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Creative writing courses are killing western literature, claims Nobel judge - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Grants cut off writers from society, whereas past greats worked as taxi drivers and waiters to feed their imaginations, says Horace Engdahl Western literature is being impoverished by financial support for writers and by creative writing programmes, according to a series of blistering comments from Swedish Academy member Horace Engdahl, speaking shortly before the winner of the Nobel prize for literature is awarded. In an interview with French paper La Croix, Engdahl said that the professionalisation of the job of the writer, via grants and financial support, was having a negative effect on literature. Even though I understand the temptation, I think it cuts writers off from society, and creates an unhealthy link with institutions, he told La Croix. Previously, writers would work as taxi drivers, clerks, secretaries and waiters to make a living. Samuel Beckett and many others lived like this. It was hard - but they fed themselves, from a literary perspective. Continue reading...
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Euro 2016 qualifier clockwatch as it happened - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
An Iker Casillas error helped Slovakia beat European champions Spain, while there were also good wins for Slovenia, Macedonia and Austria Continue reading...
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Steve Bell on George Osborne and the eurozone cartoon - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
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Switzerland remain pointless after surprise defeat in Slovenia - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Milivoje Novakovic penalty the difference in Maribor Lithuania edge past Estonia in Vilnius England 5-0 San Marino match report Switzerland, beaten 2-0 by England in their opening qualifier, lost to Slovenia after Milivoje Novakovics penalty gave the hosts a smash-and-grab 1-0 in Maribor. The Swiss, who were frustrated by superb goalkeeping from Samir Handanovic, were felled by Novakovics drilled spot-kick in the 79th minute after Johan Djourou brought down Kevin Kampl with a clumsy challenge. Switzerland, cheered on by a sizeable following in the 10,000 crowd, dominated from the start but Handanovic enjoyed a memorable match. Having kept out a ferocious Granit Xhaka volley early on, the Internazionale keeper parried a Haris Seferovic sitter on the stroke of half-time and then thwarted the left-back Ricardo Rodríguez as well as the midfielder Gokhan Inler. Continue reading...
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French couple who refused vaccinations for their children go to highest court - http://www.theguardian.com/society...
Samia and Marc Larères case referred to constitutional court after they object to polio, diptheria and tetanus jabs A couple who refused to have their children vaccinated against polio, diphtheria and tetanus have appeared before a court in Auxerre on Thursday accused of mistreating their infants. After listening to their case, the magistrate decided to refer it to Frances highest legal authority, the cour de cassation, to decide whether parents right to refuse inoculations is a constitutional issue. Continue reading...
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Roy Keane: the stuff Alex Ferguson fed the press was lies, basic lies - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
At the launch of his new book, Roy Keane discusses Sir Alex Ferguson, Alf Inge Haaland, Twitter, Rock of Gibraltar and Abba Roy Keane: Im not sure if I will ever forgive Sir Alex Ferguson Roy Keane: 10 more gems including Savage and Cork men Keane blasts disgraceful Mourinho over handshake offer Continue reading...
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Readers recommend: songs about seduction - http://www.theguardian.com/music...
Dances of deception to sensual strategies, suggest your songs from the viewpoint of pursuer or pursued in this sexy topic Some people go straight for it. Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding? said Ingrid Bergman to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (1942). Bang on, Bergman. I dont bite, you know unless its called for, said a rather nippy Audrey Hepburn to Cary Grant in Charade (1963). But the approach by Albert Brooks to Holly Hunter in Broadcast News (1987) is perhaps the most interesting: I would give anything if you were two people, so I could call up the one who is my friend and tell her about the one I like so much. There is something about Brookss attempt at seduction that appeals. It takes a bold step forward, but then steps back to create a tempting space into which the other person might make their move. Such are the steps of seductions dance. It also captures the essence of the seduction game how duplicity and honesty seem to go hand in hand, and how those involved...
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Roy Keane blasts disgraceful José Mourinho over handshake offer - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Aston Villa assistant angry at gesture during defeat Keane explains absence from Alex Ferguson statue unveiling Keane: Alex Ferguson fed the press lies Continue reading...
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Rare Civil War-era photo of Robert E Lee's slave acquired by US - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news...
Previously unknown photo depicts Selina Gray, head housekeeper to Confederate General who helped save his home The National Park Service has acquired a rare Civil War-era photograph of an enslaved woman who helped save Confederate General Robert E Lees home in Arlington, Virginia. The previously unknown photograph depicts Selina Gray, the head housekeeper to Lee and his family, along with two girls. The photograph was unveiled Thursday at the Arlington House plantation overlooking the nations capital that was home to Lee and dozens of slaves before the Civil War. Continue reading...
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Ebola crisis: 'Cases growing exponentially' in West Africa, UN warns - as it happened - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
A tragedy unforeseen in modern timesVideo: how can we stop Ebola spreading?How you can helpRead the latest blog summary 11.21pm BST Were going to wrap our live blog coverage for the day. Heres a summary of where things stand: 11.04pm BST The Unicef Twitter account is publishing a series of infographics about Ebola. Ebola is not a death sentence: #Ebola is not a death sentence. Early treatment means a much better chance of survival. #EbolaResponse pic.twitter.com/oMXU2lgGoM How does #Ebola spread? Here are a few ways #EbolaResponse pic.twitter.com/GI3qZo1UVo 10.43pm BST Read it & weep, folks. Euthanized dog vs dispatch from the Ebola ward from my Twitter stats. pic.twitter.com/kUg7Jck2cQ 10.23pm BST Ebola is at top left in this gif comparing the rapidity of transmission and mortality rates of eight diseases (click on the tweet to activate): How Ebola spreads compared to other diseases: http://t.co/nwMVE5jXKf http://t.co/WlRTShvUzr 10.12pm BST Hazel Chandler is a documentary maker who...
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England extend flying start with five-star show against San Marino - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
England 5-0 San Marino Pictures: all the best images from Wembley David Hytner: five talking points from Wembley Barney Ronay: Rooney nears record on damp night Continue reading...
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Clacton and Heywood byelection results - Tories expect defeat in Clacton: Politics live blog - http://www.theguardian.com/politic...
Rolling coverage of the counting of votes and the results from the Clacton, and Heywood and Middleton byelections 11.45pm BST A Ukip source tells me he thinks that Peter Kellners 10,000 majority prediction for Clacton is over-egging it, but that he agrees with the Tories about turnout being in the 45/50% range. Amongst the postal votes, turnout was even higher, he says. He claims that, of the 9,000 postal votes sent out, some 7,000 were returned. A high turnout would be good for us. This has been exciting. People have enjoyed the byelection. People recognise that this is something special and that they are the focus of the country. They are quite enjoying it. There are even people who have been canvassed four times and who are saying they are not bored of this. We also think Labour thought the same too, because of the huge effort they have made. You would not have had shadow cabinet ministers knocking on doors last night if they thought they would win easily. 11.15pm BST And, while...
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England v San Marino: Euro 2016 qualifier as it happened - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Roy Hodgsons England did what they had to do against a resolute but ultimately outclassed San MarinoThe rest of tonights action, with Michael Butlers Euro 2016 Clockwatch The best images from England v San Marino 9.35pm BST And there it is. Make of that what you will. A good second-half performance followed a dreadful first-half one, and England win, remaining top of the group as expected. Next stop on the Euro 2016 rollercoaster: Estonia on Sunday. Well see you then! 9.33pm BST 90 min +1: The first of two added minutes, and Harts touching the ball again to wild comic cheers. Thankfully all members of that bloody band keep their faces shut this time. 9.32pm BST 90 min: Rinaldi is booked for a late and clumsy lunge on Milner. Rinaldi, hey? writes Ian Copestake. Two vowels away from genius. The sort of spot one expects from the editor of the William Carlos Williams Review. 9.30pm BST 88 min: Lallana and Milner again bustle down the left, combining well. Milner dances clear into the box,...
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Spacewatch: ISS begins spell of evening visibility - http://www.theguardian.com/science...
The ISS (International Space Station) is back on view at a convenient time in Britains evening sky for a series of eastbound passes that continues until 27 October. Our predictions for London and Manchester give the BST times of its visibility from when it rises above an elevation of 10° until it disappears into eclipse in the Earths shadow in the directions flagged by asterisks. Continue reading...
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Friends defend London terror suspects as police reveal fifth arrest - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Group portrayed by friends as football-loving students who were not aligned with any form of extremism Friends of the four men arrested as part of an alleged Islamist terror plot have hit back at claims the detained men were plotting to attack Britain as police announced they had made a fifth arrest but had kept it secret. Counter-terrorism police arrested four men on Tuesday and on Thursday announced that for operational reasons they did not announce they had at the same time arrested a fifth man aged 20. Continue reading...
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St Louis area braces for protests after police shoot dead black teen - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news...
Activists plan marches and civil disobedience after officer kills Vonderrit Myers Jr, 18, weeks after death of Michael Brown in Ferguson Cardinals appeal for unity after fans taunt demonstrators Full coverage of the Michael Brown shooting and protests Authorities in Missouri are braced for a weekend of reinvigorated protests around the city of Ferguson over the killing of Michael Brown, after another black 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer in nearby St Louis. Three days of demonstrations, marches and acts of civil disobedience have been scheduled by activists demanding justice for Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old whose shooting by a police officer led to intense unrest in Ferguson, a northern suburb of St Louis, in August. The plans were given fresh impetus after Vonderrit Myers Jr was killed by an off-duty officer in south St Louis on Wednesday night. Police said Myers was shot after shooting at the officer three times with a handgun following a chase. The officer, who fired...
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Turkish Kurds gather to support anti-Isis fighters just inside Syria - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Isis now controls a third of Kobani after tough close-quarter fighting, while US official admits that air strikes cannot save town A huge blast, a column of dust and smoke, and then a round of cheering from Kurds gathered on a hilltop near Kobani, watching a rare American intervention in the bitter battle for their home. Within minutes though, gunfire had started up again, a reminder that while air strikes serve as a dramatic morale boost to spectators and anti-Isis forces inside the Syrian border town, they have done little to turn the tide of a ruthless campaign. Continue reading...
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Adrian Peterson may be rearrested after admitting to 'smoking a little weed' - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Peterson confessed to drug use before urine sampleProsecutors want him arrested for violating bond conditionsTrial date was set on Wednesday for 1 December Hot on the heels of the trial date being set for Adrian Peterson with regards to child abuse allegations, it has been reported that the suspended Minnesota Vikings player is to be arrested for drugs violation. FOX 26 News is reporting that Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions. Continue reading...
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Still looking up: former Nasa chief who now nurtures Virgins spaceflight hopes - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
George Whitesides expects to have his honeymoon in space, amid doubts about whether Virgin Galactic will ever take off George Whitesides, Nasas former chief of staff, holds up a model of a delicate white spacecraft. With the long narrow wings of a glider, it looks almost too fragile for its intended journey to the edge of earths atmosphere. But this slender frame is carrying the dreams of 700 aspiring astronauts: private citizens who have paid up to $250,000 (£155,000) per head to Sir Richard Bransons Virgin Galactic for the chance to take a trip to the stars. Now chief executive of Galactic, Whitesides mission is to turn the British entrepreneurs vision of a commercial spaceline into reality. Continue reading...
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Euro 2016 qualifiers: England v San Marino in pictures - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
All the best images from Wembley Stadium as England continue their Euro 2016 qualification campaign against the 208th ranked team in the world Follow the match live Continue reading...
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Poaching row in legal battle over Nigerian oil spill - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Representatives of the Ogoni people against Shell complain that their legal action is being sabotaged by rival law firms Thousands of Nigerians who are suing Shell over oil spills through a London law firm are being poached by rival solicitors, a court has been told. In the runup to what should be a test case of how multinational firms deal with claims of environmental damage, representatives of the Ogoni people have complained to the high court in London that their legal action is effectively being sabotaged. Continue reading...
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Coalition air strikes against Isis aid Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels claim - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Shelling and bombing by the Syrian government intensifies in the two weeks since coalition air strikes against Isis began Syrian government forces are pursuing their war on rebels seeking the overthrow of president Bashar al-Assad and are barely affected by the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State (Isis), now focused on the embattled town of Kobani on the northern border with Turkey. Analysts and diplomats in Syria and abroad say government air raids including deadly barrel bombings have claimed scores of lives in the two weeks since the coalition air strikes began. In some areas government attacks have intensified as have rebel operations. Continue reading...
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Scottish government unveils mansion tax plan - http://www.theguardian.com/politic...
Finance secretary John Swinney says progressive system will boost affordability of homes for less well-off and first-time buyers A new mansion tax has been introduced by Scottish ministers to fund a cut in sales duty on affordable homes. The land and building transaction tax, which takes effect from April next year, has a progressive scale of rates, under which buyers of homes worth £1m, for example, will pay £78,300 in tax, compared with £50,000 under the current stamp duty system. Continue reading...
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Snapping between meals: Russia to import crocodile meat - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Sanctions on US and EU products have meant dearth in many foods, but Philippines reptile farm ready to fill the void Russian gourmands may no longer have access to fresh mozzarella di buffala or juicy Australian lamb chops but a new delicacy is about to appear on the menu: prime Philippines crocodile. Russias food standards watchdog announced on Thursday that the largest crocodile farm in the Philippines has been granted a permit for exports to Russia. Continue reading...
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Iran blocks Instagram account of rich kids showing off wealth in Tehran - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
The richkidsoftehran group flaunts lifestyle of young Iranian elite, featuring sports cars, luxury goods and expensive homes Iran has blocked access to an Instagram page devoted to the lifestyle of Tehrans young elite that stirred indignation and spawned a rival site on how the majority live. Richkidsoftehran, created in September on the photo-sharing service, attracted almost 100,000 followers, with its contributors saying they wanted to show a different image of Iran from the stereotypes in the west. Continue reading...
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Suspects in Thai backpacker murders retract confessions, says official - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
More doubts raised over forensics and statements of Burmese pair held for Hannah Witheridge and David Miller killings Further doubts have emerged about the police investigation into the murder of two British backpackers in Thailand, after a Burmese official said the two migrant workers arrested for the crime had now retracted the confessions that were beaten out of them. Amid a confusing picture fresh doubts have also been raised about forensic evidence supporting the case. Continue reading...
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Jason Bateman: My dirty secret? Playing the straight man. Because he gets to be in every scene - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
He was a child star who went off the rails in his 20s and was saved by his role in Arrested Development. Now Jason Bateman is one of Hollywoods top comedy actors and incredibly nice with it Oh God, Jason Bateman. Hes a complete terror, Michael Cera told me last year about his Arrested Development co-star, eyes widening. The things that come out of his mouth Like what? Continue reading...
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Clacton and Heywood byelections - Voters go to the polls: Politics live blog - http://www.theguardian.com/politic...
Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as voters go to the polls in the byelections in Clacton and Heywood Continue reading...
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French writer Patrick Modiano wins the 2014 Nobel prize in literature - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Novelist is 15th French writer to win prestigious award Live reaction to Modiano winning the Nobel prize in literature Patrick Modiano has been named the 111th winner of the Nobel prize for literature. The 69-year-old is the 15th French writer to win the prestigious prize, worth 8m kronor ($1.1m or £700,000). Continue reading...
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Ebola is highly contagious plus seven other myths about the virus - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
The Ebola outbreak is serious, but the nature of the epidemic is often misunderstood and inappropriate measures suggested The Ebola outbreak has been claiming lives in Africa for many months now, but following the first Ebola death from a case diagnosed outside the continent, coverage and concern in the west has stepped up yet another notch. The outbreak is certainly a grave issue for west Africa, a public health priority, and has been exacerbated by a slow response from international bodies and rich nations. It has already claimed more than 3,800 lives, and could claim far more without an appropriate international response. Continue reading...
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