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Jun. 24th, 2017 05:08 pm
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Our adventures with Star Wars: The Clone Wars continue! Though, alas, those of many of our clone buddies do not.

Episodes 11-20 of Season 1 under the cut )
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Posted by Alex Needham

Perry pop does its best to banish the grey skies, Stormzy and Solange up the tempo, and Foo Fighters come to do the headline set they should have done two years ago

They played one after the other, earlier tonight, and Hannah J Davies was there.

Just when you think things cant get any better for UK Grime sensation Wiley...he signs for FC Barcelona. You just couldn't write it pic.twitter.com/AoRT6K3VYA

And the hits keep coming – My Hero this time, which went down like a raw steak in a tank of piranhas.

My Hero singalong pic.twitter.com/i1FmnuhGai

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Posted by Associated Press in St Louis

  • Off-duty black officer arrives at crime scene to help, is ordered to ground
  • White officer shoots, ‘apparently not recognizing’ colleague

An off-duty black St Louis police officer’s race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn’t recognize him during a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer’s lawyer said on Saturday.

Related: Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman

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Posted by Edward Helmore

A play by Michael Moore is the latest to push blockbuster musicals aside

New York’s Broadway is not normally known for political theatre – blockbuster musicals will do – but, it seems, the times are rapidly a-changing. On Thursday, the Great White Way welcomed a brutal adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, starring Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde, a show that debuted in London three years ago.

Steps away, the political provocateur Michael Moore will soon open The Terms of My Surrender, a performance that poses the question emblazoned on posters outside: “Can a Broadway show bring down a sitting president?” and promises to be a humorous tour-de-force from a documentarian and commentator who sagely predicted the Trump presidency.

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Posted by Dorian Lynskey

From Jeremy Corbyn to Radiohead, this year’s festival featured an impressively diverse lineup, with pop as much on the agenda as indie rock and old favourites

If there’s a ubiquitous Glastonbury soundtrack this year, then it’s a lusty chant of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. The crowd for a speech by the man himself on Saturday afternoon may be the biggest in the festival’s history – quite an achievement for a 68-year-old man with virtually zero interest in popular music.

He was a tough act for anyone to follow but Run the Jewels are a strong choice and they appear to be having the time of their lives. Like Corbyn, the hard-charging hip hop duo have a keen interest in social justice but their approach is rather more robust. Killer Mike promises that if he sees anyone groping a woman in the heaving moshpit, then he will “punch you in the face over and over again”. It seems to work.

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Posted by Vanessa Thorpe

From the Bailey-prize-winning The Power to the bleakly compelling The Handmaid’s Tale, Leading writers explain why the genre is thriving

On an Earth blasted by the hot winds of a changed climate 200 years from now, who will be in charge? Will men be riding by in Mad Max steam-punk chariots, as their beleaguered wives drag children and sacks of provisions home along dusty tracks? Or will a liberated generation of Lycra-clad superwomen be running the world?

Much of the established political order has come under exceptional scrutiny, from the future of Europe to Trump’s America. Now a matching literary revolution is under way: a new breed of women’s “speculative” fiction, positing altered sexual and social hierarchies, is riding the radical tide.

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Posted by Rob Walker

Game takes off in primaries as a way to lure pupils away from their phone screens

The year 3 pupils at Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough are a bit of a rowdy bunch. Headteacher Julia Rodwell describes them as “a complex and difficult group”. Put them in front of a chess set though, and silence descends.

“The first time I saw them playing chess, I was absolutely gobsmacked. Their concentration is incredible – I’ve never seen anything like it in any other lesson,” says Rodwell.

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Learning to be a librarian

Jun. 24th, 2017 10:09 pm
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Posted by Mary Beard

This is not just a first world problem. It’s a first world ACADEMIC  problem. So please take it in the sense it is meant.

We have just built a new bit of book-shelf extension onto the house (thanks to the excellent Henry Freeland, Andrew Turner and Bob Button — all of whom, if you want to know, are highly recommended). The fact is that I have two shared offices half full of books, and every floor in the house is piled high. So now is the moment to take action (I am thinking about retirement when those two half-offices no longer exist) and to put the old books on the new shelves. The fact is that we are now coming to see what librarians have been working on, and trying to sort out, for centuries.

First of all, how do we manage between us (husband and me) to have so many duplicates or triplicates. When I bought (cheaply) a second-hand of the 2003 National Gallery Titian Exhibition a few weeks ago, did I not realise that we had two already (no, because they were in those unsorted piles on the floor)?

But just as pressing is the size and shape of the books. We are well used to the Cambridge University Library system of classification by size (from ‘a’ big, to ‘d’ small), but it does seem a bit self-aggrandizing to do that at home. All the same, even when you try to do it in a small way, you get clobbered.

I can’t tell you how many series of books have changed their size (that must really irritate the UL. So you start putting Penguin Classics (or Cambridge ‘Green and Yellows’) onto their own perfectly appropriately sized shelf….then ffs you discover that a few years ago they get bigger and don’t fit. Meanwhile, the Journal of Roman Archaeology and the Journal of Roman Studies have downsized, and didn’t actually need those supersized shelves allocated.

And that is before you get to all those knotty questions of classification. Does a book about the nineteenth-century history of Pompeii go with archaeology or classical reception? Blow me if I know…

… but I do know that I cant retire till I get these books sorted (I have 5 years to go, and on this rate of progress it will take me that long to have a decent few shelves).

If I have ever poured scorn on the librarian’s skill, this is the time for me to eat humble pie.

Yemen cholera cases 'pass 200,000'

Jun. 24th, 2017 09:42 pm
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So far more than 1,300 people have died, 25% children, with numbers expected to rise, the UN says.