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Lockdown mental fatigue rapidly reversed by social contact, study finds

Emerging from isolation has a profound effect on our cognitive functions. Koldunova Anna/Shutterstock Dr Christopher Hand, Glasgow Caledonian University; Greg Maciejewski, University of the West of Scotland, and Joanne Ingram, University of the West of Scotland Many of us are looking forward to a summer of relative freedom, with road-mapped […]

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Good news – steps to clear tobacco litter

It’s grim when you walk around to find cigarette ends flicked on the ground. A late friend of mine was a heavy smoker. Her local authority gave her a pouch type item to put her cigarette ends in and the local authority fined anyone they caught throwing tab ends on […]

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Half of all UK adults vaccinated

Half of all adults in the UK (of which there are over 52.7 million) have received their first dose of the (coronavirus) COVID-19 vaccine, the latest figures show. The UK health services vaccinated a total of 26.8 million people between 8 December and 19 March with first doses, while 2.1 […]

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Children not adversely impacted by working mothers

Amazing that we are still having this kind of discussion! Mothers who work full-time or part-time in the first six years of their child’s life have little impact on the child’s behaviour, according to new research by the University of Cologne, contrary to what many believe. The study, conducted by […]

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Sarah Everard: social media and the very real danger of contempt of court

John McGarry, Staffordshire University The disappearance of Sarah Everard, the subsequent finding of human remains and the arrest of a serving Metropolitan police officer has been shocking. It has led to much speculation in the press, on TV and radio and on social media. Such commentary is an understandable response. […]

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Fuel duty frozen

Fuel prices have been creeping up again, and in Bude yesterday, diesel was 124.9 a litre. Down here, it is especially key. For two health related journeys yesterday, I drove over 100 miles, and I’m not alone. Following the announcement in yesterday’s Budget that fuel duty will continue to be […]

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How to rebrand a fish so that it sounds tastier

Megrim sole…or Cornish sole? Iakov Filimonov / shutterstock Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University British fishermen have decided to rename two of their biggest exports as they turn to local markets to overcome some Brexit-related difficulties with shipping products abroad. What used to be known as the megrim sole and spider […]

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Tough new enforcement measures for travellers

From the Government: Tough new enforcement measures – from fixed penalty notices to imprisonment – have been introduced, as the Health and Social Care Secretary set out details of the government’s new quarantine measures. Under the changes announced, from 15 February all arrivals at English ports will be required to undertake […]

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What’s getting you through lockdown/restrictions?

It is a very strange situation to be in, for people like me, used to their freedom. Yet, here we are 10 months on from March lockdown in exactly the same position but with a rising R-rate and a new hyper-infectious variant of Covid -19. To those who don’t believe […]

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RAC warns low car use may lead to flat batteries

From RAC: The RAC is reminding drivers to take steps over Christmas to reduce the chances of starting 2021 with a flat battery breakdown, something it is warning is more likely than ever as a result of changing car use caused by the pandemic. The first working day of January […]

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