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  • First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

    04/22/2017 12:55:17 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | April 22nd 2017 | anon
    Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says. The energy provider said Friday's lack of coal usage was a "watershed" moment. Britain's longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours - first achieved last May, and again on Thursday. The government plans to phase out Britain's last plants by 2025 in order to cut carbon emissions. Friday is thought to be the first time the nation has not used coal to generate electricity since the world's first centralised public coal-fired generator opened...
  • British F-35B to Carry Meteor Missiles from 2024

    04/21/2017 9:07:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Defense Update ^ | April 21, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    Meteor to be carried by the F-35 from 2024. Note the clipped tail fins required for internal carriage. Illustration: MBDA The United Kingdom is preparing its F-35 Lightning II to carry and operate the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) as its principal long-range air/air weapon. The UK MOD awarded today a £41 million contract to the missile developer MBDA for the integration of the missile on the new aircraft. The Meteor will provide the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy with one of the most advanced air/air missile of its class, that can engage with targets moving at...
  • Why Princess Anne is the best king we never had

    04/21/2017 8:01:50 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2010 | Geoffrey Levy
    Sometimes a woman's deepest thoughts are best left unsaid, but the Princess Royal has never regretted once describing herself as 'not everyone's idea of a fairytale princess'. It was a deliberate message and the moment she laid the ground rules for her life as a professional royal. But everyone knew what she was getting at all those years ago. In a celebrity-besotted world inhabited by pretty people endlessly proclaiming the message that physical beauty brings instant happiness, Anne was having to deal with being a real princess who is not blessed with chocolate-box prettiness.
  • Words to patriotic hymn I Vow To Thee My Country are ‘almost obscene’, says vicar

    04/21/2017 6:00:25 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 8, 2013 | Steve Doughty
    A leading Church of England vicar yesterday condemned the words of one of the country’s best-loved hymns as obscene, offensive and unfit to be sung by Christians. The Reverend Gordon Giles, one of the Anglicans’ leading authorities on hymns, declared that I Vow to Thee My Country should be rewritten if it is to be sung by modern congregations. His verdict was delivered in advance of the remembrance weekend when the hymn, which is especially valued by military families, will feature in thousands of services across the country and the Commonwealth.
  • Queen Elizabeth II marks her 91st birthday

    04/21/2017 5:47:21 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 21, 2017 | Carolyn Durand
    Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday today. She is expected to spend the milestone at Windsor Castle. Clarence House released a photo this morning of the Queen and Prince Charles in 1952 to mark the occasion. Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born April 21, 1926, in Mayfair. She became presumptive heir to the throne 10 years later with the abdication of her uncle, King Edward VII. At 21, Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
  • UK retail sales post biggest quarterly fall since 2010

    04/21/2017 5:25:47 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    uk.reuters.com ^ | April 21, 2017 | Andy Bruce and Alistair Smout
    British retail sales posted their biggest quarterly fall in seven years in the first three months of 2017, as rising prices since last year's Brexit vote put more pressure on consumers, official data showed on Friday. The volume of goods sold in shops and online contracted by 1.4 percent in the three months to the end of March, after rising 0.8 percent in the last three months of 2016, the Office for National Statistics said. This was the biggest quarterly decline since early 2010, and reinforced most economists' view that household spending, the main driver of the economy, is now...
  • Police Drive Around In Rainbow Colored Cars To Protect Gay People

    04/21/2017 11:18:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 56 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 21, 2017 | Amber Randall
    British police are now driving around in rainbow colored cars to fight hate crimes against the gay community, a Thursday police announcement said. Merseyside Police revealed the brightly colored car, dubbed the ‘Police with Pride’ car, at a ceremony Thursday, reports Heat Street. Police hope that the bright rainbow colors will remind people of the hate crimes gay people face and to report them.
  • Secret Nazi aerial photos showing the devastation delivered by Britain's famous WWII Dam Busters

    04/21/2017 4:24:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/21/2017 | Katie French
    Photographs described by experts as 'extremely rare' which show the damage wreaked by the famous Dam Busters in World War II are to be auctioned next week. The aerial shots taken by German Intelligence depict the Möhne and Edersee Dams before the raid and after they were breached by the ingenious bouncing bomb, designed by Barnes Wallis, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley. Operation Chastise, as the famous raid was officially known, was an attack on major dams in Germany's industrial heartland carried out on 16-17 May 1943 by the Royal Air Force's renowned 617 Squadron, based at Scampton,...
  • Nigel Farage To Decide Whether Or Not He Will Stand in General Election ‘Over Next Couple of Days’

    04/20/2017 9:28:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 4/18/17 | Jack Montgomery
    Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage has said he will decide whether or not he will stand in Britain’s upcoming election over “the next couple of days” while speaking on his regular LBC radio show.The veteran MEP said that part of him wanted to throw himself into the campaign, but speculated that he might be better placed to scrutinise the Brexit negotiations from the European Parliament, which will play a large role in the proceedings.“I haven’t walked away [and] I haven’t gone away”, he assured listeners, pledging that he would continue to fight to see Brexit delivered whatever he decides.
  • Theresa May 'won't take part in TV debates' ahead of general election

    04/18/2017 11:04:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    bbc.com ^ | April 18, 2017 | BBC
    Theresa May will not take part in TV debates ahead of the planned general election, a Number 10 source says. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of "dodging" a head-to-head showdown and the Lib Dems urged broadcasters to "empty chair" her. Mrs May sprung a surprise by announcing she would seek a poll on 8 June rather than wait until 2020, promising "strong and stable leadership" if she wins.
  • A Christian's job interview Tracey Ullman's Show Series 2 Episode 4 Preview BBC One

    04/18/2017 10:06:21 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 12 replies
    BBCHD ^ | 2/21/17 | traceyullman
    Basically shows a woman, although, despite her qualifications being denied a job, because she espouses Christian values.
  • Report: Weakening Syria's government could help IS group

    04/18/2017 3:02:47 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2017
    The Islamic State group could inadvertently benefit from a situation in which Syrian government forces are considerably weakened on the ground, a London-based military analysis group said on Tuesday. The report, published by IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, follows the United States bombing of a Syrian army base after a chemical weapons attack on April 4 killed nearly 90 people. The U.S. has accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack — charges that Syria denies. In Syria, the Islamic State group is battling both government forces and forces allied with the U.S.-led coalition.
  • Why Were Foreign Intelligence Agencies Spying on Trump?

    04/18/2017 7:30:43 AM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2017 | Brian C. Joondeph
    Last month, Fox News regular Judge Andrew Napolitano claimed that President Obama and his cronies used British intelligence to spy on then candidate Donald Trump. That certainly caused a stir among the higher-ups at Fox News. A week later the outspoken judge was suspended from Fox. More specifically, Judge Napolitano accused the Obama administration of doing an end run around the U.S. intelligence community, using GCHQ, the British spy agency, to do its dirty work. GCHQ has unfettered access to the NSA database. Meaning that the Brits could request transcripts of conversations between the Trump campaign and any foreign players, then...
  • May to seek snap election for 8 June (UK)

    04/18/2017 3:15:08 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 18th April 2017
    UK PM Theresa May announces plan to call snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.
  • Prince Charles Won't Step Aside for William to Be King

    04/17/2017 5:48:37 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 95 replies
    Town and Country ^ | April 10, 2017 | Stephanie Mansfield
    Sally Bedell Smith, dogged biographer and author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, out this week from Penguin Random House, has collected an exhaustive file of facts about the future king of England. Unlike his mother, Charles is not what you might call a beloved figure. And while Bedell Smith doesn't spare the touchy-feely, parapsychology loving, Dumbo-eared Charles, her portrait is also rich with sympathy, even affection. Bullied as a youth by his overbearing father (“Philip was the original alpha male,” Smith says), Charles spent his whole life seeking approval. Cowed by a sense of...
  • New commando force will raid ISIS at sea to safeguard ships around the UK coast

    04/17/2017 1:08:32 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Mirror ^ | 17 Apr 17 | CHRIS HUGHES
    The 450-strong amphibious Maritime Operations Commando team will be sent on emergency missions amid fears jihadis will attack vessels and ports The Maritime Operations Commando will also be sent on global raids against enemy ships or terrorist vessels. Ports are also under threat, as jihadists may try to smuggle armed terrorists into the UK. And Somali pirates are a risk, with at least six attacks on ships off the Horn of Africa in the past month. Troops for the new unit will be formed from the Royal Marines ’ 42 Commando battalion in Plymouth.
  • British Role Confirmed in Trump Spying Scandal

    04/17/2017 11:37:05 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    AIM ^ | April 17, 2017
    The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates, going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. General Michael Flynn took place. This runs contrary to the blanket nature of the denial insinuated in GCHQ’s carefully-crafted statement of March 17 claiming it was all “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous” that they conducted surveillance of “then president-elect” Donald Trump (emphasis added). The surveillance went back a year before he became “president-elect.”
  • 'Terrorist' baby faces US embassy interview after error on visa form

    04/17/2017 1:21:14 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April16 2017 | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
    A three-month old baby was summoned to the US embassy in London for an interview after his grandfather mistakenly identified him as a terrorist. Harvey Kenyon-Cairns had been due to fly to Orlando in Florida for his first overseas holiday, until his grandfather Paul Kenyon made the error on a visa waiver form. On the part of the Esta form which reads “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” Kenyon ticked yes instead of no. He only learned of his error when his grandson’s travel was refused. “I couldn’t...
  • Britain set to lose EU ‘crown jewels’ of banking and medicine agencies

    04/16/2017 11:08:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | April 15, 2017 | Daniel Boffey
    ... Meanwhile, it has emerged that Britain failed to secure the backing of any of the 27 countries for its case that trade talks should start early in the two years of negotiations allowed by article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. The position will be announced at a Brussels summit on 29 April. Despite a recent whistlestop tour of EU capitals by the Brexit secretary, David Davis, diplomats concluded unanimously that the European commission was right to block any talks about a future comprehensive trade deal until the UK agrees to settle its divorce bill – which some estimate could...
  • GPs 'bribed' to NOT send patients for cancer tests: NHS pays millions for rationing hip ops…[UK]

    04/16/2017 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 20:08 EDT, 16 April 2017 | Sophie Borland and Rosie Taylor
    GPs are being paid millions by the NHS to ration referrals for operations, scans and even cancer tests, an investigation reveals today. Family doctors are being offered the financial incentives in a bid to slash the number of patients they send to hospital for a variety of procedures. The incentives mostly cover non-urgent referrals for hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, hearing tests and abdomen scans. But two health trusts have included urgent cancer scans in their schemes, and another two covered heart tests. Patient groups said the payments were ‘profoundly wrong’, while one MP likened them to ‘bribes’. Doctors’...