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I wanted to build a house. Instead, I renovated one

A 17-year-old’s promise to themselves isn’t necessarily practical: mine was that one day I would build my own house. Of course, it was a promise without a deadline. Something I’d do some time in the future, when I was older…

20 new hotel openings to add to your 2021 travel plans

Upstate New York is the bolt hole of choice for weekending city dwellers with a yen to get back to nature. Surrounded by the woodlands, mountains and farms of the Catskills, Hutton Brickyards is set to open in April on…

Northern Oyster travel card plans under threat as Government cuts ‘levelling up’ transport cash

Northern leaders have warned a move by the Government to cut funding for the region’s transport body has undermined the “levelling up” agenda by derailing plans for London-style smart ticketing.  Transport for the North (TfN) is to lose 40 percent…

Travel corridors to close as pre-departure testing becomes mandatory, plus holidays halted until 25 March

All travel corridors will close from Monday, meaning that 10 days’ quarantine will apply to everybody arriving in the UK, regardless of the point of departure. Pre-departure testing also applies. Test before travel A negative pre-departure Covid test result –…

I gave up a meatless January because there’s a better, tastier way

For the first time in my life I tried to not eat meat for the entire month of January, as is now fashionable in the western world. I had ambitions to willingly forgo my too regular pork chops and beef…

Brazil travel ban: Why Portugal is included in the new variant Covid restrictions

Travel to the UK from all of South America as well as Portugal has been banned because of concerns over the Brazilian variant of Covid-19. The new restrictions came into effect at 4.00am on Friday, after Grant Shapps announced the…

How one man’s quest to save his family farm led to a lockdown success story

In 2012, Giel Spierings came home from school one day to find a for sale sign on the Cornish farm his parents had bought 14 years earlier after moving from their native Holland in search of a better life.  Despite the family’s best efforts, plummeting milk prices had made the farm unviable – but…

Transport Secretary says he is the ‘last person’ you should take travel advice from

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has claimed he is the “last person” people should take travel advice from, despite his ministerial responsibilities for travel in and out of the UK. The Cabinet minister made the unexpected remarks during a radio interview…

When is the 4th self-employed grant? What we know about the next SEISS payment

Millions of self-employed workers face uncertainty after England was plunged into a third national lockdown due to a spike in Covid cases rise in the country. A study by consumer group Which? found that one in four self-employed workers plan to delay…

Food vouchers won’t cover half-term, as Marcus Rashford piles more pressure on Government

Footballer Marcus Rashford has heaped further pressure on Boris Johnson to improve free school meals after parents were given unsubstantial parcels by some private companies. Rashford, celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge, and the actress Dame Emma…

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