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Andy Murray celebrates wedding ring’s return with crushing Indian Wells win

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Andy Murray, reunited with his wedding ring, played some of his best tennis as he beat Adrian Mannarino in their first-round match at Indian Wells. The former world No 1 had left his ring tied to shoes which he put ou...

Lord of the Rings orc was modeled after Harvey Weinstein, Elijah Wood reveals

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One orc among many in the Lord of the Rings movies was designed to resemble Harvey Weinstein as a “sort of fuck you” to the notorious producer, Elijah Wood, who played the hobbit Frodo in the series, told a Hollywood ...

Lord of the Rings actors praise Italian man who lives as a hobbit

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Lord of the Rings actors including Elijah Wood have expressed their support for the project of an Italian man who lives as a hobbit and is building his personal “shire” from JRR Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth in Ita...

Did you solve it? The magic of the Borromean rings

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Earlier today I set the following puzzle, inspired by the Borromean rings (left), which are three interlocking loops with the property that when you remove any one of them, the other two are no longer linked. In the p...

Can you solve it? The magic of the Borromean rings

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The image above is the Borromean rings, three interlinked rings that have the curious property that when any one of the rings is removed, the other two are no longer linked. The rings are studied by mathematicians and...

From fidget rings to moob tubes: this week’s fashion trends

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Fidget rings A late lockdown winner, these are rings designed to be fiddled with in video calls – and searches are up 500%, Etsy says. Fun Shoe Summer The breakout star of re-entry dressing? Fun footwear. Try Arket ...

Soviet TV version of Lord of the Rings rediscovered after 30 years

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A Soviet television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings thought to have been lost to time was rediscovered and posted on YouTube last week, delighting Russian-language fans of JRR Tolkien. The 1991 made-for-TV film, K...

JRR Tolkien’s own illustrations appear in Lord of the Rings for the first time

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A series of paintings and sketches created by JRR Tolkien while he was writing The Lord of the Rings are to be included in the epic fantasy novel for the first time since its publication in 1954. Tolkien was always mo...

Generation review – ambitious, sexually fluid teen show rings hollow

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There were several moments in the pilot of Generation (styled Genera+ion), HBO Max’s spunky rejoinder to HBO’s popular Euphoria, that made me laugh out loud, and not in a good way. The half-hour dramedy about free-whe...

David Miliband: ‘Global Britain? That phrase rings hollow’

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Political life is full of “sliding doors” moments, but few what-ifs are as resonant as David Miliband’s. A little more than a decade ago, for a report in the Observer, I went out on the road with him and his brother –...