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YouGov survey: British sarcasm ‘lost on Americans’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “With the greatest respect…” Britons like to think they have a “special relationship” with the US, based on a common language and cultural, historical and political ties. But, according to one of the UK’s most respected polling companies, there’s one chasm the English language can’t always bridge – the British love of passive-aggressive statements. In the words of YouGov, “half of Americans wouldn’t be able to tell that a Briton is calling them an idiot”. YouGov showed a number of common British phrases, including…

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‘I lost £180,000 in a self-storage fire’

Image caption Mark Brewer and Rachel Gould rejected an apology from Shurgard Customers who lost belongings worth thousands of pounds when a self-storage warehouse burned down on New Year’s Eve have refused to accept an apology. Shurgard told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme it had complied fully with building regulations. But the customers queried the lack of sprinklers and staff on site at the Croydon warehouse, with 1,198 units. They said they had also been “misled” over claims sentimental belongings could be stored there. Image copyright London Fire Brigade Image…

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‘We lost nearly £10k to TV licence scammers’

Image copyright Carole Tack Image caption Jerry and Carole Tack: “Hubby and me fell out big time… I didn’t speak to him for about a week” When Jerry Tack received an email saying the TV licence needed paying, he didn’t think twice about it. Nothing seemed suspicious about the website he clicked onto, so he entered his bank details – and began a chain of events that would lose him £9,900. Jerry was one of thousands of people contacted in a fraud described by police as “particularly nasty”. But the…

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Venezuela: The country that has lost three million people

Image copyright Getty Images In Venezuela, the discussion about how long to stay, or where to flee and how to begin a new life, is never far from many people’s minds. Every time I visit the country, there are fewer friends and contacts to catch up with. An estimated 5,000 people pack up their lives and leave every day, eager to flee the economic collapse and humanitarian crisis which has beset the oil-rich nation. More than 3m people have fled Venezuela in recent years. According to the UN, that number…

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Anak Krakatau: Indonesian volcano’s lost stature

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Radar satellites are one of the few ways of assessing the volcano currently The scale of the dramatic collapse of the Indonesian volcano that led to last Saturday’s devastating tsunami in the Sunda Strait is becoming clear. Researchers have examined satellite images of Anak Krakatau to calculate the amount of rock and ash that sheared off into the sea. They say the volcano has lost more than two-thirds of its height and volume during the past week. Much of this missing mass could have slid…

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Lost in Asia’s deepest cave

Image copyright Yulia Ustinova Image caption Boybuloq cave is now recognised as the deepest in Asia Almost 50 years ago, Mustafaqul Zokirov left his drought-hit mountain village in a remote corner of Uzbekistan in search of water. He never returned. But his disappearance led to a discovery that now draws explorers to a Central Asian country normally known for its vast steppes and ancient Silk Road cities. What attracts them is Boybuloq – at 1,415 metres (4,640 feet) – Asia’s deepest cave. Image copyright Yulia Ustinova Image caption The Hisar…

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Lost teddy gets fast-tracked home in time for Christmas

Image copyright Scot Rail Image caption Thankfully, Frankfurter the teddy did not have to sit around for too long When Cath Mackay’s five-year-old daughter Eva lost her teddy two days before Christmas, there were understandably quite a few tears. On the train home from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Eva realised Frankfurter was missing from her bag. “We went through all 10 carriages trying to find him. Eva was distraught,” Cath told the BBC. “It was the first present my partner had bought for Eva, which is why we were both crying.”…

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Lost Voice Guy: Why 2018 was ‘a big year for disability’

Billy Monger winning a prize at Sports Personality of the Year, paratriathlete Lauren Steadman in the semi-final of Strictly and Anne Hegerty in I’m a Celebrity. They all happened in 2018 and are all reasons why Lee Ridley – better known as Lost Voice Guy from Britain’s Got Talent – says it’s been “a big year for disability”. Lee uses a synthesiser to tell his jokes because he has cerebral palsy and it affects his speech. “The talents, ambitions and potential of disabled people are starting to be recognised like…

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‘I lost my job after having a baby’

MPs have been urged to legislate to monitor the use of all non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the hope of preventing women being forced out of jobs after giving birth. It comes as the campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed gave evidence to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee. The Victoria Derbyshire Programme spoke to a mother-of-two who lost her job when she returned to work after maternity leave. Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two and BBC News Channel, 10:00 to 11:00 GMT – and see more…

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Sports Personality of Year: Remembering Bannister, Regis, Bristow and the other stars we have lost

Former England, Coventry and West Brom striker Cyrille Regis sadly passed away in 2018 A host of figures from the world of sport passed away in 2018. Here, we remember the sporting names who have died since the 2017 Sports Personality of the Year programme. ATHLETICS The legendary Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes The first man to break the four-minute mile, Sir Roger Bannister. Kenyan 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett. Polish three-time Olympic gold medallist and setter of…

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