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The UK’s coronavirus death toll has exceeded 300 for the second day in a row as the country battles another surge in infections. On Wednesday, the deaths of 310 more people were recorded, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 45,675. Of those, 236 were reported in England, while Scotland accounted for 28 of the fatalities. In Northern Ireland, the deaths of nine more people were recorded, while 37 were also reported in Wales. It comes just a day after the daily death count topped 350 for the first time since May, with the Covid-19 deaths of 367 people added to the government’s coronavirus dashboard. The grim milestone prompted calls for Boris Johnson to impose a stricter lockdown, with the government’s own scientific advisors warning that the coronavirus death toll could remain high throughout winter. Sir Mark Walport, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), told the BBC on Wednesday it was “certainly not unrealistic” to think of 25,000 people being in hospital with Covid-19 by the end of November. The PM has so far resisted calls for a “circuit breaker” lockdown in England, preferring to stick to regional restrictions. However, cases across the UK continue to rise, with 24,701 new infections reported on Wednesday. It means that 942,275 people have now tested positive for the virus in the UK. Related...
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It was the news we all needed amidst an awful year – the finest purveyor of pick ’n’ mix the world has ever known was returning to our high streets.That’s right, Woolworths is back. Well – it was if you had a cursory glance at social media. Or, er, most of the UK’s major news websites.Unfortunately, as it’s 2020 and everything is crap, it was a cruel fabrication by persons unknown with no regard for long-deprived fans of white chocolate mice.A Twitter account claiming to be run on behalf of the variety store retailer that went into administration in 2008 teased a return, claiming it was “here to save 2020”.Here to save 2020! Woolworths is coming back to your high street, as a physical store!A couple of legal things to get sorted, but we’re full steam ahead at Woolworths HQ.We want to get this right, so we need your help. What do you want at your UK #YourWoolworths? pic.twitter.com/k5BtcYdcAI— Woolworths UK (@UKWoolworths) October 27, 2020The Twitter account asked for feedback on what people want from a physical store and promised to make further announcements and provide chances to win gift cards – to a joyful and nostalgic response pleading for the return of pick ’n’ mix and Ladybird clothes. But rats were sniffed and a closer look revealed a number of curious discrepancies.Firstly, they spelled “Woolworths” wrong in a subsequent tweet which is a bit of a red flag tbh.So... we’re popular (that’s for sure!)Our trial stores will open in 2021. Very own the online Woolsworths, so we will be retail only. Before we launch we have a few legal contracts to sign, but we’re super excited!This will be your Woolsworths ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SwEXD1Gs3w— Woolworths UK (@UKWoolworths) October 27, 2020Secondly, the account is unverified, has barely any followers and linked to a website that doesn’t exist. Thirdly, the company that owns the Woolworths name didn’t have a clue about it.After keeping HuffPost UK waiting for more than an hour, a Very spokesperson said: “We own the Woolworths trademark in the UK. The Twitter account UKWoolworths is not connected to The Very Group.”Despite this, the country’s media jumped on the news as high street gospel.Every major online outlet has reported Woolworth's is returning to the high street.One call from me to owner Very's PR - he doesn't know a thing about it.Surely a story based on a Twitter account with 900 followers (and spelling mistakes) should be verified? pic.twitter.com/bdfGf2R6Nm— Tom Witherow (@TomWitherow) October 27, 2020But credit where credit is due, Woolworths has been top trend all morning and the mystery account is still going strong.CONFIRMED: The famous Woolworths Pick ‘n’ Mix is coming back!Who’s excited?#Woolworthspic.twitter.com/rTVHQ2CqZK— Woolworths UK (@UKWoolworths) October 27, 2020The household name, which sold everything from chocolate bars to toasters and televisions, collapsed into administration amid the global financial crisis and Britain’s economic downturn.An estimated 27,000 people lost their jobs as the store – affectionately known as “Woolies” – closed its doors.Related...
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Francesca Hause has always loved drawing, but it wasn’t until she became a mother that she turned her hobby into a full-blown comic. Hause is the artist behind “Litterbox Comics” ― a hilarious series focused on the ups and downs of life with small children. She told HuffPost she felt inspired to launch the comic in May 2018 after a particular afternoon watching “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” with her two sons. “I’d seen the episode a million times, so I was amusing myself thinking how funny it would be if something ‘real’ suddenly happened ― Mom Tiger losing her cool or Daniel dropping the F-bomb,” she said. “I wished I could watch a show like that. Then it hit me; I couldn’t make a show, but I could make a comic!”Hause had been writing “all the weird stuff” her kids do in a notebook, so she had lots of material to get started. More than two years later, she’s created hundreds of funny strips on topics ranging from parenting message boards to paediatrician visits. She continues to find inspiration from her boys, who are now six and three. “Their comic counterparts are very much based on them,” she said. “The eldest can be difficult, but he’s dangerously smart and lovable. The youngest is a little bumbling ray of sunshine ― until he isn’t. The 6-year-old is fascinated by the comics, although things have become more awkward now that he can actually read them!”Hause, who is English but moved to Austin, Texas, 10 years ago, bounces ideas around with her husband, a fellow artist with a sense of humor. He’s also the basis of the character Dad Cat.“People often ask, ‘Why cats?’” she noted. “In my first draft they were actually tigers, but I quickly realized drawing all those stripes would drive me mad! I considered other animals, but kept coming back to cats. There’s a lot of inner turmoil with parenting, and I love that cats let me show this visually with shirking pupils, bristling fur and tails! I’m not really sure why, but I’ve never enjoyed drawing humans.”Hause hopes parents who read “Litterbox Comics” get “solidarity and a smile” from the relatable scenarios and funny illustrations. “Motherhood hit me like a ton of bricks, and the only way I survived that first year was thanks to humor,” she said. “Parenthood can be a dark and lonely place, especially in 2020. I want people to feel seen and find relief in laughing at some of this nonsense.”At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hause wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with the “Litterverse” as she adjusted to life with remote learning and the “general 2020 despair” that began fogging up her brain. “Eventually I decided the best thing I could do for the world (and my own mental health!) would be to focus on the funny,” she said. “I purposely keep my comics current affairs free, because although what’s been happening is important, it’s also important to take breaks and laugh.”Keep scrolling and check out “Litterbox Comics” on Facebook and Instagram for more funny parenting art.Litterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseLitterbox Comics/Francesca HauseRelated...
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Brexit could cause a resurgence in the threat from Northern Irish terror groups who are loyal to the UK, parliament’s spy agency watchdog has warned.The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) drew its conclusion after taking evidence from MI5 on terrorism in Northern Ireland.In a heavily redacted report, the ISC did not give many details on why it feared an increased threat from loyalists, who have held a ceasefire for years.But unionists have long held concerns that Boris Johnson’s Brexit withdrawal agreement could leave Northern Ireland in a more distant relationship with the rest of the UK – due to the need for new checks on trade across the Irish Sea between the province and Great Britain. The prime minister is currently attempting to disapply the need for some of these checks via his law-breaking Internal Market Bill. But the committee warned that new border infrastructure between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK could “reignite the threat from loyalist groups that have previously held a ceasefire”.The ISC, which is bound by the Official Secrets Act and takes evidence in secret, added: “MI5 noted that ‘[loyalist] ceasefires have held for a long time now [redacted]’.“We queried whether MI5 were prepared for a potential shift in the threat level across various Northern Ireland-related terrorist groups, and were told: ‘I think we can be reasonably confident [redacted]’.”The threat of violence from dissident republicans who want a united Ireland has long been a major concern in Brexit talks.It led Johnson to sign a withdrawal agreement giving Northern Ireland a special status, following both EU rules and UK rules, to avoid the reestablishment of border posts on the frontier with the Republic.But it also means new checks on trade across the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) last year warned any Brexit deal that threatens the union between the province (NI) and Great Britain (GB) has “the potential to bring violence back on to the streets” via loyalist groups.The prime minister is now trying to get out of key checks via the Internal Market Bill, having promised that there would be no effective border in the Irish Sea.ISC members Kevan Jones and Stewart Hosie said: “We commend the efforts of MI5 and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. However, Northern Ireland-related terrorism has not gone away. “The threat requires sustained pressure more, now, than ever since any border infrastructure resulting from the UK’s future relationship with the EU will be both a target and a recruiting badge for dissident republican groups, and may also reignite the threat from loyalist groups that have previously held a ceasefire. “Whilst we welcome the government’s focus on preventing individuals turning to terrorist activity in the first place, MI5 and police resources on the terrorist threat need to be maintained.”Related...
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The Crown has offered fans a a first glimpse of Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales in her iconic wedding dress. An image released by Netflix shows the actor wearing a new version of the gown, which was based on the original design by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The post on the show’s official Twitter account said: “A first glimpse of Princess Diana’s wedding dress.“Emmy award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts wanted to capture the same spirit and style of David & Elizabeth Emanuel’s original design, without creating a replica for Emma Corrin.”A first glimpse of Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Emmy award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts wanted to capture the same spirit and style of David & Elizabeth Emanuel’s original design, without creating a replica for Emma Corrin. pic.twitter.com/iYXN66aFjh— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) October 3, 2020The original dress was famous for featuring a 25ft train, although the angle of the picture does not allow us a peek at its recreation. Emma, whose previous credits include Misbehaviour and Grantchester, will portray Diana during the early part of her relationship with Charles – played by Josh O’Connor – in the upcoming fourth series of the Netflix drama. Last week, Netflix gave fans the first proper look at Emma in character, as well as the first pictures of Gillian Anderson as former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. It’s time. Here’s your first look at @GillianA as Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in Season 4 of @TheCrownNetflix. pic.twitter.com/3eg121ugPJ— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) September 29, 2020The upcoming fourth series will be Olivia Colman’s second in the lead role of the Queen, with production on the new episodes wrapping shortly before the UK went into lockdown earlier this year.For the fifth series of The Crown, Imelda Staunton will take over the throne from Olivia, while Jonathan Pryce will succeed Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip.Meanwhile, Lesley Manville and Elizabeth Debicki will be playing Princess Margaret and Princess Diana, although it’s yet to be confirmed who will be appearing opposite her as Prince Charles.The Crown’s fourth series will debut on Netflix on 15 November.READ MORE:
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Cineworld is closing all its cinemas in the UK, US and Ireland this week after studios pulled major releases such as the latest James Bond film.The closure of its 128 sites in Britain will put up to 5,500 jobs at risk.The world’s second-biggest cinema operator, which employs 37,482 people across 787 venues worldwide, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and last month posted losses of £1.3 billion.The release of the new James Bond movie, “No Time To Die”, was pushed into next year on Friday, crushing hopes for a 2020 industry rebound as rising rates of the coronavirus prompt new restrictions and keep viewers away.The Sunday Times said the London-listed company had written to prime minister Boris Johnson and culture minister Oliver Dowden to warn that the industry was becoming unviable.It warned investors on September 24 that it might need to raise more money if its sites were forced to shut again and its shares have fallen 82% this year.In July, the government promised a package of more than £1.5 billion to help the arts and culture industries forced to shut down earlier this year as a result of the pandemic.Cineworld had reopened most of its cinemas in July when lockdown measures were eased across the country.Daniel Craig’s final outing as spy James Bond will not hit big screens until next April, it was announced on Friday.No Time To Die was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was first pushed back to November as a result of the pandemic.A statement on the film’s official Twitter account said: “We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing NO TIME TO DIE next year.”Efforts to get audiences back into theatres have proved disappointing. While bigger chains like AMC Entertainment, Cineworld and others have reopened many locations, crowds have been thin.Small and mid-sized theatre companies have said they may not survive the impact of the pandemic.Cineworld had said viewers returned to watch “Tenet”, a Christopher Nolan spy thriller that became a test case for the wider industry when it became the biggest release to open in cinemas in late August since schedules were torn up in March.But the postponement of Bond, plus delays to other big releases such as superhero movie “Black Widow” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” give cinema lovers little reason to return.Cineworld declined to comment.Related...
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Downing Street has refused to deny suggestions that the government is examining plans to ship asylum seekers to offshore remote locations to process their claims.While reports that home secretary Priti Patel could look to create an asylum processing centre 4,000 miles away from the UK on Ascension Island have been played down, No.10 suggested ministers were looking to learn from Australia’s approach.The country’s controversial “stop the boats” policy sees asylum seekers moved to offshore processing centres on remote Pacific islands.Even if they are found to be refugees they must be settled in other countries.While Ascension Island is no longer believed to be under consideration for a UK processing centre, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson said: “We have been looking at what a whole host of other countries do to inform a plan for the United Kingdom and that work is ongoing.”The United Nations said the Australian model, which was implemented by the country’s former PM Tony Abbott - now a UK government trade envoy - had “brought about incredible suffering on people who are guilty of no more than seeking asylum”.Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, the UK representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in evidence to the Commons home affairs committee: “It has also additionally, I think, cost, and continues to cost, an incredible amount of money, so it seems to be both extremely inappropriate in terms of the commitments that the country should have to human rights and to asylum, but also an incredibly impractical and expensive way of doing so.“I do hope the UK will not choose to go down this way.”She added: “It will really change what the UK is, its history and the sort of values that it stood for up to now.“The UK has a very proud reputation in providing asylum and refuge to people across the centuries.“This would be a really very significant departure from that approach.”No.10 said the government was developing new rules “to ensure we can provide protection for those who need it while preventing abuse of the system and the criminality associated with it and the rise of gang-facilitated Channel crossings has put this issue into very sharp focus”.The prime minister’s spokesperson added: “As part of that work we have been looking at what a whole host of other countries do to inform a plan for the United Kingdom and that work is ongoing.”Asked if shipping people to offshore processing centres was an option, the spokesperson added: “As part of the work that we are conducting on preventing abuse of the system and criminality we have been looking at what a whole host of what other countries do in order to inform plans for the United Kingdom.”Quizzed on whether asylum processing centres could be set up in remote locations closer to the UK mainland, like a Scottish or Channel island, the spokesperson added: “Nothing more that I can add, the work is ongoing and when there is more to say on it then we will do so.”Labour MP Stella Creasy said spending “millions” and “treating refugees like criminals” will not stop the boats or people being exploited by gangs, as she called on ministers to set up safe routes to the UK for refugees fleeing war and persecution.So UK Gov will spend likely millions treating refugees like criminals, putting lives at risk and trying to act tough. It won't stop the boats, stop people being exploited by gangs, or stop money being wasted. A safe passage policy only way to reclaim our national reputation.. https://t.co/JZ4lmUALN5— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) September 30, 2020Labour leader Keir Starmer said the idea of processing asylum seekers on Ascension Island was a “ridiculous idea from an incompetent government”.Speaking to reporters, Starmer’s spokesperson said: “(He thinks) it is ludicrous and inhumane.“It is completely impractical and it would be hugely expensive for taxpayers. It is a ridiculous idea from an incompetent government.”Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, said: “It’s deeply troubling that our home secretary even considered that this immoral and inhumane plan was a serious solution to a humanitarian crisis.“Our asylum system is descending into chaos.“The government must stop its unconscionable race to the bottom and work sensibly towards creating a fair and effective asylum system based on humanity, compassion and the rule of law.“There are humane and practical solutions based on safe and legal routes that are fully within the home secretary’s power to use.“When it needed to, the Conservative government resettled almost 20,000 people fleeing the war in Syria. It must do it again, and quickly.”Related...
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Giving birth during a global pandemic is tough.Mums-to-be have been forced to endure labour alone, with their partners only allowed into the ward during the late stages. Some who had pre-planned a home birth had to opt for a hospital one, instead. And many spent the last months of their pregnancy feeling anxious after it was revealed women who were expecting were counted as high-risk for Covid-19.As part of our Birth Diaries series, HuffPost UK has been speaking weekly to mums who have given birth since March to hear their stories first-hand.Here, nine mothers explain what it was really like to give birth in the Covid era.Related...
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For the last three decades, Have I Got News For You has been on hand to offer a sideways look at the week’s headlines, with no politician or celebrity safe from the acerbic wit of Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. The satirical panel show’s enduring popularity has meant it is now celebrating its 30th anniversary, with its 60th series due to kick off next week. To mark the milestone, we’re delving into the HIGNFY history books to bring you some surprising facts and figures you may not have known about the show...1. There have been 524 episodes of Have I Got News For You, spread out over 59 series since its debut episode on 28 September 1990.2. There have now been more episodes hosted by guest presenters than by the original host Angus Deayton, who left in 2002. Angus hosted 198 episodes of HIGNFY, while 326 episodes have been fronted by others. 3. Across those 326 episodes, 115 different people have sat in the host’s seat. 4. Alexander Armstrong holds the record for most guest host appearances on the show, at 34. He is followed by Jo Brand, who has guest hosted 24 times. 5. Andy Hamilton holds the record for most frequent guest, with 24 appearances on the panel. 6. Team captain Ian Hislop is the only person to have appeared in every single episode of Have I Got News For You. While fellow team captain Paul Merton has been with the show since the start, he took a break from series 11 of the show in 1996 – although he did make an appearance as a guest during the series, where he was a panellist on Ian’s team. 7. Despite this, Paul has won the majority of the series by a significant margin – he has triumphed in 44 of them, with Ian only winning five. Ten series ended up as a draw. 8. Even when you break it down into individual episodes, Paul still holds the record for the most wins, boasting 332 triumphs to Ian’s 167 – 25 were drawn. 9. The famous revolving back panels of the set have featured an incredible 2,623 different people. 10. The panels used to revolve with the help of three crew members winding a bicycle chain by hand. Nowadays, this function is carried out by two crew members. 11. US president Donald Trump is one of those wanted by Ian Hislop to guest present the show. “I have an awful feeling this may not happen,” he said. 12. Jeremy Clarkson once threw a biro at Ian during a recording of the show, which hit him in the face and he started bleeding. Ian claimed they had to stop filming the show but “Jeremy insisted that it wasn’t blood but red ink from the biro”. Ian continued: “He later apologised but said that he was only doing so because ‘his wife told him to’.”13. One of Paul’s personal highlights of the last 30 years was when the late Bruce Forsyth sat in the hot seat. “He was my favourite guest host,” Paul said. “He brought so much fun to the set and made it so unlike any other episode for its light entertainment values. “I find it funny that the show I liked the most is probably the one Ian hates the most!”14. The show has been recorded in four different studios over its 30 years. Its home for the majority of those three decades was at The London Studios on the capital’s Southbank prior to its closure in 2018. It subsequently moved to Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, and its upcoming series will be the first to record at the newly reopened Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. In 2001, it also recorded a one-off election special at the old BBC Television Centre in White City.15. The upcoming 60th series will see the reintroduction of a studio audience after the last run was filmed virtually. The audience in the studio will be socially distanced and at a reduced capacity. There are also plans for a second socially-distanced audience to watch the record from a separate screening room, with their live reactions being used to recreate the impact of a full audience.Have I Got News For You returns to BBC One on Friday 2 October. READ MORE:
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