• Spectacular pictures from National Geographic Travel contest week five
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    Spectacular pictures from National Geographic Travel contest week five

    As the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo contest enters its fifth week, photographers of all ages and abilities have submitted a selection of stunning images.

  • 10 best kids' cookbooks to get little ones inspired in the kitchen
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    10 best kids' cookbooks to get little ones inspired in the kitchen

    Cooking with children is different. Watching them taste the food they have prepared for the first time is nothing short of a joy. This bright and juicy volume by Celebrity Masterchef winner Angellica Bell is her first.

  • It’s the 21st century, yet Spanish books are still suffering from censorship
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    It’s the 21st century, yet Spanish books are still suffering from censorship

    It’s 80 years since the end of the Spanish Civil War, when General Francisco Franco’s populist forces finally overcame the leftist resistance and plunged the country into full-blown dictatorship. Decades after his death, Franco continues to cast a long shadow over Spain, from the rise of the far-right Vox party to the hundreds of mass graves of people who died in the war that are still waiting to be exhumed. One other hugely important legacy that few people are aware of is the continuing effect on books, both in Spain and throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

  • Game of Thrones season 8: Director says scenes in new series as 'shocking' as the Red Wedding
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    Game of Thrones season 8: Director says scenes in new series as 'shocking' as the Red Wedding

    As Game of Thrones fans prepare for the impending battle between the living and the dead, director David Nutter has revealed upcoming scenes will rival the Red Wedding in shock value. According to Nutter, who directed the infamous Red Wedding scene in season three where viewers saw Robb Stark, his mother Catelyn Stark, and his pregnant fiancee, Talisa, all murdered by a Bolton/Frey alliance, scenes in season eight will bring similar reactions from viewers. Nutter also described the upcoming battle scene, which he said is equally “draining” for both cast and crew.

  • Earth Day 2019: Photographers share the stories behind their climate change shots
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    Earth Day 2019: Photographers share the stories behind their climate change shots

    Getty photographers Sean Gallup and Justin Sullivan spend their lives capturing such climate disasters and have shared the stories behind their finest pictures with The Independent for Earth Day 2019. Sullivan has spent many a perilous shift getting familiar with his specialist subject: fire.

  • 40 books to read before you die, from 1984 to Pride and Prejudice
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    40 books to read before you die, from 1984 to Pride and Prejudice

    Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world. From Jane Austen’s mannered drawing rooms to the airless tower blocks of 1984, novels do something unique.

  • How women around the world manage their periods
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    How women around the world manage their periods

    From menstrual cup to cloth, menstruation skirt or homemade sanitary pad, WaterAid highlights the many and varied ways in which women around the world manage their periods. Millions of women and girls menstruate every month, yet governments continue to ignore the issue and its associated links to women’s health, economic and social wellbeing. Battling the stigma that continues to surround periods, women around the world look for their own solutions around disposal, pricing, health and comfort.

  • What happens when panic becomes fuel for inspiration
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    What happens when panic becomes fuel for inspiration

    In a few strokes I was upon my unsuspecting victim and I reared out of the water, a mighty Godzilla, roaring terrifyingly! Swimming pool rules include prohibitions against running, bombing and heavy petting.

  • Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me, review: Gripping and pleasurably dizzying
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    Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me, review: Gripping and pleasurably dizzying

    “The present is the frailest of improbable constructs,” muses Charlie, the narrator. “Any part of it, or all of it, could be otherwise.” The Falklands War has been lost, and Tony Benn is a Jeremy Corbyn-like figure, adored at mass rallies. Crucially, Alan Turing has survived, becoming the father of a new leap into the technological future.

  • Inside India’s first hospital for sick and neglected elephants
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    Inside India’s first hospital for sick and neglected elephants

    The NGO opened the country’s very first specialised hospital for injured and ailing elephants from all over India in November. The centre is located in Mathura in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and runs in a state-of-the-art and well equipped facility that is capable of conducting a variety of laboratory tests, including wireless digital radiology, ultrasound, laser therapy, in-house pathology and even a medical hoist to comfortably lift disabled elephants and move them around the treatment area. Captive elephants can be found all over India, but the exploitation in the name of religion is especially encountered in the southern state of Kerala, as well as in the northern state of Rajasthan and its capital of Jaipur.

  • Remarkable photos from National Geographic Travel Contest week four
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    Remarkable photos from National Geographic Travel Contest week four

    The 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo contest is now in its fourth week of accepting entries. The best entries this week include a close encounter with a humpback whale and a fog-draped Golden Gate Bridge. “We are looking for images that show us the world: its people, places, and cultures,” says the National Geographic magazine.

  • EL James interview: ‘There are other stories I want to tell. I’ve been with Fifty Shades for so long’
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    EL James interview: ‘There are other stories I want to tell. I’ve been with Fifty Shades for so long’

    EL James does not like speaking to journalists, who often want to know deeply personal things, like how much money she makes and whether she has a sex dungeon in her basement. “She hates it,” her agent, Valerie Hoskins, tells me ominously on the phone a week before James and I meet.

  • Association of Photographers awards finalists go on show
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    Association of Photographers awards finalists go on show

    Shortlisted pictures of a major photography award are going on display to the public ahead of the announcement of winners. Now in their 35th year, the Association of Photography (AoP) awards seek to reward the best work from photographers working at the highest level. Entries are welcome from all disciplines of photography.

  • 30 best children’s books: From Artemis Fowl to Peter Rabbit
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    30 best children’s books: From Artemis Fowl to Peter Rabbit

    Big friendly giants, honey-loving bears, hungry caterpillars, iron men: these figures populate the vivid imaginary landscapes of our childhoods. Like totems, we pass them on to our own children, each book a spell in itself.

  • ‘The current players in our democracy are almost enough to make one a royalist’
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    ‘The current players in our democracy are almost enough to make one a royalist’

    On 30 April, Akihito, emperor of Japan, will abdicate in favour of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Akihito is 85, his health is fading and he has put in his 31 years: let no one resent his decision. For the British royal family, however, the word is the equivalent of Basil Fawlty’s “the war”.

  • The Parisian by Isabella Hammad, review: Highly personal, often striking
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    The Parisian by Isabella Hammad, review: Highly personal, often striking

    You could call Isabella Hammad’s 550-page novel a sprawling, sweeping historical epic. It does chart a turbulent period of Palestinian history, from the end of the Ottoman empire and the First World War, through British rule and mass immigration of Jews as the Second World War looms. The Parisian of the title is Midhat, whom we meet as a young man travelling to Montpellier and Paris to train as a doctor, and journey with through to middle age, marriage and familial duty at his family’s home town of Nablus in Palestine.

  • 10 best gluten-free cookbooks to kick coeliac disease in the gut
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    10 best gluten-free cookbooks to kick coeliac disease in the gut

    It affects one in 100 people, is a lifelong autoimmune condition with no cure, and can cause anything from gastrointestinal symptoms and anaemia to neurological problems and repeated miscarriages. Coeliac disease really can be a kick in the gut. Emily Hampton, head of food policy at Coeliac UK, says: “Only 30 per cent of people with coeliac disease are currently diagnosed.

  • In photos: The Brazilian tribal lands under threat from farmers and miners
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    In photos: The Brazilian tribal lands under threat from farmers and miners

    A decade after the Macuxi people won a bloody legal battle to expel rice planters from their reservation in a remote part of Brazil, their hold over ancestral lands has come under threat again from new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The sprawling 1.7 million hectares (6,600 square miles) of savannah on the border with Venezuela – a reservation called Raposa Serra do Sol – is home to 25,000 native people whose main livelihood is raising cattle. “In the fight for our land rights, 21 of us died,” says Chief Aldenir Lima, the leader of the 70 communities on the reservation.

  • Cottingley Fairies hoax pictures expected to fetch £70k at auction
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    Cottingley Fairies hoax pictures expected to fetch £70k at auction

    Famous photographs of the Cottingley Fairies, considered one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century, are expected to fetch nearly £70,000 at auction. The pictures were taken by 16-year-old Elsie Wright and depict her nine-year-old cousin, Frances Griffiths, next to a set of fairies. Vintage images of the hoax are rare and 14 lots of period photographs and a camera – including some owned by the daughter of Frances – are going on sale.

  • Avengers: Endgame sells five times more tickets than Infinity War on Fandango in first week of sales
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    Avengers: Endgame sells five times more tickets than Infinity War on Fandango in first week of sales

    Avengers: Endgame has vastly outsold its predecessor Infinity War during its first week of online presales in the US. Fandango, one of the main American platforms selling tickets online, announced on Wednesday that the forthcoming Marvel film has sold five times as many tickets as Infinity War did in the same period. According to Fandango, “thousands” of Endgame showings have already sold out across the US, 16 days ahead of the blockbuster’s release.

  • The TV shows you need to watch this week: From Famalam to Game of Thrones
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    The TV shows you need to watch this week: From Famalam to Game of Thrones

    Famalam is a brilliant sketch series that is currently tucked away on BBC3 and the BBC iPlayer, which is a polite way of saying that the BBC is really not giving it the profile it deserves. I don’t honestly know what they’re playing at on this one.

  • Stunning pictures as National Geographic travel photo contest enters third week
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    Stunning pictures as National Geographic travel photo contest enters third week

    The 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo contest is now in its third week of accepting entries. Winning photos from previous years include a close encounter with a humpback whale and the meeting of a lightning strike with a volcanic eruption. “We are looking for images that show us the world: its people, places, and cultures,” says the National Geographic magazine.

  • The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion, review: A brave, funny conclusion to an atypical trilogy
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    The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion, review: A brave, funny conclusion to an atypical trilogy

    When The Rosie Project came out in 2014, it marked the beginning of what has become a widely beloved book series – the kind that leaves you checking in with its characters when a new tome comes out like you would on old friends. With The Rosie Result, Australian author Graeme Simsion wraps up what will live on as a trilogy, bringing an end to a story that The Independent originally hailed as “pitch-perfect” and “extremely funny”. Five years have elapsed since The Rosie Project arrived, introducing Don and Rosie, a pair of scientists and mutual love interests, to the world.

  • Is 80 the new 45? ‘How my children lifted my midlife blues with the terror of death’
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    Is 80 the new 45? ‘How my children lifted my midlife blues with the terror of death’

    The first time I was described as middle-aged was in a comedy review when I was 37. I think the reviewer was in his twenties and I was complaining about parenthood so he put two and two together – but I certainly didn’t recognise myself by that description. Now I’m 46 and the slur is well-aimed. My belly springs forward like a rottweiler smelling meat.

  • Andy Warhol captured at the Factory in never-before-seen photographs
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    Andy Warhol captured at the Factory in never-before-seen photographs

    The allure and drama behind one of 20th century art’s most influential figures is captured in a new exhibition at London’s Proud Gallery. Photographer Nat Finkelstein spent three years with Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory in New York in the mid-1960s, at the height of the artist’s fame. Finkelstein began his career interning for Harper’s Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch in the 1950s before going on to take photographs for Life and Sports Illustrated magazines.