All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Britain’

Geri Halliwell Hangs Out With Prince Harry During F1 Qualifying Race

On November 22, Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell was seen in Abu Dhabi for the Grand Prix qualifying session ahead of Sunday’s championship-deciding race. Halliwell and Prince Harry were seen at the Infiniti Red Bull enclosure as they watched Britain’s Lewis Hamilton qualify for the race. The two shared a few jokes on the sidelines. Just days earlier, Halliwell and …

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Prince Charles Urges Constituents To Reconnect With Farming

To celebrate his 66th birthday, Prince Charles wrote a foreword for Country Life magazine, in which he described his worries on the future of the countryside and urged people to value it or risk losing it. “People in the UK are now four or more generations removed from anyone who actually worked on the land – and it frequently shows in their attitudes,” wrote Prince Charles. …

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Rita Ora Replacing Kylie Minogue On BBC’s The Voice

It looks like Rita Ora will be joining the judges panel on Britain’s The Voice. According to BBC, the 23-year-old British singer will be replacing current judge Kylie Minogue for the upcoming fourth season, and will be joining judges Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson. “Sir Tom Jones is our rock, Ricky is awesome and it’s our pleasure to …

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‘Kate Middleton Effect’ Boosts U.K. Clothing Sales

The “Kate Middleton Effect” (or “Kate Effect” for short) is an oft used term by the media to describe the effect that Kate Middleton has on the world around her, most specifically the fashion industry. While the term may have seemed a bit hyperbolic at first, recently revealed data shows that the “Kate Effect” is more powerful than anyone could …

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Tony Benn Dead at 88, Britain Mourns

Tony Benn, renowned British leftist politician, died Friday at the age of 88, surrounded by loving family. Benn is commonly known for renouncing his family title, or hereditary peerage, in order to retain his seat in the House of Commons. He won his election despite the fact he was, technically, disqualified from his position due to his title, which he …

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Prince William & Prince Charles Make Wildlife Plea

Prince William and Prince Charles have teamed up to publicize the devastating effects of the illegal wildlife trade in a video they released today, in an effort to stop the trade and killing of the world’s wildlife species. The duo’s plea included urging people to show their support for organizations working to stop the exchange of illegal wildlife around the …

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One Direction Named Top Band Of 2013

One Direction, the British boy band that took the world by storm after appearing together during the 2010 season of X Factor, was named the Global Recording Artists of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, on Wednesday. The IFPI represents the music business all around the world, and, for the first year, included streaming numbers, along with …

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Parents Face Prison For Taking Kids Out Of School

Stewart and Natasha Sutherland simply wanted to enjoy a long awaited family vacation, and took their children out of school for the event. They now risk jail time because they refused to pay a fine under Britain’s new law. The couple was fined an initial £360 after they went away for seven days at the end of September, but they …

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Prince William to Study at Cambridge University in 2014

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is returning to school. Kensington Palace made the announcement on Monday. According to the official press release, William will begin a 10-week program in agricultural management in early January. The course is described as an “executive education [program] of seminars, lectures and meetings” and is organized by the Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. According to …

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Plastic Currency Coming To Britain In 2016

When most people think of “plastic currency”, a credit card comes to mind. However, the Bank of England has a very different idea in mind for 2016, when they will unveil plastic money. The polymer banknotes are intended to save money in the long run, as it will keep the printing costs down for bills that have too much wear. …

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British Archaeologists Uncover Mesolithic Tools, Roman Skulls

National Geographic reported on Friday that tunnelers who were contracted with expanding the London Underground have discovered over 20 Roman-era skulls, probably dated to the first century C.E. The beheaded Romans have been suggested to be possible victims of the famed Warrior Queen Boudicca, who led her Iceni tribe in a rebellion against Roman rule. Speaking with National Geographic about …

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Clown Terrorizes Town in Britain

A clown is terrorizing a town in Britain. Yes, you read that correctly. Called the “Northampton Clown,” someone is dressing up in a clown costume and is creeping out the residents of Northampton. Not to fear, though–another Northampton resident has decided to become the superhero “Boris the Clown Catcher” and catch the Northampton Clown. There is a Facebook page for …

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Sarin Found in Syria Clothing Samples, Says Cameron

As the U.S. Congress debates the merits of bombing Syria, the British Prime Minister is also pushing the case for intervention in the Syrian Civil War. Speaking at the G20 summit today in Saint Petersburg, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron asserted that new tests have turned up positive for sarin gas in Syria. According to The Gurardian, Cameron stated that …

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Intel Report: Syrian Regime Confirmed Chem Agressor

Recognizing the number of casualties is a moving target, at least 426 children are among the 1,429 people killed in last week’s chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The UN estimates 70,000+ have been killed during the two year conflict as featured in a Syria-focused Flipbook magazine by the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. Read The Syrian Crisis: A look at …

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Military Strike Syria: Britain Says No

Since the last WebProNews update on the crisis in Syria, there has been a lot of breaking news. The British parliament voted “no” on the decision to use military force against Syria. The British government had gathered intelligence and published a landmark assessment to provide evidence that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons on its people, thus killing hundreds of …

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Gay Marriage to Be Recognized in Official OED Definition

In light of Britain’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage, the publishers of the largest dictionary of the English language say that they will amend the definition of marriage to include that of the same-sex variety. “We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage,” said …

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Britain’s UFO Desk Shuttered: Little Girl to Blame?

Over 4,000 pages of documents recently released by the UK’s Ministry of Defense explain why the MoD opted to close its UFO hotline in December 2009. The Ministry claimed that the UFO desk offered “no [military] benefit” and that, in more than 50 years of operation, nothing that had come across the desk to indicate the existence of extraterrestrial life …

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UFO: Britain Opens Up X-Files About Stonehenge

New documents released recently by Britain’s Ministry of Defense show that UFO sightings near Stonehenge and the Houses of Parliament went un-investigated because they didn’t have the resources to investigate all the reports they were getting. Part of the problem is that with the invention of camera phones came the potential for witnesses to document sightings much more easily and …

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Tiger Kills Worker In British Zoo

A zoo worker mauled by a tiger at a British zoo died of her injuries at the hospital yesterday. The worker, 24-year-old Sarah McClay was in the big cat enclosure when the tiger attacked her. She was airlifted to nearby Royal Preston Infirmary, but did not survive. She reportedly suffered numerous head and neck wounds. The zoo, South Lakes Wild …

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Kate Middleton Due Date Revealed to be “Mid-July”

As Kate Middleton’s baby bump grows larger, speculation about the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date has reached a fever pitch. In January it was officially announced that the Duchess’ due date is sometime in July. This week, the scope of the due date has been narrowed even further. According to an E! News report, Middleton spoke with the press in …

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British Zombie Plan Revealed In Freedom Of Information Request

Is there a British zombie plan in case the nation is embroiled in an undead apocalypse? That’s what a recent freedom of information request sought to find out, and the answer didn’t disappoint. The Telegraph reports that the British government responded to the FoI request with a detailed plan on how Britain would emerge from any kind of apocalyptic event, …

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Asthma Drug Rejected by U.K.’s NICE

The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) this weekend issued a draft guidance stating that it does not recommend omalizumab, an asthma medication marketed as Xolair by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. NICE is a U.K. health authority that publishes guidelines for the National Health Service. Omalizumab currently has a U.K. marketing authorization as an add-on therapy for persistent allergic …

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Rocket Car’s Engine Reaches 30,000 Horsepower In First Test

Would you ride in a car that could hit speeds up to 1,000 MPH? Most probably wouldn’t, but researchers in Britain are creating that can do just that anyway. It’s called the Bloodhound SSC, and it just passed its first test with flying colors. The team of researchers working on the Bloodhound haven’t actually created the car just yet. They’re …

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Frequent Flyer? You’ll Be Googled A Lot By British Airways

Do you have a favorite restaurant? Do the people who work there know you by name now? I visit the Panera near work every morning to get a sandwich or pastry and an iced green tea. For the past few months, the lovely young ladies working there have an iced green tea ready for me when I walk in the …

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Teenager Named Britain’s Most Beautiful Woman

(image) Meet Florance Colgate, an 18 year old from Deal, Kent in England, who has been named the most beautiful woman in Britain following a contest by ITV’s Lorraine program. The contest wanted to find the most beautiful face without make-up. At the behest of her family, friends, and chip shop customer, she entered. Florence beat out 8,000 other customers …

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Researchers Track British Mood With Twitter

Researchers in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Bristol have presented a paper in which they track the national mood of the United Kingdom through Twitter posts. This is not the first, or even the largest, study to track public mood swings using Twitter. This study, however, is interesting because it specifically shows the increasing public anger leading …

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UK’s Mail Online Near 100 Million Users

Associated Newspapers’ Mail Online was close to having 100 million readers in January, and growth doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down. The Associated Newspapers network of websites drew 99,218,476 monthly browsers, a 17.88% increase compared with last December, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations numbers published today. Mail Online’s daily users rose 19.57% during January to …

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Facebook Hack Nets Eight Month Prison Sentence

Facebook doesn’t take too kindly to being hacked. This was made rather apparent this week when a young man was sentenced to eight months in prison for hacking the social networking site. Reuters is reporting that Glenn Mangham, a 26-year-old British student, said that he hacked Facebook from his parent’s house last year. The hack was apparently so severe that …

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Chris Huhne Resigns From Cabinet Post

Chris Huhne, Britain’s energy secretary, has resigned his post after being charged with perverting the course of justice over a 2003 speeding case. His ex-wife Vicky Pryce will also be facing the same charges over allegations that she took penalty points on behalf of her husband. He says that he is innocent but will resign to “avoid distraction” according to …

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Britain Getting Faster Internet Thanks To BT

Britain could be seeing faster Internet coming their way courtesy of BT. The Telegraph is reporting that BT has concluded a trial run in Cornwall that offered high-speed fiber broadband to any home or business. They hope to make the technology, and speeds, available to the entire country by Spring of next year. The current high-speed product is called “BT …

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