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Chelsea Tractor is Really King of the Road in … Chelsea

Chelsea Tractors really are the best car marque money can buy in the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea according to research from classified ad website CarGurus.  They indeed rule the roads from the King’s Road to Kensington High Street. Coveted for their rugged beauty, durability, sturdiness and for navigating those muddy pot-holes across Cadogan Street and pulling through the ponds on Pont Street. How can anyone go wrong? Even Tamara Ecclestone, that model of modesty, has a customised white model with TAMARA written in the same type as the marque. Ah, and Victoria Beckham helped design a model some years ago. CarGurus spokeswoman Sarah Welch said: “This data shows that the Chelsea tractor isn’t just a stereotype, but actually is the vehicle of choice for those lucky enough to live in the prestigious Royal Borough. “While the BMW 3 Series looks like a firm favourite amongst other wealthy districts, it’s also interesting to see wider UK shopping patterns emerge, such as residents in Coventry staying loyal to their local Jaguar manufacturer.” Some old money …

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Expecting Baby No.3

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced. The royal couple already have two children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. The Duchess is said to be suffering from severe Morning Sickness just as she did with her two previous pregnancies. She last appeared in public with Prince William and Harry at the White Garden in Kensington Gardens dedicated to the 20th anniverssary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The statement from Kensington Palace stated: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. “As with her previous two pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. “Her royal highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today. “The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.” She had planned to do the school run on Thursday (7 September) …

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015: Redmayne & Lampard Made OBEs

Eddie Redmayne, best actor Oscar winner and former Chelsea and England international Frank Lampard have been recognised in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List. Lampard was awarded an OBE in recognition of his sterling football career at Chelsea where he netted 150 goals making him the club’s most prolific goalscorer from midfield. He described it as an extremely proud moment for him and his family. Redmayne was awarded an OBE for a career-defining role playing scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He lives in Chelsea with his wife Hannah Bagshawe. Paddington Bear author Michael Bond, 89, was made a CBE for his most famous chronicles of the adventures of a Peruvian Bear which has been translated into many languages and was made into a film last year. The marmalade-loving and duffle coat wearing bear who became lost at west London’s Paddington train station has become one of  London’s most recognised faces.

Gourd of the Apes: Meet the Champagne Chimps

They are our closest cousins and it has now been proven they also share our propensity for a good bottle of red. Scientists who conducted the research study at Bossou in Guinea West Africa found wild chimpanzees had adapted their behaviour to consume palm wine, a local tipple fermented at the top of palm trees inside improvised plastic gourds. The study – published in the journal Royal Society Open Science –  also showed African apes and humans share a genetic mutation that enables them to digest alcohol. It had been once thought only humans engaged in the voluntary and social consumption of alcohol until this discovery. The scientists found evidence of the long-term and recurrent consumption of fermented alcohol from the raffia palm (Raphia hookeri, Arecaceae) by primates from 1995 to 2012. Chimpanzees at Bossou also consumed this alcoholic beverage, often in large quantities, despite an average presence of alcohol of 3.1% alcohol by volume rising to 6.9%. Raffia palms, which occur naturally in seasonally flooded areas are traditionally tapped by locals close to the crown of mature palms, …

JK Rowling Battles Twitter Bullies

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed a torrent of Twitter abuse aimed at her after results of the general election saw the Scottish National Party sweep to a landslide victory in Scotland. She wrote: “It isn’t always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.” The millionairess was born in London and has a £4.5m Georgian home in Kensington but has attracted a lot of vitriol since she donated £1m to the ‘No’ campaign during the Scottish independence referendum. Reacting to the abuse the author said her “personal line had been crossed”. @UFOria_ the image of any political party. It isn't always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 9, 2015 She had also donated £1m to the Labour Party who suffered a wipe-out in Scotland as the SNP won 56 out of 59 seats under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon. She revealed she had been called a ‘traitor’ for her political views and …

#GE2015: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Would the soaring rhetoric of a Winston Churchill have been suited to the political campaign slugfest of the 21st century? For them, no battle-buses, digital and social media gurus or American campaign strategists. Just a trusted open-top wagon with all the passion and oratorical skills they could muster. Fast-forward to 2015 and the UK general elections is shaping up to be the most-covered elections in modern times, thanks to a plethora of media platforms, social media, streaming apps and do-it-yourself broadcasting tools. But perhaps devoid of the human affection and interaction with which a Churchill would have been more familiar. Apart from the traditional voter, modern-day politicians also have to appeal to the millennials who inhabit a digital world exclusively. In the mix are also an array of hyperlocal news sites and irreverent forums where locals vent their spleen. Politicians indeed have their work cut out as they try to spread their message and canvass for votes. And yes, there is no hiding place from the media glare and public scrutiny. Photo opportunities that go awry …

Kate Effect: Royal Baby Boost for UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have continued to receive messages of congratulations and close family visitors to their Kensington Palace home in west London after the birth of their second child at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital. Read more: Royal Baby: It’s a Princess Royal Baby: Will it be Alice, Diana or Elizabeth The Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were early visitors to Kensington Palace to see his second grandchild. The duchess’ parents, Michael and Carole and her sister Pippa Middleton have also been to see the new baby. Kensington Palace said the Cambridges were “hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people from all over the world”. A spokesperson announced on Twitter: “It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.” Prince Harry who is on military duties in Australia said he couldn’t wait to meet his beautiful niece. Prince Harry has said about his new niece: "She is absolutely beautiful. I …