The consequences have proved deadly as Covid-19 rampages through our cities. Take the crisis in long-term care homes. Care for elderly and disabled people has been largely privatised in many countries, leaving homes dependent on a low-wage labour force, who must cobble together a living by working at multiple facilities, most likely taking crowded public buses and trains between them. This factor rapidly spread Covid-19, exposing the most vulnerable members of society to a frequently fatal illness. Because cities have failed to prioritise care as a public good, while perpetuating the notion that it is women’s work, employees have risked their lives for pennies, and the elderly have died because staff don’t earn a living wage. … [Read more...] about ‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist?
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‘We know we’re going to be inundated’ The desperate need for an economic stimulus was evident in Bushbury, a former car manufacturing town in the Black Country. Even before the pandemic, this community, which has a high level of ethnic diversity, had some of the lowest income and highest debt levels in the UK. Now it is also one of the worst-affected areas for Covid-19 deaths in the country and is bracing for the financial impact on family budgets. Many people here were on zero-hours contracts in the care, security and retail sectors, which meant they were the first to be laid off. … [Read more...] about Britain beyond lockdown: could the country be healthier?
‘One hot August I discovered a magical world’ Indhu Rubasingham: Nottingham Playhouse has a very special place in my heart. At the age of 16, school placed me at the theatre for my work experience. I had never been there before. I was anxious as I started. I followed stage management around one very hot August. They generously introduced me to the magical world of backstage. I was blown away and then hooked. I relished setting the props, sweeping the stage, being in the wings as the show started. I wanted to be part of this secret, colourful world with all my heart. Without my local theatre, or the opportunity from school, I would not have the career I do now. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s my second home’: UK arts figures pick the theatres that inspired them
Liverpool eyeing Thiago, Leroy Sane completes Bayern move RB Leipzig hoping to sign Henrichs on loan Achraf Hakimi joins Inter Milan after two years at Dortmund Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Germany's transfer window was open for one day on July 1. It will reopen between July 15 and October 5. Here are the latest deals from the Bundesliga. … [Read more...] about Bundesliga transfer blog: Liverpool table Thiago bid – reports
EATING OUT: Cafes and restaurants are now open, but must keep distancing in place. Again no more than six to a table, and screens and one-way systems should be in place. Most places will only take bookings and only table service is allowed. Most venues will only allow contactless or app payments. … [Read more...] about Police chief says it’s ‘crystal clear’ boozy revellers WON’T socially distance after Super Saturday mayhem