'Until this new coronavirus was identified, there were only six different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of these cause a mild common cold-type illness, but since 2002 there has been the emergence of two new coronaviruses that can infect humans and result in more severe disease (Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses). … [Read more...] about China announces just 394 new cases of the killer coronavirus – the lowest daily toll in a MONTH as Beijing says outbreak control efforts ‘are working’
All the cliches about black are true: like a cloak of invisibility, it hides a multitude of sins but retains an air of unknowable cool and (in my wildest fantasy) a bit of protective menace. Perhaps this guy – and this look – is irresistible. Or are my eyes just blinded by the imaginary kohl eyeliner I feel I should be wearing? … [Read more...] about How to wear the new emo look
A European 'daygamer' in the Midwest also took to Twitter to boast about his stats, tweeting: 'That's a wrap for my #daygame session today. Eight approaches, one number. The first of those approaches was my 250th daygame cold approach, my goal of 300 by EOY [end of year] looks closer and closer each day!' … [Read more...] about New ‘Daygame’ dating trend sees men pay £4,000 for bootcamps to learn how to ‘hook’ women in the street without the need for apps or alcohol – but their targets brand the technique as ‘creepy’ and ‘fake’
One of the most significant changes in British family life took place on 25 August last year. That was the day Dennis the Menace's dad changed his hairstyle. Now it is nearly as spiky as his son's. For the previous 50-odd years it had consisted of stubble above a floridly furious face and Hitler moustache as, traditionally, he lost his temper big time on his wayward son's long-suffering bottom. "Historically all the authority figures in the Beano looked the same," says Mike Stirling, editor-in-chief of the Beano. "The simple reason is, they were all modelled on the managing editor from the 1950s." He must have been a riot. … [Read more...] about The Beano – a happy 75th anniversary
Lady Susan promises much. The eponymous leading character is intelligent, accomplished and utterly amoral. Lady Susan is a beautiful widow in her mid-30s who gets her kicks from flirtation and psychological manipulation. At the beginning of the book we find her entertaining herself by causing emotional mayhem in a household in which she is a guest. She gets her friend’s husband to fall in love with her, while also tempting the idiotic aristocrat who is courting her own daughter to turn his attentions to her instead. This being England rather than France, she is too canny to let any of these men get anything more than sweet talk from her. … [Read more...] about Does Love & Friendship improve Jane Austen’s ending?