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SWORD BEACH, France (Reuters) - Leon Gautier landed on Sword Beach in a hail of enemy fire on June 6, 1944, one of the first wave of French commandos to storm the Normandy beachfront defended by Hitler’s troops. Seventy-five years on, he still grapples with the memories. Today, 96-year-old ...read more
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The dilemma I’m a woman in my early 30s and six months ago I was dumped. Our relationship was long distance, developed quickly and was the most intense of my life. He is 10 years my senior and is a unique, charismatic, charming man who makes a good impression on everyone. In private, however...read more
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There is rarely much in the freezer. Coffee beans, a tub of vanilla ice cream and another of Italian lemon sorbet (I mix them, try it), blackcurrants for yogurt smoothies, a bag of damsons for breakfast compotes, some frozen peas and a packet of emergency crumpets. And another thing: a sheet o...read more
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When, in 2002, Jamie Oliver launched Fifteen, a not-for-profit restaurant designed to train up 15 disadvantaged, young, unemployed candidates into chefs, few expected it would be a success. The initiative was broadcast as a Channel 4 series – Jamie’s Kitchen – and ended with 12 apprentices com...read more
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‘That’s not, like, mess mess,’ I say to myself, looking at the plastic bin filled with bubble-wrap atop our fridge. It’s about 2ft tall, bulges with packing tape and – I think – Christmas wrapping paper. I stopped being capable of consciously seeing it about a year ago but, in preparation of...read more
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Ashburn SW7, Inside the Holiday Inn, 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DN (0871 942 9100). Starters £6-£14; mains £13-£23.50; desserts £6.95; wines from £24.50 I receive an email. It says: “Hi Jay. Hope you are well. We have opened our new restaurant Ashburn SW7 in our hotel recently and was wo...read more
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CANNES, France (Reuters) - “Parasite”, a wickedly humorous suspense movie about class struggles directed by South Korea’s Bong Joon-Ho, won the top Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, on a big night for newcomer filmmakers too. Bong, who made his mark at Cannes in 2017...read more
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CANNES, France (Reuters) - An introspective turn by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar with a movie about an filmmaker, and a darkly humorous South Korean thriller are among the movies sparking awards buzz at Cannes in an unusually crowded field of runners and riders this year. FILE PHOTO: 72...read more
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - On a studio set in Baghdad, a director watches the star of his TV series hold a knife against the neck of a fellow actor, in a dramatic revival of fortunes for Iraq’s entertainment industry. Filmed in Iraq where the entertainment industry has been battered by conflict, “...read more
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Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Fleabag” Season 2.  “Fleabag” Season 2 is a revelation, a religious experience, ecstasy.  It’s funny, depressing and mesmerizingly romantic, proving yet again that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the kind of storyteller that only comes along once in a ...read more
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“Stranger Things” theories aren’t so strange anymore for Gaten Matarazzo. As a star of the Netflix sci-fi show, he gets questions about fan theories all the time.  The actor, who plays Dustin on the series, was consistently asked about spoilers while interacting with fans during an Axe ev...read more
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When Sonic opened his mouth in his new movie trailer, the internet showed its teeth. Just days after the trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” dropped, and the online hoopla caused over the 1990s video game character’s look ensued, director Jeff Fowler announced over Twitter that the character...read more
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Icon-in-the-making Kim Petras has barely let her fans breathe over the last year. A steady diet of expertly crafted, club-ready bops will keep a fandom fed, as the singer has become one of the most dependable artists in pop music today. Sending wigs into orbit and her songs to the top of ...read more
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - On a studio set in Baghdad, a director watches the star of his TV series hold a knife against the neck of a fellow actor, in a dramatic revival of fortunes for Iraq’s entertainment industry. Filmed in Iraq where the entertainment industry has been battered by conflict, “...read more
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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Princess Charlotte poses for a photo taken by her mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Kensington Palace, London, Britain in April, to mark her fourth birthday, in this undated handout image released May 1, 2019. The Duchess of Cambridge/PA Wire/Handout via REUTE...read more
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(Reuters) - The field of competitors in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee has nearly doubled in recent years, thanks to a program that gives young prodigies an alternative route into an event that has captivated many spell-check-dependent Americans. The bee, which begins on Tuesday i...read more
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Imagine getting angry over a sandwich. When Marks & Spencer launched its LGBT sandwich – basically, your classic BLT with some gay guacamole thrown in – I, along with a list of other LGBTQ commentators, was asked by ITV’s This Morning if I was offended by the sandwich. I wasn’t, and ne...read more
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It is the smell that hits you first: a heady slap of petroleum, garlic, funghi and warm earth after rainfall, followed by a whiff of peppery olive oil. Next comes a delicate crunch, and that distinctively deep, savoury flavour. This is what luxury tastes like; this, and a glass of dazzling toa...read more
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Green. A totally green garden without colourful flowers. Some black rocks. That’s about it. At first glance, it is the sort of garden a bee might buzz straight through on its way to a more nourishing habitat. To dramatically oversimplify for those who haven’t yet seen it, Andy Sturgeon’s M&a...read more
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It was 1987 when I encountered salt perfectionism – or salt poncery, if you prefer – for the first time. I was watching telly with my uncle, who always stared at it with the most intense concentration, as if he was wondering how they got all those tiny people in that little box, and Keith Fl...read more
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Mired in a political scandal that forced the resignation of the deputy vice-chancellor and the collapse of their government, the Austrian people have found their voice through that protest song standard: We’re Going to Ibiza!. Twenty years since its release, the Vengaboys’ party anthem is a...read more
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CANNES, France (Reuters) - A Brazilian victory in Cannes has sent a message of hope at a difficult time for the country’s movie industry, director Karim Ainouz said on Friday after winning an award at one of the film festival’s prestigious side competitions. 72nd Cannes Film Festival - Un C...read more
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CANNES, France (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after taking the festival by storm with “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie has already clinched an award at Cannes - thanks to a dog in a show-stealing fight scene. “Brandy”, which was actually played by three different pitbulls, wo...read more
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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Fans from near and far got what they really really really wanted on Friday night when the ultimate 1990s girl band, the Spice Girls, opened their long awaited reunion tour at last in Dublin. “We have been fans for 20 years at least...but we have only been to see impersona...read more
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CANNES, France (Reuters) - Enormous bouffant dresses decked out in lace or feathers ruled the red carpet at this year’s Cannes film festival, one of the of the world’s most glamorous stages for actors as well as fashion designers. 72nd Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film "...read more
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