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‘People like it because it’s the messy truth’: Lily Allen and Miquita Oliver on their hit podcast Miss Me? | Lily Allen

‘People like it because it’s the messy truth’: Lily Allen and Miquita Oliver on their hit podcast Miss Me? | Lily Allen

[ad_1] In a photographer’s studio in north London, sitting at a wooden table with mugs of tea, two friends are having a chat. They’ve discussed food and clothes, but now they’re on to their actual friendship: the reason why we’re here. “I think before this podcast,” says Miquita Oliver, “a lot of people who were aware that Lily and me have a friendship would be basing it on pictures of us leaving the Groucho pissed when we were 23…” She looks at Lily Allen, who is laughing quite hard. “When we used to leave the Groucho,” says Allen, “there would be these paparazzi outside… And Miquita would always grab a copy of the Evening Standard, to try to make herself look more studious!” Oliver (also laughing): “Just so you know, I’ve been reading the paper, while they all got fucked up!” Allen and Oliver backstage at V festival, 2006. Photograph: Jon Furniss/WireImage Allen: “I’m going to get a picture of you doing that and frame it.” “Never,” says Oliver, “get any framed photo of us leaving …

Brazil’s devastating floods hit ‘Black population on the periphery’ hardest | Brazil

Brazil’s devastating floods hit ‘Black population on the periphery’ hardest | Brazil

[ad_1] It had been raining for nearly a week when the floodwaters first reached Marcelo Moreira Ferreira’s home in Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul. His wife and their four children left to seek shelter with relatives, but Ferreira, 51, wanted to stay: his father had built the modest one-storey structure and he had lived there his entire life. By morning, however, the muddy water was up to his chest, and he knew he had no choice but to flee. The house spent nearly a month under the stinking water, polluted by sewage, dead animals, food waste and the fuel from thousands of submerged vehicles. Marcelo Moreira Ferreira. Photograph: Supplied When Ferreira returned on a recent morning to start cleaning up, a brown stain about 1.8 metrefs (6ft) up the walls still marked the high water mark. To help mask the stench, he lit some incense. Then he surveyed the ruin: everything his family once owned was in an immense pile of debris in front of the house, waiting …

‘A human guinea pig’: how Michael Mosley made health a TV and radio hit | Michael Mosley

‘A human guinea pig’: how Michael Mosley made health a TV and radio hit | Michael Mosley

[ad_1] Michael Mosley popularised health by turning himself into a guinea pig for self-experiments on TV and radio. He ingested tapeworms for a documentary and then swallowed a camera to examine them wriggling around in his gut. Similarly he tried vaping, magic mushrooms, leeches and snake venom, all in the name of TV science. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012, Mosley, who had trained as a doctor, cured himself of the condition by intermittent fasting and captured it all on camera. Mimi Spencer, who co-authored a book with Mosley on diet, said his approach helped simplify difficult subjects. “His methodology was to take complex ideas and make them very much more available and accessible,” she told BBC Radio 4’s World This Weekend. She added: “He used himself as a human guinea pig. He did it because he was fascinated by the science. But he was also really interested in getting a story across to people.” It worked. Fast Diet, the book he co-authored with Spencer, sold 1.4m copies. His current book, Four …

US and UK air strikes hit Yemen, Houthi-run TV reports | Israel-Palestine conflict News

US and UK air strikes hit Yemen, Houthi-run TV reports | Israel-Palestine conflict News

[ad_1] Attacks target Hodeidah’s airport and region north of Sanaa, Al Masirah TV says, as Houthis continue Red Sea attacks. The United States and United Kingdom have carried out six air strikes against targets in Yemen, a Houthi-run television station reports, as the Yemeni group targets shipping lanes in the Red Sea. Four attacks targeted on the airport of Hodeidah, a main port city on the Red Sea, and the seaport of Salif north of it, Al Masirah TV said. Two air raids also hit the Al-Thawra region north of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, according to the news outlet. There were no immediate reports of casualties, and the US and UK militaries have not confirmed the attacks. Friday’s strikes follow US and UK attacks on Hodeidah province that the Houthis said killed 16 people last week. The Houthis, who control Sanaa and present themselves as the official Yemeni armed forces, have been attacking shipping lanes in the Red Sea and firing missiles and drones at Israeli targets for months in a show of support for …

Labour and Conservative battlebuses hit the road, but ‘lonely figure’ Sunak seems like a solo traveller | General election 2024

Labour and Conservative battlebuses hit the road, but ‘lonely figure’ Sunak seems like a solo traveller | General election 2024

[ad_1] We may be in an era when elections are fought with TikTok memes and Instagram reels, but one thing has stubbornly refused to give way in the digital age: the good old battle of the campaign buses. On Saturday, Rishi Sunak unveiled the Conservatives’ bus that will tour the country during the 2024 election, emblazoned with the slogan: “Clear plan. Bold action. Secure future.” It is – arguably – a slightly snappier version of John Major’s bus in 1997, which bore the words: “You can only be sure with the Conservatives.” It may seem surprising, but a lot of thought goes into these slogans, which are “road-tested” in focus groups and argued over endlessly by election strategists. In 2017, the Tories got theirs disastrously wrong – the slogan was: “Theresa May: For Britain.” But during the campaign, the country then suddenly turned against May. The personalisation of the campaign around her backfired and almost certainly contributed to the Tories losing their majority. After much head-scratching in recent days, Labour got its slogan choice for …

King turns to David Beckham to rebuild charity hit by cash-for-honours scandal | David Beckham

King turns to David Beckham to rebuild charity hit by cash-for-honours scandal | David Beckham

[ad_1] King Charles has turned to brand Beckham to help him rebuild the reputation of his main charitable foundation after a cash-for-honours scandal. Former England footballer David Beckham is to become an ambassador for the King’s Foundation, formerly the Prince’s Foundation, to help promote its work. Beckham met the monarch at his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire last month, where he was given a personal tour. The 49-year-old said he was looking forward to exploring a newly discovered shared interest with the monarch in rural skills, nature and the British countryside. They had also swapped beekeeping tips, said Beckham. The foundation, which offers educational programmes to up to 15,000 people a year to create sustainable communities, has been embroiled in controversy following claims of “cash for access” and allegations that then chief executive, Michael Fawcett offered to secure Saudi billionaire, Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, a knighthood and UK citizenship in return for donations. At the time, Clarence House said the Prince of Wales had “no knowledge” of the allegations and Mahfouz denied any wrongdoing. The charity launched …

China’s car exports hit record high in April, as domestic sales fall

China’s car exports hit record high in April, as domestic sales fall

[ad_1] BEIJING: China’s car exports surged to a record high in April, data showed on Friday (May 10), as domestic sales slipped 5.8 per cent from a year earlier amid intensifying price competition and consumers’ caution about spending on big items during a shaky economic recovery. Car exports jumped 38 per cent year-on-year to 417,000 units in April, continuing strong momentum from the previous month which posted a 39 per cent growth in exports, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said. An ongoing anti-subsidy investigation by the EU into Chinese automakers has disrupted and put pressure on vehicle exports to the bloc, but China has been actively exploring South America, Australia and ASEAN markets for exports, said Cui Dongshu, secretary general of the association. He said local automakers would have to make a choice between going overseas and losing out, as competition in the domestic market intensifies. Passenger vehicle sales in the world’s biggest auto market fell 5.8 per cent in April from a year earlier to 1.55 million units and slipped 9.6 per cent …

Northern Lights could be visible in England and Wales as severe solar storm to hit overnight | UK News

Northern Lights could be visible in England and Wales as severe solar storm to hit overnight | UK News

[ad_1] The Northern Lights are set to be visible across the UK overnight as a huge solar storm is going to hit Earth. America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reportedly issued its first severe solar storm warning since 2005 yesterday as a huge geomagnetic storm races towards Earth – meaning it could be the most powerful experienced in almost two decades. It’s set to hit overnight, and could supercharge the Northern Lights, making them visible in Scotland, northern England and Wales and even further south if conditions are right. But the Aurora Borealis could also potentially interfere with infrastructure, including the power grid and satellites when it hits. See the latest weather forecast where you are Image: The Northern Lights pictured last month over Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. Pic: AP X This content is provided by X, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable X cookies or to allow …

Incredible weather maps turn bright yellow as UK hit by ‘mini 21C heatwave’ | Weather | News

Incredible weather maps turn bright yellow as UK hit by ‘mini 21C heatwave’ | Weather | News

[ad_1] The UK is to be heit by a 21C “mini heatwave” this weekend, according to the latest weather maps. Forecasters at WXCharts say Brits should prepare for warm weather on Sunday, May 12, with the south of the country seeing the best of the weather. East Anglia, London and the Midlands are to see the best of the weather with a chance of temperatures higher than 20C, while almost all of the country will see temperatures in excess of 17C. In the north, the hottest places will be Liverpool, Glasgow and Newcastle which should all see the mercury rise to around 19C, the charts predict. While there will be warmer weather, the period will not officially be a heatwave. The Met Office says a heatwave is a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding 25C. For the same period the national forecaster predicted “fine and dry” weather for the majority of Britain. Its forecast for the period between Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 19, read: “There …

China’s push for greener aluminium hit by erratic rains, power cuts

China’s push for greener aluminium hit by erratic rains, power cuts

[ad_1] BEIJING: Erratic rainfall in China’s southwest is frustrating a multibillion-dollar push to green an aluminium industry that accounts for almost 60 per cent of global output and, by some estimates, emits more carbon dioxide than Australia. Lured by official promises of cheap hydropower, China Hongqiao Group and a handful of other coal-reliant smelters several years ago began moving 6.56 million metric tons of capacity – about 15 per cent of China’s total – from the northern rust belt to the mountainous and ethnically diverse Yunnan province, known for tea, coffee and wild mushrooms. The opportunity to cut electricity bills and help the world’s top polluter tackle global warming seemed like a safe bet. But as Yunnan’s rivers and reservoirs dwindled amid poor rainfall, which some experts attribute to climate change, so did the reliability of electricity. Reuters interviews with almost two dozen industry figures and analysts, as well as company filings and official documents, found insufficient hydropower has meant that only a little over half of the planned aluminium capacity shift has materialised. Some …