lockdown

Woman on computer video call

Seven reasons we are really sick of video calls now

When the coronavirus pandemic began and we were largely confined to our homes, digital interactions became essential for both work and socialising.

At first it was fun. Logging onto Zoom or Skype we got a glimpse into our coworkers’ homes, caught up with people we hadn’t spoken to in ages, and became obsessed with winning the weekly quiz.

Now, more than three months on, it’s...

Couple together looking out window

Six reasons why lockdown might have actually improved your relationship

When the world went into lockdown there were many uncertainties and one might have been: how will my relationship fare? Will being cooped up together 24/7 be too intense? Will we fight more?

Well, a few months on, you’re still together, and – perhaps surprisingly – even happier and stronger than before.

Maybe there’s even a part of you that’s dreading the end of lockdown...

Serving drinks with mask at nightclub

Nightclubs and bars around the world are adapting to Covid-19

Nightlife has been at the pointy end of the coronavirus crisis, and the world’s clubs and bars are having to get creative to avoid empty chairs at empty tables.

These are some of the strangest measures put in place by venues to ensure the show can go on…

Seated dancing

You could have bodybuilders for bouncers and a dance floor the size of a football pitch, and there...

Katya Jones

Strictly’s Katya Jones on why the nation needs some sparkle right now

Arguably the world has seen two sets of people emerge: those who’ve been laidback during lockdown and those who’ve been more productive than ever, Katya Jones falls firmly in the latter camp.

“I’m learning two languages; I’m playing piano again; I’m teaching my friend Russian; I’m teaching my mum dancing over FaceTime,” the Strictly Come Dancing professional says on a Zoom video call...

Dion Dublin

Dion Dublin says It is disappointing that we are still talking about racism in 2020

Dion Dublin is angry, or at least, very dispirited.

When he made his senior debut for Cambridge United in 1988, racism was running rife in the world’s football stadiums, and John Barnes was famously pictured back-heeling a banana off the pitch that was thrown from the crowd during a particularly nasty Merseyside derby.

That was supposed to be a ‘different era’, but the now...

Teenager on laptop

Top ten things for teens to do when bored

I have never really liked staying at home and not having anything to do, especially with younger brothers running around driving me crazy! So, during my time in lockdown I started to find new and interesting ways to keep me occupied.

Even though lockdown is easing, we still aren’t back to where we were before, going shopping with friends, going out for lunch and other exciting things...

Lady at hairdressers

This is what hair appointments could look like when salons reopen

In a move that caused whoops of joy and sighs of relief up and down the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed hair salons will be able to reopen from Saturday, July 4.

It’s hard to say who is more relieved at the news – hairdressers who’ve been out of work for three months, or customers who’ve endured DIY disaster cuts and dye jobs at home.

But one thing’s for...

Gigi Hadid Burberry outdoor fashion show

Burberry will stage an outdoor fashion show in September

When the pandemic began earlier this year, the British Fashion Council responded by taking London Fashion Week online and bringing the spring/summer edition – usually held in September – forward with a series of digital events hosted earlier this month.

Burberry was one of the biggest designer names absent from the June schedule, but now the retailer has announced it will return to...

Lady sitting down in lockdown

Eight signs you’re not ready to go back to real life after lockdown

Lockdown has changed life as we know it, and as much as we like to moan about the endless hours of Netflix, the lack of routine and the end of social plans, we have to admit, we’re starting to feel really comfortable in our ‘new normal’.

If the thought of going back to ‘real life’ and its responsibilities has you hiding under the duvet, we don’t blame you. Here are some key signs you...

Lady working from home

Four Steps for Successful Home Working

One of the biggest challenge’s homeworkers are facing day-to-day is achieving balance. However according to new research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) there are proactive steps we can take to help us feel more in control of our time.

According to Dr Rebecca Hewett, Assistant Professor in the department of Organisation and Personnel Management: “If we...

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