Tag Archives: The Independant

Will Self, Marc Quinn and Malcolm McLaren play Exquisite Corpses

I began curating Consequences in 1993 – a more innocent time, in terms of painting and the art world, and it seemed like a good idea . . . The paintings are based on the non-competitive chance drawing game Consequences, a game invented by the Surrealists, based on an old parlour game. The game is also known as ‘Exquisite Corpses.’ ...

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Bangladesh child marriage: New law will 'reduce minimum marital age to zero'

Bangladesh has been accused of taking a “devastating step backwards” in the fight against child marriage by introducing a legal loophole that sets no age limit for wedlock. The Child Marriage Restraint Bill keeps the legal age of marriage as 18 for women and 21 for men but introduces exceptions in “special cases” or for in the “best interests” of ...

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Valtteri Bottas impresses with the fastest lap so far in Formula One's pre-season testing

New signing Valtteri Bottas put champions Mercedes on top of the timesheets on Wednesday with the fastest lap so far in Formula One’s pre-season testing. The Finn’s best lap of one minute 19.310 seconds came on supersoft tyres in the morning session, with Bottas then handing over to triple champion team mate Lewis Hamilton for the afternoon. The time was ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo hits out against Real Madrid defence during Napoli win

Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a damning assessment of Real Madrid’s defensive display against Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night, insisting at half time that his side “don’t know how to defend”. Real secured their place in the last eight of the competition after beating the Italians 3-1, but found themselves a goal down heading into the break after Dries Mertens put the hosts ahead ...

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Yes, this was the boring Budget of an accountant politician – but that's exactly what we need right now

This is sensible, Middle England stuff. The Budget this year will be overshadowed by Brexit, whatever happens in the various European elections, and by Donald Trump’s policies on trade. And we are flying blind, for we can have very little idea of how these global issues will develop. All we can do is have reasonably robust national finances so that we ...

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Just when you thought it had gone, Philip Hammond's Budget brings back the Tampon Tax

Prime Minister Theresa May interrupted Chancellor Philip Hammond during his Spring Budget speech to remind him that it was International Women’s Day. Hammond attempted to attribute two announcements to himself, which had been previously made by May. Ironic that a man should appropriate a woman’s work on such a day. On reflection his Budget wasn’t much better either.   Alongside ...

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SNP's Mhairi Black caught on video telling Conservative Minister: 'You talk s***e hen'

Footage has emerged of Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Mhairi Black appearing to mouth “you talk s***e hen” to a Conservative minister.  The 22-year-old delivered an impassioned speech that criticised a Government proposal to withdraw housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds.  But Caroline Nokes, the Under Secretary of State in the Department for Work and Pensions, defended the Government action, eliciting an unusual ...

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Gina Miller is right: it is women who will bear the cost of Brexit

Almost as soon as I set foot in the European Parliament, I saw Nigel Farage. Like one of the four horseman of the Brexit apocalypse, he appeared as I turned the corner, chatting amiably with two male colleagues, looking every bit the Brussels bureaucrat.  Farage was a big part of the reason I was nervous to be there in the ...

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Tim Kaine: Son of Hillary Clinton's running mate arrested at pro-Donald Trump rally in Minnesota

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine’s son has been arrested in Minnesota for second-degree rioting after an altercation broke out during a pro-Donald Trump rally.   Linwood Kaine, 24, was arrested along with five others and has since been released from the Ramsey County jail. Further investigation is pending.  Senator Kaine was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.  The rally was attended by ...

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Album reviews: The Shins – Heartworms, The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir, Valerie June – The Order of Time and more

The Magnetic Fields, 50 Song Memoir ★★★★★ Download this: They’re Killing Children Over There; At The Pyramid; Dreaming In Tetris; Stupid Tears; You Can Never Go Back To New York As mid-life crises go, Stephin Merritt’s has to be one of the most orderly and focused. Forget the sports car, the inappropriate haircut and the ill-judged fling – for Merritt, ...

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