Closing Time for a Village’s Last Pub?

With a deadline looming, locals scramble to raise enough money to buy the White Horse Tavern — and save the soul of their community.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #great-britain, #oxfordshire-england, #shutdowns-institutional

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For the World Economy, a Grim Slog Tempered by New Hopes

The emergence of vaccines has taken the edge off the worst fears, but a meaningful economic recovery probably remains distant.

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Britain Set to Leap Ahead in Approving Vaccines

Regulators may approve the troubled AstraZeneca vaccine and the American-made Pfizer shot weeks before the U.S. does so.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #oxford-england, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Brexit Is Nipping at London’s Role as a Financial Powerhouse

Britain and the European Union don’t trust each other much, and global banks are caught in the middle.

#bank-of-england, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bundesbank, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #london-england, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business

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‘The Crown’ Stokes an Uproar Over Fact vs. Entertainment

Dramatic liberties in the latest season of the Netflix series, covering the turbulent 1980s, are annoying Britons who wrote of that period, even among those who disparage the royals.

#charles-prince-of-wales, #diana-princess-of-wales, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #royal-families, #thatcher-margaret-h, #the-crown-tv-program

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Post-Brexit Border Test Leads to 5-Mile Traffic Jam in Southern England

French border officials were holding a trial run of immigration procedures that could come into effect if Britain and the European Union don’t reach a trade deal by the end of December.

#european-union, #eurotunnel, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #kent-england, #trucks-and-trucking

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For the African Women Who Love Diana, ‘The Crown’ Feels Personal

In her lifetime, the Princess of Wales was adored by many women in Africa and the diaspora, who then passed that loyalty on to their daughters.

#africa, #diana-princess-of-wales, #great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #markle-meghan, #royal-families, #the-crown-tv-program

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Scotland Is 1st Nation to Make Period Products Free

The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to pass a measure that makes free period products available to anyone who needs them, the first country to do so.

#great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #menstruation, #sturgeon-nicola, #women-and-girls

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Appeal in Lockerbie Bombing Reaches Scotland’s Highest Court

The family of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jetliner that killed 270 people, is seeking to clear his name, although he died in 2012.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #great-britain, #libya, #lockerbie-scotland, #megrahi-abdelbaset-ali-mohmed-al, #terrorism

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Shamima Begum, Who Joined ISIS in Syria, Seeks Return to U.K.

Shamima Begum, who traveled to Syria in 2015 as a teenager and remains in detention there, is challenging a decision by the British authorities to revoke her citizenship.

#begum-shamima, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #great-britain, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism

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Two Darwin Notebooks, Missing for Decades, Were Most Likely Stolen

Cambridge University Library, which long thought it had misplaced the cultural treasures, has now made a public appeal for information on their whereabouts. The local police have notified Interpol.

#cambridge-university, #darwin-charles-robert, #great-britain, #libraries-and-librarians, #museums, #robberies-and-thefts

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Johnson Basks in a Rare Burst of Good U.K. News

The current lockdown is ending and a successful British vaccine could vanquish the virus by spring. But will that be enough to rebuild his sagging political fortunes?

#astrazeneca-plc, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #oxford-university, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Is Margaret Thatcher’s Hometown Ready to Put Her on a Pedestal?

The first woman to be prime minister of Britain is seen as a political colossus abroad, but her 11 years in power have a complicated legacy at home.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #grantham-england, #great-britain, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #thatcher-margaret-h, #vandalism

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‘The Crown’ in the U.K.: Britain Reacts to Season 4

There has been praise for Emma Corrin and a cheeky mouse and complaints about the depiction of Margaret Thatcher and the queen’s salute as the series explores a divisive time in U.K. history.

#charles-prince-of-wales, #great-britain, #netflix-inc, #social-media, #television, #the-crown-tv-program

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How One Airline’s Pandemic Hurt Becomes Everyone’s Pain

Virgin Atlantic doesn’t act alone to fly passengers. It relies on a constellation of companies employing people around the globe — all of whom are touched by the disappearance of travelers.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #swissport-international-ltd, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-atlantic-airways

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Jan Morris, Celebrated Writer of Place and History, Is Dead at 94

In more than four dozen books, Morris explored foreign lands, her own Britain and her experience as a transgender woman.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #great-britain, #morris-jan-1926, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #writing-and-writers

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Abolitionist Is Earliest Black Londoner Honored With Blue Plaque

Ottobah Cugoano, who became a writer and campaigner after surviving slavery in the West Indies, has been honored by a heritage program that long focused on white men.

#black-people, #english-heritage, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical

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Boris Johnson, Seen as a Trump Ally, Signals Alignment With Biden

The prime minister wants to show that Britain remains a vital ally. On climate change and military spending, he is promising major steps that will be welcomed by the president-elect.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cummings-dominic-1971, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #global-warming, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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In Britain, Watch Sellers Shocked at End of Sales Tax Refund

Come 2021, travelers will no longer be reimbursed for most of the 20 percent VAT they paid on a Rolex or many other souvenirs.

#bremont-watch-co, #english-giles, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #rebates-and-refunds, #travel-and-vacations, #value-added-tax, #watches-and-clocks, #your-feed-fashion

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: What to Watch and Read About Diana

If Season 4 has fueled your interest in one of royal history’s most glamorous women, you’re in luck. She has inspired many a book, documentary and article.

#charles-prince-of-wales, #diana-princess-of-wales, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #netflix-inc, #royal-families, #television

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Instead of Regaining Momentum, Johnson Is Stalled at Home Again

The British prime minister begins 14-days of self-isolation after meeting with a lawmaker who tested positive to Covid-19 just as he tries to shake off bitter infighting within his administration.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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U.K. Diplomat Earns Praise for China River Rescue

Relations between Britain and China are tense, but Stephen Ellison, the British consul general in Chongqing, was hailed as a hero for saving a drowning woman.

#china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #drownings, #great-britain, #rescues, #social-media, #wechat-mobile-app, #weibo-corporation

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In ‘Small Axe,’ Steve McQueen Explores Britain’s Caribbean Heritage

The director’s ambitious anthology series for Amazon and the BBC is his first film work about Black life in Britain. “I needed to understand myself, where I came from,” he said.

#amazon-com-inc, #boyega-john-1992, #british-broadcasting-corp, #content-type-personal-profile, #gilroy-paul-1956, #great-britain, #mcqueen-steve, #movies, #small-axe-tv-program, #television, #wright-letitia-1993

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Brexit Hard-Liners Lose Battle as Aide to U.K’s Johnson Quits

A Downing Street feud could indicate the prime minister is ready to make the compromises needed to strike a deal with the European Union.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #ireland, #johnson-boris, #northern-ireland, #symonds-carrie

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British Nurse Is Charged With Murder of Several Babies in Her Care

Lucy Letby, 30, faces eight counts of murder and 10 of attempted murder as part of a three-year investigation into infant deaths at a hospital in northwestern England.

#chester-england, #countess-of-chester-hospital-chester-england, #great-britain, #hospitals, #letby-lucy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Would He or Wouldn’t He? Johnson Is Relieved That Biden Called

The British prime minister made the A team, with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, though pesky Ireland also sneaked in.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #northern-ireland, #presidential-transition-us, #turnbull-malcolm-1954, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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BBC Orders Inquiry Into Diana Interview After Claim Princess Was Misled

A quarter-century after the princess admitted infidelity in a landmark interview with Martin Bashir, the journalist is facing renewed accusations of behaving unethically to secure the scoop.

#bashir-martin, #british-broadcasting-corp, #diana-princess-of-wales, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #great-britain, #itv-tv-network, #news-and-news-media, #royal-families

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David Toole, Disabled Dancer With Grace in His Hands, Dies at 56

He learned to dance expressively long after his legs were amputated. A premier disabled performer on stages around the world, he opened the 2012 London Paralympics.

#dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #great-britain, #paralympic-games, #toole-david-1964-2020

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The U.S. Left the Paris Climate Agreement. Others Are Pressing Ahead.

The American exit officially took effect Wednesday. If Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins the election and rejoins the pact, the United States will have a lot of catching up to do.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #european-union, #global-warming, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #japan, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Brian Eno’s Music for Anxious Times

As he releases a collection of work that has appeared in films, the English musician talked about making functional art, his most ubiquitous composition and why he dislikes wearing headphones on the street.

#brian-eno-film-music-1976-2020-album, #eno-brian, #great-britain, #movies, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Book Review: ‘Britain at Bay,’ by Alan Allport

Alan Allport’s “Britain at Bay” looks at the early years of World War II and has some surprising things to say about Britain’s leaders.

#allport-alan, #books-and-literature, #britain-at-bay-the-epic-story-of-the-second-world-war-1938-1941-book, #chamberlain-neville, #churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #defense-and-military-forces, #great-britain, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson Faces Revolt Over His Coronavirus Policy

The prime minister is caught uncomfortably between members of his Conservative Party who oppose his national lockdown and opponents who call it too little, too late.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #farage-nigel-1964, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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England Weighs Another Nationwide Virus Lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet met on Saturday as medical experts warned that the virus would soon overwhelm hospitals if the government did not take draconian action.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #national-health-service, #shutdowns-institutional, #starmer-keir

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Overlooked No More: Rosa May Billinghurst, Militant Suffragette

She was arrested multiple times but persisted in her activism, which ultimately helped women secure the right to vote in England.

#billinghurst-rosa-may-1875-1953, #biographical-information, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #england, #great-britain, #suffragists, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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‘What a Barrister Looks Like’: A Young Black Woman Paves the Way

Alexandra Wilson is working to change England’s legal establishment, and perceptions about who belongs in it, from the inside.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #great-britain, #legal-profession, #race-and-ethnicity, #wilson-alexandra-j, #women-and-girls

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The Issue That Might Sink the Brexit Trade Talks: Fishing

In cash terms, the fishing industry contributes little to the British economy. So why is it proving such a sticking point in negotiations?

#european-union, #fishing-commercial, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market

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In Pandemic U.K., Brexit Is an Afterthought, as Is Trump

British voters who opted in 2016 for leaving the European Union seem ready to move on from the president, who is widely disliked despite his cheerleading for that cause.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #farage-nigel-1964, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020

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House Hunting in England: A Refurbished Army Fortress in the English Channel

In the harbor city of Portsmouth, the housing market is rebounding thanks in large part to Londoners looking for an escape.

#dickens-charles, #england, #great-britain, #portsmouth-england, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Britain’s Health Workers Face 2nd Virus Wave, but This Time With Less Support

Public backing for the efforts of the country’s health service is eroding amid a lack of a clear government policy to deal with the pandemic, many medical workers say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #national-health-service

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Cage Match or P.R. Opportunity? Boris Johnson Bets on Live Press Briefings

The British prime minister has hired a well-connected former political journalist to run newly televised press briefings, adopting a White House ritual that grew increasingly contentious under President Trump.

#great-britain, #johnson-boris, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government

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British Commandos Storm Tanker, Ending Standoff in English Channel

The captain of the ship had reported that a group of stowaways on board was threatening the crew. Ten hours later, special forces brought the standoff to a close.

#defense-and-military-forces, #english-channel, #great-britain, #hijacking, #isle-of-wight, #nave-andromeda, #ships-and-shipping

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As China Clamps Down, Activists Flee Hong Kong for Refuge in the West

China calls them “violent criminals.” Asylum seekers from Hong Kong are the latest catalyst for deteriorating relations between Beijing and Western countries.

#asylum-right-of, #canada, #cheng-simon, #china, #germany, #great-britain, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #immigration-and-emigration, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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To Test Coronavirus Vaccines, UK Study Will Intentionally Infect Volunteers

The hotly contested strategy of deliberate exposure, known as a human challenge trial, could speed up the process of identifying effective coronavirus vaccines.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #imperial-college-london, #johnson-boris, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

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As Britain Nears Virus Lockdowns, Manchester Protests

Residents of Manchester and other northern English cities have never much cared for the heavy hand of Westminster. They are not liking it any better in the pandemic.

#burnham-andrew-m-1970, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #manchester-england, #mayors, #quarantines

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With Brexit Clock Ticking, Boris Johnson Vows, Again, to Walk Away

The prime minister blew up over what he called Europe’s insistence that Britain make all the compromises. But Europe says it still wants to talk.

#barnier-michel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #english-channel, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #france, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #world-trade-organization

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Major Retailers in Britain Say No to Glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

#christmas, #containers-and-packaging, #great-britain, #john-lewis, #morrisons, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #pollution, #research, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #waitrose, #water-pollution

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Ikea Will Buy Back Some Used Furniture

The program, part of the company’s larger efforts to combat climate change, will be available in 27 countries, but not the United States.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #furniture, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ikea, #shopping-and-retail, #sweden

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Europe, Which Thought It Had Coronavirus Tamed, Faces Second Wave

France imposed a curfew on Paris and other major cities, and other countries are taking similar steps as record caseloads fill hospitals and governments try to respond without lockdowns.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #catalonia-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #netherlands, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #shutdowns-institutional

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Speaks Out Against Harmful Online Behavior

She said the birth last year of Archie, her son with Prince Harry, had compelled her to take a stand against online bullying and misinformation.

#archie-earl-of-dumbarton, #computers-and-the-internet, #great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #hate-speech, #markle-meghan, #royal-families

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While Boris Johnson Sinks, Rishi Sunak Is on the Rise

A virtual unknown 10 months ago, the wealthy and polished British finance chief gained stature during the pandemic, while remaining in his boss’s good graces.

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

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