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Prince Philip dies: old-school European aristocrat and dedicated royal consort

Sean Lang, Anglia Ruskin University The death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh marks the end of a chapter not just for the British royal family – but for European monarchy itself. Philip belonged to that cosmopolitan world of interrelated royals that had ruled Europe before the first world […]

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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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Petrol prices steadily creep up

From the RAC: March saw the fifth straight month of petrol and diesel price increases at UK forecourts, with prices up another 2.7p and 2.4p respectively and both fuels now costing the same as they did in February 2020, according to new data from RAC Fuel Watch. With the average […]

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Self-confidence tips for when lockdown ends

With lockdown coming to an end, it’s only natural to feel anxious about being able to socialise again and going back into the world. People might be thinking about their physical appearance and how that may have changed; how their wardrobe has not been updated much over the past year and […]

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National Geographic Photography Competition

We have some amazing photographers in and around Bude, so why not check this out? Seeking to highlight the best in travel photography, this prestigious annual competition, celebrating its 10th year and sponsored by Nikon, is open to entrants from across the UK and Ireland. Photographers of all levels are […]

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Audio cassettes: despite being ‘a bit rubbish’, sales have doubled during the pandemic – here’s why

It’s not just old cassettes that are selling: the current crop of pop musicians are shifting their music on tapes, too. BOOCYS/Shutterstock Iain Taylor, Birmingham City University Described by some as “Europe’s biggest tech show”, the Berlin Radio Show has long been famous for exhibiting the next big thing in […]

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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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Census 2021: why are some people completing it online and others have paper forms?

Ink Drop/Shutterstock Nick Bearman, UCL In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, everyone should have received either a letter with a 16-digit code or a paper form for the 2021 census. There are lots of great reasons why we should respond to the census, aside from it being a legal requirement. […]

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Covid and dementia 2 leading causes of death in Feb

For those who wonder about the impact of Covid, it is worth a quick glance at the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for mortality rates in February. In February 2021, there were 55,489 deaths registered in England, 11,421 deaths (25.9%) more than the five-year average (2015 to 2019) […]

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Coronavirus is evolving but so are our antibodies

Antibodies (white) binding to a coronavirus (red and orange). Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Sarah L Caddy, University of Cambridge and Meng Wang, University of Cambridge The emergence of “variants of concern” has raised questions about our long-term immunity to the coronavirus. Will the antibodies we make after being infected with or vaccinated […]

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