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The Transformation from an RSS Feed into a Blog

The end of this week marks the transformation of our two-year-old RSS feed into a new Prints & Photographs blog to be called "Picture This." This new blog will enable us to feature more of the pictorial marvels from our collections and enable you to participate in a dialogue with us and other readers. If you've been receiving the RSS feed via e-mail, you'll be "automagically" subscribed to receive "Picture This" in your inbox.

In honor of this last RSS post we feature a 1917 motion picture poster for "The Hungry Heart" which shows a butterfly with the shape of a woman hovering near roses. We look forward to having you along for the journey as "Picture This" takes flight!

"The Phoenix of Prosperity"

Today we feature "The Phoenix of Prosperity," an Udo Keppler illustration published in the August 5, 1903 issue of _Puck_. The illustration shows a female figure labeled "Prosperity" holding a cornucopia labeled "Legitimate Business" overflowing with coins and papers labeled "Increased exports, Good crop reports, Higher wages, Larger R.R. earnings, [and] Trade ascendancy;" she is rising from the flames of "Watered stocks, Wildcat schemes, Mad speculation, Undigested securities, False values, [and] Overcapitalization."

"The Phoenix" is just one of some 900 covers and centerfold cartoons from the humor magazine _Puck_, roughly spanning the period from 1890 to 1910, to have been digitized and described. This growing body of images expands access to the cartoons, caricatures, and political satire offered in America's first successful humor magazine, while preserving the Library's fragile original copies.

Two New Graphic Arts Galleries

Attention, fans of the the graphic arts! Two new graphic arts galleries introduce visitors to Library of Congress pictorial collections. The Swann Gallery features caricatures, political cartoons, comics, animation art, graphic novels and illustrations. The Herblock Gallery celebrates the work of editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block--better known as "Herblock"--with an ongoing display of 10 original drawings, to change every six months. [View the Swann and Herblock galleries in myLOC: http://myloc.gov/Exhibitions/Pages/Default.aspx]

Today, we feature a Russell Patterson illustration from the Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, "Where There's Smoke There's Fire," of a fashionably dressed 1920s-era flapper standing with one hand on her hip and a cigarette in the other hand. A stream of smoke from the cigarette forms a curving, twisting, decorative line. So, be a dear, and pass on the word to your chums that there is something new to see during a visit to the Library of Congress.

Bastille Day: Vue brillante de l'aniversaire du 14 juillet 1801

In honor of Bastille Day, France's National Celebration, we feature a hand-colored etching "Vue brillante de l'aniversaire du 14 juillet 1801," which shows a crowd viewing fireworks at a Bastille Day celebration in Paris. Notice also that a balloon appears in the upper right corner. This print is but one of approximately 975 items comprising the Tissandier Collection which documents the early history of aeronautics with an emphasis on balloon flight in France and other European countries. Vive la France!

Two Photographers Taking Each Others' Picture

Flickr members inspired us to post a new set to the Library of Congress Flickr account called "Photographer in the Picture." After Flickr members spotted photographers in action in two of our photos, Prints & Photographs Division staff took up the challenge. We had a field day looking through our digitized collections and discovering even more photographers in reflections, in shadows, and in action, such as this National Photo Company image of two photographers, perched on a roof, taking each others' picture. How many photographers did it take to make this picture? The answer is three . . . think about it . . . and enjoy the set of photos on Flickr!

"Fourth of July. Tableau on Ellipse: 'Liberty,' 'Columbia,' and Dancers"

Let's see now, what do I wear to that July Fourth barbecue? In honor of the Independence Day weekend, we feature a 1919 Harris & Ewing photograph which may provide some inspiration. Miss Liberty and Columbia don costumes for the presentation of a tableau in celebration of the day. Regardless of your costume choice, we wish you a happy Fourth of July!

"Shirley Sees Her Old Friend the President," June 24, 1938.

We feature a June 24, 1938 photograph by Harris & Ewing which captures Shirley Temple outside the White House after "a very important conference with the President." From the caption, we learn further that Shirley and FDR discussed current events such as her recent loss of a tooth.

The Harris & Ewing Collection of photographic negatives includes glass and film negatives taken by Harris & Ewing, Inc., which photographed people, events, and architecture, particularly in Washington, D.C., during the period 1905-1945. At this time, a substantial portion of the glass negatives have been digitized providing a visual record of Washington events, large and small, during this period.

School's Out!: "Boys Fishing in a Bayou, Schriever, Louisiana"

Many of our children finally finished school this week--firmly believing that they were the last in the nation to reach their summer vacation! Their anticipation of halcyon summer days reminded me of the photo "Boys Fishing," taken back in June 1940 by Marion Post Wolcott. This Huck Finn-like image speaks to the timelessness of summer leisure. More photos from the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Color Photographs are yours to enjoy online at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsac/

Women Photojournalists: Jessie Tarbox Beals

Recently added to the Women Photojournalists site is an overview of the life and work of Jessie Tarbox Beals. Hired as a staff photographer in 1902 for two newspapers, _The Buffalo Inquirer_ and _The Courier_, Beals has become known as America's first female news photographer. Her tenacity and self-promotion in her later freelance work set her apart in a competitive field through the 1920s. Based in New York City most of her professional life, Beals enjoyed some critical success but financial security eluded her. The Beals overview joins information about women photojournalists from several generations presented through the Women Photojournalists site.

"Pot Luck" with the "Boys" - President Roosevelt's Cowboy Breakfast at Hugo, Colorado, 1903

More than 500 stereographs showing various facets of the life and career of Theodore Roosevelt are now available online. We feature "'Pot Luck' with the 'Boys'" in which Roosevelt, in top hat and morning coat, is seen ladling up some steaming grub with a group of cowboys in Hugo, Colorado. Other stereo cards in the collection commemorate Roosevelt's contributions as a Rough Rider during the Spanish American War, document his many public speaking events, advertise his presidential campaign, show him at work and leisure, and include other members of the Roosevelt family. How about a hot cup of mud to wash down the chow, Mr. President?

The Unofficial Start of Summer

The Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer for many of us as swimming pools open for the season and thousands throng ocean beaches and lakes. Excuse us for jumping the gun a bit but with temperatures nearing 90 and the humidity climbing in Washington, it certainly feels like summer. We dive in head first with a Bain News Service photograph of "Miss Helen Foulds Ready to Dive into Water." Wishing you a happy start to summer!

The Preakness: Count Fleet, May 1943

Tomorrow, May 21, is the running of thoroughbred horse racing's middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. We feature 1943's Preakness champion, Count Fleet, ridden by jockey Johnny Longden. Office of War Information photographer Arthur S. Siegel snapped the winning horse and jockey adorned with the traditional blanket of Black-eyed Susans. This photograph is but one of some 175,000 black-and-white negatives comprising the Library's Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection that forms an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944.

Count Fleet went on to win the Triple Crown in 1943. He quit racing as a four-year-old and retired to life on a stud farm siring numerous champion colts and fillies. Both Count Fleet and Longden were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross by Carl Van Vechten

In honor of dance innovator Martha Graham's birthday (May 11, 1894), we feature a 1961 portrait of Martha Graham and Bertram Ross, who was for many years the principal male dancer in Graham's dance company. This portrait is from the Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection which consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964, available via the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance.

_Appalachian Spring_, with music by Aaron Copland and choreography by Martha Graham, was commissioned by and first performed at the Library in 1944. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The Library's Music Division is now custodian to both the Martha Graham and the Aaron Copland Collections.

New Book: Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography

Many of our families have photo albums which are passed down through the generations that document our lives from cradle to grave. _Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography_ traces the rise of the photo album from the turn of last century to the present day, showcasing some of the most important examples in the history of the medium found in the collections of the Library of Congress.

This richly illustrated book, compiled by P&P photo curator Verna Curtis, includes albums by such photographers and filmmakers as Walker Evans, Danny Lyon, Holland Day, Jim Goldberg, Dorothea Lange, Duane Michals, Leni Riefenstahl and W. Eugene Smith. Made for varying purposes--to memorialize, document (officially or unofficially), promote, or educate and sometimes simply to channel creative energy--the photo album is a thoroughly twentieth century phenomenon paralleling the explosive access to and effect of photography in our lives.

National Preservation Week & Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress

In honor of National Preservation Week (April 24-30), we feature an Arlington Gregg designed poster, "A Book Mark Would Be Better!," created for the WPA Illinois Art Project. We recently added this item and four more relating to books to the WPA Poster Collection, which consists of more than 900 posters produced between 1936 and 1943.

The celebration of Preservation Week culminates in Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress, Saturday, April 30. Library staff will be on hand to talk directly with individuals about how to manage and preserve their collections. To learn more about the event and to sign up for free digital preservation updates, visit www.digitalpreservation.gov

Personal Archiving Day
Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
LJ 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First St. S.E.
Washington D.C.

Exhibition: The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection

A steady stream of visitors has come to view "The Last Full Measure" exhibition, which opened this week. Drawn from a recent gift from the Liljenquist family, the exhibition features 379 Civil War-era ambrotypes and tintypes of enlisted Union and Confederate soldiers. These exceptional portraits document Civil War uniforms, hats, guns, swords, belt buckles, canteens, and musical instruments and include significant representation of African American troops and the families of soldiers. The exhibition brings new attention to the war as a seminal event in American history and puts a human face on both sides of the wrenching conflict. For those unable to visit the exhibition in person, an online exhibition enables a face-to-face encounter with these extraordinary images.

April 12, 2011-August 13, 2011
Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C.

Civil War - 3D Viewing: A Set of Stereos on Flickr

The start of the American Civil War in 1861 coincided with a surge in stereo photography--a technique that makes it possible to see photos with three-dimensional depth. A pair of images combines into a single 3D scene, using a special viewer. We have added to the Library of Congress Flickr account a new set that lets you visit Fort Sumter; a Union war council and wounded troops; city ruins in both the South and the North; an ironclad monitor warship; and more. This set also includes a few examples of recently made "digital anaglyphs" that bring the 3D sensation to life when viewed with red/cyan glasses.

Baseball Season

If it's April, it must be time for baseball. The month that brings us fools, flowers, and showers, also brings us hope that this will be the year for our team. Featured today is a 1905 poster design by John E. Sheridan for baseball games between the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University. This poster is but one of some 85,000 in the Artist Posters Collection which highlights the work of poster artists, both identified and anonymous. Here's hoping that your team blossoms this year!

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Centennial

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a tragic workplace disaster, killed 146 people, mostly young women, in New York City. We feature Henry Glintenkamp's 1911 drawing which depicts three women standing across the street from the burned-out shell of a building from which hangs the sign, "Girls wanted." This drawing is in the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation Collection. The aftermath of the event galvanized many to take action to demand safer working conditions, including eyewitness Frances Perkins who played a major role in the resulting Factory Investigating Commission.

St. Patrick's Day in the Army, March 17, 1863

On March 17, 1863, sketch artist Edwin Forbes documented the Irish Brigade's Saint Patrick's Day celebration, complete with a horse race. Composed primarily of Irish immigrants, the Irish Brigade had seen some of 1862's fiercest fighting, including the Seven Days Battles, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. American military celebrations of Saint Patrick's Day date back to 1780 when George Washington declared a holiday. Images of Saint Patrick's Day festivities are abundant in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog -- we had trouble choosing just one!

Tuskegee Airmen Attending a Briefing, Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945

In March 1945, photographer Toni Frissell shot a series of photographs of the 332nd Fighter Group (the Tuskegee Airmen) in Ramitelli, Italy. Frissell took the photos while on a mission sponsored by the U.S. government to document war conditions in Europe. These images are possibly the only photos taken of the Squadron in Europe by a professional photographer. Sixteen photographs, of the more than 200 images Frissell shot, are available in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

Lincoln Inauguration Ball, March 4, 1861

On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln celebrated his presidential inauguration complete with a swearing-in outside of the Capitol, a now famous address, and a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue. But, it was the events of that night -- the inaugural ball -- and specifically the "superb costumes of distinguished ladies on that brilliant occasion" that adorned the cover of _Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper_ on March 23. Enjoy a panoply of pictures associated with presidential inaugurations, parades, and balls in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

Symbols: Sources for Identifying and Deciphering

Sometimes images include signs or icons that we cannot identify or that seem out of place. Online and printed resources help to decipher such elements. An academic intern in the Prints & Photographs Division compiled this annotated bibliography which cites online and print resources for identifying and deciphering symbols, signs, and icons, as well as offering tips for locating additional sources of information.

Freedmen's School, Edisto Island, S.C.

We feature a photograph of the Freedmen's School on Edisto Island, South Carolina, taken between 1862 and 1865. This image is one of almost 350 images showing African Americans and related military and social history found in the William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs, recently added to the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. The Civil War era is an emphasis of the collection, which also features portraits of freed and fugitive slaves, Buffalo Soldiers, and military participation as late as World War II.


Thomas A. Edison's Birthday

Prolific American inventor Thomas A. Edison was born on February 11, 1847. We feature a portrait of Edison, taken between 1870 and 1880, seated with one of his most famous inventions, the phonograph. This portrait is just one of almost 5000 photographs, with subjects ranging from Mrs. Abraham Lincoln to Civil War generals, available in the Brady-Handy Collection, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

A Profile of Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, Photojournalist

Who's that you say? No, it isn't "that" Eleanor Roosevelt, but rather Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Taking up photography soon after her marriage, Eleanor Butler Roosevelt started out by taking portraits of her expanding family. Over time, she published numerous illustrated articles dealing with her family's travels and experiences which included stints in Paris, the Phillippines, and China, amongst others. This profile, another in the growing series on women photojournalists, includes a brief biography, resources for further study, and an image sampler.



The Knickerbocker Storm, January 28, 1922

Having just experienced a Washington snowfall and attandant challenges, this photo caught our eyes. On January 27-28, 1922, a blizzard, dubbed the Knickerbocker Storm after the resulting collapse of the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre, swept through Washington, D.C. dumping over two feet of snow. This National Photo Company image shows two women settling into a snowbank, appearing to enjoy the snowfall. The photographic files of the National Photo Company, including an estimated 80,000 images (photographic prints and corresponding glass negatives), were acquired by the Library from its proprietor Herbert E. French in 1947.

Breaking the World's 24 Hour Record for Roller Skating

Pictured are Raymond "King" Kelly and Frank Bryant after breaking the unofficial record for relay roller skating by covering over 348 miles in 24 hours. The Bain News Service published this January 22, 1915 photograph of the two fleet fellows. The image is just one of over 40,000 photos available via the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog in the George Grantham Bain Collection.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday, January 15, 1929

Civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. We feature a 1964 portrait by photographer Marion S. Trikosko of King at a press conference. This image is just one of almost 1.2 million original 35mm and 2 1/4 inch negatives (primarily black & white) taken between 1952 and 1986 that U.S. News & World Report, Inc., donated to the Library.

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PM urged to enact aDavidas lawa against social media abuse after Amessas death

Calls for crackdown on threats to public figures and an end to online anonymity

Boris Johnson is facing calls to enact aDavidas lawa to crack down on social media abuse of public figures and end online anonymity in the wake of the killing of Sir David Amess.

Dozens of MPs paid tribute in the House of Commons on Monday to the veteran Conservative backbencher who was stabbed to death on Friday, shedding tears, sharing uproarious anecdotes and venting anger over his death.

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UK Covid cases near 50,000 in one day as No 10 warns of achallenginga winter

Reported number of cases rise steadily in October to reach highest level since 17 July

Downing Street has warned of achallenginga months ahead as UK coronavirus cases reached their highest level since mid-July.

The reported number of Covid cases in the UK increased steadily through October and reached 49,156 on Monday, the highest reported since 17 July and a 16% rise in new cases over the past week.

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Joe Biden leads tributes to adear frienda and apatriota Colin Powell

Political leaders from Tony Blair to Dick Cheney praise the former soldier and diplomat in the wake of his death from Covid

Tributes poured in for former Republican secretary of state Colin Powell after the announcement of his death on Monday morning at the age of 84.

Leading praise from the US and around the world, Joe Biden hailed aa dear friend and patriot of unmatched honor and dignitya on behalf of himself and the first lady, Jill Biden.

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England hit with stadium fan ban for Wembley disorder

England will be forced to play behind closed doors at Wembley after the Football Association was punished for a alack of order and disciplinea in and around the national stadium during the Euro 2020 final.

Alongside a two-match crowd ban, with the second suspended for a probationary period of two years, Uefa ordered the Football Association to pay a fine of a!100,000 (APS84,500). The ban will come into effect on Englandas next competitive Uefa fixture, which is set to be the opening home game of their 2022-23 Nations League campaign.

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Woman who stabbed husband to death called police two months prior, court told

Penelope Jackson told officers husband David had grabbed and threatened her with a poker, jury hears

A retired accountant who stabbed her husband to death called police two months before the killing to report that he had grabbed and threatened her with a poker, a jury has been told.

Penelope Jackson, 66, showed police who went to the home she shared with former army Lt Col David Jackson, 78, a bruise on her arm and spoke in a awaveringa voice, the court heard.

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Women on reality TV shows get far more abuse online than men a study

Analysis of posts on several social media platforms also reveals recurrence of gendered tropes

Female reality TV contestants are far more likely to be targeted for abuse by online trolls than men, research reveals.

Women of colour are particularly vulnerable to extreme and violent threats online, according to a report from the Demos thinktank, which looked at contestants on reality shows Love Island and Married at First Sight.

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US and China urged to find way to work together before Cop26

Former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon appeals to Joe Biden and Xi Jinping to meet and find common ground

US president Joe Biden and the president of China, Xi Jinping, have been urged to meet before the UN Cop26 climate talks to search for common ground by the former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and other prominent global voices.

aWe are appealing to the leaders of the US and China to see their common interest and find a way to work together. We need an ambitious 2030 [carbon] target from China and the US to deliver what they have pledged,a said Ban, speaking on behalf of the Elders group of former world statespeople and prominent community and business leaders.

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Clydach murders: police review claims sock links Dai Morris to scene

Supporters of Morris dismiss forensic findings that police say supports his conviction for the 1999 killings

Forensic evidence has been discovered that supports the conviction of a man found guilty of murdering three generations of the same family in south Wales more than 20 years ago, police have claimed.

A review of the case of David aDaia Morris, who was jailed for four murders in the Swansea valley village of Clydach, was launched after his legal team, family members and a television documentary raised doubts about the safety of the conviction.

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Editor of German tabloid Bild sacked after sexual misconduct claims

Julian Reichelt departs after reports that he promoted an employee he had an affair with

The editor of Germanyas biggest tabloid has been relieved of his duties as its publisher faced allegations that it tried to cover up the full findings of an investigation into sexual misconduct and bullying within its own offices.

Media giant Axel Springer SE, the largest media publishing firm in Europe, recently expanded its global portfolio by acquiring the US political news website Politico for more than $1bn, inviting closer scrutiny of its workplace culture on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Facebook to create 10,000 jobs in EU to help build ametaversea

Social network says it wants to ensure virtual world is built responsibly

Facebook is creating 10,000 jobs in the EU as part of its push to build a virtual world for its users.

The company has trumpeted the ametaversea as the next big phase of growth for large tech companies and recently announced a $50m (APS36m) investment programme to ensure that this metaworld is built aresponsiblya.

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Sharp-eyed diver finds crusaderas ancient sword on Israeli seabed

Metre-long relic, encrusted with marine organisms, is believed to be about 900 years old

A sword believed to have belonged to a crusader who sailed to the Holy Land almost a millennium ago has been recovered from the Mediterranean seabed thanks to an eagle-eyed amateur diver, the Israel Antiquities Authority has said.

Though encrusted with marine organisms, the metre-long blade, hilt and handle were distinctive enough to notice after undercurrents apparently shifted sands that had concealed it.

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aSome people think itas a real messa a the wild, fantastical genius of Becontree

From golden cement lions to crazy paving facades, from Corinthian columns to pebbledash galore, a new show is celebrating 100 years of gaudy, surreal additions to the London council estate

aA tour of Becontree is demanding,a wrote Nikolaus Pevsner in his Buildings of England guidebook, aeven for the enthusiast.a The charms of the largest interwar council estate in the world, which celebrates its centenary this year, were not immediately apparent to the German-born architectural historian in the 1960s. Nor may they be to many today. Sprawling across four square miles of Barking and Dagenham in east London, Becontree has neither the strident architectural drama of a place like Thamesmead, nor the quaint bucolic charm of a garden city. Instead, it is an archetypal vision of nondescript suburbia. Row upon row of brick terraced houses, each with their own front and back garden, are arranged along avenues and crescents, populated by the occasional parade of shops. So far, so humdrum.

But what Pevsner lacked on his tour was having Verity-Jane Keefe by his side. Seen through the eyes of this artist, who has been working in and around the estate for the last 15 years, the place becomes a kaleidoscopic patchwork of individual creative acts. There are the homes decorated with mock-Tudor paint jobs, facades fortified with rustic crazy paving, porches jollied up with porthole windows. Pastel-painted pebbledash jostles for attention with swirling roughcast render, both outdone by a sculpted plaster relief of a squirrel emerging from a decorative roundel.

Turn the corner and you find front doors framed by Corinthian columns and dangling plastic topiary balls, along with gates guarded by a pair of golden cement lions. One whole crescent, built from timber by Swedish carpenters in the 1920s, has the rustic treehouse aesthetic of Sylvanian Families. Another street sports streamlined art deco sun-trap windows, like something straight out of Poirot. The closer you look, the more Becontree reveals itself to be a wonderfully rich catalogue of curious domestic details. It is an open-air museum of the impact of successive housing policies, the different tastes of council maintenance departments and generations of right-to-buy owners wrought in plaster and paint.

aSome people think itas a real mess when they finally come here,a says Keefe, as we stroll the streets, marvelling at the range of door types, porch shapes and other inventive add-ons. aBecontree is always shown in birdas-eye views as this perfect vision of identical ahomes for heroesa with neat privet hedges. But the reality is a place made up of thousands of individual choices and adaptations over time.a

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Old muckers try to hold back the tears for the late Sir David Amess | John Crace

MPs rise to the tragic occasion in tribute to much-loved backbencher with jokes and stories

There was an empty space on the packed Conservative benches where Sir David Amess used to sit. Which was as it should have been, because he was there in spirit if not in person. Parliamentary sessions where MPs remember colleagues who have died can sometimes feel somewhat formulaic. Dutiful even, with the sense that MPs are rather going through the motions, with their speeches saying as much about themselves as the departed. The farewell to Amess was very different. As close to a wake as the House of Commons is likely to see, with every MP doing their best to rise to the occasion. To find the right words that summed up a life and career well lived. And much loved.

Amess was one of those politicians who these days often slip beneath the media radar. Someone who throughout his 38 years in Westminster never once looked on becoming an MP as a stepping stone to higher office. If he dreamed of a ministerial career he kept it extremely well hidden, preferring instead to become the model backbench MP devoted both to the interests of his constituents and cross-party causes in which he believed. And it was these often undervalued qualities to which his friends and colleagues tried to give voice.

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Colin Powellas UN speech: a decisive moment in undermining US credibility

Analysis: His security council presentation didnat directly lead to the Iraq invasion a but it was a turning point in US-UN relations

Colin Powell will be most remembered for the act he most regretted, his 2003 presentation to the UN security council laying out US evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, which turned out not to exist.

It did not directly lead to the Iraq invasion because George W Bush was going to invade anyway, and the presentation did not succeed in its goal of persuading the council to pass a second resolution backing military action against Iraq.

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aI feel hurt that my life has ended up herea: The women who are involuntary celibates

What is it like to go without a partner when you long for one a and when even a fleeting sexual connection feels impossible?

When a woman named Alana coined the term aincela in the late 90s, she couldnat have predicted the outcome. What started as a harmless website to connect lonely, ainvoluntary celibatea men and women has morphed into an underground online movement associated with male violence and extreme misogyny.

In 2014, Elliot Rodger stabbed and shot dead six people in California, blaming the agirlsa who had spurned him and condemned him to aan existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desiresa. There have since been numerous attacks by people who identify with incel culture, including Jack Davison, who killed five people in Plymouth this summer, before turning the gun on himself. In the darkest corners of the internet, incel groups have become a breeding ground for toxic male entitlement, putting them on hate crime watchlists across the UK.

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aPeople felt threatened even by a puppet refugeea: Little Amalas epic walk through love and fear

From being pelted with stones in Greece to receiving a papal welcome in Rome, the giant girlas migrant trek from Syria to Manchester provoked powerful responses

In Greece, far-right protesters threw things at her as she walked through the streets, local councillors voted to ban her from visiting a village of Orthodox monasteries, and protests in Athens meant her route had to be diverted. In France, the mayor of Calais raised objections to her presence.

At times, the 8,000km journey across Europe of a 3.5m-tall puppet child refugee highlighted the hostility experienced by refugees who have been travelling along the same route from the Syrian border to the UK for years. Elsewhere, this ambitious theatrical project has triggered the scenes of welcome its artistic directors hoped to inspire when they embarked on this walk in July.

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Puppy perks: should workers get three weeks of paid leave to bond with a new pet?

A recent poll on pawternity leave suggests most people are against employers offering this as a benefit. But with worrying labour shortages, it could help retain talented staff

Name: Pawternity leave.

Age: At least five years old.

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After We Fell review a Harry Styles-inspired romance is stupendously wooden

Fans of the YA After series should find something amid the tangled mess of plot, daytime-soap acting and inanimate passion a everyone else should look away

If you donat identify as an Afternator or recognise the hashtag #Hessa, a short explanation is necessary. After is a clutch of bestselling YA romance novels once described as aFifty Shades of Grey for teensa. US author Anna Todd started writing stories as fan fiction for the boyband One Direction and Harry Styles is the inspiration for broody-eyed bad-boy Hardin Scott; heas the on-off boyfriend of bookish virginal college student Tessa Young. This film is the stupendously wooden and humourless third in the series. Itas heading straight to Amazon and should come with a warning to viewers: contains extremely boring sex.

If youare new to the franchise, donat even bother trying. The script works on the basis that everyone watching has read the books, seen the previous movies and bought the T-shirt (sloganned versions available on Etsy: aMentally dating Hardin Scotta). No attempt whatsoever is made to introduce us to the tedious tangle of relationships. That said, all you need to know about Tessa and Hardin is that they canat live without each other.

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aEveryoneas laughing at it!a a how we made Release Me by Engelbert Humperdinck

aI sang it live on TV and it sold 80,000 copies the next day a keeping the Beatlesa Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever off the No 1 slota

I started off working in clubs under my real name, Gerry Dorsey. Then I got tuberculosis and nobody in showbusiness wanted to handle me, because it was a serious disease back then. When I was in hospital I told my mother that a priest had come to visit me and been really kind. She said: aSon, he was giving you the last rites.a

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UK lab investigated for false negative Covid tests is not fully accredited

Neither Immensa nor Dante Labs has ever been accredited, Ukas says, contrary to government comments

The private laboratory that is under investigation for potentially issuing more than 40,000 false negative Covid tests was not fully accredited to perform the work, contrary to assurances made by health officials.

The UKas independent accreditation service, Ukas, told the Guardian on Monday that neither Immensa Health Clinics Ltd nor its sister company, Dante Labs, had ever been accredited by the service, and that it had informed the Department of Health that statements suggesting otherwise were incorrect.

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Covid live: Latvia closes schools and venus as curfew introduced; UK situation aconcerninga, says expert

Latvia has closed schools, restaurants and entertainment venues for a month; UK reports 49,156 new cases and 45 Covid-linked deaths

Australiaas Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit back at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territoryas vaccine policy, telling the Texan conservative ayou know nothing about usa.

The spat began when the US Republican shared a video of Gunner announcing the territoryas wide-ranging vaccine mandate for workers. Cruz lamented the aCovid tyranny of their (Australiaas) current government,a which he said was adisgraceful and sada.

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UK government ordered to reveal firms awarded aVIPa Covid contracts

Information commissioner says Department of Health has breached FoI Act by failing to disclose names

The UK government has been ordered to reveal which companies were given aVIPa access to multimillion-pound contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the early months of the Covid pandemic, in a ruling from the Information Commissioneras Office (ICO).

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has previously refused to disclose the names of 47 companies that had contracts awarded through the privileged, fast-track process allocated to firms with political connections.

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aYou reap what you sowa: Russians party despite record Covid figures

Critics blame Kremlin denial and mixed messaging for pursuit of normality as deaths top 1,000 a day

Moscowas streets were buzzing with energy on Friday evening. At Simach, a trendy bar and nightclub in the city centre, the small, sweaty dance floor was packed and a long queue of chatty people formed outside.

Looking at the crowd, it is easy to forget that Russia is at the centre of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, recording daily record deaths and infections just as global fatalities from the disease have fallen to their lowest level in a year.

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Enough chewing the fat, UK politicians: we must stop eating so much red meat | Marco Springmann

British diets are as bad as ever, so policymakers must find ways to reduce harm to our health and the planet

It was reported this month that meat consumption in the UK has decreased by 17% over the past decade, and even Prince Charles has urged people to stop eating meat and dairy products on certain days of the week. Although still considered a contentious subject by policymakers and the public, there is strong scientific consensus that high meat consumption is extremely harmful to us and the environment. What could be seen as welcome news should really be taken as a call to action for decisive policymaking that prioritises the health of British citizens and the planet.

Despite the headlines, British diets are as bad as ever. The new data on self-reported intake suggests that, on average, every citizen consumes one serving of meat every day of the week, including four servings of red and processed meat. Meaningful policy support is required to make healthy and sustainable diets accessible, affordable and appealing for all of the British population.

Dr Marco Springmann is a senior researcher in population health at the University of Oxford

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The Tories are sacrificing Northern Irish businesses on the altar of Brexit purity | Polly Toynbee

Single-market status has been a boon to firms a but stirring up a trade dispute with the EU may be worth more to Boris Johnson

Here comes the destroyer, as David Frost, the Brexit minister, stomps into talks on the Northern Ireland protocol this week with European commission vice-president MaroA! A efAoviA. His mission from Boris Johnson is to stir up Brexit trouble, and keep stirring: yes, even at the risk of stirring the darkest shadows of Northern Irelandas history. Let Brexit never be done if it can keep alive the antagonisms that shot Johnson into No 10.

Johnson may miscalculate the publicas appetite for new Eurostrife: aGet Brexit donea worked with many voters who never wanted to hear the word again. But he may be hoping that EU trade wars against the despots of Brussels can distract voters from his pile-up of crises: shortages of HGV drivers and butchers, port blockages, NHS and social care at tipping point, music and arts crippled for lack of EU visas, soaring energy bills. EU noise might help drown out some of the bad news from next weekas austerity budget.

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist

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Why does my husband think he would be a brilliant bouncer? I blame Liam Neeson | Zoe Williams

It is a strange symptom of ageing that you develop a marvellous and totally misguided confidence in your own abilities. The middle-aged action hero genre really doesnat help


What with the shortage of abattoir workers posing an existential threat to the pig industry, and the dearth of HGV drivers a threat to the supply of everything, the critical bouncer shortage seems less terrifying, as it wonat leave us hungry. One in five nightclubs canat get the staff, and it got Mr Z thinking, with his characteristic foresight, about the ramifications. Maybe some stag-night parties would be able to get in en masse, still dressed as Vikings, for instance. And once youare allowed into a club dressed as a Viking, what is to stop you leaping over the bar and downing vodka as if itas mead? This was when he made the surprise announcement: head make a really good bouncer. Itas because heas so polite, and, according to him, any situation can be defused with elaborate courtesy; manners are like a fire blanket. Head be Raffles, the gentleman bouncer.

Then he said he would want to keep his regular job, so it would have to be a moonlighting gig, and by this time had got far enough into his flight of fancy that he was wondering how long he could work two jobs before he got tired. I said that wouldnat be an issue because of all the adrenaline from being punched in the head, and then we had a conversation about burnout, which is the other thing middle-aged people talk about when they are not imagining how good they would be at all jobs.

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Steve Bell on Boris Johnson and the amismanageda Cop26 summit a cartoon

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After David Amessas horrific death, hereas how to protect our democracy | Brendan Cox

It is incumbent on all of us to reject polarisation, show decency and tolerance, and debate our opponents in good faith

After the horrific and senseless killing of David Amess on Friday, huge amounts of pain came to the surface in our family. The parallels are obvious and it has hit us all very hard. With Kim Leadbeater (Joas sister) now in parliament, itas not just pain that the killing rekindles from the past, but real fear for the present as well.

This is felt by almost all MPs, almost all of their staff and every one of their families. This weekend there will have been hundreds of conversations asking the same question: is it worth it?

Brendan Cox is co-founder of Survivors Against Terror, and the widower of Jo Cox MP

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