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March 10, 2014
Signs we’re past the era of British colonization: New Zealand wants to change its flag to something less Union-Jacky.

Signs we’re past the era of British colonization: New Zealand wants to change its flag to something less Union-Jacky.

23:33 // 1 month ago
February 20, 2014
15:14 // 1 month ago
January 31, 2014

Remember how, a while back, it was revealed that the British government forced The Guardian’s top editors to destroy a bunch of computers in an effort to get rid of top-secret documents acquired from Edward Snowden? Here’s video of them doing just that.

18:39 // 2 months ago
October 21, 2013
positive-press-daily:

IKEA: Residential Solar Panels To Go On Sale At Stores In Britain

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.
A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.
"In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now," IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. "It’s the right time to go for the consumers."
The solar panel investment will be paid off in about seven years for an average home owner in Britain, Howard said.
"If you are going to be in your house that long, your energy will be free after seven years," he said.
Some retailers in the U.S., including the Home Depot and Lowe’s, already sell solar panels. But in other parts of the world, consumers often have to research a myriad specialist firms before making a purchase. [x]


Pretty neat, but still expensive for the largest of populations, the world’s middle class.

positive-press-daily:

IKEA: Residential Solar Panels To Go On Sale At Stores In Britain

Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.

The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday. It will sell them in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said.

A standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service.

"In the past few years the prices on solar panels have dropped, so it’s a really good price now," IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard told The Associated Press. "It’s the right time to go for the consumers."

The solar panel investment will be paid off in about seven years for an average home owner in Britain, Howard said.

"If you are going to be in your house that long, your energy will be free after seven years," he said.

Some retailers in the U.S., including the Home Depot and Lowe’s, already sell solar panels. But in other parts of the world, consumers often have to research a myriad specialist firms before making a purchase. [x]

Pretty neat, but still expensive for the largest of populations, the world’s middle class.

(via exclusively-positive-press)

11:30 // 5 months ago
October 14, 2013
The attacks against the Guardian by both the government and representatives of the British press are unacceptable. What the Guardian is doing is both brave and important for our democracies. We fully support the paper.
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) editor-in-chief Peter Wolodarski says on The Guardian’s work in recent events, along with other journalists and editors of international papers. 
11:30 // 6 months ago
August 30, 2013
When the British parliament blocked military action in Syria, newspapers in the country were forced to make quick changes as a result—as the announcement came well after their deadlines. Here’s how things changed.

When the British parliament blocked military action in Syria, newspapers in the country were forced to make quick changes as a result—as the announcement came well after their deadlines. Here’s how things changed.

8:45 // 7 months ago
May 24, 2013
We landed safely and then he announced that they had some kind of threat from someone and that’s why he landed the plane.
A passenger on Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK709 • Discussing the reason the flight was diverted to an airport near London, rather than landing at its expected destination of Manchester, England. Fighter jets guided the plane to safety, and two men were arrested for endangering an aircraft Friday. Despite the nature of the incident, officials are treating the incident as criminal, not terror.
14:41 // 10 months ago
April 8, 2013
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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel, some 120km (70 miles) south of Hamburg, Germany. on Sept. 17, 1986. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87. (AP Photo/Jockel Fink)Click photo for more

The British leader, in her natural element.

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel, some 120km (70 miles) south of Hamburg, Germany. on Sept. 17, 1986. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87. (AP Photo/Jockel Fink)
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The British leader, in her natural element.

(via nationalpost)

10:01 // 1 year ago
March 11, 2013

Falkland Islands to world: We love being British!

  • 99.8% the percentage of Falkland Islanders that voted to keep their status as a British island, rather than agree that the islands should be controlled by Argentina, which has longed claimed the island was theirs. (Argentina declared the vote a farce and publicity stunt.) To give you an idea of how dramatic this vote is, let’s put it another way—just three people voted against British rule. The island’s inhabitants are hoping to sway countries who have stayed neutral on the sovereignty issue, including the U.S., to take a stance on the issue favoring their interests. Argentina claims that the islands were illegally taken from them by British forces in 1833. source
23:07 // 1 year ago
March 3, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II in hospital with stomach bug

  • 10 the number of years since Queen Elizabeth II last visited the hospital for any reason. The 86-year-old made an appearance there Sunday suffering from gastroenteritis, or what the kids call a stomach bug. She is expected to make a full recovery from the illness, and the hospital trip is meant merely as precautionary. source
13:35 // 1 year ago