Militias, chaos and starvation: Britain 10 years after Brexit

The Queen has fled, Polish workers have been forced out, and violent factions roam a broken land. Writer Jonathan Meades imagines the country The Great Chaos will create The Great Chip Shortage In 2019, older bigots and veteran xenophobes still recalled with pride the successful campaign Boston and the area of Lincolnshire around it waged in the 1960s against nutria. Once these shy, intelligent South American beasts got wind of their fate, they began to escape from the 50 or so farms that had imported them, head for wetlands, breed prolifically, guzzle crops (wheat, beetroot, turnip) and destabilise fen dykes by burrowing into their banks. The situation was later exacerbated by nutria fur falling out of fashion and the farms …

Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife

They survived homophobia and Thatcher. But is gentrification now sounding the death knell for gay clubs and pubs? We meet the artists battling to save them On a summers day in 2017, in gardens near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, an unusual drag show took place. A lot of work had gone into the costumes, but these were not of the kind youd expect: there were no rhinestones or wigs. Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents. The models didnt represent buildings of any great distinction, but to members of the audience they were a familiar lineup: the Black Cap, the Joiners …

The Rolling Stones postpone tour due to Mick Jagger’s health

Singer devastated but expects to make full recovery and tells fans to keep tickets Sir Mick Jagger has said he is devastated to let down fans after the Rolling Stones announced they were postponing a tour of the US and Canada while the frontman seeks medical treatment. The singer, 75, has been told by doctors that he cannot go on tour at the moment but has been advised that he is expected to make a full recovery. No further details of his condition were given. A statement from the group said: Unfortunately today the Rolling Stones have had to announce the postponement of their upcoming US/Canada tour dates we apologise for any inconvenience this causes those who have tickets to …

Canadian film made in language spoken by just 20 people in the world

The film aims to preserve the endangered dialects of British Columbias Haida people Plenty of films are somewhat incomprehensible, but a forthcoming movie is in a language that only about 20 people in the world can speak fluently. With subtitles, audiences will be able to understand a feature film titled SGaawaay Kuuna, translated as Edge of the Knife, which has its UK premiere in April. It is in two dialects of the highly endangered Haida language, the ancestral tongue of the Haida people of British Columbia. It is unrelated to any other language, and actors had to learn it to understand their lines. The film is playing an important role in preserving the language, its director Gwaai Edenshaw said. He …

Nowruz festival marks 100 years of Afghan independence

Afghans have been taking part in Nowruz new year celebrations, which have coincided with the countrys centenary of independence. Stefanie Glinski visited the northern city of Mazar-e-sharif to photograph the festivities Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of Security was tight during Nowruz celebrations in Mazar-e-Sharif, where hundreds of police and military personnel where deployed Decked out in colourful dresses and carrying national flags and plastic trumpets, revellers filled the usually traffic-clogged streets and famous Blue mosque in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. People from all over the country as well as some neighbouring ones have been joining in the fun to celebrate the year 1398. Children enjoy picnics and ice-cream during Nowruz celebrations Rostam, 45, a Pashto dancer …

Van Gogh’s paintings come to life at this incredible art museum. Come take a tour.

Do you remember your last trip to an art museum? If we’re talking typical art museum, you probably walked around an expansive but sterile space, looked at some pretty paintings from a respectful distance, then went to the gift shop to buy a magnet of one of those paintings for your fridge. Okay, I may be personalizing that last part a bit, but you get what I’m saying. On the whole, a day at an art museum can be lovely, but it’s often not terribly memorable. Perhaps that’s one reason why museum attendance has been steadily declining across the United States since the early 2000s, especially among the younger demographic. Another might be that, since technology satisfies most of our …

Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food

We are now producing and consuming more food than ever, and yet our modern diet is killing us. How can we solve this bittersweet dilemma? Pick a bunch of green grapes, wash it, and put one in your mouth. Feel the grape with your tongue, observe how cold and refreshing it is: the crisp flesh, and the jellylike interior with its mild, sweet flavour. Eating grapes can feel like an old pleasure, untouched by change. The ancient Greeks and Romans loved to eat them, as well as to drink them in the form of wine. The Odyssey describes a ripe and luscious vine, hung thick with grapes. As you pull the next delicious piece of fruit from its stalk, you …

This school principal who reads bedtime stories online to her students is what they mean by an ‘everyday hero.’

Reading aloud is good for kids. This principal is going above and beyond to make it happen for her students. The benefits of reading is well-documented, especially for growing children. Books help build vocabulary, foster empathy, increase attention spans, and teach kids to think critically. But some kids, especially in low-income households, may not have easy access to books or have caregivers who are able to read to them regularly. That’s a problem. It’s hard for kids to develop a love of reading without lots of exposure to books. And without the benefits that regular reading can offer, the educational gap for kids in low-income households just grows wider. Principal Belinda George, a first-year principal at Homer Drive Elementary in …

Charlotte Rampling: Depression makes you dead to the world you’ve got to build yourself up again

The actor on her new film, Hannah, 2016s racism row, her silence on #MeToo and learning to care for herself Charlotte Rampling is sorry for being late. She arrived at Gare du Nord in time to catch her train from Paris to London, but when she got there, she realised she had left her passport at home. She has just moved, she explains, to a new place in Paris, the city in which she has lived for decades, and nothing is where she expects it to be. When you move, its quite disorienting. You dont quite know where you are. Not that she is in any way ruffled by the train fiasco. It is hard to imagine her being ruffled …

Michelle Obama shared how her mom keeps her humble, and people are loving it.

This text exchange between the former First Lady and her mom is the best thing you’ll see today. People adore Michelle Obama because she is smart and dignified, yet incredibly down to earth. She’s the kind of person you want to sit and chat with over coffee for hours (before begging her to take you home and adopt you, perhaps). It’s social media posts like this one that make people adore her realness—a quality she clearly gets from her mama. In an Instagram post captioned “When your mom doesn’t think you’re a ‘real’ celebrity…,” Obama shared a text exchange with her mom after her surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards. Instagram/Michelle Obama “I guess you were a hit at the …