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The smallest gay bar in Leeds: ‘don’t worry, there’s room to dance!’

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

“A gay bar is worth something different to a gay person,” says Lucy Hayhoe, “than a pub is to a straight person.” Responding to the rapid


‘It was so gripping I read it in two sittings’: 11 books to pull you out of a reading rut

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski ‘Reading about the hope in others’ hopeless lives kept me going’Bukowski’s often seedy stories are a wonderful break from


Single dose of Covid vaccine can nearly halve transmission of virus, study finds

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

A single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can slash transmission of the virus by up to half, according to a Public Health England study. The PHE finding offers further hop


Shaun Bailey criticised for ‘victim blaming’ girls in comments on domestic violence

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

The Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has been criticised for past comments suggesting girls should “accept less of men’s rubbish” to avoid domestic vi


The Guardian view on reopening the arts: behind the scenes, all is not well

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

O n 17 May, arts and cultural venues may reopen; indeed commercial galleries, by virtue of their status as shops, were able to open on 12 April. T


The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s donors: what is the quid pro quo?

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

C orruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This term cannot – yet – be applied to describe what has gone on with


If getting lost is the best way to explore somewhere new, I’m playing a blinder

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

I am lost. This is not figurative or existential: I am physically unable to get my bearings. I thought I knew York inside out, having grown up he


Poignant video shows crew of sunken Indonesia submarine singing farewell song

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

A poignant video has emerged showing the crew of a sunken Indonesian submarine singing happily together on board their vessel. The video, filmed a few weeks before t


How the Spice Girls taught me boys could like girls' things

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

In Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, the titular character says, “Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.” It could have been the


The Guardian view on reopening the arts: behind the scenes, all is not well

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

O n 17 May, arts and cultural venues may reopen; indeed commercial galleries, by virtue of their status as shops, were able to open on 12 April. T


The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s donors: what is the quid pro quo?

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

C orruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This term cannot – yet – be applied to describe what has gone on with


If getting lost is the best way to explore somewhere new, I’m playing a blinder

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

I am lost. This is not figurative or existential: I am physically unable to get my bearings. I thought I knew York inside out, having grown up he


Robyn: how her banana-eating stage antics redefined my concept of punk

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

T he sun was setting when I heard it: the sound of a party in the distance. It was 2011 and I was working at Bestival as an Oxfam steward. I had j


Loophole in ministers’ code allows lobbying to remain secret, says ex-civil servant

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

A loophole in the ministers’ code of conduct has allowed officials to keep the lobbying of companies like Greensill Capital off of public records, according to an ex


Nadal v Nadal on horizon as Auger-Aliassime gets famous new coach

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

I n professional tennis, comebacks are as present as the air we breathe. Players return to competition on a whim, coaches inevitably find their wa


Shirley Williams was an inspiration to all liberals

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

I was at St Paul’s girls’ school with Shirley Williams, two years her junior (Obituary, 12 April). I remember, as a 13-year-old, hearing her passionately decrying ineq


Nigel Slater’s recipe for sprouted seeds, chickpeas and beans

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

The recipe Cook 200g of peas in a deep pan of boiling, lightly salted water, remove them with a draining spoon and transfer to a bowl. Add 200g broad beans to the bo


Back in the mix: cocktails for outdoor meet-ups

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

What cocktails are good to make for a gathering outside? Jess, Bath The key to park-time drinking (in moderation, of course) is keeping thin


Hunt for Toronto serial killer hampered by police prejudice, report says

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

The hunt for a serial killer who preyed on gay men in Toronto was hampered by “serious flaws” in the police investigation – including the stereotyping of LGBTQ people


England’s Ben Stokes faces spell on sidelines after breaking finger in IPL

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Ben Stokes faces a spell on the sidelines before England’s international summer after being ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a broken finger. The all-ro


Gambling firms will never take responsibility for addiction

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Your report (Tax gambling firms to fund addiction treatment, says NHS director, 7 April) is deja vu and depressing in equal measure. From 2004 to 2006, I was the CEO o


The Guardian view on the Cameron inquiry: democracy versus chumocracy

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

J onathan Evans, the chair of the government’s committee on standards in public life, recently reflected on suggestions that Britain had entered a


Britain believes it’s free of corruption. But there’s still the stench of decay

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

I f you are pulled over for a traffic offence in Britain, the fine is not usually settled with a wink and a roll of banknotes for the police offic


My mum loves me, but doesn’t know me. Can I change our relationship?

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

The dilemma I am a 50-year-old gay man. When I was young I was cast in the role of the “good” child – my mother’s antidote to my rebellious siblings. I be