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Runaway Orbs Cause Chaos in London
Runaway Orbs Cause
Chaos in London

Runaway Orbs Cause Chaos in London

Giant balls that broke away from art installation in high winds made for a surreal scene

(Newser) - When Morrissey sang about "panic on the streets of London," we imagine he likely wasn't envisioning giant orbs bouncing down the thoroughfares, wreaking havoc on traffic. But that's exactly what happened earlier this week, when a pair of enormous balls broke free of an art installation...

Lettuce That 'Beat' Truss Gets Its Star Turn in London

It got beamed onto Houses of Parliament Thursday night

(Newser) - Update: The story of how a head of lettuce has shown up soon-to-be ex-UK Prime Minister Liz Truss romaines top news. The Independent reports that hours after Truss announced her resignation on Thursday, an image of the now-infamous piece of produce was beamed onto London's Houses of Parliament at...

Van Gogh Painting Gets a Soup Bath by Climate Activists

'Sunflowers' wasn't harmed after 'Just Stop Oil' protesters vandalized it in London's National Gallery

(Newser) - Let's start off with the good news: The 1888 version of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is just fine, even after it just got tomato soup dumped all over it. The bad news, at least for the pair of climate activists that carried out the vandalism, is that they'...

Arrests Made After 'Upsetting' Incidents in Queen's Queue

One man accused of rushing her coffin, another for sexual assault against 2 women also waiting in line

(Newser) - People have been emotional enough as they queue up to catch a glimpse of the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who's lying in state at London's Westminster Hall until her funeral on Monday. Two incidents this week made things even more stressful, according to authorities. In...

Beckham: Guess How Long I've Been Waiting to See Queen

Soccer legend got in line at 2am, was still there 12 hours later

(Newser) - David Beckham long ago proved his endurance on the pitch. Now he's showing he can make it for the long haul while queuing up for the late Queen Elizabeth II, whom the soccer legend came to see lying in state in London on Friday. USA Today reports that the...

The Queen Now Lies in State, and the Line Grows and Grows

Her coffin has been moved to Westminster, where it will remain until Monday

(Newser) - The queen has left Buckingham Palace for the last time. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin was on Wednesday taken from the palace to Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state until 6:30am local time Monday, the day of her funeral. King Charles III led the procession behind the...

There's a New Most-Tracked Flight in History

5M people followed queen's journey home to London, per Flightradar24

(Newser) - The plane carrying the body of Queen Elizabeth II to her home in London just became the most-tracked flight ever—by a long shot. Five million people tracked the Royal Air Force plane as it flew from Edinburgh, Scotland—about 100 miles south of where the queen died at Balmoral...

UK Protests Call Heat Wave a Warning

'We are so unprepared' for such temperatures, demonstrator says

(Newser) - Protesters turned out Saturday on the streets of London and in the Scottish city of Glasgow to demand faster action against climate change following the record-smashing temperatures that scorched the UK this week. Activist groups including Just Stop Oil and Insulate Britain led protesters in a sit-in on Parliament Square...

Amid Unprecedented Heat Wave, London Homes Burn

At least 40 residences were destroyed by blazes that swept UK's capital, injuring 16 firefighters

(Newser) - Britain saw its hottest day yet on record Tuesday, soaring past 104 degrees during a heat wave that's taken hold across other parts of Europe as well, but the country's capital was forced to deal with more than just sweating citizens. The London Fire Brigade described a "...

London Marks Milestone Pride Parade
London Marks
Pride Parade

London Marks Milestone Pride Parade

Mayor predicts events will draw more than 1M

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of people turned out on the streets of London on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade, filling the streets of the British capital with color. A vibrant crowd turned out to either take part in or watch the festivities, forming...

Boy Thrown From Tate Modern Goes in the Pool Again

9-year-old continues to improve

(Newser) - Update: The boy who was hurled from a viewing platform at London's Tate Modern museum in 2019 is doing better than doctors had predicted, his family says in a new update posted to a GoFundMe campaign set up to help with his recovery. "We were able to celebrate...

Qantas Announces Big Move Against 'Tyranny of Distance'

Airline will offer direct flights from Sydney to London, New York starting in 2025

(Newser) - The journey from Sydney to London once took nearly 60 hours and consisted of seven stops along the way. Now, an update from Qantas on that front, via what it calls its "Project Sunrise." Australia's flagship airline announced Monday that in 2025 it will debut a nonstop...

Famed Shark Sculpture Is Now Protected

But owner of the home in England (who loves the piece) isn't thrilled

(Newser) - The 25-foot tall sculpture of a shark crashing through the roof of Magnus Hanson-Heine’s house in rural Oxford, England, is now a protected landmark—and he’s not happy about it. Hanson-Heine loves the installation, erected by his father and a local sculptor in 1986 as an anti-war, anti-nuke...

Squatters Occupy Oligarch's London Mansion

Group said they wanted to offer 200-room building to Ukrainian refugees

(Newser) - "You occupy Ukraine, we occupy you," an anarchist group said Monday after taking over a London mansion believed to belong to a Russian oligarch. Police later entered the Belgrave Square mansion and said no squatters remained inside, though they continued to negotiate with several people on the property'...

No Charges for Man Who Ran Down Alleged Killer

Witness to fatal London stabbing was detained on suspicion of murder

(Newser) - A driver who says he ran down a man with his car in an attempt to stop a fatal stabbing in London has been cleared of wrongdoing after being initially held by police. The unidentified 26-year-old told police he struck the man after seeing him stab a woman, later found...

Banker Who Found Witch Hat on Her Desk Awarded $2.8M

It's one of the biggest awards ever handed down by a UK employment tribunal

(Newser) - A female British banker who suffered an "inherently sexist act" involving a witch's hat has been awarded $2.8 million for that and other sexual discrimination. Stacey Macken, a former Deutsche Bank VP, joined the London office of French bank BNP Paribas in 2013 at a salary of...

35-Year-Old Convicted of Stalking Tennis Star

Emma Raducanu tells court it feels 'like my freedom has been taken away from me'

(Newser) - After tennis star Emma Raducanu told a UK court she no longer feels safe in her home—"which is where I should feel safest"—a 35-year-old man was convicted Friday of stalking her. Amrit Magar, a former Amazon driver, will be sentenced later, the BBC reports. Magar repeatedly...

London's Big Ben Clocks Out Until 2021
London's Big Ben
Clocks Back In

London's Big Ben Clocks Back In

Famed London landmark had been silent for 4 years

(Newser) - Update: Big Ben is back. After last ringing on August 21, 2017, the bells of Britain's famed clock pealed again on Friday after a four-year hiatus. After a few test runs on Dec. 29 and 30, the clock officially sounded at noon local time, and is scheduled to sound...

In England, Vaccinations Don't Pause for Christmas

Thousands receive 'jingle jabs' on holiday

(Newser) - Thousands of people across England took a few minutes of Christmas Day to line up under leaden winter skies and be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the omicron variant fuels a surge in infections across the country. The Good Health Pharmacy in north London is one of dozens of vaccination sites...

Architect Focused on Buildings' Surroundings
Inside Out

Architect Turned Buildings Inside Out

Richard Rogers designed Pompidou Centre and Millennium Dome

(Newser) - Richard Rogers, the British architect who helped change the look of modern cities by putting features like elevators and air ducts on the outside of his buildings, has died at 88. Rogers, who founded the firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, burst into public view in 1972 with the Pompidou...

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