UK coronavirus: Whitty says aim of lockdown is to reduce R enough to move on after 2 December – as it happened

November 3, 2020

6.14pm GMT18:14 Early evening summary Prof Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, has told MPs there is a “realistic possibility” that the lockdown for England can be eased after 2 December. Asked if the restrictions would definitely be lifted then, as planned by the government, Whitty said: The decision as to whether to lift […]

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Much loved Southwark Cathedral cat Doorkins Magnificat laid to rest

October 28, 2020

She started out as a street cat, stealing scraps from market traders. Then, 12 years ago, the small tabby made her home in Southwark Cathedral where she reached celebrity status: meeting the Queen, starring in a children’s book and having her own social media accounts. The extraordinary journey of Doorkins Magnificat from mangy moggie to […]

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Lost medieval sacristy uncovered at Westminster Abbey

August 23, 2020

A lost medieval sacristy used by 13th century monks has been uncovered in the grounds of Westminster Abbey along with the bones of hundreds, if not thousands, of buried bodies. “You do have to be careful where you’re walking,” said archaeologist Chris Mayo, pointing to a fragment of skull poking out of the sandy soil. […]

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London more religious than rest of Britain, report finds

June 23, 2020

London is more religious and socially conservative than the rest of Britain, confounding perceptions of the capital as liberal and secular, research shows. People in the capital pray more and attend more religious services than those in the rest of the country, according to the survey. It also found Christian Londoners help their neighbours more […]

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