Poetry book of the month: How to Fly by Barbara Kingsolver – review

Many of Kingsolver’s poems are written for, or about, other people – her husband, her family and friends (Walking Each Other Home gracefully explores the shared territory of a friendship). And what a friend she must be – and wry adviser. She launches her book with “how to” poems. Their light relief goes deep – […]

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver review – a powerful lament for the American dream

Kingsolver uses interwoven timelines to trace the lives of two families living in the house a century and a half apart. Freelance writer Willa Knox inherits the home in 2016, at a fortuitous moment: her academic husband, Iano, recently lost tenure, the couple care for his ailing father and their bohemian daughter, Tig, has returned […]

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver – review

The monarchs’ majestic, and mysterious, appearance distracts Dellarobia from her illicit assignation and in the process, the would-be “Tennessee temptress” achieves internet fame as the discoverer of a phenomenon that confounds human understanding of butterfly migration. For monarchs to attempt to overwinter far from the heat of the south is unprecedented. Locals view their arrival […]

John Bolton can publish book despite efforts to block it, federal judge rules

The Justice Department sued this past week to block the book’s release and to demand that copies be retrieved. Officials said the book contained classified information and that Bolton had failed to complete a prepublication review process meant to ensure former government officials do not improperly disclose national security secrets in books they write. The […]

Ola Cabs app hit by bug that allows free rides

BENGALURU: A software engineer and a security firm have exposed what they say are vulnerabilities in Ola’s mobile app, raising concerns about the robustness of technology at India’s largest cab aggregator. The two bugs that have been unearthed allow unethical individuals with basic programming knowledge to enjoy unlimited free cab rides—one at the expense of […]

Dominic Cummings will take the extraordinary step of making a public statement – in breach of guidelines for unelected aides – over his lockdown trip to Durham from the Downing Street Rose Garden today

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme today: ‘If you look at the research it shows the reason why people observed lockdown was not for themselves, it wasn’t because they were personally at risk, they did it for the community, they did it because of a sense of “we’re all in this together”.

Mykonos: The ultra-chic Greek island struggling with the pandemic

Although visits were at an all-time low in June and July, arrival rates to the island’s airport are picking up rapidly, coinciding with a rise in cases across Greece. While the country’s decisive handling of the virus meant it has recorded only 206 deaths to date, daily cases are the highest they’ve ever been; 65 […]

Grounded Beginner’s Guide: 10 Tips For Surviving The Giant World

You’ll find spiders before long as you approach the oak tree, and they can be seriously frightening, as well as extremely deadly. Armor will help you survive any run-ins, but until you get better weapons than the spear you can craft at the start of Grounded, you should keep your distance. You can tell when […]

From Ma’am with love! The Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William wish Meghan Markle happy birthday on Instagram as the Duchess turns 39 in LA days before release of bombshell biography

Meghan used to tip off the paparazzi when working as an actress in Canada, despite her later going on to claim she didn’t understand the ‘tabloid culture’.Meghan’s friends claimed she endured prejudice from the royal household, with a senior staff member overheard telling a colleague: ‘There’s just something about her I just don’t trust.’   Harry felt […]

A northern soul

Over a hundred years after the Industrial Revolution, which seemed destined to crush the area into dust and isolation as the world it inspired moved Manchester out of the way, an Emotional Revolution happened that would push Manchester into the 21st Century. This happened because Johnny Rotten showed Howard Devoto a way to exploit positively […]