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English Heritage trials quiet ‘contemplation hour’ at monastic sites

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Modern visitors to monastic ruins are more often than not on their phones or chatting to each other, or thinking about work and what’s for tea, or shouting at the kids to please get away from that latrine drain. Over ...

Gordon Brown: Scots see that English values aren’t all about ‘toffs and Brexit’

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Scots recognise that English values are more aligned with Gareth Southgate and Marcus Rashford than “toffs and Brexit”, Gordon Brown has said. The former prime minister has launched polling results which indicate a si...

Dead tasty: English history festival revives tradition of graveside picnics

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Lavish picnics and family feasts might not be the first things that come to mind when you think “cemetery”, but from Pagans holding silent dinners to Victorians dining alfresco among the gravestones, England’s food tr...

I adore the calm of an English village

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I am among those who have yet to escape what some are calling Plague Island (Britain) to travel abroad this year. I am considering it, but more likely I will stay in the country for a break. I was thinking: seaside. B...

Big investors back South Tees bid for key English ports

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A group of powerful investors are preparing a £2bn takeover of one of the UK’s largest port operators in a move seen by some as a vote of confidence in the government’s levelling-up agenda. The South Tees Development ...

Ted Dexter was the aristocrat adventurer who helped modernise English cricket

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Back in 1997, Ted Dexter was at the Hay Literary Festival to promote the latest of the dozen or so books that would appear under his name. At the last moment the scheduled interviewer had to pull out; nearby alternati...

Unions criticise English schools ‘more normal year’ campaign as naive

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A new government campaign urging students in England to have twice-weekly Covid tests for “a more normal year” at school and college has been labelled as naive by school union leaders. The campaign includes an Olympic...

“Covid or Brexit, what’s worse?” English coastal towns struggle with staff shortages

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For Lynton, a small village perched on a picturesque hill overlooking the north Devon coast, this year’s summer tourist season has been exceptional. Holidaymakers from all over the UK have descended in huge numbers, un...

Tory cuts to English youth services fuelling crime, says Keir Starmer

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Cuts to youth services in England amounting to £660m over the past decade have fuelled antisocial behaviour and violent crime, Keir Starmer will say on Monday. The Labour leader said his experience as a former directo...

Weatherwatch: how the climate crisis is affecting English Heritage

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English Heritage has always made the point that Ironbridge in Shropshire is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Adesso, as the organisation points out, it could also be said to be the cradle of climate change. Il c ...

The English manager at the heart of Canada’s Olympic football glory

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A deadly serious Canada manager Bev Priestman admitted she knew her team would go on to clinch Olympic gold after their quarter-final penalty defeat of Brazil. The route ahead meant a semi-final with a team they had n...

Archbishop of York calls for new vision of what it means to be English

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The archbishop of York has called for a new “expansive” vision of what it means to be English to counter a “negative political discourse and a hopeless future”. Courage and compassion should be the cornerstones of an ...

The Gallery of Miracles and Madness by Charlie English review – the fate of Hitler’s ‘degenerate’ artists

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Nel 1922 Hans Prinzhorn, a Heidelberg psychiatrist, published a book that set the art world on fire. At first glance Artistry of the Mentally Ill didn’t sound as if it was breaking new ground. Ever since the 19th centu...

No traces of coronavirus found in tests at major English railway stations

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No traces of coronavirus were found in tests at four major railway stations and on intercity train services, Network Rail has said. Places passengers regularly touch, such as escalator handles, ticket machines and ben...

Are northern English accents dying out? Are they eck as like

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Ah, the stalwarts of summer! Cowes, Goodwood, the Proms and, these days, gloomy academic prognostications about the future of northern accents. Last summer, Manchester University claimed that the speech differences of...

English Magic by Uschi Gatward review – exquisitely eerie withholding

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Uschi Gatward won the 2015 Wasafiri new writing prize for “My Brother Is Back”. It is an unsettling short story about a young man’s release from imprisonment into the captivity of state surveillance and his own parano...

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