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British Vogue’s activism issue five changemakers you should know

The September issue of British Vogue is the most important of the year, and editor-in-chief Edward Enninful has used the opportunity to honour some of the most influential activists of our time.

Footballer and free school meals campaigner Marcus Rashford appears on the cover of the...

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Things you only know if you love trashy reality TV

Authored by Jennifer Jackson

Few things are as satisfying as sinking into the sofa and turning on your favourite reality TV show.

They’re called ‘guilty pleasures’ for a reason – you know it’s not exactly the same as watching a worthy historical drama, but that just adds to the enjoyment.

Some people might turn their noses up at reality TV, but fans know they’re so much more than they’re often given...

Books

Booker Prize top picks from the longlist

Authored by Laura Bond

This year’s Booker Prize longlist has been announced.

While there are some familiar names on there – like Hilary Mantel, who could become a triple Booker Prize winner if her book The Mirror & the Light wins – the list is overwhelmingly fresh.

Eight out of the 13 novels on the longlist are debuts, which Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation, called “...

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Stop Hate for Profit Campaign growing in UK as big brands pause advertising on Facebook

Authored by Laura Bond

Popular UK household brands – innocent drinks, Pukka Herbs, and COOK – have rallied together to collectively show their support for the Stop Hate For Profit campaign, by pausing paid advertising on Facebook platforms and persuading more brands to join them.

The brands join a growing list of thousands of companies around the world actively removing advertising on Facebook and...

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COVID-19 a driver of widespread gender inequality, study finds

Authored by Laura Bond

Women are almost twice as likely as men to have lost their job and suffered an anxiety attack during lockdown, according to a study that reveals how COVID-19 has driven widespread gender inequality.

In a survey of 1,500 people representative of the UK population, researchers from the University of Exeter Business School found that lockdown has exacerbated gender inequality across...

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Brits are one of the least likely to wear face masks in the world

Authored by Laura Bond

Brits, Americans and other English speakers are some of the least likely to wear face masks and social distance to combat the spread of covid-19, according to new research from Durham University Business School. The only native speakers, researched by the academics, less likely to follow health precautions are German speakers.

The research was conducted by Sascha Kraus, Professor of...

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Calls for compulsory face coverings in offices

Authored by Laura Bond

The government announced that wearing a face covering is mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July.

National Health and Safety company Protecting.co.uk says it’s not good enough and anyone working in a public or private setting should be made to wear a face mask.

Since 11 May, government guidance has advised the public to wear face coverings in enclosed...

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Charity shops need help as donations slump over lockdown

Authored by Laura Bond

With charity shops closed, people have found other ways to get rid of unwanted items

The great ‘Covid-19 clear-out’ across the UK saw many people who were furloughed or working from home having an almighty sort out of their homes – leaving charity shops bereft of donations.

Now that charity shops are beginning to reopen, UK waste and recycling company BusinessWaste.co.uk has...

Netflix

The UK’s most loved Netflix shows revealed

Authored by Laura Bond

A global crafting community analysed Google Trends data since March 2020 to discover the most popular Netflix shows in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland during lockdown.

The company that carried out the research, LoveCrafts.com , found that docuseries Tiger King was the most popular Netflix show in the UK, followed by crime drama Ozark and Spanish thriller Money Heist....

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How the world’s most famous art galleries are adapting to the pandemic

Authored by Laura Bond

It’s been a stormy summer so far for the world’s museums and galleries.

Since lockdowns began in February and March, many cultural institutions have been haemorrhaging money, and many have still not reopened. London’s Tate Modern, for example, is slated to restart on July 27, while the Museum of Modern Art in New York will stay shuttered until late August at the earliest.

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Air quality high on drivers’ agenda, as 97% noticed improvement during lockdown

Authored by Laura Bond

The overwhelming majority of drivers have noticed a positive improvement in local air quality according to a survey into driver attitudes and behaviours during lockdown.

The survey*, carried out by nationwide electric car charge point installer Smart Home Charge , found almost all respondents noticed less congestion and noise pollution (99.3% and 88.3% respectively), with 98.3%...