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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 02:21 am

Posted by Press Association

Part of Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square collapsed after basement blast, say firefighters

Twelve people were injured at a top London hotel after an explosion in the basement caused part of the building to collapse.

The Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square, central London, was evacuated following the suspected gas explosion at around 11.40pm on Friday and a small number of people were being treated by paramedics.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014 08:13 pm
My Wacom tablet bricked and I was working on a picture of Cheris. *sob* I guess I have to buy a new one after all.

(I've tried a Huion. It's not tilt-sensitive, and it's already been passed on to the lizard, who likes to draw with it. My Wacom lasted something like 15 years. I'm going with Wacom again. But first, I need money.)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 01:25 am

Posted by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Installation artist beats four nominees including British Turner prize winner Gillian Wearing

Anri Sala, the Albanian installation artist, has been named the winner of this year’s Vincent award, one of the most prestigious prizes for contemporary art in Europe.

The biennial prize, which was launched in 2000, celebrates mid-career artists whose work is judged to be “appreciably influencing the development of contemporary art in Europe” and comes with €50,000 (£40,000) in prize money.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 12:59 am

Posted by Jamie Orme

Supermarket to only show names and logos on stands after pressure by campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes

Supermarket Tesco will no longer show the front covers of tabloid newspapers to avoid children seeing “sexualised pictures of young women”.

After months of lobbying by campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes, the largest supermarket chain in the UK said it would change the design of its “news cube” stands so newspapers will not be displayed vertically.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 01:42 am
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Two jerks on the #mbta begging for nutcrackers from fellow commuters.
Friday, November 21st, 2014 07:59 pm
Due to my massive writing binge during the summer and fall, I picked up some bad eating habits & stopped moving my body. Bad me, bad me. And I can definitely feel it in my body -- it's sluggish and stiff and slow and kinda bleargh.

So I'm going to start recording what I eat and my exercise here. I'll tag everything and put it behind a cut so you can scroll by, if you need to.

Since it's been several months of bad habits, I'm going to ease into it. I'm going to finish eating the packed food I have in the fridge and start off with the easy (for me) yoga DVD (Dance the Chakras), and then start in earnest on December 1.
Friday, November 21st, 2014 07:45 pm
John Boehner says Barack Obama is damaging the presidency itself. I am reminded of the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies: He would, wouldn't he? Jim Wright passes verbiage upon him and all of his ilk.
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 12:09 am

Posted by Jamie Orme and agencies

Scuffles break out with police as about 100 protesters return to site where series of confrontations took place last month

Occupy London activists defied police warnings and gathered in central London on Friday to set up camp outside parliament.

Demonstrators converged on Parliament Square despite being told by Scotland Yard that they are banned from putting up tents or sleeping overnight by the landmark.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 12:01 am

Posted by Jon Swaine in Clayton, Missouri

  • Authorities agree only to basic demands in protesters’ ‘rules of engagement’
  • Eric Holder asks law enforcement to ‘avoid needless confrontation’

Authorities around Ferguson, Missouri, have refused to make significant concessions to proposed “rules of engagement” from protesters, in advance of unrest expected to follow an announcement on whether a white police officer will be charged for killing a black 18-year-old.

In a formal response from police chiefs to a 19-point set of requests from a coalition of groups demonstrating over the death of Michael Brown, authorities agreed only to basic demands such as prioritising “preservation of human life”.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 12:01 am

Posted by Sarah Boseley, health editor

Thirty of about 1,000 NHS volunteers, including GPs, nurses and psychiatrists, fly out after intensive training

Thirty NHS healthcare staff are flying to Sierra Leone to treat people with Ebola and help stem the epidemic ravaging three countries in west Africa.

Around 1,000 NHS staff have volunteered but the extensive selection and training programme, designed to allay fears that any will return to the UK with the virus, is slowing deployment.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014 11:59 pm

Posted by Ruth Lewy

It started by accident: one perfect, symmetrical breakfast for two. Four hundred cappuccinos and a huge Instagram following later, the man behind Symmetry Breakfast shares his favourite photos
Symmetry Breakfast in pictures
• Send us your symmetrical breakfasts – tweet @guardianweekend or email

One sunny spring day last year, Michael Zee made breakfast for Mark van Beek, his boyfriend of two years. When he laid it out (an omelette, avocado, salami and fruit juice), he noticed it was perfectly symmetrical. He took a photo and posted it online, and soon attracted a smattering of comments from friends who thought it was cute, if a bit twee.

So Zee, an educational officer at a museum, kept it up for the next few months – arranging their breakfasts to match and posting the images on social media. By January, the Instagram account symmetrybreakfast, with the strapline “for my boyfriend and me”, was born. After a month, it had 200 followers; now, 400 breakfasts later, the account has more than 92,000 followers.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014 07:20 pm
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Friday, November 21st, 2014 06:15 pm
"Recipe" for what I just did:

One Le Creuset 4 qt soup pot
Turn to medium-high heat
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dump in chopped up onion, celery, and carrots (my grocery store sells these in a nice package)
Stir around and let them hang out with the oil for a while (5 minutes? Ish?)
Smoked paprika and mudflats
Add two chicken breasts, chopped small
One 32 ounce thing of turkey broth
One tablespoon chicken better than boullion
Add season salt and lemon pepper
Cover and let cook on medium heat for the next 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your gnocchi according to package. (In this gluten-free household, we use CoraBella's gluten free gnocchi. A lot.)

As soon as the gnocchi and the soup are both done, drain the gnocchi and add it to the soup. Mix well, serve.

From start to us finishing up eating, this took less than an hour.
Friday, November 21st, 2014 06:11 pm
Taken at the Baton Rouge Zoo during "Boo at the Zoo" (Sunday before Halloween, a group of us went):

All the animals were snoozing--it was a hot day. Aww, tigers. Tigers safely behind a wall. :p