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The big picture: at home with Mr and Mrs Picasso

David Douglas Duncan, who died in 2018 aged 102, came to think of himself as the luckiest photographer alive. In February 1956 he travelled from his home in the United States to Cannes in the hope of photographing the world’s most famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Duncan had been a distinguished photojournalist with the US marines […]

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The Call of the Wild review – a remake with little bite

Jack London’s 1903 Yukon-set adventure novel has been adapted for screen on numerous occasions. Various versions have starred, among others, Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, Richard Dreyfuss and now Harrison Ford in the role of grizzled prospector John Thornton. They have also, until now, generally featured a dog in the role of Buck, the pampered Californian […]

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A Polish Olympian Aimed to Join Team U.S.A. Things Got Ugly.

As an 11-year-old in Poland, Aleksandra Shelton saw her mother competing in a fencing competition on television. Intrigued by the sport and the allure of also appearing on TV someday, she built a saber fencing career that far surpassed her mother’s aspirations. A decade later, Shelton won a bronze medal at the 2003 world championships. […]

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A return to Plot 29 | Allan Jenkins

I rushed the rehab. Regretting it now. It was the enforced helplessness I was fighting. Snowdrops are out. Crocuses, too. Jeffrey’s daylilies are a half a foot tall. His daffodils are in flower. Spring’s call is insistent. My exile is over. Baby steps were needed. The first couple of times I just sat and stood […]

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UK flood defence plans are inadequate, warn scientists

More investment in flood defences and improved planning for future disasters are urgently needed, scientists have warned. They predict that the number of extreme wet days – which have already increased this century – will continue to rise in the coming decades and will bring even greater devastation than that experienced this month after Storm […]

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