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BHF Cymru celebrates the inspirational people from North Wales who have been nominated for the British Heart Foundation’s 2022 Heart Hero Awards, including a man from Flint.

The annual awards ceremony returns for a fifth year on Thursday, December 1. The charity will honor incredible young heart heroes who have shown remarkable bravery and gone above and beyond to help others while dealing with the devastating impact of heart disease, as well as lifesavers in RCR, innovative fundraisers, business partners, research champions and health heroes working in the NHS.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in London, featuring Vernon Kay for the fourth time. He will be joined by celebrity judges including soccer legend David Ginola and Olympic gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie.

Nominees for Innovative Fundraising

Flint’s Mitch James. For 13 years, Mitch James has supported the BHF in memory of his cousin Paul, who was born with a heart condition called transposition of the great arteries.

Paul underwent major surgeries at birth and at the age of six. Paul was a larger than life character who lived life to the fullest, and his health issues never held him back. A passionate rugby player and much loved member of the community, his infectious laugh always brought smiles to many.

After his tragic death in 2009 following a crisis at the age of 24, the family of Mitch and Paul of Mold Rugby Club created Hoppo’s Hi 5s, to raise funds in his memory, by organizing annual tournaments at 5.

Due to Covid-19, the last event had to be called off, but Mitch and his friends took on a massive three-day cycling challenge from London to Mold, covering 220 miles and raising over £23,000 for the BHF.

With the sad passing of Paul’s brother, David in 2021, the group have decided to continue their cycling challenge and will cycle from Edinburgh to Mold Rugby Club as their return leg from the four UK capitals to their Rugby Club beloved, aiming to raise a total of £100,000.

Adam Harvey of Wrexham. Adam was born in 1989 with a congenital heart condition called transposition of the great arteries, which was diagnosed when he was just one day old. He underwent treatments throughout his life and was always grateful for BHF-funded research into heart disease.

Despite his condition, for which he takes pills daily and can make him very tired with physical exertion, he completed the Three Summits challenge in 2021. Unable to complete it in 24 hours, Adam covered the distance over several weeks. Once at the top, he proudly waved his BHF banner, raising awareness and over £1,500 in sponsorship.

BHF Cymru Director Rhodri Thomas said: “The Heart Hero Awards are the highlight of our year, bringing together inspiring nominees from different walks of life and from all parts of the UK. From fantastic children to remarkable retirees, they all share this spirit and embody the best of us.

“I am proud and honored that so many of the nominees come from Wales, and I am delighted to have met several of them in person to thank them for the incredible support they give to the BHF and the motivation they bring to myself and the entire BHF Cymru team.

“As we celebrate these brilliant Heart Hero nominees, we also thank each of our brilliant BHF supporters who fuel our life-saving science and bring new hope to the 7.6 million people across the UK living with conditions. such as stroke, heart disease and vascular dementia.

“I have no doubt that their dedication and selflessness will mean more lives will be saved from heart and circulatory disease, so thank you and congratulations to all of our inspiring nominees.”

The Heart Heroes Awards will air live at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 1. Register to watch the celebration online at: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heartheroes

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    Republican shooter Gerry McGeough claims British ghosts assaulted him while saying the Rosary https://bbveggie.com/republican-shooter-gerry-mcgeough-claims-british-ghosts-assaulted-him-while-saying-the-rosary/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 07:19:40 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/republican-shooter-gerry-mcgeough-claims-british-ghosts-assaulted-him-while-saying-the-rosary/ McGeough (64) was punched in the face as he led friends in prayer during a street protest against a Gay Pride parade in Cookstown

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    But this week a woman was convicted in court for carrying out the attack without warning, which led to the anti-gay activist being hospitalized later in the day.

    Coalisland mother-of-four Michelle Anne Robinson Lyttle has been found guilty in the attack that devastated the McGeough family.

    Known locally as “Mitch Robinson”, McGeough’s attacker is a well-known member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in mid-Ulster.

    And when the Sunday World called her home asking for a comment, we were told she was unavailable.

    Eyewitnesses to the assault told the Sunday worldMcGeough’s 44-year-old attacker stepped forward and a second before she punched him he said, “What about MI5 now, Gerry?”

    His attacker also mumbled something about the IRA before punching McGeough in the face.

    Last night friends of Gerry McGeough said he still believed the British Secret Service had helped encourage the attack.

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    Robinson was heard saying, “I obey. I comply. And as she was placed in the back of a police jeep, Robinson waved her middle finger at her shocked victim.

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    But hours later – after resting at home – Gerry McGeough suffered chest pains and was rushed to hospital.

    And while his condition was being monitored, he had a heart attack in the middle of the night. Surgeons immediately transported him from a ward to an operating room, where a stent was inserted into his heart.

    And this week, Gerry McGeough’s attacker, Mitch Robinson, was granted an 18-month suspended parole when she appeared in Magistrates Court.

    A legal source told us that on a scale of 1 to 10, the assault on Mr McGeough was rated between 3 and 5.

    But The Sunday World also learned the incident had a devastating effect on McGeough’s young family.

    The attack was witnessed by McGeough’s two young sons who had joined their father in a decade of the Rosary in front of a statue of the Virgin Mother.

    The boys would have been appalled that someone wanted to hurt their father in this way.

    McGeough’s daughter – who was in Spain visiting relatives – when shown video footage of her father being assaulted while praying, was said to have been seriously affected by what she saw.

    And Gerry McGeough’s Spanish-born wife is also said to have been deeply traumatized by the incident, which is still having a negative effect on her health.

    Although he has an MA in history, McGeough still works on the family farm at Brantry, near Eglish in County Tyrone.

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    In 1988, Gerry McGeough was arrested in Germany. He was caught in a car with two AK 47 assault rifles.

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    Adele and Harry Styles top UK Grammy nominees https://bbveggie.com/adele-and-harry-styles-top-uk-grammy-nominees/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:32:11 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/adele-and-harry-styles-top-uk-grammy-nominees/

    Adele leads the UK Grammy nominees with SEVEN nominations while Harry Styles is up for five awards at the next ceremony

    • Hitmaker Adele received an impressive seven nominations for the awards while Harry was honored with five nominations
    • Other British stars nominated include Ozzy Osbourne, Sam Smith, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence & The Machine and Arctic Monkeys.
    • The 65th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented on February 5, 2022 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles

    Adele and Harry Styles lead the UK nominees at the upcoming 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

    Hitmaker Adele received an impressive seven nominations for the awards while Harry was honored with five nominations.

    Other British stars nominated include Ozzy Osbourne, Sam Smith, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys and DJ Bonobo.

    Success: Adele and Harry Styles lead the UK nominees at the upcoming 65th Annual Grammy Awards, with Adele receiving seven nominations

    Adele’s nominations were Pop Solo Performance for her single Easy On Me, Pop Vocal Album for 30, Song of the Year for Easy On Me and Record of the Year for Easy On Me and Album of the Year for 30.

    The singer also received a nomination for Best Musical Picture for Adele One Night Only, which recorded a performance she gave at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles while promoting her latest studio album 30.

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    Meanwhile, Coldplay received two nominations for their album Music of the Spheres which is up for Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year.

    Impressive: Harry is nominated in five categories, including Album of the Year for Harry's House and Record of the Year for As It Was.

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    Caption: Ozzy Osbourne is up for three awards, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance for Patient Number 9 and Best Metal Performance for Decay Rules

    Caption: Ozzy Osbourne is up for three awards, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance for Patient Number 9 and Best Metal Performance for Decay Rules

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    Show: Florence & The Machine are up for an alternative music performance for King

    Show: Florence & The Machine are up for an alternative music performance for King

    Awards: Coldplay received two nominations for their album Music of the Spheres which is up for Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year

    Awards: Coldplay received two nominations for their album Music of the Spheres which is up for Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year

    Nominated: Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran were both nominated for Best Pop Duo, Sam for Unholy with Kim Petras and Ed for Bam Bam with Camilla Cabello

    Nominated: Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran were both nominated for Best Pop Duo, Sam for Unholy with Kim Petras and Ed for Bam Bam with Camilla Cabello

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    In its latest advertising campaign, British Airways explores the individual and original reasons why people travel, whether to meet loved ones, take time off or experience other cultures. Entitled “A British Original”, the project, which includes photography, graphics and short films, was developed in collaboration with Uncommon Creative Studio and MG OMD. The theme revolves around the question that travelers often ask themselves when they land in a new destination: “What is the purpose of your visit? Instead of ticking off the standard ‘business’ or ‘leisure’ responses, viewers see witty, meaningful and relevant responses that show British Airways values ​​each of its customers as individuals.

    instead of standard ‘business’ or ‘leisure’ responses, viewers see witty and relevant responses | all images courtesy of British Airways

    simple graphics conveying meaningful reasons to travel

    The campaign focuses on British Airways employees (read more here), which feature in both stills and shorts in the project. One of the snaps shows a cabin crew member staring out the window, followed by his motivation for doing what he loves: “the view from the office”. In a similar approach, a short film shows a British Airways pilot lovingly rocking his daughter to sleep before leaving for work. The film ends with the pilot explaining why he does what he does every day, which is “for her”.

    The campaign graphics are very simple, showing only a checkbox that includes negative space. This series will feature over 500 different and uniquely written lines of text that will give viewers an original reason to travel through all the media venues. Examples of reasons to travel include ‘because I have too much on my plate, nothing is from the sea’ and ‘to feed the social flow’. These will be adjusted based on location, time of day, weather and current events. Advertising copy will be visible on billboards, playful bus wraps and print advertisements, taking a Battenburg approach with adjoining locations that have why we travel interaction reasons.

    What is the purpose of your visit?  British Airways explores why we fly in new campaign
    advertisements will be seen on playful billboards and bus wraps

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    “Every day I play my part behind the controls of a British Airways aircraft, taking customers on some of the most important journeys of their lives.” I hear so many amazing stories and reasons customers travel, so it’s heartwarming to be able to celebrate them. I couldn’t be prouder to be featured in this campaign alongside one of my two children and show the world my drive, my little ones. shares British Airways 777 pilot Anthony Oliver.

    What is the purpose of your visit?  British Airways explores why we fly in new campaign
    the graphics are very simple, showing only three checkboxes

    What is the purpose of your visit?  British Airways explores why we fly in new campaign
    “sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always celebrating originality in all its incredibly personal forms”

    What is the purpose of your visit?  British Airways explores why we fly in new campaign
    meaningful and emotional responses can also be found among campaign ads

    What is the purpose of your visit?  British Airways explores why we fly in new campaign
    the campaign focuses on British Airways employees

    What is the purpose of your visit?  British Airways explores why we fly in new campaign
    Britich Airways people are featured in both stills and shorts

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    Last name: A British original
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    How British are you? A fun quiz tests your knowledge of everything from Harry Potter to the UK’s ‘wettest city’ https://bbveggie.com/how-british-are-you-a-fun-quiz-tests-your-knowledge-of-everything-from-harry-potter-to-the-uks-wettest-city/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 22:24:56 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/how-british-are-you-a-fun-quiz-tests-your-knowledge-of-everything-from-harry-potter-to-the-uks-wettest-city/

    WE Britons love a good quiz – as much as we love talking about the weather, sports and holidays.

    The Very British Problems Quiz Book, by Rob Temple, ticks all those boxes, picking your brains out over our beloved Blighty.

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    Very British Problems Quiz Book, by Rob Temple, asks you about our beloved BlightyCredit: Alamy
    The Very British Problems Quiz Book by Rob Temple (Sphere, £12.99)

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    The Very British Problems Quiz Book by Rob Temple (Sphere, £12.99)

    Rob has spent a decade pointing out our nation’s quirks on its very British issues Twitter account, and has now written a question book on all the subjects we obsess over.

    He says, “You could use this book for rowdy but studious fun with friends. . . or bring it to the pub quiz you’re hosting and pretend you wrote it all yourself.

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    WE love to talk about the Weather report (What does it do now? I’m throwing it away, right? Oh my God, the washing is done! Oh nooooooo!).

    But what do we really know about it? Let’s find out . . .

    We love to talk about the weather - but what do we know about it?

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    We love to talk about the weather – but what do we know about it?Credit: Getty
    1. When was the last time the Thames froze completely?
      A) 1892
      B) 1921
      C) 1963
    2. What is the wettest city in Britain, according to Met Office data?
      A)Manchester
      B) Cardiff
      C) Glasgow
    3. At Ruthin, Denbighs, in 1947 the heaviest snowfall of any settled area in the UK was recorded. How deep was that, according to the Met Office?
      A) 1.65 meters
      B) 4.65 meters
      C) 7.65 meters

    FOOD AND DRINK

    BOIL the kettlethere’s a darling, then make yourself a cup of something hot – as long as it’s tea – and crack open that packet of Hobnob cookies to feed your brain for those delicious teaser. . .

    1. A snowball is a retro cocktail traditionally enjoyed at Christmas, and containing which alcoholic drink?
      A) Mint cream
      B) Lawyer
      C) Wormwood
    2. According to the UK Tea and Infusions Association, how many cups of tea do we drink each year?
      A) 60.2 million
      B) 60.2 billion
      C) 60.2 trillion
    3. Which restaurant chain opened its first UK branch in Woolwich, south London, in October 1974?
      A) McDonald’s
      B) Burger King
      C) Wimpy

    BOOKS

    How well do you think you know your English literature ? Let’s see.

    Once you’re comfortable, let’s get started. . .

    How well do you think you know your English literature?  - picture of William Shakespeare

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    How well do you think you know your English literature? – picture of William ShakespeareCredit: Getty
    1. What is the title of the second Harry Potter book?
      A) The Chamber of Secrets
      B) The Prisoner of Azkaban
      C) The Philosopher’s Stone
    2. There and Back Again is the subtitle of which JRR Tolkien book?
      A) The Lord of the Rings
      B) The Hobbit
      C) The Fellowship of the Ring
    3. In what year did William Shakespeare cast off his mortal shell?
      A) 1610
      B) 1616
      C) 1622

    SLANG

    COCKNEY rhyming slang was born in east london at the beginning of the 19th century, especially so that criminals would confuse policemen who had trouble understanding the terms used by connoisseurs.

    Later it also inspired Australian and American rhyming slang. So what do the following Cockney terms mean?

    What do the following Cockney terms mean?

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    What do the following Cockney terms mean?Credit: Alamy
    1. “Toy Box”
      A noise
      B) Boys
      C) Football coach David Moyes
    2. “I should not have”
      A port
      B) Sort
      C) Give up
    3. “Piece of Ice”
      A) Tips
      B) Twice
      C) Mouse

    COUNTIES

    There are plenty of them, young and old, aren’t there?

    But how well do you really know them? Let’s do this. . .

    Do you really know the counties?

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    Do you really know the counties?Credit: Getty
    1. How many counties are there in England?
      A) 28
      B) 38
      C) 48
    2. In which county would you be able to visit Windsor Castle?
      A) Surrey
      B) Berkshire
      C) Suffolk
    3. Which of the actors to play James Bond was born in Cheshire?
      A) Daniel Craig
      B) Pierce Brosnan
      C) Sean Connery

    EVENTS

    Put on your shoes, prepare a brolly and a balaclava, we’re going out. . .

    We also test your knowledge of UK events

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    We also test your knowledge of UK events1 credit
    1. Which of these patron saint festivals comes first in the year?
      A) St. George’s Day
      B) St. Patrick’s Day
      C) St. David’s Day
    2. To the nearest million, how many cards (according to finder.com research) are sent to Britain each year for Valentine’s Day?
      A) 20 million
      B) 25 million
      C) 30 million
    3. In which county does the Glastonbury Festival take place each summer?
      A) Gloucestershire
      B) Somerset
      C) Dorset

    Riddles

    Unscramble the letters in the anagrams below to reveal some very British stuff.  .  .

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    Unscramble the letters in the anagrams below to reveal some very British stuff. . .Credit: Getty

    WE love a pun.

    Unscramble the letters in the anagrams below and with the help of the clues you will reveal some very British things. . .

    1. Adrien Chew succumbs
      Clue: A Royal Teatime Favorite
    2. pig slicer
      Clue: 90s pop group
    3. Authentic repairers
      Clue: Premier League football team

    SPORT

    Put on your boots, tie your shoelaces, strap on your helmets, get in the saddle, rev your engines – and get ready for the whistle.

    Let’s see if you’re a good one sportor not . . .

    Let's see if you're a good sportsman or not - photo by Kevin Keegan

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    Let’s see if you’re a good sportsman or not – photo by Kevin Keegan1 credit
    1. Which Briton was the first winner of the European Footballer of the Year award?
      A) Bobby Charlton
      B) Stanley Matthews
      C) Kevin Kegan
    2. Which of these events is a real sporting event?
      A) Snorkeling in bogs
      B) Swamp Cycling
      C) Puddle fishing
    3. Which football team is nicknamed The Posh?
      A) Cambridge United
      B) Peterborough United
      C) Chelsea
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    ANSWERS

    • WEATHER REPORT: 1) C: 1963, 2) B: Cardiff, 3) A: 1.65m.
    • THE COCKNEY MONEY: 1) A: Noise, 2) A: Port, 3) A: Advice.
    • FOOD AND DRINK: 1) B: Advocaat, 2) B: 60.2 billion, 3) A: McDonald’s.
    • EVENTS: 1) C: St David’s Day on March 1, celebrating the patron saint of Wales, 2) B: 25 million, 3) B: Somerset.
    • SPORT: 1) B: Sir Stanley Matthews, 2) A: Bog-snorkelling, held annually at Llanwrtyd Wells, 3) B: Peterborough United.
    • BOOKS: 1) A: The Chamber of Secrets, 2) B: The Hobbit, 3) B: 1616.
    • COUNTIES: 1) C: 48, 2) B: Berkshire, 3) A: Daniel Craig.
    • Riddles: 1) Cucumber Sandwiches, 2) Spice Girls, 3) Manchester United
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    Is this the end of the Great British Bake Off? https://bbveggie.com/is-this-the-end-of-the-great-british-bake-off/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:33:58 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/is-this-the-end-of-the-great-british-bake-off/

    Part of the problem seems to be the production team’s stubborn aversion to repetitive challenges, but guess what: Brits love to repeat things! The Daleks come back all the other episodes of Doctor Who. Whether Strictly dared to cancel Halloween week, people would take to the streets. And we’ve lost count of how many times ex-soapstars have eaten the genitals of some poor animal on i am a celebrity.

    Let’s face it, most of us cook the same favorite dishes every year, even things no one likes (stolen?!), but The Great British Bake Off rarely offers pastries that encourage people to try their hand at home – they wouldn’t dare. The show has come a long way from seemingly cheering around a third most UK adults to start cooking from 2011 to 2013 and help the Women’s Institute achieve its highest membership levels since the 1970s.

    And frankly, The Great British Bake Off just isn’t much fun these days. In recent years, producers seem to be prioritizing drama over skill, raising the stakes and giving contestants unrealistic deadlines to complete increasingly stressful tasks. In previous series, contestants had enough time to enjoy cooking jokelike Sue Perkins wearing Baklava dough on her face, Howard having to explain hemp to Mary Berry, or Rahul having adorable existential crises. These days, the contestants don’t even have time to distractedly laugh at Matt Lucas and Christmas Fieldingthe cheeky and surreal humor of , too busy losing their taste for life while trying to make fifteen different mille-feuilles with the effigy of their favorite prime minister.

    And that’s before they get crushed by the Debbie Downer of baking that is Paul Hollywood, who seems to have spent the entire series complaining endlessly about basic baker decorations, undercooked dough, and dry pies. Hollywood barely lets Prue say a word, giving her just enough time to excuse herself to add things like, “Could we think of something nice to say?” While previous series have celebrated the joy of cooking, viewers will hardly feel able to try themselves with Paul’s demands for “nothing but perfection” ringing in their ears.

    The upshot of all of this is that the bakers just aren’t very impressive. It’s not their fault: the cast is as brilliant as ever, but a mix of overly demanding tasks and morale-chilling criticism has given them little opportunity to shine. Yes we had Syabira pina colada cake masterpiece, and that of Janusz ‘cake within a cake’ surprisebut true showstoppers are rare compared to previous series.

    Add to all this that, for the third year in a row, the country-themed baking week (this time Mexico, formerly Germany and Japan) has sparked controversy around accuracy, disrespect and cultural appropriationand The Great British Bake Off begins to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of its loyal viewers.

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    The British Museum has refused to display ultra-accurate digital replicas of the Parthenon marbles. So another museum captured them https://bbveggie.com/the-british-museum-has-refused-to-display-ultra-accurate-digital-replicas-of-the-parthenon-marbles-so-another-museum-captured-them/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 22:59:44 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/the-british-museum-has-refused-to-display-ultra-accurate-digital-replicas-of-the-parthenon-marbles-so-another-museum-captured-them/

    As disputes between the UK and Greece rage over the rightful owner of the Parthenon Marbles, the Institute for Digital Archeology (IDA) has found a solution for now: a near-perfect replica – made by a robot – which will be on display at the Freud Museum in London.

    In January, the Oxford-based institute announced plans to replicate the Parthenon Marbles, which originally adorned a Temple of Athena atop the Acropolis, with state-of-the-art stone carving technology known as Robotor’s name.

    They wanted to forge a win-win solution for the UK and Greece by making copies for educational purposes from the British Museum, while returning the original and culturally significant artefacts to Greece.

    In August, the institute had taken 3D scans of the marbleswhich have lived in the British Museum since Lord Elgin brought them from Greece in 1801, under the auspices of the Ottoman Empire, as a gift to Queen Victoria.

    British Museum staff refused IDA director Rogel Michel’s request to take these scans, but he and his team surreptitiously captured them anyway on tablets and smartphones, with the help of spy officers. security and floor staff.

    “We regularly receive requests to digitize the collection,” a British Museum spokesperson told Artnet News. “It is not possible to systematically accommodate all of these elements.”

    Finally, IDA has now completed a large-scale reproduction of the Selene Horse of the Marbles, as well as a metope depicting centaurs and lapiths fighting at Peirithoos’ wedding feast, all from the same Pentelic marble as the originals. .

    The unveiling coincides with the announcement of two antiquity-themed exhibitions at the Freud Museum in 2023: “Freud’s Antiquity” and “Tracing Freud on the Acropolis,” director Giuseppe Albano told Artnet News.

    An undated open letter on the IDA website notes that the British Museum says its aim is to educate, then pointed to a comment by the institution’s deputy director, Jonathan Williams, saying “people come to the British Museum to see the real thing”, referring to the replicas of IDA.

    Michel went on to point out that the museum already houses replicas of the Parthenon marbles in two rooms adjacent to the Elgin Galleries.

    If they intend to teach, Michel pointed out that the IDA specimens would prove more useful – pieces are missing from the British Museum exhibits and the pure white hues of the marbles distort their original bright colors. IDA copies can also pair with virtual reality and be painted to better match the antique.

    The British Museum’s spokesperson told Artnet News that “there is no question of replacing the Parthenon sculptures with replicas”.

    When asked if these replicas could in fact offer more utility to the institution, they replied: “Visits to the Acropolis Museum were facilitated in 2013 and 2017 for 3D scanning. These demonstrate the collaborative and enduring relationships the British Museum has with leading academics, partner museums and communities across the world.

    IDA’s 3D scan of the horse Selene from the British Museum will accompany its replica at the Freud Museum, with lectures at the Louvre afterwards. He also designed a 3D model of the British Museum’s Duveen Gallery, which houses even more marbles.

    Meanwhile, repatriation negotiations between the British Museum and the Greek government are said to be underway.

    “A very sensible agreement has been reached and there is a fast and furious timeline for their conclusion,” Michel said. The National, believing that the negotiations will end before the Greek elections of 2023.

    “The reality is that the British Museum is going to have [to] give back a lot of things, ”continued Michel. “It’s great to think that something that’s been brewing for 200 years can be solved through technology.”

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    Qatar has spent more money on gifts and travel for British MPs in the past year than any other country, according to Observer analysis that reveals Gulf state lobbying efforts ahead of next month’s soccer game world Cup.

    The Qatari government has handed out gifts to MPs worth £251,208 in the 12 months to October 2022, including stays in luxury hotels, business class flights and horse racing tickets.

    The value of gifts from Qatar exceeded the amount spent by the other 15 countries whose governments donated to British MPs combined. And that was more than six times the £37,661 in gifts and hospitality given to MPs by the United Arab Emirates, the second largest foreign government donor.

    Gifts in the past 12 months also far exceeded those from Qatar in any other year for which records are available, revealing how authorities stepped up efforts to charm British MPs ahead of the world Cup. Records show MPs declared around £100,000 in gifts and hospitality from Qatar in the five years to October 2021, but more than double that in the past 12 months alone.

    Alun Cairns, Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, has set up a group to “foster good relations between the UK and Qatar”. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

    Transparency International said it was ‘extremely concerning’ that MPs were accepting ‘thousands of pounds of hospitality from foreign governments with questionable human rights records’ and that it could ‘leave the door open to undue influence”. However, there is no evidence that any MP broke the rules.

    The Qatari government did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

    In some cases, MPs who received gifts subsequently appeared to speak favorably of Qatar in parliamentary debates or deflect attention from issues that the authorities were keen to downplay.

    During a debate on preparations for the World Cup earlier this month, Alun Cairns, who chairs an informal parliamentary group set up to ‘foster good relations between the UK and Qatar’, gave a speech praising Qatar, including “paying tribute” to its response. to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

    Cairns, Tory MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, kicked off the debate on October 20 and later shared videos of it on Twitter with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Sport has the power to change the world.

    Records show he received £9,323 in donations from the Qatari government in 2022, for a five-day trip in February to meet officials alongside other members of the Qatari All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), and for a travels a month later to attend the political event of the Doha Forum.

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    Tory MP David Mundell has accepted hospitality worth £7,473 from Qatar for a trip last October. Photography: Leon Neal/Getty Images

    APPG Deputy Chairman David Mundell, who accepted hospitality worth £7,473 from Qatar for a trip last October, also contributed to the debate, addressing a concern raised by another MP regarding LGBTQ rights in Qatar saying that critics should “focus their energies on dealing with LGBT issues in professional football in the UK” – “Rather than just pointing out issues that may arise in other countries, we always have to focus on the issues at home,” he said.

    Mundell, who was the openly gay Conservative Prime Minister, also gave an interview to the Qatar Public Agency this year in which he criticized “baseless” media coverage of a report on Qatar’s record on workers’ rights. He did not mention the policy of the International Labor Organization discovery that “despite the steps taken” on workers’ rights in Qatar, there were “gaps in implementation”, nor its past to research which revealed that 50 workers in Qatar lost their lives in 2020 alone, with more than 500 seriously injured and 37,600 minor to moderate injuries.

    Both MPs made reference to their declared interests during the parliamentary debate. Mundell did not respond to requests for comment. A statement from Qatar’s APPG, provided via Cairns, said the group has played an ‘active role in examining all aspects of the UK-Qatar relationship, including human rights. people, ethics, education, energy and infrastructure”.

    Details of Qatar’s donations have been revealed through analysis of declarations in the Members’ Register of Interests. Records show that 34 MPs declared 40 donations from Qatar in the year to October 2022. Of these, 22 MPs were Conservative, seven Labour, three SNP and two Independents.

    Most of the money was spent on trips to Qatar for Qatar APPG members to meet with ministers and government officials.

    During two trips, in October 2021 and February 2022, British MPs visited Qatar to discuss issues such as “World Cup preparations, workers’ rights reform and bilateral relations”, as well as Qatar’s “humanitarian and political response to the Afghan crisis”. , the transparency logs are displayed.

    A mall in Doha on Saturday
    A mall in Doha on Saturday. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

    The Qatari Foreign Ministry paid for the all-inclusive tours, typically spending between £7,000 and £8,000 per person on flights, hotels and meals over a seven-day trip.

    A source told the Observer that MPs on one trip were accommodated in luxury hotels with “vast swimming pools” and traveled business class on Qatar Airways. Some MPs were taken on a camel race and had a private dinner with officials involved in delivering the FIFA World Cup.

    They said MPs gave officials “two barrels” on issues including LGBTQ rights, but were “elegant and charming” and their goal was clear: “To improve Qatar’s reputation in the world “.

    “In particular, they wanted to play down criticism of their role in the World Cup,” the source said. “I came back just as critical. Maybe a couple would have been nicer.

    The APPG did not comment on claims that civil servants were treated luxuriously or say which government officials the MPs met during their travels, but said the visits “included meetings with a range of ministers and NGOs, including the UN-sponsored International Labor Organization”.

    Qatar’s Ministry of Culture and Sports, meanwhile, paid two MPs to attend the Qatar-sponsored Goodwood Festival in Sussex in July, according to transparency records. The MPs were Sir John Whittingdale OBE, the Tory MP and former Culture Secretary, who took a plus one and said the gift was worth £1,200, and Nigel Evans, Tory MP for Ribble Valley. It was the third donation for Evans from Qatar in nine months. Neither Whittingdale nor Evans responded to requests for comment.

    The results will fuel concerns about backdoor lobbying attempts by foreign governments in the UK. Other countries that have donated to MPs in the past 12 months include Bahrain, Somaliland, Azerbaijan, San Marino and Kuwait. Lobbying by China and Russia has already been exposed.

    Rose Whiffen of Transparency International said “too many MPs” were showing “poor judgment” in accepting gifts from foreign administrations. She added that they need to “seriously consider whether it is appropriate to accept this kind of travel – not just whether they are allowed to”. Chris Bryant, Labor MP and chairman of the House of Commons Standards Committee, has warned that parliament is “particularly vulnerable” to foreign influence, saying during a debate in December that “we must be aware of the danger that ‘a foreign power might seek’. pressure… through the back door.

    Bryant is one of several MPs who accepted an in-kind donation from Qatar in the form of an all-expenses-paid trip, but told parliament in May he regretted doing so. He argued for American-style rules that prohibit members of Congress from accepting donations and gifts from foreign governments. All overseas visits are paid for by Congress.

    Relations between the UK and Qatar have grown stronger in recent years. In May, then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a ‘strategic investment partnership’, which will see Qatar invest in key sectors of the UK economy over the next five years, including fintech , life sciences and cybersecurity. Downing Street said the deal would create new jobs in the UK and was worth up to £10billion.

    A few days later, the Ministry of Defense announced that it would fund counter-terrorism training for the Qatari army ahead of the World Cup. Throughout the tournament, the RAF and Royal Navy will provide air and sea support.

    Last week Foreign Secretary James Cleverly came under fire after telling gay football fans they should be respectful in Qatarwhich criminalizes their sexuality when they attend the World Cup.

    Speaking on LBC’s Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show, he suggested they show “a bit of flexibility and compromise” and be “respectful of the host country”. Labor called the comments “shockingly tone deaf”.

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    The Royal British Legion launches an annual Poppy Appeal with a wall of poppies https://bbveggie.com/the-royal-british-legion-launches-an-annual-poppy-appeal-with-a-wall-of-poppies/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 11:29:16 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/the-royal-british-legion-launches-an-annual-poppy-appeal-with-a-wall-of-poppies/

    The Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its annual Poppy Appeal in central London with an installation that tells the stories of members of the armed forces community.

    A huge red wall covered in paper flower tributes was unveiled at Hay’s Galleria on Thursday, with six of those whose stories are featured, including 98-year-old D-Day veteran Bernard Morgan.

    Members of the public were invited to choose a poppy from the installation to discover the story of someone who has received help from the charity.

    The red poppy – a common sight on the Western Front – has become a symbol of remembrance for those killed in the First World War and is now also worn as a tribute to those still serving.

    Veteran Clive Jones, 47, who has been blind for 21 years, said the RBL helped him meet the challenge of adjusting to post-conflict civilian life.

    “It’s a wonderful thing happening and I’m very proud to be here,” he said.

    “When people wear their poppy, it’s a mark of respect and pride. I think it’s very important that you wear the poppy and donate where you can as the Royal British Legion can help support soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families as well as veterans in service in their rehabilitation.

    “Adapting to the civilian way of life has really not been easy and the Royal British Legion has been there for me and my family from the start.

    “Now I have been blind for 21 years and life is getting easier, but I know that if the Royal British Legion can help me, they are there for me.”

    Imogen, 11, said the RBL introduced her to other children whose parents were in the military through a charity-funded choir, helping them “get through this together”.

    She said: “We can all relate to each other and it’s easier for us to understand because when we say ‘my dad is going to have to go away for six months’ someone else would say ‘it’s going to be fine because we can get through this together because my dad has to leave too so we can both be there for each other”.

    Her mother Rachel, 40, said: ‘It makes me sad to think of Imogen going through this. It’s hard, but to be honest, it’s something that’s part of our lives.

    “Sometimes we can phone, quite often we have to wait for him to phone us, so every time he does we give up on whatever we’re doing,” she said.

    “Children are incredibly resilient and I think they’ve sacrificed a lot to have parents in the armed forces, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

    Andy Taylor-White, head of fundraising at the RBL, said supporting the charity was a way of showing respect to “veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice” as well as serving members.

    “This year in particular, we are asking people to wear the poppy to show that they care about the armed forces community, both the veterans who have gone before but also the armed forces community today who have need our help,” he said.

    “It’s very relevant at the moment. We support people on cost of living allowances, but also veterans who need social assistance and support.

    “As a Royal Navy veteran myself, respecting the fact that we have already had generations of veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but also, we have people serving today who are ready to stand up and protect our way of life.”

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