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Jan 9, 2014

Rolls-Royce Motor confident of another strong year as bling hits the road

LONDON (Reuters) – As Rolls-Royce delivered its fourth straight annual sales record on Thursday, the head of the luxury British car maker had a few predictions for 2014 – less bling, greater demand for customization, and more women buyers.

The 110-year-old car maker, bought by Germany’s BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in 1998, sold 3,630 vehicles in 2013, up from 3,575 in 2012, driven largely by demand for personalized vehicles from the super-rich in Asia and the Middle East.

Jan 8, 2014

‘Gravity’ leads BAFTA film nominations

LONDON (Reuters) – Space thriller “Gravity” won 11 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, putting it just ahead of the pack at Britain’s top film honours, while “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” were in the running in 10 categories.

“Gravity”, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was shortlisted in categories including best film, best actress, best director for Alfonso Cuaron, best sound and visual effects, and outstanding British film.

Jan 8, 2014

‘Gravity’ leads Britain’s BAFTA film nominations

LONDON (Reuters) – Space thriller “Gravity” won 11 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, putting it just ahead of the pack at Britain’s top film honors, while “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” were in the running in 10 categories.

“Gravity”, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was shortlisted in categories including best film, best actress, best director for Alfonso Cuaron, best sound and visual effects, and outstanding British film.

Dec 24, 2013
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UK’s Marks and Spencer apologises after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol

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(A pedestrian carrying an M&S plastic bag walks past a Marks & Spencer shop in Brussels April 11, 2001. REUTERS/Thierry Roge)

Retailer Marks and Spencer apologised on Monday to customers angered after a Muslim checkout worker refused to sell champagne for religious reasons.

Dec 24, 2013

WWII codebreaker Alan Turing gets royal pardon for gay conviction

LONDON (Reuters) – Mathematician Alan Turing, who helped Britain win World War Two by cracking Nazi Germany’s “unbreakable” Enigma code, was granted a rare royal pardon on Tuesday for a criminal conviction for homosexuality that led to his suicide.

Turing’s electromechanical machine, a forerunner of modern computers, unraveled the code used by German U-boats in the Atlantic. His work at Bletchley Park, Britain’s wartime codebreaking centre, was credited with shortening the war.

Dec 23, 2013

UK retailer M&S apologises after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol

LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – British retailer Marks and
Spencer apologised on Monday to customers angered after
a Muslim checkout worker refused to sell champagne for religious
reasons.

Thousands of customers threatened to boycott M&S, Britain’s
biggest clothing retailer that also sells food, after a till
worker in a London store asked a customer to wait as she would
not handle champagne and called for another staff member.

Dec 21, 2013

Safety checks at London’s historic theatres after ceiling collapse

LONDON (Reuters) – Historic theatres in London’s West End were undergoing checks on Friday after the ceiling of one collapsed, injuring dozens and raising fears about safety at some of the world’s oldest and most elegant playhouses.

Up to 90 people were injured, seven seriously, after a section of ornate plaster ceiling measuring about 10 meters (33 feet) by 10 meters fell onto the audience at the 112-year-old Apollo Theatre during an evening performance on Thursday.

Dec 20, 2013

Almost 90 hurt as ceiling collapses at London theatre

LONDON (Reuters) – Emergency services said nearly 90 people were injured on Thursday when part of the ceiling collapsed during a performance at a packed London theatre, bringing the city’s West End entertainment district to a standstill.

The audience was showered with masonry and debris following the incident at the Apollo Theatre, where about 720 people including many families were watching the hugely popular play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.

Dec 19, 2013

More than 80 hurt as London theater ceiling collapses

LONDON (Reuters) – Emergency services said more than 80 people had been injured in a packed London theater on Thursday when part of the ceiling collapsed during a performance, bringing the city’s West End theater district to a standstill.

The audience was showered with masonry and debris following the incident at the Apollo Theatre, where about 720 people including many families were watching the hugely popular play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.

Dec 18, 2013

‘Great Train Robber’ Ronnie Biggs dies aged 84

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Ronnie Biggs, the British
criminal known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963,
died on Wednesday at the age of 84, his spokeswoman said.

Biggs gained notoriety 50 years ago as one of a gang that
stopped a Royal Mail night train and made off with 2.6 million
pounds ($4.2 million), equivalent to about 40 million pounds
today.

    • 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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