Slavery and empire still characterize the British countryside

Levant Mine, Cornwall. The Levant Mine operated from the late 18th century until its closure in 1930, extracting tin and copper from beneath the seabed. Credit – Peter Thompson – Heritage Images/Getty Images IIn May 2024, British Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch claimed that Britain had been enriched by national “ingenuity … Read more

Britain’s muddy fields pose the latest climate threat to food security

(Bloomberg) — From tractors stuck in muddy paddocks to raw sewage flushing from clogged waterways, extreme rain and flooding have wreaked havoc on British farmers this year. The soggy and turbulent weather – exacerbated by climate change – has hampered their ability to supply home-grown crops for bread, beer and almost every supermarket aisle. Most … Read more

‘Some areas are rough and the nightlife is boring, but I still think Scarborough is beautiful’

All summer long we will be keeping an eye on the pulse of our most famous traditional seaside resorts, examining the efforts being made to revive them, and assessing whether they are still worth visiting. This week Helen Pickles explores Scarborough. Scarborough is blessed: two large sandy beaches, a dramatic headland topped by a castle, … Read more

‘Prince said I could come over anytime, but didn’t give me his number’

Natasha Bedingfield was on stage at The O2 in 2022 supporting Lewis Capaldi when she realized something strange was going on. “Everyone sang along,” she marvels. “They knew every word to every song. Then my agent ran up to me and said, “They’re all young people!” I think those songs sneaked their way into popular … Read more

discover some of Britain’s best – but not best known – galleries, museums and exhibitions

From the British Museum in London to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow – Britain is home to an astonishing number of world-famous galleries, museums, historic houses and gardens, many of which you may have already visited. Possibly more than once. But we’re not here to talk about them. Because tucked away, out … Read more

Britain is lagging behind China in the race to eradicate crop diseases, British scientists warn

British scientists have warned that Britain is falling behind China in the race to eradicate crop diseases, after Beijing this month granted a landmark approval for the country’s first-ever edited wheat genome. The fast-tracking of genome editing, which gives wheat resistance to a common fungal infection called powdery mildew, is being hailed by the scientific … Read more

French Open 2024: today’s order of play, full draw and how to watch it on TV

Will Rafael Nadal say goodbye to Roland Garros on Monday? – Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes Today could be the last time Rafael Nadal plays at Roland Garros, the venue he has dominated since the mid-1990s. Fourteen titles on the red sands of Paris is something the sport will probably never see again, but if you think he’s … Read more

The conclusion of Vampire’s Wife shows the struggles faced by independent British fashion brands

By midday last Friday, a large queue had formed in Mayfair, London, as shoppers lined up for one last chance to get their hands on one of the Vampire’s Wife’s signature and coveted Falconetti dresses, once worn by The Vampire’s Wife was called ‘the dress of the decade’. Fashion. Earlier this week, the London-based brand, … Read more

Cow-originated H5N1 virus from the US has been flown to Porton Down under tight security for testing in the UK

A new unit set up to tackle H5N1 is testing imported samples of the virus in high-security laboratories at Porton Down, in a race to understand whether it poses a substantial risk to British livestock. Virus extracted from sick cattle in the US has been shipped to three secure British laboratories in Porton Down, London … Read more