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It could be the greatest London marathon in history. The 29-year-old British record is expected to be claimed today by Mo Farah, running his first competitive race over 26.2 miles. Farah, 31, who boasts two Olympic and three World Championship gold...

David Cameron’s commitment to the green agenda will come under the fiercest scrutiny yet this week when top climate-change experts will warn that only greater use of renewable energy – including windfarms – can prevent a global catastrophe. A report...

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The construction industry is sitting on a “ticking timebomb”, with inexperienced workers being recruited to work on London’s major building sites at a time when safety standards are being run down, according to a former government adviser on the...

A few yards from the Berliner Ensemble theatre, which he helped to found in 1949, Bertolt Brecht sits on a chair, gazing with a wry smile over the river Spree. It’s a shame that the bronze statue can’t move, because it would be interesting to see what...
‘Affordable’ homes move out of reach for UK’s essential workers

Bring on Boj, the enterprising marsupial. And Pip. And Toot the tiny tugboat. Britain is about to experience an unprecedented boom in children’s cartoons, led by CBeebies, the UK’s most popular pre-school channel, which is doubling its output of new...

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose devastating study of capitalism is causing shockwaves around the world Cover story ry

Andrew Garfield on being bullied and dreaming of becoming a superhero

The Liberal Democrats yesterday disowned their former icon, Sir Cyril Smith, amid evidence of appalling and repeated sexual abuse of children, as a new controversy raged over allegations that police, spies and politicians connived in an establishment...
The government is under mounting pressure to “come clean” about the role of an overseas UK territory leased to the US and allegedly used as a secret “black site” detention centre. An opponent of Colonel Gaddafi who was rendered in a joint MI6CIA...

Alex Salmond has attacked the campaign against Scottish independence as “the most miserable, negative and depressing” political movement in modern history, as he rallied his party in preparation for September’s referendum. The Scottish National party...

The world’s most famous murder suspect, Oscar Pistorius, returns to the witness box tomorrow to face further gruelling cross-examination, amid signs that public sympathy is swinging away from him in favour of his chief tormentor. The Paralympic...

The Francis Crick Institute, swiftly rising from a vast building site behind the British Library, next to London’s St Pancras station, will be the biggest laboratory in Europe, a glittering “jewel in the crown” of UK medical research, according to...
Companies should name individual directors responsible for safety, to make it easier to prosecute where corners have been cut. Construction workers should be consulted about decisions on site, whether or not they are in a union. Local authorities...

A decade ago Asi Burak developed a video game designed to encourage opposing parties in the Israel-Palestine dispute over land to better understand – even empathise – with each others’ point of view. That conflict may be no closer to a resolution, but...

Teachers are being unfairly denied pay rises because they fail to volunteer to run lunchtime clubs, drive the minibus or help with digging the school garden, the leader of one of the biggest teaching unions has claimed. Headteachers have been given...

As one of those saddened by the death of Peaches Geldof, I thought I’d better confess and make myself available for public stoning. I was among those who felt sorry about what happened to the “famous for being famous” 25-year-old mother of two, turning...

Fine dining has, according to Christel Lane, a Cambridge professor, “become “democratised”, with ordinary people saving up to visit high-end restaurants a few times a year, as if they were cultural experiences on a par with seeing a musical or a...

AEuropean study by Cotton USA has revealed that 25% of British people sleep naked. Interviewing 5,000 people aged between 15 and 54, the Ipsos survey assessed Britons as more starkers than even the Italians. Get us! However, it remains unclear which...

New life- saving surgical techniques are not being adopted quickly enough in British hospitals. That is the stark conclusion of a report by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) which warns this week that patients are missing out on new procedures...
Lord Myners dramatically quit the Co-operative Group’s board after being accused by a board member of damaging sales by talking down the mutual’s brand, the Observer has learned. The former Labour City minister quit just four months after being...

An official U N inquiry into Britain’s record on tackling violence against women was prevented from investigating conditions inside Yarl’s Wood, Britain’s biggest, most controversial immigration detention centre for women, it has been...

A significant number of police officers and government officials “despise” their role in the widespread practice of massaging official crime figures, according to a leading criminologist. Marian FitzGerald, a visiting professor of criminology at the...

Ninety-six white seats, each with a red rose, for the Liverpool fans who died 25 years ago at Hillsborough, were placed there for Sheffield Wednesday’s match yesterday. A minute’s silence was observed at football grounds. (More pictures, Sport, 2-3) .

Poor old Pheidippides. The original marathon man ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens and died from his exertions. If only he’d had the right gear. Tragically, compression tights made of supportive memory fabric with stateof-the-art...
Farah needs crowd to bring him home. Full race preview, plus Katherine Grainger’s race debut,

Word spread quickly through the few hundred pro- Russian protest ers in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine: “The miners are coming!” The crowd parted as a group of a dozen or so burly men in orange work helmets marched past barbed-wire and tyre barricades...

Patrick Seale, the eminent Middle East journalist and historian and former Observer foreign correspondent, has died in London at the age of 83. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last June but continued to write – mainly on Syria, a country that had...

As befits the daughter of one of the 20th century’s most famous surrealists, Paul Eluard, the childhood of Cécile Eluard was never less than extraordinary. As she grew up in the family home of Eaubonne, north of Paris, in the late 1920s, the German...

Two male political dissidents are claiming to have been raped in Egyptian police custody in separate assaults that campaigners suspect are indicative of a wider strategy as the brutal crackdown on opposition continues. Plainclothes officers allegedly...
For female MPs and politicians in particular, it was a moving scene. The courtyards and corridors of the House of Commons were awash on Friday with women decked out in beautiful Edwardian dress, and fine old carriages clogged up the route by which...
Almost 100 years after women got the vote, we remain a small minority in the Commons, Lords and at the top of politics, in the cabinet. Running the country with a cabinet almost 90% male might look out of touch to the rest of the country, but in a...

Why we love some numbers and hate others

The MIPTV conference in Cannes is where the television industry gathers to buy and sell shows, while debating the changing attitudes of broadcasters and producers, the shifting habits of viewers and the disruption coming from new technologies. This...

Adam Pearson is used to people noticing him. A few weeks ago, he was in a DVD shop near his home in Croydon, south London, and a gaggle of teenage girls starting talking loudly about him and taking photos of his face on their smartphones. “They were...

We were waiting at the bus stop. “If the conductor asks how old you are, tell him you’re four,” I instructed my fiveyear-old son. All I had in my purse was 11 pence. Enough for my fare into town but not his half fare. Throughout the journey he asked...
“I have a problem. I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever.” “I asked Pandora how long she would love me. She said, ‘As long as Britain has Gibraltar’.” “Guilt is a destructive emotion and doesn’t fit in with my Life Plan.”...

From earliest childhood, it’s made clear to us that a major change in life stage is best tackled by a trip to the shops. New school years are dealt with by the purchase, in August, of pencil cases, lunchboxes and too-long trousers. Starting a new job?...

Think of the number 7. Do you like it? Do you love it? Do you remain unmoved? You may think these are frivolous questions, but when I launched an online survey asking people to submit their favourite numbers – and explain the reasons why – almost...

Anew word, it seems, has come to the fore to describe US foreign policy in the age of Obama: retreat. The signs of alleged American fecklessness are everywhere: withdrawal from Afghanistan, which followed the ignominious departure from Iraq;...
The US is not becoming isolationist. It is telling that our refusal to enter a few new wars is being characterised as such. More than a fourth of the planet’s countries are formal treaty allies of the United States and we spend almost as much on our...
There’s strong support for engagement in the world, diplomatically and economically. But historically, the US goes into a war-weary phase after major wars; the question is: how long will this phase last? The US is trimming down from its huge highs of...
The president seems to be having trouble domestically, but foreign policy is part of that emerging negative picture. It looks like America isn’t doing well in places such as Syria. It hasn’t appeared strong in the Crimea crisis. There are cycles in...
US foreign policy is going through a recalibration – there’s a notion of retrenchment and rebalancing. Whether justified or not (and I think the linkage is weak), there is a perception among the American public that the efforts of the US to do good...
Last Tuesday, Barack Obama marked the US’s equal pay day by signing two executive orders of profound importance to millions of American women. One order prevents federal contractors from retaliating against employees for sharing salary information with...
Nigel Evans, former deputy speaker at the House of Commons, has become the latest in a list of public figures to be cleared of sex charges. He was charged with one rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults....
Unions bite back at Blair Tony Blair will this week face his most severe pre-election challenge from the unions when they table a series of demands on a Labour government, including a right to strike, a minimum wage of £4.50 an hour, an end to public...
“I have realised I have never seen a dead body or a real female nipple,” wrote Adrian Mole in one of his famous diaries. “This is what comes of living in a cul de sac.” Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian Mole, who perfectly caught the voice first of an...
The Yorkshire businessman at the centre of the cash-for-knighthoods honours scandal promised to donate up to £100,000 to the Conservative Party fighting fund before the general election. Jonathan Calvert and David Leigh uncover new evidence of the...
“For years I associated socialism with cigarettes and laughter. As an adolescent I took up socialism and smoking. Thirty years on and I am still addicted to both. “ Sue Townsend on the Labour party campaign trail and almost meeting Tony Blair in...

And it was all going so well for Sajid Javid. A rags-to-riches ascent from the meaner streets of Rochdale to the top table of government via a highly lucrative career in banking. A very safe Tory seat in Bromsgrove. A fortune so large that it ought to...

Suddenly, there is a new economist making waves – and he is not on the right. At the conference of the Institute of New Economic Thinking in Toronto last week, Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century got at least one mention at every...

Judging by the slew of letters bulking up my inbox, the sexual content of my latest novel, The Lemon Grove , is dividing opinion. It’s not so much the idea of a stepmother sleeping with her daughter’s boyfriend that’s ruffling feathers; rather the idea...

Awoman’s place used to be in the home – women gave up work after marrying, and husbands were the breadwinners. That’s what we have long believed. The very idea that a woman would hold down a job, while leaving her children in a creche or with a...

What image will social historians use to capture our times? Last week, after frenzied bidding, a drab garage next to a Camberwell industrial estate in what was once a cheap part of south London, sold for £550,000. That might do. No one who sniffs the...

Nick Cohen asks why pedestrians are overlooked when our towns and cities are built (“I love to walk, but why is Britain such a dangerous place for walkers?”, First Person, last week). Part of the answer is that governments have predicted...

Let’s agree that towers can be beautiful. Let’s also agree that London needs new homes and plenty of them. It may well be that many of the 200-plus tall buildings now proposed can play a useful role if, as you say, they are “sensitively managed, well...
In the Observer Magazine last week, Charles Moore used the phrase De mortuis nil nisi bonum – don’t speak ill of the dead. Moore was referring to the polemic that followed the death of Margaret Thatcher. How extraordinary, then, that Moore should have...
We apologise to readers who had difficulty finding a copy of the paper last Sunday. Problems at our print site in east London hampered distribution in Wales and the Midlands, with copies arriving late in many areas and not at all in some parts of...
We should expect some free schools to prosper, while others struggle and even fail as this is a necessary process new schools must go through to find their feet (“Revealed: Gove’s bid to limit fallout from failing free schools”, News, last week)....
Sadly, the ramifications of the Maria Miller story are not exhausted by her resignation. Parliamentarians of every party, age and seniority must urgently do whatever can now be done to staunch the toxic effects of this latest fall from grace, which has...
The report stage of the immigration bill concluded in the House of Lords last Monday. Many members took part in these vitally important debates, showing the upper chamber at its very best. Furthermore, many hundreds voted in some or all of the five...
Can Lucy Siegle’s Green Crush ( Magazine , last week) be serious, featuring Liverpool One? This is a development that has taken over a huge swath of the city centre and turned public streets into private ones. It has forced small, independent shops to...
Read them at observer.co.uk 1. The poetry that moves men to tears 2. Seven a day? Here’s my alternative: just stop eating rubbish Alex Renton 3. Manchester United find it all too easy as Juan Mata sinks Newcastle 4. Michael Gove’s bid to limit fallout...
Barbara Ellen (Comment, last week) says liver transplants should be available to everyone, but the number of people who need a transplant is much higher than the livers donated. Dipsomaniacs who demand new livers to ruin should surely go to the back of...

When the drinks group Diageo announced last week that David Beckham was to promote its new grain whisky, Haig Club, it provoked reams of coverage and the inevitable cries of “Blend it like Beckham”. It was all a nice positive distraction for the...

Here’s Christopher Bailey, the chief creative officer at Burberry, in a corporate video made last year unveiling him as the fashion group’s chief executive elect: “We have done a lot of dreaming … We have only just started dreaming.” Amazingly, the...

One would have thought, considering their trade’s track record of spectacularly failing to predict the future, that economists would refrain from attaching punchy statements to their punditry. Not so Olivier Blanchard, the chief economist at the...

Usually, Marks & Spencer refuses to tell investors exactly how its women’s clothing business is performing – with reason. It is serially underperforming. But M&S broke its own rules last week, as boss Marc Bolland desperately needed something to say...
A critical week for Philip Clarke, the sensitive boss of the embattled retailer Tesco: his football team, Liverpool, face a critical fixture with Manchester City today. While the reds of Liverpool may be on the verge of revisiting erstwhile glories...
Are you a middle-aged gentleman, seeing out your City career in non-exec directorships, with no intention of disturbing this comfortable status quo? Well, be prepared to start defending your position. Last month Cranfield University, which provided...

(again) for Akio Toyoda, the president and chief executive of Toyota Motor Corporation, as the Japanese car manufacturer recalled more than 6.5m vehicles worldwide to fix a variety of problems, including faulty steering wheels and seats. The global...
Last week, the Nasdaq exchange, which includes companies like Facebook, Apple and Google, lost 3% – closing below the “psychologically important” 4000 level and well below its 2014 peak of 4300 in February. That’s miles off the lunacy of March 2000,...

Shareholders in Debenhams have been suffering of late. They will be hoping for - if not expecting - better news when the retailer reports its first-half results this week.
for Mike Ashley, founder and majority owner of retailer Sports Direct. Days after another knockback from investors, who rejected some new incentive scheme designed to award him £74m of new shares, he took his revenge. Ashley sold 25m Sports Direct...
goes to Adrian Bailey MP, chairman of the business select committee, as he criticised the bookbuilding process behind the Royal Mail flotation. He said: “It’s absurd that a process that’s designed to create demand does not have the capacity to respond...

The supermarket business is conducted in the language of wars – price wars – so embattled Tesco boss Philip Clarke probably needs to channel his favourite military hero if he is to survive the barrage heading his way. With Tesco shares languishing at a...

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” was the oftrepeated maxim of philosopher George Santayana. And investors may now be finding out that they ignored the story of the dotcom boom and bust at their peril. At the start of...

The complacency is palpable. Despite some dire warnings about risky trading and the threat posed by overly indebted banks, the mood last week at the International Monetary Fund’s spring conference was one of calm. We have turned a corner since the...
The film Whisky Galore! sees crafty Hebrideans hide thousands of bottles of holy water from the authorities after a shipwreck disgorges a mountain of single malt. Next week, Scotland’s biggest whisky producer is likely to pull off a similar...
Two years ago, David Cameron held one of his most surreal press conferences when a briefing about the London Olympics was hijacked by questions over the “pasty tax” – George Osborne’s ill-fated budget proposal to impose VAT on hot food. “I am a pasty...

There was one dreadful hole in the profusion of punditry last week. What does Maria Miller’s abrupt departure mean for culture, media and sport? Answers, please, alongside a detailed assessment of her contribution to coalition policymaking, on a very...

Those of us who complain that the BBC recommissions hit series – such as Line of Duty – too late and too sporadically are firmly instructed that the author comes first and that lines of artistic understanding and deference must be pursued. They (the...
The best thing about the web and its instant way of recording what you’re reading on screen at this very moment (clickety-click) is that it also provides a stark reality check. Who wants to sniff over the BBC leading its 10 o’clock News with Peaches...
March brings the end of many financial years, so it offers a natural chance to take the latest ABC national newspaper sales figures and reach some broader conclusions (on statistics averaged over the past six months). So: the redtops are having a...

Key workers are finding themselves locked out of “affordable” home ownership schemes designed to help them on to the property ladder, because of minimum income requirement of as much as £50,000 a year. Joanne Pearson, 36, works as a nurse in Southwark,...
Small energy providers are offering the cheapest deals on the market in what experts claim is a threat to the big six suppliers. Ovo Energy says that falling wholesale gas prices have enabled it to offer an average annual bill below £1,000. It said...
New rules coming into force on 26 April are expected to make taking out a mortgage more difficult for would-be buyers. The Mortgage Market Review, created by the Financial Conduct Authority to protect consumers, is aimed at preventing risky lending by...

When my dog, George, arrived in the UK from South Africa in December it was noticed that his microchip was faulty. As a result all his vaccines, blood tests and deworming were deemed invalid. Until the end of 2012, the faulty microchip could have been...
I was the victim of a holiday rental scam on the website Craigslist while in San Francisco. I paid money via online bank transfer into a bank account that was closed, and as the “owner” of the flat could not access the funds, they asked me to deposit...
We moved into our new-build home last December. We were assured by the developer, David Wilson Homes, that there would be a BT line installed; in fact 600 metres of cabling is required before we can have a landline. BT blames Openreach, while Openreach...

1. Free concerts, Prospect Park Every Saturday night (and some other evenings) throughout the summer, Prospect Park in Brooklyn hosts free concerts. The small venue allows families to picnic on the grass at the back while the more enthusiastic can...
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