What day of Hanukkah 2021 is it today and how the ‘miracle of the oil’ sparked the Jewish Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival, also known as the Festival of Lights or its traditional name Chanukah. It sees Jews around the world light one candle on a nine-branched menorah – or ‘hanukiah candelabrum’ – each day. “Years and years ago, there were these people called the Maccabees!” Yes, Ross from Friends does try to tell … Read more

Omicron will become UK’s dominant variant ‘within weeks’, says scientist

The Omicron variant will become the dominant strain of Covid in the UK “within weeks”, a scientist specialising in emerging infectious diseases has said.  Professor Paul Hunter, from the school of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said there was current concern that Omicron “is spreading rather more quickly than the Delta variant” and … Read more

Lesley Manville: ‘The last six months of Mum’s life were the worst’

All of which, she says, makes what Alzheimer’s Society does so extraordinary. “They help you to see that the glass isn’t always half empty. I urge anyone who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s or caring for someone with it to get in touch with them because there is so much support available. They are working hard to … Read more

Politicians across the spectrum pay tribute to former US presidential candidate Bob Dole

The US president ordered flags on public buildings to be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect. Former US president, Donald Trump, added: “Bob Dole was an American war hero and true patriot for our Nation. He served the Great State of Kansas with honour and the Republican Party was made stronger by his … Read more

Lewis Hamilton furious at ‘crazy’ Max Verstappen as bitter feud reignites

Hamilton admitted that he had not been told that Verstappen was letting him through, which could explain why he was surprised and failed to take avoiding action in time. But he insisted the Dutchman was so aggressive with his braking he left him nowhere to go. “I didn’t get the information [that Verstappen was letting … Read more

Leicester underline title credentials with victory over defending champions Harlequins

If the timing of his decision to join Sale Sharks next season may seem baffling with Leicester on the rise again, it does not appear to have had any detrimental impact on his game. But Youngs was also a worthy contender, benefiting from a new conditioning programme this season that has left him looking as … Read more

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, F1 live: latest updates from Jeddah

Welcome to our coverage for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from the Jeddah Corniche (street) Circuit. It is becoming a bit of a joke and an easy thing to say, but this is the season that just keeps delivering, isn’t it? At every stage. We have just two races, one qualifying and three practice … Read more

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix 2021: What time is the F1 race, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

The 2021 Formula One season has been one of the finest in recent memory, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton going head-to-head in one of the most hotly contested and controversial battles.  Hamilton put in two fine but contrasting performances in Brazil and in Qatar to reduce Verstappen’s championship to just eight points with two … Read more

Why every abandoned bundle will always find love with the Dogs Trust

On the morning I’m visiting the Dogs Trust rehoming centre just outside Leeds, there’s another arrival, a tiny two-day-old French bulldog puppy no bigger than a can of pop. Blind in both eyes, she was found in a park and taken to the local dog warden, who has brought her to the centre. Staff suspect … Read more