China’s all-girl boy band

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Made up of all girls, this “boy band” is the latest in the androgyny trend in China. “We’re a girl band. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls,” said band member Min Junqian. “So the positioning fits us more. “ Their promotional photos present the five girls ages 18 to 24 in short hair, ties with pants, sitting with spread-out legs. They also are shown in shorts, like tomboys playing soccer, for their affiliation with the …

Read More >>

London attack: Victim Melissa Cochran returns to US – BBC News

April 18, 2017

He added that Mrs Cochran, who was in a wheelchair when she joined a service for the families and survivors of the attack at Westminster Abbey on 5 April, was healing faster than expected. Victims of the London attack London attack: What we know so far In depth: Westminster terror attack The other people killed on the bridge were Aisha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college; retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London, and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, …

Read More >>

Prince Harry sought counselling after hiding Diana death grief – BBC News

April 17, 2017

Along with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he is promoting the Heads Together mental health campaign, the London Marathon’s charity of the year. Profile: Prince Harry Princes commission Diana statue Speaking to the paper’s Bryony Gordon, Prince Harry said: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life …

Read More >>

Withnail and I: Cult classic turns 30 – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… work after leaving London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption “I’ve been watching you” – poacher Jake warns the hapless pair Daniel Day-Lewis had turned down the role and other leading contenders included Bill Nighy and Ed Tudor-Pole. It was not much easier for McGann, with the role of Marwood offered to Michael Maloney. Having stepped into his shoes, his strong Liverpudlian accent promptly saw him sacked before an …

Read More >>

London attack: Royals to attend Westminster service – BBC News

April 6, 2017

BBC correspondent Peter Hunt said the service would attempt to offer hope rather than being a memorial. There will be a focus on the diverse nature of society, with prayers offered to protect the country from the forces of division and hatred, he said. The victims were Aysha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college; American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, from Utah; retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London; and father-of-two PC Keith Palmer, 48. Home Secretary Amber …

Read More >>

Hunting for treasure at low tide – BBC News

April 5, 2017

Image copyright Joseph Fox Long fascinated by history and collecting, Dave first discovered mudlarking while he was working on Cannon Street and saw people on the foreshore in wellington boots. His favourite find is an English community cloth seal, which he believes was used to stamp cloth bags coming through London in about 1618. It was inside a lump of burnt cinder. Image copyright Joseph Fox Dave said: “I am always encouraging others to go mudlarking. It is a great escape …

Read More >>

Dialogue marks faiths’ response to the Westminster attacks – BBC News

April 5, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The far-right English Defence League held a “London march against terrorism ” in response to the attack “I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,” he explained, “one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. “Instead, they overlap, and share …

Read More >>

The enduring appeal of Adrian Mole, aged 50 – BBC News

April 2, 2017

… observing the London literary scene of the 1980s (she was employed as a nanny by Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books, and frequent visitors to the houses included Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller). “When the first diary came out I was living in London, I was a nanny, and I was around all these very accomplished writers and playwrights, and they were all loving [Mole],” she adds. “I think people can identify with him – the way he worries about things that …

Read More >>

Would you risk jail for a cup of tea? – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tea chests in London in the 1950s – the nation’s love affair with the drink has endured In an age before income tax, tea duties accounted for 10% of government revenues, which was enough to pay for the Royal Navy, but as tariffs on it reached 119% it gave smugglers their chance. “If you had high tariffs and goods people wanted, it gave smugglers a business opportunity,” says Exeter University historian Helen Doe. More …

Read More >>

Futuristic fragrance: New biotech unlocks scents that have never been sniffed

March 30, 2017

(CNN)Perfumery has always been an intricate science; much more effort goes into capturing a scent than those outside the industry might imagine. Over the last two decades, chemists have used innovative new technology to add an even larger array of scents to the perfumer’s palette, enabling them to create fragrances that have never been smelled before. For thousands of years, scents came directly from nature. Resins were collected from trees and burned as offerings to the gods; aromatic …

Read More >>

In pictures: Life on Clapham High Street – BBC News

March 29, 2017

Photographer Jim Grover decided to chart the daily lives of the inhabitants of Clapham High Street. Shooting in colour during daytime hours, and using black and white at night, he wanted to illustrate the differences in the mood of the street. “There is the sedate world of a typical weekday morning,” said Grover. “And then there is the world of the booming nightlife that bursts into frenetic activity every weekend, attracting the young from all over London.” More than 17 …

Read More >>

China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

Read More >>

Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… } Click to see content: schoolholidaysrise_birmingham Across England, term-time holidays accounted for an average of 27% of all missed “sessions” of school. There are two sessions of school each day, morning and afternoon. Pupils in Yorkshire and The Humber and the North East of England lost the most time to holiday. The figures showed the number of absences was equivalent to 1.5 school sessions for every pupil. In Outer London the figure was equivalent to 0.75 days per …

Read More >>

Officer killed in London attack was father, 15-year veteran

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Keith Palmer left for work on Wednesday expecting to return home. The assailant was shot dead near London’s Houses of Parliament after the chaotic rampage. The man drove a car through crowds of people, injuring dozens before crashing into a fence outside the Parliament building. Witnesses said he got out of his car brandishing a knife that he used to fatally stab Palmer. …

Read More >>