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Fish puns and testicles: the strangest moments from Johnson’s speech

In his first conference speech as leader, PM offered a clutch of unusual analogies plus brain fades With Theresa Mays legacy of being handed a P45 and having letters fall off a promotional board behind her, Boris Johnson had a low hurdle to clear in his first speech to Conservative party conference as prime minister. Here are seven times he failed the task. Kangaroo testicles for Bercow Johnson may well have been the first British prime minister to use the words kangaroo testicle in a conference speech. In a segment…

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I gave away our stuff: the minimalists doing more with less

Growing numbers of people, partly inspired by Marie Kondo, are ditching consumerism for a simpler life Its time to declutter. Fuelled in part by Marie Kondos call to eschew anything that does not spark joy, a growing number of people are questioning whether they are better off with less in life from old jackets stuck under the stairs to unnecessary shopping trips and gadgets that clog up the home, or even a property that is larger than they need. This new push towards minimalism, whereby people live with less, can…

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Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos

Senior shadow ministers publicly defy Jeremy Corbyn with calls for Labour to back remain Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists last night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference. With delegates already reeling from a failed attempt by Corbyn supporters to Labours head of policy, Andrew Fisher, a key Corbyn aide who masterminded the 2017 election campaign, had resigned, reportedly telling colleagues…

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I left Russia to escape Putins assault on reason. Now I fear the UK is on the same path | Peter Pomarentsev

We need to develop a more collaborative political discourse, built on facts, not spin Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and…

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Ariana Grande returns to Manchester to play poignant Pride show

Star performed in city for the first time since a benefit gig for those killed at her concert in 2017 The last time Ariana Grande performed in Manchester, in the harrowing days after the blast that killed 22 people and injured hundreds more at one of her concerts there, her tribute show began with a minutes silence and the words: Lets not be afraid, Manchester. She returned to the city in sparkling style on Sunday night, dazzling through a party playlist as she pledged her undying love to a place…

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Domestic abuse victim to go into hiding as ex freed after six months

Abigail Blake calls for better guidance for victims after mix-up over attackers sentence A woman who was left with life-changing injuries after being beaten by her ex-partner says she will go into hiding when he is released from prison after serving six months. Abigail Blake sustained a broken back and neck and was left permanently disabled after being attacked by Sebastian Swamy at their home in July 2017. The judge in the case said the attack had had a hugely serious and catastrophic effect on Blakes life. Swamy was initially…

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‘No doubt left’ about scientific consensus on global warming, say experts

Extensive historical data shows recent extreme warming is unprecedented in past 2,000 years The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%, according to the lead author of the most authoritative study on the subject, and could rise further after separate research that clears up some of the remaining doubts. Three studies published in Nature and Nature Geoscience use extensive historical data to show there has never been a period in the last 2,000 years when temperature changes have been as fast and extensive…

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Labour antisemitism whistleblower: ‘In 30 years Ill be very proud of myself’

Louise Withers Green says she is scared about abuse but hopeful for partys redemption It was in February, while on holiday with her former Labour colleagues in Berlin, that Louise Withers Green decided she had to speak out about her role in investigating antisemitism in the party. The former disputes officer visited the German capital with a number of ex-staffers, all of whom had quit working for the party. Being in the city that had been at the heart of anti-Jewish genocide convinced them they had to take public action.…

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Scientists turn to ‘laser accurate’ model to test Stonehenge acoustics

Salford team explores sound qualities of ancient Wiltshire monument using 1:12 replica based on data from scans A diminutive model of Stonehenge could help crack the acoustic secrets of the ancient site, according to scientists who have built a version of the megaliths at a 12th of their size. The team say the 1:12 model, with a stone circle spanning 2.6 metres, has an edge over other replicas of Stonhenge, such as the full-scale one near ,sound interacts with the stones depends critically on the shapes, said Trevor Cox, professor…

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Trump hits back over UK ambassador’s leaked memos

US president criticises Kim Darroch, saying he has not served Britain well Donald Trump has said Britains ambassador to the US has not served the UK well as he hit back following the leak of confidential internal memos that presented an unflattering portrait of the president and his administration. Earlier, the Foreign Office ordered an inquiry into the leaking of the cables, written by the ambassador, Kim Darroch, in which Trumps White House is described as uniquely dysfunctional and inept. Darroch said in the memos that media reports about vicious…

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Row as lesbian group asked to leave National Theatre bar

Women claim staff did not like the T-shirts we are wearing but NT says the action was a result of a series of disturbances The National Theatre has become embroiled in a bitter war of words after a group of lesbians was refused service in its Green Room bar in the run-up to Londons Pride celebrations. The women and their supporters claim their treatment at the hands of staff, who called the police, was a response to their campaigning stance in the gender-identity dispute. Other witnesses in the bar have…

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The invention of Essex: how a county became a caricature

The long read: From Loadsamoney and Basildon man to Towie and Brexit Essex has long been held up as both the authentic England and the crudest, stupidest symbol of Englishness As a child growing up in the 80s and 90s in Southend, a sprawling seaside town in south-east Essex, I noticed that people on TV often laughed at the very word Essex. Some years later, in 2016, my wife, Hayley, crossed the border into Albania from Montenegro while travelling with an old friend who, like us, grew up in the…

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Colombia leader hits out at ‘hypocrisy’ of middle-class cocaine users

Ivn Duque decries social acceptability of drug that inflicts environmental and social damage on producers Middle-class cocaine users are inconsistent hypocrites if they fail to recognise the environmental and social damage their drug use is inflicting on producer countries, the Colombian president has said during a visit to London. In an interview with the Guardian on Monday, Ivn Duque said that cocaines social acceptability had to end. There are many people who present themselves as environmentalists, and if they want to be coherent, they must understand all the environmental damage…

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Extinction Rebellion protesters stop rush-hour traffic in London

Lewisham campaigners block three roads into city centre to highlight air pollution crisis Environmental protesters stopped traffic on three main roads into central London from the south-east in protest over the air pollution crisis in the area. The protesters, organised by a local chapter of the group, blocked traffic on the A20 near Lewisham station, A205 South Circular in Catford and the A2 in Deptford during the morning rush-hour. XR said the action was intended as the first in a series of disruptions in the area as part of a…

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Jeremy Hunt claims Merkel is willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

Foreign secretary says chancellor told him Brussels would listen if new PM had right approach The Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has claimed Angela Merkel would be willing to renegotiate the UKs Brexit deal and possibly the Irish border arrangements opposed by Eurosceptics. The foreign secretary said he had spoken to the German chancellor on the sidelines of D-day commemorations last week and she had indicated that the EU was willing to negotiate on the package if a new prime minister had the right approach. His claim flies in the…

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