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Madonna: Madame X review – tour doc prostrates itself before queen of pop

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This documentary opens with the old James Baldwin quotation about artists being here to disturb the peace, alongside a montage of the many controversies Madonna has sparked over the course of her career. There’s the q...

The BBC needs to get much better at defending itself

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Given that the BBC has to endure a daily barrage of envy from less popular competitors, you would think by now it would have become more expert at defending itself. Private Eye reported that during the summer more tha...

Joke theft is as old as comedy itself – and not easy to prove

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The most notable thing about the plagiarism row raging between Kae Kurd and Darius Davies is that it’s heading for the courts. Joke theft is as old as comedy, the rancorous underbelly to an industry that presents itse...

The west has to ask itself: if IS is the enemy, does that make the Taliban our friends?

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After the bloodshed at Kabul airport, the grim reality for those who want to prevent Islamic State’s affiliate causing further murder and mayhem in Afghanistan is that in practice their best partner for this complex a...

Sam Lee review – a cry from nature itself

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For as long as there has been folk music, it seems, there has been discussion of its value and purpose. Usually the debate is framed as a binary. Ought folk music to honour the past as authentically as possible, or up...

Man Under Table review – microbudget meta comedy makes fun of itself

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At one point, the screenwriter protagonist of this microbudget meta comedy observes to the shady producer he’s working with that “this isn’t really a movie, just a bunch of scenes about some random guy”. It’s funny be...

Gardening advice is at a premium as customer service helps itself to £25

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I had to chase an order from Garden Gear, a sister company of Thompson & Morgan, and was directed to the customer service helpline. This turned out to be a premium rate number and I was billed £25. I pointed out i...

Spooked review: exposé of murky world of private spies is a dodgy dossier itself

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When Christopher Steele’s dossier about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia was published by BuzzFeed News, the salacious part got more attention than anything else. But there was something else several reporters th...

Australia vows to ‘vigorously defend’ itself against China WTO complaint

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Beijing has launched a formal challenge against Australian tariffs on several Chinese products in the latest escalation of the dispute between the two countries. The Chinese government’s decision to take action throug...

‘Democracy itself is in peril’: Biden delivers Memorial Day speech – video

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Joe Biden warned in a speech commemorating the US's war dead on Memorial Day that American democracy was 'in peril' and called for empathy among his fellow citizens.Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery, the preside...

History repeats itself for Gigi Buffon as Juventus win the Coppa Italia

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As Juventus prepared for their last shot at a major trophy this season, Federico Chiesa approached Gigi Buffon. “You won this with my father,” said the forward to the goalkeeper. “Now you need to do the same with me.”...

Proud Boys Canada dissolves itself, months after designation as terrorist entity

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Proud Boys Canada, a far-right group that Ottawa named as a terrorist entity earlier this year, has dissolved itself, saying it has done nothing wrong, according to a statement by the organisation. In February, Canada...

Diana, Bashir, and that TV interview: now Panorama investigates itself

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It was one of the most controversial and shattering TV programmes the BBC has ever broadcast. And early next month, the corporation is to return – in a Panorama special – to its 1995 interview with Princess Diana by t...

Red Carpet review – rap-themed escape story loses itself in grim detail

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Apart from Google Street View employees’ driveways, the LA “underbelly” must be the most filmed place on the planet, from Kiss Me Deadly to Training Day. That capital of spiritual degradation is where this scratchy lo...

Nike distances itself from Lil Nas X ‘Satan shoes’ containing human blood

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Nike has denied involvement in an announcement by the singer Lil Nas X that he will release custom-made “Satan shoes”, sneakers which contain a drop of human blood. The singer collaborated with streetwear label MSCHF ...

Boris Johnson accuses SNP of seeking to ‘turn Scotland against itself’

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Boris Johnson has accused the Scottish National party of seeking to promote division and conflict when the United Kingdom should be solely focused on recovering from the pandemic. The prime minister told the Scottish ...

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