Chinas Youon expands into Europe as other bike startups backpedal worldwide

A little known Chinese bike company is riding into Europe as its peer Ofo has applied the brakes to its global expansion strategy in recent months. Youon, which gets by manufacturing public bikes for city governments across China, has formed a joint venture with UK-based bike-sharing startup Cycle.land, it says…

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Would that all journeys were on foot: writers on the joy of walking

Will Self on London, Fran Lebowitz on New York, Helen Garner on Melbourne and other writers love letters to urban pedestrianism For Walking the City week exploring all aspects of urban walking, good and bad writers tell us where they walk and why. Will Self watches the world go by…

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This stained glass window dedicated to the Queen in Westminster Abbey was designed on an iPad

Image: AFP/Getty Images The most recent artistic addition to London’s 13th century church, Westminster Abbey, has been made using 21st century technology from California.  The stained glass window, a piece of artwork installed in celebration of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, was created by artist David Hockney on an…

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How Much Does A Single Measles Outbreak Cost Us All?

The primary reason to prevent the return of measles is that the virus can kill people, particularly those too young to have fully developed immune systems. When a virus produces no deaths, it is often treated as minor. However, a study of a single outbreak reveals the price paid by…

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Met Office advice to stay out of sun

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA drone captured fields in north-west London looking dry and yellow-brown People are being urged to “stay out of the sun” for most of this week, as a heat health watch alert is issued by the Met Office. The level 3 or…

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Britain’s Trumpocracy: who are the president’s biggest cheerleaders?

Donald Trumps UK arrival is expected to be met by protest but some citizens see him as an ally As the US president arrives in the UK, he will be met with a chorus of disapproval but also a smaller number of cheerleaders whose enthusiasm for his leadership is matched…

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Mouldy fatberg draws crowds

Image caption The fatberg, which has begun to “sweat” and grow mould, could be preserved in the museum’s collection A slice of fatberg put on show at the Museum of London could be preserved for future generations. The lump of congealed fat, oil and wet wipes has begun to “sweat”…

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Club denies charging black women double

Image copyright Google A London nightclub has denied allegations that it charges black women double the entrance fee of white women. Nadine Marsh-Edwards claimed on Twitter her daughter was asked to pay £20 at Drama nightclub in central London while white women were being charged £10. A Drama spokesperson told…

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Is there a ‘double standard’ on Poldark?

Image caption The fourth series of Poldark began on Sunday Aidan Turner has said he has “never felt objectified”, despite the amount of attention he receives on Poldark. The actor, who is about to take on his first stage role in 10 years, found himself the subject of a national…

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Sir Paul donates dozens of Linda McCartney photos to V&A

Dozens of images taken by singers first wife given to museums photography centre Dozens of intimate family photos and celebrity portraits by Linda McCartney are to form part of a significant new photography centre at the V&A Museum. The museum in south-west London is almost doubling the space it devotes…

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Sting and Shaggy: ‘Cultural appropriation is an ugly term’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSting and Shaggy’s favourite reggae records Pop legend Sting is browsing the racks at Honest Jon’s record store on London’s Portobello Road when a single catches his attention. It’s a limited edition white vinyl by the late hip-hop producer J Dilla. The…

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