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  • 'You're a sinner': how a Mormon university shames rape victims

    Rape survivors at Brigham Young University, considered the ‘Mormon Harvard’, face penalties under its strict honor code. Now they’re fighting back

    Madi Barney sat sobbing in the Provo, Utah, police department. It had been four days since the Brigham Young University sophomore had been raped in her off-campus apartment.

    She was scared – terrified – that the officials at her strict, Mormon university would find out and punish her.

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  • How designer Willem Sandberg championed the rebellious type

    Torn-paper montages, bold intricate lettering and catalogues that anticipated punk … The first major UK retrospective of Willem Sandberg’s work reveals a designer who was ahead of his time

    The exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, the first retrospective of Willem Sandberg’s work in the UK, may go some way to solving the one big Sandberg problem – the fact that not very many gallery visitors have ever heard of him. Sandberg lived a long life, from 1897 to 1984, and he was prolific to the end. He was a graphic designer, a pioneering museum curator and director at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, a champion of modern art and artists, and an original thinker. He rejected the formal and reverential in favour of the playful, daring and disruptive. With little formal training, he learned almost everything he knew from experience and experiment.

    The show concentrates on his posters and catalogues, and once you see them you will never mistake his work for anyone else’s. He chose off-centre positioning, rough hand-torn paper montage, a collision of sans serif fonts and old Egyptian type, and almost always a bit of red ink somewhere. The names of modern artists flew across the page, as famous as matinee idols, which was slightly shocking in the 1940s. Sandberg composed his own manifesto in verse form:

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  • Wildlife presenter Chris Packham tells of struggle with depression

    Springwatch presenter says he twice nearly killed himself and describes having been bullied as ‘the weird kid’ when a teenager

    The wildlife presenter Chris Packham has spoken of having twice been on the brink of trying to take his own life during severe bouts of depression.

    Packham, 54, revealed he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in his 20s, and described his thoughts as a “great, hopeless vacuum”.

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  • Ken Livingstone blames 'embittered Blairite MPs' for antisemitism row

    Former London mayor apologises to Jeremy Corbyn for ‘disruption’ but adds: ‘I can’t bring myself to deny the truth’

    Ken Livingstone has refused to apologise to the Jewish community for insensitive comments linking Zionism to Adolf Hitler, claiming the crisis at the centre of the Labour party was caused by “embittered old Blairite MPs” and is “not about antisemitism”.

    The former mayor of London, speaking on LBC, took the opportunity to publicly say sorry to the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the party for causing “disruption” but pointedly refused to apologise for his original comments, which he reasserted as “historical facts” on Saturday.

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  • How to grow perfect courgettes and squash | Alys Fowler

    Cucurbits – whether that’s cucumbers or courgettes, squash or pumpkins – sown in early May will catch up quickly with earlier sowings

    I like it when bumblebees go at it with courgette flowers. They come out dusted in brilliant yellow pollen, like a sherbet bomb all dazed and confused. Sometimes I think this is reason enough to grow courgettes and their siblings, summer squashes. That, and all the wonderful fruit that is a byproduct of that pollen love-in.

    This weekend is the perfect time to sow them if you haven’t already. Cucurbits, whether that’s cucumbers or courgettes, squash or pumpkins, resent cold, wet weather and are easy targets for slugs. If you have plants on the windowsill that can’t hold themselves upright, start again. Floppy seedlings will be slug fodder and nothing more.

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  • Shakespeare speaks acutely to our age of high-migration anxiety

    From Othello’s downfall to the inter-religious love of The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s explorations of assimilation, black pride and imperial disdain resonate now more than ever

    Shakespeare’s creativity and imagination flourished in the age of exploration, when ships sailed from English ports and returned with prodigious goods, disruptive ideas, wondrous tales and black servants or slaves. Travellers, ambassadors, oligarchs and traders were coming into London. He named his first theatre the Globe, read Plutarch, Ovid, Pliny, plus Italian and French writers. Though he never left these isles, he was mesmerised by distant places, strangers, borderless desire and forbidden love.

    Othello, The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony and Cleopatra, between them, explore assimilation, black pride, miscegenation, cultural and religious loss, mad love, sexual obsessions, imperial disdain and weakness. The plays reflect contemporary dilemmas and the unending struggle between the self and society.

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