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Ten of the best theatre shows for Christmas 2018 9 Nov 10:33am Ten of the best theatre shows for Christmas 2018
Musical improv elves, cabaret and interactive hijinks abound in these festive shows for families
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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen Ghodsee – review 9 Nov 10:14am Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen Ghodsee – review
Women bear the brunt of capitalism’s cyclical instability, they are paid less and, without state support, divert their energy to caring for others. And all of this affects their sexuality This book has a simple premise: “Unregulated capitalism is bad for women,” Kristen Ghodsee argues, “and if we adopt some ideas from socialism, women will have better lives.” Ghodsee is an ethnographer who has researched the transition from communism to capitalism in eastern Europe, with a particular focus on gender-specific consequences. “The collapse of state socialism in 1989 created a perfect laboratory to investigate the effects of capitalism on women’s lives,” she writes. Less regulated economies, she finds, place a disproportionate burden on women. Women subsidise lower taxes through their unpaid labour at home. Cuts to the social safety net mean more women have to care for children, the elderly and the sick, forcing them into economic dependence. Ghodsee contends that without state intervention, the private sector job market punishes those who bear and raise children and discriminates against those who might one day do so. The government is better at ensuring wage parity across different groups than the private sector, and economies with more public sector jobs tend to have more gender equality, too. Women bear the brunt of capitalism’s cyclical instability, and are often the last to be hired and the first to be fired in economic downturns. They are paid less, they have less representation in government and, she writes, all of this affects their sexuality. The less economic independence women have, the more sexuality and sexual relationships conform to the marketplace, with those who are disadvantaged in the free market pursuing sex not for love or pleasure but for a roof over their heads, health insurance, or access to the wealth or status that capitalism denies them.
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Why bookshops are unexpected beneficiaries of Brexit | Natalie Haynes 9 Nov 8:26am Why bookshops are unexpected beneficiaries of Brexit | Natalie Haynes
In the face of disaster, the public is arming itself with literary analysis to try to make sense of our scary new political worldOver the past two years, the nation has felt deeply divided. May, Corbyn, Brexit: supporters and detractors alike have seemed less capable than ever of seeing things from each other’s perspectives. The only thing on which we all seem to agree is the molten toxicity of
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The gal-dem bookshop: an exclusive celebration of people of colour 9 Nov 8:01am The gal-dem bookshop: an exclusive celebration of people of colour
Created in honour of Michelle Obama’s upcoming memoir, our Bloomsbury pop-up only stocks women and non-binary people of colour – and will hopefully introduce you to some new authors gal-dem’s upcoming pop-up bookshop, created in honour
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Kate Moss’s fags and Joe Strummer’s notes: should we loot the rock star car boot? 9 Nov 8:00am Kate Moss’s fags and Joe Strummer’s notes: should we loot the rock star car boot?
Fans can buy Sonic Youth’s kit off a gear-flogging website. When there’s cash to be made from a the rock retrospective exhibition, it’s a risky move
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Back with the real Beatles: the White Album reviewed - archive, November 1968 9 Nov 7:57am Back with the real Beatles: the White Album reviewed - archive, November 1968
Fifty years ago, the Guardian printed two reviews of The Beatles and recommended listening to ‘what is likely to be the biggest event of the pop music year’ in stereo The Beatles have accustomed us to look for clues to the meaning of their work. Everyone can look at the cover design of Sergeant Pepper and play “spot the reference.” There’s Stan Laurel and Max Miller; Marlon Brando and Dylan Thomas; but who’s that peering over the top of Paul McCartney’s head?
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Culture secretary Jeremy Wright reveals his love of Lego 9 Nov 7:49am Culture secretary Jeremy Wright reveals his love of Lego
MP says he uses blocks ‘to put brain into neutral’ … and to create a Death Star
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Slow Club: the bickering, the beauty – and getting changed in the toilets 9 Nov 7:22am Slow Club: the bickering, the beauty – and getting changed in the toilets
Piers Dennis went on the road to film Our Most Brilliant Friends, a remarkable documentary that reveals the band Slow Club on the brink of a break-up
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The bickering, the beauty – and getting changed in the toilets 9 Nov 7:09am The bickering, the beauty – and getting changed in the toilets
Piers Dennis went on the road to film Our Most Brilliant Friends, a remarkable documentary that reveals the band Slow Club on the brink of a break-up
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This week’s best home entertainment … from People Just Do Nothing to Dynasties 9 Nov 6:59am This week’s best home entertainment … from People Just Do Nothing to Dynasties
The writing’s on the wall for the boys of Kurupt FM, while David Attenborough’s latest follows five endangered species Grime to say goodbye. Brentford’s finest return for a final season of the acclaimed comedy with change in the air: Grindah and Beats are performing for their hated rivals Kold FM while their equipment is still in the custody of the cops; Steves is on community service; and Miche is facing the prospect of moving to (gasp) Essex. Can a car-boot sale turn things around?
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Jerry Seinfeld announces four London dates in summer 2019 9 Nov 6:48am Jerry Seinfeld announces four London dates in summer 2019
Superstar comic will give first UK performances in seven years at the Hammersmith Apollo Jerry Seinfeld is to give four rare performances in London when he brings his standup show to the Hammersmith Apollo in summer 2019. Seinfeld will perform two shows a night on 12 and 13 July, marking his return to the capital for the first time in seven years. The 64-year-old superstar comedian, who found international fame with his eponymous TV series, has had recent hits with the Netflix special
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BTS performance axed by Japanese TV show over atomic bomb T-shirt 9 Nov 6:26am BTS performance axed by Japanese TV show over atomic bomb T-shirt
Top worn by K-pop band member Jimin appeared to celebrate Hiroshima attack A TV network in Japan has cancelled an appearance by the popular K-pop band
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Ian McKellen to celebrate 80th birthday with 80-date tour 9 Nov 6:18am Ian McKellen to celebrate 80th birthday with 80-date tour
The UK tour will visit theatres with a personal connection to the actor and performances will encourage audience members to share the stage Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by asking audience members to act alongside him as he goes on an
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Disney planning Star Wars spinoff series starring Diego Luna 9 Nov 6:13am Disney planning Star Wars spinoff series starring Diego Luna
CEO Bob Iger also announces that Tom Hiddleston will star in a Marvel-related programme for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service Disney is moving ahead with another Star Wars spinoff TV series. It follows the announcement, in October, of the
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Black and white TVs are a lo-fi rebuke to a world gone wrong | Stuart Jeffries 9 Nov 5:50am Black and white TVs are a lo-fi rebuke to a world gone wrong | Stuart Jeffries
The UK has 7,000 households that shun colour television. They may be on to somethingWhen Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson released the first world war documentary
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Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers: Bought to Rot review – nihilism and tenderness 9 Nov 5:30am Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers: Bought to Rot review – nihilism and tenderness
(Bloodshot) Designed like a mixtape – cheeky Britpop brushing against campfire sarcasm and gothy surf – Bought to Rot is more casual than Laura Jane Grace’s records with Against Me!, the storied Florida punk band she has fronted for 20 years. She wrote it on the road with drummer Atom Willard and bassist Mark Jacob Hudson, working in a more immediate fashion than usual. The lighter touch might offer anyone deterred by her heavier material a welcoming introduction to this ironclad songwriter.
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Bernardine Evaristo: ‘The book that made me cry? I’m as tough as old boots’ 9 Nov 5:00am Bernardine Evaristo: ‘The book that made me cry? I’m as tough as old boots’
The poet and novelist on Romans, black British history and the best books to get boys reading
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Bros: After the Screaming Stops review – reunion doc cranks the cringe up to 11 9 Nov 5:00am Bros: After the Screaming Stops review – reunion doc cranks the cringe up to 11
Toe-curling levels of self-importance add a wincingly funny edge to this documentary about the reunion of an 80s boyband For various reasons, my screaming was pretty much continuous throughout this bizarre and perhaps unintentionally gripping promo-doc about the stressful reunion of
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War is hell: Overlord and the history of battle-set horror movies 9 Nov 4:00am War is hell: Overlord and the history of battle-set horror movies
In the JJ Abrams-produced throwback thriller, the second world war is the setting for a gory creature feature, the latest in a long line of wartorn shockers The new thriller Overlord may be set during D-Day, but its roots go back to the 1950s and 60s. Director Julius Avery slips an aesthetic tipoff into the opening credits, styling the font to emulate the mid-century B-movies that filled out drive-in double features. In intention and execution, Overlord has more in common with retro throwbacks like Dead Snow or Iron Sky, paying homage to the mad fusion of history and conjecture that gave us They Saved Hitler’s Brain! decades earlier.
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Sex, supermodels and champagne: Guy Bourdin – in pictures 9 Nov 3:00am Sex, supermodels and champagne: Guy Bourdin – in pictures
In 1987, Chanel asked the fashion master to shoot an ad campaign for its new watch. The strange, dreamlike images he produced are at
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Why Prince Charming is all out of happily ever afters 9 Nov 3:00am Why Prince Charming is all out of happily ever afters
Disney’s new take on The Nutcracker is the latest fairytale remake to ditch romance for girl-centred empowerment It’s a good job Disney has anchored the fairytale sector of its operation around princesses. Princes are pretty much expendable these days. They’re so last century. And when they do turn up in movies, they’re not exactly marriage material anyway. As in
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