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‘Culture has been wrecked’: swimmers lament changes to Hampstead ponds

‘Culture has been wrecked’: swimmers lament changes to Hampstead ponds

Micah Sami spent her teenage years swimming in the Hampstead ladies’ pond. The freedom to access the water, or sit in the meadow, helped her cope whenever she wasn’t feeling great. But since the City of London Corporation (CoLC) enforced charges for the first time in the history of the ponds last year – and raised them again earlier this year, a move now the subject of a legal challenge – it doesn’t feel the same. “It’s like an iron fist has made its way into the space, it’s more controlled and there’s a barrier of access,” the 21-year-old says. “It’s removed that sacred femininity of the...

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‘Culture has been wrecked’: swimmers lament changes to Hampstead ponds

‘Culture has been wrecked’: swimmers lament changes to Hampstead ponds

Micah Sami spent her teenage years swimming in the Hampstead ladies’ pond. The freedom to access the water, or sit in the meadow, helped her cope whenever she wasn’t feeling great. But since the City of London Corporation (CoLC) enforced charges for the first time in the history of the ponds last year – and raised them again earlier this year, a move now the subject of a legal challenge – it doesn’t feel the same. “It’s like an iron fist has made its way into the space, it’s more controlled and there’s a barrier of access,” the 21-year-old says. “It’s removed that sacred femininity of the...

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Mobile phone masts in rural England to be up to 20% taller in rules shakeup

Mobile phone masts in rural England to be up to 20% taller in rules shakeup

Antennae up to 30 metres high will be allowed under plans to improve phone and 5G networksMon 19 Apr 2021 19.01 EDTLast modified on Tue 20 Apr 2021 03.17 EDTMobile phone masts up to 30 metres tall are to get the green light to be built in the English countryside, the government announced, a 20% increase on the current maximum.Under proposed changes to improve mobile connectivity and boost the rollout of networks in rural communities, telecoms firms will be allowed to extend new and existing phone masts by five metres in height in most areas and increase their width by two metres.The aim is...

April 19, 2021
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Freddie the Thames seal put down by vets after dog attack

Freddie the Thames seal put down by vets after dog attack

Seal pup who had taken up residence last month near Hammersmith Bridge was mauled on SundayTue 23 Mar 2021 00.36 EDTFirst published on Mon 22 Mar 2021 16.28 EDTFreddie, the seal who captured the hearts of Londoners since taking up residence near Hammersmith Bridge last month, has been put down by vets after a dog attack left him with severe wounds.Vets treating the beloved seal pup said the “only ethical and fair option we have is to end his suffering” after the vicious attack left him with a fractured flipper and an infected wound.Since arriving upstream on the river a few weeks ago, the...

March 23, 2021
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Cat on a fast train roof holds up London to Manchester service

Cat on a fast train roof holds up London to Manchester service

Feline was a whisker away from a 125mph ride when it was spotted at Euston station on Tuesday evening and agencyWed 3 Mar 2021 19.31 ESTLast modified on Thu 4 Mar 2021 03.12 ESTYou hear about delays from leaves on the line, maybe even the occasional , but on Tuesday evening a cat was discovered on a train roof at London Euston station – a whisker away from hitching a 125mph ride up north.The tabby was spotted curled up on top of an Avanti West Coast train about half an hour before it was due to depart for Manchester at 9pm and refused to move.Passengers were transferred to a replacement...

March 4, 2021
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Mindfulness, laughter and robot dogs may relieve lockdown loneliness – study

Mindfulness, laughter and robot dogs may relieve lockdown loneliness – study

Robotic dogs, laughter therapy and mindfulness could and social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found.The team at the university’s School of Medicine, led by Dr Christopher Williams, reviewed 58 existing studies on loneliness and identified interventions that could be adapted for people living in lockdown or under pandemic-related social distancing measures.Several of the studies involved initiatives to combat , likely to be hit hard under lockdown. Effective interventions in these settings included weekly visits from an interactive...

February 17, 2021
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'It's a wonderful privilege': swimmers return to Hampstead Heath ponds

'It's a wonderful privilege': swimmers return to Hampstead Heath ponds

t was like trying to get tickets for Glastonbury!” said John Roberts, waving a paper ticket. It was his birthday and he and wife, Susanna, were palpably excited to be on their way for a swim in the mixed pond at Hampstead Heath for the first time in months.Having spent lockdown working from their third-floor flat in Belsize Park without access to a garden, the couple, who are expecting their first baby, had been eagerly anticipating the government’s announcement on Thursday that .The ponds are managed by the City of Corporation, which confirmed they would be reopening on Saturday for a...

July 11, 2020
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No 10 faces ridicule after tweeting incorrect lockdown rules

No 10 faces ridicule after tweeting incorrect lockdown rules

Critics attack ‘confusing’ tweet about guidance on meeting people from other households Sat 4 Jul 2020 09.03 EDTNo 10 has courted mockery after tweeting the wrong lockdown rules hours after an easing of restrictions in England.The official Downing Street Twitter account, which is verified and tweets on behalf of the prime minister, wrote just after 9am: “You can only meet people who don’t live with you outside. Whatever the weather.”The tweet was swiftly deleted after an angry backlash when users ridiculed the government for apparently not knowing its own guidance. Labour lambasted the...

July 4, 2020
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UK coronavirus: face coverings and masks to be mandatory in English hospitals – as it happened

UK coronavirus: face coverings and masks to be mandatory in English hospitals – as it happened

andShowThat’s it for today from the UK. If you’d like to continue following the Guardian’s coverage of the pandemic, head over to the for the worldwide picture.Read moreJamie GriersonThe number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the prison estate continues to rise, Ministry of Justice figures show, as the total population dropped below 80,000 for the first time in 12 years.As at 5pm on Thursday, 482 prisoners had tested positive for the coronavirus across 79 prisons, an increase of less than 1% in 24 hours.There 947 infected prison staff across 105 prisons, an increase of less than 0.5%...

June 5, 2020
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Pinch and be patient: how to treat a nosebleed

Pinch and be patient: how to treat a nosebleed

Nosebleeds are normally a result of a ruptured blood vessel in the nose. Common causes include picking or blowing your nose, sneezing vigorously and high blood pressure.Do not lie down or tilt your head back, as the blood will drip into the back of your throat and block the airway. Sit down, lean forward and pinch the soft part of the nose. You can use an ice pack or frozen peas in a tea towel on the bridge of the nose if you want to, but it is not normally necessary.Pinching the soft part of the nose helps to form a clot and stop the bleeding. Pinch for 10 minutes, then let go to see if it...

March 15, 2020
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