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The name’s not Bond: where next for 007?

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It’s been long enough now since the release of No Time to Die, the latest blockbuster in the Bond mega-franchise, to assume that fans of 007 have now seen the film, and that those who haven’t seen it don’t care about ...

Justin Trudeau names women to top posts in Canada cabinet reshuffle

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Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has carried out a major cabinet shuffle, naming women to the foreign affairs and defense posts in his gender-balanced cabinet. Trudeau named Mélanie Joly as foreign minister an...

Yorkshire Regiment names soldier who died on army exercise on Salisbury Plain

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A soldier who died during an army training exercise on Salisbury Plain on Friday has been named as Pte Jethro Watson-Pickering. The 23-year-old was from the village of Boosbeck, North Yorkshire, and had been “part of ...

Rafiq accuses Yorkshire of protecting abusers by refusing to publish names

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Azeem Rafiq has accused Yorkshire of protecting the people who abused him during his two spells at the club by refusing to publish their names or the report that eventually forced the county to admit that Rafiq had be...

‘Genius dogs’ can learn names of more than 100 toys, study finds

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Your dog might follow commands such as “sit”, or become uncontrollably excited at the mention of the word “walkies”, but when it comes to remembering the names of toys and other everyday items, most seem pretty absent...

When women of color disappear, who says their names?

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Gabby Petito was eulogized last week, her father celebrating the adventurous spirit who took her final road trip. To the many people who followed her story in the news, she was Gabby. Like a daughter, a sister, a niec...

‘We ought to try more’: how to pronounce footballers’ names

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International tournaments expose us to new players, teams and styles of football. Euro 2020 gave us the chance to watch North Macedonia and Finland on such a grand stage for the first time. Although, what can be excit...

Tunisia’s president names Najla Bouden as country’s first female PM

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Tunisia’s president named geologist Najla Bouden as the country’s first ever female prime minister-designate on Wednesday, to form a government with limited executive clout after the president seized wide-ranging powe...

DeSantis names doctor opposed to masks and vaccine mandates as Florida’s surgeon general

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A medical professor who is opposed to mask and vaccine mandates, attacked concern over the pandemic as “Covid mania” and likened the eating of fruit and vegetables to the benefits of vaccination has been named as Flor...

Zinedine becomes Antoine as satirical site fixes ‘un-French’ names

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When a far-right political journalist and possible presidential contender began talking about people having “un-French” names, there really was only one response: satire. The humorous website Vite Mon Prénom (My Name,...

Utrecht looks at paying for descendants of enslaved people to change names

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The city of Utrecht could pay for descendants of enslaved people to change their names, a sign of the growing debate in the Netherlands about its colonial past. Many enslaved people were given the names of their owner...

Wiegman names first England squad as Euros and World Cup countdown begins

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Sarina Wiegman sounded the starting gun on a race against time as she named her first squad since being installed as England’s new manager last week. The former Netherlands coach avoided radical change, instead opting...

10 essential tricks for remembering people’s names

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Say what you will about the rule of six: at least it was easy to keep up with everyone. Now that most restrictions in the UK have been lifted, we might not only be catching up with acquaintances we have not seen for w...

How often have players with rhyming names created goals for each other?

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“After Tyrone Mings set up Danny Ings to score against Newcastle last weekend, have there been any other high-profile examples of players with rhyming names setting up goals for each other?” ponders Steve Maybury. The...

‘Cat Torturers names withheld’: Edith Sitwell’s gossipy address book found

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Edith Sitwell was known for her scathing assessments of her contemporaries as much as for her poetry, famously dismissing FR Leavis a “tiresome, whining, pettifogging little pipsqueak”, and DH Lawrence as “a plaster g...

Sunken treasure, papal names and an angry Alan Partridge – take the Thursday quiz

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It’s that time again, for the slightly diminished Thursday quiz featuring fourteen questions about general knowledge and topical trivia, lightened by the presence of a handful of jokes, a hidden Doctor Who reference, ...

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