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Dürer’s Journeys review – magical sensual mystery tour is slowed to a sedate plod

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In Albrecht Dürer’s print The Sea Monster, a woman lies, quite happy with her lot, on the back of a bizarre beast as he swims away with her. He has a scaly body, bearded human face and antlers. Wearing nothing much bu...

Cryptozoo review – trippy animation about magical creatures packs a punch

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Utterly bizarre in the best possible way, this lovingly handmade animated feature by writer-director Dash Shaw (originally a comic book/graphic novelist) isn’t like anything you’ve seen before. Unless, that is, you’ve...

‘Something magical happens’: the cameras helping refugee children to heal

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Serbest Salih studied photography at college in Aleppo, before fleeing Syria with his family in 2014 as Islamic State fighters advanced on his home town of Kobani. He is now one of an estimated 100,000 refugees living...

Anfield offers reminder of its magical power on Liverpool rollercoaster ride

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“Proper Champions League”. You said it, Jürgen. At times in the second half at Anfield, as the red and cream shapes spun and surged, exchanging darts and overloads, as the crowd generated that rolling surge of heat an...

Top 10 magical short stories

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According to the blurb writer on my Penguin Classics copy, Hans Christian Andersen was the “first writer to create timeless universal fairytales from his own imagination”. (Islamic golden age: “Are you sure?”) It’s ac...

Green Man festival review – magical return for this psychedelic carnival

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‘This is friggin’ overwhelming,” exclaims Nadine Shah, grasping for words to sum up the hyper-emotional, multi-sensory overload that was returning to a music festival. Everyone present for the Tyne and Wear singer’s r...

‘Just magical’: joy for Tamberi and Barshim as they opt to share gold in men’s high jump

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Two athletes who agreed to share gold medals in the Olympics men’s high jump competition, in what is likely to be remembered as one of the most heartwarming moments of the Tokyo Games, have been flooded with praise. I...

The Place of No Words review – a dying father’s magical travels with his son

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This film is a charming family affair. Director Mark Webber stars with his wife Teresa Palmer and their son Bodhi, in a magical realist story that feels at once awe-inspiring and intimate. A dying father struggles to ...

‘Magical’: synchronous fireflies light up US national parks

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As fireflies in the southern Appalachians search for their mates each year, a crowd of people awaits them, hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare light show known to some as a life-changing experience. For two weeks in l...

A magical month for gardeners

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June, the month of weeding and watering. The official end of spring and – hopefully any fear of frost. Time of the longest day (we’ll avoid the doom-laden tick tock of the summer garden clock). The weeks of first harv...

Chimps in lingerie from a magical master – Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict review

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The holes in Michael Armitage’s paintings are worrying. He paints on lubugo bark cloth, which plainly isn’t as strong as canvas and naturally breaks in places to create these disappearances. It’s a lovely effect, sugg...

The Nevers review – not even magical aliens can save this cursed mess

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The Nevers (Sky Atlantic) is a mess, within and without. Without, there were the massing allegations against its creator Joss Whedon of bullying, verbal and misogynistic abuse and toxicity on his sets (first from Just...

The Underground Railroad review – harrowing, magical, masterful TV

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Director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s prizewinning novel The Underground Railroad (Amazon) is as unbearably bleak, brutal and brilliant as the book. You could question a couple of the choices made w...

Magical Mbappé and marvellous Mount – Football Weekly Extra

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, Jacob Steinberg and Archie Rhind-Tutt to discuss the Champions League quarter-finals, preview the Premier League action and talk takeovers ...

Witch Camp (Ghana): I’ve Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be review – magical sound of the marginalised

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(Six Degrees)Sung in little-spoken Ghanaian dialects, these haunting, spontaneous songs by women accused of witchcraft are unlike anything you have ever heardNow that it is fashionable for aggrieved political factions...