Mashable: 150,000 handpainted hearts on memorial wall represent each life lost to COVID in the UK

Mashable: 150,000 handpainted hearts on memorial wall represent each life lost to COVID in the UK. “150,000 hand-painted red and pink hearts line a wall beside the River Thames in London, with each heart representing a person lost to COVID-19 in the UK. The National COVID Memorial Wall sits on the embankment on the south side of the River Thames in London, stretching nearly 500 metres between Westminster and Lambeth bridges. The hearts have been handpainted by volunteers.”

Museums Association (UK): Collections Trust announces plans for improved national museums database

Museums Association (UK): Collections Trust announces plans for improved national museums database. “The Collections Trust is to retire Culture Grid this autumn as part of a move to develop a new and more sustainable national collections database. Created more than a decade ago, Culture Grid was built as a proof-of-concept service assisting organisations in sharing their collections safely online. By 2015, however, project funding was pulled, and Culture Grid became a legacy system closed to new accessions.” You can learn more about Culture Grid here.

Medical XPress: Almost one in seven suffers long COVID, UK study finds

Medical XPress: Almost one in seven suffers long COVID, UK study finds. “Nearly one in seven Britons who tested positive for COVID-19 continued to have symptoms for at least 12 weeks, according to a UK study released Thursday. The Office for National Statistics said the study of over 20,000 people who had tested positive from April last year to March this year found 13.7 percent had symptoms that lasted for at least 12 weeks.”

CNBC: Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy to face in-depth UK competition probe

CNBC: Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy to face in-depth UK competition probe. “Britain’s competition regulator said Thursday that it was referring Facebook’s acquisition of GIF database Giphy for an in-depth investigation. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently completed its initial probe into the Facebook-Giphy merger — which has already closed — and concluded that the deal raises competition concerns.”

CNET: Life during COVID has me wondering about the future of my fractured country

CNET: Life during COVID has me wondering about the future of my fractured country. “In the UK, COVID-19 arrived in an already momentous post-Brexit landscape. The pandemic was a late, unwelcome guest to a party that had already dissolved into chaos and fighting. People and businesses alike are trying to find their feet in a new world outside of Europe (the UK officially left the EU on Dec. 31), but the country’s national identity has been in flux since the 2016 Brexit referendum. COVID has hardly served to unite us in the face of this uncertain future.”

THIIS: Professional hub launches with searchable database of independent living tech

THIIS: Professional hub launches with searchable database of independent living tech. “ProAssist has been created by the charity Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) in partnership with the TEC Services Association (TSA), the national body for technology enabled care (TEC) services. With a searchable database of over 10,000 products from more than 900 retailers, this UK-wide resource helps identify the options across a wide range of technologies, from the latest digital devices to simple aids.”

Daily Beast: COVID-Crazed Brits Are Risking Huge Fines to Go on Vacation

Daily Beast: COVID-Crazed Brits Are Risking Huge Fines to Go on Vacation. “After more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions, some stir-crazy travelers will do anything to get away from it all—even if that means paying a hefty fine. In the U.K., the government is set to fine anyone who travels abroad without a ‘valid reason’ 5,000 pounds ($6,895) starting Monday. But where there is a will, there is always a way, and we found a number of loopholes that are sure to send people packing.”

The Guardian: BBC Four to become archive channel as cost-cutting drive continues

The Guardian: BBC Four to become archive channel as cost-cutting drive continues. “BBC Four is to cease commissioning new programmes and become an archive-focused channel as part of the ongoing significant cost-cutting drive across the corporation. The originator of acclaimed shows such as Charlie Brooker’s Wipe franchise, the Emmy-nominated drama Burton & Taylor and the Bafta-winning comedy Detectorists, BBC Four will now be repositioned as the ‘home’ of archived content, the broadcaster confirmed.”

Fyne Times: Queer Heritage South Launches Digital Museum

Fyne Times: Queer Heritage South Launches Digital Museum. “As museums across the country await reopening, Queer Heritage South are thrilled to launch an extensive new Queer Heritage South Digital Museum this month. Queer Heritage South is where LGBTQ+ heritage can be preserved, sourced and celebrated. This is not just a collection of exhibits but a comprehensive LGBTQ+ archive that the community of Brighton and beyond are invited to contribute to, enjoy and share.”

Coronavirus: France accuses UK of ‘blackmail’ over vaccine exports (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: France accuses UK of ‘blackmail’ over vaccine exports. “Vaccine rollouts have started sluggishly across the bloc, and the EU has blamed pharmaceutical companies – primarily AstraZeneca – for not delivering its promised doses. AstraZeneca has denied that it is failing to honour its contract. The EU is expecting to receive about 30 million AstraZeneca doses by the end of March, less than a third of what it was hoping for.”

Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England’s new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever (The Register)

The Register: Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England’s new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever. “Due to hit circulation on 23 June, the design replaces the relatively short-lived incarnation featuring Matthew Boulton and James Watt. Instead, the update will show the scientist Alan Turing and the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) he developed….Also celebrating Turing’s imminent arrival on the note is UK agency GCHQ, which has created a set of puzzles that produce 11 words or names to be tapped into the agency’s Enigma machine simulator.”

The Irish News: Music composed and recorded during lockdown to be preserved by British Library

The Irish News: Music composed and recorded during lockdown to be preserved by British Library. “People who composed and recorded music during lockdown are being given the opportunity to have their songs preserved in the British Library. BBC Radio 5 Live said it has been inundated with tracks from musicians ‘of all standards’ from across the UK. The station is giving listeners the chance to have the music they created behind closed doors to be stored forever in the Sound Archive of the library.”

PR Newswire: Gale Debuts New Digital Archive Series on British Intelligence (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Gale Debuts New Digital Archive Series on British Intelligence (PRESS RELEASE). “Twentieth-Century British Intelligence, An Intelligence Empire brings together previously classified documents from The U.K. National Archives that offer new viewpoints on the machinery of British intelligence, decolonization and global policy and strategy, including important insight into international politics and diplomacy in the 20th century. Available on the Gale Primary Sources platform, this never-before-digitized collection gives scholars and researchers access to thousands of top secret files that provide historical context on the history of British intelligence.” Gale, so not free, obviously…