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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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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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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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India and the world may finally have reached ‘peak Modi’

India and the world may finally have reached ‘peak Modi’

The shock result of India’s general election has dented the brand of prime minister Narendra Modi whose party fell well-short of its target for seats in the Indian parliament. A coalition will give India’s populist prime minister the number of seats to form another government. But the damage has been done. Given that his Bharatiya...

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Gibraltar will retaliate if Spain imposes full border checks

Gibraltar will retaliate if Spain imposes full border checks

“People in Gibraltar need to understand that the alternative to a treaty is potentially the full application of the Schengen border code with all of the massive difficulties that that would entail, and for us to do it reciprocally,” Mr Picardo said. “In other words, if the Schengen border code is applied to Gibraltar and...

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10 British woodland wonders to discover this summer

10 British woodland wonders to discover this summer

All is not quite as it seems in this ancient semi-natural woodland lining the southern bank of the Ure. Gnarled sessile oaks speak of great age, now interspersed with wych elm, sycamore, rowan, ash and silver birch. But those moss-greened ruins peering out from the greenery aren’t actually the remains of Roman temples or medieval...

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Boris Johnson: Trump’s conviction was ‘liberal hit job’

Boris Johnson: Trump’s conviction was ‘liberal hit job’

It came as Trump claimed to have raised $39 million, largely from small-dollar donors, since his conviction.  He argued that the vast sum had been matched by a bump in the polls, which previously had him level pegging with Mr Biden, and was proof Americans saw that his guilty verdict went “far beyond me”. “This...

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Six cancer treatment breakthroughs pushing us closer to a cure

Six cancer treatment breakthroughs pushing us closer to a cure

The new cancer jabs are one of many recent exciting steps forward in medical science. Kevin Harrington, a professor of biological cancer therapies at The Institute of Cancer Research and an honorary consultant oncologist at the Royal Marsden (RMH) and St George’s Hospital in London, is optimistic that advances in treatment will improve outcomes.  “In...

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What happens now after Trump guilty verdict and when will he be sentenced?

What happens now after Trump guilty verdict and when will he be sentenced?

Mr Trump’s legal team unsuccessfully argued that Fani Willis, a Georgia district attorney, should be barred from bringing charges against him and that a grand jury’s report should be thrown out. The grand jury spent eight months interrogating some 75 witnesses and filed a lengthy report on Mr Trump’s conduct last year. Mr Trump surrendered...

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How Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons changed British hotels

How Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons changed British hotels

I spent the night at L’Orangerie, an accomplished blend of limed oak, stone and marble with a French chateau feel. Although the majority of rooms were designed more than 20 years ago, they are in pristine condition. Even so, they will soon be undergoing a facelift; the costs are no longer Blanc’s responsibility since selling...

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Is Britain the world’s biggest holiday rip-off?

Is Britain the world’s biggest holiday rip-off?

Getting around The high cost of train travel within the UK is another thorny issue. Say you want to reach your Cornish holiday apartment by train, taking a leaf out of Greta Thunberg’s book and doing your bit for the planet. The cheapest off-peak return from London to Penzance on Aug 5 currently costs £143...

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