‘Zombie batteries’ causing hundreds of waste fires, experts warn

Industry urges people not to throw out dead batteries with household rubbish or recycling “Zombie batteries” are causing hundreds of fires a year at waste and recycling sites, industry experts have warned. They are urging people to ensure dead batteries are not thrown away in household rubbish or recycling. Batteries discarded with general waste are […]

Why Biden calls Trump a ‘climate arsonist’ – video explainer

Humanity is said to have just 10 years left to start seriously tackling the climate crisis before passing the ‘point of no return’ with multiple-degree temperature increases, rising sea levels and increasingly disastrous wildfires, hurricanes, floods and droughts predicted. Scientists say the US is far off the path of what is necessary for the nation and […]

Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic

The landmark store has seen sales fall 80% since March, and with a new lockdown expected has asked for orders from those who can afford it One of the world’s most iconic bookshops, Shakespeare and Company, has appealed to its customers for help as it is struggling, with sales that are down almost 80% since […]

David Toole obituary

One of the world’s leading disabled dancers with a gift for combining physical power with bewitching delicacy David Toole, who has died aged 56, was perhaps the world’s most renowned disabled dancer, a double amputee whose combination of physical power and bewitching delicacy created arresting imagery on stage and TV around the globe. Watched by […]

Wole Soyinka to publish first novel in almost 50 years

Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth will be released this year, with the 86-year-old author also planning fresh theatre work after ‘continuous writing’ in lockdown Wole Soyinka has used his time in lockdown to write his first novel in almost 50 years. The Nigerian playwright and poet, who became the first African to win […]

Union jack swastikas and space-age braids: Thirteen Ways of Looking – review

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry From an AI interaction with a deceased black artist to a Punjabi granny making a sandwich, this show explores identity through the generations Keith Piper’s THIRTEEN DEAD remains relatively unknown. Yet the 1982 work was one of the earliest artistic responses to the previous year’s fire at a house […]

Trevor Noah on Trump’s ‘perfect replacement’ for RBG: ‘Grade-A trolling’

Hosts react to Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the supreme court and Republicans’ attempts to invalidate mail-in voting “If anyone needed a reminder about what’s at stake in an election, well last night, you got it,” said Trevor Noah on the Daily Show. “Republicans took full advantage of their hold on the White House and […]

How to make soda bread – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

It’s perfect for the novice baker – and anyone looking for a quick and easy loaf that makes the ultimate toast If you’re thinking that now is the time to finally come good on that new year’s resolution to start baking your own bread, this loaf, which can be on the table in little more […]

All wrapped up: the 10 things you need to know before buying a duvet coat

From fillings to fastenings, here’s how to stay cosy and cocooned this winter – while also looking stylish Few garments will make you feel as if you are being spooned by a considerate lover. Enter the duvet coat, a long, puffer-style cocoon that is more than a jacket. Soft and padded, cosy and water-resistant, it […]

‘Mail-in ballot’ and ‘hand sanitizer’: Halloween costume makers get creative

Retail experts say people are exploring fresh Halloween options to make sense of what feels a uniquely challenging time 2020 has been a tumultuous year full of massive change, and more than the usual amount of disaster and trauma. But it has been a gift to makers of Halloween costumes. With many people celebrating the […]

How can John Lewis wipe out three years of my extended guarantee?

The £100 extra was sold as ‘Added Care’ but when I came to claim, I couldn’t In 2018 my mother purchased a £379 Bosch washing machine from John Lewis and, at the same time, paid an extra £100 to extend the guarantee to five years. The machine recently broke down, but John Lewis won’t fix […]

Patio heater, fire pit or a bigger jumper? How to stay warm while relaxing outside this winter

The coronavirus crisis has left many of us desperate to make the most of our gardens and yards. Here is an ethical, expert guide to keeping toasty Sales of patio heaters in the UK are rising: Homebase has nearly sold out and sales on eBay have soared. Mensa Heating UK recently sold 750 infrared heaters […]

If Biden wins what would the first 100 days of his presidency look like?

If he succeeds in defeating Trump, the Democrat will have to urgently tackle the pandemic and rebuild global relationships If Joe Biden wins the 2020 US election against Donald Trump next week, the new president-elect will face enormous pressures to implement a laundry list of priorities on a range of issues from foreign policy to […]

We can’t vote in San Quentin prison. So we held a mock election

This is what happened when we had an opportunity to be heard from our Covid-ravaged California prison Authors Juan Haines and Kevin Sawyer are both incarcerated journalists at San Quentin prison. “I want to be heard,” one man wrote on the back of a makeshift ballot in a simulated election held inside San Quentin state […]

India tries to shake off pro-Trump image in run-up to US election

As Joe Biden pulls ahead in the polls, Delhi avoids helping Donald Trump woo Indian-American voters At a podium in Delhi on Tuesday, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the secretary of defense, Mark Esper, made a clear declaration of their country’s commitment to its alliance with India. “The US will stand with […]

‘I was just sat in my room all day’: lonely students seek mental health support

Mental health charities and counsellors warn that self-isolation is putting many under pressure Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage University students are struggling with loneliness and anxiety due to campus lockdowns, with the risk that their mental health will deteriorate further unless urgent action is taken, counsellors and charities are warning. Nightline, […]

Deluged by floods, America’s ‘oldest city’ struggles to save landmarks from climate crisis

St Augustine, Florida, was founded in 1564 by Spanish explorers. Flooding has been a threat for centuries and is worsening with rising tides The holiday season in St Augustine, Florida, is approaching, and residents are looking ahead to the annual Nights of Lights festival – a months-long tradition that sees millions of white lights strung […]

‘Justice must be for all’: why court intermediaries are vital for vulnerable people

Concerns are growing that a service to help people follow court proceedings in England and Wales is to be privatised and deregulated At Highbury youth court in north London, Elliott Rogers (not his real name), a 15-year-old boy with severe cognitive and communication difficulties, has been waiting three hours for his trial to start. He […]

Corey Arnold’s best shot: a horse and a cat go fishing for crab

‘Kitty was seven months old but fearless. She’d saunter out on deck in a storm, and hunt seagulls bigger than she was’ This was shot in my third season crab fishing on a vessel called Rollo. King crab season in the Bering Sea, off Alaska, usually starts mid-October and lasts for several weeks, but it […]

Joni Mitchell: ‘I’m a fool for love. I make the same mistake over and over’

As she releases a box set of her earliest recordings, in a rare interview Mitchell talks about life before fame, the correct way to sing her songs – and her long struggle to walk and talk again after an aneurysm “I was lying in bed last night thinking about getting a cat,” says Joni Mitchell. […]

‘I’m doing my bit to create a fairer, healthier planet’: meet four ethical investors determined to make a difference

Whether you’re into renewable energy or organic food, we can all enjoy the buzz of backing companies making a positive impact on the world. What’s more, there are now more options than ever for putting your money where your values are Stereotypes die hard. A misperception persists that investors are staid men in grey suits. […]

Cycling: how to change your inner tube in seven easy steps

Don’t let a puncture deflate your cycling spirit. Here’s everything you need to fix a tyre like a bike shop pro You’re freewheeling along happily, when suddenly you’re very much aware of the bumpy road beneath your wheels – and your bum. As the sound of rubber dragging on asphalt gets louder, reality hits: you’ve […]

‘I got a whole new mindset’: the health secrets of people who got much fitter in lockdown

Many of us have struggled to maintain our fitness in 2020 – but not everyone. Here, four people explain how they improved their sleep patterns, diet and exercise regimes Before Covid-19, an ordinary evening for Tim Ludford, a charity worker, looked something like this: after-work drinks with colleagues; an Uber home; a takeaway. “Not healthy […]

My stepson saw an explicit video of his dad on my phone. What should I do?

While we were all looking through old family images, up popped one of my husband in all his glory. Should we discuss this with our 13-year-old or pretend it never happened? My husband of 10 years used to travel a bit on business, and we would send each other explicit photos and videos of ourselves. […]