Concerns raised over students’ unions’ anti-Israel stance – BBC News

April 27, 2017

… Commission said it would assess the concerns and take action if necessary. The BDS – which stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – describes itself as a human rights organisation and criticises Israel for its human rights record. Image caption Isaac Bentata said he was accused of being a “Mossad agent” She says she fears having a connection with Israel has made other people at her university hostile towards her. “If I ever express a viewpoint in class …

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Never say never again: When celebrities eat their words – BBC News

April 14, 2017

In 2015, John Cleese said there was “no way” he’d ever work at the BBC again. Now he has changed his mind after announcing he will make a new BBC sitcom that will reunite him with his Clockwise co-star Alison Steadman. Cleese isn’t the first celebrity to go back on his very public word. From Charlie Simpson’s Busted to Bond star Sean Connery, it’s wise to never say never again. Image copyright Handout Image caption Gervais returned to the Globes not once, …

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Festive fun or hopping mad: Is Easter the new Christmas? – BBC News

April 13, 2017

… cause to remember what it’s all about. “If making more of Easter makes people look beyond the caricature of Christianity – at what is at the heart of what more than two billion people around the world practice – then it’s a good thing.” Image copyright Hobbycraft Image caption These green bunnies – for the home or outside – are sold out Anna Protherough, a seasonal buyer for the retailer, said: “More and more, people are looking for …

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University Challenge: Professor Stephen Hawking presents winners’ trophy – BBC News

April 11, 2017

… have long enjoyed.” Image caption The winning team from Balliol with their trophy and host Paxman Here is a selection of some of the questions Balliol answered correctly to beat Wolfson. Answers at the bottom of the story. In which city of the Eastern Roman empire did Hypatia teach philosophy? Associated with the philosopher Plotinus and the supreme principle known as the one, which late school of Greek philosophy did Hypatia espouse? Which German philosopher applied Newtonian …

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Is the humble Lada now a classic car? – BBC News

April 6, 2017

… wheels isn’t what most people would imagine when they think of a classic car. It isn’t a vintage Ferrari, Lamborghini or Jaguar, for example. Instead, it’s a 1994 Lada Riva, the boxy, four-door Russian runabout that regularly features in “worst cars of all time” lists. Image caption Ed Hughes owns a collection of “Eastern European motoring delicacies” While some might scoff at the suggestion that a Lada Riva is a classic car, it does in fact meet …

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

April 2, 2017

Image caption Stephen Mangan played Mole in The Cappuccino Years Stephen Mangan played Mole in the 2001 TV adaption of Townsend’s The Cappuccino Years and worked closely with the writer on bringing him to life on screen. Now aged 48, he began reading the Secret Diary as a teenager. “Obviously when you read it as a 13 or 14-year-old you miss some of the nuances, but what’s so clever about the books is that you get so many different perspectives,” he says. …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 1, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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Rescue dog’s journey from stray to saviour – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… is she doing it? And should every hospital have a pet pooch? The first thing you notice is Katie is like a glamorous celebrity. Image copyright James Gallagher Image caption Kathleen is being helped to get back on her feet after breaking three bones Kathleen Edwards is a charismatic 92-and-a-half-year-old with nerve damage and numbness in her feet. She tripped and broke three bones. “I didn’t enjoy myself at all,” she told me. When she’s not craftily sneaking …

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Art world’s Welsh national gallery wish list – BBC News

March 26, 2017

Image copyright Bedwyr Williams/ Other Image caption A photographic presentation of Bard Attitude Williams himself would choose two of his own works for the gallery; Bard Attitude a series of comedy routines from 2005 where, dressed as a Celtic bard with a flowing fake beard, Williams plays on a cliche of Welsh heritage and identity. Image copyright Keystone/ Getty Image caption Swansea painter Ceri Richards, chosen by Dr Rowan Williams Dr Williams suggests Haverfordwest-born Gwen …

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Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing – BBC News

March 26, 2017

Image copyright Christine carr Image caption People wade through open water and crawl through mud during events When you ask them why do they do it, they come up with a similar set of answers. Obstacle courses are above all “fun” and a “challenge”, often tackled with friends. There is always said to be a great atmosphere and the camaraderie drives people on, but the key point is the “anti-competitiveness” – how long it takes to complete the …

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Red Nose Day 2017 raises 71m for Comic Relief – BBC News

March 25, 2017

… appearance in BBC Three comedy People Just Do Nothing. The chart-topping star also made the trip to find out about the charity’s work in Liberia. Image copyright Comic Relief Image caption Spot the odd one out: Take That got taken for a ride by James Corden The telethon also saw appearances from the cast of sketch show Smack The Pony, who reunited for the first time since 2003. There were special previews of Mrs Brown’s new chat show and the second series of Peter Kay’s …

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Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland’s future ‘should not be imposed’ – BBC News

March 22, 2017

… not want another referendum, and that it will only lead to greater division and uncertainty in the country. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Opinion polls suggest voters are split over independence, and whether there should be another referendum Ms Sturgeon added: “All of this raises fundamental questions for Scotland. If the UK government can ignore this parliament on one of the most fundamental issues that the country faces, what meaning can ever be attached to the idea …

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Scottish independence: Holyrood to debate referendum call – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… entering into discussions or negotiations about a Section 30 agreement” during the Brexit talks, and that any request “at this time” will be declined. Image copyright EPA Image caption Scotland voted by 55% to 45% to stay in the UK in the 2014 referendum Speaking ahead of the Holyrood debate, Ms Sturgeon said it would be “democratically indefensible” for the prime minister to block a referendum if the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of holding one. She …

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Where is England’s steepest street? – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… once dropped her handbag at the top after heavy snowfall and it slid right down the hill.” Image copyright Visit Lincoln Image caption Steep Hill is particularly challenging when it’s snowy, when those who struggle up it must wish they could swap places It might lack the instant recognition factor of its more glamorous counterpart, but the accurately – if unimaginatively – named passage of Steep Hill in Lincoln’s medieval centre can boast an incline that …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… that might be, but on those terms it doesn’t seem likely a new vote could happen anytime before late 2020. The Europe question Image copyright Scottish Parliament Image caption Votes on many Holyrood motions are not binding The Scottish government now argues that the Holyrood vote on a Section 30 order is more important than ever. In the end, it was the focus of Ms Sturgeon’s big conference speech. But Mrs May’s response assumes that this vote will be approved. Ms …

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The sequels that should never have been made – BBC News

March 18, 2017

… say at the moment. Zoolander 2 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Sequelizer, as it surely must be called, will be released in 2018 There are so many weakquels and threequels to choose from we couldn’t possibly do them all justice here. Indeed, this feature about sequels may need a sequel. There’s The Matrix Revolutions, Miss Congeniality 2, Legally Blonde 2, Blues Brothers 2000, Dumb and Dumberer and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Just for the …

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The most fashionable Englishwoman in Paris – BBC News

March 18, 2017

… politicians. She was also one of Florence Nightingale’s closest friends and provided vital encouragement to launch her career in nursing. Image copyright Alamy Image caption Portrait of Madame Recamier by Jacques-Louis David But by 1838, Recamier’s rule was coming to an end. So Clarke – still with her mother – moved into the third floor apartment at 120 Rue du Bac (above Chateaubriand) and set about the task of becoming her successor. Seen from the distance of 150 …

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SNP conference: Scotland at ‘hugely important crossroads’ – BBC News

March 17, 2017

He accused the Conservative government of being “committed to cuts and ignoring Scotland’s voice”. And he contrasted that to what he said was “the inclusive approach of the SNP working every day to build a better country”. The conference comes less than two months before the Scottish council elections. Related Topics Conservative Party Scotland Brexit SNP (Scottish National Party) Nicola Sturgeon Theresa May Brexit More From this publisher : HERE …

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Zara Larsson: The pop star with sleep paralysis – BBC News

March 17, 2017

… the star. “I don’t really have a ‘vision’ of who I want people to see me as. “I just post whatever I feel like.” She won’t sing lyrics that disrespect women Image copyright Sasha Haagensen Image caption The star says “if you’re not a feminist, then you must be sexist” Zara’s breakout hit in the UK was Never Forget You – a duet with British producer MNEK that was written in just two hours. “We work …

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Geri Horner: Why my son is named after George Michael – BBC News

March 10, 2017

Image caption Geri Horner: “” It’s 20 years since Geri Horner (then Halliwell) strode onto the Brits stage in her Union Jack dress in one of the defining images of the 1990s. To mark the anniversary, the singer is hosting a BBC Two documentary on the decade, looking at her own journey from Turkish game show host to globe-straddling, Nelson Mandela-cuddling pop phenomenon. It’s called Geri’s 1990s: My Drive to Freedom – referring to the 1967 open-topped …

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