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Skye, which has be­come over­run by tourists. The re­mote Scot­tish is­land has seen a huge in­crease in vis­i­tors since it fea­tured in pop videos by Harry Styles and Kanye West, and in the film of The BFG. Ho­tels are so booked up that some vis­i­tors have taken to sleep­ing in cars; cruise ships are dis­gorg­ing up to 2,000 passengers onto the is­land at a time; the roads are blocked with camper vans; and there are con­stant queues for pub­lic lava­to­ries.

The Gar­den Bridge, which has been of­fi­cially scrapped. Plans to build the tree-cov­ered bridge across the River Thames were ap­proved by for­mer mayor Boris John­son, but failed to win the sup­port of his suc­ces­sor Sadiq Khan. An es­ti­mated £46.4m of tax­pay­ers’ money has al­ready been spent on the project.

Big Ben, which may fall silent for four years. Restora­tion of the clock tower is due to start next week, and the loud “bongs” are con­sid­ered a threat to the hear­ing of work­ers. But se­nior politi­cians, in­clud­ing Theresa May, have called for a re­think.

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