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November 21st, 2017 by admin

Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris?

What item would you choose to sum up humanity if you were, like Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, seeking out new life and new civilisations? A “five items or less” sign from a supermarket, with a note explaining why it should be “fewer”? Maybe a selection of press cuttings about the Greggs sausage roll Jesus controversy, summing up both humanity’s silliness and its capacity for overreaction?

Of course you wouldn’t. You’d do what the Barcelona electronic music festival Sónar has done to mark its 25th anniversary: send out 33 separate 10-second clips of music by electronic artists such as Autechre, Richie Hawtin and Holly Herndon.

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

British explorer who went missing in Papua New Guinea says he only accepted offer of airlift to safety for sake of his family

The British explorer Benedict Allen, who went missing in Papua New Guinea, has said he didn’t need rescuing last week and was not lost.

In his first broadcast interview since he was airlifted to safety, in a helicopter paid for by the Daily Mail, Allen claimed he only accepted the offer for the sake of his family, who were worried after he failed to meet a planned flight out of the area earlier in the week.

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

The prime minister’s rightwing pact with the DUP and the increasing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit has left the people in the north of Ireland staring into an abyss

• Michelle O’Neill is leader of Sinn Féin in the Northern Ireland assembly

The failure to restore the power-sharing administration in Belfast is a direct consequence of the Tory-DUP deal to prop up Theresa May’s government. It is undermining the entire talks process and shattering any remaining pretence of British government impartiality.

Related: Westminster imposes budget on Northern Ireland

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

Award-winning photographer David Levene has revealed an unparalleled cross-section of the urban 21st century over more than a decade documenting how people live and work in 70 cities. From east to west, using archive and never-before-seen images, we hear the story behind three of the most moving photographs in his new book – from Yangon in Myanmar, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia​ ​and​ Calais in France​ – and follow him back to his birthplace as he hunts for the final picture

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

Long before Denmark produced the supremely gifted Christian Eriksen, they gave the world one of the most elegant players in the history of the game

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The theory of collective intelligence is well-established. The “wisdom of the crowd” principle states that the averaged answer of a group of individuals outweighs that of a single expert on matters of spatial awareness, quantity estimation and general knowledge. It was first mooted by Aristotle, and has been continued by philosophers, statisticians and economists pretty much ever since. It is one good reason why juries and panels exist.

Without offending Aristotle, the Marquis de Condorcet and Francis Galton, Michael Laudrup’s lack of international recognition erodes confidence in the principle. Between 1989 and 1996, Denmark’s greatest ever player was European football’s finest footballer. Not only did European journalists fail to award Laudrup with France Football’s Ballon D’Or; he never even made the top three. That is an absolute travesty and Pep Guardiola agrees: “I just can’t believe he hasn’t won the title as best player in the world.”

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

Many of England’s squad have not played a Test in Australia but most have experience of conditions there and will be ready for the Ashes challenge

Back in 1949 John Arlott tried to work out exactly why the Ashes feels so much more special than England’s other Test series. He decided that it was not just that the rivalry had been running so long, or that Australia had so often been the better team, but because of their attitude towards the sport. “Australianism,” Arlott called it, “the single-minded determination to win – to win within the laws but, if necessary, to the last limit within them.”

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

The US musician, who co-wrote multiple hits for the Smokey Robinson-led band, has died aged 78

Warren “Pete” Moore, vocalist and songwriter with the seminal Smokey Robinson-fronted Motown outfit the Miracles, has died.

Moore was a childhood friend of Robinson. They grew up in Detroit and, as teenagers, co-founded a vocal group that would later become the Miracles. The band had 26 Top 40 hits in the US, including You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me and Shop Around. In 1970, they had a No 1 hit in the UK and US with The Tears of a Clown.

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

Britain borrowed more than expected last month, but borrowing is still down since the start of the financial year

10.27am GMT

Ross Campbell, public sector director at accountancy group ICAEW, says Philip Hammond doesn’t have much wriggle room for tomorrow’s budget.

Looking at the annual trend, we are still running a large deficit which means our national debt continues to grow.

10.21am GMT

UK public sector borrowing rose to £8bn in October (est. £7bn), up £500m since the same period last year, linked to recent higher inflation and increased debt costs.

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November 21st, 2017 by admin
  • Updates from the final match of the series at Canberra’s Manuka Oval
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10.35am GMT

15th over: England 132-3 (Wyatt 86, Knight 32)

Wyatt is the gunslinger. Sharpshooter. Lines up Kimmince’s medium pace, and plays an outrageous shot. Inside-out square drive. Through the gap at point. Cover and backward are there, but no one square. Four runs. Has a big swing at the next, and edges four more! Genuine nicks are good T20 shots, kids. 12 from the over, Wyatt threatening a second century in the match, and 47 from 30 needed.

10.32am GMT

14th over: England 120-3 (Wyatt 76, Knight 30)

Four more! Strano back on with the ball, and Wyatt produces some delicate touch, steering through third man! The ball is almost stopped by Jonassen, but her touch can’t stop it reaching the rope. And again! Over cover this time! Gave herself space, lofted that deliberately, inside out and it flies away! Single, then Knight gets two with a reverse shot. They need 59 from 36. This is on.

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November 21st, 2017 by admin

Recreational shopping is not about collecting objects so much as experiences

On Thursday, nothing out of the ordinary will happen in Britain. Millions of people will get up and go to work as normal; families will remain widely dispersed; shops will be open as usual; and at the end of the day the nation will gather for its traditional meals of takeaway and microwaved convenience foods eaten in front of a screen. In the US, by contrast, it will be the feast of Thanksgiving, when the whole country shuts down and families gather from across vast distances for a ritual meal celebrating America’s founding myth. An anthropologist might well suppose that this was the most important festival of the year, far more so than Christmas. No one would dare declare a war on Thanksgiving. So it makes a kind of sense that the day after be given over to the frenzy of shopping.

It makes no sense at all for Black Friday to be transplanted to Britain. There is nothing at all special about the day in the British social calendar. Even in the retail calendar it falls squarely in the middle of the runup to Christmas, which nowadays starts some time in early October, so that there are already angels watching over the crowds in Oxford Street in central London, while in Bradford the Christmas decorations went up even earlier.

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