For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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From to Sting to Ed Sheeran: The celebrities who saved the day – BBC News

July 1, 2017

Image copyright Getty / D Dipasupil / Stringer Image caption Sting at a benefit concert for global equality in New York In charity terms, the pop superstar is perhaps best known as a guardian of Brazil’s threatened rainforests – or, in one memorable episode of The Simpsons, as the leading light of the charity record We’re Sending Our Love Down the Well – but there are more strings to Sting’s…

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Police: Venus Williams at fault in car crash that led to fatality

June 30, 2017

(CNN)A police report says that Venus Williams is responsible for a car accident earlier this month in Florida, which caused injuries to a 78-year-old man who later died. According to the report, Linda Barson told police she was traveling west in the right lane and approaching an intersection, slowing for a traffic light. The report states that light changed to green, and Barson said she drove through the intersection when…

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The German and British children who became post-war friends – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJune Whitcombe and Gretel Rieber met after the war as a special relationship developed between Reading and Dusseldorf In 1947 Germany and the UK were both still reeling after World War Two. But in Reading that did not stop the mayor, in the face of fierce criticism, inviting impoverished children from the city of Dusseldorf to her town. The twinning still thrives,…

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El Hadji Diouf of Senegal on why he is not ‘a bad guy’ – BBC News

June 26, 2017

‘Bad loser’ But now in his retirement he is telling his story. “I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it’s not wrong to be a bad loser,” says Diouf of his often combative mood during his playing days. “I have got character and I want people to respect me.” Diouf, who has now permanently moved back to the Senegalese capital Dakar, says he was often misunderstood during…

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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…

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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Schools worse off under Conservatives, says IFS – BBC News

The Liberal Democrats’ plans protect per pupil spending over the course of the Parliament in real terms at the present level (for 2017-18). This would require 2.2bn extra investment. Presently, the schools budget is 40bn a year. ‘Historic high’ Luke Sibieta, associate director at the IFS, said: “”The commitments made by each of the main parties would imply quite different paths for school spending in the next Parliament. “Labour would…

May 26, 2017
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Miley Cyrus Dedicates Emotional ‘Voice’ Performance To Ariana Grande And Victims

The world was rocked this Monday night after learning about the explosion that went off at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. It has since been reported that 22 lives were claimed, and many more concertgoers were severely injured. Immediately, there was an outpour of love for Ariana andthe victims of the attack on social media, including a ton of support and love from fellow celebrities. Miley Cyrus posted…

May 25, 2017
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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’ – BBC News

The RSPH report warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people. It can also be used as a tool for good, the report said, and companies should be doing their best to make platforms a safe place to be. About 90% of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although…

May 19, 2017
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