London fire: Police expect Grenfell death toll to rise – BBC News

June 20, 2017

But Cdr Cundy warned of the potential “terrible reality” that some people may never be identified due to the intensity of the fire. “I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us. “There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no-one knows are missing,” he said. Image copyright Metropolitan Police Kensington and Chelsea Council has faced widespread …

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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 her photo in his wallet,” added Mrs Harris. “When Ken went into hospital he …

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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 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 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 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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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 …

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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 not surprising to see more emphasis on …

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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 a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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

June 13, 2017

… recover. So we didn’t know.” But he describes a police inspector breaking the news: “He doesn’t have to tell you, you can see by his expression.” Kim listens to her parents silently, but the pain is etched across her face. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Floral tributes and candles were left at a vigil for Jo Cox in Parliament Square Gordon adds: “It’s not, after one year it gets better. It doesn’t. It won’t go away. But we …

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

June 11, 2017

… along with together with some options for reform and encouraged further work on the project. Image copyright Empics Could there be another election? It is possible to have another election but as Theresa May has learned, forcing the public into another round of voting is not always a good idea. Voter fatigue could set in as the electorate may feel it cannot face going through a fourth UK-wide vote (including the EU referendum) in three years. Another vote could backfire with a drop in …

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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 all the washing used to be done. “So …

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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 first 48 hours. Image copyright Twitter …

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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 band members have made the …

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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 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 their dogs, unless they’re a guide dog, they may have to be left outside. During the EU …

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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 …

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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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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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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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Manchester Arena: Eyewitnesses describe blast horror – BBC News

… “like something out of a war film”. “When I get up and look round, there’s just bodies everywhere. I reckon 20-30 bodies. I can’t say if some of them were dead but they looked dead. “They were covered in blood and were really seriously hurt. The first thing I did was I ran into the arena trying to find my family.” He found his family, who were safe, but said there were “kids and teenagers just lying there screaming”. Image copyright …

May 24, 2017
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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
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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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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
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