All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘British’

Mary Soames, Winston Churchill’s Daughter, Dies At 91

Lady Mary Soames, the last surviving child of Winston Churchill, has died at the age of 91. The family announced that she passed away on Saturday, due to an illness. Soames was born in 1922, and is the youngest of the five Churchill siblings. When her father led the British against the German Nazis in World War II, Soames joined …

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Elena Baltacha, Former British Tennis Player, Dies

Elena Baltacha, a former British tennis player, died from liver cancer on Sunday. She was only 30-years-old. Baltacha, who was born in the Ukraine but was raised in Scotland, revealed that she had cancer in March after being diagnosed in January. Her diagnosis came only two months after she officially retired from the sport, due to ankle problems, and a …

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Mariah Carey Drops Big Bucks on Plane Ticket

Mariah Carey reportedly dropped big bucks–more than $70,000–on a one-way flight to France for next month’s Cannes Film Festival. It seems the 44-year-old diva didn’t just buy a first class ticket either. She rented out the entire cabin of the British Airways flight so she isn’t “disturbed by fans” as she flies from New York to France. “Over the years …

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Lizzy Yarnold’s Mental Toughness Helps Her Win Gold

BBC Sport tells us of the England-born Lizzy Yarnold, who transforms into “The Yarnold” when she hits the ice, and how she used her patented brand of mental toughness, intricate sled engineering and deep house music to win the gold medal in the skeleton races in Sochi. Finalizing her combined runs with the fourth and final one yesterday, Yarnold came …

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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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Sherlock Holmes Is Now Officially Public Domain

After many years of being a beloved book series, and recently being turned into popular films, the character of Sherlock Holmes is officially public domain. This allows authors from the United States to re-imagine the classic tales of the beloved British detective. Before now, Sherlock Holmes has been adapted into films as well as popular television shows such as Sherlock …

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Queen’s Speech 2013: Meditation and Baby George

The Telegraph from the U.K. tells us of Queen Elizabeth’s traditional Christmas speech filmed a little over a month ago that aired on Christmas, as is the country’s tradition. These speeches are the more enjoyable of political speeches; Queen Elizabeth writes them herself, and she is not required to consult with anyone concerning political agendas before delivering. The commemoration of …

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Ronnie Biggs, British Train Robber, Dead At 84

One of Britain’s most notorious criminals Ronnie Biggs– infamous for the 1963 Great Train Robbery–has died at the age of 84. His publisher, Cliff Moulder told CNN that friends and family informed him that Biggs died Wednesday morning. Biggs made headlines when he took part in The Great Train Robbery and escaped with £2.6m from a Glasgow train on Aug 8, 1963. …

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Downton Abbey Renewed for a Fifth Season

Love the British hit drama “Downton Abbey?” If you do, not only will American audiences get to see season four this January, but the show has already been renewed for a fifth season. The international PBS Masterpiece sensation from creator Julian Fellowes, will begin airing in America on January 5, 2014. The fourth season has just finished its run in …

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UN Inspectors’ Report Suggests Damascus to Blame

The United Nations released its report on the chemical weapons attack that killed masses of civilians in Syria on 21 August and while the conclusions are not definitive in assigning blame, the report suggests the complicity of the Syrian government. The report confirmed that the attack was conducted with chemical arms. The report also included details on the particulars of …

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Lava Lamps: Business Continues, Even After 50 Years

Lava lamps, everyone’s favorite toy from the ’60s, is now able to celebrate its 50th birthday. It continues to be profitable, even after all these years. Lava lamps became a popular toy for many people during the ’60s and it was also an integral part of the drug culture with a lot of the hippies wanting to have one to …

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Destroyers Syria: Latest Chemical Attack Responses

“The President continues to work with his national security team reviewing the options available,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stated at this afternoon’s press briefing in response to questions about the US reaction to the Syrian regime. Briefings from both the White House and the State Department today confirmed that US officials hold the Syrian regime responsible for the …

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