‘Queer girl with a nose ring’ rocks the Proms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamie Barton sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow Self-professed “queer girl with a nose ring” Jamie Barton was the undisputed star of the Last Night of the Proms. The US mezzo-soprano, who took to the stage waving a Pride flag, said her mission was to “unify the audience”. And, with a sensuous reading of Bizet’s Habañera and a wistful Somewhere Over The Rainbow, she achieved her goal. “We are witnessing something rather remarkable,” said Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawney. “That moment an audience falls in love with a singer.” Last Night of the Proms – As it happened Get every Prom on BBC Sounds His co-presenter Georgia Mann praised Barton’s “heavenly warmth” and said …

Can strike-hit BA rebuild its reputation?

As he told the BBC: “Management want to squeeze every last penny out of customers and staff.” This week’s strike is about pay, but Mr Strutton says there is a wider context – a lack of trust and confidence in management. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBA’s CEO says they are willing to negotiate further as two-day strike begins Pilots, and other crew, have long complained about an erosion of benefits, such as poorer accommodation on long-haul stopovers. In the lean years when BA was recovering from the global financial downturn, staff say they gave up pay rises. The airline’s generous pension scheme has been closed, saving hundreds of millions of pounds. ‘Fight for survival’ While a …

From saving orphans to Strictly Come Dancing

In that programme she would be permanently on the move, solving problems against the clock, bringing an energy and an assortment of jumpsuits that would also be a feature of Challenge Anneka. Image caption There were more than 60 episodes of Challenge Anneka The crew would frequently go overseas, often to challenging locations. “We did a project in Croatia… and were working in a town called Pakrac and there were literally Serb snipers in the hills with their guns focused on us, and we had to have protection from the United Nations,” Rice says. “We all wrote letters home to our loved ones and left them in the hotel in case something happened.” The projects were often ambitious in scale, …

The murder of Joy Morgan

Joy from south London Image copyright MOrgan Family To her family, she lived up to her name. She was a joy to be around. “She’s lovely, over-the-top, irritating, beautiful, compassionate, caring,” says Carol, 51. “She would buy sweeties, Christmas presents, she’d remember me, take photographs, cook dinner for me. She was just lovely, an all-round superstar in my eyes, truly. “I suppose that’s a bit over the top because I’m her mum. But it really was like that.” Image copyright Morgan Family Education was important to Joy, and she would nag her cousins and brother and sisters to do the best they could. “She liked to make sure you were doing the best for yourself,” says her 23-year-old brother Earl, …

Who buys Christmas cards in August?

Image copyright EPA Image caption There is a time and place for this sort of thing, apparently The first sign of the jingle-bell juggernaut was condemned by social media users. Image copyright Stacey Burch Image caption Stacey Burch said early cards helped with the financial strain of Christmas But Stacey Burch, a single mother from Basford in Nottingham, is one of the exceptions to the unwritten rule, buying cards in August to ease financial worries. “Seeing Christmas cards in shops gets me excited and it makes me happy because I know I can start preparing for a time of year that is stressful financially,” she told the BBC. “I never leave Christmas shopping until the last minute. I’m constantly looking …

Ariana Grande ‘overwhelmed’ on Manchester return

The US singer began her 35-minute, nine-song set with No Tears Left To Cry, the first song she released after the bombing, and the night was at times emotional for both the singer and her fans. Arena fans return to cheer her on Mason Thomas, 20, from Manchester, was at Manchester Arena the night of the attack, and said the Pride show contained “so many tears, so much happiness”. He said: “I think she was crying at the start during No Tears Left To Cry, which obviously is heartbreaking. But she’s so strong. She was there for us. She was there for the LGBT community. She was there for Manchester. “I don’t know that there was one person who didn’t …

‘I wouldn’t admit I was from Luton’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFormer England cricketer Monty Panesar tells 5 Live he wants people to stop criticising his hometown of Luton “When I used to play cricket and people would ask me where I was from, I’d say Bedford.” Growing up, former England cricketer Monty Panesar would not always admit he came from Luton. “I was literally thinking I need to get out of Luton; it’s dull, it’s grey, nothing is there apart from the Vauxhall plant and the airport,” he said. Panesar’s feelings towards Luton were echoed in the media. The town has twice been voted the worst place to live – once in a 2004 poll for The Idler magazine, and again in …

Glasgow hosts colourful LGBT rights celebration

However, the Glasgow Mardi Gla Pride march has been organised by a separate organisation – the LGBT Co-op. The parade of walkers and decorated floats is set to leave Kelvingrove Park at 11:30 BST. They will make their way from Kelvin Way to Sauchiehall Street, Blythswood Street and West George Street before ending up in George Square. As they reach the central square, they will see the distinctive rainbow flag, adopted by the Pride movement, flying above the Glasgow City Council chambers. Related Topics Glasgow LGBT Pride Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Stars pay respects at Justin Edinburgh memorial

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Teddy Sheringham attended the service Former England players Rob Lee and Teddy Sheringham, Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore and Salford City boss Graham Alexander also attended. Report End of Twitter post by @leytonorientfc Image copyright PA Media Image caption Edinburgh’s son Charlie shakes hands with Glenn Hoddle outside the service Fans entered a ballot for tickets to sit inside the cathedral, with those unsuccessful able listen to proceedings from outside. Many turned up in football shirts of Edinburgh’s former clubs, while there were also floral tributes left in the shape of the Tottenham club crest. Edinburgh had previously managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017. Image copyright …

Man named as UVF leader ‘met police in bonfire row’

Image caption Graffiti threats to contractors who were asked to remove the bonfire appeared in east Belfast A week-long dispute about the bonfire – built in the leisure centre car park – ended on Friday when Belfast City Council dropped its plan to clear the bonfire site. Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Simon Byrne denied police leaked details of contractors who were asked to remove the bonfire Mr Bryson told the BBC on Monday that Stephen Matthews was among the members of the East Belfast Cultural Collective who engaged with senior police officers about the bonfire. “He played an extremely positive role as part of the collective in ensuring we had a peaceful cultural celebration at Avoniel,” he added. “Stephen …

Welsh street confirmed as steepest in the world

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Sorry New Zealand but it’s now our time to shine” A street in north Wales has been declared the steepest in the world. Residents in Harlech, Gwynedd, are celebrating after Guinness World Records verified the gradient of Ffordd Pen Llech at 37.45%. The title had been held by Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, with a gradient of 35% at its steepest. Campaigner Gwyn Headley said: “I feel utter relief – and jubilation. I feel sorry for the New Zealanders – but steeper is steeper.” “I’ve been covering high jinx and stories to do with Baldwin Street since 2008, there’s been lots of interesting things happen on that street, many of which …

Javid warns of ‘naked populism’ in US

“I know how I’d feel but I’d like to think most of society would think that’s just completely unacceptable in a modern liberal democracy, to have that kind of situation and not be appalled by it.” Public figures must also “moderate their language” as part of a greater effort to tackle extremism, he said, adding that everyone had a “part to play” in stopping the spread of poisonous ideologies. Do rally taunts mark new Trump strategy? Other Americans told to go home His words follow the publication of a poll suggesting 52% of respondents had witnessed extremism. He said: “I know what it’s like to be told to go back to where I came from, and I don’t think they …

Painted stone record attempt for cancer girl

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIsla Tansey wanted people to make and share stones to help remember her The family of a seven-year-old girl who died from spinal cancer are hoping to break a world record based on her love of painted stones. Before her death last year, Isla Tansey, from Hinckley, Leicestershire, inspired people around the world to decorate and hide stones. Her family now want to set a new record for the most painted stones in a single display. The attempt will take place at a family fun day in her memory later. Her love of painted stones prompted the #islastones appeal, in which she encouraged people to paint and hide stones for others to …

Solange shines at London’s Lovebox

It’s an abstract, complex record, with none of the instant hooks of its predecessor, 2016’s A Seat At The Table. But the audience, instead of being alienated, seemed enraptured by the snaking, jazz-like arrangements, and Solange’s sunlit harmonies. Wisely, the singer peppered the set with more-recognisable songs from her back catalogue – the street funk of Losing You, and the soaring ballad Cranes In The Sky – and threaded the new record’s most memorable earworm, Things I Imagined, throughout the set as a musical motif. Skip Youtube post by SolangeKnowlesVEVO Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report The band was crisp and clear, with a brass section that brought a fresh, New Orleans vibe to the material; highlighting Solange’s …

Pride in London marks 50 years of protest

The Red Arrows carried out a flypast at 13:25 BST. Image copyright AFP Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Actor Sir Ian McKellen marched through Piccadilly Circus Image copyright PA Media Image copyright EPA ‘Smallest Pride parade’ celebrates marches Pride in London: What do all the flags mean? Are businesses using Pride without giving back? Image copyright EPA Image copyright PA Media All pictures copyrighted.

‘My parents told everyone I was dead’

In 1980 a baby girl was given up for adoption for being the wrong colour – she was mixed-race, her parents were white, and this was apartheid South Africa. But being brought up by a white couple in the UK left her searching for her place in the world. She only found it when she returned to the country of her birth. As the plane touched down in Johannesburg, Sara-Jayne King caught her breath. More than 25 years had passed since she had last seen South Africa. She had no conscious memories of it. She had left Johannesburg as a seven-week-old infant, to be deposited by her biological mother in England. The years in between had not been easy. Sara-Jayne …