English Island Seeks a Landlord-King Who Likes Solitude, Seals and Beer

On Piel Island, winters are wet, travel is limited, and the solitary pub crowns the landlord king or queen under a shower of beer.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #england, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landlords, #palaces-and-castles, #piel-island-england

Prince Andrew Became a Problem for the Royal Family. He Had to Go.

The royal family is a business, and Prince Andrew had become a liability.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #buckingham-palace, #charles-prince-of-wales, #elizabeth-i-queen-of-great-britain, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #great-britain, #maxwell-ghislaine, #pizza, #polls-and-public-opinion, #royal-families, #sex-crimes, #windsor-england

A Tense Texas Standoff Leads to Emotional Phone Call Between Brothers

Gulbar Akram described his brother, Faisal, who was holding four hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday, as deeply troubled. He said he worked with police to try to “talk him down.’’

#akram-gulbar, #akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #england, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues, #terrorism

Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker Had ‘Mental Health Issues,’ Brother in U.K. Says

The family of a British man who took four hostages during the standoff at Congregation Beth Israel described him as deeply troubled.

#akram-gulbar, #akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #england, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues, #terrorism

An English Soccer Team’s Existential Crisis: Is It Really in Wales?

The English soccer club Chester F.C. postponed a game after Welsh health officials claimed authority over its home. In an era when once loose British borders are stratifying, a curiosity may become a crisis.

#chester-fc-soccer-team, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #english-football-assn, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #wales

The Omicron Shift in Europe: Pandemic or Endemic?

A number of governments have changed their approaches to the coronavirus to one that is more like how we treat the flu. Public health experts say it’s too soon to make that call.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #epidemics, #europe, #great-britain, #italy, #politics-and-government, #spain, #world-health-organization

Nearly 5 Years After Grenfell Fire, U.K. Tells Developers to Pay for Upgrades

After a deadly high-rise blaze in 2017, countless instances of unsafe building practices came to light. The latest plan to address them expands who will be covered.

#accidents-and-safety, #deaths-fatalities, #england, #grenfell-tower-fire-june-2017, #law-and-legislation

A Naturalist Stumbled on an Ichthyosaur Skeleton, the Largest in U.K. History

The fossilized remains of the marine reptile, often referred to as a “sea dragon” and believed to be 180 million years old, were discovered at a nature reserve.

#conservation-of-resources, #dinosaurs, #england, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #great-britain, #museums, #paleontology, #reptiles, #rutland-england, #skeletons, #university-of-leicester, #university-of-manchester, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

London Schools Are Determined to Stay Open. Staff Illnesses Make It Hard.

Schools across England are grappling with what it looks like to live with the pandemic as it enters its third year. Sound familiar?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #england, #london-england, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

How Biden and Boris Johnson Reached the Same Place on Virus Policy

Two different leaders with differing approaches landed on a policy of coexisting with the virus. Analysts say they had little choice.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #england, #johnson-boris, #luntz-frank-i, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sturgeon-nicola, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Considering Bone or Joint Surgery? You May Not Need It.

For many common problems of the knee, hip, shoulder, spine and wrist, nonsurgical options may be just as good.

#bmj-journal, #carpal-tunnel-syndrome, #england, #hips, #knees, #physical-therapy, #research, #surgery-and-surgeons

UK, With Surging Covid-19 Cases, is On ‘‘War Footing’ Against Virus

With cases surging and straining health care and other services, Britain’s challenges foreshadow the impact of the Omicron variant in other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #great-britain, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #shortages

Spurred by Omicron, Europe Sets Covid Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #england, #europe, #france, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

Spurred by Omicron, Europe Is Setting Coronavirus Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #england, #europe, #france, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

Fears of Omicron’s Rapid Spread Are Tempered by Signs of Milder Illness

“We can’t stop it,” Israel’s prime minister said of the Omicron variant, but that warning was blunted by early signs of potentially less-severe illness than with earlier coronavirus iterations.

#bennett-naftali, #castex-jean, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #europe, #israel, #national-health-service

Helping to Reveal a Still-Shuttered World

Our weekly photo essay series offered readers a glimpse of distant places and cultures that, for a second straight year, remained largely inaccessible.

#alaska, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #brazil, #england, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greece, #greenland, #hebrides-islands-great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #los-angeles-calif, #mongolia, #oaxaca-mexico, #papua-new-guinea, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #st-kilda-scotland, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union

‘Christmas Can Be Hard’ Amid Loss, Queen Elizabeth Says in Annual Message

Her address, which was recorded last week, is the first since the death of her husband, Prince Philip. It comes as coronavirus cases in Britain have hit record highs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #philip-duke-of-edinburgh, #windsor-england

Despite Omicron Wave, Britons Are Set on Not Losing Another Christmas

For Christmas shoppers in central London this week, little seemed to dampen their spirits. But there was an undercurrent that the city was bracing for further coronavirus restrictions.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #national-health-service, #shopping-and-retail, #vaccination-and-immunization

He Paid $30 for a Drawing. It Could Be a Renaissance Work Worth Millions.

A man bought a yellowing picture of the Virgin Mary and Child at an estate sale in Massachusetts. Experts believe it is by the renowned German artist Albrecht Dürer.

#art, #british-museum, #clifford-schorer, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #durer-albrecht, #england, #forgery, #massachusetts, #museums

3,000 Years Ago, Britain Got Half Its Genes From France, DNA Study Suggests

An extensive study of ancient DNA suggests that a wave of newcomers — and perhaps the first Celtic languages — crossed the English Channel three millenniums ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #dairy-products, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #england, #france, #genetics-and-heredity, #immigration-and-emigration, #kent-england, #language-and-languages, #nature-journal, #reich-david-e-1974, #your-feed-science

U.K. System Strained as Health Care Workers Get Covid Themselves

Hospitals, clinics and ambulance services say infections are winnowing their staffs, straining a system already taxed by nearly two years of dealing with the pandemic.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #great-britain, #hospitals, #london-england, #national-health-service

Richard Rogers, Architect Behind Landmark Pompidou Center, Dies at 88

A Pritzker Prize winner, he altered the skylines of Paris and London with colorful and striking designs that turned architecture not just inside out but also on its head.

#architecture, #deaths-obituaries, #england, #lloyds-of-london, #pompidou-center, #pritzker-prize, #rogers-richard

How a World War II Bomber Pilot Became ‘the King of Artificial Trees’

Si Spiegel, a bomber pilot, can claim a dual legacy: as a war hero and as a father of the artificial tree.

#christmas-trees, #content-type-personal-profile, #england, #germany, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #jews-and-judaism, #roosevelt-field, #united-states-army, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Britain Introduces ‘Plan B’ Covid Measures to Tackle Omicron

Under the so-called Plan B, people in England will be urged to work from home and will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter some venues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #travel-warnings

Urea Shortage Is Felt Around the World

Farmers in India are desperate. Trucks in South Korea had to be idled. Food prices, already high, could rise even further.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cf-industries-holdings-inc, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #england, #fertilizer, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #madhya-pradesh-india, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #potash, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #seoul-south-korea, #shortages, #south-korea, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #world-bank

Review: ‘Landscapers’ Is Not Your Typical True-Crime Love Story

Olivia Colman and David Thewlis star in this HBO tale of devotion, murdered parents and very expensive autographs.

#colman-olivia, #edwards-christopher-may-1998-murders, #edwards-susan-may-1998-murders, #england, #home-box-office, #landscapers-tv-program, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sharpe-will-1986, #television, #thewlis-david

English Teenager Finds Bronze Age Ax Using a Metal Detector

On her third day out with a metal detector, Milly Hardwick, 13, found a hoard of items from more than 3,000 years ago. “We were just laughing our heads off,” she said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #england, #hertfordshire-england, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #milly-hardwick, #museums, #tools

U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers

A special visa offer, aimed at forestalling a supply chain fiasco during the holidays, goes begging for takers.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #foreign-workers, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #immigration-and-emigration, #poland, #trucks-and-trucking, #visas

These Are Not Your Traditional Holiday Wreaths

A new generation of female florists are offering a fresh perspective on an ancient craft, fashioning festive crowns out of dried flowers, herbs and grasses.

#christmas-trees, #england, #florists, #flowerbx-ltd, #flowers-and-plants, #holiday-issue-2021, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #london-england, #trees-and-shrubs

Caroline Todd, Half of a Mystery-Writing Duo, Dies at 86

Writing under the pen name Charles Todd, she and her son published nearly 40 mystery novels, all of them set in rural England just after World War I.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #england, #genre-books-mystery, #todd-caroline-1934-2021, #todd-charles-author, #world-war-i-1914-18, #writing-and-writers

Liverpool Bomber Had Planned for Months, U.K. Police Say

The authorities named the man they believe to be behind an explosion in a taxi outside a hospital, who was also the only person killed, as Emad Al Swealmeen, 32.

#bombs-and-explosives, #england, #liverpool-england, #liverpool-womens-hospital, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #terrorism

Taxi Explodes Outside Liverpool Hospital, Killing One

The cause of the explosion, which injured a second person, was not immediately clear. The investigation was being led by Counter Terrorism Policing North West with support from the local police.

#deaths-fatalities, #england, #hospitals, #liverpool-england, #merseyside-police, #womens-hospital-in-liverpool

Graeme Edge, Drummer and Co-Founder of the Moody Blues, Dies at 80

Many of their songs incorporated his spoken-word poetry, making them pioneers in the prog-rock movement of the late-1960s and ’70s.

#deaths-obituaries, #edge-graeme, #england, #moody-blues-music-group, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-and-museum

Julian Assange to Wed in Prison in Britain

The WikiLeaks founder, who is battling extradition to the United States on espionage charges, has been granted permission to marry Stella Moris in the London prison where he has been held since 2019.

#assange-julian-p, #england, #extradition, #moris-stella, #united-states, #weddings-and-engagements, #wikileaks

Malala Yousafzai Is Married in England

Ms. Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist and the youngest-ever recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, married her partner at a small ceremony in Birmingham, England, she said on Twitter.

#asser-malik, #birmingham-england, #education-k-12, #england, #marriages, #pakistan, #weddings-and-engagements, #yousafzai-malala

With Tears, Hugs and Balloons, U.S. Allows Vaccinated Foreign Travelers to Enter

On Monday, after more than 18 months, restrictions that kept families separated and cost the global travel industry hundreds of billions of dollars were lifted.

#airports, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #united-states-economy

With Tears, Hugs and Balloons, US Allows Vaccinated Foreign Travelers to Enter

On Monday, after more than 18 months, restrictions that kept families separated and cost the global travel industry hundreds of billions of dollars were lifted.

#airports, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Brexit Brain Drain Delivers Financial Boon to Estonia

The former Soviet satellite state is welcoming British companies looking to escape the tangle of regulations and financial obstacles of doing business in Europe.

#corporate-taxes, #england, #estonia, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #income-tax, #kaja-kallas, #politics-and-government, #relocation-of-business

Once a Leading Polluter, the U.K. Is Now Trying to Lead on Climate Change

On the eve of a global climate summit, Britain’s evolution from fossil fuels to clean energy is on display. But experts question whether its commitment is sufficient, and whether it can persuade other nations to meet meaningful goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #electricite-de-france-edf, #england, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #thatcher-margaret-h, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #wind-power

‘Needle Spiking’ of Women in Britain Stirs Alarm Over New Kind of Assault

Women are reporting being injected with syringes at crowded clubs in a horrifying variation of dropping pill into drinks. “This is a new depth,’’ said a former chief of police.

#assaults, #bars-and-nightclubs, #england, #great-britain, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #nottingham-england, #women-and-girls

Writing About a Past Injustice Helped Her See What Has and Hasn’t Changed

Nadifa Mohamed is a Booker Prize finalist for her novel “The Fortune Men,” a story about a false accusation and the tragedy that resulted.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #england, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #immigration-and-emigration, #man-booker-prize, #mohamed-nadifa, #somalia, #the-fortune-men-book, #writing-and-writers

David Amess, Conservative Lawmaker in Britain, Is Reportedly Stabbed

The member of Parliament, David Amess, was holding a meeting in his local constituency at the time of the attack.

#amess-david, #conservative-party-great-britain, #england, #great-britain

Recognition, at Last, After Decades Decolonizing Art

Sutapa Biswas is the subject of two major exhibitions in Britain that explore the country’s imperial legacy.

#art, #baltic-center-for-contemporary-art, #biswas-sutapa, #colonization, #content-type-personal-profile, #england, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #kettles-yard-cambridge-england

Britain Needs Truckers Fast. We Went to a School Where They Train.

Britain has experienced shortages of gasoline and some foods because of too few drivers. At a military barracks in South London, trainees are learning how to maneuver trucks through streets and highways.

#automobiles, #england, #london-england, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking

Squid Game Ahead? No, Just Directions, British Police Explain

The police in England clarified that a highway sign featuring symbols that also appear on the hit Netflix series merely indicated a detour.

#england, #netflix-inc, #roads-and-traffic, #squid-game-tv-program, #traffic-and-parking-signals-and-signs

After Killings, U.K. Asks: Should Misogyny Be a Hate Crime?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says an emphatic no, but rights groups argue that it would add an extra layer of protection for women who face violence at the hands of men.

#domestic-violence, #england, #everard-sarah, #hate-crimes, #johnson-boris, #law-and-legislation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nessa-sabina-d-2021, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Nobel Prize in Literature: Read About Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Books

Gurnah, the author of 10 novels, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Here are The Times’s reviews of his work.

#admiring-silence-book, #books-and-literature, #by-the-sea-book, #desertion-book, #england, #gravel-heart-book, #gurnah-abdulrazak, #memory-of-departure-book, #nobel-prizes, #paradise-book, #swedish-academy, #tanzania, #writing-and-writers, #zanzibar-tanzania

English Schools Drop Mask Mandates, but Questions Rise Along With Cases

England is taking more risks than many U.S. schools as a way of returning to normal. Many parents approve, but with more than 180,000 students absent in recent weeks, others question the trade off.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #england, #masks, #parenting, #vaccination-and-immunization

Worried About Low Interest Rates? Jane Austen Can Help.

What Jane Austen can teach us about monetary policy.

#austen-jane, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #england, #income-inequality, #interest-rates, #internal-sub-only, #pride-and-prejudice-book, #sense-and-sensibility-book

Military Personnel in U.K. Begin Driving Fuel Trucks to Stem Shortage

A top government official said that supplies were improving but that wider disruptions could continue as the holiday season approaches.

#defense-and-military-forces, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #shortages, #sunak-rishi-1980