England's deputy chief medical officer says it is too soon to start planning summer holidays as it would be a 'guessing game' at this stage because the relevant data is not yet available. Professor Van Tam told today's No 10 news briefing that any easing of lockdown restrictions would have to take place 'gradually' and that the more elaborate people make their holiday plans, the more likely it is they will have to be cancelled because they are more likely to involve breaking rules by crossing borders or mixing households - restrictions which could still be in place this summer. He said the 'key is through vaccination' so that the illness will be manageable in the community. It comes as Department of Health figures show another 333 Covid victims were recorded today, a drop of 18 per cent on the 406 last Monday. Another 14,104 infections were also added to the official tally. The daily figure has dropped by a quarter week-on-week, with today's number lower than at any time since December 8.?
Pharmacist tells of the trials and triumphs on the vaccine front line: Twice as many people turning up as had booked; those who wanted the 'other' jab; coaxing needlephobics... and sheer joy galore
The vaccine roll-out has been one of the biggest logistical challenges of our lifetime, involving a legion of NHS staff and volunteers (including, it was revealed yesterday, the actor Hugh Bonneville, pictured bottom left). Here, a pharmacist who's helping in a hub in London reveals in fascinating detail what it's like on the vaccination front line (speaking anonymously for patient confidentiality) - while one of the Covid vaccine trial volunteers, Josh Miller, 35, a research paramedic, tells his uplifting story. Pictured: A vaccine being administered at Bath Racecourse, Somerset (bottom right); People queue for vaccines in Brighton, East Sussex (top); Boxes of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine at Derby Arena (inset).?
'She was a trailblazer': Motown legend Mary Wilson of The Supremes dies aged 76 at home in Las Vegas
Legendary Motown singer Mary Wilson has died aged 76, her publicist has confirmed. The star, an integral member of soul pioneers The Supremes, died suddenly at her home in Las Vegas . A cause of death is yet to be announced. Along with band-mate Diana Ross, Wilson was at the forefront of the Motown sound after signing with the label in 1961, originally as a member of The Primettes before the group changed their name.
RICHARD LITTLEJOHN:?Boris Johnson once boasted that his political hero was the mayor from Jaws. But just when you thought it was safe...
RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Britain may be on course to vaccinate 15 million of the most vulnerable people ahead of schedule. But that doesn't mean we can expect a return to something approaching normal life any time soon.Ministers and their advisers have been quick to crush any sense of euphoria which may briefly have been experienced by those of us lucky enough to receive our first jabs. Even after we've all had our second dose there is no immediate prospect of regaining the freedoms we once took for granted.
After THAT party... Kay Burley's secret new role: Sky News presenter uses her time off-air over lockdown blunder to volunteer at food hub for the vulnerable and homeless
Sky News presenter Kay Burley, who fell from grace after breaching Covid rules to celebrate her 60th birthday last year, has been spotted handing out food (left and top right) at London's Community Kitchen (queues outside the community kitchen, bottom right) in Brent, north west London. Footage shared by the food hub's organisers, showed Miss Burley giving out bags filled with essential items such as bread and eggs to those dealing with poverty. Miss Burley has been volunteering at the kitchen's operations in Harrow and Wembley for the past seven or eight weeks. It comes after the journalist was taken off-air in December for six months after an internal review carried out by Sky into her birthday celebrations (Miss Burley with reporter Beth Rigby at her birthday, inset) found that 'Covid guidelines were breached'.
Fifty shades of outrage? As a British heiress' violent lover goes on trial amid claims her death was caused by 'rough sex' gone wrong, PAUL BRACCHI examines the tragic case
Anna Reed (pictured) had expensive tastes. She could afford them. She was from a very privileged background, after all; her family owned a renowned racehorse stud farm in Yorkshire. 'Still need a Louis Vuitton suitcase, a Mulberry handbag, a Burberry trench coat, a pair of Louboutins, a Chopard watch and much, much more,' she once tweeted from a shopping expedition to Munich. It was typical Anna. On her last trip, travelling around the globe - a 21st birthday gift from her millionaire father before the world went into lockdown - she continued in the style to which she was accustomed. Pictured left and inset: Anna's boyfriend Marc Schatzle.
Big freeze continues: Storm Darcy is set to bring SIX more inches of snow today amid -7C chill with warnings of travel chaos and power cuts after blizzards shut vaccine centres and schools
Six more inches of snow has been forecast for parts of the UK today as Storm Darcy left a foot snow lying on the ground at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, with temperatures dropping as low as -8C yesterday. A yellow weather (inset) warning is in place for most of eastern England and Scotland, with some schools opting for a snow day instead of remote learning. Other parts of the UK, including Leicester, have woken up to a blanket of snow this morning (pictured) as London (left, Bermondsey) awoke to freezing temperatures.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make a surprise appearance in US Zoom poetry class in honour of Black History Month - as the Duchess 'shared some of her favourite lines' with stunned teens
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, joined a free poetry class organized by US-based group Get Lit Poetry, which works with young people across the country. The organization hosted a free poetry class on Saturday in honor of Black History Month which was attended by writers aged 13 to 19. Harry and Meghan joined the online class, much to the surprise of its members - who were left open-mouthed with shock at seeing the couple pop up on their screens. According to the Get Lit Instagram account, the couple were 'magic and kind and interested in poetry', and Meghan even 'shared some of her favorite lines'. The news comes just after it was revealed that the former Suits star has 'some very serious and lucrative book deals on the table'.
US grandfather who dropped his toddler granddaughter to her death through a cruise ship window says he is 'angry and relieved' after he avoids jail?
Salvatore Anello, right, of Valparaiso, Indiana, pleaded guilty in the case in October. His defense attorney said Anello would serve probation in his home state. Anello was aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruises′ Freedom of the Seas ship with family in July 2019 when he dropped?18-month-old Chloe Wiegand, left, to her death. He has said he did not know the window, top inset, in the children′s play area was open. The girl′s parents, bottom inset, sued Royal Caribbean in a civil case that is still ongoing.
Do you think THIS week is freezing? It's nothing compared to the age when snow pulled down trees, there were icebergs in the Bristol Channel... and it lasted for SEVEN decades
Staring fearfully into the night sky, the residents of 16th-century Bristol watched as what seemed to be a sinister omen flashed across the heavens. One observer likened it to 'beams as red as fire coming out . . . of a furnace'. We now know this to have been the Northern Lights, which are sometimes visible as far south as Cornwall. The world was suffering the effects of volcanic eruptions in the Americas which pushed dust and gases high into the atmosphere, blocking out the sun and resulting in a long period of severe cooling. Since named the Grindelwald Fluctuation, after a Swiss glacier that expanded to provide one of the clearest signs of a chillier climate, this scourge of the Elizabethan and Stuart eras spanned seven decades between 1560 and 1630.
LAURA PERRINS: While medics and shopkeepers refuse to be bowed by Covid-19, teaching unions are making outrageous demands before returning to the classroom... Don't our children deserve better
LAURA PERRINS: There's an old saying in politics: never let a good crisis go to waste. That is certainly the approach adopted by the National Education Union - Britain's biggest teaching union. With breath-taking cynicism and self-serving ruthlessness, the union is using the Covid-19 pandemic to hammer the Government over cheap political points - at terrible cost to the nation's children.
Abbey Clancy, Emily Atack and Billie Piper lead a host of stars throwing their support behind Red Nose Day as they stun in striking charity shoot
A whole host of A-list stars have swapped red carpets for red noses to support the world-renowned charity event Red Nose Day this year. Abbey Clancy, 35, (center) Emily Atack, 31, (left) and Billie Piper, 38, (right) are all among the clan of celebs to don the charity clothing collection. In a series of images by esteemed photographer Matt Holyoak that were released today, the blonde bombshells pose in the Pixar themed clothing line by TKMaxx. Some of the big names joining the campaign included Hollywood actress Olivia Colman, 47, as well as Island presenter Laura Whitmore, 35, and former Girl's?Aloud member Kimberley Walsh, 39. Red Nose Day returns next month for an evening of television that will be broadcast live on BBC One on March 19.
Outrage as Oxford University is to rename its prestigious Wykeham chair of physics after a Chinese firm 'with links to country's spy agency' - in return for a ￡70,000 donation?
The University's Wykeham chair of physics will now be known as Tencent-Wykeham chair in honour of the Chinese computing conglomerate which has offered a ￡700,000 donation in return. CIA sources have claimed Tencent, the company behind the controversial WeChat app (inset), received money and support from the Ministry of State Security, China's main intelligence agency, when it was first founded. The company denies it received intelligence funding, saying its finances were 'transparent'. Ling Ge (pictured left and, right, with physicist Brian Cox), Tencent's Chief European Representative, has a PhD in quantum computing research from Oxford and has declined to comment on why Tencent is sponsoring the Wykeham chair.
Escaped guard dog mauls girls aged two and three in street attack as it 'drags one around in its mouth like a rag doll'?
The two girls were brutally attacked by the escaped guard dog in Birmingham today with police called to the scene just after 12.30pm. The two girls were both injured during the attack which saw one dragged around in the dog's mouth 'like a rag doll'. It is understood that a guard dog escaped from nearby business premises before attacking the two girls. They are not thought to be in a life threatening condition. The three-year-old had hand and leg injuries after being bitten and the two year-old had scratch marks and a leg injury.
PIERS MORGAN: Tom Brady the greatest athlete ever? Sorry America, I love your Super Bowl king too - but he doesn't make my Top 10 all-time sporting GOATs led by a little Aussie genius you've never heard of playing a sport you don't understand?
All hail King Tom Brady! The superstar quarter-back's record-breaking 7th Super Bowl victory yesterday means he's now won it more times than any NFL franchise, let alone any other player. And the fact he's done it again at the age of 43, after leaving the team that he'd been with for 20 glorious years, makes it all the more extraordinary and admirable. So perhaps it's little wonder that many are now calling Brady the 'Greatest Sportsman of All Time'. Don't get me wrong; he's a magnificent athlete with an extraordinary work ethic and will-to-win that places him in the very highest echelons of sporting achievement. But the G.O.A.T? No chance. As for the greatest when it comes to all male sportsmen in history, Brady doesn't even make my Top 10.
'It's like Disneyland for retirees': New documentary goes inside the creepy US utopia for pensioners that belies a sinister underbelly of racism, orgies, drunken debauchery and a make-believe history
'Some Kind of Heaven' is a new documentary that plunges into the surreal world of argyle socks, heavy drinking and Viagra-fueled promiscuity at the world's largest retirement community known as 'The Villages.' Located 70 miles north of Orlando, the sprawling 32-square-mile master planned mega-community is larger than the size of Manhattan and also the fastest growing city in America between 2010- 2019 (according to US Census data), with a current population of 130,000. The Villages were designed to be a self-contained paradise with 14 grocery stores, unlimited restaurants and its own hospital, fire department, utility company, TV channel, radio station and newspaper. It's been dubbed 'the Disnleyland for seniors' thanks to it's lifestyle that provides free unlimited golf at 50 different courses, 100 recreation centers, 89 swimming pools and 2,700 activity clubs that include everything from line dancing to synchronized swimming (bottom right), a thriving singles club with over 20,000 members (bottom left), a group for retired CIA agents and cheerleading (top right) which has a two year waitlist to join. Some critics say The Villages are a creepy Stepford cult for Baby Boomers with Orwellian rules that are dictated by an elusive family worth billions of dollars. 'Some Kind of Heaven' peels back the manicured veneer to find a dark undercurrent of loneliness, intolerance, and insularity coursing through the streets of 'America's friendliest hometown.'
Take note! Hilarious snaps reveal the VERY passive aggressive messages left by people who hate confrontation
Social media users from around the world shared snaps of hilarious examples online and the very best were compiled in a gallery by Noteabley. Pictured clockwise from top left: neighbors who were fed up of seeing more than they wanted; a flatmate fed up of dirty dishes at the fridge; a furious neighbor in the US; an office worker who just didn't buy into the Game Of Thrones hype; a husband who didn't appreciate their waiter's attentions; an American company with higher standards than Comic Sans.
'Creepy Joe is at it again': President is blasted after telling a nurse running a vaccine site that she 'looks like a freshman' during a video conference
President Biden, left, has been accused of attempting to flirt with nurse Brittney Hayes, right, during a video conference call in which he said that she 'looks like a freshman.' The exchange happened during a public video conference call with health care workers in Glendale, Arizona. 'Are you a freshman? You look like a freshman,' the president said to the nine-year health professional.
'Someone did something nice and you are victimized?': 'Woke' LA Times op-ed columnist is blasted for comparing Trump-supporting neighbors to Hezbollah and Nazi sympathizers after they kindly plowed snow from her yard
Virginia Heffernan, an author, podcast host and columnist, told of her struggle to thank her Trump-supporting neighbors for shoveling the snow from the driveway of her 'pandemic-getaway', in a column published on Friday which has sparked anger. Heffernan likened her neighbors to Nazi sympathizers, Hezbollah and followers of Louis Farrakhan, who all found ways to legitimize the 'kindness' of their leaders. 'Free driveway work, as nice as it is, is just not the same currency as justice and truth,' she wrote. Megyn Kelly and Tucker Carlson were among those to criticize Heffernan's 'mean spirited' article.
Going with the flow! A ￡595,000 converted water tower is revealed as the most popular home for sale on Rightmove
The converted water tower is a three-bedroom home that is on the market for ￡595,000. It was the most viewed home for sale on property website Rightmove in January. The Grade II-listed tower dates back to 1853 and used to serve the market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. The conversion has seen the tower extended on the south and western sides, including curved glass windows in the living area on the ground floor and the bedroom on the floor above.
Stuck with the same hairdo! US woman who set her hair with Gorilla Glue plans to sue the company after it burned her scalp and led to a 22 hour ER trip which has failed to remove the product after a MONTH
Tessica Brown, 40, from Violet, Louisiana, stunned?social media users last week when she opened up about her beauty conundrum in a viral TikTok. She explained that she sprayed Gorilla Glue on her hair after she ran out of G?t2b Glued Spray and hasn't been able to move it for a month. Sources told TMZ that she spent 22 hours in the ER, where they tried using acetone to remove the glue, but it only burned her scalp. The publication reported that she has hired an attorney and is looking into her legal options because she thinks the Gorilla Glue product's label is misleading. Gorilla Glue released a statement about the 'unique situation' on social media Monday, saying the label states: 'Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing.'
Paris Hilton breaks down while she lobbies for regulation of Utah boarding schools after she says she was abused for 11 months while attending Provo Canyon School as a teen
Paris Hilton, left and right, broke down as she testified about her 'traumatizing' abuse at the Provo Canyon School, inset, to the Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee. She previously revealed allegations she was abused for 11 months at age 17 in the YouTube Originals documentary This Is Paris.
Royal Navy launches hunt for SECOND female sailor selling X-rated video clips to fans after lieutenant shot explicit videos at nuclear base
The Royal Navy are hunting for a second female sailor after she was caught sharing 'porn to order' videos to her fans on the adult website Only Fans. The woman (left and right), who goes by the name Izzy Bell, has continued to post selfies of herself despite the ongoing investigation. It comes after the Royal Navy lieutenant Claire Jenkins, 29, was caught making several X-rated films?inside the Faslane nuclear submarine HQ, HMNB Clyde, near Glasgow, with her seaman boyfriend Liam Doddington.
Hope it doesn't taste of cardboard! Mother makes ultra-realistic Amazon parcel cake for her son's birthday?
Nina Evans Williams, 54, from Anglesey, Wales, treated her son to a special delivery for his birthday after she baked him a cake (pictured) that looked exactly like an Amazon cardboard box. sculpted the highly-detailed cake for her son Kane Evans' 24th birthday on February 2. Her son had been receiving weekly deliveries from the online retailer throughout lockdown and she used this as inspiration for the cake which her son thought was a 'boring parcel' at first. The cake itself is even sat on an intricately crafted "concrete porch" which is yet another layer of sponge cake.
Schitt's Creek mansion goes on sale for nearly $15 million... after the acclaimed comedy wraps up its sixth and final season?
Deep-pocketed fans of Schitt's Creek should be on the lookout now that a mansion featured in the show's opening episode is on the market. The Toronto mansion that served as the original home of the Rose family is now up for sale for $14.98 million. The French Chateau-style mansion was first put on the market in 2018 for $21.788 million, but it has been periodically relisted with price dips.
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Ancient soldier's payslip, found during excavation of 1,900-year-old Roman Empire camp in Israel, reveals the infantryman was left BROKE after military deducted his uniform and food?
A payslip made from a sheet of papyrus shows a Roman soldier was left broke after the military took out fees for certain items. Experts believe the man fought in the Siege of Masada 1,900 years ago. The document was made out to a Gaius Messius, who received 50 denarri as his stipend, but fees for barley money, food and military equipment were taken out that totaled to the amount of his full pay. The Siege of Masada was one of the final battles of the First Jewish-Roman War from 66AD to 73AD.
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Epic shipwrecks, fish with Mohicans and other-worldly caves: The jaw-dropping winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 awards
They show just how awe-inspiring Mother Nature can be in aquatic mode - and how fragile she is. And they also underscore the sheer skill and determination of the world's finest underwater snappers, who brave underwater caves and shark-infested reefs to bring us unforgettable pictures, some of which took years to plan. The judges said: 'We hope that this year's stunning collection of winning images provides a welcome escape to everyone who enjoys them and a chance to reconnect with the underwater world.'
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Stunning 'ice volcano' that stands 45 feet tall forms in Kazakhstan from underground springs that spout water which freezes almost instantly upon meeting the freezing air?
A stunning 45-foot tall 'ice volcano' formed over a spring in Kazakhstan's Almaty region this winter. The spring is spouting water that freezes and builds upon the cone structure. A smaller ice volcano had formed in the area last year, but locals say the latest one is the first to continuously spray water particles from the top opening that looks like the smoke spewed from a lava-filled volcano.
The secret to streak-free cleaning is in your bathroom cabinet: Mum-of-two reveals her simple trick for keeping appliances and surfaces shiny for longer?
A mum-of-two has revealed how to get streak-free kitchen appliances with the help of shaving foam, and how it will keep your stainless steel oven and mirrors clean for days at a time (pictured before and after). Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, is known for sharing handy household tips and tricks, and has built up an impressive following of nearly 210,000 people on TikTok. In her latest clip, Chantel shows how bathroom shaving foam can quickly and easily remove any stains or fingerprints.