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May 20, 2011

Exhibition: Was Captain Kidd friend or foe?

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Captain Kidd has gone down in history, rightly or wrongly, as one of the world’s most notorious pirates alongside bloodthirsty contemporaries Blackbeard and the fictitious one-legged Long John Silver.

Now a new London show about his life and the “golden age” of piracy on the high seas in the 17th century suggests there was more to the man and his gruesome demise than meets the eye.

May 13, 2011

Floating path on River Thames gets £60 million nod

LONDON (Reuters) – Plans to erect a floating walkway on the River Thames, affording spectacular views of forgotten parts of the city, got a major boost on Friday by securing up to 60 million pounds in funding.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the kilometre-long pontoon design, known as “the London River Park,” won financing from Singapore-based asset managers, Venus Group.

May 13, 2011

Floating path on London’s Thames gets nod

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Plans to erect a floating walkway on London’s River Thames, affording spectacular views of forgotten parts of the city, got a major boost on Friday by securing up to 60 million pounds ($97.5 million) in funding.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the kilometre-long pontoon design, known as “the London River Park,” won financing from Singapore-based asset managers, Venus Group.

May 13, 2011

Floating path on London’s Thames gets $100 mln nod

By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON, May 13 (Reuters Life!) – Plans to erect a floating
walkway on London’s River Thames, affording spectacular views of
forgotten parts of the city, got a major boost on Friday by
securing up to 60 million pounds ($97.5 million) in funding.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the kilometre-long pontoon
design, known as “the London River Park”, won financing from
Singapore-based asset managers, Venus Group.

May 11, 2011

Need a holiday? Welcome to rip-off Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is crammed with overpriced restaurants, plagued by expensive hotels and let down by overrated tourist attractions, according to the latest edition of the Lonely Planet Guide.

In a warts and all review of the country as a holiday destination the well-known travel bible concludes it “has had its day” especially for cash-strapped natives.

May 6, 2011

Security services cleared over 7/7 deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – A coroner formally ruled on Friday that the 52 victims of the 2005 London suicide bombings were unlawfully killed, but cleared the security and rescue services of any responsibility for the deaths.

Lady Justice Heather Hallett also ruled out any more inquests or inquiries into the worst-ever peacetime attacks on British soil.

Apr 29, 2011

Folk dances, ducks help Kate’s home town celebrate

BUCKLEBURY, England (Reuters) – Kate Middleton’s home town put on a show of traditional folk dancing and duck racing after her wedding to Prince William guaranteed it a spot on the tourist map.

Church bells rang out across the normally sleepy parish of Bucklebury, west of London. Local ale flowed and the scent of hog roast wafted over a village green bedecked with blue, white and red bunting as locals played up to the traditional “Ye Olde England” image.

Apr 26, 2011

Excited Bucklebury gears up for Kate’s big day

LONDON (Reuters) – As Britain prepares to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, one place is making sure it pulls out all the stops.

The once sleepy parish of Bucklebury in Berkshire, southern England, where the bride-to-be grew up and where her parents still live, has been swept up in wedding fever.

Apr 17, 2011

Coalition partners trade blows over voting reform

LONDON (Reuters) – Cracks appeared in the coalition government on Sunday over a looming referendum on voting reform as Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians clashed publicly on the merits of adopting a new system.

In little over two weeks, voters will be asked to decide whether they want a new electoral model, known as the alternative vote (AV), to replace the current first-past-the-post system.

Apr 14, 2011

Coalition tensions flare over immigration

LONDON (Reuters) – The coalition government descended into a war of words over immigration policy on Thursday, with the junior Liberal Democrats attacking Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s hardline rhetoric.

Coalition tensions have been simmering ahead of council elections in which both parties are expected to suffer, and a Lib Dem-sponsored — and Conservative-opposed — referendum on the electoral system which could spark a deeper rift.