Are You a Very English Butler? The U.K. Government Needs You – The New York Times

But the status symbol has endured in Britain, a country that cherishes tradition and heritage. Grant Harrold, former royal butler to Prince Charles and a co-founder of The Royal School of Butlers, explained that the government’s job description was broadly in line with the requirements of a 21st-century butler. “If you watch ‘Downton Abbey,’ we […]

London-born baby with British-resident parents denied UK status – The Independent

A baby that was born in the UK to two British-resident parents has been denied the right to live in the country. Human rights lawyers called the decision “shameful” and “potentially unlawful”.  Dr Charles Kriel, a US national and special adviser to a parliamentary select committee, was returning to Britain from Florida with his fiancee Katharina Viken and their their 15-week-old […]

10 of the best city music festivals in the UK for 2019 – The Guardian

Brixton Disco Festival, London In dark times, disco offers a seductive, defiant escapism. In its second year, this festival will explore that wider cultural resonance in film screenings and Q&As, before partying late in venues around Brixton’s Windrush Square, which will be turned into an open-air roller disco. Joey Negro, Horse Meat Disco and dance […]

A Very English Butler? The U.K. Government Needs You – The New York Times

Staying true to the intended role of a butler (the word is derived from an Old French term for “bottle bearer”), good knowledge of “fine wines” and food service is listed as a minimum requirement for the job, since the butlers must also take care of the government’s wine cellar. Malcolm Rifkind, the British foreign […]

Brexit: Nancy Pelosi steps up pressure on UK over Irish border – BBC News

Image copyright Charles McQuillan/Getty Image caption Mayor of Derry, John Boyle, steps over the Irish border with US Speaker Nancy Pelosi The impact of Brexit on the Irish border was back in the spotlight this week. The most powerful US Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, visited the border and delivered a stark message. If the UK’s manner […]

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former BNP leader Nick Griffin and ex-Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen are among those affected Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says “spread hate”. The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the […]

ConocoPhillips sells off UK North Sea assets for £2bn – BBC News

Image copyright Conocophillips ConocoPhillips is pulling out of UK exploration and production after selling its North Sea oil and gas assets to Chrysaor for $2.68bn (£2bn). The sale will boost Chrysaor’s production by about 72,000 barrels a day to 177,000 – making it one of the UK’s biggest operators. The deal, expected to complete in […]

Facebook Responds To U.K. Regulation, Major Far-Right Groups Now Banned – Forbes

On Thursday, Facebook announced a permanent ban from both Facebook and Instagram on all of the U.K.’s most prominent far-right groups. The ban, which comes into effect on Thursday, includes the English Defence League, the British National Party, the National Front and Britain First. The twelve named accounts include the organizations plus associated individuals. Nick Griffin […]

UK consumers keep calm and carry on shopping before Brexit deadline – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – British shoppers ignored worries about an impending Brexit deadline and spent heavily in March, official data showed on Thursday, supporting the country’s sluggish economy while companies were cutting back on investment. Retail sales volumes surged by the most in nearly two-and-a-half years in annual terms, leaping by 6.7 percent. That was way […]