DESPITE having the energy of a woman half her age and the constitution of a feisty pit pony, it’s often forgotten that the Queen is a lady of 92. So we shouldn’t be surprised that she had to cancel a service at St Paul’s Cathedral this week because she was feeling a bit “under the weather”. The Queen’s definition of that anodyne phrase is most likely an ailment that would have left the rest of us in hospital. She reminds me of those “stuff and nonsense” posh countrywomen in French And Saunders who would accidentally cut their fingers off and nonchalantly throw them to the dogs. There must, however, have been more to it than Her Maj not feeling too chipper, as she hates to miss any special church services, and especially one which marked the 200th anniversary of the Order of Michael and St George. While that might not mean very much to you and me, it’s the kind of historical royal traditional the Queen holds so very dear. Those … [Read more...] about It takes a lot to keep the Queen from Royal duty, even at the age of 92
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News / UK and world by Press Association September 13, 2018, 8:15 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The UK investigation into what killed a Lancashire couple who died in Egypt could take “several months”, a senior coroner has warned. A Home Office pathologist began examining the bodies of John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley, on Thursday. Their daughter, Kelly Ormerod, has said she has “no faith” in the Egyptian authorities, which reported that E.coli killed her parents. Dr James Adeley, senior coroner for Lancashire, said: “In view of the concerns raised by this case, analysis and evaluation of the findings at post-mortem and the associated samples may take some weeks or possibly several months to analyse. “These results will need to be compared with the findings from the Egyptian investigation, when these are available to the Home Office pathologist and the coroner.” Egypt’s … [Read more...] about Investigation into what killed Lancashire couple in Egypt could take months
News / UK and world by Press Association November 29, 2018, 2:47 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The latest legal challenge against fracking at Cuadrilla’s controversial Preston New Road site is set to be heard at the High Court. Friends Of The Earth claims the Environment Agency (EA) failed to ensure that the best available techniques are being used to reduce the environmental impact of fracking at the energy firm’s site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire. The environmental campaign group argues that the EA should have considered the use of other techniques which could produce less contaminated waste fluids when it considered Cuadrilla’s permit application in December 2017. At a hearing in London on Thursday, Mr Justice Supperstone will be asked to rule on Friends Of The Earth’s action. In a statement ahead of the hearing, Friends Of The Earth campaigner Tony Bosworth said: “All along, the … [Read more...] about High Court to hear latest legal challenge to fracking in Lancashire
More than £34m worth of assets have been sold off by Lancashire County Council in the past five years, amidst the authority’s on-going battle to balance its books. But no definitive list of buildings and land which have been sold – nor the price paid or who purchased them – is publicly available. County Hall said that a freedom of information request to produce one was too time consuming to fulfil.Out of more than 350 councils in England, the authority is amongst fewer than 10 percent which have refused to reveal at least partial details of its disposed assets in response to enquiries made by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. As part of a joint investigation, the local democracy reporting service has discovered that the council did previously maintain a list of all county-owned properties and land on its website, but that has not been updated since 2015 – and the authority says the information is no longer held in that format.Only if an asset is … [Read more...] about Lancashire’s great assets sell-off
BRITAIN'S biggest family got even bigger in January when they welcomed baby number 20 into the world - but the parents have promised it would be their last child. But promises are meant to be broken and as the Radfords announce yet another pregnancy, we take a look at the massive family. Who are Sue and Noel Radford? Both Sue and Noel were given up for adoption at birth. She fell pregnant with Chris at just 14 in 1989 and was determined to keep the baby. They got hitched four years later and she was soon expecting their second child Sophie. Just over a year later they learned they were expecting Chloe – and babies have followed in quick succession ever since. Noel said: “We set out to maybe have three children but enjoyed having the kids around so just carried on. “We’re addicted to having all these kids. We just love it.” Sue’s typical day kicks off at 6.30am and she doesn’t get to bed until 11pm. The family do not claim … [Read more...] about Who is Sue Radford, how many children does she have with Noel, when was her latest baby born and will she get pregnant again?