‘It is a peculiar experience meeting the most famous faceless musicians in the world.’
Nice suits guys. Dorian Lynskey meets Daft Punk , the most wanted men in pop.
Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Observer
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’ Just because it’s one of the most basic forms of sustenance doesn’t mean we can’t play a little’
Hungry? Nigel Slater’s fancy sandwich recipes , including fig meringue sweet sandwich, pictured above.
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‘When Saddam Hussein fell, we Iraqis were disoriented. For all our lives, he had always been there. His image was everywhere,’ says photographer Jamal Penjweny, whose series Saddam is Here depicts Iraqis in everyday locations covering their faces with pictures of the former dictator. ‘His image was in the cities where we live, on the walls of our schools, on our money, everywhere. Then he vanished. So taking a picture with Saddam was breaking a taboo that was created after the fall of the regime.’
Photograph: Jamal Penjweny/RUYA Foundation
‘What is my favourite smell? Wet amphibian’
A Q&A with the incomparable Miss Piggy.
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They worship Churchill, Thatcher and the right to smoke, they hate gay marriage and Europe: is Ukip the lunatic fringe or the shape of things to come? We meet Britain’s newest political tribe
Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
Conservationists to count breeding birds after 'puffin wreck' winter | Environment | The Guardian -
Nipped fingers and handfuls of guano will be the order of the day for wildlife rangers on the Farne Islands as they embark on an epic census on Friday to discover whether puffin numbers have plummeted after a year of extreme weather.
Plus watch a video of a puffin laying an egg
Fans wearing Daft Punk helmets arrive at a venue in Australia’s tiny town of Wee Waa prior to the French band’s album launch this morning. Wee Waa, better known for cotton-picking than culture, was relishing the limelight as thousands of electo-pop fans descended on it. The cotton town’s population will more than double for the event.
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Our transatlantic cousins over at Guardian US have set up a tumblr to chart any potential cultural misunderstandings between our great peoples. Share your English/US cultural comparisons - or translations - their way.
Right, then. Prince Harry’s visit to the USA is as good a time as any to point out that the mutual curiosity shared between British and American cultures is as intense as ever. It’s also a good time to launch this Tumblr.
When Winston Churchill coined the phrase “special relationship” to describe the connection between the two nations in 1946, he was describing two countries whose commitments to similar ideals – for better or worse – have historically meant a keen interest in each other. “Special”, sometimes, doesn’t even begin to cover it.
A rather rude ring-tailed lemur looks out of his window at the zoo in Rostock, Germany. Depending on the weather, the animals in the zoo will move to their outdoor enclosures shortly.
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