Month: July 2015

Let the Youths Roam Free: Bear Grylls’ Summer Manifesto

Bear Grylls has urged all young people to banish boredom and computer games at the start of the summer holidays by spending a night under the stars or go on a wild adventure on water or in the air. The celebrity adventurer and UK’s chief scout himself took to the skies in an helicopter to spread the message about his Kids’ Summer Manifesto. “The summer holidays are a massive opportunity for fun, challenge and adventure. It’s a time when kids can get outdoors, build dens, learn skills, make friends and have the freedom to discover who they are. That’s why I’m challenging every child to accept my Super Six Challenge. The manifesto which celebrates all things adventure will also see Grylls known for his all-action TV series Man v. Wild embark on a whirlwind helicopter tour of Scout summer camps, meeting thousands of Scouts. It follows the ethos of the Scouts whose famous motto is, Be prepared. But the bid to lure Britain’s children out of their comfort zones will be a challenging one with various …

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Fugitive Robber Taunts Police with Selfie

Wanted: Ryan Byrne did not complain about being let off early from jail A violent robber released in error from a nine-year sentence has posed for a selfie in front of a Police van in the West End mocking appeals to apprehend him. Ryan Byrne, 34, can be seen in the photograph grinning as he pointed to the van parked outside a casino in Wardour Street Soho. He was freed from Wandsworth Prison with up to 18 months still to serve of his original sentence. A prison source told The Sun: “Byrne was sitting in his cell having a cigarette last Wednesday when he was told he was free to leave. He couldn’t believe it. But he didn’t protest and has been enjoying his freedom.” Byrne was jailed after holding up a branch of Boots in Ruislip, west London, in 2007 making away with £3,800. Police have checked his mother’s house in Acton, west London but he still remains on the run.An HM Prison Service spokesman said: “Releases in error are very rare but regrettable occurrences. We are investigating …

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Kate Middleton: Prince George Thinks He’s Three

  Prince George who recently turned two on July 22 has been going around telling anyone who will listen he is three according to his mother the Duchess of Cambridge. This startling revelation was made by Kate Middleton whilst visiting the headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth according to a report in the People magazine. “Hello Princess, my name is Freddie Wilson,” Freddie declared. When Middleton asked him how old he was, he answered, “I’m three,” according to Freddie’s mother, Wendy Maxwell. When Maxwell corrected that Freddie was actually just two, Middleton said, “George says that. He thinks he’s older.” Beckhams’ Favourite Charity Shop Burgled The Red Cross shop branch where David and Victoria donated their entire wardrobes last year has suffered a nasty break-in. A violin was stolen in the burglary which lasted a few seconds according to a Red Cross source but glass was strewn all over the small shop which houses the charity’s homeware and interiors section. The charity shop on Chelsea’s Old Church Street used to be London’s best kept secret …

Scot Young: Coroner Rules Out Suicide

Scot Young jumped to his death in Marylebone after years of divorce wrangling with former wife Michelle who alleged he was worth ‘billions’ The death of a bankrupt businessman impaled on railings after he fell from a fourth floor of a luxury flat in west London cannot be ruled a suicide due to insufficient evidence, a coroner has decided. Scot Young, 52, had been involved in a protracted divorce battle with his ex-wife, had been discharged from hospital hours before he was found impaled on railings outside Montague Square in Marylebone. The father-of-two jailed for six months in January 2013 for contempt of court during his divorce from former partner Michelle, who accused him of spiriting away assets worth £400m. Mrs Young later described a £20m payout ordered at the High Court following a six-year legal battle as “a disgrace”, insisting her husband was worth “billions” and had hidden his money in offshore accounts. She also alleged Young’s friends, retail magnate Philip Green and X Factor creator Simon Cowell had been involved in the conspiracy. Recording a …

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The One Billion-Pound Street

Kensington Palace Gardens in west London is UK’s most expensive street where every property is worth an average £42.6m over 150 times the national average value according to a new report by Zoopla, the property website. The 29 mansions on the gated street which boasts residents including steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, Russian Oligarchs Britain’s richest man Len Blavatnik and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich,  is worth a combined £1.24bn. The Boltons in SW10, where a nine-bedroom detached house sold for £51m in April, takes second place, with average property values standing at £30.3m. Grosvenor Crescent in the exclusive suburb of SW1 rounds out the top three, with an average property price of £22.8m. The top-performing postcode is Kensington’s W8, boasting average property prices of £2.77m. Neighbouring SW7 (Knightsbridge), the next most expensive area in the capital, has average values of £2.43m, while property values in third-placed SW3 (Chelsea) stand at £2.24m. Rich residents: Lakshmi and Usha Mittal; Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich; Len Blavatnik and his wife have boosted the fortunes of Kensington Palace Gardens …

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Princess Charlotte by Mario Testino

Kensington Palace gushed its approval at the results of Mario Testino’s portraits during the christening of Princess Charlotte. In a twitter post shortly before the four official photographs were released a spokesman said: “We’re about to share some special christening photos by @mariotestino. Thanks so much for all the lovely messages in recent days!” Read more: Di Favourite Mario Testino to Shoot Princess Charlotte It bore all the hallmarks of the renowned fashion photographer; a lot of smiles, unguarded moments, looks into the camera with most of the candid exposures provided by Prince George. In a black and white rendering, the irrepressible toddler can be seen smiling as he tugged at his hair while being held by Prince William. Even Princess Charlotte managed to hold a straight gaze for the camera in another pose in her mother’s arms. There was also the traditional family photograph featuring the Cambridges, the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons. It was also a first for Testino who had never photographed the Queen before although …

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Man Steals Rare Mayfair Bronze with Rolled-up Paper

A man has pulled off an audacious theft under the noses of the owners of a rare bronze statue valued at £40,000 from a Mayfair gallery after tucking it under a rolled-up newspaper and leaving calmly. The work by artist Elisabeth Frink titled Horizontal Birman I dates from 1962 was stolen from the Beaux Arts gallery on Maddox Street in the heart of Mayfair. It is a limited edition piece and is inscribed on the underside with Frink 10/10. Co-owner of the gallery Patricia Singh said the suspect had been casually walking around the gallery before the theft. She said: “He was walking around with a rolled-up newspaper and it was on a high shelf, so we rather assumed it was safe, and there was someone in the room the whole time. “It’s to my intense chagrin, we should be more vigilant, but you learn.” Police have released a CCTV image of a man (left) they would like to trace in connection with the theft. They believe he struck on Friday, 26 June between 17:30hrs and 17:50. The suspect is …

Stripes: The house in South End Kensington has to be repainted white

Candy-Stripe House: Lawyers Move in

A woman who painted red and white lines over her Kensington townhouse valued at £15m has taken legal action against a planning decision that forbade her demolishing the property and adding a double basement. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, was also ordered to restore the house to its former state by 3 July. She has however taken the matter to court seeking the overturning of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council’s original decision which restricts new basement developments to one storey. A council spokesman gave the reason behind its verdict: “A section 215 notice has been served, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, on the owner of a property in South End by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Read more: Candy-Stripe House Owner Ordered to Repaint “The property is situated within the Kensington Square conservation area and its condition and appearance has attracted numerous complaints to the council’s planning enforcement team. In addition to the exterior being painted in red and white stripes, the property’s window frames are in a poor …

Composite of handout photographs of some of the victims of the London terrorist attacks on 7 July 2005. Top row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Helen Jones, 28; Ciaran Cassidy, 22; Gamze Gunoral, 24; Christian Small; Karolina Gluck. Second row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Couple Lee Harris, 30, and Samatha Badham, 36; Atique Sharifi, 24; Elizabeth Daplyn, 20; Adrian Johnson, 37; Monika Suchocka, 23. Third row from left, victims of the Russell Square bomb: Susan Levy, 53; James Mayes, 28; James Adams; Rachelle Yuen; Ihab Slimane,19. Fourth row from left, victims of the Tavistock Square bomb: Shyanuja Parathasangary; Giles Hart; Anthony Fatayi-Williams; Marie Hartley; Miriam Hyman. Fifth row from left: victims of the  Tavistock Square bomb Jamie Gordon and Neetu Jain; victims of the Aldgate bomb Richard Gray, Benedetta Ciaccia and Richard Ellery. Bottom row from left: Aldgate bomb victim Fiona Stevenson; Edgware Road bomb victims David Foulkes, Jonathan Downey, Laura Webb and Jennifer Nicholson.

7/7 Terror Attacks: The Iconic Images

Some of the most dramatic images that came to define the London terror bombings on 7 July 2005 were recorded outside Edgware Road Tube Station  in west London in the aftermath of the terrorist attack which claimed a total of 52 victims. The image of a man comforting a female passenger wearing a white protective face mask and another of a bloodied but defiant man in a suit with a bandaged head wound, clutching a plastic bottle and cup defined the atrocities which plunged London into chaos and fear.