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51m In the key of F: Harriet Harman on why musical creativity is not a male preserve
The Guardian
If you go to a concert by Trinity Laban Conservatoire this season, at least half the works you hear will be by female composers. By reclaiming the neglected sounds of the past, it hopes to encourage future women Creativity is a miracle and a blessing that needs to be nurtured and celebrated wherever it springs from. And a diversity of creators only enhances and deepens the creative landscape. So, as chair of
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1h 18m By refusing to book female headliners, Reading and Leeds are keeping themselves on the wrong side of history
The Independent
By 2019, Reading and Leeds will have hosted just one female-fronted act as a headliner in 20 years
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1h 52m Top 10 books about Japan
The Guardian
Taking in folklore, history and the world’s first novel, here is some of the best reading about an endlessly inventive country Japan has a birthday this year. It’s 150 years since rebel samurai overthrew the old Tokugawa Shogunate, marched – or, rather, palanquined – a teenage emperor into the newly named city of “Tokyo”, and made him their figurehead as they set about transforming their country. Western warships had recently been menacing Japanese shores, not so much offering friendship as insisting on it at the point of a gun. If Japan’s new leaders were to avoid becoming next on colonialism’s to-do list, a rapid programme of modernisation was called for: factories and weapons; mines and offices; trains, trams, trade. How do you persuade a population used to thinking in regional rather than national terms, and who have next to no idea who you are, to cooperate in all this? To pay taxes, to join your army, to send their children to new national schools? One way is to tell stories. About Japan as a place especially blessed, perhaps even by the gods. About a country destined one day to become a beacon of modernity in Asia – if only people would put the effort in now.
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2h Indian police file rape case against Bollywood actor Alok Nath
The Guardian
Nath investigation comes amid storm of allegations against prominent Indian figures Police have filed a case against a Bollywood actor in what is the thought to be the first rape proceedings to be formally registered among dozens of recent sexual misconduct allegations. The case against Alok Nath, who made his professional debut in Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning film Gandhi, is one in a storm of allegations emerging in recent weeks, which activists have hailed as the arrival of the country’s #MeToo moment.
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2h Blac Chyna called out for skin-lightening cream
BBC
The reality star and model is launching a skin-lightening cream in Nigeria.
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Mumford & Sons reschedule cancelled gigs2h Mumford & Sons reschedule cancelled gigs
BBC
The band announce new dates for four gigs that were postponed due to "logistical" reasons.
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2h Foo Fighters, the 1975 and Post Malone to headline Reading and Leeds 2019
The Guardian
The dual-site festival will feature two first-time headliners when it returns for its 58th edition next August US rock band
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2h Katy Perry tops Forbes list of highest paid female musicians, beating Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Taylor Swift
The Independent
The musician claim the No. 1 spot with an accumulated $83m between June 2017 and June 2018
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3h The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, review: Timid, well-meaning and dull
The Independent
This new programme marking the First World War centenary is underdeveloped and emotionally underpowered
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4h Shoplifters review: Combines tearjerking sentimentality with hard-hitting social comment
The Independent
It's a modest, sometimes maudlin family drama about chancers on the margins. What makes it such an enrapturing experience is the tenderness, humour, and detail
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4h I'm a Celebrity presenter Joel Dommet rushed to hospital after on-set accident
The Independent
Windy conditions reportedly blew a wooden sign onto the comedian's head
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4h Robin Hood: Why do we keep turning our folk heroes into superheroes?
The Independent
Robin Hood is not the first folk hero to be given a super-powered makeover onscreen. In last year's 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword', whoever was worthy to wield Excalibur was also blessed with its magical abilities, says Clarisse Loughrey
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4h Souls Grown Deep: the foundation helping to preserve black artists
The Guardian
The Atlanta-based group boasts work by roughly 160 artists of colour and a string of deals with major US museums hints at a vital shift in the art world Through the 1960s and 1970s, Purvis Young, a self-taught artist from Miami, roamed the inner city streets of Overtown, scouring for cardboard, wooden crates and secondhand doors to use as canvas for his expressive paintings. He learned the chops of art history – from Rembrandt to Van Gogh – through library books. He was often called an
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4h The Life of Saul Bellow by Zachary Leader review – love, sex, friendship as fiction fodder
The Guardian
The later years, from 1965 to 2005, of an irreverent philanderer, whose rich, phrase-making novels remained thinly veiled versions of his personal life When the
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5h Reading and Leeds announce headliners.
BBC
It will take place in Richfield Park and Bramham Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
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5h Half-Life at 20: why it is the most important shooter ever made
The Guardian
From its opening scenes, Valve’s pioneering sci-fi horror game reinvented storytelling and universe building – what made it such a terrifying success? Most action video games begin with an explosion. Half-Life begins with a commute. A monorail carriage slowly transports everyman scientist Gordon Freeman to his new job at a remote science facility, Black Mesa. In the background, a computerised female voice issues safety information, while through the windows we see tableaux of life at the institution: weird robotic machines, bespectacled scientists, a security guard desperately banging on a sealed door. It was the first hint that this new game from fledgling Seattle-based developer Valve was going to be something interesting and unusual. The brilliance of Half-Life begins with its immersive storytelling. The opening accustoms us to the Black Mesa research facility, tells us a little about Freeman’s role and sets up the narrative universe – all without leaving his perspective. As you enter the facility, fellow scientists chat to Freeman about a forthcoming experiment, voicing concerns and discussing trivial details. You can stand and listen or just wander off. In this way, Half-Life is naturalistic, which was a revelation in 1998. The lack of cinematic cutaway scenes showed great faith in the world and the player, and deepened your relationship with the environment and the protagonist. The message is simple: you’re trapped here too.
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5h Pusha T gig ends in violence as 'Drake fans' storm the stage
The Independent
The rapper claims people were paid to throw beer and water at him throughout the show
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5h Cheryl speaks out about 'relentless abuse' she received over X Factor performance
The Independent
'This level of relentless abuse should not be tolerated in any walk of life'
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Alok Nath: Rape case registered against Bollywood actor6h Alok Nath: Rape case registered against Bollywood actor
BBC
The charges against Alok Nath are among the most serious made during India's #MeToo movement.
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6h From climate change to red pills: what are the best TV shows really about?
The Guardian
Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Mad Men are series that are riddled with many hidden meanings and theories – why else are we so transfixed by them? Of course, Game of Thrones is about climate change.
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6h Doughnuts, drag and an extraterrestial: 48 hours in Blackpool – in pictures
The Guardian
Benita Suchodrev spent two days in the Lancashire seaside resort, pointing her camera at its tourists and townsfolk, at the tattoo parlours, amusement arcades and the iconic Tower
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7h Wednesday’s best TV: Trans Kids: It’s Time to Talk; The Apprentice
The Guardian
A psychotherapist questions whether she would have sought gender transition in the 80s. Plus: an art-themed task on The Apprentice Growing up in the 1980s, the psychotherapist, author and married mother-of-two Stella O’Malley was convinced that she should have been born a boy. But would she have sought gender transition – as a growing proportion of kids are now doing (the number of young people referred to the NHS’s gender identity service over the past nine years has risen from 97 in 2009 to 2,519 in the year to April) – if she had had the chance back then? In this film, she talks with children, parents and academics about the issue.
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7h Stars behind bars: the jailhouse rockers helping prisoners to bang out a hit
The Guardian
With jams, live gigs and proper recording sessions, Britain’s prisons are rocking – thanks to InHouse Records, the label aiming to help convicts climb up the charts Aaron O’Mara is sitting in a studio with a guitar on his lap and keyboards and drum machines all around him. “Break,” he says, referring to the song he is about to play, “is all about my past, which featured a lot of substance misuse. Now everything is looking up, it feels like I’m finally catching my break.” The 25-year-old, who recently finished a 10-month stretch behind bars, strums his guitar and launches into the heartfelt ballad. It swings between regret, depression and hope. It’s an apt theme for his debut single, which will be released next year. O’Mara, a chef, is one of 15 ex-prisoners and 80 current inmates working with a label called
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Glamour magazine to go online only in the US10h Glamour magazine to go online only in the US
BBC
The magazine said it would target its readers online "on the platforms they frequent most".
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K-pop and Latin: Why the time is now for foreign language hits12h K-pop and Latin: Why the time is now for foreign language hits
BBC
Latin music and K-pop are riding high in the UK charts - so why are Brits finally embracing songs in other languages?
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Nedim Yasar: Reformed gangster shot after book launch13h Nedim Yasar: Reformed gangster shot after book launch
BBC
Nedim Yasar, 31, dies in Copenhagen after promoting his memoir on how he left a life of crime.
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15h 50 Cent reacts after his rapper 'son' 6ix9ine is arrested on racketeering charges
The Independent
50 Cent and the 22-year-old rapper have a history of referring to each other as father and son on social media
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15h Updated Informer, episode 6, review: There's too much going on in overcooked finale of BBC drama
The Independent
It has its moments, but overall the series finale had many irrelevant passages in need of cutting out
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16h Ellen Pompeo urges white people to take action against lack of diversity in Hollywood
The Independent
Pompeo says Caucasian people must take responsibility because they "created the problem"
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20h Jude Law defends Woody Allen's 'A Rainy Day in New York' after Amazon shelves film
The Independent
The English actor thinks it's a 'terrible shame' that Allen's movie was taken off the calendar after the director was accused of sexual assault by his daughter Dylan Farrow
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20h Could a 2100BC sex epic show us how to handle Trump? | Alex Clark
The Guardian
Newly discovered fragments of an ancient text reveal an unusual strategy for dealing with an out-of-control leaderA new bit of The Epic of Gilgamesh, the world’s oldest literary text,
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20h Michelle Obama memoir tops US book charts – with nine copies sold per second
The Guardian
The former first lady’s autobiography has been warmly reviewed and is No 2 in the UK charts – outsold only by David Walliams Michelle Obama’s Becoming sold almost nine copies per second on its first day on sale in North America to become the fastest-selling book of the year so far, while in the UK, the memoir is close to the top of the book charts. Published last Tuesday, the former first lady’s autobiography has been warmly greeted by both the media and the public. The
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20h The best new Android and iPhone games for 2018
The Guardian
Pop bubbles, play pool, become a neighbourhood god, a viking hero, or start a craft beer empire in 2018’s best new mobile games for iPhone and Android.
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20h JK Rowling's teaching application before Harry Potter goes for sale at $250,000
The Independent
The 12-page bundle documents Rowling's application for a teaching job at Leith Academy in Edinburgh
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20h Steven Berkoff: who will dare to stage my one-man Harvey Weinstein play?
The Guardian
He’s played baddies in everything from Bond to Beverly Hills Cop. Now he’s tackling the disgraced movie mogul in a self-penned play. The actor-playwright explains why theatre is dying out – along with his enemies’ reputations
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20h BBC says channels may close without over-75s licence fee
The Guardian
Broadcaster says large cuts will have to be made if nothing changes when subsidy ends
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21h Chinese writer Tianyi sentenced to decade in prison for gay erotic novel
The Guardian
Pseudonymous author was charged under law that makes it an ‘especially serious’ crime to sell more than 5,000 copies of a work classed as pornographic Free-speech campaigners have slammed China’s “flagrant disregard for fundamental human rights” after the author of a gay erotic novel was sentenced to more than a decade in prison for producing and selling pornographic materials. The author, who writes under the pseudonym Tianyi and is from eastern China’s Anhui province, was
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Six celebrities who were injured... by their children21h Six celebrities who were injured... by their children
BBC
Singer-songwriter Gaz Coombes isn't the only star to have been hurt by his nearest and dearest.
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22h Unmade Sex and the City 3 was meditation on grief after death of Mr Big
The Guardian
Podcast reveals Carrie’s husband was to have early fatal heart attack, so remainder of proposed movie was mostly about mourning Fresh details of the third Sex and the City film – on ice after
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24h Agatha Christie webchat with Sophie Hannah – post a question now
The Guardian
After our reading of Endless Night and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, the author of Hercule Poirot’s authorised new adventures is joining us at
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BBC launches consultation on TV licence fee for over-75s24h BBC launches consultation on TV licence fee for over-75s
BBC
The public gets a say on whether the BBC should pay for licences for the over-75s when funding runs out.
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24h Robin Hood review – beardless and bloated prequel should be outlawed
The Guardian
This CGI-heavy reboot steals ideas from other films but only gives back a cast of big hitters, including Ben Mendelsohn The actor Taron Egerton is doing what sociologists might call a “reverse Kingsman” with this prequel-reboot of the Robin Hood myth. His Robin of Loxley is an athletic young Nottingham nobleman who makes common cause with the downtrodden; he becomes their outlaw action hero, sickened by their suffering and also incidentally by the crusader war he was forced to fight very much against his will, having received a rather quaint “draft” notice in ye olde lettering. He’s a Robin with proto-modern sensibilities. Robin comes back from this foreign horror to find his property looted and the people oppressed, and conceives a new righteous desire to hit back at the sneery tyrants of church and state. This bloated, featureless, CGI-heavy movie is not so much stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, as stealing from Guy Ritchie, Batman, Two-Face and a few others – and not giving back all that much to the audience. There are one or two revisionist ideas here: chiefly, suggesting that villainy could be connected with child abuse. That thought is however raised merely as the pretext for a lurid and gloating threat of violence: another moment of misjudgment among many. It is also relatively unusual to see a young beardless Robin-before-Robin hero. Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe were all more mature Robins in their ways, and so certainly was Sean Connery as the older outlaw in Richard Lester’s silver-years reimagining, Robin and Marian. If Egerton resembles any predecessor it is the sleek and foxy Loxley in the Walt Disney animation of 1973, although with less depth and nuance.
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24h Updated Pompeii dig reveals erotic Leda and Swan fresco
BBC
Archaeologists unearth a colourful Roman fresco of Leda and the Swan in Pompeii.
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25h Adam McKay would 'choose Donald Trump over George Bush and Dick Cheney'
The Independent
The director also criticised Bill Clinton, saying he 'killed the Democratic Party'
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25h Eccentric women: why they are more important than ever in our oppressive era
The Guardian
From Janelle Monáe to Tilda Swinton, unconventional women are having a moment. In an age threatened by groupthink and strongman politics, they provide an essential antidote
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International Emmys 2018: BBC wins two awards25h International Emmys 2018: BBC wins two awards
BBC
Man in an Orange Shirt is one of the BBC productions awarded at the event honouring TV made outside the US.
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26h Jim Carrey says Trump administration is 'raping our system and destroying it right in front of us'
The Independent
'These are not people you can deal with. You cannot be bipartisan with a criminal'
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26h Autistic boy writes letter to Anne Hegerty calling her an inspiration
The Independent
'I think you are very brave for going in the jungle,' Joseph Hughes wrote
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26h Robin Hood review: 'This rip-roaring version is for the superhero era'
The Independent
As re-imagined here, Robin of Loxley seems partly like a medieval version of Bruce Wayne with a bow and arrow – and partly like a delinquent teen gang member in a hoodie
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27h The Flash movie: Ezra Miller says DC superhero film will be 'f****** crazy-dope'
The Independent
'Anyone who knows about Barry Allen knows he may arrive late, very late, but once he gets there, it's all solved'
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27h Millie Bobby Brown named Unicef's youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador
The Independent
'I am looking forward to meeting as many children and young people as I can'
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28h Taron Egerton says MeToo has made him wary of being alone with women
The Independent
He claims the viral movement has made him question his past behaviour
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28h Dynasties: David Attenborough 'would have stepped up to rescue penguins too', BBC producer says
The Independent
'It's such an unusual circumstance to do this... but I think in this situation there were so many factors'
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28h One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem review – Neil Tennant’s superb songbook
The Guardian
A collection of Pet Shop Boys lyrics shows off their singer’s erudition and wit We know surprisingly little about the inner workings of Neil Tennant, singer of Pet Shop Boys. Instantly recognisable, even without one of the band’s designer hats, he nonetheless remains a cypher: political, but not sloganeering; an almost absurdly stiff-upper-lipped, Earl Grey sort of pop star – at least in public. We all know the hits, and why they’re good: this son of Newcastle is, among other things, a noted chronicler of London life (West End Girls, which takes cues from both Grandmaster Flash and TS Eliot), of the rampant excess of the 1980s (Opportunities) and the complexities of relationships, gay, straight and non-sexual. He’s especially good on the drama in the everyday (Suburbia), and lapsed Catholicism (It’s a Sin).
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28h Fire and Blood, George RR Martin, review: New Game of Thrones book is exhaustive but often tedious
The Independent
Martin appears to have made the assumption that historical writing should be dry and clinical, but fans will likely be left frustrated with this extensive, exhaustive history of the Targaryen family and their dragons
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29h Fire and Blood: George RR Martin releases Game of Thrones prequel novel recording ancient history of Westeros
The Independent
New book covers House Targaryen family tree and predates A Song of Ice and Fire by 300 years
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29h Stan Lee team responds to Bill Maher's 'disgusting' comments about Marvel Comics legend
The Independent
'Please remember, with great power, there must also come great responsibility'
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29h Snoop Dogg thanks himself at Hollywood Star Walk of Fame ceremony
The Independent
'Last but not least, I want to thank me for believing in me'
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30h Rapper 6ix9ine could face 32 years in prison over racketeering and armed robbery charges
The Independent
The New York resident allegedly 'participated in multiple acts of violence'
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30h How Claire Foy and The Girl in the Spider's Web reimagines Lisbeth Salander
The Independent
Clarisse Loughrey visits the set of Sony Pictures' sequel to (and soft reboot of) 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' to learn what's changed
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31h Groove Armada: how we made At the River
The Guardian
It was the chill-out classic that beguiled the 90s – and it all started in a 50p bargain bin in Ambleside A schoolfriend suggested Andy and I meet, so he came up to my attic in my parents’ house. I was lying on a beanbag and a bit stoned when he walked in, all 6ft 8 of him. The ceiling was low anyway, so I thought I was hallucinating, but we clicked. After we left university we DJ-ed together for a little club night in London, called Captain Sensual at the Helm of the Groove Armada.
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19 Nov 7:36pm Actor Matthew Rhys on why he is teaching his son Welsh
BBC
Matthew Rhys explains why he speaks only Welsh to his American-born son, two.
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