‘infiltrating Europe from Libya’
Italian investigators believe Islamic State fighters from Libya have slipped into Europe by infiltrating a scheme to give hospital treatment to wounded Libyan government soldiers and militia fighters. An Italian intelligence report, seen by the......
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL: 400
Number of refugees, mostly young, single men, who have applied for asylum a second time. Many on Chios fear violence if there is a mass rejection...
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL TRUMP PRESIDENCY: First 100 days ’Incompetence wins out over malevolence’
One thing has remained constant during the Donald Trump presidency: having lost the popular vote but won the electoral college, he took office with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president; he now has the lowest approval rating of any...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL TRUMP PRESIDENCY: Fossil fuels order likely to unleash coastal fury
Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday that could throw open vast swaths of the United States’ east coast to oil and gas companies, drawing an angry response from environmental groups and setting up a confrontation with coastal communities......
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL TRUMP PRESIDENCY: ‘I thought that it’d be easier’
Donald Trump has said he expected the presidency to be easier than it is, in a wide-ranging interview reflecting on his first 100 days in office. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going on,” Trump said. “This is more work than in my...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL: Rebel Wilson claims ‘lies’ cost her Hollywood roles
Actor Rebel Wilson claims that magazine articles that painted her as a serial liar cost her film roles in Hollywood, a court in Melbourne heard yesterday. Wilson is suing an Australian publisher for defamation over a series of magazine articles that...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL: New Zealand bans kids watching teen drama
The Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why faces a new category of censorship in New Zealand, after complaints from mental health bodies that it glorifies suicide and could encourage copycats. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of teenage suicide in the...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: INTERNATIONAL: EU condemns storming of Skopje parliament
The EU and Nato pleaded for calm in Macedonia yesterday after nationalist protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje, attacking politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent the election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker. The invasion was...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: UK growth slows as inflation bites
The UK economy suffered a sharp slowdown in the opening months of this year as the post-referendum rise in living costs took its toll on British households and hit consumer spending. GDP growth fell more than expected to 0.3% in the first quarter from...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: Affordability pressures help house prices fall for second month in row
UK house prices fell for a second month in a row in April in a sign that the squeeze on family incomes is starting to weigh on the property market. The average price of a home fell by 0.4% over the month to £207,699, following a 0.3% drop in March,...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: Insolvency cases at highest level for nearly three years
The number of individuals applying for insolvency jumped to the highest level in almost three years in the first three months of 2017, in a further sign of the mounting financial pressure facing UK households. Personal insolvencies in England and......
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: US economy stutters
The US economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the first quarter of this year as consumer spending slowed sharply. The Commerce Department said GDP grew by just 0.7% following a gain of 2.1% in the final quarter of 2016. The......
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: 15.7%
The rise in personal insolvencies in England and Wales between January and March in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016...
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: Canadian chain hopes UK will fall for its Timbits
The Tim Hortons coffee chain is so inextricably linked to Canadian national identity that the venue for its UK launch this week was obvious: Canada House in central London. Never mind that the first British outlet will be in Glasgow, choosing the home...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: Sorrell’s pay curbed in WPP move to avert unrest
Sir Martin Sorrell received £48m in remuneration last year as WPP, the marketing and advertising company he founded and runs, moved to curb the level of his future payouts to avoid further clashes with investors. Sorrell, who has been on the receiving...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: £ 3.4bn
The value of the UK retail coffee market in 2016, up from £137m in 1997, and a temptation for the Canadian brand...
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: Barclays boss admits error in whistleblower case
Jes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays, has admitted he made a mistake in his repeated attempts to unmask a whistleblower but says he has not offered to resign over the scandal. The American is under mounting pressure after a shareholder advisory...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: Millions hit by RBS and Lloyds pay day glitch
Millions of customers of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group had difficulty accessing their accounts yesterday after the banks suffered IT meltdowns ahead of the long weekend. On a day when RBS was trying to focus on its first quarterly......
29/04/2017: FINANCIAL: 4.5 %
Boost to the bank’s share price after RBS announced profits of £259m for the first quarter of this year, the first quarterly profit since 2015...
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29/04/2017: JOURNAL: ‘When the other prisoners saw me, they said, ‘When’s the next protest?’’
Alexei Navalny is in good spirits for a man who can hardly step outside without being insulted, assaulted or arrested. Earlier this month he was released from a 15-day stint in a Russian jail. And on Thursday, in Moscow, unknown assailants threw green...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: JOURNAL: After-dinner mint
When Barack Obama banks the cheque for $400,000 he will receive for talking to an audience of Wall Street bankers and their most important clients in September, the former president might like to quietly thank the statesman who did so much to pioneer...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: JOURNAL: Renamed and shamed
Edward Colston is, says Katie Finnegan-Clarke, “almost like a cult figure” in Bristol. There is a Colston Street, and Colston Tower is on Colston Avenue. There is even a Colston bun, which you might eat on Colston’s Day. FinneganClarke, one of the...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: JOURNAL: Legacies of British slave ownership
There are currently 3,749 addresses in the Legacy of British Slavery database; a specific slave-owner or a direct beneficiary will have lived at each address at some point in time. Each circle on this map represents the total number of adresses in the...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: CATCH-UP: The big picture
1 Politicians and businesswomen met in Berlin this week for the W20 summit, an event meant to help set the agenda for the main G20 summit in Hamburg in July. This panel brought together Angela Merkel (centre), Ivanka Trump (fourth from left), IMF boss...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: CATCH-UP: Can Facebook make live video its future?
What is Facebook Live? Facebook has been steadily pushing people to use its live streaming product, which was launched in 2015 but slowly rolled out to all users over the course of 2016. As a pitch, it’s simple: load the Facebook app, point your...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: CATCH-UP: New free schools are being built while existing schools fall apart
A Public Accounts Committee report this week condemned the government’s funding of its free schools programme as incoherent and wasteful: “While the department is spending significant funds in creating 500 more free schools, existing schools struggle...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OPINION: Imagine there’s no Sgt Pepper. It’s all too easy in these reactionary times
‘At the time Sgt Pepper was released,” the American writer Langdon Winner once recalled, “I happened to be driving across the country on Interstate 80. In each city where I stopped for gas or food – Laramie, Ogallala, Moline, South Bend – the melodies...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OPINION: If you doubt Europe still matters, ask a young Hungarian
The crowds demonstrating in Hungary in recent weeks have numbered many tens of thousands. They are by no means all students of a university the government is threatening to shut down, but they are mostly young and carry two flags: the Hungarian...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OPINION: The vital power of poetry written for page and stage
The 80th birthday of the poet Tony Harrison brought scholars from all over the world to London this week for a two-day conference topped off by an evening of recitals and reminiscences. There were fond anecdotes from the golden era of the National......
29/04/2017: OPINION: The lesson from Trump’s 100 days: resistance works
Is anyone surprised that Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have confirmed him to be a dangerous, reckless bigot; a kleptocrat who puts the financial interests of his family first, closely followed by the wealth of his fellow billionaires; a...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OPINION: Banning books is tempting, but it’s a bad idea
This campaign to get Manchester University to remove from open display the books of the Holocaust denier David Irving has now been backed by the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. It reminds me of my own experiences browsing through......
29/04/2017: LETTERS: Slave traders like Colston should not be forgotten
Unlike many of those who campaigned to get the name of Colston Hall changed (Hall drops slave trader’s name after years of bitter debate in Bristol, 27 April), I am a Bristolian born and bred, and I am so incensed that the management has kowtowed to......
29/04/2017: LETTERS: Publishers to blame for poor ebook sales
Your feature on the failure of the ebook to take over the world (‘Kindles now look clunky and unhip’, G2, 27 April) did not mention one of the most obvious reasons – the lack of any realistic price differential with print versions. H is for Hawk, one......
29/04/2017: LETTERS: Shameful shutdown of proper election debate
You report (27 April) that the UK has slipped further down the press freedom rankings. This is not the only freedom currently under attack. The Economic and Social Research Council has instructed all grant holders not to “publish anything that has the......
29/04/2017: LETTERS: Fears grow of coup in Venezuela
We note the growing concern across Latin America that elements of the right wing within Venezuela have called again for the ousting of the elected president, Nicolás Maduro – including overt calls on the military to oust the president – before the......
29/04/2017: LETTERS: Our actors upstaged by weather presenters
Hurrah for Dame Judi Dench (Get off the sofa and learn your Shakespeare, Dench tells young actors, 28 April). The first requirement of an actor or broadcaster is TO BE HEARD. I am considering giving up attending provincial theatre, as I rarely manage......
29/04/2017: LETTERS: A line of beauty
‘This is an image of an unusual wave pattern on the Dorset coast. The waves, interacting with the edges of the cove, create interference and produce such an extraordinary line’... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: LETTERS: Corrections and clarifications
• An article about Tate asking workers to donate funds for a gift of a boat for its departing director said many of the gallery’s staff are not paid the London living wage, including those employed by the agency Securitas. All staff employed by Tate......
29/04/2017: LETTERS: Recognising the value of visual artists
I concur with Martin Jennings (Letters, 17 April) that Millicent Fawcett is the right feminist for a new statue and with Amelia Rowcroft (Letters, 19 April), when she makes the valid point about “big name artists” employing other artists to do the......
29/04/2017: OPINION: With May the snowflake in charge, this is health and safety gone mad
‘Ithink everyone is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary,” declared Theresa May last year. In which case, why is she conducting her election in one? Everything for which May specifically lambasted university students – terror of...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OPINION: Children can’t play if they can’t breathe
As lame excuses go, this one was pretty near legless. The government was meant to be revealing its plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide air pollution last Monday. Instead, the previous Friday, it applied to the high court to delay publication until after......
29/04/2017: OBITUARIES: Magdalena Abakanowicz
The Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, who has died aged 86, could trace her lineage back to Genghis Khan. At least, that was the family legend. As a child in the 1930s, she had privileges that were soon to be destroyed by the second world war and...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OBITUARIES: Birthdays
Today’s birthdays: Andre Agassi, tennis player, 47; Prof Helen Atkinson, graduate dean, Leicester University, 57; Frank Auerbach, painter, 86; Dean Bell, rugby league player, 55; Bob Bryan, tennis player, 39; Mike Bryan, tennis player, 39; Lady (Lynda)...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OBITUARIES: Ken Harrap
Ken Harrap, who has died aged 85, was a pioneer in the development of anti-cancer drugs. The research he directed over several decades in Britain resulted in the discovery of three registered cancer drugs, carboplatin, raltitrexed and abiraterone,...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OBITUARIES: Rosemary Summers
My sister, Rosemary Summers, who has died aged 85, was a general practitioner who demonstrated her generosity of spirit not just through her work but by throwing open her large house in Cambridge to anyone who had become a little lost in the...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OBITUARIES: Deke Leonard
My friend Deke Leonard, who has died aged 72, was a legend of Welsh prog rock, who formed the group Man with Micky Jones in 1968. He made numerous albums and television and radio appearances, and in recent years wrote four critically acclaimed...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OBITUARIES: Barry Lane
My husband, Barry Lane, who has died aged 72, was the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford (now known as Modern Art Oxford), and established it as an important venue for contemporary visual arts. He was born in Watford, Hertfordshire;...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: OBITUARIES: Maslanka’s answers
Pyrgic puzzles: 1 It is a recent habit — in Pedanticus’s view, a deplorable one; and one that has taken hold on the BBC — to insert an extra syllable between a simple verb ending le –ing in a consonant + and the ending by which we construct our......
29/04/2017: REVIEWS: How My Light Is Spent
Jimmy, who is 34 and lives with his mum, can’t pinpoint the exact moment that he began to disappear. Yet he wakes up one morning to discover that his hands have gone, to be followed by his ears and other extremities, creating a profound sense of panic...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: REVIEWS: Screaming is such sweet sorrow
Daniel Kramer, director of this dismal production and part of the artistic team at English National Opera, says in the programme that music is central to his thinking. It’s a pity his love of music doesn’t extend to Shakespeare’s language. I’m not......
29/04/2017: REVIEWS: It’s enough to put you off your mutton flaps
I can’t say I wasn’t warned. “The film does contain some medical procedures,” said Krishnan Guru-Murthy, introducing Unreported World: Obesity in Paradise (Channel 4). Even so, I found it shocking. At the diabetic foot clinic in Samoa, 41-year-old...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MONEY: Still got a paper fiver in your wallet? Well you should spend it now!
In the biggest changeover in currency since decimalisation. On Friday 5 May the paper £5 note will no longer be legal tender – yet as recently as the start of April there were still 160m of them in Britain’s wallets, money boxes and (if you’re lucky)...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MONEY: Tallow campaigner continues fight
The man behind the vegan protests against traces of animal fat found in the polymer £5 note – and which will also be in the new £10 note – says he is preparing to take legal action against the Bank of England, writes Patrick Collinson. It emerged in...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MONEY: Back to the 1990s
The outgoing fiver, technically known as the series E note, first appeared in June 1990, although the note that it replaced (featuring the Duke of Wellington on the reverse) didn’t stop being legal tender until the end of November 1991. Back then five......
29/04/2017: MONEY: In my humble opinion …
Our work canteen recently closed, and after a month of ham sandwiches I really need some inspiration. I’m looking for quick-to-make, healthy-ish recipes, ideally for around £2.50 a day. Can you help bring back some joy to my lunches, please? •...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MONEY: Whiplash – the myth that funds a £20bn gravy train
Ten years ago I was in a country lane in Leicestershire, indicating to turn right to go into a hotel for a family event. Seconds later my car was a write-off after a young driver careered round the bend, smashing into the rear of my VW Golf....... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MONEY: Home and away
Home Tal-y-Llyn, Gwynedd This former rectory lies at the foot of a mountain, overlooking another across a Snowdonian lake. With permission from a nearby hotel you can fish for brown trout. Three of the four bedrooms are en suite, and it’s earned its...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: FRAUD: Scammers turn their sights on youth teams
Treasurers of community groups and small charities have been warned to be extremely wary after a youth football club was conned out of more than £28,000 by fraudsters using a fake email scam. The Reading-based Laurel Park FC says it has had to suspend...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MONEY: Is Triodos the ethical player that will finally do away with the Co-op?
Perhaps you are looking for a more ethical home for your current account cash. Or maybe you are a Co-operative Bank customer who is considering closing your account following its wellpublicised troubles. If either of those sound like you – or perhaps......
29/04/2017: MONEY: A positive change
Sally Murrall-Smith is one of those planning to sign up for Triodos’s current account. The 38-year-old who lives in Totnes, Devon, says she has always been interested in the environment. She has been a NatWest customer for decades but intends to jump...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MONEY: Tax raids gone ... but likely not forgotten
A planned tax raid affecting more than two million people is one of several measures in the finance bill to be dropped, it emerged this week. It follows the decision to hold a snap general election on 8 June, which means ministers are having to rush......
29/04/2017: MONEY: How safe is it?
Some people may feel uneasy about signing up with a bank headquartered in the Netherlands when Britain is poised to leave the European Union. While most banks offering products to consumers have a UK banking licence and £85,000 Financial Services......
29/04/2017: HOUSING: Our flat was perfect … until a restaurant opened below
When my partner and I saw a lovely firstfloor Victorian apartment in Harringay, north London, in 2007, we dived in. The flat was large, the period features intact, the area was on the up and the price was good. The only drawback was that it was above...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: HOUSING: Wary lenders steer clear
The change to permitted development rights (PDR) may encourage surveyors to down-value flats above shops, and could even make them un-mortgageable, say property experts. Richard Sexton, director of e.surv, Britain’s biggest firm of valuers, says:......
29/04/2017: CONSUMER CHAMPIONS: The weekly column that fights for your rights
Last November I left my VW Golf at an east London garage to have some warranty work carried out on the audio system. A day later I got a call from my insurer Bell – part of Admiral – telling me the car had been involved in an accident. Following...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: DEAR JEREMY: Problems at work? Our agony uncle – and you the readers – have the answers
Is it worthwhile using a CV-writing service when applying for jobs? I’ve been with the same organisation for seven years, slowly progressing with promotions, increased responsibility etc. I’ve been able to gain experience in different areas and...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MEMBERSHIP: How your feedback is helping shape our digital journalism
As Guardian members, subscribers and contributors, your financial commitment makes our journalism possible. But we also see our relationship with our readers as being about much more than money. We are collaborators, working together to shine a light...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: MEMBERSHIP: The article that changed my view on … The dairy industry
I read Chas Newkey-Burden’s opinion piece Dairy is scary: the public are waking up to the darkest part of farming last month and was struck by how candid it was. It describes in detail the process of dairy production, and the unethical practices at...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: WEATHER & CROSSWORD: Guardian cryptic crossword
On 23 April Paul ran the London Marathon for charity in memory of his older brother Paul. At each of the 26 mile posts he was shown a solution from a grid compiled by Imogen, for which he had to set a clue before reaching the next one. This is the...... Pubdate:
29/04/2017: WEATHER & CROSSWORD: Country Diary
Pliers and rubber rings, a tub of aquamarine dye, plastic ID ear tags … Rodney Beresford lays out the tools of his trade on a flat-topped boulder. It’s lambing time, and he is here in the sheepfold to dock tails and castrate the days-old males. For......