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Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Day swims - in pictures

From a superwoman to Charlie Chaplins, thousands of people make waves around the world in bracing annual swims


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Fan charged after allegedly confronting Arsène Wenger at Southampton

• Fan charged after approaching Wenger on touchline

• Match report: Southampton 2-0 Arsenal

A football supporter has been charged by police after allegedly confronting Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as his side crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Southampton.


The incident happened at the end of the match at St Mary’s Stadium on New Year’s Day.


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Fernando Alonso top target for Mercedes should Lewis Hamilton leave in 2016

• World champion Briton yet to sign new contract

• Toto Wolff says Alonso and Valtteri Bottas are fall-backs

• Spaniard likely to have exit clauses at McLaren

• Alonso and Button to drive for McLaren in 2015

Fernando Alonso would be top of the list for Mercedes should the Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton fail to agree a new deal with the team beyond 2015, according to their motorsport director Toto Wolff.


Hamilton, who took his second championship in 2014 after winning 11 races, has yet to put pen to paper on a new contract despite both sides talking about their eagerness to stay together.


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Investigations launched after two incidents at British airports

One plane landed safely after an engine fire at Southend airport, while in Stornoway a plane veered off the runway



How safe is air travel really?



Investigations were under way into two separate incidents on Friday morning involving flights at British airports, including one in which two passengers were taken to hospital after an aircraft veered off the runway as it landed at Stornoway in Scotland.


In the other, a plane carrying 29 passengers on board landed safely following an engine fire, which led to it being diverted from London City airport to Southend airport in Essex.


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Whipped feta and sumac dip – recipe

Had enough of hummus? Try this tangy cheese dip instead – great for lunch with pitta bread and crudites


​My kids love the taste of hummus, but ​they also like ​scooping and shovelling their way through ​it with ​cucumber​ and carrot​ batons and toasted flatbreads​. Whipped feta offers the same interactivity, but gives a respite from all the chickpeas.


Feta on its own is not much of a hit with the kids​ – the salty, tangy flavour of this brined cheese seems too strong for them​. But whipped with some plain, thick Greek yoghurt and lemon juice, the ​cheese mellows and can be served as a dip. They like it, and​ so do the adults.


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I ran 160 miles home for the Christmas holidays

Jules Roberts, powered by pork scratchings and Guinness, ran from London to Crewe to raise money for homeless veterans


It was 11pm on 22 December. Dinner had consisted of two scotch eggs, a packet of pork scratchings, a lump of cheddar and a couple of oatcake biscuits. Hardly the best fuel to help my legs recover, having run 120 miles in the previous 40 hours and still with a significant distance to go. I was crawling into my bivi bag, lying on the cold floor of a pub car park on the outskirts of Tamworth. The smell of urine was overwhelming. It was my second night sleeping rough and I was beginning to wonder what I was doing.


A couple of months previously, I’d seen an announcement on Facebook from my favourite charity, Walking with the Wounded. They were launching this year’s Walking Home for Christmas campaign, which encourages people to walk home from their office in the runup to Christmas. This year the money raised was going to help homeless former servicemen and women. One in 10 homeless people in the UK used to serve in our forces. This statistic really hit me and I decided that I was going to get involved. As I’m an experienced ultramarathon runner, running the three miles home from my office wouldn’t grab anyone’s attention. I was, however, going to my parents’ home in Alsager near Crewe for Christmas – 160 miles away. Plan made: I would run back to their house over three days and, in keeping with the homeless theme, would carry all my kit, and sleep rough en route. Before I could back out, I put a statement of intent on social media, and that was it. No way out …


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Bono says he may never play guitar again after cycling accident

In an emotional post on U2’s website, the frontman says his recovery from a serious bike accident in Central Park, New York, has been more difficult than expected


U2 frontman Bono has said he may never play guitar again as a result of his bike accident last year. In an emotional post on the band’s website, the singer said: “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought … As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor western civilization are depending on this.”


The singer underwent surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital for an arm broken in six places and a broken eye socket after the accident in New York’s Central Park in November. Bono wrote that he had no recollection of the accident after blacking out: “I have no memory of how I ended up in with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”


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Books in 2015: the essential literary calendar

New novels by Kazuo Ishiguro, Jonathan Franzen and Toni Morrison; film versions of Suite Française and Alan Bennett’s Lady in the Van; the 150th birthdays of Alice in Wonderland and WB Yeats – we look forward to the literary treats of 2015


5 Costa prize category winners announced – best novel, first novel, biography, poetry collection and children’s book. The writer who will follow The Shock of the Fall author Nathan Filer as overall winner will be revealed on 27 January.


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MSV Duisburg change winter break hotel because of 400 Russian models

• German third division side book same hotel as beauty contest

• Club choose to move hotels, citing need to ‘calmly prepare’

As the debate continues over whether to introduce a winter break into English football, a German third division side recently found out that jetting away for some rest and relaxation is not as straightforward as it seems.


MSV Duisburg were forced to change their plans in the Turkish resort of Antalya Lara when they discovered that their hotel would also be hosting a Russian beauty contest, complete with 400 participants.


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Peter York: against authenticity

Nigel Farage, Oprah and countless artisan food outlets are all for it, but authenticity is now a vacuous concept


Oprah’s on for it. A great swath of marketing people are on for it. And “human potential” development types are on for it, too. What they’re on for is “authenticity”, a word and concept fashionable in everything from emotions to materials. Think of politicians who “tell it like it is” (our Nigel), celebrity confessionals, bare-brick lofts and bushy beards in Shoreditch, or “artisan” foods. I have found it’s a word you tend to hear from people who have something to sell.


I’m dead against authenticity, immediately suspicious of the word and its intentions. It is a word that reminds me of the fast one about to be pulled, the value about to be added, the tosh about to be talked, the microconnoisseur at your elbow.


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City Room: New York Today: Words about Pictures

Friday: New York loses a political icon; cool weather today, snow and rain tomorrow; and Times photographers recount their adventures.

















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Make a time lapse camera with a coffee tin and #raspberrypi #piday @Raspberry_Pi

From instructables user fotosyn: Whilst developing BerryCam I thought it would be pretty cool to create a timelapse camera that could be left outdoors over a period of time, to capture a sequence of images that could be later joined together into a video clip. From the outset thoughts turned to housing everything in an […]



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INDIE dot VC (indie.vc) #makerbusiness Funding for 8 companies

INDIE dot VC. Adafruit has taken any loans or funding, but if we did or if we do – we’ve always admired OATV and we would talk to them first – they invested in Chumby, Instructables, 3D robotics, spark.io, Misfit wearables, Maker Media and more. They have a new experiment called “indie.vc” – check it […]



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The Space Missions and Events We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2015

The Space Missions and Events We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2015

This year will be another exciting one for space exploration. While 2014 may be remembered as the year we landed on a comet(!), 2015 may be known as the year of Pluto (and other dwarf planets). The New Horizons spacecraft begins its approach to Pluto this month, and will get closest to the dwarf planet […]


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Two-thirds of adult cancers largely ‘down to bad luck’ rather than genes

Good luck may be why some people exposed to cancer-causing agents are protected from developing disease, study suggests

Good luck, rather than good genes, may be the key reason why some people are protected from certain cancers while others develop the disease, according to a new study.


Two-thirds of adult cancers, say the researchers from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the United States, are caused by random mutation in the tissue cells during the ordinary process of stem cell division. In the other third, our genetic inheritance and lifestyles are the main factors.


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Mortgage approvals fall to 17-month low in November

Property market suffers autumn slowdown as Bank of England figures show dip after summer recovery

The number of mortgages approved for house purchases fell to a 17-month low in November, in a further sign of a housing market slowdown in the autumn.


A total of 59,029 home loans were approved for purchases during the month, according to figures from the Bank of England, below the average of 63,191 recorded over the previous six months and down by more than 22% on the 76,574 offered in January.


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We can’t control how we’ll die. I find that liberating

It’s important to live healthily, but scientists also tell us that the majority of cancers are down to chance – a good reminder of the limits of individual responsibility

Our terror of death (happy new year, by the way) surely has much to do with a fear that it is out of our control. The lifetime risk of dying in a road accident is disturbingly high – one in 240 – and yet the freakishly small chance of dying in a plane accident generally provokes far more fear. We dread a final few moments in which we are powerless to do anything except wait for oblivion. So perhaps the news that most cancers are the product of bad luck – rather than, say, our diet or lifestyles – is scant reassurance. Most cancers are a random lightning bolt, not something we can avoid by keeping away from tobacco or excessive booze, or by going for regular morning runs. That’s something we have to live with.


But perhaps the news should be of comfort. It is, of course, crucial to promote healthy lifestyles. Regular exercise, a good diet and the avoidance of excess does save lives. Yet the cult of individualism fuels the idea that we are invariably personally responsible for the situation we are in – whether that be poverty, unemployment or ill health. Cancer is more individualised than most diseases: all that talk of “losing” or “winning” battles. A far wiser approach was summed up by DJ Danny Baker after his own diagnosis. He said he was “just the battlefield, science is doing the fighting and of course the wonderful docs and nurses of the brilliant NHS”. The cancer patient, in other words, was practically a bystander in a collective effort.


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Euro Falls Against Dollar as European Central Bank Hints of Stimulus

Mario Draghi, the bank’s president, told a German newspaper that the risk of deflation must be tackled.

















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Will the world beat Islamic State?

THE Islamic State is holding firm after months of Coalition airstrikes. We examine whether more is needed to break the murderous insurgency.

















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