Category Archives: UK News

Stephen’s Story: Teenage cancer patient raises £3m for charity as he reveals he ‘feels so, so, so good’

Stephen-SuttonThe total raised by terminally-ill teenager Stephen Sutton has now passed the £3 million mark.

The sick 19-year-old has now raised more than three times his initial target for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

News of the new fundraising landmark came as the teenager revealed he has been able to leave his sickbed for the first time in a week.

Updating his followers on Twitter, Stephen tweeted: ‘First time I’ve moved out of this room in a week. I’ve only been in a wheelchair to the end of the ward and back, but it feels so, so, so good.Continue reading

£200 million floating laboratory will explore ‘final frontier’ of polar regions

british_antarctic_surveyA huge research ship costing £200 million has been commissioned, which will probe the oceans and climate of the arctic and Antarctic, George Osborne will announce today.

The new vessel, to be operated by the British Antarctic Survey, will replace the UK’s two current polar exploration ships, which are nearing the end of their lives.

Although primarily for research, the government said the ship would also allow Britain to “maintain our presence” around the British territories in the South Atlantic.

Tensions have been mounting in the Falklands over recent years. Earlier this month Argentina accused the UK of provocation over plans to hold military exercises in the Islands. Continue reading

Britain’s worst broadband areas take 15 hours to download a film

slow broadband speedMassive variations in broadband speeds across Britain mean the time taken to download a film can take up to 15 hours in some areas and just nine minutes in others, a report has revealed.

Slow broadband is still largely the scourge of the British countryside, but data from independent comparison website uSwitch.com shows even some urban parts of the UK are suffering from slow connection speeds, despite being just a short distance from areas with much higher speeds.

Overall, the report claims that 40 per cent of all Britons experience speeds of under 5Mbps, at which it takes 13 minutes to download just one episode of a TV show. Continue reading

Woman’s shock as e-cigarette EXPLODES to leave her car in flames

e-cigarette-car-explodesKim Taylor, 54, said that flames tore through the rear seat of her vehicle and the windows were left covered in soot.

No-one was injured as the car was parked and unoccupied at the time.

But Ms Taylor, of Aylestone, Leicester, said that the incident could have been worse if it had taken place in her house or while on a car journey.

She said: “I’ve gone to sleep with it plugged in before. I hate to think what would have happened if it had exploded next to me. Continue reading

Dying Teen Stephen Sutton’s Wish Goes Viral

Stephen-SuttonA terminally ill 19-year-old’s online fundraising page has gone viral, helping him raise nearly £1m for a cancer charity.

Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with incurable colorectal cancer at the age of 15.

Last year he was told it was inoperable, prompting him to write a bucket list of 46 things he wanted to achieve.

One of his goals is to raise £1m for Teenage Cancer Trust, and he has been using the internet to help him achieve this. Continue reading

Queen celebrates 88th birthday as David Bailey photograph is released

queenA black and white portrait of the Queen has been released by David Bailey to celebrate her 88th birthday today.

The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign.

The image of Queen Elizabeth II smiling will be used in activity to support the campaign, which aims to highlight Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education.

In the image the monarch is dressed in pearls and a dress by Angela Kelly, her personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002. Continue reading