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

A lengthy trio of university lectures amounts to an (BEGIN ITAL)ars poetica(END ITAL), meditations that address her playwriting as well as her fiction. The three talks resonate with memorable lines (“The world is there in every word, no matter how small”) and serve as a centerpiece for the entire text. Combined with the rest of […]

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

Developer Software developers: How plans to automate coding could mean big changes ahead Developer jobs: Demand for programming language Python falls amid pandemic Visual Studio 2019: Now IntelliSense linter for C++ programming language cleans up code Apple Silicon promises more powerful Macs, but developers face growing pains (ZDNet YouTube) The Best Web Hosting Providers (CNET) […]

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

Speaking ahead of the launch of a jobs campaign by Labour, shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said: “The chancellor’s refusal to abandon his one-size-fits-all withdrawal of furlough is a historic mistake that risks a python-like squeeze on jobs in the worst-hit sectors.

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

There are concerns the government appears poised to renege on parts of the withdrawal agreement, with legislation to be published on Wednesday that would leave customs checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea at the UK’s discretion – rebutting terms that are meant to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, and setting […]

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

US reels amid wildfires – More than 500,000 people in Oregon, amounting to more than 10% of the population, have been forced to evacuate as unprecedented wildfires rage across the state. Overnight the president, Donald Trump, made an emergency declaration approving federal assistance. Wildfires in the American west have killed at least 15 people and […]

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.