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Jun 15, 2015

British royals mark 800th anniversary of world-changing Magna Carta

RUNNYMEDE, England (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth led celebrations on Monday to mark 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta, one of the world’s most significant historical documents and credited with paving the way for modern freedoms and human rights.

On June 15, 1215, in fields by the banks of the River Thames at Runnymede to the west of London, England’s King John agreed to the demands of his rebelling barons and accepted the Magna Carta, Latin for “Great Charter”, which for the first time placed the monarch under the rule of law.

Sep 26, 2014

Punch and Judy moves with the times to pull in crowds

BRIGHTON, England, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Punch and Judy shows
have been a fixture of British seaside resorts for centuries but
they are having to adapt to changing social values to attract
new audiences in an age of political correctness and digital

Generations of Britons have flocked to puppet booths to
watch the irascible, hook-nosed Mr Punch whack long-suffering
wife Judy with his “slap stick”, drop their baby repeatedly and
tangle with a grumpy policeman, a crocodile and a hangman.

Sep 26, 2013
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Bacon, beans and tea to go


Along Britain’s highways

By Stefan Wermuth

In a mug or take away? That’s the decision you have to make when you order a tea through the hatch in the side of a burger van, snack van, mobile kitchen, roadside cafe or tea stop – all different names for food vendors scattered around the main roads that wind across Britain.

Your first answer might be “excuse me?” because you can’t hear the question over the sound of the food van’s generator buzzing too loudly or a heavy-goods truck passing by, honking his horn five inches away from your ear. When you do manage to answer properly, “in a mug” means you will get your tea in a giant cup, often branded with the logo of a local business, along with a metal spoon shared with other travelers. Otherwise you get the tea in a polystyrene cup to take away.

May 30, 2012
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London: A great city because of its people


By Stefan Wermuth

In my view, London is a great city because of its cosmopolitan people who live and work there every day. I wanted to know what they think about this big event called Olympics, which will take place for two weeks in their city.

Laim Carter, a 19 year-old guardsman who has lived in London for two month, poses for a picture in Chelsea. When asked what he felt about London hosting the Olympics, Carter said: “It’s good.”

Mar 30, 2012
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Secret London


By Stefan Wermuth

A walk from the Olympic side to ‘Little Venice’ along the Hertford Union canal and the Regents Canal.

I started my journey at the Overground station Hackney Wick. You will not find Hackney Wick in a travel guide under ‘highlights’ or ‘things to do’ but it has his own charm and its own ‘highlights’.

Mar 13, 2012
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Diving, not a sport for wimps


By Stefan Wermuth

I had the opportunity to cover a training session of Britain’s future Olympic diving hopefuls at the Crystal Palace Diving Club in London.

When I arrived the session had already started in a dry diving gym.  It was a room full of trampolines, diving boards, mats and mostly young girls performing somersaults or other flips. “Quicker, quicker” shouted one of the three Chinese coaches.

Feb 6, 2012
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The cavalry is moving out with a big bang


By Stefan Wermuth

When I got this assignment I was not sure what I could expect.

It was an early 6am start at the Barracks in St John’s Wood, home to The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. I was looking forward to the breakfast as mentioned in the press release. First thing we were told was not to expect any breakfast because the kitchen was moved already.

It could become only better … and it did…

The unit has been stationed at St John’s Wood since their formation by King George VI in 1947 and they will take up residence in a new purpose built equestrian training facility and accommodation centre in Woolwich Garrison outside central London.