Return to work Rather than a change to the rules, the government is now encouraging people to return to work if they cannot do so from home. But they also urge people to drive, walk or cycle to work rather than use public transport, if possible … [Read more...] about Val Savage’s lockdown diary: I’m addicted to Real Housewives of Cheshire’
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John Lewis is starting by opening 13 branches in stages Next is reopening just 25 of its 500 stores at first Debenhams is reopening 50 stores in England and three in Northern Ireland Marks and Spencer is reopening all its shops in England and Northern Ireland JD Sports is reopening all 309 of its stores in England Primark is reopening all 153 of its stores in England Argos, which has kept outlets in Sainsbury's stores open, is reopening 145 standalone stores for click and collect TopShop is reopening all its stores in England and selected ones in Northern Ireland Music retailer HMV is reopening 93 of its 113 stores Currys PC World is reopening 131 of its outlets Mobile phone operators are reopening too. Three UK is starting with 250 stores, Vodafone is opening 65 and EE is opening all its shops in England, while O2 has opened "some" shops River Island is opening 150 stores, with more to follow on Thursday Gap is reopening all its 81 shops in England H&M is opening "the majority" … [Read more...] about What shops are open?
Supermarkets have already begun to gauge whether shoppers are willing to put in the extra effort required to make refill schemes economical in their stores. Last year Waitrose created dedicated areas in a handful of supermarkets where customers can replenish products ranging from wine and beer to rice and cleaning materials. Sainsbury’s is to sell milk and fizzy drinks in returnable glass bottles this year as part of its plastic reduction drive. … [Read more...] about The milkman gets an eco-makeover as refill service knocks on door
Simon Dennis: inheritance recipient, £300,000+ When Mum died of breast cancer I was only eight. It was difficult for us. Life insurance paid for childminders and a housekeeper as Dad was working full-time. It also helped pay for me to go to university. In January 2000, after I had graduated, I got a call from the police. A solemn voice explained that an officer was going to come and meet me. It turned out a friend of my dad’s hadn’t heard from him for a while, unexpectedly – I was away, my brother, too – so he called 999. They eventually broke the door down and found him on the floor. … [Read more...] about Pennies from heaven: what’s it like to suddenly become rich?
Robbie on the ball As soon as I heard our Robert was going to ask a question at the 5pm coronavirus briefing this week I thought: “Oh no. He’s not involved with the Government now, is he?’” He’s mouthy. But he was right to ask why tennis and cricket coaches can do one-to-one sessions six metres away, but football coaches can’t. … [Read more...] about Robbie Savage’s mum on the day she smashed up her own kitchen after menopausal ‘overheat’