May Day

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Morris dancers and the origin of blackface | Letter
Letter: Nicholas Wall says factors such as the use of banjos, minstrel lyrics in songs and oral histories make the link between minstrelsy and border morris irrefutable


03, May, 2021 @3:42 PM

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Homer Sykes: capturing the whimsy, folklore and festivals of Britain
The photographer, whose interest in the country’s curious customs spans more than 50 years, has a new exhibition

Kim Willsher

01, May, 2021 @8:15 PM

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Thousands march through London in biggest ‘kill the bill’ protest yet
Critics of the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill say it would curb the right to protest

Damien Gayle

01, May, 2021 @5:20 PM

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The Guardian view on the VE Day anniversary: never again, 2020 style
Amid the national failures exposed by the pandemic, it is immoral and preposterous to pretend that modern Britain is defined by its wartime history


07, May, 2020 @5:36 PM

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German police face dilemma as May Day activists plan to cover faces
Plans for physical distancing-compliant demonstrations test anti-mask laws

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

29, Apr, 2020 @1:22 PM

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French interior minister under pressure over 'hospital attack' claim
Christophe Castaner accused of exaggerating May Day incident at Paris hospital

Kim Willsher in Paris

03, May, 2019 @9:27 AM

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Paris hospital attacked by May Day protesters, say officials
Staff say they stopped attempt to enter intensive care, but intruders smashed computers

Kim Willsher in Paris

02, May, 2019 @11:03 AM

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Weatherwatch: the long hot summer of 1990 began in May
One of Britain’s hottest summers followed record-breaking spring temperatures

Stephen Moss

01, May, 2019 @8:30 PM

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Clashes as May Day protesters march in cities across Europe
Worst violence occurs in Paris but trouble also flares in Berlin, St Petersburg and Sweden

Jon Henley European affairs correspondent

01, May, 2019 @4:45 PM

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Standing outside the circle on May Day, I felt a sense of loss | Brigid Delaney's diary
Seeing how unbroken the culture is in this small Wessex village made me mourn for all the cultures that have been broken by the English

Brigid Delaney

24, May, 2018 @2:34 AM

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France to tighten security at protests after May Day violence
Government vows to counter Black bloc activists in run-up to anniversary of 1968 uprising

Kim Willsher in Paris

02, May, 2018 @4:12 PM

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Unleash the Burryman! Britain's weirdest folk rituals
A fanatical folklorist has spent a lifetime cataloguing Britain’s strangest rites. He picks his five favourites, from blazing barrels and sacred pies to a May Day ceremony bigger than Christmas

Peter Ross

30, Apr, 2018 @3:30 PM

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