Tag: Great Britain

Giving Hope, and a Place to Mourn: Memorials to the Pandemic

The Codogno memorial is not the first in Lombardy, one of the Italian regions first affected by the coronavirus. Last August, the nearby town of Casalpusterlengo unveiled a memorial designed by Ottorino Buttarelli, a local artist, featuring stones piled into a small tower, to represent townspeople who have died. In an email exchange, Buttarelli said […]

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‘All Creatures Great and Small’: Who Was the Real James Herriot?

Can Alf Wight the man be cleanly distinguished from his celebrated stand-in, James Herriot? And was there really a little Tricki Woo who gave him goodies? In the hunt for answers, we searched out biographical elements on which the two books agree and did some independent research as well, including in our own archives. Disputed […]

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Harry and Meghan to Give Up Official Work for Royal Family

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II confirmed on Friday that Prince Harry would surrender his honorary military titles and patronage appointments, cementing the split between him and Britain’s royal family that opened up last year when he and his wife, Meghan, announced that they wanted to step back from their official duties. Meghan will also give […]

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Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

Uber suffered an important labor defeat in its largest European market on Friday when Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that drivers must be classified as workers entitled to a minimum wage and vacation time. The case had been closely watched because of its ramifications for the gig economy, in which companies like Uber rely on a […]

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Could Brexit Destroy British Fashion?

Not long before the latest fully-digital London Fashion Week began on February 19 — with a pared-down schedule that reflected the ongoing fallout of the pandemic on the sector — more than 450 leading industry figures, including designers like Paul Smith, Katherine Hamnett and Roksanda Ilincic, sent an irate letter to 10 Downing Street. In […]

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The Poisonous Feud Threatening Scotland’s Independence Drive

For a decade, they were the indivisible duo who drove the quest for Scotland’s independence, steering their party — and themselves — to power along the way. But in politics few friendships are forever, and that of Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and her predecessor and mentor, Alex Salmond, has not aged well — to […]

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U.K. Approves Study That Will Infect Volunteers With Covid

LONDON — In the coming weeks, a small, carefully selected group of volunteers is expected to arrive on the 11th floor of a London hospital to be given what the rest of the world’s 7.8 billion people have been trying to avoid: a coronavirus infection. They will be administered tiny droplets of the virus into […]

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U.S. Charges 3 North Koreans With Hacking and Stealing Millions of Dollars

The three men were intelligence officers with the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the military intelligence agency that houses North Korea’s hacking operations. “As soon as they’re gone, three more people will take their place,” said Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt. “Deterrence doesn’t work in cyber like it does in conventional and nuclear areas because you can’t inflict unacceptable cost.” […]

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U.K. Approves Study That Will Deliberately Infect Volunteers With Coronavirus

LONDON — In the coming weeks, a small, carefully selected group of volunteers is expected to arrive on the 11th floor of a London hospital to be given what the rest of the world’s 7.8 billion people have been trying to avoid: a coronavirus infection. They will be administered tiny droplets of the virus into […]

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How to Stop Moths? Blickling Hall Tries Bringing in Wasps

Empty of human visitors because of lockdowns, the darkened rooms of Britain’s historic buildings have gained thousands of unwelcome residents over the past 11 months: moths that infest closets, perch in the rafters and floorboards, and nibble away at priceless tapestries, furniture, carpets and art. At one centuries-old estate, Blickling Hall in Norfolk, England, the […]

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British L.G.B.T. Veterans Stripped of Medals Can Get Them Back

LONDON — For decades, L.G.B.T. members of Britain’s military were systematically dismissed from the ranks and stripped of their medals. Now, after years of campaigning by those targeted by the policy, the government has outlined a pathway for them to get their medals back. The defense ministry, which has acknowledged that the practice was “wrong, […]

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As Fox News Struggles at Home, Murdoch Brings Its Playbook to the U.K.

LONDON — Beset by declining ratings, upheaval in its on-air ranks and a multibillion-dollar defamation suit related to its election coverage, Fox News is staggering out of the Trump era — blamed by many for seeding the poisonous political culture that brought a violent mob into the halls of the United States Capitol. Yet in […]

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Prince Harry and His Wife, Meghan, Expecting Second Child

LONDON — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are expecting their second child, their spokesperson said Sunday, a joyful bit of news after a turbulent year in which they broke away from the British royal family, started new lives in California and suffered a miscarriage that Meghan said brought “almost unbearable grief.” “We can confirm […]

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U.K. Virus Variant Is Probably Deadlier, Scientists Say

LONDON — British government scientists are increasingly finding the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain to be deadlier than the original virus, a devastating trend that highlights the serious risks of this new phase of the pandemic. The scientists said last month that there was a “realistic possibility” that the variant was more lethal. Now, […]

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Assange Extradition

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has signaled that for now it is continuing its predecessor’s attempt to prosecute Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, as the Justice Department filed a brief this week appealing to a British court to overturn a ruling that blocked his extradition to the United States. This week, human rights and civil […]

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Extradition of Julian Assange

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has signaled that for now it is continuing its predecessor’s attempt to prosecute Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, as the Justice Department filed a brief this week appealing to a British court to overturn a ruling that blocked his extradition to the United States. This week, human rights and civil […]

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Brexit Was Sold as Taking Back U.K. Control. Post-Brexit Is Out of Control.

LONDON — As the new year made Brexit a reality, Tony Hale encountered the pitfalls of Europe’s redrawn geography. Specifically, he confronted the need to extricate 53 tons of rotting pork products from administrative purgatory at a port in the Netherlands. For more than two decades, Mr. Hale’s company had shipped pork to the European […]

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China Blocks BBC After CGTN Ban in U.K.

China’s broadcasting regulator announced on Friday that the BBC will be banned from airing its programs in China through satellite services, accusing the British news service of biased, inaccurate reporting that has “damaged Chinese ethnic unity.” The Chinese announcement came just over a week after the British broadcasting regulator banned China Global Television Network, or […]

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Childhood Colds Do Not Prevent Coronavirus Infection, Study Finds

The theory was simple and compelling: Children are less vulnerable to the new coronavirus because they carry antibodies to other common coronaviruses that cause the common cold. The idea might also explain why some people infected with the new virus have mild symptoms while others — presumably without antibodies to common cold coronaviruses — are […]

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‘I Did Something Useful’: Unemployed Workers Take On the Virus in Temp Jobs

Those suggestions are now taped to the wall of his cubicle, where he works alongside fellow testers who used to work in many fields, including airline pilots and cabin crews. Before March, Mr. Lawrence’s days were filled with music, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national choirs across the country. He took the job swabbing […]

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‘It’s a Sin’: Sex, Adventure and Loss in 1980s London

In 1999, “Queer as Folk” burst into prime time on British television. Overnight, its creator, Russell T. Davies, became his country’s most famous gay writer. The first episode featured a 29-year-old man having sex with a beautiful 15-year-old boy, an image that produced just what Davies wanted: nearly universal outrage. Writing in this newspaper, Sarah […]

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Oil Companies BP and Total Win Offshore Wind Leases in Britain

Two giant oil companies won the largest share of options to build new offshore wind farms awarded by Britain on Monday, investments that are expected to eventually total in the tens of billions of dollars. The options were a big move by major petroleum producers into an industry that has for years been dominated by […]

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Is Your Vaccine Card Selfie a Gift for Scammers? Maybe

So you finally got a Covid-19 vaccine. Relieved, you take a photograph of your vaccination card, showing your name and birth date and which vaccine you had, and publish it on social media. But some experts are warning that the information on the celebratory photo might make you vulnerable to identity theft or scams. “Unfortunately, […]

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson Wins Vaccine Spat with E.U.

That struck some in Brussels as rich, given that last September, Mr. Johnson threatened to override Britain’s landmark treaty with the European Union, in violation of international law, if the two sides failed to strike a trade deal. At home, the prime minister lost no time in wielding the vaccine issue as a club against […]

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Anne Sacoolas, Suspect in Harry Dunn Case, Worked for U.S., Lawyer Says

An American woman who fled Britain under diplomatic immunity weeks after she fatally struck a 19-year-old motorcyclist with her car was employed by the U.S. State Department at the time of the collision, the woman’s lawyer said in court on Wednesday. The woman, Anne Sacoolas, wife of the American diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas, fled Britain in […]

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Europe’s Vaccine Rollout Has Descended Into Chaos

PARIS — It should have been Europe’s finest hour. Battered by multiple waves of Covid-19, lockdowns and recession, the European Union had found a noble way to prove its raison d’être: by making the vaccine equally available to its 27 member states, rich or poor, small or powerful, through an unprecedented joint procurement initiative led […]

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Celeste, a Young Singer With an Old Soul, Makes Her Move

“There was a kind of potion that was coming together and brewing around the moments leading up to writing this song and the overall feeling of it,” Celeste began. She lives in London, but had been traveling to Los Angeles since late 2017 to collaborate with other songwriters. Her manager, Duncan Ellis, had picked her […]

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Nature Doesn’t Get a Paycheck. Now, There’s a Movement to Change That.

The global system is built on buying and selling, but often, no one pays for the most basic goods and services that sustain life — water to drink, soil to grow food, clean air to breathe, rain forests that regulate the climate. Continuing to ignore the value of nature in our global economy threatens humanity […]

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Tom Moore, Who Cheered Covid-Ravaged U.K. With Charity Walks, Dies at 100

But he added, “I don’t recall getting frightened at the time at all.” Mr. Moore returned home after the war and built a comfortable life as the manager of a concrete company. He remained energetic until his late 90s, mowing the lawn, tending a greenhouse and driving his own car. But two years ago he […]

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Captain Tom, Who Raised Millions for U.K. Health Workers, Is Hospitalized

Tom Moore, the centenarian who captured the attention of the British public in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic by raising $40 million for the National Health Service, was hospitalized with the virus on Sunday, his daughter said. Mr. Moore had been treated for pneumonia in recent weeks and tested positive for the coronavirus […]

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Sharon Kay Penman, Whose Novels Plumbed Britain’s Past, Dies at 75

She left her job to spend months in York, England, for research, eventually producing a 1,236-page manuscript. When she submitted it to her publisher, Henry Holt & Company, her editor asked if she felt any pangs of conscience for all the dead trees her book would require. The two whittled it down to a relatively […]

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