How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… burn her books. One response read: “Guess it’s true what they say: you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can’t make her think.” Twenty years on from that first book, it looks like no-one’s going to be saying “Avada Kedavra” to Harry Potter anytime soon. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email More From …


Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright August Schwerdfeger Image caption The Osmington White Horse was carved in honour of King George …


Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 23, 2017

(CNN)When one man was killed and 10 people were injured in north London after a van plowed into Muslim worshipers early Monday morning, the majority of the world mourned. Stories of heroes surfaced. And calls for solidarity rang from communities of all stripes. Meanwhile pro-ISIS social media accounts pointed to the attack as a reason why Muslims need to rise up and attack. Warrior heroes and villains The trend is not new, but rather heightened due to the current geopolitical …


London fire: Syrian victim Mohammed Alhajali family ‘can come to UK’ – BBC News

June 19, 2017

… known to be dead or missing, presumed dead, after the fire. The BBC understands this could rise to about 70 people in total. Mr Alhajali’s older brother Omar – who was with him in their flat on the 14th floor – survived after they were separated on the way out of the burning tower block. Image copyright Getty/AFP A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We have established processes in place which allow us to consider visa applications outside the immigration rules on …


Sturgeon to face calls to abandon second independence vote – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Cabinet ‘did not discuss’ indyref2 SNP removes indyref2 fundraising page Corbyn predicts Scottish Labour comeback Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who saw the number of Scottish Tory MPs rise from one to 13, has claimed: “Indyref2 is dead.” In what will be the first formal chance for MSPs to debate the general election result, the Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats will challenge the SNP to shelve plans for another referendum. …


Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

… The opposite side of Minelli’s work involves large, colorful flags that recall both nation-state and political movement — yet ultimately point to neither. Emblazoned with nonsensical maxims like “rise for No Reason” and “No More Opinions,” these banners seem to suggest that our political responses to serious problems may be just as incoherent as the crises themselves. He asks pedestrians to wave the flags — creating a public scene where the very point …


Bill Maher’s use of ‘N-word’ is no joke

June 4, 2017

(CNN)Bill Maher is Ann Coulter with shorter hair: They both say outrageous and even hateful things to get press in a desperate effort to remain relevant. Maher gave us yet another example when he dropped the “N-word” on his HBO show “Real Time” Friday night. rise of racist rants caught on camera Join us on Twitter and Facebook More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP 2 PREMIUM THEMES Pack Mobimatic Yearly License Easily …


Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… want,” she said. Mr Corbyn was later asked if his manifesto was “a letter to Santa Claus.” Waving a hard copy about, the Labour leader said it a “serious and realistic document” that addressed the issues that many people faced. 3. Theresa May had awkward moments on the NHS Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNHS workers to Theresa May: “Don’t tell us we’re getting a pay rise” Mrs May came under fire from a nurse, …


Insurance premiums ‘rise due to tax change’ – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Calculations suggest that the tax rise will add 8 to the average motor policy. It may add 20 to the bill for a 19-year-old whose motor insurance premium was already much higher than the average, owing to the greater risk posed by younger drivers. A percentage tax bears heaviest on those who have the most expensive policies, such as young drivers or people living in less well-off areas or flood zones. A spokesman for the Treasury said: “Insurance Premium Tax is a tax on insurers, not …


Election 2017: What if I can’t afford to pay the rent? – BBC News

… Despite claiming housing benefit, tax credits and child benefit, there is always a shortfall at the end of the month. She wants the next government to introduce significant change: rents that can only rise in line with the National Living Wage, housing benefit that covers the rent, and more security of tenure. Conservative promises Image copyright Kate Stanworth Image caption Longer leases would give tenants more security, says Tracy Strassburg Tracy Strassburg – a mother of two …

May 28, 2017

Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge – BBC News

… a “double lock” with the state pension to rise by the higher of average earnings or inflation – but to no longer go up by 2.5% if they are both lower than that An extra 4bn for schools in England by 2022 – partly funded by an end to the current provision of free school lunches for all infant pupils in England Scrapping the ban on setting up new grammar schools Universities charging maximum tuition fees will have to sponsor academies or help found free schools A free vote …

May 20, 2017