David Cameron issued an impassioned plea today in support of St George's Day, urging us to celebrate 'everything it is to be English'.
His words may strike a chord with proud Anglophiles, but the Prime Minister also admitted that St George's Day has been overlooked as a feast day 'for too long'.
Compare the April 23 festivities to those of last month's St Patrick's Day, and it is hard to disagree.
Last month, tens of thousands of tourists and revelers descended on Dublin for the annual March 17 festivities.
The streets of the Irish capital were a sea of green for the four-day festival which was also celebrated in cities across the world.
In England, it's a different story. There will be some celebrations of our patron saint, but they will mostly be localised, low-key affairs, compared to the all-encompassing parties across the Irish Sea.
Just 40 per cent of people knew that St George's Day was on April 23, and a meagre 19 per cent of adults plan to celebrate the patron saint's day today.
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David Cameron declared today that St George's Day has been overlooked 'for too long' - but England's patron saint day is still no closer to becoming a public bank holidayBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – 2 hours 16 minutes ago
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CCTV cameras outside the Broad Plain and Riverside Youth Project in Bristol shows two people unloading equipment from a white van in the early hours of Sunday morningBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Wed, Apr 16, 2014
His identity has remained a mystery for years - but has this CCTV footage finally unmasked the enigma that is Banksy?
An unidentified hoodie-wearing figure was captured on camera as the infamous graffiti artist's latest creation was installed in Bristol.
CCTV outside the Broad Plain and Riverside Youth Project in Bristol shows two people unloading equipment from a white van in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The cheeky pair, who are dressed as workmen, were spotted hours before Banksy’s new piece, titled ‘Mobile Lovers’ appeared on the doorway of a rundown street in Bristol.
The image later appeared on Banksy’s website on Monday morning.
The cameras which captured the two men were, ironically, set up to deter graffiti artists. Hours later the graffiti artwork was removed from the wall using a crowbar by members of the nearby Youth Project.
Bosses are now charging people to see the artwork inside the Broad Plain and Riverside Youth Project.
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Photographer Asher Svidensky chose to focus on the next generation of Mongolian hunters who are the future of keeping this dying part of their culture aliveBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Set against the backdrop of the beautifully barren Mongolian mountains, these stunning pictures show the turmoil of a teenage girl breaking into the centuries-old male-dominated pastime of eagle hunting.
Photographer Asher Svidensky chose to focus on the next generation of Mongolian hunters who are the future of keeping this dying part of their culture alive.
Israeli-Russian Asher captured the intimate and fascinating pictures of Ashol Pan, aged just 13 - thought to be the only female trained in the traditional Kazakh art.
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In the past this sight would have been unthinkable, but now girls are being taught to control these magnificent birds of prey.
Ashol's father, Han Gohadok, explained that his eldest son was due to take over the hunting duties but, as he had been drafted to the army, it was unlikely he would
Brian Rollings saved up for months as a teenager to buy a 1936 Austin Seven Opal Tourer, just months after passing his test when he turned 17 in 1953By Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Pensioner Brian Rollings has been reunited with his first car and restored it to its former glory - 61 years after he bought it for £140.Read More »from Rolling back the years: Pensioner reunited with first car he bought as a teen - 58 YEARS later
Brian saved up for months as a teenager to buy a 1936 Austin Seven Opal Tourer from a Birmingham greengrocer, just months after passing his test when he turned 17 in 1953.
He spent hours polishing the car and took friends to Weston-super-Mare in Somerset on holiday before reluctantly trading it in for a bigger Ford Popular 103E in 1955.
Brian even went on his first date with his wife of 56-years Sylvia, when they first met shortly after he bought his beloved car.
But Brian, now 77, always regretted selling the car and after getting interested in classic cars set about trying to track down his pride and joy.
Incredibly, after spending 10 years scouring classic car magazines, auction houses and internet sites, he finally found it in a dusty barn 18 miles away from his home in 2011.
He bought the car, with a top speed of 52mph, back and has spent the last
Whether it’s competitive yachting, coaching young rugby teams or a few light overs of cricket, the tour has reminded us that the Duke and Duchess both have sporty streaksBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Mon, Apr 14, 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of New Zealand has seen plenty of well-choreographed photocalls since the royal couple touched down at the start of April.
And as well as the usual engagements with dignitaries, schoolchildren and sightseers, Kate and William have also been keen to join in the sporting fun on their travels.
Whether it’s competitive yachting, coaching young rugby teams or a few light overs of cricket, the tour has reminded us that the Duke and Duchess both have sporty streaks.
‘Competitive Kate’ took an early lead against her husband when she comprehensively triumphed in a yachting challenge last week.
But not to be outdone, The Duke leveled the 'royal rumble' when he coached a rugby team to victory in a children’s tournament at the weekend.
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After some heated debate in the Yahoo office, here are the definitive travel grievances which really ‘grind our gears’By Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Fri, Apr 11, 2014
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The response is a public backlash to an online forum which photographs female passengers eating on the Underground.
Picking on women eating on public transport seems hurtful and unnecessary. However - people do plenty of genuinely infuriating things on the Tube, trains and buses.
After some heated debate in the Yahoo office, here are 12 travel grievances which really ‘grind our gears’.
1. SPACE INVADERS
Whether it’s the alpha males insistent on spreading their legs as wide as possible, the out-of-towners with luggage everywhere, or the dozing commuters with limbs all over the place, those with little spatial awareness are always a huge annoyance.
Buses and Tube carriages aren’t blessed with space - backpack wearers who keep their massive luggage on their backs for entire journeys would do well to keep this in mind. And bags on the seat
Dr. Guan Zhu was driving through Texas when the truck, heading in the opposite direction, skipped a red light and swerved onto its sideBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Thu, Apr 10, 2014
This is the terrifying moment a motorist was on the end of a head-on crash with a cement truck - but escaped with minor injuries.
Dr. Guan Zhu was driving through Texas when the truck, heading in the opposite direction, skipped a red light and swerved onto its side.
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The huge vehicle careers past other cars and then slides towards his minivan in the heart-stopping footage.
The cement truck smashed into the front of Prof. Zhu’s Toyoya Sienna minivan, but amazingly he escaped relatively unhurt.
He received some cuts on his legs but was otherwise uninjured. The trucker, meanwhile - who also avoided major injury - merely got a ticket at the scene for his reckless driving.
Prof. Zhu captured the amazing incident through a dashboard camera he installed in his car a year ago previously incase he was even involved in an accident.
The unnamed cyclist turned the camera on his fellow road-users and captured them jumping red lights, going the wrong way up one-way streets, and using phones while pedaling awayBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Wed, Apr 9, 2014
An enraged cyclist has shamed his fellow bikers - by filming their law-breaking and dangerous acts on the road.Read More »from Angry cyclist films law-flouting and dangerous antics of fellow bikers
The unnamed cyclist turned the camera on his fellow road-users and captured them jumping red lights, going the wrong way up one-way streets, and using phones while pedaling away.
His compilation video filmed on the streets of York even features a cyclist going head-over-heels after trying to take his jacket off while on the move.
The jacket gets caught in the cyclist's front wheel and he ends up performing a somersault on the busy street, before later getting up uninjured.
Other misdemeanors include cyclists cutting-up motorists, riding without their hands on the handlebars, riding down footpaths and through red lights.
The man who filmed the footage over three weeks in York city centre hasn’t revealed his name - for fear of a backlash from cyclists.
He said: ‘I am tired of watching cyclists breaking the rules of the Highway Code and endangering not only themselves but other road
The ‘Mirage’ egg - which resembles a cross between a Faberge egg and a Damien Hirst skull - is a unique gem you'll need deep pockets to buyBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Wed, Apr 9, 2014
The world’s most luxurious egg has been unveiled just in time for Easter - but you’ll need extra-deep pockets for this incredible one-off.Read More »from Luxury Easter egg: Mirage diamond-covered egg is worth £5m
The ‘Mirage’ egg - which resembles a cross between a Faberge egg and a Damien Hirst skull - is a unique gem worth a whopping £5m.
The incredible ornament has more than 1,000 diamonds on the outside 'shell' - worth £1.5million alone - 100 of which are a unique cut.
And the diamond-covered egg opens up to reveal an ornate globe which was hand-crafted in 18 carat gold.
The globe's top shell is raised to reveal a beautiful rock crystal dove which is perched on a lavish, gold olive branch.
The dove and olive branch were hand carved in gold and were included as symbols of world peace.
Mirage has taken three years to make, with work carried out by the world's elite craftsmen across three continents.
With millions spent in labour costs alone, Manfred Wild, the main man responsible for Mirage's design and assembly, really has brought the creation to life.
Laura Baty, 18, was serving a customer when she heard a huge bang and saw the device shoot in her direction in Richmond, North YorksBy Chris Parsons | Yahoo News – Tue, Apr 8, 2014
A barmaid has told how she narrowly escaped serious injury when an e-cigarette exploded in a ball of flames inside a packed bar.
Laura Baty, 18, was serving a customer when she heard a huge bang and saw the device shoot in her direction.
The flames scorched her arms and set her dress on fire as she tried to get out of the way.
The sizzling e-cig - which had been on charge behind the bar - then landed on the floor and scorched the vinyl tiles before burning itself out.
Part of the errant device also hit at customer at the Buck Inn Hotel in Richmond, North Yorks, and left him with a red mark in his stomach.
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Laura said: 'I was about to give somebody their change and I heard the bang. I could see the fire coming at me and I felt the heat as I ran away.
'I started crying hysterically and my arm was all black. My dress caught on fire as I ran away and I just didn't know what was happening.