Urban greenhouses for every space, from rooftops to tiny balconies

High on a roof in the shadow of the BT Tower is not the first place you’d expect to spot a greenhouse, but squint as you walk along Great Titchfield Street and you might catch the glint of Wendy Shillam’s little glass paradise.  Squeezed in among the chimney pots on her 16ftx23ft rooftop, the organic veg grower picks tomatoes right ...

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London Fashion Week: Five shows to see, from Burberry to JW Anderson

As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, the well-heeled style mavens and fashion editors are descending upon London for its biannual, five-day showcase of next season’s collections. Running from 16 to 20 February, the line-up looks set to deliver a parade of cutting-edge creativity, from both homegrown and international talents.  And, despite the fact that some big names ...

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London Fashion Week: Day one highlights, from Mulberry to Richard Malone

London Fashion Week officially declared its doors open today with an impressive set of shows that left us wanting more. With the next five days set to showcase an array of home-grown and international talent, today’s line-up was dominated by young designers looking to make their mark on the industry. Here are the highlights from day one of the biannual showcase. ...

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Ukip leader Henry Bolton says scrutiny of his private life is like that faced by Princess Diana

Ukip‘s beleaguered leader has compared scrutiny of his private life to that faced by Princess Diana. Henry Bolton‘s fate will be decided at a crisis meeting on Saturday after the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) backed a motion of no confidence in his leadership. The 54-year-old has been clinging on to the leadership amid a revolt by several senior Ukip figures over ...

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Suicide bombers kill at least 18 in crowded market in northern Nigeria

Police say three suicide bombers have attacked a crowded market in northern Nigeria, killing at least 18 people.  Borno state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji confirms the Friday night attack to The Associated Press.  The bombers, all believed to be female, left another 22 people wounded at a fish market Konduga, just outside the state capital, Maiduguri.  The Islamist extremist group ...

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Winter Olympics: Great Britain's Izzy Atkin wins bronze in the women's ski slopestyle

Media playback is not supported on this device XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times Izzy Atkin won bronze in the women’s ski slopestyle to claim Great Britain’s second medal of the Winter Olympics. The 19-year-old, born ...

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Labour receives 17,000 emails calling for say on Brexit

Labour has received 17,000 emails over five days from people lobbying for a clearer party policy on Brexit. The emails, coordinated by Labour MPs and campaigners, call on Labour to give supporters “their say” by setting up a new policy commission on Brexit. They say there is a “pressing need” for the party to set out an alternative approach to ...

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Cow escapes on way to slaughterhouse, smashes through metal fence, breaks arm of man trying to catch her then swims to safety on island in lake

A cow has been living alone on an island, attacking anyone who comes near, after staging a miraculous escape on its way to a slaughterhouse.  The animal made its bid for safety last month after it refused to get into a lorry taking it to be killed for meat. Instead it rammed a metal fence before making a dash for the nearby Lake ...

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Toys R Us 'faces administration this month unless it finds investors for £15m tax bill'

The British arm of Toys R Us could reportedly fall into administration within a fortnight unless it finds investors willing to foot a £15m tax bill.  The retailer is racing to secure a rescue deal before a 27 February deadline for a huge VAT payment, Sky News reported.  It comes after the troubled firm was rescued from the brink of collapse by a last-minute deal with ...

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Mexico earthquake: Powerful 7.2 magnitude quake strikes south and central parts of country

A powerful earthquake has rocked south and central Mexico, just months after a pair of deadly quakes pummelled parts of the country last year. The 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 5:39pm local time, making buildings sway and sending people running into the street. The epicentre was a southern, surfer town on the Pacific Coast, according to the US Geological Survey. but ...

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