More than 2 million adults in England have experienced coronavirus symptoms lasting over 12 weeks, government data suggests – double the previous estimate for long Covid. The study, one of the largest to date, found that people with ongoing symptoms tended to fall into two categories: those with respiratory symptoms, who often experienced more severe illness when they first got sick, and a second group with fatigue-related symptoms.
Former footballer Murdo, who managed Dumbarton and Partick Thistle, was given a role in new movie It's Not Over. Celtic legend Murdo McLeod plays a policeman in a new Hollywood film - but says he'll stick to his day job. Former footballer Murdo, who managed Dumbarton and Partick Thistle, was assistant manager at Celtic and and also played for Borussia Dortmund and Hibernian, was given a role in new movie It's Not Over.
“It depends if you’re realistic or optimistic,” says Thomas Walker, who has been walking his pugs, Mia and Mini, around the perimeter of the Euro 2020 fan zone on Glasgow Green. “The match with England is going to be tough”.
Whisky makers are raising a glass after the UK and US agreed to suspend retaliatory tariffs on goods including Scottish malts for five years, in the de-escalation of a transatlantic trade dispute stretching back almost two decades. Liz Truss, the UK international trade secretary, said a “historic deal” had been reached with Washington to ensure tariffs, which affected UK exports to the US worth £550m, remain suspended.
I wish there were 227 Munros in Scotland (A gap year for the grounded: 15 ideas for young British adventurers, 12 June). Then there would only be 31 left for me to do and I might have a chance of finishing them. But where’s the fun in that?
When the gunfire starts it is like a thunderclap, the monks and nuns explain, and the sound reverberates up the valley. During the game shooting season, it is not unusual for avian casualties to land within the grounds of Samye Ling, the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in western Europe.
Pulling a sweater from a drawer the other day, the smell of smoke took me by surprise. It was only wood smoke, a legacy of pandemic socialising this freezing spring, when huddling around a garden bonfire was the only way of seeing friends. But it took me back decades, to the years when every night out meant coming home reeking of cigarettes, and every house party left a trail of beer bottles stuffed with fag ends floating in their ashy soup of dregs.
Among the stranger pieces of psychological research is the idea of thermostatic contentment or, to give it its fancier title, “hedonic adaptation”. The original work was led in the 1970s by the US professor Philip Brickman and published under the title Lottery Winners and Accident Victims: Is Happiness Relative?
Sam Wollaston’s article (Food bank supremo Emma Revie: ‘This is the best job in the world – and it shouldn’t have to exist’, 31 May) was a timely and depressing reminder of the increasing dependence on food banks across UK society.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we have watched science evolve almost daily with each headline and news report. We have listened to explanations of competing ideas about how the virus emerged, how it spreads, whether it can be caught from mail, whether face masks work, the efficacy of new treatments and the risks of new vaccines.
Thousands of asylum seekers have faced hunger in the past 10 days because of problems with new cash cards given to them by Home Office contractors, a charity has said. The charity Positive Action in Housing said the Home Office internally estimated on 28 May that about one-third of asylum seekers had experienced problems with the new cards – either not receiving or not being able to activate them.
Chris Gethard’s new film opens with the 40-year-old performing at 9am to a pancake-guzzling audience in Buffalo, New York. Truly, the life of a touring standup is not all glamour. That’s partly the point that Half My Life is making: it finds the New Jersey man revisiting a handful of his favourite venues, ruminating on life as a mid-career comedian, and pining for his wife and baby son back home.
New Zealand’s rare, highly endangered alpine parrots may have headed for the mountains to avoid people – and researchers say their adaptability could help them survive the climate crisis. The kea is considered the only alpine parrot in the world. But scientists analysing DNA sequencing and fossil records have found kea were once present in other parts of the country.
An amber list rare bird, the snow bunting, living high on its frozen mountain top was unaffected by the Covid lockdown. I was like a caged bird, Edinburgh city limits my territory. Snow falls over the winter, cloaking the Cairngorms and other Scottish mountain ranges richly.
In his first job in a pub kitchen as a teenager, someone handed Gareth Ward a copy of The Good Food Guide. “I knew nothing about food or restaurants, but I read it cover to cover like it was a fairystory. It blew me away.
The book I am currently reading For fun, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I loved Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; I’ve been looking forward to this. I’m lost in a strange labyrinth and I’m not sure how to get out, or even if I want to.
The Scottish government appears ready to approve a banned insecticide blamed for destroying bee populations for use in Scottish salmon farms, according to internal documents seen by the Guardian, as MEPs warn of its potentially “devastating” impact on aquatic life. The insecticide is one of three nicotine-based, or neonicotinoid, chemicals banned by the European Union in 2018 for agricultural use on crops, a decision upheld this month by the EU’s top court, the European court of justice, which rejected an appeal by the Bayer chemical multinational.
The government failed to act on warnings that there would be a shortage of PPE equipment in the weeks before the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, a major medical equipment supplier has told MPs. At a hearing of the public accounts committee, the head of one of the UK’s largest PPE firms also criticised the government’s “VIP lane”, saying he was unaware it existed.