VOTERS will head to the polls today to cast their ballots in one of the most important elections in decades. Today's vote will decide the fate of the nation and its relationship with the EU, here is a definitive guide on how, where and when to vote. FINDING YOUR POLLING STATION Everyone eligible to vote in this election should have already registered to vote prior to the 26 November deadline. If you are on the electoral register, you should have been sent a polling card with your polling number and polling station address. You don't need this to vote, but you can only vote at the address on the card. If you have lost your card, you can type in your postcode onto the Electoral Commission's website.If you have managed to hold on to your poll card, it can help speed up the process at the polling station. POLLING STATION RULES Staff at the polling station will need your name and address to find you on the electoral roll. They will then give you a ballot paper with a list of the candidates … [Read more...] about Complete guide to the 2019 Election: where, when and how to vote
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During a break in a working day recently, Rainer Maring decided on impulse to take his apprentice for a mini history lesson. The pair of German painters and decorators got in the company van at lunchtime and took their ham sandwiches across the river Mosel from Germany to Luxembourg, into the vine-clad village of Schengen. You cross the bridge from Germany into Luxembourg, turn left, and 300 metres on you’re in France – three countries in about three minutes, and not a police officer in sight. In 1985, ministers from five governments met here to launch a bold experiment in border-free travel. Cars and lorries with green dot stickers on their windshields could roam the five countries – the same three plus Belgium and the Netherlands – without passports. The ID-free travel zone became fully fledged in 1995 and kept growing. And the village acquired unexpected pride and renown as the birthplace of a free travel regime that now embraces 26 countries from Iceland to … [Read more...] about Is the Schengen dream of Europe without borders becoming a thing of the past?
10.06pm BST Summary We're going to wrap our coverage for the day. Here's a list of the day's key events. • A rebel commander "admitted" separatist forces had a Buk missile system of the kind believed to have shot down MH17. Alexander Khodakovsky, of the Vostok Battalion, hinted strongly that the anti-aircraft weaponry came from an outside power in an interview with Reuters. Later, Khodakovsky apparently denied the report to Russian media, but witnesses had previously told the Guardian of seeing a Buk system in rebel hands. • Rebels shot down two Sukhoi Ukrainian fighter jets, and the military and separatists are searching for the pilots. Kiev said the jets were downed by a missile launched from Russian territory, and that the pilots had parachuted out. As the Ukrainian military retook suburbs near rebel-held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, rebels blew up bridges and fought sporadic battles. • Forty coffins arrived on two transport planes in the Netherlands, with the … [Read more...] about MH17: Bodies arrive in Holland as Ukrainian rebel ‘admits’ missile system – as it happened
My parents raised me, of course, but it was a different adult who shaped my mental landscape. My imagination, my capacity for empathy, my sense of curiosity and my awareness that, while I was unique, I wasn’t alone: others felt the same fears and feelings as me. On top of all that, this woman taught me about menstruation, masturbation, making out and sex, which is a damned sight more than any teacher ever did. I was not the only one she took under her wing: there are millions and millions of us who were shaped by her – whole generations who grew up under her tutelage – because this woman is Judy Blume. Blume’s achievements can be described in facts and figures: book sales of more than 82m over a 45-year career, awards from everyone from the Library of Congress to the National Book Foundation. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, Blubber, Deenie, Tiger Eyes, Forever – to list her books is to list some of the most popular books ever written for young … [Read more...] about Judy Blume: ‘It’s hard to be sexy when you’re on a deadline’