Guy Garvey,The Briton's Protection, Castlefield, Manchester I don't drink as a rule, but one proud little abode cowering in the shadow of the monstrosity that is the Beetham Tower is a lovely little old Manchester boozer. Because at the end of Bridgewater Street facing Bridgewater Hall, looking proudly incongruous and surrounded by red-brick new-builds, is a beautiful old pub called the Briton's Protection. You never know who you'll find in there. You're as likely to see the entire brass section of the Halle Orchestra running across the road at the interval for a swift pint as you are a room full of drunken retired policemen. Or a handful of conceptual artists arguing passionately about literally nothing, as you are the Gay Classic Cars Society, the Peterloo Massacre Memorial Trust, a handful of Coronation Street stars or some very drunk musicians. The one thing that everybody who uses the Briton's has in common is that they like a drink and they like a chunner. … [Read more...] about What’s your perfect pub?
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In case you’ve not noticed, going out – the comeback – has started. I have been out, and I’m not sure I like it. The new world has lots of rules and they’re largely opaque. And the dining out options are lousy. I began with a trip to a newly reopened fish and chip shop in Chingford, while resembling an extra from prison camp drama Tenko, hair-styling, mascara and bra-wearing having fallen off my agenda several months ago. Nowadays, only Rita Ora and women on TikTok wear actual makeup. The rest of us have grown too accustomed to not caring. Pre-lockdown, I wore more makeup than your average rodeo clown; right now, bothering even to tweezer a division in my monobrow feels fancy. … [Read more...] about The thing I miss most in lockdown now? Pub beer gardens
Actress Lily-Rose - who recently starred in The King and is currently a brand ambassador for Chanel - also spoke about the importance of maintaining a 'private' personal life and how she prefers to 'stay at home' over partying at clubs. … [Read more...] about Lily-Rose Depp rings in her 21st birthday with a ride on her stepfather Samuel Benchetrit’s motorbike amid Paris lockdown
A national track and trace scheme is a major undertaking. This makes it even more crucial that there is complete transparency about likely time scales and the risks associated with the strategy and plan. The public mood is fragile and unlikely to cope with another over-optimistic target-based strategy that goes on to fail. We are also concerned that the needs of people primarily affected by non-Covid-19 diseases are being neglected. For example, since the pandemic hit, there has been a 70% or more reduction in cancer diagnoses and there is an estimated backlog of 100,000 undiagnosed or untreated cancer cases (growing by about 5,000 a week). Similar backlogs are evident in every non-communicable disease. … [Read more...] about Letters: Dominic Cummings’ actions damage public trust
Adele’s river roots There’s a new reason for getting excited about Adele’s new album 25. It has loads of vivid psycho-geography. One of the most striking tracks is River Lea, in which Adele finds the mystic source of her inspiration not just in the north London district of Tottenham, where she was born, but in the nearby River Lea itself, which flows from the Chiltern Hills through east and north London before joining the Thames. … [Read more...] about The bad sex award needs a new sort of climax