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David Lacey never wasted words – he used them to enrich the reader

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When David Lacey closed the lid of his laptop at the end of the 2002 World Cup final in Yokohama, an era was ending. It was the last match of his 30-year run as the Guardian’s football correspondent, and he concluded ...

Xbox at 20, in the words of the people who made its first games

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Twenty years since the launch of the original Xbox, its manufacturer Microsoft remains the new kid on the block: no new competitor has entered the home games console field since. Before 2001, Sega and Nintendo were th...

‘We are not on course’: scientists warn action must match words at Cop26

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Scientists attending Cop26 have sent a clear warning to policymakers: get a move on, because every moment of delay, every extra fraction of a degree of global heating will have dire consequences. That message has been...

Is India’s pledge of net zero by 2070 an ambitious target – or worthless words?

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It was the headline-grabbing announcement of the first day of Cop26: India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, pledging his country would go net zero by 2070. The declaration proved divisive. Some in the British press we...

‘We are digging our own graves’: world leaders’ powerful words at Cop26

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Alarm, anger and a few significant promises featured during speeches made by dozens of world leaders as crucial UN climate talks came to life in a cold and wet Glasgow on Monday. The tone was set by Boris Johnson, who...

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney review – a man of his words

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At the beginning of this two-volume book, Paul McCartney says that while he has no intention of writing his autobiography and has never kept a diary, it has been his habit throughout his adult life to turn his life ex...

All you can eat? I take those words as a promise – and a challenge

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There’s a Twitter account called Fake Showbiz News that is occasionally kind/cruel enough to feature me as the subject of one its “exclusives”. Even if there’s an unpleasant undertone to the story, I’m at the stage in...

Polish prime minister escalates war of words with EU over rule of law

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Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has clashed with the European Commission president and MEPs after accusing EU institutions of seeking to turn the country into a province, in an escalation of the battle be...

K-beauty, hallyu and mukbang: dozens of Korean words added to Oxford English Dictionary

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The Korean culture wave has swept through the editorial offices of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which has added more than 20 new words of Korean origin to its latest edition. The “definitive record of the Engl...

Listen by Kathryn Mannix review – a wise guide to finding the right words

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“Right now, there is quite likely to be a conversation you are trying to avoid,” writes Kathryn Mannix in her new book Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations, a follow-up to With the End in Mind, her m...

Something Out of Place by Eimear McBride review – a howl of despair hard to put into words

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A successful literary agent was reminiscing to me recently about her early days in publishing. Twenty years ago, two subjects were considered beyond the pale: baking and feminism. “If you said you had a book of essays...

Battle for the Soul: can Joe Biden beat Trump’s Republicans in the war of words?

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Joe Biden declared his third candidacy for president on 25 April 2019 in a three-and-a-half minute video. The format was new, but for Biden relied on an old-fashioned conception of masculinity. He talked about the 12...

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...

Password of three random words better than complex variation, experts say

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It is far better to concoct passwords made up of three random words than to use more complex variations involving streams of letters, numbers and symbols, UK government experts have said. The National Cyber Security C...

I saw Afghan interpreters translate so much more than words – now they live in terror

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The plight of hundreds of Afghan interpreters who have served alongside British forces over the past 20 years is becoming increasingly desperate. They are hunted by a resurgent Taliban. They are executed for “collabor...

State v state: war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns

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Australia was hit by the pandemic in what seemed a moment of national unity. Large stretches of the east coast had been on fire all summer and the nation had pulled together to help. Volunteers – from firefighters to ...

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