Entries by Ted Thornhill from 09/2012

Headteachers Consider Legal Challenge Over GCSE English Results

Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The row over this year's GCSE English grade boundaries shows no signs of abating after Ofqual said the qualification would not be regraded. The reg...

The Hobbit: Date For Third Instalment Announced

Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

Hobbit fans need only wait seven months between the second and third instalments of Peter Jackson's highly anticipated trilogy. Warner Bros Picture...

Whooping Cough Cases Surge In The UK

Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

Health experts have said they are concerned about a surge in the number of cases of the potentially fatal disease whooping cough, with more than 3,500...

Shark Attack: 7ft-Porbeagle Clamps Jaws Around Foot Of Fisherman Off Islay, Scotland

Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

A fisherman was left terrified after a shark clamped its jaws around his foot and bit a hole in his boat. The 7ft porbeagle took hold of Hamish Cur...

Paralympics 2012: Neil Fachie and Barney Storey Win Gold In Tandem One-Kilometre Time-Trial

Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Sport
Read More: UK Sport News

Neil Fachie and Barney Storey won Great Britain's third gold medal of the Paralympic Games track cycling programme with a scintillating display in the...

Brighton Marks 20 Years Of Its Pride Festival In Colourful Style

Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

A seaside city marked the 20th anniversary of its Pride celebrations today in typically flamboyant fashion as tens of thousands of people brought colo...

Beached Whales: Investigation Launched Into Mass Stranding At Pittenweem On Scotland's Fife Coast (VIDEO, PICTURES)

Posted 09.03.2012 | UK

An investigation into what caused a group of whales to die in a mass stranding on the Fife coast is to continue on Monday. Around 16 pilot whales d...

Duke Of York Abseils Down London's Shard (PICTURES)

Posted 09.03.2012 | UK

The Duke of York overcame his "sense of trepidation" to abseil down the tallest building in Europe for charity on Monday. Andrew descended the Shar...

Destroying A Star: Scientists Reveal How To Take Out The Sun

Posted 09.03.2012 | UK Tech
Read More: UK News, UK Tech News

In science fiction, planet-busting superweapons are all the craze. Yet even more terrifying than the ability to destroy a planet is the wherewithal to...

Olympic Games 'Feel-Good Factor' Fails To Boost Retail Sales

Posted 09.03.2012 | UK

There might have been a "feel-good factor" surrounding the Olympic Games - but it didn't prompt consumers to part with extra pennies in the nation's ...

West Coast Rail Line Bid "Remains Live" Following Virgin Trains' Legal Challenge

Posted 09.03.2012 | UK

Legal action by Virgin Rail has prevented the government signing a contract awarding a major franchise to a rival bidder, MPs were told. Rail minis...

Letting Agents' Charges: A Quarter Feel They've Been Ripped Off

Posted 09.03.2012 | UK

Almost a quarter of people feel they have been "ripped off" at some point in their lives by letting agents' charges, research from Shelter has found. ...

‘Magic Carpet' Could Help Prevent Falls Among Elderly, Say University Of Manchester Scientists

Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Tech

It’s not quite up to the spec that Aladdin would expect, but scientists have nevertheless invented a kind of “magic carpet”. It’s designed ...

British Antarctic Survey's Chef Took Amazing Pictures Of His Working Environment

Posted 09.04.2012 | UK
Read More: Slideshow, UK News

Chef Antony Dubber certainly has no shortage of cold storage space. He’s the British Antarctic Survey’s cook, which means he lives in an enviro...

Universe's 14-Billion-Year Evolution Visualised In Amazing YouTube Video Just 78 Seconds Long

Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Tech

The universe has been around for 14 billion years – but scientists have managed to squeeze its evolution into 78 seconds of video. Needless to sa...

Drinks At Violent Pubs And Nightclubs Should Be Served In Plastic Cups, Says Labour's Ian Lucas

Posted 09.04.2012 | UK

Nightclubs and pubs where violent fights regularly break out should be forced to serve drinks in plastic bottles and cups, an MP believes. Labour's...

Manchester City's Courtney Meppen-Walter: Police Investigating Whether He Was Racing Before Deadly Crash

Posted 09.04.2012 | UK

A new line of enquiry has opened in the Courtney Meppen-Walter case, with the Greater Manchester Police investigating whether the Manchester City pla...

Homes In Horwich, Bolton, Evacuated After Anti-Terror Police Find 'Suspicious Substances' In Raid

Posted 09.05.2012 | UK

A number of homes have been evacuated after suspicious substances were found during a raid by anti-terror police. Residents in six flats were asked...

French Alps Shooting: Three Bodies Found In British-Registered Car And Another Nearby, Young Girl Survives

Posted 09.05.2012 | UK

UPDATE: The British man shot dead with two members of his family in the French Alps has been named as Saad El Hilli by AFP. The family are believed to...

French Alps Shooting: Three Members Of British Al-Hilli Family Killed, Seven-Year-Old Beaten And Four-Year-Old Hidden Under Bodies

Posted 09.05.2012 | UK

A British father, mother and grandmother were shot dead and a seven-year-old violently beaten as her four-year-old sister hid under her family's dead ...

Andy And Tracey Ferrie Will Not Face Charges Over Burglary Shooting In Melton Mowbray

Posted 09.05.2012 | UK

A couple who were arrested after a shooting incident during a burglary at their home will not face criminal charges, prosecutors have announced. Th...

Sir Bob Russell MP Furious After False Twitter Profile Set Up In His Name Posts 'Vile' Tweets

Posted 09.05.2012 | UK Politics

Twitter was tonight told to act promptly to close down a spoof account set up to abuse a senior Liberal Democrat MP. Sir Bob Russell said a false a...

Northern Ireland's Political Leaders Pledge To Tackle Tensions

Posted 09.05.2012 | UK Politics

Northern Ireland's political leaders have pledged to tackle tensions over controversial parades that sparked rioting for the last three nights in Belf...

UK Antarctic Expedition To Drill Through Two Miles Of Ice To Explore Lake Ellsworth, Undisturbed For 500,000 Years

Posted 09.07.2012 | UK

It sounds a bit like the beginning of a Hollywood sci-fi thriller movie. A team of intrepid British scientists will travel to the Antarctic to dril...

British Soldier Dies From Wounds Inflicted In Afghanistan

Posted 09.07.2012 | UK

A soldier has died after being wounded in Afghanistan last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The serviceman, from 1st Battalion Grenadier ...