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Tell us: how are you affected by rising NHS Covid-19 app notifications?

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

We’re interested to hear how people in England and Wales are affected by rising notifications people are receiving from the NHS Covid-19 app, as infections increase.


The Beaumont, Hexham, Northumberland: ‘This is incredible’ – restaurant review

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

A fun game to play with the metropolitan elite, or indeed anyone south of Watford, is to ask them to locate Hexham on a map. Or Northumberland, f


‘Where nature needed us the most': one company's plan to discover and fund pioneering eco projects

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade – so the saying goes. In Belgium, the wording is a little different: when life gives you poop, grow flowers. The Belgium-bo


Mound zero: what is Marble Arch’s new landmark all about?

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

B uild a hill and they will come. This, at least, is what Westminster council is betting on, having lavished £2m on a temporary mound. Rearing up


Karaoke fans find their voices again after Covid rules lifted in England

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

It has gone from harmless pastime to one of the most dangerous activities during Covid, but with restrictions in England now lifted, sitting in a small enclosed space


West Midlands primary school wins appeal against academy status

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

A primary school in Sandwell, West Midlands, has become the first school to win a high court appeal against being forced to turn into an academy, arguing it could not


Living with Covid and extreme individualism

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

“Coprophagic cynicism”: Aditya Chakrabortty is in a fine fury (After Covid, the climate crisis will be the next thing the right says we ‘just have to live with’, 22 Ju


The Guardian view on the Tokyo Olympics: in Japan, but not for Japan

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

A fter a year and a half of the pandemic, the world is short of causes for celebration. Diversion, spectacle and surprise may never have been more


Saved by the bell, Boris Johnson’s government flip-flops off for the summer

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

O n the last day of term in parliament, there’s a bad tradition of governments sneaking out a host of unwelcome reports and decisions they hope


Top players likely to switch allegiance to compete in Rugby League World Cup

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

The prospect of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best players switching allegiance to play for other nations if this year’s World Cup goes ahead is “highly likely


Warren Gatland pledges to fight for future of British & Irish Lions

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

Warren Gatland has pledged to continue fighting for the future of the British & Irish Lions as he seeks to become the first head coach in the touring side’s histor


Tokyo’s opening ceremony plays it safe in extraordinary circumstances

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

S etting the right emotional tone for the precursor to an Olympic Games being held in such extraordinary circumstances was always going to be a pe


Key workers in Scotland given exemption from self-isolation rules

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

Workers in critical roles in Scotland will be able to avoid self-isolation when notified by the NHS Covid app if they are fully vaccinated and are tested daily, Nicola


Australia’s most populous state declares ‘national emergency’ over Covid outbreak

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

Australia’s most populous state has declared a “national emergency” as it struggles to contain a record-breaking surge of the Delta variant of Covid-19 amid a lo


UK government opening floodgates to Covid variants, MPs warn

Posted on Jul 24, 2021

The government is “opening the floodgates” to new versions of Covid, a cross-party group of MPs has warned, after revealing a steep decline in the proportion of positi


Halving gap between Covid vaccine doses to just four weeks may cause infections to RISE, Government adviser warns

Posted on Jul 14, 2021

Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said ministers' proposal to drop the waiting time be


Fit in my 40s: aqua aerobics is back – underestimate it at your peril

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

A qua aerobics has been a Covid casualty, but before it was affected by the pandemic, it had already been the victim of fitness fashion, which tak


Alun Wyn Jones voices relief as Lions finally kick off but Covid casts shadow

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

I t has not yet been decided whether the match on Saturday between the British & Irish Lions and Japan warrants Test status. It will not be kn


Recipe for inflation: how Brexit and Covid made tinned tomatoes a lot dearer

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

Tinned tomatoes are a taken-for-granted store cupboard staple, relied upon by Britons to whip up home cooked favourites such as spaghetti bolognese. But the price coul


In strictness and in health: the new Covid rules for weddings and wakes

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

There’s no denying that weddings are joyful, but they also come freighted with a list of unwritten rules, which guests should obey but often breach. Of course, durin


Ali Smith wins Orwell prize for novel taking in Covid-19 and Brexit

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

Ali Smith has won the Orwell prize for political fiction for Summer, a novel written at speed last year, which judges described as “a time-capsule which will prove to


The Guardian view on Matt Hancock: he has to go

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

A s early as next week, Boris Johnson must decide if England is making sufficient progress in suppressing the Covid pandemic through the vaccine p


With 21 million still unvaccinated, Britain is not out of the woods yet

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

T his week the steady rise of Covid cases in the UK was accompanied by a worrying signal of rising hospital admissions. Of most concern was the no


Anachronistic Tour de France working hard to green up its act

Posted on Jun 26, 2021

T he 2021 Tour de France leaves the quayside in Brest at lunchtime on Saturday, a race in transition, changed by the Covid-19 pandemic and changed