VIDEO: Edinburgh Zoo panda no longer pregnant

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 14:58
Edinburgh Zoo confirms that giant panda Tian Tian is not pregnant after earlier indicators that she was expecting.
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VIDEO: Alice Gross police search canal

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 14:26
Detectives investigating the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross have been carrying out a fingertip search in the canal in West London near to where she was last seen.
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VIDEO: Breaking Bad 'inspired murder bid'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 14:16
A court has heard how a graphic designer working for a City Bank tried to kill her mother using a poison she had bought on a secret website.
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AUDIO: 'I played for England while homeless'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 13:07
Fara Williams, the most capped England footballer of all time, says she was homeless for six years of her career.
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AUDIO: When Temple of Mithras was unearthed

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 12:54
A project is under way calling for people with memories of the excavation if the Temple of Mithras to come forward to tell their stories and share their pictures of the event.
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VIDEO: Would you take a pub breathalyser test?

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 11:43
A pilot scheme in Loughborough aims to cut down on alcohol fuelled violence by breathalysing people outside pubs and clubs
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VIDEO: Sculptor creates art using Lego

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 10:21
Nathan Sawaya, a New York-based artist has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO bricks with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition.
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VIDEO: Henning 'wanted to make a difference'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 10:08
Nine months after Alan Henning was kidnapped in Syria, Doctor Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar, who travelled with him on his last convoy, talks about her friend.
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Remembering the War at Sea - Part 1

Wessex Archaeology - Mon, 2014-09-22 08:40
Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue The Background


One hundred years ago today, on the morning of 22 September 1914, three rather aged cruisers patrolled the waters of the southern North Sea. The British vessels – the HMS Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue – were part of the Royal Navy’s 7th Cruiser Squadron and were on the lookout for enemy vessels that might be attempting to gain passage into the Channel. One gun on the side of each ship was manned and the crew, which comprised of men of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve many drawn from the ranks of the coastguard, were on guard for approaching threats.  


At 6.20 am an explosion ripped through the bow of the Aboukir, flooding the hull and disabling the steam pumps making it necessary to lower the lifeboats. The sudden attack and complete absence of visible threat, combined with his knowledge of naval warfare, led the ship’s Captain John Drummond to the conclusion that the vessel had struck a mine. Perceiving no further threat he signalled to the Cressy and the Hogue to close and rescue men from the rapidly sinking ship. The crew of the Hogue threw anything buoyant over the side of their vessel to provide refuge for men falling into the water when they spotted the real cause of the Aboukir’s fate. German submarine U-9 had surfaced on the water nearby. The Hogue opened fire though it was already too late. The U-9 had fired two further torpedoes at the Hogue, and it was the loss of their weight that had caused the submarine to surface briefly before adjusting its buoyancy to return once more beneath the waves.  


The Hogue was lost, sinking at 7.15, just thirty minutes after the Aboukir. The Cressy, the only vessel still afloat, was now acutely aware of the danger that presented itself. Whilst attempting to assist those men in the water who had not yet perished, the Cressy opened fire on the submarine and attempted to ram it, though both endeavours failed.  At 7.15 the first torpedo struck the Cressy, at 7.30 a second hit target, and by 7.45 the Cressy lay upside down, capsized in the water. The attack took little over an hour but led to the deaths of nearly 1500 men, many of whom were cadets or reservists.  The futureThe vessels lay in an area of the Southern North Sea called the Broad Fourteens, closer to the Netherlands than to the UK. They were sold by the Ministry of Defence during a period of economic austerity in the 1950s to a German firm and in 2011 it was reported that Dutch salvage crews had moved in to recover the submerged remains, not with archaeological rigour, but with claws and cutters, removing valuable metals and leaving the rest to rot. One hundred years after their sinking, the vessels still remain in the public eye as the recovery of material from them constitutes the disturbance of the resting place of not only the three vessels, but also the 1500 men who perished with them. This has been met with international outcry amongst the archaeological and military communities. Today a commemoration service is taking place at Chatham Historic Dockyard. Let us hope that this raises public consciousness as to the fate of these vessels so that they and their crews can be treated appropriately in the future. By Euan McNeill and Gemma Ingason All images in public domain, source 
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VIDEO: Fake gay marriage scam exposed

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 06:44
BBC Inside Out exposes the gangs organising fake gay marriages for illegal immigrants in London.
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VIDEO: Labour 'vows £8 minimum wage'

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 05:10
The minimum wage would rise to £8 an hour over the course of the next parliament if Labour wins the general election, the party's leader Ed Miliband has pledged.
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VIDEO: Blair: 'Boots on ground' to defeat IS

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-22 02:57
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the BBC that IS militants will not be defeated until they are fought on the ground.
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A Needle Walks into a Haystack: Liverpool offers sharp and precise 2014 Biennial

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:00
Merseyside's sixth major festival of visual art offers just enough to fill a busy weekend, with artists past and present equally represented. Mark Sheerin explores.
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Artist Sam Belinfante curates show about listening at BALTIC Project Space

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:00
The new Hayward Touring Exhibition, featuring work by Janet Cardiff, Laure Provost and Haroon Mirza, opens at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle.
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Victorian railway infrastructure discovered by archaeologists near London tube station

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:00
A 200-metre long engine shed, workshop and train turntables have been found among artefacts from Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 19th century Great Western Railway.
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In Pictures: The spectacular Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 Winners

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:00
Take a look at some of the best shots from this year's awards at the Royal Observatory, including the overall winner - a vivid green aurora dancing across the Icelandic night sky.
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Archaeologists launch oral history project to celebrate 60 years since Temple of Mithras discovery

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-22 00:00
A Museum of London Archaeology oral history project will collect and celebrate the experiences of people who visited the Temple of Mithras during 1950s excavations.
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VIDEO: London marks global climate protest

BBC test - Sun, 2014-09-21 16:26
Protests in many countries to demand urgent action on climate change have kicked off, with over 2,000 marches taking place around the world.
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VIDEO: Choirs sing for World Peace Day

BBC test - Sun, 2014-09-21 15:48
A global initiative is launched to get people and choirs from around the world singing together for peace.
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VIDEO: Andrew Marr's Gordon Brown impression

BBC test - Sun, 2014-09-21 10:40
Andrew Marr amused Labour's Ed Miliband when he did an impression of Gordon Brown, as part of a question about whether he might return to front line politics.
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