VIDEO: What happened to Remploy workers?

BBC test - Fri, 2014-10-31 11:35
A year after the last Remploy factory closed, Nikki Fox looks at what has happened to former workers - and what options are available to them
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VIDEO: Sixty years of British animation

BBC test - Fri, 2014-10-31 09:44
It has been 60 years since the animated adaptation of George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' - the first British animated film.
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VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

BBC test - Fri, 2014-10-31 00:10
A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.
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VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance

BBC test - Fri, 2014-10-31 00:02
A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women.
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Competition: Celebrate new Brad Pitt film Fury with a fantastic Tank Museum giveaway

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2014-10-31 00:00
The Tank Museum's latest exhibition, launched by Murray Walker, features vehicles used in the new Brad Pitt blockbuster. Win a family ticket and gaming prize in our competition.
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Curator's Choice: Federica Chiocchetti on nudity, Fiats, Martin Parr's scrapbooks and 1970s Italy

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2014-10-31 00:00
The co-curator on Amore e Piombo: The Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, which is part of the current Brighton Photo Biennial at the city's Museum and Art Gallery.
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Night at the Casablanca: DJ Keith Murrell on Cardiff clubbing history and Van Morrison

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2014-10-31 00:00
The co-producer of a new play celebrating Cardiff's musical history remembers the heyday of the Casablanca club, which welcomed Ronnie Scott, Van Morrison and more.
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VIDEO: Care plan 'to ease hospital pressure'

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 22:53
Vulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say.
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8 Spooky human bone Ossuaries

Heritage Daily - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:34
An ossuary is a chest, box, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.

They are frequently used where burial space is scarce. A body is first buried in a temporary grave, then after some years the skeletal remains are removed and placed in an ossuary. The greatly reduced space taken up by an ossuary means that it is possible to store the remains of many more people in a single tomb than if the original coffins were left as is.

1. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

The Sedlec Ossuary is found beneath the cemetery church of All Saints in the Czech Republic in Sedlec. The site is estimated to contain the human remains of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have in many cases been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. Four enormous bell shaped mounds occupy the chapel corners, with a chandelier of bones containing at least one of every bone in the human body.

1. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic : WikiPedia

 2. Capuchin Crypt, Rome, Italy

The Capuchin Crypt is located under the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, or Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins which is a church built in 1626 by Pope Urban VIII.

The bones were exhumed from the friary at Via dei Lucchesi under the orders of the  Cardinal Antonio Barberini and were arranged along the walls in decorative displays in the Baroque and Rococo style. It is believed that the remains of some 4,000 friars are buried here, between 1500 and 1870, during which time the Roman Catholic Church permitted burial in and under churches.

Capuchin Crypt, Rome, Italy : WikiPedia

3. Brno Ossuary, Brno, Czech Republic

The Brno Ossuary is located in Brno in the Czech Republic under the Church of St James.

Founded in the 17th century, it was later expanded into the 18th century, it is estimated that the ossuary holds the remains of over 50 thousand people which makes it the second-largest ossuary in Europe. The site was discovered in 2001 during a routine exploratory archaeological dig on a construction project in the city centre.

Brno Ossuary, Brno, Czech Republic : WikiPedia

4. Capela dos Ossos, Evora, Portugal

Capela dos Ossos is an ossuary in Évora, Portugal, located next to the entrance of the Church of St. Francis.

The Capela dos Ossos was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk who, in the Counter-Reformation spirit of that era, wanted to prod his fellow brothers into contemplation and transmit the message of life being transitory.

The number of skeletons of monks was calculated to be about 5000, coming from the cemeteries that were situated inside several dozen churches.

Capela dos Ossos : WikiPedia

5. Skull Chapel, Kudowa-Zdrój, Poland

The Skull Chapel of St. Bartholomews church is located in Kudowa-Zdrój in Poland.

Built in 1776 by the local parish priest, it is the mass grave of those who died during the 30 years war (1618–1648), the three Silesian Wars (1740–1763), in addition to the unfortunate who died because of cholera epidemics, plague, syphilis and hunger.

The walls are adorned with three thousand skulls, with a further 21 thousand people interred in the basement.

Skull Chapel : WikiPedia

6. Paris Catacombs

The Catacombs of Paris or Catacombes de Paris are underground ossuaries in Paris, France.

Located south of the former city gate at Place Denfert-Rochereau, the ossuaries hold the remains of some six million people that fill a renovated section of caverns and tunnels that are the remains of historical stone mines.

Opened in the late 18th century, it has grown to earn the reputation of “The Worlds Largest Grave”

Paris Catacombs : WikiPedia

7. The Fleet Street Ossuary, London, England

The Fleet Street Ossuary is located in London, England, within the crypts of St Brides Church.

Excavations in the 1950’s of the church revealed the a large number of skeletal remains from a medieval charnel house and individuals interred in the ossuary crypt.

The skeletal remains from the St Brides’s crypts are a unique and valuable assemblage for the detailed biographical data of 227 individuals buried in the crypt when Wren rebuilt the church after the Great Fire of London.

Fleet Street Ossuary : HeritageStock

 8. San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan, Italy

San Bernardino alle Ossa is a church in Milan, northern Italy, best known for its ossuary with Baroque-style decorations.

In 1210, when an adjacent cemetery ran out of space, a room was built to hold bones. A church was attached in 1269. Renovated in 1679, it was destroyed by a fire in 1712. A new bigger church was then attached to the older one and dedicated to Saint Bernardino of Siena.

The ossuary’s vault was frescoed in 1695 by Sebastiano Ricci with a Triumph of Souls and Flying Angels, while in the pendentives are portrayed the Holy Virgin, St. Ambrose, St. Sebastian and St. Bernardino of Siena. Niches and doors are decorated with bones, in Roccoco style.

San Bernardino alle Ossa : WikiPedia

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VIDEO: Tower poppies artist hails volunteers

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:09
The artist behind a project to place almost 900,000 ceramic poppies around the Tower of London says he is surprised and happy that so many people have "taken it to heart".
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VIDEO: Where people openly smoke marijuana

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:14
The BBC's Anna Holligan visited a cafe in Amsterdam where people smoke as much marijuana as they like, and the government gets a share of the proceeds.
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AUDIO: Punk poet's praise for Michael Gove

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 16:20
John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.
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VIDEO: UK national sperm bank starts work

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:34
A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.
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VIDEO: Stars lend voices to poppy appeal

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11
Celebrities such as Joanna Lumley and Arsene Wenger lend their voices to a fundraising campaign for London Poppy Day.
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Shining the Light On…

Wessex Archaeology - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11
… Osteoarchaeology  Wessex Archaeology’s human bone specialists – osteoarchaeologists Jacqueline McKinley and Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy – are hard at work this week putting together a new display for the head office in Salisbury.  The display introduces staff, volunteers, clients and other visitors to the scientific analysis of human remains. It consists of material unearthed by our teams in the field, including examples with many interesting pathological conditions, such as fractures, arthritis, and growths caused by prostate cancer. It also explains the methods for determining the age and sex of the individuals.  Our display cabinet provides a point of interest and learning within the office. The displays are changed every few months and usually feature a site that we have excavated, or a particular archaeological process.   By Laura Joyner 
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VIDEO: Tory: Home secretary view 'particularly silly'

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:34
Jacob Rees-Mogg says Theresa May's claim the UK may be a honey pot to criminals is a particularly silly thing to say.
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VIDEO: Scientists appeal on 'starling ballet'

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:28
Scientists are asking for help in a study of the amazing formations made by starlings as they flock in the sky.
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VIDEO: Westminster and Whitehall ghost tales

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:24
Giles Dilnot guides viewers towards some Westminster spirits they may want to investigate, or avoid, over Halloween.
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Indiana Jones – How it should have ended….

Heritage Daily - Thu, 2014-10-30 13:32
Ever wondered how Indiana Jones should have ended? We all thought the Last Crusade was…well… The Last Crusade… But then came along the Crystal Skull… Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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VIDEO: Breastfeeding photo deleted by Facebook

BBC test - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:24
A photograph of a mother breastfeeding her premature baby has gone viral after it was deleted by Facebook.
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