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Jan 17 13 tweets 3 min read
.@Dannythefink reflects on the tragedy of the Frank family as a new book, 'The Betrayal of Anne Frank' by Rosemary Sullivan, delves into the riddle of who revealed their hiding place to the Nazis… The door opened and a man stood there, pointing a gun at them. The residents of the attic — the Franks, the Van Pels and the dentist Fritz Pfeffer — had been discovered by the German authorities
Jan 17 8 tweets 2 min read
The end of the pandemic is in sight for Britain, the World Health Organisation’s Covid chief has suggested after cases fell by more than a third in a week… Ministers are preparing to lift most remaining restrictions next week

Facemasks are likely to remain a legal requirement on public transport and indoors but work from home guidance and vaccine passports are expected to be scrapped at the end of the month 😷🏠💉
Jan 17 8 tweets 2 min read
Novak Djokovic has been offered an olive branch by the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, who said a ban on him returning to the country might be lifted in the “right circumstances”… This raised the prospect that Djokovic, 34, would be unable to fight for his tenth Australian Open title until 2025, assuming he is still playing by then
Jan 16 15 tweets 4 min read
What happened when Conrad Anker lost his climbing partner, Alex Lowe? United by grief, Anker and Lowe’s widow fell in love and he became father to her children.

Now the eldest son has made an extraordinary documentary 👇… In September 1999, a pair of American climbers travelled to Mount Shishapangma, in the Himalayas. Their names were Alex Lowe and Conrad Anker.

Alex did not come down from the mountain
Jan 15 10 tweets 3 min read
Tyron Ash remembers that first salvo of abuse, the insults that confirmed his business was heading in the right direction. The first Twitter DM he received said, “You’re s***s.” The second said, “Flash f***er”… 🗣 “Those first messages were from senior directors of big estate agents. But you know what, I didn’t blame them. People lash out when they’re scared and, trust me, we were eating these people alive”
Jan 15 11 tweets 3 min read
Best known for his role as counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer in the TV series 24, Kiefer Sutherland’s tattoos chart the journey of his life. The first tattoo he had done was of a Japanese symbol that represented strength of heart… There is also the tattoo of the Douglas clan to remind him of his actress mother, Shirley Douglas, who raised him when she divorced his father, the Hollywood actor Donald Sutherland
Jan 15 13 tweets 4 min read
55 soldiers from one regiment died in the campaign — 22 took their own lives back home. Why have so many suffered?

Warning: Some readers may find these stories upsetting… “I had a love for that man,” a 2 Rifles veteran told Anthony Loyd (@A_Loyd_Times, pictured far left) last November as he recalled recognising the body of a bomb-torn rifleman, killed in Sangin that savage summer of 2009, by his jawline Image
Jan 14 10 tweets 2 min read
Perhaps doing press-ups in freezing rain isn’t for you. But the same components would help anyone who struggles with winter blues, says @VictoriaPeckham… Gyms are exercise call centres: soulless, atomised and sad. Peloton bikes are all the hard bits of cycling — toil, pain, sweat — without the fun of whizzing through a landscape or getting somewhere
Jan 14 10 tweets 3 min read
In early 1999 Prince Andrew went on holiday. His friend Ghislaine Maxwell had introduced him to her boyfriend, the billionaire American businessman Jeffrey Epstein… Flight logs later showed that in February that year the Duke of York flew on Epstein’s private jet to the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned an island…
Jan 14 8 tweets 2 min read
Australia has revoked Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time but has agreed to delay his deportation… Nick Wood, the star’s lawyer, also appealed for him to be allowed to stay out of immigration detention as the case proceeds. He said that “time was precious”, given that the Australian Open starts on Monday…
Jan 13 9 tweets 2 min read
🔺 NEW: Prince Andrew loses all military titles and royal patronages… It is understood that the duke will also no longer be styled “His Royal Highness”

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen”
Jan 12 13 tweets 4 min read
The prime minister’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, is said to have begun to regret sending the garden party email shortly after he sent it

The headache this has caused would suggest this regret is justified… Reynolds email told 100 staff said:

“After what has been an incredibly busy period we thought it would be nice to make the most of the lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden this evening”
Jan 12 12 tweets 3 min read
While working on a cure for his son's chronic fatigue syndrome, has Ron Davis laid the groundwork for understanding long Covid? 👇… ME/CFS - or chronic fatigue syndrome - is thought to affect 20 million people worldwide, including the mounting numbers of people suffering from long Covid
Jan 12 11 tweets 2 min read
A campaign for banning strip clubs in Bristol has been backed by the city’s mayor Marvin Rees. Strippers warn that such a ban will push the sex industry underground and put them in “more danger”… 🗣️ “If the clubs were to close down there is a very strong possibility that the industry would go underground, it would go in hotels or Airbnbs, where there are basically no workers’ rights”
Jan 12 5 tweets 1 min read
“I regret the way things happened on the evening in question and I apologise, but I do think it would be better if he waited for the conclusion of the inquiry”… Boris Johnson has issued a “heartfelt” apology at prime minister’s questions after admitting that he attended a drinks event during the first lockdown in the No 10 garden
Jan 12 9 tweets 2 min read
Boris Johnson is set to address for the first time the Downing Street garden party that took place during the first lockdown at prime minister’s questions this afternoon as ministers and MPs urge him to apologise… The prime minister faces the gravest crisis of his premiership over the party in May 2020, at which he is said to have “gladhanded” guests
Jan 11 13 tweets 3 min read
The latest claims of rule-breaking threaten to derail Johnson’s attempt to use the new year to move on from rows over alleged Christmas parties

But how much will this indiscretion cost the prime minister going forward?… The worst-case scenario 🔴

Sue Gray, the senior civil servant Boris Johnson has charged with investigating allegations of parties in Downing Street, concludes that Johnson did attend the “socially distanced drinks” on May 20, 2020, and that it was in breach of the rules
Jan 11 9 tweets 2 min read
No, you’re not past it. It’s a myth that as people age they lose interest in sex (and most issues that complicate sex in later life can be treated — so trouble your doctor)… Sexually active older adults have a more positive outlook, and are less likely to think of themselves as old or believe that ageing has negative consequences
Jan 11 10 tweets 3 min read
🔺 JUST IN: Djokovic may have misled the Australian authorities about his movements before entering the country, it has emerged, triggering a new investigation by border officials which could result in him being sent back to an immigrant detention centre… The tennis star is alleged to have made a false declaration when he said he had not travelled outside his Serbian homeland in the fortnight before he arrived in Australia last week
Jan 10 9 tweets 3 min read
“At solstice our minds move beyond that couple of hundred metres of the circle’s perimeter to connect Stonehenge with the sky, with the heavens and the cosmos and the whole cycle of the year”… So says Neil Wilkin, curator of the British Museums Neolithic and Bronze age collection.

In 1977 English Heritage prohibited all public access to the stones (except by special arrangement). And now the two moments of solstice are the only times when most of us will get inside
Jan 10 9 tweets 3 min read
No two 83-year-olds are the same. One can run a marathon and the other is a frail nursing-home resident.

But why? Because our biological changes count more than the crowd of candles on our birthday cake 🎂… We control 80% of our ageing biology, notes Professor Rose Anne Kenny (@RoseAnnekenny1) in her new book Age Proof: The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life.

Kenny’s expert advice to enjoying a longer, happier, healthier existence is as follows 👇