It’s San Diego Comic-Con at the moment, which means that news from the world of geek culture is dropping thick and fast.
One of the first big reveals from the American convention was the release of a brand new trailer for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who debut.
Here’s everything we learned about her upcoming appearance as the lucky thirteenth Doctor.
The new 50-second trailer really doesn’t give too much away, with new head writer Chris Chibnall, talking at Comic-Con, explaining that’s because he really loves “television when it’s a communal experience”.
“I want you guys to all be talking about it at the same time, and we have things you’re not going to want to be spoiled for,” he said.
But judging from the teaser, the new series of Doctor Who will be packed with new things for fans to get their teeth into, whether that’s new faces – the Doctor comes with three fresh companions this time, including Bradley Walsh’s Graham O’Brien – or new places.
The trailer is narrated by the Doctor: “All of this is new to me,” she says. “New faces, new worlds, new times. So if I asked really, really nicely, would you be my new best friends?”
The promo focuses on the central four characters, but we do get a glimpse of Broadchurch’s Shaun Dooley running around with the team.
One thing that’s notable about the trailer is the fact that any Doctor Who staples – Daleks, Cyberman etc – are non-existent.
In fact, there appears to be no recognisable foes or locations in there, which points towards the series bringing fans a whole glut of new monsters and otherworldly locales to get excited about.
The only familiar Whovian trope we do see – the Sonic Screwdriver – has undergone a redesign and now looks much more alien than recent versions of the device, including an orange light on the end.
It could be that producers are holding off on the old favourites for maximum impact when they do rear their heads in the series.
But with the trailer’s strong emphasis on the ‘new’, could Series 11 be something of a soft-reboot for Who?
The trailer ends with Whittaker’s Doctor exclaiming, “This is going to be fun!” and from the look of the trailer, she’s not wrong.
Chibnall told the Radio Times that the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor is “incredibly warm, funny, energetic, inclusive”, so we could be in store for a fan-favourite manifestation. “She’s the greatest friend you could wish to have as your guide around the universe.”
Couple that with Whittaker’s Yorkshire twang, and the recipe for a good Doctor is set.
There’ll also be new faces behind-the-scenes for this eleventh series of Doctor Who, with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin stepping aside for Chibnall, and executive producers Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle.
At Comic-Con, Chibnall confirmed that he is writing five episodes of the new series, and that two of the five guest writers on this series are women, including the first ever woman of colour to contribute to the show.
Also announced was the fact that there will be no two-parters in this series, with each episode being a self-contained adventure.
The new trailer really doesn’t give too much away, with Chibnall explaining that work on the new series is gathering pace “so that we can get it to you guys and everyone else in the world at the same time all polished.”
Series 11 of Doctor Who will air on BBC One later this year
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This is the heart-stopping moment a cyclist ignored a warning barrier and fell into a gap in a closing drawbridge.
Dramatic footage shows the 37-year-old woman riding through closed gates as the structure is pulled up.
She then swerves and wobbles before falling into the crevice of the Racine Street Bridge in Menasha, Wisconsin in the US.
Fortunately, the drawbridge operator was aware of the incident and ensured the bridge was not pulled up further.
Bystanders rushed to rescue the unidentified woman and were able to free her after around a minute of her being stuck.
She was taken to the nearby Theda Clark Medical Center and treated for facial injuries before returning home that day.
Two orphaned Scottish wildcat kittens have been rescued by conservation group Wildcat Haven, and moved to a purpose-built rehabilitation and release centre in the West Highlands.
They will be released back into the wild at the first opportunity and will provide a “priceless” addition to the wild population.
While most wildcat sightings reported to Wildcat Haven turn out to be domestic tabby cats or part-wildcat ‘hybrids’, this is the first time they have been recently born wildcat kittens, seemingly orphaned and not far from a road.
“I almost fell off my chair when I saw the photos,” explains Wildcat Haven’s chief scientific advisor Dr Paul O’Donoghue.
“The markings looked amazing, far better than any kitten I’d seen in a zoo, but in a very exposed place. It seemed likely they had been abandoned or orphaned and were in grave danger.”
(Photo: Charlie Chandler)
“I am overjoyed that we’ve been able to give these two orphaned wildcat kittens a lifeline,” continues O’Donoghue.
“They’re safe in the largest wildcat enclosure in Europe, Highland Titles have literally put a fence round a forest, there’s even a stream. It’s a near-wild environment for these priceless kittens to grow into adults with our whole team looking out for them as they do so.
“I hope everyone across the Highlands remembers we have this facility available; orphaned kittens or injured adults, we can provide them a safe place to recover, and ensure their return to the wild. We must do everything we can to keep as many wildcats in the wild as possible. The look in these kittens’ eyes tells you immediately that they don’t belong in a cage.
“Once these kittens are old enough they will be released at the first opportunity. Any wildcat that comes here will be returned to the wild. The purest wildcats are in the wild, they can be protected there, and it’s where they belong, not in a cage selling zoo tickets. These kittens will be a huge boost for the species in the wild”
The Scottish wildcat, which can grow up to twice the size of a domestic pet cat and has much thicker fur, is one of the rarest animals in the world with only 35 thought to exist.
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A teenage driver who was caught on police dashcam driving at 80mph in a 30mph zone before smashing into a parked car has been spared jail.
Callum Hill, 18, was filmed careering over speed bumps, driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly colliding with oncoming cars as he fled police.
At one bizarre point during the chase, Hill even indicated left as a police car pursued him for four miles between Brownsover and Hillmorton, in Rugby, Warwickshire.
The chase finally came to an end when Hill lost control on a narrow road and ploughed into a parked car.
Hill, of Rugby, admitted dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court last week.
He was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 to the owner of the car he crashed into.
He was also banned from driving for 12 months.
The England squad arrived back on home soil yesterday, touching down at Birmingham Airport as fourth place finishers in a World Cup which has surely instilled hopes for future success on the international stage.
Fresh off the plane, England manager Gareth Southgate sat down to discuss his team’s experience at the tournament and his hopes for England’s future.
“We came through so many barriers that have been historic hurdles to overcome – no knockout win for ten years, no penalty shootout win in a World Cup ever, the last semi-final 28 years ago – so it will have given belief to the players and the experiences of the wins and the defeats that we’ve had will make us a better team.”
Speaking about the tremendous support his team have received, Southgate admitted he hadn’t yet fully comprehended the impact his team progressing to the semi-final had on the nation, having only witnessing the mania back home via videos he’d seen online.
“It’s a privilege to be able to bring that enjoyment to everybody’s lives. Football has the power to do that, and we’ve talked to the players about that in the past and, having had some difficult experiences with England, they now can see the positive effect they can have as well.”
Watch the video to see the full interview.
Credit: zombisis on Instagram
It was business as usual last night for Liam Gallagher as he took to the stage at the Sion Sous Les Etoiles festival in Argeles Sion, Switzerland.
Fans however were treated to a double-header as they got the opportunity to watch Liam’s performance with the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia on a big screen behind the Mancunian rock ‘n’ roll star.
Liam was performing his song ‘For What It’s Worth’ when Croatian forward Ivan Perisic struck in the 68th minute to level the match.
In a video (posted on Instagram by @zombisis) Gallagher can be seen taking a sneak peak at the screen behind him before shrugging off the goal and returning to the microphone to finish off his song.
That England team were biblical and the best thing to come out of this is that we got a proper manger Gareth Southgate you rule LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) July 12, 2018
Gallagher tweeted after his performance, “That England team were biblical and the best thing to come out of this is that we got a proper manger Gareth Southgate you rule LG x”
A 16-year-old schoolgirl has the internet in stitches after photographing her malformed hand ‘Fred’ in a range of funny scenarios.
Haylee Gardner, of Macksburg, Iowa, is missing fingers due to amniotic band syndrome, which cut off blood flow to her left hand while she was in the womb.
Growing up, the high school student would doodle on her ‘little hand’ with marker pen, bringing it to life with eyes and a smile.
Haylee nicknamed the limb Fred and after realising it made her friends laugh, decided to set up an Instagram page devoted to her alter ego.
She has since staged photoshoots showing ‘Fred’ in a range of real-life scenarios – including driving a car, travelling on a plane, playing scrabble and blowing bubbles.
You can follow Haylee and Fred on Instagram at @littlehandfred.
A video shows parts of the shocking emergency rescue operation after three boys got stuck in a town’s drainage system on Monday night.
A huge emergency operation involving fire crews, police office and the ambulance service saw a rescue plan get underway in Northampton on Monday evening after three boys became lost and trapped in the town’s drainage system.
Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service was called at 6:37pm by a boy who reported that he was lost in Northampton’s sewage system alongside two of his friends.
An operation to locate and rescue the three young people began with a coordinated response from all three emergency services.
When crews and officers arrived, they worked together to locate the boys who were eventually found and rescued in the Kingsthorpe area.
A video has since emerged of two of the boys being pulled from the drain. One of the boys can be seen sitting on the side of the road after already being rescued.
A second boy is then pulled from the drain by emergency crews.
During the operation, road closures were put in place including shutting Kingsthorpe Road and Washington Street.
The young boys had been ‘urban exploring’ – a practice that can be very dangerous if not without safety in mind, according to emergency services.
Originally published on our sister title, the Northampton Chronicle
Crowds of young children filled their school playground, cheering with excitement that one day they could achieve as much as Gareth Southgate.
The youngsters have at least one thing in common with the manager of England’s World Cup team – they attended the same school – and they’re very proud of it.
After hearing rumours the former footballer went to Padnell Infant School in Waterlooville, Hampshire, staff scoured its archives and found he was in fact on the admissions register from 1976 – having started on January 7 that year.
Mandy Grayson, Padnell Infant School’s headteacher, said: “We became aware of the link after seeing a post on a Facebook group, so staff started searching the internet and archives to find out if Gareth went to Padnell.
“The admissions register from 1976 confirms his attendance at our school and when we told the children, excited screams filled the classroom – they’re happy about this.
“Sport brings the nation together and through his leadership Gareth has grown a team the nation can be proud of, and we’re proud to have his name attached to our school.
“Knowing he went to Padnell has given the children the belief they can achieve anything, providing they follow our school values.’
Watch the video to find out the full story.
Originally published on our sister title, The News
In a spectacular display in the skies over London, the largest ever formation of Royal Air Force Typhoons spelt out ‘100’ above Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of the service.
In total, 22 of the RAF fighter jets took part in the flypast, forming into the numbers, which had served as a surprise for the public and royal family watching the spectacle.
— KCL Physics (@KCL_Physics) July 10, 2018
Squadron Leader Mike Child said the arrangement of the aircraft took “months of planning”, with pilots also undertaking simulator training and multiple briefings.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) July 10, 2018
Asked how hard it has been putting together the formation, he said: “It has been difficult because it is the biggest formation we have ever done as a Typhoon force.
“We have done nine ships – which are the diamond nine – which is a relatively basic formation, but it is actually making something that big.”
— Ady Dolan (@adydolan) July 10, 2018
Main video credit: @paulholland1987
The above video captured the shocking moment a pedestrian ran up to a car being driven by a learner driver and started repeatedly headbutting the windscreen in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
Mitchell Bryan, 18, was driving down a residential street during a mock test when a topless attacker ran into the road and launched himself onto the bonnet.
After sliding part way down the roof, the man smashed his head into the windscreen while shouting abuse at the young motorist and instructor Sharon Hopkinson, 57. Sharon then told Mitchell to drive on but, to the pair’s horror, the attacker chased after them while they were stuck at a red light.
Luckily, the traffic lights turned green before he arrived and they were able to drive away to a police station to report the frightening incident.
Hopkinson, who runs 5 Star Driving Academy, and Mitchell had been driving in Long Eaton, when the bizarre attack took place on Sunday.
“I was taking out my student Mitchell who is test-ready but hasn’t passed his theory yet,” said Hopkinson.
“I was performing a mock test on him, and his driving had been excellent. I had just asked him to pull up on the left, but as we moved on I saw a pedestrian on the pavement.
“I said, ‘Just be aware – there’s a person behind this van,’ and then he was in the middle of the road. He started running towards us making noises like a wild animal.
“I said, ‘Stop the car,’ and then he ran up onto the car, onto my roof. I was shouting out the window, ‘It’s on camera you know,’ thinking he would go away.
“He slid down the windscreen and he started head butting it four times. He was swearing, shouting and being abusive.
“It really terrified me. It was incomprehensible what he was saying but it was lots of swear words. He did the last head butt to my side of the car.”
Luckily, the young learner in the driver’s seat was able to keep his cool under pressure.
“I said, ‘Drive, drive,’ and Mitchell was so good. I’m so proud of my student. He was very calm,” Hopkins recalled.
“If it was another student who couldn’t get the car started again, I dread to think what would have happened if we had to swap seats.”
“He got the car going again and we carried on down the road and then we got to traffic lights where there were road works.
“I looked in my rear view mirror and the man was chasing us. Luckily, they changed to green before he caught up with us.
“I can’t stop thinking about it. It scared the hell out of me. Was he taking advantage of a learner driver?
“I have never seen anything like this before. Being a driving instructor you see lots of incidents – it’s part and parcel of the job. But this terrified me.
“I would say he was in his late 20s. It was like he was possessed. He was definitely on something, or was just deranged.”
Hopkinson posted the video on a driving instructors’ forum as well as social media and it has now been viewed over 15,500 times.
“I have the camera because as a driving instructor you have incidents where people will try to make it look like learner drivers have bashed into them, or throw themselves on the bonnet and fall on the floor to make it look like they have run them over,” the instructor explained.
“This has seriously made me doubt I am in the right job.”
Derbyshire Police are now appealing for information about the incident and urging anyone who recognises the man to get in touch.
“He was a white man in his late 20s, of a slim build. He’d got no top on and was wearing jeans,” said a police spokesperson.
Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 and quote reference number 18000292248.
This article first appeared on our sister site, Ilkeston Advertiser
Is this a future England World Cup anthem?
A new version of Boney M’s Rasputin by England cricket legend Freddie Flintoff and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has been released.
The track, Rasputin Rebooted by The Stars House Band featuring Freddie and Ricky, is a modern reworking of the 1978 Number 2 hit telling the story of the England captain rather than the song’s original namesake, Rasputin, the Russian mystic famous for his ability to predict the future.
The new version features lyrics including, “There lived a certain man in England long ago, he was big and strong, he played football like a pro,” leading to the chorus, “Ha ha, Harry Kane, England’s greatest goal machine”.
The idea for creating an anthem sprang from a wager between Freddie and BetStars during the filming of a recent advert for the Stars £100 Million Challenge, which offers customers the opportunity to win up to £100 million if they correctly predict all 64 win, lose or draw results of the World Cup.
Flintoff said: “When I heard that England had no official anthem, I told the BetStars team that I was gonna get a band together to create a song. Naturally they bet that I couldn’t get a star big enough and talented enough to perform the song, but that they’d back the production if I could. That’s when I rang Ricky.
“It’s a perfect choice for a football anthem this summer. It’s Russian, it’s got all the noises, and all the dances – the only dodgy thing is I’m in it. There’s been some cracking World Cup songs in the past and it would be nice to think that the fans will get behind this one and sing it in the stands over in Russia. If they don’t, Ricky and I will just have to fly over there and get it going on the terraces ourselves.”
Ricky Wilson rose to fame as leader of the Kaiser Chiefs, who took their name from South African football club Kaizer Chiefs FC, the first club of ex-Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, and has since added radio DJ and TV presenter to his resume.
He said: “Rasputin has such a great chorus. The test for any song is imagining a group of football fans singing it on the terraces. It worked with Ruby, Ruby, Ruby and now it’s working with Ra Ra Rasputin. And it’s another R: Riot, Ruby, Rasputin”.
A version of this story originally published on our sister title, Lancashire Evening Post
The moment a boy realises meat comes from animals – and instantly turns vegetarian – has been captured on video.
Five-year-old Zayn Oukaci from Milton Keynes was filmed by his mum Christine Bell as he chatted away about his favourite food – green beans.
Zayn then listed chicken, bacon, and lamb as more of his favourites.
When he said ‘lamb is kebab’ Christine started laughing, only for Zayn to upset when he realised lambs are turned into meat.
Ever since the conversation Zayn has refused to eat any meat at all.
Christine said: “I was sitting with Zayn and we were just chatting and he started talking about green beans. He loves green beans and says they make him like the hulk and he thinks everyone should eat them.
“Then he was talking about meat and he was saying, ‘cow is beef’, ‘chicken is chicken’ and ‘lamb is kebab’.
“I just burst out laughing, but Zayn started to get upset.”
“He got upset about lambs saying we shouldn’t eat them.
“One day I went to give him beef and he refused to eat it because it was cow.
“If I give him meat now he says ‘no’.
“I suppose he’s turning vegetarian.”
Christine lives in Milton Keynes with Zayn and his siblings, Harry, 18, and 13-year-old Emelia Oukaci.
Originally published on our sister title, Milton Keynes Citizen
Video footage has emerged of a man who was hit by a bus on a busy road – and immediately gets back to his feet.
The incredible dash-cam footage shows the man crossing the road on Black Lion Hill in Northampton between the train station and the university’s Innovation Centre.
The man appears to step into the path of an oncoming bus before being hit.
The incident happened at around 3.20pm on Thursday last week (May 31).
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said the pedestrian received minor injuries and was taken to hospital.
Stagecoach has been approached for comment.
Originally published in our sister title, the Northampton Chronicle
By Paul Larkin
A pod of up to 40 dolphins have been filmed off the coast of Northumberland last night.
In an amazing sight, the dolphins can be seen swimming around the small motorised rowing boat, leaping from the sea individually and in groups, almost like a choreographed water-ballet.
The footage was taken on a mobile phone by Kate Durie, who was on the boat with her boyfriend Callum Hewitson’s family.
Callum’s brother Connor spotted the dolphins from the shore at Seaton Point, then Kate joined Fin and Tamsin Bowron, from Boulmer, and Ruth Cook, also from Boulmer, and headed out on Fin’s rowing boat, which is fitted with an outboard motor.
The brothers followed in kayaks. On the video, the party can be heard screaming with delight as the dolphins frolicked around them.
They headed north, reaching Howick with the dolphins still following.
Later, Tamsin posted the video on Facebook, saying: “For an hour tonight, time froze as we had the most surreal experience EVER. A moment to treasure always.”
Tamsin told the Northumberland Gazette: “The dolphins followed the boat for just over an hour. They were clearly visible under the surface because the water was so still.”
Fin said: “It was an incredible sight. There were 30-40 dolphins swimming alongside and under the boat and leaping out of the water. There were young ones among them.
Originally published on our sister title, the Northumberland Gazette
An audience member on BBC Question Time who argued that Scotland should be seen as its own country and that Scots feel ignored in the Brexit negotiations won fans on social media last night.
The woman also received applause from the audience when she said: “We voted two thirds to remain in the EU and we were lumped together as this country Britain.
“We are not a country, we are countries, and we should be respected as separate individuals countries with our own views.”
During the televised debate, which took place in Perth, the woman told the panellists not to treat the city as representative of Scotland.
“Don’t judge Perth as an example because Perth is quite Tory,” she said “But Scotland is quite angry in the way that we are being ignored in the Brexit negotiations.”
She went on: “I find it incredible that there is so little knowledge of what is going on in Scotland and the feelings that are about in Scotland.
“Our Government, that we voted for is being ignored and sidelined.”
She added: “I get very annoyed…With Tories,” which was met with laughter from the studio.
When asked by presenter David Dimbleby if she wanted a vote on independence, the woman replied, “I would like it.. It is surely every countries right to self determination?”
“Your fury is very mature,” Dimbleby jokingly said to the woman.
To which she replied: “It is, it has been festering for a few years”.
Viewers at home were equally impressed by her “mature fury”, calling her a “legend” and a “hero”.
— Rachel Morgan (@RachelMorganMFL) May 31, 2018
Originally published on our sister title, iNews
An group of visitors to Flamingo Land near Malton in North Yorkshire had an unlucky experience when the ride they were enjoying broke down.
The Kumali roller coaster came to a halt as it began its first ascent due to a mechanical issue, trapping the riders for about an hour yesterday.
They were freed by mechanical teams using the ride’s maintenance cage.
A Flamingo Land spokesperson said: “Due to a minor mechanical issue, the Kumali roller coaster train stopped a short distance up the initial ascent, in accordance with its safety systems.
“Customers were safely evacuated from the ride as per our standard training and formal procedures by our experienced engineers and operations team.”
Three Scottish wildcat kittens are getting used to their new surroundings at the Highland Wildlife Park – and they offer hope that the species can be saved from extinction.
The trio, born in March to mother Ness, have recently begun to emerge from their den at the Royal Zoological Society park near Kingussie.
They might look similar to domestic tabby cats, but they are the newest additions to a breeding programme which aims to protect the iconic Scottish wildcat from extinction.
David Barclay, RZSS cat conservation project officer said, “While it is always a joy to see the excitement in the visitor’s faces as they catch a glimpse of the kittens exploring their enclosure, it is an even greater feeling knowing that young wildcats like these could be the saviour of the species in Scotland.
“With little evidence of viable populations in the wild it is clear to see how valuable reintroductions from the captive breeding population could be. These kittens, from a wild born father, possess genes that will allow for new breeding pairs to be established ensuring the population continues to grow.
“The Scottish wildcat is facing the very real threat of extinction due to hybridisation with domestic and feral cats as well as habitat loss and accidental persecution,” adds Barclay.
“However, together with our partners in Scottish Wildcat Action, Scotland’s national conservation project for the species, we will continue to deliver conservation efforts for the species and make sure we give them the greatest hope of survival for future generations”
Although Scottish wildcats share some similarities with domestic tabby cats, the two species are not to be confused.
The Scottish wildcat is the same subspecies of wildcat as is found in continental Europe, but has been separated from them since the end of the last ice age, around 9,000 years ago.
Domestic cats originate from Near Eastern wildcats and have been through a process of domestication. So they have a quite separate evolutionary history to Scottish wildcats and behave quite differently.
Wildcats are less social, generally just coming together for a short period for breeding, normally giving birth to two or three kittens, which the mother will protect fiercely.
Douglas Richardson, head of living collections at the park said, “RZSS Highland Wildlife Park first bred Scottish wildcats in 1981. Over the years we have provided many of our offspring to other high-standard collections and so from quite early-on we sowed the seeds for what is now the formal conservation breeding programme.
“It is comforting to know that the wildcats within the formal breeding programme will provide the lifeline that the species needs to ride-out the very real threat of extinction in the wild.”
German tennis player Alexander Zverev was left bewildered by a reporter’s strong Yorkshire accent during a French Open press conference.
The 21-year-old could only smile awkwardly when he was asked about his hopes for the future after his win against Serbian Damir Dzumhur.
Reporter: “Do you feel like Rold-Garris could be a turning point for you in terms of having a run in this tournament? If so, what will the difference be?”
Zverev: “Where you from, buddy?”
Reporter: “Do you wanna guess? Yorkshire.”
Zverev: “Jesus. Nice. If they ever make a tournament there I’m definitely coming because of that accent. Love it.”
Zverev then adds: “I didn’t understand a word you were saying… But it’s not important.”
After a few more attempts at asking the question the reporter suggested he ask questions at “all of his Winner’s press conferences.”
“I’ll definitely make sure if you get to the final you’re asking multiple questions” said Zverev.
Zverev will play against Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur in the third round after his 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.
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A Malian migrant who rescued a four-year-old child hanging from a balcony has been hailed a hero and “real-life Spider-Man”.
Mamoudou Gassama climbed up four floors to reach the child on Saturday evening in northern Paris.
Footage on social media showing the 22-year-old climb up the block of flats has gone viral with one post having been watched over seven million times.
President Macron invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace to thank him personally, according to his office.
And it has now been confirmed that Mr Gassama is to be made a French citizen.
Avec M. GASSAMA qui a sauvé samedi la vie d’un enfant en escaladant 4 étages à mains nues. Je lui ai annoncé qu’en reconnaissance de cet acte héroïque il allait être régularisé dans les plus brefs délais, et que la brigade des sapeurs-pompiers de Paris était prête à l’accueillir. pic.twitter.com/xMpFlP1UFe
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 28, 2018
After meeting him, President Macron said he would be made a naturalised citizen. He personally thanked Mr Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be made a fireman.
“I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” Mr Gassama told reporters after the event.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo congratulated the young man in a tweet and said she had called him to thank him for his actions.
“Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child,” Ms Hidalgo said.
Un grand bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour son acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d'un enfant. J'ai eu plaisir à m'entretenir avec lui aujourd'hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement. https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 27, 2018
“He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here.
“I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” she added.
A woman has been described as “very silly” after she drove her car on to the route of the Plymouth Half Marathon.
Eyewitness footage of the incident taken by Rob Bricknell on Sunday shows several runners stop to express their outrage at the driver as her car disrupts the race, pulling out of Hawkers Avenue.
She knocks over a cone and almost injures one runner who stands in the way of the car.
When a runner shouts at her that she could have killed someone, she replies: “I can’t get out… listen, I have tried to get out every which way. I have a workshop in Okehampton. I have had no information… I went very slowly.”
Referring to recent terrorist incidents which have involved vehicles being driven into crowds, local MP Luke Pollard said the woman’s behaviour was “very silly”.
This was not a very smart thing to do. Driving a car at pedestrians has been used by terrorists recently and runners and cars are kept apart for very good reasons. National embarrassment follows a very silly decision. Glad no one was hurt. #plymouth https://t.co/4osXhRbJeP
— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) May 20, 2018
Lorna Empson, a marshal at the race, told the BBC that the driver was trying to get on to a main road and that “people were not happy with her”.
“I cannot blame them as she could have caused a serious accident,” she added.
Team GB sprint hurdler David King also expressed his shock at the driver’s actions on Twitter, questioning “why some people think they are above the law”.
Disgusting behaviour 😱You need to watch the video to believe it 😂 why do some people think they are above the law and everyone else? 🤦🏼♂️ https://t.co/OSl1G3tiu9
— David King (@DaveKing_) May 20, 2018
Before she can get any further, an official runs over to stop her, saying: “Don’t move, stay there!”
The woman replies: “You phone the workshop [to tell them I’ll be late].”
Video credit: Rob Bricknell
Drone footage of a wildfire on Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat has emerged following dramatic scenes on the iconic landmark yesterday.
Captured by YouTuber Shaun Vlog, the aerial video exhibits the extent of the damage caused to the city’s beauty spot.
The fire, which took ten hours for fire crews to extinguish, is believed to have taken hold of the tourist hotspot on Sunday afternoon, with local authorities being called to the scene at 1.40pm.
Grass was alight near the summit and six fire appliances attended. At the height of the fire, around 30 officers were at the scene, with firefighters using water backpacks to tackle the flames.
One casualty was taken into the care of paramedics with a leg injury. The Scottish Fire and Rescue service said crews left the scene at around 11.30pm on Sunday.
The blaze comes after firefighters warned on Saturday for members of the public to beware of such risks.
Chairman of the Scottish Wildfire Forum Bruce Farquharson called for people to heed safety advice and “enjoy the weather responsibly”.
You’ve heard of Carpool Karaoke – now Sunderland has its own version with ‘Cabpool Karaoke’.
Station Taxis has launched the online feature inspired by the small screen phenomenon launched by James Corden’s Late Late Show – itself produced by Fulwell 73, which is led by Sunderland fans.
The first of the acts to appear is Sunderland band Fire Lady Luck, who joined driver Rob Berry for a sing-a-long around the city, taking in Hendon, Leechmere and the A19 during the journey.
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It features the band as they first sing along to their own cover of Billy Idol’s Dancing On My Own.
They go on to belt out the words to Toy Dolls’ version of Nellie the Elephant before the carload moves on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, complete with added kazoo, played by Lewis.
Originally published on our sister title, Sunderland Echo
From the outside, Park Quadrant Residences in the city’s west-end have the appearance of high-end apartments, but the sandstone and glass facades of Glasgow’s most luxurious new development hide an intriguing secret.
With the UK braced for an extremely cold week of ice and snow, drivers will be faced with the prospect of defrosting their cars in the morning.
But what is the best way to deal with this chilly problem?
Watch the video above for our 8-point guide for getting up and running quickly and safely.
The interiors of a landmark new development in Glasgow will be revealed on Thursday, 22 February, with the opening of a marketing suite and show apartment at Park Quadrant Residences in the city’s west end.
A new nine-hour documentary series charting the rise and fall of some of the most important civilisations in history is coming to BBC2 next month.
Civilisations begins on 1 March, and will aim to be just as encyclopedic as the series it is spiritually succeeding – Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, from 1969.
The nine-part series aims to introduce new generations to the artistic works of the past, using each as a point to examine the civilisations they came from – from the marks on cave walls made 40,000 years ago, to the art of the present.
Travelling across six continents, Civilisations will compare those societies to today’s modern, globalist population, looking at paintings and sculptures to answer fundamental questions about human creativity.
Historian Simon Schama heads up the trio of presenters. The Professor of History and Art History at New York’s Columbia University is no stranger to extensive documentary projects, having fronted the 15-part series A History of Britain between 2000 and 2002.
Another well-known face, Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature, and has fronted recent BBC documentaries on Ancient Rome and Pompeii.
David Olusoga has presented a number of historical documentaries (most recently A House Through Time), and has written award-winning books on military history.
With an academic focus that also includes the histories of race and slavery, he’s perfectly poised to provide deeper context to some of the darker periods of humanity’s history.
Even the trailer for Civilisations runs to nearly seven minutes, a reflection of the show’s mammoth scope.
“It’s taken three years of thinking, writing, filming and editing, every shoot, every encounter with great art, a daunting challenge and an immense satisfaction,” Schama revealed.
Beyond the TV series, there will also be the Civilisations Festival, which will see the BBC partner with more than 250 museums, galleries, libraries and archives across the UK.
Then there’s Civilisations Stories, a collection of 11 programmes on BBC1 exploring the art of each region, and what they say about the communities in which we live.
Beard will also present Civilisations on your Doorstep, a one-off programme that will explore the stories and controversies behind extraordinary works displayed in museums across Britain.
There will also be two special Performance Live programmes, special broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and The Civilisations Podcast will explore the themes raised in the main programme.
Civilisations begins on BBC2 on Thursday 1 March. More info on the BBC website.
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After spending more than a century delighting visitors in London, Dippy the Diplodocus has embarked on a UK tour.
The 26 metre long plaster cast of the dinosaur skeleton has stood in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London since 1979, but now it’s on the move for the next three years.
It’s estimated that 5 million people will see Dippy at the eight locations across the UK, which have all been chosen to cover the grand sweep of geological time.
The tour begins on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, and ends in Norwich, exploring how we might secure a sustainable future. It will also visit Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff and Rochdale.
Dippy only just squeezed into Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, with 4in (10cm) to spare, where it went on display at the weekend.
10 February – 7 May 2018: Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
26 May – 9 September 2018: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019: Ulster Museum, Belfast
22 January – 5 May 2019: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
18 May – 6 October 2019: Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
19 October 2019 – 26 January 2020: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
10 February – 28 June 2020: Number One Riverside, Rochdale
11 July – 31 October 2020: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich
Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905.
Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, which is supporting the tour, said: “Generations of children have been awestruck by Dippy’s spectacular presence at the heart of the Natural History Museum and we hope he continues to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he works his way round the UK. The Foundation’s Trustees are looking forward to Dippy taking pride of place in the different venues and to seeing children enthused and engaged by the wildlife around them.”
Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum.
Dippy – a member of the Diplodocus carnegii species – would have lived between 145 million and 156 million years ago in North America, at the end of the Jurassic period.
A Diplodocus has 292 bones, although Dippy comes together in 86 pieces.
The meaning of the name Diplodocus is ‘double beamed lizard’ – in reference to its double-beamed chevron bones located in the underside of the tail.
They were plant eaters with peg-like teeth, designed for stripping the leaves from ferns
Early research believed that Diplodocuses would have stood with their necks high in the air. However, more recent studies have suggested the neutral position was more likely to have been horizontal.
They are the longest known dinosaur, and could measure up to 27 metres. They weighed about 12 tons (equivalent to a large truck).
The magnificently renovated West Lodge will put its lucky owner on the threshold of one of Edinburgh’s architectural gems.
Cherry Ambrose and her father Stephen Byford combine past and present in their stylish renovation of former coast guard station Tangle Tower.
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He’s not wrong. Read more
Soon to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Laurieston bar owner John Clancy runs one of the most iconic watering holes in Glasgow. Read more
How is it a lowly Scottish immigrant from Dunfermline arose from poverty to become one of the richest men to have ever lived? Read more
John Muir helped federalise America’s national parks on a camping trip with President Roosevelt and yet he was relatively unknown in his native Scotland until the 1970’s.
If the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year has you wishing you could escape to your own remote paradise, then take a look at these five out of the way properties.
Escape the rat race with one of these Scottish country farm properties, which tick all the boxes for those looking for a more relaxed way of life in an accessible location.
Enjoy peace and quiet in the country while still being close to city life with this farm and land for sale near Glasgow.
If staying in a truly unique, luxurious Scottish hideaway is your idea of heaven then why not book into The White Tower?
When Alison Houghman decided a glorified shed wouldn’t do for her wilderness retreat, she turned to the land of
the lumberjack to find her dream log cabin.
If you dream of getting away from it all and wish to escape to a remote Scottish location then take a look at these Highland and Island croft homes, which are currently on the market.
Creative couple Katie Webb and Ian Bell were on a roll when they converted a former bakery into a four-bedroom duplex in Edinburgh’s Canonmills.
If you have aspirations of grandeur, and a bank balance to match, then why not invest in one of these stunning Scottish castles, stately homes or estates?
If you’re looking for a property that not only has beautiful views, but also offers the chance to blow away some cobwebs thanks to a breath of fresh sea air, then take a look at these coastal properties.
The first release of luxury homes at Park Quadrant Residences has sold out since being released in August, following more than 1,000 enquiries.
A family-run building firm has show has developed a fantastic complex of high specification apartments aimed at Edinburgh’s young professionals.
It may be the former home of horses, but the Pend, Terregles, in Dumfries and Galloway is a splendidly grand property.
A recent office conversion in a Georgian building has created a beautiful and practical home, discovers Kirsty McLuckie.
An architectural gem in Edinburgh’s West End has been sensitively restored to offer discerning homebuyers a rare opportunity.
Aberdour House was built in the 17th century in the grounds of Aberdour Castle which was formerly the ancestral home of the Earls of Morton.
A Fife house which clings to the cliff and boasts stunning views of the Tay has gallons of potential, finds Kirsty McLuckie.
African-inspired designs made Stonehouses a headache to build, but the result is two striking cottages that are way ahead of the curve.
The Clowes had the expertise to build a home to their special requirements without compromising its contemporary style or traditional rural profile.
Located in the lovely seaside village of Collieston, near Aberdeen, Seaton Cottage is a traditional detached property which offers tremendous potential.
A smart townhouse has served its time as a summer haven for returning Scots, discovers Kirsty McLuckie.
If two’s company, intimate and cosy High Lodge in Dumfries & Galloway has everything you need.
Evelyn and Vince James’ elegant converted steading in Tyninghame blends contemporary style with original character.
A doctor who upgraded the grand home of Queen Victoria’s own physician is proud to have preserved its character for 30 years.
Fishing enthusiasts who are looking for a home in which to enjoy their hobby should take a look at this new to the market property.
Tired of the rat race? Scotland’s island properties offer a refreshing range of choice, finds Kirsty McLuckie.
Discerning homebuyers now have the rare opportunity to purchase one of Scotland’s most desirable historic mansion homes located close to the Capital.
With family in Scotland but living in Dubai, Jan and Ellie Felton were keen to find a business venture that allowed them to spend more time in the UK – a holiday home seemed like a good option.
Potential buyers looking for the peace and serenity of island life will find their dream property in a stunning traditional house on the banks of the Isle of Raasay.
If you’d like to move into more regal surroundings this Christmas, and help a range charities (all for the price of a pizza) then this competition ticks all the boxes.
Want to live in the Capital and have a few pounds to spend? Then take a look at these luxurious, expensive homes that are on the market now.
Those hot summer days might be over but gardens are still prized in the middle of Edinburgh, finds Kirsty McLuckie
Live like a modern day laird in this luxurious property, which boasts stunning views, loch access and all mod cons.
If you’d rather spend your hard earned cash on a Highland country bolthole rather than a city, then this charming cottage may be what you’re looking for.
Upgrade your current property to this modern, luxurious home near Hamilton, which boasts a games room, swimming pool and spa area.
Ian and Ruth Macallan’s elegant mansion house is the perfect place to entertain and impress guests.
An East Lothian house with an interesting past gets the attention it deserves, discovers Kirsty McLuckie. Read more
Invest in not one but two ready-to-move-into homes plus eight plots of land overlooking the beautiful location of Loch Voil in Stirlingshire.
Capital buyers have a rare opportunity to purchase an A-listed Pied-à-Terre within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.
If you love the Scottish countryside and enjoy a dram or two then this property, which sits within the heart of the Malt Whisky Tour, may be the home for you.
Fans of the popular TV show can now experience the grand childhood home of Rose Leslie, who played Wildling Ygritte, as it is available to rent on Airbnb.
Enjoy city life in the capital in this beautiful renovated flat, which is now on the market.
It is convenient to have a spare bedroom for guests, but if can put all your property purchasing budget into a one bedroom place, you can get a lot more sociable space for you money says Kirsty McLuckie.
Find total escapism in this remote croft, which has been uninhabited for almost 80 years, and is now on the market.
Even in a state of disrepair, it’s easy to see that this building is something special. Built by Peter Womersley for Bernat Klein as a studio, the abandoned property has been sitting empty for years.
A collection of apartments, duplexes and penthouses that will form the missing piece of Park Circus, Glasgow have recently been released for sale, and this is what buyers can expect from their luxurious new home.
There’s no denying that the opening of the Borders Railway has made many parts of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders even more desirable for commuters, whether heading into Edinburgh for work or simply for a day out.
A Category A listed iconic home from the 1950s designed by architect Peter Wormsley and built for renowned textile designer Bernat Klein, has been put on the market for the first time and keen buyers and design lovers can soon step inside it for a viewing.
Own a piece of a Scottish castle – for a bargain price – with this two bedroom flat, which has an interesting history and links to a former British Prime Minister.
Realise regal dreams with this stunning, listed mansion home, which has just come on the market.
A contemporary luxury residential development, which will complete Glasgow’s famous 19th century masterplan within the city’s prestigious Park area, has generated more than 600 buyer enquiries.
An impressive fly-through video has been unveiled to provide a glimpse of the new residential development that will form the missing piece at Park Circus, Glasgow.
The iconic luxury of Buick motors have the distinction of being the oldest American brand of automobiles, but Scotland has the honour of being home to its founder. Read more
In the many years Jimmy McLaughlin served pints and peanuts at Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union, he served up a side of ridiculous fiction that became legend on campus. Read more
‘Heather the Weather’ spent 15 years greeting the nation with her trademark “Hello there” as Reporting Scotland’s effervescent meteorologist.
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You can’t win 49 trophies and finish your career regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time without saying a few interesting things along the way. So without further introduction, here are the seven most memorable quotes from legendary Scottish football figure Sir Alex Ferguson.
There’s an old tale which states the career of Gavin Hastings, and by extension his younger brother Scott, two talismanic figures for Scottish rugby through most of the 80s and into the mid-90s, might not have happened were it not for a freak accident involving a car, the school rugby coach and young Gavin’s leg.
When Andrew Dobbie quit his job in 2012, he had a two-week old baby and £1000 in the bank. Since then, his brand-led digital marketing agency Made Brave has grown to accommodate 30 staff offering a full service agency working for clients in Scotland and beyond.
One of the top-3 influential physicists, alongside Einstein and Newton, and responsible for the greatest revelation in modern physics.
Robert Louis Stevenson is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers to come out of the flourishing Scottish literary scene.
Donald Dewar was the man who delivered devolution and became tagged “Father of the Nation” – but he hated the title.
Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, has had an enormous influence on popular culture over the last century.
When Billy Letford received career advice from one of the country’s highest regarded literary figures, he initially brushed it off.
Adventurous photographer Dan Bell is exploring Scotland’s great outdoors in a new series of Facebook vlogs, discovering the journey is just as important as the destination.