When Justin Bieber collapsed last week at the O2 arena in London and was taken to a private clinic feeling "short of breath" and needing oxygen, the rumours started flying that he had had an asthma attack. They were denied by his management, but it would have been understandable if he had. Most of last week, London's air was heavily polluted, with many of the capital's pollution monitors recording "high" nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels as an acute photochemical smog of fumes and microscopic particles (PM) of acids, chemicals, metals and dust drifted in from the continent, mixed with London diesel exhaust and then became trapped in the still, dry air. … [Read more...] about UK air pollution: why are we only now waking up to this public health crisis?
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A survey by the British Chambers of Commerce of 480 of its members found that fewer than half of businesses that traded internationally said they had an EORI number - a unique identifier needed to complete customs declarations - despite the government automatically handing these out to traders. … [Read more...] about Brexit: UK firms ‘under-prepared’ for new EU trading rules
Not everyone loved Roberto Benigni’s bold concentration camp comedy about a Jewish inmate who shields his son from the horrors of Nazism by pretending it’s all a game — but it made me laugh (and for that matter cry) like a drain. If you want to smile, take a look on YouTube at the moment Sophia Loren, at the Academy Awards, announces it as Best Foreign Language Film. It’s priceless. … [Read more...] about BRIAN VINER: How to build a STAR… Booksmart Beanie Feldstein takes on the Black Country
Tima Rashad, west London, beauty salon owner “When we reopened back in July it was like Christmas come early for about two weeks,” said Rashad. “But then in August it was awful. The worst we’ve ever had. It seemed that people came and got their nails done then went to the countryside or abroad.” … [Read more...] about ‘I’m hopeful but cautious’: business owners on UK recovery
Though a cyclist herself, local Labour MP Dr Rupa Huq (sister of ex-Blue Peter presenter Konnie) describes the new measures as ‘poorly thought through’ and ‘pushed through without consultation’. She believes the zones will impact local shops, forcing more people to desert the High Street. … [Read more...] about The road to madness: How eco-obsessed councils – under cover of Covid – have spent millions of YOUR money to shut roads across Britain