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‘Every time you commit an antisocial act, push an acorn into the ground’: Rebecca Solnit on Orwell’s lessons from nature

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In the spring of 1936 a writer planted roses. I had known this for more than three decades and never thought enough about what that meant until a November day a few years ago, when I was under doctor’s orders to recup...

Kylie Minogue’s going home, but we’ll never get her out of our heads

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Kylie Minogue has revealed that after 30 years of living in the UK, she is moving back to Australia, the country of her birth. “I’ve had friends call me, my friend at my local restaurant was like, ‘Kylie, what do you ...

Congress is on the cusp of passing the most pivotal bill in years – if we make them

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What if the fate of the world was complicated and also, to most people, a bit boring? What if we got a chance to change the world or even save it, and hardly anyone noticed? I hardly dare to start this essay with the ...

Beba review – Rebecca Huntt’s personal, probing documentary-memoir

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The New York artist and film-maker Rebecca Huntt makes her feature debut with this unsentimental documentary-memoir of discontent titled Beba – her childhood nickname. It reflects upon her complicated upbringing as an...

Ant and Dec, the kings of comfort TV make it 20 in a row

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It’s the winning streak that everyone has been talking about. For the 20th straight year, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have walked away with the National Television award for best TV presenter(s). “The first year...

Nia DaCosta is giving us shivers while making history

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As those of us who grew up in the 1990s can attest, the thought of saying “Candyman” in the mirror five times is enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck even now. It was a terrible time for anyone with an o...

Republicans seethe with violence and lies. Texas is part of a bigger war they’re waging

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The American right has been drunk on its freedom from two kinds of inhibition since Donald Trump appeared to guide them into the promised land of their unleashed ids. One is the inhibition from lies, the other from vi...

Mary Cook’s delightful malapropisms while she watched TV will be missed by many

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Occasionally, it happens with a Jed Mercurio drama, sometimes with an ill-advised interview inexplicably offered up by a member of the royal family, but television’s ability to conjure up a must-see moment has been wa...

I’m stirred by Daniel Craig’s plan to give away his fortune

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For many people, Daniel Craig climbing out of the sea in his swimming trunks is a turn-on; for me, it’s Daniel Craig talking about financial responsibility. “Isn’t there an old adage that if you die a rich person, you...

The IPCC’s latest climate report is dire. But it also included some prospects for hope

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The first response many of us have to a cancer diagnosis is terror, horror and the conviction that we’re doomed. For those who haven’t been paying serious ongoing attention to climate chaos, reminders that we are faci...

Words don’t fail Patti Smith. That’s why she is still my superstar

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A recent study by the online search tool Wordtips assessed the number of unique words used in the lyrics of 100 music “legends” and 100 modern pop stars. (Rappers were excluded as they had their own survey a few years...

Pop maestro Simon Cowell finally bows to the public’s resounding ‘no’ vote

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Like a knackered old cruise singer who has finally decided that this cover of Make You Feel My Love will be, must be, their last, The X Factor has slunk offstage for good. The talent show has not been on air since 201...

Time to give those in charge of female athletics short shrift

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Last week, the double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen shared a story of an incident at the English Athletics Championships. When she had just finished her long jump competition, a female official said “my sprin...

Mental illness is a reality – so why does ‘mental health’ get all the attention?

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We talk a lot about “mental health” these days, and references to mental illness are becoming rarer. The focus is on being well, and on recovery, which is very encouraging. But it’s not so good if you don’t actually m...

Does it matter that we talk about ‘mental health’ more than ‘mental illness’?

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We talk a lot about “mental health” these days, and references to mental illness are becoming rarer. The focus is on being well, and on recovery, which is very encouraging. But it’s not so good if you don’t actually m...

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