Monday, February 23, 2015
Earlier today, Fox 8's Kristi Capel marveled over Lady Gaga's Oscar performance by saying that generally, "It's hard to hear her voice with all the jigaboo music...that she...whatever you want to call it...jigaboo, haha!" When she was called out for using a derogatory term for black people to describe Lady Gaga's music, she apologized on Twitter, explaining, "I had no idea it was a word or what it meant."
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• Fifa task force likely to recommend November start
• Fifa urged to consider holding 2022 World Cup in May and June
European clubs will make a last-ditch effort on Tuesday to persuade Fifa against moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November, but the tournament appears destined for winter regardless.
With European clubs increasingly resigned to a winter tournament, their focus is expected to shift to trying to secure concessions including a shortened World Cup with a shorter preparation period and fewer international friendly dates in that calendar year.
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Large number of the 6,500 complaints about Ukip: The First 100 Days came via Britain First, which encouraged supporters to sign templated email
A significant proportion of the 6,500 complaints made about a controversial film imagining the early days of a Ukip government were the result of an orchestrated campaign by a far-right group known for its paramilitary style actions, the Guardian has learned.
Britain First, which leads “Christian patrols” through areas with high Muslim populations and has staged mosque “invasions”, encouraged supporters to sign a templated email to both Channel 4 and Ofcom to complain about Ukip: The First 100 Days.
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Heard the one about the surrealist comic? His name was René Magritte – and he’s up there with Louis CK, Dave Chappelle and Johnny Vegas
It is 117 years since the birth of the Belgian painter René Magritte. The 117th anniversary is the most important for any surrealist, so we can expect events, exhibitions and retrospectives throughout Belgium this summer. Everyone will wear bowler hats and hold apples in front of their faces, tubas will be set ablaze, businessmen will rain from the sky, and the mountaintops of Belgium will transform into giant eagles.
OK, so that’s probably not going to happen. I’m not sure Belgium’s got the mountains for it. What definitely did happen, earlier this month, was a sale of nine Magritte paintings, as part of Christie’s annual Art of the Surreal evening in London. Magritte is currently a darling of the market, says Olivier Camu of Christie’s, who curated the sale. He’s an artist with universal appeal, “free from all cultural, historical, religious or national associations. A pure conceptual artist.” That said, it’s not always easy to put your finger on what those concepts are. In Souvenir de Voyage, a masked apple stares at us, eyelessly, from a deserted beach. It’s an unsettling image, one that doesn’t straightforwardly “mean” anything. Which didn’t stop it fetching £2.6m.
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Research tracking 2,000 Finnish men for decades suggests regular use gives protection from heart attacks, strokes and other conditions
A study of Finnish men suggests frequent sauna baths may help you live longer.
That’s welcome news if it proves to be true – not just in Finland where saunas are commonplace, but for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter.
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• Suggestions driver was unconscious or dizzy before collision are dismissed
• Double world champion flown to hospital after crash
Fernando Alonso may miss the third and final testing session that starts in Barcelona on Thursday following his crash at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.
On Monday it was confirmed that Alonso would spend a second night in hospital as his McLaren-Honda team blamed high winds for the accident that left the double world champion with concussion.
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A 1920s treaty that granted Turkey the right to protect a tomb inside Syria resulted in a farcical night-time invasion of its neighbour last week
Even in a pitiless battle zone like Syria, there is still room for farce. On Saturday night, a convoy of 39 tanks and 57 armoured vehicles, carrying 572 Turkish soldiers, cut south from Kobani to the site of Suleyman Shah’s tomb on the bank of the Euphrates, where, according to legend, he died while swimming. Suleyman Shah is a figure of moderate importance in Turkish history, since his grandson became Osman I, founder of the Ottoman empire. Suleyman’s mausoleum was built beside the river, then rebuilt in the 19th century by Hamid II. In 1921, it became a Turkish exclave – in practice, if not quite in theory. According to the treaty that concluded its war with France, Turkey was only specifically granted the right to “appoint guardians for it, and may hoist the Turkish flag there”.
In 1973, the mausoleum was re-rebuilt a bit further from the water to prevent it being flooded by a new dam. Since last March, however, it has come under threat from Isis. The ironic result is that, having insisted that this football-pitch-sized bit of land is Turkish soil, Turkey now has to defend it – but it has to invade Syria to do so. Saturday night’s operation “Shah Euphrates” was the strange solution – not a mission to defend the tomb, but to move it again. “The idea of moving the remains of iconic individuals from the past is really quite common,” says Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology. “But this is a bit of an odd one. There’s a strange undercurrent of complete surrealism.”
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It’s the newest travel trend: carting around a portable, camera-bearing drone while on the road. Suitable for selfies, dramatic landscape photos, and other eminently Instagram-able content, backpack-size drones equipped with action cameras are an increasingly common component of vacationers’ luggage.
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