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Friday, September 9 2022


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Our world has never been all white, fantasy has never been all white, Middle-earth is not all white.

That’s what the cast of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ declared in a statement condemning the “the relentless racism, threats, harassment, and abuse some of our castmates of colour are being subjected to on a daily basis.” It was released in response to months of trolling of the series for casting actors of colour as humans, elves, dwarfs, and harfoots. The same has happened with other fantasy series like Netflix’s ‘The Sandman’ and HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’.

 

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Big Story

The Queen is dead, all hail the King!

The TLDR: Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96—ending an astonishing 70-year reign. It marks the end of an era—for the royal family, Britain and perhaps the world—which has changed so very much since she first ascended the throne. We take a look at her life—and what’s next for the Windsors.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A powerful new malaria vaccine
  • Good news about Parkinson's disease
  • Asia Cup: end of Virat’s long, dry spell
  • Amazon wants you to belt up!
  • The strange link between tweets and temperatures
  • Artificial sweeteners are no good for you
  • Peppa Pig embraces queer couples
  • China cracks down on overpriced mooncakes
  • A new way to ‘buy’ digital art

 

Sanity Break

  • 'Salt Farm Workers Harvesting' by Saurabh Sirohiya

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch and listen
  • A list of good reads

 

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