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More Afghan interpreters who served alongside British troops can apply to relocate to UK
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'Tacky' wedding RSVP slammed for offering guests better food if they gift money
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Coronavirus has saved Keir Starmer from a fractious Labour conference
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Students and young people appeared undeterred by the new early curfew last night as they flocked to Big Market in Newcastle, while revellers in Leeds took to the streets in their droves.
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Jameela Jamil, Skai Jackson and Bebe Rexha react to LA earthquake as they check in on fans
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Rumours Tom Hardy to be cast as next James Bond heat up as bookies suspend bets
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Ashley Banjo shares defiant message after ITV backs Diversity performance
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Tour de France 2020: decisive time trial on stage 20 – live!
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Prince Harry has 'joined a helicopter club in California' so he can take Meghan and Archie on trips
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Senior SAGE advisor hits back at Dido Harding after she blamed group for not predicting second wave
Sir Jeremy Farrar has hit back at Dido Harding's claims that SAGE is to blame for testing chaos that gripped Britain in recent weeks. Mr Farrar said the board 'clear' in its advice to Government.
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Alex Telles transfer could give Man United player a new role
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The sandwich chain has become a symbol of the way we used to live, pre-pandemic. Can boss Pano Christou turn things around?The Pret a Manger head office in Victoria, London, has all the trappings of an internet startup: the open-plan kitchen offering free coffee, fruit and snacks; a red telephone box next to a meeting room where you can take a private call (Google’s office in London has those, too); a fibreglass cow grazing on fake grass in the atrium; and an area to host “town hall meetings” with a scattering of quirky cushions on a series of raised steps. On the steps is written: “Millions of healthy customers, thousands of opportunities, hundreds of shops, one vision, two founders.”Of course, there are no longer thousands of opportunities for some of its employees. At the end of last month, the sandwich chain announced that nearly 2,900 of its 8,800 staff were being axed; 30 shops have closed; many of the ones that remain open are now shutting as early as 3pm; and the menu has been slimmed down. Continue reading...
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Toronto film festival 2020 roundup – virtual yet vibrant
A gorgeous animated Celtic fantasy and Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in a smouldering Victorian romance are among the top attractions in a radically pared-down 45th Tiff I must confess I’ve previously been a little cynical about Toronto international film festival (Tiff) audiences, with their boundless enthusiasm, their jack-in-the-box standing ovations, their need to haul bucket-sized cups of coffee with them everywhere. But gosh, how I miss them this year.The festival in its much reduced Covid-compliant form is a very different beast. The programme is considerably smaller (50 feature films compared with 333 last year) and less starry: the Hollywood studios, which habitually swoop in to test the mettle of their potential awards-contenders, are largely absent. There are no visitors from overseas and just a few physical screenings – in drive-ins, at outdoor screens and socially distanced cinemas in the festival hub. Most of the festival, for most delegates, myself included, has been an entirely digital experience. But while necessary, this mixing up of the formula has served to highlight just what makes Toronto such a vibrant, vital event in more normal times. Continue reading...
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Heather Knight wants England Women to recapture spotlight for T20 series
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The week in classical: A Feast in the Time of Plague; Fidelio; Alban Gerhardt and Markus Becker – review
Grange Park Opera, Surrey; Garsington Opera, Oxfordshire; Wigmore Hall, LondonGrange Park Opera serves up a delicious cast for the world premiere of Alex Woolf and David Pountney’s timely new opera, commissioned and written in lockdown“One thing you can say about the arts,” begins a truism uttered on an almost daily basis during this pandemic, mostly by those not trying to do “arts” themselves, is that they flourish in the face of adversity. This kind of tired thinking is dangerous. It’s an excuse to ignore the growing crisis for those artists, especially musicians, who cannot work in isolation, who need an audience, a place to perform. If there is work, most have to cover their own living and travel expenses. Ingenuity wears thin when your savings are spent and the outlook is bleak. The government has fallen silent. Creativity certainly hasn’t been the byword at our biggest performing venues. Whatever their promises for later in the season, they remain all but inactive, some under threat of permanent closure – even the Royal Albert Hall.For this reason, the events under review here, presented by smaller, more flexible organisations, are vital and should never be taken for granted. Last weekend, Grange Park Opera staged the world premiere of an opera commissioned and written in lockdown: a feat that will enter the annals of this pandemic. The enterprise gave paid work to 20 people: a dozen singers, a conductor (Toby Purser) and a small stage crew. With music by Alex Woolf to a libretto by David Pountney, A Feast in the Time of Plague is based on one of Pushkin’s “little tragedies”. Twelve archetypes – from cook to policeman to dewy newlyweds – gather for a last supper, each offering their own thoughts on risk, life and death. “I went where it was forbidden and lay down with the damned and drank with the gasping and smoked with the terminal and survived,” sings Antoine, the biker playboy, biked (on his own vehicle) and played by Simon Keenlyside, in magnificent voice and done away with far too soon. Continue reading...
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Chris Boyd sees signs in Saints that promise a new song for Europe
Northampton, like Leicester, swap domestic travails for European competition on Sunday, though Exeter will be dauntingly familiar opponents Chris Boyd described last weekend’s east Midlands derby at Welford Road as the dance of the desperate, one of the English game’s traditional big fixtures, featuring two clubs more used to challenging for the title than lurking in the Premiership’s basement reduced to little relevance beyond local bragging rights.Northampton and Leicester on Sunday swap their league labours for Europe. The Saints face the last waltz at Exeter in the Champions Cup quarter-final while the Tigers will be looking to emulate their Premier League neighbours on the other side of Aylestone Road and foxtrot their way to victory over Castres in the last eight of the Challenge Cup at Welford Road. Continue reading...
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Woman says she was told to leave the gym for top showing 'three inches of waist'
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First Native American racer blazes trail at Tour de France
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