Sport

Copa América moved from Argentina to Brazil just 13 days before kick-off

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has announced Brazil as the new hosts of this summer’s Copa América, with Argentina replaced just 13 days before the tournament is due to begin. “The Copa América 2021 will be played in Brazil,” an official Conmebol statement said. “Tournament start and end dates are confirmed. The venues and […]

Lifestyle

The magic of vintage fortified wines

Taylor’s 1896 Single Harvest Port, Douro, Portugal (£3,950, enquire at Mentzendorff) What makes a wine worth nearly £4,000? This, inevitably, is the first question the venerable Port shipper Taylor’s latest release brings to mind. And having been lucky enough to receive a small test tube filled with a few precious sample drops of this very […]

Business

Nissan plans work stoppages in Mexico in June due to chip shortage

Japanese automaker Nissan will carry out temporary work stoppages at three Mexican plants for several days in June because of production adjustments needed to manage a shortage of semiconductor chips, the company said on Friday. Nissan’s Aguascalientas Plant 1 will shut down for seven days in June, while the same facility’s Plant 2 will close […]

Technology

AMD announces the Radeon RX 6000M series with RDNA 2 architecture

AMD has announced its long-awaited Radeon RX 6000M series of mobile GPUs, featuring its RDNA 2 architecture. Today’s release consists of three chips: the RX 6800M (configurable at 145W and above), the RX 6700M (up to 135W), and the RX 6600M (up to 100W). AMD says the flagship 6800M delivers the fastest AMD graphics for […]

News

Mum transforms ‘worst house on the street’ and adds £153,000 to property value

A DIY-loving mum has shared how she completely transformed her “derelict” period house increasing the value by £153,000. Hannah Janikiewicz, 41, from Wirral, purchased her four-bedroom Victorian home in 2013 for £347,000 with plans to transform the space entirely. The mum-of-three and her husband were eager to get started on the renovation the moment they […]

Sport

‘Ben’s been brilliant with me’: James Bracey on his unlikely England role

James Bracey spent Sunday 23 May at the County Ground in Bristol, watching Gloucestershire’s game against Somerset peter out into a weather-affected draw and oblivious to the fact that approximately 120 miles due east an unused sock was about to change the course of his career. After being an unused member of England’s biosecure bubble […]

Lifestyle

From the archive: a weekend at Butlin’s, 1983

For the Observer Magazine in 1983, Ian Walker went along to Butlin’s Skegness holiday camp to see the new season begin (12 June). ‘Welcome to the house of fun’ was the headline inside – the Madness tune having been taken up by the staff as their camp song in this ‘fading pink and blue and […]

Business

Pilot training puzzle tests U.S. airlines as travel takes off

As millions of Americans gear up for a summer of vacation flights, Ben Wallander is hitting the books and the simulator. Thousands of pilots at Delta and American have lost their active status, which lapses after 90 days of not flying, at some point over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes […]

Technology

Alienware’s X15 is its thinnest and coolest gaming laptop yet

Alienware is keen on giving Razer a run for its money when it comes to making a super-thin gaming laptop. Two of the configurations of Alienware’s new X15 flagship model are actually 15.9mm thick, almost the same as Razer’s just-refreshed 15.8mm-thick Blade 15 Advanced. That’s impressively thin, especially considering that Alienware doesn’t usually try to […]

News

Woman urges people to check bags after finding ‘tracker tile’ in hers after night out

baffled to find something in her handbag that wasn’t supposed to be there. She was going through her bag before she arrived home and came across a tile key fob, the kind that uses Bluetooth to track your keys if you have lost them. The tile wasn’t hers and she wasn’t sure where it had […]