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Mission impossible? My red-carpet quest to thank Tom Cruise for his cake

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Some months ago, after waging a shameless and one-sided year-long campaign, I received a cake from Tom Cruise. The legend goes that he does this to hundreds of people every Christmas: his crews, his castmates, obnoxio...

Unchain Me review – Dostoevsky inspires secret mission on the streets of Brighton

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We are instructed to meet at a secret Brighton location for this site-specific show by the company dreamthinkspeak. For some of us that invites the usual anxieties: when will we be told of our meeting place? (Four hou...

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation witness backs war veteran’s version of events in Afghanistan mission

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There were no people in the tunnel at Whiskey 108, a former SAS soldier has told the federal court, backing Ben Roberts-Smith’s version of events of a fiercely contested Australian military mission in Afghanistan. The...

Market with a mission: non-profit grocery stores help heal ‘food deserts’

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When Mickey Henry wants bread or ice-cream, aspirin or even a cut of meat, he rolls up to Jubilee Market, nine blocks away from his house. For the 70-year-old retired truck driver, who survives on social security and...

Red-hot Jennifer Kupcho takes six-shot lead into Mission Hills major finale

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Jennifer Kupcho started fast and kept on going Saturday in the Chevron Championship to take a six-stroke lead into the last round ever at Mission Hills in the major championship. Kupcho shot an eighth-under 64 on anth...

US astronaut returns to Earth with Russian cosmonauts after record-breaking mission

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A Nasa astronaut caught a Russian ride back to Earth on Wednesday after a US record 355 days at the International Space Station, returning with two cosmonauts to a world torn apart by war. Mark Vande Hei landed in a S...

America prepares for its mission to the moon, 1965

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For the first issue of the Observer Magazine of 1965, John Davy went on a tour of locations involved with the US moon-shot programme, ‘the most breathtaking venture in history’ (‘Target moon’, 3 January 1965). He foun...

UN mission must see coral bleaching to get ‘whole picture’ of Great Barrier Reef, experts say

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A UN mission under way in Queensland to see if the Great Barrier Reef should be put on an “in danger” list will not get “the whole picture” unless it visits reefs currently experiencing coral bleaching, conservationis...

Indian spiritualist Sadhguru on 100-day motorbike mission to save soil

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One of India’s best-known spiritual leaders is embarking on a 100-day motorbike journey from London to India to raise awareness of one of nature’s most undervalued resources. Sadhguru, or Jaggi Vasudev, is setting off...

How did Mission: Impossible 7 become one of the most expensive films ever?

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Intentionally or not, Tom Cruise has become the public face of pandemic film-making. His long-awaited Top Gun sequel has been booted down the release schedules even more than No Time to Die; its original release date ...

Hongkongers launch hamster rescue mission after Covid cull declared

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Authorities and pet lovers in Hong Kong are locked in a game of cat and mouse, with citizens mounting a clandestine rescue operation for hamsters condemned to be euthanised over fears they could transmit Covid-19. On ...

Microsoft’s Activision merger faces real-world barriers to metaverse mission

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If the world of Call of Duty seems fraught enough when you are playing it, try being in it. That could be the consequence of Microsoft’s proposed $68.7bn (£50.4bn) acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the video games m...

‘We’re all citizens of planet Earth’: former astronaut Bill Nelson on his mission at Nasa

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When Apollo 11 launched in July 1969, Bill Nelson was an army lieutenant on leave behind the iron curtain, listening with colleagues to the BBC on shortwave radio. “There were three young Americans standing on the hil...

Sajid Javid says delivering Covid booster jabs is NHS’s new national mission

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Sajid Javid has said delivering booster jabs is “our new national mission” for the NHS, as he hinted that demands for GPs to return to face-to-face appointments could be dropped to let them do more vaccinating. The he...

Brecon Beacons incident: how rescue mission swung into action

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When the alarm was raised with members of the South Wales Caving Club on Saturday afternoon that a fellow caver was stuck underground with serious injuries, they sent out an alert to comrades across the country that h...

The mission was to restore Barclays’s good name, but will Jes Staley’s scandals undo his work?

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In August 2012, while sailing off Sweden in his 28-metre yacht the Bequia, Jes Staley took a series of calls that left him with the impression he was about to become chief executive of Barclays. The American had been ...

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