23/10/2016: FRONT PAGE: A SINGULAR MAN
Ahead of his new movie, Nocturnal Animals, fashion designer turned film director Tom Ford talks to Tim Lewis about family, eccentricity and happiness... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: CONTENTS: Feedback
With his refusal to react with a desire for violence and revenge, Antoine has negated the glory of those who perpetrate such heinous crimes. An amazing man (Antoine Leiris on losing his wife in the Paris attacks last year, cover story, last week)....... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: CONTENTS: MULTIMEDIA
Assignment – share your images of what ‘eerie’ means to you at witness.theguardian.com Gallery – the last residents of east London’s Robin Hood Gardens estate the guardian.com/artanddesign Showcase – original photography commissioned for the Observer......
23/10/2016: AGENDA: On my radar
1 | TV documentary The World at War (1973-74) This is a 26-part TV series about the second world war; I watch the box set from time to time. It’s narrated by Laurence Olivier, who had the most mesmerising voice. Although it’s from the 70s, that’s...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: AGENDA: Susan Greenfield
Baroness Susan Greenfield was born in London and studied experimental psychology at Oxford, gaining her DPhil in 1977. Her work focuses on the physiology of the brain, with an emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and on the...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: AGENDA: Richard Reed
In 1999 at the age of 26, Richard Reed quit his job in advertising to set up smoothie and juice company Innocent Drinks with fellow Cambridge graduates Adam Balon and Jon Wright. In 2009 Coca-Cola bought an 18% stake in the company; by 2013 it owned...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: AGENDA: Can’t we agree to just not have Heathrow at all?
Is climate change still happening? You don’t hear so much about it, do you? It’s like the Doctor Who reboot – I presume it’s still going on, but it’s struggling to stay in the headlines. These days it’s all Bake Off , Trump, Isis and Poldark. It must...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: COVER STORY: ‘ WHAT MOST PEOPLE KNOW OF ME IS A PRODUCT. IT’S A BILLBOARD, A SELLING TOOL’
As I enter the hotel suite, Tom Ford stands in silhouette against an industrial, ceiling-height window, the light refracted behind him in a sunburst. It’s an irresistible image, so perfect it almost had to be composed: both man and room shown off to...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: PEOPLE: ‘ I STILL GET ANGRY. I JUST CHOOSE TO USE MY ANGER AS A MEANS FOR CHANGING THINGS’
‘Everybody has fear,” says Albert Woodfox. “Fear is the soul telling the body that it’s in danger. Some people overcome that fear. I overcame it by having a cause. That’s what the party told me: always be honourable, always serve the people.” Woodfox,...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: LANGUAGE: LIKE, WHAT’S NOT TO DIG ABOUT SLANG?
Slang has always fascinated me. My father, who grew up in the council estates of Slough during the second world war, knew slang words for most situations, good and bad, which I would hear regularly around the house as a child. Somewhere in my early...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: LANGUAGE: CRIB
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23/10/2016: LANGUAGE: FLY
Now associated with the hip-hop fraternity, fly – a term of approval meaning smart, aware, capable – was in use in London 200 years ago, recorded in the third edition of Francis Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811): ‘FLY. Knowing.......
23/10/2016: LANGUAGE: RAP
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23/10/2016: LANGUAGE: LIKE
Prefacing everyother soundsmodern, ‘like’ there first. the beatniks In a Popeyewere the sailorcomicof 1960, closesdown fatheropened in his cellar, his the latter prompting toobject ‘Popeye and ‘He’s LikeDon’t Wasted’. Dig It’...
23/10/2016: LANGUAGE: PUNK
with the music Forever associated it began as a revolution of 1976, a prostitute, first slang name for a Shakespeare was recorded when murder trial of Mary boy. At the 1722 called her a ‘nasty Bolton, a witness ugly Puss, and draggle tail’d toad,......
23/10/2016: INTERVIEW: Last of the great outsiders
In the late 1660s, after the Great Fire, building began on land then known to Londoners as Henry VIII’s Royal Park. It used to be fields around there, save for a few cottages. The area was primed to be one of London’s grandest neighbourhoods, one of...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: SCIENCE & TECH: REALITY, UPGRADED?
While Dorothy, blue-skirted and pigtailed, clutching a wicker basket and a bewildered dog under her arm, surveys the weird flowers and pygmy huts around her, she’s sure of just one thing: she’s not in Kansas any more. L Frank Baum’s character was, it...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: SCIENCE & TECH: From stargazing to bone-labelling... 10 apps that are enhancing reality
1 PRYNT This crowdfunded adaptor attaches to your smartphone, allowing you to instantly print out 2x3in photos. Also when you take a picture, the Prynt app automatically records a digital video and creates a link to that photo on your phone. 2...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: SCIENCE & TECH: We can see clearer now
New visions of the brain and body’s detailed operations will be unveiled by a suite of medical scanners being opened this week. The newly refurbished Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre in the University of Cambridge has been equipped with some of the world’s...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: SCIENCE & TECH: ‘IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT STARS AND QUANTUM WEIRDNESS. IT’S ABOUT DAILY LIFE’
Helen Czerski has the coolest job in science – she’s a bubble scientist. Or, to give her her full title, she’s a physicist and oceanographer at University College London. When she’s not doing that, you’ve probably seen her on telly as a science...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: SCIENCE & TECH: Do you want your shower to help Russian hackers?
My eye was caught by a Kickstarter campaign for a gizmo called a SWON, described as “a connected conservation device for your shower”. You unscrew the shower head, screw on the SWON and then screw the head back on to it. From then on, water goes...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: CRITICS: A battle cry for the dispossessed
I, Daniel Blake (100 mins, 15) Directed by Ken Loach; starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Kema Sikazwe, Briana Shann Ken Loach’s latest Palme d’Or winner, his second after 2006’s The Wind that Shakes the Barley , packs a hefty punch, both personal...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: FILM: Chess story with all the right moves Sonita Ouija: Origin of Evil
Queen of Katwe (125 mins, PG) Directed by Mira Nair; starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, Martin Kabanza Here’s a mainstream movie set in Africa that’s not about conflict zones, has an entirely black speaking cast, and is centred...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: FILM: Films that offer new ways to see
In a pretty limp week for mainstream DVD releases, two of the year’s most startling documentaries redeem the pile. The first, Notes on Blindness (Curzon Artificial Eye, U), bends the form most liberally, fusing archival material, performance and highly...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: CLASSICAL: The aye-ayes have it…
Britten’s opera opens biliously – the seasick swell lulls you into a true sense of insecurity. Billy Budd is as much an endurance test to watch as Shakespeare’s Othello (its librettists, EM Forster and Eric Crozier, were aware of the echo). Orpha...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: CLASSICAL: Q& A
In his Late Style series, which he is playing across the US, Italy, the Netherlands and in London – at Milton Court, Barbican on 8 November, returning next year – the American pianist Jonathan Biss, 36, explores the music Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin,...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: TV + RADIO: Across the pond life
As if America didn’t have enough to contend with, in Paxman on Trump v Clinton: Divided America , Jeremy Paxman travelled to the US to ask: “What on earth has happened to a truly great democracy that the choice is so awful?” Post-Brexit, any critique...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: TV + RADIO: What would happen if Trump won?
Aside from “liking” anti-Trump memes, putting thumbs up by Michelle Obama’s righteous feminism vids and worrying about Hillary’s dubious past, what else can we do? We can’t vote. But we can listen to people who know more than us. And no, I don’t mean...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: ART: Wry rhapsodies in blue
Yves Klein was a joker, a thinker and an extreme provocateur. In his dragonfly life – born in 1928, dead of heart failure at 34 – he became France’s most notorious artist. He patented a shade of blue – International Klein Blue, in fact just ordinary...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: ART: THREE MORE TO SEE…
Artes Mundi 7 National Museum, Cardiff; until 26 Feb Shortlisted artists for the international prize include Bedwyr Williams, John Akomfrah and Neil Beloufa. Paul Brandford: The World at War Stockport Art Gallery; until 29 Nov Terrific show of......
23/10/2016: THEATRE: A suitable case for treatment
Musical theatre has been a timid thing over the past 20 years. Cautious in its sounds and its subjects. I remember only three shows that have shaken me. Shockheaded Peter , Jerry Springer: The Opera and London Road . Now A Pacifist’s Guide to the War...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: THEATRE: Specialist in all styles
Jérôme Bel is a French choreographer whose work challenges the conventions of dance as an art form. What constitutes a performance? Who performs, and who is excluded? Contemporary dance, Bel has said, is “dead”. His intention is “to destroy the dream...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: THEATRE: Grain in the Blood
Set in a present that could be any time, on a remote Scottish farm that could as easily be in the American midwest, Rob Drummond’s new play feels like a 19th-century melodrama filtered through a noir thriller sensibility, spiced with a dash of Hammer...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: THEATRE: THREE MORE TO SEE…
What Shadows Ian McDiarmid plays Enoch Powell, in the city in which Powell delivered his 1968 “rivers of blood” speech. Roxana Silbert directs. Birmingham Rep; Wed to 12 Nov. Comus Lucy Bailey directs Milton’s “masque in honour of chastity” in......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: Bleak and brilliant: that’s the way to say goodbye
The story goes that it was Leonard Cohen’s son Adam who pressed his father for a back-to-basics album, one where the most magnificent mutter in rock could operate unhindered by Cohen Sr’s taste for flamenco guitar and synths. We may have something as...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: RELEASES: Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
The fantasy genre is too often weighed down by Tolkien – all orcs this, elves that. Masquerada rejects this somewhat monotone palette and crafts an engrossing world full of magic, heroes and complicated politics inspired by Europe’s medieval......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: Paper Mario Color Splash
Paper Mario Color Splash is the fifth entry in Nintendo’s comedy actionRPG series, after the paper-craft aesthetic and card-based combat established in the disappointing Sticker Star . However, thanks to the witty writing and imaginative locales, it’s......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: The Tale of Doris and the Dragon
Doris is dead. An odd start to a game that boasts an even odder protagonist – a recently deceased septuagenarian trapped in purgatory, searching for her husband’s spirit with only a scouse dragon on tech support for assistance. Stranger still, forces......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: Hill; Boyle Piano Concertos Piers Lane, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra/Fritzsch (HYPERION)
Hyperion continue their Romantic piano concerto series with an intriguing disc of Australian examples, Piers Lane making a convincing case for his countrymen’s music. Alfred Hill’s 1941 concerto has a sunny disposition, with hardly a cloud in the sky,......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: Godowsky The Art of Transcription Laurent Wagschal (piano) (EVIDENCE)
Among all the virtuoso pianists who have embellished the music they play, Leopold Godowsky was one of the most extreme. His imaginative paraphrases go far beyond the bounds of mere transcription: SaintSaëns’s famous Swan is sugar-coated with......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: Josquin Masses: Di dadi, Une mousse de Biscaye The Tallis Scholars/Phillips (GIMMELL)
A throw of the dice will never abolish chance, wrote the French poet Mallarmé, showing the way for Boulez and Cage. Jumping back to the 1480s, Josquin played his own game of dice in his early Missa Di dadi (Dice Mass). The tenor part is marked, at the......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: Original cast recording/ David Bowie Lazarus (COLUMBIA)
This cast recording of the David Bowie jukebox musical was made the day his death was announced, which imbues the performances with a certain poignancy. But these takes on Changes, Heroes and Life on Mars? were always going to pale in comparison to the......
23/10/2016: RELEASES: The Pretenders Alone (BMG)
Chrissie Hynde proved to her fellow Ohioans that you could get out of Akron by playing music. Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys, the other famous band from Akron) took notes. Alone finds Hynde without her erstwhile bandmates, but in gnarly and......
23/10/2016: POP: Hear her roar
If we are living in an age of loneliness, Angel Olsen might just be the perfect voice for its soundtrack. The American singer-songwriter first emerged six years ago as a backing singer for the alt-country overlord Bonnie Prince Billy, but over the...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: BOOKS: Why a man’s man is his own worst enemy
It is a strangely embarrassing time to be a man. You only have to watch the news, or log on to Twitter, or just open your eyes, and you will see a man doing something atrocious. Very often the man we see is Donald Trump, but Trump is just the most...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: BOOKS: Great literature is more than just good fiction
On Tuesday, the Guildhall should witness one of contemporary Englishlanguage fiction’s good nights. The shortlist for the 2016 Man Booker prize is among the best, and most confident, of recent years. Chaired by Amanda Foreman, the jury will be choosing...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: BOOKS: Portrait of the biographer observing himself
There is a wonderful moment in Richard Holmes’s new book in which he describes himself gazing at a flowerbed of his own making. The flowerbed is abundant in “old friends” and its roses, anemones and potentillas are redolent of the memory of their......
23/10/2016: BOOKS: The dark side of the street
“My favourite thing,” Diane Arbus once said, “is to go where I’ve never been.” As Arthur Lubow’s deeply researched, sometimes prurient, new biography of the artist attests, she was not just speaking about her photography. The book is punctuated by...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: BOOKS: When Germany’s cunning plan for Lenin hit the buffers
On Easter Monday, 9 April 1917, allied troops went over the top on the first day of the Battle of Arras – an offensive that would take 160,000 British lives. On that same snowy morning, a small, bald Russian with a goatee beard, accompanied by his wife...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: BOOKS: Screen-age kicks all through the night…
I mistakenly expected David Thomson, the most imaginative and affectionate writer on cinema, to take a dim view of television. After all, the big screen usually treats the small screen with disdain. In Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows , widowed...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: BOOKS: Is this book a) clever, b) funny or c) both, but ultimately glib?
The structure of this intriguing little book draws on the national university entrance exam that Alejandro Zambra sat in his native Chile in 1993. Comprising 90 multiple-choice questions, it starts as comic wordplay but morphs gradually into a volley...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: BOOKS: The Road to Wigan Pier
George Orwell (1937)... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: CHARTS & PUZZLES: YOUR PICTURES OF… DOUBLE
Each Sunday we run a selection of contributions from a weekly themed photography assignment. To see a wider selection of readers’ entries each week go to theguardian.com/witness. Next theme: eerie (to appear 30 October). Share your photos of what...... Pubdate:
23/10/2016: CHARTS & PUZZLES: A quiz about events that happened on this day, 23 October, throughout history
1. On this day in 1739, Great Britain began fighting which country in the War of Jenkins’ Ear? 2. In 1918, Charlie Chaplin married the first of his four wives. What was her name? 3. Born on this day in 1954, who is the director of the film Crouching......
23/10/2016: CHARTS & PUZZLES: AZED
ACROSS 1 After church, longed to take a tea inside? Took certain steps (11) 11 Sloppy work is accepted by roofing specialist (8) 12 Backing raps, go at a lick (5) 13 Time in Scottish isle for a local spree (5) 14 Neck ornament from outfit that is......
23/10/2016: CHARTS & PUZZLES: CHESS
The annual Russian Championship Superfinal is under way in Novosibirsk and continues until Thursday. The successor to the magnificent series of Soviet championships from 1920-91, which at their peak were the world’s strongest annual tournaments, these......
23/10/2016: CHARTS & PUZZLES: KILLER
Normal Sudoku rules apply, except the numbers in the cells contained within grey lines add up to the figures in the corner. No number can be repeated within each shape formed by the grey lines....
23/10/2016: CHARTS & PUZZLES: SUDOKU
Fill in the blank cells using the numbers 1 to 9. Each number must appear just once in every row, column and 3x3 box....
23/10/2016: CHARTS & PUZZLES: SOLUTION NO. 3654
Everyman No. 3653 winners Richard Jackson, London David firth, Liversedge, West Yorkshire Fran Brogden, Southampton, Hants Ged Pole, Sleaford, Lincs FJ Chalton, Liverpool...