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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.
• It takes a lot to cheer me up in the gloomy days of January but Tramp’s
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
LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) – Winning again on the PGA Tour is well within the grasp of a healthy Tiger Woods, two of his peers agreed while warning that expectations should be kept in check.
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,”
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.
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.
The star says he’ll stage one final tour as his priority is now his husband and children.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
LONDON (Reuters) – English soccer team Arsenal is entering the cryptocurrency world by signing a deal to promote new digital tokens being sold by an American gaming software company.
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.
The former prime minister was caught on camera at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.
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.
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
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.
- 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’
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.
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.
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
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.
The Presidents Club says it is responding to accusations made at a men-only charity dinner.
(Reuters Health) – General surgeons who trained in residency programs at community hospitals can achieve patient outcomes that are similar to their peers who were trained in university hospitals, a U.S. study suggests.
(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.
Camelot’s 14-year contract is long by commercial standards, the Gambling Commission chief says.
Two monkeys cloned using the ‘Dolly the Sheep’ technique could mean the world is a step closer to human cloning.
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.
London’s Old Vic Theatre has launched a new way to support employees following claims of inappropriate conduct by former artistic director Kevin Spacey.
Disgraced Olympics doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to up to 175 years for sexually abusing young gymnasts in his care.
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
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.
New England women’s head coach Phil Neville will not face an FA charge for sexist comments made on social media.