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George Mendonsa, US WWII ‘kissing sailor’, dies aged 95

Image copyright AFP Image caption The photograph has appeared in exhibitions around the world The US sailor famously photographed kissing a stranger in New York’s Times Square to celebrate the end of World War Two has died aged 95. The picture of George Mendonsa bending over and kissing 21-year-old Greta Zimmer Friedman on VJ Day (Victory over Japan) became one of the most enduring images of the period. It was one of four photographs taken by Alfred Eisenstadt as a round-up of celebration pictures for Life magazine. Ms Friedman died…

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Tamworth hospital: Suspect, 43, held over George Bryan Centre fire

Image copyright Bradley Stokes Image caption All patients and staff have been transferred to other centres, police say A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a “severe” blaze broke at a mental health centre in Staffordshire. The 43-year-old, from Tamworth, was detained over the fire in the George Bryan Centre at the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in the town. There were no reports of casualties in the fire, which broke out at about 21:15 GMT on Monday. “All occupants and staff have been evacuated from the…

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Michael Jackson and George Harrison: Rare radio interview restored

Image caption The two stars discussed songwriting and comedy during the show Forty years ago, two of music’s biggest stars walked into BBC Radio 1 and sat down to review the week’s new releases. Michael Jackson and George Harrison spent the next 90 minutes discussing singles by Foreigner, Nicolette Larson and The Blues Brothers, as well as the stories behind their own songs. The BBC discarded the show, keeping only a short clip. But now a rare recording has been found and restored. Excerpts will be broadcast in a special…

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George Orwell gets British Council apology 70 years after rejecting essay

Image caption Animal Farm writer George Orwell died in 1950 It seems even the best of writers get rejected – but not all of them can expect an apology 70 years later. The British Council has apologised to George Orwell after rejecting an essay of his seven decades ago. The author of 1984 and Animal Farm wrote the piece, entitled In Defence of English Cooking, in 1946. But the council, which promotes British relations with other countries, told Orwell it would be “unwise to publish it for the continental reader”.…

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George Groves – why British boxer should be proud of his career

Groves floored Froch inside a round and looked on course for a massive upset when they first met in 2013 Muhammad Ali, Henry Cooper, Frank Bruno, Wladimir Klitschko, Anthony Joshua. A handful of iconic names have topped a fight card at Wembley Stadium and George Groves will be remembered as one of them. Defeat on the grandest stage at the hands of Carl Froch in 2014 risks dulling his name on such a list but Groves had no need to include the line “I believe I have been good for…

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George Groves: Former WBA world super-middleweight champion retires

Groves won a world title at the fourth time of asking and retired with 28 wins from 32 bouts Former WBA world super-middleweight champion George Groves has announced his retirement from boxing. Groves, 30, lost his world title to fellow Briton Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final in September. It was his 32nd bout in an 11-year professional career and in announcing his retirement Groves said he “knew the desire to fight had left” him. He said: “I don’t want there to be a time where I’m…

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Brit Awards: Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Jorja Smith and George Ezra lead nominations

Image copyright BBC / Getty Images Image caption The nominees include (clockwise from left): Janelle Monae, Florence + The Machine, Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Christine + The Queens, Jorja Smith and Little Mix “Here’s to more women on these stages,” said Dua Lipa as she won best female at last year’s Brit Awards. “Here’s to more women winning awards, and more women taking over the world.” One year later, the music industry seems to have taken note, with female artists dominating the shortlist for 2019’s ceremony. Dua is up…

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George Fawkes sent kangaroo toy replacements

Image copyright Gilda Fawkes Image caption George Fawkes with his favourite of the newly-donated toys – the lost kangaroo’s “cousin from Australia” A boy with a rare form of dwarfism has been sent a number of soft animal toys by wellwishers after losing one he always took on regular hospital visits. George Fawkes has received about 20 kangaroos, wallabies and koalas since losing his cuddly “Kangaroo”. The 10-year-old’s mother Gilda contacted the BBC last month to help find the toy, which had accompanied George through years of surgery. Mrs Fawkes,…

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King George VI Chase: Clan Des Obeaux gives Paul Nicholls a 10th race win

Clan Des Obeaux is now in his third season over fences Clan Des Obeaux and Harry Cobden finished strongly to secure a 10th King George VI Chase win for trainer Paul Nicholls at Kempton. The horse, part owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, battled with veteran Thistlecrack from the home turn. But a strong jump from the 12-1 shot at the last fence saw him pull clear of his rival. He powered on to win by a length and a half with Gold Cup winner Native River back in third. Clan…

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Everton and PSG eye Watford ace, Arsenal want Chelsea veteran, Celtic to sign George Weah’s son?

paper talk Plus, Steven Gerrard says Rangers star ‘going nowhere’ and Juventus line up deal for Manchester United striker The transfer window reopens next week and there are plenty of rumours doing the rounds. Here’s the latest news and gossip in the papers on Boxing Days and around the web… Wilfried Zaha has been offered a staggering £11million a year to move to China next month. The Crystal Palace striker is a target for Super League side Dalian Yifang, who are prepared to make the Ivory Coast international one of the best-paid…

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