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Sharp fall in prosecutions for death crash drivers – BBC News

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The Department for Transport said: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world and in 2015 we had the second lowest total of road fatalities on record. “We are determined to do more and we’ve recently announced tougher penalties for those caught using a mobile phone while driving. “We have also tightened the law to make it easier to prosecute drink-drivers and drug-drivers.” Five people die on the UK’s roads in the UK every day but campaigners say these incidents are often seen as unfortunate accidents and prosecutions are few and far between. Image copyright Sussex Police Image […]

Windermere lakeside piano memorial concert held – BBC News

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Image copyright Police Scotland/Family photograph Image caption Tim Newton and Rachel Slater were reported missing after failing to return from Ben Nevis The grand piano arrived by ferry and was carried on a special frame to Claife Heights, an elevated area above the lake. Image caption The grand piano was carried up a track by Windermere Michael Richmond, whose father organised the concert, said the couple had “strong feelings” about the mountain rescue operation. “Following their deaths it just really emphasised how badly in need of support mountain rescue are for the phenomenal job that they do,” he said. Robert […]

The enduring appeal of Adrian Mole, aged 50 – BBC News

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Image caption Stephen Mangan played Mole in The Cappuccino Years Stephen Mangan played Mole in the 2001 TV adaption of Townsend’s The Cappuccino Years and worked closely with the writer on bringing him to life on screen. Now aged 48, he began reading the Secret Diary as a teenager. “Obviously when you read it as a 13 or 14-year-old you miss some of the nuances, but what’s so clever about the books is that you get so many different perspectives,” he says. “It’s written from the point of view of a 13-year-old boy, but it’s also there’s the story of […]

Would you risk jail for a cup of tea? – BBC News

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tea chests in London in the 1950s – the nation’s love affair with the drink has endured In an age before income tax, tea duties accounted for 10% of government revenues, which was enough to pay for the Royal Navy, but as tariffs on it reached 119% it gave smugglers their chance. “If you had high tariffs and goods people wanted, it gave smugglers a business opportunity,” says Exeter University historian Helen Doe. More than 3,000 tonnes of tea was smuggled into Britain a year by the late 1700s, with just 2,000 tonnes imported […]

Weekly Roundup: A big win for SpaceX, Congress votes to let ISPs sell your browsing history

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SpaceX gets a big win after successfully relaunching a Falcon 9 rocket, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is officially unveiled and more details surface on Elon Musks new company. These are the top stories of the week, plus some long-form weekend reads. You can receive this post as a newsletter too, if youd like. 1.The Senate and Congress voted toempowerinternet service providers to freely expose and sellprivate userdata toadvertisers aka your browsing history is up for grabs. The measure would reverse the Broadband Privacy Rule, a piece of regulation set by ObamasFCC. Heres everything you need to know about the decision. […]