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Tycoon Dimitris Daskalopoulos gives away huge haul of modern art

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In his airy office in north Athens, Dimitris Daskalopoulos likes to point out his Ego piece that can easily go unnoticed on a back wall. Seen from afar, the three letters integral to the painting are faintly discernib...

Patel seeks to curb modern slavery claims as Rwanda plan labelled ‘government by gimmick’

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Priti Patel has been accused by Labour of participating in a “government by gimmick” in the aftermath of the 11th-hour cancellation on Tuesday of the inaugural flight taking asylum seekers to Rwanda. As the home secre...

Best podcasts of the week: A modern take on Pride and Prejudice from Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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I Was Never ThereWidely available, episodes weekly from 9 JunMarsha Ferber made an impression on most people she met – and many have an opinion on what happened when she disappeared in 1988. In this eight-parter, moth...

Ambivalence about the Queen seems modern – but it’s actually a Victorian feeling

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When the machine begins to break down, nobody is spared: even in the most majestic corporeality, bones ache, muscles weaken, tendons hurt, joints creak. Walking, previously a thoughtless activity, now needs deliberati...

The face of modern slavery in Malawi: Håvard Bjelland’s best photograph

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I took this photograph last year in northern Malawi. It’s part of a project for Norwegian Church Aid, an NGO that documents modern slavery in the mining industry. It’s very hard to believe your own eyes when you see w...

Fresh review – modern dating is hell in sly and gory thriller

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There’s a specific cruelty to modern dating, a seemingly unending grind of gut-punching disappointment and hurt, something that’s easily judged and lampooned by those no longer in the game but something that’s really ...

A modern twist on the Middle Eastern aesthetic in Beirut

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When furniture designer Nada Debs first moved to Beirut from London in 2000 on a quest to reconnect with her Lebanese roots, her parents offered her the apartment they’d bought in the 1980s. “At the time it was rented...

Early modern witch-hunts ‘left Britain with collective wound’

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Women today are experiencing the “inherited trauma” of the persecution and execution of their forebears who were branded as witches, according to the curator of a new exhibition on the period known as “the burning tim...

Cripes! Spotty becomes Scotty as the Beano reflects modern thought

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Almost 70 years after his first appearance as one of the Bash Street Kids in the Beano, the character Spotty has been renamed in the comic’s December issue as its publishers seek to reflect more sensitive modern-day t...

‘Riz Ahmed would bring intensity and a truly modern sensibility’: readers on who should be the next 007

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Speculation has surrounded the choice of the next actor to play James Bond after Daniel Craig hung up his tux with No Time to Die. On 7 December Barbara Broccoli, producer of the Bond franchise, told Hollywood Reporte...

From Russia with schmaltz: Moscow’s answer to Tate Modern opens with a Santa Barbara satire

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First Vladimir Putin came to visit. Then, for the second day in a row, the artists were turfed out of GES-2, a prestigious new arts centre built in a disused power station, as police and men in suits swarmed in for wh...

Are gold hoop earrings the ‘string of pearls’ of the modern age?

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Pearls ruled the 20th century. Jackie Kennedy described them as “always appropriate”. Diana Vreeland once fired off a memo to staff demanding to see more of them on the pages of Vogue: “Nothing gives the luxury of pea...

‘She defined modern Germany’: Blair, Barroso and Prodi on Angela Merkel

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European Commission president, 2004-14 In the 10 years I led the European Commission, Angela Merkel was clearly the most influential national leader in Europe. But at her first G8 summit, in 2006, she was still relat...

How Penguin’s Modern Classics dared us to judge a book by its cover

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If a publisher declares a book to be a classic, as Penguin has been doing for the past 75 years with its Classics series, and since 1961 with the Modern Classics offshoot, it raises a number of potentially knotty ques...

Modern Games romps home after being reinstated at Breeders’ Cup meeting

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The first day of the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar racecourse in California concluded in extraordinary and chaotic circumstances on Friday after Modern Games, trained in Newmarket by Charlie Appleby, was scratched ...

Men behind the mask: masculinity in the modern age – a photo essay

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I was born and raised in Liverpool, United Kingdom. I had a strong sense of community and enjoyed the benefits of a loving and supportive network of friends and family. However, I struggled with my sense of identity f...

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