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Pi'erre Bourne review – rapper-producer with an eye on Kanye's crown

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:30

Yes, Manchester
Known for beats for 21 Savage, Young Thug and Chance the Rapper, the South Carolinian producer dances gracefully through genres in his live show

‘When I say, ‘Yo Pi’erre’, you say, ‘You wanna come out here?’” instructs Pi’erre Bourne to an obliging audience as he steps on stage. The line – a dialogue sample from The Jamie Foxx Show – has become the rapper and producer’s tagline since it featured on Playboi Carti’s Magnolia, a monster hit propelled by Bourne’s game-changing earworm of a beat.

The South Carolinian’s board skills have rocketed him upwards, and he is now one of the most sought-after producers in hip-hop, working with Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Chance the Rapper and even his hero Kanye West. It was West’s dual role as producer and rapper that Bourne once looked to shadow, saying: “I could really be the next Kanye type of star.” In 2019, he released his major label debut, The Life of Pi’erre 4, a T-Pain-esque overload of Auto-Tune crooning above deft production skills.

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'It chokes me': Russell Brand compares Caroline Flack to Amy Winehouse

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:20

In an essay about the presenter, Brand condemns the ‘incessant poking, trolling judgment that chased her to the grave’

Russell Brand has written an essay following the death of TV host Caroline Flack, in which he implores readers to “convey love and support and kindness”. The presenter and comedian, 44, published a post on his website on Tuesday, following Flack’s death on Saturday.

In it, he recounts his own experience writing a monologue based on the experiences of people who killed themselves, adding that “I am angry and sad that Caroline Flack found herself in that place. I am sad because she was a lovely little person, a real laugh, a dynamo and the idea that she had been so drained of hope by her circumstances chokes me.”

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Ryan Newman hospitalized in horrific wreck as Hamlin wins Daytona 500

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:06

Denny Hamlin won his second straight Daytona 500 and third overall, beating Ryan Blaney in a photo finish marred by a terrifying crash that sent Ryan Newman to hospital on Monday.

Newman had surged into the lead on the final lap when Blaney’s bumper caught the back of his Ford and sent Newman into the wall. His car flipped, rolled, was hit on the driver’s side by another car, and finally skidded across the finish line engulfed in flames.

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Trust your nose: what rich people can learn from Parasite

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:04

Bong Joon-ho’s savage Oscar-winning satire offers plenty of helpful insights into how the wealthy can avoid being preyed on by the less fortunate

Warning: contains spoilers

Now that Parasite is everywhere, sweeping the Oscars and cleaning up at the box office, perhaps it’s time to stop and think about the film itself. Parasite is a fable about economic equality, which means there are many lessons that we as a society should take from it.

And when I say “we”, I obviously mean “rich people”. Extremely wealthy people like you and me have plenty to learn from Parasite. In fact, Parasite pretty much doubles as a blueprint of everything you shouldn’t do if, like us, you enjoy a life of preposterous material privilege. I can’t speak for the rest of you millionaires, but here’s what I took from the film.

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Mass grave shows how Black Death devastated the countryside

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:00

Grave in Lincolnshire dates to medieval pandemic of 1348 and reveals rural plague catastrophe

A mass grave containing the remains of dozens of victims of the Black Death offers chilling new evidence of the speed and scale of the devastation the plague brought to rural England, according to archaeologists.

The grave, discovered in a remote corner of rural Lincolnshire, has been dated to the 14th century, almost certainly to the earliest and deadliest medieval outbreak of the disease in 1348-9.

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GPs need more clarity to make sure resources are available to tackle coronavirus | Zara Aziz

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:00
Measures need to be in place to help GPs cope if inundated by fearful patients or those presenting with the symptoms

It is 8 am and amid the morning rush of calls for routine appointments, urgent prescriptions or home visits there are also many patients requesting same-day advice from the duty triage doctor. These calls are added to the triage list for the doctor to either offer advice over the phone or a face-to-face appointment with a colleague.

Inevitably during winter pressures there can be 20 to 30 calls each day regarding respiratory tract infections like colds and flu from all types of patients, including the very young, frail older people and those with chronic conditions. We are also now getting queries about the coronavirus. Although there have been few cases in the UK so far and the problem is largely being contained, it is now part of our daily conversations and planning at work. I have also taken some calls from worried patients who think they are at risk of the coronavirus because they have been away, but to a non-risk area.

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Walk the line: pinstripes are the business once again – in pictures

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:00

Paired with a T-shirt or even just a vest, the classic stripe is returns for men this season. Take inspiration from these high-fashion looks riffing on the boardroom staple

• Read more from the spring/summer 2020 edition of The Fashion, our biannual style supplement

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Parsnip cakes with bacon | Nigel Slater

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:00

Forget mashed potato, sweeter parsnips make for a more interesting dinner, especially paired with a creamy curry sauce

Peel 1kg of parsnips. Cut them into short pieces and steam for about 25 minutes until very soft. Shred 150g of smoked streaky bacon and fry in a shallow pan until golden and lightly crisp. Keep the fat that runs from the bacon. Drain and mash the parsnips with a potato masher, or use a food mixer.

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True Grit author Charles Portis dies aged 86

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:53

Landmark western author’s most famous novel gave John Wayne an Oscar-winning role, and inspired the Coen brothers

Charles Portis, the reclusive author of the western True Grit, in which a 14-year-old girl sets out to avenge her father’s murder, has died at the age of 86.

Portis’s brother Jonathan told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the writer died on Monday in a hospice in Little Rock, Arkansas. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Average UK wages rise above pre-financial crisis levels

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:51

About 180,000 more people are in work – taking employment level to 32.9 million

Average wages in Britain have risen above their pre-financial crisis level for the first time as workers begin to repair the damage to their finances after a 12-year squeeze on living standards.

In a significant moment after a lost decade for British workers, the Office for National Statistics said average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, have reached a fresh peak in real terms. This means pay packets adjusted for inflation are worth more than they were before the 2008 crash – although only just.

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Son Heung-min ruled out after carrying fractured arm through Villa game

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:46
  • Forward played with injury for most of Sunday’s match
  • Player expected to be out for a ‘number of weeks’

Tottenham face the prospect of being without Son Heung-min for several weeks after the forward fractured his right arm in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa, the club have announced.

Son suffered the injury in a first-minute challenge with Villa’s Ezri Konsa and though he completed the 90 minutes and scored twice, he now faces surgery on the injury and a potential long-term lay-off.

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Phil Neville opts for youth as England target another SheBelieves Cup title

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:27
  • Grace Fisk of West Ham gets first call-up for Emgland
  • Uncapped Sandy MacIver of Everton also in squad

Phil Neville has unveiled a squad littered with young players for the Lionesses’ defence of the SheBelieves Cup in the US at the start of March as he prepares for the team’s biggest test ahead of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

Related: Chelsea fans show that patience with Lampard may not be infinite | Jonathan Wilson

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From rep to reps: can a 'Shakespeare gym' solve the crisis in verse-speaking?

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:26

The Royal Shakespeare Company has vowed to drill the Bard’s rhythms into its actors – but our alienation from his language runs deeper

‘Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.” So says Hamlet to the players. But has his advice gone unheeded at a time when Shakespearean verse-speaking is widely held to be in decline? The RSC clearly thinks there is an issue as it has set up a Shakespeare “gym” in Stratford upon Avon to ensure, in the words of its artistic director Gregory Doran, “Everyone has the iambic pentameter in their bloodstream.” That’s a welcome trend, but I suspect the crisis goes deeper than that – and that classic texts are often regarded as alien, hostile territory.

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Julian Assange: Australian MPs call on UK to block US extradition

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:25

Politicians from WikiLeaks founder’s home country have flown to UK to visit him in jail

Boris Johnson should block attempts to extradite Julian Assange to the US, say two Australian MPs who have flown to the UK to visit the WikiLeaks founder.

Andrew Wilkie, an independent federal MP, said the extradition of Assange, who has been charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network, would set a dangerous precedent.

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Michael Bloomberg qualifies for Democratic debate for first time – live updates

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:25
  • Billionaire Bloomberg will face opponents on debate stage in Las Vegas
  • Democratic rules were changed, opening door to former NY mayor’s participation
  • Bloomberg facing criticism over past policies and alleged comments
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10.57am GMT

Politico has more on Bloomberg’s preparations to join the debate stage for the first time. He is not known as a brilliant orator, and many of his fellow Democrats may relish the chance to play up his wealth, his past as a Republican, and the controversies about racism and sexism that have blown up in the past couple of weeks.

His rivalry with Sanders is becoming increasingly bitter, and the Vermont senator is unlikely to pull his punches, telling a crowd earlier this week: “Now, Mike Bloomberg is struggling — he’s down to his last $60bn. Hey, life is hard, you know — food prices going up, housing going up. How are you going to make it on $60bn? Mike is trying.”

Top Bloomberg lieutenants and policy experts have been preparing him for what would be the most unscripted event yet of his three-month-old campaign. As the prep sessions have ramped up, increasing in frequency, his team is working to get him to project comfort and composure in the line of fire, while portraying him as the toughest Democrat to take on Donald Trump.

Howard Wolfson, the veteran Democratic strategist who joined Bloomberg’s orbit in 2009 after working on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential race, is playing the role of Sanders; Julie Wood, Bloomberg’s national press secretary, is depicting Elizabeth Warren; and senior advisers Marc La Vorgna and Marcia Hale are stand-ins for Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, respectively …

10.38am GMT

The poll that has opened the door for Bloomberg also has good news for Sanders, however.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey shows the Vermont socialist senator well at the head of the field, with 31% – up nine points since the last poll by this company in early December.

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Rose McGowan says she regrets Natalie Portman Oscars dress comments

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:24

McGowan tweets that she ‘lost sight of the bigger picture’ after calling fellow actor a ‘fraud’

Rose McGowan has expressed regret for her attack on Natalie Portman over the latter’s Oscar dress “protest”, which took aim at the exclusion of women from the best director Academy Award nominations.

Related: Rose McGowan: Natalie Portman's Oscars dress protest 'deeply offensive'

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'Motherless mothers': the hidden grief of becoming a mom without one of your own | Sara Gaynes Levy and Jessica Zucker

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:20

Adjusting to parenthood without a mother as a touchstone can be poignant, complex and emotionally challenging

There’s a profound psychological transformation that happens upon becoming a mother. Many women turn to their own mothers to glean insight, sometimes feeling a deepening of connection, or at the very least a more well-rounded understanding of their maternal lineage. But if your mother has passed away, or if the relationship is too damaging to hold on to, nascent motherhood can be laced with a new kind of grief.

In the absence of that connection, the transition to motherhood might take on different meaning altogether. Some women find they have a new appreciation for the complexities of what their own mothers endured; they may begin to feel more strongly bonded to them even in their absence. Others may experience a sense of isolation, pangs of envy or fits of anger. Adjusting to motherhood without a mother as a touchstone can make for a complex and poignant period.

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French prosecutors investigate Russian artist over sex video

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:16

Pyotr Pavlensky and girlfriend face possible charges over scandal involving politician

French prosecutors have placed a Russian artist and his girlfriend under investigation over the leaking of a sex video that brought down a close ally of Emmanuel Macron.

Pyotr Pavlensky and Alexandra de Taddeo are facing charges of invasion of privacy and publishing images of a sexual nature without consent over the leaking of the video that forced Benjamin Griveaux to end his campaign to become mayor of Paris.

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Ozzy Osbourne cancels US tour due to ongoing ill health

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:13

Singer plans to travel to Switzerland to address health issues including a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s

Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his North American tour to undergo treatment amid a continuing period of poor health. A statement on his website says the decision will help him “to continue to recover from various health issues he has faced over the past year”.

Osbourne himself said: “I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a shit year. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six to eight weeks. I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans.”

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Brit awards 2020: who will win every award … and who should

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:01

Lewis Capaldi could sweep the board in his breakthrough year, but he faces strong competition from Stormzy, Dave and Michael Kiwanuka

Coldplay
Foals
Bring Me the Horizon
D-Block Europe
Bastille

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