London artist’s compelling Corona diary compared to the work of Samuel Pepys goes global

A stunningly sketched black and white graphic diary of the UK’s pandemic experience has gone global after taking social media by storm and providing 25,000 meals for people in need. Vic Lee’s Corona Diary raised £5,000 for the food charity FareShare when it was self-published in the first months of the pandemic last year. Among hundreds of stories in the unique book, which chronicles a whole 12 months, Vic mentions Marcus Rashford’s work with FareShare and was inspired to donate himself. Now, a year on, a second book has gone global thanks to it being picked up by a publisher …

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Award-winning Birmingham restaurant set to open doors to lockdown heroes

A Birmingham restaurant preparing to reopen after lockdown is offering a free exclusive dining experience to thank the unsung superstars who have helped others through the pandemic. Award-winning Thai restaurant Zen Metro is offering 10 community heroes and a guest the chance to enjoy a newly launched three-course Bottomless Brunch, with wine or Prosecco available during Friday and Saturday lunchtimes. The restaurant, in Cornwall Street, is initially reopening its doors on Monday, May 17, and the special ‘thank you’ event will take place later, once restrictions allow. Jaimon George, managing director, said: “As we emerge out of lockdown and open our doors again to …

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Buddy Bag Teddy on Wrekin

Neil’s epic climbs with a special buddy

A businessman recovering from a severe joint disorder that left him unable to walk has trekked up the Wrekin 12 times – covering 200k – to raise money for those fleeing domestic violence. Neil Hargreaves, a sign-maker and printer, from Great Wyrley, made the 16k trip round the Wrekin 12 times on behalf of his company Q Safe Solutions which is part of Aqua Sign and Print – completing a third of a million steps. He has managed to raise half of his £1,400 total for Midlands charity the Buddy Bag Foundation, that provides bags of essentials and home comforts …

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Fifteen new words and phrases - and what they mean

Generation Z and Zillenials’ Slang

What are Generation Z saying? Have you been on Twitter or Instagram recently and seen new words you have no idea the meaning of? Our language is ever evolving with change being popularised by the young and it can be hard to keep up. Especially in a world dominated by social media, saturated with meme culture (I’ll explain this later) and where characters are limited. When discussing the origins of these words we must not forget to thank black communities in both America and the UK for inventing many of them! You need a good grasp of our slang if …

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