Britain’s ‘longest-married’ couple celebrate anniversary – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Image copyright Peter Rhys Williams Image caption Ken and Margaret Harris celebrated their oak anniversary at their Powys nursing home But after spending a month in hospital, Mr Harris was given the all clear to leave and was found a room in the same care home as his wife in the Brecon Beacons. “Ken went to war and Margaret stayed home working as a doctor’s secretary but he always had her photo in his wallet,” added Mrs Harris. “When Ken went into hospital he …


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 …


Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 16, 2017

… protection equipment suit (PPE), when working amidst the crisis gripping the country. The nursing staff had their names written on their suits, so they could identify one another and it is for that reason, and not Pauline’s face, that Mbalu, now 17, remembers her. “The first time I saw Pauline, she looked like a devil,” Mbalu says, referring to the PPE suit. Image caption Mbalu says that after being cared for by Pauline Cafferkey, she too wants to be a nurse Image …


Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 16, 2017

… passenger “covered in blood [with] no teeth, looking sorry for himself”. “I tentatively went up to him and his girlfriend and said, ‘I just wanted to let you know you’ll be fine’,” recalls the 27-year-old. “‘Go to the dentist tomorrow, don’t panic, you’ll be great’. And he was like, ‘Oh, thank you so much!’. Image copyright Josh Sinner Image caption Josephine Vander Gucht: “I would hate to be …


Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day? – BBC News

June 15, 2017

So why do we spend more on our mums? Image copyright Truefitt & Hill Image caption Sales of male grooming products rise ahead of Father’s Day “Retailers have long made a big push on Mother’s Day because demand for gift-giving was strong, and Father’s Day more of an afterthought,” he says. With traditional gender roles continue to break down, and fathers are doing more housework and hands-on parenting “it is not surprising to see more emphasis on …


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

June 14, 2017

… the youth vote Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-hunting protesters marched on Downing Street It may simply have been a repetition of a longstanding Tory policy but Theresa May’s vow to hold a free vote on bringing back fox hunting is thought by some to have harmed her efforts to seal the deal with Labour voters flirting with the Conservatives. It came up a lot on the doorstep, according to some reports, helping to “re-toxify” the Conservative brand among voters in …


Remembering Jo Cox: Her family one year on – BBC News

June 13, 2017

… behind her with a big smile on his face. They bustle around, getting the kettle on, as their daughter Kim makes the introductions. Within minutes, everyone is huddled around Kim’s phone as she shows a video of her and Jo doing karaoke together. Image caption Jo Cox was MP for Batley and Spen in Yorkshire Jean remembers the moment when she got the call telling her that her daughter been attacked: “The phone rang and it was her aide. “He said, ‘Jo’s been …


Photographs reveal forgotten Manchester and Salford slums – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Image copyright Shirley Baker Image caption This boy’s attention appears to have been drawn to an abandoned blackboard Mary Sullivan, Sally Sheldon, Kate Withington and Bridget Cunniffe grew up in Honduras Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, which features in some of the photographs. Ms Cunniffe said: “We didn’t have much room to play in our house, because it was just a two-up, two-down, and we had just a little back yard where all the washing used to be done. “So …


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 …


Obituary: Peter Sallis – BBC News

June 7, 2017

Image caption Peter Sallis (third from right) as Snug in a 1958 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream When hostilities ceased he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada). His first professional appearance came in 1946 and for the next six decades he was rarely out of work. Throughout the 1950s he made a name for himself as a reliable character actor playing everything from Shakespeare to Chekhov. Arguments I’d never had a political thought in my life Peter …


EY report: Scottish economy ‘stuck in slow lane’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

However, manufacturing output is predicted to grow in line with the overall economy for the first time since 2013, as weaker sterling and a pick-up in global demand “ultimately provide a boost to exports”. Image copyright PA Image caption Many Scottish infrastructure projects, including the Queensferry Crossing, are nearing completion He added: “Consumer spending, which last year proved surprisingly resilient and helped buoy the economy, is fading. “A weak …


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 …


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 …


Could Labour’s love be lost in Mansfield after 94 years? – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… safe seat, a place where callow Conservative candidates feared to tread. Current Father of the House and Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke failed twice in his bid to represent Mansfield, losing to Labour’s Bernard Taylor and Don Concannon by nearly 20,000 in 1964 and 1966. He recalled being “practically chased from a garden” by an anti-Tory voter who made reference to Winston Churchill’s role in sending boy soldiers to the Turkish coast during World War One. Image caption …


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

May 29, 2017

… Pacemaker Image caption Police and paramedics the scene of Sunday afternoon’s shooting Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said the Bangor community would be “deeply shocked” by this murder. “To shoot someone in a busy supermarket car park in sight of children and shoppers shows a brutality and recklessness that will not be tolerated,” he said. “The PSNI are doing all they can to bring to justice anyone involved.” Related Topics James …


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

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

Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust – BBC News

… himself. She said he had told her in a text earlier that week he was “in hell”. Image copyright Lowe family Image caption Melanie Lowe died in 2016 At the inquest last November, the coroner heard evidence of a catalogue of mistakes. Lawyer Rachel Codd, representing Ms Lowe’s family, said she had tried to abscond twice while on constant watch, but the locum psychiatrist who reassessed her upon admission did not have access to the observation notes. She added: “It …

May 23, 2017

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

Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

… electoral wipe out the Conservatives would experience across large parts of Northern England and Scotland, which it still trying to recover from today. Thatcher and “the Tories” remain dirty words to the former steel workers in Consett but few young people I spoke to could recognise her and those that did regarded her as a distant historical figure. Image caption Alex Blackham: ‘May is the only person for the job’ She will have experienced at first hand how …

May 21, 2017

Liverpool star David Fairclough’s shirt sells for 10,000 – BBC News

… again!” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Fairclough made 154 appearances for the Reds between 1975 and 1983 David Fairclough was born in Liverpool in 1957 He made 154 appearances for the Reds between 1975 and 1983 He scored on his debut for Liverpool in a UEFA Cup tie against Dresden in 1975 He scored 55 goals during his Anfield career, including 37 from 92 starts and 18 in 62 substitute appearances He also had spells with Norwich City, Oldham Athletic and …

May 18, 2017