Phil Rogers obituary

Welsh studio potter, tutor and author in the anglo-oriental tradition whose work is found in museums worldwide Phil Rogers, who has died aged 69, was one of Britain’s leading potters and advocates for his craft. From his rural studio near the village of Rhayader in Powys, Wales, Rogers created work that drew on an eclectic […]

Closure of an iconic Paris bookshop alarms French bibliophiles

Hit hard by the pandemic, the flagship Gibert Jeune store is closing its doors – one of many booksellers in the city feeling the strain of Covid-19 Paris, a great literary city, is losing one of its most celebrated bookshops. Gibert Jeune, a popular chain, has announced it will be closing its flagship shop in […]

‘A force to be reckoned with’– fantasy world pays tribute to Storm Constantine

A pioneering novelist, she was also a passionate publisher, highlighting voices neglected by the mainstream. My life was one of many changed by her enthusiasm Storm Constantine, the fantasy author and book publisher who has died at the age of 64, was a prolific novelist and short-story writer. Her work, dealing deeply with gender and […]

Pride or guilt? 10 emotions you experience when parenting your parents

From frustration to glee and all the sentiments in between, many of us feel uneasy about our parents’ limited knowledge of recycling and sustainability You never thought the day would arrive so soon, but here you are. Just a few short years since the mere fact of having a Snapchat account made you the go-to […]

Roast, grill or grate, and heap with flavour: how to cook cauliflower | Kitchen aide

Treat a piece of cauli as you would a piece of meat, add spices and marinade, or bake it into a pie • Do you have a culinary dilemma? Email My partner hates cauliflower, but I love it. How can I make him see the error of his ways? Hannah, London N4 “Cauliflower is […]

Galaxy Buds Pro review: Samsung’s AirPods Pro-beating earbuds

Great sound, solid noise-cancelling, decent battery, comfortable fit and small case are potent combination Samsung’s latest Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds add noise-cancelling, virtual surround and improved sound, making them a challenger to Apple’s AirPods Pro. At £219, they are the new top-of-the-range earbuds from Samsung, sitting above the £179 Galaxy Buds Live and £159 Galaxy […]

How we met: ‘A fortune teller told me how I would meet my partner. She was right’

Teachers Naomi and Huw Beynon, 41 and 49, met at a salsa class in 2005. They live with their children in Swansea Naomi Lewis was nursing a broken heart at the start of 2005, after splitting up with her boyfriend a few months earlier. She had recently moved into a new flat in Swansea, alone, […]

Sustainable tourism key to Cumbria’s new carbon neutral plan

Ambition to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral county, by 2037, looks to reduce the impact of visitors, especially in the Lakes Across Cumbria local communities, businesses and grassroots organisations are being mobilised to map out ways that they hope will help it become the UK’s first carbon-neutral county. The county is aiming to decarbonise by […]

UK small businesses: how have you been affected by Brexit?

We would like to hear from small and medium enterprises on their Brexit experiences Small businesses in the UK have been suffering since the country left the EU on 1 January, experiencing problems such as delays at borders and complicated paperwork. We would like to hear from small and medium enterprises on their Brexit experiences. […]

Have you become a delivery driver during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK?

We’d like to hear from people who have started jobs as delivery drivers during the coronavirus pandemic With the pandemic worsening and the nation going into another lockdown, Britain has never been more reliant on delivery drivers. Online grocery sales now account for 13% of all food sales, up from 7.4% in March and experts […]

Tell us: has your pub received financial support during the pandemic?

We would like to hear from pubs across England who have been promised a £1,000 grant during the pandemic Nearly three-quarters of the pubs promised a £1,000 grant by the prime minister to help them survive the loss of Christmas sales in England are still waiting for the money, the industry trade body has warned. […]

Did you live on Barking’s Becontree estate?

We’d like to hear from people who have lived on the Becontree estate about their memories and experiences on its 100th anniversary The Becontree estate in the East London borough of Barking and Dagenham was a landmark developing in public housing development. The first homes in the social housing estate were built in 1921 and […]

How will Trump pass ‘nuclear football’ to Biden if he’s not at swearing-in?

Physical transfer of brief case containing nuclear attack plans has become part of inauguration ritual It is a responsibility that has passed to every president since John F Kennedy – the custody of the so called “nuclear football” – the hardened brief case that is handed over on the day of the inauguration of new […]

Trump’s presidency: a lesson in the true meaning of ‘American carnage’

For four years the outrages piled up so high they were hard to keep track of but the coronavirus pandemic proved to be one crisis he couldn’t bluster away In a cold, sombre, damp Washington four years ago this Wednesday, Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States […]

Cerrie Burnell: ‘Disabled people have been shut away during the pandemic’

The former CBeebies presenter and actor asks why disabled people are still treated as if they are inferior, especially during Covid-19 “As a disabled person you have to be so political every day,” says Cerrie Burnell, “just in how you go about your life; being joyful has to be a choice because you are told […]

‘The Capitol riot was our Chernobyl’: James Comey on Trump, the ‘pee tape’ and Clinton’s emails

The former FBI director was sickened and angered by the attack incited by the president. But has he come to terms with his part in getting him elected? As an investigator turned author, James Comey has developed a forensic eye for detail. The colour of the curtains in the Oval Office. The length of Donald […]

Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

Birds that became tangled in baited lines appear to be scared off by coloured pipes A cheap and simple change to the equipment used by Namibian fishing boats is saving tens of thousands of vulnerable seabirds annually, researchers have estimated. Some industrial fleets often use long lines fitted with thousands of baited hooks, which attract […]

The day my voice broke: what an injury taught me about the power of speech

When I damaged my vocal cords, I was forced to change the way I spoke – and discovered how much our voices reveal who we are Some years ago, I was invited by my then boss, Jann Wenner, the owner of Rolling Stone, to be the lead singer in a band he was putting together […]

‘Now Togo is free!’ – long lost photographs of newly liberated African nations

In the late 1950s, Todd Webb toured Africa – and captured a new spirit as the shackles of colonialism were cast off. Missing for decades, his extraordinary photographs are finally being published Betsy Evans Hunt wasn’t sure what to expect when, in 2015, she descended a staircase into a California basement. Her journey, thousands of […]

Java’s ring of fire rumbles on: Indonesian volcanoes erupt – in pictures

Volcanoes in Java continue to show worrying signs, with authorities closely monitoring seismic activity as they spew lava and ash many kilometres into the atmosphere. At 3,676 metres (12,060 feet), Mount Semeru in East Java is one of the highest volcanoes in Indonesia. Mount Merapi in central Java is a 2,929-metre (9,610-foot) active volcano with […]

Are We Lost Forever review – breakup drama runs out of steam, if not sex

This Swedish relationship drama starts promisingly, but the script is too soapy and laboured Sheets in disarray, two lovers avoiding each other’s gaze; Swedish director David Färdmar opens his feature debut with an emotional bomb blast in a perfect white bedroom. “So you can’t even say it any more,” spits out Adrian (Björn Elgerd). Finally, […]

Why are so many classic PG-rated films being changed to 12A?

Until recently, under-12s could see films such as Jaws unsupervised, but the BBFC’s new ratings reflect the public’s changing values In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle it, once and for all Anyone who grew up in the […]

The letting agency that welcomes tenants on benefits with open arms

A little kindness – and practical help – goes a long way to helping people get back on their feet, says a landlord turned social entrepreneur “If you’re just kind, great things can happen,” says Susan Aktemel. Kindness isn’t a trait landlords are famous for, but Aktemel is on a mission to change this with […]

Why a youth violence campaigner is focused on housing: ‘People need a stake in their community’

An activist inspired by the death of a friend wants new housing estates planned in a way that designs out crime When a teenage friend was stabbed to death 14 years ago, Darwin Bernardo was inspired to become a youth advocate against violence. He founded Nutmeg, an organisation aimed at deterring young people from knife […]

The housing crisis and the scandal of empty homes: ‘You do not grasp how key this is’

A shocking number of properties are lying idle while families languish in temporary accommodation. Two activists see clearly how the government could rapidly right the wrongs of the UK’s imbalanced property market Empty homes are one of the most visible signs of the UK’s housing crisis. “They’re the most obvious example of what’s wrong, which […]