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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 10:06 am

Posted by Mike Selvey and Vic Marks

Updates from day two at Trent Bridge, where Notts are in action against Yorkshire and Taunton, where Somerset are taking on Lancashire

It is quite bright in Nottingham this morning, with a bit of watery sun, an improvement on first thing when the cloud hung heavy. I was out very early for a run which included an entertaining game of Dodge-The-Drunk on the way up the Mansfield Road. I had the smug satisfaction of knowing that they will feel like shit later and I won’t.

There is a bit of rain forecast to arrive after lunch, but it could be an entertaining morning as Yorkshire begin their innings. These are the sort of conditions in which Stuart Broad revels and he could be a handful, particularly on a pitch that will suit his best wicket-taking length. So it could be a challenge for those Yorkshire batsmen who are looking to impress, Adam Lyth, who nonetheless will almost certainly not be opening with Alastair Cook in the first Test, and Gary Ballance, the spell-check nightmare, who almost certainly will be James Taylor’s replacement at number five.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 10:06 am

Posted by Associated Press in Geneva

US secretary of state and Adel al-Jubeir discuss ways to restore partial truce on second day of talks in Geneva

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has opened a second day of talks in Geneva aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria amid continuing attacks in Aleppo.

Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, and planned to meet the UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, later on Monday. Kerry said progress was being made toward an understanding on how to reduce the violence in Aleppo but that more work was needed.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 10:02 am

Posted by Guardian sport

• City meet Real Madrid in return Champions League tie
• ‘We need to put loss behind us and fight for the final’

Kelechi Iheanacho advised that nothing should be read into Manchester’s City’s humbling defeat by Southampton as they prepare for their return Champions League tie against Real Madrid.

The teenage striker scored twice as City went down 4-2 at St Mary’s Stadium but is unlikely to be in the starting line-up on Wednesday after he became on of the eight changes Manuel Pellegrini made to the side who drew 0-0 in the first leg.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 10:00 am

Posted by Carol Rumens

An elliptical account of a journey down the Chinese river subtly registers the impact of massive environmental damage

Yangtze

The moon glimmers
in the brown channel.
Strands of mist
wrap the mountainsides
crowded with firs.



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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:59 am

Posted by Guardian sport

• Midfielder hits back at Belgium team-mate for backing Leicester
• ‘I am convinced he didn’t think about what he said’

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembélé has hit back at Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, suggesting his Belgium team-mate is envious of their success.

Hazard, who scored his first Premier League goals of the season in last week’s win over Bournemouth, said afterwards that Chelsea’s players are determined not to allow London rivals Spurs to win the title.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:16 am

Posted by Mary Carson

Needlecraft, a three-minute animation based on survivors’ testimonies, triumphs at the New York festivals

A short animated film on female genital mutilation (FGM) created by British activist and filmmaker Ruth Beni has won the gold world medal at the 2016 New York festivals, honouring the best TV and films.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:02 am

Posted by Press Association

• Striker one of seven Leicester players to receive a vote in FWA poll
• ‘We’re all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks’

The Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has been voted the 2016 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.

The England international topped the poll of 290 journalists with 36% of the vote, a clear winner ahead of his team-mates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kanté

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 06:21 am
Back in the 60s, education radicals said that the school system was merely a matter of teachers telling the kids Revealed Truths and then grading them on how correctly they regurgitated those doctrines on an exam. Oversimplified, of course, but yesterday’s satire is today’s news, and we now have a perfect example.

The NFL draft has just concluded. Alleged experts told us who should draft whom, and now they are grading the teams. But of course, no one knows anything about how well the teams drafted until actual games are played. After the season, a preliminary evaluation can be made, but it’s probably best to wait several years. So the experts are grading the teams on how correctly they regurgitated what the experts told them.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:22 am

Posted by didyoumakethat

Replacing Press Cloth

One of my most popular blog posts is on How To Make A Press Cloth. Four years (four years!) later, my silk organza press cloth was sorely in need of replacement. Scorched by the iron, torn, and with the little button broken it was time to cut out a new piece of silk organza.

So, here is my updated guide with a couple of lessons I have learnt for improvement.

Oblong, not square

My original press cloth was square; my new one is a rectangle – 11 x 21 inches (28 x 53cm). It’s a much better shape for pressing key details such as waistbands and hems without having to constantly reposition my press cloth.

Hem or overlock your edges

I originally pinked the edges of my press cloth. No good. They quickly began to fray.

Silk Organza Press Cloth

I then took the original velvet ribbon hanging loop from my first press cloth and sewed it to the new silk, along with a button that allows me to remember what is the right side of the press cloth. Every press cloth needs a right and wrong side, because the glue from fusible interfacings really sticks. Not convinced? You should see my ironing board cover.

Pressing Equipment Sewing

My new press cloth becomes part of my essential triumvirate of pressing tools, that always live within reach of my ironing board. A press cloth, a tailor’s ham and a wooden clapper.


Monday, May 2nd, 2016 10:56 am
Happy birthday, [personal profile] dakiwiboid and [personal profile] rysmiel!
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:34 am

Posted by Aviva Stahl

Terror threat prompts France, Belgium and the Netherlands to isolate prisoners in attempt to prevent radicalisation

European prisons are increasingly resorting to solitary confinement to counteract the threat of terrorism, despite warnings about its impact, defence lawyers and human rights advocates say.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:30 am

Posted by Mark Brophy

Football hooliganism was a stain on the sport in the 1980s and provided a platform for the outrageous lies peddled by the police to be widely believed

For the first time since chief superintendent David Duckenfield told Graham Kelly of the FA, while the Hillsborough disaster was still unfolding, that Liverpool fans had forced open an exit gate, the shadow of official culpability has been lifted from the supporters there on the day. Twenty-seven years on, finally no blame is attached to them, though we knew that already. Those of us all over the country who had gone to games and been treated worse than herd animals had known from the beginning.

Football was frequently a depressing way of spending your time in the 1980s, and when it wasn’t depressing it could be terrifying. Standing on unroofed terraces as the snow was whipped along the length of the pitch and driven into your face by the wind, and using toilets open to the elements left you in no doubt where you came in the priorities of those who ran things. As miserable as the match-going experience could be, you sometimes put yourself in danger just being there too.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:02 am

Posted by Press Association

• Striker honoured for taking Leicester City to verge of title
• Team-mate Riyad Mahrez was named PFA Player of Year

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has been voted the 2016 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.

The England international topped the poll of 290 journalists with 36% of the vote, a clear winner ahead of team-mates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kanté

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:00 am

Posted by Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearn teases fans with ‘exciting news coming soon’ after meeting Floyd Mayweather’s business manager but the American is likely to face easier opposition if he comes out of retirement

Eddie Hearn says he had a “great meeting” with Floyd Mayweather’s business partner, Leonard Ellerbe, over the weekend, with “exciting news coming soon”. But British fans should not hold their breath in anticipation of Floyd coming out of retirement to fight Kell Brook.

If Mayweather does fight again to round out a perfect 50-bout unbeaten career and finally overtake Rocky Marciano’s record, it looks increasingly as if it will be against Danny Garcia, probably in Las Vegas in September. He will win, and it will do great business, but will we remember it fondly?

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 08:56 am

Posted by Guardian sport

London Irish can bounce back from relegation and Dylan Hartley’s absence from Northampton’s line-up may be a worry for England

What a difference a week off makes. Exeter were refreshed after Wasps eliminated them from Europe while their opponents, after their defeat to Saracens, looked like wasps at the end of the summer: weary, woozy and wobbly. The rested Worcester and Newcastle stunned Leicester and Saracens respectively in the first-half of their games, but lacked the quality and know how to see it through. Exeter are a few cuts above and what was most impressive in a dominating performance from start to finish was the way they stuck to their strategy, never taking risks against the most dangerous breakaway side in England. Wasps feed off mistakes and the Chiefs made precious view, leaving the visitors to create off their own ball against a defence that throughout prevented ball-carriers getting into their stride. The two sides will meet in the play-offs if Wasps beat London Irish in the final round next weekend and Exeter pick up at least a point at Harlequins, but did the Chiefs reveal too much on Sunday? Back in 2014, Leicester won 22-16 at Northampton but six weeks later lost there in the play-off semi-final. To turn it around, Wasps would need to show more tactical flexibility; at this stage of the season they cannot rely on dining off errors. Paul Rees

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:13 am

Posted by Aviva Stahl

Terror threat prompts France, Belgium and the Netherlands to isolate prisoners in attempt to prevent radicalisation

European prisons are increasingly resorting to solitary confinement to counteract the threat of terrorism, despite warnings about its impact, defence lawyers and human rights advocates say.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:04 am

Posted by Michael Safi

The 45-year-old IT and security consultant has reportedly provided evidence to the BBC supporting his claim that he is the inventor of the cryptocurrency

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has identified himself as Satoshi Nakamato, the pseudonymous creator of the digital currency bitcoin.

Wright, who was named as the cryptocurrency’s founder by two separate media investigations in December, made the admission in a blog post on Monday, providing what he says is technical proof of his claim.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:00 am

Posted by Dr Christian S Jessen

Starting to panic? Stress not! Dr Christian is here with advice, reassurance and encouragement for all of you out there in the midst of exam revision

I don’t think it will surprise you to read that there some people who just seem to be naturally good at passing exams, and those who find them much more challenging. In my experience this isn’t always simply due to being brainier or harder working (although, of course, these play a part). Very often it’s simply down to technique; reading things carefully, knowing exactly what the exam question is asking, and what it is that the examiner wants to see in an answer. So as well as spending time learning all the different things in the curriculum for your exams, I think it is as important to make sure that your exam technique is a finely honed and sharp as possible. Believe me, I know. I’ve spent many, many years of my life sitting exams!

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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 09:00 am

Posted by Michele Hanson

People can be lonely anywhere, at any age – partly because the places for socialising are disappearing because of local council cuts

Back in 2010, the Mental Health Foundation found that 18- to 34-year-olds were more lonely than the over 55s; last year the whole UK was found to be the “loneliness capital of the European Union”. In 2014, Esther Rantzen told us that children were facing an “epidemic of loneliness”, just like the elderly. And in a new report, the thinktank Demos says the capital is the loneliest place in Britain for older people. It does seem generally rather grim, especially down south. For anyone.

Related: 10 ways to beat loneliness

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