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‘Some people are freaked out’: how Laetitia Ky tackles abortion, sexism and race with her extraordinary hair

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Laetitia Ky makes sculptures out of hair, although I’m not sure the word “sculpture” accurately conveys just how dynamic her art is. Her pieces are moments, scenes, statements, emotions, rendered in black afro texture...

Extremes of 40C above normal: what’s causing ‘extraordinary’ heating in polar regions?

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Unusually high temperatures in both Antarctica and the Arctic in recent days have shocked researchers, who warn that extremes will become more common as a result of the climate crisis. Concordia station, high on the A...

‘Extraordinary’: ancient tombs and statues unearthed beneath Notre Dame Cathedral

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An archaeological dig under Notre Dame Cathedral has uncovered an extraordinary treasure of statues, sculptures, tombs and pieces of an original rood screen dating back to the 13th century. The find included several a...

‘Extraordinary’ restoration of Roman rock crystal jar from Galloway hoard

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When the Galloway hoard was unearthed from a ploughed field in western Scotland in 2014, it offered the richest collection of Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. But one of the artefacts paled in comp...

Prayers for the Stolen – extraordinary tale of fear and friendship in Mexican drug country

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Children who grow up in the lush mountain country of rural Mexico soon learn to spot danger. The dry rattle of a scorpion, the red, black and yellow banding of a venomous coral snake. And then there are the human thre...

Navalny review – extraordinary documentary about the attempt to kill Putin’s rival

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In August 2020, Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader and general thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin, was taken gravely ill on a flight home to Moscow from Siberia. An emergency landing saved him; Navalny was hos...

The Guardian view on ordinary histories: often quite extraordinary

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In his 1939 poem The Unknown Citizen, WH Auden imagines a composite of a working man built of public records – union lists, social psychology notes, health-card, insurance policies. A man so well-behaved and average a...

Hundreds gather to mourn ‘extraordinary’ Cheslie Kryst, attorney and former Miss USA

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Hundreds of mourners gathered at a church in North Carolina on Friday night to celebrate the life of Cheslie Kryst, an attorney, former Miss USA and justice advocate who died last month, aged 30. “Cheslie … sowed man...

‘It was weirdly functional’: the inside story of the extraordinary evacuation of Ballina hospital

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As darkness descended on the northern rivers town of Ballina, a ragtag fleet of taxis, trucks and school buses began pulling up outside the town’s small hospital, ready to take part in an extraordinary mission. The 55...

10 spectacular UK holiday homes – extraordinary escapes

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Not a houseboat but a RIBA award-winning building constructed to look like two upturned boat hulls, this imaginative beach house overlooking Poole Harbour packs an aesthetic punch inside and out. A veritable Escher p...

‘Extraordinary is no longer extraordinary’: US scientists on a year of climate disasters

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The American west faced an unprecedented year of climate disasters in 2021. A cold wave in February triggered temperatures 50F below average in Texas, killing at least 150 across the state and leaving millions without...

TV tonight: a new romance turns into an extraordinary crime story

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“I’ve done some bad things in my life; you’re gonna know about a lot of them by the time that we’re through.” In the slow-burning opener of this four-part crime drama, damning evidence suggests Hero (Samuel Adewunmi)...

Comeback kings Harlequins crowned as most extraordinary champions yet

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It goes without saying this was an epic. Another. And in this era of the comeback, who should be crowned as the English champions but a team that had seemed in pieces only a few months ago, their coach gone, their for...

TV tonight: the final chapter of Freddie Mercury’s extraordinary life

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It is likely we know everything there is to know about Freddie Mercury – and yet, this 90-minute celebration of the Queen singer, who would have been 75 this year, manages to explore his legacy in a fresh context. Tr...

‘Extraordinary experimentation’: Madrid’s Reina Sofía celebrates Latin America’s artistic boom

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The black and white photograph of a dead dog, taken in Lima in 1989, that now hangs on the immaculate walls of the Reina Sofía in Madrid seems to have little in common with the Caetano Veloso album covers also on disp...

New Zealand honours ‘extraordinary’ bravery of 10 during Christchurch attacks

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Ten people who risked their lives to save others during the 2019 Christchurch mosque massacres have been honoured in New Zealand’s most prestigious bravery awards. “The courage demonstrated by these New Zealanders was...

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