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Black Friday sales: police attend supermarkets amid scuffles

theguardian.com — "I got a Dyson but I don't even know if I want it. I just picked it up," Louise Haggerty, a 56-year-old hairdresser and waitress, said of her 1am trip to the Black Friday sales. "It was mental in there. It was crazy. It was absolutely disgusting, disgusting."
Nov 28, 2014

My fellow Brits getting in on the Black Friday action too: 'I got a Dyson but I don’t even know if I want it' gu.com/p/43yem/stw

Nov 28, 2014

RT @JayneODonnell: Our lovely tradition goes to Britain: Black Friday scuffles: 'I got a Dyson but I don’t even know if I want it' gu.com/p/43yem/stw

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Class war by distant proxy: the Andrew Mitchell trial from inside court 13

theguardian.com — When one man is said to have called another a "pleb", but no incontrovertible evidence exists that he has done so, how do you get to the truth? At the Royal Courts of Justice for most of the last fortnight, politicians, police officers, lawyers and journalists have assembled in court 13 and attempted to provide an answer, starting from the surreal proposition, unique to the law, that there has to be one.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @IainDale: A superb piece of observational journalism on the Plebgate libel hearing by The Guardian's @archiebland. theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 28, 2014

The strange events of the plebgate case, from inside court 13. Very good read by @archiebland theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 28, 2014

Class war by distant proxy: the Andrew Mitchell trial fm inside court 13. Elegant @archiebland piece gu.com/p/43m4g

Nov 28, 2014

Buried lede MT @jonswaine: Andrew Mitchell talks plebgate to @archiebland in gents loo at Royal Courts of Justice. gu.com/p/43m4g/stw

Nov 28, 2014

Andrew Mitchell talks plebgate to @archiebland inside the gents loo at the Royal Courts of Justice. gu.com/p/43m4g/stw

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The Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2014: mental health

theguardian.com — This year's Guardian and Observer Christmas charity appeal theme is one of our most common and under-acknowledged health issues: mental illness. One in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. For most it will be a mix of anxiety and depression; for a small number, it will be a more critical illness, such as schizophrenia.
Nov 28, 2014

.@guardian's Xmas appeal for 9 mental health charities launched today - do ring us & donate on telethon day, Dec 13th theguardian.com/society/2014/n…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @denis_campbell: Very good causes. Please give generously. The Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2014: mental health gu.com/p/43yzc/stw

Nov 28, 2014

Guardian launches campaign to help change attitudes to mental illness - a worthy cause... theguardian.com/society/2014/n…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @bellamackie: How bloody GREAT is this? Guardian & Observer Xmas appeal 2014 is raising money for mental health gu.com/p/43yzc/stw v…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @EmmaEHoward: Why the Santa hat? Because I'm running our Christmas appeal blog. This year it's on mental health-come in & find out! http…

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China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control

theguardian.com — From online discussions to adverts, Chinese culture is full of puns. But the country's print and broadcast watchdog has ruled that there is nothing funny about them. It has banned wordplay on the grounds that it breaches the law on standard spoken and written Chinese, makes promoting cultural heritage harder and may mislead the public - especially children.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @guardianworld: Pun control: China warns of 'cultural and linguistic chaos' as it bans wordplay t.gu.com/F2bVT

Nov 28, 2014

RT @crampell: Amazing. China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control: gu.com/p/43yyc/stw I'm guessing this is to prevent more grass mud horses.

Nov 28, 2014

RT @michaeldrisc: China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control; headline writers retire en masse gu.com/p/43yyc/stw

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Support for Isis stronger in Arabic social media in Europe than in Syria

theguardian.com — Support for Islamic State (Isis) among Arabic-speaking social media users in Belgium, Britain, France and the US is greater than in the militant group's heartlands of Syria and Iraq, a global analysis of over 2m Arabic-language online posts has found.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Hermida: Fascinating analysis: Support for Isis stronger in Arabic social media in Europe than in Syria via @guardian ow.ly/F2ZBV

Nov 28, 2014

Qatar is the worst: Support for Isis stronger in Arabic social media in Europe than in Syria theguardian.com/world/2014/nov…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @torystarr3: 21% of tweets, blog posts and comments from the US have been classified as being supportive of ISIS. theguardian.com/world/2014/nov… via @guardian

Nov 28, 2014

21% of tweets, blog posts and comments from the US have been classified as being supportive of ISIS. theguardian.com/world/2014/nov… via @guardian

Nov 28, 2014

RT @ian_black: Support for #Isis stronger in Arabic social media in Europe than in #Syria gu.com/p/43etc/tw via @guardian

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Caring for my mother in the grip of her Alzheimer’s is an ordinary act of love

theguardian.com — If you had told me five years ago that I would have to change my mother's diaper, I would have hyperventilated at the mere thought. The reality of doing it, when it became necessary, was actually surprisingly straightforward. The same applies to most aspects of caring for a loved one.
Nov 28, 2014

The best thing I have read today. @sturdyAlex on caring for his mother with Alzheimer’s theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @sturdyAlex: On caring for Mum: I am the supporting actor of her Act III; she the protagonist of my Act II. theguardian.com/commentisfree/… #Alzheimers @guardian

Nov 28, 2014

Absolutely beautiful piece by @sturdyAlex on caring for his mother, who has Altzheimer’s: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @sturdyAlex: On caring for Mum: I am the supporting actor of her Act III; she the protagonist of my Act II. theguardian.com/commentisfree/… #Alzheimers @guardian

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer - watch it here

theguardian.com — We round up reaction to the release of the new Star Wars trailer - let us know what you think of it in the comments below
Nov 28, 2014

RT @alexneedham74: So a somewhat hungover @Lanre_Bakare and I just liveblogged the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer release gu.com/p/43mvf/stw

Nov 28, 2014

So a somewhat hungover @Lanre_Bakare and I just liveblogged the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer release gu.com/p/43mvf/stw

Nov 28, 2014

RT @Lanre_Bakare: This #TheForceAwakens liveblog is still going and people are furious about the poor ergonomics of that lightsaber theguardian.com/film/live/2014…

Nov 28, 2014

OK, actual shivers down spine. X-wings and the Millennium Falcon. Roll on December 2015 theguardian.com/film/live/2014…

Nov 28, 2014

Were it really so, but still .. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens - live!" gu.com/p/43mvf/tw

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Black Friday: strikes and protests around the US as millions hit stores - live updates

theguardian.com — Protests and strikes expected at 1,600 Walmart stores across US as retailers forecast record revenues at start of holiday shopping season
Nov 28, 2014

LIVE: "I was starving and they were snickering," California Walmart worker Martha Sellers tells @LGamGam theguardian.com/business/live/…

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Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in Walport report

theguardian.com — Fracking carries potential risks on a par with those from thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos, warns a report produced by the government's chief scientific adviser. The flagship annual report by the UK's chief scientist, Mark Walport, argues that history holds many examples of innovations that were adopted hastily and later had serious negative environmental and health impacts.
Nov 28, 2014

Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in Walport report gu.com/p/43yvb

Nov 28, 2014

RT @gerardbeirne: Very significant report by UK government’s chief scientist Mark Walport: "Fracking carries potential risks on a... fb.me/1yUpfPNDW

Nov 28, 2014

#Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in UK scientist's report gu.com/p/43yvb/stw

Nov 28, 2014

Annual Report of the Government Chief Scientist says risk of fracking is akin to thalidomide theguardian.com/environment/20…

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Tom Watson interview: ‘At least one politician abused kids’

theguardian.com — Had Tom Watson been told 10 years ago that senior members of the establishment used to systematically abuse young boys in the 1980s, and that a powerful elite covered up their crimes, he wouldn't have believed it for a minute. "Oh no, I would have dismissed it.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @archiebland: Decca Aitkenhead talks to @tom_watson about search for truth on child abuse/why he's frustrated by labour leadership theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 28, 2014

Decca Aitkenhead interviews "deceptively shambolic maverick" @tom_watson in tomo's Guardian theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 28, 2014

Could average voter identify with Hampstead policy wonk like Miliband? Tom Watson says: "Well a lot of them don’t." theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 28, 2014

Decca Aitkenhead talks to @tom_watson about search for truth on child abuse/why he's frustrated by labour leadership theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 28, 2014

Churchill and Atlee "would be condemned in every tabloid newspaper were they in politics today," says Tom Watson theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

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'Being homeless is better than working for Amazon'

theguardian.com — I am homeless. My worst days now are better than my best days working at Amazon. According to Amazon's metrics, I was one of their most productive order pickers-I was a machine, and my pace would accelerate throughout the course of a shift.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @jxpaton: "@GuardianUS: 'Being homeless is better than working for Amazon' trib.al/HwN28VK" Tough read after a big Tgiving dinner but riveting.

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David Cameron vows to slash migrants' benefits - Politics Weekly podcast

theguardian.com — New immigrants to Britain will need to wait four years to fully access the welfare state if David Cameron gets his way. On Friday the prime minister laid out his case for limiting benefits to migrants in his latest attempt to take back political territory from Ukip after two damaging byelection results.
Nov 28, 2014

It is possible I may have gone on a slight public schools rant in this week's politics podcast... theguardian.com/politics/audio…

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Chris Eubank: ‘My son is the most dangerous young man on the planet’

theguardian.com — This is the most dangerous young man on the planet," Chris Eubank says in a typically grand way as he gestures towards his son, Chris Jr, who is about to face his first real test in the ring against the unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night.
Nov 28, 2014

Chris Eubank: ‘My son is the most dangerous young man on the planet’ gu.com/p/43yt3/tw via @guardian Donald McRae with dad and Junior

Nov 28, 2014

Donald McRae + Boxers = the best interviews in the business. And this, with Eubank Jr and Sr, is no exception gu.com/p/43yt3/tw

Nov 28, 2014

RT @guardian: Chris Eubank: ‘My son is the most dangerous young man on the planet’ gu.com/p/43yt3/tw @Guardian_sport

Nov 28, 2014

"I have commandeered heavy good vehicles which were parked illegally in front of him." Brilliant intvw w the Eubanks theguardian.com/sport/2014/nov…

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The five leaders who failed Ferguson

theguardian.com — From police leaving Michael Brown's body on a street for four hours under an afternoon sun in August, to a county prosecutor waiting until the dark of a combustible night to announce that the officer who shot Brown would not be charged with a crime, the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, has been punctuated by serious failures in public administration.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @jonswaine: McCulloch, Nixon, Jackson, Knowles and Belmar: the five leaders who failed Ferguson gu.com/p/43yb5/stw | Analysis by me @GuardianUS

Nov 28, 2014

RT @jonswaine: McCulloch, Nixon, Jackson, Knowles and Belmar: the five leaders who failed Ferguson gu.com/p/43yb5/stw | Analysis by me @GuardianUS

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The gaming journalist who tells on her internet trolls - to their mothers

theguardian.com — Those who wonder whether women gaming journalists are subject to sexist name-calling and threats of physical and sexual violence need only talk to 21-year old media and communications student Alanah Pearce. When she's not studying, Pearce is a video games journalist, reviewing for Australian radio stations (4ZZZ, Triple J) and television.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @AllieJaynes: #Genius. The journalist who reports internet trolls who threaten to rape her - to their moms theguardian.com/culture/austra…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @AllieJaynes: #Genius. The journalist who reports internet trolls who threaten to rape her - to their moms theguardian.com/culture/austra…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @mathewi: The gaming journalist who tells on her internet trolls – to their mothers gu.com/p/43yg5/tw via @guardian

Nov 28, 2014

The gaming journalist who tells on her internet trolls – to their mothers gu.com/p/43yg5/tw via @guardian

Nov 28, 2014

The gaming journalist who tells on her internet trolls – to their mothers gu.com/p/43yg5/tw

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The SlumGods of Mumbai: hope, hip-hop and the Dharavi way - video

theguardian.com — In a real-life Billy Elliott story set in Mumbai's biggest slum, 15-year-old Vikram loves to dance and dreams of becoming a hip-hop artist. His dance teacher believes in him - but how long can Vikram keep his dancing secret from disapproving parents? * SlumGods of Mumbai is part of Guardian Cities' week-long coverage of the city.

Emily Thornberry a snob? Don’t be daft, says van driver brother

theguardian.com — When Emily Thornberry posted that picture on Twitter of the house in the Rochester and Strood constituency with the England flags and white van, it was assumed that the Islington barrister was sneering. But one van-driving builder claims to know for certain that she wasn't. And how can be be sure?
Nov 28, 2014

RT @AndrewSparrow: Emily Thornberry a snob? Don’t be daft, says van driver brother gu.com/p/43m7h

Philip Pullman: William Blake and me

theguardian.com — Sometimes we find a poet, or a painter, or a musician who functions like a key that unlocks a part of ourselves we never knew was there. The experience is not like learning to appreciate something that we once found difficult or rebarbative, as we might conscientiously try to appreciate the worth of The Faerie Queene and decide that yes, on balance, it is full of interesting and admirable things.

Ferguson, Missouri: I would have taken those bullets, says Michael Brown's uncle - video

theguardian.com — Leslie McSpadden is the uncle of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old shot dead by a police officer in August. He tells Adam Gabbatt he is struggling to come to terms with the tragedy and is suffering from anxiety and is not eating or sleeping.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @jonswaine: "I would have taken those bullets": Michael Brown's young uncle talks to @adamgabbatt in Ferguson. @GuardianUS video: gu.com/p/43yhp/stw

Nov 28, 2014

"I would have taken those bullets": Michael Brown's young uncle talks to @adamgabbatt in Ferguson. @GuardianUS video: gu.com/p/43yhp/stw

Nov 28, 2014

RT @adamgabbatt: Video – I spent time with Michael Brown's uncle, who is still struggling to come to terms with his nephew's death theguardian.com/us-news/video/…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @adamgabbatt: Video – I spent time with Michael Brown's uncle, who is still struggling to come to terms with his nephew's death theguardian.com/us-news/video/…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @adamgabbatt: Video – I spent time with Michael Brown's uncle, who is still struggling to come to terms with his nephew's death theguardian.com/us-news/video/…

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