There is a kind of privilege that consists of being more or less unaffected by politics. This, the French literary phenomenon Édouard Louis writes, “is what separates some populations, whose lives are supported, nurtured, protected, from other populations, who are exposed to death, to persecution, to murder”. Like his previous books The End of Eddy and History of Violence, this short work tackles the intersections of class, gender and sexuality in contemporary France, but instead of relating his own experiences, Louis gives voice to the way the cruel, crude hegemony of masculinity has essentially destroyed his father’s life, making him “as much a victim of the violence” he inflicted as of the violence he endured. … [Read more...] about Who Killed My Father by Édouard Louis review – dangerous masculinity
The five alleged conspirators are accused of trying to extort £4.25m from the duke and his son Richard, the 10th and current duke, by "menacing them" and "putting them in a state of fear and alarm and apprehension" that the painting would be damaged or destroyed if the ransom was not paid. … [Read more...] about The great Leonardo da Vinci heist: solicitor accused of £4m extortion plot
The anarchic show that packed a punch Spitting Image was created by caricaturists Peter Fluck, Roger Law and Martin Lambie-Nairn It was originally broadcast on ITV from 1984 to 1996, until it was axed due to declining audience numbers It was nominated for nine BAFTA Television Awards (winning two) and four Emmys World leaders stereotyped included Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, whose forehead birthmark was redrawn as a hammer and sickle Meanwhile, lockdown measures enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic saw a surge in TV watching and online streaming, according to media watchdog Ofcom. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: Spitting Image puppet unveiled ahead of relaunch
Here’s what happens when you go grey overnight in York: absolutely nothing. In Paris, Sophie Fontanel was assailed with constant comments – I get tumbleweed. At home my husband is away, my sons snigger for a minute then forget, and the dog doesn’t notice. On the streets, my new look is a total non-event, even when I see people I know. Whether this is British reserve, proof of my invisibility or the fact that York is distractingly packed with Viking warriors and hen parties in onesies carrying inflatable phalluses is unclear. When I take my first anxious trip to the library, the man I sit opposite every single day doesn’t even look up. Indeed, the only person who does notice is my elder son, who is also here, revising. “Ugh, I forgot you’d be wearing that,” he hisses, quietly appalled. “It’s really weird.” Then he moves to the other side of the library and ignores me. … [Read more...] about Glad to be grey: Is it time to embrace the real me?
The girl and her friends were approached by a group of men near Dale Street at around 5.15pm before she was raped by one of them. Pictured, police are searching for a man who has what appear to be a pair of black sunglasses resting on his forehead … [Read more...] about Manhunt launched after 14-year-old girl is raped in broad daylight in Manchester