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London As It Was 100 Years Ago

Popular streets and areas of London such as Clapham, Brixton, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods and Covent Garden have been given a historical makeover thanks to cutting-edge Google Street View technology. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Using street maps, Expedia has documented how these areas have transformed in the last 100 years. They selected 14 different areas of London and obtained Google Street View footage of them, and then took olden images from up to 100 years ago in order to lay these over the top of the modern streets....

Jeremy Hunt warned NHS now hit ‘crisis point’ with patient safety & care now at risk

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The NHS has hit crisis point with safety and patient care now at risk, a damning report will reveal. The report said that hospitals are really struggling because of pressure on them to make “efficiency savings” of £22bn over four years. Added to that spending by acute hospital trusts on agency staff rose 24% between 2012-13 and 2014-15. These extra costs have added a colossal £880million this year taking the total bill to £4bn. The Public...

Transgender taxi driver tracks down attacker in less than 24 hours via facebook

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Melissa Ede, 55, from Hull was attacked driving her cab, but she tracked the culprit down on social media within 24 hours, due to the help of the public. Transgender Melissa was driving her cab on Sunday 31st Jan 2016 when she picked up four rowdy passengers, two male and two female, outside a Casino. She says: “After a few minutes of the journey I started to feel uncomfortable, as the male in the front...

2016 Budget A ‘Toxic Dose Of Austerity’

The 2016 Budget has been hailed 'a toxic dose of austerity' by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Early calculations show that the poorest ten per cent of families see no gain from income tax cuts in the budget but the richest ten per cent get almost £200 a year. Bennett said: "The Chancellor’s repeated claim that the Tories have a long-term economic plan that is delivering a stronger economy is looking more absurd by the day. Let's not forget that this latest...

MPs vote in £1 billion tax credits cut – despite Chancellor’s pledge not to

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Conservative MPs voted to slash nearly £1billion from tax credits, even though the Chancellor swore he wouldn’t cut the benefit; that helps millions of hardworking families across the UK. A little-known catch will hit hundreds of thousands of people and was approved in a very brief vote and with no debate. It was a massive U-turn over his attempts to slash tax credits for over 3 million families by £1,300 in a year, however he...

David Attenborough Pips the Queen to the Top Spot as Greatest Londoner of All Time

By Grant Bailey (@GrantDBailey) David Attenborough has been named the Greatest Londoner of all time ahead of stiff competition from David Bowie and Queen Elizabeth II, as well and other notable figures born in the Big Smoke. The poll quizzed 500 London inhabitants and 1,500 adults from elsewhere in the UK on their favourite Londoner. Queen Elizabeth II was joined on the list by great-great grandmother Queen Victoria and the last Tudor monarch, Queen Elizabeth I. Other entries include Charlie Chaplin,...

Photo that broke the internet wins top photographic award

The sleeping labrador Dilly photo (that was shared over 23 million times to date) has been awarded SWNS Picture of the Year 2015.  SWNS is the largest independent press agency in the UK, supplying up to 20% of daily print news. This beautifully composed picture shot Villager Jim to fame after it "broke" the internet.  Father of two Jim, from Derbyshire, didn't want recognition for his talent but allowed SWNS to publish the photo in the national press. Jim is known as...

The EU debate pantomime

By Abeer Sharma You would be forgiven for hoping that the upcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union- the first since 1975- would present a ripe prospect to have a sensible, mature and enlightening debate about how we intend to steer the future direction of our country. Unfortunately (and somewhat depressingly predictably), since David Cameron announced the date of the 23rd June referendum last month, the entire debate is being overshadowed by an onslaught of false statistics,...

PM ‘needed a crib sheet’ to tell him price of milk

By Joe Mellor Deputy Editor David Laws ex-Lib Dem minister has claimed that David Cameron was given a list with the cost of common items of food and the names of hit pop songs; in the event he was asked any normal questions everyone else knows the answer to. The PM was forced to rely on a “crib sheet” to let him know the price of milk and other daily goods, to ensure he didn’t look out of touch with...

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