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A common worry about exercising after dark is personal safety. One option is a runner’s alarm that straps around your wrist and is activated by pulling a chain or clicking a button. Photograph: iStock

Short days mean many of us have no choice but to exercise before dawn or after dusk. But is it safe to run or cycle in the dark? What extra kit do you(...)

No drama: William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare (81) receives the Covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire/Bloomberg

Image of the week: All’s Well Ireland’s own Margaret Keenan may have become the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine outside of a drug trial,(...)

Friends and colleagues Melisha Squire and Lesley Blues in the centre of Edinburgh stop for a chilly lunch break in the centre of Edinburgh. Photograph: Freya McClements

There was, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote last week, “no single sentence that has made me happier to utter in nine long months than t(...)

Louis Carbonel, the fourth or fifth choice of around half a dozen French outhalves, landed two penalties against England. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

So the best was kept until last after all. In the Brexit week that’s in it, we probably should have guessed that the England-France Autumn Nations Cup(...)

A man carrying a Christmas tree walks past a mural depicting a Saltire design in Leith, Edinburgh on St Andrew’s Day. Support for independence has increased to 54 or 55 per cent. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

In Edinburgh, the silence is everywhere, in empty restaurants and deserted train stations, with people walking quickly by, heads down, and masks on. W(...)

Val McDermid: ‘Scotland has become a modern, outward-looking nation at a time when England seems to have developed a frightening strand of the little-Englander world view.’ Photograph: Awakening/Getty

In the bookshops of Edinburgh, Val McDermid’s name is everywhere. The award-winning crime writer’s books have sold 16 million copies and been transla(...)

Boris Johnson’s efforts to blame devolution for empowering the Scottish National Party, led by Nicola Sturgeon, rather than ceding governing power are unconvincing.  Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The United Kingdom faces a profound set of problems as it grapples with how Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic undermine its structures of government an(...)

A Walmart shopper wears a mask as protection against the coronavirus as he exits a Walmart Supercenter in Burbank, California. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

California will dramatically roll back its reopening efforts, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, announced on Monday, saying he was pulling the “emer(...)

 A protester waits to greet  Boris Johnson as he visits Stromness on the Orkney Islands  in Scotland in July. Photograph: Robert Perry/Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s attempt to stem support for Scottish independence was in serious trouble on Tuesday after it emerged that he had described the devolut(...)

Ireland already has consulates general in Edinburgh (premises pictured above) and in Cardiff. File photograph: Google Street View

Ireland’s diplomatic representation in Britain is set for a major expansion with the opening of a consulate general in Manchester covering the North o(...)

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