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One in 10 nursery schools in England face closure within months

Survey finds maintained nursery schools, which often target children from difficult backgrounds, face ‘death by a thousand cuts’ as funding crisis hits

Nursery schools in England are facing “death by a thousand cuts” with more than one in 10 facing closure within the next few months, according to a new survey.

There are only 400 maintained nursery schools left in the country, offering high-quality early years education targeted at vulnerable children from difficult and deprived backgrounds.

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90s R&B and inside-out denim: what we learned from Vetements

The trend-setting label shows us the way forward – all in six minutes at their Paris couture show

You know that real-world thing where you wear a hoody or a hooded quilted Uniqlo jacket as a layer under your coat? The hoody as practical bottom layer is now officially Vetements-approved. On the catwalk – which was actually the lobby of the Pompidou Centre – an orange hoody was worn under a spaghetti strap, sari-silk evening dress. Just imagine if someone did this on the red carpet. That would be the best thing ever.

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Welcome to the world's smallest art fair – on a disappearing speck of sand

The art at the Biennale de la Biche off Guadeloupe is set to disappear into the sea, thereby mirroring the futility and emptiness of elite events like Venice Biennale

Art in the 21st century is a floating world of curators and collectors, gallerists and critics, that generates a constant fleeting excitement without leaving much behind to impress future generations. It is a closed circuit of mutually fascinated Instagram stars exchanging the glamour of art for the lubricant of money; a school of digital sharks who need an unceasing diet of the new to keep them alive in the ocean of information; a party whose guests are scared to leave in case they are forgotten. Or, to put it another way, it is defined by biennales, those festivals of new art that can briefly attract a very engaged and very affluent audience to any location on Earth.

Biennales don’t create much of permanent value, and the art they promote rarely speaks to an audience beyond the self-defining art elite. But they seem very important at the time, to everyone involved. This year sees the big one, the Venice Biennale, back for its 57th instalment. It also sees a very little one, whose Lilliputian ambitions cast a surreal Swiftian light on the lunacy of the art world circuit that will also include Documenta 14 as well as the usual run of art fairs from Basel to, er, Basel Miami Beach.

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How apps plan to conquer your phone's lock screen

There’s a revolution going on over how we use our mobiles – and it’s happening in your notifications

Are you still clicking on apps on your phone? That’s so 2016. Notifications are the new apps, bots are the new notifications, and the way you use your smartphone is likely to change as much over the next five years as it has over that past five.

That’s the outcome of changes to iOS and Android which make it easier than ever to have complex interactions with your phone even when the screen is locked. Now app developers are catching on.

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Briton shot dead at wheel of Porsche in car park of Thai sports club

Witnesses tell police that gunman opened door of vehicle and shot Tony Kenway once before escaping on motorcycle

A British man has been shot dead in his car in the Thai resort of Pattaya.

Tony Kenway, originally from Southampton, was killed in the driver’s seat of his red Porsche Cayenne GTS in the car park of the Sanit sports club in Bang Lamung district, the Bangkok Post reported.

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Scotland eyes 50% renewable energy by 2030 in shift away from North Sea oil

SNP unveils plan encouraging motorists, home owners and businesses into using low- or zero-carbon sources for half their energy needs

The Scottish government has taken the first steps to heavily cutting the country’s reliance on North Sea oil and gas after calling for 50% of Scotland’s entire energy needs to come from renewables.

In a subtle but significant shift of emphasis for the Scottish National party after decades championing North Sea production, ministers unveiled a new energy strategy intended to push motorists, home owners and businesses into using low- or zero-carbon green energy sources for half their energy needs by 2030.

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Beer prices rise amid sobering threat of Brexit-related inflation

Heineken and Carlsberg follow makers of Carling and Budweiser in hiking cost of their beers in face of weak pound

The spectre of inflation is looming over the British pint, as two major brewers raised the price of beer and the brewing business warned of far larger Brexit-related rises to come.

Heineken and Carlsberg have become the latest beer makers to raise prices, following MolsonCoors – maker of the UK’s most popular beer, Carling – and ABInBev, whose stable of brands includes Budweiser.

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Rising popularity of Indian restaurants - archive, 24 January 1957

24 January 1957: There must be about a dozen in the Manchester district, at least a hundred in London, and they are spreading over the rest of the country fast

When you have missed the homeward bus, the shops have brilliant windows but locked doors, and the pavements are greasy black with rain a Northern city can be an inhospitable place. Once there was nothing to do and nowhere to go: now there are Indian restaurants.

In the middle of every night, Sunday or weekday, when the cafes and steak houses are shut and their waiters asleep, egg pilao and Madras chicken curry, Bhuna Gosht, Kofta, Jelabi, and Poppadum are coming to birth, filling and astonishing the mouths of those who always miss buses, all over Britain. Provision, naturally, is made for the few who dislike being astonished at table: they can order fried eggs or cups of unsuccessful white coffee tinged with charcoal, but the cooks, temperamentally, cannot put their hearts into a chip. The number of Indian restaurants in this country is hard to discover. There must be about a dozen in the Manchester district. There are certainly at least a hundred in London, and they are spreading over the rest of the country fast, to towns as unlikely as Northampton.

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Worth the weight? The actors who made drastic body changes for terrible movies

Matthew McConaughey was the latest to hope a major makeover would help him nab an Oscar, but tepid reviews for Gold have seen him join these unlucky actors

Poor Matthew McConaughey. In 2014, he lost 50lb to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, and his grueling transformation was rewarded with an Oscar for best actor. Convinced that he’d cracked the formula, McConaughey then packed on another 50lb and shaved his head for his role in Gold, out this week in the US. But this time, the transformation was for nothing; reviews are middling and awards are nowhere to be seen.

Related: Gold review – the priciest ore is a bore in Matthew McConaughey misfire

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