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Britain's top baby names for 2016



UK, LONDON LIFE, CULTURE December 12, 2016


The most popular names for new babies in Britain this year have been revealed, with the top choices inspired by TV, film and celebrities. The number-one names for girls and boys are closely related, as Olivia has retained its top...

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New York artist to light up the Thames



LONDON LIFE, CULTURE December 08, 2016


Credit: Leo Villareal An artist from New York has won an international contest to light up the bridges over the River Thames in London from next year. Leo Villareal, who is perhaps best known for the Bay Lights, a 25,000 LED wor...

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Not all marriages are equal



THAT'S ODD, UK, CULTURE December 08, 2016


Humanist wedding couples in England and Wales have to go to a register office too. Photo: Pixabay Actor Stephen Fry has released a video this week with the British Humanist Association, which explains a little more about what a h...

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Austen-engraved £5 note could be worth thousands



THAT'S ODD, UK, CULTURE December 06, 2016


Graham Short created a portrait of the Queen on a flake of gold mounted in the eye of a needle that can only be viewed with a miscroscope Credit: Graham Short   An artist known as the world’s smallest engraver has rel...

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Britons can't stomach non-vegan fivers



THAT'S ODD, LONDON LIFE, FOOD, CULTURE December 02, 2016


Britain has long been a nation of animal lovers but now even the Bank of England has fallen foul of animal-rights activists over its new polymer £5 notes.   The Bank admitted on social media on Monday that tallow - fa...

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