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Monday, January 5, 2015

Settling down is the scariest part about growing up. But trust me: it beats life on the go

For 30 years, I moved homes as quickly as possible. Then I fell in love – and now I’m loving my lesson in staying put


I am a master at leaving.


The first time I left home, I was four years old. Without telling anyone or asking permission, I carted all my toys up the stairs to where my grandmother lived – on the second floor of our house in the suburbs of New York City – and declared that I lived with her. Over the following decade, I did – and that was 10 times longer than I would stay in any one place for the next 20 years.


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Prince Andrew story runs and runs - but editors should beware

Who can know whether the allegations by an alleged ‘sex slave’ are truthful?


The Prince Andrew story will not lie down despite Buckingham Palace’s unprecedented issuing of “categorical” denials and its scramble “to quell the growing crisis.”


For the third day running, with very few new facts available since it first broke, it has secured big coverage again today.


“He should have known better than to befriend Epstein, let alone have the muttonheaded loyalty to stroll publicly with him after his release from prison...


But Prince Andrew dazzles easily when confronted with immense wealth and apparent power. He has fallen for ‘friendships’ with bad, corrupt and clever men, not only in the US but in Libya, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, wherever.”


“The palace has never denied that he has, for years, been cavorting with insalubrious billionaires and vicious autocrats. Human rights? Why should an ageing, playboy prince care about those?


Prince Charles is matey with Arab despots too. The next time you feel the urge to denounce Robert Mugabe, remember these royal appeasers. Yes Blair, Clinton and Bush also had unsavoury friendships. But they lost power, eventually. Our royals can carry on sleazing indefinitely.”


“Imagine what the reaction would be if, say, Tony Blair stopped the BBC from broadcasting a critical programme on his activities. Britons would be outraged. But with the royal family, there is only quiet acquiescence. We are subjects after all, the great brainwashed”.


“We will not have a credible meritocracy until this unholy edifice is dismantled. I know monarchists will say privileged families are found in strong republics too and that this system gives us stability and unity. All bosh.


Wealth is indeed passed on by the rich everywhere, but they are not subsided by their nations, and they are not revered”.


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Suicide bomber attacks European police in Kabul

One Afghan civilian killed and five others wounded as convoy of mission vehicles is targeted on the eastern outskirts of the city

A suicide car bomber struck near the headquarters of the European police training mission in Kabul on Monday, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding five others nearby.


The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the first against a foreign target in the Afghan capital in 2015.


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Count Arthur Strong’s favourite TV

The semi-retired music hall entertainer on why you should bring back Juliet Bravo and how he finds Duck Dynasty a turn-off


Well modesty forbids me to give you my first choice, Count Arthur Strong. So my second-choice unmissable show would be Strictly Come Dancing. Unless I’m at [Arthur’s local] The Shoulder Of Mutton. It’s not on at an ideal time for me, really.


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The physics of champagne bubbles could help power the future #Physics

We always knew that drinking champagne was worthwhile- now we have science to back us up! Via Smithsonian Mag. Whatever the occasion, the pop of a Champagne cork means the release of pressure—both for the revelers about to imbibe and for the liquid within. Opening up the bottle changes the pressure on the liquid, allowing […]



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Morning Must Reads: January 5

Cops Protest Mayor at Funeral Dozens of New York City police officers turned their backs toward Mayor Bill de Blasio during services to honor and remember a police officer who was killed Dec. 20—denying a request from NYPD chief Bill Bratton not to use the funeral as a protest Most Cancer Beyond Your Control Researchers…



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Bolivian women bank on sweet success of quinoa bars

Women in a Bolivian cooperative hope to boost income by adding value to their quinoa crop through making chocolate-coated energy bars


Behind curtains of plastic sheeting in a small room off the main square of a highland town, four women are doing something novel, tasty and very nearly healthy with quinoa, Bolivia’s ancient grano de oro (golden grain).


They mix the tiny spheres of the Andean staple with coconut, peanuts and sugar syrup, before pressing and cooking them. Some are left as they are when they emerge from the oven; the lucky ones are half-dipped in Bolivian chocolate.


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Kesia Leatherbarrow inquest spotlights police handling of mental health case

Vulnerable 17-year-old, who had history of self-harm, hanged herself after being held in custody for whole weekend

UK police officers’ treatment of a vulnerable 17-year-old who hanged herself after being held in custody for a whole weekend will come under scrutiny on Monday.


The inquest into the death of Kesia Leatherbarrow, who had a history of self-harm, is expected to highlight the service’s difficulties in dealing with those suffering from mental health problems.


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Williams sign Jenson Button’s F1 race engineer from McLaren

• Team reshuffles race operations structure for new season

• ‘Our engineering team for the coming season is looking strong’

Alonso top target for Mercedes should Hamilton leave

Willams have reshuffled their race operations structure ahead of the new Formula One season, which includes the appointment of Jenson Button’s race engineer from McLaren.


Dave Robson, who had worked with Button at McLaren following the Briton’s arrival at the Woking-based marque in 2010, will take on the role of race engineer to Felipe Massa at Williams.


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An urbanist's guide to Bristol: 'Graffiti covers the city head to toe'

Alec Saelens of the Bristol Cable reveals his adopted city’s best cycle rides, top satirical publications and stinkiest place to have a great conversation


I’m Alec Saelens and, like many Bristol residents, I’m not from originally from here, but I’ve grown to call this city in south-west England – named the European Green Capital for 2015 – home. I’m part of the Bristol Cable, a new citizen media co-operative that investigates uncovered issues and initiatives in the city while giving a voice to local people. The production and distribution of the Bristol Cable’s first edition has provided me with an exciting discovery of many aspects of this city. My day job as a waiter, the one that pays the rent, isn’t nearly as stimulating, but it helps me to get by.


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America's War Machine sells fear and loathing beyond Ferguson. Black and brown people pay the price

From Afghanistan to the NYPD and back again, America’s circle of violence is already repeating itself in 2015. But now is the time to question America’s addiction to violence – and violent racism



The War Machine is the violent nexus of military and economic forces that grinds us up to perpetuate itself. With politicians of all stripes in its pockets and buoyed by lobbyists, the War Machine is beyond the reach of civil government and easily tramples individual souls, especially when they inhabit bodies of color. War is a big, multi-trillion-dollar business, requiring the sales, construction and operation of guns, drones, missiles, governmental armies, private armies, public prisons, private prisons and the like.


While the War Machine has been operated most obviously overseas in places like the Middle East, and domestically behind bars, it is now increasingly clear that the War Machine is also operating on America’s streets.


The Black Lives Matter movement is about more than just justice for our deaths – it’s about a depreciation of black life


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The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne: 'There's a math teacher out there laughing at me playing Stephen Hawking' – video interview

Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in the biopic The Theory of Everything, tells Catherine Shoard why he finds the idea of him playing a genius hilarious. His co-star, Felicity Jones, and director, James Marsh, explain that Hawking's story is as much about the challenges faced by his wife, Jane, as it is about Hawking himself Continue reading...

















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Talking Horses: Win tickets for Sprinter Sacre comeback in our tipping competition

Paul Nicholls sets sights on the Grand National with Unioniste

Paul Nicholls and owner John Hales won the 2012 Grand National with Neptune Collonges and are hoping Unioniste can follow suit after his comfortable win at Sandown on Saturday.


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Bradley Wiggins signs contract extension with Team Sky

• 2012 Tour de France champion to race Paris-Roubaix

• ‘Everyone knows what this team means to me’

Wiggins will then focus on 2016 Rio Olympics

Sir Bradley Wiggins has signed a contract extension with Team Sky up to and including the Paris-Roubaix race in April 2015.


The 2012 Tour de France champion said: “Everyone knows what this team means to me so I’m really pleased to extend my contract until the end of April 2015. I’ve been with Team Sky from the start. I’ve had some amazing experiences during that time and I hope there are a few more to come.


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City Room: New York Today: The Police Turn Away, Again

Monday: Some officers spurned the mayor, a blustery cold front, and Eric Garner’s daughter leads a protest.

















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DealBook: Investors Bought Into Nearly $250 Billion in Global I.P.O.s in 2014

Even excluding the $25 billion Alibaba offering, a phenomenon in its own right, the value of worldwide initial public offerings was up nearly 36 percent over 2013.

















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Latest News: Boston Marathon Trial, AirAsia, N.F.L. Playoffs

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

















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Republicans Say They’ll Act Fast to Push Agenda

Eager to show it can govern well, the party taking control of Congress is likely to begin by trying to expedite approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.





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Crime Scene: Amid Sea of New York Blue, Other Hues Reveal Bonds Behind the Badge

As row upon row of New York Police Department officers assembled on Sunday to honor a slain colleague, they were again joined by thousands of counterparts from across the country, and beyond.





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For Mario Cuomo, Defeat in 1977 Mayor’s Race Cast a Long Shadow

Before he was governor, Mario M. Cuomo was a reluctant candidate for New York’s mayor, and the defeat weighed heavily on the rest of his political career.





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The PDC World Darts Championships – in pictures

Banners, beers and bullseyes: we take a look back at the best images from the PDC World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace in London, won by Gary Anderson


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