On the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality in the UK, LGBT lives still criminalised in 72 countries, report finds

On the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality in the UK, LGBT lives still criminalised in 72 countries, report finds

Whilst England and Wales saw the decriminalisation of homosexuality fifty years ago today, 72 other countries and territories continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed. According to an annual report released by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA),...

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Heart of Derbyshire

Heart of Derbyshire

Hiking has never been my calling in life, it (or, more precisely, hiking enthusiast friends) has often come calling but usually I pretend to be out of the house, busy with work or literally dead to avoid the strain of putting one foot in front of the other. As a...

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The UK and USA refuse to adopt the new PISA ‘tolerance test’

The UK and USA refuse to adopt the new PISA ‘tolerance test’

Schools in England and the United States will not be taking the new international Pisa test designed to assess respect for other cultures, challenge extremism and help identify fake news. The new “global competences” test will be carried out alongside maths, reading and science, as part of the Organisation for...

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Match Report: Chelsea v Hull

Match Report: Chelsea v Hull

Chelsea cruised through the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday evening after a 4-0 thrashing against Championship strugglers Hull City at Stamford Bridge. Brazilian superstar Willian scored twice in a first-half blitz from Antonio Conte’s blues, opening the scoring after just 106 seconds with a calm finish. Pedro doubled his side’s...

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Charles I: King and Collector

Charles I: King and Collector

On the other side of Green Park from the Burlington House is an exhibition of the art collection of Charles II in the Queen’s Gallery comprising paintings, drawings, prints, furniture, silver and sculpture; all from the Royal Collection. Her Majesty’s walls must be virtually bare, as she has generously lent...

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The Six Nations tournament which starts in early February

The Six Nations tournament which starts in early February

Take England, the current champions, they have had so many injuries that they are not in a position to give debuts to new exciting talent. This means that the core of the team will be as last year. Eddie Jones, now enjoying his £1m a year (including bonuses) new contract,...

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The United Kingdom increases its global education fund by 50%

The United Kingdom increases its global education fund by 50%

The UK is increasing its support for a global education fund for developing countries by 50% to £75m per year. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt made the announcement at a global conference in Senegal, as part of a new emphasis on targeting aid at education projects. Ms Mordaunt said supporting...

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American Psycho

American Psycho

February is the most romantic month in the calendar, mostly thanks to the relentless corporate pushing of Valentine’s Day as an excuse to sell greetings cards and chocolates. However this February, in celebration of all the anti-Valentines out there, we’re focusing on the bloated corporate angle rather than the romance...

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Cyclist death on Chelsea Bridge sparks protests for lower speed limits in Kensington and Chelsea

Cyclist death on Chelsea Bridge sparks protests for lower speed limits in Kensington and Chelsea

A pilot scheme has been launched by the Kensington & Chelsea Council to test 20mph speed limits in the Royal Borough following the death of a cyclist on Chelsea Bridge in September 2017. Following a number of protests, including a ‘die-in’ outside the Kensington Council’s HQ, councillors agreed that a...

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West London sees huge rail and tube changes

West London sees huge rail and tube changes

Plans to extend the Northern Line to Battersea will help regenerate the area and support 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes, TfL says. The two new stations being built at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are set to be completed in 2020. The areas where the...

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“Ultrafast” broadband coming to the UK

“Ultrafast” broadband coming to the UK

Three million premises are to be given “ultrafast” internet connections by 2020. Openreach, the BT-owned firm that is responsible for the country’s broadband infrastructure has said that it would hasten its plans to run fibre connections directly to homes and business. This will mean internet speeds will be quadrupled from...

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