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Jack Bauer in London: 24 could be bad news for the capital city

24 – Live Another Day,

Jack Bauer’s arrival in London almost definitely spells bad news for the city. Let’s not forget that 24 is the show that once nuked a suburb of Los Angeles out of existence at 10am, only to completely forget that it had ever happened by lunchtime. There will be explosions. There might be an attack of […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Media | Read More »

Balcombe energy co-op: we aim to take power back from the corporations

Balcombe village sign

Clean energy, generated locally. Surplus energy sold back to the grid. Residents free to invest as little as £250, and promised an annual return of 5%. Further profits placed in a community benefit fund to pay for local facilities or energy saving technologies for local people in fuel poverty. Britain’s community renewable sector is tiny […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Gordon Ramsay cooks up a new look for himself – the dog’s breakfast

Gordon Ramsay and wife

Unfolding with all the languid promise of a golden lotus flower, Gordon Ramsay’s midlife crisis continues to delight. There was the Botox. There was the first hair transplant. And now, there is … well, there is this LOOK. Have you seen it? Attending a birthday dinner for Victoria Beckham at a London club this weekend, […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Celebrities | Read More »

Belfast police find substantial quantity of explosives in republican area

The peace wall that runs through the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

Police have discovered what is being described as a substantial quantity of explosives in a republican district of north Belfast this evening. A 47-year-old has been arrested in connection with the explosives find in flats in the New Lodge area. The discovery was made during searches of Maeve House near North Queen Street today, the […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in N. Ireland | Read More »

So much for localism when your local pub turns into yet another shop

Victoria pub, Cheshunt

‘The roaring fire, the chimneys, the creaking pub door, the mulled wine. That is England. That is England, not a supermarket.” Michael Iszatt is the Conservative councillor for Cheshunt North ward in Hertfordshire. The pub in question is in the ward of his fellow councillor, Cody McCormick. Less than a month ago, the Victoria, a […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in England | Read More »

UK home construction industry upbeat amid property boom

Housebuilders

UK house building is enjoying its longest run of growth since before the financial crisis in a further sign of Britain’s booming property market. Housing construction grew for a 15th month in April, the longest period of continuous growth since 2006/07 according to the Markit/CIPS construction PMI. Activity in the broader construction sector, which also […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Finnancial | Read More »

UK child death rate among worst in western Europe, say experts

A newborn baby

The UK has one of the highest death rates in western Europe among children younger than five, according to an international study whose authors express surprise at the poor figures for a country with free universal healthcare. Almost five children die for every 1,000 born, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle has […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Holyrood given power to end ‘bedroom tax’ in Scotland

Scottish Parliament

The UK government has moved to neutralise the toxic impact of the “bedroom tax” on the Scottish independence referendum by handing powers to the Scottish government that will allow it to mitigate the measure. The Scotland Office has informed the Scottish government that it will transfer the power to set the cap on Discretionary Housing […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Scotland | Read More »

Vince Cable forced to reveal more data on Royal Mail investors

Vince Cable Royal Mail sell-off

Vince Cable bowed to political pressure on Friday to release details of the precise number of Royal Mail shares allocated to 16 priority investors in the flotation of the 500-year-old postal service. The investors were picked because they gave firm commitments to back the sell-off at an early stage. The business secretary revealed the number […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

British aid money invested in gated communities and shopping centres

A swimming pool in the Protea hotel in Ikeja

Millions of pounds of British aid money to tackle poverty overseas has been invested in builders of gated communities, shopping centres and luxury property in poor countries, the Guardian can reveal. CDC, the little-known investment arm of the British aid programme, has invested more than $260m (£154m) in 44 property and construction companies in Latin […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Africa | Read More »