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The soldier with a secret talent – ballet

Image copyright Rosie Kay Dance Company Twenty-two-year-old Alex Smith is a serving soldier in the British Army who nearly went into a very different profession – ballet. For two years he kept his talents a secret from his fellow soldiers. Trooper Alex Smith of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards is wearing his uniform and he’s ready for duty. But today, unusually, he’s in a theatre. Alex is appearing in a contemporary dance production called 5 Soldiers, a work created by choreographer Rosie Kay about all aspects of military life – the…

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Ligue du LOL: Secret boys’ club cyber-bullying shakes French media

French media organisations are in turmoil over allegations senior journalists and executives belonged to a secret group that harassed women online. Several journalists have been suspended pending internal investigations into the Ligue du LOL. Video by Laurene Casseville and Clea Caulcutt. Source link

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What happens inside Sudan’s secret detention centres?

Dramatic footage filmed by protesters in Sudan shows masked security agents chasing down protesters, beating them and dragging them away to secret detention centres. Who are these hit squads? Where are these detention centres? And what happens inside their walls? BBC Africa Eye has analysed dozens of dramatic videos filmed during the recent uprising, and spoken with witnesses who have survived torture. Some of these protesters tell us about a secret and widely feared holding facility – The Fridge – where the cold is used as an instrument of torture.…

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Newspaper headlines: ‘Secret Brexit plot’ and Banks tributes

Newspaper headlines: ‘Secret Brexit plot’ and Banks tributes By BBC News Staff Image caption The Express leads on a “secret Brexit plot” to force MPs to choose between a revised divorce deal or a “long” delay to Brexit. The paper says the comments by the UK’s chief negotiator, Olly Robbins, which were overheard in a hotel bar, have prompted “fury” from Brexiteers as they appear to rule out a no-deal Brexit. Image caption The comments also feature on the Guardian’s front page, which describes the prime minister’s tactic as “my…

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Ligue du LOL: Secret group of French journalists ‘targeted women’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The group targeted people with rape jokes and photoshopped pornography. Several senior French journalists have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male Ligue du LOL (League of LOL) mocked women, including other journalists, with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic images. Dozens of women have spoken out since the group was uncovered by the major French daily Libération. Libération’s online editor Alexandre Hervaud is among those suspended. People in the League of LOL set up anonymous…

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London’s secret billion-pound guilds – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Lord Mayor of London is often a livery company member London’s trade guilds date back a thousand years and have billions of pounds in assets. But have they forgotten one of their original purposes – to spend money on the public good? Among the glass skyscrapers of London’s financial district, and ancient centre, are nestled some very grand-looking low-rise halls, and a clue to the home of some of the city’s more unlikely pockets of wealth. Livery companies, once a combination of lobbying…

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U.S. judge keeps documents secret in Facebook encryption case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a bid by two civil rights groups that had sought to force the release of documents describing a secret U.S. government effort to compel Facebook Inc to decrypt voice conversations between users on its Messenger app. Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The issue arose in a joint federal and state investigation into activities of the MS-13 gang in Fresno, California, revolving…

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Dog whistles: The secret language politicians are using

Politicians are using coded language to “manipulate people” into making decisions they wouldn’t normally be “morally comfortable with”, a political language expert tells the BBC. This kind of political message only certain people are meant to understand is known as a “dog whistle”, explains Professor Jennifer Saul. Some claimed these tactics were used to make people think Barack Obama was a foreigner. Others said UKIP’s “Breaking Point” poster was a racist dog whistle. So how does it work? Source link

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Is the secret to happiness at the top of this mountain?

Image caption Katie Hope made the long journey to the Rinerhorn Base Camp to “discover happiness” “Everyone assumes that everyone else feels really awesome, but it’s generally not true,” says Laurie Santos, a psychology professor at Yale University. Prof Santos has more insight than most into how happy people are. At the beginning of last year, she designed a new course called Psychology and the Good Life. It was aimed at teaching students how to lead a happier, more satisfying life in twice-weekly lectures. She expected about 40 students to…

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Side Hustles: ‘My secret life as a DJ’

Rhea Cambridge is a “side hustler”. By day she helps people with social housing, but by night she is on the decks playing afrobeats, house and funk. For millennials side hustles are big business. One in four workers in the UK has at least one business on the side, half of which were started in the past two years. Those aged 25 to 34 are more likely to do it. Read more: What’s your ‘side hustle’? Image copyright: @londonrosemedia; Series Producer: Mauro Galluzzo; Camera: Hume Fairholme; Video Editors: Ameer Khan…

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