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Recent articles by Sabrina:

Marilyn Monroe’s 21 best quotes on what would have been her 94th birthday

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles on 1 June 1926, Marilyn Monroe rose to fame in the 1950s, beginning her career as a model before breaking through as an actor. She went on to gain worldwide renown, starring in classics including Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Prince and the Showgirl. In honour of what would have been Monroe’s 94th birthday, here → Read More

Primark stores to reopen across England on 15 June

Primark has announced the date that all of its stores across England are scheduled to reopen. → Read More

Royal Mint launches special dinosaur 50p coins featuring augmented reality technology

The Royal Mint has released a new range of 50p coins celebrating Britain’s contribution to the discovery of dinosaurs, which feature augmented reality technology for the first time. → Read More

Labrador gives birth to 14 puppies, ‘one of the biggest litters ever’ for breed

A Labrador has given birth to 14 puppies, believed to be one of the biggest litters ever for the breed. In October last year, it was reported that a dog called Beau had mothered one of the largest Labrador litters ever when she gave birth to a 13 puppies. Six months later, a Labrador called Bella has topped this number by one. → Read More

Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh shares first look at baby daughter with husband Hugo Taylor

Former Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh has provided her 1.3 million Instagram followers with a first look at her baby daughter. In November last year, it was announced that Mackintosh and her husband Hugo Taylor were expecting their first child together. The pair, who were both original cast members on reality television series Made in Chelsea, were married in July 2018. → Read More

What is the NHS Test and Trace system and how does it work?

The NHS Test and Trace system, a scheme that will help people with Covid-19 to track down those they have come into contact with, has been officially launched. At the daily coronavirus press conference on Wednesday, Matt Hancock said that the system will be vital to stopping the spread of the virus, until a vaccine is found. → Read More

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock engaged to footballer Andre Gray

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock and footballer Andre Gray have announced their engagement after four years together. In 2016, it emerged that Pinnock and Watford FC footballer Gray had started dating. Four years later, the athlete shared news of their engagement on Instagram, alongside two photographs captured at the scene of his proposal. → Read More

Women still underpaid and undervalued 50 years after passing of Equal Pay Act, TUC states

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the extent to which women are underpaid and undervalued 50 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) states. Friday 29 May marks exactly half a century since the Equal Pay Act 1970 received royal assent, making it a requirement for men and women in the same work to be treated equally, in terms of pay and → Read More

How a women’s strike at a factory in Dagenham led to the Equal Pay Act

On 29 May 1970, two years after going on strike, 187 women working at a factory in East London witnessed their hard work pay off when the Equal Pay Act received royal assent. → Read More

Royal family shares recipe for Victoria sponge cake from Buckingham Palace pastry chefs

Throughout lockdown, many people have been turning to baking to keep their minds occupied. From sourdough bread to scones, members of the public have been throwing on their aprons and whipping out the wooden spoons as they refine their culinary skills at home. → Read More

World Hunger Day 2020: When is it and how can you get involved?

In a world with a population of 7.5 billion, approximately 820 million people go to bed on an empty stomach every night. → Read More

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa speaks about experiencing homelessness and depression

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has spoken about how he became homeless and developed depression before appearing on the hit Netflix show. Writing in The Big Issue, the actor explained that when he was 25 years old, having “no money or job” significantly impacted his “sense of self-worth”. “Rejection became unbearable,” the now 27-year-old said. “Auditions weren’t just acting → Read More

Prince William says poor eyesight helped him overcome anxiety when giving speeches

The Duke of Cambridge has said that his poor eyesight helped him to overcome his anxiety when delivering big speeches, as the faces in the audience became a “blur”. On Thursday 28 May, the documentary Football, Prince William And Our Mental Health is being broadcast on BBC One at 8.05pm. → Read More

When is McDonald’s reopening and what is the restaurant doing to follow social distancing guidelines?

In March, following the prime minister‘s announcement of a nationwide lockdown, McDonald’s was forced to close its doors. However, two months on, the fast food restaurant has opened several of its branches and outlined plans to reopen more across the UK and Ireland by the beginning of next month. → Read More

UK hairdressing group wants to reopen salons in June

A UK hairdressing group has said that salons across the nation are ready to reopen their establishments in June. Earlier this month, the prime minister announced plans for lockdown restrictions to be gradually eased across England. The government’s guidelines state that some shops will be able to resume operations from 1 June. → Read More

How will GCSE, AS and A-Levels be graded in England after exams were cancelled?

Earlier this month, the government announced plans to start easing lockdown restrictions in England. Part of these measures included the gradual reopening of schools, with primary school children in key transition years due to return by Monday 1 June “at the earliest”, as long as the spread of the coronavirus remains “on the downward slope”. → Read More

Apprentice contestant company’s adverts banned for implying ‘cure for coronavirus’

A former contestant of The Apprentice has had his company’s adverts banned for implying that the products offered a “cure for coronavirus“. The company Revival Shots, which was founded by Daniel Elahi, says on its website that it offers “revival rehydration and recovery” with products that are “backed by science”. → Read More

Coronavirus: Why are survivors being asked to donate plasma?

Health officials in the UK have issued a rallying call for those who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate their plasma. According to preliminary research, there are three groups of patients whose plasma could have the most potential to help others, due to the antibodies produced by their immune systems when fighting the virus. These include patients who are over the → Read More

Fashion label Hanifa puts on ‘groundbreaking’ virtual show using 3D models

Fashion label Hanifa has put on a virtual fashion show during lockdown using 3D models in a move that has been hailed as “groundbreaking”. → Read More

Rose McGowan says she used ‘tactics’ of predators to make media pay attention to Weinstein allegations

Rose McGowan has said that she used the “tactics” of predators in order to make the media pay attention to her allegations of sexual misconduct. → Read More