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1. It’s now or never for freedom from Covid restrictions, says Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson on Monday night announced the end of Covid restrictions and said that if Britain did not seize freedom now then a return to normality could be a long way away.
The Prime Minister announced that laws enforcing face masks and social distancing would be scrapped on July 19, meaning pubs and theatres can operate without restrictions. Read the full story.
2. ‘Stronger’ Covid restrictions could be needed in autumn and winter
Newly released papers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) show ministers were urged to keep "baseline" restrictions such as face masks and working from home, and warn that new freedoms could create "superspreader" events.
The tranche of papers, released as Boris Johnson announced the next steps out of lockdown, suggest opposition from Sage to a "big bang" lifting of policies. Read the full story.
3. Emma Raducanu bows out at Wimbledon but still has 3 million reasons to smile
Having played just once against the tennis elite ahead of her Wimbledon whirlwind, Emma Raducanu’s career earnings stood at £28,762.
Barely a week on, however, and British tennis’s new golden girl’s "smile alone" has been valued by marketeers at £3 million, despite her disappointing loss against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday night. Read the full story.
4. Arresting progress: Royal Academy to display sketch by seven-year-old Constable
Visit the Royal Academy next week and you have the chance to see a hitherto unknown sketch by Constable.
If the work seems a little more modern than The Hay Wain, that is understandable. Portrait of Nana is the creation of Valya Constable, aged seven, the great-great-great-great-grandson of John Constable. Read the full story.
5. The snowflakes strike back: classic films given stricter classifications for today’s timid audiences
Classic films including Rocky, Star Wars and Flash Gordon have been given higher classifications by the censors amid fears they will upset the so-called “snowflake” generation.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has uprated the films largely to 12A, which means that no child under the age of 12 can see the movie unless accompanied by an adult. Read the full story.
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