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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:23:41 PM mt

Didn't he do well: how Bruce Forsyth made Saturday nights swing



He was a one-man variety act, a singing, dancing, joking, hosting whirlwind of niceness whose extraordinary TV career spanned a staggering eight decades

Records, it is often said, are made to be broken. But the showbiz career of Sir Bruce Forsyth from a teenage music hall act as Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom to Strictly Come Dancing will surely only be beaten if someone can achieve an even more spectacular combination of precocity, longevity and ability to adapt to new entertainment formats. Remarkably, his TV credits spanned three quarters of a century most of the mediums lifetime.

Related: Bruce Forsyth, king of UK gameshows, dies aged 89

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:23:40 PM mt

Sir Bruce Forsyth obituary: a TV presenter in a class of his own



Entertainer who began his career in variety and became an enduringly popular TV host

Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89, was associated with some of the most successful shows in television history, from Sunday Night at the London Palladium in the late 1950s to The Generation Game in the 1970s and, for a decade from 2004, Strictly Come Dancing, a light-entertainment phenomenon that attracts a third of the viewing audience to BBC1 on a Saturday night.

As a compere, game-show host and fleet-footed comedian, he was in a class of his own, providing an authentic link between the old days of variety, where he started as a youthful sensation during the second world war, and the new craze for audience participation and reality television. He had appeared in variety (and indeed on the golf course) with the great Max Miller, admiring the way Miller put his foot on the footlights to lean over and reach out to the audience, but his real idol (and good friend) was Sammy Davis Jr, and he aspired to the same distinction as an all-rounder on the variety stage.

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:23:35 PM mt

Sir Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89 video obituary



TV entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89 at his home on Friday afternoon. He was best known for hosting Strictly Come Dancing, and popular game shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, and The Price Is Right. Forsyth enjoyed a career in showbusiness spanning 75 years

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:22:40 PM mt

Not to be sniffed at: long-lost Banksy artwork is rediscovered



Snorting Copper was missing for a decade after being vandalised and boarded up now it has been uncovered in east London

A Banksy painting that appeared on a public toilet block in east London, only to disappear after it was vandalised, spray-jetted by the local council and then painted over, has been rediscovered over a decade later.

Known as the Snorting Copper and considered an exemplary image by the elusive graffiti artist, it shows a uniformed policeman on his hands and knees snorting a line of cocaine.

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:02:04 PM mt

The Guardian view on Confederate statues: they must fall Editorial



Toppling symbols of hate is not an assault on the past but a defence of the future

One Friday afternoon in September 1994, a statue was pulled down from in front of provincial government offices in what was then the Orange Free State in South Africa. It depicted Hendrik Verwoerd, the countrys prime minister from 1958 to 1961, administrative architect of apartheid and a vicious racist. No one who grasps the barbarism that his doctrines imposed laments the removal of monuments in his honour.

Is the morality of statues honouring heroes of the Confederacy in the US civil war any more complicated? The south fought to preserve a social order founded on white racial supremacy, and economically dependent on industrial-scale slavery a vast crime. Monuments now targeted for removal were erected not in ignorance of that atrocity but in defiant celebration of it. Their message was simple: while the law now forbids slavery, the oppression of African-Americans, their exclusion from civil rights and intimidation by a culture of casual and institutional racism will endure. It is precisely because that message has a willing audience in the US that the statues are so toxic.

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:41:16 PM mt

Charities cancel events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club



After the presidents remarks blaming violence at a neo-Nazi rally on both sides, the Red Cross and others cancel fundraiser at his property

The American Red Cross has said it will cancel its annual fundraiser at Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The charity is the sixth nonprofit to cancel a gala at the presidents event space in two days, after Trumps controversial comments equating neo-Nazis and anti-hate protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:41:15 PM mt

Judge backs Michael Barrymore in damages claim against police



Court rules that entertainer should receive more than nominal payment for wrongful arrest over death of man found in his pool

Entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to more than nominal damages from Essex police over a wrongful arrest that he says destroyed his career, a high court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting in London on Friday, ruled against the force, which had argued that the star should only receive a nominal payout. Barrymore, 65, who was not present for the decision, values his claim at more than 2.4m.

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:41:09 PM mt

Spain terror cell planned Barcelona bombing rampage



After 14 die in Las Ramblas, further Catalan atrocity only thwarted by accidental detonation of explosives, say police

The terrorist cell which killed 14 people in Catalonia on Thursday was planning to mount a bombing attack in Barcelona that was only abandoned when they accidentally blew up the house where they were stockpiling explosives.

Thirteen people were killed and more than 130 injured after a white Fiat van ploughed along Las Ramblas in the Catalan capital on Thursday. Eight hours later, another person was killed and six were hurt after a car thought to be carrying five members of the same cell ran down pedestrians in the coastal town of Cambrils. All five terrorists were shot dead by police officers.

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:41:08 PM mt

Cambridge University Press blocks readers in China from articles



Academics and contributors dismayed after hundreds of CUP articles in China Quarterly become inaccessible in country

Cambridge University Press has blocked readers in China from accessing hundreds of academic articles including some published decades ago after a request by Chinese authorities, arguing that it did so to avoid its other publications from being barred.

The publisher confirmed that hundreds of articles in China Quarterly, a respected scholarly journal, would be inaccessible within China, after a letter from the journals editor protesting against the move was published.

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The Guardian
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:13:52 PM mt

'It's a terribly fine line': the stunt performers risking their lives for Hollywood



This summer, two Hollywood stunt performers were killed on set in the first stunt-related fatalities since 2002. How will these tragedies affect the industry?

If theres one common denominator among the highest-grossing films of the 21st century, its that most include tremendously elaborate action sequences. There are the colossal sinking ships of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the explosive pyrotechnics of Michael Bays Transformers, and the street bikes, crashing through glass and whizzing beneath 18-wheelers, of The Dark Knight.

With each year these sequences become bigger, faster, more ambitious and more expensive. Inevitably, they turn more dangerous, too. And the people who bring them to life the invisible, undervalued warriors of Hollywood, whose days consist of car hits and fire burns and jumps from death-defying altitudes are the stunt performers.

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