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December 19, 2013
In my time as a fire officer I’ve never seen an incident like this. I imagine lots of people were out enjoying the show in the run-up to Christmas.
London senior firefighter Nick Harding • Discussing the collapse of the ceiling at the city’s iconic Apollo Theatre, which was packed for a performance of ”The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.” At least 88 of the 720 people in the audience were injured by the ornate masonry that fell on their heads—so many that rescuers had to commander three double-decker buses to get the injured to a local hospital.
19:49 // 9 months ago
November 21, 2013
15:14 // 10 months ago
September 4, 2013
This Building Fries Cars
Gonna let the lead paragraphs of this one speak for themselves:

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar.
Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch Street — nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” because of its flared shape — while several drivers have complained that the beams have melted parts of their vehicles.

This is probably a criminal mastermind’s lair in the making. (photo by Leon Neal/AFP)

This Building Fries Cars

Gonna let the lead paragraphs of this one speak for themselves:

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar.

Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch Street — nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” because of its flared shape — while several drivers have complained that the beams have melted parts of their vehicles.

This is probably a criminal mastermind’s lair in the making. (photo by Leon Neal/AFP)

11:47 // 1 year ago
July 17, 2013
breakingnews:

Gay marriage legal in England and Wales
BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.
The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.
Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

Huge deal, and another big step.

breakingnews:

Gay marriage legal in England and Wales

BBC News: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law.

The government’s controversial legislation on the issue received Royal Assent on Wednesday.

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals, which were finally approved by MPs and peers earlier this week.

Photo: Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 15, 2013 (AFP/File, Andrew Cowie)

Huge deal, and another big step.

10:20 // 1 year ago
May 25, 2013
19:55 // 1 year ago
May 22, 2013
inothernews:

A woman, identified as Cub Scout troop leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, confronts one of two suspects who moments before viciously beheaded a British soldier on a street in London in what government officials called a “terror-related” incident. The attackers had claimed responsibility for the murder, saying on camera “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth.” Loyau-Kennett, who wasn’t hurt, is also captured on video telling one of the men “Right now it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose.  What would you like to do?”  Both suspects were later killed shot and wounded by police.    (Photo: @sibiillamlaw / Twitter via The New York Daily News)
God damn it.

A tough woman handling a dangerous situation with grace.

inothernews:

A woman, identified as Cub Scout troop leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, confronts one of two suspects who moments before viciously beheaded a British soldier on a street in London in what government officials called a “terror-related” incident. The attackers had claimed responsibility for the murder, saying on camera “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth.” Loyau-Kennett, who wasn’t hurt, is also captured on video telling one of the men “Right now it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose.  What would you like to do?”  Both suspects were later killed shot and wounded by police.    (Photo: @sibiillamlaw / Twitter via The New York Daily News)

God damn it.

A tough woman handling a dangerous situation with grace.

21:19 // 1 year ago
15:26 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2013
Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day—drinking, brawling, fornicating, night clubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street.
Piers Morgan • Discussing his new Starz TV show, Fleet Street, a new dramatic series about his time working the tabloid journalism circuit in the ’70s. It’s a lot like working on ShortFormBlog now.
18:55 // 1 year ago
April 21, 2013
We have confidence in London. We put on the Olympics, so we can do this.
London Marathon observer Nicola Selwood • Discussing the London Marathon, taking place less than a week after the Boston Marathon bombing incident. Despite this, the incident is going on as planned, though with higher security. As part of the event, a campaign among runners is picking up steam, recommending that, as runners cross the finish line, they put their hands over their hearts.
11:13 // 1 year ago
September 3, 2012
I have been lucky. Having the opportunity to do something like this is fantastic. It is fair to say I wanted to recover some of my self-esteem.
Tony Hayward, former CEO of BP • In a New York Times profile, examining the daily life of the former BP executive, just over two years after he famously lamented his loss of life. Hayward now finds himself at the helm of Genel Energy, a drastically smaller oil company (currently worth about $3 billion on London’s stock market), and he hopes to redeem his image globally. source (viafollow)
19:59 // 2 years ago