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Terror attacks may become “new normal” due to funding cuts

Terror attacks may become the "new normal" in London as continued cuts to police funding make it difficult to keep residents safe, a top officer warned council chiefs. The atrocities at Westminster and London Bridge had put "quite a stretch" on policing felt throughout London, Met Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey told London Assembly members. And the capital can't take any more cuts which will make it "incredibly difficult" to keep the capital safe, according to Deputy Mayor for Policing...

The age parallels between Brexit vote and General Election are striking

Britain is becoming split between the young and the old, according to new polls revealed today. A graph showing the age breakdown of the General Election in 2015, Brexit in 2016 and projected turnout in 2017 shows remarkable similarity, with people under 50 more likely to vote Labour and want to remain in the European Union. I know there's more to this story, but it's pretty striking. Here's the age breakdown of GE2015, EURef in 2016, and GE2017. pic.twitter.com/zllSPFUHAi —...

Youngsters who tell fibs more likely to binge drink

Youngsters who tell fibs are more likely to binge drink, according to new research. The link could lead to a 'lie detector test' to combat alcohol abuse by teenagers, say scientists. A study of more than 4,000 schoolchildren found those who habitually misled parents about their activities outside the home were more likely to start drinking. And the parents may be unable to help them since the child has already mastered the skills of lying and hiding 'undesirable' information, said...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Film Review

By Linda Marric King Arthur: Legend of the Sword or to give it its full name, “lock stock and a whole load of Arthurian cockney nonsense”, is the latest offering from Guy Ritchie. Directed by Ritchie himself and staring Charlie Hunnam, King Arthur is not so much an epic fantasy adventure, but more of a mammoth production of boorish, noisy and not to mention unnecessarily silly going-ons. Despite earlier misgivings, the film opens with a spectacular CGI infused battle which...

Watch – Ducklings rescued by lifeguards after being found in swimming pool

This is the adorable moment a mother duck and her nine tiny ducklings were rescued by lifeguards - after they mistook a swimming pool for a pond. The baby birds were found bobbing around in the water by astonished staff on Saturday morning. A team of 12 volunteers, swimmers and lifeguards at Portishead Lido then spent 45 minutes trying to usher the ducks out of the water and onto dry land. Footage shows managed to coax them out and managed...

Forgotten Film Friday: Le Trou (1960)

By Michael McNulty Released in 1960 and based on José Giovanni’s novel of the same name, which chronicled his involvement in a real life escape plan from Parisian prison La Santé, Le Trou was Jacques Becker’s 13th and final film. He died during the films post-production leaving his son, Jean, to finish the project. Claude Gaspard (Marc Michel), a mild mannered car salesman pending conviction for allegedly attempting to murder his wife, is introduced into a new cell occupied by...

Penguin Essentials: WIN the newest editions!

The Penguin Essentials 'are essential reads' that include 'some of the most important books from the last 100 years – with covers designed by contemporary artists so that they feel fresh and unexpected, appealing to a new generation of readers.' (Including the super-stylish Dave Eggers cover above!) Titles range through the Classic canon with Brideshead Revisited, The Great Gatsby and A Passage to India, through to modern meta-revisions of Classics with Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea (reimagining Jane Eyre) and J...

Brexit negotiators ask PM where in Bible does it mention bilateral & regional trade agreements

The “boutique” (tiny) team of Brexit negotiators have asked PM Theresa May where in the bible they can find the answers to complexity of leaving the biggest trading bloc in the world, after the PM said her faith in God would sort out leaving the EU. Anthony Prentice, 45, a senior civil servant, said he had read every word of the bible and is struggling to see how it helps with reworking bilateral and regional trade agreements. Mr Prentice, however, said...

FIFA 17 reviewed by two of its biggest (littlest) fans

TLE asked our littlest gamers Woody, 9 and Rocky, 14  to give their verdicts on one of this year’s most wanted stocking-fillers: EA Sports FIFA 17. Woody: There's no football game franchise I like more than FIFA. In fact, at the moment FIFA 17 is is one of my favourite games. Rocky: Well to be honest we were never really that mad about football games, until that is we played FIFA 16 when it was first out. So we couldn't...

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