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Helvetica Now: why the Marmite of fonts was redesigned 24 Apr 12:14pm Helvetica Now: why the Marmite of fonts was redesigned
The love-it-or-hate-it typeface has been given an update to help it survive the internet age There aren’t many typefaces as well-known or divisive as Helvetica. “Lots of people love it. Lots of people hate it. I love it and hate it at the same time,” says Jop van Bennekom, the creative director and co-founder of Fantastic Man magazine. Originally developed by the Swiss designer Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann in 1957, the font has been the subject of a
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Ted Kelsey, Archers actor who played Joe Grundy, dies 24 Apr 11:33am Ted Kelsey, Archers actor who played Joe Grundy, dies
Actor, 88, credited with giving ‘one of the great performances in the history of British radio’
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Iron Sky: The Coming Race review – woeful return of the lunar refugees 24 Apr 10:00am Iron Sky: The Coming Race review – woeful return of the lunar refugees
In this baffling sci-fi fantasy sequel, a rag-tag crew of adventurers encounter dinosaurs and reptilian Nazis at the centre of the Earth Never has the concept of “one for the diehard fans” been so applicable as it is to Timo Vuorensola’s scattershot, stakes-free, self-consciously wacky space comedy. Its existence is baffling until you realise that this sequel to a 2012 sci-fi yarn about Nazis on the moon, was entirely crowd-funded. The Coming Race kicks off in 2047. Earth has been destroyed by nuclear war and the thousand or so human survivors have relocated to a former Nazi base on the moon. They are led nominally by the ailing, regal Renate (Julia Dietze) but her daughter, plucky narrator-heroine Obi (Lara Rossi), is the one who’s really in charge. (Her Star Wars nod of a name is one of many gratuitous hat-tips to better and more successful cultural properties.)
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Grime once again dominates Ivor Novello awards nominations 24 Apr 9:22am Grime once again dominates Ivor Novello awards nominations
Politically charged work well represented but female songwriters miss out Grime dominated the Ivor Novello award nominations for the third year in a row as
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EL James’s new romance whipped by critics, but still romps to No 1 24 Apr 8:25am EL James’s new romance whipped by critics, but still romps to No 1
The Mister sells more than 52,000 copies in a week to top book charts – but is nowhere near equivalent sales of her Fifty Shades books EL James’s move away from the whips and handcuffs of Christian Grey to the more straightforward sexual predilections of a British aristocrat and his Albanian cleaner has landed her at the top of this week’s book charts. The Mister, James’s first novel outside the world of Fifty Shades of Grey, focuses on the romance between Maxim Trevelyan, an earl, model, photographer and DJ, and his sex-trafficked cleaner Alessia. It sold 52,674 physical copies in its first week on sale, according to sales monitor Nielsen BookScan. This places it at No 1 on the book charts, ahead of titles by authors including Lee Child, cleaning guru Mrs Hinch, and the hit cookbook Pinch of Nom.
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Living by the pen: British Library explores history of writing 24 Apr 8:23am Living by the pen: British Library explores history of writing
Angry telegram by playwright John Osborne and 2,000-year-old homework among exhibits Any modern child fretting about messing up their homework can be reassured – the ancient Egyptians could be just as hopeless. “It is a bit of a disaster … it’s not good,” said the curator Adrian Edwards, referring to the nearly 2,000-year-old Greek homework of an Egyptian child, on display at
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Wes Anderson gets a wallpaper collection – let the over-decorating begin! 24 Apr 7:03am Wes Anderson gets a wallpaper collection – let the over-decorating begin!
Campy wallpapers inspired by his films are now on sale. Which other directors, from JJ Abrams to David Lynch, should get their own lines? Wes Anderson turns 50 next week. Of all the ways you could mark such a momentous event, one stands head and shoulders above all others: you could deck out your entire house in whimsical wallpaper that will make you feel as if you’ve accidentally set foot inside one of
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Bonding review – learn how to be a dominatrix (in under three hours) 24 Apr 7:00am Bonding review – learn how to be a dominatrix (in under three hours)
A top dominatrix enlists her gay BFF as her assistant in Netflix’s joyfully explicit new series of sex-comedy vignettes. What a liberating delight
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Top 10 thrillers about siblings | Alafair Burke 24 Apr 6:42am Top 10 thrillers about siblings | Alafair Burke
The complex knots of love and rivalry that bind sisters and brothers also provide perfect plots for novelists from Gillian Flynn to Ian McEwan Think about a family’s description of its siblings.
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Tolkien film-makers insist they were respectful after estate disavows biopic 24 Apr 6:07am Tolkien film-makers insist they were respectful after estate disavows biopic
Fox Searchlight says it is ‘so proud’ of biopic starring Nicholas Hoult, after frosty reception from the Lord of the Rings author’s estate The makers of a forthcoming biopic about JRR Tolkien have stressed their “utmost respect and admiration” for the Lord of the Rings author,
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Lebanese author Hoda Barakat wins International prize for Arabic fiction 24 Apr 5:19am Lebanese author Hoda Barakat wins International prize for Arabic fiction
The Night Mail takes $50,000 prize and secures funding for an English translation Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the $50,000 (£39,000) International prize for Arabic fiction (Ipaf) for her novel The Night Mail, which tells the stories of people in exile through their letters. Billed as the “Arabic Booker”, the Ipaf also provides funding to translate the book into English. The Night Mail has already been acquired by UK publisher Oneworld, which will publish the English version in 2020.
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Where Shall We Run to? by Alan Garner review – a hauntingly beautiful memoir 24 Apr 5:14am Where Shall We Run to? by Alan Garner review – a hauntingly beautiful memoir
From keeping a hedgehog to trying on gas masks, this wartime memoir is filled with the innocence of childhoodThe young
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The next episode: can TV breathe new life into struggling Star Wars? 24 Apr 4:00am The next episode: can TV breathe new life into struggling Star Wars?
With recent film outings suffering a backlash from rabid fans, Disney are hoping that a new breed of series set in a galaxy far, far away will ensure the saga’s future The big-screen presence of the Star Wars universe has suffered a wobble in recent years, to say at least. After the lukewarm reception of Solo and the cultural backlash against The Last Jedi – never mind its
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White by Bret Easton Ellis review – sound, fury and insignificance 24 Apr 2:30am White by Bret Easton Ellis review – sound, fury and insignificance
Bitter rants and petty score settling drive this attack on political correctness in the Twitter age
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The art of visual storytelling – in pictures 24 Apr 2:00am The art of visual storytelling – in pictures
This year’s LensCulture Visual Storytelling awards encompass a global set of artists documenting the world around them from big moments to small. Submissions hailed from 166 countries and a jury of experts picked a wide range of compelling and surprising images. The winners and finalists are now showing at Aperture Gallery in New York until 2 May
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TV tonight: Omar from The Wire meets young addicts in breadline Britain 24 Apr 1:19am TV tonight: Omar from The Wire meets young addicts in breadline Britain
Michael K Williams fronts a gritty doc about poverty, drugs and crime. Plus: it’s Richard Gere’s reckoning at last in the MotherFatherSon finale. Here’s what to watch this evening This gilded but ever-so-slightly overstretched drama ends with a reckoning, of sorts. If you have made it this far, you are probably prepared for the finale’s climactic two-handers being filled with stiff silences and stagey epigrams. As Richard Gere’s media mogul considers whether to back Sarah Lancashire’s fascist in the general election, there are crucial, timely political points that could be made, but you sense this show would consider actually making them beneath it.
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Yes! Yes! Yes! We must break the silence about female pleasure 24 Apr 1:00am Yes! Yes! Yes! We must break the silence about female pleasure
Doctors made me feel silly and men offered to fix my vaginal woe. But speaking up about sexual dysfunction has given me back the voice I had lost in bed It’s time for me to stop lying about sex. To my ex-partners, I’m sorry I wasn’t as honest with you as I could have been, but sex is complicated. There is often history, pride and feelings involved. When I talk about sex I don’t just mean my experience of heterosexual penetration, which was the only kind of sex I was ever taught about at school. The truth is that 75% of women only orgasm with help from sex toys, hands or tongue, so let’s relegate the penis for a moment in our discussion of female pleasure. For a long time, I have experienced pain during sex. What I thought would be an easy and joyous activity was unexpectedly difficult and upsetting. This led to me wanting sex less. Orgasm became a distant dream.
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