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16/06/2019

Tough World Cup start for England has set them up nicely for latter stages

Thanks to a brilliant performance from Vanina Correa in the Argentina goal turned out to be more difficult than they might have expected when the draw was made, and I think they should be very pleased that it was. It was the perfect time to have quite a difficult game, and England will be a stronger team in this World Cup for having faced it and prevailed. There have been more impressive scorelines: , and France put four past South Korea. Those results are great and definitely build confidence but the danger is that they can lull you into a...
16/06/2019

Paul Pogba alerts Real Madrid with talk of ‘time to have a new challenge’

Paul Pogba has made his move to drive a summer transfer from – with Real Madrid and Juventus most prominent among his suitors – by saying that this “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”. Real like their targets to make public their desire to leave their clubs. The Tottenham midfielder and Pogba has followed suit. “There is a lot of thinking [going on],” Pogba told reporters in Tokyo, where he is on a promotional visit. “I have been three years in Manchester and have been doing great – some good moments and some bad...
16/06/2019

Linda Sembrant strikes early to steer Sweden past spirited Thailand

Sweden produced a breathtaking display of attacking football to thrash Thailand 5-1 in Nice and book their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup. Thailand, who had fallen to a against USA in their opener, conceded twice in the opening 20 minutes as they struggled to win aerial battles against a much taller Swedish team. The centre-back Linda Sembrant broke the deadlock for Sweden with a thumping header from an Elin Rubensson free-kick, before Kosovare Asllani doubled the lead after pouncing on a rebound. Fridolina Rolfö hammered in a third from outside the box as Sweden hit...

16/06/2019

Royal Ascot: Eve Johnson Houghton convinced lightning can strike twice

Even now, if I watch it back, I get chills,” Eve Johnson Houghton says, 12 months after saddling both her first winner at Royal Ascot and her first in a Group One , a horse bred and owned by her mother. The glow of success, she says, “went on for a good six-to-nine months”. If she can repeat the trick on Tuesday, with the same horse in the same race, it might last all year. On paper, Accidental Agent had little chance in last season’s Queen Anne Stakes, the Royal meeting’s opening race. On the track, however, he charged down...
16/06/2019

Europe or bust: why Laure Prouvost wants us to dig our way out of Brexit

You must stoop to access ’s Antwerp studio. The Turner prize-winning artist’s doorway is only chest high, like the entrance to a Wendy house. I tell her I feel I’ve been forced to bow down and pay homage. A more usual reaction, she says, is that people feel as if they’ve been eaten. Once in, you’re greeted by a monumental set of fibreglass breasts – pink, perky and disembodied – which occupy the centre of the floor. There are more breasts on a side table: spare components from the artist’s squirting fountain sculptures. These breasts are adapted from maritime floats....

16/06/2019

Sala Beckett: Barcelona’s inspired homage to the playwright

Shortly before died in 1989, he received a request to name a new drama company and its theatre after him. Playwrights and thespians are habitually immortalised in this way – London can currently count the Pinter, Coward, Olivier, Gielgud and Garrick theatres, among others. But Beckett was not being asked to give his name to a gilded West End playhouse, an overture he would doubtless have detested and declined. Sala Beckett in Barcelona, founded by the actor Luis Miguel Climent and playwright José Sanchis Sinisterra, is as far from the plush velvet orthodoxies of commercial theatre as it is possible...
16/06/2019

Cold War Steve: satire is my antidote to a scary world

As the world around him gets madder by the day, the process of creating satirical collages has kept Christopher Spencer sane. The artist known as , whose image of Brexit Britain sinking beneath the Thames graced the cover of Time magazine this month, could have “gone on Twitter and ranted”. Instead he used the social media platform to share his versions of a Hieronymus Bosch-type hellscape. “I know from my Twitter audience they are completely dismayed by what’s happening – not just , but Trump, the rise of the far right, the increase in hate crimes. But there’s something quite...
16/06/2019

Lena Headey: ‘I wanted a better death for Cersei’

Lena Headey has been an actor for the better part of three decades, but the experience has not eased the doubt she has in her abilities. And even near-universal praise of the kind she received for her portrayal of Cersei Lannister in doesn’t do the trick. “No, it makes me doubt myself more,” she says, when we meet in her apartment-like suite at the Soho House in Berlin. “Because you think they must be fucking lying.” Headey, who speaks a kind of metropolitan RP spiced up with Yorkshire vowels, cockney glottal stops and Californian grammar, swears liberally and enthusiastically. With...

16/06/2019

The end of erotica? How Hollywood fell out of love with sex

For decades, no big-box-office, adult-oriented Hollywood movie was apparently complete without a sex scene, from Don’t Look Now to Basic Instinct. Yet it appears that erotica is now dying out in mainstream cinema. A critical analysis noted: “Sex is disappearing from the big screen, and it’s making movies less pleasurable.” Cut! Is this the death of sex in cinema? Read more It said that a new summer pattern has emerged: the release of several European-produced festival and arthouse films – often, like this year’s French drama Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, heavy with action – followed by a season of sexless...
16/06/2019

Artist Oscar Murillo: ‘I want to hold up a mirror to this country’

‘Art and life – there is no separation between the two,” Oscar Murillo says. It is a line that stays in the mind although it is thrown out casually, part of a longer conversation. What is clear is that Murillo’s life is jammed with work to the point where art and life have become almost indistinguishable. He has a solo exhibition, (his first in the UK since 2013), at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge; there is a show at ’s London gallery; he is reviving a show in Berlin; and, later this month, a further show will open at . Murillo...
16/06/2019

Reggie Gray: 'Flexing is storytelling. Our bodies become the vocabulary'

Brooklyn-based dancer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray never imagined that a street dance style he invented during his lunchtimes at school would go on to become a global craze. Used by Madonna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj, to name a few, Gray’s “” dance became a phenomenon thanks to the audacity of its moves – many of which look physically impossible – and its powerful political comment. Q&A: Reggie Gray Read more “The style itself was an evolution of the bruk-up and a lot of dancehall from the early 90s,” Gray explains of flexing’s Jamaican roots. “Bruk-up means ‘broke up’ and...