Best of British: 5 quiet alternative mini-break destinations in the UK

The usual summer staycation spots are booking up quickly.  Rob Crossan on the crowd-free UK hotspots


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Philip's final journey: Duke spent 16 YEARS designing Land Rover hearse for farewell
PRINCE PHILIP designed his own custom-built hearse which will be used for his final journey.
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Becoming Prince Philip: an interview with The Crown’s Tobias Menzies
Tobias Menzies played Prince Philip in Netflix hit The Crown. On the eve of the royal’s funeral, Menzies discusses the unique challenge of trying to get inside the mind of a person seen by so many but known by so fewTobias Menzies talks to Anushka Asthana about playing Prince Philip in seasons 3 & 4 of Netflix smash hit The Crown. When Tobias landed the job, he knew little about Prince Philip, a person who was so often photographed but so little known. Continue reading...
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Boozy Brits to down 5million pints on first Friday night out since lockdown ease
Earlier this week England went into its next stage of a roadmap aimed at easing lockdown restrictions, which saw beer gardens opened up, as well as non-essential retail
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Brad Pitt pushed out of hospital in a wheelchair after getting 'dentist work'
Brad Pitt was spotted being pushed out of a medical centre as he covered his face with a mask, large sunglasses and kept his hood up
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Philip’s close association with the military on show at funeral
Buglers of the Royal Marines will play The Last Post.
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Restrictions on travel and outdoor meetings ease in Scotland
People can now move across local authority boundaries and meet outside in groups of up to six.
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Island tribe who revered the duke like a god will hold ceremony to mark his death
Members of the ‘Prince Philip Movement’ in Vanuatu will dance, make speeches and drink an infusion called kava in his honour, says expert.
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Kate to attend royal funeral with world watching
The duchess is soon to reach the 10th anniversary of marrying into the royal family.
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Chapel at Windsor Castle venue for historic royal funerals
St George’s Chapel is the resting place of 10 monarchs.
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Prince Harry set for ‘a historically freighted royal face-off’ as Duke returns to UK
PRINCE HARRY is set to have a historical "face-off" with the Royal Family after returning to the UK for his grandfather's funeral, according to a royal expert.
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Beijing hit by third sandstorm in five weeks
Dust blown in from drought-hit areas to the north sends pollution soaring to twice the hazardous level The third major sandstorm in five weeks turned Beijing’s skies sepia on Thursday, and sent air quality plummeting in the Chinese capital.The storms, caused by winds from drought-hit Mongolia and north-western China, sent levels of the pollutant PM10, which can penetrate the lung, to 999 micrograms per cubic metre – a level almost double the “hazardous” stage indicated by the Beijing air pollution real time quality index. Continue reading...
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Kourtney Kardashian admits 'no one wanted' KUWTK at the start
Kourtney Kardashian has revealed that she thought Keeping Up With The Kardashians was only going to be a one-season "filler" show
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Kansas City man convicted in 2 women’s deaths decade apart
A Kansas City man has been convicted of killing two women nearly a decade apart
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Manchester City star Phil Foden, 20, announces second baby is on the way
England star Phil Foden and his childhood sweetheart Rebecca Cooke had their first child Ronnie in January 2019, while Foden was 18 years old.
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As few as 2 per cent of positive Covid lateral flow test results are accurate, adviser warns
In emails, leaked to the Guardian, senior strategist Ben Dyson is said to have warned health department colleagues about the unreliability of lateral flow test results.
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Florida driver caught on video smashing barrier and jumping over rising drawbridge
Police say the driver of car will likely face charges for stunt
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BBC presenter Samira Ahmed says she is 'haunted' by fear coverage boosted Nigel Farage and Ukip 
Samira Ahmed said that she remembered complaints about the BBC's coverage 'building up' Nigel Farage and his Ukip party in the early 2010s.
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Man charged with arson attack on Black church caught with help from Tesla security camera
Prosecutors say Dushko Vulchev behind string of fires and tyre slashings in Massachusetts town
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Joss Stone looks radiant as she shares sweet photo with her baby daughter Violet Melissa    
The singer, 34, who was recently crowned the winner of the Masked Singer UK, looked radiant as she beamed for the photo with her smiling baby girl.
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What the papers say – April 16
Images of a grieving Prince Charles feature on many of Friday’s front pages.
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Ulrika Jonsson reflects on Gladiators backstage drama
Following the scandal surrounding ex-Gladiators star Shadow this week, former host of the show Ulrika Jonsson has reflected on her time working with the stars of the 90s series.
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This is why recycling receipts can actually be worse for the planet
Most receipts contain a harmful chemical called BPA, which can’t be removed by recycling process
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North Carolina teacher killed in shoot-out after trying to rob Mexican drug cartel
Barney Harris shot and killed despite wearing bulletproof vest to rob drugs and cash
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Can you still get Covid-19 after having the vaccine?
Pfizer is 95 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 disease and Moderna is 94 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 disease
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Australia news live: Scott Morrison says reopening international borders risks 1,000 Covid cases a week
PM says ‘first goal’ is to allow vaccinated Australians to travel and quarantine at home when they return. Follow updates liveMass vaccination clinics to put strain on healthcare workforce, doctors and nurses groups sayAustralians eligible for a vaccine share their experience of trying to get itAuthorities investigate death of NSW woman who developed blood clots after Covid vaccination 2.12am BST The Queensland deputy premier is speaking now. So far it’s just local state issues but I’ll update you if he talks about international travel. 2.03am BST The federal government has extended the areas in Western Australia eligible for relief payments after tropical cyclone Seroja torn through coastal regions of the state. Residents in the local government areas of Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton, Mingenew, Morawa, Perenjri and Three Springs, are now also eligible for the $1,000 payments for adults and $400 payment for children. Media release: Australian Government assistance for Tropical Cyclone #Seroja extended pic.twitter.com/SXZn6Z6Qy5 Continue reading...
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NFL inks sports bet deals with Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings
Once one of the staunchest opponents of allowing people to legally bet on its games, the National Football League has reached deals with three gambling companies to become official sports betting partners
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Joe Biden penalises Russia over alleged cyber-attacks amid escalating tensions
JOE BIDEN has slapped Russia with dozens of sanctions over alleged cyber-attacks while accusing them of interference in the 2020 US election.
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PAUL THOMAS on... Prince Philip's farewell
'Honestly! Morning suits AND bare feet just so Harry doesn't feel uncomfortable'
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‘We failed him’: Mayor voices sorrow as prosecutors admit 13-year-old Adam Toledo wasn’t holding gun
‘An attorney who works in this office failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court’
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'Divorce? What divorce?!' Melania Trump snapped sharing intimate meal with hubby Don
MELANIA Trump created quite a buzz after she was snapped enjoying a private meal with her husband Donald on Wednesday night at their Mar-a-Lago resort.
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Looking back at Prince Philip's remarkable life 
Carriage driving is a perilous pursuit but, even at the age of 83, Prince Philip was still competing at the highest level.
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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS on TV:  The shrieking pastor who's more heavy metal than Songs Of Praise
CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: On Sundays, Pastor Tony Spell does not address the scant pews of his congregation as 'Dearly Beloved', nor does he invite them to turn to No 127 in their hymn books.
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BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Michael B. Jordan's Navy Seal of approval for classic Tom Clancy thriller 
BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Michael B. Jordan is reclining on a sofa. Or perhaps it's a giant beanbag... it's hard to tell.
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Travellers using fake GP notes to avoid paying for Covid tests, officials warn
It has been reported that immigration officials uncovered multiple examples of the faked letters, aimed at helping passengers avoid paying for tests or fines under Covid rules
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BAZ BAMIGBOYE: The Queen's Gambit star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd will feature in new Beatles-themed biopic
BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, who captured Anya Taylor-Joy's attention on (and off) the chessboard in hit Netflix drama The Queen's Gambit, has played the best move of all.
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Care homes ‘failed’ by lateral flow test rollout, study finds
Researchers warn of ‘misplaced confidence’ in testing system
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ADRIAN THRILLS: Taylor Swift revamps the album that made her a superstar 
When Taylor Swift released her second album, Fearless, in 2008, she used it to articulate the hopes and fears of her female fans. Now, 13 years on, she's revisiting it with a re-recording.
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Panama exhumes body looking for victims of 1989 US invasion
Investigators in Panama have exhumed another body from a Panama City cemetery in an attempt to identify the remains of some victims of the 1989 U.S. invasion that removed strongman Manuel Noriega from power
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£145m fund for trees as Apple goes green: Firm boosts eco credentials with investment in forests
The tech giant has launched a $200million (£145million) drive to put money into well-managed and sustainable forests.
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Student, 21, suffered heart failure after drinking "excessive" energy drinks
The man drank four 500ml energy drinks a day for two years before he needed hospital treatment for heart failure, according to a new BMJ Case Report
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World War 3 fears as expert warns Biden will face all out conflict with Russia or China
JOE BIDEN may have to fight a "big" war with either China or Russia as tensions continue to escalate, an expert has warned.
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Iran to purchase 60M Russian vaccines as coronavirus surges
Iran has finalized a deal with Russia to purchase 60 million doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine
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EXPLAINER: Can cops stop drivers for hanging air fresheners?
The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror
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Police dog dies after being struck by train while chasing burglary suspects
PD Jet was hit by a train while chasing burglars in Gloucestershire.
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Khloe Kardashian's ex says Kobe Bryant was going to help him with gambling issue
Lamar Odom has told how Kobe Bryant scolded him for his gambling but offered to help him with his debts
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Sanctioned Russian IT company partners with Microsoft, IBM
Six Russian technology companies have been slapped with sanctions by the U_S_ Treasury Department for supporting Kremlin intelligence agencies for engaging in “dangerous and disruptive cyber attacks."
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Putin blocks foreign warships from entering Black Sea amid Ukraine war fears - ‘Big risk’
VLADIMIR PUTIN has blocked foreign warships from entering the Black Sea, as Russia and Ukraine inch closer to war.
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