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Sunday with Charlene White: ‘My son knowing how to cook really matters to me’
The Loose Women presenter talks rice and peas, constant news and noise, bringing up her kids and taking time with her hairWhen are you up? I’m mum to two children under four – so I’m lucky to be asleep still at 6am. These days, they don’t care if mummy’s exhausted. Keeping the older one entertained with the iPad until 7am is a victory. From then it’s a day of tottering.Do you have a Sunday routine? Doing my hair. Afro hair takes time to care for properly. Sunday morning I wash, condition and tie it up wet. Once the kids are in bed, I sit cross-legged on the bedroom floor to blow it out and then comes flat twisting. And dancing with my son. I find it hard to spend time in a room that’s silent. It feels a wasted opportunity. Continue reading...
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Charlie Brooks candidly reveals why she quit alcohol after hitting rock bottom
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Major incident declared in Lancashire after suspected gas explosion
Fire services say 10 units were called to homes early on Sunday morning and were searching a collapsed propertyA major incident has been declared after a gas explosion that reportedly destroyed up to three terrace houses in Heysham, Lancashire.Lancashire Fire said on Twitter that 10 units were called to a row of homes about 2.30am on Sunday and that firefighters were searching a collapsed property. Continue reading...
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UFC 262 results: Charles Oliveira knocks out Michael Chandler to win vacant lightweight title
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The Observer view on the Israel-Palestine conflict
It’s time for the international community to address this crisis with greater honesty about the key players and solutionsThe sudden rekindling of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the ensuing horrors, is a shameful reminder of the international community’s almost criminal neglect of the crisis. There have been no substantive peace talks for more than a decade. Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” was a cruel sham. Efforts now under way to engineer a ceasefire, or what is called a “sustainable calm”, amount to applying a sticking plaster to a deeply felt, long-festering wound.This story of neglect, cementing in place injustices and inequities stretching back to the 1948 Palestine war, made a new explosion of violence all but inevitable. It has played into the hands of extremists on both sides who seek victories, not peace. It threatens the future of Israel and Palestine and regional stability. The events of the past week have rendered the prospect of a lasting settlement more distant than ever. Continue reading...
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ten of the best lip balms | Funmi Fetto
We all expect different things from a perfect lip balm – but the one thing they have to do is moisturise“Can you recommend the perfect lip balm?” I hear this a lot, but it is tricky to answer because everyone has different requirements. Some want lip balms that leave a shine (Lanolips and Origins provide that without being too oily or heavy). Others prefer a finish that is matte to the point of being almost undetectable (if that’s you, By Terry will tick your box – dense, slight hint of rose and, yes, expensive, but goodness it is sublime;… also, you don’t need much and it lasts). Others, still, like a hint of colour (Eve Lom, Ultra Violette and Gucci Westman come in different shades). Some prefer the treatment approach to lip balms (Dr Sebagh and Goldfaden). Or want fragrance-free (Elizabeth Arden’s classic multitasking Eight Hour Cream comes in a scentless version). Many may balk at slathering on a fruity balm, but remember: a sophisticated, intensely hydrating formula (like Fresh) can’t be compared to the sticky artificial stuff that harks back to your early teens. The one thing everyone agrees on is that they want a lip balm that moisturises and leaves us with smoother, softer, more hydrated lips – without having to apply it a million times a day. Ironically, this is where most fall down. Whatever your leanings, these 10 do a great job of fulfilling their fundamental purpose. And that’s what really counts.1. Ultra Violette Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF 50+ £16, spacenk.com2. Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment £10.99, lookfantastic.com 3. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm £21.50, fresh.com 4. Goldfaden Lip Therapy £30, cultbeauty.co.uk5. Gucci Westman Liquid Lip Balm £35, cultbeauty.co.uk6. By Terry Baume De Rose £40, byterry.com 7. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant £28, elizabetharden.co.uk 8. Dr Sebagh Lip Balm £35, drsebagh.com9. Eve Lom Kiss Mix £16, spacenk.com10. Origins Drink Up Lip Balm £16.50, origins.co.uk Continue reading...
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Notes on Grief captures the bewildering messiness of loss – review
Undoing the knots of grief that tie up her life following her beloved father’s death, Adiche’s meditation on loss is eloquent, searing and honest
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Seth Rogen’s Yearbook is autobiography at its most sardonic and mischievous – review
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The Black Keys: ‘Our relationship is better now than it has been in years’
The Nashville-based duo have had their ups and downs but their new album of blues covers has brought them closer together than ever. They talk to Laura Barton about brotherly love, bailing blues legends out of prison, and why they’re over accusations of cultural appropriation
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Race to beat Indian virus variant as jabs rolled out to over-35s
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Girlfriend's tribute to 'beautiful' hero who died trying to save stranger
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Edinson Cavani set for huge bonus if he 'meets clause on new Man Utd contract'
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Indian police find bodies on riverbank amid raging COVID-19
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Heavy showers and thunderstorms batter Britain ahead of another washout week
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TV tonight: the story of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire
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My fiancé is trying to control me and stop me seeing my parents | Dear Mariella
These are serious warning signals about your future happiness which you should not ignore, says Mariella FrostrupThe dilemma My boyfriend and soon-to-be husband doesn’t like my parents. He is not rude to them. In fact, he can be very welcoming. However, each time I bring up a conversation about my parents he criticises their parenting method in raising me and my siblings. He feels they didn’t do a good job with us. For example, my parents encouraged us to come home with our boyfriends. But from his upbringing that is a taboo, unless you are ready to get married. He feels my parents spoilt us and didn’t instil any moral values.When I try talking about how often we will visit my parents after we get married, his response is not encouraging. This really bothers me. I do not like to think that he sees my family like this. And when I confront him about it, he boldly tells me that he had a better upbringing than me so there is nothing to argue about. I feel not visiting would affect our parental roles when we have children. He might start to act as if I’m a cancer that needs to be removed. Continue reading...
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Only Food and Courses, London: ‘Deserves to be taken seriously’ – restaurant review
The Del Boy pun is a laugh, but there’s real intent behind the cooking at this Brixton ventureOnly Food and Courses, Pop Brixton, 49 Station Road, London SW9 8PQ (onlyfoodandcourses.co.uk). Starters £10, mains £14, desserts £10, wines from £24On the wall of the space housing this week’s restaurant is a sign which reads: “A brilliantly cheeky twist on classic British food.” There is a lot to unpack here, not least the second word; I’ll be the judge of that and so on. Even before you get to that sign, you have to confront the name of the restaurant. It’s called Only Food and Courses. That’s boss-level punnery right there, but just about excusable, I think. The restaurant is located inside Pop Brixton, the loose-limbed food-and-drink market built out of converted shipping containers that is only a couple of miles from Peckham, the setting for John Sullivan’s sitcom Only Fools and Horses. Geddit? Sure you do. Continue reading...
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Republican Covid lies follow foreign strongmen’s lead – and are deadly for it | Robert Reich
India and Russia show what happens when authoritarians deny reality. The Trumpists would have the US follow suit A hospital in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, is being charged under the country’s National Security Act for sounding the alarm over a lack of oxygen that resulted in Covid deaths. The hospital’s owner and manager says police have accused him of “false scaremongering”, after he stated publicly that four patients died on a single day when oxygen ran out. Related: Relief, reluctance and confusion: New Yorkers react to mask-free guidance Continue reading...
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Waitrose has a wine for you – whatever your taste in curtain
The row about soft furnishings at No 10 has brought questions of taste, class and John Lewis to the fore. But at least the wine department knows exactly what it’s abooutDavid Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon, Elim, South Africa 2017 (£16.99, Waitrose) Dear old John Lewis is never knowingly underrepresented in the culture wars. Is it posh? Or – the shame of it – merely aspirational? That of course depends, depressingly, on your own class background and bank account. The retailer’s wine department certainly seems to work as a class barometer in the same way as its home furnishings division has been during the recent events involving the PM’s domestic arrangements: it seems posh to most of us, but rather more mundane if you’re more used to buying your wine by the case from a St James’s Street merchant. In reality, Waitrose’s buyers are very good at doing things at both ends of the spectrum – the very cheap and the very “fine” (AKA expensive) – and absolutely excellent at some of the pricepoints (£10 to £25) in between. David Nieuwoudt’s complex melding of leafy-greeness, minerals and ripe fruitiness from the South African ocean cool-climate enclave of Elim is very much proof of the latter.Escarpment Pinot Noir 2017 (from £24.99, Majestic; Waitrose) The talented David Nieuwoudt is also the winemaker behind two other excellent Waitrose South Africans priced around the £10 figure that the retailer’s former managing director Mark Price once identified as the real sweet spot for wine-buying in the UK. Both the No 1 Foundation Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2020 (£9.99) and the No 1 Foundation Cederberg Syrah 2019 (£10.99) show all the elegant but vividly flavoured hallmarks of this producer’s high-altitude vineyards on Sneeuberg Mountain in the Western Cape. There’s also a feeling that Waitrose is a rather more reliable partner for its suppliers than some other retailers: so long as your wines make the grade, you’re unlikely to be ushered off the shelf at the first opportunity in favour of a sharp-elbowed rival willing to cut corners to meet a cheaper price. That’s good news for fans of New Zealand pinot of the supple, silky, luxuriously red-fruited persuasion perfected by long-running Waitrose partner Larry McKenna at Escarpment in Martinborough. Continue reading...
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The Observer view on the spread of the Indian variant in the UK | Observer editorial
The government’s slow response to ban travel to and from India has put the UK at risk‘Data, not dates.” This was the approach Boris Johnson promised to take when he announced the roadmap out of lockdown for England in February. So far, the data has allowed the prime minister to meet the target dates for each phase of relaxing of social restrictions. Infection rates are the lowest they have been since last August; the number of people in hospital with Covid has dropped dramatically and vaccination is proceeding apace.Yet as we stand on the cusp of the next easing of social restrictions, happening across England, Wales and most of Scotland tomorrow, there are worrying signs that the B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India is spreading quickly in some parts of the country. In Bolton, infection rates are 10 times higher than the English average. They may not yet justify a nationwide slowing in easing restrictions but they are worrying and require a rapid localised response to contain outbreaks. This mixed picture is a bitter pill to swallow. For weeks, the national mood has justifiably been one of relief; psychologically, it has felt like the end is in sight. The majority of British adults have now had one jab, offering them a good level of protection against Covid. Yet it was always clear that the biggest risk of a serious third wave would be from the spread of a variant that is more transmissable, more likely to cause serious illness or with a greater degree of vaccine resistance. Scientists are now confident that B.1.617.2 is at least as transmissable as the B.1.1.7 variant originally detected in Kent, which contributed to the terrible death rates we saw in the second wave, and quite possibly more so. If this is the case, the race between the virus and the vaccine rollout will become more loaded in the former’s favour: modelling suggests that hospital admissions could increase significantly beyond what was seen in the second wave if B.1.617.2 proves to be much more transmissable. Continue reading...
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Prince Charles set to turn royal homes to public spaces for Britons – report
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The Psychology Of Why So Many People Hate Eating Leftovers
Some people are bad about eating leftovers, their refrigerators filled with takeout containers and Tupperware containers of dubious provenance. For others, leftovers are an opportunity ― they diligently eat them and may even strategically cook large meals with the intention of having leftovers all week.Why do people respond so differently to leftovers? Is it a class issue, with the upper class snubbing leftovers as being below them? Or perhaps some people get nervous about eating old food? Turns out, it’s all those things and more. Talking with experts, we learned that one’s approach to leftovers depends on a variety of factors including economics, food safety and even sustainability.How Money And Mould Play A RoleA person’s economic situation may play a huge role in their approach to leftovers, determining whether they eat them regularly or throw them out. For some people, eating leftovers is a necessity; they need to make those food dollars last, explained Catherine Coccia, associate professor of dietetics and health at Florida International University. However, other folks may be economically stable enough to afford to eat other foods and throw away leftovers. Anxiety over food safety may be another factor, and it’s closely linked to anxiety about spending or wasting money on food. Some people feel they’re “racing against rot,” explained Helen Zoe Veit, associate professor at Michigan State University and author of “Modern Food, Moral Food.” Many are nervous about whether food is still safe to eat ― anyone who has had food poisoning can relate. But it can depend on the food. “Meat and especially fish leftovers tend to elicit more anxiety regarding food poisoning than do non-meat foods,” explained Adam Wenzel, associate professor of psychology at Saint Anselm College. He recommends the 2-2-4 rule: “Within two hours of preparation, store leftovers in the refrigerator in a shallow, 2-inch dish, and consume within four days.”Cooking Confidence Is KeyPeople may also worry about what to do with leftovers. Sure, we’ve all been trained to become wizards with Thanksgiving leftovers, but during the rest of the year we’re not always full of great ideas.If someone is comfortable cooking, they may be able to effectively reuse leftovers, Veit explained ― they can just toss them into a pot and whip up a soup and feel productive about it. But if a person is lacking confidence or skills in their cooking abilities, they may be gripped with fear and less inclined to use up those leftovers.Veit also pointed out that people tend to have varied diets ― Chinese food one night, spaghetti the next, a hamburger on Sunday ― and assembling a full meal from those leftovers might be a challenge. And there’s not a lot of room for error when it comes to re-preparing leftovers ― for instance, there isn’t much you can do to improve a dressed salad after it’s gotten soggy. Some People Are Wired To Enjoy Monotony, But Many Aren’tThe monotony of eating the same food every day plays a big role in one’s approach to leftovers, and it’s not something that can be easily proven by science. “We seem to be ‘wired’ to want variety in our diets,” Wenzel said, “[which] may be important for ensuring we consume a balanced diet.”But for others, eating the same food all week can provide a sense of control that eases anxiety. For folks on a specific diet, making a big batch of foods that agree with them removes the temptation to reach for bad choices out of desperation. And if you’re about to have a busy week, meal planning can take a lot of the stress out of your schedule.Attitudes Toward Leftovers Have Changed Over TimeHistoric attitudes to leftovers have also influenced us. Veit explains that at the beginning of the 20th century, people just expected to eat leftovers most days ― it was what you ate for your next meal. The concept of leftovers began to develop when refrigerators were introduced into people’s homes in the 1920s and ’30s, which meant that food could last longer. Initially, wealthier families owned fridges, so having leftovers was actually a sign of prestige. But over time, fridges became more common in people’s homes and leftovers lost their lustre.After the food scarcity of the Great Depression and rationing during World War II, leftovers became all the rage for three decades, Veit said. Cookbooks, in general, emphasised creativity and taught home cooks how to incorporate their leftovers into other foods. But later on, this positive outlook on leftovers dissipated as food became cheaper and incomes rose, Veit explained. Eating leftovers weren’t considered as economically or morally necessary as they were in the past; they were seen as something seen closer to garbage than food. As Portion Sizes Get Bigger, We’re Burdened With More And More LeftoversIn recent decades, restaurants have increased their portion sizes, which produces a larger amount of leftovers when people can’t finish their heaping plateful.Researchers are starting to look at how having leftovers may impact people’s behaviour towards other foods. Linda Hagen, associate professor of marketing at University of Southern California, and Aradhna Krishna, a professor at University of Michigan, conducted an experiment giving two groups two different-sized cookies, large and small, and told to eat a certain amount of the cookie. Afterwards, they gave both groups a bag of cookies and said they could eat as many as they wanted.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Levain Bakery (@levainbakery)The study found that participants with the larger cookies, and thus the biggest leftovers, ended up eating more cookies than the other group. They also worked out less than the small-cookie group. Hagen theorised that people saw the larger amount of leftovers and perceived they had eaten less, so they felt that they could indulge more and did not need to exercise as much. While this is one experiment and more studies need to be undertaken, it’s suggestive that having leftovers may impact food choices and amount of food consumption later on.On The Plus Side, Leftovers Can Help Save The PlanetBut one prevailing trend that researchers are seeing right now is the rise of sustainability when it comes to leftovers. “Some people are growing to understand that food production is resource-intensive from soup to nuts,” Veit said. Throwing away food is wasting all the resources that went into making and growing the food. And Americans throw a lot of it away ― the United States Department of Agriculture reports 133 billion pounds of food were thrown away in 2010. Eating leftovers is one way of minimising food waste.As sustainability becomes more mainstream, it still remains to be seen whether leftover-haters will be motivated to change their outlook.Related...How To Reheat These 9 Classic Leftovers Without Ruining Their Texture27 Funny Tweets About Parents' Cooking Fails9 Of The Biggest Home Trends For 2021, According To Design Experts
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Princess Michael of Kent, 76, ill with blood clots after battle against Covid
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Liverpool transfer round-up - Konate update, Klopp could sanction star's exit
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Myanmar junta attacks western town that resisted coup
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Israel PM Netanyahu vows to continue Gaza attacks for ‘as long as necessary’
Three Palestinians were killed in bombardments early Sunday as the UN security council prepared to meet later in dayIsrael’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said attacks in Gaza will continue “as long necessary”, amid continuing hostilities that have so far killed 148.At least three Palestinians were killed in airstrikes early on Sunday, health officials said, and many were injured as the sounds of heavy bombardment took place through the night. Continue reading...
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Prince Charles ‘knocked to ground’ by Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview says expert
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AP PHOTOS: Fear and grief grip Gaza anew amid familiar glare
To the outside world, the scenes of rocket fire, bombing raids and angry protests in the Middle East this week may have looked familiar. To the people of Israel and especially the Gaza Strip, they were anything but routine.
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Man Utd transfer round-up as Sancho camp 'more confident than ever' about move
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‘The Open Road Was Ours’ – This Will Give You A Serious Case Of Wanderlust
I don’t know about you, but as foreign travel tentatively opens up again from May 17 – with a traffic light system we’re still getting our heads around – I’m feeling all kinds of nostalgic for the trips we used to take, pre-pandemic.For the best (/worst) part of the past year, going ‘abroad’ has been off the agenda and it’s easier to deal with that landlocked feeling by simply pretending you don’t have a passport. But now there’s the prospect of getting on a plane again, we’ve allowed ourselves fond memories of sun, sea, sand – and a time when we had absolutely zero need for a duvet coat to enjoy a cocktail.The beach holiday is by no means the only type of trip we’ve missed, though. In fact, when the HuffPost team swapped notes on the last time we hopped on a plane, it reminded us travel comes in so many forms – and we miss them all.Here, we reflect on our precious last holidays pre-Covid (not that we knew they  were at the time) and the freedoms we promise never to take for granted again.The Road TripIn September 2019, my partner and I flew to Las Vegas, hired a car, and went on the ultimate road trip to Death Valley, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite, and San Francisco. We drove for hundreds of miles, across state lines, blissfully unaware that a few months later, we’d be told to stay home and only leave the house to exercise “locally”. That contrast still boggles my mind. We got engaged at the start of the trip, and if I’d known then how weddings would be disrupted – and how draining it is to postpone and replan – I probably would’ve sealed the deal in a Vegas chapel then and there. What really strikes me about the trip though, is how free we were. We’d booked into a couple of hotels and campsites in advance, but we kept to our own timetable, took detours whenever we fancied it, had dinner with strangers and swam in huge, open lakes. The open road was ours. It feels like the pandemic has killed that spontaneity, with every social event planned to a T, tables booked and sanitiser packed in advance. I can’t wait to embrace impulsiveness again. For me, that’s what makes holidays so special. – Rachel Moss, life reporterThe Work TripFor years, travelling for work was a glamorous pipe dream, especially when I was a local reporter and the furthest trip I ever made was on the 93 bus. Annoying types told me that work travel was draining and not all it’s cracked up to be, but then, in my 30s, I moved to Australia for a job where hopping on a plane from Sydney to Melbourne, or Adelaide, or Perth, was commonplace.And it was amazing. So I’m ashamed to say how quickly I became complacent, complaining about the early starts and living life from a suitcase. In September 2019 – by this time, back in the UK – I flew to Italy with my boss for a two-day showcase of work to clients. Stressed and a bit burned out at the time, I huffed and puffed about it more than was acceptable and even tried to get a colleague to go in my place. Still, I went.We stayed in a beautiful villa between Pisa and Florence and were asked to do such very taxing things as morning yoga, foraging workshops, and sharing piles of delicious Tuscan food at communal tables – imagine! – in between the work presentations and professional networking.I should – we all should – be so lucky! What an absolute privilege any kind of travel abroad is. If you ever hear me huff about getting on a plane again, please confiscate my passport and take my seat yourself. – Nancy Groves, head of lifeThe Ski Trip My last trip abroad feels like a decade ago, but it was actually mid-Feb 2020 – a ski trip with a couple of friends to the south of France. You might associate skiing with expensive chalets and après ski, but this was a quieter affair. Every year, we go to a relative’s house in the middle of nowhere, near the Pyrenees. On this trip, we headed to the slopes three or four times – an hour’s pilgrimage in a hire car – then spent the day trying not to fall over before heading back. En route, we stopped at Intermarche to pick up supplies for dinner, and stock up on beer and wine – my favourite part of the day. Then, we spent the evenings drinking, eating and playing board games in front of an open fire or – if it was warm – watching the sun go down, sitting on a wall outside the house.We knew Covid was circling, but it seemed in the distance. Our Ryanair flights hadn’t been cancelled and we spent most of the holiday barely acknowledging the virus existed. There was what I’d describe as mild peril on the flight home, when I was seated next to a guy who wouldn’t stop coughing. But looking back, we were on the Covid-secure side of things: self-contained accommodation, bubble of four, lots of time outdoors. I wonder whether holidays will ever feel freeing again or whether I’ll be going through some kind of Covid risk checklist in my head as soon as I look at flights? – Natasha Hinde, life reporterThe Wedding TripIt’s strange to imagine it now, but in March 2020 I travelled to Holland for a big family wedding. We mixed with people from different countries – Spain, UK, America – we danced in a massive hall, we drank (a lot), and we all stayed in a massive Airbnb together as a family. We sang songs loudly, screaming the words over the music, and passed round disco light sabers that were handed out across the dance floor. We bonded with strangers in the toilet and took selfies that we laughed about the next morning.At the time, that all seemed normal, but looking back, it feels like a luxury. While we were there, we spoke about coronavirus, as it was loosely on our radar – wedding guests from Spain had heard that the UK had their first Covid death. Never did we think that’d end up in the 100,000s. It felt like a “small talk” topic to discuss with random strangers you meet at a wedding. We had no idea what was to come.A family photo of that day has been my phone background since the wedding, and I look at it often, so grateful that we were able to have that experience. A few weeks later, we were in lockdown. We haven’t been able to see our family who live in Holland since, and I can’t wait until we’re all reunited. Soon, I hope. –Amy Packham, life editorRelated...Is It Safe To Travel? What To Consider Before Booking Your HolidayCan I Go On Holiday To Amber List Countries?Which Covid Test Do You Need To Take To Travel?How The UK's Covid Traffic Light System Will WorkNostalgia Trip: 6 Of The Best UK Holidays We've Ever Had20 Secret Staycation Swaps That Look Like They’re AbroadThis Scarborough BnB Has Been Rated Top In The World, No Joke
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The Manchester United academy stars set for promotion
Man Utd U23s coach Neil Wood talks to the Manchester Evening News about his young stars and their Premier League 2 season
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'Who are you?' Barnier faces major reality check in race to replace Macron as President
MICHEL Barnier's hopes of replacing Emmanuel Macron as the next President of France have been dismissed by a leading French political journal, which questioned whether voters know who he is.
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Mum's 'silent killer' bowel cancer dismissed by doctors as heartburn for a year
Pauline Worthington, 42, had been back and forth to the GP complaining of stomach problems and acid reflux for 12 months
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Major incident declared after gas explosion in Lancashire
The explosion occurred in Heysham in the early hours of Sunday.
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Prince Harry blasted by friend of Charles for podcast comments - ‘Where is the compassion?
PRINCE HARRY has been criticised for attacking Prince Charles' parenting style in his latest podcast appearance, leading a friend of the Prince of Wales to question where the Duke's "compassion" went.
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Zara Tindall says she gets ‘the good look’ from Queen in rare confession
ZARA TINDALL has offered royal fans some insight into her relationship with her grandmother, the Queen.
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