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Is lockdown making you wish you had moved to the sticks? Meet the families who did

The farmer and wildlife presenter Kate Humble has spent the past 10 months tracking the progress of six couples who have given up the rat race to move to the sticks.

Given the current circumstances, their timing couldn’t be more appropriate. In a six-part series, titled Twice the Life for Half the Price, on Channel 5, Humble observes families pack up their suburban lives and de-camp to the deepest countryside.

While loosening themselves from financial constraints are a unifying factor, their other motivations are all different. One family have nine home-schooled children and needed more space; for years they shared

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A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America

They are scrounging for fabric, cutting it up, stitching it together. They are repurposing drapes, dresses, bra straps, shower curtains, even coffee filters. They are building supply chains, organizing workers, managing distribution networks.

Most of all, they are sewing.

All over the country, homebound Americans are crafting thousands upon thousands of face masks to help shield doctors, nurses and many others from the coronavirus.

They are pulling together to meet an urgent need: Hospitals, overwhelmed by the fast-spreading pandemic, are burning through their supplies of protective gear, in particular masks, at an alarming rate. Doctors and nurses are getting sick

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