Politics

Brexit: Lord Hattersley says people should get vote on PM’s deal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Hattersley has said that leaving the European Union would be a "disaster" Former Labour deputy leader Roy Hattersley has said he supports another Brexit referendum "very strongly". The politician said Britons have "a right" to have their say on Theresa May's Brexit deal, which goes to a vote in the Commons on Tuesday. A People's Vote event has been held in Sheffield,
Education

Christmas Day divorce: 13 people completed online applications

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Thirteen people filed for divorce on Christmas Day in England and Wales, official figures show.They were among 455 online divorce applications submitted to HM Courts & Tribunals Service between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.Twenty-six people submitted applications on Christmas Eve, 23 on Boxing Day and 77 on New Year's Day.Since April 2018 spouses have been able to complete the divorce application process using the
Health

Do autistic people ‘get’ jokes?

[ad_1] Originally dubbed "little professors" by Viennese paediatrician Hans Asperger, autistic people have often been thought to be a rather serious bunch. So do autistic people even have a sense of humour? A new BBC podcast, 1800 Seconds on Autism, aims to dispel that no-humour myth, among other assumptions - with razor-sharp wit running through it. The first time you heard that random joke, "What's brown and sticky?" did you
UK News

Darnall crash: Man admits killing four people in smash

[ad_1] Image copyright South Yorkshire Police Image caption Brothers Declan (left) and Elliott Bower appeared at Sheffield Crown Court A man has admitted killing four people, including a toddler, in a crash while being pursued by police.Elliott Bower, 18, was driving a Volkswagen Golf when it smashed into another car in Sheffield last month.Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, his 16-month-old son Mohammed Osman Mustafa Bin Adnan, and Vlasta Dunova, 41, and
US & World

France fuel protests: Who are the people in the yellow vests?

[ad_1] Valerie Casanova is a "yellow vest". She is one of thousands who have been protesting against President Macron's controversial fuel tax.At the roadblock, Ms Casanova says they're all the same. Nobody asks what job each other does or which way they lean politically.And at home she says her family has "no choice" but to rely on cars to get anywhere from their home in the countryside.In recent days, President
Education

Unconditional offers used to ‘get people through door’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Some universities are recruiting students with unconditional offers during the application process, says the university admissions service Ucas.They are telling students that A-level grade requirements will be dropped completely if they put the university down as their first choice.It comes as new Ucas figures show one-third of applicants aged 18 received an unconditional offer last year.England's Education Secretary Damian Hinds said the news was "disturbing".He
Science/Nature

The two Swedish mums who want people to give up flying for a year

[ad_1] Two Swedish mums have persuaded 10,000 people to commit to not taking any flights in 2019.Their social media initiative, No-fly 2019 (Flygfritt 2019), is aiming for 100,000 pledges, and has been asking participants to post their reasons for signing up.Maja Rosen and her neighbour Lotta Hammar say they started the campaign to show politicians what needs to be done to halt climate change.Direct emissions from aviation account for about
Entertainment

KLF’s Jimmy Cauty: ‘We don’t make records, we make pyramids out of dead people’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond want to build a pyramid out of bricks filled with people's ashesThe KLF were the band who ruled the charts in the late 1980s and early 90s, then bowed out of the music business by famously burning £1m of their earnings.Now Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond have a new project - building a pyramid using bricks
Health

The London choir for people affected by mental health

[ad_1] BBC Radio 5 Live has been to meet a London-based community choir for people affected by mental health issues.'More than just a choir' director, David Phelops, said the choir's purpose is to gather people who have "not just suffered mental illness" but also for those "affected by it, either carers, friends or family".He said you "don't have to be anything [you're not]" at the choir, as there are "no