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Peter Mayle’s view of the locals in his area conformed to Parisian as well as English stereotypes (Obituary, 22 January). Seeing a local woman reading the recently published Une année en Provence when it first came out, I started to excuse myself for Mayle’s depiction of those who had worked for him. Mais non, she insisted. It was completely vrai and so amusant.
Anne Corbett
London

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/24/carillion-jokes-just-dont-ring-my-bell

  


David Meller, the Tory donor 'desperate to be part of establishment'

Presidents Club groping scandal will deny wealthy Meller ‘his ultimate prize’ of a peerage

Until the Financial Times’s revelations the Presidents Club co-chair David Meller was moving along a familiar path. A generous Conservative party donor and wealthy businessman who helps run his family’s company, Meller moved into education by sponsoring state schools in England after forming his own charity, the Meller Educational Trust.

Meller’s interest in academies was quickly rewarded by the Department for Education. In June 2013 he was appointed as a non-executive director on the DfE’s board, and less than a year later he was named chair of the More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/24/david-meller-presidents-club-groping-scandal-wealthy-tory-donor

  


Elton John retires from touring … with 300-date world tour

After a 50-year career Elton John is embarking on his final tour, which will take him to five continents over three years

Elton John has said he will be retiring from touring, 50 years on from the launch of his enormously successful pop career.

In an event at New York City’s Gotham Hall on Wednesday, John announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, a three-year, five-continent outing that will feature more than 300 concerts, and will be the last of his career. “It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life,” More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jan/24/elton-john-announces-retirement-touring-final-tour-50-year-career

  


Mueller asked U.S. intelligence officials about Trump - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. intelligence officers including CIA Director Mike Pompeo have been questioned by the U.S. special counsel’s team about whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice in the Russia probe, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Soldier who died at Deepcut was ‘shackled and humiliated’, inquest hears

Pte Sean Benton, 20, was found dead at barracks in 1995 with five bullet wounds to his chest

An inquest into the death of a young army recruit has heard that he complained of being placed in shackles and humiliated at his training barracks before being found dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Pte Sean Benton was the first of four young soldiers to be found shot dead at Deepcut barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/24/sean-benton-deepcut-barracks-soldier-was-shackled-and-humiliated-inquest-hears

  


Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly obituary

Royal Navy doctor who saved the lives of British and Argentinian combatants during the Falklands war of 1982

Rick Jolly, who has died aged 71 of complications from a heart condition, was the only serviceman in the Falklands war of 1982 to be honoured by both the British and Argentinian sides. The awards were in recognition of his achievements in managing three frontline field hospitals in which more than 1,000 casualties – among them around 300 Argentinian soldiers and airmen – were successfully treated, and in later years in fostering a bold and imaginative spirit of reconciliation between the More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/24/surgeon-captain-rick-jolly-obituary

  


Massachusetts federal prosecutor says opioids top pot as priority

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ new federal prosecutor on Wednesday said that he will not rule out prosecuting marijuana businesses in a state that has legalized the drug, but that his focus was on the opioid epidemic.

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David Davis is so far through the looking-glass, he's beyond help | John Crace

He’s free to change his mind on any details of Brexit any time he likes, select committee discovers

It could have been a scene from The Office. One in which David Brent had been summoned to HQ for a performance appraisal. One where he died on his feet while believing he was nailing it. Only for David Brent read David Davis.

The Brexit secretary smiled broadly as he began his latest appearance before the select committee. He was feeling the love already. The chairman, Hilary Benn, chose to put him at ease with a few straightforward questions. Would there be a draft More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/24/david-davis-is-so-far-through-the-looking-glass-hes-beyond-help

  


Membership momentum sparks race to settle German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) – A flood of new members signing up to Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) in the hope of voting down a renewed coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives is raising time pressure on negotiators trying to thrash out an accord.

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Guest list for the Presidents Club all-male charity gala

These men were allocated tables and seats at the event, though it is not confirmed they attended

The guest list to this year’s Presidents Club dinner included the following names. The Guardian has not confirmed all of them attended, but they were allocated tables and seats.

Rashid Al Habtoor – hotel chain billionaire.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/24/guest-list-presidents-club-all-male-charity-gala

  


Cameron caught on camera calling Brexit a 'mistake, not a disaster'

Former prime minister says Brexit has ‘turned out less badly than we first thought’

David Cameron has called Brexit a “mistake, not a disaster” in unguarded comments caught on camera at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The former prime minister said leaving the EU had not been as catastrophic as predicted. Speaking to steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, Cameron said the process of leaving the EU was “still going to be difficult”.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/24/david-cameron-caught-on-camera-calling-brexit-a-mistake-not-a-disaster

  


UK's pre-referendum Brexit forecasts no longer valid - finance ministry

LONDON (Reuters) – The top official at Britain’s finance ministry said his department’s forecasts of a big hit to the economy from Brexit, made shortly before the June 2016 EU membership referendum, were no longer applicable.

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Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor sentenced to 175 years for sexual abuse

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) – The disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 175 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, following days of wrenching testimony in a Michigan courtroom from about 160 of his victims, including Olympic gold medallists.

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Ex-UK PM Cameron: Brexit not going as badly as we thought

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose failure to persuade Britons to stay in the European Union led to his exit from office, was caught on camera saying Brexit was not going as badly as he had believed it would.

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Presidents Club scandal: I was regularly molested during decades as a London hostess to rich and powerful men. This is what it's like

Clare Solomon has worked in the hostessing world for 27 years. A single mother strapped for cash, she recalls being 'encouraged to degrade herself' but unable to complain for fear of losing her job More Here…

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/president-club-hostess-what-is-it-like-degrade-yourself-interview-a8175711.html

  


Rugby: Jones keen to play down England's Six Nations prospects

LONDON (Reuters) – Coach Eddie Jones says England have been reduced to rank outsiders battling to field a fit XV as they begin the defence of their Six Nations title, a suggestion dismissed by England’s rivals.

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Larry Nassar's 'death warrant': sexual abuser jailed for up to 175 years

  • Nassar given between 40 and 175 years in prison in abuse trial
  • A total of 156 survivors gave victim impact statements in court
  • Disgraced physician was already facing 60 years in separate case

The former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison for abusing athletes in his care. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina reached her decision after a sentence hearing that heard from dozens of women and girls, including Olympic champions Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney.

Related: Victim impact statements against Larry Nassar: ‘I thought I was going to die’

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/24/larry-nassar-sentenced-sexual-abuse-gymnastics

  


Welsh health service data centres briefly hit by technical issue

LONDON (Reuters) – A technical issue briefly hit two data centres of the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, the devolved Welsh administration said on Wednesday, with media reports suggesting that doctors had struggled to access patient records during the outage.

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Landmark leasehold case fails to slash extension costs

Campaigners vow to fight on after appeal court rules in favour of leading London freeholder

Campaigners have failed in a long-running legal battle to slash leasehold costs after the court of appeal ruled in favour of a major London freeholder.

The case, Mundy v the Sloane Stanley Estate, involved a small flat in Chelsea where the lease had fallen to less than 23 years and the freeholder was seeking £420,000 to agree an extension.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jan/24/leasehold-case-extension-costs-freeholder-sloane-stanley-estate

  


Arsenal seals major sport's first cryptocurrency sponsorship deal

The deal, with an undisclosed value, will see Arsenal promoting CashBet’s initial coin offering at the Emirates

Arsenal has signed a sponsorship deal with US cryptocurrency CashBet, which will see the Premier League club promote the firm’s initial coin offering (ICO) at the 60,000 seat Emirates stadium.

The deal, the value of which was undisclosed, is the first time a major global sports team has officially partnered with a cryptocurrency firm. It comes as an increasing number of regulators and business leaders express concern about the dangers of consumers risking their savings in unregulated virtual currencies. In an ICO the issuing More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/24/arsenal-seals-major-sports-first-cryptocurrency-sponsorship-deal

  


Men-only gala where hostesses were groped faces backlash in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – The London charity behind a men-only fundraising gala where specially hired hostesses were groped and harassed, according to a Financial Times report, faced a swift backlash on Wednesday with donations being returned and politicians denouncing it.

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Sanchez could debut in FA Cup as Mourinho reaches 100 mark

(Reuters) – New Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez could make his debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday, before Tottenham Hotspur will be out to avoid an upset against another fourth-tier side in Newport County a day later.

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Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor apologises ahead of sentencing for sexual abuse

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) – The disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, apologised to his victims on Wednesday ahead of his sentencing for molesting young female gymnasts, following days of testimony from more than 160 of his victims.

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John Worboys's victims were told his sentence was equivalent to life

Prosecutor and detective wrote that jail term was ‘to all intents and purposes’ life imprisonment

Victims of the black-cab rapist, John Worboys, were given written assurances by crown prosecutors at the time of his conviction that his sentence was “to all intents and purposes” the same as a term of life imprisonment.

Letters from the CPS lawyer who conducted Worboys’s prosecution and a Metropolitan police detective in the case, passed to BBC News, told victims in March 2009 before he was sentenced that the taxi cab rapist was “unlikely” to be charged with further offences “partly because of the lengthy sentence More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/24/john-worboys-victims-sentence-equivalent-life

  


Racist undertones of Britain's Jazz Age explored in exhibition

London show includes a version of The Breakdown, a painting that caused outrage in 1926

Versions of a painting that caused such outrage in 1926 that it was taken off the walls of the Royal Academy on the orders of the Colonial Office will go on public display in an exhibition tracing the glamour but also the racist undertones of the Jazz Age in Britain.

The exhibition, Rhythm & Reaction, opening on Saturday at Two Temple Place in London, has loans from museums and private collections showing how the exciting new music spread for the first time by radio and recordings. More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/24/racist-undertones-of-britains-jazz-age-explored-in-exhibition