Manchester International Festival: Putting women in control of the world – BBC News

July 5, 2017

“I think there would be a different sense of care. Definitely.” Image copyright BBC/Getty Images Image caption Director Vicky Featherstone (left) and writer Abi Morgan have helped create the show “But your question to me was, do you think the world would be a better place if women did [rule it]? “At the moment, it isn’t equal. It is men ruling the world. And I think it would be a…

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Inside the secret and lucrative world of ‘the super tutor’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The next thing he knew, he was being woken up by the mother standing over him, shouting “You think this is some kind of holiday?”. Given the high fees charged by such tutors and the intense competition for places at top British schools it’s perhaps not surprising that tensions can sometimes run high. “In an already privileged world, tutoring is an extra level of pushing,” he says. Image copyright Getty…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

July 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call…

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The headstones with unusual stories to tell – BBC News

July 3, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images In 1703, Hannah Twynnoy became Britain’s first recorded victim of a tiger. She was a barmaid at the White Lion in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, when a travelling menagerie set up in the pub’s large rear yard, ready to attract paying crowds. Hannah was warned against upsetting the tiger but she enjoyed bothering and poking at the big cat – until one day it discovered the cage door…

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Two have ‘life changing’ injuries after acid attack – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Mr Muhktar, who has since been brought out of his coma, has burns across his body arms, legs, back, neck and the right side of his face as well as damage to his right eye. Image copyright Resham Khan Image caption Resham Khan had just returned from a year abroad as part of her business management degree at Manchester Metropolitan Univesrity On social media, Ms Khan said: “I’m devastated. I…

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How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat JK Rowling said about first Harry Potter book in 1997 Can you believe it’s 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Joanne Rowling, as she was known then, dreamed up the story of the bespectacled boy wizard on a train trip between London and Manchester. She finished the manuscript in 1995, writing much of it in…

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

June 26, 2017

“What he did – it will never go away. When you go private, you think you’ve got the best.” Ian Paterson: Surgeon was ‘psychopathic like Shipman’ Breast surgeon ‘played God’ with women’s bodies Ian Paterson: ‘He took a pound of flesh for money’ Linda Millband, national lead lawyer for clinical negligence at legal firm Thompsons, is acting for more than 500 of Paterson’s former private patients. She said private policies…

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human…

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10 miscarriages in 10 years: One couple’s heartbreak – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I want to look at a child and see my husband looking back up at me” Jen Bickel and her husband Andrew are no strangers to heartache, having suffered 10 miscarriages in as many years. The 39-year-old, from Cardiff, has endured several rounds of punishing IVF, two ectopic pregnancies resulting in surgery, and she is still no closer to finding out the…

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Gilli’s other children – including Niamh’s twin, Zach – were at school or college. But through the blur of upset and sorrow, Gilli knew one thing clearly: she wanted to donate Niamh’s eyes, the only part of the little girl unaffected by disease. Organ donation is very important to Gilli’s family – as a baby, one of Niamh’s brothers had a heart transplant after contracting a serious chest infection. She…

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

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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…

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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…

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

June 16, 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…

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

June 16, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOh Wonder perform their single Ultralife for the Radio 1 Piano Sessions. Two and a half years ago, at the start of their career, Oh Wonder singer Josephine Vander Gucht fell over a gate, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose. It forced the band to remain anonymous for almost a year: No photographs, no interviews, no videos. But there was…

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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…

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

June 14, 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…

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

June 13, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJo Cox’s parents: ‘We have to stay positive’ On 16 June 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in her constituency. Now, as the anniversary of her death approaches, her parents and sister say they are still learning to cope with the loss. As Jean Leadbeater, Jo’s mother, waits to welcome us at her front door, the first thing she…

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Members are elected for four-year terms by a joint session of both houses of parliament, although in practice changes in membership are rare, making the Federal Council one of the world’s most stable governments. Each year a different member of the council fills the largely ceremonial post of federal president on a rotating basis. However, the office does not confer the status of head of state, which is held jointly…

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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…

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Love Island: What’s the big deal? – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Image copyright ITV Executive assistant Chloe, 22, says she’s come on the programme “looking for the love of my life”. Image copyright ITV Oil rig worker Sam, 21, introduced himself by saying: “I pull birds for a living.” Image copyright Twitter After the third episode there was a lot of debate over whether Camilla was too “boring” because she failed to kiss or fall in love with anyone in the…

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Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer – BBC News

June 10, 2017

That first show attracted a big crowd – some of whom, Mrs Betts suspects, were only there because they were curious about the name. “I don’t think they were quite sure what they were getting,” she says. “They might have been disappointed! “All the girls said, ‘That was brilliant, we’ve got to do it again.’ And it’s just never stopped since.” Image copyright Boobs and Brass The struggles of those…

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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…

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Election 2017: What CAN’T you do in a polling station? – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Image copyright AFP Dogs may not yet be entitled to vote but they are allowed to come and watch as long as they don’t disrupt the vote. In cases where a voter has two or more dogs and will struggle to control them while casting their ballot, polling station staff may be able to hold the dogs’ leads. But the Electoral Commission advises that while voters are welcome to bring…

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