BBC's 'drumming weatherman' Owain Wyn Evans on how he overcame 'gay shame'

'Until Queer As Folk the only gay people I had seen on TV were people being made fun of'
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Roy Hodgson will today be able to welcome back James McCarthy and Tyrick Mitchell for Crystal Palace’s London derby against Chelsea this weekend.
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UK records 40 Covid-19 deaths and 2,589 new cases
The Government said a further 40 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 127,080.
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Zinedine Zidane and Ronald Koeman go head to head with the title on the line in what could be Messi’s final LaLiga clash vs Real
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David Jason is victim of 'woke' pile on and wrongly accused of being 'racist'
David Jason has found himself at the mercy of a Twitter mob today after social media users unearthed clips of him sharing an anecdote about the Queen calling a US Ambassador a 'gorilla'.
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Lionel Messi is tonight set to start what could be his final El Clasico as Barcelona travel to Real Madrid.
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Hair salons to open for 18-hour days to clear backlog of ‘desperate customers’
Some salons will open when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, while others are fully booked until June.
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Officer injured in police van 999 crash
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Leeds captain Liam Cooper's X-rated reaction to red card against Man City
Cooper was shown red late in the first half due to a tackle on Gabriel Jesus
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'Prince Philip was loved by the world but we shouldn't treat him like a god'
Listening to BBC radio for two hours yesterday after the Buckingham Palace announcement was to drown in deference, objectivity replaced with fawning continuous praise, says Kevin Maguire
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Charlotte Crosby jokes about her lazy eye in unrecognisable snap
Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby may have been sending a message to the trolls who have been attacking her as she uploaded a picture of her new look
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Follow live updates from Selhurst Park as the Blues look to back up their Champions League win midweek
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Chelsea FC XI vs Crystal Palace: Predicted starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest today
Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns today for their clash with Crystal Palace, though Thiago Silva is suspended following his red card in the 5-2 defeat to West Brom.
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Morrisons relaunches Ramadan Essentials food boxes ahead of Muslim holy month
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'More like team failure!' EU Commission savaged by Europeans over vaccine shambles
THE European Commission's attempt to gloat about its effort in the procurement of vaccines for developing countries was met with humiliating responses on Twitter.
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Gemma Collins says 'there are no excuses' as she rises early for workout
Former TOWIE bombshell Gemma Collins inspired her fans on Saturday as she did an early morning workout and told them 'there are no excuses'
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Ukraine, Turkey leaders meet in Istanbul
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Istanbul to meet with Turkey’s president
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Australian portrait photographer June Newton dies at 97
The Australian photographer and actress June Newton — also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs —has died at age 97
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Shot for shot: New Orleans bar offers coronavirus vaccines along with free shot of alcohol
Hundreds queued up at The Dragon’s Den bar in New Orleans to get their Covid-19 vaccination shot, followed by a watermelon lemondrop shot
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What will weather be like on Monday when lockdown has eased? Will it snow?
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Two men appear in court over Belfast riots after police were pelted with stones
Matthew Shaw, 32, and Jonathan Maitland, 25, both from Belfast, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court, having been arrested following the riots on Thursday.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan picks out two World Snooker Championship favourites
'It's only them two really that have been playing to a super, super high level.'
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Sterling suffers racist abuse on social media after Man City vs Leeds
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been subjected to racist abuse on Twitter.
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Why are there still so few black scientists in the UK?
There have been many reports but little action: UK university science departments need to do more to fix their serious diversity problem‘Not built for minorities to succeed’: black scientists on academia’s race problemThe Nobel laureate poet Sir Derek Walcott once said that the English language is nobody’s special property: “It is the property of the imagination.” Much the same could be said for science. It should be said. Except this isn’t quite so. Not yet.Data on who is doing science has recently been released by the Royal Society, the UK’s premier scientific academy, using figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, whose data is by far the most systematic. The numbers show that in 2018-19, 19.2% of science, technology, engineering and maths academic staff aged 34 and under are Asian and 1.8% are black. In physics and chemistry, the proportion of black researchers stands at a sobering zero, rounded down, as these calculations do for ease of presentation, from literally one or two individuals. What’s interesting is that these small figures decrease further as a scientist’s age increases – as they travel through the hallowed halls of academia to become senior scientists. So while the UK has 10,560 science professors who are white, only 960 are Asian, 310 mixed and “other” and 65 black. This says that minorities who enter science are less likely to get promoted. Fewer of them go on to become those experts who evaluate which next-generation scientists should then get the training, the money and the jobs. “Unless this changes,” the Royal Society says, “there will be unbalanced representation of academic staff between ethnic groups working in higher education in comparison to the ethnic breakdown of the general population.” Continue reading...
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With a new skipper at the helm, Intel heads for uncharted waters | John Naughton
The computer processor firm lost its way in recent years, but is now aiming to capitalise on the US and EU’s drive for digital sovereigntyIt’s a truism that it takes a long time for a supertanker to change course; even if the captain spots trouble ahead it may be too late to avoid it. For the last few years, that’s the metaphor that has come to mind whenever Intel was mentioned. For as long as most of us can remember, it has been the lumbering supertanker of the silicon chip business because its central processing units (CPUs) powered most computers.But from 2007 onwards, when smartphones, which are really just handheld computers, arrived, that world began to change and dominance in the CPU business passed to the Cambridge company Arm, which designed CPUs that were smaller and consumed far less power than their predecessors. Intel, like its erstwhile partner, Microsoft, seemed lost in this new environment; they were like two supertankers drifting aimlessly while continuing to make comfortable profits from their legacy businesses. Watching the apparently relentless growth of Arm, and Intel’s flailing attempts to make progress (including in areas such as semiconductor lithography, the physical and chemical processes needed to etch circuits on silicon, which should have been a core competency), it was hard to see a future for it except one of inexorable decline. Continue reading...
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Invisible Music by Polly Paulusma review – a vibrant celebration of Angela Carter the folkie
(Wild Sound/One Little Independent)The novelist’s little known early days on the folk scene are explored on this album of songs and readingsThe folk-singing interests of the novelist Angela Carter are usually confined to the margins of literary commentary, but alongside her first husband the mistress of magical realism was an ardent enthusiast of traditional song. The pair ran a folk club and made field recordings of voices such as “tinker singer” Davey Stewart, from whom Carter claimed you could “learn more about style than from books”. She herself sang and played concertina.The singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma, on this her eighth album, explores the connections between Angela the folkie and Carter the feted novelist – Paulusma recently completed a PhD on the subject. On offer are antique ballads such as Reynardine and The Streams of Lovely Nancy, some delivered a cappella with an admirably light touch, others to bass, fiddle, bodhrán and guitar. The songs are interspersed with readings of Carter’s work by Paulusma, the singer Kathryn Williams and novelist Kirsty Logan. Continue reading...
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The Amsterdam docklands home brought back to life
Skip finds and repurposed antiques live again in this nostalgic Dutch homeHelma Bongenaar is an original. Her belief that “it is not necessary to buy new things” comes from a passion for old crafts and her reasoning that there are plenty of abandoned materials that can be reused. “We do not have a lot of money, but we do have grand taste, so we look for affordable and practical solutions,” she says. “We love to skip-dive, which mortified our children when they were young.”Step into Bongenaar’s building on the corner of a stylish street in the eastern docklands of Amsterdam, past chic Scandi clothing stores, cheese and coffee shops and an obligatory brown café, and you will find a home designed from other people’s debris and secondhand finds. Continue reading...
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‘Staff have been climbing the walls’: battered retailers get ready to reopen
In the Essex town of Harlow, shelves are being filled and bookings taken – but after last year’s false dawns, proprietors feel cautiousCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe air is thick with the smell of paint and toolboxes are stacked on the floor inside Cutting Edge Hair Design in Old Harlow, Essex.Owner Emma Stillwell, 37, decided to use the enforced closure during the latest lockdown to spruce up her hair salon in the historic part of the Essex commuter town. A new sign has been installed outside and she has been racing to finish the refurbishment before reopening the doors on Monday morning. Continue reading...
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The Circle’s Manrika Khaira asked Channel 4 not to post about her on social media amid vile death threats
She has been subjected to horrific abuse.
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Clara Amfo: 2021 Baftas will celebrate British film industry’s ‘perseverance’ following pandemic
Presenter Clara Amfo has said this weekend’s Bafta awards are proof of the film industry’s “perseverance” in the face of the pandemic.
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Killer moans he's still behind bars for 1999 murder "because he's kinky"
EXCLUSIVE: David Ferguson was jailed 21 years ago for murdering Susan Kent but remains behind bars after a series of assessments
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Police launch urgent search for missing girl, 13, last seen in Gloucestershire 
Jessica Partridge, 13, was last seen at a property in Hollydean, Cinderford, at 10.30pm on Friday. She is described as being white and 5ft 5ins tall with dark brown shoulder length hair.
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Gogglebox viewers left in hysterics over Jenny Newby’s notebook of Line of Duty theories
‘It’s the new Da Vinci Code!’ tweeted one fan
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Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell celebrate '2 weeks of happiness' with baby Grace
The 22-year-old daughter of wildlife hero Steve Irwin welcomed the pair's first child - a baby girl named Grace Warrior - last month
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Jealous husband who brutally murdered his Asda worker wife is jailed for 18 years
George Leather was sentenced after admitting the murder of wife Paula on Merseyside, who was so brutally killed she had to be identified by a tattoo on her arm due to the 'mutilation' of her face.
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Pep Guardiola defends Man City changes after Leeds defeat
The Manchester City manager refused to accept that selection decisions played a part in the Premier League defeat to Leeds
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Comic book fan, 60, gets dream job at Marvel two decades after applying
EXCLUSIVE: A lifelong comic fan has finally landed his dream job working at the world famous publisher, and wil pen the tales of a foursome of British superheroes
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Prince Philip’s funeral ‘could bring Harry and the Royal Family back together’
The head of the Catholic church in England said funerals often help heal broken families and he hopes Prince Philip's will do that here.
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Two baby foods urgently recalled over 'killer' apple stalk fears after blunder
Cow & Gate and Aptimal baby muesli were re-released in error after the FSA warned in January that stalks had been found in packs of each
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Turkey cuts off water supply to Chinese embassy as tempers boil over
TURKEY has cut off the water supply to the Chinese embassy in Ankara in bizarre retaliation following days of online spats between the two nations.
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Souness admits it hurts to make Klopp point in scathing Liverpool assessment
Liverpool have seen their form plummet in 2021 as their Premier League title challenge went up in smoke but the race for a Champions League spot is still on with Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham
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Thousands rally in Serbia to protect the environment
Several thousand people have rallied in Serbia demanding better protection of environment in the Balkan country that has seen record levels of air pollution and a number of other ecological problems following decades of neglect
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‘His legacy will live on’: Prince Philip mourners descend on Windsor despite requests to stay away
There had been requests from the Royal Family and the government for people to pay their respects in their own homes
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Prince Philip's funeral 'Harry's chance to heal rift after Oprah interview'
Sources told the Mirror that Prince Harry was making plans to fly to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral, but his wife Meghan Markle, who is pregnant, is not expected to join him
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Grand National 2021 results: the winners, finishers and fallers from last year's event - and all-time list
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