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Posted by Peter Bradshaw

Thirty years on, Rob Reiner’s salute to Hollywood swashbucklers remains a poignant pastiche, gloriously unencumbered by CGI visuals and gender cliches

After 30 years, the wit, fun, charm and idealism are fresher than ever. The Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his novel and directed by Rob Reiner, now makes a brief reappearance in UK cinemas. Catch it while you can. My colleague Hadley Freeman has a magisterial chapter on it in her memoir of 1980s Hollywood, Life Moves Pretty Fast, showing how it made possible fairytale homages and Shrek and Frozen and also affected the language of irony and comedy in the television pop culture that came afterwards. It’s a movie that manages to be both a pastiche and a fervently real love story. The Princess Bride is an organically grown comedy romance from an analogue age: different from the genetically modified, digital creations that came along later. And there is a specific kind of poignancy given how two of its stars have since achieved new fame in TV dramas of cynicism and disillusionment: Robin Wright with House of Cards and Mandy Patinkin in Homeland.

Related: My favourite film: The Princess Bride

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Posted by Maev Kennedy

Items from codebreaker’s life – and death – go on display at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

In 1929, a teenager’s end-of-term report noted that his English reading was weak, his French prose was very weak, his essays grandiose beyond his abilities, and his mathematical promise undermined by his untidy work.

The report gave few clues that Alan Turing would come to be seen as a genius, a mathematician and computer pioneer whose codebreaking work at Bletchley Park helped shorten the second world war and whose name is given to a test for artificial intelligence.

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Posted by Nadifa Mohamed

Last weekend’s truck bombing in Mogadishu took 358 lives. London, it seems, couldn’t even be bothered to lower a flag

For over a week now, since the shocking attack that killed hundreds of people in Mogadishu, I’ve been seeking to raise money for the only free ambulance service in the Somali capital. But as the days have gone I’ve noticed just how muted the public and official response has been to what – with 358 dead, 56 missing and 228 injured – must count among the world’s worst terror atrocities.

Related: Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

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Posted by John Harris

The idea that we will surrender our prized motors can look far-fetched. But as cities clamp down on vehicle use, technology is putting a utopian vision in reach

If ours is an age in which no end of institutions and conventions are being disrupted, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the most basic features of everyday life seems under serious threat. If you are fortunate enough to live in a house with a drive, look outside and you will probably see it: that four-wheeled metal box, which may well be equipped with every technological innovation imaginable, but now shows distinct signs of obsolescence.

Related: The car has a chokehold on Britain. It’s time to free ourselves | George Monbiot

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Posted by Tim Montgomerie

Theresa May promised the people real reform and then appointed a chancellor who has delivered inertia. He is running out of time – and so are the Tories

There are lots of candidates for Theresa May’s worst decision since becoming prime minister, but one of her biggest mistakes was also the most inexplicable. Inexplicable because her speech on the steps of Downing Street, immediately after succeeding David Cameron, suggested that she did “get it”.

Related: Calling Philip Hammond a ‘saboteur’ or ‘traitor’ reflects terribly on the Tory right | Kate Maltby

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Posted by Rob Penn

Our writer and his friends recapture their youth and the joy of cycling, with a challenging trip taking in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro

Rocking my bike from side to side, I crested the final rise and the landscape opened out before me. A high-altitude meadow freckled with cows rolled down into a shallow bowl surrounded by savagely contorted, parallel slabs of limestone sticking straight up from the earth. Beyond was 2,523-metre Bobotov Kuk, the highest point in Montenegro’s wondrous Unesco-listed Durmitor national park. Behind me were yet more staggering views, across glacial lakes to rows of mountain peaks, deep river gorges and pine forests populated by wild cats, bears and wolves.

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Posted by Jason Burke

Despite threatened opposition boycott and widespread doubt over logistics, Kenyans look likely to go to the polls again

Ballot papers for Kenya’s presidential election next week have begun arriving in the country, in a sign that the troubled poll will probably go ahead.

The final batch of papers is scheduled to arrive from Dubai on Tuesday, less than 48 hours before Kenyans vote for a second time in less than three months to elect a president.

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