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Your pictures on the theme of ‘inspiration’

Nina Sherman: “I was taking a photograph of these colourful newspaper stands in Chinatown, London when this gentleman walked past clutching a placard that read ‘don’t worry, be happy and smile’. It certainly inspired me to smile!” The next theme is “forgotten objects” and the deadline for your entries is 15 January. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to [email protected] Further details and terms can be found by following the link to “We set the theme, you take the pictures,” at the bottom of the page. Source…

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2019: Europe theme as full line-up unveiled

Image copyright David Cheskin Image caption The Torchlight Procession marks the beginning of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events The organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are set to confirm their full programme of events later. In the year of Brexit, 2019’s line-up is a celebration of Scotland’s cultural and historical connections with Europe. The official events get under way on Sunday when pipe, drum and dance bands lead the annual Torchlight Procession. Other highlights over the three days include the famous Street Party, the Concert in the Gardens and a ceilidh in the shadow…

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Your pictures on the theme of ‘opposites’

Chinmay Patel: “Saw this sign in a gold-rush era California town in the Sierra Foothills. What should be opposites are pointing in the same direction.” Remember our next theme is the last one before Christmas (where we will be taking a couple of weeks’ break) and the theme is “decorations”. The deadline for your entries is 18 December. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to [email protected] Further details and terms can be found by following the link to “We set the theme, you take the pictures,” at…

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Climate change: Urgency the main theme as COP24 opens

Image copyright Mike Kemp The most critical meeting on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement has opened in Katowice, Poland. The COP24 conference started a day early due to the pressures on negotiators to make progress. Ex-chairmen of the talks have warned the world “is at a crossroads” and “decisive action in the next two years will be crucial”. But there are concerns about the host country Poland, which has encouraged coal companies to sponsor the forum. What’s so different about this meeting? This Conference of the Parties (COP)…

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Your pictures on the theme of ‘in a box’

And finally, Chyna-Marie Showler took this photo from inside a cardboard box. The next theme is “uniform” and the deadline for your entries is 27 November. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to [email protected] Further details and terms can be found by following the link to “We set the theme, you take the pictures,” at the bottom of the page. Source link

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Families given theme park tickets to overcome bereavement

A charity is providing theme park tickets to families who have lost a loved one. The Courage Foundation, which is based in Hampshire, says it allows families to have fun, make new memories and “know they can get through”. The charity was set up by Ruth and Tony Palmer who visited a theme park after the death of one of their children. Source link

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French theme park deploys crows to collect litter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The first crow cleaners have already been put to work in the park A theme park in France is set to deploy six “intelligent” crows to pick up rubbish and spruce up the grounds. The birds at the Puy du Fou theme park in the west of the country have been taught to collect cigarette ends and other small bits of rubbish. They then deposit the litter into a small box which will deliver some bird food as a reward for their hard work.…

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Chessington theme park riders stranded after power cut

Image copyright @MakeItBritish Image caption One visitor took a picture of people being rescued from a ride Theme park visitors were stuck on rides because of a power cut at Chessington World of Adventures. The Surrey attraction said a power cut in the local area had “impacted operation” on Friday afternoon and evacuations had been carried out on rides that were at a high level. Visitors took to Twitter to say people were being rescued. A spokeswoman for the theme park confirmed people had been helped down from rides. She…

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Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet

Image caption Adam George enjoys an active lifestyle A severely disabled boy is suing a theme park for failing to provide a suitable “changing places” lavatory. Adam George, 11, claims Flambards Theme Park, in Cornwall, discriminated and failed to make reasonable adjustments for him under the Equality Act. Changing places toilets are required by an estimated 250,000 people in the UK who need extra specialist equipment. Flambards says it takes inclusion of all visitors seriously and has made adjustments to its toilets. The company says a permanent changing places toilet…

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