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Christmas gifts: best tech and gadgets

Make life a little more fun this Christmas with this selection of great tech gifts. ... From DIY gizmos to gaming must-haves, here’s our pick of the best gadge [...] Read full article: Christmas gifts: best tech and gadgets...→

12 classic Christmas films on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

There’s nothing better at Christmas than tucking into a selection box and sitting down with the family to watch a film. ... With classics including Home Alone [...] Read full article: 12 classic Christmas films on Netflix an...→

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Social epilepsy, hydrogen and a retail boom

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Social epilepsy, hydrogen and a retail boom

Why are retail sales growing? Should social media companies clamp down on flashing images? And why are German railways turning to hydrogen? Read full article: The Week Unwrapped podcast: Social epile...→

Albums of the Week: J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations, Shadow of Fear, Hey u x

London-based virtuoso Pavel Kolesnikov has the “Midas touch” as he tackles a baroque masterpiece. Shadow of Fear, one of the finest electronic albums released [...] Read full article: Albums of the Week: J.S. Bach – Goldberg...→

‘Fighting for survival’: Eurostar appeals to UK government for support

‘Fighting for survival’: Eurostar appeals to UK government for support

The international rail operator is running just one train a day between London and Paris as Covid keeps passengers away Read full article: ‘Fighting for survival’: Eurostar appeal...→

Ten arty and unusual Christmas gifts for him

If you want yours to be the best looking present under the tree, look to Turnbull & Asser. This year, the heritage brand has launched a new Instagram tutorial [...] Read full article: Ten arty and unusual Christmas gifts for...→

Coronavirus: how will the Oxford vaccine win regulators’ approval?

Coronavirus: how will the Oxford vaccine win regulators’ approval?

A total of three Covid-19 jabs have been declared safe and effective - but none are cleared yet for public use Read full article: Coronavirus: how will the Oxford vaccine...→

Gaming

The latest Gaming news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Gaming...→

A festive feast: the best Christmas cookbooks

A good cookbook is both a vital ingredient for preparing festive feasts and a great Christmas present for foodies. ... Delia Smith, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Ol [...] Read full article: A festive feast: the best Christmas cook...→

Brexit deal on track to be over the line by ‘end of week’, says Irish PM

Brexit deal on track to be over the line by ‘end of week’, says Irish PM

Optimistic prediction comes despite ongoing failure to resolve ‘fundamental differences’ in negotiations Read full article: Brexit deal on track to be over the line...→

High time to have a ball: Dior Grand Soir Plissé Précieux

Seven years after he first moved to premises on Paris’s avenue Montaigne in 1946, Christian Dior’s elegant townhouse set-up was home to 1,000 employees and cou [...] Read full article: High time to have a ball: Dior Grand Soi...→

Will vaccines sound the death knell for Sweden’s Covid experiment?

Will vaccines sound the death knell for Sweden’s Covid experiment?

Herd immunity will require fewer sacrifices if it can be achieved with an effective vaccination programme Read full article: Will vaccines sound the death knell for ...→

Quarantine-free travel: which countries are safe to visit?

In its latest travel corridor update the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed a number of additions to the exempt list. ... The following countr [...] Read full article: Quarantine-free travel: which countries ...→

Last orders: 72% of hospitality and pub businesses could close in 2021

Trade bodies call for more government support to save thousands of firms and hundreds of thousands of jobs Read full article: Last orders: 72% of hospitality and pub ...→

Tomo Koizumi interview: meet fashion’s king of ruffles

Ruffles have always been a sign of exuberance in fashion. In Elizabethan times, the decorative collar was a signifier of wealth and status: the larger your ruf [...] Read full article: Tomo Koizumi interview: meet fashion’s k...→

How the UK spends its foreign aid budget

Treasury and Foreign Office split over plans to cut payments following Covid pandemic costs Read full article: How the UK spends its foreign aid budget...→

Best advent calendars for adults 2020: booze, sweets and treats

It’s not just the kids who get the chance to open a window on their advent calendars during the countdown to Christmas.... Adults can also enjoy the festive se [...] Read full article: Best advent calendars for adults 2020: b...→

Meet the jewellery designer behind Patcharavipa

Patcharavipa Bodiratnangkura, or Pat as she introduces herself, is usually decked out in jewellery. “Rings - at least four or five,” she says, waving her hands [...] Read full article: Meet the jewellery designer behind Patch...→

China uses microwave weapons to blast Indian troops in disputed border region

The radiation technology left soldiers vomiting and incapacitated without breaking no-live-shots rule Read full article: China uses microwave weapons to blast In...→

Oculus Quest 2: a mind-blowing virtual adventure

Virtual reality (VR), long touted as the next big thing, now really is the next big thing. Trust me. The Oculus Quest 2 VR headset that was released just last [...] Read full article: Oculus Quest 2: a mind-blowing virtual a...→

Coronavirus: inside the ‘scrambled’ UK deal for five million Moderna vaccines

Fears over Trump’s ‘vaccine nationalism’ and European supplies led British ministers to prioritise other agreements Read full article: Coronavirus: inside the ‘scrambled’ UK d...→

BMW’s X3 goes all-electric

Seven years after the launch of the i3, BMW has finally brought out its second fully electric car, says Top Gear. The X3 is BMW’s biggest-selling model and thi [...] Read full article: BMW’s X3 goes all-electric...→

property

The latest property news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: property...→

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Viral faith, Armenia and legendary prejudice

Is religion helping to spread the pandemic? Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting? And are legends and fairytales inevitably non-PC? Read full article: The Week Unwrapped podcast: Viral faith,...→

Charity run to start at Four Seasons Total Landscaping

Following the hilarity over the Donald Trump campaign’s last-minute news conference last week, an unofficial charity run from Four Seasons Total Landscaping to [...] Read full article: Charity run to start at Four Seasons Tot...→

Best recipe boxes and fresh food deliveries

The second national lockdown has given another boost to the recipe box industry, and encouraged a growing number of small suppliers to parcel up their finest m [...] Read full article: Best recipe boxes and fresh food deliver...→

US election: Joe Biden locked out of classified briefings as Donald Trump refuses to concede

Administration officials blocking flow of national security information as Democrat criticises incumbent’s failure to admit defeat Read full article: US election: Joe Biden locked out of cla...→

Why Ethiopia may be heading for civil war

Military seizes airport and shuts off internet in northern Tigray region as rebels reject PM Abiy Ahmed Read full article: Why Ethiopia may be heading for civil wa...→

Future of farming: a Brexit battle for the British landscape

Future of farming: a Brexit battle for the British landscape

No 10 lays out environmental vision for UK agriculture post-Brexit, but campaigners express concerns over lengthy timeframe Read full article: Future of farming: a Brexit battle for t...→

Austrian village of F***ing changes its name

Austrian village of F***ing changes its name

The residents of an Austrian village named Fucking have voted to change its name after enduring unwanted attention from tourists. The village of 100 residents [...] Read full article: Austrian village of F***ing changes its ...→

WHO tasks team of top scientists with tracing origins of Covid-19

WHO tasks team of top scientists with tracing origins of Covid-19

Ten experts including England’s former deputy chief medical officer will travel to Wuhan ‘as soon as possible’ Read full article: WHO tasks team of top scientists with tr...→

Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November

Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November

The week kicked off with some much-needed good news as Boris Johnson confirmed plans to ease Covid restrictions across the UK over Christmas. ... Up to three h [...] Read full article: Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November...→

Policeman sacked after scanning carrots to buy doughnuts

Policeman sacked after scanning carrots to buy doughnuts

A policeman who scanned a barcode for carrots worth 7p to purchase a £9.95 box Krispy Kreme doughnuts has been sacked for gross misconduct. Although constable [...] Read full article: Policeman sacked after scanning carrots ...→

Transport

The latest Transport news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Transport...→

No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder than Covid, OBR warns

No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder than Covid, OBR warns

Watchdog predicts that failure to reach trade agreement will damage sectors which are surviving pandemic Read full article: No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder ...→

What is the science behind the Christmas Covid break - and will the let-up cost lives?

What is the science behind the Christmas Covid break - and will the let-up cost lives?

Some experts fear that allowing households to mix over festive season risks ‘pouring fuel on the coronavirus fire’ Read full article: What is the science behind the Christmas...→

Gymnast flees North Korea by vaulting over border

Gymnast flees North Korea by vaulting over border

A gymnast in North Korea escaped to the South by vaulting himself over the border barricades without triggering sensors. When he was eventually caught, the aut [...] Read full article: Gymnast flees North Korea by vaulting ov...→

Is The Crown causing the Royal Family more harm than good?

Is The Crown causing the Royal Family more harm than good?

Palace insiders and journalists including Andrew Marr claim the Netflix series is ‘sadistic’ and ‘grossly unfair’ Read full article: Is The Crown causing the Royal Family mo...→

Black Friday deals: are they really a bargain?

Black Friday deals: are they really a bargain?

Analysis by Which? shows that nearly nine in ten products prices were the same or cheaper earlier in year Read full article: Black Friday deals: are they really a ba...→

Christmas dinner 2020: cheat with food and drink delivered to your door

Christmas Day offers to perfect opportunity to relax and have fun - provided you’re not the one having to prepare the food, cook the dinner and wash up afterwa [...] Read full article: Christmas dinner 2020: cheat with food a...→

180-year-old phrasebook helped English tourists converse with Welsh

180-year-old phrasebook helped English tourists converse with Welsh

A 180-year-old phrasebook has been discovered which sets out to teach English tourists how to speak to Welsh “peasants”. First printed in London in 1838, The W [...] Read full article: 180-year-old phrasebook helped English t...→

Sport

The latest Sport news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Sport...→

Lie about a pizza sent South Australia into lockdown

Lie about a pizza sent South Australia into lockdown

Officials in South Australia say the state’s lockdown, which began last week, would have been avoided if one infected man had told the truth about a visit to a [...] Read full article: Lie about a pizza sent South Australia i...→

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Pacific trade, tracking and Europe’s gay paradox

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Pacific trade, tracking and Europe’s gay paradox

Can a trade deal unite the Pacific rim? Is Covid making us too willing to hand over data? And why are gay rights under attack? Read full article: The Week Unwrapped podcast: Pacific trad...→

Americas

The latest Americas news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Americas...→

Books of the Week: The Weirdest People in the World, Sybille Bedford, Love

In The Weirdest People in the World Joseph Henrich explores the “psychological strangeness” of the populations of Western societies. Selina Hastings offers a “ [...] Read full article: Books of the Week: The Weirdest People i...→

Grow-your-own human steaks is ‘not cannibalism’

A “DIY meal kit” for growing steaks made from human cells has been nominated for “design of the year” by the Design Museum. The (currently hypothetical) kit wo [...] Read full article: Grow-your-own human steaks is ‘not canni...→

Coronavirus: do we still need Operation Moonshot?

As the Oxford vaccine posts promising results, the UK’s £100bn mass-testing plan is looking less essential Read full article: Coronavirus: do we still need Operation ...→

Ten Christmas stocking fillers which cost £20 or less

The countdown to Christmas has started and present shopping has begun.... While big gifts are nice to receive, one of the best traditions of Christmas morning [...] Read full article: Ten Christmas stocking fillers which cos...→

Man sells meteorite that hit his home for $1 million

An Indonesian man has sold a meteorite that crashed through his roof for over $1 million (£755,965). Remembering the day, Josua Hutagalung said: “When I lifted [...] Read full article: Man sells meteorite that hit his home fo...→

Coronavirus: how Finland became a Nordic Covid-19 success story

Finns have kept the worst of the pandemic at bay despite enacting a shorter lockdown than many other countries Read full article: Coronavirus: how Finland became a Nordic...→

‘Green Industrial Revolution’: reactions to Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan

UK to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 as part of newly unveiled initiative to tackle climate change and create jobs Read full article: ‘Green Industrial Revolution’: reactions...→

Ikigai: stay home and think of Japan

With England a week into its second lockdown, travel discouraged across much of the rest of Britain, and winter fast approaching, millions of us are getting re [...] Read full article: Ikigai: stay home and think of Japan...→

Coronavirus: the psychological illnesses that can be triggered by Covid

New study finds that one in five patients infected with the virus go on to suffer from mental disorder Read full article: Coronavirus: the psychological illnesses...→

The many inspirations of Sophie Bille Brahe

A list of some of the things Sophie Bille Brahe likes: curlicue-leafed ferns; her Border collie Snoop; and grilled lobster followed by citrus Granita served in [...] Read full article: The many inspirations of Sophie Bille Br...→

Cuffing season: Tiffany & Co. celebrates Peretti’s Bone cuff

Numbering a minimum total of eight million archived objects, the British Museum’s collections hold many surprises. Along with Neolithic animal remains, a shama [...] Read full article: Cuffing season: Tiffany & Co. celebrates...→

Tie & DIOR by Victoire de Castellane

There are many ways to tie-dye. An umbrella term grouping variations of resist-dyeing —an ancient concept of adding prints to fabrics by limiting and manipulat [...] Read full article: Tie & DIOR by Victoire de Castellane...→

Designer Stella Jean on her latest collaboration

“Multiculturalism applied to ethical fashion” - so goes the mantra of Stella Jean’s label, and the Italian fashion designer’s latest collaboration adds a paint [...] Read full article: Designer Stella Jean on her latest colla...→

Coronavirus: how the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine works

The jab uses lab-created genetic material to produce a life-saving immune response Read full article: Coronavirus: how the Pfizer Covid-19 vac...→

The history behind the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue

The launch of a navy blue version of Tudor’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight diving watch created a huge buzz this summer, with the new timepiece prompting a sales rush [...] Read full article: The history behind the new Tudor Black B...→

Jab campaign: how ‘sensible’ celebrities will sell Covid vaccine to sceptics

Jab campaign: how ‘sensible’ celebrities will sell Covid vaccine to sceptics

Insiders says Marcus Rashford and members of Royal Family being eyed up for NHS campaign to counter anti-vax theories Read full article: Jab campaign: how ‘sensible’ celebrities...→

Well timed: inside the new Audemars Piguet museum

Sébastian Vivas describes the feeling one has upon first seeing the Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet. An impressive but not imposing piece of spiralling archite [...] Read full article: Well timed: inside the new Audemars Pigu...→

Podcasts of the Week: creeps, spooks and uplifting tales

Ghislaine Maxwell is a cracking subject for a podcast, said James Marriott in The Times. And in Hunting Ghislaine, John Sweeney (famous for “screaming at Scien [...] Read full article: Podcasts of the Week: creeps, spooks and...→

Josh Smith talks Louis Vuitton

At Louis Vuitton, typography has long made headlines. The heritage brand’s way with words – and characters, numbers and symbols – dates to 1896. It was then, a [...] Read full article: Josh Smith talks Louis Vuitton...→

Russia

The latest Russia news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Russia...→

Books of the Week: Kiss Myself Goodbye, Klopp: My Liverpool Romance, Leave the World Behind

Ferdinand Mount sets out to uncover the true identity of his charismatic and mysterious Aunt Munca. Liverpool-born novelist Anthony Quinn writes a “love letter [...] Read full article: Books of the Week: Kiss Myself Goodbye, ...→

Coronavirus: age cap in Oxford vaccine trials casts doubt over results

Coronavirus: age cap in Oxford vaccine trials casts doubt over results

AstraZeneca failed to disclose that under-55s made up test group in which jab was most effective Read full article: Coronavirus: age cap in Oxford vaccine t...→

Coronavirus: are the UK’s Covid plans out of date amid vaccines successes?

Coronavirus: are the UK’s Covid plans out of date amid vaccines successes?

Spending watchdog admits Sunak based cut-heavy spending review on forecasts formulated before trial results were in Read full article: Coronavirus: are the UK’s Covid plans ou...→

The all new Hermès Cape Cod Martelee

Hermès’ best-loved Cape Cod is a study of paradoxes. First, there is the timepiece’s name: a flagship design of all-Parisian make Hermès, the Cape Cod is chris [...] Read full article: The all new Hermès Cape Cod Martelee...→

Society

The latest Society news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Society...→

retail

The latest retail news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: retail...→

Best parks in London for a winter walk

As the days flash past with the hustle and bustle of the lead up to Christmas, it might be easy to forget to take a break from work. ... However, it’s more imp [...] Read full article: Best parks in London for a winter walk...→

Best Gifts for the Minimalist Man

The artful package ... If you want yours to be the best looking present under the tree, head to Turnbell & Asser. This year, the heritage brand is enveloping g [...] Read full article: Best Gifts for the Minimalist Man...→

A beginner’s guide to buying whisky

Although whisky can be enjoyed all year round, there’s nothing better than drinking a dram on a cold winter’s night in front of a roaring fire.... From Scotch [...] Read full article: A beginner’s guide to buying whisky...→

Podcasts of the Week: White Helmets, good science and great bands

The BBC’s Intrigue strand has already produced two superb podcasts, Tunnel 29 (about Berlin Wall escapes) and The Ratline (Nazi hunting), said Miranda Sawyer i [...] Read full article: Podcasts of the Week: White Helmets, goo...→

The Culture List

With the announcement of a second UK-wide lockdown in November, many plans for a relatively normal end to the year went out the window. But as the world grows [...] Read full article: The Culture List...→

Albums of the Week: Disco, Power Up, Art of the Mandolin

Pop diva Kylie Minogue is back in her “natural habitat” with a triumphant return to her disco roots. “Gnarly heavy rockers” AC/DC make a blistering comeback wi [...] Read full article: Albums of the Week: Disco, Power Up, Art...→

Best whiskies for Christmas 2020

With options such as Scotch, bourbon, single malt or blends, there’s a whisky (or whiskey) out there to suit everyone’s taste. ... The choice of which tipple t [...] Read full article: Best whiskies for Christmas 2020...→

UK Business

The latest UK Business news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: UK Business...→

Ten of the best luxury watches for everyday wear

Sometimes you want a watch that’s easy to wear, refined and suggestive of discerning style. If anything has these attributes in spades, it’s the XL version of [...] Read full article: Ten of the best luxury watches for every...→

Coronavirus: will the Oxford vaccine be the true Covid game-changer?

Results from trials of jab ‘imminent’ as hopes raised by early data on versions from Moderna and Pfizer Read full article: Coronavirus: will the Oxford vaccine be ...→

50 years of Paul Smith

Paul Smith calls at 4pm on the dot. “Mr Smith here!” he enthuses. “Are you alive? I’m alive, luckily, in this mad world we live in.” This same mad year also ma [...] Read full article: 50 years of Paul Smith...→

Billionaire Trump donors contract Covid after calling it ‘overhyped’

Two billionaire donors to the Donald Trump campaign, who were outspoken opponents of Covid-19 prevention measures, have tested positive for the virus after att [...] Read full article: Billionaire Trump donors contract Covid ...→

Wine of the week: a Rabelaisian delight

This snippet of history from the Thelema website sets the scene for this truly magnificent wine. Here is an edited quote: “François Rabelais was a monk, doctor [...] Read full article: Wine of the week: a Rabelaisian delight...→

Golf

The latest Golf news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Golf...→

The 15 best gins

Gin and tonic once meant Gordon’s and Schweppes - and there’s nothing wrong with the classic combination, based as it is on more than 480 years of drink-making [...] Read full article: The 15 best gins...→

PHE never believed Covid-19 would ‘travel this far’, says ex-chief medical officer

Conviction that virus would ‘die out’ left UK on back foot for rolling out mass testing and contract tracing systems Read full article: PHE never believed Covid-19 would ‘trave...→

Strands of Elvis Presley’s hair set to fetch £6,000 at auction

A lock of Elvis Presley’s hair, once swept up and collected by his barber, is expected to fetch up to £6,000 at auction. The strands are being sold by life-lon [...] Read full article: Strands of Elvis Presley’s hair set to f...→

Why everybody’s talking about the public inquiry into undercover policing

Long-delayed investigation into abuses by ‘spycops’ is one of the most complicated in British legal history Read full article: Why everybody’s talking about the public...→

Alberto Morillas bottles the scent of ice

Bulgari has snow peaks and steep ascents in sight with its latest fragrance for men. The Roman luxury brand’s Bulgari Man Glacial Essence has been formulated t [...] Read full article: Alberto Morillas bottles the scent of ic...→

US election: who are the winners and losers in a post-Trump world?

Britain looks set to remain high on list of Washington’s allies - but some will be cursing Biden’s election victory Read full article: US election: who are the winners and los...→

Most Brits would agree to get Covid vaccine - if Boris Johnson goes first

Survey finds that almost half of total 74% who are willing to get the jab want politicians to act as guinea pigs Read full article: Most Brits would agree to get Covid vacc...→

Mayfair flat with Oval Office replica sells for £140m

A London flat previously owned by Joseph P. Kennedy, which includes a replica of the White House's Oval Office, has sold for £140m. Kennedy lived in the Mayfai [...] Read full article: Mayfair flat with Oval Office replica se...→

Gered Mankowitz: music photography uncovered

“At the end of every decade, I always felt I was too old for music,” laughs Gered Mankowitz. But that fear has proved unfounded time and again during his 55-ye [...] Read full article: Gered Mankowitz: music photography uncov...→

10 amazing Christmas food and drink ideas

The world is a rather stranger place than many of us imagined at the beginning of the year, making the time we spend with our families and close friends this C [...] Read full article: 10 amazing Christmas food and drink idea...→

Jab campaign: how ‘sensible’ celebrities will sell Covid vaccine to sceptics

Jab campaign: how ‘sensible’ celebrities will sell Covid vaccine to sceptics

Insiders says Marcus Rashford and members of Royal Family being eyed up for NHS campaign to counter anti-vax theories Read full article: Jab campaign: how ‘sensible’ celebrities...→

Future of farming: a Brexit battle for the British landscape

Future of farming: a Brexit battle for the British landscape

No 10 lays out environmental vision for UK agriculture post-Brexit, but campaigners express concerns over lengthy timeframe Read full article: Future of farming: a Brexit battle for t...→

12 classic Christmas films on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

There’s nothing better at Christmas than tucking into a selection box and sitting down with the family to watch a film. ... With classics including Home Alone [...] Read full article: 12 classic Christmas films on Netflix an...→

Austrian village of F***ing changes its name

Austrian village of F***ing changes its name

The residents of an Austrian village named Fucking have voted to change its name after enduring unwanted attention from tourists. The village of 100 residents [...] Read full article: Austrian village of F***ing changes its ...→

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Social epilepsy, hydrogen and a retail boom

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Social epilepsy, hydrogen and a retail boom

Why are retail sales growing? Should social media companies clamp down on flashing images? And why are German railways turning to hydrogen? Read full article: The Week Unwrapped podcast: Social epile...→

Josh Smith talks Louis Vuitton

At Louis Vuitton, typography has long made headlines. The heritage brand’s way with words – and characters, numbers and symbols – dates to 1896. It was then, a [...] Read full article: Josh Smith talks Louis Vuitton...→

WHO tasks team of top scientists with tracing origins of Covid-19

WHO tasks team of top scientists with tracing origins of Covid-19

Ten experts including England’s former deputy chief medical officer will travel to Wuhan ‘as soon as possible’ Read full article: WHO tasks team of top scientists with tr...→

Russia

The latest Russia news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Russia...→

Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November

Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November

The week kicked off with some much-needed good news as Boris Johnson confirmed plans to ease Covid restrictions across the UK over Christmas. ... Up to three h [...] Read full article: Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November...→

Albums of the Week: J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations, Shadow of Fear, Hey u x

London-based virtuoso Pavel Kolesnikov has the “Midas touch” as he tackles a baroque masterpiece. Shadow of Fear, one of the finest electronic albums released [...] Read full article: Albums of the Week: J.S. Bach – Goldberg...→

Coronavirus: age cap in Oxford vaccine trials casts doubt over results

Coronavirus: age cap in Oxford vaccine trials casts doubt over results

AstraZeneca failed to disclose that under-55s made up test group in which jab was most effective Read full article: Coronavirus: age cap in Oxford vaccine t...→

‘Fighting for survival’: Eurostar appeals to UK government for support

‘Fighting for survival’: Eurostar appeals to UK government for support

The international rail operator is running just one train a day between London and Paris as Covid keeps passengers away Read full article: ‘Fighting for survival’: Eurostar appeal...→

Coronavirus: are the UK’s Covid plans out of date amid vaccines successes?

Coronavirus: are the UK’s Covid plans out of date amid vaccines successes?

Spending watchdog admits Sunak based cut-heavy spending review on forecasts formulated before trial results were in Read full article: Coronavirus: are the UK’s Covid plans ou...→

No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder than Covid, OBR warns

No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder than Covid, OBR warns

Watchdog predicts that failure to reach trade agreement will damage sectors which are surviving pandemic Read full article: No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder ...→

Ten arty and unusual Christmas gifts for him

If you want yours to be the best looking present under the tree, look to Turnbull & Asser. This year, the heritage brand has launched a new Instagram tutorial [...] Read full article: Ten arty and unusual Christmas gifts for...→

Coronavirus: how will the Oxford vaccine win regulators’ approval?

Coronavirus: how will the Oxford vaccine win regulators’ approval?

A total of three Covid-19 jabs have been declared safe and effective - but none are cleared yet for public use Read full article: Coronavirus: how will the Oxford vaccine...→

Gymnast flees North Korea by vaulting over border

Gymnast flees North Korea by vaulting over border

A gymnast in North Korea escaped to the South by vaulting himself over the border barricades without triggering sensors. When he was eventually caught, the aut [...] Read full article: Gymnast flees North Korea by vaulting ov...→

Is The Crown causing the Royal Family more harm than good?

Is The Crown causing the Royal Family more harm than good?

Palace insiders and journalists including Andrew Marr claim the Netflix series is ‘sadistic’ and ‘grossly unfair’ Read full article: Is The Crown causing the Royal Family mo...→

Black Friday deals: are they really a bargain?

Black Friday deals: are they really a bargain?

Analysis by Which? shows that nearly nine in ten products prices were the same or cheaper earlier in year Read full article: Black Friday deals: are they really a ba...→

Brexit deal on track to be over the line by ‘end of week’, says Irish PM

Brexit deal on track to be over the line by ‘end of week’, says Irish PM

Optimistic prediction comes despite ongoing failure to resolve ‘fundamental differences’ in negotiations Read full article: Brexit deal on track to be over the line...→

Best parks in London for a winter walk

As the days flash past with the hustle and bustle of the lead up to Christmas, it might be easy to forget to take a break from work. ... However, it’s more imp [...] Read full article: Best parks in London for a winter walk...→

180-year-old phrasebook helped English tourists converse with Welsh

180-year-old phrasebook helped English tourists converse with Welsh

A 180-year-old phrasebook has been discovered which sets out to teach English tourists how to speak to Welsh “peasants”. First printed in London in 1838, The W [...] Read full article: 180-year-old phrasebook helped English t...→

Best Gifts for the Minimalist Man

The artful package ... If you want yours to be the best looking present under the tree, head to Turnbell & Asser. This year, the heritage brand is enveloping g [...] Read full article: Best Gifts for the Minimalist Man...→

Sport

The latest Sport news, pictures, analysis, briefings, comments and opinion from The Week UK. Read full article: Sport...→

Lie about a pizza sent South Australia into lockdown

Lie about a pizza sent South Australia into lockdown

Officials in South Australia say the state’s lockdown, which began last week, would have been avoided if one infected man had told the truth about a visit to a [...] Read full article: Lie about a pizza sent South Australia i...→

Will vaccines sound the death knell for Sweden’s Covid experiment?

Will vaccines sound the death knell for Sweden’s Covid experiment?

Herd immunity will require fewer sacrifices if it can be achieved with an effective vaccination programme Read full article: Will vaccines sound the death knell for ...→

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Pacific trade, tracking and Europe’s gay paradox

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Pacific trade, tracking and Europe’s gay paradox

Can a trade deal unite the Pacific rim? Is Covid making us too willing to hand over data? And why are gay rights under attack? Read full article: The Week Unwrapped podcast: Pacific trad...→

The Culture List

With the announcement of a second UK-wide lockdown in November, many plans for a relatively normal end to the year went out the window. But as the world grows [...] Read full article: The Culture List...→

Books of the Week: The Weirdest People in the World, Sybille Bedford, Love

In The Weirdest People in the World Joseph Henrich explores the “psychological strangeness” of the populations of Western societies. Selina Hastings offers a “ [...] Read full article: Books of the Week: The Weirdest People i...→

Quarantine-free travel: which countries are safe to visit?

In its latest travel corridor update the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed a number of additions to the exempt list. ... The following countr [...] Read full article: Quarantine-free travel: which countries ...→

Coronavirus: do we still need Operation Moonshot?

As the Oxford vaccine posts promising results, the UK’s £100bn mass-testing plan is looking less essential Read full article: Coronavirus: do we still need Operation ...→

Ten Christmas stocking fillers which cost £20 or less

The countdown to Christmas has started and present shopping has begun.... While big gifts are nice to receive, one of the best traditions of Christmas morning [...] Read full article: Ten Christmas stocking fillers which cos...→

Last orders: 72% of hospitality and pub businesses could close in 2021

Trade bodies call for more government support to save thousands of firms and hundreds of thousands of jobs Read full article: Last orders: 72% of hospitality and pub ...→

Ten of the best luxury watches for everyday wear

Sometimes you want a watch that’s easy to wear, refined and suggestive of discerning style. If anything has these attributes in spades, it’s the XL version of [...] Read full article: Ten of the best luxury watches for every...→

Man sells meteorite that hit his home for $1 million

An Indonesian man has sold a meteorite that crashed through his roof for over $1 million (£755,965). Remembering the day, Josua Hutagalung said: “When I lifted [...] Read full article: Man sells meteorite that hit his home fo...→

Best advent calendars for adults 2020: booze, sweets and treats

It’s not just the kids who get the chance to open a window on their advent calendars during the countdown to Christmas.... Adults can also enjoy the festive se [...] Read full article: Best advent calendars for adults 2020: b...→

China uses microwave weapons to blast Indian troops in disputed border region

The radiation technology left soldiers vomiting and incapacitated without breaking no-live-shots rule Read full article: China uses microwave weapons to blast In...→

Ikigai: stay home and think of Japan

With England a week into its second lockdown, travel discouraged across much of the rest of Britain, and winter fast approaching, millions of us are getting re [...] Read full article: Ikigai: stay home and think of Japan...→

Coronavirus: inside the ‘scrambled’ UK deal for five million Moderna vaccines

Fears over Trump’s ‘vaccine nationalism’ and European supplies led British ministers to prioritise other agreements Read full article: Coronavirus: inside the ‘scrambled’ UK d...→

Coronavirus: the psychological illnesses that can be triggered by Covid

New study finds that one in five patients infected with the virus go on to suffer from mental disorder Read full article: Coronavirus: the psychological illnesses...→

The 15 best gins

Gin and tonic once meant Gordon’s and Schweppes - and there’s nothing wrong with the classic combination, based as it is on more than 480 years of drink-making [...] Read full article: The 15 best gins...→

The Week Unwrapped podcast: Viral faith, Armenia and legendary prejudice

Is religion helping to spread the pandemic? Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting? And are legends and fairytales inevitably non-PC? Read full article: The Week Unwrapped podcast: Viral faith,...→

PHE never believed Covid-19 would ‘travel this far’, says ex-chief medical officer

Conviction that virus would ‘die out’ left UK on back foot for rolling out mass testing and contract tracing systems Read full article: PHE never believed Covid-19 would ‘trave...→

The many inspirations of Sophie Bille Brahe

A list of some of the things Sophie Bille Brahe likes: curlicue-leafed ferns; her Border collie Snoop; and grilled lobster followed by citrus Granita served in [...] Read full article: The many inspirations of Sophie Bille Br...→

Why everybody’s talking about the public inquiry into undercover policing

Long-delayed investigation into abuses by ‘spycops’ is one of the most complicated in British legal history Read full article: Why everybody’s talking about the public...→

Alberto Morillas bottles the scent of ice

Bulgari has snow peaks and steep ascents in sight with its latest fragrance for men. The Roman luxury brand’s Bulgari Man Glacial Essence has been formulated t [...] Read full article: Alberto Morillas bottles the scent of ic...→

Tie & DIOR by Victoire de Castellane

There are many ways to tie-dye. An umbrella term grouping variations of resist-dyeing —an ancient concept of adding prints to fabrics by limiting and manipulat [...] Read full article: Tie & DIOR by Victoire de Castellane...→

US election: who are the winners and losers in a post-Trump world?

Britain looks set to remain high on list of Washington’s allies - but some will be cursing Biden’s election victory Read full article: US election: who are the winners and los...→

US election: Joe Biden locked out of classified briefings as Donald Trump refuses to concede

Administration officials blocking flow of national security information as Democrat criticises incumbent’s failure to admit defeat Read full article: US election: Joe Biden locked out of cla...→

Mayfair flat with Oval Office replica sells for £140m

A London flat previously owned by Joseph P. Kennedy, which includes a replica of the White House's Oval Office, has sold for £140m. Kennedy lived in the Mayfai [...] Read full article: Mayfair flat with Oval Office replica se...→

The history behind the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue

The launch of a navy blue version of Tudor’s Black Bay Fifty-Eight diving watch created a huge buzz this summer, with the new timepiece prompting a sales rush [...] Read full article: The history behind the new Tudor Black B...→

10 amazing Christmas food and drink ideas

The world is a rather stranger place than many of us imagined at the beginning of the year, making the time we spend with our families and close friends this C [...] Read full article: 10 amazing Christmas food and drink idea...→