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Our Film And TV Recommendations: What To Watch This Week, From Help To Sex Education
The  clocks have gone back, the weather’s grim - it’s the perfect season for hibernating in front of the television, or a night at the cinema. Here are the films and TV shows on our cultural radar this week… Wolfwalkers I can’t remember the last time
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Boutique Is Back: Niche New Homes Developments Are Back In Fashion With Design-conscious London Buyers
Small is beautiful — again. Boutique housing is back in fashion after a decades-long infatuation with giant developments. Sprouting up across London and the commuter belt are niche projects, typically conversions and infill projects, attracting styl
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Sofia Karim Interview: The Jameel Prize Nominee On Her Turbine Bagh Project And Why Activism Is Lonely
It’s not an exaggeration to say that in 2018, Sofia Karim’s world fell apart. Her uncle, the photojournalist, activist and teacher Shahidul Alam, had been arrested in his home country of Bangladesh. He was charged with “tarnishing the image of the na
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Meet Lewis Pugh - The UN Patron Of The Oceans Who Swam Through Arctic Ice To Warn Us About Climate Crisis
There were points during Lewis Pugh’s 12 day swim through Greenland’s treacherously cold Illulissat Icefjord where he wanted to give up. “Some nights I’d wake up and ask myself how much longer my body could keep on going,” says the endurance swimmer
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Ricky Gervais Interview: Above All, After Life Is A Love Story
“What if you didn’t care what anyone thought of you?” asks Ricky Gervais. This is the question that inspired his phenomenally successful Netflix series After Life, and he is still working it out. “I had the idea for the show when I was thinking abou
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Emma Raducanu: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The New British Tennis Icon
Three months ago you’d never heard of Emma Raducanu. Now, her euphoric smile is on the front page of every paper and all over your Instagram feed, assuming you’re one of the 1.6 million people who now follows the 18-year-old on social media. The ten
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Meet Reece Yeboah: The London Designer Behind The New Menswear Label To Know
When Reece Yeboah received a call from his business partner one night in July 2019, he didn’t think much of it. It had been two years since the young London-based designer’s fashion label, Saint London, had gone from a mere idea to filling the racks
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Can I Travel To Spain?
From sun worshippers on the Costa Brava to city break fans enjoying the cultural delights of Barcelona, Spain has traditionally been a popular overseas destination with UK travellers. Along with 120 or so other countries and territories, Spain is cur
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What To See In London This Autumn 2021: The Great Big Culture Booking Guide
What’s going on in the most enduringly popular of all visual art forms? What does it mean today? Through 31 contemporary practitioners of the art, this show aims to, erm, paint a picture. Hayward Gallery, Sept 9 to Dec 12 The world’s oldest open subm
Evening Standard5 min readInternational Relations
Boris Johnson Says He Will Judge Taliban By ‘Actions Not Words’
Boris Johnson has said the UK can be proud of the legacy British troops left behind in Afghanistan and proclaiming he will judge the Taliban’s rule of the nation “by their actions, not their words”. The Prime Minister defended the UK’s 20 years of mi
Evening Standard4 min readCrime & Violence
Rafia Zakaria: ‘Why Feminism Is Failing Women Like Me’
In most states of America, the bar examination (the final hurdle which new lawyers must surmount to be admitted to the practice of law) is held twice a year, in February and again in July. It is a notoriously gruelling test, 17 hours over two full da
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Willow Smith: “I Saw My Life Going In A Direction That Was Very Dark”
‘I want to give you full Alien Goddess!’ declares Willow Smith with dramatic flair. ‘She is a woman in touch with her ancestral and cosmic roots who is living the wildest dreams her ancestors could imagine for her. She is connected to the earth and t
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Have You Got Back-to-the-office Anxiety? Here’s How To Tackle It...
It’s like the first day of school all over again, except there’s no gold star for getting in on time or remembering your gym kit. Office doors are (slowly) creaking back open and as Londoners dust off their Oyster cards to re-embrace the commute, ma
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Beyoncé At 40: What’s Next For The Global Icon?
When Beyoncé Giselle Knowles debuted her first single, ‘Crazy in Love’ in 2003, the world took notice. It was an insanely catchy song. Radio couldn’t get enough of it. Young girls did the ‘uh oh’ in playgrounds globally. Do you remember where you wer
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Inside London’s Poshest Doggy Daycare
In one of the most exclusive new clubs in London, Molly is getting a trim. She eyes me snootily, as a woman with scissors carefully navigates her black curls. Molly looks thoroughly bored, eager to get back to the social club next door where other “
Evening Standard8 min readMusic
Our Music Recommendations: What We’re Listening To Now, From Kate Nash To Holly Humberstone
Is your playlist in need of some refreshment? We have some suggestions. Taylor Swift — Evermore Surprise! Again! Taylor Swift’s lockdown adventures continued with the news that she has a recorded second secretly written album. Evermore is the “sister
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London’s Big Return: Thousands Pour Back Into The City After Months Of WFH
Tens of thousands more commuters poured back into central London on Monday as it saw its busiest morning rush-hour since the pandemic hit. Early figures showed a 19 per cent jump in passengers on the Tube network up to 9am, compared with last Tuesda
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The Cult Of Sally Rooney : Can Beautiful World, Where Are You Live Up To The Hype?
It is a mark of Sally Rooney’s success that her new novel has sparked debate before it has even hit the shops. On Tuesday, the Irish novelist’s third book, Beautiful World, Where Are You, is out and it is set to be a high-point of the literary calen
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How Investing In Bitcoin Could Ruin Your Life
The most I’ve lost was around £300,000,” says 32-year-old equities trader Tomas*. “That was over the course of a few weeks. The most I can remember losing in a single day? It must have been about £100,000. That was a bad day. I came out of the cinem
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Painting In Britain: Meet The Artists Giving A New Lease Of Life To This Enduringly Popular Art Form
It only happens once in a while. And Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, reckons it’s happening now. Britain is in an artistic hot streak. And it’s all about painting. Next week, Rugoff opens Mixing It Up at the Hayward, a show featuring 3
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Best Fiction 2021: The Best New Books To Read This Year, From Sally Rooney To Meg Mason
So many books, so little time. There’s an abundance of brilliant new novels arriving in bookshops this year, including a wave of exciting debuts. We’ve put together our edit of the most unmissable fiction hitting shelves in 2021, from Meg Mason’s Sor
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Dune Review: Timothée Chalamet Is Magnificent In This Surreal Sci-fi Epic - Fingers Crossed For A Sequel
This beginning has no end. Which may sound gnomic, but is simply the God’s honest truth. Director Denis Villeneuve, attempting to create what some say is impossible, (a popular film that does justice to Frank Herbert’s sprawling yet intricate sci-fi
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Riz Ahmed On Michael K Williams: He Brought Heart To The Art
Riz Ahmed has remembered his former co-star Michael K Williams as “so generous, humble, badass, and so unapologetically yourself”, after his death at 54. Williams, who memorably played charismatic shotgun-wielding stick-up man Omar Little, was found
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Israel’s Grand Vaccine Experiment As The World And UK Watches On
The only person who kept calm in the packed health clinic in northern Jerusalem on Monday morning was a 19-year-old military medic. As dozens jostled in the narrow corridor leading to the vaccination booths, arguing over whose turn it was next, he su
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What Freshers Hell Is This? Inside The UK’s University Campus Chaos
Finley Gore, 19, had hoped he’d be feeling more prepared this time around. Unlike next month’s incoming freshers at the University of Manchester, he’s already had a year to make friends, adjust to lectures and get involved in student activism. So why
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Countryside Conversions: New Homes Carved From Heritage Buildings Within Easy Reach Of Central London
Few properties set the heart racing as much as prized heritage conversions. Buildings with classic good looks - handsome architecture, grandeur, charm and a sense of arrival - always impress. And buyers’ appetite for them is unsatisfied. London and t
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Owner ‘Absolutely Devastated’ As Geronimo The Alpaca Culled
The owner of Geronimo the alpaca is “absolutely devastated” after the animal was seized from her farm and culled by Government vets, just days before a warrant for his destruction expired. Around 20 police officers arrived at Helen Macdonald’s farm n
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Best Sunday Roasts in London
We've eaten our way around the capital, taken stock and then eaten some more to provide a new, bigger and better round-up of the capital's finest Sunday lunches. These are London's roasts with the most — places that offer crispy-outside-fluffy-inside
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XR: Inside The Return Of Extinction Rebellion - Is London Ready?
Here we are, heading for extinction,” says Suzanne Savage, 57, as Extinction Rebellion gears up for two weeks of protest across the capital. Yes, the bee costumes, “No Planet B” signs, and pink boat snapped up for £750 from eBay to float across Traf
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Meet Maisie Peters, The Rising Star Signed By Ed Sheeran
In timing that you might politely describe as ‘not ideal’, Maisie Peters is preparing to move house the same week as her album, You Signed Up For This, is due out. Speaking from her box-strewn bedroom in east London ahead of the big move, the Ed Shee
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