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Indie music insiders on their one big takeaway from COVID-19 crisis' impact on the live performance scene
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Indie music insiders on their one big takeaway from COVID-19 crisis' impact on the live performance scene

Here’s some pithy (and pertinent) advice shared by artists, managers and other industry folk.

England plans to lift lockdown by 21 June: Schools, outdoor picnics to resume by 8 March, shops in April
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England plans to lift lockdown by 21 June: Schools, outdoor picnics to resume by 8 March, shops in April

The final stage of the plan, in which all legal limits on social contact are removed and nightclubs can reopen after being shuttered for 15 months, is penciled in for 21 June

With no visitors at Louvre, long-overdue refurbishments finally kick off in the otherwise overcrowded museum
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With no visitors at Louvre, long-overdue refurbishments finally kick off in the otherwise overcrowded museum

It’s uncertain when the Paris museum will reopen, after being closed on 30 October in line with the French government’s virus containment measures. But those lucky enough to get in benefit from a rare private look at collections covering 9,000 years of human history — with plenty of space to breathe.

Toronto's lockdown extended till at least 8 March amid concerns over new coronavirus variants
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Toronto's lockdown extended till at least 8 March amid concerns over new coronavirus variants

Schools just reopened in Toronto this week and retail stores had been scheduled to reopen on 22 February

Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams still 'in love' with tennis as 24th Slam title beckons
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Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams still 'in love' with tennis as 24th Slam title beckons

Serena Williams had 31 unforced errors but wore down Russian Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in 97 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to set up a clash with seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Amazon users in India said 'I love you' more than 19,000 times to Alexa in 2020
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Amazon users in India said 'I love you' more than 19,000 times to Alexa in 2020

Amazon India has also reported that in 2020, user interactions with Alexa increased by 67 percent.

Captain Tom Moore, UK veteran who raised £33 million for NHS, passes away at 100 after testing COVID-19 positive
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Captain Tom Moore, UK veteran who raised £33 million for NHS, passes away at 100 after testing COVID-19 positive

Moore set out to raise £1,000 for Britain's NHS by walking 100 laps of his backyard. But his quest went viral, receiving donations from across Britain and as far away as the US and Japan

Delhi University reopens today: Classes for final year students restart amid strict COVID-19 precautions
India

Delhi University reopens today: Classes for final year students restart amid strict COVID-19 precautions

The students will have to adhere to the UGC guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures mentioned in the notice at all times

With a fourth Netflix stand-up comedy special, how Vir Das turned the lockdown into a joke
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With a fourth Netflix stand-up comedy special, how Vir Das turned the lockdown into a joke

Vir Das started 2020 as the only Indian comedian with three Netflix comedy specials to boot, and ended the year as the only Indian comedian who now has four Netflix comedy specials attached to his name.

Working from home: Disrupting your partner's routine can be a source of conflict, finds study
Health

Working from home: Disrupting your partner's routine can be a source of conflict, finds study

The researchers advised that to turn around the situation, partners should support each other's goals, accommodate routines, respect the others' timings, take a step back to catch their breath during the day, and learn to work together

Brookfield India launches Rs 3,800-cr real esate investment trust IPO; price band fixed at Rs 274-275
Business

Brookfield India launches Rs 3,800-cr real esate investment trust IPO; price band fixed at Rs 274-275

The issue will open for subscription on 3 February and close on 5 February, and bids can be made for a minimum of 200 units and in multiples of 200 thereafter by bidders other than anchor investors

From Bahamas, Brazil to America, Australia: NASA's 10 most captivating satellite images from 2020
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From Bahamas, Brazil to America, Australia: NASA's 10 most captivating satellite images from 2020

NASA's mix of Earth-observing satellites and instruments on the ISS have captured some views of the Earth during the year 2020.

An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'The first thing we witnessed in the isolation ward, was death'
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An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: 'The first thing we witnessed in the isolation ward, was death'

This account is part of Firstpost’s Oral History Project of the COVID-19 Crisis in India. The Oral History Project aims to be an ongoing compendium of individual experiences of the pandemic, with a focus on one significant day in our respondents’ lives during this time.

In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration
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In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration

With people engaging in customary duels of kite flying from rooftops of their respective places, COVID-19 restrictions like night curfews, curbs on public gatherings, and the firecracker ban will not rob Makar Sankranti of the fun and frolic it is associated with.

The M Night Shyamalan interview | 'Ramifications of pandemic coincide with the minimalistic way I like to tell my stories'
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The M Night Shyamalan interview | 'Ramifications of pandemic coincide with the minimalistic way I like to tell my stories'

M Night Shyamalan says the pandemic protocols have only facilitated the way he likes to tell stories like Servant Season 2 on Apple TV+ — singular setting, limited cast, and deliberate quietness.

As Germany extends COVID-19 lockdown, a look at countries where curbs remain on movement, economic activities
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As Germany extends COVID-19 lockdown, a look at countries where curbs remain on movement, economic activities

Across the world, several countries continue to have some forms of restrictions on internal movement of people, over a year since the novel coronavirus was first reported in China

2020 was a year that went by looking at the phone, but it also made me more resilient, writes Namit Das
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2020 was a year that went by looking at the phone, but it also made me more resilient, writes Namit Das

"I know that there is something inside me that has changed forever. It isn’t spiritual. I think that change is more practical."

With COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, work from home, the year 2020 was basically a 'Hide Your Pain Harold' meme
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With COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, work from home, the year 2020 was basically a 'Hide Your Pain Harold' meme

The novel Coronavirus hit us hard and we struck back with lockdown, social distancing, wearing masks and making a lot of memes.

Brexit, lockdown and a COVID-19 vaccine: UK witnesses a truly head-spinning day of change
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Brexit, lockdown and a COVID-19 vaccine: UK witnesses a truly head-spinning day of change

For Boris Johnson, the penultimate day of 2020 summed up a year of unending turbulence. It began in January with Britain’s formal departure from the EU, but quickly slid into crisis as Johnson repeatedly reversed himself in dealing with the coronavirus

An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: Indians narrate their lived experiences of a lockdown and pandemic
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An Oral History of the COVID-19 Crisis: Indians narrate their lived experiences of a lockdown and pandemic

The Oral History Project aims to be an ongoing compendium of individual experiences of the pandemic, with a focus on one significant day in our respondents’ lives during this time.