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The Top 10: Timespan Quirks

On Monday this week, the Berlin Wall had been down for longer than it had been up: it lasted 28 years from 1961 until 1989. This reminded me of other examples of what Mr Memory calls “timespan quirks”.  1. Cleopatra’s reign, 51-30BC, was closer to the present day than to the building of the Great Pyramid, c. 2560BC. Thanks to Tom ...

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Fergie addresses Quentin Tarantino 'biting incident' on Grindhouse set following resurfaced video

Singer Fergie has leapt to the defence of Quentin Tarantino following a resurfaced video which shows the director biting her on the set of Grindhouse film Planet Terror. The video came to light in the midst of backlash against the director following an article in which Uma Thurman seemed to reveal that the filmmaker choked on and spat at her ...

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Winter Olympics 2018: Great Britain's best medal hopes in Pyeongchang and when to watch them

Team GB begin the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with a lofty medal target of five, which would surpass their record haul of four achieved in Sochi four years ago. It would be an impressive return for a country hardly blessed with traditions of success on the ice and snow. Britain’s buildup to the Games had been smooth until the news of ...

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China forced to tell Antarctica tourists: 'Don't' touch the penguins'

Last summer’s news that a behemoth iceberg detached from one of Antarctica‘s largest floating ice shelves has sparked a sense of urgency among tourists eager to check the continent off their travel bucket lists. That’s especially the case for Chinese tourists, so much so that the Chinese government earlier this week established a new list of rules for people visiting Antarctica: ...

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US Vice President Mike Pence vows to 'take whatever action necessary' against North Korea

US Vice-President Mike Pence has vowed to “take what action is necessary” against North Korea while attending the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. “President Trump and, and our allies in the region have agreed to delay our military exercises until after the Olympics,” he told NBC News.  “But we’re gonna make it crystal clear that our military, the Japanese self-defense forces, ...

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Donald Trump will not declassify Democrats' memo rebutting claims of FBI abuse

Donald Trump will not “at this time” authorise release of a Democrat-authored memo that seeks to rebut Republican claims of abuse and anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department and the FBI. In a letter to the House Intelligence Committee, White House Counsel Donald McGahn said Mr Trump was “inclined” to declassify the document, but he could not because of “numerous properly ...

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Winter Olympics 2018: Kim Jong-un's sister pictured feet from US vice president Mike Pence at opening ceremony

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un‘s sister sat just feets away from the US Vice President Mike Pence during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.  Kim Yo-jong was part of North Korea‘s delegation to Pyeongchang. She is the first member of her family to visit the South since the Korean War more than 60 years ago. But a White House official insisted Mr Pence, who was sitting between South Korean President ...

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European Union may end daylight saving time across 27 member states

The European Parliament has backed a possible plan to end daylight saving time across the remaining 27 member states. MEPs have called for the European Commission, the central body which is responsible for proposing EU policy, to consider abolishing DST, which means clocks go forward one hour in Spring and back in the Autumn to ensure extra evening daylight in the summer ...

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UK economy sees 40 per cent rise in number of agency workers over last 10 years

Britain’s economy is becoming increasingly reliant on agency workers, with 800,000 temporary staff now part of the workforce, a new report has found. This marks an astonishing 40 per cent rise over the past 10 years, according to research carried out by the Resolution Foundation. The think tank surveyed 500 managers across a range of industries and found that a ...

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Brexit represents chance to rethink food labelling and tackle Britain's obesity crisis, say councils

Brexit represents an opportunity for the UK to overhaul and standardise its approach to food labelling and make nutritional information mandatory across all products, local councils have said. Currently, the EU is responsible for regulating product labelling, advising consumers on the fat, sugar and salt content of their purchases.  However, only two-thirds of food items on sale in the UK ...

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