B&M The discount retailer remains open as it stocks food and grocery items, as well as pet food. Staff have complained on social media about having to work without protective equipment, including in stores where groceries only account for one aisle. An “advice update” to workers informed them that the company “presumed all our colleagues are key workers” and that they would be paid for any time spent self-isolating, provided they qualified for statutory sick pay. Those who don’t qualify or who had “exhausted their statutory sick pay entitlement” were told they would be contacted by their payroll adviser. … [Read more...] about Which companies are coming through during the coronavirus crisis?
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Over the course of three months I interviewed Leckey three times, and on each occasion we sat in precisely the same places in the same room in the apartment he shares with his wife, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, a curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, and their two-year-old daughter, April. (“He married into the firm,” as Staple mischievously put it.) It was a former council flat in north London, part of an austere red-brick quadrangle that reminded me of a Victorian infirmary. Formal notices (“exercising of dogs is prohibited”) served to emphasise its somewhat institutional atmosphere, as did the proximity of one of London’s large 19th-century prisons. The flat is on the second floor of the block, reached via an open walkway. A couple of moribund plants sulked in pots outside the door. We sat at the scuffed kitchen table. On it was the Apple Mac computer that for Leckey was library, studio and office. He always had a red Moleskine notebook in front of him, … [Read more...] about How Mark Leckey became the artist of the YouTube generation
London-based acupuncturist Mia Kawada agrees. She says she is seeing increasing numbers of women using sleep trackers and then reporting problems with their sleep. “It’s good that people are taking responsibility,” she says. “But with every machine or gadget comes a tendency to rely on what the data says, instead of what your body is telling you. You start to care more about what the app says than how you feel.” Kawada says one of her patients was anxious because her tracker had been telling her she wasn’t getting enough deep sleep, even though she had gone to bed at 10.30pm. “When I asked her how she was feeling during the day, she admitted that she didn’t feel tired,” Kawada says, “but the statistics were clearly stressing her out. It’s a little counterproductive. … [Read more...] about ‘Any less than 10 hours and I feel grumpy’: meet the clean sleepers