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The big picture (1 mn)

Ready-to-Wear, Montmartre Paris, 1955. Marilyn Stafford/Courtesy of Lucy Bell Gallery A model ventures out of the studio and on to the gritty streets of Paris in this 1955 shot by Marilyn Stafford...


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Agenda : On my radar, Bobby Gillespie (3 mn)

The singer and musician Bobby Gillespie was born in Glasgow in 1962 . He played drums in the Jesus and Mary Chain before forming Primal Scream in 1982 . Primal Scream have released 11 studio album...


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Trust the C of E to miss the point of Halloween (5 mn)

Illustration by David Foldvari Look, it was Halloween when I wrote this, so of course it’s about Halloween! Maybe you’ve forgotten but it was inescapable back then (at time of writing, now). Pumpki...


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Agenda, The grid (1 mn)

An artist who grew up next to one of Nairobi’s largest dumps puts rubbish to visionary use “I wanted to give trash a second chance,” says Cyrus Kabiru , 34, who makes art – including highly decor...


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Q&A Jonathan Coe, Novelist, 57 (5 mn)

‘Novels help us understand what’s going on’: Jonathan Coe photographed at the Olympic cinema, southwest London. Karen Robinson for the Observer New Review The comic writer on his latest novel abou...


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Cover Story, #theaidsmemorial, ‘History does not record itself’ (21 mn)

Sometimes Instagram has to step in: @theaidsmemorial, where friends and family post tributes to loved ones who died of Aidsrelated illnesses, has become an extraordinary compendium of lost lives. K...


Tom Thate, Todd Shearer, Alan Mundt (1 mn)

LGBT+ activist Mike Balaban on his Hamptons housemates architect Tom Th ate, designer Todd Shearer and Alan Mundt In 1986, I spent the summer in Southhampton , an NYC-area beach resort, renting an...


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Architecture, Smooth operators (14 mn)

Thomas Heatherwick’s swooping 35-metre roof extension, tiled with Welsh slate, which tops the former coal sheds at King’s Cross. Luke Hayes, Hufton and Crow A view of the upper deck of shop units...


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‘Perhaps it’s a confessional...’Meet our 2018 graphic short story prize winner (3 mn)

Edith Pritchett has vowed to spend part of her £1,000 prize on ‘fancy peanut butter’. Portrait by Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer Edith Pritchett’s An Artistic Odyssey, a waspishly amusing an...


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Interview, Portrait of the reluctant artist (15 mn)

‘I’m not really into art. I just like drawing and making stuff’. Chrissie Hynde at her London studio flat. Photograph by Gabby Laurent From 70 s rocker to outspoken activist, Chrissie Hynde has b...


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Science & Tech Ideas, analysis, gadgets and beyond, Cancer: How to kill a killer (10 mn)

Revolutionary work on the body’s immune system and a host of new drug trials mean that a cure for cancer may be in sight Last month, the Nobel prize in medicine was awarded for two breakthrough sc...


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Opinion, As recent US atrocities show, the internet is enabling far-right conspiracies and attacks (4 mn)

A vigil outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the shooting in October.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/ Getty Images Before he started shooting worshippers in the Tree of Life synagogue in P...


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Metrology, Why the kilo’s future hangs in the balance (6 mn)

The international prototype of the kilogram at the Pavillon de Breteuil in Saint-Cloud . AFP/Getty Images A lump of metal stored in a building near Paris has long served as the global standard for...


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Medicine, The five, Diseases that dogs can detect (1 mn)

A dog at work in a prostate cancer trial. Emma Jeffery/ Medical Detection Dogs/PA Scientists have only recently begun to investigate canines’ extraordinary sense of smell, hoping that it will prov...


Critics, Art : Irresistibly drawn (5 mn)

Fierce Schiele and graceful Klimt share the spotlight in this compelling Viennese double bill Klimt/Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna Royal Academy, London W1; until 3 Feb Egon...


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Critics, Film, Film of the week, Widowed and wed to a life of crime (4 mn)

A dream cast, led by Viola Davis on Oscarworthy form, plan the perfect heist in Steve McQueen’s inspired reworking of Lynda La Plante’s 80 s TV drama Widows (130 mins, 15) Directed by Steve McQu...


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And the rest (4 mn)

From top: ‘scope and savagery’ in Mike Leigh’s epic Peterloo; Keira Knightley, ‘pitched several octaves higher than usual’ in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; and Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd, ...


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Critics, Classical : Apocalypse now and then (4 mn)

The London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames give the UK premiere of Giacinto Scelsi’s 1966 Uaxuctum at the Barbican. Photograph by Mark Workman Other Worlds Barbican, London EC2 C...


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Home listening (1 mn)

Classical music on CD, on air and online Founded by their director, Peter Phillips, in 1973, the Tallis Scholars still ride high among small vocal ensembles – lithe, pure-sounding and vigorous as ...


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A feast of funny (3 mn)

Plenty of curios await in the BFI’s comedy season. Plus, the long-awaited UK release of Snowpiercer It’s the one of the oldest complaints in showbiz, and still it persists: dying is easy, comedy is...


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Critics, Theatre : Oh, we hear you all right (5 mn)

‘A masterclass in judging people by gesture’: Shaniqua Okwok, Seroca Davis and Kayla Meikle in ear for eye at the Royal Court. Photograph by Tristram Kenton debbie tucker green delivers blistering...


Short (1 mn)

Close Quarters Crucible, Sheffield; until Sat Last month, the defence secretary announced that women already serving in the army would be able to transfer into infantry roles , something promised ...


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Dance, Is it working yet? (2 mn)

‘Calculated triggers’: Clod Ensemble’s Placebo at the Place. Photograph by Camilla Greenwell Placebo The Place, London WC1 ; until Sat Clod Ensemble’s latest medical meditation asks audience mem...


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Critics, Television : Of scary spooks and space (6 mn)

Alexander Skarsgård, Florence Pugh and Michael Shannon in The Little Drummer Girl. Nadav Kander/BBC The BBC’s latest Le Carré was a wonderfully gloomy trip across the globe, Sean Penn shone on a m...


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Audio, Podcasts & radio, Auntie’s hot button (3 mn)

Nile Rodgers at the starry Tate Modern launch of BBC Sounds. Photograph by Pete Dadds BBC Sounds Beyond Today Radio 4 End of Days Radio 5 Live I went to the launch of a new app the other day. (...


Three spine chillers so halloween lasts longer (1 mn)

The Fear greatbigowl.com Devised and hosted by comedy writer Sarah Morgan , this podcast asks three questions of its guests: their favourite scary scene from film or TV; something that made them s...


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Critics, Pop, Artist of the week : A band with plenty to shout about (5 mn)

‘All human life is in their songs’: Idles at Academy, Oxford last week. Photograph by Sophia Evans for the Observer Bristol outfit Idles’ politically charged rock strikes a powerful chord on the ...


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Albums (3 mn)

Jacob Banks Village (Interscope) A future-soul man, Jacob Banks has been around for some time, his traction established by 2017 ’s The Boy Who Cried Freedom EP. In contrast to the vogue for male ...


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One to watch (1 mn)

Tommy Genesis She’s worked with MIA and Dua Lipa, but the provocative Canadian rap artist is about to step out of the shadows That Tommy Genesis counts Tracey Emin among her influences feels tell...


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Critics, Games, When Martin Amis was a player (5 mn)

The cover Invasion of the Space Invaders by Martin Amis, first published in 1982. Long since out of print, the novelist’s 1982 guide to the nascent gaming scene is a vivid snapshot of a long-lost ...


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Our cultural highlights (1 mn)

Film They Shall Not Grow Old Peter Jackson finally leaves Middle Earth for his first documentary, a vivid portrait of British troops in the first world war that applies 3 D technological wizardry...


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Books, Letters : To Mum with love and a poet’s ear for drollery (5 mn)

Philip Larkin in 1979. ‘He was ever uncertain. Ambivalence was stamped on his character like a postmark.’ Photograph by Jane Bown for the Observer Larkin’s sweetly sad dispatches, mostly addressed...


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Theatre, As the actress said to the playwright (3 mn)

These fascinating letters by leading players reveal the offstage dramas at the National Theatre Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre Daniel Rosenthal Profile Books, ...


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Books, Politics : This is no way to get the party started (4 mn)

Philip Collins attempts to persuade that a new movement is necessary. Getty A blueprint for a new political movement contains few proposals that we haven’t seen before in Lib Dem or Labour manifes...


In brief (1 mn)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Eric Idle Weidenfeld, £20, pp304 Eric Idle’s “sortabiography” is at its strongest on his early years in TV and radio comedy , capturing the infectious glee ...


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Books, Essays : Wisdom with the benefi t of doubt (5 mn)

Jonathan Franzen, whose essays take on the political crisis from an environmental vantage. Talia Herman Nuanced, elegiac essay collections by two New Yorker stalwarts offer welcome relief amid the...


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Books, History, Bloody birth of a tragic nation (4 mn)

‘There is little reason to be hopeful’: a child collects water in the Sudd swamp. Andreea Campeanu/Reuters This chilling account of the war in South Sudan gives a voice to those trapped by the bru...


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Books, The books interview: Ian Rankin, ‘I couldn’t get on with War and Peace’ (5 mn)

Ian Rankin: ‘I’m at an age where I put a book aside rather than fight my way to the bitter end.’ Photograph by Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian The crime author on why he loves comics, his early in...


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Books, Fiction : Bigotry and other crimes (3 mn)

A club for American servicemen, 1945. Getty Images A bleak Northern Irish town is the setting for Eoin McNamee’s shifting novel of dark secrets The Vogue Eoin McNamee Faber, £12.99, pp272 Anna ...


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Fiction, Spy capers with a PG certificate (2 mn)

Ben Schott: ‘excels with a series of similes.’ Jeeves and the King of Clubs Ben Schott Cornerstone, £16.99, pp320 In a likably modest afterword to his new Jeeves and Wooster novel, Ben Schott wr...


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Books, Thrillers of the month : Murder mystery played by the book (3 mn)

‘Darkly funny’: graveyards loom through windows in Elly Griffiths’s The Stranger Diaries. Steve Bell/Rex/ Shutterstock A writer’s gothic tale is brought to life and a kidnap victim is left with st...


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Book clinic (1 mn)

A weekly series answering readers’ questions Q: I’ve recently finished a course of counselling to help me deal with depression and anxiety. What books will help me keep feeling positive and explor...


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Television, The week’s highlights (14 mn)

Today Pick of the Day Guy Martin: The World’s Fastest Van? Channel 4, 9 pm Grimsby mechanic and former TT racer Guy Martin has become a byword for good television in recent times and his latest ...