News archive from 15 November 2015

Andrew Wilson: Cameron letter to Tusk a wave goodbye

Andrew Wilson: Cameron letter to Tusk a wave goodbye

DAVID Cameron wrote a six-page letter to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, last week. Read it please. Tusk is a serious person – a student activist for Solidarity in the port of Gdansk in the early 1980s, he went on to be prime...

 
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Meet Archie Nolan, the donor-conceived detective

They number 49,000 in the UK, but have yet to see their existence reflected in a book, TV show or film. But now the profile of donor-conceived children is about to increase with the publication of the first book in which the main characters are boys...

Guardian, 00:09 in Health
 

George Osborne has 10 days left to save the NHS

In 2011, Nigel Crisp, former chief executive of the NHS, wrote a forceful book about his experiences entitled 24 Hours to Save the NHS. A book written today would have a similar title: Ten Days to Save the NHS?. In his forthcoming autumn statement,...

Guardian, 00:09 in Health
 

Enough of modern health scares – we should be trusting our instincts

On Thursday, a million women experiencing the toughest time in the menopause – hot flushes, insomnia, startling mood swings – could have read the news that GPs are once again being encouraged to prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT). A study,...

Guardian, 00:09 in Health
 

Biotech bid to take shark off the menu and cut the fin trade

A new San Francisco startup is hoping to combat the trade in shark fins with biotechnology. New Wave Foods is planning to use genetically modified yeast to produce collagen, which can be crafted into the desired fan-like structure typical of shark...

 

Beagles bred with muscular dystrophy offer ‘hope of a human cure’

At first glance, the beagles running round the enclosure of the Royal Veterinary College look typical of the breed. Inquisitive and affectionate, the dogs rush from visitor to visitor, anxious to play and make contact. Endearing behaviour like this...

 

We have reached a tipping point over the Earth’s future. If we don’t act now it will be too late

We Homo sapiens got lucky. Very lucky. Back in the 1920s, when looking for a “safe” gas to use in refrigerators, chlorine was the element of choice in a new family of manmade chemical compounds – chlorofluorocarbons. In the 1970s, Paul Crutzen, Mario...

 

Manga rows show why it’s still Japan’s medium of protest

Next year’s G7 summit in the Japanese city of Shima has already been hit by controversy. However, the row is not over policy, but over the meeting’s official mascot, Aoshima Meg – a manga rendering of a teenage girl dressed as one of the area’s famed...

 

‘By day, war was far away. By evening, bodies were lying in the streets of Paris’

When I awoke on Saturday morning, I almost enjoyed the terrifying silence on Boulevard Montparnasse – no attacks were perpetrated on the Left Bank of the Seine, where I live. I had wondered whether the streets would be deserted, – they were – or...

 

Why China’s super-rich are now eager to invest in philanthropy

When property tycoon Fan Jianchuan decided to step down from most of his companies and build museums, he wanted to do it on the same scale as he had with his business. After a decade riding the wave of China’s fevered economic growth, he made it on to...

 

How smart luggage could transform air travel

Do you get anxious waiting at the baggage carousel in the airport? I do. And the longer it takes for my luggage to appear, the edgier I get. It is= a fear of that moment when only a handful of battered suitcases are trundling around, none of which are...

 

‘I ran inside the cafe. No one was moving or crying. People were lying in blood’

It was 9.15pm on Friday night when Adrian Svec and his girlfriend were sitting down to dinner in the Rue de Charonne. They had spotted a red-fronted cafe, La Belle Equipe, but decided to eat in the restaurant next door. Fifteen minutes later, they...

 

Barack Obama: LGBT idol-in-chief

When President Obama agreed to sit for a portrait for Out magazine, he became the first US head of state to be photographed for a gay magazine. It may seem a small gesture, but nothing the President chooses to do is casual or unconsidered. That cover,...

 

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies – and the role our father played

It is unusual for a woman of 66 to go to the cinema nine times to watch the latest Hollywood spy thriller, even if it stars Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance and is directed by Steven Spielberg. But when the film is a celebration of a forgotten moment of...

 


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