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Australia’s ‘black summer’ bushfires pushed 11 bee species closer to extinction

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The devastating 2019–20 bushfires had a significant impact on native Australian bees, threatening 11 species, according to new research. Australian scientists have analysed the effect of the fires on 553 Australian na...

Goodbye Hot Girl Summer, hello Meg Ryan Fall – TikTok’s new trend

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“Hot girl summer may be over but it is time for Meg Ryan Fall!” says TikTok user Technicolorghost in a video that scans through some of Ryan’s best looks from When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail. On TikTok the ha...

Boris Johnson flies to New York to tighten transatlantic ties after strained summer

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Boris Johnson will fly to New York this weekend for his first foreign trip since the Covid pandemic, hoping to cement his relationship with the US president, Joe Biden, after a rocky summer marred by the chaotic Kabul...

‘This has never been so much fun!': Royal Academy Summer Exhibition review

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The statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds, founder of the Royal Academy, stands in its courtyard, usually garlanded with flowers when the Summer Exhibition is on. This year it wears instead a sash of Dutch wax print, the fabr...

My summer cultural highlight? An old film where I got lost in Bette Davis’s eyes

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Out in the world again, I’ve seen a lot of new exhibitions and a bit of new theatre, the heart going out to those actors who, in spite of great reviews, are still taking curtain calls to the sound of too few hands cla...

‘A summer of love!’ Musicians on the awesome, tearful return of gigs

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There were those few weeks of strange, haunted gigs in autumn 2020, but for most people live music disappeared at the start of March last year and didn’t return until this summer. It was a peculiar enough experience b...

Covid, dating and the promise of a hot and vaccinated summer

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Australia has been in and out of lockdowns for more than 18 mesi. For single people, that is a long time to go without the hope of companionship. But with more and more jabs in arms and talks of opening up, could we...

Joe Root’s special summer shown by batsmen surpassed in runscoring feat

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After Joe Root wandered back in at Lord’s two Saturdays ago on 180 not out, Wisden Cricket Monthly editor Phil Walker described him as “strumming” his second century of the series. When Root went to three in a row at ...

Vacation Friends review – raucous summer comedy is a washout

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There’s a sense of strained desperation behind the title of the crude summer comedy Vacation Friends that seeps through to the film itself, the bullish insistence that, sì, Vacation Friends is a phrase that people fr...

‘Our campsite was an apocalyptic disaster scene’: readers’ summer camping stories

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Cliff camping seemed like a great idea during the pandemic, when we were craving adventure. After a couple of hours spotting seals, abseiling and rock climbing with our very patient guide, we abseiled down to our bed ...

I dreamed of moving to the country – until I went on a rural summer holiday

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I may be a homosexual but, let me be very clear, I am not a homosexual who camps. Like a lot of people, I experimented with camping in my youth but eventually realised it wasn’t my thing. Ancora, a few years ago, I fou...

Notti calde d'estate: ‘Lost in Lanzarote’s mountains, I cried harder than I can ever remember crying’

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After watching Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces, which draws heavily on the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, I was determined to visit. A Google image search of the island made my head fizz: black sand beaches, alien...

‘Kill it!’ US officials advise no mercy for lanternfly summer invasion

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The official public guidance is simple and to the point: “Kill it! Squash it, smash it… just get rid of it!” Such is the threat posed by a summer invasion of troublesome spotted lanternfly insects in the north-east th...

Notti calde d'estate: ‘In my lonely shack I’d hear footsteps and think of axe murderers’

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Eighteen-and-a-bit years ago, pushing 40, tired of England and keen to spend more time with my daughter, who was growing up in France, I packed in my job, left London and moved to the Vosges mountains in the east of t...

Notti calde d'estate: ‘In the insomnia of the Sahara, I faced my demons’

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It was a never-ending, sleepless night in the Sahara that gave me the space I needed to reassess one of my biggest anxieties. I was in my 20s when a friend and I settled on a trip to Morocco in the height of summer in...

Notti calde d'estate: ‘Sul mare fosforescente, Ho capito che ero solo una piccola parte di qualcosa di più grande'

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Mio padre aveva un amico di nome George che aveva una barca. Era una barca a vela ma non molto grande – lunga 25 piedi. Non credo che potresti chiamarlo uno yacht; non sembrava molto... yachty. Sto cercando di minimizzare la sua yachtiness, un...

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