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Only 20% of UK train services running as 45,000 rail workers go on strike – business live

First day of new rail and tube strikes begins in disputes over pay, job security and conditionsAndy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, has apologised to customers for the disruption.I would like to apologise to our customers for the strike action being carried out by RMT and Unite, which will have a significant impact on the city’s transport network....

Echoes review – devious identical twins lead Netflix’s dull thriller series

The limited series about two deceptive identical twins, both played by Michelle Monaghan, tries a lot of lanes but struggles to conjure any suspenseEchoes, a Netflix limited series about deceptive identical twins, might have worked on paper. It has the elements of an intriguing thriller: two inscrutable sisters, both played by Mission: Impossible’s...

The floods tell us the river is sick. We should listen to Indigenous knowledge to help Country heal | Oliver Costello

The only way to learn is from the river, like our old people did when they sat on its high banks of red and greenOur family, community and Country were severely impacted by the extreme rain and floods around Lismore in February and March 2022.Fortunately, our place at Rosebank was only subject to minor damage from stormwater runoff during the torrential...

Taiwo Awoniyi’s long journey to the Premier League finally at an end

Nigerian striker scored his first goal in the English top flight for Nottingham Forest – seven years after signing for Liverpool“It’s always been my dream to play in the Premier League,” Taiwo Awoniyi announced after joining Nottingham Forest as their record signing. It took the Nigerian a mere seven years from signing for Liverpool to finally make...

Grindr is the daddy of today’s dating apps – it wasn’t just about simpler hookups | Justin Myers

LGBTQ+ people blazed a trail with swipe culture, which fulfils a genuine need for those who are less confident or conventionalDisco. Brunch. Iced coffee. All beloved by the gay community way before they went mainstream. Similarly, no celebration of a decade of dating apps would be complete without acknowledging that the LGBTQ+ community ran to a different...

Why we drew 600-mile long picture of a bicycle across Europe

Couple rode thousands of miles to plot GPS image to raise awareness about climate crisis and encourage bike use Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope and Arianna Casiraghi, accompanied by their dog, Zola, have just finished 4,500-mile (7,250km) bike ride across Europe to draw a giant GPS-plotted bicycle across seven countries to raise awareness of how cycling can...

Sacred ground: the ancient grove where Yoruba traditions are reborn

A centuries-old festival on the banks of the Osun River in Nigeria has seen prayers answered down the ages. Now it faces a modern challenge – pollution• Photographs by Emebirodo UgochukwuThrough the dim forest, a slow procession of hundreds of people largely dressed in white, some in a trance, others singing fervently, heads towards the Osun River....

‘They turned us into savages’: Russian soldier describes start of Ukraine invasion

In this extract from former paratrooper Pavel Filatyev’s memoir, he recalls wild looting after soldiers entered Kherson‘I don’t see justice in this war’: Russian soldier exposes rot at core of Ukraine invasionThese are extracts from Pavel Filatyev’s memoir, ZOV, which he published on his Vkontakte social media page on 1 August. ZOV, named after the...

Are indoor vertical farms really ‘future-proofing agriculture’?

Heralded as the next step in food production, this practice is gaining ground in the US. But are they really a greener alternative to traditional farming?At a hyper-controlled indoor farm in industrial South San Francisco, four robots named John, Paul, George and Ringo carefully transfer seedlings from barcoded trays into 15-plus foot towers that are...

Saving Freud by Andrew Nagorski review – a real-life thriller

A gripping account of how colleagues and admirers spirited the psychoanalyst from Nazi-controlled Vienna to LondonBy the spring of 1938 everyone in Sigmund Freud’s circle, apart from the great man, could see that the game was up. In March, the Nazis had annexed Austria, putting the founder of psychoanalysis – known to them as “a Jewish pseudoscience”...

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