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Can I Breastfeed in It? Why a Facebook group for new mothers is the friendliest place on the internet6h Can I Breastfeed in It? Why a Facebook group for new mothers is the friendliest place on the internet
From milk-proof vest tops to bridesmaid outfits, members of an online community are helping each other to find clothes that both look great and are easy to feed a baby inThere are things in life you can only discover for yourself and things other people could have told you if only you had asked. Sorting between these two categories is the odd genius, such as Natalie Halman. Three years ago, when she was 27, she launched the Facebook page Can I Breastfeed in It? Almost instantly, 1,000 women were showering each other with suggestions for high-street clothes you could gracefully get in and out of – playsuits, wrap dresses, deceptively simple vest tops – in order to breastfeed. Death to the public feed is a top you have to pull up, rather than pull down, thus exposing the rest of your body. This is a painful discovery to make on your own in public. Plus, you have just spent nine months pregnant and you wouldn’t mind looking slightly nice every now and then. “Suddenly you need to account for feeding access, how it fits on your new post-baby body and whether the material will hide baby-inflicted stains,” says Halman. “All that, alongside retaining a style that makes you feel like ‘you’, is not an easy task.” Even though a decade has passed since I last tried to feed another human with my body, it is compulsive reading, not so much for its inventive quest for more imaginative jersey knits (front-loading buttons are good, but stretch is better) as for the vignettes presented to the group – “Help, I’m going to be a bridesmaid in six weeks, still breastfeeding my one-year-old, but one of the other bridesmaids is seven months pregnant and doesn’t want to look fat, what can we wear that will suit both of us?” – hosed with helpfulness from across the country as women get down to the brass tacks of checking stock at the relevant Sainsbury’s for one another. It is a bit like the earliest days of Mumsnet.
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The Guardian view on Birmingham prison: the root problem is austerity | Editorial6h The Guardian view on Birmingham prison: the root problem is austerity | Editorial
In the 18th century reformers condemned Birmingham prison as intolerable and offensive. After 250 years, too little has changed – and for many of the same reasonsIn 1776, the great prison reformer
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The Guardian view on Catholic sexual abuse: yet another fresh start | Editorial6h The Guardian view on Catholic sexual abuse: yet another fresh start | Editorial
Pope Francis has demanded his church repent and change after the latest scandals. Will it? Can it?
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Martin Rowson on Greece exiting austerity – cartoon7h Martin Rowson on Greece exiting austerity – cartoon
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Capitalism alone cannot reverse climate change | Letters7h Capitalism alone cannot reverse climate change | Letters
A free-market approach won’t rescue the world from climate change, argue
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Our schools didn’t sideline the Peterloo massacre | Letters7h Our schools didn’t sideline the Peterloo massacre | Letters
Film-maker Mike Leigh’s call for the Peterloo massacre to be widely taught in schools prompts reactions from readers
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Extending the crisis to housing associations is not the answer | Letters7h Extending the crisis to housing associations is not the answer | Letters
Readers respond to the latest news on the housing crisis, including right to buy for housing association tenants and the bedroom tax’s impact on single peopleThe Chartered Institute of Housing’s concerns that housing associations will replace sold-off social housing with new builds available on forms of tenure that are more lucrative for them and more expensive for potential residents (
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A weakness for microwave jam | Brief letters7h A weakness for microwave jam | Brief letters
Microwave food | Overtourism | Food bank donations | Pet names | The Cafe sitcomMike Pender (
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Letter: VS Naipaul obituary8h Letter: VS Naipaul obituary
Kenneth Ramchand’s masterly obituary of
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Letter: Peter Tapsell promptly signed a cheque for £10,0009h Letter: Peter Tapsell promptly signed a cheque for £10,000
A story told often in the House of Commons was about when
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The government knew about horrific conditions at HMP Birmingham, but didn’t care | Charles Falconer10h The government knew about horrific conditions at HMP Birmingham, but didn’t care | Charles Falconer
What little ministerial accountability there is appears to be focused on a handful of publicly run prisons. There is no planThe chief inspector of prisons’
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Worrying about robots stealing our jobs? How silly | Simon Jenkins13h Worrying about robots stealing our jobs? How silly | Simon Jenkins
The digital age will free us up not only for leisure activities but also to take on caring roles that can only be filled by humans So we are doomed. Robots will steal our jobs. Algorithms will capture our children. Artificial intelligence will corrupt our free will. We are to be slaves to machines. The
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Young women are smashing it at Edinburgh as the #MeToo legacy kicks in | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett15h Young women are smashing it at Edinburgh as the #MeToo legacy kicks in | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
2018 may be the year of young women as their influence goes far beyond the fringe. But amplifying voices is not enoughWhy are men, who have the whole world at their mercy, not funny? Please do not pretend not to know what I am talking about. To subvert
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Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out | Dawn Foster16h Right to buy exposes the cynicism of a Tory party whose base is dying out | Dawn Foster
High rents are a gift for Corbyn, but selling off social housing in a naked attempt to buy votes can only backfireAlmost a year ago, in panel after panel at the Conservative party conference, audience members and politicians alike expressed both fear and frustration. Fear of Jeremy Corbyn’s
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It’ll take more than shopping to save our debt-addled economy | Chris Bickerton19h It’ll take more than shopping to save our debt-addled economy | Chris Bickerton
Britain’s growth model is unsustainable, and has created scandalous levels of inequality – we should rely more on production, not consumptionThe British growth model is well and truly broken. If any more evidence for this was needed, it came from figures last month showing that households had become net borrowers for the
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Only Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour can reimagine an EU that works for everyone | Hilary Wainwright19h Only Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour can reimagine an EU that works for everyone | Hilary Wainwright
While New Labour dragged Europe to the right, Corbyn could champion an anti-austerity vision for the whole of Europe Long before the EU started to evolve into its current incarnation, there was a different vision of a united Europe. In 1941 a group of socialist and communist anti-fascists were imprisoned by Mussolini on the island of Ventotene. Led by Altiero Spinelli, they produced the
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Monetary Chaos in Caracas20h Monetary Chaos in Caracas
Maduro’s decrees and devaluation produce a financial meltdown.
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Trump Waives the Privilege25h Trump Waives the Privilege
How to read Don McGahn’s cooperation with Robert Mueller.
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A Shot of Competition for EpiPen26h A Shot of Competition for EpiPen
The FDA removes a barrier to approval of ‘complex generics.’
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Models Will Run the World26h Models Will Run the World
The software revolution has transformed business. What’s next? Processes that constantly improve themselves without need of human intervention.
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The U.S. Funds Guatemalan Abuse28h The U.S. Funds Guatemalan Abuse
Washington ignores gross human-rights violations carried out with taxpayer money.
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A Better Way to Regulate Social Media28h A Better Way to Regulate Social Media
A multistakeholder ‘content congress’ could take account of everyone’s concerns.
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Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and the problem of definition | Paul Chadwick30h Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and the problem of definition | Paul Chadwick
As readers’ concerns about the Guardian’s coverage of the Labour leader pick up, disentangling the issues gets ever trickierReaders’
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The Guardian view on China: unease at home and abroad | Editorial31h The Guardian view on China: unease at home and abroad | Editorial
There are real and important problems to address, but Donald Trump’s trade war will not solve themThis has not been the easiest of summers for Xi Jinping and his country. Donald Trump’s tariffs have rattled nerves in Beijing, already unsettled by the slowing economy. The ministry of finance and the central bank have had an open
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The Guardian view of over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel | Editorial31h The Guardian view of over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel | Editorial
The world’s most beautiful places are being loved to death. Tourists ought to think hard about why and how they are travellingLast week Cornwall became the latest beauty spot on the planet to admit it was the victim of its own success in attracting tourists. Such is the swell in numbers that there’s barely enough space to place a beach towel on the sands of
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Our obesity crisis and its many different causes | Letters31h Our obesity crisis and its many different causes | Letters
Readers discuss ways to combat the UK’s excessive sugar consumption and the large amounts contained in processed food and drinksGeorge Monbiot should not be surprised about the UK’s obesity crisis (
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An educational system not fit for purpose | Letters31h An educational system not fit for purpose | Letters
Distinctions between academic and vocational qualifications are increasingly outmoded argue
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Military model can’t curb violance in jails | Letters31h Military model can’t curb violance in jails | Letters
Prisons minister Rory Stewart is taken to task by
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For and against a People’s Vote | Letters31h For and against a People’s Vote | Letters
Any new popular vote on Brexit will turn the spotlight on Labour’s approach to leaving the EU, says
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Time for Jeremy Corbyn to end the sideshow | Brief letters31h Time for Jeremy Corbyn to end the sideshow | Brief letters
Labour’s antisemitism row | Hoarding | Guardian style | Pet naming and shamingBravo, Gary Younge (
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Why Nigel Farage’s return could make a people’s vote more likely | Matthew d’Ancona31h Why Nigel Farage’s return could make a people’s vote more likely | Matthew d’Ancona
The former Ukip leader – and his snake oil – are back. But there’s a risk to his political showmanship, and he knows itLike Sinatra,
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Letter: Jon Hiseman obituary33h Letter: Jon Hiseman obituary
In 1981 Barbara Thompson’s band Paraphernalia played in Ilminster, Somerset, and I went along.
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Who says Vienna is more cultured than Lagos? | Chibundu Onuzo34h Who says Vienna is more cultured than Lagos? | Chibundu Onuzo
Culture doesn’t just live in museums and opera houses. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability index is flawed and subjective.A few months ago, I stepped out one morning and saw a coil of animal poo on the doorstep. My mother and I spent a long time trying to figure out what sort of animal had done the deed. We decided, in the end, that a fox was the culprit. But it could also have been a racist. The incident has occurred twice but as we’ve got rid of the evidence both times, we’ll never know. I am not the only one who has had a similar experience in London. Just search “poo on doorstep”. It occurs frequently enough to have generated several threads on the internet. Yet, when ranking the world’s
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Genoa’s tragedy points to a malaise at Italy’s heart | Tobias Jones38h Genoa’s tragedy points to a malaise at Italy’s heart | Tobias Jones
The country boasts marvels that have lasted centuries. Now a culture of corruption has led to mediocrity everywhereThe horror of the
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Intelligent design? How come He made so many blunders? | Robin McKie39h Intelligent design? How come He made so many blunders? | Robin McKie
Whatever Tim Peake thinks, human bodies are so flawed we’re lucky to be here at allTake a look in the mirror and examine your eyes. Are they blurry? Bloodshot from last night’s alcoholic excess? Or perhaps they remain clear, bright and healthy? Whatever their state, our optic organs can tell us a great deal – not just about our wellbeing but about the nature of our species and our place in the universe. Are we the product of billions of years of evolution or the handiwork of a divine creator? The eyes have it when we seek answers, it transpires. Such issues are again making headlines following last week’s
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The Observer view on the need for a crackdown on non-resident property owners | Observer editorial40h The Observer view on the need for a crackdown on non-resident property owners | Observer editorial
New Zealand’s restrictions on ownership are worth considering here if the housing market is to be reformedLast week,
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US Democrats are struggling to make sense of a socialist surge | Anne McElvoy41h US Democrats are struggling to make sense of a socialist surge | Anne McElvoy
Anti-Trump activists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic Socialists of America have galvanised disillusioned votersOn the well-kept shores of Martha’s Vineyard, Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obamas arrived this month, still drawing their respective following of acolytes for book signings, cocktail parties and informal think-ins about what Democrats need to do to turn back the tide of Trumpism. The local joke is that when they leave the tiny airport “the left turns right” to their down-island destination of identical clapperboard summer retreats. Beyond this cloistered world of J Crew and clam bakes, the destination of travel looks very different. As America prepares for electoral combat season in the midterm elections this November, the centre-left is being lured to turn harder to the left. The hot movement for opponents of Donald Trump’s aggressive populism is the
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In China, Valentine’s Day is all about designer handbags, not true love | Lucy Siegle43h In China, Valentine’s Day is all about designer handbags, not true love | Lucy Siegle
The Qixi festival stems from a simple romantic tale, but luxury brands have made it their ownNews from China: the western celebration of romantic union, Valentine’s Day, has been dumped. It’s not you, it’s me or, rather, it’s a scheduling issue. Falling during Chinese new year, Chinese millennials and
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It’s the end of the Earth as we know it. Read all about it! | Lucy Siegle43h It’s the end of the Earth as we know it. Read all about it! | Lucy Siegle
Continued emissions could reach a tipping point that will drive the planet into an irreversible, self-reinforcing hothouse state Achieving “cut through” is a nightmare for climate change science. It’s notoriously hard to get the mainstream engaged by changes in the concentration of an atmospheric gas, even if they’re life-or-death matters. So hats off to the crack team of Earth scientists, led by climate change professor Will Steffen, whose
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May I have a word… about gobbledegook in the Lake District | Jonathan Bouquet43h May I have a word… about gobbledegook in the Lake District | Jonathan Bouquet
Campaigners saw off the threat of zip wires; now they face an invasion of marketing lingoPity the poor Lake District. Earlier this year,
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The Observer view on politicians who refuse to accept blame | Observer editorial43h The Observer view on politicians who refuse to accept blame | Observer editorial
Leadership has been sadly missing, from the Genoa bridge collapse and Turkey’s financial plight to Trump’s US A pledge by Rory Stewart, the prisons minister,
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There is a leftwing way to challenge big tech for our data. Here it is | Evgeny Morozov43h There is a leftwing way to challenge big tech for our data. Here it is | Evgeny Morozov
Only with radical empowerment can we as citizens halt further intrusion from Google and coFor all its supposed complexity, our digital future does have a logic shaping its basic foundations. It’s mostly an interplay of two conflicting dynamics: one of data extractivism – propelled primarily by big tech’s dependence on new sources of data; and one of data distributism – propelled by all those opposed to big tech’s rapid ascendance. The latest example of the former dynamic comes from
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Let’s call time on this Brexit shambles | Letters43h Let’s call time on this Brexit shambles | Letters
We must demand the cancellation of article 50 and a return to the UK’s full membership of the EUAs the whole Brexit concept continues to unravel, I cannot be the only one thinking “enough is enough” (“
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The bad news is we’re dying earlier in Britain – and it’s all down to ‘shit-life syndrome’ | Will Hutton43h The bad news is we’re dying earlier in Britain – and it’s all down to ‘shit-life syndrome’ | Will Hutton
Life expectancy figures have gone into reverse. But abandoning Brexit could reverse thisBritain and America are in the midst of a barely reported public health crisis. They are experiencing not merely a
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Michelle Mone started off poor. How will her daughter find life in Glasgow’s East End? | Kevin McKenna43h Michelle Mone started off poor. How will her daughter find life in Glasgow’s East End? | Kevin McKenna
Channel 4’s Born Famous sends rich kids back to their celebrity parents’ disadvantaged roots Television producers and the media in general must always take great care when attempting to portray the reality of poverty and multi-deprivation in 21st-century Britain. There also needs to be a degree of compassion at all stages of the production process and in the filming, as there is a very thin line between making such programmes audience-friendly and merely exploitative. The best programmes are those that resist the temptation to apply too much makeup and direction and that allow their subjects to speak in their own language and on issues of their own choosing. BBC Scotland’s 2010 series
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