‘We’ve done the best we can to give ourselves the best chance’Tom Berry, record shop owner, Stroud, Gloucestershire “It’s so important for us to reopen, both in terms of income, and in staying a community hub,” said Tom, who runs a record shop in Stroud with his business partner, Sean Roe. “It’s been really positive. Record shops are very emotive things, and it’s great for people to come back to them.” … [Read more...] about How England’s shop staff feel about reopening for trade after Covid-19
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Does 31 January change anything? Yes. Although everyday life will remain the same and the UK will remain in the single market and the customs union until the end of the year as part of transition arrangements, the withdrawal agreement will be a legally binding international treaty. It carries sanctions for any “backsliding or half measures”, as Michel Barnier’s adviser Stefaan de Rynck pointed out last week in London. … [Read more...] about What happens on Brexit day and what comes next?
'Focusing one day at a time really helped, and just finding the little things that bring joy to us every day. I look back on it now actually as a very special time that we were able to spend together as a family. Lots of patience!' … [Read more...] about ‘Stop waiting for it to be over’: Photographer, 31, with a crippling lung condition shares her five key tips for coping with stage four lockdown after enduring 146 DAYS of strict isolation
Not knowing what lighting and humidity condition you have at home: Plants will normally look pretty as they are for one to two months. But they would start to look worse and worse until you replace them as they are not suitable for the spot you put them. … [Read more...] about Plant-obsessed designer, 25, shows off his spectacular jungle home filled with $50,000 worth of greenery – and a bathroom oasis most can only dream of
Jimmy Lai, a prominent Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy advocate, has been arrested over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law. The 71-year-old founder of news outlet Apple Daily was detained on Monday and is the highest-profile person to be held under the controversial law. Police were executing a search warrant on the newsroom floor of Apple Daily’s offices, according to Lai’s senior aide. A live stream of the raid showed dozens of police at the Apple Daily headquarters. Staff filmed plain-clothed and uniformed officers walking through the newsroom, rifling through piles of paper on desks and demanding to ses the ID cards of reporters. Lai, who was one of seven taken into custody, has had repeated run-ins with the territory’s authorities over the years thanks to his outspoken views about maintaining independence from Beijing. There’s also this video of him being arrested. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: Hong Kong media tycoon held under new security law