Tag: England

‘Needle Spiking’ of Women in Britain Stirs Alarm Over New Kind of Assault

NOTTINGHAM, England — Lizzie Wilson was standing in a crowded nightclub on Monday night with three friends when she felt a sharp pinch in her back, as if she had been pricked by a needle. Ten minutes later, she was struggling to stand. Ms. Wilson, 18, said she had heard about young women being injected […]

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David Amess, Conservative Lawmaker in Britain, Is Reportedly Stabbed

LONDON — A Conservative Party lawmaker was stabbed on Friday afternoon while he was meeting with local constituents in southeast England, according to reports from British news outlets and comments from fellow members of Parliament. The London office of the lawmaker, David Amess, confirmed that an incident had taken place in the area of Southend, […]

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Recognition, at Last, After Decades Decolonizing Art

LONDON — The British-Indian artist Sutapa Biswas has always found herself playing a confrontational role in the British art world, forcing conversations about empire and its legacies that the establishment preferred to evade. But it seems that may be changing. This year Biswas, 59, is the subject of two major British shows, running concurrently: at […]

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The Battle of Britain: The Fight for Churchill’s Shroud

In similar manner, the Amritsar massacre in the Punjab in 1919, when at least 379 Indians were killed by troops of the Raj, was denounced by Churchill in Parliament: “Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.” But not by Roberts, who defended the massacre for having restored order: “It was not necessary […]

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

LONDON — The trainee edged toward an intersection for a seemingly impossible right-angle turn, and the 52-foot truck rumbled suddenly, an accurate reflection perhaps of the driver’s nerves, or possibly my own. “It can be a little bit bumpy,” said the driving instructor, Andrew Hawes, laughing. Seated in front of me on the driver’s seat […]

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After Killings, U.K. Asks: Should Misogyny Be a Hate Crime?

LONDON — As anger grew in Britain last week over the justice system’s approach to violence against women, the public discourse has turned to a new question: Should misogyny be considered a hate crime? The debate comes amid a broader national outcry over gender-based crimes after the murder of Sarah Everard, whose abduction and killing […]

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Nobel Prize in Literature: Read About Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Books

Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. He is the first African writer to receive the prize in nearly two decades. In its announcement, the Nobel committee praised “his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” […]

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English Schools Drop Mask Mandates, but Questions Rise Along With Cases

LONDON — England took a high-stakes gamble when it sent millions of students back to school last month with neither vaccines nor a requirement to wear face masks, even as the coronavirus continued to course through the population. On Tuesday, the country’s Education Department issued its latest report card on how the plan is working: […]

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Worried About Low Interest Rates? Jane Austen Can Help.

The Federal Reserve and its counterparts abroad slashed interest rates in the face of the 2008 financial crisis and have kept them very low — in some cases below zero — ever since. This isn’t an arbitrary policy: Central banks believe that they need to keep rates low to avoid sliding into recession. But there […]

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Military Personnel in U.K. Begin Driving Fuel Trucks to Stem Shortage

Military personnel in Britain began driving fuel tankers on Monday as the government stepped up efforts to tackle a shortage of truck drivers that has closed some gas stations, caused panic buying and long lines at others, and threatened wider disruption in the run-up to Christmas. Around 200 soldiers were deployed in the south of […]

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A Year in the Life: Who Gets a Master’s Degree in the Beatles?

LIVERPOOL, England — On Wednesday morning, as a new semester began, students eagerly headed into the University of Liverpool’s lecture theaters to begin courses in archaeology, languages and international relations. But in lecture room No. 5 of the university’s concrete Rendall Building, a less traditional program was getting underway: a master’s degree devoted entirely to […]

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U.K. Gas Shortages Reveal New Crucial Workers: Truck Drivers

LONDON — For more than three decades David Carden drove across England’s Midlands, transporting tens of thousands of liters of fuel from holding tanks to service stations. The flammable liquid made it a dangerous job requiring skill and caution, but when he started the pay and the benefits were good, enabling him to support his […]

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At This Renowned English Garden, Getting Your Hands Dirty Is the Point

The woodworkers gather in a thatched 15th-century barn and wield hand tools to produce ladders, garden benches and hurdles, which are barriers strewn around the garden to keep out badgers and other pests. Great Dixter has its own nursery, meadows, woodland and farmland, and composts its waste in towering stacks, later sterilized in-house to prevent […]

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Gas Shortages and Long Lines Upend Britons’ Daily Lives

LONDON — In the northern English town of Baildon, Jag Sanghera took the train to work instead of driving, saving fuel needed to drive his daughter to nursery school. In west London, Laid Ibrahim, an Uber driver, tried at least seven gas stations before finding one open at 2 a.m. and waiting in line for […]

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Abandoned History: The Navistar eStar, a Very Troubled Electric Van

The plain white van you see here is the subject of our second edition of Abandoned History. Though it was produced and sold domestically as eStar by Navistar, it was actually developed in England years prior. In fact, the story of this electric van begins with the traditional black London taxi. Since the early Seventies, […]

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