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'We don't sleep when it's raining': the mental health impact of flooding

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

W hen Julie Blackburn was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2016 she was told to avoid her triggers, scenarios which cause upsettin


'We don't sleep when it's raining': the mental health impact of flooding

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

W hen Julie Blackburn was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2016 she was told to avoid her triggers, scenarios which cause upsettin


‘I felt like I was born again’: first non-binary person granted UK refugee status

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

Refugee status has been granted over a person’s non-binary status for the first time in a UK court, following a landmark ruling. The judgment, in the upper tribuna


UK weather: snow and ice to bring 2020 to wintry end for many

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

Snow and ice is expected across most of Scotland as well as parts of northern and southern England, Northern Ireland and Wales as 2020 draws to a chilly conclusion.


Partying dolphins and rare sea slug among 2020 highlights in UK seas

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

Sir David Attenborough has called for a halt to activities that damage the UK’s seas, as the Wildlife Trusts revealed the highs and lows of marine life around the Brit


On Boris's big day, Tories kid themselves this is the deal they always wanted

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

W ho would have guessed? When push came to shove it turned out that a bad deal was better than no deal after all. The first deal in history to put


The threat of a no-deal Brexit was nothing more than a hoax

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

T he threat of a no-deal Brexit has always been a hoax – and it has been one of the most successful deceptions in British political history. It wa


Brexit: what are consumers' rights on holidays, banking and more?

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

Holidays Will my Ehic card still work? Yes and no. Under the agreement if you have a European health insurance card (Ehic), which entitles visitors to n


Sector by sector: are British firms ready for post-Brexit trade?

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

After months of tortuous negotiations between the UK and the EU, a Brexit trade deal was agreed at almost the last minute. But how prepared are UK businesses for the s


UK pledges an extra £47m in aid as agencies warn of ‘catastrophic hunger’

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

The government has promised £47m in extra emergency aid for 2021 as it becomes clear that the coming year will see a dramatic rise in people struggling for food. Th


Record number of Britons to take part in dry January

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

A record number of Britons are planning to forego booze during so-called dry January, after re-evaluating their home drinking habits during lockdown and as sales of “n


Boris Johnson's post-Brexit trade deal passes into UK law

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels has passed into law following a whirlwind 14-hour parliamentary process that has radically redrawn the UK’s ties w


Head teachers slam 'frankly ludicrous' government plans to roll-out rapid mass Covid tests across the country in days with just 1,500 Army personnel

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

School leaders have slammed 'frankly ludicrous' government plans to roll-out rapid mass Covid testing in schools across the country in just days. The Association of


McDonald's reveals it's bringing back the £5.99 Big Tasty TOMORROW alongside new Katsu Chicken Nuggets and a Salted Caramel McFlurry

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

McDonald's has delighted fans by announcing they will bring back The Big Tasty to their menu from tomorrow.  One of McDonald’s best loved menu items will be availabl


'Italian variant' of Covid-19 similar to UK strain was already spreading in August and could be a 'precursor' to the English one, top virologist says as British mutant reaches India

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

A strain of the coronavirus very similar to the UK mutation was already circulating in Italy as early as August, a top virologist has said.  The 'Italian variant' wa


The UK and the US need to learn from countries that better handled Covid-19

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

I n October 2019, in those halcyon pre-Covid-19 days, a chart was published that ranked 195 countries according to their capacity to deal with out


Breakthrough for Afghans denied sanctuary in Britain: Hundreds of those who risked their lives helping Britain will be allowed to come to the UK under a new Government scheme

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

Hundreds of Afghans whose lives are at risk from the Taliban because they helped the UK will be allowed to come to Britain under a new Government scheme. It means th


Look what I got for Christmas! Women show off the lavish presents given to them by doting boyfriends in new TikTok trend - from gold jewellery to designer bags

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

TikTok users have been showing that it's not always the thought that counts when it comes to Christmas presents, it's sometimes all about the price tag.


Christmas takings in pubs, bars and restaurants falls by almost 80% compared with same period last year after venues were forced to close in pandemic

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

Pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK have suffered a slump in takings between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day compared with the same period last year amid a series of


Martin Lambie-Nairn, Spitting Image co-creator, dies at 75

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

Martin Lambie-Nairn, the co-creator of Spitting Image and the man behind the Channel 4 logo and other TV branding, has died at 75. The graphic designer died on Chris


UK tech firms attract record $15bn in venture capital funding

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

UK technology companies attracted a record $15bn (£11.2bn) in venture capital funding in 2020, including the creation of seven “unicorn” firms valued at more than $1bn


Veganuary predicts biggest year as Covid lockdown inspires diet overhaul

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

Organisers of Veganuary are gearing up for their biggest ever year next month since the meat-free pledge was launched seven years ago, thanks to a surge in consumers t


The Guardian view on Britain’s global role: shrinking around Brexit

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

Boris Johnson has a range of political skills, but international diplomacy is not among them. His greatest asset is a campaigning charisma with limited cultural range.


Dune, Bond and Top Gun reloaded: films to look out for in 2021

Posted on Dec 29, 2020

News of the World Paul Greengrass’s latest film is based on the western novel by Paulette Jiles, about a girl returning to her family in 1860s Texas after being kidn