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A pivotal moment: Pacific faces a choice over China that will shape it for decades

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It was the week that everything changed. For years, security analysts and politicians have warned of the rise of China in the Pacific. Officials representing Beijing have been working slowly and, for the most part, qu...

Trump heads to Georgia in high-stakes bid to shape Republican primaries

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Donald Trump’s continuing effort to bend national Republican candidates to his will and the party to do his bidding faces a test in the key state of Georgia on Saturday as the former president holds a score-settling r...

Tips of the hat: how to keep your headgear in great shape

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Despite growing up under the tyranny of “no hat, no play”, it wasn’t until my late 20s that I started wearing a hat every time I was in the sun (motivated mostly by the threat of accelerated ageing). To make it fun, I...

Shape shifters: the dramatic barn that’s a live-work space for two sculptors

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The Matt Black Barn is a “forklift-friendly” live-work space belonging to the renowned British sculptors, Laura Ford and Andrew Sabin. It sits between the villages of Emsworth and Bosham, just north of Chichester harb...

On the far side of borders, a new Ireland is taking shape

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A powerful new play has just opened at Belfast’s Lyric theatre. The Border Game, by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney, is a fractured love story and a sharp political satire about the legacy of partition. Its setting ...

Penne for your thoughts: a love letter to my favourite pasta shape

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As a lifelong vegetarian, I’ve been asked what I “actually eat” more times than I’ve had hot dinners (pun intended). The truth is complicated – but if I had to pick one food to live on for the rest of my life, it woul...

A perfect pairing: find the right pasta shape for your sauce

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“Life is a combination of magic – and pasta,” the Italian film director Federico Fellini once said. And if, like me, you’re a devoted pastaphile, you’ll almost certainly agree with Fellini’s worldview. For something s...

Coronavirus live news: WHO monitoring new Mu variant; stark Covid divides could shape Europe for generations – study

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Mu has been designated a ‘variant of interest’ and has mutations suggesting it could be more resistant to vaccines; New Zealand records 75 cases after two days of falls

Covid’s toxic divides could shape Europe for years, study says

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Radically different experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic have created toxic geographical, generational and societal divides across Europe that could shape the continent’s politics for years to come, according to a stu...

Gareth Southgate must combat Germany’s agents of chaos – but first, pick a shape

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Nothing in football is ever straightforward. There are few rights and few wrongs; almost everything is contingent. But even within that context, England’s game against Germany on Tuesday is hard to pin down. There are...

India v New Zealand: how the World Test Championship finalists shape up

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Cricket, like an elderly relative, prefers to take its time. After inventing the Test match in 1877, it needed 94 years to come up with the one-day international. Now, another 50 years on, we finally have a World Test...

‘The aliens are here’: how movies shape Dominic Cummings’ vision

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There are three ways to look at Dominic Cummings’ explosive appearance at yesterday’s joint session of the Commons health and science and technology committees. The first is that we witnessed a brave whistleblower spe...

Second Place by Rachel Cusk review – psychodrama in the shape of a social comedy

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Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy essentially took the form of a string of monologues heard by a silhouetted but recognisably Cusk-like narrator as she teaches writing, renovates her flat and embarks on a book tour. As we...