If we lose high street shopping, we lose an experience of incomparable joy

As news breaks that Boohoo has bought Debenhams, and ASOS has bought Topshop, Olivia Petter reflects on whether shopping for pleasure may soon be a thing of the past


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Threatening to share ‘revenge porn’ to become illegal with up to two years in jail
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Andrew Cuomo faces new calls to resign after apology for behaviour
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Businessman says he was strip searched after being arrested for lockdown trip
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