American Airlines Flight Turns Back Over Passenger Mask Dispute

The London-bound flight was about 500 miles into its 4,400-mile journey when it reversed course and returned to Miami.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #london-england, #miami-fla

Texas Hostage Taker Was Known to British Intelligence

Malik Faisal Akram had been listed as a “subject of interest” in 2020 by Britain’s MI5 security service, according to a U.S. official and British news media reports. But he had since been deemed to no longer be a risk.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #synagogues

Unilever Pursues Glaxo and Pfizer Consumer Health Venture

Rejected three times, Unilever suggests it will keep fighting to acquire a giant in the world of pain relievers, toothpastes and cold treatments.

#cold-and-cold-spells, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #glaxosmithkline-plc, #london-england, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pfizer-inc, #unilever-nv

Jodie Ginsburg, a Fighter for Press Freedom, Is Expanding Her Battle

Jodie Ginsberg, a veteran British journalist and advocate, will become the president of the Committee to Protect Journalists at a time when attacks on the press are at an all-time high.

#committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #ginsberg-jodie, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #london-england, #news-and-news-media, #rajab-nabeel

Towers Rise Over London’s Brick Lane, Clouding Its Future

Luxury developments and rising rents have ignited concerns about gentrification and displacement in a district that has long been a sanctuary for minority communities.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

Sidney Poitier and the Black Voice

He was a pioneer — in the transitional sense.

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London Schools Are Determined to Stay Open. Staff Illnesses Make It Hard.

Schools across England are grappling with what it looks like to live with the pandemic as it enters its third year. Sound familiar?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #england, #london-england, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

April Ashley, London Socialite and Transgender Pioneer, Dies at 86

She modeled for Vogue, partied with John Lennon and Mick Jagger, and married into minor nobility, all while fighting for legal recognition of her gender.

#ashley-april-1935-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #high-society-and-socialites, #london-england, #models-professional, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

Despite Omicron Wave, Britons Are Set on Not Losing Another Christmas

For Christmas shoppers in central London this week, little seemed to dampen their spirits. But there was an undercurrent that the city was bracing for further coronavirus restrictions.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #national-health-service, #shopping-and-retail, #vaccination-and-immunization

Welcome to the Charles Dickens Luxury Apartments

Want to understand London’s economic transformation? Have a look around the condo conversion of the workhouse that inspired “Oliver Twist.”

#dickens-charles, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #national-health-service, #oliver-twist-book, #poverty, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

U.K. System Strained as Health Care Workers Get Covid Themselves

Hospitals, clinics and ambulance services say infections are winnowing their staffs, straining a system already taxed by nearly two years of dealing with the pandemic.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #great-britain, #hospitals, #london-england, #national-health-service

Using a City’s Excess Heat to Reduce Emissions

A district in London has developed an innovative way to divert subway heat for buildings to lower carbon emissions. Other cities are getting creative, as well.

#citiesfortomorrow, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #london-england, #stockholm-sweden, #subways, #transit-systems, #vancouver-british-columbia

U.K. Weighing Lockdown Amid an Omicron Wave and Political Turmoil

Britain’s health secretary said on Sunday he wouldn’t rule out more restrictions before Christmas, but the prime minister would most likely face sharp pushback from his own party.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #great-britain, #javid-sajid-1969, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #national-health-service, #scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-great-britain

London Faces a Dimming Holiday Travel Season

Amid a rising number of coronavirus cases attributed to the new variant and testing rules that travelers find onerous, the holiday season suddenly looks a lot less bright for the traditional Christmas destination.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #london-england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

‘Social Detonator’: In Artist’s Work, and Life, Different Classes Collide

Oscar Murillo, a Colombian-born painter raised in London, considers it an “infiltration” when his class-conscious canvases wind up on the walls of collectors.

#art, #colombia, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #london-england, #murillo-oscar-1986, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #turner-prize, #zwirner-david

New Virus Restrictions in Britain Worry Businesses

“None of it’s going to be good,” an economist warns as people are likely to retreat from some aspects of social life as Covid measures tighten.

#bank-of-england, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #great-britain, #london-england, #pret-a-manger, #restaurants

It’s a Christmas Sweater on a T. Rex: You Sure You Want to Call It Ugly?

The Natural History Museum in London outfitted its animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex in a colorful Christmas sweater.

#dinosaurs, #great-britain, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #instagram-inc, #london-england, #museums, #natural-history-museum-london, #paleontology

Teen Girls Talk About Puberty. ‘We Don’t Turn Into Aliens.’

From period pains and hip dips to bullying and catcalling, five girls talk about the trials of growing up.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #london-england, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #women-and-girls

Bethan Laura Wood’s Fantastical London Home

Bethan Laura Wood has made her name dreaming up transportive rainbow-hued furniture and housewares. Her own London home is just as fantastical.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #furniture, #handicrafts, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #london-england, #textiles, #wood-bethan-laura

Looking Again at Amy Winehouse, 10 Years After Her Death

In “Amy: Beyond the Stage,” the Design Museum in London explores — and tries to somewhat reframe — the “Back to Black” singer’s life and legacy.

#design-museum-london-england, #dresses, #fashion-and-apparel, #london-england, #museums, #music, #winehouse-amy

‘You’re Not Helpless’: For London Women, Learning to Fight Builds Confidence

After a year marked by isolation, loneliness and violence in the city, many self-defense and martial arts gyms say they are seeing more interest from women.

#anxiety-and-stress, #everard-sarah, #exercise, #health-clubs, #london-england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #self-defense, #women-and-girls

Popeyes Opens Its First Location in London

On Saturday, curious customers waited for hours at an East London shopping mall to get a taste of the Louisiana-based restaurant’s fried chicken.

#americans-abroad, #fast-food-industry, #great-britain, #london-england, #popeyes-louisiana-kitchen, #restaurant-brands-international-inc, #restaurants

These Are Not Your Traditional Holiday Wreaths

A new generation of female florists are offering a fresh perspective on an ancient craft, fashioning festive crowns out of dried flowers, herbs and grasses.

#christmas-trees, #england, #florists, #flowerbx-ltd, #flowers-and-plants, #holiday-issue-2021, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #london-england, #trees-and-shrubs

The Daily Mail’s Top Editor is Out. What Could It Mean for the U.K.?

The top editor is out at The Daily Mail, widely viewed as the voice of middle-class voters, and the paper’s coverage of Boris Johnson’s government might be softened because of it.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #dacre-paul, #daily-mail, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #greig-geordie, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #rusbridger-alan

Art Dealer Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges in $86 Million Scam

Prosecutors said Inigo Philbrick, who admitted he duped investors who joined him in the purchase of blue-chip art, took advantage of the opacity of the art market.

#art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #frauds-and-swindling, #london-england, #philbrick-inigo

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #california, #cape-town-south-africa, #chile, #citiesfortomorrow, #coquimbo-chile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #gloves, #hong-kong, #houston-tex, #johannesburg-south-africa, #la-jolla-calif, #london-england, #naturalis-biodiversity-center-leiden-netherlands, #netherlands, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #river-thames-england, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Queen Elizabeth to Miss Remembrance Service Because of Sprained Back

The British monarch, 95, has put off multiple trips and engagements recently, and the latest cancellation has deepened anxiety about her health. She has now been out of sight since mid-October.

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

Zadie Smith’s First Play Brings Chaucer to Her Beloved Northwest London

Two decades into her career, the writer’s stage debut is “The Wife of Willesden,” an adaptation of the Wife of Bath’s tale set and staged in the British capital.

#books-and-literature, #kiln-theater-london-england, #london-england, #smith-zadie, #theater, #writing-and-writers

Little Amal, a Refugee Puppet, Looks for Home

In “The Walk,” a 12-foot tall, 9-year-old Syrian girl named Amal trekked from Turkey to Britain to find her mother. In a politically divided continent, were any minds changed?

#athens-greece, #calais-france, #europe, #france, #gaziantep-turkey, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #italy, #lan-david, #london-england, #puppets, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rome-italy, #syria, #theater, #turkey, #zuabi-amir-nizar

Damon Galgut Wins Booker Prize for ‘The Promise’

The novelist, shortlisted for two of his previous books, received one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards for his cutting depiction of a white family in post-apartheid South Africa.

#arudpragasam-anuk, #books-and-literature, #galgut-damon, #lockwood-patricia, #london-england, #man-booker-prize, #mohamed-nadifa, #powers-richard, #shipstead-maggie, #the-promise-2021-book, #writing-and-writers

The ‘Jaws’ Shoot Was a Drama. Now It’s a Play.

The hit movie’s set was plagued by malfunctioning sharks and drunken feuds — perfect material for a night at the theater.

#content-type-personal-profile, #dreyfuss-richard, #jaws-movie, #london-england, #movies, #scheider-roy, #shaw-ian-playwright, #shaw-robert-1927-78, #spielberg-steven, #the-shark-is-broken-play, #theater

British Court Hears Appeal in Julian Assange Extradition Case

The outcome is not expected to be known for weeks, but the hearing was the latest step in a continuing attempt to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the U.S. to face espionage charges.

#assange-julian-p, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #extradition, #london-england, #wikileaks

How a Mistake by YouTube Shows Its Power Over Media

Novara, a London news group, fell victim to YouTube’s opaque and sometimes arbitrary enforcement of its rules.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #london-england, #news-and-news-media, #novara-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

No Mask Required: The Joys and Fears of Seeing U.K. Theater Now

With mask wearing and proof of vaccination not legally required, it’s up to venues and audience members to make their own decisions about coronavirus safety.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #great-britain, #london-england, #masks, #theater, #theaters-buildings

At Her Home in Suffolk, Olivia Laing Finds Fresh Inspiration

For the author, the process of creating and tending her garden in the English countryside is akin to that of shaping a book.

#content-type-personal-profile, #gardens-and-gardening, #jarman-derek, #laing-olivia, #london-england, #the-greats-2021, #writing-and-writers

Working From Home Moves Into the Garden

With the work-at-home lifestyle likely here to stay, people are taking things outdoors, creating spaces meant for privacy and comfort.

#architecture, #bromley-england, #businesstransformation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #london-england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Police Search for Motive in British Lawmaker’s Killing

An attack has rekindled questions about the security of members of Parliament.

#amess-david-1952-2021, #conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #patel-priti-1972, #politics-and-government

At Frieze London, the Art World Inches Toward Normalcy

The fairs, exhibitions and auctions of “Frieze Week” are in-person events once more. But the art world has changed, and so has Britain.

#art, #banksy, #christies, #cohan-james, #collectors-and-collections, #frieze-art-fair, #hauserwirth, #london-england, #myers-christopher, #pi-ex-ltd, #sothebys

British Museums Face Covid’s Long-Term Effects

Months of closures during the pandemic have caused financial havoc for art venues, and many expect to be strapped for years. At the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the virus’s impact is clear.

#art, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #great-britain, #hunt-tristram, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #london-england, #museums, #museums-assn-great-britain, #public-and-commercial-services-union, #royal-academy-of-arts, #victoria-and-albert-museum

Britain Needs Truckers Fast. We Went to a School Where They Train.

Britain has experienced shortages of gasoline and some foods because of too few drivers. At a military barracks in South London, trainees are learning how to maneuver trucks through streets and highways.

#automobiles, #england, #london-england, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking

Overlooked No More: Violet Piercy, Pioneering Marathoner

She established herself as one of the first known female endurance runners in Britain in 1926, a time when women were not permitted to compete in long-distance races.

#biographical-information, #deaths-obituaries, #london-england, #london-marathon, #marathon-running, #piercy-violet-1889-1972, #track-and-field, #women-and-girls

James Bond Saved the World, but Can He Rescue U.K. Movie Theaters?

The 25th installment of the Bond franchise has brought record-breaking numbers of people back to British movie theaters, but pressures on the industry continue.

#box-office-sales, #coronavirus-reopenings, #craig-daniel, #great-britain, #london-england, #movies, #no-time-to-die-movie, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theaters-buildings, #vue-cinemas

London Police Officer Charged With Rape Amid Trust Crisis

The arrest comes as the force faces scrutiny and criticism over its handling of violence against women, after another officer was sentenced last week in the killing of Sarah Everard.

#couzens-wayne-march-3-2021-murder, #everard-sarah, #hertfordshire-england, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #scotland-yard-metropolitan-police-service, #sex-crimes

Sarah Everard’s Killer, Wayne Couzens, Sentenced to Life in Prison

Ms. Everard’s killing this year inspired a national call to action in Britain to address violence against women. The court heard this week how Wayne Couzens used his police ID and handcuffs in abducting her.

#couzens-wayne-march-3-2021-murder, #everard-sarah, #great-britain, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Sarah Everard Case: Killer Falsely Arrested Her

Wayne Couzens, a British police officer who pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard, used the pretense of Covid regulations to kidnap the 33-year-old as she was walking home.

#couzens-wayne-march-3-2021-murder, #everard-sarah, #great-britain, #london-england, #nessa-sabina-d-2021, #scotland-yard-metropolitan-police-service, #women-and-girls

The Score of Final Fantasy Gets Its Due at the Concert Hall

The beloved music for this video game and others have been covered on YouTube for years. Now some are performed at classical music’s grandest venues.

#classical-music, #computer-and-video-games, #fans-persons, #final-fantasy-vii-remake-video-game, #london-england, #music, #royal-philharmonic-orchestra, #square-enix

Profile: Playwright Takes On Margaret Thatcher and Brexit

After decades in the political sphere, Michael McManus turned to theater. His play, “Maggie & Ted,” explores the tensions that would pave the way for Brexit.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #content-type-personal-profile, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #heath-edward, #london-england, #mcmanus-michael-playwright, #politics-and-government, #thatcher-margaret-h, #theater, #writing-and-writers

Mo Abudu Isn’t Waiting for Permission

Known as “Africa’s answer to Oprah,” Abudu has built a media empire aimed at bringing Nigerian stories to the world. Her huge Netflix deal should help.

#abudu-mo, #africa, #black-people, #castlecastle-tv-program, #content-type-personal-profile, #ebonylife-media, #london-england, #movies, #netflix-inc, #nigeria, #television, #the-secret-lives-of-baba-segis-wives-book

Suspect Arrested in Sabina Nessa Murder Investigation

The case of Sabina Nessa, 28, whose body was found in a London park, has renewed national outrage over violence against women in Britain.

#great-britain, #greenwich-england, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sabina-nessa, #scotland-yard-metropolitan-police-service, #women-and-girls

The Most Eye-Popping Accessories of London Fashion Week

Bohemian charms, spiky stilettos and jewel-encrusted rubber platform sneakers are just some highlights spotted on the runways.

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