Monty Python star Michael Palin, 76, undergoes four-hour heart surgery

The legendary comedian and broadcaster continued: “My chest won’t really be ready for any gold medallions for at least six weeks, and I’m told the ticker, which enlarges to deal with the extra work-load from dysfunctional valves, may take a year to return to normal size.”

Book World: In ‘Not a Novel,’ Jenny Erpenbeck continues to evolve

“Not a Novel,” the latest from Jenny Erpenbeck, bears the subtitle “A Memoir in Pieces,” and yet it does not include much memoir, strictly speaking. Though this author’s 2017 novel, “Go, Went, Gone,” was greeted with acclaim, for the new selection of essays her American editors preferred a shorter selection than appeared in the original […]

Programming languages: Julia touts its speed edge over Python and R

Julia is not among the top 10 programming languages that developers use but it is in the top 10 most-loved programming languages in this year’s survey from Stack Overflow, putting it up there with Rust, TypeScript, Python, Kotlin, Go, Dart, C#, Swift, JavaScript and SQL. 

Coronavirus: Blanket removal of furlough scheme ‘risks python-like squeeze on jobs’

The chancellor has also offered to give a £1,000 bonus for each worker that companies bring back from furlough and employ through to January next year, although critics warn such incentives “look too small to be effective given the uncertainty about the economic outlook”.

Column: Remote work is here to stay. Here’s how to make it work

The kids? The kids are alright. But they’re young and unsuspecting of the rather dark side of the digital economy built by us. They will leave more of their footprints online. The cameras will be on more than ever before. The emails, instant messages, and even whispers in your drawing room will be read, heard, […]

Tuesday briefing: Brexit talks head for bitter end

Gareth Southgate has vowed to protect Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden despite sending the players home after they invited two women to the team hotel in Reykjavik, breaking coronavirus isolation rules. UK Sport has pledged to “identify, confront and eradicate” bullying and abuse in the high-performance system in the wake of the staggering allegations across […]

Wednesday briefing: England under rule of six

Sport Gareth Southgate said that Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have to regain his trust before he considers calling them up for England again after the pair missed a dire goalless draw against Denmark. In Stockholm, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo rattled home a superb first-half free kick against Sweden for his 100th international goal – and […]

Friday briefing: Rio Tinto CEO quits after cave furore

Anger behind the mask – Lockdown rules and mask-wearing are causing deeper social fractures than Brexit, a poll of 10,000 people has found. The masked (58%) have severely negative attitudes towards the non-masked, and the majority (68%) of people who obey lockdown rules feeling strongly negative views towards those who break them. Significant minorities of […]

Michael Palin: “I am glad to be alive each morning, you get an easier ride after 75”

“With Graham, that was a terrific loss as Graham was only 48 and, dear old Gray, worked himself quite hard and drank and smoked a lot. He had given all that up and was just approaching middle age, when he was wise and loving and funny, and then it sudd­enly catches up with him, the […]

Michael Palin recalls singing to the late Terry Jones and forgetting all of the words

Palin – who met Jones when they were students at Oxford in the 1960s and went on to form Monty Python with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam – said he had previously managed to Jones laugh.