The Prince of Wales recited his favourite poem for BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show listeners today in celebration of National Poetry Day. In a pre-recorded clip, Prince Charles, 70, spoke about Bernard Levin’s 'rather special' Quoting Shakespeare, as it 'reminds one of how remarkable the English playwright was'. The poem illustrates how present William Shakespeare's idioms still are in the English language, despite first being popular in the 16th and 17th century. Charles recorded the poem in his summer home at Birkhall, on Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland earlier this week. The Prince of Wales (pictured during a visit to Dunnottar Castle yesterday) recited his favourite poem for BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show listeners today in celebration of National Poetry Day Bernard Levin (pictured in London in 1999), CBE, who died on August 7, 2004, aged 75, was described by The Times as the most famous journalist of his day Speaking about the 'brilliant … [Read more...] about Prince Charles recites his favourite poem on BBC Radio 2 – and chooses Bernard Levin’s ‘brilliant’ Quoting Shakespeare
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Ian Hargreaves, 66, (pictured) from Leeds, West Yorkshire, was yesterday jailed for 18 months at Leeds Crown Court A far-right extremist who threatened to kill two BBC broadcasters and made 'grossly offensive' racist remarks about Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been jailed for eighteen months. Ian Hargreaves, 66, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, threatened to shoot presenter Clive Myrie and Formula 1 commentator Jack Nicholls during a series of vile messages made via on online complaints form on the BBC's website. He also made 'disturbing references' to the murder of BBC journalist Jill Dando who was shot dead outside her home in Fulham, London in April 1999, a court heard. Hargreaves' full messages were not read out in open court, but were described as 'grossly offensive' and all displaying a preoccupation with motorsport, particularly Formula 1, and racist language. One of his complaints was that the broadcaster should not describe British Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton as an … [Read more...] about Far-right extremist is jailed for 18 months after he threatened to kill BBC broadcasters and racially abused Lewis Hamilton
‘Fury as academic tells BBC’s Radio 4 programme that Manchester, Leeds and York are not in the north.” “John Humphrys interrogates Rupert Everett about being gay – then asks when it’ll be irrelevant.” “Criticising Rwanda for sponsoring Arsenal shirts is shortsighted and insulting.” Headlines from London’s Evening Standard, the New Statesman and the Independent. And the connection? Radio 4’s Today programme. What is it about Today? Why does everyone get so riled up about it? Type #r4today into Twitter of a morning, and see the vitriol. Talk to BBC insiders and they launch into a rant. Everyone has an opinion about Today. As Radio 4’s early morning current affairs show, the flagship news outlet that strikes terror into politicians’ hearts even as they clamour to appear on it, the Today programme has been a fixture of British daily life since 1957, when it began as two 20-minute segments of “topical … [Read more...] about Trouble at the Today programme: is it losing its grip?
He's known for his entertaining performances on the big screen, but Paul Rudd has revealed his attempts at comedy on set haven't always gone down so well. Speaking on Friday night's edition of The Graham Norton Show, the Ant-Man star, 50, reminisced about his time filming Friends and a quite literal run-in with actress Jennifer Aniston. The actor revealed that during his first episode for the hit US series Jennifer, 50, was using a Segway because she had broken her toe, but when he tried it out he accidentally rolled over her injured foot. Funny: Paul Rudd, 50, pictured on The Graham Norton Show in London on Thursday, revealed he ran over Jennifer Aniston's foot with a Segway while filming his first episode of Friends Paul said: 'I was on the set for my first episode and Jennifer was on a Segway because she had broken her toe, and everyone was marvelling at it. 'Matt LeBlanc asked to have a go and immediately knew how to do it. I then asked to try it too. I spun round and rolled … [Read more...] about Paul Rudd reveals he ran over Jennifer Aniston’s FOOT on a Segway while filming his first episode of Friends
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Boris Johnson is closing in on a possible Brexit deal this evening. Following a day of intense negotiations, sources in both Brussels and London said the details of a possible deal were 'within sight'. However, with talks set to go to the wire, both sides cautioned that negotiations could still stall or even collapse ahead of tomorrow's crunch EU summit in Brussels. A Whitehall insider said: 'There is progress, but one mis-step and it can all turn to dust.' An EU official involved in the talks said the bloc was 'very confident' a deal would be struck overnight. But a senior French official urged 'extreme prudence' about predicting a deal would be done. In a further boost for Mr Johnson, a group of so-called Spartan MPs – Brexiteers who rejected Theresa May's deal three times – emerged from talks at No10 indicating that they would vote for the latest proposals. Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, chairman of the European Research … [Read more...] about Brexit deal is ‘within sight’ as talks stretch into the night but Boris Johnson is warned one bad move could ‘turn it to dust’