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Dame Julie Walters has admitted she may have retired from acting for good after beating cancer.  The British acting legend underwent treatment for stage-three bowel cancer in 2018, and has since had the all-clear, but it appears only another Mamma Mia! sequel would tempt her back onto a film set.  In an interview with The […]

Boris Johnson has ruled out Brexit negotiations in 2021 to resolve any damage caused by failing to agree a trade deal by the end of the transition period on December 31. The prime minister’s official spokesperson repeated demands for concessions from Brussels before talks can resume on the future UK-EU relationship. But if there is […]

When the coronavirus pandemic began, governments around the world scrambled – with varying senses of urgency – to pull together the tools and resources needed to fight it. While much attention has rightly been paid to vaccines, lockdowns and the merits of face masks, one powerful weapon hasn’t got much credit – your keyboard. That’s […]

Greater Manchester hospital intensive care beds will be overwhelmed with coronavirus patients by November 12 in a best-case scenario, Downing Street has claimed. Hitting back at Andy Burnham’s claims that Boris Johnson was “exaggerating” the seriousness of infections in Manchester, No.10 outlined the latest data informing negotiations on the city entering a tier 3 local […]

A two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown similar to the first restrictions imposed in March is to be introduced in Wales from next week, first minister Mark Drakeford has announced. The lockdown will begin at 6pm on Friday October 23 and last until November 9, it will see bars, restaurants and non-essential shops shut. Speaking at a […]

Bette Midler is getting the witches back together this Halloween as a special treat for Hocus Pocus fans.  It’s been 27 years since the singer and actor appeared alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the spooky comedy film, and now they are returning for one night only.  Bette revealed on Instagram that the […]

Black cats have a lot to celebrate this month, as the CEO of Cats Protection has said they’re no longer being overlooked in animal shelters. The charity launched an awareness day (National Black Cat Day, October 27) a decade ago to highlight how black cats took longer to re-home than other cats, often due to incorrect […]

Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi is being treated in hospital for pneumonia after contracting Covid-19.  The Bolton South East MP, who also serves as Keir Starmer’s shadow international development minister, is 57 and tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago.  The MP said in a statement on Facebook that she had been admitted to the Royal Bolton […]

Sacha Baron Cohen had to spend five whole days of lockdown in character as Borat while shooting the sequel to the hit mockumentary.  The Borat films see Sacha posing as fictional Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev while interacting with real-life people.  After reprising the role for the upcoming Amazon Prime release, Sacha admitted being unable to […]

A row between local leaders in Greater Manchester and central government has been rumbling for days, amid an impasse over whether to place the region into a tier 3 coronavirus lockdown. The two sides have been holding talks to try and bridge the divide. What does the government want? Boris Johnson wants to impose a […]




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