Greta effect leads to boom in childrens environmental books

The 16-year-old climate change activist has galvanised young people to read more about saving the planet Some seek to convey the wonder of endangered animals while others give tips on how to tackle waste or tell tales of inspirational environmental activists. All are part of what childrens publishers are calling the Greta Thunberg effect: a boom in books aimed at empowering young people to save the planet. The number of new childrens books looking at the climate crisis, global heating and the natural world has more than doubled over the past 12 months, according to data from Nielsen Book Research shared with the Observer. Sales have also doubled. Whether its beautifully illustrated factual books like Where the River Runs Gold …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Paul McCartney writes first musical, stage version of It’s a Wonderful Life

Former Beatle is to write songs for Frank Capras universal story, working with Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliot He has written perhaps the greatest canon of pop music, collaborated with everyone from Elvis Costello to Rihanna, and even soundtracked a video game, but at 77, Paul McCartney is ticking off another career first: writing a musical. His first stage musical is to be an adaptation of Frank Capras 1946 film Its a Wonderful Life, and will open late in 2020. McCartney will write music and lyrics for the project. Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliot and screenwriter for the recent Elton John biopic Rocketman, is also writing lyrics, and the shows book. The musical was initiated by Bill Kenwright, …

Labour antisemitism: 30 whistleblowers to give evidence to EHRC

Jewish Labour Movement to submit detailed statements to equalities watchdog More than 30 whistleblowers including current Labour members of staff will submit evidence to the equalities watchdog about antisemitism in the party, the Guardian understands. The revelation comes after eight former members of staff went public alleging consistent interference in the disputes process by senior Labour aides in a BBC Panorama programme. Labour has complained about the programme to the highest level of the BBC, claiming staff were disaffected and motivated by political opposition to Jeremy Corbyn. The Jewish Labour Movement revealed on Thursday it had detailed witness statements from 30 former and current Labour members of staff that it was planning to submit to the Equality and Human Rights …

Ooh, Matron! Why Carry On films refuse to remain dead

The return of Britains direst comedy franchise is thankfully nothing but a recurring rumour but the fact that its persisting is cause for national alarm Great news! The Carry On films are coming back! Finally, a win for Britain. We might have become the global punchline to an unfunny joke, and things are almost certainly going to get worse, and were all going to die penniless and humiliated, scavenging for food with our broken fingernails, but the Carry On films are coming back! At last, well get to show the world what were really good at: dirt cheap films that highlight our collective national fear of sexual arousal. Except theyre probably not coming back. Despite a flurry of excited noise …

In search of the perfect pub: what makes a great British boozer?

Theyre under threat but theyre fighting back. How famous London pubs are adapting to a changing world Milky tea, fish and chips, the local pub: these were once the enticing mainstays of British life. Theyre all still there, of course, but outside the home we drink far more coffee than tea, and on the high street the curry house and chicken takeaway long ago supplanted the deep-fried attractions of the fish and chip shop. Of the traditional triumvirate only the public house remains in a primary position, but that too is under threat. It is estimated that Britain has Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), and thats certainly the impression. Last year it describedthe situation as dismal. Almost on cue, Sohos …

Most of us feel sleepy in the afternoon. Why cant work fit round that? | Andre Spicer

Now a third of Britons are sleep-deprived, work should be more flexible, says Andr Spicer, professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School In the early afternoon, I often catch myself listlessly staring into the computer screen. I have things to do, but I cant concentrate. I try writing the same sentence five times and delete it six. During one of these afternoon torpors, I came upon a word: acedia. It seemed to perfectly define my mid-afternoon weariness. I discovered this originally Greek word was widely used by medieval Christian monks to describe a sense of indolence, a mood of lethargy, a feeling of being completely unconcerned about their duties and purpose in the world. Christian mystics who lived …

‘He didn’t destroy me. We carry on. He lost’: survivors of terror attacks look back

From London to Nice, Berlin to Oslo, 11 people caught up in attacks across Europe reflect on the horror, the hope and the kindness of strangers. Portraits by Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer Hager Ben Aouissi Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 14 July 2016 86 people killed, 450 wounded We had to roll underneath the truck. We were the only people to stand up again: Hager Ben Aouissi with her daughter Kenza I was there with my family. We were going home after the Bastille Day fireworks, but Kenza, who was four at the time, wanted something from the sweet stall, so we stopped with my father. He went on towards a toy stall and my mother and sister kept walking. …

Home, sweet home: an emigrant’s view of Brexit photo essay

The British photographer Ed Alcock took French citizenship in 2018. He examines the UKs decision to leave the EU from a unique perspective Five dates anchor Paris-based photographer Ed Alcocks Home, Sweet Home: 1 January 1973, when Britain joined the EU; 11 April 1974, when he was born in Norwich; April 2000, when he moved to France; 23 June 2016, when the UK voted for Brexit; and 24 June 2018, when he became French. The cover of the New European, a newspaper founded in the weeks after the vote on Alcocks British passport (left) and a duplicate image with the words European Union removed I couldnt vote myself, said the photographer, who moved to France in 2000. But like all …

Muellers account of Trumps world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton

Senior figures in both countries behave as if they are above the law. Enough is enough Trump was right. His presidency was announced. Its tantamount to treasonous to work so closely with the Russian secret services during the campaign, with the Russians plainly hoping a Trump presidency would turn a blind eye to the subpoena by the House judicial committee for the full unredacted report is the first step. Democrat leaders may have misgivings about how impeachment will play out politically, but they have a constitutional and moral obligation to act against such a president with such a record. This behaviour sets new abysmal lows. Republican senators will almost certainly block the two-thirds majority needed to secure impeachment in the …

Tourism is coming… Northern Ireland turns into a Game of Thrones hotspot

Tourism boon for country as fans flock to visit sets and locations of the award-winning fantasy saga The group, tourists from Britain, Germany, the US and half a dozen other countries, followed the guide deep into Tollymore Forest and gathered around a tree stump. Ladies and gentlemen, cameras ready, said Eric Nolan, who had chaperoned them from Dublin to this state park in Game of Thrones. The visitors clustered around the stump and aimed their cameras. Click, click, click. It was probably the least dramatic moment of the day-long tour there would be a castle, replica weapons and petting wolf-like dogs and still they were enchanted. Such is the spell cast by the HBO fantasy saga, which returns to screens …

UK should leave EU with no deal, says former Bank of England governor

Mervyn King says Britain could ease dislocation costs with six months of planning The former governor of the Bank of England, issued repeat warnings that leaving the EU without a deal would cause significant economic damage and would damage living standards across the country. The Bank published a worst-case scenario last year that included Britain plunging into an Philip Hammond, the chancellor, not to accelerate spending to prepare the country for such a scenario had been disastrous and had cost the UKs bargaining power in talks with Brussels. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The Beat singer Ranking Roger dies aged 56

Roger Charlery also performed with members of the Specials and Dexys Midnight Runners Roger Charlery, the vocalist of the Beat and General Public better known as Ranking Roger, has died aged 56. Charlery died on Tuesday at home surrounded by his family, according to a statement on the Beats website. It said: He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly Roger passed away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Rogers family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER! It was revealed in January that the Birmingham-born singer had been diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer. …

‘The Brexodus is under way’: meet the Brits leaving the UK

In the year after the Brexit vote, 17,000 British people sought citizenship of another EU country and many have since upped and left. Five Brexiles explain why theyre starting a new life overseas Last month, after a decade of living in London, my husband and I packed up the contents of our two-bedroom flat and moved to France with our 15-month-old son. With another baby on the way, were renting an apartment in Toulouse while we look for a more permanent setup. Leaving friends and family behind, and getting to grips with a new culture and language, hasnt been easy. But we have no plans to return to the UK. What sold us on France? The healthier work-life balance and …

UK online pornography age block triggers privacy fears

Government to confirm launch date of nationwide age block on pornographic content The government will next week confirm the launch date for a UK-wide age block on online pornography as privacy campaigners continue to raise concerns about how websites and age verification companies will use the data they collect. The plan for implementing the Open Rights AgeID: The problem is youre giving all your data to the pornographic equivalent of Mark Zuckerberg: This is what I like, this is who I am, and these are all of the sites Ive visited. AgeID has previously said it believes there is a market of up to 25 millions Britons for its age verification system, suggesting it believes around half of British adults …

Is Meghan Markle too modern for the British press? | Jane Martinson

There is a growing sense in much of the UK media that the princess is not one of us Seventeen years ago, I was pregnant in New York and some lovely friends held a baby shower. One American mate bought me some tiny Gucci bootees: I still have them, pristine and boxed, as a memento of a lovely, mad time. I remembered them when I read some of the reactions to the trip to New York by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, when her not just generous, but wildly wealthy, friends such as Serena Williams and the Clooneys coughed up a reported 330,000 for a baby shower in a top Manhattan hotel. No public money was spent on Meghans party, unless …