English Gyms Find Themselves on the Front Lines of Lockdown Revolt

Despite police raids and the threat of heavy fines, some health clubs have stayed open in an act of defiance against a coronavirus lockdown.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-clubs, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #martial-arts, #national-health-service

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Abolitionist Is Earliest Black Londoner Honored With Blue Plaque

Ottobah Cugoano, who became a writer and campaigner after surviving slavery in the West Indies, has been honored by a heritage program that long focused on white men.

#black-people, #english-heritage, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical

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In ‘Small Axe,’ Letitia Wright Plays a Real-Life Black Panther

The actress takes on the role of the British activist Altheia Jones-LeCointe in Steve McQueen’s series for Amazon. The experience has proved to be an education.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #jones-lecointe-altheia, #london-england, #mangrove-movie, #mcqueen-steve, #movies, #small-axe-tv-program, #television, #women-and-girls, #wright-letitia-1993

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What Did Europe Smell Like Centuries Ago? Historians Set Out to Recreate Lost Scents

A project announced this week and funded by the European Union will catalog and recreate the scents of Europe from the 16th century to the early 20th century.

#artificial-intelligence, #cambridge-england, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #london-england, #museums, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #smell-olfaction, #smells-and-odors, #vu-university-amsterdam

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To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy

With formal events and travel canceled, the tradition-bound tailors are gently embracing technology — and finding leverage on their landlords.

#coats-and-jackets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #huntsman-london-england-retailer, #london-england, #luxury-goods-and-services, #pollen-estate-trustee-co-ltd, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robots-and-robotics, #savile-row-london-england, #seamstresses-and-tailors, #shopping-and-retail, #suits-apparel

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London Police to Recruit 40% of Officers From Minority Backgrounds

The Metropolitan Police also announced a review of all road traffic stops, as Commissioner Cressida Dick acknowledged that her force was “not free from racism or discrimination.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #khan-sadiq, #london-england, #minorities, #police, #race-and-ethnicity, #scotland-yard-metropolitan-police-service, #williams-bianca-1993

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A Naked Statue for a Feminist Hero?

Newspaper columnists and social media users are furious about a new statue dedicated to Mary Wollstonecraft in London. But they’re missing the point.

#hambling-maggi, #london-england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #sculpture, #wollstonecraft-mary, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

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How Do You Play Margaret Thatcher? Like This

In the new season of “The Crown,” Gillian Anderson takes on the role of the “Iron Lady.” She’s just the latest in a long line of Thatcher impersonators.

#anderson-gillian, #comedy-and-humor, #england, #haydn-gwynne, #london-england, #matt-tedford, #riseborough-andrea, #steve-nallon, #television, #thatcher-margaret-h, #the-crown-tv-program

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Trump’s Defeat Weakens Boris Johnson in Urgent Brexit Talks

As the European Union knows, the British prime minister can ill afford to threaten peace in Ireland, an issue close to the President-elect Biden’s heart.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Johnny Depp Loses Court Case Against Newspaper That Called Him a ‘Wife Beater’

“I accept that Mr. Depp put her in fear of her life,” a British judge wrote, dismissing the actor’s libel case on Monday.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #depp-johnny, #domestic-violence, #heard-amber, #libel-and-slander, #london-england, #newspapers, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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U.S. Diplomat Coughs Online, and European Allies Wonder if They Were Exposed

A senior State Department official who tested positive for the coronavirus after a trip to Europe has angered other diplomats and irritated foreign officials whom he could have infected.

#biegun-stephen-e, #brussels-belgium, #budapest-hungary, #chatham-house-the-royal-institute-of-international-affairs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hutchison-kay-bailey, #kerry-john, #london-england, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #paris-france, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Welcome Home! Now Go Straight to Quarantine (or Not)

Some cities put international travelers under strict observation for signs of coronavirus infection. Others barely notice when they land. Dispatches from seven arrival halls.

#airports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hong-kong, #london-england, #masks, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

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How Matthew Warchus Generated ‘Heat’ in an Empty Theater

London’s Old Vic has sold 30,000 tickets to three livestreamed shows, with more to come. “There’s a huge appetite out there,” said Warchus, the artistic director.

#faith-healer-play, #london-england, #lungs-play, #old-vic-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #three-kings-play, #warchus-matthew

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Growing Scenes for London Artists: Towns and Suburbs

The pandemic has accelerated a creative exodus.

#art, #gentrification, #london-england, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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It’s a Party at Gatsby’s Mansion. No Dancing, Please.

An immersive theater show of “The Great Gatsby” has returned in London. Can it keep the novel’s spirit alive while obeying the coronavirus rules?

#actors-and-actresses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #london-england, #the-great-gatsby-book, #the-great-gatsby-play, #theater

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The British Design Legend Known for Tailoring With a Twist

On the occasion of his label’s 50th anniversary, Paul Smith talks about some of the inspirations behind his singular aesthetic.

#fashion-and-apparel, #london-england, #paul-smith-fashion-label, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smith-paul-1946

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As Coronavirus Surges and Brexit Deadline Nears, Boris Johnson Stalls

The prime minister’s delaying strategy carries severe risks if he misplays his hand, with the pandemic worsening and a Brexit deadline approaching.

#burnham-andrew-m-1970, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #khan-sadiq, #labour-party-great-britain, #liverpool-england, #london-england, #manchester-england, #shutdowns-institutional, #starmer-keir

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Pret A Manger Will Try Anything to Survive

The pandemic made the lunch chain’s biggest strength — hundreds of stores in central London — its biggest weakness overnight.

#christou-pano, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #food, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #london-england, #pret-a-manger, #sandwiches

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

#autism, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #facebook-inc, #gavi-alliance, #kano-nigeria, #larson-heidi, #london-england, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #mumps, #nigeria, #piot-peter, #polls-and-public-opinion, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wakefield-andrew, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Margaret Nolan, ‘Goldfinger’ Actress, Dies at 76

She drew fame at age 20, painted in gold, in the Bond film’s opening credits, then went on to appear in “A Hard Day’s Night,” with the Beatles, and other productions, before turning to art and politics.

#a-hard-days-night-movie, #actors-and-actresses, #art, #bond-james-fictional-character, #deaths-obituaries, #goldfinger-movie, #london-england, #margaret-nolan, #movies

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Museum-Worthy Watches, From Pearls to Plastic

Design often catches a curator’s eye.

#cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum, #design-museum-london-england, #fisher-alison-m, #london-england, #museums, #science-museum, #watches-and-clocks

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Britain’s New Measures to Control Virus Inflame North-South Tensions

Boris Johnson campaigned on a promise to “level up” struggling northern areas, but his three-tier plan threatens to keep them in economically debilitating lockdowns.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #liverpool-england, #london-england, #manchester-england, #scotland, #shutdowns-institutional

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beabadoobee Made Bedroom Pop. Now She’s Turning Up the Volume.

The 20-year-old singer and songwriter Bea Kristi’s song “Coffee” has reached millions. Now she’s releasing “Fake It Flowers,” an album that puts a new spin on ’90s alt-rock.

#beabadoobee-singer, #fake-it-flowers-album, #london-england, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #women-and-girls, #youtube-com

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London’s Frieze Week Is Still On, Online and Off

Though crowds won’t fill Regent’s Park for in-person fairs, some galleries remain determined “to show the best of the best during these times.”

#art, #frieze-art-fair, #london-england, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ May Not Work in a Time of Pandemic

Eighty years after Londoners rallied in the face of the deadly German Blitz, many are flouting the rules aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

#churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #masks, #shutdowns-institutional, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Barbican Exhibition Showcases Michael Clark’s Cheeky World of Dance

The British choreographer and provocateur, now 58, is the subject of an eye-popping exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery.

#art, #atlas-charles, #barbican-art-gallery, #clark-michael-1962, #dancing, #doig-peter, #fiennes-sophie, #great-britain, #london-england, #music, #otto-knapp-silke, #peyton-elizabeth, #tillmans-wolfgang

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For Boris Johnson, a Grim Premiership That No One Foresaw

“What on earth happened to the freedom-loving, twinkly-eyed, Rabelaisian character I voted for,” asked one columnist.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #london-england, #starmer-keir

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Early Works by Edward Hopper Found to be Copies of Other Artists

A grad student’s discovery “cuts straight through the widely held perception of Hopper as an American original,” without a debt to others, a Whitney curator said.

#art, #hopper-edward, #london-england, #louis-shadwick, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

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Uber Can Continue Operating in London, Judge Rules

After a battle with transportation regulators, the ride-hailing firm was granted an 18-month license.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #london-england, #transport-for-london, #uber-technologies-inc

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London Fashion Week Gives Good TV

The videofication of collections continues apace. Worth watching: Gareth Pugh, Christopher Kane and Erdem, to name a few.

#fashion-and-apparel, #halpern-fashion-label, #kane-christopher-1982, #london-england, #london-fashion-week, #moralioglu-erdem, #pugh-gareth, #your-feed-fashion

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A London Caper With a Car James Bond Would Never Drive

Five guns used in Bond films were stolen in March from a collector’s home. Now the police are appealing to the public for information.

#bond-james-fictional-character, #firearms, #london-england, #robberies-and-thefts, #scotland-yard-metropolitan-police-service, #vauxhall-motors

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‘The Time Has Come.’ Barbados Casts Off the Queen as Head of State, and Others May Follow

The Black Lives Matter movement has revived a simmering debate about the legacy of colonialism, potentially inspiring change in other Caribbean countries.

#barbados, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #caribbean-area, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #jamaica-west-indies, #london-england, #reparations, #royal-families, #slavery-historical

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How to Judge the Booker Prize in a Pandemic

Five judges, each with 162 books to read, are determining one of the world’s best-known literary awards in an unusual year.

#books-and-literature, #busby-margaret, #child-lee, #london-england, #man-booker-prize, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rahim-sameer-journalist, #sissay-lemn, #wilson-emily-1971, #writing-and-writers

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At Assange’s Extradition Hearing, Troubled Tech Takes Center Stage

The WikiLeaks founder’s high-profile case was delayed for months by the coronavirus. Now it is being hobbled by faulty livestreams and other technical issues.

#assange-julian-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #london-england, #manning-chelsea, #united-states, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wikileaks

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Debut Novelists and Women Dominate Booker Prize Shortlist

Some literary heavy hitters missed out, including Hilary Mantel, whose latest work, “The Mirror and the Light,” did not make the cut.

#books-and-literature, #burnt-sugar-a-novel-book, #child-lee, #cook-diane-author, #dangarembga-tsitsi, #doshi-avni, #london-england, #man-booker-prize, #mantel-hilary, #mengiste-maaza, #real-life-book, #stuart-douglas-author, #taylor-brandon-author, #the-mirror-and-the-light-book, #the-new-wilderness-book, #writing-and-writers

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West End Shows Announce a Return, Even as U.K. Coronavirus Cases Rise

“Six,” the hit musical, will start an 11-week run in November, with other shows including “The Mousetrap” also slated to resume soon.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #london-england, #lyric-theater, #nimax, #six-play, #theater

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Mothers for QAnon

In the testosterone-filled world of Trump-adjacent online conspiracy, the newest theory stands out. Why are so many women falling for Q?

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #london-england, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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London Offices Aren’t Refilling Fast Enough for Shops Relying on Them

The British government and business lobby want workers to return to support surrounding businesses, but some city offices are only 15 percent full.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dentons-llp, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #great-britain, #london-england, #quarantines, #real-estate-commercial, #schroders, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business, #telecommuting

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Boris Johnson, Covid, Brexit and the Art of Policy Improvisation

Even by the British prime minister’s lofty standards, his reversals this week on the two dominant issues facing his country were breathtaking.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #london-england, #may-theresa-m, #northern-ireland, #starmer-keir

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I Think of My Grandfather Every Time I Make Kofta

He wouldn’t have approved of this vegetarian version, but my meatless meatballs wouldn’t exist without his recipe.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #grandparents, #london-england, #nairobi-kenya, #vegetarianism

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Julian Assange Appears in London Court for U.S. Extradition Hearing

The case against the WikiLeaks founder, who is accused of obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic documents, was delayed in February because of the coronavirus pandemic.

#assange-julian-p, #central-criminal-court-of-england-and-wales-old-bailey, #extradition, #great-britain, #london-england, #manning-chelsea, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wikileaks

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London’s Bridges Really Are Falling Down

Three major crossings on the Thames are closed to cars — one of them considered too dangerous even to walk across. Even the landmark Tower Bridge was recently shut for two days.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #conservative-party-great-britain, #england, #hammersmith-bridge-london, #hammersmithfulham-council-london, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transport-for-london

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At In-Person Choir Rehearsals, a Balance Between Joyful and Careful

With the coronavirus still spreading, many choirs are gathering only online. But one London group is cautiously attempting a way forward.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #london-england, #music, #performing-arts-medical-assn

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Robert Pattinson Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Halting ‘Batman’ Production

Work on the film first shut down in March because of the pandemic, which has staggered the entertainment industry.

#california, #comic-books-and-strips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #london-england, #movies, #pattinson-robert, #tests-medical, #the-batman-movie, #warner-brothers-pictures

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The British Museum Reopens to a World That Has Changed

While it was closed, the museum altered several exhibitions to clarify its links to slavery and colonialism. But not everyone is happy with the changes.

#british-museum, #hartwig-fischer, #london-england, #museums, #sloane-hans-1660-1753

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Dark Portrait of a Childhood Wins International Booker Prize

“The Discomfort of Evening,” Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s debut novel, was a best seller in the Netherlands and left critics in Britain shaken but impressed.

#books-and-literature, #london-england, #man-booker-prize, #rijneveld-marieke-lucas, #the-discomfort-of-evening-book

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U.K. Exam Chaos Prompts Stampede for College Places

Universities rejected thousands of students when exam results were announced. With those grades now withdrawn, many are demanding places that have already been filled.

#admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #durham-university, #grading-of-students, #london-england, #newcastle-university, #williamson-gavin

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The Pandemic Diary of Naomi Shimada, a Model Returning to Work

Naomi Shimada journeys to Paris for her first professional shoot since March.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #london-england, #models-professional, #shimada-naomi-1987, #social-media

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Covid-19: What if ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Closer Than Scientists Thought?

In what may be the world’s most important math puzzle, researchers are trying to figure out how many people in a community must be immune before the coronavirus fades.

#antibodies, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #elderly, #income-inequality, #jews-and-judaism, #london-england, #mumbai-india, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Nubya Garcia, Tapping Into the Past to Make Jazz for a New Generation

The British saxophonist has made a big impact on London’s buzzing scene. Now she’s releasing her first full-length album, “Source.”

#garcia-nubya, #jazz, #london-england, #source-album

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