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Harry to Quit Military in Megxit Deal

The Duke of Sussex fought in Afghanistan on the frontline, but is now severing his official ties to the military as he quits royal life completely. Harry spent 10 years in the forces, and once said how his experience in the Army would stay with him for the rest of his life. Former First Sea Lord, Lord West expressed his regret over Harry stepping down from his military appointments. “The whole situation is extremely sad and I think it is unfortunate, after his splendid service in the military, that he will now no longer be involved with the military in the UK,” he told ITV News. When Harry left the Army in 2015, he vowed to always maintain his links with his fellow servicemen and women. “Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life, helping where I can,” he said. He took over from his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, as Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017 – …

Climate Emergency: A Dystopian Future with a Dramatic End

The Financial Times and Chelsea’s Royal Court Theatre have collaborated to produce Climate Change: what do you want me to say? – a filmed monologue about the climate crisis. The nine-minute film, written by Chris Thorpe and directed by Juliet Riddell from the FT, takes the form of a newscast from 2050. Featuring Nicola Walker, as newsreader, Climate Change: what do you want me to say? dramatically explores visions of both a dystopian and utopian future and raises questions about our planet’s climate emergency. It asks why it is taking the world so long to deal with it in the serious and urgent manner that is needed. Before writing Climate Change: what do you want me to say? Chris Thorpe and the Royal Court Theatre’s Vicky Featherstone (Artistic Director) and Lucy Davies (Executive Producer) met with Financial Times journalists Pilita Clarke and Leslie Hook to discuss the climate crisis. Areas covered included looking at the role of news and how communications around global heating may not be helping actions needed now. Juliet Riddell, producer and director of …

Prince George at 6 shows Why he’s England’s No.1 Fan

Prince George has shown his true colours by donning the England football home kit to mark his sixth birthday in official photographs released by Kensington Palace. He was captured recently in the garden of their home at Kensington Palace by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, an aspiring amateur photographer. Prince George was born July 22, 2013 and is third in the line of succession to the British throne. Proving he is no different from any other football-obsessed boy up and down the land, he can be seen in his Three Lions strip rolling around in the grass and looking pleased with himself. In another portrait he is pictured starring straight into camera on holiday at an undisclosed location wearing a green polo top and a striped shorts. His other siblings, Princess Charlotte, four and Prince Louis, one, do not appear in the photographs, but have also been captured for the media by the duchess in earlier portraits showing their development and other milestones.

What, No Likes? Instagram to End ‘Popularity Contest’

Instagram is removing the ‘likes’ count from posts in a trial across seven countries to “remove pressure” on users of the popular social media platform. It is a tacit acknowledgement of the negative effects social media behemoths — with over one billion users — like Instagram have on the wellbeing of its users. The beta trial which does not include the UK has been rolled out in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Instagram said in a statement: “We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. “You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received. “We’re looking forward to learning more about how this change might benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.” The new initiative comes after research linked social media platforms, especially visual channels like Instagram to mental anxieties experienced by young people and influencers. Users’ status anxieties …