London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster. The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday Mrs May was criticised for not speaking to Grenfell Tower residents on her first visit following the blaze. She …

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London Fire: How one Grenfell Tower resident escaped – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image copyright Reuters I rang the fire service and they told me to get out. They said “Wrap a wet towel around yourself and get out of the block.” But I opened the door and the smoke was so thick I couldn’t. I tried to leave the flat three times and each time the smoke was too thick. Image caption 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters tackled the blaze I could feel myself tripping over in the dark. I was tripping over bodies. On one of the floors I tripped badly and …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 15, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’ – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A spokesman for Mrs Merkel had previously refused to be drawn on the issue out of “politeness and respect” while the process of forming a new UK government was under way. Mrs May says she will form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats. Can Theresa May stay as PM? May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks What the election result means for Brexit Brexit delays over UK hung parliament? Image copyright PA Image caption Mrs May …

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the prime minister studied Geography at Oxford University. And while …

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Aircraft crashes in Castlewellan Forest Park – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Two people were treated at the scene by paramedics The ambulance service said that the two people were discharged after being treated by paramedics. The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team said that the pair had walked away from the crash. “The pilot and passenger managed to escape the wreckage and walk to a nearby forest road to meet with the attending ambulance and fire service,” the team wrote on Facebook. Image copyright Press Eye Image …

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May at a campaign event in Wales It’s not even accurate to call it a forgettable election. Most Americans, I feel confident in saying, aren’t aware it’s even taking place. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn arrives for a campaign speech Many of the American revolutionaries, foremost amongst them the voguish Alexander Hamilton, were arch-monarchists. Their gripe with King George was that he …

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Man shot in front of young son was loyalist Colin Horner – BBC News

May 29, 2017

PSNI Supt Brian Kee said: “The recklessness of this murder is all too evident. It is beyond belief that the gunman shot the victim when he was out with his son. “We are very lucky that we are not also dealing with the death of this child today.” He said the gunman also showed “total disregard” for the safety of the public, including other children, who were in the car park at the time of the attack. Police have appealed for witnesses. Image copyright …

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Rare cigarette paintings up for auction – BBC News

Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The rare paintings, which formed the basis of the company’s advertising campaigns, have never been on public display, the auctioneer said. The Horizon building, which was built in 1972 at a cost of 14m, was one of the most modern factories of the time. Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The oil and watercolour paintings depicting children playing with cigarettes and women gleefully smoking, were painted before awareness of smoking’s health …

May 29, 2017
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Josephine Bowes: The forgotten ‘pioneer’ of the art world – BBC News

Image copyright The Bowes Museum Image caption The Bowes Museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary Her journey from Parisian clockmaker’s daughter to wealthy wife of a British aristocrat began in 1847, when she was introduced to John Bowes, the illegitimate son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore and a distant ancestor to the Queen Mother. Image copyright The Bowes Museum Image caption John financed the Bowes Museum while Josephine filled it with works of art Josephine’s …

May 28, 2017
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USA 1967: When American soccer’s Summer of Love ended in tears – BBC News

Their positive reaction to the football – a sport most viewers actually knew little about – prompted a group of US businessmen to get together to draw up plans to establish a professional football, or soccer, league in the country. Image copyright Keystone/Getty Images Image caption The Beatles led the so-called British Invasion of the US in the 1960s Back then Mr Rothenberg was a lawyer for sports entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball …

May 27, 2017
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Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

But many concertgoers find the practice irrating, and now some performers are starting to object too. “No mobile phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour,” read a message posted on ticketing websites when the comedian’s new UK dates went on sale this month. Image copyright Yondr Image caption Audience members keep the locked pouches with them throughout the evening Rock’s use of Yondr at his upcoming UK …

May 22, 2017
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NHS cyber-attack: Bosses fear further infections from ransomware – BBC News

… many of which were closed over the weekend. Some practices have advised staff due on shift on Monday not to turn computers back on until further notice. GPs across the North East and North Cumbria areas of England have asked patients to consider whether they need appointments on Monday and Tuesday, as some practices still do not have full access to patient records, prescriptions, appointment systems and telephones. Image copyright PA By Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent We now …

May 16, 2017
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