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Prize pigs, freak veg and haggis hurling: readers’ best UK country shows

Tipsters pick their favourite agricultural fairs and other rural shindigs – including some for the diary in 2022The Great Dorset Steam Fair in Tarrant Hinton (returning 25-29 August 2022) is the ultimate country fair in my opinion. Covering over 240 hectares (600 acres), it’s the size of a small town. There is a vast spread of attractions, from working...

Labour shouldn’t lurch to the right – it must get out the vote first | Andrew Fisher

The idea of winning back millions of Tory supporters is a misdiagnosis. The aim should be registration and participationLabour has lost the last four general elections. From the death throes of New Labour in 2010 to the implosion of Corbynism in 2019 and Ed Miliband in between, the party has been out of power for 11 years now, and it falls to Keir Starmer...

Borges and Me by Jay Parini review – around Scotland in a Morris Minor

A brilliantly unlikely travel caper lovingly recalls a road trip with a literary giant in yellow satin pyjamasJorge Luis Borges’s short story “Borges and I” is typical of the writer. Erudite and elliptical, succinct and self-referential, passionate and puzzling. In just a few closely packed pages, the Argentinian essayist and master storyteller links...

WPP revenues back to pre-Covid levels as advertising rebounds

Recovery at world’s biggest ad group a year earlier than predicted, with underlying revenues growing 19.3% in second quarter WPP, the world’s biggest advertising group, has grown its revenues back to pre-pandemic levels a year sooner than expected because of a record-setting rebound in global marketing spend.WPP reported that underlying revenues increased...

Wonder Walls – Team GB cyclist flies to omnium gold on track

Matt Walls, 23, takes GB’s first velodrome gold at Tokyo 2020Rio 2016 victor Elia Viviani of Italy earns bronzeMatt Walls won gold in the Olympic men’s omnium to deliver Great Britain’s first title in the velodrome of these Games.The 23-year-old rode smartly throughout the four-discipline event to win with a comfortable final margin of 24 points from...

Ryan Crouser leads historic Olympic podium repeat in shot put

Joe Kovacs takes silver with Tomas Walsh winning bronzeFirst time in 125-year history the podium was exactly sameMeet the new Tokyo Olympic men’s shot podium. Same as the old one. Ryan Crouser, US, gold. Joe Kovacs, US, silver. Tomas Walsh, New Zealand, bronze.It doesn’t sound that unusual. But it was the first time in the 125-year history of the Olympics...

Rugby League World Cup chief want ‘binding agreements’ for new 2022 dates

Australia and New Zealand must sign up for postponed eventOrganisers want to avoid clash with football World CupJon Dutton, the chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup, has demanded Australia and New Zealand sign binding agreements to commit them to taking part in the tournament next year and avoid a repeat of the event’s postponement until 2022,...

England v India: first Test, day two – live!

Live updates from the second day’s play at Trent BridgeThe Spin: sign up now and receive our free cricket emailAnd feel free to email Tanya or tweet her your thoughts 11.12am BST 16th over: India 21-0 (Rohit 9, KL Rahul 9) Anderson opens with a wide one and then sends one skimming past Rahul’s bat, who seems phlegmatically unbothered. A third consecutive...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: GB’s Walls wins omnium gold, men’s hockey final – live!

McLaughlin wins 400m hurdles gold in world record timeTokyo 2020: the best images from day 12 at the OlympicsGames schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageEmail Barry, tweet him or comment below the line 11.12am BST Men’s cycling: It’s taken a while but Matt Walls, a 23 year old from Oldham, has finally won Great Britain’s first gold medal in...

Nottingham restaurant Escobar accused of ‘glamourising drug lords’

Labour MP contacted by concerned residents including a relative of alleged victims of Pablo EscobarA South American-themed restaurant called Escobar has been accused by an MP of “glamourising drug lords and terrorism” by featuring a mural of the drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.Nadia Whittome, the Labour MP for Nottingham East, said she had been contacted...

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