County cricket: Essex v Kent, Gloucs v Yorkshire, and more – live
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by Taha Hashim
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Updates from day two of the latest County Championship round Get in touch! You can with your thoughts “Hello Taha.” Hello, Andrew Benton. “Would you know if there have been any developments on the introduction of bamboo bats?” Hmm, last I heard on it was this statement from the MCC, who cited Law 5.3.2: “The blade shall consist solely of wood ..read more
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Sunak urged to stop Braverman speaking alongside far right at Brussels convention
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by Michael Savage and Lisa O'Carroll in Brussels
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Former home secretary will rub shoulders with populist right from across the globe, including Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán Rishi Sunak is being urged to stop his former home secretary from attending a rightwing convention featuring figures who have been under investigation for extremism, in the latest sign of his waning control of his party. Suella Braverman, who has been a central plotter against the prime minister since she left the cabinet, is set to be one of the keynote speakers at the National Conservatism (NatCon) conference in Brussels this week ..read more
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‘The lone hand prompts us to ask what is going on behind the curtain’: Callie Eh’s best phone picture
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by Grace Holliday
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The photographer was in Nepal when she happened upon a wedding ceremony and a once-in-a-lifetime image Joyful, dancing wedding guests were following a ceremonial procession and car through the streets of Bhaktapur, Nepal, when Callie Eh happened upon them. The Malaysian photographer was in the country for a photography workshop. “I try to attend them every year or so,” says Eh, who now lives in Switzerland. “I can improve on existing skills and learn new ones, meet other photographers and exchange ideas ..read more
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Reports of Sunak’s foul mood in No 10 echo the final days of other dying administrations
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by Patrick Wintour
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Stories have emerged of a foul mood in Downing Street; it was ever thus behind the scenes in a dying administration If Rishi Sunak was able to set aside four hours to see the 84-year-old Sir Ian McKellen playing Falstaff in London’s West End, he would have a powerful reminder not just of the longevity of some careers but also how uneasily some wear the crown. By many accounts, Sunak is struggling with the prospect that his brief stint wearing the Conservative crown will come to a shuddering halt this autumn ..read more
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Varada Sethu to join Doctor Who in role as second companion
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by Tom Ambrose
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Actor in Disney+ series Andor will appear onscreen alongside Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson next year Varada Sethu will join Doctor Who as one of the Doctor’s two companions for Ncuti Gatwa’s second series in the role, it has been confirmed. She will appear onscreen in 2025, alongside the former Coronation Street actor Millie Gibson after speculation over her character Ruby Sunday’s future on the sci-fi show ..read more
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Comedian Munya Chawawa: ‘I want to be the Swiss army knife of TV shows – I’m up for all of it’
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by Tim Lewis
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The comedian on his rise from lockdown sensation to double Bafta nominee, approval from Stormzy and splitting apples with his bare hands Munya Chawawa is a 31-year-old comedian whose satirical online videos made him a lockdown sensation. Viral hits included Craig Covid – Staying In, a Craig David parody, and his brutal takedown of health secretary Matt Hancock in June 2021 to the tune of Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me. Chawawa has since appeared on Taskmaster and has twice been nominated for a Bafta for his documentary work: Race Around Britain in 2022 and last year’s How to Survive a Dictator With Mun ..read more
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Indira Varma: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? Go back to where you came from’
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by Rosanna Greenstreet
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The actor on racist abuse, being a cocktail waitress in the ‘unwoke’ 90s and a wardrobe malfunction Born in Somerset, Indira Varma, 50, studied at Rada and made her screen debut in Mira Nair’s 1996 film Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. Her television work includes Rome, Game of Thrones, Patrick Melrose, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Obsession. On stage she has appeared in Twelfth Night, The Seagull and Present Laughter for which she won an Olivier Award in 2020. She recently starred with Ralph Fiennes in Macbeth in London; the production is now running in Washington DC. Her new film The Trouble with Jessica i ..read more
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Wincing Tiger Woods endures his marathon to make Masters history
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by Andy Bull at Augusta National
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The 48-year-old became the first player to make the cut on 24 consecutive occasions after playing 23 holes on day two No one around the 14th at Augusta National on Friday morning seemed to have had too much sleep. There was Caroline, 56, who had been kept awake by her knee. She had twisted it by slipping on a set of steps last week, and it was still aching after all the walking she’d done on the opening day. And there was Josh, 15, who had been so excited he’d woken up two hours before his family needed to leave for the course. And there was Simon, 31, who had a skinful the previous evening, a ..read more
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Middle East crisis live: Biden urges Iran not to attack Israel; IDF says new Gaza aid route open
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by Guardian Staff
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US president expects strike from Tehran ‘sooner rather than later’; Israel says aid moved into Gaza through newly opened northern crossing point See all our coverage of the Middle East crisis An explosive device was detonated in a car in an upmarket neighbourhood of Damascus, Syrian state media said on Saturday, quoting a police source. According to a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP), it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blast or who it targeted, but it came with tensions high in Syria’s capital after Iran vowed retaliation for an airstrike on 1 April that it blamed o ..read more
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Poet Jackie Kay: ‘I could have been brought up by Tories!’
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by Lisa Allardice
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The writer, who was adopted as a baby by Scottish communists, on her life in protest, facing racism in suburban Glasgow, and why her late parents are at the heart of her new collection The Scottish poet and writer Jackie Kay is listening to Jazz Record Requests on the radio when I arrive at her home in Manchester, where she has lived for many years. She was startled recently to hear her own name on the show, when a listener asked for a song by Bessie Smith after reading Kay’s biography of the blues legend. “I grew up in a house filled with jazz,” she says, reaching for her mother’s b ..read more
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