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UK regulator warns Google about accepting scam adverts

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The City regulator has warned it will take legal action against Google and social media companies if they continue to accept advertisements for online financial scams that have flourished during the pandemic. The Fin...

Hospitality firms urgently need clarity from Sunak about £2.5bn of unpaid rent

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If it really is a case of “one more heave” on vaccinations before restrictions on the hospitality sector can be eased, what’s the best way to ensure the country’s pubs, restaurants and nightclubs survive to take a sho...

Caroline Hirons, outspoken queen of skincare: ‘I’m not so fragile that I care what you think about me’

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It was her husband, Caroline Hirons likes to say, who marvelled at her stardom: “Who would have thought that being gobby and opinionated would become a career?” Perhaps he hadn’t banked on how big social media would b...

Biden reveals Queen asked about Putin and Xi during tea at Windsor Castle

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Joe Biden revealed the Queen had asked him about his Russian and Chinese counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, during their 45-minute talk over tea at Windsor Castle, in the aftermath of the G7 summit on Sunday...

Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’

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Oh, birthdays,” Sir Ian McKellen growls, on the occasion of his 82nd. “At my age I don’t do birthdays.” The wider world has not yet been informed, however, and cheerful cards have come in stacks to McKellen’s London t...

Celebrity buzz: how stars’ bedroom toys have got us all talking about sex

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Lily Allen has one. Cara Delevingne has one. Dakota Johnson has developed her own range. Is the celebrity sex toy 2021’s answer to the celebrity perfume? For some, getting busy has been the last thing on the menu duri...

Burrito economics: Republican claims about price rises are so much hot air

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House Republicans are blaming Democrats for the rise in Chipotle burrito prices. You heard me right. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that Chipotle’s rec...

Clamour for wealth tax grows after revelations about super-rich’s affairs

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The revelation last week that the 25 richest US billionaires have paid very little tax even as their fortunes have soared has reignited demands for wealth taxes on both sides of the Atlantic. An unprecedented leak of...

Will it take a BBC drama to finally start a rational debate about Britain’s prisons?

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A rational conversation about Britain’s broken prison system seems almost impossible. Any evidence-based argument collides with a rightwing media swift to stifle dissenters with emotive cliches of being “soft on crime...

From Bend It Like Beckham to Diego Maradona: the best films about football

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Gurinder Chadha’s feelgood comedy was really the first film to get the hang of how to show football action on screen with loose-limbed energy and fun. Keira Knightley made her breakthrough as the up-and-coming footbal...

Luis Enrique worried about Covid vaccine side-effects on Spain’s squad

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Luis Enrique has said there is no confirmation that the Spain team will be vaccinated against Covid-19, despite the country’s health minister announcing that she had agreed to go ahead two days before the European Cha...

Ian McDiarmid to tour show based on Julian Barnes stories about ageing

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A pair of Julian Barnes stories about old age are to be performed by Ian McDiarmid in a one-man show touring the UK this autumn. Michael Grandage will direct The Lemon Table, which adapts two tales with a musical them...

Clive Palmer anti-vaccine ads pulled over false claims about hundreds of deaths

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Radio ads paid for by Clive Palmer that falsely claimed Covid vaccinations had caused hundreds of deaths have been pulled after the Therapeutic Goods Administration labelled them misleading. The ads had been running i...

‘I just want what everyone else has’: what homeless people told Jennifer Kavanagh about their lives

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On a damp Tuesday lunchtime at the north end of Regent Street, George is working his beat as one of one of London’s Big Issue sellers. I have not come to interview him, but his experience is so relevant to what I will...

Mandabi review – Ousmane Sembène classic about colonialism resonates today

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Ousmane Sembène, the “father of African cinema”, tells a tale of Jonsonian bleakness about human nature with his 1968 film Mandabi, or The Money Order, adapted from his own novella and now on rerelease. As with much o...

The big question about British foreign aid is always missed: what is it supporting?

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Attempts by Tory rebels to push through a vote on the aid budget were thwarted by the Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, after he ruled their proposed amendment to the research and invention bill was out of the scope of the legi...

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