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Tammy Beaumont eases England home in T20 hammering of Sri Lanka | Sport

• Sri Lanka 94; England 95-2 – England win by eight wickets• Smith, Davies and Shrubsole skittle hosts in first T20Tammy Beaumont hit an unbeaten half-century to help England cruise to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their first Twenty20 International in Colombo.Linsey Smith took three for 18 while Freya Davies and Anya Shrubsole each claimed two wickets as the home side were dismissed for 94 from 19 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bat. Continue reading...

Premier League fans assess the run-in. Part 1: Arsenal to Huddersfield | Football

Fans rate the season so far, and predict what lies ahead• Part 2: Leicester to WolvesConsidering we were 10 points behind Spurs a couple of weeks back, with many starting to question Emery’s ability, a combination of faltering competition and an upturn in form has suddenly made for a surprisingly positive mood. Now there’s a chance to not just achieve a top-four finish, but also to restore the natural order in north London. Continue reading...

Love across the divide: couples on Brexit, politics and religion | Life and style

What’s it like to fall in love with someone with very different opinions? We hear from couples who know all about compromiseLindsay Gordon, 32Community nurse, GravesendMy partner Pete said to me other day: “Babe, you’re remoaning again.” I replied: “For God’s sake babe! Are you finished ruining the economy yet?” Pete and I met online several months after the Brexit vote. It was January 2017 and we didn’t talk much about politics at first. When I came round for dinner for the first time I asked h...

Recap: The new phones and tablets of week 12

The past week saw the debut of a lot of phones and tablets. To make sure you haven't missed any of those we've gathered them all here so you can quickly catch up. The newly spun-off Redmi brand got its newest budget offering in the Redmi 7. The phone offers an efficient Snapdragon 632 chipset and generous battery life with its 4,000 mAh cell for just CNY 699 ($105/€92) in its base configuration. On the gaming front, Xiaomi went all out with the Black Shark 2. The phone introduced a disp...

Time to follow golf’s surprising lead and find different ways to be green | Tanya Aldred | Sport

Turf sports will not flourish in a changing climate unless they start planning to make do with less waterIn these darkly surreal times, sport sometimes seems to have the answer. Not for sanity, too late indeed. But for tiny moments of bliss – a perfectly balanced flick off the toes, the crescendo of hooves thudding through the earth, a Raheem Sterling hat-trick on a spring Friday night. But there is no escape, even here. For the green England of verdant pastures, firm ground and lush pitches pim...

The latest trend in skincare: anti-pollution makeup sales soar | Fashion

As city air becomes more toxic, sales of a new type of product are boomingDemand for anti-pollution beauty products is soaring as Londoners wake up to the impact of toxic air on their complexions. Microscopic particles are second only to the sun in terms of their ageing effect, and there is a growing trend toward skincare designed to combat them.At the department store Liberty online searches for anti-pollution skincare are up 73% since this time last year. “We’re right next to Oxford Circus” – ...

On my radar: Carlos Acosta’s cultural highlights | Stage

The renowned ballet dancer on Zadie Smith, fun and afros in The Get Down and Wifredo Lam’s powerful paintingBorn in Havana, Cuba in 1973, Carlos Acosta joined the Royal Ballet in 1998. He was a principal guest artist from 2003 to 2016, when he left and founded the company Acosta Danza in Cuba. In 2007 his autobiography No Way Home became a bestseller; in 2014 he was awarded a CBE. Yuli, a biopic inspired by his story, is released on 12 April after a Royal Opera House event on 3 April that will b...

Brexit: Hammond denies plotting to oust May but admits deal may not pass | Politics

Chancellor says talk about unseating PM is ‘frankly self-indulgent at this time’Philip Hammond has admitted Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be able to get through the Commons amid swirling speculation that the prime minister could be forced out within days.After reports that cabinet ministers were plotting to force May out and would seek to force her hand in Monday’s cabinet meeting, the chancellor told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Conservatives colleagues were “very frustrated” and “...

Hunt for bogus asthma cure threatens pangolins | Environment

The most trafficked mammal on the planet is in dangerous declineOne of nature’s most remarkable creatures, the pangolin, is being driven to extinction as hunting and trafficking have soared in recent years. Studies have discovered that hundreds of thousands of these distinctive, scaly animals are now being killed every year to satisfy markets in Asia, making it the most trafficked and poached mammal on Earth.The pangolin is hunted for its meat – and also for its scales, which are believed to hav...

Beyoncé effect fills galleries with a new generation of art devotees | Culture

Fame sells: that’s the lesson in a survey revealing the world’s most popular exhibitions during a bumper yearIn Paris, it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z; in Washington, it was Barack and Michelle Obama; while, in London, visitors queued to look at Pablo Picasso’s erotic muse or Grayson Perry’s summer picks.Last year the lustre of celebrity, whether garnered from fashion and entertainment or history, seemed to be the best way to attract visitors to museums and galleries. Continue reading...

Sadiq Khan challenges Theresa May to act against Tory Islamophobia | Politics

London mayor tells prime minister: join Labour in adopting a new definition of hate crime against MuslimsThe mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has challenged the Conservatives to adopt a new definition of Islamophobia, saying that he has been repeatedly subjected to anti-Muslim abuse from Tory members and supporters.In a letter to Theresa May, Khan calls on the prime minister to order her party to deal with the issue. He says it must be among measures taken to reassure British Muslims about their saf...

Zak Brown: ‘McLaren may consider their F1 future without changes’ | Sport

Team’s chief executive believes that a meeting this week must deliver better competition if the sport is to flourishZak Brown has warned that McLaren, second only to Ferrari in terms of seasons on the grid, would consider quitting Formula One if the sport’s problems are not addressed this season.Twelve months ago in Bahrain, F1’s owner, Liberty Media, revealed its vision of how motor sport’s elite competition would look in 2021. On Tuesday Liberty meets the governing FIA and all 10 F1 teams in L...

Mauricio Pochettino finds cooked-up pressures a little hot to handle | Andrew Anthony | Football

The Tottenham manager is not the first to mishandle rumours of departure but the Argentinian has made a series of missteps since being linked with Manchester UnitedThere is a species of well-known quotes that fulfils such a useful function that it’s convenient to overlook whether or not they were actually said. Although there is no official record of it, Harold Macmillan is often cited as saying: “Events, dear boy, events,” apparently in response to a question about what blows governments off co...

Lizzie Kelly aims at Aintree with Tea For Two, her ‘horse of a lifetime’ | Sport

If Kelly wins the Grand National? ‘You probably wouldn’t see me for four days – I’d be drinking tequila in Liverpool somewhere’Something about the Grand National brings the child out in Lizzie Kelly for a few moments as she contemplates her first ride in the race on 6 April. Hugging a mug of tea in her family’s kitchen in north Devon, she says: “I was pretty obsessed with it at one point, read lots of books about it, knew lots of random facts, like having Red in the horse’s name has been quite l...

Universities to be fined for awarding too many top degrees | Education

Education secretary Damian Hinds to take tough measures on institutions found guilty of artificial grade inflationBritish universities must slash the number of top degrees they award or risk undermining their world-class reputation, the education secretary has warned.Damian Hinds said there had been a steep and unjustifiable rise in the awarding of first-class degrees, urging universities to “reset the norm” by handing out a higher proportion of 2:1s. Offending universities could face fines, or ...

Hamilton’s young star says Britain must confront its colonial past | Stage

Jamael Westman explains how his role in the West End show has affected his politics as well as his careerThe swift rise to fame of Jamael Westman, leading man in the London cast of the hit musical Hamilton, may not equal the extraordinary ascent of the “$10 founding father” he plays in the US show, but it runs close.Westman who was brought up in Croydon, south London, was not a fan of musical theatre before he landed the part. Now, just three years out of drama school, the 26-year-old, who is of...

‘Ian Curtis wanted to make extreme music, no half measures’ | Music

Forty years after Joy Division’s seminal debut album, Jon Savage’s oral history, extracted below, sheds new light on the band and the city that shaped them• Read a Q&A with Jon SavageBernard Sumner (Joy Division): I felt that even though we were expecting this music to come out of thin air, we never, any of us, were interested in the money it might make us. We just wanted to make something that was beautiful to listen to and stirred our emotions. We weren’t interested in a career or any of t...

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