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Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Prince Harrys father to stand in for Thomas Markle Sr, who cannot attend wedding Prince Charles will accompany Meghan Markle down the aisle at St Georges Chapel when she marries Prince Harry, Kensington Palace has said. A statement said Markle had asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her on Saturday. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way, it said. Charles is standing in for Thomas Markle Sr, who told his daughter this week he would be…

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Valentine’s Day pranksters book odd-numbered cinema seats in China

Couples will be forced to sit apart after group of singles work together to buy up tickets to romantic movie at Shanghai cinema Romantics in Shanghai will have to forget dinner and a movie for Valentine’s Day. Chinese pranksters have reserved all of the odd-numbered seats at a cinema’s primetime screening, forcing couples to sit apart. The seating plan at Xintiandi cinema. Photograph: Shanghai Morning Post A group of embittered singles worked together to buy up the tickets to a 7.30pm screening of Beijing Love Story, a sappy big-budget romance,…

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Cant sleep? Tell yourself its not a big deal | Oliver Burkeman

Theres growing evidence that thinking of yourself as an insomniac is a major part of the problem Note to publishers: in my view, theres an unfilled gap in the wellness market for a book on how sleep isnt really that important. In contrast to thats not what the science says. But you know what? Unlike all those other books, this one would help people sleep. Because take it from an intermittent bad sleeper: theres nothing more likely to keep an insomniac up at night, or turn a good sleeper into…

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The Queen’s corgis are dead: long live the ‘dorgis’

Willows death marks first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the second world war The Queens last remaining corgi has died, it has been reported. Willow, who was almost 15, was put down after suffering from cancer, making it the first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the end of the second world war. Willow was the 14th generation descended from Susan, a corgi gifted to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday in 1944. The Queen has owned more than 30 dogs…

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Atheists who bring logic to the Easter story are missing the point | Julian Baggini

Having faith is a complex business. To assume that religious people are either crazy or stupid is lazy, says philosopher Julian Baggini Many years ago, I had to recount the life of Jesus to a young Taiwanese student who knew nothing about Christianity. As I told him about the virgin birth, the miracles, crucifixion and resurrection, he responded with incredulous laughter. Most nonbelievers in traditionally Christian cultures would show a bit more respect. But inside, our reaction is often pretty much the same: how can people really believe this stuff?…

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Farm Girl Caf, Chelsea: We don’t stay for dessert, because we have suffered enough restaurant review | Jay Rayner

The food was so bad, says Jay Rayner, a nearby Yorkshire terrier started to look more appetising Farm Girl Caf, 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ (020 3674 7359). Meal for two, including drinks and service 110 The menu at the She didnt quite manage it, but its an ambition Im happy to inherit. The menu here is omnivorous with a heavy emphasis on non-meat cookery, which is a fine thing. I like vegetables, me. They can taste really nice. But this sort of cooking does have to be done…

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My teenage daughter is embarrassed by the car were giving her for her birthday

Its not cool enough and its the wrong colour. I think shes being ungrateful but am I out of touch? No, says Annalisa Barbieri, but let her make her own mistakes Ask Annalisa Barbieri Sat 10 Feb 2018 03.59EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close annalisa.barbieri@mac.com. Annalisa regrets she cannot enter into personal correspondence. Follow Annalisa on Twitter

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Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms

Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Thu 8 Feb 2018 05.17EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close wide-ranging interview…

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The girther movement: is Donald Trump fatter than the White House doctor says?

A physical examination of the US president has declared him to be in great physical shape. But some are questioning his vital statistics Shortcuts Last modified on Wed 17 Jan 2018 09.42EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Hey guys, on a cheeseburger-in-bed diet, you too could look like me Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Name: The girther movement Age: One day old. Appearance: Questioning, sceptical, suspicious. Is it like the like Trump, maintained that Barack Obama was born in Kenya was found to be in great physical shape.…

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Matt Damon, stop #damonsplaining. You don’t understand sexual harassment | Hannah Jane Parkinson

If youre from a group that has never been oppressed for reasons of identity you dont know what it feels like. The actor should know when to shut up, writes Guardian contributor Hannah Jane Parkinson Oh, Matt Damon. Where did it all go wrong? Well, almost everywhere. Damon is currently the focus of a mixture of derision, anger and disbelief after he made, in the space of three days, multiple boneheaded comments on sexual harassment. At some point between these tone-deaf interventions his Good Will Hunting co-star (and a former…

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Ethan Hawke: The most romantic thing Ive done is have sex

The actor, 47, on being an optimist, avoiding marriage advice and why other people make him anxious I have so many bad habits its impossible to measure the worst. My son would say I dont take enough care with how I dress, my daughter might say I work too much, and my wife that I cant seem to help in the kitchen at all. But in my opinion I have none. As a former kid actor, I know how hard it is to turn that attention into anything but self-destruction.…

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The Mother Load: America is failing mothers. Help us change that

The Guardian is asking readers to support a new series on why motherhood in the US is more challenging than in any other developed country and what we can do about it Your salary barely covers childcare, but your coworkers give you side-eye when you leave at five. Even if youre lucky enough to have a partner who helps around the house, youre still the one who knows when your kid needs new shoes and remembers to buy birthday presents for other peoples kids. If you see one more photo…

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Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: I would love to have told Trump: Back off, you creep

The presidential candidate and the classicist discuss winners and losers Hillary Clinton is sequestered in a hotel room, giving a big television interview, when Mary Beard arrives at Claridges. While she waits outside on the sofa, though, it quickly becomes clear that the star of this conversation is the classicist. One by one, members of Clintons staff approach in reverent tones to declare her their heroine. Even a passing cameraman stops to pay court and say: I love you! Does this happen to Beard all the time? Yes, she laughs,…

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How the sandwich consumed Britain | The long read

The long read: The world-beating British sandwich industry is worth 8bn a year. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast and now its coming for dinner The invention of the chilled packaged sandwich, an accessory of modern British life which is so influential, so multifarious and so close to hand that you are probably eating one right now, took place exactly 37 years ago. Like many things to do with the sandwich, this might seem, at first glance, to be improbable. But it is true. In…

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