East London’s Haggerston Baths is hoping for similar luck. It is currently defunct, daubed with graffiti, and costs Hackney council £100,000 a year in security and maintenance while it considers 10 rival bids to develop the site. Also lined up in this poolside beauty contest is Ladywell Baths in Lewisham, south London. Last year the badly neglected site appeared in the Victorian Society’s top 10 of England and Wales’s most endangered buildings. Christopher Costelloe, director of the society, said then: “What was once a hub of the community deserves better than lying empty, half obscured by trees.” … [Read more...] about Lidos: UK rekindles passion for swimming
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Prone to health anxiety, I must limit my news consumption, switch to something relaxing and get information from more reliable sources than Twitter. Keeping my brain active is also essential, but let’s all avoid setting these ridiculous “lockdown” goals. I failed to learn a foreign language well enough in my youth to do much more than ask for a cup of coffee. I don’t think I’ll achieve any more just now. Life doesn’t always have to be productive and we can surely forgive ourselves a little laziness in difficult times. Just getting into shops can take long enough. … [Read more...] about Forget lockdown goals: trying to learn a language or get fit in a crisis won’t make you happier
Dame Vera Lynn: Forces' Sweetheart who boosted Britons' morale in WWII Dame Vera was born on March 20, 1917 in London and her singing career was already flourishing when war broke out in 1939. … [Read more...] about Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again soars 830 places to number 22 in iTunes charts after Queen references her World War Two anthem in coronavirus speech
But a Tory source said: 'No 10 tried to play this down but think it through: the Prime Minister was being taken to hospital in his car at 8pm on Sunday, the precise moment the Queen was making her broadcast to the nation. It therefore cannot have been completely routine.' … [Read more...] about Which experimental drugs could Prime Minister Boris Johnson be given in intensive care?
This new paper is one of a growing body of research showing there could be similar tipping points in the natural world, related to climate breakdown. It adds to other studies that have shown the Amazon and other major rainforests are likely to turn from carbon sinks to carbon sources, and shown the extent to which the sea and land have already absorbed the impacts of global heating. … [Read more...] about Wildlife destruction ‘not a slippery slope but a series of cliff edges’