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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 ...

Paul by Daisy Lafarge review – a woman at a loss for words

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Daisy Lafarge’s debut novel – she’s also published a poetry collection with Granta – won a Betty Trask award, open to novelists under 35. Paul takes the reader inside the head of a young woman who keeps finding hersel...

‘I was filled with dread’: after her father killed her mother, Amani Haydar found words to heal

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The day after Amani Haydar’s father murdered her mother, the rewriting of her life’s story began. Her childhood, her memories, her beliefs, her ideas about her parent’s relationship – they were all up for reassessment...

The Place of No Words review – a dying father’s magical travels with his son

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This film is a charming family affair. Director Mark Webber stars with his wife Teresa Palmer and their son Bodhi, in a magical realist story that feels at once awe-inspiring and intimate. A dying father struggles to ...

Despite the grand words, this G7 falls devastatingly short on vaccines

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The history of international summits is a tale of missed opportunities. When the US and Europe met in Evian in 1938, with the evidence of Nazi antisemitism stunningly clear and the risk of a looming holocaust all too ...

Healing words: Taiwan’s tribes fight to save their disappearing languages

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In a modest conference room near the edge of Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake, Panu Kapamumu holds up an unwieldy A3 booklet. The home-printed document contains every known word of Thao, the language of his Indigenous tribe. Ka...

Blind date: ‘Describe him in three words? Confident, charming, intelligent’

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What were you hoping for?A nice dinner with interesting company. Failing that, a funny story. First impressions?“Great coat – I wonder if that’s my date”, as I walked past the table twice in a late, confused rush aft...

Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor review – beyond words

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Jon McGregor has a quietly and brilliantly transformative way of mixing up genres. His 2017 novel Reservoir 13, winner of the Costa novel award and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize, began with news that a girl was...

‘Fuel on the fire’: war of words between Australia and China stokes tension

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Scott Morrison says Australia’s defence policies are “designed to pursue peace” – but some analysts are worried the increasingly stark warnings from his government about the threat of a military clash with China could...

Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams review – a gentle, hopeful story

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In 1901, a concerned member of the public wrote to the men compiling the first Oxford English Dictionary to let them know that there was a word missing. In 1857 the Unregistered Words Committee of the Philological Soc...

Mason Mount forces ‘honest scuffler’ critics to eat their words

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A common misconception about Mason Mount is that he saves his best work for off the ball, winning over his managers by being a very well behaved boy when his team are under pressure. The teacher’s pet narrative sees t...

Blind date: ‘Describe him in three words? Better suited elsewhere’

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What were you hoping for?It was something new for me, so I went in with an open mind. First impressions?Nicki was happy and smiling from the get-go, which made it super easy to get the conversation rolling. What did ...