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Winner of Bristol Half disqualified after accidentally running wrong race
Runner's World

Bristol Half Marathon winner, Omar Ahmed has been disqualified after accidentally running the wrong race. The HOKA-sponsored athlete, who trains with Birchfield Harriers, had originally signed up to run the Bristol 10K – which took place alongside the Bristol Half – in the Great Bristol Run – on Sunday 19 September.

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Government refuses to halt post-Brexit Faroes trade deal despite whale and dolphin massacres

The government has refused to suspend a free-trade deal with the Faroe Islands over whale and dolphin massacres, in defiance of calls from conservationists.

Hunters caused widespread outrage last week when they wiped out a super-pod of 1,428 dolphins – thought to be the worst bloodbath of the mammals in the islands’ history.

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6 reasons running is better than cycling
Running Magazine

Many runners end up cycling at one point or another. If you’ve run for a long time, there’s a high probability that you’ve sustained an injury and been forced to spend some time on two wheels. While cycling is a great sport and a great way to stay fit, for many reasons, running remains the superior endurance activity. Here’s why

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The Lady Vanishes
by Derek Webb
Bonington Players
Bonington Theatre, Arnold
13th - 16th Oct

On a train headed for England is a mixed group of travellers, one of which, a wealthy young woman Iris Carr, befriends elderly Miss Froy. But then, after dinner, Iris wakes to find Miss Froy has disappeared. Mysteriously, the other passengers deny Miss Froy ever existed.

What secrets are the sinister doctor, the fierce baroness, the honeymoon couple, the vicar and his wife and the garrulous spinster sisters hiding?

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Climate crisis documentaries to watch
Global Witness

Our goal is a more sustainable, just and equal planet. We want forests and biodiversity to thrive, fossil fuels to stay in the ground and corporations to prioritise the interests of people and the planet.

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Mansfield dancer crowned World Champion at Lyrical Grand Prix
The Chad

Mansfield dancer crowned World Champion at Lyrical Grand Prix

Tilly Epton has been dancing from the tender age of two at Expressions Academy of Performing Arts, on Newgate Lane.

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Lotion in the ocean: is your sunscreen killing the sea?

Up to 14,000 tonnes ends up in coral reef areas each year, but scientists are divided on how we can best protect our skin without harming the environment

Autumn Blum was 5 metres underwater, scuba diving off the Pacific island of Palau, when she looked up towards the surface and saw a rainbow.

“I thought maybe it had been raining,” she says. “As I got closer, I saw that it wasn’t a rainbow: it was actually an oily sheen that was coming off a group of snorkellers.”

She realised the iridescent slick must have come from the snorkellers’ sunscreen.

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Buy A New RNLI Hovercraft - The Flying Farage

Fundraiser to buy the RNLI a hovercraft named after Nigel Farage raises tens of thousands of pounds

The organiser, Simon Harris, states on the fundraising page: “I feel that this would be incredibly appropriate due to Mr Farage taking such an active interest in the RNLI’s activities right now. If there is any money left over, we will purchase a pint of real ale to smash against the front of the boat in a naming ceremony.”

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Outcry over plan to deport Jamaican nationals who came to UK as children

Preparations are being made for the deportation of a number of Jamaican nationals who came to the UK as children, in an apparent reversal of an earlier agreement not to deport people who arrived in this country as minors.

A charter flight to Jamaica is scheduled for 11 August, returning several dozen people whose criminal convictions have triggered deportation orders. However, campaigners have protested that it is unreasonable to remove people who have spent a lifetime in the UK to a country where they have no ties.

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Pedestrian approach to climate crisis embarrasses Britain
Big Issue

More than two hundred people dead in western Europe, thousands displaced by floods in China and the Middle East, ‘heat domes’ over Canada and the US taking lives and sparking wildfires, videos of hailstones smashing car windows and clattering against rooftops. The summer of 2021 has been laced with sobering examples of the climate crisis facing each and every one of us.

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Part of Gulf Stream at risk as Atlantic Ocean currents weaken

The Atlantic Ocean’s current system, an engine of the Northern Hemisphere’s climate, could be weakening due to climate change, which could have severe consequences for the world’s weather including “extreme cold” in Europe and parts of North America and rising sea levels in parts of the United States, according to a new scientific study.

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is part of a large system of ocean currents, known as the Gulf Stream, that transports warm water from the tropics northwards into the North Atlantic.

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Plant hedgerows in your community with our grant funding
The Tree Council

The Tree Council’s Close the Gap Community Hedge Fund can provide up to 100% grants for volunteer Tree Wardens and community groups in England to plant new hedgerows, hedgerow trees and gap up existing hedgerows in winter 2021/22. Planting can be in rural or urban areas on private or public land where the community will benefit.

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The White Man in That Photo
By Riccardo Gazzaniga

Films for Action

Sometimes photographs deceive. Take this one, for example. It represents John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s rebellious gesture the day they won medals for the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and it certainly deceived me for a long time.

I always saw the photo as a powerful image of two barefoot black men, with their heads bowed, their black-gloved fists in the air while the US National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” played. It was a strong symbolic gesture – taking a stand for African American civil rights in a year of tragedies that included the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.

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Players from all 20 clubs will continue to take the knee
Premier League


Players from all 20 Premier League clubs say they will continue to take the knee as a symbol of their "unity against all forms of racism".

The Premier League "wholeheartedly support" the decision that has been made.

A 'No Room For Racism' sleeve badge will also be worn by players and match officials on their shirts.

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Emily Campbell becomes first British female weightlifter to win Olympic medal
Tokyo Olympics


Emily Campbell [from Bulwell] became the first British female weightlifter to win an Olympic medal with +87kg silver.

The 27-year-old lifted a total of 283kg as China's Li Wenwen won gold with a new Olympic record of 320kg.

Campbell, making her Olympic debut in Tokyo, was fourth after the snatch but moved on to the podium with successive clean and jerk lifts of 156kg and 161kg.

American Sarah Robles won bronze with a total of 282kg.

"I am speechless, for the first time ever," Campbell told BBC Sport.

"You know you can get in shape coming into these things, you know you want to perform your best, but to actually put it out on the stage, I'm really thrilled."

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Marcus Rashford scores in book charts with You Are a Champion

A guide for young people in which the footballer shares stories from his own life and reveals how to “dream big” and “find your team”, You Are a Champion was published at the end of May, co-written with journalist Carl Anka. It topped the children’s bestseller charts for four weeks until it was knocked off by David Walliams’ new novel Megamonster.

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Weed garden wins RHS gold at Tatton Park flower show

The judges at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, in Cheshire, have awarded a gold medal to a garden full of weeds.

The team behind the plot, named Weed Thriller, wanted to show that native plants are not just beautiful but essential for wildlife.

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Colour of Power report
who are the new BAME figures in top UK jobs?

This year’s Colour of Power report includes a host of new black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) politicians, business leaders and cultural figures. From football managers to media leaders and charity bosses, the number of minority ethnic figures in prominent positions has more than doubled in four years.

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Marcus Rashford
England striker 'won't apologise' for who he is after receiving racist abuse

England forward Marcus Rashford apologised for his penalty miss but said he "will never apologise for who I am" after he was one of three players subjected to racist abuse following England's Euro 2020 final defeat.

Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their spot-kicks as Italy won 3-2 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.

All three players were targeted on social media after the game.

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4 films about illegal fishing
one of the world’s most lucrative and dangerous industries

Under the cover of night, away from prying eyes, the activity takes place. It’s worth billions of dollars but the price that it comes with is tainted with reports of murder, slavery, corruption, and deception of the most evil kind. Sounds like the premise of a brand new Netflix series, but instead this is the reality of what happens in one of the world’s most lucrative industries. And the secret activity worth billions of dollars? Fish.

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The Jump
Covid 19
BBC Sounds

Chris van Tulleken explores the human behaviours causing pandemics, paying the price for getting too close to animals by degrading their territory and allowing viruses to jump. What's clear is that Covid-19 was inevitable; that a coronavirus would jump in Asia was predicted in at least 3 papers in early 2019. It's a symptom of degraded ecosystems leading to intimate contact with animals we don't normally encounter.

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What's on
Lakeside Arts

Lakeside Arts is the University of Nottingham’s public arts programme. Over 200,000 people of all ages and abilities engage annually with Lakeside’s cultural programme – enriching the lives Nottingham and Nottinghamshire communities, including the University’s staff and students.

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Chris Packham on the importance of Alan Turing

· Chris Packham on the importance of Alan Turing “A genius. A saviour. But he was also autistic and gay. So we betrayed him.”

Chris Packham's speech about Icons winner Alan Turing might just make you cry.

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Mary Anning and her fossils
Wollaton Park
Till October

Meet Mary Anning, the remarkable Victorian fossil collector from Lyme Regis. She tells of her greatest find-the first fossil Ichthyosaur which she discovered when she was only 12 years old!

Help Mary identify her fossils and enter a world of strange sea creatures, dinosaurs and marine reptiles Discover how fossils were formed millions of years ago

Examine some wonderful specimens from our handling collection and create a timeline to find out how creatures today have evolved

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The Pitch Film Fund
The Pitch

The Pitch Film Fund exists to give emerging filmmakers a chance. We offer an array of training and support and have £40,000 to spend on two short films, offering you the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of everyone from Monty Python to Martin Scorsese in making a film inspired by the Bible. We are open to filmmakers of any background.

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Why England fans booing players taking a knee is wide of the mark

On Wednesday night, 563 days after England supporters were last inside a stadium to watch their national team who are priming for a major tournament, a swathe decided to mark the occasion by booing players taking the knee.

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The National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,600 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

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Free trees for schools and communities
The Woodland Trust

We want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So we’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. Together, we'll get millions more trees in the ground.

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