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Mini boom for retail in England as shoppers dash to beat lockdown

Eat and spend spree pushes footfall above 2019 levels for first time in pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The four-day countdown to new coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England from Thursday triggered a mini boom for store and restaurant owners as consumers rushed to buy Christmas …

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£1bn worth of fraudulent Covid scheme loans for businesses blocked

20 lenders rejected 26,933 applications for bounce-back loans between May and October Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Banks have prevented more than £1bn worth of fraudulent business loans being paid out from one of the government’s emergency Covid schemes. In a letter to the public accounts …

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Vanitas: Lieder by Schubert, Beethoven and Rihm review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week

Georg Nigl/Olga Pashchenko(Alpha)Nigl’s controlled, supple voice is aided by Pashchenko’s fierce accompaniment in a thoughtful selection The Austrian baritone Georg Nigl’s disc with pianist Olga Pashchenko mostly replicates a recital the pair gave at the Berlin festival in September last year. Their performance included the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Vermischter …

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Solitude, sunshine and sanctuary in The Secret Garden

From its interrogation of the ways illness changes and defines us to the tranquility found in nature, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book is a story for our times If the last time you encountered Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden was in childhood, you probably think of Mary, a sour little …

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