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The new rules of dining out: resist table-hogging, tip in cash, don't moan about cakeage

The modern British restaurant scene is more casual and popular than ever before. Formal etiquette is, thankfully, history. But in this newly democratic realm there are still ways we can behave for the good not just of our fellow diners, but also...

15 January 2018 in Lifestyle
 

Scott Walker: 'My last album was pretty perfect'

A wintry afternoon and London’s roads are rammed with traffic. Mortifyingly, I am late to meet Scott Walker, the musical legend who rarely gives interviews, and ring, filled with apologies. No problem, assures his manager, Scott’s late too, he’s stuck...

15 January 2018 in Art & Culture
 

'It's all explosive': Michael Wolff on Donald Trump

A dinner of clams and Arctic char at Michael Wolff’s Greenwich Village home set the stage for a book that – in the author’s own estimation – has become “an international political event”. Among the guests were former chairman of Fox News Roger Ailes,...

14 January 2018 in World News
 
Morning mail: the stateless man trapped in detention

Morning mail: the stateless man trapped in detention

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 15 January. Top stories Said Imasi doesn’t know where he was born, or when, and has few official documents to demonstrate who he is or where he comes from....

14 January 2018 in World News
 

Nuclear deterrence is a myth. And a lethal one at that

In his classic The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (1989), Lawrence Freedman, the dean of British military historians and strategists, concluded: ‘The Emperor Deterrence may have no clothes, but he is still Emperor.’ Despite his nakedness, this emperor...

14 January 2018 in World News
 

BBC Sound of 2018 winner Sigrid: ‘Dramatic choruses – they’re the best thing in the world’

Sigrid, the 21-year-old pop sensation from Norway, looks almost pained when asked to pick her biggest “pinch myself” moment of 2017. In contention, you’d imagine, is her barbed, infectious debut single, Don’t Kill My Vibe, dropping from nowhere and...

14 January 2018 in Art & Culture
 

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK

Five of the best ... films 1 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (15) (Martin McDonagh, 2017, UK/US) 115 mins Facebook Twitter Pinterest Frances McDormand in her best role since Fargo as a defiant woman who declares war on her small town – and...

13 January 2018 in Art & Culture
 

The best yoga, mindfulness and fitness breaks for 2018

Yoga Bamboo Yoga, Goa, India With so much choice in India – the birthplace of yoga – it’s hard to know where to start. Bamboo Yoga, at the southern end of Patnem beach in Goa, is a true find, with brilliant teachers, comfortable huts and tasty...

13 January 2018 in Travel
 
Politics live - readers' edition: Friday 12 January

Politics live - readers' edition: Friday 12 January

I’m not writing my usual blog today but here, as an alternative, is the Politics Live readers’ edition. It is a place for you to discuss today’s politics, and to share links to breaking news and to the most interesting stories and blogs on the web....

12 January 2018 in Politics
 
FTSE resumes record run despite dip in oil price - business live

FTSE resumes record run despite dip in oil price - business live

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. The FTSE 100 is up in early trading, following a fresh record close on Thursday and another record finish on Wall Street. It is...

12 January 2018 in Business
 

How death got cool

Last spring, at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, where the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is buried, another conceptual artist, Sophie Calle, launched an installation called Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery. For the next 25...

12 January 2018 in Art & Culture
 

Morning mail: spike in domestic violence under welfare card

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 12 January. Top stories Rates of domestic violence and police callouts related to domestic violence have risen in communities in the East Kimberley, where...

11 January 2018 in World News
 
Viktor Orbán’s reckless football obsession

Viktor Orbán’s reckless football obsession

With one main street and a couple of grocery shops, Felcsút looks like any other sleepy Hungarian village. That is until you catch sight of the football stadium, which dwarfs the other buildings in this town of 1,800 people, about 25 miles west of...

11 January 2018 in World News
 

Morning mail: BHP threatens to leave mining lobby over coal ads

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 11 January. Top stories The Minerals Council of Australia is apparently prepared to stare down BHP, despite its threat to re-examine its membership of the...

10 January 2018 in World News
 
Chelsea v Arsenal: Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – live!

Chelsea v Arsenal: Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – live!

Welcome to our coverage of the first leg of the Carabao League Cup semi-final between bitter London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal. And if this match is as half as good as last week’s Premier League encounter at the Emirates, we’re due a cracker. Arsenal...

10 January 2018 in Sport
 
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