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The world in one park: Irina Rozovsky's best photograph
‘If you’re standing still on a New York street, you’re either lost or crazy. But on the shores of this lake, I saw real stillness for the first time’

Interview by Diane Smyth

24, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Johnny Pacheco, co-founder of New York's Latin label Fania, dies aged 85
The Fania All-Stars player and record label-impresario worked with Latin music giants including Celia Cruz and fostered a more intense, political salsa sound

Laura Snapes

16, Feb, 2021 @10:17 AM

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'We wanted people to see we exist': the photographer who recorded lesbian life in the 70s
She toured America photographing women like herself, at time when being out could cost you your job, home and family. As Eye to Eye, a book of her groundbreaking work is republished, Joan E Biren, known as JEB, recalls why the images were so vitally important

Charlotte Jansen

15, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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It's a Sin: 'There is such a raw truth to it'
How well does the Russell T Davies drama capture the 1980s Aids crisis? Influential queer figures who lived through it and in its wake – including Owen Jones, Rev Richard Coles, Lisa Power and Marc Thompson – give their verdicts

Alim Kheraj

10, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Foggy nights, burnt out cars and marshland: Billy Bragg's ode to Essex
It had the biggest fishing fleet in the country, the largest gasworks in the world – and wastelands full of things to smash. The singer revisits the landscapes of his childhood

Billy Bragg

24, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Coventry v the wrecking ball: 'We need gentle repair – not wholesale demolition'
From the rubble of war, Coventry rebuilt a town centre hailed as a radical urban vision. Yet, even as it salutes this heritage as UK city of culture, planners are plotting its destruction

Oliver Wainwright

15, Jan, 2021 @7:32 PM

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Grace Robertson, photography pioneer, dies at 90
Trailblazing photojournalist, regularly published in Picture Post, documented life in postwar Britain and up to the 1990s

Sean O’Hagan

13, Jan, 2021 @8:13 PM

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Robot wars: 100 years on, it's time to reboot Karel Čapek's RUR
The play Rossum’s Universal Robots clearly belongs to the 1920s but its satirical take on the meeting of humans and machines is all too relevant today

Michael Billington

07, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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'If anyone had said our mining town would go Tory, I'd have thought they were mad'
Many former miners moved into the public sector after the pits closed. A year after the collapse of the ‘red wall’, Alison Benjamin revisited Nottinghamshire

Alison Benjamin

28, Dec, 2020 @8:30 AM

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Imperial War Museum to mark 20th anniversary of 9/11
Museum plans series of events to mark anniversary of al-Qaida attacks on US that claimed almost 3,000 lives

Caroline Davies

27, Dec, 2020 @2:22 PM

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Desperately seeking headbangers: the lonely hearts who found love in the back pages
It was tough being a punk or metal obsessive in a small town. Seven fans who sought love or friendship via music mag ‘lonely hearts’ ads tell us if they found what they were looking for

Jak Hutchcraft

30, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Blue plaque to honour Yorkshirewoman who was locked in asylum for calling vicar a liar
Mary Heaton spent 41 years in a Wakefield asylum for challenging a cleric. Finally, her life and suffering are being recognised

Harriet Sherwood

08, Nov, 2020 @10:45 AM

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