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Ralph Fiennes's 20 best film performances – ranked!...
As his new film The Dig comes to Netflix, we take a deep dive into Fiennes’s career – from Quiz Show and The English Patient to In Bruges and The Lego Batman MovieThis version of Dickens’s Great Expectations, scripted by David Nicholls, was maybe not groundbreaking but was watchable and featured Ralph Fiennes as the convict Magwitch. He is seen first leaping out and scaring Pip in the churchyard with a convict’s number-one cut and mud all over his face, and later with longish hair, clean-shaven in a mysterious, new respectable guise. It’s a transformation that should perhaps have given Fiennes more of a performing showcase. Continue reading.........
Australia planning to vaccinate athletes before Tokyo Games...
The Japan Times
Australia is planning to vaccinate its Olympians against COVID-19 before they head to the Tokyo Games, federal sport minister Richard Colbeck said.Colbeck confirmed plans were .........
Store and online sales help Guinness owner Diageo offset Covid impact...
Smirnoff maker pays dividend despite 10% decline in global pre-tax profits and 5% drop in sales to £6.9bn Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Guinness and Smirnoff maker Diageo reported a fall in profits in the second half of 2020 but largely weathered the storm of the coronavirus pandemic as supermarket and online alcohol orders helped offset the closure of pubs, bars and restaurants.Global pre-tax profits were down by 10% but still came in at £2.2bn, on sales that fell 5% to £6.9bn. Continue reading.........
Canalys: competitors gobble up Huawei's lost market share in Q4, Honor faces uphill battle...
2020 ended with a strong three months for Apple – the company shipped the most iPhones ever in a single quarter, specifically 81.8 million units, according to data from Canalys. This pushed Apple to the top spot in terms of market share. Samsung failed to defend its position as shipments declined 12% year-on-year (YoY), down to 62 million units. But the Apple/Samsung fight wasn’t the highlight of the quarter. Huawei fell out of the Top 5 smartphone makes for the first time in six year. Competitors from China were quick to gobble up its market share with Xiaomi growing an impressive.........
Lidl expansion puts German discounter in the red...
Investment into dozens of new stores and refurbishments prompts £25m loss despite strong sales growthLidl’s British business fell £25m into the red last year despite ringing up strong sales growth.The company, which has 800 outlets in England, Scotland and Wales, said the losses followed investment of £654m in 51 new stores, the extension of 13 more sites, and the opening of a new distribution centre in Motherwell, Scotland. The business made a pretax profit of £19m a year before, but that came before a restructuring which combined the group’s store operations and property management into one company. Continue reading.........
Reconstruction shows increased global warming trends since 1850s...
Earth is warming rapidly, but there is too little observational data in some regions like the Arctic and high-altitude areas like the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. It is thus difficult to assess temperature variations accurately around the globe. To better understand how temperatures have increased, an international team led by researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University in China has released a newly merged global surface temperature dataset, including reconstructed land and marine measurements from the 1850s to 2018. The study provides evidence that there was a consistent increased warming trend compared with previous estimations, which closely matches the available observational data and updated simulations covering the past two decades.......
Understanding how genetic motifs conduct 'the music of life'...
Our genetic codes control not only which proteins our cells produce, but also—to a great extent—in what quantity. This groundbreaking discovery, applicable to all biological life, was recently made by systems biologists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, using supercomputers and artificial intelligence. Their research, which could also shed new light on the mysteries of cancer, was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.......
Farewell to Spiral, the crème de la crème of Euro crime sagas...
As BBC Four’s Parisian crime thriller nears its end, here’s to the colourful characters, moral murk and legal loopholes that have kept British viewers hooked for an impressive eight seasons Spoiler alert: this article contains details about seasons one to eight of Spiral, which concludes in the UK on BBC Four on Saturday.How do you sum up Spiral, a show that – over the course of eight seasons and 86 episodes – has evolved from a buzzy breakout hit to a long-in-the-tooth warhorse? To heap effusive praise on the knotty Parisian crime drama would hardly be in keeping with its perpetually overcast mood. But as its final double bill looms this week, the series known in its homeland as Engrenages is certainly deserving of more than an oblique Gallic shrug. Continue reading.........
How UK spent £800m on controversial Covid tests for Dominic Cummings scheme...
US firm Innova believed to be largest beneficiary of contracts after selling millions of Covid tests that are dividing opinion Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Cummings’ plan to test millions of people a day for coronavirus led the government to spend over £800m on quick turnaround tests that were later found in a pilot to give the wrong results as much as 60% of the time, the Guardian can reveal.Operation Moonshot, a mass testing scheme championed by the prime minister’s former chief adviser, prompted the government to buy huge numbers of so-called lateral flow tests from a company owned by a little-known US private equity house. Continue reading.........