Mark Buckley

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Andrés Iniesta begins glorious goodbye as an era draws to a close

Departing legend belongs to us all – tears, applause and another moment of quiet awe marked a fitting cup final farewell<p>There were two minutes to go in the final, <i>his</i> final, when Andrés Iniesta began the long walk goodbye.<p>Slowly, swallowing hard, eyes red, he made his way across the pitch, …

Soccer

Why England need to take a chance on talent and alter their top six

It seems the same batsmen from the disastrous Test winter will keep their spots against Pakistan, despite the fact they are England’s weakest top six of the modern age<p>Nobody ever feels completely ready for the start of the English cricket season but here it is all the same, blooming up out of the …

James Bond

Review: John Prine Keeps Finding Fresh Revelations on 'Tree of Forgiveness'

His first album of originals in more than a decade has all the qualities that have defined him as one of America's greatest songwriters<p>On his first …

Acoustic Guitar

Help! I think I’m turning into Ben Affleck

I saw a photo of Ben Affleck at the beach, tattoo of a phoenix on his back, towel positioned to hide his belly in front, and I thought, oh Ben. I feel you, man<p>As a miserable, disaffected, self-loathing teenager in the 1990s, my celebrity alter ego was Winona Ryder, who made adolescent misery, …

Ben Affleck

Football People on TV: Ray Wilkins remembered…

Johnny loved Ray Wilkins and his …

Soccer

No wonder the pope has caused confusion. Heaven and hell are a state of mind

Only our minds can experience eternity and no one who has experienced bliss or anguish could doubt they exist<p>If, and it’s a big if, Pope Francis did say that hell does not exist, what might he have meant? To say that hell does not exist is clearly not a statement about geography or cosmology. …

Christianity

Why did Smith and Bancroft have to front up, only to break down?

It is not clear who benefited from all the weeping in the fall-out of the Australia ball-tampering scandal but not the players<p>Five days deep into the scandal the Australia team finally hit bottom. Their coach has quit, their two openers are banned and their captain and best batsman since Don …

Faf du Plessis

The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group

When Kate Clanchy began teaching the children of refugees, she sought out those silenced by trauma and loss. Their weekly sessions released a torrent of untold stories<p>It all came from Priya’s poem, and Priya’s poem came from – well, I had no idea. It was an unlikely thing to turn up in a pile of …

Literature

England need to ditch Trevor Bayliss for a Test tsar with extended power

The ECB could do much worse than rotate the head coach out of Test cricket and appoint someone such as Nasser Hussain or Alec Stewart to promote the red-ball game<p>The real problem, in the end, was how little it seemed to be a problem. As England’s cricketers prodded their way to a strangely immobile …

Cricket

Mosul battle: Remembering Iraqi special forces soldier 'Spongebob'

<b>Photojournalist Ayman Oghanna has been embedded for weeks with an Iraqi special forces unit seeking to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State. Here, he recalls his time with a member of the unit who died in a bomb attack.</b><p>Ahmed "Talqa" was killed on Friday.<p>He hated that name. Talqa …

The chaos of Diego Costa rules for Atlético Madrid in rout of Sevilla

In the blink of an eye, Costa had been and gone, a hurricane tearing though Sevilla, its impact likely to be lasting<p>Diego Costa shot up the left, bundled Gabriel Mercado to the floor, pushed Clement Lenglet into Éver Banega and then bulldozed into the back of the Frenchman, forearm first, sending …

Soccer

Ian Aitken obituary

Political editor of the Guardian in the 1970s and 80s who covered the fall of Ted Heath and the rise of Margaret Thatcher<p>Ian Aitken, who has died aged 90, was one of the most widely read, best informed and perceptive of 20th-century British political reporters. For 10 years from 1964 he was a …

Billy Graham at New York's Madison Square Garden: Alistair Cooke's report - archive, 7 March 1955

Alistair Cooke reported Billy Graham’s New York campaign for the Manchester Guardian on 7 March 1955. The article - considered one of his finest for the paper - led to much debate on the letters page<p><b>New York, March 4</b><br>Billy Graham is a deeply modest man. He never minded his obscurity in his native …

Billy Graham

Cricket: Vandort shines as Sri Lanka falter

The Burghers who chose to stay in Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then known, after the British took control from the Dutch in the late 18th century could do so only after they had signed a Treaty of Capitulation. It can be blithely assumed that there would have been a lot of clauses about bowing and …

Sri Lanka
Times Square

Public Theology in Retreat

WHERE IS THE Reinhold Niebuhr for today? What is theology good for? Such questions have become hallmarks in public commentary on the role, past and …

American Philosophy

Kohli's excellence in isolation

Surely he remembers Adelaide when he carried them almost all alone? He is desperate to avoid a repeat

Cricket

The Dawn Watch review – ‘redefines how we see Joseph Conrad’

Maya Jasanoff brilliantly places Conrad as a pioneer of understanding the forces that shape the modern world<p>In November 1889, just as the chugging compound engines of steam ships were beginning to take the wind out of the elegant sails of the great rake-masted clippers, an out-of-work Polish sea …

Literature

Why I’m falling in love with my ancestors

Wars traumatised my parents’ and grandparents’ generations. I now feel closer to my happier, more liberal great-grandparents<p>Recently I have been thinking about my great-grandparents. I never met them, but as I grow older I can see their lives more clearly and, to my surprise, find myself …

Living Rooms

England hope Terminator Stuart Broad can conjure magical Ashes spell

Broad’s powers are waning but he remains competitive and one of those giddy bowling spells of his will surely come again. The Ashes would be just the stage<p>A theory has been doing the rounds in my household about the Indian pace bowler Varun Aaron. Which is fine. You take what you can get with kids. …

Music Festivals

Sorry celestial Sachin but Virat Kohli has taken command of the space fleet

India’s captain is on the verge of becoming the first player to be No1 simultaneously in Tests, ODIs and T20s – a feat that would end debate about his status among the greats<p>A disturbing thing happened last month. Sachin Tendulkar, the most unapproachable personage in cricket, was suddenly eager to …

Sri Lanka

The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson review – a new cultural landmark

The first version of Homer’s groundbreaking work by a woman will change our understanding of it for ever<p>Homer’s <i>Odyssey</i>, probably composed around 700BC, is one of the oldest poems in the western tradition, with a concomitantly long history of translation. The first into Latin was in the third …

Literature

Marcion’s Shorter Readings of Paul

This post will explore some of the plausible “shorter readings” in the <i>Apostolikon</i> used by the Marcionites. There may be more shorter readings in the</i> …

Donald Trump is as tacky as Roman Emperors: So what?

Perpetuating stereotypes. Jan Syka Nero at Baiae, c. 1900 (photo by M0tty, Wikimediacommons)<p>I have enough.<p>I am an immigrant. I have already to endure …

It wasn’t feminist theory that cured my anorexia – it was having something to eat for

I was extremely lucky to have found a wonderful doctor who understood me and who I couldn’t outsmart<p>A rather sweet news story emerged the other week, in which it was claimed that studying feminist theory could help anorexics with their recovery by teaching them how “cultural constructions of …

Mental Health

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool: the tragic life of Hollywood sensation Gloria Grahame

She starred with Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart. But Gloria Grahame refused to bow to Hollywood sexism and was driven out. Frank Cottrell-Boyce on a new film about her finding love and a second life with a chaotic Liverpool family<p>In the late 1970s, Peter Turner was a young actor living in digs …

Breast Cancer

All the Leonardo Da Vincis in the world: rated

As Salvator Mundi, his potent depiction of Christ, becomes the most expensive artwork ever, here’s our guide to every Leonardo painting in existence, from the masterpieces to the less-than-perfects<p>The Annunciation (1472)<p><b>On display at the Uffizi, Florence</b><br>In this dazzling performance, created when he …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Sunday Jeff Goldblum entertained me in a nail salon

When Bre Graham found herself in a nail salon next to Jeff Goldblum’s wife, she couldn’t have predicted what happened next…<p>It wasn’t that long ago, but it <i>was</i> in the days before Instagram and smartphones with cameras. I was wandering around the Lower East Side in New York City in the middle of …

Jeff Goldblum

How Gary Lineker Became The Voice Of Liberal Britain

<b>There used to be rules</b> about what happens to professional footballers once they stepped off the pitch, tearful and clapping, for the final time. …

Ken Dodd at 90: the rib-tickling genius is still crazy after all these years

With a gag for every occasion, the tattyfilarious comic clocks up 50,000 miles a year performing his epic standup shows. He talks about stage fright, playing Yorick for ‘Sir Kenneth All-Bran’ and taking on the audience like a gladiator<p>Is theatre the best rejuvenating pill on the market? I’ve …

Ken Dodd