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Lily Allen, No Shame album review: Back and better than ever31m Lily Allen, No Shame album review: Back and better than ever
The Independent
Allen never overdramatises the already-dramatic – divorce, children, a stalker, media intrusion – rather she tackles it in an offhand and always bluntly honest manner
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2h Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family by Emily Jane Fox review – it will make you weep
The Guardian
A gossipy study of the Trump clan reveals little of note besides their obsession with keeping up appearancesWhen Melania Knauss, a Slovenian-born model, married Donald Trump in Palm Beach at 7pm on 22 January 2005, all was right with the world – at least in the eyes of the groom. At his wedding to wife No 2, Marla Maples, in 1993, only a load of B-listers had turned up. “It’s just like I was afraid of,” the radio star Howard Stern would tell a reporter. “I’m the biggest name here.” Now, though, Trump looked around and saw among those gathered at the Episcopal church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea not only Billy Joel, Barbara Walters and Simon Cowell, but also, infamously, Hillary and Bill Clinton. No wonder that once the vows had been exchanged he was moved enthusiastically to kiss his new wife three times in a row (the doomed Maples had received only a peck on the cheek). Trump and his family set great store by appearances. Look beyond the surface of things, however, and whatever the occasion, you’ll find so wide a selection of cheap metaphors for the wobbly way their universe operates, you’re truly spoilt for choice. Shortly after midnight, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the happy couple cut into their cake: a 70in, seven-tiered gold and white sponge, adorned with 2,000 sugar flowers. Weighing in at more than 90kg, by rights it should have fed the hundreds of guests with perfect ease. Only there was a problem. This mammoth confection was held together by a web of hidden wires, an intricate structure that made it all but impossible to slice. The crowd had to be fed specially baked back-up cakes. The real thing was only eaten later, once the party was over, by the staff.
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Monday’s best TV: Inside the American Embassy; Britain’s Best Junior Doctors2h Monday’s best TV: Inside the American Embassy; Britain’s Best Junior Doctors
The Guardian
A positive view of Brexit and Donald Trump from Britain’s US ambassador, while young doctors prove whether they actually have any medical knowledge The US ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson, has been friends with Donald Trump for 35 years. He is puzzled by what he regards as British negativity towards Brexit and feels that “the world is being reorganised in a way that really makes sense”. This series gains close access to the senior diplomat and, at the very least, proves a bracing reminder that for many people – including members of the British government – Trump is a creatively disruptive maverick rather than a grotesque proto-fascist.
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3h Van Gogh leggings and Tracey teacups: how art tat broke out of the gift shop
The Guardian
Jackson Pollock socks, Louise Bourgeois eyemasks, Guerrilla Girls air freshener … what’s behind the explosion in art merchandise – and who’s really making the money? You could, if you were fanatical about such things, live your entire life kitted out in your favourite artists. You could wake up and remove your
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UK singles chart to include videos watched on YouTube7h UK singles chart to include videos watched on YouTube
BBC
Music played on YouTube will finally be included in the Top 40, the Official Charts Company says.
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UK Top 40 singles chart to include video streaming figures9h UK Top 40 singles chart to include video streaming figures
The Guardian
Tally will take in Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and Tidal, while streams from free and paid-for services will no longer be weighted equally It has been a long and curious journey for the
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Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate – heroism in these dark days11h Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate – heroism in these dark days
The Guardian
In this revealing documentary, the New York Times opens its doors to cameras as reporters scramble to cover the best story of their lives Donald Trump has long operated under a strategy of normalisation – every new lie, each fresh outrage serves to overwrite what has gone before. The line between acceptable and unacceptable isn’t where it was last year, or even last month. Under these conditions, it is hard to stay scandalised. By autumn, something will happen that will cause us to shake our heads and say: “Caging children – remember when that was a big deal?” Unfortunately for Trump, this tactic may not prove successful in retrospect: if you live long enough for history to judge you, the enormity of your crimes will only fall into sharper relief.
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14h After 25 years of being homeless, I learned there’s one simple thing you can do to help | Gregory P Smith
The Guardian
I felt so invisible that sometimes being bashed was a relief: ‘At least the thugs were engaging with me’ There are as
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Actress Brigitte Nielsen gives birth to fifth child aged 5416h Updated Actress Brigitte Nielsen gives birth to fifth child aged 54
BBC
The Danish star has given birth to her first daughter with her fifth husband in Los Angeles.
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21h Shake, rattle and Rolls: across America in the shadow of Elvis
The Guardian
Eugene Jarecki, director of The King, goes on the road in Presley’s Roller to discuss his film on Elvis, the American dream and the era of Trump I’m sitting in Elvis Presley’s seat in his silver 1963 Rolls-Royce, sinking into its faded but still sumptuous upholstery as we ride south on the New Jersey turnpike towards the car’s final resting place. From these windows Elvis would have watched throngs of fans on Hollywood Boulevard and gazed out across the vast deserts of Nevada. At my feet is his eight-track audiocassette, and a red telephone with speed dial buttons bearing mysterious initials: JL, YL, JP, YP – who were they, and what did Elvis want with them? The armrest folds down to reveal his lead shot glass and crystal bourbon decanter. This custom-built Phantom V was Presley’s plaything throughout his Hollywood years in the 60s. It went with him to Las Vegas where the image of Elvis at his nadir – Fat Elvis – was spawned: two performances a day, 40 shows at a go, a bloated organ-grinder in a white sequined jumpsuit pouring sweat, slurring with prescription drugs, barely able to recall the lyrics.
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On my radar: Reni Eddo-Lodge’s cultural highlights23h On my radar: Reni Eddo-Lodge’s cultural highlights
The Guardian
The author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race on sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and vegan doughnuts
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Caitlin Moran: ‘I address the taboos that need to be busted’23h Caitlin Moran: ‘I address the taboos that need to be busted’
The Guardian
The journalist and author talks about revenge porn, embarrassing her children and the ‘big fuss’ of making a film Raised and home-schooled in Wolverhampton, Caitlin Moran became a journalist aged 15 and is now an award-winning writer at the
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Ed Sheeran stops sell-out Cardiff concert for the toilet - twice25h Updated Ed Sheeran stops sell-out Cardiff concert for the toilet - twice
BBC
Ed Sheeran was playing in front of a 60,000 sell-out crowd when nature called.
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Florence Welch: ‘I wonder sometimes, did I dream too big?’25h Florence Welch: ‘I wonder sometimes, did I dream too big?’
The Guardian
After wild years of all-night partying, Florence Welch has found a calmer way to live. She talks to Eva Wiseman about the ‘magic energy’ that drives her and how she’s finally learning to make sense of herself There was a time when the voice of
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25h How to be a black woman and succeed: two friends who have written the manual
The Guardian
Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke have turned a dream into a hot publishing property – a self-help guide for black womenIn March 2015, Elizabeth Uviebinené had a brainwave that a less determined 22-year-old might have dismissed as a water-cooler pipe dream. It was ignited by a single chapter in a book by Sheryl Sandberg . “I’d always devoured self-help books growing up –
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26h The big picture: beauty amid the flipside of the American dream
The Guardian
French photographer Laura Henno captures life – and light – in an apocalyptic squat in the California desertIn the heart of the California desert, the photographer and film-maker
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27h Civil servant starts a new chapter at 60 as The Good Liar hits the big screen
The Guardian
The film of Nicholas Searle’s bestselling thriller stars Ian McKellen and Helen MirrenWhen Nicholas Searle retired from the civil service, he pursued his dream of becoming a writer by taking an online course. He was taken aback when publishers snapped up his first novel and turned it into a bestseller in 2016. Now he has had the “surreal” experience of watching Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren bring his characters to life in a major Warner Bros film adaptation of that debut book.
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23 Jun 8:14pm 5 Seconds of Summer on dating, lies and gun control
BBC
The pop band tackle a series of random questions based on their latest album, Youngblood.
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Robert Harris on working with Roman Polanski again 23 Jun 8:13pm Robert Harris on working with Roman Polanski again
BBC
The writer talks about whether he would work with the director in the light of the #MeToo campaign.
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