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Pub Named After Slave Trader Is Now 'Pubby McDrunkFace'

Other suggestions are welcome, landlord says

(Newser) - What do you do when your pub is named after a slave trader? In Bristol, England, the solution for the landlord of the Colston Arms was to temporarily rechristen it "Pubby McDrunkface"—and invite suggestions from the public for a more permanent name. The pub was originally named... More »

Johnson: Brits Are Fatter Than Most Everyone But the Maltese

Says politicians can't treat obesity as 'irrelevant'

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who weighed close to 250 pounds when he was hospitalized with COVID-19 , suggested he is no longer a "libertarian" on the subject of obesity. He said Monday that the British are "significantly fatter" than most other nations in Europe—"apart from the... More »

American Among the Dead in UK Terror Attack

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, stabbed to death Saturday, had moved to England 15 years ago

(Newser) - An American man was among the three victims stabbed to death in a park in the English town of Reading, in an incident that's being treated as a terror attack, the US ambassador to Britain confirmed Monday. Ambassador Woody Johnson offered his "deepest condolences'' to the families... More »

UK Cops Say Mass Stabbing Being Treated as Terror Attack

3 killed, 3 seriously hurt in park attack

(Newser) - British police said Sunday they are treating a stabbing rampage in a park that killed three people as a terrorist attack. Dean Haydon, the UK’s coordinator of counterterrorism policing, said counterterror detectives were taking over the investigation into the attack in the town of Reading, west of London. Police... More »

A Legendary Voice From WWII Is Dead

British singer Vera Lynn, known for such wartime hits as 'We'll Meet Again,' dies at age 103

(Newser) - A legendary voice from World War II has been silenced. A statement from the family of Dame Vera Lynn says they are "deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain's best-loved entertainers" on Thursday morning in Ditchling, East Sussex, "surrounded by her close family."... More »

British Economy Shrank More Than 20% in a Month

That's almost 10 times the biggest pre-COVID drop

(Newser) - The British economy shrank by a colossal 20.4% in April, the first full month that the country was in its coronavirus lockdown, official figures showed Friday. The monthly decline, unprecedented in both scale and speed, had been expected given that much of the economy was shuttered as part of... More »

'Iron Duke' Marks 99th Birthday in Castle Lockdown

Prince Philip will spend his special day with Queen Elizabeth II having a 'quiet lunch'

(Newser) - He's the longest-serving consort in UK history, and the "Iron Duke" is now a year away from centenarian status. Prince Philip celebrates his 99th birthday Wednesday and plans on spending it with his wife of 72 years, Queen Elizabeth II, having a "quiet lunch" at Windsor Castle,... More »

Cate Blanchett: 1, Chainsaw: Zero

Actress doing OK after lockdown accident left her with a 'little nick to the head'

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing... More »

2 Key Phone Numbers Shared in Madeleine McCann Case

Christian B. investigated for murder; police believe others may have knowledge

(Newser) - The new suspect in the 2007 disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann in Portugal has been identified as Christian B., a 43-year-old German national and child sex offender currently serving time in prison for rape. McCann family spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said that in 13 years, he couldn't "recall an... More »

Palace Releases First Photos of Queen in Months

94-year-old was seen riding pony on castle grounds

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has been photographed outside for the first time since Britain issued stay-at-home—or, in her case, stay-at-castle—orders more than two months ago. The palace released photos of the 94-year-old monarch riding a pony on the grounds of Windsor Castle over the weekend, the BBC reports. The... More »

Fan Asks JK Rowling to 'Tell Me the Truth.' So She Did

Author reveals 'true birthplace' of her 'Harry Potter' books: a London apartment

(Newser) - On Thursday, a Harry Potter fan implored JK Rowling on Twitter to "tell me the truth"—and she did, with a reveal that may have surprised many readers. CNN notes that the initial tweet included a picture of the Elephant House, a coffeehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has... More »

Author: Flying Halfway Around the World Was 'Stupid'

Neil Gaiman says travel advisories had him 'panicked'

(Newser) - Neil Gaiman has apologized for his "stupid" decision to fly halfway around the world amid a pandemic. In a Thursday blog post , the English-born author wrote that he flew three weeks ago from New Zealand—where his wife and son remain—to London, then drove to his writing retreat... More »

Woman Spat on at Work Dies From COVID-19

Man told British railway worker he had the virus

(Newser) - British Transport Police say they are trying to trace a man who coughed at and spat on two railway ticket office workers and told them he had the coronavirus. Both workers became ill and one of them, 47-year-old Belly Mujinga, died from the virus 14 days after the attack, the... More »

Interpol Issues 'Red Notice' for Wife of US Diplomat

Anne Sacoolas accused of killing teen in UK car crash

(Newser) - Anne Sacoolas, wife of an American diplomat, will face arrest if she tries to leave the US again. Interpol has issued a wanted notice for the 42-year-old, who is charged with killing 19-year-old Harry Dunn in a car crash outside an American military base in England last year, reports Reuters... More »

Slammed by Virus, Russia Earns Dubious New Distinction

With more than 221K cases, it's now No. 3 in the world, behind only Spain and the United States

(Newser) - Russia has jumped past Italy and the United Kingdom in its struggle with the coronavirus, now making it the country with the third largest number of cases. Per Reuters , the number of confirmed cases there shot to 221,344 as of Monday. It lags only behind Spain, which has just... More »

Bad News for Brits Hoping to End Lockdown

Boris Johnson expected to announce another 3 weeks

(Newser) - Taking a different tack than most nations, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to extend the bulk of the country’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions for three weeks or so Sunday evening. Following a week of mixed messages that started with Johnson indicating that there will be changes to the... More »

'Professor Lockdown' Sorry for 'Error in Judgment'

Top scientist was visited by married lover

(Newser) - The professor whose advice to Britain's prime minister led to the country's lockdown has apologized for an "error in judgment." According to the Telegraph , leading epidemiologist Neil Ferguson—nicknamed "Professor Lockdown"—flouted social distancing guidelines by allowing his "married lover" to visit him... More »

UK Now Has Europe's Highest Virus Death Toll

US is the only country to report more deaths

(Newser) - Britain now has Europe's highest official coronavirus death toll after the latest round of daily figures Tuesday showed it overtaking Italy. Only the United States has recorded more virus-related deaths. The British government said another 693 people died in hospitals, nursing homes, and other settings after testing positive for... More »

Court to Trans Man Who Gave Birth: You're No Father

Freddy McConnell fighting his classification as 'mother' to 2-year-old

(Newser) - A UK court has refused a transgender man's request to be labeled as "father" or "parent" on his son's birth certificate. Freddy McConnell from Kent, England, is listed as male on a gender recognition certificate issued in 2017, the year before he gave birth. While seeking... More »

Boris Johnson Back in Hospital, This Time for a Good Reason

'Healthy baby boy' born Wednesday in London to British PM, partner Carrie Symonds

(Newser) - Boris Johnson finally has some good news to report. The British prime minister and his fiancee Carrie Symonds, both of whom fell ill with the novel coronavirus, have announced the birth of their first child together. The statement said the couple was "thrilled" to welcome a "healthy baby... More »

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