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Early Liz Truss comments on scrapping benefits stoke fears of further cuts | Benefits

Liz Truss has previously suggested universal benefits such as the state pension should be scrapped because of the “huge expense” to taxpayers of “recycling” their money through the system – prompting fears she could go further still with her plans to cut back the benefits bill. The proposal, included in her motion to the Liberal … Read more

COVID-19 isolation rules Australia: Australia to end all mandatory COVID-19 isolation periods October 14

Australians who test positive to COVID-19 will no longer be forced to isolate for five days as the government works to remove almost all pandemic-related restrictions. Following a meeting of national cabinet today, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said from October 14 all state and territory COVID-19 isolation mandates will end. Each state and territory will … Read more

Royal biographer Angela Levin says Prince Harry has been ‘nasty’ about the Queen Consort Camilla

Royal Biographer Angela Levin has claimed Prince Harry has been ‘nasty’ about Queen Consort Camilla, and the hit Netflix series The Crown was ‘cruel’ to her.  The author sat down with Lorraine stand-in host Christine Lampard to talk candidly about the Queen Consort, following the release of her new biography Camilla, From Outcast to Future … Read more

Ponniyin Selvan 1 movie review: Mani Ratnam’s largely faithful and brilliant adaptation has no dull moments

The toughest aspect of adapting Ponniyin Selvan into a film is how to condense a magnum opus spanning 2000 pages into a 2.5 hour movie. It’s a tough choice — what to use and what to discard. Here’s where Mani Ratnam wins. He cuts through the faff (honestly, there’s a lot in the text) and … Read more

Meghan Markle Wasn’t Impressed by Thoughtful Lunch Menu From Camilla Parker Bowles — Book

TL;DR:  According to Angela Levin’s upcoming book, Camilla Parker Bowles offered “advice” to Meghan Markle. The author cites a source claiming Meghan Markle didn’t notice Camilla Parker Bowles served dishes from a charity cookbook. Meghan Markle wanted to “go her own way,” according to Levin. According to a forthcoming book, Camilla Parker Bowles‘ special lunch … Read more

Nothing compares: how Sinéad O’Connor’s fearless activism helped change the world | Music documentary

In September 1992 in New York’s Times Square, an industrial steamroller crunched over a pathway littered with Sinéad O’Connor CDs as onlookers cheered and journalists filmed the protest. Today, a building overlooking the square bears an enormous photo of the singer’s famous shaven head. Her Bambi eyes gaze out across the city – and a … Read more

Best new spirits and cocktail books for autumn

If you’re looking to curl up with a good cocktail book this autumn, these new releases will make for excellent company. It’s officially ‘cosy up with a good book’ season From a book born out of treasure found in the British Library archives to a comprehensive guide to mid-century drinking, publishing houses across the world … Read more