Jim Howell Robinson

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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: ‘Bayern is the school of forming a champion’

As he prepares to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg reflects on life as a Bayern Munich wunderkind and playing for Pep Guardiola<p>When Pep Guardiola confronted Nathan Redmond at the end of Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Southampton last November and …

Soccer

A friend told me that my husband was having an affair. I didn’t want to know

Is it worth throwing 15 years away for a momentary lapse in concentration?<p>I have a dilemma. A friend is having an affair. Her (wonderful) husband is blissfully unaware.<p>I asked her once, my friend with the roving eye, in the way we ask girlfriends these questions after too much wine, “If your …

Relationships

My grandparents had a great love story - and it changed my life forever

It’s 2001. I’m seven-years-old. And I’m learning cribbage with my granddad. We’re in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in America. I’ve never been to America before, and I’m enthralled by the New England seaside. The wide, grassy expanse of sand dunes, the American food, the array of Mary-Kate and Ashley …

Grandparents

Devon village is rising 2cm a year, and scientists have no idea why

It is arguably the most upwardly-mobile village in Britain.<p>But the small parish of Willand in Devon is not enjoying an unexpected economic boom, but rather a strange geological upsurge.<p>Scientists have discovered the village is rising by 0.7 inches (2cm) a year, and are utterly baffled about the …

European Space Agency

Bristol man buys a car to drive to London because it's cheaper than a train fare

A man put off by the cost of a train fare bought a car and drove from London to Bristol for less than the price of the rail fare.<p>Bargain-hunter Tom Church bought a Honda Civic to make a 120-mile drive to see a friend in Bristol because it was cheaper than a train ticket.<p>The second hand car cost …

Selling

‘Where are the people?’ Gold Coast 'empty' for Commonwealth Games

Deserted streets, empty cafes and angry taxi drivers as local businesses battle unexpected downturn<p>On the tourist strip of Cavill Avenue, people spill out of bars in the early afternoon. Footpaths are jostling with all sorts: groups of teenagers straggling back from the beach, families walking to …

Australia

Tom Allen review – quick-witted master of the nonstop rant

Soho theatre, London Allen’s amiable routines about gay and working-class stereotyping foreground his abundant skills as a raconteur<p>If Tom Allen weren’t already hosting a primetime Saturday night TV show, you’d have to invent one for him. Thirteen years a standup, the Bromley man deploys a similar …

Stereotypes

'You were a good boy' ... Growing up, Chicago brothers discover their father's friends all were mobsters. They wrote a book.

Childhood is, or should be, a time of innocence, and for a while that is the way it was for brothers Michael Jr. and Jeffrey Gentile. And then a pistol fell out of a coat.<p>“We were taking the coats from people who had come over to visit our parents and this gun just dropped on the floor,” says …

Crime

Mark Bonnar: 'I do a good cold, hard stare'

After playing corrupt cops and tortured barristers in TV shows like Line of Duty and Unforgotten, Bonnar is returning to the theatre – in a dystopian drama about replacing a dead child<p>Mark Bonnar takes comfort in the fact that he once played the back end of a pantomime cow. It was the actor’s first …

Black Mirror

Mum has dementia and now Dad’s dead she will have to sell her home. Why?

Britain operates a cruel health lottery that discriminates against dementia patients. Struggling families need social care<p>When my father died suddenly in January at the age of 91, family and friends gave him a great send-off. We had a private cremation, an uplifting memorial service at church, and …

Social Work

Rebus: Rankin's gritty Scottish detective to make stage debut

Author has worked with playwright Rona Munro for complex cop’s stage bow<p>Rebus, the abrasive, hard-drinking and brilliant Edinburgh detective created by Ian Rankin, is to be the star of a new stage play.<p>The author has collaborated with the playwright Rona Munro for a new crime story to be solved by …

Coronation Street

Memory of Michael Goolaerts lives on in a race of sustained brutality

Belgian’s death at the Paris-Roubaix reminds us of the price that can be paid for our pleasure, but riders return each year to this fiendishly difficult race in an act of non-rational courage<p>The death of young Michael Goolaerts following a crash in the Paris‑Roubaix on Sunday reminds us of the …

Cycling

John Oliver takes aim at anti-abortion activists 'controlling women's behavior'

The comic discussed crisis pregnancy centers, which aim to prevent women from terminating pregnancies using ‘predatory’ tactics<p>John Oliver examined centers designed to prevent abortions on his show on Sunday, criticizing their “disingenuous and predatory” tactics.<p>During his HBO show Last Week …

Feminism

‘Our territory is our life’: one struggle against mining in Ecuador

The A’I Cofan in the Amazon fight back against small-scale gold-miners invading their land and new, large-scale concessions upriver<p>Three A’I Cofan men were staring down at a pit of rocks, dead foliage and filthy water where two gold-panners were working. Beyond was a sluice and hoses running down …

Environment

Inquiry starts into Michael Goolaerts’ death after Paris-Roubaix crash

• Belgian died in hospital following a heart attack • Widespread tributes paid to 23-year-old rider<p>As the cycling world mourned the loss of the young Belgian professional Michael Goolaerts, who died late on Sunday night after suffering a heart attack during the Paris-Roubaix race, magistrates in …

Cycling

Six Virunga park rangers killed in DRC wildlife sanctuary

Latest ambush worst attack to date at home to world’s largest population of mountain gorillas<p>Five rangers and a driver have been killed in an ambush in Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).<p>A sixth ranger was injured in the attack on Monday that took place in the central …

Wildlife

Neil Warnock: ‘I haven’t had a fair crack of the Premier League whip’

Neil Warnock prefers the ‘muck and nettles’ of the Championship to the top flight but a record eighth promotion of his managerial career, this time with Cardiff, would suit him just fine<p>Not long after Neil Warnock was named the Cardiff manager, his wife, Sharon, made a startling discovery. “She …

Soccer

Joe Lycett review – pansexual gadfly tickles the pompous

Royal and Derngate, Northampton The naturally funny panel-show regular inhabits a small world, but he makes those narrow horizons teem with possibility and comic life<p>When Mark Thomas engages in activist comedy, he won’t be satisfied until laws are revoked or politicians’ heads roll. For Joe Lycett, …

Sexuality

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Iranian detention reaches two-year mark

MP criticises Foreign Office for offering husband Richard Ratcliffe ‘false hope’ before Johnson’s Iran visit<p>The husband of a British-Iranian woman being held in an Iranian jail said the case had now gone beyond his worst fears, with the two-year anniversary of her detention due to pass on Tuesday …

South Asia

Gen Efraín Ríos Montt obituary

Guatemalan military dictator charged with genocide and crimes against humanity<p>The Guatemalan military dictators of the mid-to-late 20th century were noted for their cruelty, corruption and appetite for power. Gen Efraín Ríos Montt, who has died aged 91, added an extra ingredient to the mix: he was …

Human Rights

Retail slump has put 21,000 jobs at risk in 2018 so far

Brexit-fuelled inflation, soaring business rates and falling consumer confidence takes toll in first quarter<p>More than 21,000 jobs have been cut or put at risk in the first three months of the year as retail store closures, company restructuring and Carillion’s collapse resulted in a bleak quarter.<p>A …

Sainsbury'S

Gaza's Passover massacre

The Passover massacre in Gaza was by no means an exception in the long history of Palestinian resistance.<p>For decades Zionists have blamed the Palestinians for Israel's ongoing colonial project. "If only the Palestinians had a Mahatma Gandhi," many Israeli liberals have exclaimed, "then the …

Israel

War With Iran Won’t Be Iraq All Over Again. It’ll Be Much Worse.

With John Bolton joining the White House as President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, risk of the U.S. going to war with Iran has increased to levels not seen since Dick Cheney was vice president.<p>Bolton and Cheney were both architects of the Iraq war, a war that Bolton publicly stands …

Middle East

Arcade Fire: 'People have lost the ability to even know what a joke is. It’s very Orwellian'

The indie rockers rolled out their last record, Everything Now, with a satirical ad campaign. The result? Mass confusion and bad reviews. As they hit UK arenas, frontman Win Butler is defiant: ‘Let’s see if we can break through the noise’<p>In a corner booth, Win Butler sits beaming in a broad-brimmed …

Indie Music

Paddy Considine: ‘I never wanted to sell my soul for this’

In his second film as director, Journeyman, the actor stars as an ageing boxer. Fighting off a shopping-related injury, he explains why he auditioned himself for the role and why he’s stayed loyal to Burton<p>Paddy Considine is suffering. He put his back out the other day, lifting a basket of …

Success

San Diego unveils unorthodox homelessness solution: big tents

The southern California city faces a spike in people living on the streets, and new housing will take years to build. Now huge temporary structures are offering respite and key services<p>Sign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletter<p>Bob McElroy strode through the busy entrance of the vast, …

Housing

Nearly five million in India's Assam at risk of citizenship loss

Critics warn new citizens' list could render Muslims and long-term refugees in border state of Assam stateless.<p><b>Guhawati, India</b> - Nearly five million people in India's eastern state of Assam face the threat of deportation after a top government official said they have failed to provide documentation …

India

How do you make friends as an adult? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Looking back at your childhood with rose-tinted glasses can trick you into thinking it was easy to make friends as a kid. You shared a biscuit, a puzzle and maybe some germs, and …

The Brain

Kim Jong Un follows his father’s blueprint with a secret armored train journey to China

Kim Jong Un’s visit to Beijing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping took many by surprise. For years, North Korea-watchers had noted that the young North Korean leader had not traveled abroad, despite his education in Europe and admiration for Western culture.<p>There were theories that Kim, who …

Kim Jong-un's visit to China fails to hide strain in relations

Kim and his wife were treated to a banquet, a performance and a lesson in Chinese tea culture<p>When the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, visited Beijing this week they were treated to a banquet at the stately Great Hall of the People, a performance, and a lesson in Chinese …

North Korea