I was one hour and 40 minutes and eleven miles away from London’s new Amazon Fresh supermarket before I had a clue what I’d spent in there. I was already home and munching on my impulse-purchased cinnamon scroll from Britain's first 'no till' store before a receipt of my purchase popped up on my phone screen. I immediately clicked through to the Amazon Shopping app to assess the damage. For £18.89 - not terrible, but not exactly cheap either. I visited the new supermarket at 59 The Broadway, Ealing, west London, on Friday as it drew its first flocks of shoppers curious to try out the experience. What do you think of Amazon Fresh - will you shop there? Join the debate in the comments below... How it works Surveillance technology allows shoppers to simply scan in using a QR code then place items in their bag. Instead of handheld scanning equipment, the sophisticated 'Just Walk Out' camera technology tracks shoppers' movements and determines the items they take … [Read more...] about Inside Amazon’s ‘dystopian’ store with no tills, booze ‘bouncers’ and surveillance cams
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Back in 1986 I made a film for the BBC science series Tomorrow’s World about a remarkable new class of drugs called statins. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting. Thirty-five years on and statins are now one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, with around eight million people, including me, taking them daily. Yet they continue to be dogged by controversy and fear of side-effects. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting Last year, for example, there were claims that statins might increase your risk of dying from Covid-19. Studies had shown that people admitted to intensive care tended to have lower levels of cholesterol, so there was a fear that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs might make you more vulnerable. Well, like so many health scares, this one turned … [Read more...] about DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can statins save you from Covid as well as heart disease?
Working as a celebrity assistant is sure to have a lot of perks: travelling the world, being surrounded by famous people and beautiful things every day. But the job can often come with some strange responsibilities. From preparing stars for photoshoots, holding drinks and sandwiches and even providing a tissue so a celebrity can blow their nose into it, some aspects of the job could be enough to put applicants off. Here, we take a look at some of the more unusual roles carried about by assistants to the stars... Kim Kardashian Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim once had a team of people on hand to cover her bum in sand. Two people were called in while she took part in a sexy photoshoot in Thailand. Kim sat up on a ledge, dressed in a gold bikini, while two people stood patting her bum with sand to make it stick in place. Mariah Carey Mariah has long been the subject of rumours concerning her "diva" behaviour. And it's said that she even has her own … [Read more...] about Weirdest celebrity assistant jobs: Photoshoot prep, holding drinks and heaping praise
N owadays, at the Cenotaph, a wreath is laid in memory of those Irishmen who served the forces of the British Crown in the two world wars. Its green stood out so movingly yesterday in the sea of red poppies. Those many brave men, who sometimes endured socio-political ostracism, deserve our thanks. It shows how enormously relations between our two countries have improved that this wreath is proudly laid and gratefully accepted. It is also a reminder of how ridiculous is the EU’s position about the Irish border in relation to Brexit . Britain and Ireland share a massive common interest in a border which is easy to cross. It is a commercial and human necessity – especially for the Republic. We established this in bilateral treaties many years before we both joined what was then the European Economic Community. We successfully maintained it – despite the need for vigilance because of terrorism – right through the Troubles. … [Read more...] about Only EU theology prevents the UK and Ireland from resolving their Brexit border issues
Police are "increasingly concerned" about the welfare of a missing woman who disappeared while walking home in London. Sarah Everard, 33, went missing while walking to her home in Brixton, south London , from the nearby Clapham Junction area on Wednesday evening. The marketing manager had been at a friend's house in Clapham when she left the property in Leathwaite Road around 9pm, exiting through the back gate onto the A205 South Circular. She is thought to have walked across Clapham Common and was expected to arrive home around 50 minutes later. Friends of Ms Everard said she spoke to her partner en route around 9.30pm, but has not been heard from since. Her last known location was near Clarence Avenue. Advertisement In a statement, Ms Everard's family said: "With every day that goes by we are getting more worried about Sarah. "She is always in regular contact with us and with her friends and it is totally out of character for her to … [Read more...] about Sarah Everard: Police ‘increasingly concerned’ for welfare of missing Brixton woman