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War and pissoirs: how the urinals of Paris helped beat the Nazis 2 Dec 12:36pm War and pissoirs: how the urinals of Paris helped beat the Nazis
The French capital is celebrating the glorious heyday of its open-air urinals, with a fascinating show full of stories about secret sex, grotesque delicacies and Resistance plotting At 11pm on 6 December 1876, policemen patrolling the Champs-Élysées discovered a well-to-do bourgeois in a public toilet, engaged in what they described as “indecent exposure” with an 18-year-old labourer. The older man, it turned out, was the prominent Catholic politician Eugène de Germiny, a bastion of the reactionary right who railed against the government’s secular tendencies and advocated a society based on family, religion and a return to monarchy. The press immediately called out Germiny’s double standards. Despite his protests – he claimed his adventure was merely “research” – he became a magnet for satire, his political opponents making much of his hypocrisy. The writer Gustav Flaubert described the scandal as a “comfort that encourages the will to live”. Germiny was sent to jail and went into exile on release.
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Evelyn Waugh letters shed light on his abandoned first novel 2 Dec 11:13am Evelyn Waugh letters shed light on his abandoned first novel
In correspondence going to auction this week, the writer describes how he burned a manuscript titled The Temple at Thatch An unpublished letter in which a “despondent” Evelyn Waugh recounts how he burned his first attempt at a novel is to be auctioned this week. Part of a set of 10 unpublished letters, mostly written to his friend Richard Plunket Greene, the missives date from a difficult period in Waugh’s life. The would-be author spent six months teaching at Welsh prep school Arnold House in 1925 and, while there, wrote to Plunket Greene about the lack of enjoyment he found in teaching the boys. “The older they are the more stupid I find them,” he wrote.
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Nobel prize for literature hit by fresh round of resignations 2 Dec 9:07am Nobel prize for literature hit by fresh round of resignations
Two members of the committee set up to oversee reforms to the scandal-rocked award announce they are leaving
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Syrian war documentary For Sama triumphs at British independent film awards 2 Dec 8:02am Syrian war documentary For Sama triumphs at British independent film awards
The chronicle of an activist who filmed the destruction in Aleppo wins prizes for best film, documentary, director and editing For Sama, the acclaimed documentary about life under siege in the Syrian city of Aleppo, has unexpectedly
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ET go home: why Spielberg’s alien shouldn’t be flogging wifi 2 Dec 7:07am ET go home: why Spielberg’s alien shouldn’t be flogging wifi
‘The audience is going to get everything they want out of a sequel without the messy bits,’ say bosses, as they casually destroy your childhood memories to sell a cable TV and internet subscription
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The 20 best songs of 2019 2 Dec 6:00am The 20 best songs of 2019
Our critics have voted til they can’t no more ... and these are their tracks of the year. You can listen to all 593 songs that were voted for in our playlist More than 50 Guardian music writers were polled for their favourite albums and tracks of the year, and a bewilderingly complex spreadsheet was created to tally their votes. Ahead of our countdown of the resulting 50 best albums of the year, we’re kicking off with a list of the 20 best songs. We’ve also put as many as possible of the 593 tracks that were voted for into a Spotify and Apple Music playlist below (click on the Spotify or Apple Music icons at the top right of each playlist to access the entire playlists).
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Shelley Morrison, Will and Grace actor, dies aged 83 2 Dec 5:42am Shelley Morrison, Will and Grace actor, dies aged 83
Tributes paid to the actor who played Rosario Salazar in the US sitcom between 1999 and 2006 Shelley Morrison, best known for her role as maid Rosario Salazar in the US comedy Will and Grace, has died at the age of 83 from heart failure following a short illness. Born to Sephardic Jewish parents who emigrated to the US from Spain, Morrison appeared in 68 episodes of the pioneering LGBT comedy between 1999 and 2006. While Morrison was reportedly only meant to be in the programme for a single episode, Salazar proved so popular that she ended up appearing in eight seasons. Morrison reprised her role in a 2016 election webisode in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, though she did not return for the reboot in 2017.
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Why quality standards slip at Christmas when it comes to film 2 Dec 4:00am Why quality standards slip at Christmas when it comes to film
It’s the time of year where families gather, get drunk and consume Love Actually. But what is it about the season that makes us accept such dross? Every year, my in-laws have a Christmas tradition: they all sit down and watch
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The Hollywood Christmas Parade 2019 - in pictures 2 Dec 3:19am The Hollywood Christmas Parade 2019 - in pictures
The Hollywood Christmas Parade is an annual event held along Hollywood Boulevard on the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day. Floats, balloons, costume characters, bands, equestrians and celebrities are on hand to launch the holiday season
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Photographic discovery is a window into Soviet-era Ukraine photo essay 2 Dec 2:00am Photographic discovery is a window into Soviet-era Ukraine photo essay
In the remains of a bombed-out Soviet darkroom, hundreds of rolls of film were discovered rotting among the rubble by the photojournalist
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American quilts hailed as miraculous works of modern art come to UK 2 Dec 2:00am American quilts hailed as miraculous works of modern art come to UK
Turner Contemporary Margate to exhibit works by women from rural Gee’s Bend, Alabama When the wildly distinctive quilts made by generations of rural women in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, went on display in New York, one critic called them “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced”. The quilts have since been used on
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Caught in the crush: are our galleries now hopelessly overcrowded? 2 Dec 1:00am Caught in the crush: are our galleries now hopelessly overcrowded?
Can you really appreciate art when you have to crane your neck, dodge elbows and wait for selfie-takers to move on? Irate gallery-goers in London and beyond tell us why they’re giving up Damp from the rain, umbrellas shoved into our bags, we jostle each other politely – at first. But as I progress through
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