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Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies42m Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies
BBC
The renowned scientist and television presenter of The Great Egg Race died on Friday, his family says.
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Gruel, gin and mystery meat: Dickens’s Victorian meals in the age of ‘clean eating’45m Gruel, gin and mystery meat: Dickens’s Victorian meals in the age of ‘clean eating’
The Guardian
Many of Charles Dickens’s characters struggle to put food on the table – they certainly wouldn’t turn their noses up at a bit of mould on their adulterated bread If Charles Dickens is thought of as a food writer at all, it is as the Man Who Invented Christmas Dinner. And there is some truth in the idea that he anchored the seasonal food to the day itself; plum pudding was called “Christmas pudding” for the first time by
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48m Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies
BBC
The renowned scientist and television presenter of The Great Egg Race died on Friday, his family says.
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19th century memoir by a female slave becomes best-seller in 21st century Japan1h 18m 19th century memoir by a female slave becomes best-seller in 21st century Japan
The Independent
Translation of the book was first printed in Japan in 2013 and was published in paperback in summer this year
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1h 33m Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the Force, the Porgs and the future - discuss with spoilers
The Guardian
It gave us new powers, abundant alien creatures and a triumphant last hurrah for Luke Skywalker, but did Rian Johnson’s Episode XIII live up to the hype?
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1h 57m The Last Jedi: the Force, the Porgs and the future - discuss with spoilers
The Guardian
It gave us new powers, abundant alien creatures and a triumphant last hurrah for Luke Skywalker, but did Rian Johnson’s Episode XIII live up to the hype?
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2h Eminem: Revival review – puns and witless beats in a total rejection of hip-hop
The Guardian
There are tiny twitches of genius on the rapper’s first album in four years, but to get there you have to wade through acres of bad gags, filler and formulaic fury Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. For the last 20 years, two technically versatile and emotionally literate rappers have been vying for the title of “biggest tin ear for beats”. Sorry, Nas: you’ve been roundly trounced at last. Production-wise, Revival is a trainwreck. If Eminem thinks his verbal box of tricks can overcome the weakness of any backing track, his recent albums have demonstrated otherwise. Revival begins with the Beyoncé-featuring Walk on Water, a song as thrilling as shopping for shower curtains – but were it put at the end of this exhausting LP it would at least provide some sweet respite. Its beat is relatively subtle, lacks bombast and doesn’t have you questioning the sanity of all involved. Much worse are the negligible scribblings of frequent collaborator Alex da Kid, on studio speed-dial for album filler, or the decision to flip
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Alexandra Burke and the trouble with reality TV and race2h Alexandra Burke and the trouble with reality TV and race
The Guardian
As a brilliant dancer fails to win votes on Strictly week after week, an unsettling interpretation emerges: that racial anxieties are the problem Few contestants have dominated the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor like Alexandra Burke has this year. She received the first 10 of the season for her jive to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, performed a flawless, Mary Poppins-themed charleston and impressed the judges with her salsa and her Viennese waltz. Despite her technical brilliance, Burke has found herself repeatedly in the bottom two – as voted for by the British public. And some observers have perceived a contempt for her, from both the media and the public, that is unlike anything directed towards her fellow contestants.
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2h Peter Jackson admits blacklisting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino after 'smear campaign' by Harvey Weinstein
The Independent
Director says he was told to avoid casting two actresses in Lord of the Rings because they were difficult to work with. Several of Weinstein's accusers claim their careers were ruined after they refused his advances
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Glenn Close: ‘You lose power if you get angry’2h Glenn Close: ‘You lose power if you get angry’
The Guardian
From vengeful mistress to Agatha Christie matriarch: the actor talks about Harvey Weinstein, mental illness and growing up in a cult
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi scores second-biggest Thursday preview ever with $45m3h Star Wars: The Last Jedi scores second-biggest Thursday preview ever with $45m
The Independent
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was previously the second-highest with $43m
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David Guetta: ‘Who would play me in the film of my life? Ryan Gosling’3h David Guetta: ‘Who would play me in the film of my life? Ryan Gosling’
The Guardian
The DJ and music producer on grumpy people, watching TV in bed, and what type of love he prefers Born in Paris,
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Two views of Jerusalem – a short reading list for Donald Trump3h Two views of Jerusalem – a short reading list for Donald Trump
The Guardian
A collection of poetry and a book of walks round the city might help the US president with his foreign policy
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BBC broadcasts Glastonbury video of man waving sex toy during Stormzy interview4h BBC broadcasts Glastonbury video of man waving sex toy during Stormzy interview
The Independent
Presenters didn't seem to notice the moment but viewers were delighted
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The book that made me a feminist4h The book that made me a feminist
The Guardian
In the week that feminism was declared word of the year by a dictionary, writers including Margaret Atwood, Mary Beard, Naomi Klein, Kamila Shamsie, Jeanette Winterson and others champion the books that first empowered them
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4h Howard Jacobson: ‘Larry David is a warped version of Don Quixote’
The Guardian
Where would comedy, or indeed philosophy, be without the easily hurt? The Germans have an expression for that maddening song or melody that invades your brain and won’t leave it. They call it an Ohrwurm. We translate that as earworm, but the German more effectively suggests the impending insanity, the way a tune can twist like a drill bit into your inner ear and lodge for what you fear will be forever. In my experience, a single word can do the same. Take “incommensurate”. Incommensurate snaked into my ear during a recent episode of
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Royal Court U-turn over play axed amid harassment claims4h Royal Court U-turn over play axed amid harassment claims
BBC
The Royal Court will stage Rita, Sue and Bob Too following accusations of censorship.
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Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius5h Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius
The Guardian
Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in historyIn 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met Leonardo in Florence but found his lifestyle “irregular and uncertain” and couldn’t pin him down. “Mathematical experiments have absorbed his thoughts so entirely that he cannot bear the sight of a paintbrush,” Isabella was told. With promises he’d get round to it eventually, Leonardo kept her dangling for another three years. Pushy to the end, she changed tack and asked him for a painting of Jesus instead. Even then, he didn’t come up with the goods. The story encapsulates contrasting versions of Leonardo that have been in play ever since
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5h Black Mirror, Doctor Who and Alan Partridge: your festive TV guide
The Guardian
Is the League of Gentlemen fun for the family? Should you watch Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas while elbow-deep in turkey giblets? Here’s what to watch this Christmas – and who to watch it with
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Alexandra Burke and the trouble with reality TV and race6h Alexandra Burke and the trouble with reality TV and race
The Guardian
As a brilliant dancer fails to win votes on Strictly week after week, an unsettling interpretation emerges: that racial anxieties are the problem Few contestants have dominated the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor like Alexandra Burke has this year. She received the first 10 of the season for her jive to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, performed a flawless, Mary Poppins-themed charleston and impressed the judges with her salsa and her Viennese waltz. Despite her technical brilliance, Burke has found herself repeatedly in the bottom two – as voted for by the British public. And some observers have perceived a contempt for her, from both the media and the public, that is unlike anything directed towards her fellow contestants.
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Tupac murder weapon was found after his death – and then went missing11h Tupac murder weapon was found after his death – and then went missing
The Independent
Detail is a new piece in the puzzle of the rapper's mysterious death
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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 champion to be crowned12h Strictly Come Dancing 2017 champion to be crowned
BBC
Four celebrities are in with a shot of lifting the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy.
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Royal Court reverses decision to cancel Rita, Sue and Bob Too17h Royal Court reverses decision to cancel Rita, Sue and Bob Too
The Guardian
Accusations of censorship prompt the theatre to go back on its cancellation and invite the production to return for its run The Royal Court has backed out of a
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18h Librarians recommend the books you should read in each decade of your life
The Independent
Anyone can read any book whenever they want, but some books may be best enjoyed at certain ages.
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Two lost Raphael paintings discovered in Vatican during fresco restoration19h Two lost Raphael paintings discovered in Vatican during fresco restoration
The Independent
Artist recognisable from 'the way the paintbrush moves', says restoration expert
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20h Captain America vs Predator: what could the Disney/Fox deal mean for movies?
The Guardian
Disney’s purchase of Fox’s creative divisions might make Marvel fans happy – but this significant Hollywood power move should make film fans cautious The murmurings had been going on for weeks, but on Thursday morning, it was official news:
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New York police investigating Russell Simmons rape claims20h New York police investigating Russell Simmons rape claims
BBC
Police have opened an investigation after several women came forward with sexual misconduct claims.
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First for Iran as museum celebrates works of woman exiled for decades20h First for Iran as museum celebrates works of woman exiled for decades
The Guardian
First museum dedicated to solo female artist to display works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who gained international acclaim during years of exile
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Eminem, Revival review: Political anger from a conflicted poet 21h Eminem, Revival review: Political anger from a conflicted poet
The Independent
Download this: Walk On Water; Untouchable; Like Home; Offended; Castle; Arose
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Dave Gorman: ‘5318008 is the funniest number’22h Dave Gorman: ‘5318008 is the funniest number’
The Guardian
The standup and TV presenter on the things that make him laugh the most
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Poetry Pharmacy webchat: William Sieghart prescribes poems for your problems – follow it live!22h Poetry Pharmacy webchat: William Sieghart prescribes poems for your problems – follow it live!
The Guardian
Are you lonely, nervous about Christmas or frustrated with relatives? William Sieghart of the much-loved Poetry Pharmacy is handing out stanzas for your struggles on
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Poetry Pharmacy webchat: William Sieghart prescribes poems for your problems - follow it live!23h Poetry Pharmacy webchat: William Sieghart prescribes poems for your problems - follow it live!
The Guardian
Are you lonely, nervous about Christmas or frustrated with relatives? William Sieghart of the much-loved Poetry Pharmacy is handing out stanzas for your struggles on
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Björk and the ‘lost’ Wu-Tang Clan sessions: are we really missing out?23h Björk and the ‘lost’ Wu-Tang Clan sessions: are we really missing out?
The Guardian
From Prince to Bowie and the Beach Boys, not everything that goes unreleased is a masterpiece What’s the best album you’ve never heard? Last week,
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23h Youth review – Chinese dancers endure fall-outs, heartache and burst blisters
The Guardian
Feng Xiaogang’s sprawling drama lays on the Spielbergian syrup and covers swaths of China’s history in broad brushstrokes – but it carries a potent message There is perhaps a spoonful of sugar too many in this bittersweet Chinese drama from blockbusting director Feng Xiaogang. It’s an an ambitious, sprawling, novelistic beast of a movie that opens amid the tantrums and broken hearts of young dancers in a cultural division of the army in the mid 70s. Xiaoping (Miao Miao) is the troupe’s new girl, determined to make fresh start after a difficult childhood. But her colleagues, sensing she is vulnerable, mercilessly mock Xiaoping for crimes against sophistication (she pads her bra out with sponges). Xiaoping’s sole defender is saintly Liu Feng (Huang Xuan), a young man possessed with such superhuman goodness that he chivalrously lances the puss from one dancer’s blisters. Years pass, and the movie takes in political upheaval, idealism lost and China’s bloody war with Vietnam – none of it in quite enough detail to feel satisfying. Feng has been called the Chinese Spielberg, and while not exactly sentimental, there is something contrived and soft-focus about Youth. That said, it does have difficult and honest things to say about bullying: that perpetrators often swan off into the sunset, comeuppance ungotten, while victims can find themselves targeted all over again by a new set of tormentors.
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23h How the lightsaber was born
BBC
The fantasy weapon was made from the handle of a 1940s press camera.
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Dustin Hoffman denies accusations of sexual misconduct by three more women24h Dustin Hoffman denies accusations of sexual misconduct by three more women
The Independent
One accuser alleges Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room when she was 16 years old
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24h Eminem: Revival review – witless beats and puns in a total rejection of hip-hop
The Guardian
There are tiny twitches of genius on the rapper’s first album in four years, but to get there you have to wade through acres of bad gags, filler and formulaic fury Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. For the last 20 years, two technically versatile and emotionally literate rappers have been vying for the title of “biggest tin ear for beats”. Sorry, Nas: you’ve been roundly trounced at last. Production-wise, Revival is a trainwreck. If Eminem thinks his verbal box of tricks can overcome the weakness of any backing track, his recent albums have demonstrated otherwise. Revival begins with the Beyoncé-featuring Walk on Water, a song as thrilling as shopping for shower curtains – but were it put at the end of this exhausting LP it would at least provide some sweet respite. Its beat is relatively subtle, lacks bombast and doesn’t have you questioning the sanity of all involved. Much worse are the negligible scribblings of frequent collaborator Alex da Kid, on studio speed-dial for album filler, or the decision to flip
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The League of Gentlemen announce 2018 UK tour24h The League of Gentlemen announce 2018 UK tour
The Guardian
The dark comedy foursome are to hit the road, taking new show to ‘all the wonderful local places in our increasingly local country’ Their three
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Súbeme la radio: How audiences are adapting to non-English language music25h Súbeme la radio: How audiences are adapting to non-English language music
The Independent
After decades of one-hit wonders, music performed in Spanish, French, German and Korean is finally gaining traction in the US and UK, so what's changed? Music Correspondent Roisin O'Connor looks at how streaming, fans and the internet have helped the globalisation of international hits
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Hilary Mantel: ‘Dickens seems such awful stuff – coarse, sentimental, conceited’26h Hilary Mantel: ‘Dickens seems such awful stuff – coarse, sentimental, conceited’
The Guardian
The author on her frustration with Dickens, why Yeats makes her cry and scaling Sir Walter Scott’s Peveril of the Peak
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BBC appoints Fran Unsworth as new head of news26h Updated BBC appoints Fran Unsworth as new head of news
BBC
Fran Unsworth is appointed the new BBC director of news, replacing James Harding, who leaves in 2018.
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26h Graham Linehan confirms The IT Crowd is set for US remake
The Guardian
Writer is on board for NBC’s ‘reimagining’ of the British comedy, which will be the channel’s third attempt to deliver the show to an American audience Graham Linehan and US network NBC are teaming up for an American version of the British comedy
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Curb Your Enthusiasm season 10 confirmed, release date might be sooner than you think27h Curb Your Enthusiasm season 10 confirmed, release date might be sooner than you think
The Independent
HBO has renewed Curb Your Enthusiasm for a tenth season, making good on Larry David's promise not to wait around this time.
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27h The House of Government by Yuri Slezkine review – the Russian Revolution told through one building
The Guardian
A dizzying epic history of a 1931 block of flats in Moscow, home to the Soviet elite, aims to tell of the rise and fall of BolshevismIt is rare to come across a work of history that so obviously wants to be a literary masterpiece. Roughly the length of
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In praise of JK Rowling and all other Rebel Girls27h In praise of JK Rowling and all other Rebel Girls
The Guardian
A follow-up to the massive hit Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls features the Harry Potter author and many others. Maggie O’Farrell welcomes the second volume, plus exclusive extractWhy is
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Pinocchio, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London, review: A handful of ridiculously catchy songs27h Pinocchio, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London, review: A handful of ridiculously catchy songs
The Independent
This is the first time that the Disney organisation has given its blessing to a stage version of the 1940 movie
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Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds mocks Disney-21st Century Fox merger28h Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds mocks Disney-21st Century Fox merger
The Independent
In the wake of the enormous Disney-21st Century Fox deal, Deadpool has hinted that he's not delighted about his new home.
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28h Best books of 2017: the hits and misses of the publishers’ year
The Guardian
The Man Booker winner, the diary of a junior doctor and the secret lives of cows ... Which books made their publishers proud – and which ones made them envious?
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The best albums of 2017, No 6: LCD Soundsystem – American Dream30h The best albums of 2017, No 6: LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
The Guardian
Plot twist! James Murphy and co returned with an exquisite ode to love, musical heroes and middle-age
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30h What Salma Hayek’s Weinstein story reveals about Hollywood power and pay
The Guardian
The actor’s account of her dealings with the producer is shocking. Not just for providing further allegations of sexual harassment – but for what it tells about how and why women are paid less than men In Salma Hayek’s
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Dustin Hoffman denies fresh allegations of sexual misconduct 14 Dec 9:04pm Dustin Hoffman denies fresh allegations of sexual misconduct
The Guardian
Two women accuse actor of sexual assault and a third alleges he exposed himself to her when she was a teenager New allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against the actor Dustin Hoffman, with two women accusing him of sexual assault and a third alleging that he exposed himself to her in a hotel room when she was a teenager. The playwright Cori Thomas, a high school friend of Hoffman’s daughter Karina, claimed that Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room after a Sunday afternoon outing in Manhattan with the Hoffman family when she was 16 years old, according to an article
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Glenn Miller mystery: Notebook sheds light on death 14 Dec 7:51pm Glenn Miller mystery: Notebook sheds light on death
BBC
Glenn Miller's plane vanished over the Channel without a trace in 1944.
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14 Dec 7:01pm Literary fiction in crisis as sale drop dramatically, Arts Council England reports
The Guardian
New figures show that fewer UK writers earn enough to live on, as ACE blames falling sales of literary fiction on the recession and the rise of smartphones The image of the impoverished writer scratching out their masterwork in a freezing garret remains as true today as it was a century ago, according to a new report commissioned by Arts Council England (ACE), which revealed that collapsing sales, book prices and advances mean few can support themselves through writing alone. The report found that print sales of literary fiction are significantly below where they stood in the mid-noughties and that the price of the average literary fiction book has fallen in real terms in the last 15 years.
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