Circus performers have joined the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations, draping themselves in red robes to resemble blood as police announce they have arrested 800 people in just three days. The Met confirmed on Wednesday evening that they had arrested hundreds of protesters as environmentalists take over central London's streets with raves, a breastfeeding sit-in and giant octopuses. Invisible Circus - a street performance group from Bristol - joined their ranks today, adding their painted faces to the throngs descending on Downing Street and Trafalgar Square. With faces painted white, they wore clothing designed to remind everyone present of the blood that binds humanity together as police admitted they were being forced to neglect crime victims to patrol the protests. The Government took the extraordinary step of drafting in 500 officers from 43 other police forces in England and Wales as they try to round up the mob bringing chaos to the capital. The Red Brigade … [Read more...] about Send in the clowns: Circus group unleashes ‘Red Brigade’ at Extinction Rebellion demonstrations as protesters drape themselves in robes resembling blood as police announce 800 arrests in three days
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1 Grassington, Yorkshire dales Length: 11 miles½ hoursmap/OS Explorer OL2) Anyone who grows up in or around the Yorkshire dales ends up carrying it with them. There’s something about the crumpled-duvet landscapes of emerald field and heathery fell, about encountering its sudden, Shire-like valleys threaded with muscular peat rivers, about stumbling across a ruined abbey at dusk or drinking well-earned beers by pub fires that forever sticks in the head and the heart. One of the national park’s greatest pubs has to be the Craven Arms at Appletreewick (mains from £8.95). Tucked into the fell above the river Wharfe, and the halfway point of a wonderful 11-mile circular walk from Grassington, it could go toe to toe with anywhere for the title of “perfect country pub”. Its standout feature is the “cruck barn” at the back, built by the owner using traditional materials and the first in the dale for 400 years. Reaching the Craven Arms from the … [Read more...] about 20 great pub walks, chosen by nature writers
It's a unique five-bedroom home spread across six floors that prompts a round of applause from anyone who steps inside. These two former water towers in the Essex town of Halstead were converted a decade ago by a developer who sold it to the current owners. The current owners - a couple who work in the music industry - have put their own stamp on the home, including two hanging bubble chairs in the living room and several well-stocked wine racks in the kitchen. There is also a large Wizard of Oz theatre sign in one of the living areas, which originally appeared at the London Palladium in the West End, and an equally impressive Les Miserables one that was in Leicester Square. It makes for an ideal entertaining spot, with parties held during the past decade accommodating up to 250 people. The two waters towers have been converted into a unique five-bedroom home in Halstead, Essex The items in the house were collected by the current owners who have travelled the world during … [Read more...] about It’s a real showstopper! Two water towers in Essex have been converted into a £1.6m home for sale which includes two original theatre signs from the West End
These two properties for sale have the same asking price of £850,000, but which one would you prefer to buy? The first is a Grade-II listed castle in Wiltshire that dates back to 1835 and comes with six bedrooms. It includes a summer house that overlooks a duck pond and two acres of land, with the nearest neighbour approximately one mile away. With a budget of £850k, would you buy this Grade-II listed castle in Wiltshire that dates back to 1835? Or would you rather buy this modern two-bedroom flat in West London with the same amount of money? But for those who prefer to live in a city, the other option is a modern two-bedroom flat in West London - where values tend to be higher than in the rest of the country. It is on the market with the same asking price of £850,000. The flat is just off Chiswick High Road, in the London borough of Hounslow, and comes with three west-facing balconies and underground parking. We take a closer look inside each of the two … [Read more...] about Both these homes cost £850,000, but would you rather buy a six-bed castle in the Wiltshire countryside or a two-bed flat in West London?
Parents have been given a helping hand in selecting this year's must-have gadgets thanks to the annual toy awards. UK parenting site MadeForMums has curated an extensive list of this year's most coveted toys across 35 categories, as chosen by nearly 500 children of varying ages. From a Harry Potter coding kit to a 'my first drone', the awards reveal the best toys for newborns and toddlers, up to pre-teens. Each toy was assessed for its play potential, value for money and the children's scores, combined with the verdicts of expert (grown-up) judges from the site's editorial team. Joining the panel were specially invited influencer judges, including YouTube stars Beau, from Beau's Toy Farm, and ZiZi's Kailem and Isaiah, along with UK family vloggers The Howarths and parent-led campaign group Let Toys Be Toys, and the editor of toy industry magazine and website Toy News. Hitting the top end of the price list was a £349.99 climbing frame, … [Read more...] about Santa take note! Parenting site MadeForMums reveals the toys ALL children will want for Christmas – from a Harry Potter coding kit to a £35 drone