This is what the high street of the future will look like

John Timpson knows a thing or two about the high street. The chairman of the UK shoe-repair chain that bears his family name was, after all, entrusted to lead a 2018 government review into what the future UK high street would look like. Though at one time he envisaged a future where the number of shops in British town centres would have halved, he could never have imagined how quickly that revolution would come. The impact of the pandemic on our towns and cities has, he says, been seismic: “What…

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The 25 most beautiful cinemas in Australia

While some movie lovers would happily watch a classic while sitting on a log in a remote jungle and still be content, there are many who find the decor, spirit and history of the cinema an essential element of their movie-going experience. The rise of streaming services and the increasing affordability of home cinema setups has meant that the act of attending a cinema is no longer to be taken for granted by venue operators and the cinema industry. Since it is no longer necessary to go out to see…

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Inside ghost town shopping centre that lies abandoned 25 years after opening

An abandoned shopping centre lies empty and derelict 25 years after its flagship opening. Five Sisters Freeport Shopping Village in West Lothian, Scotland, opened in 1996, with over 40 stores, claiming to be Scotland’s new premier outlet for designer clothes. But after a huge decline by 2004, Freeport Leisure decided it was time to close the centre down and they shut up shop. The site has been derelict ever since, with the BBC using it for filming on a zombie children’s show in 2015, Edinburgh Live reports. The 50,000sq ft shopping centre attracted over a…

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