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Glasgow Central Station placed on lockdown after ‘stabbing’

Glasgow Central Station placed on lockdown after ‘stabbing’

The Gordon Street entrance to the station has been sealed off by officers following an incident at around 7.30pm.

Pictures show a heavy police presence and vehicles at the scene.

Police Scotland told Glasgow Live they had received a report of an incident.

They added that it was being dealt with by British Transport Police.

A spokesperson for Network Rail Scotland said the incident took place outside the Gordon Street entrance at around 7.30pm.

The spokesperson added that the Gordon Street entrance is shut but the station remains fully operational.

Express.co.uk has contacted British Transport Police for comment.

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Bruce Dickinson on his upcoming one-man show, lockdown and Iron Maiden tour

Bruce Dickinson

An Evening with Bruce Dickinson tours next month (Image: Nidhal Marzouk)

Bruce, 62, will reminisce about his years as a boarding school rebel and “explain how I ended up singing instead of drumming or joining the army, and the story of my ridiculous trousers. “But,” he says, “the last third of the show is entirely adlibbed. The audience are given cards for questions and comments. I see them in the interval, shuffle them around and create an improvised script. You have to think fast and laterally but it can be very funny.

“Once someone wrote, ‘Do you remember meeting my mum in 1983…’, I paused, the audience tittered. ‘In a hotel’ – another titter. ‘In Budapest…’ – they’re laughing now. ‘By the way you’re not my Dad, I checked.’ It’s comedy gold.”

Could Maiden have a secret love-children?

“We weren’t exactly choir boys,” Bruce says candidly. “Especially at the beginning, 23-year-old lads in America… talk with an English accent, and women’s clothes dropped off before your eyes. But the main event with us was always on stage, not off it. We always took it seriously.”

Iron Maiden performing on stage

Dickinson joined Iron Maiden in 1981 (Image: John McMurtrie)

Bruce came slightly late to the Maiden party, replacing original singer Paul Di’Anno in 1981, in time to lend his operatic vocal range to the East End band’s third album, the multiplatinum Number Of The Beast, and first top ten single, Run To The Hills.

Not everyone was impressed. One fan complained that Bruce’s singing was ‘like listening to my favourite songs through an air raid siren’. Maiden responded by dubbing Dickinson “the Human Air Raid Siren”, turning the negative into a positive.

Since then, the band have sold more than 100million albums worldwide. Have you turned into a British institution, Bruce?

“I might end up in one,” he snorts. “We’re immensely proud of being British. We’re a little bit eccentric and quirky and we don’t fit easily in a heavy metal category. We’ve got our own identity and we side step all attempts to put us into a little box.

“Our relationship is not with the media, but with our fans. They’re like plywood, every year we add a layer…”

Despite Bruce’s protests, heavy metal is in his heart, his soul, and even his left leg, thanks to recent surgery.

“I had five and a half inches of titanium hammered into my thigh and was up walking the same day,” he says proudly.

Decades of jumping around on stage had eroded the cartilage in his hip joint. “The fencing played a part too,” he says.

“I fence left-handed so my left leg takes the brunt of it. I was hobbling around last October and the surgeon said, ‘Your cartilage has worn out’. I said, ‘Can we just change it now?’ A week later, the crutches were gone and I’d started physio. I’ve been cycling, I’m doing weights. It’s incredible.”

Bruce Dickinson jumping on stage

Dickinson has had surgery in his leg from decades of jumping around on stage (Image: John McMurtrie)

The irrepressible Dickinson is the only child of a shotgun marriage between an aspiring ballet dancer and an ex-soldier. He was brought up by his formidable grandmother in Sheffield while his parents toured with a performing dog act. When they got regular jobs – estate agent and car salesman – he was dispatched to Oundle boarding school at 13.

Bruce’s school horror stories take up a chunk of his first half. He famously had two tons of horse manure delivered to his housemaster’s front door and was expelled for defrosting the headmaster’s runner beans in an unorthodox way.

“If I’d been around in this day and age, I would’ve been medicated at an early age,” he laughs.

Dickinson joined the TA before studying history at London’s Queen Mary College and joining his first metal band Samson. A can-do person, when Samson’s manager forgot to book them a tour to promote their first album, Bruce jumped on the phone and did it himself.

He has rival careers as an airline pilot and beer brewer “because I love them,” he says. “Life’s too short to do things you don’t love.”

Not all his ventures have turned a profit, but he says “If money is your only arbiter, rob a bank.”

Bruce Dickinson with plane

Dickinson has had many careers, including being an airline pilot (Image: John McMurtrie)

Fate dealt him a bum hand in 2014 when he was diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck.

Postponing a tour for treatment, Bruce advised Maiden’s manager to “tell them the reasons are too tumorous to mention”.

He says “I get questions about cancer and what I try to do is make cancer amusing and serious and sad all at the same time – a bit of dark humour to allay a lot of the fear that goes with it, hopefully funny and a bit informative.”

Iron Maiden on stage with their Ed Force One plane

Iron Maiden have their own on stage mascot, Eddie the Ed Force One plane (Image: John McMurtrie)

He talks about flying jumbo jets, the band’s own Ed Force One plane (named after Maiden’s monstrous stage mascot, Eddie), and bringing troops home from Afghanistan.

Maiden anecdotes can be scary. At a concert in Florence, a Kiwi roadie was so incensed by seeing a man assault a woman that he broke his jaw, only to learn he was a mafia don. He returned the next night in Naples “with heavies with bulges in their suit pockets,” says Bruce. “He said, ‘Where’s the Australian? I kill him!’ We said he’d taken off in fear, but we’d hidden him in the bay of the bus.”

Other tales are hilarious, not least the terrifying experience of flying with Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. All are told in graphic detail “so be careful bringing small children to this show.”

One of nature’s cavaliers, Tory-voting Bruce finds himself at odds with lockdown measures.

“I’m not an anti-vax conspiracy theorist but there’s such a lack of joined-up thinking, it’s quite frustrating. I had to go to France because my girlfriend had an eye operation. We’re both double vaccinated, and when we came back we had four nasal swabs, we took the tests and were all clear, yet we’ve still had to quarantine. Are we all mad?

“I don’t think most of the SAGE committee know any human beings at all. They’re like a weather forecaster who never looks out the window. Do they have any real clue what effects the lockdowns have on people? People who didn’t have health issues have started to acquire them because of that lack of human contact.

“People get depressed, it makes me angry. I could accept it at the beginning, old people dying, but now it’s time common sense prevailed. I’m so sorry for people who have lost years of their lives, old people unable to see grandchildren etc. We need a new broom someone with a brain and some nous.”

Bruce, who lives in London, spent the first lockdown in Paris with girlfriend Leana Dolci. “I spent three months sitting on a balcony writing stuff about military history which might turn into something.”

He’d moved to France three years ago after his split with second wife Paddy, mother of his three grown-up children, who died last year in a tragic accident.

Iron Maiden have got a sold-out European tour to play “as soon as the government work out how to get us visas,” he says.

“Every tour and album are an adventure. I’ve been writing stuff for Iron Maiden which I can’t tell you about but I will be able to talk about it at the one-man show. It’s exciting!

“What we’ve done will really rock your world…”

An Evening with Bruce Dickinson tours next month. Tickets available now on Ticketmaster.

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How stuffed Jack Russell Terrier helped this man find lockdown love ‘She was cute!’

How stuffed Jack Russell Terrier helped this man find lockdown love 'She was cute!'

Mitch did admit that when people hear about Phoebe, it can be a controversial response.

He said: “I had so many mixed reactions. Some people thought it was cruel, most people did think it was pretty hysterical but it’s always a mixed bag of reactions, especially on social dating when you advertise a taxidermy dog with you.”

The American also revealed when he first saw Phoebe for the first time after being stuffed, he burst into laughter seeing her perched on top of the kitchen table.

Jamie told the ITV presenters that Nanook the Husky has been successfully introduced to Phoebe which was a success.

Holly then asked Jamie if she has considered having Nanook preserved via taxidermy when the time comes.

She admitted she’d considered it, but was still 50/50 on the matter, adding: “My mum always joked about stuffing our childhood dog. So to see it happen makes it possibly a reality. Hopefully I have some years to decide!”

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Coronavirus latest: Sydney lockdown extended with discovery of 97 new cases

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo will meet President Joe Biden and chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci at the White House on Wednesday as part of the administration’s effort to promote Covid-19 vaccination among young people. Rodrigo, a singer and actor, will also record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated.

Qatar is to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter the Gulf state without the need for quarantine as it ramps up tourism plans ahead of next year’s Fifa world cup. A new set of measures would make visiting Qatar “as easy as possible” while maintaining precautions against coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.

More than 1.7m people in France have booked to receive the Covid-19 vaccine since President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday evening that access to cafés, restaurants and other venues would be restricted to those who have “health passports”. Before midnight, more than 900,000 bookings for vaccinations were made, while a further 800,000 people made a booking during the day on Tuesday, according to the Doctolib medical appointment booking website.

The threat of restaurants and other venues only being accessible to those with “health passports” has resulted in a jump in vaccination appointments in France © Bloomberg

Rich nations are paying more for scarce Covid-19 vaccine doses, aggravating the inequitable distribution of jabs, according to the head of the World Trade Organization. Covax, the United Nations-backed programme that aims to provide Covid-19 vaccines to developing countries, was struggling to do so because of supply scarcity, WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Tuesday.

The UK’s vaccination drive is showing signs of slowing ahead of the planned lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England next week. The government estimates that 87 per cent of the adult population (45m people) have received at least one dose, with two-thirds (34m) having completed their vaccine regimen.

South Africa will temporarily shut vaccination sites due to risk of violence, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as the country’s rollout buckles under days of the worst looting and rioting in decades. Some sites would close out of a “precautionary principle” if they were damaged or in areas affected by the violence, which has swept Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, two of South Africa’s most populous provinces, the ministry said.

US small businesses are struggling to find workers, and many plan to increase pay in an attempt to staff up as the economy recovers. Some 46 per cent of small business owners said in June that they had job openings they could not fill, far above the historical average of 22 per cent, according to a monthly survey of members by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Scotland is to delay a return to the office and workplaces over concerns about high coronavirus case numbers, but will press ahead with the easing of other restrictions next week, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. In a statement to the Scottish parliament ahead of Scotland’s move to the lowest “Level Zero” restrictions on July 19, Sturgeon made clear her devolved government would take a more cautious approach than that taken by the UK government for England.

Covid-related absences in English schools have hit a record high, as increasing numbers of students have come into contact with suspected cases of coronavirus. The Department for Education said on Tuesday that pandemic-related pupil absence in state schools is increasing and is at its highest rate since schools reopened in March 2021.

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The Delta variant is forcing parts of Australia back into lockdown

Most of Australia is under fresh COVID-19 restrictions as case numbers rise and the Delta variant threatens to overwhelm the country’s contact tracing apparatus. Sydney, the country’s largest city, went into a lockdown on Saturday evening, as did much of the surrounding region. The lockdown is expected to last until July 9.

Right now, the federal government estimates that there are 271 active cases, and reports 58 hospitalizations.

The scale of the outbreak is smaller than those in the United States, but Australia has also controlled the pandemic successfully for most of the past year and a half, lifting initial lockdowns last summer. However, it’s kept tight restrictions on foreign travel—most people can’t fly anywhere besides New Zealand, and incoming travellers are required to quarantine. So far, the entire country has reported 910 total deaths over the course of the pandemic, which is fewer than in North Dakota alone.

“Covid zero [sic] became the de facto strategic goal of Australian public health policy,” wrote Bill Bowtell, a health policy expert who helped craft Australia’s HIV response, in a Guardian op-ed. “It delivered the precious gift of time to regroup, free from the pressure of rising caseloads, unnecessary social and economic disruption, and death.”

But, he argued, Australia has failed to capitalize on that success with a fast vaccine rollout, leaving itself vulnerable to outbreaks.

The bulk of the new cases are in the southeastern state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located. According to the Guardian, 120 cases in this most recent outbreak have been linked to a Sydney suburb called Bondi. Yesterday, the state reported 23 new cases, three of which were picked up overseas.

That prompted concern and travel restrictions in New Zealand as well, after one Australian tourist reportedly tested positive after returning home from Wellington, the neighboring nation’s capital.

In response, the New South Wales government has imposed a two-week stay-at-home order for the metro area, although it includes broad carvouts, including travel to childcare, weddings, and funerals. The state also resumed a mask requirement.

The Australian government is trying to head off a national outbreak, and people who have travelled to the region since June 21 are also being asked to stay at home

But other cases appear to be slipping through Australia’s net. In Australia’s Northern Territory, a gold miner became infected at a quarantine hotel, then took a charter flight back to the mine. Now, health officials are tracking down about 900 miners who might have carried the virus across the country. The Northern Territory went into lockdown as of Sunday.

[Related: The Delta variant is on the rise in the US]

This outbreak has triggered extra alarms because many of the cases are suspected to be the highly contagious Delta variant.

That variant, first detected in India, is not only more contagious than the original strain of COVID, but is also more contagious than the Alpha variant, first detected in the UK. It appears to be more deadly as well. And unlike Alpha, it’s adept at reinfecting people who have already recovered from COVID.

Delta kicked off a round of lockdowns in the UK when it arrived, and sent authorities scrambling to deliver second doses of the vaccine—fully vaccinated people are strongly protected, but half vaccinated people still appear to be vulnerable.

Low vaccination rates are also driving the urgency in Australia. Although around 30 percent of the country has received one dose, only about five percent of Australians are fully vaccinated. (Australia hasn’t administered any Johnson & Johnson, which requires only a single shot.) In New South Wales, just 4.3 percent of people have completed the series. In three other states, fewer than one percent of people have.

That’s in part because Australia relies heavily on the AstraZeneca vaccine, some of which is manufactured in the country. But this spring, the AstraZeneca vaccine came under intense scrutiny after European regulators determined that it was possibly linked to extremely rare, but deadly, blood clots, especially in young people. In April, Australia stopped giving AstraZeneca to almost anyone under 50, and turned to its much more limited supply of Pfizer instead.

As this outbreak has taken off, the government has lifted that restriction, and allowed anyone over the age of 40 to request the AstraZeneca vaccine. Currently, anyone over 40 is eligible to be vaccinated, as are those older than 16 who do frontline work or have a high-risk health condition.

And Monday’s news that a “mix-and-match” course of AstraZeneca and Pfizer provides powerful protection could give the country more flexibility in its vaccination program.

Still, in an interview last week, when asked if Australians could expect to fly by Christmas of 2022, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “That’s too far away to… I mean, I would certainly hope so.”

And that means that Australia is yet another sign of what might be to come in under-vaccinated swaths of the United States. Last week, Anthony Fauci estimated that 20 percent of cases in the United States are caused by the Delta variant. Within a month or so, the variant will likely be the dominant strain, accelerating transmission in a country that already has far more SARS-CoV-2 circulating than Australia. As WNYC reported, the Delta variant is so transmissible that it might cause fast-moving outbreaks even in a population that is was 40 percent vaccinated. And with vaccination rates below 50 percent in the South, Midwest, and mountain West, future surges in individual pockets seem almost certain.

Philip Kiefer

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'I couldn't access money' – Pensioner, 72, recalls struggle to access cash during lockdown

'I couldn't access money' - Pensioner, 72, recalls struggle to access cash during lockdown

Almost 13,000 free-to-use cash machines closed between 2017 and 2020 – a drop of nearly 24 percent.

And since January 2015, 4,299 bank branches have shut.

To avoid the nation sleepwalking into becoming a cashless society which ignores the needs of millions of citizens, Age UK is calling for the urgent introduction of a Universal Service Obligation (USO) on banks, to guarantee access to cash for everyone.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “This report demonstrates the continuing critical importance of cash in our society. It’s not only essential for older people but for us all, in a world increasingly compelling us to manage our money digitally.

“Protecting the cash system is essential for enabling millions of citizens to go about their lives, and since it was still widely used during the pandemic, when spending opportunities were few, it’s going to be all the more important for us once we emerge from it and return to some kind of normality.

“Older people who use cash and their local bank branch are finding it increasingly impossible to manage their money because more and more barriers are being put in their way.

“They don’t want to give up their independence by having to rely on a family member or neighbour, they want to keep control of how they do financial things – but they don’t want to or can’t do it online.

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Sydney Lockdown: Covid restrictions to be applied after spike at Bondi beach

Sydney Lockdown: Covid restrictions to be applied after spike at Bondi beach

The restrictions will begin at midnight on Friday after health officials struggle to contain a recent spike in Delta variant cases. On Friday, Gladys Berejiklian, New South Wales state Premier, told reporters that people would not be allowed out except for urgent reasons.

Ms Berejiklian said: “We don’t want to see this situation linger for weeks, we would like to see this situation end sooner rather than later.”

The lockdown will only cover the downtown and eastern suburb areas of the city, which includes Bondi Beach.

Australians will be allowed to leave their homes only for essential work, education, grocery shopping or outdoor exercise.

Ms Berejiklian urged those who live or work in four local government council areas in Sydney to stay at home except for urgent reasons.

On the same day the lockdown was announced, 22 local cases were reported.

It is the largest rise in infections since the first case was detected in Bondi last Wednesday.

The case last week was discovered in a limousine driver who transported an overseas airline crew.

Australia’s most populous city is home to a population of 25 million.

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In addition, the country has recorded less than a thousand deaths.

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