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May 20, 2015

UK’s Charles talks of murdered ‘grandfather I never had’

SLIGO, Ireland (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles spoke on Wednesday of the murder of his great uncle Lord Mountbatten in Ireland 36 years ago and called him “the grandfather I never had.”

Speaking ahead of his first visit to the site where the Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed Mountbatten by exploding a bomb on his boat in 1979, Charles said Ireland had endured a history of much pain and resentment where blame was always too easily attributed.

May 19, 2015

UK’s Prince Charles to meet Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams for first time

GALWAY, Ireland (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles is to meet Gerry Adams in Ireland on Tuesday, his first meeting with the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) which killed his great uncle in a bomb attack 36 years ago.

The private meeting, the latest in a series of gestures of reconciliation between Britain and Sinn Fein, is to take place in the west of Ireland city of Galway, a day before Charles visits the nearby site where the IRA murdered Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1979.

Oct 10, 2014

Malala finds out in class about winning Nobel Peace Prize

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai said she was in a chemistry lesson when a teacher informed her on Friday that she had become joint winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The 17-year-old, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ right to education, is the youngest winner of the award, which she shared with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child trafficking and labour.

Oct 10, 2014

Pakistani teen finds out in class about winning Nobel Peace Prize

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai said she was in a chemistry lesson when a teacher informed her on Friday that she had become joint winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The 17-year-old, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ right to education, is the youngest winner of the award, which she shared with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child trafficking and labor.

May 14, 2014
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Quietly thankful

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Doubly Thankful villages, England
By Darren Staples

If I was expecting flags and bunting, I was wrong.

The Doubly Thankful villages – the 13 villages in England and one in Wales where every soldier, sailor, airman and WAAF who served in World Wars One and Two came home alive – do not make a song and dance about the past.

On Remembrance Sunday, they have no war memorial on which to lay a wreath of poppies.

Feb 12, 2013
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Shrovetide: a rough and tumble game

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Ashbourne, central England

By Darren Staples

There are rules – even if there is no referee to enforce them. One of the ancient ones is said to be: ‘committing murder or manslaughter is prohibited’. Royal Shrovetide Football is not for the faint-hearted, either for players or the spectators who can quickly become caught up in the scrum.

On the face of it, the game played in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday each year will sound familiar to anyone who knows what happens at any English Premiership venue on a Saturday afternoon.

Jun 15, 2012
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It’s been a hard day’s night… and I’ve been working like a ‘tog

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By Darren Staples

You off again?” people say. “Ukraine? The Euros? You’ve got the best job in the world haven’t you?”

So here I am, the man with ‘the best job in the world’, about to have a needle stuck in my backside by one half of the Mario brothers.

Dec 30, 2009
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…?

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Snow. Looks good on those Christmas cards, doesn’t it? Fun for small children. Even nice for penguins in the zoo. But photographers covering soccer? Brrrrrrrrrr. Not really.

Let’s get one thing straight. We Brits go on about the weather like a stuck record, but when it comes to it, we can’t cope with it. That’s why we live in Britain.