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Modernist ruin is an ‘albatross around our neck’ says church

Image copyright Alaisdair Smith / NVA Image caption The seminary was used as a backdrop for a sound and light show called Hinterland by NVA in March 2016 An A-listed modernist building has been described as an “albatross around our neck” by the Roman Catholic Church, who said they could not even give it away. St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, near Dumbarton, was built in 1966 as a training college for priests. It was once described as a “modernist masterpiece” but closed in the 1970s and lay empty until a…

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Historic England: The endangered buildings saved from ruin

Image copyright Historic England Image caption Pictured in 1987, Tynemouth Station was looking tatty and uncared for Since the heritage “at risk” register launched 20 years ago, more than two thirds of the original entries have been saved. But while hundreds are removed from Historic England’s list each year, nearly as many are added. Which sites count as success stories – and which remain in danger? The Midland Hotel, Morecambe Image copyright Bob Skingle Image caption Pictured in 2008, the Midland reopened as a four-star hotel and since 2013 has…

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Brexit won’t ruin Strictly Come Dancing – No 10

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVince Cable and June Brown on Strictly Come Dancing Downing Street has reassured fans of Strictly Come Dancing that the show not is at risk from Brexit, following claims by Sir Vince Cable. Sir Vince – who appeared on the the Strictly Christmas special in 2010 – said a “cack-handed” immigration policy could stop dancers from the EU appearing on the show. The Lib Dem leader made the comments after a meeting with Michel Barnier. He made the case for a second…

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NBA roundup: Kings ruin Westbrook’s return

Yogi Ferrell stole the ball from Russell Westbrook and scored a buzzer-beating layup at the end of the first half, capping a flurry that helped the Sacramento Kings build a double-digit lead en route to a 131-120 victory over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Oct 21, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) eyes the basket as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) defends during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Sacramento won 131-120. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports Ferrell’s…

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Ford to remake Detroit’s most famous ruin

If you’ve ever been to Detroit, you’ve probably seen Michigan Central Station. And you’ve probably wondered why someone didn’t just tear it down. Visible from miles around, the 18-story building has been abandoned for decades and is, literally, a mere shell of its former self. Now Ford has purchased the crumbling building and on Tuesday will announce plans to make it part of a major technology center. “I remember the train station when it was vibrant and it was an awesome place.” Ford chairman Bill Ford said in an interview…

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Sports fans wager Supreme Court ruling won’t ruin their fun

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sports fans on Monday shrugged off a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could open the door to legalize sports betting, saying it would likely have little impact on baseball, basketball and football games already subject to off-the-books gambling. A police officer speaks with tourists before a decision was released allowing the legalization of sports betting at the Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The nation’s top court struck down a 1992 law that widely outlawed gambling on college and professional sports, calling…

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