Farewell Jane the Virgin: the best possible antidote to TV’s bleak streak

Farewell Jane the Virgin: the best possible antidote to TV’s bleak streak

A confession: I haven’t watched The Handmaid’s Tale since the first episode of season two. After that harrowing mock-execution, I couldn’t face more relentless cruelty. Not many people are having a good time on TV right now, at least not in shows deemed ‘important’. It has become something of a prerequisite both that so-called prestige […]

Why Carrie Symonds is the embodiment of the Boris Johnson brand

Why Carrie Symonds is the embodiment of the Boris Johnson brand

Carrie Symonds is not some ingenue blond playmate of a rich and powerful older man. It is almost worse than that. As the partner of the new prime minister, she has become the visible authentication of the Boris Johnson brand: that’s Boris the priapic, convention-busting, law-unto-himself, human bulldozer; a man of as many conflicting opinions as […]

Late Rooms and Super Break collapse hits holidaymakers

Late Rooms and Super Break collapse hits holidaymakers

The holiday firms Late Rooms and York-based Super Break have collapsed, affecting more than 50,000 travellers. Malvern Group, which owns the booking website LateRooms.com and Super Break, said about 400 Super Break customers were on holiday in the UK or overseas. Super Break was a member of Abta and the travel trade body said most […]

Carers bullied by government, MPs say

Carers bullied by government, MPs say

Carers are being bullied by the government, a committee of MPs says. The Work and Pensions Select Committee says ministers are harassing people who have made honest mistakes when receiving carer’s allowance. Long-standing problems within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) led to a failure to spot overpayments. The government says while it has […]

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear, which could help the progress of drug trials. US scientists were able to use levels of a protein in the blood to help predict its build-up in the brain. UK experts said the results were promising – and a […]

First official Peaky Blinders festival to be held in Birmingham

First official Peaky Blinders festival to be held in Birmingham

The first official Peaky Blinders-themed festival will take place in Birmingham in September. It will feature live music from Mercury Prize nominees Anna Calvi and Nadine Shah and Scots rockers Primal Scream. A similar event last year, which was not approved by the makers of the show, reportedly left some fans unhappy. “I wanted to put […]

Apple and Google stop workers playing back voice recordings

Apple and Google stop workers playing back voice recordings

Apple and Google are temporarily stopping workers listening to voice recordings captured by smart speakers and virtual assistants. It follows a Guardian report that third-party contractors used by Apple had heard people having sex and discussing private medical information. Siri and other services can activate in error after wrongly picking up sounds they mishear as their “wake” […]

Stock markets drop on new Trump China tariffs

Stock markets drop on new Trump China tariffs

European stock markets have fallen after the surprise decision by Donald Trump to impose new tariffs on a further $300bn of Chinese imports. The FTSE 100 and the leading indexes in France and Germany all fell by more than 2% each. The US president’s decision came after the latest round of bilateral talks showed little […]

Louise Porton jailed for life for murder of daughters

Louise Porton jailed for life for murder of daughters

Prosecutors claimed Louise Porton’s children “got in the way” of her doing “what she wanted” A mother who killed her two daughters because they “got in the way of her sex life” has been jailed for life. Louise Porton denied killing three-year-old Lexi Draper and 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan, who died 18 days apart last year. […]

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