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George Ezra: ‘I’m trying to figure out who I am and what I stand for’

I never had big dreams as a kid. I was so happy that I didn’t need them<p>Pop stars walk among us more than we might realise, thanks to caps and sunglasses. But George Ezra’s spin on the classic disguise is more practical – a floppy-brimmed, khaki sunhat from an outdoor-supplies company paired with …

Laissez-Faire

Hostility to migrants is not born of rising numbers but a failure of hopes | Kenan Malik

Another migration crisis, another EU summit, another banal resolution. Last week’s gathering of EU leaders was dominated by the migration issue, and shaped by the different needs of two nations: the desire of Italy’s new hardline coalition government to assert its authority on the European stage …

Angela Merkel

How to make vegan nasi goren in 40 minutes

<b>Vegan nasi goreng</b><p>Fried rice is the perfect speedy comfort food, great on a Friday night served with a couple of cold beers. Use your favourite chilli …

Recipes

An American wrote this Twitter thread on Brexit and it's eye-opening

<b>It's over a year since the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union took place and the country voted narrowly to Leave.</b><p>In that time, …

Great Britain

Early Neolithic executions indicated by clustered cranial trauma in the mass grave of Halberstadt

Article |<p>Open | Published: 25 June 2018<p>Christian Meyer,<br>• Corina Knipper,<br>• Nicole Nicklisch,<br>• Angelina Münster,<br>• Olaf Kürbis,<br>• Veit Dresely,<br>• Harald Meller &<br>• Kurt …

Anthropology

Our brains can't quit our gadgets—that didn't happen by accident

These are some of the design tricks that keep us hooked.<p>Google and Apple are two of the biggest technology companies in the world. They’ve made their fortunes—and gained global dominance in the process—by encouraging us to spend as much time as possible on our smartphones, laptops, and other …

Social Media

Yotam Ottolenghi’s picnic recipes

Embrace the sun with these packable and portable dishes, including giant couscous salad, marinated vegetables and a savoury cake flavoured with harissa<p>We’ve had a record number of picnic-worthy days so far this year, which, in theory, would mean hours of lying about in gardens and parks, were it …

Thunderstorms

What did we learn from this shameful and shambolic week?

Few watching this week’s pitiful events will have thought that Westminster any longer has much claim to be called the Mother of Parliaments. Just two …

Outwit your slugs: choose the plants they hate

The good old foxglove contains a hefty dose of nerve toxins<p>When it comes to pests and diseases, there is no greater garden adversary than the slug. Nothing seems quite as able to demolish such a wide variety of plants anywhere near as quickly as the nocturnal raids of these slimy nemeses. To make …

Gardening

As their cause crumbles, Brexiters turn to fantasy and bitter recriminations | Will Hutton

There is zero appetite beyond the rightwing Brexit bunker for more rank economic failures and social inequities.<p>It is when politicians make millenarian claims of permanent irreversibility for any policy that you know they and the accompanying project are in trouble. I remember, from my teenage …

Great Britain

Children's citizenship fee registration, debates in Parliament and new resources from PRCBC - Migrants' Rights Network

UEL is now, for 2018-2019, giving SIX standalone Foundation programme fee waivers, three in Social Sciences and three in Education, Early Childhood …

The efficiency myth

21 May 2018<p>Heard the tale about the private sector always doing things better? <b>Nick Dowson</b> wonders why it still has believers<p>The central myth of …

@ProfSteveKeen @nypost @davidgraeber bucky gets it https://t.co/i7RY4ghWoX

Michael Chabon: ‘Parent properly and you’re doing yourself out of a job’

Being a teenager is just so much harder now, and that’s almost exclusively because of social media<p>Michael Chabon is one of America’s best-loved writers, the author of nine novels, including <i>The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier</i> <i>& Clay</i> (which won the Pulitzer prize), <i>Wonder Boys</i>, <i>The Yidd</i><i>ish Policem</i><i>en’s</i> …

Books

The tragedy of Brexit: When simple ideas meet complex realities.

How taking the simplifications of Brexiters and trying to turn them into the complex realities of policy represents a major failure of political …

The demise of the nation state

After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta<p>What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and …

Civil Rights

Brutal forced deportations, globalization and human rights

28 March 2018<p>The Stansted 15 were right to draw forced deportations into the light of day. They have exposed the hypocrisy and double standards of …

Human Rights

Easter travel: Where to avoid on roads and rail

<b>Rail engineering work is set to add to bank holiday traffic jams as people get away for the Easter weekend.</b><p>More than 400 sets of works take place across the network over the weekend with rail services replaced by buses.<p>Almost all motorways and A-roads are due to be free of roadworks by Thursday but …

Brexit Britain, beware: the supply of Europeans is drying up | Jonathan Portes

The migration advisers’ report shows free movement has been good for the UK – and when it ends, there will be consequences<p>Back in 2007, Liam Byrne, then minister for immigration, decided to create a new, independent advisory committee to help the government set migration policy. He told me at the …

Beaker people in Britain: migration, mobility and diet | Antiquity

Allentoft, M.E., Sikora, M., Sjögren, K.-G., Rasmussen, S., Rasmussen, M., Stenderup, J., Damgaard, P.B., Schroeder, H., Ahlström, T., Vinner, L., …

Archaeology

The BBC is driving its presenters to despair | Richard Coles

Complaints about the BBC’s U-turn on tax aren’t the whines of rich luvvies. One colleague has had to work while being treated for cancer<p>A colleague at the BBC found a page on its website advertising what it is like to work for the corporation. It was illustrated with a still from W1A, the …

An education is not a commodity

These are dark days for the UK higher education sector. First the good news. The UK university sector is still world leading – 16 universities in the …

Popping The Housing Affordability Myth

Home prices are horribly high in Australia. I think we can all agree on that point. But what is really driving this? “Classic” economic theory is …

Race, class and Brexit: thinking from detention

In late 2016, just a few months after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, a flurry of articles appeared about EU citizens now living with …