The teetotal chess fan who packs a punch: why Anthony Joshua is the people’s champion

Anthony Joshua used to run a stall at Wembley market that sold what his promoter Eddie Hearn has called “dodgy belts”. Heavyweight boxing, the sport in which Joshua has made a name and a great deal of money, has long had a problem with dodgy belts. There are currently no fewer than six world heavyweight …

A tale of bad sex… Need I relate to it for the story to work? | Catherine Bennett

Possibly not since Dickens fans in New York shouted, at disembarking English passengers, “Is Little Nell dead?”, has any piece of fiction aroused as much interest, as speedily, as Cat Person, a skilful short story by Kristen Roupenian. Published in the New Yorker, it went viral within days, and confirmed, if nothing else, that Twitter …

Why business could prosper under a Corbyn government

While the Daily Mail, with Pavlovian regularity, persists in ringing the “Marxist” alarm bell, the Financial Times is a little more measured. “Labour has a fair wind” with business leaders, the paper argued this month, “with many terrified of a hard Brexit”. At the CBI’s annual conference in November, leaders of industry gave Jeremy Corbyn …

MoD will struggle to meet Treasury’s £7bn in savings, report says

Extreme scepticism about the Ministry of Defence’s ability to achieve an estimated £7bn in savings being sought by the Treasury is expressed in a Commons defence committee report published on Sunday. Failure to find the savings will mean cuts in the number of planes, ships and armoured vehicles or at least delays in their acquisition. …

Revealed: sketches that show the inspiration for Banksy’s ‘alternativity’ in Bethlehem

The traditional stage is familiar from thousands of primary school Christmas celebrations. Mary kneeling by a manger, angels with haloes on sticks, a diminutive king with an outsized crown. But behind the actors and audience loom the menacing concrete slabs of a vast barrier wall, and the spotlights of the stage are augmented by searchlights …

Guide to party sparkle: the wish list – in pictures

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Harold Holt: the legacy is evident, 50 years after his disappearance

It was a quintessential Australian death. On 17 December 1967, Australia’s 17th prime minister, Harold Edward Holt, waded into the churning surf at Victoria’s Cheviot Beach, defying a swift current and a strong under-tow that left others in his party refusing to enter. Within minutes Holt was swept up and out, “like a leaf … …