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American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Photograph: Rajib Dhar/AFP/Getty Images<p>Avijit Roy’s wife, Rafida Ahmed Banna, is carried on a stretcher after being seriously injured by unidentified assailants. Roy founded a blog site which champions liberal secular writing in the Muslim majority …

Atheism

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

Staircase and Hall

A collection of mirrors adds light to a dark hallway<p>The last of the major projects to be completed was hallway and staircase. We went back and forth …

Vertigo

Today's tour: Bonnie & Russell's Scandi-Style Victorianhttp://on.apttherapy.com/0PPT8x Spend some time in a serene and stylish home in England...

The Future of Movies, By Christopher Nolan

Dark Knight helmer doesn’t see movie theaters going away anytime soon.<p>The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan has written an op-ed …

Why ‘Hannibal’ Was Shut Out By The Emmys

So, the Emmy nominations are out, and sure enough, <i>Hannibal</i> — an immaculately written and directed show anchored by intelligent, nuanced performances by everyone from the main cast to guest stars like Amanda Plummer and Jeremy Davies — got totally shafted. Granted, the Emmys aren’t really a …

Trapped in Iraq

Ali is a self-described “agnostic Shiite” who lives in Baghdad. Karim lives in Sinjar, the badlands between Mosul and the Syrian border, in a town made up of Yazidis—believers in an ancient faith related to Zoroastrianism. Ali and Karim (they asked to be given pseudonyms) are Iraqis in their …

Shopping secrets of the Taliban revealed

<b>An army offensive in Taliban-dominated tribal areas of Pakistan has caused large numbers of people to flee to safer regions. Among them is shopkeeper Rasheed Rehman, who until recently counted Taliban fighters among his best customers.</b><p>"I'm sorry my clothes smell," he says. "I used to live like a …

Afghanistan

How we made the 1984 Digital Double mobile app

People often refer to the idea that we are living in 1984, but to what extent is that a valid observation about contemporary society? If Big Brother is always watching, how is he watching us now? And to what end? In recent months, revelations about the NSA's PRISM programme have complicated our …

Games as systems of control

This is a small extract of a section of a chapter of the PhD I completed and passed this summber. I’m posting it in order to supplement a discussion …

Watch: 5 Surreal Gadgets for Surviving a Horrifying Apocalypse

Wouldn’t it be nice if the end of the world came and we were all just gone? Maybe it sounds defeatist, but just think how easy things would be if our …

American gun use is out of control. Shouldn't the world intervene? | Henry Porter

The death toll from firearms in the US suggests that the country is gripped by civil war<p>Last week, Starbucks asked its American customers to please not bring their guns into the coffee shop. This is part of the company's concern about customer safety and follows a ban in the summer on smoking …

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The best (and worst) of the Edinburgh fringe festival 2013

From dancing polythene to radical reinventions and feminist rage … as the dust settles on the Edinburgh festival, our critics name the highlights – and lowlights – of this year's fringe

Missing

Missing<p>Charlotte Runcie<br>• 6 August 2013<p>This article is from 2013.<p>Gecko’s spectacular dance theatre tale explores the depths of memory and childhood<p>With …

The Theatre

Edinburgh festival 2013: how many shows is too many?

Keeping count<p>Stand in the queues and the talk is sometimes less about what people have seen, and more about the quantity of shows they have seen. The Edinburgh fringe can be the culture vulture's equivalent of the pub crawl, as we run from one venue to another, downing one show after another. It …

Stewart Lee returns … and Will Adamsdale puts his back out

Welcome back to division and dissent<p>Last summer, Stewart Lee published a now-notorious Guardian article arguing that "profit-obsessed promoters are tearing [the Edinburgh fringe] to pieces". It was the talking point of the opening few days of the 2012 event – and lo, as we all set off on another …

Edinburgh festival 2013: what's the best comedy venue?

The best standup stages on the fringe<p>One of the fun things about arriving back in Edinburgh every August is the cognitive dissonance of half-noticing odd changes in the fringe environment. I had a double-take last weekend on registering that the building that once housed Forest Fringe (and the …

Edinburgh Festival 2013: 'Gordon Brown had the malevolence of Macbeth, the madness of King Lear'

The Confessions of Gordon Brown is theatre's first proper examination of the former PM. And, as writer Kevin Toolis tells Dominic Cavendish, it's the man's flaws that make him interesting<p>One of the most shameful omissions in our booming new writing culture during the New Labour years was any …

Gordon Brown

Edinburgh Festival 2013: Lucy Porter's diary August 6

Edinburgh Festival 2013: £5 for a bowl of chips? The Fringe is well underway for Lucy Porter.<p>So <b>the festival</b> is up and running and we’re starting to discover which shows have a "buzz" about them. Agents, promoters and PR companies have been discreetly suggesting that their clients are "this year’s …

Fight Night - Traverse

A strong company identity can be a blessing and a curse. Drop the name of Belgian <i>provocateurs</i> Ontroerend Goedinto a conversation and these days the …

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Bonanza

[author-post-rating] (4/5)<p>To avoid confusion, <i>Bonanza</i> isn’t <i>really</i> a piece of theatre. It involved no live performers, and is more a documentary film …

Jokes

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Bright Lights

[author-post-rating] (4/5 Stars)<p>Bright <i>Lights</i> is Léonie Kate Higgins’s one-woman show; the anti-<i>Fame</i> story, told from the perspective of someone with …

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Bluebeard

[author-post-rating] (3/5 Stars)<p>Trinity Fringe Productions has attempted perhaps one of the most ambitious original plays of the Fringe festival with</i> …

Edinburgh Fringe Review: How to Occupy an Oil Rig

[author-post-rating] (4/5)<p>Early on in <i>How to Occupy an Oil Rig</i>, Daniel Bye tells us that this is a show “about demonstration that takes the form of a …

Oil Drilling

Edinburgh Fringe Review: The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

[author-post-rating] (4/5 Stars)<p>I keep encountering Marilyn Monroe. I finished <i>Blonde</i> by Joyce Carol Oates and found a second-hand copy of a Monroe …

Los Angeles

Edinburgh 2013: Pip Utton on playing Churchill and Hitler

How did a former jeweller end up playing both Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler at the Edinburgh Fringe? And all in the same day? Pip Utton explains all to Laura Barnett.<p>Next Tuesday, Pip Utton will stand on stage at <b>Edinburgh</b>’s Assembly Rooms as Winston Churchill: wearing tails; sipping whisky; …

Winston Churchill

Bradley Manning play wins drama prize

Tim Price has won the inaugural James Tait Black Prize for Drama with The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, about the American soldier recently …

Ciara

David Harrower’s bleak and often filthily funny monologue (brace yourself for ‘Romanian cunt juice’) is performed by Blythe Duff, who last year …

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Major Tom

[author-post-rating] (4/5 Stars)<p>SPOILER ALERT: the namesake of this show is a bassett hound who’s on stage alongside Victoria Melody. He doesn’t do …

Storytelling