News archive from 28 July 2013

Mentors in Harborough needed to support young people

Mentors in Harborough needed to support young people

Mentors in the Harborough district are being sought to help support young people. TwentyTwenty’s mentoring Scheme matches disadvantaged ten- to 19-year-olds with volunteer mentors, who stand by them throughout a period of time helping them make good...

 
Review: Amy Macdonald, Wickerman Festival

Review: Amy Macdonald, Wickerman Festival

The Amy Macdonald phenomenon: you either get it or you don't. If she's sold more than five million records, then a lot of people at Wickerman must get it; if you believe that a lot of those people aren't the people who come to festivals, then a lot of...

 
Does the royal baby coverage show we need to rethink the reporting of news?

Does the royal baby coverage show we need to rethink the reporting of news?

Blanket coverage: Prince George dominated the media last week. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images Quentin Letts, Daily Mail political sketch writer and theatre critic: Was the royal baby coverage overdone? No way! My daughters, 14 and 10, ran...

Guardian, 00:06 in Showbiz
 
Bar stabbing forces Crete to consider repelling the latest British invasion

Bar stabbing forces Crete to consider repelling the latest British invasion

Groups of young tourists enjoy themselves in the town of Malia. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/EPA There is nothing like a dead man, lying cold and still on a hospital bed, to make an impression. At this time of year, the peak of the tourist season,...

 
Mugabe defies age and rivals to aim for election victory and respectability

Mugabe defies age and rivals to aim for election victory and respectability

Robert Mugabe delivers a speech at the launch of his party's election campaign in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP One was entering his eighth week in hospital, still in a critical condition. The other was on the campaign trail,...

 
Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is

Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is

While the press concentrates on the furore surrounding Edward Snowden's search for political asylum, it has forgotten the importance of his revelations. Photograph: Tatyana Lokshina/AP Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story. The story is...

 
New technology could mean a new life for children with type 1 diabetes

New technology could mean a new life for children with type 1 diabetes

George Dove with his mother Emma, father Jason, and sister Libby. Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Observer George Dove is 15. He is confident, articulate, reasonably nice to his sister Libby, 13, and hopes to become an engineer. He also appears...

Guardian, 00:12 in Health
 

Two bodies found in anglers search

Search teams looking for two missing anglers have recovered two bodies from the sea. The men, aged in their 60s and from the Isle of Man, failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday afternoon. Their upturned dinghy was discovered five miles off the...

 
New sex abuse crisis in Scottish Catholic church

New sex abuse crisis in Scottish Catholic church

Father Paul Moore admitted sexually abusive behaviour. Photograph: Ayrshire Post The Catholic church in Scotland faces a fresh sex-abuse crisis involving some of the country's senior clerics. The Observer has seen documents suggesting a scandal...

 
French lead the way for noirish TV crime and mystery thrillers

French lead the way for noirish TV crime and mystery thrillers

Lena and Camille from The Returned Photograph: Photographer:JEAN-CLAUDE LOTHER They invented the term noir. Now the French are reclaiming it. Thrillers from France are leading the field both on television screens and in the bookshops, with a level of...

 
Kim Philby, the Observer connection and the establishment world of spies

Kim Philby, the Observer connection and the establishment world of spies

Kim Philby in 1961 when he was the Observer's Middle East correspondent Photograph: Jane Bown for the Observer One of the darkest and most enthralling British espionage stories of the 20th century turns 50 this month, still resonant with sinister...

 
Million-selling reformed killer Tony Anthony exposed as serial fantasist

Million-selling reformed killer Tony Anthony exposed as serial fantasist

Tony Anthony became a sought after speaker in schools and churches after the success of his book, Taming the Tiger. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex Features It was the autobiography that gave hope to hundreds of thousands and warmed the hearts of...

 
The Complete Humphrey Jennings Volume Three: A Diary for Timothy

The Complete Humphrey Jennings Volume Three: A Diary for Timothy

Humphrey Jennings’s A Diary for Timothy (1945). Photograph: BFI Jennings was killed filming in Greece in 1950 aged 43, bringing to a premature end the career of one of the major figures in British cultural life of the 1930s and 40s. Poet, painter,...

 
New to nature no 110: Sandalolitha boucheti

New to nature no 110: Sandalolitha boucheti

‘Mushroom coral’: Sandalolitha boucheti. Photograph: Raja Ampat The family Fungiidae are commonly known as mushroom corals because of a strong resemblance to the underside of the cap of a gilled mushroom. They are distributed in tropical seas of the...

 
Curiosity rover's descent to Mars – the story so far

Curiosity rover's descent to Mars – the story so far

Flight director Keith Comeaux, right, celebrates with engineer Martin Greco at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on 5 August 2012, following the successful descent of the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP Nestled...

 


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