How a child psychiatrist and a pub manager’s efforts during Covid-19 put them on the new year honours list

One of them worked to transform healthcare in Wales, the other helped thousands feel less alone throughout the pandemic, while also fundraising for charity. Now, they have both been honoured for their contributions Among the household names featured on the new year honours list, you’ll find hundreds of key workers and community champions who stepped […]

‘Women are spending all day with their abusers’: the charities helping people escape harm during lockdown

For people facing domestic abuse or homelessness, charities have offered a way out when many of the usual routes to support have been blocked by Covid restrictions When Mapalo* left her husband, she would sit and look at herself and think: “Oh, my word, I look so normal. How can people see that I’m breaking? […]

Tell us: how has the pandemic affected Newham?

We’re looking to speak to people who live or work in Newham as part of our investigation into the recent surge of positive coronavirus cases The east London borough of Newham has had more than 4,000 people test positive for the coronavirus during the past week. The council stated that more than a fifth of […]

‘Another year wasted’: A-level and GCSE students react to cancelled exams

Four school pupils share their thoughts on England’s announcement that summer exams will not go ahead Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage After months of insisting A-level and GCSE exams in England would go ahead, the government confirmed this week they would be cancelled, with Northern Ireland also cancelling exams on Wednesday […]

UK students: tell us how the national lockdown is affecting you

We’d like to hear from students across the UK about how Covid-19 and the national lockdown are affecting you this term. Share your experiences With the UK heading into a national lockdown that could last for months, students across the country have been thrown into disarray. Those who travelled home for Christmas may be unable […]

‘Alarming’: Covid-hit retail industry fears loss of Boxing Day sales

Visitor numbers to UK stores a third less than 2019 and it is unclear Christmas holidays will bring boost Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Tougher coronavirus restrictions have dealt a fresh setback to struggling city centres, with Christmas shoppers staying away as doubts increase about whether the Boxing Day sales – […]

Parents and teachers: should schools follow the example of Wales and close ahead of Christmas?

We’d like to hear from parents and teachers about whether schools in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland should follow Wales and switch to online learning in the run-up to Christmas As the Christmas holidays approach, many schools are grappling with low attendance rates and staff shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, […]

‘My fear is he’ll never come home’: the learning disabled people locked away in lockdown

Nine years on from the Winterbourne View scandal, thousands are still in secure units, and Covid has increased the use of restraint and isolation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage After a year in secure care 105 miles from home, Jack Cavanagh, 17, who has autism, a learning disability and epilepsy, desperately […]

Regulator’s warning to avoid culture wars only increases strained relations with charities

Analysis: Charity leaders perplexed and angry as commission chair tells voluntary organisations to avoid picking sides on divisive issues To say that relations have been strained between the charity sector and its regulator in England and Wales, the Charity Commission, is something of an understatement. But the bitterness plumbed new depths at the weekend when […]

Scotland’s ski resorts left in limbo with potential bumper season looming

Highland resorts introduce Covid-safety measures in readiness for skiers missing usual trips to the Alps, but local restrictions mean they cannot cash in The future of Scottish ski resorts hangs in the balance as they confront two starkly different scenarios for the winter to come. On the one hand, they might see record visitor numbers […]

On the bright side: bringing colour home

Strong hues create a rich backdrop in this artist couple’s Hereford house Perhaps it’s not such a surprise given the nature of her work, but artist Clare Woods is definitely not afraid of colour. The rooms and spaces in her family home in Hereford, shared with sculptor Des Hughes and their two children, pay testament […]

UK couples: have you postponed your winter wedding?

We’d like to hear from couples who’ve been forced to put their upcoming nuptials on hold due to the pandemic Under the rules of England’s second lockdown, the majority of marriage and civil partnership ceremonies are prohibited. The only weddings allowed to take place are those where one of the couple is seriously ill. After […]

‘I just want to see the person I always saw in my head’: the story of a face

How a trans woman found the surgery that could restore her sense of self When the children at Sophia Drake’s primary school in rural Wales used to talk about what superpower they’d like, she always told them she wanted to be a shapeshifter. “But I didn’t want to be an animal. I didn’t want to […]

A shoo-in for Shane Ritchie? The 2020 I’m a Celebrity contestants – ranked

Beverley Callard! Victoria Derbyshire! And, er, Jordan North! As I’m a Celebrity returns, this time to Wales, here are the campmates in order of probable success This year’s series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! will be the most unusual yet, with Covid restrictions preventing the show from taking place in […]

Princess Diana, her brother and the questions about the Martin Bashir interview that won’t go away

Diana’s revelations to Panorama 25 years ago rocked the royal family. Now the BBC is being accused of setting her up Confidence is crucial. It has to be established to entice a big name to give a candid TV interview. It is also, of course, the basis of many a scam. Pulling off a confidence […]

Explosive interview with Diana leaves one big question: how was it secured?

Story of BBC journalist Martin Bashir’s dealings with Princess of Wales is of searing public interest It was just six days before transmission that Buckingham Palace learned that the BBC’s Panorama programme was to broadcast Martin Bashir’s compelling, explosive – and now highly controversial – interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. In the palace press […]

How we met: ‘At the start he was too British to argue – I had to teach him’

Edward Morris, 56, met Anja, 57, at Victoria station in London in 1985. They are married with two children and live in Bavaria In October 1985, Edward Morris was invited to spend a year as an academic guest at ETH Zurich, a research university in Switzerland. “I’d just finished my degree in physics when I […]

‘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 […]

Ray Harryhausen’s art raid: where the effects genius found his terrifying monsters

From his sword-swinging skeletons to a horn-headed cyclops, a new show reveals how the gruesome godfather of special effects plundered antiquity for ideas – and his own art collection The skeletons rise up from the scorched earth, lithe yet lifeless arrangements of loose yellow bones that leap over ruins to advance into mortal combat with […]

Tourism sector in Wales ‘desperate’ as holidays cancelled ahead of lockdown

The two-week Covid firebreak starting on Friday puts even more tourism jobs at risk• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverage Tourism businesses in Wales are spending Monday cancelling customers’ holidays after the first minister Mark Drakeford announced a two-week national lockdown designed to be a “short, sharp shock to the virus to […]

‘He was full of hope’: stories behind five of the 3,173 UK Covid deaths this summer

A mental health nurse, a cafe worker, a mosque supporter, a grandmother and a collector of rare Jewish books remembered Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Coronavirus cases fell sharply across the UK as the season changed from spring to summer. With the daily death toll also falling, the grim mood that […]

No ball games: life and play through the eyes of children across the UK – video

Celebrating the imagination and resourcefulness of young children across the UK by understanding the outdoor games they invent, inherit and play. The documentary was shot before Covid-19 changed their lives, and shifts from rural Wales to post-industrial Teesside and inner-city London. What challenges will these young people face in the aftermath of brutal funding cuts […]

Castles, stately homes and monuments: eight places where history was made in the UK

Discover the first castle to fall to gunpowder, the first stately home opened to the public and the National Trust’s inaugural acquisition LongleatThe Elizabethan seat of the Marquess of Bath can boast two big firsts. It was the first stately home in Britain to open to the public as a tourist attraction, in 1949, and […]

Share your experiences of the NHS coronavirus app

We’d like to hear about your experiences of using or downloading the new NHS coronavirus app After months of pilot studies, the NHS coronavirus app has finally arrived in England and Wales. The app is designed to alert users if they have been within two metres of someone who tested positive for coronavirus, allow users […]

Pubs, bars and restaurants: how will new rules in England, Scotland and Wales affect you?

We’d like to hear from people employed in pubs, bars and restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales about how you feel new restrictions may impact your work Pubs, bars and restaurants in England and Wales will have to shut by 10pm from Thursday under new restrictions to halt a rise in coronavirus cases. Scotland will […]

Covid cases and deaths today: coronavirus UK map

Are UK coronavirus cases rising in your local area and nationally? Check week-on-week changes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the latest figures from public health authorities Please note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases – some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not included in […]

Tell us: How are you affected by local lockdowns in Wales?

If you’re affected by local lockdown restrictions in south Wales, we’d like to hear from you. Share your experiences with us New local lockdown restrictions are to be imposed on four more areas of south Wales. The restrictions, which come into force from 6pm on Tuesday, are being introduced in Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and […]

Fear and confusion in Caerphilly as first local lockdown in Wales begins

Residents express anger over ‘bent rules’ as coronavirus infection rate rises to 72.9 cases per 100,000 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It had been a good few weeks for Trevor and Susan Parry. They caught up with their grandchildren, whom they had not hugged for months during the spring and summer […]

Caerphilly residents: how will you be affected by the local lockdown?

We want to hear from people living and working in Caerphilly about how restrictions will affect them Caerphilly in south Wales will be placed under lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday due to a spike in coronavirus cases, where 98 people were tested positive in one week. We want to hear from local people, schools and […]