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Pity the Beast by Robin McLean review – a work of crazy brilliance

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Robin McLean’s first novel is set in the ranch country of the American west and centres on an episode of grotesque violence: the gang rape and near-murder of Ginny, who is thrown into a lime pit full of animal carcass...

Beauden Barrett’s speed of thought encapsulates brilliance of All Blacks

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In the immediate afterglow of his triumphant 100th Test for the All Blacks, Beauden Barrett was asked how his family back home in Taranaki had celebrated the occasion. “Dad’s got a keg of Guinness, they’ve got a ham o...

Pasquale Grasso: Pasquale Plays Duke review – boggling brilliance from the guitar virtuoso

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When you hear what sounds like two guitars playing together and then discover there’s only one, you can be pretty sure it’s in the hands of Pasquale Grasso. It is generally agreed that this 33-year-old Italian virtuos...

Ødegaard’s brilliance seals win for resurgent Arsenal against Burnley

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Given the doom and gloom which engulfed Arsenal’s opening month of the season, you suspect Mikel Arteta will be happy to take wins of any kind at the moment. Do results against Burnley and Norwich – two teams without ...

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles review – an open and shut case of gaming brilliance

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I’ll be the first to admit my bias when it comes to the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games – the legal-themed mystery series that partly inspired me to become a qualified (though not practising) lawyer – so the fact t...

Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance

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Standing in a field, wearing glitter, watching bands, with a warm pint in blazing hot sun: these human behaviours had to be relearned for the first full-capacity UK music festival since the pandemic began. Some 40,000...

Ellen White’s flash of subtle brilliance lights up Team GB’s sluggish display

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For long periods in Sapporo, as this Group E game between Japan and Team GB meandered and sagged at the edges, Ellen White did very little of note. White moved into useful spaces, found interesting angles and offered ...

Fargo review – Coen brothers’ snowbound noir is still a work of gleaming brilliance

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Now rereleased for its 25th anniversary, Ethan and Joel Coen’s perfectly flavoured comedy-thriller Fargo has become an established classic noir. Or maybe noir-blanc, a tale of criminal wickedness and weakness in the v...

Harm review – savage brilliance and envy in an Instagram blizzard

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During lockdown, the Bush theatre joined forces with the BBC to film Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s razor-sharp monologue about social media toxicity and trolling. It was a stand-out drama, not only for Leanne Best’s deliciou...