Matt Hancock ‘hopeful’ social distancing measures can be eased after Easter
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BBC Christmas schedule: Full list of every TV show, from Doctor Who to Vicar of Dibley
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Can you visit your boyfriend or girlfriend during the new tier system?
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Apple’s head of security charged with bribery
It’s alleged that the Santa Clara County, California sheriff's office held up an application for a concealed-weapons permit until an agreement was made for Apple to donate $70,000 (£52 thousand) worth of iPads
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UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law
British telecom companies face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed to Parliament on Tuesday
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Rapper 21 Savage’s tribute after ‘baby bro’ knifed to death in Brixton stabbing
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Fabio da Silva exclusive: Why I owe Man United and Sir Alex Ferguson
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I'm A Celebrity's AJ Pritchard 'telling porkies' over Jess Plummer comment
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Should we still work from home: When will workers return to the office?
Boris Johnson has said that those in England who can work from home should continue to do so
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Medal for hero special forces dog who charged through a hail of gunfire to take out Al Qaeda sniper
The brave Belgian Shepherd Malinois was shot in both back legs during his act of heroism and suffered life-changing injuries after taking out the Al Qaeda gunman in Afghanistan.
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Andy Burnham hits back after minister's 'thinly veiled attack'
Greater Manchester's Mayor has hit out after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps appeared to blame him for the region's infection rates due to Tier 3 row
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'I took GCSE at 5 and went to Cambridge at 15 - but it's nurture not nature'
Home-schooled Arran Fernandez took his first GCSE at five after being tutored by his dad, and earned a place at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam College in 2010
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Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat show sees viewers recoil at liquorice cheesecake
Nigella Lawson's pursuit of ever more interesting ingredients in her BBC2 show left liquorice haters aghast after she created a cheesecake sauce from extra strong pellets of the salty snack.
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Director Apologises After Revealing Himself As The Voice In Lukas Gage's Viral Audition Video
British director Tristram Shapeero has revealed it was his voice that could be heard in the viral video posted by Lukas Gage last week.On Friday, the Euphoria video shared a video of himself preparing for a Zoom audition, in which a director can be heard insulting the young star’s home, without realising he isn’t on mute.“These poor people live in these tiny apartments,” the voice is heard saying. “Like I’m looking at his background, and he’s got his TV and you know...”At this point, Lukas interrupts, stating: “I know, it’s a shitty apartment. That’s why give me this job, so I can get a better one!”Posting the video on social media, Lukas joked: “PSA: If you’re a shit talking director make sure to mute ur shit on zoom meetings.”psa if youre a shit talking director make sure to mute ur shit on zoom mtgings pic.twitter.com/PTgMZcRhEw— lukas gage (@lukasgage) November 20, 2020Tristram Shapeero – whose directing credits include episodes of Absolutely Fabulous, Peep Show, The Good Place and Parks And Recreation – has now outed himself as the voice in the clip, issuing a public apology to the actor.Writing for Deadline, he said: “This Zoom audition took place in August, after four months of lockdown. A number of my co-workers were also on the auditions which happened over several days.“It was emotional to see actors work so hard to win the few parts available and we were deeply moved by the passion of these young people under the extraordinary circumstances.” He continued: “I was using the word ‘poor’ in the sense of deserving sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgment.“My words were being spoken from a genuine place of appreciation for what the actors were having to endure, stuck in confined spaces, finding it within themselves to give a role-winning performance under these conditions.“As I say on the video, I’m mortified about what happened. While I can’t put the proverbial toothpaste back in the tube, I move forward from this incident a more empathetic man; a more focused director and I promise, an even better partner to actors from the audition process to the final cut.”After the clip went viral, Lukas received support from a number of fellow actors, including January Jones and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville.Filmmaker Judd Apatow also said: “As a young man I would have dreamed of an apartment like this one.  Look at that sweet flat screen!  The guitar!  The moldings!”Lukas Gage has previously appeared in Assassination Nation and the Love, Simon spin-off Love, Victor, but is best known for playing Tyler in the teen drama Euphoria.READ MORE: Euphoria Star Lukas Gage Calls Out ‘Sh** Talking’ Director For Mocking His Flat On Unmuted Zoom Call BBC News Interview Comes To An Abrupt End After Running Out Of Free Minutes On Zoom TV Presenter Raises Eyebrows As Semi-Nude Woman Is Spotted During Broadcast – And It's Not His Girlfriend
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This Morning played a throwback clip to Phillip Schofield's cruel prank on Holly Willoughby that left her sobbing
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Will theatres reopen after lockdown? Rules for the arts in tiers 1, 2 and 3 explained
After four weeks of lockdown, fans of live performance got some good news yesterday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that, under his new tighter pandemic restrictions, some theatres in select parts of England will be able to reopen from 2 December.
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Senior arts figures say new tier restrictions will ‘shake already fragile sector’
Senior arts sector figures today said tighter tier restrictions have “shaken” an “already fragile sector” while warning it will not be viable for many theatres to reopen.
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I'm A Celeb star proposed to while they're in the castle and they have no idea
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Salford council paid out £60,000 in 12 fraudulent Covid business grant claims
By the end of September, Salford council had paid more than £46m in grant support
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Katie Price's heartbreaking fear of losing Harvey after doctors' stark warning
Katie Price has candidly shared her fears for eldest child Harvey, 18, after doctors told her that the 28 and a half stone lad needs to start losing weight
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'Stansted 15' begin Court of Appeal bid to overturn convictions
The 'Stansted 15' cut through the Essex airport's perimeter fence and locked themselves together around a Boeing 767 jet chartered by the Home Office to transport people in March 2017.
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Confusion over London after lockdown as politicians push for different tiers
There has been confusion over which tier the capital will fall into after December 2.
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2.5-metre python ‘trashes family’s bathroom’
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Beautician shares message from client involved in car crash whose eyelashes held up during accident
Karina Montes from Arizona was involved in a car accident on October 30, but after three weeks in hospital she contacted her beautician to let her know that her eyelashes had survived the experience.
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Woman 'whips boy, 2, across face as punishment for breaking her phone case'
WARNING - GRAPHIC IMAGES: The boy was pictured crying with cuts and marks across his face and back after he was beaten with a metal wire or a stick in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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Robin Williams’ son Zak says his dad ‘took great lengths’ to support his own mental health before his death
The Oscar-winning actor and star of Good Will Hunting died by suicide in 2014
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21 Savage pays tribute to brother after fatal stabbing in London
He shared an image of the pair together when they were younger.
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Pub Closing Times: Will The New 11pm Rule Make A Difference?
The three tier system will return from next Wednesday, bringing yet another set of rules we need to get our heads around.The government has committed to stricter tiers this time around to curb the spread of the virus, but one restriction seems to have relaxed: the pub curfew.In September, pubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues were forced to close between 10pm and 5am in England. That meant an earlier last orders.READ MORE: Here’s What Will And Won’t Be Reopening In England From December 2 Now, pubs have been instructed to serve ‘last orders’ at 10pm, before closing their doors at 11pm. So, what’s going on with the time change and will it actually make a difference? A government document states that the new system “allows customers to depart gradually and provides greater flexibility”.This follows post-curfew photos back in September, when crowds were seen spilling out onto the street after closing time, then piling onto public transport.It led to some scientists claiming the curfew was doing “more harm than good”. All the 10pm curfew done was create a new rush hour. This UK is finished
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Pub Closing Times: Will The New 11pm Rule Make A Difference?
The three tier system will return from next Wednesday, bringing yet another set of rules we need to get our heads around.The government has committed to stricter tiers this time around to curb the spread of the virus, but one restriction seems to have relaxed: the pub curfew.In September, pubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues were forced to close between 10pm and 5am in England. That meant an earlier last orders.READ MORE: Here’s What Will And Won’t Be Reopening In England From December 2 Now, pubs have been instructed to serve ‘last orders’ at 10pm, before closing their doors at 11pm. So, what’s going on with the time change and will it actually make a difference? A government document states that the new system “allows customers to depart gradually and provides greater flexibility”.This follows post-curfew photos back in September, when crowds were seen spilling out onto the street after closing time, then piling onto public transport.It led to some scientists claiming the curfew was doing “more harm than good”. All the 10pm curfew done was create a new rush hour. This UK is finished ??? pic.twitter.com/bOiqA2scEd— Grandson ????? (@Blayofficial) September 27, 2020A report by Sage in September said there was “low confidence” this intervention would actually make a difference to the virus, perhaps signalling the final nail in the coffin for the 10pm curfew.But Gabriel Scally, visiting professor of Public Health at the University of Bristol and a member of Sage, is concerned that an 11pm closing time could actually  make matters worse. “If it does make a difference, it is, in my view, likely to increase transmission,” he tells HuffPost UK. “An extra hour in an enclosed space with the presence of alcohol is increasing exposure to the virus and therefore transmission is likely to increase.”Dr Clare Wenham, assistant professor of Global Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), previously suggested the focus on closing times had always been political, rather than evidence-based.  “I imagine it’s a performative effect, where the government want to demonstrate that they are doing something – but don’t want to shut pubs as the economic impact would be significant for the hospitality industry,” she told HuffPost UK. “Plus it could be politically bad to shut pubs, as everyone loves them.”It remains to be seen what impact the new 11pm closing time will have on transmissions of the virus, but the pub industry says it’s not enough to save struggling businesses.  Unlike the old tier system, pubs in tier 2 can now only serve alcohol “with a substantial meal” (this was previously a tier 3 rule). Meanwhile in tier 3, pubs will only be permitted to open for takeaways.  “Whilst the review of curfew is overdue, the relaxation of the 10pm curfew is meaningless if most pubs are rendered unviable or forced to close under tiers two and three,” The British Beer and Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, said in a statement. “If these tighter tier restrictions are forced upon us, far more government financial support will be needed to avoid the resulting carnage. In tier two alone, the new restrictions will mean 90% of pubs will be unviable and will only be able to operate at a loss. In tier three, no pub is viable if restricted to takeaway only. This will also mean our brewing businesses will be hugely damaged too.”READ MORE: Revealed: The Full Details Of England’s New Covid Rules How To Practise Gratitude When Everything Sucks This Is How Doctors Think We Should Come Out Of Lockdown
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Mum's playdough caesarean video for four-year-old son's birthday dubbed "creepy"
A woman's YouTube video featuring 'playdough surgery' went viral as people were left divided by the contents, with many complaining that it wasn't suitable, while others defended it
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‘There is no sole genius’: The unsung heroes of Liverpool’s data revolution
A look into the figures behind Liverpool’s pivot to analytics and how it is powering the champions while influencing coaches in other sports
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Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana's 'champagne afternoon' and 'gay bar visit'
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury reportedly enjoyed a mischievous friendship with Diana, Princess of Wales that saw them enjoying Golden Girls, bottles of bubbly, and visits to late-night gay bars
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Hospitality bosses accuse Boris Johnson of 'unfairly targeting' Britain's pubs
Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie revealed this morning that there has only been a handful of cases across hundreds of the chain's UK pubs since the summer.
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Corbyn-supporting Labour faction stage NEC mass walkout
Leftwing members protest during Zoom meeting against election of Starmer’s ally as governing body’s chairLeftwing members of Labour’s governing body have staged a mass walkout in protest of the actions of the Labour leadership, including the election of a key ally of Keir Starmer as the body’s chair.The Guardian understands 13 members of the national executive committee (NEC) – including senior members of the trade unions Unite and the FBU, as well as constituency representatives including the ex-MP Laura Pidcock – staged a pre-planned walkout in protest of the election of MP Margaret Beckett as NEC chair. Continue reading...
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Primark, M&S and Waitrose are changing opening hours when lockdown ends
The shops will be staying open a lot longer in the run up to Christmas
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London lockdown revolt: Boris Johnson warned putting capital in highest Tier 3 would be a 'disaster'
City MPs and the Conservative candidate for mayor, Shaun Bailey, sent the Prime Minister a clear warning after it emerged officials could place the metropolis into the top Tier 3 after December 2.
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Mum swears off ironing for good thanks to easy laundry hanging method
She says she'll 'never iron again'.
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ADVERTORIAL: So who exactly are Man Utd playing tonight?
It's Manchester Utd v Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League, or is it Istanbul Başakşehir Futbol Kulübü, or Medipol Başakşehir or even Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor?
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Jupiter and Saturn are about to do something not seen for 800 years
Jupiter and Saturn are set to appear closer together in the night sky than they have in almost 800 years - and you don't want to miss it
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Black Friday: five things to consider before buying that 'bargain'
From bad deals to fake websites, beware the pitfalls of shopping online in hasteBrush up on prices as that ‘deal’ might not be a bargainBlack Friday 2020: the best early deals and bargainsDon’t carried away with an online purchase, especially when something is advertised as a great bargain. Before clicking the buy button, run through the following checklist. Continue reading...
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Tier 3 residents can legally go on holiday abroad from 2 December
International travel is allowed from tier 3 locations 'if you're going straight to an airport,’ said the transport secretary, Grant Shapps
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Nick Robinson ‘misses working’ with John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4’s Today
Nick Robinson has said he misses working with John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
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Woman died trying to take a photo of I'm A Celebrity castle
Sharn Iona Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash close to Gwrych Castle, north Wales
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