British politicians post new official portraits, instantly become memes

July 28, 2017

Whenever an official portrait of a politician gets released any politician it’s now pretty much tradition for it to become a full-blown meme in a matter of hours. SEE ALSO: French President’s official portrait sparks glorious Photoshop battle And what happens when a whole load of official portraits get released at the same time? Boom: caption competition. James Duddridge as the scientist who’s spotted the rounding error which means the…

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The 2 most important Harrys in the world have finally met

July 16, 2017

Everyone's favourite royal bad boy, right there.Image: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images The two most important Harrys in the world have met. We can all die happy. UK royalty Prince Harry met pop royalty Harry Styles at the world premiere of Dunkirk at Odeon Leicester Square. And, the pair of princes seemed to warm to each. The prince of pop “short for popular, right?” music is making his acting debut in Christopher…

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Is there institutional racism in mental health care? – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEche explains how he was Tasered when sectioned under the Mental Health Act Black people are being failed by the UK’s mental health services because of “institutional racism”, it has been warned. How does this affect those who experience it? When Eche Ogbuono, who has bipolar disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he should have been taken to a safe…

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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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Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

May’s deal with the DUP Where does this leave power-sharing talks? Where will the money go? Who are the DUP? Negotiations lasted 18 days after the general election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament. The support of the DUP, added to the Tories’ 317 MPs, means Mrs May passes the 326 figure needed for an overall Commons majority under a “confidence and supply” arrangement planned to last until…

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Prime Minister May offer: EU citizens will be able to stay in UK

June 23, 2017

(CNN)In a Brexit divorce deal offering, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said European Union citizens will be given the opportunity to stay in the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU. According to May’s office, any EU citizen living in the UK for five years or more by a yet-to-be specified cutoff date will be granted UK “settled status,” which gives them the same rights as British citizens…

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Would Trump make a good royal?

June 23, 2017

(CNN)The power of the British monarchy has been on display during recent tragedies. Leave it to Prince Harry to spoil it all. Who, after all, could survive the nonstop attention and demand for selfies? Who would thrive under such scrutiny, and do it all while wearing a gold crown weighing more than three pounds? It would take a certain type of person. The sort of person who fills his court…

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Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages – BBC News

June 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFruit farmers are finding it hard to recruit pickers UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don’t know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops. Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers’ earning power, as well as uncertainty over Brexit, according to a BBC…

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom – BBC News

June 22, 2017

In 2015 one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as 3.6bn. But there is little doubt it has grown significantly over the past decade. Focus on body image The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance, the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or…

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Man tunnels out of giant water balloon in glorious slow motion

June 20, 2017

Giant water balloons, slow motion, unexpected nudity the video above has it all. For their latest instalment of “Giant Balloon June”, The Slow Mo Guys decided to put Dan in a six-foot water balloon again but this time his whole body gets submerged in the thing. SEE ALSO: Brave man dives onto 1,000 mousetraps so we can see it in slow motion The final slow motion escape is impressive to…

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North Korean hackers blamed for worldwide WannaCry cyberattack

June 17, 2017

Image: mashable North Korean hackers are allegedly behind the widespread ransomware attack that hit the UK’s National Health Service, affecting computers and hospitals and doctors’ offices last month, according to the BBC. The hackers belong to a group known as Lazarus, who is believed to have targeted Sony Pictures in 2014 as it planned to release the movie The Interview. SEE ALSO: Step inside the secretive class that turns people…

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…

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Catch whooping cough and earn 3,500 – BBC News

June 15, 2017

The Southampton team want to infect healthy people (by sticking pertussis bacteria up their nose) and see how well they fare. Some of the volunteers will get sick, but the scientists are most interested in those who do not develop any symptoms even though they have been exposed to the bug in the nasal drops. What they are hunting for is silent carriers, and people who are naturally immune to…

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Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s – BBC News

June 14, 2017

‘Lifelong pills’ Doctors generally prescribe daily aspirin for life after a person has a stroke or heart attack to help prevent more attacks. But researchers have known for some time that aspirin can increase the risk of stomach bleeds. Until now, most research involved people under 75, showing that the risk of serious bleeds was low in this group. But with around half the people on lifelong aspirin in the…

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Britain’s Got Talent comedian Daliso Chaponda lands own Radio 4 show – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Daliso has previously co-created and starred in Radio 4’s drama When the Laughter Stops in 2014 and he also appeared on The Now Show earlier this year. The comedian has lived all over the world with his refugee-turned-diplomat father, and now frequently performs in both Africa and the UK. Last month, he finished in third place in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, behind pianist Tokio Myers and eight-year-old magician Issy Simpson….

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Bingeing on these 5 podcasts helped me get through my breakup

June 11, 2017

These five podcasts helped me get through my breakup.Image: Shutterstock /Rawpixel On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to be my president. Two days later, my boyfriend broke up with me out of the blue and, to top it all off, the internet in my flat went out the same night. SEE ALSO: 9 true-crime podcasts you should download immediately Having recently moved from Los Angeles to London for…

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This chatbot took over Tinder to engage with young UK voters

June 10, 2017

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Our Tinder profiles are sacred vaults of private and sometimes lascivious conversations. But, scores of young people did something many of us would deem unthinkable they handed over their Tinder profiles to a chatbot during the UK general election in order to encourage young people to vote tactically for Labour in swing constituencies. SEE ALSO: UK’s chaotic general election was a historic moment for women The…

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Very creative woman is slowing down speeding drivers with a hairdryer

June 7, 2017

An ingenious British woman has captured the attention of millions of people for her brilliantly creative method of slowing down speeding traffic. 64-year-old Jean Brooks from Nottingham, UK, stands in her front garden every day using a hairdryer as a fake speed gun, pointing it at cars as they drive by. And, it seems to be working. Brooks told the BBC that groups of bikers regularly speed down her road….

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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 labour…

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General election 2017: Greens and UKIP grilled on terror policy – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Mr Nuttall, who has previously stated that detention without trial should not be ruled out for terror suspects, said a return of control orders and tagging should also be considered. “Politician after politician” had refused to acknowledge the problem of radical Islam, he said. “It’s not about Muslims,” he said, “Islamism is a political ideology”. But a woman in the audience said he was actually “grouping” all Muslims together with…

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Ageing research ‘guinea pigs’ mark 70-year anniversary – BBC News

June 4, 2017

They will meet the University of Edinburgh researchers behind the project to mark their achievements on the understanding of the ageing brain. As well as regularly re-sitting mental tests, both groups have, in the recent decades, taken three-yearly medical examinations, including blood and ultrasound tests, brain scans and retina examinations in older age. They have also reported on their diet, social background, activity and feelings of wellbeing. Intelligence testing Researchers…

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSee the tough questions to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in a special BBC Question Time show Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn faced a grilling from members of the public in a BBC Question Time election special. Here are five key takeaways. 1. The audience was on fire It might not have been the head-to-head many people wanted – which Mr Corbyn…

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