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Jun 27, 2013

Megastars mingle with monks, music fans at Glastonbury Festival

PILTON (Reuters) – A farm in rural England turned into a mini tent city on Thursday as fans flocked to Glastonbury, the world’s largest open-air music festival, where megastars like the Rolling Stones will perform alongside more eclectic acts like chanting monks.

The event that started as a hippy retreat on a dairy farm in rural Somerset in 1970 has grown into a massive, five-day festival featuring about 2,000 acts on 58 stages attended by more than 135,000 people.

Jun 26, 2013

Wimbledon rules orange shoes out but not colored undies

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer received orders from Wimbledon organizers on Wednesday to change his orange-soled shoes that breach an all-white rule although women players will not be pulled up for wearing colored knickers.

Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament, has the strictest dress code in tennis, stating for the past 40 years that players must wear “predominantly” white.

Jun 26, 2013

Tennis-Wimbledon rules orange shoes out but not coloured undies

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Roger Federer received orders from Wimbledon organisers on Wednesday to change his orange-soled shoes that breach an all-white rule although women players will not be pulled up for wearing coloured knickers.

Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament, has the strictest dress code in tennis, stating for the past 40 years that players must wear “predominantly” white.

Jun 26, 2013

Glastonbury festival kicks off with megastars, music but no mud

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Glastonbury, the world’s largest
music festival known for megastars and mud, opened its gates on
Wednesday to 135,000 fans with the Rolling Stones and more than
2,000 other acts set to perform at the sprawling, five-day
event.

Now in its fifth decade, Glastonbury has grown from a
gathering of 1,500 hippies on a dairy farm in 1970, each paying
one pound and receiving free milk, to a family-friendly festival
costing 205 pounds ($315) a ticket with an average age of 36.

Jun 24, 2013

Rufus the Hawk clears Wimbledon as record crowds queue up

LONDON (Reuters) – Record crowds lined up for day one of the 2013 Wimbledon tennis championships on Monday as action got underway early on Center Court with pigeon-scarer, Rufus the hawk, clearing away pesky bird life and forecasts for a dry day.

With his own Twitter account and Facebook page, Rufus has become one of Britain’s best-known birds, deployed from 5 a.m. daily to clear pigeons roosting at the All England Club at Wimbledon that hosts the world’s oldest tennis tournament.

Jun 21, 2013

Wimbledon to showcase top tennis – and the art of waiting

LONDON (Reuters) – Tennis fans will descend on Wimbledon from Sunday to join Britain’s line of the year in which thousands wait patiently to see their sporting idols during the two week championship.

Thousands will camp out overnight or arrive at dawn each day to join the line, known as The Queue, which has become as much a tradition at the world’s oldest tennis tournament that dates back to 1877 as strawberries and cream – and rain.

Jun 21, 2013

Tennis-Wimbledon to showcase top tennis – and the art of waiting

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – Tennis fans will descend on Wimbledon from Sunday to join Britain’s line of the year in which thousands wait patiently to see their sporting idols during the two week championship.

Thousands will camp out overnight or arrive at dawn each day to join the line, known as The Queue, which has become as much a tradition at the world’s oldest tennis tournament that dates back to 1877 as strawberries and cream – and rain.

Jun 20, 2013

Royal Ascot visitors must pay for fashion faux pas

ASCOT, England (Reuters) – Big hats and fancy frocks are an integral part of Royal Ascot and organizers of Britain’s glamorous racehorse meeting want to keep it that way by charging for fashion failures this year.

Royal Ascot, a 300-year-old highlight of Britain’s social calendar attended by Queen Elizabeth and other royals, has taken a stand against shrinking skirts and novelty outfits, issuing strict guidelines about what to wear to the five-day event.

Jun 20, 2013

Horse racing-Royal Ascot visitors must pay for fashion faux pas

ASCOT, England, June 20 (Reuters) – Big hats and fancy frocks are an integral part of Royal Ascot and organisers of Britain’s glamorous racehorse meeting want to keep it that way by charging for fashion failures this year.

Royal Ascot, a 300-year-old highlight of Britain’s social calendar attended by Queen Elizabeth and other royals, has taken a stand against shrinking skirts and novelty outfits, issuing strict guidelines about what to wear to the five-day event.

Jun 19, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe proves acting skills in London stage role

LONDON (Reuters) – British actor Daniel Radcliffe won plaudits on Tuesday for a new stage role as a bullied Irish cripple that takes him a critical step further away from his days as boy wizard Harry Potter.

In his third foray onto the stage in six years, Radcliffe adopts an Irish accent to play Billy, the bullied 17-year-old title character in “The Cripple of Inishmaan”, a politically incorrect black comedy by Martin McDonagh.

    • About Belinda

      "As Chief Correspondent, Britain, at Reuters I cover a wide range of stories ranging from how politics and the economy impact day-to-day life to the royal family and the BBC. During my 20 years at Reuters, I have also worked in Australia, the United States and Sweden, covering politics, companies, commodities and investment banking. I was also Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle based in New York and I ran inhouse training for Reuters' 2,500 journalists."
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      London
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      1994
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      Swedish, Spanish, French
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