VICTORY over Japan marked the end of the World War 2 following the use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But what exactly was VJ Day and what did it mean for those who had endured years of conflict? When is Victory Over Japan Day? VJ Day is the day when the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made on August 15 1945. Instantly the Pacific War ended as in fact did the Second World War since the Victory in Europe (VE Day) happened on May 9 after Germany gave up following Hitler’s suicide and its capital Berlin falling to the Soviet Union forces. What happened on VJ Day? Well most people in the West who liked a drink and was able to get hold of one got very merry indeed. In Britain there were bonfires and street parties while in barracks and air and navy bases - or on ships - those who were off duty at least partied on. There was utter relief among all the Allied servicemen and women - and their family and friends - that the invasion of Japan did not … [Read more...] about When is Victory Over Japan Day, what happened on VJ Day and how is it marked?
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Press play to listen to this article By TOM MCTAGUE Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Friday morning. Tom McTague, POLITICO’s chief U.K. correspondent, here for one last time. Jack’s back with you on Monday. WORST JOB IN WESTMINSTER: No, not Theresa May’s. How about spinning Brexit for the Home Office? Sajid Javid’s department is currently advertising for a “head of EU exit communications.” Salary: £75,000-£85,000. To apply, you must be an “empowering leader” with “the proven ability to grasp complex issues swiftly as well as excellent political judgement and news awareness.” If you’ve got all that, you might want to have a crack at Brexit itself. DRIVING THE DAY BREXIT SUMMIT: A big day for the prime minister as she jets into the south of France for dinner with Emmanuel Macron at his presidential retreat, Fort de Brégançon. While the food is sure to … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: No love for May at Fort de Brégançon — Worst job in Westminster — Gove’s climate fizz
They may be beautiful to start with but putting old and new together well in a historic home can make something truly remarkable. That’s the case with the innovative Putney home of lawyer Alice Spani-Molella, 39 and her partner Peter, 33, who works in finance. Their now-hybrid home began as a tiny, vertical, Georgian Grade II-listed house the size of a two-bedroom flat. By using the driveway they added 50 per cent more room. The result is a modern home with a very unusual configuration. But when the couple first bought the house there was no planning permission to extend, so they were taking a big risk that it might be refused. Read more These Londoners risked disaster to fill their basement flat with light In the Eighties, their future home had been carved off the back of a big, grand house. It had just one room on each of four floors, reached by a narrow, twisting staircase. This sweet, "cottagey" home was the former servants’ quarters. The division … [Read more...] about daring basement extension completely transforms tiny Georgian ‘gap house’ — and doubles its value
Michael Hann 21 July 2018 9:00 AM 21 July 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Paul Simon: Homeward Bound – the Farewell TourHyde Park, and touring America, until 22 September Early in 1987, a middle-aged woman approached me on the record counter of the Slough branch of Boots. ‘What do you have by Ladysmith Black Mambazo?’ she demanded. Nothing. Boots in Slough wasn’t big on South African isicathamiya choral music. ‘Well,’ she suggested, ‘you really ought to get their records in. They’re going to be huge.’ She was wrong, but I knew why she was so sure. Ladysmith Black Mambazo had been among the standout guests on Paul Simon’s Graceland, released a few months before. Graceland made Simon, by my reckoning, the first pop star who had emerged from the rock’n’roll era to make a major cultural impact across three decades. By the 1980s, the Stones had become just a touring … [Read more...] about Paul Simon says farewell with a daring and inventive show
Video PUBLISHED: 21:33 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 21:33 18 July 2018 Sophie Wyllie Norfolk Wildlife Trust vice president, John Snape, supports Norfolk Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Vice-president of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, John Snape, picked out his top 10 aspects of life in the picturesque county ahead of the first-ever Norfolk Day. Cley Marshes Visitor Centre and Aspinall Centre owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on the north Norfolk coast Picture: RICHARD OSBOURNE 1. Ted Ellis, who died in 1986, the eccentric naturalist and much-loved communicator and Norfolk’s answer to David Attenborough. 2. Robert Kett, the peace loving 16th century Norfolk rebel who dared to stand up for the common people against the tyranny of oppressive landlords and paid for his courage with his life. 3. Buxton Heath which is a prime example of this exceptionally-rare habitat of lowland heath and home to a multitude of specialised plants and secret animals. 4. Norwich Castle … [Read more...] about Nature champion speaks about why he loves Norfolk ahead of Norfolk Day