British biscuit lovers hit by Brexit squeeze

Friday, 19 January 2018

A much-loved British biscuit has fallen victim to the Brexit-linked slump in the pound, as McVitie’s Digestives on Friday said their packets will shrink. Packets of the quintessentially British brand will be cut from 500 to 400 grams this month, after the weakened pound ramped up import costs. “The rising cost of ingredients and changes in the exchange rates means it has become more expensive to bake our products,” said Nick Bunker, UK and Ireland managing director of Pladis ...

HSBC in $100 million forex fraud settlement

Friday, 19 January 2018

British financial giant HSBC has agreed to pay more than $100 million to US authorities after admitting to defrauding clients during multi-billion-dollar foreign exchange transactions, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The settlement follows an indictment handed down Wednesday against a former Barclays trader similarly accused of defrauding the former California computing giant Hewlett-Packard by manipulating foreign exchange markets. Under the terms of the agreement, which is under ...

Despite row over removing the homeless, Windsor gets decked up for royal wedding

Monday, 15 January 2018

The countdown to the wedding of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry later this year has begun with a completely unnecessary controversy that threatens to expose the sordid underbelly of the United Kingdom. Harry and his American actress fiancé Meghan Markle plan to marry on 19th May in a small but grand ceremony at St George’s Chapel in the picturesque town of Windsor. A local councilor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has written to the head of the Thames ...

Britain’s queen dishes on weight of the crown in documentary

Friday, 12 January 2018

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has revealed the secrets of giving a speech while wearing a weighty crown, in unusually candid comments in a new documentary on her 1953 coronation and the symbolism of the crown jewels.Among the revelations of the BBC program airing Sunday is that the crown jewels were kept safe during World War II by being hidden in a biscuit tin buried at Windsor Castle. Although it was known the jewels had been taken to the castle 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of London for ...

British ‘fat cats’ makes in four days what workers earn annually

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Bosses at Britain’s largest public companies will have on average made more money in the first four days of 2018 than typical workers earn annually, according to independent calculations released Thursday. The High Pay Centre, a think tank, and human resources body The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), have dubbed January 4 “Fat Cat Thursday” to mark their findings. The organizations report the mean pay of chief executives at companies listed on the ...

How British police nabbed criminals with lure of free Christmas gift

Friday, 29 December 2017

In what is being described as the most innovative method to catch criminals, British police used the offer of a free Christmas hamper to nab dozens of absconders from the long arm of the law. With the festive season approaching detectives of the South Yorkshire Police force in north England realized that the offer of a free hamper filled with lots of luxury treats would be very difficult to resist, particularly for those who already had the inclination to get something for nothing. They sent out ...

WATCH: CCTV shows how thief manages to steal money from elderly woman’s bag

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A 69-year-old victim had her £1,000 ($1,300) in savings pickpocketed by a woman in a shopping center elevator in Britain’s Ilford, CCTV footage released by police this week has shown. Tagging along in the elevator, two men entered with the elderly woman and the thief.One of the men looked like he was in his 30s with short black hair and the other one in his 40s with short dark hair.They seemed to have distracted the older lady by pressing the elevator buttons.Footage showed that ...

British woman sentenced in Egypt to three years in jail for smuggling Tramadol

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

An Egyptian court sentenced a British woman to three years in prison on Tuesday for smuggling painkillers into the country, a Reuters witness said. Laura Plummer, a 33-year-old shop worker from Hull, was arrested in October after Tramadol tablets were found in her suitcase. Her family told British newspapers she bought the tablets for her Egyptian partner living in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Plummer attended a hearing in her case on Monday, before Tuesday's sentencing. Tramadol is a ...

British navy escorts Russian warship through North Sea amid strained ties

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

A Royal Navy frigate escorted a Russian warship on Christmas Day as it passed close to British territorial waters, the ministry of defense said Tuesday at a time of strained relations between London and Moscow. The HMS St Albans monitored the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the North Sea, "keeping track of its activity in areas of national interest," it said in a statement. The St Albans, a Type 23 frigate, was deployed on Saturday to track the Russian vessel and would return to ...

How Prince Harry’s fiancé gives a modern face to the British royal family

Monday, 25 December 2017

Prince Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles the heir to the British throne, will get married to his finance Meghan Markle who is of “mixed-race” ethnicity on 19th May next year. The announcement has been received in the UK with enthusiasm and as a symbol of Britain’s multi-cultural society. Technically, Markle has everything wrong with her to be a British royal bride. She is older than Prince Harry, 36-year-old to his 33. She is divorced, an American, a Hollywood actress ...

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