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Much needed help for the arts and culture announced

Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government announced today. Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent […]

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Seven ways social distancing will change restaurants

Follow Focus/Shutterstock James Ellerby, Sheffield Hallam University COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the restaurant industry. While a few restaurants have found ways to provide takeaway and dine-at-home offerings, the majority of businesses have shut up shop during lockdown. From July 4, restaurants in the UK are permitted to […]

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Coronavirus -style weddings

An estimated 73,600 weddings and same-sex civil partnership ceremonies may have been postponed in England during the three-month period of lockdown restrictions between 23 March and 3 July 2020. From 4 July, weddings in England will be able to take place with a maximum of 30 people who must maintain […]

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Retirement age is increasing – but our new study reveals most only work ten years in good health after 50

Healthy working life expectancy is the average number of years people in a population are likely to be healthy and in paid work from age 50. ALPA PROD/ Shutterstock Marty Parker, Keele University; Carol Jagger, Newcastle University; Milica Blagojevic-Bucknall, Keele University, and Ross Wilkie, Keele University In 1800, the global […]

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Flexible furlough scheme starts today

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has so far helped protect more than 9.3 million jobs through the pandemic, with employers claiming more than £25.5 billion to support wages. The scheme will remain open until the end of October and will continue to support jobs and business in a […]

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Anger is all the rage on Twitter when it’s cold outside (and on Mondays)

Shutterstock Heather R. Stevens, Macquarie University; Ivan Charles Hanigan, University of Sydney; Paul Beggs, Macquarie University, and Petra Graham, Macquarie University The link between hot weather and aggressive crime is well established. But can the same be said for online aggression, such as angry tweets? And is online anger a […]

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New book – 60 ways to improve your family-life in 60 seconds

If you’re looking to improve your family life, then ‘Meee in a family minute; 60 ways to improve your family life in 60 seconds’ is the perfect book to have in your pocket.   It is part of the ‘Meee in a minute’ books from Sid Madge of Meee.   […]

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Divorce Bill receives Royal Assent to be implemented late 2021

New laws to spare divorcing couples having to apportion blame for the breakdown of their marriage took a step closer this week, as a Bill seeking to reduce family conflict gained Royal Assent. Currently, one spouse has to make accusations about the other’s conduct, such as ‘unreasonable behaviour’ or adultery, […]

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The government should be up front about the trade-offs behind its new social distancing measures

Graham Loomes, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick When the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the reduction of social distancing from two metres to “one-metre plus”, he reassured the public that the decision was based on expert advice. He claimed that by adhering to a raft of “mitigating” measures […]

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Swimming makes you hungrier and likely to eat more at the next meal – new research

The reasons for this appetite gain are still unknown. Nok Lek/ Shutterstock Alice Thackray, Loughborough University; David Broom, Coventry University; David Stensel, Loughborough University, and James King, Loughborough University People often believe that exercise can make you hungrier, so they may therefore eat more during subsequent meals. But for the […]

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