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Apparently it wasn’t terrorism that put this girl in hospital

published about 6 hours ago
The BBC is jittery about using the word ‘terrorist’. Why should we cravenly lose such a powerful description?Wanted: a synonym for the word for when assassins organise to murder innocent civilians, their purpose being to intimidate countless more civilians, to the extent that this brings about some desired political and/or behavioural capitulation. A general surrender of free expression, in response to the slaughter of cartoonists, for instance. True, the word terrorism still has some life in it. Even allowing for ... more

Sharon Horgan: comedian with a keen eye and a sharp tongue

published about 6 hours ago
The comic writer has been critically acclaimed in the past for her TV work, but she’s only ever flirted with mainstream appeal. Her ribald new romcom, Catastrophe, seems certain to change thatThe writer and comedian Sharon Horgan spent her formative years on a turkey farm in County Meath. Every Christmas, she and her four siblings would be roped in to help with the plucking. She once said the secret to perfect defeathering was to “pluck down”.“You never pluck up,” she ... more

Actor Ted Robbins collapses on stage during opening night of Phoenix Nights

published about 7 hours ago
Actor is in a stable condition after his collapse forces cancellation of Peter Kay’s show revival at the Manchester ArenaActor Ted Robbins has collapsed on stage during the opening night of a revival of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live show, forcing its cancellation.Robbins, who plays Den Perry in the show, was in the middle of a solo section when he clutched his chest, stumbled and fell to the ground during the show at Manchester Arena on Saturday. Continue reading...

Prisoners to make kit for the army to teach ‘value of hard day’s work’

published about 7 hours ago
Justice secretary Chris Grayling announces 10-year deal to produce equipment as part of wider-reaching changes aimed at rehabilitating offendersPrisoners will make sandbags, fence posts and other kit for the army as part of a drive to teach them the “value of a hard day’s work”, the government has announced.The 10-year-deal to produce equipment will save the armed forces money and give inmates valuable employment skills, justice secretary Chris Grayling said. Continue reading...

Our cities shouldn’t rely on Uber to devise new transport choices

published about 7 hours ago
The outcome of key battles about developing smart cities will depend on who owns the data. There is no reason why it has to be private companiesAs regulators from India to France continue to crack down on Uber, the popular taxi-hailing app, the company has embarked on a charm offensive. All of a sudden, Uber’s once combative and tone-deaf executives laud the importance of regulating their industry. They also seem to grasp why the company makes for such an easy ... more