Most talked about Guardian stories

Billy Corgan: 'Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!'

theguardian.com — Hi Billy! Are you cold today (1)? Fuck yeah! The cold in London goes in your bones. It's cold in Chicago but this is like a wet cold. Marilyn Manson recently joined your band Smashing Pumpkins onstage. How did you two become friends?
Dec 18, 2014

RT @CasparLS: This interview with @Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins by a Paxmanesque @timjonze is super super funny: gu.com/p/449gq/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @HadleyFreeman: "If you & I are ever in an elevator together, you wd either kill me or I wd kill you": Billy Corgan meets @timjonze http…

Dec 18, 2014

Dead funny Billy Corgan i/view by @timjonze @guardiang2 bit.ly/1GuYydk Playing Mellon Collie side 1 to celebrate. Only side 1, mind.

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Matthew d'Ancona to join the Guardian as columnist

theguardian.com — Former Spectator editor Matthew d'Ancona is to join the Guardian as weekly columnist. d'Ancona, who also writes on politics for the Evening Standard and GQ, will begin writing for the Guardian in January 2015. His column will run in the Comment pages of the paper and online at Comment is Free.
Dec 18, 2014

Very pleased to welcome the brilliant @MatthewdAncona to the Guardian opinion fold. Great perspective from the Right gu.com/p/44abx/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Delighted that @MatthewdAncona is joining the Guardian's top commentary line-up in new year.Welcome! theguardian.com/gnm-press-offi…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Delighted that @MatthewdAncona is joining the Guardian's top commentary line-up in new year.Welcome! theguardian.com/gnm-press-offi…

Dec 18, 2014

Delighted that @MatthewdAncona is joining the Guardian's top commentary line-up in new year.Welcome! theguardian.com/gnm-press-offi…

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Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots

theguardian.com — More than half the Premier League clubs have been accused of "excluding families from poorer backgrounds" after a Guardian study found that a few of them are charging as much as £450 for children to be mascots, with West Ham United the most expensive at £600.
Dec 18, 2014

See how much your Prem Lge club charge for junior season tickets, junior kits & to be a mascot in our drop-down menu: gu.com/p/44a62/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JonathanHaynes: Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots bit.ly/1GUpwtg

Dec 18, 2014

Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots bit.ly/1GUpwtg

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AlbertoNardelli: This is an incredible story: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for kids to be mascots theguardian.com/football/2014/…

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BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive

theguardian.com — A senior Vice News executive has branded BBC current affairs output "beige" and called on BBC1 flagship Panorama to be more "fearless" and "in your face". Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice Media's head of news programmes for Europe and a former editor of Channel 4's current affairs documentary strand Dispatches, told a conference in central London on Thursday that BBC journalism felt "institutionalised".
Dec 18, 2014

Kevin in full troll-grin here >> BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive gu.com/p/44aj7/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @katieengelhart: lol, my boss @KevinSutcliffe_ : 'BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says @vicenews executive.' theguardian.com/media/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive bit.ly/13gnbMg

Dec 18, 2014

BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive: bit.ly/1zzTH7m pic.twitter.com/E6huRTtydu

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Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on round-the-world trip

theguardian.com — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily-discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn't want her ticket to go to waste.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AdamBuxton: Wot a great plan! RT @guardian: Man finds woman with same name as his ex to join him on trip bit.ly/1J7Cesl pic.twitter.com/3fkCeO0f5u

Dec 18, 2014

Canadian man finds woman with same name as ex-girl to join him on round-the-world trip he couldn't change the name on theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @guardian: Man finds woman with same name as his ex to join him on round-the-world trip bit.ly/1J7Cesl pic.twitter.com/hWSr8ksb2A

Dec 18, 2014

Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on trip gu.com/p/44a9b/tw "She acknowledged her boyfriend isn’t thrilled"

Dec 18, 2014

Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on round-the-world trip gu.com/p/44a9b/tw “This is totally sort of like as friends”

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Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air

theguardian.com — A Chinese airline passenger pulled open an emergency exit as his plane was about to take off because he "just wanted fresh air", Chinese media have reported. The man had not realised that opening the door was dangerous, staff members said.
Dec 18, 2014

Chinese passenger opens door on flight to, Ya know, get some air theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

Jhonka hawa ka aaj bhi....Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air gu.com/p/44a4t/tw via @guardian

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Brad Pitt 'too distracting' to serve on jury

theguardian.com — Brad Pitt has been turned down for jury duty in Los Angeles after being deemed too much of a distraction.The 51-year-old actor and producer turned up to the Los Angeles criminal court on 11 December after receiving a summons, reports MailOnline.

Putin press conference: 'economy will rebound within two years' - live

Dec 18, 2014

On that note, I'll stop the tweet marathon now. You can go over the points of Putin's whole presser at our liveblog theguardian.com/world/live/201…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @GuardianNewEast: Follow Putin's annual press conference live with English-language video and updates from @ShaunWalker7 theguardian.com/world/live/201…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @shaunwalker7: Reminder that you can follow English-language video of Putin presser, and our liveblog, on the @guardian site: theguardian.com/world/live/201…

Dec 18, 2014

Reminder that you can follow English-language video of Putin presser, and our liveblog, on the @guardian site: theguardian.com/world/live/201…

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Serial final episode review: 'An odd inconclusive curveball'

theguardian.com — Did he do it? At the end of Serial's 12-episode slog through every exhaustive detail of the State of Maryland's case vs Adnan Syed, there's only one question the audience wants answered and well, spoiler alert: there are no spoilers. Sarah Koenig still doesn't know, for sure, one way or the other if Syed is guilty.

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge - then and now

theguardian.com — Explore the history of Stamford Bridge stadium, home of Chelsea Football Club, as part of our new series of football Then & Nows. Each archival photograph has been juxtaposed with a present-day photograph taken from the same perspective, showing how the ground - and the game itself - has been transformed over the past century.
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I'm an Anonymous hacker in prison, and I am not a crook. I'm an activist

theguardian.com — Here in prison, I am asked a lot about hacking and especially about Anonymous, because of course there is interest in new technologies like Bitcoin for money or darknets for fraud. After all, convicts - like hackers - develop their own codes and ethics, and they are constantly finding ways to scam and exploit cracks in the system.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Edpilkington: "We are condemned as criminals, but hacktivism is still the future" - prisoner Jeremy Hammond on Anonymous theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Dec 18, 2014

"We are condemned as criminals, but hacktivism is still the future" - prisoner Jeremy Hammond on Anonymous theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Dec 18, 2014

Jeremy Hammond writes @GuardianUS: "Sabu betrayed me. How could we have been so foolish?" theguardian.com/commentisfree/… @YourAnonNews @opferguson

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US-Cuba deal: a marriage 18 months in the making, blessed by Pope Francis

theguardian.com — If ever there was a lingering illusion that Barack Obama might have "accidentally" bumped into the president of Cuba at the funeral of Nelson Mandela last December, it will have vanished like a puff of cigar smoke in past 24 hours.
Dec 18, 2014

US-Cuba deal: a marriage 18 months in the making, blessed by Pope Francis gu.com/p/44a4j/stw

Dec 18, 2014

US-Cuba deal: a marriage 18 months in the making, blessed by Pope Francis gu.com/p/44a4j/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @RobertsDan: My take on the backstory to the US/Cuba deal and where it all goes now gu.com/p/44a4j/stw

Dec 18, 2014

Lovely piece: how Obama "accidentally" bumped into Nelson Mandela and ended up opening trade with Cuba. theguardian.com/world/2014/dec… @RobertsDan

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Women seized in Boko Haram raid on Nigerian village

theguardian.com — At least 100 women and children were kidnapped and 35 people killed when Boko Haram extremists plundered a remote village in north-east Nigeria on Sunday. Survivors said heavily armed militants drove into the village of Gumsuri at dawn, rounded up men and shot them at point-blank range, then forced women and children on to a truck.
Dec 18, 2014

Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped 100 in Gumsuri #Nigeria. News only coming now as survivors walked for days to safety theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @_RichardHall: I want this year to end already RT @guardianworld 100 women and children reportedly seized in new Boko Haram raid gu.com/p/44ajd/stw

Dec 18, 2014

I want this year to end already RT @guardianworld 100 women and children reportedly seized in new Boko Haram raid gu.com/p/44ajd/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @guardianworld: 100 women and children reportedly seized in new Boko Haram raid on Nigerian village gu.com/p/44ajd/stw

‘VIP sex ring’ detectives investigate murder of three boys

theguardian.com — Detectives investigating an alleged historical Westminster paedophile ring are also investigating the murder of three boys. Scotland Yard said on Thursday it was appealing for evidence as inquiries centred on Dolphin Square estate, in central London, and other locations across London and the south of England, including military establishments.
Dec 18, 2014

‘VIP sex ring’ detectives investigate murder of three boys gu.com/p/44aea/tw via @guardian

Dec 18, 2014

‘VIP sex ring’ detectives investigate murder of three boys gu.com/p/44aea/tw via @guardian

Dec 18, 2014

RT @aptronym: ‘VIP sex ring’ detectives investigate murder of three boys gu.com/p/44aea/stw @colvinius @zmkc @maryellenfield

Dec 18, 2014

RT @guardian: ‘VIP sex ring’ detectives investigate murder of three boys trib.al/KaHQEZR

Sky News journalists to give evidence at inquest of alleged internet troll

theguardian.com — Two Sky News journalists will be called as witnesses at an inquest into the death of an alleged internet troll accused of abusing Madeleine McCann's parents. A pre-inquest hearing was told that no one is facing any criminal action over the death of Brenda Leyland, whose body was found in a hotel room after she featured in a Sky News report.
Dec 18, 2014

Sky News journalists to give evidence at inquest of alleged internet troll gu.com/p/44ac6/stw

Dec 18, 2014

Sky News journalists to give evidence at inquest of alleged internet troll gu.com/p/44ac6/stw

Dec 18, 2014

Sky News journalists to give evidence at inquest of alleged internet troll gu.com/p/44ac6/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @mediaguardian: Sky News journalists to give evidence at inquest of alleged internet troll ow.ly/2SgS2t

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TVLiveNews: Sky News journalists to give evidence at inquest of alleged internet troll ift.tt/13fvyHG via Media Guardian

Jimmy Mubenga: Judge refused to allow jury to hear about guards' racist texts

theguardian.com — An Old Bailey judge refused to allow a jury to hear about dozens of "grossly offensive and undoubtedly racist" text messages on the phones of two of the G4S security guards acquitted of killing Jimmy Mubenga because they did not have "any real relevance" to the trial.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @shattenstone: shocking revelations about racist texts from jimmy mubenga's guards. Inquest ruled they were irrelevant bit.ly/1wHo3VR

Dec 18, 2014

shocking revelations about racist texts from jimmy mubenga's guards. Inquest ruled they were irrelevant bit.ly/1wHo3VR

Dec 18, 2014

RT @afuahirsch: This is shocking. Mubenga judge excluded racist texts as evidence of G4S guards state of mind theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/d… MT @robert_booth

Dec 18, 2014

RT @afuahirsch: Shocking. Mubenga judge excluded racist texts as evidence of guards state of mind theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/d… MT @Robert_Booth

Dec 18, 2014

This is shocking. Mubenga judge excluded racist texts as evidence of G4S guards state of mind theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/d… MT @robert_booth

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Pakistani school attackers ‘were told to kill soldiers’ after massacre of pupils

theguardian.com — The suicide attackers who assaulted a Pakistani school on Tuesday were reportedly given orders by phone to await the arrival of soldiers after they had initially slaughtered around 100 children in the school's hall. Telephone intercepts revealed by security officials to Dawn, a leading Pakistani newspaper, show one of the Pakistani Taliban gunmen asked his handlers "what do we do now?"
Dec 18, 2014

Chilling #Peshawar RT @MartinxHodgson: "We have killed all the children in the auditorium. What do we do now?" theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

Guardian - Pakistani school attackers ‘were told to kill soldiers’ after massacre of pupils tinyurl.com/okj7vfz

Dec 18, 2014

@guardian: Pakistani school attackers ‘were told to kill soldiers’ after massacre of pupils trib.al/NPCovOJ

Women aren't dropping out of labor force just because they are pregnant

theguardian.com — The number of women participating in the workforce has fallen in the last 15 years. And that must mean only one thing, according to the New York Times: They are at home with their children, taking care of their families. The percentage of American women who are employed dropped from 74% in 2000 to 69% in 2013.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @guardianmoney: Women aren't dropping out of labor force just because they are pregnant gu.com/p/448v8

Dec 18, 2014

RT @moorehn: No, women are not dropping out of the workforce to take care of their kids. @kasperka with some debunking: theguardian.com/money/us-money…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @GuardianUS: Women aren't dropping out of labor force just because they are pregnant trib.al/vmFcIpY

Dec 18, 2014

RT @moorehn: No, women are not dropping out of the workforce to take care of their kids. @kasperka with some debunking: theguardian.com/money/us-money…

Dec 18, 2014

"Women don’t lead charmed lives where they can choose between work and family life. " gu.com/p/448v8/stw

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The race to save Peter Kassig

theguardian.com — The long read: The American aid worker was killed by his Isis captors on 16 November. Here, for the first time, is the story of an extraordinary effort to secure his release, which involved a radical New York lawyer, the US government, and the world's most revered jihadi scholar