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The humiliation of Vladimir Putin

Peter Morgan’s newest play highlights how central rejection is to Russia’s own mythology

tina turner

Simply the best

Her life wasn’t just about music, it’s a story of reclaiming power in the face of violence

what tina did for me

PP Arnold in the Tortoise Newsroom on meeting Tina – and how it changed her life

Long stories short

• Amanda Gorman condemned a Florida school’s decision to ban the poem she performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration.
• Beyonce and Jay-Z bought California’s most expensive home for $200 million.
• Food critics Grace Dent and Jay Rayner said puddings were disappearing from British restaurant menus.

family bonds

Silicon Valley mogul injects his own son’s blood

it tickled us

What should an eco-conscious billionaire buy next: a pet or a jet?


Want to know what’s next? Call Denise, The Heaven Receptionist

we’re reading…

The Happy Couple

Happily ever after? Not likely. But that’s where the fun – and the fantasy – is.

we’re watching…

Poker Face

Natasha Lyonne’s new detective dramedy is a beautifully confusing tease of a show.

we’re listening to

My Soft Machine

Arlo Park’s second album is more of what makes her great – poignant lyrics, easy listening.


The Better Food Index

the beat generation

become a reporter

The Tortoise journalism school

This July, we’ll be throwing open the doors of our newsroom in central London for a week-long intensive training experience. Classes will be taught by some of our most experienced editors and reporters, and students will have an opportunity to contribute.

“It’s all about aggressive reporting… You never let up and you create this environment of: ‘well, let’s go find out’.”

  • Bob Woodward, speaking at the Sir Harry Evans Summit in Investigative Journalism

Join us at KITE

A new festival of music and ideas
9-11 June 2023


Plus two days of talks curated by Tortoise featuring Sir John Major, Dame Joan Collins, David Baddiel, George the Poet, Simon Sinek, Elizabeth Day, Adam Kay, Chris Patten, Susanna Hoffs and many more

Slow down with Tortoise

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