Reopening has been hampered for some by volunteers needing to shield themselves from constant contact with the public. Oxfam said: “We are down by 40% on volunteer numbers, with many feeling uncomfortable or unable to return. We desperately need more volunteers, and have launched a recruitment campaign, including volunteers who can work from home.” … [Read more...] about UK charity shops sales suffer despite lockdown ‘decluttering’
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Transport, however, remains a major hurdle for bringing visitors back to city centres. London’s tubes and buses are still relatively quiet, but many people equate public transport with being crammed cheek by jowl with strangers in a way that defies any sort of social distancing. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s the worst I’ve ever seen’: London’s West End struggles to bounce back
Alan Long, executive director of Mears, said: “First and foremost, I am deeply saddened that the residents of Customs House have been the victims of political indecision and electoral promises which could not have been delivered. I hope that Newham will now be able to start the much-needed regeneration of the area to develop the homes needed in their borough. … [Read more...] about ‘It hasn’t sunk in’: Residents win 60% rent reduction in London council flats
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That desire led him to learn aspects of the tough martial art Systema, which he employs to brutal effect in some of the action scenes of the BBC’s new drama thriller McMafia, as his character tries to protect himself and his family from the violence of the Russian mob. … [Read more...] about How James Norton learnt the Russian martial art Systema for his role in McMafia