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The fall of the dark angel: José Mourinho’s “anti-football” philosophy

He was once the bright, young innovator of the European game. Now Mourinho is a brooding presence who, in crunch situations, has an inclination to …

Soccer

Meera Sodha’s recipe for katsu curry with panko aubergines and pickled radishes

Katsu curry is an unlikely looking heart thief, but this mysterious brown concoction is one of Japan’s favourite dishes. In my take on it, the curry sauce is made using plenty of naturally sweet vegetables, such as carrots and onions, plus a couple of storecupboard essentials. These modest …

Curries

Yotam Ottolenghi’s chicken recipes

In my house, where the children forever negotiate what they’ll be given at mealtimes while the grownups keep pledging (in vain, obviously), “I’m not getting into this conversation”, chicken is the one food that unifies the family ranks. It appears on our table in endless configurations, the simple …

Onions

Alex Gibney: ‘Every business Trump touched withered and died’

Alex Gibney was born in New York City in 1953 and educated at Yale and UCLA film school. He was 52 when he scored his first major success as a documentary film-maker with <i>Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room</i> (2005). Three years later, he won a best documentary Oscar with <i>Taxi to the Dark Side</i>. Since …

Donald Trump

Royal Marines cuts would undermine security, say MPs

Reducing ability to carry out amphibious operations would be dangerous, a report has warned<p>Cuts to the Royal Marines and the ability to carry out amphibious operations would significantly undermine the UK’s security, MPs have said in a strongly-worded report.<p>The capability of the Royal Marines must …

Military

Paris trial sheds light on terrorists' efforts to hide after attacks

Drug dealer claims he unwittingly harboured November 2015 attacks’ ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud<p>The trial of a drug dealer and slum landlord accused of harbouring two members of the cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 has given a glimpse of the tense five days after the deadliest night in …

Crime

'It's weirdly mesmerising': a quick guide to the soap cutting trend

Videos of people whittling away at a bars of Palmolive are growing in popularity online – particularly among fans of ASMR<p>Another day, another new trend. Today, may I present soap cutting. It’s quite straightforward, it’s cutting soap. But if, for some reason, you are confused, search Instagram or …

Trends

Freemasonry explained: a guide to the secretive society

When did it begin, is it a religion, and are its members’ identities kept secret?<p>When did Freemasonry begin?<p>The first grand lodge, established to govern Freemasonry in England and Wales, was formed in 1717, during a meeting at a pub in the City of London called the Goose and Gridiron. At that time …

Freemasonry

Would Welsh schoolchildren rather play rugby union for Wales or football for Real Madrid? – video

How has the rise of Wales’s football team affected the rugby union team? Are more children playing football in Wales now instead of union, which requires more people, equipment and rules? We hear from the PE teacher who taught Gareth Bale and Sam Warburton in the same school year, and the children …

Real Madrid

Six Nations 2016: Maro Itoje confirmed in England side to face Ireland

• Joe Launchbury’s hamstring injury means Itoje starts for England • 21-year-old Itoje dubbed rugby’s ‘chosen one’ by some team-mates<p>Maro Itoje will make his first England start after Joe Launchbury was ruled out of the Six Nations game against Ireland with a hamstring injury.<p>Itoje, 21, is regarded …

Harlequins

UFC 196: Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz trade insults in angry pre-fight row

• Fighters engage in expletive-packed war of words before non-title fight • McGregor: ‘He will not be able to handle the ferocity. He will be KO’d’<p>The Irishman Conor McGregor and American Nate Diaz engaged in an expletive-packed war of words on Wednesday that included allegations of steroid use …

Conor McGregor

Wayne Rooney saga: David Moyes' first mistake?

Thank goodness things have finally started to move in the otherwise snail-paced Wayne Rooney transfer saga. Fancy José Mourinho apparently being …

Manchester United reject £20m Chelsea bid for Wayne Rooney

Chelsea have reacted furiously to suggestions they were willing to include either Juan Mata or David Luiz as a make-weight in a prospective deal for …

Manchester United and the problem of moving on from an all-powerful leader

A look at clubs such as Manchester United after Sir Matt Busby and Dynamo Kyiv after Valeriy Lobanovskyi shows that it can often take more than a decade to recover from the departure of extraordinarily successful managers<p>The question isn’t even “if”. It isn’t even really “when” any longer: it’s who …

Soccer