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British Geological Survey recreates Great Britain in Minecraft

A visually-accurate version of Great Britain's geology has been recreated within Minecraft. The map is the work of the British Geological Survey and can be freely downloaded from its official site. You just need a PC copy of Minecraft and about 6GB of free space. Show More Summary

RBS fined £14mn over poor mortgage advice

58 minutes agoNews : The Newsroom

Britain's bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14 million for not taking enough care to explain to home-buyers the costs of taking out a mortgage, regulators said on Wednesday. "The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) hasShow More Summary

How Britain Made James Foley’s Killer

1 hour agoNews : The Daily Beast

Hundreds of young British Muslims have found their way to ISIS and other extremist groups, including Foley’s executioner. How did the U.K. allow so many citizens to become radicalized?

Frank Auerbach Tate Britain – reviews of 'insightful' show

Credits: Photograph: Frank Auerbach/Tate Britain Alt Text: Frank Auerbach: Mornington Crescent - Winter Morning 1989 Lucien Freud's collection of his friend Auerbach's work is 'a significant national inheritance' Hot Ticket Wednesday,...Show More Summary

Freud's great Auerbachs at the Tate

Credits: Photograph: Frank Auerbach/Tate Britain Alt Text: Frank Auerbach: Mornington Crescent - Winter Morning 1989 Frank Auerbach Tate Britain – reviews of 'insightful' show Hot Ticket Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:20am Lucien Freud's...Show More Summary

SOUNDS LIKE PEOPLE SHOULD BE HANGING FROM LAMPPOSTS: Britain: Revealed: How fear of being seen as …

SOUNDS LIKE PEOPLE SHOULD BE HANGING FROM LAMPPOSTS: Britain: Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just one town. “In two cases, fathers had tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where [...]

Tate Britain displays works by Frank Auerbach from the collection of Lucian Freud

8 hours agoArts : Artdaily

The most significant private collection of paintings and drawings by one of Britain?s greatest living artists, Frank Auerbach, went on display at Tate Britain today. The works were collected by Lucian Freud throughout his life and hung in Freud?s house in London until his death in 2011. Show More Summary

Social inequalities in salt consumption remain

People from low socio-economic positions in Britain still eat more salt than those from higher socio-economic positions, irrespective of where they live. A paper published in the BMJ Open journal and led by Warwick Medical School suggests social inequalities in salt intake have hardly changed in the period from 2000-01 to 2011. Show More Summary

Girls left to be raped to protect multicultural ‘harmony’

An incredible report by an independent inquiry that details depravity and social disintegration in Britain’s Rotherham: No one knows the true scale of child…

Muslim Council Says UK's 'Prevent' Anti-Terrorism Strategy Pushing Young Muslims Wrong Way

The Muslim Council of Britain's deputy secretary general Harun Khan says Britain's "Prevent" anti-terrorism strategy is actually "pushing young Muslims... towards radical groups." BBC News reports that Prevent is part of Britain's "broader...Show More Summary

Maybe Scotland Will Win Independence, Get Invaded by Russian Sailors

14 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

Scotland is tantalizingly close to declaring independence from Great Britain and setting up as a sovereign nation. But there are so many implications! Like, say, this Business Insider post's suggestion that an independent Scotland could get invaded by Russians on submarines. Let's explore, shall we? Read more...

London police call on Muslim communities to out potential extremists

The U.K.’s top counter-terrorism official is pleading for help from an invaluable ally in the fight against extremism: Britain’s Muslim families.

5 of the best artisan British gins to try right now

The story of Britain?s love affair with gin has certainly had its ups and downs (see William Hogarth?s infamous Gin Lane) however despite its rocky past, gin has been making a comeback on the British drinking scene ? this time in the hands of new independent craft distilleries. Show More Summary

Daley Blind’s agent: ‘Man United have not been in touch with me or Ajax. I’m not waiting for the call’

Talksport, Britain’s leading sports radio station, have scored a scoop on Tuesday speaking to Daley Blind’s agent Rob Jansen. Blind, who plays for Ajax, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer, however all that paper talk has come to nothing with regards to a concrete bid. Rob Jansen told Talksport: At this […]

Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon’s Precedent

Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today...

Lunchtime Must-Read: Graeme Wearden: Bank of England Split 7-2 Over Interest Rates

Graeme Wearden: Bank of England split 7-2 over interest rates: "The Institute of Directors, which represents Britain’s bosses... > delighted to see two hawks emerge at the Bank of England. The IoD suggested that the seven MPC members...Show More Summary

Constraints, real & imagined

Simon's post reminds me of Sidney Webb's reaction to Britain leaving the gold standard in 1931: "nobody told us we could do that." The 1929-31 Labour government tore itself apart because it thought the gold standard was a binding constraint...

Did This British-Born Rapper Behead James Foley? Some Say Yes

The man suspected of beheading journalist James Foley is close to being identified as a once aspiring rapper from Britain.… READ ON

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vii kalendas septembres

ante diem vii kalendas septembres 55 B.C. — Julius Caesar invades Britain, but doesn’t stick around very long 1875 — Birth of John Buchan, 1st Baron of Tweedsmuir and Governor-General of Canada … and author of a decent biography of Augustus

5 five star country escapes from London

Luxury hotels in Britain are regarded as having an excellent understanding of refinement and true elegance by people seeking the best travelling experience. One staying in such a residence should expect the finest dining, service and surroundings; many top hotels in the UK offer these luxuries in abundance. Show More Summary

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