Britain is living in a “post-punctuation world”, academics have warned, with the Bank of England named as the latest major institution to ignore the correct use of the English language. The Bank has been accused of “dumbing down” after choosing to remove punctuation from a quote by Sir Winston Churchill printed on its new £5 notes. The National Literacy Trust has backed their cause advising that the quote is grammatically incorrect in its current state appearing without a full stop or quotation marks.
Film director Ridley Scott has revealed he is convinced that aliens are really out there - and one day they will come for us. The veteran filmmaker is preparing to release the sixth film in the Alien sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month. The new film - the second prequel which is set before the 1979 original starring Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt and Yaphet Kotto - is set in 2104 on board a spaceship carrying 2,000 cryogenically frozen colonists to a distant planet.
Brexit secretary David Davis admitted on Thursday that the UK's 85-page application process for permanent residency was "not designed to deal with" the 3 million EU nationals living in the country. Davis and cabinet colleagues have consistently refused to guarantee EU nationals' right to remain as permanent residents in the UK after Brexit, which has led to a reported flood of applications from residents worried about their future.
When is Pippa Middleton's wedding? The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister Pippa Middleton, 33, is just weeks away from marrying hedge fund manager James Matthews, 41. They are due to tie the knot on Saturday, May 20. Pippa and James will wed at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, just six miles from the quaint village of Bucklebury where the bride grew up with elder sister Catherine and younger brother James.
European leaders may be preparing to recognise a united Ireland, in a declaration that would pave the way for the north to swiftly rejoin the European Union. At their first Brexit summit on Saturday, the EU’s 27 leaders are expected to discuss a text stating that if Ireland unified, the north would automatically become part of the EU. The inclusion of the text is a victory for the Irish government, which had pressed for the inclusion of a “GDR clause”, a reference to the integration of the former east German state into the European Community after the fall of the Berlin wall.
Fox News host Jesse Watters announced he was taking a family holiday after being accused of making a lewd joke about Ivanka Trump. Watters has been accused of making a sexist comment on his new show, The Five, as he discussed Ms Trump being "jeered onstage in Berlin". On Wednesday, reactions started surfacing on social media, accusing Watters of being "lewd" and "sexist".
The Conservatives are likely to gain around 58 seats in Labour's North and Midlands heartlands due to the Brexit effect in the upcoming snap election on June 8. The Conservative Home website claimed that the Tories are seeking to target Labour seats with majorities of more than 8,000 votes as Theresa May seeks to capitalise on her party’s strong poll numbers. An analysis of the 2015 general election results by The Telegraph has shown that this would mainly affect seats in the North and the Midlands – areas which voted strongly for Brexit last June.
There is a strong possibility that Romelu Lukaku will prove very costly for Chelsea over the next few months. Lukaku not only poses a major threat to the club’s title hopes when they take on Everton this Sunday but the forward, valued at £100million on Merseyside, is one of their main summer transfer targets, too. It is hard to determine which is causing most concern among the fans at Stamford Bridge at the moment.
The new Google Doodle celebrates the 256th birthday of dairy maid Marie Harel with a nine-picture slideshow that shows how Camembert cheese is made. The step-by-step narrative is drawn in a nostalgic style reminiscent of the early 20th-century French poster artists such as Herve Morvan and Raymond Savignac, says Google. Harel, who was born on 28 April 1761 in Crouttes as Marie Fountaine, is credited with creating the first camembert in 1791, with help from a cheese whisperer.
A Liverpool escort and her former lover have been jailed for a total of 27 years after they blindfolded, bound and gagged a "lonely" pensioner before robbing him and locking him in a cellar. A jury at Liverpool Crown Court heard how Susan Garside, who advertised herself on adult websites as "Summer Blackvelvet", and ex-lover Anthony Miller launched a brutal robbery of the man in November 2016. The pensioner, who has not been identified, only escaped after neighbours heard him screaming from the cellar, and police were called to the property.
Vauxhall showed a "reckless disregard for safety" by not stopping drivers using cars it knew were a fire risk, according to MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) . The car manufacturer was "too slow to begin a full investigation", said a report from the Commons Transport Select Committee. MPs also concluded that Vauxhall was "too quick" to attribute the fires to improper repairs.
It's not just Rick Grimes's beard that has grizzled with age over the past seven years. Those poor walkers have had a pretty tough time, too. It can take a lot out of you if you're wandering out in the blistering sunshine without any clothes on – or any suncream – for all that time. All while your skin keeps falling off and your teeth haven't been scrubbed since The Social Network came out. Click below to see just how the decaying walkers have got worse over time. From Digital Spy
A pair of filmmakers at the prestigious TED Conference used virtual reality to allow people to experience the ravages of deforestation -- from the perspective of a tree.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts Southeast Asian leaders this week, and there is much interest in how the popular politician who boasts about not being a statesman will handle the event.
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South Korea's automakers association is concerned about the possible revision of the country's trade deal with the United States, an official of the industry group said on Friday. The remarks follow comments to Reuters by U.S. President Donald Trump that he would renegotiate or terminate "the horrible" trade deal with South Korea. The KAMA is an industry group of South Korean automakers, including Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors.
British retailer Marks & Spencer is to trial an online grocery shopping service this year, it said on Thursday, conceding it could no longer ignore the fastest growing segment of the market. For years M&S has resisted giving its customers the option of ordering food online for home delivery, saying it did not make economic sense for its offering, which is focused on the "food for tonight" market and tends to be small basket sizes. "There are unanswered questions over what this means for M&S and we have a team looking at this now with a view to undertaking a soft trial in the autumn," he said in comments first reported by The Guardian newspaper.
China's navy has again sailed through the Miyako Strait that lies between two Japanese islands and carried out drills in the Western Pacific, state news agency Xinhua said. The Chinese navy and air force have in recent months carried out a series of exercises in the Pacific, as they hone their ability to operate far from their home shores. Xinhua, in a report late on Thursday, said the drills involved "exercises in communication, fleet formation changes, joint search-and-rescue operation and joint anti-piracy operation".
Nasa's Cassini spacecraft sent the closest-ever images of Saturn on Thursday after surviving its first plunge inside the planet's rings, the US space agency said. A stream of pictures showing Saturn's swirling clouds, massive hurricane and odd six-sided vortex weather system were transmitted back to Earth by Cassini, which has been exploring Saturn for 13 years. Now in its final laps around Saturn, Cassini dove through the narrow gap between the planet and its innermost ring on Wednesday, where no spacecraft has ever gone before.
"I haven't once spoken my mother tongue Kilokele in the 62 years I've lived in Kinshasa. None of my nine children speak it," says Charles Tongohala.
The hugely popular internet forum, Reddit, was out of action on Friday morning due to apparent server errors. Reddit kept fans updated after declaring “scheduled maintenance” would take place overnight. Reddit is down.
Australian federal police have admitted an officer unlawfully accessed a journalist’s call records held under the government’s controversial metadata retention regime. The AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, fronted media in Canberra to admit the breach on Friday afternoon, saying it involved the unlawful accessing of a journalist’s metadata. Police were investigating the leaking of confidential police information at the time, and accessed the journalist’s call records within a specified timeframe.
1. Amazon crushed its first quarter earnings, reporting revenue of $35.71 billion (£27.68 billion). The stock was up about 4% in after-hours trading. 2. Google's parent company Alphabet also beat earnings expectations for the first quarter. The stock was up more than 4% in after-hours trading. 3. Microsoft came in in with a slight miss on revenue in its first quarter earnings.