Tuesday night, in a scene that could not have been more dramatic had it been scripted, Rail Maritime and Transport union boss Bob Crow walked out of talks with Transport for London and city officials. As he marched out the door he said over his shoulder, "We've got a strike to run."
The Rail Maritime and Transport union is one of several unions representing Underground workers. Without the workers that depend on London's transportation system, the city can be expected to become a... READ ON
Gone are the days of Guinness is Good For You; welcome to the socially responsible recession era world of O'Doul's. In a market trend that almost defies logic, beer sales in the UK have been on the decline for the past few years "“ while sales of non-alcoholic beer have steadily increased.
Though Britain still reigns among the booziest of the Western European countries, sales of beer in off licenses (convenience stores, basically) and supermarkets has declined 11 percent in the first... READ ON
Yes, Wallace & Gromit fans, there is such a thing as Stinking Bishop. And this week, it was officially named Britain's Smelliest Cheese by the judging panel at the Smelliest Cheese Championships held at The Royal Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. According to the panel, the cheese smells like a rugby locker room; no word on the taste.
The cheese comes by its name, incidentally, not necessarily because of its own natural odor, but by way of the pear variety that is an integral part... READ ON
It's official "“ at 4,032 pages, all resting on a spine over a foot thick, the world's thickest book is The Complete Miss Marple. The massive volume, a collection of the 12 novels and 20 short stories by Agatha Christie featuring the guileless spinster detective, was revealed to the public at a press event at Foyle's Charing Cross Road bookshop in London on Wednesday, May 20.
Taking part in the event was Christie's grandson and inheritor of her estate, Matthew Prichard,... READ ON
It's an ancient north Indian fighting style that nearly died out in the 19th century, after the British Raj outlawed it and other indigenous martial arts. And right now, in a high school gym in England's Black Country, one man, clad in blue robes and trainers, is trying to bring shastar vidiya back from the near dead.
Nidar Singh Nihang, the Wolverhampton factory worker whose made it his life's work to breathe life into the dying art, learned the physical technique from an ancient... READ ON
It's practically a fact of life here in England, like rain half the summer, painfully congested Tube traffic, and conversations about the weather: The English hate the French.
They've written songs about this centuries-long enmity "“ like Rowan Atkinson's 1980 Live in Belfast comedy show, which included a performance of the plainly titled "I Hate the French," they've dedicated articles and blogs to the topic, and they've even published books on the subject.... READ ON
It was 50 years ago this week that the Mini "“ symbol of all that is British, mod, and cool "“ first rolled off the line. And from The Italian Job to, well, The Italian Job, the Mini has remained a tiny, economical and very stylish way to get from point A to point B. But how did the Mini become the Mini? Here's a brief history of the car that proved that less truly is more.
In the beginning"¦
The Mini was the British Motor Corporation's answer to the "bubble car,"... READ ON
Yesterday, UK Home Secretary Jaqcui Smith released the names of 16 people who are banned from entering Britain on the grounds that they foster or promote hate and extremism. Among those appearing on the "named and shamed" list is super right-wing American talk-show host Michael Savage, who once branded the Quran "a book of hate" and claimed that most children with autism are "a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out." Also on the list is Fred Phelps, Baptist... READ ON
The Nazis had a number of nefarious plots for world domination and genocide, from occultism to the infamous Sun Cannon (a giant reflector that was designed to melt enemies in midair using the power of the sun) to animal husbandry.
That's right. Animal husbandry. And now, 70 years after the fall of the Nazi regime, there are Aryan cows roaming the bucolic English countryside.
It was the dream of two German zoologists, brothers who wanted to bring back to life the mythic wild auroch, a great... READ ON
On Monday, buildings throughout Manhattan's financial district were evacuated, emergency responders were inundated with panicked phone calls, and one pregnant woman had to go to the hospital after a Boeing 747 apparently chased by a F-16 jet flew less than 1500 feet above the city's sky-line.
Federal... READ ON
The USDA allows the term "wyngz" for wing-like chicken products that contain no wing meat.