PUBLISHED: 15:15 14 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:46 14 August 2019 The BA flight is mapped doing loops around Norwich. Picture: FlightRadar24 FlightRadar24 A British Airways flight has raised questions after it was spotted circling around Norwich. The holiday provider does not usually fly into or out of the Norfolk airport. The Embraer plane took off from London City Airport at 10.32 am and was in the airspace above Norwich by 11.02am. MORE: Commuters set to pay hundreds more as rail fares rise You may also want to watch: It then did four loops over the city centre, going from Little Plumstead then west over to Easton. This journey took around 50 minutes before landing. At 12.55pm the flight then took off again, travelling back to London for an arrival time of 1.32pm. BA have since confirmed that this was a training flight, one of a number recorded in Norfolk in recent weeks. A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flight was seen circling Norwich back in January, flying over Kent before doing … [Read more...] about This is why a plane is flying in circles around Norwich
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HOLLYWOOD has dramatised the chilling and horrific religious ceremony of exorcisms - but real life versions often make international headlines. We explain what they are why the Catholic Church performs them. What is an exorcism? The idea that demons exist and can possess people is one of the most widely-held religious beliefs in the world. Most religions claim humans can be invaded by demonic spirits and offer exorcisms to cast out them out. The Vatican first issued official guidelines on exorcism in 1614 and revised them in 1999. The changes state that “the person who claims to be possessed must be evaluated by doctors to rule out a mental or physical illness". Along with a handful of Vatican-sanctioned exorcists, there are hundreds of self-styled exorcists around the world. Catholic Church law requires that every diocese has at least one specially-trained priest who can perform exorcisms, although the Vatican says demonic possession is very rare and the majority of cases turn … [Read more...] about What are exorcisms, why does the Catholic Church do them, who was Anneliese Michel and what’s the story behind The Exorcist?
EARLIER this week, it was World Toilet Day and, er . . . I wasn’t sure what that means exactly. I know that on World Cancer Day we are supposed to think about cancer, and on International Women’s Day we should redouble our efforts to bring about equality so that one day, who knows, we may even have a female Prime Minister. But World Toilet Day? Clueless, I’m afraid. So I did some checking and it seems that 892 million in the world have no access to proper sanitation. This is incredibly sad. All those people, and children, packed like sardines in their caravans, watching the rain trickle down the windows on wet bank holidays, and having to go into the woods to defecate, like animals. Then I did some more checking and found that 4.5BILLION people around the world don’t even have a toilet at home. And that a third of the planet’s schools also have no bogs of any kind. Of course, you may imagine that if … [Read more...] about I haven’t got the boggiest what World Toilet Day is — but you’d be a loo-ser to miss it
Fredrick Kunkle, The Washington Post Published 3:38 am PST, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Millions of Americans will honor a holiday tradition this week: they will squeeze into tiny seats aboard a jet aircraft, fly elsewhere to stuff themselves with food, and then squeeze back inside a jet aircraft feeling as if the seats have gotten even smaller in the meantime. But passengers could soon get relief from the ever-shrinking airline seat, thanks to a recent measure passed by Congress. As airline seats continue to shrink and American waistlines grow, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, which was passed Oct. 3, included language directing the FAA to set regulatory standards on seat width. The language says the FAA must set minimum seat widths and lengths as "necessary for the safety and health of passengers." Likewise, the measure directs the FAA to set a minimum standard on seat pitch, which is the distance between a point on one seat and the … [Read more...] about Don’t blame the ever-shrinking airline seat on Thanksgiving alone. Could this be the year the FAA does something about it?
World The cupboards of Jo Elgarf’s London home are bursting with provisions. Dried foods, canned goods, tinned meat, coffee, powdered milk, detergent. “Anything that has a long shelf life,” she says. The hoarding began a few months ago as British negotiators struggled to settle on the terms of the country’s impending divorce from the European Union. Tabloids blared the prospect of a “no-deal Brexit”—and doomsday scenarios quickly followed: Gridlocked border crossings, strangled supply lines and grounded flights. The pound, analysts predicted, would likely tumble while food and medicine stocks thin and Brits face a host of new immigration restrictions if leaving the isles. Elgarf, a 42-year-old mother of two, found herself stockpiling non-perishable goods and imported products—staples of modern-day living that could be harder to come by as Britain goes its own way. And she’s far from alone. Elgarf moderates a Facebook … [Read more...] about When Is Brexit? UK Is Lurching Toward a No-Deal Nightmare