September 21, 2023

The mystery of Europe’s heat death hotspot – podcast

Ian Sample hears from the Guardian’s Europe environment correspondent, Ajit Niranjan, about the reporting he has been doing for the launch of our new Europe edition. He talks about Osijek, a Croatian city that has the highest heat mortality rate in Europe … but no one knows whyVisit the new European digital edition, to find the best of our original journalism about Europe along with the most relevant of our global news and views Continue reading...
September 12, 2023

‘Football is beautiful, but it’s cruel’: the sadness of Paul Pogba’s decline | Jonathan Wilson

Whatever happens with his doping case, do not forget just how talented he was before the injuries and tactical struggles‘Sometimes,” Paul Pogba said, “I don’t want to have money any more. I just don’t want to play any more. I just want to be with normal people, so they will love me for me – not for the fame, not for the money. Sometimes it’s tough.” That was Pogba speaking to Al-Jazeera in an interview released on Sunday . A day later, he tested positive for excess non-endogenous testosterone metabolites.It’s just over seven years since Manchester United broke the world transfer record to re-sign Pogba. He was 23, had won four Serie A titles and had been named young player of the tournament at the previous World Cup. Since then, with the very notable exception of winning the 2018 World Cup, it feels like nothing has gone right for him. Continue reading...
September 12, 2023

A last blast of summer sun: seaside holidays in France, Spain, Italy and Croatia

With the kids back at school, the crowds have gone, prices are lower and there’s still plenty of sun for late-season breaks in southern EuropeWith its 300 days of sunshine a year, Nice has traditionally been the go-to destination for northern Europeans looking to eke out summer. But at the western end of the Cote d’Azur, Marseille and its surrounding beaches enjoy a similarly appealing climate, minus the sky-high price tags. Continue reading...
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