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Photograph: Gordon Murray/AP
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Radiographers from the Royal Liverpool Hospital stand on the picket line with a skeleton they have named ‘Dave’.
Britain is a poorer country than we realised and it is not going to get richer any time soon. The decisions taken today are going to have a real effect on the living standards of millions of people. Public sector workers will have two more years of below-inflation pay rises and public sector job losses are now expected to reach more than 700,000. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, earnings are not expected to overtake inflation in significant terms until 2014. The next election will be an austerity election. And even after that it will be grim. Osborne has only managed to stay on course to met his deficit reduction targets by planning a £15bn spending cut after the election. But he hasn’t told us where that money will come from. That pain is for another day.
Andrew Sparrow’s thoughts on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.
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This is one of those rare games that you can get for anyone – from kids to experienced players – and they won’t be disappointed. It’s a brilliantly crafted platformer with luscious 2D visuals and a great four-player mode, allowing everyone to play together on the same screen (as long as you have enough controllers). It’s a good present too, as the titles has enjoyed only cult success so far so your friend/partner/child/parent is unlikely to already have it.
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The biggest change to gameplay is the introduction of the gliders, adding new shortcuts and strategy to familiar courses. As your kart leaps off a ramp, a glider erupts from your pack, allowing you to cross otherwise-deadly gaps and (with a bit of mid-air manoeuvring) put just a bit more space between you and the banana-skin-chucking pack.
The first time you sprout wings and fly is a genuine “Woah!” moment, followed by lots of little “Ah!” ones as you figure out how to build this new skill into your lap strategy. Unlike previous attempts to build on the basic karts (see MK Wii’s motorbikes, not carried over to here), gliders are a substantial new feature with huge potential to enhance the racing skullduggery.
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Tinie Tempah, rapper asks David Cameron:
- Did you go clubbing when you were in Ibiza?
“No. My wife did, the night before I got there. I went to some very nice restaurants, but I was tucked up in bed at a ludicrously un-Ibizan hour.”
Read the full list of questions put to the British prime minister by celebrities and public figures. What would you ask David Cameron?
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