The resurgence of many 1990s trends has me wincing on a daily basis at the moment. Low-slung baggy jeans, crop tops and, devastatingly, the infamous “two bits of hair” are currently all the rage for today’s youth.

I’ve ultimately come to accept that some of these mistakes are destined to be repeated. But there’s one sartorial renaissance I’m really worried about and that’s the increasing popularity of the pointy-toed shoe. Why? Because they ruin your toes!

If we refuse to learn this lesson from the 1990s, let us at least learn it from the 1390s. Archaeologists have been digging up 14th century fashion victims and found overwhelming evidence for what many modern women are trying to tell you. Footwear with comically long tips were the must-have accessory back then, too. And after inspecting skeletal remains, these researchers confirm that the result was an absolute epidemic of bunions.

Another important archaeological discovery in the Midlands, meanwhile, has added to our understanding of the brutal practice of human exploitation in Roman Britain. The shackled body of a man left in a ditch tells a terrible story of the slave trade of the time, as this historian explains.

The UEFA championships kick off this weekend and while the main event is on the pitch, we thought it would also be fun to look to the sidelines, where team managers are engaging in all sorts of micro-politics. Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat is just the start of it.

Also this week, a correspondent reports from the frontline in the sausage wars, hiking for a healthy mind and the return of supersonic flight.

Laura Hood

Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

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Fashion for pointy shoes unleashed a wave of bunions in medieval England

Piers Mitchell, University of Cambridge; Jenna Dittmar, University of Aberdeen

The English paid a high price for medieval fashion: in bunions and broken bones.

England manager Gareth Southgate gestures on the pitch during 2018 England V Switzerland friendly game. AF Archive/Alamy

Euro 2020: how football managers and coaches control the narrative

Mark James Carroll, Liverpool John Moores University; Colum Cronin, Liverpool John Moores University; Simon J Roberts, Liverpool John Moores University

The images projected to fans of the sport have always been intentional. Here's what they do to keep people onside.

Hiking uses more energy than a regular walk in the park does. Olga Danylenko/ Shutterstock

Hiking workouts aren’t just good for your body – they’re good for your mind too

Lindsay Bottoms, University of Hertfordshire

Hiking has seen a sharp increase in popularity since the start of the pandemic.

Brexit means the UK can’t currently export bangers to, well, itself. Darren Staples/EPA-EFE

Why are British sausages being blocked from entry into Northern Ireland? The dispute explained

Billy Melo Araujo, Queen's University Belfast

Tensions over a possible 'sausage war' between the UK and EU are brewing. How will leaders solve this Brexit-imposed trade dispute?

An aritst’s impression of the Boom Overture – the supersonic jet set to carry fare-paying passengers by 2029. Abaca Press/Alamy

Supersonic flights are set to return – here’s how they can succeed where Concorde failed

Peter Thomas, University of Hertfordshire

Supersonic jet technology has moved on since Concorde's final flight in 2003.


Aphantasia explained: some people can’t form mental pictures

Zoë Pounder, University of Westminster

People with aphantasia, when asked to form an image in their minds, will report they cannot "see" anything.


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