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Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen

Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen By Kerry Allen & Patrick Evans BBC Image copyright @bella_juan mao Tou Image caption These sisters say their dream is to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace Thousands of users on the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo are discussing a video message sent from the British Ambassador to two little girls. Dame Barbara Woodward, the British ambassador to China, has said she wants to help make their dream come true. You might also like: It comes after the girls Mi Ni…

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Meet the Ugandan entrepreneur peddling bamboo bikes

KAMPALA (Reuters) – At a workshop in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, Noordin Kasoma measured and cut a length of bamboo. Within a few days, the 24 inch piece of grass would be transformed into the frame of a bicycle. In an industry dominated by steel and aluminum, the use of bamboo is not as bizarre as it might seem. Kasoma says his bikes are strong, light and durable. They are also comfortable, he says. “Bamboo is flexible; due to that flexibility it gives that kind of shock absorbing property when you’re…

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James DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr: British super-middleweights to meet at O2 Arena

DeGale (left) has two defeats from 28 bouts, while Eubank Jr has two losses in 29 outings James DeGale says his super-middleweight fight with Chris Eubank Jr is a “retirement fight” because it will be “game over” for the loser. DeGale, 32, faces his British rival in a non-title contest at London’s O2 Arena on 23 February. Eubank Jr, 29, won in September after being beaten by George Groves in February, while DeGale vacated the IBF world super-middleweight title in July. “After he has lost to me I am not…

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Doping: WADA ‘bitterly disappointed’ at Russia’s failure to meet deadline

(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday said that Russian authorities had failed to provide access to laboratory doping data by WADA’s year-end deadline and that as a result it will consider sanctions against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). FILE PHOTO: Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, speaks during an interview following a meeting of WADA foundation board in Baku, Azerbaijan November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz Karimov RUSADA was stripped of its accreditation in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics.…

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Meet the farmer who found happiness in an ancestral way of life

French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon has shunned modern techniques such as machinery and pesticides, choosing the manual subsistence farming methods once followed by his peasant ancestors. Image copyright Reuters Reuters photographer Stephane Mahe spent seven days with Jean-Bernard and his partner Laurence in Riec-sur-Belon, a corner of southern Brittany on France’s west coast, to capture scenes of their unique way of living. Image copyright Reuters Jean-Bernard, 70, describes himself as a “happy outsider”. He and Laurence milk eight cows by hand, grind flour and collect manure to fertilise the crops that…

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Meet Nepal’s daredevil honey hunters

Hunting for honey in the wild is one of the oldest traditions in rural Nepal and it’s also an extremely dangerous one. The collectors have to make an adventurous journey to the beehives which hang from the rocks of high mountains. The BBC’s Aamir Peerzada and Neha Sharma travelled to the remote Lamjung district of Nepal to find out why so many villagers are willing to risk their lives to collect honey. Source link

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Meet the godfathers of the Christmas carol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Choristers at King’s College, Cambridge, rehearse their Christmas service Everyone knows Silent Night, but contemporary carols are still being written. We meet two of the UK’s most popular composers, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. “One of the nice things about Christmas music is that you get 11 months off from it.” So says “Mr Christmas” himself – better known as John Rutter, a choral tour de force, composer of some of the UK’s most popular contemporary carols, and master of ceremonies at the Royal…

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Curry signals willingness to meet with NASA over Moon landing doubts

(Reuters) – Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry on Tuesday signaled that he is willing to take NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab in Houston after his pronouncement this week that he does not believe humans ever walked on the Moon. December 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a three-point basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports During the “Winging It” podcast released on Monday, the Golden…

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Quinn: Falcons failed to meet expectations

Dec 9, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn calls a play in the second quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta Falcons: Coach Dan Quinn isn’t hiding from the fact that the Falcons (4-9) are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL. “As we’re sitting here at Week 15, we have four wins,” Quinn told reporters. “So you’d better believe we’re evaluating everything and doing anything to get it right.” Atlanta has…

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Brexit: Theresa May to meet EU leaders in bid to rescue deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May announces Tuesday’s planned Brexit deal will not go ahead: “I’ve listened very carefully” Theresa May will meet European leaders and EU officials later for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. She will hold talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing MPs’ final vote on the deal. The UK PM has said she needs “further assurances” about the Northern Ireland border plan to get Commons backing. European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would…

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