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Thousands try to get tickets for Michelle Obama’s London talk

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The former first lady and lawyer says she has been ‘humbled’ by the response to her tour Ten of thousands of people have been disappointed trying to get tickets for an audience with Michelle Obama at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Many on social media have said there were more than 40,000 people in the tickets queue. The former US First Lady is appearing at the 2,900-seat venue on 3 December. Tickets are appearing on Viagogo for thousands of pounds, but the venue said it…

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Soccer: Bolt deal talk dominates first weekend of A-League

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt managed to upstage the first weekend of Australia‚Äôs A-League season without kicking a ball after his agent said he had been offered a professional contract by the Central Coast Mariners. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Central Coast Mariners v Central Coast Select – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, Australia – August 31, 2018 Central Coast Mariners’ Usain Bolt in action REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo The 32-year-old Jamaican has been on trial with the Gosford-based club since August as he attempts to make an audacious…

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End of life care: How to talk about dying to someone who is dying

Image copyright Becky Bevers Image caption Becky Bevers’ first question to doctors was: “Am I going to die?” When Becky Bevers tells people about her incurable breast cancer, she is met with all sorts of reactions. Some people are awkward, even crossing the street to avoid talking to her, while others are just stuck for words. So what should you say to someone with a terminal illness? “I’m very open about everything and not afraid to talk about it – but other people are,” says Mrs Bevers, 51, who lives…

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If you were lonely, would you talk to a stranger?

Image caption The “talking tables” are being launched as the government puts forward its “loneliness strategy” If you were lonely, would you go into a cafe and sit down for a chat with a complete stranger? That’s the idea behind the “talking tables” initiative. Sainsburys supermarket has designated some tables in its cafes as places where you can have a conversation with a stranger instead of sitting alone and feeling isolated. It comes as the government launches its “loneliness strategy“. But what’s really revealing is to hear what shopworkers see…

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Signatories castigate professor’s ‘morally reprehensible’ talk

Image copyright CERN Image caption Cern, home to the Large Hadron Collider, was quick to condemn the talk More than 250 scientists have so far signed a statement condemning the remarks of the Italian researcher who stated that physics was “built by men”. Prof Alessandro Strumia presented an analysis to an audience of predominantly young female physicists which he claimed “proved” women were less capable at the subject than men. The statement at particlesforjustice.org says Prof Strumia’s talk was “fundamentally unsound” and was “followed by open discrimination and personal attacks”.…

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Glass Animals drummer ‘learned to talk again’ after lorry crash

Image copyright Glass Animals Image caption Joe Seaward posted a photo and message on Instagram thanking fans for their support The drummer for indie band Glass Animals said he was “extremely lucky” after recovering from life-threatening injuries sustained in a crash. Joe Seaward suffered a fractured skull and broken leg and had to learn to “walk, talk and read again” after his bike collided with a lorry in Dublin. The accident on 2 July led the Mercury-shortlisted band from Oxford to cancel their tour of North America and Europe. Mr…

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MLB roundup: Ohtani shrugs off surgery talk, homers twice

Just a few hours after it was recommended to Shohei Ohtani that he have Tommy John surgery, the two-way player homered twice, singled twice and led the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas. Sep 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports An MRI exam Wednesday…

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Mum, how should I talk to my son about you?

When she gave birth to her son, Teddy, a few weeks ago, Robyn Hollingworth’s first instinct was to share the news with her own mother – but she couldn’t. Robyn lost her mother more than 10 years ago. So instead she wrote her a heartfelt letter. Dear Mum, It was a stiflingly hot July night when our son made his first cries in this world. We’re still exhilarated, exhausted and bleary-eyed in our bewilderment. The hospital ward is just yards away from where you and dad first met in Chelsea…

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Primate speech: How some species are ‘wired’ for talk

Image copyright Zanna Clay/Lui Kotala Bonobo Project Image caption Bonobos are the non-human primates with the most extensive vocal repertoire Our primate cousins have surprised and impressed scientists in recent years, with revelations about monkeys’ tool-using abilities and chimps’ development of complex sign language. But researchers are still probing the question: why are we humans the only apes that can talk? That puzzle has now led to an insight into how different non-human primates’ brains are “wired” for vocal ability. A new study has compared different primate species’ brains. It…

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James Whale suspended from Talk Radio over rape victim interview

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption James Whale was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 Broadcaster James Whale has been suspended from Talk Radio after an interview with a rape victim which they say “completely lacked sensitivity”. The station said “regrettable errors” were made by the presenters and producers of Monday’s show. Writing in The Guardian, author and journalist Nichi Hodgson said: “I was interrogated, ridiculed and had my journalistic integrity questioned.” She says she was sexually assaulted in the back of a black cab in January. ‘Victim…

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