Is Britain REALLY suffering from a 'second hump' of Covid-19?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims Britain is heading into a 'second hump' of cases, but data shows only around 4% of tests are positive, compared to almost half during April's peak.
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UK’s national debt hits record high at more than £2,000,000,000,000
Debt hit £2,023.9 billion, just weeks after passing £2 trillion for the first time ever in July.
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The Boys in the Band review – fierce fun and games in the pre-Aids era
This new film version of the off-Broadway hit about gay lives in New York is strange, compelling and unexpectedly potentIt’s hammy and stagey and campy, but The Boys in the Band turns out to have a fiercely watchable soap-operatic intensity, a sustained attack of telenovela craziness, culminating in a full-on anxiety attack from its leading character. It’s based on the 1968 off-Broadway hit by Mart Crowley (who died in March this year) about a group of gay men in New York gathering for a birthday party in an era before Stonewall, before Aids, a time when metropolitan sophisticates sort of tolerated “swishiness” in the bohemian arts scene, and when Gore Vidal was saying, pour épater les bourgeois, that there were homosexual acts but no homosexual people.The play was turned into a film directed by William Friedkin in 1970 and the title is taken from the line in A Star Is Born (1954), when James Mason tells Judy Garland: “You’re singing for yourself and the boys in the band.” Now there is a new version: sleeker and smoother than Friedkin’s, from actor turned director Joe Mantello, and produced for Netflix by Ryan Murphy, whose miniseries, Hollywood, featured Mantello in an acting role. Continue reading...
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How I Do It: The dad-of-two who loves having sex in public with his girlfriend
'Lockdown has seen us together 24/7 and we are both going a bit stir crazy and missing contact with other people.'
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EastEnders spoilers: Huge showdown as Kheerat Panesar isn’t welcome at Chantelle Atkins’ funeral
Kheerat's attempt to bid farewell to the love of his life ruffles some feathers.
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25 soap spoilers: EastEnders Gray’s wrath, Coronation Street Geoff’s sick revenge, Emmerdale arrest, Hollyoaks dilemma
From what happens next regarding Chantelle's death, to Geoff discovering that Daniel stole his money, we reveal all new soap spoilers.
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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet review – stark climate emergency warning
This terrifying documentary looks back over the 93-year-old’s career – but at its heart is a short, sharp, shocking lesson‘I am David Attenborough and I’m 93. This is my witness statement.” There is a tremendously moving sense of finality about Attenborough’s terrifying new documentary on the climate emergency. It is being marketed as a retrospective, a look back at his life and 60-years-plus career. But make no mistake about its true agenda: Attenborough is here to deliver a stark warning that time is ticking for the planet. It is a personal film – and political, too. There is emotion and urgency in that familiar soothing voice. At one point he rubs his eyes, reddened and damp. Continue reading...
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From Ida to The Evil Dead: 10 of the best films under 90 minutes
If you don’t have the concentration for a cinematic epic, here is a selection of movies clocking in at less than an hour and a halfThis is not the moment for ponderous blockbuster cinema: concentration spans, we are told, are plummeting in the Covid era. So if you’re fretting at home, here is a film that will take your mind off things: the Beatles’ super-entertaining feature from 1964, which showcased their ease and humour in front of the camera as well as director Richard Lester’s gift for experimentation. A blast. Digital platforms (£) Continue reading...
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Why do students travel to university? Covid has proved they don't need to | Simon Jenkins
Freshers’ week in Glasgow has turned into a fiasco. But tech advances mean most students can become digital commutersWho ever thought it a good idea to disperse 2 million Covid super-spreaders across British cities this month? One hundred and twenty-four returning Glasgow students have already tested positive, with dozens more at Aberdeen, St Andrews and elsewhere. Six hundred are now confined to their Glasgow lodgings and told they may have to stay there through Christmas. Now this fiasco is to be repeated in England as freshers’ week gets under way there too.At the same time as this mass return to campus, the Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon is banning most households from meeting even their next-door neighbours, the most severe curb of personal freedom in this phase of the pandemic so far. Yet teenagers who have won the privilege of a university place have also won the privilege of travelling as far as they choose from home and meeting thousands of new friends. This might be called a giant exercise in herd immunity, a national version of what used to be a children’s chickenpox party. Is this now policy? Continue reading...
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‘We had the dust of radicalism sprinkled on us that night’ – an epic documentary of black student protest
The 1968 antiwar uprising at Columbia University is well known. But as Paul Cronin’s new 15-hour film shows, while the white students focused on Vietnam, the black students’ concerns are still urgent today‘Lockdown has done wonders for me,” says Paul Cronin with a laugh. An English film-maker who lives in New York, he had been working off and on for 14 years on A Time to Stir, a documentary about the 1968 student uprising at Columbia University. Then, after the killing of George Floyd in May, Cronin’s Greenwich Village neighbourhood was transformed. Protesters marched through its streets, statues were defaced, the windows of galleries and banks were smashed, police cars were torched, helicopters roared night and day. It was an extended moment of rebellion and release, terror and possibility.“I’m watching what’s going on from my window and taking lots of late-night walks through Washington Square with all the wildness and craziness going on there.” Struck by the parallels between the archival footage on his computer screen and present-day convulsions, he went into overdrive, only coming up for air after he had completed the film. Continue reading...
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Sneakerheads review – shoe business comedy lacks sole
Netflix’s surreal look at the world of trainer aficonados in LA will appeal to existing sneakerheads; the rest of us will want to run a mileI suspect that much of Sneakerheads’ appeal will depend on the level of the viewer’s own affection for Los Angeles, shopping and jokes about the suburbs. This friendly, if slight, LA-based buddy comedy on Netflix, about men who really love trainers, stars Black-ish’s Allen Maldonado as Devin, a stay-at-home dad who leaves an incriminating page open on his computer. His wife is furious. Is it porn? An affair? No, it’s news of a coveted “drop”, and Devin’s old passion for foot fashion is about to come roaring back into his life. It is an obsession that has caused him problems in the past, but now he’s five years free of it, and is such a dad that he wears Toms and is forced to endure polite conversation with his well-meaning, but utterly uncool, neighbour across the street.A chance trip past an old haunt brings Devin back to his old life, and kicks off a “one more job” plot that takes some jarringly surreal turns, and shifts this from a relaxed comedy into a slightly more confused zany adventure. Having dropped off his kids at the babysitter, so he can wait in line for the trainers of his dreams, Devin runs into his former best friend, Bobby, played by a sweetly childlike Andrew Bachelor, who has been excommunicated from the friendship in disgrace. (When that is explained, it turns out to be quite the disgrace.) It marks the start of a long line of scams and schemes that take a growing crew of trainer fans on a tour of Los Angeles, and beyond. Continue reading...
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'It's depressing': curfew criticised as last orders arrive early in Soho
Many not convinced 10pm closing time for pubs and restaurants will halt spread of Covid-19. Photographs by Christian SinibaldiCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs crowds amassed in central London at 10pm on Thursday night after people streamed out of bars which closed early due to the curfew, there was confusion, delirium and drunkenness.“There’s mental issues, cancer, all this other stuff, yet everyone is paying attention to Covid,” said Sophia Warne, outside Cecconi’s on Old Compton Street, in Soho. “Look at how many people are actually in hospital because of it, it’s not actually very much. I think we need to crack on.” Continue reading...
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Louise Redknapp's son's heartbreaking hope for her and his dad Jamie after split
Louise and Jamie Redknapp called time on their marriage in 2017 after 18 years of marriage and the year after she had appeared on Strictly
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Netflix revives landmark gay drama The Boys in the Band with 'excellent cast'
Ratched producer Ryan Murphy brings Netflix new film adaptation of landmark gay play The Boys in the Band which stars Jim Parsons, Zachart Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells
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'Excruciating' breakfast when Fergie faced livid Queen after toe-sucking scandal
Sarah Ferguson was staying at Balmoral with the royal family, including the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, when photos of her having her toes sucked appeared on the front pages of the Daily Mirror
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David Harbour says his Black Widow action figure has a better hairline than him
EXCLUSIVE: Black Widow stars David Harbour and Florence Pugh meet their action figures for the first time and both notice a difference with one of the figures
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Woman caught 'red handed' dealing Spice in Piccadilly Gardens
"Drug dealing is a plague on the city centre, particularly so in Piccadilly Gardens."
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Chloe Ferry shares 'scary' moment she couldn't see after too much time on phone
Chloe Ferry revealed her migraine was so bad she couldn't see - something that's never happened to her before while she was using her phone too much
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Coronavirus map LIVE: EU strikes confidential deal with drug company for 'cheap' vaccine
THE EU struck a confidential low-cost deal with a British drug company shortly before a volunteer developed neurological symptoms in a late-stage trial.
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Matt Lucas' Boris Johnson Skit On The Great British Bake Off Attracts Ofcom Complaints
Matt Lucas’ hilarious turn as Boris Johnson on The Great British Bake Off may have amused many viewers, but it seems not everyone was as impressed. The Little Britain star’s skit – which featured at the start of his debut episode of the Channel 4 show – has been the subject of over 200 Ofcom complaints. It has been revealed that 202 viewers contacted the TV watchdog after Matt’s parody aired on Tuesday night, according to Metro. The sketch saw him mimicking Johnson’s coronavirus briefings, standing at a lectern featuring the slogan: “Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves.”As is standard procedure, Ofcom will now assess the complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate if the programme broke the broadcasting code. Stumbling over his words, Matt began the skit by saying: “Good evening, let’s get straight to it.“We are now approaching phase 46 which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are saying, with regards to baking, that if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent…”Welcome to a new series of The Great British Bake Off - and a big hello to our new presenter Matt Lucas! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/0sa8NxTJtE— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 22, 2020He added: “We are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of the hundreds and thousands.”Matt’s co-host Noel Fielding then appeared via video link to ask a question about the correct pronunciation of “scone”.It just so happened that Bake Off’s broadcast was delayed by 15 minutes to make space for televised coronavirus addresses from the prime minister, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, following the announcement of new restrictions.Matt was brought in as the new co-host of Bake Off earlier this year, after Sandi Toksvig stood down after three years. The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4. MORE BAKE OFF: Matt Lucas' Bake Off Debut Was Deliciously Silly One Bake Off Contestant Had An Absolute Nightmare Of A First Show Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever
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Brexit LIVE: France lashes out at UK as Barnier leaves talks - 'We WON'T fall for it!'
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The Simpsons: Alex Désert replaces Hank Azaria as voice of Carl in season 32 opener
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Ambitious £530m plan to transform Stockport station - this is how it could look
The ambitious plans feature a new public square, car park and improved passenger facilities.
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Worshippers shocked after church Zoom hacked with Nazi flags and gay porn
A video briefly posted to YouTube showed the horrified responses of elderly parishioners.
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UK national debt soars to record levels as Covid-19 pushes up borrowing
The National Debt reached a record £2.024 trillion at the end of August - which is up almost £250 billion compared to the same time last year
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GAME is about to get new wave of PlayStation 5 stock but you'll have to be quick
If you haven’t managed to pre-order a PlayStation 5 yet there’s still hope, as GAME has announced that it’s about to get a second wave of stock
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British paraglider died after 'freak gust of wind' threw him against mountain
Darren Watson, of Corwen, North Wales, died from internal bleeding after crashing into a mountain during a paragliding course in Sierra Del Buey, in Jumilla, Murcia, Spain
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Coronavirus news - live: Cases hit record high in UK, as scientists warn first vaccine may only reduce symptoms
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Jose Mourinho asked Europa League opponents Shkendija to fix goalposts before Spurs victory
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Woman reveals she's racked with guilt from cheating on her husband with a co-worker seven years ago
An eight months pregnant woman who lives in the UK, took to Mumsnet to reveal she's considering telling her husband about an affair that she had seven years ago.
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David Beckham 'launches secret new passion project' in unexpected career move
David Beckham is said to have become 'obsessed' with the past time and is now looking to turn it into a new business venture
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Snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan beaten by Irish teenager Aaron Hill in European Masters
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Dr Hilary tells students ‘be lonely now and party later’ amid Christmas ban
Dr Hilary Jones says university students must face a temporary period of loneliness and save the partying for when the pandemic is over
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Comical cats have no regard for personal space
In a comical online gallery compiled by BoredPanda, pet owners from around the world shared the funniest times their cat has invaded their personal space, including watching them in the shower.
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Week 4 Preview: FSU-Miami has King in spotlight; SEC begins
A pandemic-altered college football season has helped put Florida State-Miami in the spotlight this weekend
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12 universities set up their own Covid testing - as students are banned from parties or pubs
A dozen universities in England and Wales have set up their own Covid-19 testing units as at least ten outbreaks were recorded across the UK, mostly in Scotland.
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Nadal can tie Federer's 20 Slams with lucky No. 13 in Paris
Rafael Nadal can pull even with Roger Federer for most Grand Slam singles titles won by a man by collecting No. 20 at the French Open
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Burnley sign Dale Stephens from Brighton on two-year contract
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UK weather: SNOW hits the North and temperatures plunge to -5C
The topsy-turvy British weather lived up to its reputation as some areas were left looking decidedly wintery following hail and snow showers less than 48 hours after the end of a September heatwave.
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Coronavirus news live: More than 1 million self-employed left without government support and UK records 6,634 new cases
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Kate Garraway 'embarrassed' as Dr finds contact lens stuck in eye for six days
Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway spent six days with an agonising eye problem which was finally diagnosed in hospital with an awkward result
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People reveal their biggest regrets from drinking too much alcohol
People from around the world have taken to anonymous sharing app Whisper to reveal their biggest regrets after drinking enough alcohol to blackout.
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Laurent Koscielny finally apologises to Arsenal fans following controversial exit
'I didn’t expect it to affect them in the way that it did.'
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Canceled flights strand 25 Easter Islanders for 6 months
A group of 25 residents from remote Easter Island has been stranded far from home for six months now due to the coronavirus
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Jack by Marilynne Robinson review – a Calvinist romance
Radiant and visionary, the fourth Gilead novel explores whether a minister’s prodigal son can be redeemed by loveMarilynne Robinson, having attained over the past four decades the status of literature’s spiritual leader, now expands her acclaimed Gilead trilogy into a quartet with a new novel, Jack. It might perhaps be best described as a Calvinist romance – and certainly it is difficult to imagine any other contemporary writer who could achieve so improbable a conflation of doctrine and feeling.In 2004, 24 years after her debut Housekeeping saw her greeted as a writer of magisterial wisdom and skill, Robinson published Gilead. It takes the form of a single letter written in 1956 by the Rev John Ames to his young son: Ames’s heart is failing, and he wishes to leave behind him an account of his life and faith. The novel is distinguished by an exacting and capacious intelligence, together with an enthralled sensibility that elevates the ordinary – a child’s game, the passage of the midwestern light – to the sublime. Ames is greatly attached to his friend Robert Boughton, a retired minister whose son Jack is the cause of much fatherly sorrow, having absented himself from home and from God. When, towards the end of the novel, this prodigal son returns, he confides the secret of his absence not to his father, but to Ames. Continue reading...
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One final night out in Blackpool before the 10pm curfew kicked in
The famous illuminations lit up the night sky.
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