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Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, from psych-rock stoner to disco infiltrator

published about 2 hours ago
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, from psych-rock stoner to disco infiltrator
They may have brought psych rock to the masses, but Tame Impala’s new album channels the Bee Gees and Goan beach raves. Their frontman explains why… Related: Tame Impala: listen to their new track Let It Happen It’s a few days before Glastonbury, and Kevin Parker – the 29-year-old Australian musical polymath behind Tame Impala – is in west London rehearsing for his appearance at the festival with Mark Ronson. Somewhat extravagantly, Ronson has hired out the entirety of the Hammersmith ... more

‘Unacceptable’ is the new ‘something must be done’. David Cameron likes it because it lets him off the hook | Ian Jack

published about 3 hours ago
‘Unacceptable’ is the new ‘something must be done’. David Cameron likes it because it lets him off the hook | Ian Jack
The prime minister declares the migrant crisis in Calais “totally unacceptable”, but that’s hardly going to stop it happening. The phrase is a neat way of expressing outrage without taking responsibilityEdward VIII had already decided to abdicate when, on 18 November 1936, he set off on a short tour of the depressed areas of south Wales, and in the ruins of the recently closed Dowlais steel mill, surrounded by hundreds of unemployed men, made his celebrated statement. “These works brought ... more

What happens to my late husband’s digital life now he’s gone

published about 4 hours ago
What happens to my late husband’s digital life now he’s gone
Since her husband, Iain, died seven months ago, Caroline Twigg has had to face an unexpected problem – what to do with his online legacynyctwigg: Ah, there you are; a Skype username you created while working in New York for a month. And here I am, trying to call someone yet absent-mindedly pulling up your profile. In the tiny square picture icon, you are there in your blue T-shirt, leaning over the table and smiling at the camera. Next to ... more

A letter to … My sons, who are growing up in a Muslim family

published about 4 hours ago
The letter you always wanted to writeMy boys, I smile at you, as you roll around in the grass in my dream garden. One of you is aged three, constantly laughing, smiling or singing among your mess of cars, Thomas the Tank Engine trains and footballs. The other is a baby who is mainly interested in milk. You are both so beautifully innocent. It’s good that you cannot see the worry behind my smiles, kisses and cuddles. How will you cope growing up in our ... more

My son is teething – everything is worse

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My son is teething – everything is worse
His nappy rash is so bad it looks like my face did in the mid-1990s, but we’ve been through worse, so bring it on …I barely knew anything about babies before I had one. I didn’t know how to dress them, or how to make them go to sleep. I didn’t know what went in their mouths, or what came out of their bums. I had no idea if an 8lb baby was big or small, and the last thing ... more