Everything you need to start cycling: A beginner’s guide

From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn't leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock
From the best bike worth buying to the essential safety equipment you shouldn’t leave home without, this is your go-to guide to cycling: iStock

If you’re feeling a little restless with your exercise regimen and want to try something new, try cycling.

Not only will it keep you fit, but it’ll also help you get the most out of your time outdoors and explore your local area.

Sam Jones from Cycling UK told The Independent: “Cycling remains one of the best in terms of safely maintaining social distancing.”

Aside from a form of exercise, as lockdown restrictions ease and people start returning to work, cycling is also being encouraged by the government as a better mode of transport – along with driving. It’s a good way to avoid coming into close contact with people as people do on buses, trains and Tubes.

As part of the government’s plans to boost

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Halt ‘failing’ Serco’s new contract to run test-and-trace services, Labour says

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A new lucrative contract for private giant Serco to run test-and-trace services should be stopped, Labour says – arguing the stakes are too high to “tolerate failure”.

The government is urged not to shell out a further £300m in a decision due later this month, amid rising criticism of the company’s failure to find and isolate coronavirus cases.

Instead, the system should be led by local public health leaders, who have proved they are more successful in tracing the contacts of infected people, Labour said.

The call comes after it was revealed that just 56 per cent of close contacts handled online or by call centres run by Serco and Sitel, a second private firm used, are being reached.

In stark contrast, 90 per cent were contacted by Blackburn with Darwen Council, one of a growing number of exasperated town halls now setting up their own systems.

That

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Where to buy silk face masks for sensitive skin: Combat irritation and breakouts

These can help reduce 'maskne' - breakouts caused by trapped heat and increased humidity from wearing face coverings: iStock
These can help reduce ‘maskne’ – breakouts caused by trapped heat and increased humidity from wearing face coverings: iStock

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 24 July, face coverings have been mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England. These rules also apply to indoor shopping centres, banks, transport hubs and post offices. People who don’t wear one will face a fine of up to £100, apart from people with medical conditions and children under 11.

If you’re picking up a takeaway coffee or food in England, you’ll also have to wear a mask, but this rule doesn’t apply to sit-in meals.

Boris Johnson announced an extension to these rules in a government briefing

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All the essentials you need for your pet

If you've adopted a cat during lockdown, ensure you have everything you need to keep them happy, healthy and entertained: iStock/The Independent
If you’ve adopted a cat during lockdown, ensure you have everything you need to keep them happy, healthy and entertained: iStock/The Independent

The 8 August marks International Cat Day, an annual event that has been celebrated since 2002.

It was originally created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare which works to raise awareness for felines, from big cats to domestic pets, and educate people on how to look after and protect them.

As of 2020, Wiltshire based charity, International Cat Care, are now custodians of the event and it’s a day to unite cat lovers and learn more about the varied species.

If you’ve long been a cat-owner, you’ll have all the essentials you need to keep them happy at home.

However, if spending more time at home during the pandemic has inspired you to adopt or buy a new furry friend, then you’ll need to get kitted out

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Beirut’s Designers Assess the Damage, and Dream of Paris

LONDON — Beirut’s fashion community is looking beyond the country’s latest tragedy to the runways of Paris and to helping one another — and Lebanon’s ravaged capital — return to work as quickly as possible.

With a humanitarian crisis looming, and Lebanon’s contentious political leaders refusing to take the blame for an explosion on Tuesday that killed at least 158 people and left hundreds of thousands injured or homeless, fashion figures are trying to plan for the future.

“Resilience is printed in our DNA, and we will not let this interfere with our plans going forward. Our business will go on. We have to be sensible, bring hope to people and lead by example,” said Elie Saab Jr., chief executive officer of the family fashion house, adding that the founder, Elie Saab, built the company during the civil war in Lebanon.

Saab said the company plans to show and sell

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This classic Longchamp bag is deeply discounted for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

This famous tote is a total status symbol.
This famous tote is a total status symbol.

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When I think of timeless handbags, Longchamp’s Le Pilage collection is one that immediately comes to mind. This iconic accessory has achieved mass appeal over the years thanks to its functionality and high-quality design. Beloved by students, working professionals and everyone in-between, it’s truly a closet staple for all ages. And thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, you can finally get your hands on a highly-sought after version of this best-selling designer bag for less.

While the Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote usually retails for $195, during this year’s Anniversary sale at Nordstrom, it’s marked down down to just $119.90. That’s a total savings of $75.10 and the lowest price it’s currently available for online.

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These Smocked Lounge Pants Will Dress You Up Without Sacrificing Comfort

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Most of us got a huge taste of what it was like to seriously live in our loungewear earlier this year, and many of us are still living that life, working from home and only getting fully dressed when absolutely necessary — which isn’t overly often. That transition from wearing sweats and PJ pants all day, every day, back to wearing skinny jeans and trousers is definitely a scary one. But it’s not actually one we necessarily have to make either.

Instead of grabbing some stiff and uncomfortable denim, try opting for a different kind of pant instead — an elevated lounge pant. You’ll appreciate having a pair that upgrades your look without sacrificing that all-day coziness you’ve come to know and love. A pair that immediately earns you compliments…and a pair that’s

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Build your online presence with this lifetime subscription

Build your online presence with this lifetime subscription
Build your online presence with this lifetime subscription

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to BoxHosting Online Hosting is on sale for £34.35 as of August 9, saving you 91% on list price.

When you’re building a website for your business, band, or wild fan theories, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want the process to go smoothly. You want the site to stay up, and be reliable. And you want to communicate easily with the people who visit your new cyber-home. While those things sound simple, it can be tough to find them all in one place without paying an expert a hefty sum.

BoxHosting is in fact one of those places. It’s budget-friendly, reliable, easy to use, and — best of all — the last web hosting service you’ll need since you can get a lifetime deal on sale for just £34.35.

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Shop These 10 BIPOC-Owned Jewelry Brands for Your Next Statement Piece

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Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/Vendors

The COVID-19 pandemic has got us cooped up indoors, joining Zoom meetings with our cameras off, sweatpants on, and a messy bun to top it off. Now, with work from home policies likely staying in effect for many of us until next year, that work-attire wardrobe is going to keep collecting dust. But there’s still one way we can easily make a statement (and make us want to turn those cameras on): jewelry. 

I’ve personally collected jewelry all my life–earrings, especially, being my favorite collector’s item. I buy them as gifts, mementos, or accessories for every new outfit. I often buy vintage pieces or homemade pairs from artisan markets when I travel abroad.

Last year, I had the unfortunate displeasure of having a pouch of my jewelry stolen at the airport on my way home from a glorious summer trip to Cuba and Panama.

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These No. 1 Bestselling Shorts Are Comfier Than You Could Imagine

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Are most of your shorts…coming up short? Puns aside, this is a serious fashion issue, and if you don’t own a pair of shorts you can comfortably wear and feel cute in, then we want to solve that. Everyone deserves to enjoy summer in warm weather clothes they love, and dresses are definitely not going to work for every occasion!

Even if you think you’ve already found the best shorts out there, we’re about to change your mind. These FEKOAFE shorts from Amazon are basically unbeatable. The fabric looks so dreamily soft online, we can’t even imagine how it would feel in real life. And we don’t have to imagine. We can just make it happen by picking up a pair (or five) today!

FEKOAFE Comfy Drawstring Casual Elastic Waist Shorts
FEKOAFE Comfy Drawstring Casual Elastic Waist Shorts
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