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The Great British Bake Off 2021 review – joyous TV that shows no signs of staleness

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The year may come when the return of The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4) is not a tonic, a comfort, and a joy that’s all the finer for being low-key. This is not that year. Series 12 shows no early signs of stalene...

Jimmy Greaves, England and Tottenham great, dies aged 81

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Jimmy Greaves, feted as one of England’s greatest strikers and a member of the squad that won the 1966 World Cup, has died at the age of 81. “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greave...

Caked crusaders: how The Great British Bake Off took over the world

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Last week a visitor to the Great British Bake Off set was on the phone to her mother in South Africa. “She was having her hair done at the time, and she said to the hairdresser, my daughter is on the set of The Great ...

A flying great white shark: Chris Fallows’ best photograph

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There is no more iconic species on the planet than the great white shark. Everybody knows what they are, even in the most landlocked countries on Earth, and people are fascinated by them. The great white sharks at Sea...

The Great British Bake Off 2021: this year’s contestants – ranked!

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A new series of The Great British Bake Off is upon us. In just one week, 12 contestants will enter a big tent and be judged on their ability to create a wide variety of impractical food on demand. It must be daunting ...

‘2020 was a damp squib’: Great North Run veterans hail its return

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Ron Snaith felt like part of his life was missing last year. Now retired after four decades as a shipbuilder and joiner in the north-east of England, he would normally spend his summer evenings kitted up and training ...

Volcanoes, gelato and canals: Italy’s great small cities chosen by readers

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A little piece of my soul was left in Polignano a Mare, a beautiful slice of real Italian life in Puglia. Pretty houses perching on clifftops overlooking emerald seas, a labyrinth of streets leading to a stunning old ...

Thanks to Real Housewives, I no longer dread getting older. Honestly, it looks great

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In a now legendary Real Housewives of New York scene, then 49-year-old Luann de Lesseps is hungover and unapologetic. On a girls trip to Turks and Caicos, a wild night of partying has ended with a naked man asleep in ...

Suddenly, my 94-year-old great aunt must leave her care home

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My 94-year-old great-aunt, along with other residents, has been given six weeks to leave her care home, the Peele in Wythenshawe, which is closing for refurbishment. She has no short-term memory and has made friends ...

Jungle review – the sound of the Great Resumption

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If there ever were ever a time when people were crying out for uncomplicated party music, it would be right about now. Cometh the end of restrictions, cometh the band: Jungle, two west London singer-producers and thei...

‘A great player, a great human being’: Solskjær excited about Ronaldo

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Cristiano Ronaldo will relish the challenge of proving age is just a number on his return to the Premier League and says Manchester United were always going to pounce when such a “special ...

Cape Cod: eight great white sharks seen feeding on humpback whale carcass

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For those aboard a recent whale watching cruise off Cape Cod, the decomposing carcass of a year-old humpback calf floating in the waters of the Stellwagen Bank national marine sanctuary made for a heartbreaking sight....

From the Thames to the Tyne: what to see and do on five of Britain’s great rivers

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We want our waterways to be the life-giving arteries of our country, not its sewage pipes. Whether boating on them, walking their banks or sipping a pint by their side, enjoying our rivers is a delight and a right, an...

How John Cage, the great disrupter, had the last laugh – by writing beautiful music

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In the summer of 1990 John Cage gave a lecture at the International New Music gathering in Darmstadt, Germany, and effectively admitted defeat. The then 76-year-old US composer announced that his philosophical ideas o...

The Guardian view on the G7’s great game: the Taliban rules in Kabul

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It speaks volumes about the world today that a US president was more worried about the Taliban looking weak than about his western allies. Britain, France and Germany asked Joe Biden to continue evacuating civilians f...

Do dress up, don’t get drunk: how to have a great virtual date

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As if first dates aren’t awkward enough, along comes video dating to add an extra layer of tech frustration and misinterpreted body language to the mix. During lockdown, video calls – either within a dating app, or on...

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