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21 Jul 6:30am An image of Putin and Trump kissing isn’t funny. It’s homophobic | Lee Hurley
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This ‘joke’ sends the message that being gay is something to be ashamed of, with horrible effects for actual queer people With both eyes closed and one hand gently caressing the face of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump leans in for a passionate kiss with the object of his obsessive affections. It’s a hilarious image, right? Two men who imperil the lives of queer people on a daily basis would hate to be seen as gay. It’s their biggest fear, so it’s funny to pretend they are gay to annoy them. Genius. It can’t be homophobic to imply that Putin and Trump are “gay for each other”, we’re told, because the people making the “joke” are woke lefties who simply adore us queers. Heck, they even have some of us round for tapas in the summer. This is an ally action – we’ve got your back, Jack. Can I just say: if this is how you’re going to go about it, it’s better that you didn’t.
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21 Jul 6:00am Admit it, older people – you are addicted to your phones, too | Sophia Ankel
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Over-reliance on mobiles isn’t just the scourge of the young, and it has a damaging effect on families My mother likes to sit with her legs crossed on the sofa, glasses balanced on her nose, while she scrolls through her iPhone. I don’t know whether she is commenting on a friend’s family photo album, crushing candy or liking a meme with the caption: “Tonight’s forecast: 99% chance of wine”, but I do know that this is not the first time I catch her like this. My father opts for the “I’ll be with you shortly” line, which he delivers with a very serious look on his face as he aggressively taps away on his phone. I have learned by now that this is my cue to leave him alone for the next 10 minutes. As much as they don’t like admitting it, both of my parents are just as addicted to their phones as I am.
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21 Jul 4:00am Marching with my mother: why the anti-Trump march was the perfect day out
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We started with political chat, visited Zara to see how it compared to with M&S, then carried on protesting We arranged to meet outside John Lewis. As I waited for my mother in the midday sun, I thought about the other times we’d come here, just the two of us: shopping for school jumpers and, later, bedding for university, which included an enormously angst-ridden search for the perfect conversation-starter duvet cover that would convey my fun-loving ways, artistic soul and effortlessly cool attitude in one striking image. That image, I can exclusively reveal without the slightest retrospective regret, was
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Britain’s railway timetable disaster has been over 150 years in the making | Ian Jack 21 Jul 1:00am Britain’s railway timetable disaster has been over 150 years in the making | Ian Jack
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Dickens was nearly killed by a train time mix-up. The Northern-Govia Thameslink chaos shows the system remains unreliable A poorly considered or mistakenly implemented railway timetable can have serious consequences, worse even than the recent sights of platforms crowded with disconsolate commuters who wait for trains that run late or
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21 Jul 1:00am We live in interesting times. Why can’t Hollywood make films about them? | Catherine Shoard
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Cinema should challenge the way we live now, rather than re-live liberal success stories of the past A while back, lots of horror movies were suddenly set in the 1980s and 90s: near enough to the present day for TV aerials not to have to be taken down, but sufficiently far to solve the Mobile Phone Problem. Audiences had seen enough of conveniently patchy coverage in this remote forest or that ill-lit hotel. Film-makers had a choice: get creative with the plot, or get the production designer to stockpile scrunchies. Today, things are different. Horror directors are pioneers when it comes to integrating tech into their screenplays.
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