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This is why you can’t stop watching ‘bad’ TV

StunningArt/Shutterstock John Ellis, Royal Holloway TV viewing has become more important during the pandemic, but a sense of shame still lingers around it. Even TV scholars still use the term “guilty pleasures” to describe their enjoyment of reality TV or series which attract some of the biggest viewing audiences, such […]

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Low-carb, no sugar, no fat: the fad diets popular in the 20th century

Bon appétit. alex74/ Shutterstock Myriam Wilks-Heeg, University of Liverpool Fad diets certainly aren’t a 21st-century obsession. In fact, they were also a popular way for people throughout the 20th century to slim down and improve their health. Though much has changed since then – including what we know about dieting […]

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Government launches new ‘stay at home’ advert

From the Government: A massive public information campaign will run across TV, radio, out of home and on social media from tonight. Everyone in England is being urged to stay at home and “act like you’ve got it” as part of a major advertising campaign encouraging the public to control […]

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Pro-Trump rioters storm U.S. Capitol as his election tantrum leads to violence

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Jack L. Rozdilsky, York University, Canada In the lead-up to the American presidential election, risk of post-election violence was high. Those predictions came true when thousands of pro-Trump […]

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Covid-19 – act like you’ve got it

With the emergence of a new and highly transmissible strain of Covid-19, it is more important than ever to continue to encourage behaviours to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here are a few reminders from the NHS …  

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New website launched to support families over Christmas

Marcus Rashford MBE and the Child Food Poverty Taskforce have launched a new website (www.endchildfoodpoverty.org) today, coinciding with the transmission of a new BBC documentary which has been following his campaigning efforts to tackle child food poverty. Marcus Rashford, England International Footballer said “Following the Government investment, it was important to […]

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The office Christmas Zoom party: what to do, and what not to

The party could be an opportunity – but don’t go if you don’t want to. Girtis Ragelis / shutterstock Sarah Brooks, University of Sheffield Whether you look forward to the Christmas party or see it as a seasonal obligation, that time of year is here again. Restrictions on social interactions […]

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People with long-term health conditions urged to get flu vaccine before virus circulates

Health chiefs, and a coalition of charities, are urging people with long-term health conditions to get the flu vaccine before the virus starts to circulate. Public Health England (PHE) analysis shows 6 in 10 deaths from flu are seen in people with underlying conditions. A coalition of charities, including the British Heart […]

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Brilliant calendar to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

Photographs of care home residents recreating classic album covers are to be featured in a calendar to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society.   The quirky images showing residents of Sydmar Lodge Care Home, in Edgware, posing as stars such as Adele, David Bowie and Taylor Swift, went viral after […]

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Christmas travel update

The government has today (3 December 2020) outlined a series of measures focused on minimising disruption and helping people travel safely over the Christmas period, while urging passengers to plan their journeys carefully, consider quieter routes and where possible book ahead. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a  plan for […]

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