Tag: London (England)

At Europe’s Illegal Parties, Coronavirus Is the Last Thing on Anyone’s Mind

Nightclubs around Europe are shut. But that doesn’t mean the continent’s party people are staying home. As coronavirus lockdowns are eased, illegal raves are growing in popularity. Outdoor events for hundreds — in some cases, thousands — organized via social media and messaging apps, are in full swing every weekend, causing headaches for police forces […]

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In Britain, the Economic Comeback Is in the Suburbs

READING, England — The British economy is facing its worst recession since “The Great Frost” of 1709, a horrifically cold winter. Large retailers are shutting stores, and inconsistent quarantine rules are raising anxiety about a second pandemic wave. And yet Summertown, a suburb north of Oxford, has something to look forward to: Its main shopping […]

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At the Olympics in Bombed-Out London, She Forever Changed Women’s Sports

The latest article from “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series from The Times that documents lesser-known stories from the war, recounts the Austerity Olympics, the first Games to take place in 12 years and the track-and-field star who changed the perception of women’s athletics. When the Dutch track star Fanny Blankers-Koen appeared […]

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London’s West End Comes Out of Lockdown. For an Afternoon.

LONDON — At just after 2 on Thursday afternoon, Andrew Lloyd Webber walked onstage at the ornate Palladium theater to introduce the first West End show since Britain went into lockdown in March. Before him sat some 640 theatergoers and workers, all somewhat distanced and all wearing masks. Suddenly, they stood up to applaud him […]

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An Artist Who Reanimates Extinct Species

ON A RECENT April afternoon, Marguerite Humeau set out to see some dinosaurs. A long bicycle ride took the French artist from her East London apartment to Crystal Palace Park, where the first life-size sculptures of prehistoric animals debuted in 1854 and now loom out of the lush greenery with an air of incongruous self-importance. […]

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How Michaela Coel Shaped ‘I May Destroy You’

LONDON — Before she sent scripts to the BBC, Michaela Coel sent mood boards. Her series “I May Destroy You,” which airs on HBO in the United States, had been greenlit by the broadcaster without executives having “a clue” what she was planning, Coel said in a recent Zoom interview. So she collected images from […]

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‘I Have to Go in and Decolonize’: Europe’s Black Theater Makers Discuss the Scene

LONDON — This summer, a coalition of American theater artists issued a statement, “We See You, White American Theater,” calling for an overhaul of the country’s theater landscape. There should be term limits on theater industry leaders to improve representation, it said, and at least half of casts and creative teams should be people of […]

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Ending an Era, British Airways Retires Fleet of Boeing 747s

LONDON — British Airways will retire its entire fleet of Boeing 747 airplanes, the company said on Friday, citing the travel downturn and the high cost of operating the aircraft. The decision marked not just the finishing point of a storied plane’s service with the company but also symbolized the end an era of aviation […]

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U.K. Police Step Back on Victims’ Data, a Flash Point in Rape Cases

LONDON — The police in England and Wales said on Thursday that they would stop routinely asking victims of crime to allow checks of their electronic devices, such as computers and laptops, after critics said the practice discouraged people from reporting offenses, particularly in sex cases. Tim De Meyer, a top official for the National […]

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Shamima Begum, Who Joined ISIS in Syria, Can Return to U.K., Court Says

LONDON — Shamima Begum, a woman who traveled to Syria from London as a schoolgirl to join ISIS, should be allowed to return to appeal the government’s decision to strip her of her British citizenship, a court ruled on Thursday. The Court of Appeal ruled that the only way Ms. Begum would be able to […]

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Vogue Editor Edward Enninful Racially Profiled at Condé Nast Office

The editor of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, said he was racially profiled after being told by a security guard to “use the loading bay” as he entered the magazine’s offices in London this week. Mr. Enninful, who in 2017 became the first man and the first Black editor to take the helm of Britain’s most […]

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For U.K.’s Minority Women, Economic Toll of Lockdown Lingers

LONDON — Within 10 days of the British government’s lockdown announcement in late March, one woman lost all nine of her cleaning jobs. Another was laid off from a laundromat after she requested a mask, and a live-in nanny was fired for using public transport on her day off. In separate interviews, the three women […]

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