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‘Genius dogs’ can learn names of more than 100 toys, study finds

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Your dog might follow commands such as “sit”, or become uncontrollably excited at the mention of the word “walkies”, but when it comes to remembering the names of toys and other everyday items, most seem pretty absent...

How to Be an Antiracist author Ibram X Kendi awarded MacArthur ‘genius grant’

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The bestselling historian Ibram X Kendi has been awarded a $625,000 (£460,000) MacArthur “genius grant” for his work on redressing racism in the US. Kendi, the author of the bestseller How to Be an Antiracist, is one ...

Roger Michell: a quiet genius still hitting his stride

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Roger Michell was the TV and movie director who had a midas touch with actors and with a particular type of English material: witty, literate, poignant and romantic. Michell was a master at directing anything on the c...

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: a limitless genius who took Jamaica into the future

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“Until reggae it was all Kingston … Kingston, Kingston, Kingston! Ska? … Rocksteady? … they were Kingston things with the same Kingston men doing the same Kingston things.” Lee “Scratch” Perry – who has died aged 85 –...

Jared Kushner’s hidden genius? To make terrible decisions – yet keep failing upwards

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Having selflessly served the public for four long years, Jared Kushner has decided it’s time to step away from politics and apply his unique talents elsewhere. According to mysterious sources said to be “familiar with...

The week in audio: 606; Mitchell on Meetings; Instant Genius; Conflict of Interest

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606 (BBC 5 live) | BBC Sounds Mitchell on Meetings (BBC Radio 4) | BBC Sounds Instant Genius | Immediate Media Conflict of Interest | IWM Institute Tell me, dear reader, do you phone in to 5 live’s 606? Yes? Please a...

Hey teacher … how Syd Barrett’s artistic genius flowered at school

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Monet had his water lilies, Van Gogh his sunflowers, but for Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett it was orange dahlias. A vibrant still life painted by the late frontman of the British band when he was 15 will go under the hamme...

Elegant, merciless and getting better: Mahrez is an underrated genius

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There was a funny, slightly gruesome moment with 72 minutes gone at the Etihad as the players of Paris Saint-Germain publicly fell apart, a team playing through a mist of frazzled entitlement, unable to process the lo...

‘Beyond Fleabag’: fresh female genius lights up this year’s Bafta TV nominations

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The good news is that the 2021 British Academy television awards recognise – as these trophies have not always done – glittering fresh genius where it appears. Two daringly written and visualised dramas with first-per...

Shark sketches, dinosaur drawings… my two-year-old thinks I’m a genius

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If you haven’t drawn something for a two-year-old recently, I highly recommend it. The reaction is immediate and delirious, although it could be down to my particularly good skills as an artist. My Iggle Piggle is ren...

Evil Genius 2: World Domination review – live out your Bond-villain fantasies

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Frustrated megalomaniacs take note – Evil Genius 2: World Domination will let you live out your Bond-villain fantasies in the safe space of a video game. With its tongue-in-cheek tone, it could be the backstory of Dr ...

Lewis Hamilton’s genius faces fresh test as he aims for record eighth title

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Even before his Formula One debut in 2007 there was a palpable air of something special about Lewis Hamilton. The talent was there, unpolished but impossible to ignore, as was his fierce desire to prove himself. Just ...

Genius: Aretha review – clunky Franklin biopic needs more respect

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The first season of National Geographic’s anthology series Genius centered around Albert Einstein. The second, Pablo Picasso. For the most part, these past iterations were formulaic melodramas anchored by magnetic lea...