Lewis Hamilton and leading drivers have condemned Formula One and the FIA for putting drivers at risk for the sake of entertainment after a safety‑car restart led to a major accident at the Tuscan Grand Prix. Egan Bernal’s defence of his Tour de France title wilted and then collapsed definitively in the September heat, as Primoz Roglic tightened his grip on the leader’s yellow jersey and fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar took his second stage win. Saracens scored five tries in their 40-17 win against Exeter with both teams fielding understrength teams before the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. Hull FC recorded their second victory in four days to set up a Challenge Cup quarter-final with Wigan Warriors, after eliminating Castleford. And Tom Brady, the man who helped the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl titles, may be gone but the most successful NFL team of the 21st-century started the season in familiar fashion. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: ‘Abide by rule of six,’ police plead
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I’ve never met you and I’m ready to believe you are well-intentioned. But I wonder if you have even begun to grasp the scale of the crisis facing the performing arts – theatre, opera and dance as well as classical music – in this country. Unless you come up soon with a detailed, precise, properly financed plan of action you will go down in history as the politician who presided over the dissolution of the arts in Britain. The only thing one can say for sure is that the show definitely won’t go on. … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
In a battle-torn landscape governed by zeroes and ones, nuance, compromise and empathy are the first casualties. If I were to sum up the online culture war in one word it would be “diaphobia”, a term coined by the psychiatrist RD Laing meaning “fear of being influenced by other people”, the opposite of dialogue. Our ever-present underlying historical and enculturated emotions will nudge us to cherrypick and polish the nuggets of information that support a stance that may have been in our bodies from childhood. Once we have taken sides, the algorithms will supply us with a stream of content to entrench and confirm our beliefs. … [Read more...] about Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings
'Ready for the freshest staycation ever?' he wrote. 'If this place looks familiar that’s because it’s just as fly as it was when I first rolled up the driveway. I’m back. And this time, I’m handing you the keys so you’ll have my wing of the mansion all to yourself — but my sneaker collection is off limits, aight?' … [Read more...] about Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff reunite outside the iconic Fresh Prince Of Bel Air mansion… as Will helps the owners rent it out on Airbnb for only $30