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How the ‘least cultured’ place in Britain reinvented itself

How the ‘least cultured’ place in Britain reinvented itself

It seemed proper to start with the creative backstory, so I begin at the Silk Museum. In the 16th century, Macclesfield was renowned for making buttons. When it became fashionable to cover them in silk, ever-innovative Macc thrust itself into that industry, too. The first silk mill was established in 1743; at its peak, the...

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Mortgage News: TSB, Coventry Adjust Rates

Mortgage News: TSB, Coventry Adjust Rates

Find out what’s happening with mortgage rates today and calculate monthly repayments across a range of different rates and deals. 14 June: Borrowers With Small Deposits Face Rising Costs TSB has hiked the cost of selected fixed rate deals by up to 0.35 percentage points across residential and buy-to-let borrowing, with rates for borrowers with...

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Funding commitments show UK as force for global good at G7 Leader Summit

Funding commitments show UK as force for global good at G7 Leader Summit

PM to call for peaceful, stable, prosperous world economy at G7.  Millions of development funding to help tackle climate change in Africa.  New programme to fund safe and responsible AI projects across the globe. During a global outreach session focused on Artificial Intelligence and Energy, and Africa and the Mediterranean, he will argue that this...

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Mortgage News: Clydesdale Increases Rates For Low-Deposit Borrowers

Mortgage News: Clydesdale Increases Rates For Low-Deposit Borrowers

Find out what’s happening with mortgage rates today and calculate monthly repayments across a range of different rates and deals. 13 June: FCA Says 1.1m Mortgages Using Emergency Support Clydesdale Bank, part of Virgin Money group, is increasing the cost of selected fixed-rate mortgage deals, available through brokers, including those for people with a small...

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London’s 10 best walks – including four Royal Parks

London’s 10 best walks – including four Royal Parks

There are many unsung heroes of London – one of the best of them is the Thames Path, a National Trail since 1996, which follows 184 miles of the 215-mile-long river. Without it, London would be a different place.  It’s a resource for runners and cyclists, idlers and flâneurs, artists and mudlarks,and above all for...

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What dismal Oxford Street can learn from the rest of Europe

What dismal Oxford Street can learn from the rest of Europe

People say it was the pandemic that did it, but it’s just as easy to blame Topshop. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, the brand’s flagship store stood just outside the entrance to Oxford Circus tube station and was the epitome of Cool Britannia. At one point, Kate Moss posed stock-still in the window –...

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These European countries spent the most on tourism in 2023

These European countries spent the most on tourism in 2023

The UN World Tourism Organization has tracked which countries spend the most on tourism, earn the most and the most visited destinations last year. ADVERTISEMENT German, British and Italian tourists are among some of the highest spenders when it comes to travel. That is according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which has tracked...

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The Sussex town fighting to reopen its French-owned beach

The Sussex town fighting to reopen its French-owned beach

“For some of us it has made it feel safer,” says local resident Abi Blanshard. “Some of the dark bits, the underpasses, you can be a bit reluctant to walk through. It just feels a little bit nicer, a bit cleaner, safer. My partner works down at the food bank and the people he’s spoken...

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Beyond the Lake District: five of the UK’s less-visited national parks

Beyond the Lake District: five of the UK’s less-visited national parks

Ask most people to name a British national park and they’ll probably plump for the Lake District or the Peak District. But there are 15 parks in the UK, most of which receive far fewer visitors than those famous names. Here, we explore some of the best. Bannau Brycheiniog (formerly Brecon Beacons) Bannau Brycheiniog (the...

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What are ‘golden visas’ and which EU countries still hand them out?

What are ‘golden visas’ and which EU countries still hand them out?

After Spain’s government pulled the plug on controversial golden visas, one EU country is reintroducing its scheme. ADVERTISEMENT Getting the right to live and work in another country can be a long and difficult process. But that’s not always the case for those with money to spend. Golden visas offer the opportunity for wealthy people...

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The five best Thames walks

The five best Thames walks

Best for… A bit of a climb Start/end point: Dorchester Distance: 4km / 2½ miles to 14.5km / 9 miles Map Wittenham Clumps, Oxfordshire’s “twin peaks”, rise 120m (394ft) and 110m (361ft), providing a fine vantage over a lovely stretch of river. Start in winsome Dorchester – aka the Roman town of Doric – where...

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Chefs surpass IT professionals in applying for UK work visa

Chefs surpass IT professionals in applying for UK work visa

Recent analysis of UK immigration data has revealed an unexpected development: visa applications for chefs have surpassed those for computer programmers. This shift comes despite the British government’s ongoing efforts to prioritise attracting highly skilled, tech-savvy workers to bolster its ambitions of becoming a digital superpower. Most beautiful places in Asia that inspire travel FacebookTwitterPintrest...

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