Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

May 24, 2015

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

Deep in the English countryside, rows of trees are being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape with years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lamp shades and other items such as mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a ...

May 24, 2015

Britain's opposition to back EU referendum bill

Britain’s center-left opposition Labour Party will support Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal for a referendum on European Union membership but will make the case to stay, party leaders told the Sunday Times. “The British people want to have a say on the U.K.’s membership ...

Man's portrait identified as that of young Shakespeare

May 20, 2015

Man's portrait identified as that of young Shakespeare

A British magazine has published an image of a figure that it says is the first and only known demonstrably authentic portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime. The picture, of a young, bearded man wearing a Roman-style laurel crown and holding an ...

New law offers hope for U.K. pubs hit by drinking decline

May 19, 2015

New law offers hope for U.K. pubs hit by drinking decline

Britain’s traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanise the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of premises to close every week. Cut-price competition from supermarkets, the smoking ban and healthier drinking habits have ...

May 18, 2015

Britain investigates sailor's disaster warning over nuclear subs

Britain’s Royal Navy said Monday it has launched an inquiry after a sailor who served on its submarines armed with nuclear weapons said the vessels had major security flaws and were a “disaster waiting to happen.” In a lengthy dossier released on the internet, ...

Britain's anti-EU party UKIP riven with infighting

May 15, 2015

Britain's anti-EU party UKIP riven with infighting

A week after an election in which it won the third-biggest share of the national vote but just one seat in parliament, Britain’s U.K. Independence Party is tearing itself apart in spectacular fashion. First there was charismatic party leader Nigel Farage’s short-lived resignation, then ...

Britain's Prince Harry performs haka in New Zealand

May 13, 2015

Britain's Prince Harry performs haka in New Zealand

Britain’s Prince Harry performed a fearsome Maori war dance, or haka, and mingled with tattooed ex-convicts on his trip to New Zealand on Wednesday. Red-faced and sweating with exertion, the fifth in line to the throne participated in a chest-thumping, foot-stomping haka alongside about ...

May 13, 2015

Britain to be EU's most populous nation by 2060

Britain will be the EU’s most populous nation by 2060, overtaking Germany where the birth rate is falling, the European Commission said Tuesday. The population of Britain will rise to 80.1 million by then, compared to 64.1 million in 2014, said the report on ...