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COVID: increased restrictions in the UK look inevitable as winter arrives

I Wei Huang/Shutterstock Peter Sivey, University of York COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths have been rising in the UK, pressurising a health service that’s already working hard to treat the backlog of non-COVID patients that have accumulated since March 2020. While some modellers suggest that cases have peaked and are […]

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1 in 10 adults asked for proof of Covid vaccine/testing

The Office for National Statistics says that while it has only so far been proposed that people who want to go to nightclubs and busy indoor venues be required to show proof of either a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test or that they have been vaccinated (otherwise known as “vaccine passports”), […]

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Narcissists: there’s more than one type – and our research reveals what makes each tick

Not all narcissists are loud. By K Petro/Shutterstock Nikhila Mahadevan, University of Essex Chances are you’ve met a narcissist. Someone who thinks they’re better than everyone else, dominates the conversation and loves the limelight. But scientists are increasingly realising that not all narcissists are the same – some are, in […]

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Arguing with the people you love? How to have a healthy family dispute

Jessica Robles, Loughborough University Unlike Britain’s royal family, most of us don’t have the option to move to another country when we don’t see eye to eye. But most of us have likely experienced disagreements with loved ones. Conversations are designed to do things – to start some action, and […]

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A guide to starting a removal business with minimal investment

In this day and age, there are many business ideas that you can start with minimal investment. There’s no need to go cap in hand to the bank hoping for a loan. You don’t have to tap into your savings or save up enough before you can begin. One such […]

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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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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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Phone call anxiety: why so many of us have it, and how to get over it

Many people feel anxious when receiving a phone call. Shutterstock/Sergey Mironov Ilham Sebah, Royal Holloway Staying in touch with loved ones without seeing them in person has become even more important during the pandemic. But for some people, making or receiving calls is a stressful experience. Phone anxiety – or […]

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A start as restricted care home visits become possible again

It’s a start but it really doesn’t help those of us who are based hundreds of miles away from our parents. For example, I have not been able to see my father, soon to be 93, and suffering with Alzheimer’s, for a year now. Care home residents will be able […]

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6 Different Valentine’s Gifts for Your Special Someone

When it comes to giving gifts, it’s usually the case that you either find inspiration instantly, or you spend an age trying think of an appropriate idea. Either way, it is possible to pick out the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day, and these six ideas should help. Books Reading is […]

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