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Listed buildings: New additions mark 70 years of preservation

A “Hobbit” house, a cabbies’ shelter and a World War One listening post are among five buildings that have been given listed status, as Historic England marks 70 years of the practice. Listing was introduced in the Town and County Planning Act in 1947 in order to save important buildings …

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The devil's rope

Late in 1876, so the story goes, a young man named John Warne Gates built a wire-fence pen in the middle of San Antonio, Texas. He rounded up some of the toughest and wildest longhorns in all of Texas. That’s how he described them. Others say the cattle were a …

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Scottish hammer throw, a crowd favourite at Montreal’s 40th Highland Games

According to Jason Baines, throwing a heavy Scottish hammer might not be as bad as it looks.“Well, the first time, it feels horrible and then as you warm up, you feel better and better, if you throw far. If you throw far, you feel great, if you throw short, you …

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Contraceptive app

Inventing the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive started as a hobby project for Elina Berglund Scherwitzl. The nuclear physicist, who’d been working on the team that discovered the Higgs boson, was tired of using hormonal contraception but wasn’t ready to have a baby. So …

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My partition journey back to the village my dad fled

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Binita’s father had to flee when his family’s home was attacked. Now she wants to find the people who helped him escape.

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Walls of water

A sell-out exhibition at the British Museum has proved once again the popularity of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose Great Wave is said to be the world’s most reproduced image. One mural in south London was nearly wiped out when a drug lab exploded next door, but as Alex Marshall …

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Okanagan Dream Rally roars through the Okanagan

The second annual Okanagan Dream Rally roared from Kelowna to Penticton and back again on Sunday.Bernard Avenue in Kelowna was blocked off in the morning to show off 180 luxury cars.Car owners volunteered their time to drive children who’ve been through trauma or battling illness along the route.Along with giving …

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Okanagan Dream Rally roars down Hwy 97

The second annual Okanagan Dream Rally roared from Kelowna to Penticton and back again on Sunday.Bernard Avenue in Kelowna was blocked off in the morning to show off 180 luxury cars.Car owners volunteered their time to drive children who’ve been through trauma or are battling illness along the route.Along with …

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Ziplines not pipelines: A family's treetop pipeline protest

[unable to retrieve full-text content]It’s ziplines versus a Sunoco pipeline in one Pennsylvania family’s backyard.

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Consumer spending falls for third month, says Visa

UK consumer spending fell for the third month in a row in July, according to research from credit card firm Visa. Compared with the same month a year ago, spending fell by 0.8%, slightly faster than the 0.2% decline in June. Spending has now dropped for the past three months, …

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