Future of cash: Can a ‘bank in a box’ replace a branch? – BBC News

April 28, 2017

Other experts are more sceptical. They say all that can be done is to manage the decline of ATMs, and cash in general, until they are replaced entirely by a digital wallet found on our phones. Early days This debate is a far cry from the hurried signing of contracts, over a pink gin, between Barclays and John Shepherd-Barron in the UK some 50 years ago. The deal, between bank and inventor, led to the first ever cash machine being installed in London in 1967. All did not go entirely to plan. …

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Would visiting Parliament inspire you to vote? – BBC News

April 27, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCan you convince people to vote in one day? With a general election weeks away, figures suggest voter apathy remains unchanged. Two women who don’t like politics paid a visit to Parliament, but did it convince them to vote? “I feel like politicians make decisions for people they don’t know anything about,” says LaTifah Atkinson, a 26-year-old woman from north London. She is a university graduate who runs her …

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Nafisah Baba wins BBC Young Dancer 2017 prize – BBC News

April 24, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNafisah Baba performs “Inescapable” in the grand final Nafisah Baba has won the BBC’s Young Dancer 2017 prize, beating four other finalists. Baba, 20, a contemporary dancer from London, was crowned at Sadler’s Wells theatre in the capital by ex-Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell. Baba – who started ballet aged three – is a company member with post-graduate dance company Chrysalis London. The …

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The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… Their top targets include Gower, Croydon Central and Renfrewshire East. As the most pro-EU of the national parties, the Lib Dems will particularly target seats like Conservative-held Twickenham in London, which voted heavily for Remain in last year’s referendum and where Sir Vince Cable is returning to refight his old seat. The December 2016 by-election in neighbouring Richmond Park, where they overturned Conservative Zac Goldsmith’s 23,000 majority, showed their strategy …

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Theatre director Michael Bogdanov has died aged 78 – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… unsupported on your device Media captionMichael Bogdanov: ‘I suddenly realised I could go to prison’ He had been accused of procuring an act of “gross indecency” likely to cause offence for his production at London’s National Theatre, and spoke 30 years later of his “enormous relief” when the case collapsed and the prosecution withdrew its evidence on the third day of the hearing. He also said he felt “very angry” that the private …

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At least 12 suffer burns from ‘noxious substance’ at Hackney bar – BBC News

April 17, 2017

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the 10 people were treated for minor burns at the scene before being taken to hospital. No arrests have been made and officers are continuing to investigate, he added. Witness Phie McKenzie tweeted: “Scary scenes tonight, we have heard reports of chemical burns of people in the building here”. London Ambulance Service said it sent a number of ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team to the venue. Sign-up to get news from the BBC in …

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The enduring appeal of Adrian Mole, aged 50 – BBC News

April 2, 2017

… observing the London literary scene of the 1980s (she was employed as a nanny by Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books, and frequent visitors to the houses included Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller). “When the first diary came out I was living in London, I was a nanny, and I was around all these very accomplished writers and playwrights, and they were all loving [Mole],” she adds. “I think people can identify with him – the way he worries about things that …

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Would you risk jail for a cup of tea? – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tea chests in London in the 1950s – the nation’s love affair with the drink has endured In an age before income tax, tea duties accounted for 10% of government revenues, which was enough to pay for the Royal Navy, but as tariffs on it reached 119% it gave smugglers their chance. “If you had high tariffs and goods people wanted, it gave smugglers a business opportunity,” says Exeter University historian Helen Doe. More …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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Futuristic fragrance: New biotech unlocks scents that have never been sniffed

March 30, 2017

(CNN)Perfumery has always been an intricate science; much more effort goes into capturing a scent than those outside the industry might imagine. Over the last two decades, chemists have used innovative new technology to add an even larger array of scents to the perfumer’s palette, enabling them to create fragrances that have never been smelled before. For thousands of years, scents came directly from nature. Resins were collected from trees and burned as offerings to the gods; aromatic …

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In pictures: Life on Clapham High Street – BBC News

March 29, 2017

Photographer Jim Grover decided to chart the daily lives of the inhabitants of Clapham High Street. Shooting in colour during daytime hours, and using black and white at night, he wanted to illustrate the differences in the mood of the street. “There is the sedate world of a typical weekday morning,” said Grover. “And then there is the world of the booming nightlife that bursts into frenetic activity every weekend, attracting the young from all over London.” More than 17 …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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Councils ‘face funding gap’ to fix roads – BBC News

March 29, 2017

Despite that, councils were still nearly 730m short last year of what was required to keep the network in “reasonable order”, it said. The AIA recommends that roads should be resurfaced between every 10 and 20 years. ‘Tipping point’ Only London comes close to this, with the capital’s roads repaired every 23 years on average. The frequency of road surfacing in England is 55 years, while in Wales it is 63 years. Alan Mackenzie, chairman of the AIA, said the …

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… } Click to see content: schoolholidaysrise_birmingham Across England, term-time holidays accounted for an average of 27% of all missed “sessions” of school. There are two sessions of school each day, morning and afternoon. Pupils in Yorkshire and The Humber and the North East of England lost the most time to holiday. The figures showed the number of absences was equivalent to 1.5 school sessions for every pupil. In Outer London the figure was equivalent to 0.75 days per …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 24, 2017

London (CNN)The big red buses sit abandoned on the bridge, six of them. Nearby are two black taxicabs, also empty. No passengers, no drivers, no pedestrians. This area is rarely still, and never on a spring Wednesday afternoon. It should be packed with visitors, locals and the occasional parliamentarian. Of course, it’s not still even now. Slowly, then overwhelmingly, the noise takes over the senses — a cacophony of sirens and chaos. Lockdown descends upon this …

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Officer killed in London attack was father, 15-year veteran

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Keith Palmer left for work on Wednesday expecting to return home. The assailant was shot dead near London’s Houses of Parliament after the chaotic rampage. The man drove a car through crowds of people, injuring dozens before crashing into a fence outside the Parliament building. Witnesses said he got out of his car brandishing a knife that he used to fatally stab Palmer. …

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