‘It feels normal and weird’: the return of nightclubs
At a few minutes past midnight, in the purple light of Oval Space in Hackney, people began to cluster together on the dance floor with tentative enthusiasm. This was London’s first proper club night since March 2020 and Susannah Goldsbrough reveals it did not take long for clubbers to remember how it feels to be young and unselfconscious. A top hospitality chief says restaurants and pubs should not be blamed if there is a spike in Covid cases as a result of lifting restrictions while William Sitwell describes the joy of walking in to a pub and being able to order a pint of ale at the bar. Two people enjoying life without facemasks were the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as they enjoyed an impromptu walkabout in the grounds of Exeter Cathedral.
The end of lockdown: What Front Page readers think
We asked Front Page readers to let us know what you will be doing differently after Covid restrictions ended today and what you are thankful for. This week, we will share some of your contributions.
“In this year of our 50th wedding anniversary we are going to revitalise our lives with visits to our five children and seven grandchildren, who give us so much joy. We want to give them courage to face the future, whatever it may hold in store for us.” Timothy & Andrea Tindal-Robertson, 81 & 79, Exeter
Around the world: Tensions flare in Cyprus ghost town
When Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan returns to North Cyprus this week to commemorate the anniversary of Turkey’s intervention on the island, he is expected to make an announcement about the future of the ghost town of Varosha. Since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus in response to a Greece-backed coup, the Tulip and the rest of Varosha has been cordoned off by the Turkish military. Mr Erdogan’s visit will likely fan the flames of division, as Campbell MacDiarmid reports from the once glamorous beach resort famed for hosting 1970s Hollywood stars.
‘This was skulduggery of Schumacher proportions’
Lewis Hamilton’s polished reputation has taken a hit after his 180mph collision with Max Verstappen. Oliver Brown analyses how the seven-time world champion has shown his ruthless side – but ‘dirty driving’ claims will reverberate around the F1 paddock
Athletes are continuing to arrive in Tokyo before the start of the Olympic Games on Friday and, predictably, some are bringing Covid with them. An unnamed American gymnast and a Czech beach volleyball player are the latest to test positive. As Ben Bloom writes, Tokyo is a city trying to welcome up to 100,000 foreigners at precisely the same time its own Covid cases reach a six-month high. In other news, a famous Japanese musician, Cornelius, has resigned from his role in the opening ceremony after controversy about his abuse of mentally ill classmates. Sign up to our Olympics Briefing newsletter for daily insight on the Games.
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Three things for tonight
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
Leg up | It has been a sweltering day but that does not mean your legs have to be on show. Krissy Turner reveals how to get through the heatwave in style if you don’t like having your legs out.