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A garden snail: it knows the rose only by its smell and soft petals

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A garden snail is eating your roses. “Little snail / Dreaming you go / Weather and rose / Is all you know,” wrote Langston Hughes. It is night time, the snail’s time, after dew or rain – when the snail is happiest, be...

Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beauty review – the most sublime show of the year?

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The show of the season, if not the year, is a sequence of 36 visions of such overwhelming beauty at the Dulwich Picture Gallery that the urge is to remain there all day. It is like being surrounded by some ever-changi...

Helen Marten review – Turner winner’s new show leaves you gasping

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A number of drawings by Helen Marten hang in the small rear gallery at Sadie Coles HQ. A close up of a coyote’s belly and abdomen, delicately drawn; a cat; people playing pool. Some make me think of surrealist André M...

The nature of a dragonfly: weigher of souls

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Dragonflies have a near-perfect hunting record, successfully grabbing their prey in mid-air 95% of the time: they do this while flying skywards, earthwards, side to side, backwards and upside down. In one experiment, ...

If the US really cared about freedom in Cuba, it would end its punishing sanctions

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The violent protests that erupted in Cuba in early July were the first serious social disturbances since the “Maleconazo” of 1994, 27 years ago. Both these periods were characterised by deep economic crises. I was li...

A bat: In the city, they fly along routes that mirror roads

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Every evening in Sydney, clouds of bats move across the sky. They time their trip so that there is just too little light to make out anything more than a silhouette – which is just enough light so that you can see, ve...

Cuts to art subjects funding ‘walk us back 60 years’, says artist Helen Cammock

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The Turner prize-winning artist Helen Cammock has condemned the government’s decision to halve higher education funding for some arts subjects, calling it a move that will “walk us back 60 years” and make the arts a p...

Helen Glover insists ‘more to come’ after historic appearance in rowing pairs

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Helen Glover, the double Olympic rowing champion who came out of retirement last year in a bid to win a third gold medal in what she has described as a “lockdown project that’s gone too far”, insisted there was “more ...

Helen Glover on her Olympic return: ‘It’s like a lockdown project that’s gone too far’

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“Everyone likes a daydream and something that’s just so ridiculous it excites you anyway,” Helen Glover says as she contemplates making history. The double Olympic rowing champion in the women’s pair then sinks back i...

A bee: before it dies, its mouth opens and closes, kissing the ground

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A small girl is eating ice cream. She is at a lake, “Zoo Lake”, in the middle of a city. People who live nearby hear the Zoo’s lions roaring at night. (A world and a century away, in Innisfree, Yeats lives “alone in t...

Health minister Helen Whately used private email for government work

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A third health minister used a private email account for government business, the Guardian can reveal, as the UK’s information watchdog said it was considering launching an investigation into the use of Gmail by Matt ...

Helen Garner on Janet Malcolm: ‘Her writing turns us into better readers’

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I can’t remember which of Janet Malcolm’s books I read first. She seems to have been making things blossom in my head since the day I started thinking purposefully about anything. She was the author of 12 books, inclu...

Helen Glover: ‘I’ve never demonstrated self-restraint with ice-cream’

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My dad has an ice-cream shop in Newlyn, Cornwall, called Jelbert’s. It’s been in our family for about 100 years. I remember when my dad would go to work and we were getting ready for school, we had this ritual of runn...

‘Like a Rothko dancing wildly to jazz’ – Helen Frankenthaler review

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You generally have to go to New York to do abstract expressionism properly. For a moment, among Helen Frankenthaler’s very, very big paintings, I thought I was there among the skyscrapers, until I looked out of the wi...

An oyster: they can hear the breaking waves

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On the oyster’s edge, under the sea, on a rock, a tree root, a bamboo pole, a pebble, a tile or another shell, the bivalve’s cilia – from the Latin for eyelash – are waving. Together, they move water over the oyster’s...

G7 partners survive small talk at ultimate office awayday

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It could be said that anyone who voluntarily attends their partner’s office party is either a masochist or has trust issues. So, why, then, do the spouses of world leaders feel obliged to turn up to global summits? Or...

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