Ukrainian Soldiers Train for the Frontlines on British Soil

About 2,000 recruits have completed the program and returned to Ukraine. The program aims to train tens of thousands more.

#draft-and-recruitment-military, #england, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukrainian Boy Starts a New Life Through Chess

After fleeing the war in Ukraine with his mother, Maksym Kryshtafor, 8, is using his passion for chess to help him assimilate into the United Kingdom.

#chess, #england, #great-britain, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

How We Mourn Covid’s Victims

In Britain, artists lit a structure aflame. At the Jersey Shore, names were carved on shells and rocks. With more than six million dead, memorials have evolved along the way.

#cambridge-university, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #england, #grief-emotion, #johannesburg-south-africa, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #university-of-notre-dame

Raymond Briggs, Illustrator of ‘The Snowman,’ Dies at 88

The children’s author used comic-strip-like panels to explore the joys and struggles of workaday British life. With irreverent wit, he also interrogated Father Christmas and nuclear war.

#the-snowmanbook, #when-the-wind-blowsbook, #books-and-literature, #briggs-raymond-illustrator, #deaths-obituaries, #england

In ‘House of the Dragon,’ Paddy Considine Claims the Crown

A string of critically acclaimed roles has made him many British actors’ favorite actor. It has also lifted him from hardscrabble roots to a seat on the Iron Throne.

#actors-and-actresses, #considine-paddy, #content-type-personal-profile, #england, #game-of-thrones-tv-program, #house-of-the-dragon-tv-program, #martin-george-r-r, #television

Britain Faces More Extreme Heat

Temperatures were expected to reach 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country, which largely lacks air-conditioning and set a record high last month.

#england, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #met-office-united-kingdom, #northern-ireland, #scotland, #wales, #weather

Climate Change Worsened Britain’s Heat Wave, Scientists Find

Scorchers like the one last week are still unusual, but global warming is making them more likely, and worse when they do strike.

#england, #europe, #global-warming, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #london-england, #met-office-united-kingdom, #summer-season, #surrey-england, #weather, #western-europe, #world-weather-attribution, #yorkshire-england

As Temperatures Rise, ‘This Is a Preview.’ Will the Warning Be Heard?

Record heat and rampant fires are raising grim questions about the world’s ability to withstand a new era of climate change.

#audio-neutral-informative, #delhi-india, #england, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #national-health-service, #weather

London Shows How Unprepared Northern Cities Are for a Warmer World

As the heat wave rolled out, it left behind fears about how Northern European cities can cope with extreme weather driven by global warming.

#england, #europe, #fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #khan-sadiq, #london-england, #wildfires

Extreme Heat Puts Life on Hold in Britain, a Land Not Built for It

In a country more accustomed to temperate weather, a brutal heat wave tested Britain’s infrastructure and forced millions to choose between a Stygian commute or a stifling home office.

#air-conditioning, #charles-prince-of-wales, #england, #global-warming, #great-britain, #heat-and-heat-waves, #infrastructure-public-works, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #transit-systems

The Problem in Coaching Style Without Substance

England’s 8-0 thrashing of Norway was a stunning triumph. But it also exposed a failure of leadership.

#coaches-and-managers, #england, #norway, #sjogren-martin-1977, #soccer, #uefa-european-womens-championship-soccer, #womens-super-league-soccer

3-D Printing Might Recreate the Elgin Marbles of Greece

#3-d-printers, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #athens-greece, #british-museum, #elgin-marbles, #england, #great-britain, #greek-civilization, #museums, #ottoman-empire, #parthenon-greece, #politics-and-government, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture

In Wimbledon’s Queue, Waiting Is a Pleasure, and the Point

In a world of online ticketing, camping overnight for tennis seats is an anachronism, but it is also about community and a sense of belonging.

#england, #tennis, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

Nick Kyrgios, a Dream and a Nightmare for Wimbledon, Is Winning

The Australian’s matches and news conferences have become irresistible theater — some call them a circus — a blessing and a curse for a sport that is always battling for attention.

#australia, #england, #kyrgios-nick, #tsitsipas-stefanos, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

As Wimbledon Begins, an Era of Sports Free of Bans and Boycotts Ends

For decades, sports has avoided punishing athletes for the actions of their countries. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put an end to that.

#england, #medvedev-daniil-1996, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tennis, #track-and-field, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

In Two Elections, North and South, Boris Johnson Risks a Sharp Rebuke

Scandals, economic pain and an uproar over lockdown parties have left Britain’s Conservatives at risk of losing both recent advances and old strongholds.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #elections, #england, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #yorkshire-england

The Grenfell Fire, 5 Years Later: What Happened, and What Has Changed

The fire quickly engulfed the apartment building, fueled by cladding now banned. An investigation is continuing. But the families of the 72 who died find accountability slow in coming.

#buildings-structures, #england, #fires-and-firefighters, #great-britain, #grenfell-tower-fire-june-2017, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Crop Circles Were Made by Supernatural Forces. Named Doug and Dave.

Intricate patterns carved in fields across England in the 1980s were a viral phenomenon long before the internet fed us such prankster curiosities daily.

#agriculture-and-farming, #conspiracy-theories, #england, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #occult-sciences, #social-media

Traffic-Clogged North England Bitter Over Stalled Rail Plan

Transport problems are just one symptom of the economic neglect that has long hobbled the region, where growth, employment and health care mostly lag far behind the south.

#bradford-england, #conservative-party-great-britain, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #high-speed-2-ltd, #politics-and-government, #railroads, #roads-and-traffic, #urban-areas

Royal Shipwreck From 1682 Is Found Off the Coast of England

The Gloucester, which was carrying a future king of England when it ran aground, was found 15 years ago. Its discovery was revealed this week.

#england, #james-stuart, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #royal-families, #shipwrecks-historic

What’s Next for Boris Johnson After Narrowly Surviving No-Confidence Vote

After narrowly winning a no-confidence vote on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a long list of threats to his leadership.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #politics-and-government

Jubilee Honors Queen Elizabeth but Also Highlights Her Increasing Absences

Throngs of admirers cheered Queen Elizabeth II at her Platinum Jubilee appearance on Thursday, but she was unable to attend a service on Friday. Prince Charles, in a familiar role, played the understudy.

#buckingham-palace, #charles-prince-of-wales, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #royal-families

The Imperial Fictions Behind the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Britain’s monarchy cannot be separated from its empire.

#caribbean-area, #catherine-duchess-of-cambridge, #colonization, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #great-britain, #india, #johnson-boris, #kenya, #palace-of-westminster-london-england, #royal-families, #william-duke-of-cambridge

Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrates Her 70 years on the Throne

The dysfunction of the royal family was pushed temporarily offstage on Thursday by a joyful celebration of its 96-year-old matriarch, whose reign has been an anchor for her country.

#elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #parades, #royal-families

As Boris Johnson Stumbles, Labour Struggles to Offer a Clear Message

Out of power for 12 years, Britain’s Labour Party has made some gains, but its message hasn’t won back the rust belt regions that abandoned it in the last election.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #elections, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #starmer-keir

Kevin Spacey Facing Sexual Assault Charges in Britain

British prosecutors said that they had authorized criminal charges against Mr. Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault. He cannot be formally charged unless he enters England or Wales.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #england, #great-britain, #movies, #sex-crimes, #spacey-kevin, #television, #theater

As U.K. Offers Homes to Ukrainians, Process Lags Behind Good Will

A plan that allows Britons to sponsor people fleeing the Russian invasion has been plagued by visa delays and safeguarding concerns.

#england, #great-britain, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees, #visas

Sonia Boyce, a Winner at the Venice Biennale, Is Fighting Forgetting

Sonia Boyce triumphed with a work about the erasure of Black women artists. She greets the trophy with a mix of gratitude and circumspection.

#art, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #boyce-sonia, #content-type-personal-profile, #england, #venice-biennale

Why Boris Johnson Will Be Tested in UK by Local Elections

The British prime minister is under fire for lockdown-breaking parties. But many voters are skeptical that the opposition can solve issues such as soaring prices.

#bury, #conservative-party-great-britain, #elections, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Honoring Genesis P-Orridge’s Legacy of Love, Art and Gender Revolt

Genesse P-Orridge celebrates her father in an exhibition that may renew interest in the transgender artist, musician and spirit of eternal flux.

#art, #brooklyn-nyc, #burroughs-william-s, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #england, #haynes-clarity, #kathmandu-nepal, #p-orridge-genesis-breyer, #pioneer-works-center-for-art-and-innovation-brooklyn-ny, #throbbing-gristle-music-group, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Families of U.K. Covid Victims React to Boris Johnson Fines

Those unable to be with dying loved ones find no satisfaction or closure with the penalty Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces for breaking lockdown rules.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #sunak-rishi-1980, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘Cheap as Chips’ No Longer True in U.K. as Prices Soar for a Favorite Meal

The costs for fish and chips, a working-class staple in Britain for well over a century, have rocketed as the war in Ukraine has made the main ingredients scarcer. Of 10,000 shops, 3,000 may close.

#cod-fish, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #great-britain, #hartlepool-england, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #seafood

Killer of Sabina Nessa in London Park Faces Life in Prison

The murder of a schoolteacher, Sabina Nessa, 28, added to a sense of outrage amid fears the authorities were failing to address violence against women.

#england, #great-britain, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nessa-sabina-d-2021, #women-and-girls

The Transfixing Beauty of Starling Murmurations

Each spring and autumn, the skies in southern Denmark come to life with the swirling displays of hundreds of thousands of starlings, an event known locally as “sort sol.”

#animal-behavior, #birds, #catalonia-spain, #denmark, #england, #friesland-netherlands, #germany, #ireland, #netherlands, #photography, #travel-and-vacations, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization

Students and Teachers in Europe Grapple With the War in Ukraine

As many in Europe have grappled with the shock of facing a war on their doorstep, teachers say they are facing tough questions posed about the conflict by worried children.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #england, #france, #italy, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

World Cup 2022: What to Know as Teams Prepare for Qatar

The tournament doesn’t kick off until November. Here are the basics.

#argentina, #brazil, #england, #germany, #qatar, #soccer, #spain, #world-cup-soccer, #world-cup-2022-soccer

How the Ukraine War Gave Fracking in the U.K. a Second Chance

Russia’s invasion has disrupted the global energy market and led to higher prices across Europe. That has reopened the debate in Britain over shale gas extraction.

#england, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydraulic-fracturing, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Afghan Refugees in U.K. Still in Limbo as Ukrainians Arrive

Some 12,000 Afghans who fled to Britain have been living in hotels for months awaiting permanent housing. This has raised questions about the country’s ability to take in many more escaping Ukraine.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #england, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #humanitarian-aid, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

7 Takeaways From ‘The Trojan Horse Affair’ Podcast

Here are seven key takeaways from “The Trojan Horse Affair,” our podcast investigating a national scandal.

#birmingham-england, #city-councils, #education-k-12, #england, #great-britain, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #reed-brian-journalist

Twitter Bot Highlights Gender Pay Gap One Company at a Time

Britain requires companies with 250 or more employees to report gender pay gap data. On International Women’s Day, one couple used it to raise awareness about lingering discrepancies.

#corporations, #discrimination, #england, #gender, #great-britain, #income-inequality, #social-media, #twitter, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

Queen Elizabeth Resumes Work After Coronavirus Scare

The British monarch is feeling well enough to return to her duties, Buckingham Palace said, easing concerns about the 95-year-old’s health.

#buckingham-palace, #charles-prince-of-wales, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Queen Elizabeth Cancels Virtual Events for 2nd Time Since Covid Test

The 95-year-old queen would be “continuing with light duties,” Buckingham Palace said, and she has no other engagements scheduled this week.

#charles-prince-of-wales, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #great-britain

For Some in U.K., End of Covid Restrictions Threatens More Isolation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is abolishing Covid regulations to move “back towards normality.” But people at high risk from the disease say the move will constrict their lives instead.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #england, #great-britain, #internal-storyline-no, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #scotland, #vaccination-and-immunization

Queen Elizabeth Cancels All Virtual Engagements as She Battles Covid

The queen will “continue with light duties,” Buckingham Palace said, and “further engagements over the coming week will be decided upon nearer the time.”

#buckingham-palace, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #great-britain, #infections, #vaccination-and-immunization

Boris Johnson Is Set to Lift Coronavirus Restrictions in England

Aides to Mr. Johnson say the British prime minister is shifting toward a strategy for living with Covid-19. Critics argue that the move is too soon, even as case numbers fall.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

Storm Eunice Slams Britain With Dangerously High Winds

Wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour were expected in parts of the country. One weather official said the storm would be the worst the country has seen in 30 years.

#england, #great-britain, #london-england, #met-office-united-kingdom, #northern-ireland, #rain, #scotland, #storm-eunice, #wales, #weather, #wind

What Was Stonehenge For? The Answer Might Be Simpler Than You Thought.

Astronomical calculator? Spaceship landing pad? Shrine to the Earth Mother? An exhibition at the British Museum uses the latest research to look past outlandish theories.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-museum, #durrington-walls-england, #england, #museums, #stonehenge-england

Prince Andrew’s Deal With Virginia Giuffre Leaves Many Questions

One question is who will pay for the settlement with the woman who accused him of raping her as a teen. But wider questions about his finances and behavior also dog the royal family.

#andrew-duke-of-york, #buckingham-palace, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #england, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #giuffre-virginia-roberts, #royal-families, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

England Urges Farmers to Make Peace With Hikers

In a country where public access to parts of the countryside is written into law, the government gave landowners some advice. But farmers say they are not the problem.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #england, #hikes-and-hiking, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #walking, #yorkshire-england

Boris Johnson Outlines Plan for Lifting Covid Restrictions in England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is fighting to save his job, said the easing of rules would come a month earlier than planned.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #medicine-and-health, #quarantines