WITH the ghosts of 70,000 soldiers looking on, one man is working to complete the most moving tribute imaginable in time to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. For the past five years, and with barely a day off, artist Rob Heard has been diligently hand-sewing shrouds on small plastic figures and tying each one with a ribbon. By the time he finishes his mammoth task he will have made 72,396 shrouds and completed 1.6million stitches. The models represent all the officers and men who were slaughtered in the Battle of the Somme and still remain unaccounted for — but thanks to Rob, they are not forgotten. This November, to commemorate the 1918 Armistice that ended the war, every one of his 12in shrouds will be laid out side by side in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. There are so many that they will cover almost an acre of grass. And from today and over the weekend there will be 1,561 figures laid out at Salisbury Cathedral in … [Read more...] about Artist makes 70,000 figures in moving tribute to the heroes of the Somme
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VIRGIN Trains has apologised to Olympian Louis Smith amid claims a worker challenged only him and a fellow black passenger about their first class tickets today. Team GB athlete Smith, 29, live-tweeted the tense stand-off between his annoyed passenger and a waiter serving drinks on the Virgin East Coast train. Louis Smith explains his tears after winning silver at Rio Olympics 2016 "This train journey certainly got a lot more interesting and political," the double Olympic silver medallist told his 255,000 followers. He explained how the waiter asked a black passenger to prove he had a first class ticket, then carried on serving other passengers teas and coffees. Louis added: "When he gets to me he asks if I want any [drinks]. I decline. He then asks if I have a first class ticket, I said yes! "He said can I see it. I said yes but don't you believe me? I show him, he accepts it and carries on serving!" The former European champ then revealed how the other passenger confronted the waiter … [Read more...] about Virgin Trains apologises to Olympic star Louis Smith after worker ‘challenged him and black passenger’ over First Class seats
THE son of a bus driver made history in 2016 when he was elected London's first Muslim mayor. But who is Sadiq Khan, why could London's mayor resign, who's his wife and where in London was he born? Here's our guide to the capital's current mayor. Who is Sadiq Khan? The Labour politician has served as London's mayor since 2016, taking over the capital's top job from Boris Johnson. Between 2005 and 2016 Khan was MP for Tooting in South London, a role he quit when becoming Mayor. In the mayoral elections Khan won the largest number of votes in one election of any politician in British history. Before entering the House of Commons the 47-year-old practised as a lawyer specialising in human rights. He is a practising Muslim, who observes the fast during Ramadan. A surprise perhaps to those familiar with his serious on-stage persona, Khan used to perform stand-up comedy before running for mayor. Why has he faced calls to resign? Khan has faced a number of calls to resign over London's … [Read more...] about How old is Sadiq Khan, who is the Mayor of London’s wife and why has he faced calls to resign over crime in the capital?
A MUM who left her baby daughter to freeze to death in sub-zero temperatures is likely to escape prison. Misty Marie Cutburth, 24, left her apartment windows open despite night time temperatures in Great Falls, Montana dropping to 0C (32F), resulting in her baby suffering hypothermia. According to the Great Falls Tribune, police responded to reports of an unresponsive baby in the early hours of January 12, 2016. On arrival, cops found all the bedroom windows wide open and the rooms freezing cold. They discovered 10-month-old baby Kendall in the bathroom – 15 feet from where her irresponsible mum was sleeping – and was so cold that her temperature did not register on their thermometer. She was rushed to the Benefis Health System hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Noah Scott, lead investigator and a detective with the Great Falls Police Department's special victims unit told the court that tinfoil found in the apartment later tested positive for … [Read more...] about Feckless mum dodges jail for allowing baby girl to freeze to death by leaving windows open at their home in sub-zero weather
A KNIFE shop is flogging deadly weapons at knockdown prices after running a “despicable and irresponsible” leaflet campaign. Atlas Arms offered a “free knife with orders over £100” on flyers with 32 pictures of blades and air rifles put through doors in Sheffield. And it is using free delivery to try to lure buyers to its website. Many weapons that can be collected from a shop, right, have sinister names such as the 20in Predator, the Coast DX315 Ghost and the Machete Long Reach. The leaflets appalled locals. Charlotte Baxter, whose student son was badly stabbed in 2016, said: “I am absolutely heart broken and beyond horrified that a company would advertise knives for sale by posting leaflets through front doors and offering free delivery. “It is despicable and irresponsible.” Her son Leon Cheslett, then 19, was knifed alongside ambulance medic Jake Lee when a fight broke out in the takeaway behind him. Leon, studying for a degree in … [Read more...] about Knife shop posts leaflets to local residents offering machetes and air rifles at ‘special’ prices