Gambling is one vice I do not possess. I’ve got pretty much the full set otherwise – fags, booze, coffee, red meat, cake, lying, ogling women other than my wife – but not gambling. Gambling is one temptation that will hang a chap out to dry in short order. With gambling, you can wipe out years of hard-won solvency in an afternoon. My childhood was a long time ago now and, even when it wasn’t, the Methodist principles…
April 19, 2019 23:03 UTC
The siege of the Berta Cáceres started started shortly after noon when police in high-vis jackets surrounded the bright pink boat in Oxford Circus, central London, with two cordons and then steadily peeled off the Extinction Rebellion activists stuck to it. It’s only with Extinction Rebellion that I have a sense that we are getting somewhere,” said Bing Jones, a retired doctor from Sheffield, who was arrested and placed in a police cell in Belgravia on Thursday night. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/GettyThompson also joined the Oxford Circus camp on Friday morning as activists read “poems to the Earth”. “It’s not Extinction Rebellion that people should watch out for. “The activists of Extinction Rebellion are leading the way in confronting this immense challenge, with courage and integrity, an achievement of historic significance that must be amplified with urgency.”
April 19, 2019 18:10 UTC
But what the young people of Extinction Rebellion are saying is: how can you offer us a future based on growth? Here’s why | André Spicer Read moreRebels cannot be all things to all peopleRegarding Andre Spicer’s article about Extinction Rebellion (The Extinction Rebels have got their tactics badly wrong. Lorrie Marchington and Ann SheehyWhaley Bridge, Derbyshire• Just been watching footage of the Extinction Rebellion demo in London. Andy BrownDerby• Has anyone totted up the extra pollution on London streets emanating from traffic jams caused by Extinction Rebellion protests? Colin BakerLondon• I assume that Extinction Rebellion members all have a green energy supplier, like some of the rest of us.
April 19, 2019 16:07 UTC
In a year’s time, you’re going to join a scheme that trains people your age to be journalists. For the first time in your life, you will feel like you’re good at something useful. Don’t worry – you’re going to make friends. In the years to come, you’ll only keep in touch with Gavyn and Jonny but you’ll remember the others fondly. When you’re 17, you’ll tell them your secret and they won’t mind.
April 19, 2019 15:21 UTC
The New IRA have a modern-sounding name, but the shooting of Lyra McKee harks back to a strand of atavistic Irish republicanism. “Tragically a young journalist, Lyra McKee, was killed accidentally.”Few people in Northern Ireland accepted this quasi-apology from the breakaway dissident republicans. With ordinary people in Derry expressing shock and revulsion at the killing, the New IRA and Saoradh are facing a backlash. The New IRA emerged in 2012 via a merger of several groups opposed to the peace process, including the Real IRA. “Every generation, going back 800 years, Irish republicans have confronted British occupation,” Brian Kenna, the chairman of Saoradh, told the Guardian last month.
April 19, 2019 13:16 UTC
The first test of the UK’s new porn age-verification system can be circumvented in less than two minutes using a simple Google search, the Guardian has found, amid concerns the system is being implemented for political reasons before it is ready. Providers of legal pornography will be required to implement an age-verification system by 15 July, one of the first of its kind in the world, raising concerns from privacy campaigners. Channel 4 linked to a standalone website which voluntarily chose to implement one of the competing age-verification systems, ahead of the law being fully implemented. The British Board of Film Classification will be responsible for vetting competing age-verification providers, but Graham said the earliest they would accredit providers would be the start of July, just two weeks before the legal implementation date, creating further uncertainty. Some of them offer verification through physical “porn passes” bought at newsagents, while others have promised to age people accurately from a selfie.
April 19, 2019 12:42 UTC
It was also called the revolution of dignity, and there was a demand for a new kind of politics. After five years, with few Ukrainians feeling like they live in the new way they were promised, Poroshenko seems almost certain to lose Sunday’s presidential election. “The election is a referendum on Poroshenko,” said Balázs Jarábik, an analyst from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace thinktank. In a very Ukrainian twist, there are questions over whether Zelenskiy is really so removed from the traditional political players. The overwhelming feeling in Kyiv as the election campaign draws to a close, however, is one of uncertainty.
April 19, 2019 12:22 UTC
The House judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler, on Friday issued a subpoena for the full, unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign. 'No new information': Russia shrugs off Mueller report Read moreThe subpoena seeks not only the “complete and unredacted” report, but also all of the underlying documents referenced in it, including grand jury evidence. Trump, who left Washington for a long weekend at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida after the release of the report, tweeted on Friday to say parts of the “Crazy Mueller Report” were “total bullshit”. Still, Democrats have excoriated Barr for his handling of the release of the Mueller report, accusing him of “deliberately” distorting its findings to protect Trump. Ahead of the public release of the report, Barr held a press conference to assert that Trump’s actions did not meet the legal threshold for obstruction of justice.
April 19, 2019 12:03 UTC
Welcome to the new era of the concert film: big, bold and eminently streamable. As well as Homecoming, Netflix is also releasing Amazing Grace – the concert film of Aretha Franklin’s gospel album of the same name – on 10 May. “[With concert films] Netflix are just going to an existing concert. It’s pure profit.”As well as traditional concert films, acts are also using Coachella to release more experimental projects. Photograph: Amazon PrimeFor critic and author Hanif Abdurraqib, the fact artists are given creative control over concert films – Beyoncé is named as executive producer and music director on Homecoming – makes them more attractive.
April 19, 2019 11:48 UTC
I certainly never felt such a personal sense of connection when York Minster and Windsor castle were gutted by fire. The act of watching a disaster unfold in real time – the shock of a collapsing spire – changes the nature of the experience. WednesdayNot quite sure I’ve yet recovered from what some observers are calling the best football game ever played. He is the saviour who is going to deliver the no-deal Brexit that everyone apparently voted for. The Brexit party has also struggled with racism.
April 19, 2019 11:26 UTC
Tottenham boss Pochettino masterminded his side’s two-leg Champions League win over Manchester City and, ahead of next season, is seeking reinforcements. And the Daily Mail say Pochettino is demanding at least five new signings as he targets Premier League title glory next term. Youri Tielemans has been linked with the Monaco star shining on loan in the Premier League with Leicester. Tottenham chief Daniel Levy will give Mauricio Pochettino £60m to spendTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to make five signingsThe Daily Mail say, however, that Spurs could lose several players this summer. Meanwhile, the Tottenham boss has again lauded his players for their famous Champions League win over City.
April 19, 2019 11:24 UTC
Bolton’s former world light-welterweight champion is aware of the risks as he takes on the undefeated Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden on SaturdayThere have been unmistakable valedictory overtones in the final run-up to Amir Khan’s fight with the dangerous Terence Crawford on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Terence Crawford and Amir Khan go head to head during the press conference. “He came at the right time for a fight of this magnitude, to go up against a great fighter like Terence Crawford. “Amir when he’s in with the best fighters, that’s when he looks the best,” Smith said. “I think the test of Terence Crawford, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, one of the most respected fighters in the world, will bring him on.”
April 19, 2019 10:55 UTC
This is the first time in recent memory I have heard racism at football, certainly the first incident I have heard at the Emirates. Premier League players to boycott social media in protest at racist abuse Read more‘Some fans are good. I didn’t know at the time that there is an app to report racist abuse. It was my first experience of racist abuse in a football match. It was the sheer brazenness of it that shocked me – as if it was absolutely normal to talk like like that.
April 19, 2019 10:52 UTC
The appointments clause of the constitution stipulates that federal judges must be appointed by the president with the “consent” of the Senate, but it does not say how many judges the federal courts should have. Many federal judges are thoughtful, fair-minded people who take their mandate to faithfully interpret the law seriously. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, himself a presidential candidate, has speculated about a system in which supreme court justices could be rotated up from lower federal courts. To Sanders, Buttigieg and others, court packing seems too bold, a risky intervention that could provoke retaliatory packing by the next Republican president. The Federalist Society was formed in 1982 with the express purpose of hijacking the federal courts, and it has gained tremendous influence in the intervening decades.
April 19, 2019 09:56 UTC
I’ve only ever had sex with three men, and been married for almost two decadesI have HPV – the human papillomavirus. I don’t feel sexual or sexy; I feel ugly – and stupid for never having heard about HPV before this. My life in sex: the woman who grew up in the porn industry Read moreIf I sound bitter, it’s because I am. After researching HPV, I’ve discovered that there are no tests or treatments for men, despite them being the carriers, and only girls are offered routine vaccinations. • Each week, a reader tells us about their sex life.
April 19, 2019 09:00 UTC