Mr Angry of TV comedy severs links with Putin network on way to Edinburgh fringe

Tom Walker, creator of Jonathan Pie, says it’s now time to move on from the channel that made his name

Jonathan Pie, the fictional television reporter who is regularly pushed to the edge of sanity and beyond by British politics, has now made a political stand of his own in preparation for his first national tour and an appearance on the Edinburgh festival fringe.

Pie, the foul-mouthed creation of actor Tom Walker, has become an internet sensation since the success of his short comic films in which his television journalist melts down on screen once he is “off air”. Pie rails against hypocrisy in politics and in television newsrooms and is disillusioned with both his job and the ethics of Westminster.

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Dungeons & Dragons and dangerous games | Brief letters

South East London Wargames Group | Boris Johnson’s image in France | Response to foreign secretary’s limerick | Andrea Leadsom and male nannies | Tennis heart-throbs | Zoe Williams for Top Gear

Your article (In the dragon’s den, G2, 14 July) brought out the geek in me: aged 17, in 1974, at a meeting of the South East London Wargames Group (venue: Grove Park Youth Centre), my friends and I acquired a boxed set of Dungeons & Dragons from an American guest. I suspect we were the first people in the UK to play, so by the 80s this was old hat to us. But I recall the huge excitement and pleasure of our first campaign, which lasted nine months and almost certainly clipped a grade off each of my A-Levels!
Stephen Johnson
Burpham, Surrey

• In the 40 years I spent working at the Foreign Office, I was often reminded of the old adage that a diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country. It appears our new foreign secretary already has 50% of the attributes he will need in his new job and has been recognised for this by the French foreign minister (Liar, celebrity, joke: how other countries see Britain’s new foreign secretary, 16 July).
Harry Wiles
Esher, Surrey

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New ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ dlc is out, along with a new teaser for the ‘Death Star’ expansion

EA announced that the new Star Wars: Battlefront DLC will include content based on the upcoming Rogue One film and will release this fall. They also released a new teaser for the Death Star expansion.

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Police arrest man who threatened to ‘purge’ Pokemon Go players

Using Facebook to convey a warning of possible violence against a local community of Pokemon players, a 29-year-old Texas man named Nathan Cerda posted that he was planning to “purge” anyone attending Pokemon Go events or simply walking around collecting Pokemon. Detailed in the police’s press release, Cerda indicated that he was going to use modified paintball guns […]

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Yvette Cooper urges Labour leadership to do more to tackle online abuse

MP says harassment of Labour figures is coming from inside and outside party and threatens to stifle democracy

Labour and other parties have a responsibility to stamp out vitriolic online abuse that is threatening to stifle democracy and all too frequently targets women, Yvette Cooper has said.

The former shadow home secretary called on Jeremy Corbyn to do more to stop the internet harassment of Labour figures that she said was coming from both inside and outside the party.

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The 20 best apps for making videos

Whether you’re a vlogger or a budding Spielberg, it’s never been easier to shoot your own short film. Here, from effects to filters, are the only apps you’ll need

Shooting and sharing videos has never been so easy, with a wide selection of mobile apps available to capture, edit and distribute your footage. Some are squeezed-down smartphone versions of powerful, desktop, video-editing software, while others are inventive new tools for the Instagram generation of social sharers. There are specialist video-making apps for special effects, stop-motion and even virtual reality film-making, and novelty apps to raise a smile with face swapping or retro filters. Here are 20 of the best apps to try in 2016, whatever your level of expertise.

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Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Our World by Greg Milner – review

The story of GPS and its impact on our natural homing instinct is both fascinating and unsettling

The desire of human beings to know where exactly they are on the planet, and more to the point how they might get home, has a vivid history. In the opening chapter of his suitably precise and fascinating account of the modern evolution of this desire, Greg Milner goes back to the extraordinary feats of the aboriginal Polynesians, who somehow explored and dispersed across the vast Pacific in outrigger canoes with sails made from woven leaves.

The islanders apparently learned how to navigate thousands of miles eastward, against prevailing wind and current, using mind maps of stars triangulated in relation to known specks of islands; as they neared land they utilised a close knowledge of cloud formations and the patterns of birds in flight and bioluminescence in the sea. They factored all these observations hour by hour against speed and wind resistance, and somehow found their way in the world. Pretty much all that knowledge, the ways of seeing that allowed them to do that, has disappeared.

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