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1h 11m High levels of sexual harassment reported by professional UK musicians
The Guardian
A new study by Incorporated Society of Musicians has found that 60% of those who responded had experienced sexual abuse, in what is deemed a ‘toxic culture’ A survey of around 600 professional musicians has uncovered a culture of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in orchestras, bands and music education in the UK. The survey was conducted by the
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1h 23m Can Field Day survive a move to south London?
The Independent
Its new home Brockwell Park, like many central London venues, is not exactly hospitable to electronic music
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Kylie on how ageing, breast cancer and Nick Cave all influenced her greatest hits1h 32m Kylie on how ageing, breast cancer and Nick Cave all influenced her greatest hits
The Guardian
The Australian pop great picks out her favourite songs of a three-decade career, from escaping the creative boredom of the Kylie & Jason years to the dancefloor classics of her new album, Golden
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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner lists the songs that inspired new album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino1h 46m Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner lists the songs that inspired new album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
The Independent
The musician was listening to a wide range of artists while writing the group's sixth record
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BBC shelves Human Planet over whale-hunting breach1h 49m BBC shelves Human Planet over whale-hunting breach
The Guardian
Broadcaster withdraws series from distribution amid doubts over harpooning scene
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1h 51m Dancing with death: the murky ethics of filming people in life-threatening danger
The Guardian
The Deminer follows a Kurdish mine-disposal expert as he risks life and limb every day. But are documentary-makers – and the audience – complicit?
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2h Turner Prize 2018 shortlist announced: researchers take on filmmakers
The Independent
Dealing with topics ranging from post-colonial identity to police violence
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Turner prize shortlist pits academic group against film-makers2h Turner prize shortlist pits academic group against film-makers
The Guardian
Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson in contention for prize An academic collective that investigates crimes and injustice and that comprises architects, film-makers, musicologists, investigative journalists, lawyers and scientists has been nominated for the
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2h A Spy Named Orphan by Roland Philipps review – the Enigma of Donald Maclean
The Guardian
An effective counter to ‘He-Man’ espionage history, this humane study emphasises the Cambridge spy’s strength of political feelingFor generations the history of espionage has been dominated by He-Men. Wrapping themselves in the union flag, trampling down subtleties, recycling one another’s hoary old half-truths, mixing wrathful indignation with false bonhomie à la Farage, they churned out their crude and misleading potboilers. It was a heavily gendered approach, with good blokes and bad, black and white, straight and bent. Improvements began in this century with Miranda
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George RR Martin: a new Game of Thrones book is coming …3h Updated George RR Martin: a new Game of Thrones book is coming …
The Guardian
But it won’t be The Winds of Winter, the planned sixth volume of the series. Instead author has revealed a history of the Targaryen dynasty, due in November George RR Martin
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3h Waterstones bookshops bought by investment firm Elliott Advisors
The Guardian
Chief executive James Daunt, who has guided the retailer back to profit and will remain in post, hails the deal as testament to ‘old-fashioned bookselling’ Britain’s largest book chain, Waterstones, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by the private investment firm Elliott Advisors. James Daunt,
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Absolute Hell, National Theatre, London, review: Sparkling production captures post-war Soho 4h Absolute Hell, National Theatre, London, review: Sparkling production captures post-war Soho
The Independent
Rodney Ackland's drama about the dissolute denizens of a nightclub caused a scandal in 1952 – and still feels fresh today
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Turner Prize 2018 rewards art activists tackling crime, rights and race4h Updated Turner Prize 2018 rewards art activists tackling crime, rights and race
BBC
Forensic Architecture uncovers and exhibits facts about crimes and rights abuses.
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5h Arkady by Patrick Langley review – a bleak, oblique dystopia
The Guardian
This stylish debut following two brothers through a version of London in the grip of a sinister regime is a distinctly post-Brexit novel A few years ago, marking essays for a class I taught on the city in literature, I was struck by the fact that most students wrote their final papers on post-apocalyptic cityscapes. I took to Facebook to vent my surprise: “What is going on with the youth?” I asked. A friend replied: “Dystopia
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Alexandra Palace’s ‘hidden’ theatre to reopen after £18.8m restoration5h Alexandra Palace’s ‘hidden’ theatre to reopen after £18.8m restoration
The Guardian
Performers to grace the Victorian stage in London after a gap of 80 years, once lottery-funded revamp finishes this summer For the first time in more than 80 years, regular performances are to be staged at a huge, abandoned, Victorian theatre hidden inside Alexandra Palace, north London.
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George RR Martin says a new Game of Thrones book is coming …6h George RR Martin says a new Game of Thrones book is coming …
The Guardian
But it won’t be The Winds of Winter, the planned sixth volume of the series. Instead author has revealed a history of the Targaryen dynasty, due in November George RR Martin
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Kate Bush creates Emily Bronte moors memorial7h Kate Bush creates Emily Bronte moors memorial
BBC
The singer's words about the Wuthering Heights author will be carved in stone.
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7h Kate Bush makes second tribute to Emily Brontë with art installation
The Guardian
Carol Ann Duffy, Jeanette Winterson and Jackie Kay also set to celebrate Brontë sisters’ legacy Kate Bush is to make her second tribute to Emily Brontë, providing words for a permanent art installation on the
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Nothing Like a Dame review – wildly enjoyable banter with Dench, Atkins, Smith and Plowright7h Nothing Like a Dame review – wildly enjoyable banter with Dench, Atkins, Smith and Plowright
The Guardian
Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright engage in a round-table war of theatrical anecdotes in this brutally funny film
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Ken Loach should be denied doctorate, says Belgian PM in antisemitism row8h Ken Loach should be denied doctorate, says Belgian PM in antisemitism row
The Guardian
Charles Michel says comments about Israel mean the Free University of Brussels should drop plan to honour the film director Belgium’s prime minister has criticised one of the country’s leading universities over its plan to honour the film director Ken Loach, following complaints that it has overlooked alleged antisemitism. In a speech at Brussels Grand Synagogue to mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s foundation, Charles Michel said on Wednesday night that Loach’s comments about Israel and its policy towards Palestinians justified the withdrawal of the honour.
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Trump thanks Kanye West for Twitter compliments11h Trump thanks Kanye West for Twitter compliments
BBC
The US rapper says he and the president share "dragon energy" and calls Mr Trump his "brother".
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Photos that tell the story of the past 75 years14h Photos that tell the story of the past 75 years
BBC
A new US exhibition shows off some of the most striking news photos of the past seven decades.
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16h Britain’s Fat Fight With Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall review: mischief with a message
The Guardian
The celebrity chef and food campaigner is taking on obesity by doorstepping cereal giants and flogging cabbages in Newcastle – and it seems to be having an effect If you are in the food industry, the last thing you want popping into your inbox is an email from
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19h Fleetwood Mac announce tour and speak out about Lindsey Buckingham's departure
The Independent
The longtime guitarist's separation from the band came down to a 'scheduling conflict'
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Is Westworld exquisitely intricate or just overly complicated?19h Is Westworld exquisitely intricate or just overly complicated?
The Independent
A fortnightly podcast deep dive into film and television
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20h Anthony Neilson: Does #MeToo need a liberal male sticking his oar in?
The Guardian
In The Prudes, the playwright satirises men’s response to the current political moment. He explains how it was created from scratch in rehearsals First day of rehearsals. Really happy to be back at the Royal Court, where I’ve had productions under each of the last four regimes. Despite the Court’s standing, it’s still small enough that you interact with all the departments on a daily basis. It is the theatre whose mission statement most resembles my own, and one of the few that will let me work the way I prefer. For good or ill, without the Court I wouldn’t exist as the artist I am.
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The Leavers, Lucy Ko, review: Dialogue Books' launch title is a multifaceted portrait of displacement 20h The Leavers, Lucy Ko, review: Dialogue Books' launch title is a multifaceted portrait of displacement
The Independent
This acclaimed American debut is now the first book published by Little, Brown's new British publishing imprint dedicated to inclusivity
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BuzzFeed partners with Netflix for documentary series20h BuzzFeed partners with Netflix for documentary series
BBC
The series, which launches in July, will go behind-the-scenes as journalists pursue stories.
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Auschwitz rap: German Echo music prize scrapped in anti-Semitism row20h Updated Auschwitz rap: German Echo music prize scrapped in anti-Semitism row
BBC
Germany's music industry abolishes its Echo prize after an outcry over its award to a rap duo.
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Summer reading: The debut novelists to know this year20h Summer reading: The debut novelists to know this year
The Independent
From sprawling family sagas to witty workplace dramas, this clutch of first novels will grip, disturb and delight
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Crazy Rich Asians: can the romcom be a gamechanger for representation?21h Crazy Rich Asians: can the romcom be a gamechanger for representation?
The Guardian
Hollywood has been reluctant to take a chance on east Asian and south-east Asian stories. But a seductive, crowd-pleasing comedy is following US TV’s lead in bringing their voices to the screen
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21h Thandie Newton claims Time's Up movement didn't want her involvement: 'I wasn't hot enough'
The Independent
Actor says she found it 'very painful' not being included after previously being 'ostracised' for speaking out about allegedly sexual abuse
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22h Germany scraps top music prize in antisemitism row
The Guardian
Echo awards axed amid backlash over prize-winning rappers who compared themselves to Auschwitz prisoners Germany’s biggest music prize is being abolished after one of this year’s awards was given to a rap album allegedly containing antisemitic lyrics. “The Echo brand is so badly damaged that a complete new beginning is necessary,” the Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) said on Wednesday afternoon.
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22h John Trengrove interview: The Wound director on using a male circumcision to explore queer black masculinity
The Independent
His award-winning debut film is based around the Ukwaluka, an initiation ceremony practiced by the Xhosa people of South Africa
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The Deminer review – heartstopping tale of heroic bomb disposal expert22h The Deminer review – heartstopping tale of heroic bomb disposal expert
The Guardian
Hair-raising moments punctuate this home-movie-like documentary about a Kurdish officer disarming booby-trap devices set by jihadis in Iraq There are moments of great tension in this film about the work of an extraordinarily brave
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Movies You Might Have Missed: Brawl in Cell Block 9 23h Movies You Might Have Missed: Brawl in Cell Block 9
The Independent
S. Craig Zahler's action movie is one of the most wildly entertaining pictures of recent years
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Strictly Ballroom: Not many 10s for West End musical23h Strictly Ballroom: Not many 10s for West End musical
BBC
The West End stage version of Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film struggles to dazzle critics.
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23h Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery – a wizarding fantasy on your phone?
The Guardian
The first Harry Potter game in years is out today on Android and iPhone. Here’s what to expect I won’t lie: on my 11th birthday, a tiny part of me hoped that I might get a letter from Hogwarts. By that age I had long accepted that my toys would not spring to life, I would not find a snowy fantasy realm in the back of a closet, and I was not a secret warrior princess – but the existence of a secret school in the Highlands of Scotland still seemed just possible. Edinburgh’s Fettes College was down the road from where I grew up; I imagined Hogwarts would be much the same, but for wizards instead of extremely posh children. The first Harry Potter game in more than five years, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, attempts to fulfil that childhood fantasy. Released today for Android and iPhone, it is a gentle narrative game that offers a pared-down Hogwarts experience, letting you pick your house, form friendships and rivalries and master spells in the famous castle. I was really hoping it would be good. On first impressions, it’s not the lazy cash-in I’d feared.
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The Deminer review: The tale of a legendary bomb disposal expert23h The Deminer review: The tale of a legendary bomb disposal expert
The Independent
Like the main character in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, the "deminer" is addicted to his work in spite of its risks
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The Wound review: Sensitive and insightful South African drama24h The Wound review: Sensitive and insightful South African drama
The Independent
There is a surprising twist too at the end of this unsettling rites of passage story
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Beast review: An impressive debut feature for Michael Pearce24h Beast review: An impressive debut feature for Michael Pearce
The Independent
A very arresting debut with a primal intensity about it that atones for the occasional clumsiness and contrivances in the plotting
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25h US actress Rose McGowan: Weinstein tried to text me
BBC
US actress Rose McGowan tells the Victoria Derbyshire show Harvey Weinstein has tried to contact her.
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World of Sport Wrestling to return to British TV screens25h World of Sport Wrestling to return to British TV screens
BBC
World of Sport Wrestling will feature top UK stars 30 years after the original favourite ended.
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Avengers: Infinity War review – a supremely entertaining showdown in grand Marvel tradition25h Updated Avengers: Infinity War review – a supremely entertaining showdown in grand Marvel tradition
The Guardian
Supersized set pieces, sharp one-liners and surprising deaths abound in the Russo brothers’ colossal and utterly confident comic-book movie mash-up
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26h Robert Downey Jr. says he wrote some of the fake scenes for Avengers: Infinity War
The Independent
'As a good company man, they've indoctrinated me to the point where I was like Manchurian Candidate'
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26h Dave Eggers interview: 'Young readers are the purest. They're so honest.'
The Independent
The best-selling author of 'The Circle' on why he's turned to magical-realism for kids to explain our current place in the world
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Avengers: Infinity War review – a wildly entertaining showdown in grand Marvel tradition26h Avengers: Infinity War review – a wildly entertaining showdown in grand Marvel tradition
The Guardian
Supersized set pieces, sharp one-liners and surprising deaths abound in the Russo brothers’ colossal and utterly confident comic-book movie mash-up
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Allison Mack: Smallville actor allegedly tried to recruit Emma Watson to 'sex cult'26h Allison Mack: Smallville actor allegedly tried to recruit Emma Watson to 'sex cult'
The Independent
Mack contacted Watson to advertise what she described as an 'amazing women's movement'
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Avengers: Infinity War earns five-star reviews27h Avengers: Infinity War earns five-star reviews
BBC
Reviews for Marvel's superhero get-together applaud its ambition, though not every critic is a fan.
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The Handmaid's Tale season 2 episode 1 review: Elisabeth Moss stuns in harrowing showstopper27h The Handmaid's Tale season 2 episode 1 review: Elisabeth Moss stuns in harrowing showstopper
The Independent
The opener flings the series - now off-book - into uncharted world-expanding directions
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Sierra Boggess: Broadway star pulls out of BBC West Side Story Prom27h Sierra Boggess: Broadway star pulls out of BBC West Side Story Prom
BBC
Sierra Boggess withdraws from a West Side Story performance after complaints about "whitewashing".
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27h Ibrahim Nasrallah wins Arabic fiction prize with novel of dystopian extremists
The Guardian
The Second War of the Dog wins Palestinian author $50,000 and an English translation of the book he calls ‘a warning of what we could become in the future’ Ibrahim Nasrallah has won the International prize for Arabic fiction with The Second War of the Dog, a novel hailed by the judges as “a masterful vision of a dystopian future in a nameless country”. Along with the $50,000 cheque – one of the richest prizes in fiction – Nasrallah has also been awarded funds for an English translation of the novel. Announcing the winner, chair of judges Ibrahim Al Saafin praised The Second War of the Dog for its use of techniques drawn from fantasy and science fiction. “It exposes the tendency towards brutality inherent in society,” he said, “imagining a time where human and moral values have been discarded and anything is permissible, even the buying and selling of human souls.”
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27h Top 10 books about council housing
The Guardian
Public housing in the UK improved the lives of millions, but has left little trace in literature. John Boughton unlocks the door to the unsung history of council homes Well over a third of Britons lived in council homes at their peak in the early 1980s, and yet the subject of public housing is hardly to be found on bookshelves. There is some good academic writing, and there are some decent local histories – though traditional works are more likely to be taken by a surviving Georgian townhouse than a neo-Georgian council estate – but you’ll struggle to find anything in the mainstream. And in literary fiction, authentic interest in or real knowledge of the lives of the millions who have lived in council homes over the years is almost nonexistent. Journalism has filled the gap – once celebratory, but latterly often demonising and sensationalist as one-time municipal dreams were designated nightmares. Awareness has only revived more recently, as the renewed failure of the free market to provide the decent, affordable homes we need has become more stark, and – more darkly – in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire.
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Kanye West is leaving 'the traditional music business'28h Kanye West is leaving 'the traditional music business'
The Independent
The rapper has parted ways with both of his current managers, reportedly intending to move all operations in-house
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Kanye West reaffirms vow to run for president in 202428h Kanye West reaffirms vow to run for president in 2024
The Independent
Kanye West's recent Twitter barrage has taken a turn towards the political over the last couple of days, with West expressing his appreciation of black conservative commentator Candace Owens and discussing his desire to 'challenge conventional black thought'.
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Joanna Lumley says 'we mustn't deride all men' in wake of Hollywood sex scandal29h Joanna Lumley says 'we mustn't deride all men' in wake of Hollywood sex scandal
The Independent
Ab Fab star recently hosted the Bafta awards where attendees wore black as a symbol of solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and harassment
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Christina Aguilera does Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and Melissa McCarthy29h Christina Aguilera does Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and Melissa McCarthy
The Independent
Singer showed off her incredible voice in the latest episode with the Late Late Show host
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Dictator Literature by Daniel Kalder review – the deathly prose of dicklit30h Dictator Literature by Daniel Kalder review – the deathly prose of dicklit
The Guardian
Mein Kampf is drivel, but what about Stalin’s poetry and Mussolini’s bodice-ripper? And does an autocrat lurk within every dreadful writer?
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The Simpsons' Hank Azaria willing to stop voicing Apu: 'It just feels like the right thing to do'30h The Simpsons' Hank Azaria willing to stop voicing Apu: 'It just feels like the right thing to do'
The Independent
'I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel'
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Blossoms on the essence of cool 24 Apr 8:10pm Blossoms on the essence of cool
BBC
The indie band discuss their new album, Cool Like You, and why Noel Gallagher is a "freak of nature".
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Blue palace: Blenheim to celebrate colour visionary Yves Klein 24 Apr 7:01pm Blue palace: Blenheim to celebrate colour visionary Yves Klein
The Guardian
Work by artist – famed for his intense ultramarine hue – to feature in ancestral home of the Churchills There will be no naked women rolling in searingly blue paint at Blenheim Palace this summer, but the stupendously grand rooms will hold some of the most famous paintings by the French artist Yves Klein – the Anthropometry series created at live events for which he used volunteers as human paint brushes.
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