Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

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 …

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Harry Styles and James Corden demonstrate times when it’s absolutely not OK to sing

May 20, 2017

There are times when breaking into song is fun and playful and times when it’s completely inappropriate. SEE ALSO: James Corden and Tim Minchin’s Donald Trump musical is a thing of beauty In the video above, James Corden and Harry Styles show us some of those situations. For example, it’s not okay to break into song and dance while in the middle of an operating room or while dismantling an explosive. Save the singing for the stage, gentlemen. Lives are at stake! More From …

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A couple who met on ‘First Dates’ had a baby and she’s absolutely adorable

May 18, 2017

A couple who met on British reality dating show have not only fallen in love, they’ve had a baby together. And she is absolutely adorable. Ibiba Midada and Aarron Stewart stole everyone’s hearts when they hit it off on First Dates, announcing at the end of the episode that they were expecting a child together seven weeks after meeting. The couple introduced three-week-old baby Aziza on ITV’s This Morning show, and talked about their surprise pregnancy. Presenter Phillip …

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Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging – BBC News

May 18, 2017

A $2m prize for inventors to devise products that are practical and easily recycled will be launched by Prince Charles in London later. Simon Ellin, CEO of the uk Recycling Association, welcomed the competition, adding: “Improvements are desperately needed in product design.” Simon Ellin’s worst recycling offenders: Pringles (and products with similar packaging): “Number One recycling villain. These things are a… nightmare. Impossible to separate the …

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Households in South East England told to use water wisely – BBC News

May 13, 2017

Among the ideas being suggested are: Stopping the use of sprinklers in the garden Taking a four-minute shower instead of a bath Turning off the tap while brushing teeth Only running dishwashers and washing machines with a full load Hosepipe bans have not been seen in the uk since 2012, when seven water companies introduced restrictions. Farming impact Farmers in the south-east and eastern England say they have had just 10% of the expected rainfall since the beginning of March. Crops such …

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Welney wildfowl centre hatches 26 ‘rare’ godwit chicks – BBC News

May 12, 2017

Image copyright Will Meinderts/David Morris RSPB Image caption Most uk black-tailed godwits nest in the Fens making the area “vital to the quest to maintain and increase” numbers Between 53 and 57 pairs breed in the uk every year Most are found in the Nene and Ouse Washes, but fewer than 10 pairs breed in the north of Scotland and the Shetland Islands They died out in the uk by the mid-19th Century due to habitat loss The first breeding pair returned to the Ouse …

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Is Harry Styles’ album worth the wait? – BBC News

May 12, 2017

The album is a mixed bag – good, odd, awkward and clever. Here’s our verdict on the 10 tracks. 2) Sign of the Times You know this one already – a weepy, six-minute piano ballad that nods to Queen, Bowie and Prince, with a rather unconventional lyric. “The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication,” Harry told Rolling Stone. “The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but …

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This woman took her wig off on a date and moved the internet to tears

May 11, 2017

A woman with alopecia’s appearance on British dating show First Dates moved viewers after she removed her wig during a first date. “I don’t have any hair. I wear a wig,” said Eve shortly before taking off her wig at the table. “I’ve got alopecia so my hair, it just falls out.” “It suits you,” her date said. “Keep it off.” So, Eve did just that. She headed to the bathroom to take her wig off, handing it to a waitress in the …

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How Leftfield’s Leftism redefined dance music – BBC News

May 11, 2017

To that end, they borrowed from Afrobeat, indie and punk itself – even cajoling former Sex Pistol John Lydon into singing the album’s breakout single Open Up. These days Barnes continues to record and perform as Leftfield (with Daley’s blessing) and, starting on Thursday, he embarks on a uk tour will in which Leftism will be played in full for the first time. The project was initially planned for the record’s 20th anniversary, but is only coming to fruition now, in …

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United Airlines accused of freezing, then burning, the giant rabbit that died during a flight

May 10, 2017

… 10-month-old three-foot-long continental giant rabbit on the London-to-Chicago flight in late April that resulted in his death. Their lawyer, Guy Cook, alleges that, at some point, Simon was locked in a freezer, potentially for 16 hours, by mistake, and that’s how he died. The hare was then cremated without the owners’ consent, Cook said at a news conference Monday, pointing to uk tabloid reports written at the time of Simon’s death that quoted an anonymous airline staffer …

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Eurovision Song Contest: Bluff your way through this year’s show – BBC News

May 9, 2017

… } Click to see content: eurovision_participants The first semi takes place on Tuesday, with the second following on Thursday. The aim is to whittle the semi-finalists – 36 this year – down to a more manageable 20. Those 20 progress to the final on Saturday, when they will be joined by the so-called “big five” – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the uk – and host nation ukraine. The “big five” get an automatic pass through to the …

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Banksy revealed as artists behind new UK Brexit mural

May 8, 2017

… the flag. The small touch is likely a reference to not only Brexit, but the unfolding election in France, in which Marine Le Pen ran as a candidate intent on following the uk’s lead in breaking away from the EU. Dover, England. A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on May 7, 2017 at 6:40am PDT On Sunday, Banksy posted a photo of the mural on his Instagram account, but it was The Independent that received direct confirmation from the artist’s representatives that the art was in …

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All the ‘Game of Thrones’ actors you need to start following on Instagram

May 7, 2017

Loads of these guys have awesome Instagram accounts.Image: Paul Buck/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Warning: Contains spoilers for all seasons of Game of Thrones. We’ve still got far, far too much time to kill before Game of Thrones Season 7 kicks off, so what better way to fill the gaps between promos than with some good old fashioned Instagram stalking? SEE ALSO: 19 photos that prove the ‘Game of Thrones’ cast love each other despite it all Gone are the days when an actor from the …

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The Amazons: Meet the band who torched their own tour bus – BBC News

May 7, 2017

“We thought, who are we and what do we do?” says Thomson. “We wanted to shoot the cover in Reading – to put our flag in the ground and say, ‘We’re a Reading band and we’re not ashamed of it’. “After that, it was just coming up with the wackiest thing we could think of, and that was setting the van on fire.” They’ve played some terrible gigs They’re ‘on a mission to reinvigorate rock and roll’ …

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Look at this cool racetrack a team of engineers built in their office

May 6, 2017

Engineers from SGS Engineering got to play for the day when they built a racetrack around their office.Image: SGS Engineering The responsibilities of adulthood can be stressful, which is why it’s important for grownups to play from time to time. SEE ALSO: This inventor built a real-life ‘Iron Man’ suit and it’s awesome A team of engineers at SGS Engineering released their inner big kids when they built a track in their office. The fun project combined their twin loves …

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Can’t find the right handbag? Just design it yourself – BBC News

May 4, 2017

Wandering through a Sydney shopping mall one day in 2014, Ms Hopkins stumbled upon Build-A-Bear, a shop where you can assemble your own cuddly toy with some limited variables such as fur, colour and clothing. Image caption Customers then select colours, linings and hardware Last December, buoyed by Christmas, it sold almost $2m (1.6m) worth of bags, ranging in price from $75 for a simple pouch, to $620 for an extravagant tote. ‘Whiplash’ The handbag industry is the latest …

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Tony Blair’s legacy 20 years on – BBC News

May 1, 2017

… country Image copyright PA The Cabinet And on the day after their election victory, Gordon Brown surprised everyone by handing control of interest rates to the Bank of England – a move that would have far-reaching consequences for the economy. Blair was also determined, like many a prime minister before and since, to fix some of the country’s longstanding social problems. One of his top priorities was reform of the uk’s social security system to make work pay. He …

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Line of Duty: series creator Jed Mercurio interrogated – BBC News

April 30, 2017

… try and distinguish between facts and opinions. I am just pleased the show is being watched. Ratings are the most important thing. What advice do you have for budding crime series writers? Just write, write, write. Watch lots of shows and films in that genre. Read lots and think about story and characters. Are you tempted to write over in the US? I actually went over there for a while when my career was quiet over in the uk. I wrote pilots for shows over there for about five years. I like the …

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How Britain is trying to censor the porn you watch

April 29, 2017

It's the end of porn as we know it?Image: Pitarakis/AP/REX/Shutterstock Britain wants to put its nose in the porn you watch. The Queen has rubberstamped the Digital Economy Bill, a law that will force any website that benefits commercially from porn to verify the age of users. SEE ALSO: How the uk government can hack your personal data If they fail to do the monitoring and checks, payment providers and third parties will be legally required to intervene. Should the websites refuse to …

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TED 2017: UK ‘Iron Man’ demonstrates flying suit – BBC News

April 28, 2017

… 10 minutes. The start-up he founded, Gravity, is working on new technology for the device which Mr Browning said will make the current prototype look “like child’s play”. Since video of his maiden flight went on YouTube, he has had thousands of views and interest from investors and the uk military. But he does not think that the system is about to go mainstream anytime soon. …

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‘Prison bae’ explains why beauty isn’t everything in first ever interview

April 27, 2017

Image: man about town magazine Jeremy Meeks is the convict-turned-model who stole our hearts when police released his rather dashing mugshot and sent the internet into a frenzy. He’s just addressed the conversation surrounding his appearance in his first high-fashion photoshoot and interview with British magazine Man About Town. SEE ALSO: ‘Hot Felon’ was denied entry to the uk and we can’t even The magazine has released the photos and interview just one day after the …

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

April 27, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDevora Khafi Concerns over some students’ unions’ support for a boycott of Israel are being looked into by the Charity Commission, the BBC has learned. Seventeen student bodies have endorsed the BDS movement – which calls for an international boycott of Israel over the way it treats Palestinians. Some Jewish students in the uk say growing support for BDS has fuelled a rise in anti-Semitism on campuses. The …

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Prince Harry and Prince William are royals for the millennial generation

April 26, 2017

Image: the royal family / facebook For centuries, the British royal family has been watched, respected and revered from afar. The monarchy remained fiercely tight-lipped on all matters personal and private, and royal announcements were reserved for print newspapers. But the digital realm now breaks down the barriers that have long stood between the royal family and the people. Through their social sharing, the younger royals are coming across as relatable, relevant and human to a millennial …

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Prince William gets soaked by London Marathon runner, has the absolute time of his life

April 25, 2017

… on runners from a water station. Image: Mark Cuthbert/uk Press via Getty Images One cheeky marathon runner whose identity is not known squirted the future king with water. Just look at the sheer delight of Will’s face… Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) Kate looked highly amused as water rained down on Will’s face and clothes. Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Anyone got a towel? WATCH: Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s balloon game reminds us …

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