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The Princess review – Diana’s story remains captivating – and agonising

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She has grown not old as those who are left grew old: the “royal watchers”, the journalists, the charity workers, the prime ministers, the paparazzi, the ex-husband and the two sons, both now older than she was when s...

‘We danced naked in Hyde Park – and then changed the world’: the inside story of UK Pride, 50 years on

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When LGBTQ+ rights activists took to the streets for Britain’s first Pride march in 1972, some knew they were making history; others saw it as just another protest. The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) – the pioneering move...

Why Britain desperately needs a news story about ‘glorious weather’

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I never saw my mother in a swimsuit, and I only once remember my father in one. In Fife in the 1920s, when both of them were young, sun-worshipping had yet to catch on. When my father swam, he swam in rivers, and then...

Minions: The Rise of Gru review – feeble origin story hopefully lays franchise to rest

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Here is the fifth in the Despicable Me family animation franchise, all about the east European supervillain called Gru and his bug-eyed little yellow henchcreatures, speaking speeded-up Franco-Italian gobbledegook. In...

The Offer review – Godfather origin story drags on for longer than all three movies

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It’s probably unfair of me to be put off The Offer (Paramount+), about the making of The Godfather, by the memories of all those lads you meet in your late teens to mid-20s who use their knowledge of the film and its ...

No 10 confirms it asked the Times to drop Carrie Johnson story

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The Times swiftly withdrew a story that made allegations about the prime minister and his wife after Downing Street intervened to complain about it, No 10 has confirmed. The piece alleged that Boris Johnson attempted ...

Carrie Johnson and the curious case of the vanishing Times story

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At first glance, the story appeared to be the political scoop of the weekend. On Saturday, the Times reported claims that Boris Johnson had tried to hire his now wife as his chief of staff when he was foreign secretar...

Group of men storm Drag Queen Story Hour in California in possible hate crime

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Authorities in the San Francisco Bay area are investigating a possible hate crime after a group of men stormed into a library where a drag queen was hosting a children’s reading event, and allegedly shouted homophobic...

Woman reunited with skates after 40 years in modern-day Cinderella story

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When Renée Forrestall slipped her feet into the worn pair of dingy white roller skates, it was like stepping into the past. It had been decades since she had last roller-skated, but as she approached 60, she thought s...

TV tonight: My Name is Leon is a beautiful story about a boy taken into care

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Leon is a nine-year-old, mixed-race boy growing up in 1980s Birmingham who likes watching TV, playing with his Action Man and munching on Curly Wurly bars. He also desperately wants to be reunited with his mum and bab...

‘The story enraged me’ – US artist Deborah Roberts on her Child Q collage

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Deborah Roberts seemed to explode on to the art scene only recently with her poignant collages of black life, but the 60-year-old African American has been working assiduously as an artist for three decades. Until a f...

The Haunting of Susan A review – a pint of fear in pub theatre’s ghost story

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The jump scares are perfectly placed in Mark Ravenhill’s delightfully tense new production which is focused on the history and hauntings of the King’s Head theatre, where he is co-artistic director. Though patchy in p...

Escape from Auschwitz: the most extraordinary Holocaust story you’ve never heard

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Escape was lunacy, escape was death. To attempt it was suicide. That much had been taught to Walter Rosenberg early, within a week of his arrival in Auschwitz, aged just 17, at the start of July 1942. One afternoon, h...

TV tonight: the terrifying story of Once Upon a Time in Londongrad

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“I’m often asked, as an investigative journalist, whether I get scared doing this kind of work,” says reporter Heidi Blake, who talks us through this six-parter. “My honest answer has always been no – but I have to sa...

How the narrative of full employment Britain hides the real story

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The message from the government is clear. A booming labour market represents the silver lining to the dark cloud hanging over the economy. There are more job vacancies than there are people officially classified as ou...

‘I fell in love with it in a profound way’: how The Quiet Girl’s fostering story captured its director’s heart

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Colm Bairéad resigned himself to walking away empty-handed from the Irish Film and TV awards in March. His tiny-budget Irish language drama The Quiet Girl was up against Kenneth Branagh’s multi-Oscar-nominated juggern...

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