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It’s Word of the Year season, and two British dictionaries are leading the pack. Collins picked lockdown – a word we threw around here in the US but never experienced the way they did in the UK and elsewhere. (A friend of mine is literally confined to her London apartment after spending a month in France: she can’t go outdoors at all.) And Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, chose a phenomenon instead of a single word: the impact of the COVID-19 on language. “What struck the...
Tags: Apple, Art, Fashion, UK, London, Writing, Steve Jobs, France, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Urban, Bloomberg, New York Times, Oxford, Linguistics


‘Let’s bring joy into the house as early as possible’ – why Britain is already celebrating Christmas

At the end of a truly difficult year, Christmas lights, trees and decorations are springing up, and even the shuttered shops haven’t slowed the present buying. What’s behind this race to begin the festive season?A couple of weeks ago, Christmas was unleashed on the home of Wayne Smith and his family. The tub of chocolates has been opened, Home Alone has been watched and the first Tia Maria and Coke of the season has been poured. The tree is up along with retro foil decorations and lights. This y...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, Britain, Santa, Kent, Coke, Wayne Smith, Tia Maria, Coronavirus, Natalie Miller Snell


Why I’m grateful for the lessons and hardship of 2020

It has been a year of unprecedented anxiety and hardship — the phrase “dumpster fire” keeps getting tossed around — but I can’t help feeling grateful for so much of what has happened this year and the resilience it has produced in all of us and in our industry.
Tags: Thanksgiving, Opinion, Lifestyle, Radio, 2020, Agent, Gratitude, Select, Troy Palmquist, Coronavirus


Outdoor kitchens, dining spaces take center stage during holidays

Agents in California, Montana, Arkansas and Louisiana share how buyers are embracing outdoor entertainment spaces for socially distanced holiday gatherings.
Tags: Design, Lifestyle, Radio, Louisiana, Home Design, Kitchens, Select, Pandemic, Outdoor Dining, Coronavirus, Buyer Needs, Entertainment Areas, Blended Spaces, Buyer Wants, Outdoor Kitchens, California Montana Arkansas


'Not normal times': health experts on how they are spending Thanksgiving

Top public health officials are taking their own advice about scaling down the holiday amid the Covid-19 pandemic to heartIn October, Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, said in an interview that his children would not be coming home for Thanksgiving this year and encouraged other Americans to avoid large celebrations in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Related: Thanksgiving won't be the same this year – but there’s plenty to be thankful for | Nancy J...
Tags: Thanksgiving, Life and style, Anthony Fauci, Nancy Jo, Coronavirus


How to change or cancel flights during the pandemic

Thomas Pallini/Business Insider A surge in COVID-19 cases across the US is encouraging would-be travelers to cancel their holiday flights. Four major US airlines have eliminated change and cancel fees permanently, while others have travel waivers to make it easier to cancel when plans change. Most airlines won't offer a refund, however, unless a flight is canceled or there is a schedule change, so flyers should be strategic when they cancel.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Air Travel, Mexico, Life, Planes, US, Trends, Flight, Alaska, Delta, Aviation, South America, Credit, Airlines, United


Christmas: scientists suggest outdoor festivities to keep safe from Covid

Independent Sage proposes community celebrations with food and drink in the streetCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas could be turned into a communal outdoor celebration – with hot drinks and mince pies consumed in the street – scientists have suggested, in alternative plans drawn up for safer festivities.In a set of proposals compiled by Independent Sage – a group formed in response to concerns about a lack of transparency in scientific advice given to governme...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, UK News, Coronavirus, COVID, Independent Sage


Scientists suggest an outdoor Christmas to keep safe from Covid

Independent Sage proposes community celebrations with food and drink in the streetCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas could be turned into a communal outdoor celebration – with hot drinks and mince pies consumed in the street – scientists have suggested, in alternative plans drawn up for safer festivities.In a set of proposals compiled by Independent Sage – a group formed in response to concerns about a lack of transparency in scientific advice given to governme...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, UK News, Coronavirus, COVID, Independent Sage


How to fight 'Covid fatigue' as America heads for a deadly winter

Polls suggest Americans are exhausted after months of restrictions, so we asked experts for advice on how to convince loved ones to stay safe ahead of the holidaysFatigue with pandemic restrictions has hit many Americans at a time when it’s more important than ever that people take the virus seriously and stay home.While the US contends with a huge surge in cases and record hospitalizations, federal inaction has forced local officials to adopt their own rules and messaging, creating a patchwork ...
Tags: Thanksgiving, Christmas, US, America, Life and style, US news, Coronavirus


Boris Johnson under pressure as scientists back tight rules for Christmas

PM set to announce end to lockdown before trying to broker national agreement on family gatheringsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson will meet his cabinet remotely on Sunday to decide how people will be able to gather with loved ones at Christmas, before the announcement of a new Covid winter plan.The prime minister, who is self-isolating, will then confirm by video to parliament on Monday that national restrictions will end on 2 December and be replaced by...
Tags: Politics, Science, Christmas, Conservatives, Life and style, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus


In chaotic times, Zillow becomes the solution to doomscrolling

People in 2020 are treating the ubiquitous real estate portal as part social network, part salve amid a global pandemic and geopolitical chaos.
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Lifestyle, Analysis, Radio, New York Times, Agent, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, Pandemic, Taylor Lorenz, Tiktok, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Pandemic


How to change or cancel flights as the pandemic and travel restrictions cripple the airline industry's nascent recovery

Airline passengers reconsidering their holiday plans can take advantage of new policies offered by most major airlines. MARTIN SYLVEST/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty A surge in COVID-19 cases across the US is encouraging would-be travelers to cancel their holiday flights. Four major US airlines have eliminated change and cancel fees permanently, while others have travel waivers to make it easier to cancel when plans change. Most airlines won't offer a refund, however, unless a flight is canceled...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Air Travel, Mexico, Life, Planes, US, Trends, Flight, Alaska, Delta, Aviation, South America, Credit, Airlines, United


‘I haven’t had a shave in a week’ – how 2020 rebooted men’s style

It wasn’t just slovenly grooming and sweatpants, male fashion embraced the outdoors when the pandemic hitThis week, Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, raised eyebrows with his appearance. He testified remotely before the Senate judiciary committee with a Gandalf-esque growth of beard and a gap-year nose ring. A few days earlier, the rapper Tyler, The Creator had appeared at the People’s Choice awards wearing a deerstalker on top of his head, sporting a cream puffer jacket and carrying a man bag. Both T...
Tags: Twitter, Fashion, Senate, Life and style, Men's Fashion, Men's Coats And Jackets, Jack Dorsey, Tyler The Creator, Dorsey, Men's Trousers, Tyler, Gandalf, People 's Choice, Coronavirus, Uvence


Quiet please! How to exercise in an upstairs flat – without annoying your neighbours

No one wants a noise complaint due to a vigorous home HIIT session. Here experts give their tips on how to proceed, from hula-hooping to brushing up on your yogaWith gyms in England closed for the second time this year, neighbourly relations may have been strained by YouTube workouts and online high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions. Is that thundering on the floor in the flat above ever going to stop, or is it just the short bit where your upstairs neighbour does a few burpees before ...
Tags: England, Fitness, Life and style, Coronavirus


Blinking hell: how to keep tired eyes healthy during a pandemic

Are you worried your vision has grown worse this year? You’re definitely not alone. But from the 20-20-20 rule to changing the size of your text, there are simple ways to address itIn the pandemic, our eyes are working harder than ever. With the majority of our communication nonverbal, and all but the upper third of our faces covered by masks, we are more reliant on them to express tone, emotion and even individuality, with a recent explosion in online tutorials for “mask makeup looks” emphasisi...
Tags: UK, Science, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Coronavirus, College of Optometrists


'It was love at first sight': readers on their new lockdown pets

From a charming cockatiel to cuddly guinea pigs, here are some of the pets you welcomed into your homes during lockdownMy wife was firmly in the ‘cats, not dogs’ camp but our children wanted a dog. When lockdown came chinks appeared in my wife’s armour and I picked up Juno the goldador (a cross breed between a golden retriever and a labrador). It was love at first sight. My wife mocks my devotion. In particular, she laughs at the adoring gaze, once reserved for her, that she says crosses my face...
Tags: Pets, Life and style, Juno, Adam Montgomery, Coronavirus, Malvern Continue


How much have you got? Breaking the taboos on money

The squeeze on jobs means that many of us are now juggling our finances. But if we are more open and honest about our earnings then all of us will be better offOn a sunny Tuesday afternoon in July, Rob Campbell, 50, received a Zoom call from his boss at the advertising firm where he worked as a head of strategy. He took it in his bedroom. It wasn’t a good call. His boss was courteous, professional and regretful that, what with coronavirus and everything, Campbell was being made redundant. His fi...
Tags: Business, Money, Life and style, Working From Home, Campbell, Rob Campbell, Coronavirus


Rainbow bright! How the symbol of optimism and joy spread across our clothes, homes and lives in 2020

Appearing in windows and bookshelves, the rainbow became the defining motif of the year. Now, they are everywhere from trainers to Christmas decorations – and are big business. What’s behind this new optimism economy?The rainbows started appearing all over Italy within a few days of schools closing for the first lockdown, back in March. Crayon drawings were taped to the inside of windows; poster-painted banners hung from balconies. When the pandemic came to Britain the rainbows came too, andrà...
Tags: Fashion, John Lewis, Life and style, World news, Britain, NHS, Italy, Coronavirus, Olivia Rubin


4 home design trends ushered in by the pandemic

From home offices to meditation rooms, both builders and sellers are now incorporating some of these new priorities to suit the needs of today’s buyer.
Tags: Design, Lifestyle, Radio, Luxury, Home Office, Teams, Agent, Select, Outdoor Space, Amenities, Amazon Room, Coronavirus, Mauricio Umanksy


Texas televangelist who falsely linked pandemic to premarital sex dies of COVID-19

• In March, 'End Times' pastor Irvin Baxter said COVID-19 is a 'wake-up call' from God on the sin of fornication. Baxter died of complications from COVID-19 less than 8 months later. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that a Pentecostal televangelist who falsely linked the pandemic to sinful premarital sex — the preacher himself has died of COVID-19. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Texas, News, Sex, Dallas Morning News, Televangelists, Baxter, End Times, Pandemic, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Irvin Baxter, Fornication, Premarital Sex


"If you’re going to work from home indefinitely, why not make a new home in an exotic place?..."

"It turns out there are drawbacks the trend stories and Instagram posts didn’t share. Tax things. Red-tape things. Wi-Fi rage things. Closed border things. The kinds of things one might gloss over when making an emotional, quarantine-addled decision to pack up an apartment and book a one-way ticket to Panama or Montreal or Kathmandu.... The anxious self-optimization pingpongs between 'Why aren’t I living my best life?' and 'Why aren’t I killing it at work?'... Ms. Smith-Adair’s office became a f...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Law, Careers, America, Monkeys, United States, Portugal, Starbucks, Montreal, Kathmandu, Panama, Costa, Trump, McDonald, Eugene Ore


Inseparable for 44 years – the couple banned from touching because of Covid

Trish Walker’s husband Chris is in a care home, and she has been allowed to speak to him for only an hour a dayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey met on a blind date and married nine months later. For the next 44 years, Chris and Trish Walker were inseparable. Until the pandemic.For the past eight months, Trish has not been allowed to touch her husband and has only been able to speak to him for just over an hour, even though he has already had – and recovered from –...
Tags: Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Social Care, Ageing, Chris, Trish, Trish Walker, Coronavirus


Economic recovery from the pandemic is a mixed bag across industries, but these 26 subsectors are quickly regaining jobs

Employment in retail subsectors have begun to recover from job losses in the spring. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images Employment is not recovering from the coronavirus pandemic at the same pace across different industries.  Some of the industries that were hit the hardest at the beginning of the pandemic, such as retail, have recovered most of their job losses in recent months.   Business Insider applied the same method that the US Bureau of Labor Statisti...
Tags: Jobs, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Recession, Features, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Recovery, Denton, Oakland Calif, BLS, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Permian Basin, Navy Federal Credit Union, Job Growth, Noam Galai Getty


I know how I'll get through this winter: oversized jumpers and triple jacket potatoes | Hadley Freeman

Things that make life better, things that don’t and things that are possibly proof of Covid brain fogFor exciting tax purposes, I’ve been going through old bank statements, because I really know how to carpe diem. It’s been quite amusing (in a relative, tax-based way) to see my patterns of spending. I don’t want to call myself a creature of habit, but you wouldn’t have to be Mystic Meg to predict my weekly trips to the bookshop (followed by lunch at the Greek restaurant around the corner – hallo...
Tags: Disney, Spain, Life and style, Mother, Meg, Hadley Freeman, Coronavirus


Couples 'heartbroken and exhausted' as English weddings cancelled – again

Couples alter weddings up to four times amid constantly changing Covid rules Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey have had to reschedule the best day of their lives not once, twice or thrice – but four times. Now couples forced to alter their wedding plans repeatedly due to changing coronavirus measures have told of being left “heartbroken and exhausted”, amid a lack of government support for the wedding industry.Under the regulations for England’s second national loc...
Tags: England, Life and style, UK News, Weddings, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus


'Pick up thy coat and walk': how to cope with the new Covid lockdown

Guardian writers share what they learned last time, such as you’ll never finish that Dostoevsky bookCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThis lockdown I will remember: Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Dostoevsky, Coronavirus


Why a digital Christmas goes against our instincts

What can science tell us about our urge to celebrate with loved ones this festive season despitethe dangers?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEven at the best of times, Christmas can be a season of contradictory feelings. There is a yearning to enjoy the season of goodwill with our relatives and yet their proximity often creates friction. For many families, it is the only time of year we get to spend together, yet we resent the stress that this creates.The Covid-19 pand...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Science, Biology, Christmas, Life and style, Genetics, Boris Johnson, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus


Flower power: Covid restrictions fuel boom in plant and bulb sales

Sales of medicinal plants such as echinacea have risen by almost 3,000% at some outletsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs winter approaches, the pandemic continues and spending time outdoors seems less appealing, how can you still get your fix of nature? By bringing the outdoors inside, or at least that’s what soaring plant sales seem to suggest.Latest figures show there has been a huge increase in the number of people buying plants and bulbs during lockdown, and medi...
Tags: Environment, Life and style, UK News, Plants, Gardens, Coronavirus


Winter is coming: These are most in-demand cold weather amenities

As homebuyers and owners prepare to settle in for what may be a long COVID-19 winter, they're looking for amenities to keep them warm and provide them with experiences and entertainment in a world where going out is still on pause.
Tags: Design, Winter, Lifestyle, Radio, Home Office, Agent, Nashville, Compass, Pool, Santa Fe, Hot Tub, Rvs, Boise, Marin County, Keller Williams, Select


LetsGetChecked Let’s You Test At Home And Avoid The Dr’s Office

With Covid-19 cases surging across the US as the temperature drops, it’s looking less than safe to venture out for standard checkups and tests at your local primary physician’s office. If you simply want to check your overall well-being with a thyroid test or check to see if your new diet has helped lower your cholesterol with a quick Cholesterol Test, then LetsGetChecked is your answer! With LetsGetChecked, you can test at home for many different health concerns and get your results b...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Fashion, US, Lyme Disease, Cholesterol, Blood Test, Health & Fitness, Don, LetsGetChecked, Coronavirus, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, COVID, Coronavirus Pandemic



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