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Mum-of-six who downsized in lockdown turns bedrooms into boutique hotel ones

If you’re running out of ideas for a bedroom renovation and you’re fed up of the ubiquitous grey and pink look, take inspiration from this unusual but stunning bedroom.

Shirley Hill, 54, a mum of six from Kilmarnock, Scotland, who runs a sewing business, decided to downsize when five of her six children moved out of home.

After finding a smaller property on the edge of town, Shirley used her creative expertise to create an incredible bedroom for her daughter Sarah, 21.

Using brick slips, deep blue paint and upcycled furniture, Sarah’s new bedroom looks like a chic boutique hotel room.

Shirley sourced products from local selling sites, The Range, Dunelm and IKEA, managing to keep the cost to £1,800 including all the furniture and building materials.

Shirley told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I have four amazing daughters and two fantastic sons, and all but one have grown up and left

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In Lockdown, We’re Reaching for Brandy, Not Beer

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Lockdown has us all reaching for the brandy. That’s a tonic for high-end liquor makers, but a worry for brewers of mainstream beers.

French spirits group Remy Cointreau SA said this week that its first-half profit wouldn’t plunge as much as it initially feared, thanks to consumers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia mixing more drinks at home. Similarly, Fevertree Drinks Plc, which makes popular mixers such as elderflower tonic water and smoky ginger ale, said last week that its sales through retailers rose by just over a third in the U.K. in the 12 weeks to June 14.

As bars, pubs and restaurants shut down, Americans and Brits wanting a tipple had little choice but to sip in their living rooms, gardens and balconies. Instead of pouring a quick beer after work, however, come 5:30 or 6 p.m., many would try their hand at crafting a

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Couple quit their jobs and sell all their stuff to travel Europe in a van, but lockdown halts plans

The young couple met by chance. (PA Real Life)
The young couple met by chance. (PA Real Life)

Hope Peacock and James Hunter met by chance after he accidentally sent her a Snapchat selfie.

It didn’t take long before the pair had agreed to quit their jobs, buy a van and travel Europe together.

Peacock, 22 and Hunter, 27, sold their possessions to buy the van, which they kitted out with a kitchen and place to sleep.

When they met, the couple lived at other ends of the country with her in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, and him in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

After a year of giving the long-distance relationship a go, they decided to move in together but quickly found the reality of paying rent and bills a struggle.

They made their van into a home. (PA Real Life)
They made their van into a home. (PA Real Life)

Instead of “residing themselves to a life stuck in one place”, the pair took the opportunity to travel Europe in their

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A British city goes back under lockdown, but its neighbors don’t

A woman walks past a boarded-up shop June 30 in downtown Leicester, England. <span class="copyright">(Rui Vieira / Associated Press)</span>
A woman walks past a boarded-up shop June 30 in downtown Leicester, England. (Rui Vieira / Associated Press)

Thoroughfares are crowded in London once again, but not in Leicester.

In Birmingham — Britain’s second-most-populous city — you can go to the office. Not so in Leicester, less than 50 miles away.

In pubs across Liverpool, revelers can raise a glass. In Leicester? Not so much — a table blocked the entrance to the Barley Mow, a tavern near the city center.

“We’re a bit jealous of pubs in other cities,” a waitress told a visiting reporter. There was no table service, she said, pointing to a sign advertising takeout pints of beer and sandwiches.

Such is life in Leicester, the first city in Britain to have a coronavirus lockdown reimposed since the country’s gradual emergence from its long confinement. While restaurants, bars, museums and hair salons in the rest of

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Visiting a reopened national park after lockdown? What to know before you go

The visitor newsletter at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park looks a little different than it did pre-COVID-19.  

In addition to warning about how certain facilities are closed for the summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, the handout features a picture of a cartoon buffalo wearing a blue surgical mask with a caption that says, “Have you masked up?”

As the National Park Service welcomes visitors to come enjoy nature again after three-month-long coronavirus closures, guests are encouraged (by pamphlets and signs) to wear masks. And there are other new precautions, too: Visitors are asked to maintain a social distance from others and navigate limited amenities and fewer open trails than usual.

A graphic on a Grand Teton National Park map for tourists includes a buffalo that asks, "Have you masked up?"
A graphic on a Grand Teton National Park map for tourists includes a buffalo that asks, “Have you masked up?”

What else should you know about what it’s like to visit a reopened national park right now?

Well, after

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Barcelona on cusp of lockdown as virus returns

Las Ramblas, Barcelona, full with people this week - AP
Las Ramblas, Barcelona, full with people this week – AP

Barcelona has been dragged back towards lockdown as Catalonian authorities urged people to stay home and not gather in groups of more than 10. 

The region’s health chief Alba Verges stopped short of mandatory restrictions but instead warned Spain’s second largest city that residents should not “move around if it’s not absolutely necessary”.

“It is very important to respect these measures now, it’s the best way to avoid a lockdown,” he said. 

Residents were urged to shop online and cultural and sports events will also be limited, Reuters reported. But museums will remain open in the Catalan capital, one of Europe’s most visited cities.

Barcelona has seen its number of coronavirus cases jump from last week. Spain reported the steepest daily jump in coronavirus infections in over two months on Thursday, with 580 new cases registered. Catalonia and neighbouring Aragon

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Ericsson Gets Lockdown Boost, Autos See Recovery: Earnings Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Some slivers of light emerged for the car industry as the first week of earnings season wrapped up for European companies, while the benefits of working from home showed up in results from telecom-equipment company Ericsson AB.

German car manufacturer Daimler AG said Friday it saw a gradual recovery in orders in the latter part of the second quarter and rival Volkswagen AG predicted the rebound in China’s car market will pick up pace. Swedish truck maker Volvo AB, however, said it expects a hit to demand in the short and medium term.

Daimler and Volkswagen both bounced at the open, making autos the best performer in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index.

Network-equipment provider Ericsson, meanwhile, benefited as its telecom-industry customers kept spending to shore up their networks for the onslaught of home-working and streaming.

Results from a slew of Nordic banks and industrial companies also are providing

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Autos Rebound, Lockdown Boost for Network Gear: Earnings Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Some slivers of light emerged for the car industry as the first week of earnings season wrapped up for European companies, while the benefits of working from home showed up in results from telecom equipment company Ericsson AB.

German car manufacturer Daimler AG said Friday it saw a gradual recovery in orders in the latter part of the second quarter and rival Volkswagen AG predicted the rebound in China’s car market will pick up pace. Swedish truck maker Volvo AB, however, said it expects a hit to demand in the short and medium term.

Daimler and Volkswagen both bounced at the open, making autos the best performer in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index in early trading.

Network equipment provider Ericsson AB, meanwhile, benefited as its telecom industry customers kept spending to shore up their networks for the onslaught of home-working and streaming.

Results from a slew of Nordic

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How spas will look when they reopen after lockdown

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Getty Images/iStockphoto

After months of lockdown spent juggling working from home with parenting, health concerns and financial woes, many of us have been left feeling anxious, fatigued and highly strung.

If there was ever a time for self-care it is now. The ultimate spa experience is something many of us are desperate to indulge in, with our sunlight-starved skin and poor posture longing to be pacified by the hands of a professional while surrounded by lavender scented spritzes and soft music.

Just like hairdressers and beauty salons, all spas have been closed since Boris Johnson imposed a nationwide lockdown on 23 March. Now, the government has announced that spas will be allowed to open as early as next week, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announcing on Thursday that beauty salons can resume business as of 13 July.

The date for the grand reopening of personal care establishments was subject to

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Five million begin lockdown in Australian city

Melbourne (AFP) – Five million people in Australia’s second-biggest city began a new lockdown Thursday, returning to tough restrictions just weeks after they ended as Melbourne grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

Residents have been told to stay at home for six weeks after other measures to contain a spike in COVID-19 failed to prevent the virus spreading.

The state of Victoria has been effectively sealed off in an effort to preserve the rest of Australia’s success in curbing the virus.

However, a rush of travellers across the border into neighbouring New South Wales on Wednesday has raised concerns those efforts could be torpedoed.

“A few cases coming over the border from Victoria (can) tip that magic number into outbreaks that are going to be very hard to control,” epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws told public broadcaster ABC.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said two cases of COVID-19 had been

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