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 More than 1,400km of cycling infrastructure was built during the pandemic in Europe alone, and  similar shifts are afoot from Bogotá to Sydney. Photograph: Getty Images

Something odd happened one night last week. For the first time in more than 16 Covid-ridden months I went to a cocktail party. It was a businesswomen’(...)

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan   celebrate their gold medal  victory in the Men’s Double Sculls at the   Sea Forest Waterway, Tokyo. Photograph: Steve McArthur/Inpho

Few of us can ever begin to imagine being stuck in this moment. Olympic champion, Olympic gold medal winner, immortal in your own event and a rare and(...)

Sydney in lockdown: Just 13 per cent of Australia is fully vaccinated, 30 per cent have had one dose, and more than half aged and disability care residents and workers are still unvaccinated. Photograph: Joel Carrett

Australia’s “cultural cringe” – an obsession with wanting to know what foreigners think of its country and culture – means it is happy, for instance, (...)

Policemen hold down a man at  a demonstration against compulsory vaccination of certain workers and the obligatory use of a Covid-19  health pass in Paris. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy

More than 160,000 demonstrators took to the streets in France on Saturday to protest against the government’s Covid-19 health pass policy, with brief (...)

Protesters throw plastic bottles and pot plants at mounted police at Sydney Town Hall during the ‘World Wide Rally For Freedom’ anti-lockdown rally at Hyde Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

Far-right activists and members of France’s yellow vest movement are holding protests against a Bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass t(...)

Track cyclist  Shannon McCurley. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Age: 29 Event: Women’s Madison Born in Melbourne, her father from Belfast and mother from Dublin, in 2016 McCurley became the first Irish woman to q(...)

A health worker handles samples at a Covid-19 drive-through testing facility in Melbourne after Australia’s second largest city entered a fresh lockdown amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Photograph:y Asanka Brendon Ratnayake / AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and state premiers were under increasing public pressure on Friday to get on top of a fast-growing Delta var(...)

 The Australian Formula One and MotoGP races have been cancelled for a second straight year due to the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Getty Images

The 2021 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne has been cancelled for a second straight year due to “restrictions and logistical challenges” relating to (...)

A motorist watches  as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, British Columbia, Canada. Photograph: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP

Warnings of 45 degree temperatures in northwestern USA and western Canada, the World Meteorological Organisation report for June reads as if the Earth(...)

Brian O’Driscoll dives over the line to score a try for the of the British and Irish Lions during the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane in June 2001. Photograph: David Rogers/Allsport

These have been grim times for everybody, but some people had the good fortune to cope with the various lockdowns better than others. For young parent(...)

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