Elodie Mazein

Shoes shine: Doc Martens celebrate 50th birthday

What do UK groups Madness and the Cure have in common with Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama? Believe it or not, Dr Martens boots and shoes.

UK cops battle protesters on Olympic torch procession

British police battled to keep pro-Tibet protesters away from the Beijing Olympics flame, making 30 arrests as the torch went on a high security tour of London on Sunday. Police on bikes and running alongside the flame escorted each member of the relay.

UK explorer to measure depth of Arctic ice cap

A British explorer who was the first man to reach the North Pole solo announced plans on Tuesday to lead an expedition to measure the thickness of the Arctic ice caps. Pen Hadow (45), who reached the top of the world alone in 2003, will lead a three-person team.

The Brits that stole Christmas

It's looking like a bleak mid-winter for Britain this Christmas as businesses and schools seek to airbrush out the annual Christian festival for fear of offending people of other faiths. The popular press is hot on the heels of the Christmas ''killjoys'', compiling an almost daily list of politically correct do-gooders who they say, frankly, are just spoiling the fun for everyone.

London meat market boosts Christmas cheer

Nestled in London's business district, Smithfield, one of Britain's oldest markets, is gearing up for Christmas and New Year with turkeys, geese and organic chickens selling rapidly. Once the historic wholesale meat market opens at 3am, Smithfield comes alive with the hustle and bustle of traders, as it has done for centuries.

Musical adaptation of Porgy and Bess hits London

The first musical adaptation of Porgy and Bess premieres this week in London, featuring classic jazz songs like Summertime that helped save the Gershwin opera from the critics after it opened in 1935. The story of Porgy and Bess unfolds during a steamy 1930s summer in a black slum in Charleston, South Carolina against a backdrop of murder, drugs, and prostitution.

UK sperm banks struggle after donor anonymity lifted

British clinics treating couples with fertility problems are suffering from a major sperm shortage after the authorities lifted donor anonymity in April last year. A BBC television investigation said that 50 of the 74 clinics that responded to questioning had either insufficient sperm or none at all. The country as a whole has about 85 such clinics.

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