Yasmin Mohiuddin

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AURELIE FILIPPETTI, the French minister for culture, had to retract a tweet this week after making a glaring spelling mistake. As she is the official …

Blindness is no barrier for this Texan man as he builds a home from scratch

A Texan blind man has taken on the incredible task of building a house for himself from scratch.<p>In attempt to recreate his childhood home, Thomas …

Kick-Ass 2 star Chloë Moretz on Carrie, controversy and other C-words http://gu.com/p/3hph8/tw

Unruly pooches scupper world record attempt for simultaneous dogs ‘staying’

It is a command known by dogs the world over, but imagine the difficulty in getting hundreds of pooches to ‘stay’ for two minutes solid, all at the …

SimCity for the real world http://gu.com/p/3tv2k/ The high street may be dying, but cities have always been subject to change. What we must plan for is life after death, argues David Shariatmadari

The week ahead: August 9th 2013

Experience: I was a bartender in Antarctica

'It was pretty much a given that anyone who had applied for a job on the base was trying to escape something'<p>Looking back, there was a clear omen of what was to come within minutes of my arrival in Antarctica. The first pallet offloaded from the plane that had brought me contained nothing but beer, …

Silvio Berlusconi

Standing orders

WINSTON CHURCHILL knew it. Ernest Hemingway knew it. Leonardo da Vinci knew it. Every trendy office from Silicon Valley to Scandinavia now knows it …

Scientists invent ‘death test’ that will tell us how long we have to live

Scientists have developed a ‘death test’ that can tell people how long they have to live.<p>The non-invasive procedure involves applying a painless …

Nation fails to hit recommended exercise target levels after ‘shockingly low’ statistics are released

A report has been published detailing the ‘shockingly low’ exercise levels among the British population, with almost 80 per cent of people not …

'Training for the Olympics was like The Hunger Games without the death' - Olympic double sculls champion Katherine Grainger tells Liz Hoggard about her long struggle to succeed at the highest level http://t.gu.com/nMJUf Photograph: Antonio Zazueta Olmos/ Antonio Olmos

Rail companies ban e-cigarettes from trains and stations

Rail companies have banned e-cigarettes from their trains and stations, saying people using them make other travellers feel “uneasy”.<p>New rules by train operators including C2C, Greater Anglia and First Capital Connect, which operate services in the South East and East Anglia, have announced a …

Testicle-eating fish on the loose in Sweden prompts warning to keep trunks on

Swedish men have been warned to keep their swimming trunks on after a South American fish known for attacking testicles was found in the sea.<p>A …

21-month-old Ella Mae a YouTube hit after belting out Elvis Presley cover

As they welcomed her into the world 21 months ago, the parents of little Ella Mae couldn’t have known that a YouTube star was also born that …

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LATIN AMERICANS, it seems, have swiftly become addicted to social networking, with users spending ten hours a month (twice as much as the average in …

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Motorbike rider charges towards old lady in wheelchair… but what happens next?

Dash camera videos uploaded online normally show dramatic crashes or miraculous escapes.<p>So when presented with the following head-cam incident from …

Is this the new JK Rowling? 21-year-old novelist Samantha Shannon is widely tipped to become an international bestseller with her new sci-fi novel, 'The Bone Season'. Shannon, who devised the novel while interning for a literary agency in London, has already earned a £100,000 advance for a seven book series and has sold the film rights to Hollywood studio, The Imaginarium. More here: http://fw.to/atk6bEM

Human rights student reporter of the year on life after forced marriage

The winning entry in Amnesty International UK's annual competition, in conjunction with the Observer and the NUS, is by Lauren Wilks of the University of Edinburgh<p>Parents, family, friends – I left everyone because he was after me and my daughter," says Tehmina, explaining how she came to leave …

In September the Vietnamese government will introduce new rules restricting all use of websites and online social media to the exchange of "personal information" only. Decree 72, as this new law is known, bans the publication of material that, according to one translation, "provides information that is against Vietnam, undermining national security, social order and national unity" http://econ.st/17BI8MC

Cornwall, a peninsula county in England's sunniest south-west tip, has long been a muse to artists. Painters are drawn to its expansive beaches, granite cliffs, picturesque harbours and quality of light. The 1994 opening of a Tate gallery in St Ives, on the wild Atlantic north coast, boosted the town's artistic credentials http://econ.st/15LTvWB

When Lord Howell, a former government energy adviser in Britain, mused about fracking on Tuesday 30th July, the response was felt far beyond parliament. The north-east of England, he observed, might profit from shale-gas extraction because it featured "large and uninhabited and desolate areas" where the disruption would not bother people http://econ.st/16W7w0h

Condemned by some as non-democratic, the recent tactics of Miloš Zeman, the Czech president, may yet lead to the most democratic of results, namely early elections. The caretaker government appointed by Mr Zeman failed to gain parliamentary support in a vote on August 7th http://econ.st/17bHDtx

Video of the Moment #1287: Basement Jaxx - There Goes The Fear, a UK/US/IE Music Web site

In <b>Basement Jaxx</b>‘s video for ‘What a Difference Love Makes’, we can reminded that dance – and music – have the power to stir the soul. In this visual …

Proms 2013: Urban Classic, Prom 37, Royal Albert Hall, review

The Urban Classic Prom, featuring grime, hip hop and reggae, offered 'a joyous and inspiring collision of musical worlds', says Bernadette McNulty.<p>The way you could tell something was literally afoot in SW7 on Saturday night was the style of the prommers' shoes. Instead of the usual padding of …

Video of the Moment #1288: Jessie J - There Goes The Fear, a UK/US/IE Music Web site

<b>Jessie J</b> goes blonde and kind of mental with various ecstatic party goers in her new video for ‘It’s My Party’, not to be confused with the Lesley …