Courteeners: More. Again. Forever. review – fighting the death of indie

Alexis Petridis’s album of the week Indie Courteeners: More. Again. Forever. review – fighting the death of indie (Ignition)Without abandoning the well-executed anthemics that form the basis of their success, the Manchester band’s sixth album weighs in on the subjects of ageing, alcohol and mental…

Midnight Traveler review – a remarkable, moving portrait of the refugee crisis

The Observer Documentary films 4 / 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars. An Afghan film-maker fleeing the Taliban documents his family’s three-year search for asylum – on his mobile Film-maker Hassan Fazili, his film-maker wife Fatima Hossaini, and their daughters Nargis and (front right)…

Various: London Is the Place for Me: The Music of Young Black London, Vols 7 & 8 review – joyous blends

Global album of the month Music 4 / 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars. (Honest Jon’s Records)This survey of the music of the post-Windrush generation is an effervescent mix of calypso, patois poetry, jazz and joropo, but with poignant undertones Exuberance … Trinidadian calypsonian…

Fast food giants still ‘failing’ on chicken welfare, says report

Animals farmed Chicken Pizza Hut, Burger King and Domino’s are among UK outlets rated ‘very poor’ in report from leading animal charity World Animal Protection claim many chickens live short lives in unnecessary pain. Photograph: Wojtek Radwański/Getty Customers of some of the UK’s biggest fast-food…

With Brexit imminent, what are the chances of a UK trade deal with China? | Rana Mitter

Opinion Trade policy With Brexit imminent, what are the chances of a UK trade deal with China? Rana Mitter Trump has shown compromise with Beijing is possible but Britain has to dance between US, EU and Chinese demands Theresa May visits President Xi Jinping in…

Grit Orchestra/Celtic connections review – filmic fusion from an 80-strong band

Folk music Grit Orchestra/Celtic connections review – filmic fusion from an 80-strong band Royal Concert Hall; City Halls, GlasgowGreg Lawson’s boisterous ensemble celebrate freedom and the Declaration of Arbroath while US duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn add festive moonshine 4 / 5 stars 4 out…

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: great smart TV box, irritating smart speaker

Amazon 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. Top-end smart TV box can’t quite live up to the promise of the voice-controlled TV commander Amazon’s Fire TV Cube simultaneously looks like something from the future and retro sci-fi, but Alexa as your media…

The Guardian view on ‘flight shaming’: face it – life must change | Editorial

Opinion Climate change The Guardian view on ‘flight shaming’: face it – life must change Editorial Individual choices will not solve the climate crisis but ministers should not be encouraging flying An aircraft flying across the setting sun in Sydney, as smoke haze continued to…